The Roundup: Summer 2017 Volume 5

In this week’s installment…

We say welcome (back) to the Ballroom as well as the Quality Trash™ that is Kakegurui after last week’s break, but still no Bahamut this week for better or worse. Meanwhile, Sakura Quest continues to be the best thing going right now.

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GAMERS!
Episode 5: “Aguri and Communication Error”

Thursdays 11:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: It takes a delicate touch to make a romantic comedy based on misunderstandings that doesn’t make me furious, and so maybe pulling that off is GAMERS! greatest accomplishment so far. I seriously have no idea who is in love with who at this point and whether or not they even realize it yet. I don’t even know who I want to see together, I just want these dorks to be happy… except maybe Keita. Look, the kid is trying but I still don’t like how close we’re coming to making his dumb philosophies seem cool. At least they took him down a peg with the dating sim joke toward the end, and so long as they keep him in check I’m good.

GAMERS! – He should have asked Tomoda for advice

 

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul
Episode 18

Fridays 10:35 am EST on Amazon Anime Strike

Jel: Bahamut is on week 2 of their 2 week break. Sorry.

 

Welcome to the Ballroom
Episode 6: “Heat 6: Line of Dance”

Saturdays or whenever they decide to air it on Amazon Anime Strike

Gee: Nothing too exciting this week, Tatara throws down the gauntlet and challenges Gaju to take back Mako as his partner instead of being an obnoxious homewrecker. Otherwise, it’s mostly your standard sports training stuff until the end, where Ballroom once again encapsulates the aspects of it that endear me to it so much. The natural progression of Tatara and Mako’s relationship is one of my favorite fictional relationships of all time and their heart to heart near the end is equal parts compelling and adorable. Yuki Hayashi’s score continues to enhance these scenes into some truly special interpersonal moments. With next week being Tatara’s official debut, I’m excited for what’s coming up.

 

Restaurant to Another World
Episode 7: “Curry Rice/Chicken Curry”

Mondays 2:05 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I appreciate the little attempts to keep this series interesting. most notably increasing screen time for the previous customers. Even so, the formula is starting to wear just a little thin. I mean, you can even conveniently break down each episode to manly man in block A and then cute girl in the B half. I suppose adding another waitress could mix things up a bit, but the BLACK DRAGON OF DEATH who turns into an emotionless little girl seems like tailor maid waifu bait for the otaku crowd. I could keep nitpicking at this show all day but in the end it’s still a relaxing, drama free experience that’s a nice way to unwind, so I can’t complain too much.

Sakura Quest – Gotta love when anime pulls out the Christmas episode in the middle of summer

 

Sakura Quest
Episode 20: “The Phoenix In the Holy Night”

Wednesdays 12:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: ​​If Sakura Quest is going to keep delivering little emotional gut punches every single episode in the second half I’m not sure my heart can take it. There were quite a few this week, between Maki enjoying herself, revealing the mural at the end of the closing ceremony, and Maki’s dad paying for the restoration they needed. I’m probably missing a few more somewhere. Maki’s failure at the audition and subsequent rebound was a nice follow up to what I’ve personally found to be most poignant lesson the show has delivered so far. Continuing to enjoy the things you love even as you get sucked into the drudgery of adult life is so important, and it’s the kind of subject I want to see covered more.

 

Kakegurui
Episode 7: “Tempting Woman”

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

Jel: This was the most official indication that Yumeko may have a master plan and for some reason I hope she doesn’t. Gambling for something as normal as paying her sister’s medical expenses is nice and all, but it’s a lot more fun to just assume she’s crazy. Seeing as she takes up Midari’s game this week I suppose those two things are not mutually exclusive. I do appreciate how elevating this game to life or death certainly adds another layer of intensity. I have total confidence in Yumeko’s plot armor but can we say the same about Midari? I’m not too sure. It certainly makes for an easy cliffhanger and I’m actually quite excited for the next episode.

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2 thoughts on “The Roundup: Summer 2017 Volume 5

  1. About Kakegurui I understood the sick sister explanation as a way to prove that she actually had way more money than it appears since she is still able to cover the exhorbitant bills. Maybe I misunderstood the subs.

    As much as I’ve tried, I just can’t get myself to like Ballroom because I can’t suffer its garbage treatment of the female characters, specially Shizuku. Not only does she get called a skank for being reasonably angry at Hyodo (he and Sengoku kept vital information from her on something that involves her career too), episode 6 has the guys discussing and deciding her future partnerships without even asking for her opinion. Tatara pretty much steps all over her decision to switch partners (as well Mako’s determination to become his partner) just so he can project his divorce trauma? It’s notoriously unnerving this episode because even though Shizuku has a lot of scenes and shots, she doesn’t emit a single peep. One would think that a sport that necessitates two people to even exist would give both parties equal importance, but in this show it’s always the men calling the shots while the women just get passed around like trophies

    • On Kakegurui sorry I wasn’t clear on that. I’m not saying that’s the reason she’s gambling, we don’t know for sure yet. Just saying I hope that’s not the reason since that’s kind of boring

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