You've never watched Death Note? The hell?
Neither have I. Grandpa tells me it was quite the show back in his day, though.
Go watch it then. It's from 2005 or something, that's not even that old.
I recently watched Death Note as well. I always assumed it would just be some overrated shit, a power fantasy like you said. Nobody who described it to me sold it very well. If they'd just told me about the mind games and how it's basically a battle of wits between the smartest detective in the world and the most powerful murderer in the world then I would have watched it ages ago.
I'm watching the second season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It's really good. I think it strikes a great balance between being deep and being fun.>>22141
But it is an edgy power fantasy for school shooters.>>22143
I assume you're being ironic, but if you're not go away. Some of the best anime of all time was made in the Nineties and before.>>22142
Not everybody's seen every show that gets clichéd. I too have never seen the anime of Death Note. I tried the manga back in the day and didn't like it.
I recently finished the first season of Strike the Blood, I'm gonna watch the second season soon. After that I don't really know what to watch the only thing I'm really watching this season is Classroom of the Elite.
I'm onto the second season now, it isn't anymore
Does it get bad in the second season or something? I heard the show was pretty fun. Maybe they were only talking about the first season then.
I wouldn't say it gets bad in the second season, but there's a significant disjunct in the plot and the direction and overall seriousness of the setting. In the third season it derails even further. Now I say derail but in reality it's not so much a derail as ramping up, but since a lot of people watched it for the fun and 'comfy' feeling it's easy to feel like you're watching a different series. Think of Shinomiya and Shirogane's (Kaguya-sama) personalities in chapter 1 vs. their personalities in chapter 60, essentially.
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It'll get better after the third season r-right?
Well, I wouldn't say it's bad in the third season. It still has comfy moments but the thing is, the entire plot picks up somewhere in the middle of season 2. The 'comfy' parts of Season 1 were the setup of the plot, it was Day 1 in FSN, Episodes 1-6 in Fate/Zero.
The "comfy" moments are the worst part about fate though, I'm almost to 2wei herz now, so I hope the 4th season might be better
I remember seeing someone say that Season 1 is like Fate, season 2 is like UBW and season 3 is like HF. It's actually kind of accurate to be honest. God knows what season 4 will be though.
I read the manga a while ago, and thought it was pretty lame. Is it only good if you're familiar with Fate/Whatever?
Might be it. They make a lot of references to Fate/ and wider Nasuverse stuff. It's still enjoyable (in my opinion) if you're not familiar with it as a basic magical girl anime or manga but a lot of the references and enemies (Medea using High-Speed Divine Words, mentioning the Kaleidoscope, Gilgamesh being a thing at all, Bazett McRemitz showing up with Fragarach in tow) definitely have more impact when you understand the significance of the characters and themes.
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I started re-watching kino no tabi a few days ago after having finished it a few years ago. I think I'm enjoying it even more than I did when I first watched it!
I've been enjoying the new manga after seeing the anime many years ago. I don't think the original novels ever got English translations, which is too bad.
And you missed out discussing it with the one Anon here who wanted to talk about it. Shame.
Maybe he'll come back at some point h-haha
I know ;-; I still have a ton of catching up to do anyhow.
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Who's your favorite gear? What's your favorite song so far? And what did you think of season one back when you watched it?
>favourite song so far
I don't know any of their names yet, nor do I remember much from the first season other than ZENBU ZENBU ZENBU, but so far the song they used for the train fight in the first episode was really good. I hope they use it more!
>what did you think of the first season
I thought it was pretty fun, but at the time I wasn't a fan of marathoning a bunch of seasons so I didn't go straight to G. I'm glad I'm watching it now though!
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>>22389>nor do I remember much from the first season
Shame, season 1 had some very memorable songs, even though there are generally fewer than the later seasons. They (mostly) replace the songs every season, so the train one is Bikki's new main battle song.
Be sure to post as you watch more of G so we can talk about what happens!
On a related note, the AXZ (season 4) finale is airing in just a couple days.
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I watched the Aim For the Ace! movie the other night. It skips over a lot of the details from the series, but remains coherent and enjoyable. It's one of the better recap movies I've seen.
I'm still not sure what Hiromi's pet is.>>22381
Is Symphogear any good? I've heard mixed opinions about it, but the concept interests me.
PS: My post is not automated.
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I think its pretty fun, if you think you'd like cute girls fighting to good music you'll probably really enjoy it!
>>22406>cute girls>fighting>good music
Those are some of my favorite things. I'll add it to my list.
>>22405>PS: My post is not automated.
I need to figure out what causes this to happen occasionally
When that happens for me at least all I have to do is refresh the page and paste the post back in, so it's not about post content I've found.
I think it happens if you sit on the page too long and your hidden pass will expire but generally whenever people complain they say they haven't been sitting on the page for too long.
>>22414>I think it happens if you sit on the page too long
That might have something to do with it. It seems like it only happens to me when I post from my computer, and as a rule I leave my browser running with threads I'm reading open.>>22413> all I have to do is refresh the page and paste the post back in
It never occurred to me to try that. It's good to know.
Finally getting around to watching Overlord. What's with the cheesy CGI for the fights? Any word if the second season will have an actual budget or what?
What fights do you mean? Or rather what parts of the CG do you mean? I watched Overlord back when it aired so I don’t remember what you’re talking about.
Momon vs. Ogres and the entire Skeletal Dragons fight. Like, the anime is okay I guess (complete with faithful rendition of what two D&D spellcasters look like when they're slinging spells at each other aka just speaking the names and firing over and over and over) but those fights are seriously offputting because of how obvious the CG is. Especially the ogre fight - the skeletal dragons are at least kind of blended in and can be excused with 'well they're walking bones so they shouldn't look natural'.
Ah I see, I was thinking you meant the Momon vs Shalltear fight and I couldn’t remember it being CG at all.
It’s possible the new season won’t be in CGI, but its probably unlikely. It’ll get the same budget that the old one got. Honestly I’m not too excited for S2 just because the first 3-4 episodes don’t even feature Momon.
I too am confounded as to how they'll manage Lizards.
Climb is a bigger problem. Fuck Climb.
Speaking of Overlord though, what the fuck is going on with the translations? There's way too much clichés in the new translation for my tastes if I'm honest.
In the fan translations or official translations?
There's no official translations for Volume 12. Should've made it clear.
Oh, I see then. I haven't gotten that far in the translations yet.
I hate when they add clichés into translations, especially when they aren't trying to localize any japanese specific internet jokes. The Commie approach to translating anything is just an awful one and I'm not sure why there are so many of "those" types of people who're able to learn Japanese well enough to translate things. If I wasn't lazy I'd learn it myself, but oh well.
Unfortunately we're at the whims of fan translators who want to add that dumb stuff until the official translations get that far.
