The Roundup: Summer 2015 Volume 11 – Early Edition

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In this week’s installment…

Polar opposite reactions this week as we rave about School Live’s stellar penultimate episode and I finally let out my bottled up rage I’ve been carrying from 12 episodes of Classroom Crisis. Sadly, it’s not even the last episode.

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 11: “Scar”

Thursdays 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: We give School Live a lot of credit for being so dark, but that’s really just in the context of a silly school comedy. It always seems to stop short of fully committing to its horror elements, which I think has held the series back from being truly great. There were a few examples this week such as Yuuri being unable to kill Kurumi, and I suspect that will continue through the final episode. They did let one punch fly full force this week though, and Miki putting Megu-nee to rest was the most powerful moment in the series so far. Sure there was the brutality of the act, but then seeing what she had been trying to write all this time really hit hard. It was also a great detail to make Miki feel the weight of the shovel. I’m glad they had the guts to address how conflicted Kurumi must have felt cutting down all those people. Overall this was a really good episode that cashed in a lot of emotional build up, and it’s a great lead in to the finale.

Marlin: I’m a little disappointed at how Yuki just now gets it. Sure, we’ve guessed that through the Megu-nee delusion she’d been shielding some of her survival abilities, but she seems to snap out of her psychosis and immediately become an anime badass after just a few minutes of trauma. I do think there’s a certain sense to Yuuri not being able to commit to her promise. I feel it’s the kind of situation that just doesn’t exist in the real world, we could never really say how tough it would be to end someone’s life, even if it was for their and your own good. The way things are going, it doesn’t seem like getting the medicine to Kurumi will have any priority as the school starts to collapse around them. Perhaps that finality will be the final push that lets Yuuri do what needs to be done. Whatever happens next week, I can’t imagine it’ll be pretty.

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Miss Monochrome – The Animation 2
Episode 12: “Crisis 4696”

Fridays 11:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I wasn’t too impressed with this episode on its own but I have to say it’s set us up for a brilliant episode next week. I never thought there would be any consequences for Yayoi’s overzealous misunderstandings, so it’s kind of hilarious to call them back now after they’ve been out of mind for so long. It made the even deeper call back to Monochrome’s former wealth that much better. I’m confident Mana isn’t just going to hand her money back, so I’m sure there will be some wildly impossible, roundabout way things will work out. Trust in you idol destiny! It all seems like a perfect place for some mid series tension, as thankfully Miss Monochrome will be continuing through next season. Yay.

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School Live! – Nice scrunchie.

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Prison School
Episode 11: “Eryngii Brockovich”

Fridays 1:05 pm EST on Funimation

Marlin:  After last week I was expecting Hana to just fly into an all out rage, so watching Kyoushi’s shame duel with Hana was something else. I really didn’t think Hana would go back to her weird watersports obsession, but it happened again. Prison School has made its… whatever it is into an absolute artform. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything combine sexual and dramatic tension in a way that ever worked so well as intentional comedy. How else would you find a tense scene where two pantsless teens try to defeat each other a battle of wits? Okay, don’t link me to that porno, I wasn’t being serious. In the background where the actual serious elements of this story exist, Chiyo continues her crusade to help the boys get out, and we finally get some emotional payoff as Anzu helps the cause. With Hana finally turning her sexual confusion into expression, I can’t help but think this time Chiyo isn’t going to be saved the sight. I didn’t realize Prison School was ending already, considering how much manga content there is and the fact that it’s nominally a shounen title, I was sure we’d get two cours. I suppose this is the best logical place to end on, but if I don’t hear news of a second season eventually I’ll be pretty steamed. I don’t want to have to read that manga man, it’s gross.

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Classroom Crisis
Episode 12: “Hope, Ambition, and Despair”

Fridays 3:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: This is not a hot take over reaction: Yuji is the worst anime villain since Sugou from Sword Art Online. The only reason I’m not saying he’s worse is he doesn’t actually grope any teenage girls, but that’s probably just because he hasn’t had the opportunity. He has almost zero motivation and the fact that he can only talk in forehead vein bursting screams makes every second he’s on screen unbearable. He’s so petty that it completely kills any tension there might be between him and Nagisa, to the point where his incredibly theatric attempt to kill him made me feel nothing. I mean, strapping a dude into an experimental rocket and shooting him out into space with a rescue attempt by said dude’s ninja secretary homeroom teacher should make for an awesome episode, and yet it’s played so straight faced that I just don’t care. And can we talk about how much I hate the “spare the villain and don’t tie him up so he can shoot you in the back” thing? How lazy is this writing team? The worst part of all is this is not the final episode and I have to put up with one episode of this show. Man, felt good to get that off my chest! See you next week.

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