It might not be the best, but I think Blood Lad may be the most consistent show of the season so far - and it's pretty darn good, too.
turned into Mickey from the Rocky films (whose theme song was obviously being parodied as well. It's also been pointed out that the parody is actually Danpei Tange from AnJ, but that makes me think Micky might himself have been inspired by AnJ. It's always seemed clear Stallone was heavily influenced by it.). But one of the things I really like about Blood Lad is that it's one of those shows with no throwaway cast members - even the smaller roles like the pigeon carriage-drivers are given a comic personality, and all of the major characters (probably least so Fuyumi, truth be told) are well above-average in terms of sheer personality and wit.
interaction with the OniQlo manager, and she's got Level E potential in the troll department. She sends Staz (who's also one of the best MCs of the season, by the way) off on a wild goose chase to the wild West Demon World in search of the Book of Human Resurrection. This is another clever comic conceit - I especially loved the tumbleweed that sprouted legs and casually exited stage right - and it's the territory of Wolf Boy (Terashima Takuma, whose career has apparently survived being one of the ringleaders of the Kokoro Connect hazing scandal). Here's another winner of a character - a nice foil for Staz, and the show plays off the "are they friends or rivals?" gag for some pretty good mileage.
none of the main cast can read it, the subplot with Yoshida and the broken figure. The timing is excellent, the performances universally excellent and the sight-gags clever. This ain't brain surgery but as I've said many times, making comedy look this easy is one of the hardest things a show can do. Good anime comedies are actually a pretty rare bird in most seasons - this being no exception - so I have a full appreciation for them when they come along. Whatever my blogging decision with Blood Lad - full posts, digests or other - you can bet that I'll be watching it and enjoying the hell out of it.