OK, so the first minute, basically a long set-up for a pun, absolutely sucked.
Then I skipped the OP because I don’t usually watch one until the third episode or so.
As for the next scene, it reminded me that I’m really quite tired of this whole database thing. I mean, I get it, and I guess I like it (why would I be watching anime if I didn’t like these character types) but I’d much prefer if they tease us a bit, maybe confuse us as to which character will end up being what kind of person. The way anime works nowadays it’s like each character has a banner on their forehead (I’m a the smart one!) (I’m the sort of plain girl that will be the main character!) (I have straight black hair!) usw. It’s really ridiculous.
The highlight of the scene for me was the discussion of beef bowls. I remember accompanying women to beef bowl shops in Japan because, as the characters in the show say, it’s considered a guys’ place and women going in alone feel very uncomfortable (yet some of them do love their beef bowls, and thus escorts are required). The topic got me to thinking about several nice beef bowls I had in Japan (Yoshinoya) and before I knew it a few more minutes had passed.
By the time I snapped out of my nostalgia, they were discussing fashion. The dialogue isn’t at all clever, the observations are not even remotely witty, and the girls are not wearing skimpy outfits. What gives?! The target audience for this show must be men who are into sound porn. I figure they close their eyes and listen to all these women pretending to be younger etc. Personally, I think Panty & Stocking is much better for sound porn.
I’d never heard of these Chinese pajama-on-the-street thing, and in my visit to China I never saw it, but I actually saw plenty of it in Thailand. I’d be in a 7-11 and suddenly a customer would come into the shop in his/her pajamas, and carrying car keys to bot. I don’t know if the action carries the same meaning or not, though. It just might.
You know a comedy group is sucking at references when one of them actually says: “No one’s gonna get this reference!” Of course, the comedians are totally expecting some people to get the quote unquote obscure reference, and then explain it to their friends, and then have everyone giggle and think how they’re all so clever. How very clever (pukes).
I have to admit I enjoyed one of the dog puns [ii no?]. So that’s about 1 out of 27 puns. Bad ratio.
The shouting at the sea thing sounds kinda risqué, but it falls flat. I’ve noticed some people have got this all wrong so let me go through it (BTW, some say the manga’s arrows ran somewhat differently, but what do we care..):
1) Give us back our land = Russia (refers to the southern Kurile Islands, occupied at the end of World War II and still claimed by Japan; this is not a reference to Manchuria, people, let’s not get overly paranoid)
2) Give us back our people = North Korea (refers to Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang many years ago)
3) Give us back our technology = China (if you extend the arrow it might touch South Korea a bit, so this one might be killing two birds with one stone)
4) Give us back our underwater resources = East China Sea (Japan is upset at Chinese development of underwater resources in the East China Sea; submarine ships are not in discussion here)
5) Give us back the people’s money = Japanese Diet in Tokyo (self-explanatory, what a let down huh)
Why do I say this falls flat? Well, if you know anything about nasty Japanese subculture (and as an anime fan, I know you do) you’ve realized that South Korea is often a target for attack, almost the favorite I would say. And the powder keg in that relationship is the territorial dispute over the so-called Liancourt Rocks. These go unmentioned. Already people in 2ch are berating the show for chickening out with regard to South Korea. And though I realize the “land” issue was already used on Russia, I’m sure the girls could come up with something spicier than the mild “technology” issue which, as I’ve said, is anyway likely mostly directed at China.
And then where’ the USA?? The girls have just said that “give us back” can cover pretty much the whole radius of Japan, and they fail to take a swipe at the military-base-building behemoth to the east?! My Dad always says “Either do something right or don’t do it at all”. Joshiraku, you fail at ultranationalism, and you fail at pretty much everything else. But at least you’re not alone (re: Kokoro Connect).