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R.O.D the TV
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Kure-nai
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Tenshi no Tamago
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Mazinkaiser SKL
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Mad Bull 34
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Favorite Manga
Blade of the Immortal
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Nabari no Ou
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Kami no Shizuku
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable
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Yozakura Quartet
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Favorite Characters
Kaiji
Itou, Kaiji
Spike
Spiegel, Spike
Meruem
Meruem
Anita
King, Anita
Sei
Satou, Sei
Jeanne Becu
du Barry, Jeanne Becu
Wenge
Kong, Wenge
Houtarou
Oreki, Houtarou
Kariya
Matou, Kariya
Brilliant Dynamites
Neon, Brilliant Dynamites

Favorite People
Kurata, Hideyuki
Kurata, Hideyuki
Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Adachi, Mitsuru
Adachi, Mitsuru
Kibayashi, Shin
Kibayashi, Shin
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Nakamura, Ryuutarou
Konaka, Chiaki
Konaka, Chiaki


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Anime Stats

Time (Days) 91.8
 
Watching 32
 
Completed 271
 
On Hold 33
 
Dropped 19
 
Plan to Watch 207
 
Total Entries 562
 

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Manga Stats

Time (Days) 23.6
 
Reading 22
 
Completed 25
 
On Hold 10
 
Dropped 2
 
Plan to Read 121
 
Total Entries 180
 

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About AngelsArcanum
Good to have my name back. :D

Canadian anime fan/greenhorn critic. I follow any anime that interests me regardless of how anyone else sees it and base my judgments solely on my own experience. Genre and demographic are pretty much inconsequential so long as the story is good. I'm always looking to learn more about critiquing or having discussions about anime and games I enjoy. While it may sound pompous from my mouth, (or in this case, texts) I'm a sincere guy with strong opinions and love a stimulating debate/discussion on anime, so feel free to add me up or have a chat.

First legitimate anime I had ever seen was Inuyasha when I was 8 if you don't count Ghibli movies which wouldn't totally lend themselves to being as distinctly foreign as a kid, otherwise, it would be Kiki's Delivery Service (used to rent it all the time when I was 5 but never got around to owning it, and now I don't remember a lick of it). Watching Inuyasha weekday nights at around 8 P.M. on the Canadian channel YTV (Youth Tele-Vision) after learning about it from an old friend. The first episode I saw was the one where Shippo was introduced and he was being pestered by the thunder gods and whatnot, and I was immediately hooked. Going under the assumption that most "cartoons" and stuff on TV in general have books of sorts surrounding them, I looked around on a whim at my local Chapters one day and found the "Manga" section of the store and started delving into the world of anime and manga. Watching the Bionix anime program block (a.k.a the COOL version of Toonami/Adult Swim) on YTV Friday nights as a stepping stone, doing some research online, browsing anime and manga sections of stores, etc. Here I am 10 years later still going strong!

Things I look for in an anime/things I like:


Things that I give demerits for/things I hate:


How my ratings work:
10-A work of brilliance; any flaws are few and minor. Reserved for the best of the best.
9-Short of greatness; a little nitpick or 2 that detracts a bit from the overall enjoyment, but still totally recommended.
8-Exceptionally good; there are some great hooks that make it worth while and excel in some area but are still held back.
7-Very good; there's enjoyment to be had here and it's worth a complete watch or more, but there are things that hinder it.
6-Above average; worth about one complete run possibly as a time consuming romp, but somewhat unremarkable.
5-Mediocrity; there's some value in watching it, but still leaves much to be desired.
4-Below average; maybe some minor noteworthy things worth a look, but a potential waste of your time or something you can't finish.
3-Trash; very little to be enjoyed here, some peripheral or minor factors are saving it from being a complete waste.
2-Crap; There's maybe one element that saves the show from being a 100% disaster through and through.
1-Torture; reserved for abuse, whether one is masochistic or wants to mess with other people.

