soypower | 05-21-13, 11:25 AM
Aye, I saw it last week with a friend of mine -- it was short, but very (bitter)sweet & overall was rather fulfilling. I appreciated the unusual style of graphic not typically seen in anime. It kind of makes me feel as though I was flipping through the pages of a children storybook, which also have the same tendency to be short but heartwarming & pleasant nonetheless.
As for Master Keaton, it goes without saying that I have high anticipation for anything created by my favourite mangaka. -starry eyes- I'm afraid I still have quite a bit to go before I reach that series on my list, but I will be sure to let you know once I get there.
IllegalCyrus | 05-06-13, 9:23 AM
lpf-chan you are mean. ;_;
weakwithwords | 05-03-13, 3:49 AM
That "Making things clear" part of your about section made me doubt. ^^'
Didn't know you played chess! I tried playing on a no-need-to-register site some hours ago with woofiewilly and he eventually got frustrated by *my* bad connection. I had to redo moves at least once per turn. I'd get that "reconnecting" prompt and the board would revert. To think that that game didn't even have a timer. I lost anyway because my opponent declared me the loser during the time I was still trying to frantically reconnect. >,<
I googled about skype chess and apparently extras were removed some time ago. I'm also under Linux so I don't know if it would have been supported by my client anyway.
This rekindled my wanting to build that generic game that allowed chess or cards. Rules would be up to the players. I still need to do some thinking on how people would be managing themselves and what "basic user actions" such as system should have.
My taste-testing for this season's servings, my last hurdle, Aku no Hana, has not yet been accomplished.
Baman | 04-22-13, 8:40 AM
Eh, it's not really a topic I'm that interested in, I already stated my opinion in that thread. It was pretty hilarious how easy it was to rile up katsu though, so I kept going.
Veronin | 04-21-13, 9:00 AM
I see. It's quite hard to spend time on your hobbies when you have more important things nagging at the back of your head, and even if you do find that time, motivation is another issue entirely.
Well, there is some good news! Sort of. The current season is almost entirely devoid of quality anime, so outside of Shingeki no Kyojin and Gargantia, there's nothing that you are really missing.
Veronin | 04-21-13, 3:18 AM
It has been a while since you've watched anime. Busy or declining interest?
X10A_Freedom | 04-15-13, 1:57 PM
I do not wish to talk to you anymore. You have an actively aggressive personality which adds plenty of stress in my life. The last thing I need to do is to spend my free time feeling stressed.
It is fairly standard to remove people from online "friend" lists after nasty events and this is no different.
Please do not message or contact me again.
solazora | 04-15-13, 1:17 AM
Sorry for taking a while to get back to you. ^^;
I'm glad you liked my review, your comment means a lot! And sure, that sounds pretty interesting. :D
DennyDesu | 04-12-13, 5:37 PM
If you really meant that, thank you. If not, I don't know what to say. But I'm no shy pussy shut-in. People judge me for no reason, I talk back. That's just how the world works for me.
McNagah | 04-10-13, 4:02 PM
I'll be leaving for a while, be back whenever I can.
AbovePsycho | 04-06-13, 5:47 AM
Your anime ratings are so harsh.. lol
Laudandus | 04-04-13, 12:16 AM
I've always dreamed of uniting with people.
Now, at last, my dreams can be fulfilled.
shainabear | 04-03-13, 6:23 AM
Thank you for your wishes, lpf!~~~ヾ(＾∇＾)
You don't have your birthday listed on your profile! When is it?
Jerichow | 04-01-13, 9:43 PM
Hey, I was browsing the forums and caught sight of your proposal to the rating system. While I whole-heartedly agree that there needs to be changes to the rating system, I can't agree with yours entirely.
Please do not take me as some troll, hater, or fanboy of SAO as I score it an average of 6.7, but rated it 7 due to rounding, and that I generally did enjoy it as a show, but admit it had some serious flaws at the same time; I will, however, give you legitimate reasons why I think your rating system is kind of flawed.
