The Roundup: Summer 2015 Volume 6 – Early Edition

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In this week’s installment…

A strong week for the Early Edition as School Live reveals the fate of our favorite teacher, Miss Monochrome exposes the seedy underbelly of the idol industry, and Classroom Crisis continues its slow crawl to respectability. Also, Prison School has boner jokes? OK, I went one bullet point too far.

Favorite show missing? Stay tuned for the Late Edition of the Roundup every Friday, with coverage of: 
Durarara!! X2 Second Arc, Working!!! (Season 3), Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Gangsta, Snow White with the Red Hair, Non Non Biyori Repeat, My Love Story!

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School Live!
Episode 6: “Welcome”

Thursdays 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: As this flashback has been slowly confirming what happened to Megu-nee, I’d argue it’s been more about her and Yuki’s current state of mind than finding Miki. Despite knowing the answer by the time this episode rolls around, it was still painful to watch. Particularly rough is the revised ED with all our past images of Megu-nee slowly fading out as reality sets in. Showing her disappear from one of Yuki’s badly drawn crayon sketches was just wrong and I love it. With Miki part of the club, I’m assuming we’re done with flashbacks now and it’s on to the next thing. Will poor Kurumi get bit? Will Miki finally snap and confront Yuki about her delusions? Pretty much anything is on the table at this point and I’m looking forward to seeing where they go.

Marlin: While Megu-nee’s reveal is something we’ve predicted for a while, the gut punch is no less effective. Letting us see just how much Megu-nee meant to the girls makes the fact that she is truly gone that much more depressing. I also like how that tied in to a great explanation as to why the girls are trying to keep Yuki in her dreamworld. In a survival situation, morale is easy to lose and maintaining mental health is just as important, perhaps even more so, as keeping yourself healthy and fed. Yuki brings a bright spot in the darkness of a suffocating world for these girls, and lets them forget, at least for the moment, that their old lives are forever lost. The episode does a great job of landing one last blow by having Megu-nee slowly fade out of the end credits. I wonder if that will remain, having Yuki simply talking to herself for the episode preview for the rest of the show.

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School Live! – JUST ENJOYING SOME MUSIC WITH MEGU-NEE, HAPPY FUN SCHOOL TIMES WOOO

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Ushio and Tora
Episode 7: “Legend”

Fridays 10:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Euri: Hakumen no Mono is Ushio’s mother. I have no basis for that statement other than this is a shounen anime and they’ve both come up around the same time. Whatever the case, it was good to see the focus of this episode shift to Ushio’s dad, who turns out to be what is best described as a youkai assassin. Yes, they did explain his actual role way better in the show, but youkai assassin sounds super cool so I’m just going to stick with it. Tora also seems to have admitted that there is a reason why he hasn’t killed Ushio yet, and while we’re twenty episodes away from these two considering each other friends, that’s basically the reason. Unless of course Ushio’s mother really is that scary, but Tora hasn’t indicated either way that he knows who she is, and seemingly learned of her existence about the same time Ushio did. As cliche as it sounds, I wouldn’t be against forcing Ushio into a situation where he learns how to use that spear properly. I’d like to see an equivelent to Yu Yu Hakusho‘s Genkai, so that these fight scenes can start to escalate beyond adult-Gon with a spear fighting alongside a large Pikachu.

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Miss Monochrome – The Animation 2
Episode 7: “Again”

Fridays 11:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: This was probably my favorite episode of season 2 so far. The show has been kind of embracing the idol life a bit more than poking fun at it lately, so taking a little jab at the seediness of some of the promotions was a nice touch. I also love this potential new role for the Caramel girls. I’m so afraid they’re going to play that upstaging Monochrome card again, but for now the idea of Monochrome having a group of idol lackeys to do her bidding without question is pretty great. Seeing the girls do some Japanese horror style wall crawling is just the kind of weirdness I want to see from this series.

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Miss Monochrome Season 2 – “The shadiness of the world of showbiz is deep”

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Prison School
Episode 6: “Vengeance is Hana’s”

Fridays 1:05 pm EST on Funimation

Marlin:  Ah, the uncontrollable boner, a teenager’s greatest weakness. I’ve not been a huge fan of Hana being back, as her scenes are nearly 100% weird watersports fanservice, but that was a pretty good joke. I get that this writer has some huge fetishes to work out, but we’ve already tread this ground two times before. Bringing on a snitch is a pretty smart move, elevating the complicated nature of prison politics and showing just how far these girls are willing to go to be rid of the boys. Shingo has the authority as the boy’s ringleader that they won’t immediately question his loyalty. I also like how Kiyoshi’s good nature is starting to gain his friends back after losing their trust from the caper. We know Kiyoshi is a good guy, or at least as good as a teenage boy is going to be, so seeing that good nature be rewarded will probably go a long way once the next inevitable breakout happens.

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Classroom Crisis
Episode 7: “Hanako Hattori’s Longest Day”

Fridays 3:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: This was another decent episode as it seems Nagisa is finally on the Good Guys’ side and we confirm Angelina Hanako is actually a ninja as suspected. It was interesting that they put the class in a similar situation as the first episode as sort of a progress report on how they’ve developed. Natually to stay on theme. they were able to solve the problem with their own talents and ingenuity rather than throwing a 500 billion yen rocket ship at it. That’s probably the smartest narrative choice Classroom Crisis has made yet and I can’t believe I’m starting to think they might be able to turn this thing around. Emphasis on “might” of course, but still a better spot than we were two weeks ago.

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