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Days: 118.2
Mean Score: 7.15
  • Total Entries297
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JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season
JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 3: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season
Oct 12, 6:22 PM
Dropped 4/24 · Scored 5
Gintama
Gintama
Oct 12, 6:20 PM
Dropped 70/201 · Scored 6
Towa no Quon 1: Utakata no Kaben
Towa no Quon 1: Utakata no Kaben
Oct 12, 1:59 PM
Plan to Watch · Scored -
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Days: 18.8
Mean Score: 8.73
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Hajime no Ippo
Hajime no Ippo
Oct 12, 6:26 PM
Reading 556/? · Scored 9
Vagabond
Vagabond
Oct 12, 6:12 PM
Reading 143/327 · Scored 8
Real
Real
Oct 12, 6:12 PM
Reading 12/? · Scored 9

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shadowblaster5 Oct 5, 2019 5:04 PM
What's up? :). It's felt like forever since I've responded, but I've finished all of my business, so I have more time for anime now.
I watched 5 eps of Monster in one day, and here are my first impressions:

As you already know, it's very dark. Tbh, it gave me chills every single episode, although it wasn't exactly scary. I enjoyed the question the anime posed from the very beginning: is every life worth the same? But yknow I didn't wanna think too much into that one because I could be either categorized as cruel for one answer (although most of my friends answered "no" when I asked them the next day), or appear ungenuine in the other LOL.

I'm mainly interested in Johan out of all the aspects of the anime. I wonder how he's going to develop. I heard Monster had a "philosophical type of ending" (which I usually prefer for these types of anime) off a reddit comment, so I have high hopes. What's really pushing me to go from episode to episode though is the suspense every episode gives.

I'd say sports anime are always limited to that type of pacing and lack of diversity. The thing that really keeps the viewer going are the fights, tournaments, and hype moments, so I can't blame Hajime no Ippo too much. But yeah, I'd really like a change of pace in Ippo.
And lmao I can see the hype and motivation it gives. I once got up while watching Ippo fight and started punching the air with jabs and hooks, and then I realized how slow and weak I was and sat back down.

Must be nice knowing people that would give Hajime no Ippo a try. I think I've recommended it to 9 other people and they've all dismissed it as being too old or worn out. It's a shame considering it's on a higher level that Kuroko no Basket, which is one of the most mainstream sports anime.

And halfway in? xD. What more is there after winning the world championship? Please tell me it's gotten that far in the manga LOL.

I'm glad I only watched about 7 minutes into the Crunchyroll video then. While solely watching the anime, I didn't even consider the possibility of alternate timelines lmao, so yeah 3 would make sense.

Oh yeah, since you mentioned Oda and One Piece, have you heard about how insanely good the manga is right now? So many reveals and plot twists. I'd recommend reading it instead of waiting for the watered-down anime version of it with an incredibly slow pace (about 6-8 pages adapted every episode).
shadowblaster5 Sep 20, 2019 4:06 PM
I'll get off my short anime hiatus now and watch it then considering your how much you're praising it LOL. And Dang already #2.

I'll let you know how I feel about it later lol. Hopefully it's not too too dark.

And I'm a bit of a completionist so I think I'll finish the anime. Maybe even watch the sequels. But yeah if he's already fighting Date then I'm expecting things to pick up LOL. I feel like he'll lose this time, go on break and train, and then fight again. << not saying that's a bad route tho.

I know for sure that Ippo is gonna train and become really strong, but it feels too unrealistic for him to undefeated.

Btw, I came across a new NGE theory. Considering you watched the anime and read the manga as well, what do you think of the 38 timelines theory? It seems like it was proposed recently (3 months ago).
shadowblaster5 Sep 9, 2019 2:15 PM
That's pretty neat lmao. I may buy the volumes of each book in the near future.
NGE being funny is still something I can't imagine very well xD. But yeah, a light hearted, but also depressing Evangelion is something that I'd like to see.
Texhnolyze is only 12ish episodes so I think I'll watch it in its entirety. I still haven't found the time to finish Ippo though.

