Can someone tell me how to post animated gifs on tumblr, because every time I attempt to post it, either you have to click to view the animation, or it shows up as a single frame. :(
It’s a common problem. Common solution is to use external photo hosting service with direct linking (i.e. Photobucket), use the Text post option on Tumblr (not Photo), click HTML toolbar button (far right), use img src HTML tag. Just tested it and it works for me.
“The older I get, the more it seems I watch my dreams get smaller
Hell no, don’t get me wrong, I want more out of this life than I ever wanted
It’s just that, these days I’d settle for less
These days are second best”—Candy Butchers, “It’s a Line”
Last week, I finished Kimagure Orange Road. I respect it for its contributions to its demographic and its genre, for being important enough to be considered a classic, for its playful creativity, and for actually having a proper ending (unlike the vast majority of harem/romantic comedy series). All that said, it wasn’t that great. It wasn’t bad, but it barely exceeded average (and even that is largely thanks to the ending), and certainly doesn’t deserve the kind of glorifying I’ve heard. Granted, most of the excessive KOR comparative praise I’ve heard comes from those who are nearly blind from their nostalgia goggles. I said “comparative praise,” because that’s what I tend to hear: KOR is a love triangle “done right,” I’m told, not at all like “fanservice” series of today (To LOVE-Ru, Ichigo 100%, etc.).
The thing is, speaking as someone who has actually completed KOR and the newer series I’ve heard it compared to (TLR being a primary target, and thus my primary example)… they’re basically the same series. Most harem/love triangle series are. The formula is tried and true: Set up initial love polygon, introduce one series-specific quality if you want to stand out (KOR: esper magic; TLR: alien inventions), hide the fact that you’re wasting everyone’s time for a few years by featuring liberal amounts of fanservice, and when you’re about to be canceled, rush an ending that leaves few readers satisfied. I’m oversimplifying here, and I realize that I sound quite critical, but there is a particular type of enjoyment to be gained from partaking of something completely predictable. It’s that same “no drawing outside the lines” satisfaction that continues to support the unimaginative remake-crazy husk that is Hollywood, that allows the continued existence of the entire business of professional wrestling despite the majority of its viewership being able to recite verbatim what will happen next, and so on.
Stripping the former’s classic status and the latter’s shiny new coat of paint, KOR and TLR are essentially the same thing, and it’s for that reason that I get so frustrated by the unnecessary worship of one at the expense of the other. They’re both perfectly acceptable entries in a genre that deliberately sets the bar so low that such serious comparisons are silly. However, in the interest of dispelling the nonsensical idea that current harem series are just trashy ripoffs of quality classics: KOR had multiple instances of completely uncensored female topless nudity, whereas TLR (as just one example of many) had none.
That’s Kimagure settled, then. 6/10. At times fun, at times dull, never less than acceptable.