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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.

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This thread can also be helpful for people looking for things to watch.
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 No.37029

Got one more episode of flip flappers to watch but seems like it's mostly wrapped up. Wouldn't say it's a 10 but better than that madoka schlock.

 No.37030

>>37028
Well at least that's somewhat understandable, you could just assume he lost his sense of reason due to being emotionally charged after seeing his own mother dead before his eyes. I think far worse was the ending, where he seems to suddenly become some 1000+iq genius who even predicts being pushed off an exact ledge off of the roof. Not to mention the whole dialog between him and the killer, completely out of character entirely. It was just absurd honestly. For me it was bad before, but the last 3~ episodes basically killed any potential this series had of being above average.

 No.37069

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/32086

I watched the Blame! movie, released in 2017. Here are my thoughts:

For the record, I have never seen the older (2003) OVAs nor have I ever read the manga. I knew nothing about the franchise before watching this movie. Obviously this review will not address the faithfulness of this adaptation to the manga; I am only evaluating the movie as a standalone product.

Basically, Blame takes place in a sci-fi post-apocalyptic setting because machines took over and blah blah blah reasons. The premise and setting kind of reminded me of the live-action Matrix trilogy.

This movie is animated in CGI (well, at least the characters and machines are). There were moments where the character animation seemed unnatural, but overall the characters looked okay to me. By CGI standards, it looked good. Facial expressions were done surprisingly well, which is unusual for CGI animation. Beyond the characters, the background setting looked terrific. There is tons of detail in the background landscapes, which really complements the post-apocalyptic sci-fi setting. There are lots of screencap-worthy frames in this movie. The muted, mostly grayscale, colour palette is suitable as well.

The audio production quality is excellent. Lots of different sound effects really enhanced my immersion. Regardless of the CGI visuals, this movie sounded very realistic to me. Blame's setting is one that can really be enhanced by sound effects, so it's great that this was capitalized upon. The OST is great too, and really well produced. The voice acting is adequate; I liked Cibo's voice.

The plot was pretty generic post-apocalyptic sci-fi material, and fairly predictable. In some ways it felt like a generic Hollywood blockbuster film plot. Although at times I felt like I was missing background information, it was overall coherent and competently executed. The plot was also fairly self-contained, meaning that there were no significant loose strings at the end (a common manga-adaptation issue). There was minimal character development, but the characters served their purposes, and none of them were annoying or unpleasant. Some of the character dynamics were a little corny at times, but these instances were short-lived. In terms of sci-fi stuff, there is a decent helping of cool technology in here, although nothing particularly unique.


My overall rating: 7/10
I found this movie immersive and consistently entertaining. It sounded great and looked good. It was competently directed and didn't have any major flaws. It was a good cinematic experience. Manga readers probably feel differently, but I think this movie did a good job of depicting a post-apocalyptic sci-fi setting.

If you have a surround-sound setup then I'd recommend using it if you decide to watch this (or at least a decent pair of headphones).

 No.37074

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>>37069
>7/10
I didn't expecting you of all people to give it a 7/10, normally you don't even like movies, especially with the semi-mute main character interacting with the others. Did you not find Killy's exchanges with Cibo to not be truly odd? The way she opens up about herself with no actual input from Killy? I mean I understand why he is like that, due to manga reasons, but for you it must have been strange no? He's almost like a final fantasy MC that says nothing since you are playing as them.

Yea I'm so confused that you liked this, the only explanation I can think of is that this movie was seriously moe as hell. Which is probably why I also hated it so much. I'm still shocked.

>the background setting looked terrific

Of course, since its all based on the original Blame.

 No.37075

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>>37074
The sound design was excellent and the setting looked great. The OST was way better than your average anime.

>normally you don't even like movies, especially with the semi-mute main character interacting with the others. Did you not find Killy's exchanges with Cibo to not be truly odd? The way she opens up about herself with no actual input from Killy? I mean I understand why he is like that, due to manga reasons, but for you it must have been strange no?

Movies are typically too short for me to care about the characters (this is why movies are a poor format for dramas), so as long as nobody is annoying or really unlikable then I'm fine. Cibo pretty much got used for loredump purposes in terms of the dialogue, so it seemed to me. I had no issues with Killy. Most of my enjoyment of the movie came from its audio and cinematic qualities. I have no strong feelings about the characters. Obviously I haven't read the manga, so I'm not nearly as invested in the story as other viewers.

