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What are you currently watching that isn't airing?
I'm rewatching Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon and I'm crying like a little bitch again at this kind of scene.


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I'm watching Death Note for the first time, after watching that garbage netflix movie I wanted to see what they based it on. And to my surprise I'm really enjoying this. I always thought Death Note was some edgy power fantasy for school shooters, but it's actually really interesting.


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.

But it is an edgy power fantasy for school shooters.

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.

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.


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I just got done with the first season of bnha. I'm downloading whats out of the second one right now so I wont be able to post about it in this thread anymore, but the first season was really fun! I don't think I've enjoyed a shounen this much in years.


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Rewatching Prillya.
It is fun.


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.


Not him
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.


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I've just started watching the second season of symphogear. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get to it honestly, now I'm kind of sad I waited so long to continue because so far it's really fun!


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?


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Motherfucking Nanoha


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>favourite gear

>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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>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.

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!


>cute girls
>good music
Those are some of my favorite things. I'll add it to my list.


>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.


>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.

> 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.


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I just finished up G, damn that was a hell of a ride, especially that ending! I'll get to watching GX tomorrow and I'll make sure to download all the episodes of AXZ as soon as I can!


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Also, does anyone know where i can dowload the characters theme songs? I found the ones in G to be very catchy and I'd love to be able to listen to the whole song.


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!


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N-no problem.


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Nice to see that GX keeps up the tradition of starting really strong. I've heard that each season just keeps getting better and better so here's to more symphogear!


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.


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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?


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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.


>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.

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.


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What do you mean? I thought the OP was fantastic. The combination of photographic elements, CG, and working credits into the animation rather than just superimposing them really made it stand out. The animation works well with the music, too.


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.
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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Well that was a hell of a first episode. I feel like they're trying to one up each seasons first episode by making each more absurd than the last. But that's not a bad thing at all, it was so absurd I couldn't help but enjoy it! So here's hoping the slowdown that comes after the first few episodes isn't as bad as it was in some of the other seasons.


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I finally got around to watch toki no tabito after a long and busy week. It was fun and I really enjoyed it but I have mixed feelings about the end.


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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


kill yourself tripfag


Kill yourself anonymong


Where do you think you are?




Don’t worry, us retards who arent 4chan FOBs love you homoeroticicle


wow rude


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.


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Why does that font look like its from Aladdin


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That's a cursed image if I've ever seen one.


It may be. Pirate merch is weird.

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.


>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.


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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[1] 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.

[1] 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.


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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?


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It's been forever since I saw Zero, but I remember enjoying it. Though I'm playing through the FSN VN and I think I'm enjoying it more honestly.


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.


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Not really the best thread for it but I don't really know which other one to use; does anyone have any good ideas why trackers might not be working consistently for me?
Anidex, Minglong, and Nyaa all tend to be displayed as Not Working in my client lately, but only sometimes, even though I'm pretty damn sure they're working because otherwise they'd be an uproar.
It's also not my internet - my internet is working fine, and I can connect to the websites the tracker is associated with. I just dunno what the problem could even be. Using qbittorrent, if it matters.


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Man KnK is some psuedodeep shit but that doesn't matter, Shiki is hot as fuck.


Big titty Shiki


Not really
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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Loli inbound


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The funny thing is this might turn out to be true
The MC is turning out to be one of the generic MCs possible, complete with high level moralfaggotry and NO WE CAN SAVE THEM going on.


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This loli really is powerfully smug though


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I hate this fucking faggot so much
I can't tell if the point is that the Shepherd is a retard, or that the story is just written so poorly that literally the only reason he's possible right is magic demons that show up if you kill someone or hate someone or dislike someone, but the story literally contradicts itself unless it'll be solved later. Everything we've seen so far basically points to the fact that if you got rid of the problems before they snowballed, things would never get to be as bad as they were, so people who actually just cut things off when enough is enough are the people who end up saving lives. Obviously Shepherd has so much power he can power through most problems, but even so, it's ridiculous that he has to stop literally everyone else.


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!


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I finished watching Junketsu no Maria today. It was pretty fun, it didn't really interest me when it was airing, but at an anonymouses recommendation I gave it a shot. Now I kind of wish I did watch it when it was airing lol.

Now to get re-watching Last exile.


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.
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.


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Last Exile is great. Gonzo really outdid themselves on that one.


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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


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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.


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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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Also I really want to fuck Jibril


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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.
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.
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


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Damn you're right the movie is very sexual with jibril


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Just finished up Last Exile, it was pretty darn good even though it was just a rewatch. I had forgotten a bunch of stuff especially towards the end. ahhh this was a good time.

Now to move on to king gainer


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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.


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Its original thread died, but for anyone else who wasn't paying attention, the last few episodes of Fate/Extra finally came out a while ago.
The ending didn't really change my impressions of the series as a whole. I do like that Gawain and his master were better represented than in the game, and not totally insufferable, but everything else was pretty much as expected, ridiculous yet neat.
Overall, I really appreciate the series for not only having great art and sound direction, but also taking a pretty good crack at adapting material that seemed utterly unadaptable. In that regard it was kind of overshadowed by airing in the same season as Pop Team Epic, but I think it did almost as good a job.
So content aside, at least it was a fun spectacle through and through; 7/10 pretty alright.


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.


>It's […] sheer absurdity […]. Also, […] retarded.
Yeah, that's the story in a nutshell. I still enjoyed it though.


I see
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.


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I decided to pick up girls und panzer (and right in time to catch up with it ending) because it getting so much fan support to this day means it's either something very pushed or something very special.

The first episode tells me it has the budget to be something very pushed but something about it makes me feel like it's something special.




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>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.


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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


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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.


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Finished rewatching Jormungand, fun show.
Schokolade is a cutie, too bad she only appears every now and then.


>[…] 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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How're you liking it so far? The OP and ED are brilliant, right?


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Rewatched Oda Nobuna no Yabou recently. I'll never not be mad that this is never getting another season, you can't just tease Shingen and fuck off.
Still, if there's one thing I'm not big on, it's the whitewashing going on. I'm not exactly saying I think Nobuna(ga) should be immune to whitewashing because he's a demon or whatever, but rendering her as an unequivocal hero (at least by the end) gives me the wrong feeling, it somehow makes her feel shallow.


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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".


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Just started Seraph of the End.
Animation is really good.


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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.

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.


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Been on a macross spree lately.
This week I watched "do you remember love", macross plus, and macross zero.
I'll probably finish watching Delta next and then I might give 7 a shot.
Both plus and Zero were really good, with fantastic animation (minus the okay CG in zero).
Kind of a shame how there's not much going on musically in zero though.


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Just finished Sakamichi no Apollon. Felt very real and relatable. The music is great. All very recognizable if your a fan of jazz. Reminded me a lot of some friends I had in highschool.


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watching Azumanga Daioh for the first time again and while it's okay, it's not as great as the manga which I have read, but a lot of the shots of the setting could be put in a museum, they're really nice. Especially since I think it was digitally animated besides the backgrounds


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I've been rewatching Toaru Hikuushi e no koiuta since I really enjoyed it while it was airing. But I guess it really was nostalgia for when I was younger and less knowledgeable. I don't think its a bad show by far but its certainly not as great as I thought it was. Going back and watching it now made me see how cheesy a lot of stuff is and how obvious the characters deaths were communicated beforehand. I'm still going to finish it though and watch the prequel movie again too just for good measure.

