Jaku Chara Tomozaki-kun

Title:Jaku Chara Tomozaki-kun
Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki
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Notables: Animation - project No. 9
Fumiya Tomozaki is an unpopular, often ridiculed person at school. He considers life in general to be 'unreasonable and unbalanced'. Where he gets his self-esteem from is that he's actually the best player of 'Attack Families' (or 'TackFam'), a popular martial arts video game in Japan. One day, the only other player he truly respects asks to meet him in public. This person turns out to be nothing like what he had expected, and the two get into an argument about how much influence a person has over their fortunes in the real world. To determine who is right, Fumiya accepts a sort of a challenge.

12 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4236#628]
(Two episodes watched)

Anime is usually very careful not to suggest that there could be any serious repercussions from becoming addicted to video games or spending too much time in virtual reality, probably because that might alienate some viewers. So Jaku- is unusual in the sense that it takes this problem fairly seriously. I just wish the logic of the argument between Fumiya and Aoi (as you may have guessed, she's a girl) had been easier to follow. Something about she convinces him that life itself is a game, and since part of his code of honor is that losers shouldn't blame games for their losses, he accepts her dare that she be allowed to try to change him into a popular and outgoing guy. And that's basically where things stand after episode one. I was not entirely comfortable with the implication that since life is a game, everyone will be either a winner or a loser (and are the rules fair?), but I was curious where this story would go, so I watched episode two. But it seemed kind of boring to me; watching somebody else undergo motivation therapy isn't exactly exciting. And it turns out that Fumiya doesn't really have any serious issues (other than awkwardness) after all, so he's actually a pretty average person. I don't think this show is going to get very philosophical about things like free will and positive thinking, so I was left wondering why I should continue to watch. Basically, episode one seemed to promise a lot, but episode two did not deliver much.

Last updated Wednesday, January 20 2021. Created Saturday, January 09 2021.

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