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 No.36185[View All]

Post ITT when you finish an anime, and write something about it. Can be anything from brief unrefined feelings to long formal reviews.

Last thread: >>32036

This thread can also be helpful for people looking for things to watch.
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 No.37503

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/34561/Re_Creators

I watched Re:Creators. Here are my thoughts:

The premise of this 22-episode anime is quite cool and exceptionally unique. Superficially, Re:Creators is a so-called 'reverse-isekai' show, but in reality it is much more than this. All I can say without going into spoilers is that characters from a diverse variety of fantasy/sci-fi stories appear in real-life Japan, where they interact with one another and meet the creators of their respective stories (side note: I think this would be a great premise for a comedy anime too).

This is a very dialogue-heavy show. There are few actual action scenes, which is more than fine with me but did (pleasantly) defy my initial expectations. If you go into this anime wanting action scenes, you will be disappointed. This anime is far more a fantasy drama than it is an action show.

Sometimes this anime can be very exposition-heavy. In particular, the early episodes of both cours contain heavy exposition dumps. Very little effort is made to make these exposition dumps more palatable for the viewer. As I recall, there are multiple >10-minute exposition speeches that take place in a dull conference room with zero visual flair or anything to add entertainment value. My geeky sperg self was completely fine with this (and I was extremely interested in this anime's writing), but a different viewer might find it hard to swallow. The exposition is fascinating (in my view) and all necessary for the later story developments to make sense, but the delivery could have been handled better. Despite this, the conversational nature of this show is a major strong point, in my opinion. The dialogue is often very thoughtful and contains many memorable lines. During some scenes the script is absolutely phenomenal. I really do mean that; at its best, this anime contains some of the finest scriptwriting I have ever witnessed.

All of the fantasy characters in this ooze personality, and their interaction both among themselves and with their creators is one of the best features of this anime. However, the MC is kind of bland and lacking personality, aside from being your typical useless cowardly teenage-male anime protagonist. Thankfully the cast is quite large and he doesn't speak that often. In fact, even referring to him as the MC is exaggerating the significance of his character (arguably the real MC is Meteora). Even so, he was definitely a weak aspect of this anime. I would even say he is the weakest link in the show; in general, this anime is at its worst when the focus is on the MC. However, his presence is necessary for the plot to work, so perhaps I shouldn't be so harsh. Also, although this is fairly minor, I found the involvement of the government-official succubus to be annoying. The involvement of the military/government in general made it feel like a generic anime action show, and sucked away screentime from the show's true strengths. I get that it was necessary to include the government to have the plot make sense, but I found their on-screen presence to be excessive.

Overall the plot is great, and often creative and inventive, although some of the details can be a little wonky or confusing. Re:Creators is very ambitious in what it seeks to accomplish with its story, so I'm willing to be lenient about some hand waviness. If you put every little plot mechanic under a microscope, you'll definitely find things to nitpick. From a broad view it's excellent though, and I was always interested in the story and eager to see what would happen next. In fact, I burned through episodes of this anime and struggled to turn it off, and couldn't stop thinking about it. Literally, this anime kept me awake at night staring at the ceiling. I was totally hooked, which surely is evidence of a great story. On the surface, the plot resembles a typical 'battle royale' story in some ways, but there is deeper meaning lurking beneath this.

Beyond the mundane plot details, Re:Creators explores unique thought-provoking themes in creative ways. The writing incorporates themes such as the relationships between a story and both its creator and its reader, comparisons between fictional worlds and real life, the emotions of a fiction creator and the creative process, the experiences and feelings of a self-aware fictional character, and the nature of how a character develops within a story. These writing themes connected with me on a deep personal level and touched me emotionally. I felt very strong emotions while watching this anime.

It was so enjoyable to watch all these characters from different fictional worlds interact with their creators and one another. There are elements in the writing and script that are clearly meant to appeal to storywriters and other content creators. In some ways, Re:Creators feels like a celebration of fiction itself.

