On Tsumiki Kuzushi

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The cover of the book.

Hozumi Takanobu is a Japanese actor who’s had a lengthy career – he debuted in 1953. However, none of the many roles he’s played in films and TV series immortalized him as much as a certain book he’s written in 1982… His Tsumiki Kuzushi: Oya to Ko no 200-nichi Sensou (which translates to Toppling the Block Tower: The 200 Days-long Parent-Child War) is a piece of fiction based on fact which chronicles the long struggle of a family with their very problematic single daughter. The book was a bestseller – one year later it was adapted into a 7 episode-long TV series which multiplied the story’s success and set the record for highest ratings among J-dramas. The record that hadn’t been beaten for decades.

Why would I watch an old-ass topical J-drama from the eighties, you ask? It’s because Tsumiki Kuzushi is heavily referenced in this OreImo doujinshi by Takotsuboya, whom you might remember for his infamous cruelly subversive K-ON doujin trilogy. Or that copypasta about TK’s multiple failed attempts at becoming a professional mangaka. If I was sarcastic, I’d say the intertextual allusions he makes are giving his age away. Anyway, I remembered the drama’s title to this day and… imagine the excitement I felt when I recently stumbled upon the ugly VHS rips of the drama on Nyaa. That place is a magnificent treasure trove. Anyway, is this tale special enough to be referenced in the second decade of the 21th century?

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HaneBad or Vengeance with a Racquet

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The Beast.

On a whim, average high school girl Fujisawa Elena decides she should join an after-school club. Ignoring its bad rep, she picks the badminton club (or the Bad Club) and drags her childhood friend, cute girl Hanesaki Ayano with her, against her will. Elena doesn’t know that quite yet, but what she did will open up a particularly ugly can of worms…

It’s been a while since I last wrote up a current anime, has it not? HaneBad (はねバド) is an adaptation of a sports comic, one about badminton. Every single sport has been made into a manga, after all. When the anime was announced, I knew I’d give it a shot. I mean, who hasn’t played badminton?

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On Rokka no Yuusha v5

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The cover.

Hi, it’s time for the penultimate, fifth volume of Rokka no Yuusha. The fourth book ended on a firework of a cliffhanger: the Black Barrenbloom, the tool which Tgurneu wants to use to eliminate all Braves at once turned out to be Fremy. Is she the Seventh as well? Adlet, after hearing the news, decides to keep it a secret at least for a little while for Fremy’s sake. The party of heroes moves on to the Temple of Fate. Inside, at the bottom of a maze, they make a certain unbelievable discovery…

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On Hidamari no Ki

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The tree from the title.

Tuesday, 1 AM – that’s when NTV has been showing their adult-oriented anime, usually produced by Madhouse, which is now owned by the aforementioned TV station. Recently, the timeslot even got a name – AnichU. The timeslot itself is much, much older than the name, however – for well over a decade, it’s been a valuable haven for seinen anime, which included tens of my favorite anime. Kaiji, Souten Kouro, Chihayafuru… The list is too long to mention them all here. There was a time when I was watching those shows live through KeyholeTV, that’s how precious this hour in the middle of the night is. This time, I’d like to write about an early specimen of NTV-Madhouse production, one from year 2000.

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On Nozaki Mado Gekijou

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The cover.

Hi there. Remember Seikai Suru Kado, that sci-fi anime that wasn’t sure whether its for or against progress? This time, I’m gonna write about a different work by Nozaki Mado, a comedic story collection from 2012 titled Nozaki Mado Gekijou. The stories were being serialized in Dengeki Bunko Magazine – that was my first contact with Mado. An issue I’ve once bought contained Mori no Ongakudan. The book consists of 24 stories out of which 17 were old content from the magazine, while the remaining 7 are never-before published content, and some of them are stated explicitly as having been rejected. Later, in 2015, a second volume of stories by Mado was published under the title 野崎まど劇場(笑). By the way, the picture on the cover’s flaps shows Mado as a woman, but a picture from his entry on MAL shows a dude, so… the question of Nozaki Mado’s gender remains a mystery. In this post, I’m not going to write about all of the stories in this volume, but only a certain few of them…

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