>this movie was seriously moe as hell

This is a huge exaggeration, IMO. You are using the term 'moe' very loosely. There were only like two characters in the entire cast who had vaguely cute-ish character designs, and their designs hardly seemed inconsistent with the other humans (and one of them dies in a gruesome way anyway). People are seriously kneejerk overreacting to the (barely present) so-called 'moe' elements. It is really silly.

 No.37076

>>37074
There's nothing wrong with moe, and you can't stop from seeing it everywhere because you have a facile understanding of anime and the culture which spawned it.

 No.37077

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>>37075
>The sound design was excellent
I actually totally thought the opposite, I think they could have done so much more sound wise, and the OST was so off for what a dystopian post cyberpunk world should be. Serial Experiments Lain and Boogiepop Phantom are examples of something carried by their sound design, but I didn't feel anything close to that in this. Even the $0 budget OVAs/ONA's I reviewed here >>36407 had better sound design IMO. I don't think the film ever had a moment as cool as the the mp4 I linked in that same post.

The OST like I said was super off in my opinion, standard orchestra with standard instruments was already bad enough, but then they had these strange folk influences as well which is just so wrong for the setting. Am I not right for thinking this should have been almost entirely electronic? Just listen to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eobrXrsiXc and seriously try to explain why a harp is playing in a distopian horrorshow of a world. Its impossible.

>You are using the term 'moe' very loosely.

Zuru, who might as well be the MC from how much screen time she has, is pure and utter moe. There is no reason for her to exist as a character besides to be a moeblob, which is something that Nihei is obsessed with ever since his daughter said she didn't like his manga Biomega. Sure the setting is gritty and grimdark, but the characters sure are fucking moe as hell. Even Cibo looks completely out of place, and is now pure waifubait at this point. Its moe as hell and I can't see how Zuru is anything but a moeblob forced in to cash out on some waifufags.

>>37076
Pic related, you are objectively wrong.

 No.37078

>>37077
All you did was repeat that the characters are "moe as hell". This doesn't amount to much proof, nor do those images you've posted; do all modern female character designs look "moe" to you?

 No.37079

>>37078
>nor do those images you've posted;
lol delusional

 No.37080

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>>37077
>The OST like I said was super off in my opinion, standard orchestra with standard instruments was already bad enough, but then they had these strange folk influences as well which is just so wrong for the setting. Am I not right for thinking this should have been almost entirely electronic?
Well, I liked the orchestral soundtrack and thought it was well done (will definitely be relistening to it in the future), but this is all a matter of personal taste. Anime/movie producers tend to suck ass at making electronic music anyway, so be careful what you wish for. The orchestral soundtrack will also age way better, IMO.

>Its moe as hell and I can't see how Zuru is anything but a moeblob forced in to cash out on some waifufags.

Even if I were to agree with you, I don't really see what the big deal is. Western sci-fi is usually jam-packed with 'waifubait' characters too, but that doesn't invalidate its artistic value.

>>37078
It looks like a fairly ordinary female character design to me. I'm surprised he didn't pick a screenshot that featured her CGI-animated witch orbs lol

 No.37081

>>37079
What does this even mean? Can you properly respond or not?

 No.37082

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>>37080
>I liked the orchestral soundtrack and thought it was well done
That is understandable, Which it may very well be, but I just thought it didn't function as a proper dystopian Sci Fi soundtrack. There were tracks that I found enjoyable like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3l4sifNTr8, but for every track like that there was a track like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbE7bwlRH3 which just make my head spin back from how off-putting and misplaced it was. I guess if you just rate it off enjoyment then maybe I get you, it just felt like it was for the wrong movie to me.

>Western sci-fi is usually jam-packed with 'waifubait' characters too

Yea, but I don't like it when they do that either. I also think western scifi tends not to be as in your face about it, and handled in a more tactful and mature way. For instance I find Ripley from Alien and Racheal from Blade runner to be far more tasteful than generic moeblob Zuru and robot mistress Cibo. Even cibo's very strut animation signifies sexuality, see vid related. Racheal also has real lore to explain her looks, while cibo is simply a robot mistress for no reason at all besides being waifu bait. There was unlimited options for her design lore wise, but of course it just had to be a waifu.


