No new Week 2 additions this season, I’ll be sticking with the same twenty series as last time… that’s more than enough. 😛 But while there’s no shame in losing out to a series as great as JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, I am feeling a definite lack of a ‘stand out’ series along the lines of Re:Zero, 91 Days or Durarara!!x2 Ketsu from this new batch. Early days, I guess.
1 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4 ep 29 (↑ 1)
2 – Drifters ep 2 (↑ 2)
3 – Flip Flappers ep 2 (↓ 2)
4 – Bungou Stray Dogs S2 ep 2 (↑ 1)
5 – Shuumatsu no Izetta ep 2 (↑ 1)
6 – Bloodivores ep 2 (↓ 3)
7 – Yuri!!! on Ice ep 2 (↑ 7)
8 – Haikyuu!! S3 ep 2 (↑ 3)
10 – Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari ep 2 (↑ 3)
11 – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin ep 2 (↓ 4)
12 – 3-gatsu no Lion ep 2 (↑ 3)
13 – Hibike! Euphonium S2 ep 2 (↑ 3)
14 – Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku ep 2 (↑ 6)
15 – Lostorage incited WIXOSS ep 2 (↓ 5)
16 – Nanbaka ep 2 (↓ 4)
17 – ClassicaLoid ep 2 (↓ 9)
19 – Show by Rock!! # ep 2 (↓ 2)
20 – Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru ep 2 (↓ 1)
After a (mostly) sweet and innocent first episode, the serious battle for survival begins in Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku! Shame to see Nemurin go first, her magical girl character design was adorable, and working hard to give people pleasant dreams is surely an important job. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely any of the others will learn of her death, and the consequences of not collecting enough candy… Aside from that, I’m liking Calamity Mary. Having an antagonist aside from the game itself should make things more interesting.
Whatever it was about Yuri!!! on Ice that didn’t impress me last week, it no longer seems to be an issue, so I’m glad I gave the show a chance! Plenty of great comedy, mostly from Viktor’s actions and interactions with his coach and both Yuris – he’s definitely shaping up to be one of my favourite characters of the season. Yuri and the newly re-named Yurio (whose fashion sense I love, by the way) should make for great rivals, and I look forward to seeing them both skate to music pieces unsuited to their style. That was a great twist. 😀
As often happens after Week 1, the pure comedy series with little/no plot or character development dropped like a rock. Nanbaka was still very amusing, but I’m already used to the style of humour, and hope that it doesn’t get repetitive too quickly. We did get some background stories for each of the inmates though – dark stuff, but the hilarious punchlines explaining their reasons for no longer trying to escape soon lightened the mood. I can’t see this topping my rankings anytime soon, but I’ll keep it on as long as it keeps me laughing.
Falling further is ClassicaLoid, which feels like it’s all style and no substance so far. Beethoven and Mozart are very two-dimensional at this point. We don’t know anything about who/what they really are or why they have these Musik powers… I’m sure this is deliberate, since they don’t seem to know themselves, but that plus their lack of development and interesting dialogue makes it hard to really care about them, when even Nanbaka is making an effort. Sousuke’s pretty useless. Kanae is better, just about, but I swear they’re just using her for her house! Their antics (including trying to demolish Kanae’s house again) were funny enough though. Hopefully the introduction of other composers will get the ball rolling on the plot, if there is one.
Enough about the all-new series, how are the sequels faring? Surprisingly well in Bungou Stray Dogs S2‘s case! Given that the first series (which was constantly up and down in my rankings) ended on a cliffhanger, with the Guild, the Agency and the Port Mafia at odds with each other, I wasn’t expecting a sudden flashback to Dazai’s past! And he wasn’t even the main focus – instead we were introduced to Odasaku, a low-ranking mafia member with an OP precognitive ability, but who refuses to use it to kill. Honestly, this guy might be the most interesting character introduced so far! He and Dazai ended up investigating the disappearance of a mutual friend and key mafia intelligence officer, in an arc which (I think?) ended this week. Surprisingly dark and serious, though it still featured the same comedy and silly faces at times… I’m just hoping there’s a reason they put this flashback here. Does it relate to the standoff in the ‘present day’? Guess we’ll find out soon.
I might have overhyped Show by Rock!! # a little. Though it only placed mid-table in my rankings back in Spring 2015, I really loved the characters and setting, so was excited to see them return for another series. However, the introduction of Dagger and the Queen of Darkness as main villains was very rushed, and their joke that it seemed like a B-movie plotline doesn’t change the fact that it’s true! This week Cyan was reunited with the other members of Plasmagica – cute scenes ensued… briefly, before they all ended up flying to Moa’s home planet for a fairly boring rest of the episode. All the sense of urgency that was present in the first episode was suddenly and jarringly forgotten. ShinganCrimsonZ didn’t feature. It just felt like the kind of filler episode I’d expect nearer the middle/end of the series, not right at the start when it’s supposed to be catching my interest. Hopefully things will improve from here.