Also I still really like the OP for this show, it feels weird seeing how only 4 years later and there hasn't been many OPs in this style. At least that I know of.


>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


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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…


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>you'll never be able to enjoy things for the first time again

>watching Azumanga Daioh for the first time again


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I'm rewatching Princess Tutu right now with a friend.

It had been a long time since I'd seen it and it's one of my favorite anime
I'm having a really great time rewatching it. The classical music adds so much tension to a lot of the scenes, and little touches like how they all have stage lights on them when they're "fighting" more than make up for the show looking a little dated and not being very high budget
Also the story is super engrossing once you get past the first 6 episodes of "monster of the week" stuff
Ahiru is the cutest little thing ever
Her voice cracks a little bit when she laughs really hard and it melts my heart. And her freckles are adorable, not enough anime girls have freckles.


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Well that was fun. Certainly not as great as I remember but still worth going back and watching again. That said though I don't think I'll be rewatching this in another four years though.
Now on to the movie which I'm pretty sure was good. unless that's my nostalgia and bias for anime with air combat


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I'm watching Princess Tutu with some gay loser.
It's really really great. I love the presentation, going as far as to have their feet in ballet positions even when they're just standing there talking. The weekly mcguffin is really fun too, I expected "heart shards" to be boring, but each one giving Mytho a new emotion, and the implications of a person with only a few specific emotions, is all really cool. Plus you get to play the game of guessing which emotion it is, kind of like guessing what the card is called when watching CCS.


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…


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Yeah its definitely no last exile. The "hook" I guess doesn't happen until episode 4.


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The movie was pretty much as enjoyable as I remember, with the addition that for some reason I thought the Princess was much more rude and annoying. I probably had her mixed up with some other character because she's really sweet! Sorry Fana-chan.


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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Wow, I have no idea what the hell is going on in this show but what ever it is it's awesome. The girls are cute too and the music so far is kick-ass. I'm regretting not watching this show while it aired. Hopefully I keep regretting it.


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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.
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.


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Watching Hanasaku Iroha now
Ohana is a real cutie
The show is way less of a SoL and more of a drama than I was expecting it to be, but it's been a lot of fun. They do a good job in the early episodes of showing all the characters coming to terms with their flaws and growing closer and working through them, which I enjoy and I hope they keep that up. I find some of the episodes a bit stupid though, the comedy plotlines like the sexy outfits and the paintball guys go a bit too far into the realm of silliness and take me out of the character conflicts and cozy setting.
I like all the Nano.RIPE insert songs and OP though


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.


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Finished the first season of Free!
It was your generic sports story, done correctly and well, with lots of boy muscles. Which is exactly what I expected, so I'm satisfied.
I guess the only thing I would have liked would be more educational scenes about swimming like lots of hobby anime have, I didn't actually learn anything about the sport, nor am I suddenly more interested in it.

How do the sequels compare?


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.


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Yan loli best loli.


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.


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I hate the scrubs. Minori is the worst of the lot. The others are annoying because they waste a ton of time for what is ultimately an uninteresting and unimportant story, but Minori is bullshit, on multiple angles.

You can't learn the sort of predictive play Shiroe pulls off from in-game (although even Shiroe doing it was goddamned stupid). That isn't something you can get through practice, it's systems mastery, something you get from not being a scrub and having encyclopedic knowledge of how skills and abilities work. You can pull an approximation just from the 'feel' of things but unless Shiroe's notebook has the full statblock and advancement tables of every monster in the game it just isn't possible.

She's a middle schooler playing at being an adult. Now, Akatsuki is shy about it and Shiroe seems oblivious to the weirdest things but Minori being there at all doesn't make sense. She's not on the same playing field, she's a fucking middle schooler half of Shiroe's level and half his age too.

Also a larger issue than just Minori and covers the scrubs in general but the level differential seems to just not matter enough in Log Horizon. I can't think of a single MMO off the top of my head where a level 50 is competitive or even passably useful in a level 90 raid, hell most level-based RPGs will have the tyranny of level scaling take a huge shit on you if you try to go out of your level. It wouldn't be surprising if the raid boss had oneshot the scrubs, hell back in season one the hamelin leader somehow failed to shitheap the scrubs even though he was literally three times their level.

What does everyone else think?


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Starting a classic, I love sci-fi so I'm hoping I'll like this series as much as the Japanese do.


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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It's kind of current since Season 2 is airing I think, but I started watching the first season of Bandori.
I downloaded both versions of the game on a whim and wanted to try watching it for myself.
It kind of reminds me of K-ON! with the whole band aspect, but at the same time Love Live! because of the visually appealing characters.
It's cute, Kasumi is a bit cringey at times but it's comforting in a way.
I want to lick Kaoru's armpits.


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Watching school rumble. Tenma's hair is the best.


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I finally decided to give K-On another try, using a streaming site (to keep it genuine) with japanese subs. More shocking than the fact I'm understanding everything is that I'm much more receptive to the anime and less cynical about it than I was when I last tried to give it a watch years ago. Looks like I'm turning into a pansy. Or maybe it's that psychological effect whose name I forgot that describes how people are much more receptive to the validity of statements/ideas when they're said in a foreign language the listener has some grasp of.

Whatever the case might be, episode 6 was great.


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!


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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.

>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.

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?


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I'm by no means an expert but I've got horrible subs for all the seasons and they're fine.


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.


Satou you worthless piece of garbage why do you have to cause Misaki to suffer so much.


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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.


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You should have watched it when we samastreamed it a while back. It was fun trying to figure out what was going on lol.
everyone thought ahobaka was either dead or the evil chick, but she was just somewhere else…


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Jinki:Extend is a real SamaClassic and Ahobaka is a cutie pie. I liked how it told the story from two separate points in time and I thought the plot had enough interesting twists to be decent. Some of the character designs were neat. I was very confused by it at points though because like you said it doesn't explain when each thing happens so it's not always clear. I also am realizing I really don't remember it super well. There's some team of people with weird colored hair in the future segments, and some stuff happens with a magic sword? I liked it well enough but I think half the fun of watching it for me was watching it together with Samachan.


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.


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guruguru mawaru


Damn I can SMELL the early 00s summer late morning sun from this OP!


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The show is hilarious but I honestly dislike the screechy voices
The mom is the best


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.

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.


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I finally got to watching this.
Even without the war backdrop and tragedy it was a really enjoyable and well written slice of life period piece.
My only problem was that the main character in the beginning when she was a loli had the same voice actor doing the same voice as when she was an adult, which confused me until she got married and the voice matched up.
After that the characters felt like really, genuine people, which is probably it's greatest accomplishment.


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.

I 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.

>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.


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Guess we're a two-man cult. It's a Kirara classic.


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.


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What is with this woman's lips. They make her look like she has a mustache and stubble.


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.


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Amazing taste


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I finally had some time to watch outbreak company. It's great and has a ton of good moments. Kanou's and Myusel's routine "thank you so much for everything master" scene is repetitive but I don't dislike it. All the girls are cute. Trying to decode all the references to other anime was surprisingly fun, but I wish they spent a little more time talking about videogames and other things. You can't fit everything into an anime like this without it becoming a mess so it's forgiven. A second season would be nice but chances are it will never happen.


