So, this isn’t the most popular show. But I’m going to go ahead and blog it anyway. The reason? The main character is basically me.
Typically I can’t identify well with most anime characters. They are either cute little girls or gutless perverts. But this guy is different.
He’s about my age, he’s a researcher making space robots, and most importantly, he’s recently been transported from the blissful world of research into the harsh reality of management. Like him, a month ago I was forced to take this transition as well (needless to say, against my will). It isn’t quite as bad as him where some asshole is out to destroy his organization. But my team’s boss quit. Now I am the boss. It sucks. I just want to do research but now I have to tell people what to do, to negotiate with other teams, to attend all these meetings, etc., etc.
This is what I’ve looked like for the past month while I try to figure out what the fuck I’m doing. This is made all the harder by the fact that I couldn’t care less about 80% of the project.
Anyway, I love this show’s portrayal of his struggles in management. Having to fill out accounting paperwork, doing all these tricks to navigate the bureaucracy, all the while passionately attempting to acquire the funding to do the research he wants to do. (Sadly I work for a governmental organization and if I tried to pocket an occasional $20 million here and there… yeah… people would notice…)
I also love its portrayal of corporate politics. How can people live as cogs in such massive heartless organizations? I feel like this is one of, if not the, defining ethical question of our age.
Presumably I will have more thoughts on this in upcoming posts.
Finally, I’m shipping these two. Mainly because it would be hilarious.