Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 11

Okay WordPress, you win. I’m writing this post on the ‘new, improved’ editor (though it has been out for years now). My main complaint, the lack of ability to copy existing posts to easily re-use the formatting, seems to have been fixed at some point, and seeing as it also lets me change font colours and underline text a whole lot easier than the increasingly-nerfed old editor now, there’s little reason to keep stubbornly resisting.

It’s all very… white, though. And it’s hard to see where my post begins and ends, since it doesn’t have borders around anything. Very unusual design choice, presumably it makes things easier on smartphones or something. They’re another thing I’ll probably give up on resisting at some point. 😛

[HorribleSubs] Shingeki no Kyojin S2 - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.28_[2017.06.18_13.01.39]

Nice work by Armin this week! We’ve not seen much of him this series.

1 – Shingeki no Kyojin S2 ep 11 (↑ 6)

2 – Berserk (2017) ep 11 (↓ 1

3 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep 11 (↑ 1)

4 – Little Witch Academia ep 23 (↑ 2)

5 – Boku no Hero Academia S2 ep 11 (↓ 3) 

6 – Fukumenkei Noise ep 10 (↑ 3)

7 – Seikaisuru Kado ep 10 (↓ 4

8 – Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism ep 11

9 – Alice to Zouroku ep 10 (↓ 4

10 – Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho ep 10 (↑ 10)

11 – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine ep 11 (↑ 7)

12 – Granblue Fantasy The Animation ep 11 (↑ 4)

13 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation ep 23 (↑ 1)

14 – Kabukibu! ep 11 (↓ 3

15 – Re:Creators ep 11 (↓ 5

16 – Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria ep 10 (↑ 3)

17 – Renai Boukun ep 11 (↓ 4

18 – Sakura Quest ep 11 (↓ 1

19 – SukaSuka ep 10 (↓ 4

20 – Clockwork Planet ep 11 (↓ 8

[HorribleSubs] Granblue Fantasy The Animation - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.23_[2017.06.18_13.03.36]

Rosetta’s certainly an intriguing character, but seems trustworthy after this episode. Yggdrasil is just cute.

Moving up:

As usual, since next week’s rankings post will be my last for this season, I’ll focus on series that won’t be ending then: Granblue Fantasy The Animation isn’t continuing into the Summer, but goes on just one episode longer than most of the rest of my lineup. A shame really, as it feels like it’s just starting to get good. Gran now has a decent-sized party of fun characters, and their interactions are always amusing… it’s just the plot that needed to get a move on, and these recent eps that have focused on Lyria’s past and inner struggle to accept herself have been a real improvement. Great action this week too! Overall though, the series hasn’t offered much in the way of original content, just a pleasant generic fantasy romp with a neat animation style. I’ll probably check out any sequel it gets, which is apparently likely to happen given the series’ huge sales in Japan.

Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria is only 12 eps long, but is of course an episode behind due to its late start. It’s certainly less generic than Granblue Fantasy, and has scored better on average, but as we approach the end of the season I have to say I’m enjoying this the far less of the two. Though the plot showed promising signs at times (almost entirely involving Ais), the episodes in between that focused on Lefiya were not brilliant IMO. This week’s episode ended on a dramatic confrontation between Bell and yet another minotaur… but of course we’ve seen all that before in the first Danmachi anime. With a lot of recap/retelling that didn’t add much to the original, and a lot of weak new material, I’m not sure Sword Oratoria’s good parts were worth the time; of course, it still has two episodes left to prove me wrong.

[HorribleSubs] DanMachi Gaiden - Sword Oratoria - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.49_[2017.06.18_13.10.45]

Nice to learn of Finn’s reason for fighting… unless they’ve mentioned it before and I forgot about it. 😛

Moving down:

As I thought back in Week 7, SukaSuka clearly just isn’t my kind of series. I went in expecting grand fantasy battles AND tragic character developments, but most of the former has happened off-screen, and most of the latter hasn’t been good enough to make up for it IMO. I feel terrible about Chtholly’s loss of memory (and sense of self?), but I just can’t seem to care about her relationship with Willem – I think he and Nygglatho would make a far more interesting couple! The addition of two new leprechauns to the already huge cast at this late stage hasn’t added much yet, aside from the erotic massage scenes. And then came the revelation that the Beasts that destroyed the world were originally humans. No, really? I was sure they’d be pandas. Quite a predictable and underwhelming revelation to make such a big fuss over, really.

Re:Creators really should be my kind of series, and I feel that there must be a certain amount of subconscious bias at work here to explain how it’s avoided the red zone for 11 weeks. Great premise, slow and clumsy execution, as again I’ve mentioned in earlier posts. Still, at least this week Souta FINALLY revealed to the wider cast that he knew Altair’s creator! When she nearly fell off that balcony after he suggested they go up there for a better look at the panel, I half-expected that to be how he ‘killed her’. 😛 Glad it was nothing that silly, though I can pretty much guess how the story is going to go from here based on his earlier conversations with Meteora and Magane. Earlier in the episode, a lot more talking as Rui took Souta for a mech ride. Unlike the three above, Re:Creators is continuing into the Summer, so there’s certainly time for it to improve.

[HorribleSubs] Shingeki no Bahamut - Virgin Soul - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_10.33_[2017.06.18_13.15.45]

These two made for a surprisingly fun duo!

General comments:

The cast of Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul have spent a lot more time in prison than I was expecting! But these character meetings / reintroductions were the perfect excuse for some great flashback eps, allowing us to see what happened to Favaro and Jeanne between series (as well as Nina and Mugaro’s pasts). This week, Nina and Jeanne finally attempted a breakout, but it didn’t go too well – Charioce always seems to be one step ahead. It’ll be interesting to see how the realization that the tyrant king was the same person she fell in love with will affect Nina, who until now has been an unstoppable positive force – judging by her reaction to seeing Rita after the credits, hopefully not a lot has changed. 🙂 With the next episode being titled ‘The Great Escape’, I look forward to their second attempt, while the guards are presumably still on high alert!

Despite my lower impression of Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation compared with previous series, I’m still sad we couldn’t see the whole interhigh from beginning to end without a break – presumably it’ll pick up wherever it leaves off in a 4th series, much like what happened with the first anime and Grande Road. And no doubt I’ll watch it, I need to see what devious tactics Midosuji has up his sleeve this time around. 😀 Him simply being in this episode certainly helped its rankings, and though Onoda didn’t fall for his tactics this week, there’s no way that’ll be the last we see of him. Yama was an interesting addition – despite being given the role of ‘Midosuji’s conscience’ by the team’s former captain, he clearly doesn’t want the role or feel up to it… presumably he’ll make a comeback later, at some critical point in the series.

[HorribleSubs] Yowamushi Pedal - New Generation - 23 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.04_[2017.06.18_13.17.10]

Onoda’s Hime Climb was another highlight of this week’s ep – I loved the other riders’ misinterpretations of what he was saying, too. 😀

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