Posted by psgels on 27 December 2009 with categories: Kuchuu Buranko



Ah, screw it. I originally started to follow the subs because I couldn’t pick up all of the details with just the raws, but I’ve gotten impatient now. Besides, this episode wasn’t really that difficult.

But boy, what an episode the creators decided to end this series with. You can see that the creators put their last bits of creativity here in the direction. I really liked it, and I’d rank this as my third favourite ending this season (after White Album and Aoi Bungaku). It’s basically a follow-up to the cellphone kid episode, where this time we see that his father also has issues.

It’s hard to describe exactly what was so good about this episode, and I think it was a combination of many things that created its charms. The way this episode completely broke away from the formula that it had previously built up, the weird tantrum scenes of this doctor inside the toilet. I also liked the characterization of that doctor for some reason. He’s very much one of those dads who is a workaholic and neglects his family, but the personality this episode gave him was a bit more than most of these stereotypes. And really, that’s the thing with Kuchuu Buranko: its characters don’t try to be unique or multi-sided, and yet they’re entertaining because they’re so down to earth.

As for the Christmas episode, well, the creators indeed stuffed the Christmas party into the final minutes of this episode. The morals at the end of this episode were a bit cheesy, but it’s also interesting how well the creators really managed to summarize this show with just three words: nobody is perfect. That really is Kuchuu Buranko in a nutshell. Whether you’re a student, journalist, writer, doctor or famous baseball player, everyone has something that he doesn’t like. And sure, in Kuchuu Buranko they were very exaggerated, but the series also tended to be spot-on at times.

As for the next Noitamina-show, it’s going to be another Nodame Cantabile. Because I’m searching for eight shows that are going to be interesting to blog, there’s a really good chance that I’m going to end up covering it, however my big worry for it is Chiaki Kon. With a show like this one, will she really be able to match the brilliance of Kenichi Kasai’s first season, or will it just be another quirky romantic comedy that, while nice to watch, isn’t anything special?
Rating: ** (Excellent)

2 Responses

  1. Anca says:

    I’m actually hopeful for the new Nodame BECAUSE of the different director :D The first season may have been a good anime, but compared to the live-action adaptation made before it, it seriously sucked. And live-actions aren’t exactly Japan’s biggest strength. I’m guessing the ‘exceptional’ part came from the manga being brilliant and the anime adaptation being faithful to a fault to it (but so was the dorama).

  2. Led says:

    Chiaki Kon already directed the second season, Nodame Cantabile:Paris, which I thought was inferior to the first one. Hopefully it won’t be the same this time.

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    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:52 AM)
    @K-Off I was mostly objecting to Aidan’s description of Nisekoi as “Bargain Bin Harem”. I realize that he thinks all harem’s are bargain bin but it’s misleading to people who don’t have his same prejudices and actually rate harem series according to a quality gradient.
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    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:51 AM)
    @Emma @K-Off About the visuals in Nisekoi: I have been a Shinbo fan since Soultaker. Although I’m not a Monogatari fan it’s no hyperbole to say I’m absolutely in love with his style of direction.
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    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:48 AM)
    The nisekoi anime, shaft+ that doesn’t gel for me and yeah all the shouty shounen stuff is bothersome in animation.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:47 AM)
    Evidently then I’m watching the outer limits at some point. These anthology things are pretty creative.
    As for nisekoi I just read it irregularly I don’t see the manga as special just a light laugh every now and then with the odd character arc that lands a hit, its fine, theres been worse.
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    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:43 AM)
    @Wyatt I haven’t watched the reboot, but the original was awesome, even though I only watched a handful of episodes.
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    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:41 AM)
    I also never bothered with the anime, because the animation threw me off. In addition, Raku is annoying as fuck in anime form.
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    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:38 AM)
    I enjoy it as well, but I read it for what it is. Let’s be honest: the fact that Aidan still reads it means that he’s the same way as me.
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    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:37 AM)
    @Ninja Hey, to be fair, Aidan never said it wasn’t the best harem. That just isn’t a very high bar, lol.
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    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 12:35 AM)
    I for one am DELIGHTED that the show is getting a second season.
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