Weekly Anime Roundup – Spring 2015 Week 12

20 episodes watched this week. Unlike last week I definitely watched more than I read, although the number of episodes watched was lower this time (the time spent watching was almost exactly the same, and the time spent writing this blog post was rather longer).

Episodes watched this week:
Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 13 END
Uwara no Usagi-chan 12 END
Etotama 6
Etotama 7
Etotama 8
Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou 12 END
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 13 END
Hibike! Euphonium 12
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 10
Ichigo Mashimaro 7
Hibike! Euphonium 13 END
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 11
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic 12 END
Etotama 9
Etotama 10
Etotama 11
Etotama 12 END
Show By Rock!! 5
Show By Rock!! 6
Show By Rock!! 7 DROPPED

Spring 2015 Status

Series rankings at present:
1) Hibike! Euphonium (up 1)
2) Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou (down 1)
3) Etotama (up 9)
4) Hello! Kiniro Mosaic (up 2)
5) Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku (down 1)
6) Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (down 3)
7) Arslan Senki (down 2)
8) Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku (down 1)
9) Owari no Seraph (down 1)
10) Teekyuu 4 (down 1)
11) Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me
12) Takamiya Nasuno Desu (up 1)
13) Urawa no Usagi-chan (up 1)
14) Kyoukai no Rinne (up 1)
15) Pikaia (up 2)

Placed on Hold:
Re-Kan! (see below)

Dropped:
Show by Rock!! (fansub rule)

Thoughts:

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken was much as expected, and much the same as the first one was.

Urawa no Usagi-chan was a few minutes of fluff each week. If the episodes had been longer I would probably have dropped it.

Etotama – For the first few episodes, this series was mildly amusing and just about entertaining enough to get my interest and keep me watching. Nothing much more – it got pushed to the side slightly as I started to inevitably fall behind on the season. The low point of the series was the second episode, as Mo-tan’s antics only served to irritate me. Then at the end of episode three that happened, and I nearly dropped the series. After that, though, the series exploded into greatness. Even the recap episode was good enough that I didn’t even realise that it was one until Shaa-tan pointed it out… And then that ending – honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen a series end like that before, and I’m not sure I ever will again. All in all, though, this series was brilliant. Even Mo-tan ended up garnering a bit of affection by the end. This is one series that makes me so glad that I don’t use the whole “three episode rule” thing, as I’d have surely dropped it if I did. Instead, I had brilliant laughs and brilliant entertainment.

Re-Kan! I’ve just placed on hold until the official UK release comes out. This will likely be a couple of years away yet, but I’m not too bothered about that.

Show By Rock!! was another classic fansub drop. I have no intention of playing the game (if that’s even possible for me) so the only option would be to buy the anime, and I really don’t see myself doing that. The fact that it made it as far as episode 7 before I felt confident of this was actually slightly surprising.

DanMachi was enjoyable if a bit weird in the way it ended. In fact that last episode was very weird. I’m sure it makes far more sense and is better in the novels, though (based in part on the difference between the first 2 novels and their adaptations). I I will continue buying and reading these, and would recommend others to do the same.

Kiniro Mosaic was a series that I had expected to be good. What I hadn’t expected, however, was for it to be better than the first series was. But better it was. I loved the new characters, and all the comedy was great, too. Not really much to say on this one other than that.

Tesagure! Bukatsumono is a series which has always had its ups and downs. With this spin-off going even more all over the place than either of the original parts to the series did, it’s actually surprising that almost every episode was top tier. Even the repeat of the “reuse the footage” thing was much better this time around than it had been in the second season where it so badly damaged my viewing experience. However, with so much variety there were always going to be a few dips, and (perhaps just due to a lack of experience) the purupurun characters weren’t as good at the improv stuff (Enjouji Yui being a notable exception) as the tesabu lot. Still, this series is the epitome of underappreciated anime among the western fandom, and I absolutely love it.

Hibike! Euphonium. Well, what can I say? It delivered. From start to finish, building up almost perfectly with no significant wavering except for a slight feeling that the very last scene could have been done better. Quite a few great characters, too. I hope we see a continuation. Maybe I should try buying the novels?

Ongoing to next season are Arslan Senki and Kyoukai no Rinne – the latter of which I’m far behind on and am not yet sure will make it (fansub rule doesn’t apply, though, as I already own most of the manga). I’ve yet to finish OreGairu Zoku, and barely started the second season of Fate. Oh, and then there’s pikaia for if I get really bored. I’m not sure I’ll ever watch any more of it, but it’s staying on watching for now. A couple of new series have already started, but most will begin in earnest over the next few days. I don’t like starting things on day 1, though, although NNB will be hard to hold off on.

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