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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.


SSSS. Gridman ep. 7

WTH? Anti did way better than any of Akane's plans, yet he's being made to suffer for it?
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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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Postby Mr. Tines » Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:38 pm

Has no-one else been watching anything? Odd that nearly three weeks have elapsed without a post.

Doing some re-watching -- at about half-way through, but knowing where it's headed Real Drive isn't holding up so well; RahXephon at the 2/3 mark is faring better, partly because it's that much longer ago, and partly because I'm not just watching it at the DVD release rate (watch 4-5 episodes, wait a couple of months).

From the backlog -- Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou (~ Modern Magic for Dummies), a series from the IRL rather busy season of Summer '09, takes a little while to find its feet and get past the "forced ecchi" elements of the first few episodes before settling down to be a reasonably amusing magical girl comedy.

Meanwhile last autumn's Long Riders turned out to be the series I'd been looking for when I was watching Minami Kamakura GHSCC -- cute university students from a few miles further north and west of Kamakura do cute cycle touring things that are closer to what I do for amusement (though I find there's a hard barrier between the 100km day -- breakfast, amble 30 miles until it's opening time, find a pub for a leisurely lunch, cycle the rest of the distance, get to base at a sensible time to bath and dine -- and the 160km day, which is about 30% more than my day's maximum). As a leisure cyclist I enjoyed it, with the cute girls who'd leave me in the dust being a bonus.

From the currently airing -- Index III and JoJo V make harmless Saturday morning cartoons, though I'm not really invested in either, with the new JoJo crew being much less engaging than the previous iterations. I do get the 20 year old joke inherent in Narancia's stand, now, though.

And I'll put my thoughts on SSSS Gridman in the relevant thread. Here, I'll just say that it is of benefit to track down and watch at least the first episode of the original toku show before finishing the anime, and that the Crunchyroll subs elide some of the back references (such as when the subs have Alexis talking about a replica, the actual line says "Repli-Compoid", referring to a class of entity native to the computer world).
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Postby robersora » Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:04 am

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I've been kinda busy lately, but I did finish Gridman. And while I care too little about tokusatsu to be really enamored with it, I truly believe it's an amazing production on every level. 9/10
Also, Jojo's part 5 is a notch weaker than Part 4 all around, but it's still great fun.
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Postby chazthesilencer » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:50 am

I’d hate for Mr. Tines to feel lonely. I’m still here and still watching animays, even if I do rarely log in these days:

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai – The show with the worst title has been my highlight of the season. Think My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU mixed with Haruhi Suzumiya; lots of bizarre things happening around a bunch of teenagers who calmly analyse everything with stone-faced expressions.
The main girl rarely blinks, this amuses me.

Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo – Pretty much what ^Rob said. I just wish the stand battles were shorter so the plot would just move forward.

Practically everything else has been a guilty pleasure: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime; Goblin Slayer; Zombie Land Saga.
Slime has been a fairly generic isekai, but the world building has been good enough to keep me invested. Goblin has its nasty first episode, then every episode following it had a disclaimer at the start regardless of the actual content; bugs me, that. Saga is a ridiculous hodgepodge of ideas that occasionally makes me chuckle; never too much of an idol show, never too much zombie humour, it finds an unusual balance.

Treated myself to a DVD copy of one of my 3x3s. Happy to say the English dub of Rokka happens to be quite good.
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Postby Joy Evangelion » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:00 pm

I'm enjoying Jojo: Golden Wind quite a bit. I love the characters and their designs, and I like the stands so far. I wasn't that crazy about the first 2/3 of Diamond is Unbreakable, though I enjoyed the ending quite a bit. Too many weird stands that I didn't really understand(though that's probably just because I'm a fool), and I got never really get into the core cast of characters. I did enjoy that asshole manga artist though, hehe. Stardust Crusaders has probably been my fav so far...Jotaro 4ever <3 .

SSSSSSSSSSSSSS.GRIDMAN, as it's been said, was a great watch. Had a few nice allusions to NGE and NTE, and that last episode was very nice.

Also watching the new season of SAO, which has been alright. Nothing special, but it's about what I expect from the franchise. Also watching Run with the Wind, which has been pretty great so far. Seems like studios are making more of these psychological sports shows, which is definitely cool. After I noticed the animation slipping a bit it seems like the next episode has been delayed a few weeks, which is never a good sign. Hopefully the next half of the series goes well.

Also rewatched a pretty good series last week, 2016's Magical Girl Raising Project. I enjoyed it quite a bit when it premiered but it really gained my respect on this rewatch. One of those rare 12 episode series that has a nice beginning, middle and end, though I still think it could have been longer. They could have done a bit of a better job fleshing out the characters if they had more time, which could have given the show a little more emotional weight.

