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Postby imprimatur13 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:56 am

On a (presumably) lighter note; Anyone seen Noragami? I like the artstyle, and the whole kami-thing, but is it just another generic shounen battle? Or, does it have the depth that we Evageeks crave?
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Postby pwhodges » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:20 am

It's not deep in the manner of Eva, but it's entertaining and well paced (though the latest arc in the manga got stretched a bit too far IMO in the desire for spectacle). It's earned a place on my shelves in both forms - indeed, the character Yukine is my current avatar on another forum... There are persistent rumours of a third series (there's enough manga for two more now, though the manga's currently on hiatus for health reasons), but no supporting evidence at all.
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Postby Ray » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:40 pm

I must be the only anime fan on the planet who hasn't seen "Your Name" yet. Is it worth the hype? I mean, the way people talk about it I'm worried it'll be like when I went to see Avatar or when my Sister went to see Titanic. There was all this Build-up, and then when it actually did come out I felt incredibly underwhelmed. Not because the movie itself was bad, but because it had been talked up so much when I did see it my expectations were waaaaay too high. I'm worried that's gonna be the case with this movie.

Anyone here who can tell me if it's worth the hype?
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Postby imprimatur13 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:53 pm

I haven't seen it either :), but I hear it is good. Apparently not as good as Makoto Shinkai's other films, though, (like 5 Centimeters). Which I also haven't seen. There IS a NY Times article where he explicitly cites Hideaki Anno as one of his 2 main influences for Your Name (other one is Haruki Murakami).
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Postby pwhodges » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:05 pm

Pretty good (and very pretty), but doesn't reach greatness IMO. Lots of WAFF. Just go and enjoy it for what it is without worrying about people's opinions - it's certainly worth that much.
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Postby imprimatur13 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:25 pm

So, pwhodges (see?)... Any recommendations for something similar, now that I've finished Noragami? (If you were going to say FMA, I've already seen it :).)
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Postby pwhodges » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:27 pm

View Original Postimprimatur13 wrote:So, pwhodges (see?)...
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You say you've watched FMA, but have you watched both versions of FMA? There is no general agreement which is the better of the original 2003 version (produced while the manga was ongoing, so the second half of the story is completely different) and FMA Brotherhood (which follows the manga exactly). I actually think both are very good, but prefer the 2003 version because it's better paced (the pacing of the later parts of the manga are flawed, which carries over into Brotherhood IMO).

OK, moving on. Rurouni Kenshin is my next suggestion; a really excellent manga (which I'm in the middle of re-reading right now, as it happens), and a lot of good anime adaptation as well. Alongside the action, there is a lot of humour, and a story which while not itself historical is steeped in the circumstances of the early days of the Meiji era (the manga has very extensive historical notes). However, there is quite some complication in the anime as compared to the manga.

The anime is some 95 episodes, and there are two short OVA series. Only eps 1-62 correspond to the main part of the manga, and it is often recommended to ignore the later mainly anime-original episodes as rubbish (I don't even have them on my shelf); also quite a lot of the first 30-odd episodes are non-manga filler, but they are not too badly regarded. For my part, I have watched 1-11, 12, 14, 19-21, 23-24 (which follow the manga) and 28-62 (which cover the main story, known as "the Kyoto arc"). There are two English dubs, of which the latter is by far the better, though the earlier one has some adherents. The earlier US release was also renamed Samurai X, and my copy of the OVAs is under that name.

The four-part OVA known as Trust and Betrayal (Tsuiokuhen, there are varying translations) is a prequel to the main series, but should be watched afterwards (as it appears in the manga also), and is often thought to be the best part of the whole anime - there's also a single film edit of this, but it's not often found. The other two-part OVA (Reflection - Seisouhen, again various translations) is an ending to the story, but the final ending is non-canon; the style is extremely different, but I like it, though many don't.

Ignore the separate film (Requiem for the Restoration Patriots) and the more recent short OVA version of the Kyoto arc - they are both a waste of time. However, there is a trilogy of live-action films which are very good.

Another series I suggest is X. Not great, perhaps, but still a good watch. Just 2 cours, so more manageable. It can be hard to find, largely because a single-letter name is hardly the ideal search term! Try searching for "X (TV)" or "X/1999". There is also a film, which came before the anime. In this case the manga (by Clamp) is on hiatus (since 2003!). The anime was made before it reached that point, and the film several years earlier than that - so the endings do not match, and neither is entirely convincing. The film is almost incomprehensible throughout, as it has very little explanation of what's going on at all, though the animation is possibly better than the series (both are good).

Finally, I'll mention but only summarise two other series I enjoy. EscaFlowne takes a schoolgirl to an off-Earth fantasy setting, with dragons and sword fights; there's just been a new dub made to match a remastering that added extra scenes; there's also a film with a markedly different story. And Eureka 7, which has a kind of surfing vibe to it (but on no account try the sequel, Eureka 7: AO - it completely undermines the original series and is incoherent in its own right!).
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Postby imprimatur13 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:47 pm

Hi folks! I'm currently rewatching Death Parade, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any similar anime? With that sort of constant psychological force, that is also presented so well?

(I know there are other series with people who go through that kinda thing (Haibane Renmei, for instance), but it's usually something that only happens to one character, at the end of the series; Rather than do it over and over again, nearly every episode, a la Death Parade and NGE. THAT's what I'm looking for. ;) )

Looking at Yuzuru Tachikawa's other stuff, I see he was asst. dir. on Zankyou no Terror. Anyone seen it, tell me how it might compare?
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