In terms of visuals, this show is nothing special. The character designs are good, and there are some occasional nice moments during action scenes. Otherwise, the animation quality is adequate at best, and there are tons of sloppy frames. Conversely, audio is a stronger component of the show. The sound effects are quite well done; even mundane stuff like the sound of background noise in rooms is implemented with detail and care. The soundtrack is good, and both the OP songs are absolutely terrific (I replayed the OP sequence at least 100 times, not exaggerating). The voice acting is alright; nobody's voicework really stood out to me besides Meteora and Magane (she has great facial expressions too). Meteora provides a lot of the exposition, so it's good that her voice is nice.


My overall rating: 9/10
Re:Creators has a fantastic premise that is executed well, albeit with some minor plot wonkiness. The story is exceptionally creative and engaging, while also exploring fascinating abstract themes about fiction itself. It truly is a unique artistic creation. The fantasy characters and their interactions are very enjoyable, and the dialogue is often thoughtful and memorable. This anime is exceptional in many ways. I eagerly burned through the episodes like they were popcorn; seriously, this is the most binge-watch-inducing show I've seen in years. For me, Re:Creators was such a joyful thrill. During its best episodes this anime is mind blowing.

The emotional side of me wants so badly to rate this 10/10, but I can't ignore the fact that there are some weaker episodes and that the show does objectively have some minor flaws. Regardless, I really do believe that Re:Creators is a very special one-of-a-kind work of art that deserves far more appreciation.

The premise of this show is potent imagination fuel. Can you imagine meeting the characters from your favourite stories IRL? We can only dream. If fiction is something that's personally important to you, then you should watch this anime.

 No.37513

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>>37459
It's cute but definitely low-budget.

 No.37518

>>37141
Gravity-defying hair is hot

 No.37536

>>37503
You sold me on watching this.
>Spring 2017
I hope it's still available…

 No.37541

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>>37536
https://nyaa.si/view/1245215

Just warning you, it is a very love-it-or-hate-it kind of show. A lot of people hated it.

 No.37543

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Finished Rebuild 3.0 + 1.0. Unshockingly a complete cash grab with little to no enjoyable moments. The CGI was quite literally sickening, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a motion sickness warning at the beginning of the movie in theaters. The rotoscoped shots in the first half of the movie that all the budget seemingly went into looked awkward and stupid, but I like unconventional looking things so I forgive it. Sagisu's score as always saved a lot of scenes from being completely awful, like the 2 minute long farmlife slideshow. I saw someone describe the film as "EoE with extra steps", but I think that description is an insult to EoE. Speaking of The End of Evangelion, this movie pays a lot of homage to it. I didn't think Anno wouldn't sink that low, but boy did he. It felt like I was watching one of those Star Wars sequels where they rehash entire plots and visuals. And to top it off, the ending is a lame, continuous drone cam shot of Studio Khara and Tokyo, with a cheesy pop song that doesn't fit the tone of EVA at all. The film was quite clearly made exclusively with Japanese audiences and their wallets in mind, with full intent on making billions of yen from merchandise profits to prove to other studios that the Evangelion IP can still make money, so years and years of reboots and spinoffs starring new, even more one dimensional characters and bridge bunnies can be produced until Japan sinks.

 No.37566

>>37543
should've watched it subbed

 No.37567

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>>37566
Apparently it's in eleven languages.
https://soranews24.com/2021/08/12/evangelion-in-11-languages-amazon-releases-multi-lingual-preview-for-final-eva-anime-film/

11 languages? Can you mix & match? Set Asuka to German & Rei to Japanese. And Shinji to Texan American for the cringe.

