This week, we talk about the P.A. Works’ lesser-spoken-of masterstroke, Hanasaku Iroha. We discuss the balance it strikes between lighthearted story and drama, its extensive development of its characters, both main and side, and evisceration (but, you know, not like a bad evisceration).
This podcast was recorded on June 15th, 2017.
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This week, we talk about how Jun Maeda affected Charlotte, highlighting the positives and negatives of his writing style along the way.
Our plunge into Maeda was a ride, trust us.
This week we talk about how the characters in Tsuritama deal with anxiety and family issues through a variety of genre-changing scenarios.
Expect lots of bad puns. Lots.
We’ll make everyone’s dreams come true!
Note: This will contain some heavy spoilers about the ending of the Love Live! The School Idol Movie. If you haven’t seen the movie before reading this post, then I’d suggest doing so beforehand.
Idol shows are one of those things within the anime community that people either love or absolutely hate. There’s a lot of polarization between fans that like shows with “mature and gritty” stories and those that tend to enjoy milder, “moe” settings. While anime be at all places within that spectrum, idol shows tend to fall on the “moe” side merely because of the character designs and the content discussed, and therefore causes a lot of “tension” (read: shit-posting) between the two fanbases, especially when it comes to the online anime community. Some associate the “moe” side of the spectrum with slice-of-life comedies that have no story or overarching plot; I personally think they’re just missing out.