Written by TheBigN
I think I might be getting close to my fill of the dairy product for this year from these fall shows. And no, I’m not thinking about Moyashimon here (see what I did there?). So far, three shows that I’m watching have worked the idea in different ways.
Shion no Ou has that classic unintentional cheese factor inherent in board game anime and normal sports anime such as Hikaru no Go (at least the early episodes) and Princess Nine. It helps when you don’t understand what’s going on in this type (as is the case with me here), since you become more of a passive, and less critical observer if that’s what you’re looking for. Here we have the characters being overly dramatic and solemn about a board game (never mind the whole mystery part of it), and we get great metaphors about shougi matches being a love letters (placing their whole feelings out on the board, the love for the game, trust in the heart of the pieces, etc.), our main character being threatened over competing in a tournament, and of course the usual “playing when they’re in bad shape” cliche in just the first four episodes. Even though were supposed to take it very seriously as it’s more than a game to those involved, everything’s too over the top that you can help but find everything unintentionally funny. It’s a fun watch for me besides that, but it’s always nice to note that extra thing that can make a show special to you, even if you haven’t seen much of it (Uo! Mabushii!).
Bamboo Blade seems more like a cheese puff kind of thing to me so far. The show knows that it’s premise, as well as how the story unfolds is going to be cheesy, and they’ll run with it. From Tamaki already aspiring to be a hero of justice (which is usually what the main character of these stories tends to become after a while) to Coach Ishida already realizing that his initial rationale for assembling his female squad sucks, the show seems to be already moving past the oft used clichés and possibly into some really good meat later on. Because we also already know that the cheese flows here as things like Blade Braver and the sentai team metaphor won’t let us forget it, Bamboo Blade becomes easier to enjoy and work with. Everything isn’t too blunt, but neither is it very sharp either, hitting that middle ground with ease. Or something like that. Kirino and Tamaki are awesome regardless, though MiyaMiya seems a bit forced at the moment. 😛
And then we have the pure cheesecake with Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun. Mmm… cheesecake. Too much is too fattening for us (though this fanservice isn’t really that filling), but luckily, it hasn’t hit that stride yet. At the same time romance parts like the childhood promises are too sappy, and add more of the congealed stuff than is needed. But then again, I’m not watching it for the story, though I’m sorta ashamed to admit that. :3
No pics for Ninomiya-kun either, since I’m too embarrassed to do so. Instead, lets go with another random theme. Cheese of another kind, one could say: