So I just watched episode 15 of Golden Time. It bothered me immensely.
Let me tell you why.
You cannot see it in this picture, but “2D-kun” (Satou Takaya) here is frantically turning the steering wheel despite driving on a straight street in the city.
Hey, Tada Banri and Kaga Kouko have decided to sit in the back seat. While one of them sitting in the front seat would be preferable, it is understandable if they want to stay back there for easier chatting between each other. But…
WHY ARE YOU SITTING IN THE MIDDLE, KOUKO?!
While studies show that sitting in the middle might be safer, at least for children, there is a catch here: Kouko only has a lap seat belt. That is less safe than if she had moved a tiny bit left and used a three-point seat belt.
OH, AND PUT YOUR BAG (LOOSE OBJECT) ON THE FLOOR
KOUKO STOP DISTRACTING THE DRIVER YOU FOOL
If you look closely, you can see the indicators flashing despite the car standing still. At first I thought 2D-kun only used the left indicator to signal that he was merely standing still, WHICH IS NOT ALLOWED IF I MAY ADD, but it turned out I was wrong. As you can see in the pictures above, both indicators are flashing…
Wait a minute…
Does that mean that… 2D-kun is using the hazard lights, which should only be used when warning other drivers of a hazard (usually your own car being busted)?
After a quick trip to the Internet, this actually seems to be somewhat commonplace in Japan. When stopping on the side of a road, or even when ”thanking” other drivers, Japanese people use hazard lights. This sounds insane, but it would explain the above situation.
BUT IT IS STILL WRONG!!
PLUS, DO I EVEN HAVE TO MENTION HOW THE CAR IS CLOSER THAN 10 METERS OF THE JUNCTION?!?!?!?!
Not related to driving at all, but… your hands will be full of grease after eating those potato sticks, 2D-kun. That is a sin in itself *sniff*.
Look, now Oka “Better than Kouko but worse than Linda” Chinami has joined this disastrous party. Hooray!
PUT THE DAMN BAG ON THE FLOOR LIKE A GOOD PERSON WOULD
Please look at the street, 2D-kun. It can be dangerou—
WHY THE HECK DO YOU LOOK AWAY FOR SIX WHOLE SECONDS YOU IDIOT!!!!!!
AND NOW WE HAVE A FLIPPIN’ GHOST WITH US?!?!?!
You know, 2D-kun, I am starting to doubt your driving skills. When you are moving out into traffic you are supposed to signal it by flashing your indicator.
YET YOU DID NOT!!!
Not only are you terrible at driving, 2D-kun, but you are also a total jerk by not driving closer to the bathroom for the sake of Kouko not getting drenched in the rain. I thought you were a cool guy, 2D-kun!
Can I please burn your driver’s license, 2D-kun? If you are tired, please do not attempt to drive. No, having a conversation with others to keep you awake is not a valid method (and you other people in Golden Time are dumb too for not stopping him). If you are tired, take a quick nap or let someone else drive. Simply put: try to feel fully awake and alert.
K-Kouko?! You… you have a driver’s license? And you are suggesting to drive instead of 2D-kun since he is tired? A-Are you trying to win me over here, Kouko? Redeeming yourself for your past behavior? If only there were more angels like yo—
ARE YOU FREAKING
WHAT THE HELL, KOUKO, I THOUGHT I COULD TRUST YOU
WHY DOES THE DRIVING IN GOLDEN TIME SUCK SO MUCH?!?!?!?!?!?!?!