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and write something about it.

Made a new one since the old one reached bump limit.

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 No.31020

>>31016
i didn't know MAL was the sole arbiter deciding what a piece of entertainment is and isn't about.
>The anime is about supernatural events.
can you prove it's about supernatural events? if that is so, why is there such a focus on interpersonal drama? why are only two characters out of a cast of six privy to supernatural events? did you ever think, perhaps, the supernatural was just a fictive device meant to dilate and exaggerate specific notions about relationships in order to explore them? why don't you tell me what the show was attempting to be instead of preemptively blocking out any refutations with vague assessments like
>It just failed to know what it wanted to be.
unfalsifiable statements aren't impressive and show you're not actually trying to see what the show was trying to do. the impression i get is "the show was trying to do something, but i don't care enough to figure it out so let me rant on about what i didn't like and presume what i didn't like was expressly the purpose of the show." it's an utterly unconvincing stance that unfortunately the vast majority of people who write about anime take. my rule of thumb is to only write if you have a great core idea and hyperfocus on that idea. otherwise you end up rambling and taking a non-position that you have to retroactively defend with either vague (e.g. "this show wanted to be something. It just failed to know what it wanted to be.") or outright false (e.g. The anime is about supernatural events.) statements.

 No.31021

>>31020
anime can be about many things at once

 No.31022

>>31021
i agree. that's why i think it's foolish to make statements like
>First of all the show main focus is supernatural
i don't think it's charitable for any decent discussion about an anime to try to pigeonhole it into one idea like that and restrict all thoughts to that idea. easy example, having a preconceived notion that the sailor moon anime is a manga adaptation and criticizing it for not sticking close to the source material would be pretty unfair to the show itself.

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>>31020
>can you prove it's about supernatural events? if that is so, why is there such a focus on interpersonal drama? why are only two characters out of a cast of six privy to supernatural events?
Supernatural events was supposed to play a big role into the series since it was heavy placed on, but however the show failed on this premise when it had many references to people dying and stuff but it never happens (second upload) so yes the show was intended to be about a supernatural elements but it never happened. As for the reason the two characters are the only one who are able to see into the future … it was never explained, as a matter of fact the only reason why those two got together was due to the fact that they were the only one who could see the future but as the story progress it just becomes melodrama B.S thus the story becoming dry and nonsensical. You also bring up the fact that the supernatural elements was "just a fictive device" if so then the both of the MC are schizophrenic and needs to be admitted to a mental hospital, the flashbacks impacts the other relationship in the shows.
>why don't you tell me what the show was attempting to be instead of preemptively blocking out any refutations with vague assessments like
Sure anon. This show was trying to be romantic/supernatural with the hope o f making you cry but it failed horrible when around episode 6 they changed a lot of stuff. A lot of dumb things started happening such the glass and future thing, which I guess was suppose to foreshadow what would happen but it failed, it would have been about a deeper exploration of relationships but since the characters friendship was so dry it was perpetually annoying, it felt like most of the time they did not know each other. This show tried to be clannad but failed, I did not cry, only raged.
>unfalsifiable statements
Alright anon, try to explain to me what this show was about … cause you said I can't find it out. explain to me anon

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Kind of late but I finished watching Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry a few weeks ago.
It was pretty good. I had it pinned as a simple harem with battle elements but it actually was much better than that. The protag only really has 1 love interest and they start dating within the first few episodes rather than dragging it out for the whole series, which is nice. And the romance didn't interfere too much with the battles and action, there was a good balance. Nice underdog story, did feel a little cheap with some deus ex machina elements at times but the battles were still tense and the protagonist was very likable. Last 2 episodes were especially great.

 No.31057

>>31036
>Supernatural events was supposed to play a big role into the series since it was heavy placed on, but however the show failed on this premise when it had many references to people dying and stuff but it never happens (second upload) so yes the show was intended to be about a supernatural elements but it never happened.
how can you prove this claim if you admit the show doesn't support it in the same sentence? i don't understand this logic in the slightest because it doesn't make any sense. unless you read interviews or could cite information on the actual production, this is exactly what i said you were doing, i.e. forcing the show to try to fit into your preconception and criticize it for not doing so. this is an extremely amateur position to take. this isn't critique, it's conjecture and not very compelling at that. sorry, but i don't think you're a very good critic.

when i say the supernatural elements are fictive devices, what i mean is that they are narratives devices the writer creates to move certain elements of the story in a way that benefits the ideas he is attempting to depict. i think it's pretty clear i didn't mean the visions were diegetic elements.

