So…what shows and movies deserve a place in the hall of shame rather than the hall of fame? Since I tend to give up on shows I dislike very quickly, it’s shorter than the winners’ list. But we’ve still got plenty to populate this, the first annual Diet Demerits!
It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a show that has given me so many conflicted feelings. There were aspects of this series that were very good, verging on excellent; and then there were aspects that bordered on the incompetent. The final episodes are a microcosm of all these issues put together, in this fascinating, flawed take on the romance genre.
M;Y Writer 1: The anime bloggers are getting bored of all the conventional tearjerking drama. We’ve got lots of plotlines to resolve in just three more episodes. We just concluded the Higurashi rip off story, too, which was all we had left up our sleeve. Plus, the Hinako fans are getting impatient. What do we do?
M;Y Writer 2: Oh, I know how to spice things up. Let’s add vengeful bi drama! And twincest! And teary eyed, sudden farewells that gratuitously echo scenes from episode 1 because that’ll bring ’em to tears! Watch out ef! You’re going down!!!! [pants with excitement] What do you think?
M;Y Writer 1: Uh…well, that is…surprising, to say the least. You sure they’re gonna buy that though?
M;Y Writer 2: Hey, it worked for School Days. They ate that one up!
M;Y Writer 1: Mmmmm….nice boats. [rubs hands enviously] Yeah, let’s do it.
Time for today’s Moment of the Season, brought to you by the Anime Blogging Collective and a dozen others! Today, I bring you a turning point that signals not only a change in that particular show’s mood but a reflection of what has happened to anime fandom’s expectations in the past half year.
Day 3: When Pronouns Attack
Previews and blog rumors aren’t so reliable after all. My fears about this episode were largely unfounded, though it has other sets of problems alongside some relatively strong material. Even if this is really talking about three relatively unrelated plot threads, this ain’t filler; don’t skip it.
You know, I haven’t blogged about this show in a while, but I caught up over Thanksgiving weekend. And you know, after episodes 7 and especially this one, 8…and after watching ef episode 7…scenes like this mean something pretty dramatic to me now.
…can change your entire perception of the show. Higurashi played this trick, as did School Days. All it takes is one menacing moment to make you realize that not all is as it seems. That’s how much of a jolt that one moment in Myself; Yourself episode 3 was to me.
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Boy who has standard harem lead haircut returns to town full of childhood friend characters. Oh boy! What will they think of next? Truth be told, the first 5-6 minutes of this episode were remarkably restrained and, with the violins and all, I wondered for a second whether this was actually the harem show the director of Honey and Clover and Nodame Cantabile was doing this season. I still shudder to write those wonderful titles next to the word “harem,” but if anyone could make it could work, he could…
Then I remembered the actual title he was doing, Kimi Kiss Pure Rouge, and once the jiggling started in this show…you pretty much know where it’s headed.