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To anyone searching for things to watch, maybe this thread is useful for you too.
Go for it, I find that sort of thing interesting.
Okay I'll post them as responses to this post.
Alright I just finished watching Flip Flappers.
I rate it 10/10 on the basis of the following:
1. Art style
4. Sound and production quality
When I first started watching this anime I was immediately enamoured with it, and made a thread expressing that. Many people told me I would change my mind, and referred vaguely to the plot in the second half of the season.
Personally, I had no major problems with the plot. Certainly it was somewhat confusing and arguably had pacing issues, but it's not as if this series was trying to be some psychological thriller. In any case, plot was not the selling point. My immense enjoyment of the series was derived from the things listed above.
Overall, I consider this AOTY 2016, unless I am somehow overlooking a superior series.
I look forward to rewatching it.
Afterthought as I post this now:
- this is still my top anime for 2016
- this show has a lot of subtle visual metaphors and symbolism. Also the writing itself is complex and is begging to be analyzed and deconstructed, which really enhances the rewatch value. There are a lot of blog posts and the like by people picking apart the writing.
I originally passed on this(No Game No Life) because I have little interest in isekai and don't play vidya
What a fucking mistake that was.
I just finished ep7 and good lord this is good. Like really fucking good. Fuck me, it is terrific. This is some seriously potent escapism. I can't believe how wrong my intuition was about this anime.
I am in love with the art style in this. Also the sound production quality in this is absolutely top notch.
Rating after completion: 9/10
- this anime is exceptional in a ton of respects. Nice art style with superb audiovisual production quality. The story is fun and engaging. The main characters are otaku-ish, which maybe is appealing.
- I haven't seen the movie yet but I'm really looking forward to it.
- If you're going to take the plot super seriously and tear it apart saying "Hurrr that's so unrealistic" to inflate your fragile ego then this anime is not for you.
ahh that(Slow Start) was so great. I still have a warm feeling of afterglow as I write this.
When I watched the first episode of this my impression was that it was cliche to the point of absurdity. Almost a parody of its entire genre. I had a very low opinion of it and nearly dropped it.
My first impression was entirely wrong.
As the series progressed I came to appreciate it more and more. The character interactions in this are so well done it is difficult to put into words. It just feels so real. The development of each character is rich but subtle.
My appreciation of this series only increased as time went on. I really felt the healing with this one.
Aside from character interaction and development (the strongest points of this anime), the animation was really fluid and pleasant. I don't know about anyone else, but the cinematography really reminded me of hidamari sketch.
Also, in my opinion, this anime had the best op and ed of the season. I listened to the ed countless times.
Overall 9/10 and easily in my top 3 for the season.
- This is easily one of the most underrated anime of 2018
(Toji no Miko)
I actually had tears running down my face during the last episode.
I'll admit that toji no miko had its flaws and that it was objectively mediocre. The execution was lacking and there were a lot of missed opportunities. The plot was somewhat incoherent, if one cares about such trivial things.
Having said that, I really enjoyed toji no miko and I'm glad I watched it. My number one sources of enjoyment: characters and setting/atmosphere. Despite the large cast I felt an emotional attachment to nearly every single character. Hiyori and Kanami are an unforgettable duo. They had amazing chemistry from episode 1. I love them so much. Seriously I haven't shipped two characters as much as kanami hiyori in a long time. I really enjoyed the maternal theme throughout the story as well.
The setting was interesting and unique. It's difficult to put into words but I found it very rich and engaging.
Overall this anime was so much fun and had such a great cast of characters. I'm going to miss them.
Overall rating: 7/10
Hoping for season 2.
I just finished watching Orange. Including the so-called 'movie' which was disappointing due to it being ~75% recycled material. Seriously who greenlighted that.
In terms of writing, I could definitely see the potential. The anime didn't execute as well as it could have here. Perhaps the source material is better in this regard. Definitely lots of potential here.
Characters. I personally found them very bland and difficult to relate to at all. Maybe if you're a normalfag you'll find them more engaging. Characterization was a weak point in my opinion. The script/dialogue overall was bland!
Music was totally forgettable overall. Despite the high visual production quality.
Okay let's get to the good things.
CINEMATOGRAPHY. Orange has gorgeous cinematography and from that lens I enjoyed it immensely. By far the best aspect of this anime. If you're someone who cares about cinematography then you should definitely watch Orange. (It is only a 1 cour production.)
Naho was my self-insert throughout btw.
Personally, I thought it(Sanrio Danshi) was good overall. Good characters with great chemistry. Yuu and Shunsuke were my favourite characters. Overall the atmosphere was really comfy. The episode where they all go to Puroland was by far the best. I loved that episode.
There was some 'forced drama' (forgive me for using the phrase) in the last few episodes but I feel like they tied up everything really well in the last episode.
Afterthought: VERY WIZARDLY ANIME
Just finished Tenkyou no Alderamin. My initial impression during the first few episodes was that this was trope-ridden battle harem trash.
While that assessment was accurate, it ended up being really good trope-ridden battle harem trash. Overall, I enjoyed this. I am left with the impression that the source material is good and will probably read it when I find the time to do so.
Unfortunately, season 2 never. Nevertheless, an effective advertisement. overall 7/10
Positive aspects: character interaction, great story, gripping and well-animated action scenes, sound and soundtrack, pretty animated landscapes
Just finished watching this(Houseki no Kuni). The cinematography was excellent. I applaud the risks they took with cg animation. I guess some of the characters hair looked pretty too. Those are about the only good things I have to say, really.
A main focus of this was that of a 'coming of age' story, but in my view this was really poorly executed. It seems that most of phosphophyllite's character growth takes place off-screen, and we're just supposed to accept that. The last episode reflects on her growth strongly, yet that's something that was never illustrated well in earlier episodes.
The anime had a large cast of characters, nearly all of whom were poorly developed. Cinnabar, and perhaps bort and dia, were the only somewhat likable characters. Character design was ugly overall, in my view. The hair was nice but the outfits were hideous. Character development in this was really poor. A lot of time was spent focused on characters with no connection to the plot or even the protagonist. This valuable time could have been spent better.
Speaking of development, the world building in this was virtually non-existent. This was truly a lost opportunity because there was ample opportunity to create a well-fleshed out fantasy world full of mystery. The opposite of this was presented.
The art style is almost a metaphor for this lack of world building. Consider the promo art, such as pic related, which uses a nauseating amount of whitespace. The setting itself is totally devoid of detail. In their home there is barely any furniture, no cultural icons, everything is white and unfinished. The same is true for the comically bland grassland island outdoor setting. Truly a missed opportunity here. A richer setting would greatly enhance this anime. There was ample opportunity to do this.
The soundtrack again was a missed opportunity. The use of traditional Japanese instruments was so promising, yet the finished product was so lack luster. A richer, more engaging soundtrack would have gone a long way to enhancing this anime.
The plot itself was nearly incoherent, although this is a relatively low priority for me personally. Character motivations were often difficult to comprehend. I'll note here that I have not read the manga.
Overall I rate it 5/10. Absolutely not an aoty candidate like I had been informed. Squandered potential in nearly every respect.
No game no life was hot shit made to pander to SAO retards and gaymers,the art style was good I recognize that,but the "plot" was stupid,most characters are plain and full of shitty tropes,and on top of that the author of this crap plagiarized the manga characters from who knows where.
I'm glad this thing never got a second season.
It's definitely a love-it-or-hate-it kind of show.
I had a similar viewpoint to yours before I actually watched the thing.
If you're taking the plot super seriously then you're watching it wrong, IMO.
i really liked last song when i watched it, i think it's one of the better netflix anime and the story is pretty interesting.
I thought it was lots of fun. I hate the Japanese for not enjoying it enough to finance a season 2. I was about to say I may have to read the manga but then I realized it was based on a light novel, not a manga. Does anyone know if they have translations of those too?
I watched Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari. My thoughts on it are written below.
I initially passed on this because of the totally unenticing premise, but eventually gave it a chance and was pleasantly surprised.
Confused by how little traction this got. Possible 'hidden gem'. Seems easily digestible and would appeal to normalfags I think. Suspect of being breeder propaganda from Abe-sama (/sarcasm).
Insanely cute scenes with some deeper emotional undertones about life and family.
Poco a cute! CUTE!
Male ~3/8 life crisis: the anime
Direction is inconsistent but ranges from mediocre to bad. Which is a damn shame. The entire series is sloppily executed in terms of direction. Direction is a deep flaw of this anime. With improved direction this anime would have been far better, I think.
Animation and overall production quality are mediocre. OST is unremarkable aside from the OP song.
Ultimately, it is a seemingly low-budget manga adaptation. The strength of this anime arises from the writing itself. The writing is great.
At times, this anime is very emotionally engaging. I started to cry during multiple episodes. The themes around family and such can be a real gut punch. They really got to me with those family childhood stills (motionless images). It feels like an emotional sucker punch when they show images of the MC's now-deceased parents in the ED. There are definitely some touching moments in this. This sentimentality is the best aspect of the show. I strongly recommend this anime if you have mental issues relating to family.
I felt very positive about the anime after watching the first 4 episodes, but during subsequent episodes a feeling of squandered potential crept in. Any anime watcher will know this common feeling.
