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Old 2006-03-07, 02:34   Link #121
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It really is amazing what they're covering in such a short format... kind of reminds me of the "short story competitions" authors sometimes collaborate on to hone their skills.

I sense trouble ahead with the big guy... he doesn't *seem* particularly abusive towards Matsumaru but I am getting a serious sense that the guy is using Matsumaru as a stepping stone in the company rather than having much talent of his own. He's moving on Aka in a lumbering sort of way (Aka-chan, eh? How forward).

Once again, we appear to be given a lead male in the form of Matsumaru who is actually a decent guy who has thoughts about Aka but wants it to be the *right way* after that initial "too much sharing in a weak moment". Aka seems to be settling in comfortably without really realizing it. Oye I hope this ends well .... too many of the animes last year were blindsiders and now I'm all skitterish. It has such a happy OP/ED though....
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Old 2006-03-07, 02:51   Link #122
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If anyone here likes REC manga, you might also like Momoiro Sango (a seinen manga by the mangaka of REC)

The first chapter has been scanlated by Solaris-SVU group: Manganews.
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Old 2006-03-07, 08:44   Link #123
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Only seen to ep. 4, but I've just got to say thank God it was possible to reach a point where I don't find Matsumaru to be in the wrong. Up till now, he's been putting the moves on her, so her resistance is understandable. Now I can actually look at him with some pity. Not only is he getting beaten because SHE opens the door half-naked, exposing herself, but he's not even allowed to use the restroom. As he said, when living with a girl, if you can't use the restroom after her, when CAN you use it?
Also, this is the first time since ep 1 when I saw Red look at matsumaru with genuine affection, complete with the watery eyes. There's hope for him yet, if he lets her make the moves. If he tries to do anything himself, though, it will mean another bill for wall repair and replaced teeth.
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Old 2006-03-07, 20:20   Link #124
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There was something in episode #4 that really puzzled me. They were well into the second day of their public product display, and the group has been essentially ignored. Then the little girl came up Matsumaru while he was in the costume and wanted to try some of the chips, but he seemed flustered and told her that they were not giving them away for free. What in the world was happening here? I can't imagine a product marketing campaign like that without free samples in the first place. And for Matsumaru, the person who designed the marketing campaign, to tell the first person to show interest - especially a little girl - that she had to buy a bag of Ha! if she wanted to try some? I simply don't get it at all. Was this done to show that he is a first-timer and still awkward? Is there some health, vending or other regulation in Japan that would explain this?
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Old 2006-03-07, 22:01   Link #125
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There was something in episode #4 that really puzzled me. They were well into the second day of their public product display, and the group has been essentially ignored. Then the little girl came up Matsumaru while he was in the costume and wanted to try some of the chips, but he seemed flustered and told her that they were not giving them away for free. What in the world was happening here? I can't imagine a product marketing campaign like that without free samples in the first place. And for Matsumaru, the person who designed the marketing campaign, to tell the first person to show interest - especially a little girl - that she had to buy a bag of Ha! if she wanted to try some? I simply don't get it at all. Was this done to show that he is a first-timer and still awkward? Is there some health, vending or other regulation in Japan that would explain this?
Haha, it simply proves that many mangaka or scriptwriters have little or no experience working for companies in the real world.

When I worked for an advertising agency, I was involved in many corporate campaign events, and although there were cases in which the products being solicited were for sale, I do not remember a time when consumer products, especially foodstuffs, were not available either as a taste sample, or as a complimentary give away.

For the confectionery industry in particular, companies would normally provide small packet trial samples, therefore the marketing strategy for "Ha" surely is questionable. Although Matsumaru may have been newly deployed to the product planning divison, I think it's his sixth year in the company, so he should know the basics.

I would certainly be disappointed if I couldn't get a taste of some freebies in such circumstances. Then again, as with Aka, Matsumaru's learning process is probably being portrayed here as well, not that a 9 episode 15 minute program can afford much of it.
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Old 2006-03-08, 00:31   Link #126
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aye.. what eggplant said... my first class in japanese was taught by a retired confectionery executive from Yokohama. Part of the hilarity of the street demo for me comes from him telling stories about his younger days of doing exactly that. Being white-collar was no protection from having to hit the street and make a fool of yourself to sell the product.

You do have to wonder about their scouting location analysis work though

The more I watch this the cuter she gets. Lord, how does he keep from going start raving mad....
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Old 2006-03-08, 04:15   Link #127
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If anyone here likes REC manga, you might also like Momoiro Sango (a seinen manga by the mangaka of REC)
Oh, thank you for pointing that out! I downloaded it and it looks funny so far *g* I had to laugh a bit, although I know it might turn out as a Love-Hina-ish harem manga *hrrr* Will definitely follow it ^^
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Old 2006-03-08, 06:25   Link #128
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Momoiro Sango == Momoiro Sabbath ??
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Old 2006-03-08, 07:59   Link #129
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Momoiro Sango == Momoiro Sabbath ??
Momoiro Sango and Momoiro Sabbath are both seinen manga, and both of them are serialized in the seinen manga magazine Young King.

But they are not the same:

Momoiro Sango
Mangaka: HANAMIZAWA Q-Tarou

Momoiro Sabbath
Mangaka: NAKATSU Kenji
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Old 2006-03-09, 19:29   Link #130
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Old 2006-03-09, 23:31   Link #131
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Old 2006-03-10, 05:43   Link #132
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ahhhhh i spoiled myself on the raw manga......arggggg

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Old 2006-03-10, 10:05   Link #133
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Ugh, I thought the series would get a second and a third season (or so) O.o Can somebody maybe confirm that?
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Old 2006-03-10, 15:31   Link #134
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Love it, but this ep did seem too short.
Spoiler for ep6:
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Old 2006-03-10, 18:56   Link #135
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Old 2006-03-11, 00:02   Link #136
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Well, these are the names of the last 3 eps:

ep 7: War and Peace (Sensou to Heiwa)
ep 8: My Fair Lady
ep 9: Two for the Road (Itsumo Futari de)

All films Hepburn's starred in, of course...
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Old 2006-03-11, 01:59   Link #137
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Just watched the raw ep 6 and it was hilarious when she was on national TV... Also, there was a good step in their developing relationship. I think when this is all over, I'll watch all of them together, to experience the effect of short anime series. It'll be interesting.
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Old 2006-03-11, 02:23   Link #138
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Anyone know if the manga's being translated yet? I have the first four volumes and it'd be nice if I could understand 100% of the dialogue in them.
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Old 2006-03-11, 07:13   Link #139
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Yanime is translating it. They have one chapter out.
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Old 2006-03-12, 12:11   Link #140
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The latest issue of the seinen manga magazine Sunday GX

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