The Roundup: Spring 2016 Volume 11

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In this week’s installment…

Most of this stuff actually ends, and on the same week Jel takes a vacation! Can Iro manage to pull together the wrap-up in his absence? Read ahead to find out!

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 12: “A World of What-ifs!!” (Finale)

Mondays 12:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Iro: The triumphant (?) return of Baita the talking motorcycle! She was one of the better goofy, semi-supernatural elements from the great early episodes of Bakuon!!, so it was nice to have her show up again and bring back some weirdness the show has been sorely missing lately. Even better is the segment of Onsa seeing Hane speaking to herself, which brings up the eternal question of if there is actually weird supernatural shit happening or if Hane is just crazy. The alternate bicycle world segment is a bit dull, but I suppose as a reaffirmation of Bakuon!!‘s dumb motorcycle ideology, it works fine. Not the best episode, but not the worst way to send things off.

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Joker Game
Episode 12: “XX”

Tuesdays 1:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: I have much the same feelings as last week – perfectly decent episode, totally wrong part of the series to air it in. If someone in D-Agency was going to screw up (and a real human error this time, not just coincidence or back lack), it should have occurred far earlier on in the show when it stood a chance of adding some real tension for later episodes. More to the point though, this was actually Joker Game’s season finale so I was expecting something more than just ‘a decent episode’. I’ve never once complained about the highly episodic nature of this series or the very low-key manner of presentation; on the contrary, that’s one of the main things I liked about the show. But to come to the end without any kind of resolution, or even any indication that the show was thinking about the end at all… well, that was kind of a bummer for me to be honest. The most annoying part of that being that if Joker Game had changed absolutely none of its content but simply the order in which the episodes were presented, I probably would have been a lot more satisfied.

Maybe consider a helmet that covers more than a quarter of your afro.

Bakuon!! – Maybe consider a helmet that covers more than a fifth of your afro.

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Space Patrol Luluco SEASON 5
Episode 13 (Finale)

Fridays 10:20 am EST on Crunchyroll

Iro: Did any of us expect Luluco to be a stealth origin story for Trigger’s mascot? I certainly didn’t, and now having the middle season of the show be about traipsing through various Trigger properties makes as much sense as anything else in this show. Luluco’s power up was a great deep cut to Diebuster, and like last week was just the right amount of goofy while still having some heart. For being Trigger’s first big milestone anniversary work, I’m not sure I could have hoped for anything better. Here’s hoping the upcoming Little Witch Academia show keeps up the quality.

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Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Episode 12: “Tanaka-kun’s Happiness”

Saturdays 10:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Artemis: I’m sad that Tanaka-kun is over. It was the best possible anime to cap off my week with and never failed to leave me with a feeling that all was okay with the world (despite the fact that I’d still call this a comedy series over an iyashikei one). As final episodes go, I was perfectly satisfied – it wasn’t the funniest episode of the entire show but it was still a cute (Miyano!!) and extremely pleasant watch, and best of all it allowed us to spend a decent amount of time with every character before bidding them farewell. On that note, it was also pretty nice to have the extended opening at the end there; the song’s really grown on me over the course of the series, and needless to say it’s the perfect fit with which to see the cast and this show off. And hey, those fun 30-second Tanaka-kun specials are apparently still going, so maybe this parting isn’t so final after all.

Three Leaves, Three Colors - That show where nothing changed and nothing happened

Three Leaves, Three Colors – That show where nothing changed and nothing happened

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Three Leaves, Three Colors
Episode 12: “I Am Graduating From Bread Crusts” (Finale)

Sundays 12:00 pm EST on Funimation

Iro: I guess the “weird alternate world” gag is pretty popular for last episodes or something, because this show goes in hard for its first five minutes; unfortunately, it isn’t a terribly amusing diversion. The second block about Yoko meeting an old friend could have been a good moment if we’d been given any indication Yoko was dissatisfied with her life of relative poverty, but it ends too quickly and without actually exploring the character possibilities. Girly Futaba brings to mind the infamous and incredible “Girly Riko” segments from Dogakobo’s #1 show Love Lab, while also being about a hundredth as funny. So, all-in-all, a relatively pointless and dull finale to a pointless and dull show. Who knew?

 

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