Still playing catch-up… I’ll admit, I’ve watched a lot of 10th episodes already. Hopefully that won’t lead to too much confusion about what happened in which episode… At any rate, the usual Sunday posts *should* resume this weekend, and hopefully they won’t feel so half-assed either!
Since most of the large jumps and drops are from the same few shows I’ve talked about for the past couple of weeks, I’ll be focusing on some of the smaller ones, but as ever, I’m happy to discuss any of these shows/episodes in the comments~
1 – Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2 ep 9 (↑ 2)
5 – Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen ep 9 (↑ 6)
6 – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon ep 9 (↑ 1)
7 – 3-gatsu no Lion ep 21 (↑ 2)
9 – Little Witch Academia TV ep 9 (↓ 4)
10 – ClassicaLoid ep 22 (↑ 4)
11 – Masamune-kun no Revenge ep 9 (↑ 1)
12 – Youjo Senki ep 9 (↓ 2)
13 – Gabriel DropOut ep 9 (↑ 4)
14 – Chaos;Child ep 9 (↓ 8)
15 – All Out!! ep 22 (↑ 1)
16 – Urara Meirochou ep 9 (↑ 3)
17 – ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka ep 9 (↓ 4)
18 – Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari ep 9 (↑ 2)
19 – Kemono Friends ep 9 (↓ 4)
20 – Onihei ep 9 (↓ 2)
A top 5 debut for Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen! No surprise really, all the buildup is out of the way, and all that remains is the big showdown with a seemingly immortal Todo and a scarily huge fungus fiend. Great action from start to finish. Nice flashback to Yukio and Rin’s childhood too, with the former confirming his true feelings for the latter… and then the real surprise, his flaming blue eyes. Clearly he inherited something from Satan after all!
This season hasn’t had a standout, regular #1 series like some other seasons have, but despite some slower episodes hurting its average, I think episode nine of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2 has cemented it as my favourite. Seeing Yakumo return to rakugo despite his failing health and voice, putting on a great performance in the prison, only to then narrowly escape death in the burning theater was a real emotional rollercoaster. I haven’t missed the subtle changes in the OP sequence either, this time it was Sukeroku (2nd generation)’s creepy red eyes. 😮 Yakumo’s been visited by both him and Miyokichi now, the death flags are really piling up… but it was nice to hear the usually morose master state that he didn’t want to die, and take Sukeroku (3rd generation)’s hand to escape the fire.
I honestly thought Youjo Senki would do better in my rankings than this. Weak first episode aside, Tanya’s quarrels with ‘Being X’, followed by her rise up the ranks and attempts to avoid a dangerous frontline assignment in eps 2-5 was definitely one of the highlights of the season for me. From its debut in my rankings with ep 6 to this week, however, it feels very slow and samey. The show hasn’t done enough to make me interested in the politics, and the action scenes aren’t anything special. I did like the return of the good Doctor, however, and the rotten potato gag.
Bringing up the rear is Onihei… I’ve given up on there being any running plot or even two-three part story arcs. I don’t usually like episodic series that much, and I also have a (quite irrational, I admit!) dislike of flashback episodes, so Onihei didn’t stand much of a chance this week. 😛 I wish I could say I cared more about our protagonist, enough to take an interest in this story from his past, but it didn’t do much for me at all.
The long, emotional and drawn-out farewell to the previous third years is over, and Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation finally gets around to showing us who the New Generation are! Three first years stand out, with the skilled Kaburagi and Danchiku promised places on Sohoku’s interhigh team if they win the first year race; the other named character is Sugimoto’s younger brother. Nice to see the older Sugimoto hasn’t given up on making the team either though, and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares now that he’s been allowed into the race as well!
All Out!! just isn’t as exciting a sports series as YowaPeda, but I don’t think it’s trying to be. This slow-paced approach to high school sports, which has chosen not to skip the training episodes and head straight for a big tournament as most others do, is certainly refreshing! All the characters are getting development, to the point where Gion barely feels like the main character anymore. Plenty of laughs in this episode, too. 🙂