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Terrestrious Sep 11, 8:19 PM
If you ever do check out Seven Deadly Sins, let me know what you think. Like I think I mentioned, the romantic love aspect doesn't become apparent for awhile, so I doubt you'll see it by your one volume read rule though, but I'm not sure much more is needed to get a grasp on whether the series would be for you or not.

Haha, yeah if it wasn't for the fact that I read so little, I would definitely have that one per mangaka rule too, as opposed to it mostly being Araki, Togashi, and Urasawa. I do have a rule of only putting the first season of an anime in my top spot so it wouldn't just mostly be Mushishi, and I wanted to do a one character limit for my favorite but I go back and forth on whether Kurapika or Meruem is my favorite HxH character. I know I also have Hughes and Mustang from FMA on my list but I can justify that since Hughes is specifically the 2003 anime incarnation while Mustang is Brotherhood's/original. 20th Century Boys is definitely one of the quickest I've ever blasted through a manga, think I blew through it in like three days. Definitely was under a week, back during a summer break when I had nothing to do I'd just spend all day reading it. The man knows how to weave an engrossing mystery better than most, probably in part to how well-written his characters are. Not just from the core cast but both Monster and 20th Century Boys (moreso Monster) have plenty of quick great character stories throughout the longer narrative, little more hazy on 20th Century Boys to recall specifics, but there are many in Monster that stick out to me (like the legitimately one-off couple who helped Tenma out despite hearing that he might be responsible for murder because said couple's [particularly the ex-cop father's] son was convicted for a crime and since then he lost the ability to judge someone outright or Nina's former assassin who stopped taking hits when one of his targets drank his coffee the same way he did [Three lumps of sugar I believe]). His character work is top notch, Monster probably contains several of my favorite character arcs I've ever seen play out (and while that's a list I'll probably never make, Meruem has my favorite character arc ever). Not only are his works too captivating to put down, but I imagine they're too chock full of detail to work as well week to week. I could easily imagine losing track of details in 20th Century Boys at least. If I recall correctly, one of Kenji's friends appears briefly in one of the earliest flashbacks and then doesn't show up again until the third part of that series. I forgot about his small appearance while binging to be honest.

Definitely would recommend checking all those shows. Futurama has the least over-arcing plot and is the most inconsistent of the series (well maybe, still have only seen the first season of Bojack) but it's provided me several of my favorite episodes in television and since you're a fan of The Simpsons, it's a pretty easy to recommend (though of course with Futurama's premise there's a lot more sci-fi involved). Futurama's later seasons (the Comedy Central ones) are mostly where it becomes inconsistent though, there's still a few gems in there (the finale was superb) but a lot of weaker material that would've made me stop watching had there been no break or if Futurama continued to air regularly. Still, the final season actual contains one of my favorite episodes in the series albeit one that I'd admit is rather messy overall but the ending scene was powerful enough that it doesn't matter to me. That's one thing about Futurama I really love, no series has managed to make me cry as often as Futurama. There's been several episodes that gotten a few tears out of me (as of this writing, I can't name a single other series that has more than a single episode that got even a single tear from me [and in truth, most of these instances are like a tear or two, think 135 of HxH is the only time a series got me sobbing]). A good part of that is just how well they construct their episodes, all the instances that got me were cleverly written episodes, not only ending with a generally heartwarming/sad moment with a great song but because each of these moments involve a narrative twist, making each moment something of an emotional sucker punch.

I feel the brotherly drama in Supernatural seasons 4-5 were pretty integral to those seasons stories working, and ultimately wrapped up by tying them into the huge biblical figures and folklore that allowed the conclusion of season 5 to focus on the series strongest theme in a fitting and strong manner. But unlike you, I also generally liked the story episodes more than the one-offs (which I think those seasons of Supernatural handled really well, still making them feel tangible within the greater narrative even though they could technically be removed without losing any of the plot). I will say that later they return to it and despite them going much farther with it than those seasons did (for example, they actually had the balls to have an episode where Sam & Dean didn't have a scene together, and it features a more traditional pay-off with a slug-fest) but I can safely say it was pretty exhausting and not very entertaining to watch, though sadly those weren't the biggest faults of those two seasons. Definitely glad the series has seemingly finally put that story thread to bed.Stopping after season five is kinda what I suggest most people do honestly. There's been some excellent moments and episodes since then but the first five seasons somehow managed to tell a thematically cohesive story and of the seven seasons since the first five, I only really liked 8 & 11, and it's more truthful to say I liked half of 8 and half of 11, with 8 easily being the best post-season. But long story-short, despite some moments of brilliance, I don't think Supernatural is really worth the investment after season 5, so you made the right call imo.

