I’m aware that it’s December, and I haven’t posted any of my end of year Top 12 lists yet… they’ll be coming soon~ Last week was probably the busiest I’ve been all year, but I won’t let myself fall behind on these weekly rankings, at least!
2 – Subete ga F ni Naru ep 9 (↑ 3)
3 – One Punch Man ep 9 (↓ 1)
4 – Comet Lucifer ep 9 (↑ 2)
5 – K: Return of Kings ep 9 (↑ 2)
7 – Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen ep 9 (↑ 4)
9 – Dance with Devils ep 9 (↑ 3)
10 – Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ep 9 (↓ 6)
11 – Haikyuu!! S2 ep 9 (↓ 8)
12 – Shin Atashin’chi ep 9 (↑ 1)
13 – Ushio to Tora ep 22 (↑ 6)
14 – Yuru Yuri San Hai! ep 9 (↓ 4)
17 – Osomatsu-san ep 9 (↓ 3)
18 – Lupin III (2015) ep 9 (↓ 1)
19 – Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry ep 9 (↑ 1)
20 – Peeping Life TV: Season 1?? ep 9 (↓ 2)
It feels as though Saikawa and Nishinosono are close to solving the mystery in Subete ga F ni Naru – their current theory that the killer was always in the room with Magata Shiki, because it was her own child, would never have occurred to me. Like mother, like daughter I suppose, guessing she’d have to be pretty gifted to pull all of this off. With help, Saikawa also figured out how the killer left the room, and we already know they took the lift… but where are they now, and what’s their/Shiki’s motive behind all this? With only two eps left, we’ll find out soon enough!
A big jump for Ushio to Tora! No, it didn’t rise to my challenge last week, predictably pitting Kirio against Ushio as the former continues his mission to seal and destroy the spear. However, the flashbacks telling the story of how the Elzaar Scythes and Kirio himself were created was interesting. I feel sorry for Inasa, his initial goal of trying to create weapons to support the spear wielder seemed reasonable enough, until the exceptionally creepy Towako led him astray. Seems like the other scythes are useless, so the idea of mass-produced power is just a tempting trap!
Two separate ‘mysteries’ in this week’s Sakurako-san no Ashimoto, both focused on characters’ late grandmothers. Firstly Yuriko’s, who apparently promised to give her a painting when she got married, but didn’t specify which one. Despite putting forward ridiculously good cases for three of them, it was nice to see Sakurako admit that she can’t solve everything, since she didn’t share the relationship Yuriko and her grandmother had. Shoutarou’s half saw Sawa turn detective to explain why his grandmother suddenly developed a taste for pudding towards the end of her life. A bittersweet episode focusing on memories of lost family members, not bad, but obviously less complex than some of the series’ earlier mysteries.
I really like Peeping Life TV: Season 1??, and its unique style of animation and comedy, but unfortunately none of the four segments in the 9th episode made me laugh. With regards to the first two, this may be because I didn’t know the characters (from Marvelous Melmo and Hutch the Honeybee respectively), so didn’t get any in-jokes. The third one, focusing on yoga master Muthu (who I assume is an original character) just wasn’t very funny, and though I had hope for the final part since earlier Good Buy Shopping segments had been amusing, Doronjo actually tried to do her job unlike the earlier guests, only tripping up on the product’s ridiculously hard name. Episode 7’s panel show and the Idiot Couple from eps 1-3 remain the series’ best points for me.
Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen is still in the red, and has barely got a mention from me, because it STILL feels as though it hasn’t really started! We’re still being introduced (or in this episode’s case, reintroduced) to new characters each week, while Haku continues to perform oddjobs for Oshutoru. As a slice of life comedy series, which it pretty much has been all season, it’s amusing enough, even if it does predictably stick to every trope… but the mystery of Haku’s amnesia, or what he’s even doing in this world, has been well and truly shelved. At least this series is continuing into next season, so if it does have a story to tell, there’s still time.
Still at the top is Noragami Aragoto~ Things took a dark turn last week after Yato was abducted and forced to carry out the same killings he used to before meeting Hiyori and Yukine, and I was expecting it to get even more serious when I heard that Ebisu the masked-phantom conjurer and Izanami the goddess of the underworld were getting involved… so seeing Ebisu act so goofy was unexpected! This episode had that perfect balance of action and comedy that originally drew me to Noragami, as well as some drama in the human world, as Hiyori begins to forget Yato. 😦