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YMMV / Genji Tsuushin Agedama

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  • Awesome Music: The music was composed by Toshihiko Sahashi, nuff said
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Rei, that is all and even though the show began and ended 20+ years ago, Rei Kuki gets A SHIT TON of fanart on pixiv....and some of it pornographic
    • Ibuki tends to get tons of fanart as well, and as proven by Gundam Build Fighters, when you're a character voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi you're BOUND to get tons of fanart
      • Yeah, but Ibuki is clearly designed (and treated in-universe) to be universally likable, so Rei is the real qualifier for Ensemble Dark Horse.
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  • Growing the Beard: Much like the Lamune & 40 series, the series began as pretty standard fare for kids shows at the time, as the series progressed it became well worth the attention of older audiences.
  • Values Dissonance: Rei and her grandfather are a lot harder to forgive to an adult viewing this in 2019 than to a kid viewing it in the 90s. This is significant, since this story has a Karma Houdini ending and must toe the line between making them Effective Villains and not letting them cross the Moral Event Horizon to keep the ending widely acceptable.
    • Many of the monsters have some kind of mind-altering effect, and while Doraemon has "taught" kids that mind altering tools are legit, proportionate responses to schoolyard scuffles, an adult is more aware of the importance of the mind and buys less willingly into the narrative.
    • Every threat to "fire" and "expel" also sound much more onerous to the adult aware of their long-term consequences and true gravity.
    • Morals have shifted in a way unfavorable to Rei and her grandfather. In Episode 33, grandfather reacts to a rowdy classroom by making them carry firewood. Grandfather wasn't in the right even when it aired, and the show ensures even the most conservative cannot side with him by making the firewood go into his bath, the rowdiness was a mitigation in his favor, and since no beating was involved at least it wasn't corporal punishment. The common understanding of corporal punishment has expanded since then, and we will also recognize what happened in the classroom as an attempt at progressive education.
      • Adults might also realize the above scene was even only possible because of the positive changes in the classroom and school since Episode 1, and grandfather's intervention reversed about thirty episodes worth of progress.
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    • When the Kukis fall on hard times, their subordinates remain loyal. Loyalty is a universally desirable virtue, but the Kukis have been inredeemably crummy as bosses. Even Stockholm Syndrome will require at least some moments of relative decency, and a mere two tiny ones in a year otherwise filled with hard work, abuse, zero privileges and poor pay is unconvincing in meeting even this standard. Such unconditional loyalty may be treated as a virtue in Japan, but to outsiders it just seems blind, unreasonable and undeserved.


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