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Days: 200.6
Mean Score: 4.55
  • Total Entries1,763
  • Rewatched0
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Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san. Z
Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san. Z
2 hours ago
Watching 8/13 · Scored 5
Ichigo Mashimaro
Ichigo Mashimaro
2 hours ago
Completed 12/12 · Scored 6
Osomatsu-kun (1988)
Osomatsu-kun (1988)
11 hours ago
Watching 11/86 · Scored 6
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Days: 114.4
Mean Score: 4.33
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Yakushoku Distopiary
Yakushoku Distopiary
Apr 16, 11:32 PM
Dropped 12/35 · Scored -
Iya na Kao sare nagara Kozukuri sasete Moraitai
Iya na Kao sare nagara Kozukuri sasete Moraitai
Apr 16, 2:08 AM
Completed 9/9 · Scored 5
Kyouki no Sanmyaku nite
Kyouki no Sanmyaku nite
Apr 16, 2:07 AM
Completed 25/25 · Scored 5


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nonfumi Apr 17, 3:48 PM
I found a youtube channel with a lot of older anime. Tons of them I have never heard of.
Satyr_icon Apr 13, 2:39 PM
I actually think of magical realism as a kind of fantasy. I agree they are different enough to be labelled separately, but the line between the two is often very thin. For instance, I consider Calvino far more fantasy than magical realism (his Invisible Cities was even nominated for the Nebula), even if he's more grounded than Borges, and I very much like the kind of fantasy he writes. In that sense, it's not surprising for me that magical realism authors like Ishiguro and Murakami have already fully dabbled with the fantasy genre.
I think it might be a problem with the kind of fantasy you seem to be acquainted with. Tolkien did defend fantasy as escapism, but he didn't use the word as it is so widely used nowadays as a complete denial of reality, but as a way to affirm it: he describes his escapism as a form of transforming his experiences into another form, as he began doing so during his time at WWI. I don't think he used the word in the same fashion we use nowadays, but as it always happens, he was misunderstood. Author China Miéville even criticised him for it in this very quoted diatribe of his. He's a strong critic of Tolkien and the kind of fantasy he influenced, and he's not alone because it's an attitude that's frowned upon by a considerable portion of the fantasy establishment. I also recommend Ursula K. Le Guin's essay From Elfland to Poughkeepsie. It touches and criticises exactly this notion of fantasy as a mere escape from reality, as well as other problems, right from the very beginning with its opening sentence: "Let us consider Elfland as a great national park, a vast and beautiful place where a person goes by himself, on foot, to get in touch with reality in a special, private, profound fashion. But what happens when it is considered merely as a place to “get away to”?" A lot of authors even dedicated a considerable part of their career to be the complete antithesis to Tolkien's legacy, like Michael Moorcock and M. John Harrison.
Besides, I'm not big on Tolkien and mediaeval fantasy myself, but I'm a big fan of other kinds of fantasy, and I believe there's plenty of fantasy books that touches reality in the same way magical realism does, even if they don't often take place in the same world as ours. The Gormenghast trilogy is set in an imaginary but realistic realm that's filled with very weird but also very human characters, having one of the most beautiful writing styles I've ever seen (Bloom even put it in his canon). Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a sophisticated and well-researched historical novel about magic being used during the Napoleonic Wars full of complex characters. Chesterton's novels are very satirical and harshly critical of human nature and society and often dabble with the fantasy and speculative genres; The Napoleon of Notting Hill is set in a fictional 1984 London that hasn't progressed a bit since the Victorian era, and soon regresses even more into a feudal system due to a mad king's whim. Miéville himself is someone that strays a lot from that: his works can be read as mere entertaining, but they also contain considerable social commentary stemming from his Marxist ideals and very human problems and characters. Even if his more fantastic novels don't appeal to you, there's also The City & the City, a detective novel about two cities which occupies the same space but are completely unaware of each other: a concept that even reminds me of one of Calvino's cities (or maybe, another one merely imagined by the Khan).
I share your views on magical realism that they might be closer to ancient myth-makers than most fantasy, and it's something I'll keep in mind too (I haven't read Marquez yet but I'm eager to), but I think fantasy might just as well be used as a way to understand our world and ourselves. I do agree that it's hard to be optimistic about what you see nowadays when going to the fantasy department at bookstores, but authors like Gaiman at least try: even if his last book The Ocean at the End of the Lane is often deemed as magical realism, it's still pretty inclined to fantasy as the fantastical elements are the very core of the story, and it deals with very real childhood problems.

Yes! It was fantastic how very little was told instead of shown. Granted, it's partially due to Takako amazing storytelling. I often wondered how she could keep track of so many characters without losing herself as it often happens in manga. Oyasumi Punpun, which was a coming of age with a large cast of characters just like Hourou, didn't have the same scope: it focused each time on a character as you said.
I loved Anna as well, especially how she isn't just a "love interest" thrown there to function as a development staple for Nitori.