My manga favourites for now are comprised of stuff I just generally enjoy since I haven't finished many series at all so any ranks for them are essentially pointless if existent at all. Anime favourites will be stuff that is exemplary in certain regards among my rankings, (which is not to say they are my top 5 ;P) so I gave them extra standings. Mad Bull 34 is the cream of the crop of "so bad it's good" stuff. Normally something ironically funny would only get a little chuckle out of me before I start to groan at everything else, but Mad Bull on the other hand, was genuinely hysterical, and for all intents and purposes, the plot wasn't half bad; sure it is absurd and cliched in areas, but it is still functional. It's loud, it's offensive, it's stupid, it's funny, and most of all it is self-aware (or at least, it's so dumb that you can't take the offensive stuff seriously); avoid episode 4 though, it is flat out bad. Mazinkaiser SKL is the perfect prototype story and general 'popcorn flick'; the pacing is relentless and never takes any breaks, wallows in melodrama or any of that crap, similar to The Raid: Redemption; that being said, it only hints at larger characterization, backstory and whatnot, but if those were there they might make it lose its great momentum, so giving you a teaser about it still works, even the ending(s) open(s) up new possibilities which is awesome. As a bonus, it surprisingly doesn't seem very sexist to my understanding. Angel's Egg is my favourite movie from Mamoru Oshii because it is so NOT Oshii; the plot doesn't simply serve as a canvas for the themes/messages (usually told through exposition anyways), the characters not simply allowing it progress as such, and nothing being too concrete/bound to certain representations while allowing a natural ambiguity to form as opposed to Sky Crawlers which seems to have characters represent certain things at certain times, getting a tad messy. It is very cryptic and minimalist and subsequently unique and thought-provoking to great extents; it tends to be referred to as an "animated painting" which encapsulates it perfectly. Kure-nai the anime is a quite liberal adaptation of its source material which improves on it innumerably and is a shonen anime that transcends the trappings and limitations oft seen in the demographic itself, evolving to seinen levels within its shonen demographic and becoming a very passionate, adult tale. R.O.D the TV is probably not the most universally acclaimed series out there, but that can be attributed to part of why I love it so; I find that despite a little nitpick here and there, it was probably the most moving anime I had ever seen and is a step above my #2 which is my most loved series out of the more acclaimed ones out there. Not only that, but it is a big homage to Western and Eastern storytelling and subsequently epitomizes the medium's ins and outs - both wacky and serious plots interspersed with some down to earth, heartwarming stuff (long story short).

Current Anime Rankings (Top 50):


Top 5 Favourite Story Arcs:


Banes of my Existence (in descending order with part of my hatred of the first 3 selections stemming from their popularity when weighed with their quality and total lack thereof):


Video Games:
Aside from anime, video games are my main schtick I guess ;P. My favourite genres are fighters and RPGs; here's a list of my all time favourites (in no particular order):



Dream Harem of 24 Waifu (lol):


Bros:


The only true moe people:


Other cool ladies:


Characters that I want to throw off a cliff:




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Excursion into the world of live-action media (serial TV)
02-17-14, 1:34 AM Edited 06-16-14, 8:45 PM

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Nidhoeggr | 07-19-14, 9:42 AM
Hmm.. interesting. I hope they close all the story gaps with the DLCs. Is Miyazaki working on it again? Or at least supervising it...

Nidhoeggr | 07-18-14, 1:42 AM
Sup Will, do you have any new info on the Drak Suls 2 DLC?

Jody32 | 07-02-14, 11:16 AM
If you enjoyed Kawai Complex.

You may like:

On the more moe-slice-of-lifey side "Ikoku Meiro no Croisee".
Or if you want something that is more bizarre but is a family themed series "Legend of Black Heaven" is something you may want to look at.

Jody32 | 07-01-14, 12:27 AM
Ah yes, I was surprised by how much I liked it as well, venturing into adoration territory hence the 9/10. Every character had soul and got development almost every time they were on screen, without creating any inconsistencies. Each episode had solid writing and I loved how the characters all melded so well together. Sure it had a cliched environment but I stopped caring about cliched environments a long time ago and focused more on what can be achieved with them and Kawai Complex does that in good old slice of life style. Probably best achieved through it subdued tone and forever developing on the characters as the show progressed.
On top of that its comedy was heartwarming and human, which really boosted my appreciation. You?

LayedBack | 06-25-14, 7:44 PM
Ah, I haven't actually seen the edited version. Personally I'd recommend the director's cut. But considering you seem a little hesitant about the hentai parts, I guess the edited might be better suited to you. Only problem is one of the most important scenes is very graphic in a sexual way, and it's pretty dark too. I'm not sure how the edited version would handle it but it could possibly lose much of the purpose and effect of the whole anime. So perhaps then you might be more interested in watching the Mezzo DSA TV series, which I'm in the middle of and enjoying. Cause honestly, A Kite, as it's meant to be seen is pretty damn risque, haha.

Haven't seen Wizard Barristers, but I'm actually pretty glad to hear someone say that it's a bit underrated. Seems to have quite an interesting concept at least.

LayedBack | 06-25-14, 6:55 PM
Well it definitely isn't for everyone. It's very violent and graphic, and technically a hentai although the sex is more just a part of the story rather than it being an all-out hentai. Someone said it reminded them of a Tarantino movie, and I can definitely see the similarities. So I think it's worth checking out simply because there isn't another anime quite like it. One of the things I personally liked are the characters and character designs, I think that's one thing Yasuomi Umetsu did really well.

And while it's a favorite, it's not my actual top 5 or anything. My top favorites were what I had listed before.