If you post the names of the songs you want I can try and download them off a private tracker that might have them and post them here for you.
Oh, never mind, I found them when googling their names. I just couldn't find them from where I usually download stuff. Thanks for the offer though!
Where the hell did you hear that? I'd recommend you drink heavily through episodes 3 through 9 of GX, though at least it does pick up at the end.
I just finished re-watching the Sentou Yousei Yukikaze OVAs. I wanted to see how they stood after reading both of the translated books, and I found out you're missing a huge amount of context and information if you don't read the books before hand. It summarizes most of the stuff from the second book and takes a few situations from the first while changing them substantialy. They also mess around with the order of things, and thats where it starts getting confusing if you haven't read the books, because with that context, even though it may seem odd they're doing something at the wrong time, you at least know what and why they're doing it.
For example, the retraining unit is given so little of an explication while in the book they go into deep detail as to how and why each individual was selected and what they were sent there for. I'm not sure if that ending was something out of the third book though, since I cant read it, but I remember it being one of the plans Rei had proposed while the whole copy mutiny situation happened. When I first watched it, I enjoyed it because of the nice dog fighting scenes and the great fighter designs, and after taking the time to read the books and re-watch the OVAs it all makes sense now.
If anyone is planning on getting into this series I'd strongly recommend reading the first two books before watching the OVAs, they're a hell of a ride and you'll enjoy the animation way more than going in blind. Or you could do what I did and watch them, read the books, and re-watch them to see the important things they mention in passing.
Grape-kun (Kemono Friends) fucking died, press F to pay respects.
When is the third book being translated?
I just finished watching Silent Möbius. It had me hooked at the beginning, but completely fell apart in the second half, petering out to a pathetic their-adventure-has-just-begun buy-the-manga ending of the sort that I didn't realize even existed in 1998. Though not having read the manga, I don't know if all its plot holes and pacing issues were in there originally, or if that was just bad direction in the anime.
While it had its moments, especially in the one-off episodes that focused on particular characters rather than the ridiculous overarching plot, the bad far outweighs the good, and it left a terrible aftertaste. I'd give it a 4/10, don't bother.
I mean at least it's an exception in its era
These days it feels like every other anime (or more like seven out of ten) stops and goes "here's a preview of all the great shit awaiting you, now go line Kadokawa's pockets"
True, although I don't think that necessarily makes an anime bad. It's certainly possible to do a partial adaptation that promotes the ongoing source material while still having its own sense of completion. Even if it's still blatantly an advertisement, as long as it doesn't totally flip viewers the bird at the end, I don't tend to mind.
This one was especially bad because they spent almost the entire second half messing around with nonsense that the 'ending' basically reset and made meaningless. In other words, I sat through ten or so episodes of nonsense and terrible writing, and in the end was less satisfied than if I had simply dropped it halfway through.
I dont thinkit'll be anytime soon unfortunately. The third book has been out since 2009 and I guess the publisher that as translating them wasnt happy with the way the first two sold or something. Or maybe they're just taking a really long time to translate it, who knows?
Oh hey, I watched Toki no Tabibito last week. It was great, although it took me forever to find a copy that was still alive and not a dead link.
>>22756>not using bаkаbt or аnimеbytеs
How do you even find anything anon
I didn't sign up to AB in time and my BakaBT account got purged after a week of inactivity where I didn't have internet, so now I'm stuck with just Oppaitime as my private tracker.
Tough luck, though I think you can restore your Bkbt account if it was pruned, I don't believe they delete those for 1 week of inactivity.
I'd give you an AB invite, but they ban people for randomly giving them out now for whatever stupid reason.
How do they even figure out it's a random invite? Are you just not allowed to invite people at all or something?
I'm not sure, but an online friend of mine did it and they were warned a few months ago after they posted an invite on another site. They're cracking down on it for basically no reason.
Nah, invites work just fine, I got invited by a friend a couple months ago and it was all good. They just don't want members publicly auctioning off invites and such.
You could post a throwaway address to get in contact with >>22760
and then sign up from a different address, and that wouldn't be traceable even if they're keeping tabs on a tiny board like this.
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Servant x Service. Unexpectedly good for a show that looked like it was cutting corners in the OP animation. They handled the premise well, I prefer it over most high school setting stuff.>>22614
He can spend more time with his waifu in the afterlife.
A good show is expected when its made by the same girl who made Working!!. I didn’t enjoy Service x Servant as much as I did Working!!, but it was still a fun show. Shame it never got a second season.
You just reminded me I forgot to watch WWW.Working!! while it was airing last year. Guess now is a great time to start!
WWW.Working!! Was really fun, I didn't like it as much as the original but it's still pretty good.
At least the show got to end well. Those two characters are pretty much wrapped up already.>>22831
I guess it was just my personal preference to be biased against filtered backgrounds.
Have you girls read the manga? Apparently it has 4 volumes but only first volume is translated online. If it comes down to it I might have to make my friend buy copies in Japan. I'm hoping to see a satisfying conclusion to all these characters I've come to love. Ichimiya (the senpai) and Chihaya are so cute. Wish more anime had sort of normal established pairings like the ones in this series.
Only the first volume? That's pretty criminal. I'm surprised it's not all done.>If it comes down to it I might have to make my friend buy copies in Japan.
If you scan it, I'd be willing to help typeset, redraw and clean it up, but I can't translate it at all.
I'm going to bend the rules just a little bit.
I just watched Spirited Away in theaters, and it was an amazing experience. While I've seen it before, more than likely 10+ years ago, there was something really breathtaking about seeing it on the full sized movie theater screen.
It was beautiful to watch, enjoyable to watch, and I was engaged the entire time I was sitting there watching it. Things like that remind me why I fell in love with the medium, and why I'm still an enormous fan of it today.
I love pre-Inuyasha Takahashi. I'll have to check those out. Her weird little one-offs are some of my favorites.
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Is Spirited Away considered bending the rules? Seems to be fairly inside it.
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It took me way too long to get past the third episode, but once I got through with watching the fourth it really started to pick back up. Symphogear always has some great endings to their seasons. I'll have to start watching AZX soon to make sure it keeps it up!
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I just re-watched Oshiete! Gyaruko-Chan. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's a really fun, sweet show. I started out with my cat curled up in my lap, but she can't read the subtitles so she got bored and wandered off.
why would you rewatch anime? that's like rechewing old gum ewww
The gum eventually regains its taste yum
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Because it's fun to revisit favorites again. Plus, some shows never get old. I've seen Re: Cutie Honey three or four times.
And also because I bought a cheap Malaysian DVD on eBay and I wanted to if it was actually good, or if it was some kind of hilariously obvious pirate disc. The video quality was good, the subs were fine; I assume they just stole them from Crunchy.
One weird thing is the cursor on the episode select menu is a Star of David.
