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Few notes to be made about this episode. One: I have never worked at an office, so I have no idea what the standards for answering phone calls are. I just went with whatever google seemed to think was acceptable phone reception etiquette. Two: do people actually call them outside calls? Or is it external? Google had more results for outside, but that might have been skewed by the physical state of being outside while making a call.
Three: this is a big one I guess, but the name of the company Retsuko works at is “chararyman(+some Japanese company identifying words)”, which is a portmanteau of “character” and “salaryman”. ‘Salaryman’ is the name Japan has for their workforce made up of middle-aged men with no future. Sanrio has some ongoing popularity contest between stupid characters they thought up that fit the role of salarymen, so they just combined the two words and pretended it was okay. Except it’s not. Stop doing that, Japan. *takes sip of grapple juice*
Anyway, since I’ve spat in the face of everything else they tried to name(sans Retsuko herself, because that would probably be too confusing to people trying to watch, and nobody would care about Rageina or whatever fucking girl names that start with R), I’m calling it The Working Company instead. Because company has like five meanings, and working has at least two. And most of them are appropriate. But mostly I just don’t like how “chararyman” sounds.
NUMBER FOUR: fuck the sliding Dougsongs. The dude’s great, but subtitles that move that much kill everything. I tried tracking the motion so it wasn’t out of sync, but that blew up my media player(I think this happened last time I tried, too…), so I changed it to the stupid move function, and that still blew it up but only during the last few seconds and it sort of corrected itself in the end. So that’s what you get.
I guess there’s a five but it’s pointless enough to not be numbered. The blinking phone thing followed a weird pattern, alternating between 8 frames on, 5 off, and 7 on, 5 off. It did that three times, then the hand came in and the numbers for both states changed while it was there. Really weird. Second pickup it only repeated twice, with the hand coming in on the second 7, and then again, the off state was extended several frames for no good reason. Unless picking the phone up is supposed to matter, but then why did it still blink again both times? The second phonescreen was also shifted a bit from the first, but then the third time it was back in the original location. AND THEN DURING THE THIRD CALL IT STARTED ON THE SEVEN AND ALTERNATED WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS DESPITE THE HAND COMING IN, EXCEPT THE LAST OFF STATE LASTED AN EXTRA FEW FRAMES BEFORE TRANSITIONING TO THE SHOT OF HIS FACE. WHAT KINDS OF INCONSIDERATE NEANDERTHALS DO THEY EMPLOY DOWN THERE AT SANRIO FOR THEM TO ALLOW THESE INCONSISTENCIES?!!?!?!???