 No.37593

>>37543
Oh boi how long I've waited, being a fan of the original, I tried lowering my expectations but the new movie still made me a little sick after the ending. Apart from plotholes like the lack of explanation regarding the timeskip (so shinji was responsible for the Near Impact but the real Impact still happend afterwards, not by shinji? and they shit on him for the whole 3rd movie, until this one where they forgive him for something he wasn't responsible for, until the spinoff comes out) the first half was great visually, and then they gradually butcher it with overblown CG, I didn't care about it in the previous movies because they used it lowkey, but the staff who was so passionate about 2d animation that they changed the industry saw the whole movie and felt this was ok? or rather they didn't care, because at the end it's "purposely" bad, sure

At least shinji transforms from being depressed to superhero who doesn't cry anymore in mere minutes, who gets his big tiddie succubus because apparently it's that easy, wow shinji is so grown up now! He wishes for his own escapist fantasy-world without eva, which is ironic in itself but looking at it on a meta level it's clear that the ending exists to shit on losers like me, but of course the masses love it now. End of Eva told me that life can become really shitty, but if I am not ready to end it then I still have to move on. This movie feels like preaching from an old man who spent too much time with miyazaki, who got lucky enough to make it and now he tells you to get over it too, because it's eaasy he could do it too. Imagine George Lucas throwing the message at you at the end of the first star wars movies, telling you that you suck because you like something too much.

Still after all that I think the movie was better done than anything else that came out recently, now after ranting it's bye-bye all of evangelion for me, now I will go consume stuff from those who don't feel the need to preach constantly their own self-hatred of "escapism is bad mkay" to the idiots who acknowledged the original in the first place, if they feel that way why even bother remaking the whole thing and letting people wait for years? Oh that's right because money.

 No.37594

>>37543
>>37593
This is why I avoid sequels and remakes simply out of principle.

 No.37595

>>37543
They took way too long to release it and I was confused by the existence of the whole rebuilt gimmick in the first place so I just lost interest like 5+ years ago and haven't really thought about the series other then passing memories of the old show, which whenever I reflect on it I like less and less.

 No.37614

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>>37567
That would be cool but I don't think audio tracks work like that…

 No.37616

What do you guys think of Chobits?

 No.37624

Finally finished Xenosaga the animation.
It isn't very good in any way shape or form. I guess that is what I get for picking up a show because I thought one of the character designs was cool.

 No.37653

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just finished neon genesis 3.0 +1.01 thrice upon a time

i give it a 10/10, masterpiece

 No.37704

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/477

I watched Aria the Animation, also known as season 1 of the Aria anime series. Here are my thoughts:

I like how sci-fi elements were mixed into a comfy SoL show, although this aspect could have been made more prominent. I think I would have found a stronger sci-fi theme more interesting than the generic SoL episodic plots I've seen many iterations of before.

A lot of the characters have catchphrases that don't take long to become annoying, and result in a lot of seemingly repetitive dialogue. The script in general is mediocre and, although there are occasional sentimental moments, it's nothing beyond what I'd expect from a typical SoL show.

If nothing else, this anime is fairly relaxing. The setting is unique, and the atmosphere is relaxing and otherworldly in some ways.

I don't value visuals too much, but there is room for improvement in this regard. The lack of visual detail is truly a missed opportunity. I would have been fine with just a powerpoint presentation if there were more care put into the backgrounds and visual environment.

Aside from its unique setting and atmosphere, this is a mediocre SoL show. The characters are completely forgettable, the writing is not particularly creative, the visuals are poor, the OST is nothing special; there's just not a lot here to appreciate. On one hand, this anime is relaxing. However, framed another way, it is fairly dull, even by my SoL-loving standards. I pretty much had to watch it before bedtime because it would inevitably lull me to sleep — this could be a desirable feature, depending on the viewer's expectations.

This anime started airing before SoL really took off as a genre, so it may have received more praise at its time of origination than a theoretical contemporary equivalent might have. This anime is not exceptional by contemporary standards of the genre, aside from its setting.


My overall rating for Aria the Animation (first season): 5/10
It was an adequate show to lull me to sleep at the end of the day, but nothing about it particularly impressed me.

It's unlikely that I'll be watching the sequels any time in the near future. Maybe I'll revisit it in a few years to see if my viewpoint changes.

