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Postby esselfortium » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:45 pm

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:The story will end with Zoku-owarimonogatari, though we've already had the postscript in the form of Hanamonogatari. All the subsequent novels (and the various short stories in various places) are further episodes within the story already told to its end, so while they would be good to have, they are not essential.

Not quite so! While the original story is indeed more or less wrapped up now, the current season of novels takes place after a five-year timeskip and follows Koyomi into adulthood.

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Postby robersora » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:16 pm

^
That sounds incredibly cool and interesting.
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Postby esselfortium » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:27 pm

View Original Postrobersora wrote:^
That sounds incredibly cool and interesting.

Yeah, I'm really hoping it gets adapted into an anime at some point!

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Postby pwhodges » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:50 pm

View Original Postesselfortium wrote:Not quite so! While the original story is indeed more or less wrapped up now, the current season of novels takes place after a five-year timeskip and follows Koyomi into adulthood.

Thanks for the update! I was speaking of the "Off Season" novels, whose chronology within the story of the First, Second and Third Seasons I have a copy of. Until reading your post and following it up I was unaware of the plans for the further "Monster Season", whose first novel (Shinobumonogatari) takes place with Koyomi at university.
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Postby chazthesilencer » Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:43 am

Watched a few things back in Britland during a short holiday:

The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Caught this on FilmFour. Not a huge fan of the art style, but it at least lets the film stand out amongst the rest of the Ghibli library in terms of visuals if nothing else.
Slow start, but was firmly hooked when the marriage proposals hit. Not the most emotional of experiences, but of course I teared up a little at the last goodbyes bit, who wouldn’t?
Good.

OniAi. As the name suggests- it features a girl with a raging brother complex, (mercifully) the brother in question is having none of it. Hijinks ensue.
I was actually getting a good chuckle out of the first handful of episodes. When it looked like the show might stick with only the two characters to start and only gradually expand the cast, the show just suddenly plops in a harem out of nowhere. No messing around. Refreshing.
Load of rubbish, waste of time. Would happily watch more. Lord help me, I really am a hopeless harem-comedy junkie.

And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?. Members of an MMO guild meet up IRL and form a club to supposedly help cure the delusions of one of its members, typical school-life things ensue.
Not sure what to make of this one… the characters spend time together outside and inside the video game, same experiences, same fun etc. is the show trying to be clever and challenge our thoughts on the value of real-life interactions versus virtual ones… or is it just being boring?
Philosophy aside, the show isn’t anything memorable in terms of aesthetics. Sure, the girls are all generic cute and Ako is perfectly serviceable waifu-bait (big norks and slim, despite leading a lifestyle that would far more likely render her appearance closer to that of Jabba the Hutt’s). Oh- there’s a pinky! Add a point for that.
Wouldn’t recommend.

Started Danganronpa: The Animation. Besides harem-comedies, I also enjoy a good death-game/survival story. The added murder-mystery element must also appeal to my British tastes.
Haven’t played the game(s), so I’m sure the show is skipping over tons of character details and whatnot. Whatever. Just fast-forward to the pink blood-splatters and I’ll manage.

Need to catch up on my Crunchy queue...
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Postby Joy Evangelion » Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:01 pm

View Original Postchazthesilencer wrote:The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Caught this on FilmFour. Not a huge fan of the art style, but it at least lets the film stand out amongst the rest of the Ghibli library in terms of visuals if nothing else.
Slow start, but was firmly hooked when the marriage proposals hit. Not the most emotional of experiences, but of course I teared up a little at the last goodbyes bit, who wouldn’t?
Good.


I wasn't too wild about the art style either. I imagine it's probably one of those things you either love or hate. I'm do for a rewatch of this one, since the first time I watched it I was suffering through some wisdom tooth pain and thus I couldn't really enjoy it all that much. I do distinctly remember liking that ending though, with those gods or whatever they were descending down from heaven.

