Spring 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 12

It’s the end of the season~ Usually that means an extra-long final post… but since only seven of the series in my lineup ended this week, it won’t be all that different from usual. 😛 At least I have my average rankings for the entire season at the end to bulk it out a bit!

[Asenshi] Little Witch Academia - 24 [B97E88EB].mkv_snapshot_20.43_[2017.06.25_13.14.05]

A somewhat unexpected #1 for Little Witch Academia, at the end of a lower-scoring second season. It seems all the fuss about the words was worth it after all!

1 – Little Witch Academia ep 24 (↑ 3)

2 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep 12 (↑ 1)

3 – Boku no Hero Academia S2 ep 12 (↑ 2)

4 – Shingeki no Kyojin S2 ep 12 (↓ 3

5 – Alice to Zouroku ep 11 (↑ 4)

6 – Fukumenkei Noise ep 11 

7 – Berserk (2017) ep 12 (↓ 5

8 – Seikaisuru Kado ep 11 (↓ 1

9 – Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho ep 11 (↑ 1)

10 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation ep 24 (↑ 3)

11 – Renai Boukun ep 12 (↑ 6)

12 – Granblue Fantasy The Animation ep 12 

13 – Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism ep 12 (↓ 5)

14 – Re:Creators ep 12 (↑ 1)

15 – Kabukibu! ep 12 (↓ 1

16 – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine ep 12 (↓ 5)

17 – Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria ep 11 (↓ 1

18 – SukaSuka ep 11 (↑ 1)

19 – Sakura Quest ep 12 (↓ 1

20 – Clockwork Planet ep 12 

[HorribleSubs] Shingeki no Kyojin S2 - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_12.38_[2017.06.25_13.15.31]

Eren became aware of yet another power – seems he can literally direct titans into attacking whatever he wants. Useful… and it explains why he’s a target. That’s one answer, at least!

Ending:

Starting at the top, we (perhaps unsurprisingly) have Shingeki no Kyojin S2! This series, we learned that there are titans EVERYWHERE – in the villages within the walls, inside of the walls themselves, and in about 1 in 3 of Eren’s Training Corps buddies. There was a lot of saving people, only for them to be recaptured, and so on and so forth. Big events and major questions… but few answers as of yet. We still don’t know the purpose of Reiner and Bertold’s infiltration – do their side really just want to massacre all the humans within the walls? We didn’t see much of the intriguing Beast Titan in the latter half either, but his brief appearance at the end of this week’s ep suggests he’ll be back for the next series (which has been confirmed). An enjoyable series after a long wait for more.

At the other end of the rankings, Clockwork Planet‘s ending wasn’t the worst I’ve ever seen – it made sense, provided closure, and wasn’t horribly rushed. But neither was it particularly exciting; at this point Naoto and Marie’s clockwork repair powers were ridiculously over-powered, while AnchoR and RyuZU were always over-powered, so the poor disappointing final villain in his electromagnetic mech didn’t stand a chance. The story arcs weren’t very interesting, original or well-written. Characters were amusing, but lacked even the slightest depth. Animation and music didn’t stand out either. It probably wasn’t worth the second chance I gave it in the end, and I’ll likely have forgotten all about the series by next week, but at least it means I don’t have to call Haine the season’s weakest ending. 😛

[HorribleSubs] Renai Boukun - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.02_[2017.06.25_13.16.25]

As much as I preferred Guri’s usual, wacky angel form’s personality, her demon side certainly had the cooler character design.

As is so often the case with comedy series, especially ones that try to turn serious later on, Renai Boukun went from my Top 5 in the first week to my Bottom 5 towards the end of the season. Later episodes certainly didn’t make me laugh as much, and I’m not sure they were even trying TBH. The whole ‘cupids making couples’ plotline that seemed central to the series in its early episodes seemingly went up in smoke with Guri’s paper Kiss Note! But on the other hand, the characters’ personalities were so ridiculous that it was hard to take any real attempts at romance seriously, so I’m glad it ended with a return to their old harem situation. Unlike Clockwork Planet, I think there were enough good parts early on to ensure I’ll look back on it fondly… it just didn’t end up going in a direction I liked.

