The Roundup: Spring 2014 Volume 6

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In this week’s episode…

Riddle Story of Devil The Devil’s Riddle delivers some James Bond villain stupidity, Date a Live and Chaika get beat with the Ugly Stick, and even though Ping Pong has gone on to a better place Nananananana has our back when it comes to animated table tennis action.

The Roundup is a weekly guide to all the “other” shows we’re watching this season. Check out our full coverage of:

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Ping Pong
The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior
One Week Friends
Hunter x Hunter

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Nanana’s Buried Treasure Episode 6

Thursday 1:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll
Watching: Jel, Lifesong, Marlin, Aquagaze

JelIt only took half the series but it looks like our cast is finally complete as the Adventure Club assembles for their first outing. The results were kind of… boring. I’ll give them credit for keeping their hot springs episode in check and I found it rather amusing that we actually had the perv girl trying to peep on the guys. The shout out to noitomina timeslot-mate Ping Pong was a nice touch, but the treasure hunt itself was nothing more than platforming hopping and the “mystery” a lazy disguise cop-out, leaving us with another episode of Nanananana full of good ideas but no real substance.

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Date A Live Season 2 Episode 6

Friday 2:05 pm EST on Funimation

Watching: Lifesong

Lifesong: I continue to have a hard time growing any affection for our current spirit in need of a make-out session. Oragami was pretty cool this week. The animation fell apart in this episode at times, but Oragami’s sky battle managed to look cool considering. This weeks idol dancing scenes didn’t hold up as well. The animation for the dancing was simply cheap and ultimately not very note-worthy, but my god those crowd faces derped so hard you could almost hear the budget drop. The jokes in this series never fail to amuse me so I can’t say I’ve been bored. Hints of Mana and Kurumi ensure that the story remains interesting, but I’m tired of the tease.
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Riddle Story of Devil The Devil’s Riddle – This is a serious show and it demands to be taken seriously

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Riddle Story of Devil The Devil’s Riddle Episode 7

Friday 2:55 pm EST on Funimation

Watching: Jel, Lifesong, Gee, Marlin

Jel: This was probably the coolest assassination attempt thus far and yet it was marred by an incredible amount of stupidity to set it up. I’ve been much more tolerant of the show’s lazy logic bending then Gee or Marlin, but it’s hard to ignore that Shutou would have easily won if she, I don’t know, DIDN’T MAKE A WAY TO DISARM THE BOMB??? What is she, a James Bond villain? Then they toss in the whole immortality thing in the middle of a series that, at least on paper, hasn’t had any supernatural or science fiction elements and I had a tough time swallowing this episode. I guess it does make things a little more interesting to introduce the possibility of some kind of super powers and maybe you could interpret some of Haru’s background as a hint in that direction, so we’ll see if anything comes out of it.

Gee: This episode could have actually been pretty cool with mind games and subterfuge, but instead, it ended up being one of the dumbest episodes I’ve watched so far. Ignoring the villainous stupidity, Shutou could have had any number of interesting reasons to make the bomb possible to disarm. Hell, she could have really escalated things if the whole game to find the code numbers was actually a false flag and merely a diversion to stall Tokaku. Give her some good characterization or foreshadowing and it could have been a genuinely interesting conflict. But no, instead they played it totally straight in quite possibly the worst way imaginable. Throw in some arbitrary immortality and you have an episode that clashes with setting while simultaneously making the whole affair even harder to take seriously than it already was.

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The Irregular at Magic High School Episode 7

Saturday 2:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Watching: Lifesong

Lifesong: Our terrorists are finished and perhaps the most telling development is that Tatsuya doesn’t get the girl. He never really liked the girl in the first place so maybe that was to be expected. I am becoming more and more convinced that he is some kind of emotionless robot who can only feel emotions when they involve his sister. Brobot Tatsuya, you heard it here first. I enjoyed the fighting though I found the emphasis on Miyuki’s magic a bit awkward. She is clearly an incredibly powerful magician with highly lethal magic, but she didn’t kill anyone despite losing her composure. Next up we have some cross school event that the pretty boy in the OP will undoubtedly be a part of. I hope we get something at least at least as engaging as calling equality a lie.
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Brynhildr In the Darkness Episode 7

Sunday 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll
Watching: Lifesong

