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DanteHawke Mar 23, 7:29 AM
Khair Mubarak! :D Ameen, and I extend the same wishes to you. It's true that each Ramadan feels different from the previous one, as time brings about changes in our lives. Recently, my brother relocated to another city, and I can't help but feel a sense of loneliness without him. It's kind of sad to realize that our future Ramadans may not be the same as the ones before. Not having your siblings around, and having different responsibilities and changes makes it all too different.

The news of Toriyama's passing was saddening :( Dragon Ball was a significant part of my childhood and the gateway to my love for anime. Even to this day, it remains one of my favorite shows. Toriyama made a masterpiece that will endure, and his influence on countless authors who ventured into manga is immeasurable.

Agreed. There is still so much to explore and uncover in OP. Oda has crafted a rich and expansive lore, and if he were to reveal everything in one fell swoop, it might be overwhelming. I believe If Oda were to approach of gradually unfolding the story, might be the right choice. It allows for a more fulfilling experience, and that the finale lives up the hype.

Big Mom's backstory certainly lived up to expectations, although I personally hoped for her character to have a more consistently psychopathic nature rather than occasional bouts of jolliness. Perhaps her unpredictable behavior serves to highlight her crazed state, where she acts without even realizing the extent of her actions. While she may be my least favorite among the "Big Five," there's no denying that she remains a compelling character in her own right.

I agree regarding Luffy's chances against Big Mom in a one-on-one battle. The odds are stacked in her favor. However, with G5, Luffy could present a different challenge altogether I'd say.

Dressrosa is a mixed bag for me personally. While it undeniably contains some of the most memorable moments in One Piece, such as Usopp's , Senor Pink's touching backstory, the reveal of Sabo's survival, and the introduction of Koala, the story does suffer from stretches that feel unnecessarily prolonged. Many of the new characters introduced in the Colosseum arc fall among my least favorite side characters. Thankfully, Bartolomeo and Cavendish compensates for this to some extent. However, the majority of the Colosseum characters failed to resonate with me, particularly Rebecca, who I find to be one of the most unremarkable major characters in OP. But I loved Fujitora though. One aspect that disappointed me in Dressrosa was the overreliance on Sugar's Devil Fruit power, which felt disproportionately overpowered. It seemed as though a significant portion of Doflamingo's plan hinged solely on this broken ability, detracting from the overall impact of the arc. In contrast, one of the reasons I cherished Alabasta was the sheer cunning displayed by Crocodile. Every move he made had backup plans upon backup plans. With Doflamingo, I had hoped for a similar level of strategic complexity, but instead, it appeared that he simply gained an overpowered DF and got away with it. Nonetheless, I do appreciate Doflamingo as a character and find his powers and awakening to be fascinating. I haven't re-read it yet though, so perhaps my opinion will improve upon reading it again.

Zoro's stoic demeanor has become an aspect of his character, but I do agree that allowing him to show emotions and have moments of fun wouldn't hurt. Overall, I'm satisfied with the development of each character, although some, like Usopp/Chopper, could still benefit from further growth. Nevertheless, I'm pleased with the direction Oda has taken thus far.

The events in EH, are progressing quite well. However, I can't help but feel that the pacing is a bit slow, with limited significant developments occurring within several chapters. It's a pattern I've grown accustomed to with Oda's storytelling, but considering we're in the end-game with major players entering the stage, it would be fantastic for Oda to ramp up the reveals and revelations. For instance, the delay in Vegapunk's message feels like a typical Oda move. Also, the absence of Dragon, who was built up to be an influential figure, has left me disappointed. He wasn't present in Kuma's backstory and hasn't made an appearance during this moment against 5 elders, which I believed would be his time to shine.

Yep, as you mentioned it, Asano's work which is known for its dark and intense themes, diverge from OP's adventurous and comedic tone. I admit I'm unsure about how his style would suit OP at the moment. However, it's intriguing to contemplate how Asano's skills could potentially translate into the world of OP. His experience in directing action sequences in Psycho-Pass could lend itself well to the dynamic battles of OP I guess. Plus, his unique character designs could offer a fresh perspective to the visual aesthetic of the series.

