Katte Ni Kaizou

After a mysterious murderer nearly succeeded to kill Katsu Kaizou, his (Katsu) only chance to survive depends on unique abilities of Suzu Saien, who can transform humans into cyborgs. Now Katsu it a powerful half-man, half-robot and, together with his servant Titan he restlessly defends our Earth from all kinds of dangers it might face. Or at least he thinks so.

Actually, there weren’t any murders or murderers, he isn’t a cyborg and instead of a typical shounen about a hero-to-be we have another creation of a tandem consisting of two crazy geniuses – Kouji Kumeta and Shinbou Akiyuki.

I’m really surprised that Kumeta had released 26 (!) volumes of Katte Ni Kaizou manga before he moved on and started working on our beloved Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (though 30 volumes of SZS look even more puzzling). What kind of person do you need to be to create 26 books of that? Perverts writing poems, perverts living on the edge, perverts who will teach you what you should wear next fall… Unceasing dialogues and monologues, hundreds pages of them, all topics one can think of, crazy characters — and just 6 episodes. We all must demand that this feast of innovative approaches in anime continues. Despite the fact that now we’ve had 3 seasons and countless number of specials dedicated to one sensei who isn’t especially fond of our world.

Filling the gaps. Watched the Kill La Kill OVA today. MAL states that there are 2 special episodes but I could find only one that marked as “episode 25” and it’s dedicated to the graduation ceremony, which, of course, went in the totally wrong direction. The episode isn’t bad and I pretty sure that Kill La Kill fans would like it.

The second today’s OVA was Joshiraku. Oh, man, Joshiraku is awesome, as always, although I can easily understand people who can’t stand such anime. One of the best moments from this special:

Turned out that the mangaka, who wrote Joshiraku is the same guy who is responsible for “Zayonara Zetsubou Sensei”, Kouji Kumeta. I should’ve guessed that earlier, I think, considering how similar the style is. Now I’m looking forward to the OVA Katte Ni Kaizou, based on his manga with the same name. The anime was made by Akiuyki Shinbou and SHAFT (the rating is kind of low, but who knows, maybe I’ll enjoy it)!

 

My 2 cents regarding romance anime. I’d been musing on this topic for some time but then came to the conclusion that I’m stupid and tongue-tied and it’s better to just dump everything here.

The premise is – I like such stories. And at the same time I’m trying to avoid anime, which genres contain “romance”. Mostly because it’s an extremely hard task to show such a delicate topic without dropping to something vulgar or boring.

Yes, ideally we should have a main story where the plot line where two people are becoming a couple is on the background. Unfortunately, typically we have either one or the other. I want to cheer for characters we’ve already loved for other reasons. I wish we had more Yoko+Kamina or Lina+Gourri moments but at the same I understand that it would’ve ruined the main plot. And that because of the limited amount of such moments we enjoy them so much. Or I wish that KareKano had more, hm, activities in addition to their famous hat. And I want these “love time” moments to look organically in the world of the anime. And I want to see that people are getting closer not because the authors decided that they had to (how many those moments have we seen already?), but because there’s something between them.

Yeah, all this “I want” and “I wish” is probably the main reason that I rarely can enjoy romantic stories. That’s why Honey & Clover, in my opinion, is one of the best romantic stories we can find – thanks to the realistic characters, despite all theirs quirks and artistic nature, and to their believable feelings and actions (well, not that I completely agree with the idea of the Takemoto’s travel to Hokkaido…) Others… well, Nodame Cantabile is close. I like the first half of “Your lie in April” (the second part is about totally different things).

One more reason I don’t like typical romantic stories is that all of them sooner or later show us the moments “after a boy and a girl started dating”. Usually this is very awkward. 25 episodes without even holding the hands but with a couple of inevitable obstacles on their way to happiness. Love triangles, he’s late on the date, discharged batteries, “I knew that you’d never loved me”. Exaggerating everything: ” -You’ve never understood me, I’m so difficult, we should break up! -No, I understand you! -No, you don’t!” Then, one episode later, character #1 realizes that he/she was wrong. The shows consisting of 26 episodes repeats this not very tricky pattern several times. Orange (meh), Glasslip (meh), Bokura Ga Ita (MEH)… Again, it’s very difficult to get us feel that nerve, to make us believe that it’s not just a desperate attempt to keep our attention. I could believe Spike in Cowboy Bebop where he was ready to run to the opposite side of the universe just having heard one name. But remember characters of “Silent voice” and their suicide attempts? Or Nana and her problems?

Regarding these “after stories” – I’m really surprised, but Monogatari is one of series where relationships work, Senjougahara and Araragi have found their way to be together and I believe them.

The last thing that’s wrong with a typical romance anime is what characters do together. They can give each other presents, they can go home together… and that’s about it? Holding hands, kisses – c’mon, seems no one needs such vulgar things! I hate when it’s considered normal to show several dozens of episodes before characters can touch each other. At the same time – I don’t want to see sex scenes in anime. I’m not a prude but such scenes are usually made so embarrassingly badly (like in, Takhisis forgive me, Kuzu no Honkai) that I’d prefer to see a hat instead of this horrible scenes of vicious kisses and whatever.

Small anime observations:

Observation number 1 – I finally dropped My Hero Academia. I’ve been complaining about this show quite a lot, although,┬áprobably, I shouldn’t have – I just don’t like shounen anime after all.

Observation number 2 – Taking advantage of the blandness of the current season I’m going to switch to the “catch-up” mode and try to swallow as many famous series I missed as I can. Shame on me that I skipped so many in the first place. Ergo Proxy is the first victim and I must confess – this is one of the slowest anime I’ve seen, despite the fact that the main heroine has been taken to the hospital 3 times already (and I’ve just finished the episode number 7).

By the way, it’s funny to check ratings on MAL (I was looking for anime I was going to watch but forgot) – so many new shows on the top! It’s funny because imdb’s “top rated” list, for example, is more or less uniformly distributed in terms of the year of release.

Observation number 3 – Zaregoto, OVA I mentioned once or twice, might be an ideal story for Akiyuki Shinbou. This is a “closed room murder” detective, with tons of dialogues. Who’re you gonna call if you need to make an anime that barely contains anything except conversations and out-loud musings? The answer is obvious. Characters act a bit weirdly (why the hell did they decide to bury corpses, for example?) but, in general, this is a good anime.