Friday, January 6, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #37

When an underworld boss asking for Solbrain's protection is killed before their eyes by a hitman, Solbrain soon discovers that this hitman is unlike any they have ever encountered: he has a conscience. But there are others who want that hitman dead, and if Solbrain is going to save a blind girl in the hitman's care, then they're going to have to throw every resource they have into it.

Junichi Miyashita, future head writer of Exceedraft, writes this one. To be completely honest with you, I forgot about this episode. It's a heartfelt piece about a hitman with a heart of gold, but it's ultimately very forgettable. Ryoma acts as a deus ex machina, stepping in to save the day literally and figuratively, and he also acts as an info dump. I don't like that. I think he deserves more. 

There is ONE unfortunate scene in this episode that I DID remember. Blackface, Toei? Really? There wasn't ONE black person you could ask to be in your show? On a different subject though, the Rodney King police brutality beating had just occurred in the news, so this was a particularly timely scene -- it was big news even in Japan.


I'm obligated to let people know that the preview for episode 38 shown in this episode and episode 38 itself contain Nazi imagery. I know that's illegal in some countries and some people just don't like it. It is a pretty good episode though, if a bit out of theme for Solbrain.

1 comment:

  1. It should be pointed out that Rodney King had been leading the cops on a car chase for some time before being caught; the man was hardly a saint.

    Exactly how many black people, or non-Japanese in general, do you think are in Japan and are in show business? Even when these shows do get foreign actors to play foreign roles, they don't exactly shy away from stereotypes. A British guy in a GoGo V episode carries a whole tea set in his briefcase and tries to drink in the car because "you know, British folk take tea time seriously". How many "Anglosphere" actors who're fluent in English are directed to speak broken nonsensical English anyway?

    Why is "blackface" inherently bad, anyway? Because someone said so? There are some things I think people just need to get over and stop playing like you're personally oppressed, especially when there's real oppression going on right now that these same purse-clutchers brush under the rug because it doesn't fit their narrative.