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Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou begins

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

The first thing about Kawai-sou that I noticed was how astonishingly beautiful it was. The second thing I noticed was how Ritsu didn’t look like a woman. The third thing I noticed was a suspicious isomorphy between its supporting characters and that of Mahoraba. We have the same crazy novelist, a sexy drunkard girl, the evil girl. Not everyone matches, but those who do are too exact.

One good thing, their Tama was nowhere as powerful, so she’s not consequential, and therefore I found her much easier to tolerate.

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Andy engages into pointed critique:

Kawai Complex: A fun main romance plot buried under a steaming pile of cliched secondary characters. By the time I had gotten to the end of this, for the meager payoff on offer, I’d slogged through episode after episode of masochist jokes, virgin jokes, slut jokes, evil-woman jokes, more masochist jokes, more virgin jokes, more slut jokes, more evil-woman jokes… they went on and on and there just wasn’t any cleverness or variety there. Frankly it’s a miracle I didn’t drop this and I darned well ought to have. I blame my susceptibility to cute girls who like books. [Emphasis mine — Author]

I think this is a telling illustration for the importance of one’s basic approach to any given series. First of all, if one expects to find side-splitting laugh in any given anime, he is going to be disappointed 80% of the time. Nichijou was a great example due to variety of its laughs: everyone liked something different and was left cold by the rest. So, what was lacking in cleverness and variety for one is going to hit the spot for the other. But beyond the humour, the question is, what is there to see in Kawai-sou? I took a ton of notes, but unfortunately what I extracted from it is unbloggable, except the praise for the art and animation.

UPDATE: Here’s Peter’s shot:

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou is more enjoyable if you ignore the so-called love story and simply enjoy the dynamics of the people living in that house.

Pretty much what Tappan wrote, too: “[you] have to watch it for the jokes, not the romance”.

Meanwhile, Highway, writing for Metanorn, makes Andy’s point about “meager payoff” in a more tactful way by remarking “I could have used a bit more rabu-rabu”.

Kawai-sou ends

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

And so, marathoned in 3 days, it ends so quickly: a series that I seriously meant to suspend in the beginning. Notes that I penciled at ep.1 dripped with scorn, like in “so, it’s a story of yet another fine young man thinking with his penis”. Suffering of poor Shiratori left me too deeply suspicious of this re-take.

Unfortunately, due to certain circumstances, I cannot engage into explanations what made the anime for me. Here’s a few unrelated observations, however.

Although I think the size was matching the pace, I had a recurring feeling that something was omitted. For example, in ep.7, Usa’s classmate comes to the complex to meet Mayumi, and… absolutely nothing happens. It looks as if parts were edited out. In the same time, they had a ton of filler, such as the whole neighbourhood loli thing.

There was a strange refrigeratior moment, in the finale. How does Mayumi know what Maemura said? Only Usa and Ritsu heard it said, I just don’t see either of them relating it.

So, despite the compact size, writing wasn’t at Haibane Renmei level.

The art, however, was outstanding. Creators have gone bananas at the eyes, in particular. And it’s not just my opinion (as @andrea_chii twittered, “one of the best parts of the show for me honestly lol”). The series may merit a Visual Retrospective post later.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Possible