That’s more like it! Plenty of movement this week, due to some unusually good, bad or just uneventful episodes from previously stable series. Mostly the latter, actually.
Forgive me if I continue to ignore some of the larger jumps or drops in favour of talking about series I haven’t gotten around to yet, since we’re approaching the mid-season, and they may no longer be around to talk about after that…
2 – Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ep 4 (↑ 1)
3 – Noragami Aragoto ep 4 (↑ 2)
4 – One Punch Man ep 4 (↓ 2)
5 – Young Black Jack ep 4 (↑ 4)
7 – Lupin III (2015) ep 4 (↑ 3)
8 – Osomatsu-san ep 4 (↑ 7)
9 – Haikyuu!! S2 ep 4 (↓ 2)
10 – Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen ep 4 (↑ 4)
11 – Ushio to Tora ep 17 (↑ 5)
12 – Dance with Devils ep 4 (↓ 4)
13 – Comet Lucifer ep 4 (↓ 1)
14 – Yuru Yuri San Hai! ep 4 (↓ 3)
15 – Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen ep 4 (↓ 2)
16 – K: Return of Kings ep 4 (↓ 10)
FINALLY, something different from continuing monster-of-the-week series Ushio to Tora! I liked how this episode brought together all the girls Ushio had helped along the way, plus the three spear-wielder candidates, making those episodes seem less like filler… argumentative at first, but eventually they started to work as a team, using their individual strengths to overcome barriers conveniently suited to them. 😛 We’re getting a few more two-part battles as well in this second half, which can only be a good thing.
Another series that I didn’t expect to escape the red zone was Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen. Amusing comedy and actually well-animated fight scenes? It almost felt like I was watching a completely different series! I only hope they’ve kept some of their budget back for the titular ‘battle in Nagoya’ – less static pans and absolutely no skipped fights would be wonderful~ I look forward to seeing how Shinoa’s squad get along with (the ridiculously good-looking) Narumi’s… meanwhile, things are looking bad for Mikaela on the vampires’ side.
Dance with Devils is a lot of fun, but after a stand-out introductory episode, it is now falling into the usual predictable reverse harem formula. Every episode a new man tries to win Ritsuka over, either for use in some grimoire-related scheme or another, or to try and force their protection upon her. This week, it was her brother, whose insert song tells of his decision to become an exorcist to atone for his sinful feelings towards her… I’d feel safer with the devils if I were her! Also, that mysterious blue-haired guy. Am I the only one who thinks he’s also the Pomeranian? 😕
I can’t ignore K: Return of Kings‘ huge drop – from 2nd to 16th in four weeks! It started off well enough, continuing the fights from ep 3, but those were cut short when Shiro FINALLY landed. After all that, I found his reunion with Neko and Kurou a bit underwhelming, sadly. Then, the second half of the episode was spent sitting and talking again, as the Red, Blue and Silver kings formed an alliance against the Greens. I don’t remember the first series being this slow-paced, but then again I did watch it back-to-back. Hopefully that’s all the buildup out of the way now.
Subete ga F ni Naru is starting to build up a very intriguing mystery! One death in a sealed environment, another on the roof of the building some distance away, and so far no clues as to who the killer(s?) is, or how they’ve done it. However, we’ve learned a lot about how the facility operates, and about Magata Shiki – the notes from her and her other personalities were very cryptic. Also, ‘Everything becomes F’… it’s right there in the title, and we don’t yet know its significance! Very slow-paced, but it feels like it’s going somewhere, and I really like the show’s atmosphere.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is Lance N’ Masques… what am I watching, and why? And where the heck did Youtaro’s Dad’s lance disappear to between episodes!? The plot is bad enough without gaping holes like that. I really can’t bring myself to like or care about the characters, their personalities and dialogue are really dull. One thing I will say for Lance N’ Masques is that it continues to surprise me with its weird twists each episode, though most of the time they’re surprises I could do without. I’ll give it another week, but will almost certainly drop it after that.