Image Credit: koba from Pixiv
I realize that I may be beating a dead horse, but I’m still (after all of these years) baffled at KyoAni’s business practices. They’re just so bizarre and simply do not match what your typical business-minded person would think of when you say “making a profit from popularity.”
This is seriously one of the ONLY times where I wished a company would milk their popular products, yet they don’t! They just don’t want my money. Do they like money? Because they don’t like mine.
Look. Nichijou was pretty damn hilarious, I loved it. I found Hyouka to be quite average, but nothing to moan about it. Chuunibyou demo koi ga Shitai! turned out to be something that I love the hell out of, even if it should have been an adaptation of Little Busters! Whatever. J.C. Staff’s not doing a completely terrible job. The point is, I was a little peeved I wasn’t getting a third season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, another Full Metal Panic!, or even a Lucky Star second season. But, I calmed myself, because the alternatives they pumped out weren’t actually bad, and quite a few of them could actually be considered good, despite the “I hate moeshit” flying around the anime fandom as of late. I would think you’re crazy if you said Nichijou and Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! were bad. The latter might not be up to everyone’s taste when it comes to humor or drama, but it isn’t the cancer killing anime.
WHY?! THIS IS NOT HARUHI SUZUMIYA
But this is where I draw the line. I love cute things as much as any other guy who has many sensitive sides, but Tamako Market? What the hell, Kyoto Animation? Not only does the premise SCREAM “moe, moe, and more moe slice-of-life,” the animation director is clearly the same one that did K-ON! It’s not Endless Eight, where Haruhi designs were melded in with K-ON!-styled animation and art. No. THE CHARACTERS LOOK LIKE THEY ARE, STRAIGHT UP, FROM K-ON!
And considering how much of a tsundere attitude I have towards K-ON! (mostly deredere towards Azunyan~), I would be less pissed if they were just doing another season of K-ON! But no, instead we get an original anime that looks like the culmination of every moeblob anime in existence that further reinforces the company’s recent negative image.
I’m sorry. I’m not one to bitch and moan about an anime that hasn’t even come out yet, I’m usually open-minded if not a little skeptical. Hell, it might even end up being a good show. But this is seriously getting ridiculously stupid. Yes, moe sells, but The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, YOUR INTERNATIONAL HIT, has SEVEN VOLUMES worth of material that has yet to be adapted. I honestly don’t have any clue who is in charge of deciding the company’s priorities, but he deserves to be punched in the face.
tl;dr Kyoto Animation has their priorities all wrong, and I’m sick and tired of it.