I thought that this season’s shows were very close in terms of quality, so I expected to see a lot more movement than this… maybe I’ve just settled on this order subconsciously after last week, I honestly couldn’t say. Hopefully it won’t be like this all season, or else I won’t have much to talk about!
2 – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon ep 2 (↑ 2)
3 – Little Witch Academia TV ep 2 (↓ 1)
4 – Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2 ep 2 (↓ 1)
6 – Gabriel DropOut ep 2 (↑ 1)
7 – 3-gatsu no Lion ep 14 (↑ 1)
8 – Kuzu no Honkai ep 2 (↑ 1)
9 – Urara Meirochou ep 2 (↑ 5)
10 – Masamune-kun no Revenge ep 2 (↓ 4)
11 – All Out!! ep 15 (↑ 1)
12 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation ep 2 (↓ 2)
13 – ClassicaLoid ep 15
14 – Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen ep 2 (↓ 3)
15 – ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka ep 2 (↑ 1)
16 – Chaos;Child ep 2 (↓ 1)
17 – Onihei ep 2
Comedy is difficult to rate. Do I count the number of laughs? The length of each laugh? The intensity? Obviously I’d rather sit back and enjoy the episode than break my immersion with such things, so I just go with whichever one sticks in my mind for the longest, or still makes me chuckle on second watch when I know what’s coming, or the show that simply has the more amusing characters or setting and uses them well. Of the all-new lot, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon seems to be that show; it’s ridiculous and I love it. 😀
That said, I think I was overly harsh on Urara Meirochou last time. The disadvantage of its early airing was that the likes of Kobayashi-san and KonoSuba came afterwards, and their more wacky, faster-paced antics stood out a lot more. This second episode reminded me just how much I liked Urara Meirochou’s characters, however, and their conversations and running gags are already getting funnier as they become closer. On top of that, the fortune-teller premise is one of the more original ones of the season. Certainly didn’t deserve to be in the red this week.
Enough comedy, I’ll spare Masamune-kun this week and take the chance to look at some sequels instead. Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation was a continuation I didn’t expect to see. Sohoku and Onoda won the Inter-high, the big event in high school competitive cycling, the goal they’d been working towards over the two previous series. What could possibly follow after that? Well, what else but do it all again – only this time without the fantastically skilled (former) third years, and with everyone’s eyes on them as the reigning champions! These early episodes have provided much needed development for second years Teshima and Aoyagi, who are now captain and vice-captain, despite not making the team the previous year. Sad goodbyes, training and new bikes – not a lot else going on yet, but I imagine it’ll shoot back up before long.
It’s always disorienting when a sequel for a show comes out half a decade later, particularly when there’s no recap – Who are these characters again? What do these terms mean? etc etc. Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen has made things even more confusing for anime-only viewers by pretending the latter half of the first series (which was all anime-original) never happened. Characters who’d made up previously are fighting again, and while all this is going on we’re being introduced to new cast members and this new arc’s storyline. It’s been a bit of an information overload for me, and not a lot else besides. As with Yowapeda, hopefully it’ll pick up once the groundwork has been laid and the action begins, because I liked this franchise a lot previously!
And back to comedy – two weeks at #1 for Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2~ I’ve seen better from KonoSuba, but it has the advantage of having a full series of story and character/joke development behind it, and at this point the newer comedies can’t compete with that (IMO). More of the same at first with the return of the giant toads, but the introduction of an even more unfortunate rival character for Megumin and the duels that followed made the second half much funnier.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2 finally seems to be ranking where I expected it to be all of last season! And it’s not even heavy on the action at the moment, I just like what I’m seeing of this next problem facing Tekkadan so far. It was nice to get some backstory on how the Turbines were formed, but they now find themselves in trouble due to Gjallarhorn (under the ever-annoying Iok’s orders) finding a banned weapon on their ship. I hope this next arc proves more interesting than the ones before it in S2.