I'd say my favorite of the non-Miyazaki Ghibli is Whisper of the Heart (concrete road, take me home).
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Postby robersora » Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:15 pm

I've watched both Kizumonogatari pt3 & Owarimonogatari S2 Both are perfect accumulations of what the franchise grew to represent. Weird, true, artificial, beautiful, opaque, impenetrable. Newcomers won't start here anyways, but for all who have sticked around for all those years, these two instalments offer great conclusions. Kizu is an visceral experience every fan of animation ought to watch... and Owari S2 bundles all the disparate threads into a mind-bogglingly cohesive whole and poignant end.
9/10
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Postby pwhodges » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:22 am

Currently watching Fruits Basket, directed by the guy who did two of my favourite series: Now and Then, Here and There, and Bokura ga Ita. It's pleasant fun - I mean, it's actually good, but I'm not sure it will provide enough plot and development to keep it that way; but maybe it will.
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Postby Ray » Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:59 pm

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:Currently watching Fruits Basket, directed by the guy who did two of my favourite series: Now and Then, Here and There, and Bokura ga Ita.


You're Kidding me.

:gendo_kimura:

The guy who directed Now And Then, a contender for the most effed up edgelord show in anime history. A show which has it's plot almost entirely center around child rape, directed the Fruits Basket Anime!?

That's like Zack Snyder directing a critically acclaimed family comedy!
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Postby pwhodges » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:39 pm

True, though! In fact, although he didn't write Now and Then, Here and There, he had the original idea for the story in response to the reports coming out of Rwanda during the Genocide there.
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Postby Ray » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:54 pm

I see the evidence in front of me and I still can't believe it my mind refuses to go there. . . Holy crap. I guess after something that dark he wanted to take a break from that sort of harsh content and focus on something more innocuous and uplifting.
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Postby Gus Hanson » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:55 pm

My First Girlfriend is a Gal episode 3

Junichi's friends are weird but the one who likes little girls takes the "I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole" trophy for me. It's not even tongue in cheek funny like say Oingo Boingo's song but rather he would seriously fuck a little girl given the chance... :bigeyes:

Ranko trying to have her way with Junichi leads to some amusing situations and the confession of her liking Yukana as more than a friend complete with flower flashback is endearing. Reminded me of the flashback between the main pair in one of my favorite vanilla yuri hentai Shoujo Sect given that the scene also takes place in sunset in a playground. ^_^
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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:26 pm

Is New Game! any good? The art seems solid & I like stories about a workplace environment but from the clips I've seen I'm getting the vibe that:

A) There isn't much focus on the actual work.
B) It's another anime show that exists in a strange post-apocalyptic utopia where all men have died off
C) It's a show about female camaraderie that is still loaded with misplaced fan service & awkward ass + tits shots because it's made primarily by men.*

I've watched Little Witch Academia (2017) twice now and figure I should try something else.

*Note: I'm not against a little sexuality - I'm a red-blooded bisexual male & I will stand by the work of Brian DePalma any day - but it needs to exist in the scene. Much recent anime has been ruined for me when non-sexual scenes (I.E. Two female co-workers talking about something completely asexual) will apropos of nothing feature a close up on jiggling breasts or a shot looking up at someones ass as they stand up from their chair. It just destroys whatever that scene is going for in my eyes.

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Postby MuscleRobo » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:30 am

Well, I finished Transformers Headmasters and boy was it weird. It just ... ended? I know you say it's a show about toys but it's weird because their was a bunch of serious episodes towards the ends then it ended on any similar episodic story. A villain became a good guy, two good guys died from the big bad with the main character swearing revenge and the big bad stole the equivalent of the team's ultimate weapon they had been using in quite a few episodes. A fun Japan only transformers but kind of stuck between the original cartoon and their own ideas.

I also watched all of Degashi Kashi! What a cute show! Me and my roommate even went to the Asian market near our apartment and got a bunch of Japanese candy to munch on during the last few episodes. Apparently a second season is in development so that'll be fun! If you don't know anything about it it's about a boy who works in his father's rural candy store. Lots of fun about "penny candy" and a silly group of friends. I actually laughed out loud every episode! My only complaint is there's a few episodes with some intense fan service which seems really unnecessary in a show about friends eating candy.

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Postby Justacrazyguy » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:39 pm

View Original PostGendo'sPapa wrote:
A) There isn't much focus on the actual work.
B) It's another anime show that exists in a strange post-apocalyptic utopia where all men have died off
C) It's a show about female camaraderie that is still loaded with misplaced fan service & awkward ass + tits shots because it's made primarily by men.*


All this. The fanservice isn't constant, but it's there. It only vaguely deals with the task of making games.

Having seen the first season, I wouldn't recommend it. Even in the genre its in, there are better alternatives.
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Postby chazthesilencer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:32 pm

^Pretty much this.
Just watched season 2’s episode 5; we get a bit of business at the start: characters taking on new responsibilities; dealing with deadlines; juggling work with home life; learning to accept input and help from others… then it ends with 20 year old women who look like 14 year old girls fondling each other in a hot-spring.
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Postby El Squibbonator » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:53 pm

View Original PostRay wrote:You're Kidding me.

