Samura's interesting in that outside his chief meal ticket Blade of the Immortal, he's actually quite versatile. The man's done romance, comedy, surrealism, historical fiction, even a one chapter Western; none of it's comparable in length or popularity to Blade of the Immortal, but well handled nonetheless. Samura has his flaws, but a one trick pony he isn't.TheSubtleDoctor (post: 1434987) wrote:Looks like something that I wouldn't immediately gravitate toward, so, for that reason, I am looking forward to the read and the discussion. Horizons: expand!
After reading Solanin, I totally see what you mean and agree.blkmage (post: 1440419) wrote:I'm having trouble not comparing it to various Asano Inio one-shots, largely because the type of story this is is really similar to his stuff and I think he does it much better.
Ohikkoshi's sense of humor was actually a major selling point to me around the time I discovered it. I'd flipped through a few forgettable romance comedies, resigning myself to "Just not getting" Japanese comedy, when Ohikkoshi came along and made me smile. Admittedly I haven't gone through much of what the cast has either, but I still found some small connection.ich1990 (post: 1439619) wrote:Well, I read Ohikkoshi, but it didn't really click with me. I think most of the problem was that I have had very few experiences like the ones the characters go through: getting drunk, trying to get a girlfriend, getting into love triangles, and such. I couldn't relate, so even if it was believable (which I couldn't verify) it didn't resonate with me. The Italian guy's story was totally awesome though, resonating or not. Also, the humor was generally amusing, which is more than I can say of most anime humor.
I dunno, maybe someone who enjoyed it more could talk me into liking it, but on its own I don't see how it is all that great. Even the characters in Blade of the Immortal seemed more believable and better fleshed out (har har). 7/10
I have a feeling I may have oversold the Italian guy. If I'm ever stuck in a time loop on November 2nd, I'll make a note not to draw as much attention to him in future repetitions.blkmage (post: 1440419) wrote:I'm having trouble not comparing it to various Asano Inio one-shots, largely because the type of story this is is really similar to his stuff and I think he does it much better. I found it really hard to follow and as entertaining as the Italian guy was, I'm not really sure why he's around. And I think it was a bit too short for me to like these particular characters. Maybe if I was able to spend some more time with them, I'd get to like them, but five chapters isn't enough to get me to empathize with them.
Fish and Chips (post: 1441005) wrote:Also, Blkmage, your being more of a veteran to the genre than I, I was actually looking forward to your impressions, good or bad. Obviously, I don't imagine Samura could lay even a finger on authors much more comfortable with their subject matter (though that is half the reason I selected him), but how would you rank him as a genre amateur? Does he show some promise, or should he not think about ending Blade of the Immortal's serialization any time soon?
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