Kobayashi and the Joy of Shamelessness

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Last week I wrote about embarrassment comedy and how I think a lot of it has become annoyingly stagnant. In that piece, I mentioned Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, with the point being that even great shows can fall victim to the tired, old gag. I also noted, however, that it was one gripe in an otherwise fantastic anime. Most importantly, I claimed the show to have “delightfully shameless” characters, and so I think now is as good a time as any to elaborate on what I meant by that.

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Anime and the Embarrassment Cliché

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Alright, I’m just going to cut right to the chase on this one: I think I may be growing a bit tired of embarrassment humor. Embarrassment humor is the kind of comedy derived from the simple feeling of shame. These kinds of gags are something that you, assuming you’re even a casual anime viewer, have probably witnessed on more than one occasion. The typical scenario for this is a character making a foolhardy mistake. After they make said mistake, either a heavy amount of blush is applied to their now close-up chibi face or a frantic animation/editing style is utilized to emphasize their current psychological state. Continue reading

Why I Dropped Naruto (Shippuden)

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When it comes to why I dropped Fairy Tail, I lost interest a bit before the show seemingly changed. I fell out of the series when things were still somewhat “good”, but looking at where the anime is now, I find myself not even a little bit curious as to how it got to such a pathetically mediocre position. The difference between Fairy Tail and Naruto, to me, are simple: I loved Naruto, whereas I only kinda liked Fariy Tail. More importantly, I dropped Fairy Tail before I could see it fall apart, whereas with Naruto…well, I watched that ship sink as I was still jumping off it, then continued to view it become submerged from a seat on the shore and only got up to leave after a far longer time than needed to be sure there was no coming back. Continue reading

Why I Dropped Fairy Tail

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Yup, I’m dropping like it’s…a lot this week and to be honest, I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time now. These two anime are, in my humble opinion, no longer worth watching. Thing is, I’ve had them on hold for quite some time now. Since I sort of “specialize” in romance comedies and nearly never mention anything about heated, action, “power-of-will” shounen series, I could see how this might come as a bit of a shocked that I used to watch Fairy Tail and Naruto. Hell, I used to LOVE Naruto, and that’s probably why I’ve been (on-)holding on to it for so long, instead of just plain dropping it. And so here, I’m going to tell you what finally pushed me over the edge. Continue reading

Why Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club Would Be Better as Ecchi

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If you’ve been following my blog recently, you already know that I dropped my episodic review series of Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club. Aside from just having an obnoxiously long title, Cycling Club had a lot of problems. Basically, Girls Gone Bike (my personal nickname for the series) lacked meaningful purpose, originality, fresh humor, consistent animation quality, interesting direction/storyboarding, and most importantly…eroticism. Continue reading