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Anime Stats
Days: 20.5
Mean Score: 6.39
  • Total Entries208
  • Rewatched1
  • Episodes1,173
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Little Witch Academia (TV)
Little Witch Academia (TV)
Jan 17, 4:47 PM
Watching 20/25 · Scored -
Tsumiki no Ie
Tsumiki no Ie
Jan 12, 11:17 PM
Completed 1/1 · Scored 7
Killing Bites
Killing Bites
Jan 12, 11:42 AM
Dropped 1/? · Scored 3
Manga Stats
Days: 0.9
Mean Score: 6.67
  • Total Entries4
  • Reread0
  • Chapters159
  • Volumes9
Manga History Last Manga Updates
Fuan no Tane
Fuan no Tane
Dec 23, 2017 9:56 PM
Completed 72/72 · Scored 6
Oyasumi Punpun
Oyasumi Punpun
Oct 14, 2017 5:16 PM
Plan to Read · Scored -
Voynich Hotel
Voynich Hotel
Jun 11, 2017 2:58 AM
Completed 68/68 · Scored 6


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gwendal738 11 hours ago
I read your comment on bmoore07's profile about Fate/Zero, and can I just say I am glad I found someone who agrees with my point of view. I never managed to finish it and dropped it because it was so mind-numbingly boring --; I applaud the fact that you were able to get through all of that lol.
bmoore07 Yesterday, 10:23 AM
If it's alright with you, I would like to understand why you gave Fate/Zero a 3.
fastghosthunter Jan 15, 5:21 PM
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SunlitSonata Jan 12, 8:27 AM
Considering I can't find reference to the original FMA anywhere, the fact that they both had this fleshed out power system like that is pretty admirable. FMA does pretty solid things with Amestris and the surrounding areas, enough to give all its characters a sufficient backdrop, but Avatar's heavier emphasis on cultural clashing helps make sure each tribe stands out in their own way. Like, the more Inuit and Sireniki Water Tribe, the Chinese inspired Earth Kingdom, the Japanese inspired Fire Nation, and the Tibetan air monks. I give credit for Brotherhood for how it incorporated the Xing and Ishvalan characters into its overall narrative for worldbuilding's sake (a character level in the case of Ling and Scar mainly) though you don't see said influence cut as deep. It is nice you appreciate their stronger female characters in both series, you don't see that too often. Even Winry, the only major character from FMA without combat skills, still stands out as one of the braver characters through her sheer kindness and willingness to help others.

I don't see anything about FMA on this page from the Wiki, it was probably just a coincidence, but the sheer amount of influences being made their own is quite admirable:
This for instance:

Avatar draws inspiration from Shinichiro Watanabe's Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, as well as FLCL of Gainax. Other various studios from which inspiration was drawn include STUDIO4 °C, Production I.G, and Studio Ghibli. Bryan has commented that some of his most cherished Watanabe fight scenes were the fight between Bebop's Spike Spiegel and a drug smuggler in "Asteroid Blues", as well as the duel between Mugen and Sara in the Champloo episode "Elegy of Entrapment (Verse 2)". Avatar director Giancarlo Volpe also claims the staff "were all ordered to buy FLCL and watch every single episode of it".

