MADPlay “Shantae: Risky’s Revenge DC”, Pilot Episode: “I Dream of Tia Carrere”

Madhog and Devar try out the recent PC port of a cult classic platform game from the Nintendo handheld systems. Will they enjoy it or will they drown it in oddly appropriate “Relic Hunter” references? Find out in this exciting pilot episode filled with colourful pixels and wiggly posteriors!

Amateur Hour Review – I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying (Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken)

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So after reviewing ‘Is The Order A Rabbit?’, you can probably tell that I’m not a huge fan of the slice of life genre. Honestly, the genre doesn’t appeal to me. Most slice of life anime is bland, uninteresting, or just plain boring. The ones deemed as ‘comedies’ don’t even make me crack a smile. However, there are a couple that I enjoy. I also mentioned a couple slice of life anime that I did like, such as ‘Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei’, ‘Daily Life of High School Boys’ and ‘I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying’.
‘I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying’ , otherwise known as ‘Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken’ was a thirteen episode anime, published by Studio Seven, that was released from October 2014 to December 2014. The episodes ranged from three to five minutes shorts, at most. Out of all the anime I’ve watched that was released in 2014, this one seemed like the most underrated.
The premise follows the daily life of Kaoru and Hajime, a married couple. Karou is a cynical, hard-working woman, who constantly has to keep up with her otaku husband, confused by his strange behavior. Karou wants her husband to find a job and assimilate into society, and Hajime just wants to stay inside and post on his blog. When you hear the premise, it seems very lacking. However, it is aided by the several strong points of the anime, being the characters themselves, and the comedy.
The two main characters are extremely likable. You sympathize with Karou and Hajime, because despite the vast differences in their personalities, you want the best for them, and their marriage. As for the other characters, they’re extremely likable as well, but carry much significance in the last couple episodes. I’ll get to those later.
The comedy in the anime is great, at least, if you like comedy that pokes fun at popular anime, otaku culture and tropes, and in-jokes within the anime community. I wouldn’t recommend this as your first comedy anime, because it requires a small degree of knowledge of anime, however, there are still jokes that even non-anime watchers will still laugh at.
The romance between Hajime and Karou feels genuine. I felt like this needed to be addressed because so many pre-established couples in movies, TV shows, and anime never feel like they’re actually couples. These two actually have chemistry. They work off of each other, comedically and romantically. You understand why they fell in love with each other. They both want the other to be happy, but have difficulty changing their lifestyles for the other. Like actual couples.
Lastly, this anime has one of the most bitter-sweet, but heart-warmingly fitting endings to an anime that I’ve ever scene. I refuse to spoil it, but the last couple episodes amplify the drama, and portray situations that modern-day married couples experience. The side characters do their best to aid the couple, displaying their different personalities and opinions on the situations. From Hajime’s crossdressing, yaoi-writing younger brother (Who probably arose from the depths of Tumblr), to Karou’s disapproving father, they all provide instances of comedy and seriousness in the last fourth of the anime.
This anime seriously flew under the radar in 2014. With a second season approaching in April, I hope this anime catches on with a mainstream audience, because this was probably the most heartwarming, and hilarious anime that I’ve seen so far. I would honestly recommend that everyone should watch it, whether it be for the drama, or for the comedy.
Okay, I mentioned ‘Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei’ and ‘Daily Life of High School Boys’ twice now. Does this mean I actually have to review them?

 

By: Shannon Kasane