Pick of the Month: Mado Kara Madoka-chan

This manga is this perfect little cap off to the day for me.  Mado Kara Madoka-chan is a cute little series about a office worker who walks the same path to work every day outside of a woman’s house, who loves to play games and roleplay with him as he passes by.  Every time that our protagonist comes by, Madoka-chan begins a different kind of game with him to keep both of their lives fun, dramatically changing the layout and look of her home.

Each chapter is a different strange experience with the eccentric Madoka-chan  as she performs something within her four walls either for the salaryman passing by, or seemingly to entertain herself. However, her eccentric nature and the dramatic transformations of her place, sometimes in a matter of minutes, makes me feel as if there’s a hint of Magical Realism in this series. Like, there are some chapters where she closes her shutters and not five seconds later, they slam back open to reveal a restaurant. It’s insane but also always fun, especially because as magical as she may seem, Madoka-chan doesn’t always get everything right and so interactions between the two characters can become dynamic and sometimes downright hilarious.

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[Short Thoughts] KonoSuba: God’s Blessing Upon This Wonderful World (Seasons 1 and 2) — Thus, Hilarity Ensues

When someone mentions the words “comedy anime”, this is often one of the first recently airing shows that will be brought to the table when tossing out names for recommended lists or “must watches”. Not quite an MMO anime of the years past, and not quite an isekai anime of the current years, KonoSuba manages to both cater to the fans of those types of shows, while also simultaneously poking fun at all the ridiculous concepts behind said shows. It may even be tempting to call this type of show a “parody” or a “subversion” of the genres its mimicking. Honestly though, I don’t think either of those terms really fit what this show is.

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Nichijou – A Modern Day Looney Tunes

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It’s an often used statement to say that everything that can be invented already has been. To an extent, I feel that this is true.  There’s been a lot of history of mankind to contend against if you want to invent a new idea.  Specifically for creative fields like writing, films, and different forms of media, this can definitely feel like it’s the case, especially these days when we’re getting remakes of remakes all the time from Hollywood and television. (Did we really need another Fantastic Four?  I mean, the first one was alright but that last one was just horrifying.)

However, even if a plot or setting has been done before, that doesn’t mean that we can’t find new and creative ways of working with those ideas.  Iterating or innovating on an idea can be as 474234great a show of genius or craft as creating something entirely new.  A famous example of this is The Lion King, which borrows heavily from Hamlet both in plot and characters, but you’d never hear someone complain that it’s just a rehash of the same thing.  Both Disney’s animated classic and Shakespeare’s wonderful play may share a lot in common but both also are able to stand on their own as great and incredibly entertaining works.

Another great example that not many may know is a film called 10 Things I Hate About You. A story about a boy (Cameron) who wants to date a girl (Bianca) but only can if the girl’s older and “shrewish” sister can also find a date.  So Cameron gets a bad boy of the school to woo the older sister for him and allow Cameron to date Bianca.  The story may sound familiar because 10thingsihateaboutyou-poster1it’s Shakespeare again with the play The Taming of the Shrew, though this time, less misogynistic.  Watching these back-to-back, you can easily see similarities between the two and a lot of borrowing on the part of the former from the latter, but the stories are not the same and the telling of 10 Things gives something new and fresh for the audience to enjoy.  And that’s really the big thing.  It doesn’t necessarily matter if “it’s been done before”, but more so “how a story or idea is being told”.  Which leads me to one of my favorite anime of all time:  Nichijou.

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Log Time Podcast #5 | Comedy in Anime — Watch Out for Karen

Log Time is the podcast of The Backloggers where we talk about anime, manga, light novels, and make lewd jokes about romancing people with tentacles.

In this episode, Owningmatt and Mythos discuss the mediocrity of Strike the Blood, moe versions of deadpool in Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!, shows that stretch jokes way too far, Nisekoi season two, Hanayamata, and Hello! Kiniro Mosaic.

Thanks Krista (keytajoy) for making our Logo for this week’s Log Time!

Intro and Outro song: “Platform” by Or4nges