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Postby Mr. Tines » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:59 am

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:But if another season comes along, I would expect to try it, and hope to enjoy it as much - however, there's plenty of scope for them to make it better.
From what I've read, it seems that the adaptation actually outran the source material, and the ending is an anime-original conclusion of what are still on-going events in the manga. Since the manga has been running for 4 years already, that would put season 2 some years into the future, if ever.
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Postby Gus Hanson » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:08 pm

Eureka Seven episode 13

I do have a question regarding the soundtrack which is astounding! The scene where Holland and his team attack the military and the main couples are in the line of fire near the end, there's a techno song playing and I can't figure out which of the ones contributed to the score it is...

I have a suspicion that it's "Draft Any Funk" by NEWDEAL but the dialogue was too noisy to make out the core of the song.

Other than that, it was a welcome change of pace to see Renton and Dominic meet and have to work together to save their significant others.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:53 pm

So, the season is coming to an end.

Yuru Camp∆ rounded itself off nicely, fast-forwarding to spring, and cherry blossoms. One for going on a Google Earth holiday along with, and not worrying too much about the times of sunrise and sunset (there was rather too much light in the sky at 05:00 on Christmas morning, 20 minutes before the start of astronomical twilight). I wonder what will be the next outdoor activity to fill this niche.

Toji no Miko at the half-way point. Well, that escalated quickly -- the obvious end boss turned out just to be the mid-boss after all. I now have no idea where this will end up going, but I expect it to continue to have sword fights most episodes.

And in blast-from-the-past mode, I have now almost tripled the amount of SHAFT I've seen, being a third of the way through the second season of Natsu no Arashi. While the first season was an odd mix of sit-com and wartime drama, the second is turning into a one note "will the reverse trap's secret be revealed?" with an side of introducing an issue or concern and accidentally resolving it by visiting the past in the space of half an episode or so. But by now, I've gotten fond of the characters, so I think I'll keep on going.

While it is laden with artsy tricks -- odd vignetting, random bits of photograph, interspersed gags of the form "I forget the name, but the punchline was..." in completely contrasting art style -- what it doesn't have is those goddamned head-tilts and the generally ugly style of the *gataris.
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Postby chazthesilencer » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:40 am

Finished a few things:

The Ancient Magus’ Bride - Not a huge fan of these sorts of ambiguous, let me take your pain/ heal the villain endings. Stumbled at the finishing line, but the show is still a winner.

Laid-Back Camp - Start of the show= Shimmerin' camps solo. End of the show = Shimmerin' still camps solo, but doesn't mind company now.
Whelp, that's character development. Thumbs up.
Maybe next time she'll tackle Mt. Fuji and eventually get over her fear of heights; let's just hope she doesn't have to go bra-shopping in the OVA between seasons.

Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San - Consistently cute and amusing from start to finish. My Crunchy player broke near the end of episode 11:
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Appropriate considering the timing and context of the skit. A “critical hit” had just been landed, see.

Citus - Much like CommieOtaku, I didn’t wish the characters were dead every episode either. Not a bad show, even had a blue-eyed pinkie show up.
This is probably the best, straight yuri title I’ve seen to date.
Probably only seen three in total, mind.

Rewatching Dragon Maid - Been playing VRChat lately; Kannas are everywhere; figured I’d see why the character endures so well.
Don’t see it.
At least the show itself does make for some easy, heart-warming viewing.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:29 am

So, the first episode of the LoGH remake surfaced on YouTube. It seemed to cover the Imperial side of the first two episodes of the OVA; so I'm not sure how much of even Book 1 this apparently one cour show will attempt to adapt. The space battles showed how animation technology has improved over the years, but the character re-designs were simply unimpressive.
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Postby cyharding » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:10 pm

If I had to make a guess, they'll probably go up to the battle of Armistar to conclude the series while the three movies that are supposed to come after will cover the Lippenstadt War and the attempted coup d'etat in the Alliance. I kind of find it funny that as the trailers and other information about the new adaptation were coming out that so many people were complaining about the fact that it isn't the same as the OVAs (for the record, I've only seen the first 26 episodes). The character designs were bad, they don't use classical music, etc... It's rather silly to me that people can get so worked up over it. And in my opinion, the OVAs have their prooblems as well.

