The Roundup: Spring 2016 Volume 6


In this week’s installment…

We’ve hit the midpoint of the spring season and the Roundup shows continue to coast along. Bakuon is back to being it’s amusingly weird self and Luluco continues to REDACTED FOR SPOILERS, meanwhile Tanaka-kun somehow manages to bring in a clingy imouto without making us totally drop it.

The Roundup is a weekly guide to all the “other” shows we’re watching this season. Check out our full coverage of: 
Macross Delta | Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable | My Hero Academia | Kiznaiver | Twin Star Exorcists


Episode 7: “Cultural Festival!!”

Mondays 12:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: Good to see Bakuon return to it’s weird and amusing self after a couple of weak episodes. This episode made me realize what makes the humor feel unique. None of the jokes have punchlines, or even reactions half the time. For example, Hijiri shows up in her bizarre outfit and no one bats an eye lash. Or one of my personal favorites, any time Hane says something air headed and there’s just no response. She plays the idiot savant role well, kind of like Yui from K-ON! (complete with responsible younger sister) but the author is in on the joke with us. I’ll stop short of calling Bakuon’s method of comedy sophisticated, but it does make it more interesting than the competition.


Bakuon!! – Do not send your daughter to this school


Joker Game
Episode 7: “Codename: Cerberus”

Tuesdays 1:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: Is there not some golden rule in storytelling about never, ever following up a train episode with a cruise ship episode? If not then there should be, because this week’s Joker Game was a snoozefest even for me. In lieu of character-based stories, this show has for the most part opted to place all its importance on setting and the mystery of the week – which for the record I’m pretty okay with, though it unfortunately means that if the mystery sucks or the setting is boring then Joker Game has next to nothing to fall back on. That’s basically what happened this time around, with the added problem that it followed up on none of what went down during last week’s post-credit scene. I like this anime well enough but it’s lucky I don’t love it, otherwise I would have felt incredibly let-down by such a lacklustre and frankly pointless episode.


Space Patrol Luluco SEASON 3
Episode 8: “Magic Planet LWA”

Fridays 10:20 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I was kind of half joking when I mentioned we are going to planet Little Witch Academia next, but after last week’s episode I knew not to rule it out. So the shock value this episode was definitely a lot lower this time. That said, it was a fun cameo as Sucy is the fan favorite, although it felt like it could have used a little more time. I would have at least liked to see a half lengthy episode that cut a little deeper into the LWA world. With cameos seeming to be the thing for Season 3 and Trigger’s thin roster rapidly depleting, what do we get next week? Will we finally find out if OVER JUSTICE is just Inferno Cop in disguise? Maybe we’ll get an appearance from the Trigger mascot girls? That’s pretty much all they got unless they tap into their licensed shows, so we’ll see what they have in store next week.


Space Patrol Luluco – Actually, don’t send your daughter to this school either


Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Episode 7: “Tanaka-kun’s Valentine”

Saturdays 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: I liked the first half of this week’s Tanaka-kun and I still can’t for the life of me work out whether or not I liked the second. The former breathed new life into the by now all but obligatory and usually predictably tedious Valentine’s Day episode, and the latter… well, I honestly can’t decide if it was hilarious, creepy, or a weird mix of both. Anyone who’s been following the show to this point would have guessed immediately who the chocolate ‘culprit’ was but that’s fine – treating the whole thing as a crime setup (Ohta’s deadpan delivery totally on point as usual) was an awesome move, and I only wish every high school slice-of-life comedy anime got this irreverent with old stereotypes. Having the little sister literally turn out to be a yandere-leaning stalker though? I’m really on the fence about that, mostly because I don’t know if it was meant to come across as a parody or not. If so then it wasn’t pushed hard enough, and if not then it goes right back to creepy, which might have been fine in any other show but felt oddly out of keeping for one like Tanaka-kun.


Three Leaves, Three Colors
Episode 7: “Ten Yen Short”

Sundays 12:00 pm EST on Funimation

Jel: I was just complaining last week about this show cramming in too many characters so needless to say I did not think adding more was a good idea. At least they didn’t try to fit EVERYONE in this time and even Nishiyama’s mandatory appearance served some purpose. I also liked shining some spotlight on Futaba, who is probably my favorite part of the show. The way she wanted to crush that little boy’s dreams was pretty great, as this show is at it’s best when they are acting like terrible people. It did make the attempt at being sweet toward the end kind of awkward, but on balance I guess this episode was alright.

4 thoughts on “The Roundup: Spring 2016 Volume 6

  1. Bakuon! That ending was ridiculous! This show is all kinds of hillarious. Did anyone note that in the previous episode Hijiri is learning about races from ExciteBike from the NES?? So many throwback callouts in this show! I gotta catch up Luluco and Joker Game.

    • Yep, the Excitebike joke was pretty great. You should definitely catch up on Luluco, if you haven’t been spoiled on it already.

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