I sucked [livejournal.com profile] oyceter into Project Runway because I happened to have a Netflix disc of Season 3 at my house. It's so much better when you can fast-forward the irritating backstage drama and sniping at each other, and just watch the designers designing, stitching, losing their minds, and presenting their outfits.

Things we learned from watching this show:

1. Gluing anything but beads or Twizzlers never ends well.

2. Always make the shirt and pants before the jacket, in case you run out of time. A perfect shirt and pants is much better than pants, a jacket, and a bolt of cloth draped around your shoulders.

3. Words one never ever wants to hear used to describe your outfit: Milkmaid, Dairy Queen, sofa, and maxi pad.

It is like a shounen tournament design anime in which character is expressed through competitive fashion!

We especially realized this in this classic shounen moment:

Laura (red-headed pregnant designer, about her main rival): "I don't want Jeffrey to get kicked out because he broke the rules. I want to beat him fair and square!"

Shounen Laura: "I will not kill you while you're weak, Jeffrey! Go home and nurse your wounds and come back stronger, and THEN I'll kill you!"

That season also has a classic shoujo heroine, the colorful print-obsessed designer Uli. (Michael Kors: "Wow... That didn't have a print.") She is always perky and cheerful and looking on the bright side.

She came from East Germany, where it was sad and repressive and gray, and dreamed of living somewhere colorful and bright. Then the Berlin wall came down, and she was able to fulfill her dream of being a designer in Miami. Now she wants to bring color and happiness and life to the world via clothing!

When the sullen, Sasuke-like designer Jeffrey, who didn't get along with anyone, has an emo shounen moment and wept on Uli's shoulder - and she very sincerely hugged and comforted him - we realized that Uli is Tohru Honda!

Season 4's Christian not only is a shoujo/shounen crossover hero, the prodigy with mad skillz who is emotionally twelve, he even looks like an anime character!

Season 4 also has Chris, the fat guy who at first seems like the comic relief, but turns out to be heroic and awesome and makes a comeback when all hope seems lost. He is Naruto's Chouji!

Who else is secretly an anime character?

Please do not spoil the winners for any seasons.

From: [identity profile] wintersweet.livejournal.com

Hnmmm, this is the only Project Runway post that has made me faintly intrigued.

From: [identity profile] elisem.livejournal.com

I never realized that before. You are so right!

From: [identity profile] fmanalyst.livejournal.com


Project Runway is the perfect shonen tournement series. I can actually see it as one of the bizarre competitions in early Ranma 1/2, alongside the tea ceremony and couples ice skating as martial arts.

From: [identity profile] keelieinblack.livejournal.com

It all makes sense now!

(Wouldn't Tim Gunn be the obvious one--the older mentor/secondary charracter who's so Made of Awesome that he becomes far more popular and beloved than any of the 'main' characters?

Also, I always thought season 1's Austin looked a bit like he'd wandered out of some sort of 1970s-era BL manga.)

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

YES! I love Tim so much. He's so elegant, and balances snark with very genuine-seeming fondness of the contestants.

Austin: Perhaps From Eroica With Love.
octopedingenue: (yaone overcome)

From: [personal profile] octopedingenue

oh my god you are brilliant yet evil.

From: [identity profile] nekonexus.livejournal.com

^_^ Kiro and I use Project Runway Canada as our background to knitting TV.

From: [identity profile] tammylee.livejournal.com

Aw, seasons 3 and 4 are my favourite!
You are very correct with your parallel. XD
oyceter: teruterubouzu default icon (Default)

From: [personal profile] oyceter

Also, I love the comment to Uli that was: "Wow... This is all one color!"

Also also, Elisa is clearly the kooky sidekick, and Rami is probably someone like Shikamaru who thinks over everything.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

I think Elisa must be some escaped eccentric shinigami from Bleach, whose zanpaku-to turns into a giant flying manta ray that gobbles up her opponent, then spits him out dressed up in losing outfits.

From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com

This made me laugh at so many points, but shônen Laura especially so.

From: [identity profile] sophia-helix.livejournal.com

Hahaha, bolt of cloth around your neck. That was the best thing ever.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

My favorite moment of the entire run of the show was everyone's reactions to human hair as a design element.

From: [identity profile] jinian.livejournal.com

Suddenly I must see this show. Is it necessary to start with an earlier season, or can I skip right to the parts you have made sound so awesome?

From: [identity profile] marzipan-pig.livejournal.com

Ha ha see now I want to watch it with you and have you explain this post to me, which is like 3 degrees from *actually watching the show for itself*.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

No, you can start anywhere. Season 4 is my favorite. 3, 1, and 5 are also good. 2 is less so due to a supremely annoying person by the name of Santino. I suggest fast-forwarding the duller and/or more embarassment-squick bickering.

From: [identity profile] marzipan-pig.livejournal.com

Wow, thank you, me and Kylee and Wim rolled around in two nights of Project Runway this week thanks to you, and now I feel like I can wear ANYTHING in the world. I love how the one woman was bitter about the 'material draped around the shoulders' incident even AFTER the show was over.

From: [identity profile] fourthage.livejournal.com

This is an awesome post. Wendy from first season is the evil shoujo rival. Jerry from . . . last season? Is the guy with tons of experience that gets his butt kicked by the underaged genius in the first chapter of a sports manga.

From: [identity profile] jeremytblack.livejournal.com

Best post ever. I have never watched a season through, but I have watched several episodes in a row leading up to the finale a few seasons in a row. This all rings very true. I was surprised at how quickly drawn in I was to their world.

From: [identity profile] clodia-risa.livejournal.com

This. So. Works. I wondered why they were all so weird.

From: [identity profile] lady-ganesh.livejournal.com

Santino is clearly a Muraki clone. Or something.

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