>>37081
Reading comprehend skills on point, stay in school kids.

 No.37084

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>>37080
>>37082
Also just for reference this is what Zuru and Cibo looked like in the manga. Cibo dressed very similar to Killy, and Zuru literally looks like a futuristic punk from a dystopian world. Nihei's obsession with moe and waifus as he grows older keeps seeping into his newer works.

 No.37085

>>37082
>>37084
>It just has to be waifu and moe and waifus and moe waaaah! Why are there attractive succubi in my media!
Just keep telling yourself that

 No.37086

>>37085
>everything I watch MUST have little succubi and female waifus for me to jack off to, even if the setting is a dystopian cyberpunk horror world
Thats very nice to hear crab, but its not an argument and just makes it look like you belong on r9k.

 No.37087

>>37086
Answer the question.

 No.37091

>>37087
>don't ask a question but tell someone to answer your nonexistent question
Low IQ. Many such cases.

 No.37092

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>>37082
>Yea, but I don't like it when they do that either. I also think western scifi tends not to be as in your face about it, and handled in a more tactful and mature way. For instance I find Ripley from Alien and Racheal from Blade runner to be far more tasteful than generic moeblob Zuru and robot mistress Cibo. Even cibo's very strut animation signifies sexuality, see vid related. Racheal also has real lore to explain her looks, while cibo is simply a robot mistress for no reason at all besides being waifu bait. There was unlimited options for her design lore wise, but of course it just had to be a waifu.
I mean, I could name plenty of examples of mainstream western sci-fi that have nudity and actual sex scenes, but that wouldn't lead to any kind of productive conversation. As I've already said, I think you are seriously overreacting to minor details in Blame and blowing things out of proportion. Even if I were to fully agree with you about the sexualization aspect, I still don't see what the big deal is. I don't find it strange when entertainment for adults contains some sexual themes.

 No.37093

>>37092
>examples of mainstream western sci-fi that have nudity and actual sex scenes
Yes of course there are examples of fanservice in western movies, although I will say that is mostly because of there being romance in the movie. Sometimes it is just pure fanservice, and I would harp on them for that as well. The problem I have with Cibo and Zuru is that there is no reason for them to be such a way, they just don't fit in the world being presented to me, nor is there an adequate lore reason for them to be such a way. Cibo herself is a deep scientist who was just stuck for probably thousands of years as a stationary head, why does she walk/look/talk as if she is robot mistress suddenly? Why is Zuru some moeblob in a world where her friends are constantly dying or starving, all the while killer robots hunt them down as they go for food? Why is she even a focal characters anyways? Did she really add any worth to the show? Could they not just have easily replaced her with an adult male or female, which would have been far more accurate anyways? Well, I do actually know why Zuru and Cibo are the way they are, its very obvious when you take into account Nihei's original designs vs his newer ones.

The reason why it bothers me is because its just fanservice nonsense that actually takes away from the world being shown. How am I suppose to get invested in the atmosphere when I'm forced to view Cibo's comically out of place design randomly do her model runway strut in the middle of a scene? How am I suppose to take the harsh and cruel dystopian world seriously when I have Ms Moeblob blushing and acting moe in most scenes she is involved with? Its impossible to be immersed in such an over the top fanservice riddled show.

Its not just the designs, its the way they are presented as well. The close up shots of faces, the blushing, the undressing scenes, the runways, the lighting, the focus on the females; its all so obviously designed to take advantage of the lower human instincts. It ends up coming off as if I am not being sold a world, but rather I'm being sold a product to make money. Of course all anime is a product at the end of the day, but I don't want that to effect the film or ideas themselves. At least I don't want to be constantly reminded of that fact, and lose any possible immersion or atmosphere due to constantly being taken out of the world by a "WOAH CHECK OUT THIS PRETTY LITTLE succubus UNDRESSING!!!!".

 No.37097

I just finished watching odd taxi. This was a pretty good show for the most part, some parts were even masterful, but the ending was very disappointing. It felt rushed and didn't tie up all the loose ends. Been a lot of good shows with shitty endings this season like Vivy and Megalobox S2.

