Over the course of a week and a half, I watched the third season of Full Metal Panic, titled The Second Raid. I was stunned. It was a brilliant series. Never before had I seen an anime take on such an important, prevalent, and taboo subject. Kyoto Animation, the studio that helmed both the second and third seasons, are certainly a courageous bunch. It took a lot of guts to use anime as a medium to tackle this embarrassing, yet common problem. While it wasn’t apparent at first, it soon became clear that this series was nothing more than a thinly veiled allegory, a springboard meant to incite meaningful, intelligent discussion about a very important issue. That issue? Erectile dysfunction. The story of The Second Raid is one man’s struggle against ED, and his coming to terms with his shortcomings in order to solve his problem. Of course, this begs the question: Was this merely the pharmaceutical industry’s cheap attempt at making a huge commercial aimed at the otaku culture? Or was it truly meant to discuss the inner demons men must battle in their own individual fights against ED? Sadly, we may never know the truth. We can hope, however, that Kyoto Animation had the best of intentions. Continue reading ‘Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid – an Allegory for Erectile Dysfunction’
Archive for August, 2008
This is so fucking epic. Just try to watch it and not get pumped up. See? You can’t. I’ve also included some karaoke lyrics below for you completely insane people out there. I grabbed the lyrics from Digital Monkey Box, so give that site some lovin’ while you’re at it. Verdict? I think you already know.
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Mr. T is probably the greatest the hero the world has ever known. If you disagree, I pity you, foo’.
Mr. T: Awesome
Saving Private Ryan: Awesome, but only with the inclusion of Mr. T and Snickers
I recently finished the second season of Full Metal Panic, and I’m happy to say that it’s a vast improvement over the first. As a whole, this series really shines when it focuses on comedy. When it veers into the dramatic, it really doesn’t have much depth to sustain an interesting plot. The characters are all right, but there really isn’t anyone interesting to root for, plus the villains are woefully generic. Fumoffu, however, jettisons all that needless plot stuff, and presents itself as a straight up comedy. Sousuke, the military fanatic, is unable to live a normal life in everyday Japan, and as a result, his mission to protect Kaname gets out of hand in every single episode. Whether he is detonating school lockers, or dressing up as a theme park mascot with a gun, he’s always screwing things up. But that’s where the humor can be found, and it works extremely well. Continue reading ‘Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu’