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Anime Stats
Days: 63.8
Mean Score: 6.70
  • Total Entries518
  • Rewatched4
  • Episodes3,669
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Apr 1, 4:51 PM
Completed 13/13 · Scored -
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime 2nd Season
Mar 30, 7:08 AM
Completed 12/12 · Scored -
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Mar 27, 10:32 AM
Completed 25/25 · Scored 6
Manga Stats
Days: 5.3
Mean Score: 6.49
  • Total Entries117
  • Reread0
  • Chapters924
  • Volumes105
Manga History Last Manga Updates
Kaijuu no Kodomo
Kaijuu no Kodomo
Mar 17, 6:56 AM
Reading 17/43 · Scored -
Monokuro Kinderbook
Monokuro Kinderbook
Mar 14, 6:44 PM
Plan to Read · Scored -
Sunny
Sunny
Mar 2, 6:19 PM
Plan to Read · Scored -

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Buo Apr 23, 12:43 PM
I can't wait to read it then. :)
St0rmrage Apr 18, 2:09 AM
Any chance of rewatching it and possibly comparing it to Casshern sins ?
Buo Apr 17, 7:43 PM
Excellent Haibane Renmei review. ;)
St0rmrage Apr 15, 1:40 AM
Kinda funny that i've shared the same opinion for Ergo Proxy the first time i've watched it.
KanadeSong Apr 12, 8:37 PM
The pleasure is all mine, and it is well-deserved. Your reviews have captivating language and detailed, compelling examples that sell me scores I myself would otherwise heavily disagree with--for one, I'm not quite the biggest fan of Gen Urobuchi, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your perspective of Madoka; and then on the other side of the spectrum, I'm the kind of dodgy semi-elitist who likes Ergo Proxy and Infinite Ryvius, and I still find myself nodding along to some of your arguments. I took up watching Hourou Musuko and NieA Under 7 because of your reviews, too.

Take all the time you need. I wish you luck with your circumstances.

I'll be looking forward to your reviews!
Hornpub Apr 12, 12:06 PM
Haibane isa gr8 show. Gr8 t8st m8
KanadeSong Apr 7, 7:23 AM
Tu es my numero 1 anime reviewer; will you ever write again?
Kirik0h Apr 4, 7:38 AM
I think you'd really enjoy Mawaru Penguindrum considering your appreciation for Revolutionary Girl Utena though for a small proportion of Ikuhara's fanbase, the show is polarising. Also that tag for Haikyu S2 was rather amusing. Is there any particular reason why the second season sparked a greater interest in the series? I presume it's the character development but not sure.
JolieJoli Mar 21, 1:12 AM
Yep, some of the less well known stuff somehow turns out to be the best, or at least introduces you to ideas and animation styles you haven't encountered before :p The poetry in Uta Koi is quite intriguing (although sometimes a little out of context), it definitely piqued my interest and made me want to find out more about the poets and the poetry anthology that is covered in the series. If you do watch it, feel free to let me know what you think :)
swordclash Mar 15, 10:03 PM
Thank you!
JolieJoli Mar 4, 4:47 AM
Hey!

Thanks for taking the time to write out that well-articulated 'review' of Death Note, it was really interesting to hear your thoughts. I do actually agree with you on many flaws, particularly what you said about the lack of exploration of certain themes, lack of character development including Light (I prefer the term 'subtle' personally :P), and the flamboyance of the show. I find your observations to be spot on, I think where I would disagree with you is in whether those objective 'flaws' are a good or bad thing for the story and the show. But that is a long, long essay for another day, I'm afraid I would bore you to death... But I will say that one quote from the creator changed my way of viewing Death Note, I'm paraphrasing but it was something along the lines of 'The point [of Death Note] is not whether what Light does is good or bad, but the fact that the Death Note and his choices at the very beginning ruin his life." From that point on I started seeing the show as a grand, theatrical tragedy rather than popcorn-munching entertainment (which is a perfectly valid view of course), and as a Brit who grew up on the likes of Macbeth and Othello, I felt as a tragedy it did a lot of things excellently. As a meaningful piece about right/wrong with well-rounded and developed characters, it doesn't do so well, that's for sure. Not as bad as Mirai Nikki though! :D Thanks for your views though, really nice to hear a smart analysis of the show :)

Your friend is right about criticism - it does help clarify our own views on the film/novel/show we watched for sure. We all have different life experiences, preferences and different literary backgrounds, which all mean we see things in different lights. I see some people get nasty on here (and the internet in general) when someone has a different view from them - like you said, they want it to be an 'echo chamber' for their own thoughts.

