Sweet Aftertaste: A Brief Rundown of Sorts

When the episode ends with putting a smile on your face, I think that’s a good thing.

11/11 always makes me smile

Of course, sometimes it’s just a cheating cheap trick that’s doing the smirking for you. (Hello wawawa wait I forgot what show I’m mocking?) Gurren Lagann’s rather-epic end to the first 13 episodes is a good example of how to do it so honestly, on the other hand. But still, you aren’t sure if you are smiling because you know we’re going into a recap episode and jump forward in time (yay non-loli NonoNia), or because you’re still on the well-animated euphoria of good old battle robot…goodness.

On the flip side there’s this さよなら絶望先生 sort of smile. Shinbo’s show generally does that for me, although lately he’s doing it with a twist. Hidamari Sketch had those sublime and Azumanga Daioh-like moments; Negima mixes adolescent romance with some pretty cool otaku tropes, plus a bit of that Nanoha battle feel to it. But with Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei he goes back to super-overloading the basics of a simple manga adaptation to create a lot of joy for, at least, some of us. I know it’s not the sort of show everyone will enjoy, but like Soul Taker, Shinbo manages to transform a rather mundane thing into something very unique and it doesn’t terribly suck!

Sort of like Sky Girls TV, actually. Although I think, like Yin, I might have to use my fingers for that one.

On a completely unrelated subject, this is pretty cool–and you won’t see it in a street racing anime:


5 Responses to “Sweet Aftertaste: A Brief Rundown of Sorts”

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    Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei could become Shinbo’s best series, if it keeps this up. It’s his best first episode ever for sure. I’m in love with it.

    Sky Girls is maybe, but it’s hard to say. I’ll keep with it for an episode or two to see.

  • AceAttorney550

    Hi omo.

    Could you please tell me what anime/episode that RX-8 was in? I’m very interested in racing anime (Initial D and Wangan Midnight, but also EX-driver)and in the RX-8 as well. I’ve watched a few episodes of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, but I can’t find the rx8 there, maybe because you say it’s a ‘completely unrelated subject’
    (BTW I find that Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a bit too absurdistict/heavy for me, but I do think it’s funny that Nozomu Itoshiki wants to kill himself at the slightest hint of dispair)

    Thanks in advance!

  • AceAttorney550

    Thank you so much!! After some research, it turned out to be episode 15, but thanks to you naming the anime, I can finally see my dream car properly drawn in an anime (strangly, the RX-8 has yet to appear in Initial D)

    Thanks again, you really made my (mon)day!

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