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Postby pwhodges » Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:07 pm

I watched Fruits Basket. A bit comic, a bit serious (about familial relationships), and a bit romantic. I was really quite enjoying it, but then it rather suddenly ended, with a suitably dramatic few scenes, but none of the main issues resolved. Still, it made for a nice season ending - except, that's it.

Well, that's what you get when a show is made when the manga isn't even half-way through (see Kare Kano, FMA (2003), Bokura ga Ita, ya-da, ya-da, ya-da...). So inevitably I read the manga to get the whole story. Well, first I noticed that the drama that ends the series was (a) moved from an earlier spot to make the "ending", and (b) greatly expanded, in a way that had major plot holes and was not really in character either. Such is life. However, the manga is really rather long, and very slow. It does have a properly completed story, though the dénouement is somewhat underwhelming after the build-up, and there are no loose ends of consequence. But, boy, did it drag through the later stages.

So, I ended up preferring the clearly incomplete anime to the fully realised manga version of the story. Enjoy it, as far as it goes, because it's pretty good - but just be aware that you'll end up dumped at the side of the road.

Then I watched Nabari no Ō. Sold as a ninja show, starts as a ninja show, forgets about that after a few episodes. I was pointed to it as a sort of Eva-Naruto cross-over; I know nothing of Naruto, so I can't comment on that aspect, but the comparison with Eva is pretty slight. The MC, Miharu, is terminally apathetic at first, even when being attacked, but is fairly soon shown to have a cute devilish streak, and then he finds something he wants to do - even though it's not what anyone else wants him to do, and he doesn't want to do what they want. So, conflict there is, but really not much angst. It made a nice story, with little in the way of underlying moral or lesson, and I liked the pastel water-colour backgrounds, and the character designs (in spite of their being a bit like anorexic stick insects). Gently recommended, but don't expect anything earth-shattering.
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Postby robersora » Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:01 pm

Twin Peaks Season 3
I’ve never managed to finish the second season, or watch the movie. But I love David Lynches vision and worlds. So having 18 hours of undiluted Lynch anchored in reality due to Frost’s writing is a delicious treat. It’s a very simple story told at a snails pace. But it’s filled with lovable characters and mind-blowing Lynchian moments. It’s surprisingly understandable all the way through, only at the very end it sky rockets of into metaphorical heights I am unable to decipher. A bit like ONE MORE FINAL. This show was a treat. It’s amazing this is allowed to exist. This is exactly what I needed. Might be too slow for some, though. Also, the soundtrack is amazing.
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Postby silvermoonlight » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:10 am

Stranger Things
For any one who has watched JJ adam's Super 8 and felt that it fell short you gotta watch this series because its everything Super 8 wishes it was and I don't want to give spoilers other than to say its dark, deep emotional and pulls no punches and its one of these few series which I feels pays true homage to the 80's the look and feel is spot on as is the attention to detail and characters rooms feel like there actuality lived in and not part of a display to bring up nostalgia with everything being perfect and crisp.
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