light comedy

Ok, so, the gang’s at a random “school dance” in a barn.

Though to be fair, they prolly should’ve chosen a location without an open fusebox…

and a wagon wheel that teleports in out of nowhere.

The bad guy turns off the lights, so everyone freaks out and leaves…

…but when Shag & Scoob clean up the food, they’re back on?

And yet, when they take the dishes out, they’re off again?

And on again, when they hide in a haystack?

And off again, when they get scared in the entrance?

And… still off, but somehow brighter and different in the exact same framing seconds later?

But are fully on again when they jump from the rafters?

Maybe it’s actually a strobe light, but a reeeeaaally slow one.

“...I don’t think you understand shadows.”

Carl the Animator: “Lies. All lies.”

Ted the Animator: “See, it’s jarring for the audience when characters are pitch-black silhouettes in one shot…”

Ted the Animator: “…and magically get fully-lit a frame later.”

Carl the Animator: “It’s all dramatic ‘n’ cool, though.”

Ted the Animator: “Kinda… look, next time, just make it work with the light, k?”

Carl the Animator: “Bingo.”

*29 seconds into the episode later*

Ted the Animator: “…wow, ’next time’ came awfully quickly, huh?”

Carl the Animator: “It’s a motif for the episode. Chill.”

Ted the Animator: “Aaaaand once again, character in full shadow becomes character in full light.”

Carl the Animator: “No, see, the shadow side is behind her, but her front is lit differently!”

Ted the Animator: “By what?”

Carl the Animator: “The… moon… sorta?”

Ted the Animator: “Then why are the skeletons so well-lit from the front?”

Carl the Animator: “…dude, nobody notices or cares about this but you.”

Ted the Animator: “The pursuit of excellence does not exclude skeleton shadows, Carl.”

*2 minutes into episode later*

Ted the Animator: “…ok, now you’re just messing with me.”

Carl the Animator: “DON’T DISS THE MOTIF, TED. DON’T DISS IT.”

Admittedly, most people prolly never notice, but being a photographer...

…the directionality and quality of light randomly changing in a closeup drives me crazy.

“No, noooo! This is what I’m fighting against all day! Entertainment is about escapism, let me escape from needing to worry about light!”

Edit: As people have pointed out, yes, her arms change, and her bracelet disappears… but that just proves the point that I notice nothing other than the dang light went up 2/3rds of a stop and switched to camera left gosh darn it

Please Read ‘Komi-san Can’t Communicate’

I’m not really good at these but I really wanted to recommend this manga, Komi-san wa Komyusho desu or Komi-san Can’t Communicate.

First off, just to clear up a misconception I’ve seen, this is not the story of some happy, cute, stereotypical “timid japanese girl” and her friends. While it is a light-hearted comedy, and a damn good one at that, it begins as the story of a lonely girl with crippling social anxiety and literally no friends, and the most Average Joe in history who’s able to see that and try to give her the help she desperately needs.

That girl, Komi, is so beautiful, classy and smart that everyone idolizes her and thinks she is just the “elegant, calm and silent type”, that they are simply too low-class to warrant a response from her and that she must have many, cooler friends. Of course this works against Komi’s condition, since she’s always the center of attention, has no self-esteem and has the typical paranoia about what people are talking behind her back, that usually comes with social phobia.

Tadano, the main male character, on the other hand, is considered the most boring and unremarkable person ever by the other characters. He’s someone so embarrassed and traumatized by his past actions that he completely built his personality on “staying out of trouble and never shining in any aspect”, and to do so he became incredibly good at reading people, which is the reason he was the only one who understood Komi and decided to help her communicate.

This is all played as a light comedy with good feelings, without any attempts to sound “deep” or anything like that, but the idea for the plot is still very interesting. Since the manga apparently isn’t sold out of Japan, you can check it in any manga scans site.

Please read Komi-san, she’s doing her best!