Massive amounts of anime was watched this week by me and I still feel like I’ve not watched enough of the series because I’m skipping sequels to shows that I haven’t seen the previous season of. As a side effect of rating so much anime at this concentrated rate, I’m finding it easier to see the gradations of quality that separates a perfect episode and one that’s an A+ or A. Therefore, it’s now harder for an episode to get a perfect score and the ones that do, deserve it.
Soul Eater, episode 28 – 12+/12
Soul Eater, episode 29 – 12/12
Ga-Rei Zero, episode 2 – 12/12
Skip Beat, episode 2 – 11/12 A+
Skip Beat, episode 3 – 12/12
To Aru Majutsu no Index, episode 3 – 12/12
Wagaya no Oinari-sama, episode 24 – 10/12 A (end)
Kannagi, episode 3 – 11/12 A+
Kemeko DX, episode 3 – 10/12 A
Earl and Fairy, episode 2 – 11/12 +
Chaos;Head, episode 2 – 12/12
Chaos;Head, episode 3 – 12/12
Kurozuka, episode 2 – 12/12
Mouryou no Hako, episode 2 – 12+/12
Yozakura Quartet, episode 2 – 10/12 A
Yozakura Quartet, episode 3 – 9/12 A-
Yozakura Quartet, episode 4 – 10/12 A
Hyakko, episode 3 – 9/12 A-
Toradora!, episode 4 – 12+/12
Daughter of 20 Faces, episode 20 – 10/12 A
Michiko to Hatchin, episode 1 – 6/12 B-
Earl and Fairy, episode 1 – 9/12 A-
Thoughts and Highlights
Alas, this amount of shows this week make it impossible to mention them all. Writing in any form has always been difficult and time-consuming for me. If I write an email that’s a paragraph long, you can bet that I spent over an hour composing it. Someday I hope to get better at writing and that desire is one of the personal reasons for doing this blog. With that said, onto my thoughts and highlights.
The best episode this week was from Mouryou no Hako. I was wondering what they where going to do after the first episode and while I still don’t know for sure, it appears that something strange is going on. For instance, they keep talking about how boxes can hold people’s souls. It was done with the girl in episode 1 that was just a living head in a box and the doll-maker and the characters have mentioned it as well. As this makes me wonder about the building-size box that is shown at the end of episode 2. What is it and what is it meant to do? Also, there appears to be reason to suspect that the girl that fell in front of the train at the end of episode 1 was pushed for a reason. Both of the mysteries make me real anxious to watch the future episodes and the stunning animation doesn’t hurt.
Soul Eater continues to impress me on the shounen front. I thought the show was a touch slow in the beginning, even if I liked each individual episode as it aired, but since about episode 18 the show has kicked itself into high gear and the pace hasn’t slacked yet. If this isn’t the top shounen series right now, it’s very close.
I’m finding that I’m warming to both Kannagi and Yozakura Quartet this week but Hyakko is still not winning me over and it was the robot girl that secured the A- for the episode, if she wasn’t there then it would have been scored lower. In Kannagi’s case, it’s probably the combination of successfully forgetting the manga and giving the characters time to be more developed and thus likeable. Yozakura Quartet is still not matching J.C. Staff’s Index but episodes 2-4 where good enough that I want to continue to watching.
And finally, the two shoujo shows that I’m watching, Skip Beat and Earl and Fairy, both where very fun shows to watch this week. The first continues to excel at making us care about the main character, Kyoko, and root that she gets her revenge. The second has a talking cat, always a big plus, and is doing a good job at developing the three main characters.