One could potentially see Aang deciding to chicken out and put his own spiritual needs in front of the world's when it came down to it as that, contrary to what Kyoshi told him he must face. However, that didn't make Sozin's Comet part 4 any less epic or cathartic. Spiritbending isn't really a cop out since it was narratively established. But as Mr Enter pointed out in mentioning it, greatness isn't an absence of flaws, but how much the audience is willing to deal with the flaws and take them in stride. The peaks in Avatar are far more notable than the valleys. Iroh forgiving Zuko on the spot? That just forgives everything. Melonlord forgives everything. Even Sokka losing his boomerang is a surprisingly strong moment however brief. And of course, the whole Katara Azula Zuko battle scene. Korra is a bit more flawed on the writing standpoint, particularly in the first two seasons, but it still introduced a lot of cool concepts to the Avatar universe, really hit its stride in Seasons 3 and 4, and there was Varrick. Just....everything about Varrick is awesome.
Prideful_Master Jan 11, 8:23 PM
Wow, you really liked Enchanted Parade. Just happened across your profile, and I gotta say, great review. If you feel that way about Parade, you are gonna have a blast with Little Witch TV.
SunlitSonata Jan 11, 6:54 PM
Maybe it's a matter of specific memorability. I could argue Fullmetal Alchemist, Gravity Falls (my OTHER favorite cartoon I'd really recommend) and Avatar like the back of my hand, as well as even shows like Sword Art Online, which I'm familar with all its moments enough to advocate or groan at them. It's really rare for me to know too little about a series I just watched to argue it, ones I've seen years back still have me remember stuff, exception to maybe Serial Experiments Lain or Ghost Hound for the sake of being brain teasers. And there are some like Penguindrum or Nausicca that I feel like I have to rewatch to really appreciate or remember. Long runners funny enough tend to be some of my best anime memories if it feels like everything leads to something else. There were points watching FMA Brotherhood, HxH 2011, or Legend of the Galactic Heroes where I had the drive to binge many many episodes at a time. I went from the end of HxH 2011's Greed Island to the end of the series in 3 days because I was so invested in the ongoing moral and scaling dilemmas that I just had to continue, I think I watched 39 episodes in a row at one point. And Legend of the Galactic Heroes had me watch about 22 episodes in a row when a certain conflict drove my investment that high in its wonderfully scaled space opera. The shows I felt the most struggle finishing were 13-22 episode shows with no pedigree like My Little Monster or Ghost Hound.

FMA Brotherhood felt like there was enough plot in every episode to say several significant events happened, and it had enough interesting scenarios, locations and captivating character depth to have really standout moments, tons.They kept hinting at what was going on throughout the story rather than the ending coming out of nowhere. It's part of why rewatching it is so good. You get to see all the things you missed.

While FMA Brotherhood's moments can be just as impactful as Avatar's, most people I know who loved one love the other. What I really loved about Brotherhood was that it created a huge world, similar to ATLA, where many secondary characters were introduced and came into play later and actually contributed to the plot. There are also so many strong female characters in FMA:B that I respect that I can't help draw parallels to LOK.

I think the difference is that part of the Western influence. If Avatar was an anime though, I'm positive it would be seen as one of the best Shonen anime ever made, as I do think it has influence from that anime style, they just go further and deeper with it, incorporating philosophy much like FMA. Avatar sectioning things off into specific episodes while also having a cohesive building story probably makes more of an impression individually. I very much have fond memories of their best moments, from Aang and Zuko's flashbacks in The Storm, to their initial and accidental team up in the Blue Spirit, to them ultimately visiting the dragons and learning how to firebend (I'm starting to think the Aang/Zuko episodes are the best one), to the powerful Zuko Alone, the excellent history flashback of The Avatar and the Firelord, the various plots of Tales of Ba Sing Se, to the table flipping Crossroads of Destiny, to Katara's excellent catharsis in The Southern Raiders, the list goes on. Even funny episodes like The Desert, the beach episode with the villains, and The Ember Island Players are memorable in their own right. Sure, that also meant you got dumb episodes like the Footloose one, Bato of the Water Tribe and need I mention The Great Divide? Heck, even the finale makes kind of a coppy outty decision, but the highs were so high you forget about most of those.

Also, where did you read that FMA 2003 inspired Avatar? That never happened, FLCL and Studio Ghibli films were actually more of an influence on Avatar than FMA. The original is more of a small character story with heavier atmosphere and psychological elements, Brotherhood is wide scale adventure epic. Though in terms of Avatar like anime, I've heard great things about Moribito Guardian of Spirit, and Yona of the Dawn is like that though with more of a Shoujo vibe.

