Thursday, June 22, 2006

Crossdressers from Venus and Mars

On shoujo genre there are right now two shows that have some similarities, Ouran high school host club and Princess princess. I have only watched first and tenth episode from Ouran, latter one I follow regularly. The difference of the popularity between those two is huge and you may wonder why I as a quite devoted shoujo-fan don't watch FHaruhi at all. Bishies don't belong to my favourites when it comes to anime, but to be honest that's not real problem here.

The thing is, I really would like to watch it, but I just don't find it funny. It's not "okay, I saw one or two funny jokes and rest were boring"-type, more like total miss. As I mentioned before I checked tenth episode just to be sure, but it was same as the first episode. There wasn't single joke I liked. I guess I just have to accept it.

On other hand, Princess princess is fine example of good comedy series. I was actually surprised to when I found out how good it is. The "story" can be explained in one sentence, it's basically 3 boys dressing like girls in order to continue their school's tradition. The series has strong slice of life taste within it, we get to see their everyday school life and problems how to fit studying, life outside the school and duties of princesses together.

Main cast, at least in anime, don't have any relationships between each other, but one has girlfriend(!). Which raises questions if PriPri is shounen ai at all. So far there have been one kiss (not that what's in screenshots) between boys without any emotions and quite fanservice-ish ED that I don't mind much. Some probably consider that those are enough, I think it's just shoujo. In conclusion Princess princess isn't for everyone, but what is?


Anonymous Alexis said...

As a person who watches and enjoys both shows (I still think Ouran is better but that is up to personal taste) I have to say I agree that Pri Pri is not shounen-ai at all. The completely random kiss between Shohoudani and Tooru is not a reason enough to turn this anime into BL.

On the other hand the manga is just shoujo as well and so far the anime follwes quite closely the manga. I do hope they'll wrap the series up well and leave a feeling of completeness, but we'll see. It is almost over.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Anga said...

Yeah, almost over. I'm not sure if there is any kind of end, last subbed episode still had episodic story.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which one is almost over, Ouran or PriPri?

I enjoy both, alot. I've seen every episode of Ouran and the first four or PriPri... I thikn they're both really funny and a good time to watch.

I'm mad that either are BL however...

10:40 PM  
Blogger Anga said...

PriPri, last episode aired yesterday.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

I've watched and enjoyed both shows (the Lobelia Girls' Academy segments of Ouran are especially hilarious).

But I wonder: just how good an imitation of the opposite sex does one have to do for yuri to become yaoi, and yaoi, yuri? The World Wants to Know!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Anga said...

Yeah, it indeed is a mystery.

12:28 AM  

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