What anime are you watching right now? Summer 2014

Old sticky threads from different subfora are preserved here for easy reference

Moderators: Rebuild/OT Moderators, Board Staff

pwhodges
A Lilin in Wonderland
A Lilin in Wonderland
User avatar
Age: 75
Posts: 10949
Joined: Nov 18, 2012
Location: Oxford, UK
Contact:

Postby pwhodges » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:24 am

I watched Kanon (2006); by the end I wished I hadn't - what a train wreck! I was actually angry! A stunning example of how dramatically the whole can be less than the sum of its parts. There was so much that was great about it, and yet in the end it all added up to less than nothing.

The only good thing I can see that came out of it was that having made all the mistakes they did with Kanon, they went on to get Clannad almost perfectly right.
"Being human, having your health; that's what's important." (from: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi )
"As long as we're all living, and as long as we're all having fun, that should do it, right?" (from: The Eccentric Family )
Avatar: The end of the journey (details); Past avatars.
Before 3.0+1.0 there was Afterwards... my post-Q Evangelion fanfic (discussion)

Bagheera
Asuka's Bulldog
Asuka's Bulldog
User avatar
Posts: 18676
Joined: Oct 15, 2010

Postby Bagheera » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:57 am

View Original PostTehDonutKing wrote:Those examples are at least entertaining. Gore and fap material shouldn't mix. Ever.


I call BS, but whatever.

Also, HotD was entertaining, at least for many of us.
For my post-3I fic, go here.
The law doesn't protect people. People protect the law. -- Akane Tsunemori, Psycho-Pass
People's deaths are to be mourned. The ability to save people should be celebrated. Life itself should be exalted. -- Volken Macmani, Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra
I hate myself. But maybe I can learn to love myself. Maybe it's okay for me to be here! That's right! I'm me, nothing more, nothing less! I'm me. I want to be me! I want to be here! And it's okay for me to be here! -- Shinji Ikari, Neon Genesis Evangelion
Yes, I know. You thought it would be something about Asuka. You're such idiots.

pwhodges
A Lilin in Wonderland
A Lilin in Wonderland
User avatar
Age: 75
Posts: 10949
Joined: Nov 18, 2012
Location: Oxford, UK
Contact:

Postby pwhodges » Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:56 am

Just caught up with Plastic Memories 11. No real plot movement, simply undiluted WAFF. ImageWaff, waff! Getting ready for a heart-breaking finale, perhaps...
"Being human, having your health; that's what's important." (from: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi )
"As long as we're all living, and as long as we're all having fun, that should do it, right?" (from: The Eccentric Family )
Avatar: The end of the journey (details); Past avatars.
Before 3.0+1.0 there was Afterwards... my post-Q Evangelion fanfic (discussion)

Guy Nacks
Evangelion
Evangelion
User avatar
Posts: 3032
Joined: Nov 28, 2012
Gender: Male

Postby Guy Nacks » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:15 am

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:I watched Kanon (2006); by the end I wished I hadn't - what a train wreck! I was actually angry! A stunning example of how dramatically the whole can be less than the sum of its parts. There was so much that was great about it, and yet in the end it all added up to less than nothing.

The only good thing I can see that came out of it was that having made all the mistakes they did with Kanon, they went on to get Clannad almost perfectly right.


I dropped Kanon about 8 or 9 eps in. The moeblobbery was just too overwhelming and manipulative.
Among the people who use the Internet, many are obtuse. Because they are locked in their rooms, they hang on to that vision which is spreading across the world. But this does not go beyond mere ‘data’. Data without analysis [thinking], which makes you think that you know everything. This complacency is nothing but a trap. Moreover, the sense of values that counters this notion is paralyzed by it.

And so we arrive at demagogy. - Hideaki Anno, 1996

pwhodges
A Lilin in Wonderland
A Lilin in Wonderland
User avatar
Age: 75
Posts: 10949
Joined: Nov 18, 2012
Location: Oxford, UK
Contact:

Postby pwhodges » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:27 am

(Kanon) The start was slow, but actually the story-telling got considerably more compelling just about at the point you stopped. For a while; but then the last four episodes threw everything away big-time.

