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Anime Stats
Days: 22.6
Mean Score: 2.84
  • Total Entries301
  • Rewatched0
  • Episodes1,453
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Boogiepop wa Warawanai
Boogiepop wa Warawanai
Feb 27, 7:29 PM
Watching -/12 · Scored -
Shanshui Qing
Shanshui Qing
Feb 23, 11:13 AM
On-Hold -/1 · Scored -
Aggressive Retsuko (ONA) 3rd Season
Aggressive Retsuko (ONA) 3rd Season
Jan 7, 11:32 AM
Plan to Watch · Scored -
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Days: 12.1
Mean Score: 4.33
  • Total Entries316
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  • Chapters1,949
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Tongari Boushi no Atelier
Tongari Boushi no Atelier
5 hours ago
On-Hold - · Scored -
Dementia 21
Dementia 21
5 hours ago
On-Hold -/37 · Scored -
Munou no Hito
Munou no Hito
Mar 1, 3:13 AM
On-Hold -/6 · Scored -


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Krygio Feb 26, 3:54 PM
Palepoli is based as fuck. Thanks for the add. Why don't you rate most sutff in your list?
Yuuki_Otakuu Jan 1, 2:34 PM
Happy New Year!
Slushii2002 Dec 26, 2020 10:59 AM
Yeah, the Greed Island OVAs aren't all that great. I still liked them a lot lmao, but I admit, they're very faulty as an adaptation. OST kinda slaps tho. Yes, that's the scene I'm referring to. Looking back on my previous comment, I phrased that in a really weird way lol. It's Gon that gives the tag to Hisoka, not the other way around lmao. My bad. Yeah, I'd generally say to just go for 2011. It would be pretty messy to constantly switch between versions lmao.
Slushii2002 Dec 25, 2020 5:12 AM
Oh, I see. I actually checked your Anilist before lmao, but I figured I should ask since I wanted to know your thoughts on it. Also, did you watch the OVAs that come with 1999? The Yorknew and Greed Island ones I mean.

Yep, I basically agree with everything you're saying. I also think that 1999's Heaven's Arena is significantly worse than 2011's. I remember Hisoka passing his tag to Gon and thinking "wow, this is really stupid". There was also some weird sequencing here and there, but it was an acceptable adaptation overall. I personally think the strongest assets of '99 are found in its dark approach and wonderfully done atmospheric qualities. The soundtrack, the visuals, everything is just so damn great man. It speaks to me unlike any anime aesthetic out there. The direction is also top-notch, especially towards Yorknew. The filler/extra content is also really cool and features some surprisingly effective characterization. I especially loved what they did with Killua. I'd love to rewatch '99 someday. It was quite a special experience for me. But yes, I'd also say the 2011 version is the true definitive adaptation of HxH, and the one I'd be most likely to recommend. 1999 appeals to me in a very specific way, so that makes it harder for me to recommend it to everyone.
Slushii2002 Dec 25, 2020 4:39 AM
Probably way too late to ask this, but how's your HxH 1999 watch going? Have you finished it?
Slushii2002 Dec 25, 2020 2:37 AM
Hey, Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays man! Hope you're having a good one.
ZephSilver Nov 28, 2020 11:32 PM
What is there to explain? I don't order my favorites into ranks, that's just a collection of individual anime characters I like for whatever given reason.
ZephSilver Nov 28, 2020 11:12 PM
All I want is for any future conversation to be a respectful one, it's as simple as that.
ZephSilver Nov 27, 2020 12:53 PM
So let me get this straight, you ask me a trivial question regarding why I rated two different pieces of media with the same score, and when I give you a detailed answer, your first thought was to launch childish remarks about what character I choose to include in my favorites? To accuse me of being pretentious? Is that how you like to conduct yourself when discussing a topic?

If that's the case, then this conversation is over. If you're someone that interprets discourse about media as some kind of personal attack on identity, then this will lead nowhere. If you choose to continue to interact with me beyond this discussion, and could only do so with more childish remarks, I will simply block you.
ZephSilver Nov 24, 2020 11:12 PM
Sure I could give a few examples. And whether you disagree or not doesn't really concern me. I'm not basing this assessment on preference, I'm basing it on actual structural issues, which is independent of what either you or I think. It's like saying you like a table, and I tell you the table is missing one of its 4 legs. You could like the table all you want, the fact remains, the leg is unaccounted for.

HxH has a broader cast but far less in the way of any improvement in how Togashi writes them. That's why I prefer YYH's character handling far more because it's more laser-focused on a few, rather than spreading itself thin with more. This you could chalk up to preference if you like. It really doesn't matter either way. They both have standouts.

"re you implying the main 4 in HxH don’t get character development ?"
If we're using the proper definition of character development, then yes, I don't think they're as developed as those in their YYH counterpart. The issue is that plenty of people tend to confuse characterization, character development, and character dynamics as being one and the same when it isn't. They operate in tandem but are independent points.

So now, the structural issues of HxH:

Nen, like FMA's alchemy, or any other set of in-world power mechanics originally operated off checks and balances. Ground rules were established. That's the bedrock of proper world-building. This, however, was abandoned along the way in a way that fundamentally undermines the entire series. The 1st major example was Green Island. It was introduced as being a virtual game, not a physical location in HxH's world, which was fine. It allows Togashi to have fun and do things not previously established with the Nen-power. Nen has very strict rules, as Gon as well as the audience learns when they entered that 1st tournament. So this island has cards that could practically do anything. It's indistinguishable from magic. Now the problem is the shortsighted plot twist that Togashi wrote in afterwards, revealing that this isn't a video game, but in fact, a physical location that people could visit. This was revealed when people snuck on land in a boat. That simple plot twist inadvertently derailed the entire power mechanics of the world established. Why? Because now those cards aren't simply simulated effects in a virtual world, they are things that exist within the world.

To put it in perspective, that's like if FMA, which has a strict guideline on the functionality of alchemy, with its equivalent exchange, then negative all of that by having someone that could produce alchemy out of thin air. Even the philosopher's stone was revealed to be, in fact, not a magic solution, but the equivalent exchange of mass genocide. To make one, millions must die. So with the misguided plot twist of revealing the virtual world to be a literal place, now every single card on that island, and the multitude of things people are able to do with them, that's not discernable from magic, is in fact, something that exists in the real-life world of the show and could be used, negating the entire check-and-balance of Nen all at once. If people started shitting out philosopher's stones, that would be a structural issue, the same logic (or lack thereof) applies here. And we know this is in fact something that operates outside the island because Gon and Killua accepted a card that granted them the ability to teleport away to a specific location.

The 2nd major structural issue is Togashi introducing Killua's brother, who is quite literally a living deus ex machina. As if it wasn't bad enough cards with limitless capabilities exist, now there's someone that grants wishes. These things are structural issues. When anything and everything is possible, nothing truly has stakes anymore. Togashi effectively created a world where he could retcon any events he wants to, and he wasted no time demonstrating that. Kurapika's sacrifice no longer holds weight. Kite dying no longer holds weight, because now he's inexplicably resurrected as a loli. Gon's sacrifices hold no weight because now he has a literal genie in the form of Killua's brother to resolve it.

This is not proper writing. There are irrefutable structural issues in HxH 2011's anime adaptation.
ZephSilver Nov 24, 2020 11:37 AM
"I seen your review on VE great stuff. What were the flaws about hxh and YYH for them too not merit a higher score for you ?"

Thanks. HxH has some serious structural issues that could be a result of how sporadic its source material is written. There are aspects of it that fundamentally derail its entire worldbuilding once you pay attention to it. As for YYH, it's far better written but that's partially due to it just escalating the battle shounen formula rather than any aiming for anything ambitious. It has far better characterization, and actually have character development for its leads (which is rare for any long-running shounen), but the story is pretty pedestrian. So one has a far more ambitious narrative but fundamental issues in its screenplay while the other plays it safe but contains far better character writing.

So they're about the same with all things considered, although, I do prefer YYH more. And those scores are good. I actually use MAL's 1-10 scale properly. I think people get hung up too much on numbers without realizing they don't matter unless there's uniformity of usage or an understanding of the person using it.
Seabury Nov 17, 2020 6:15 PM
FWIW, I watched the show and wrote that review 10 years ago. I'm tempted to stand by it based off my memories of the show; I actually still have vivid memories of getting pissed off by those "minor flaws" that you and so many others write off. That's a strange thing to vividly remember 10 years later, so I must conclude they were truly as annoying as I described in my review. However, even though I'm tempted to stand by that review, 10 years is a pretty long time.

