12 (Naughty) Moments of Anime 2011 No. 12 – Love and Peace
Once again it is time for that most beloved of aniblogger holiday traditions — 12 Days of Anime, in which we highlight 12 moments from anime, anime fandom, etc. that stuck with us throughout the year. This year, however, I’m sneaking in a little twist. One night on Twitter at the beginning of the month, I mentioned that I had watched so much ridiculous terribad stuff that I could make 12 Days posts for that and “serious” stuff if I put my mind to it. Then one Nazarielle came up with the simple, brilliant name “Naughty and Nice Moments”, and I thought to myself, “Well, damn, I can’t waste a perfectly good name like that!”
So here’s the drill: In the mornings, I’ll post about moments from those crazy terribad anime I love so much, and the afternoons will be dedicated to more “serious” stuff (which will not all be serious). And now that explanations are out of the way, let’s get to the first moment!
I make no secret of the fact that Rio: Rainbow Gate! was one of my favorite series of the year. It’s stupid, ridiculous fun, and I’m of the opinion that it’s intentionally made that way. Of all the crazy, dumb shit you see in Rio, what sticks out most is the final montage when Rio opens the rainbow gate or something (fuck if I can recall the plot details) and unleashes an outpouring of luck upon the world.
This outpouring of luck induces the following events: A sudden rain storm that puts out a raging fire; a truck crash that reunites three women with their lost casts, and two people who fall in love and decide at that moment to marry each other; a fisherman catching a massive amount of fish; a huge spike in the stock market; a guy finding a 10,000 yen note in a book; a woman getting two yolks from one egg; three girls getting “super lucky” outlooks for the year; a kid winning a prize; and, oh, by the way, PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. The world was truly satisfied in good.
It’s only in a series like Rio that you would see something ridiculous like that. There’s no pretense of seriousness or logic or quality — they just went, “Fuck it, let’s throw out whatever insane ideas we can come up with.” That, to me, is the true spirit of terribad: Throwing shit at the wall and hoping that something — anything — sticks.