01/21/2015 This Week in Anime

The second episode is the door to the future. At this point, a series has not yet fully blossomed but it is showing its colors. Think of it as the honeymoon period of an anime. It just started and a lot of things still need getting used to – the pacing, the style and even the characters themselves. You get the point.

The Rundown: Second Episode Blues

Between mingling with online and real life friends, watching ONE OK ROCK videos, and laughing out loud to Daily Lives of High School Boys is me forgetting to recap everything. The bulk of this week’s rundown consists of almost every series I’m watching.

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Episode 2
Think of the second episode as the pilot episode’s little sister. They’re practically the same only that the former is of a lower caliber than the latter. It’s still as enjoyable though. We now encounter the formula that goes with every magical something-or-other series. What will Boeuibu do now as it moves forward?

Shirobako Episode 14
Ruthless indeed. This episode had pacing problems and is probably Shirbako‘s weakest one to date. More than half of the episode is comprised of the seiyuu meeting and we all feel like the sound producer observing the ruckus. It’s a mix of trouble and excitement at the much later part when Aoi goes to a shady secondary studio for help and the girls find out that they’re all working on the same project.

Saekano Episode 1
Now this is the real start of the series. I love how everything is in Tomoya’s perspective especially when Megumi (who is supposedly the main girl) was never in the spotlight until he (and we) knew of her. It made me feel all bubbly in the end and maybe despite the triteness of everything else, I might keep watching this.

Your Lie in April Episode 14
Something tells me this series is moving too fast. After eleven episodes of knowing Kousei’s mom as a villain, it’s hard to be convinced that she was actually the kind type in disguise. And Tsubaki’s feelings becoming shaky? That’s quite premature. It’s only two episodes and we’re seeing some major developments in character whilst forgetting some of them. For example, is being the playboy friend all that Watari will ever be? I know that it’s a manga adaptation and some parts were cut off. But it would be good if A-1 Pictures doesn’t fail us. After all, it’s  handling quite a lot of series this season.

Assassination Classsroon Episode 2
Assassination Classroom‘s second episode is showing the series’ manga adaptation-ness. I can see that they merged two chapters in one episode. They could have done so in a smoother and cleverer way that doesn’t make the whole 24 minutes incoherent. But I’m forgiving and Koro-sensei keeps it interesting.

Garo: Mark of the Flame Episode 14
I like how Garo just takes everything in stride and that in the end it never fails. But this episode is just didn’t cut out. Did they cut out a lot of parts just to fit the time frame? I think it’s high time for some character development, a little more world-building and perhaps a new antagonist. Well, Garo always finds a way.

Durarara!!x2 Shou Episode 2
I think I’ll let Durarara reside here until I get the hang of how it goes. If the first episode was confusing, get a load of this week’s. Some new, wacky characters may keep it going but the old ones need some new life breathed into them. Aside from all that, the animation and design is more crisp and dynamic.

The Rolling Girls Episode 2
This series is seriously baffling me. It’s been two episodes and I still don’t understand what’s going on. What’s with the mob and bests and rests? Why all the cutesy fighting? And more importantly, what is the point of this series? If it doesn’t fess up, this series has nothing to show except really good animation.

Koufuku Graffiti
Koufuku Graffiti is turning out to be nothing more than your run-of-the-mill, seinen-aimed, slice of life, cute-girls-doing-cute-things moe kind of anime. I am not disappointed though. I was hoping it will break the mold it had even with Shaft’s signature head-tilting.

Episode of the Week

And the title goes to… Death Parade! It’s shaping up to be a really good series. All the pieces – animation, design, sound, and story – seem to fit together. A little setting establishment might still be in the works but there’s bound to  be surprises and I’m willing to wait for it. Did I mention that the OP is one of the best, if not the best, this season?

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So what kept your week interesting? What were your favorite episodes? Leave a comment and hit follow for more in-depths of your favorite anime this season. Until next time. 🙂

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