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Postby Alaska Slim » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:41 am

Price of Smiles

Ahh... I'm sensing that this is a game of "break the cutie", combined with the sitzkrieg of, "when does the REAL enemy show up; the one that both of these trusting, exploited souls get to throw off together?"

Question: How likely is it that Joshua shows up later as twisted-cyborg servant of said evil-doer?

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Postby Dartz » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:28 pm

Spec Ops Asuka is enjoyable..

On a sort of make Madoka jealous by traumatising the living fuck out of it's teenaged cast while getting you partyvanned sort of way.

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Postby Dr. Nick » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:53 pm

Galactic Cyclone Bryger:
So, yes, it's one of those shows that are famous for their villain, and I must admit that even though the anime as a whole is a depressingly low-rent affair, Khamen Khamen is an intensely cool villain who deserved a better series. As an Egyptian mafia princeling, he's all about gold, kush and oiled slaves. He has a cool theme song and a legendary-scale villain plot, and most amazingly, he totally succeeds! Our so-called heroes are only able to prevent the worst of the collateral damage, but that's all; they're just a speed bump on Khamen's solar system altering wild ride. That's not something you see often.

And to give credit where credit is due, Omachi does get a decently good short storyline to herself. While Bryger definitely fails at being Space Lupin, this particular two-parter gives out almost like some very mild proto Cowboy Bebop vibes; think of protoplasm puddle version of Ganymede Elegy. It also comes with one of the earliest anime sex scenes I've ever seen, so unlike in Lupin, at least somebody scored in this show.

Armed Girl's Machiavellism:
I guess it's not "bad" for what it is, a combat harem series with some admittedly pretty attractive character designs, but I just can't get over the inherent weirdness of these H-adaptation mimics. The last time I had a reaction like this was with Maburaho which came out in 2003, so I'd like to think I'm not some prude scoffing at all low-brow tiddy shows, but it really feels like AGM should be based on something with porn in it, and the fact that it isn't feels like I'm staring at a blood-slick rip in natural law. Considering the girl-collecting aspect of it and the distinct lack of anything else really, it's just like, why? I mean, obviously the cool guy MC with a literal pheronome punch isn't just getting everyone's stamps in the original, but there's no such original. Remember that one episode in Ufotable's Unlimited Blade Works that was dedicated to having belly laughs at the expense of mana transfers and jackhammers? This show is like a mutant version of that, referencing back to something that only exists in the void.

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Postby Mr. Tines » Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:21 pm

So Crunchy added a batch more shows for the season, meaning I'm now trying to catch up on The Magnificent KOTOBUKI, where the CG works for the planes but not quite so well for the characters, who look rather uncanny valley doll-like in motion (looking more like RWBY than Toji no Miko or Long Riders); and also this season's guilty pleasure show, Pastel Memories. The latter is full of otaku fanservice, inasmuch as each episode after the set-up gets set in a different manga or animé (Gochiusa, Rozen Maiden, Ro-Kyu-Bu, ...) with their serial numbers filed off -- but also of the T&A kind, with many gratuitous framings during the story, plus an "in lieu of a beach episode" ED sequence, which is remarkable for all the girls having hips, which animé girls never used to.

To make room, KemoFure2 has been backlogged, and I completed ClassicaLoid S2. That latter -- a generally unassuming sit-com -- is a series that I think has been unfairly ignored, for all it's not in my top few must-see animé of the 2010s list, probably because most of the characters are male, and such girls as there are are not particularly cute (and some of them are in fact embodiments of male classical composers).

Of the ones in flight, top three of the season, in terms of most looked forwards to the next episode of, are MGSO Asuka, He and his Cat, and, of all things, Endro~! (another Studio 5kumi animé with a pink Yusha MC, though this one has the more traditional blue eyes), even if I'm spoiling myself ahead of what looks like another pretty bleak spring season (Chihayafuru 3 being the only given, with just a couple of sci-fi titles and the new Ikuhara series in the suck-it-and-see bucket).
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Postby Gus Hanson » Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:59 pm

Today, I finally gave the dub of Your Name a view and I was exhilarated beyond words. The visuals can get to breathtaking heights, and really watching the ending I hadn't noticed the couple of seconds of a grown up Yotsuha in high school until that particular watch. It was in the collage of short scenes of the teenagers from Itomori and Tokyo showing their current status in life. You always pick up something you hadn't seen whenever you see a film you hadn't seen since it came out years ago all over again.
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Postby Alaska Slim » Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:19 pm

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:To make room, KemoFure2 has been backlogged, and I completed ClassicaLoid S2.

That name so trolls me. I see it and I think ZOIDS! Or zoid-like.

... And I'm always disappointed. :sniffle:

There's an ongoing Zoid series right now. I applaud it for trying something different with the formula, but it's just too Pokemon for me to get into.

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HA! Miasma Theory. Points for being contextual.

