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I think that isn't where your ear is


I think the implication is that the sound waves vibrate on the horn and can be heard that way. Granted it probably WAS an error by the show, but I think my reasoning works too.
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Decided to give this a watch for the first time, and I have to say after catching up to the most recent episode, that the author is very clever.

He made a setting where the world is forced to comply by "happiness". Where no one is offended, and everyone is equal...for a price. While a world free of discrimination and order was made, it was not by free will. A world where even children have to watch their step, or risk facing the consequences. I seem to be at a lack of words for the meaning the author is trying to put out there, but I'll try to give a loose interpretation. While he is trying to show us a world not to follow, he is also pointing out certain qualities of the world that are controversial to people. Qualities he is trying to show that are absolutely harmless to modern society, and yet also qualities that society chooses to be ignorant about. A few examples:

Having a lesbian couple in the work, while showing they live a normal life just like everyone else, not trying to force their views on anyone while living life like everyone else.

Racism towards an ethnic group that is clearly misunderstood. Like the introductions with the Antarcticans, with the misconception people had of them, yet when they got to know each other, found out they had more in common than they thought.

Interracial marriage/Interracial relationships- showing the bond that isn't solely exclusive to those of the same race. Showing how they care for one another, no matter what hardship is faced.

Social Standards- I feel like he was taking a shot at society with this. We'll use Manami as an example, the majority of the school sees her as dignified, and has a basic assumption for how her life is and how she leads it. While outside of it, she lives an impoverished life, trying to make ends meet for her siblings to live a happy life.

Religion- Now after watching the recent episode, this might be a bit of a shot in the dark, but I feel that he took a shot at this too. When Manami goes to "cleanse" the home for example, she isn't even remotely taking it seriously, the author even going so far as to making it seem like Manami is preying on the older woman's superstitions to make some quick cash. Basically, I believe he is trying to convey that he feels religion is bogus.

Obviously this is all just conjecture for me, but if this all really is the case, I commend the author for the great work he has been doing so far. (Save for the random ecchi scenes. I can't understand for the life of me why those are even there.)
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Posted 8/14/17 , edited 8/14/17

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Wat?

It's aimed at preventing them from being used as chattel. Much as Blacks and Asians were. (The Irish had it relatively good.)


But has the effect of preventing an individual from doing something they would otherwise be willing to do. Hime would personally have no issue with giving her friend a piggy back but couldn't because it is illegal for her to do so due to it having slavery connotations, hence the analogy of certain ethnicities not being allowed to be hired by or work for a company such as a railway construction company or, as Jorgelotr said a cotton company, because it could have a similar connotation. It's still discrimination and oppression of personal freedom regardless of its apparently altruistic intent and that's the point the series is making, that personal freedoms and individual rights become secondary in a society with such an absolute and Orwellian focus on "equality".
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I enjoy not looking into deeper meanings of this show.

I enjoy these characters a lot. The parents, the siblings, etc.

I just simply enjoy this show a lot and these demi-humans are interesting, and mostly cute, in their own way.
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I enjoy not looking into deeper meanings of this show.

I enjoy these characters a lot. The parents, the siblings, etc.

I just simply enjoy this show a lot and these demi-humans are interesting, and mostly cute, in their own way.


Agreed on all points. I find that I enjoy shows if I go in with no expectations and don't try to analyze a show to death. Yeah, it has a dark subtone, but so does real life. But if a person has fun doing such analysis then more power to them.
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Posted 8/14/17

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Yamstarch wrote:

I enjoy not looking into deeper meanings of this show.

I enjoy these characters a lot. The parents, the siblings, etc.

I just simply enjoy this show a lot and these demi-humans are interesting, and mostly cute, in their own way.


Agreed on all points. I find that I enjoy shows if I go in with no expectations and don't try to analyze a show to death. Yeah, it has a dark subtone, but so does real life. But if a person has fun doing such analysis then more power to them. :D


As you say, to each their own, and I'm just glad people are watching this show. It's one I was personally a little on the fence about going in given that it felt like it could have just been a cash in on the recent "monster girls are popular" trend. In this case, however, it really does feel to me like the darker elements and world building aren't just a tone or subtext. In episode running time, at least half of pretty much every episode so far has been about those elements. Enjoy the show for whatever elements appeal to you but if you're not thinking about the biggest picture with this one it really does feel like you're disregarding a pretty high percentage of what's there and what the author is trying to say/do.
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As you say, to each their own, and I'm just glad people are watching this show. It's one I was personally a little on the fence about going in given that it felt like it could have just been a cash in on the recent "monster girls are popular" trend. In this case, however, it really does feel to me like the darker elements and world building aren't just a tone or subtext. In episode running time, at least half of pretty much every episode so far has been about those elements. Enjoy the show for whatever elements appeal to you but if you're not thinking about the biggest picture with this one it really does feel like you're disregarding a pretty high percentage of what's there and what the author is trying to say/do.