I am watching Soredemo Machi wa Mawatte iru and it's really fun
It's about a clutzy and very un-maid-like girl working with her friend in a "maid cafe" that is really just a normal restaurant where the old lady owner decided they might get more customers if they wore maid outfits. I started watching it because the OP is a cover of a Sugar Babe song which I found really neat since I like that band. It's directed by Shaft and it definitely shows in the way the conversation scenes are shot really creatively and the amount of head tilting going on.


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I can't put my finger on it but there is something that about Hotaru's design that I really love, she's incredibly cute and her VA does a great job in the show conveying her adorable stubbornness and weird enthusiasm for detective novels and solving mysteries. She also has a really cute crush on her teacher and the way she's so open about it to him only to get shut down constantly is pretty funny


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The show also has a lot of romantic interests going on but I'd be surprised if they went anywhere, at least within the confines of the anime. But if you like that sort of thing there's a lot of it here. Hotaru's male classmate has a big crush on her, but Hotaru only has eyes for her teacher. Meanwhile Hotaru's coworker has a thing for her friend but is too shy to ever do anything about it. There was also a really adorable episode where Hotaru's younger brother gets invited to hang out with this girl from his class who bullies him, but secretly likes him. The stupid shota almost ruins the date but he ends up catching on and it's very heartwarming.


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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.


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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…


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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.

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).

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.


>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.
>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


>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.

>How come?

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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>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). 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.

I never finished Beck (the manga).


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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


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I can't wait!
Maybe I should rewatch AZX as a refresher.


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I just started the first episode and already this whine here is great


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Got me to giggle
Damn I should've watched this ages ago


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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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lost it


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This American woman
Goddamn this English is fluent


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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.


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High level bullshit

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 got done watching A-Channel again for the first time since it aired. I think it's definitely way better than most of the more recent Kirara shows. The main girls are all likeable and even if growth from episode to episode is minimal seeing all of them actually learn things and grow at all is satisfying and gives me an ultra super moe-moe feeling.


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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.

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.


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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.


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So I was watching Shirobako lately and I wonder if this role left an ironic taste in the mouth of the VA
I looked her up and all her roles are minor, one-note characters. This was probably her biggest role before Rachel in Satsujinki no Tenshi, all the other ones are nameless guitarists or single-line mob characters. Considering her final 'triumph' was literally voicing one of those, and that the VA is still a side character, it must leave a horrible bitter taste in her mouth.

Somehow Shirobako seems pretty brutal. I find it weird all in all how upbeat the anime is, considering thee guys busted their asses for meagre returns and an uncertain future. Which is probably accurate to all but the most successful anime, sure, but still.

Are there any other shows about making anime? I know New Game is about a game studio and is similarly soulcrushing at times.


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!


Which song?




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I finished watching boogiepop phantom today. The visuals made me think I needed better glasses first and later that there was something wrong with the encoding. Sometimes it's so dark you can barely see anything besides the face of whoever is on screen. Brown and bloom before it was cool. Easy to follow despite the plot being all chopped up. I really, really liked that everyone sounded like a normal human being outside people like boogiepop. Were it done today, I'm sure even the children would have perfect pitch and project their voice perfectly. Makes me wonder if Japan is putting too much emphasis on making everything look neat and crisp to the point things feel too artificial.

I was looking forward to when the song that's supposedly from this anime's OST that someone posted on samachan would start playing but it never did. Instead I was surprised by a great opening and ending themes.

Recommended. Makes me wonder how it didn't get a fanbase as insufferable as Lain's and I'm glad it didn't.


That's how that blurry panoramic fisheye opening of this week's Joshikosei no Mudazukai made me feel.


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On paper, Uchuu Senkan Yamamoto Youko sounds amazing. You like old Shaft? This is Shaft so old it isn't even Shaft, but you've got Shinbo being his good old poor self, with character designs by Watanabe Akio (Monogatari, Grisaia, TWGOK - yup, those delicious curled-up lips you're thinking of). And you've got cute girls fighting it out on space battleships, and one of them is voiced by Hayashibara Megumi which is nice because you don't get a lot of that these days. Something'd have to go very wrong for this not to be one of the best anime ever, right?

So what is it that goes so wrong? Firstly, the battles. The ships fly around and pewpew each other for a while until a main character decides to use her trademark move, which wins the battle. In fairness, I think Youko does something clever once or twice, but most of the time her much praised fighting skills are limited to firing a beam weapon with a long charging time which other ships aren't equipped with.

What else? Well, the characters don't have a lot going for them. Even the main ones are one-dimensional: Youko is daring, Madoka is a joke. There are some interesting dynamics here and there, but characters clearly aren't a priority here.

I think that's it for the big flaws. The plot's fine (it's just that I can't give a shit, because of the characters and battles). Visually, it isn't as intense as Shinbo's trademark works but it's quite nice. But I'm struggling to finish it, and I can't recommend it even though I'd like to.


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I moved on to boogiepop 2019.

Why does everything look so nice? What's this stuff about aliens? Where is my friend Nagi Kirima? These eyes are closer to "flight" on the fight-or-flight spectrum! They lack that detective spark! Nagi's a lot more ruggedly handsome than this! And why is boogiepop smiling all the time?

OP theme makes me realize I'm getting tired of myth&roid (really cool naked self-lezz-out though!). ED theme is beautiful.

Still only 6 episodes in so my opinion might change.


Myth and roid are a bit one-note and they're also incredibly fucking loud


never watched the old boogiepop but the new one was annoying to watch and it only got worse from ep to ep


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Really? I thought it was pretty neat all the way through. It did get pretty weird from time to time though.


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Watching some Moomin, comfy and adventurous.


this isn't anime


Weren't most of the Moomin series produced mainly in Japan? I think the 90s one most people think of was the first one to even be aired outside Japan.


I am watching Welcome to the NHK again now that I am a lot older. I thought I related to this show in school but it is on a whole other level now.


Misaki is the villain. Be careful not to get charmed by her.


I only vaguely remember the specific ways in which Misaki is messed up, no spoilers please.
I still want a cute emotionally damaged girl to try and rescue me though…


Go rescue a cute emotionally damaged girl instead.


>I still want a cute emotionally damaged girl to try and rescue me though…
Why do so many idiots miss the entire point of Welcome to the NHK?


What is the point?


something about believing in yourself


The point is that you are the only one who can improve your situation. No girl will magically come to save you, no person you used to go to school with, no friends, etc. Misaki did not EVER try to "rescue" Satou, and anyone who thinks she did does not have a brain.


Depends which version. Anon is right about the anime but if you read the book the conclusion is more hopeless and nihilistic and the message of the manga basically you should just kill yourself now if you seek human interaction because there only bad people in the world and you, dear reader, are the worst of them all.


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So I finished Boogiepop 2019.

The story is so much easier to grasp than Boogiepop Phantom. However, I'm not completely on board with many of the decisions they took in the 2019 version.

The approach in Phantom is much better at building suspense and intrigue. It makes you ask a lot of questions, most of which end up not getting an answer (and the anime does an ok job at making you ask yourself if those unanswered questions really need an answer). One of those questions relates to Echoes. Phantom hints at it while 2019 spills the beans completely. I feel the fights carry a lot more weight when you barely get to see them rather than show these folks running on light poles at 100mph. I much prefer Phantom's policy: don't show - mention; if you have to show - show very briefly.