 No.37705

>>37704
glad to hear someone who also thinks that this show isn't that great

 No.37707

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>>37704
Edit:
Just for some context, going into Aria I expected I would enjoy it a lot. It seemed like a show well suited to my tastes. I enjoyed Amanchu immensely, and watching it was the trigger that finally got me to try out Aria. In theory Aria seems like it would be a great anime, but its execution is lacking. I wanted to like it.

Also regarding the OST, I am a little negatively biased because I tend not to enjoy guitar-like instruments as much as the average person.

Aria seems like it doesn't explore its setting enough to fully realize its potential. The lack of detail in the visuals is also a significant aspect of its wasted potential.

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I finished the gag anime Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan. That is, everything but the separate series Netflix produced. Not going to give it a chance.

Many characters I like a lot. A few that are somewhat tiresome. I hate the cider kid, would not mind skipping every part that has him in it.

Gonna read the manga now, not too fast cause I don't want to be too bored when I read scenes that were in the show.

 No.37709

>>37399
i didnt find the MC very unlikable. from my experience his flaws are normal things to find in people. i do agree that the series got repetitive after episodes 5-7 or so. i was almost waiting for it to get to the end i knew was going to happen
>>37704
dropped it after 3 ep. extremely boring.

 No.37767

Just finished Erased.

The characters don't feel human, the story is full of plot conveniences, the time travel is bullshit and the villain was meme tier. In its defense, it was thrilling. I'd give it a 6 or so.

 No.37863

beastars season 2 was…unfortunate, it's like the manga author ran out of ideas halfway through the arc and chose to power through the story using cringy anime tropes instead that resulted in destroying everyone's character development and general plot mayhem, I'm reminded of sequelitis in movies

I just had to delete it from my pc after

 No.37972

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/33263

I watched Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai. Also known as The Beheading Cycle. Here are my thoughts:

This is an OVA by Shaft, and it certainly feels that way. The visuals are signature Shaft and resemble past works by the studio. I did not particularly like the character designs or art style, personally. I also wish there were more visual detail in general. However, the visuals were still mildly interesting due to the way Shaft uses cinematography.

The OST is by Yuki Kajiura. It is decent but it felt like not a whole lot of artistic risk was taken. It uses the same kinds of instruments and sounds you've likely heard in her other past OSTs. It was not particularly innovative. (Having said that, I suspect I'll be more impressed with it once I sit down with the OST alone and carefully explore every song in the catalog, since it is Yuki Kajiura after all.)

This is the case in general with Kubikiri Cycle. Although it has a lot of artistic flavour, it doesn't stray beyond the artistic boundaries already explored by Shaft in the past. The cinematography, music and art style are all similar to past works put out by the studio.

I did not like or appreciate any of the characters. The male MC in particular was annoying and unlikable. Also, despite involving a murder mystery, I was never interested in the story at all. However, sometimes the script itself was intriguing and had some memorable lines. The scriptwriting was clearly done with a lot of care. Although I didn't care about the story, the dialogue itself held my attention. In terms of voice acting, the cast was skilled but nobody struck me as exceptional.


My overall rating: 5/10
As a whole, it was only marginally entertaining enough for me to watch to completion. The visuals were mildly interesting but hardly spectacular. The music was decent. The script was well written. No other characteristics of this anime provided me any enjoyment.

I used the Yuki subs and they kinda sucked. Especially for a show like this with lots of complex dialogue. A lot of excessive and unnecessary liberties were taken with translations. The subs often did not accurately reflect the true meaning of the words being spoken.

For the record, at the time of writing this, I still have not seen the Monogatari series. I mention that because it is often compared to this anime.

 No.37992

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I was expecting a different thing. I thought that it was some lighthearted anime. Most of the episodes were quite sad. It was great, though.

 No.38004

>>37992
You just watched one of the best anime ever.
time to watch haibane renmei now.

