Unrequited love is 1% of lust and 99% of rust. – An otaku in NAFTA
OK, maybe you wouldn’t. As for me, everything has come to a boiling point and the awkwardness of all the characters, especially female characters, are just too funny for me not to laugh.
Yamada (when do we get to know her first name) is finally caving in and she realizes that she’s in love with Kosuda (hurray for us plain-looking guys) and the ikemen doesn’t seem to shake her conviction. I’ll admit, I was hoping that she gets swayed, at least a little, which would make more sense in the dramatic term, but hey, this is a niche comedy aimed for guys like us; OF COURSE she can’t be swayed! It lessen the dramatic value but it becomes a feel good episode.
Now we have not 1 but 3-ero gods! Now that’s funny! So Kinjo girl tries to seduce Kosuda, but she’s super freaked out about having to really try to come-on to someone, that’s freaking hilarious and it was pure comedy gold.
The predatory Yamada and the herbevore Kosuda is so funny and yet so much inspiring, at least to the niche folks like us. There’s a ton of great comedic timing and sexual innuendo goodness that I hope you don’t miss it!
Don’t forget to respect Yamada’s super powerful and accurate lip reading!!!
The first episode of Asura Cryin’ is incredibly dense in terms of material. It’s got childhood trauma, self-sacrifice, silly friend antics, social commentary, ghost haunting, high school romantic comedy, family drama, magical girls, split personalities, underground societies, potential harem, and mecha all rolled into one. Did I miss anything?
The story begins with a scene of ruin. The protagonist, Tomo, suffered serious injuries in an accident, and a mysterious magical girlfriend from the Goddess Agency – no, wait, that’s not quite it. A mysterious girl reassured him that he would live, as he lay on a hospital bed. Flash forward to the present. It’s clear that he’s now trying to live a normal life, just as it’s clear that the accident is of great importance and that something mysterious happened. This entire setup happens in under a minute. Asura Cryin’ is efficient.
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Toradora is the standard-setter anime about high school shounen romance. It does for high school love what Kare Kano does for adolescence in general and Honey and Clover did for post-adolescence–and that well-defined scope is both its strength and its ultimate limitation.