June 19, 2016

I Have Concluded That Bikes are Better than Boats

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 05:01 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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Nearly every season there's a series that surprises me by being a lot better than it sounded like it would be, and this season it was Bakuon!

I thought sure it was going to be a complete disaster. But it's witty and clever and has enough fan service to spice things up without sinking into a swamp of pandering, and in general is surprisingly well done. The manga it's based on is likewise witty and clever and just echi enough to make it nice without sinking into a pattern of pandering.

One of the best things about it is that it doesn't pound its jokes into the ground. The anime is following the manga closely, and the mangaka doesn't feel the need to reach out and grab the reader by the ear and say, "See? SEE? I'm being funny here! Why aren't you laughing?" He's got enough material so he doesn't need to do that, and he's confident enough in his material so he isn't insecure about it all. That kind of restraint is a big part of why the series works so well.

Ep 11 may well have been the best episode in the series so far, because of the Rin-Onsa section in the middle. It was silly and ridiculous and overwrought and terrifically funny, and once they had done it they stopped and went on to something else.

"Kill me while I still have a human soul!" is one of the best comic lines (delivered extraordinarily well by the seiyuu) in recent memory.

The mangaka laughs at his characters (especially Rin) but he isn't cruel to them, and I like that. He loves them, and so do I.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Jun 19 17:15:07 2016 (+rSRq)

2 Yeah...I'm only six episodes in but this is way better than I thought it was going to be. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Jun 19 17:42:50 2016 (/4jFR)

3 For the briefest moment I thought you were going to say that Wargaming.net had come out with World of WarBikes....

(Been playing WoWS heavily this weekend, trying to earn the Kirishima).

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jun 19 18:10:45 2016 (5Ktpu)

4 He's comparing Bakuon! to Haifuri, which by all accounts is a miserable train wreck.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Jun 19 19:42:58 2016 (+rSRq)

5 I thought he discovered Yowamushi Pedal.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Sun Jun 19 20:52:25 2016 (XOPVE)

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