Once again we have reached the penultimate week of the season, and barely anything I’m watching is continuing into the Autumn – I think it’s just JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure?
Hopefully most of the others will end next week, so I’ve got more to talk about in my big end of season post… which will be delayed by the way, as I’m not around next weekend.
1 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 ep 24 (↑ 4)
2 – Danganronpa 3: Zetsubou-hen ep 10 (↑ 1)
3 – Berserk (2016) ep 11 (↑ 3)
5 – 91 Days ep 10 (↑ 3)
6 – Thunderbolt Fantasy ep 11 (↑ 3)
7 – Macross Delta ep 24 (↑ 3)
8 – Orange ep 11 (↑ 4)
10 – Danganronpa 3: Mirai-hen ep 10 (↓ 8)
11 – Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu ep 24 (↓ 10)
12 – Rewrite ep 11 (↓ 1)
13 – Taboo Tattoo ep 11
14 – Tales of Zestiria: The X ep 10 (↑ 2)
15 – Handa-kun ep 11 (↑ 2)
16- Amanchu! ep 11 (↓ 2)
17 – Hitori no Shita: The Outcast ep 11 (↑ 2)
18 – Cheer Danshi!! ep 10 (↓ 3)
Now this is more like the JJBA I’ve been wanting to see! JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 takes the #1 spot for the first time this season, with the conclusion of our heroes’ first battle against Kira. Koichi did well to hold the killer off as long as he did; even with his Stand’s latest evolution, he was no match for his opponent’s two Stands. That has to be cheating! I’m warming to Kira though – he isn’t all-powerful like the villains of previous series, got absolutely pulverised by Jotaro, and (despite his clever but failed attempt to get healed by Josuke) ended up having to cut off his own hand to escape. But escape he did, along with his hand, and he now has a new look and identity that the JoJo party will have to track down from scratch! With previous villains relying more on overwhelming power than anything else, and the good guys having to come up the crazy tactics to beat them, it’ll be interesting to see the roles reversed this time.
A record ranking for Thunderbolt Fantasy~ What seemed like a very simple ‘gather party and necessary items, infiltrate enemy castle, beat the boss’ plotline has taken some real twists over the past 3-4 episodes, with former allies now turning on each other! One of the highlights of episode eleven for me was Bu Huan’s terrible acting skills… hearing such out of character speech from a voice and body double of Xue Ya was amusing, and it’s no wonder Bones of Creation saw through it. Meanwhile, the real Xue Ya has also been tricked, as the hilt isn’t in the tower’s safe. And then, we had the cute but naive couple Can Yun and Fei, heading straight for the location of the crossguard, not realizing that they’re being followed by Yun Xiao and Hai, who wish to sell it to the Big Bad. The fight between master and disciple was great, though I can’t forgive the sharpshooter for taking Can Yun’s eye. 😮 I do hope the necromancer survives though, she’s still awesome.
Just a week after Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu finally took the average #1 spot for the season as a whole from 91 Days, a ten place tumble means that it is far less clear which (if either) will come out on top! As was often the case in earlier episodes of Re: Zero, it wasn’t bad at all, but the period immediately after a reset where Subaru tries to get back to where he was while undoing previous mistakes can be comparatively dull – seeing him disguise himself to warn Emilia in advance about evacuation, and take out the spies in his own ranks just isn’t as fun as when things go wrong and Felix ends up wearing a sack! And while I didn’t think it was possible, I’m actually starting to find Betelgeuse’s ravings a bit repetitive now as well. I look forward to seeing how the fight between him and Julius will go differently than their previous failed attempts at taking him down.
This week in Cheer Danshi!!, The Breakers qualified for the National Cheerleading Championships… and we weren’t allowed to see it. Unforgivable! It sounds as though they only scraped a pass, so hopefully they’ll pull off a stronger performance (that we actually get to see!) in the final two episodes to come. Instead, we were treated to more of the same ‘distracted character performs badly’, this time it was Haru worrying about his sister’s performance in Judo. Maybe I’m just coldhearted, but compared with Kazu’s worries about his grandmother’s health, and earlier drama between members of The Breakers, this just doesn’t really do anything for me. Sho and Sakura meeting for the first time since the accident was better, but nothing I haven’t seen before in anime. This series really isn’t trying to be original or revolutionary, but it’s still amusing at times.
Now that I’ve stopped particularly caring about the plot or characters, Taboo Tattoo is proving quite entertaining from a pure action point of view, and this was one of the better episodes in a while. The animation is still superb, the directing was great, and the characters’ abilities are cool as well. The lack of random acts of sexual assault in recent episodes is certainly a bonus. Very much style over substance though, with most of the villains that Izzy and Co. faced (as well as a few of their new allies) having had little/no introduction. Anyway, the final showdown between the newly powered-up Seigi and Princess Aryabhata approaches, so hopefully the series will end on a high note with a good battle.
Mob Psycho also provided plenty in the way of action again this week, but scores far higher since I actually like the characters. The plot isn’t anything new, it’s starting to resemble One Punch Man more and more since the evil organisation Claw have been introduced, but seeing Shigeo flatten the occasional bigged-up opponent made for great comic relief while his friends(?) Hanazawa and Dimple actually fought. And then, there was the big reveal at the end of the episode – Reigen is the leader of Claw!? I did not see that coming. I honestly thought he was just a fake medium who stumbled across Mob by chance and knew nothing about real psychic powers. I doubt he could climb to the top of such an organisation with only the same bad acting he uses in his day job, though. Whatever happens, I hope he remains in the series after this arc, on the assumption this gets a second series.