Sweetness and Thunder #01 — OMG! RICE!

July 4th, 2016



I just… really don't have it in me to suffer through a Puzzle and Dragons advertisement show today. Or ever. We'll all just have to judge that book by its cover and move on.


This bears all the same cardinal sins as NEW GAME, but instead of feigning humor by way of silly faces, it feigns sentimentality by having a child. All characters are perfect and doing their best. The most trivial banality of making rice is melodramatically overblown to be a bellwether of familial love and triumph over insecurities. All the while, the shrieking pixie child yells her love and heals the hearts of those around her, and her father stoically stares off into the distance, pained by the mental torture of not being able to make rice. At least they left that up to the audience to understand on their own from the probably close to five minutes of him looking constipated instead of self-narrating it.

Again, these are not characters I can feel anything for because they ridiculously idealized perfection. Their only flaw is caring too much and trying too hard. It is the emotional equivalent of candy floss, able to maybe provide a few good feelings for a moment, but that's only because it's wailing on the heartstrings through Yanni's Greatest Hits in the background and trotting out a child who heal's everyone's souls merely by being the miracle of being the kind of flawless child you see on maudlin Asian commercials about sacrificing everything for your kid. Seriously, why the hell are there so many of those? They're starting to creep me out. 

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Sol says:

    Think you mixed up some images. Pic 20 is clearly from Tokyo Ghoul.

  • Jack says:

    The people over at Reddit are almost always the polar opposite of you which breaks my head sometimes. I think the Mods make them only say positive things though. Kind of think the anime sub at Reddit is a bit like “Valley of the Dolls”:

    “And now I’m sitting here almost breaking down, as I watch a dad almost breaking down, watching his child eat food she really enjoys… That’s when you know you’re getting older.”

    “That was amazing, some real Usagi Drop vibes. Anime where there’s main character childs acting, behaving and looking like actual childs are few and too far between, this will probably end up as contender for AOTS for me.”

    “I actually shed a tear during that scene. Good stuff.”

    – – https://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/4r8aey/spoilers_amaama_to_inazuma_episode_1_discussion/d4z1aks

    • Opulent Rag says:

      Dude it’s reddit, you could show them an anime ver. of 2 girls, 1 cup and at least a small town of people will unironically call AotS, and don’t let it have a “uniquely” designed cute girl character in it. They will shit themselves (no pun intended) raw saying “BEST WAIFU EVAR”.

  • Sanjuro says:

    They should have just bought some Uncle Bens.

  • seizonsha says:

    They could have actually made a show that deals with the problems of single fathers in Japan, instead we have a world of perfect sugary happiness in which the biggest problem could be solved with BUYING A BLOODY COOKBOOK!!