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Oct 7, 2017 7:40 PM

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This would totally work as a game, tbh
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Oct 7, 2017 8:33 PM

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There's something entrancing about it。。。

Will continue to watch this.
 
Oct 7, 2017 8:50 PM
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Airsaber said:

And yet only scanlations refer to them as male (or, early on, as female). Oh well, whatever floats your boat. I think that it's pretty awesome to have a series in which most characters are genderless, and I think that it would be sad to not acknowledge this.


And the original Japanese has them using "he" and "older brother" to refer to one another. I think it's pretty awesome to be respectful of how people choose to label themselves, personally!
 
Oct 7, 2017 8:52 PM

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That mean score is so low just because of CGI haters.
 
Oct 7, 2017 9:25 PM

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I have no idea what's going on in this.
 
Oct 7, 2017 9:32 PM

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I have no idea what's going on in this.

Basic Summary for at least the first part: ""Slice of life"", with some action, about gem people. Protagonist Phos wants to be useful, but is garbage so they can't. They then find purpose in life in trying to find a task for Cinnabar that doesnt involve them living in isolation with compounding "suicide" thoughts.
 
Oct 7, 2017 9:42 PM

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nickydicky said:
I have no idea what's going on in this.

Basic Summary for at least the first part: ""Slice of life"", with some action, about gem people. Protagonist Phos wants to be useful, but is garbage so they can't. They then find purpose in life in trying to find a task for Cinnabar that doesnt involve them living in isolation with compounding "suicide" thoughts.


Hmm, interesting. I would've never guessed that lol. Thank you.
 
Oct 7, 2017 9:53 PM

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I'm not sure I can get through this. I really really REALLY dislike CGI. But the story seems kinda interesting. Maybe I should just stop whining and go read the manga instead. :/
 
Oct 7, 2017 9:53 PM

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The CG is actually pretty good!
And there's leg, a lot of leg ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
 
Oct 7, 2017 10:25 PM

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i had such a knee-jerk reaction to the 3d i almost dropped it within the first few minutes, but i'm so glad i didn't. this show is so pretty! you just need to get used to the art style i guess... also the music is beautiful.
 
Oct 7, 2017 10:34 PM
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Airsaber said:
I think that it's pretty awesome to have a series in which most characters are genderless, and I think that it would be sad to not acknowledge this.

Definitely. Thank you for saying so. ^_^

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They're genderless because they lack genitals and have no concept of gender, especially in a later part where...

To be more correct, lacking genitals would be sexless. They could potentially still have gender. Though, if they lack the concepts of sex and gender, then yes, they would also be genderless.

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And the original Japanese has them using "he" and "older brother" to refer to one another. I think it's pretty awesome to be respectful of how people choose to label themselves, personally!

Thank you for saying that. Some of us really appreciate it. ^_^ Most likely, they are using "he" and "older brother" in a non-gender sense, in the way we use singular "they" in English. That's how I'll think of it anyway.
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Oct 7, 2017 11:16 PM

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Apart from the CG, I have to say everything else is just stunning. The premise, the characters, the premise, the setting, the bgm, and god the voice acting are just godly. I haven't heard such satisfyingly natural dialogues in anime for a long time.
 
Oct 7, 2017 11:30 PM
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Wow! I didn't expect this! Absolutely hooked me up.
N what's with the rating of only 6.95? Did they even give it a try?
 
Oct 8, 2017 12:11 AM
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Apple_BS said:
Wow! I didn't expect this! Absolutely hooked me up.
N what's with the rating of only 6.95? Did they even give it a try?


Yeah i ask that too. Must be some people that hate CG and bash the Anime for no reason and hate it without even watching the first episode. Or hate it because they think it is a rippoff or like Steven Universe, which is not and I hate to a see a series to get a unfair bad score. At least it should get a better score than Black Clover or in between 7 and 8, but not under 7.
 
