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My anime list is accurate as to what I've completed, but not so as per what I'm watching (too many things at once). My manga list isn't as there is lots that is just not in the database yet and I am too lazy to add them or make a list on mangaupdates.

Don't talk to me about my ratings, cartoons, comics, games, Western television shows, any Western media apart from film and literature.

I do like love communicating about anime and manga and all that. I'm an expert (no really). Less so on anything gamesoft, LN's, VN's.

While almost all of my free time goes to this interest, I also watch film. And, while I try to actively stay away from video games, I do play Mahjong, Chess, Go, and Shogi. You may play with me anytime with these.

I love meeting and talking to other turbonerds. Which translates to people with a passion for something basically. I don't think it's a coincidence these burning passions are often on activities called "hobbies".

For instant communication, I`m on IRC, or you can contact me on twitter, or even through a private tracker I'm on. Feel free to leave a comment as well.

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Jody32 | Yesterday, 10:58 PM
Oh, I'm fine IRC'ing, just limit it to my profile on MAL would be best. I don't spend much time in alternatives though. I have facebook, but the only reason I've gone on there recently was because a register for an event that I needed to be in was being done through facebook.

I don't drink much alcohol either to be honest. Though i don't mind the occasional drink. i was thinking more along the lines of coffee or tea.

Are you talking about Gumshara in Sydney?

I'm actually coming down this coming Monday. lol, but I have to be back in Newcastle by 6:00 for a personal commitment.

Yeah, agree with you on Hikaru no Go. Though the worst part for me with Hikaru no Go, was the period from around episode 63 to 70. After Sai's death. I just felt Hikaru became a little too angsty for me around that point.

>Please excuse me if I made some kind of horrid mistake typing this, just got back from the city with friends, have not slept for unknown amount of time.
No probs. I know what it is like living on as little sleep as possible. Things can get a little strange.

>We are a rare breed.
Indeed. Though, looking around on MAL, most of the experienced users come from the Balkans region. Like Croatia, Serbia, Greece, Macedonia etc etc...

Jody32 | Yesterday, 12:27 AM
Oh, hello person from Woy Woy. I all of a sudden don't feel so alone on this continent. (and someone so close nonetheless) I always thought I was the only person from Australia who has seen over 1000 anime. lol
Though I will admit that is quite a big claim, forgive my ignorance.

IRC? Hmmmm, sometimes. I am honestly far better at talking in person, and I also find those kind of things to be a bit of a waste of time, but I wouldn't mind, I can still do it.
Yeah, loved Hikaru no Go, but apparently you don't. Ah it's alright. I don't mind what someone likes and what someone doesn't.
I believe for someone to truly love a medium though, they need to be able to tear the medium apart and be critical of it.
I like your reviews by the way.

I actually go down to Sydney on occasion, about twice a month. I can drop in and we can have a discussion over some drinks or whatever you fancy. That is if you are okay with that, it's just something that I am willing to do. Because I am a little tired of only meeting and talking to people who have seen less than 20 shows and blabber on about knowing everything about the medium or being cultured...

... (Forgive my ranting).

Oh, I see you are quite fond of board games, fantastic. Love a bit of the old "Go" and "Chess".

grifatmal | 08-12-14, 4:37 AM
I see what you mean about Ping Pong not being a sports anime and I agree with you. And yet, if you remove the sports’ element, I feel the whole show would fall apart. For me, it is the only show I’ve seen that dares to take an uncompromising look at what may push kids to do sports at a competitive level and what attracts the adults who prowl the waters around them. Most of the characters are literally gutted by the sharpness of the dialogues, leaving their motivations exposed in all their complexity. It isn’t a pretty show and I’m not referring to the visual style. Everybody seems to be running away from some kind of pain and each episode feels like it’s overflowing with frustration and clashing expectations. The show never crosses the line though and you can feel genuine affection for the characters coming from the creators. Still, the amount of emotional tension is unbelievable at time, which is why I was so addicted to it. The only thing that bugged me was that everybody managed to more or less come to term with whatever was eating them. I wish some of them could have been left behind, still struggling in the dark. That’s what I meant when I said I felt it cut its characters too much slack. Still, there is no denying it is a very gutsy piece of animation.

More thoughts on the summer shows now that we’re halfway through the season.

Aldnoah.Zero: I’ll be perfectly honest. The only reason I’m watching this show is for Nakai voicing Marito. That’s it. If he dies, I’m dropping it. Pretty shallow on my part but I simply adore the guy, enough to stomach an anime that brings absolutely nothing new to the table.