Yeah, I've probably seen Azumanga Daioh and Non Non Biyori over 5 times each, they're always fun to watch.
Post the episode select menu, that sounds funny.
Why does that font look like its from Aladdin
It may be. Pirate merch is weird.>>23123
When I was taking that screenshot, I was thinking how cute she looks. Now you've made me worried.
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Another masterpiece comes to an end…
I don't think Helck 106 has been translated into English yet, but it's out in Japanese and got translated to Chinese already so yeah, that's that.
I just watched the first episode of Haikara-San Ga Tooru. I hope the whole series gets subbed in my lifetime because I really enjoyed it.
Seventies anime is so cool.
>>23450>I hope the whole series gets subbed
You would honestly be better served just learning Japanese. If you watch enough subbed anime or even just play enough Japanese mobage with voiced lines and stuff, you can actually pick up enough to jump straight into raw (shonen etc., not SoL or 4koma) anime and then do some basic touching up from formal studying.
I'm actually working on teaching myself Japanese (mostly so I can watch unsubbed anime), but it's pretty slow going.
I recently watched the Japanese version of The Grudge and understood ~1/3 of the dialogue without looking at the subs, so that's progress.
Another one from the vault; this time I just finished watching Akihabara Dennou Gumi.
First of all, have you ever seen a more 90s character design in your life? Just take a second to appreciate it.
That aside, this anime was a pile of shit degozaimasu desuwa. About 80% of it was boring episodic monster fights (which I would describe as "monster of the week" if there were actually different monsters every week) featuring lots of reused footage and pans over still images, like an incompetently-directed, zero-budget Precure. The handful of filler episodes were some of the least awful parts, but even they mostly suffered from feeling like they had maybe ten minutes of actual content torturously stretched out into a full episode.
When the plot finally kicked in right near the end (starting with a whole episode of nonstop exposition, of course), it would have almost been cool, but by then I'd had about 20 episodes to come to hate the series, so it was too little too late. And it didn't last anyway; the ending was a total disappointment. The good guys who were portrayed as villains through most of it got bad ends; the villain who was portrayed as the good guy through most of it almost destroys the world, then loses to the protags, but then gets off scot-free and lives happily ever after; the mascot characters who nobly sacrifice themselves for no reason come back right at the end, also for no reason; various other nonsense.
The whole thing felt so janky and weird, at first I was convinced that it was some sort of parody or otherwise ironic, but it became clear fairly quickly that no, it was just that bad. Who was it even targeted at? Who could like such an anime?
Anyway, I could go on and on about this one, but that's enough bitching for now. Bottom line, 2/10, do not watch.
 Episode 8, a filler episode guest written by Arakawa Naruhisa, was actually pretty good and by far the best part of the series.
I'm doing my first watch of Azumanga, since I was too much of a bitter fuck to enjoy it whilst it aired. I'm sorta thinking of watching it weekly, since the rapid fire jokes far a bit old after a few episodes.
Better late than never!
And yeah, it's not the type of series to marathon, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it more that way.
Where are you even finding an active download of it these days though
Unless you mean you downloaded it years ago but decided not to watch it then
There are at least two viable releases on Nyaa alone. It's a pretty popular and iconic series, after all.
I have it downloaded so I was honestly just curious.
I don't know how often I dropped the Azumanga Daioh anime. I only started liking the series when I tried the manga instead. I am unsure why. But I think it's just one of those stories that work better as a manga.
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I just finished Fate/Zero.
It was good, but I think that the FSN VN was far better than Fate/Zero.
What did you guys think of it?
Zero is superior to any one of the FSN routes on their own, but vastly inferior to all three taken together. The FSN routes tie into each other more and despite the fact that they're in fact three instances of the same story, they're also three parts of the same story and character arc. It seems very creative to me, in that it splits a character arc into three mutually exclusive storypaths.
I always thought Kerry's backstory was laid on too thick in Zero. Also, the succubus shouldn't have gone on a plane without a fucking parachute.
The issue wasn't that she didn't have a parachute, it's that you can't get out of the pilot's cabin without exiting the doors because the emergency exit is outside.
The autopilot was on and it would've landed and caused more damage by letting the zombies near humans. It wasn't worth sacrificing the majority of the minority, even if it was someone Kerry loved. Which was his whole life ideology that he passed onto Shirou, except Shirou's is more "Anyone is more valuable than my life, therefore if I die saving one person it was worth it" where as Kerry's is just "Saving 100 people is better than saving 1, even if the one is someone I love."
That being said, it definitely was laid on too thick, and it wasn't even particularly done well. I feel like writing this makes me feel bitter towards it, but Fate/Zero really was such a disappointment filled with a cast of unlikable characters, awful fights and a shitty plot.
Are emergency exits outside of the pilot's cabin most of the time
Also why didn't she just turn off autopilot and tell him to shoot AFTER she jumped, or why didn't he tell her that's what they should do? It was so fucking forced
Also she should've sucked Kerry off, Nasu explicitly said she could get loads of mana from doing that and it probably would've let her do something so she could like, get outside safely or something.
They typically are, I think. The pilot's cabin is pretty small and having emergency exits right at the front would take up a lot of space.
It was definitely forced, though. They tried hard to give Kiritsugu a "here's why he's broken, look it's justified!" backstory but it was really fucking stupid and so heavyhanded in the way they did it. He kills his dad with no remorse? Really?
It would've been more believable if he had grown up in a war zone or something.
Though I guess that ultimately is the biggest flaw of Zero, the character development is non existent and everything is so laughably bad in terms of development.
Hell, even the characters from F/SN are so uncharacteristic it's laughable. Saber and Gilgamesh aren't even like they are in the VN, and there's absolutely no reason given for it. Kirei is the only one who was done well, but that's just because he tells you about all of that in the VN so there was no way for Urobutcher to fuck it up.
Kirei's development was pretty damn well done, I think. The mapo scene is still the best (non-Illya) scene in FSN.>He kills his dad with no remorse? Really?
To be fair, the part where he's trying to throw away the gun is basically an 'out, damned spot!' scene, even if it was done in an overobvious fashion, so it's not like it was totally without remorse or anything. Half the point of Kerry's character, to the extent that it's consistent, is that he's actually a big old softie but is somehow capable of shutting down his feelings to become xxxColdSTEELDarknessxxx
Saber stays alive each time around, so it's possible that Iskandar drilling her and Lancelot's everything hit her hard enough she acted differently by the time Shirou summoned her.
Nasu asspulled a reason didn't he? Something about the time period pissing him off so much that he got a far worse personality.
Continuing in 1998, I watched Lost Universe.