Jesus, five movies a week sounds insane to me. I feel like I watch about five movies a year. There is definitely a lot of benefits to the medium though, and it's really cool to read how much knowledge you managed to amass. I haven't seen much from that Disney period to be honest, I really want to see Fantasia in full though. Only saw the Chernabog segment, which I loved, and while I constantly hear that as the best segment (what do you think is the best segment btw?), I'm sure the rest are always really good. I don't remember Bambi leaving any kind of impact on me but it's constant praise has made me think I should re-watch since I haven't seen it since I was a little kid (same with Dumbo, outside of the Pink Elephant scene I don't really remember much about that film). Pretty interesting comments on Dumbo, I never thought you meant solely from a visual story-telling/atmosphere-creating perspective, though that makes a lot more sense than assessing it highly on plot beats. I really like and value reading about things from this perspective, and as simple as it is, using the stripped tent to mirror Dumbo's Mombo is the kind of thing I love the most. I might have to give Dumbo a re-watch at some point, though that could take quite some time.

I haven't really watched any anime in quite some time (hence the long time in-between replies, sorry about that) but I was keeping up with Hunter x Hunter. Back on hiatus again, though presumably it'll be returning within a year so that's great news. Overall I don't think this run was as good as the last run, but I still really enjoyed it, and over the last few chapters I was impressed with just how much Lady Oito was growing on me. Not that I ever disliked her but she may have overtaken Tserriednich as my favorite character introduced this arc, and in general, Kurapika's relationship with his everyone on her team has became potentially the most interesting element for me (partially based on the Izunavi flashback from earlier in the arc). At least until Chrollo starts to move. So overall, what did you think of this batch of chapters?
Terrestrious Aug 16, 2:06 AM
I read both One Piece and Seven Deadly Sins online. Though I will eventually buy some of One Piece and my brother collects the Seven Deadly Sins volumes (but they are far behind what CR has up too). I decide to start to reading again either when I get in the mood to start reading again and it's been at least a month or when I hear that a current arc of OP has ended (I don't keep my finger on the pulse of Seven Deadly Sins, I'll usually just read it again soon after OP). And usually I binge until I catch up again. Ideally, I'd just wait until the arcs are finished then speed through them but normally I can't help myself and just catch up again to point.

It depends on what you're looking for (there's a short hand version of this after the three paragraphs I ended up writing on this). Seven Deadly Sins isn't anything special overall but I do like it. There's a lot of entertaining aspects of Seven Deadly Sins, and even some really brilliant moments and flashes. I'll admit, I struggle to remember any of the specifics, and even went through some of my forum comments in order to reassess my opinion (to be fair, I'm prone to forgetting things and haven't read chapter since the start of the year, so it's not exclusively a Seven Deadly Sins thing but it should be noted). Those browsing did remind me of a lot of positives, like how the series can incorporate a strong theme or how the most interesting distinction from this series and it's compatriots is that it's far more about the power of love than the power of friendship. Not the love between friends but like romantic love, or to a lesser extent but still prominent, familial love. The power of friendship is still there of course, I don't think you can do a battle shonen without it, but it really frames romantic love higher. And it took me until the first real big climatic arc to realize that but I do think it makes it a little more interesting (and to boot, it contains one of my favorite couples in battle shonen, which isn't hard most are terrible and yeah, it includes terrible ones too but still). But also the story is actually really well-constructed at points, like they actually planted seeds about 80 chapters prior to a really big reveal. I didn't notice it myself but when somebody pointed it out in the chapter discussion I was legitimately impressed. There's a lot of clear thought and effort put into it, and the story also benefits from being really cohesive. Namely in the way how the two big plots we got transitioned into each-other. The smaller arcs in each of those plots/sagas, are a little more loose in transition iirc. In a natural way though, like One Piece's early excuse of transitioning from Island to Island.

The series is also noteworthy for having the main characters, or the titular Sins, being incredibly powerful right off the bat. Like, we immediately are treated to large scale showcases of powers. The overwhelming strength of the characters can be exciting and lead to some comically over-the-top action sequences relatively early on (there's an arm wrestling match in particularly that I really enjoyed for how over-the-top it was). The series can be really amusing with these sequences, and has a lot of funny moments within it anyway. There's a handful of annoying jokes too, and like a running gag where Meliodas gropes Elizabeth constantly I can totally see being an issue (it has since become one for me [though not because of overuse], but early on it didn't bother me too much, and there was one moment that definitely got me to laugh, mostly because I somehow missed it). And the high scale power of most of the characters can lead to some pretty epic moments too. Some fights are just fist-pumpingly excellent, especially one of the last ones I read. It got me really hyped too, because it had built up the two competitors amazingly, and I really didn't expect them to be fighting period. It's also worth noting before I go onto the negatives, that the high powered characters are distinctly high powered. It's not DBZ simplicity here, but also not HxH complex. But it manages to give The Sins themselves unique attributes that make them powerful.

