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Day 2: Being salty over Wounded Man aka the worst OVA I’ve (currently) ever seen

Sopantously doing this whole 12 Days of Anime thing made me realize that I’ve seen a lot more anime I liked this year than I thought I did. Heck, even the ones I disliked which includes the first season of Bingo Stray Dogs, Anime-Gataris, and Hosoda’s The Boy, and the Beast didn’t aggregate me as much as bad anime normally would. However, there’s always an exception every year, and this year it was the five (but felt longer) episode OVA Wounded Man by Magic Bus studio.

Wounded Man just won’t leave my mind. Maybe it’s the fact Kazuo Koike, who is responsible for creating Lone Wolf, and Cub which is one of my favorite manga. Is just as capable of creating something incredibly trashy. From the works of Koike I’ve read, he basically enjoys including plenty of violence, but justify it through in depth character writing, and thoughtful thematic exploration to provide the reader with something more substantial to latch on tool. Wounded Man doesn’t provide any of that. Also missing is the balls to the walls craziness of Mad Bull 34 also by Koike that made Mad Bull 34 trashy, but entertaining to watch all the way through. You won’t get any oversize police officer with grenades attached to his pubes, but you will get a doctor who says bullets always miss their targets right after removing bullets from his patient’s body.

What would have helped Wounded Man be a “classic” like Mad Bull 34 would be if it didn’t take itself so damn seriously. Giving hero Rio Baraka a tragic backstory with everything being all business, and no room for levity. Best of all, Rio Baraka single minded journey for vengeance is just that. He wants revenge without further layers added to it. The revelation in the last episode makes it perplexing why Rio Baraka a better arc. Expanding on Rio views on vengeance, or possibly providing some kind of moral like revenge is futile to make the destination worthwhile. Something that wouldn’t have made it all feel so pointless when it basically pulls the rug under Rio, and because of how static Rio the ending is just bad.

While I’m at it I might as well compare Wounded Man to another anime I saw this year I also disliked. That anime goes by the name Devil’s Line which I found was just as bad, and cringe inducing with its questionable writing. The difference between Devil’s Line, and Wounded Man quality is clear as day despite giving the same rating of a 1 out of 10. I dislike both of them immensely, but with Devil’s Line it is easier to see how it could have been good. The society in Devil’s Line had varying viewpoints on the existence of Devils, and brought up if coexistence is possible with them. Devil’s reliance feasting on blood, and looking alternatives to ease that addiction for Devils to live. Details like this I could picture leading to something good if they were handle better.

Wounded Man correlation to good writing is even harder to find. I found the romance in Devil’s Line to be awfully written, but I’ll take that over how Wounded Man handel’s romance. In Devil’s Line, there were scenes where Anzai, and Tsukasa just talked to build the relationship. Sure it feels contrive when both decide to hook up, but it lays out the groundwork to get there. Starting after Anzai saved Tsukasa from a Devil leading to her being infatuated with Anzai just like that.

Rio Baraka in Wounded Man first encounter with a woman is beating up her driver, raping her, and then saying it was for her own good to warn her about the danger of the amazon. This is also how Rio Baraka is introduced to the audience, and you’re expected to feel sympathy for this dickhead. His second lover he just romantically involved with in episode 3 after lover number 1 dies in episode 2. After that, he goes on to lady number 3, and rapes her to convince her to join him! Even if Rio didn’t rape the two women that fell in love with him he doesn’t have much of a personality, and the anime bother building his relationship with the women helping him on his journey.

I know in Devil’s Line Anzai got too friendly with Tsukasa at the end of episode one, but at least he didn’t rape her, and just try to justify it as a good thing. Anzai try to control himself there after to ensure he wouldn’t harm Tsukasa again. Okay, he tries to improve himself to be a better man. Rio Baraka, I know hammer in this point already, but he raped two of his lovers in the span of five episodes. So even something like Devil’s Line which gets rip to shred has better writing than Wounded Man.

For this it’s Wounded Man I’ll remember for a long time while I’ll slowly forget about Devils Line. The reason being Wounded Man is the antithesis of Death Note for me. Death Note broke my expectation of the possibility of good storytelling. It was a series where I couldn’t imagine how something with its premise could be good, and after watching it here I am watching more anime thanks to it. Wounded Man is not awful enough to make me want to drop anime, but it broke my expectation on how bad writing in anime can be. I never thought that would ever be possible, and while I don’t appreciate it right now. That new low bar for bad writing Wounded Man set was something I definitely needed. With a new bar set, I can wait to witness what’ll eventually break it, and possibly break my spirit while I’m at it.

So that’ll complete my day 2 of the 12 Days of Anime. I absolutely hate Wounded Man, but I’ll be lying if I pretended it wasn’t a strand out anime I saw this year. While further appreciating the good I saw this year I also feel I should take away something from the bad bunch I’ve seen this year. Thankfully the rest of these post will be more positive so I’ll see yah for tomorrow when I post something. Hopefully it’ll come to me just as naturally as this one did. See ya tomorrow folks!