 No.37098

>>37093
You're a homosexual in denial.

 No.37099

>>37098
Thats very nice to hear crab, but its not an argument and just makes it look like you belong on r9k.

 No.37100

>>37099
>durr not an agugument
Reading comprehend skills on point, stay in school kids.

 No.37101

>>37100
lol butthurt

 No.37102

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>>37093
>why does she walk/look/talk as if she is robot mistress suddenly?
They made her a sassy badass robobitch, and it was entertaining. She had a nice voice and it made it easier to listen to the loredump. I also thought her voice was a cool contrast with her initial decayed-head appearance.

>At least I don't want to be constantly reminded of that fact, and lose any possible immersion or atmosphere due to constantly being taken out of the world by a "WOAH CHECK OUT THIS PRETTY LITTLE succubus UNDRESSING!!!!".

As I recall, there was literally one scene where the group is taking off their armor stuff and it was completely tame and didn't feel sexualized at all to me. Your third screenshot in >>37077 is literally the most skin that got shown in the entire movie. Are you posting from Saudi Arabia?

I sympathize with the principle of your argument about breaking immersion, but as I've already said, I think you are majorly exaggerating. Anyway, I've said all I want to say about this topic, and we are just going in circles anyway. Maybe another wizzie should watch the movie so we can get a third opinion.

 No.37104

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>>37102
>didn't feel sexualized at all to me.
How is an undress scene not sexualized? That's literally impossible, unless for some reason there was some massive plot device tied to it, and even then I would say its sexualized anyways. All they did was have a chat, so why the hell is watching the moeblob undress necessary at all? Its just objectively utterly pointless fanservice at the end of the day.

Take for instance GiTS, it has an obviously sexual scene for its opening credits, but it has an actual purpose at the very least. That is to show off the creation of cyborgs and introduce those ideas of mechanical human beings, while also showing what Mokoto is herself (clearly very important for the ideas that the show discusses). Despite the sexualization, its actually a rather immersive scene itself. The design of Motoko is also far more believable in the world set up by the creator, its cyberpunk and its expected that such a world/character would look like that. Even her optic-camo birthday suit makes some sense, at least compared to Cibo looking like a "sassy badass robobitch" for no reason at all. GiTS is a fanservice ladden movie, but I don't find nearly as intrusive as Blame's, because it fits in the world its set in.

>I think you are majorly exaggerating.

Honestly I just think people are just too used to how much fanservice in put into anime, people end up becoming normalized to watching trash and so filter it out without even realizing they are.

>third opinion

Most likely to side with you, imageboard anime viewers are for the vast majority overwhelmingly tied to waifu idealism, so they will excuse it of course. If you browse threads about this movie, you will naturally see endless pictures of Cibo and Zuru, along with the poster's wish that one of them might "sit on their face".

 No.37128

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Umamusume is emotional & silly but I like it.

 No.37130

>>37128
How typical. Anime nigger can't properly elaborate on why he likes his favorite uguu moetrash for ronery otaku crabs. Many such cases!

 No.37134

>>37130
This, but unironically

 No.37137

>>37084
what the fuck kind of hairstyle is the first pic anyways

that would look so stupid as a 3d model in the animation i imagine

 No.37141

>>37137
Its just braids man, the only difference is that its given slight amounts of anime gravity defying properties. Comes off very dystopian and punk to me, which fits the world perfectly.

 No.37150

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Kumoko ran out of budget at the end. What a shame.

 No.37153

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/31478

I watched Bungou Stray Dogs (all 3 seasons + the movie, the OVA, and some of the Wan shorts). Here are my thoughts:

I generally speaking don't like action anime. I also dislike superpowers as a plot device. I prefer comedy served as a side dish; too much comedy will put me off depending on how palatable I find its flavour. For these reasons I expected that I would not enjoy Bungou Stray Dogs and in fact almost passed on it entirely. Just to be sure though, I pessimistically watched the first episode just in case.

I felt hooked at episode 3 and knew I'd be watching the entire thing. The first few episodes were strong. There were interesting characters with tons of promise.