Since it's the end of the year I guess I'll go ahead and give my annie may of the year. Nothing really blew my goddamn mind, but Darling in the FRANXX was probably my favorite.
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I also really liked Märchen Mädchen, but it didn't even finish! Other titles I liked were Devilman Crybaby, Kokkoku, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card and Hoshino and Masoten... and that crappy Junji Ito show was a fun watch, I don't care what you all think of me. The two anime films I saw in theatres were sweet too, Mirai & Night is Short Walk on Girl.

Also watched a lot of really great shows for the first time this year; Tanaka Kun is Always Listless, Cardcaptor Sakura, Little Witch Academia, Revolutionary Girl Utena, MSG 0083: Stardust Memories, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, G Gundam, Blood C, Kaiba, Boogiepop Phantom and more....

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Postby Alaska Slim » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:06 am

View Original Postchazthesilencer wrote:I’d hate for Mr. Tines to feel lonely. I’m still here and still watching animays, even if I do rarely log in these days:


... Does S2 of Thunderbolt Fantasy count? Because I ******** love it.

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It's a mess, the old man played far less of a role than he was built up to, contrivance in how people meet up is everywhere, and I feel like we still don't know what the MC's overall mission in this "other" land is.

But watching Shāng Bù Huàn fight still makes me giddy, and witnessing Lin Xue's magnificient bastard moment fall apart right in front of him was priceless.
A demon sword having an existential crises when their partner turns out to be more demented than they can handle was hilarious.


Also watched Space Battleship Tiramisu II. They made a CCA reference. Because why shouldn't divorce be kicked off with a falling asteroid?

The show never plays a moment straight (everything is subverted), the female's cockpit is what Nobel Gundam's inside should have been, and the hero's food fetish makes the show for me.

That pubic hair joke tho'... that one haunts my dreams...
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Postby Justacrazyguy » Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:16 pm

Season Over. It's hard to believe I've been keeping up with seasonal anime for nearly six years now. I must have too much free time.

Ore Ga Suki Nano Wa Imouto Dakedo Imouto Ja Nai: Lets start of strong with the incest show of the season. If you ignore the animation issues this anime has it would probably be just a forgettable show. But thanks to the terrible animation(the likes of witch I haven't seen since the wonderful QUALITY Code) it became a strange ride, where every week I trembled in anticipation to see if they would actually release the episodes or the animators would just give up and die.

If you really like incest or you like watching trains collide in slow motion, this one might be for you!
6/10

Ulysses: What if Jean D'arc was a loli? What if you had an Harem? I'm not sure if you want to know the answer. Another show that might have been good if it wasn't for the terrible animation and CG letting it down. Not to mention it's too compressed, witch leads to episodes going from lighthearted banter to super serious death and destruction in minutes.

It's a shame, because this seems the kind of show I would have really liked if it was well done. As it stands, it's just okay
6/10.

Golden Kamuy Season 2: It's more of the same. Also, whoever complains about the animation and CG in this anime hasn't seen true horror yet.
8/10

Goblin Slayer: Can you believe that this show generated controversy with one of the tamest rape scenes I've ever seen?
It makes me wonder where the hell the people that got shocked came from. Did they watch this by accident instead of the usual My Hero Academia episode?

Controversy aside it's a good show...some of the time. CG is used liberally to make up for the difficulty in animating armor and crowds of goblins and the world manages to be even more nonsensical than usual: you're in a harsh and bloody world but most people act like they're in Dragon Quest.

When the world isn't at odds with itself and the animation is good this turns into a good action series with plenty of blood and some fanservice.
7/10

Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru: A loli show with really good animation in a few episodes? Yup, apparently, a couple of loli artists even contributed in a few scenes.

Obviously, you should only watch this one if you like lolis. There's the usual very serious final episode and aside from the previously mentioned animation, there isn't much unique about this anime. It's enjoyable and little more.
7/10

Zombieland Saga: Idol anime with a twist. A really good twist, one that made me hope for more wild scenarios like the ones in the first episode to continue until the end. That didn't happen. Still, despite it being an idol show at heart, it's a really good idol show, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a few good laughs.
8/10

Akanesasu Shoujo: The surprise of the season. What started has a simple adventure anime with a quirky cast turned, in the final arc, into a surprisingly effective dialogue about loss and friendship. Don't let the (sometimes sub par) looks of the show fool you. There's a good anime underneath.
8/10

There's more good stuff, like Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny and Double Decker but I have little to say about those anime.

