When my buddy pitched Astra Lost in Space to me at the start of the Summer 2019 season, he described it as:
A space survival show with M. Night Shyamalan twists at every turn with a dash of comedy.
-My friend (who also read the source material before watching)
While I don’t think this is really an accurate description of the show, it feels more like Star Trek with a deep mystery running through it, I can now see what he meant. If you would have asked me what I thought the best show of the season was going to be, I probably wouldn’t have picked this one either. However, here we are.Continue reading “Astra Lost in Space – Best of Season”→
You are probably thinking that I’m off my rocker here, “Jon how can a critique not be critical?” and that’s a totally fair question. When I say this I am not saying that a critique of something can’t criticize something, but instead mean that a critique does not always have to be negative. There’s a general misconception that these two things must always come hand-in-hand but do they really? I’d argue, this doesn’t always have to be the case.Continue reading “Critique ≠ Being Critical – A General Discussion on Reviews & Analytical Works”→
Awhile back I watched Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san, or just, Takagi-san for short, with my mom and we both really enjoyed it. The plot follows Nishikata’s exploits to successfully tease his classmate Takagi, who is always teasing him. Is Takagi just mean or does she have another motive behind her teasing of Nishikata? Today I’ll share with you three reasons why you might enjoy the show as well!
1. It’s Funny!
I’m reminded of a show titled, “Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time” when it comes to Takagi-san. While I haven’t seen much of the former, this anime seems to be a longer form version of it with a gender-bent take. Just how exactly is Takagi going to tease Nishikata today and how exactly will his attempts to tease her blow up in his face?
Not only that but there are some good running jokes and some supporting cast that adds a bit of extra levity and jokes to the mix. This also helps the story from becoming too much of the same thing by not focusing solely on Nishikata and Takagi.
2. The Will-They-Won’t-They
Besides the comedy, you’ll be getting your regular dose of romantic tension with Takagi-san. Why get so invested in this relationship between two middle schoolers and if it’ll happen? Beats me but I can can tell you that it is more compelling than it reasonably ought to be.
Nishikata is an idiot. He’s so laser focused on teasing Takagi that he misses out on her fairly obvious attempts at advancement. She wants to know if he likes her but is too afraid to take a direct approach, hence all the teasing. It’s something that is bound to be easily relatable for a lot of folks watching. So the big question, does Nishikata ever catch on? You’ll just have to watch to find out!
3. Lighthearted Fun
Lastly, this anime is just a good time. You don’t have to focus too hard on it and since it is available dubbed or subbed it is perfect for when you want a fairly casual viewing experience. Takagi-san ended up having some nice messages and made me feel good while watching it; just managed to put a smile on my face.
Takgi has a killer design, it is actually what drew me into the show initially. Even with my open love of loli characters, forehead lolis usually just aren’t cute but she is. Not to mention they put the characters in various outfits so visually this won’t be a dull experience either.
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