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Terrestrious Jan 8, 3:59 PM
Nah, I haven't seen any of the Netflix series, outside of like that hallway fight scene from Daredevil. The only one I am really interested in is Jessica Jones, I'd definitely like to see that one day (partially because I like both Krysten Ritter and David Tennant and partially because of all the praise I've heard for it). I haven't had Netflix in months though, and with all the other streaming services out there, I'm not really willing to pick it back up using my own money. If my family picks it back up Jessica Jones is definitely on my list, along with several of the Netflix anime (particularly Violet Evergarden, really not thrilled that Netflix got that series though [Violet Evergarden is my most anticipated new series in quite some time, almost entirely because I don't think I've seen an anime as gorgeous as that series is, and Netflix has a tendency to hold series until the cour is over (they are simulcasting Violet Evergarden, but not in the States iirc, so I'm outta luck there, if I watch it, it'll probably be through other methods)]).

Yeah, I know I don't really have to be too focused on continuity with Doctor Who and I may go through the new series at some point, but I wouldn't want to just watch one run, I like doing things in chronological order without skipping anything in order to get the complete experience (unless the shows starts to go downhill enough that I'm not going to finish it). I doubt I'd ever bother with the earliest series since I've heard that several of the episodes are gone forever and that'd probably bum me out too much. Though admittedly, your description of the second Doctor is pretty enticing. The whole idea of secretly manipulating them while acting like a clown sounds really entertaining. Another positive with watching the whole show is I know for special occasions, like the Day of the Doctor, the old incarnations show up again and I just can't help but think for those moments it'd be better to have a wider experience with the show, so it's like I'm reuniting with old friends rather than essential strangers that I just know were important. Granted I don't know which Doctor's appear in which Doctor Who episodes (outside of like Tennant and the twelfth Doctor appearing in that Day of the Doctor one) and I'm not certain their not common, I just think it'd be better to watch at least most of the series but that may change.

Yes I have, and I loved Made in Abyss. One of my favorite anime, not top ten but still one of my all-time favorites and it would easily be my anime of the year if not for Rakugo. Made in Abyss features one of the most captivating worlds I've ever seen, the Abyss itself is such an integral character to the series, and just naturally carries such much intrigue and mystery within it's own design, inhabitants, and peculiarities (the curse of the Abyss), that I'd be thoroughly willing to watch others explore it without all the narrative purposes that only further propels my desire to learn more about it. The series absolutely managed to capture the allure of adventure. The background art and music where phenomenal pretty much all throughout, especially the background art, but one of my favorite artistic decisions in the series was the monster designs. They were all slightly askew from the way the regular characters were drawn. Like some of them would forgo the traditional thin black outlines, I believe neither the bird or the spider had them (instead they had outlines to match their character), or more pronounced ones like those apes monster things. The way they moved and colored too, I don't know, they just all managed to hit that uncanny valley effect just right. I've seen a few series that just default monster designs to CGI in order to highlight their otherworldiness (for lack of a better term) yet personally all that ever does for me is break immersion since it's never really well integrated into the rest of the series, often CGI monsters is just a reminder that I'm just watching a thing people made. Made in Abyss did use CGI for those little white fellows in that Riko episode but in general they nailed the monster design and I wish more series would take dedication to them.

The series could also be pretty brutal. Episode ten especially, I think it was ten, the one where Riko got poison. That was one of the hardest things I had to watch in a long time, in a good way. Mitty's story was brutal too, though in a different way. Didn't make me cry but this turned out to be one of the most emotionally moving series for me this year. I also really liked the final episode. Knowing that we were getting a season two alleviated most of my worries anyway but this would've provided a decent amount of closure if season one was going to be all we got. Centering it around the dramatic hook of Nanachi & Mitty's relationship worked really well, and the package scene really helped cap the season off.