"Amendment 1. No score under that of 8 is allowed for anime entries whose global mean score exceeds 8. Most people on MAL are anime connoisseurs – you would have to be to even consider registering on a site like this. To achieve an average of over 8 hasn't happened by accident. It's because it is actually very good. Therefore, negative reviews are most likely to be trolls or fallacious."
- So what you are saying is that as soon as a show passes that threshold of 8 as an average - it will be virtually impossible(rightly so, or otherwise not) for it to fall below 8 again. I will post a very possible outcome to this in which breaks your proposal.
Quite simply, the first reviewer after watching Episode 1(argued as the best episode of SAO by many) posts a bias, legitimate, or otherwise opinionated review of *insert show here* and rates it at 10 instantly(and permanently, by your system) puts it over 8 forever. Now, the show concludes and ends with what would be an average score of let's say 4 or 5 due to an entirely shit ending. This show is locked at a score of 8 because of this system, and receives an unfair rating due to your system's loophole.
- I would propose two solutions, or re-amendments to your idea:
1: If a show reaches a rating count of over 10,000 with an average of 7.0 or higher, any review below 5, or above 8 must either...
a: Have watched the show in its entirety prior to posting the review.
b: Include a secondary sub-section explaining why the show was rated as such.
b2: If a review fails to provide adequate reasoning to the low rating, a moderator can remove the rating and review entirely, and prevent the reviewer from posting additional reviews on that specific show.
Moderators of course, can be voluntary and naturally are expected to hold a higher sense of integrity with the reviews they moderate, so that they themselves don't cause the review system to backfire.
This helps in two ways:
First, it keeps people from posting the, "Rated 1/10, watched 3 episodes of the 25 and dropped it. Total shit show, don't waste your time, herp derp derp."
Second, it prevents lazy trolls, and fanboys from posting over-rated or under-rated reviews too soon, as well as forces them to give a legitimate reason why the show is so good or bad.
Also, on that note, in order to review a show at all, a person should have watched all episodes of that said series. If a person doesn't conclude a show, their review is made on incomplete data. Reviews are for the whole show, not the 3 episodes someone watched and put down because they didn't like it.
2: Keep the review system how it is now, but give a multiple 1-5 star rating that actually shows what the reviewer chose as their ranking for each category. For example, Story: I rated SAO I believe 7, which would net it 3.5/5 stars. A rating I believe it rightly deserved due to less-than-adequate detail in the two years they were in Aincrad, and the inclusion of ALO as part of the series, and not in its own. "Fairy Dance" after all, WAS a separate book from SAO entirley in LN form.
I include the detail about the LN because it is the actual story, not a side-project or Fanfiction added to SAO, but additional material written by the author himself as a part of the main story line; and anyone who wants to really take SAO seriously, should be(not has to be) allowed to read and know about the original source material that the show came from before making a conclusive decision.
On the other hand, I gave "Character" a 3/10 because of the absolutely terrible support cast development and Gary Stu'ing of Kirito, and Waifu treatment of Asuna. Others disagree with this? Well no shit, a review is that, a written culmination of my opinions about the show. Everyone is entitled to one, and just because my friend who introduced me to SAO gave it a 10/10 does not mean I am obligated to rate it highly myself. It is however, expected that people should be reasonable about their opinions, but this is MAL, one of the most opinionated, and rude reviewing anime sites on the internet. The only crowd harder to get along with than the ones that populate this site are the Lv 30 and Ranked players of League of Legends; if you play this game at that level, I'm sure you will understand entirely.
Also, the rating system is there for providing people a means to show what they felt the show should receive. I admit, trolls, haters, and fanboys do tend to degrade the quality of the mean score, but that is their opinion, but the masses that give it the 5-7 ratings I do think make up a large enough majority to offset some of this.
"Amendment 2. Users with a mean score below 7 have to submit their reviews to The SAO Fans Council for approval before being published. It has been time and again established that the majority of these users have no integrity. Therefore, their opinions are invalid by default unless the Council decides otherwise."
- This is an absolutely TERRIBLE idea, and I will keep this one very short and blunt as to why.