There are some subtle 'touristy' plugs in the anime but they're not particularly intrusive and mesh with the plot fairly well. The story mainly takes place in Kagawa(Takamatsu city) which is known for a number of foods (ex. Udon) and various attractions. This might put some people off. On balance, I'd prefer that these touristy plugs not be included. Following this train of thought though, I strongly feel that this anime deserved a higher budget. I think more of the potential could have been captured with more skillful staff. That said, it appears to be a faithful adaptation. I plan to read the source material. In fact, the source material might be a better way to approach this. I'm unsure if the anime enhances the story much. Like I said, the strength of this work is mainly due to the writing itself.
Spent too much time on the dynamics of his job instead of exploring themes like childhood and family more. Introduced more characters than necessary for the story. This is a 12 episode anime and time is valuable. I suspect this might be an issue of being overly committed to creating a fidelitious adaptation of the manga, instead of more effectively catering the story to the single-cour anime medium. A lot of plotlines were introduced and then simply not even close to resolved. During the last couple episodes I was left with a feeling of there being a ton of 'loose ends' that were not tied up. This is a typical manga adaptation issue, unfortunately. When I say that the direction was flawed, this lack of focus is a major component of that.
Overall I rate this anime 7/10. I'd at least consider reading the manga first though if you're interested. If anyone's read it already I'd be very interested in hearing their opinion.
The anime is still good, don't get me wrong, but this had the potential (or should I say ingredients? lol) to be a 10/10 masterpiece. I don't say that lightly. Seriously squandered potential. I cannot shake this feeling of frustration that I feel over such an enormous waste of potential. I wouldn't even call this a manga adaptation - it's more like a manga advertisement.
Should you watch it? Yes, if the positive aspects I've outlined here are appealing to you. At the very least it is good drinking-and-crying material.
Addendum: after digging around a bit I've read that apparently there were major conflicts among the production staff. Sadly, this doesn't surprise me at all. As usual, Japs cannot into project management. If anyone knows what happened with the production staff feud then I'd be interested to hear.
My impression of Himouto! Umaru-chan prior to watching it was that it was simply dumb and for some reason caused a lot of butthurt among a lot of people. One day I put on the first episode out of impulse/curiosity. To my surprise, it was actually decent. I ended up watching both seasons and the OVAs.
Sibling relationships are a dominating theme. This is personally very depressing. Be warned. I had to stop watching sometimes because I'd start to think about my own family and would become very sad. This isn't a negative aspect of the anime, in fact it's a potent mechanism of emotional engagement. That said, one's reaction to the sibling relationship theme will be highly individual.
Another prevalent theme is the glorification of one's hobbies and leisure, which is obviously very relatable. Actually a lot of the themes explored in Umaru are relatable, I think. Various elements of Japanese culture are commonly included in the show, ranging from traditions to more otaku-ish stuff.
The series has broad appeal and is easily digestible. The quality is consistent. This would be good material for someone relatively new to the anime medium, I think.
Good direction. The show smoothly jumps from happy uplifting scenes, to light conflict, to comedy etc…
Episodes typically consist of scenes which are entertaining in isolation, but are woven together by a light episodic plot of some kind. Sweet moments are skillfully implemented within the light-hearted writing.
Very 'watchable' show overall.
The characters are simple but they do have good chemistry. There are funny scenes sometimes. The characters are cute and there are a lot of cute outfits!
In terms of likability, the cast is kind of a mixed bag. A lot could be said about this, but I'll summarize by saying that some aspects of the character personalities could be considered unlikable, and that one's own viewpoint on this will be highly individual. Regardless of the specifics though, I think the most common criticism of this anime is that character(s) are in some way unlikable or unethical. I'm sympathetic to this argument, but my own view is that it's just a fun light comedy SOL show and if you're sitting there doing a complex analysis of ethics then you are watching the wrong show for your mood. Go do a tiring day of work and come back, or put on a more intellectually demanding anime. Stop watching things that don't fit your mood. That said, I think the anime would be improved with better written characters, but I also think people are overreacting when they say that it's literally unwatchable because of the cast. This is yet another aspect of the show that will invoke a reaction that is strongly dependent on the viewer. Perhaps these highly variable audience reactions are why this anime stirred up so much butthurt.
The animation and art style are unremarkable. The OST is unremarkable, though I liked the S1 ED song. Also, the S2 ED animation is CUTE CUTE CUTE!
A lot of SOL shows tend to fizzle out as they progress. For this reason I had guarded expectations of the second season of Umaru. Actually though, season 2 was pretty good.
I'd liken watching Umaru to eating plain potato chips. It's not complex or unique, but it's still consistently good and you can consume a lot in one sitting and not even realize it.
Overall rating: 7/10
Kirie is literally me.
FYI, I used the Nii-sama release for the season 2 BDs. The release was unpolished and filled with innaccurate and lazy translations. I definitely won't be using their subs willingly again.
-kind of spoiler below-
a lot of light-hearted episodic anime tend to be ruined when the author attempts to introduce some kind of plot. In this case during the second season I found that the theme of private lives/secrets among the characters was handled well. It didn't intrude too much on the episodic SOL, but still provided a compelling and relatable theme for the viewer while simultaneously adding a little more character development. It also provided some relief from the repetition of season 1. I think this is a good example of mild plot injection for an SOL series being handled well.
Double-post for another I finished because I didn't want my previous one to be too long:
Finished watching Eve no Jikan (the movie).
It's set in a world where androids have become prevalent and advanced to the point of rivaling humans in some fields, but are still treated like servants and are also the subject of increasingly restrictive laws by officials who are worried about them gaining equality to humans. The protagonist and his friend, while investigating the odd movements of his family's android, find a cafe where there's no discrimination allowed between humans and androids - a grey zone of sorts, which is surprising to the average person based on their reactions - and the story develops from there, focused mainly on developing the characters and blurring the line between human and android.
The movie is less than 2 hours long but still covers a surprising amount of ground in exploring different aspects of the world and androids and posing questions related to the difference between them and humans. The primary inspirations seem to be Asimov's three laws (stated explicitly), which it uses to explore the ambiguities of such laws and effects on androids, and the Turing test, which it uses to explore the difference between humans and androids, and question the grounds for "humanity" (i.e. ostensible emotion vs. the process behind emotion). It's certainly sentimental at times but I still found it handled these themes well while also being entertaining to watch.
I have to admit I cried like a bitch at the arc with the Tex robot and the protagonist's friend, where he finds his dad who's never home and always at work has ordered it to silence because it made him look bad during his divorce, and yet it still stayed by his son's side throughout the years celebrating Christmas with him and graduation despite not being able to talk.
The movie ends on an ambiguous and slightly bittersweet note as lawmakers are pushing to shut down grey zones. It never completely and directly faces the issue of machines vs. humans related to internal processes (consciousness vs. a very complex program, can machines really have emotions when they're programmed to respond to certain things) but I don't think it needs to. What it showed and explored and what it ignored spoke volumes.
My only dissatisfaction is that I'm kind of left wanting more after seeing it, but I have feeling they might've hit a good sweet spot by ending it where they did and not expanding on the universe too much. So overall, an amazing movie and very provoking both intellectually and emotionally.
I mentioned liking this show here 1 or 2 years ago and was attacked by the hivemind for it. This was back when "stop posting this fake neet" was a thing in response to umaruposting. Looks like the tide is finally turning.
seems like if you wait long enough, every shitty show becomes a classic.
oh y shuld read tje ln
It gets a lot of kneejerk reactions from people, plus it was le shitpost show for a while after it aired.
I watched Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume. Here are my thoughts:
Really fun series. Puts a smile on my face. I really enjoyed watching this.
Great direction, both on-court and off-court. The ping pong matches are engaging and fun to watch, and the off-court drama is well-executed. The great direction is a major positive in my view.
Decent soundtrack. Decent overall audio production.
Cute characters. Cute character interactions. Good chemistry among the cast.
Decent character development, particularly for a single-cour sports anime with a somewhat large cast.
Animation is unremarkable with occasional poor quality moments, but this is no big deal to me. CG is used briefly during some of the matches. Animation is not a strong point in this series. I'm indifferent to this but still it's worth mentioning, particularly for a sports-focused show.
The overall visual production quality for this anime is low. I don't value animation that much but the bland art style is a missed opportunity for sure.
I should mention that the climax of the series is around episodes 9 and 10. The last two episodes were still good but there were a few 'hooks' added to try to draw you into the manga. This is fairly typical of manga adaptations, for better or worse. I'll also point out that the team talks about wanting to go to the national competition multiple times, but they never actually go in the anime. This might bother you if you're a subhuman plotnigger. ahem. Anyway…
Overall I rate this anime 8/10. Really this is just an incredibly fun series and a joy to watch.
Great example of a low budget anime done well (especially impressive considering that it's a sports anime). Low production quality can't ruin a well-directed anime, but poor direction can cripple any show.
Great OP song! I found myself singing along every time it played.
Would recommend if you like CGDCT or sports anime, especially as a means of bridging the gap between the genres. >>32155
I've been planning to watch this for a long time but haven't gotten around to it. I think I'd like it. I really like shoujo (and yuri romance) anime. I might make it a priority now since you mentioned it.
yoshii did nothing wrong
looks good, think I will watch it also
Finished the last episode of Vinland Saga. I thought it was pretty great. Beautiful animation, great characters, great backstories, great fight choreography, and it was actually more historically accurate than the show about Vikings on the history channel.
>Youjo Senki Movie
Was a exelent continuation of the show.
The only negative thing I have to say is that it left me strongly wanting season two to come out, which hasn't even been announced so who the fuck knows when that will happen.
