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You can't help but have some prejudices against a series before watching it. For example, before I watched Gurren Lagann, I knew to expect crazy awesome, and I put off watching Evangelion for two years because I knew it was messed up and everyone died at the end.
Occasionally, you get some series that completely blow away everything you expected. It's rare, but it happens.
 
Yesterday, I was bored, and read Masturbation Master Kurosawa.
 
Yeah.
Think about what this series will be like. I'm going to write the rest of the article in the spoiler tag while you think about it.
 
Done?
 
Alright then. 
 

And that's how I feel about Masturbation Master Kurosawa.
 
It's strange, but sometimes, people have warning signs in their head that tell them to avoid some series because they won't enjoy them. Sometimes, those warning signs are wrong. Sometimes, you get gold disguised as crap.
 
I'm a believer of Sturgeon's Law. 90% of everything is crap. Originally used for Science Fiction, but as the man said, it applies to everything.
This is how it goes when applied to anime and manga:
 
  • Corollary 1: The existence of immense quantities of trash in anime and manga is admitted and it is regrettable; but it is no more unnatural than the existence of trash anywhere.
  • Corollary 2: The best anime and manga is as good as the best fiction in any field. 
  • Crawford's Corollary: Should you ever find that less than 90% seem to be crap, your standard is set too low and should be adjusted.
 
90% of everything is crap. 10% of everything is worth dying for.
 
This Sturgeons Law applies to novels, anime, TV shows, films, fan fiction, music, people, food, cars, everything. 
This was something disguised as the 90, but is in the high of the 10. Catcher in the Rye, disguised as Twilight.
 
If I had to rate Masturbation Master Kurosawa, I'd give it a 10/10. That's how much I enjoyed it.
 
What about you? You guys ever get blown away by a series you weren't expecting? 
Also, there's a rumour that there's an anime in the works for 2011. Check it out if it's true.
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HOLY SHIT.
 

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And here comes the bomb.
 
I have to say, the ending theme today was the best so far. It did a fantastic job evoking the fear and the gravity of the situation. 
Nuclear War.
 
Yes, this happened in the manga, and at this point too. I am now very confident that we won't be getting a filler ending, and shit's about to go down.
I just want to repeat myself. Takagi's dad is awesome. He knows how to get his point across.
 
And I think we can all see that purple-shirt woman is gonna die next episode. Anyone like that is too dumb to live. In the manga, she said that they should work together and find a cure, because that's all They wanted, just to be treated for their disease.
Too dumb to live.
 
Meanwhile, Takagi's dad kicked Shidou out the second Rei decided not to kill him. He knows scum is scum, and he doesn't like it. I think the fact that he preached to his orgy-congregation while some kid was killed outside cements him in the scum position, if he wasn't there already. Again, something they missed out from the manga, but the kid's 'crime' was worrying how his parents were. 
 
Ah, Shidou Sensei. No one will cry when you die.
 
But yeah. Big finale's coming up, and I am looking forward to it.
 

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As, Shidou-Sensei and his orgy-bus. We missed you.
 
Not much action in this episode, mostly some character development and set-up. I'm gonna apply the Gurren Lagann rule of HSQ here.
First, to clarify the term HSQ: Holy Shit Quotient: The amount of times you shout "Holy Shit!" during a series, divided by the number of episodes/chapters/volumes/whatever. Both Gurren Lagann and Highschool of the Dead have very high HSQ, and the general rule is that if you don't shout it in one episode, then that's because the show is taking a run-up for the next episode. As I'm sure you guessed from the post-credits scene, next week's episode shall be good. 
 
It was good to see some friction here, and the story of the Bounty Mutiny couldn't have been more appropriate. When life gets easy, you get lazy, and you relax. And on a battlefield, the only people allowed to relax are dead men. Ergo, if you relax, you are therefore dead in one way or another.
 
And the anime is drawing to a close, and that pleases me. Why? Because since they moved the Komuro/Saeko episode to a much sooner date, I realised just how close the anime is to catching up with the manga, and then we would have filler. And you know what happens when you get filler towards the end of a series? Filler endings, that's what.
 
However, with only two episodes left, we've got perfect placing to leave with a fantastic open ending that will prepare the way for next years Season 2. And that will be amazing, because they're stopping the anime where they are. Rejoice.
 
Back to the episode. Takagi's dad is badass. He knows what needs to be done, and dammit, it gets done. I knew that people needed a shock to remind them that there were zombies outside, and that your friends and family were zombies, so he brought his zombified best friend in and killed him in front of everyone, staving off a Bounty Mutiny. 
 
Still, it is amazing when you realise that the first episode was only four days ago story time:
Day 1: Attack on the school-Komuro and Rei leaving the bus.
Day 2: Biking through the city, meeting with the party on the bridge, taking Busujima's friend's house.
Day 3: Saving Alice, splitting up, Komuro and Saeko going to the shrine.
Day 4: Komuro and Saeko going to Takagi's hosue.
 
That's four days, maybe five if Komuro and Saeko slept once they reached Takagi's house, but probably not considering that the shrine was about ten minutes walk away. We've been watching this series for ten weeks, but about half a week has passed for Komuro and his friends. Puts his outburst into perspective when you realise that a week ago, everything was normal, doesn't it?
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