 No.31058

>>31036
by the way, i was insinuating (very thinly) what i think the show is about and i expected you to be able to pick up on it. but i guess you weren't able to since you didn't understand what i meant by "fictive device."
i think the show is about interpersonal relationships, specifically romance between friends during your salad days, and the difficulties of navigating both your feelings and your friendships when they come into conflict. the visions are an exaggeration of the confusion from "coming-of-age," which is a pretty common trope seen in all forms of storytelling. the details surrounding the supernatural just aren't important because it's just a narrative device. touko has them simply because she is the main character and center of the group, and david knows of them simply because he plays opposite of touko. the relentless hounding for answers about superpowers and focusing on dumb shit like "the physics and scientific implications are totally unreal, this movie is shit because of a plothole" is pretty popular in the MCU smoothbrain demographic, and i can't say i see any difference in the position you're taking.

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Sola

Starts off kind of weak, pretty generic setting of typical male anime protag meets mysterious succubus and she ends up staying at his house. After episode 4 or so it gets interesting as more and more supernatural elements are introduced and the relationships between characters are explained.
Not much else I can say without spoiling it but it surpassed my (admittedly low) expectations and was pretty bittersweet towards the end. Not a must-watch or anything but I enjoyed it.

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Another

I enjoyed the first 3/4 or so of the show quite a bit, it was a little cheesy but it had a nice atmosphere and tension. After episode 10 everything kind of falls apart and I was just left laughing at the ridiculousness of all the deaths and insanity of the characters.

 No.31139

>>31128
All I remember about that anime is that succubus that died stabbing her throat with an umbrella

 No.31152

>>31128
That god damn show.
My sister demanded that I watch with a dumb grin on her face. A grin that told me whatever it was I was in for a crazy ride.

At first I was was a little disappointed in how mundane it was by anime standards.
Then right as I was about to complain about her wasting my time I got to the umbrella scene. That's when I knew I was going to be marathoning this show.
Once the climax hit with the field trip I had the same dumbass grin on my face.
The thing that finally broke me was the part where MC was in the middle of a room ablaze, death and chaos all around, and it is in this moment that he calmly stops to take a phonecall. I laughed my head off going wtf at the insanely of it. It was then that my sis popped her head in with a knowing look and said "I told you that you had to see this shit".

I eventually got her back with a recommendation of Trapeze (don't feel like looking up the Japanese title) so it was all good.

 No.31180

Just finished Fate Extra. It was bad.

 No.31211

>>31152
Guess it runs in the family, huh?

 No.31214

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Whew. What a ride. This show reminds me of why I got into anime in the first place. Ridiculous battles. Epic scale scenarios. Larger than life characters. Sad backstories. Villains with understandable motives. Tearjerker drama. Cool character design. Unadulterated concentrated chuuni. Weird as it seems, I cried throughout this series whenever anything slightly sad happens. I cried when servants die. I cried when someone give life advice. Jack's episode was the worst. I choked every time Atlanta appears on screen. Everything those shounen anime had that captivated me as a child, this anime did them right.

Anyway, on a more elitist and nitpicky perspective, there is a few points in the anime I'd like to complain about. You get the feeling that the budget is huge, but as expected they ran out of steam mid series. I noticed a few QUALITY moments that is just jarring compared to the excellent start and end of the series. Fight choreography isn't always good either. The best part is obviously the climax of the story where the animation style change as if they got a special team to exclusively made them. The start is also action packed to hook you in the story but the middle is part is embarrassing. I laughed when Siegfried and Mordred combine their NP to defeat Avicebron's golem like some kind of mahou shoujo or super sentai series. Next is the characters, which is also good but of course they'd chose the blandest out of them all as the main cast. Sieg and Jeanne are vegetables outside of the late story. I expected to like Astolfo but he's useless throughout the series and doesn't even act or look as cute as in fanarts. Literally any screentime without them is interesting. Also maybe because they're trying to cram the whole novels but I felt the pace to be going to fast. This is good at times because there is no dull moment but at times it just become boring. A good scene must have a build up to it. A constantly high emotion story is just a plateau. I have to praise the voice acting though since they pretty much carried the badly written dialogue. Verdict, it's a great anime and Amakusa did nothing wrong.

