Nisekoi’s Version of Dumb Love

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It’s a wonder just how I manage to endure comically and sometimes extreme levels of a retarded male protagonist I can handle. Raku isn’t someone I can align with, simply because I’ve never been in the sort of crush of love he’s in over Onodera. His sense of logic also only seems to kick in when the plot needs him to earn points of affection. Is the show being too formulaic? There’s been several — while not a lot — instances of the show breaking the norm. The gift giving scene was surprisingly tame, as an example. Most of them unfortunately go by with a tiny variation in execution. It feels like not even SHAFT can evade these conventions of love comedy. The off-kilter love fest of the Monogatari series ended up feeling all too comfortable, resulting in Nisekoi often feeling cliché.

Miyamoto is quite easily the driver of the biggest bus for the audience. How many times have you been the observer of a classmate, co-worker, colleague, friend, or whoever was obviously in love with someone who also wants to reciprocate, and wished you could simply shove them into a room filled with an aerosolized aphrodisiac so they’d confess and make love within an hour? All you need is one such person, honestly. Maybe you’re not as irritated as Miyamoto would be. But I sure as hell would get bored of it if nothing interesting naturally occurs. In an interesting twist, I’ve aligned mostly with Shuu. While I do share the annoyed feeling as Miyamoto, Shuu is sort of intentionally acting dumb and attempting to accelerate the love interests by either forcing Raku into situations or saying things that call for action and initiative. Seriously, I think most guys need a wingman like Shuu.

Sometimes I can’t handle the stress when there’s two female leads of equal screen time and love tier, while the MC putzes around with tunnel vision. I can handle an indecisive MC, but I can’t handle plot-derived idiocy at molasses level density. At least give him love gun with a reflex sight, not a periscope.

It’s been a long time since I’ve rooted so hard for the blonde-haired, blue eyed female. Chitoge’s design is great (yes, I’m often a sucker for ponytails and the gap moé when they let their hair down), and I like the seiyuu they picked for her (Toyama Nao).

I wouldn’t arrest Raku for exceeding the dumb love speed limit by 10 kilometers per hour, but I sure as hell feel like giving him a ticket worth $5100.

Nisekoi’s Version of Dumb Love

Pobblebonkery is a real word.

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Kyousuke, pobblebonking in blatant disregard for physics.

No, it’s not. But it should be. By all means. Based on the pobblebonk (a frog), I use it in a way to describe someone who makes a fracas about love. And it just sounds like a loud and obnoxious plonk sound. This plonk sound made by the frog is interesting the first time around, but I can easily imagine it being goddamn annoying. I watched the last three episodes of Ore no Imouto Season 2. And it participates in such pobblebonkery that it brings me to remember how fucking annoying this show has gotten.

Everyone else lost their purpose when Kyousuke stopped being interesting. He no longer had any real conflict that threatened his current mindset. Even his jabs at other characters got boring. Or was it the other characters being unworthy of creative straight-man altercations anymore? Kuroneko’s chuunibyou suddenly turned into a huge negative for me. Not that it was a plus to me, ever. Saori was a bit more lucky. As a side character, she never stood in the limelight for very long. Maybe that one episode dedicated to her could have been too much. I’m not complaining about her though; the exploration of her facade was interesting enough to me. I lump Saori and Kanano in the same boat, since they are by far the most normal girls Kyousuke will ever have the luck of interacting with. Which makes me realize they form a common combo within anime: the rich girl and the genki tomboy vying for the MC.

Yeah. I obviously prefer Kanako. I could never turn down a character voiced by Yukari Tamura. If they were crazy, that’s a different story.

I did enjoy the first season. The second season also had some good points, like the Ayase and Kanoko scenes. Even a Kuroneko route would have been decent love story. But everything else fell by the way side, when the “main” conflict of Kirino versus Manami comes to head. Came out of nowhere. It’s barely hinted at in the first season. If someone would kindly point me to an episode where it may have been alluded to, please do so in the comments.