I was surprised to have never heard of this one before, considering it's by the same author as Slayers, but it must have been overshadowed by the likes of Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Trigun airing in the same year. In any case, it wasn't bad. The first half was especially fun, being mainly episodic shenanigans that felt a lot like 'Slayers in Space'. In the second half, it spent a lot more time on the overarching plot, which was basically EDGE, so that dragged on a bit. But I still found it enjoyable overall, and actually wanted to keep watching all the way through. So at least 6, maybe 7/10.
Even her her bra is apparently pretty big, she herself isn't that well-endowed. Which is strange mind because Shiki doesn't wear a bra, so what's going on?
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I'm watching Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. Other than that, I've only seen the original and Castle of Cagliostro. I'm not crazy about the shading with heavy black lines, but it's a really good show so far. It seems like Fujiko ends up topless in every episode.
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Just finished Magical Canan. I don't know how I hadn't heard about it until recently.
I came in expecting something like Komugi-chan or Twin Angel: heavy on the fanservice, purposely silly and clichéd, with some meta jokes maybe. That it isn't, although it isn't played completely straight either.
All in all, I felt it wasn't sure what it wanted to be, and I think it fell short of being really good, but I also believe it had some interesting ideas that deserve acknowledgement.
For one, it really tries to create a unique aesthetic, particularly with the choice of sound effects. And the characters showed promise, too. A magical girl needs a mysterious rival magical girl to try to come to an understanding with, preferably through violence. Here there are not one but two rivals, of two different kinds. This girl here in particular I think had a lot of potential, even if in the end it all was a bit underwhelming.
I think it's worth a shot for completionists and fans of the not much talked about. Oh, and on a minor note, I'm pretty sure its ED served as inspiration for the Eromanga-sensei ED.
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I'm watching Cowboy Bebop. Actually, I'm almost done with it. I'm on episode 20, 6 more, a movie and I'm done!
Yeah it's really one of the lesser-known classics that should be way more well known.
Have you never seen it before? I'd be curious to know what you think of it. I think a lot of people watch that as something introductory so I'd like to know what someone who's (presumably) seen a good amount of anime thinks about it on first watch.>>26846
That's great, I loved that show back when it aired. Last Exile is really cool as well, I love the visual designs in it
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I had actually not watched it before. Currently I just feel like watching a lot of classic anime. After this I'm probably gonna watch Urusei Yatsura.>I'd be curious to know what you think of it.
Oh I've definitely enjoyed it! It feels kind of weird for it being an anime though, since it works episodically rather than an overarching story plot. Some episodes even have that death ending where it all gets reset on the next episode, kinda like on western cartoons. But overall, I've liked it. All the characters click with me, especially Ed for some reason.
Maria is great, I want to bullycuddle Ezekiel.
In case you weren't aware, JnM is actually considered one of the most accurate anime on medieval fighting styles, if not always tactics, period. It's actually better than most movies or shows to boot, the writers put love and work into this.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tFOJFyTl1U
Yeah it is, its been so long since I watched it too so its almost like seeing it for the first time again.
I really like the character designs and love all the faces Lavie makes even if her haircut is still dumb
You know the past few days I've been rewatching some old shows and wondering why they were considered good.
So take NGNL. It's pretty trashy, and it seems to be blatant wish fulfillment with all the checkmarks of a mediocre isekai. The protagonists are invincible, girls hover around the male MC like moths around a lamp, the fights are solved through bullshit or DxM, everyone seems to worship them and to top it all off, despite their supposed social skill issues they don't really interfere with the plot in any way save for episode 9.
Well, part of why I think it was alright anyway (besides Jibril) is the fact that first off it doesn't try to hide or be ashamed of its own wish fulfillment. It is, in this sense, the opposite of Konosuba. Konosuba subverts most tropes at every turn; NGNL plays them as straight as physically possible and has huge amounts of references to other shows, in fact it even incorporates the jokes and references into the plot proper albeit in minor ways. The fact that Sora, for example, invokes Phoenix Wright by physically pulling up the music on his phone as he shouts Objection is pretty funny.
NGNL actually plays the wish fulfillment angle so hard that it's arguably what the entire story is about. NGNL can be read as the obvious - if you've got no game you won't have any life in this new world. But you could also read it as, if you can't even have fun, then there's no life to be had. That's also a plot point in the last arc, of course, and it comes up in the LNs. One thing that the LNs had that the anime cut, which in my opinion was to its detriment, was a line that went something like this:
>Urban legends, myths, fairy tales, these are really all just things people wish would break the monotony of their real life. Even if they don't believe in them, they wish they could, and say, wouldn't it be cool if this were true. The following story, is much like that.
The LN and the animation aren't shy about reminding you that the real world sucks ass. The new world they're in is rendered in cotton candy colors that wouldn't be out of place in Happy Sugar Life's home scenes. But if you notice in episode 9, 12, and the flashbacks of Tokyo, the real world is rendered in drab greys and dull blues. The entire story, here, is in a meta sense and in an in-world sense escapism: wouldn't it be nice if this were real. Even if you don't catch that immediately, and I sure didn't, I think it sort of seeps in on its own. It's refreshing, in a weird way, for a wish fulfillment type of show to be so straightforward with what it's about. In a lot of shows they skirt just shy of showing you nipples - in NGNL they bash you in the face by just removing them altogether. And the weirdest thing is that even in this sort of show, the protagonists named [_____] ironically both have a strong personality, not a bland, generic one.
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I don't agree, I enjoy the invincible MCs and bullshit problem solving. And honestly the reference humor was my least favorite part.>>26947
I don't agree, they make it really obvious right away that it's all about escapism. They talk about isekai stuff outright a lot at the beginning.>>26948
I don't agree, I want her to fuck me.
NGNL was quite fun, go watch the movie.
And Mondaiji if you like overpowered MC isekai and haven't already, the two series get compared a lot.
You know I don't know what part you don't agree with since it sounds like you agree with me
I originally ignored Sakura-sou as just another shitty harem anime and now I severely regret the fact because wow it's actually good.
I mean, -real- character development for the entire cast basically, except for the teacher who barely exists. And I'll say that even though the ending was basically inconclusive-ish that ut was inconclusive in a weirdly satisfying and natural manner, you get the feeling it's not the MC is unwilling or unable to choose but that he legitimately doesn't think it's time to choose yet or that he doesn't need to do so explicitly. It might be helped by the idea that two other pairs shacked up besides his thing.
One of the interesting themes I liked in it was, well I guess it's the main theme, but the gap between genius (Shiina) and normal (MC), and even between genius (Misaki) and merely "talented" (Jin), and it's not presented in a purely or even mostly positive light like I guess I expected going into the show. It handled it in a relatively mature manner and actually addressed everything, and I especially liked how everything didn't actually work out in the end. Sure, the characters weren't crushed by their failure and decided to try again, but the fact that they actually straight up got shit on by life was weirdly refreshing and even surprising.
Oh, did it save itself? I didn't even care about giving it another try considering what they did for Drake's "fight".
If you're in it for the fights, probably not.
It's less about the fights and more about the sheer absurdity of the asspulls involved. Also, Nikui was retarded.
>>27214>It's […] sheer absurdity […]. Also, […] retarded.
Yeah, that's the story in a nutshell. I still enjoyed it though.
I dropped it in disgust after the Nikui scene, so maybe I'm not giving it a fair shot
I'll give it another try later.
Did you like Sakura-sou (or watch it at all?)
I'm in the same boat as >>27162
of not picking it up when it aired because it looked bad. And this might be the first time I've seen anyone seriously talk about it since then.
Not him but
I watched Sakurasou, but sadly I don't really remember enough to have much of a discussion about it. I felt similarly to you though, I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was, despite all the tropes it initially seemed to fall into. I remember quite liking the character arc of the genki tittymonster girl who got her drivers license and **was separated from her crush through school or something? it's been awhile…**. Though again I don't really remember what that entailed. Maybe I'll rewatch it sometime and we can have a better chat, sorry.
>>27311>and right in time to catch up with it ending
No worries, that won't be until about 2024 at this rate.
Anyway, enjoy the ride.
I just finished Love Lab!
It was generally really good but had some dull bits.
Also I noticed near the end that a lot of the characters are kinda scummy despite still being endearing, but scummy nonetheless.
Yan-san did nothing wrong, though, given his perspective. Maki still is best girl but Eno is the sexiest.
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words cannot describe just how best maki is
I rewatched darker than black S2 and the OVAs recently just to check if my opinion on them has changed. There's so much negativity about it that I sometimes wonder if my taste is just awful. My opinion hasn't changed and my resolve is till that only idiotic hipsters who want all anime to be like cowboy bebop hate it. DtB S2 is amazing and I think one of the reasons why is the soundtrack. While S1's soundtrack sounds more like a separate stand-alone album, the OST in S2/OVAs is seamlessly incorporated into the anime. I've got to wonder if Yasushi Ishii made the soundtrack in the style of composing while watching the animation. Whatever the case, the soundtrack of S2 feels more compliant with the imagery than that of S1. You can listen to these and specific moments in the anime will spring up in your memory. Acid Razz, for example, is only used once and plays in its entirety during the opening action sequence of the final OVA (I checked). It also helps that the soundtrack feels so raw. It fits really well with the mood of S2 and the state we find Hei in. Run-down Russian districts, bad weather, action that gets to the point with a higher degree of violence, an alcoholic hobo Hei making do with defective equipment doing jobs that leave behind a mess of dead bodies (I appreciated the fact they included a scene in the first episodes where Hei walks the streets and a woman sneers at him in disgust at his smell; no longer an eligible pretty boy bachelor).
The glossy feeling of S1 is gone. No elaborate fighting choreography, no charming MI6 agents, no breathing room, no slick jazz. Hei is on his own traversing Russia in the company of a mimic of a former comrade, a copy of a dead girl, an autistic kid and with 5 different organizations on his tail, headed towards the only thing that still gives him a reason to keep on living. He eventually gets back in his groove, but the experience changed him. Reflected in the soundtrack.
Do people hate DtB2? In my experience, it's not outright hatred, just disappointment that it's not as good as the original. It's not a big leap from disappointment to anger.
>>27687>[…] is a cutie, too bad she only appears every now and then.
Story of my life
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Didn't see Girl's Last Tour in 2017, slowly been catching up on it recently.
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Yeah I love the OP and ED.
I've had a lot of trouble catching up, I usually watch one episode every two weeks or so since they're pretty slow paced.
It's good though, just hard to "binge".
God I wish this were me
Shitposting aside, this is actually a pretty good show. The historical basis of it helps to ground it, I think. HnG picked up the translations a while back so maybe we'll get actual translations now.>>27870
Too bad that's all that's good about it
That and Smuggest Lass. I hope you enjoy it because I sure didn't, I'm not even sure fujofags would.
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Only reason it wound up on my backlog was all the images I saw of Smuggest Lass, actually.
But yeah I started to worry it was fujobait when the two shotas started interacting. Right now my expectations are just pretty visuals.
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I finished Haibane Renmei a couple of days ago. It was absolutely stunning in every single aspect. Truly unique piece of art.
>>28030>I don't think its a bad show by far but its certainly not as great as I thought it was
This happens a lot and sometimes to extreme degrees. For some reason, up until like five years ago I had this notion that Oregon Trail was photorealistic. It wasn't until I went back and redownloaded it that I realized just how bad the graphics were haha
Yeah it was probably due to me still being new to anime at the time. So all the death flags and things that should have been obvious to me flew over my inexperienced head.
At least I really enjoyed it, you'll never be able to enjoy things for the first time again after all…
I remember trying to watch this at the time hoping for something like last exile, but it ended up slipping out of my mind and I never caught up to it. I don't think the first episode was very captivating…
I watched the first few episodes of Sora Yori recently.
I was really really impressed with the use of insert songs during the emotional climaxes of each episode, it really helped convey the emotions of the characters in a strong way and I even teared up a bit at it.
Hinata is the best girl so far, I like her silliness and optimism.
I just finished episode 12 of Sora Yori
My gosh I cried like a baby
What an amazing moment, I cant think of a more powerful way to show Shirase coming to terms with the loss of her mother
It does really feel like they could have ended the show there and I'd be 100% satisfied but I guess there's one more to go still. Maybe to wrap up everyone else's feelings.
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I watched a recent movie called Maquia which I had somehow never heard of on a plane ride recently. I was pleasantly surprised to find subbed anime on the in-flight entertainment.
It's a fantasy drama thingy about a girl who doesn't age who takes in a normal human baby as a son, and her experiences as he grows up and she stays a "teenager". The setting was rather generic but there were some cool parts to it, especially the backdrops like the city with all the gears and the cloth weaver temple at the start. I liked how seamlessly it timeskipped too, you never really saw it coming and sometimes you don't notice it even happened until you see another character who's not Maquia, which makes her feel a bit more relatable. She's also very cute.
It's a Mari Okada thing though so I did certainly get my expected dose of melodrama. But I really don't mind that sort of thing (I like Anohana plenty) and honestly the stuff regarding the main character never felt too forced. Some of the side character stuff I found it a little hard to really care about though.
Has anyone else seen it? Maybe this was more popular when it released but it just slipped under my radar.>>28206
I watched this when it aired but unfortunately remember almost nothing of it, aside from the fact that her brother is a siscon who covers his face with a briefcase all the time
Oh and her friends are gods of the sun or something? I remember having lots of fun with it as it aired.
The story is a bit of a mess, but it's pretty neat just for the references to Japanese mythology. I had a lot more fun re-watching it a few years later than I did while it was airing.
