Winter 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 4

Just a heads up, I’ll be at the Midlands MCM Expo in Telford next Saturday, so this may result in a delay to my next blog post as I catch up with everything on Sunday. The expo is one of only two anime-themed events that I attend each year, so it’ll be nice to meet up with fellow fans and see cosplay and merchandise in person again!

I'm surprised at how many different viewpoints and flashbacks Kuzu no Honkai fits into each ep, while the pacing still feels fine!

I’m impressed at how many different viewpoints and flashbacks Kuzu no Honkai manages to fit into each ep, while the pacing still feels fine!

1 – Kuzu no Honkai ep 4 (↑ 1)

2 – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 ep 4 (↑ 3)

3 – Little Witch Academia TV ep 4 

4 – Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2 ep 4 

5 – Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2 ep 16 (↓ 4)

6 – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon ep 4 (↑ 1)

7 – Gabriel DropOut ep 4 (↑ 1)

8 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation ep 4 (↓ 2)

9 – 3-gatsu no Lion ep 16

10 – Urara Meirochou ep 4 (↑ 2)

11 – Masamune-kun no Revenge ep 4 (↓ 1)

12 – Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen ep 4 (↑ 3)

13 – ClassicaLoid ep 17 (↓ 2)

14 – All Out!! ep 17

15 – Chaos;Child ep 4 (↑ 3)

16 – ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka ep 4 (↓ 3)

17 – Onihei ep 4

18 – Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari ep 4 (↓ 2)

Ao no Exorcist still maintains its humour at least, even in more serious episodes like this one.

Ao no Exorcist still maintains its humour at least, even in more serious episodes like this one.

Moving up:

I still feel as though I haven’t fully gotten into Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen – this series has a lot of characters I like, but aside from Rin most of them aren’t getting any screentime, which is instead going mostly to the under-developed new characters from the Kyoto Branch. The whole ‘who is the traitor?’ mystery posed in the previous episode didn’t go unanswered for long, either. However, it was nice to see some action at last, and Rin’s emotional attempt to get Ryuuji and his father to make up was definitely the highlight of this sequel so far.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! S2 didn’t stay down for long! I was wondering how long Darkness was going to be out of the picture, but her re-introduction this week was glorious. As usual, I love how quick they all are to betray each other, with Kazuma trying to ensure her arranged marriage goes ahead against her wishes, because she adds nothing to the party’s strength. Lalatina’s reactions to all the humiliation (both real and imagined) hit all new extremes. None of the new comedy series can compete with these wonderful, terrible characters.

Darkness' description of her perfect partner was hilarious.

Darkness’ description of her perfect partner was also hilarious.

Moving down:

Slow-pacing and lots of talking still hold ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka back in my rankings – it really hasn’t been all that eventful, though I do like the world building and intrigue that it’s managed so far. This week’s Suitsu district, where technology is banned to protect tradition (whether the residents like it or not) really emphasized how different each of these 13 districts are, and how much dissatisfaction there is below the seemingly peaceful surface. Perhaps the rumored coup could be one of several planned… I get the feeling that when (if?) things do start to happen, it’ll be glorious.

ClassicaLoid moves down this week, but compared with last season it’s doing much better. Partly because the Autumn season was stronger, perhaps, but I also feel I’m finally starting to ‘get’ the style of humour the show has had going since its first episode. This week’s fried mikan zombie ep was truly one of the most bizarre things I’ve seen in anime in a long time, and it did make me laugh a lot. It’s that ‘randomness’ that causes it to lose out to the rest of the comedy shows, though – there’s no build-up, logic or clever wordplay, it just seems to be weird for weird’s sake.

That the zombies managed to be quite scary despite having flowers for faces and puking orange juice is quite an achievement!

That the zombies managed to be quite scary despite having flowers for faces and puking orange juice is quite an achievement!

General comments:

Seemingly stuck at #17 is Onihei – low down, certainly, but never bad enough to justify last place. It’s very formulaic, with Heizou usually teaming up with or working to catch an old acquaintance of his, who have very little in the way of introduction or development due to each story being over in one episode. The animation isn’t great, though the choreography in the fight scenes makes good use of what little it does have. I like its ‘film noir’ feel and jazz soundtrack, too. Hopefully, with the number of recurring characters growing, we’ll get some multi-ep stories eventually.

Masamune-kun no Revenge is slowly dropping from its strong 6th place debut – this is largely due to the romance, which is of a far more standard and predictable type to that which propelled Kuzu no Honkai to #1. As with KonoSuba and Gabriel DropOut, we’ve got two rotten characters with plenty of motive to do mean things to each other, but their mutual growing feelings always stop them from making that final, humiliating move. I can’t see Masamune-kun’s revenge progressing very far at this rate. Still, I’m liking the side cast a lot so far, especially Yoshino.

All I hope is that this new character introduced at the end of the ep prevents it from descending into a generic tsundere show too quickly!

All I hope is that this new character introduced at the end of the ep prevents it from descending into a generic tsundere show too quickly!

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