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Postby Justacrazyguy » Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:45 pm

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:Well, there are a few other anime series about music around.


Yeah, I've got to give a look to some of them. There's also Kids on the Slope, by Watanabe, witch deals with Jazz. I haven't seen it yet.

I am watching Carole and Tuesday(trough not exactly legal means) and yeah, it's okay. I wish I actually liked the music the protagonists play, but the soft acoustic pop they throw out just bores me most of the time. There's still plenty of episodes to go though, so it might improve later.

Have you seen Beck pwhodges? I've been looking around and the dub for it seems to be good(this said by someone that never watches dubs though). I know you usually watch anime dubbed( or am I remembering wrong?) so I thought I'd mention it.
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Postby pwhodges » Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:07 pm

I've not seen Beck, but your comments have made me add it to my list. (I watch anime both dubbed and subbed - sometimes even both in turn.)

Kids on the Slope is good, and the disks have earned a place on my shelf; it's short, just one cour. The music is by Yoko Kanno.

The other music anime that comes to mind is Your Lie in April (two cour), about a young pianist who has fallen prey to stage fright and can no longer perform. A lively young violinist rescues him, and guides him back to performing, but there is a tragic ending - more tragic than is common. There is an unexpected twist to the underlying love story (the title's a clue). That's also on my shelf; I particularly like the designs in this one.
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Postby pwhodges » Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:01 am

Quite apart from the musical series just commented on, it's been a while since I talked about what I have been watching.

In the current season, as well as those mentioned above I am watching Sarazanmai, Fruits Basket (2019), and Dororo.

Sarazanmai is good looking and fun to watch, but to be honest, I have little idea what it's really going on about. Maybe that will become clear on reflection after it's finished - who knows. Still, I would want to miss it.

Fruits Basket (2019) is a new animation of the manga, and will tell the complete story - which I guess will take at least four cours; presumably the present "Season 1" will be two cours. A new series is needed because the well-loved old series covers less than a third of the story, and naturally people would like to see the whole. A continuation from the old series was out of the question, not only because of stylistic changes, but because it had made very big rearrangements of the material then available to try to reach a satisfying conclusion. The mangaka is acting as a consultant, and wanted the drawing style to be updated. In general the new series is, as you'd expect, following the manga closely, but there are some small changes of emphasis which highlight things which some of us know will become a great significance later on. For a passing comparison with the old series, I can say that the animation is better (and there's far less use of static images), and the amount of detail in backgrounds is hugely increased, giving a lot more context to what's going on; nor have they fallen into the trap that FMA-Brotherhood did of spoiling the early parts by straining to be different from the previous version. But comparisons with the former series are not needed - this is simply the adaptation of the manga that we've really been waiting for, and is not disappointing us. The music is good, but doesn't push the music of the old series into the shade.

Dororo is a new adaptation of a very early iconic manga. I've not seen the old animation, which is in black and white except for the first (pilot) episode. The manga itself, however iconic, is flawed in that it just runs out of steam; much of the story remains untold, and the ending is just patched on. This adaptation (which is in its second cour) started as a faithful representation of the manga, but from the middle has been increasingly writing its own story which it tells through the remaining scenarios of the manga. This has made it much easier to remain invested in the story than was the case reading the book, as we are clearly heading towards a resolution of the demonic pact which started the story and is just left hanging by the original. I also like the characters, and feel that the cheeky Dororo is very convincingly portrayed. I'm glad to have come across this one (which I had missed when it started last season).

I also started watching Fairy Gone for some reason - but I've dropped that as each episode was less interesting than the previous one, and in the end I could see no reason to continue.

Last season's stand-out for me was The Promised Neverland. The opening episode didn't draw me in, but a friend told me to persist and I was glad I did. I wasn't much attracted by the character designs, though; but the story was more satisfying in the end than I had initially feared it might be. Although I enjoyed it, I can't really think of much to say about it...

Oh, and SSSS.Gridman was great!

And I'm continuing to enjoy slumming it with Black Clover - well, why not?
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Postby Mr. Tines » Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:42 pm

So I tried -- and didn't pick up -- a couple of this season's meme titles.