But it wasn't flawless of course. The child nudity thing bothered me throughout though in a different way than I initially expected. Granted, I wish they'd just avoid the whole thing but outside of a scant lingering shot on Reg's legs after fishing and the whole naked humiliation system it never really seemed like it was framed provocatively. If most of the instances were framed provocatively, it could've torpedo'd the whole show. Instead, it seemed like it was written it for comedic purposes, which is something I'm familiar with being a Dragon Ball fan. Thankfully, for as much as we talked about Reg's junk, we never actually saw it (least not in the anime), I've had the displeasure of seeing Goku's penis way more than I'm comfortable with, it was always child Goku and I presume it was for comedy purposes (Simpsons did the same thing in their movie with Bart too)? At best these kind of jokes are just really dull and unfunny and at worst they're just skeevy. For the most part I fell into the former, thinking that Reg's constant embarrassment about Riko's nudity was just kinda eye-roll lame humor and this is actually my big issue, the levity in the series is very weak. Outside of the nude moments, the other main form of jokes seemed to be bad cooking jokes, which may just be the most overused joke in the entire medium of anime. In fact, my favorite thing about UQ Holder is that there cooking joke is that the main character is just really good at cooking no matter the circumstance really, and I like that just because of how different it is from the norm. It's pretty upsetting that a series that I love so much for how distinct it is has the same jokes I've seen in countless other shows.

My only other complaint is that Riko herself isn't that interesting of a character. The mystery surrounding here is at least compelling and I like her for effect on Reg but on her own she's a pretty generic lead. She hasn't displayed any interesting attributes like say Gon from Hunter x Hunter did, because she very much in the Gon archetype, just without the elements that made Gon an intriguing lead to follow. My least favorite episode of the series was when Reg went unconscious and Riko had the main spotlight whereas my favorite episodes were the last couple that almost removed Riko as anything but a plot point from the story. Though that has as much as to do with the introduction of Nanachi as the absence of Riko (and I rather liked the role Riko played when she did wake up in further resolving the Mitty story but again, that's liking for her involvement in other's story, rather than her on her own).

But overall, a lot of the series to me was just pure magic. Really looking forward to season two, hopefully they can maintain their high production values.

I see, you got any time to sink into Breath of the Wild yet since my response was quite late? And wow, that's a long time to go without playing a Mario game (love both Super Mario World and Yoshi's Island though). Glad to hear you're enjoying Odyssey. I haven't played it since early last month but when I left off I had somewhere in the 400's I think. I really love that amount of moons in the game, whether I play the game for twenty minutes or a couple hours, you're always guaranteed to make progress for the majority of your play-time. It's always rewarding albeit, the lack of challenge for many of the moons does make collecting them individually less satisfying but depositing them all at once always feels great. Also since you beat the main story, how awesome was that final level? I think it has to be the most fun final level I've played in a Mario game. Really fun Bowser set-piece. And the Mushroom Kingdom reward world is amazing.
Yotsuya112 Dec 8, 2017 1:08 PM
Oh wow now i found it! When I looked before they only had chapters 30-32 for some reason
Yotsuya112 Dec 8, 2017 4:51 AM
I was looking for it recently, but I couldn't find it on the internet actually... I might buy it but I don't like doing that before I at least read a bit of it
Yotsuya112 Dec 7, 2017 6:38 PM
Haha it is pretty insane, I guess I'm a pretty insane person. But it is really interesting to see the evolution going on. And getting to a point where you actually do come across something new that's original and well-crafted makes all the more enjoyable. And I do kind of figure out when episodes, volumes or even chapters are released, to stay in the same year or month more or less. I have a bit of an obsessive compulsive side to my personality so this is a good release for it :D

And the hidden gems are not really that hidden. Usually the ones getting a rating between 7,5 and 8 are the ones to look out for. I'd suggest giving anything by Shotaro Ishinomori (especially Sabu to ichi Torimono Hikae, I swear Lone Wolf and Cub's artist just copied panels straight from this one), Jiro Tanaguchi or Taiyo Matsumoto a read. The last two have fairly short series. There's some weirder stuff like Munou no Hito or Bananabread no Pudding I'm hoping someone gets around to translating the rest of it... More mainstream but solid gold, highly influential and still as watchable/readable as it was when it was made: Touch and Maison Ikkoku.

When it comes to anime it's even easier. The best directors (ignoring Ghibli) were Osamu Dezaki and Mamoru Oshii. Oshii's take on Urusei yatsura pretty much permanently decided how anime was gonna look for the next 30 years. Add a bit of Gainax magic and voila, you have modern anime.

