Summer 2017 Episode Rankings – Week 3

No Re:Creators this week, and so soon after the recap episode too… I’m starting to lose my confidence in their ability to keep Altair in check! Anyway, here’s how the other 19 fared without it:

[HorribleSubs] Boku no Hero Academia S2 - 16 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.01_[2017.07.23_23.33.46]

FINALLY, Boku no Hero Academia takes 1st place!

1 – Boku no Hero Academia S2 ep 16 (↑ 4)

2 – Shingeki no Bahamut – Virgin Soul ep 16 (↑ 2)

3 – Princess Principal ep 3 (↓ 2)

4 – Kakegurui ep 3 (↑ 2)

5 – Made in Abyss ep 3 (↓ 3)

6 – Ballroom e Youkoso ep 3 (↑ 3)

7 – Shoukoku no Altair ep 3 (↑ 1)

8 – Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ ep 3 (↓ 5

9 – Gamers! ep 2 (↑ 1)

10 – Centaur no Nayami ep 3 (↑ 1)

11 – Fate/Apocrypha ep 3 (↓ 4

12 – Nana Maru San Batsu ep 3 (↑ 4)

13 – Mahoujin Guru Guru (2017) ep 2 

14 – Hitorijime My Hero ep 3 (↑ 3)

15 – 18if ep 3 (↑ 5)

16 – Sakura Quest ep 16 (↑ 3)

17 – Katsugeki Touken Ranbu ep 3 (↓ 2)

18 – Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun ep 3 

19 – Vatican Kiseki Chousakan ep 3 (↓ 5) 

[HorribleSubs] Nana Maru San Batsu - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.27_[2017.07.23_23.35.43]

Sasajima’s passion for his hobby is admirable.

Moving up:

Nana Maru San Batsu escapes the red zone for the first time! Up until now, it’s been a very standard school club anime; the subject of competitive quizzing is original, but aside from that it followed all the same old tropes. This week however, some good character development helped it to stand out a little. Our protagonist Koshiyama started to get the hang of buzzing in early, though his tendency to over-think basic questions and his lack of knowledge of ‘classic’ questions meant that he didn’t miraculously make it through to the final round or anything cliche like that. Despite this, he continued to ‘play’ from the spectator seats, miming pressing the buzzer, and worst of all, interrupting the contest by shouting out an answer! He got a lesson in quiz etiquette from the circle’s president, but also gained a rival, which always makes these shows more interesting. 😀

Also leaving the bottom 5 for the first time is Hitorijime My Hero! Delays meant that I thought I wasn’t going to be able to watch this ep in time to get a blog post out today… but once it was out, it was anything but slow-paced! The Asaya – Kensuke duo went from not talking to each other in ep 1, to awkward ‘not-quite friends’ in ep 2, to fully-fledged couple in this week’s ep 3! Their story was very cute, if very basic; much faster development than I’m used to in shounen-ai, and romance anime in general, but I guess from the synopsis that they’re not our main couple. Hopefully things will progress at a more reasonable pace for Kousuke and Masahiro, who’ve pretty much been side characters during these early episodes. The two seem to get along fairly well as it is, but the fact that they’re currently teacher and pupil is an obvious barrier!

[HorribleSubs] Hitorijime My Hero - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.33_[2017.07.23_23.38.18]

That face, though…

Moving down:

Of course, with all these series escaping the red, something has to have fallen down to take their place… and bringing up the rear this week is Vatican Kiseki Chousakan. I went easy on it when rating the first two episodes, as the setting is genuinely original and interesting, and any one of the mysteries and miracles on their own would have made for an interesting plot, assuming they had competent writing, good pacing and interesting characters. Vatican Kiseki Chousakan currently lacks those last three things – the pacing is horrendously fast, as for every piece of evidence the investigators find or every mystery they solve, it seems to throw three more plot developments or murders in their face, and I can’t keep up. The characters SEEM like they should be interesting, but again the show won’t pause to let us get to know them properly. SLOW DOWN!

Though still a safe distance away from the bottom of the rankings, Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ leaves my Top 5 just two weeks after taking the #1 spot. This franchise has always had more style than substance, and in that first week, when everything else was just getting started, Symphogear has three series’ worth of backstory and BUCKETS of style going for it – there could be only one winner that week. Now though, I find that we still don’t know a great deal about the enemies this time around, the ‘plot’ is pretty much the same ‘beat up the (Alca-)Noise’ as in previous series, and the action scenes (while very nice) are nowhere near as hilariously over-the-top as that amazing intro. This was a distinctly average episode, propped up by the usual great character songs. Nice to see the Ignite Module in use again, though!

[Commie] Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXZ - 03 [8D57FDB5].mkv_snapshot_06.16_[2017.07.23_23.39.56]

Liking the new Autoscorer, Tiki!

General comments:

Back at the bottom: Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun is quite funny. That’s about all I can say about it really. Technically, it’s difficult to fault, as it sticks to its simple premise well, has done a good job of introducing new characters, and suffers from none of the plot or pacing issues that plague a lot of the shows just above it. But, it doesn’t have me rolling around in uncontrollable fits of giggles like the best comedy series, nor are the football games given enough serious focus, tension or animation budget to let it stand alongside the more serious sport series that have made my lineups in the past. I guess it’s a nice change of pace from all the action, and I’m still interested to see what other situations our odd clean-freak protagonist will get into, but it’ll have to improve somehow if it’s to survive my mid-season cull.

I’m continually surprised by all the social and political commentary and jokes that Centaur no Nayami manages to slip in, sometimes casually, other times not so much. Aside from the discrimination references which have been there right from the start, this week even a children’s story had the hero overthrow the fairytale monarchy! It’s doing a decent job of representing different people and families too, with a genuine lesbian couple, and it seems the angel-like Mitama’s family composition is more complicated than you’d usually find in anime. Everyone gets on so nicely though, that I’m left feeling like a dirty, judgmental four-limbed human for even noticing these differences. 😛 Even without all this, it does a fine job as a simple slice of life series – the younger characters introduced this week were too cute.

[HorribleSubs] Centaur no Nayami - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.25_[2017.07.23_23.43.56]

Aww~ I love that everyone just refers to the triplets as ‘Chi-chan’, collectively. 😛

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