Cartoon Impressions #11: Perfect Hair Forever

Cartoon Impressions is based on my personal impressions of various cartoons. 
This gives more weight to my own opinion. If you don’t like what’s said or written in this series, understand everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

As an Otaku I don't exactly take offense to these kind of shows, but they do tend to make me cringe. Shows like this tend to suffer the same set of problems. These shows are created by a group of animators at the time who knew and understood that anime was becoming increasingly more and more popular in the states, but didn't have a single idea about what made anime work and what made it so popular in the first place. Instead of dissecting anime to learn more about it, the animators and writers would then resort to using cheap cardboard anime stereotypes. They'd also use these shows to inject any random weird thing they wanted into it for artistic pleasure. All these things aside, lets discuss the problems with the Adult Swim series Perfect Hair Forever. Outside of the problems I've said earlier, this show suffers a bad case of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Am I saying Aqua Teen Hunger Force is bad? Not necessarily. What I'm saying is after William Street produced Aqua Teen Hunger Force, they got stuck on Aqua Teen Hunger Force. To give you all a better understanding of what I'm saying, let me put it to you like this. Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a TV show based around it's absurdity, and draws a lot of its appeal from that absurdity. Like a lot of William Street shows after it they try again and again to give us their trademark absurdist humor, but what they don't understand is many of us cartoon lovers looking for a serious adult party cartoon aren't in the mood for another Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Discussing more in-depth flaws in the series, The show follows a boy Gerald Bald Z who is suffering a case of premature baldness. He seeks wisdom from Uncle Grandfather to fix his baldness. He sends him on a quest to sushi mountain to remedy his hair. What's the problem with this premise nothing, absolutely nothing. It's simple and leaves a lot of room for good characters and humor. This premise unfortunately works against them because they do nothing with it. They instead use this premise to inject tons of weird and random stuff into their series, like for example a singing hot dog.

This show also suffers from lack of character and horrible pacing this show gets more and more random by the episode giving it's audience nothing of substance. This show suffers from a cartoon syndrome I will call Art Spam. Art Spam is a syndrome in with the creators sacrifice quality and substance for artistic pleasure. In all fairness this show was doomed from the start. This show serves as a perfect example why anime cannot be spoofed or parodied. Spoofs and parodies by definition are a work created to imitate, make fun of, or comment on an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of satiric or ironic imitation. Anime or Japanese animation (Slang term used it the states) does not fit into this criteria. Anime is art-form not a genre and as a result cannot be parodied because the pool is too large to draw jokes from without getting it wrong. I'm happy these kinda of shows died out.

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