Sun 13 May 2012
|1||Sakamichi no Apollon||Tezuka Productions||5||–|
|4||Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna||TMS Entertainment||6||–|
|5||Uchuu Kyoudai||A-1 Pictures||6||1|
On the cusp: Shirokuma Cafe, Jormungand, Natsuiro Kiseki, Sankarea, Nazo no Kanojo X
This week has been one of high and lows. Shows that usually made it on my list have dropped off while a couple that haven’t had much time on there get some time to shine. Lupin and Zombie were the two most entertaining shows I watched this past week and I’m glad to see them keeping me consistently glued to the screen. This Spring is really the strongest season in recent memory due to the fact that I look forward to the majority of all the shows I’m watching each week.
Lerxst (Anime Afterlife Podcast)
We’ve had the same top 4 for three weeks running, quite a change of pace from the seemingly chaotic rise of quality shows earlier this season. It seems that everything has calmed down now and viewers are getting into more of a “groove”. Though Sakamichi no Apollon has been virtually unopposed this season, it’s not invincible; some criticism has surfaced in recent episodes.
Though production values are high, Apollon still boils down to this: an anime about teen romance and angst. Not really a bad thing per se, but for an anime that uses jazz as a hook, they seldom use it to spice up the story. The parts of the anime that I was really enjoying were the times that they actually play music – but then I realized that I could get the same experience by watching old YouTube videos of Bill Evans or similar people.
fkeroge (Ambivalence, or is it Ambiguity?)
Fate/Zero continues to explore Kiritsugu’s character this week. It’s nice getting some back story, but I earnestly hope we get back to the Holy Grail War in the next episode. For some reason, I felt that Kiritsugu’s air of mystique was one of this defining characteristics — I get the character, so exploring his past doesn’t have too much effect on the story proper.
The recent episodes revolving around Kiritsugu’s backstory is done outstandingly. If you combine both episodes you get a Kara no Kyoukai feel which is dark, and gritty story. Kiritsugu is a pretty screwed up man and his ideologies will surely destroy him by the end of the series.
ahelo (Traveler on Revenge)
Tsuritama is shaping up to be one of those rare shows that give me that warm fuzzy feeling – this week’s episode was just so charming, even though very little actually happened. It was just so heartwarming to watch Yuki get over his social anxieties and embrace something he loves. Tsuritama is just a joy to watch.
Caraniel (Caraniel’s Ramblings)
Uchuu Kyoudai makes its return to the Anime Power Rankings after a week hiatus. I really believe the best of this show is still to come, however frustrated some people may be with the pacing.
This week’s Uchuu Kyoudai was truly inspiring. With Mutta facing the ’reality’ that he will not get to round 3 because of the JAXA knowing of his act of headbutting his former boss, and thinking of how unlucky he is. Unknown to him, one of the JAXA judges have known him since Mutta was small and have known of his passion to space exploration, goes out of his way to convince that Mutta is in fact a suitable candidate for becoming an astronaut. This contrast of Mutta’s assumption of failure and the JAXA judge’s determination to make Mutta an astronaut was very inspiring, of how someone might help you when you least expect it.
FNZNA (FNZNA’s Side Dish)