Spiral 11-13: Pianist, pianist, pianist

Spiral episodes 11-13 review

Spiral 13

(For those of you expecting to see 60 Minutes, you’re watching the NFL on CBS. Oh, and for those of you expecting to see a review of Black Butler, you’re about to read reviews of more Spiral, as I change things up for this week. Tomorrow we will skip Lucky Star, and next week there will be no anime reviews whatsoever as I relax at Colossalcon.)

Episode 11 is so forgettable I don’t even know what happened. Sadly this seems to be a pattern with Spiral. It has a big dramatic episode, then the next episode is a complete letdown. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I think that’s by design, but sadly it’s a very poor design.

Episode 12 involves the highly riveting plot of Ayumu trying to win a dinosaur out of a claw machine. I was expecting that there would be some secret strategy Ayumu would come up with to win it, but sadly there isn’t, and all that ends up happening is that he wins a couple of birds out of the UFO catcher instead. As you may have figured out, not exactly a great episode either.

Episode 13 finally picked up the pace. This episode was about one of the Blade Children named Rutherford who is a pianist. I can say that word as many times as I want and no one can do anything about it: pianist, pianist, pianist! (In related news, someone set the record for most money on Plinko today: $31,500. Let’s see if you can make the connection.)

There’s an assassin who threatens Rutherford’s life, and for some reason Ayumu is now working with the Blade Children, so he has to protect him. Eventually Ayumu figures out that the assassin is a sniper who is going to gun Rutherford down in the middle of the concert, but Rutherford has the entire audience light candles at the beginning of the concert, which blurs the sniper’s vision and gives Ayumu enough time to chase him away. It may not sound interesting but it actually is better than you think.

At the halfway post, Spiral is a very interesting anime. It’s not a world-beater by any means, but it’s also not bad. If there are more hair-raising moments like the Ayumu vs. Rio battle-of-the-brains, it could end up being in that third tier. What’s the third tier? The first tier is Evangelion and Madoka, stuff that can’t be touched. The second tier is stuff like Haruhi Suzumiya and InuYasha, stuff that has great personal meaning to me. The third tier is stuff that’s generally good. Akame ga Kill and Hunter x Hunter go here. Sometime soon I’ll post my list of tiers and what’s in what tier. Remind me to bring this up on an upcoming podcast.

Overall, two poor episodes and one good one. The last one at least gave me some hope that Spiral may get back on track.

Episode 11 rating (out of four stars): 1/2

Episode 12 rating (out of four stars): *

Episode 13 rating (out of four stars): **1/2

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