The series can be quite generic though. It has a pet mascot character, and for the most part I'm still not a fan of him. He's does have more relevance than to just be cute if I'm remembering correctly, but I still find him mostly annoying. And I'm not a big fan of Elizabeth either, the non-combat woman tag along character though I grown to like her more over time. The villains themselves are also not very compelling but they can be hyped and built up incredibly well. Almost too well. The series has often disappointed me with how the villains are often defeated, at least the main antagonists. They last fight I read especially disappointed me, it felt way too easy of a conclusion for enemies that strongly hyped up. Granted, that was more like a beating a member of the Phantoom Troupe than beating Chrollo type deal, you know? Or perhaps more relevantly, beating a member of Toguro's team rather than Toguro himself. Still, the climax of their defeats are still important, and when the result is too easy it kills the tension. Another thing that kills the tension, is the amount of fake out deaths they pull. It's not the worst offender of this, I'd honestly probably give that to One Piece still (*cough*Pell*cough*), but it does bother me. And back to the fights, sometimes the finishes can be generic and boring, especially the climatic battle of the first part which I found very boring. Overall, the action choreography isn't that strong, it's certainly not memorable. It serviceable in the moment usually but there's maybe two fights I can remember even a little bit sequential. For the most part, if I remember any of the action sequences themselves but I can remember a few particular moments, usually when attached to the hype.

TL:DR Seven Deadly Sins is alright. It has it's fair share of shonen trappings that work against it, and unfortunately these help rob it of tension and can lead to unsatisfying conclusions. But the series has moments of brilliance, and occasionally the action can be remarkably engaging, in an adrenaline rush kind of way. The story can develop threats really well but often fails to vanquish them in a satisfying manner, though that doesn't necessarily invalidate the joy of experiencing the build, especially when the story is well-thought out. And the stronger emphasis on romantic love rather friendship love compared to other shonen series is rather refreshing, though the relationships themselves are hit and miss, and it's focus doesn't mean it avoids all of those clichés.

Didn't mention it anywhere above but the panel work is also pretty good, a little standard though but stronger than say Fairy Tail or Toriko from what I read of either of them. And I focused on the action a lot but there's certainly stretches where it isn't all about the action but is a focal point so.

My least favorite of Togashi's work is that baseball one-shot he did, but of the lengthy publications, Tende Shouwaru Cupid is easily the worst. However, one of things I love about Togashi's writing style is the internal variety present in all of them. Hunter x Hunter, Level E, and Yu Yu Hakusho are constantly changing series, YYH's first volume or two (I think the ghost adventures lasted two volumes, but I might be wrong) are drastically different from what we got in the later volumes for example. So I'm really curious to whether or not Tende actually remained on point, consistently remaining in the same space it started as. There was enough in the first chapters to make me suspect that it wouldn't but I'm likely never to find out. A few other mangakas I've checked out their other works are Naoki Urasawa (because Monster is amazing, and he tends to work in that genre a lot [20th Century Boys was excellent too; looking forward to checking out Pluto and Billy Bat eventually, not to mention his sports series I believe? He has one oddball in there I know]) and Eiichiro Oda (if only to see him write stuff that isn't One Piece lol).

I haven't seen Over the Garden Wall yet, though it seems right up my alley, but earlier Simpsons (specifically seasons 3-8, with 6 being my favorite if I'm remembering correctly from that FXXX marathon) and Avatar: The Last Airbender are all great. Despite my comments, there's quite a lot of western animation I'm a big fan of. Futurama, Rick & Morty, BoJack Horseman (though I've only seen season one), Steven Universe, Samurai Jack, Batman: The Animated Series, Invader Zim, Sym-Bionic Titanl, & Spectacular Spider-Man being the main ones. The problem with western animation for me, at least TV wise, is that pretty much all of them operate as an episodic comedy. Even Steven Universe, which has a lot more going on than even most anime, is still formatted like this. And while I like those, they aren't my favorite type of content. I do watch a decent amount outside of anime but I do mostly focus on anime. Though only westerns shows I'm "watching" at the moment are Steven Universe, Rick & Morty, and Supernatural, though I'm planning on starting up American Gods and returning to The X-Files soon.

I don't really watch a lot of movies to be honest. It's weird, I can binge like 41 episodes of One Piece in a row, but I don't like the idea of being committed to the same story for two hours. I think it's because episodes allow for a natural break and I'm only really committing to 20~40 minutes but yeah, I don't watch much movies. Mostly don't bother unless it's for my March Madness or I'm seeing it in theaters (cause then it feels more like an experience, and there's less distractions, and if I'm paying for it I'm watching it). Have watched a good amount of Disney & Pixar though, and I do at least like Disney films more than the, admittedly small amount of Ghibli films I've seen. Gotta ask, what makes Dumbo the greatest animated film of all time? I don't really remember the movie since I haven't seen it since in over a decade at least.

Made in Abyss did give me some HxH vibes too, not going to lie. Considering you go by the original version first, that's another reason why seasonal watching would be tough. The majority of anime are adaptions, very few anime originals come out each year I think. The only anime original series I've seen this year to my knowledge is Tsuki ga Kirei. Which I would definitely recommend if you like romance series. Especially ones that actually tell a complete story. It's very naturalistic too (which could be an issue of the awkwardness of middle schoolers doesn't charm you like it kinda did for me), and accomplishes all the goals of what makes an interesting couple (namely being that they're both characters on their own right, and not defined by their relationship), and story has very few missteps. One of my favorites of the year. I'd talk about it more but I think I rambled enough for today.
Terrestrious Aug 11, 3:54 PM
That's true, often times the shorten life-span thing is just that, vague in description. I suppose to be fair, it wouldn't make sense in most narratives for the characters who spout that to have exact measurements, like it does in Hunter x Hunter (like you mentioned with Nen). Certainly gives it more weight. And yeah, 366's last page was fantastic. That whole chapter was great, utilizing a unique structure, it helped a lot with presenting the various princes and seamlessly setting up the final page with Chrollo. Really interested in seeing how Chrollo will eventually play into everything, especially since I think Hisoka is on-board somewhere too (though I guess that's not really confirmed, I can't imagine him not being involved, even with how much is already at play here). Favorite chapter this run of chapters so far, though 367 was great. Shame there's no new chapter this week, though I'm glad that's because Shonen Jump is on break and not Togashi (unless I heard wrong but I'm pretty sure all of SJ is on break).

