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Jingai-san no Yome
"What the fuck did I just watch and why did I enjoy it so much?" was my general reaction to this show. Hyper short eps (3 min each for 12 eps), very bizarre humor, but oddly at the same time it can be quite cute and unconventionally romantic.
do you recommend watching the first two seasons to catch up for the new one starting in fall? i'm not big on shounen but i also don't mind watching them, and fall 2019 is mostly empty outside of the continuations of a bunch of big shounens that i don't watch. i'm thinking i might try at least one of them
Different Anon, I dropped it somewhere around 20th episode mark. It had bits I really liked, like tha backstory of the guy on the left, or the giant chick on the right.
But I very much disliked the MC, the shounen vibes it was giving, and I'm pretty sure it introduced a major character out of the blue for some reason. If you're open-minded and like anime for what it is, you might enjoy it, if you're irritated and seek for something deeper, it will probably be a trial to sit through it and the generic tropes.
If you don't mind shonen tropes I would recommend going for it, it has some good moments
I dropped granblue fantasy on episode 4. The setting was promising but the characters were awful. I think I made the right decision.
I just finished watching season 1 + OVAs of Starmyu. I'm writing my review now because season 3 recently started airing and I expect the series to remain consistent across seasons.
Alright, so this literally feels like a musical. For me this was great. There are plenty (at least once/episode) of dance/song sequences, which I found really enjoyable. One of my favourite aspects of the series. I'm a huge sucker for that sort of thing. On that note though I'll mention that the character designs are kind of bland, however I can't really fault the staff for this because of how much movement (dancing) needed to be animated. I didn't observe any CG being used. There are a variety of cute dance outfits!
The characters themselves were cute but in some cases were poorly/under developed. I suspect this will be somewhat remedied in later seasons. The cast is relatively large and the first season is only 12 episodes +2 OVAs.
The OST is decent. There are some good songs like character songs and such. I liked the ending sequence. https://youtube.com/watch?v=2kLyUptu2Bg
Unfortunately, music for this franchise has been difficult to find so I'm hoping that the airing of season 3 will trigger greater availability of audio content. Otherwise I may have to suffer the indignity of ripping from YouTube or something.
In terms of writing, there is some 'forced drama'. I loathe the term but I think it's accurate here. There's also plenty of ships to set sail.
Overall the series is decent and it basically 'does what it says on the tin'. I'd rate it 7/10. If you like musical anime and/or boy idols then you'd probably think it's decent. Appeal to a broader audience than that is limited I think. Tengenji is so hot
Finally you should know that I may be biased because many years ago I used to program/build theater lighting systems (I'm severely autistic), so I've worked on a few musical theater productions. I have a soft spot for theater in general. I look forward to watching the remaining seasons.
It wasn't great. The story was not really that captivating or complex and it was episodic in nature. It tried to spread in moral messages but they were done poorly, often would not make sense and were often being put out there and then ignored and the repercussions of that would be ignored as well. It was animated well and looked good though.
Dropped paranoia agent, exceptionally boring, ok opening episode, but then it just devolves into the daily lives of random people, and never connects at all, for instance there's one episode that's just a bunch of wives telling stories they've heard about "shonen bat", that could have been conveyed in a 2 minute montage, not an entire montage, and that's the full show, just a load of random characters whose lives never interconnect, I only got to ep 9 I think it was, but if we imagine they actually explain it all in episodes 11-13, if you deleted 80% of the prior episodes, I highly doubt your enjoyment would improve, it is a nothing of a show, an audio-visual word salad
meant to say entire episode, can't say I'm shocked I made an error, watching that show has most certainly made me stupider
but that's pretty wrong though, one of the most central themes unifying the whole thing is in the title. you know, "paranoia agent"? were you not even able to grasp that? shounen bat is just kon's personification of sel-f-delusion writ across society as some sort of social epidemic, i thought this was fairly obvious. he wouldn't be able to make this sort of statement unless all the characters were unrelated outside of their one affliction.
I thought it's a really great show, and I disliked Paprika.
You really miss out because the last episodes are the most satisfying to watch.
I really liked the dub, too.https://youtu.be/fdB6vS8K-dU?t=637
Finished One Punch Man.
I heard people saying the second seas was bad but I actually preferred it to the first, the only problem I had with it was the ending and having to many characters and those characters having too many pointless fights.
>>30987>to many characters and those characters having too many pointless fights.
if that's not your thing then you should probably just not watch any more of the show because that's literally all it is.