I think I'd enjoy a rewatch of it, I feel like it might stand better watching it all at once on it's own than mixed in with a dozen other shows every week
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I just got done watching Ruin Explorers.
I liked it a lot, definitely fun eye candy and a good way to waste time.
It ended up making me crave SoL with Ihrie and Fam. I just wanted more of them.
I also really liked the mouse gag, it was cute. It was a good juxtaposition seeing Ihrie switch between a pretty arousing tomboy to a cute small animal.
I'd probably watch it again, especially since it's only 4 episodes and the animation is so frigging good.
Well, I'm speaking from the point of view of a dude who isn't into dudes so I don't know how the fujo audience would see things
But it was just as gay, as far as I could tell, and the plot was decent enough. I wasn't a fan of the one that just aired last season though (Dive to something?)
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I just watched all of Houseki no Kuni after putting it off for like a year.
I don't really know how to describe it other than I really really liked it. "It got super fucking real around and after Antarcticite" is the best I can formulate.
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Houseki no Kuni is the miracle of anime
like my all-time favorite
still no news of S2 makes me angry-depressed
About halfway through Ryuuou no Oshigoto. I have no idea about shogi but it's pretty good so far. Red Ai's bodyguard is cute.
I watched Ryuuou no Oshigoto and didn't learn shit about shogi, but it did motivate me to finally learn go.
That's great. I hope you enjoy it. Don't get discouraged by losing as that is where you learn the most.
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Not sure if you're still in the mood to discuss it but I finished a rewatch of it just a few days ago and I'm happy to say it's just as amazing as I remember. I'm doubly sure now of it's place as one of my favorite anime. I love it's treatment of depression as a character flaw and it's setting is so amazingly detailed. I just adore the way it constantly hints at enough details to keep you fascinated about it and constantly thinking of how the world in the show works.
Also Rakka and Reki are both wonderful examples of loveable flawed characters and I want to hug both of them a lot.
The show does a fantastic job of conveying a message without coming across as preachy, which is something I really appreciate.
Go is a really weird game
There's basically two rules in the entire game, the pass rule and the take rule, but it's probably one of the hardest games to actually play well.
Yamato is one of my favorites. The animation's pretty terrible by modern standards, but it's a great space opera.
I also love the character designs.
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Watching school rumble. Tenma's hair is the best.
why do you need subs in japanese for a show that was broadcast in japanese
Japanese subs can help learning characters if he’s fluent enough to understand speech
Because I don't have compete faith in my listening comprehension skills.
It's normal for your taste to improve with the years and the anime watched, but I can vouch for the language switch helping speed up these changes.
Myself, I used to be unable to watch fanservice-heavy anime like Strike Witches, and my tolerance for it grew very slowly, yet when I switched to raws I immediately was able to enjoy it. I realized then that, with subs, I had always felt as if I were watching anime together with the translator - and it's hard to watch an anime about flying pubescent crotches with someone to watch and judge you. In a more general sense, I think it's harder to judge an anime only for what it is when there's a translation sitting between the anime and you.
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It's the best keion's birthday today!
And I'm through season 1. Yui's monologue in the final part of the final episode really spoke to me. I always approach school-themed anime with caution because I fear it might ignite feelings of regret for not living my high school life to the "fullest" but that didn't happen here. I was just happy to see Yui succeed at her modest goals (that aren't so modest on second look) and seeing how she grew as a person. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to try to find something to do that gives meaning to my life and the place where I belong.>>28914>I realized then that, with subs, I had always felt as if I were watching anime together with the translator - and it's hard to watch an anime about flying pubescent crotches with someone to watch and judge you.
I never really had this problem. I guess it had more to do with being too critical of these kind of genres. But as I watched more and more anime, it was like I started to gain tolerance. This is probably what they mean by getting stuck in a black hole.>>28922
Ah yes, I saw a couple of artists putting out some artwork to celebrate. It's nice to know there's still a remnant of the fanbase this many years later. Though, there's a new spin-off manga that came out recently so that might have re-ignited a spark.
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While watching random nature videos on YouTube about Daddy Long Legs I ended up watching a few episodes of a 1990 anime called My Daddy Long Legs, which was adapted from a 1912 American novel as part of a series of such things (I know there exists an Anne of Green Gables anime and a Little Women one). It's about a clumsy orphan who gets sponsored to attend high school by an anonymous benefactor whose only condition is that she must write him letters regularly, and that he will never respond.
It's really quite cute and I've wanted to watch one of these for awhile. I like the 1900's New England setting a lot because it's not something you normally see in anime, and the characters have a lot of charm to them. I also think it's pretty cool as an example of cultures influencing each other in a positive way.
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I've been looking to pick up Symphogeah, but I'm having trouble finding downloads and don't know which subs are considered definitive at any rate (plus the raws are ridiculously underseeded). Do any geahfags want to lend a hand? What subs are good? Where should I download from? I don't have any private trackers but nyaa doesn't have much at all. Am I going to have to stream this?
I can upload season 1 to mega or some other site if you want.
If you would that'd be appreciated, its a start at least.
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Thanks man, have some tiddy in exchange
I finished watching Machine Doll wa kizutsukanai yesterday, i was very dissapointed
I forgot all about that show
All I remember is the robot girl wanting the MC's dick to an extreme degree
Watched Kaiji for the first time. I liked the rock paper scissors game but I didn't like the rest of it.
Regretting not keeping up with Jashin-chan while it aired. It's pretty dang good. That was a great season we had.
I didn't watch sakamoto desu ga while it aired even though I wanted to. I've been catching up to it recently. It's exactly what I thought it would be.
You didn't "like" the crossing? For an anime that didn't have a lot of (if any) elaborate animation, it managed to make me feel vertigo. Probably one of the most unsettling things I experienced in any form of media.
No not really. It's more a problem with me than with the anime itself. I don't enjoy thriller or horror stuff that much. I'm just disappointed because I expected elaborate gambling games.
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I am watching Xabungle. It's an old sunrise mecha anime directed by Tomino. Very comedic and slapstick show. It uses a lot of physical comedy and the characters will occasionally break the fourth wall and complain about cliches in mecha anime. Like there's a joke where a background enemy complains about not being able to hit anything because he's just a minor character. The mecha in this are all really cool in how primitive they can look. They're very stiff looking, they don't articulate well. Kind of similar to some battletech stuff.
Good show would recommend
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Just finished Jinki:Extend. Not sure how it had made its way into my backlog, as I'm not a mecha fan.
Girl has poor relationship with history's shittiest mom, who wants her to get in the robot; gets in the robot to spite her. Stuff happens, and then the story splits and shows events from two different points in time, but doesn't say which belongs to which or which order the two timelines happen in. Eventually, though, all the pieces fit together and everything becomes clear, except for what the purpose of the non-linear narration was.