Nothing felt conclusive but it packed a fuck ton of action and story in a feature length ep that somehow didn't feel super rushed.
If you liked the show then the movie is great. If you didn't like the show then the movie really isn't for you. If you haven't seen the show then don't start with the movie as nothing will be explained to you, watch the first season then the movie.
I just finished the first season of Oreimo (for the first time). Considering that its LN was written by the same guy who did Eromanga-Sensei, whose adaption is by far the worst anime I have ever finished, I had very low expectations.
But I found it to be quite an enjoyable SOL for the most part. Kirino's bitchy behaviour was annoying at times but I feel like this made the relationship between her and her brother more realistic, at least when I consider my own experiences with siblings. And she did have a bit of character development all the way at the end which I appreciated.
I'll probably start watching the second season tommorow. I already know its ending caused somewhat of a shitstorm online so I'm sure it will be interesting.
>>32284>Eromanga Sensei looked stupid and I didn't like the art style so I never watched it.
Well, you didn't miss out on anything. For me, it was one of those shows that I watched just to see how much worse it could get every episode. I found it hard to believe that the two works were by the same author when I started watching Oreimo.
I liked Eromanga-sensei better simply because it felt like it was more about sol and less about (shitty)plot.
And Sagiri is better hiki than Sato ever was
I finished ore wo suki nano wa omae dake ka. I just wanted a funny comedy harem with cute succubi but this has too much cringe drama and crying. I think the fucking economy being good has made people in JApan too excited and they aren’t producing the quiet desperate shows where people who have given up on life can silently enjoy , compared to earlier this decade. I hope they get a massive depression there and continue making the anime’s that I like. I deserve it because i’m a superior American and the Japs are my vassals anyways.
80s anime is fun, but you will probably run out of good stuff in 6 months to a year. Then it is all down hill from there.
I'm already used to things being downhill from here.
I loved that show too, I don't know why I stopped watching it.
Tanaka-kun, Natsume's Book of Friends, YKK–all super comfy. I love that genre.
Well, it was an alright show, I guess. About time I got around to watching it.
The ending felt just a bit too rosy & happy la-la for my tastes, though. The fact that Ed was able to give up his alchemical abilities to save Al came across as a huge ass pull & far too convenient. As the very intro itself states in the grim question it poses, "What can equal the value of a human soul?", which itself is meant to have no answer, other than that being another human soul, it's all ruined retroactively by the fact that it does. That being, a magical door which represents one's alchemical abilities, apparently. It would've been far more compelling with some form of sacrifice attached, and or a loss of his naive principles, by having to use someone else, or even himself, in order to finally save Al, or that's Al's sacrifice to save the world had been a permanent one. Ed's final lines in the show about sacrifice just comes across as especially empty as a result of all this, given that he really didn't need to sacrifice anyone or anything that mattered to him, since Ed would've given up his alchemy at any point in a heartbeat, assuming he knew in the beginning that that's what it took to get Al back. In addition, the fact that Roy just turns around and uses a philosopher's stone to heal himself & Havoc felt especially incongruous & weak. Wouldn't Ed & Al have wanted it destroyed or disposed of somehow, given it still has human souls trapped within it? Wouldn't releasing all those souls have been a major fucking deal for them, instead of going on vacation around the world because they want to help chimeras now, I guess? And to top it off, Ling just takes the other one for his own, no questions asked. Meh, whatever. Guess the author wanted his happily ever after, sugary sweet Disney ending no matter what, so fuck everything else. God forbid anyone have to live with the sacrifices they made to save the world, which is doubly hilarious considering that this is ostensibly what the story is all about. That being, learning to live with the sacrifices & mistakes you've made and bearing the marks & scars of them while moving forward in a world where nothing is as perfect as we'd like it to be. In the end, nobody really learns anything. Nobody has really given up anything. Roy didn't want to lose any of his closest men, or Riza. Roy didn't lose any of his closet men, or Riza, and even got his sight back to boot. Al wanted his body back. Al has his body back. Ed loves Winry. Ed marries Winry. Where is the cost here? The sacrifice? Fuu and Buccaneer? That's it? Two marginal side characters that were just shortly forgotten about, anyway? Really? Honestly, I'm surprised they didn't bring back Hughes while they were at it as well, fucking hell.
Like I said before it's a fine show in most respects, but I just expected much more depth & consequences in the ending considering the core themes of the show itself about learning to live with loss & sacrifice, which were otherwise mostly present in the show and best exemplified in Nina's fate, Ed, Al & Izumi's dabbling to get back what they lost only to suffer more in the process, & of course Maes Hughes' death. A much more appropriate theme for the ending could've been that we are truly only human and thus we are faced with the inevitability that there are some points in our lives where to get what we want, we have to sacrifice something else. In Ed's case, that would have been his pride & naive sense of ethics. The pride that he had only once used human lives as a tool and his naive ethics preventing him from ever using them again no matter what. Now he would have to use them again to save his brother, or that in order to save the world, he'd have to sacrifice Al, but nope. Let's go with the random ass pull so that everyone lives happily ever after.
Also, another random thing about the ending, at least in regards to the english dub.
Winry: Men who just sit around and do nothing are boring.
It might be an obvious, axiomatic statement to make, but that still hurt to hear, Winry. That still hurt. You were so warm & compassionate, but then you go and say something so cruel, judgemental & heartless like that. Why is society so contemptuous of the idle? Even in anime you can't escape hearing this sort of bullshit. Seriously though, why do writers throw lines like these in anyway, when considering that a good portion of the audience are impotent, or otherwise detached, men who can't do anything, but sit around doing nothing? Just feels like an insulting cheap shot is all, flipping off the viewer like that right at the very end. Reminds of that time everybody got upset at that one "Mighty No. 9" trailer for pulling what was relatively the same shit.
I prefer the divergent story of the original anime that culminates in the Conquerer of Shamballa movie.
I've seen some others say the same thing. I've actually never watched the original anime, but perhaps I will at some point, since it'd be interesting to see a different, potentially better take on the ending, as opposed to the rather lackluster & spineless one we see in the manga/brotherhood.
It's awful, way worse than the manga ending.>>32405
It's a shounen adventure series. For some reason people seem to really misunderstand FMA and think it's a Shakesprian tragedy or something. It's at least satisfying on a plot level which is more than what most anime get.
Fair enough. FMA:B is the first shounen series I've watched since I was a kid. I was just hoping it wouldn't end like a typical shounen would and, despite the fact that it did, although not very surprising considering its genre, was still somewhat disappointing, when considering some of the decidedly non-shounen themes of what you see prior in the story, or even just the non-shounen nature of the setting itself (alternative fantasy version of Nazi Germany, genocide and all). Either way, people in general seem to describe FMA:B as being the more straightforward shounen of the two, with FMA being more a lot more focused on the grim themes of the plot itself, which I find to be a far more interesting alternative than, "Main character beats up teh bad guy and saves teh world. Everybody then happy forever, teh end.". As a random aside, I really fucking hope Berserk, assuming it ever gets an ending, doesn't end up like this. Abandoning all of its compelling themes for an empty, bombastic & schmaltzy conclusion. The fact that it's already long slid into shounen territory is enough to essentially confirm that it will, which is really quite sad.
>>32435>Damn shame there will never be a conclusion to the series
Manga has finished the story…
There's not much to be said about Wolf's children. "Mother's day movie" I'd call it. There was nothing bad/annoying about it which makes it a solid 7/10.
BLAME! sponsored by netflix(tm) was decent too. I have no prior knowledge of the story and movie managed to make everything necessary understandable.
There is a theme connecting this movie with other anime like "succubi last tour", "matrix", texhnolyze, Angel's egg, >>32131
let me upvote this and add this little mad theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAbNtzK9Qa4
both the anime adaptation and the live action were unnecessary
>Manga has finished the story…
That's not what I meant. To be more clear, the actual TV series itself will never reach the conclusion of the story outlined in the manga, which I still consider to be a shame. Really I would've been satisfied if they'd gotten to the point where they both try to kill themselves in front of everyone. Everything after that what was just disappointing/lame and I didn't much care for it. Kasuga's further, bordering on soap opera like, relationshit problems, post time skip, were just boring as hell, especially without Nakamura in the story. On that note, I found the wordless montage ending and Nakamura's fate to both be quite unsatisfying, even if it is somewhat realistic & fitting when it comes to the latter. The fact that she just becomes what is essentially a subdued ghost living with her mother and that she'll spend the rest of her days alone, dissatisfied and unable to find solace in anything, turned out to be way more depressing a turn of events than if she had just simply killed herself, or whatever. The last glimpse we see of her during the montage making up with her dad just seemed like the author desperately trying to give her some sort of "closure event", even though it's clear how little that would've mattered to her in the first place, so it just comes off as forced. The final chapter showing things from Nakamura's perspective was fantastic, though.
there was no need for an adaptation for Aku no Hana since the series was already heavily inspired by an actual movie, Moonlight Whispers. Then again it was Oshimi Shuzo first 'serious' work
the art and animation are considered extremely good by both non weebs and sakugafaggots, so your assessment is already a nonstarter
DARLING in the FRANXX
I will give the show this, it managed to keep my intrest all the way throughout despite having several things I normally would have disliked. And talk about character development. Every single character is miles away from the person they started as compared to the end, yet they did it super well throughout.
There were a lot of times where I wasn't sure I liked the direction things were heading, but it always managed to save it's self from the pitfalls that many other shows have made when trying to do similar things.
