lord shen

The Humans

I enjoyed the first part of The Humans, when it was written as alien observations on humans and their lives. However, as the protagonist became more human, it became less interesting to me.  
professor layton and luke

Society

“Society never made the preposterous demand that a man should think as much about his own qualifications for making a charming girl happy as he thinks of hers for making himself happy.”
professor layton and luke

Pride

“We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, "Oh, nothing!" Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts— not to hurt others.”
pheonix wright

Random Pairings

Sometimes writers take the time to craft a meaningful, believable relationship. But sometimes they just pull it out of their asses. Here's a list of couples that I simply do not understand, in no particular order:

Digimon Adventures 02
Before J.K Rowling wrote that infernal, unnecessary epilogue, there was the rushed finale of Digimon Adventures 02. Now, I'm not touching the horrible gender stereotypes or Sora/Tai or Sora/Matt with a 10 feet pole; that is a debate that rages on to this day with many casualties and lives lost.  I'm talking about Ken/Yolei. They barely even interacted in the show. There was far more emphasis on Davis' and Ken's friendship. Would it have killed the writers to throw in a few Yolei/Ken bonding moments?

Aside from this pairing, I hope the reboot rectifies that awful, awful ending.

Avatar: The Last Airbender
I think anyone who gets into A:TLA long after its aired is bound to be confused with the sudden Zuko/Mai pairing in Book 3. From my perspective, I saw that Mai had feelings for Zuko and assumed that it was an unrequited crush since Zuko never spoke to Iroh about the girlfriend he left behind while looking for Aang. Nothing. Not a peep. You can't expect a latecomer to magically know about some comic book that was published between Books 2 and 3 that showed Zuko and Mai were a couple long before. Put that shit in the show for God's sake.

GTA V
This isn't actually a pairing, but a relationship so woefully underdeveloped that I forgot who the hell she was when she turned up on the doorstep. Yes, I'm talking about Tanisha Jackson, Franklin's ex girlfriend who I had to look up on wikipedia. Apparently she's important enough to warrant a mention in the ending for option C, just to show how far Franklin has grown. But that is all she was used for really.

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony
I still like Colfer as a writer, but this is the novel that disappointed me. So many fanfictions paired up Artemis with a Mary Sue female genius character that it had become cliche, so I was miffed when that happened in canon. Turns out she wasn't well-received by fans, so she doesn't appear again in the remaining books of the series or even mentioned again. Farewell Minerva Paradizo, we hardly knew ye.

Legend of Korra: Book 4 Finale
And now, for the show that inspired this brain fart of mine, comes a pairing that's even more underdeveloped than Franklin/Tanisha. At least I knew that they used to be together. How about one, where I had no clue that they were together at all?

Yeah, hot on the heels of Ken/Yolei comes Korra/Asami. There have been whole tomes about how poorly written this pairing was, so I won't go into great detail, but this felt like a stunt to get brownie points instead of two people genuinely liking each other. It just didn't feel geniune. If you're going to do representation, then I think you should do it properly, give it justice and develop it. Not tack it onto the end as an afterthought.
professor layton and luke

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun


Quite a short anime, only 12 episodes long. Chiyo Sakura has a crush on her classmate Umetarou Nozaki, who is secretly a romance manga artist. After a misunderstanding, Chiyo is roped in to become his assistant. I learnt a lot about how manga artists work, and enjoyed seeing what ridiculous shennigans Nozaki got himself into just to get inspiration for his work. The anime also plays around with gender roles a lot - Nozaki uses his classmates as inspirations for his characters and merely reverses the gender. Unfortunately, the the ending is unsatifying as none of the plots are resolved and everything is left hanging in the air. Hopefully there will be a season 2.
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