I can go on and on about this, maybe just check out my 10's, 9's and 8's and keep in my mind I give ratings according to the time it was released. I checked out your lists as well and I think we might have similar taste so maybe you'll like the stuff I really liked?
Yotsuya112 Dec 7, 2017 4:17 AM
Thanks! For the last couple of years, I've actally been doing a chronological read- and watchthrough of anime/manga and animation and comics/graphic novels in general, during my bored moments. Basically for the exact same purpose of knowing where things originate from and what kind of snowball effect made anime what it is today. I remember being overwhelmed by Madoka Magica and was thinking I needed alot more context to get of sense of what i was seeing, so i started checking out older stuff. I wanted to see who influenced whom and what's actually original or just copies for something else.

So, although my knowledge is limited to animation and comics from before the 90's, (I couldn't tell you about classic Japanese literature, theatre, movies,...), I can definitely help you out if you're looking for the roots of certain genres. Let me know!
Terrestrious Dec 1, 2017 4:44 PM
Let me know what you thin when/if you ever get around to checking out those episodes.

You know, Marvel movies to me often feel like I an episodic TV Show, that every now and again I'd be paying for the next installment in a TV series (and in my case, when I was skipping a ton of the episodes), I think Whedon's bland directing may have been an establishing element there. Of course it's not the only reason, a lot of those movies are homogenized in other areas but I do think that was definitely an factor now. Nice to hear that the comedic/threatening line is towed better in Buffy, it's definitely true that it's a certain benefit of television having more time to operate. I don't think it's an easy combination to get down, at least not for me, but it should certainly be more palatable in a more serialized format than a solo concentrated effort. And I've heard quite a few mixed things about the Justice League, haven't seen it yet (and I'm not sure I'm going to) but it's pretty odd to think Whedon had a hand in both the Avengers and the Justice League.

Haha, I caught a few episodes of Doctor Who during the Tennant years and quite enjoyed what I watched but that length of the show detracted me from ever watching it regularly. And the show's still going on, right? I remember hearing some controversy over having a woman Doctor (which is, quite frankly sad that so many people would take issue with that). Out of curiosity, who was your favorite doctor?

I'll be binge-watching a ton of anime this month (along with a bunch of other stuff) and Made in Abyss is near the very top of that list, and boy, am I glad to hear they toned down the sexualization. In the two episodes I saw I only recall a brief scene with Riko getting whipped as punishment I believe, and though brief and more played for comedy (I think, it definitely wasn't framed to be sexy anyway), it was worrisome hearing what I heard about the manga. Of course, it still sounds like it'll be a problem, maybe more so for me since I haven't touched the manga, but at least it sounds like my favorite parts of the show (same as you) should remain solid. The show was never going to be my favorite from the year anyway with Rakugo, but I did think it had potential to place second. Sexualizing the children cast is definitely going to be the biggest mark against though, hopefully it won't be too bad.

lol, "accidentally". It's been about a month (sorry about that) so I assume you've had time to play both of them quite a bit, thoughts? Breath of the Wild isn't really my genre so I didn't spend too much time in that game but Odyssey is probably my second favorite game this year (with Sonic Mania being number one) and it's maybe my favorite Mario game.
Terrestrious Nov 6, 2017 6:35 PM
Those are all fair points, and I don't really disagree with any of them really. Season 3 definitely featured the least interesting finale yet and I definitely agree with not being happy about the season ending by essentially just hitting the reset button on everything. When they out-right said they'd be going to back to the way things were in the earlier seasons, my immediate thought was "Well, I guess three will remain my favorite season"). And it's true that the earlier seasons featured more one-offs with more unique plotting or concept's behind them, but still, character work is almost always going to win out for me I think. This might all change in re-watch of course, I don't think I've seen a single episode of Rick & Morty twice unless we're counting commentary tracks. Outside of The Ricklantis Mixup, the other episodes of season three that stood out to me where Pickle Rick, Morty's Mind-Blowers, and I don't remember the name but the episode where Rick & Morty get detoxed, creating alternate versions of themselves filled with what they consider to be toxic (and the Rick's love for Morty being included was a really satisfying conclusion). And those are all really excellent choices, Mortynight Run is perhaps my brother's favorite episode (it's between that or The Ricklantis Mixup for him) and Total Rickall is either my second or third.