Season 1 has a good balance between comedy and serious scenes. Don't be fooled by the comedy of season 1 though. Like many other anime, they lure you in with a lighthearted beginning to introduce characters and setting, and then the more emotionally tumultuous journey begins. Season 1 spends most of its time fleshing out characters and setting. There is a major shift in tone from season 1 to season 2. There is very little comedy in season 2 and the tone is far darker. The difference was so stark that I double-checked to see if they changed staff. Actually, in general this anime is all over the map in terms of tone. These transitions are usually handled well though, which I think is a sign of good direction.


Here's a summary of my pros and cons.

Positive aspects of the anime:
- Interesting and sometimes well-developed cast of characters.
- Many of the characters are both likable and memorable.
- Complex (yet coherent) and interesting plot that interweaves numerous characters with different motivations, ideologies, backstories, etc.
- Good voice acting.
- Complementary OST with variety.
- Some of the supernatural abilities are kind of cool or at the very least unique.
- Attractive male characters and yaoi ships.
- Funny comedy sometimes (mainly season 1)

Weak aspects of the anime:
- Large cast without adequate development of many characters.
- Arguably poor direction at times. For example: rushed story arcs, inappropriate comedic relief, boring fight scenes, etc.
- Asspull conflict resolution and all the usual issues with super powers ("muh power is arbitrarily better than yours, and then everyone died, the end.").
- Unshakeable feeling of protagonist plot armour, even from early in the series.
- Using the absolutely insufferable 'rich American' character trope for an important character.

I don't particularly like super powers or enjoy fight scenes. Thankfully the fight scenes in this are dialogue-heavy and/or resolved quickly. Someone who naturally gravitates towards the genres of this anime would probably enjoy it more than me.


My overall ratings:
Seasons 1, 2 and 3: 7/10
Dead Apple movie: 5/10
Wan! shorts: dropped after 4 episodes

I actually would recommend the TV anime to a casual viewer because it's a very easily digestible series. Also a pretty solid 'page turner' — I usually watched multiple episodes in one sitting. I'm not surprised to see how commonly well received this anime was. There is pretty much something for everyone in this show; I mean that in the sense that there are many aspects of it that can potentially appeal to people.


Assorted miscellaneous comments:

Okay animation, not great (not an issue for me). Could be considered a negative if you want to see well-animated exciting action scenes. Overall the visuals of this anime are mostly unremarkable. Probably the only noteworthy things are the character designs, which are pretty nice. There are also nice city landscape frames that appear sometimes.

Good OST. Lots of variety yet it still always complements the scene well. The music definitely enhances this anime. Good voice acting too.

The atmosphere in general is rich. It's difficult to describe but the show has a very 'punkish' lawless feeling.

Direction quality varies a lot. On average it's good, but it varies a lot from episode to episode. Sometimes the show is suspenseful, other times it can be somewhat boring or melodramatic.

All three seasons started strong but I found the last few climactic episodes of each to be somewhat underwhelming. This might be due to my distaste for long drawn-out fight scenes. I also never felt like the stakes were particularly high in pretty much all the conflicts, despite the often epic scale of the events taking place. Unfortunately, from early in the series I learned to expect asspull conflict resolution, or at least resolutions without major consequences to the protagonists. The use of super powers in any story permits bad writing in this respect. I will say though that I liked the frequent theme of redemption/atonement in the writing.

Good characters. This is probably the best aspect of this anime. There are many characters in the cast who are unique and interesting, as well as memorable and likable. I think that the characters really carry this show as a whole, and are a major reason for the success of the franchise. I should mention that the characters are (loosely?) based off of various famous authors, so someone who's familiar with Japanese literature might derive more enjoyment from this series. For example, one of the main characters (Osamu Dazai) is based on the author of the well-known novel "No Longer Human."

There are a lot of attractive male characters in this and a ton of potential for yaoi ships and the like. I'll spare the average reader from my elaborating on this point. There are some romantic pairings within the context of the story. It doesn't surprise me that this franchise is popular among Japanese succubi.


I'll also include my comments specific to the Dead Apple movie:
- the plot and the resulting drama felt artificial and forced.
- plot was confusing and messy.
- the characterization/behaviour for some cast members seemed inconsistent with the other anime content.
- any humour felt like audience pandering instead of anything organic (ex. lazily recycling jokes from previous content).
- overall was simply worse than the TV series, both from an artistic and entertainment perspective.
- for anyone wondering, you don't need to watch this movie to understand the story of season 3.