 No.31215

>>31214
What is is called? Goddamn I hate it when people write a long review and then don't mention what the fuck they're talking about. What good is a review of a show if other people have to have already watched the show to be able to recognize your damn screenshot and know what the fuck you're talking about?

 No.31216

>>31215
Fate/Apocrypha

 No.31217

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>>29976
"Why don't you come to the planetarium?
The beautiful twinkling of eternity that will never fade, no matter what.
All the stars in the sky are waiting for you. "

 No.31261

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul
It was great if you can look past the poor integration of CGI.
Satisfying story that is paced well, all the returning characters had their moment to shine, most of the new ones were great. Overall I really enjoyed it. The new MC was a bit of a retard which dragged parts of the the show down a bit, but it was never bad enough to hinder my enjoyment.
It is all I could ask for when it came to a unexpected follow up to a unexpectedly good action adventure anime based on a digital card game that I never heard of before watching the show.

If you liked the first one then I Highly recommend it.

 No.31262

>>31216
Thank you and my anger was probably disproportionate to what caused it so I apologize.

 No.31267

Is there an anime out there more comfy than Spice and Wolf? I loved this so much.

 No.31270

>>31267
there's tensei shitara slime datta ken
I could watch that show forever
spice and wold was just about some abusive parasite succubus

 No.31271

>>31270
that slime show really is inexplicably comfy.

 No.31273

>>31270
>spice and wold was just about some abusive parasite succubus
Someone can't handle the banter
>>31267
Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san was built to be comfy to what I feel is a emotionally manipulative degree. It is almost too comfy. Also still has fluffy fox tails if that is what you are into.

 No.31280

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Just finished watching both seasons of Sangatsu no Lion. Here are my thoughts:

Exceptional in so many respects. Both from a technical point of view and in terms of artistic merit. The direction is excellent. The writing seems excellent (I plan to read the source material). Visually it is excellent and I applaud their frequent use of 'visual metaphors' in scenes. Visual direction is excellent. The studio is Shaft if you care. Characterization is extremely well done. The characters are rich and elaborate, as are their interactions. I liked character designs - especially the unique style of the faces. OST was good but not spectacular. Given the dialogue-heavy nature of the show though OST is relatively less important.

I cried a few times while watching this. Although I should mention that I cry easily and even enjoy it, and for many weeks this was my go-to anime when feeling more depressed than usual.

Drama is one of my favourite genres. Sangatsu no Lion excels in this context. The drama utilizes the rich cast of characters well. It is multidimensional in nature as opposed to a simple linear romance. There are many axes along which drama is developed, and it follows that there are many aspects through which you can engage with this anime emotionally. I personally found many characters relatable and this enhanced my experience. There's a high probability that you will as well and with this in mind I strongly recommend watching Sangatsu no Lion.

10/10 overall. Highly emotionally engaging and exceptional in many respects.

I found myself rewatching many scenes over and over.

I think I liked season 1 slightly more than season 2, overall. They're both great - I just found the plot in season 1 more personally engaging. I don't want to elaborate more because whichever plot one prefers between the seasons is highly subjective and any discussion of it will inevitably result in spoilers.

Also an afterthought about humour: the show has a lot of genuinely funny gags. I laughed out loud many times while watching. Comedic relief is used to effectively to create sort of an emotional rollercoaster. The flavour of humour itself is objectively kind of lame but personally I'm a sucker for silly puns and stuff like that. There is a lot of (social) situational humour as well, which I find enjoyable. I previously mentioned the use of visual metaphors - this is used for comedic effect as well.

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I recently finished watching the ReLIFE anime. Here are my thoughts:

Bland art style and character designs. Animation is mediocre and often looks cheap and sloppy (and I did watch the BDs.). I did kind of like the super-saturated colour tones that are sometimes used, but besides that the anime is weak visually.
Unremarkable OST, however the rapid switching between tracks and/or silence is used well for dramatic effect. Overall, the production quality feels like a cheap disposable seasonal anime. Which is a shame because I think it deserved more. This anime would have benefited from a higher budget and/or better technical staff.

Quality of direction seems to vary a lot. Dramatic scenes are often handled poorly. Suspense is built up well but I feel like the climatic scenes are often 'fumbled' for lack of a better phrase. Comedic relief is sometimes used inappropriately. I'm already innoculated against this from watching lots of anime, but it can be pretty bad in this case. Overall, I'd say the direction is weak to mediocre at best. As someone who values direction more than visuals for this kind of genre, the weak direction is the most significant flaw of the anime in my view.