Yeah, I can't think of many manga that would be better weekly than being able to binge. Most of the manga I've completed I've done so in a few days. Read of all Rurouni Kenshin (though with the sequel manga coming out I suppose that's no longer true) within a few days, same with 20th Century Boys. Part of this is because weekly manga chapters are really short and another reason is just that my memory can be faulty, so I prefer to read things in succession to avoid forgetting big details. Though since I mostly read long running action shonen's, it's pretty difficult to do them all in a row. Still waiting a few months before getting back into One Piece & Seven Deadly Sins. I can do weekly for anime, sometimes I find it easier to start airing series actually but for manga that definitely hasn't worked for me. Only with Hunter x Hunter, though maybe it's because of the stories I chose to read.

Speaking of impossible to find manga, really upset Tende Shouwaru Cupid doesn't exist past the first five chapters. Not that the series is anything special or anything but being the only series written by Togashi that I haven't read, it's a bummer that I can't finish it.

"I'm more a fan of stories that happen to be anime, rather than being a fan of all things anime in general." Even though I don't behave like this with the ridiculous amount of anime I tend to start (currently have 70 series on-hold for example), I really do agree with this. I'm a big fan of animation in general, and anime just tends to foster the type of series I like more than western animation, so I tend to pour a lot more time into this medium. But truthfully, a lot of anime-isms can tend to be a turn-off for me, ironically including most ecchi fanservice type content, and pretty much any harems. Of course there are exceptions to this, I really like anime for the greater visual aspects and the more varied story-telling but as time goes on I find myself becoming more selective with what I watch, rather than how I started off, with watching just about anything because it's anime. Though another reason I'm becoming more selective is just lack of time. When it comes to starting series for new seasons, I skim the seasonal guide MAL has to see if anything catches my eye. Depending on how interested I am, I'll either try and watch it immediately or more recently, I'll give shows a week or two then check out reviews. Sometimes shows not on my radar end up getting a lot of praise that I end up checking them out. I'm watching Made in Abyss because pretty much every review of the first episode gushed over the series, and even though I've only seen the first two episodes, it seems on the fast-track to becoming one my favorite shows this year (though I've heard some worrying stuff in the later episodes, at this point I'm already committed). Anyway, I don't entirely mind long discussions if they are interesting but Re:Creators isn't really sounding like I'd be big into it either. May eventually watch it when it's all done and binge-able depending on what the general consensus is, but I'm not really regretting not picking it up either.
Terrestrious Jul 26, 11:37 PM
It is note-worthy that the art's been consistently on-point. After seeing some of the scribbles that were turned in for Chimera Ant, there was always a part of me that was worried the art would falter, even though his last run quelled most of those fears. The Emperor Time setback has definitely been around since the Yorknew arc. Somebody brought up in one of the chapter discussion threads but during the transition period of Yorknew & Greed Island there was that point where Kurapika was past out exhausted resting after all that happened, and Melody mentioned her flute wasn't capable of working on him, meaning that it was simple fatigue (I went and checked the chapter to verify it after reading that). So the seeds were planted ages ago, though it's possible Togashi didn't lay out the exact details there, with the one second costing him an entire hour. I do think the reveal is interesting, though the whole shorten my life-span cost never really feel like a tangible consequence to me, and that's true here, since it won't effect anything until the end of the series in most cases. Still, I think this is the most interesting use of it, considering it's already had Kurapika discard the ideal plan earlier because it would force him in it for too long. I wonder how much this will note will influence his decisions throughout the arc, especially once the fated interaction with Tserriednich happens. Hunter x Hunter is probably the only manga series that will ever work for me week-to-week. I mean, I don't often try doing that often but the few times I was caught up with One Piece and Seven Deadly Sins told me that I'd much rather binge those series. Granted, I'm not sure how well the earlier arcs would've work, but the Dark Continent stuff has been jam-packed most weeks.

