August 27, 2013

So...What's a TOWINC3 Anyway?

This polysyllabically titled show airs on Crunchyroll a week late, so despite my judicious attempt at avoiding spoilers I'd heard considerable chatter about this episode being just wretched and 'worse than the last one'.

Given that the last episode was about our poorly socialized protagonist getting tunnel vision and missing the point of her hobby, I fully expected this episode to be a bit of a downer with Yura's Ahab complex causing issues.

Boy howdy.

One of the overriding themes of this show is sportsmanship. This episode also focuses on the importance of not becoming what one despises and how easy it is to fall into that trap, especially if one feels strongly that one's cause is noble.

The other major point of the show is that the raison d'etre' of a hobby is to enjoy oneself. This is not to say that winning is not important, but the enjoyment is the goal. If lives are not at stake and what you are doing  is unpleasant and wearying without an enjoyable payoff...then one needs to stop doing it or start collecting a paycheck for it.

This is the antithesis of a shonen manga. Japanese society puts a VERY high value on giving your all and going all out whatever the cost. Shonen manga and sports manga tend to do the same with the former focusing on crushing the villain utterly.

This show, is about remembering to step back, breathe, and keep things in perspective...and how easy it is to fail to do that.

Yura is not an idiot, she's young and ignorant. She's learning, like we all do, as she goes and she's making mistakes. There is actual character development here. I'm still liking this show quite a bit though I think I may actually be the only one now.

So...for those of you who've been watching...any bets on whether or not she just flat out shaves her head this time?

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 08:56 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 To Win C3, maybe?

Posted by: Wonderduck at Tue Aug 27 21:27:13 2013 (ZNgWw)

2 I have been outsmarted by a day is complete.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Aug 27 22:50:38 2013 (F7DdT)

3 Brick, 09.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Sat Aug 31 09:44:38 2013 (RqRa5)

4 Adobe, 13

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Sep 1 02:05:18 2013 (F7DdT)

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