OK, well, thanks for not disregarding them entirely them, I think you at least understand how I see so much in it. About Titan, it mainly seems to be going on the action spectacle route rather than an adventure, with characters being picked off left and right. There's less character moments, more cookie cutter ones even with the focus on world, potential intrigue, and awesome Spider-manning with ropes. Being incomplete means I can't appreciate its full impact as much as Brotherhood.
SunlitSonata Jan 11, 6:34 AM
I never felt like Edward Elric was 100% in the right, a la Kirito or something. He was never outwardly greedy or cruel, but he started rather selfish and myopic at the beginning, and his more jerk moments are him fixedly ignoring or outright dismissing other people’s problems while Al runs interference; as we learn through his development it's less because he's unable to empathize, and more because he's so utterly horrified by what he's done that he believes that he has to fix his mistake, he has to deal with his own problem. But being forced by his own quest to acknowledge the suffering of others, as well as the other character's gentle (and not so gentle) reminders that he's not alone in this fight, that he has other people who care about him and will help him, make him gradually a kinder and more open person- so much so that the same guy who coldly told Rosa to deal with her own problems in the first episode has to be talked down from offering help to others. Going through what he did with his mother and later Nina, and the fact that he’s still a teenager, I can understand a level of hesitance to using Philosopher’s Stones. Only later when Al is given a stronger meaning behind a onetime use does he use it in epic display. Ed begins the series dependent on alchemy and doing everything himself. By the end of the series he has learned to depend more on his friends and share his burdens, which is the inverse of the typical Shonen protagonist in that regard because they’d normally be the ones spreading love and friendship. Heck, remember this quote near the end of the series when he's talking to Truth:

Truth: You’re willing to cast it aside, to lower yourself to simple human?
Ed: What do you mean lower myself? That’s the only thing I’ve ever been. Just a simple human, who couldn’t even save a little girl.

This maturing realization led to the fact that the only way to beat the Truth was to show humility and acceptance towards weaknesses. Father failed because he did the exact opposite.

I didn’t necessarily think that the climax was bad for being 0-100 mainly because it had buildup. In Episode 40, we knew the type of plan Father wanted to do, it literally KILLED a nation and stuffed the souls inside Hohenheim, and overtime, we got to see the extent of the plan, the want for philosopher’s stone and soul influx, to ultimately making Amestris a giant Transmutation circle so Father could become God. Nor did it take away the character in that regard, it's a series of mini-climaxes leading up to an explosive finale. If everything had been light on large scale action and entirely dialogue driven narrative, I might agree with you, but for a grand scale epic like FMA Brotherhood wanted to be, it was fine at being long without being too long, and exciting. If you want an example of 0-100 climaxes being a bad thing, Kado the Right Answer is a really noticeable one from last year.

As for the GreeLing aspect, I really liked how their personalities and motivations bounced off each other at the end of the series, and like how the rest of the Homunculi died in ironic ways. Like, where despite his name, he began to open up and accept people in his life, respecting humans for their character and perseverance. He then dies after achieving everything he ever wanted. It sounds kinda cheesy on paper, but in execution I think it worked for the better, like, with his final speech to Ling and everything.

“I specifically dislike a lot of the tropes and cliches that most action shounen tend to focus on and it ends up making a sour watching experience. I just don't like the way characters are written and the escalation and the extended battle-sequences that seem to last episodes with huge, page-long monologues about fighting strategies that are there to seemingly hide the lacking animation, which is often panning still-frames with action-lines.”

I understand that idea. I’m not the biggest fan of Shonen plots constantly running in circles for hundreds of episodes with a lax sense of accomplishment and character development. Like, if you watch Fairy Tail, I wouldn't be surprised if you didn’t like it for that reason. The difference with FMA Brotherhood (and 03 as well) is that, well, the animation didn’t feel like it was constantly cutting corners, you actually get to see that action present itself directly and at times it really delivered in magnitude. And yes, they do tend to talk and explain a lot during battles but I wasn’t annoyed that much by it given how they make all the internal logic and solutions consistent. Everyone remembers the infamous Frieza quote where 5 in-universe minutes take 10 episodes worth of time. Time flows slowly in anime and not only because the characters can’t shut their traps for a change. Fillers, dragging, looping, flashbacks, internal dialogues and a million different excuses to make you incapable of drinking a simple can of beer in less than 24 episodes. Brotherhood dared to skip all that crap and go straight to the point. You want a big plot event to happen within a fight? You freaking get it in the same episode. No particular fight I feel lasted way longer than it needed to in FMA Brotherhood. Also appreciate this had no open endings or half-baked solutions, like in most series. All of which in far less than 600 episodes, most of which are dead time. Yes, it and HxH 2011 are Shonen series, but they’re considered cream of the crop in that genre for damn good reason. Character tropes didn’t really annoy me here because while the cast was large, it didn’t feel like characters were just thrown in for the sake of more characters. Nobody really feels the same, there’s a generally large amount of maturing, and their issues are resolved by the end.

