The Roundup: Fall 2015 Volume 2

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In this week’s installment…

I’m selling out for search engine hits and highlighting the fact that Owarimongatari parodies JAMES BOND RETURNS IN SPECTRE RELEASE DATE, Mr. Osomatsu does STREET FIGHTER V PC BETA DELAYED, and Miss Monochrome goes STAR WARS EPISODE VII NEW TRAILER SPOILERS. How’s that for ethics in anime journalism?

The Roundup is a weekly guide to all the “other” shows we’re watching this season. Check out our full coverage of: 
Noragami AragotoOne Punch Man | Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans | Comet Lucifer | Concrete Revolutio | The Perfect Insider

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Mr. Osomatsu
Episode 3: “Tidbits Collection”

Mondays 1:45 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: While I think I prefer last week’s longer form, soul crushing peeks at adulthood, the shorter skits this week reminded me of Nichijou and longtime readers will know that is about as high a compliment as I can pay an anime. That said, they also tread near the limit of my tolerance for lowest common denominator humor. It was not like Panty and Stocking levels of being gross for shock value, but what really is? Fortunately the art style and presentation helped make the jokes about bodily functions and appendages feel kind of weird and irreverent, which is exactly what I want out of Osomatsu-kun. Judging by the episode titles I’m going to assume we’ll be back to normal format next week, and while this was a fun detour I think I will be happier with that.

Artemis: Three episodes in and it looks like Osomatsu-san is determined to keep viewers guessing as to what sort of format to expect, or even what brand of humour to anticipate. Personally though, I like a comedy to keep me on my toes – anime in-jokes are all well and good, but they lose a lot of their entertainment value if the viewer can see them coming from a mile off or if they drag on for too long. However, Osomatsu-san has proved that it can ditch the anime parodies and still be hilarious to watch, particularly when it branches out and takes a crack at certain other, live-action franchises. It also says a lot about this show that I actually laughed at a dick joke.

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Mr. Osomatsu – I hate mirror matches

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Dance with Devils
Episode 3: “Tango of Passion and Seduction”

Wednesdays 12:00 pm EST on Funimation

Jel: I’ll let Artemis be the voice of reason here and remind everyone this show is not very good. Personally though, I’m having a blast watching this. Maybe it’s the ridiculous songs by Elements Garden, but it reminds me of the karaoke episode of modern anime classic Ixion Saga DT except it takes itself 110% seriously. I don’t care if no one else on the planet watched that show, I’m making the reference. I’m also finding it amusing watching a show built to cater to the ladies (or anyone into ogling hot guys) for a change. I’ve watched other shows like that of course but this seems a little more… subtle? Like it’s more about body language than just ABS AND BICEPS WOOOO!!! Always fun to see how the other half lives.

Artemis: Well, that was a whole lot of nothing. I get that the idea was to have a character-centric episode, which means we can probably expect something similar for all the other bishounen in this show, but I’m not exaggerating when I say that absolutely nothing progressed in regards to plot. Moreover, while I got a few chuckles out of Urie’s randomly faux-Spanish musical number, Ritsuka is finally starting to annoy me. For slapping Urie when he went in for a kiss, and for just walking away when it came to choosing between him and Mr. I-have-no-idea-how-to-smile Council President-sama, I say bravo. However, this girl has to be one of the most oblivious MCs in the history of reverse-harems – and considering how low that particular bar’s set, that’s saying a fair bit. You’d think that ostentatious rosary beads and liberal sprinkling of holy water would already be enough of a hint that your brother is into a bit more than just folklore, but apparently not.

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Miss Monochrome – YOTSUBA&! NEW CHAPTER READ ONLINE

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Miss Monochrome – The Animation Season 3
Episode 4: “Appeal”

Fridays 11:40 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: Weird that they chose this episode to remind us of Monochrome’s promise to Kikuko from centuries past. Was it all just to make a Star Wars “episode IV” joke? Are they just grasping for views like I have this entire post? If any show would do that, it would be this one. I’m kind of disappointed they didn’t pursue it further, but I guess Star Wars parodies are over done anyway. The real highlight of course is the not so subtle cameo by official unofficial GLORIO mascot Yotsuba’s best friend. It was mostly funny because I said to myself “hey they kind of made a Monochrome Danbo” when they created the first costume, and then they LITERALLY made Danbo. I have to admit I didn’t see that coming.

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Owarimonogatari
Episode 3: “Sodachi Riddle, Part 2”

Saturdays 12:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I hate this arc. The whole broken home thing was done in a better, more interesting fashion with Hanekawa’s backstory, who in turn is a far more interesting character than Oikura. There’s must be more to it, right? About the only thing I could think of that would save this story is if Ougi is lying, which is very possible. I don’t trust her at all, especially since she’s slid a little too easily into Arararagi’s Wing Man spot after Mayoi’s (alleged) permadeath. I do need to note Monogatari’s significant toning down of its pervy side, a trend that’s been going on over the last few story arcs. Aside from a few mild leering shots aimed at Hanekawa, Shinbo and co. are actually keeping it in their pants these days. Too bad we don’t have a good story to go along with the more mature approach.

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One thought on “The Roundup: Fall 2015 Volume 2

  1. That SAW skit was pretty hillarious. Jyushimatsu…poor bastard. The dick jokes caught me aback, but as the skit continued shit just got funnier and funnier. I

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