Sousou no Frieren has ended, and I must say it has been an exceptional anime that has left a lasting impression. I'll genuinely miss the Frieren Fridays. From the very beginning, the story took a refreshing direction. While it initially appeared to follow the familiar trope of a hero slaying a demon king to restore peace, it swiftly shifted gears and offered a unique perspective on what occurs after the world has been restored. This approach was executed remarkably well.
The characters in Sousou no Frieren are all incredible and loveable. I struggle to find any faults with them, including the side characters. The interactions between each character are either filled with captivating dialogue that keeps you engaged or heartwarming moments. The soundtracks and visuals seamlessly complement the series, and the animation is insanely good, which is exactly what one would expect from Madhouse.

You know, one aspect that resonated deeply with me was how the series emphasized the importance of journeys and cherishing the people and moments we encounter. It reminds us that everything eventually comes to an end, and we never know when it might be the last time we spend with someone. The message of kindness and generosity leaving a lasting impact was really done well. I got reminded of Vinland Saga in some moments. Also, personally it reflects the contemplation I've been going through in recent months, like I regret not chreshing my time efficiently and taking many things in my life for granted. I failed to appreciate those who supported me along the way. Not to mention Sousou no Frieren's abundance of thought-provoking dialogues could easily be transformed into memorable quotes, which is truly remarkable. Every line carries weight and significance. Overall, I rate Sousou no Frieren 10/10, placing it in my top 10 list. However, I do plan to revisit it someday and approach it from a more objective standpoint, rather than being swayed by subjective emotions. I'd say this subjective bias might have influenced on me rating it 10 xD, and upon re-evaluation, it might settle at a 8.5 or 9 maybe.
DanteHawke Mar 2, 4:24 AM
I'm glad to hear you and your family are doing well, AlhamdulilAllah.

Yeah, I remember our conversations, and it's really great that you were able to overcome your depression. Dealing with depression can be challenging. And you're right, I shouldn't let it dominate my life, but sometimes it's tough to manage, especially since I tend to overthink things. These days, it's been difficult for me to set small goals for myself. Right now, my main focus is on becoming proficient in Python/Coding, and I try to dedicate time to it every day. However, there are moments when it feels impossible. Taking care of my mom, whose health isn't great, consumes most of my time. And whatever little free time I have left gets taken up by other stuff. Speaking of which, I briefly mentioned a complicated situation with a close friend of mine. They used to be one of the few friends I had, but their behavior has changed drastically, and it's been painful to witness their transformation into a completely different person honestly. Sadly, I can't just cut ties with them since we have mutual friends. Sometimes, I contemplate the idea of completely ghosting them xDD, even though I know it would hurt me more than it would hurt them. But at least I might regain some peace of mind. Change can be incredibly difficult to accept, and it often leads to unnecessary suffering. But honestly I just long for the peaceful days I once had to return. xD

I really appreciate you saying that. It's really great that I can have these conversations with you from time to time. Our discussions about anime and various topics are enjoyable. It's rare for me to find someone with whom I can freely express my thoughts and have a good time.

When it comes to the ending of OP, I have faith in Oda's ability to deliver a satisfying conclusion, even though it won't please everyone. Oda has consistently shown his skill in ending each arc, so I trust him to do justice to the series as a whole. Also I agree with you, I don't believe Luffy is the chosen one in the traditional sense, but rather he becomes the chosen one through his actions and who he is as a person. It's possible that many people have consumed the Hito Hito no Mi since the Void Century, but they were unable to awaken its power. Zunesha's statement about the drums of liberation not being heard for 800 years suggests that Luffy's will and actions have awakened the fruit's true potential. This could apply to other Zoan fruits as well, where awakening is earned based on the user's will. So, in my opinion, Luffy earned the role of the chosen one, and the Hito Hito no Mi didn't identify him as Joy Boy from the start.

I was also recently thinking about the pacing of Oda's writing, and while it is faster compared to previous arcs, I don't believe it's because he wants to rush the story as people usually say. Wano was a self-contained story that required time to establish characters and the setting. In the final arc, much of the groundwork has already been laid down. Characters like the Five Elders and Blackbeard have been introduced a long time ago, so the story feels faster because the majority of the setup has already been done. That's not to say there is no setup in the final arc; for example, the Filgrand family being the new plot point introduced here.