All in all, the characters are likable and the plot managed to keep a non-fan like me watching and interested. I definitely recommend it to icicle !XUD2SrdQUY, who likes to feel mentally challenged by anime.
I thought the same thing. At some point I spent a while comparing hairstyles, eye colors and VAs to try and settle the issue. Yeah, it was more engaging than a lot of anime, that much's for sure.
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I just finished Stratos 4. It had an okay thing going on with cute girls in skin-tight suits training to be a different kind of pilot than they currently are, and cats; and then towards the last third it suddenly remembered it had wanted to be The X Files: The Anime all along. Neither was a bad thing for an anime to be, but maybe it should have stuck to one?
It did give me this for my collection of webms of girls shooting dispassionately.
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Plus a few screenshots. I particularly like this sequence. Ordinary van cruising down the highway, or toy car speeding along the road's edge?
Reminds me of the opening scene in School Rumble for some reason. I should rewatch that sometime.
Damn I can SMELL the early 00s summer late morning sun from this OP!
I wanted to rewatch Gabdrop
But then I realized it's stuck a hard drive that my computer refuses to read for some retarded reason and now I'm a little sad
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Jesus, I watched Sky Girls like months ago and I haven't blogged, I mean, reported in yet.
I guess the most surprising thing was how much unlike Strike Witches it turned out to be. Even though you're still watching an anime about girls flying in kind-of-underwear with plenty of crotch close-ups, it doesn't feel like a fanservice-focused anime. Maybe I've grown so numb that it doesn't register as fanservice for me unless the girls refuse to put on pants and add "they're not panties so it's not embarrassing" at the end of every sentence.
The girls were likeable although they could've shined more. The fights were lackluster, being mostly based around a trademark finishing move. But it did a good job of balancing plot and SoL elements.
Other than Ryouhei's character suddenly being a pervert, the OVA gives a pretty accurate taste of what the main series has to offer, so you can use it as a preview of sorts if you're unsure.>>29888
That's your computer telling you to go put a dent in your backlog instead of rewatching anime from a few seasons ago.
I haven't seen it but I always thought the sky girls outfits were way sexier than Strike Witches approach of just saying "underwear are pants now lol"
Maybe I just have a thing for scifi bodysuits.
There's plenty of fanservice in Sky Girls but yeah, it's more subtle. It's pretty decent as a whole and I always felt it wasn't very fair to compare to Strike witches since they're not really very similar at all other than some aesthetics.
I tried watching that but it was too boring so I stopped
She looks kinda like Kuga-senpai from Sketcbook.
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You missed out in my opinion! It's slow for the first 15 minutes or so but after that time flew by because I was invested.
I'm surprised that I apparently have a lot of patience for entertainment media. As an example I watched Odd Man Out (1947) with my dad the other day, and while I loved it he found that boring.
Really I just need well written and delivered lines of dialogue to pay attention.>>29959I never watched or read Sketchbook because I only read obscure manga back then. I'm sorry.
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Well maybe it's time now that it's old and obscure. Both the manga and anime are great.
Remember to watch G.A. also while you're at it - it has always been overshadowed by both Hidamari and Sketchbook, and if it has any surviving fans I guess it must be considered a cult classic by this point.>>29952>I always felt it wasn't very fair to compare to Strike witches since they're not really very similar at all
I agree, I only brought up SW because it was through it that Sky Girls ended up in my backlog. Just another case of a superficial similarity that tells you nothing about what the actual watching experience is like.
Funny that I'd say this while recommending an anime based on a superficial similarity.
I ought to join your cult, it's been on my backlog for ages. I even got the artbook for it in a gift exchange. Sketchbook and Hidamari of course are some of my favorite shows. I especially loved the silly cat segments in Sketchbook.
This show aired like two years ago, I remembed watching it with Samachan
Why didn't you watch it then?It fucking sucks by the way
What didn't you like about it?
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Hunter x Hunter
You'll find out when you get to the end.
Yeah I finished it. The first 3 episodes were so promising.
At least he got the real best girl in the end.
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Recetly watched all of Symphogear since the new season is coming up and I don't want to miss it.
After a few days of marathoning I came to the conclusion that Chris is best geah and everyone else is not anywhere close to best.
I will not argue about this.
On that note I have to wonder how far the manga takes all the relationship teasing that happens and if it ever becomes a proper romance. I still have a few episodes left to go so we will see.
This tomboyish senpai character is really great and I wish she got more screentime. I'm adding her to my list of honorary reverse traps because Hotaru thinks she's a boy for an entire half episode.
Here's the original song in case anyone was curious
Overall it's a really fun and funny show so far and I'm surprised it's not brought up more often. I think I am in love with Hotaru as well…
Oh I forgot to mention, they use the melody of this song throughout the show as a motif as well and it's a detail I really appreciated
Have a maidbutt.
Hey, I know that song too. I should hate it, but instead I love it when an anime makes a cover of a well-known song for its OP/ED. Akanesasu Shoujo and Cinderella Nine are two recent examples of such pleasant surprises.
It was the other way around for me regarding the music. I've actually posted it a number of times before on /r/ive.>>30448
Hotaru's seiyuu is one of the few that I recognized right away as being Maka from Soul Eater. Her acting is pretty distinctive and at the time I considered her a noteworthy seiyuu (I have since not paid much attention to that sphere of subjects).>>30449>>30451
I've approached the manga the same way as I'm approaching flying witch's. It has already ended and I don't want to rush through it, so I've been putting off reading it half hoping for a second season.
I watched the tv version at the time it aired, which used mysterious lights and editing to cover the panty shots and I think the anime became better because of it. The number of innocent pantyshot teasing that actually goes nowhere in the OP was oddly refreshing.
>>30462>I should hate it
How come?>Akanesasu Shoujo and Cinderella Nine are two recent examples of such pleasant surprises.
Oh cool, what songs did they use? I am interested.>>30467>It was the other way around for me regarding the music
I hadn't considered it before but I actually love this show even more now for introducing people to a great band>Hotaru's seiyuu is one of the few that I recognized right away as being Maka from Soul Eater
I haven't seen Soul Eater but she certainly gives a very distinctive performance. Enthusiastic I think is a good word. Also when Hotaru gets really excited her voice cracks in a really adorable way on the most enunciated parts of her words and I love it.>which used mysterious lights and editing to cover the panty shots and I think the anime became better because of it.
Yeah after seeing this in addition to Hidamari and Koufuku Graffiti I am starting to think Shaft does a better job with lighthearted SoL shows than serious ones. Maybe I will watch Pani Poni Dash next
>>30470>Oh cool, what songs did they use?
They both covered famous songs for their EDs: Koware Kake no Radio and Donna Toki mo. Akanesasu's probably doesn't stand too well on its own, with its slow pace and arrangement choices, but is a treat for people who've heard the original. Cinderella Nine's is a pretty standard cheerful song.
