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My specialty is about IT and physics, but I have a lot of interests different from this field. History, philosophy, studying various cultures, arts and especially literature - I pay them attention almost equally. But to be honest, I don’t even read many books that many people think as must-to-read, so I ask of your indulgence and understatement. Learning is my passion so I will always be grateful if someone will try to explain or just point out my mistakes ^_^ For most cases I listen people and try to understand them, so there is no need for silence, if you want to say something.

I'm learning Japanese language and hoping to read ranobe and watch anime without "brilliant" translations. I'm quite interested in Japanese culture and history especially Sengoku period or Bosin war (right before Meiji Restoration). But I don't see Japan as ideal country as it has a lot of problems and social difficulties.

I find anime interesting because of influence of Japanese storytelling tradition where characters are main key of the story. It's approach to characters are less analytical and rational in comparison to modern Western culture. This is crucial for me as I prefer smart humane characters with wide range of emotions. I favor manipulative and strong willed characters over simpletons who wins only because of friends, moral superiority or some unique omnipotent power. I generally dislike shounen type of heroes and shounen genre itself.

Neither do I like piles of hidden meaning and symbols. For me unraveling them is just mind game which doesn't worth the time. And I also don't like modern detectives there you just can't figure out murderer from the beginning simply because of lack of information. And generally I just don't like then author hiding important information from audience only to heighten suspense or attract attention.

In short, my criteria for anime:
1) It should have naturalistic characters closer to real humans as possible. Huge plus if characters are changing as plot develops.
2) Focus on characters and their actions, not symbols. Huge plus if ideas are shown through characters actions. Huge minus if character are determined by this one idea (see 1).
3) Audience attention control techniques should be kept to minimum. I won't watch the show just to figure out who's the killer or villain or what would be next.
Just three criteria, lol. But they are quite difficult to match.

For now, these criteria matched by:
1) "Spice and Wolf". Absolute winner.
2) "Dantalion no Shoka". Well, almost ideal, but I likes its focus on literature =3
3) Kino no Tabi - quite good, narrative techniques close to classical.

And there are animes which I like just for certain qualities:
1) Monogotari Series - good characterization and Nisio Isin postmodern, brain exploding storytelling. This makes series so enjoyable so I can't be objective about it, lol.
2) Irregular at Magic School - BEST MAGIC SYSTEM EVER. Hell, I don't care about plot, characters, music but setting is perfect blend of philosophy, modern physic and IT. I seriously wonder which academic degree has author of original light novels.


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superzarop | 08-14-14, 4:53 AM


Sorry for the late reply, been kinda busy lately.

hamammm | 08-14-14, 12:19 AM
A good anime, in the eyes of a member of an audience, isn't solely determined by how original or unique it is, that's true. While I acknowledge this fact, it still does take a basic understanding of the plot and the elements that make up a complete story, in order for one to be able to say "I loved it" or "I hated it". So before we even consider whether an anime was "unique", and whether that made the anime "good", we have to touch base on what actually happened in the story that we do consider, unique and original.

Let me get to answering your questions.
1. Why did Shichika fall in love with Togame so quickly? The answer is simple. We know that he's been isolated since birth, on an island with no other humans except his father (who he killed), and his sister. As a result, he doesn't have any experience with love, or even basal social relationships. From there, the sudden appearance of Togame by his side (who more than obviously becomes attracted to him), along with the somewhat crazy journey the two agree to take with each other, along with all the experiences they share and all the daring and dangerous situations they go through, are more than a strong base from which a relationship and feelings of love could develop. In addition, at first, he wasn't exactly "in love"; he was just fulfilling his duty as Togame's tool. It wasn't until later on in the series, and quite possibly until Togame's death, when he actually realized that he had feelings for her, in which case, you seem to misunderstand that Shichika's love for Togame was love at first sight, without reason and without preconditions.

2. You present a fine, and perhaps, logical approach to the solution of taking over the shogunate through some backhanded dealings and assassination plots. You wonder why Togame didn't take this course of action, but you also answer your own question. First, there's a reason you can't simply "draft" the deviant sword users to join your cause - it's that they're deviant sword users. They really don't care about other people, and at best, you could only get maybe 2 of them to join your cause, and that's a gigantic overestimate, and probably not possible with Togame's "well-thought-out-schemes". In addition, Togame IS emotional and naive. That's the entire point of her character. She claims that she is cold-blooded and strong because she is afraid to show her faults to anybody around her - proving her own naivety. And her intention to kill Shichika? Another factor to consider. Togame isn't supposed to be the perfect model character, with perfect plans and methods to achieve her goals, it's the opposite. She's a naive girl, who had giant plans, and couldn't hope to accomplish any of them without the help of Shichika. You wouldn't even have a good ending bit of the series if Togame just beat everybody up, killed the shogun, killed Shichika, and became the new ruler. If it were that simple, she wouldn't have needed to hire Shichika in the first place. Also, the shogunate's castle may look impenetrable, but you can't really tell if you're just looking at an animated picture of it... So making judgments like that doesn't really shine a light on "what could have been done".