Personally, I had mixed feelings about the WCI. I enjoyed the focus on Sanji's backstory and Luffy's fight against Katakuri, as well as the comedic moments and Brook stealing the Poneglyph. xD However, I was a bit disappointed with how Big Mom's character turned out. I had hoped she would be more serious and intimidating, like the glimpse we saw of her during the talk over the snail scene with Luffy during the Fisherman Island. That really gave me chills. If WCI had handled things differently, it could have been one of my top five arcs. Nevertheless, I think if I do a re-watch I might love it more than I do now.

I've heard a lot of praise for "Ranking of Kings" while it was on the air, have you been enjoying it so far? I wish WIT would adapt just more than East Blue but I think that would be asking for too much at the moment xD But if it turns out to be really successful, they might considering doing it which I hope will be the case.

Recently, I read the manga GTO and, although I had an idea of what kind of series it would be, it left me somewhat disappointed as it turned out to be exactly what I expected, without any improvements. It felt repetitive and unrealistic, with only Onizuka himself and the moments involving him being truly memorable. That's what the manga aimed for I guess, but the rest of the cast was forgettable and lacked depth. Nonetheless, Onizuka had some great lines about life every now and then. I'm currently giving the anime a try to see if it can change my perspective.
DanteHawke Feb 12, 10:15 AM

I understand that the situation must have been incredibly difficult for you, and I can empathize with the pain you experienced. I hope your mother's health has improved since then, and I'm grateful that the tumor didn't spread. It must have been especially challenging for you without the support of your father and siblings. The emotional pain and stress must have been overwhelming. May Allah grant your mother a long and healthy life. How's she doing nowadays?

I've been going through a really tough time lately, particularly over the past 3-4 months. I experienced a deep depression that made me hit rock bottom. It feels like my life isn't improving or moving forward, and I've been struggling to find a job or any kind of work. To make matters worse, someone I considered a close friend abandoned me when I needed them the most, which felt like a betrayal (kind of sad actually). It was a low point in my life, and then my mom's health took a turn for the worse. At that point, I felt completely empty and couldn't find the motivation to even do anything. My days felt blank and devoid of meaning, and I didn't know what to do anymore. It was especially difficult without my mom, as it felt like I wasn't truly living. AlhamdulilAllah, things turned out well regarding my mom's health. However, these past few months have been some of the most challenging I've ever faced. I'm unsure when it will all end, but I pray for a resolution, and I kindly request that you pray for me and my family as well.

But anyways sorry for the sudden outburst of random thoughts. xD Let's move on to more happy conversations!

I have to admit, AoT up to Season 3 was amazing. It had everything. In fact, the ocean scene would have been a perfect ending for me. It felt like a natural conclusion, with the characters achieving their main goals of eliminating the Titans. It just felt right.

But then Season 4 came along, and it was such a disconcerting experience. I hardly recognized the characters I once loved. Mikasa and Armin were pushed to the sidelines, and all these new characters were introduced whom I didn't care about at all, like Gabi and Yelena. To make matters worse, the protagonists' motivations became so unclear. And don't even get me started on the time jump and the overwhelming amount of new information we had to digest. It just felt like a departure from what made Attack on Titan great.

I do appreciate Isayama's intentions of blurring the lines between right and wrong and changing our perspective on the story. It's to his credit. But that doesn't mean I can't criticize or dislike the execution of his choices. The writing felt contrived, filled with retcons that took away from the appeal the earlier seasons had. For me, AoT excelled in mystery, the tragedy of war, and the strategic battles. That's what drew me in. Complexity doesn't always mean better. And some of the episodes proved that. I'm just not a fan of messing with time and overcomplicating things with time magic as a plot device. It feels like changing the rules midway through the game, almost like cheating. It's not that I don't understand the point, I just don't like it. The story became over-written with too many characters, plot points, and twists that derailed from its initial premise.

