Did you guys know that carrots are actually bad for rabbits? They’re too high in sugar and can lead to tooth decay and other serious health defects in our furry little friends. So why did Bugs Bunny eat them all the time? Because of Clark Gable, that’s why.
The reference might not seem so obvious to us know, but when Bugs first appeared in theaters over seventy years ago the audience immediately understood that when Bugs ate a carrot and talked with his mouth full; he was parodying Clark Cable in Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934).
It turns out that, according to Friz Freleng’s unpublished memoirs, that It Happened One Night was one the animators favorite films and that at least three characteristics of Bugs Bunny are based on the film. Besides Clark Gable inspiring Bugs’ carrot addiction; his personality was based on Oscar Shapely, a minor character in the film who consistently referred to Gable as Doc. Not only that, the famous Rabbit was named after Bugs Dooley; an imaginary character mentioned in the film.
Sure, It Happened One Night is considered to be one the best romantic comedies of all time, and it might have been directed by Frank Capra, who’s arguably the greatest American film director ever; but this might be one of those rare cases where the parody has outlived the original reference.
Some what related: When Bugs Bunny referred to Elmer Fudd as “Nimrod” he was ironically referencing Nimrod from the book of Genesis who was a mighty hunter. Children growing up with Bugs Bunny (self included) not familiar with the story, grew up thinking that “Nimrod” was an insult of stupidity or incompetence.
Another instance where the parody has outlived the original reference.
While I like Kikyo, there are some aspects in her characterization in the manga that I find rather problematic, and is that I think that she was never called out for her bad deeds earlier in the story (trying to kill Kagome, giving the pearl to Naraku even if she wanted to kill him with it) neither I saw her feeling remorse because of that. Although she later redeemed herself by saving Miroku and Kohaku's lives, I wish that she would had developed better in that aspect. What do you think?
It was part of her personality not to feel remorse for what she did, especially when she is first resurrected. She was a bitter woman when she was alive and an even more bitter woman when she was the walking dead. When she was resurrected, her inability to care about certain prerogatives was amplified. She was fueled by revenge, controlled by malice, and wanted nothing more than to destroy the man who imprisoned her to an eternity of an uncontrollable fate.
She didn’t care if she hurt others along the way. Especially the girl who looked like her and basically ‘stole’ her man. Kikyo’s personality was harsh, blunt, and distant when she was resurrected (and alive..). She was after Inuyasha initially because she thought he was responsible for her death. Thereafter, she found out it was Naraku. From that point on, all she wanted was to destroy Naraku. She was a wandering, hostile soul that realized she did not belong in this world — but, needed to exact revenge before heading back into the pits of hell.
Ironically, it was the same woman she practically almost killed, the same woman who looked like herself, the same woman who ‘stole’ her man — that ultimately saved her. It was Kagome’s touch that began to literally transform Kikyo’s character after the Hakurei arc. It was always in her religious nature to help. Whether it be children, Saint Hakushin, or Doctor Suikotsu. That being said, she still necessarily wasn’t the best person.
And, Rumiko knew that. Which is why it makes sense that Kikyo’s character helped Miroku when his kazaana was in danger during Moryomaru’s death scene. And, why she chose for Kikyo to help Kohaku. It wasn’t necessarily her trying to tell the fans, “Feel sorry for this woman.” Because what Kikyo did was already done.
In the final moments of her death, Rumiko chose dialogue that was still centered around Kikyo. In her final moments, Kikyo talks about herself — about how she was finally an ordinary woman. Whether this was intention or not is still interesting to me. She never glorified this character in a positive light. Why? Because Kikyo died still making wrong decisions.
She tried to kill Naraku with her “final” plan using the arrow; because even THEN she still thought only she could do it. She wanted to do it so badly. She was trying so hard not to work with the InuGang even then. And, that’s why her character remains consistent: Kikyo never explains herself, never apologizes, and is never vulnerable because she simply can’t be. It’s not in her nature; and it never was.
She admits in one of her first meetings with Inuyasha that she can never show her true self. She is always this mysterious, cold woman. Towards the end of the series, she begins to show signs of warmth, because of Kagome, but it never truly blossoms… because it simply can’t. She was the conductor of her own life. It was she that killed her own self. Kikyo died in a pool full of her own pride
It’s because she IS that type of character that she doesn’t need to say she is sorry. Sure, she said taking care of Kohaku helped her; but she continued staying by herself, doing things herself, and never joining up with people. Again she was doing something more for herself.