3. Hitei-hime. Coming from a bloodline of soothsayers, that have actual powers, and descended from Shikizaki Kiki, she has the duty to change history, and to save Japan. If your entire family and ancestry has foreseen the destruction of a country, and know that they must do what they can to prevent it, I'm sure it'd be a big deal to you. In addition, I'm sure her upbringing was geared towards training her to become this history-changer, because if it had been foretold a 100 years ago, it would be the next step to take to ensure that history would be changed. Also, Hitei couldn't kill Togame earlier, because at that point, she didn't know that Togame was actually Princess Toshu. She had to kill her in the end, even though she liked her, because Togame's existence would bring about the true history, the one that would destroy Japan. So they don't share the same goal... they're far from it. Togame's goal is to get revenge for her father's death, whereas Hitei's is to stop the destruction of the country. Having one achieve their goal would inherently mean that the other could not.

4. Shikizaki Kiki. I'm pretty sure there's something called nationalism that goes on in lots of places. Why do we die in wars, fighting to defend our country? Why do we advise our children to watch out on the streets at night, so that they don't get run over by cars? It's because we know things happen, and we want to prevent them. It's because we want to sacrifice things precious to us, to defend something that is, perhaps even more precious to us, and to our offspring and their offspring, i.e. our country. He created the swords, so that he can change the future, so that his country didn't get destroyed. I think that's a fairly obvious fact you can glean from his motives, and the flashbacks it gave you of him. In addition, most of his values have also been passed onto Hitei-hime, so you can apply those there as well. She, like her ancestor, also will do what is necessary in order to save the country, probably because she also cares about the future of her own country, which isn't that strange if you think about it. Also, in this case, I don't think Kiki is a deus ex machina. I think that's what you call backstory and events that happened in the past.

You say that because it is a "shounen", the characters are fundamentally flawed, and cannot be characterized. That is a fallacy. Whether or not a show is geared toward a certain audience has no effect on how well the characters are written at all. Generally, because the series is trying to resonate with a certain target audience, characters and their motives can incorporate themes that do reach out to that audience, meaning many shounen characters may share characteristics. While this may be true, in no way does that make those characters, bad characters. I could say the exact same thing for any targeted series, whether it be josei, shounen, shoujo, or seinen, and criticize every single anime for some aspect of each target audience categorization that makes it harder to create a good story in a certain aspect or other. But I would be dead wrong. Even in the shounen genre, there are literally thousands of characters, that are well written and thought out, and have their own adventures to follow through. Dropping the brick on every single shounen character for "not being able to be developed properly because they simply exist in a shounen anime" isn't a valid point. In addition, if you want me to believe that shounens have some "fundamental limitations" ,then tell me about some of these limitations, and how they apply, else, don't bag on an entire target audience without good reason.

Nisio Isin doesn't need you to "acknowledge" his work - he could care less. And as to whether the characters had enough time to develop fully, comparing his other work, the Monogatari series, with the Katanagatari series, doesn't make any sense. I love Monogatari, and I love its characters. Just because Nisio Ishin wrote both of them, however, and has less deaths in one series or more character development because there was more screentime for less characters in that series, doesn't affect how good the actual work is for what we're talking about here. Katanagatari utilizes its entire cast effectively, in which every character has a significant role in driving an element of the plot, and has enough effort spent on backstory and characterization that you don't actually need more. Just because there are more characters, with less divided screentime, doesn't necessarily mean worse writing or horrible characters. If each character accomplishes their original purpose and doesn't make me forget that character as soon as I've completed the episode that he/she came out in, I would say that the characters are fairly well written.

In the case of Katanagatari, it's a good representation of a classic shounen plot, filled with vibrant characters and interesting backstory, with minimalist and fluid action sequences, that serves a clear message to the audience about revenge and unwillingness to accept or adapt, and will continue to be popular with viewers all around the globe. Because it's well-written.