That said, I ain't a masterpiece by any metric and some of the choices they made didn't totally work for me.
Overall it was a enthralling ride and I am glad I watched it. Didn't like the mecha designs at all though. It didn't hamper my enjoyment of the show, but it still bothered me.
Would recommend if you aren't bothered by heavy themes of romance and romance related drama.
I remembering loving the first episode of that show and then becoming rapidly disappointed with how they explored that concept further.
Just finished the first season of Kakegurui. I liked it but it was annoying how many of the games were completely games of chance that only became interesting because of cheating and even then they still required major asspulls to accomplish.
Just downloaded and watched it. Pretty good.
If this one is considered a top notch drama then "Ping Pong Club", which I just finished, is probably to be considered equivalent toilet humor. >>32581>>32568
Saw this one recently as well, his facial expressions were brilliant, had many laughs
Couldn't stand an episode of it after reading the reviews.
My sister told me about the show, each detail I kept asking if it was like Time Slip (aka G.I. Samurai; Time Slip: The Day of the Apocalypse (Sengoku Jieitai)) where at first the superior tech overwhelmed the medieval tech of the samurai but eventually they developed counter measures and started to give the modern solders are super hard time, because part of the mesage of the film was about how people of today have lost the samurai fighting spirit and ingenuity of the past. Or I Want To which was more about how power of such weapons would change the political balance of the area and how the military men would likely be in over their head and likely used, thus making a commentary on politics and conformity.
She was like "nope, they just machine gun everything with barely any problems or challenge, it is just really pathetic propaganda for the self defense force or something, lol"
So I never got around to watching it because while the I though the premise could have been super cool the actual execution has nothing I found interesting. I wanted tactics, politics, and the touching of the stuff that fantastic and military nerds argue about for fun (like what kind of equipment is best suited to take on certain fantasy monsters, what magic spells would dramatically change battle outcomes if used against a traditional modern force, asymmetrical warfare tactics with wild cards like dragons or magic rather then ied and RPG. ) but nope, show had none of that. It has no greater commentary or bigger thing to say then being a shitty power fantasy. Don't get me wrong, I do like power fantasies, but I expect them to have enough other things going for them to keep me invested.
Hopefully someone makes something with a similar consent but is actually good instead.
>>32662>Or "I Want To"
I'm not having any luck searching for that. It sounds interesting. Please help.
I watched it on vhs so I don't know any download or streaming links though.
>The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar
Heard it was total garbage so my expectations were low.
It wasn't good, and on a technical level when it comes to the animation it is actually somewhat bad, but overall it wasn't anywhere near as bad as some people have made it out to be. For the most part it is a ok, though probably forgetable show and I don't really feel like I wasted my time in watching it. It had brisk pacing and got right into the action so I was never bored, and while almost everything was super cliche it had just enough unique elements to prevent it from being totally stale.
While I wouldn't recommend it, it really ain't that bad. It doesn't deserve all the hate it gets.
Was expecting a edgy grimdark over the top shock fest but instead got a well made d&d campaign about a dude slowly getting over his PTSD through killing a fuck load of goblins and forming human connections with his party and towns people.
Pretty good actually. Had my doubts in the beginning but the way many of the characters developed was great. Highly recommend.
>Demon Lord, Retry!
I will get the bad out of the way first. The show had a low budget and the animation clearly suffered because of it.
Now that that's out of the way I loved the show. It is refreshing to have a grown ass man as the MC and overall I pretty much like everything about it other then that animation. I really hope it gets a second season but I won't count on it since the reception wasn't great.
I watched Hidan no Aria and its spinoff series Hidan no Aria AA. Thoughts on both series provided below.
Hidan no Aria:
I remember some of the action scenes were kind of cool. Art style was bland but the animation was okay. The OP and ED songs were both great.
Otherwise it was complete trash. I mean literally textbook garbage as far as the medium goes. All the things that people say they hate about anime? This series exemplifies most of them. It's an action harem series where the main character gets power ups by becoming sexually aroused. I can enjoy/tolerate a ton of otaku pandering, but this show was trash even by my very low standards. The plot was also completely ridiculous and involved one of the female characters being the descendant of Sherlock Holmes or something. The characters were 'elite' crime-fighting high school students (of course) with bulletproof school uniforms. I have nothing against ridiculous stories/premises either, don't get the wrong idea; this anime was just simply terrible.
Anyway, I somehow watched every episode. When I was finished I rated it 2/10.
It should be noted that I watched the original series sometime around 4 years ago, so it's possible that, unbeknownst to me, I'm forgetting important details or that my tastes have changed over time (this is why I write my thoughts down now). That said though, I distinctly remember this particular anime as being one of the most ridiculously bad shows I ever actually watched to completion.
Hidan no Aria AA:
This is basically a yuri spinoff with a succubus replacing the self-insert male MC of the original series. I will watch pretty much anything with yuri in it and this is no exception. This spinoff is made by Doga Kobo instead of J.C. Staff who made the original series.
This spinoff is just as cheesy as the original, albeit in a more endearing way due to the all-female cast and softer tone. Again, the art style is bland but the animation is okay. I like both the OP and ED songs, although the actual OST is totally forgettable. Both this and the original series have a yandere character whose antics are kind of funny. There are plenty of cute succubus-succubus moments. This spinoff is cuter than the comparatively more ecchi original series.
Despite the negativity expressed thus far, this spinoff wasn't completely awful. The plot is totally (endearingly?) corny, and at least it is coherent and not rushed. The characters aren't great, but they're not unlikable either. Actually, I would say character interaction is a (relatively) strong aspect of this anime. The senpai-kouhai relations are super cute. Additionally, the yuri elements combined with the combat action theme is at least somewhat unique and at times enjoyable.
For me, the spinoff is within the threshold of 'so bad it's good' territory, whereas the original series is beyond any kind of redemption.
Actually, this spinoff is pretty funny as well. There are a lot of comedic scenes, mostly revolving around yuri fanservice.
I like Aria's hairstyle. Twintails are pretty! I liked Aria's personality a lot more in the spinoff too. Wow Aria is such a cool senpai!!
Rating for the spinoff Hidan no Aria AA: 5/10
It was adequate shut-my-brain-off-and-drool-at-the-screen material.
Probably the end of my anime binge
>Uchi no Ko no Tame naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru kamo Shirenai
(aka If It's for My Daughter; I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord;)
Totally adorable show with interesting lore and wholesome fatherly feels.
At least that is what I though until I found out that the light novel goes in the same direction as the last thing that I found heartwarming with wholesome fatherly feels. So despite me wanting to know more about the lore of the show I don't want a second season.
Seriously japan, this is why we can't have nice things.
Still the show on it's own is very nice and very comfy.
>>32695>until I found out that the light novel goes in the same direction as the last thing that I found heartwarming with wholesome fatherly feels.
Let me guess, usagi drop?
Finished Zegapain, maybe fans of stuff like NGE, RahXephon, Brainpowerd will appreciate it a bit more. The post apocalyptic Matrix story concept is quite intriguing but the way they chose to execute the story took away a lot of its great potential. 6/10, and that's being generous.>>32692>>32694
Nicely written reviews, wizs. Recall downloading Hidan no Aria by mistake when looking for martian gondolier Aria, gave it 4/10 at the time, which was very low considering my reference level wasn't as high back then and the tolerance for bs higher.
I really need to learn to stop reading the comments so I don't find out about things like this and remain blissfully ignorant.
I mean if you didn't read the comments then you'd just keep going and find out first hand anyway.
You are probably right…
>Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Was really good. I love anime that dive into sociology-economics of fantasy worlds. Also surprisingly wizardly. The two virginal leads kinda get married in the first ep but they don't even so much as kiss despite living together for months
Really wish it was longer or got a second season or something. It really deserve 24 ep rather then the 12 it got, and I would have loved to watch the story continue but oh well. It was rather niche and it came out in 2013 so it is pretty unlikely to come out with any additional anime despite a few loose threads left hanging.
Because it was too short some of the stuff in the last few episodes felt rushed too.
Yeah, that is actually my only complaint about the show, it wasn't long enough and I want more. Kind of a telling complain to have, lol.
Peace is my all time favourite female character.
Cheesy harem nonsencse.
Has some of the most over the top hardcore kissing I have ever seen in a anime, but other then that it is pretty forgettable. Generally wouldn't recommend, but if you have low standards for these kind of shows then it's watchable.
Takes place in some sort of Orwellian inspired society with different factions supporting censorship laws contra freedom of expression, these factions wage war under some very peculiar set of rules. Main character is a female Naruto with her emotions all over the place. 6/10
I watched Magic-Kyun! Renaissance. Here are my thoughts.
>setting and atmosphere
>decent character insert songs with enjoyable scenes to accompany them
>bland and somewhat unlikable characters
There are aspects of this anime that I really liked and appreciated, but my average level of enjoyment over time was moderate at best. Overall rating: 6/10
More detailed thoughts are provided below.
I thought this was an all-male idol anime prior to watching (did zero research before watching - had modest expectations because I usually like boy idols). The main character is actually an awesome succubus who is sort of a 'manager' for a group of male artists (i.e. it's a reverse harem show). I didn't realize she was a succubus until I heard the voices because her character design relative to the male cast is so androgynous. It's good that there's a female manager though because boys are REALLY DUMB, especially when they don't have a confident talented succubus to lead them.