Here are my comments pertaining to the "Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!" 2021 chibi-style shorts (based on the few episodes I watched):
- these are just lighthearted comedy skits.
- the skits are unfunny and boring.
- much of the comedy relies on the character dynamics already established in the prior TV seasons.
- the one nice thing about these shorts is that they do a decent job of showcasing the voice acting of the cast, which as I've said is pretty good.
- I'm not sure what the point of making these was, besides having a poorly veiled advertisement to broadcast on TV to remind people that the franchise exists.
- I dropped these shorts after 4 episodes. I'm not sitting through 12 ~12-minute episodes of unfunny chibi "comedy."

 No.37155

>>37153
I watched the first season of that and just couldn't get into it, I just didn't know if the series wanted me to take it seriously or if it was a comedy, and I felt like it just didn't work either way.
Very nice animation though.

 No.37180

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>>37155
Season 1 had a bit more emotional whiplash than the sequels, mainly due to it having more comedy. The sequels also focus less on the weretiger character. Otherwise though, the rest of the anime content is fairly similar to season 1.

 No.37250

Finished Ninja Scroll. It was a pretty fun show. How does the older movie compare? The art style for it looked a little nicer.

 No.37251

>>37250
Actually decided to just watch the movie now and I liked it a lot. The art is very beautiful and the smaller cast means everyone is somewhat more interesting. The tone feels a bit more serious, too.

 No.37252

>>37250
I didn't even know there was a tv series.
>>37251
Watch Wicked City if you liked the artstyle of Ninja Scroll.

 No.37279

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/33988

I watched Demi-chan wa Kataritai (not including the ONA), also known as Interviews with Monsters succubi. Here are my thoughts:

This is literally just a typical school SoL show but with a (mostly inconsequential) monstergirl gimmick. That's it. The show doesn't excel at much, and it's not particularly unique or creative. It is watchable though, marginally.

Aside from the novelty of "demi-humans," the characters are pretty bland as a whole. Although, the vampire succubus is a good character; she has a playful personality. I enjoyed her presence in the show. However, the rest of the cast is fairly bland. I would say that characterization is one of the weaker aspects of this show, particularly because it is a dialogue-heavy SoL that features interviews of the main characters.

This anime has a significant 'romance' component, moreso than I expected prior to watching. It's a shallow kind of romance though. Truthfully, the show probably deserves a harem genre tag. I guess this isn't surprising considering it's a SoL with a male main character and nearly all-female supporting cast. Most of the story revolves around the main teacher character helping the demi-humans with their personal problems, and in the process learning about their biological characteristics. This story sounds interesting in concept, but in reality the final product is boring and surprisingly generic.

The animation quality is mediocre but sometimes the cinematography is noteworthy. During some moments (not consistently) the character animation is above average. The image frame moves along with actual character movement, which can enhance the sparse moments of fluid animation. A decent job is done for facial expressions as well. The art style of the anime is quite generic and lacking in visual detail. The character designs are similarly generic.

The voice acting is unremarkable, aside from the vampire succubus who does a great job. The OST is also unremarkable.


My overall rating: 4/10
This is just a typical highschool SoL show, but with a demi-human 'schtick' added. As a whole, it feels surprisingly uncreative for the premise. It is mostly boring and generic, and it doesn't excel at anything in particular. It was just barely entertaining enough for me to watch to completion.

I wouldn't recommend this anime to anybody.

A footnote I also want to mention: one of the main characters in this show is literally a succubus, so her character was kinda funny to me because I've spent so much time here.

 No.37399

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/7785

I watched Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (including the specials), also known as The Tatami Galaxy. Here are my thoughts:

Once I realized that the MC was a self-pitying young man who was envious of his peers and pining for romantic affection, I knew I was going to have a bad time. Seriously, I can't stand this kind of character. If you find this garbage relatable then you need to take a serious look at what kind of person you are.

The two central characters (MC and Ozu) are pieces of shit, and the story consists of them acting like pieces of shit but with some time-loop stuff thrown in. I pretty much hated everything about the writing in this anime. My enjoyment was significantly impeded by this. Most of the story revolves around the MC being the pathetic worm that he is and treating everyone around him terribly, all the while pining for romantic affection. In addition to this unpleasantly relentless theme, the plot itself often feels repetitive due to the frequent time rewinds. This is because the same events and scenarios are repeated frequently, often with little variation both in terms of the facts of the story as well as the style in which it is told.

