Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 13

Literally every anime watched this week was on the same day. The rest of the time has been spent on various other things. So there were very few episodes watched this week, but nevertheless there were quite a few series that I finished as everything I watched any of I also completed.

Episodes watched in the past week:
Fushigi na Somera-chan ep. 12 END
Hacka Doll The Animation ep. 13 END
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan ep. 13 END
One Punch Man ep. 12 END
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken ep. 11
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken ep. 12 END
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen ep. 11
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen ep. 12 END

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
2. Lance N’ Masques
3. Itoshi no Muco
4. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
5. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!
6. Noragami Aragoto
7. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
8. Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai (up 1)
9. Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken (up 1)
10. Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen (down 2)
11. Teekyuu 6
12. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
13. Fushigi no Somera-chan (up 1)
14. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan (down 1)
15. Heavy Object
16. Hacka Doll The Animation
17. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai
18. One Punch Man
19. Dance with Devils
20. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note

Fushigi na Somera-chan was, in a word, menoussoue-like. As in, utterly bizarre, random and inexplicable. But funny for it.

Hacka Doll and Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan were both a few minutes of fun a week. That’s as much as can be said for either, but that’s also quite enough for me.

One Punch Man was… meh. Forgettable characters, battles which were eah less engaging than the last (the final one is probably the most boring fight I have ever seen in any anime) and a setting and concept with really limited potential. I had sort of hoped that the series would excel and take off but instead it just drifted away constantly in the wrong direction. The humour, of course, was the saving grace, but the gaps between the jokes got wider and wider as the series went on.

Shomin Sample was a good fun series but not much more than that. The only thing that makes me want more of it is wondering how Eri gets into the actual storyline, as she inevitably will do at some point (if she wasn’t going to then they wouldn’t keep giving her cameo appearances…)

Owari no Seraph – I really don’t like the direction that the final episode took. Which is a shame because it had been quite enjoyable up to that point. Indeed this was suffiient to kill any interest in buying the manga or indeed anything else related to the series.

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Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 12

As expected this is up a day later than usual. It will be back to the normal day next week.

Episodes watched in the past week:
Fushigi na Somera-chan 11
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! 11
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 12 END
Itoshi no Muco 12
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan 11
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! 12 END
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan 12 END
Teekyuu 6 11
One Punch Man 8
One Punch Man 9
One Punch Man 10
One Punch Man 11
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! 11
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! 12 END
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 12 END
Teekyuu 6 12 END
Dance with Devils 3
Hacka Doll The Animation 12

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
2. Lance N’ Masques
3. Itoshi no Muco (up 3)
4. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
5. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! (down 2)
6. Noragami Aragoto (down 1)
7. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
8. Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
9. Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai
10. Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken
11. Teekyuu 6
12. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
13. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
14. Fushigi no Somera-chan
15. Heavy Object
16. Hacka Doll The Animation
17. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai (up 1)
18. One Punch Man (up 1)
19. Dance with Devils (down 2)
20. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note

I absolutely loved the romance between Stella and Ikki in Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry, although taken individually I actually think Alice was the best of the main characters from the series. Some of the fights were absolutely brilliant as well. I will certainly be getting the light novels of this one at some point soon. With the current 2nd, 4th and 5th place all having been finished, and being near the end of most of the other good series, it’s very likely that this will end up being my AOTS.

I don’t really know what to make of Komori-san ga Kotowarenai! There was nothing really to it, in any way, and I won’t even look into the manga that it’s based on from that, yet it was worth watching at the length it was. I guess that’s a fairly common situation for shorts.

Yuru Yuri the ending was a bit of a dud in my opinion. I was wanting something a bit… funnier. The series as a whole was great though.

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk – So you have these two great characters, and have them form a pair together to fight their way through a tournament. And then you go and put the focus of the series on a completely different pair. But we all know that Saya and Kirin are the real main pair of the series, right? I will continue watching in the second half and will be buying the light novels in English when they come out.

Teekyuu continues to be Teekyuu. There’s not really a lot left to be said about this one.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 11

The beginning of the end of the final season of the year. This week I caught up with a whole load of series, watching a lot of episodes from individual things, but I’ll leave the write ups for the most part until next week when most of them should be finished – except for Lance N’ Masques which is finished already.

Incidentally, next week’s roundup post may be a day late as I won’t be at home on either Christmas day or Boxing day.

Episodes watched in the past week:
Itoshi no Muco 11
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen 9
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen 10
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 10
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 11
Lance N’ Masques 8
Lance N’ Masques 9
Lance N’ Masques 10
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken 2
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken 3
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken 4
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken 5
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken 6
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken 7
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken 8
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken 9
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken 10
Dance With Devils 2
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 5
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 6
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 7
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 8
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 9
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 10
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 11
Lance N’ Masques 11
Lance N’ Masques 12
Noragami Aragoto 7
Noragami Aragoto 8
Noragami Aragoto 9
Noragami Aragoto 10
Noragami Aragoto 11

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (up 2)
2. Lance N’ Masques
3. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! (up 1)
4. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (up 1)
5. Noragami Aragoto (down 4)
6. Itoshi no Muco (up 1)
7. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? (down 1)
8. Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
9. Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai (up 1)
10. Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken (up 3)
11. Teekyuu 6 (down 2)
12. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (down 1)
13. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan (down 1)
14. Fushigi no Somera-chan
15. Heavy Object
16. Hacka Doll The Animation (up 1)
17. Dance with Devils (down 1)
18. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai
19. One Punch Man
20. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note

As expected, the more recent arc of Noragami hasn’t lived up to the standards of the Bishamon one. It’s not that it’s bad, but rather that it is back to the level that the first series was at. Things are tight enough at the top that this has had a significant impact on the rankings.

