Friday, January 19, 2018

Alright, Alright

Long time commenter LBD said, Dark Herald, next time you decide to publish an image as disturbing as the two quad amputee women in the last post, PLEASE give a warning so we can choose NOT to see it. I felt violated, it was so nauseating, and now I am trying to figure out a way to unsee it. How do I get it out of my memory?

Two things.  

First, the blond is actually a guy.  It's Go-Nagai' artwork so your confusion is understandable.

Second, I did say that Go-Nagai is the Japanese John Scalzi, so you can't say you weren't warned.

Now as for mental White Wash.  Two possibilities are offered.

Both are live action shows based on Manga that Go-Nagai had nothing to do with, which is an automatic plus.

The first is Good Morning Call


A pleasant little high school rom-com.  The basic plot is that Our Adorkable Heroine is suddenly forced to share an apartment with the Hottest Aloof Alpha Guy in her school.  The living independently as a teen thing is very Japanese as a cultural thing.  Anyway, HAAG initially rebuffs the very tentative advances of OAH  Then she does stuff that annoys him and then they start to win each other over.  It works as a romance because the audience roots for the romance.  It's the whole "can't you idiots see you're crazy about each other" thing?

But what held my interest was the style of the telling of this tale.  It was live action but using the tropes, stereotypes and visuals of anime.  That was new to me.



The Second and slightly more interesting one is, Kantaro the Sweet Tooth Salaryman.


Now this one is really more for fans of the original version of Iron Chef.   Kantaro has a kind of all encompassing, Mister Spock like obsession with desserts, which in and of itself totally makes sense if you have ever known a highend Chocolatier.  Seriously, those guys are like monks, no reason to think their fanboys would be any different.


The food monk in question
Naughty monk!
Naughty!

And no, nothing is going on under the table, that is just his reaction to pancakes with maple syrup. Which the Japanese completely get wrong of course.

Kantaro got a job as a salesman so he could "play hooky" and sneak off to have dessert dates by himself.  This "playing hooky" is a big no-no in Japan.  Although speaking from experience every salesman on Earth does it.  But if he gets caught he will lose his dream job ya-da, ya-da. 

There is a Sally Love-Interest who is hopelessly in love with him and haplessly pursuing him.  He has an enemy salesman, whom Kantaro has displaced from his position as Number One Salesman.  So he is determined to destroy Kantaro no matter what.  My second favorite character was Kantaro's tough as nails, "only Closers get coffee," sales-manger boss who totally nailed his part.  The actor got that one right in every possible way.  

My favorite character appeared in only one episode.  When you first meet Kantaro in the opener you wonder, "he's so weird, whats his damage?"  Then you let that question slide beneath surface as you realize that this show is a little too goofy to worry about things like that.

Then towards the end of the season the curtain rises on  Kantaro's mother (a dentist) calling to tell him that she has a Continuing Education Conference in his neck of the woods that she needs to attend and can he put her up for night? Excellent I'll be there at seven.  His mother's voice drops an octave or two when she asks him, "Kantaro-chan, you haven't been eating sweets have you?" And then holds her high pitched, whirring dentist's drill up to the phone's mike. A cavalcade of childhood horrors wash across Kantaro's face and you suddenly realize the extent of his "damage."

Anyway, I liked both of them.  

LBD if neither of these can wash the horrors of Go-Nagai out of your head I suggest taking up heavy drinking.

Okay, we're done here.

2 comments:

LBD said...

DH:

Thanks for the reply. My Netflix free trial ends in a week and I’m not re-upping so I think I need to binge on Kantaro this weekend. I “discovered” the original Iron Chef just before it was picked up for an English version. Loved the original Japanese version, much more quirky.

LBD said...

DH:

I am now watching the fourth episode of Kantaro. Holy crap, what a weird and funny show it is! That’s the kind of porn I can really appreciate. Slow motion dessert sensuality. Thanks so much for sharing it.