October 05, 2015

Questions For My Readers Regarding Matters of No Importance

Some months ago, in a moment of indiscipline, I picked up a DVD of Did You Order the Hossenfeffer? and, having watched the first three episodes I'm wondering if I've missed something.

Where ARE they? It looks like Rotterdam and I initially thought that the protagonist (Cocoa) was, in fact, an exchange student, but everyone else has (unlikely) Japanese names and the mannerisms, school related rituals and references to samurai indicate this is not the case. Sentai's subtitling seemed a tad off at first, and I was wondering if I'd missed something or this is just set in "Myazaki land", a theme park...or perhaps Hokkaido. 

Setting aside, the show seems to be a standard CGDCT series but has made me laugh a couple of times. However, the cast has transcended quirky and appears to have been generated by randomly pulling approved ipseities from Tumbler. We've got the directionally challenged, the lesbian, the autistic cubist, the girl intimately in touch with her exotic culture who is not from the American southeast, and the tribble who identifies as a pre-op transexual rabbit. In contrast, there is also something of a combo breaker...

...the badass barista of competence who warrants a completely different sort of trigger warning. There is no indication as of yet that her Browning is an air-soft...which simply adds more questions about the setting.

(I've noted no zombies as of yet but remain hopeful)

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 10:39 AM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 The "Fake Europe" setting is rather common. Sometimes it's rather medieval (an excellent example of it can be seen in GBF of all things! ). Other times it's a fantasy tinged, such as in Haibane Renmei. Or it may be "realistic fake Europe" like in Kokoro Toshokan. Either way, it's a common idiom and Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka follows it right on center. I specifically mean a common idiom outside of sword-and-sourcery genre, where it is a part of the standard setting both in Japan and U.S.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Mon Oct 5 15:13:01 2015 (RqRa5)

2 Oh, and just for the record, GochiUsa didn't earn top marks at Ani-nouto. Even came close to being dropped, despite being intensely popular among my co-workers. Steven was more positive, but he's in it for screencaps.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Mon Oct 5 15:25:10 2015 (RqRa5)


As Pete says, all I did was scan through it looking for plunder. But if there's any actual plot to the series I couldn't discern it. It's pure "cute girls doing cute things" from one end to the other.

Rize (the one in your picture) is the prize, though. She's the one who owns all the guns.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Mon Oct 5 15:49:10 2015 (+rSRq)

4 I wan't sure. There were an awful lot of Japanese specific cultural references and those threw me. 
It's pleasant enough, I've laughed out loud a couple of times, but it cranks the möe up to disturbing levels. 3 episodes may be the maximum safe dose in a sitting without risking insulin shock.
Rize, however, Rize is win. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Oct 5 17:12:02 2015 (LImEF)

5 Wait until you see Aoyama.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Mon Oct 5 17:25:57 2015 (RqRa5)

6 My owner and I tried as hard as we could to like this show.  I think we made it to ep nine or so, then gave up.  It may have been their attempt to introduce a plot that finally ruined it for us.  Many, many charming elements along the way, though.

Posted by: Clayton Barnett at Mon Oct 5 17:53:34 2015 (lU4ZJ)

7 The second season starts on Saturday if you're after more.

Posted by: Riktol at Wed Oct 7 14:35:34 2015 (7kvRN)

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