Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun ep 9 KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME
This anime is getting on my last fucking nerve.
OKAY. This episode is just stupid because I get it, I get what it’s going for. HARU IS TRYING TO MEND THE HOLE IN HER HEART AND THAT’S ACTUALLY GENUINE AND okay I get it. But that’s not why it’s stupid, there are two reasons. One reason is because they should have been showing us genuine and serious moments A LONG TIME AGO. This is not something brand new! This are feelings they’ve shown us over and over but rather than show us the fucking rooster in between they should’ve shown more moments like this.
The second is because. Kenji and Oshima are not fucking necessary and it breaks my heart that THEY ARE THE MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE IN THIS SHOW AND THE ENTIRE PURPOSE THEY HAVE IS TO HALT THE MAIN CHARACTERS GETTING TOGETHER FOR ONE MORE CHAPTER SO THIS DAMN MANGAKA COULD KEEP UP ANGST
How can I properly express my rage? It does not help that kamisama this week incited my rage too so right now I’m ultra fueled with ULTRA ANGER. I am the charicature of this blog right now. I am tired of this show trying to pass itself off as a true devotion to teenagers because one of the first things we learn this episode is that for the past month
Shizuku just forgot to think about Haru and herself. That’s right, Shizuku just forgot. No big, it’s not an important part of her life. She just forgot.
I HATE TO BREAK IT TO YOU TERRIBLE WRITER, BUT IF A TEENAGE GIRL CAN LEGIT NOT THINK MUCH OF YOU FOR A MONTH *SHE DOESNT LIKE YOU* AND GIRLS THAT AGE DONT LEARN TO LOVE, OR WORK ON RELATIONSHIPS, THEY ARE ALL HORMONES. The ability to fall in love overtime is a really nice one and I’ve been there, but usually if you disengage from a passionate feeling there’s nothing to find.
I just. How can such a premise be so acceptable? It’s DISGUSTING. The excuses for the writer not to put them together are just terrible and getting worse and worse. Now let me tell you why it’s even worse this episode. Mid episode Haru has a genuine eureka moment and wants Shizuku to not feel lonely, which is personified by her mother never being with her and taking her to the festival to get a goldfish. Shizuku is moved and at this VERY MOMENT THEY
SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOGETHER
There are no excuses for why they wouldn’t. Haru runs down to the river in a cut away and explains he’s going to catch her a fish, blah blah, but that moment was so clearly a eureka moment for both of them there is no excuse they aren’t together at the end of the episode. Shizuku even thinks about it and thinks ‘well there’s nothing that’s worth doing if it isnt certain’ and I’m sure
I’m sure the author is going to give us some bullshit
SHIZUKU: NOW I REALIZE HARU EMOTIONS AREN’T THAT WAY EMOTIONS ARE FEELINGS NOTHING IN LIFE IS CERTAIN I WILL CONTINUE WITH THE SYNONYMS UNTIL YOU STOP ME
HARU: UNTIL I HALT YOU?
SHIZUKU: UNTIL YOU MAKE ME CEASE MY ACTIONS
HARU: BUT WHAT IF I CHOOSE TO FACILITATE?
SHIZUKU: WHY WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE ME?
HARU: I FIND IT ENJOYABLE TO AID YOU
SHIZUKU: YOU LIKE TO DO SUCH A THING?
HARU: I AM FOND OF IT YES
See, I just made a pun about synonyms.
But that’s not good enough okay, it really really really isn’t. I state again EVERY ISSUE THEY ARE GIVING THEM FOR NOT GETTING TOGETHER ARE NOT REASONS PEOPLE DONT GET TOGETHER. THEY ARE ISSUES PEOPLE WOULD NORMALLY SOLVE IN A RELATIONSHIP. ‘HOW SHOULD I BALANCE LOVE AND STUDYING?’ ‘HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT HER? ARE MY EMOTIONS REAL OR AM I HORMONAL?’ THESE ARE DOUBTS REAL COUPLES FACE EVERYDAY AND THEY ARE NOT GOOD REASONS FOR NOT BEING TOGETHER
The worst part is they essentially use Kenji as a cut away to give more screentime without them being together. Kenji is realizing he loves Shizuku and does so by the end of the episode, but he is so freaking genuine in 5 minutes that he has beaten the shit out of BOTH Shizuku and Haru and they have EXPONENTIALLY MORE SCREENTIME THAN HIM. I mean Oshima does too but she was LITERALLY ONLY INTRODUCED FOR LOVE TRIANGLE CRAP. Kenji at least has other premises and was originally Haru’s friend.
So I’m mad. I’m mad that this show is a plot device for fucking stupid. I’m mad that it has such a beautiful OST, a wonderful animation team, and a great set of voice actors. I’m mad that animes I love and watch frequently can’t hold a candle to this shows quality but the story is so bad that it does NOTHING FOR ME. I’m mad that even with genuinely exciting, fun, complicated, and motivating characters like Natsume and Kenji I cannot stand this show and it’s stupid shit. I’m mad that even though i LIKE the MCs it’s hard to invest in them because THEY ARE GENUINELY NOT HELD APART BY ANYTHING BUT PLOT DEVICES.
And most of all I’m mad that no matter how much I get pissed and argue and prove all my points about this show, next week I’ll be watching it again AND I’LL HAVE ANOTHER STUPID PLOT POINT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT
hold me. /sobs/