We barely get to see my good friend Nagi Kirima fight in Phantom. All we know is that she's an unusual person who is on par with the freaks, evolved humans and can even put up a fight against Boogiepop herself. Seeing her fight in 2019 isn't terrible, there's some good fighting scenes, but credibility is lost when she looks so less tougher relative to other people her age than she looks like in Phantom. Even still, no loss of suspension of disbelief hits harder than seeing her 15 year-old half-brother single-handedly knock out a bunch of much older thugs, all on his own. That's the moment I stopped taking 2019 as seriously as Phantom.

Boogiepop 2019 answers all the questions quite clearly and, when compared to Phantom, sometimes that's great and sometimes it isn't. It's nice to know about Nagi's backstory (and her way of fighting as a middle schooler is a lot more believable than her little brother at the same age), but Echoes feels contrived. In Phantom you get the feeling that you don't really need to know this stuff; in 2019, once you're explained the details, you realize the writer couldn't properly think something up and went with whatever equivalent of WIZARDS! he could think of. I haven't read the novels but after watching 2019 I get the strong impression the author has no idea how to move the story forward. This assuming Boogiepop 2019 is a faithful LN adaptation, unlike the "what if" scenario presented in Phantom.


For gods sake, I was making a joke and on top of that I don't remember the show that well, hence why I am rewatching it. She does literally say "I'm here to rescue you" in the first episode. I do also remember that's not her real goal and she is actually more messed up than Sato is but I don't recall how, as I said.


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Mind you, I'm not a fan of needless obscurantism. I despise serial experiments Lain and, if you ask me, Lain could learn a lot from the storytelling in Phantom. Phantom provides all the necessary information to understand the setting, the characters and their motivations. Lain tries, fails, throws plot devices and meaningless technobabble at you and expects you not to notice it's heading off a cliff. I mention Lain because of how visually similar both Phantom and Lain can be at times. It almost feels like Lain cheated Phantom of the popularity it deserves but, on the other hand, I'm glad Phantom escaped the fate of having an insufferable fanbase.

The scope feels so much more condensed in 2019 too. Things happen too quick, to the same people, in the same part of town. Phantom has a lot of characters coming from the same high school as well, but they hardly know each other, them passing each other by sometimes being the hook for the beginning of the next episode. There's recurring characters in Phantom but unlike 2019 they're not the focus. Rather, they're a foundation you never realize is keeping the story together until the climax.


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I'm a little sad none of the seiyuu in Phantom makes a comeback for 2019. Checking MAL made me believe Shinpei Kuroda was played by the same guy, but MAL objectively sucks and they haven't credited Atsushi Miyauchi for his performance in 2019 yet. I won't blame Boogiepop 2019 for not bringing anyone back, though. It was almost 20 years ago. I am tempted to blame Boogiepop 2019 for the delivery of their Seiyuu but, again, it's a widespread cultural thing these days to have everyone, form baby to old man, have a clear, trained, theatrical voice rather than aim for realism.

And boy, does 2019 shove Wagner down your throat from start to finish. I get it's Boogiepop's song but its overuse (and Boogiepop's synth whistling) is the perfect example of everything I've described concerning 2019's story: show too much and it stops being special.

Boogiepop Phantom is a detective story and a supernatural thriller. Boogiepop 2019 feels like a light novel adaptation for teenagers and young adults. Squint just a little and you could pass it off as a Persona entry. And for something of that caliber, you need to lower your expectations to levels I didn't expect I'd have to stoop, having come out of Phantom. Boogiepop 2019 wins in visual design, sound design (I still like Phantom's OP better…), production values and episode count, but that crisp, shiny exterior covers a mediocre story. It's not bad but it pales in comparison to Phantom's.

Thank you for reading. Attached is a webm I made from the self lezz-out in Boogiepop 2019's OP.


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forgot my image
Sounds like a great way to get a restraining order…


I only read the manga, if I had read the anime maybe my life would've been better.


>I am watching Welcome to the NHK again
that's usually a sign of depression
you okay yuyu?
are you sad about your bust size?


I am indeed watching it to see how much more closely I relate to it than I did 10 years ago.
>you okay yuyu?
Nope! But I can assure you it has nothing to do with my bust size…


you don't relate to it at all, stop with the pity party


Rude. I'm not saying it's 1 for 1 the same stuff but I'm pretty sure a lot of people can relate to the themes in that show.


You should watch it on LSD that's always a good time


Drugs are for losers.
But if I ever did any it would be psychedelics for the chance I could talk to my figures or some shit.


yes yes, i see you can now relate even more to the "satou downloading child pornography" part


Better to be a loser than a blogger.


Not that! Although I did used to be paranoid about downloading loli doujins for no real reason
I meant the dropping out of college and having to deal with late bills and stuff parts. Also being older and having less hope for your future and stuff.
And you can cry pity party all you like, it's not as if the #1 thing people talk about with this show isn't how it relates to their own lives…


no, generally with anime people talk about the work itself and don't make it a "wow he's just like me"
and general things that every adult feels?
you don't relate to Satou because you live with friends, you HAVE friends, you have a social life, you have a job, you presumably have a family who cares about you, you're not so apathetic towards your life that food and trash is strewn everywhere, you don't lie to people about yourself because the real you is hilariously pathetic, you don't have delusions of grandeur, you don't blame others for all of the reasons your life sucks, and you don't go long periods of time not talking to people to where you find it hard to communicate to human beings on a basic level,
you may not believe this about yourself, but YOU are a normalfag
there is nothing in your situation, at least from what you've posted about on my website that is anywhere near the level of depravity that Satou lives in

people who say that they "relate" to Welcome to the NHK are generally just looking to feel sorry for themselves
you met someone on this website who saved you from your social isolation. how can you say that you relate to him lmao


>you don't lie to people about yourself because the real you is hilariously pathetic, you don't have delusions of grandeur

Whoa… He's just like me…
And I haven't even watched welcome to the NHK!


turn that frown upside down!


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Funnily enough I think I actually sympathize with sa10 less now that I'm actually myself a hikkineet living on dead people's scraps in an apartment full of garbage. All the show does for me anymore is remind me how much people meddling in my life pisses me off. It feels like a caricature of what actually living that life is like. The book is better that regard but the kind of idealistic spin the author puts on his reality still bleeds through there.


this reminded me that back in 2015 we used to have a board for NEETs
completely unrelated to your post but yeah we had an entire NEET blog board lol


Fair enough, and you are mostly right. I disagree that I am a "normalfag" though, and none of that means I can't be depressed or hate my life or find similarities between myself and the attitude of a character in a TV show.
Perhaps I will be told I am enjoying things wrong here but I find that I enjoy media more when I can relate parts of it to my own life or feelings or experiences, even if only in an abstract way.


Is the blogging over?


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I watched Kiki's delivery service on a whim since I hadn't seen it since watching the dub on VHS as a kid. Lovely movie and Kiki is super adorable. I particularly liked the themes of Kiki learning about how the world works through interacting with the city and struggling to maintain her positive attitude afterwards. As always with these older animated movies I am blown away with how well animated they are. Also I was pleasantly surprised to hear both insert songs from Yumi Arai, just a few days after posting about her music on /z/!


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Also this scene where she has a heart-to-heart with the painter girl about motivation was one of the coziest things I've ever seen


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At the behest of a friend I started watching Imouto Sae Ireba Ii. My first impression: intense tonal whiplash. My second impression: Thank god the cute younger "brother" is a reverse trap. My Reverse Trap Radar is two for two now after Dororo!
While it is legitimately uncomfortably lewd, I am interested to see where the show goes with the more serious back story it is teasing me with, but it is a little hard to care about all that when the main cast spends a lot of the time retreading the same gags about being a pervert/siscon/prude/whatever. And of course the situation of two attractive girls both being madly in love with a weirdo loser LN author did elicit a sigh but it's not as if I wasn't expecting it to be THAT kind of show. What I am interested in now is whether or not it manages to be more than just THAT kind of show.
White-haired pervert girl is awfully cute though…


If I recall correctly this suddenly turns into a board game show.



