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Anime Stats
Days: 66.0
Mean Score: 8.36
  • Total Entries547
  • Rewatched0
  • Episodes3,927
Anime History Last Anime Updates
10 hours ago
Plan to Watch · Scored -
Liz to Aoi Tori
Liz to Aoi Tori
12 hours ago
On-Hold -/1 · Scored -
Yakusoku no Neverland
Yakusoku no Neverland
Jan 13, 7:19 PM
Watching 1/12 · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 5.0
Mean Score: 8.03
  • Total Entries49
  • Reread0
  • Chapters813
  • Volumes99
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Oyasumi Punpun
Oyasumi Punpun
Jan 6, 12:37 PM
Completed 147/147 · Scored 8
Hitoribocchi no Chikyuu Shinryaku
Hitoribocchi no Chikyuu Shinryaku
Dec 24, 2018 12:06 AM
Plan to Read · Scored -
Yotsuba to!
Yotsuba to!
Dec 19, 2018 6:05 AM
Reading 3/? · Scored -


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MoonScales Jan 10, 5:40 AM
Funnily enough, we have the same impressions of Aoi Bungaku apparently. My favorite arcs are No Longer Human and Run! Melos as well. And for the same reasons.

As for Oyasumi Punpun, well it is a character study, so I don't mind it taking its time. Maybe could have been shorter, but I don't think it could be less than 120 chapters and still as good. Also yeah it is quite harsh in its tone and message,which is a simple one - "Living is harder than dying, but you gotta live. If not for yourself, then for those who need you." It's not really hopeful, just realistic.

I don't really understand what you mean by "not straightforward enough" though.

I thought you'd have liked it more, but oh well. Back when I used to rate stuff I also rated it 9 on my first read, but on my second it became a 10 and my favorite work in the animanga medium. So, you know... if you ever feel like re-reading it then please give it another chance.

Btw who was your favorite character?
MoonScales Jan 10, 3:23 AM
Well magical realism is quite a broad term, but Murakami's fiction comes under it.
Basically, it means the presence of magical /fantastical elements in a highly detailed realistic setting. Also, usually there's authorial reticence, that is, there's little logic and those magical happenings are not explained to the reader. They don't make sense, they're purposefully out of place.
To give you examples from anime is difficult, cause many things might fit the definition but the essence is carried by few anime. Perhaps Mawaru Penguindrum and Clannad could be said to be magical realist, albeit to a very small degree. Penguindrum is much more symbolic. Anyway, that's the gist of it.
Though Murakami's magical realism is a lot weirder and idiosyncratic than most.

As for contemporary realism, it's quite self explanatory. Realism in a contemporary setting. It's what Asano Inio does (although he romanticizes his fiction at the same time) in his works except Nijigahara Holograph and DDDD.
Again, Murakami's contemporary realism is a lot weirder.

Fun fact : Asano is influenced by Murakami quite a bit. And he also references Murakami's work in his own sometimes. For example, Asano's "Umibe no Onnanoko" and Murakami's "Umibe no Kafka". Also Asano's "Before Dawn and the End of the World" is taken from Murakami's two works, "After Dark" (see the wordplay with Before Dawn?) and "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World".

Also yeah the setting of Haibane Renmei was inspired by the End of the World part in Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.
MoonScales Jan 7, 4:55 AM
So Punpun an 8...
Did you not like the ending?
MoonScales Jan 4, 6:08 AM
Also which other arcs in Bungaku did you like?
MoonScales Jan 4, 6:07 AM
Murakami is a unique author among unique authors. Only he can do what he does, so honestly there's little point in asking me which books of his I recommend. Cause I recommend all of them as a package. It's a Murakami experience. It's only complete if you read all his works including the short story collections.

That being said, about his novels, he writes basically two kind of them. One kind is heavy on magical realist elements and the other is heavy on contemporary realist elements, but both kinds contain both.
The second type of works are usually shorter and are relatively more easy to consume (by Murakami standards, of course). The first type are usually long works, and are more vague and bizarre.
So what kind of realism are you interested in? I can recommend you based on that.
MoonScales Jan 3, 6:16 AM
Yeah I'm really big into literature. Though I have been in a slump for some months now.
My favorite authors are Haruki Murakami and Martin Amis.
Right now I am reading Murakami's latest long novel Killing Commendatore.
MoonScales Jan 1, 8:27 PM
It's on Amazon in English, albeit a bit expensive.
Anyway, are you into literature?
MoonScales Dec 31, 2018 6:55 AM
Yeah it's perhaps the best story in the anime. There's also a manga adapting Ningen Shikkaku which is also very good.
Have you read the book by Dazai?
MoonScales Dec 27, 2018 11:04 AM
Aoi Bungaku is really good, one of the most aesthetically pleasing things. They adapted six classics and had a different artstyle for each. Please continue soon.
MoonScales Dec 24, 2018 4:36 AM
During my first read, it was during Yuichi's flashback arc that it hit me that I'm in for quite the despairing ride.
MoonScales Dec 24, 2018 4:33 AM
I kinda get your description....? Honestly it's hard for me to remember properly, cause the last 50 chapters are so good I always reread them and not so much the earlier ones. Especially the first 20 when Punpun's life didn't suck as much.
It progressively gets better and the indication is Punpun's suffering. Lol. But I guess it's the same for everyone though.
MoonScales Dec 23, 2018 1:56 AM
How's Punpun so far?
Kasou Dec 19, 2018 5:48 AM
Kan bagus
ayolah :DD
Kasou Dec 17, 2018 6:11 AM
Tfr ya
jangan lupa Rakugo :))
AnimeCreed Dec 16, 2018 1:13 PM
NP :3
Right alot friend are working or in graduate school so i know the feeling
When does your semester end?