PP Power Rankings – Spring 2015 Week 09

No changes for the top three this week, though Kiniro Mosaic makes a strong comeback to #4 at the expense of Baby Steps and Show By Rock:

1. Hibike! Euphonium
2. Ore Monogatari!!
3. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku
4. Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic
5. Baby Steps 2

Wow last week really turned into something in the comments of the general APR, I’m so sorry we all liked Hibike Euphonium (episode 8 – this is about last week) so much that it appeared the people who vote are apparently too “mainstream” to appreciate something different. Is it too much to ask someone to believe that there may come an episode once in a while that actually manages to appeal to an incredibly wide demographic, many of whom are looking at different aspects of the show? Like I, for one, didn’t give a shit about the hints of yuri (getting fired from this blog in 3… 2… 1…, wait… I wasn’t hired), yet there was so much more to the episode. The visuals, the camera positions, the choreography of each situation transitioning into the next, they were all significantly better than the norm. Even if you don’t care for the high school setting and characters and romance and confessions, there was still a lot a beauty to see. And for all of us who do care about some of those things, the episode was wonderful. Frankly, it’s specifically because the entire episode was just a huge tease open to the viewer’s interpretation that I feel it got such widespread recognition last week. And that takes skillful writing to accomplish.

Anyway, moving on. I guess I do have something to complain about that I’ve been holding off on for a few weeks. I’ve been rather disappointed in the recent episodes of Kiniro Mosaic (ironically it did really well in the rankings this week, maybe I’m not the target audience). After a great start, it seems to have just fallen into this routine of focussing on the characters that require no effort to form a joke situation with. If it’s a scene focussing on Shino, you already know the joke’s going to be something to do with blonde hair, Alice, or English. If it’s Aya, it’s even more depressing, because there’s only one joke – she’ll just think about or do something around Yoko and then implode into embarrassment. Karen and Yoko, the two most unpredictable characters are increasingly getting minor interjections while the show prefers to focus on the others. The jokes increasingly feel like they are on rails, and I know what’s going to happen already, and I don’t like it.

I had higher hopes for the new teacher, but she just turned into an adult Ayaya. At least Karasuma-sensei is still slightly unpredictable. Why can’t we get more with the new girl, though she’s dangerously close to overlapping with Shino perhaps, but at least she’s new, she can balance on a ball, she’s more interesting. To me it feels like the writers decided it’s just too hard to come up with long unique scenarios for unpredictable characters like Karen and Yoko, so let’s just keep focussing on the easy jokes. They’ve probably not made a bad decision since those jokes seem to continually appeal to some people, but I’m not one of them. I miss Yuyushiki and its unpredictable episodes each week, even if those were based of random things the three girls would search about online. At least it didn’t feel repetitive. Karen’s complete randomness is just about keeping me hanging on, hoping that the next episode will not feature anyone else; well maybe Yoko and her siblings.

I get the parallel between Alice being the calm childhood friend to Karen’s hyperactiveness, and similarly Aya to Yoko. I understand why you need such calm characters to rein in the energetic ones, but the show doesn’t play it very well. Alice mostly interacts with Shino and they just play on the blond trope over and over and over, and I already complained about Aya being seemingly incapable of breathing in front of Yoko. It was funny the first time, and the second time, maybe the third. I’ve had enough now. I wish they’d at least consider trying to make these other characters do something else. Anyway, that’s the end of my rant.

Here’s the full results for the week:

RANK

SHOW

5 PT RATING

CHANGE

% VOTES

1

Hibike! Euphonium

4.45 (-0.11)

(=)

100

2

Ore Monogatari!!

2.73 (+0.1)

(=)

> 50

3

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku

1.86 (+0.14)

(=)

50

4

Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic

1.25 (+0.42)

(+2)

< 50

5

Baby Steps 2

1.18 (-0.18)

(-1)

< 50

6

Show By Rock!!

0.71 (-0.38)

(-1)

< 25

7

Kekkai Sensen

0.42 (-0.08)

(=)

< 25

8

Yamadakun to Nananin no Majo

0.4 (+0.1)

(+2)

< 25

9

Teekyuu 4 / Takamiya Nasuno Desu!

0.34 (-0.01)

(=)

< 25

10

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

0.31 (+0.03)

(+1)

< 25

11

Kyoukai no Rinne

0.28 (+0.05)

(+1)

< 25

12

Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka?

0.25 (+0.08)

(+1)

< 25

13

Go! Princess Precure

0.21 (-0.22)

(-5)

0

14

Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki

0.16 (+0)

(=)

< 25

15

Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu

0.08 (+0.08)

(+6)

< 25

=

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu

0.08 (+0.08)

(NEW)

< 25

17

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders – Egypt-hen

0.07 (-0.07)

(-2)

0

18

Nisekoi:

0.04 (-0.04)

(-2)

0

19

Plastic Memories

0.01 (-0.01)

(-2)

0

=

Punch Line

0.01 (-0.01)

(-2)

0

21

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season

0 (0)

(-2)

0

=

Owari no Seraph

0 (0)

(-2)

0

No-one should be complaining about us not watching a wide variety of shows, we have another new entrant this week in the form of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. I didn’t even know someone was still watching that until they voted for it. Nagato Yuki-chan manages to suddenly get off the very bottom. And we now find dear old Shirou and his unlimited blade works now languishing in last place. It’s probably the show everyone is watching, and nobody is voting for. That should count for some sort of achievement.

Well, that’s it for another week. Till the next time…

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