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Anime Stats
Days: 55.9
Mean Score: 5.45
  • Total Entries296
  • Rewatched69
  • Episodes3,031
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World - The Animated Series
Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World - The Animated Series
Oct 14, 7:04 AM
Watching 2/? · Scored -
Net-juu no Susume
Net-juu no Susume
Oct 14, 6:32 AM
Watching 2/10 · Scored -
Juuni Taisen
Juuni Taisen
Oct 14, 6:31 AM
Watching 2/12 · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 15.5
Mean Score: 6.05
  • Total Entries59
  • Reread0
  • Chapters2,637
  • Volumes309
Manga History Last Manga Updates
Omoide Emanon
Omoide Emanon
Sep 24, 9:34 AM
Completed 9/9 · Scored 6
Hoshi no Samidare
Hoshi no Samidare
Sep 23, 9:58 PM
Completed 65/65 · Scored 7
Aug 18, 9:47 PM
Plan to Read · Scored -


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ktulu007 Oct 16, 7:40 AM
I think the jokes are pretty straight forward. It's a series that relies heavily on the puerile bodily fluid humour. If that's your cup of tea, and you don't mind the tone problems, that series is for you. I take it that you, like myself, aren't someone who finds that sort of thing amusing.

I did thoroughly enjoy both of those series. I'll have to do a full review of the Utena anime at some point instead of just the film. In contrast, I'll have to do reviews of the Madoka films instead of just the series.

I can always borrow it from my room mate/ little sister. She has the entire thing & I'm sure she knows which of the eight book shelves has it. I'm sure seven volumes also gives a bit more time to flesh things out than a film. Especially a Ghibli film where they take time to build atmosphere with quiet nature scenes. Which is something I appreciate about their films but that doesn't exactly translate well to a manga.

Thank you. It's my philosophy, when it comes to reviewing, that just repeating the popular opinion does nothing. Everyone knows the popular opinion. I think a good reviewer has to be willing to just own an unpopular opinion. And it's always nice to meet someone who can respect that. You have a good day as well.
CloudShepherd Oct 14, 7:19 AM
Never watched Jojo, but I do plan on getting around to it sooner or later.

By your thesis I was referring to your Berserk rant. Haibane Renmei started off really fucking slow but usually when a show starts this way they are just building up and mainly trying to immerse you in the world. Around the halfway point the plot really starts to pick up and character development is through the roof. I love shows like this.

Anime has always seemed to make me laugh, even in Haibane Renmei I found myself laughing at Rakka's moe. Part of it is because I found her adorable the other is just simple visual humor. I don't know what it is, but the Japanese just get comedy. Any show that has comedy in it makes me laugh or smile at least once, usually. And that is something that can't be ignored.

Most of anything is just a matter of personal preference anyway. Everything is overrated, not funny, voice acting isn't good, I didn't like this, et cetera et cetera et cetera. I need to take a break from opinion threads. (MAL Reviews)
CloudShepherd Oct 13, 10:13 AM
> This implies that there are good anime comedies though, which there aren't.

Konosuba, School Rumble, Golden Boy, all the shows that aren't strictly comedy, etc, etc, etc.

Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?

Oh and since you mentioned the discussion of the concept of sin or whatever in your thesis, Haibane Renmei does this exact thing in episode 9.
awerture Oct 12, 4:26 PM
see, I told you so!

I want to add I'm still crying my heart out cause you didn't answer my private message (´・ω・`)
CloudShepherd Oct 10, 11:33 PM
Please understand I didn't meant to imply you were behaving snobbishly, your behavior wasn't really coming off as elitist, it just logically makes little sense for me to work so hard but get nothing in return. There's nothing wrong with being firm in your beliefs or even stating nothing will change your opinion, it's just how you feel and I can't take that right away from you. On the other hand, I have just as much the right to deny you effort on my part.

You could just watch another good anime to blow off steam, it is often called an escapist medium for a reason. You gotta have thick skin when it comes to the internet and especially around a community like MAL's, as hard as that can be sometimes. I still struggle with it plenty, to the point of tears. I get it, they say you have shit taste and really don't realize they are putting you down in the process. Whether or not they know that, it's awful situation and unfortunately is an attitude that may never go away, anime or not. So it would help to be dismissive and unsympathetic, what else are we supposed to do? Throw ourselves into the storm with little to no reward? Who cares? I'm jealous of people who love "trash" like idol anime. I mean, I haven't watched any idol anime, but still. These people sure as hell don't care about you or your feelings so why should you treat them like they are important to you or something?

