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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:53 pm 
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So, as I may have mentioned before, I tend to be watching two shows, an episode of each per day. I try to pick ones that are quite different. Right now that's Haruhi/Mirai Nikki but Haruhi is going to run out soon. For what I'm considering, opposite Mirai Nikki, one of Full Metal Panic, Flying Witch, or Clannad. Does anyone have experience with or opinions on any of those three?

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Flying Witch is super comfy.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:11 pm 
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As for the writing, I would imagine that Monty Oum's passing would have something to do with the shift.

Having now finished season 5, I retract this statement. As with any big youtube show, it seems a majority of its fanbase is children or otherwise people who can't properly assess media properly and think that analyzing an epic before it's done is a great idea.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:05 pm 
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Finished Haruhi. It didn't exactly end strong (Note: I watched in chronological, not broadcast order) but I liked it throughout. Not loved it, or thought it was a masterpiece, but with the exception of one episode Haruhi herself nicely danced on the line between "Adorable" and "Brat" (And the point where she went over is acknowledged in-show as her crossing a pretty dark line). I even enjoyed the Endless Eight -- I don't feel like it drained too much sanity from me and while I do also understand why some people suggested to only watch the first and the last episodes of the arc, I'm kind of glad I went through the whole thing and experienced the time loop. I'm going to be tracking down the sequel movie all the same.

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So, I finished Mirai Nikki. I'd say I enjoyed it? Yuno really made the show, and I liked her (as weird as it is to be rooting for the psychotic, axe-murdering stalker to achieve some form of happy ending) so I guess the show came together alright. The last few episodes were kind of hard, though.

I watched Redial as well -- I was informed that it was necessary to resolve the story and should have just been episode 27. I don't necessarily agree (I think the end and post-credits scene of 26 fill in what you NEED to know) but it was gratifying to see it and have a more accurate sense of how than "Something something murmur ate the core and turned into a phone charm". Also, to see all the assorted characters again. While everything hinged on Yuno, I did enjoy the brief glimpses of the other diary holders (and the friends) we got, so seeing them all again was... unnecessary, but appreciated.

Except maybe Akise. For some reason I really didn't care for him. Probably because of how damn smug he came off as in most of his interactions.

Minene, on the other hand, stole every scene she was in all the way to the end and beyond.


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So I finished Flying Witch. Like Mown said it was super comfy.

I also watched the Haruhi movie. I really liked it and feel like I should review it in more detail because it was, for me, something of a unique experience.

Current lineup: Full Metal Panic (for three more episodes) + Brynhildr in the Darkness

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Regarding Clannad, the first season pretty entertaining, with a decent amount of comedy and sweet moments. It ends digging deeper into drama, and I dropped it early season 2. My main complaint is that it is adapted from a game with routes for each girl, and the show sort of explores each one, and then abruptly chooses one of them as the canon route. I would recommend watching the first season or slightly less. A better show by the same creators is Kanon, which has a lot of similar elements, but put together more solidly.


Some shows I've been watching:
Hisone to Masotan
A socially awkward woman in the Japanese airforce ends up being compatible with a dragon kept in a remote hangar. It's pretty cute and sweet, and has a lot of.likeable.characters.

Hinamatsuri
A psychic preteen appears in a corporate Yakuza's apartment. They slowly get used to each other, and help each other out with their respective problems. There are a decent amount of Terminator references. Of special note, two side characters show up that begin with pretty standard characterization, but develop into arguably the best characters of the show. All in all, pretty funny with some genuinely touching moments.

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 Post subject: Re: Anime
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:54 pm 
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Darlings in the Franxx succeeded to disappoint. Two terrible episodes (the picture book flashback and the Werner flashback) revealed the great mystery. The solution to the mystery was that they put 0 effort into worldbuilding. We are given laziest possible answers to any question you might have about the world of Franxx. Not only are they boring and cliche but they make no sense either. Watching the previous episode I was a little disappointed to realize there was still one more episode to go. Hopefully they at least deliver on some spectacle for the finale.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:16 am 
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I watched some stuff over the past several months:

Kill la Kill: Amazing, would recommend. The OVA at the end was clumsily executed, but I don't think the show could really be "complete" without it.

Girls' last tour: I love the atmosphere of this. It's like moe dark souls.

BNHA: It's shounen alright. Not the most compelling plot, but by shounen standards, it's ahead of the curve even. Some of the characters have reasonably developed motivations, although the villains really don't, and there's not as much character development as I'd like. The superpowers are pretty inventive at least.

Nichijou: I love the character designs.

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Konosuba is pretty amazing. It does the whole starting life over in an rpg world, but instead of being a power fantasy, it's a comedy based around the main cast's ineptness. Half their quests end with them becoming indebted and having to explain their way out of awkward situations. They cause a good deal of the problems they are tasked with solving.
The party:
Kazuma: A boy from our world reincarnated into what he hoped would be a grand adventure. The sanest and most intelligent member of the party. He can't seem to figure out how to quit when he's ahead. Employing dirty tricks to compensate for his lack of strength and exploiting any advantage he can find has earned him a bad reputation. Unceasingly bitter and lazy.
Aqua: When Kazuma was reincarnated he was allowed to ask for one boon to aid him on his quest. He pettily chose the capricious goddess who laughed at the stupid way in which he died. It was a bad choice. While theoretically the most powerful member of the party, she is unable to put her skills to good use. She once tried to bring Kazuma a crate to stand on so he could reach the window in jail. Unable to fit the crate through the bars she walked to the front of the jail and asked one of the guards to deliver it to him. Her stupidity has proven fatal at least once.
She demands to be treated as a goddess, but everyone just thinks she's a lunatic. She makes unreasonable demands of the party and turns into a sobbing wreck whenever things go the wrong way for her. Easily the dumbest party member, nearly the laziest, the foundest of drinking and the worst with money.
Megumin: A young wizard(ess) with an ego problem. She can only cast a single spell- explosion. While it's the most powerful weapon the party has, it's illegal in urban areas, suicidal in dungeons and a single casting depletes the entirety of her mana.If not for her enormous ego and refusal to learn more useful skills, she could easily be the most competent member.
Darkness: The party tank. An extreme masochist who's perversion is repeatedly mistaken for chivalrous dedication. Her overarching goal in life is to suffer the worst fate possible. This causes even more problems than you'd think it would. Other than that
She should be the party's only melee damage dealer, but she wasn't able to land a single blow on an enemy until the second season.
Like Megumin, she could easily be the most valuable member of the party if she were just a little more sane.

