Anime Power Rankings: Spring 2014 Week 8
|Rank||Anime (First Place Votes)||Studio||Episode||Change|
|1||Ping Pong: The Animation (1)||Tatsunoko Productions||7||—|
|2||Mushishi Zoku Shou (6)||Artland||7||1|
|3||Issuhuukan Friends (2)||Brains Base||7||—|
|3||No Game No Life (3)||Madhouse||7||1|
|4||Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (3)||David Production||8||15|
On the Cusp: Love Live: School Idol Project Season 2 (1), Selector Infected WIXOSS (1), Sidonia no Kishi (1), Akuma no Riddle (0), Haikyuu!! (1)
Things seem to have gone back to normal now that Mushishi has returned from it’s week hiatus. Mushishi receives the most first place votes this week in APR but drops one spot from it’s number one spot two weeks ago to give Ping Pong it’s third number one spot this season. Both shows were strong this past week so it’s no surprise they share the top two spots. Mushishi introduces us to a woman who has been, for lack of a better term, infected with mushi that causes her to expel moisture from her body in the form of rain. So whenever she attempts to cry or sweat, she brings a rainstorm upon the Earth. The episode shows both the good and the bad that can come from carrying such a burden and is portrayed in such a sad, yet beautiful way that I think only Mushishi can.
On the other hand, Ping Pong puts a great deal of it’s attention on Peco’s return to ping pong and Smile’s situation of either joining Kaio Academy or continuing to train with Butterfly Joe (and I will continue to refer to him as such). The most interesting part of this past week’s episode has to go to the blatant foreshadowing presented to us by Butterfly Joe telling Smile his story of how he became known as “Butterfly Joe” and a ping pong match he had with an old friend of his. I’m intrigued to see how, and even if, the show plays on that foreshadowing later on down the road.
After spending a week all the way down at number nineteen, Jojo’s decides to rear its ugly head once again and catapult all the way to the number four spot. It seems to me that you, the voters, want a more bloody and gruesome Jojo’s with hotel employees getting their faces cut off by demonic puppets rather than a more silly one with an orangutan in a captain outfit who controls a Stand that’s a giant frigate. I’m guessing my thumb isn’t on the pulse of the voters of APR. Granted, it is nice to see Jojo’s back in the top five. I only hope that the show picks up from here on out.
I can’t help but be charmed by NGNL and how its blend of comedy and plot developments. In one scene it goes from joking about that secret porn stash every guy has to weighty exposition. Usually ecchi shows do best with the former (e.g. Haganai) and fall into stupid melodrama when they attempt the latter, but I find myself genuinely interested in finding out more about the world and its background. It has such great potential and has delivered on it with style all season.
Usny (Anime Maru)
It’s a real shame that the top three on my list are so locked in because it means WIXOSS really has nowhere to go despite getting consistently better week after week. It’s clear at this point that the people behind WIXOSS really get how to build suspense and deliver a solid pay off based on that suspense. Sato Takuya can draw from his experience with Steins;Gate and when paired with a talented writer like Okada Mari the results can really be great. The show just oozes tension and you can really feel the desperation of the characters as they see their dreams and wishes start to slip away. The bombshell dropped at the end of this episode was impressive as well and I can’t wait to see where they go with this in the upcoming weeks. If you gave up on WIXOSS early one, you should seriously give it another shot. The show is excellent.
Kelloggs (Pendantic Perspective)
I miss the old Peco. By getting serious, he seems to have gotten less interesting as a character. All the other characters are serious too, it’s repetitive.
Sun Tzu (Sun Tzu Anime)
Haikyuu continues to be absolutely delightful. The animation for Oikawa’s serve honestly was the most impressive thing I watched this week that wasn’t Yuasa. (Because really, is there any point comparing others to Yuasa? He is a league of his own.) While I do legitimately really enjoy Ping Pong on basically every level, Peco and Smile just don’t have the same sort of chemistry as Kageyama and Hinata.
Chronolynx (THAT Anime Blog)
Thank you to everyone who sent in their ballots this week!