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A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« on: July 28, 2017, 03:55:45 AM »
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Weird.

I expected copycat manga / shows based on demi-humans or monsters after Monster Musume blew the **** up and stuff, but I didn't realize that the two copycats we would get would be a lot less stupid and fanservicy.  Monster Musume was basically "your waifu a freak" or maybe more like "you a freak for having a monster waifu" with all the substance of pure water, but it was entertaining in a stupid kind of way, especially for us D&D or mythology nuts who like the quirk of having these creatures doing the slice of laifu thingy.

However, after Demi-chan ga Kataritai I wasn't really expected the next forray into demi-human stuff to also be more down to earth than fantastic and retarded.  Centaur no Nayami has all the makings of being a really standard fare slice of life story about sort of human creatures living out their lives in Totally Not Japan in an alternative world where regular humans don't exist.  Indeed, the first episode drops a very not subtle bomb on us during an exposition lesson that not only do humans not exist, but the very nature of societal discrimination and bigotry in their world is arguably worse than it ever was with us.  The not so subtle slap at humanity for being petty over racial issues actually does seem petty when the various characters start chirping in with details about the world they live in.  And quite frankly, it looks like an Orwellian nightmare.

Maybe it was just me, but that history lesson told by the teacher had more than just not so subtle tones about human stupidity, but also reeked of some state sponsored propaganda, complete with onlooking shady folks who nod their approval at things being done "right".  Later on, Kyoko mutters about how even considering riding a centaur would get her in trouble with some kind of re-education facility (holy shit, what?) and that even talking about the various rules of the land they live in was illegal.

Jesus, what the **** is going on in the background here?  Was I wrong about the racism stuff and that the author has done a bait and switch on me?  Is the author saying that ultra-equality can be just as dangerous and bad as discriminatory behavior?  I wasn't expecting this kind of thing!

/popcorn

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More mentions about a re-education clinic and then an armed military soldier standing guard.

Meanwhile, was it just me or do mermaids twerk when they swim? And how exactly did they get those on....?

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Paraphrasing:  the hero came back home, wrote a constitution, and lived a happy, democratic life with his friends and the former princess.  Suuuuuuuubtle.  Even the children's books are propaganda.  Add in a dash of magical girl anime promoting the ideals of minority defending and whoo boy.

This has been cute and entertaining so far.  There are lots of little subtle things going on that make it work.  The way the car is designed for a centaur, the way the glasses of the dad wrap up over the head because he has no normal human ears, etc.  Someone is putting a lot of thought into this, and whacking you over the head with the idealized society they live in, though I cannot yet determine whether the author thinks such a thing is good or bad.
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Re: A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2017, 05:42:11 PM »
Yeah, this is another show I've been quietly following. Episode 3 was too adorable for words.
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Re: A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 08:04:41 PM »
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I've never seen an anime go this deep into the genitals, and on top of that it wasn't at all trashy ecchi fanservice. My mind is a little blown.
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Re: A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2017, 08:40:16 PM »
@TIF:

My understanding is the manga it's based on switches between its perspectives a lot. It's an Orwellian, Leftist Dystopia, but far more functional. There's a good whiff of Harrison Bergeron in there.

Japanese writers generally have a very interesting take when they look at Dystopian futures because the concept is fundamental Western. Shin Sekai Yori managed to produce what might be the most evil yet benign society possible, but it seemed normal to the adults that survived.  It just came at the cost of the entire rest of the world.

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Re: A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2017, 10:45:46 PM »
SQA, I've been getting that vibe.  This is the new normal to them, so they don't really question it, though they constantly remind each other... basically for the benefit of the audience... that things here ain't normal to us.  Nobody wants to see someone they know end up at a correctional clinic, which implies that they're pretty ****ing terrible, though I wonder if it is actually that terrible or if it is just the stigma of having to go to one.  Kind of like how people are ashamed of having to go to rehab clinics for drug addictions or something.  That just sticks with you, even if you kick your habits and move on and become a better person, people are still going to remind you that you were a druggie.  The Japanese are particularly averse to this, so looking at it from an Eastern lens, maybe it isn't as bad as I think it is and it is just a matter of public shaming.  Who knows.

Anyway, I'm all for equality, but I'm also about liberty, which makes this world I am watching incredibly unnerving.  The balance between freedom and order is a delicate one, and far too often people want to shift things toward order when it suits them, ignoring what the consequences of those actions are, because they see it as the greater good.  This world seems to be an extreme view of it, but does not appear to yet be declaring such a thing as bad.

As for episode 5:

There is a looming background threat here with the Antarcticans that can't be ignored.  They don't understand the other people on this world, and remain segregated by their own wishes.  In effect, their segregation is an antithesis to the ordered "equality" world the rest of the people have adopted.  She even refers to them as "humans", not including herself into that grouping on purpose.  The snake people may have evolved differently, but by continually being non-inclusive, she admits that her people also don't WANT to be associated with the others.  There was a snippet where the American ambassador was saying that there were fundamental levels blocking real discourse with the snakes, and Quetzalcoatl talks about them as well, from her own perspective, on how she has trouble understanding humans and human behavior.  This creates an interesting question about her being here in the first place.  Is there a purpose or is it mere whimsy?  Is she trying to figure out humans so she can stave off disaster, to better understand them so they CAN manipulate humans, or on a state ordered mission to gather intelligence?  All the above?  None of the above?  Is she simply doing this for her own curiosity?  That she's escorted everywhere by secret police who are really touchy about protecting her seems to indicate that there is a lot of politics riding on this, whether she likes it or not.

Anyway, whether the Americans are trying to pull a "Remember the Maine" with this ship going down near Snake home to start a war, whether the snakes did sink it on purpose for reasons, or whether someone else did to start friction, it isn't an issue that can be ignored right now.  Quetzalcoatl faints when she sees the news, so she knows this isn't a small issue, while the rest of the girls don't see it as a biggie.  From their perspective, it isn't, and their society isn't concerned because they're not involved politically.  She sees this as strange, another thing the snakes don't understand about the humans, as they don't understand the concept of national identity and groupings.  To them, all snakes are snakes, so to attack one human would be to attack all humans.  Thus her confusion.  We'll see where this goes.

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Re: A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2017, 02:08:01 PM »
"In the mean time, the SPs will protect that smile."

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Re: A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2017, 08:17:03 PM »
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This is getting really main stream politics. I have my opinions on what happening in America, Middle Est and the hypocrisy of a Japanese anime where the Japanese themselves are really racially biases. But this is not the place to air my views. I rather deal how the students handle this problem, not adults that got nothing to do with the school.

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Re: A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2017, 03:21:43 PM »
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Not often you get The Fanservice Episode without pools, beaches, hot springs, or baths.  More of a half episode, I guess.  Either way, hanging a lampshade on the whole thing as another character's fanfiction doesn't get the director or production people off the hook for being hormonal.  Shame on you all, shame.  The other half episode was utterly pointless, where the purpose behind the arm wrestling tournament wasn't even given, much to Hime's chagrin.  I guess it was just a running gag in a pointless half-episode to finish the series.

And finish we did.  I don't have a lot to add to my feelings on this show that weren't already made in earlier episode comments.  It was not what I expected, but it still wasn't great.  It was mildly entertaining and because it didn't go Monster Musume on us, it ends up being more wholesome and explorational than exploitational, and it worked.  The teased big events coming, though, leaves a bad taste in the mouth, especially if no other adaptations of this come out.  The show ends on a whimper, because it couldn't go out in a bang.  It was fine, though.

6 / 10.
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Re: A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2017, 08:16:48 AM »
Final thoughts
This is a thought experiment. It's like...What happen if we have a centaur in school? What would be her problems. How 'horse' would she be.
How about an angle and demon as class mate?
Or how do they interact with faun or satyr?
Cross breed children. Or how water creatures like mer people goes to school or romance with a land creature.
And it seems the angle class rep took over the series.
So what's the point, beside being a though experiment?
But it seems some logical though i put into the series.
SO like TIF, a 6

And what's the arm wrestling for?
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