Sun 5 Aug 2012
|Rank||Anime (First Place Votes)||Studio||Episode||Change|
|1||Hyouka (4)||Kyoto Animation||15||1|
|2||Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (1)||AIC ASTA||5||1|
|3||Uchuu Kyoudai (4)||A-1 Pictures||18||3|
|4||Natsuyuki Rendezvous (6)||Dogakobo||5||1|
|5||Kokoro Connect (5)||Silver Link||4||1|
On the cusp: Binbougami ga!, Yuruyuri ♪♪, Shirokuma Café, TARI TARI, Moyashimon Returns
This week, Kyoto Animation appears atop the Anime Power Rankings for the first time. Kyoto Animation is the 11th different anime studio to be featured at the #1 spot since the weekly Anime Power Rankings began a little more than a year ago.
Hyouka has grown on me a lot over the last few weeks – I’ve found myself completely reversing my original opinion that the show was shallow and filled with dull, over-used archetypical characters. The way Hyouka has very subtlety built up its characters has been excellent, and this episode was filled with little hints that continue to add new layers to the cast.
Space Bros easily has the most natural and well acted character interaction of any show currently airing, and that really showed in this weeks episode which switched it’s focus to the B-team. The entire episode was just wonderfully written and acted.
[Natsuyuki Rendezvous] took a turn for the whimsical this week, and I’m not entirely sure if I liked that or not. I did enjoy watching how Shimao coped with being in Hazuki’s body and getting a lot more information on his character, but the whole thing with Hazuki & a tiny fairy Rokka in the sketchbook has me a bit bemused.
Kokoro Connect took a rather disappointing turn into harem territory, where Taichi went around “fixing” the female protagonists. The show still continues to throw out really fascinating questions and issues, but it’s refusal to dwell on them in favor of grooming Taichi as the latest bland MC is somewhat frustrating.
Caraniel (Caraniel’s Ramblings)