Posted by psgels on 7 November 2009 with categories: Kuchuu Buranko



This time: a baseball player. It’s interesting how every episode of Kuchuu Buranko deals with the media of some sort. This formulaic format limits creativity: unlike Aoi Bungaku the variety isn’t really this series’ strong point. Instead, what it needs to do is make the whole series greater than the sum of its parts. The best example of how this is done right is Jigoku Shoujo. At this point, it’s a bit too early whether Kuchuu Buranko will be the same but there’s an actual good chance that it will pull this off.

What I mean by that is the following: this episode was very similar to the previous one: a writerbaseball player is very popular, however he experiences psychological problems off of it. Parallels are drawn between him and a different writerbaseball player. Irabu meanwhile tries to take up writingplaying catch-ball and he eventually gets cured by realizing that he was wrong in his stereotypical assumptions.

After four episodes, I finally realize that the similarities of the stories isn’t lazy scriptwriting, but instead meant to be that way. This episode wasn’t meant to stand out with its story, but rather with the subtle difference with the previous story. Ignoring the second episode, this series has been about people who are very successful at what they do, but just have a problem as they’re at the height of their popularity. It could be failing to cooperate, or simply forgetting the past. They’re so focused on the right now that they sometimes forget what they already accomplished.

The big difference between this series and Mononoke: Mononoke’s individual series had a lot of depth, but they were straightforward and standalone. Kuchuu Buranko on the other hand isn’t that deep with its individual cases, however they have overlap, they’re not straightforward at all. There are two ways in which you can watch it: just watch an episode brainlessly, and end up with a rather boring series about a bunch of depth-less people, or you could try to look behind the exterior, and try and find connections and hidden meanings. And that’s why I like this series.

Also, is it me or did that kid have a Bake Neko t-shirt?
Rating: * (Good)

3 Responses

  1. Denizen says:

    May I suggest some proof-reading? :|

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Crap, how could I have missed that?

  3. PL says:

    That’s actually interesting. Maybe there is a little more to this series than meets the eye. I might give it another chance to see if I can see these deeper layers and connections you’re talking about. Because, as far as I had noticed, the symbolism was all either really shallow/simplistic or self-referential. But maybe there is a cumulative effect taking place which adds weight to what is already there. It would be awesome if that were the case, because I was really disappointed when I first watched the show.

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:12 PM)
    @Kaiser: Charlize was the star of the film really, to the point of idiots boycotting it as “feminist propaganda”. To call a macho exploitation film a hidden feminist agenda just because of strong female leads and respect for the sex is hilarious, and I think added to the appeal of the movie for me.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:12 PM)
    @Bam: Doctor strange definitely sounds like my kind of thing.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:11 PM)
    @Bam: I’m actually very mixed on the mission impossible franchise but this new one had some pretty intense stuff in it, theres more of a story this time. The furious franchise is a huge mixed bag but theres an emotional core to it, especially in the recent one that the new mad max doesn’t have.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:09 PM)
    @Bam: I also liked the sheer crazy levels it went up to and how unpretentious it was.
    But I do have issues, I need to warm up to Hardy as Max (the sequel will likely fix this), the villain went down underwhelmingly, I like road warrior more.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:08 PM)
    @Kaiser: Hateful 8 (or the other idiotic spellings) will be a fun Tarantino romp in the style of Reservoir Dogs; not really an action flick. Doctor Strange is Silver Age comic and hence a bit weird taley and psychedelic by nature. Cumberbatch and Mads should provide ample entertainment, given a decent script and director.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:07 PM)
    @Bam: Guess I’ll repost my thoughts on the flick. I really did love how much Miller was able to achieve with a lack of dialogue and through the use of practical effects/proper stunts/locale. I loved how oldskool it was, the film was tense and I felt that Charlize Theron was a highlight of the movie.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:00 PM)
    What it got right aside from comprehensible tense action sequences was characters. They were all unique and had backgrounds, reasons and perspectives, even despite the fact that the whole film’s dialogue was no longer than a page. That’s impressive visual storytelling.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 07:58 PM)
    @Kaiser: Fast and Furious and Mission Impossible are not even in the same league as Fury Road imo. Those action flicks are like the new Transporter or Hit man- just CGI galore and no sense of physicality. MM had aesthetic, true grit, and Miller was smart enough to marginalize the part that usually sucks about action movies: a tacked on messy plot.
  • jerkocaust
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 05:09 PM)
    Lol ;( hilariously shows his hypocrisy when hes angry awww
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:33 AM)
    @Bam: I wasn’t sure if I was going to bother watching the upcoming doctor strange movie. But I hear Mads Mikelson might be in it so I might just see it.
    I heard theres an old run on the comic that was considered Lovecraftian.

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