Yeah, I'm really excited for that crossover. When it was first announced I was excited solely because the ridiculousness of the premise, but now four episodes into season 13, I'm looking forward to it because this season has been remarkably good. Like I still had major issues with one of the episodes but this season easily has the potential to pass season 8 as my favorite post Kripke season. No season after 5 has started off this consistently good, with the most recent episode being the best (though episode five will probably be a step-down since it won't include the new character who is primarily responsible for this season being surprisingly good).

And yeah, the whole series isn't worth watching but the series has had several excellent episodes in it's later years. Most of my favorite ones tend to be ones tied into an on-going narrative so I really can't recommend those but there are a few that I can recommend. The first one that springs to my mind is season six's "Weekend at Bobby's", it's a must-watch if you're a fan of Bobby. Basically the episode is centered around Bobby, and his daily life. I haven't seen it in years but as far as I recall Sam & Dean only appear in like three or four scenes. It even resolves a hanging plot thread from season five. Another episode that comes to mind, though it's one I personally hate, is season six's "The French Mistake". The premise of that episode is that Sam & Dean get transported into our world, where Supernatural is a television show and Sam & Dean are just characters played by Jared & Jensen. To me it went way too far and completely broke immersion, which is one of the biggest crimes a show can commit for me. It's a divisive episode though, so you might end up on the other side of the spectrum (and I do think there were some funny moments).

Two other episodes that come to mind are still loosely tied to the narrative but I figure I'll throw them out. The 200th episode in season 10 is a lot of fun, it's centered around a high school musical production of the books Chuck wrote detailing the first five seasons of the show. So we get a MOTW episode celebrating the first five years of the show with some musical numbers. I have to wonder if the episode was written with the intent of pulling viewers back in because there's one scene in the episode that goes out of it's way to list every major plot point that happened in-between season five and the 200th. I doubt you care but spoiler warning if you check that one out. The final episode is season 11's "Baby" which is all about the Impala. It's actually a pretty visually distinct episode, there isn't a single shot in that episode that doesn't feature the Impala (meaning most of the episode takes place inside it, but not all of them. It's mostly a MOTW but they do contain scenes the build on that season's storyline.

Hmm, sounds pretty interesting. I'll keep that in mind, thanks.

I'm not super well-versed in Joss Whedon's works. Ignoring Toy Story, the first piece of work from him I saw was Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog which actually might be my favorite from his, if only because of how much I love several of the songs (with My Eyes probably being my favorite of the bunch). I have seen both Avengers movies in theatres though, and my thoughts on those are pretty mixed. The first Avengers movie I thought was great. A few scenes dragged a tad too long for me but otherwise, it was a really well constructed superhero action film, that crescendo'd into one of the finest action epics by the conclusion. Everything from The Hulk's "I'm always angry" onward was a blast, but Avengers 2 I kinda hated. Outside of the Hulkbuster scene and a few other scenes, it just really didn't work for me. A lot of that is on Ultron, who I thought was way too comedic for me to ever take seriously as a threat, and the fact that he somehow lost when he took over the internet is laughable. I also was a little annoyed about the amount of quipping, it got to the point where lines from Captain America where indistinguishable from Iron Man lines. When everyone's always cracking joke, the sense of individuality in the characters is lost. Still, one bad movie isn't going to stop me from eventually checking out his other works (especially when I liked the other two), and even if 7 is generally considered one of the worst, it's pretty neat to hear your favorites seasons are a bit spread out. Rather a show still be capable of producing some of it's best work at the end of it's life too.

Oh boy, that is a massive investment. I've seen several episodes from TNG and like one from the original and Deep Space Nine, and while I liked what I saw, there's no way I'm putting in that kind of commitment. But how's it been so far? I believe the original series isn't very lengthy (I want to say 79 episodes, which I mean, is lengthy to me but relative to TNG which is like 200 I think?), have you finished that yet?