:gendo_kimura:

The guy who directed Now And Then, a contender for the most effed up edgelord show in anime history. A show which has it's plot almost entirely center around child rape, directed the Fruits Basket Anime!?

That's like Zack Snyder directing a critically acclaimed family comedy!


Well, he did direct the Guardians of Ga'Hoole movie (you know, the one about the owls).
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Postby Dr. Nick » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:20 pm

Night Raid 1931: It's a good anime if you're like me and suffering from Zipang withdrawal symptoms, but it's also unbalanced in a way that's going to be offputting for a lot of people. That's because its first half is quite a slog and makes the show seem dumber than it actually is. The presence of generic superpowers in a historical thriller is hugely puzzling, and the narrative throughline is pretty muddled throughout these early episodes. But a patient viewer is rewarded after the midpoint when the show finally reveals its hand. Some mild spoilers:

SPOILER: Show
The main characters' superpowers are basically just worldbuilding trinkets that are unimportant in their own right. Their only major importance lies in setting up a context wherein some select individuals do have superpowers, and once the show introduces a character who actually possesses a plot-relevant superpower it starts hitting its stride.


At this point Night Raid turns into something pretty gonzo, and there's a lot of excitement as we're kept wondering whether or not the show is going to commit to a pretty bold alternate history scenario. Furthermore, most of the protagonists get pretty moving conclusions to their respective arcs, which I couldn't have guessed from the lackluster beginning which didn't particularly make me care for them. So I feel like it's worthwhile for me to endorse this show a bit, because otherwise it's absolutely going to get murdered by the 3-episode test.

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Postby pwhodges » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:47 pm

Well, I finished the anime of Fruits Basket, and enjoyed it pretty much. It is, however, another of those shows which was animated while the manga was being written and has never been completed in anime form. Of the most obvious comparisons, it doesn't end up as tidily as Bokura ga Ita, whose manga has a well-defined two parts to its story, but its not a mess like the end of Kare Kano; it does well enough. However, as in the case of Bokura ga Ita in particular, it's worth reading the manga to get the whole story - in this case you meet the rest of the zodiac, you get more context for the curse and more information on it, and you get to see it broken (and at the very end you get a brief glimpse of Tōru-kun's grandchildren).

Next up is Nabari no Ō, which I've been recommended by another member here.
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Postby esselfortium » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:06 am

View Original PostGendo'sPapa wrote:Is New Game! any good? The art seems solid & I like stories about a workplace environment but from the clips I've seen I'm getting the vibe that:

A) There isn't much focus on the actual work.
B) It's another anime show that exists in a strange post-apocalyptic utopia where all men have died off
C) It's a show about female camaraderie that is still loaded with misplaced fan service & awkward ass + tits shots because it's made primarily by men.*

I've watched Little Witch Academia (2017) twice now and figure I should try something else.

*Note: I'm not against a little sexuality - I'm a red-blooded bisexual male & I will stand by the work of Brian DePalma any day - but it needs to exist in the scene. Much recent anime has been ruined for me when non-sexual scenes (I.E. Two female co-workers talking about something completely asexual) will apropos of nothing feature a close up on jiggling breasts or a shot looking up at someones ass as they stand up from their chair. It just destroys whatever that scene is going for in my eyes.

New Game definitely has some needlessly fanservicey parts that you will roll your eyes heavily at, but I would say that from the first season's final arc onwards, it gets serious about the work and is pretty damn good.

I rated the first season a 6/10 on MyAnimeList for its fanservice and overall unevenness, but the second season is well on its way to earning a 9/10 from me. Whereas the original series seemed to treat a lot of things with kid gloves, the second season has put the characters through greater challenges. It delves into the dilemma of competing against your idols for work, how intimidating the pressure can be once you've reached your goals, nepotism in hiring, etc., and the game they're making, Peco, looks genuinely interesting to me.

It's still a generally lighthearted show overall and I wouldn't recommend it if you have zero tolerance for fanservice, but the second season has been surprisingly effective at conveying the struggles of working in the creative industry, building the basic premise into something more emotionally complex, and giving me an attachment to its characters. For all those things, it's earned a lot of praise from me.


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