Werckmeister Harmonies also has that characteristic nihilism of Tarr, but it's very balanced, which surprised me since I've always heard exactly what you said about him, and how he would make me feels hopeless and etc, so I had my preconceptions very much crushed. It's also partially due to a soundtrack that plays in very crucial moments that, if I had to describe it, had the effect of someone patting your head.

About Angel's Egg, not yet. It has been shamefully lying on my ptw for years.

Yeah, Bresson vision is very grim and bleak, but at the same time, I somehow didn't feel dreadful about it. And yeah, curiously I thought Bresson's aloofness gave off more humanity than 2001's attempt at it. Maybe because Bresson embraced it as his style while Kubrick was just experimenting with it.
I hadn't seen any video on Bresson yet, thanks for sending that.

Yeah, I always feel impressed when I think about Japanese cinema history. It's a somewhat hard-to-imagine past. I haven't seen those two, I'll keep them in my ptw too.
Oh, you're from Hong Kong? Did you grew up there or moved out at an early age?
I actually really like Hollywood movies — though not the kind they make nowadays. I was impressed and a bit sad to rewatch the original Jurassic Park as an adult and to see how much thought they put into the characters and dialogues and how immersive it felt (though Spielberg's absence weighed on the franchise quality after that). Then nowadays all they do is put cardboard cutouts running and screaming and some CGI dinosaurs at the background. Even better directors like Nolan and Villeneuve suffer a bit from that. The latter suffered the most. Can't understand how the maker of Incendies went to create something bland like Blade Runner 2049. I think Children of Men is probably the best modern Hollywoodian movie.

Yeah, I don't frequently watch movies because I distract myself too much while watching for hours straight, but I really love consuming and studying about it, and I like going to places like public screenings. Only consuming one kind of art really is really troublesome, I don't think I could endure only watching anime. My brain would melt lol
Oh, I need to watch Hana & Alice. I've only read the manga by Downman Sayman was weird? Something with cultist girls. No idea if it actually adapted the movie. Btw, I really like rotoscoping. The short looks interesting even if a bit ugly. I wish an anime would use a good rotoscoping technique to make something like A Scanner Darkly. That movie was trippy and the rotoscoping really added to it.
Satyr_icon Apr 12, 8:00 PM
I would actually put Tolkien on the imaginative side since he's working with norse myths but doing his own thing with them (even if he wasn't the first), which can't be said about his many imitators. I guess he's one reason that happened, though.
I think it's also because nowadays, there's just too much money put into everything, so big productions can't have the luxury to experiment a lot. That's easier to work around with indie games and comics somewhat, but it's harder with literature and movies since those are harder to diffuse.

Yeah, I get what you mean, but I don't think that part was meant to be moralising. It's less about a man changing his mind about the undines and more about Akari's character changing his mind about herself. It's a common trope to establish amiably naive characters, to make them change someone's mind about what they do. I couldn't imagine her two Undine friends and maybe not even the Primas doing the same, for instance. Aria does it in a very uncompromising way so I didn't really mind it. I don't think the manga does that a lot anyhow.

Yes! I'm actually watching Wandering Son right now. I wasn't planning to since I already read the manga, but I gave it a chance and I was amazed at how artistically distinguished the anime felt, with its dreamy visuals like a children's book illustration, and the direction was just on point as well. I thought it would feel weird that the anime adapted the middle of the manga, but the story flows very naturally. I'm loving everything about it.
The thing I liked the most about it is how it isn't only about they being transgender. It's one of many plot threads that are explored throughout the story and it never circles around just that, so it felt extremely natural. Have you tried Aoi Hana? It has the same degree of realism and character, though I still liked Hourou Musuko more for its coming of age narrative.

Yeah, I thought about Tarkovsky. He certainly has the atmosphere even if he's very driven by themes. And since you mentioned him and the Turin Horse, have you watched The Werckmeister Harmonies? It's the only Béla Tarr I watched but it became one of my favourite movies. The opening scene is just one of the most beautiful things I ever watched, and if taken by itself it's exactly the kind of thing meant to produce a "zen", hopeful feeling, which sets a hopeful start to the movie even if most of it is rather grim like I imagine The Turin Horse to be. Even though it isn't void of themes, it does so in a subtler and even hazy way, pretty differently from Tarkovsky, so you might as well just take it at face value. I also liked Diary of a Country Priest in that vein.

