I might be a little biased on chihayafuru because I'm fresh off reading another josei manga about bullying,but there the bullying takes the form of the bully calling up gangmembers to rape the victim.Next to that,cheating at a card game doesn't seem that bad.
Maybe if I hadn't read that before starting Chihayafuru I'd be harsher on Taichi.
And I know before your edit there was something about tsunderes,so on that topic:watch Cross Game
About Chihayafuru - I'll tell you what's motivating me here a bit. I'm worried that if "Slice of Life" (as a genre classification) goes the way of the dodo bird that what'll result is everything that used to be called "Slice of Life" will now be called "Drama", and I don't think that helps matters, lol.
That being said, I get your points, and I concede to you that I was perhaps downplaying how dramatic that 1st episode of Chihayafuru was.
The "life changing" comment is what happens when I'm in a hurry and don't proofread myself lol,what I meant is that what happened that day is something that seems to have impacted her quite a bit,it's not a day she'll forget,which to me is far from being the case of every single day in someone's life,it's those days that I don't remember that I consider "simple daily living".
I should have made it clearer that me nitpicking the term "simple daily living" was in no way related to the slice of life debate because I just don't care anymore when comes the time for the animesuki awards, I'll leave the SoL category alone.
Let me join in the praise of your last blog article,that was a really nice read.
And for goodness sake give cross game a try if you havn't.
Aoba is a really great tsundere,so great in fact that part of the fandom refused to use that word to describe her at first but now it's accepted.
The show uses a full 50 episodes to flesh her out and give her very valid plot reason to explain why she acts this way,as well as a male lead that doesn't let her tsundereness get to him.
Sorry but I'm not into pro wrestling though I have a few notions because my best friend loves it.
I discovered Saki thanks to a blog that's now offline which is too bad because it had some really epic posts about the show,notably one where the blogger calculates the probability of her comeback in episode 19,the conclusion was that ,in the best case scenario, you'd only see something like that once every 120 years even if you played everyday
But like you said,the real fun in Saki is in the moe and yuri...as well as the creative "superpowers" all the players had.
Glad you enjoyed the Saki vid! I tired several different YouTube-esque sites for uploading and "hosting" the vid, but it seems that every internet video site is like YouTube now when it comes to copyrights...
But yeah, as I hinted at on the Saki 2 thread, Saki's insane comebacks honestly made me think of Hulk Hogan "hulkin' up" in pro wrestling matches. And when I listened to the "Real American" theme song of the Hulkster, I noticed how some of the lyrics really fit Saki's situation nicely (some were "so wrong", as you say, but others were "so right" ).
Out of curiosity, where you a pro wrestling fan when you were younger? Or are you still one?
Ok,thanks!Also I have to say I see the similarities between blood c and Madoka too,it's just really darn fustrating as you said that they didn't follow that "3 episode rule" you talked about,I've said very harsh things about blood c but it's mostly fustration because I know there's much more to what we're being shown and I want to see it.