This pilot’s only half-length, and I couldn’t stand it enough to even get to the end. Check-out was probably around the 7:30 mark. It’s not that it’s horrifically awful. I’ve seen worse shows, certainly. And the production value is actually surprisingly slick. The free exchange of cartooning techniques (with colorful half-tones popping in periodically) being the most interesting to look at, for sure.
My patience, however, has totally eroded for that oh-so-particular breed of anime humor where a self-admitted perv goes into cackling, histrionic fits about the mere thought of copping a feel, getting an eyeful or sniffing panties. He’s not fantasizing about chasing girls or having actual sex, mind you. He’s so desperate that he’s fantasizing about being a voyeur.
Sure, that could be a funny character in some ensemble sitcom. I’ve seen too much of this shit, though. I know where the point-of-identification is supposed to be, and I want to wash my hands, now. This was like being forced to tag along with some sadsack who’ll go to absurd, fetishistic lengths to sniff a candy bar wrapper, but is far too timid to ever actually try biting one. When you watch it, you hear the precious seconds of your life, ticking away at a thunderous volume, and you feel this dire, escalating urgency to get out and do something, anything, else.
Pulling up this pilot, I expected it to be another sitcom that preposterously presents manga making as a colorful party - - despite everybody in the crew knowing it’s a drudge. Ironically, it hits closer to reality than you’d hope. I was probably in even less of a mood for this shit because there’s been an ongoing dialog over the past couple years online about sexual harassment in the comics industry. As such, the scenario of a comics artist sexually harassing his assistants seems less like the sort of harmless misunderstanding this show is hyperventilating about with such excitement.
Watch "Perfecting Breasts" and decide for yourself.
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