Nah, starting all those was just a spur of the moment decision, and a good chunk of those are series with short run time (ranging from like three minutes an episode to twelve). I use to try and start a bunch back in 2014 but that never went well, I don't really like having a lot of shows unfinished. For me, every show is essentially on-hold, I just use the Dropped section for series I don't remember how many episodes I seen or where I left off. But I'd like to finish most of the shows I've started, even if I don't like the series too much, so over time I've grown more selective with what I start. Just felt like I haven't been watching a lot of anime coming out this year, and this season had a few more shows that interested me, that I decided to start them all up. Knowing me, My Hero Academia is probably going to be the only thing I keep up with, and I'll just binge the rest near around the end of their season (which is what I did last season [including MHA]). Got a lot more on my plate this season then the last two. For Winter, not counting shorts, I only checked out Rakugo season 2 (the only thing I kept up with weekly all throughout, on virtue of being one of my all-time favorite series), ACCA, & Maid Dragon. For Spring I only checked out MHA, Attack on Titan, & Tsuki ga Kirei. From this season, outside of My Hero Academia, Made in Abyss is the series I have the highest hopes for. Seems like the only show you're watching is Re:Creators. How do you like it? It was something I almost started last season but put off for some reason or another (I can't really remember why).
Terrestrious Jul 22, 2:38 PM
Hmm, I typically prefer series that start out bad then get great rather than starts out good but gets bad. I'll try he first season eventually anyway though, seems like a more entertaining method of learning about how the industry works than I don't know, reading about it on wiki. Maybe I'd end up liking the main characters too, despite the sexist writing, but if I fall under the same category as you I doubt I'll rate it very highly. Characters are easily the most important category for me, so faltering there can often times ruin a show for me.

You caught up with 365? Not going to talk about it much because of spoilers but I'm still really enjoying it.
Terrestrious Jul 3, 10:28 PM
Ah, that sounds about right. Like I said, the whole thing with his dad's death is something I entirely forgot about it until you mentioned it, since I definitely believe you remember more than I do, and that does seem to line up with Light's character pretty well. What a scumbag.

Yeah now that you mention it I can't imagine Near ever going to school like L did. I guess Mello definitely did capture the other important characteristics from L. I suppose Near's more blatant visual resemblance blinded me to Mello's own inherited traits or faulty memory is really hindering me. I wouldn't put torturing Misa passed Near though, if I only because I subscribe to the theory that Near used the Death Note to ensure his victory in the end (if only because most external information I've read regarding it seem to all but confirm it). And my comparison to Hunter x Hunter and JoJo certainly wasn't the best choice since those are definitely more clearly segmented than Death Note. Perhaps something like Kaiji would've been a better reference point, since it basically follows the main character through a singular story, though one that's separated into 'distinct' parts, each that focus on different gambling situations, maintaining the psychological and intense strategy that made the series from day one (as well as the hype man narrator with his over-the-top metaphors), though they did end up emphasizing that more than some of the more interesting nature of gamblers insights we got in season one. It's still less about the overarching plot than Death Note is, but I do think it's a better comparison point. And if you haven't seen/read it, Kaiji is worth checking out imo.

Wow, that definitely sounds problematic. I think I have Bakuman on my plan to watch, so I'll likely check it out at some point but this certainly doesn't put the show very high on my plan to watch list. The idea of focusing on mangaka's interest me, and I'm not sure how much the sexism would bother me (I imagine it depends on how much the linger on the female characters and how good the content is aside from that) but I'm not particularly eager to find out where I fall there.

I have been reading! I can't really update my list because I still haven't read most of Chimera Ant in manga form, but I've been keeping up with the chapters and checking the forums after reading them. I haven't had much to comment, partially because I didn't really refresh myself enough (I only re-read 360), I had to google who Halkenberg was after 361 to remember his role in the story for example (the most prominent case). And yeah, Togashi gets criticized a lot for his art, likely because he released some awful scribble art before during the weekly release but outside of those instances, I love his style. How he'll morph the style depending on the context of the scene, some panels can be really well detailed for emphasis (the two page spread that revealed the Dark Continent) or to create a different mood. 362 really committed to the gothic, otherwordly nature of the Nen Beasts with the creepy designs and the shading. I really loved the panel where Theta realized that Tserriednic is the one person who can't learn Nen, the dark, almost distorted background and everything about Tserriednich's design just perfectly encapsulates why she holds that opinion, why he can't learn Nen.
Terrestrious Jun 24, 7:27 PM
I don't really remember the details about Light killing his father, I don't think he wanted to do it but I'm not really sure. To be honest, I completely forgot that happened until you mentioned it. That's definitely an important moment, but at this point for me it's an afterthought. Outside of his like for chocolate I can't honestly remember any traits Mello had from L. I remember him being a lot more louder than Near. I mean, I feel Mello wasn't developed enough in the first place but I just thought Near barely had anything to distinguish himself from L, outside of the fact that L didn't constantly to himself like Near referred to L. I always bounced back and forth whether I think that made Near an interesting character or if the series was just kinda lampshading the repeat. I did like that it was a team effort between the both of them that took Light down, and I liked how the anime framed that as L's victory. You said in the manga he just dies in the warehouse, does that mean that Light's last image being L was an anime-original too? I rather liked that ending piece, since it directly connected the ending to the early half, and it made sense with how much Light ended up respecting L (in a decision I'm sure drove the Yaoi fans wild), as I distinctly remember him getting pissed about Near's L imitation (didn't Near also wear an L mask to their confrontation)?

