The Roundup: Spring 2014 Volume 11

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In this week’s episode…

We bid farewell to Nananananana’s Buried Treasure, Riddle Story of Devil The Devil’s Riddle, and Mahouka, even though it’s not ending.

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 11

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

JelTalk about anti-climactic, both for the final battle and for the show in general. Tensai’s gamble might work for some mid series scuffle but for a final battle? Totally destroyed the tension. Of course that’s not nearly as bad as the non-ending, complete with cliffhanger post-credits  scene. Maybe they’re planning a second season or just really want you to buy the novels, but either way I am glad to be done with this series.

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Riddle Story of Devil The Devil’s Riddle Episode 12

Friday 2:55 pm EST on Funimation

Watching: Jel, Lifesong, Gee, Marlin

Jel: It’s been sad watching this show fall apart after starting off with so much potential. The final episode completely undid any impact from any of the various conflicts as the epilogue specifically points out every single girl survived with no irreversible damage. The fact that Tokaku, Haru, and Nio ALL survive as if nothing happened in the next scene was the worst example, completely deflating any meaning their deaths could have had. Ultimately this was a really cool idea ruined by a poor adaptation. Maybe I should go read the manga.

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The Irregular at Magic High School Episode 12

Saturday 2:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Watching: Lifesong

Lifesong: I’m done, dropped, I simply can’t do any more of this. I really don’t think this anime is terrible by any means, but it is not at all the thing I wanted it to be. Everything goes through Tatsuya, every bit of character growth and interact, it’s all about him. I might be okay with that if it wasn’t so in your face about it. Actually if it were more in your face about it that would be okay too. I don’t like the weird balance it has where everything is asking us to take it super serious even though the situations are ridiculous.
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The Irregular at Magic High School – I know it’s bad form to leave subs on your screen cap but that’s just too hilarious.

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The World Is Still Beautiful Episode 12

Saturday 3:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Watching: Iro, Marlin

Marlin: Did I forget to mention how the Principality of Rain apparently invented wireless mics last week? Yeah, I don’t quite get it either, but it’s a decent one-off joke when they just wave off all of Neil’s problems. Interesting to see a show actually competently pull off a CPR scene. Chest compressions? Check. Positioning the head and breathing in? Check. It’s like they actually did their research or something. This show has had a long track record of letting huge deals get off with minimal punishments, so I guess I’m not surprised when everyone’s all buddy buddy again after Livi regains consciousness, It’s just still a bit ridiculous, y’know? At least the rest of the time spent with our main pair was pretty adorable. The way things are I’m not quite sure how you could squeeze much more drama out of this, but I’ll wait and see.
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Brynhildr In the Darkness Episode 12

Sunday 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll
Watching: Lifesong

Lifesong: Lots of things happen very quickly and while I can make sense of it I feel cheated. They dumped a ton of info on us and then just left us hanging with Kotori’s life in the balance? They also removed her plot armor by giving all the witches a new power up mechanic so I’m 99% sure I know what will happen next and it bullshit on the level of Evangelion. This episode really soured my experience. I don’t know if I even want to continue the story at this point or not.
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Black Bullet Episode 11

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

Lifesong: The return of Kagetane was nice. He came at a perfect time to tempt Rentarou to his cause and you know what, it isn’t hard to understand why he is the insane psychopath that he is. I loved the tender moment between Kisara and Rentarou. I want to hate humanity so bad that I’m worried I will be disappointed when Rentarou inevitably doesn’t join Kagetane.
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The World Is Still Beautiful – We’ll leave the shota jokes alone for this one time only.

