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MAL articles roundup #6 – Tsunderes, twintails and new season

Owarimonogatari - 02 - Large 12New season, new articles, new writing about random anime fetishes. Wait, did I say fetishes? I meant archetypes. There’s also a new season of anime to write about, which means I’m on board the Owarimonogatari and One Punch Man trains. Not the Gundam train though. Turns out too few people care about Gundam to make that worth writing about this season. Which is a shame because it really is quite a good show. I recommend watching it.

Durararax2 Ten episode 12 finale: This wasn’t out when I posted the last roundup, so here it is. It was a pretty good season for Durarara. It’s also the only series that has seen people leave comments on my MAL profile for, since the actual articles themselves don’t have comments yet. Which at least gives the impression people are enjoying them.

One Punch Man episodes 1 and 2: Yeah I got my hands on One Punch Man, a plenty entertaining show which makes for easy writing material as of now. It helps that I’ve read the manga so can plan my articles in line with what the show will continue to offer. On One Punch Man itself, I seem to be in a minority that isn’t going batshit insane over it. Yeah it’s fun, but I just don’t find myself getting really into it. Something about having a bored, ambivilent protagonist means I equally can’t get that into it. Still a lot of fun though and I don’t want to shit all over an anime I do actually like.

Owarimonogatari episode 1: Of course I grabbed the latest iteration of the Monogatari franchise as soon as I could. I can write Best Girl arguments from now until the end of time, which appears to be how long it will take for Shaft to finally finish this franchise. Senjogahara is still best girl in case you were wondering. Also it’s nice to see the trend from Second Season continue as we get less and less fanservice over the course of this franchise. Yeah the toothbrush scene was pure art, but frankly since it can never top that scene it might as well cut back altogether.

Mobile Suit Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans episode 1: The first and only Iron Blooded Orphans post I’ll be doing since it seems like nobody gives a hoot about Gundam on MAL. Shame because it really is a good show. The second episode was also pretty great with lots of good character moments. All right it still had a line that went something like “boobs are soft and warm, not like this cold and hard cockpit”, but it has a guy named Biscuit with two younger sisters called Cracker and Cookie so it definitely has something going for it.

Tsunderes and Twintails: Part of a series of posts about anime archetypes I was asked to write. The idea being new fans click on this shit elsewhere on the internet and this brings them to MAL. So long as I can write something entertaining and informative while also directing them towards good anime then I’m fine with writing with them. Sure the twintails one was tough to write but I did get to include Eri from School Rumble so hey, if I can get more people to watch School Rumble then I’m OK with that outcome.

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  1. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    About twintails, considering that you also have freakin’ Rin Tohsaka sporting them, I’d say that the tsundere argument is strong. It’s not a perfect overlap of course, but the “twintailed tsundere” has become an archetype on its own. The correlation is high.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2015 at 12:00 am | Permalink

      I think my main takeaway was that it means something different for girls than boys. For stuff targeted at boys it was a sign of something childish, like being overemotional tsundere or shy schoolgirl. Unless it was rings or drill twintails in which case it meant haughty and posh or older. For girls the twintails meant elaborate and pretty, hence why a lot of magical girls have them.

      That’s my theory anyway.

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted October 16, 2015 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

        Sounds like a good model. Can we expect a paper about the Scamp Field Theory of the Tsundere Boson any soon?

  2. SiberDude
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    My general complaint for twintaislls is that it doesn’t mix well with adult hairstyles and anything Prison School-esque. It’s kind of a niche like David Bowie hair in Labyrinth. It works in context beautifully and that’s all.

    • Ze Toshiest
      Posted October 14, 2015 at 2:35 am | Permalink

      I think my lifelong dream just made the shift from “end world hunger” to “cross over to an alternate timeline where all twintails have been replaced with ‘David Bowie Labyrinth hair'”. Thanks.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2015 at 12:02 am | Permalink

      I tried to google image search “adult twintails anime” to find some examples of adults with twintails in anime, but the first image I got was of dickgirls so I stopped.

