40 Seasons in 40 Days: Spring 2004

Oh sweet, sweet gratuitous violence.

The 12th part of this series takes me back to 2004 for the first time. The spring was yet another one of those seasons where I managed to avoid watching anything that could be considered a classic, and there most definitely is one that fits in that category. Instead, there’s more high-concept and another trip into the wonderful world that is incest advocacy.

I begin with Koi Kaze, a simple love story between a man who can’t hold down a relationship and a young girl who loves her brother…who also happens to be the former. I can’t really blame a lot of people for an unwillingness to look at this series just because of what ultimately happens. It’s artistically well made, the characters are mostly believable, the plot is solid. The problem just comes down to that massive hurdle, which is actually a good thing.

Midori no Hibi is high-concept in its purest form. A what if scenario based upon a joke about masturbation adapted into a 13-episode series. Like all high-concept works, it has to maintain the high-concept throughout in order to make it work. The early episodes start out strong, but as the story becomes more dramatic in trying to get things back to how they used to be, the high-concept dies. It goes from good narrow comedy to mediocre drama.

The Onegai Twins OVA was a terrible effort in this person’s opinion. The series relied on a tension between all 3 main characters that there was a 50/50 chance of an incestuous relationship being at play. With that obstacle out of the way, the OVA instead turns more toward slapstick involving an overly-protective sister. Thank goodness this was in the era before yanderes or worse.

Finally, I wrap up with this season’s show I miraculously managed to endure, Love Love? It was part of 3 separate series involving a fictional TV show. In this series, the lead character is the main writer for the show-within-a-show is coerced by each of the actresses into giving them more screen time. Overall, it’s pretty mediocre at best, as a harem series it fails and the revenge plot at the end is troubling.

Highlights from Unseen or Unfinished Items

Monster has only recently made its way to TV screens here, a mere 62 months after it originally started in Japan. Sadly, I lasted a whole 5 minutes into the first episode, while the smart people went on to finish this. Damn my sense of taste. New Getter Robo was another series where I barely made a dent. The dystopian feel of it all plus the gratuitous violence turned me off I guess. Though to be fair, a world where giant monsters are destroying society would inevitably be dystopian.

One thought on “40 Seasons in 40 Days: Spring 2004”

  1. Monster is a weird series in that I believe the best way to watch it is to marathon the beginning (through, say, ep14 or so) as the show develops some characters and the basic situation, and then to watch it weekly as it ratchets up the tension to unbelievable levels. I really wish I’d been more into the online scene when Monster originally aired.

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