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No Game No Life Episode 11

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

Lifesong: 4 words: Virtual Reality Gal Gun. Apparently it’s a popular science fiction game with the beastmen. This was another great episode. Steph was useless, but I haven’t given up hope that she will somehow redeem herself even if entirely by accident. Watching Shiro and Sora test and bend the game rules was as ridiculous as it was awesome. They have shown Izuna some fun. I can’t emphasize enough how much I am dying for the next episode.
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Chaika –The Coffin Princess– Episode 11

Wednesday 2:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll
Watching: Lifesong

Lifesong: Evil Chaika is evil. I thought this Layla was likely to be another Chaika and I guess I was right. Poor Fredrica! I hope she was lying about her brain being her weak point because that death was seriously lame. Fredrica has a few screws loose sure, but she didn’t deserve THAT. Okay so maybe she did, but I didn’t like it okay? The confrontation between Chaika and Evil Chaika revealed a lot, but I find myself wanting to wait for next week before I let myself believe any of it.
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If Her Flag Breaks Episode 11

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

Marlin: Called it. Sort of at least.It seemed weird that Souta had this magical power that seemed so like a game, so it makes a weird amount of sense that he’s really in a virtual world. I’m still not diggin’ this weird Matrix-esque plot that has evolved because of him learning the truth, but at least the show didn’t soak up all the time devoted to the girls. Are they just totally dropping the pretext that Megumu is a boy? It seems from all that’s implied that it isn’t the case, and now we have her wearing a cocktail dress to a dance party. I guess the entire thing’s a moot point considering it seems everybody except Nanami weren’t real to begin with. Still not sure what this show is going for in the end, but it looks like the plot is going to win out again as Souta has to figure out how to be The One- I mean save the ladies

5 thoughts on “The Roundup: Spring 2014 Volume 11

  1. Mahouka…i keep going back. But this most recent episode finally pulled the plug for me.
    I’m dissapointed in Brynhildr but im gonna keep going. Push the top button on the harness already~

  2. yeah kagetane is so cray cray but even still I can’t help but love him, also Kohina, there can never be enough sword wielding badass lolis like her around.

    NGNL 11: VR Gal*Gun ftw, dat game intro and those cameos, Puchiko and Dejiko from Digi Charat, Chie from Persona 4, Chris from Steins;Gate. Really enjoyable ep, lol at Shiro shooting Sora XD what a twist and Izuna was especially enjoyable here, just hope Steph can be put to better use than just being the buttmonkey. Jibril vs Izuna-tan bgm was real noice, also dat Archer (f/sn) reference, .”You don’t mind if I defeat her, do you?”

    was wondering why Shiro was missing all her shots but the end pretty much explains that. there were some LN scenes omitted, but overall great episode, freefall parts were amazing btw

    I guess we’re just one episode away, which makes me sad and i’ll definitely miss this but please please pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease let there be a season 2 announcement in the future, this series is just too good to let go…

    season2 pls season2 pls season2 pls season2 pls season2 pls season2 pls season2 pls season2 pls

  3. Overall acceptable season. I think I only dropped one show, Captain Planet. This late in the game, it would take Wizard Barristers level of terrible to get me to drop any show.

      • In order of “HELL YEAH MUST WATCH RIGHT THIS INSTANCE!” to “I may just drop you.” Full disclamer, anime is effectively my only source of entertainment.

        No Game No Life (Wow. Just, wow),
        Mushishi (wow, in a more sedate manner),
        Black Bullet (like Game of Thrones, only more sensible),
        Chaika (dragons, adventure, and most importantly, NOT A SCHOOL SETTING or STARRING SCHOOLKIDS),
        Kawaisou (the trifecta of Hanazawa Kana, Satou Rina, and Kanemoto Hisako along with the art direction and story),
        Brynhildr in the Darkness (like Black Bullet, but less sensible),
        One Week Friends (still here out of endearment alone),
        Mahouka Koukou (like No Game No Life in terms of overpowered protagonists, just not as entertaining),
        Nanana’s Buried Treasure (interesting that the protagonist borders on being a villain),
        The World is Still Beautiful [strong female lead, excellent setting, failure to use something else other than jpop to summon the rain (admittedly a ludicrous complaint in lieu of summoning any weather phenomena with music],
        Blade & Soul (it’s a passionately put together show of little substance),
        The Comic Artist and his Assistants (Hayami Saori’s voice and by virtue of being the only comedy this season),
        If Her Flag Breaks (seriously, if they would do one K’naan’s Wavin Flag tribute I will move this to mid-table),
        Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san (Ocassionally funny short, any longer and I would have dropped it).

        Special mention to World Fool News, for the jazzy opening and ending tunes.

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