Visually, the show is pretty creative. The art style in the backgrounds is unique and stylistic, as well as highly detailed despite the constant scene changes. In general, I enjoyed looking at these creative visuals — they captivated me enough to continue watching the anime despite my grievances.

The style of direction and storytelling is interesting. The first-person narration by the MC is unique, particularly in anime. I think this style of storytelling is more common in American movies. Perhaps this is because it is relatively less common for anime to have conventional novels as source material. My main complaint about this storytelling style is that the narration is almost relentless during each episode. What I mean by that is, there is a near-constant info dump to pay attention to, while also trying to appreciate everything that is happening on-screen. I felt like my attention was often split between the visuals taking place and the narrative audio.

On the subject of audio, the voice acting is not bad. It's difficult for me to gauge the OST because of the literally constant fast-paced narrative dialogue which prevents me from hearing the music clearly. I recall there being some not-bad piano music. OP and ED songs are okay.


My personal overall rating: 4/10
As I already said, I seriously loathed both the characters and the writing in this. Furthermore, although unique, I didn't particularly like the style of storytelling. Additionally, this anime became repetitive very quickly and often felt like a chore to watch. The creative visuals are pretty much the only reason I watched this to completion.

To be fair, I am probably the wrong audience for this anime. This kind of story doesn't click with me at all. Furthermore, the focus is entirely on the MC, who is nearly always on-screen. So, in my case, hating the MC's guts is a major issue.

My intuition might be wrong about this, but I suspect that a lot of the people celebrating this anime must find it relatable in some way. At least the college setting is probably relatable for much of this anime's audience.

I will concede that the 'love doll' story arc was pretty funny. It got some laughs out of me.

 No.37406

>>37399
Well I was waiting for this review for a while, and I knew you hated it, but I have to ask though; is having the MC be an awful person such a bad thing? Personally I didn't find him to be that awful of a human being, but even if I did I wouldn't say he's bad because of it. If anything wouldn't that be a rather unique characteristic of his for an MC?

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>>37406
>is having the MC be an awful person such a bad thing?
No, it was just his personality in particular that was like nails on a chalkboard to me. Especially when combined with the relentless monologuing. The self-pitying envious whiny covert-narcissist monologues. Oh lord how it sends a chill up my spine. At times it felt like an anime adaptation of a less-extreme version of My Twisted World.

Maybe I should have made this clearer in my review, which admittedly I worded pretty strongly.

I don't instantly hate immoral characters; it's a personality thing. I mean, Bungou Stray Dogs is filled with immoral characters and I literally praised it for its likable cast. I also think that a good villain can really enhance a story.

I was reading through the MAL reviews today (yes I know, inb4 green arrows), and it's interesting how bimodal the score distribution is. This review (https://myanimelist.net/reviews.php?id=389405) also laments the unlikable MC – nice to see I'm not entirely crazy lol.

 No.37411

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>>37409
>Oh lord how it sends a chill up my spine. At times it felt like an anime adaptation of a less-extreme version of My Twisted World.
You are so over the top, actually made me chuckle IRL. I went and rewatched the first 5 episodes fully and I don't even see how you could take such an extreme perception of the MC. Rewatching it honestly only made me remember just how good this show is. Its amazing how well they intertwine each episode with each other, even though it resets time after each episode you still see nods and acceptance of previously shown events. Its also respectful enough to continuously abridge the repeated sections shorter and shorter each time they are shown. Honestly, I actually love the MC as he is far more human than most anime characters are, his inability to see what he has before him and his tendency to blame others for his failures give him a real character. At the same time he isn't just some over the top showpiece for that, he reactions are understandable much of the time because the show always presents events in his own perception of them.

That is all without even talking about the artstyle or how well the themes are executed on. I don't know how you could hate this show, maybe your hatred of the MC was just that strong, but I can't really understand it.

> it's interesting how bimodal the score distribution is.