That's surprising. I've never been impressed with seasonal anime, but maybe Vinland could be the first :).

Dang a 10 out of 10 already. I can't say much because I haven't watched it, but that's all the more reason to lol.

Btw, I've watched a bit of Ippo this week and was wondering. Does it change pace? I'm comfortable with the way it's going now, but it feels like every fight is Ippo coming back after getting stomped for 50% of it. I'ma be honest, if he ever gets knocked out, it's going to be a very very short fight or a VERY LONG one.


PS: My bad for short responses. Haven't been watching anime a lot lately lol
shadowblaster5 Sep 5, 2019 2:50 PM
I just started the NGE manga today actually. I think I'm getting more into manga atm because overall, it offers more. I'll try to get to the manga you recommended me since I'm caught up on a lot of my manga.

Was Texhnolyze too fast-paced or just slow and boring?
Btw, I plan to watch Vinland soon, however, I'm not the biggest fan of seasonal anime (just in case they flop and because waiting a week for an episode for 6months is too much)

And yup. Monster has always intrigued me ever since I heard the synopsis.
I haven't found time to try it out yet though. Because if I do, I plan to do it at the right time.

shadowblaster5 Sep 5, 2019 2:42 PM
Yeah, I understand
I also haven't had the time for a thorough response xD.

And yup. I think it's only natural when they have huge series like One Piece and DBZ. I don't have a problem with them milking out a series because their goal in the end is profit. However, I feel like for some parts, they should do it some justice. Like Wano for example.

Btw, I dont hate OPM its just I don't find it as great as it's claimed to be LOL. On a side note though, I actually have an OPM fig even though I only finished half of it.

Anyways, that's insane, even if it was out of love. That was one hell of a good investment then xD. Considering most of the people I know disliked OPM 2 because of "poor animation", I doubt OPM would have had half of it's success if it were done like every other anime. Ofc, I think the appeal will still be there, but not mainstream (simply cus animation quality brings hype).

and yup LMAOO I dont even wanna imagine Toei making it.

shadowblaster5 Aug 29, 2019 1:16 PM
Alright I'll make sure to ^^.
LMAO yeah Toei sometimes makes me mad, however, at the same time, I can't blame them.

Imagine though, having to manage a weekly series for years must be a pain in the ***. Especially One Piece so I can't blame them for the quality going down and for their rampant fillers. The series will almost always nearly catch up to the manga and the anime just starts feeling dragged out AHHH

That's why sometimes I just wish for the animes to be seasonal, although it would also be a pain waiting for each season. However, the quality I'm sure would go up A LOT.

However, the question also arises: Why does Hunter x Hunter, a weekly series, have such an amazing adaptation while Toei's anime just decline in quality from the manga?

Only reason I can think of is Madhouse, but yeah Toei should step up their game a little, considering how well off they are
shadowblaster5 Aug 29, 2019 1:09 PM
I'd agree that Totoro was done incredibly well, but what really entranced me about Spirited Away were all of the elements, art, etc. It felt fun and also adventurous. By recent, I meant better technology, animation, etc xD.

And gotcha. It might take quite a while considering I haven't finished Hajime no Ippo yet.

LMAO Ghiblist is perfect.
and good one LOL.

Hmm for the anime,
Psycho-Pass is one of the very few popular psychological anime + sci fi anime out there so it's a must try ig. I can't ensure the production quality, but I remember it being pretty badass xD.

I'd have to watch Texhnolyze and Monster to fully form my opinion on it though. I don't think that'll be in the near future, because Evangelion was honestly a heavy anime and I need a break LMAO.

Tbh, Noragami S1 did not give off the impression that S2 did because I found one half of S1 alright and the other half good. On the other hand, S2 was a lot more exciting because of the action.

And I totally understand what you mean by beautiful with no depth. It's beautiful for sure, and has a great OST. I'd say it's easily one of my favorite anime movies, maybe even top 2 if I actually made a list for it LOL.