 No.38005

>>38004
i don't like the artstyle of it

 No.38006

>>38005
The 2014(?) anime run has a much more "adult" style and the manga is downright sexy at times.

 No.38007

>>37992
The 4th episode was something else altogether.

 No.38008

>>38006
You mean Kino or haibane renmei? Haibane has not had a manga aside from the art work done by Abe and the older Kino had the more adult feel to it. The new one made it look like a typical anime show.

>>38005
How can you not like the art style of haibane renmei? it has some of the best art in how it is simplistic but coherant. Have you even watched it?

 No.38009

>>38008
>How can you not like the art style of haibane renmei?
it looks awful
>Have you even watched it?
i tried but didn't like it, dropped after 1 episode

 No.38010

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>>38004
I already watched it. Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze and Lain deserve a rewatch. Maybe after watching Kino's movies and the newer version, despite knowing that most people dislike this version.

 No.38011

>>38009
>he drops it after 1 episode
The first episode is nothing and just a primer you should see it as the first few pages in a book because that is all it is.

>>38010
is new version worth watching? I was reading the manga I am yet to finish and watched the old version and loved it. I watched new version for an episode or two and it seemed to be the same stories obviously but done in a way that was different. Kino no tabi felt like being told a story from two people and having to decide yourself what to think if that makes any sense but I did not get that with the new version.

I need to rewatch lain and tehnolyze again myself. Will probably just rewatch haibane renmei again instead.

 No.38012

>is new version worth watching? I was reading the manga I am yet to finish and watched the old version and loved it.
I still need to watch it. I heard that some parts were rushed, like the Arena part. Ryutaro Nakamura did an excellent job directing the first version.

 No.38013

>>38011
I think it's worth watching if you are already a fan while keeping in mind that the new version isn't as good as the classic version.

 No.38060

>>37616
pretty solid romance anime, but it has been a long time since I've seen it

 No.38068

>>38010
>kino
couldn't get into this, was too boring to me
what's the appeal?

 No.38070

>>38068
It's not really supposed to be exciting. That's the appeal.

 No.38071

>>38068
It is very contemplative.
It makes you think and feel then think about those feelings.

 No.38094

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/33674

I watched No Game No Life: Zero. This is the movie sequel to the TV series No Game No Life (henceforth NGNL). Here are my thoughts:

This review will specifically discuss the NGNL: Zero movie, not the franchise as a whole.

First of all, it's been years since I saw the TV anime. I liked it a lot though and rated it 9/10. I really really liked the art style and colour palette, and overall found it a very fun and entertaining show. Much of this review will focus on how the movie compares to the TV series, since that is the benchmark of my expectations.

Although it still looks good, I prefer the colour palette of the TV series. I miss those bright pastel colours; this movie has a comparatively duller colour palette. It still has a lot of visual detail though and is fairly captivating. The visuals are still good, don't get me wrong. In particular, the setting and background frames of this movie look interesting and detailed.

The audio production quality is decent, but I did not like the OST as much as the TV series (Konomi Suzuki sounds amazing in the ED song though as usual). The movie has more of a classical music style; I prefer the electronic OST of the TV anime – it felt much more unique, creative, immersive, and suitable for the anime. Also, for whatever reason I did not like the voice acting of the male MC of this movie.

As is often the case with movies, I find it difficult to feel emotionally invested when I've only known the characters for a few minutes. This movie is yet another example of this – it jumps into strongly dramatic content early in the runtime, and I couldn't help but feel underwhelmed by it. I never felt any emotion whatsoever towards the characters and their story. I don't think this is just me being a stick in the mud either – I think a lot of people would agree the storyline of this movie is weak and unengaging. Overall I would say the story is very mediocre, not to mention barely coherent and poorly directed. The pacing was also too quick for my tastes.

There was a stark lack of world building and exposition. I was often confused by the plot. Random plot-critical facts were often introduced out of nowhere. Barely anything is adequately explained and the story basically just feels like "humans fight in apocalyptic setting because reasons."

