Why I Dropped Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Oh god I haven’t written a post in like three months. How do I WordPress again?

Anyways, I’m writing this as a post because I didn’t want to just jam it into one sentence and post it on Twitter. There’s still not a whole lot to say, but I think it deserves a few short paragraphs rather than 140 characters.

Also, sorry for taking so long to actually write something. School has been school, but I’ve also been looking into other things that could result in actually gaining some income, so that obviously also takes priority over writing stuff.

 

I have a couple of problems with Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, and I also have a couple of compliments for it. The lead male’s actions were questionable, and the first episode felt like a show of its own, but the character’s actions being questionable were what the show was going for, and the show was funny when it wanted to be.
So for the first two episodes, everything balanced out mostly, so I was left with a show that could swing either way for me, or just remain stuck in limbo forever.

Then the third episode happened.

Well, actually, lets back up for a second. I was actually annoyed by the end of the second episode, when Shizuku confessed to Haru, because there was absolutely nothing to warrant it. “Oh hey, my world is kinda different now that I actually hang out with people. I THINK I LOVE YOU.” No, dammit, that’s not how it works. I would’ve been okay with it if the message being conveyed was how two antisocial people were so secluded to the point of mistaking friendship for love, but that’s obviously not what the show was going for. However, it’s my policy to give a show three episodes before dropping it, so I thought maybe it could turn itself around.

NOW the third episode happens.

The first warning sign was at the very start, with a generic scene of Shizuku becoming tsundere and taking back her confession. I was actually somewhat okay with this, because it gave the show a chance to label her confession as a spur of the moment thing, and on reflection she didn’t actually feel that way. Of course, that’s not actually the case.

Near the end of the episode, Shizuka confesses again, and means it this time. Haru says he doesn’t think his feeling of love is the same of hers, and then we get this gem:

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This is fucking bullshit.

For one, this is a shameless gimmick used by authors to artificially extend their series until the sales get too bad to keep going. They’ll just be stuck in their current position while going through a bunch of stuff until the author eventually has to make a final arc where the feelings are reciprocated. Essentially, you could watch this episode, and then watch what I’m assuming will be in the last episode, and you won’t have missed a damn thing. Everything from now until the end is basically filler.

The other, bigger reason is because… well actually I’m not sure if misogynist is the correct word, but Japan has found yet another way to make the plot about a girl waiting on all fours for the man to come around. The show even started as being about the unsocial guy learning how to feel things and interact with people, which honestly makes this switch look even worse.

It doesn’t help that all of these confessions feel completely shallow. The one exception is Haru confessing the first time, because he’s never been exposed to these kinds of emotions at all, so it’s overwhelming to him. As I said before, Haru hasn’t even done anything to warrant Shizuka’s affections. If anything, he’s done things that should prevent her from liking him.

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“But it was an accident!” Fuck you, no it wasn’t. He let his aggression get the better of him to the point of not even wanting to listen to her and resorting to the one thing he knows: violence. It’s not even like he immediately felt remorse for what he did and apologized, like that one scene in Kokoro Connect (by the way, did I mention Kokoro Connect is a pretty damn good show?), instead he continued going forward and beat up the guys in the room.

And what happens after Shizuka tells him off, and she studies for her midterm and gets first?

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YOU FUCKING SHOULD.

This is one of those shows where what the characters say they feel completely contradicts what it seems like they should feel given the actions that take place. Now, I’ve said before that dialogue is important for understanding a character to the fullest, but that’s only when it matches up with their actions. If what a character says or chooses to do is in contradiction to what they should logically feel considering what takes place, that’s called shitty writing. It means the author can’t portray a message correctly in a way other than blatantly saying it to the reader’s or watcher’s face.

But you know the worst part? This actually fucking works on people.

Look at Twilight, for crying out loud. Try reading the book without automatically trusting what the characters say and you’ll see how full of shit their choices and words are and how bad a writer the author actually is.

…Oh god, did I seriously just bring up Twilight?

Anyways, the way these kinds of authors make up for this is by having SUPER WITTY FUN TIME EXTRAVAGANZA one-liners that inevitably make it into GIFs on Tumblr and get spread around like the fucking plague. Usually because the quotes “omg so relate to me <3333333”, except only when they’re taken out of context of the show. Because if they were taken in context of the show, it wouldn’t relate to anyone, because their choices and what they say make no fucking sense considering what actually happens.

So that’s why I dropped Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun.

Good to be back!

…Well, sort of back.


11 Comments on “Why I Dropped Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun”

  1. Vincent says:

    I agree completely. Both of the other two shoujo make more sense. Major fail from Brains Base for adapting such crappy source material.

  2. Haven’t even watched Kaibutsu yet but from what I could gather it seems like a wise choice. Granted, some people will inevitably keep on loving it but the potential of the show has already gone out the window like you said.

