Not much to say this week; few big jumps and drops, and most of those are just returning to their old positions. No early endings or recaps, and no rush in order to get the post out on time because I’ve not been anywhere. Everything is as it should be~
2 – Danganronpa 3: Mirai-hen ep 9 (↑ 2)
3 – Danganronpa 3: Zetsubou-hen ep 9 (↑ 8)
4 – Mob Psycho 100 ep 9 (↑ 2)
5 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 ep 23 (↑ 2)
6 – Berserk (2016) ep 10 (↓ 3)
8 – 91 Days ep 9 (↓ 7)
9 – Thunderbolt Fantasy ep 10 (↓ 1)
10 – Macross Delta ep 23 (↑ 2)
11 – Rewrite ep 10 (↑ 1)
12 – Orange ep 10 (↑ 1)
13 – Taboo Tattoo ep 10 (↑ 2)
14- Amanchu! ep 10 (↓ 4)
15 – Cheer Danshi!! ep 9 (↑ 1)
16 – Tales of Zestiria: The X ep 9 (↓ 11)
17 – Handa-kun ep 10
Another exposition episode from Macross Delta, after Delta Squad’s infiltration of Windermere doesn’t quite go according to plan. Our main trio end up together, of course, and we got a nice flashback to Freyja’s past, as well as more love triangle drama between her and Mirage while Hayate was out of earshot. They eventually get captured by Windermere forces, and are shown the site of the Dimensional Bomb strike, as well as the craft which Hayate’s father supposedly used to carry out the attack. This is the reason they think they’re fighting for… Elsewhere, Reina and Makina manage to get some emotion out of Mikumo, who I’m starting to like a lot more now that she’s not acting so distant. She also ends up captured, but ends up in Roid’s personal custody – he clearly has other plans for this war, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s done with Heinz now that he has his hands on a superior, engineered singer.
Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin goes from one war to another – the conflict against the Sinack came to an abrupt end after their Chief’s village was pillaged, though thankfully Ikta managed to put a stop to the needless killing of innocents. But then the religious country La Saia Alderamin declare war over the Northern Garrison’s horrible treatment of the spirits, and the Empire find themselves needing the help of the Sinack forces they just finished conquering! Fortunately, Ikta was friends with their Chief as a child… if he’d just won her over with that alone, I’d have rated this episode far lower, as he does seem almost too perfect/lucky a protagonist in every situation. But he did have an interesting scientific upbringing, so his having stayed with the Sinack while learning about their beliefs and culture made sense, and his willingness to sacrifice part of his finger just to be allowed to call her ‘Nana’ again won me over.
For the first time, 91 Days scores less than third! This really wasn’t a bad episode, but lacked the excitement of all the gang warfare and major character deaths that I’ve come to expect from the series. Now that Fango is no more and the Galassias have withdrawn, only the Vanetti family’s internal struggles remain – that and Avilio’s revenge plot, of course. Big events included Nero being made Don Vanetti officially, though this was very much a formality with his father ill and his brother dead; also the Vanetti family’s capture, interrogation and later search for Corteo after he managed to escape… only to be held hostage by the mystery man who sent Avilio/Angelo the letter and sparked his quest for revenge. We now know this person was Ganzo Vanetti, but will have to wait another week to find out why he betrayed the family.
I haven’t mentioned Amanchu! in a long while. I’d say it’s fairly consistent, as Pikari, Teko and the twins’ activities never fail to put a smile on my face – as with most slice of life series, its ranking depends more on my own mood while watching, and on how many big plot developments/fights occurred in other shows. Nice to see the focus return to diving – the hydrangeas, love letters, photographs and Daruma-san games of previous weeks have been great, but the club’s main activity took a definite back step after Teko failed the pool course. Now that she can swim, and has passed the course, it looks as though we’ll be in for the perfect happy ending, with Pikari and Teko finally managing to buddy up. 🙂
The other series I’ve barely mentioned at all is Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – weird, considering I rate it so highly, and it’s been one of the most unpredictable and eventful series of the last couple of seasons! I was briefly disappointed at how easily Betelgeuse was defeated last week, but that quickly changed once it was revealed his Sloth persona was contagious. First Subaru and party ended up having to take down all ‘Fingers’ that threatened to destroy the village, and then in a brilliant twist, Subaru ended up becoming one of them himself. Might have been an idea to leave that Gospel alone. :O He gets Felis and Julius to finish him off before fully losing his mind… here’s hoping he reached a ‘save point’ after the defeat of the whale, as there’s only two episodes left in this series!
At the other end of the rankings, Hitori no Shita: The Outcast is unlikely to move up in these last few weeks of the season, unless something else ends on a particularly terrible note. 😛 Whereas Re: Zero’s cliffhangers usually feel like the peak of an all-round good episode, Hitori no Shita seems to leave the only interesting parts of each ep until right at the last minute, to give people a reason to tune in next week. Episode 9 ended with Houhou being skewered, after Soran told her not to move and she took it too literally. Turns out he needn’t have worried about her, since she has magical healing abilities. And at the end of the episode, we learned that she doesn’t age, and that she killed Soran’s grandfather. Something happened between these two cliffhangers, involving the pink-haired Zensei lady and some father and son characters who had zero character introduction, but I couldn’t care less. When’s this promised tournament happening!?