Should you Watch: House M.D.?

Should you watch House M.D.?

Recently, clips from House M.D. have begun popping up randomly on people’s feeds. They’re mostly clips of a sarcastic doctor, ridiculing his patients in a hilarious way. After watching a couple of clips online, you may be like me and started to wonder, “should I watch this show?”

In short: yes.

I definitely recommend anyone to watch this masterpiece of a show. 

House M.D. runs for 8 seasons, but you actually might be mislead on what the actually show is about. Yes, there are plenty of hilarious parts of House doing his clinic duty and making fun of random patients, but the majority of the episodes cover one specific patient case, who no apparent doctor can diagnose. So, similar to a detective trying to solve a murder mystery, House and his team solve medical cases. These are most definitely interesting, and although there tends to be plenty of medical jargon tossed around, the show still manages to maintain your interest, and you can tell what is happening narratively through music, acting and sneaky explanations that even a simpleton like you or I can understand.

One of the things that makes House really enjoyable is just the rawness and how casual everything feels. Yes, people get injured or hurt and there are dramatic reactions, but nothing feels too exaggerated or cheesy. I truly felt like I could appreciate this part of the show after watching Unnatural, a Japanese medical drama. There are similar moments between House M.D. and Unnatural, but what really stands out on the surface is just how much more cheesy Unnatural feels. Don’t get me wrong, Unnatural isn’t a bad show, in fact I’d recommend it to a lot of people. But House M.D. is just so much more enjoyable on a surface level. Take one part of Unnatural for example, where the heroine asks a question to another person. She wants to know if a woman has had sex with her husband before his death, but takes a long time beating around the bush before asking if they had “sexual intercourse”. House, on the other hand, would just straight up say “Did you bang your husband last night?” It’s not that House M.D. is more realistic per se, but it’s just more casual and overall more fun. 

But what makes House M.D. a 10 instead of an 8 is the drama that creeps up on you. Despite how episodic the series seems to be at first, after 20 episodes or so, things begin to change. And things constantly change, slowly but surely throughout the 8 seasons of the show. And the way the dramatic points of the show are done are seriously amazing. Trippy elements are never really present in the show, but when House M.D. gets serious, it really does do magic. Hallucinations, recollection of memories, emotions, they’re all spectacularly conveyed through the directing. I really can’t say much more about the character development and dramatic moments of the show, but trust me. If you find the first few episodes of the show enjoyable, then for my money, all 8 seasons are undoubtedly worth your time. 

Oh man, I can’t believe I got this far into this post without talking about House himself. I’m sure you can tell just from the quotes of this show I’ve put into this post so far, but he’s hilarious. He’s what makes this show so unique and fun. By any normal standard, House isn’t conventionally likable at all. He’s childish, and he’s also a huge ass, like many characters point out throughout the show. Yet he manages to be witty, charismatic, and I don’t think there’s any other character like him. David Shore, the director of House pointed out in an interview that he wanted to make someone unlikable likable, and I think he’s done that perfectly through House’s character.

So, should you watch House M.D.?

Yes. Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes Yes! 10/10, and definitely one of my favorite TV shows of all time.

Kyokou Suiri Episode 1~3: Kotoko is this season’s best character

Kyokou Suiri turned out very similar to what I had hoped for. From being super natural triller to a fun witty comedy, the show was quite a joy for the first three episodes.

Right off the bat, I can say that my favorite thing about this show is Iwanaga Kotoko. First, her character design is absolutely fantastic. Her whole outfit with the frilly dress and beret hat with the huge ribbon on the back really goes well with her curly hair and general young-ish look. Her eyelashes are also very unique in the way they surround her eyes being colored like her hair. Her expressions are really pretty fun and expressive (the cat face at the end of episode three got me laughing quite a bit. Her personality is also really fun. The way she acts so happily around Kurou and the way she talks to the youkai all come off very playful. I mean she waited two years for Kurou to break up with his girlfriend to get the chance to ask him out. Although it was very dialogue heavy, the first scene where she confesses was really fun because of her personality and the way she spoke. The voice acting is another part that I think fit very well with Kotoko’s character. Her clingy and outgoing personality is portrayed really well by the upbeat yet slightly deep tone of Kitou Akari. I can go as far to say that Kotoko is definitely my favorite character this season. 

