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GIFU DODO!! #1 - - Special Review

DOWNTOWN ABBEY for anime. Only... a little manlier.

SHOGUN’S NOTE: The summer season is in swing, at last! I’ll be doing my best to watch most, if not all, of the new simulcasting pilots. As such, regular shows like ATTACK ON TITAN, ONE PIECE and, of course, DBZ will be getting a brief break in coverage to make room. Stay tuned, and don’t panic - - their eventual catch-ups will be spectacular!

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of writing done at a day spa in K-Town. You can go ahead and snicker - - it’s actually a cheap, productive and, yes, exfoliating change from my usual work-at-home routine. Among other things, it’s offered an interesting peak into K-pop culture, because LA’s Korean language channel runs 24/7 on the TV’s at the spa. Past the variety shows, game shows and contemporary soap operas, I’ve been most intrigued by this one historical soap that seems to be set during Korea’s feudal era.

I can only say ‘seems,’ of course, because I don’t know for sure. There are no subtitles, so I’m back in a position of unfamiliarity with Asian entertainment which I haven’t been in for a long time.

What’s the point of this preamble? Well, for one, GIFU DODO seems to basically be the anime version of that feudal soap. It has speedlines you can’t really do in live-action, of course, and some of the men’s builds are more… aspirational than any human actor can pull off but, otherwise, the similarities are pretty strong.

Also, I’m not going to make any bones about this - - GIFU DODO disinterests me as much as any soap.

I found myself less stimulated by the show itself than the visions I had of an anime club that would just eat this up. There is an audience for everything, of course, and I’m having a clear mental image of walking by some multi-purpose room at the College of Engineering’s basement and seeing the otakus inside oo-ing and ah-ing. Maybe most of will scratch our heads over the appeal of watching a couple of hugely-muscled ‘eccentrics’ reminiscing over cups of sake about the first time they met - - and the dense and confusing series of flashbacks that illustrate their reminiscences - - but it’s pushing all the right buttons for the very specific niche in that room.

Now, let's go watch this go on to become a wildly-popular crossover hit this season...

Watch this episode, "Kanetsugu and Keiji” here and decide for yourself.

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Marshal Victoryon July 11, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.

This one didnt intrest me enuff to check it out yet. So after reading this review i did a totaly unscientific veiw of coments about it on various sites. Sorry Crunchyroll doesnt count. Positive coments seem to stay an negative ones seem to vanish! Like moderator magic or something .

The results were maybe 20ish % thought it was meh to ok . 50ish% a bromance of epicness not to their likeing. An maybe 40% was gona wait few more episodes to see if they keep on watching or not.. what you say thats 110%! well not only am i poor with spelling but math i always try an give 110% !

Seriously tho alota rumble about this season aimed tword a certian demo.Then again if you can say 3 good things about

id be surprised.This season looks even thinner than the last :/

YotaruVegetaon July 11, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.

How do you like the Fist of the North Star designs in a non-Fist anime?

I've already watched as many 1st episodes of as many anime I can watch legally. My top 3 so far

1. Watamote

2. Servant X Service

3. Free!

Honorable mention to Silver Spoon

Marshal Victoryon July 11, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta: Servant X Service not to be confused with Inu x Boku Secret Service.. which i did any way. Was pretty good.Which reminded me of Wagnaria!! alot.Which is a good thing.

If it was a homage to Fist of the North Star designs i think theirs some mistake, more of a parody it felt like design wise.Neck muscles extreme edition sheesh.

Also bury a axe in a pillar in some ones house is suposed to help them? Maybe if he would just brun down the manson it would bring extra neck muscle luck?

takashichea moderator is online on July 11, 2013 at 9:39 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

This summer season is less impressive that spring. I somehow got into Dog & Scissors. I admit the series' premise scared me a bit when I was doing trailers for the Summer Anime 2013 Trailers. I give it a good. It's not bad. Though, it's weird.


I'm enjoying Free!. I found out Silver Spoon was on Crunchyroll. I'm stoked to see what Arakawa has in store for everyone.

Marshal Victoryon July 12, 2013 at 7:33 a.m.

@takashichea: Yeah an to me Spring was less impressive than winter overall.So its looking like i get to watch older stuff to fill in for the meh of this season.

Dog & Scissors is ehh.. il watch one more episode but its makeing people uncofortable .One comman comlante is it promotes animal abuse .While i think i still posses the sence to know its the person not the thing that does a crime some still dont follow that.Watch an see in time that show will be the Cacher in the Rye of animal abuse.

GIFU DODO was said to have been done by stuido Deen but i cant find them as part of it at all. An if i was studio Deen i would hunt down the people spreading that an sue for defimation.Ones who are apart of it have history of deforemed anime to.Like super deformed stuff.

GIFU DODO may well be the most hated 1st anime episode of 2013.Design wise to story its not getn much love on any board i have seen .Again Chrunchyroll doesnt count for what people post on the shows. Tho the news section things seem less magicaly filtered.

zaldaron July 12, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.

I've got no idea what otaku anime club would at all have any interest in this...none that I was ever a member of would have that is for sure...

takashichea moderator is online on July 12, 2013 at 5:49 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

I just realized I didn't add this show to the Summer guide 2013. Weird, I haven't seen this show or its trailer.

Marshal Victoryon July 12, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.

@takashichea: Um i miss the guide? Always like posting to go back later an look an see what kept my intrest an what was a surpise watchable enjoyable show.. something summer seems to be in short suply of :/

Spring 2013 i droped more shows than kept my intrest.This season looking to shape up worse. Which means ill have to hunt down more older titles .

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