As for the ending, it was definitely a letdown. The final arc went from a powerful story about freedom and the walls to a messed-up version of a love story. The handling of Ymir's character was just wild. We thought she was a slave, and Eren freed her with love, showing her she could be her own person. All the parallels with Historia turned out to be pointless. Ymir waited 2000 years for Mikasa? And Eren, he was just a tool for her to reach the end. And don't even get me started on the plot armor and the ridiculous Falco bird titan stuff in the final battle. xD

Overall, I'd rate Season 1 to 3 as a solid 8-9 out of 10. It was the best part of Attack on Titan. But after that, it dropped to a 6 out of 10. I might give it a 7 just for the sake of it being AoT.

Although, I have to admit the anime did a better job than the manga in my opinion. The use of soundtracks was great, and it added to my enjoyment of the anime. But overall, it's hard to find anything good about it.
DanteHawke Feb 3, 5:07 AM
Thank you so much, brother. Alhamdulillah, all the other tests came back good, and she's doing well now. The report mentioned the possibility of meningioma, which is a benign tumor. Sometimes doctors consider it harmless because it doesn't cause any issues, so I pray that it's just that, insha'Allah. One of the doctors also reviewed the report and said that if surgery is needed, it should be easily treatable Insha'Allah since it's still very small. May Allah make things easier for her. For now, we have to do an MRI for more details, but when we took her, she couldn't lay down straight due to some health issue and seemed a bit scared and anxious. So the doctors advised us to come back later.

I'm pleasantly surprised by the production SL. I was expecting it to be mediocre and didn't have high hopes, but A-1 delivered.

I haven't had much time to re-watch anything lately, especially considering how my life has been. I barely manage to watch any new series.

Yes, the original composers may not return, but I hope they include some of the original soundtracks. I don't mind new ones either, for sure. Speaking of Marineford, it reminds me of how they censored Whitebeard's injuries in the anime. In the manga, he was brutally wounded, fighting with half his head. I hope we get to see the uncensored version in the new adaptation.

It's true that AI tools can potentially save resources and streamline certain aspects of the production process. I agree that finding a balance between AI-generated backgrounds and adding hand-drawn details as finishing touches could result in a more visually appealing outcome. As long as the AI doesn't diminish the originality and creativity, I wouldn't mind its continued use.

I haven't come across much information about the OP remake yet. However, the things you mentioned are concerning, and I hope they aren't true. The voice actors are definitely a concern. Most of us would prefer the original voice actors, but I doubt that will be the case. Even with the help of AI, it might not be possible, so we may have to get used to new voice actors. Unless replicating the original voice actors is an easy task and they are able to do so, that would be really good.

I've finished Evangelion, and I must say, while the story is a mess and I'm not a big fan of the characters either, the psychological aspect has definitely left an impact on me. I could honestly relate to Shinji's struggles, as almost 80% of his problems were relatable. I think the last two episodes, which many consider unnecessary and bad, were actually my favorites. They showed Shinji's character and his journey towards self-acceptance and love. Personally, I found the movie to be quite unnecessary.
Although many people loved it, I don't think it added anything significant to the plot of Evangelion. It was more like an alternate ending. Overall, I would rate the series 6/10. It could have been a 7 if some things were done differently.
DanteHawke Jan 28, 8:12 AM
I see, that's great. Where did you guys go together, did anything fun?

It's been a relatively uneventful start to the year for me. A couple of weeks ago, my mom's health had gotten worse, and we had to rush her to the hospital. AlhamdulilAllah, she's doing much better now, but the doctor discovered a tumor during a brain CT scan.
It has been stressful past few days, and we'll soon be taking her for an MRI. I'm praying that everything turns out fine, and I would appreciate it if you could remember her in your prayers as well.

Slime is an enjoyable series with some action, although the main character becomes a bit too overpowered as the story progresses. Personally, I'm more drawn to the "Slice of Life" aspect of the show, as I find it delightful to see the characters interact and have fun together.

Many people have expressed their dissatisfaction with MAPPA's adaptation of AoT. I also wasn't a fan of the character design in S4, as it deviated from WIT Studio's style. While there were some redeeming aspects and the inclusion of some of my favorite OSTs from previous seasons, overall, I feel that it could have been better.
MAPPA's handling of JJK hasn't been to my liking either tbh, so my confidence in their recent works has diminished.