Barakamon: That one is tugging at quite a few of my heartstrings. For one, I have a particular fondness for rural settings. They tend to complement slow-paced slice-of-life shows really well and I love how they usually feel so much more “Japanese” than their urban counterparts. The kids are cute and I appreciate the fact that the girls are on the tomboyish side of the personality spectrum. Naru is a fun little ball of happy-go-lucky, more akin to a puppy than an average seven-year-old but I dig how she’s pushing all the right buttons with Handa. Her timing is of course way too perfect and there is very little in there that feels genuine or wholesome but as long as the show sticks to its rather humble goals, I’m totally fine with it.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: I did find it somewhat amusing. I got a kick out of Miyano going all out cheesy with Suzuki and Mikorin was fun and fresh as you noted. But that was about it. I’m just a really tough critic when it comes to comedy. There might be a handful of shows that made me laugh out loud repeatedly but not more than that and Nozaki-kun had far too many shoujo manga-centric jokes for me so I dropped it after episode 6.

Free: To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would watch the second season. Eye candy alone just isn’t quite enough to keep me interested and the moment they put their clothes back on and open their mouth, I can feel myself getting dumber by the second. On top of that, I don’t really ship them so I can’t even rely on Pixiv to inject some level of excitement back into it. And Seijuurou’s gone. But then, Yamazaki is the kind of eye candy that I might appreciate just enough to stomach 13 more episodes. I mean, I don’t know when we’ll get that level of fanservice again…

Tokyo Ghoul: That one is a perfect example of why I should get into the habit of checking out the first volume of a manga before I start watching its adaptation. I was expecting something a lot darker and exciting than what it was dishing.

Sengoku Basara: I’ve dropped it, which goes to show how bad it is since I’m a rabid fan of the franchise but it’s just way too cheap. The movie was borderline already but Judge End takes the cake: lousy production value, horrendous soundtrack, no dance routine in the ED, no plot whatsoever. I could have watched it for the seiyuu’s alone if the script hadn’t been complete rubbish but no such luck. Oh well, there are still plenty of doujinshi from that franchise that I need to collect so I can easily pass on that one.

Zankyou no Terror: I’ll admit it’s hard for me to ignore Watanabe’s work. Add Kanno and Nakazawa and I simply had to check it out. I’m loving the soundtrack (no surprise there) and the overall quality of the animation… and that’s about it so far. I am still curious to see where it is going but I’m not sure it will manage to deliver on my expectations. I don’t feel a connection with the characters at all so I’m hoping the show will go beyond their individual plight into a broader commentary.

Glasslip: I’m probably too old to care much about the romantic life of a bunch of teenagers. Actually, that’s not quite true. If done well, it can be really engaging and satisfying. But the decision to add some random supernatural element just cheapened the experience for me and that’s a bit of a shame. I was looking forward to glass-making being an important part of the story but it was just pretty sparkles. I dropped it halfway.

So in the end, it looks like Barakamon is the only new show that I am truly enjoying this season, which really isn’t much. Time to watch some older stuff.

BlueKite | 07-29-14, 6:53 PM
I thought that this season was better compared to the other seasons I have followed watching. I have just started watching airing anime by season again (last season I followed was Winter 2012-2013)

So far my Top 2 is Zankyou no Terror and Barakamon. Barakamon is just pure entertaining. It's funny, refreshing, and even inspiring at times. As for Zankyou no Terror, I like it's overall vibe and I agree that it has plot potential (besides it has Watanabe and Kanno behind the scenes which is a big plus)

I'm still in the process of watching Nozaki-kun, Aldnoah, and Ao Haru Ride. I just recently picked them up since it is strangely hyped in my local anime community.

Others I'm watching:
Akame ga Kill is just bad. It has the worst mood setting that I have ever seen. I was expecting for something dark and violent but all I get is boobs and comical faces. SAO II is meh but I admit it is better than the second half of the previous season (so far). Tokyo Ghoul is OK, watching it mainly because of the gore though it has plot potential too.

I know this is too early but are there any upcoming anime that you're looking forward to watch next season? (Besides the Mushishi sequel)

P.S - 69% compatibility lol

grifatmal | 07-26-14, 1:39 AM
I can’t say the Spring Season was really satisfying for me.
Haikyuu!! was an instant darling and remains (along with Daiya) the show I look forward to the most on a weekly basis. I love how low-bro it all feels; I mean “battle of the garbage dump”? It’s such a nice change. And I adore Nishinoya (which says a lot considering how lovable the entire cast is).
Ping Pong was a real breath of fresh air but I think I did expect a bit more from it. I felt it could have been sharper and more ruthless in its observations and in the end, I thought it cut the characters a bit too much slack.
Isshuukan Friends suffered from the exact opposite: it overextended itself in the end. It was so successful at making the mundane charming and interesting and I felt that the show was truly wonderful when it was most light-handed. But every time it tried to push “the story”, it became clunky and awkward. Still, it was really cute.
Sidonia no Kishi … I could have skipped all together. Actually it was yet another lesson in “I should really drop shows which aren’t doing it for me regardless of how close I am to completing them”.
And as far as Yowamushi Pedal is concerned, well, I can’t stand Midousuji which is turning out to be a pain considering how much of a broken record he is. It’s made watching the last cour realllllly tedious for me. Also, way not enough Naruko!

