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Dashiawia Jul 1, 7:47 PM
Also, I recommend you to check out The Disastrous Life of Saiki K should you be looking for another over-the-top comedy series. That show boasts a huge but lovable character cast, with some genuinely funny interactions scattered throughout. Definitely one of the better recent comedy series I've seen in the last 5 years.
Dashiawia Jul 1, 7:34 PM
Sweet! I hope that it gets a grand (no pun intended) adaptation and get its comedic timing right. I took a quick glance at the seiyuu list and it looks to be promising enough. Kinda wish the main protagonist, Iori, was voiced by Kamiya Hiroshi, though. His voice would be a perfect fit for this character, IMO.

You're likely correct with that decision. I'm mainly watching it to get an idea of what the VN is about, since I doubt I'd be able to play it anytime soon. If it sucks too badly, like how Dies Irae turned out to be, I won't hesitate to drop it in a heartbeat! I'll let you know in a month or so if it's worth watching.

I believe it does, but I haven't actually conversed with anyone there up till now. The site does seem a lot quieter compared to MAL from what I can tell. Take the forums, for example. When a new anime episode comes out, there'd be an episode discussion almost right away on MAL. On Anilist? Well, some of the popular stuff, like Steins;Gate 0, gets an episode discussion a couple of hours after the episode comes out. But other, less talked about shows tend to have no episode discussions on the forums. I mean, I personally don't mind this as I was never really that active on forums in the first place, but I can see how that could be a turn-off for some people who prefer to be more involved in a community environment. As for myself, as long as I have a few close friends to talk to, whether it be on a regular basis or on-and-off, I'm happy. And yeah, I agree with you on MAL's old design being much better.

Edit: Oh, almost forgot about Shingeki no Kyojin S3 and High Score Girl. I'll be following those 2 as well. :)
Dashiawia Jul 1, 1:02 PM
Not going to lie, summer doesn't have too many titles I'm particularly interested in at the moment. The ones I know I will be checking out are Satsuriku no Tenshi, Grand Blue, and Island. The first of the three should be nice from what I could make out from the PV, and I too love Okamoto's voice as a psycho killer (<3 Accelerator). I read a few volumes of Grand Blue and liked its style of humor. It's similar to something like Gintama, where the jokes are very exaggerated and blatant, and they're often executed to awesome effect if you like that sort of humor. The latter, I'm unsure how it'll turn out since it's a VN adaptation, but I've heard good things about the source material. I went to check out the first episode today, and so far, it's a bit generic but has potential to get better. Liking the concept of time travel in it.

Also, sorry for the late reply. Ever since MAL went down some time ago, I made an account on anilist.co and exported my MAL lists there. It's a relatively new database for anime/manga, but I like how quickly things get approved there compared to MAL. Quite strange, really, considering that MAL has the much bigger community and staf members.
Dashiawia May 23, 9:16 PM
Yeah. I know that feeling, bro. As someone who has transitioned himself from a college student to a working adult, the payoff is definitely worth the investment. Generally speaking, I get a stronger sense of accomplishment compared to before, as I find myself learning new things and applying them on a regular basis to solve complex issues. So yeah, I'd say that staying on the right track in life is more than worth sacrificing some of our leisure time. Keep at it, man! :)

Yep. The thing about comedy series for me, is that I have to like or feel acquainted with the characters enough to appreciate the humor between them. Sure, most comedies I've seen (including Nozaki-kun) probably did manage to crack a few chuckles from me, but only a handful of them have truly delivered an impeccable experience worth remembering for. I can see why you and many others have Gintama in your top favorites. It truly is a gem in the comedy genre. And I'm not even close to catching up on it yet!

Right on the mark. I think Hinamatsuri might just be my favorite comedy of the season, or possibly even the year. As for emotional responses, I'm already getting plenty of that in Hinamatsuri whenever Anzu is involved. Her earnest, hardworking lifestyle makes her a very likable character, and it was heartwarming to see how much she treasures the time she spent with her hobo friends. And heck, even some of Hina's episodes have something in there to tug on my heartstrings. This show isn't just a simple comedy for me at this point; it's got enough well-executed drama to make itself stand out from its peers, in my opinion.
So far, Wotakoi hasn't really shown much in the drama department. But I don't think it's trying to in the first place, so I'm just going to take it for the fun rom-com it is currently. Both do a nice job at crafting affable characters and making their interactions lively and fun, that’s for sure. :)

I hear you. And I agree with everything you said about the new Japanese voice actresses. It's not easy to make it big in the voice acting industry when you're new; you have to have the natural talent, as well as the right people to back you up. Gir(a)rlish Number actually touches on this topic quite extensively, so if you're interested in how voice acting works in the anime industry and haven't seen the show, go ahead and give it a watch. I can't guarantee that you'll like it, as I personally didn't due to the lack of development for most of the characters, but at the very least it has educational value.

