Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

Some time ago, I started reading this romantic comedy manga about middle school students – Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san by Souichirou Yamamoto. You may have noticed its recent anime adaptation. It is a little weird that, even though I don’t read that much manga, it is the second time I start reading a series before it gets adopted into an anime.

But anyhow, my experience with Takagi-san is limited to the manga, and specifically to the beautiful translation by ziM and Anni from manga-tube.me. It was also my first time reading scanlators’ talk in a chat as new chapters get released. I always knew there were real people standing behind any manga scanlation release, but it was Takagi-san and its team that made me feel it.

Takagi and Nishikata 8

The pictures in this post aren’t from the release I’ve mentioned above, sorry. Thought it would be better to post the ones with English text, so everyone could also read what the characters are saying.

It is a story about two students, Takagi and Nishikata; and the gist of it is that Takagi pesters Nishikata, makes fun of him and makes him embarrassed in a variety of ways. Sounds malicious, but it really isn’t; Takagi clearly likes Nishikata in a very clear and direct way (no inner conflicts and other tsundere shenanigans) and her picking on him often does good for both of them. I’ll talk about it in a sec. Nishikata almost always falls prey to Takagi’s schemes, even though he tries his best not to.

If you have watched/read Tonari no Seki-kun you may find the setup to be somewhat similar. And it is kinda true, in both series there are two students, and a stronger one constantly “defeats” the weaker one in a funny way. Except Seki-kun is mostly just a comedy, there is no romance there. But it is not the main difference, I’d say. When watching Seki-kun you are tempted to ask yourself “is Seki going to be alright? Is Yokoi going to be alright?” They are always wasting their time at school, and Yokoi getting into small troubles is almost a theme there. You can safely say that Yokoi would have been better off if she never saw Seki, at least from the pragmatic perspective. I know this is a comedy and all, but still, it is tempting to think along these lines. In Takagi-san, this aspect is completely different.

For one thing, most of the Takagi’s jokes are aimed at Nishikata’s childish ways, like him being embarrassed to say certain words, being embarrassed to admit he secretly reads a romantic manga and so on. On the other hand, when it is something that could be good for Nishikata, Takagi would encourage it. When Nishikata started athletic training, Takagi made fun of his muscle soreness and said, “It would be good if you don’t quit after three days”. When he didn’t quit she praised him for it. Of course, she turned it into a taunt as well, but you get the picture; Takagi wasn’t just having fun at Nishikata’s expense, she was trying to make him a better person as well.

Takagi and Nishikata 1

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Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku, episodes 5 and 6

Watched those two episodes. I hadn’t seen any of this for more than 4 weeks, I think, and I think it is a good way to watch this show this way. The jokes would get old if you keep hearing them every week, but if you take such a long break you won’t feel it.

In those episodes Miyakawa did whole bunch of awesomeness again. Like she was using cold air from hairdryer to dry her hair, because this way it is twenty or so times cheaper, when you calculate electricity expenses. That is just awesome. If you ever tried to dry your hair with cold air, you know what I mean. That kid is going to grow up to be tougher than you and me, just saying.

And, did I tell you that fansubs are awesome?

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku episode 5 Kagami and Konata

Read the bottom line ^_^

That is one reason to watch fansabs, the awesomeness of those random lines. I am going to watch the rest of the episodes that are out soon, so you can expect me to write about them in the near future. Till the next time, see you (^_^)/

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Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku, episode 4

“Don’t people usually play games to take their minds off their hunger?” Awww T.T Another episode of Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku is out.

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku episode 4 Hikage

That sad girl makes me sad too T_T

I like how each week, after watching and reading Naruto, reading Bleach, watching Attack on titan, Aiura and some random stuff I get to sit for three minutes and watch how life makes this little blue haired girl into a cynical person that knows all about money difficulties, who literally deals with hunger on daily basis and wants to become a politician to get privileges. And I can understand her, living the life she lives, you would want to get out of it, even if it means to take politics as a career.

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku episode 4 Hikage

I like how she scares her teachers :D

And the worst thing for her is that she is a realist. Hikage can’t really go into books, or TV, or games. She has all of it, but she lives in the reality. The only thing close to a dream she has is to win that lottery. And she buys what, one ticked a month?

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku episode 4 Hikage and a lottery

She just have this amazing self control. She has no money at the moment – well, she i snot going to bother with the lottery. Remember, that is like the only thing that she has that is somehow resembles a dream.

On the good side of things, they almost finished the closing theme. So, let’s see, maybe in the next episode we will get the whole ending. Till then, see you (^_^)/

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Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku, episode 3

This episode was just as full of crashed dreams as the last one.

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku episode 3 pic1

Poor girl wakes up at night to cry for her lost chance to participate in a lottery. That kid is going to have serious psychological issues if she goes on living like this.

If you did not watch the episode, I will just tell you one moment from it, that amused me. Hikage was listening to a news broadcast and the newsman said that monkeys were going down from some mountains somewhere to still snacks. And Hikage’s reaction was “I haven’t had any snacks in a while. Darn monkeys..”

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku episode 3 Miyakawa, Hikage

Oh, and also, they put a Senyuu, reference in this episode. I just have to mention that.

Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku episode 3 Senyuu

I have no idea why Hinata would want to have three copies of Senyuu. Even one is a bit too many for my taste.

And they almost finished the closing theme. I hope that in the next episode they either finish it, or Hikage will get something nice to eat. Poor kid. See you next time (^_^)/

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Anime Tenchou

You remember that store keeper guy from Lucky Star? If you don’t, here he is, in the picture below.

Tenchou 1

So I found the anime (or should I say a commercial) where he came from. It is Anime Tenchou. It is 2 minutes long thing, the purpose of which, as far as I understand, is to promote Japanese anime distributer Animate. Well, fair enough.

Anime Tenchou

Anime Tenchou

You can find it on YouTube. I think there should be some official site where you can watch it on-line, but since it is a commercial I guess YouTube will do. See you next time (^_^)/

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