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Postby robersora » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:26 pm

I've managed to go 5 Minutes deep into Megalobox. The art design is gorgeous, the music is cool. Generally this seems like a very confident production. Sadly, the script is trash.
It starts of with a nonsensical monologue (STRIKE 1), which is especially tragic in this case, because otherwise the opening sequence could stand by itself as a neat introduction.
5 Minutes in, I've been inundated with expository dialogue (STRIKE 2), cumulating in "as you know" world building.

It makes me so sad. I can't handle that.
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Pop Team Epic is sublime, though. 9/10



Then again, one could call out my hypocrisy, since I'm still on board with Darling and the Franxxx... It still makes me raise my eyebrows every 5 minutes at how clumsily it tumbles from one melodramatic plot point another. Most of the conflicts are so dumb/basic it makes me cringe. It doesn't even work as a parody of dumb teenagers, luckily Trigger already made a perfect version of that with Kiznaiver. But it's visually just too darn tasty... The editing has a pleasant rhythm and the shots are framed competently attractive. I don't even mind that the visuals are a cheap reproduction of Gainax Eva-Diebuster. It''s been too long I've been treated with this brand of visual orgasm (Occultic; Nine had some of it), so my cravings are strong enough to make me able to put up with a script devoid of anything but cringe for 20 minutes a week.
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Postby Joy Evangelion » Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:09 pm

Joseki wrote: DEVILMAN crybaby: I never watched or read anything from Go Nagai before but this was shockingly good, one of the best anime I've ever watched and surely the best thing I've ever watched on Netflix. The end left a hole inside my heart. The OST is mega.


The dude's OST for Ping Pong is one of my all time favs. I never go too long without giving it a listen. I liked Devilman Crybaby just fine, but I think the hype surrounding it and the fact that the guy who directed my second favorite series did it may have given me too high of expectations. Shoulda watched this one in January...oh well. It was definitely good, but not entirely up my alley. Yuasa is still my dude though.

Joy Evangelion wrote:Also, hot take alert: Märchen Mädchen will be my favorite series of the season. Fingers crossed that one of the magic books is something by Faulkner. :wink:


I jinxed this show. Series didn't even finish...and Episode 9 may have had the worst animation I've even seen in an animay, and I've watched the 11th episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Episode 10 was pretty decent though, but it's a shame what happened with this series. It was pretty fun...oh well.

Good season altogether though, and spring is pretty good too, though 3 of the 4 shows I'm watching are just continuations of the winter season or sequels; CC Sakura CC, Darling and Frank, und My Hero Academia. I'm also watching that show about the horse girls, Umamusume, which I initially picked up because I watch everything PA Works does. It's actually pretty good! The first two episodes which got released together were really nice, though the third was a bit meh. But it seems to be setting itself up to be pretty good.

Also, if anybody hasn't done so yet, please watch Tanaka-Kun is Always Listless. I watched it about a month ago and I can't get it off my mind. The MC is my "spirit animal" as kids say nowadays.

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Postby Justacrazyguy » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:59 am

The season is over. Finished while I was on a train somewhere in Europe. Now that I have catched up, here are some thoughts on some of the anime I watched.

Violet Evergarden never shacked off the feeling I had when I watched the first episode. A very pretty show with bland direction and writing most of the time. That "most of the time" part is important. Some of the later episodes finally delivered what I think I was supposed to feel in every episode. Even then, it never became anything more than a "good" anime for me.
7/10

Citrus: Lesbians take far too long to actually get in a relationship. Oh, all the conflicts are resolved? Let me throw these new characters in, that'll extend the length for a couple more episodes. Do yourself a favor and look for another show if you like yuri.

Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho: One of the surprises of the season. Girls go on an adventure to Antarctica and find more about themselves. Throw in good writing and directing and you got one of the better anime of the season. WARNING: May contain large amounts of crying from the characters and yourself. 8/10

Popotepipiku : Insane comedy that managed to get Norio Wakamoto on one of its episodes. Not all the jokes will it but the ones that hit hit hard.

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni: Age gap romance of the sweet variety. It's more about the characters overcoming their struggles than about the taboo aspect, witch was what drew me in first, but the drama is good and the directing excellent at times so I still liked it. The close up shots have that WIT studio technique to give them more detail and they look great.
If you want a good romance anime this was probably the best one this season. 8/10

Kokkoku : Family gets dragged by a cult into a world where time has stopped. The premise alone is enough to get one interested and the show squeezes that initial hook till it gives everything. There are some comedy moments and situations were characters are stopped doing nothing when they should be FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES but these situations fit into the tone of the show somehow. The first episode and last are probably the best ones.
This one is strange enough that it's hard to recommend. Give it a couple of episodes. If you like what you see you'll probably like the rest, probably. 8/10

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens: A town of Hitmen. Said hitmen have colorful personalities and get in silly(and sometimes not so silly) adventures. The way the action goes through the lens of various characters reminds a bit of Durarara but Hakata has a much more defined set of main characters and is easier to follow. It also features some short, but brutal and surprisingly well animated actions sequences.
This was the other surprise of the season, give it a watch 8/10

Ryuuou no Oshigoto: Do you like shogi? Then you should probably watch Sangatsu no Lion. Do you like shogi with little girls?? Then this one is for you!!
Jokes aside, the ratio of drama and Shogi to little girls is probably 80 to 20. I ended up really liking the main plot, so that was a nice bonus too. 7/10

KILLING BITES. People that turn into furries and beat, try to rape and insult each other to death. Features a great dose of fanservice and the consistently repeated phrase "That's what Killing Bites is!!" It even has occasionally good action scenes!
It also has an absolutely insane ending that totally fits in somehow. Seriously, if you don't fall in love with this nonsense on the first episode this anime isn't for you. 9/10
It hurts my heart to know we'll never get a sequel.

Mitsuboshi Colors: Cute kids do hilarious kid things in some Japanese town. Super sweet and fun. If you look at it in a certain way you can probably find some fanservice too, if that is your taste.

Garo: Vanishing Line: Unfortunately this one isn't as good as the first anime, but after the disgrace that was the second Garo series this seems fine art in comparison. Give it a watch if you liked the first anime but don't expect that much from it 7/10

A fine season, and Darling in the Franxx is still airing.

The new season has a sort of remake of Ashita no Joe that I somehow haven't watched yet. I need to do that. Lets hope this new season is great!
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Postby Mr. Tines » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:31 pm

While waiting for the new season shows to get some word of mouth, I've finished Sora yori mo Tooi Basho, which was, all in all, a well executed drama that could so easily have become mawkish and sentimental, but took a refreshingly different route instead. I agree with what seems to be the general sentiment in terms of sales and such that this was the best of the CGDCT titles of the season (though Yuru Camp∆ was the champion in the comfy league).

An end, also to some of the backlog titles I was working on. Shin Koihime Musou - Otome Tairan surprised me by developing on the previous seasons, telling a competent Chinese-style swords and sorcery story that could have been played fairly straight, with the bouncy bristols and the nudge-nudge jokes just leavening the mix. Natsu no Arashi! Akinaichuu did dig out more ideas from its bag of tricks after the first few episodes had been rather samey, actually managing some drama in the mix again (though no wartime excursions), and wrapped up nicely, including a very self-aware punchline at the end. And all that with only one head-tilt.

