Hello, there. There was a little bit of stuff I didn’t get to put in my regular 12 Day posts, so I am going to shove them in here just because I can.
The Robot Family
(Or alternatively, pretty much every skit in Tonari no Seki-kun). If I was to give an award for the most accessible, must watchable anime from 2014, it would probably go to Tonari no Seki-kun. This is a series anyone can probably watch and enjoy (assuming they don’t mind subtitles).
Seki-kun is very funny and it is funny without being totally absurd. Two of my roommates are running through it right now and they love it (one of them told me, “<MY NAME> This anime is ridiculous!”).
I think if I was to pick favorite skits from Seki-kun, they would be the ones involving the robot family. Those were all great, especially because Yokoi would often get involved as well.
Drag Guildy grows twintails
I still haven’t totally finished the anime, but a favorite scene of mine from Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu was when the first leader (Drag Guildy I think) fought the MC. At the climax of the battle, Drag Guildy grew twintails and obtained massive power.
It was hilarious, amazing and very unexpected. Here you have this super macho, scary villain and to obtain enough power to defeat the hero, he puts his life at risk and grows twintails. This was Ore Twintail at its best and in general, this was anime at its best.
Most Memorable Moment
The Hatoko rant from Inō-Batoru wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de’s episode 7 is probably one of the most infamous anime scenes from 2014. I don’t think I am only speaking for myself, when I say this was probably the most surprising, jaw dropping moment in 2014.
Inou Battle (When Supernatural Battles Become Common Place) was a cute little anime starring a chunibyou with mostly useless powers and his cute club mates (who had more useful powers). It generally featured day to day shenanigans, romcom stuff and some chuunibyou related humor. (There was also some vague plot surrounding an ability war or some thing.)
Hatoko was the childhood friend of Andou. Like most great anime childhood friends (the ones who don’t move away), her romantic feelings for Andou had gone unnoticed for a very long time. A bit of a difference in their relationship though is that Hatoko has a really hard time understanding a lot of what Andou says.
She loves Andou because he is a genuinely sweet, caring person, but she can never understand the chuunibyou stuff he spews out. Eventually, the years of frustration add up and seeing Andou get close to another chuunibyou (who totally understands what he is saying) causes Hatoko much anguish. Then Andou tells her “you wouldn’t understand” and she snaps.
And oh boy does she snap. Hatoko’s rant is amazing on many levels.
The content of the rant is amazing. It is an incredibly long (~2 minutes, 30 seconds) decimation of everything chuunibyou believe in. More that just that, the content itself is indicative of Hatoko’s suffering. Hatoko isn’t just a silly girl who didn’t try to understand what Andou said; Hatoko tried real fucking hard to understand what he said.
Hatoko’s rant is mostly “I don’t understand <some chuunibyou thing>” repeated for many chuunibyou things. The fact that she was able to remember all of those difficult names as well as details about them and recite them back so effortlessly demonstrates just how much effort the poor girl has put in in trying to understand Andou. Her frustration at not being able to do so despite all her effort is conveyed perfectly.
Up until this point, Hatoko was shown to be a carefree childhood friend, but as it turns out, that was almost an intentional act she put up. Or at the very least, there was far more to her than we, as the viewers thought.
Andou really messed up with Hatoko. He may have tried to be considerate with his “You wouldn’t understand” over the years, but in truth, he had just alienated Hatoko and pushed her away despite her best efforts at getting closer. Up until now, we had no reason to think of Andou as anything more than a near perfect chuunibyou who was both kind and earnest. Now, we realized that even Andou made mistakes, big ones I might add.
Hatoko’s rant is a really good dialogue dump, and it was only possible because of some absolutely amazing voice acting by Saori Hayami. That rant took a hell of a lot of vocal talent and what is even more impressive is that Hayami-san did it in one take.
Go ahead. Try and speak coherently for two and a half minutes straight without stopping. Now add emotions to everything. Now change the content to include difficult chuuni words like Ama-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi. Now, do this in one try.
Like I said, it was amazing on many levels.
Andou like us, was left utterly speechless.
(Just to show how much Hatoko cared and how utterly blind to it all Andou was:)