Winter 2016 Anime Episode 1s

At least it’s more eventful than last season.

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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Although this is a very masterful show in some respects — in fact, it is probably the most artsy show this season — I can’t really bring myself to say anything positive. Worry not, I expect you can find plenty of praise elsewhere.

Glad we got that out of the way.

Jesus fuck why do anime this season insist on turning women’s stories to be all about men? Fucking hell. If you don’t want to write about female characters just don’t fucking include them next time. But nooo, watch as someone who’s clung to the rakugo business all her life get usurped by a fucking noob endowed with the glare of determination. Watch as she groom him to inherit the best of her father’s style because the best women can expect to do is to live vicariously through men. No fucking wonder the mangaka also writes yaoi. Guess what her mother did for a living? A geisha. That’s right, because we needed more assurance that all women in this show are subservient for life, forever, generation after generation. What about challenging gender restrictions, you ask? Might it be possible that she will also be able to appear as a performer? Not in a show about fucking reviving traditions, she won’t. Look at how she can perform her father’s style but it’s Yotaro who both she and his master acknowledge is similar to him. Look at how her anguish is actually the master’s tragic story. I bet her father died saving her, mark my words, because women are responsible for every fucking horrible thing that’s ever happened.

Haruchika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru

Yeah, this is the other show that doesn’t actually give a fuck about its female character. Of course the female protagonist’s a noob who gets into music for shallow reasons like appearance, and also a raging idiot, of course. And because she used to bully her childhood friend (yeah that’s what passes for humor in this show) now he’s got license to verbally abuse her as much as he wants. This anime is magnitudes worse than Rakugo Shinjuu because the protagonist really is just that empty: no backstory, no serious motivation, no brains, no personality, no talent at anything that matters, nothing. And everything else is just shit, shit animation, shit mystery, shit story telling, shit premise (are we supposed to take seriously the notion of love rivalry where one of the parties fell in love at first sight? And the target is ugly as fuck? And the notion of mysteries surrounding a music club of all things?) Is PA Works aware of Hibike Euphonium, which must have had like, ten times their budget? Give me back the PA Works who used to produce shows like Canaan and Tari Tari.

Also, let’s get this out of the way, -50 points for worst reveal of same-sex romance.

Koukaku no Pandora

It is kind of fun and kind of not. On the one hand, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a protagonist declare she wants world peace, and more yuri can never hurt. On the other hand, it’s not been such a long time since I’ve last seen special snowflakes being super awesome special, and the yuri “subtext” is the equivalence of explaining a joke. Oh look, to gain my super powers I have to insert my finger into your conveniently placed  port under your panties!! How stupid do you think your audience is if you believe you have to explain a sex joke? Overall, it’s a gimmicky show with a nonsensical setting.

Boku dake ga Inai Machi

Okay, I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch this show. I really liked the manga, so I will hopefully watch the adaptation soon. It’s different from the majority of psychological seinen because it’s got heart and actual and meaningful plot progression, and how rare is that? A perfect example of if you wanna write about men with tragic pasts just fucking write about men with tragic pasts. It’s more honest, and you actually get to write about something a little bit more complex, more realistic, unlike the predictable dreck that’s the rest of the season. Like who actually thought the melodrama from Rakugo Shinjuu will amount to anything remotely close to what us mortals experience? Boku dake ga Inai Machi is not intended for deep thought though, just savor the heartwarming moments and the mystery, and let go of the passivity on the parts of the women getting saved. They actually are allowed quite more humanity than I expected, and the bonds between them and the protagonist are much different from and much deeper, dearer than simple romance. In fact, that’s what I liked best about the manga.

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