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine followed the same pattern in my rankings, placing strongly in the first three weeks, then dropping sharply and never really recovering. Unlike Renai Boukun though, the series itself was pretty consistent – the comedy was there from start to finish in the Princes’ personalities and interactions with their tutor, and while there was drama as Count Rosenberg tried to sabotage their attempts at becoming more suitable heirs, it felt a lot less forced and a lot more interesting. The ending was well-paced and concluded the series well… the reason I rated it so low was because it was also VERY predictable. I think that was what led to the series’ drop to be honest; aside from Haine’s background, which it did a good job of keeping mysterious, the series didn’t throw any curve-balls.

[HorribleSubs] Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.08_[2017.06.25_13.17.10]

Even the expressionless, monotonous Haine shed a tear at seeing his pupils’ progress, and hearing their heartfelt requests for him to return. ❤

What is there to say about Berserk (2017) that I haven’t already said, really? The manga is one of the most highly-rated of all time, and I feel the anime would be held in the same regard if it weren’t for the 3D CG animation, as all other aspects (pacing, music, voices etc) are solid. I’ve gotten used to the style, and it seemed to have improved for this second attempt, but I do feel it could have been my #1 for this season if it had SnK’s budget (but certainly not it’s pacing!). Schierke was a great addition to the cast, and while 2017 lacked the presence of a real ‘big villain’ such as 2016’s Mozgus, it instead managed to provide a new threat almost every week, whether it was trolls, ogres, kelpies, golems or new members of the reformed ‘Band of the Hawk’. Assuming this gets a 2018 series, I will of course go back for more. 😀

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism‘s finale was a little bit rushed, though not enough to spoil it. The fight against Amou was short but decent… shame the Empress herself was barely given any attention until right at the end though, I feel she could have been built up much better as a main villain/rival. I’m also slightly disappointed that we didn’t get to see Nomura face off against Inaba, but I can see why they shied away from having a high school boy beat up a blind middle school girl… even if she is ridiculously powerful. Heck, a series where competent male and female martial artists fought fairly without holding back is a rare thing to begin with, so I can’t complain too much. Aside from that, all was good – Amou’s kiss before departure was a nice surprise, Nomura avoided expulsion and got all his stamps (at the cost of becoming Inaba’s disciple) – very nicely wrapped up. 🙂

[HorribleSubs] Berserk (2017) - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.14_[2017.06.25_13.19.28]

Ah, the old ‘opposing sides unknowingly befriending each other’ development… always a shame to see their friendships ruined afterwards. 😦

And finally, Kabukibu! Kurusu’s Kabuki Club faced all sorts of challenges from Day 1 – gathering the initially reluctant members, finding an instructor and gaining acceptance as an official school club, fighting for a stage, covering for members’ unexpected illnesses or absences, making kabuki appeal to a younger audience who don’t understand what’s going on… and in this episode, I feel they achieved their biggest goal yet, in convincing Ebihara to act with them. 😀 On paper, this finale was perhaps one of the best of the season; unfortunately, it seems Kurusu still has a way to go when it comes to making kabuki appeal to me. The second half, which was dominated by their performance to the new students, dragged on painfully for me as the five bandits made their slow and overly-dramatic introductions. Still, a good school club series, and underrated IMO.

[HorribleSubs] Kabukibu! - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.55_[2017.06.25_13.21.00]

They certainly all looked impressive together – virtually impossible to recognize who was who without listening to their voices, though!

And finally, here are these series’ average rankings throughout the whole season:

1 – Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul (2.83)

2 – Shingeki no Kyojin S2 (3.00) 

3 – Seikaisuru Kado (4.55) 

4 – Berserk (2017) (5.17) 

5 – Boku no Hero Academia S2 (5.25)

6 – Fukumenkei Noise (6.86) 

7 – Little Witch Academia (7.00)

8 – Alice to Zouroku (8.18)

9 – Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (9.27)

10 – Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism (10.29)

11 – Renai Boukun (10.83)

12 – Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (11.33)

13 – Re:Creators (11.42)

14 – Danmachi Gaiden: Sword Oratoria (13.09) 

15 – Kabukibu! (13.42) 

16 – Granblue Fantasy The Animation (13.58)

17 – Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation (14.25)

18 – Clockwork Planet (15.27)

19 – SukaSuka (15.55)

20 – Sakura Quest (16.67) 

The two Shingekis were literally neck-in-neck at the end of Week 11, so it all came down to their 12th episodes, with Bahamut’s second chaotic jail break attempt winning over Hannes’ tragic but predictable death. Sakura Quest brings up the rear, but with an average score far higher than 20, showing that there really wasn’t a stand-out terrible series in my final lineup. I feel this season could do well in my end of year rankings – as things stand right now, I’d gladly include any of the top 8!

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