Apart from the same-face moe-blobs, the design and animation were actually quite exceptional. Yuichi in particular was exquisitely expressive and realistic, and some of the backgrounds and lighting effects were stunning. And the story was keeping my interest, though with the limitations of the way they had adapted the visual novel by choosing to tell each of the different characters' paths in turn. And then at the end, the mixing up of memories, dreams, fantasies, supernatural elements, and realities just made no sense at all, with the reintroduction of characters whose arcs had finished causing even greater confusion.

If there had been any way in which a moral point could have been made of Yuichi's forgetting of the past, or more consideration of the trauma of seeing his friend (as he thought) killed and how that had affected him, maybe it could have been salvaged, but in the end there was no underlying message to be discerned. And if in the last episode everyone was miraculously cured, why did they miss the chance to show that with the main girl (Ayu)? She's been in a coma for years; he finds her headband (where it's been lying for years); he's pushing her in a wheelchair with no transition. The opportunity to use it as the key to waking her was ignored, for instance.

Clannad improved on this by taking a single path from its visual novel and going with it to the end; also severely limiting the supernatural element. The other characters were simply used as side characters, and the only hints of alternative romantic outcomes were in two OVAs that didn't form part of the main continuity.
"Being human, having your health; that's what's important." (from: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi )
"As long as we're all living, and as long as we're all having fun, that should do it, right?" (from: The Eccentric Family )
Avatar: The end of the journey (details); Past avatars.
Before 3.0+1.0 there was Afterwards... my post-Q Evangelion fanfic (discussion)

Giji Shinka
Test Subject
Test Subject
User avatar
Age: 27
Posts: 2808
Joined: Jan 26, 2013
Location: Finland
Gender: Male

Postby Giji Shinka » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:09 pm

Summer wars was alright, probably my least favorite Hosoda film.
Avatar: "Anime-lehti" logo

Alaska Slim
Frigus Ignoramus
Frigus Ignoramus
User avatar
Posts: 4968
Joined: Oct 08, 2007
Location: The Land Up Over
Gender: Male

Not what I expected. Bl

Postby Alaska Slim » Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:02 pm

Robotics; Notes

This series did a lot of what I felt were... unnecessary things. When the Airi girl showed up with Kou Reports hinting towards an Assassin's Creed doom scenario, I was all like "No no, get that Seinen BS out of my hot blooded, High school-scoped Dai Guard. "

I mean c'mon, wasn't the OP and ED both implying this to be a show lampooning that over-wrought crap?


I've read how this series receives a lot of flak in comparing it to Steins; Gate, but that wasn't a problem for me, because I've never watched the latter. And I can barely remember Choas; Head, other than it being exploitive crap.

I figured out eventually the JAXA girl was a crossover character, just because of her input and efficiency without any real focus or characterization. Her presence though, and the contribution of other Gate characters was minor enough for me to follow along with the story.


The problem is that it kept invoking crap that didn't seem possible, simply abridging the science involved with Transhumanism and Cryo-chambers. This despite being on-target enough with robotics to mention the cubed-square rule, and designing its bots around it.

... The "fight" to end control of the service robots, which were suddenly a thing, the cops being "powerless" to stop their mob (where did their guns go?), the MC figuring out he's in a sci-show and divining that Brainwashing is not only a thing, but was used on the person he saw before him...

...that Parrot and the gun...

*sigh*, it's just, okay...
"It's all fun and games till one of you gets my foot up your ass." - FofR, TrivialBeing.net Webmaster

"I blame teenage girls for everything." - Dr. Dave

"God is in his Heaven, and free men walk upon the Earth" - Rev. Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute

Tankred
Anime Ja Nai
Anime Ja Nai
User avatar
Age: 27
Posts: 5099
Joined: Jan 09, 2011

Postby Tankred » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:45 pm

Just at this moment finished viewing all major Macross series releases, finishing with Sayonara no Tsubasa. I'll have to write some in-depth review of it all eventually I guess, but in short, it was excellent.