It's kind of cliche but I really liked the premise and thought it was promising (28 year old NEET relives high school - what's not to like?). Whether or not the premise was capitalized upon to its full potential is highly subjective. The plot ended up evolving differently from the way I expected it to, but I still liked it.

As you might expect, there's a lot of situational humour, which I'm fond of. Humour isn't a selling point here, but I did chuckle to myself a number of times while watching.

Decent script.

Good voice acting, especially the female cast. Kariu's VA in particular is absolutely terrific. I found myself rewinding many times just to hear her deliver some lines over and over again. I was extremely impressed by her talent.

MC is sort of unlikable, in my opinion.
Overall though, the cast is likable (ONOYA IS LITERALLY ME). Characters are well-developed. There was less focus on the MC than I initially expected, which was a pleasant surprise in my view. There are certainly some memorable characters. I miss them and want to go back. In particular, the female cast and the interactions between them were really enjoyable. Felt very real and human. The main female characters are the best in the entire series, in my opinion. The male cast was bland in comparison, despite receiving a similar amount of screentime.

Great writing. I get the impression that the source material is excellent and I hope to look into it sometime. Well-done character-driven drama is something I very much enjoy. Judging this anime before watching, I expected that it would basically be a large serving of hedonistic escapist fantasy. Again, I was pleasantly surprised in this respect, and this serves as a lesson to refrain from judging an anime before actually watching. Actually I would even say this anime is the opposite of escapism because one of the underlying themes is confronting real problems or personal shortcomings in your own life (trigger warning). Absolutely the writing is good, however I should clarify that I didn't find any of the themes explored to be all that engaging on a personal level. For this reason someone else might derive even more enjoyment from the series than I did.

Envy is a theme that comes up in the story and I applaud its use because it's such a common aspect of human nature. Jealousy permeates this disgusting world we live in, yet its representation in fiction is rarely commensurate. I think a lot of people can relate to this or at least would find it an engaging theme in fiction.

Very watchable. I watched the first 8 episodes within ~12 hours which for me is extremely unusual.

Many anime start out strong and then flop in the later episodes. ReLIFE was the opposite experience for me. It started out good, but it was only in the latter half of the anime that it really started to shine. This is mainly due to payoff from developing rich characters earlier in the series (take notes, anime writing staff). My progress through the later episodes was slowed because there were far more scenes that I needed to appreciate by watching over and over before continuing.

I'll try to comment on the romance component without spoiling anything. Despite the poor direction, especially in this regard, ReLIFE is still pretty romantic. It's not strictly a romance story, but there are certainly some romantic scenes and moments. ReLIFE owes its romantic merit entirely to the underlying writing. It is probably the best het-romance of 2016 (competition is not stiff). Please feel free to respond with alternatives for that title though.

This anime has appeal to a broader audience. Would be easily digested by casual anime fans. Despite its flaws I'd still recommend it. I think I'd actually recommend this to a succubus due to how much the female perspective is explored during the romantic story arcs. Again, the female characters are such a strong aspect of this anime; I really can't overstate it.

I rate this anime 8/10 for great writing with great characters and a good script with good voice acting. I really wanted to rate this higher but I can't overlook the flaws in its execution. The show is like a poorly polished diamond; the beauty is there if you look closely.

Due to the series being continued in OVAs released 1.5 years later, and the peculiar obsession that imageboard users have with watching things the instant they air, I think that this show (or at least the OVAs) may have been overlooked by people. It also serves as a lesson for why you should wait for an entire series (including BDs and extras) to be released before watching. In my case, jumping right from the last episode to the OVAs (instead of waiting 2 years) provided a vastly superior viewing experience, especially with consideration to the plot of the show.

The OVAs feel very rushed to me and I would have much preferred a complete second season, or at least more than 4 OVA episodes. Production quality and direction of the OVAs was just as poor as the original tv anime. Truly a shame because the story is great.

Update since writing the above review draft while still watching the anime:
fucking hell this is really starting to tug at my heartstrings. The waterworks have started.
tl;dr: *sobbing mess* b-but m-muh direction and production quality

final update: okay I cried a lot but that doesn't invalidate my criticisms and my rating remains unchanged.

