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amachan

Finishing Amachan is like saying goodbye to an old friend, sigh.
I will miss you, drama ;;;
You sustained your running length so unbelievably well -
snappy pacing, full-bodied plotlines that never outstayed their welcome,
characters unfolding organically...
and all with honesty, heart and unfailing optimism to spare. <3

1. INFECTIOUS CATCHPHRASES
(I confess I have caught myself spouting the occasional 'jejejeh'.
Also 'nda nda' is criminally underrated.)
SORRY FOR INFLICTING MY WEABOO LAPSES ON YOU, EVERYONE ><

2. COHERENT, COHESIVE PLOT
Links and overarching themes bring me such joy :>
Like the dualism of Aki&Yui, or Suzuka Hiromi&Haruko.
And, extended: Natsu-bappa&Haruko&Aki.
The exodus out of Kitasanriku and the exodus out of Tokyo back to Kitasanriku.
I can't detail everything here because there was just so much and I've probably already forgotten bits
but it suffices to say I loved both arcs and most of the storylines.
Not unwieldy in the least.

3. Excellent threading-through of Shiosai no Memory
(songs as major plotpoints - yet another thing I'm a sucker for, l-lol. cf. Fish Story),
and excellent use of Suzuka Hiromi's charity concert rendition to tie the plot up.

4. Spadeloads of Kudokan's self-aware humour,
(when something is a non sequitur, the writer makes sure you know /he/ knows)
and recurring jokes which ACTUALLY GET FUNNIER THE MORE THEY'RE REPEATED -
the whole ochimusha VS kagemusha gag, Daikichi's 'GHOSTBUSTERS!', etc.
On that note, it's wonderful how repetitions in Amachan always have a point?
Each situation in which a phrase is said (e.g. 'those who leave will not be pursued')
imbues it with an additional layer of meaning.

5. Depth that catches you unawares -
in frivolous conversations between characters,
in characters' reactions to things and the nature of relationships.
E.g. I find the Natsu-bappa X Chubee-san dynamic v interesting?

6. I adore the characters, every single one
(Natsu-bappa in particular, and Haruko,
and Suzuka Hiromi AND YAYOI-SAN AND MIZUGUCHI OFC
AND MASAMUNE IS QT AND HOW COULD I FORGET ISSON...
you get the picture lolol).
Even Taneichi eventually grew on me, though it took a while and I was still rooting for Hiroki to the end.
Aki's flightiness annoyed me somewhat but that's a personal peeve.

7. Great cast and acting.
I especially liked the way Suzuka Hiromi was portrayed.
Would say uniformly great if not for Hashimoto Ai,
who lurched from so-so to bad to ohhh-this-might-actually-work depending on the phase Yui was in.
I'm not sure she had a handle on the character?
oh mj ilu

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Ender's Game was a near-religious experience, lol.
Doubtless (sadly so), nowhere as rich as the source material
(ugh they cut out most of the backstory [I WANT MORE PETER/VALENTINE :((]
and skimmed Battle School life,
and quite a few lines sound disappointingly cheesy/overwrought out of context),
but it was absolutely magical to see the (gorgeous) imaginings of
the Battle Room and space battle scenes and Formic worlds and the Giant game,
and to be able to put faces to names.
It felt as if I'd see the book with new clarity/cohesiveness if I went back and read it now.
Sigh <3


Amachan is so cute :3