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26th-Jan-2008 11:37 pm

In case you haven't noticed, mutual friends can now tag my posts. Go nuts, maybe. I want to see what kind of tags you give me. As long as it is done in good taste (subjective opinion, of course ^^), I promise not to delete any. ;)

As for the main subject of this post, there is something I really like to see more in Mebius, and from Mirai in particular: self-deprecating humor. I may be wrong, but I can't really recall Mirai saying anything self-deprecating while seeing the humor in it. Mostly he seems to get embarrassed or laugh to cover his embarrassment. I don't know, maybe I think so because it doesn't seem to me like Mirai's teammates laugh with Mirai as much as laugh at him, although they do it good-naturedly and in no way offensively.

I'm thinking that this is pretty much a human characteristic, the ability to laugh at one's own expense or folly or dilemma. I adore heroes (or other characters) who can do that convincingly. They would be half-whining, half-sarcastic or in some mixture of the two. They may even sound perfectly serious in their grievance. And yes, they very often assign blames, which are, for the most part, not imaginary. But at heart, they would never fail to pout prettily (or insert other endearing characteristic here) and make no real big deal out of their complaints.

Yes, I know tastes differ, and some people might find the type of self-deprecating behavior I'm describing annoying instead of endearing. I would attribute that mostly to humor being pretty much subjective; if a particular interpretation of humor works for me, I'm satisfied.

I wish I have some examples to illustrate my points better. But consider something like:

"God, why me? My weak wrist can't stand this."

"Leave me to clean up, why don't you?"

"They don't have to hit me so damn hard!"

(These are not real examples, because I simply can't remember the real lines or specifically where to look them up.)

Of course, the words don't mean much without the way they are said, accompanying actions, and so on. Some actors have no trouble pulling those actions off believably, and some, well... ::shrugs::

Well, that's it from me for now. I hope I make at least some sense to you, dear reader...
27th-Jan-2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
I think the closest we get is:

Mirai: We'll take care of him.
Ryuu: No, you won't. Windham will.
Mirai: But... *pout*

Otherwise, I think he just lacks the humor in general. It's just part of how they paint him as an alien. He doesn't get nuances and takes things literally a lot more than others might. He's always so earnest in everything he does that he's just not much of a whiner, and harder to complain when he knows he chose to be there and thus indirectly chose all the hardships that go with the job.

Of course, like you, I half suspect I may just not know what I'm talking about. :p I think I have a rather black sense of humor, which means it's just not that funny a lot of times. Or maybe they save all the humorous situations for outside the series? Like the Ultraman Super Fighter series.
27th-Jan-2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was a (IMHO) cute instance I forgot from episode 11. And 'don't know what I'm talking about' is probably the best way to describe my post and my thoughts on this subject. ^^; Oh well, by self-deprecating humor I probably mean when characters just make grim jokes in (potentially) dangerous situations to relieve tension, whether those jokes are aimed at themselves or others. I don't know if I have a black sense of humor, but, yeah, I rather like things that are not always on the surface funny most of the time.

On one hand, I'm glad that Mirai, as you say, doesn't recognize nuances and usually takes literally what other people say, since it establishes him as different, as an outsider, as someone who, no matter how hard he tries, would never be able to pass as one of the natives. On the other hand, I don't like seeing people laugh at him, since it kind of implies that he might not be intelligent. While I don't believe it is possible for Mirai to learn even half of everything there is to learn about human, I wonder if, given time, he can learn to develop a passable human sense of humor at least.

As for complaining/whining, regardless of the reason, if done in a particular combination I've attempted to describe (direct to self, blame others, don't take things seriously, etc.), it would appeal to me immensely. My liking also depends on the actors (IMHO) correctly interpreting their roles, of course, but more often than not I'm happy with what I see.

Er...interesting clip! Thanks! (Yeah, now that's just plain hilarious.)

(Edited for wordings. Sometimes I have difficulties expressing myself.)

Edited at 2008-01-27 11:07 pm (UTC)
28th-Jan-2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Maybe it's because some of the equipment looks so fake that they have to act seriously or people really won't find the show believable. I rather hate the crass normal humor as well. And maybe over time, he might have a quirky sense of humor.
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