Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 9

I don’t know what WordPress have done to their old editor now, but it’s suddenly REALLY hard to format these posts in the way I always have. I mean, removing the ‘underline’ button from the toolbar a while back was an odd thing to do (haha I still have keyboard shortcuts so screw you!), but this latest improvement feature arbitrary change means I can no longer highlight and recolour hyperlinks in one go. I have to virtually do each word individually. Here’s hoping that the last few weeks of the season bring few changes to my Top or Bottom 5…

That means no more surprise drops, SnK! Reiner suddenly giving away his identity makes a lot more sense following this episode.

1 – Shingeki no Kyojin S2 ep 9 (↑ 12)

2 – Alice & Zouroku ep 8 (↑ 8)

3 – Little Witch Academia ep 21 (↑ 3)

4 – Boku no Hero Academia S2 ep 9 (↓ 1

5 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep 9 (↓ 3

6 – Berserk (2017) ep 9 (↓ 3

7 – Fukumenkei Noise ep 8 (↓ 2

8 – Seikaisuru Kado ep 8 (↓ 4

9 – Re:Creators ep 9 (↑ 6)

10 – Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism ep 9 (↓ 1

11 – Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho ep 8 (↓ 4

12 – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine ep 9 (↑ 7)

13 – SukaSuka ep 8 (↑ 7)

14 – Clockwork Planet ep 9 (↑ 4)

15 – Kabukibu! ep 9 (↓ 7

16 – Sakura Quest ep 9 

17 – Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria ep 8  

18 – Renai Boukun ep 9 (↓ 6

19 – Granblue Fantasy The Animation ep 9 (↓ 8

20 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation ep 20 (↓ 6) 

Magane may well be a bigger threat than Altair, at least in the short term!

Moving up:

We had our first character death in Re:Creators! 😮 Well, first creation death, the poor authors haven’t been so lucky. But fancy Mamika trusting Magane of all characters to pass on her dying message to Alicetelia (who was RIGHT THERE herself in the end!) To be fair though, Magane didn’t tell a single lie, she just… rearranged the order of what she was told a little. She was definitely the star of this episode, manipulating both Alice and Souta, trying to get everyone to turn on Meteora. Why anyone listens to anything she says when they have knowledge of her personality from her source material, I don’t know. I still feel this series’ plot isn’t going anywhere fast though, as while all this infighting goes on, Altair and whatever she’s planning are once again sidelined.

A slower, slice-of-life episode from Clockwork Planet this week… and what a perfect time for one, with Naoto and friends all being wanted criminals, and an electromagnetic weapon of mass destruction threatening to destroy their fragile clockwork world. Still, it provided a few laughs – Konrad owning a strip club was an unexpected development! Sure, he says it’s a cover for a black market automata workshop, but I can’t help but feel it’s actually the other way around. 😛 Marie destroys the fun atmosphere by ordering AnchoR to destroy the Yatsukahagi, something her Father doesn’t take very well. RyuZu is still out of action for now, but Naoto seems to have a plan, so hopefully next week will see a return to the plot.

Yes. Now take all the bonus points.

Moving down:

I knew Albus had to be the granddaughter of Sorena that kept being referenced in Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho! Not the most surprising of reveals, there. The rescue attempt launched by our Mercenary protagonist and wolf-guy Holdem was really exciting… but the OP suggests Holdem will be joining their party now. Are we supposed to just forget his enslaving those human women, and attempting to assassinate the Mercenary? I’d be fine with a more cool villain turning into an ally at the drop of a hat like that, but I can’t see myself growing to like this guy anytime soon. Thirteen, I do like though – he’s got Magane’s way with words and manipulation, but at least his emotionless face and voice manage to not give off the same ‘I’m blatantly evil’ vibe. 😛

Yikes. Was Yowapeda always this slow? Did I just not notice it so much in previous series because I cared about the characters? Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation is really dragging for me. The start was good, though it was just a recap of last week’s result where Hakone’s Doubashi predictably beating Kaburagi to get the green number tag (the show needs to re-establish Hakone as the team to beat after all, given our main characters are the reigning champions). The end was also good, with Sohoku getting swallowed up by the pack, and Onoda being separated from his team mates… that was just setting the scene for next week’s ep, though. As for what happened in this episode: not a lot.

At the very least, I hope his fur doesn’t grow back in a hurry, so I can keep laughing at him.

General comments:

Sakura Quest continues to deliver slow-paced, solid but not overly exciting episodes each week… I hope the formula of ‘plan project, run into local resistance, re-plan project, success’ doesn’t start to feel too repetitive if it continues like that into next season, though. Kumano and Sayuri are a perfect match – the former travelling to France to perfect his French Toast (not actually a French invention), and the latter seemingly not knowing what year it is. The Tourism Board came up with a successful somen expo that the locals and Merchant Committee approved of, as well as an amazing somen arcade game that I can only imagine taking the country by storm. 😛

I meant to talk about Fukumenkei Noise last week, but forgot! 😮 That episode was perfect, showing that a shoujo romance love triangle series CAN make my Top 5 without being all dark like Kuzu no Honkai. I liked that Momo and Yuzu were close friends, completely unaware of their shared past with Nino, but I’m not sure how much longer I could have put up with them remaining oblivious… so the show put an end to it that very same episode, ending on a great cliffhanger. Brilliantly timed. This week dealt with the aftermath of that, with Momo rejecting Nino, and Nino lying about her own strong feelings for him in return. She remains one of the funniest characters of the season, but we also saw her heartbroken this week – her performance of Canaria was epic.

Those chibi moments! ❤

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