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May 21, 4:40 AM
Hey man, could you help nominating MW this week? I'd really like this Blue N Rescue Mission thingy to be a success, so it would be greatly appreciated.
May 25, 2014 4:46 PM
Forgot to mention the second Natsume, I liked the two-part stories, one with Reiko's backstory and the other introduces Taki. Second season is maybe a bit more prominent than the first with reflections on life etc..
May 24, 2014 9:11 PM
Good point that the new LoGH will be a different interpretation of the novels. It could be like Ghost in the Shell: SAC, where there's slightly different character designs and such than the original films. Maybe the new series will have less of the narrator...in the original, the narrator sometimes talked on a little bit too much.
Gurren Lagann was well thought out for that type of show, and many of the characters had complete character arcs, including Simon's. From what I remember of Gurren (haven't seen since 2011), a couple of the characters like Rosseiu were re-written halfway through the show. I'd have to finish KlK to have any more impressions of it. In general, even with huge amount of twists, I've enjoyed the amazing Imaishi works (GL, Panty and Stocking, etc.).
With JoJo, the animation is much improved, as well as the artwork (close-ups and facial expressions, plus the backgrounds are still really detailed). What I like best is the new cast of characters. They're all pretty colorful and humorous. (Example: in one episode, the characters were surprised they had birthmarks on their backs?!?) Jotaro is maybe the least likable of this new team, but still alright. The pacing has really kept up in the first 8 episodes.
Episode 7 (the monkey/ship) was the weakest episode so far. Episode 8 was very good, though. Some confrontations can feel less epic if they only last one episode. We'll see how the fights are managed going forward. Still pure fun in general.
Ping Pong is much more of a psychological drama than other sports anime. We've got a really interesting, fleshed-out, developed cast of characters. Smile has immense talent, but doesn't seem to care as much as others. Akuma has worked his tail off, but just doesn't have the talent. Peco was a star as a child, but has fallen back a bit. China is a interesting guy, too, as the foreign guy with huge expectations.
Episode 7 was an excellent portrayal of the student/coach bond between "Butterfly Joe" and Smile. Animation, as usual from Yuasa, very artsy and fluid.
It takes a much different approach than most sports anime. The character types in this show exist in competitive sport clubs all across the world.
Apr 8, 2014 12:15 AM
I've really let myself go on the comments...No excuse for me going this long.
With Mononoke, each arc is basically (in many ways) the same type of revenge story. There's also the same type of things happening (like using the scales and some of the other tools the Medicine Man carries around). It's presented cool enough to not feel repetitive, but it doesn't have the same type of depth that Mushishi has, so in the end it is not really a Mushishi 2.0.
Kyousou Giga TV finally does justice to the concept after those horrible OVAs. Very good and original fantasy worldbuilding. It's like a combination of Alice and Wonderland and technology with some magic sprinkled in. Also some inspiration from Buddhism and maybe other religions I don't know enough about. Very vibrant art, animation, and character designs. The family was developed pretty well, although some other characters were under-utilized. The exposition of how the world works was integrated seamlessly at times, though there were also some awkward moments of 10 straight minutes of exposition toward the end.
A nice kinda-metaphysical story with theme of family and finding their identity. Better than some of the other recent philosophical shows I've seen (like Gilgamesh, which was awful). No villains, so the conflict feels fresh. Nice job.
For the LoGH remake, the visuals might be improved, but I don't know how they could match the god-tier voice acting and OST of the original.
It's an interesting idea, but not so interesting if it's not new content. But it's a good idea, and good to get new fans into it. The only LoGH anime so far with different animation and voice acting was Golden Wings, and that was pretty bad. Hopefully this does the show justice. Maybe they'll add more fan service for the female characters!
Hard to say much about Kill la Kill until i've seen it. It appears to have the same type of formula as Gurren Lagann, but GL has more Rule of Cool because it had super robots.
GL also had a much stronger message of fighting the power and going against authority; the standard shounen message except 10x more forceful. From what I've seen, the messagen isn't as strong in KlK.
I started Space Dandy and Witch Craft Works, but I'm not looking forward to finishing...:/
Mar 29, 2014 11:57 AM
Hey there ^_^
How have you been?
I really missed writing you, so much has happened and I sadly had to be inactive for a while. I'm living with my dad now (not with my mum anymore) :) Sadly the internet connection here is very slow which makes it difficult for me to watch anime.. (I have to watch through streaming, and even then it takes a long time to load)
I've noticed though that the less anime I watch, the more I'm able to appreciate what I do see - sounds weird but is somehow true. xD Not sure if that is a good thing..
Are you looking forward to any of the upcoming anime for the spring season? (I know - Mushishi of course! ..but what else? :D)
Thanks to the Fantasy Anime League (which I will be joining for the first time) I watched the majority of trailers currently available. :3
Jan 24, 2014 12:52 PM
Like you said, the boxing matches were built up extremely well. Some fighters were especially effective against in-boxing/"peek-a-boo" style, so Ippo had to really counter against that with training/techniques. The obstacles Ippo had to overcome were built up pretty well, to counter-match Ippo's tremendous power.
