This week’s Norn9 was recap… there ends the longest run of weeks I can remember without breaks in the lineup. Thanks Norn! Scarier still, series start ending next week. 😮
I was considering taking a break from this weekly rankings formula to start the new year, but some nice comments convinced me otherwise, so I’ll ask this time: do people still read these? Is the format getting stale? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
1 – GATE S2 ep 10 (↑ 3)
2 – Schwarzesmarken ep 10 (↑ 1)
4 – Boku dake ga Inai Machi ep 10 (↑ 2)
6 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2 ep 10 (↓ 5)
7 – Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu ep 10 (↑ 1)
8 – Haikyuu!! S2 ep 23 (↓ 1)
9 – Dimension W ep 10 (↑ 10)
10 – Active Raid ep 10 (↓ 1)
11 – Osomatsu-san ep 23 (↓ 1)
12 – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! ep 9 (↓ 10)
13 – Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen ep 23 (↑ 5)
14 – Dagashi Kashi ep 9 (↓ 3)
15 – Lupin III (2015) ep 23 (↑ 2)
16 – Bubuki Buranki ep 10 (↓ 3)
17 – Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu ep 10 (↓ 2)
18 – Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm ep 10 (↓ 2)
19 – Haruta & Chika ep 10 (↑ 1)
Finally, a #1 spot for GATE S2! Once again, it was packed with action and key events: the Imperial soldiers fighting the Rose knights for control of the Jade palace, the continued assassination attempts against Lelei (including by Shandy!), and Pina’s final fall from grace as Zolzal asserts his control over the Empire. Perhaps the most anticipated development of all came right at the end, however – the JSDF have been given the go-ahead to mobilize, which usually results in a one-sided massacre. :o: Will they be able to resolve all the Empire’s issues in only two episodes?
Perhaps beating GATE in terms of brutality was Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans! While I expected to see Tekkadan and Carta facing off again, I wasn’t expecting it so soon, nor did I appreciate just how much of an impact Biscuit’s death had on Mika and his crewmates. He just completely ignored Carta’s proposal of a fair duel, quickly dispatching her and her subordinates. It’ll be hard for our protagonists to remain likable if they continue down this path, but I wonder whose death it’ll take to change their minds!
Despite the big drop, I’ll leave my thoughts on KonoSuba until next week’s finale… so, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2 it is! I believe this is the only series I’m watching that’s set to continue into the Spring. Couldn’t quite hold onto its Top 5 spot against all that action, but still highly entertaining, as various characters from earlier in the series returned to visit Class-E’s cafe (some of them pretty much returning from the dead to do so)! I dread to think what the principal will have in store for the class as ‘revenge’ for their doing so well, however…
I haven’t had much to say about Dagashi Kashi since picking it up mid-season, a recurring problem when it comes to comedy series without much of a running storyline. For me, at least, it feels as though there haven’t been any really good, laugh-out-loud episodes in a while, hence the huge drop from where it started at 6th, but I still look forward to a new episode every week. Hotaru’s wacky personality and unending enthusiasm for whatever (usually quite interesting) dagashi they’re focusing on at the time has been enough to hold my attention, and the other characters are fun too.
Osomatsu-san suffers from the same issue, though to a lesser extent since it’s less formulaic – there will often be episodes that are so weird, I can’t help but want to write about them! Episode 23 was certainly a weird one, starting off relatively normally with a silent argument/mind game between siblings over who was going to refill their kerosene heater. Then somehow, they ended up in a world populated by a tribe of Dayons, living inside Dayon himself. Didn’t expect that!
I’ve not focused on Haikyuu!! S2 for a while either, though the Karasuno vs Aoba Johsai rematch has been very intense and highly entertaining. Unsurprisingly, it continued into the third set, and neither team has really managed to pull ahead of the other. We got a little bit of backstory for Mad Dog, though that didn’t do much for me, I still find him a bit emotionless – maybe that’ll change after the match. Judging by the shot at the end, it’ll soon be Hinata’s time to shine again – I look forward to that if so, since he and Kageyama haven’t really said much for a fair few episodes.