Posted by psgels on 12 April 2011 with categories: Showa Monogatari



Um… yeah. Can someone explain the bizarre airing schedule of this series?

I mean, I don’t get it anymore. Showa Monogatari aired its first four episodes back in January and February. First episode 01 was released, then episode 03 followed, then 02 and then 04. That already was confusing in itself, but I just assumed that this series would just air normally during this spring season. I was planning to just pick it back up as soon as episode 05 aired.

And yet, this week baffled me when suddenly episodes 5, 8 and 9 popped up from nowhere. Those turned out to be episodes 2, 3 and 4 of earlier. Here we meanwhile have episode 2, which turned out to be a completely new episode. Then the day before yesterday we also suddenly got treated to episode 3. I haven’t checked it out yet (too busy!) but what the heck is that one going to be? Showa Monogatari has by far the weirdest airing schedule I’ve ever seen. Never have I seen an airing schedule that was so much over the place.

This episode by the way was really good. Again, this show isn’t about Kouhei, the young kid. He may get a lot of airtime, but this episode was much more about his brother and his sister. Even his father showed something new about himself. Especially his brother got a great episode. Being outright rejected on his first date, that’s really something you don’t see often in anima that highly adheres to the concept of “true love”. And yet at the same time this series has a lot of different romances here: Kouhei’s parents’ marriage was really traditional, while his sister seems to be in a completely different situation with that guy she likes.

I also like how this show isn’t afraid to get a bit corny when it comes to the entertainment of that era. That dance party for example looked really silly when looked at with a modern eye, and the same goes for when everyone suddenly started singing. And yet, those things probably were the most normal things of entertainment in the eras before mass communication.

Oh, and the reunion also explained quite a bit of something that happened in episode four surrounding Kouhei’s brother’s friends. This was the episode that was meant to set that up, and I really suspect that there will be more episodes that are going to focus around him, trying to find a place in society. This episode also gave a lot of meaning to that particular episode as well. The production values may not be good, but it knows how to tell a story.

One thing that I don’t agree with is to have Kouhei’s parent’s background episode air after this episode. I especially liked how this episode told more about Kouhei’s father and how he grew up. I really like the idea of first showing him in his late teens, only to go for him in his early teens afterwards.
Rating: ** (Excellent)
EDIT: I just watched that mysterious episode 03 that popped up the day before yesterday. It’s episode 01 again. What the…?

3 Responses

  1. Troyen says:

    I haven’t watched it yet, so this could be completely wrong. But, is there a storytelling reason the episodes might be airing out of order? For example, the first season of Haruhi jumbled up the broadcasting intentionally and it had a (in my opinion) positive effect on the overall pacing and presentation of the show.

  2. mds says:

    @troyen : but…it feels completely wrong when used in this kind of show…

    it’s not even like these series that will “Ooomph!” popularity…

  3. Joojoobees says:

    @troyen: Haruhi was a special case. In particular it was an adaptation of a series of light novels, but it recognized that the real punch was all in the first novel, so they jumbled the order to defer the climax of the first novel until the end of the first season, and used the other stories as filler. It worked in that case.

    I’m looking forward to seeing this series some day. I hope there will eventually be an English translation available. I don’t mind waiting until it finishes airing, if that is what it takes.

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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:10 AM)
    @Friend I’m fine with the idea, just don’t throw me in some dungeon for ransom and I’m cool.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:10 AM)
    @K-off: might wanna give Dragon’s Crown a try then m8. It’s deliciously old-school and a complete package, albeit the plot is minimal, but how much story does a side-scrolling action RPG with hand-drawn sprites needs anyways?
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    I saw something interesting where the members of a guild in World of Warcraft met in real life and hung out. How do you guys feel about meeting offline? I know Emma’s opinion abiut this topic but I’ve yet to hear a general opinion of everyone.
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    @Emma Ai-Ren might be the saddest manga I’ve ever read. This is just devastating. I’ve been struggling to hold back tears for almost the entire time I’ve been reading it.
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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:58 AM)
    @Bam Sometimes, I miss the retro games where we got a complete story with our purchase and didn’t come with bullshit dlc.
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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:50 AM)
    Metal Slug I enjoyed for its mix of lighthearted and edgy elements and charm, the gameplay was also plenty of fun with 2-4 people.
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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:49 AM)
    Contra, Super Contra and Hard Corps are the multiplayer games of my childhood, I really wish the newly revived Hard Corps: Uprising garnered more money and attention than it did.
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    @Enka No problem, but it’s much more threshed out than that game.
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    @Bam I liked the game, but I was always a fan of Contra on the NES a lot more than Metal Slug because reasons.
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