Perhaps the biggest weakness in Mononoke is that Kutsuriuri remains mysterious throughout the show. We don't know his name and background, or even why he's hunting mononoke. He's the guy that knows more than everyone else about each situation, and he likes to have his version of fun, and get everyone else killed, before slaying the mononoke. I didn't find the Medicine Seller's mysteriousness boring, but certainly anyone who wants to know about him would be disappointed.
The other characters in each story have well-done personality, backdrops, and development (when needed). The show's characters in general work really well for an episodic series, unless one is bothered by how enigmatic the main character is...
There are two versions of the HxH opening song that sound almost exactly the same...Yeah, it's a typical Madhouse job done well (from the 30-some episodes I've seen). Very well-animated, strong characters, and the tactical nature.
Uchuu Senkan Yamato so far is a very good space series. One of the oldest -good- mecha adventures. Plenty of detail into the technology of the battleship. Some of the humor was funny. There were some tactical missions (like navigating through an asteroid field), and some combat with the aliens. The plot was simple, but had some diversity (every episode wasn't totally similar). Sometimes the characters make unusual decisions, but otherwise it's really good. Exploring the great unknown, as you mentioned. It's probably better than Macross in some ways for an older space opera, although Macross focuses more on different things.
Kill la Kill is good fun. The style is obviously from the Gainax team. Not much else to say until I get further into the story. From this season, Space Dandy and Wizard Barristers are all right.
How was the Mushishi special? The visuals were a bit below the series, but the story was fantastic. It effectively portrayed the unique sibling bond the two characters had, and I really liked the overall scenario. The music was atmospheric and brilliant. Great episode.
Dec 9, 2013 10:12 AM
Yeah, in that earlier tournament, it certainly felt like Ippo would face Miyata in the finals, but instead they took a different route with his career. The show was really good at portraying the dangers of boxing. There's the situation with Miyata and his broken foot, the concussion issue. There was also that match where the one boxer's career was over because his manager didn't throw in the towel soon enough, and the guy took too many shots to the head and went into shock. When a boxer enters the ring, he puts his career (and even technically his life!) on the line. That sense of danger was portrayed pretty well. Especially when the fighters have "special" knockout punches. Does Kamogawa throw in the towel, or risk Ippo's career and continue the match?!?
Miyata leaving Japan was also one of my favorite arcs, as it gives the show a sense of failure, and trying to recover from it.
Some parts of Season 1 was straightforward, but there were some surprises, as well. Ippo's first title match against Eiji was pretty good, and I couldn't clearly tell who was going to win. I was surprised when Kumi-chan was Mashiba's sister, and Miyata's matches in Thailand were excellent. The last fight in Season 1 was also done really well.
The show wasn't always effective at portraying Ippo as an underdog, since he won most of his matches. Also, the humor becomes more similar as the show goes on, but still pretty decent
Yeah, every fighter (and sometimes his family) are fleshed out in a very down-to-earth manner.
Interesting notes about the pacing issues in Ippo sequels. I'll give those sequels a go, and see how it is.
I went through Chihayafuru 2 recently, and I feel like it was still pretty enjoyable. Some matches were way too quick (like Chihaya vs. the Ice Queen), some were a bit slow, and some had perfect pacing (like the team tournament final, which was satisfying.). I liked it well enough, but it still needs another season for closure.
I'll give the new sports title a go eventually, maybe when they're finished airing.
Mononoke was awesome. Art and animation are eye-popping, to say the least. The art style feels like it is on parchment paper which gives it a really unique feel. It's like a classic, old picture-book come to life. Gankutsuou had a similar coloring style, but the background texture was different The character designs are very unorthodox, and stand out from the typical anime. The animation is "slide-show" animation done right. Even though most of this was a set of moving pictures, there is always something happening on screen, and it was usually suspenseful. SHAFT could learn from this show...The music is done with traditional Japanese instruments, and fits the series well. The premise is bizarre, but very well-realized. The portrayal of evil spirits manifesting from peoples' desires or regrets gives a representation of the dark side of the human condition. The Umibozu arc, digging into the characters' worst fears, was particularly effective.
Overall, Mononoke feels like an epic journey, and it takes full advantage of the medium (creating a unique visual experience).
Planetes was also a great watch for me. It contains a lot in 26 episodes...there's some drama, action, romance (done well, not with weak male lead and tsundere girl or whatever). It deals with heavy themes, like the effects of isolation and loneliness. There are some political aspects explored, as well. Definitely worth a watch if you ever have time.
Is Hunter x Hunter remake one of the best shounen you've seen? Also, does Kyousou Giga TV finally make sense? Both the OVAs were pretty bad...
