Sun 17 Feb 2013
|Rank||Anime (First Place Votes)||Studio||Episode||Change|
|1||Chihayafuru 2 (8)||Madhouse||6||1|
|2||Psycho-pass (4)||Production I.G.||17||1|
|3||Shin Sekai Yori (8)||A-1 Pictures||20||–|
|4||JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (5)||David Productions||19||1|
|5||Zetsuen no Tempest (2)||Bones||18||3|
On the cusp: Uchuu Kyoudai, Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, Tamako Market, tie: Vividred Operation, Hunter x Hunter, AKB0048 Next Stage, Dokidoki! Precure
Not a very strong week for my viewings.
2D Teleidoscope (Conversations at the Café Subculture)
Chihayafuru 2 takes the top spot this week as Chihaya combines the tactics of the Master and the Queen to overcome a wide deficit, leading to the most intense match Mizusawa ever faced. The intense karuta action and character narrative is typical of Chihayafuru, but the directing in this episode was especially intense.
Although the prospect of including a Nazi scientist cyborg half-zombie into the anime equation may sound like one conjured up by the Call of Duty staff after rough night of shots and keg-stands, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure manages to dance around any troubles it may come across with goofy, but sincere grace. It’s a chaotic rondo of musclebound models, talking severed heads and manic pacing, but the series effortlessly retains direction with poise and finds order within its crazed, whirlwind formula. This is discord with a dash of order and a pint of style and here, it works. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is nothing less than a masculine ballet — and one of the highest order, to boot.
Click (Pretense with Glasses)
Another really fantastic episode of Tempest this week. We’ve already seen how Aika’s death has affected Mahiro in his thirst for vengeance even if it meant the end of the world. However, Yoshino seems to have become even more broken than Mahiro. Seeing how lost Yoshino has become causes Hakaze to rise to action, a very welcome change to both the story and for her. Tempest continues to fascinate me by having a character who died before the anime even started, yet is the central point of the entire story. Aika may not be physically present anymore, yet the world of Tempest revolves around her ever still.
Nazarielle (The Shallow End)