G is my favourite, mostly because of the scene where Hibiki and Genjuro sing the Police Story theme song in nip Cantonese. first season is also the least best, most fans would agree the series got better as it went along
Symphogear is the worst anime I've watched. Dumbest cheap garbage anime that made no sense.
the last season has been great so far, Symphogear is the gift that keeps on giving
for the past couple months i've been going through PA Works' catalog chronologically. i'm midway through Sakura Quest and the only one i have left is Sirius, which i skipped when it was airing because it looked really boring. going through the shows i watched:
True Tears - bad. kind of an inane school romance/drama-leaning harem story. it's an early mari okada composition, and mari okada had a really bad track record in her early career. i also remember really weird directing choices.
Canaan - another early mari okada stinker. or maybe not, i just remember not really being invested in any part of it. could be just a matter of taste.
Angel Beats - usually don't like Key anime but i thought this was pretty enjoyable. the music was actually pretty decent and i liked the concept. like all Key stories, the characters weren't really that great but they were written too well but everything held together enough to keep me interested.
Another - really liked this one. i've read complaints about the story and how it falls apart after episode 4, but i didn't see this at all. it's true the first 3 episodes are really strong, but the directing was outstanding enough to keep a certain level of intrigue throughout. i think there was a sense of self-consciousness about the horror genre that kept me invested and not pass it off as trying too hard or not trying at all.
Tari Tari - simple school story. not life changing, but there were enough moments evocative of Barthes's punctum, which is all i ever want from these types of shows.
Red Data succubus - fucking mess of a show. either an incomplete novel adaptation or the series composition had no central idea for the story in mind. early elements that seemed important were either abandoned or turned out to be unimportant. there's like a bunch of mini-conflicts that don't add up to anything enough to make you care.
Nagi no Asu Kara - a lot of people think this is mari okada's best writing, and i can see why but i also completely disagree. the first half is almost unwatchable, it's mostly really shitty uninteresting kiddy shit love triangle drama with a seemingly pointless fantasy setting/conflict. however, it's also completely necessary setup for the second half, which i can agree is some of okada's most interesting writing. she really shines when she puts characters in the weirdest, unrealistic situations to draw out really human emotions (e.g. atsumu in AnoHana dresses up as menma as a perverse way of grieving, the son in Maquia getting drunk to deal with his confusion about feeling attracted to his adoptive mother who looks physically the same age physically as him). i think the second half is pretty brilliant because it's such a weird drama and the fantasy setting actually really pays off visually and dramatically.
Glasslip - i think this is completely misunderstood. sure, it's not a masterpiece, but most of the criticisms are coming from uncharitable positions that just drop the whole concept at confusion. i'm not saying because being a bit obtuse makes it good, but i also don't think the show ever ever led anyone on into thinking it would be a simple youth drama. the first episode is really weird, just like the rest show. no one should have expected it to be a normal school romance/drama, i mean m.c. escher and his recursive realities was a recurring motif, that should've tipped people off to the fact there was something more complex going on. i dunno, i liked it.
Charlotte - yeah, not a fan of Key works again. honestly, i thought they could've stretched the last episode into a whole other cour. the whole momentum of the show seems to be pushing Yuu to make this huge character change, which doesn't even seem that convincingly important, but then he goes on this epic global quest in one episode? the ending kinda ruined it for me, but i was still slightly interested up until that point. i feel like non-VN Key stories spend way too much on exposition and worldbuilding when they don't really need to and it's not generally their strong suit.
HaruChika - fucking horrible. infantile. insipid. it's like they completely misunderstoof what made Hyouka so good. the "mysteries" in each episode are pointless and serve the overall narrative in no way, mostly because there is no overall narrative. the story goes from point A to point B matter of factly, and the characters are completely divorced from the conflicts. really fucking terrible, probably the worst PA Works show if Fairy Gone hadn't come out this year.
Kuromukuro - fun mecha series. decent designs, CGI wasn't terrible, the story was interesting enough to keep me watching. all i could ask of a modern mecha show
Uchouten Kazoku 1 & 2 - really good stuff. kouji kumeta is listed as the character designer, but i'm inclined to believe director yoshihara masayuki had more control over it since the designs look exactly like his characters in the Anime Mirai 2010 project he spearheaded. either way, everything looked great. i slightly prefer the first season over the second because the first felt more like a complete story with the second season being extra/aftermath, but i guess you could interpret the second season as a story of closure. very entertaining, nonetheless, i think it's up there as some of PA Works' best
K-On is mediocre. It's western propaganda pandering to niplanders. English Instruments, American/English songs, English snacks, English teas, and the movie is a trip to England.
