The Roundup: Spring 2016 Volume 8

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In this week’s installment…

We’re about three quarters through the spring season and our Roundup shows prepare for their final stretch by… basically doing the same things they always do. I guess that’s what happens when you watch a lot of easy going comedies. But hey, at least we have Luluco to deliver our weekly dose of madness, right?

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 9: “New Students!!”

Mondays 12:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I’ve been trying not to be lazy and make the obvious comparisons to K-ON! that you can make with any of these school club shows, but this episode is leaving me no choice. Aside from the oddly similar late introduction of a new member, I’m just noticing now the cast kind of lines up too. Hame is like Yui, the air headed idiot savant. Rin is like Mio, the talented but reluctant foil character. Onsa is like Ritsu, the spirited but sometimes selfish driving force of the group. Hijiri is like Mugi, the rich weirdo that acts as their bankroll. I’ve already mentioned Hame’s sister is basically Ui, the responsible younger one. Now we are adding Chisame who is a lot like Azusa, the twin-tailed, try hard underclassman that needs to learn about friendship. Of course Stig-senpai is the big difference here, but I’d say it adds up otherwise. They even name dropped the light music club so I’m not making this all up, right?

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Bakuon!! – Totally not Azusa.

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Joker Game
Episode 9: “Double Joker (Part 2)”

Tuesdays 1:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: As follow-ups go, this week’s episode was pretty average. It got the job done but little more than that – I felt like it was definitely missing some of the stylish flair of some previous episodes. I don’t dislike the way things are progressing in terms of plot but even though I have a reasonably high tolerance level for slow pacing and internal over external action, things got too talky this week even for me. The episode had a promising enough start but by the time the end was in sight, it had become a classic case of telling rather than showing and I was starting to look at the clock – never a good sign when you’re watching something. All in all a bit of a let-down, especially this late in the series when Joker Game should really be starting to ramp up and consistently deliver on its promise of suspense and tension. I sure hope this doesn’t quality as bringing out the big guns because if so, any conclusion is going to fall disappointingly flat.

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Space Patrol Luluco SEASON 4
Episode 10: “It’s All Over”

Fridays 10:20 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: This being the most Trigger show to ever Trigger, I think we were all expecting some kind of betrayal in this episode. Sure enough things went down as expected, although they did throw down some rather scathing indictments on the stupidity of your first crush. The episode itself was not terribly exciting but I am very much looking forward to how the show is going to inevitably bring back Luluco and wrap things up. Will we get an episode with Midori as the hero? Will Lalaco SPACE PIRATE EMPRESS GODSPEED give in to her motherly instincts and save the day? Iro did point out to me that she seems to have a black version of Shiny Rod from Little Witch Academia. Pair that with her life fiber cape and she seems capable of just about anything.

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Tanaka-kun – Accurate depiction of how fast food makes you feel.

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Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Episode 9: “Welcome to Wac”

Saturdays 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: I could really do without Rino’s creepy imouto act and I think she really brought this episode down, but I guess at least Saya is cute? Admittedly I was hoping for something a bit more comedic but at least that particular sibling relationship seems genuinely sweet. As always though, the highlight of Tanaka-kun for me is the unique relationship that Tanaka and Ohta have going on, which even an ill-conceived character like Rino can’t manage to spoil. Besides, you can’t go too wrong with a WacDonald’s episode, which at this point is basically a staple of anime in much the same way a beach or hot springs episode is (except far more welcome). The staff member’s interpretation of both Tanaka and Ohta was pretty funny, although not until the episode ended did I realize I really missed Miyano and Echizen this week. Those guys must have grown on me more than I thought.

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Three Leaves, Three Colors
Episode 9: “Curry Tastes Better on the Second Day”

Sundays 12:00 pm EST on Funimation

Jel: Sorry if I keep repeating myself but this show is basically the same every week and it’s gotten very hard to find new things to write about. Yes, it was pretty boring, they tried to cram the entire cast in again, and there were bits of great animation sprinkled in for no reason. They did have one good joke with Yuko’s zombie eye, but even that they made sure to run into the ground. The worst offense of all though was Futaba did not have any comically oversized bread to eat for lunch. I don’t even know what I can believe in anymore…

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2 thoughts on “The Roundup: Spring 2016 Volume 8

  1. Joker Game was definitely a let down this week. The show is still fine but that seems to be all it is going to be. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these.

    • Yeah, and that’s a real shame. It’s far from being a total write-off (and I’d rather leave off judging as much as can until it’s done airing anyway), but it’s also not living up to its potential for me.

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