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Clannad: After Story
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NHK ni Youkoso!
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Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria
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Fate/Zero
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Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan
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Favorite Characters
Rintarou
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Haru
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Kurisu
Makise, Kurisu
Takeru
Shirogane, Takeru
Tomoya
Okazaki, Tomoya
Arcueid
Brunestud, Arcueid
Lelouch
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Hitagi
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Meiya
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Maria
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Favorite People
Miyano, Mamoru
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Sawashiro, Miyuki
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Urasawa, Naoki
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Tenmon
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Kajiura, Yuki
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Urobuchi, Gen
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Anime Stats

Time (Days) 139.2
 
Watching 32
 
Completed 468
 
On Hold 34
 
Dropped 88
 
Plan to Watch 248
 
Total Entries 870
 

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Time (Days) 34.4
 
Reading 27
 
Completed 57
 
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Dropped 10
 
Plan to Read 148
 
Total Entries 250
 

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About Me

I'm an anime enthusiast who enjoys a wide range of genres. I particularly enjoy drama, romance, thriller, comedy, and slice of life. On the other hand, I dislike most ecchi/harem and long running shounen shows due to how incredibly predictable they [usually] are, although there are a few notable exceptions. I also read manga and light novels, but not nearly as much as I watch anime. Feel free to make any anime/manga/LN recommendation that you think I will be able to enjoy.

I'm fairly open regarding friend requests; however, I will not accept random requests from strangers I have never talked to before. This means you should try to start a conversation first before sending an invitation. I encourage friendly discussions and debates, so drop me a comment or two if you have something to talk about. If you have any questions about my ratings or anything else on my page, then feel free to ask. Constructive criticism is appreciated; trolling, however, is not.

Visual Novels

A relatively novel medium for me -- yet, probably my favorite medium in overall immersion. I would encourage any anime/manga/light novels fan to give visual novels a try. Trust me, you won't regret it.

Top 3 visual novels:

1) Muv-Luv Alternative
2) G-Senjou no Maou
3) Ever 17

http://vndb.org/u39306

Recent Thoughts

Going to take a long break from anime, so I shall be putting all discussions on-hold for the time being. I apologize in advance.

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A passionate review about the Muv-Luv series
01-07-14, 5:19 PM Edited 05-12-14, 9:48 AM
Fall 2013 Anime List
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ZeroReq011 | Yesterday, 8:54 AM

ZeroHumor | 07-28-14, 7:35 AM
Muv-Luv Alternative

Lately, I’ve been abusing the word ‘epic’ to describe anime I watch. Unfortunately, I have to pull that word out again. It’s obligatory; Muv-Luv Alternative is epic. Between time loops, parallel worlds, and a world-scale war stands an incredible story of comradeship, love, pain, despair, and the pursuit for a better future. While the main character, Takeru, already develops a ton in Unlimited, Alternative challenges everything he stands for again and again. Through trauma and loss. Through ambiguous or conflicting morals and values. Through the brutal actions that others take, and the helpless lives that others bear, all to preserve even the slightest chance to persevere in this dreadful world. Unlike Unlimited, Takeru fights head-on against the BETA (aliens), and the scale of battles increase exponentially as desperation mounts and humanity pushes for a final stand.

One of the central themes of Alternative is a very simple question that touches upon basic human nature: why do people fight? When soldiers go off to risk their lives in a war, what could lead them to sacrifice their very being? Nationalism? The greater good? Humanity? Paraphrasing the words of the Captain, these are common ‘reasons’ for people who have yet to fight a battle. Noble and idealistic views only exist in the daydreams of a naïve soldier; when it comes down to meeting death face-to-face, most would cling onto the most personal, basal reasons of being. It may not even be the romantic goal of fighting for the safety of loved ones. In the distant battlefield, the reason may be even closer to heart: perhaps it is for the survival of your squad. The well-being of fellow comrades. The lives of those who have struggled through life-and-death with you. Of course, one would also like to think that their efforts contribute to a greater good, but the concept of the ‘greater good’, for most people, isn’t enough to bear through the horrors of war and death alone.

This theme extends to what I consider to be the single greatest strength of the Muv-Luv series: comradeship. Highlighted in Unlimited, it’s Takeru’s squad members, group dynamics, and bonding that are most endearing to me. In Alternative, Takeru’s squad joins Yuuko’s special ops force, and each character is given tons of exposure, including their tough determination to fulfill their duties and their softer sentimentalities toward each other and their sensitive personal backgrounds. The Captain of the squad, in particular, stands out as a role model character with excellent leadership skills, tough fortitude, decisiveness, and the necessary compassion to care for each and every one of her squad members. Through the short period of time that they stay together, members reveal their deepest desires and worries, rely on each other, and become so close that each member can easily trust any other member of the group with their very lives. These bonds hit harder than ever as the group undergoes the tragedy of war, and nothing I say can completely capture how much these characters look out for each other and would sacrifice for each other.

Alternative has everything: war, politics, love, and epic action. That is not to say that it is without flaw. For one, the technobabble of ESP and multiverse theory drags at times. Admittedly, I don’t care for the supernatural as much as I care for the more down-to-earth elements of character relationships and their morals and values. Some things are explained with far too much detail, while others are so neglected that they’d count as convenient deus-ex. Dramatic execution isn’t the best at times, coming off as overblown or dragged out, and there’s one event in particular that I think is questionable in its necessity to the story. Did it really have to go that far? I doubt it. Personally speaking, Sumika doesn’t strike me as a particularly interesting character, and I think that the ending isn’t exactly striking or impacting; it just left a hole in my heart, so to speak.

