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Stark700



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:56 am Reply with quote


Super Cub (TV)

Genres: slice of life
Themes: school

Plot Summary: Koguma is a high school girl in Yamanashi. She has no parents, friends, or hobbies, and her daily life is empty. One day, Koguma gets a used Honda Super Cub motorcycle. This is her first time going to school on a motorcycle. Running out of gas and hitting detours become a small source of adventure in Koguma's life. She is satisfied with this strange transformation, but her classmate Reiko ends up talking to her about how she also goes to school by motorcycle. One Super Cub begins to open up a lonely girl's world, introducing her to a new everyday life and friendship.
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Animegomaniac



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:42 am Reply with quote
Episode 1 The Girl With Nothing

That was impressively depressing yet every time Koguma let her goofy smile fly, I always cracked up. It's a slice of life show about existential nihilism personified by a Honda cub... that apparently has three deaths somehow tied into its history.

Best first episode I've seen in quite a long time. I don't want to know more, to know why she's the Girl With Nothing, I'm just here for the ride.
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bonbonsrus



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:21 pm Reply with quote
Not sure this show is one that I'm going to love a lot, but looks ok...ish. If it stays this slow moving all about her learning to ride a bike it's really going to drag for me, but I figure it's probably going to introduce other characters as friends for her soon so maybe it'll perk up a bit.
I was surprised to see what the show was like as I swear I kept reading the title as Super Club, not Super Cub. Tell me I wasn't the only one.
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DuskyPredator
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:56 am Reply with quote
I... am kind of really into this.
At least the first episode felt like something that really spoke to me, over some of the more flashy first episodes. I understand a lot of it just feels like an ad, telling people to go get a Honda scooter. But there was something to like about this girl that gets along the idea of a sad person who doesn't feel like she has any connections to others, and nothing really to look forward to, stuck within the bounds of where she can ride her bicycle. And then on some whim she follows some events, and now her world opened up a little.

I am curious if there will be some elements of depression that will be explored, beyond what might usually be done. Not really the same thing, and I won't be holding some big expectations, but it kind of reminded of the quiet mundane melancholy of Wonder Egg Priority.
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Alan45
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:15 am Reply with quote
Back in the mid 1960s when I was in college, I owned a Honda 50 (the US version of the Super Cub). Not the bike you would want for a long road trip but just the thing for bopping around campus. The main difference from the Japanese version was that it had a long two person seat instead of the back rack.
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Animegomaniac



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:30 am Reply with quote
I had to go back and watch it again, to full capture the subtleties I didn't fully realize, from the color gradient differences to its allusions to Western Media; I did catch Hopper's "Nighthawks" painting right from the start with how the Convenience Store was conveyed but I had to watch it again as certain things were nagging me.

From the moment Koguma first woke up, the entire soundtrack consisting of a solo piano was eliminated so that only some sound effects, muted and dull, came through. I did notice that the music started back up when she hopped on the Super Cub but what I didn't notice was that the instrumentation changed to piano, bass and drums. And the fuller sound should have been livelier but wasn't because what they were doing was mimicking the Vince Gauraldi Trio, more explicitly, the soundtrack of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts. And that's where the smile comes from!

The soundtrack kicks back in again at night, back to the solo piano. And what remind me of "Nighthawks" wasn't the use of nightly storefronts but more so how life/light were used. In the painting, we saw people and people in the light but no door connecting them to the outside world but here, we saw light and we heard the various passing car but saw no life until that lone trucker at the end. And even if "lone" is pretty much what this show is founded on, it's still pretty disturbing that the first thing Koguma works out about her scooter is how far she could get on a full tank of gas... without stopping. But as she has no anchor, it comes off less as an expression of freedom but more like escape. If it gets to much, she can just up and leave, alone, from nothing to nothing.

I don't expect the rest of this series to keep up this level of artistry but it's nice to be able to gush about an anime that doesn't just look nice but uses its animation and design... including sound design.... as commentary on its themes. Also, it has themes; I went into this expecting something more like Bakuon, got "Shopping Trip to Yokohama" instead somehow.
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yuna49



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:11 am Reply with quote
I wondered if she started with a full tank of gas. Given the sorts of mileage these scooters have, I didn't think she covered enough distance to use up all the gas in a full tank. It made me wonder a bit about the dealer. He didn't ask her to drive around in the lot a few times and show him she could shift gears and steer properly. He just let her drive out the front gate.

Good thing she had a reserve tank. Having run out of gas myself in a few difficult situations, a reserve tank would be a nice feature to have in a car.

I'm enjoying the ambience of this show even if the story-telling is a bit meh.
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Alan45
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:54 pm Reply with quote
She couldn't have had a full tank of gas. I could drive for hours on a half gallon of gas on mine.

A reserve tank can be a mixed blessing. I had a 1953 vintage car that didn't come with a gas gage, just a wooden stick you stuck in the tank marked 1/4, 1/2, etc. It did have a reserve valve that opened the last part of the tank for use. Unfortunately I found out the hard way that it was just as easy to forget you turned it to reserve as it was to run out of gas in the first place.
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Kabuby 77



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:25 am Reply with quote
Despite the simplicity of the plot, in the end it left me with a good impression. I see an attention to detail, I hope an interesting story develops.
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