Yeah. . . I felt the same way. It's a squandered season. It threw away the subtly of the relationship just to blow it up to painful proportions. I can't believe they thought a love triangle would make for a good arc. Uggggh.
Right now, I'm just praying that Season 3 will be made so that we can finally get to the main conflict (Holo's clan.)
I've read a few things. I've also watched his animation collection. Too many dicks in that one...
Anamorphosis no Meijuu had an awesome first couple chapters, so that's probably my favorite. His artwork is phenomenal, but I just don't like eroguro. He's also a very clever man, and the way he kind of plays with the makeup manga framework is very interesting. So Anamophosis is probably one of my favorites, but only because the first part. Maybe Fraction is his most solid piece, in my opinion.
I like some of his stuff, and dislike other things. It's a mixed bag, really.
I've never had such a high anime compatibility rating with anyone on this site before. :O I respect your perspective on anime (mentioned in the pic under 'about me') and agree with you whole-heartedly. ^_^
(I'd post a pic but I have no idea how to do that.)
As I said it's really quite a small part of the story, like a couple episodes, and I agree that you do have a point there. But sometimes even the greatest stories have a flaw or two. Ashita no Joe is not 100% perfect every single episode but it has a lot going for it that you won't see in Hajime no Ippo or any other anime. The first few episodes might even be my least favorite of the entire story as well.
I'd say Joe's fight against the Yakuza might be the most unrealistic part of the anime, and if memory serves he just popped a few police is all which was no biggie. Joe is supposed to be very talented at fighting after all. But beyond that I do think it's at least realistic that Donpei could beat him and maybe the point of all that was to say, hey, this is what a boxer is and can do. Even a good street fighter will get molly-whopped by someone who has devoted a big part of their life to learning the sweet science of boxing. Joe getting in fights does also serve the purpose of showing that he's kind of troubled as a kid and it's also a good way to show his personality in general, which actually does develop quite a bit over time.
Donpei is a heavy guy with power and he's a lifelong boxer and boxing coach. He might look kind of sorry and drunk but he'd likely be able to pop a few gangsters and officers just the same and Joe is just a street fighter at that point. Also Donpei does some physical labor later on that suggests he's not 100% relying on that cane. But anyway Joe doesn't exactly go around beating mobs up on the street the whole anime so that part is done and over, for the most part.
And hope you know the subtitles won't be finished for another 6-12 months going by the current pace. Which is actually really soon when you compare it to how long ago it was started.