Comic Site Rant: Hannah Montana meets Heroes

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Man, ai-sp@ce sure feels like old news now, but such is the nature of the weekly comic, especially when the hack artist/writer can’t come up with a joke about the news story in question the week it hits and instead decides to make a comic about being a horrible Japanophile. Anyway, here we are with a comic about ai-sp@ce, which is actually just pinched from a bit of a forum exchange, because such things make for the best comics. I don’t know about you, but I actually find this one kind of funny. Sure, the dialogue is stilted and awkward, but with this entire webcomic project thing being a learning experience, I think that’s fine. The artwork is also fine. Yes, there is horribleness in Rets’ fucked up collar in panels 2 and 3 along with some really bad shading, but I like the general look and feel of this one. Boston locals may actually know where this comic takes place. I’m trying to be a less-good Makoto Shinkai by basing backgrounds off real locations. How am I doing??

Dennou Coil sure is something. I think I can only watch it force fed to me 4 or 5 episodes at a time, but it sure is great once you get past those boring opening episodes. My favourite part of the show so far has to be the zombie Illegals attacking Yasako’s house. The kids crossing over to the other side is neat, too. What a wonderfully imaginative show. Not sure how much re-watch value it has, but it certainly is great.

Along with finishing Kaiji up a few days ago, I also finished the wonderful Ryofuko-chan OVA. Various personalities in the comments sections of a number of posts kept telling me to take the plunge, so I did about a week ago, and finally finished it up this week. In my mind, there’s two sects of “otaku entertainment”– boring panderific shit (Yotsunoha, Moetan anime) and hilarious panderific shit with lots of personality and energy (PaniPoni Dash, Hayate no Gotoku.) Ryofuko-chan sits happily in the latter category. Yes, the show has lots of naked lolis, and the opening focuses almost entirely on images of the two main girls in skimpy outfits, but damn is this show just wonderfully absurd. It’s not really laugh out loud funny, but its wacky nature can’t help but put a smile on my face. The mere idea of people from Romance of the Three Kingdoms being cast down from the heavens into the present day– two of them as little girls– is just hilarious. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of people from the past coping with modern life, and Ryofuko makes sure to present this concept in the most humourous way possible. And it doesn’t just focus around lolis– there are a lot of other great side characters, some of which are voiced by epic male seiyuu. Jouji Nakata and Norio Wakamoto are in this! Jouji fucking Nakata! NORIO FUCKING WAKAMOTO! It is also one of the few shows that features a GAR hot blooded loli. So yeah, it’s wonderful, and everyone should watch it. Giant Robo even makes an appearance!

Anyway, it’s half-past-noon already and I have things to do on this long weekend, such as write an essay comparing how Lear and Satan deal with exile in King Lear and Paradise Lost respectively. But that can wait, anime comes first, hurr.

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15 Responses to Comic Site Rant: Hannah Montana meets Heroes

  1. ona says:

    That title comes from the news about the Haruhi novels being licensed, doesn’t it? Stupidest X Meets Y comparison ever.

  2. digitalboy says:

    this comic.. uh…. hit’s close to home >_>

  3. Raht says:

    Just curious, what’s so fucked up with Rets’ collar?

  4. 3x as random says:

    Aah, Ai Sp@ce. I dunno, seems like something you do if you have too much spare time… lol.

    Hug pillows… hmm

  5. rikchik says:

    “The Enrichment Center reminds you that the Stuffed Companion Pillow cannot
    speak. In the event that the Stuffed Companion Pillow does speak, the Enrichment
    Center urges you to disregard its advice.”

  6. Magusman says:

    Tina is in yet another cute outfit~

  7. BrendantheJedi says:

    King Lear and Milton’s Lucifer? Yeah their exile is indeed similar, both being a cause of their own foolish pride (though it extremely different ways). Thier attempts to create their own courts (though Lear’s is far more imaginary), outside of their exiled kingdoms is also similar.

  8. GuardMonkey10 says:

    Was there anything but me suggesting Ryofuoko-chan? The gay guys made me wet myself and the ending song on the first ep had me singing ‘Oni no Pantsu’ for weeks.

  9. >>Raht
    Hueg on one side, small on the other

    >>Magusman
    Lately instead of going to eroge for inspiration, I’ve been using http://web-japan.org/trends/fashion/index.html among other things

    >>BrendantheJedi
    You helped me with a paragraph of my essay ;o

    >>GuardMonkey10
    Maybe it was just you… but I remember one other person, maybe. My memory is so shit.

  10. BrendantheJedi says:

    Glad I could help. Had to read both this year in my AP English class. If your english teachreally wanted, he could have added Hamlet for shits and giggles, him also being exiled due his stuggle against the ruler of Denmark (SImilar to Lear’s conflicts with his daughter, and Satan’s conflict with God).

    If you wanted to contrst the whole thing you could have observed how their siituations were actually kinda flipped. While Lucifer was exiled for his uprising against his creator, Lear was detroned by his kin. But I assume you have already turned the paper in.

  11. Yeah, I’m heading off to class right now…!

  12. moonspeaker says:

    And I thought my english 102 class was bad…

    Still, I’d rather talk about Paradise Lost than discuss the application of Consilience to the relationship of humanities and sciences…

    Gotta love college eh?

  13. Magusman says:

    Clearly, WAH goes to moe art school.

  14. Y’know, I know what T station they’re at ^___^

  15. Maiden_V says:

    Lol, Charles/MGH