The Roundup: Winter 2016 Volume 12

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In this week’s installment…

Yes, we did already do our season Wrap Up and yes, new shows are airing, but there are still a few shows left to round up. Fortunately all four remaining series end on a high note, delivering pretty much everything we could have realistically expected for final episodes.

This edition of the Roundup wraps up our thoughts on all the “other” shows we’ve watched this season. Be sure to also check out our full final thoughts on:

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash | Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans


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Snow White with the Red Hair
Episode 24: “My Story, My Path”

Mondays 11:00 am EST on Funimation

Artemis: Well, that was… sweet. Not by any means this season’s best episode, but sweet. I don’t have any major complaints, and I’m sure the minor ones I’ve mentioned before – like the fact that the creators can’t seem to decide whether they want to present Izana as friendly and easygoing or cold and a little ruthless (though I actually prefer him as the latter). And it’s not really a complaint, but this episode also reminded me that Shirayuki looks way better in her knee-length dress and sturdy boots or else in her court herbalist uniform than she does in full gown and jewellery (which may well be the point). Other than that, I don’t have much to say because while it served as a perfectly satisfactory way to wrap things up, this episode didn’t have a lot of substance to it; beyond the whole official “Friend of the Crown” thing, absolutely nothing happened here that we didn’t already know or hadn’t already seen. But that’s okay, because Zen and Shirayuki are still totes adorbs, and Obi continued to be objectively the best character of the show, so all is clearly right with the world.

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Mr. Osomatsu – R.I.P. Coachmatsu and this great show

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Mr. Osomatsu
Episode 25: “Osomatsu-san, Such as it Was”

Mondays 1:45 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: ​OK, we got trolled, and I admit I kind of took the bait. But for all the fans out there that are disappointed we didn’t get more emotional closure, A. Have you been watching this show? Just stop, and B. this was the best, most Osomatsu way to possibly end the show. Truth is, fights with your family are somtimes the ugliest ones but when you really love each other you can bounce right back from them. Coachmatsu’s funeral in particular said a lot more about their relationship than some tearful reunion could. That aside, this was basically the “Gainax Ending” we all secretly wanted, complete with rapidly escalating conflicts that somehow end up in space and everyone dying in the end. If you don’t think this hilarious, beautiful train wreck was the perfect way to go out, then you really don’t understand Osomatsu.

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Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Episode 13

Fridays 4:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: Since I’m away from home and typing stuff on my phone I’ll have to be brief, but I didn’t want to let the final episode of Rakugo Shinjuu to go entirely unremarked upon. I felt this was a very fitting way to end things – with conclusion enough that I wasn’t left emotionally unsatisfied, but also with the promise of an Act II to come. While I typically prefer my anime short and sweet these days, I’m happy to see this one continuing not only because it’s a fantastic show in its own right, but also because there’s clearly more to be said here, and this is a story that absolutely deserves to be told at its own pace. Though it might have come full circle, with Yotaro finally added back into the mix, plus a ton of unresolved grief and resentment from Kiku/Yakumo and most especially Konatsu, Rakugo Shinjuu is far from over.

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Dagashi Kashi – FINALLY

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Dagashi Kashi
Episode 12: “I’m Gonna Eat It-Hi, Poem of Cherries, and… / Morinaga Milk Caramel, Sakuma Drops, and…”

Fridays 8:30 pm EST on Funimation

Jel: ​Very little effort was made to turn this into a “final episode”, and for this show I am OK with that. If things are ultimately going to stay the same for now, I’d rather have the few small affirmations we got over some overblown mini-arc that wouldn’t amount to anything. Coconuts seems to be finding appreciation for his heritage, Hotaru confirms that she is still a free spirit that does what she wants, and Saya is still Best Girl. All is right with the Dagashi Kashi world. I’m a little more sad to see it go then I expected. Sure it got boring and a little pervy in spots, but I really enjoyed its easy going charm. If they end up doing another season, I’d be cool with more.

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