Oct 062014

I’m watching Garo as I write this. Yeah, I might not have time to write everything, so quick thoughts on “I don’t understand what my husband is saying” and Cross Ange.

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken #1
A 3 and a half minute short. It’s about a newlywed couple where the husband is your stereotypical otaku loser dude. It opens up with their wedding and we get a series of anime references, such as Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X) and Mahou Shoujo Magical Lyrical Nanoha. The choice of refences is kinda odd actually. I mean, I’m glad they’re not doing endless Gundam references, especially since we’ll be getting another series of Gundam Build Fighters soon. The Kenshin ref sorta made sense, but Nanoha? I dunno, the time period of these anime lead to suspect that the author’s appealing to a specific couple of age groups where those anime were their jam.

One thing I do like is that this newlywed couple have sex. Like, they outright stated that they had lotso sex after their wedding and the episode ends with them going to a love motel. For the former, it didn’t quite seem like a dream sequence where they didn’t actually do anything, and for the latter, I half expected that the wife thought they were gonna get bizzay but that the husband was looking at some otaku thing, but that dun seem like the case. So kudos for that.

It’s something of a pet peeve for me when newlywed characters not only don’t have sex, but where holding hands is treated like a big deal and the occasional kiss is given the same reverence as wifey agreeing to go kinky. Yeah, I’m looking at you, “I married a highschooler”, but not even counting that series, characters being chased despite already having gone steady (or the dude already having seen the whole package via “accidental” walk-ins), has become something of a pet peeve for me. If you’re not gonna be comfortable with each other, then don’t have the relationship already be where you’re already fucking married or otherwise engaged/exclusive.

Erm, but yeah, Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken #1 is okay. Kinda lackluster to tell the truth. A day or two ago, I’d recommend it. But with this season’s shows coming out in earnest, you might wanna put this on the backburner.

Cross Ange #1
I haven’t actually watched this episode in full yet, but I did skim it. I liked the mechs at the start of the show. The main character of Angelise seems to be a princess whose overthrown by her brother and by the end of the episode, she’s a prison bitch whose name has been shortened to Ange in order to humiliate her. Also, she’s either been lesbian raped or given an involuntary proctology exam.

The art seemed nice from what I saw. The breasts in this show are fairly large but not to the point of absurdity.

I’m not really inclined to watch the episode in full though. Maybe if I’m REALLY bored. The whole prison bitch thing might have been hilarious if it was played up for laughs ala the DRAMA in Code Geass, but no, they play it tragically. Hey, if you’re in your early teens to early twenties, you might wanna catch Cross Ange for the risque bits, but y’know, this IS the internet, you’re better off just getting actual porn.

Welp, time for some Garo.

Edit: Madan no Ou to Vanadis #1
I haven’t actually watched Madan no Ou to Vanadis either. Like Cross Ange, I skimmed it. I woulda given it full viewing and a proper post, but we’re starting to get other shows with more potential right now.

I will say that my first impression ain’t that good. I like the knight designs I saw and it’s expected that female warriors get less armor. That’s just compliance to standard practices in fiction. Now, while I’m iffy on this whole thing seemingly being a really tired re-threading of the ol’ “we’re gonna superficially say women are strong individuals but we’re really gonna preach that women are useless lumps of tits without a man” genre, the thing that really makes me not wanna watch this show until I have nothing else to watch is simply the fact that the characters all look down on the main dude, who is basically anime Hawkeye from the Avengers, due to the fact that he’s an archer.

A… fucking… archer. What the hell’s wrong with an archer? If this show is something like Log Horizon where everyone’s trapped in a MMO and the Archer class is considered weak due to bugs or nerfs, sure. Or if this show was targetted at kids between 3 to 5, I’d get it. But it’s obviously targetted at at least the early teens due to all the cheesecake.

I can understand people thinking magic swords are superior to the bow and arrow, but they seriously want us to think archers are merely an incidental part of a medieval military? That’s just one of those things that are so blatantly dumb that it just kills my suspension of disbelief. And without that suspension of disbelief, I can’t help but nitpick over all the other flaws of a show, no matter how minor.

A big ol’ middle finger to this show’s dumb treatment of archers. Jazz hands!

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