The Roundup: Summer 2017 Volume 8

In this week’s installment…

In a surprise late season twist, GAMERS! is almost bad, Bahamut is almost good, and we temporarily replace Welcome to the Ballroom with… 91 Days???

Check out our full size coverage: Fate/Apocrypha | Made In Abyss | Princess Principal

 

GAMERS!
Episode 9: “Erogamer and Watching Mode / Gamers and Half their Life Game”

Thursdays 11:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I think we can all agree Chiaki’s sister is the worst character. Her segment was the exact kind of on the nose otaku wish fulfillment I thought GAMERS! was going to be from the start. Had they introduced her earlier in the series I’d have been a lot more worried about, and even now I’m concerned she might muck up the final few episodes. Fortunately we only had to deal with her a few minutes so let’s hope it stays that way.

As for the rest of the episode, it was pretty solid. The weirdly specific game of Life was funny and a good framing device, and I’m also glad to see Tasusku and Aguri on the mend. As for the main love triangle, I guess we can officially call it one now? I wasn’t sure about Chiaki’s feelings but now that we had our big identity reveal I think we can see what’s happening. I’m not wild about all these girls falling for Keita considering he’s kind of a jerk but I think we’re still avoiding harem territory, for now. Despite the red flags I think it would be hard for GAMERS! to totally ruin things in the last few episodes, so we’ll see how it pans out.

GAMERS! – I’d like to propose an imouto ban. No more imoutos.

 

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul
Episode 20: “From Heaven to Hell”

Fridays 10:35 am EST on Amazon Anime Strike

Jel: The dragon fight was good. Making Sofiel look cool for even one second is a testament to how much wasted potential this series has. I kind of wish Nina was able to put up more of a fight, but I’ll take what I can get. As for the rest of the episode… at least things happened? I think it’s important to note that while Mugaro did get shivved and started turning into magic sparkly god dust, he did NOT disappear yet. If I had to guess Sofiel will sacrifice herself to save him as a final gift to Jeanne. Same might go for Bacchus or Hamsa as a long shot, but my money is on Sofiel. Place your bets and we’ll see what happens next week.

 

Welcome to the Ballroom
Episode 9: “A Flower In a Frame”

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

Jel: Gee talked about episode 9 on Tuesday, go check it out.

 

Restaurant to Another World
Episode 10: “Crêpes / Natto Spaghetti”

Mondays 2:05 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I was hoping this episode would give us something new by having one of the guests actually cook something. It seemed that might happen when wood elf lady (I can’t keep track of all the hot elves in this show) ran into her dad’s friend but I guess that would kill the power fantasy. It was also a bit weird that she suddenly knew what miso was, especially since Nekoya is a western style restaurant and probably doesn’t have anything miso related on the menu. As always that’s nitpicking though, just another chill episode in the books.

Restaurant to Another World – I feel like we don’t see the owner enough.

 

91 Days
Episode 13

Bonus Episode available on Crunchyroll

Jel: The ending of 91 Days was one of my favorites in recent memory, so I was a bit wary to see an extra episode pop up. Fortunately this does not continue the story. Instead, we get a flashback to Nero’s childhood. There are no new story revelations here, this is just an emotional twist of the knife that gives context to the siblings turning on each other later on in life. It also re-emphasizes how interesting a character Nero is, someone who seems equally capable of good and bad. Man, 91 Days was good, you should probably watch it.

 

Sakura Quest
Episode 23: “The Crystal of Melting Snow”

Wednesdays 12:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: ​​With the exception of the Professor (RIP), Sakura Quest has always managed to pull its punches. Sometimes that’s OK but in this case it felt kind of lame. The thing is, while it’s sad small towns like Mayonama are disappearing, is it wrong? Even Yoshino herself admits everyone saying the shopping district will die out is correct. I think there’s something to be said about going out gracefully that would probably be a more powerful, realistic message. I suppose we don’t know exactly what will happen yet but it doesn’t seem like we’re going that route, and I find that slightly disappointing. Even so, I don’t mind a little optimism in these dark times so I’m still enjoying what we have.

Kakegurui – Mask girl is WAY more terrifying than eyepatch girl.

 

Kakegurui
Episode 9: “Dreaming Woman”

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

Jel: At the end of the day Kakegurui is much more about style over substance, and this episode brought the style to the next level. Framed as a twisted idol variety show, I loved the little directing choices like having the in show announcer throw to a real commercial break and using an encore song for the ending even though there was a third of the episode left. Also I guess the idol girl is one of the rare cast memberes that isn’t the worst person on the planet? I don’t know why but I find that slightly disappointing. That still leaves four student council members to take down in three episodes, so now I’m wondering if this will end up going two cour. I certainly wouldn’t complain if that were the case.

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5 thoughts on “The Roundup: Summer 2017 Volume 8

  1. I was eyeing off the new episode of 91 Days but I was waiting to find out a bit more because I really liked the end of 91 Days and didn’t really want to see that ruined. Thanks for sharing a bit about it and I’ll have to make some time to check out the episode.

  2. No love for Princess Principal? Despite the ridiculousness of the underlying concept and the predictability of the story-telling, the dialogue is sharp and really well-written, the show generally looks great, and it has a fantastic OP and ED. For my money, it’s easily the most enjoyable watch of the season and it seems almost criminal that the poor man’s Ghibli of Made in Abyss seems to be getting so much more attention.

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