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OneChad Jul 17, 5:00 PM
Just finished Gantz and found your Battle Royal recommendation, and i'm hella sold thank u
Gojo_Baka Jul 2, 11:48 PM
Hey, first of all thanks for your response. I am glad that it was insightful for someone. And yeah, I did check that discussion at that forum and to summarise all of it in short would be that the people at there had problem with post-eclipse Berserk, they say that "it is not same anymore, introduction of magical realm and all isn't just good, their isn't any plot progression or narrative in the story after Golden age. Much of characterization and progression of characters had already been seen with in Golden age arc". All and all much of thier argument was revolving on these statements. I wouldn't go into depth of explanation and rather will try to sum up my views on it in short on these issues they are raising. First of all this whole argument that Berserk after Golden age lost it's edge is just so wrong like seriously one of the central theme of Berserk is that life is utterly meaningless and the only scope of living and affirming life is by creating your own values and meaning in it ( this is of course because Berserk was influenced by Nietzschean existentialism, as I had mentioned already) so saying that Berserk lost's it's plot progression, narrative order or *meaning* after Golden age arc is just so utterly absurd to assert because it never had one to begin with none of the characters with in this story inherited any sort of traditional family values, nation-state identities, ethnic traditions, their reason of being. At the very beginning of their life except few like Farnese and our little magician girl. Also eventually Farenese led to discard the meaning given to her life life by Holy see because they were life denying and then we led to see a wonderful development in her character. So saying that there wasn't any meaning in the events after Golden age arc is just absurd, even the so called meaning they seek in Golden age arc was possible just because of Griffith's unshakable dedication he had towards his dreams. Also apparently the order or plot progression they are seeking at the end of the Falconia arc is not because Miura started taking this story seriously at that point but rather because Guts achieved one of his central motives or ambition to regain Casca's sanity. And all the order or plot progression these people seek is most of the times at that the point when Griffith is introduced again with in the story like as, at the end of Conviction arc, Falconia arc etc. This is not because Miura all of sudden regains his interest in Berserk but rather because Griffith had already sorted out what he intended to do in his life, even same goes for Guts from Conviction arc he also sorted out his upcoming ambition to regain sanity of her beloved lover Casca and strived for it since Conviction arc. So the thing that really shine all throughout Berserk is not it's plot narrative but rather character development, character interaction and character dynamics. To sum all of it in one phrase would be to say that, Berserk is loved because of it's character not plot. Whole plot of Berserk acts according to the characters of this story, so there couldn't be any point where the plot of this story will overwhelm it's characters because Berserk is a charcter driven story not plot driven. So seeking something from this story which it never intended to do is just ridiculous. So that's the central issue raised by the people of that forum, of which I think so, I had given a proper answer. Apart from that other issues like magical realm and Berserker armour changes the tone of Berserk is also weird proposition to assert because, IMO the whole of magical realm gives further level of nuance to it's World building and also a whole encompassing view of life, also it's important for one more reason which has to dealt with some philosophical issue about which, I don't wanna go in depth and as far as Berserker armor is concerned, I don't find that level up in this story to degrade it's quality, also it even adds to give a psychological outlook of Guts psychic, that how much wrath is stoll left with in Guts and how much of it he is able to control. There can be a more depth-full and fruitfull argument about the importance of Berserker armor, about which I don't wanna go in detail. Also one more poin to add about the issue that why magical realm was introduced in Berserk would be that Berserk belongs to Dark-Fantasy genre, duh.

Anyways if you had bare me till this part, then thanks a lot for reading my views and appreciating them. I am really gald :D
necro_dancer Jul 2, 5:59 AM
oh damn, i can't imagine paying for something like that XD

i actually think i found DearS through Chobits page ("similar to this anime"), thats another anime im avoiding for sure lol.

i have been looking into more obscure shows tho. i just finished Gilgamesh and... it was definitely a weird experience. the music and atmosphere were great but the animation and story/characters were absolutely terrible. it had one interesting idea that i hadn't seen anywhere else. basically some chemical explosion/nuke or whatever happens. now the sky just mirrors the ground and it has a "silver, murky look". added so much to the mood

