The Roundup: Spring 2016 Volume 7

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In this week’s installment…

Bakuon!! makes me talk about winter while it’s 90ºF outside, Luluco goes for the deepest of cuts for the season 3 finale, and Tanaka-kun is still the best show this season that no one is watching. Please watch 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

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Bakuon!!
Episode 8: “Winter Break!!”

Mondays 12:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: This episode didn’t mesh well and ultimately was kind of boring. There seemed to be little transition between the first and second halves and the Christmas/New Years bits were not nearly as weird or funny as they could have been. Sure God showed up again, but even that joke is getting a little played out. About the only part I liked was Hijiri throwing a fit about her license, which barely felt like the same episode. Can we please just have more bizarre, over the top episodes like last week?

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Bakuon!! – That’s not how Santa works…

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Joker Game
Episode 8: “Double Joker Part 1”

Tuesdays 1:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: Well, that was a lot better than last week thank goodness. We seem to be heading back into the main story now, and the fact that this episode was titled as a part one bodes well for finally tying things together into a (hopefully coherent) whole. Pitting D-Agency against a rival spy network, and with an opposing modus operandi to boot, is actually a pretty good idea; even though I’m pretty sure Wind Agency won’t be able to compete against their clearly more professional counterpart, it brings the potential for more suspense to the table – not to mention of course being highly thematically appropriate. The only thing I’m wary about is how D-Agency have basically shown themselves to be omniscient up to this point. Unless someone on their side eventually screws up and in a pretty major way, then any conclusion is going to be dully predictable and more importantly totally emotionally bereft. For the suspense to actually work, the viewer has to believe it’s at least possible for D-Agency to fail.

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Space Patrol Luluco SEASON 3
Episode 9: “The True Trap”

Fridays 10:20 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I guess Inferno Cop was too obvious. I would have never in a million years thought Trigger would go with such a deep cut (link very NSFW) for their final show reference. If you haven’t seen Sex and Violence with Machspeed aka the unfiltered id of Hiroyuki Imaishi, it’s practically frame for frame the same here save for a few shots with Luluco and some of the more uhhh… graphic bits removed. It’s cool to make the reference but part of me has to wonder if it was just them being lazy. That aside, there are too many episodes left for everything to wrap up so neatly and I don’t trust Nova in the slightest so, bring on season 4!

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Tanaka-kun – NEVER GIVE UP!

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Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Episode 8: “Ohta-kun’s Ordeal”

Saturdays 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: Tanaka-kun is usually the final anime I watch of the week because it’s seriously one of the most cheerfully relaxing titles I’ve seen in a long time and therefore a great note to end on. I don’t know that I’d call it a healing anime per se (it usually leans too far towards straight comedy for that), but I’m still finding it to be an extremely calming series – which is probably why, even when it comes to totally uneventful and ultra-slow-paced episodes like this, I don’t particularly mind. Absolutely nothing of consequence happened this week and none of the jokes were exactly side-splitting either, but there’s just something so effortlessly sweet and gently amusing about the show that I considered it twenty minutes well spent anyway. I’m convinced that if I was able to watch a new episode of Tanaka-kun each day, my overall stress levels would go considerably down.

Jel: Just want to note that Tanaka’s nightmare was about former tennis player/TV commentator Shuzo Matsuoka, who is internet famous for a series of extremely motivational TV commercials. Some readers may recall me linking my favorite several times over the history of the blog. On a different note: Echizen x Ohta FOREVER.

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Three Leaves, Three Colors
Episode 8: “You’ve Got Them Hooked”

Sundays 12:00 pm EST on Funimation

Jel: The storylines in this show have gotten so boring that I’m convinced the animators are just using it to make demo reels. I don’t know how else you explain the random bursts of superb animation, most notably Futaba rocking out for a few seconds and never coming back to why. Great comedic animation and the playfully mean spirited attitude of the girls are nice details but if that’s all you got then you probably don’t have a good show. This week in particular made me realize Nishiyama has gotten way too much screen time and they are still trying to cram in too many characters. I mean, do we really need to see Futaba’s rival boy and his sister every week? Definitely not. I’ll stick this one out but I’m getting more and more bored with it every week.

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