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Anime Stats
Days: 167.6
Mean Score: 6.56
  • Total Entries849
  • Rewatched125
  • Episodes10,482
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
Aug 11, 9:55 PM
Watching 6/11 · Scored -
3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen
3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen
Aug 4, 9:27 AM
Completed 13/13 · Scored -
Aug 2, 11:14 PM
Watching 5/12 · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 2.9
Mean Score: 6.00
  • Total Entries21
  • Reread0
  • Chapters462
  • Volumes57
Manga History Last Manga Updates
Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai
Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai
Oct 30, 2017 1:20 AM
Dropped 35/? · Scored -
Sasameki Koto
Sasameki Koto
Mar 9, 2014 11:01 AM
Reading 33/55 · Scored -
Sakamoto desu ga?
Sakamoto desu ga?
Mar 5, 2014 3:28 AM
Plan to Read · Scored -


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TemplarXIII Aug 14, 5:01 PM
I think MI is kind of an exception because they actually had legitimate obstacles to go through before getting together and it showed enough of their life together that it felt like a really good conclusion. It certainly is a bit unbalanced because, as you said, relationships aren't the easiest thing to maintain, but the story was ultimately about Godai getting his life together and Kyoko moving on with her life.

That's a good point. Yeah, it can take a good while to get your act together. But seeing as they're presenting a condensed version of how a person is building himself up, it still took a large chunk of the episodes. But admittedly, seeing the epilogue was a huge payoff for the viewer.

On the other hand you have KOR (which I love and am not trying to trash) where you sit through a fairly lengthy series some OVAs and a movie and get a conclusion which realistically should have happened within the first 5 episodes.

God, ain't that the truth. Seems like the whole plot was the MC trying to hide his psychic ability. The novelty wore off pretty damn quickly though. The love triangle wasn't as good imo, but overall I did like it for what it was.

But yeah, I think to some extent it's that they don't make them like they used to, and maybe to another extent I'm not watching the right stuff. There are a handful of more recent series that fit that genre which are supposed to be good but I haven't watched (Lovely Complex and Honey and Clover in particular come to mind)...

I can make some recommendations for more newer stuff that struck a chord with me. It might not live up to your standards completely, but they definitely warrant a look.

1) Steins;gate
One of my top favorites. It starts off as your generic mystery, psychological thriller, sci-fi anime, but in the end it's really a romance story. A well done one imho. It employs a lot of anime tropes, but the characters are endearing and engaging for the most part.

2) Nana
It seems to start off as your rose-lens shoujo anime, but it's not. It strikes a good balance between the small good things in life, but also showing the ugliness of romantic relationships and the ethical dilemmas. My only disappointment is that most the manga hasn't been adapted yet. Still waiting...

I think one of the ending songs, sung by one of the character VAs, captures the essence of the show pretty well:

3) Ore Monogatari
This is a light-hearted Romance, but it's a good pick-me-up. The main character is good-guy trying to do right. There some misunderstandings along the way, but they resolve 'em like normal people would without unrealistically over-dramatizing or overreacting to things like in some romance anime.

4) Re-Life
I liked this one a lot. Very simplistic story, but that's not a bad thing. Short and sweet.

5) Skip-beat
I like this one. A generic female MC transforms herself into something worthwhile as a comeuppance to her Ex. She starts turning heads as the series goes along. I'm hoping we get a continuation of this one-day.

6) Rakugo
I really thought this one was pretty unique. The romance element is there, but it shows one of many ways on how a romance becomes more pathological rather than a healthy relationship lol. That's part of the focus though. I like the historical drama and the history and tradition behind Rakugo shows. Learn something new everyday.

Really dig the opening. Pretty chilling if you look up the lyrics. Fits the show perfectly:

7) Yona of the dawn
I'm biased on this one haha. For some reason, I think it really screams a re-imagining of Mulan but in Shoujo style. It has harem qualities, but the MC's growth makes the show interesting. What can I say, one of my favorite all-time Disney movies growing up was Mulan. They don't make the Disney movies like they used to anymore.

I have more, but I'll leave it at the lucky 7. I hope you check some of these out ;)
TemplarXIII Aug 12, 1:21 PM
Well, judging from the conversations we've had over the years, I think I can say I know a little about you. I never got the sense that you embellish things. You come off as humble and willing to take responsibility, if you make a mistake. Therefore, I can take your self-assessment with full confidence. With that in mind, if you're supervisor is worth her salt, she will find a way to make something happen in your favor. I'm praying for you.

That's partially my gripe with long running romcoms like KOR and MI. There's an imbalance between the buildup of getting to the relationship and the development after the couple gets together. The buildup is meaningful, but it's only half the battle. Maintaining the relationship has its own set of challenges and room for growth. Furthermore, those challenges are starkly different between a typical bf+gf romance and an actual marriage.

You'll get no argument from me on that front haha. I really can't recall the last time a slice-of-life romcom wowed me. I guess I really liked Toradora, but seems like a lot of post 2000's anime have the "adult minds trapped in teenager bodies" trope going. Toradora was no exception.

Characters usually aren't that well developed and it often doesn't result in a conclusion worth noting.

