The Roundup: Summer 2015 Volume 6 – Late Edition

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In this week’s installment…

Another day at the office for the Late Edition as Durarara!! keeps busy, Working!!! continues its streak of loose end tying, and Insight gives me the opportunity to get off as many “Deez Nuts” jokes as possible.

Miss the Early Edition of the Roundup? Check it out here for our coverage of:
Ushio and Tora, Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2, Classroom Crisis, School Live!, Prison School

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Durarara!! X2 The Second Arc
Episode 19: “A Cat Has Nine Lives”

Saturdays 1:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Iro: A lot is going on in Durarara!!, and that’s when the show is at its best. That said, I’m still having trouble getting invested in Masaomi’s story arc, which at this point seems like it could be solved with a long PM in the chatroom. Speaking of the chatroom, showing who the newcomers are is a very welcome bit of information, and Izaya making a sock puppet or two is exactly the type of bullshit he’d pull. I’m not sure any of us expected him to form his very own Legion of Doom, though. At any rate, the stalker arc seems to be over and the next episode preview promises quite a bit more Izaya antics. Oh, joy.

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Working!!! – I feel you, Takanashi.

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Wagnaria!!! Working!!!
Episode 7: “Goodbye Yamada”

Saturdays 2:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: Seriously, where is all this drama coming from? I appreciated that despite being tragic, learning Yamada’s backstory did not become a completely out of place, soul crushing experience. They managed to put that weird Working!!! spin on things to keep it light hearted, and by the end of it all Yamada’s weird personality finally makes sense. Sort of. Shoehorning in Otoo’s wife seemed like overkill, but I guess if we’ve got everyone coming home we might as well throw her in there too. Overall it was a very well balanced punch in the feels as the kids say, and with Yamada’s story wrapped up we can use the last few episodes to take care of the more important cast members. Come on Takanashi, just hook up with Hastune Miku Inami already, it’s time!

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Gatchaman Crowds: Insight
Episode 7: “outbound”

Saturdays 3:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: Considering Donald Trump and a teenager that entered under the name “Deez Nuts” are the most talked about U.S. presidential candidates at the moment, it feels like Crowds is more relevant than ever. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so crazy that the people would be willing to hand even more power to Gel despite him very visibly falling apart. If anything his breakdown seems to make everyone more sympathetic, and the sight of people just randomly walking up to “help” strangers whose emotional color doesn’t match was delightfully terrifying. I can’t believe I’ve been ignoring the horrible little monsters that show up at the end of the episode despite them appearing in the OP since day one. I have to wonder now if this will again become a physical fight over an ideological one, which I wouldn’t mind for a bit to break up the lack of action for most of the Insight series. At this point I think I’ll be satisfied either way.

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Gatchaman Crowds Insight – Possible photo of American presidential hopeful Deez Nuts

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Snow White With the Red Hair
Episode 7: “Let Me Hear the Melody of Your Smile”

Mondays 12:00 pm EST on Funimation

Iro: I’m glad Snow White has remained a relatively mundane slice-of-palace-life show, dealing with issues like pompous nobility like Izana and… well, pompous nobility like Raj, I guess. As he was the main villain of the first episode, seeing Raj relegated to comic relief is a tad jarring, but Jun Fukuyama has the voice acting chops to sell the sequence and keep it enjoyable. Alas, some of the usual shoujo issues are starting to rear their heads, chiefly the pacing of the romance (Just Make Out Already: The Animation) and the crew of pretty boys who are vaguely-affectionate-yet-also-distant to our heroine. The positives continue to outweigh the negatives though, so I’m still on board with this show.

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My Love Story
Episode 20: “My Chocolate”

Wednesdays 3:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I hate to say it but this episode wasn’t very good. I understand not every anime can do a Valentine’s Day episode as amazing as Hyouka, but this was just going through the motions. Yamato makes chocolate for Takeo, there’s some slight misunderstanding that gets ironed out, the rest of their friends kind of casually flirt, and that’s about it. Fortunately the episode is redeemed by putting some wind in the sails of my Suna x Saijou ship. I have not wanted a couple to get together this much since… well, Kumiko and Reina from Sound! Euphonium last season but still, I do very much want to see it happen! With another girl slipping on to the scene I’m fully expecting to get an episode or two focused on Suna, which will be a needed change of pace. I’d rather see that right now than see Takeo and Yamato’s relationship get more stale than it was this week.

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