Ah, it’s turning into another SAO for me. It’s when the beginning stretch shows lots of promise that I need to worry. Which.. is currently happening with Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi. I’m enjoying that show a lot, so far. (Only three episodes watched however.) But this post was another wake-up call. At least I’m finished watching this show for good.

I’ve honestly never seen or witnessed the word pobblebonk before until this post, and the resultant wikipedia/youtube search for it. Why I was able to imagine a real word without any context is anyone’s guess.

Link: witness the pobblebonk’s cry of love

This is off-topic. What’s up with Tokyo Encounter? Is it no longer being produced? I am disappoint if true.

Pobblebonkery is a real word.

I propose a speed limit on dumb love.

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I don’t know if this honestly bugs people. No, I know it does. But it’s hard to get a good read on something like this. My general question is: How far does a character’s relationship perception have to fail before one gives up? Or alternatively, how many characters and series did it take you to really get annoyed? While I was watching Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shurabasugiru, Natsukawa asks Kidou, “Do you know if there’s anyone Chiwa likes?” and even tries to reaffirm that he doesn’t. The obvious and boring response from any male character is being oblivious to the advances of the girl in question. He follows up with much confidence: “No way.”

Really?

How much anime do I have to watch with this uninspired reaction? It would have been different if I couldn’t anticipate the exact wording, with even the exact Japanese and the intonation, but Kudou Eita miserably fails. Is it really that difficult to detect love? Perhaps one needs to put forth effort to have their love radar properly working. In Kudou’s case, I say that his anti-love stance is flimsy, but was enough for him to fall into his own mental trap. Because he firmly plants himself as anti-love, he believes that no one loves him either. (Or he’s just dumb, according and convenient to plot.) There’s going to be an episode explaining his anti-love parade. For sure. I just hope I haven’t fallen into my own mental trap of “maybe it’s a worthwhile reason”.

It really almost ends up in a loop of dumb logic. Main character is asked if anyone likes him. An obvious love interested has been shown previously, and the MC waves his hand in dismissal. If the MC does know, it’s not true and it was delusional. If the MC does know, and it is true, the girl is mistaken in her target. But being mistaken is the crux, and thus she slowly comes to love him. I have personally not seen a case of the MC being asked “Do you know if anyone likes you?” and seriously considers if any girls may have taken a fancy towards him, and thus spits out evidence: “Oh, wait. Now that I think about it…”

But then what will be the next line?

“No! No way, she couldn’t love me. That’s impossible. I secretly love her too! But will she love me back?” No, she doesn’t jerkwad. She’s gonna abuse you and take advantage of you.

Toradora circumvents this relatively cleanly, but I still remember there being some residual annoyance. It’s smart enough that the initial love setup follows through until the first confession AND afterwards, which is where the show really picks up. Taiga quite quickly confesses to Kitamura. But yeah, there was also that huge factor of how many episodes were left. You don’t really expect the series to end after they shove a love confession in the third episode and finish it right there. The love motivations behind all the characters in Toradora are not flimsy as other series’ characters. You see the different kinds, from each one, and how they mesh and interact into what is essentially the Love Trainwreck of Youth. It shows the flaws of love at a young age. Not the flaws of poorly written love from a young author. Maybe the fact that the intended demographic that should be enjoying this show fully is not what I currently am. Or am I using the word demographic in poor thought, and that I’m just getting angry, older and jaded like everyone else?

There’s so many possible variations that OreShura could-have-should-have done. I don’t care if the MC doesn’t know that someone already loves him. At least write him better lines.

I guess this show was finally the one to get up in my grill. Just how dumb to love do these male leads have to be? The “subtle” hints that girls leave are in your field of vision, dammit. Ugh. And don’t get me started on that Sakamaki Izayoi from the new show Mondaijitachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo. That 2-bit punk better lose in some way or else I’m gonna drop that show faster than my Lann can kill a giant polar bear.

.. But Yukari Tamura is in OreShura. I must continue to watch. :V

I propose a speed limit on dumb love.