Summer 2016 Episode Rankings – Week 12

Only eight series ended this week, which means this will be one of the shortest end of season posts I’ve written in a long time! There are almost enough series left on the list for a Week 13 post, but given how far I am behind on anime after going away for the weekend, and given that the new shows start airing imminently, I think I’ll leave the Summer season here as usual.

Nightmare fuel!

Nightmare fuel!

1 – Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu ep 25 (↑ 10)

2 – Berserk (2016) ep 12 (↑ 1)

3 – Mob Psycho 100 ep 11 (↑ 1)

4 – 91 Days ep 11 (↑ 1)

5 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 ep 25 (↓ 4)

6 – Thunderbolt Fantasy ep 12

7 – Orange ep 12 (↑ 1)

8 – Danganronpa 3: Mirai-hen ep 11 (↑ 2)

9 – Macross Delta ep 25 (↓ 2)

10 – Danganronpa 3: Zetsubou-hen ep 11 (↓ 8)

11 – Handa-kun ep 12 (↑ 4)

12 – Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin ep 12 (↓ 3)

13- Amanchu! ep 12 (↑ 3)

14 – Rewrite ep 12 (↓ 2)

15 – Hitori no Shita: The Outcast ep 12 (↑ 2)

16 – Tales of Zestiria: The X ep 11 (↓ 2)

17 – Cheer Danshi!! ep 11 (↑ 1)

18 – Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! Love! ep 12 (↑ 1)

19 – Taboo Tattoo ep 12 (↓ 6)

I loved Puck's 'fire sword'. :D

I loved Puck’s ‘fire sword’. 😀

Taking the top spot this week, and a place in my all-time Top 50 anime list, is Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu. The initial fight between Julius + Subaru and Betelgeuse was great, especially the plan of defeating him using the same Witch he served so faithfully… the chase that followed was on an entirely different level though. He just wouldn’t die! 😮 After that, a nice finale with Subaru rescuing and finally making up with Emilia. Can’t really fault it as the ending for a first series – I just hope we’ll be getting another!

We know Berserk (2016) is getting a continuation at least, I look forward to more of that (hopefully with less derpy animation)! It was nice to see a happy – by this series’ standards – ending for Luca and Nina, they came equipped with some impressive plot armour. Before that though, we saw the horrors that wiped out the fort simply vanish in the daylight, fights with Kushans which brought former friends and foes together… and then, the return of Griffith to the story. He’ll certainly make things more interesting, going forward.

How could that be interpreted as anything other than bullying? :razz:

How could that be interpreted as anything other than bullying? 😛

It was promised right from the start that Danganronpa 3: Zetsubou-hen would be a ‘Story of Hope that ends in Despair’ – and despair is definitely the right word to use! Senseless murder and suicide, blackmail and betrayal, and the birth of the Despairs that went on to ruin the world and create the scenario we see in Zetsubou-hen. I feel this mostly served as buildup for the ‘true’ finale of both parts, Mirai-hen’s 12th episode, so I’ll reserve my final judgement until I’ve seen that; as a standalone episode though, very shocking and brutal, but not a lot else.

The final episode of Handa-kun really exceeded my expectations, and was hilarious! The series has a large cast, so I’m impressed that they managed to feature every single character that interacted with Handa-kun in one episode, without any feeling rushed or forced. The usual misunderstandings were all the more funny with such large groups, all misinterpreting things differently. But the high point for me was Kawafuji finally undoing the mess he made, and Handa realizing that this bunch of weirdos actually like him.

These two look perfectly at home under the sea, with all the other weird looking creatures. :razz:

These two look perfectly at home under the sea, with all the other weird looking creatures. 😛

Amanchu! ended with Teko’s first sea dive – for a series supposedly all about diving, we saw virtually nothing prior to this, which allowed the viewer to experience things for the first time along with Teko, a nice idea in my opinion. There were a few scary bits, as she looked into the dark, seemingly endless depths, and managed to lose a fin, but everything went well in the end and she passed the course. There’s not much to say about Amanchu! that I couldn’t have said back in Week 1, it was simple, amusing, and always put a smile of my face. 🙂

Hitori no Shita: The Outcast‘s final two episodes, focusing on Houhou’s past, were easily my favourites in the series. It wasn’t anything overly original, but it was well written, and managed to get the emotional response from me that I think it was aiming for. I liked the comedy moments too! But after the old man’s death, and the episode ended… the series ended as well. No closure, no second series announcement, the only way I knew it was over was the lack of next ep preview. I feel this series was a waste of potential, and never really went anywhere.

Houhou vs Panda was amusing.

Houhou vs Panda was amusing.

I found Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! Love!‘s ending a bit underwhelming. The first series’ surprise revelation that it was all a space TV show was so bizarre that you couldn’t help but love it, however the sequel lacked anything like that. The school council didn’t do much after coming back all that way either! Ah well though, at least it was another happy ending, with the number of people in the bath increasing by two. Nice costumes and transformations, too. And the ‘surprise announcement’ at the end was a great troll. 😛

By far the worst final episode of this season was that of Taboo Tattoo, which made no sense to me. The first 5 minutes were alright, as Izzy and Tamaki fought Aryabhata… but then the Princess turned into a giant monster, and Seigi + Izzy turned into a giant monster, which was apparently Wiseman’s fault. Somehow the ‘good’ monster won, and the princess vanished… then came the icing on the cake. Rather than just leave this mess of a series there, they had to go and make that nonsensical epilogue/preview. If this gets a sequel, which I highly doubt, I won’t be watching it.

I honestly don't know if the epilogue was serious, or a parody of the whole mess!

I honestly don’t know if the epilogue was serious, or a parody of the whole mess!

And finally, here’s the average rankings throughout the whole season:

1 – 91 Days (2.64)

2 – Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (2.67)

3 – Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu (4.25)

4 – Berserk (2016) (5.17)

5 – Danganronpa 3: Mirai-hen (6.45)

6 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 (7.33)

7 – Thunderbolt Fantasy (7.57)

8 – Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (8.00)

9 – Mob Psycho 100 (8.14)

10 – Orange (8.92)

11 – Macross Delta (9.83)

12 – Danganronpa 3: Zetsubou-hen (10.09)

13 – Tales of Zestiria: The X (10.42)

14 – Amanchu! (10.92)

15 – Rewrite (11.83)

16 – Taboo Tattoo (13.00)

17 – Handa-kun (14.50)

18 – Cheer Danshi!! (16.18)

19 – Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! Love! (16.92)

20 – Hitori no Shita: The Outcast (18.58)

91 Days takes the top spot, though it’ll be the final episode that decides whether it joins Re: Zero in my Top 50. Interesting that Taboo Tattoo shares the same average ranking as Big Order last season; they have a lot in common, both having done a great job of catching my interest initially, before ending atrociously. Both late additions, Thunderbolt Fantasy and Mob Psycho 100, more than justified their places in my list, and I feel the latter would have placed far higher if its first 6 episodes were taken into account.

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