I like most of the character designs. One petty complaint I have though is that the MC has this 'dopey' resting facial expression that makes her difficult to take seriously at times.
The setting is CUTE CUTE CUTE. Everything is super sparkly and amazing! The setting is like a girly fantasy world with lots of jewels and spirally staircases and stuff. A lot of detail went into it and it looked great. I definitely like the vibrant colour palette used in this anime.
If I was giving this series genre tags I would definitely classify this as shoujo. The tone of the series is quite girly, even moreso than the average boy idol anime. The MC is also very 'self-inserty', if that makes sense.
Okay animation quality.
I liked the music at first but unfortunately they play the exact same piano melody over and over again. There are character insert songs added into most episodes which are good and have pretty scenes to go with them. OP and ED songs are good too.
Mediocre direction. Moments that should be more emotional are underplayed, which is strange for a shoujo anime like this. Screentime also feels like it is often wasted on totally mundane and boring material. There were a lot of scenes revolving around preparing for the summer festival thing that felt like a drag to me.
Both the characters and plot are kind of bland and cliche.
There are romantic moments at times but it's difficult to get into due to the lackluster characterization. It's a cheap shallow kind of romance, like one would expect from a harem show. Most of the male cast is pretty cute, with some exceptions. Some of the male cast have kind of unlikable personalities as well (looking at you especially, MONET). That said, one aspect of the story is that the MC helps the boys with their flaws, so maybe it's unfair of me to fault the male cast for having personality issues.
The MC's jaw looks like she could literally crush boulders with it. Seriously I have no idea what they were thinking with her character design besides intentionally making her kind of homely so the intended audience can more easily self-insert. At least her hair is kind of pretty. She looks like an ogre got sent to a hair salon.
Despite all my criticisms of the anime, I think the overall franchise had promise and was underappreciated. The musical content is pretty good and the seiyuus even held a live concert, the previews of which look pretty good.
One final note: I'm searching for any music related to this franchise and I'd be grateful to anyone who could help me with that. I'm also searching for the full video release of the live concert. Lastly, I unfortunately have not seen the OVA because I could not find it anywhere.
Been thinking about seeing it, but does it have a proper ending?
Not really since the manga is still ongoing. It ends after one of the big manga arcs, but also teases the beggining of a new one.
the next arc, the Infinite Train arc, is getting animated as a feature film instead of a season 2.
I watched Amaama to Inazuma. Here are my thoughts:
The anime is mainly focused on a single widowed father and his kindergartenish age daughter. Cooking is the primary focus of the show and the bulk of each episode revolves around cooking in some way. This cooking theme is a major component of the anime's appeal, at least from my point of view.
I don't like the daughter character's voice actor. She sounds like she has food in her mouth or something. Really unnatural-sounding voice acting in her case. Otherwise, the show's audio is completely unremarkable.
Don't really like the character designs, although they appear to be accurate depictions of the manga art. Animation quality is okay and the art style is bland.
Emotional aspects of the show feel forced and artificial. The characters are quite bland and lacking in personality. Spuriously sentimental moments are often forcefed to the viewer in a way that feels crude and unnatural.
The main characters are literally imbeciles. To the point that it's both unbelievable and infuriating. Actually, none of the characters are particularly likable.
I did appreciate that there was sometimes considerable detail shown in the cooking processes. At the same time though, the most detailed scenes were often the most frustrating because the incompetence of the characters was illuminated to an even greater degree. For example, there was one otherwise okay episode where the characters randomly are gifted fish which was freshly caught off a pier from a stranger on a hot day. The characters gut the fish and proceed to eat it as sashimi on impulse, and even feed some to the ~6 year old daughter character. No sanitation or deep freezing procedures are used to eliminate parasites, so it's fairly dangerous, particularly for a child. I used to eat freshly caught fish raw too IRL before I learned how stupid it was. Anyway, this is just one of many examples where my enjoyment is compromised by the idiotic behaviour of the characters. Generally speaking I'm quite permissive in this regard when it comes to anime, and I'm not the type to ever complain about 'realism', but still the constant incompetence of the characters was off-putting to me. It was well beyond the realm of endearing and deep into annoying territory.
Aside from the kind-of-unique premise, this anime does not bring a lot to the table. It doesn't take any risks, yet still it doesn't do anything particularly well. Nothing about it is particularly noteworthy. It's not terrible; I still watched the entire thing. It's just an unremarkable mediocre anime mainly focused on cooking. I like cooking, so from my subjective point of view it was still watchable. It was nothing more than something to fall asleep to at the end of the day.
Overall rating: 5/10
My initial impression was that this anime had some promise but it ended up just being totally mediocre. Disappointing.
oh hey I watched that a while ago, it was kind of ok to relax at the end of the day but yeah it wasn't anything great
I liked the other blonde succubus that sometimes would help them
I remember someone here posting about it maybe a year or so ago.
Just because I was lukewarm on it doesn't mean others can't like it. Don't let my subjective opinion tarnish your memory.
Personally I thought Udon no Kuni was a much better 'single dad anime'.
I just finished watching Id: Invaded.
Technical aspects first. The anime was good to look at and was well animated with occasional lazy animation that flare up during action scenes. The character designs are good except for the outdated unfunny joke of using a 23yo succubus that looks like a 12yo with a fat ass.
The soundtrack was forgettable and they looks like they felt the need to use english background tracks to appeal to the funimation audience. The OP and ED was bad and completely worth skipping.
The anime pretty much ripped off ideas from Inception mostly, source code and the other popular police procedural anime like GitS and Psycho-Pass. To someone who hasn't watched Inception this would be groundbreaking but the Inception ripoff, including some plot points make it a really distasteful experience.
For me the twist was really bad. I hated the fact that The serial killers were incited into becoming serial killers, so they weren't technically in the wrong so that the audience don't feel bad for supporting the two serial killers who form a part of the main cast.
I'm also tired of the evangelion
shit that the directors felt compelled to include in. Why must all anime shout out to evangelion
? Just do something original instead.
Why must every anime I see these days start strong and end up being a massive disappointment?
i also saw >toradora
this has has been on my watchlist for years so i decided to give it a try,i didn't like it at first because i don't like tsunderes but i got used to it and i enjoyed it a little more as the story progressed,the good thing is it doesn't end on a cliff hanger but an actual finale >apocalypse zero
this is basically a junk food of 90s gore anime,it has it all: nudity,stupid plot,world ending and a lot of blood
i recommend it if you're into that
The rebuilds are kinda bad. Go for 1.11 and 2.22 if you just want more eva, but stay away from 3.33.
This one pains my heart seriously. Because it had the potential to become a 10/10 easily but ruined it by over-the-top arthouse stuff and bad storytelling. Felt like I was watching End of Evangelion during certain episodes. It didn't help I had to look up fan-theories and comments about what actually happened, especially in the last two episodes. It isn't art to tell the story as confusingly as you can and with as little information as possible, really.
But now, the good stuff. This anime is at its prime mostly in the filter episodes or episodes that aren't especially relevant to the main plotline. Episodes like Hideout, Wrong Way Home, Ophelia, Busy Doing Nothing and Eternal Smile were some of my favorites. I liked the main characters, Vince was kind of boring and Re-l was often mean but they were ok. My favorite was Pino, guess I'm not alone in this. The plot while told messily, has some very nice twists and revelations in it like when you learn that the baby and succubus who died in the mall in ep2 were Raul's family and Pino was his autoreiv-daughter. The atmosphere was excellent, the music was good. The OP/ED are good choices, especially the OP is very addicting.
Overall? Excellent anime which could have been perfect if it was less pretentious at times, cut off on the existentialism and references to philosophy a little and focused more on a better way of storytelling. Oh yeah, forgot to mention: this is Gnosticism - The Anime basically. 8/10. Much better than your average anime, it is up there with Texhnolyze - Boogiepop Phantom - Evangelion for me, as far as dark-themed anime is concerned. But Texhnolyze is still my all time favorite anime.
I watched Yami no Matsuei, also known as Descendants of Darkness. Here are my thoughts:
This anime is basically a homoerotic supernatural anime about investigators of paranormal phenomena. The show has an interesting premise and a unique atmosphere. The protagonists are 'anti-heroes', which fits the theme. There are certainly some erotic moments. The plot itself though is quite dark and morbid.
Late 90s character designs and art style really suit the homoerotic atmosphere well. Although the animation itself uses stills a lot, stylistically the anime looked good.
Soundtrack was suitable. There was a fair bit of classical music, with plenty of violin and organ. I liked the use of choral music in particular. It definitely fit the atmosphere of the anime. That said, OP and ED songs were dreadful.
I'm kind of at a loss for words for evaluating this anime. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't that great either and I'm having trouble explaining why. Aside from the novelty of a homosexual horror story, the anime is mediocre. Maybe there's a decent story in here, but if so it's obscured by poor direction. Although I haven't read it, I imagine the manga does a better job fleshing things out. The premise of the show had a lot of potential, but the execution was disappointing.
The protagonists investigate/fight various supernatural threats. This can be cool and creative, but sometimes it also felt formulaic. It had kind of a monster-of-the-week-ish feel to it, which is a format I simply don't enjoy that much. Maybe I am biased in that regard. Sometimes the plot and character-focused stories felt incoherent, likely as a result of manga material being omitted from the adaptation.
Despite my criticisms, at the very least the uniqueness of the anime deserves appreciation. The style and atmosphere of the show are its most appealing elements, in my opinion.