Yeah, I kinda fell out of anime. I wanted to start getting back into it, and I got off to a good start with March Comes in Like a Lion but then Super Mario Odyssey released and that kinda took most of my free time and pushed it back into the back-burner again. And wow, that's rare. Without spoilers if you can, what makes the anime better than the manga in your opinion? Does the anime make any significant changes to the story, or is it mostly a case of the production elevating the story (from the episodes I've seen, the background art and music are among my favorite things from the series)? When I get back into watching anime, I want to try catching up on currently airing shows that I was interested in starting but haven't yet. But after those Made in Abyss is definitely next on my watch list.

& lol, hope I don't disappoint.
Terrestrious Oct 23, 2017 7:01 PM
To be fair to IMDB, a lot these big sites rating systems produce weird results. Never been too big of a fan of how MAL's rating system is essentially designed to ensure Gintama dominates the top of the lists. What have been your favorite episodes of Rick & Morty? As for lows, I can't recall too many low points for me, though that may be because of the short episode order. The second Interdimensional Cable episode fell almost completely flat for me though, and I really didn't like how season two, seemed to almost justify Rick's behavior with the character's innate sadness (particularly in Get Schwifty, that was less defending him by his sadness and more because he provides results). Don't know if that's the best way to describe it, but season three definitely felt like a change in the right direction. Either way, I liked season three dedication to exploration the family dynamics and the personal issues of the family in general, it's my favorite season of the show, even though overall I do love all seasons.

That's definitely a mindset I'm trying to actively cultivate, rather than my passive "I intend to watch it/more but have no idea when I'll get around to it". With Supernatural at this point I want to finish it (and I've enjoyed the new season thus far), and especially since they're doing a Scooby Doo crossover but with other shows I might try that. For example, I hear Dexter's really good for the first two or three seasons but I've heard nothing but harsh criticisms lobbied against the latter seasons (and I know the finale is dumb). Haha, Bryan Cranston was actually one of the main reasons I watched Breaking Bad (him & Vince Gilligan, who wrote several of my favorite X-Files episodes). After the first episode, and later especially once he adapted the iconic bald look, I never once thought of him as Hal. Bryan Cranston is one of my favorite actors, if not my favorite, primarily because he nailed two distinct, almost completely opposite roles, better than most could nail one. Both series are fantastic though, two of the best in their fields too, though I'm not that experienced in dramas.

I haven't seen any of those. Only think I heard of Twin Peaks and Firefly, both of which I have been interested in seeing for awhile. Really cool to hear Twin Peaks ends (minus season three) so strong and since season three aired, I should probably get around to starting that. I think my brother wants to watch it too, so I'll probably suggest that for the series we watch once we finish American Gods & Curb Your Enthusiasm, assuming it's on a streaming platform I have access to. Of the other three series, Rome definitely sounds the most appealing to me. And ah, I've heard that about Buffy before. I've never seen it, though what I hear about episodes like Hush makes me really curious to start it, but one of my friends is a big fan of the show but I don't think he ever ended up finishing it. So is it like, the first three seasons are really solid and it goes downhill? Or is it less convenient than that?

Also, have you ever seen the anthology series Black Mirror? I haven't myself but it's definitely been a series I've had my eye on as of late. I don't have Netflix at the moment but if I ever get it back that's probably going to be the first thing on my list. Curious if you seen it and if you had, what's your favorite episode is (without spoilers). And that's a shame about Re:Creators, I was on the fence about watching it but it definitely doesn't sound like something I'm going to check out now. Not with the ridiculous amount of stuff I want to watch that comes out anyway. & Sorry about the almost exactly one-month later response time.
Terrestrious Sep 23, 2017 5:52 PM
Oh, well that's good. Out of curiosity I checked IMDB's list, and as I thought it contained a lot of the usual suspects like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, & The Wire, but I was pretty surprised to see a 6 sequel documentary on Earth to be the number one TV series. Of course, that's primarily the case because it's rating is based off a smaller amount of votes (around 36,000 compared to Breaking Bad & Game of Thrones which have over a million, and even Rick & Morty which has about 158,000). Considering the only things I've seen in the top ten are Breaking Bad and Rick & Morty, can't really comment on the list any further but I do think both shows are well-crafted enough to be held in such high regard, even if I'm not sure I'd place them there (and I don't know where I'd place them in the grand scheme, I tend to segregate series by medium and/or genre when making favorite lists). I will say however, one of the most recent episodes of Rick & Morty, "The Ricklantis Mixup" is my favorite episode of the show, and one of the best episodes I've seen this year. Possibly one of my favorite episodes ever. I won't say anything about it on the off chance you haven't seen it but it's definitely been the highlight of the show for me.

