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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.

-maserbeam

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

-maserbeam

Ore no Chuu ga …

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This show is dangerously deep into the pool of tropes. But Yukari Tamura is in it as the main female character, so I can’t help but watch more of it.

Which means I’m beyond help now. It almost doesn’t matter if the show is bad or good.

At least the staff has Takeshi Hirooka (Hirouka?). Having a dedicated person as a Director of Photography means they needed someone to deal with.. well, photographic direction of the show. It’s a painfully obvious observation, but the shows under Hirooka-san’s belt are examples of the benefits of having such a staff member. Whether or not you liked the shows he’s worked on, they have angles and screen compositions that befit the show. The only thing left is to watch the show and see if it will benefit OreShura, or if the premise has doomed it from the start.

Right. I didn’t use the proper name for this show. Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru is the full name. “Ore no Chuu ga…” is from here. Warning, contains trace amounts of Wakamoto.

-maserbeam

Astalotte’s Toy – 01

Please punish me, Judit-sama!

Another anime from the producers & studio behind Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Studio Diomedea gives us Astalotte’s Toy, a title which has been romanized as Astarotte. So I’m going to be an angry internet person and be stubborn and not accept that spelling. I picked a risqué image as the first image you’ll see because you’ll click on the link below to read more of the entry. Right? RIGHT?!

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-maserbeam

2010 Spring Anime Season

I actually had a large post ready to be uploaded, but I realized I was just typing for the sake of getting some kind of article up that was supposed to sound professional.

After a single proofread, I deleted it.

Instead, here’s a series of short sentences that describe the current anime season from the narrow viewpoint of yours truly.

K-ON! Season 2 is Kyoto Animation giving us our weekly moe blob injections. Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou is the sequel to Seitokai no Ichizon. Working!! is for people who either like minimal story settings or have worked in the service industry. Kaichou wa Meido-sama is our seasonal JC Staff production with lovely watercolor/pastel background scenery porn. Angel Beats has the OP with a girl playing a piano. Heroman takes place in California. B Gata H Kei has Yukari Tamura. Ookiku Furikabutte is a baseball sports anime with a competent animation team. I don’t care about Major (another baseball series). Arakawa Under the Bridge is done by SHAFT. Mayoi Neko Overrun is love, since it has loli and zettai ryouiki. House of Five Leaves is a bakery and samurai talk boxes without any actual cooking. Kiss X Sis is for perverts. Senkou no Night Raid replaced Sora no Woto.

And I think Da Capo is happening again. (Yay!)

Picture of Kanata doing it wrong done by broiler (WARNING: Link is NSFW!)

-maserbeam