Again, I cover some of the less interesting shows of the season, but this time around, I would really like you guys to answer the poll at the very bottom of the post. Thanks ahead of time!
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Golden Time Ep. 23
Every time Banri recovers his lost memories, he ends up forgetting everything about the life he’s made for himself after the accident. Most of the time, he’ll act as if nothing has changed and everything is normal. Once in a while, however, he’ll suddenly and completely forget where he is or who his friends even are. Even worse, he suffers from a complete breakdown in a public area as he cries out pathetically for Linda. And he does this all in front of Koko! I can’t believe people actually argued with me that his romantic relationship with Koko was a good thing. Someone this mentally ill should not be in any sort of relationship whatsoever. To have the audacity to even suggest that some poor girl should have to endure Banri’s sickness really makes me wonder how selfish or deluded you would have to be to entertain such a ridiculous notion. Relationships aren’t reserved for perfect people, but they aren’t for broken people either.
I’ll give Banri credit returning home. He’s put his friends through enough pain. His utmost priority is to heal himself first. Any other action is just pure selfishness.
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Whoops, I take back everything I’ve said about the anime having the guts to kill off a major character. Not only that, Art then puts his gun to Nice’s head, and you hear a shot ring out as the anime fades to black. Really? It’s one thing to have a cliffhanger ending to an episode, but to an entire series? Obviously, I doubt the main character of the story will die, but that’s such a lame way to wrap up a series. I’m always wary when shows feel compelled to constantly rely upon cliffhangers. It tells me that the writing is subpar, and as a result, the creators have to resort to cheap parlor tricks to get by. In any case, the only sense of finality we get out of this “finale” episode is that Moral is now dead. But since Art is somehow still alive, oddly enough, no death is truly safe. Plus, I guess you could argue that none of the other characters were really important or well-developed enough to warrant any need for closure in the narrative. Ah Hamatora, Hamatora, Hamatora… there are certainly worse shows out there, but didn’t everything about it just feel so incredibly by the books?
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Nobunagun Ep. 12
So for some reason, this little bit of gratuitousness is still going on:
But don’t worry. Nobunagun is eventually freed from the grasp of the tentacles…
…’cause Jack swoops in to save our damsel-in-distress. That’s right, he has wings now. Why? Because he’s not just Jack the Ripper. He’s also Florence Nightingale! Anyway, other than the creepily sexual way Nobunagun keeps getting assaulted by the Invasion Objects, there’s not much to say about this episode. It’s just twenty-four minutes of people fighting faceless squids and bugs.
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pupa Ep. 11
Utsutsu: “I just love the way Yume looks after she’s finished feeding. Her flushed face, her unusually grown-up expression…
Fucking your sisterisn’t so bad.”
That about says it all, doesn’t it? Well, even if you think it doesn’t, it’ll have to suffice because these episodes are literally just four minutes long (including the OP and the ED). You don’t have the time to say anything else.
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Silver Spoon S2 Ep. 10
Ahhh, the episode makes me sit through twelve minutes of boring fluff just to get to the juicy family discussion that I have been waiting to see. I’m not going to bother talking about Hachiken’s attempts to tutor Mikage, because I don’t really care about that part of the episode whatsoever. Those scenes are as dull as they are unfunny. As for the Mikage family discussion, it is pretty much everything I expected it to be. Adults directly insulting a young person even though he or she is sitting right in front of them? Yep. Adults assuming a young person will just do whatever they expected he or she to do? Yep. Throw in a dash of gender role policing, and it’s just your average Asian family discussion!
Luckily for Mikage, she talks her way into a pretty solid compromise: she may follow her dream, but she’d better go to college first. Yeah, I think that’s pretty much a win-win for her. In the real world, however, there are plenty of kids in a similar position as Mikage’s, but they’re not quite as lucky as she is. I mean, you can voice your desires all you want, but you might just get browbeaten until you relent and give up your dreams. At the very worst, however, you might literally get beaten for speaking out. Oh, don’t tell me it doesn’t happen. It definitely does. I could even speak personally on the matter if I really wanted to. So yeah, the anime gives you a small glimpse of a discussion you might find in an Asian household, but it’s important to keep in mind that it’s also a very charitable one.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not accusing Silver Spoon of being unrealistic or anything like that. It’s a slice-of-life anime, so naturally, it has an optimistic, heart-warming take on a very common family problem. Yes, there are a lot of patient, understanding Asian parents out there, so Mikage’s situation isn’t necessarily uncommon. But there are also a lot of single-minded, hopelessly prideful parents out there too. And they’re not going to simply compromise and allow their kids to give up the family business just because of a dream. For instance, take a look at Tokyo Sonata if you want a different perspective on how things might play out. The situation is not exactly analogous to the one in Silver Spoon, but nevertheless, all the kid in the movie wanted to do was to take piano lessons!
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As you probably already know, the end of the winter season is coming up, and that usually means we get about a week of downtime before the spring season truly begins. I could take the entire week off, but I think I’d rather continue blogging as if nothing has changed. So as a result, I have a poll. Let me know what I should write about by voting for three of the shows below.