Oct 8, 2017 12:12 AM

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Weird art because CGI, but the story might be great.
 
Oct 8, 2017 12:41 AM

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Weird art because CGI, but the story might be great.

CGI is actually pretty decent, barring Cinnabar’s poison.
 
Oct 8, 2017 1:06 AM
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That was pretty good for a show which has had almost no hype around it.

The CG isn't really bothering me too much and the animation is pretty unique. I think I'll give this a shot.
 
Oct 8, 2017 1:20 AM

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I'm in love with everything! The visuals in particular were stunning!

Adored the characters, and honestly the dude casually mentioned being harvest but holy hell that is brutal

Will definitely be keeping an eye on this one!
 
Oct 8, 2017 1:59 AM

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Visually damn singular, not necessarily my style but interesting nonetheless.

Was enjoyable, a bit too fast maybe?
 
Oct 8, 2017 2:03 AM

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Maybe it's because of the character's "outfit" with the black & tight thing. As for anything else, it's barely similar.

I meant how their purpose in life is to fight and get destroyed over and over again, being able to get repaired only if they keep a vital part of their body. Fighting off a force from another planet for hundreds of years to no avail. Also, the way they don't actually have a gender and all have a very strict duty to work and fight kind of reminds me of YoRHa. And I don't mean completely, just a bit


Yeah. Don't worry. You're not alone. The whole moon thing and invaders reminded me of Nier: Automata. It's actually been a Nier: Automata kind of day for me. Before this episode I watched the new Yuki Yuna, and realized Okabe composed the music for it. Cool coincidence.


Anyway, this was certainly a fascinating episode. Love the art, too.
 
Oct 8, 2017 2:24 AM

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EGamerozo said:
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Weird art because CGI, but the story might be great.

CGI is actually pretty decent, barring Cinnabar’s poison.

Let's say we have different taste.
 
Oct 8, 2017 2:35 AM

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The first episode deserves more than a 6.98, honestly.
I'm not english speaker so you'll probably see some flaws in my quotes.
 
Oct 8, 2017 2:36 AM

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That was good. I liked it a lot, visual and all.
 
Oct 8, 2017 3:13 AM

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This would totally work as a game, tbh
lol literally my first thought when I started watching
 
Oct 8, 2017 3:18 AM

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P R E T T Y C O L O R S

Now, seriously, it's good to see a 3d show that actually looks nice. Also, I'm surprised by the amount of expresivity that the gems can portray. Now let's just see how the rest of the anime plays out, because in terms of story it looks kinda... meh. However, I'll keep watching it till the end because I just love how the characters interact.
 
Oct 8, 2017 4:20 AM

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Tho couldn't help but laugh when Cinnabar "puked"

...Same. The CGI was alright I guess, and I'm happy that one of my favorite mangas is actually being animated. What bothered me a lot is Phos's voice, very annoying.
But anyway, it's a good first episode! The rating on MAL is terrible as usual, though.

 
Oct 8, 2017 4:43 AM

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The whole anime is CGI and it looks okay. But the story kinda confuses me. Apparently, they're all jewel-type beings. Hehe. Will take time for me to get used to this anime. It's like watching a fan-made anime. Haha.

I already love Phosphophyllite and I wanna know more about Cinnabar.
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Oct 8, 2017 5:50 AM

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I can’t believe I’m saying this but the CGI looks amazing. It’s very creative and definitely above the average.
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Oct 8, 2017 5:52 AM

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Behold everyone... Steven Universe the anime
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Oct 8, 2017 6:26 AM

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I really like the main character. They are all great fun. Will be watching
 
Oct 8, 2017 6:43 AM

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There is too much narrative in this series. But I hope for a good anime. And I really liked the voice acting.
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Oct 8, 2017 6:49 AM

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The story looks interesting, too bad about the CGI. It's not enough to make me drop a series however it's going to be hard to fully enjoy the anime. The characters help making me forget about it though; MC especially is great. The genderless (albeit female looking) race reminds me of Simoun, which is a positive thing. Will see how it goes.
 
