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Opinions on this series?


It was boring. Dropped it a long time ago. Doesn't seem to have much appeal beside fujobait manwhores.


It's very niche. I liked the demon butler being a demon butler and the young lord being a brat.
The manga is a good overall story but it's extremely slow to release and very quick to read. About all that happened I think in the past three years is they revealed the evil twin, revived him, did a flashback arc when Ciel met Sebastian, then recently the evil chinese guy who betrayed Ciel in season 1 and has all the reason to betray him doesn't betray him.

And Ciel grabs a whole turkey with both hands and wolfs it down because he's angry about his magically revived death twin brother taking his fortune.

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Post trashy early 2000s hikikomori hoarder pictures
(preferably with old anime/tech junk)
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>toilet paper roll
>lolis everywhere
no its not.


I wonder what happened to their former inhabitants though


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That's sexy and classy, not trashy


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I miss these.


Tell us your anime likes and dislikes or some sort of information about what you're looking for, or just examples of past shows you've enjoyed, and hopefully someone will recommend you a good show to watch.

>plot driven
>interesting fantasy or sci-fi worlds
>interesting social commentary or philosophical stuff
>hero archetypes
>good character arcs
>political intrigue
>fights where strategy is involved rather than just powering up with beams or determinationing your way through it

>romance (esp. pedo shit)
>boring slice of life shit where nothing outside the realm of normality happens (cute succubi doing cute things)
>high school setting and children mcs in general (not always I've just seen a lot of them and it's getting old especially as I myself am getting older)
>slow paced
>fan service that takes away from the plot and wastes time
>comedic relief/gags (situational comedy is fine but the japanese tend to do this annoying shit where they put on wonky music and people yell at each other and they call it comedy)
>style over substance (eg, lain, technolyze, FLCL)
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>Arakawa Under the Bridge


Yeah it gets boring quickly. Maho shoujo site was animated recently. So there must be a market for this kind of crap.



>Kara no Kyoukai


people also praise the shit out of 3gatsu no lion's season 2 even though the majority of it laboured on a torturously cloying bullying arc


I liked it.


Times ticking so I’m thinking about making my pilgrimage soon. What places would you recommend going to? I’d like to see a lot of mecha stuff but any recommendation would be fine.

Also, how much Japanese do i need to know to go? My vocabulary is limited to 3 or 4 words, so I thought about just paying someone here to come with me to translate but that’d suck if I payed all that then he ditched me so I’ll just tough it out and learn some
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Did you ever go?

You might take a gander at the Anime 88 pilgrimage list for inspiration.


better than feminism


I could really use the knowledge from the posts of that one wizzie who biked through japan for a month or two and shared his pictures here.
Do you have any particular dates or months for a travel-time?


My Japan visit consisted of me and my Dad gorging ourselves at a bunch of restaurants in Shinjuku. Even the convenience stores have delicious food there.

I didn't know any Japanese. I just pointed at things on the menu.


this, i'd say it's pretty wizardly if anything

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Is Zeke the most wizardly manga character to ever be written? Also, spoilers from the new Shingeki no Kyojin chapter.
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Oh him, all I remember from him is that part where he's throwing stuff and practically annihilates entire squads worth of people. I guess they gave him more characterization since that. I'll give AoT another read one day, but it'll have to be when it's finished since I hate waiting for chapters.


I haven't even touched the manga yet but in the anime I was certain he's Eren's father until the latest season proved me wrong.


Is it wrong as a wiz, to say that I'm not a fan of Zeke's plan? I'm kinda counting on Ereh pulling through and killing everyone but the Eldians.


I need to keep up with SNK, last time I read it Eren was on full genocide mode and killed a bunch of innocents.

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Keep it to one screenshot for anime you watch to not take too much space.
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Have you read the manga? Never saw the anime, but I heard they cut out/censor a lot of the real graphic moments.


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B the beginning


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ballroom e youkoso

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Paladin Alexander Anderson is one of my favourite characters.
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Then you didn't pay attention.

Yes there is the gratuitous violence and Openess of Alucard but thats like saying "i watch star trek the next generation for its detailed and realistic space and ground combat, and not for Picard discussing philosophy with his enemies.

Hellsing is similar to one punch man and Lucifer(the comic not the tv abomination)
Yes you have your Op prot but he is mainly a medium to be used for discussion of whatever moral,societal,biological what have you issue you wish to examine. As well as subversion of common ideologies.

"Happy go lucky hero wins and lives with his love happily etc"
Dracula is branded a devil by his people, has suffered and lost everything, God is a dick and abandons him, is killed.
Enter Alucard..