In retrospection, it might be better to approach this franchise via the literature. I'm getting the impression that the source material is vastly superior to the anime adaptation. Maybe someone can respond with their impressions of the manga. I jumped into this anime completely blind without doing any research; maybe that was a mistake.

Wizclaimer: the anime espouses normalfag values and the characters are normalfags, so don't get your hopes up about it being a wizardly anime.

 No.31332

Not an anime, but I finally completed reading through the entirety of Tsukihime. I think I might have missed a few choices but I read every route and every ending at least once. It's hard to say which route was the best since each one requires the others in order to be understood in many ways, but personally I liked the stuff with Hisui/Kohaku the best. Learning about Shikis backstory was the most interesting part of the whole Visual Novel, and in at least one of Kohakus endings he re-awakens his true personality and overcomes the Tohnos influence on him. Technically it was a "bad" ending but Kohkaus "true" ending reads wat more like the other succubi "good" endings so I'm inclined to believe it's the closest we'll get to a Kohaku "true" ending. I honestly don't like how the Kohaku true ending is so saccharine, seeing him accept himself as Nanaya Shiki and truly bring an end to the fucked up Tohno household was incredibly cathartic. Tsukihime implies some reversed causality occasionally but if Kohakus ending is to be believed, she survived in the one where he kills Akiha anyway so it doesn't matter. Either way, none of the good endings felt satisfying, and quite honestly felt pretty horrific considering how characters had to be brainwashed, brain-dead, or the whole surreal feeling in general that everything is just too convenient and nice.

 No.31349

I just finished kingdom. I've been marathoning this for a while and now that it's done I feel empty inside because the story is really only just beginning even after two long-ass seasons and I want more. It's a pretty simple story of political and military conquest, but it's well done and manages to be engaging all the way through. It starts out with some bad CGI but the animation gets better as the show progresses.

 No.31354

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I reluctantly watched Kiznaiver. Here's my shitty stream-of-consciousness review:

Wow I really hate this art style
Wow I really hate this cinematography
Wow I really hate these character designs
This visual stuff is all subjective so I won't dwell on it much.

I almost didn't give this any chance at all because Trigger.

Forgive me for saying this but the pacing and exposition could best be surmised as 'zoomer-tier'. In all seriousness, I feel like this was made for someone about 14 years old.
Wow I hate this direction

Why am I still watching?
I like the premise and thinks it's promising.
Some of these characters seem interesting.

Let's see how it goes.

Yep, this literally feels like a Pixar movie.
Maybe the writing will have some artistic value…

None of these characters are particularly likable.
I'm finding it difficult to envisage a scenario where these characters are used to construct a compelling story. These characters have personalities that are unpleasantly exaggerated. They would be suitable for a comedy sketch, not a serious drama.

The animation itself is 'high quality' but I hate how these wacky jump cuts are constantly used. Like I feel dizzy just watching this. The animation itself is fluid but the cinematography ruins it, IMO.

I'm detecting a lot of ship-baiting. This is actually fine with me because I'm trash and can shamelessly enjoy shipping as cheap entertainment.

I'm liking Maki's backstory. Took them bloody long enough to get to this.
If they took Maki's backstory and turned it into a full cour anime with a quarter of the budget of this, it would be better and would have more artistic value.

It seems like people who watched this can be divided according to who did and did not like the forced shipping. My rebuttal to those who disliked it is "what else could have possibly been done with these shitty characters?" The anime is already bad regardless of whether shipping occurs or not. Removing the ships is like rearranging the cutlery on the fucking Titanic as it descends to the bottom of the ocean. If not ships, then what? What else is there with this awful cast? The problem is the characters themselves and shipping is just a band-aid on awful writing.

Everything about this anime is so ham-fisted. I'd liken it to building hobby models with mittens on.

This anime would benefit significantly from better foreshadowing.
Nico's voice actor is talented.

Watching this is reminding me of why I hate watching movies, generally speaking. They try to cram as much garbage as possible into a tiny period of time, all the while pacing it way too quickly and catering to people with an extremely short attention span. This is literally just a Pixar film masquerading as an anime.

A grown adult is not the target audience for this.
>but that's all ani-
No, there's a difference. This anime is designed specifically for a teenager's brain.

What a waste of a good premise.