It's your 3rd time reading the OP manga right? xD Three chapters per episode doesn't sound too bad, although I was hoping for a faster pace. The vibrant green landscapes and colors are really important in capturing the essence of OP, and I enjoyed those elements in the Slime too. It's a pretty relaxing experience overall.

I haven't given much thought to composers for the OP remake, but I understand your reservations about Hiroyuki Sawano. While he's incredibly talented, his style may not be the best fit for the series. Yoshihisa and Yuuki are also great composers, although it's uncertain for me whether their styles would align with OP. Though, I wouldn't mind as long as the music complements the series well.

I've read recently about the potential involvement of AI in the franchise which is a cause for concern, as it could compromise the artistic process and job security for creatives. I've heard rumors about AI art being used. The fact that WIT Studio has a history of utilizing AI art adds to the unease.
The recent AI-generated song promoted by the official OP Twitter account, with Oda's involvement, is also a concern although I have yet to confirm if it's true or not. While I trust Oda's judgment, I hope the introduction of AI doesn't ruin the series.

If we ever reach the Marineford arc in the remake, I'm genuinely excited to see how WIT Studio handles it. It's after all one of the best OP if not the best arc in shounen history.

More information is definitely needed, and everyone's eagerly waiting for any leaks or updates. All we can do for now is remain patient and hope for the best.

Solo Leveling may not have a complex story, but it's a series that gets you hyped and provides a dopamine rush. As a hardcore shounen fan, I love such series as you already know, though good animation is crucial for its success, as it relies heavily on its visuals and action scenes.

I also saw the news about the Monogatari series, and I'm looking forward to it. I recently finished the series, and it was a captivating ride. The unique backgrounds and setups truly showed its insane storytelling.

That reminds me, I've been meaning to rewatch Sangatsu no Lion. I had started the Evangelion series, but after that, I might consider revisiting Sangatsu.
DanteHawke Jan 7, 5:45 AM
Hey, how's the start of the new year and everything else going for you? I was trying to find a right time to reply as I've been going through some stuff recently. Hopefully all is well on your end.

Sousou no Frieren is quite unique in a way because it takes its time to unfold but really delves deep into the bonds and relationships between its characters. The storytelling is immersive, it sucks you right into their world. And the characters are really well done especially the MC. You can't help but get emotionally invested in their journeys and that the themes explored in the series are universally relatable. And yeah I suggest you stay away from all the current discussions and hype surrounding Sousou no Frieren.

Gege and how he handle character deaths in his series, I don't think the issue is necessarily the fact that characters die, but rather how it's done. Sometimes, it feels like the deaths of important characters don't have much impact on the overall story, except for a few exceptions like Mechamaru, Mai, and Geto. If the deaths are just for the sake of shock value, then I can understand that to some extent. But if there's more to it, I'm not quite sure. Of course, I could be wrong, but it's just what I think. JJK has such an amazing cast, and it really hurts to see the potential of the series being wasted with these deaths that don't seem to contribute much. There's so much potential for character development and meaningful storylines, and it's a shame to see it not fully utilized.

I totally agree with you about the Tokyo Ghoul remake. As a fan of the first half of Tokyo Ghoul, I would be absolutely thrilled to see it get a well-deserved remake. It's such a good story, and it deserves to be portrayed in a way that does justice to it. Hopefully, one day we'll get to see that happen.

Mappa is one of my favorite studios, if not the best one but the toxic work environment which caused significant drops in quality in some of their episodes of JJK s2 is disheartening to be honest. It's a shame when a series you love doesn't meet your expectations due to production issues. However, I agree that MAPPA will bounce back. They have shown great talent and potential in the past, and I hope they take the necessary steps to improve their work environment.

It's awesome to see you all hyped up about OP. xD I can totally relate to that feeling of excitement. Being a fan of something and seeing others share that same enthusiasm is such a nice experience. It brings a smile to my face and makes me happy. I've actually managed to read all of your points and I'll say honestly it's great to have discussions like these and exchange different perspectives.

