The Roundup: Summer 2015 Volume 10 – Early Edition

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In this week’s installment…

I must be in a bad mood today because nearly every Early Edition show delivers this week and yet I still find reasons to complain. School Live pays the price for all the fun it had last week, Ushio and Tora asks us to peep Ushio’s game, Miss Monochrome goes virus hunting, Prison School adapts a legendary chapter of the manga, and Classroom Crisis actually has people making out. Should be good times, right?

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 10: “Rainy Day”

Thursdays 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: While I appreciate the shift back to a serious tone, I couldn’t help but think the events of this week’s episode were too predictable. Kurumi pretty much signed her death warrant with her earlier request for Yuuri to put her down if necessary, but it’s also very telling that the super zombie virus has only infected part of her arm so far. I am fully expecting the other girls will find the cure and save her. Speaking of which, I don’t really like the prospect of a cure existing. There was something strangely beautiful about the show’s message of living your life despite the hopelessness of it all. But I guess there’s also the idea of not being stuck in one place forever and doing everything you can to move forward, as Kei knew she had to do. I just hope they don’t find the medicine and then suddenly the entire world is saved. I kind of wouldn’t mind a happy ending, but I think it would undermine everything they’ve done until now.

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Ushio and Tora
Episode 11: “Mirror of a Single Strike”

Fridays 10:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Iro: Ushio’s got mad game for a 90’s shonen protagonist, with basically every female character pining after him one way or another. The entire first half of this episode is about how Asako is totally in love with him but totally tsundere about it. Ushio and Tora magically transporting back home to save their girlfriends is so eye-rollingly convenient that it rolls back around to acceptable, and honestly I can appreciate that Mayuko doesn’t seem as interested into Ushio so that we don’t end up with dumb love triangles. Also appreciated is the show’s attention to continuity: Ushio still has his cross-shaped scar from the kamaitachi, and even the one-off characters from an earlier episode show up to say hi for a couple minutes.

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Miss Monochrome Season 2 – Just a reminder she is inside a Roomba right now

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Miss Monochrome – The Animation 2
Episode 11: “Innerspace”

Fridays 11:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: As crazy as this episode was I feel like it was a little undercooked. Yayoi basically plays a game of Rez/hacks Lord Genom style for a couple seconds and that’s it. Yes, this is the kind of show where something like that is “it”. I do love whenever they make weird jokes about Monochrome being a robot though, and it led to some pretty bizarre out of context screencaps like Yayoi having a cable hanging out of her mouth while Monochrome is dressed a terrifying clown. I guess it was still pretty funny though and in the context of a 7 minute episode I’ll take it.

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Prison School
Episode 10: “It’s a Bum-derful Life”

Fridays 1:05 pm EST on Funimation

Marlin: This episode was probably the best combination of raunchiness and comedy the show has ever had. Considering what this show is, that is quite high praise. I absolutely love that their saving grace would be something so idiotic. There would be no better way for these boys to gain their freedom than by bluffing on their own pervertedness. The Butts vs. Boobs faceoff had all the tension of a Death Note scene, but because of the context you’re just left laughing your ass off the whole time. The chairman has been a pretty entertaining character so far, but he just takes it to a whole new level in this confrontation. I am getting a bit sick of the Vice-President, though. Her scenes are getting beyond gross at this point, to the extent that I might actually get a good kick out of Hana’s revenge next episode.

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Classroom Crisis – Spoilers: They make out. Now you don’t have to watch this lame show

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Classroom Crisis
Episode 11: “To Each His Own Rebellion”

Fridays 3:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I want to give Classroom Crisis credit for getting more accomplished in two episodes than many series get done in their entirety, but think about it: we’ve had identities switched as children, a make out session, and someone literally getting stabbed in the back. This isn’t a cool near future sci-fi show, it’s now a daytime soap opera. I’d actually be cool with that had this been nothing but melodramatic cliffhangers throughout but I just can’t be bothered to care at this point. Even the relationship with Mizuki and Nagisa (the fake one), which is the only thing I kind of liked, gets undermined with Kaito’s outdated, fragile masculinity. Seriously dude, get with the times. The only thing that would shock me at this point is if (fake) Nagisa actually dies, so we’ll see if they have the guts to go through with it.

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