Lance N’ Masques became the first of this season’s anime to be completed, on Thursday evening. I love the humour style of this series and it is that humour, along with the cast, that made me grow to love this series. Nonetheless it was the last episode, which was also the only one where the humour was absent, which in my opinion was the best episode of the entire series (although this didn’t prevent it getting leapfrogged by Rakudai… more on that next week). It’s also the best ending of a TV anime adaptation of a light novel series that I have seen in a long time. It’s not the ending of the series for me, though, as I have ordered the first two light novels from honto and they’ll be arriving some time in January.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 10

This week I’ve somewhat deliberately avoided more story-based series. This week that situation will be reversed.

Episodes watched in the past week:
Itoshi no Muco 10
Hacka Doll The Animation 10
Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note 8
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan 10
Fushigi na Somera-chan 8
Fushigi na Somera-chan 9
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! 9
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! 10
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? 8
Teekyuu 6 10
Pikaia! 2
Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai? (Music)
Fushigi na Somera-chan 10
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! 10
Hacka Doll The Animation 11
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? 9
Ichigo Mashimaro 10 (backlog)

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Noragami Aragoto
2. Lance N’ Masques
3. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
4. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!
5. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
6. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? (up 1)
7. Itoshi no Muco (down 1)
8. Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
9. Teekyuu 6 (up 1)
10. Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai (down 1)
11. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
12. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
13. Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken
14. Fushigi no Somera-chan
15. Heavy Object
16. Dance with Devils
17. Hacka Doll The Animation
18. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai!
19. One Punch Man
20. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note

Weekly Anime Roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 8

Quite a bit of manga reading this week (and novel reading for that matter), but not much anime watching. That will likely reverse for next week.

Episodes watched in the past week:
Teekyuu 6 7
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan 8
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! 8
Itoshi no Muco 8
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? 7
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! 7
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! 8

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Noragami Aragoto
2. Lance N’ Masques
3. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
4. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!
5. Itoshi no Muco (up 2)
6. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? (down 1)
7. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (down 1)
8. Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
9. Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai
10. Teekyuu 6
11. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
12. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
13. Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken
14. Fushigi no Somera-chan
15. Heavy Object
16. Dance with Devils
17. Hacka Doll The Animation
18. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai (up 1)
19. One Punch Man (down 1)
20. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note

Not yet watched:
Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Starmyu
Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

Weekly Anime Roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 7

Episodes watched in the past week:
Itoshi no Muco 7
Noragami Aragato 5
Noragami Aragato 6
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 1
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 2
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan 7
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! 7
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? 4
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? 5
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? 6
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 3
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 4
Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note 7
One Punch Man 6
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! 6
Fushigi na Somera-chan 7
Hacka Doll The Animation 8

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Noragami Aragoto (up 2)
2. Lance N’ Masques (down 1)
3. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (new)
4. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! (down 2)
5. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? (up 1)
6. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (down 1)
7. Itoshi no Muco (down 3)
8. Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen (down 1)
9. Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai (down 1)
10. Teekyuu 6 (down 1)
11. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (down 1)
12. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan (down 1)
13. Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken (down 1)
14. Fushigi no Somera-chan (down 1)
15. Heavy Object (down 1)
16. Dance with Devils (down 1)
17. Hacka Doll The Animation (down 1)
18. One Punch Man (down 1)
19. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai (down 1)
20. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note (down 1)

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry got off to a rather questionable start, but by about halfway through the first episode it was looking good, and from what I’ve seen so far it’s just gone upwards from there.

I had heard people praising the Bishamon arc of Noragami while the first series was airing. Now I know why. The only issue is, now that’s over can the series hold on to the standard of that arc or will things go back down to the level of the first season, or possibly lower still?

Gochiusa seems to be on the up as well, while Muco wasn’t as funny this week as previously.

Weekly Anime Roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 6

Episodes watched in the past week:
Itoshi no Muco 6
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen 4
Hacka Doll The Animation 5
Hacka Doll The Animation 6
Teekyuu 6 5
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan 6
Fushigi na Somera-chan 6
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! 6
Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note 6
Lance N’ Masques 6
Lance N’ Masques 7
Teekyuu 6 6
One Punch Man 3
One Punch Man 4
One Punch Man 5
Hacka Doll The Animation 7
Comet Lucifer 2 DROPPED
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen 5

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Lance N’ Masques (up 2)
2. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! (down 1)
3. Noragami Aragoto (down 1)
4. Itoshi no Muco
5. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
6. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
7. Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
8. Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai
9. Teekyuu 6
10. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (up 1)
11. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan (down 1)
12. Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken
13. Fushigi no Somera-chan
14. Heavy Object
15. Dance with Devils
16. Hacka Doll The Animation
17. One Punch Man
18. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai (up 1)
19. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note (down 1)

Dropped:
Comet Lucifer

Not yet watched:
Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Starmyu
Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

I’ve had a tiring and stressful week this week. I managed to watch more anime than I had anticipated, but two thirds of that was all on the same day (yesterday).That week is over now, though.

Most things are continuing in much the same vein as they had been previously, so there’s not all that much to say.

Note: the rest of this article contains spoilers related to Comet Lucifer episode 2, which is why I’ve put it behind a “read more” tag.

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