Re: Zipang, I really liked that you pointed out that people reach the same conclusions via very different routes and thought processes. That's something I sensed through the anime and something I'm noticing in the manga as I work my way through it. The writer is sometimes outspoken about how 'bad' Imperial Japan was, yet we don't get the sense that his reasoning is exactly the same as, say, a British or American person criticizing Imperial Japan. If people can detach themselves from their own nationalistic sentiments, they would find that entering the mindset of the 'other side' is really quite enlightening. I did gush about Zipang before though, I should have mentioned that I'm a war history fan, so bear in mind that the anime may not be your cup of tea if you are not so enthusiastic about the topic.

By the way, have you seen/heard of an anime called Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi? Thought I might mention it because it's an anime about medieval Japanese poetry and the poets of that time, and you said you write poetry yourself so you may be interested. I haven't finished the anime yet - and it's by no means a masterpiece - but it's definitely interesting nonetheless.
JolieJoli Feb 2, 5:46 AM
Hey. Thanks for those kind words, yep I hope I'll be back to writing for fun sometime soon too :)

I'm not-so-secretly happy that you asked me about Zipang because I loved it and have been wanting to talk about it to someone :p Unfortunately as you said it seems to be surprisingly underwatched, I can't find many discussions about it anywhere on MAL or elsewhere for that matter. I'll try to keep my appraisal of it as short as possible though!

The good: The thought and passion that went into the writing of Zipang is nothing short of amazing, and is the main reason it won me over. It explores to what extent people abide by their own moral standards when in extreme situations - such as wartime - and whether it is even right to abide by those standards. It is also a very critical (and informative) look at Imperial Japan and an exploration of the many political undercurrents and ideologies of that time. Although it deals with this potentially volatile topic (we all know some of the horrors that Imperial Japan were responsible for in WW2), it does so with extreme tact and intelligence, which is a credit to the creator Kawaguchi. Born and brought up in post-war Hiroshima prefecture, Kawaguchi clearly has a lot of experience and thoughts about his country at this time, and his passion for the subject matter really shines through. It's a story by a writer that has something really important to say, and I have enormous respect for that. There is nothing gratuitous about Zipang - it is all thoughtfully created and thought-provoking content. There are also some fantastically detailed warships, weapons and uniforms - apparently there was an active naval serviceman involved in the production of the series to make sure that it was all realistic - which again is a sign of the care that went into the creation of it. Story-wise, it is quite fast-paced with plenty of political intrigue (the sci-fi aspect takes a back seat to realism) and characters driving the plot forward with their various actions.

The not-so-good: It is a bit of a rough gem, especially in the animation department. There are some really distracting CG water and explosions, plus the character design could be considered by some to be too cartoonish. I personally liked it but I'll admit that some of the faces that the characters make will make you laugh at inappropriate moments sometimes. I also have a few nitpicks with the protagonist, who is hard to get a real 'feel' for throughout almost all of the show. The 'kind-of-antagonist' and some of the side characters are well developed however, although that development is slow in most cases - I was able to forgive it for this bearing in mind it is only a part adaptation of a 43 volume manga. I kinda spoiled some of the manga ending for myself (couldn't resist) and I can say that all the characters do play pivotal roles in the final arcs of the series, influenced by the many events and thoughts they have throughout this entire epic saga. Unfortunately, we only see a glimpse of this development throughout the animated part of the manga, and it doesn't result in any kind of payoff where we can say 'oh so those seemingly insignifcant character moments were actually leading to THIS'.

I'll leave it there before this gets far too long :) I checked out many of the reviews here on MAL and I would say for the large part they are very accurate in highlighting the good and bad of the show, so they will give you a good idea of what to expect. If you are curious about the concept, I'd say it's definitely worth checking out :) Then you can tell me how crap you thought it was, because I can see our anime compatibility is now at -16%, haha.

I see you finished Death Note - I'd love to hear your critique of it actually if you have the time. Feel free to be brutally honest - it is one of my favourites but I'm not the type to get upset if someone dislikes the stuff I like. You've watched a ton of anime and are a writer yourself so it would be great to hear what you have to say about this (rightfully/wrongfully) well-loved anime.
Gotanon Feb 1, 8:13 PM
thanks Maho-chan! :p

JolieJoli Jan 4, 10:52 AM
Hey, no worries for the late reply, Happy New Year by the way! :)

Die Hard definitely made up part of my holiday viewing I'm happy to say, nothing like watching Bruce Willis in a wife beater face off against Alan Rickman with a 'German' accent to get you in the festive spirit.