And yeah, length is definitely a big detractor. So many TV series, at least in the West, just feel like they were designed with the intent to last forever. And while there's several series I like for the majority of their run that lasted years, in the most of those cases my favorite seasons tend to be within the first few years, like my favorite season of Community is the second and my favorite of Parks & Recreation is the third. Breaking Bad which lasted six seasons (though technically the last two are just season five split into two halves, but despite them promoting both, Season 5B operated morel like a sixth season than the rest of five), is the only show I thought got better as it progressed. Now granted, four is my favorite series but as a whole I do like the seasons that came after better than the seasons that came before it. As a matter of fact, the first two seasons of that show are easily the weakest in my opinion, and I don't really blame the people I've talked to that haven't made it past them to get to the really good stuff (if you've seen, Season 3 Episode 6 "One Minute" is the point for me when the series started living up to his hype). Malcolm in the Middle is another one though where I pretty much like the whole series, I don't really know if I even have a favorite season. But in general, they definitely go on too long. Even if the show is really excellent all the way through, the size is enough to convince me not to watch it. My brother insists The Flash is amazing (I only seen the Pilot which I didn't like [but to be fair, neither did he]) but the show is heading into it's fourth season and it clearly isn't going to be ending anytime soon. Making a commitment to a long running series or one that is looking to be one is just too difficult for me. Like, I enjoyed what I saw of Bob's Burgers and the show never really got worst but I stopped watching it entirely partially because it became clear that it was just going to last, forever and if even if it maintains that quality, I don't want to necessarily watch that show for the next decade or so. Maybe if they aged them up so I could feel some progression but even then I probably wouldn't stick around. And so I'm not just picking on Western shows, there's plenty of anime that just never end either. Detective Conan/Case Closed is always great but 800+ episodes with no end in sight is just absolutely ridiculous. I haven't even gotten far enough into it to see the main plot actually start/progress and I've seen like 80 episodes. I don't have any complaints with the show, I'm always entertained when I watch it but that backlog is terrifying. And this is also the main reason I've never watched Gintama. What little I read in Shonen Jump I liked but the series is excessively long. Still though, it's easier for me to sit down and watch 30 minute episode of something than a two hour movie. It's just easier for me to watch in chunks, even if I'm binging like 40 episodes, those breaks in-between help. What are some of those shows you were referring to btw?

Ah, the two hour time frame for Fantasia . . . that is probably why I haven't watched it yet and instead just watched the Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Marie segment. Still, ideally the different segments should be able to keep it entertaining, and even though I've only seen one segment from it in full (I think anyway), I don't think I'd encounter the problem you mentioned on my first viewing of it. That sounds like an issue in re-watch. I'll definitely check out all three at some point, though I'm not sure when. The busiest time of the year is coming up, and I've got a good selection of games coming my way that are going to be taking up a lot of my free time, plus I kinda want to get back into watching more anime than just My Hero Academia, as good as that show is.

Speaking of anime, I see you rated Re:Creators a 3. You didn't seem that negative on it when we talked about it last, though you were only seven episodes in. Did the series just get significantly worse or did the heavy emphasis on talking and generic character archetypes just become too much after experiencing the full series?

Yeah I get that. I loved the Hisoka vs. Chrollo fight, and as much as I enjoyed every chapter released this run (and loved several of them), I just never felt the same anticipation and rush of excitement as I did waiting for every single chapter to come out. I remember out-right losing my mind when the Dark Continent build was abruptly interrupted with Hisoka vs. Chrollo, and the epilogue of that fight is, if nothing else, one of the most insane chapters in all of Hunter x Hunter. And yeah, never really thought about it but he's definitely done a great job with character designs this arc. And I guess when I return to read Hunter x Hunter, I'll get to look forward to your comments in the discussion threads.
DeepBlueHorizons Sep 21, 2017 6:36 PM
Without spoiling anything for me, how far does the HxH anime differ from the manga? I was thinking about watching it rather than reading it cause I heard the art is shit.
Terrestrious Sep 11, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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.