I haven't watched a lot of Asian directors apart from the most well-known ones. I'm still to watch Tokyo Story as well, I actually have it here but I've been delaying to watch it. The only less-known arthouse I've watched were Throw Away Your Books and Tetsuo (though I'm not sure this one is arthouse or just trash, heh). I'll check out all of the ones you mentioned because they all look really good, thanks. I'm watching In the Mood for Love right now btw, I had only seen Chungking and Fallen Angels by Kar Wai up to now.

I never heard of Éric Rohmer and Play Time, so thanks for mentioning them. They look really interesting. It's always nice finding those great movies that seems to be just under the radar.
nonfumi Apr 11, 2:37 PM
Twelve Kingdoms did feel refreshing compared to other isekai anime. I have never really watched any older isekai to my knowledge so I always assumed that what it is now has been the way it always been. That is why I am skeptical when the main character for an anime is described as a "shut in NEET otaku" or something like that because beside the shameless pandering it isn't really anything special. That is probably why anime like Konosuba did so well since it was suppose to be a parody of other isekai anime. I heard Outbreak Company is similarly a parody of isekai but I never watched it so I don't know how good that it.
Satyr_icon Apr 9, 4:33 PM
I was thinking about things like Thor in the Marvel movies, or the God of War games and fantasy novels like Percy Jackson. There's always some twist to insert them into a new context, but they barely do anything different rather than throwing gods into the mix.
I don't know if that's the case. I mean, even before modern times we had things like The Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost, and the early 20th-century fantasy tradition used to play a lot with mythology. I would guess it's just a matter of making things accessible, maybe.

Yes, I noticed that. Even Nadeshiko, which is the usual adorkable character is far more substantial as far as characters like her go — like that another pink-haired from Kaguya-sama that everybody loves because she's cute and has a dancing ending and that's pretty much it.
I haven't read Amanchu yet, but I wasn't too annoyed about the character growth in Aria. It felt natural rather than moralising, and the society felt way too ideal and dreamy to feel like there was any rush for them to become part of it. It also gave that hazy nostalgic feeling with a mirror of Venice becoming the central point in an inhabited Mars

It's been years since I've read Gatsby so your reference flew over my head lol but I can understand that. Lately I've been rather interested in finding stories that are more concerned with the form and the journey rather than getting to an end. It feels more natural and appealing to my present state of mind, like the Takako Shimura mangas, which are among the only ones I would really call realistic.
Since you mentioned it, do you know of more western works like you described? It's rather hard to find unassuming slice of life like you find in the Japanese medium. The closest I found was Tchekov's stories and Jim Jarmusch movies, and maybe the movie Neighbouring Sounds and Naked, but the former was too aloof and the latter too hectic.
nonfumi Apr 9, 8:56 AM
I thought it was pretty fascinating for the most part.I was kinda skeptical in the beginning but moving forward it had drawn me in. The world building was impressive with its detailed explanation of the structure and politics of the world.The characters over time where able to grow on me as well. Like you said its technically idealist ,but compared to most anime that try politics that I have watched 12 Kingdoms did it best.
I also really liked the op.
Satyr_icon Apr 6, 8:07 PM
Interesting, I always heard about ubasute (though not by that name) but I had no idea it was only a myth. I thought it might have taken place sometime in the past.
Yeah, I thought it might be just something the author made up as well. A lot of anime/manga that meddles with japanese folklore does that. It's an interesting aspect of the medium, since fiction that features mythology in the west usually just present them as is instead of experimenting with it.

Yeah, I feel you. There's a lot of wonderful places in the region I live in, so I love sometimes just going there to spend some idle time or to read something by a brook. It's one reason I liked Yuru Camp so much. A lot of iyashikei features a modern setting with people going to live in the country due to circumstances and people that already live there, but very few show people just travelling for the pleasure of it, so I really related with it. The manga is distinctively stylish and comfy too.

Nihei's worst aspect is his storytelling, but I thought Blame! was rather ok with that. The absence of a plot helped as well, because when he starts to write it does become messy. Knights of Sidonia was very bad in that aspect as you said, but in his new manga it got even worse. His surrendering to waifu pandering wasn't good for him.
Satyr_icon Apr 5, 6:41 PM
Here. They don't really give any detail about it, iirc this is the extent of what's said about it:

I said custom, but it's more like a superstition. I thought it was unusual so I wanted to look into it.

When it aired I kinda ignored it because the first episode didn't manage to grip me, but I gave it another try and I'm glad I did. The way they managed to integrate so well the atmosphere with the soundtrack reminded me a bit of Mushishi as well, and I loved the concept of the mushrooms in Yokohama so I was glad to see something similar elsewhere and so well played. It's really a singular gem of the genre, the type that makes me wonder if I'm gonna experience something like it again.