I'm sure that there are similar elements between Katanagatari and other shounens, but looking only at these facts because the rest of the reviewers focus mainly on the differences, then saying that it is a terrible series just like every other shounen doesn't

And addressing your first point last, depending on the writer and execution of the show (and also the fact that each katanagatari episode is roughly double the length of any other standard anime episode), I would say that it is completely possible to write a good character with enough on the plate to drive the plot, and to remain memorable to the audience observing it in motion. It was unnecessary to mention what the three sizes of every female character in the show were, or what one of the Maniwani ninja's favorite colors is. In the end, every character served its purpose, and had just enough backstory and characterization to allow readers to understand the why and the how - in other words, the characters needed no more, and no less development.

Hope you didn't find me too rude, but if you're going to publish a public review, I'd advise you to 1. understand the entirety of the plot and whatever else you'd need to have understood to be able to tell it all back to another person and 2. not debunk an entire target audience merely because you "think" the characters cannot be developed in that field before publishing, because that kind of uninformed information can really lead to a person's rejection of an otherwise, great show.

hamammm | 08-12-14, 9:53 AM
Read your Katanagatari review. I don't agree that it tries to do too many things at once, and eventually fails at all of them. Audiences have to take Katanagatari for what it really is - a classic adventure/action story with stellar dialogue and character relation building, with little twists and turns and interesting bits that make it the show that it is.

"Unique and original". These are two things that every anime strives to be - and generally, accomplishing these two feats almost ensures that the anime will be successful. The easiest way to achieve this is to create a unique and interesting storyline or adventure. Katanagatari does the opposite. Like its successor, Bakemonogatari and the entire monogatari franchise, plot takes a backseat while the character cast and dialogue take their places as what truly drive the plot and the overall entertainment and enjoyability of the show. This isn't just some random shounen that tries to be dialogue heavy - this is an intelligently done portrayal of a gigantic cast simply using the context of a simple action/adventure story, that in the end, doesn't really matter in the face of the actual character relationships that develop and development of the actual characters themselves. And therein, lies the problem with your review of the show - it isn't a shounen that has Nisio Isin writing little bits and pieces of it, it's a Nisio Isin work that utilizes the genre as just another setting he can make unique characters shine. Oh, and every character's reason for looking for the swords seems pretty simple and straightforward. And their reasons aren't shallow either, especially because it's not a shounen where the main characters MUST find a way to gain ultimate power to save the entire world or universe.

superzarop | 08-10-14, 2:29 AM
It's certain that many animals possess certain degrees of consciousness; I've heard of the mirror test you've described as well. Speaking scientifically, I don't think consciousness possesses any quality which doesn't arise from biology. The question is really how it exists. Can it be considered its own entity, or should you see it as illusions caused by billions of electrical impulses i.e. information? If you were to visualize consciousness, how would it look like? A giant hub connected to lots of smaller hubs by a giant web of nerves?

Speaking of copying and pasting, I'd say that's where the main problem lies. I doubt anyone would want to, in essence, make a superior clone of themselves, and then agree to die. Even the the clone, or in this case the cyberbrain, carries on the will and memories of its owner, the owner (who probably wants to extend his/her life) still needs to be killed. I don't think your reason of "a state of particles" would suffice to convince them. The state of particles still create a sense of self and uniqueness which is completely detached from any of its copies, so the other copies are really irrelevant to the original. Any cyberization must proceed without breaking the holistic self, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, if there was a machine with a cyberbrain with a structure and connection which at a given moment is identical, down to the quantum state, to a human, can you then say the machine has consciousness? Would you want to be such a machine, even though pragmatically speaking you lose no significant functions and gain much more?

Of course, there are a range of technical problems which make this technology distant if not impossible. Another issue is the human instincts, such as libido, which many psychologists believe to be pivotal in our subconscious which in turn affects our consciousness. Other things such as hormones also affect our consciousness in ways we can't feel. If one was to exist as a solely electronic entity, the software or hardware needs to take into account all of these so that the person remains how he/she actually is.

About information, that sounds kind of bad in that if a person was cyberized and, he would then have to constantly copy and delete his consciousness for travelling through servers and all that. At any given moment, the consciousness if aware of the past and the present, but will at the next moment be disintegrated and pass on its knowledge to the next state. Would that be considered a single entity of consciousness? The only way to not break the holistic self, if such a thing even exists, is through teleportation as you mentioned. I doubt teleportation will ever be possible to physical beings, but should be more doable if a person existed as information.

superzarop | 08-09-14, 3:51 AM
I do agree that the writer of SAO wants to demonstrate the potential benefits of VR. But I think that SAOII’s message isn’t limited to the therapy part. The therapy is simply an example, and I think it’s used to show how the real world is connected with the virtual.

