We’re nearing the middle of the season already! Usually, I drop one or two of my lowest ranked series in Week 6, and replace them with something else; I still plan to do this, but as I’m already behind on most of these 20 shows after my weekend away, I may not have time to marathon 5-6 episodes of their potential replacements in time, so it *may* get put off until Week 7. We’ll see how it goes.
1 – Flip Flappers ep 5 (↑ 1)
2 – Drifters ep 5 (↑ 3)
5 – Shuumatsu no Izetta ep 5 (↑ 5)
6 – Yuri!!! on Ice ep 5 (↑ 6)
7 – Hibike! Euphonium S2 ep 5 (↑ 2)
8 – 3-gatsu no Lion ep 5 (↓ 2)
9 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4 ep 32 (↓ 8)
10 – Bloodivores ep 5 (↓ 3)
12 – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin ep 5 (↓ 4)
13 – Haikyuu!! S3 ep 5 (↓ 2)
16 – Show by Rock!! # ep 5 (↑ 1)
17 – ClassicaLoid ep 5 (↓ 1)
18 – Nanbaka ep 5
The elven uprising continued this week in Drifters! Quite the brutal episode all around, from Nobunaga’s dirty tactics and gunpowder production methods, to Toyohisa and Yoichi’s mopping up of all the enemy soldiers, and then there was the elf rape scene at the end. Not a particularly light-hearted, happy series, this one… or it shouldn’t be, but it keeps throwing in those jarring, SD comedy moments in the middle of otherwise serious scenes. I just can’t get used to that no matter how often it occurs, and it’s my only complaint about a series that’s otherwise one of my favourites of the year.
Shuumatsu no Izetta rivaled Drifters this week in terms of clever battle tactics – after Elystadt crowned its new Archduchess, and promoted its hero witch to the whole world, it took the fight to Germania for the first time. But as we know, Izetta can’t use her powers everywhere, and that’s something they desperately need to keep hidden from the enemy. So when the Germanians fight back from a position not covered by these ley lines, Elystadt uses sniper rifles, explosives and dummies to great effect to preserve the illusion that her magic has no weaknesses… not everyone is fooled, however. I get the feeling things are going too well for our main characters, and this probably won’t last much longer.
I was singing the praises of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4 only last week, typical that it would lose its consistent 1st/2nd position straight afterwards. 😛 I felt the pylon-guy transformed from evil sadistic villain to meek ‘Kira’s dad made me do it’ weakling surprisingly fast. The architect who won’t show his back is intriguing, but that’s all so far. Yuya’s a fun character though, nice to see more of him and his narcissism, and it’s a shame he doesn’t seem likely to join Josuke’s team fully. The Enigma stand and its creepy user were definitely the best thing in the episode, and I look forward to seeing how our heroes counter it. Overall, an underwhelming end to one battle, but a promising buildup to a couple of others.
The slow pacing continues in Bloodivores, and yet the new plot twists keep coming as well. I really hope they don’t end up adding so much that they can’t resolve any of it! Mi Liu discovers that he has a super computer embedded in his arm, and learns a lot more about the origins of Bloodivores from it. He then tries giving Anji a blood transfusion, but unfortunately for him she goes berserk – this Sapphire System thing did warn him that could happen! Oh, and apparently the giant monsters disintegrate when killed, another mystery to be explored. Meanwhile, the rest of the prisoners are joined by OP psychopath Lou Yoa, who probably won’t end up being the savior they hoped. Good episode all-round, but is it going anywhere?
Lostorage incited WIXOSS has consistently ranked 15th since Week 2, so just avoids potentially being dropped. Its creepy setting makes it more appealing to me than the light hearted shows that make up my bottom 5; the final reunion between Homura and Chinatsu this week was dark and depressing, with the latter actually wanting to lose her memories of their friendship via the game! I also really like the manipulative bookmaker. But as I keep saying every time I discuss a WIXOSS series, the weakness is the card game itself. The battles make no sense to me, and while the players’ unique coin abilities could have been interesting, they’ve had very little explanation or focus. Basically, Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku is doing the same thing much better this season.
I don’t usually like to give away my plans on which shows are dropped and which are safe until the middle of the season itself, but the consistently last Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru is quite predictable. I don’t dislike it by any means – seeing the sword boys acting as hosts this week despite having little idea of what hosts really do was cute. However, the series doesn’t give me anything to talk about here. I can’t keep track of all the characters’ names and relationships either. I’d rather have a show with some plot or progression take its place, something that’s likely to move up and down the rankings a bit more. Still, I’ll give the sixth episode a chance to win me over, you never know!