The Roundup: Spring 2015 Volume 12

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In this week’s installment…

Say goodbye to the spring season as we say goodbye to SNAFU and Plastic Memories. It won’t be pretty. But hey, at least the good shows are continuing!

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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My Love Story!!
Episode 13: “Today Is On Me”

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

Marlin: The little vignette about Sunakawa’s birthday was really sweet. Every episode that emphasized the care those two friends have for each other has brought a smile to my face. It’s kinda weird that Suna’s sister didn’t say anything about his birthday, I mean I can be pretty forgetful about that kind of thing, but if I was home at the same time as my brother on his birthday I think I’d remember it soon enough to extend some congratulations. What came after was probably the most shoujo this show has ever gotten. It makes sense that they’d need external influence to drive this sort of thing, as we all know Takeo and Yamato are almost obnoxiously adorable at this point. I even ended up liking this new pretty boy. Despite the fact that his advances are kind of creepy, he clearly is not trying to intimidate Sis or pressure her. He’s just here to try and change her mind by getting to the bottom of her somewhat creepy fascination with a 15 year old highschool boy. That didn’t stop being a thing, btw.

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The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
Episode 13 “The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki Pt. 3”

Fridays 2:10 pm EST on Funimation
Watching: Marlin, Euri

Marlin: Well this definitely redeemed the show quite a bit. Actually having OG Yuki take these memories and contemplate her own existence is way more than I ever thought I’d get out of such a nonsense show like this. I’m kinda baffled that there’s another episode of this show to go before we’re through. I could have sworn this kind of emotional piece would be the capstone, leaving us with a well played melancholy feeling after OG Yuki disappears. It’s a bit cheap that they used this moment to have her confess to Kyon, knowing that her personality “disappearing” gives them a perfect excuse to wipe away any development that created. I’d love it if we actually got Moe Nagato to confront her feelings too, but something tells me this show is going to end as neutrally as it began.

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SNAFU2 – I didn’t think this was that kind of show

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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO
Episode 13: “Spring, Bound Beneath the Thick Snow, Begins to Sprout”

Saturdays 1:00 am EST on Crunchyroll
Watching: Marlin

Marlin: In direct opposition to that sentiment, SNAFU ends its run this week on the weirdest point I’ve ever seen. After constantly adding on pressure to the relationship between the main three, we get a chance for everyone to finally air their thoughts, and then have it fade to black before anything substantial happens. By now I think you may know that dragging things out is one of my biggest complaints about any show, romances in particular. This particular case started out promising, with the increasing drama creating visible strain in the way these three treated each other. I was hoping to see this show deliver like it has in many episodes previously by treating these teenagers realistically. To have them continue to bottle up their emotions even in the midst of this obvious opportunity to finally lay cards on the table seems disingenuous to the whole season’s theme. Hachiman has been dealing with the fact that he needs to address the problems that have bubbled up from beneath the surface, so it’s only natural to be disappointed that, even after reaching that conclusion, he does nothing to make things better.

On a side note, those CGI sharks were just terrible. Kmon, anime, I know you can at least wield CGI well enough to produce something better than those half-assed hammerheads.

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Plastic Memories
Episode 13: “I Hope One Day You’ll Be Reunited”

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

Jel: So that’s where the money went! It looked like the budget for the past 3 episodes went into animating Tsukasa crying. I have to admit the scene in the Ferris wheel was really well done. It felt like the first time the two of them had a real conversation and good call on cutting the background music to set the tone. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time Dogakobo tried to rescue an average show with a decent ending. Ultimately though it was too little too late. Had Isla and Tsukasa built up some kind of amazing relationship or were interesting enough characters for me to care, this would have been an amazing, gut wrenching finale. Instead it went through the motions as Plastic Memories has done for its entire run. It’s paint by numbers anime tragedy, full of cliché support characters, predictable dialogue, and a pair of main characters that we’ve seen a million times before. For the most part it executes those things well enough, but I will have forgotten this series existed by this time next week.

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Plastic Memories – NO! I REFUSE TO ENJOY THIS!

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The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Episode 13: “Two Princes”

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

Artemis: Quite a bit happened in this episode of Arslan, but I admit I didn’t notice much of it – I was too busy being irritated by Alfreed, who for whatever reason has decided to refer to Narsus as her husband. Needless to say, Elam is none too pleased with this development, and neither am I; while I don’t particularly care whether Narsus is given any kind of romantic interest in the show, clingy characters annoy the hell out of me, and I have yet to see any actual reason for Alfreed to be an established part of the team other than “because she invited herself and I didn’t say no”… which, incidentally, seems utterly out of keeping with Narsus’ own character. The fact that next week’s episode is a completely unnecessary recap doesn’t exactly do wonders for my mood either.

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