The Roundup: Summer 2017 Volume 9

In this week’s installment…

Can you believe the season is almost over already? I hope it ends before the previously reliable GAMERS! falls completely out of my favor, and I certainly will not be sad to see Virgin Soul go away. Fortunately the rest of the Roundup seems like it will stay good till the very end. Enjoy, I’m off to start writing those Fall preview guides…

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GAMERS!
Episode 10: “Chiaki Hoshinomori and Account Hack”

Thursdays 11:30 am EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I don’t like the direction we’re heading after these last two episodes. I wanted the rest of the series to be Keita, Karen, Tasaku, and Aguri double dating with Chiaki as the fifth wheel. Sounds like fun times right? I’d certainly take it over dragging out the misunderstandings angle. I do like Chiaki but I feel like this is setting us up for a non-ending where Keita decides he shouldn’t date either one of them so everyone can just be friends. That would be really disappointing so hopefully it doesn’t go that far… it probably will.

 

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul
Episode 21: “Vengeance”

Fridays 10:35 am EST on Amazon Anime Strike

Jel: There are so many things I don’t like about Bahamut at this point so I’m just going to focus on one specific area that bothered me this episode: why is everyone acting like A. Charioce would never order a hit on Mugaro and B. absolving him of murder would somehow make him a good guy? Like, we can allow the genocide and slavery but kill our little buddy? Nah. The fact that he continues to be seen as redeemable at all even put a damper on seeing Nina finally realize she’s going to have to fight him, which is something I’ve wanted all along. At this point I know there’s no way a confrontation between the two won’t end with them making up, so it’s hard to get excited. Final note: Alessand is the worst written character of all time. That is a fact, please end this show soon.

Rage of Bahamut – My face during this show now

 

Welcome to the Ballroom
Episode 10: “Voltage”

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

Gee: After last week’s climax, things settle back into a more familiar pace. Honestly this week’s dances are just the filler before we gear up for the final bout of Quickstep, so it’s a whole of Gaju backstory and sports anime tropes. Surprisingly absolutely no one, Gaju was also a huge jerk as a kid, so we’ve all been spared from a contrived tragic backstory. In general, Ballroom’s general lack of tremendous assholes with Freudian excuses is quite refreshing. The, “jerk rival gets heated enough to treat the main character as true competition” trope is as old as sports media itself, but considering the entire goal of this competition was to get Gaju to acknowledge Tatara and Mako, you could call it a minor victory. Next week should be the Quickstep which is in many ways just as important as last week’s Flower and Frame moment, so hopefully Production IG manages to pull it together again.

 

Restaurant to Another World
Episode 11: “Carpaccio / Curry Bun”

Mondays 2:05 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: I guess it’s kind of amusing to think of Kuro as the restaurant’s bouncer. I’m glad that despite the dark implications that they might be in danger, the actual threat to the owner and Aletta ended up being pretty tame. That said, Kuro seems to keep picking up on something wrong with the owner that doesn’t seem to get resolved this episode. I’m guessing it will also be something mundane like he’s catching a cold, but I guess we’ll see. Overall it seems like introducing some “danger” might be their way of adding some drama or weight to the final few episodes, which is fine. So long as they keep it at about this same level of chill, I’m good with it.

Restaurant to Another World – They are TOO human to be doing that

 

Sakura Quest
Episode 24: “The Eternal Obelisk”

Wednesdays 12:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll

Jel: ​​There were plenty of feelings to feel this episode, but overall it felt like going through the motions. Will Yoshino return home (probably not)? Will Mayonama get absorbed into the next town (probably not)? Will the old man find a way to ruin the festival again (probably)? These are all questions that have been lingering since last week and not much progress toward answering them was made. I was glad at least they cut the TV show thing short, I’d rather not go through that again. I also have a feeling that next week’s conclusion is going to pack a pretty emotional gut punch. We’ve grown to love the cast and their seemingly insignificant little town, and no matter what happens I’ll be sad to see them go.

 

Kakegurui
Episode 10: “Selective Woman”

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

Jel: I keep praising Kakegurui for its style while reminding everyone it is trash, so to give the show a little credit I do love Yumeko’s character. It’s impossible to know what she really is. Is she really a genius, with everyone playing checkers while she’s playing 4 dimensional chess? Or is she just crazy, as this week’s opponent concludes. Probably both, and I love it. It keeps you on your toes as you’re never sure if she’s going to win or lose or what’s going to happen. That all said, can I just take a moment to acknowledge how amusingly creepy the girl with the comedy/drama mask is? Making her talk with a male speech-to-text voice was a brilliant move. It’s been a great couple episodes overall, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how they wrap this up.

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2 thoughts on “The Roundup: Summer 2017 Volume 9

  1. Regarding Gamers, Lucille Ball made a more than half century career out of the comedy of misunderstandings! While I don’t think it’s any kind of an Earth-shattering show, Gamers is just utterly charming, and about a million times more droll than 99.9% of the anime comedies out there. So whether Amano decides he just wants to be friends with everyone, or instead prefers to cannibalize Tendou and Chiaki and wash them down with a nice glass of Chianti, I have faith that they know where they want to take the show, and am delighted to enjoy the ride over the last couple of episodes.

    • I agree for the most part, I just feel like there were some potential red flags the past couple episodes. I did really like the latest episode, which I’ll talk more about next Roundup.

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