I just about managed to catch up, though it took a couple of late nights to do so!
I had hoped that watching all 19 episodes in the space of three days would make comparisons easier, as they were all pretty fresh in my mind, but instead I found myself getting them mixed up with the Week 8 episodes I marathoned only a few days beforehand. Hopefully that won’t have too much of an impact, as I read a few episode summaries and skimmed back through some episodes just to make sure…
1 – 91 Days ep 8
4 – Danganronpa 3: Mirai-hen ep 8 (↑ 9)
5 – Tales of Zestiria: The X ep 8 (↑ 12)
6 – Mob Psycho 100 ep 8 (↑ 6)
7 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 ep 22 (↑ 3)
8 – Thunderbolt Fantasy ep 9 (↓ 1)
10- Amanchu! ep 9 (↑ 1)
11 – Danganronpa 3: Zetsubou-hen ep 8 (↓ 3)
12 – Rewrite ep 9 (↓ 3)
13 – Orange ep 9 (↓ 9)
14 – Macross Delta ep 22 (↓ 9)
15 – Taboo Tattoo ep 9 (↑ 3)
16 – Cheer Danshi!! ep 8
17 – Handa-kun ep 9 (↓ 2)
Despite my high praise for the series at first, late addition Mob Psycho 100 quickly dropped down my rankings. I feel this was bad timing, as the early episodes which revolved around Shigeo and Reigen were packed with brilliant action and comedy; since I added the series to my lineup, most of the episodes have focused on Mob’s brother Ritsu’s path to gaining psychic powers of his own, taking a slower and more serious turn. All that buildup finally paid off this week though – Shigeo faces an esper of similar strength for the first time and loses the fight, Ritsu gets kidnapped after a case of mistaken identity, and we learned of the existence of ‘Claw’, an organisation that is producing espers artificially. Obviously the fights were amazing this week, and the sudden, unexpected plot development was also great, but in addition to all that, the focus on Ritsu and Shigeo’s relationship was very well handled.
I just found out that JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 is going to be 39 episodes long; this is good, as if it was due to end this season in 3-4 episodes time, I could only see it being a disappointing ending. I assume that the recently introduced Yoshikage Kira is meant to be this part’s main villain, but so far he pales in comparison to Dio and the Pillar Men for me. He showed up too late, and doesn’t pose a threat to the planet and humanity as a whole, just a few unfortunate victims in the town of Morioh. At least his Stand seems like it will be tricky to deal with. Hopefully this part will get more interesting (as was the case in this episode) now that he and Josuke’s crew are aware of each other, with Shigekiyo being the first of our ‘heroes'(?) to fall victim to the killer.
Quite a lot has happened over the last few episodes of Orange – Naho learned that first Suwa, and then all the rest of her circle of friends all had similar letters from the future. She also went through a period of not looking at her letter, believing that her present self is in a better position to help Kakeru than the increasingly inaccurate predictions of her future self. Now though, they’re following the guidance of all five letters. Could the additional points of view make a difference, or will this end up being a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth? Hard to tell at this stage, since we’ve yet to learn what effects the changes they made in this episode have had on this timeline’s Kakeru (that lack of big developments being the main reason for the drop this week). One thing’s for sure though, that scene with the umbrellas came across as very forced – I wonder what will happen if he figures out they’re pre-planning things like this behind his back?
Last week’s episode of Rewrite was possibly my favourite so far. Coming after the whole Gaia/Guardian reveal of episode 7, and subsequent disappearance of most of the cast, we finally got to see the ribbon ghost (Kagari) get some proper introduction. I loved her silent, unexplained antics from early episodes, and was worried that she wouldn’t be as funny if she could talk – I needn’t have worried, as every word that’s come out of her mouth so far has been hilarious, made doubly so by Kotarou’s retorts. 😀 They’re definitely the best characters. This episode was also good, only dropping due to other shows having more action. Kotarou and Kagari’s trip to the city, which saw them get stalked by all sorts of suspicious individuals and creatures, got things off to an amusing start, then later the reveals about Kotori and Kagari were handled better than any from previous character arcs.
I’m still getting used to the suddenly much larger cast of Cheer Danshi!! This influx of new members led to conflicts regarding differences in skill, effort and time available for practice, among other things. This was most frequently between Hisashi, who is truly passionate about cheerleading and wants everybody to take things as seriously as he does, and Andou, the joker of the group who is new to cheerleading and cares more about having fun than pushing himself too hard. I could sympathize with both points of view, though I found myself siding with Hisashi more often than not because Broccoli’s just so annoying! 😛 Thankfully (if predictably, as such things are a sport/club anime staple), the arguments ended without any members quitting. The Breakers voted to increase the difficulty of their stunts despite all the extra work involved, and Hisashi also (rather awkwardly!) demonstrated that he’d be taking a less severe approach to things in the future.
Dialogue-heavy, pretty puppet show Thunderbolt Fantasy maintains its fairly stable position for another week. It’s proving highly enjoyable, despite the fact I still couldn’t tell you the name of a single character, thanks to their complex romanized spellings in the subs that don’t phonetically match their pronunciations in the dub. 😮 So forgive me for copy-pasting them here! At last we learned the true identity of Lin Xue Ya (AKA the hot white-haired guy) – he’s a thief, who the rest of the party now believe intends to profit from selling the sword guard to the big bad Bones of Creation (hooray for nicknames!) Hopefully this isn’t the case, and he has some other reason for betraying Dan Fei (the seal guardian lady). Our protagonist Shang Bu Huan’s role in his grand scheme remains a mystery, but I look forward to learning more about both characters when they clash in the next episode!