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Day: November 6, 2017

NaBloWriMo – Post 4

NaBloWriMo – Post 4

I’ve fallen behind even more so let me just say that I have no idea why Neo Yokio exists. I mean, I think I can understand why some people like it. It has some great funny bits, and the callouts to materialism and the falsehoods of fashion are well-stated but I sort of wish Kaz wasn’t such a clueless protagonist. I mean, clueless protagonists exist throughout anime. Luffy from One Piece exists as the perfect example of the lovable, dumb guy with a one-track mind and it’s basically up to his friends to make sure he doesn’t continuously fall into stupid situations. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The current story arc in the One Piece anime shows this off pretty well. Luffy wants to protect his friends and he wants to keep his crew intact. And he’s waiting outside Big Mom’s palace for Sanji to come back so that they can go on with their adventure. But Sanji’s caught up in political intrigue and can’t just up and leave without making a whole lot of other people mad, and probably making his friends suffer a lot Luffy has no idea about that and just wants Sanji to come back. He has a one-track mind, and Nami’s just not enough to talk him out of his ridiculous plan.

Same with Kaz, I think. Everyone in his social circle is an enabler for him to keep his ridiculously¬†lavish lifestyle, except for Helena, who got possessed by a demon and suddenly becomes woke. The plotlines for the show are all over the place and I wish it were a better-written show. There seems to be a good show lurking around it somewhere, but I don’t know if Netflix is willing to try to fix it at this point. Oh well. I mean, I think I’m glad I watched it, because it kind of shows how sometimes weebs can take the exact wrong things from anime when they attempt to create their own anime-inspired shows. Kaz being clueless isn’t the problem. Kaz having no one really to talk him out of his behavior is the problem. That he does decide to help Helena in the end despite the hit to his reputation that would be means that there’s a glimmer of empathy there, somewhere. But he’s an unlikable protagonist for most of the show and that…that just grates…