>make me geek out to music when memories are attached

oh i know what u mean haha

my recommendations are "Sim City" and "Technique Of Relief" (sim city feels similar to berserk's ost so probably start with that. ToR is an awesome record too, many say its his best)
Estod Jun 10, 9:18 AM
Cool Blue Flames recommendations. lol
I bet you wrote it long time ago and when you where much younger. Not many people are this bold nowadays.
ilalochezia Jun 4, 10:05 PM
Your comment about the Laughing Man case having a more 'human edge' is curiously on-point; I've never thought of it like this before. Also your comparison between S.A.C. 2nd GIG and the Patlabor 2 Movie is insightful, especially the extent of Oshii's influence on the first one.
necro_dancer Apr 18, 1:55 AM
Hey! i just saw your "DearS" review and i have to say its genuinely the funniest review i've ever seen on this site and its from 2009! looking up old posts/reviews is oddly fun lol

the art does look real crappy tho, so does the premise. i wonder what goes through their mind when they make stuff like this

on a side note, u got nice favorites! i really need to check some of these out. have u listened to Hirasawa's albums too or just the OSTs?
pyroisafk Apr 18, 12:44 AM
I loved your recommendation on many series and I also see series like Maison Ikkoku, Rainbow, NHK, Ashita No Joe, Ginga Tetsudou 999, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu and Touch all being appreciated by someone which brings immeasurable happiness to my heart.
Tumerking Mar 18, 10:40 AM
I know it's been a few weeks since my message, but I feel like I didn't really give you too many of my thoughts about Squid Game - of which I have many. My wife refused to watch it and I don't have any other friends on the internet or IRL so I haven't been able to vent about it until now. Anyways, here goes:

Positives: I thought the beginning was very strong. Shooting hundreds of innocent people so quickly and mercilessly in the first game was a huge shock and I think it was an excellent hook for the show. Nothing grabs people like piles of innocent dead bodies. The second episode being much slower and entirely about character development was also a good choice. In Gantz, some of the better chapters were just following the characters between the games and getting to know them in normal life a bit. It gives the story and the characters a lot of much needed weight. The marbles game was hands down the best part of the show specifically because we had grown to know and like the characters. Brutal and tragic just the way I like it.

Negatives: I already mentioned the horrible American actors in my first message so I won't go into that anymore here, but I do feel like their appearance, performances aside, is the weakest part of Squid Game. Finding out the game is run by psychotic rich people is kind of...meh. It's just not interesting. I think the cop character was doing some interesting things, but it was disappointing when his arc basically ended with a giant "See you in Season 2" screen.

Worst part of the show by far though is the glass jumping game. Every other game is more or less skill based with everyone having a somewhat equal chance...more or less. But the glass game is absolute pure randomness. They could have just as easily replaced the game with Russian roulette. And making people jump in a specific order is super duper not fair. Shit "game" design. And why the fuck did a random dude who worked in a glass factory show up out of fucking nowhere at the very end??? That's unforgivably lazy writing. And then after they beat the shitty fucking game all the glass explodes??? And because of that unnecessary explosion one of the 3 remaining characters gets mortally wounded by a shard of glass. Nothing like that happened at the end of any other game so it just felt like a shitty plot device. Which it was. And I don't know why. I think seeing the last 3 people in an empty room duke it out in a 1v1v1 knife fight would've been incredibly tense. But instead the girl can't fight at all and basically just dies of her wound. Pretty lame.

Overall: Despite it's flaws I thought it was mostly great. An 8-9/10. But as I mentioned in my first message I do really worry about season 2. They'll have to introduce an almost entirely new cast of characters, which isn't easy to do in a second season. Also people will be expecting horrifically brutal games of death from the get go so the shock value will be completely gone. And it seems like they might be focusing more on the people behind the Squid Games and the overarching plot which was the weakest part of the show to begin with. Similar to Gantz, this doesn't feel like a show that should want to spend time explaining itself. That didn't end well for Gantz and I can't imagine it will for Squid Game either. I'm glad more shows like this are being made, but this one in particular feels like it will be a one-season wonder. Hopefully I'm wrong. But I am excited for all the copycats that are going to come afterwards.

Anyways, NOW my 10 month break is going to begin.

- Adam
Tumerking Feb 23, 9:45 AM
I haven’t waited too long to reply to your message, right? I think I ghosted you and left MAL for a couple years at one point so compared to that these six months should be nothing. Just need to re-read your messages and try to remember everything I’ve done in the last year or so.

I last sent you a message in May and you STILL haven’t finished Shingeki yet? Did cowboy Kenny really have so much of an impact on you during your re-read that you decided to drop the manga all together? You can knock out the final few volumes in an afternoon and finally put to rest what you started (and what you recommended I start) 10+ years ago. Yea, it’s not the same crazy shit balls thing we started reading pre-anime weebs, but there’s still a few good moments on the way to the end. Don’t turn into one of these anime-only “I wuv when da stowy haz cuwers and mooves” knucklefucks.

Berserk: Don’t show this message to anyone else, but Miura dying is almost certainly a mercy when it comes to Berserk tbh. Like our buddy George RR Martin he was writing so slowly and was so far away from the ending he was never going to finish it anyways. Both were writing their (needlessly way too long) magnum opus and both ran out of steam and ideas a fair bit ago. All anyone is waiting on now is for George to follow suit. It’s a shame. I love the Game of Thrones books. Even the 4th and 5th ones, which are absolutely worse than the first 3, I still like a ton. And like Berserk we’ll never even get close to a GoT ending. Makes me wish I actually hated the last couple books like some people because now I have something I want that I’ll never have. Fucking sucks.