The thing about Your Name is it's a romance with supernatural elements that incorporates a lot of Japanese culture. Your Name really isn't an exception to typical romances. The main goal of the movie is for the two to get together, and I found the execution very creative. Of course, the romance isn't developed like it is in CG; however, it's still above-average chemistry for a movie. I tried my best to explain without spoiling xD (which I accidentally do a lot of times)


shadowblaster5 Aug 26, 2019 5:26 PM
It's crazy how they managed to state every single one of my feelings about Cross Game in one section of Wikipedia LOL.
NGE has an 8.9 on IMDB? That's pretty shocking considering its MAL score.

Hmm. I think you should give Psycho-Pass a try. It doesn't pick up until a few episodes in, however, it does have a lot of intensity, action, and everything. I remember binge watching it in a day.

I haven't watch Texhnolyze yet, but it seems like a hit or miss. From what I've seen, it's always talked about. Seems like a hit or miss for me. But it's by Madhouse and it's a psychological so who knows :).

For Noragami, I think it was a huge step up from the first season. I watched it about 3 years ago, but I remember it being very good. Seeing that you have Noragami as a 7 as well, I think you should try it.

The animation for Violet Evergarden is very beautiful, but it's also a hit or miss, sadly. It's somewhat episodic for a few episodes, however character development does occur as the Violet meets new people. In terms of pacing and plot, it's like Ghibli, slow and delicate. I can't say you'd enjoy it because the possibility of being bored is quite high. I think one of the episodes made my eyes watery though LOL.

Garden of words IS VERY BEAUTIFUL, but only in the scenery, character design, art, etc. I don't think it compares to other anime movies like Your Name though, which I'm surprised you haven't watched.

For Monster, the synopsis really intrigued me. The idea of saving a future murderer's life just sent chills, I don't know why. I'll watch it someday though.

Hmm, for Ghost in the Shell
I watched it a few years back trying to watch all of the renowned Ghost in the Shell versions. Tbh I can't give a reason why I gave it a 5 because I forgot everything. Forgive me for my lack of memorization 4000+ anime episodes later. That'll make it a perfect rewatch though XD.

shadowblaster5 Aug 26, 2019 4:59 PM
You've summed it up pretty well, even though I've only watched 2-3 ghibli movie.
I have the same view. Ghibli is beautiful, but it's not exciting. It's more aesthetically pleasing.
Like Ghibli does not give me the satisfaction that Parasyte or Gintama would. It's like I'm waiting for something to happen, knowing that something will end up being subtle in the end. Nonetheless, I really liked the Totoro ending, so I'll give em credit for that.

I plan to watch Mononoke, Arriety in a few weeks because the premiers are coming soon so I'll form my opinion on them later xD.

I really enjoy Miyazaki as a director as well. For Spirited Away, I was pretty impressed with everything, probably even more than Totoro, but Spirited Away is more recent so that'd explain..

But yeah, I think the beauty of Ghibli has made many fans become rabid and loyal. If they truly believe in the beauty of Ghibli, then all power to them. But say one bad thing about Ghibli.. and yeah.

shadowblaster5 Aug 26, 2019 4:42 PM
Yeah, it's a shame that these animation companies make only a few million while their animes are watched by tens of millions of people. I'd assume their yearly earnings haven't improved much because streaming and pirating anime is more frequent.

and for Free!
It seems like that's a part of Japanese modern culture. I don't know if I'd consider it "moe", but its like moe for girls. From what I've seen, many Japanese love yaoi, surprisingly. And yeah that's not my thing either LMAO.

Of course, I also don't publicly say I dont like those things, even when my favorite characters are being sexualized. Mainly because I don't want to be berated by the mass of anime fans and shippers , but yeah I'll allow them to have their preferences. Y'know I'm pretty supportive of them, when they ship people that actually have chemistry, and not just say something as absurd as "Shinji x Gendou." I'm just joking, but yes I've seen some really bold ships LMAO
Btw, that Killua and Gon thing seems horrendous LOL.
shadowblaster5 Aug 25, 2019 4:00 PM
The Calvin Klein of anime LMAO. Yup, that's exactly it. Now, that we're on the topic of Free! tho, can you believe that in a 2017 top 100 anime in Japan poll, Free beat HxH both versions, One Piece, FMA, Your name, and Jojo. Of course, One Piece beats every anime in popularity by a landslide in Japan, but these results were just shocking.

