Just how boring is K-ON? Let’s put it this way: I paused episode 10 to rewatch an episode of Akikan.
Akikan: Crappy animation, original jokes
K-ON: Uncrappy animation, unoriginal jokes
I’m the king of the world, on a boat like Leo
If you’re on the shore, then you’re sure not Mio
Mio is a terrible character, though she’s not really a character so much as she’s a prop. Props change depending on the nature of the scene. So does Mio. Whatever the scene requires, that’s what she is. Responsibility? Mio. Carelessness? Mio. Optimism? Mio. Fear? Mio. Violence? Mio. Submissiveness? Mio. Is there a personality trait she doesn’t exhibit?
Rather than her character driving the show, the show drives her character. Face it, Mio is nothing more than a pander machine. The only flaw in her design is that she’s too developed for the truest of pedophiles, which is why mini-Mio (a.k.a. Asuza/Asu-nyan/Asu-nomalocaris) was spun-off.
But Baka-Raptor, pandering isn’t necessarily bad!
First of all, x isn’t necessarily y counterarguments against non-absolutes are toothless. Congratulations, you’ve discovered that two different words exist to express two different concepts. Give yourself a pat on the back. Now, instead of trying to explain why pandering isn’t necessarily bad, stick to the point—explain why Mio’s pandering isn’t bad. You can’t. At least the other K-ON characters pander without continuously contradicting their supposed core character traits. Consider Mugi. She panders to the lesbian-loving audience (a.k.a. the world at large). She digs women—that’s her story and she’s sticking to it. (UPDATE: Upon closer inspection, Mugi only displayed lesbian tendencies in one episode.) At no point does she run off and start liking men, tables, or anomalocaridids. Besides, she’s gay for Sawako-sensei, which is totally believable.
Sawako-sensei panders with her costuming, but as with characters other than Mio, her pandering never conflicts with her personality. She’s supposed to be a bit unbalanced, which is totally understandable since I rejected her.
Sorry, Sawako. Even in high school I wasn’t into underage girls. Don’t take it personally. But hey, that’s in the past. Now we’re both 23. Get over it and shoot me a comment.
I’ll give credit where credit is due: Episode 5 was good (but only because of Sawako-sensei). Every other episode sucked. Even Sawako-sensei’s stock has taken a nosedive since episode 5. At first she seemed like she’d be the unchallenged best female character of the season. Now she’s fallen to somewhere in the 20′s.
1. Alice* (Pandora Hearts)
2. Selvaria (Valkyria Chronicles)
3-20. Every character on Queen’s Blade*
21. Nobunaga’s wife (Sengoku Basara)
22. Winry* (FMA II)
Anyway, now that I’ve established in an objective manner that K-ON sucks, you may be wondering why I’m still watching it.
Hey, and I thought you had dropped K-ON! (you had taken quite a hard stance on that one in your previous article)
I don’t know whether I should be relieved that you are watching it anyway or disappointed that you went with the stream rather than assuming your ideas and refusing to watch more ^^
Unfortunately, I cannot drop a giri category show from my lineup for sucking. Each category of my lineup has specific dropping criteria:
|Purpose||To ensure I’ll be watching at least one great show|
|Qualifies if||I have high expectations before watching|
|Can drop if||It sucks|
|Cannot drop if||It remains watchable|
|Purpose||To flaunt my great taste and non-conformity|
|Qualifies if||I have high expectations after watching|
|Can drop if||It sucks and grows in popularity|
|Cannot drop if||It sucks but remains underground|
|Purpose||My viewing pleasure|
|Qualifies if||My subjective rating is substantially higher than my objective rating|
|Can drop if||It subjectively sucks|
|Cannot drop if||It objectively sucks|
|Purpose||To ride out my investment in a franchise|
|Qualifies if||I’ve seen a previous season, read the manga, light novel, etc…|
|Can drop if||It deviates extensively from the original work (e.g. filler)|
|Cannot drop if||It’s watchable|
|Example||Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood|
|Purpose||To stay in touch with the common otaku and criticize his shitty taste|
|Qualifies if||It’s hyped up yet I see little potential (opposite of Sleeper Hit)|
|Can drop if||It loses popularity|
|Cannot drop if||It sucks|
|Purpose||To wash out the pedophilic taste of giri|
|Qualifies if||Its badassery knows no bounds|
|Can drop if||It goes tame|
|Cannot drop if||It sucks|
|Purpose||To broaden my horizons|
|Qualifies if||I know absolutely nothing about this show|
|Can drop if||It sucks once given a legitimate chance|
|Cannot drop if||It sucks before given a legitimate chance|
|Purpose||To keep my anime diet balanced|
|Qualifies if||It covers something (preferably many things) not found elsewhere in my lineup|
|Can drop if||A better show covering at least as much clean-up ground comes along|
|Cannot drop if||It sucks but no better clean-up show comes along|
If I weren’t a blogger, I’d have no need for the giri category. However, as a blogger, it’s my duty to stomach the popular crap so I can warn you not to. Does this make me a hero? Absolutely.
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