  3. Adamar
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    “Less fanservice over time”

    Someone skipped Tsukimonogatari, apparently!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2015 at 12:18 am | Permalink

      Just watched the first episode.

      …I take it all back, this franchise is depraved

  4. Maxulous
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    One Punch Man feels like an inferior (albeit well made) Astro Fighter Sunred. Little bit Ninja Slayer too – even that has more story.

    • Banished Link
      Posted October 13, 2015 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      If a little weaker story means much much much better animation then I’m down for that.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2015 at 12:19 am | Permalink

      I really need to watch Sunred. When it came out originally the subs were slow so I missed out on it. I kept meaning to go back to it as everyone who did watch it seemed to really like it, but never did and now I feel the moment has passed.

  5. Posted October 13, 2015 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    One Punch Man… Wait a minute. I have to wipe away some of the dirt under my belt… Okay I’m done. I like the humor of OPM. It’s kind of the same recurring gag from Slayers where the villains would pontificate about how powerful they are but we always knew that Lina Inverse would kick their ass in one move. Kind of like watching a Ronda Rousey fight.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2015 at 12:20 am | Permalink

      It’s funny, but also a bit…lacking in depth? I know I sound like a comedy snob here, but the jokes doesn’t really have anything beyond its surface level. Which is fine, but means I don’t get very invested in it. None of its jokes really cut deep.

  6. durr
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Do you have no plans to continue aborted MAL writeups here`? IÄd like to read more about Gundam.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 15, 2015 at 12:21 am | Permalink

      Not really. Maybe in the future if there’s a series I REALLY want to write about, I’ll cut loose and write about it over here. But not for this Gundam.

  7. Nagisa33
    Posted October 14, 2015 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    Tsunderes are indeed the greatest. Good article. I enjoyed reading some different explanations on why there are tsunderes to begin with. That was fun. I especially enjoyed you placed Vegeta on the list, and rightfully so. I’m of the opinion that all reasons can be true for tsunderes existance. Just another idea is that tsunderes can be confident or driven, two desirable traits, but people also like seeing some sweetness.

    Though I’m surprised you didn’t go into the reason or lack there of why tsunderes act the way they do. You did before in somewhere else if my memory serves me correct.

    This is my favorite anime character type though more believable tsunderes are what I prefer. For these characters something happened that changed them. They put up an emotional wall to protect themselves but it also keeps them from getting close and connecting with others. The characters that I’m thinking of are Asuka from Eva and Rin from Fate, the former being the one with the strongest reason to act the way she does that i’ve seen. I like that there’s some substance besides it being there for a few laughs.

    Also, this was an interesting post that I read while I was looking at some other character archetypes. You might be interested.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

      Interestingly I would never have considered Vegeta myself. I was asked to include him, as bizarre as that sounds.

  8. Tomato
    Posted October 14, 2015 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    aw nobody picked up Osomatsu-san ?

    • nonread
      Posted October 14, 2015 at 11:47 am | Permalink

      No one seems to be watching it, which is sad since it appears to be doing something interesting.

      Kind of depressing though.

      • shytende
        Posted October 14, 2015 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

        Part of the team apparently worked on Gintama before.
        It’s a pretty similar kind of humour (It seems more absurd than trashy so far), so if you like Gintama, it’s worth checking out.

        And that OP is great, too.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted October 16, 2015 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, seems woefully underappreciated, but I’m liking it. The first episode was purely anime-meta-humour-galore, but then the second threw a pretty strong satirical jab. And then went onto doing random character comedy. It seems like it’s going to be creating and funny, so I’m in for the ride.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      I believe Enzo wanted to write about it for MAL but there was simply no interest

  9. JCStaff (not that o)
    Posted October 15, 2015 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    First you recommended two JC Staff shows (Prison and Shimoneta), and now you are praising an anime written by Mari Okada?.
    Who are you and what you’ve done to the Real Scamp?.

  10. TheVoid
    Posted October 17, 2015 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I always figured the joke was how everyone is ultimately futile against the enemy no matter how hard they try until Saitama arrives and beats the opponent himself.

    I mean even when he first beat a monster he beat the crabman with one pull.

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