Three Way Action – Episode 2

Obviously I'm Mikimiki.

Here’s Episode 2 of your favorite degenerates ranting and raving about everything under the sun. Well, not really— you see, Sorrow-Kun isn’t here. He’s… gone to a better (?) place. Instead, we have rookie podcaster eternal with us this time. We discuss serious stuff like why Mayo Chiki! should be a model for romantic comedies (in a way), why the “gayness” of No. 6 is good, and why men don’t like watching women scissor.

Anyways, here’s the podcast. We’ve gone for a more informal, conversational and live style this time— a lot more rambling, a lot less organization. Quite like sports radio, really:

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PS: Apologies for the lateness of the podcast. I’ve been in China all summer, and Irene knocked out my power as soon as I got back to uni. Better late then never, eh?

Ah, and here’s a download link for those of you who are into that kind of thing.

8 Responses to “Three Way Action – Episode 2”

  1. I’m okay with being either Ami or Mami, but since I’m fat enough, I could be both. Not sure where that leaves eternal. Chihaya off camera?

  2. I’m going to disagree with you guys on the predictability of romantic comedies,(and romance in general) and say it’s necessary for the genre to work. The problem with what was suggested on the podcast, that there shouldn’t be a main heroine, is that it requires for the story to lose focus. Having more than one main heroine (four or five in many harems) would require the writers to make a story fleshing out all of them, and giving them enough screen time for them to make the romance believable. In the context of a 12/24 episode show, that’s really hard. Having one main heroine makes the story writing a hell of a lot more focused, because most of the screen time and development can be devoted to that one character. It’s what distinguishes Mayo Chiki from the rest of the genre, actually. As mentioned in the pod cast, the show simply concentrates on the two main characters, while the rest are joke characters and plot devices. And it works, god darn it, because the leads are given a lot of development and characterization that aren’t given to the rest of the cast. I think that one main heroine is more than enough to make a good narrative.

    As for predicability, that’s something that just comes with the genre. There’s a reason audiences tend to go see romances, and that is to see the main pair hook up. Why do you think everyone’s pissed about open endings in harems? The writers cop out at the most important part of the story, the resolution (the hooking up). There are examples of when this is subverted and the resolution is that they don’t get together, but that usually pisses off most audiences more often than not. (the exception of course is tragedies, but audiences expect a tragedy when they walk into a tragic movie, not so much with romances). I agree with TIF that good characters are more important in making a good romance, rather than making it unpredictable.

  3. I really enjoyed this, guys. After listening to your comments I think I’m going to have to check out No. 6.

  4. In regards to the “why don’t guys dig yuri like girls dig yaoi” question, I would argue what kind of show can be created from yuri? From what I’ve observed, Yaoi is your typical knight in shining armor rountine except the damsel in distress is male. There are countless stories that can be made from this setup. What does yuri have aside from a typical hentai plot?

  5. Lol. A bunch of GAR-sounding guys talking about Moe.

  6. Great show, I wish you guys would do it more often. But, the misuse of the term high concept throughout the show was a little annoying. High concept, to quote wikipedia, “is a term used to refer to an artistic work that can be easily described by a succinctly stated premise”. I understood what you guys were trying to say but it just bothered me a little bit.

  7. @Shadowmage: Your concept of Yuri seems to be very very tiny. Ever watched Aoi Hana? Or Sasameki Koto? They’re not Hentai, and yet they’re definitely Yuri…

    However, I dont think that either Yuri or Yaoi can be made into “countless plots” – Gravitation, Fake, Kyo Kara Maoh = typical Yaoi-flavoured stories. Kashimashi, Strawberry Panic, Aoi Hana, Sasameki Koto = typical Yuri-flavoured stories. Each have certain tropes which basically are followed in their respective stories.

  8. @Lita

    Quick question. Did Aoi Hana or Sasameki Koto sell through to lots and lots of males? Also, can this market be milked further?

    My theory is that a large number of girls want Yaoi because they want to emotioinal build up in typical romance with the submissive girl replaced by a submissive guy, so there is a thriving market for the genre outside of smut. However, there is no equivalent market for Yuri because guys just want the sex.

    Looking back at my old post I should have clarified that I was talking about Yuri that will actually sell through to males in quantities equivalent to Yaoi, not all Yuri in general.

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