I agree, you raise some valid concerns. It's important to consider the format and scheduling to ensure the series maintains its quality and popularity. While Netflix's release strategy of dropping entire seasons at once has its advantages, it may not be the best fit for a long-running and highly anticipated series like OP. A weekly show with continuous production would indeed be ideal. You know, most people are excited about the pacing rather than how it would be adapted and all that xD I guess they have had enough of the slow pacing. And also with WIT Studio involved, I think we can expect some truly flashy and exciting action scenes that might surpass the usual standards set by Toei.

Honestly I like your perspective on the art style. It's great to see how passionate you are about it. xD While I personally enjoy both art styles, I understand where you're coming from and I can see the appeal. It would be nice if WIT Studio considers it for the series. Though, I'm open to whatever art style they decide to go with, as long as the story and characters and everything else are portrayed well.
Adding some gore to One Piece would enhance the seriousness of certain scenes in my opinion, but I can understand your perspective I think incorporating elements of gore, such as Zeff eating his own leg or Whitebeard's head being partially blown off, could potentially create a more chilling atmosphere in this version of OP. Given that the studio is responsible for the first three seasons of Attack on Titan is working on the adaptation, it's possible that they may opt for a darker tone. However, it would still be important to preserve the comedic aspects, as they are an integral part of OP's idenntity. Also agreed, please adapt cover stories, we really need those. xD

Personally, I'm hoping that they stick with the original OP soundtracks for the most part. The sound design in the original series is one of the reasons why it's so incredibly good. However, I'm open to WIT studio creating some new sound design for the remake, especially with someone like Hiroyuki Sawano on board. He's a legendary composer, and anything he produces is bound to be amazing. I will trust WIT studio and hope they won't disappoint.

The first 300 episodes of OP had a good pace, but things started to slow down in the subsequent arcs like Punk Hazard, Thriller Bark, Dressrosa, and even Wano. It would be great if WIT studio can learn from those pacing issues and make those arcs even better. That being said, I agree that Toei did an amazing job with the original OP. It's not easy to create a long-running anime that remains enjoyable throughout, and Toei deserves a lot of respect for their efforts. Of course, there were some episodes that weren't as good, but overall, they did a commendable job. I'm genuinely excited to see what WIT brings to the table with their version of One Piece.

Lol, it's funny how you said you made an hypothetical OP remake pacing and weeks later we get an announcement, good timing. xD

By the way, if you have seen the first episode of Solo leveling, what are your thoughts on it? I think it's quite a solid episode with some changes done and adding some fanservice which I have no idea why they did but overall good enough to get my hopes high.
DanteHawke Dec 26, 2023 9:09 PM
Man, Sousou no Frieren has been such a ride, one of the best anime I've watched in a while. I'm also pumped for the next season and I hope Solo Leveling lives up to the hype or at least stays decent enough to keep us hooked.

JJK, though, it's been a solid read for me. Gege has managed to surprise a lot of folks with some plot choices in the recent chapters and a lot of disappointment. I get it, when something's hyped, expectations are through the roof, and not everyone's gonna be happy with how it unfolds.

About studio Saru, Masaki Yuasa (co-founder) is no longer a part of Science SARU from what I had read before. He was involved with previous banger releases from that studio like Devilman Crybaby and Eizouken. Eu-Young Choi is still producer there (a co-founder) so I am positive with their direction on Dandadan. They're also heading towards a completely new direction as a studio now since it started. The next few years are gonna be interesting for them.

And OMG, I was so hyped when I read WIT Studio is remaking it xD I was scrolling through Reddit one morning, and my entire feed was buzzing with the announcement. I'm hoping they go all out and make this the definitive version without the usual cheesy stuff we've come to accept. No more fillers, pacing issues, or questionable animation quality, let's get a fresh paint and a fresh perspective on the whole anime. I'm thinking a more mature theme could be pretty cool. Kind of like how the Live Action got all grim and bloody at times – Like Alvida smashing that guy's head in. If they can bring that level of intensity, I'm all in. After all these years and all that success, One Piece deserves nothing but the best. Of course, I hope they don't stray too far from the original vibe, it wouldn't be One Piece without it.

