this season sucks!Posted: October 9, 2011
Watched: 90 seconds
The first twenty seconds are wasted on a background-less monologue, and then it cuts to a group of guys talking about a beautiful girl. I thought something was up when the show didn’t even bother to show the guys’ faces, but I stuck with it because it sounded like a stereotypical horrible shounen show. And then the camera shows this hairy-butt-crack-ugly bishoujo, flowers and everything! And then the guys complain that she’s wearing sweatpants and a belt.
I don’t understand girls quite well, but if this is the norm for female beauty, you’ve got it all wrong. Take that one movie that was out some time ago for example. I had to see enough trailers to know that the basic premise of the movie was “hot guy turns ugly and gets girl because his inner beauty blah blah chick flick shit.” But the thing is, he doesn’t actually turn ugly. Instead, he shaves his head and gets some tattoos.
The same is true here. In my brief, 90 experience with this show, I discovered that girls believe that sweatpants and a belt make somebody ugly and socially unacceptable to be around.
Well, that’s just not true! A pretty woman will be pretty no matter what she wears (unless she covers herself in trash and feces and proceeds to blow chunks on you), whereas an ugly woman will remain ugly no matter what she wears.
And to add a corollary to that: a fat woman will look all the fatter if she wears tight jeans and low underwear that reveal her butt crack. It will annoy everybody around her, especially the asian aniblogger guy in her japanese class. Maybe she should put on some real clothes. Or work out to fit in those clothes. Or stop showing me her butt crack. I don’t want to see that.
Community opinions (plus Shoujo rant)
It’s love at first sight.
– Guardian Enzo
I read 7 “first impression” posts on this show, and 6 of them were “this show greatly exceeded my expectations in every way possible,” etc. E Minor said it was above average. Youngsters these days have really low expectations for anime! Back in my day, we had to walk ten miles in the snow to the nearest black and white television to get our fill of good anime, like Lucky Star. Nowadays, there’s neither work nor reward. You should’ve seen it back then. Back in ‘Nam.
I’ve never liked shoujo. Ever. The highest score I’ve given to a shoujo anime is 5/10, and that was me watching Fruits Basket in 2008, before I even knew anime blogs existed. I’ve tried junk like Ouran High School Host Club, Kare Kano, Special A, Kimi ni Todoke, you name it. They all suck.
It’s just way too stereotypical – everything follows the same model. The guy is perfect, the girl is perfect, and they fall in love and nothing happens along the way. Each episode is a repeat of the last. You could make the same case for shounen, but at least I can stomach guys beating the shit out of each other. This flowery romance stuff is terrible.
If the couple in Kare Kano had fallen in love, dropped out of school, started a motorcycle gang, and attacked the Diet building, then I might’ve dubbed it worth watching. But the drama came from dropping a couple ranks in school and the guy not being totally perfect and blah blah blah. The “character flaws” in shoujo are barely flaws. By the end of the anime, the flaws are all patched up and you have a model citizen. Kind of like the valedictorian at my high school. She was also the prom queen. Everybody liked her, she was half-Asian (>> implying something about looks and grades), and she was really friendly. But OH WAIT, she secretly likes attention! GOODNESS, HOW SCANDALOUS! LET’S IGNORE HER AND MAKE HER FEEL BAD. Also she has the perfect boyfriend and a lot of friends.
I don’t see the point of this weak storyline. It’s too exaggerated to be realistic (unless the female half of society functions at such a petty level) and too boring to generate any semblance of interest in my thick male skull.
Watched: 33 seconds
I watched the first episode of the OVA, but for some reason I still downloaded this crap. It’s probably because I forgot the name of this show. I thought it was called standard 4-girl 4-koma anime #45.
Usually, I give these things a chance. Yuru Yuri was pretty terrible, but I still watched half of the first episode because there was a bit of decent humor buried under the all the look-alike/clone moe characters. My Tamayuramamahuragagababahuhurara (rhymes with “Crab” Hitagi’s first name, I believe) experience went like this:
0:03 oh boy, I downloaded a terrible version of this
0:25 We have the whole cast already…
What really got me was the instant posing, though. One second, the character in the camera frame is drinking a carton of juice, and the next, she’s posing and winking and kawaii. Why do these companies even try? K-ON! was a lucky shot, okay? Get over it and make some good anime! (KyoAni certainly did!)
I have no friends
Watched: 6 minutes, 28 seconds
I thought this was going to be a show about social rejects. Instead, I got a bunch of harem fanservice.
The main character is a Ryuuji ripoff. People get scared of him, but he looks like your average J.C. Staff RomCom male lead. Except he has bleached hair.
OHHH, how WEIRD!! Why aren’t people scared of the blonde girl, then? Or the white-haired Index ripoff? Or the blonde maid? Or the orangeish haired maid? This is sexism!
I got up to the part where the main character meets this girl talking about air friends. The boring dialogue reminded me of Bakemonogatari, except it was even more boring. At least SHAFT put in all sorts of fancy animation to keep the audience occupied. Here, there’s just some fang-tan loli-nun double-maid tsundere rich girl lab coat scientist girl every stereotype imaginable.
I’m surprised at the sheer number of stereotypes they managed to cram into this sorry excuse for an anime. So first they lure in the dumb otaku with a title they can relate to, and then they take all their money by shoving so many cliches at them that everybody will eventually buy a figure of one character.
Ways to improve:
- Add twins
- Fujoshi mangaka girl
- Yuki ripoff
Persona 4: The Shitimation
Watched: One whole episode (~20 minutes of torture)
P4A is the perfect example of how not to adapt a Visual Novel. I hacked into the animation company’s database and stole some voice recordings they made. Names are replaced by A, B, and C to protect their identities.
On the main character
A: I think we shouldn’t give the main character much of a personality.
B: Yeah, or else the fangirls would get mad.
A: Definitely. Just to be safe, give him a couple of lines in the first episode.
C: And if we get any complaints, we could switch out the voice actor and nobody would know!
On the animation quality
A: Since I’m the laziest person alive, I don’t want to animate this visual novel.
B: Me neither.
C: My cousin’s pretty good at animation. He’s used Microsoft Paint before.
B: Wow! And you said he was in middle school, right? It took me a couple of years in the field to get that far!
A: Hell, let’s just dump it all on him.
C: I’m sure he’d be glad to do it for 100 yen an hour.
A: Wow, that’s cheap.
B: Yeah, it’s only half my rate!
A: *snicker* H-Hey, B – check out this hilarious script I wrote for the first episode.
B: Hahaha, oh man. You’re really good at this “humor” stuff.
C: What’s going on?
B: Look at this, A wrote about pee here!
C: Hahaha kekekekeke gagagagaga this is pure genius!
A: I am a dumbass
A: Hey, do either of you know what the mascot character hands the male lead?
B: You mean in the beginning? I have no clue.
C: Me neither – it’s not like I played the game or anything.
A: I thought about playing it, but visual novels are boring.
B: Editorialists suck!
On music, scenes, and the whole shebang
A: Let’s make this seem as visual novel-like as possible.
B: Yeah, don’t add anything extra in. Keep the original music.
A: We should stop the script boys from writing anything that doesn’t show up in the VN.
C: Pass the bong, please.
A: Here boss, I made it 100% bigger just like you said!
B: No, no, no, I said 1000% bigger! Make it cover the entire screen!
C: Yeah, A! We already talked about the main character having no lines! We need something to convey the extreme emotions hiding behind his calm facade!
A: All right, how’s this? I bumped up the size on the other things floating around the characters’ heads too.
B: Fantastic! Good job, A! At this rate, you’ll make best blogger ’11 in no time!