Last Sinner here. The October anime season has started, meaning stupidity will be on a peak within the anime world for the next few weeks. So it’s time to pull no punches and reveal the abnormally stupid activity of the last week. Just remember if you ended up on this list – I didn’t put you on this list! YOU put you on this list!
#5 – To start things off, it’s yet another dating service fiasco. Yes, another! But this one is even more shameful than last week’s Tiger & Bunny ploy. This week’s is designed for K-ON! fans in search of a potential partner. Males fork out $78 while the ladies need only fork out a meagre $13 to meet up at an Italian restaurant for refresments and dessert. To make things worse, the dating service is freely admitting they are in desperate need of women for the event. People – the moment you make your event sound desperate is as much an alarm bell for the guys to avoid rocking up as well as the girls! Instead of sounding desperate, why not build on the classy setting K-ON! fans dig? Hold a cake styling seminar. Maybe a tea ceremony. Or let the ladies loose on guitars for a few minutes each and have some karaoke to boot! K-ON! fans thrive on aesthetic pleasure. If you’re sounding desperate, you’re freely admitting there virtually will be none!
#4 – Next on the list is SHAFT’s favourite go-to author for high sales material – NisiOisin. Yes, it seems after Bakemonogatari became the #1 series in the 2000 onwards era for average sales per volume, NisiOisin will now be a constant source of material for SHAFT. Particularly since Nisemongatari, which is a sequel to Bakemonogatari, has had the green light lit for production in 2012, on top of Kizumonogatari getting a film production. Okay, really SHAFT?! Are we going to see an endless chain of sequels from this guy for the next 10 years?! How is this supposed to be helping anime evolve or attract new fans when all you’re doing is the same old, same old to satisfy a fraction of the existing fandom?! Seriously, are we supposed to worship Shinbo if he’s got one good trick that he keeps repeating over and over via this guy?! Then again, it worked for Hideaki Anno and ‘The War’…wait, why am I saying that?!
#3 – At Number 3 comes a very chilling grab for cash that makes me wonder who would burn that much cash on it. Japanese media company Bandai Visual celebrated the 30th anniversary of the classic science-fiction manga Akira by authorising the vv the signature red jacket of the main character Kaneda. The jacket is made from oil-softened cowhide leather and comes in Japanese sizes medium, large, double-large, and triple-large. The problem is theLaLaBit Market site is retailing for $910. I mean, c’mon! 1k after shipping for a fan jacket?! You could buy some top class clothes at that much?! Hell, I’m sure there’s better cosplay outfits at that price! Why on earth is old school fandom so blatantly overpriced?! Hell, K-ON! fans are getting encouraged to buy $50 items from boutique stores to get free K-ON! merchandise. Stop driving the veterans away from anime fandom!
Now for a little reprieve from the stupidity as I hand out the ‘Anti-Baka Mallet Shield Pass’. If the bearer of this pass should ever find themselves in mortal danger from mallet-wielding yanderes, just display this pass – and you shall be spared! The inaugural winners of this pass are the Japan Tourism Agency of the Japanese government. Japan is aiming to restore foreign tourism in the wake of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake by offering free airfare to 10,000 overseas tourists next year. The agency will mainly accept applications online, and if an applicant’s travel plans meet the program’s criteria, the agency will sponsor the applicant’s round-trip airfare to Japan. The purpose of the program is to have participants spread the word of their travels online and, by extension, the safety of visiting Japan now. The agency is allocating 1.1 billion yen (about US$14 million) from its requested 2012 budget for the program. Now THERE is initiative! Well well, fellow anime fans! If you’ve ever been hoping of being able to afford to visit Japan, here’s your chance! Kudos, Japan.
Now back to the stupidity!
#2 – Now it pains me to do so, but due to proper hygeine standards, this week’s runner-up place must go to a former noitaminA show in Moyashimon, a tale about a guy who could see microbes – which looked like mini-plushies. Said microbes are now available in a bath set being made by Kodansha. Aka as sponge toys. Now – after being informed by female friends about the danger of yeast ever getting near their downstairs department, am I the only one thinking there’s a potential epidemic of poor hygeine south of the waistline?! Yeast and the downstairs department are a recipe for disaster! And I bet the Moyashimon crew won’t be cleaning up that mess!
#1 – And the pinnacle of stupidity for this week goes to TV Tokyo, after they announced that Series 2 of Squid Girl would be forced into a hiatus for two weeks due to ‘circumstances at the TV station.’ It was soon revealed the reason was TV Aichi and TV Osaka, the other two networks airing the show, started their broadcasts two weeks after TV Tokyo and needed to catch up. Hence the delay for TV Tokyo’s broadcast. So before you Squid Girl fans go ‘What the squid?!’ and start wreaking havoc on the face of the planet when you find your favourite fumbling, shrimp-loving protagonist is gone for two weeks, there is a reason for it. But a stupid one! Honestly, this is the 21st century! You had months to plan out the scheduling to be synchronised, TV Tokyo! But I’ll be lighter than last week’s #1 victim! Here, enjoy a barrage of the Anti-Baka Mallets from Sanae from being parted from her obsession for a fortnight along with ever other squidding fan! And someone get lif support ready for kiddtic when he hears about this, because he’s bound to be squidding crushed when he hears about this! Seriously, TV Tokyo, lift your game!
And that does it for this week! Until next time, folks! Try not to be stupid in your fandom or creative pursuits.