I honestly can’t think of anything to write in the intro this week. Rather than letting writer’s block delay this post for several days, let’s move swiftly onwards. Who reads these anyway?
If the same thing happens next week, at least then I can fall back on my usual mid-season shakeup comments. 😛
4 – Dimension W ep 4 (↑ 2)
5 – GATE S2 ep 4 (↓ 3)
6 – Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu ep 4 (↓ 1)
9 – Osomatsu-san ep 17 (↑ 1)
10 – Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen ep 17 (↑ 6)
11 – Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu ep 4 (↑ 1)
12 – Haruta & Chika ep 4 (↑ 3)
13 – Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm ep 4 (↑ 1)
14 – Schwarzesmarken ep 4 (↓ 3)
15 – Norn9 ep 4 (↓ 2)
16 – Lupin III (2015) ep 17 (↑ 1)
17 – Bubuki Buranki ep 4 (↑ 1)
18 – Active Raid ep 4 (↓ 9)
I wish I could rate Haruta & Chika higher, but it’s hard to justify doing so. Yet another episodic ‘mystery’ series featuring a character who seemingly knows the answer to everything. The ‘6th room piggy bank’ from the 4th episode was particularly ridiculous! The reason I enjoy the series in spite of this is purely down to the character interactions. I love Chika and Haruta’s relationship, constantly battling for their instructor’s affection; the latter is a brilliant character when he isn’t in super detective mode. The anime has some great comedy moments, and I’m just left wondering whether the mysteries are even necessary.
Quite the jump and change of pace in this week’s Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen! Shock revelations from beginning to end: the series is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, where only two humans remain (Haku and the Emperor, who by the way are brothers)! The other humans have turned into the slime-like ‘Curses’ we saw in early episodes, while the animal-eared main inhabitants of the new world were originally genetically modified test subjects. A bit of an info dump, but easily one of the best episodes of the series so far.
Not much of a drop, GATE S2 remains one of the best series in this season’s lineup. To think I dropped the first series initially! The episode started off on such a positive note with Delilah’s delightful song, but a few minutes later that same character was trying to assassinate the Japanese hostage! Clearly she and Tyuule have some backstory, which I look forward to learning more about. For now though, both she and Yanagida are critically wounded! We also got to see jets vs dragon, with the fiery lizard coming out on top… will Itami’s party fare any better?
Active Raid is bouncing all over the place, by far the least consistent of the series in my lineup. This week’s episode was the most boring so far for me, all that focus on some politician on board the plane who was missing his daughter’s wedding… he probably had more screen time and lines than some of the main characters have had in four episodes! Interactions between Sena and Kuroki were mildly amusing, and we learned of some government secret called ‘Orochi’ that will likely be relevant later on, but other than that the episode failed to hold my interest.
In contrast, Boku dake ga Inai Machi has been one of the most consistent series in these rankings, placing 3rd or 4th every time so far. Chances are it would be higher up if I didn’t enjoy action series so much, since the character development is by far the best of the Winter batch. Satoru and Kayo are just so adorable together! Even with the former being an adult in a child’s body, the show manages to avoid being creepy, with him spending most of the time as flustered as she is. I get the feeling this first attempt at saving Kayo will fail – just because he prevented her from dying on the day she previously did, that doesn’t change the fact that the killer is still out there, and could just strike a bit later. Guessing he’ll need to do a few more resets, Steins;Gate style, before finally solving the mystery.
I was surprised to learn that Haikyuu!! S2‘s main team Karasuno still has members yet to be properly introduced and developed, even after a series and a half! But with Daichi out of action due to injury (thankfully nothing too serious!), it was time for second year Ennoshita to shine! Having previously quit and then returned to the volleyball club, he feels like a traitor, despite the fact everyone else respects him and wants him to be captain next year. The fact that he went back is the important thing! We also got to see the nervous Yamaguchi play as well… not so great this week, but hopefully he’ll have a chance to shine in the next ep. 😀