[Script] The Devil of Regret – Kanbaru Suruga

Kanbaru Suruga is a character defined by regret. That might not sound like an uncommon statement to use in regards to a Monogatari character. Hitagi regrets her inability to save her mother and play the perfect daughter. Mayoi regrets her early passing and the foolish acts that led to it. Shinobu regrets the monstrous decisions she’s made in her centuries as a vampire, the many killings and betrayals, the simple horrifying boredom of it all. This is a series where regret is the norm, a crushing weight that every one of our characters must somehow lift themselves from.

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[Script] How Comic Girls Nails its Genre

It’s too early to definitively determine anime of the season and with fantastic contenders like Hinamatsuri, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Megalo Box, I won’t even try and do that here. What I am willing to say is that as of the time I wrote this, Comic Girls is the anime I’ve thought about the most this season, and it’s not even close. That’s not to say it’s some revolutionary work, one which requires deep analysis to understand and appreciate. No, that’s very much not the case. It’s just good. Really good. Perhaps one of my favorite shows in its genre good and given that I’m a diehard fan of said genre, that’s saying something. Comic Girls is a show that I think every slice-of-life fan, every cute girl fan, and every yuri fan needs to check out, alongside some others because it’s got a hell of a lot of points of appeal.

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[Script] Tadakoi vs Wotakoi: The Construction of Romantic Comedies

There are two decent romcom anime this season. On the one hand, we have Love is Hard for Otaku, or Wotakoi, and on the other, we have Tada Never Falls in Love, or Tadakoi. The similar abbreviations are hardly the only reason to compare them. Romcoms are a fairly well-played genre at this point, inside and outside of anime. Their general tropes and storytelling techniques vary, to be sure, but there are clear commonalities across them. Perhaps even more than for other genres, it’s instructive to compare how different romcoms succeed and fail so that we can get at the heart of what makes them work in a broader sense. These two are an excellent case study in that, seeing as both have their share of very different positives and negatives, so let’s break those apart and figure out what it takes to make romantic comedies work in the realm of anime.

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[Script] How Does Cutie Honey Universe Stack Up?

You might remember a video I made back in mid-January. Following up on the popularity of Devilman: Crybaby, I covered Re:Cutie Honey, a great Go Nagai adaptation which also doubled as an excellent yuri anime, full of gay girls, fun action, and excellent humor. Directed by Hideaki Anno with lots of freedom given to the Gainax staff that worked on it, it’s truly a great OVA. Well, if you’re one of the 60,000 people who saw that video before it was age restricted and you remember what I said then you might’ve been curious about Cutie Honey Universe, this season’s new adaptation of Nagai’s original manga.

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