Steven once said:
This is not an Ecchi comedy (it would be rated PG if it were a movie) but I think all of this still holds. Let’s see…
Bathhouse? Not quite. Hot springs, instead. But yeah. Check.
Summer festival? Check.
They even did them in order. Ok, so we got that out of the way.
The low point was the “virtual reality” episode where they jumped from one swimming area to another. It was heavily padded, poorly animated (it suffered from a lot of re-use), obvious, and short on real jokes despite all the silly mayhem. I think the high point for me might have been the Cosplay episode. It was very funny and enjoyable. My wife and I often laughed at different parts, but we both laughed quite a bit.
You just have to know Hajime to appreciate how funny this is.
One thing I did like about the ending was how they avoided doing the Star Trek thing: No matter where we go in the galaxy or who we meet, Star Trek aliens all seem to frown at humans and scold us for our warmongering nature. Maybe this was novel in the 1960’s, but these days when aliens give us this treatment all I hear is some self-absorbed Holloywood writer saying “you are all a bunch of unenlightened jerks”.
In Narue, they went the opposite direction. The alien race mentioned that they admire us for our empathy. Note that this was not some blood-soaked Klingon warlord from space. He wasn’t the Devourer Of Worlds. He wasn’t Conquering Chieftan of The Stars Who Has Slain Millions. He was just an alien who came from a culture with a lot of problems. He saw what we had, and wished his people could be a little more like ours.
A sci-fi writer who doesn’t use an alien as a sock puppet to chide the human race on his behalf? Why is this so novel? (The other thing they sometimes do is make an alien race who has some feature the writer doesn’t admire – such as a desire for wealth – and use the humans in his story to show the alien how we’ve evolved past such primitive needs here in the future. It’s the same game.) It’s nice to have a writer come to the conclusion that we aren’t all bad. Narue might not be deep, but I give them full points for telling a story with aliens that didn’t go out of its way to insult me.
It was fun.
In Defense of Crunch
Crunch-mode game development isn't good, but sometimes it happens for good reasons.
WAY back in 2005, I wrote about a D&D campaign I was running. The campaign is still there, in the bottom-most strata of the archives.
This Scene Breaks a Character
Small changes to the animations can have a huge impact on how the audience interprets a scene.
Batman v. Superman Wasn't All Bad
It's not a good movie, but it was made with good intentions and if you look closely you can find a few interesting ideas.
Bethesda felt the need to jam a morality system into Fallout 3, and they blew it. Good and evil make no sense and the moral compass points sideways.