The Roundup: Winter 2017 Volume 11

In this week’s installment…

It’s the last Roundup of the winter season and we say good bye to Seiren and Interviews with Monster Girls while Classicaloid and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid stubbornly hold on for another episode.


Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Episode 12: “Tohru and Kobayashi’s Impactful Meeting! (We’re Raising the Bar On Ourselves)”

Wednesdays 11:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: If Dragon Maid had been as good as it has been the past two episode for its entire run, it probably would have won me over. I’ve realized most of my complaints about the show pandering to the supposed demographic stem from the side characters and this episode showed a lot restraint in that regard. I almost wonder if Lucoa deciding to wear more normal clothes was some kind of meta joke or something, and not surprisingly her screen time with Shouta is actually adorable when she’s not smashing her boobs in his face. The small clip with Fafnir was also really sweet and kept the nerd humor to a comfortable minimum. Of course this episode was really about elaborating on Kobayashi and Tohru’s first meeting, which honestly felt a bit unnecessary. We learn the most about their relationship through the small details like Tohru still wearing Kobayashi’s christmas scarf two episodes later. Details like that make me want to love this show wholeheartedly, but I think it’s too late at this point to change my mind.


Episode 12: “First Love” (END)

Saturdays 1:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: This was the silly, awkward, and sweet conclusion we were all expecting and I am totally fine with that. Seiren has basically been my dumb romantic comedy comfort food this season, and this arc felt as good as a warm pair of hand knit wool boxers… actually, those looked incredibly itchy but you know what I mean. Certainly a lot of that had to do with this being the most “Amagami” of the arcs with a lot of callbacks to Seiren’s predecessor, but the new jokes like Tsuneki and Ikuo’s behind the scenes subplots were also entertaining. Overall I can’t say Seiren was very good, but I do appreciate that it seemed to embrace it’s awkwardness and random, bizarre moments, maybe even moreso than Amagami. I had fun watching it, and that’s all I can ask.

Seiren – So that’s where they moved the Gundam at Odaiba


Episode 24: “The World of Eight Sounds: Part 2”

Saturdays 7:00 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I was getting ready to pan this episode much like the previous one for being extremely predictable, but right at the last second Classicaloid pulled through. We all knew Beetes and Motes were going to be the ones to face Bach-sama, and their battle was about as evenly matched as we’d expect. It was all fine but a bit boring up that point. The twist at the very end had me wondering if they really are doing another episode. This director has a history of ending on fake previews and just stopping there would kind of fit the show’s sense of humor. I’m pretty sure we are getting one more episode though, so we’ll see if they can come up with something more ridiculous for the true ending.


Interviews With Monster Girls
Episode 12 “Demi-chans Want to Swim” (END)

Saturdays 12:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I know Monster Girls isn’t exactly high stakes drama but this might have been the most low key final episode I’ve seen. It’s basically your average mid-season pool episode which, to their credit, manages to stay pretty mild. The only thing close to final episode material is Hikari’s little speech at the end, which turns into a pretty good joke after Takahashi sees right through her. It’s all pleasant and somewhat underwhelming which is probably an appropriate way for this show to go out. There really wasn’t much meat to it once we met all the girls and, while I enjoyed watching, I’ll probably forget this show existed by this time next week.

Little Witch Academia – I’m too lazy to make gif, but this part looked cool


Little Witch Academia TV
Episode 12: “What You Will”

Licensed by Netflix (Release pending, please watch it there when it comes out)

Jel: I thought Akko had made some progress last week and yet here we were again with her obsessively trying to be just like Chariot. I was kind of with Diana when she scolded her for sulking when things don’t go her way, but to be fair this sacrifice thing is probably the worst example of how much fate hates her. Not too much else to say as this was a pretty average episode, possibly because it was setting us up for a two-parter. Maybe LWA is just better suited for silly single episode adventures. There were at least some good animation bits with all the transformation magic and I’m always glad to see the B squad show up. Hopefully the second part of this story will be a bit more interesting.

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