Looks like you're a techno-optimist like me, though you should know much more about technology than I do. I do hope that we will pass the singularity and witness the replacement of the restraining physical world with VR. I'm even hopeful that I'll live long through it considering the improvements in medical technology. It would then be necessary to slowly replace pieces of our physical bodies, which can get fuzzy because we can't be sure of what's really us. What do you think of this?

The more traditional belief (disregarding conservatists) is that the brain -parts that account for thought rather than automatic functions like the brain stem - makes up the "person", and that you can keep being yourself as long as modifications aren't intrusive to your brain. However, if the parts that account for your personality is slowly replaced, part by part, by electronic versions which store identical information and neural pathways, then it is arguable that you can be yourself even after your entire physical body is gone. An even more extreme method to do this is through nano-technology, which could do it molecule by molecule if the technology allows for it. Of course, that's not to mention that every particle of your body would be replaced by 10 years, so yourself now would not share any atoms with yourself in 10 years time, so this replacement of self happens naturally. Do you think we are still ourselves at that point?

If we were to take it one step further, we could then upload our consciousness (once it's already fully electronic, not before that) into servers so that we can cease to have a body altogether. But is electronic information ever simply transferred? Is it possible at all to move information from one storage to another while at no time copying or deleting old information? One way this might be possible is to, just like when supplanting the biological brain, to do it in extremely small bits at a time while always maintaining the connection between the old parts and new parts so that they are always a single entity. Maybe you'd know more about this since you study IT.

Of course, all of this takes a lot of assumptions. It's assuming that we do not become extinct, can safely pass the singularity, that no restrictions are imposed on technology, that it can be safe to store such information electronically, that everything mentioned above is actually possible, that the brain can be perfectly replicated down to the quantum level. Though talking purely hypothetically, it begs the question: at what point is your "self" lost in this chain of cyberization? Though some cyberpunk or sci-fi works delve into this topic, they mostly deal with practical issues such as the possible dangers of it. I haven’t seen or read anyone which answers this philosophically; maybe you have?

Many philosophers see consciousness, without delving too deeply into each school of thought, simply as a metaphysical concept which transcends our physical bodies. With that stance, as long as all the functions and thoughts of the brain are perfectly kept, then the "self" isn't really lost at any point just because it's physical form is changed.

Then there are people that think consciousness is a purely biological function. From that standpoint, complete cyberization may well eradicate the “self” at some point. Interestingly, the metaphysical point of view is the more traditional stance which has been there for thousands of years, but it is still more compatible with cyberization than the modern biological stance.

Anyway, what is your stance on this? Or do you think it’s too irrelevant and impossible to even be considered?

superzarop | 08-08-14, 10:17 AM
Oversimplified barely starts to describe it; I'm glad you agree. But that aside, how did you even find my review? I'm sure it's buried at page 5 or something by now.

About SAO, you should first understand that 1 is too too low of score from me, since more than 1/4 of the shows I rate receive a 1. I briefly explained my stance on SAO to Xiaraith, the other day, so I'll paste it here.

"SAO1.1's is fun and all, but didn't save it from the drop. The shitty story is it's weakest part (and fuck Yui and her episode). The extremely fun ministories (first guild, Silica, Lisbeth, master detective assassin's guild, fishing) are what made the show fun while it lasted, but they account for less than 1/3 of the show.

Sao1.2's (Alfheim Online) story however, is just unbearable . Couldn't watch past one or two episodes of it, and I just read the novel and watched the last episode instead.

Scales are always relative anyway. 27% of my ratings are 1, so it just means that SAO1 belongs in the bottom quartile of the shows I've watched. As far as enjoyment goes, I'd say SAO is more entertaining that 27% of the shows I've scored, even including the horrendous second arc, but enjoyment is only 1 part of the rating."

SAO II is, so far, a big step-up from the previous arcs. Having it on my favorites is a joke. Basically, Shinon saves the show.

Sinon's philosophical conflicts are interesting; she says that the game world and the physical world are completed disconnected (ep 5, contrary to Kirito's belief), but deep inside she wants to believe that the virtual and the physical are connected in some important ways, because that's why she opted for that therapy in the first place.

Also worth noting is how differently she acts in the real world and the physical. She's often pretty weak-minded in the physical world, but in GGO she's vicious, fearless, and can almost be seen as a bully herself considering the condescending attitude she has to other contestants in episode 5. Perhaps it is because of her innate need of fairness(which a game and a tournament provides, but not real life)? She has the strength that she desires all along, but can't really show it in the real world. It's surprising how SAO managed to have a multifaceted character.

