Anime Club Escapades: 04/26/2013

 

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Kakumeiki Valvrave Ep.1: You’d think ZA CHIDURENU would be smart enough to conserve ammo. Or get better weapons.

It’s kind of funny how we have ended up reverting to showing current series again. To be completely honest, when you’re so invested in watching anime as current as we do as a general hobby, it does end up spilling over into club activities. It wasn’t completely my idea, though. Freddy and Haro were keen on showing Gargantia and Titan, while another person (who I’ll get to later) was set on showing Maou-sama. Despite Tomoe-san’s inclinations towards the nether-regions of anime fandom, he’s pretty comfortable with anything. And there’s also Madarame-sempai with his anti-taste to account for, too. He’s always looking for an opportunity to show whatever he thinks is the next best thing in current anime. The slot that held Valvrave tonight is a general slot for whatever the President thinks about showing for the hell of it. For the most part, it’s a conglomerate of first episodes that sweep him off his feet and compel him to drop The Tatami Galaxy from the lineup for things like Muromi-san, Oregairu, Crime Edge, and Nyaruko-san. For the sake of staying “fresh”, no less. I don’t understand that kind of reasoning, and I’ve discussed this with him a few times, but for the time being I’m inclined to just indulge him. His little reign of terror only lasts for a month and a half more anyway.

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Shingeki no Kyojin Ep.3: Being Potato Girl is suffering.

I personally have nothing against the president other than the fact that I disagree with almost everything he thinks when it comes to quality anime. Hell, he plays a meaner game of LoL than I do, and has the balls to write fanfics of anime like Sora no Otoshimono. Okay, that last part might not be as commendable as I’m making it out to be, but that’s beside the point. At a professional level, that disagreement manifests as friction between him and me, as well as him and the rest of the staff. In the long run, it’s kind of unhealthy when it comes to the welfare of any organization. Luckily, we don’t come to blows at all, nor do we get mad enough to start doing shit we might regret. ‘Cuz we’re adults, you know. Unfortunately, while we do get along as fellow students and fellow anime-watchers it doesn’t translate well once the time for club management arrives every Friday Night. We’ve dealt with it for an entire semester and there’s no reason to stop dealing with it right now. I just find solace in knowing that this setup won’t carry over into next year. Hopefully I’ll be president by then.

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Suisei no Gargantia Ep.3: The lever is his penis.

Somehow during breaktime two of the attendees stirred up a friendly argument about the fabulousness factor in anime. The more I thought about it, the more I actually wondered why a certain subsection of anime fandom revels in the fabulosity of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. It’s not a very common aspect of anime in general (probably because it’s kind of gay), and usually it’s done purely for laughs than what JoJo’s does, which is to play it completely straight. Is it because the trait is rare? Sure, seeing it in an anime like JoJo’s was pretty goofy in execution, but it was refreshing to see as well. Its 80’s sense of style was perhaps so different and so ridiculous at face-value that it was instead heralded for reviving old trends and ideas of what was considered beautiful or stylish. Perhaps recognizing this aspect was what made JoJo’s so popular amongst us bloggers. You’d have to be kind of crazy to like the poses, and be a special kind of crazy to attempt them. The anime had this charm to it that made it so unique to the rest of the anime that aired alongside it.

And that made me think: what other anime can be defined as fabulous? How do we rate fabulousness in anime, anyway? If we rate it by homoeroticism and classiness, Gankutsuou would surely rise to the top. If we choose to look at it from the ironic, bromantic standpoint, you could say that Satoshi’s and Houtarou’s relationship in Hyouka would qualify as being pretty fabulous. Hell, Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou has it fabulous moments as well. Maybe we can generalize that definition of fabulousness in anime even more by just saying that it glorifies the ideals of manliness from a wide spectrum of physical, mental, and social aspects of humanity. I’m going in way too far up my own ass right now, so I’ll just stop.

[FFF] Hataraku Maou-sama! - 04 [6B837B52].mkv_snapshot_00.01_[2013.04.27_10.22.18]

Hataraku Maou-sama! Ep.4: Current fashion trends dictate that form-fitting boobshirts are killer in plaid. Get with the times, plebs.

I watched Eva 3.33 with the fellow staff the following day after club. For the most part, I liked it. The terminology and plot intricacies (or headaches?) are starting to get a bit screwy with my head at this point, and it was painfully obvious once it got into the final thirty minutes of the movie. However, with convoluted plotlines like Eva or any other “smart” anime I usually look at the story from a thematic point of view rather than a literal one. What I’ve gleaned from watching all three movies is that Shinji always screws up because he’s not piloting his Eva for the right reasons. As much as he tries to change, the environment doesn’t allow that change to be substantial development. He fails at gaining his father’s approval. He fails at saving humanity. He fails at saving humanity AGAIN. This isn’t because the laws of the Eva universe don’t allow him to be happy, it’s that the story itself will not permit Shinji to change. There’s just something integral about him that needs to be fixed before anything truly good can happen to him, and until then he seems doomed to repeat his old mistakes over and over again. Truthfully, the manner of which they reiterate that point in the third movie borders on ridiculousness, and it’s a bit too obvious that the story is forcing Shinji to fuck up, but isn’t that what we watch Eva for? To watch Shinji fuck up over and over again and then blame other people for his own incompetence? To sympathize for him because the world is too fucked up for any sane person to tolerate anyway?

I might add that I’ve never watched the original series and am informed by my friends that 3.33 takes the story in a completely different direction. Which makes sense since I would not have predicted a story like Eva to start having a POD OF REBEL SKY WHALES POWERED BY EVA 01.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Ep.23: Fetus of God in unicorn poop that is fabulous as fuck.

 Addendum

  1. This is what happens when nothing of importance happens in club.
  2. Oh, other than that it was THAT GUY’s birthday and he brought in about $90 worth of pizza and it was delicious and garlic-y.
  3. Seriously, entire cloves of garlic treated as toppings on a pizza. Who does this shit.
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3 comments

  1. machineslife · · Reply

    Nothing wrong with fooling around a bit!

  2. “Hell, he plays a meaner game of LoL than I do, and has the balls to write fanfics of anime like Sora no Otoshimono.”

    My “respect” meter imploded here. I’m not sure what that means, but I think it effectively delivers how I now feel about your president.

    As for the random “fabulousness” discussion, that’s actually a great question I had not thought about at all. I think I might just end up pondering that one for a while and try to write up a blog post on it, unless you already have one in the works.

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