How deep are you in? How do you like it so far?
Joy Evangelion wrote:Watched Kare Kano over the past couple weeks, and enjoyed it, though the whole "what could have been" thing kind of bums me out...and it started so wonderfully! (It's such a beautiful feeling to watch a series by Gainax for the first time. Like having a conversation with an old friend.) Miyazawa and her family were awesome and Arima was truly a good dude. Tsubasa(that seiyu, man) was great, too. I really had a lot of fun with most of the series, and really dug a lot of the cuter aspects of it though obviously the end was kinda like, "darn." I don't want to end on a down note, so I'll say that hearing the music from Ha in the series was a very nice experience.
I really love Anno's directing in Kare Kano... But I dislike the source material. I know it's quite uncommon for Anime standards to actually bring the leads together this early, and the characters are not one-dimensional husks... But, alas, I really, really disliked them, which makes it difficult to enjoy a romcom.
Which only add to the menacing craziness of the cast.
I love the idea that it's equally thrilling and hilarious, two things a great trashy horror movie needs to provide. I haven't seen it in Anime to this extend before. Similar to the campy/serious business feel of Ikuhara, I really love when a show invokes conflicting feelings clashing inside of me.____________________________________________
The Engrish guy is one of the most fascinating things emerging out of this show by far. He's fucking hilarious. I hope we don't see too much of him. I wouldn't like this joke to wear thin. Mumei is, IMHO, as frustrating as she is awesome. Yes she is a whole lot of fun to watch, but she could have defused all of the unnecessary, uninteresting drama with 3 lines - providing this show with an opportunity to have space to make us truly care for these awesomely designed people.
FreakyFilmFan4ever wrote:I started watching Kabaneri a couple weeks ago.
It still suffers from its usually genre cliches, but putting the show on a train has, so far, managed to help them stay true to those genre expectations while still maintaining a level of suspense and believability that the show seems to expect from its audience. It's a clever fix to the situation, and as a result you're not sitting there watching the show shouting "Just run, you moron! You can outrun these things like an olympian sprinter outruns a sloth!"
While this is true, I'm always thinking about Baccano!, which did so much more interesting things on the train, whereas Kabaneri's cast is making their lives artificially difficult due to extended stupidity of almost everyone involved. I know, it's about creating tension, but the whole "We cannot trust them debate" was getting ridiculous and boring after a while.
Yes, this is a series that needs fast and gorgeous execution to work. But I'd prefer it with writing that makes characters listen to each other sometimes - maybe then they could stop screaming at each other for more than 5 lines.
Joy Evangelion wrote:Anybody else still watching Kiznaiver? After episode 6 I'm starting to feel pretty alright with the series, and I'm interested if anyone else feels the same way. I wasn't really feeling the character designs at first but I'm sort of into them now, and I like the idea of the seven of them getting fleshed out and getting to know one another. It seems like the series is going to be mostly driven by their interactions and I think they're a lot of potential here to make something pretty interesting. The whole "hearts being connected" thing is a bit corny, but I like it anyway, and I've seen much sappier things in anime before. But I'm mostly an optimist about every series, so I could see if others aren't feeling this one as much as me.
Kiznaiver is similar to Kill La Kill in one particular point: we didn't really know where it's supposed to be going.
I like how the series knows, how stupid the premise is, but uses its premise as a great foundation for some cool character communication. I especially liked the inclusion of a Masochist. Although his inclusion was an obvious choice, I never thought this show would have the balls to go this far. That being said, not all of the Episodes have been equally cool, but there have been some stand-out moments, which are on FLCL level of visual story telling. The Episode in which MC Katsuhira gets knocked down the stairs and the subsequent trippy hospital trip; the chasing of Maso-guy Hisomu, and some scenes of Maki's focused Episodes come to mind. Also, I find the concept of fake-eccentric to be hilarious. All those are not too outstanding in what they contain, but how they are executed. It's the sometimes perfect interplay of transcendental music, and the visual execution. And love those aesthetics, they are hands-down the biggest draw of this show for me. Very expressive, while also being distinct and stylish.
I really hope this series finishes off with an awesome finale and keeps up its strong handling on aesthetics. And this will remain to be my jam.
And OH MY GOD. THAT OPENING.
Well, if Trigger is Imaishi's style for you (which is fair enough, considering most of their output so far felt very Imaishi), then yes. I'm pretty glad, we get both Imaishi's antics and something other than Imaishi's antics this season. Trigger is giving other talents a go, which is great! I wouldn't go so far as to call Kiznaiver mundane... Yes, it's kinda tame compared to Imaishi, but the confidence of its weird premise makes it stand out, at least to me.
edit: whoopsie, got one of the quotes wrong...