I think Cross Game is an anime fitting for the 80s and 90s where you can just watch it, feel relaxed, and not simply search for violent or flashy scenes. So yeah, I don't think it will gain a cult following. Possibly though, if it was a made a little more intense. But if it threatens the beauty of the show, I'd rather it not xD.

Well, I think anime fans usually go for each extreme. Like moe anime, the viewers will always go toward CGDCT (cute girls doing cute things, yes this is a thing). And for violent anime, they may go for Berserk, Tokyo Ghoul, or just a typical shounen. Cross Game is subtle in most aspects, which fits it perfectly. For Hajime no Ippo and NGE was as subtle as CG, I highly doubt they'd be successful. I think what NGE is really known for is it's intensity in certain scenes and it's subtlety in others. Simply because of that, I think being as subtle as CG would actually take about from NGE. Same goes for Ippo.

It's crazy to think that Madhouse is struggling financially. I mean they made Death Note and Monster as well, which I'd consider very successful. I think, at one point, I wondered how Madhouse would've executed One Piece xD. I'm sure it would've done it more justice than Toei did post 500 episodes.

Ahhh I'd have to rewatch it. It's been quite a while since I've last seen Akira.
Btw, how do you feel about Ghibli films? I watched My Neighbor Totoro today at the movies as a rewatch, and I found the directing, animation, art, characters, and soundtrack to be good, but I nearly fell asleep. So I'm having mixed feelings right now


shadowblaster5 Aug 24, 2019 12:40 PM
I'm actually getting somewhat excited to watch Slam Dunk because it's the last high rated sports anime out there. Not to mention the fact that I've never heard any bad reviews about it.

Ippo didn't make a lot of money? That's surprising. I think sports anime, overall, are far too overlooked. Especially if the anime is not as flashy as something like Haikyuu or Free. Like Take AoD for example, it came out at the same time as Haikyuu, but couldn't grab people's attention because it's baseball. For Hajime no Ippo's case though, that's crazy because the fights are pretty well done for an old anime, probably better than some fights in modern anime tbh.

Personally, Akira gave off a western feel. Same goes for Cowboy Bebop and other anime. I think that can explain why the Japanese didn't like it so much. But yeah that's quite surprising as well because I was pretty shocked at how well animated Akira was for 1988 film when I watched it for the first time.
shadowblaster5 Aug 24, 2019 12:31 PM
Based on how you described it, the manga seems like it has a lot less flaws than the anime, although the anime did have a large impact.
The interview as well seemed like the anime was a complete success then xD. It was complete, messy, and emotional.

What surprised me about the manga's success is that it got an adaptation only 8 months after it was serialized, which is crazy. For it to go 16+ years after the end of the anime is also more insane. I have high hopes for the manga because it seems to have a lot of things I looked for in the anime.
shadowblaster5 Aug 22, 2019 3:10 PM
It's sad because Cross Game isn't flashy at all, but it's great. I feel like it'd still be underappreciated even if it was shoved into everyone's face.

Slam Dunk seems like it'd give off the same vibes as Ippo. That's good, I enjoy most of the 80s and 90s anime because the humor is overall better, so I'll see



shadowblaster5 Aug 22, 2019 3:06 PM
It's been 6 months after I watched it, and damn I nearly forgot about that scene. For some reason, it sends chills even though it's far more lighthearted than intense.
I really liked the anime's justification for why Aoba is a tsundere. Typically, characters are like that because of daddy or mommy issues or just bad writing. In Aoba's case, it's clear why she acted the way she did to Kou. She loved Wakaba a lot and Kou took most of her time with Wakaba. There's also the fact that she didn't wanna betray Wakaba too xD.

You pretty muched described it perfectly. What's more amazing is that they made it in such a fashion where the characterization felt so smooth.