Not Really The Week That Was March 5-11, but a Request

Apropos of nothing, 2 things to note in this picture. First, how on earth was that press box considered safe even by 1960 standards? Second, the goalkeeper's outfit on the far left of the picture.
Apropos of nothing, 2 things to note in this picture. First, how on earth was that press box considered safe even by 1960 standards? Second, the goalkeeper's outfit on the far left of the picture.

Because MAL decided to crap the bed and wiped out any history of what I’ve watched in the last week, and because I doubt you’d want several hundred words devoted to episode 9 of Asu no Yoichi! and only that, I’ve decided to try different. Actually, it’s really just a desperate ask of my 1.3 commenters.Basically, I am looking for two types of shows that I can throw together into some sort of longer post. Using this list here, I would like to watch shows I have not seen or finished with social commentary and/or various types of comedy.

When I asked a similar question before on a different forum it led me to Oh! Edo Rocket. As an adaptation of a play, it was going to be a bit more daring than standard anime fare on the social commentary (and that could be seen in the catastrophic sales numbers I saw somewhere), but I thought the period setting really tampered any sort of potential impact.

Another series I tried, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! brilliantly executed the impact of a shrinking population on the characters in the series. Yet, I still found it lacking as there was little focus outside of that (short series…no room to maneuver). There’s also the interesting case of the first episode of Hayate no Gotoku! which was as well a look at materialism, the pursuit of happiness in modern society and the distance between the super rich and the rest of society as I’ve ever seen presented in 20 minutes.

On the comedy front, there’s recently been some discussion on the Critics and Connoisseurs club page about a distinct lack of good comedies in anime. My theory is that there are just some things that do not translate between cultures as others, comedy being one in particular.

Though with me that does not seem to be as much of an issue. Dark surreal comedies like Nekojiru Gekijou had me bursting out in laughter at gore and the blatent racism of many of the characters. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei had moments of brilliance as well as causing me pariah status in a defense of a minor character in the series. Lucky Star could be the great comedy of this decade…well, probably not.

So any assistance would be great on this front, and hopefully I can actually have a real weekly recap next time.