Yea until you click on the names of the people who rate the show poorly and see their scores for others things. Where they call Tatami Galaxy generic in one breath, and then rate Fate a perfect 10/10 in the other lol. Not saying all of them are complete idiots; but when I see weed backgrounds, fate 10/10, or hailing Welcome to the NHK as a great show despite hating the MC of Tatami Galaxy (completely failing to notice the similarities of the two MC's) I stop caring what they think.

Also I saw few others who hate the MC on MAL, kind of just comes across as the Evangelion Shinji situation; where they attack the character itself, but not attacking if the character was actually well written or makes sense in context of the show. Idk seems like people can't separate themselves from the MC and always self insert instead.

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>>37411
>his inability to see what he has before him and his tendency to blame others for his failures give him a real character.
Or on the other hand, this is another aspect of his character that is annoying and frustrating to watch, especially when it is drilled into the viewer over and over again throughout 11 repetitive episodes.

>maybe your hatred of the MC was just that strong

it was indeed strong.

>Yea until you click on the names of the people who rate the show poorly and see their scores for others things. Where they call Tatami Galaxy generic in one breath, and then rate Fate a perfect 10/10 in the other lol. Not saying all of them are complete idiots; but when I see weed backgrounds, fate 10/10, or hailing Welcome to the NHK as a great show despite hating the MC of Tatami Galaxy (completely failing to notice the similarities of the two MC's) I stop caring what they think.

I'm guessing I could make the equivalent argument for the people praising it, but in any case this is a silly line of discussion.


Simply put, there were multiple aspects of Tatami Galaxy (including the MC's character) that made it an unpleasant viewing experience for me.

 No.37448

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/12679

I watched Joshiraku (including the OVA). Here are my thoughts:

Having somewhat recently completed Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, I thought it would be interesting to watch Joshiraku with the memory of it fresh in my mind. However, I quickly realized that the two shows are completely different. Joshiraku is a comedy and consists of short skits. The main characters are rakugo performers, although rakugo itself is not a major aspect of the anime. The rakugo theater (usually backstage) is only a setting for the various comedic skits (which are usually unrelated to rakugo). So, don't be like me and expect this to be a rakugo-themed show.

This anime is clever and amusing, but not really laugh-out-loud funny. There is a lot of clever wordplay. It often breaks the 4th wall; it is a very 'self-aware' show. Occasionally it felt boring; some skits can feel a little drawn out, and the pacing of the skits is slightly sluggish at times.

I could tell that some of the jokes were too Japanese even for my weeb ass. There were seemingly obscure references to Japanese culture, history, politics, geography, etc…

In terms of audiovisuals, this anime is unremarkable at best. The visuals are adequate, and provide demonstrations of the jokes when necessary. The voice acting is similarly adequate. The OST is unremarkable and fairly inconsequential due to the dialogue-heavy nature of the show.


My personal overall rating: 6/10
Most episodes got some chuckles out of me, but it was never gut-bustingly hilarious or anything like that — just moderately amusing. I enjoyed how clever a lot of the jokes were.

If you like puns, clever wordplay and Japanese cultural references, then this is the comedy anime for you. It is a very Japanese show in that there are frequent references to Japanese culture in some form — anything from politicians to pop culture to kanji readings to traditional folklore. The cultural references have a lot of breadth. Receptiveness to this will likely vary a lot among viewers. A casual anime viewer probably won't be amused by puns about train station names (or something equally culturally esoteric), but a smaller subset of dedicated japanophiles would probably eat this stuff up.

 No.37453

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Although not recently, this was the most recent anime I finished beginning to end. Years before I've seen this anime as a recommendation and I waved it off as probably not that good- just some random anime about a rebellious dyed-haired kid with the joke being his girlfriend was his right hand. I was pleasantly surprised at how wholesome it was overall.

 No.37455

Took me forever to get through Ragnarok the animation.
It's pretty subpar, I wouldn't recommend it.

 No.37456

>>37453
I loved the manga years ago but never got around to watching the anime.

 No.37459

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>>37448
That's a shame wiz, it's one of my favorite animu. Jintai aired around the same time and it's also up there.

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>>37459
6/10 is the median score for anime I complete, so it's not like I hated it or anything.

Also I'm kind of a stick in the mud when it comes to comedy in general, so anything I say about comedy shows should be taken with a grain of salt.


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