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Anime Stats
Days: 283.4
Mean Score: 4.29
  • Total Entries3,280
  • Rewatched0
  • Episodes18,085
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Kimi wa Kanata
Kimi wa Kanata
9 hours ago
Dropped -/1 · Scored -
Tokyo 7th Sisters: Bokura wa Aozora ni Naru
Tokyo 7th Sisters: Bokura wa Aozora ni Naru
9 hours ago
Dropped -/1 · Scored -
Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare
Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare
9 hours ago
Dropped -/1 · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 122.6
Mean Score: 4.32
  • Total Entries727
  • Reread0
  • Chapters21,633
  • Volumes1,626
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Shingeki no Kyojin
Shingeki no Kyojin
Jul 16, 11:54 AM
Completed 141/141 · Scored 6
Rokudou no Onna-tachi
Rokudou no Onna-tachi
Apr 25, 5:59 AM
Completed 233/233 · Scored 6


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IljaKorhonen Apr 7, 2:38 AM's so minimally animated that it almost feel like a slide show...

Oh yeahh... now that you mention it, i remember the actual animation being another thing that made me drop it. Yeah..

...any favourite show in the winter season?

I only watched 3 airing shows...

1. Horimiya (did NOT like the pacing. At all. It seems that they just plucked chapters from different places in the manga and just didn't bother sewing them together properly D: And it's quite cheesy/melodramatic imo)

I gave it a 5/10 But i was considering putting "Almost a 4" tag (that means it's a 5 with a minus or a 5 closer to a 4. If you want to know more, then click spoiler buttons in the following order - "Snow Goods" - "Show Top" - "Show Scores" )

2. Jobless Reincarnation (It was aight) lol Gave it a 5/10

3. Non Non Biyori Non-stop (My least favourite TV show season of Non Non Biyori :( Still gave it a 5/10 though. My actual LEAST fav. is still the 2018 Non Non Biyori film D:< )

And thass it D:
IljaKorhonen Apr 6, 6:00 PM
Hallo! Long time no chat :D I see you've dropped Maiko-san, did you finish the first episode? I'm asking because i couldn't even watch THAT long D: The 3d models were really not bad O: But i think it just put me to sleep... in a bad way, you know. Or i was just not in the mood. It piqued my interest because i wanted to know more about maiko(s)/geiko(s) or geisha, but i think watching a documentary would do a better job and not waste my time like this show. I surmise...

Oh, and the character designs were cute. That's actually the main reason i gave it a go, i think

Anyway, just wanted to lay out my thoughts haha

Have you watched anything interesting or noteworthy? Talking about anime ofc, but it can be whatever O:
IljaKorhonen Jan 21, 7:47 AM
...perhaps something like 1001 Nights might interest you.

O: It's marked as "Completed" on my list, but i don't remember anything about it... Rewatch it is!

...I think one of the unique charm of art is that it helps us to look at things with an intensified attention, which is something enjoyable at it own right.

Yeah, i can see that! Especially in animation!

...good anime scriptwriter is such a rarity, so recently I rarely watch anime expecting a good, engrossing plot..

IljaKorhonen Jan 6, 7:11 PM
Sometime I do like watching show has a strong, intriguing theme that grabs my attention intellectually, but there is a lot of other shows I rated highly simply because of the sensation it offers. I love Koushoku Ichidai Otoko (The Sensualist) because it is the best attempt I've seen to make animation in an Ukiyo-e style. Its use of color and shamisen music is highly stylised yet at the same time it is so highly restrained that it allows enough space for me to comtemplate on and immerse myself in the fanstinating world it depicts (unlike other Ukiyo-e inspired anime like Mononoke which tries very hard to tell the viewer what they should be paying attention to and what plot point and information they should be thinking about). To me the point of animation works like this is really just about comtemplating the aesthetic experience itself. The story is more like a framework for bringing out the dreamlike world of Edo Japan under Ukiyo-e's imagination...

Ohhh, i see O:

So, do correct me if i´m wrong, but isn´t it "l'art pour l'art" then? And if so... i think i can see SOME art in this way, but i´m not sure... I certainly have tried that. Although, lately in a different way. I just place more emphasis on the visual part or the technical aspects in general. The more excellent they are - the more i enjoy the piece of art. But i think that´s different and pretty obvious/natural(?) Maybe Ukiyo-e translated into animation is not something i can appreciate solely for its beauty D: Not with this one, i don´t think.

But if you aren't very interested in the aesthetics, that's cool too.

Yeeh... maybe.

I guess it was quite hard to get yourself immersed in the OVA if you had to pause every 10mins because of the internet...

And this might be one of the reasons too

If you're considering giving it another try, that would be great!

Sometime in the future i will! Once i forget most of it and have the opportunity to give it another go!

Do share with me if you have any arthouse you like! :)

I will!

