The Roundup: Summer 2015 Volume 1 – Early Edition


In this week’s installment…

With several members of the Glorio Crew out and about this summer, we’re going to try something a little different: we’re now going to have Early and Late Editions of the Roundup! Starting today we’ll be rounding up Chaos Dragon, Ushio and Tora, Miss Monochrome, and Classroom Crisis to be joined next week by School Live! and Prison School. Then on Friday join us for the Late Edition to see what other shows we’ll be covering.


Chaos Dragon
Episode 2: “Antimony”

Thursdays 10:30 am EST on Funimation

Iro: I’m convinced that Chaos Dragon is one of those shows more interesting to hear about than to actually watch. Years ago, I was digging for any tidbits of information I could about the online-publish source material, Red Dragon, and it all sounded incredibly interesting. While Chaos Dragon technically features the same events, the presentation falters and turns watching the anime into a dull, lifeless experience. Unfortunately, I swore I’d at least keep watching until Ryohgo Narita’s character shows up and completes the adventuring party; fortunately, it looks like that’s happening next week.


Ushio and Tora
Episode 2: “Rock Eater”

Fridays 10:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Euri: I was very happy that we got a lot of character building for both Ushio and Tora. Honestly, I’m still kinda worried that the dynamic between the two isn’t going to be as interesting as it needs to be, but episode two certainly does a good job of laying foundations. We did dip a foot into cliché territory by seeing Ushio overreact to Tora’s provocations in front of people that can’t see who he’s shouting at, but to be honest it was a pretty fun moment and we learned just how short Ushio’s fuse is. The Rock Eater brought a lot to the episode just by being freakin’ terrifying. Trapping the girls with the intention of turning them to stone and feeding on them? Yeah, that’ll do it. A bit let down that the boss fight turns into a weird centipede with a weakness to human saliva, but whatever, monsters are weird. The only thing I truly didn’t like about this episode was just how easy it was to get Tora to help Ushio. There’s literally nothing in it for Tora at this stage, and I don’t think we had a decent enough explanation as to why he bothered to help anyone. I’m hopeful we’ll get more detail on Tora’s motivations, but I was expecting something a bit more significant to get them working together.


Miss Monochrome – You should probably watch this show.


Miss Monochrome – The Animation 2
Episode 2: “Promoter”

Fridays 11:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: How does a mild mannered employee of a small record label afford a gaudy purple race car and get into the competitive world of street racing? Why does Miss Monochrome have the ability to transform into the Initial D car? These are questions I can’t answer nor do I care to as this is the exact kind of absurdity I want to see from this show. I will gladly take a few more episode of Miss Monochrome recruiting a team by beating them in some form of one on one combat. It was also cool to see Mana again as the 13.9 billion yen joke is still not old somehow. Please give me more of this show.

Marlin: Miss Monochrome is coming out of the gate strong. It’s always a bit strange when the best comedy of the season is a short, but I suppose that just shows how much better skit-based joke writing works for anime. Miss Monochrome’s premise was always completely bizarre, so it allows it to be this weird world where anything Miss Monochrome wants to do can become reality, and it usually does not mesh up with common sense. Obviously, absurdism is my bread and butter when it comes to comedy, so I’m a bit biased, but this show really nails that feeling of enjoying not being able to predict what will happen next.


Classroom Crisis
Episode 2: “Classroom Downsizing”

Fridays 3:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I still want to like this show but it’s not quite working with me. Using the news appearance as an excuse to info dump the school history was kind of a clever way to mask it, but it still didn’t change the fact it was a boring info dump. The Kiryuu brothers are insufferable in how cartoonishly evil they are and really the only intrigue there is guessing which one is going to stab the other in the back first. It’s Kaito’s guts and determination that has me sticking around for now and that seems to be enough of a driving force that I still think Classroom Crisis can pay off in the long run. I just hope we get some more signs that it will soon.

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