One of my character flaws is dealing with other's opinions. Not only can I get irrationally emotional over a disagreement, but that negativity ends up seeping into my passion. When you hear people state "this medium is unwatchable", when you yourself have watched so much and so have much to be thankful for, it can hurt and that I think is a natural response. So it's equally natural to oppose that person's views, whether they think it's right or not. In the end, this is only weakness on my part, for caring so much the opinions of others, as if theirs justifies my lifestyle. When it comes down to it I simply fail to realize in all my anger that it doesn't matter what anybody thinks, as long as I'm happy with it and it's not doing harm to me as a person. This trait makes my life more unsustainable and I need to work on this as much as I can. However, this has nothing to do with you. On top of it, most people who "hate anime" have hardly seen any anime at all, so their opinion means very little on an objective level. When I wrote my previous comment, I actually meant what I said when I said I considered quite a few responses, wrote, rewrote over and over again and gave much attention to your opinion, even though I came off as dismissive in the end, so you can't interpret these things at face value. The same way I couldn't understand why you started with your tangent. So maybe the way best way to overcome dealing with opinions is through knowledge. I can't say for sure.

Also, SAO isn't exactly a bad anime. You getting into anime through such a "shit" show is reason enough, right? I hope you realize nothing was wrong with the enjoyment you got from the show, the same way there's not really anything wrong with disliking Berserk. The thing is about a lot of tropes is that when you see them for the first time, it can really get you hooked. SAO and it's fans are only talked down upon out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness to defend their precious original anime from the light novel menace!

In all seriousness, anything that is popular is bound to have haters and no anime is an exception. The thing is there is a fine line between critique and hate. Hate is a strong personal feeling to the point people make it part of their character. To believe something is factually awful and shouldn't exist. On top of it, if you try to defend the show in any manner they will immediately label you "fanboy" and dismiss everything you say. That is the extent people have gone with SAO, you should never bring it to this level, otherwise you really won't ever be a critic worth listening to and there is absolutely no point in watching SAO if you go into it planning to spite it for every blemish. That is if you actually wanted to be a critic, I sure as hell don't. Talk about sucking all the fun out of anime, right?

I really don't understand most of this community. They don't seem like they are having any fun at all, analyzing every frame, contemplating every sentence of dialogue, comparing every aspect of it to another show. It makes little sense to me to focus all that energy when you could just be having a good time and doing what you will. Criticism is important, but people are taking it way too far, it seems. It also just seems a little too hostile for what it is, an anime club. Perhaps it's an inherent flaw in an open forum? Another problem is how people interpret the damn scores. Everybody has their own definition for 1-10, yet we still get into fights over a petty number. The same applies just as much to the gaming community as well. People apply too much faith in the reviews and less in the content itself. This is a crime against fiction among many other things.

The more I think about it the more I realize it only hurts yourself to dislike something in entertainment. I'd love to see anime from other's perspectives and learn new things that can help me grow as a person, but not take away from my passion. I'm not just passionate about Berserk, I'm in love with all anime. Berserk is one of many, no matter who is disappointed in it there's always something else.
CloudShepherd Oct 10, 5:33 AM
I think it's less cool to ramble and dump so much information at once then say nothing will change your view. You stated quite clearly in your comment nothing would change your mind. Why should I explain? Also, don't take my comment personally, it's just my take on it if I happened to have a similar opinion on Berserk. I would feel like shit, because I know how much people love Berserk. I've been to their communities. I've seen the dedication their fans have for the series. I've befriended someone who is very passionate about Berserk at work. Baccano! - everybody and their mother loves this show to death and hails it as one of the greatest anime ever. I really wanted to love this show as much as everybody else, but alas I got something different. I really got bored a lot, which makes so little sense to me in retrospect. Everything about Baccano! screams at the FMA fan and history buff in me. I felt left out, same goes for any show that received significant praise.

