The Roundup: Fall 2014 Volume 10

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In this week’s installment…

So close to the end of the season, Garo, Log Horizon, and Shirobako set up to continue through Winter. Thankfully this does not include SeHa Girls which does little more than give us this week’s bizarre header image.

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

Amagi Brilliant ParkGundam Build Fighters TryGundam: Reconguista in G Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade WorksKamen Rider DriveParasyte: The Maxim – Psycho-Pass 2Rage of Bahamut: GenesisYour Lie In April

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Hi-sCool! Seha Girls
Episode 11

Wednesdays 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Watching: Jel, Marlin

Jel: This was a pretty lame follow up to last week’s decent episode as any potential for a Shining or Phantasy Star related fun was completed wasted. Having the girls end up in Rappy suits instead of the presumed sexy fantasy outfits you’d expect was a good joke, but they don’t go anywhere with it after that. I can give them credit again for actually animating the episode but when I have to dig that deep for positives it should be clear I’m glad next week seems to be the last episode.

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GARO: The Carved Seal of Flames
Episode 11

Thursdays 1:23 pm EST on Funimation

Watching: Aquagaze, Dragonzigg, Gee

Aquagaze: Garo keeps up its strong streak with another villainous flashback episode. It’s Bernardo who gets a bit of fleshing out done, and once again, the show flaunts its solid, mature writing with a more than acceptable motive for the Black Knight’s motives. It’s not love or jealousy, for once, but a tragic fall from grace, as Bernardo realizes that humans aren’t worth protecting — they accused Anna of witchcraft after all. What Bernardo doesn’t know, of course, is that the man who made him ‘see the light’ was the one responsible for the witch scare in the first place. It’s some effective fleshing out for a villain mostly serving as an excuse to see two Makai Knights face off against each other. We get what we were waiting for afterwards, though, as Bernardo squares off against Germán in a spectacular battle for the ages. It has a robot horse that turns into a giant drill, and that’s really all I should tell you if you’re not watching this show yet.

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Log Horizon 2 – Talking it out without actually talking

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Log Horizon II
Episode 11

Saturdays 7:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Watching: Gee, Iro, Marlin, Timmy

Iro: The past few weeks of Log Horizon have been about how the plan failed miserably, so this week it’s time for the new plan to succeed. And succeed it does, for the most part, with the raid group basically kiting the multiple bosses so that they can’t just wipe every single Adventurer at once. It’s all pretty basic stuff, and they still include one or two sudden, unforseen problems for our heroes to deal with. The highlight of the episode, however, was the confrontation between Demikas and Shiroe, where the two reach an understanding of at least mutual respect with a minimum of words spoken. Such moments are what make Log Horizon more than just your regular run-of-the-mill anime.

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Shirobako
Episode 11

Thursdays 11:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Watching: Aquagaze, Gee, Marlin, Jel

Aquagaze: Aoi has always been the monolith at the center of Shirobako‘s merciless wasteland, up until now. This episode of Shirobako dove headfirst into Aoi’s inner workings, with flashbacks and more adorably bizarre delusions putting our sanguine heroine in a new light at what is most certainly her darkest hour up to date. Nevertheless, Shirobako stays fresh despite its relentless high tension, with characterization, information and signature hilarity going hand in hand. With Honda bowing out soon, Musashino Animation will probably introduce some new faces once Shirobako enters its second cour, and I’ll eat my hat if the applicant girl with the funky hair isn’t one of them. There are more pressing matter to attend to first, however, because we’ll finally learn what Erika’s deal is next week. That, or Taro crashes the car and they both die horribly. It’s Shirobako, man. Anything can happen.

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