The Roundup: Fall 2015 Volume 11

locodolfinal1In this week’s installment…

The New Year may be already upon us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take one last look at the end of this season. In this volume we have two surprise contributors, one welcome and one… well let’s just say they should have worked on it more.

The Roundup is a weekly guide to all the “other” shows we’re watching this season. Check out our full coverage of: 
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Mr. Osomatsu
Episode 12 & 12A

Mondays 1:45 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Marlin: As perhaps no other show has ever made me do, Osomatsu-san has managed me to sit through an entire recap episode by laying over a surprisingly frank commentary track over it. One of the bizarre things about the close-cut nature of anime production is that we can get these candid stories from voice actors responding to the show they’ve been working on when they have only been working on it for three months. It’s also very heartening to hear from the horses mouth just how much traction Osomatsu-san has gotten despite being a very unconventional show. Do yourself a favor and skip the uncommented version. Totoko’s VA seems to have phoned this thing in, and I didn’t know that I needed to hear VAs just tearing Daisuke Ono a new one until I heard it for myself.

Artemis: I’m with Marlin on this one – skip the regular recap episode and go straight to the one with the VA commentary, which actually has comparatively little to do with the show itself and is mostly just everyone having a good time, talking shop and poking fun at each other. These guys are all veterans enough that they clearly didn’t feel the need to be awkwardly polite or formal with each other, and as a result there’s a lot of off-the-cuff banter and hilariously upfront remarks – Ono Daisuke in particular gets a ton of ribbing, which has to be one of the funniest things of the entire episode.


Oh Yamada, I will miss you more than I could have ever imagined.


Episode 14

On Crunchyroll

Marlin: I suppose it would have been weird for Working!! to actually follow through with the joke preview they showed last season, but maybe I would have preferred that kind of farce. This finale just seemed to be a soulless checking of every box left, even the ones I’m pretty sure we already checked. That’s also including boxes I never cared about in the first place, like the pathetic  attempt to give the drunkard sister some kind of sympathy when none was ever needed. Working!! also somehow manages to tease the long-coming confessions between Takanashi and Inami into a double-lengthed finale that is completely unsatisfying. You can literally go back a few months ago and see how psyched I was to have them finally close out that final chapter, but now I couldn’t care less! Is it maybe because they took three months to get us this finale? Is it possibly because giving us the backstory on how his parents met completely unnecessary? Is it perhaps the blatant attempts to pad out 30 minutes of content into a 50 minute OVA? All. Of. The. Above.

Artemis: I’m just relieved it was nothing like the preview, which I honestly don’t think I could have sat through. There was really no need to stretch out the episode to this length, and the delay effectively killed all enthusiasm I had for the finale to begin with, but things definitely could’ve been worse. At the very least, we got the conclusion we should have been given three months ago, and can say goodbye to this show for good knowing that all loose ends have finally been tied up (and in a manner that will probably satisfy anyone still watching this thing).


Ho Ho Ho Motherfuckers!


Christmas OVA

On Crunchyroll

Marlin: Locodol was probably the most enjoyable slice of life show of last year, so getting a bonus episode out of nowhere was a nice suprise to see in Crunchyroll’s updated section round Christmas time. As back when this show was in the Roundup proper, there’s not a whole lot to say about the episode, but that’s not really a bad thing. Locodol knows its strength is in the little moments between its characters, and it accomplishes it with a good mix of silly antics and heart to hearts. On a side note, I’m pretty sure this show just implied in the most innocuous way possible that Nanako’s parent’s solution for Nanako not being around is to go straight to bone town. Sure, the show isn’t gonna win any awards for how dumb it is, but it’s my kind of dumb.


Noragami Aragoto
Episode 13

On Funimation

Marlin: Perhaps my biggest anime regret this year was giving up on Aragoto before it had its final say. By leading out with the much more lackluster Bishamon arc, I just didn’t have the attention span to stick with it throughout the season. Now that I’ve had the free time to go back to it, I realize I just missed the best few episodes of the entire series. Everything, from delving further into the nuances of this universe’s form of immortality to Bishamon actually wearing something appropriate of a war god, was a big step up, and got me so pumped I marathoned the seven episodes in a single sitting. Thankfully, Noragami‘s Shounen roots means there’s still plenty of material to cover. Hopefully we’ll be able to see the continued adventures of Yato and crew again soon enough.

Artemis: Overall, I really enjoyed this second season of Noragami, although the second half struck me as being considerably weaker than the first; the story lacked focus, the pacing was uneven, and both Yukine and Hiyori (no surprises there) got shunted to the side in favour of a bunch of drama that just wasn’t set up that well to begin with. Having said that, I had no issues with this final episode, which felt pretty natural and nicely understated, with the added bonus of that ominous after-credits scene setting us up for a hopefully equally as compelling third season.


Well that was just gross.


Episode 12

Saturdays 12:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Marlin: Like the First Minion even says, I fail to see what point this entire arc had on the overall plot of this show. I was left as unimpressed by the sequence of events . You would think something as big as Araragi finally pulling out the macguffin he got all the way back in season 1 would have some weight to it, but all it made me realize is whether I really would even enjoy that season if I went back to it. I’d be all for some more Araragi pontificating at the end if I felt he actually had something meaningful to say, but considering the flow of the entire arc I was just completely disappointed. The further Monogatari has gone along, the more I have simply fallen out of love with the bizarre, pretentious mess. The only hope I have is that Shaft  finally gets around to actually animating Kizumonogatari so we can see if NisiOisiN’s older work can still carry its weight.

2 thoughts on “The Roundup: Fall 2015 Volume 11

  1. There’s a different version for the year end special on Osomatsusan??? grrr the site i use only has the one w Osomatsu kun and Totoko chan.

    • It’s been out for a week so you can watch it free with ads on Crunchyroll. Not all of us have access to CR so we do know it is available through “other” means but we can’t link it here. Good luck!

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