Justacrazyguy
DNA Donor
DNA Donor
User avatar
Age: 25
Posts: 2543
Joined: Jul 06, 2012
Location: Portugal, Kingdom of Al-Gharbh
Gender: Male

Postby Justacrazyguy » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:48 pm

View Original PostTankred wrote:Just at this moment finished viewing all major Macross series releases, finishing with Sayonara no Tsubasa. I'll have to write some in-depth review of it all eventually I guess, but in short, it was excellent.


Who's the best girl?
Nearly all teenage boys are dumbfucks-Xard

É altura de se tornarem pessoas interessantes.- My Classic Culture Teacher

MYANIMELIST-http://myanimelist.net/profile/Justacrazyguy

Gus Hanson
Authentic Wizard
Authentic Wizard
User avatar
Posts: 1406
Joined: Oct 24, 2012
Gender: Male

Postby Gus Hanson » Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:00 pm

Blue Gender episodes 8-11

For me, these episodes felt like a hard test to get through because it has the two main leads, Yuji and Marlene, at their most generic. Yuji has the typical fish out of water coming to terms with the world and Marlene being stone cold soldier who starts to come out of her shell due to lingering feelings for Yuji. I feel like i'm watching Macross all over again with the comparisons I could make between these two and Hikaru and Misa. But seeing as how they finally reached Second Earth and the story is starting to shift for a while from Yuji to Marlene, it might make the rest of the experience more bearable.

Ray
Elder God
Elder God
User avatar
Posts: 5659
Joined: Feb 10, 2014
Location: Somewhere
Gender: Male

Postby Ray » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:24 pm

Speed Grapher
Image

I love film noir, so a seies like this, about a photographer trying his best to fight back against a corrupt society that's only obsessed with personal gain and physical pleasure more than actually improving society or the lives of the people.

If David Cronenberg directed Blade Runner, you would get something like Speed Grapher.

This is without a doubt, one of the most effed up things I have EVER watched. This thing is a middle finger to everyone who's ever indulged in fetish or S&M. The whole thing is a deconstruction of sexual liberation, fetishism, depravity, hypocrisy, and society and the media's obsession with the interplay of sex and violence.

Our main characters are Kagura a traumatized, mentally, and sexually abused girl who harbors a dark secret connected to a secret society of fetishists. (I kid you not)

Saiga, a Vietnam war veteran and photo journalist who gets tied up in Kagura's fate after he contracts a superpowered STD from Kagura when he infiltrates the club to try to expose it to the outside world. Who devotes himself to trying to save Kagura from the corrupt world he finds himself fighting against.

and Suitengu, and to talk about him would be to incite spoilers.

A good hearted, if unstable cast of people to build a solid story about corruption, sex, and politics around.

While I do give the anime my recommendation for it's compelling story, it's lacking for the most part in compelling visuals. It's a Gonzo production so the animation isn't always up to par with the story, while I am grateful the studio used CGI sparingly, the fight scenes are nothing to write home about.

Also, the hedonistic, bondage monster of the week thing could have been handled with a single monster hunting them down. Not to mention I feel that it would have been a lot more compelling as a story if the supernatural X-men Elements had been toned down

Rosenakahara
Evangelion
Evangelion
User avatar
Age: 24
Posts: 3319
Joined: May 20, 2014
Gender: Female

Postby Rosenakahara » Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:34 am

Hibike! Euphonium episode 11:
SPOILER: Show
Image

this show is kinda bland for me mostly, i just watch it for the very obvious yuri bait but THIS, if this turns out to be yet more bait that goes beyond yuri bait and into just straight up trolling/borderline offensive.
"She had better march back here and try again! I only send people off on my terms! ...Or in a casket."
I don't need a scabbard to sheathe my mind
What is going on is a concerted effort from anti-progressives to silence anyone who disagrees with them.-Bagheera 2016
The Twelve Kingdoms discussion thread

Tankred
Anime Ja Nai
Anime Ja Nai
User avatar
Age: 27
Posts: 5099
Joined: Jan 09, 2011

Postby Tankred » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:28 am

View Original PostJustacrazyguy wrote:Who's the best girl?