Haha, nice one! I couldn't agree more. Ufotable should prioritize their budget into adapting all the Type Moon works. I sure hope to see Tsukihime getting a proper anime adaptation one day, because it totally deserves one. And while I haven't experienced Mahoutsukai no Yoru yet, its reputation alone piques my interest, so I'd like to see it getting an adaptation in the next few years.

How do you make of Golden Kamuy so far? I think it's a solid adventure show, with competent characters, a unique setting, and an intriguing conflict. If only the budget was better, it'd be even more awesome. I read the first volume of the manga a while back, and the source material has fantastic art compared to the anime. It also has plenty of intense, explicit gore which the anime just can't disclose. Aside from that, it's been a pretty good adaptation from what I can tell.
Dashiawia May 12, 9:15 PM
Yeah. Personally, I haven't been active on any social media for the past 2 years, MAL included. Life's just too busy for me right now to have much time for online activities, sadly. But I really do miss having conversations like this with you and a few other close friends on MAL. I'll try to drop a comment or two whenever possible. :)

I'm in agreement. The art style is quite pretty, no doubt, and was the main reason why I decided to check it out in the first place. The fact that it was made by the same people who made Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, didn't exactly excite me though, as I wasn't very impressed with the latter show's cast and its style of humor. Thankfully, Tada-kun's cast is a bit better than its predecessor's, and I find the humor to be more up my alley as well. It's not extremely over-the-top like Nozaki-kun's, which is a plus for me. And no problem! Wotakoi's definitely a strong contender for my favorite non-sequel anime of the season - the other candidate being Hinamatsuri. The character interactions in that show feel truly refreshing, and I really do like all 4 of the main cast. Hirotaka's probably my favorite character at the moment. Loving his stoic personality and his deadpan reactions~ :p
And yeah, surprisingly, the two main leads are not voiced by experienced VAs. Some may find Narumi's voice a tad annoying, but not me. I think she's doing a decent job overall.

Yeah, man. It's my favorite route in FSN as well, and I couldn't have been any happier with the way Ufotable adapted the first part of the story. The first movie in the trilogy trimmed down most of the uneventful scenes, like the numerous cooking scenes (god they were awful~), and did an amazing job establishing Shirou and Sakura's relationship from the start. The fight scenes are immaculate as well, beautifully choreographed as you'd expect from Ufotable. The only negative thing I can say about it is the lack of monologues for Shirou, but that's only to be expected considering the time restraint. Haha, I see you aren't a fan of Ufotable's UBW adaptation either. You're not the only one, my friend. While I did like it overall for its sky-high production values and aesthetics, I felt that the directing and pacing left a lot to be desired, and ruined what could have otherwise been an excellent adaptation. Fingers crossed that the rest of the HF movie trilogy will deliver an experience on par with, if not better, than the first movie!
Dashiawia May 11, 5:34 PM
Hey, man! Been a while, huh. It's a pretty decent rom-com, albeit, nothing groundbreaking in the romance department as of the 6th episode. It does have some fairly likable characters once you warm up to them, though. I'd say that, if you found the first episode to be bland, the rest of the show probably won't be that much better. I think Wotakoi is a better pick if you want to watch a solid rom-com this season.

In other news, the new Fate/stay Night: Heaven's Feel movie is finally out! I'm watching it right now, and it's already looking a lot better than Ufotable's Unlimited Blade Works in terms of pacing, atmosphere, and content. They also decided to use some of Fate/Zero's soundtracks, which suits the serious tone the sequel's going for. So far, it's been amazing so hopefully this adaptation can do justice to the VN.
Dashiawia Dec 29, 2017 5:17 PM
Thanks, Kenshin! Merry belated Christmas to you as well. :)
Solos Nov 14, 2017 12:23 PM
SW>real life, absolute facts :^) I primarily play single-player stuff for that reason. The only mobile games I do play these days are FGO and FEH, which thankfully don't have time specific stuff (daily login bonuses aside but you got 24 hours for that and just need to launch the app to get it). Which is good because I mostly only play them during commutes. I myself can't see the rationale behind making something as time consuming as possible but I guess if it gets people hooked they'll be more likely to buy more from the product, which leads to more profit on their side (as companies primarily focus on profit over the well-being of their consumers). This even goes outside of mobile games and into certain F2P games (and if EA is any indicator, even the ones you pay full price for), though they haven't gone as far as time-specific events (instead opting for RNG based rewards for real money in the form of lootboxes).