Tengai | 06-24-14, 9:40 PM
You are welcome xD

Tengai | 06-24-14, 12:23 AM
Well, I guess that explains his username. I think I kinda get what you meant by refreshing.
By the way, nice waifus :3

Tengai | 06-23-14, 12:47 AM
Oh, well who is the other user?? Yes, I am an interesting fellow ahahaha. Thanks! :D
So, what's happenin'??

Tengai | 06-21-14, 11:41 PM
Well, I stumbled upon your profile yesterday and thought that you have rare Anime on your "Favorite Anime" list. That's why I sent a friend request.

Schylige | 06-21-14, 8:11 PM
you nerds are talking about cartoons

CodeReverse | 06-20-14, 5:58 PM
Why do you think they are not needed because you think they are not needed? Why are you pushing your ideals? Why is your opinion better than everyone else's? Why is not Polonius' line before his death "Oh, I am slain" pointless? Why is not Hamlet's entire drama before his death pointless? Why are the irrationality in Hamlet not pointless? Why is it only Zetsuen no Tempest's usage of Shakespeare quotes pointless and ruins the show? Why can't characters quote from other works to show only prove the anime is incapable of doing something on its own? Why do you have to deny the style of this show? Why does the word quoting exist? Why is a little too much? Why do you believe everything you say is right?

CodeReverse | 06-18-14, 6:00 PM
Everything you said are completely hypothetical. Please answer why you present your statement that Mahiro would find out Yoshino and Aika were dating far sooner other than you THINK that's going to happen. Phrases such as "it was certainly wasn't needed" are complete pointless because they are just proof less opinions. Argument without support and reasoning are not arguments at all. Yoshino and Mahiro known each other for years and in front of Mahiro, Aika always acts as she dislikes Yoshino and coldhearted towards him. Revealed in Episode 1 opening scene, when Yoshino said goodbye to Aika, she complete ignores Yoshino. Even Mahiro himself said "You shouldn't dislike him so much." If you are the third person, and you believe the 2 friends you have hated each other, would you ever consider the fact that they would be dating? One does not know what the other people really is thinking, one c. an only guess. Yoshino thinks that he can quote Shakespeare to remember Aika, there's no way Mahiro can 100% know that's what he's thinking. Besides, he would never ever consider Yoshino quoting shakespeare have anything to do with Aika because he believes Aika "hates" Yoshino. There's no way they would be dating.

CodeReverse | 06-18-14, 6:07 AM
I admit that I look on the character's side too much, but please do not compare literary watch to some light watch such as Mahouka. Yoshino is not someone who reveals his emotion easily. He has the personality to remain calm and show deceitful emotions as revealed in the show. In the first few episodes, Aika described Yoshino in one of the flashback as someone "who can lie with a straight face." With sudden death of Aika, Yoshino suffers from extreme sadness, but he would not want to reveal it in public. Thus he uses Shakespeare quotes to suppress that part of feelings. It is also revealed in the show that Aika has a habit to quote from Shakespeare. Maybe besides from hiding his emotions, he's quoting them to show remembrance and his love for Aika. Also remember that Yoshino and Aika are dating in secret. They both know that dating in public would not be possible because of Mahiro. Because of this, words cannot be said straight forward. Not only quotes are important to characters, but also for the show in general. Just without the quotes, one cannot relate the show to Hamlet or The Tempest at all. Without the quotes, one would think the show only show that characters read Hamlet and The Tempest without a point. The show meant to have a connection to Hamlet and The Tempest. Analyzing two types of revenge: a revenge with a sad ending and a revenge with a happy ending. Would Zetsuen no Tempest ends up in a sad ending like Hamlet, or ends up in a happy ending like The Tempest? On the other hand, your arguments are mostly based on your own opinions. Please provide some textual or factual support to your argument.

CodeReverse | 06-17-14, 6:23 PM
I apologize for not finishing your entire text. First define "spouting Shakespeare all day.", second assuming 30 "onii-chans" in 1 episode of mahouka is correct, there is not even 30 shakespeare quotes in a total 24 episode show. And also, please do not compare real life time period to anime time period. Assuming you can finish Zetsuen no Tempest in 8 hours, 3 episodes per hour and assuming there are total 30 shakespeare quotes said by any character in Zetsuen no Tempest. But Zetsuen no Tempest is a story expanded over 6 month period, not just 8 hours period you feel. You might feel the show is spamming bunch of shakespeare quotes, but really, it is on the pace of 1 quote every 3 days. I highly doubt after you fix the proportions, one shakespeare quote every 3 days is equivalent to "spouting Shakespeare all day." As i said, you have to step into other peoples' shoes. Instead of looking over something on a macroscopic level, why not zoom in view the micro?

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