For me it's a toss between Mylene and Millia.

Shinoyami65
Seed of Life
Seed of Life
User avatar
Age: 24
Posts: 3926
Joined: Jul 26, 2012
Location: Vinculum Gate
Gender: Male

Re: Not what I expected. Bl

Postby Shinoyami65 » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:32 am

View Original PostAlaska Slim wrote:Robotics; Notes

This series did a lot of what I felt were... unnecessary things. When the Airi girl showed up with Kou Reports hinting towards an Assassin's Creed doom scenario, I was all like "No no, get that Seinen BS out of my hot blooded, High school-scoped Dai Guard. "

I mean c'mon, wasn't the OP and ED both implying this to be a show lampooning that over-wrought crap?


I've read how this series receives a lot of flak in comparing it to Steins; Gate, but that wasn't a problem for me, because I've never watched the latter. And I can barely remember Choas; Head, other than it being exploitive crap.

I figured out eventually the JAXA girl was a crossover character, just because of her input and efficiency without any real focus or characterization. Her presence though, and the contribution of other Gate characters was minor enough for me to follow along with the story.


The problem is that it kept invoking crap that didn't seem possible, simply abridging the science involved with Transhumanism and Cryo-chambers. This despite being on-target enough with robotics to mention the cubed-square rule, and designing its bots around it.

... The "fight" to end control of the service robots, which were suddenly a thing, the cops being "powerless" to stop their mob (where did their guns go?), the MC figuring out he's in a sci-show and divining that Brainwashing is not only a thing, but was used on the person he saw before him...

...that Parrot and the gun...

*sigh*, it's just, okay...


I think Steins;Gate was a one-off success. I struggled through Chaos;Head's VN and I can't imagine the anime was any better, either.

Perhaps it's because Steins;Gate's characters were at the very least endearing, had likeable personalities and were relatable, whereas I can't even remember the names of the cast of Chaos;Head and Robotics;Notes.
E̱͡v͈̙e͔̰̳͙r̞͍y͏̱̲̭͎̪ṱ͙̣̗̱͠h̰̰i͙n̶̮̟̳͍͍̫͓g̩ ̠͈en̶̖̹̪d̸̙̦͙̜͕͍̞s̸̰.̳̙̺̟̻̀

I always thought I might be bad
Now I know that it's true
Because I think you're so good
And I'm nothing like you

Alaska Slim
Frigus Ignoramus
Frigus Ignoramus
User avatar
Posts: 4968
Joined: Oct 08, 2007
Location: The Land Up Over
Gender: Male

The filler episode that wasn't. BP

Postby Alaska Slim » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:51 am

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (Oregairu) Zoku Ep. 12

Image

Got Haruno's scene on Yukino shown & done before the OP. Impressive. After that, we got yet another season 1 scene reanimated, excellent.

Btw, doesn't Haruno look sort of like a black-haired Iroha?


Post-OP was forging into new territory for me since the LN chapters covering this haven't been translated. I was not disappointed. I busted a gut when Mirai showed up in the club room outta' nowhere. Then again when the Kaihin High School gang appeared.

I think this is the first time that we got open acknowledgement for Kawasaki being *into* Hachiman. It also reminds me... I kind of don't like it. Oregairu made itself special by bucking Slice of Life/Harem anime conventions. By having Hachiman have now up to... 4 love interests among his High School peers alone, it's becoming less satire, and more the fact itself.

Revelation in this episode: open acknowledgement that Yukino (in the past) liked Hayamo. Never seen that anywhere till now.

Yuigahama feeling isolated during the "bowl" scene. Haruno is... unhappy about it? I'm not following her thoughts at all. But a chill went down my spine when she said "So *this* is what you call 'genuine'"? Ooooohh.


Mother Yukinoshita turns up...

