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Funari

  • Finland
  • Joined Jul 28, 2008
  • 29 / M

In business since 2001, been watching periodically since then. Or reading. Especially longer titles. Will try out pretty much anything, although I don't really seek out series revolving around same-sex relationships.

Favorite themes: redemption, atonement, mental problems not played for comedy, romances that have flaws and faults (most preferably for both parties) but work through it anyway, people doing the right thing even when the world is not idealistic, happy endings.

Least favorite themes: tsunderes, inflexible, one-dimensional reactions, an unmovable status quo, otherwise sensible characters turning dumber than bricks when love is concerned, characters whose personality you can guess just by looking at them and actually be correct, schadenfreude comedy when inflicted on undeserving targets.

Ratings based on absolutely nothing aside from personal opinion but are mostly about writing and characters since I'm not very good at spotting differences in animation or sound quality.

Disliked:

0.5 - Hated it enough to wonder why it even exists.

1.0 - Everything about it was loathsome. Agony to watch.

1.5 - Still firmly hated, but I can go through an episode without repeated checking of the time in hopes it'll be over soon.

2.0 - It had good ideas or at least some kind of potential, but screwed up with something else badly enough to result in a disappointment in the end.

Eh: 

2.5 - Unremarkable. Could watch without problems, but won't probably remember anything afterwards. Or, in one exception, absolutely loved one half of the series and hated the other half just as much.

3.0 - Alright. Not anything to write home about, but I don't regret watching it, either. Has at least some likable qualities. Could recommend them to people who just want something to watch.

Liked:

3.5 - Basically, a good series, but it also had some annoying quality I just couldn't ignore which took away from the enjoyment. Or it just wasn't good enough. Still, could recommend these to people who like similar works.

4.0 - Solid. A good series through and through, could recommend them to most people. Also, since I vastly prefer happy endings, most depressing series don't rank higher than this.

4.5 - Enjoyed just about every minute. In addition to having its plot and characters together, the series also had something that appealed to me personally. 

5.0 - Mostly the same as 4.5 but also had some kind of peak moment that stuck to my memory. These are the ones I still remember years later.

Life on anime

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Life on manga

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LinkSword says...

I'm glad you liked it (wow, didn't expect you to read it all in one go). I had a similar impression of the manga by the time I finished it. The societal focus was less prominen than that of Kurosawa's as a troubled individual, and while some things kind of veered into the absurd it was a fun, unconventional, interesting read. Even inspiring, I'd say, which is something the manganime media tends to lack.

If you ever have the time and feel like it I'd also recommend Buraiden Gai, by Fukumoto as well. It's way shorter and kind of a middle point between Akagi/Kaiji and Kurosawa: partly thriller (no gambling-oriented) and a bit of social drama/issues.

Jul 27, 2011
LinkSword says...

Nice. It may be hard to get into at first (the first chapters are pretty slow and a wee bit silly at times) so here's hoping it'll be to your liking.

Jul 26, 2011
LinkSword says...

Well, Kurosawa is very different to the usual works by Fukumoto, so the audience it may appeal to is considerably smaller (which is the reason why it will never have an anime, sadly).

Far from the high stakes, lives-on-the-line gambles and shady underground organizations, it focus on a forty-year-old Average Joe without many prospects of future: his work is unsatisfying, he doesn't have a family nor many actual friends and he's far from favored in the looks department.

So the manga is basically about how he copes with this situation and tries to change it - sometimes he succeeds, other times he doesn't. This main character is a strange blend of both pitiful and admirable traits, perhaps both traits reaching much more extreme points than in Kaiji.

And taking after the character, the manga itself might also be the most humorous work of the author, YET the most depressing one because of the more realistic outlook at society through the eyes of your everyday self-considered loser.

It's a manga I really enjoyed reading and the ending is just wonderful, but due to its quirkiness it is pretty hard to recommend. I'd say it's worth a try, now that's up to you.

Jul 26, 2011
LinkSword says...

Favorite themes: redemption, atonement, mental problems not played for comedy, romances that have flaws and faults but work through it anyway.

Also known as Onani Master Kurosawa? Heheh. ^^

Jul 26, 2011
SadisticTendencies says...

Hello!

The current plan for Haibane Renmei is to watch 1 episode per day starting this saturday. Read my post in the forum for more information, and let me know if you want to join us!

Jul 14, 2011