Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 5

Same old Top 4, but the battle for the ever-changing 5th place rages on!  The bottom of the lineup seems to have stabilized too, which will make it a lot easier to decide what (if anything) to drop next week~ Do let me know in the comments if you have any Spring series suggestions not currently in the list that you think I might enjoy. 🙂

Great backstory for those two this week, though I’m guessing there’s far more to come for ‘Historia’…

1 – Shingeki no Kyojin S2 ep 5 

2 – Boku no Hero Academia S2 ep 5 

3 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep 5 

4 – Seikaisuru Kado ep 5 

5 – Alice to Zouroku ep 5 (↑ 1)

6 – Renai Boukun ep 5 (↑ 3)

7 – Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria ep 4 (↑ 5)

8 – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine ep 5 (↑ 5)

9 – Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho ep 4 (↓ 2

10 – Little Witch Academia ep 17 (↑ 4)

11 – Granblue Fantasy The Animation ep 5 (↓ 3

12 – SukaSuka ep 4 (↑ 3)

13 – Berserk (2017) ep 5 (↓ 8

14 – Re:Creators ep 5 (↓ 4

15 – Kabukibu! ep 5 (↑ 1)

16 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation ep 16 (↑ 1)

17 – Clockwork Planet ep 5 (↓ 6

18 – Sakura Quest ep 5 

19 – Hinako Note ep 5 

20 – Sagrada Reset ep 5 

Amanda, of course, would never break the rules in her life!

Moving up:

A much better episode from Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria, good to know there is a plot to this series! I was starting to worry the series would just be constant breast jokes and Lefiya fangirling about Ais… admittedly this episode still had plenty of that, but it also took a darker turn when an adventurer was murdered over a particularly creepy-looking item that’s now in the possession of the Loki Familia. And then, of course, there’s those monster plants that someone deliberately let loose in town – who really did it, and why? I like a good mystery. 😀

So Akko is now in full word-gathering mode in Little Witch Academia, but I’m still not sold on the idea. Those early, amusing episodic comedy episodes were far better IMO, and that’s coming from someone who usually prefers ongoing storylines! Still, at least she didn’t find one this week, wouldn’t want them to be that easy to collect. Mouse-form Akko is cute, and cross-dressing Amanda was awesome, particularly in the duel against the possessed knight. Not bad, but… needs more Sucy!

That’s a BIG robot…

Moving down:

I really don’t know what to make of Re:Creators. And neither do the scriptwriters, or at least that’s the impression I get. The idea of fictional characters leaving their worlds, coming to our world and meeting their creators is a solid one, but the constant flip from action to comedy to long philosophical discussions about the meaning of their existence etc hasn’t been handled brilliantly IMO. There’s not been a lot of depth or character development beyond the (mostly comedic) creator-creation interactions. Now the government and military are involved, complicating things even further… though they were surprisingly friendly and cooperative! One positive from this episode: we now know who the Military Uniform Princess is, and who her creator is, so hopefully that will lead to more interesting plot developments.

After a fairly decent end to the previous arc last week, Clockwork Planet‘s new arc kicked off with a beach episode. So swimsuits, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and a fair few other jokes that have been re-used every season for decades. The little plot development that we did get was alright, at least – someone’s deliberately killing off cities to use the parts to make giant weapons. Quite similar to this week’s Danmachi Gaiden really, though with a less favourable ratio of plot to fanservice. 😛 Also, RyuZU’s ‘sister’ AnchoR made her debut, though she seems to be under someone’s control…

I love that Dark Shadow has its own personality, and gets timid and defensive in bright light. 😀

General comments:

Strange to think back on the fact that Boku no Hero Academia S2 started the season in my bottom 5, based on its strong showing since then… I just don’t like recap and buildup episodes. The sports festival has been amazing, and seeing all the different groups for the cavalry battle and the tactics that made use of their quirks/items was fantastic. The event had some top-tier action scenes, and hilarious comedy (mostly in the form of Bakugo’s raging). Deku just about progressed to the next round, along with his biggest rivals, so the fun times should continue!

The only series so far that’s managed to top SnK, Seikaisuru Kado seems to be stuck in 4th at the moment. And since the three shows above it are very action- and character-heavy, it’ll take something special for it to overtake them again. Still, it has plenty of originality, and a far better script and pacing than Re:Creators IMO. Yaha-kui zaShunina has given humanity unlimited energy, the key to ending all conflict and ensuring a comfortable life for all humanity… and in response the UN tries to shut it down, threatening war with Japan if they don’t hand it over. A tragically believable response. Yet apparently the creation of these Wam is as simple as folding a few pieces of paper, and now their recipe is common knowledge – nice move! I look forward to seeing what the consequences of this will be, and whether the ‘Anisotropic being’ has any other gifts for us to screw up.

‘She’ll win 10 Nobel Prizes… if eating otherworldly beings doesn’t get her killed first’

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