Please don't confuse some stupid tabletop RPG with board games, thank you.

MC and the crab girk fuck each other's brains out in the LNs not long after the point where the anime ends. There's a whole subplot about how her insatiable sex drive is wearing out his heart or something I think.
The accountant is best girl.


Oh yeah since it's you I suggest you don't read that spoiler until after you're done with the show.


This looks amazing. Time to read the manga.


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The crab is the only real reason to watch the show honestly


>since it's you
What is that supposed to mean?!
I didn't like her at first and like I said her gag kinda wears on me sometimes but she is kinda cute, especially some of the noises she makes. MC is extremely gay for not just having s*x with her though.
Uwah this looks cool! I have been going to board game night at my local game store recently so it'd be cool to see some of the games we play in an anime.


I liked this anime when it was airing. I wish that it got a second season but I know that'll never happen. It's been long enough that I don't really remember what happened and at the time the LNs were not translated (still not sure if they are) so I lost track of it. I need to learn Japanese.


Wrong :)


I tried to watch the Tsukihime anime for all of 2 episodes before dropping it. I can't say what exactly was so bad about it, but it just felt really weird. All the characters felt like flat cardboard cutouts of their real selves. The pacing was monotonous and horrible. Surprisingly, they kept it pretty accurate to the VN storyline as far as I had seen but it just bothered me to watch it. I didn't even save a single screenshot.


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For some reason I felt like watching Hanayamata again and I don't really have anything to say about it, but holy shit this looks exactly like this spot in I think Indar at night in Planetside 2 where I died so many times and got so many kills that it's burned into my mind forever.


You're describing my experience with kara no kyoukai. What a bland, boring mess. I tried watching it two times but always lose interest in what's supposed to be the climatic fight scene that fails to have any tension or stakes.


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The climatic fight scenes generally aren't actually climatic, except for maybe the one with Fujinon. None of the others are really climaxes, more like foregone conclusions. Nasu also injected a ton of pseudointellectual shit into KnK 5 especially.

That said, you watch KnK for Shiki, nothing else.


I didn't realize that Maidragon had a second season planned until now. Takemoto was a brilliant director, in all honesty the source material wasn't great but he managed to turn it into a decent anime. May he rest in peace.


Wait, are they going to produce it without him? Or are you saying it's been cancelled since the utter fucking loon went and toasted Kyoani?


There are no news from Kyoani as yet, at best production will be delayed to a later date but I fear it might be scrapped altogether.


Rest in fucking peace
I seriously can't understand what would drive someone to do that
It's not as if the people being paid peanuts to draw are responsible for whatever his grudge against the executives are


They said they haven't outright scrapped any projects but they lost a ton of material at the studio on top of the immeasurable human loss. No way to know what the future holds for them yet.


I forgot to post my thoughts after finishing this show. It's been awhile so my impressions are not so fresh in my mind but I'll say what I remember.

Overall I think it works way better as an ad for the LN than as an actual anime. It ended pretty unsatisfactorily in my opinion. And I did find it weird how pretty much the whole way through it kept rapid-fire swapping between lewd comedy, serious relationship drama, and board games (???). The accountant was pretty great. I am sad we didn't see more of the reverse trap imouto, if anything would get me into the LN it would be her having more of a role than she seemed to. I think the best thing I have to say about it is that most of the characters grew on me and went from sigh-inducing to relatively likeable by the end of the show.

I am still not sure why I specifically should not have read the spoiler in >>32041…


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>Overall I think it works way better as an ad for the LN than as an actual anime.
A bit pathetic that this is so commonly true today. Maybe if they made the anime actually good then it'd work as an even better ad. I only knew the name of KSnH before it aired but it was so good I immediately picked up the LN no questions asked.


Most of these adaptations actually are just advertisements for the LNs. The books bring in way more than the anime and they don't usually expect the anime to make a profit at all.


Yeah. Honestly for me hearing something is an anime original is a big draw just because I don't like the idea that something might be being produced with the mindset that it should be an advertisement rather than an actual product. Lack of satisfactory endings especially get me. I know the answer to that complaint is "read more manga/LNs" but that doesn't mean that anime needs to be a secondary product so often.
I wish it weren't the case.


I don't really mind. It just means the Japanese popular fiction publishing industry is still strong and has mass appeal. An adaptation of any work is going to inevitably rely on the source material, whether or not it can stand a complete work of its own. Half-assed LN adaptations are kind of overcrowding the market and I think there's growing malaise towards the trend but at the same time there's more anime being produced now than there ever was in the past so there's plenty of space for good standalone, if not original, works. Whether there actually are very many of those is a matter of opinion though.


jesus look at the belly on her
the clothes like are vacuum sealed or something all the way into her navel button and so tight on her boobs that it goes inside the cleavage
that must be unbearably painful to wear unless she's a leper or something and just can't feel anymore


It's Kawakami


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well I just finished this
pretty standard okay decent grown-up romance show I guess
the mmo aspect was kinda underwhelming but whatever, its a show for normalfags about normalfags
people recognizing you across the internet and getting doxed and stuff is really scary stuff, perfect for halloween season


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the dream sequence in the ova was probably the best part
wish there was more of this best girl and the girl who played the catgirl and the lawson green guy had some closure


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the way they put the basic bitch ass girl who played catgirl in the ed and showed her a couple times in the early episodes made it look like there'd be a thing about her but she just never shew up
maybe thats just how the source material is or the anime guys just forgot they only had ten episodes or whatever


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I still remember this scene


Watching Amanchu gave me a big dumb smile to my face


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On a whim I rewatched GJ-Bu today. I hadn't forgotten how good it is but gosh dang is it good. A strong cast, good pacing and a genuine sense of time passing by, all with excellent art and sound direction. It was early Dogakobo at their best.
I feel kind of melancholy now though. 2013 feels like such a long time ago for some reason. I know I said the same thing about 2006 then but still.


Ah crap I must have had my GJbu on my busted hard drive
I mean, 2013 was seven years ago. It IS a long time ago.


No thread for it and since it's technically still unaired I'll just post here to say that having endured a couple of subpar seasons, I'm excited to hear that there will be a new Dogakobo SoL and Masaaki Yuasa feature!


Full length anime or…?



I can't deal with all the shorts



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He didn't take pictures of his maps?


He probably just didn't think to, like how people don't realize the value of backups until they lose a hard drive.


Subs on trailers by the distributors/studios themselves.




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I'm actually watching SSR too, and really loving it so far. Can't believe it took me so long to watch because it's reminding me a lot of many of my favorite shows. The episode where they go to the temple and talk about why people might have built it was fantastic, and the atmosphere and worldbuilding in general has been top notch so far. The scene where they imagine what living in a normal home might be like was surprisingly emotional as well. I dunno why but I expecting the setting to be a lot more mundane and I'm thrilled that it's so interesting. I really haven't enjoyed watching an anime this much in a while.


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Samachan broke my mp4?


