*DB realise on lea to post on this blog (bad squirrel)*
With it being Easter, I thought it was time the Dango Bunny made a return. How often I post will depend on finding the time to write about things, but I would like to make it a fairly regular event. Another problem has been finding things to write about although for this post I have found a subject that been causing me confusion for some time now.
My chosen topic for this post, are the age ratings concerning manga and anime as well as the content that seems to escape review when deciding a certificate. Don’t worry this won’t be a rant about what we can see and what we can’t, it is more about things being consistent and that material is checked properly.
To start with I am going to pick on a series that is actually a favourite of mine, but does make me question what those who have to decide these ratings were thinking. The books get an older teen rating and in the U.K., it get’s 12 certificate for season 1 and a 15 certificate for season 2. In a lot of ways the certification is correct as the second season is more fan service heavy than season 1. My problem lies in what the fan service is telling the audience. Spoiler Alert! In one particularly fan service heavy episode, we are treated to many lingering bathing scenes allowing us to have long looks at the female protagonists in the nude. Normally this isn’t too bad, if the ages of the girls are left open to question, in other words you think that the girl or girls in question are of a legal age, but with this episode the story pointedly tells you one of the girls is 15 and another is 14, making them underage. So they have got the audience to ogle underage girls. Now I admit that it isn’t done in a sexual as such but that fact that you end up watching underage nudity is a bit unsettling.
Now I admit that this isn’t the first or only manga or anime to do this. Dance in the Vampire Bund has a great exciting and violent story which gives it a mature/18 certificate but it’s most disconcerting aspect is its lead character. Most vampire stories make the point that vampires are immortal and are trapped at the age at which they become a vampire, in this case our protagonist is ancient but has the body of a little girl. This wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the numerous times that she appears naked or in sexy underwear.
Then you get something like Negiho. Negiho is a spin-off from the Negima series. The difference is that the teacher is an adult and the girls are pre-schoolers. This proves very disconcerting as the girls try to impress their teacher in a bid to win his love. Visually there is nothing to worry the censors but it is just the concept that is worrying. It doesn’t do anything wrong except just constantly gives you an unsettled feeling.
My problem is what is to be done about it all. You see it’s not just anime and manga that has these kinds of issues. Modern TV is having these problems too. With the rise of historical and fantasy TV shows there seems to a greater tolerance of rape. The problem to me seems to be it happened in history so it’s permissible. The books that these shows are based on don’t help as scenes are already in the pages, it’s just where these books appealed to a niche audience, and thanks to shows like Game of Thrones these books are receiving a new popularity with a wider audience.
It may seem like I am on a bit of a downer here but to me that’s not the case, I still enjoy shows like these (except Negiho, which always makes me cringe) and always will but I just had these thoughts that I wanted to get off my chest. I suppose the question I am asking myself is are we getting too tolerant and is that ok? Other people may see these things a completely different way and I have no problem with that as after all it is our differences that make us fun.
I watched it because I read a review saying this was really deplorable and was a contender for worst anime of the year…. o-o turns out my standards for bad are too high.
I can sum up this anime in one word: cheap
The animation is cheap,
The designs look cheap
And writing feels cheap.
This is a budget anime!
I even think that the studio has stolen other character designs that look somewhat similar to the manga just to keep the price down. I would be surprised at all if this anime gets in trouble for plagiarism (it has happened before).
What is the show about: A demon/angle has a
death note kiss note. When two people’s names are written in it they have to kiss/marry or they die.
If this was a 15 minute per episode show I might see it working however, with each episode being full length and the amount of insanity they displayed in the first episode…I can see this becoming a train wreck really fast.
*coming back slowly*
This is about a boy who is forced to join a space police force and has an alien inside him.
This show is a collage of different anime styles…. which unfortunately works more against it the for it. In a manga using the background to express an emotion is normal, when you do it in an anime it just looks strange and out of place. O-T They come sporadically for no reason and then go as fast as they came (like a fart in the wind). Was it meant to be funny?
I did learn while studying this anime that it was made by the same person who wrote “hit man reborn” (that heavy explains the humour).
^_o Far as Teen anime go this is satisfyingly good; the show has way more than enough energy to keep my attention.
I still have no idea what possessed the director to give that woman bouncy breast! however, that’s one problem in a pretty entertaining anime (can easily see how people would be turned off by this).
This is written like it’s for a young shounen audience.
The style looks like it’s for a young shounen audience.
Y_Y Why the hell is there jiggly breast in an anime for 8-12 year olds!
I have seen shounen woman with big breast however, I have never seen it this overtly sexual. If the show is not made for for 8-12 year olds WHO WERE YOU PLANING ON SELLING THIS TOO!
This anime is clearly made with really young boys in mind.
I’m going though my back catalogue of anime and came to a realisation: There are too many bland anime in this list!
o-O I have the morning off next week which means I can watch more anime no problem, however, I feel like a lot of the shows on my list are so bland that I can already guess how they are going to end.
In 2014 I found that there was a lot more risks taken in the variety of show being released….why have we gone back to playing it safe????
It feels like loads of anime released in 2015-2016 are just going to be lost to time thanks to how little impact they left (they are not bad, they are not bad, they are just average).
What is this anime about? I don’t know; they didn’t establish anything reassembling a plot,story or even a premise. The show is about a guy who is found with no memory and is now working in a Town….or is it a village??? while being watched over by a cat girl.
There is a basis for an idea there, wonder what the anime will do with it???
It feels like I’m watching an opening to an RPG…..which just makes me want to play an RPG.
It’s really pretty and the music compliments it so well, I just wish that this first episode could have set something moving just to make the show feel a little less slow and shallow.
I’m not even halfway into the episode, I’M THAT BORED!
Everyone sounds lifeless, the animation is lifeless and the main plot it taking WAY too long to set itself up.
plus look at this:
she clearly lands on top of him.
Y_Y In the next shot she fell backwards!
Did she bounce off him??????
Even if I wasn’t watching the Dub I can see a lot of problems with this anime!
T-o Where is this anime set??? You might say: “It’s London” Then why is Ciel dressed like a male lolita???? I doubt lolita fashion was a thing during any random British time period they are going for.
The animation is passable and the writing feel unbalanced at times (It’s hard to mix comedy and drama without splitting you anime in half).
Do people only like this show because Sebastian is attractive or dose it improve to amazing levels?
This is one of the first shows in a long time where I’m willing to talk about each episode individually.
This anime feels like it will be the Magical warfare of 2017! It will start off in a bad place and end up in an amazing terrible place.
From what information I could find this anime comes from china and is based on a Chinese web comic.
At least with magical warfare it was a publish book, this on the other hand is a web comic…a lot more room to slip up don’t you say.
strap yourself in we are in for a bumpy ride.
Black Butler is about a demon butler who is contractually linked to Ciel Phantomhive.
I have heard a lot about this anime and my reaction to the first 2 episodes was…. *drumroll*… annoyance.
I might have to re-watch it subbed because the Dub voices are so fake that my brain is naturally rejecting them as people (I don’t usually have a problem with Dub’s).
Seeing as I have read 2 volumes of the manga I think a little more context needs to be given to this one line: “I’m one hell of a butler”
In the manga I don’t think you know he is a demon when he first drops the line making you think:“There is something more sinister to this guy.” In the anime your reaction to the line after hearing it many times in 2 episodes is “It’s not funny the hundredth time you say it!”.
The animation looks feasible and the diversions from the source are understandable.