... Still not getting how Georgian era Redcoats, complete with muskets, can exist alongside armored knights though. Are we just hanging a lantern on how Game writers are intentionally bad historians? :headscratch:
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Postby chazthesilencer » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:57 pm

I bought the Rokka DVD specifically to hear the dub, now Crunchyroll is streaming it for free. <sigh>

Currently watching:
Rising of the Shield Hero – Entertaining enough to keep watching. This isekai MC is actually having to work/struggle a bit to get by, which is a welcome approach. Not as good as Overlord, better than Slime.

Dororo – Wow, what a mean show. They killed the orphans! The title character’s design- the big, Tezuka hands- looks a bit odd on modern screens.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War – It’s a comedy, I’m getting at least one chuckle per episode, so success! Plus- it has a pinky. I like pinkies: https://youtu.be/6xKAsZZgskg

The Quintessential Quintuplets – My guilty pleasure of the season. An almost wholesome harem show. +1 for a pinky.
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Postby ErgoProxy » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:36 pm

Alaska Slim wrote:... Still not getting how Georgian era Redcoats, complete with muskets, can exist alongside armored knights though. Are we just hanging a lantern on how Game writers are intentionally bad historians?

This question hanged my wetware up for a long while, as I've never heard of any musketeer formation originating from Caucasian Georgia or vicinity. :D

Anyway. If those muskets are not threaded and those knights are true desperados fighting for fame and glory, there is a slight chance that someone somewhere heard something about the battle of Kircholm, where 2.6k of armoured knights (but not full-plate knights) charged and utterly defeated about 10.9k of musketeers, pikemen and reiters altogether, while losing about 0.1k KIA. A funny formation, those winged hussars.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:27 pm

View Original Postchazthesilencer wrote:Plus- it has a pinky. I like pinkies:
This has been quite the season for pinkies -- Pastel Memories, Girly AirForce,and Endro~! too (main girl in the latter two cases).

Nothing picked up or dropped since last time; just everything chugging along nicely. At the 3/4 mark, I don't know how they're going to manage to stick the landing for the anime originals, Kotobuki, and especially, Price of Smiles. Neither do I know how come PasuMemo has a lower MAL ranking than the obnoxious SoraUmi ever did, when the worst you can say of it is that it mixes gratuitous fanservice in amongst all the meta, and is otherwise just harmless fluff.
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Postby Alaska Slim » Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:17 pm

View Original PostErgoProxy wrote:This question hanged my wetware up for a long while, as I've never heard of any musketeer formation originating from Caucasian Georgia or vicinity. :D

Oh, not a fan of Horrible Histories, are we? :tongue:

Anyway. If those muskets are not threaded and those knights are true desperados fighting for fame and glory, there is a slight chance that someone somewhere heard something about the battle of Kircholm, where 2.6k of armoured knights (but not full-plate knights) charged and utterly defeated about 10.9k of musketeers, pikemen and reiters altogether, while losing about 0.1k KIA. A funny formation, those winged hussars.

From what I've gathered, they managed to feint a retreat and catch the Swedes out of formation. The firearms they had were largely arabesques (lower powered, lower range, more prone to misfire). What [matchlock] muskets they may have had were still the kind you had to balance in place with a stick.

By the Georgian era over a century later, [Flintlock] muskets were a mainstay, easily wielded by men on the go. They made plate armor obsolete for anyone but scouts.

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:Nothing picked up or dropped since last time; just everything chugging along nicely. At the 3/4 mark, I don't know how they're going to manage to stick the landing for the anime originals, Kotobuki, and especially, Price of Smiles.

It feels like Price of Smiles keeps getting more and more grotesque animation wise.

In a mecha anime where you'd think the bots and their supporting equipment would be much of the eye candy, they're not only low detailed, they're consistently out of scale.

Equally, it seems they don't quite know how to draw the princess' hands when they're by her side or to her front. They tend to put her in something of a creeper pose.
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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:07 am

Watching EBICHU.
Honest question: How much blood is in this hamster? Seems like A LOT

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Postby Alaska Slim » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:46 pm

Price of Smiles Finale

Meh. Feels pretty rushed, the conclusion is telegraphed well in advanced, I don't really buy that the war would end with mechs shutting down when its likely their guns and artillery didn't run on techno-magic to start with.

I think it's implied that the Empire was invading to get their hands on Kingdom-tech for growing more food. But if this was the lynch-pin that could end the war on amicable terms, it should have received more focus.
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Postby Justacrazyguy » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:43 am

Season over, lets go:


Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita: Didn’t I see a very similar show last season? Yes, it’s another loli show where the protagonist is female. Compared to the anime that aired last season, this one is even tamer when it comes to fanservice. Most of the episodes are just: “characters interact with each other in funny ways and little else”. It’s kind of a SoL show.
Aside from the last episode and a couple of other moments the show didn’t really it me at all, it isn’t bad, but it doesn’t do anything particularly well either.
6/10

Mob Psycho 100 Season 2: More of the same. I did find this season to be better than the first do to the increased focus on Reigen and Mob, the only interesting characters in the show. When the show deals with other characters it becomes unbearably dull, and no amount of pretty animation can save that. I also still really dislike the character designs.
Also, is it just me or a lot of the fight animation is just simple forms and flashing lights?
8/10

