Tag Archives: funny

Geek Out: Miira no Kaikata (Anime)

If you are looking for an adorable anime that will make you laugh, Miira no Kaikata is perfect. Mii is an adorable mummy child who is sent to Kashiwagi Sora by his self-proclaimed adventurer dad. I have to admit I thought this would be a lame anime when I read the description on myanimelist.com. But after deciding to try it anyway I was hooked from the first episode.

I will warn you however, this is not an action, adventure, fantasy or any other super deep and exciting series. Nor does it try to be. This series is just something that makes you happy. The first few episodes are like watching videos of cute animals or small children. However, as the story progresses you fall in love with the characters and get a bit more story development. This is a slice-of-life/comedy so it should be watched as such.

In terms of character development, you see a lot of development later in the series from Kamiyama Tazuki and his little supernatural friend. Sora also develops right before the end of the season. However, the other two characters are mostly static after their introductory episodes.

If you are looking for an anime about friends or just looking for something to bring joy to your life, I suggest that you try Miira no Kaikata.

Feel free to let me know what you think of it!

91087

Featured Image from http://www.emperornime.ga/2018/01/miira-no-kaikata-sub-indo.html
Other image from https://myanimelist.net/anime/35828/Miira_no_Kaikata
Advertisements

Geek out: Tonari no Seki Kun​ (Anime)

For those of us who have spent years in the classroom. Trying to entertain ourselves while the teacher drones on. And also for those of us who were often distracted by our neighbors during class. This anime is a wonderful and humorous representation of these times.

Seki and Yumi sit next to each other in class. Yuki is a serious and slightly goody goody student who tries to listen to the teacher. Seki is the imaginative and honestly quite talented boy who sits next to her. Yuki is constantly distracted by Seki throughout the series and he often draws Yuki into his hijinks, usually resulting in her getting into trouble.

My favorite episodes are the ones where Seki plays modified versions of Shogi and Go (two very traditional games from the eastern part of the world). His imagination and social commentary (all without saying a word), draw you in and enrapture you.

As the series progresses we see Yuki and Seki grow a bit closer and Yuki seems to give up on trying to change him. I would like to call for a reboot of this show and if there is not enough material, more of the manga as well. Perhaps someday they will reboot it. Maybe one day we could see Yuki and Seki in middle school or even college.

Why are Things Funny?

What is and isn’t funny changes from person to person. Everyone’s individual experiences and cultures are completely different and what everyone thinks is funny differs due to that. However, there are several tricks and topics that are almost universally bound to get a giggle if they are presented right.

My favourite trick for comedy is the rule of three. When I was in Drama productions this technique was used a minimum of once a play. What it is is when the same thing happens three times in the play but the third time is slightly different from the previous times. For example, a character (I will call him Bob) is nervous to enter the room where his angry girlfriend is furiously going over her inner monologue out loud. Every time he timidly begins to enter the room she shouts in frustration that if she were to see him she would punch his face in or something equally as undesirable. Then when he retreats she remembers something good about him and he begins to enter the room with new hope only for it to be dashed again. The third time he pokes his head in she keeps saying good things about him so he comes all the way into the room. Meanwhile out of frustration and confusion, his girlfriend grabs something and hurls straight into Bob before realizing he is there… It is difficult to grasp without seeing it but next time you go to a play or see a movie, keep track events that seem to be repeating with slight variations they usually are funniest the third time the event happens.

Universal topics for Comedy need to be relatable to most people. This is why romance is such a popular genre throughout the world, it is relatable. Romance and other genres are not completely free from cultural differences. Dating and marriage practices are very culturally specific. However, domestic affairs, love triangles, and many other situations from the genre appear in comedies all over the world, Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Kalidasa’s Malavika and Agnimitra, Plautus’ Casina, multiple Japanese anime and American cartoons. They all have examples of romance and the problems it can cause being used as comedic devices. Aside from romance, most people have experience with work and school. Also, physical comedy is funny for all ages but the type of physical humour that is funny could be different depending on the country and culture.

Lastly Irony is an absolute staple for any joke or comedic scene. For some strange reason it is funny when the exact opposite of what we believe is going to happen happens. Shakespeare loved to use Irony in his plays and writers still use this device in modern works. It hasn’t stopped being used after all these years because it works. Irony brings surprise and almost a sense of novelty to a story. It can refresh a stale plot and facilitates laughter which releases dopamine that will make the story seem more enjoyable. Overall, Irony is a powerful tool that, when used correctly, can vastly improve any comedy.