Speaking of anime pop song covers in general, although I haven't watched The Rolling Girls its cover of Hito ni Yasashiku is one of my favourite examples.
First of all, I realise that this is a half-coherent rant and that I totally set up a landmine for you to step on so I'd be justified to post it.
If I were Japanese, I suppose I'd have grown up being bombarded with these songs on TV and radio all the time (and surrounded by people who think they're the bee's knees but don't really listen to other, less popular songs to compare them with). Therefore, I'd probably be as sick of them as I am of the equivalent songs from my own culture, and surely I'd hate to have them intrude into my dear late-night cartoons.
So I perceive a contradiction in my reaction to Japanese pop music vs. pop music from around here, and I see three ways to solve it: I can go all wapanese and claim that Japanese music is superior and folded over 1000 times, but I don't have any evidence to back that; I can admit that maybe I'm hating some music just because it's popular because I'm a contrarian special snowflake, but that's not fucking happening; or I can be tsundere about Japanese music.
Akanesasu Shoujo ED attached.
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>>30477>The Rolling Girls
That show actually introduced me to The Blue Hearts, and the covers it does are all really fun. I also think it's a pretty underrated show should you decide to watch it. It has its problems but I think it more than makes up for them in charm and uniqueness points, as well as having a couple of really fantastic climax episodes for some of the story arcs (although not so much the main one).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTS21wCtNHM
is one of my favorite covers they did.>claim that Japanese music is superior and folded over 1000 times, but I don't have any evidence to back that
While I think that there are some objective criteria you can measure musics quality by (which I am too uneducated to comment on but I would imagine music nerds would talk about things like chord progressions and lyrics and technical ability or something), I think it's ultimately a pretty subjective thing. You don't need evidence to justify liking the Japanese way of making pop music better than the Wests.
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I am rewatching Yuyushiki, I had forgotten how many of the little friendship moments the girls have are genuinely touching. I also really enjoy how often they make a gag out of normal classmates reacting to Yukari and Yuzuko being total weirdos.
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Oh and Okaa-san is up there with the chicken lady from Sketchbook as one of my favorite teacher characters. She's genuinely adorable.
I miss watching things with Samachan
Does anyone have anything they'd like to get off their backlog and maybe watch with me?
If you like The Blue Hearts watch the movie Linda Linda Linda about JKs making a punk band to play Blue Hearts songs.
Nice recommendation, I just watched it. If they made an anime adaptation of it it'd probably be my favourite anime ever - but they'd have to keep the awkward pacing, the sense of aimlessness and the second-hand embarrassment. Son-chan best girl.
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Reminder to watch Symphogeah before the fifth and possibly final season comes out
I can't wait!
Maybe I should rewatch AZX as a refresher.
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Holy fucking shit this ED is creepy
What the fuck is the symbolism here
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You too huh? It's only sixty-something episodes with the OVAs. There's still three weeks!
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Whoa, the BD raws are 127GiB in total. Must be a lot of action…
Funny thing is the seiyuu is actually a fluent speaker who lived in the US.
High level bullshit>>30675
It's Sawashiro right? It's weird too because you can tell like the exact moment where she remembers she's supposed to be speaking Engrish instead of English. Before that it's fluent with an accent, afterwards it's totally incomprehensible.Cannot fucking believe she's married with a brat
Dude she voiced Puchiko way back in the Heisei era. She's like forty-five now.
She was like 13 or some shit when she voiced Puchiko, Sawashiro is like 35 this year. She's not an ancient unmarried bag like some VAs RIP Hisui ;_;7
I'm not sure if you noticed, but watch the God Only Knows concert episode in Haruhi and see if you can notice all the references to the movie. The main one is the concert itself, but there's one other I can remember.
Well I did have things to do, but some samanon told me to go rewatch an episode of Haruhi, so it can't be helped.
Yeah, I think the concert scene is clearly paying homage to the movie, but I didn't notice any reference in the rest of the episode.
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Just finished Koi wa Ameagari no Youni and it was a very decent anime, but of course I spoiled myself of the ending in the manga and I'm sad, seems like such a waste.>>30837
Ahhhhhh, everytime I read the words "A-Channel" I need to listen to the OP/ED and now I'm stuck in a loop for some hours. Damn, but I agree, it was a very pleasing show.
I've always had mixed feelings about the A Channel anime. I personally like it and am quite fond of it, but I think it's fatally flawed in trying to make a slow-paced, heartwarming anime out of a source material that's mostly a comedy. They could've done a great work with an original setting or a more fitting source, but alas.
The manga's great and I'll stab anyone who says otherwise, though.
I'm pretty sure I remember some episodes about making anime in a few shows but my brain is too rotten to remember which ones. The only one I can think of that's about production itself is Kuromi-chan.
There are plenty about seiyuu and mangaka though.
Don't know any anime but there are lots of documentaries.
Mangaka and His Assistant or whatever it was called was fucking great
Too bad the sequel got axed
Animegataris, in a few episodes near the end, is the most recent one I remember.
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I finally went back and finished watching Ghost Hound with a friend. I really really enjoyed it up until the final episode which really dropped the ball in my opinion. They spent the whole show building up to some kind of amazing climax, and they kept you guessing as to what it would be, but when they finally got there it was a super let down. Not only was the resolution a total asspull but they also managed to force in a completely unnecessary cross-dressing aspect to their final mission which, in addition to being kinda gay, only further killed the mood of what should have been a gripping and serious finale.
Gripes about the ending aside though, the rest of the show was a really enjoyable watch, and the influence of all the big names who worked on it can really be felt throughout the show (Chiaki J Konaka, Ryutaro Nakamura, and Masamune Shirow). I'm sure some people would criticize it for the seemingly random jumble of themes and concepts it encompasses, but I think the way they get all those themes to interact with each other is really the shows strong suit. You've got AI stuff, astral projection, lots of dubiously interpreted psychology, sci-fi, religious cults, reincarnation, mystery, romance(?!), and more. And up until the very end I didn't feel the show suffered from the inclusion of all of it. They also did a really great job of creating an unsettling and creepy atmosphere at points. I liked the way each episode opened with shots of the characters talking but with the audio replaced with distorted radio chatter, and how each episode ended with random explanations of paranormal or psychology topics.
Also Miyako is an absolute treasure and I loved every minute that she and her sexy lips were on screen. I'm just disappointed that the show never went anywhere with the implied romance between her and Taro. And I'm surely not going to forget the OP anytime soon, it's become one of my favorites.
Speaking of The Blue Hearts, the first episode of Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo puts one of their songs to good use for a quite nice climactic scene. Forgive the off-topic post - this anime is only three months away from being noncurrent after all!