Despite the dearth in truly outstanding shows, there have been a lot of good romances and feel good moments for me to love this past year. A big focus has been awkward spazzes and the nerds who love them, so here’s a toast! Whether it’s playing shogi and make sure a bullied girl knows she’s not alone, taking a silent grouch on random photo shoots, or coming out of your shell to find out your best online friend makes a better boyfriend, we’ve had a lot of dorks out to steal our heart.
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.
In our second to last Roundup for Winter, we say goodbye to March Comes In Like a Lion with an extremely disappointing final episode, but at least we know it will return later this year. Fortunately the rest of the shows land pretty solid setups for their final episodes of the season, so it looks like we’ll be ending on a high note.
I marathoned the amazing Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu this week (more on that another time) and I have to admit, watching that masterpiece has made it a little tough to get excited about this week’s batch of average episodes. There is still some good content though, most notably former best show of the season March Comes In Like a Lion returning to it’s heartwarming, adorable self. Now please excuse me as I impatiently wait for the next episode of Rakugo to emotionally destroy me.
f you ever want to sell someone on watching Classicaloid just tell them at some point Franz Schubert destroys half a dozen other classical composers in a dis track so hot they all turn into Parappa the Rapper characters. Nothing else matters this week… well except shout out to Marlin for giving me a breather on some shows this week and don’t worry, Artemis will be back soon.
It’s been a long week and most of the Roundup shows did not bring their A game, so apologies in advance if I sound more like a cranky old man than usual. Fortunately Little Witch Academia stands out as a bright spot with its best episode yet. Nothing like some ol’ timey cartoons to improve your mood.
Classicaloid wins this week with an appropriately bizarre take on “Swan Lake” and I hate the self-proclaimed fan service episode of Dragon Maid, but not for the reasons you may think. Otherwise it’s business as usual for the Winter Roundup. See you next week.