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Jimmy: The True Story of a True Idiot: Season 1 (2018)
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Sep 01, 2018I literally punched my dog in the face, I was so mad I wasted 15 minutes of my life.
Aug 28, 2018An intriguing series that portrays Japanese culture and humour in a way that is quirky and entertaining, but puzzling by Western standards. It is also surprisingly profound. Sanma, a legendary comedian in Japan, takes Jimmy under his wings. Jimmy is truly simple and very vulnerable. Sanma and the other comedians constantly assert that Jimmy is an idiot, and Jimmy readily agrees. Yet they all accept Jimmy into their midst in a way that is surprising he is one of them even if he struggles to understand social norms. Sanma and the real Jimmy provide an introduction and conclusion to each episode. Sanma is no kinder in the present then he appeared in the series. The first few episodes have a somewhat jarring humour. But as the series evolves so does Jimmy, and we gain progressively deeper insight into his emotions and struggles and humanity. The entry of a female manager into Jimmys life adds another dimension. She slowly moves from abhorrence to kindness and affection and their growing relationship is poignant. Jimmys conversations with the moon are presented as a type of magical realism, and very beautiful. Whilst it is always comedic, at least superficially, it seems to me that this series offers Sanma himself the opportunity to include a great deal of philosophical musings as sub-text.