It’s the fifth week of the season, the final chance for shows near the bottom of my lineup to prove they’re worth keeping on, before my usual Week 6 shakeup! This time however, they failed miserably at doing so. No points for successfully predicting which shows I’ll be axing; the real question is, is there anything else worth picking up this season to replace them?
1 – Noragami Aragoto ep 5 (↑ 2)
2 – Subete ga F ni Naru ep 5 (↓ 1)
3 – One Punch Man ep 5 (↑ 1)
5 – Haikyuu!! S2 ep 5 (↑ 4)
6 – Young Black Jack ep 5 (↓ 1)
7 – Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ep 5 (↓ 5)
8 – Comet Lucifer ep 5 (↑ 5)
9 – Osomatsu-san ep 5 (↓ 1)
11 – K: Return of Kings ep 5 (↑ 5)
12 – Lupin III (2015) ep 5 (↓ 5)
13 – Dance with Devils ep 5 (↓ 1)
14 – Ushio to Tora ep 18 (↓ 3)
15 – Yuru Yuri San Hai! ep 5 (↓ 1)
16 – Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen ep 5 (↓ 1)
Comet Lucifer is one of a few series this season that seemed to take forever to get started. After Sougo found mysterious crystal-girl Feria in ep 1 and escaped the mech that was pursuing her, the focus switched largely to slice of life antics and floating vegetable dances, while Captain Gus recruited super-powered teenage boys in the background. These enemies, whose motives are still completely unknown to us, finally made their move at the end of episode 4 by kidnapping Feria, and this week’s 5th episode was non-stop action as Sougo and Moura fought to get her back. The mech battles were spectacular, as was the soundtrack… all I hope is that the plot goes somewhere after all this, because time is ticking on this supposedly 12 episode series.
A Top 5 debut for Haikyuu!! S2~ It’s the first time in this sequel that there’s been any real drama, and the first time in ages that Hinata and Kageyama got into a serious argument. And unlike in a lot of series where one side is just stubborn for the sake of it, both make valid points – with little time to practice before the next tournament, would it be best spent refining the one trick they know they can pull off, or on developing a new technique that so far Hinata is showing little hope of learning in time? I’m assuming Hinata will get his way eventually though, as a sport anime where the characters don’t evolve doesn’t sound like much fun!
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto leaves my Top 5 for the first time… I ask for a two episode arc, and this is how I act when I get one. 😛 I’ve been fine with Sakurako’s supersleuthing until now, I could suspend my disbelief since she obviously knew her stuff when it came to bones and the human body in general. But mould behind paintings giving off arsenic-based gases? Babies not being able to pick up the colour green? These are some very specific things that she just happened to have knowledge of, and I wonder how much further the series will push things before the mysteries start getting ridiculous, and we the viewer have no chance of playing along. Other than that, the anime remains entertaining and very pretty.
Subtitle issues continue to plague Lupin III (2015), and the Japanese TV airing will apparently skip the Italian 6th episode, and keep it back as a bluray special instead. That’s going to mess up my Anime-Planet list… but as I said before, I probably won’t drop it from my weekly lineup unless I have to. This episode had a fairly generic plotline – magician teaches his secrets to a young boy, magician’s son gets jealous, kills his father, and tries to get the boy to teach him the tricks – and focused on Mine Fujiko as she also tried to profit from the techniques. Not bad, but I prefer episodes when the gang are working together or against each other. 🙂
And finally, some comedy shows. One Punch Man‘s one gag hasn’t gotten old yet, largely due to the amusing enemies Saitama has had to face so far, and his reactions to them (usually total indifference, unless he’s thinking about something else). This episode saw him finally pass the Hero Certification Exam, after acing the physical test… and just scraping enough points from the mental exam. Seeing Genos score a perfect 100 only made his mentor’s C – Class rating that much funnier. 😛 But their (gorgeously animated) practice battle afterwards made it clear who was actually the better fighter. One Punch Man is a simple concept done well, and has been more consistently entertaining than any of the other comedy anime in my lineup.
…I’m looking at you, Yuru Yuri San Hai! The last couple of episodes definitely haven’t made me laugh as much as the first few did, and they seem to be resorting to introducing all the characters’ family members to inject some originality. I’m actually missing a lot of the older gags – when was the last time Akari became invisible, for instance? Still, with an episodic comedy like this, a drop in the rankings doesn’t mean much. Ep 6 could be the funniest yet. And I did like the ‘I am AHO’ T-shirt, and the Eye of the Tiger-like music playing during Himawari’s back hip circle training.