Also, I don’t mind all those random people commenting “Berserk good, your taste is trash idiot!!!1 LOL” on my page. We were all fanboy weebs once. Some of us still are. I do have to delete a few of them sometimes to keep everything under control a bit though. And that snakepenises line in my Berserk review still makes me laugh to this day. I’ll never delete those reviews. I’m too sentimental.

Desuraba: It is what it is. The boobs to non-boobs pages ratio is quite good. Essentially about 5 women trying to sexily seduce/basically rape 5 virgin guys, but if the guys give in then they’ll turn into a monster or die or something. I’m into the whole ‘hot women trying to seduce guys trying to resist’ thing so it scratches an itch.

But I know a couple korean webtoons that are much better and smuttier and aren’t listed on MAL

Sweet guy: about a dude who gains the ability to touch people and make them super horny. Pretty cliche premise, but the artwork, women designs and ‘action’ scenes are exceptionally top quality. Didn’t really know they made smut with such good artwork until reading this one.

Sexercise: about a dude who signs up for a gym and finds out that (oh my god) you fuck hot girls for exercise. Again, artwork and women designs are really really good and I’m just personally a sucker for hot girls in spandex/exercise clothes which this webtoon has a ton of.

Yes, I’m married. So what?

Also I tried Prison School, but something about the artwork/character designs just doesn’t do it for me. A little too absurdist if you know what I mean? Appreciate the rec, but just not my jam personally.

An actual manga I actually read: Blood on the Tracks aka Chi no Wadachi. It's kind of meh. I see you dropped it at chapter 42 which was probably the correct move. The mangaka does the same shit he always does by just making shit up as he goes along. Works really well for a bit as he’s good at setting a creepy atmosphere and really emphasizing every “important” line of dialogue or twist in the story, but eventually you realize it’s not really going anywhere. It’s just twisting and twisting and twisting in on itself with nowhere to really go and nothing else to say. It’s one of those zombie manga that’s done all it set out to do, but I guess people keep buying it so the mangaka just keeps churning it out week after week. And my guess is that he’ll keep doing so until it isn’t popular anymore or he gets burnt out. Such as it is with most popular manga these days. Admittedly I did only read it because my wife kept talking about it, but even she agrees that it lost its way a while ago.

Real life: Family hasn’t been able to visit me, but my wife and I went to America a month ago for my older sister’s wedding.
Day 1: Saw my mom and sisters.
Day 2: Saw my dad and aunt.
Day 3: My wife tests positive for covid and we spend the next 6 days in a hotel room by ourselves and don’t see my family again for the rest of the trip. Shit. By some crazy random chance I tested negative every single day, and so I was actually able to go to my sister's wedding. I wore a mask and didn’t stay for the reception, but I was still there at least. Took a few pictures with my family too. Nobody else ever tested positive so luckily my wife was spared from becoming patient 0 and ruining a wedding, but it did kind of suck to only see my family for 2 days after not seeing them for 18 months. Oh, well. Next time, I guess.

Games: Don’t have any playstation or next gen console, unfortunately. We’ll probably get one at some point in the future (Elden Ring looks pretty good), but right now my wife and I are playing World of Warcraft. I know you’re not an mmorpg person, but it’s pretty chill if you’re not trying to min-max and get all the best gear and PvP and stuff. We pretty much exclusively collect mounts from old expansions that we literally can’t die in because we’re so overleveled. It’s fun to do while drinking on a Friday/Saturday night.

Shows: Squid Game like everybody else on the planet. I did almost turn it off when the American actors showed up. The cringe was unbearable. Though you know my tastes well enough. I love life or death games and Squid Game was no exception. Great stuff, dogshit American actors aside. I’m a little bit worried about season 2. No way it can possibly live up to the atmospheric level of hype the first season created.

The only other show I can tentatively recommend is Severance. I say tentatively because there’s only 2 episodes out at the moment, but it’s a good 2 episodes. It’s about the “severance” program which separates peoples work brain from their private life brain. It’s very psychological and mysterious. It’s a bit hard to describe so I’ll just link you the trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEQP4VVuyrY&ab_channel=AppleTV

That’s all I got for now. Time for my regularly scheduled 10 month message break. Until 2023.

See ya.

- Adam
Zahraung Feb 17, 2:15 PM
Sorry for you but Hitoribocchi no Duet is a great opening!
TheMangaManiac Nov 6, 2021 7:33 PM
Anyone who likes Ikigami is goat in my book
Ezekiel_01 Oct 31, 2021 12:02 AM
Hello There! Randomly Stopping By

Gilsaber Aug 23, 2021 10:42 AM
Thanks for rec. I will surely check this out.