Can confirm the other one is unplayable, weird


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Kinda sad that a certain other imageboard spoiled the ending of the manga for me back when this was airing, oh well. I know the anime doesn't adapt the whole thing so I don't have to worry about seeing THAT.
Hm, plays fine for me in mpv. Who knows…


>Kinda sad that a certain other imageboard spoiled the ending of the manga for me
you deserved it


>you deserved it
How come?!


I like the parts where yuu almost murders chi-chan and plays it off as a joke.


It kinda bothered me how relatively OK Chi was with having her point a loaded gun at her for the lols


Turning my friend into minced meat LMAO.


Xabungle is pretty fucking funny. I should buy the BD one day. It's ridiculously cheap for some reason.


Just finished Haibane Renmei. 5 minutes to midnight.
May everyone have a happy new decade.


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Super awesome, I was waiting for this post! Happy new year anonymous. What did you think of it?


I'll try and talk about it at length tomorrow.


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I watched LoGH knowig 90% of the story beforehand and it made me a true believer that great stories still get to you even if you know how they end. However, Haibane Renmei is one of those special pieces of art that deserves special treatment. Spoilers out of respect rather than necessity.

It feels like fate had a hand in my watching of this anime. Even the fact the anime plot reaches its climax in the new year's celebrations. Suffice to say, I related to extreme amounts with the characters. The theme of the circle of sin articulated something I've felt many times but couldn't properly express, but I feel like I've heard something similar to it before. I may have become overly sensitive over the years. Anything with a slight bit of sentimentality seems to be enough to make me cry these days, so Haibane Renmei played my heart strings like a Paganini every single episode. The anime never explicitly says it's about death, but there's strong implications. On the other hand, if I really want to be pretentious, I could say it's about life, about moving on, moving forward. The anime is definitely trying to reach out to viewers, specially the otaku type who've given up on society. I think mostly everyone can say they are a mix of Rakka and Reki. It's not like I don't know there's people who'd miss me if I was gone, but I haven't felt it so strongly. In a sense, I am closed off from the rest of the world, as most people are, in their own sense. It doesn't help that I'm a stuck-up asshole with unrealistic expectations for interpersonal relationships. Which leads me to how much I also identify with Reki. I have never really revolted the way she tried, but I've had my fair share of betrayal and being left behind. In my own way, my approach to daily life is similar to Reki's, as is everyone's in their own way.

In the end, it's sincerity that saves the day. One last attempt at trust, exposing vulnerabilities, and it finally pays off.


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This is definitely an anime of the 00s. There is some use of digital techniques but for the most part it's hand-drawn. The episode previews are made in 3DCG and they're quite goofy and self-aware, though they can be quite endearing and have an otherworldly feeling to them when they're previews for more serious episodes. I think the anime would take advantage of a couple extra episodes but on the other hand I feel like it had the exact right amount of episodes. There's some moments where the animation is off but I can't help look at it with endearment. There's the use of some pretty cliché shots as well, like a shot of Rakka reading something but, again, it's hard to not see those with endearment when they're tools that have long since fallen out of use. I wonder how many more anime of this time period feel strangely fresh because of these idiosyncrasies. The story follows the pattern of telling you only what you need to know to follow the story, leaving other details to interpretation (but do you really need to know them?).

I'm glad I got to watch such a great piece of art at the ending of the year. It's an experience that I will remember fondly as the closing of a chapter in my life.


Haibane Renmei has been on my backlog for like a decade. I should probably watch it.


it's boring


You're boring
Glad I'm not the only person who cries like a baby at nearly every episode of this show. And I'm also supremely happy that you were able to relate to it so strongly, as that's one of the things I like most about the show. It's interesting that you more strongly related to Reki while I mostly related to Rakka, especially in the later episodes where she reveals more about her insecurities.

I too find the themes of trust, forgiveness, and revealing your vulnerabilities really well handled. I think part of the genius of the show is how it puts those themes forward in such a non-melodramatic, relatable, and honest way, in part by expertly tying the rules of the world as well as the characters into them. It's in sharp contrast to the way a lot of anime handles such things where it relies on plot contrivances and unbelievable characters to talk about those themes. Rakka and Reki feel like real people and not archetypes.

To say a bit about a subject you didn't mention but I'm sure you noticed: the world the show takes place in. It's probably the shows strongest point in my opinion and I'm always shocked at how mysterious and beautiful and downright weird it is. It really perfectly captures the atmosphere of a serene, dreamlike, purgatory, and throughout the show there are all these little hints that forces neither you nor the characters are meant to fully understand are at play. The arbitrary rules of the Haibane Renmei, the Toga, and the Haibane themselves, the censored books in the library, the bizarre scenes inside the wall, the way the Day of Flight works, and so on. My personal favorite moments of worldbuilding are the episode where they restore the book (I tear up every time at that shit) and the scenes of Rakka inside the wall.


Oops, my post was too long. Here's pretension: the post: part 2

As a side note I thought it was really cool how they related the idea of a "normal" birth as compared to a Haibane's entrance into the world when Rakka speaks to the pregnant woman. And something about the concept of the Day of Flight really hits me and I'm not sure what but the idea of feeling some otherwordly pull to "move on" and being physically/mentally unable to tell anyone about it is just really interesting to me. But I could talk all day about all the little things I liked about it and I'm already in tl;dr territory.

Interesting note: a lot of people have speculated about the show trying to make a religious (specifically christian) statement of some sort, but Abe has said the angel outfits were just an aesthetic choice, and he wasn't intending to make a specific spiritual or religious message, but rather one about what he thinks of as a "higher power" or "god" or "something called life". I'd recommend watching this interview, it's pretty neat.


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And I didn't even mention the OST! It's fantastic too, suffice to say.


I also watched Haibane Renmei recently, although I wasn't particularly moved, unlike you guys. For a number of reasons it just didn't click with me, although I do think it generally did a very good job of what it wanted to do. If I had an actual criticism to make, it'd be this: a certain character (Kuu) is put to great use to drive the plot, and especially the MC, forward, but in my view, by the time this becomes a thing, their relationship wasn't established well enough to justify it. It certainly doesn't help that I didn't like her, but I do think that bit's a little rushed.

I agree that the ambiance and world building are the show's strongest or at least most prominent points. It is noteworthy that the story doesn't need this much world building, as its main points, discussed above, could be told just fine without the fantastic elements. But the anime wants a certain atmosphere and aesthetics to go with its main themes and it goes to some lengths to achieve them.

I think a lot of people can appreciate this anime, but especially people who value these aspects ought to love it. This should include people who were captivated by the odd melancholy in Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, for example, and people who decide to try Sora no Woto for its 10th anniversary and feel drawn to the unaddressed background details.


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>To say a bit about a subject you didn't mention but I'm sure you noticed: the world the show takes place in. It's probably the shows strongest point in my opinion and I'm always shocked at how mysterious and beautiful and downright weird it is.

Absolutely, but to me the setting is more like a vehicle for character interaction/development. It's not the focus. It has a strong foundation as far as worldbuilding is concerned but there's enough flexibility for there to exist whatever is necessary for characters to interact/grow/overcome no better example of this exists than the new year's traditions. Like I said, there's mystery and some clues, but do you really need to know the answers to enjoy the anime? Rather than a component that keeps you watching, it's something that adds to the enjoyment by letting you speculate and compel you to rewatch to see if you missed anything. It's the second anime of this period that I recently watched that does this extremely well. I wonder if people have already deciphered the writing/sign language.. I will say that I'm glad they took the approach they took as I think the anime benefited from being able to interact with normal people. I was wondering if they were gonna establish that the characters are indeed dead but they didn't

Mind you, I'm not talking about the things that make part of the main story, like the significance of dreams, the meaning of black feathers, Reki's relationship with Hyohko and other things that are introduced and properly explained as otherwise the plot couldn't progress.

