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I bitched about it to [livejournal.com profile] sleepyscribbles, I've mentioned it on Tumblr, and now I post about the monstrosity that is this anime. (Also, we mention characters named Odin and Alice, who are our original characters. Long story short: Odin was a womanizing and inconsiderate jerk of mine who makes babies cry at the sight of him, and Alice was unfortunate enough to date him for a short while.)


Me (11:08:42 PM): Itazura Na Kiss
Me (11:08:43 PM): Basically,
Me (11:09:11 PM): there's this girl who isn't very smart but very high-spirited, who's crushing on this cold-hearted jerk who looks down on her because she isn't in the same class as him.
Me (11:09:34 PM): She tries to confess her love to him through a form of a love letter, and he just rejects her without even reading the letter.
Me (11:10:09 PM): Through some random coincidences and situations that involve her house falling down, she ends up living with her father's best friend, who conveniently enough is the father of the boy she's crushing on.
Me (11:10:26 PM): Like, I watched the first four episodes just because I was curious after seeing some scene on YouTube, and it was ... really really terrible.
Me (11:11:06 PM): She never got to tell him off for being a jerk to her even though e deserved it, because the show was obsesed with showing HOW NICE OF A GUY HE REALLY REALLY IS UNDERNEATH, and whenever she tried to stand up to him, the scene was almost always interrupted with lol hilarity from the supporting characters.
Me (11:11:24 PM): And whenever she tried to stand up to him and make the message stick, he'd end up proving her wrong or doing something else that was really horrendous.
Me (11:11:46 PM): One scene in particular, he does read her love letter. Only to read it out loud to her. In front of their families. To mock her.
Me (11:12:00 PM): ...yet the scene still sets him up as SOME GUY WHO IS SECRETLY NICE ON THE INSIDE.
Me (11:12:01 PM): :|
Me (11:12:07 PM): He is like, Odin if he had brains.
Me (11:12:55 PM): I ended up hate watching the first four and then I dropped it like a bad habit.
Me (11:13:21 PM): CONCLUSION: research a show's plot before you even watch it. Yes.
BFF (11:13:54 PM): wow
BFF (11:13:55 PM): wow
BFF (11:14:04 PM): that sounds... what
Me (11:14:06 PM): Yeah.
BFF (11:14:09 PM): why would anyone watch that EVER
BFF (11:14:11 PM): eugh
Me (11:14:15 PM): I thought it was just me, because this show is popular.
Me (11:14:18 PM): And people genuinely ship them.
Me (11:14:22 PM): I DON'T GET IT.
BFF (11:14:28 PM): ew.
Me (11:14:30 PM): Oh, and the end of the series?
Me (11:14:35 PM): He decides to be a doctor, so what does she do?
Me (11:14:40 PM): BECOME A NURSE TO BE BY HIS SIDE FOREVER AND EVER.
Me (11:14:45 PM): She never gets to define herself without him.
Me (11:15:10 PM): But it's okay because he actually secretly loved her and he's a really nice guy!
Me (11:15:11 PM): :|
BFF (11:15:32 PM): ...yeah no.
Me (11:15:52 PM): Seriously, he even helps her study for this exam so she can end up on some board with the Top 50 students in the school with him.
Me (11:16:07 PM): She passes the exam, ends up at #50, but she still did it and proved to him that she really isn't as dumb as he thinks she was.
Me (11:16:10 PM): ... next episode?
Me (11:16:29 PM): It's revealed she failed the next exam so she isn't on the b oard anymore. It's revealed for a few seconds at the beginning if the episode.
Me (11:16:31 PM): It's like,
Me (11:16:34 PM): WHAT THE FUCK WAS THE POINT THEN?
BFF (11:16:41 PM): ...
Me (11:16:48 PM): Was it just to show HOW NICE he was and HOW HE ACTUALLY BELIEVED IN HER and all that shit
BFF (11:16:48 PM): this just sounds really sexist and awful
Me (11:16:54 PM): It is!
Me (11:17:00 PM): It just.
Me (11:17:00 PM): Ugh.
BFF (11:17:02 PM): LOL GIRLS ARE DUMB AND SHOULD PUT UP WITH WHATEVER GUYS DO
Me (11:17:02 PM): I hate no words.
Me (11:17:17 PM): And even though he says and does atrocious things to her,
Me (11:17:23 PM): SHE STILL LOVES HIM AGAINST HER OWN BETTER JUDGMENT.
Me (11:17:26 PM): Even though she knows better.
BFF (11:17:29 PM): pffffft
Me (11:17:38 PM): It isn't the WORST I've ever heard, but it's terrible.
Me (11:17:46 PM): and that was just the first four episodes.
BFF (11:17:49 PM): that would be like
BFF (11:17:54 PM): alice staying with odin
BFF (11:18:02 PM): OH HE'LL STOP FOOLING AROUND EVENTUALLY :D h
Me (11:18:02 PM): IT WOULD.
BFF (11:18:07 PM): like yeah no
BFF (11:18:17 PM): not until you dump his ass and tell him off
Me (11:18:24 PM): OH I KNOW HE'S A JERK AND HE DOESN'T RESPECT ME AND HE HUMILIATES ME IN FRONT OF MY FRIENDS AND OUR FAMILIES
Me (11:18:26 PM): BUT HE LOVES MEEEEE

The coherent version: Based on the four episodes I've watched (never agaaaaain), Itazura Na Kiss is awful. The male lead Naoki Irie doesn't deserve the female lead Kotoko because she's too nice for him, and I don't understand how anyone expected an audience to empathize with him. And she certainly didn't deserve some guy who didn't respect her and I was sorry to hear that she ended up marrying him. Ugh.

Also, the supporting cast is boring and lackluster, in both personality and character design, so if you hate the leads and you hope to at least find a minor character to love like I'd do, then you're fucked. It's specifically set up so you have no choice but to watch the show for the lead characters.

MAN, it's rare for an anime series to piss me off. It only took four episodes! It's not as bad as Hot Gimmick, but it's up there. I'm going to heal myself with School Rumble because so far that show's been adorable and hilarious.

Date: 2010-07-18 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asylumiss.livejournal.com
I know nothing about this anime but Hot Gimmick is fucking DIRE. I don't know how anyone could like any of the characters in that manga, and the art was terrible. HANDS BIGGER THAN THEIR HEADS.

Date: 2010-07-18 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samatethecookie.livejournal.com
Trust me, you don't want to know anything about this anime. It's horrible. I doubt it gets any better based on the first four episodes. (Then again, in my experience, if I can't get into a show within the first five episodes, then it's time to drop it and move on.)

Every time I hear anything about Hot Gimmick, I just physically retch. It's an incredibly demeaning and offensive series; it stands as a textbook example of an abusive relationship more than anything, except it ends with a happily ever after than the actual truth.

I've never paid attention to the art so I took another look and...yeah, I can't unsee it now. THEIR HAAAANDS.
Edited Date: 2010-07-19 01:02 am (UTC)

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