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Anathor said:
The story looks interesting, too bad about the CGI. It's not enough to make me drop a series however it's going to be hard to fully enjoy the anime. The characters help making me forget about it though; MC especially is great. The genderless (albeit female looking) race reminds me of Simoun, which is a positive thing. Will see how it goes.


Yeah too bad about that amazing cgi with good animation high quality models and textures and a smooth consistent framerate, what a disaster.

 
Oct 8, 2017 7:36 AM

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Anathor said:
The story looks interesting, too bad about the CGI. It's not enough to make me drop a series however it's going to be hard to fully enjoy the anime. The characters help making me forget about it though; MC especially is great. The genderless (albeit female looking) race reminds me of Simoun, which is a positive thing. Will see how it goes.


Yeah too bad about that amazing cgi with good animation high quality models and textures and a smooth consistent framerate, what a disaster.


You can be sarcastic as much as you want, cgi is a punch in the eye for me ^^ ofc there is plenty in normal 2d anime too; doesn't change the fact that I loathe the use of it. Do I enjoy the anime? Yes. Would I've enjoyed it more without CGI? Yes. That's all there is to it.
 
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Anathor said:
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Yeah too bad about that amazing cgi with good animation high quality models and textures and a smooth consistent framerate, what a disaster.


You can be sarcastic as much as you want, cgi is a punch in the eye for me ^^ ofc there is plenty in normal 2d anime too; doesn't change the fact that I loathe the use of it. Do I enjoy the anime? Yes. Would I've enjoyed it more without CGI? Yes. That's all there is to it.


The characters would look much less enchanting in normal 2D, no way can they draw them to the same effect.
 
Oct 8, 2017 8:48 AM

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The one thing I didn't like is the exposition. Everyone telling things everyone else knows out loud doesn't makes sense and thus feels forced.
 
Oct 8, 2017 9:01 AM

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Anathor said:

You can be sarcastic as much as you want, cgi is a punch in the eye for me ^^ ofc there is plenty in normal 2d anime too; doesn't change the fact that I loathe the use of it. Do I enjoy the anime? Yes. Would I've enjoyed it more without CGI? Yes. That's all there is to it.


The characters would look much less enchanting in normal 2D, no way can they draw them to the same effect.

Yeah that would be the downside :/
 
Oct 8, 2017 9:01 AM
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Well I liked this first episode. The setting is really pretty, and I think the 3D animation techniques have fit well for this anime. The character designs certainly look nice, and they are personalities I want to get to know more. So far I'm happy with where this story is heading, and will definitely continue!

I think it was the ED at the end? It definitely had an ED vibe, it was really an impressively animated ED even if you consider the 3D elements. Really nice art.
 
Oct 8, 2017 9:44 AM

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SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The directing is so good! the dialogue! the colors! the art!!!

this is actually the first time im liking a CG on anime, it looks so fluid and fitting for this kind of settings, i love it! i love it! i love it! this and juuni taisen are my two favorites so far this season
 
Oct 8, 2017 9:51 AM

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This first episode, I really liked it. Really evocative the backgrounds, the colors are really beautiful and the characters are interesting, although they differ only in the color of their hair and their hairstyle. Look forward to the next episode, I'm too curious about this anime series.

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Oct 8, 2017 10:58 AM
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Man, this is really cool. Even though I am accepting of CG, I'm always am a little wary of it, but the show did a great job. I actually think the choice of CG allows for character design that wouldn't be possible with 2D animation. The way the hair glowed is my favorite example. The characters are clear and interesting. Even though I know Phos will no doubt be involved in more action conflicts, its nice that they just gave her a bizarre job, keeps the show interesting. Sound design and music were also great. Hope the quality keeps up.
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Oct 8, 2017 12:30 PM

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The story wasn't all that but I liked the characters and LOVED how great the visuals and CG ended up looking....That was very surprising

Gonna stick with this for a while to see how it goes
 
Oct 8, 2017 1:59 PM
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Best first episode of the season so far.

