Alright, I hate to be that guy, but after watching episodes 1 and 3, I cannot possibly understand how this show is supposed to be funny. Yes, I know a sense of humour is something that can vary a lot between people. However, so are most preferences about pacing, characterization, or other literary elements so I don’t think it’s impossible for humour to be discussed and rationalized to an extent. To cut to the chase, I would like for someone to break down episode 3 (any segment will do) for me and explain why they think this show is successful at trying to create humour.
To me, it seems like they’re botching every punch-line. For instance, that whole mole-girl segment. The build-up was good as the character is deeply analyzing what would normally be considered a superficial matter, even going so far as to consider it a symbol of her loneliness. But that fucking punch line… She laughs it over? Seriously!? That’s the best this mangaka could come up with? That’s got to be the first thing that your viewer might expect to happen. Technically, I can only speak for myself but I’m sure many others might have expected a resolution that doesn’t involve the girl getting angry or hurt. But in any case, it’s an incredibly weak punchline because of how predictable it is. What would’ve been much funnier is if before the guy could tell her, the girl tells him that he actually has a big mole hair of his own on the back of his neck, and then she promptly runs off before the guy can react.
It’s the same with the ping pong scene where the guy asks which countries have a moon on their flags. I don’t think it’s a wild assumption to state that most viewers expect at least 2 outcomes before a punchline to a given joke is revealed. To me, successful jokes manage to avoid both of these expectations and reveal a more surprising 3rd outcome. Take for example a guy stepping on a banana peel. Before the result is shown, one would most likely consider two outcomes: the man either falls or does not fall and continues on his way. So for a joke to be successful, the punch-line has to be neither of these two most immediately perceived outcomes and it’s precisely this point that I think this show fails utterly at.
Oh and yes, everything I said is just my opinion on humour. So please do feel free to share your views if they radically differ with mine.
Post edited on 24th Jan 2012, 3:02pm