That's true! I'm so guilty of opening spoiler tags myself unless I'm currently going through it. They're so tempting ;-; I've had a few things that I didnt plan on gettingg to at the moment but did eventually spoiled to me because of that.

Oh man, I'm still stuck on the Cloud of Darkness in FF3 after a couple years now. I should probably revisit my save and hopefully not mess up this time '_>'
Dashiawia Nov 7, 2017 7:12 PM
I get ya. I wouldn't want to be friends with some alcoholic drunkard, either, even if we did share common hobbies. I'd say you made the right choice there. I'm sure you'll be able to make new friends given your amiable personality. :)

Yeah, White Fox is among my favorite studios as well, slightly ahead of my other favorites in Ufotable, P.A. Works, Kyoto Animation, and Shaft. It definitely rose up in my rankings after it brought us Re:Zero, a show that I absolutely fell in love with ever since the first episode. Rem is love, Rem is life~ I guess I'm not that into Sunrise because mecha isn't really my thing, and I haven't finished Gintama. Off the top of my head, the only show that I really enjoyed from them is Code Geass.

Great news! I still haven't finished reading the fan translated version, which doesn't have the extra routes if I recall correctly. I'll be sure to finish it once I'm in the mood to read VN's again. :)

I'll get back to your other comment a bit later, but just want to make a quick comment about Dies Irae. I actually didn't know that it was fully translated until you mentioned it, lol. Last time I checked on vndb, which was about a week ago, the full English patch for Windows hasn't been released. And I heard that you can read the common route for free on Steam, but to read more you'd have to buy the game. I was hoping to download it off Fuwanovel when it's fully patched, but I guess it's not happening.
Dashiawia Nov 5, 2017 8:16 PM
That's good, man. I don't have a relative who's into anime, but I do have a few close friends in real life who are fans of the medium, and we would often chat in-person about the subject. None of them have seen nearly as many anime as I have, though, and I'm usually the one who recommends them new anime to watch. We don't really discuss about anime in detail, either, aside from casual remarks about what we liked and disliked about each show (generally seasonal anime). Nothing wrong with that, of course. If I wanted a serious discussion, I'd prefer to do it on MAL with other users.

Yeah, you generally can't go wrong with based Madhouse, unless the source material sucks ass. They're notorious for not producing sequels to some very reputable shows, though. Stuff like Chihayafuru and Kaiji have more than enough material for a third season, but they never got one despite how well the prequels did. But yeah, overall, I'd say Madhouse is my favorite studio in terms of producing consistently engaging titles.
Solos Oct 31, 2017 8:40 PM
Man that song takes me way back. Video is nearly a decade old too.

That's fine! It was basically 4 GB anyways since it had 8 by default but half of it was system files. Not anymore though! Now I got lots of space which I use very wisely (aka mobile games, manga, school readings and shitty memes). If you love it I wouldn't recommend quitting it entirely unless it's super super invasive. Maybe take breaks and come back to it when you're not so busy, it can even serve as motivation for your other stuff along the way. That's how I like to look at my backlog of stuff when I get busy with life.

Oh wow, that's perfect for me then! The visuals are astounding and if it's anything like FSN (especailly HF or UBW routes) then I'm in for a treat. I'm gonna start it soon, just gonna complete one more game first (Virtue's Last Reward). Plus I can show off my knowledge to those who are watching the anime without having read the source material and totally not spoil it at all no sir I wouldn't

As for Doki Doki Literature Club, it's pretty short. I believe it should take around 5 hours, give our take an hour depending on how fast you read. The art style seems very misleading. I haven't played it myself but it definitely has a very "looks can be deceiving" type look to it, which I enjoy a lot if the execution catches me off guard.
Dashiawia Oct 30, 2017 8:11 PM
That is great! It's always a good feeling to have people close to us watch anime alongside us. Just recently, I got one of my friends into anime too. He's been on a roll lately, watching all the stuff I deem to be good/excellent, and he's also following seasonal anime on top of that. I'm glad to have another anime buddy, especially since I know him so well in real life. :D

And yeah, you should watch Death Parade, man. It's a pretty good show, all in all. You might not like the episodic structure, as it's kinda like Mushishi, except there's more drama in it. Then again, it also shares several similarities with Angel Beats, so you could potentially enjoy it. I say give it a shot.
Solos Oct 28, 2017 7:26 PM
Thanks! I'm glad to be back hopefully laziness doesnt take over again, missed you as well. College is both a friend and an enemy when it comes to stress (mostly the latter), though with the slightly reduced course load this year I have a lot of my stuff in bursts with breaks in between this year (but when it's busy it gets hectic).