I'm so hyped about this, and it's awesome that the whole community is buzzing too.
DanteHawke Dec 9, 2023 5:39 PM
Yep. I didn't hear about Sousou no Frieren before and just got straight into the anime, and it has been a straight 9/10 for me and might be a 10/10 by the end of the season depending on how things work out. Madhouse no doubt one of the best studio, I don't think they have disappointed me in any way at all, they always deliever.

Lol honestly JJK s2 has been quite a ride, I'd say Mappa produced one of the worst but also the best episode this year. So far it doesn't seem to be on par with s1 even though some episodes have been really great, even the latest episode is pretty good. Obviously this is all due to Mappa's slavery, the animators just quitting and all that stuff, but if that wasn't the case and the animators took their time, I think JJK s2 would've been insanely good animation-wise, probably would've surpassed Demon slayer's animation.

Yep I agree. KyoAni has made almost nothing that isn't good, and numerous outright masterworks. Even their lesser series still generally have top notch cinematography and animation. And their unique business model, progressive ideals, and treatment of workers puts them a step above even that. And how they how they treat their workers is something other studios should learn, especially Mappa xD.Kyoani treats them with fair wages and time off. Thus, you can really tell how passionate and happy their animators are.

I'm personally okay with Mappa's pacing, however I did read up on a lot of complains on the pacing back when AoT was airing and stuff so I guess they probably have issues with it.

I completed Sopranos s1, and to be honest it was fairly average to me. Hopefully it does get better.
DanteHawke Nov 20, 2023 6:14 AM
Glad to hear everything's well on your end.

Not much catching my eye this season, except for Sousou no Frirern – totally recommend checking it out. Solid animation, laid-back vibes with a bit of action sprinkled in. Loving it so far.

Now, about JJK, it's a bit of a mixed bag. Some episodes are top-notch, while others don't quite match up to Season 1, partly because Mappa's pushing their animators non-stop. The latest JJK episode, despite being only 30% done, was one of the best – imagine if it was at full throttle. The low fps animation in Season 2 is bothering me quite a bit but other than that it has been great. Did you catch that grasshopper episode if you are watching it weekly? Yikes. Even as a hardcore JJK fan, I wish that one didn't exist. xD

On the brighter side, One Piece is sailing smoothly for me. Egghead is fine, but Saturn's reveal and Kuma's backstory got my attention. Elbaf sounds promising if that's their next stop, and I am looking forward to it.

AoT, despite the less-than-stellar ending, remains a good watch. It took a hit after Erwin's death, but it had its good moments, the nostalgia from watching it with my siblings is hitting me hard. xD And same, WIT's style was more of my type, a masterpiece indeed. Mappa couldn't really deliver it but no hate on them

Oh, and I've started The Sopranos in my free time. It's got some Breaking Bad vibes, but Season 1's been a bit slow, except for the last few episodes. Have you seen it?
DanteHawke Nov 10, 2023 8:33 AM
Hey, I'm doing fine AlhamdulilAllah. The studies are going well and everything else is a bit mess honestly but that's just life lol. How's it on your end? How's your work going?
DanteHawke Oct 17, 2023 4:38 AM
Hey, how have you been? I assume you have been busy with your work, but I hope everything is going well.
DanteHawke Aug 7, 2023 2:23 PM
I would have logged on to watch if I had known when the Japanese broadcast would start. So far, I've encountered a lot of dissatisfaction, particularly on Facebook and in Pakistani anime forums, etc. But I'm not sure if they're just condemning it unjustly or if they're being sincere.

So let me start by saying that I also enjoyed the episode's opening sequence, which featured the building, as well as the OST and Gorosei scene that you mentioned. I would have preferred his laughs in the jumping scene with Luffy and when he is soaking up the sun to be more distinct, but aside from that, VA did a great job. I also didn't find the close-ups or angles to be distracting. Although I believe it would have been better if they had done less of it, I don't really care though because I'm okay with it. Basically, it was perfect until it went to the Hiyroi segment, which isn't bad at all, but I'm starting to wonder if it might have been better if they moved that to later segments or the next episode, even though most people were too excited for G5. The scene itself wasn't terrible, but for the majority of people, it may have been ruined.

