Double-J 2 and 3 – what is a traditional art, anyway?

July 15, 2011

Traditional arts are learned from old people.

After three episodes we have a better sense of Double-J‘s sense of humor. As I said in my first impression, this series is interesting because of the strange subject matter. The subject of Double-J (at least so far) has been less the club where the main characters interact, than traditional arts themselves. In episode one, we saw toothpick carving, and rain-gutters, episode two featured an ancient form of manga, and episode 3 is about the ancient art of kamaboku pad making. Kamaboku is apparently the fish cake with a pink rind that one gets on top of Udon. When you buy it, it apparently comes on a wooden pad, as can be seen in the following video:

The episodes of Double-J are so short that it makes little sense to comment on the content. Essentially they present something that doesn’t seem like it should be a traditional art, then they make some jokes about it. Then the ED plays, which is good enough that you should make sure to listen to it at least once. Why not now?

2 Responses to “Double-J 2 and 3 – what is a traditional art, anyway?”

  1. tomphile Says:

    Well, the subject of traditional art may be the focus of this show, but that doesn’t really save it from the bad art. :/

    • Joojoobees Says:

      Yeah, I kind of went over that in my post on the first episode. I think it is very lazy to rely on photographs as background art. There was no effort made to harmonize the various character designs. Also, it appears they made a limited number of character drawings, and then they are simply scaling those same drawings to make the character seem closer or farther away. All of this is lazy lazy lazy, and I would have to say the visuals are the worst thing about this series.

      The music has a lot of classical pieces, so I think they are just using whatever is cheapest here too, but the impact isn’t as bad as the visuals.


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