Nov 15, 2013 12:06 AM
Hmmm, what do you think makes an exceptional sports title?
I feel like Ippo is a notch better than other sport shounen (like Kuroko no Basket) in a few areas. There is better characterization and match build-up in Ippo (partly due to the amount of episodes, but also better writing). Also, the matches in Ippo have some sense of believability compared to Kuroko (although maybe not as realistic as Ookiku Furikabutte). I still like Kuroko, though...:)
Nov 1, 2013 1:52 PM
Aw c'mon, you made it look like it's a few percent higher! Do you guys have more shared anime?
I often do the same. I'd say that the fact of me having a Kino theme and not seeing the anime is a lot more awkward. I wouldn't say Samurai Champloo is similar to Bebop. Influenced, yes, but you wouldn't see many similarities.
Nov 1, 2013 11:34 AM
Wait, there can be such a high compatibility!? Madness...
Yeah, I even have a Kino-themed list. It's been on my planned list for a very long time, but whenever I'm looking through it, this title seems to fly past me unnoticed and I pick something else. I'll definitely watch Aria and Kino after I'm finished re-watching LotGH and Samurai Champloo - I'd highly recommend the latter if you're looking for a more laid-back story.
You know what they say: kids can talk without words. Now that I think of it, we probably picked-up each others languages without even noticing.
Oct 31, 2013 3:45 PM
Just when I thought I've seen the highest compatibility, I've stumbled upon your profile. It's like we're long lost brothers! ^^
Seems like I'll be watching Aria soon... Winter's coming and Ifeel like watching some slice-of-life.
Btw, I once had a Slovenian friend as a young kid. I remember when she'd speak Slovenian and I'd respond in Polish, we were able to communicate almost perfectly. On rare occasions we'd throw in a few English words. Ah, dem good times.
Oct 16, 2013 1:36 PM
Sep 11, 2013 11:13 AM
More Rose of Versailles:
The show has a great blend of historical events with some fictional events and characters. It's able to make history very entertaining for most people, not just history buffs, I'd imagine. The Affair of the Necklace and the storming of the Bastille are very famous, and portrayed very well in the series. Oscar adds a personal feel to this time in history. Good point about Louis XVI ignoring his duties and smithing locks.
Even Marie Antionette fades away in the second half of the series, after her focus is over. She's not really in the last third of the series much, but then in the last episode, the series points out that she was executed... Ultimately, it's Oscar's show, and the series follows a more commoners' perspective in the second half. The show might have been able to write in characters like Polignac in the later part of the show, but with show's shift in focus, that would've been tough.
The production values of this had some issues. There's some repeated footage, and some coloring mistakes (one scene had a character in a crowd with a blue face). For being made in the 70s, still pretty good.
Hajime no Ippo is pretty fun. The timing of the humor is really good, and makes me laugh a few times. From episode 8, I wonder
how many boxers have that kind of "diet". It must be tough to stay in a certain weight class. Starving is no walk in the park...
There's some good insights into boxing training and techniques.
Aug 26, 2013 9:36 PM
While you were on vacation, I went through Rose of Versailles, and it was great.
This show does a really good job of portraying both the upper and lower class in this time period. Not only do we see the political machinations inside Versailles, but we also get the view of the commoners, what they think of royalty and their own living conditions.
The very first part has typical court drama, with other nobles trying to befriend of sabotage the Queen. The shift slowly moves over to Oscar, though, and things get more interesting. There are a couple memorable moments in the first part, like when Oscar blocks a bullet with her pistol during a duel!
Starting with the Affair of the Necklace, the series really hits its stride. After that point, the show is very suspenseful with plenty of plot twists. The Black Knight arc was also great. Finally, Oscar's time with the Royal Guard showcases a ton of character development from her, and is a splendid way to end the series.
One theme that's constant in this series is romance that can't work out due to the circumstances in Versailles. Fersen and Marie Antionette were in love with each other, but that couldn't work out. Then Oscar loves Fersen. Later on, Oscar realizes her feelings for Andre, but by then it's too late. (Well, maybe it's not too late, since they got together, but not for a long affair).
Oscar's struggle for her own identity is one of the best themes in this. Oscar was raised as a man, and she wants to stay like that for a while (even when her own father wants him to get married as a woman). Andre has the most memorable line for her (A rose can't become a lilac!). By the end, Oscar sort of comes to terms with herself.
(The anime did a great job portraying Oscar as a man; I had to go through what I just typed, and change "him" to "her" a few times, lol!)
Overall, a really good historical drama. The ending was great, as well.
Any thoughts in general that you can share about the series?
Aug 24, 2013 8:41 AM
I'm not entirely sure, but I think they've said they will be doing more DLC characters at a later date.
Admittedly if Diego is not ever in it I will most likely punch a helpless dog. Because that's the way Araki would want it done.
Incidentally, it really annoys me that Johnny's listed manga is JoJolion, considering he appeared in all of 2 freaking chapters of it.
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