Yeah, it's not everyone's cup of tea. The main reason I liked it is because of how it managed to create such a completely alien and strange world, on a level that for some reason I've never seen in the medium.
The movie is pretty bad and doesn't really carry any of the energy, style and strangeness of the manga. One reason I liked Girls' Last Tour so much is that it looked and felt like what a good Blame! adaptation should.
Satyr_icon Apr 4, 11:30 AM
Hey, sorry for coming out of nowhere, but I figured you might be able to help me since you know a lot about Japanese culture.

In the manga Hyakki Yakoushou, the main character, which is a guy, is dressed as a girl in the first years of his life (seemingly until completing five or six years) to ward off evil spirits or something like that. I was interested in that custom but I couldn't find anything at all about it (only what you usually expect when looking for "japan guy dressing as girl" and variants on google). Do you happen to know the name of that custom?

BTW, I saw your comment on nonfumi's profile, and I am glad someone else noticed the similarities between Yokohama and Girls' Last Tour. Especially at the ending, though Girls' Last Tour ended on a more desolate note akin to Blame!, particularly in the manga. I wasn't big on the manga, but the anime left an impact on me. It's one of those adaptations that get everything right.
Amin-kun Mar 1, 9:57 AM
noice, thanks. but it's not in watching queue yet, but i'll watch it eventually, i already put this in my PTW list like a few months ago
Amin-kun Mar 1, 7:36 AM
dang you put Mo Dao Zu Shi a 9 at episode 2. guess i really need to watch it then
nonfumi Feb 27, 11:33 AM
I have felt the same way but relying on these politicians hurts us far more than it helps I believe. Like you said these politicians won't be able to reform the system and that will discredit the left. The best case scenario is that the people become disillusioned of the prospect that you can fix capitalism and seek to abolish it instead. The amount of people that will come up with this conclusion will most likely be very small. More likely people will give up on the thought of any real "change" and as a result neoliberal capitalism will become further validated.
nonfumi Feb 26, 4:46 PM
I remember in middle school I watched some SoL.My first SoL anime was probably Lucky Star and I remember my criticism of it being that it had no "real story". I really wasn't the only one and all you need to do is read the reviews for the show to see. Why would I want to watch girls doing nothing really extraordinary? Its funny that a decade later when I have already graduated can now see the appeal for these shows and that SoL has became my favorite genre. It's common to not appreciate the mundane and simplicity before experiencing the complex mess your life becomes after you stop living in your childhood.

Hauntology really gives more meaning to the phrase"A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.". I have read Mark Fisher's Capitalist Realism and I liked it.I generally agree that it has became harder and harder for people to think beyond capitalism and a future that isn't capitalism. It's funny what is considered "radical" here in America. People like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are called "radical extremist socialist" and these politicians seem to embrace the term. We talked about this before but it goes to show what "thinking beyond capitalism" is really like here.
nonfumi Feb 26, 8:42 AM
I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts on slice of life. That is the main reason I enjoy it myself after all and it has served as a form of escapism for me before.The simplicity and mellowness slice of life offers is like opium for the soul. It can make someone feel nostalgic for when life was easy or it can create a sort of fulfillment for a person who regrets wasting or not being able to experience a time when life was simple. SoL is all about looking back and experiencing life again through utopian lens I think. That is why children and high school students are the most common character not just in SoL but in anime generally. That is why these shows appeal more to than just younger people but also appeal to people who have already moved on past the prime of their lives.

Goblin Slayer was popular because it was controversial. The rape scene caused an uproar among some people and that lead to a whole debate. Because of that people who chose to defend Goblin Slayer probably felt an obligation to like the show.

nonfumi Feb 25, 8:19 PM
How I watch anime and score it really depends on my mood.If im feeling good im more likely to give a show a higher score even if it doesn't really deserve it. That is why sometimes the scores for certain anime on my list drop after I reflect more about it.

For most shows I think about them in and of itself unless its a show that demands I think beyond what is happening in the show. In the cases like the LoGH I know its idealist conception of history but I enjoy it as dramatic space opera so it doesn't matter to much to me. Another thing is that my intellectual horizons aren't very far and wide which is something I need to fix. The way you watch anime sounds fun and kinda fulfilling in a way though.

I really like K-on. I watched a lot of slice of life anime and K-on does well being one of the few that stand out. The music is great and every now and then I still listen to it. The characters are all lovable and the humor is actually funny. I also liked Revenue Starlight for similar reasons plus the action looked good.

Shows like Goblin Slayer,Watamote,and Dragon Maid are the few anime I can think of right now in particular that I think are overrated.
Koi Kaze is a show that I think deserves a higher rating. I don't think I have ever seen an anime about incest that was handled as realistically. Usually anime about a taboo is treated lightly as a comedy or just as a fanservice. Similarly somewhat to Kodomo no Jikan which is usually disregarded as a lolicon fanservice anime even thought there is much more to it.