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Postby Giji Shinka » Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:44 pm

Akame ga kill! Eps. 1-8
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Postby Bagheera » Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:21 pm

Cross Ange 2: Fuck all y'all, this is glorious. My one question is this: why are they all girls? NVM, it's obvious, but even so that's the only major misstep in the show. The rest is all "this is a dystopia, we're gonna fuck with it, and we're gonna screw with all of your heteronormative assumptions in the process."

Which means, given past experience, that while I think it's awesome in reality I've probably missed something obvious that makes it terrible. Par for the course, carry on.
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Postby Fireball » Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:29 pm

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Postby Monk Ed » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:41 pm

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:

What is even being blotted out here? More bloody heads?
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Postby Bagheera » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:42 pm

Gods damn it. Too many similar characters in G-Reco. It's hard to sort out what's happening. It's all glorious, but nonetheless confusing.

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Postby Alaska Slim » Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:58 pm

Melody of Oblivion

Just watched the first episode. My first impression is Psychonauts on motorcycles, if it had all the levity and Burton-esce charm sucked out.

Does it get better?
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Postby ThanatosII » Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:41 am

With much indirect peer pressure (looking at you, EGF) to watch Revolutionary Girl Utena, I'm doing just that. 10 episodes in and finding the mystery interesting. Lots of techno babble of destiny/End of the World/Power of Dios to keep tuned in to figure out what it will amount(?) to, so that's an automatic Evangelion vibe (huge plus!). I do know this generally regarded to be a deconstruction of the magical girl genre, so all the heavy stuff is expected. Granted, I haven't seen any true magical girl anime (I'm sorry Sailor Moon fans! Have seen Madoka Magica, but don't think that counts), but to be fair, I haven't seen any other mecha anime (besides TTGL & Gunbuster, again if that 'counts'), and that didn't detract from my enjoyment of Evangelion.

So hrm... the characters. Given the setting where it's all tip of the hat nobility, I'm finding that niche hard to be vested in. Couple of things so far that I feel wrong to nitpik, as it probably shouldn't be a major factor for the series overall, is just how... misogynistic the male characters are. Slap, slap, and more slaps! Yes yes, I know, it's not only the guys doing this, as noted by the various times Anthy is slapped by school girls. It's probably best to say this is the intention, to hate the high and mighty guys though, so I don't hold much against that. It's the writer doing the job.

Another thing that is a bit over the top is the big brother complex. This is mostly since I don't totally understand that dynamic. Where I can totally see the father complex Misato had with Kaji being realistic, I don't quite understand the big brother complex, and as such, it just comes across as annoying (although humorous at times as well).

That's my thoughts so far. This post largely makes it out to be if I'm disliking this so far, and that isn't the case, just mixed at the moment. -o-;
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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:42 am

I'm glad to hear that someone else is enjoying it. It's high on my backlog, and now I have more motivation to watch! :tongue:

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Postby robersora » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:11 am

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Postby UrsusArctos » Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:21 am

Utena is pretty much the "sister" show of Evangelion, and its director, Kunihiko "Ikuni" Ikuhara is one of Anno's old buddies - both of them were pretty strongly feminist. (From what I've heard, though, Ikuhara seems to have given in to the fanservice crowd in Penguindrum, which is a shame).

In fact, the Kaworu-Shinji bath conversation was inspired by a real conversation Ikuhara and Anno had in a bath, with Ikuhara taking, as it were, the role of Kaworu. Make of that what you may...but you now see where Utena is coming from, don't you?
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Postby ThanatosII » Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:35 am

Yeah, I did read that interview. Sounded like one of Anno's shenanigans to channel his inner woman (alongside the reading romance novels targeted to a female demographic), which I find pretty admirable.

Been meaning to watch it for awhile anyway, given the close ties Ikuhara and Anno have (as mentioned) and also because how much I loved Penguindrum. Although, now you have me a bit worried, as I didn't realize Penguindrum was the "given into fanservice crowd" anime from Ikuhara -o-;
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Postby pwhodges » Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:37 am

Honestly, it doesn't strike me that way.
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Postby Oz » Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:40 pm

View Original PostUrsusArctos wrote:(From what I've heard, though, Ikuhara seems to have given in to the fanservice crowd in Penguindrum, which is a shame).

No, not really. Anything even remotely close to fanservice has a proper purpose in the show. Symbolically or otherwise.
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Postby riffraff11235 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:47 pm

I have a bunch of stuff left over from the past two seasons to finish - just look at my MAL page; it's a mess right now. One of the few things I was really interested in for this season was the new rendition of Fate/Stay Night - Unlimited Blade Works. I've heard great things about the franchise from lots of people, but sadly they can't seem to agree on a viewing order. Some have told me to watch the series in release order (with the possible exception of the UBW movie), while others insist that I should forgo the original FSN and watch the new one as it airs. Any more suggestions to add to the mix?
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Postby Fireball » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:26 pm

Do it like me and just start with UBW.
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Postby Redtophat » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:31 pm

View Original Postriffraff11235 wrote:I have a bunch of stuff left over from the past two seasons to finish - just look at my MAL page; it's a mess right now. One of the few things I was really interested in for this season was the new rendition of Fate/Stay Night - Unlimited Blade Works. I've heard great things about the franchise from lots of people, but sadly they can't seem to agree on a viewing order. Some have told me to watch the series in release order (with the possible exception of the UBW movie), while others insist that I should forgo the original FSN and watch the new one as it airs. Any more suggestions to add to the mix?
The old adaptations are so shit that even Type-Moon pretends that they never happened so don't watch em. I suggest just jumping right into Unlimited Blade Works.

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Postby robersora » Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:18 pm

View Original PostUrsusArctos wrote:both of them were pretty strongly feminist. (From what I've heard, though, Ikuhara seems to have given in to the fanservice crowd in Penguindrum, which is a shame).


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Postby Squigsquasher » Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:52 pm

Was going to watch Terrar Formars as I know the Manga is fucking terrifying, but then...

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Yeah, no.

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Postby Final Messenger » Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:58 pm

View Original PostSquigsquasher wrote:
Maybe when rips of the BD are up.

well crunchy roll is going to stream the uncensored version in the future, however I'd just read the manga. From the one episode I watched besides bad censoring the show didn't look super good and they skipped out on a bunch of stuff.
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Postby Tankred » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:06 pm

View Original PostFinal Messenger wrote: however I'd just read the manga. From the one episode I watched besides bad censoring the show didn't look super good and they skipped out on a bunch of stuff.


Yeah, Squig, the manga is comedy gold, would definitely advise reading it, I still need to catchup with the recent chapters.


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