Oh! I also kinda zoned out of Kanashimi no Beladonna... I watched it because my favourite director said that she, basically, liked it haha :D I need to rewatch this one too...
IljaKorhonen Jan 4, 11:47 PM
As for Revue Starlight, personally I simply love the flamboyantly choreographed stage-fights. Plot-wise it is a meh. (Seriously the anime industry is running out of good scriptwritters.) The slice of life element and the characters are cute and okay but nothing that would change your opionion of the show... To me Revue Starlight is one of the few anime that fall in the campy middle ground between lowbrow and highbrow, unapolegetically over-the-top and self-confident enough to not protect itself with any sense of irony, which can be a really good thing or a really bad thing depending on your taste.

O: I see. Interesting! I personally was indifferent to it D: It wasn´t bad tho, that's for sure.
It reminds me of Seijun Suzuki who was a Japanese New Wave film director who played all kinds of bold artistic experimentations on the trashy b-movie projects that his studio assigned to him (which eventually gets him expelled because of the financial disaster he has caused, lol.)

haha damn. I'll have to check him out sometime.
...I see you have recently just watched Koushoku Ichidai Otoko. What do you think about it?

As you can see i haven't rated it (Thass prolly one of the reasons why you're asking what i thought of it:) And well... i had blasted through the OVA (untill i didn't... because my internet started dying every 10 mins D:) And once i reached the end, i realised that i did not get what it was about. Not the literal plotline or scrip wise, but the point or "morale" Because i think there is something more? And i just missed it. Maybe because i was watching it at night or for some other reason.

I also got confused about the two timelines/narratives (that was definitely because i was suppose to be sleeping at that time lol) So in other words - i need to rewatch it one more time to give it a score and tell you what i think of it!

Otherwise, it had its moments. Animation-wise. I liked the stylized waves quite a lot. I liked at least one transition. And in general, it was nice looking. For some negative points - maybe the character designs are not the best. But that's just me. If i think of anything else, i'll write another message.

Also, i know you gave it a 10/10 O: Do tell why. I am quite curious!
IljaKorhonen Jan 3, 4:47 AM
P.S. Forgot to add this - Ongaku is my anime (film) on the year (i gave it - 7/10 A high score in my book) It's a passion project animated almost entirely by one person! It´s a really good looking anime. GREAT character desings and THE Best use of rotoscopy i've ever seen in anime! No exaggeration. The scrip is very "minimalistic" if you could say that. And thus it feels very quiet and "real" Not realistic, but in a good way. It IS a comedy, after all. It starts a little slow, but the movie is an hour long, so if and when you have the time, do consider giving this one a go!
IljaKorhonen Jan 3, 4:17 AM
Everything I gave an 8 or above on my list are something that enthrals me.

I see! I probably shoulda checked yer list before asking haha And it makes sence, cuz same
In terms of recent show I think Kakushigoto and Houkago Teibou Nisshi were pretty good, despite overall 2020 has been a pretty disappointing year for anime.

O: I've seen the first episodes of these two. I think i'll pick Kakushigoto up first.
We seem to have similar taste in terms of being able to appreciate both arthouse shit and moe shit.

Hell yeh. The Yin and Yang lol
I guess I can recommend Starlight Revue? Haha, it's a show I keep revisiting even though it's deeply flawed in some crucial respects

I have seen this one. I watched an episode a week of it though, and that is not my usual speed. To reevaluate it i'd have to give Starlight Revue a rewatch. Maybe sometime in the future...
Btw I no longer check my MAL regularly because of other things that preoccupies me recently. I hope you won't mind if my replies are gonna be somewhat irregular.

It's alright!

And nice to meet you too. Cheers!
siuol_sward Jul 18, 2020 7:29 AM
Thanks! I finished and put my thoughts in Planetes in my profile description a few days ago. I also already had Shinsekai Yori and Otona Joshi in my ptw.
siuol_sward Jul 15, 2020 8:38 AM
No problem! Recently, I've been searching for shows with interesting morals and I was wondering if you have any legitimately philosophical anime you could recommend.
inim Jun 2, 2020 3:29 PM
Zoku Owarimonogatari's DB entry changed it's episode count (movie -> series). You need to manually set your "completed" to 6/6 to make your vote count again.
inim May 19, 2020 4:38 AM
That "most weird anime top 15" list, which is pretty good.
inim May 18, 2020 2:38 PM
I just finished a very, very trashy movie. But it's also genius and everybody should watch it. You are open minded towards very odd anime, so I thought I give you a pointer, and ask for feedback (if you like).

Seabury Mar 29, 2020 5:16 PM
I was thinking a lot about the same thing as I was nearing the end; how would I handle this if I were the writer?

Despite my disappointment with how fragmented the story became, I wouldn't actually want to throw away the plot lines that it developed towards the end. Kinda like you, I'd want to expand the story, but that's just the devil on my shoulder and the angel on my other shoulder says "no, you're going to make it into a mess if you do that!"

From a story-writing perspective, I have two ideas. One is to do it kinda like the Railgun/Index series, where there are two different series telling the story from different perspectives. That way the main story could be streamlined and narrative flow could be maintained, yet I could still expand the universe. I'm thinking like one main story, and then a whole bunch of OVAs on the side. The problem with this approach is that viewers would watch the main series first and then the OVAs, and if the side stories were to intersect the main story in meaningful ways then there could be a lot lost on that first viewing.