The OST for this is supposed to be good but I'm not observing that. Maybe you could respond with your favourite tracks in the OST? The OP song is okay. Musically it is simple, but still it's pretty catchy.

The only decent attribute this anime has is the animation quality. Pretty much every single artistic choice possible was made poorly, in my opinion. Still, this might be one of the most well-animated works of 2016, I'll admit. The only competition I can think of is Sansha Sanyou. I'm probably overlooking something from that year though.

Overall 4/10. you_tried_sticker.png
There was serious potential here but so many poor choices were made along the way. But hey, despite all my complaints, I still didn't drop the damn thing. So take from that what you will. On the other hand, the only reason I'll be watching anything from Trigger from here onwards is out of morbid curiosity. In fact, Trigger should probably just upload all their work directly to Liveleak from now on.

A couple other things:
I want Chidori to sit on my face.
Nico is literally me.

 No.31368

>>31354
describe zoomer anime to me please

 No.31371

Watched Kemono Friends.

Holy shit was the animation dogshit in the begining, but it was worth sitting through. Very comfy show with a good story. The animation slowly but surely did get better as it progressed too so I felt rewarded for sticking with it. And the voice actors, background art, and character design were all very good to make up for the fact that the animation wasn't very good.
Overall I liked it alot.
Will check out season two and some of the specials later.

 No.31372

>>31371
>voice actors, background art, and character design were all very good

not sure how you can even rate voice acting since there's only like 5 people in the entire industry who do all the voices.

 No.31373

>>31372
That's completely false.

 No.31374

>>31372
I watched the sub so…

 No.31375

>>31372
Wrong, it's actually three people. It used to be four but he died last year from the common cold. The three can do a wide range of voices and each does about 5 hours of voice line every day if you include their non-anime commission like cartoons, machine voice and movies (yes the japanese film industry has not figured out how to record visuals and audio at the same time so they have to resort to dubbing)

 No.31378

>>31371
finised season 2.
Animation was better but the story and overall feeling was much worse. Kind of a letdown to be honest.
That said it was still enjoyable even though a lot of plot threads were never properly tighten up and far too much was left unanswered.

 No.31382

>>31372
>watching dubs
ISHYGDDT

 No.31419

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Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Great animation & character/setting design let down by bad direction & plot.

 No.31542


 No.31543

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>>31542
I liked it.

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Finished Fairy tail.

I was disappointed with the ending but then the whole anime was not great, I still expected more though. At least now they might start airing a new long running shounen to replace it, I heard that the author behind Fairy tail is writing something else now so they might just air that.

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Finished GOBLIN SLAYER. A bit more edgy but otherwise standard D&D tropes. At least, it's not isekai.

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Just finished Saiki K. Easy watching, enjoyable series.

 No.31619

>>31572
>At least now they might start airing a new long running shounen to replace it

please, yes

>I heard that the author behind Fairy tail is writing something else now so they might just air that.


please, no.

 No.31638

>>31616
I've been wanting to give this a shot

 No.31639

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I watched Shuumatsu no Izetta. Here are my thoughts:

This has some really cute romantic shoujo-ai scenes.

Strong confident female lead, which I always like to see. succubi are so strong and powerful. succubi can do anything!

Lots of strong confident succubi kicking butt in this. succubi are amazing!

The female cast is super likable. Unfortunately there are a lot of dumb males in the cast as well that exist only to advance the plot.

"Expectations blown away. It horrifies me to think that I almost passed on this. Ordinarily I hesitate to watch Japanese bastardizations of European history. If you do watch this then obviously much suspension of disbelief is required. I mean, it's anime. Magic is involved in the story and it takes places in a pseudo-WW2 setting.

Way underrated and underappreciated."
^is what I wrote in my anime notes after watching the first 3 episodes. This anime had a very strong start.

Getting further into this anime I'm beginning to see what is probably its most significant flaw: the plot. Ultimately, the plot is kind of lame. Ordinarily this wouldn't be a problem, but the issue is how much screentime is used to advance the plot. The series is very plot-heavy. There are some terrific scenes lurking within, but the overall series is diluted by this lame plot which consists of dumb violent men fighting each other for power. So basically men ruin everything as usual, smh. In all seriousness, I found most of the fighting/conflict-heavy scenes boring to watch. The fight scenes soaked up a lot of valuable screentime.