Similarly to the TV anime, there is a fair bit of sexualization in this. And it is equally as shameless. If shameless fanservice is something that bothers you (or you can't at least ignore it), then NGNL is not for you. It is a fairly sexualized show, even by anime standards. Personally, I don't really care, but I feel like this is a point worth mentioning. In my opinion, the sexual elements fit in with the overall atmosphere and escapist theme of the show. To me, the sexualization is just one element of NGNL's unique personality. Others will find it off-putting though, so I definitely want to address this point. Also, the fanservice fits more naturally into the playful atmosphere of the TV series, whereas it is somewhat out of place when it interrupts the more-serious moments of the movie. However, I also recall the TV series having an erotic tone more frequently, so there is a tradeoff in that respect as well. Like I said, this isn't a big deal to me either way but I know a lot of readers care about this kind of thing (either positively or negatively) so I thought I should address it, especially for a series like NGNL.

The TV series had a more-lighthearted mood overall, and was way more fun to watch. Overall I found the TV series far more enjoyable, both in terms of story and atmosphere, as well as audiovisuals. Also, unlike the TV series, this movie has little actual game-focused content. I thought maybe this movie would explore the lore of the TV series a little, but it didn't even do that significantly.


My overall rating: 4/10
This movie lacks nearly all the features that made me enjoy the NGNL TV series so much. The main reason I liked the TV series was because of its unique artistic flavour, as well as its creative setting and storyline. And also the simple fact that it was incredibly fun to watch. The movie does not do any of these things nearly as well as the TV series, and so my viewing experience was quite disappointing. The only redeeming features of this movie are the visuals, which are good overall.

I would not recommend this movie to anyone (unless literally the only thing you care about is visuals). It's hard to believe it was made by the same people who created the TV anime.

 No.38096

>>38094
I watched both the movie and the series and I liked both. I just think you're being grumpy for the sake of it.

 No.38097

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>>38096
Unfortunately my disappointment is sincere.

I have been on a negative streak lately though. I thought NGNL would break the trend.

There are a couple shows I'm watching right now that I'm quite enjoying, so there should be some enthusiastic reviews in the pipeline.

 No.38109

>>38097
hope you find something you like!

 No.38116

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/35639

I watched Just Because. Here are my thoughts:

Overall this anime has an unmistakably amateurish and low-budget feel to it. Despite its flaws though, this story plucks at my heartstrings. In a lot of ways, Just Because is a fairly standard-fare highschool romance story. However, I found that the character dynamics and interactions feel very real. The story genuinely feels like something that could happen in real life. The writing is very down to earth and involves ordinary people and ordinary events. It feels very organic and wholesome. The story in this feels like soil between my fingers – it is so authentic, lifelike and down to earth. I found Just Because very immersive because it felt like a genuine depiction of real life. This is not something that can be said for most anime, romance in particular.

I had this show on my mind a lot. Long after each episode ended it would still be creeping into my mind. Despite it being a slow-paced show with mundane events, I finished it in under 5 days (very rare for me, particularly for a 'low-intensity' anime like this). I always eagerly looked forward to watching the next episode and did not want to watch anything else until I had completed this anime; I was quite captivated by it.

This anime has a unique atmosphere to it. It is consistently very calm and soothing – almost hypnotic. Despite there being interpersonal conflict, nobody ever really yells or fights, or even interrupts. Most characters' emotions are conveyed gracefully. The dialogue is nearly always slow and calm. This might sound like a trivial observation, but these qualities are relatively rare for anime. It's also worth noting there is basically zero comedic relief in this, which in ~90% of cases is a good thing for anime, in my opinion.

Although I've praised aspects of the writing above, one of my main criticisms of this show is that the characters are fairly bland, especially the MC(Izumi). Pretty much the entire cast is bland and underdeveloped, with the possible exception of Komiya. I'm not sure this could have been avoided given the size of the cast and the 12-episode runtime, but it is a weak aspect in any case. Of all the characters, I empathized with Komiya by far the most. Another criticism I have is that the plot does seem to rely excessively on coincidences to make things work. Maybe that is an intentional artistic decision though (recall the title of this show).