 
Oct 8, 2017 2:35 PM

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assuming a steady 2 chapters per episode, we might get as far as shiro, and i'm really interested in how they'll animate "gold"...

as for this epsiode, it had a slyghtly different feel from the manga, but i still loved it, there's only 3 things that had my head tilting, from worst to less worst:

1: phos and beni talking: WHY THE HECK IS AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE IN THE BACKGROUND ON EVERY FRIKKING ANGLE?! does the director even understand how huge is the island and the school, there's less than 28 people on th eisland especially in the middle of they day, and they put on so many characters there?! they also felt incredibly out of place.

2: non action animations: they feel way too fluid at times for what the gems are supposed to be, like worms having to move at all costs every second, i mean, it's decent animation even if not impressive, but that's really too much.

3: the music: though to be fair it's early to say anything, the music isn't impressive, and this was especially badly felt in the manga's first scene/anime second scene, if there was no music and only the sound of the gems and of the grass it would have been way better imho.
then again i guess nothing will ever satisfy me in terms of music for houseki seeing how for me houseki's ost is tales from topographic oceans by yes... but hey, at least morga&goshe's scene was very good in terms of audio, i never noticed the lunarians/selenites use sound to balance their actions in fight.
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Dia must be OP.



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Oct 8, 2017 3:17 PM
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So Pho is the only one that doesn't get to fight then. Too bad as she looks keen. So the gods come from the moon to harvest the gems and turn them into decorations how cruel. So Pho's frailty is why she hasn't been assigned a job yet then. Man Pho really is fragile though. So as long as they have all the pieces then those that were taken can be reborn then interesting. So Pho was finally given her first job then. So the gems need sunlight to be able to work effectively then. Cinnabar must be lonely due to her poison though. Her method of attack sure was pretty unique though. Cinnabar is sad because she lacks both a clear purpose and job then. Though for selfish reasons its nice seeing Pho actually does want to help Cinnabar though. An interesting first episode.
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Oct 8, 2017 4:10 PM

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I quite liked this. Even though there will be some put off due to the CG, I think it works here since the characters are gems. It gives them a more doll like feel and thus otherworldly in a sense. Plus the backgrounds are gorgeous.

Can't wait for more.
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Oct 8, 2017 7:36 PM

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This is quite interesting didn't realize it was gonna be mainly 3DGI honestly after being tortured with all these years with awful 3D it's nice to see something know it's style and nail it i came around pretty quick to liking it makes sense with them being jewels too.

 
Oct 8, 2017 8:23 PM

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Really enjoyed the first episode.

I like the art style and animation. I like the extra expressiveness that the tiny movements of it being cgi allows.

Looking forward to more.
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Oct 8, 2017 8:58 PM

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I can see the potential here. I like the design and the concept, especially the mechanic of memories being tied to gem shards. The character interactions are fun, with the bumbling Pho and the loner Cinnabar.

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Behold everyone... Steven Universe the anime

Steven Universe is already an anime in spirit. And the manga started publishing about half a year before the Steven Universe pilot was released online. Let's just call it a funny coincidence and move on.
 
Oct 8, 2017 9:11 PM

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1: phos and beni talking: WHY THE HECK IS AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE IN THE BACKGROUND ON EVERY FRIKKING ANGLE?! does the director even understand how huge is the island and the school, there's less than 28 people on th eisland especially in the middle of they day, and they put on so many characters there?! they also felt incredibly out of place.

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1) Well, As you have read the manga, you should know not everyone has to go out into battle(Red Beryl, Alex, etc). And even those that do don’t have to go out all the time, so it at least explains why Zircon and Yellow Dia were in the BG that one scene.

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