I have yet to solidify my summer lineup. Barakamon will most likely be a keeper as will the second season of Free! and Tokyo Ghoul even though I don’t find them particularly interesting. They do have entertainment value though so I’ll probably keep up with these on a weekly basis. I’m still evaluating Aldnoah Zero, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Glasslip and the latest Sengoku Basara. There are a few things I like in each of these shows but whether I watch them now or store them for a rainy day marathon is still up in the air. The last one of the spring titles on my list is Zankyou no Terror but I’ve only watched the first episode so far.

So yeah, I’m not really excited about the new stuff. How about you?

grifatmal | 05-20-14, 5:57 PM
Oh, and I added Ookiku to my PtW list!

grifatmal | 05-20-14, 12:32 PM
Re: Daiya, that’s the biggest problem with senpai ain’t it? They always
I cried when Imayoshi retired from Tōō in KnB (as I will cry when Kasamatsu follows suit in the next season). And I will most likely shed a boatload of tears if I see Yūki walk away from Seidō (yes, I do have a thing for captains…). I may pick up the manga if it seems really unlikely that we’ll ever get another round of anime.
That said I have mixed feelings about episode 32. Raichi is a fun addition to the mix and right up my alley too as I have a big canine fetish, but Sanada… I often enjoy Kamiya’s work as a voice actor but he has a nasty tendency to be far too recognizable in his tone and delivery. I mean I understand the reasoning behind using a popular V.A. and cashing in on their trademark style. Heck I squeal in glee every time I hear Nakai Kazuya. But there should be a limit to that and I hate it when it completely overshadows a character. So yeah, Sanada’s introduction irked me a bit.

Now, about the senpai thing, if a show has older characters, I’ve noticed that I unconsciously gravitate towards them. Being much older than the average anime viewer, it makes sense that I look upon the antics of first-years from a position that is fairly similar to theirs. In other words, I have a situational affinity with senpai that often supersede any personal connection I might have with younger characters. That’s why they are such a critical part of the cast for me. In the case of Haikyuu, I really enjoy the “parenting” combo formed by Sawamura, Sugawara and Tanaka and you could say that I care about Hinata and Kageyama because they do. Both first-years are super cute but I didn’t really get attached to them until their senpai showed up. That doesn’t mean I need older characters balancing the younger ones to enjoy a sports show. But if they are there, the more endearing I find them the easier it is for me to enjoy their “charges”.

Yeah, I saw the announcement for the new Yowamusi Pedal season. Pretty cool.

I’m moving back home (France) for a year. My dad passed away and I have to take care of the succession so it isn’t particularly exciting or anything. I will however be closer to my siblings so I’m pretty happy about that.

grifatmal | 05-19-14, 11:17 AM
Somehow, I'm not really surprised that JoJo's isn't your cup of tea...

I truly believe that Isshuukan Friends would be nothing more than a big spoonful of honey sprinkled with sugar and toped with a dollop of whipped cream if Shōgo wasn’t around. He’s such a great character. And I agree with you. The value of the show is in the execution rather than the plot. I’m still pretty surprised at how much I’m enjoying it week after week.

Haihyuu… is just awesome. There is nothing even remotely exceptional about it’s components if taken individually but once you put it all together, it just clicks and you get a little bit of magic. I love how low-key yet upbeat everything feels. And the characters are really, really cute. The more I watch sports anime the more I believe that it’s the senpai that make the first-years. Or maybe I just like them older. The only negative for me at this point is the OST. I do love the ED though (bummer it’s not to your liking) but the rest of it wouldn’t even work in an elevator.

Sidonia is guilty of one of the most common problems in the fantasy/sci-fi genre: the characters don’t feel like they are true products of the unique universe they grew up in. Honestly, take the setting away and you’re just watching yet another high school show. The other issue I have with it, apart from the rather crude and inappropriate sexual references, is that I don’t feel any kind of care coming from the creator for his characters. They’re mere puppets whose sole purpose is to shine a light on the cool stuff he’s come up with. I have the same problem with Urobuchi’s work: great world building but hollow characters. Honestly, I could drop Sidonia this week and not even notice.

