Will the real Cuc please stand up?

January 14th, 2010 by Author

I have a little “database” of anime series with capsule descriptions, which lets me scan lists quickly. I aim for capturing the essense of perception, e.g. Michiko and Hatchin is labeled “GTA: San Andreas” (which actually refers to the PA strip, not game). But most are referential: Potemayo is tagged as “jefflawson laughed (peeing… is this good?)”. They are not necesserily full of laconic meaning, for example Kemeko DX has “Kuro said “awesome” on IRC”.

Next to Bakemonogatari it says “Cuc’s advocacy.” The implication is, something that someone named “Cuc” wrote persuaded me to give it a try. But what was it? The database allows to save URLs, so I know that “Moogy’s advocacy” for Sorakake is about his “spiritual successor” post. But there’s no such for “Cuc”.

A google search for “Cuc Bakemonogatari” unearthes a comment at AoMM:

Since you are the only blogger who make it a point how Bakemonogatari’s setting is an urban sprawl, I’ll answer your question.

This is Shaft’s art style choice, and NOT in the novel. The novel keeps emphasizing that the place they live in to be an unremarkable small town.

Did you notice how the mountain in Episode 9 almost seems like Mushishi’s pre-industrial world? The mountain is in fact not very far from the town at all. That’s what Shaft has been doing in this series, as Every piece of background scenery has been hugely exaggerated like that: the urban area in all urban episodes, the school staircase in Ep 1, and the bicycles in this episode.

On the other hand, the “my seiyuu is excellent” joke is straight from the novel, and there’ll be more anime jokes in Nisemonogatari.

Curious, but not too strong. Also, I stopped reading AoMM comments back when it was AoMM (not even DbD). So, it cannot be what I meant. All we know, Cuc was indeed into Bake, but he left no backlink. *headdesk*

UPDATE: As it turned out, Cuc e-mailed me about the topic some time ago and that is what the entry was about. I am very sorry to admit that I forgot all about it. He has no blog, so there’s nothing to link. The message itself went (somewhat abridged):

I think Bakemonogatari when viewed as a harem anime, is a very important work. (Judging by its sales figure in Japan, the Japanese otaku are considering it as such.) It’s extremely self-aware and fourth-wall-breaking, but can be sincere when it needs to be, something that’s rarely been attempted in the usual harem anime.

I recall that you worried about there being too much violence. This really is not the case, the violence is quite limited.

I guess I just have to be more dilligent about throwing all comments into the the blog and let Google do the rest.