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Aoi Bungaku Series
Aoi Bungaku Series
Sep 10, 11:22 PM
Completed 12/12 · Scored 9
Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
Sep 8, 8:27 AM
Completed 11/11 · Scored 7
ef: A Tale of Melodies.
ef: A Tale of Melodies.
Sep 8, 8:27 AM
Completed 12/12 · Scored 8
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Valefor Yesterday, 4:53 AM
Okay I might be late on this but what is a month if not a reasonable time to pause and think of an adequate response lol.

3gatsu greatly benefits from being written by an actual competent author, Umino Chika, and although I found more "humanity" and compelling themes in her other major adaptation, Honey & Clover, I have to give credit where it's due, 3gatsu drama can be very powerful at many different times.

Nisio might be the more deliberate writer ever lived or the less poignant and self-aware, I frankly have not read enough or remember specific dialogue bits to infer any interpretation on his minor viewpoints on life and philosophy. From what I do remember, he's one of those who tried to chose to be different for the sake of being different and point out how cliched narrative can be, which is a pretty pointless point to make imo, but regardless. I do feel immense respect for any writer that has proven to have something to say in a smart and unconventional way, Kareno Akira, Masada Takashi and Sca-ji may be some of the few authors in the industry I unconditionally think are smarter than I am, but Nisio fell flat too many times to make the cut, despite his many good intuitions and the glory of the Zaregoto series.
Valefor Aug 15, 12:39 PM
Monogatari just became immensely unappealing to me over the years, like every series that tried to experiment and do something different there was a limit to the novelty before it became the same trite mess it was trying to parody to begin with, and as it's one of the best selling series ever produced it basically became in itself the punchline of its own joke. It doesn't help that Nisio over the years have tried to tackle some deep and thought-provoking themes such as "Is it okay for brothers and sisters to discuss about fucking each other", and Shaft (Shinbo in particular) never changed their style of directing, be it Cossette, 3gatsu, ef, Madoka, Monogatari, Nisekoi or anything they produced over the past 15 years. They stopped being innovative and curious, now it just gives me headaches, it took me a year before I gave 3gatsu a chance and I still feel the physical pain from Zaregoto first episode.
Valefor Aug 15, 3:38 AM
OreGairu works on many aspects already plenty explored in narrative, it's easy to trace it back to the first existentialism and realism but as you noticed it hardly brings anything new to the table. Then again, I’m not the most well-versed person in light novels or Japanese literature, with Kawabata and Murakami Haruki being the only authors I explored and the latter is not even representative of his own culture. That is also why I can confidently misspell a writer such as Dazai as the anime director Dezaki lol.

Light novels explore plenty of settings and genres but of course the mainstream fads receive more publicity and spotlight, it’ll be like a reader complaining that a bookstore is full of young adult novels and classics are buried in subsections in the back store. It is merely a matter of market. High-school settings and whatnot are also quite standard because as you probably noticed already 青春! is a big theme in general in anime and manga, since the target readers are mostly young people too.

I can name a few authors or titles that are unavailable in English if you want to test your Japanese reading skills, but I’d speak as a third party since I don’t know the language and thus couldn’t read them myself. Murasakiiro no Qualia, Ryuuou no Oshigoto and Fate/Zero are available in acceptable English, meanwhile stuff like Tanaka Romeo’s Jintai and others such as Miss Fabre series and Iriya no Sora Ufo no Natsu get constant praises, but if you have any specific interest in the medium you’d better ask to someone who actually reads them, be it in English or in Japanese.
Valefor Aug 14, 10:17 AM
I'd argue that anime-wise Monogatari was fine till up around the second to third series with some arcs distinctively better than others, mostly due to which director was put in charge at the time. That’s why the first series, and on some degree the Kizu adaptation, were enjoyable as anime, Oishi Tatsuya is easily the most talented director Shaft got at the moment.

As for light novels, the quality tends to shift depending on which title you are reading but, from reliable sources rather than personal experience, I can vouch that the West get very little, mainly the mainstream titles that got a successful adaptation. For some reasons unbeknownst to me, Yen licensed SukaSuka a couple years back as WorldEnd (actually an improvement on the original title), which actually explores some uncharted territories for light novels in the “what does it mean to be a hero” theme. The Zaregoto books are actually quite fascinating too, easily the most well-conceived product Nisio ever wrote, and they too explore quite a lot of interesting leitmotifs, first and foremost deconstructing the mystery genre as a whole.

Fate/Zero is quite well-written as well and I have a personal preference for Konosuba because I dig the humour but I read very few light novels in general, so I can understand your sentiment when you talk about the blandness some share. OreGairu wanted to be a modern rewriting of Ningen Shikkaku without the scope, the intellect and the prose of Dezaki behind, so yeah there’s that, still better than what HakoMari tried to do with fantasy and mystery imo.