I got a new phone with 32GB standard so I got more than enough room this time. Had my old one for nearly 3 years, and didn't replace it till about a month ago. Old one still works aside from the SIM slot, which is kaput. If my other games are any indication I'd expect SW to be between 1-2 GB. Maybe more with updates.

I feel ya, what's a VN without the extra important scenes that are researched for purely, um, scientific purposes. Particularly in the field of human anatomy and physiology. In that case, I'll go with the common route and hopefully enjoy it enough to buy the rest of it. I wouldn't be surprised if other VNs follow suit with what Dies Irae did on Steam if it helped it in sales, using the common route as sort of a "demo". Speaking of VNs and Steam, have you played Doki Doki Literature Club?
Solos Oct 28, 2017 6:37 PM
Hello Kenshin! Sorry for my constant disappearances, life and laziness have significantly decreased my activity and I'm very very sorry about that ;-; I'm doing great, thanks for asking! I hope you're doing alright as well.

The battle system for Summoners War looks very intense. And now that I have a new phone that has more than 4 GB of space total (no SD slot), I can finally fit the game along with all my other stuff. Hoping to get into it once the semester wears out a bit as I'm on my last year right now.

Oh and Dies Irae is out on Steam. I have heard so many good things about the VN and it's FREE. At least the common route is. How much of the VN is necessary to get an idea of the story outside of that?
Dashiawia Oct 16, 2017 7:25 PM
I see. I'd have to read the VN when it's fully translated one day. Highly doubt the anime will do the source material any justice. I just hope it won't be as bad of an adaptation as Grisaia no Kajitsu was. That's not too much to ask for, right?!

Oh, good. I've only read a bit of the manga and so far I think their relationship is leaning towards master-apprentice, but there's definitely hints of romantic undertones, too. Not that I think it's distasteful or anything, but I guess I just prefer for them to have a platonic bond as master and student. It's seriously hard to find good stories nowadays that don't try to force a romantic relationship between the male lead and female lead, lol. I mean, just look at Usagi Drop! That anime was destined for success as a great parenting show, but somehow, in the second half of the manga, the author suddenly decided to say: "screw this, Imma make this a romance because why the heck not.", and turned it into a mess. No offence to those who enjoyed the manga ending, but I was most definitely, not a fan. Sorry for the mini rant there, got sidetracked. :P
Anyway, Mahoutsukai no Yome could be a pleasant surprise for me. I'm most certainly intrigued by the world-building, and it helps that it has such high production values to make the world look as beautiful as it could! :D

Haha, yeah, I know. Back in the days, we had solid anime adaptations from great manga like Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) and Hunter x Hunter (1999), both of which had plenty of anime-original content that didn't suck, and actually added to the viewing experience. Assuming one hasn't read the original work, he likely wouldn't even be able to tell what the anime has changed. In Kino's case, I'd say the original handled this particular story better than the remake, despite the latter being more faithful to the novels. That being said, I also enjoyed the way they told the story in the remake, which seems to suggest, in a less ambiguous way, that Kino may have joined the fight out of vengeance for the unfortunate couple she and Hermes met in their travels. They also made it clear that Kino, despite being normally composed and a total badass, is prone to human weaknesses such as frustration (as evident from her throwing rocks into the water at her own reflection). Ironically, when she berates the former prince about his quest for vengeance, she's also berating herself for succumbing to the same weakness. In a nutshell, what makes Kino's Journey fascinating to me, is how it teaches many life lessons in a natural way as we vicariously experience both the beauty and ugliness of the world through Kino's perspective.

Nice. I still haven't got around to reading Index, though it's one of the higher priorities on my LN list (Oregairu being the top priority). I can see the appeal in reading a LN side-by-side with watching the anime, despite not having tried it myself. Index S3 should be a lot better than the previous seasons from what I heard from InfiniteDestiny, if my memory serves, as it will introduce more members of the Saints, who are ridiculously powerful. Fortunately, I haven't read any spoilers, so I'll be going in blind. :D