Daiya remains thoroughly enjoyable even though the characters continue to defy any attempt on my part to ship them. It baffles me because they are sooo slashable. Miyuki’s still a big favorite of mine but I just adore that kind of character anyway so no surprise there. What I appreciate the most about it is how bloody intense everybody is and how much they love the game. It’s nothing new in the world of sports anime but this show is literally dripping with manly determination. I personally don’t really mind the drop in production values but I would like to see some more growth in the characters.

Yowamushi Pedal’s really gone off the deep end. And I’m happy to follow it wherever it goes. If I had been watching it on my own, the insane parade of weirdos would have probably turned me off by now but my hubby is getting such a kick out of it that I can’t help but laugh with him. He even took Makishima and Tōdō’s antics in stride which as close to BL as I’ve ever seen him get so hurray for that! Naruko’s still the cutest thing though – he’s like a very feisty Ōsakan kitten. And I’m sticking with my Kanzaki x Aoyagi pairing. There’s nothing in there to support it and nobody out there to illustrate it but I think it’s cute.

I absolutely agree with you on Ping Pong. Remove the style and what you’re left with is a poignant, astute, intelligent and fascinating drama. The dialogues, as you’ve mentioned are particularly stellar. It’s so rare to see shows that actually have something to say and choose to say it in such a unique fashion. Honestly, it’s a treat. There’s so much emotional baggage hidden just behind the surface of each character that you feel they could blow up or fall apart at any time and I think it’s that tension that makes it so addictive for me.

Rizon will have to wait as I’m currently in the middle of moving overseas and I don’t have a lot of spare time.

grifatmal | 05-15-14, 6:35 PM
Let’s see.

I’m on the fence with JoJo’s. Jōtarō is nowhere near as endearing as his predecessors (it’s a rare miss on Ono Daisuke’s part), the supporting cast is bland and I would need a lot more Dio to keep me happy. We’ll see how things look once we hit episode 12 but I may still drop it.

Sidonia no Kishi… I’m not a fan of the CG look especially when it comes to the characters’ design and palette of facial expressions. It isn’t a turnoff per se but it’s plenty distracting. What’s making my skin crawl though are the in-your-face sexual references. Apart from that, I’m still curious enough about the universe depicted to stick with it for a little while longer.

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii is cheesy and predictable and a bit of an eyesore and I should hate it. Well, I do hate it whenever she sings. But there’s something really interesting about the way their relationship constantly oscillates. And Nike is quite independent and resourceful which I do appreciate.

Isshuukan Friends is cool. It isn’t overly ambitious and it manages to make the best out of its very lousy premise. It’s like watching a very slow instructional video on the most common Japanese high school friendship tropes. And yet, I’ve gotta admit it’s kinda cute. It probably won’t go anywhere but it’s pleasant enough way to spend 20 minutes.

Ping Pong, I find utterly addictive. I don’t mind the style, the direction or the editing one bit so that helps. What I love about it is how real and genuine some of the interactions between the characters feel. No matter how weird or distorted they are, you can still feel the humanity at the core of those people and all the flaws and cracks and regrets that come with it.

Mushi-shi is perfect and I am in awe of these people who managed to bottle the exact same lightning twice. It is still fresh, unique and mesmerizing and it will only solidify the place the series occupies at the top of my anime list.

And that leaves us with Haikyū!! Damn those boys are soooo cute. Love it, love it, love it! It doesn’t bring anything new to the table but it’s fun, upbeat, well-animated and just plain delightful to watch. I’m not going to ship anyone in there but I didn’t expect to so no problem there.

I dropped a few things too: Captain Earth, Bokura wa Minna Kawaisō, Mekaku City Actors and Black Bullet.

What about you? Anything out there this season that you’re loving or hating?

grifatmal | 04-06-14, 10:08 AM
To be honest, the only reverse harem show I truly enjoyed so far was Ouran. I find every other one I’ve checked out meh at best and utterly unpalatable at worst. Kamigami leans towards the latter for me so I’ll pass.
Regarding the rest of the new shows, my guess is there won’t be much in there to tickle my fujoshi bone, but that’s fine by me. It’s not like I have to ship.
Mushishi and JoJo’s are obvious keepers, but I already knew that before the season even started.
Haikyuu is here to stay as well and is a perfect example of how lenient I can be when it comes to sport shows – there really wasn’t anything I hadn’t seen at least a dozen times before in that first episode but I don’t mind.
Everything else is still up in the air and nothing of what I’ve sampled so far has blown me away. I’ll give Bokurawa Minna Kawaisou, Captain Earth, Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii and Isshukan Friends a couple more weeks to hit their stride. All of them have elements that I enjoy and the potential to be decent enough shows.
And I’m waiting on first episodes for Ping Pong, Glasslip, Sidonia no Kishi, Black Bullet and Mekakucity Actors.

How about you?

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