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Iron Man Anime Episode 1 Review

We were at the panel that premiereed the Iron Man Anime, the colloration effort between Marvel and Madhouse. Having not seen the Iron Man movie nor having not read the comic, I have limited interest in the franchise. That said, I’ll begin with the plot and the review. Those who want to be surprised, don’t read the plot part. Also see Anime News Network’s review, written by Todd Ciolek.

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Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi 02 – she needs to shut the fuck up

Don’t get me wrong, the show is inching its way to grow on me. Kind of.

Also, I really like Kuroko from Railgun. I really do. Nothing beats a girl who’s trying to get some good yuri lovin’ from another and being super aggressive about it.

But she needs to shut the fuck up and stop explaining everything and telling us everything as we if were idiots and can’t see stuff for ourselves. What, is this supposed to be funny listening to her sarcastic tone?

I had enough in episode 1, but in episode 2, it became super distracting. All I was saying to myself was “shut the fuck up, you’re ruining a decent story by interjecting way too much. You’re not the commentator soundtrack, so shut the motherfucking hell up!”

Again, I like her as Kuroko in Railgun, but she needs to stay out of this show or otherwise, I’d be super distracted. Her commentary isn’t witty enough or sharp enough as it is and being constantly harped on doesn’t turn me on.

So the romance continues and Okami doesn’t break down in dere-dere mode enough. There’s a villian behind everything. We got it. We can see it with our own eyes.

So shut the fuck up and go act for Railgun 3rd season when it comes out.

The show is fine but the commentary track’s gotta go.

P.S. Fine. It’s somehow supposed to be a “fairytale” setting and humor but it gets really grating on my nerves.

Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi – she can’t lead

As a rule of thumb (in my book anyway), classic anti-hero types often don’t make great leads. Unless the entire world is set up so that the story has to focus on him. In this case, the world is set up to supposed to focus on her – Okami Ryoko, that is. OK, to be fair, she’s not an anti-hero type. But yes, she’s not likable much, except by today’s otaku generation.

So, anyone out there that loved Louise in Zero no Tsukaima? If you did, did you like Asuka Langley in Eva? Are you also a Hinagiku fan? If you answered yes to all three, then congratulations, you’re this show’s target audience. By having the main character as the violent tsundere who could protect weak men (in the words of LaMoe, herbivores), this show aims to please the newtype otaku/fan .

Remember the days where giant robots piloted by men used to get the blood pumping in the veins of many fans? Well, these days are long gone. Today’s MALE anime lovers in Japan and some of them in other places in the world, prefer a strong woman, even violently strong lead with a bad and practically abusive temper. Even in the reinterpretation of classic franchises like Gundam (Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny, Gundam 00), women are increasingly becoming more and more powerful. Of course, that has been the trend in anime for many years now. Think Mononoke Hime, Naausica; western favorites like Bubblegum Crisis, Slayers and so on.

Violent female leads aren’t rare. One can even argue that Lina Inverse is a prototype of violent tsundere when it comes to her feelings toward Gourry. Fastforward a few years and we have Motoko in Love Hina (a shout out to Asakawa Yuu-san) and of course, Naru Narusegawa (a shout out to Horie Yui-san). However, none of them was your architypical tsundere – twintails, cute, blushes easily and make food or does something nice for the main male character, without beating the living crap out of him. Your arguments may vary, but the point is, none of these girls are as violent as Okami Ryoko. It seems like all the violence of all the prototype violent tsunderes has been distilled into one character.

That said, something inside me was screaming out: she doesn’t deserve to be the lead! She has be one of the more one dimensional characters in recent anime – violent, talks rough, flat chested. She’s not even all that shy and doesn’t exihibit that dare-dare moment often. But something is missing. Despite a good performance by Ito Shizuka, who was great as a supporting character in Hayate, there’s just something missing when she’s cast as the lead. She wanted Ryoshi, the shy stalker stereotype who can’t look people in the eyes, to prove his worthiness of being on the team, well, here, I want to see Ryoko proves her worthiness of being the lead.

I’m cautiously optimistic of this one.

What are you doing down there, Mr. LaMoe?