However, these gripes do little to affect my appreciation for what the story does deliver. Muv-Luv Alternative is a war story, but on a more basic level, it is a story about humanity: the ugliness, the beauty, and everything in between. It captures the essence of the contradictions that drive human emotions and thoughts, and wholly portrays the individualism that exists in everyone. There are macroscopic considerations for the survival of mankind, and the very basic concepts that motivate us as humans: pride, love, and compassion. The plot holds suspense and tragedy effectively, and the soundtrack does well to reflect the tumultuous and emotional nature of the story. And the story is freakin’ epic. Battles are long and desperate, and each victory is increasingly pyrrhic in nature. Even if I find plenty of faults in the way Alternative is portrayed, as an overall work, it has every making of a masterpiece. It absolutely deserves its recognition as the most universally acclaimed VN out there.

Story: 8.0 [Excellent]
Characters: 8.0 [Excellent]
Enjoyment: 7.0 [Good]

Overall: 8/10 [Excellent]

raxius1230 | 07-27-14, 9:10 PM
Hey buddy! being along time! how you being??

How its your vacations going?? and how its your studying going??

Also of the few anime you being watching what you think? favs??

leiwu1991 | 07-27-14, 11:37 AM
btw, yuuji's mom is actually one of the funniest char in baka for being a natural airhead

ABHISHEKV | 07-27-14, 10:16 AM
Yo Dashi...it's been a while....Just a few things.......to keep in touch.

On 25th July, I watched 52 episodes in a day which is my all new record. I finally breached the 50 episode wall. 31 episodes were Romeo's Blue Skies which I thoroughly loved. The rest were ongoings and stuff. I am 3 short of 1000 completions. Should be done by the end of the week.

I recommend Romeo's Blue Skies to you by the way. It had me invested and hooked from start to finish and hit me on an emotional level too. I teared up on at least 10 separate occasions. Great stuff. I should have made it my anime #1000 :(

Regarding the ongoings this season. My scores should give you an idea now. Anything with a 5+ score is watchable. 6+...I really look forward to.

I also completed the LEGENDARY Cipher man. I am reborn. I have come to the realization that I have nowhere near the experience required to understand its depth or story. I have a long way to go.

Nice to see that you liked 20CB :D Give your thoughts at your leisure.

ZeroHumor | 07-26-14, 7:12 PM
Since MLA was listed on vndb as a 50+ hour work, I just assumed that it'd take that long, which was why I was so shocked when the ending credits rolled along. I was pretty depressed about it too; I was totally expecting some huge twist to continue the story.

>"You have to remember that he, despite having more experience than his teammates (due to his iteration in the Unlimited world), is still someone who grew up in another world"

That's a good point. Honestly, I'm fine with the fact that he hesistated and I didn't expect him to pull the trigger like a robot; the scene just dragged out way too long for my liking, and I started getting bothered by a lot of the minute detail because of that. IN retrospect, I was really just blaming the execution of the scene, and the scene forced me to sit through it, not allowing me to read at my usual pace (which is to hear 3-4 words of voice-acting before going to the next line).

>"Hope you at least had a semi-decent experience with the franchise"

That's a huge understatement. Compared to my anime and manga experiences, Muv-Luv and Alternative is still clearly top-tier. Gripes about the execution of certain scenes doesn't really account for my overall experience. MLA is going to be a pretty difficult work to rate, since I'm still a mess after reading it. Props to making me tear up for the first time in a few months.

>"As for that "worst" scene you mentioned, I was put off by it at first as well"

Out of context, it's a really, really bad hentai :D

leiwu1991 | 07-26-14, 5:15 PM
So... how's your OP reading... i mean... you went 30 chapters of akame ga kill, which each chapter is 2-3x the length of an OP chapter, and on top of that you marathoned a 249 chapter manga. I mean you always have excuse that you have no interest in marathoning things and extremely unmotivated with long series, but hell what's up with that lol

ZeroHumor | 07-26-14, 7:29 AM
Is this some kind of joke? What happened? I finished MLA in 24 hours, and I didn't even rush through it. Am I missing something here?

ZeroHumor | 07-26-14, 3:29 AM
Haha, in retrospect, I got a little too emotional over those gripes. Somewhat unfair assessment, but I still stick by the general idea ^.^

ZeroHumor | 07-26-14, 12:53 AM
Some thoughts on the attack on the Original Hive:

ZeroHumor | 07-25-14, 7:05 PM
And now I'm convinced that I passed through the absolute worst scene in Alternative. I feel like vomiting right now. Need a breather.

If I didn't respect Alternative so much; if I didn't know that that scene was integral to the story and in particular, the BETA, that would've instantly brought the series down to a 1/10. I need some fresh air right now.

ZeroHumor | 07-25-14, 11:39 AM
I'm just past the first large-scale attack that used the 00 Unit. A few things:

I don't think that I'll be reading enough VNs to justify a VNDB account ;) 10 at most. But who knows; I might be wrong. I also have the advantage of being able to read Chinese fluently, and that alone gives me the opportunity to read so many more VNs.

Regarding 20CB, man. Well, I guess I wasn't so much bothered by 20CB as I was with the shithole that was 21CB, but...

leiwu1991 | 07-25-14, 10:48 AM
nope its not Raba

Barion-Zara | 07-25-14, 10:33 AM
Nice to know about Daiya :D


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