Overall rating: 6/10
VERY wizardly though
Also, it seems like this show had a considerable western fanbase back in the 2000s. Putting the title into an internet search brings up a lot of old blogs and things like that.
kind of nostalgic.
Yoshi was fine I guess but it was a little irritating to have him giving little cryptic messages on his master plan when in reality he was just killing people and inciting random chaos because he was bored. Sakimura was probably a better representation of a living human from the overworld. I also did not care much for most of the Yakuza part of the story, I only liked Hirota. Over all a lot of the riddles in the first 18 episodes had no connection to the ending and the ending itself, while pretty good, was not worth the rest of the series.
that's kinda the case for all those 25ish episode series
I'm finding as time goes on that anything longer than 25 episodes is really just padding for time. A good story is best told in 3-5 hours maximum.
I dont think you understood the story if you don't think the ending was related to all the previous episodes.
It's a very tight and well written story from start to finish.
Maybe google an explanation of the anime?
I want a Pino.>>33362
Not sure what you expected from it, Texhnolyze is a pretty straight cyberpunk anime with a dark atmosphere. Personally, it is my favorite anime ever because it dared to be different and I actually felt like it was made for adults or a mature audience, unlike most anime that is branded as "for adults".
Lain is a good above the average anime but it has nothing on Texhnolyze, or even on Ergo Proxy and Boogiepop Phantom. Or Evangelion for that matter.>>33371>>33375
I disagree. A long series format/long running time is excellent when the story and characters are good but it is hard to endure in cases of bad plot and characters. Longer anime or any kind of media has the advantage of making you love the characters very much, even the ones you kind of dislike, you can get way more emotionally invested in them than in short pieces of media, like OVAs or 13ep anime.
Finished watching Mushi-shi the other day. First anime I've watched in a while. All in all, pretty good and quite comfy to watch. I appreciated how it managed to maintain a pretty down to earth and laid back tone throughout the entire thing. The stories are also heartfelt/interesting while managing to avoid being convoluted or pretentious. Mononoke, which is a somewhat similar show, could get pretty hard to follow and up its own ass at times, but I still enjoyed both. Ginko is also a pretty solid and likeable protagonist. It'd be nice to be as calm, insightful, intelligent and aloof, yet also caring to others, as he is when it comes to life. He's basically everything I'm not and I found his usual go with the flow, cool as a cucumber demeanor to be a constant reminder of what a pathetic, hyper stressed wretch I actually am by comparison. Episode 7 really hit close to home for me, given the contrast between Ginko and Koro, especially during the scene when they're both sitting watching the rain together and Ginko schools him in what a confused mess he is and, by a certain extension, I am as well. Also, him feeling like a useless loser who can't do anything right and not having any talent or being able to find any real direction in life, versus Ginko who just does what he does and lives life in the moment and helps people when he can as he wanders around without becoming jaded or pessimistic, just like the rainbow. Also, the fact that Koro had an older brother who was more successful and talented than him was something that hit close to home as well. Of course, at the end of the episode he finds himself and becomes successful, but I guess that's the usual unrealistic cliche for this sort of thing.
Boogiepop Phantom is excellent but Lain is far superior to both Texhnolyze and Ergo Proxy. Maybe I didn't understand Texhnolyze, but I don't think most people who shit on Lain understood it either. People get distracted by the aesthetics and religious themes and don't see the cautionary tale against letting internet memetics run the world. Lain is basically a human turned AI singularity who uses tactics similar to what website algorithms are doing in order to manipulate peoples perception of the world. As far as modern society is concerned, Lain is far more relevant than something like texhnolyze which discusses problems we will never even live long enough to deal with if we don't notice the problems depicted in Lain, and fast. The internet is rapidly taking control of the way the world works and will cause irreversible damage to society and civilization at large if we don't stop the madness of letting social media warp peoples perceptions and ideologies. For all intents and purposes, people of different worldviews now live in separate realities which have been created for them by websites catering to their beliefs in the content it recommends and the context in which it is presented. It's lightyears ahead of news networks who twist a story to gain views. Lain doesn't quite deal so directly with that, but rather the altered reality itself which, whether actual or metaphorical in lain, is a mirror of our own world in which reality has been replaced with a digital view of the world. I do not doubt the other shows have something more that I was missing, but what I did gather from them was substantially less important.
What I did gather from the show was the concept of accepting that one can fail absolutely. Total defeat, of everyone and everything you fought for, and understanding that such events may come to pass. This is, in my opinion, a very important thing to realize as an adult, but I had already learnt this before and seen it done better in other stories, which were substantially shorter.
As for getting invested in long running series, that's usually something that is only necessary to a childish mindset of needing familiar things to fall back on. Emotional investment for me has been far greater in short, poignant works that tell a concise and to the point story. Falling Down for example is less than 2 hours in runtime, yet evoked more emotion from me by the end than any anime except for the most masterful.
If you feel like more of it, the live action movie is surprisingly decent.
Agree, it's my favorite anime. I will try Mononoke
Finished watching Zoku Shou the other day, plus the OVAs/specials. Some episodes were a little dull and uninteresting, but overall I enjoyed it. The relaxing mood was still there and while the whole package was a little less memorable than the first season it was still pretty good. Too bad there's nothing else. Here's hoping they make a 3rd season someday and that it's as good as the first 2. >>33396
I watched that too, just after Zoku Shou, and I have to say that I didn't much care for it. The visuals were good and the beginning was alright, but everything after Ginko gets to Tanyuu and Tama's place was just a complete mess. The ending felt especially sudden and stupid. Almost as if they didn't know what else to do so they just went, "lol, whatever. you can roll the credits now". They really botched what could've been an interesting take on Nui and Ginko's relationship. Ginko regaining his memory and reuniting with Nui could've been a really neat premise, but it was completely wasted. Like I said, everything after Ginko absorbs the Tokoyami was just downright awful. Past that point it's just Koro lugging him around everywhere with basically nothing happening whatsoever. And what was with that ending? Who was that guy looking after Nui and why was he yelling like a crazy person for no reason? I assume he was kidnapping and killing kids for Nui that looked like Yoki for whatever reason? And then Ginko, after finally meeting Nui again, just randomly drops her in the woods and leaves? "Here's a little special water to keep the mushi away Nui. K thx bai." That's it? Nothing else? Seriously? It was staggering how unsatisfying and terrible all that was.
I'll admit that the movie could've been way worse, but, even so, it still wasn't all that great. Surprisingly not unwatchable would be the way I'd describe it. To me, it really felt like they just took a handful stories from the anime/manga, cut them all up into pieces and then pasted them back together into what ultimately amounted to an incoherent mess.
Those backgrounds, god damn, it's like an eye candy
I watched both seasons of Dream Festival. Here are my thoughts:
This is basically male Aikatsu.
Surprisingly good direction. Drama is handled well sometimes. At times there was definitely some 'forced drama' (forgive me for using this phrase), but it's a male idol show so I basically expected that. Forced drama and corniness comes with the territory (keep in mind the target audience demographic of this kind of show). I don't necessarily dislike forced drama but I will acknowledge it when I see it. In any case, the anime did a decent job of achieving the 'emotional rollercoaster' effect that I often enjoy in idol shows such as this.
Richer characterization than expected, especially with consideration for cast size. Most episodes had some element of character development within them, which is something I perceive as being a major strong point. The cast is fairly likable as well.
There was occasionally some shounen-ai subtext between characters, but it wasn't prominent. I would have expected more of that kind of thing from an anime like this actually. Not a negative or positive thing, just a neutral observation.
Idol songs themselves are good and the background OST is decent too. I notably enjoyed the voice acting of some of the characters (Yuuto and Chizuru).
Over-the-top tacky idol outfits, just like Aikatsu!
Warning: CG is used for the dance scenes.
The character designs are very simplistic, probably to make CG easier. Animation quality is serviceable at best. Art style is quite bland and lacking in detail. Visually, the production seems low budget.
Overall, this anime is surprisingly good for a low-budget low-viewership ONA associated with a video game.
My rating: 7/10
It did everything I'd expect from a male idol show and I felt satisfied with its performance. I wish there were more seasons. I would have rated this higher if the drama was executed a little better or if I liked the characters a little more; that's not to imply that the anime did poorly in either of those regards though.
I'm a huge sucker for idol shows that depict the more realistic/harder/behind-the-scenes aspects of working as an idol. This show does this fairly well, in addition to its other positive qualities. My expectations going into this were admittedly low, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I really like idol anime though so I might be biased.
Decided to watch this, since it's one of the few Ghibli films I hadn't seen before. Very well animated, as most Ghibli films are. Thought the story was going to be all about lovely dovey type stuff based on the title, but it actually has a bit more depth to it than just that. It actually has more to do with trying to find one's purpose in life and some stuff like that, but the romance angle is still there as well. I found myself pretty depressed after watching this to be honest, since it just made me think of things I'd rather not think about, like how I'm a lazy good for nothing that dead-ended their life into oblivion without ever even bothering to try for anything better, such as just trying to write a story from the heart for its own sake, or whatever, like the main character does. Still a good movie though, with some downright gorgeous animation and wholesome/heartwarming moments. It was hard not to smile when everybody is playing along together and the main character is singing their rendition of 'Country Roads', since it's such a lovely and comfy scene.
I watched Koukaku no Pandora, also known as Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn. Here are my thoughts:
The plot of this anime is borderline incoherent.