>when Rakka speaks to the pregnant woman
It would have been a missed opportunity if they didn't. Then again, this is one of those moments that seemed tailor-made for that payoff She doesn't feel like a plot device, though. She feels like an actual character.

Hikari reminded me of the anon who raved about a meganekko's design in GuP. I agree that this type of design appears to have gone out of fashion.


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>I also watched Haibane Renmei recently, although I wasn't particularly moved, unlike you guys.

Oh there's plenty of blogtastic reasons why it did for me. Were I to watch this some six years earlier it wouldn't have it me the way it has.

>a certain character

It is stated that they interacted off-screen a whole lot more than the anime shows us. This is one of the reasons why part of me feels the anime could have benefited from a couple more episodes, but it didn't really bother me. I know it's a cheap cop-out to say "And then they interacted lots and became bestest buddies MOVING ON" but, again, I didn't mind it. Besides, everyone else had their own way of reacting to Kuu's flight and they interacted with Kuu a whole lot. Kuu was the youngest of the Haibane and they couldn't "protect" her, she matured and became a model for them all to follow. In my opinion, Kuu's flight is a lot more damaging to Reki than it is to Rakka, as proved by Rakka overcoming her sin so much quicker than Reki ever could, which only adds to the damage to Reki's self-esteem. Kuu is the plot device to get Rakka working as a plot device for Reki.

>I think a lot of people can appreciate this anime, but especially people who value these aspects ought to love it. This should include people who were captivated by the odd melancholy in Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

I'd say the themes in Haibane Renmei are completely dissonant to the themes in shoujo shuumatsu ryokou. From an aesthetic sensibility this might get people's attention but anyone getting in one of those anime coming from the other expecting something similar will be very disappointed. Pic kind of related.


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Oops! Forgot to add:

>Were I to watch this some six years earlier it wouldn't have it me the way it has.

I would have still liked it but the themes wouldn't resonate as hard. I'd go so far as to say it was a cathartic experience.

>Interesting note: a lot of people have speculated about the show trying to make a religious (specifically christian) statement of some sort, but Abe has said the angel outfits were just an aesthetic choice, and he wasn't intending to make a specific spiritual or religious message

That's the feeling I got from the start. The practicality of using the halo forger as research material for a new pastry was a funny moment that reinforced this


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Having this much Haibane Renmei talk is the best New Years gift I could have asked for!
Can we talk about the crows? I came to the personal conclusion that they were "echoes" of some kind, of the people the Haibane knew in their past lives, reaching towards them across the wall (which I assume is as much a physical wall as it is a spiritual/supernatural one). But one thing specifically I never can reconcile or come up with fanon I'm happy with is: why does Kana hate the crows so much? If you'll allow me to get into some theorycrafting about an 18-year-old anime, maybe she was in a rebellious phase and didn't get along with her loved ones/family before her death/Haibaneficiation? Or maybe they're echoes of people who were abusive to her? Could this cause her to become sin-bound? What do you guys think?
I kinda agree about that certain character and her arc feeling rushed but like anonymous said it doesn't bother me or detract from the show as a whole.
>Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, for example, and people who decide to try Sora no Woto for its 10th anniversary
SnW is my other "favorite anime" and SSR is sneaking its way up there the more I think about it. They're all different thematically but they have things in common in regards to the way they tell their stories and having an atmosphere of "comfy, weird, melancholy" for lack of a better way to describe it. Is "物の哀れ" appropriate here? I'm not smart enough to say so, but maybe that's the secret ingredient all these shows have in common.
I totally agree that the shows world is there as a vehicle for the characters, they really work in concert in my opinion. I'm just more personally drawn to it than the characters, but only by a tiny amount.
>Like I said, there's mystery and some clues, but do you really need to know the answers to enjoy the anime?
Totally not, in fact I think the anime is way stronger for not giving answers to certain things and only explaining the plot relevant ones you mentioned. Like I said, those arbitrary and unexplained add so much to the atmosphere and play with the idea of a "higher power" that Abe wanted to convey.
>Hikari reminded me of the anon who raved about a meganekko's design in GuP. I agree that this type of design appears to have gone out of fashion.
Hikari is a BIG cute!


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Oh and if you guys like old and still semi-active fan sites like I do, here you go:

Their forum is still getting posts!


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I might blog a bit here, sorry guys. I'm just a lurker but saw you discussing Haibane Renmei and I can't help wanting to chime in.
I first watched this wonderful anime early in 2019 and had a very similar experience, I never believed a piece of media could move me so much but Haibane Renmei seeped right into my soul and unlocked something. I'm still trying to figure out what I need to do but I feel like I've broken out of my own circle. I saw a lot of myself in Rakka, though I definitely understand Reki's feelings of abandonment, and seeing them resolve their issues has inspired me so much.
I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one that sobs so much while watching this, I rarely see people talk about the book recital and that scene really gets to me too.
The idea that the Haibane, or at least Rakka, believe their existence is a happy little mistake both breaks my heart and somehow puts me at ease at the same time, it's such a beautiful little story.
While I am also disappointed that they didn't seem to interact much there are a couple of subtle indications that Kuu's always looking out for Rakka, for example when they first went to town Kuu noticed straight away that Rakka was uncomfortable with her raggedy dress. Honestly though, if I could add a few episodes in the middle somewhere I'd want a bit more of Rakka and Reki bonding over their sinbound status before she falls into the well.
I think Kana's just a bit tsundere with the crows. She does find them a nuisance but I suspect she believes in the story of how they carry lost memories over the wall going by her blushing at the top of the clock tower. She's the mechanical stereotype character of the cast so she probably puts on a bit of an act to keep her cool appearance up. There's definitely something special about the crows though, I doubt they're all like Rakka's skeleton but there's certainly more to them than "just a bird"
I recall seeing a few in-depth looks into the secondary Haibane in the CFF forum you linked. Of course they're all fan theories too but they really helped me appreciate characters like Hikari and Kana a lot more than I could by myself. That forum is a real treasure, it's so nice to see their discussions from all the way back when the show was first airing to now.


stop praising this show
it makes me doubt myself
I saw 1.5 episodes and it bored me
I'm never wrong


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>I saw 1.5 episodes and it bored me


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Don't apologize, posters are better than lurkers after all, you should post more often!
>I think Kana's just a bit tsundere with the crows.
That's probably all it comes down to and I'm overthinking it yeah. She does seem the type to try and keep up a "cool" appearance. I do think they're one of the more interesting things in the setting though.
Jokes aside you really should give it another shot! If only to get in on the discussion while it's on everyone's mind. At worst you end up not liking it and can actually back up your reasons for why…


see this is why you open a new thread


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I didn't think anyone but me and anonymous would have much to say. Maybe I'll make a Yoshitoshi Abe thread and I can post about Texhnolyze there when I finally watch that.


I wonder if Despera is going to happen this decade…


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I'd definitely post in an ABe thread, good discussion for his non-Lain stuff is something I'm always looking for.
I'm optimistic that it'll happen. There was a tweet by Konaka in 2019 and ABe confirmed he's working on an animation on his patreon (though he wasn't specific so don't get your hopes up too high)


>and I can post about Texhnolyze there when I finally watch that
I also have that one on my backlog, stream it whenever you get to it and invite me please


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Sounds like a plan!
I'll post about it in the ABe thread, or maybe make a new streaming thread if it feels appropriate. I miss the Samastreams.