Lifesong: I feel like we are inching close and closer to learning something in this series only to have the answers crawling away at the same pace. This episode tries to make a dramatic tension out of the pills and it just doesn’t work. Those pills have been a joke for a long time now. I predict none of the main girls are at risk of dying unless something major changes. Currently they are specialized team and their usefulness to that team gives them plot armor. Despite the lack of tension Kazumi is quickly becoming a favorite character for me. Her perverted antics are starting to amuse me and I question my own sanity for being able to take her seriously. I hope we get some answers next week. I am tired of all this false tension.
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Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time – Please give me wings (also more episodes)

 

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Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time Episode 20

Sunday 6:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll
Watching: Jel, Lifesong, Marlin

Jel: This episode was strangely beautiful as “Tsubasa wo Kudasai” is always good for stirring up quick emotions, and yet the commercial twist at the end keeps things appropriately light and humorous. I was kind of hoping Seki-kun would leave a message for Yokoi in the flip book, like he was expecting her to find it or something, but that’s probably too much to ask. Next week may be the last episode, and while that does make me sad I hope Seki-kun has saved his most ridiculous time killer for last.

Marlin: This episode was a pretty big tease. For once, I thought we might actually hear Seki say something intelligible. When it turned out he was just making sound effects I was laughing pretty hard. There’s still never really been any great explanation as to why Seki goes to such great lengths to waste time, and this one is especially strange. Who is the commercial for? Himself? I almost have to wonder if he did intend for Yokoi to listen to it, just to throw her for a loop.

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Black Bullet Episode 6

Tuesday 12:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll
Watching: Lifesong, Marlin

Lifesong: Forced irony is hard to appreciate. That is what this episode and the episode before it have illustrated for me. I am not going to argue if the new loli being an assassin who just so happened to befriend someone she needs to kill is ironic or not, but it was typecast so hard I could see it from a mile away before the irony had a chance to sink it. I find the silly harem antics are amusing enough, but they also grow tiresome quickly when an episode features them so heavily like this one did. I sense a pattern with this anime. We will get several episodes of decent to good setup followed by some fun action and emotional drama. Political intrigue is not Black Bullet’s strong point. I hope the animators understand that and either fix it, or manage to avoid it better than they did this week. Maybe I just miss the theatrics of last arc’s villain.
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No Game No Life Episode 6

Wednesday 11:30 am EST on Crunchyroll
Watching: Lifesong,

Lifesong: This episode was the highlight of my entire week. It can be hard to appreciate Japanese word games, but the implications were easy enough to follow. Our protagonist managed to create family friendly nudity and disintegrate the universe all in the name of wining a game to secure humanities library of knowledge against a creature created to slay gods. The mind games were great, watching Steph get sacrificed over and over for the sake of humanity was great, learning the extent of Blank’s knowledge was great. This episode had me out of my chair dancing around my room while I watched it. Not too many things can manage that. I can’t wait to see where this series will take us next.
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Chaika The Coffin Princess – Mesmerizing quality

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Chaika –The Coffin Princess– Episode 6

Wednesday 2:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll
Watching: Lifesong

Lifesong: Bones finally dropped the ball. The animation fell apart this episode. I hope they can find that ball soon because one of the main draws has been how great the animation had been prior to this episode. That said, it could have been worse. I am glad this show will be split in half and given the attention it deserves. The story itself has become more interesting. The idea that all of the Chaika’s might be real was a good twist. We really don’t know that much about this world, but it has managed to get my attention. I want to explore this world with Chaika and friends and that gives this anime a breath of freshness that I find precious.
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If Her Flag Breaks Episode 6

Wednesday 3:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll
Watching: Lifesong, Marlin

Marlin: This show is so stupid in all the right ways. If this show is going to go full harem, it goes full harem. That includes a beach episode. It’s becoming increasingly more likely as the show goes on that Megumu actually isn’t a man. Why that would matter outside of fanservice is another issue entirely. The whole reversal so everyone gets in a swimsuit bit was the kind of stupid thing that only works when the show is clearly being genre savvy like this one is.

4 thoughts on “The Roundup: Spring 2014 Volume 6

  1. MAL complained last episode not buying Mibu’s “misunderstanding” and felt it was dumb. This episode’s revelation and now all those people raging look pretty silly.

    Anyway, Erika and Tatsuya teasing Kirihara near the end there was fun, first arc is now done. I really been looking forward to the Nine Schools Competition, so hopefully it delivers.

    • Personally I felt like Mibu’s “misunderstanding” was cheapened when the ultimate conclusion was that it was actually because of magic, but I’m okay with it because it also confirmed the extent of what magic can be used for in this universe.

      Erika’s teasing was fun. I hope she sticks around because she is one of the more amusing characters.

    • So did I and it was just as exciting the second time. The crazy rules in this fantasy gaming world make for so much fun.

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