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Postby BlueBasilisk » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:39 pm

I just finished up Space Battleship Yamato 2199! Never seen anything in this franchise before but it was amazing! I couldn't stop watching until the end. ^_^ I'm gonna wait until 2202 is finished before jumping into that. I watched the first episode and it looked...kinda cheap compared to 2199. The CG in particular.
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Postby Blockio » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:49 pm

I recently decided to pick up Highschool DxD, expecting ecchi and some cheap laughs, but found myself quite invested in it
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Postby Alaska Slim » Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:00 am

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Goblin Slayer: Can you believe that this show generated controversy with one of the tamest rape scenes I've ever seen?
It makes me wonder where the hell the people that got shocked came from. Did they watch this by accident instead of the usual My Hero Academia episode?

Controversy aside it's a good show...some of the time. CG is used liberally to make up for the difficulty in animating armor and crowds of goblins and the world manages to be even more nonsensical than usual: you're in a harsh and bloody world but most people act like they're in Dragon Quest.

When the world isn't at odds with itself and the animation is good this turns into a good action series with plenty of blood and some fanservice.
7/10

Speaking of horror, was it or was it not implied that "Sword maiden"

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murdered people

... to get attention towards the Goblins in her town?
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:03 am

Being a one-week-delayed cheapskate, it's now that dead space between seasons for me. At the 13 episode mark, I'm putting JoJo part V into the long-term backlog; the fights may be as ingenious as before, but the characters are irritating -- apparently Araki was suffering from depression when he wrote some of this part, but it doesn't suit him the way it did Anno. By contrast, I'm going to be keeping up with Index III for the time being (when it resumes), as it manages to have a number of interesting ideas for its magical Europe/magical England that call on other than the most obvious and over-used bits of lore -- just a pity about the tendency for it to go "Whoops, been playing this straight for too long : we now interrupt your show for this wedge of chuuni nonsense. Normal service will resume as soon as possible." a couple of times an episode.

From the backlog -- ClassicaLoid S2 is "If you enjoyed the first season, here is more of the same.", and Frame Arms Girl is a series of toy commercials masquerading as a cross between Pantsu Witches and Angelic Layer
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On the rewatch -- it wasn't simply the one DVD at a time approach that left me feeling that RahXephon ended up as just a mess at the end; it felt like that this time as well, going "We End of Evangelion now!" soon after episode 20, and spending a lot of time in metaphor space intercut with a few mundane world scenes purely dedicated to tying up loose plot threads (or even retrospectively raising and closing same). In other respects, memory is a strange thing -- many of the episode 5-8 events were things that I had thought came around the mid-point of the show, like the reporter guy and the out-of-place Christmas episode.

Though that hasn't been the only show with event dilation in memory -- I'm about a third of the way through Dennou Coil, and there have been events that I'd remembered actually coming sooner than I'd been expecting them (like the massive three-way battle at school), also meaning that the illegal-of-the-week arc comes later than I'd remembered it
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Postby Justacrazyguy » Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:44 pm

View Original PostAlaska Slim wrote:Speaking of horror, was it or was it not implied that "Sword maiden"

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murdered people

... to get attention towards the Goblins in her town?


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I got the impression that she let people die in the sewers in an indirect manner, but yes, I did also think that she murdered people to get Goblin Slayer to go there, indirectly or not.

I think I remember seeing in a few /a/ threads people saying that wasn't the case and that the deaths that occurred were out of her control but I can't even remember what was the explanation.
This said, I would prefer if she had indeed murdered people, because I find that sort of character more interesting than the alternative. Makes for far more interesting character drama.
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Postby silvermoonlight » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:40 am

View Original PostJustacrazyguy wrote:Season Over. It's hard to believe I've been keeping up with seasonal anime for nearly six years now. I must have too much free time.


Goblin Slayer: Can you believe that this show generated controversy with one of the tamest rape scenes I've ever seen?
It makes me wonder where the hell the people that got shocked came from. Did they watch this by accident instead of the usual My Hero Academia episode?


The issue is more how this act of rape was sexualized in the anime as in the manga its very victim focused (Like framing is on the victims face and shoulders only and not the lower body) and you get to know these characters before they die which was all cut out of the anime making it feel like it was there for grim dark shock value and it put a lot of people off as they considered it bad handling of the subject overall.

The other issue was Crunchy Roll put this in the child section not the adult section of there anime website so a lot of people got to see stuff they didn't want to see and it got them really angry. I think had this not happened Goblin Slayer may have gone under the radar and been ignored, but this screw up ensured that it got a serious pounding on all media fronts.
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