Winter 2016 Episode Rankings – Week 7

It’s been a busy week, due to extra working days, a pub quiz, being made a moderator of a forum, and preparing my cosplay for the upcoming Minamicon, hence the fairly late post. Hopefully I’ll be able to make up for lost anime time this long weekend, before the convention itself throws me out of sync again in early March. 😛

And already, KonoSuba has managed to Steal the top spot.

And already, KonoSuba has managed to Steal the top spot!

1 – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! ep 6 (↑ 4)

2 – Boku dake ga Inai Machi ep 7 (↑ 1)

3 – Schwarzesmarken ep 7 (↑ 4)

4 – Dimension W ep 7 (↑ 7)

5 – GATE S2 ep 7 (↓ 3)

6 – Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ep 20 (↓ 5)

7 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2 ep 7 (↓ 3)

8 – Durarara!!x2 Ketsu ep 7 

9 – Haikyuu!! S2 ep 20 (↑ 6)

10 – Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu ep 7 (↓ 1)

11 – Norn9 ep 7 (↑ 2)

12 – Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm ep 7 (↑ 4)

13 – Osomatsu-san ep 20 (↑ 5)

14 – Dagashi Kashi ep 6 (↓ 8)

15 – Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu ep 7 (↑ 5)

16 – Haruta & Chika ep 7 (↑ 1)

17 – Active Raid ep 7 (↓ 3)

18 – Lupin III (2015) ep 20 (↓ 6)

19 – Bubuki Buranki ep 7 (↓ 9)

20 – Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen ep 20 (↓ 1)

Dimension W gave me a real Hunter x Hunter vibe, not a bad thing!

Dimension W gave me a real Hunter x Hunter vibe – not a bad thing!

Moving up:

Yeah, not going back to Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! would have been a huge mistake on my part. This is the first time a late addition to my lineup has ever taken the #1 spot, and I don’t think it’s just because it’s newer and shinier than the others. Episode 6 saw Kazuma’s party face their first *relatively* serious enemy, with a whole episode dedicated to their fight against the Dullahan. While it remained a slapstick comedy show, the action scenes were surprisingly well animated, and the tension was real in places… which made it all the more funny when things like Darkness’ attacks missing and the head-football happened. I can’t fault this episode, it was fantastic!

A flashback episode that I actually liked! Well done, Dimension W. I figured there was more to Kyouma’s hatred of coils than a simple love of old technology, and this perfectly paced look at his sad past couldn’t have been done much better. This was followed in the second half by the introduction of a load of weird and wonderful new characters (cat ears make every series better~), as the rival Collectors make their way to a Chernobyl-like Easter Island in search of a special coil. I hope this next arc doesn’t disappoint, since the setup was brilliant. 😀

Ara ara ara ara ara ara!

Ara ara ara ara ara ara!

Moving down:

This week’s Lupin III (2015) felt like filler… I want to see more of the Da Vinci clone’s exploits and inventions! But instead, we were treated to an episode of Lupin driving around in a vintage car, while an old man reminisced about his younger, happier days with his wife (now comatose). Nice music, plenty of feels, but since it was all about some minor episodic characters who won’t show up again, and since Lupin & Co. didn’t play much of a part, it was quite forgettable.

GATE S2 remains the most stable of favourite Winter series, the only one other than KonoSuba that hasn’t left my Top 5 yet. This episode was surprisingly slow, considering the attempted assassination of the emperor the week before! No doubt Zolzal’s anti-Japanese stance (spurred on by Tyuule’s evil schemes) and his brother’s desire to take back the country with outside help will lead to interesting future eps, but for now, all we got was a mages duel between Lelei and Arpeggio. Good fun, but not as amusing or as long as the Dullahan battle.

This part made me laugh, though it was a bit quiet in that hallway. :razz:

This part made me laugh, though it was conveniently quiet in that hallway. 😛

General comments:

Back to the past in Boku dake ga Inai Machi! #2 is a new record for this series, and it was certainly one of the better episodes. Satoru managed to win the help of Kenya, who noticed early on that something had changed in his friend’s behaviour – good thing too, as without him Satoru would have taken some very dark actions in his attempt to save Hinazuki! They manage to delay Kayo’s death even further by having her hide out in an old bus, but in typical cruel cliffhanger style, we saw a suspicious-looking adult heading inside at the end. Since Satoru seems to think he won’t be able to use his Revival powers a third time, I hope he’s able to make this one count… without causing too much damage to the future in the process!

I’m just watching Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen for the characters and fanservice at this point. Any hope of plot, rekindled by the recent wars and the flashback ep a few weeks ago, seems to have gone out. Haku’s party faced general Kurou in another fight that should have been serious but wasn’t, except the comedy was largely swing and miss this time. The animation quality seems to have dropped, too. The only slight positive came at the end, with the news of yet another emperor’s assassination, though what that means for the current war or this bland series as a whole will have to wait until next week.

NO, YOU!

NO, YOU!

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