Senko-san -- apart from the feeling that anyone who writes code like this
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is undeserving of a fox-loli mother-wife, it just leaves me wondering how many sarariman in danger of succumbing to karoshi watching this will be tipped over the edge knowing that they won't be thus pampered when they get home.

Miru Tights -- is what the future of anime distribution could be like : directly published to YouTube rather than sub-licensed for streaming, subbed in multiple languages, each episode after the first freely available for a week. It should not, however, be the future of anime itself, as a set of increasingly niche fetish-service titles.
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Postby Blockio » Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:55 am

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:apart from the feeling that anyone who writes code like this
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is undeserving of a fox-loli mother-wife

Seriously what the hell :cringe:
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Postby robersora » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:46 am

There's some responses for pwhodges and justacrazyguy sprinkled all over the text.


Your Lie in April seems like melodramatic telenovela romp featuring an impossibly pure-hearted waifu, and after reading the synopsis and what happens at the end (and listening to the cringe-inducing one-liners in the trailer), my worst fears were confirmed.
(Over the years I've gotten extremely fed up with cheesiness in media...)
Also, while there was obviously put lots of care in the visual presentation, the overuse of bloom and the weird shading of the lips makes the show very hard to to look at.

On the other hand, I really loved Beck back when I watched 10 years ago. While the animation is reeaaally wonky, the tone of the show has this refreshing grungy earnestness to it, that is so rare in Anime. Yes, the EngRish is cheesy af, but endearingly so, almost MOE-inducing. The OP is one of my favorites in Anime as well. I generally am a huge fan of this direcotor's work; Paradise Kiss ist just amazing, one of the best romances in Anime (up there with Kare Kano, which I detested back when I watched it in 2013, but now I think it's a masterpiece, lol. I was heartbroken at the time). Also still need to finally finish March comes in like A Lion, it was shaping up to become a 10/10, but I fell off when I caught up to the currently airing Episode.

I don't have any fucking time for anything right now. How is it possible that I, of all people, have grown up to have responsibilities. #sadface

I remember Kids on the Slope as being quite good as well. What I like most about Watanabe is how he manages to induce everything with this laid-back attitude, he somehow manages to make cartoons feel like I'm watching real people. I'm really bad at handling Clannad or Kimi no Uso style presentation... My eyes just keep rolling backwards, which makes it impossible for me to watch the show. (lol) On the other end of the tone-spectrum, there is the overly-mega-cool and hard-boiled teen-romp steeped in sarcasm and cynicism. Many American productions suffer from this, especially indie movies, I feel like. Either way, despite being about teenagers, Watanabe knows how to strike a tone that doesn't annoy me. Which makes it automatically better than most media.

Tone is something rarely gets discussed, but it's something I greatly appreciate when done well. Ikuhara is a master of crafting complex emotions in the narrative. As I mentioned above, I really dislike shows that slap the drama into my face and scream "AND NOW FEEL THIS".


So yeah, I still need to get around watching Mob Psycho 200, Carole and Tuesday and Sarazanmai. I've sampled the first Episodes and all of them have the potential to be great. I have read that Carole and Tuesday seems to have a rather poor presentation of Trans People (something Japan still struggles with generally -> Atlus), but I'd have to confirm myself, if it's just the usual SJW hyperbole or if it's just Japan being Japan.
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Postby MuscleRobo » Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:36 am

I just finished an old fan service heavy OVA called Agent Aika. The weirdest thing of all was it was actually pretty fun! The setting for the series is a flooded world and there are many boats and submarines with great mecha designs that remind me of things like Outlaw Star. Practical submersible vehicles with intricate grabby parts. There's some great airplane dogfights too. The heroine has a sci-fi body horror guyver esque transformation into a Queen's Blade style ecchi body suit too. The thing is the fan service is omnipresent. Even if someone is standing on the deck of a ship and just giving exposition there will be a girl standing over them for an upskirt shot. The creator of this made Project A-Ko but I don't think there's "more" to the fanservice in this like there was for that. I genuinely enjoyed the show though and had a lot of laughs though. The first four episodes of the OVA are one over arching story and I think worth checking out actually. I know I'm destroying any credibly I have praising this silly pantyshot show but I can find most things pretty enjoyable if you go in wanting to just enjoy a short anime!

-edit- Do not google this anime at work because the results will surely be NSFW! lol


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