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Postby Mr. Tines » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:37 am

I finished the backlog titles I've been watching, and at the end I can say that

Gifu Dodo : Kanetsugu & Keiji, a title which a few EvaGeeks watched at the time, is a pretty good "Manly Sengoku notables do manly things" title, so long as you are fine with the style of having the major characters -- the occasional grotesque amongst them -- towering over the lesser folk, in a manner akin to high-level characters in One Piece. That given, it does make for a great, albeit, ahem, larger than life, historical fiction, complete with the perfect excuse for some manly tears.

The title can be slightly misleading though -- not in the series being about the Path of Dignified Righteousness, but in the way that Keiji vanishes from the tale (except in the scenes when we return to where the two are reminiscing about the things that happened many years before), after the half-way point recap episode.

By contrast, the only earlier mentions of Sengoku Collection here were from symbv, who dropped it after about 3-4 episodes, so it's thanks to a random mention from some /a/non, recommending a few specific episodes, that I actually picked this one up.

Not only does it start out with the premise of historical characters from the Sengoku Era turning into girls, but this was also a very early mobage tie-in to boot; as such, it had no business being as good as it in fact turned out to be in the end. It does take a few episodes to find its feet -- I would say that episodes 7 and 8 are the first ones where it definitely surpasses being "Cute Sengoku Generals Do Cute Things" fluff, and in the final third there are several simply excellent episodes.

If only they had not made Naoe Kanetsugu constantly look like a "kawaii uguu!" escapee from Kanon (2002) in her few appearances (this was most especially jarring when juxtaposed with Gifu DoDo's depiction of same).

Now, after these most serendipitous findings, time to start trawling for some new titles to watch, only without the expectation of being so lucky this time.
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Postby El Squibbonator » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:20 pm

Remember how I said I hated Elfen Lied? How I thought it was a pretentious, hypocritical mess of a story that wasted a potentially interesting premise? Well, a couple days ago--purely for shits and giggles-- I started Lynn Okamoto's other teenage-girls-with-terrifying-superpowers series, Brynhildr In The Darkness.

And you know what? This show actually works. It's much less heavy on the sexualization of the underage characters than Elfen Lied was (though there is still lots of that), it doesn't trip over itself with badly-thought-out morals about racism, the male lead actually has a personality, and there's actual suspense and intrigue. In a lot of ways, it's the story Elfen Lied was trying to be, but wasn't competent enough to pull off. It's a shame that it was made before the manga ended, because I actually do wish I could see the whole story animated. This, not Elfen Lied, is the story Lynn Okamoto should be known for.
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Postby Alaska Slim » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:43 am

Goblin Slayer

It has a few moments like Is it wrong to try and pick up a girl in a dungeon? where thing get surprisingly visceral.

And graphic. and Horrifing. And that's honestly why I'm watching. I'm so desensitized that the raw feeling this provides is food for my tormented soul. :devil:


The titular character is pretty flat, but his backstory seems to offer good reason. He's a man obsessed, and despite his accolades and high skill, it's implied several times that he isn't healthy in his mind, nor is he invulnerable.

His party though is dull, something the story is going out of its way to justify the presence/existence of in pretty pathetic ways.

The priestess aside, they're just bland tropes bouncing off one another. A lizard character in a headdress almost seems like an inspired addition, but his only character contribution outside of fighting seems to be "I like the cheese. When we find/eat cheese?" Which once was the entire reason they showed up in an episode. We're not getting a well-rounded cast.

In fact, the shows spends more time characterizing the surrounding cast. The lady who hands out the missions, other silver-class adventurer parties, the other low-class adventurers, the farm girl childhood friend, etc. None of it is terribly exciting or inspired, but at least they're not just tropes.

... And I don't get why the show would do that. It's like the writer envisioned this just as a two-person affair, but since that couldn't make for enough variety in missions or cast conversations, they were like "I'll just throw in these stand-ins into the party, and it'll write itself."


Shame. If not for us spending disproportionate time with uninteresting characters, I'd say the show was at least watchable. The combat seems loyal to the dungeon-crawler mechanics the world is setting up, and murphy's law is everywhere, so you really don't know how fights will turn out.


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Postby Kazuki_Fuse » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:14 pm

Zombieland Saga is the best show to air this year. Every episode is just so much fun. You know you're doing something right when the show spoofing idol anime has a better song than actual idol anime.
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Postby robersora » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:36 am

Roujin Z
At the same time being the less juvenile version of Akira, while being very light-hearted in tone. Super weird and fascinating little OVA. Lots of fun, reminded me of the Stink Bomb* segment in Memories. Glorious high-quality sakuga included.

*Also that one Runaway Tank Episode from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Season 1. Is runaway tank a story-trope?

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Postby Gus Hanson » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:54 am

A Silent Voice

Quite possibly the most beautiful film i have ever come across in my life. Both for it's beautiful animation and the subject matter. I would definitely repeat viewings of this in the future.
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Postby pwhodges » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:51 pm

A wonderful film - and the only anime I've ever seen in a theatre, as it happens. I recommend the manga, also.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:13 pm

Pulling titles from the backlog where they had been languishing for a year-plus

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:I probably haven't watched quite enough recent titles to get all the references in Animegataris, but it may be silly enough fun to give a second chance. It will depend on the ratio of whimsical out-of-folklore elements to gratuitous onsen scenes in the the all fox-girls all the time Konohana Kitan whether that one continues.


As expected Animegataris was purely fluff, but it turned out to be very meta fluff, including things like a very knowing discussion of the 3-episode rule in the third episode.

I had expected Konohana Kitan to be mostly "cute gay foxgirls do cute gay bath-house things", perhaps trending towards Hanasaku Iroha (kemonomimi edition) as newcomer Yuzu gets introduced to life working at a hot-spring inn, that just happens to be located just past the border of the waking world. Instead, the whimsical out-of-folklore (or urban legend) elements dominated, to make a charming little series all in all. Recommended.
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