    Anyway, I mainly posted to ask what other shows you’ve been watching during your hiatus. Basically, just looking for a response that says what you really enjoyed (aside from Kokoro).

    • Riyoga says:

      Hang on, let me check my list of stuff I watched last season and am watching this season…

      Binbougami ga! was pretty entertaining, and… uh… yeah. I didn’t really watch many shows last season except for that and Kokoro Connect. Joshiraku was great too, but a lot of people don’t agree. I’m still planning to write a post explaining why I like it so much.

      As for this season, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and From the New World are really damn good, both for completely different reasons.
      Chuunibyou is also pretty funny, because KyoAni are honestly pretty damn good at comedy when they aren’t trying so hard to force moe into their shows.
      K has a neat presentation with an obviously high budget.
      Psycho-Pass is a given, because noitaminA. Same goes for Robotics;Notes, which has the same slow-building vibe that Steins;Gate had.
      Also watching the second season of Jormungand because Koko is still a fun character.

      Other than all of that, I’ve heard Magi is pretty good, but I still need to start it.

      • Vincent says:

        If you are willing to try a shoujo this season, I’d recommend Suki-tte Ii na yo. It’s not just a story about love, but one about learning to trust, and is not inoffensively idealistic like Kimi ni Todoke. There are quite a few people who hate the male protagonist for being a player. The show’s characters make sense if you can think beyond “Omg, these people reduce the value of kisses and have sex! They’re all sluts!” I can understand why this wouldn’t appeal to you though, and it’s ultimately your call whether you want to follow any shoujo this season.

        • Riyoga says:

          If I do give it a watch, it’ll probably be after the season is over. I have way too many shows to watch this season as it is.

  3. Game8910 says:

    oh boy be glad you dropped it, Im still watching it (why?) and I will now tell you how things have gone so far.

    >Guy confessed to girl
    >Girl confessed to guy
    >Guy “probably doesnt like her like that”
    >Girl will make him fall for her “like that”
    (this is where you stopped)
    >The guy confirms he likes her “like that” and confessed again
    >The girl now doesn’t like him “like that” anymore (she wants to study)
    >The guy tells her he will make her fall for him “like that”
    >The girl confirms she likes him “like that” for good and confessed AGAIN
    (this is where we are now)
    I can’t make this shit up. I havent read or watched a lot of shoujo but this is some bullshit right here even for shoujo standards. The main 2 characters are not likeable at all, in fact the side characters are what makes the show not suck completely into oblivion…why am I still watching this?

    • Riyoga says:

      So many people have told me to pick it back up because it’s “gotten better”. Sounds like they’re horrifically wrong.

      I almost want to pick it up at the end so I can write a giant post where I bash it.

  4. appropriant says:

    Oh hey, I’m the guy who was arguing with you over your YouTube video of the same name (my username over there is Wejjow). Cool to see that you have a blog, and that at least you’re still active!

    • Riyoga says:

      Oh geez you’re a blogger too? Well that’s a bit awkward. Though it also explains why you were one of the few people able to actually argue your point, and mostly convince me to boot.

      Yeah, lately I’ve been writing posts and then recording them to put up on Youtube (after editing, obviously). I noticed a lot of bloggers don’t want to even touch Youtube given its infamous user base, but that just makes what I’m doing more interesting IMO.
      Plus I have way too much free time.

      This also means I need to update my blogroll.

  5. Momo says:

    I’ve watched it, and I somehow managed it. Do you ship YamaShizu? Because I ship YamaShizu! And everyone should ship YamaShizu! Just kidding. But they certainly seem better. I’m sorry for being a lazy ass, but I’m just going to copy/paste a post I found somewhere:

    ————————————————————————————————————————The problem wasn’t with Haru’s Gary Stu-ness.
    It was the fact that Shizuku’s stuck in an abusive relationship while most people don’t acknowledge it.
    Spoiler:
    Do you feel afraid of your partner much of the time?
    Contrary to what most people think, I think Shizuku is undeniably afraid of Haru.

    Does your partner humiliate or yell at you?
    Most people consider it necessary, but hitting Shizuku out of all possible targets is not romantic. And let’s not forget this.

    Does your partner act excessively jealous and possessive?
    Haru gets increasingly jealous when Shizuku gets closer to Yamaguchi. He threatens Yamaken with breaking his arms and legs if Shizuku chooses him.

    Does your partner have a bad and unpredictable temper?
    If Haru’s ‘bipolar disorder’ justify his temper tantrums and mood swings and his abusive nature towards Shizuku? NOPE.

    Does your partner hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you?
    He threatens to rape Shizuku -_- Not cool, dude.
    ———————————————————————————————————————–
    Also, Riyoga, if my opinion means anything, I recommend you ignore Haru and Shizuku (though I like her character), and skip to only Natsume and Sasayan. I think it’s a couple you would like. (https://fantasticmemes.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/shipping-sasayan-x-natsume-tonari-no-kaibutsu-kun/)


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