I suppose comparing it directly to Avatar The Last Airbender would set your expectations too high, though me seeing the two in reverse might've helped. Love both as adventure epics that delve into philosophy to add more thematic weight. Even there the climax was fairly high stakes, and I didn't mind it there because again, buildup and character moments.
Thanks for the exclamation though, kinda interesting to hear, sorry if it seems like I'm overdoing exclamations because it's my favorite series and moments like this keep making me love it more That level of direction in a recap episode, otherwise bog standard.
I'll be curious on what you think if you watch Fullmetal Alchemist 2003, which is less a grand scale adventure epic and more a smaller scale atmospheric psychological drama.
SunlitSonata Jan 10, 6:05 PM
Nice to see some Kill la Kill love, but I personally feel like you're being way too harsh on Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. Not just in being a favorite of mine, but I don't really see how the climax being "overly ridiculous" was a thing so bad that it ruined the show.

It's a Shonen series, so not expecting a high stakes battle climax, especially when said stakes were carefully built up over the course of the whole show, is a bit mistaken. I really liked the fact that it had enough confidence to section off its wide cast of characters into groups all having their own insights into the world's goingarounds, and then it all culminate in a central climax that puts the broad focus and astonishing animation budget to use. And it's not necessarily a brainless climax, there's still plenty to read into, like how Mustang handled his vengeance against Envy, Fuu and Buccaneer's sad deaths, how the growing camaraderie between Greed and Ling comes to a head, the ironic way Bradley survives so much yet ends up perishing by a "God" he doesn't believe in, Edward's final confrontation with the Gate of Truth, how Father's beliefs in humanity's weakness led to his fall, the resolution of Hohenheim's arc, Kimblee showing another side to his moral code when Pride attempts to break that, etc. And there's just a lot of plain fun stuff, like the Armstrongs and Curtises teaming up to take down Sloth, Bradley taking down a tank and holding his own against many different angles, Hawkeye directing Mustang's aim when he loses his eyes, and the adorably awkward marriage proposal Ed makes to Winry at the end. It even begins and ends with the train ride and an extended version of the pain lesson quote.

Point being, I'd hardly consider the climax brainless action fodder. It makes sense for the show's buildup and had a lot of character to with a large sect of reactions to work off of. I'm not asking you to say it's a 10/10 or anything, just noticed you're one of the lowest scores for it in my entire friends list. I just feel like that the climax was well, a climax, and the show already had its plenty share of over the top scenes and moments beforehand. It's consistent.

That said, I do wonder what you'll think of the 2003 version should you watch it. It's more of an atmospheric drama than a battle Shonen that narrows a lot of the focus and is a lot darker because of it, even if it results in cutting loose a few plot elements the manga and Brotherhood had in the wings.
Baryonyx Jan 8, 6:09 AM
Ooh you're watching anime again. I hope you enjoy FLCL!
assemomar Jan 1, 2:16 PM
You're Welcome :)
Thank you!!
assemomar Dec 31, 2017 10:26 PM
Happy New Year 2018 :)
SunlitSonata Oct 14, 2017 7:44 PM
NICE review. Made one as well:
sothym Oct 3, 2017 10:41 PM
Superb review of Owarimonogatari S2!
Cubot Sep 25, 2017 8:59 PM
I've seen a couple of your reviews now and I really appreciate the effort you put into the reviews. You take the time to analyze the theme of some shows, the present motifs, the bigger picture, you're like the AP Lit student of anime reviews. I have to admit, upon seeing some of your scores for shows without context of your grading system I was prepared to tear off your head, or something of that manner, but all things aside your system is pretty good and a nice break from the stifling prescribed words that are associated with the MAL 1-10 number scale. I generally don't put too much thought into how I score a show, I grade it right away upon finishing, taking into consideration my satisfaction at the end of the final episode, my overall enjoyment of the show as well as if I skipped parts of episodes due to the content not being engaging. A lot of what goes into a score is personal preference and enjoyment but you take a semi-neutral position, at least in some of the reviews of yours I've read, and give a refreshing viewpoint. You take the next step and look at all the details that people like me don't have the time or effort to do and I just wanted to let you know appreciate ya and keep up the good work :)
AndoCommando Sep 7, 2017 6:17 PM
Lovin your reviews dude, keep it up :)