The Roundup: Summer 2015 Volume 11 – Late Edition

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In this week’s installment…

Love is over as we bid farewell to Snow White and My Love Story!, or at least until next week’s episode of Working!!! We sure did have a lot of romance in this edition of The Roundup over the past few weeks, we may need to resuscitate Marlin.

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 23: “Birds of a Feather”

Saturdays 1:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Marlin: This was certainly a build-up episode if there ever was one. Everyone is summoning their strength for the chaos to come after Kadota was taken out of action. It’s weird how this show started out with Mikado showing the power of solidarity itself defeating malevolent forces when he first banded the Dollars together, but as things look now it seems like we’re just going to get another gang war. Mikado’s entire reason for creating the Dollars was to show that the power of the people can be put to good instead of ill. It’s clear he’s allowed himself to bend his rules in order to eliminate undesirable members, but at his core doesn’t he still want to help people? Hopefully the culmination of all this tension doesn’t lead to tragedy, but I can’t see how it will pass without someone left bloody in the street.

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Working!!! – After 3 seasons this show finally understands what we want.

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Wagnaria!!! Working!!!
Episode 12: “Working Girl?”

Saturdays 2:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: Just as I don’t tend to associate this show with conclusive storylines and canon romances, I also don’t associate it with actual character growth. Didn’t, I should say, because Working!!! is now accomplishing in a handful of episodes what it failed to do in nearly three whole seasons – getting characters romantically involved, wrapping up storylines left right and center, and yes, even gifting our cast members with individual character development. I confess it’s a little strange, being suddenly confronted with some legitimate emotional maturity after all this time, but that’s not necessarily a complaint. I think I just need a little time to process this, because clearly I’m still in shock. Somebody call my therapist.

Marlin: Yeah, I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: It seems like I’m watching a completely different program. Nothing of Working!!’s original pacing or characterization, as much as you could call what this show used to do characterization, has survived to the end of this season. Instead we’re getting a heartfelt sendoff to characters I actually feel like caring about now. It’s done wonders in making me actually care about the Satou/Yachiou relationship, and now it’s more adorable than ever. I might actually be sad to see this show end. Rarely do you get a romance that actually ends the way you want without feeling cheap, and we’re getting it.

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Gatchaman Crowds: Insight
Episode 11: “trade off”

Saturdays 3:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: Fairly early on in the series Hajime asks Tsubasa if there’s anything more important than life, or essentially is there anything worth dying for. So while I can’t say I saw the big twist coming this episode it is very fitting to see Hajime back up her own convictions. I didn’t get the big battle with the Kuus that I wanted and I think everyone expected, but when has Insight ever been predictable? This was much more meaningful anyway, or at least I think so… I must admit with all the constant flip flopping between who is “good” or “bad” it’s starting to muddy the message a little. I’m sure it will all make enough sense in the end though, and given my track record on guessing where this show is headed (if you haven’t been reading every week, it’s bad) I think I’m going to leave out any speculation and just enjoy the ride.

Marlin: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely right? I think that lesson is what we’re supposed to take out of Gel’s story arc. He came to unite everyone, and by gaining power he seemed to achieve his goal, but he let a very vague interpretation of what “being one” means hurt those he was trying to help. It wasn’t an initial recognition, but I got where Hajime was going pretty quickly after the battle started. It makes sense that Hajime, now fused with Berg Katze, can shapeshift just like he can. In fact, from extra material from the last season we know that Berg Katze has a clear link to the hearts of every human he encounters. In this way, Hajime uses his ability that was primarily for exploitation and destruction in order to tap into the pity in their hearts. Nomatter how much someone hates a person, it takes a very cold soul to think giving them a bloody, painful death is satisfying. What I don’t quite understand is why the Gatchaman needed to reveal their secret. They got their intended effect: Like the Messies before them, the Kuus released their human hostages once the Gatchaman found the right solution. By revealing the hoax, isn’t it possible that the atmosphere might change against the Gatchaman?

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Gatchaman Crowds Insight – I guess aprons have healing properties???

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Snow White With the Red Hair
Episode 12: “Goodbye to the Beginning”

Mondays 12:00 pm EST on Funimation

Artemis: That was nice. It was a nice wrap-up to a nice show, and I pronounce myself nicely satisfied. Normally that would be something of a backhanded compliment, because I really dislike that word – it feels so bland and lifeless. For once I mean it in a good way though, because for all I wouldn’t call it an innovative show, Snow White turned out to be surprisingly subtle in many ways. It has an understated elegance to it that I don’t see too often in anime romance titles, with all their melodrama and hysterics – and that quality thankfully carried on into the finale, which might have been overblown and ridiculous in terms of story if it hadn’t been executed with such restraint. Besides, I don’t always want to watch something action-packed or flamboyant; sometimes, all I really want is something exactly like this. Nice.

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My Love Story
Episode 24: “My Heart”

Wednesdays 3:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: As expected this episode was pretty lame, but I suppose it could have been a lot worse. There’s never any question that Yamato will stay with Takeo and it really just becomes an excuse for him to do some soul searching. That said, if I were in Takeo’s position I’d have a much harder time not putting my giant fist in Ichinose’s face after having the balls to ask out my girlfriend in front of me. I guess I’m just old fashioned that way. Overall this episode basically re-affirmed how much the two really love each other and that’s probably as good a place to stop. I guess the disadvantage of having a story that’s not about “The Chase” is there’s no clear place to end it, especially since this is based on an ongoing manga. I just wish we could have had something more substantial for what has otherwise been a really good show for the bulk of two seasons. It deserved it.

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