Winter 2016 Episode Rankings – Week 5

One week away from the mid-season, and as usual I’m looking at my lineup and wondering whether they’re all worth keeping on. I think the answer is yes, they’re all enjoyable enough… but can the same be said for all the series I dropped, and am now thinking of revisiting? With any luck we’ll be back up to 20 anime next time, but for now, here’s the usual 18.

How scandalous!

How scandalous!

1 – Durarara!!x2 Ketsu ep 5

2 – GATE S2 ep 5 (↑ 3)

3 – Dimension W ep 5 (↑ 1)

4 – Osomatsu-san ep 18 (↑ 5)

5 – Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ep 18 (↓ 3)

6 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2 ep 5 (↑ 1)

7 – Boku dake ga Inai Machi ep 5 (↓ 4)

8 – Haikyuu!! S2 ep 18 

9 – Schwarzesmarken ep 5 (↑ 5)

10 – Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu ep 5 (↓ 4)

11 – Norn9 ep 5 (↑ 4)

12 – Lupin III (2015) ep 18 (↑ 4)

13 – Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu ep 5 (↓ 2)

14 – Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm ep 5 (↓ 1)

15 – Haruta & Chika ep 5 (↓ 3)

16 – Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen ep 18 (↓ 6)

17 – Bubuki Buranki ep 5 

18 – Active Raid ep 5 

This is the correct action to take when seeing kemonomimi.

This is the correct action to take when seeing kemonomimi.

Moving up:

I never know what to expect next from Norn 9, but this week’s dream episode was possibly the strangest (and most enjoyable) so far! Seems like Itsuki’s power allows him to create fairy tale dreams, and invite others in to play the different roles… though they didn’t really stick to the traditional scripts. 😛 Plenty of character development and fleshing out of backstories, as the characters faced and talked about issues that they’d been avoiding in the real world. Plus lovely backgrounds, fun costumes, and wolf ears. What’s not to like?

I haven’t touched on Osomatsu-san yet this season – another series that’s quite unpredictable, but invariably funny! After a brief Joshimatsu intro segment (I love those), the rest of the episode was a Wacky Races/Mario Kart style race to decide the series’ new protagonist. Plenty of hilarious deaths, as well as rebirths, since they’re hardly going to let a small thing like mortality prevent them from taking over the anime! And after a hard-fought battle, it was the barely-present Hijirisawa Shonosuke that won. Will the next episode really be all about him? I wouldn’t put it past this series!

Iyami's ultimate form! :o

Iyami’s ultimate form! 😮

Moving down:

Quite a drop for the series that started off as my favourite of the all-new bunch, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu… I’m finding the romance side boring, and worry that it will become increasingly important and take up more time in coming episodes. Aside from that, I’m still liking the younger Kiku, and his interactions with Sukeroku. No rakugo this week, but we got a play instead, which was fun. Another victim of my preference for action series, most likely.

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu has similar issues to Haruta & Chika, in that I like the characters and the comedy, but am less-sold on the game development and the problems they face that are supposed to be the main plot. Though I’ll admit it’s less frustratingly far-fetched than HaruChika… yes, including this week’s fishing trip. All seemed to be going well, until it turned out that Andou was messing with the script and art instead of doing her own job as a programmer. She rage-quit, again, but was talked back into rejoining within the episode, again. Hopefully that’ll be the last time that happens, or at the very least stretch it across a few eps next time for more drama!

That escalated quickly! :razz: The falling through mid-air scene from Bubuki Buranki was fun, it's stuff like this that makes me want to keep it on.

That escalated quickly! The falling through mid-air scene from Bubuki Buranki was fun, it’s stuff like this that makes me want to keep it on.

General comments:

If I do drop any series at the midway point (and there’s still time for me to change my mind and do so), it’ll likely be Bubuki Buranki. It’s mostly the series’ style and fairly amusing characters that have kept it watchable so far, but the plot still isn’t gripping me, and that’s more of a problem in a shounen action show than a school club slice-of-life anime. It seems to be rushing through Reoko’s Four Gods at a rate of one a week, as if they were minor villains, though it is allowing for some backstory for each of their opponents at least. I didn’t expect the twist at the end of the episode, though!

On a more positive note, Dimension W has slowly risen to become one of my favourite anime of the season! A murder mystery in a hotel with ghosts and a load of interesting new characters was more than enough to win me over last week, and for a change the resolution of this arc was really good (if rather sad). A tad rushed, maybe, but not too much to confuse or spoil things. It’s scary to think of what the Numbers are capable of having seen this episode. 😮 I’m really liking Kyouma and Mira, too.

The lake ghosts were terrifying!

The lake ghosts were terrifying!

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