Posted by psgels 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
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 06:02 AM)
    Although given that the the Japanese film industry is steadily improving, this still would’ve worked much better as a big Hollywood flick, mainly because it’s just an over-the-top story with big action sequences, but also because pretty much all the cast (with the exception of Mikasa) have western features.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 05:55 AM)
    Well it looks like the Japanese have taken it upon themselves to make a live-action Attack on Titan movie, which sounds like a pretty bad idea:
    http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/LatestNews/News1/Liveaction-Attack-on-Titan-Visuals-Revealed-6057.aspx
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:51 AM)
    I mean I’ve watched some awful stuff like hidan no Aria to take the piss out of it and infinite stratos might as well get to continuing Ass-ange/crass-ange.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:34 AM)
    *Ange
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:34 AM)
    @Emma: and that’s why you should watch Cross Ante.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    @Emma: you know what? I’ve been trying to find a good version of X for a few years now, but nobody seems to be seeding the torrent anymore =/
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    Sometimes I’m pretty glad I have the ability to get guilty pleasure/so bad its good/funny enjoyment out of genuinely awful things and sometimes end up enjoying them more than actually good series.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:18 AM)
    One other good example of an old ova I loved was the X/1999 movie, I didn’t overly care for the manga or second anime adaptation nearly as much by comparison. Yes the voice acting is terrible, the character development was cut out but the fact is I never really cared all that much for Xs characters/drama to begin with and the voice acting makes the final scene laugh out loud hilarious. Beyond that I just enjoyed sitting back and watching the gore play out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 01:12 AM)
    I also miss the days where incest was reserved for the villains in anime.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 01:09 AM)
    @Bam: I remember giving John dies at the end three out of five and deciding that it was never a poor film but never an excellent one.

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