The Chuuni Corner

Anime reviews, Chuunibyou, and other writings

Review/discussion about: Durarara!!x2 Ketsu

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu / Episode 6 / Anri speaking with Saki for the first time

Edible but not satisfying

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu is like this grilled-cheese-and-honey-mustard sandwich I ate the other day.

Could’ve been appetizing – but ultimately wasn’t.

Read the rest of this entry »

Review/discussion about: KonoSuba

KonoSuba / Episode 8 / Aqua, Kazuma, Megumin, and Darkness arriving at the mansion in need of exorcising

The opposite of useless

That night, as I started to drift off to sleep, my brain spoke to me. You forgot to brush your teeth. Gross, dude. I got up, half-groggy, and started to make my way to the bathroom. I was unfamiliar with the room’s layout, and it was dark, so I fumbled and felt for the door.

Once inside, I turned on the lights and began to brush my teeth. My eyes weren’t open, and I was barely conscious. Both of which made the sound of a door opening behind me that much more nerve-racking.

When I looked in the mirror, I saw my father sitting on the toilet in the bathroom closet. I stared at him, dumbfounded, wondering what in the world he was doing.

My father only said a single word: “Hellooooo!”

I laughed so hard, toothpaste sprayed across the counter. My father started to laugh uncontrollably, too. Our combined laughter woke up my mother and my two siblings. Upon seeing me foaming at the mouth and leaning over the sink, and John squatting on the john, they couldn’t help but laugh as well. It was a happy beginning to a truly happy vacation.

I don’t fully know what prompted my father to push open his door and say hi, but his ridiculous decision led to comedy genius. Thankfully for KonoSuba, it likewise made the right decisions.

Read the rest of this entry »

KonoSuba and Comedy Through Theory

Konosuba / Episode 3 / Kazuma, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness sitting down for dinner following the mass-cabbage attack

What makes something comedic?

What do you call a Japanese upperclassman who is good at math?

Sen-pi.

That’s a variation of a joke I found on a discussion thread where people provided anime-related funnies. I like the joke. It’s short, contains wordplay, and uses a vital mathematical concept. But for others, the joke falls as flat as a circle.

Why is that? What makes one person grin at a joke or a pie to the face while the next person barely reacts at all?

Take another example: KonoSuba. Hilarious characters and silly situations turn it into a really funny anime. At least, to many of those that have watched the show, including myself.

The question still lingers: why? What makes KonoSuba so gosh darn funny? And for others, what makes KonoSuba not so funny?

The following essay will, with KonoSuba‘s help, investigate comedy — where it came from, why it works, and how it gets applied. Hopefully, by the end of this piece, you will not only have a better appreciation of comedy but also a better appreciation of KonoSuba overall.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Read the rest of this entry »

Review/discussion about: Garo: Guren no Tsuki

Garo: Guren no Tsuki / Episode 1 / The first shot of the Golden Knight

Moon-sized issues

A haiku I title “Moon-Filled Sandwich.”

Numerous problems

Garo: Guren no Tsuki

Abysmal; awful

Read the rest of this entry »

Review/discussion about: Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen

Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen / Episode 19 / Kuon and Haku riding a bot to Tousukuru

Facelift required

I’ve never had amnesia.

The closest I have ever come to memory loss was the few hours following the removal of my wisdom teeth. While I wish to save the actual wisdom-teeth anecdote for later, suffice it to say that I do not remember anything that happened once the anesthesia kicked in. My parents tell me that I blubbered like a buffoon, though. Which, in all honesty, I could see myself doing.

Unfortunately for Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen, it ends up as a forgetful experience, too.

Read the rest of this entry »

Review/discussion about: Dimension W

Dimension W / Episode 12 / Kyouma and Mira looking off into the distance

In need of energy

When I was a kid, I would play video games so much that I had to constantly beg my parents to keep a reserve of batteries in the house. We actually stashed them in the refrigerator, believing that having them at a colder temperature would somehow make them last longer.

Whether or not that’s true, though, I cannot say. What I can say is that Dimension W needed to replace its own batteries at some point but never got the memo.

Read the rest of this entry »

Review/discussion about: Erased

Erased / Episode 9 / Satoru looking up at the wintry sky

Time to believe

Erased reminds me of my own time working in the pizza business.

I didn’t deliver the pizzas, though. I was the Shift Leader. I wasn’t there for too long, but I remember it vividly. I managed the phones, created the pies, directed my drivers, took the orders, and tabulated the register.

And the cleaning. My gosh, the cleaning. Every nook. Every counter. Every flippin’ bin. While I did not work there for very long, I cleaned so much it felt as if I had antibacterial liquid oozing out of my hands.

As an anime, Erased was not pristine, but it certainly ended up being a very clean experience nonetheless.

Read the rest of this entry »

Review/discussion about: Sekkou Boys

Sekkou Boys / Episode 1 / The Sekkou Boys introducing themselves for the first time

Sculpted but imperfect

The Thinker. David. Lincoln of the Lincoln Memorial.

Sculptures, like those above, have been a staple form of art ever since people realized that they could manipulate stone. Either to immortalize legends or demonstrate the intricacies of the craft, sculptures are more than just heavy pieces of rock.

The sculptures of Sekkou Boys are the same. While they likewise have the status and the looks backing them, they also bring their charm to this animated medium.

Read the rest of this entry »

Review/discussion about: God Eater

God Eater / Episode 11 / Lenka after being instrcuted by Tsubaki to save Rindou

GPS required

Compasses are basically tiny magnets that are attracted to the magnetic poles of the Earth.

They’re fascinating. They don’t usually look like much – a round casing, some lettered markings, and a red-white dial rotating about the center – but their ability to guide, to lead. They are an invaluable tool for any adventurer. Any person, really.

God Eater has a compass. Believe it or not, it actually has symbolic purpose. But the anime still misdirects itself regardless.

Read the rest of this entry »

Review/discussion about: Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu / Episode 12 / Atomu, Bunta, Yuuki, Kuroda, Ando, and Yuuki in their club room, waiting to hear news about how their VN performed on the market on its first day

Stuck somewhere in the wasteland

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu features a cast creating a visual novel (often denoted as “VN”). And it’s the perfect opportunity to (briefly) talk about my first (and only) VN that I have ever completed: the famous Katawa Shoujo.

For those that don’t know, Katawa Shoujo is a VN created by a random yet passionate group of people from the Internet (mostly from 4Chan). It’s about a boy discovering life, learning about himself, and finding love along the way. The twist? He and the other girls have a specific handicap.

Without spoiling anything, I will just say that the whole experience is wonderful. In fact, I technically consider it the best VN I have ever played.

While Shoujo-tachi has some strengths and it’s not a VN, I cannot technically say the same about it.

Read the rest of this entry »