The concept of the show is also interesting. Unlike most mystery shows that spend its time on trying to solve the case, Kyokou Suiri’s mystery spends its time making a solution for the case. Kotoko’s only reason for solving these cases are to convince the youkais of what happened so they don’t have to be restless. This means she has no real incentive to find definite proof for the answer, just the most convincing one that fits the given info. Although I felt a little bitter since I hoped to find the real motives of the killer, their conversation in the car about possible solutions afterwards cleared that up for me a little. I don’t know how well this concept will hold up in the future, but from what I’ve seen it’s definitely interesting enough to keep me entertained and I’ll just have to accept that a hard solution in this show will never be given.

I liked how they separated the episodes even though I know that both the ending of episode two and three were both made that way to create that cliffhanger. Although the snake arc ending only around 5 or so minutes in the three episodes was somewhat frustrating, I think this allowed the time skip to fit in a little better. After finishing the second episode, I had fully expected the third episode to start off with a solution to the case that would be given very quickly, (which I was not wrong) then move on to the aftermath of the case with more scenes of witty dialogue between Kotoko Kurou, then end with some foreshadowing of the next event. This would be more typical and would allow the arc to end on a more smooth note along with the episode. But because there is a sudden two year time skip, I think that having an episode start in such fashion may be a bit too sudden and boring to watch, especially with the police scene that happened in the middle of episode three. Do I think that they could have done it better? Yes. But at least as it is now, the viewers are kind of eased into the next episode even with the confusing time skip. 

I think the worst part about the show is that it can get slightly boring. The whole show really relies on dialogue to the point where I’m surprised this isn’t a light novel adaptation. Although the dialogue can be fun with interesting characters like Kotoko, without her, the show seemed to drag a little.  When the cops started talking in the later bits of the third episode, I couldn’t care the slightest. This may be because I didn’t pay enough attention to realize that the cop girl was Kurou’s ex but regardless, hearing a random conversation of characters I didn’t care about, just sitting and eating for 10 minutes, was awfully boring. Again, had I known that the cop girl was Kurou’s ex a little sooner, I may have found her trauma to be a lot more interesting. But it’s hard to remember those details two weeks.

A lot of things are still left unexplained and the way that Kurou and Kotoko kinda continued on after the events of the first episodes left me with questions but having the third episode end the way it did, I can’t wait to see the character dynamics with the new character. To me, Kyokou Suiri looks like a fun show with a few holes that won’t be too bothersome.

ID:Invaded Episode 1 and 2 – the most interesting show of the season

ID: Invaded started off with one of the most interesting scenes I have seen in awhile.

As a person who had absolutely zero information what the show was about, the opening sequence of the show left me completely unknowing of the situation. Regardless of this disadvantage, the show was immediately able to hook me with the visuals.

Just like how the main guy is left without his memories, we are too, left without any notice of what is happening. There were almost no explanation on the surroundings  nor the reason for him being here. For awhile, the viewers and the main characters are stuck without any prior knowledge, causing us to direct all of the attention to exploring the world that has been left with us. I think this was a really exciting way for the show to start off, especially because the presentation of the world visually through the artwork and camera work that really flowed well together. The way that he caught the shoe after kicking it off the wall, or stretching it out to grab another part of the house were cool to see visually. 

Many talked about how the first few minutes were awesome while the rest of the show was left with bore. Although I agree that the first few minutes were definitely the highlights of the show, I don’t necessarily think that the rest of the show was boring or confusing. Many seemed to be complaining about the fact that the show is very dialogue heavy within the police investigation room. While I agree and understand this, because of the confusion from the start of the episode along with how interested I was at the show conceptually, the expositions were something that I welcomed. Granted, this may be because I went in to this show completely blind and had no clue what was happening in the first five minutes other than “this looks hella cool” but I believe that going with the “show don’t tell” would have just left me more confused that I needed to be. Although I do like it when shows don’t treat their viewers as they are stupid, what I like more is when a show knows when to be artful and when to bring it down a little. In fact, in this show, I think they choose the right time to bring in the dialogue. Right as I got used to the world a little and saw the bloody girl lying on the floor (which left me with more confusion as I’m not a genius detective), the show gave the viewers explanation. So I felt it was more like my curiosities were being relieved rather than interrupted. And just finding out that this is a mind of some serial killer just got me really interested.

This worlds that they showed alone in the first 2 episodes were extremely interesting. I would go so far to say that this interesting concept is what makes up the show as a whole. Throughout the episodes, they showed two different worlds with the split up bodies and the drills, both reflecting the state of the criminal that they were chasing. The whole setting over all was just really interesting. The futuristic set-up of the office looked fine. Since it is a world where you can materialize the minds of criminals through advanced scientific advancements I don’t hate how they designed it like a normal sci-fi control room. Though I would have liked it if they made it more closely related to the materialization concept or something. But hey, I can’t think of anything specific so I don’t blame them. 

The way they dealt with the crime flowed very smoothly in and out of the dream world and the outside world. The way how the police room was jargon heavy and tense while the dream world was somewhat tense was a good contrast that got more wanting to be invested in the show a little more 

But it wasn’t as though the show was perfect. Although conceptually and visually it was able to hook me in, I found that how they handled the events and the characters in the show (who were mostly unappealing or boring) were all very bothersome. For example, the actions of the police officers really pissed me off as they were extremely amateurish. Starting from the girl character that seems to be more dumb than brave to the vertern who is leaving a rookie officer alone, vulnerable to attack when he clearly knows that the criminal is near by. He also does something “against the regulation” but he faced no punishment at all nor is it even mentioned later. This may be handled in the next episode as we don’t really get a full look at the aftermath of the event, but I’m highly doubtful that the show is going to. It’s not as though it is too big of a deal, but it gets harder for me to fully invest myself emotionally to an event when I don’t know what consequences are happening to those who are arrested or those who go out of regulations. Anyways, I expect that this show will never really look at the aftermaths or recall past criminals when handling such issues very often. 

I’m also curious as to why the guy is actually doing all of this. From the show we know that he murdered someone, but he isn’t given much of a reason to help out the police. Much of the later bit may focus on his reason for doing so like a possible shortening of his sentence, trying to find someone, trying to look in his own mind or something like that. They also didn’t explain why it was his elbow that was missing in that world even though he seemed to wonder about it. But I guess that was just random.

But more than all that, the far the worst part of the first episode was the rookie police girl. I hated the newby girl character. Characters like this are always seen in shows like this. I really don’t want her to be annoyingly push her idea of “justice” when the show can look into the interesting concepts that it has at hand. But the way she was captured immediately didn’t really made me care whatever happened to her. I’m going to be pissed later on if she starts fighting the main guy because he “was a criminal” or something like that. Although this type of thing is probably inevitable if the righteous girl is one of the central characters of the show. Hopefully they can make her more than just a righteous Mary Sue character before something like this happens.

Although there are such flaws the concept itself is interesting enough to make me continue watching the show. So I suggest those of you who like these sci-fi type of shows and this concept sounds interesting to you, you should check this show out.

In-depth Analysis of Nekopara (Episode 1)

nekopara was okay. i thought it would be about a guy fucking his cats, but unforunately this show ended up showing some like normie shit about a guy grooming his cats. from what i could tell, this is some like slice of life shit….. i think like the cats are doing work and running a shop, and then they find a shota cat? something like that… honestly i think that shows like this are not good because they don’t develop their characters, and it’s just overall the characters are nothing but typical anime character archetypes like the tsundere or the genki girl. the main problem that i find with shows like these are that they confuse iyashikei(psychologically “healing” shows) to boring garbage nothingness. It’s not enough to just have characters with no personality acting out the same, tired out jokes that a million other anime have done. Of course, maybe I’d have a different opinion on this show if i actually watched it, but i’m a busy man with better priorities.

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