I’m in a slump. These past couple of weeks, I’ve been avoiding anime so that I could at least try to be a responsible adult, only to fail at that, too. I feel like I’ve been spinning my wheels, trying to get a change of pace, yet still get none of the results I’m looking for. Current events don’t help, and after a very long period of reflection, I’ve come to realize that my friends are getting further and further away from me.
Yet recently, I asked some friends about what I should review next, and of the few responses I got, this was their collective choice. Now normally I would look at this series for its hilarity, maybe add one deep thought about it that some of you may not have noticed, and end with a favorite waifu bit; and I will. But perhaps, I’m reading into this request too much, because I want to go a little further than that. Try to win my readers’ affection again (heh… I wish).
For this review, I am going to present an interpretation that helped me realize that this anime is… actually OK. That’s the least I can do for a show that at first glance I reluctantly invested in, simply for the fact that everyone else was watching it.
A metaphor for my life?
A couple of reviews back, I briefly took a stab at criticizing a fatal flaw in utilitarianism, that having the illusion of happiness can be just as dangerous as letting one suffer from the pains of the truth. I still believe this to be true, but I neglected to offer an alternative that defends why happiness is something that we should value. Given the many animes that I’ve already reviewed that are made primarily to bring joy to their audience, one more case probably wouldn’t hurt. What makes this sitcom different from some of the others that I’ve reviewed, however, is that happiness is more than just something it imparts on us. Rather, happiness is at the heart of why this series matters in the first place! (That and come on, it’s in the title!)
And if you’re thinking that I’m going to somehow over-complicate a comedy anime that wasn’t meant to make sense with theoretical mumbo jumbo, well you’d be half right, but you would also miss out on all the fun things I love about this series that no analysis can capture to such humorous detail! That, and I need to subject you all to the “Timothy Rap” because catchy music is catchy!
This is a lovely anime. Heck, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it actually does appeal to both children and adults, despite its manga counterpart being published as a seinen. It teaches us a lot about family values in a modern culture, from the perspectives of a child, a teenager, and a parent.
It’s a heart-warming series, but it’s also a lot of fun, and since a lot of folks have already raved about it, I will be talking about this series based on what I think is most important. And given that I do plan on reviewing several anime with all-girl casts in the near future, I think it’s best to talk about this series from the leading male’s perspective: Kōhei Inuzuka–
I find myself in a bind as I watch the drama that unfolds in this anime. I think that ACCA‘s plot and philosophy are told brilliantly, and is very much relevant to the political climate we face today. However, I also have to admit that I am siding with the police, an entity that I strongly distrust. A very fictitious police, but police nonetheless. It’s too bad that I feel that way, because I really like this anime.
Before I get into this review, I need to set some limitations:
Let’s make one thing clear: there is nothing wrong with this series. It’s pithy enough to be relaxing, it’s got a fun-loving character, and it brings the anime fan and foodie communities together. At least I hope it does.
Obviously I recommend the series (I recommend crap that I hate too, so long as I’m talking about it). Hell, I’d recommend the live action drama for all of a handful of episodes I’ve seen of it. It’s entertaining. Unfortunately, I do have one bias that keeps me from enjoying this popular short feature to its fullest.
Sorry, fans. I don’t drink.