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Character potential in Engaged to the Unidentified versus Silver Spoon

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Engaged to the Unidentified is a decent show. It’s watchable. It doesn’t have much of a plot; it exists to sell episodes, so it is definitely in no hurry to resolve its conflicts. The “Status Quo Is God” stereotype prevents it from building up any grand meaning.

Its final episode of the season seemed more than a little contrived. The first half built up some angst, but it wasn’t convincing. The characters are pretty flat. I haven’t seen Twilight, but I hear it is about a typical girl who is made wonderful by the fact that an awe-inspiring man loves her. That would be a fair summary of Engaged to the Unidentified.

By the final episode, there was a little tiny bit of character growth for the heroine, and her relationship with her love interest got a tiny bit more intimate, but obviously the story does its best to change at the slowest possible pace. It’s very easy to tell the basic two-virgins-fall-in-love-for-the-first-time story. However, as in Twilight, the audience is fascinated by the virginity of the characters rather than the personalities. Once a virgin-story ends with the consummation in marriage, the characters stop being interesting.

By contrast, Silver Spoon showed the higher quality of its writing by a better climactic episode.

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