So I kinda have to ditch that idea. The other idea is to keep it the way it is, but try to improve on it. I do not want any abrupt and long diversions, so the other stories would actually have to weave with the main story a bit. And the ones that don't weave very well, we'd save for an actual stopping point instead of leaving the audience hanging on an 8 episode long cliffhanger. The two girls who travel to meet Yoko, their stories can weave in just fine. They'd start with just a few scenes here and there, and they would slowly get more screen time as their stories became more important towards the main plot. When there's a decent break in the action, we can tell the story of young Kirin, and maybe devote 3 or so minutes each episode towards Yoko. Ideally, we could thematically set it up so that whatever struggle she's working her way through mirrors the side-story, and thus giving her a few minutes each episode doesn't feel like a jarring shift of focus.

I dunno, I talk the talk, but if I were actually writing this story I would find it extremely difficult. It's fast-paced and exciting, yet also expansive and epic. Balancing those two sides is more than the author was able to handle, but I applaud her ambition. 12 Kingdoms is definitely one of the most ambitious anime I've ever watched.
Seabury Mar 15, 2020 7:47 PM
Well, alright, sorry it took me so long to get back to you, but whenever I thought of typing a reply I felt more like watching 12 Kingdoms instead. You recommended it so it's your fault!

So yeah, in case that doesn't make it clear, I just spent the last couple of week bingeing 12 Kingdoms, and I thank you for that recommendation. I thank you for giving me a series that obsessed me so much that I ignored all other anime until I finished it, but I don't thank you for giving me something less middlebrow than LOTGH. I actually rated them exactly the same on my list based on the 10-point scale, but my memories of LOTGH are a bit fonder than how I felt watching 12 Kingdoms.

12 Kingdoms did, as you say, question itself somewhat. Around the middle of the series, after she realized that she had punished the good guy from her own good intentions, I felt that the series was truly greater than any other on the politics end of things. Then it just kinda piddled the rest of the way towards the end. The beginning was pretty amazing too, with the string of betrayals that broke her faith in other human beings, the dark tone really reminding me of NGE, and then she just got over it like nothing happened and similar but weakly-fleshed-out arcs were re-enacted with different characters.

Basically, this was a series that was almost amazing, and that's the most aggravating viewing experience for me. Something that isn't even trying to be great is pretty enjoyable, but something that is so close to being great but just barely missing the mark is kinda irritating to me. I can see why you might consider it deeper than LOTGH (it offers more questions just as often as it offers answers, and actually invites the viewer to ponder the situation, which is presented in just as nuanced a manner), but to me it's a series that really just had more potential. Maybe 50 more episodes that focused mostly on the main plot and I would actually rank it among my favorites. As of now it's more a glorious mess with a loose ribbon on top IMO

Anyways, I'll let you know what I think about the next episode of Eizouken. I was distracted by 12 Kingdoms but now I can finally return back to the other neglected shows on my watching list!
Seabury Feb 17, 2020 8:07 PM
Psycho Pass S2 broke my heart because it took everything that made S1 great and made a cheap replica out of it. Seeing such a mockery made out of something I liked was much worse than if it was some unrelated franchise with mediocre writing. It's kinda the same thing that I'm scared of happening with Magia Record, but so far that show has just barely good enough writing to not piss me off LOL

But yeah, I mentioned Belladonna because I remembered there were scenes with incredibly limited animation that took advantage of the reduced movement to create a visual effect that I've only seen otherwise in Ga-anime shorts. Kind of like you, I'd have rated it a 9 if it didn't overstay its welcome. Once it got to the ridiculous bubonic plague animation I was pretty much off the wagon! It definitely felt like it was made by the classic "great artist and shitty editor" team.

It's good you clarified what you mean by "middlebrow classic" with the example of LotGH. I thought you meant more along the lines of "mediocre" but it makes sense with that example because that's pretty much the epitome of a middlebrow show. Is it well-written, enjoyable, ambitious, and potent? Absolutely. But the depth is pretty much restricted to re-telling the history of democracy versus monarchy and only seems deep to the western audience because perspectives that aren't 100% pro-democracy are alien in our entertainment. I think of Ghost In The Shell the same way - it's really just regurgitating basic philosophy, but not poorly at least, and that's not what makes it great in any case.

I haven't seen The Twelve Kingdoms yet, but your description of it constantly questioning itself intrigues me. Is that a show you would recommend?

I do occasionally read things on Sakuga Blog. Not terribly frequently because I don't read too many anime blogs in general, but it's definitely one of the better ones I stumble upon from time to time. I say I'm not a huge animation guy, but that doesn't mean I don't care about animation, it just means I'm unskilled as a viewer in picking out the nuances, especially regarding what makes good motion as opposed to good drawing. I do enjoy reading stuff from viewers who actually are good at picking out those nuances though!