I do understand the appeal and why the story would shift in that direction but I feel there's value in keeping the core appeal of the show all throughout. Hunter x Hunter and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure change drastically depending on the arc/part but the core mechanics of the series remain unaltered. The clever thought-out battles in both's case, JoJo's flamboyish dramatics never truly fade even in the more serious parts, and Hunter x Hunter also has a more intense focus on character drama and weight. It seemed like they mostly abandoned their selling point, and I don't think what they replaced it with had more poignancy. It honestly felt like further confirmation that Light was in the wrong all along. Which I suppose is necessary to showcase further, especially with how many people I've seen still viewing Light as some tragic figure (to be fair, I get that to an extent since the amnesia arc showed him as a drastically unbelievably nice guy, but in episode one Light with the Death Note was instantly presented as megalomaniac, to the point where his mission statement from episode 1 is the same as it was in episode 37 but that's unrelated to this discussion). I guess I get the appeal but I think the trade-off was too much. Glad to hear that Matt had something in the manga, and with the changes to the end, I might have to check out the manga eventually. Would be nice to go through the series again, if only for the L portion as L is legitimately one of my favorite characters ever.

What issues have you had with Ohba's other works? I'm pretty sure I've never touched anything else he worked on, so my perception of his works ends at Death Note. I have heard that his series tend to be pretty sexist, is that it? I never recognized that in Death Note, I can get why Misa would come across like that but I also took her role as more of a fanatic tool for the plot to move forward than a woman to be subservient to Light's whims (though I guess both were true). And I feel Naomi Penber (or whatever her last name actually was since I believe she was just his fiancee) balanced it out, since she was really competent despite dying early on. Speaking of Death Note, you going to check out the Netflix live action adaption?

The name Katushiro Otomo didn't ring a bell so I looked him up and wow, the guy behind Akira did the Mushishi movie? That's an interesting choice, I definitely do feel the bombast of Akira's world would match Mushishi's so it's hard to go on. It's also neat to learn that the mangaka actually was the director of the movie. If someone's going to adapt a manga into a film, hard to think of anyone better suited to the task than the creator of the manga.
Terrestrious Jun 11, 10:59 PM
Honestly though, I totally get the hate for the latter part of Death Note. I saw Death Note in 2012 mind you so my memory of it isn't that fresh but I just remember the show transforming from this quick paced mental chess game into a slow plodding boring mess that just kinda stumbles into an incredible finish. The last episode (I think the penultimate was good too) is still one of my favorite endings, and it largely made the experience worth it but outside of Mikami pen scene I just can't remember much about the show that captured the energy. I guess it's because L was such an instrumental part of the experience, and Light was subletting most of the activities but I don't remember it that much so I can only go off the impression it left me with. I do recall Mello being really underdeveloped, along with Matt. Both of whom I believe got more in the manga, not sure. I'm also not sure whether or not I think Near is an interesting character in his own light or a boring L copy-cat. I lean towards the former. And yeah, hopefully it's something similar for Erased for you.

I only remember a scant amount of Mushishi titles, most of the ones I ranked in my top twelve mostly being the only ones. And the specials are a bit easier to remember too. And just checked the prices for the volumes on Amazon and yikes! The cheapest one I saw was about 24 dollars and the most expensive was around 189 dollars. The rest seemed to float around 40 bucks but that is definitely way to much. If I had a kindle I might considering picking them up since they're eight dollars on there, but I only barely understand what a kindle is and don't plan to buy them, so I'll stick to the DVD's. I looked to see if they released Zoku Shou on DVD on amazon real quickly and didn't find anything outside of some complete series though I'm uncertain if those just mean the original since there was like eight years between seasons. Might check more in-depth once I get paid. Something I saw while I was searching was the live-action Mushishi movie, have you ever watched it? I've been meaning to pick it up (it's ridiculously cheap, six bucks) but have always been pretty reluctant to get it. I'll undoubtedly watch it eventually though but it'd be nice to hear some thoughts on it and know what I'm getting into. So if you seen it, was it any good?

lol, yeah, I kept thinking I set a reasonable deadline for myself but I kept missing them. It's going to be real embarrassing if I can't make the 2020 update.
Terrestrious Jun 5, 5:05 PM
Yeah, watching the popular consensus of Erased was pretty interesting. And you're right, it was in the top five. At it's peak it knocked Hunter x Hunter out into number 6, and now it rest at 62. Even though I think the backlash is pretty harsh, I can understand it. I have my problems with the last episode, although hold more appreciation for it than most do since I think they have some pretty interesting visual ideas in one particular scene, even if it didn't work for me (trying to be vague here so not to spoil). I think you'll be able to tell the point when people start to switch off the series, maybe less so in the manga. The anime did a lot of what Death Note did. Both can kinda be divided into two arcs, for Death Note as you know it's the L arc and the Near arc. In the manga, I've heard (haven't read the Death Note manga) that both arcs are about the same exact length, yet in the anime L's arc is about twice as long as Near. Erased's overall story is a bit tighter than Death Note's, but you could still make a case that there are two arcs. In the manga they're more or less the same length, while in the anime the first one takes up most of the show. I honestly think this was for the best, but it'll be interesting to read the opinion of someone who read the manga first. I do think the series is worth checking out anyway, there's a lot of great content.

