Hello ladies and gentlemen, or whatever you refer to yourself as. I guess social norms have changed a bit since I last blogged frequently haha! Anyways I have a new project, as it seems that I am still getting a fair number of viewers coming through on a daily basis. I feel ashamed that I haven’t watched an anime in about a year, however, I have been busy with other shows, such Bojack Horseman.
To make an anime comparison, Bojack could be compared to a mix of Gin from Gintama, Hachiman from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, among other types of cryptically comedic, yet simultaneously dark characters. Him, along with many of the other characters in the series have captured not only my heart, but also have latched to the darkest parts of my own person. I truly believe watching this show makes you reflect about your life and your own actions, and in that way it has been a massive success.
Accordingly, I have decided to create a critical analysis series on Bojack Horseman, as a way to point out the complexities of the show to help others understand, as well as to develop my own understanding of what the show means to me and what exactly I have learned. With stellar reviews (after the first season at least) of almost 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is a must watch! This post serves as an announcement, as well as some background on the series. Enjoy!
Wikipedia Synopsis and Premise:
BoJack Horseman is an American adult animated comedy-drama series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the title character, with a supporting cast including Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, and Aaron Paul. The series’ first season premiered on August 22, 2014, on Netflix, with a Christmas special premiering on December 19. The show is designed by the cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt, who had previously worked with Bob-Waksberg on the webcomic Tip Me Over, Pour Me Out. Alongside having a satirical take on current events, politics, and show business, BoJack is lauded for its realistic take on dealing with depression, trauma, addiction, self-destructive behavior, and the human experience.
The series takes place mostly in Hollywood (later known as “Hollywoo” after the ‘D’ in the Hollywood Sign is destroyed in a romantic gesture), in an alternate world where humans and tailless anthropomorphic animals live side by side. BoJack Horseman, the washed-up star of the 1990s sitcom Horsin’ Around, plans his big return to celebrity relevance with a tell-all autobiography that he dictates to his ghostwriter Diane Nguyen. BoJack also has to contend with the demands of his agent and on-again-off-again girlfriend Princess Carolyn, the misguided antics of his freeloading roommate Todd Chavez, and his friend and rival Mr. Peanutbutter.