Infy’s Impressions: Episode 3 (Winter 2011)
Again, list is ordered in how much win there is in each Episode 3.
First place is the candy-coated Double Rainbow, and last place is the turds.
(Kimi ni Todoke is not included to avoid confusion as it lags behind by one episode in numerical order, due to Episode 0 airing)
1 ) Gosick: Resolution of the first arc. I did correctly predict the culprit to be the woman, but it turns out there was another killer in their group of four, the so-called hunting dog. Action was thrown in, without feeling forced. The case was wrapped up pretty nicely with clear explanations on the flashbacks, and little history lesson was taught. I can’t wait to see what other mysteries will be thrown at the duo of Victorica and Kujo.
2 ) Madoka Magica: This. Episode 3 garnered one of the most “What the fuck did I just watch” responses I’ve seen. I didn’t really feel much for Mami, due to how fast she died (which meant there wasn’t time for more chara develop). It was also startling how she got killed so easily. One surprise attack and that’s it, you’re too stunned to react?
3 ) Don’t like Onii-chan: I’m pretty certain this episode saved Onii-chan from getting my axe. Somehow I was really getting into it and laughing alot, especially during Iroha and Shuu’s date when Nao was stalking them, the two girls were stalking Nao, and the AGE group was stalking Shuu. It felt different from the standard harem show for once. Also, Nao’s (ﾟДﾟ) when messaging her friend was full of win.
More after the jump
4 ) FRACTALE: Woohoo! We get some rebel action in this episode, as Clain and Nessa are brought to a so-called terrorist village. The other side of life is shown, one that exists outside the Fractale system. I see the show going into the classic “terrorist” organization vs. “corrupted” government plot. The producers do not seem to be afraid to show some blood as well, as we get a bit of gunfire and wand-shooting.
5 ) Kore wa Zombie?: More random wackiness in the beginning. They really know how to turn something mundane like playing stack-tower or mahjong into something hilarious. The amount of fanservice has also been ramped up, especially during the bowling scene. I like the fact that there actually seems to be some form of plot, instead of just endless gags, as we find out that Ayumu’s friend knows a girl who was also attacked by the serial killer. The description seems to fit Euu, our necromancer girl. What does that mean? Lastly, Hiyocchi saying “White Panty!” is epic win.
6 ) FREEZING: Many things happened to advance the plot. Bridget shows more of her actual power level, being able to perform Accel Turn as a second year student, something only third years are taught. Althou guro levels seems to have dropped, ecchi levels shot up with some breast-fondling. While the story is definitely picking up, similiar template used for character faces is still turning me off.
7 ) Yumekui Merry: Episode 3 moved along at a much more coherent pace, instead of flying around to different locations and characters. We get a standard “I have no friends” to “I’ve made new friends” story, and a bit of fighting at the end, although it just consisted of Merry pinching the Dream Demon’s cheek, and then slapping her.
8 ) Infinite Stratos: Oh great, the entire episode was devoted to harem development. Cecilia’s attitudes took a sudden U-turn, and now everyone wants to bang Ichika. And he’s either totally oblivious to their cat-fighting, or simply doesn’t give a shit. We got get a promise for another fight in Episode 4.
9 ) Mitsudomoe 2: Same old, same old. There’s nothing really defining for this show yet, except that they decided to push Mitsuba’s character in the direction of “fat” girl. The last arc was quite funny though, with the viewer’s getting a glimpse of how good-looking the triplet’s father was in his prime.
10 ) Dragon Crisis: Ryuji goes to save Rose, and the amount of excitement in this one episode is way more than the previous two. I still don’t see where the show can go, as the next episode looks like a classic beach outing. It’s like, we get some actual development going on, but then end up with filler again. I might regret it but I’m gonna drop this show. Looks like they decided to give Kugimin a new phrase to repeat, instead of “URUSAI URUSAI URUSAI” we now have “SUKI SUKI SUKI SUKI SUKI”.
That’s it, I’ve chosen to drop Dragon Crisis for now. Don’t like Onii-chan managed to leap all the way to 3rd with an absolutely comical episode. Infinite Stratos failed abysmally with nothing but a harem subplot and dropped to 8th. In fact I think these two shows swapped spots.
After 3 weeks, Gosick and Madoka Magica have consistently held in the top 3 tiers for me. I might seem biased towards Gosick, but I adore detective stories wholeheartedly.