Thanks, I'll check out Crunchyroll for manga, I'm not really bothered where I read it, I always end up paying back into the industry anyway by buying my favourites. And I will be sure to check out Madoka Magica too, I'm intrigued to see what Wixoss took from it...

Really enjoyed KnK 2, you're right when you say the characterization was excellent, I also thought the story flowed a lot better than the first film. Just my opinion, but that was the principal reason I thought it was more successful and easier to get to grips with. I do scare easily, and the scene with Shiki hunting Mikiya had me hiding behind a pillow. If a bunch of pictures on a screen can make me do that, it's clearly a good anime :D

That's great that you still enjoy writing as a hobby, maybe I'll see some of your short stories or poetry published one day, although it probably won't be under the name 'mahoganycow' :D I currently work as a writer (nothing fancy, just copy & content writing), and I can tell you from experience that having to write for a living feels kind of like selling out - someone's money or agenda is always influencing what you write, whether what you're writing is 'true' or aligns with your beliefs or not. I suppose that's just my particular line of work though... and maybe my cynicism... In any case, I'm hoping to change careers soon so I can spend my time writing creatively rather than for paychecks.

Sent you a friend request, accept if you want :)
JolieJoli Dec 10, 2015 5:47 AM
Good to know you don't mind the odd impromtu chat on here :) And also great to hear you're a fellow Die Hard fan, John McClane is the man :D

My experience with anime is perhaps similar to yours in some ways, although I was exposed to it a lot later in life, from around 18 onwards. In the UK we didn't really have anime on TV when I was a kid/teenager - except some Pokemon, Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh! - and I have a set of quite old-fashioned parents who wouldn't let me and my brother watch a ton of TV, so I grew up reading a lot instead. I also used to listen to a lot of metal as an angsty teenager, so my risky teenage endeavour was staying up late to secretly listen to BBC 1's rock show after midnight. After I got to university a few of my closest friends and even an ex-boyfriend loved anime/manga such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Inuyasha, DBZ, Slam Dunk, Miyazaki films etc, but again I was more into music at the time so I guess I just thought of it as "weird cartoons to watch" like you, quite enjoyable but nothing special. I actually stumbled upon anime again this year by chance after hearing a few pretty cool anime theme songs on YouTube and then seeing a Selector Infected Wixoss trailer. There was nothing good to watch on TV so I thought I'd try it for laughs as it was a "dark take on magical girls anime". Long story short, I loved it, and I was amazed at the depth of characterisation and the dark themes that were touched upon. I guess until then I'd just thought of the medium as superficial fun, but that series managed to completely change my perceptions, and after that I just had to see more. Anyway, that's the end of my life story, I hope that answered your question :D

The manga you mentioned does sound interesting, and I'm willing to give any genre a go, it's really just a matter of something being well-written and well-excuted enough for what it is. The only issue with manga is that it seems more of a financial investment than anime, perhaps there is somewhere to read it online for a small subscription fee?

On a side note, you said you enjoy writing, what kind of stuff do you write outside of reviews? I enjoy writing too, my laptop is a graveyard where unfinished short stories and novels go to die ;) Sounds cheesy, but the sheer creativity of some anime has really inspired me to start writing again though.

I really enjoyed the first KnK movie! As you said, it created an incredible atmosphere and had "jaw-dropping visuals/music". I was entranced for the entire thing, it was beautiful. The "horror" moments also freaked me out, my fault for watching late at night, but also a testament to how powerful the film was with art, sound and minimal dialogue. It also managed to develop its set of intriguing main characters well, again not an easy feat seen as there wasn't a lot of talking (bar Touko); Shiki is also a badass. It was a very strong start to what appears to be a deep, dark and thrilling series of films. My only issues were with a) the fact Touko "explained" stuff and spoke in cryptic riddles a lot of the time, and b) some elements of the Kirie plot still escape me. Maybe I'm incredibly dense, but I still don't fully understand how/why she went on a killing spree. Also, I was seriously distracted by that Volvic and Haagen-Dazs product placement! But as a first film in a series it did most things excellently - I'm genuinely intrigued by the cool characters, the story and the dark and all-enveloping universe that the artists/writers have created, and I want to continue watching :)