Unfortunately, my call for series recommendations in the comments went unanswered. Fortunately, my forum buddies pulled through in the end. And so, I’ll be adding Mob Psycho 100 and Thunderbolt Fantasy to my lineup~
As Cheer Danshi!! was recap this week, and isn’t on my list as a result, I’ve only dropped one series for now to keep the number at a round 20… which fairly obviously ended up being New Game! A second series will be dropped next week, assuming nothing else takes airs recap episodes.
1 – 91 Days ep 6
4 – Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu ep 6 (↑ 6)
6 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 ep 19 (↑ 6)
7 – Orange ep 6 (↑ 6)
8 – Macross Delta ep 19 (↓ 2)
10 – Mob Psycho 100 ep 5
11- Amanchu! ep 6
12 – Berserk (2016) ep 6 (↓ 4)
13 – Rewrite ep 6 (↑ 2)
14 – Handa-kun ep 6
16 – Danganronpa 3: Zetsubou-hen ep 5 (↓ 7)
17 – Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin ep 6 (↓ 15)
18 – Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara ep 6 (↓ 1)
19 – Taboo Tattoo ep 6 (↓ 12)
20 – Hitori no Shita: The Outcast ep 6 (↓ 1)
Starting with the more ‘anime’ of the two: Mob Psycho 100 failed to make my lineup first time around as my two spaces for late-airing shows both went to Danganronpa. While its first episode was enjoyable, I felt it was too similar to ONE’s earlier anime series One Punch Man. But while that feeling is still there to an extent, I find myself preferring Mob Psycho to its more-hyped predecessor in a lot of ways – for starters, I prefer Mob himself as a main character; emotionless (under normal circumstances), easily manipulated by all the other horrible characters around him, but also stupidly powerful. Additionally, I feel the whole psychic/exorcist theme could potentially be a lot more varied than the whole ‘villain appears, hero punches’ setup of OPM, with the (LOL) Cult episode possibly being my favourite so far. Anyhow, with the comparisons out of the way, hopefully I’ll be able to focus more on Mob Psycho as a series in its own right next time!
I didn’t even look at Thunderbolt Fantasy as an option at the start of the season, since at the time Anime-Planet weren’t acknowledging it as anime. They are now, and that’s good enough for me. 😛 The plot itself is quite generic: bad people are trying to acquire an all-powerful, world-destroying weapon, but need a missing piece that’s under the protection of our heroes, so keep sending assassins after them. Meanwhile, the heroes go about building up a party of people with very specific skills, needed to get past the three security levels and into the Big Bad’s lair to finish him off. However, this series is made using Taiwanese glove puppets. While these puppets are absolutely gorgeous, it did take me a while to get used to their lack of expressions and barely-moving mouths! It’s the dialogue that really won me over, though, with some of the best character interactions of any series this season. Very well written.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 recovers from a short slump, a result of two episodes in a row without any real stand battles or villains. Last week’s introduction of Shigechi and his Stand Harvest was certainly different, and far from boring, but largely served as buildup for this week’s fight for the lottery money, which was brilliant. I wasn’t expecting Shigechi to have such a selfish side to him, given how readily he shared his loose change with Josuke and Okuyasu, but clearly big money can change even the most innocent of people. Though, I do have to wonder how ‘innocent’ he was to begin with, to think of using attacks such as injecting alcohol directly into their bloodstreams! I also loved the bank clerk’s grilling interrogation of the three at the start of the episode… after their fraud there, and the greed-driven fight that followed, I fully expected something to happen to the note, leaving them all penniless. But no, in this case, crime paid. 😛
Also recovering after two slower episodes is Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu, a good thing given that it only has two episodes left to save its average score! The series needed a change of focus away from the pirates and politics of Gilan, so it was great to see more of Etoile, and what was happening in Ecbatana. Guiscard’s attempt to seize power for himself following the escape of Andragoras III hasn’t gone well, with the Lusitanian forces becoming even more fragmented. His plan to kill two birds with one stone by having Princess Irina kill his brother the King, and framing Etoile as the mastermind, backfires thanks to the king’s size and a rescue mission by Hermes. Looks like Etoile will be rejoining Arslan’s party (hopefully permanently this time!), along with Alfreed’s brother, though after the events of this episode, who knows whether that will go according to plan either?
Quite the disastrous drop for Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin… this was just bland and boring after all the battles (mock and real) of the early episodes. Ikta and Co. get sent to the Northern Region, known for being quiet and well-guarded from external threats, for training/intimidation of the locals. With the exception of Yatori’s short duel against the best swordsman the base had to offer (ending with Yatori’s victory, of course), the only things that stick in my mind are Ikta’s unnecessary harassment of Haro, and skipping training to rescue another damsel in distress using SCIENCE. I do wonder what he saw in that cell near the end of the episode, as we’ve not seen much shake his confident, obnoxious personality until this point, so hopefully the series will bounce right back up next week.
This week’s episode of Taboo Tattoo didn’t do much for me either – the fanservice in this show is very weird, with seemingly any character prone to groping or mounting others at the most bizarre points. The pacing is stupidly fast… not quite Big Order fast, but getting there. Ep 6 introduced a new character, BB, who came out of nowhere and seems to be justice personified. He and Seigi raid some lab or other and beat up some artificially-tattooed mooks, taking out the Mad Scientist villain running the place (Mr Genius could have been a fun villain, if generic, but was taken out far too quickly). This BB is now training Seigi. And apparently Bluesy is in love with him. Personally, I’m still trying to figure out who he is, and how he has the same power as Seigi when the tattoos are all supposed to be unique? Meh, if all else fails, I’ll no doubt keep watching this for the animation and fights alone.