I couldn't care less if somebody doesn't like Berserk and don't really care to explain it in an essay when plenty of others from this website to YouTube have done so much better than I ever could. The only way I could possibly reply to your comment is if I compromised and condensed everything to save time or spent all night explaining every excruciating detail on why I thought you were wrong. I'm not gonna shove the answer down your throat if you don't want Berserk, I can't control that the same way I can't control whether you could've just ignored my comment and moved onto something else. Again I'm not trying to insult you, this is just where you and I differ. If you want to talk about Berserk fine but I just didn't like where the conversation was headed. Here's the thing, I understood why you disliked Berserk less when you explained it. I couldn't possibly fathom spending so much time addressing every point you made and found it to be a waste. I read your comment and concluded that we are two entirely different people with two entirely different mindsets and that's why I gave the reply I did.
CloudShepherd Oct 10, 12:43 AM
Man it must suck to be held back like that. If I hated Berserk out of some arbitrary personal view I would feel like shit missing out on something so awesome. Glad I don't, so I don't really care why you hate Berserk because I disagree with everything you said. Also there's no real point to reply so don't reply with another thesis.
CloudShepherd Oct 9, 8:03 PM
They're still making the manga. Besides there is still plenty great character development and better action after the eclipse. I don't know how you could bring yourself to dislike Berserk with the continuation it got after the eclipse. If anything it enhances the experience, if it ended at the eclipse that would just suck and most people would be fucking pissed. Berserk isn't just the Golden Age arc and no arc after really worsens another arc. I don't understand that mentality. It's like hating the original Star Wars trilogy because of the prequels.
CloudShepherd Oct 8, 7:16 AM
... No Berserk? ...

No Berserk?
Nostalgik Oct 7, 9:24 AM
Yeah I understood that point of view :) And I agree with you.

Well I'm fine with that. The colosseum arc is actually one that I'm fine with them re-adapting because it's one of those that balance really great themes with great action so it can please every type of fan.
Nostalgik Oct 7, 6:56 AM
I can understand that problem you had with the original, but I completely got past that without even trying because the focus on Kino and Hermes was just that good imo. And fuck yeah! I can't believe we're getting more stories from Kino! I just hope they don't repeat stories from the series (at most I'd let Kino's origin story slip since it's essential to build her character).
Prezbo Oct 7, 6:48 AM
I liked the first episode well enough and definitely consider it a pleasant surprise, though that may very well be due to the strength of the source material more than anything. Anyway, apart from the presentation, it doesn't feel like much has changed from the first series (and as one of the few people who doesn't love the original art style, I don't have a problem with the new look). As for the thematics, as always, this episode clearly works best on an allegorical level, commenting on the difficulty of reaching a true understanding of a different country without actually visiting it and talking to its people, and how dangerously easy it is to completely misperceive its culture from mere hearsay. However, I'm not so sure about the commentary on extrajudicial punishment and gun culture, so I thought the concept of the Land of Permitted Murder itself was a bit questionable when taken too literally (even if that might sound like a contradiction to what I just said about understanding different cultures). Oh well, I can't say it was uninteresting, and it might even get people talking about real world issues.

(Btw I copied the above from the forums.) I would ask what you thought of it, but I already read your response to Nostalgik, so... :P

But yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to next episode!
Nostalgik Oct 6, 8:09 PM
I'm actually extremely pleased with the outcome of this adaptation so far! Yes, it's true that right off the bat the biggest difference is that, simply put, this isn't directed by Nakamura (rest in peace great man), so the atmosphere of the classic Kino we're all used to just isn't coming back anymore.

That said, and quickly summarizing my opinions:
>The character designs work just fine;
>The voice acting, oh boy! Kino's voice is perfect, and Hermes' is also PERFECT for it! It's a bit deeper than the classic Hermes, but the heart of the character is well represented;
>Kino's genius episodic formula with unparallelled writing is still here, so to be perfectly honest, an adaptation of Kino is always going to be at least decent due to the quality of the source material;
>The CG is a bit off-putting, but I can tolerate it, it's fine;

There were subtle things that kept the core feeling of Kino's Journey, from the episode's structure to the dialogues between Kino and Hermes and the tone that each voice actor put into their character, Kino's morning pistol practice, etc.

Sorry for the long rant but I'm super happy that this show still makes me feel so good ^^
Theosoryu Oct 1, 3:38 PM
ahhhhh, about that... technically, you could read SBR without knowledge of the previous two parts, but I wouldn't recommend it. Vento Aureo and Stone Ocean (particularly VA) have some really great action and characters that I wouldn't want anybody to miss. Part 5 is my personal favorite, and it finally got the high quality, well translated scans it deserves. Definitely read it!
Aidan Sep 28, 9:58 PM
Man, I'll tell ya, your review for Senki Zesshou Symphogear had me grinning ear to ear by the end of it. :) Nice work~