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 Post subject: Re: Anime
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:38 am 
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TPmanW wrote:
Darlings in the Franxx succeeded to disappoint. Two terrible episodes (the picture book flashback and the Werner flashback) revealed the great mystery. The solution to the mystery was that they put 0 effort into worldbuilding. We are given laziest possible answers to any question you might have about the world of Franxx. Not only are they boring and cliche but they make no sense either. Watching the previous episode I was a little disappointed to realize there was still one more episode to go. Hopefully they at least deliver on some spectacle for the finale.

Oh, wow, that's a bitter turnaround from previous. You know, I normally don't watch things until they're done, but after earlier comments I watched the first six episodes of Darling in the Franxx. So, I'm kind of curious -- let's play a game. With only the first six episodes to go on I'll make some predictions that seem lazy to me. The game is "how close did I get to the actual thing?" and "Did I manage to be lazier?" They'll build on one another it seems so I'll bold the

1) This isn't Earth.
2) This isn't an alternate earth or paralell dimension or fantasy world either; humanity is spacefaring.
3) the "Magma energy" that the Plantations harvest is world Lifestream -- the humans are really invaders killing this planet for the sake of their empire.
4) The Klaxxosaurs look mechanical, so actually they are -- they're mechas piloted (at least for the most part, the really tiny ones could be drones) by the native life of this world to defend their planet against the invading humans.
5) Like seriously all those cores that need to get speared are pilot pods.
6) Zero Two is literally a human/native halfbreed. They are that human-like.
7) Dr. Franxx is her dad. He's also a reasonable/good human who wanted peace when it was learned this planet had intelligent life but for some reason he's forced to be part of the military/industrial complex.
8) The other adults are overcompensatingly evil and it's made clear they'd want to exterminate the natives even if there was no Magma energy at stake.
9) The last arc will pit the main characters mostly against their High Command. To keep the world from getting killed. Maybe they need to let humanity know what's here that the military has been keeping secret, or maybe they'll totally defect like bloody Avatar, either way works.
10) Feels a bit sad at nine predictions so here's a bonus: Ichigo neither gets over Hiro nor ever gets any closer to 'winning'.

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 Post subject: Re: Anime
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Would it be spoiling anything to say that one or more of your predictions is wrong... but which one(s) is/are it?
SPOILERS You probably don't actually want to read.
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 Post subject: Re: Anime
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If I really cared for proper spoilers I'm sure there's a tvtropes page or something, but...

Screw it, I liked the first six episodes, I'll pencil it in for future watching. I'll just be prepared for Steven King levels of letdown.

Finished Full Metal Panic (a bit ago, actually). I enjoyed it, and might look into the continuations of the story. Current lineup is Brynhildr in the Darkness + Toradora! Brynhildr (5 episodes in) is absolutely fascinating but the villains fail so much of the Evil Overlord List so dramatically hard that I can't help but feel that this story is going to lose it somewhere along the line. Toradora! (3 episodes in) has so far been really fun. I was kind of promised a Romantic Comedy that even people who don't normally like RomComs (me, most of the time) can enjoy and so far it's delivered. I like that even though the setup gives me metatext reasons to believe Taiga and Ryuji are ultimately going to get together, the show is actually working on developing and giving honest, likable personalities to the characters that those two have crushes on. It also helps that most of the comedy seems to be rooted in classic slapstick and the zanier end of character comedy rather than in cringe-worthy awkward moments that are somehow supposed to be funny. I feel some trepidation given the current pacing, though, at the fact it goes on for 25 episodes.

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Did you guys watch Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann?

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I've watched it. I'm one of the few people who think it's just alright and not the best thing ever.

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I'm with you, TPmanW. The first season was a nice adventure and such, but I didn't make it past the first episode of the second season. It feels like such a contrived way to start conflict, and according to spoilers, the ending is also arbitrarily made to be bittersweet.

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It just ends up undermining itself constantly. Speaking of which, I watched the last episode of Darling In The Franxx. Considering where the position the show already put itself into, I guess it was a pretty good episode. Considering. I'm actually hoping Tevish keeps us posted on his Darling progress and opinions so I can see if his disillusionment mirrors my own.

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I will. I'll probably be rewatching it from the start with my wife (We're not afraid of letdown, Steven King has hardened us to it), and when I do I'll actually go episode by episode and post my thoughts here daily. That'll probably be around the start of August so it's not spending most of its run opposite Toradora's so far really excellent romance.

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Currently 2 episodes away from the end of Brynhildr in the Darkness. I feel like it's got too many balls in the air to resolve totally gracefully and I'll be left seeking the Manga or at least the tvtropes page to make sense of it. That said, I've enjoyed the ride immensely even if elements have been hit and miss. Like the lead is way more practical and intelligent about things than most teen boy leads, but the villains seem like the exact idiots certain entries in the Evil Overlord List were made for (while still having an overwhelming advantage and thus posing a very real threat)

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The second half of Gurren Laggan is "We need a bigger robot!!!" the anime.

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