Man, just so much happens in this episode that I didn't think it would do, and all of it likely just the set up for whatever episode 13 has in store. Yuigahama; about to make a play to re-level the playing field.
"It's all fun and games till one of you gets my foot up your ass." - FofR, TrivialBeing.net Webmaster

"I blame teenage girls for everything." - Dr. Dave

"God is in his Heaven, and free men walk upon the Earth" - Rev. Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute

Final Messenger
Evangelion
Evangelion
User avatar
Age: 28
Posts: 3206
Joined: Aug 22, 2011
Location: Toronto Canada
Gender: Male

Postby Final Messenger » Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:57 pm

JoJo's episode 48:
SPOILER: Show
;_; good night sweet prince you will be missed Dio you magnificent bastard wryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

I really hope they'll get around to animating part 4 I need to see Kira animated
Avatar:super high school level ???? Kyouko Kirigiri
"Before Pimptimus turned the Jupitris into his brothel it was giant helium carrier"- Fireball
"to solve a mystery sometimes you have to take risks. Isn't that right?"- Kyouko Kirigiri
more people should read Dangan Ronpa

Alaska Slim
Frigus Ignoramus
Frigus Ignoramus
User avatar
Posts: 4968
Joined: Oct 08, 2007
Location: The Land Up Over
Gender: Male

Re: Not what I expected. Bl

Postby Alaska Slim » Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:02 pm

View Original PostShinoyami65 wrote:I think Steins;Gate was a one-off success. I struggled through Chaos;Head's VN and I can't imagine the anime was any better, either.

Perhaps it's because Steins;Gate's characters were at the very least endearing, had likeable personalities and were relatable, whereas I can't even remember the names of the cast of Chaos;Head and Robotics;Notes.

I can't forget Kona, aka, *Frau Bow*, she reminds me too much of someone I know at work. -o-;
"It's all fun and games till one of you gets my foot up your ass." - FofR, TrivialBeing.net Webmaster

"I blame teenage girls for everything." - Dr. Dave

"God is in his Heaven, and free men walk upon the Earth" - Rev. Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute

cyharding
Our Man in Tokyo 3
Our Man in Tokyo 3
User avatar
Age: 39
Posts: 1841
Joined: Jun 08, 2007
Location: In Glorious Technicolor
Gender: Male

Postby cyharding » Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:29 pm

^ Isn't Kona the girl with the collective personality of 4chan imbedded within her?
Finding intelligent life on the web is not easy, we must all be glad we found EGF. - A.T. Fish
You Can Start Again. Chapter 32 now released. Now on FF.net
Oh, Eva, you never cease to amaze me. Your fans are analizing a calendar, for god's sake.- Alpha

robersora
Laissez-faire in Moderation
Laissez-faire in Moderation
User avatar
Age: 29
Posts: 4436
Joined: May 17, 2011
Location: Europe, Austria
Gender: Male

Postby robersora » Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:53 pm

Steins Gate was ok, but endearing characters outside of Okabe it had certainly not. That tuturuuu~~ sound this sex doll of a girl made still gives me the nightmares. Then again, this made the moment, when she finally was shot in the face and in succession died multiple times the enjoying ride this show was.
2Q||3.33 _ 神殺しを行う
Decadent Stoned Slacker Socialist

Bagheera
Asuka's Bulldog
Asuka's Bulldog
User avatar
Posts: 18676
Joined: Oct 15, 2010

Postby Bagheera » Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:26 pm

View Original Postrobersora wrote:Steins Gate was ok, but endearing characters outside of Okabe it had certainly not. That tuturuuu~~ sound this sex doll of a girl made still gives me the nightmares. Then again, this made the moment, when she finally was shot in the face and in succession died multiple times the enjoying ride this show was.


That is a very bizarre reaction to the show.
For my post-3I fic, go here.
The law doesn't protect people. People protect the law. -- Akane Tsunemori, Psycho-Pass
People's deaths are to be mourned. The ability to save people should be celebrated. Life itself should be exalted. -- Volken Macmani, Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra
I hate myself. But maybe I can learn to love myself. Maybe it's okay for me to be here! That's right! I'm me, nothing more, nothing less! I'm me. I want to be me! I want to be here! And it's okay for me to be here! -- Shinji Ikari, Neon Genesis Evangelion
Yes, I know. You thought it would be something about Asuka. You're such idiots.


Return to “Old Stickies”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests