A Town Where You Live: A Quick Take

Haruto doesn't even have to try to add Asuka to his harem.
Another flag tripped

Haruto transfers into a Tokyo school and moves in with his older sister while trying to find the girl he fell in love with back home only to meet a couple more people who will have an impact on him in this first episode. Haruto finds himself attacked early in the episode by Akane, who mistakes him for a burglar when he was just cleaning his sister’s apartment. They spend the rest of the episode arguing about each others accents like children. He also meets Kyousuke, a fellow classmate who tries to help him fit in to his new surroundings even if he only knows how well he cooks. It’s all a sideshow to the big meeting with Yuzuki in next week’s episode after all.

The one thing I was quick to notice about this was actually production related. Haruto moves to Tokyo and comments on how there seem to be so many people in the city. Yet, it feels at times like they live in a part of the city that’s a ghost town most of the time. I think there were more people when Haruto was introducing himself to his new classmates than the rest of the episode combined.

The very fact that I note this is not an encouraging sign because it meant I really couldn’t care about the story or the characters. The primary focus of this episode is actually the beginning of Haruto’s relationship with Akane. It’s not actually about the fact that Haruto moved across the country to transfer to another school to try to get close to the girl who confessed to him when they lived together back home. Actually, you would have had to have read the manga to know that, but it would have been nice to have had some sort of grasp of why Haruto was actually there.

Speaking of the manga, I did actually read the manga for a while and it’s easy to see how much of the characterization actually carries over. I always interpreted the fact that this series has earned the nickname Kimi no Rage Machi on the fact that everything that happens in this story is geared toward ensuring maximum drama. Kyousuke, for example, is conveniently one of the first people Haruto meets in Tokyo for a reason that will become clear soon. Also, Haruto continues to set off love flags with almost any member of the opposite sex he talks to, unless he is actually interested in them then it turns to hatred. Those are the only two emotions in this universe, love and hate. There is no neutral.

Reasons to Continue Watching

  • There is no shortage of drama
  • As close to a soap opera as the medium gets
  • There’s an entire fleet worth of shipping if you’re into that

Reasons to Drop

  • Character relationships are consistently inconsistent
  • Unrealistic portrayal of population density in Tokyo
  • If you start caring at all, it will turn you into a being of pure rage for days after each episode

My Verdict: I remembered why I stopped following the manga while watching this. Hell, I don’t even think it’s Seo Kouji’s best work, but the drama means that it gets enough false emotional investment from the audience to keep running. I bet that carries over to this anime, but I won’t be watching.

The Picture Because I Quit Summer Season Previews

Will this win?
Will this win?

The Summer Preview Because I Quit Spring

I needed an image to fill this, and no you don't need context.
I needed an image to fill this, and no you don’t need context.

This is probably the first post where I’ve actually tried to get assistance from other people in it’s creation. For the most part this is just a fairly standard preview with my opinions in it plus some other information. I wish I could have been a bit more creative with that, but I can only work with what I’ve got.

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Pointless Debate #34: Watching with Anger

This is not that kind of uplifting post.
This is not that kind of uplifting post.

In the course of watching a series, it’s generally good if something leaves an emotional impact on the viewer. To be honest, I am rarely moved by something I’m watching unless I see that it is making an honest attempt to make a point. To give a recent example, I would point to Older Maid Sister’s speech in the 9th episode of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. While it lacks in cultural relevance on a basic level, the point was made that all people who try to improve their lives should be treated with respect. A nice positive, uplifting message that can appeal to a wide audience.

If you are looking for discussion of episodes like that, this post isn’t for you. Instead, I’m here to lower the tone of discussion and talk about the shows that made me angry. Not just because they were bad, but because they went beyond that. I wished for terrible things to happen to the characters. I didn’t want a happy end for these characters. Admittedly, these shows worked on a level that I didn’t drop them for one reason or another. It instead became the equivalent of cheering against Duke at basketball. The show may suck, but it’s popular enough to win some fans inexplicably like Duke. And finally, Fuck Duke.

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The Lower Mid-Table Summer (of Failure) Season Preview

This chart should only be indicative of the fact that I can think like I’m 10.

The start of summer (or winter Southern Hemisphere folks) brings with it plenty of things. Where I’m at that means heat, humidity and ridiculously inflated utility bills in a quest to maintain some adequate level of comfort. On a much more relevant note, it also means another new season of series to watch. I think in the past, the summer season has largely been dismissed as inferior to the spring and fall seasons. So I decided to look back 5 years to see what came out of that summer. Continue reading The Lower Mid-Table Summer (of Failure) Season Preview