The SAO Fans Council.... that name alone should raise a red flag that any review below 7 is going to be all but guaranteed rejected as that "council" as its title states, is made entirely out of SAO Fans. Not reviewers, or strict critics, but fans, people who truly enjoyed this show, despite its flaws; the same people that blindly gave it a 10/10 without going into real detail as to why.
It's been proven time and time again, SAO fans can, and will ignore the reviews, opinions, and critiques of anyone that would otherwise disrespect the show they cherish so much as to openly join a fanclub about that one specific show.
For this reason alone, having to submit a review to anyone besides an entirely unbias Moderator is just asking for trouble and problems.
"Amendment 3. Critical statements are not allowed because they upset the userbase and would lead to MAL's decrease in popularity. Indeed, in order to surpass current alternatives and emerging rivals, MAL must become more user-friendly and critical reviews are actively contributing to the death of the site."
I'm on the fence about this one, because on one hand, I agree, people suddenly bursting out into Flame Wars is a real problem here, and it needs to be dealt with... severely.
On the other hand, I must state, "What, my 3/10 review hurt your feelings because you like this show? Get the hell over it; just because I don't like it as much as you, or that I hated it doesn't mean its invalid."
Peoples' opinions will align with some, and will cross with others... violently at times. Opinions are why an 'average' score is necessary. If everyone agreed SAO was an 8/10 show, then that'd be the end of that. Everyone is different, and while we expect them to uphold themselves to at least some degree of credibility, we have to understand that some people seriously just flat out hated SAO, or any other show we liked, and felt a strong worded review was necessary to get their opinion across. Shit happens.
harmony73 | 04-01-13, 10:28 AM
Yay, it worked perfectly! Thanks a ton man, gonna add my good-ass tags now.
Also lovely favourites you've got there.
harmony73 | 04-01-13, 9:38 AM
Hey dude, how did you make your tags section wider than the rest of the columns in CSS code? I always wanted to have tags but they always seem so messy in row size because there's never enough to fit it in one line.
That Mushishi looks lovely too btw.
SunWukung | 03-28-13, 2:54 AM
Hi, sorry for the inconvenience.
Really, really amazing image. I love Le Petit Prince. Good taste.
IllegalCyrus | 03-23-13, 10:13 PM
nil- | 03-21-13, 4:36 PM
I'll be honest and say I had my doubts on whether the manga would fare well without the blissful soundtrack to complement it. But the fine details here are perhaps unparalleled versus the adaptation (or at least, the first two seasons), something I've never noticed before until having seen the "light". It's not to say that the anime suffers as a result of its weak budget, but the lack of detail -- especially in the architecture, the character artwork, and the subtle body language -- could have made key moments in Animation/Natural all the more vividly striking. And oh my are the stories here impeccably done. Even while somethings feel overly pedestrian, like with explaining gravity and/or recapping things we already know, every short story is at a perfect length, never feeling too idealistic or stagnant which is what the anime suffers from occasionally. Also the chronology here is fantastic, particularly with choosing appropriate stories so that one theme or event never gets too boring, and how every volume centers around a particular season, two thing juxtaposing the anime which in contrast is all over the place.
The atmosphere-building remains phenomenal, likely even better due to subtler elements with the detailing (especially with Akari's body language and the scenery porn). Also, the anime rushes certain aspects like the backwards rowing, and taking away from Akari's anonymous writing (I nominate Ai-chan as weakest cast member ever). There's also the fact that these short chapter lengths bode well with the intermittent feel-good stories, more so than taking an entire episode, which causes several stories to last longer than they should be.
To be fair though, there are rare moments that the anime does better, like Akari crying after seeing the crystal drop in Natural. It was done in two mere pages in the manga, whereas the soundtrack and languid mood of the anime really intensified the moment. But in general, Aria is done better in the manga simply by nature of its medium, which allows one to enjoy the blissful setting at his or her own pace, something uncontrollable in the video format (well, you know, without fast forwarding that is). There's also key measured silences in the manga that's simply impossible to animate, nor are some specific poses in relation to the subtler body language. Oh, and Aria-shachou stays just as useless as a moeblob here, though he's thankfully given less time around in the manga.