I don't particularly like the character designs. A lot of characters have these overly blocky square faces; feels like this is a romance in Legoland. In general the visuals are lackluster and unpolished. I found the character animation very lacking overall as well – even with the simplistic character designs it still often looks sloppy. Very often. In fact the character animation is often embarrassingly poor. However, sometimes the urban landscape does look nice (so many trains, yay!). As a whole, this anime looks very low budget and sloppy. The character animation in particular is often dreadful; I am usually quite forgiving about this kind of thing but it was bad enough to break my immersion sometimes.

I didn't like the voice acting for the male MC; it was very dull and unemotive. On the other hand, Komiya's VA does a good job. The OST seemed alright, although admittedly I didn't pay much attention to it; this is a pretty dialogue-heavy show. I do recall there being some okay piano songs. Also, the music consistently fits the calm soothing atmosphere I mentioned earlier; I recall there being few (if any) uptempo tracks.

I should probably mention this: despite having a significant romance component, this show has zero sexualized fanservice. Although I typically don't really care either way, I know that some people might find that a desirable feature. This is one of the many ways this is a wholesome show. Despite involving romance there is pretty much zero sexualization, which I think is noteworthy.

Between the two main male characters, I found the romance arcs involving Izumi more engaging than those of Souma. This is because the female partners for Izumi were more-interesting better-developed characters, and also because their romantic chemistry was much better. I found Izumi's romance arcs much more emotionally engaging – they have a lot of truly precious moments that made this anime a worthwhile experience.


My personal overall rating: 7/10
I have really mixed feelings about this anime. As I've said, it is quite amateurish and low budget. The character animation is sometimes awful. The characters themselves are bland and underdeveloped. However, despite these flaws I still found it a very captivating show and couldn't turn it off. The character interactions felt so real to me and the writing is very down to earth and lifelike. There are some really touching moments in this anime; it invoked emotion in me. I liked the consistently smooth graceful calm atmosphere as well.

There is also the simple fact that this show avoids two very common pitfalls of romance anime: unfunny poorly timed comedy and intrusive tone-breaking sexualization; simply not making these common unforced errors is praiseworthy.

If you like highschool romance then Just Because is worth a try. This anime made me feel strong emotions. I literally sobbed during the last episode; there was one scene in particular that was a gutpunch tearjerker.

SPOILER-ISH COMMENT BELOW:
I think that Natsume's emotions in general were not demonstrated to the viewer as clearly as they should have been, given the importance of her character. I think I would have empathized with her more if the show did a better job of depicting her feelings.

Just for the record, I shipped Komiya x Izumi really hard in this, in case you hadn't guessed already.

 No.38175

>>38116
The characters seem too normie for my tastes, at least one of the MCs has to a weirdo/outcast for me to enjoy a romance anime

 No.38181

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>>38175
The male MC is kind of an autist, whereas the other core male character is more of a stereotypical 'jock' type.

Education and work are important themes in the show for pretty much all the characters.

 No.38190

just finished shiki. kind of a stupid show. something something vampires have feelings too, as they slowly murder an entire town. if i was supposed to sympathize with them, i didn't.

 No.38191

>>38190
What kind of stuff do you normally like?
What were your expectations going in?

 No.38192

>>38191
idk i just watch random stuff or stuff i see people discuss. this was something i randomly clicked on 9anime. didn't read anything about it beforehand either.

 No.38193

>>38190
I viewed the entire show as one really tired metaphor for the effect that young people leaving rural areas for the cities has on old people. It was still too boring for me to finish.

 No.38197

>>38193
I can see that.
I think it's a little contrived how the young monk falls in love with the vampire loli and defends her in the end. Seems like fighting vampires is his job more than anyone else's, but then the school kid and local doctor were the only ones who gave a shit.


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