Spring 2016 Episode Rankings – Week 9

It feels weird posting another one of these so soon after my last one… I’m glad I didn’t decide to start back in the days when virtually everything was fansubbed! Hopefully things will go smoothly for the last quarter of the season.

JJBA becomes the first series this season to take #1 twice in a row! I don't have much to say about this two-parter though, other than that it was hilarious.

JJBA becomes the first series this season to take #1 twice in a row! I don’t have much to say about this two-parter though, other than that it was hilarious.

1 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable ep 9 

2 – Kiznaiver ep 9 (↑ 12)

3 – Kuromukuro ep 9 (↑ 3)

4 – Koutetsujou no Kabaneri ep 8 (↑ 11)

5 – Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2 ep 21 (↑ 2)

6 – Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu ep 9 (↑ 2)

7 – Haifuri ep 9 (↑ 2)

8 – Bungou Stray Dogs ep 9 (↓ 4)

9 – Ushio to Tora S2 ep 9 (↑ 2)

10 – Bakuon!! ep 9 (↑ 2)

11 – Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge ep 9 (↓ 6)

12 – Sakamoto desu ga? ep 8 (↓ 9)

13 – Kuma Miko ep 9 (↓ 3)

14 – Macross Delta ep 9 (↓ 12)

15 – Mayoiga ep 9 (↑ 3)

16 – Joker Game ep 9 (↑ 1)

17 – Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? ep 9 (↓ 1)

18 – Anne Happy ep 9 (↓ 5)

19 – Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 ep 9 (↑ 1)

20 – Big Order ep 8 (↓ 1)

Kennosuke has to be one of my favourite characters this season.

Kennosuke has to be one of my favourite characters this season.

Moving up:

Another strong ranking for Kuromukuro, I’m so glad I went back and gave it another shot (even if the lack of official release means delays are possible)! More amusing interactions between Yukina and Kennouske, more death-defying dedication to streaming from Kayahara… and maybe it’s just my declining opinion of Gundam Unicorn at work here, but I’m starting to feel like it has the best mech battles of the season as well. Possibly because the combat is mostly close-quarters with blades and grappling, and the terrestrial setting means that stuff like gravity and terrain play an important part – a bit more fun to watch for me than lasers in space, no matter how impressive the explosions are. Another cliffhanger ending, as one of the aliens surrenders to the UN forces, so hopefully we’ll learn more about them in the coming episodes.

It seems that Mayoiga‘s rankings at this point are almost entirely dependent on how much character backstory or development they fit into an episode. Learning more about Hayato and what he truly thinks about Mitsumune was probably the best part of the episode for me, though it still switched rapidly from one group of people to another throughout… that’s the only problem with having a large cast who don’t seem in any hurry to die off, there’s not enough screentime to go around. Some variation in the horror was good too, though – we now expect (and to a certain extent understand) the giant phobia monsters, and we’ve seen plenty of the characters turning on each other and singling each other out, but the uncertainty of what’s in and beyond the tunnel actually gave me some true horror vibes for the first time in a while.

Why Hibari trusted Hanako with a stove at this point in the series is beyond me...

Why Hibari trusted Hanako with a stove at this point in the series is beyond me…

Moving down:

Anne Happy still seems to be losing in terms of comedy; it feels the most repetitive of any series in my lineup, since it all revolves around the characters’ very specific brands of misfortune, and there’s only so many ways and times Botan’s poor health can be used before you’ve seen it all, for example. The characters’ relationships with each other seem pretty much established at this point, so there’s no development there either. Anne-Happy is still mildly amusing to watch, and the episodes such as last week’s when the ‘happiness class’ go to that underground facility and take part in very unacademic activities are slightly better, but it really doesn’t stand out in such a strong season as this.

Somehow, Kuma Miko manages to avoid having the same problem with repetitiveness as Anne Happy, despite the fact it pretty much just focuses on one character (Machi), and embarrassing her in a new way each week. I think it’s the faces, the costumes, the music, the directing… it just makes me laugh a lot more. This week, the village got together to make a commercial in order to promote tourism, but it got ruined by product placement and the whims of its sponsor. The song was brilliant though, as was everything the director said and did. The recovery of Kiznaiver and Kabaneri meant that Kuma Miko moving down was virtually inevitable, but otherwise as good an episode as last week!

Shame Kumade doesn't have any landmarks along the lines of the Angelo Stone or Boing Boing Cape going for it...

Shame Kumade doesn’t have any landmarks along the lines of the Angelo Stone or Boing Boing Cape going for it…

General comments:

I really hoped that my lack of enthusiasm for Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 would be a temporary thing, that it was going through a dull patch of buildup episodes and would later spring back like other shows often do… but a lot is happening at the moment plot-wise that feels important, feels like I should be caring about it, and I just don’t. The fact that literally 6.5 minutes of recent episodes have been spent on recap and the OP/ED themes doesn’t help, the amount of padding needed to stretch this OVA out to TV series length certainly shows. The animation and action were spectacular, and Daguza’s death was unfortunate (if highly predictable), so it’s not all negative. 😛

Another split episode of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu S2, with the first half being largely comedy as Koro-sensei and the class help put together a yearbook to remember their time together. Even this late on, we’re learning of other sides to the characters from their teacher’s candid photographs! Lovestruck Irina was also amusing throughout. Then, in the second half, the government launched its own attempt on Koro-sensei’s life, using forcefields and space lasers. Needless to say, the class don’t want him to die (or at least not at anyone’s hands other than their own!), so the plan to infiltrate the highly-guarded school begins. Should make for some strong last few episodes!

How could this not go in the yearbook!?

How could this not go in the yearbook!?

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3 Responses to Spring 2016 Episode Rankings – Week 9

  1. It’s nice to see Kiznaiver jump back to where it was. I’ve still yet to watch episode 9, but I like what the show is doing.
    By the way, I’m all caught up on your weekly episode rankings. Sorry I was so late~!

    • The competition is so close this season that my enjoyment of a series doesn’t have to drop much before tons of other series overtake it for the week! General opinion of episode 8 seemed pretty high elsewhere, so maybe it was just me? 😛

      Thanks for reading!

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