The Blonde succubus pretty rich westerner, as usual for these types of western propaganda. It was heavily promoted because nipon media is still heavily in bed with GCHQ's "war guilt information program", which promotes western ideals.
If I wanted to watch cartoon like western propaganda, I'd turn on CNN.
Here, have some real /jp/ knowledge dropped about the GCHQ's emasculation propaganda program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpmFSn2d5x4
TL;DR: There's basically a silent war on in Japan's media over the cultural soul of the nation: Old guard ideals and ancient imperial wizardry / alchemy (Trigger, etc.) vs pro-western new-world-order-tier GCHQ & CIA + SJW shit (Kyoto Animation, etc.)
K-On is an infomercial for UK & western media.
yeah and les rallizes denudes is also western propaganda. are you even japanese? i can't imagine caring about another country's "purity of heritage" more than the country's natives.
Trigger makes furry shit though. How is that for japanese heritage?
>>30997>Glasslip - i think this is completely misunderstood.
Nah, it was utter garbage. The ending of the show left a lot of propositions out of the windows, it's a solid 2/10, 2 for the background art.https://thepantlessanimeblogger.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/glasslip-review/
yeah, i remember reading that blogpost after finishing it. it's a really facile take on the show that rants on about what the writer wanted the show to be instead of trying to understand what the show was attempting and assessing whether or not it failed (but this is to be expected, as almost every anime review i've ever come into contact with online takes this bullheaded approach). if you think i'm exaggerating, there's some snippets which are blatantly false and speak more to an inferred understanding than an actual reading of the text. e.g.>The supernatural thing between the two is also really stupid. They claim to see the future, but everything is kept ambiguous up until the end.
this is false because neither protagonist established that the visions were visions of the future, they were just hazarding guesses as to what they might actually be. in fact, the lead succubus even rescinds this idea 3/4 of the way through.
>That’s kinda a big signal to just go for it. The guy never confesses though, but all of a sudden, when asked by her mother why a guy is visiting him, she just blurted out that he is her boyfriend. The romance is ruined, the characters are ruined and everything wasted in the six episodes are ruined in that instance.
this only works if your working theory is that the romance is the focus when it's not. this doesn't even coincide with the fact that succubi do this kinda dumb shit and it's a pretty realistic portrayal of how they string guys along. which was the point since the drama of her character arc is centered on not knowing how to handle interpersonal feelings (which is thematically uniform with every other character).
i mean there's no mention of possible motifs or symbol, and the central thesis of the whole piece is that the show "has no story," as if this were a claim that were either falsifiable or relevant to a show's merit. the color of pomegranates "lacks a story" but that doesn't make it any less of a film. the demand for a teneble plot gives me an impression is that this author only finds high-concept material acceptable and has no experience with mood pieces. it's not particularly impressive to talk about plot and dialogue and "writing" as strictly the only means of narrative conveyance in a visual medium.
again, most anime writing i've seen leaves a lot to be desired as it's usually authored by self-appointed "critics" with very narrow-minded views of a what show must do in order to be considered quality material.
This is the power of true weebs. Some of them go even further and bring up Japan when talking about "the evil Jews" and say Nippon is jew-resistant.
what are you even talking about? Trigger is more westaboo than Kyoani could ever hope to be.
>>31011>>The supernatural thing between the two is also really stupid. They claim to see the future, but everything is kept ambiguous up until the end >this is false because neither protagonist established that the visions were visions of the future, they were just hazarding guesses as to what they might actually be. in fact, the lead succubus even rescinds this idea 3/4 of the way through.
First of all the show main focus is supernatural, if you go to this anime's MAL page, this is literally a quote from it
>What if you hold the power to hear the voices or see fragments of images from the future? Would that be a good thing or a bad thing? Glasslip follows the life of Touko Fukami, an aspiring glass artist born from a glass artisan family. She enjoys her worry-free life in Fukui, save for the fragments of images that she sees on occasion.
The anime is about supernatural events. Many times in the series it is hinted that MC can see the future such as the hints of the train and crows surrounding other characters and the bad thing is IT'S NEVER TOUCHED ON AGAIN, this show wanted to be something. It just failed to know what it wanted to be.
There is many other things I could talk about this anime, such as the capitalist human centapite relationship going on in this series.
There is too much in this series to on personally
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.
anime can be about many things at once
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.
>>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
>>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.
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.
All I remember about that anime is that succubus that died stabbing her throat with an umbrella
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.
Just finished Fate Extra. It was bad.
Guess it runs in the family, huh?
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?
"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. "