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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