The Roundup: Summer 2015 Volume 9 – Early Edition

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In this week’s installment…

Artemis returns (woo) just in time to join me and Marlin in trashing School Live’s pool episode. I’m sure that will just be a one time thing, but my growing hatred for Classroom Crisis is a real, weekly event. At least I have a new crazy Miss Monochrome theory to work on?

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 9: “Holiday”

Thursdays 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: I like this show, but I pretty much hated this episode. This late in the game, an entire episode of filler is exactly what we don’t need, and it interrupted all the great build-up of tension that came previously. More disappointingly, it showed that not even an innovative series like this one can seem to put aside the apparent need to fulfill some kind of uninspired fanservice quota. If I want a zombie anime while simultaneously getting boobs shoved in my face, I’ll go watch Highschool of the Dead. At least the fanservice there is so ludicrous that I can take it as a comedy, unlike School Live!, where all I could do was cringe and wait for it all to be over.

Marlin: I would still argue that the scene in episode five where they found these swimming suits was fairly humanizing, and that it was a good way of incorporating the fanservice they seemed to feel needed to be there and the continuing plotline of the girls using things that were normal in their old lives to remind themselves of what they’re trying to hold onto. This episode, however, was nothing but pure unnecessary garbage. If this had to be in the show, it should have been the previous episode, or honestly anywhere previously so long as it wouldn’t absolutely destroy the narrative flow of this show like it did here.

Jel: I’m with everyone else on this episode but I will point out there has been quite a bit of lingering cameras and various states of undress in this show before. The difference is you could almost write small bits of it off as selling the deception, along with the ultra moe character designs and dips into silly school comedy. It’s like “hey, Yuki thinks she’s living in a club anime, of course there’s fan service!”. Not so with this episode. It was so blatant that they were clearly just pandering to the target audience. Sorry School Live, you can’t have it both ways. Hopefully it’s out of their system now and we can move on.

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School Live! – Look at the cute dog and pretend the rest didn’t happen

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Miss Monochrome – The Animation 2
Episode 10: “Seventeen”

Fridays 11:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to recognize the true meta game of Miss Monochrome. As long time viewers are probably aware, Kikuko is 50 year old voice actress Kikuko Inoue, who’s running gag is that she’s “forever 17”. That was laid on thicker than usual this episode, and on its own it’s tough to say whether it was just playing along with the gag or taking a swipe at the ridiculous expectations of idol fans. What I never put together is that Miss Monochrome is the alter ego of 38 year old voice actress Yui Horie, who has outlasted many of her peers and is still living the voice actress idol lifestyle. When you frame it like that, it’s almost like the plot of Miss Monochrome mirrors their careers. Is the fact that these two mature, veteran voice actresses are still battling it out and holding their own against actresses half their age a giant middle finger to the industry? Have I been watching this show so long that my brain is turning to crazy conspiracy theories? You decide.

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Prison School
Episode 9: “Full of Bodily Fluids”

Fridays 1:05 pm EST on Funimation

Marlin: This was a surprisingly contained episode. I suppose with the focus laser pointed on trying to expose the Student Council’s plan there wouldn’t be much room for showing anything else. Having almost the entire episode take place inside the mess hall also made things seem very cramped. I suppose that might partially be the intent. The boys have been put on an even tougher lockdown to try and contain them before their final expulsion, and what we can see of the story is limited to what they can. There were some decent jokes, but as a whole it either ways way too lewd or way too gross. Them continuing to have psychic perv powers is still great, though. With part one of the plan a failure, everyone seems to have given up, but I’m not buying it. I guess we’ll just have to wait ’till next week to see where the story goes from here.

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Classroom Crisis – This show feels worse than confirming your lesbian love interest is straight

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Classroom Crisis
Episode 10: “Director Nagisa Kiryu”

Fridays 3:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: To recap my feelings during the course of watching Classroom Crisis: boring at first, then it got annoying, then it was kind of amusing, then boring again, and now it’s so annoying that I hate it. I would drop it right now if I wasn’t so far along. I cannot emphasize enough that I DO NOT CARE about the politics going on. Talking about merging parties merging with other parties means nothing to me and brings nothing to the plot other than “Nagisa just got screwed”. His big board room moment was supposed to be the pay off for how insufferable his character has been up to now so having him fail only made me want to punch my screen. Replacing him with an even bigger jerk this late in the game does not improve things. I guess having Kaito’s sister own up to her feelings for him was OK and I can’t say I saw the big twist coming, but I’m so done with this show that it’s tough to appreciate the positives.

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