Which one was Cotton Spore? The only one I can think of is Cotton Changeling (I think the manga might've had different names for them maybe), the ones about the 'human' baby mushi. If you meant that one, it's definitely one of my favorites. Love the ending conversation between Ginko & the mushi, it was fascinating hearing Ginko converse with the Mushi, and basically describe the eastern philosophy at the core of the show to him. I don't remember Inside the Cage too well to be honest, but I remember loving it (like most). I need to re-watch the first season at some-point. Depths of Winter is definitely one of my favorites though, loved the atmosphere in that one. I actually remember that I made a list at the end of the series of my favorite episodes (in order of air date) . . .

I. Raindrops and Rainbows
II. Sunrise Serpent
III. String from the Sky
IV. A Sea of Writings
V. Cotton Changeling
VI. Shrine in the Sea
VII. Beneath the Snow
VIII. Floral Delusion
IX. Valley of the Welling Tides
X. Depths of Winter
XI. Lingering Crimson
XII. Azure Waters

I'd probably add Fragrant Darkness to the list now, since it's one of the episodes I reflect the most upon. And if we're counting the movie/specials, I also loved Drop of Bells.
Terrestrious May 26, 5:00 PM
Have you read this yet? Don't know how legitimate the source is but I've read that this account also reported on Volume 34 before it became official (Shueisha has added it to their catalogue) so I think/hope this is pretty credible. Just one month to wait . . .

& I have to say, your theory sounds a lot more plausible then mine. Reminds me somewhat how Yu Yu Hakusho ultimately ended, with Togashi more or less finishing it because we wasn't allowed to continue the way he wanted (citing that all his experimental ideas [like Yu Yu Hakusho just being a TV series with all the characters just being portrayed by actors] were rejected), mainly that all the main cast was already developed so he'd have to keep writing the same things or start deconstructing them (which I believe was also rejected, not 100% on that I'd have to search up the interview again). It'd kinda make sense that he'd worked Hunter x Hunter to circumvent this problem, more or less providing a conclusion to Gon & Killua's story so he can branch off. On that note, I do hope Gon & Killua, as much as I love them, stay out of the Dark Continent Arc. The arc's already a bit crowded, Gon's scene with Mito operated as a temporary send-off, and I kinda just love the idea of Hunter x Hunter having a revolving door cast that extends to every character. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens when it comes back. Even if it's only for a month, it's sure to be one hell of a month.

Mushishi always seemed like a perfect adaption, and I saw it top both your favorites so I had to ask. I might still check out the Mushishi manga since I love the anime but it seems a little less urgent now. Thank you. I usually try listening to fitting music when I read manga too, which is usually made easier by the fact that I tend to mostly read series I've already seen in anime form, so I can just play the OST they did or some fitting tracks from other series. Since I haven't read Mushishi, and I feel like I need to see both the source and the adaption to determine the best one, I think I'd say ERASED is the best adaption I've seen. Mostly because it emphasized the best qualities of the manga while downplaying a lot of it's weak-points, the final arc, despite reaching the same conclusion, was pretty different in both versions and I personally thought the anime version was stronger (though I didn't necessarily love either). But back to Mushishi, do you have a favorite story? I don't think I do, but if I had to go with one, I'd probably go with Azure Waters, that ending has stayed with me for a long time.
Terrestrious May 15, 3:26 PM
Ah, that makes sense. I don't blame you for not bringing the volumes either, I don't really like to travel with anything valuable.

And definitely, Ging's statement at the end of the Election arc is a pretty perfect encapsulation of Hunter x Hunter's mission statement and how I feel about the series. To be honest, I always wondered if part of the reason for the length hiatus after the Election arc was because Togashi wanted the anime to end there. He wrote that arc during the series first few months and didn't return from the hiatus until it was apparent the anime wouldn't be continuing. It's most likely that this was just a coincidence than anything intentional, but it's pretty amazing that the 2011 anime got to end on such a fitting note. I don't think it ending on any other arc would've worked, so I'm glad that got to finish up there. That said, I wouldn't be opposed to getting another cour from Madhouse once there's enough material for it but my current hope for the anime is just that they'd adapt more as each arc finishes. I don't need another reboot of the series another decade down the road.

Interesting, so that extends to Mushishi? I've actually put off starting the Mushishi manga because I can't imagine it beginning to capture the atmosphere the show cultivated. Not necessarily at the fault of the manga, but the sound direction in the anime is the best I've heard, everything from the steps on snow or that storm in Azure Water totally helped me get immersed, that latter instance actually felt like there was just a storm happening outside while I'm watching. I also loved the score, but it's just hard to imagine the manga capturing that atmosphere as intensely. I'll still probably read it eventually, since I love Mushishi but I'm wondering if there's any difference between the two version, like if there were any details omitted in the anime due to time constraints.