Lets skim over the rest quickly,

Miss Hellsing, is conflicted over mortality and immortality. Doing whats right, saving the world by cruel and monstrous acts. Or being kind and sjwey like the council of lords and dieing pure but useless.
And..fuck it next

Seras, your other animes standard protag. Young, naive, recently saved by older mysterious (good, evil?) Mentor and his group. Struggles to control power and has to decide what her moral code is..next

The buttler, torn between duty and battlelust. Is a loyal servant but hates his failing body and has a murderboner 1000km wide. Is friends and respects Drac as a person despises him for what he is though…and more
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the major is probably the closest i've ever seen to a real ubermensch portrayed in fiction. everything about him is excellent.


This. The symbolism and meaning behind him and the whole Millennium endeavor is simply astounding, but few people seem to notice it below the "edgy" surface.
I'm not sur if Hirano Kouta is a Wizard himself (it's probable imho), but he sure knows his shit.


>kind of identifies with him, subconsciously at the very least.
Considering he's on record as having said those character designs of the Major and Doc were originally repurposed from a story where they were otaku and that he has participated in doujinshi before it's probably not that far off the mark.


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Hajime Saitou was the best character in Rurouni Kenshin.


Let me present to you the best anime opening:

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I only watched the dub because of the humor, but how is the show in japenese? heard it did not do so well


Smile Bomb is amazing.
Japanese version is pretty meh.


Just watch an episode dubbed and imagine the script as straightforward and boring as possible and you pretty have the japanese script.


The show failed horrendously in Japan which is why they told the English dubbers to do whatever they wanted with it, so I doubt it's anything worth watching.


The most interesting thing about it is the Japanese folklore about ghosts and demons and stuff. You basically get 90% of that in the dub though.

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>tfw you will never experience a wizard anti-social hikki friendly ramen shop like this
>you will never be comfy like that
>no one to judge you eating
>no normies on a date to see and get bitter about
>no tip expected no staff bothering you
>pay with via vending machine
wish i was born in Japan…
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It's hard to fly a rocket, which is essentially oil and metal scraps?

Come one, don't be disingenuous. Everything is difficult and an art, if done the right way. And the traditional way to prepare ramen broth is complex, laborious and, if the place you're eating at is worth the time, a well kept family secret.


1) Rockets don't even use oil, and they're comprised of more than just metals

2) Ramen broth isn't complex, sure each restaurant puts their own little spin on the recipe in order to stand out among the oversaturated ramen-selling dinner market, but ultimately it is just soup with simmered stuff served with noodles

3) Making noodles is more complex than making ramen, lol


>the traditional way to prepare ramen
>a well kept family secret

how can it be a family secret if it's known by millions of people running thousands of shops


What does ramen taste like? I never had it before.


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At least try out instant ramen.

Although honestly I went to a "well-reputed" supposedly authentic ramen place nearby and it wasn't that much better than the instant stuff. It was really really salty. I'm not sure if they just fucked up my order.

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It makes me sad that anime from the early 2000s have already faded into obscurity, and discussion has all but died off on imageboards and forums. I see maybe one short-lived thread per year about tsukihime on all the imageboards I lurk. Do younger fans of anime just not like the style of 2000s stories?
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ah, I see. So this normie thing has been a problem since the 1980s…

aha, just kidding. Maybe seasonal anime isn't too bad after all. Honestly, I just think treating anime or shows like seasonal things is kinda silly. Still, you probably on't see masterpieces or shows that impact you in a meaningful way very much.

These shows are meant to make money and tell a story. I don't think they're meant to stay around for a long time.

It's still good to get something happy for once though. I don't mind being wrong when the news is happy.

Also generating this post on zero hours of sleep. Sorry if it's incoherent.



Problem with long running anime is they're even less likely to be meaningful. Mainly due to source material - Manga are ran until people stop reading them enough. Same with LNs. So the story just goes on and on until it becomes unpopular enough to have an ending made for it. You can have meaningful stories in them but they tend to not wrap up at all since the characters are what keeps people reading. This is the vast majority and would happen to long running original anime too.

I love having shit like Hisomaso, Sakura quest, Shirobako, Himote house, and the anime originals that come out every season. They're great. Even if they aren't they at least make an attempt at a whole story rather than 'see you next week oh wait we got cancelled'. Let's not forget Ping Pong the animation.

There are exceptions of course, like Kaiba which told a complete story while being an adaptation, and so on, but having shorter anime seasons means that anime are kept tight and to the point, even if there's a lot of similarity.


It isn't so much about treating it as a seasonal thing as it is just convenient period for industry to just start new shows at certain point of the year. Especially now that most anime is just 12 episodes.


Sorry I didn't really know where to posts this but I found this cool video with 30 minutes of anime trailers from VHS

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