Horizon on Tits II Episode Twelve: BOOBS (NSFW)

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBS

Alright, bros, I know this is the moment you’ve all been eagerly awaiting – the moment where I, the grand designer of this nefarious scheme, made an appearance of my own, putting in my two cents about an episode of Horizon Tits II (the title seems to get shorter with each successive post… next time, my guess is it’ll just be ‘Tits II’). And you know what I’m gonna talk about? I’m gonna talk about BOOBS.

Wait, what? What did I think of the episode itself? Well, it was totally confusing and I had no idea what the fuck was going on! Duuuuuuuuuuhhhhhh! I haven’t been watching it, remember??? Now, I did see the first episode once upon a time, so I can tell you that I still want to jam Toori’s face into a woodchipper and/or food processor. And I can also tell you that I love how Sunrise Horizon Ariadust’s name is. In fact, I love it so much, if I ever spawn any offspring, I’ll probably name them Horizon Ariadust, and Lamentations, and maybe Moon Unit.

So, the episode out of the way, boobs.

Boobs boobs boobity boobs.

Ages ago, when I was a big Bleach fan, and they were still in Soul Society and no one had ever heard of this Hueco Mumbo Jumbo crap or of this unpleasant shounen thing called “fillers”, I was part of a Livejournal community for Bleach fans. It was a pretty large group, and it was also full of pretty cool people with whom I frequently had intelligent conversations about the object of our affections. Hell, we even managed to have a totally level-headed conversation about BL and Bleach! I suspect part of this was that the moderators were incredibly dedicated and were wicked sharp, but I also think we had a genuinely great group of people.

So, here I am, on this cool Bleach community, and I decide, you know what? Let’s talk about boobs. And, bros, guess what? All of us ridiculous little Bleach fans had an intelligent, in-depth conversation about boobs in Bleach! And it was pretty freaking awesome.

The original premise of the conversation was, roughly, “Bleach has a lot of female characters, and there is a pretty wide range of boob sizes for the female characters. Discuss.” I would dig it up, but I don’t quite have the patience for that, as this occurred about eight years ago on a website I haven’t perused in about six years. So you’ll just have to take my word for it (this is what happens when you’re reading the blog of a lazebox, bros). And, the fact is, Bleach did have a lot of variety on the breast size front – flat-chested women, women with back-breakers, women with small breasts, women with average breasts, women with large breasts that still fell within the range of real-life breasts. The consensus eventually was that, yes, Bleach had a ton of different types of boobage, and that it was probably since it was targeted toward young men, and, bros, young men have different tastes in tits! However, perhaps more interestingly were the voices of girls and women who spoke up and said, “Yeah, this is definitely done for the male gaze, but its kind of cool for me to see all these female characters with different kinds of breasts. I don’t have breasts/have really big breasts/have average breasts/have small breasts, and sometimes/most of the time/all the time feel awkward and ashamed about them, so seeing an anime/manga with a lot of female characters in it who have all sorts of various breast sizes and whom are all meant to be attractive feels good.”

Of course, don’t think that we were alleging that this was feminism, exactly – after all, Kubo Tite was drawing for the male gaze, not so female readers felt better about themselves. And, other than breast size, the female characters were all pretty standard in appearance – thin, ethnically undiverse, pretty. But, as I said, the female characters in Bleach are all intended to be physically attractive (and many to most of them as emotionally attractive as well) – there is no “this is the perfect breast” implication at work (although its clear that bigger ones are preferred, we still have enough smaller-breasted women that it never becomes “this is what is best!”). Yeah, yeah, that’s since it is “LOOK BOOBS ARE AWESOME BROS, AMIRITE?”, but it remains that myself and many other girls and women still looked at it and said, “This isn’t perfect, but I got something positive out of it.”

Now, let’s fast-forward to Horizon Tits, where we’ve got bowling balls, steroidal cantaloupes, salad bowls, and… table-tops. And if Horizon Tits is especially obvious in this, it is only a magnification of a larger trend, which is the dichotomy of massive boobs or no boobs at all. Ladies, either you’re going to need a back-brace to walk around or you are going to have boob-envy forever and ever because you’ve got the rack of a twelve year old boy.

Well, so what? So what, indeed. The market says it wants to fuck little girls or fuck porn stars, all others need not apply. And those little girls and porn stars better be pure as the driven snow.

Anyway, its more about the decreasing diversity in anime in general, or at least the appearance of decreasing diversity. I will hazard, though, that what appears to be true in this case, having watched the proliferation of really terrible harem shows with each new season. I wouldn’t ever say “Anime sucks now”, because I don’t think less shitty harem shows ten years ago means that less of the anime that was in existence was crap. But I do think that there is less variety amongst the shows that air – might I use the shift in noitaminA fare to support that? Hiya Fractale, Guilty Crown, Black Rock Shooter. Why the long face Wandering Son, Tatami Galaxy?

Oh well. I don’t really hold this sort of stuff against Tits II – there’s a lot of stuff that’s bad about the show anyway. What I do hold against the show is that it takes a potentially cool premise and just giggles while taking a dump on it. Sigh. I’m a history buff; I totally could’ve gotten into this had it been executed differently. So it goes.

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6 Responses to Horizon on Tits II Episode Twelve: BOOBS (NSFW)

  1. fencedude says:

    Yeah yeah, I know, but I want to say there actually is the full range of breast sizes, but the balloons and washboards get the most screen time.

    (Your larger point is taken, however)

    • A Day Without Me says:

      Admittedly haven’t seen much of the show, although I do recall that the teacher in the first episode had small but not non-existent breasts.

  2. dm00 says:

    It’s possible to see past the breasts, really. Several episodes can go by without them being a significant presence, especially with everything else going on. But then something will happen and they’ll flip into male-gaze-visual-tourette’s for half an episode.

    As Fencedude says, there’s a wide variety of anatomical types in the series.

    “What I do hold against the show is that it takes a potentially cool premise and just giggles while taking a dump on it”. And Omo can’t understand why I thought the character designs were a barrier to appreciating this series.

    • A Day Without Me says:

      Y’know, I probably would’ve been willing to give it more of a chance at the start if the character designs had been a bit less extreme cheesecake-wise.

  3. alsozara says:

    This is a weird and wonderful post. Maybe I just don’t read enough blogs, but this felt like a pretty fresh perpective to me and I enjoyed it. Thanks.

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