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12 Days of Anime #10: Bullet Time Tits

Highschool of the Dead was not a critically aclaimed success. That’s all right, because it was never aiming to be a critically aclaimed success. It was aiming to be good, dumb fun. The phrase ‘dumb fun’ is something I don’t like though. It’s trotted out for any series that doesn’t attempt to be critically assessed through coherant plot, deep themes and well-rounded characters. It’s a fall back argument used by those who like crap. The type of people who use the line ‘haters gonna hate’ and think it’s a valid counter-argument to criticism. It’s dumb entertainment that I want to talk about today.

This is because there’s a myth built up behind the phrase ‘dumb entertainment’ that’s built up more by it’s detractors than its defenders. It’s the idea that something is dumb because the creators behind it messed up, or weren’t intelligent enough to create smart entertainment. That there was little thought put behind each scene and the randomness or predictability is what the defenders of dumb entertainment like. The defenders aren’t doing themselves any favours though. They defend each version of dumb entertainment, meaning it’s difficult to pick out which are the series that are genuinely entertaining, in much the same way having people say “this upcoming anime season is shit” every single bloody season detracts from instances when the season is genuinely shit. For dumb entertainment to succeed, it still needs real thought to go into it to make it entertaining.You can’t just trot out the same tired and lame crap. You can’t have someone fall into another characters breasts and call it a day. You can’t blow a zombies head off and think that’s sufficient. There will still be fans, because there’s people who will even defend Akane Iro ni Somaru Saku. If you want quality dumb entertainment, you need bullet time tits.

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I’m not saying Highschool of the Dead is the pinnacle of dumb entertainment. It still tossed out tired tropes and lazy excuses for fanservice. But Bullet Time Tits was genious. Of course they knew that if Saeko’s boobs were really moving that fast, the would fly straight off her chest. That’s part of the reason they did it.

Yup, my 10th moment of anime is breasts gyrating faster than the speed of sound.

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9 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Takashi needs to never hold a gun.

    ALso, GAINAX co-animated this episode.

  2. Posted December 16, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Holy fucking fuck…. that just got me roll off my chair laughing. I never did manage to finish this shit and I’m just glad that I didn’t. With scene like that, I would probably rage till I quit anime.

    It was funny as fuck though. Jeebus. The audacity!

    • Posted December 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      “Audacity” is right. I loved that Madhouse had the audacity to go “fuck it” and pull off something ridiculous like this. Good or not, at least High School of the Dead was memorable. We’ll always have bullet time tits.

  3. Morridin
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, this was one of the few scenes I’d seen this year (in anime, movies and games) that had me drop my jaw and go Durrrrrrrr?.

    So ridiculous, so nonsensical, so ballsy to just toss the last tiny shred of dignity out of the window and basically knockout someone with breasts. Awesome!

  4. mcm38
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    One of the most epic anime moves I’ve ever seen. It even surpasses the strike stopper of Tama-chan*,… wait no it still doesn’t (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AihDh85DWbY) –> XD
    Yet, what I don’t get is why you posted it with a pic of Senjougahara? Cause she looks like her?
    Btw Clara ftw, in episode 9 she talks with Clara and Clara’s expressions are so cute it makes me want to buy a Clara figure and sleep with it in my arms listening to Clara’s recordings.

  5. romulus
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Yea the nostalgic moment when I realised HotD is the most spectacular shit lackeying the infiltrating demand for “anime” like Naruto or Ironman. Seriously, if that Supernatural anime turns out to be shit too I will admit that Madhouse (despite the most glorious past) is beyond salvation and only consists of some skilled CG animators focusing on their salary.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2010 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      They made Tatami Galaxy this year. They’re maybe in decline, but they’re still producing amazing anime when they put their minds to it

  6. Posted December 17, 2010 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Well, you know how it is Scamp.

    Haters gonna hate.

    And you’re right, haters gonna hate isn’t a valid argument. It only works if it’s on an awesome .gif.

    (Seriously, nice post, but I gotta be a smart ass to the end.)

  7. Posted December 18, 2010 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Dumb fun good way to put it :D and the bullet time used in a odd way..was a bit crazy..

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