It is December and that means 12 Day posts!
I assume that by now, almost everyone knows what the 12 Day Anime post tradition is about, but in case you don’t, here is the yearly Cart Driver call to arms.
This is my fourth time making these posts. I am a bit starved for time this year, but I hope I can still put something out.
For those of you who haven’t read my previous posts, I tend to do things slightly differently. Instead of making 12 posts highlighting 12 memorable moments, I make 12 posts highlighting 12 anime and try to talk about memorable moments within those anime.
My posts are not really in any meaningful order. There is a loose chronological order (by anime air date) but that’s it. I don’t necessarily like my #1 anime more than my #12 nor my #12 more than my #1.
Well, that is how I normally do things. I am a bad person, so sometimes I break my own rules. Sometimes, I break them with the very first post like this one on Mikakunin’s Kobeni.
Note: It is around 12:15 AM PDT now. I am sorry, I am late by like 15 minutes. 😦
Amidst, the rather excitable, colorful cast of Makaunin, Kobeni is pretty easy to overlook. Compared to loud characters like Benio and Mashiro, Kobeni does not stand out at all. This mirrors her view of her self.
Kobeni does not like standing out at all. She hates being in the spotlight. She hates receiving public attention of any sort, because in her opinion, she can’t ever meet the expectations of others.
Her grades are bad. She isn’t pretty. She is terrible at sports and she isn’t popular at all. The only thing Kobeni is good at is cooking and housework.
Or so, Kobeni thinks anyway. But the truth is, that isn’t the case at all. She just has a terrible inferiority complex. Kobeni gets good grades across the board. She is incredibly pretty and is pretty popular amongst her peers (well, the boys anyway). She is physically unfit, but that isn’t totally her fault (Hakuya’s powers made her body kind of frail I think).
Thanks to her sister (and perhaps her mother as well), Kobeni has set a ridiculously high bar for herself.
At best, she considers herself to be average and thus has little to no faith in herself. That is why she hates being in the spotlight and being compared to her sister. In Kobeni’s mind, there is no way, that comparison would go well for Kobeni.
Thus, Kobeni lives on. Kobeni does her best to make sure no one expects anything other than good food and household chores (both of which her sister is bad at) from her. Since she sees no value in herself, Kobeni is never selfish and never feels entitled to the kindness of others (doesn’t feel she has the right to do so).
Well, not until the very last episode anyway.
Kobeni is also prone to loneliness. She does not like the spotlight, but she also hates being left alone. At the very end, she learns that it is okay to be selfish and ask for others to spend time with her and perhaps more importantly, she learns that she was loved all along.
To be honest, I don’t really know where I was going with this post. While making the list for this year’s 12 Day posts, I realized that I had none from Winter, so I felt I had to squeeze something in. My other options were Hoozuki no Reitetsu, Nisekoi, Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda and Witchcraft Works.
Zvezda was a great show, but for some reason, I didn’t feel like talking about it. It was a painful show as well, so maybe I didn’t want to remember the suffering. Nisekoi was lots of fun, but it was a transient fling. I liked it then, and likely will again when another season airs, but not really in between. The side characters in Witchcraft Works were amazing, but short of making a post with nothing but screencaps, I don’t really know what to say about them.
Hoozuki…Hozuki was a very good comedy (as was Tonari no Seki-kun btw). I can’t remember anything from Hoozuki though and I get the feeling that if I did rewatch it, there would be too many equally good moments to list.
After it had ended, Mikakunin left a nice, sweet taste in my mouth. A part of me, really wanted to make sure that this was one anime I didn’t totally forget. To try and understand why I felt this way, I rewatched it today. I watched almost all of it (albeit with lots of skipping) and came to a simple conclusion.
I loved all of the great faces. I liked most of the humor (though Benio was on occasion, a bit too overpowering). I liked the production values and while I felt it wasn’t totally necessary, I thought the drama wasn’t too overbearing either. That said, what I liked the most back in Winter and like most now was quite simply just Kobeni.
I don’t know if it is because I can sort of relate to Kobeni (good luck getting a confident statement out of me), or it is just a crush on my part, but there is just something really nice about watching this sweet, kind girl find love and a bit of self-confidence.
(That and well, it is just so damn hard to find a good 2 person romance anime.)