Day 1: Briefly reflecting on life with The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017)

In line with heroine Otome of The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl I chose to participate in the 12 Days of Anime on a whim. Chalk it up to the fact I haven’t felt motivated to do much writing due to some offline drama. However, knowing myself if I let this opportunity to participate in 12 Days of Anime pass me by I won’t get back into this blogging thing regularly again. So, just like how Senpai just jumps into whatever crazy shenanigans in the hopes of winning Otome heart. I too shall take note of his efforts, and just jump into this 12 Days of Anime to see how I come out in the end.

Months after I’ve first seen The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl the movie remains with me. I mentioned it in my review that there’s a lot to take away from it amidst the beautiful animated chaos. Out of everything from it discussion on believing in preordain love over love based on life experience, judging things by their own merits, Senpai preventing himself from going into stalker territory when trying to win the heart of his affection, and so much more. What drives these topics, among the rest of the movie, is the simple theme of that awkward transition from teenager into adulthood. It been years since I got out of that phase, but do recall it not being pretty at all.

My experience in becoming an adult I feel is wonderfully presented by this movie many crazy antics. Just like my first time I was watching this movie. I had no clue where I was going to end up at, but I was along for the ride. Seeing myself in both Otome, and Senpai is what makes it easily noteworthy out of the animes I’ve seen this year.

Otome rushes through one event after the other experience without a desire to see anyone in particular of all the people she makes friends with. This sort of thing I don’t see touch on often in media. Usually the message would be live in the moment assuming everything else is going well for you. Sometime I find myself at the mercy at life just longing for the moment of tedium to be over. I find neither an ideal way to approach life, but then again when I reflect on this idea it’s something very common with me.

As a teenager I moved around the United States living in California, than moving to Georgia, and then finally remaining in Kansas finishing up high school. Years later I’m still moving around these same places, but add Washington on that list, and (possibly) Florida around next year. Moving around so much so frequently, sometimes multiple times within the same year doesn’t let me soak in my environment, and the people I’m surrounded by. It’s typically the thought of not wanting to be homeless over taking my mind over seeing my friends, and family. This still fluctuate even today with it being at a stand still in managing my social life, and my responsibilities.

When it comes to Senpai my relation to him is more, or less getting the girl of his dream. Before I enter my 20s, I use to think if I did a certain amount of things I’ll eventually get the girl of my dream just like Senpai would. I grew out of that mindset when I decided it was too much leaving it up to chance. It was later on in high school that eventually I gave up on that silly stuff, and figured out it’s more, or less the effort I put into dating. Of course, when it comes to the crazy things I did in the name of love Senpai is more entertaining to watch with his reaction. In my corner I’ll just passively mention that one time I kiss a dude at a gay club so my friend would introduce to a girl I liked at the time. Instead of letting my whoever is listening to my story process what I told I just on the conversation quickly.

Senpai also never takes his obsession into something creepily questionable. There’s a brief moment in the movie where he is offer a file on Otome with plenty of information about her, but he refuses to look into it. It seems like a insignificant action in the grand scheme of things, but with the way social media is anyone on the vast world of the web. Anyone can find something about me if they look hard enough. I see so many people put so much of themselves on social media that I always have to remind myself to never share everything in one place. Under wrong hands, this can lead to something you would hope never happens. Take it from me, you don’t to know one day you have a green hair stalker with a black belt in taekwondo who is infatuated with you, and knows where you live. True story by the way.

Another thing I share in common with Senpai is overthinking my situations constantly. Today for instance I questioned whether, or not I should take part in 12 Days of Anime by blogging. I kept overthinking things like my posts won’t be as interesting as other bloggers, my heart won’t be entirely in it, I might rush a few just to stay track, and whatnot. Looking at my laptop multiple time in a situation I became too familiar with. Simply thinking, not acting on my desire to write no matter how it turns out. Out of all the thoughts I had in my head what won out in the end is just go for it. For once, just stop with the methodical thinking, and brainstorm ideas like I did when I was younger.

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Some humor to liven things up after all that seriousness.

Quickly, getting back on topic to provide a good closing for this post. With everything I can take away from The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl. What will always stick with me from it is adulthood is never going to make complete sense to me. There’ll always be something I’m confused about, there will always be some reason I get myself in some strange situations like finding frozen sea monkeys in the freezer at my job, yearning for that affection of someone significant, and finally constantly balancing myself into a better person each day.

That’ll conclude my first day in the 12 Days of Anime. I have no clue what I intend to do for the remaining 11 days. I’ve heard rumors if I don’t my best to uphold my side on this that Santa Claus himself would come at my door. Do some kicks, flips, and jump kicks for partially destroying some of the balance in the Holiday spirits. Rumors are rumors so I won’t let that scare me. Next time I don’t know what I’ll have for you all. However, seeing the aniblogging community come together to take part in this made me want to join. My alter ego is telling the tire me offline who has currently been working seven days a week at his crummy job to be festive in the community, have fun, do your best, and let’s do this!