Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Weekly Digest: 10/25/11 – Kimi to Boku, Tamayura Hitotose

[HorribleSubs] Kimi to Boku - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.41_[2011.10.25_19.10.23] [Oyatsu] Tamayura ~hitotose~ - 04 (1280x720 x264 AAC) [D1DCB932].mkv_snapshot_04.20_[2011.10.25_19.09.22] [Oyatsu] Tamayura ~hitotose~ - 04 (1280x720 x264 AAC) [D1DCB932].mkv_snapshot_17.07_[2011.10.25_19.10.05]

Slice-of-life Tuesday time…

Kimi to Boku – 04
[HorribleSubs] Kimi to Boku - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.59_[2011.10.25_19.10.27] [HorribleSubs] Kimi to Boku - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.20_[2011.10.25_19.10.44] [HorribleSubs] Kimi to Boku - 04 [720p].mkv_snapshot_20.23_[2011.10.25_19.10.47]

The little spark Chizuru provided to this series is still there, sort of, but while this episode was still an improvement over the first two it was rather pedestrian.  Basically, the entire episode dealt with Kaname having a cold as a result of being rained on during a “mixer” that Chizuru called for the gang.  I’ll have to please ignorance on the role of the mixer in Japanese teen life but it wasn’t a word that we used in that context when I was in high school.  The bit with Shun and Yuki pretending they were girls to “even out the numbers” was extremely odd, and it really does seem as if Kimi to Boku throws the fujoshi a bone sometimes, just to keep them hooked.  There were many more scenes of hair-petting, which seems to be a bit of a fetish here, and everyone jumped on Kaname’s bed and stole his notebooks.  This show has a weird vibe, I’ll give it that.

Tamayura Hitotose – 04
[Oyatsu] Tamayura ~hitotose~ - 04 (1280x720 x264 AAC) [D1DCB932].mkv_snapshot_05.46_[2011.10.25_19.09.41] [Oyatsu] Tamayura ~hitotose~ - 04 (1280x720 x264 AAC) [D1DCB932].mkv_snapshot_13.19_[2011.10.25_19.11.25] [Oyatsu] Tamayura ~hitotose~ - 04 (1280x720 x264 AAC) [D1DCB932].mkv_snapshot_21.42_[2011.10.25_19.09.54]

I’ve been musing on why this show doesn’t interest me as much as some other pure slice-of-life shows like Sketch Book, or Sato Junichi properties like Ikoku Meiro.  I used a cooking analogy last week, so to use a musical one - maybe it amounts to the fact that Tamayura is like soft jazz, or easy listening – soothing and pleasant to have running in the background, but largely lacking in wit, anger or complexity.  It doesn’t have slightly edgy humor of Sketch Book or the complex character interplay of Ikoku, or even the fantasy-tinged zaniness of a show like Kamichu.  It’s just cute girls (and an ever cuter boy) smiling and eating admittedly delicious-looking food and exploring the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea.  About the most interesting thing going on is Norie’s by now slightly creepy obsession with Kou-tan.  Maon is an odd one with her weird whistling, and she was this ep’s pleasant diversion as the gang visited her parents’ inn.  I’d love to see some more of the bittersweet sadness surrounding Fu and Kou’s father that we did in the premiere, but alas what we’re getting next week is the return of the human waterworks Chihiro.  I hope it’s a brief visit.

15 comments:

  1. For anyone aware of the Boku no Pico meme:
    http://www.heroacg.com/archives/2046

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  2. >>seeing characters just do their stuff
    >>exploring the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xECUrlnXCqk

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  3. Hence why I find Tamayura 100x more interesting than Kimi to Boku. I've seen a million school life series already. The setting is not interesting. And the characters are just there hoping that the setting will carry them. It will totally not work.

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  4. @momogoldfish

    Funny bit of trivia - the writer for the "Mirai Nikki" adaptation also wrote the "Boku no Pico" OVAs...

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  5. The thing about Tamayura is that its real iyashikei, like Aria. Ikoku wasn't. Too much drama. Sketchbook was, but it was also, as you said, zany.

    Tamayura is the closest I've seen to Aria since The Natural, and not coincidentally shares much of the staff and cast.

    Nothing of import happens, the drama is minor, the events are mundane, and the comedy is low-key. Its just there to make you relax and feel good.

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  6. ^^Interesting, since I haven't seen Boku no Pico in its entirety (not that desperate for BL anime yet) I'd never have known XD.

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  7. @momogoldfish

    ANN credit lists reveal all sorts of interesting things. ;-)

    As I said in my review of the second ep, maybe it was Yasuda Kenji's presence or maybe just the source material, but as with Ikoku I think Sato-san needs someone else's influence to cut through the sweetness of his writing a bit. I feel much the same way about Tamayura as I did about Aria.

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  8. but as with Ikoku I think Sato-san needs someone else's influence to cut through the sweetness of his writing a bit.

    You got it backwards. :p

    [/ARIA fan]

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  9. That said, ARIA is an adaptation too. An excellent adaptation from Kozue Amano's sensei work. One of the best background drawers in the industry I'd say.

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  10. An adaptation, but perhaps an adaptation whose sensibilities are too close to Sato's own for it to have the impact Ikoku Meiro did, at least for me.

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  11. Maybe it's something that'd work better for you in manga form (since then you can just read it at your own pace)? You might want to try some of Amano Kozue works. Like ARIA or Amanchu.

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  12. I admit, I haven't read the ARIA manga. Maybe someday I'll fit it into the schedule.

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  13. ^Or how about watching Tamayura with Phi Brain (the other Junichi Sato work this season)? That's pure shonen and as ridiculous as Yugioh but there's always a grin on my face after each episode. :D

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  14. Oh and the holder of the Da Vinci sign that comes out in episode 4 manage to be absolutely moe but not annoying ^-^

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  15. Boy, Phi Brain just bored me silly. I couldn't get into it at all, even knowing who the director was. Just individual tastes, I guess.

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