Usually, I stick rigidly to the whole ‘two moving up, two moving down, and two that haven’t moved anywhere’ format when deciding which series to talk about here… but this week, I don’t have much to say about the boring non-movers, so let’s bump the other categories up to three instead. 🙂
1 – One Punch Man ep 10 (↑ 2)
3 – Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ep 10 (↑ 7)
4 – Noragami Aragoto ep 10 (↓ 3)
5 – Young Black Jack ep 10 (↑ 3)
6 – K: Return of Kings ep 10 (↓ 1)
7 – Comet Lucifer ep 10 (↓ 3)
8 – Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen ep 10 (↓ 1)
10 – Ushio to Tora ep 23 (↑ 3)
11 – Haikyuu!! S2 ep 10
12 – Yuru Yuri San Hai! ep 10 (↑ 2)
13 – Osomatsu-san ep 10 (↑ 4)
14 – Dance with Devils ep 10 (↓ 5)
16 – Shin Atashin’chi ep 10 (↓ 4)
17 – Lupin III (2015) ep 10 (↑ 1)
18 – Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen ep 10 (↓ 2)
One Punch Man finally takes the #1 spot! Though it’s actually been ahead in the average rankings for a while, since most of the others have had at least one bad week. Exactly what made this episode more enjoyable, when it largely followed the same old ‘enemy appears, other heroes struggle, Saitama owns’ formula, I don’t know… though as ever the animation in the action scenes was top notch, and there were a lot of them in ep 10. Meeting most of the other S-Class heroes was fun too, they’re quite a varied bunch. Hard to imagine what form some of their powers will take, but hopefully we’ll find out soon!
A second time in the Top 5 for Young Black Jack isn’t bad either! The show has taken a very dark turn once again, as Hyakki-sensei begins his quest for revenge against the surgeons who ruined his career. Intense and scary stuff. 😮 I finished reading Osamu Tezuka’s Alabaster this week, which also focused heavily on revenge, and it’s amazing how similar the atmosphere was in these two stories. I’ve felt this throughout, but even moreso now, I’m impressed with this origin story for Black Jack. They haven’t just taken an iconic character and made him (more) bishounen, it actually feels like it could have been written by the master himself.
Osomatsu-san‘s ranking, as with all other comedy series, depends mostly on whether it can make me laugh or not. Last week’s surprisingly serious episode felt a bit out of place, so I was glad to see it back on form for episode 10. Interestingly though, the episode wasn’t divided into segments this time, instead focusing on Iyami and Chibita exploiting the sextruplets for all their money and possessions by posing as ‘rental girlfriends’. While their exploits were amusing by themselves, seeing the sadistic Matsuno siblings take their revenge never gets old either. 😀
Losing out in the comedy stakes this week is Shin Atashin’chi. It’s very different in style to the likes of Osomatsu-san, less hyper, and a little more grounded in reality. Far more relaxing. The three parts this week consisted of Fujino trying to make Sudou laugh but failing, Mizushima’s donut obsession, and the Tachibana family members being put on the spot by a neighbour asking them what they’re into lately. All were cute and fairly amusing, but I’ve seen better from this series – usually any episode focusing on the mother is an instant win.
The last few episodes of Dance with Devils have seen a lot of big developments! Azuna’s death, the betrayal of the Excorcist Association, and the revelation that Lindo is half vampire and actually Ritsuka’s cousin are just a few of the main points. Meanwhile, the school council’s devils (and fallen angel!) under Arlond, Loewen under Maksis, and the vampire Jek under Nesta are now all aware that Ritsuka is the grimoire, so hopefully things will get interesting again once these three factions and Lindo clash. It was the vampires that made the first move this week, tempting Ritsuka by offering to remove the grimoire, allowing her and her mother to return to their normal lives. Something tells me it won’t work out as easily as that…
Comet Lucifer has seen a strong run of episodes following its underwhelming start. I guess those slow early episodes did a good job of introducing the lovely setting and characters, and my interest has risen more as they’ve traveled the land and developed their relationships through facing enemies and other hardships together. The drop this week was more to do with other, more original series building up towards their imminent finales – compared with that, Comet Lucifer’s fairly generic storyline can’t really justify a place in my Top 5.