Man, I can't tell you how many times I watched a romance anime where it peters out near the end or it just doesn't get resolved at all. So frustrating especially when you're somewhat emotionally invested in the damn show.
TemplarXIII Aug 10, 3:25 PM
Thanks, I appreciate that.

Hmm, you would think an in-house reference from a supervisor would give you a leg up, but I guess that were other department heads/ supervisors that may have put forth their candidates for the position you were gunning for as well? The fact that your boss decided to advance you to a higher position suggests that she thinks you're an asset. It would be foolish on her part not to find you a way to climb up for the benefit of the hospital. I do not know all the facts, but it might be a good idea to discuss your intent of leaving and finding another position elsewhere since you think there's no longer room for growth are your current position. That may get the ball rolling in your favor, but I guess you have to be strategic about it with another back-up plan in mind. I hope you can get to where you want to go.

I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with going the long game and taking the majority of the series to get the couple together, but it's way over used and only a handful of series actually do it well.

I'm guessing you're thinking of Maison Ikkoku and Kimagure Orange Road? I liked both of them, but I admittedly got impatient with them towards the middle and end haha. You probably remember me complaining about Maison a little haha.
TemplarXIII Aug 9, 10:44 AM
Thanks for the compliment. Just hope I can make it through this haha.

"but while I haven't been turned down yet it looks like I wasn't chosen for it. I'm starting to feel like it's a dead end here so I'll probably start looking elsewhere."

I can empathize with that experience all too well. Years of preparation and effort just to get shot down. It can be painful, I know. But sometimes that's a sign to go another direction. It looks like you're making the right call. It's cliche at this point, but you won't know until you try. I wish you the best when you decide to look elsewhere.

Aside from that it's actually a nice change of pace to see a series like this about adults and also one where it doesn't take the entire length of the series for the main couple to get together.

Ditto. Even though they're in a relationship by declaration, it hasn't really registered in their minds that they are indeed in a relationship. Especially when they compare themselves to other couples. You'll see what I mean if you have already watched episode 7-8. The writing and humor is spot on. It's turning out to be one of my favorite romcoms in recent memory. We'll see how it wraps up.
TemplarXIII Aug 7, 5:40 PM
Yeah, I can't complain so far. Things seem to be going fine right now. No looming catastrophes on the foreseeable horizon, so I'm grateful. I'm entering my 2nd year in a PhD biomedical program and recently joined a lab to start my dissertation work. I've been out of undergrad doing biomedical research for over 4 years, so it's not completely foreign, but there's always plenty to learn. Besides feeling like a "lifetime student," I'm thankful for the opportunity. If you want to know more of the specifics, we can PM chat about it.

How about you? Is everything well on your end? Are you still working at that Hospital?

I surprisingly like the show so far. More than I anticipated. Use to think the distribution curves on MAL were a bunch of bs, but it turns out they're good predictors of what kind of shows I will end up liking. Statistics, amirite? An average rating of 7.5 or above is usually a good indicator that it'll be an entertaining show for me. There's always exceptions, but I used to have that mentality of "don't jump on the bandwagon." That kind of thinking is just as arbitrary too though.
TemplarXIII Aug 6, 2:29 PM
Saw you watching Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii.

Thanks for the indirect suggestion. Somehow this flew under the radar. I don't expect much, but my expectations are low nowadays lol.
Verty_ Feb 8, 11:05 AM
Stopping by to say <3
PaperCutAssassin Dec 13, 2016 5:58 AM
"Also I'm sure Lelouch isn't really dead and he'll show up in a sequel." -You in 2008
congratultions you called it my friend
Mikola Sep 10, 2016 10:39 AM
Hello! :)

Thanks for accepting my friend request! :D
Echelon Jun 20, 2015 12:01 PM
I agree with Arc, good to see you're alive every once and awhile haha.

There's probably been tons of classic mecha subbed since we last talked a bit more. Double checking to see what you've seen, I'd say you'd probably really dig L-Gaim, Xabungle, Layzner for a few. Ashita no Joe is a big one I need to see now too. For now I think Queen Millennia, Daimos, and Jushin Liger are my top choices for what I want to see fully subbed now.
TemplarXIII Jun 20, 2015 10:35 AM
Nah, I'm pressuring you or anything, but it's cool to hear from you once in a while. You can talk about anything--I'm all ears when you're ready.
TemplarXIII Jun 17, 2015 7:53 AM
Thanks bud. You should initiate a conversation every once in a while, so I know you're still alive ;)
TemplarXIII Jun 15, 2015 3:56 PM
Same old like you. Still doing research at the NIH. I applied to med schools this cycle and just submitted my primary application today. Then I have to complete secondaries as they come, and then hopefully I get interviews in the fall--then ultimately acceptance letters. It's the long-drawn out process and wait that's nerve-wracking.

You see my private message to you?
TemplarXIII Jun 11, 2015 8:27 PM
So, how's everything with you? Still working at the hospital? Refresh my memory, you moved on to a different position recently right?
TemplarXIII Jun 11, 2015 7:24 PM
Damn, I wish this site gave me more flamboyant alerts on people's birthdays...

Happy Belated Birthday man. Well, if you're like me, you don't care about celebrating your birthday haha.