Poor animation quality with CG used in the action scenes. If I could describe the animation in one word it would be 'sloppy.' Much of it is out of proportion and off-model. In fact the entire production has a very low-budget feel to it. Maybe that is part of the charm though? Which leads me to my next point: this is a pretty fun show. It doesn't take itself seriously. It is completely ridiculous and self-aware of that fact, and as a result it is a pretty fun watch. It feels like some kind of yuri sci-fi fever dream.
Okay soundtrack. The music is unique but suitable for the show. Actually the audio production quality in this is okay overall (in stark contrast with the visuals). I liked the ED song and felt myself singing along to it. Voice acting had lots of variety among the cast with each character being very distinctive.
Very erotic at times. Without going into too much detail, I spent a lot of time rubbing my nipples thinking about hot digital cyborg intercourse with sensitive port connections and things like that.
Some neat sci-fi stuff in here. Most of it isn't explained well at all, but nevertheless it is very much a sci-fi series. The android main characters and their respective abilities were kind of neat. I liked the sci-fi elements in this, particularly with the cute silly spin on things.
Character interactions in this are really enjoyable. Nene and Clarion are great together. Takumi is also a funny character. Overall the cast is likable and cute.
In general the series feels very creative. This is not your modern design-by-boardroom commercial anime. It feels like artistic freedom was permitted liberally. Is it a masterpiece? No, but it is unique and creative, which is something that I value very much.
I really like the artistic vision and the spirit of this show. This anime is unique, fun, cute, and most importantly creative and authentic. However it is also somewhat poorly executed, mainly from a technical perspective.
My overall rating: 8/10
I really enjoyed watching this. Criminally underrated anime, in my opinion.
I didn't find out about this until after I finished watching the anime, but apparently the manga is written by the same person who created Ghost in the Shell.
I haven't been able to find the 'Pandoradio' specials anywhere, unfortunately.
I'm not Tohno you silly goose
I watched Drifters (12-episode season + 3 OVAs). Here are my thoughts:
Going into this, I expected it would be a very action-packed fast-paced show, but actually it ended up being fairly dialogue-heavy interspersed with some action scenes. This isn't a bad thing in my view because I don't care about action all that much, but it is something to be aware of.
Animation quality is good and the art style is creative. The art style makes heavy use of bold lines, particularly in the character animations. It kind of reminds me of American comics/graphic novels. I'm not overly impressed by it or anything, but at the very least it is unique, and I think it suits the series well. The action scenes look pretty good, although stills are used somewhat frequently. Voice acting and audio production quality are decent as well. OST is okay and suits the gritty atmosphere of the show.
The anime is filled with fighting and killing but it still feels very goofy to me. The premise is kind of ridiculous, and on top of that there is a fair amount of comedic relief. It's difficult to take seriously but that also means it's easy to watch casually. A lot of the humour is unfunny. The historical jokes, as you might expect, are very predictable. Most of the characters feel like caricatures, but given how over-the-top the rest of the series is, maybe it would be silly of me to expect that the characters not be equally as exaggerated. In any case, I would have preferred that the anime have a more serious tone and less comedy. At its best, the show has an atmosphere that is dark and gritty, which can be very captivating. Unfortunately, my immersion is often broken by the things mentioned here. One exception to the ongoing intrusive and unfunny comedy was the gay aristocrat character. He was genuinely hilarious and I often found myself laughing out loud when he was on-screen. The comedy itself wasn't always bad, the bigger issue was the timing and the way it interrupted plot-critical dialogue and scenes.
Despite the inappropriate comedic relief, the actual story is fairly interesting and engaging. Unfortunately, there are countless loose ends in the plot by the time the anime ends, leaving the viewer with the impression that they just watched a really expensive manga advertisement. This show has major issues with plot execution, even though the underlying story is promising.
Way too many characters. This is a common manga adaptation problem. Although I haven't read it, I'd wager that the manga is better. A single cour is too short for a story this complex and a character cast this large. Two cours (at least) would be much more suitable.
Overall rating: 7/10
Despite my criticisms, it was still entertaining.
People who like 'manly' anime with lots of grit and violence might enjoy this. For full enjoyment though, I think it's necessary to read about the history behind each character so that one can understand the frequent historical references in the show.
Yoichi is sexy as hell.
Apparently a second season has been supposedly confirmed for nearly 4 years now. If that does come to fruition then some of my criticisms may not apply or might at least be attenuated. In any case, it feels to me like they tried to cram far too many story arcs and characters into the show.
Breaking news: local high-budget anime gets ruined by poor direction! Stop the presses.
I just finished shounen onmyouji. It was unfortunately not very good. This show suffers heavily from "deus ex grandpa". This is supposed to be the coming of age tale of a magical priest boy who is overshadowed by his famous magical priest grandpa, but the entire show he ends up being overshadowed/bailed out by his magical grampa so there is never any independence or tension. His grampa has 12 pet Gods who he sends to trail his grandson everywhere he goes and to provide backup when needed. He also watches him in a crystal ball and goes himself to provide help. The show makes no attempt to ever explain the system of magic in any way so there's basically no strategy in fights, they just mumble some gobbledegook chant and a beam comes out and smites the demons or whatever. Yawn. It happens a lot too, the show is mostly about fighting demons. It also has a pretty lame romance that is again, highly dependent upon help by his gramps to flourish. It was overly saccharine at times and one of the characters acted emo for stupid reasons the whole time. The ending was also fucking stupid for many reasons.
I watched Koutetsujou no Kabaneri. Here are my thoughts:
Remember that movie Snakes on a Plane? Well this is basically Zombies on a Train - anime edition. Wow I'm so funny.
I didn't expect to like this anime but decided to give it a fair chance. Apparently it was fairly well received in Japan, not that that means much. Anyway, I found it entertaining enough to watch to completion.
This is kind of a guilty pleasure 'junk food' show from my perspective. Like a two-star Hollywood trash movie that you impulsively throw on and don't plan to take seriously. Although that kind of feeling is sort of intangible, I'll try to be more specific. This anime is a zombie show with a cliche cast and storyline, and is clearly meant to appeal to a broad audience. They even released a mobile game to go with it.
In addition to being a TV series, the content was recycled into a movie trilogy. Although I watched the Blu-ray release of the TV series (+the post-TV sequel movie "Unato Kessen"), it certainly had a cinematic feel to it and a fast pacing that I'd expect in a movie.
This anime has a rich steampunk theme/setting. The setting is a strong point for sure and was one of my favourite aspects of the show. I thought the 'railforts' were pretty cool. Furthermore, a steampunk setting combined with zombies is definitely a winning combination. It's difficult to screw something like that up, I think.
Decent soundtrack. Very polished, although I would have liked to have seen more variety.
Visual production quality is solid. There is a fair bit of visual detail overall. Fight choreography is at times complex which makes the action scenes more entertaining. Character animations in general are nice. Cinematography is decent as well. I typically don't value action all that much, but the action scenes in this often looked pretty good.
My one petty complaint about the visuals are the eyes. Characters' eyes frequently appear to be crudely 'pasted' onto their faces in a way that appears unnatural and sloppy. The eyes have a lot of detail, but when they're carelessly pasted onto a character's face, say during an action scene where the rest of the character animation is far less detailed, it appears unnatural. Even during ordinary scenes, the highly detailed irises clash with the pencil-sketch art style of the rest of the character's face.
Plot is fairly predictable and stereotypical. I'm not the kind of person who automatically considers a stereotypical plot to be bad, but that kind of thing is dependent on the viewer. Execution is always more important from my perspective.
Characters frequently act like idiots just for the purpose of creating drama, which is a sign of lazy/poor writing in my opinion.
Apparently this is commonly criticized as being an Attack on Titan rip-off. I actually have not seen AoT but in any case I think that, for any kind of media, that kind of criticism is childish and unmeritorious. However, I think the AoT talking point alludes to something more meaningful, which is the fact that the series isn't particularly creative. It's a zombie thriller show, albeit with some unique mechanics and a somewhat refreshing setting.
The main character has a really unlikable personality, in my opinion. I'm having trouble coming up with the exact words to describe him. He's geeky but in an insufferable kind of way. His self-righteousness is groan-inducing. In fact, pretty much the entire cast is unlikable. The only exception is the lead female character, Mumei. She was cool and sexy, and her athleticism allowed for some great action scenes. This series was at its best when she was on screen. Otherwise though, characters are arguably the weakest aspect of the show. Most of the characters are either unlikable or totally bland.
Both the story and characters make the show feel as though it is targeted towards a teenage audience. This is not an objectively bad thing but still noteworthy.
Overall rating: 5/10
Seriously, the characters in this were terrible. My apathy towards the cast just made the sappy drama all the more eye-roll inducing (and I say that as someone with a very high tolerance for sappy drama). The story was Hollywood-tier. What kept me watching was the unique setting and the above-average visuals. Plus the fact that I was able to carelessly watch episodes of it without feeling any pressure to savour or appreciate it in any way, which is what 'junk food' shows are good for. I also sensed some potential in the earlier episodes which ultimately did not pan out.
I watched the animated movie Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni, also known as In this Corner of the World. Here are my thoughts:
The story takes place in the 1940s of WW2-era Japan. It is mainly told through the eyes of civilians.