When it comes to the reuse of animations, I don't have any issues with doing so because it worked well for the Nika scene. It could have used a slight change, but it works just fine the way it is. What's worrying is that scene with Luffy bouncing around; it felt strange, and I wish they could've cut it down. It also seems to be a topic of criticism for the episode. Although I don't despise it, I don't believe that was a wise decision. As for the Boro breath, honestly, the way you described another sequence, I think that could've worked better, but this one isn't too bad either; it's just that the direction of it made it harder to follow, maybe the camera and the angles changes could've made it easier to follow whilst keeping the same style, I'm not too sure of it myself. But as I've said before, while I don't have many issues with it, I think most complaints come from anime viewers only due to a lack of understanding, but it was good enough for manga readers, I guess.

Overall though, I enjoyed the episode and while it is somewhat true that it didn't live up to the expectations or the hype, it still delivered for the most part and I'd say kudos to the animators for giving it their best. I'd point it out while we are at it but the thing is that when something's hyped it's expected to get a lot of disappointment and hate if it doesn't live up to it and so I was ready for all the hate beforehand, and so I'm not that surprised now. xD The manga chapter though 100% lived up to the hype to the point I still go back to it sometimes just to re-read and get the same feelings I did as I read it first, it was one of the craziest and most intense times of my life reading the chapter xD While the anime episode was good, manga I can confidently say was better for me personally.

As for G5 itself, no doubt it's the best one so far yeah, I see people comparing it to UI Goku and saying how it has been copied from it, etc. All the usual cringe haters, I get it if there's a genuine criticism or something but unnecessary hate is plain cringe. I even see other fandom hating on it saying OP is a joke for doing this, especially during an important and serious fight lol, but doesn't matter because I bet OP is still far superior to whatever bullshit they watch. xD

DanteHawke Aug 6, 2023 6:38 AM
I just finished watching the latest episode and it was amazing. It’s nice Toei was able to deliver the episode. However, I do have some concerns. I had heard rumors that an OST called "Luffy's Awakening" would be played during G5, but it turns out that it wasn't confirmed and wasn't played so I was wrong about that or maybe it plays on later episodes. I noticed that the animation seemed a bit off, as there were some scenes that were repeated multiple times in the same episode. As someone who has read the manga, I understood what was happening, but I can imagine that anime-only viewers may have found it confusing. The scene where Luffy rebounded the boro breath was also a bit too fast-paced, it seemed as if the directors weren't on the same page and executed poorly. I plan on re-watching the episode and will provide more detailed thoughts on it later. What did you think of the episode?

I have been seeing some negative comments on social media and anime forums about the episode. While I personally enjoyed it, I can understand why some may have been dissatisfied. I personally think and prefer the manga, as it did a better job at building up the hype for this moment.

As for Bleach, I agree that it gets messy from here on out. Part 1 was definitely better. I also hope that they change the ending because it was poorly received in the manga. The latest episode wasn't great and it seems like the downfall of the TYBW arc has already begun. xD

Also the side story of Horimiya is going much better than I expected, I don't know if you are watching it but I'm enjoying it so far and it seems to be better than the main story lol.
DanteHawke Jul 29, 2023 3:25 PM
True, if the G5 lives up to the hype, it will break the internet. Drums of Liberation fit really well too, but one thing I'm concerned about is the soundtrack, I heard they've already released the OST that'll play during the scene and I don't know if it fits but it could just be me, either way though I'm hyped, 1 week to go for some Peak Piece action.

I personally think Bleach S2 delivered and deserved the higher rating, maybe not top 5 but definitely top 10 worthy. However, S2 part 2 isn't as good, and from what I remember reading the manga it doesn't get any better except for some lit scenes happening here and there, so if it gets a higher rating too then I guess it would be because of hardcore Bleach fans rating it 10 or something.
DanteHawke Jul 18, 2023 3:17 AM
Hey, don't worry about it and just reply whenever you get the time. Yup, the second episode's even better. The first two episodes were just basically an intro, it gets real better from here on. Hopefully the animation stays just as good.

Yup I watched Bleach. Good start but the animation seems kinda off but considering the 1st part I've high hopes in Pierrot, they will deliver it. Besides Bleach, there are a lot of good stuff to watch this season although most are just sequels.
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