Also Toji no Miko continues, after a recap; and I shall probably keep watching the new LoGH for a few episodes at least.
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Postby Gus Hanson » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:33 am

Super Dimension Fortress Macross episodes 5 and 6

Been years since I last saw these. Hikaru finally deciding to stop sitting around and join the military with encouragement from Minmay was a courageous and brilliant turning point. And like the saying goes, "You fight with the people you really care about" which seems to be the case with his bantering with Misa.

King's Game The Animation episodes 8 and 9

What possessed the author to come up with a character like Natsuko Honda?! Kicking the severed head of Teruaki like a soccer ball after she was more or less responsible for his death constitutes a new low for her. Riona is so right saying she's wrong in the head. Well, only three more episodes of this travesty and I can wash my hands of this.
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Postby Gus Hanson » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:12 pm

SDF Macross episode 7

Kamjin the Ally Killer is introduced and so far, we've only seen him kill one ally while waiting for the Macross to fall prey to their trap out of stupidity of the ally's impatience. Technically, Kamjin was sort of right to act that way towards one of his men who couldn't hold his wad long enough and I gather that won't be the last time he dishes out a punishment to one of his out of line soldiers.

Meanwhile, Misa wanders into soap opera land with her wish to die in Riber's room. And she constantly gives Hikaru the business about constantly disobeying orders when here, she's the one going off track with her emotions all over the place.
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Postby chazthesilencer » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:15 am

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:bouncy bristols
Bless you, Mr. Tines. This forum needs more cockney rhyme.

HINAMATSURI- This is shaping up to be essentially Alice & Zoroku the comedy version; minus old man and added nudity.
The Zoroku of this show being a Yakuza member. A nice one, I guess? Odd.
A couple subtitling observations:
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“Mental”? Interesting choice of synonym, don’t think I’ve heard that word used in this way since Wayne’s World.

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I don’t think the subtitler understands asterisk censorship; or are the new Terminattor films spelled with an extra T after the A these days?
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Comic Girls- Despite the presence of a pinky, I couldn’t even make it to the end of the first episode. I think Encouragement of Climb has wrecked the curve for the CGDCT genre, speaking of-

Encouragement of Climb OVA: Omoide Present- Kokona goes a-wandering again and Hinata and Aoi bicker, typical sweet stuff.
I didn’t know Buddhist shrines could be map-marked using a swastika. I did not expect this show to teach me that, of all things.

Food Wars is back with part 2 of part 3. <Sigh> I miss the days of one-run, 26 episode shows. None of this season-cour nonsense…
More gorgeous looking food, same loveable characters, same ridiculous orgasm sequences… I’ll be happy for the following 11 weeks or so.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:12 am

View Original Postchazthesilencer wrote:I didn’t know Buddhist shrines could be map-marked using a swastika. I did not expect this show to teach me that, of all things.
That's something that gets discovered by gaijin every time that there's such a map on screen. It's a swastika, rather than a hakenkreuz, though. See also here.
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Postby pwhodges » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:55 am

I've finally been persuaded that I should watch Darling in the FranXX - but it'll be a while before I catch up enough to say anything about that.

I've started the new season with Piano no Mori - The Piano Forest. Though curiously the manga is translated as The Perfect World of Kai (by whom, I don't know, as it's not been released in English). The manga is 26 volumes, but I guess the 2007 film goes only to volume 11 or so (given the dates). From what I've read, I guess that will be covered by one cour of the anime, and the second cour will be the rest of the story (a total of 24 episodes are promised).

The film, which I've watched first, is wonderful. It has elements that remind one of Your Lie in April (though the story is not similar); and the designs are fabulous - especially Kai, who is one of the most appealing brats I can recall. Some of the less important animation is scrappy, but when it matters, it's good. And the story is fine ending where it does - it could just as well be complete.

The first episode of the anime starts with a scene clearly from near the end of the extended story, but after the titles it goes back to the beginning, following the same pattern as the film - with changes of detail, of course, and less highbrow music! The film used recordings of Ashkenazi playing Mozart and the like, but here we start with a rendition of Little Brown Jug.

