「新婚さんおきばりやす FANTASTIC MOMENTS」 (Shinkon-san o Kibariyasu FANTASTIC MOMENTS)
“Do Your Best, Newlyweds – Fantastic Moments”
And the point of this was?
Why Was This the Story That Needed To Be Told?
Before I go into this, let me clarify that I don’t know if this is anime original, or pulled out of order from later in the manga, though from comments last week I would not be surprised if one or the other was true. That said, there’s a question that I, as a storyteller, often end up asking myself: Why is this the story that needs to be told right now?
Understand that when you’re telling stories, often the truest answer is “Because I want to.” But heed need be paid about where it fits in with the rest of the story, and whether it’s self-indulgent. And understand also that I don’t consider myself perfect in this, so I ain’t throwing stones. It’s hard to answer this question honestly when you’re in the thick of things, and it only sometimes becomes clear when you pull back and appraise the situation after the fact. The last two episodes, though, I think were probably a misstep.
Why, after really cool episodes eight and nine, did we need to go on this Subaru diversion? It took all the serious drama, earnest feelings, and cool action and ground it all to a stop. Even earlier shipping-focused episodes like seven seemed to have more permanence, whereas these seemed dead-set on teaching blatant lessons. I’m being pretty harsh on this episode, though it it hadn’t turned out that the octopus kegare was Subaru’s familiar, I would have flipped a table and left cursing; this post would have come out half a day later, ’cause I’da needed time to cool down from such a colossal fuck up. But that didn’t happened, so at least not all storytelling ability has fled the project. It’s the reason why we needed to see this story right now that’s lacking. I feel like these lessons could have been learned while they were doing something more interesting, or at least at a time when it didn’t subject the mood to a 180.
Minor side rant, but it need be said: When the hell is anime gonna move past the porn mags? Setting aside how pushing the idea that looking at porn is deviancy, which can be damaging ’cause a damn lot of humans enjoy a little titillation (girls can look at or read porn too, ya know), why is it still porn magazines? It’s 2016 fer chrissakes! I keep waiting for the day that anime will move to finding the porn folder buried in My Documents, or finding the porn bookmarks, or finding the porn sites on history that the user forgot to delete. Porn mags are so 1985. Get with the century.
We still don’t know how many episodes this series is going to be, so the mysterious figure could end up being foreshadowing, the baddie of this arc, or a long-lasting baddie (or something else). Mark those spoilers, manga readers. Either way, I thought I’d warn you that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll continue this series past this season even if it does go for multiple cours. My real life priorities have grown and are only going to grow more, and this doesn’t make the shortlist of the activities I want to pursue for another three months. Just a heads up as we head into these last few episodes, either period or together.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Subaru teaches Rokuro & Benio another contrived lesson. Not even the ship fuel could liven up this one #sousei 11
- The answer isn’t always ohagi, Rokuro. Usually it’s ohagi, but not always.
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