The Roundup: Spring 2015 Volume 8

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In this week’s installment…

My Love Story!! and Plastic Memories deliver the Dos and Don’ts of good romance stories while Mikagura School Suite has apparently fired the staff and put the main character in charge. CUT! Seriously, who wrote that episode…

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

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders | Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works | Blood Blockade Battlefront | Sound! Euphonium | Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

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Mikagura School Suite
Episode 9: “Derailed Scandal”

Tuesdays 4:35 pm EST on Funimation Watching: Jel, Marlin, Iro

Jel: The train wreck continues as Mikagura seems to wander into whatever type of plot lines, humor, or even art style it wants. Other than the general concept of “recruiting club members” this episode had very little sense of cohesion. Kotone’s split personality is nearly impossible to pin down and has added nothing except a reason for Seisa to be passive aggressively jealous. If I had to pick something positive I’d say some of the jokes were better than usual, like Kumano saying she’s packing at least a “one night, two day vacation prize package”… trust me, it makes sense if you watch it. It was also kind of nice to see the newspaper club president have a non-combat related power but I’m so starved for a cool fight that I wasn’t really feeling that either. I’m not sure there’s really anything Mikagura can do to recover at this point, but hopefully we can get some action in before it’s all over.

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My Love Story!!
Episode 9: “My Friend and I”

Wednesdays 3:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll Watching: Marlin, Jel, Artemis, Euri

Jel: You could argue this was the best episode of My Love Story yet. It cashed in on both of the main relationships, but particularly Suna to a degree we haven’t seen yet. It was so obvious that Takeo was going to abandon his plans for his bro but you still couldn’t help but be moved by it, especially after all the karma Suna built up last episode. It wasn’t surprising to see Yamato show up at the end either, but it says a lot about her character that she made it. Overall I’d say this was the most impressive example of how My Love Story can craft compelling stories with zero conflict and people being nice to each other. What a novel concept!

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My Love Story!! – The Man Series: Brofist

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Ninja Slayer
Episode 7: “Bane of Serpent”

Thursdays 10:00 am EST on Funimation Watching: Jel, Marlin, Iro, Gee

Jel: Ninja Slayer has a lot of balls starting out with one of their most juvenile battles yet then finishing with their most earnest attempt at serious contemplation. Story #1 was basically written by a 13 year old boy, featuring cameras panning around new comer Nancy’s comically massive breasts and a fight with a robo-ninja that has giant snake arms. Actually, that might be a discredit to 13 year old boys so I should take that back. It probably doesn’t help that poor Nancy apparently doesn’t even deserve a half length episode as her story is then cut short so Ninja Slayer can talk about feelings with an old man on the roof. Sorry Trigger, not buying it. I’m usually willing to overlook their immaturity to a certain degree but trying to convince us that Ninja Slayer is anything beyond that just made me angry.

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Plastic Memories
Episode 9: “After the Festival”

Saturdays 2:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll Watching: Jel, Marlin

Jel: Other than the comical visual depiction of Tsukasa’s heartbreak in the beginning of the episode, this was pretty lame. As expected, Isla doesn’t know what love is and can’t properly reply properly while Not Asuka Michiru plays her lovesick tsundere schtick in completely unoriginal ways. Her melodramatic meltdown at the end was par for the course as well. Meanwhile, all the side characters are horrible and behave predictably and yeah, can you tell I’m tired of Plastic Memories? There wasn’t a single original concept or line of dialogue in this entire episode and probably the last 2 before it and it’s really wearing on me. At least it will be over soon.

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Plastic Memories – What has this show become?

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The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Episode 9: “Beneath the Mask”

Sundays 5:00 am EST on Funimation Watching: Artemis, Marlin

Artemis: I was wondering when Arslan would be accidentally reunited with Etoile, who seems just as stubborn and as hypocritical in his beliefs as ever – he’s older and is in some ways no doubt less naïve than Arslan, but in other ways, Etoile’s belief system looks to be roughly as sophisticated as it was at age twelve. Of course, both characters are still kids at heart. Speaking of people close to Arslan in age, will Elam ever give Arslan a break? Arslan is clearly trying to pull his own weight and feels bad whenever he’s not able to do so, but Elam either refuses to see this or just doesn’t want to – or at least, that’s how it feels when Arslan is obviously trying to be helpful and friendly and all he gets back is cold politeness. Not that Arslan seems too discouraged by this, the poor guy.

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Nisekoi
Episode 8: “Magical Patissiere Kosaki! / Work!”

Sundays 1:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll Watching: Euri

Euri: This episode was completely throwaway, but I did enjoy the Madoka and Nanoha references at the beginning. Also, I’m undecided as to whether the focus on magical girls being naked during transformation sequences was meant to be a commentary or just another way to get Onodera and Chitoge to blush. I’m kidding of course, it’s the latter.

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