So far I don't like the Gainax designs as well as those in the Madhouse film; however, the animation of the piano playing is superb, even better than in the film. But the faces have that style (which I remember from Nichijō where I also disliked it) in which everyone appears to have mumps. So far Kai seems less bratty in this version, but I don't know yet whether this is closer to the manga or not.

Anyway, it was a good first episode, and I look forward to following it.
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Postby Gus Hanson » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:22 pm

Berserk The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle For Doldrey

Definite improvement over the first in terms of battles and character development. Primarily Guts and Casca who manage to get in friendlier terms with each other after surviving alone together. I found it rather odd that when Guts wants his freedom, Griffith is so opposed that Guts has to battle him. I thought it would be a lengthy battle but with just one awesome slow motion move, Guts becomes the victor after Griffith was supposedly invincible for so long. With it came out a depressed Griffith left without his possession but hey, at least we got a steamy scene with Princess Charlotte out of it even if the consequence is so brutal it must be left on a cliffhanger. Just one more movie to go and I suspect it's gonna get much worse before any semblance of better shows itself...
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Postby Alaska Slim » Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:40 am

Darling in the Franxx

I love how this show visually tries to be Evangelion.

This week, they went a step above, and made a homage to Misato walking down the NERV corridor in EoE.


I don't like the mecha designs though; they're Star Driver faire with anime faces (when activated).

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Storywise it's pretty by the numbers. Fish-out-of-water girl likes guy, guy and girl have childhood connection (that they forgot about until PLOT), said-connection and its pusedo-tragic implications is the crux of the story.

Technobabble backing the tech really doesn't go much further than "Did *merger process* mess with his mental stability?", and naming roles/locales in the setting after plant/flower terms: "garden", "plantations", "Stamen".

Cockpits look just like the Eva cockpits... except for the addon where the "stamen" are almost literally rides their female co-pilots, by holding onto handles that deploy off the latter's thighs.

Which makes no mechanical sense whatsoever, but hey, we knew from the start what kind of show this was from 02 being draped all over the OP with a "come hither" look on her face.
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Postby Alaska Slim » Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:56 am

View Original PostJustacrazyguy wrote:Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens: A town of Hitmen. Said hitmen have colorful personalities and get in silly(and sometimes not so silly) adventures. The way the action goes through the lens of various characters reminds a bit of Durarara but Hakata has a much more defined set of main characters and is easier to follow. It also features some short, but brutal and surprisingly well animated actions sequences.

Really? I felt the action scenes were poorly translated: there were palpable moments where it's pretty clear the gun wielder's had a chance to respond to the "samurai", but they're consistently giving him free actions, as the animators either don't know how to properly compress time, or don't how to psuedo-realistically give the "hero" the chance to take control of the situation.

The action scenes are supposed to be a narritive pay off in many respects, but I just could not get into them.
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Postby Justacrazyguy » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:18 am

View Original PostAlaska Slim wrote:Really? I felt the action scenes were poorly translated:



I'm talking more about how well animated and choreographed they are. I know they're not particularly realistic, but I don't think that would have really fit the tone of the show, either way. They are a flashy, funny and nonsensical affair. The only time the show goes for a more realistic take is in the very final battle and a couple of other scenes near the end.
Then again, I never tried to murder groups of people with a katana while being shot, so what do I know?
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Postby Alaska Slim » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:50 pm

View Original PostJustacrazyguy wrote:I'm talking more about how well animated and choreographed they are.

And that's what I mean; well choreographed to me would be you don't see free actions taking place, everything is moving together as it should be, with all the people involved moving as you would expect to foil the sword guy, only to be countered in a stylistic way.

It doesn't have to be full-on realistic, it just has to make some kind of sense, and instead, I'm seeing a bunch of jarring moments where people are standing still, when they should be reacting in some way.
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