Well, I asked for series suggestions here and on two other sites, and got a grand total of one reply. Which I’m very grateful for, don’t get me wrong! That was Youjo Senki, which joins the rest of the series in my lineup. To round the list up to 20, I’ve added my own pick, the season’s lowest rated series (going by Anime-Planet average scores) Kemono Friends.
Nothing gets dropped, at this mid-way point I’m still finding everything entertaining enough~
2 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation ep 6 (↑ 7)
3 – Kuzu no Honkai ep 6 (↓ 1)
4 – Little Witch Academia TV ep 6 (↑ 1)
5 – Gabriel DropOut ep 6 (↑ 3)
6 – Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2 ep 6 (↓ 5)
7 – Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen ep 6 (↑ 7)
8 – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon ep 6 (↓ 2)
9 – Youjo Senki ep 6
10 – 3-gatsu no Lion ep 18 (↓ 3)
11 – Chaos;Child ep 6 (↑ 2)
12 – ClassicaLoid ep 19
13 – All Out!! ep 19 (↓ 2)
14 – Kemono Friends ep 6
15 – Urara Meirochou ep 6 (↑ 2)
16 – Onihei ep 6 (↓ 1)
19 – ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka ep 6 (↓ 3)
20 – Masamune-kun no Revenge ep 6 (↓ 10)
I originally dropped Youjo Senki due to its first episode, which wasn’t great IMO. It threw us straight into the action (which wasn’t all that well animated either), with no backstory or world building. Episode 2, on the other hand, was fantastic. The introduction of ‘Being X’, the reason why ‘Tanya’ ended up in ‘her’ current position simply because she refuses to acknowledge or worship it as God, and her careful but ultimately unsuccessful attempts since then to secure a cushy rear officer job in the military were far more my kind of thing. Eps 2 – 5 could well have ended up in the green zone in my rankings; the reason this week’s episode 6 is a fair bit lower than that is because it was a little too similar to last week’s ep (Tanya moves in, crushes under-powered and unprepared enemies without challenge etc). I’m hoping we’ll get to see a competent opponent for her eventually, someone or something that will really bring out her evil side. 😀
So, Kemono Friends. A budget 3DCG-animated show produced to help advertise a smartphone app which ended up shutting down before the first episode had even aired. An almost tragic story that made me hope against all odds that the series would do well… but once again, a poor first episode nearly killed any interest I had in the show. Thankfully I went back to it, as it has really grown on me since. I love the character’s designs and personalities, both of which take inspiration from the animals those Friends are based on. Plenty of interesting species that I’ve not seen anyone depict in anthropomorphic forms before. 😛 I also find the post-apocalyptic safari park setting really unique and interesting, and look forward to finding out more about what exactly happened to the place, and the wider world. The comedy is great, voice-acting is superb, and even the animation has picked up after that disastrous first episode. Educational, too!
Back to our old lineup, and a good week for some of the sequels! The re-appearance of Midousuji Akira in Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation really was all it took to propel it into the Top 5. He is definitely my favourite character from the series, and his evolution this week proved that it’s not just the new characters replacing their rival third years that Sohoku have to worry about. After Naruko’s victories in the previous episode, and new determination to keep going as a sprinter, I was surprised by his loss and promise to give it up this week. Imaizumi wouldn’t have suggested he become an all-rounder without good reason though, so hopefully he’ll come to enjoy and excel at other styles of riding for the benefit of his team.
This is about where I was expecting Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen to rank all season. I don’t usually like flashback episodes for whatever reason, but the shared backstory between Ryuji and Rin’s fathers was really good, and the events back in the present during the second half of the episode were better still. Less talking and more action, I’m easily amused. 😛 Todo is more of an interesting villain than I was expecting given his blatantly obvious manipulation of Mamushi; his eating the phoenix Karura to gain its powers was quite the scene! The Impure King seems like it’ll be tricky to defeat without Tatsuma, too. The show took its time, all I hope is that it stays this interesting for the remainder of the second half!
Not all sequels did so well; a return to the more boring political stuff saw Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2 tumble. A coup in Gjallarhorn, a predictable (if tragic) backstory for McGillis, and the shock revelation of Vidar’s true identity… surely even Mamushi could have seen that one coming! Very much a build-up episode for the major turmoil to come; not terrible by any means, I just preferred the previous arc’s focus on the Turbines and Tekkadan, all characters I much prefer. Looking forward to seeing Gundam Bael in action, though!
Bringing up the rear this week is Masamune-kun no Revenge… Masamune picturing Aki as a ham in the early minutes of the episode was funny. That was about it in terms of comedy for this episode; Koiwai and Fujinomiya being invited to Masamune’s house by his mother and messing around with food and fireworks didn’t do much for me. We got a little character development for Neko, but at the moment she remains a complete mystery. I don’t know what she plans to do with that old photo, or what her motives are in general, but hopefully the build-up in this episode will pay off.