In other words, don't take that review too seriously.
ChouEritto Nov 14, 2020 5:36 AM
1. Far too vague as foreshadowing for what was near enough a certain victory.
2. All of that could've reached the same result from the respect he gained for humans through fighting Netero and seeing his resolve, thus making his amnesia fairly unnecessary to reach that result.
3. "it makes him stronger yes but he def wouldn’t get an instant win against everyone in the troupe lol." He'd already taken out their strongest member and was capable of catching their leader once the rest were isolated from him. I think that says enough.
"can you even name one antagonist that would need to use it tbh" Pitou when it was apparent Gon would definitely kill them, for one.
"Are you caught up with the HxH manga ?" No.

4. "We’ll most likely see Gon reflect on his actions when the time comes" That's speculation on hypothetical future events though, not analysing what is currently available.
Again, Killua looking after Alluka doesn't necessitate him leaving Gon, who had also been shown to be far more troubled than Killua had realised.

5. "Plot > everything else for you ?" Yes, apart from perhaps character writing if the story is primarily character driven, as these are the most objective aspects in determining a story. Things such as atmosphere, themes, art style, etc. are all primarily dependant on someone's personal experience with a work, whereas the consistency of plot and characters is something that can be analysed regardless of experience.

"I’d have to kind of disagree with your yyh and Cowboy bebop reviews too a common misconception is that the series are only liked because of nostalgia that description would fit db better." Not really. DB has a lot of underrated elements when it comes to its character writing and ability to draw back to past events in surprisingly consistent ways (speaking purely of the manga). It's version of the afterlife also functions under more consistent rules than that of YYH. That's not to say DB has plenty of problems too, but I'd say it has far more positive aspects to balance things out than YYH does.

"Yyh had problems with its plot but there are just too many other good things about it like it’s cast being amazing, interesting concepts, or the dub being great etc won’t get too deep into it." Its cast are pretty standard archetypes with far better equivalents elsewhere. The dub is also severely overrated, with some of the voice choices being very immersion-breaking such as giving residents of the Makai such as Chu or Jin accents clearly rooted within Earth's civilisation.

"Now with bebop you’re overlooking its direction, and themes," Both of which are far less important than plot or character, and what "themes" it has aren't really that deep either.

"falling into the trap of thinking all its fans only like it for nostalgia," I've yet to see a reason as to why it holds up amongst the best anime has to offer, with nostalgia seeming to be the only explanation.

"downplaying its mc," What traits Spike has to offer have been done far better with characters elsewhere.

"and finally unfairly comparing it to lotgh which is an anime that’s considered to have the best plot." If you recall back to the start of the review, I mentioned how many believe Bebop to be amongst the peak of the medium, with the line about LotGH being the true peak of the medium being the closing one to bring the review full circle.
ChouEritto Nov 13, 2020 3:25 PM
1. Where?
2. Meruem's character would've remained unchanged without the amnesia, leaving it as being merely a poor way of extending the plot.
3. Contracts are far too broken in how they offer a simple fix, particularly Emperor Time automatically making any fight Kurapika has with a Phantom Troupe member an instant win. This wouldn't be as damaging if villains also utilised contracts, but the fact it's used exclusively by main characters causes them to be plot convenience. Gon's lack of repercussions and Alluka just being able to grant whatever wish if Killua makes it are undoubtedly major flaws as the former removes any sense of accountability or stakes from contracts if Alluka is all that's needed to offer a quick fix (with Gon's lack of Nen having yet to be shown to affect him in any meaningful way) and there being seemingly no limit to what Alluka could provide Killua makes whatever struggles he may face going forward hollow. It also doesn't help that Alluka's existence hinders Killua's character development too, with a lot of the things he went through for his friendship with Gon being flanderised by him leaving to look after his brother (especially after Gon had shown to be capable of losing his way).
4. Most people cite the manga as better for the initial events, though I'd say the faster pace of FMA:B is just as good when considering it worked around a lot of its changes to still fit without major issue. The only part of the comedy that can come off as a major flaw are the gags at Izumi's expense being in poor taste, with the other cases not being damaging to the overall narrative, especially compared to the contrivances within HxH I have mentioned that have an active, detrimental affect upon its plot.
Seabury Nov 12, 2020 8:02 PM
Nobody ever claimed Monster was a deep anime? Gimme a fucking break LOL!

Also the fact that I gave CG 9/10 says it all about what I value in anime? Are you just trying to insult me as much as possible, or do you honestly believe that?

Guess what? I actually do enjoy intelligent and mature anime. Unfortunately, neither Code Geass nor Monster fall into that category.