BHS Blogress Report: 2020, Weeks 15 and 16 – Cartoony

Weeks 15 and 16 – Cartoony

Not much going on the past two weeks, so let’s talk about cartoons!

One of the many reasons I watch anime is because I get so much out of it: great characters, amazing fight scenes, sophisticated storytelling, cute and appealing character designs… and occasionally, something deep and meaningful.

And sometimes, I watch anime to get nothing more than goofy faces, absurd comedy, and slapstick violence.

This season sees the return of Dropkick on my Devil! / Jashin-chan Dropkick!, a shining example of the above. I’ve been rewatching the first season in between new episodes, and I’ve found a renewed appreciation for what kind of show it is. It’s not meant to tell a great story. It’s not meant to be deep or profound. The show exists to be funny, pure and simple. And while I acknowledge that its humor isn’t for everyone, the concept of what’s basically a Wile E. Coyote vs. Roadrunner cartoon, only with anime girls and way more brutal violence, is my jam.

Dropkick is a cartoony anime, one where everything is in service of the jokes. The characters’ personalities are exaggerated archetypes. Their faces and bodies squash and stretch and deform like silly putty. What little plot there is is subject to be derailed at a moment’s notice. The characters shatter the fourth wall with impunity. Is it high art? Hell no, but there’s an art to it. This is an old-fashioned kind of humor that sadly doesn’t see much play anymore… I made the Roadrunner comparison up there, but this show really does remind me of classic Looney Tunes: it’s wild, it’s anarchic, and it gives no shits about being anything other than a laugh riot. There’s something quite refreshing about that, especially these days.

Of course there’s still a place in my book for more sophisticated humor; I’ve also eagerly awaited the second season of Kaguya-sama: Love is War, and it’s already living up to its high standards. But dammit, sometimes you just want to see a lethally stupid snake demon girl be an absolutely terrible person, and then see someone beat the stuffing out of her for it. The process then repeats itself, because she never, ever learns. Karma may not catch up with the right people in the real world, but at least it still exists in fantasy.


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