Do you have any other recommendations(any genre acceptable with little to no-romance)??
Kinaro Jun 28, 2021 9:42 PM
I see you're a Magilou of culture as well
Tumerking May 12, 2021 9:09 AM
Hey.

So, Shingeki no Kyojin is over. I remember you had a falling out with the series and aren't up to date anymore so I won't go into any specifics about the ending. But, what a ride eh? It always feels so strange when a long running series come to an end regardless of the actual quality of the ending. It reminds me of when Naruto came to an end. I remember watching the premier episode on toonami when it first aired. I'd eventually start going over to my neighbors house and we'd watch the new episode(s) together as they premiered. It was the anime that first got me to google search "watch anime online free". And then eventually, once I watched every available episode, I went searching for websites where I could read the manga. Which of course lead me to other manga and my habit grew from there. When it ended in 2014 (I had to look it up and fuck that seems like so long ago) it felt like a bit of my childhood ending. That series is pure nostalgia for me and despite the objective shittiness of several stretches of the manga I'll always have a biased blind spot for the series.

#Narutard4Life

I imagine that's what Shingeki no Kyojin is going to become for this current generation of weebs. We both know the series isn't perfect and you've undoubtedly heard the harsh critiques of the ending (which are both valid and also WAY overblown), but i imagine once the dust settles people will look back at Shingeki with a lot of nostalgia too. It's definitely no Game of Thrones. It hasn't "ruined" it's own legacy. That's for damn sure.

The only thing I've consumed anime/manga wise over the last 4/5 months is some of Attack on Titan season 4 and a small bit of smut manga. I was very disappointed to see that Vagabond, despite being listed as complete on MAL, has actually been "on hiatus" since 2015... in other words it will never finish. Awesome. I watched the first episode of demon slayer and wasn't feeling it whatsoever. I get that the animation is great, but aside from that it didn't seem that special? Demons kill a guy's entire family so he decides to kill demons as revenge...cool. Maybe my disinterest in all things anime/manga kicked in just as I sat down to watch it? Idk.

EDIT: WAIT! It's been so long I completely forgot that I finished Stravaganza a few months ago based on your rec. The main character indeed has some very nice lines. Bath scenes were always much appreciated. And when she unknowingly met a stripper on the job and she started to perform? More of that please and thank you. But mostly, I feel like the mangaka had no idea what kind of series he wanted to make. Comedy, action, tit appreciation? Each chapter seemed to rotate like they were written by completely different people. Towards the end it found a sort of rhythm, but it was overall very shallow. Bad guy does bad things because he's bad. Oh well. At least it never dragged.

I checked out the fuedal Japan Gantz thing and I just really couldn't after the first chapter. It's just SO similar. Two dudes who don't know each other well randomly decide to risk their lives to save an innocent person and, while managing to save him, end up dying themselves. God, it's just so lazy. Why write the first chapter EXACTLY the same? If the effort put into that first chapter is any indication of the effort Oku intends to put into that whole series I'm staying far the fuck away. Do you know how much effort it takes me to still refer to Gantz as my favorite series after what Oku did to the series in "phase 2"? I'd rather not read that quality of manga for an entire series.

Also yea, my wife never ended up reading or watching any new series after AoT. She's already seen Death Note and Full Metal Alchemist. I tried recommending Bebop, but she wasn't interested. I think she lost interest in anime/manga rather quickly as well. I do appreciate your attempt at recommendations though. She did end up buying a visual novel for the switch and she's been playing that semi-regularly when she has the time. Idk which one it is, but it's definitely weeby. Also you asked in the last message and she's going to be a GP once her residency is over in a year and a half. Although right now she's doing a 6 month residency in the geriatric ward in a hospital. Fun story from earlier today: One of her patients "escaped" and my wife later found her in an unused room down the hall completely naked. The end.

The wedding: Already kinda happened in September. We went to the town hall with my wife's immediate family while wearing wedding clothes, signed some papers, had some pictures taken and then ate some catered food at home. My family obviously couldn't come because of covid, but we don't have any plans for anything bigger. We never wanted anything big or "attentiony" to begin with. Covid didn't really change our plans all that much actually. My family does want to all come over at the same time when they can travel again to celebrate our marriage, but we're not going to have a ceremony or anything.

I think I'm out of stuff to type right now. Unfortunately, I've fallen back into a non Japanese culture consuming period. Ah well, it seems like your interest has fallen over the years as well so you can probably relate. Until next time, Danny boy.

PS: And yes, my name is Adam Smith. Also women don't take last names in Belgium so my wife was spared. Goodbye again.