Posted by psgels on 16 December 2009 with categories: Kimi ni Todoke

The final scene of this episode really showed that the creators of this series are biased for the main couple. As soon as Kurumi even mentioned the possibility of talking to another boy, the dramatic music set in and they tried to make it look like a cliff-hanger. Like it’s blasphemy if the two were to even look at each other. Even though Kurumi was doing what she’s been doing ever since the previous episode, and it wasn’t really worse than any of her other plans. This really could hurt this show in the long run.

But yeah, it’s the small things like this that prevent me from fully enjoying this series. When you look at the big picture, there really isn’t much wrong with this series: it’s got a nice concept of an outcast who manages to find herself. The dialogue is well detailed and the characters have good concepts. But then there are times at which the creators are just trying too hard, like for example dragging the evil bitch-arc on for too long (I’m sure that I wouldn’t have complained as much about that arc if it was done in just one episode). This episode also carried Sawako’s naiveness a bit too far, and I feel that Mamiko Nouto doesn’t really fit her as a voice actress.

So yeah, I’m not often one to agree with the “the manga is so much better”-arguments, but I think that it really holds up here. This is not about cutting certain parts off, this is rather about blindly adapting a pretty good manga without thinking about the transition from still frames to animation. I personally couldn’t care less whether creators of an anime delete stuff or add extra stuff in, as long as it works. This goes with series that take a lot of these artistic liberties like Umineko and Full Metal Alchemist, but also with series that do try to put everything in from the original source-material like this series and Bakemonogatari.

Incidentally, I noticed something interesting when I looked at the staff page at ANN. While there is very little to say about the main director, the script has been written so far by two people: Tomoko Konparu, who wrote the majority of the episodes, and Mamiko Ikeda, who wrote episodes 2, 7 and 10. Incidentally, now that I look back, I can say that these three episodes belonged to the best ones of the series so far. My guess is that Tomoko Konparu, who also is doing the series composition, really isn’t having her right year: the series composition she did on Chi’s New Address also left a lot to be desired and while she has worked and contributed to a lot of great and awesome series in the past, this time she just seems to have an off season.

I think another reason why I’m extra critical of this series, even though it seems to be loved by many, is because half of the times, the jokes fall flat. Do other people have this as well? I mean, there are tons of awkward moments in this series for me when the creators are trying to make a joke, which just isn’t funny to me. There really is this thing called suspense of disbelief, and if this series had built up any at this point I definitely wouldn’t be whining as much as I am now, but it’s a shame that this show continues to break this for me. It’s especially annoying now that even Kobato, which once was even duller than this series for me, is getting better and better.
Rating: (Enjoyable)

10 Responses

  1. Frost says:

    Well KnT as certainly lost the appeal it had at the beginning for me… They are taking everything too far, as you said Sawako’s naivety is just ridiculous at this point, and then theres the overload of flowery stuff and sparks every time someone smiles

    The sense of humor was never one of the strong points of the show to begin with, so meh

    Only thing I dont agree with in your post is Kobato getting better lol I already dropped it, shes too retarded, not funny, and the whole series doesnt seem to be going anywhere, another big let down for me, along with 90% of this season

  2. thomas says:

    I’m actually only at episode 2 now and though I can tell it’s a fairly good series, I’m already annoyed by the naivety and the overly happiness. I do like the show, but if there’s not much character development in this show I might just drop it.

  3. Ebod says:

    LOL Bakemonogatari actually cut out half of the dialogue in the novel. No joke. xD

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Ebod: heh, really? I could have sworn to have read an interview in which Shinbo claimed that he wanted to adapt the story as faithfully as possible, so that tehre would be no need for a person behind the series composition. So much for that, then. :P

  5. Machi says:

    Eh I gave the manga a shot since I had some time to kill, reached chapter 24, and well the naivety of Sawako is definitely just as bad, along with the fluff. In fact Kazehaya I think wins hands down for being one of the dullest characters in the manga simply put he has nothing that makes him particularly stand out as a personality. Sure he has his friendliness and all but his nice guy or “refreshing” vibe isn’t particularly striking, largely in part because the class doesn’t have a distinct personality itself and just follow around as sheep (making me wonder why Sawako bothers so hard to be part of the flock). In fact without people he’s just well there, sure he has encouraging words and all to say but that is mostly early on and its just too naive or idealistic so to speak. I can see why you were wondering when he would have a flaw I think its not just a flaw he would need, don’t think jealousy counts much since its not over the top, but a passion or something would be just as good. Well he’s eye candy and thats about it. As for the rest I could go on but in the end it boils down to the same gripe as you had which is that they take things too far and glossy, and though it isn’t a matter of adaptation of manga material to anime just plain manga. Really tried to get why this was so popular, I mean I enjoyed Skip Beat!, but this was pretty standard fare shoujo.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Well, there goes one theory then. I also just have to keep wondering why this series is so incredibly popular. Sure, it has nice eye-candy, but there are so many other shoujo romances that are so much better than this one.

  7. Ebod says:

    Yeah, the series IS faithful to the story, but still a lot was cut out. So if you thought that Bakemonogatari had a lot of people just talking… well, imagine if Shinbo was COMPLETELY faithful. xD

  8. Kim says:

    Although I defend the series at times on here I am actually not a big fan of it myself (well except the opening). I mean it can be cute but I do find the characters either too perfect or too nasty. There is not enough middle ground for me.

  9. Frost says:

    Thats disappointing to hear (about the manga)

    I guess I will have to wait a bit longer for a romance which can dethrone NANA :P

  10. Chris says:

    It’s hard to dethrone NANA in the manga dept. the only other manga I love as much is After School Nightmare.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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