Sun 24 Jun 2012
|Rank||Anime (First Place Votes)||Studio||Episode||Change|
|1||Fate/Zero [season finale] (6)||ufotable||25||–|
|2||Tsuritama (7)||A-1 Pictures||11||–|
|3||Sakamichi no Apollon (3)||Tezuka Productions||11||1|
|4||Jormungand (1)||White Fox||11||1|
|5||Nazo no Kanojo X (3)||Hoods Entertainment||12||16|
On The Cusp: Hunter x Hunter, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Natsuiro Kiseki, Aquarion Evol, Hyouka
This week was the hardest APR to make for the entire Spring season. And we haven’t even hit all of the season finales yet. This just proves to me that Spring 2012 has been one of the best seasons in recent memory. I can’t wait to see how hard it will be for me to make my APR for finale week.
Lerxst (Anime Afterlife Podcast)
Fate/Zero claims the top spot for the fourth week in a row this week with its much-anticipated final episode. While the climax was mostly last week, this week’s episode focused on resolving loose ends and tying things back into Fate/stay night. Besides the hilarious engrish scene courtesy of Kirei, I felt that this anime ended very strongly. The show achieves the rare ability to make its dialogue somewhat interesting, making viewers naturally more invested in the plot. While the characterization is far from perfect, viewers are finally left with lasting impressions of Kirei, Emiya’s reconciliation, and a dramatic character change from Saber. An excellent ending to a great anime.
Sakamichi no Apollon deserves the top spot for me this week because of the emotions projected throughout the entire episode. It’s the most heartfelt episode to date for the series, with strong focus on the emotional struggles of both Sentaro and Kaoru. They questioned their own existence in the world albeit in different ways.
Hoshiko (World of Yamaguchi Hoshiko)
Jormungand continues its impressive recent run in the top 5. I feel that now there’s now more action and functional characters and less posturing. Last week’s episode was still the best, though.