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Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan & Heavy Object

October 5, 2015


So far, this season’s been underwhelming for me. It’s biggest sin is that they’re all so damn boring. Best show that I’ve seen so far is Kagewani but even that hasn’t really hit full throttle yet. It’ll take the next episode to determine if it’ll sink or swim, methinks.

So, Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan… just another instance of what’s wrong with this season. Most of the stuff I’ve seen so far have been shorts. This wasn’t intentional. I just have a slow connection so the smaller files complete first. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan shares the same problem as the other shorts. It doesn’t realize it’s a short. In fact, it’s the most oblivious of the shows so far. For a 3+ minutes short, it behaves more like the first act of a regularly lengthed half hour episode. I’m not saying that every short has to cram an entire season’s worth of content into 3 minutes ala stuff like Teekyu or the last ep of Bikini Warriors, but a story, short or long, should be complete unto itself, in the context of its format. As it is, Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan just tosses out a joke to end the episode on. The problem is that it felt like it forced itself to toss out said joke so that it could end on a joke. Also, did I mention it’s kinda boring?

Heavy Object… This is based on a Light Novel isn’t it? The needlessly detailed explanations, the overly long internal monologues that not only abuse, but outright assault the “talking is a free action” rule and just a bunch of non-sequiturs, definitely make me think this is derived from a LN. Sadly, this is the second best show I’ve seen this season so far, which is quite a depressing state of affairs for the season thus far, because Heavy Object is at the moment, quite unremarkable.

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