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Finally caught up with Strike the Blood, just in time for the 4th season OVAs which should be releasing soon. Although cheaply done and reusing a lot of stuff at least I'm glad they keep up with them, I find them interesting enough and like the plot being a convoluted mess with all the names and organizations and them not throwing away a single character so far, also I think the 4th season ones should be catching up to the LN too so they might stop there for a while which is sad


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And most importantly I'm glad they got rid of all the annoying stuff, no more secrets between characters, he finally gets all the Pokémon and the Avrora girl is back so I'll wait anxiously for the next batch of stuff. Now with that slot open again I'll try to catch up with some more stuff, namely Iruma because that one is very fun and another episode got downloaded today.


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This scene made me feel many funny things. Strike the Blood is pretty cool for being basically a shoestring budget battle harem. I'm still amazed that its getting 4 seasons, but I'm grateful. The girls are all unusually strong and "iie senpai" never gets old.


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It surely has its good moments and I'm thankful the OVA format at least lets them show some basic stuff like nipples and butts, then again if it had one big flaw it's definitely the sameface problem and some QUALITY here and there but overall it's doing fine for such a series it seems. Ah yes yes, at least the girls aren't weak in the slightest and in fact pretty much do everything with Kojou just delivering the final blow. It makes me miss the battle harem era a bit, isekai overlaps but it just doesn't feel the same.

I'll also wait for Natsuki-chan getting fanged, it will come soon, I can feel it.


I don't like isekai much at all honestly. There's a handful of outliers (Log Horizon S1 and Youjo Senki for example), but most of it doesn't appeal much to me at all. I guess it's probably because I really hate MMOs so the usual template of stealing videogame mechanics doesn't have any sort of nostaglia or anything. Battle harems are usually fun as long as the girls are good.

>I'll also wait for Natsuki-chan getting fanged, it will come soon, I can feel it.

I want this so badly too.


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They're sort of limited compared to the battle harems too because they always go with the medieval setting, and I guess the modern overexploitation of the genre doesn't help either so I get where you're coming from.
I'm not really complaining about isekai because I've watched plenty and enjoyed those too but if I had to choose one yeah I would go with the battle academy ones in a heartbeat.

In the meanwhile I'll stay hopeful for the future.


On another note. The absolute lack of decent doujin for the series is absolutely criminal. With so many top-tier girls, you'd think someone would draw some stuff. Maybe we'll get lucky and next season will spark some more.


I watched some more Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryouko. The episode with the robot in the factory made me tear up a little. Second best one after the temple episode.


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I've mentioned how long it's taken for me to get to things in other threads, but this takes the cake.
I've probably had this movie on my backlog since around the time I started watching actual anime; so 2007ish.
I JUST watched it, and only because I got it as a Blu-Ray for Christmas (so even then it's taken me 18 days after receiving it to watch it).

It was alright I guess. For most of this time I got it and what I'd seen of Bloodlust confused in my head, so I was surprised by how it looked.
I never read the manga or the novel so I didn't understand the face hand thing at all.
I watched Ruin Explorers mid-last year, too, and it gave me a lot of vibes from that.
I guess I'll try to get to Bloodlust in the next 15 years now.


Are you bragging about not watching anime..? It isn't something to be prideful of. Be ashamed and stop mentioning it immediately.


Hah, you think you're cool? I've had Jungle Emperor on my backlog since 1952.


pfft, I don't even know what anime is. Casuals.


Anime is hand-drawn and computer animation originating from or associated with Japan.

The word anime is the Japanese term for animation, which means all forms of animated media. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. The culturally abstract approach to the word's meaning may open up the possibility of anime produced in countries other than Japan. Many Westerners strictly view anime as a Japanese animation product. Some scholars suggest defining anime as specifically or quintessentially Japanese may be related to a new form of Orientalism.

The earliest commercial Japanese animation dates to 1917, and Japanese anime production has since continued to increase steadily. The characteristic anime art style emerged in the 1960s with the works of Osamu Tezuka and spread internationally in the late twentieth century, developing a large domestic and international audience. Anime is distributed theatrically, by way of television broadcasts, directly to home media, and over the Internet. It is classified into numerous genres targeting diverse broad and niche audiences.

Anime is a diverse art form with distinctive production methods and techniques that have been adapted over time in response to emergent technologies. It combines graphic art, characterization, cinematography, and other forms of imaginative and individualistic techniques. The production of anime focuses less on the animation of movement and more on the realism of settings as well as the use of camera effects, including panning, zooming, and angle shots. Being hand-drawn, anime is separated from reality by a crucial gap of fiction that provides an ideal path for escapism that audiences can immerse themselves into with relative ease.[9] Diverse art styles are used and character proportions and features can be quite varied, including characteristically large emotive or realistically sized eyes.


I was trying to emphasize how long I'd been meaning to watch it and was proud I finally got to it.
I conflated the two, すみません.


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Might be because the series is stimulating enough on it's own to not need any doujins, surely it's not a popularity thing because we're getting a 4th season so somebody must be buying all the stuff, right?


There were a number of them. Some really popular series were airing concurrently though and Kancolle was exploding at the time. If I remember correctly a lot of shows around then got less fanwork than you'd have expected.


>Chorosaka nante Iwanai de
>has a -1 score
Who the fuck voted that and what the hell is wrong with them? That one is top-tier (three way Kirasaka and Yukina).


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Well I finished SSR. What an amazing show. The OST, the atmosphere, and the world building were all excellent. I really liked some of the themes the show talked about too, especially the concept of "getting along with despair". The show also really perfectly straddles the line of being awe inspiring and magical while taking place in such a depressing setting. The visuals and aesthetic of the world alone frequently make what should be an ugly, depressing, mechanical cityscape look just as wondrous as a fantasy forest or something, it its own bizarre way. There's always been something kind of pretty about abandoned, mysterious places and this show nails that bizarre beauty perfectly. The bit in the submarine where all the scenes of people living their lives normally are juxtaposed with scenes of war and the end of the world was really powerful and well done. The weird mushroom creatures are fascinating and I like how they tie in to the flashbacks about "machine evolution" and the temple episode where it's hinted that they were once worshiped. They had a lot of really mysterious and interesting things to say at the end there too and it makes me want to check out the manga, whether I know the ending or not. They even said they know of no other humans, does this mean Ishii and the map guy are dead?! I hope not.

Oh and Yuuri and Chito are totally adorable together.


I would say it is very much worth reading the manga, even if you just read from the point of the submarine onward. The new series by the author is pretty good if you wish to check it out.


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I got to this one.
Gonna post some clips of it.


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Holy heck this girl is adorable


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She's the best.


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Really nice stuff here


What's this?


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Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki


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Uwah this white haired loli girl is adorable too
How have I never heard of this show?


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Cute cute cute!


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this anime unironically has a pretty good plot so far


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The name seems familiar. Is this the one where the bigger the breasts the more status they have?


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Yeah that's it.


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>Breasts rule this world
Well then

I can imagine the voice of the guy saying something like "C-chichi-sama!"


>I can imagine the voice of the guy saying something like "C-chichi-sama!"
there actually is a character named Chichi

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