Having said the above, foreshadowing is used effectively and all the developed storylines tie together well in the end. In this regard, the show isn't poorly directed. I still cried during the last two episodes when the story climaxed. The wrap-up of all the story arcs was pretty good, even if the journey there was a little messy.

This anime is an unusual juxtaposition of genres (military/historical and shoujo-ai), of which a lot of people will like one or the other but less commonly both. I reluctantly gave this a chance knowing only that it was a historical military anime, and I was subsequently pleasantly surprised by the cute yuri romance that evolved as the episodes progressed. However, I think a lot of people who watched this had the opposite reaction, and consequently the anime is rated poorly by many. I guess an appropriate metaphor would be that Shuumatsu no Izetta is like an exotic food with a unique taste that puts most people off. Is that a flaw in the food or in the person tasting it? Maybe the same could be said about my distaste for the plot-heavy nature of the anime.

An argument could also be made that the two genres balance each other well. The soft tone of the cute romance provides relief from the seriousness of the military conflict. I'm not sure I agree with this but maybe this is what the writers were thinking.

I think the series is weakest during times when it's focused on large-scale conflicts. During times of inaction, or small-scale conflict, there is much greater emphasis on the characters themselves. When the characters and their interactions are allowed the shine, the series is good. I wonder if the characters had been peasants instead of upper caste, would the series have been better due to a diminished scale of conflict?

Overall, I rate this anime 7/10.

I feel bad about rating this so low because there really were some terrific memorable scenes. Like I said though, it was too heavily diluted. Objectively speaking, I think that most people would really like some aspects of this anime and strongly dislike others. It is certainly not 'one size fits all', but maybe its uniqueness can be appreciated.


Additional Comments:
Good animation at times but the quality is inconsistent. Character animations like hair and body movement looked pretty good. At times the background landscapes looked nice too.

The OST is decent. It's high quality from a technical perspective and really suits the series thematically. The OP and ED songs are good. The voice acting is good.

Overall the production quality is good, but not spectacular. My number one criticism is that the action scenes were completely unremarkable in terms of audio-visual quality, and this made them more of a chore to watch.

I really liked the character designs, especially the female cast. Not only are the character designs great, but they also get lots of different lovely outfits and different pretty hairstyles too! Yay!

 No.31645

>>31616
i recommend it! i was on a scanlation tem for the manga back in the day and liked the anime a lot too.

 No.31658

>>31616
i enjoyed it a lot too,the episodes were fucking hilarious

 No.31661

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Finished excel saga and the sorta related 2 part special puni puni poemi. They were both a lot of fun. Excel saga got bogged down a bit when they tried to make it serious, but even then it was still pretty good.

Are there any other anime with similarly "wastefully energetic" succubi in them? I realized that I rather like that type of character, I find them funny and cute.

Also, that Excel was voiced by the VA that voiced sailor moon really added a lot to the whole thing. She is very talented, one of my favorite VAs I think. And excel was an excellent character for her voice and allowed her to shine.

 No.31662

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>>31639
thought those were some saggy cow udders from the thumbnail


last night i finished thermae romae, it is pretty short. it's about a roman architect who constantly falls through warpholes in baths and ends up in japan and uses his brief experiences of baths/saunas/hot tubs/etc in japan when he returns by falling through another bathtub warphole to innovate and build new roman baths. it's a comedy, not bad, is short so i would recommend it

apparently the movie adaptation made an enormous amount of money, was the second highest grossing film in 2012. so maybe that is worth watching now

 No.31665

Crosspost from the seasonal thread since I didnt see this one:
So far this month I have finished:
Yuru Camp. Great show, lots of cares was clearly put into depicting the act of camping, as well as the backgrounds and landscapes. Each campsite even has its own music. The main characters dilemas were pretty relatable and the whole show just made me want to try solo camping.
And then I had a triple feature day where I watched Millenium Actress, Perfect Blue, and Lupin III Castle of Cagleostro. Lupin was definitely my favorite of the 3, I also watched an episode of the original TV series just to get acquainted it and the characters. Definitely love the balance of wacky, goofy, cartoony and badassness of the characters (mostly of Lupin himself).
I also finally finished Bakuon which was a fun watch but nothing to ride home about. An above average and maybe even "good" show. cut succubi on motorcycles.
I gave Shaman King a few episodes and dropped it just because I was curious, and tried to give YuYu Hakusho a few more episodes before getting drained. I think I'm getting a bit of burn out.


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