Kikyo wasn’t supposed to be loved in the end. Her ending isn’t happy. Her character is glorified in the end because she “died” and was starting to “act better.” But, Rumiko knew she was was the same Kikyo she wrote from the beginning… a woman who destroyed her own self.
I keep track of all the shows I’ve seen. I just counted and I’m at almost 100 different anime titles now.
Nearly 100 anime titles, yet I have not watched a single episode of:
- Sailor Moon
- Full Metal Alchemist
- One Piece
- Code Geass
- Hetalia Axis Powers
- Ouran Host Club
And many, many more…
A suggestion: don’t watch Sailor Moon, Pokemon, or One Piece…READ THEM!!!! The mangas for those series are 100X times better than the animes!!!
And take it from someone who has kept up with Bleach, anime and manga, for many years….it is not worth your time. It gets BAD. REAL BAD.
And if I can make some more suggestions…watch Maison Ikkoku. It is easily my favorite romantic comedy series. Urusei Yatsura is also awesome, and completely redefined anime comedies as they are today. Both are two of my all time favorites, and definitely shows I’d recommend adding to your backlog. :)
Good luck watching more anime! I’ve got quite the backlog I’m trying to get though myself. :)
Various manga in my collection.
I need to collect all of what they released of the School Rumble manga. It’s a shame it’s incomplete, though. Same with the Zatch Bell manga, though I probably will have a difficult time trying to collect more of that one…
I’ll probably try and buy omnibus releases of One Piece at this point. I will say that volume 9 is another one of the earliest volumes of manga I’ve ever bought, and the reason I started to get into the series. If I had never picked it up back then, I probably wouldn’t have become as much of fan of it as I am today.
I need to get the other A Bride’s Story volumes. I also need to read more Fruits Basket. I started it years ago, but only got to like volume 5, and have not read more since then. I wonder if they’ll ever release omnibus re-releases for it.
I bought Yu-Gi-Oh! 7 for $2 in January. It’s still pretty entertaining. I like early Yu-Gi-Oh!, before “Duelist,” quite a bit. “Millenium World” is pretty cool too. I wouldn’t mind collecting more volumes of those. But as for “Duelist,” while it’s entertaining in a nostalgic way, it’s also really dumb and long, and I don’t think I’ll be buying more of it anytime soon.
That Pokemon Adventures volume is a best of collection of the Red/Blue/Green arc. Even though it’s flipped, it’s neat to have since I haven’t been able to buy any of the volumes yet. They have Pokemon Adventures manga boxsets now. I really want to get those. One of these days, one of these days…
I’ve been keeping up with the Trigun omnibus releases. It is most certainly a series best read in print, and I’m glad to have it in omnibus form. Because Maximum is only 14 volumes long, I’m assuming that there will only be 4-5 omnibi in total. Since two have already come out, that means we’re halfway there, so hopefully the remaining ones will come out before the year ends. It’ll be great to finally have all of the manga in my collection. :)
I have 16 more omnibuses left to collect. That bothers me since I want to have all of InuYasha to read at my leisure in print NOW, but I can’t do anything about it. I’m just going to have to take my time getting the rest of them.
I’m excited for the Ranma 1/2 omnibuses. I’ve already pre-ordered the first one alongside the blu-ray. I’ll make sure to keep up with those as they come out, which, with a new one every two months, is going to be a bit pricey, but an investment I’m all too happy to make.
I just Viz would release Urusei Yatsura and Maison Ikkoku in omnibi. At the very least, Mermaid Saga and One Pound Gospel could be put into complete series omnibuses since both of those series are only 4 volumes long. Maybe someday…
I bought these all for $2 bucks a piece in January. Funny thing is that Yuki Nagato #5 shouldn’t have been out until February. I don’t know why that bookstore has a copy out early, but it was a fortunate oversight, since I was able to buy and read it two weeks before most people. The Haruhi manga and it’s spin-offs aren’t really series I planned to collect in full, but for the right price, I certainly wouldn’t mind having them. ;)