I don't disagree, but my life is rough enough without going for deeper meanings in shows I watch for entertainment. I had a leg amputated 2 weeks ago this Tuesday so that I want entertainment to distract more than to think. :D. I'm not saying I completely ignore the subtext, but I also don't dwell on it. And I do enjoy reading the comments, but sometimes it seems like, to me, that fans of a show get hung up over something that's suppose to be entertainment. But again if they're having fun moire power to them.
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Posted 8/14/17

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MadeDragon wrote:

Wat?

It's aimed at preventing them from being used as chattel. Much as Blacks and Asians were. (The Irish had it relatively good.)


But has the effect of preventing an individual from doing something they would otherwise be willing to do. Hime would personally have no issue with giving her friend a piggy back but couldn't because it is illegal for her to do so due to it having slavery connotations, hence the analogy of certain ethnicities not being allowed to be hired by or work for a company such as a railway construction company or, as Jorgelotr said a cotton company, because it could have a similar connotation. It's still discrimination and oppression of personal freedom regardless of its apparently altruistic intent and that's the point the series is making, that personal freedoms and individual rights become secondary in a society with such an absolute and Orwellian focus on "equality".


A better analogy might be French laws about religious styles of dress and ornamentation, which are designed to foster equality while really being quite intrusive.
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I don't disagree, but my life is rough enough without going for deeper meanings in shows I watch for entertainment. I had a leg amputated 2 weeks ago this Tuesday so that I want entertainment to distract more than to think. :D. I'm not saying I completely ignore the subtext, but I also don't dwell on it. And I do enjoy reading the comments, but sometimes it seems like, to me, that fans of a show get hung up over something that's suppose to be entertainment. But again if they're having fun moire power to them.


Sorry to hear that about your leg. Here's to hoping that the future holds better times ahead. :)
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Posted 8/14/17 , edited 8/14/17

StriderShinryu wrote:


Gafennec wrote:


Yamstarch wrote:

I enjoy not looking into deeper meanings of this show.

I enjoy these characters a lot. The parents, the siblings, etc.

I just simply enjoy this show a lot and these demi-humans are interesting, and mostly cute, in their own way.


Agreed on all points. I find that I enjoy shows if I go in with no expectations and don't try to analyze a show to death. Yeah, it has a dark subtone, but so does real life. But if a person has fun doing such analysis then more power to them. :D


As you say, to each their own, and I'm just glad people are watching this show. It's one I was personally a little on the fence about going in given that it felt like it could have just been a cash in on the recent "monster girls are popular" trend. In this case, however, it really does feel to me like the darker elements and world building aren't just a tone or subtext. In episode running time, at least half of pretty much every episode so far has been about those elements. Enjoy the show for whatever elements appeal to you but if you're not thinking about the biggest picture with this one it really does feel like you're disregarding a pretty high percentage of what's there and what the author is trying to say/do.


Or, and I don't know, maybe people like to simply enjoy anime for the sake of enjoying anime without always having to look for deeper social commentary or analysis. I acknowledge it's there, I never said I was disregarding it, but I care more about characters, character interactions, character growth, and if the show makes me laugh, cry, become invested, etc. And if I simply enjoy the show on an emotional level or not.

I just sometimes feel that people analyze and over-analyze anime way too much these days.

I am not trying to knock on people who DO get their kicks from deep analyzation, however I am just saying why I just enjoy this show and most anime like it in their purest forms.
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Another fun episode this week with the "scary stories" and characterization. They're really giving a lot of screen time for the snake girl in this series.

Not to mention, the slice of life content at the swimming girl was fun to watch too!
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Other than learning a little more about the snake culture and the cute first half I found this to be the weakest episode of the season so far. I'm not expecting this series to be particularly heavy storywise but this episode in particular just felt like it went nowhere to me.

On the upside, we did get a bit of a look at how Centaurs dress themselves so that's another mystery sort of solved.
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Posted 8/20/17

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On the upside, we did get a bit of a look at how Centaurs dress themselves so that's another mystery sort of solved.


That alone was worth it. And it fed back into Hime's comments earlier of how if Centaurs gain too much weight they can't dress themselves.
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RedExodus wrote:


I think that isn't where your ear is


I think the implication is that the sound waves vibrate on the horn and can be heard that way. Granted it probably WAS an error by the show, but I think my reasoning works too. :)


It's probably a convenience thing. Turn the volume up a bit, cock your ear down some, and then you don't have to move your hand up and down as you talk and listen.
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StriderShinryu wrote:
On the upside, we did get a bit of a look at how Centaurs dress themselves so that's another mystery sort of solved.


That alone was worth it. And it fed back into Hime's comments earlier of how if Centaurs gain too much weight they can't dress themselves.


That was probably the most impressive bit of animation in this series yet.

I really like the way the kids are written. Very true to life.

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