Rinshi Ekoda Chan: A series of very short episodes all with different directors. Not all the episodes are good, but all are at least interesting. A bizarre decision in this show is to have a lengthy interview with the director and VA after the end of the episode, witch, in nearly every case consists of:
Director: I did a thing
VA: Uhm
Director: And the I did this
VA: Uhm
Might as well have the interview with a robot if your going to be this uninvested.
Still, interesting anime, I recommend it.
8/10

Domestic na Kanojo: A portuguese telenovela in animated form. I kid, a telenovela is far, far worse.
The show is mostly romance and dramatic twists, so if you don’t like either of those things it would be wise to keep away. I was personally quite happy. It helps that the show has an abundance of mostly silent moments where you can really focus on the super pretty characters. Also, the OP is the best in the season.
Apparently the manga later enters absolutely insane territory with completely mad plot twists and stuff but the anime doesn’t get even close to those points.
8/10

Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka: American action movies meet anime tropes. To put in another way, the author clearly likes 80’s action movies, he also really likes pretty girls with big tits. The two combined created this thing. And it works, it’s silly, it’s dramatic, it’s erotic and it combines all these into a coherent whole. It reminds a bit of Killing Bites, but they’re still quite different shows.
Some people would call this anime “trashy” or a “guilty pleasure” but those people can piss off.
8/10

Special mention to Boogiepop for being the disappointment of the season, it wasn't bad, just not nearly as good as Boogiepop Phantom.

Continuing till next season is the very good Dororo, the surprisingly okay new season of SAO, the kind of disappointing season 5 of JoJo and the awful Shield hero.

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It was a consistent? season, I guess. I didn’t watch anything too terrible, but aside from Dororo there weren’t any very good anime either. I’m not sure if that’s better or worse than an uneven season.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:08 pm

Since last report, I finished Hoozuki no Reitetsu S2, which delivers the same deadpan humour as before, only this time with more Evangelion references.

in fact it was the season for Evangelion references, in Virtual-san Looking, for which I watched only sufficient to ascertain that yes, there were more than the school uniforms from the PV video; and in the concluding 2-parter of Pastel Memories, rounding out a set of loving pastiches in what was obviously going to be a truly genre-referential show (some of the pastiches being a bit too close for the rights holders' comfort, as the second episode has been memory-holed). And as well as the otaku fan-service of well known series and tropes, there was also the outstanding ED of the season, which made up for the lack of onsen or beach episodes. Otherwise it was just fluff, as was Grimm's Notes, which has to be praised for letting all the gender-bending henshin pass without remark.

The most disappointing title of the season was The Price of Smiles, which started off with a couple of strong episodes before making a controlled descent into terrain with its stupidly naive pacifistic punchline. It was with wry amusement that in the epilogue, I saw that the protestors against what had been done were shown as Yellow-Jackets -- how very contemporary!

Surprises of the season were Girly Air Force, which delivered some jet-fighter action with only a minimum of harem antics (he says, damning with faint praise) albeit with an open "read the LNs" ending; and Endro~!, a "cute girls do JRPG adventuring" series with a great deal of heart, some RPG cliché gags that actually made me chuckle, and a surprisingly well done ending after the Hero's party have their fated final confrontation with the Demon Lord.

Top of the season were He and His Cat, which delivered the appropriate cute cat moments, even if Haru was far too solicitous of her servant-ape to be truly credible, MGSO Asuka, which not only was an 80s action flick, but also a self-aware one (War Nurse casually remarks about watching Red Scorpion during one of the interrogation sessions she undertakes), but with the appropriate magical girl spin on things -- like having the mascot critter show up with a flack-jacket, dual-wielding pistols like John Woo.

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And top of the season, The Magnificent KOTOBUKI, which sounded like a Pony Express sort of Western, but in the air. Indeed it was, in the end, a hommage to the Western (several episode titles being references), but more a sheep or railroads vs cattle one. And, as you might expect from the director of GaruPan, plenty of urban warfare, including the final episode's nearly non-stop dogfight in, around and even under a city.


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Mon Apr 15, 2019 18:36 BST

Index III ended with a whimper not a bang, like it should have had just had a black screen with つづく leading into next week's episode.

The new season looking pretty dead, it's backlog time. Kemikurusa is a more serious attempt to bottle the KemoFure lightning, but it's being very stodgy, even if there's just enough "WTF is going on?" to keep some interest. The overall low light levels don't help visually, and Kaban's Wakaba's constant "ooh!"ing and "ahh!"-ing get old very quickly.


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Tue Apr 16, 2019 20:12 BST

Kemikurusa was mostly harmless, dragged down by bloody annoying Wakaba and a ham-fisted reveal near the end, before they arrive at what could be Japari Park. It's sad when the best of the follow-ups to KemoFure is a series of doujin strips that are doing the real KF2.
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