November 22, 2010

GA-nabe

Wonderduck doesn't want to talk GA. Well and good, we'll do it here!

The original assertion was that GA is a little bit more like Azumanga than Hidamari Sketch. Not that Hidamari is bad, mind you, but everyone, everyone in the series is fundamentally a nice person. GA has a jerk, and that makes it a little more realistic.

Pete immediately responded with a defense of Tomokane, and he's correct. She's not a jerk; much more of a Kagura than a Tomo. She's capable of hurting someone thoughtlessly, but that's not the root of her character - they're both tomboys, not jerks.

I wasn't originally thinking about Tomokane, though. Noda's the one with the jerk character. Even that's not really fair - it's more accurate to say that she's creative to the point of froth, and she goes with her ideas. But she goes with them with total disregard of the people around her. The other characters will occasionally have an out-there idea and think about it for a bit, then put it aside. Noda thinks of that idea and goes straight to implementation.

The yaminabe incident is illustrative of this. Noda comes up with a screwball idea, everyone goes along with it, chaos(-nabe) ensues, Noda tries to sneak out of the consequences.

She's not as bad as Tomo, because she's not a jerk just to be jerky, just a loose cannon that hits her friends on a doubles roll on 2d6.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at 09:37 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 One complaint I do not often voice is that as Sae's lesbianism progressed into uglier forms, I found it progressively more difficult to tolerate. Secondly, the show became more and more disjoint in every season, as Shaft was running of initial impetus. S2 even had meaningless time tears.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at November 24, 2010 11:42 PM (9KseV)

2 Interesting; instead of discussing GA, he's attacking HidaSketch.  And you wonder why I closed that thread?

Posted by: Wonderduck at November 28, 2010 11:21 AM (vW/MM)

3 Expatriate Russians get a lot of leeway on this blog. (Pete's a very interesting person in real life.)

Also, he put the relevant comments on GA on his own blog.

As far as Sae, the manga takes it nice and easy on her "lesbianism". Honestly, I don't even think that's it - I don't see any physical attraction between Sae and Hiro. What I do see is that Hiro is a mother-figure for Sae (who frankly needs looking after).

You could go further and say that Sae displays a lot of traits that aren't necessarily author-centric but are more manga-centric (the death march to meet the deadline is a big one there). So you could say that, by extension, Sae's got a good chance of displaying traits also held by the artist, and Hiro is the mother-figure that the artist wishes (he? she?) had, or "has" if he/she is lucky enough.

That, and Sae being clumsy about romance in general, might account for it...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at November 28, 2010 06:35 PM (mRjOr)

4 Actually I took Mr. Duck out for lunch when he was in the neighbourhood.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 03, 2010 01:38 AM (9KseV)

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