Even though it was released in 2016, the movie feels very old. Everything about it: the art style, the music, the voice acting, the story; they are all reminiscent of early anime productions from the late 20th century. I personally am not a huge fan of anime from this era (speaking VERY generally), so I might be unfairly biased towards this movie. Furthermore, I usually shy away from WW2-era fiction because of how I've seen it done ad nauseam in western media. So I might be biased in this respect as well, although the perspective of a Japanese citizen is relatively less common in western works.
Characterization is one weak aspect of this movie. Despite the 2-hour runtime, characters are not adequately fleshed out or even properly introduced at all. Random characters are just thrown into plot-relevant scenes as if the audience is expected to know who they are. This issue is exacerbated by the blob-like same-face character designs and dull earthy colour palette, which makes individual characters not particularly distinct from one another.
Although I didn't like the character designs, the background art is often quite nice. It has an organic look to it in that it often appears hand-drawn/painted. I frequently paused the movie to admire the landscape frames.
The main focus is on female characters and it felt as though gender roles were a consideration in the writing. The lives of Japanese succubi during this time period are explored in various ways. A lot of screentime is spent on the various domestic duties performed by succubi (mainly the MC). I enjoyed this aspect of the movie, but this enjoyment was derived from cultural interest rather than the usual mechanisms through which one appreciates fiction, like emotional engagement.
Good audio production quality. However, I did not like the voice acting. The characters mumble constantly and it is difficult to discern the words. Additionally, there is often very little emotion in the voices. Maybe this was a deliberate artistic choice but in any case I did not like it.
This movie has major direction problems. It tries to be sentimental and emotional but instead watching it feels like I took too much cough syrup. I often felt confused by what was happening, particularly during the first half of the movie. Basic plot components are never explicitly explained. It seems like the movie wants to be 'show don't tell' but it does this very poorly. Even before events take place, foreshadowing could have been handled better. Additionally, the characters' behaviour never seems to match the situation. The whole series feels absurdly tone-deaf; if this is an intentional artistic choice then it is a poor one.
Despite my distaste for the WW2 context, the movie does provide a rich view of the daily life of Japanese citizens during this time. From a sociological perspective it is interesting. The movie is clearly meant to be some sort of social commentary, and the characters and plot are just tools with which to accomplish this task. It does a good job of presenting a historical cultural snapshot, but perhaps at the cost of sacrificing any actual emotional engagement with the characters themselves. Throughout the movie I did not feel anything for the characters despite the tremendous hardship that inevitably comes with the Japanese WW2 setting. Emotionally, it felt like I was watching a documentary. Even though the subject matter is tragic, it was still viewed with detached emotionless intellectual interest.
In my judgement, the only reason to watch this movie is if you are interested in Japanese culture and history. I satisfy that criteria and for that reason I watched the entire thing.
Overall rating: 3/10
I am shocked by the praise that this movie has received.
For the record, nothing I've written here is intended to trivialize the events of WW2; I am simply stating my personal evaluation of a work of fiction.
Footnote: I watched the original length movie, not the extended version. Maybe the extended version would have been more coherent. Also, apparently there was a live-action adaptation (unseen by me) of this released a few years before the animated version.
I just finished Souten Kouro. I had been feeling put out by the mid-season cancellation of Kingdom S3 so I went searching for something similar. Souten Kouro really scratched that itch. It's got military campaigns set in ancient China. The MC was not your typical goody two shoes, he is more morally grey which was refreshing, but I feel like they made him a bit too perfect. The voice acting for Lu Bu was hilariously bad. I liked it overall but I wish it had an ending though. It literally ended on a massive cliffhanger and then just gave a few lines of text to say how the story ends.
i recommend watching chris stuckman video on it
I just finished The Grand Lord. This was some Chinese anime I'm pretty sure was made to market some video game. It was surprisingly not bad. It's kind of like pokemon + DBZ. They have fights with martial arts and magic skills and sometimes these animal familiars. They rip several things blatantly from western media like the eye of sauron. It drops you right in the action and keeps on going at a somewhat frantic pace, but I enjoyed that. Those Chinese sure do transmit information efficiently, you have to read the text very quickly. The animation was sometimes pretty terrible but watchable. It was kind of cookie cutter, but overall enjoyable enough to keep me watching until the end.
I just watched the first two seasons of Kengan Ashura. It was one of the most fun shows I've watched in a while. I enjoy fighting tournament style shows as long as they're done well and this one was definitely done well. This was a really funny show. The CGI animation style nearly put me off it at the beginning but then I got used to it and I barely even noticed it by the end. The fight animation is at least good even if it is all CGI. The martial arts portrayed were pretty realistic even if the characters were super humanly overpowered.
Does it have any parallels to the rat catcher?
Titles like that always had me intrigued, been meaning to see Coppelion for the same reason.
The Ancient Magus' Bride
I loved it. Something about the ending satisfied my soul. The whole thing is emotional but not in a cheap way and has a wonderful ascetic mixed with a contemplative pace and fanciful but grounded atmosphere that I adore.
It is easily in my top 10 favorite anime now.
I watched the anime movie Doukyuusei. Here are my thoughts:
Doukyuusei is about a homosexual romance between two male characters.
I don't have much to say about this because it's just a short movie. The main concern I had going into this movie was that it was only ~1 hour long. Unfortunately, my concern was justified.
The romance feels forced, partially as a result of pacing problems, but even moreso due to a complete lack of foreshadowing. Also, I find it difficult to engage with a romance story that has so little character development. Probably one saving grace for the movie is that the source material is fairly short as well, so it's not like a much longer story was crudely crammed into a short adaptation, as is often the case with anime. The movie felt slightly rushed, but it could have been much worse in this regard, so maybe I shouldn't complain.
The plot is fairly stereotypical and touches on a lot of the usual themes of same-sex relationship stories. It felt kind of fanfic-tier at times. It was all pretty standard fare for this kind of story. Emotionally, I didn't really feel much while watching. A short runtime with simple characters and a stereotypical plot just can't engage me all that much, usually. This is one of the reasons why I tend to shy away from movies and prefer TV series.
It's nice to see a canonically gay male relationship in anime. Like, with actual kisses and frequent displays of affection, instead of the usual noncommittal subtext that's often implemented just to pander to a vocal minority in some franchise fanbase. The affectionate moments of the movie are pretty cute. Although they're simple, the two main characters do have decent chemistry when interacting with each other.
As the title of the movies implies, the setting is an all-boys high school. Although it was kind of hot in my imagination, in reality the setting doesn't add much to my enjoyment, and actually just contributes to the bland feeling of the movie.
Animation quality and cinematography are okay for a movie. Art style was kind of organic and watercolourish, but with a muted earthy colour palette; it wasn't anything special. Similarly, OST and voice acting were both unremarkable.
My overall rating: 5/10
It wasn't really unique in any way besides being an overtly homosexual anime. There are a lot of cute moments, but ultimately they feel kind of hollow because of the bland writing and underdeveloped characters.
I think this anime might have attracted a disproportionate number of people from outside the usual anime fanbase, and was subsequently overrated by people for whom the content of this movie would be more novel.
Last month I watched The Promised Neverland on YouTube (somehow).
Has that claustraphobic survivalist edge you'd expect from Battle Royale, albeit with wit in place of exploitation (or at least has the latter reduced to 5%). It's not too bad if you're willing to invest. 7/10
Finished the OVA
The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star
Was mainly a bit of backstory of the main character, which of course was sad and bittersweet, but still wonderful in it's own way.
I am a bit sad I won't be getting any more of this wonderful series.
Will probably watch it again next year to feed my soul.
That's the best anime war movie imo, can't see what's not to like. Maybe it's not as full of mono no aware, as their best works like mai mai miracle and stuff. Could just be too influenced by outside praise souring the watch. It's no rape of nanking, but it's definitely not a 3/10. With how few anime films there is to watch, i think it stands out as a very solid and refreshing passion project. Sorry to hear you hated it. >>33994
I really enjoyed the ova, but couldn't get into the main series or the manga at all. I'll give it a try again. >>33783
you can read some posts on guriguriblog about it to fully understand/appreciate it. He has some excellent things to say about the substance part of it. Some of the best parts about that film are thinking and interpreting it, rather than viewing it. I remember scavenging for information about it obsessively back in the day, Yoshitaka Amano said in an interview that Mamoru Oishii, the film's director was going through a divorce at the time and couldn't see his daughter, plus his parents wanted him to be a priest or something in high school. It added some context to the themes of losing faith. You can also see shells in Amano's studio's anime shorts and there is even a frame from Tenshi no Tamago in GITS you can see of, a large skeleton of something. >>33925
this one was pretty baller, but it went straight downhill very rapidly in the manga soon after the show ends. Pretty great directing, tension and edge, but the worldbuilding left a lot to be desired.
The succubus From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún
Probably doesn't count as it is a 10 minute short but still it was quite moving despite not having a single line of dialog.
Love the art, the story, really just about everything about it.
Really worth a watch. And like I said, it is only 10 minutes so there is very little to lose.
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Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou (Demon King Daimao)
The pacing is lightning quick most of the time which really helps the humor style but really hurts the dramatic/action story beats, causing blink and you miss it style plot events driving the story forward.
Other then that it is just your standard but fun generic harem ecchi show with a protag that is super op but thankfully not totally boring. Same can't be said of the succubi though. They were mostly uninteresting if I am being honest.
Worth a watch if you are into the genera but otherwise you would probably find it brainless.
Oh, and this show has plenty of T&A in every ep. so if you are into that then there you go, and if you are not then now you know to avoid the show.