January 16th, 2013
It’s usually because you step on their Tim Horton’s or something, not to mark territory as the alpha male.
The banal first ~10 minutes of Tamako Market threatened to put me back to sleep. Hell, I think the entire first five minutes was spent just establishing that Valentine’s Day exists. My eye roll to chuckling ratio across the entire 30 minutes I watched was something like 15:1. Best to quit while I’m ahead.
It’s a little worrying when I ask "What the hell was that?" just before the other characters do. Then again, characters in any Japanese show voicing their confusion at events, even if it is something worthy of confusion such as tiny girls making strange beeping television commercial fanfares, is not exactly an unusual occurance. Pretty much the same as the first episode overall, with maybe a lot less Mao so there it was even more sedate for the most part, especially wide swathes of the first third after Mao woke up. The budget also took a little bit of a hit, but not too bad.
Mao’s sleepy noises, Twister, and the Canadian rampage were easily the highlights of the episode, and the arm wrestling wasn’t bad either, although I think the Twister part was just an excuse to have Megumi grunt and strain for a couple minutes. I’m not exactly complaining, but her chest heaving and straining at her clothes over almost a full minute of her moaning wasn’t exactly subtle. At least ol’ Haven’t-Bothered-To-Remember-His-Name-Yet was holding his own in arm wrestling too, with strength greater than two frail girls but less than one Canadian. Those have the strength of at least two moose.
Cats and Canadian sports.