Posted on 29 June 2011 with categories: Showa Monogatari



Okay, so I know that this isn’t getting subbed and all, and the fact that it has only one cute girl and no hot guys were bound to make it ridiculously ignored, but seriously: someone sub this. I know the acting isn’t at its best, but I keep seeing more and more people who want realism in anime. This is by far the most realistic series of the season!

It’s surprising how few anime seem to focus on bad boyfriends, the only recent one that I can think of right now is Colorful. Are moe girls really that pure that they only attract guys with no personality or something? While previous episodes of this show may have been a bit overacted, this episode hit all of the right notes: it never was too dramatic, and yet it revealed that the guy that Yuuko had a crush on was both a criminal and cheating on her. It’s not like these problems resolved themselves in 50 years time in Japan, right?

This was a pretty great portrayal of the teenaged years. It had angst, but this didn’t come with the cliches that you usually see in anime and it really was about problems that anyone could have had. I really liked this conclusion to Yuuko’s arc. I imagine that the final two episodes will be about Kouhei’s brother. He’s been strangely ignored during the past few episodes.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

8 Responses

  1. AshortDeparture says:

    Ha! Your comment regarding fanservice is appreciated. XD
    But I agree with the sentiment, I don’t speak Japanese so I haven’t been able to watch the recent episodes. I imagine the awkward timing of the broadcasting and the lack of marketability makes it a rather unappealing project unfortunately…

  2. Wandering Bunny says:

    Oh god! Since you stopped talking about alien schuddle, these bearly get one comment per week!!!
    Seems like the chance of you making this popular are impossible…

  3. notintheface11 says:

    I would watch it if it were subbed. Just know that.

  4. Aegd says:

    It may be an interesting story and all that, but the setting, time period and the fact that the character design is pretty boring will keep most people from this show… me including.

    I don’t find this time period in Japan very interesting… also I’d rather watch regular dramas if I wanted a “realistic” show… the Japanese produce a shitload of regular tv-dramas… when it comes to anime i’d rather go for the spectacular and fantastic…

  5. Pafiume says:

    I’ve found four episodes subbed, and while they take a while between episodes I can’t find anything that says they’ve stopped/dropped it. So someone -is- subbing is.

  6. AlexS says:

    I really want to watch this series, but still stuck at episode 3, because of lack of subs

  7. Wandering Bunny says:

    @Aegd: The setting and time period?
    It’s basically modern day without cell-phones.
    Seriously the cultral difference between the years dosen’t seem to really affect this kind of show.
    As for boring design… I won’t go and say it’s design is exciting or anything, but really is anything out of the normal big-eyed moe-blobs, chibis and bishounen that bad for your eyes?

  8. Aegd says:

    Wandering Bunny – I’m just saying how it is. You making stupid remarks over what you “think” I watch (and missing the mark by a longshot, btw)… oh and yes.. I find the 1920-1970’s to be a increadibly boring time period… but its mostly the design, story and setting that bores me the most. Like I said before, I watch plenty of regular japanese tv dramas, I’ve seen this stuff before…

    I enjoyed Rainbow though… thats how you do a good anime in the same time period.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 04:09 AM)
    The whole world structure and the framework of spirituality, eyes of death perception, counterforce and whatnots are kept intentionally vague so he can have some wiggle room to bullshit and handwave plot elements as they go on. KnK was a pretty good OVA series tho and Ufotable had a big party to play in that.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:56 AM)
    Here’s some classic Nasu at work.
    http://lparchive.org/Fatestay-night/Update%2003/30-P02-034.jpg
    A f*cking security system? No, it’s a person creating a small alternate world around them from their mind. Plain and f*cking simple.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:45 AM)
    I’ve heard people criticize Nasu as “writing terrible history fanfiction” and “Like my old bad fanfiction” “When the action scenes actually happen they suck”
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:44 AM)
    @K-Off: didn’t we all.
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:44 AM)
    @Aidan: I didn’t know what they were, but “withering eyes of death perception” doesn’t really leave a whole lot up to the imagination anyway…
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:42 AM)
    @Aidan Reminds me of my English papers where I bullshitted tons of explanations to fill up a ten page report.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:39 AM)
    And the eyes of death perception. Ho Boy. He talks about how it’s not cutting but severing and bonds and blah blah blah.
    Here’s the shorthand. You cut a tree with a knife you make a small cut, cut a tree with a knife while using the eyes of death perception and the tree withers and dies. There only took one sentence to explain something that Nasu uses 10 or so paragraphs for.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:33 AM)
    Take the explanation for mana. All the man had to explain was more mana = More powerful servant. Yet he makes this comparison to ammo, guns and cannons that is just needlessly confusing.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:32 AM)
    I’ll admit though, I really do for the most part quite like the tsukihime manga and its probably the one type-moon thing I can say I consider myself a fan of.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:31 AM)
    When Nasu explains something to you, he explains it in the least understandable way possible. Then he repeats that explanation two or three times in different ways. This give the false impression that because it took effort to understand that it is deep.

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