Week 5 already? Time is certainly flying, so this season must be good! But could it be better? As I usually do mid-season, I’ll be making some changes to my lineup (hopefully for the last time until Summer!), revisiting some of the shows I chose to leave out, and dropping some of the shows I now wish I’d left out. Will these latest episodes influence my decisions? Read on and find out…
1 – Koutetsujou no Kabaneri ep 4 (↑ 3)
2 – Kiznaiver ep 5 (↑ 1)
4 – Macross Delta ep 5 (↑ 2)
5 – Ushio to Tora S2 ep 5 (↑ 3)
6 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2 ep 17 (↑ 3)
7 – Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge ep 5 (↑ 5)
8 – Haifuri ep 5 (↑ 2)
9 – Joker Game ep 5 (↓ 4)
10 – Sakamoto desu ga? ep 4 (↓ 9)
11 – Bakuon!! ep 5
12 – Big Order ep 4 (↓ 5)
14 – Bungou Stray Dogs ep 5 (↑ 4)
15 – Anne Happy ep 5 (↑ 1)
16 – Kuma Miko ep 5 (↑ 3)
18 – Mayoiga ep 5 (↓ 1)
19 – Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 ep 5 (↓ 5)
20 – Endride ep 5
Back at #1, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri had some fantastic fights this week! Brilliant animation, brilliant direction, brilliant soundtrack. And thankfully, despite last week’s cliffhanger ending, and the revelation that the Kabaneri need human blood to retain their sanity, the humans seem to have finally decided to trust them. Good to know that there are some interesting Kabane out there too, such as the skilled katana-wielding Wazatori, as mindless zombies can be a bit boring after a while. Bonus points for the random engineer with his Georgian wig and fabulous Engrish!
As often happens, I’ve been too busy discussing the new stuff to pay attention to our one ongoing series from the Winter season. A lot has happened in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2, the most significant of course being the flashbacks to Koro-sensei’s past. After Nagisa’s speech last week, I assumed the whole class would dedicate themselves to helping their teacher to survive, so it was interesting to hear some of the reasons why half the class were still pro-assassination! I mostly enjoyed this episode for the survival game, and for Nagisa and Karma’s cute falling-out, though~
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 really isn’t gripping me. Maybe it’s because I’m largely unfamiliar with the Universal Century timeline, but most posts I’ve come across say that it’s perfectly accessible even without having watched any of the others (though more enjoyable if you have). Either way, the plot’s doing very little for me, I haven’t warmed to the characters at all (despite the pretty designs), so I find my brain switching off whenever there isn’t a mech battle going on. Needless to say, the fights and production values are still among the best of the season.
I feel that, objectively, Big Order is one of the worst shows of the season. Ridiculously fast pacing, characters and plot twists being introduced so frequently that it’s hard to tell what’s going on anymore, and some of the order abilities seem far too convenient. Despite all that, it is very entertaining to watch, unlike the coherent but boring Gundam. I enjoyed the interactions between adult-Murmur-lookalike rock lady and revenge-obsessed Kurenai Rin, while golems and monks grappling with nukes isn’t something you get to see often in other anime! This one’s safe.
Kiznaiver is an odd show, but has so far managed to combine action, drama and bizarre comedy in equal measure, and to great effect. I’m finding the cast one of the more likable ones this season, though it’s clear that most of them still have secrets still to be revealed, Maki in particular. Character development and interactions are solid, which is good seeing as they’re central to the ‘connecting people through shared pain’ plot. Seems as though the Kizuna Program is aiming for a deeper connection than just that, however…
I think this is the end of the ride for Endride. While the main duo carried on bickering, we were treated to a flashback to side-character Demetrio’s past, where his Zoozian friend suffered one of the most ridiculous death scenes I’ve ever seen in anime. Other than that, the highlight was Shun’s terrible attempt to make Eljuia fall into a hole, which was at least amusing, if equally cringey. The characters are shallow and dull, and the plot really isn’t going anywhere fast. A lot of wasted potential, in my opinion.