Monday, July 24
Of the demon that is Azumanga Daioh.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Monday, July 24 2006 12:14 PM (zBXYv)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Monday, July 24 2006 09:03 PM (9imyF)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Monday, July 24 2006 09:19 PM (7+BNY)
Tomo is my least favourte character, because she is obnoxious, good for nothing, loud, tactless, stupid, selfish jerk. I can't stand people like that and the type is sadly far from rare.
However, in the anime, she is a part of the carefuly crafted ensemble and has to be taken as such. Ditto Osaka, who may be more sympathetic to some or many viewers. It is not a question of her being dull (in your deeply personal opinion, anyway).
The cast is designed with many considerations. In particular, I noticed that every viewer picks a favourite for their special reasons, the one who speaks to them in an intimate way. Steven zoomed onto Sakaki very quickly, and why? Because she's the only character who transforms (or "develops"). A reason not worse any other. My favourite is Yomi, because she's sane (and a host of other secret reasons which I'm not going to commit to blog comments).
But conversely, someone has to fall out the bottom. It's just the way it is.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Monday, July 24 2006 11:16 PM (9imyF)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Tuesday, July 25 2006 12:46 AM (7+BNY)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, July 25 2006 12:52 AM (FRalS)
Sakaki, Osaka, Chiyo, and Yomi for me.
But rather than conduct the intra-factional squabbles here about what is best in AD (A:to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women... wait. No.) let us celebrate the convert of another to our (sometimes) ecumenical cult. There is room for Osakites, Yomites, and even Tomites here.
And Wonderduck, boy howdy do I know how you feel.
Posted by: HC at Thursday, July 27 2006 11:22 PM (HmhM4)
#1. It seems to me that Steven is not ready to accept the gospel, or whatever is the appropriate religious metaphor is. Even if he does, it's going to be victory of Messiers Azuma, Wada, and Nishikiori and not ours.
#2. He visits these pages as well and his contrarian spirit may be reawaken. I certainly start biting on the bridle when I see every blogger praising Haruhi Suzumiya - and their posts aren't even directed at me personally.
#3. People gloating now are going to look very silly when things do not turn out as they expect and the 4.5 stars aren't assigned.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Friday, July 28 2006 05:19 PM (9imyF)
But if they don't like Kamichu!, it's war.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, July 29 2006 12:44 AM (FRalS)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Saturday, July 29 2006 01:08 AM (9imyF)
So, the review is up. Is this war?
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tuesday, September 12 2006 02:02 AM (9imyF)
Well, he didn't say he didn't like it. In fact, he said the first three episodes are "superb" and "amazingly good". Episode four is weird. And I've only seen up to episode six, so I can't really address whether the rest of it is disappointing.
One thing - Steven was expecting (or at least hoping for) a strong overall plot; I wasn't. I assumed it was a slice-of-life story, so I might not be disappointed the way he was.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, September 12 2006 04:15 AM (FRalS)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tuesday, September 12 2006 05:33 PM (9imyF)
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