Also, she so fucking cute. Her tsun tsun in ep 5 is, like, the best thing ever.


Spacenoid | 01-18-14, 4:22 AM
Perhaps you’re not too familiar with the dystopian genre, because Psycho-Pass is textbook dystopia — and a rather interesting one at that. It just fails to make proper use of its setting… Just because Psycho Pass doesn't feature totalitarianism like others doesn't make it post cyberpunk, because thats a whole different genre. Totalitarianism is only one characteristic of a dystopian society, and PP is clearly totalitarian in its nature as well, it doesn't take it to the extreme as much as 1984, but both worlds have a system which rely on surveillance.

Raptor1221 | 11-25-13, 1:18 PM
It more alludes to it in its gags from time to time and the charcater names usually are based off historical figures and its meant to be that the "amanto" are westerners. Also SAO simply shows whats its talking about and states its Morales. It doesn't really develop or symbolize anything that much. Its fun at times, but "deep" no. For a modern literary example its similar to "the hunger games" not that good not that deep states its social commentary, but does little to actually back it up as the series goes on. Then we move over to say " The life of pie", It alludes to the deeper meaning early, then developed it with allusion symbolism and the meaning behind every action. Back to anime I could tell you the meaning behind nearly every action in madoka, all of it has a purpose, pane over to SAO, what is the reason for the random darting game episode? They started a very unrealistic romance that simply is too simple they "try" to be deep by presenting these, but its not only stating them I wish them to be shown in a way to make one think.

Raptor1221 | 11-23-13, 11:16 PM
It could have explored them in a better way, fro both psycho and SAO psycho just stated its Morales and Sao was not very mature and left all its good direction in the first episodes for mediocre cliche fantasy in a mmo.

Raptor1221 | 11-20-13, 7:30 PM
Thats the problem with SA tis nothing deeper than what they show or say. 2nd part was a joke. 1st was ok starts off interesting, but the characters simply repeat themselves Asuna turns common tsundere and kirito is in a online dating game for a good part wiht a girl of the week and too badass, + plot holes.... It has its moments of good but really mostly in the 1st 3 episodes.

Raptor1221 | 11-19-13, 5:10 PM
What your stating is you prefer a human story, there are plenty better at than SAO I can assure you. There is Gintama (long as all hell but worth first 30 episodes meh), Mushishi which you are watching. monster, cowboy Beebop, the list goes on. But stated as conceptual Madoka is superior to SAO, not intended to be human. but without its MMO aspects it simply is meh, (whats with all the tech story love? Lian, SAO, Log?)

Raptor1221 | 11-17-13, 6:40 AM
Ik im not saying your taste, just stating my own. I seriously do not see how SAO pertains to classic methods.

Raptor1221 | 11-13-13, 6:12 AM
and no not all drama requires Human characters, something such as the crucible which uses drama as a way to use 1 to 2 dimensional characters to tell a social commentary. And madoka can be interpenetrated in so many ways... I srsly don't think you payed attention... all the art the facial expressions and music is geared to fill in the pieces of the motivations of each character, its more beautiful than anything else.

Raptor1221 | 11-13-13, 6:06 AM
Wait...... what? Madoka is the one with the abstract version of story telling. Its the one that uses 1 to 2 dimensional characters who represent concepts to tell a deconstruction.... SAO is just a simple story told with no symbolism or foreshadowing to back up such a story. Please read my short analysis of madoka above my comments if you need any clarification do not hesitate to ask. (srlsy your comparing the Hunger Games(meh, mediocre) to the Life of Pi here son(symbolic and meaning full)....
But for an example Homura is the concepts of determination and hopelessness in the end shes facing a witch of total despair, it rotates itself and objects around it on and on. Its in the guise of a harlequin at the head of a phantasmal circus it taunts her very efforts as she goes on and on.... OR In a labyrinth come to save a friend, a the Little Mermiad knight sits in its hall listening to songs of sorrows and hears no one but her own despair.

Raptor1221 | 11-06-13, 10:38 PM
By literary, I meant my general tops have a flair for the literary, IE: all in top 5 but Gintama. The stuff after is my general philosophy for rating media of all types. But SAO tries to be drama and is reflected in the source material at which the anime is generally considered is an inferior presentation. I do not consider SAO to be drama, but it does try to be dramatic and also romantic, for the latter, it even tries to by as such even by the site tag, at which SAO was completely a failure as a romance IMHO.

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