As for Hunter x Hunter, I think it's a pretty good sign if medium preference dictates which version you prefer. I do think I have a bit more gripes with Madhouse's adaption than the manga, as we've discussed (on a side note to this, the Testing Gate is my biggest problem with Leorio's treatment in the anime, if only because they replaced it with perhaps the most generic moment that happened in the series) but I feel the general enhancements make up for me. Most of that is due to the fantastic score (during Chimera Ant at least, have some issues with it outside of that arc [to clarify, the songs are usually still good but I don't think their implementation was always good (Hisoka's theme happened way too frequently early on for example)]) and the phenomenal seiyuu's (Megumi Han in particular, absolutely heartbreaking hearing Gon's breakdown with Pitou, and I had read that scene before seeing it animated so I worried it'd lose some of it's punch) though I do agree the expressiveness of Togashi's art was lost. Of course, I still consider the anime to be one of the most consistently well-animated and beautiful looking shows out there but I do love how evocative Togashi's facial expressions can be.

& haha, I totally get that. My first experience with Hunter x Hunter, outside of maybe reading the first chapter in a Shonen Jump many years ago, was the first episode of the 2011 anime. I've definitely put off shows for lesser issues (I dropped the first episode of Brotherhood because I hated the VA change for Al in the dubbed, took me years to start what has ended up becoming one of my favorite anime and one that's responsible for me starting to invest into anime and get a MAL in the first place), but honestly, I think it's probably for the best that dropped it until later. I started late and caught up literally right as the palace invasion was starting and it was excruciating waiting a week for each new episode as opposed to just binging them like I had done prior.
Terrestrious May 10, 2:10 AM
Well, you seem to have gotten much farther in the time it took me to log back on to MAL, lol. Seems like next time I read, I'll have your comments to look forward to. I got to say, I really like you're nicknames for Genthru's partners, Whatshisface and Thatotherguy.

& I agree in general that writing comments helps make the re-read better. Although I also partially use it because it helps me remember content longer if I jot it down, or at least my feelings. Sometimes if there's a funnier joke I want to remember it'd be easier enough to find it through my posts for example. I generally comment on most of the manga I've read, outside of he ones with hundreds of posts, it's definitely something that enriches the experience.

I agree that each new chapter feels like a celebration. To be honest, I've kinda already accepted that Hunter x Hunter may never finish Togashi's intended run. Even if that does happen, Chimera Ant told an amazing story on it's own, so it's basically cemented as my favorite just for that. Anything we get after is extra. Not to sound dismissive of the later content, the Dark Continent has the potential to be better than Chimera Ant, I just mean it in a, I'm satisfied with whatever we get kinda way because we got Chimera Ant from it.

Yeah, I prefer the Madhouse adaption though a lot of that has to simply do with the fact that I prefer anime to manga in general. I do think the manga has several advantages to the anime though, Madhouse made a few decisions that I wasn't a fan of, especially after reading the manga. I generally think both the Hunter Exam and Zoldyck Family arc are better in the manga, and I still don't fully understand the rationale behind leaving Kite out of the beginning, other than attempt to get to the later arcs quicker. Also, kinda wish they kept in the Gyro stuff from the manga, but I understand that's exclusion so it's cool. The rest of the arcs are better in the anime, granted, I only read like the last fourth of Chimera Ant in manga form. What about you?
Terrestrious Apr 28, 8:10 PM
I may go back and check your comments in the thread then, at least for the arc ending chapters. & lol, yeah that's a positive to weak discussion threads. I'm glad the series is popular of course, but it took a long time to read through the discussion pages when the series wasn't on hiatus (that feels like forever ago). I had much more free time then, so when it comes back I'll probably just skim the discussion threads when/if it comes back.

And yeah, I can imagine reading Chimera Ant as it was coming out would've been excruciating. If I recall correctly, it took 8 years for the story to finish, and I've seen the drawings that Togashi put out initially. I think Insan3/Ston3_FreeN7 told me people in the discussion threads who were reading during it's release where even forgetting the names of the characters due to the excessive hiatus'. I'm a little worried about the Dark Continent arc falling victim to that as well, especially since that arc seems like it's the series most ambitious yet. Still, I was impressed with the weekly releases when we got them, they were jam-packed with information (so much so that it felt like reading a novel chapter instead of a manga) and the art was fairly on-point.

& Chimera Ant is easily my favorite arc in the series, and almost definitely my favorite story ever told. I loved the series before it, but it's Chimera Ant that makes Hunter x Hunter my favorite anime of all-time.
Terrestrious Apr 25, 1:33 AM
Yo! Thanks for the compliment, glad to hear it! As someone who always reads the discussion threads, I try to make sure to post my thoughts in them if I feel I have something to add (or if there's a joke I want to remember or something), or just when there isn't a chapter discussion in the first place. Sure not all my post were interesting but I definitely try to make arc end posts a little more insightful at least. Glad to hear that my opinion added some spice in you're re-read, I remember the Yu Yu Hakusho discussion threads being particularly bland, that's if there was any chapter discussion (it's a shame, a lot of older manga series seem to have sparse discussion).

This reminds me that I should pick back up on reading Hunter x Hunter, kinda stopped after Greed Island (I've been waiting til I finished collecting all the volumes containing Chimera Ant before I start, but other purchases got in the way and there's a lot of volumes lol, but I think I'll start again in the next check or two [also been looking at starting the NGE manga]). I actually started reading the manga around the chapter episode 116 took place, so I don't have a ton left I haven't read.