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Days: 162.9
Mean Score: 3.45
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Ojamajo Doremi Dokkaan!
Ojamajo Doremi Dokkaan!
Mar 3, 2019 6:05 PM
Re-watching 51/51 · Scored 9
Kyojin no Hoshi
Kyojin no Hoshi
Jan 20, 2019 6:11 PM
Watching 37/182 · Scored -
Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho
Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho
Jan 18, 2019 5:19 PM
Re-watching 13/13 · Scored 8
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Mean Score: 3.42
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Jun 4, 2019 2:06 AM
Re-reading 58/67 · Scored 10
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
Jun 4, 2019 2:06 AM
Re-reading 142/142 · Scored 10
Feb 6, 2019 2:39 PM
Re-reading 37/37 · Scored 8


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Arimias Mar 10, 2019 10:21 AM
Happy birthday Sig :) Hope it's a great one.

Tackling your reply soon as well lol
velvetPhos Mar 9, 2019 11:40 AM
Happy Birthday :)

Yeah, it’s been a while… I’m doing fine. Also, sorry for the late and lazy reply.
I had anime burn out for 2 months but Kare Kano fixed that for me.
Planetes was actually rewatch.

Beautiful Dreamer was fantastic experience. Oshii elevated comedy centered anime to something truly remarkable. Perception of dreams was depicted excellently. Comedic scenes not only preserved the atmosphere of the original TV works, but also elevated the “sense of dream” by showing sudden tone shift from serious scenes to comedic one.

I’m planning to watch both, but I haven’t gotten into mood for them. Hopefully, I’ll watch both soon.

I haven’t finished Romeo yet, but I have mixed feelings. Romeo and Alfredo really lack flaws. They are kind hearted boys and their actions put smile on my face sometimes, but I feel like there’s nothing more to it at this moment. Hopefully, last 1/3 of the show will prove I’m being wrong.

Oh, thank you. I modified the design that I found to suit my use. I hope you accessed my list from the “animelist” button on profile. I used “priority” to show +/- of the score. Ex. High 9 = 9+.
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Arimias Feb 12, 2019 8:47 PM
Ah nice. Our school system is different here so I initially got confused when you mentioned you were in your final year of college but were born in 2000 lol. Computer science is a great career choice to get into. There’s a lot of fields of study to branch into and different job opportunities you can take with a degree in that, although I’m sure you already knew that. I can imagine the work load being a lot and causing stress, from what I’ve seen from different areas of computer science. I do hope your studies continue to go well :). As for me, I have no idea if I want to pursue a business degree or not anymore. Initially I got into it because my grandfather owns a company and I thought someday owning it would be a good opportunity for me, but now I find myself not enjoying what I’m being taught. The problem is I don’t know what else I’d be interested in doing, so I’m in a sort of dilemma right now and been depressed about it for a while lol. I don’t go to school much nowadays and have just been working most days trying to get myself back on track with stuff and trying to search for career choices I want to pursue in. Hopefully I can get out of this slump soon, and I’ll probably talk to a guidance counselor or someone to help me lead on the right path.

Yeah eventually I got used to Anne’s behavior when she was young. I don’t necessarily blame others for finding her annoying though, especially if they aren’t one to like kids in particular. Her character at the beginning, while definitely charming and captivating, I can see being a hit or miss for some not used to this sort of behavior than what we for protagonists have nowadays in modern anime. Takahata is definitely a genius when it comes to directing. Just watching Anne can confirm this I believe, but I definitely do want to branch out to other anime he’s directed and or worked on. Ah nice, whenever you get around to reading it I would like to hear your thoughts on the source material :) A discord server I’m in has started watching ‘3000 Leagues in Search of Mother’ for a group watch and I’m participating in it, so this will be my 2nd WMT title. From the 7 episodes I’ve watched so far, the pacing has been a bit slow, but I’ll definitely be patient and see what’s to fruit from this. It does have a lot of potential and I’m excited to see where it goes with Marco and his journey.

The fourth volume is also my favorite of the novels as well. I don’t think it would feel right for me to skip over purchasing volumes personally, but I can see why you would do that, especially given how hard they are to find that isn’t online I’d imagine (still haven’t begun my search yet). Ah yes, I saw that announcement on ANN as well. 2,500 pages is quite promising for the first draft, in fact, it’s unbelievable really. I can’t wait for it to be release, although it will be a very long time for it to get translated, I’m happy fans are finally getting something new after such a long wait. You have a nice collection going on there I see. I’m considering purchasing Aria the Masterpiece sometime in the future, as I’ve heard very positive things about it in physical copy from our friend velvetPhos lol. Most of those manga you mentioned owning I still need to get to at some point. Planetes, Yotsuba, and Otoyomegatari in particular I’ve only heard positive things about, so I’m eager to start them. Also like yourself, I’m definitely interested in purchasing Summit of the Gods. It’s too bad the scans aren’t available online besides the first 4 chapters, but at least it can get me motivated to make a new purchase to start a collection going. I just own the Nausicaa Box Set. I purchased it in September for around $80 I believe, an extra $10 so I could get it quicker, but it was well worth it. I enjoyed re-reading Nausicaa in physical copy as the scans online aren’t the greatest. It makes a world of difference when you get your hands on an actual copy of it, especially with the beautiful design and huge pages the Box Set provides. If you plan to purchase Nausicaa I would definitely recommend that set. I find it to be worth every penny for my favorite manga thus far :)

I see, thank you for sharing that :) I was under the impression all this time that both those works must’ve shared a lot of similarities when in fact it seems to be the opposite in many aspects. That will just make the reading experience even better once I pick it up, as I like to search for new things to enjoy that are unique. I’ll be sure to give you my thoughts on it once I get around to it. Regarding Gogo Monster, I picked it up a few days ago and I was fascinated on how everything played out. It completely blew me away how quickly things turned around once we got to know more about Yuki and his psychological phenomenon, if you could even call it that. What is the perception of reality, and what isn’t? Your interpretation and surrealism of things is shifted in this manga I found and appreciated the most. It was cryptic most of the time like you mentioned, but I feel the way the manga explained stuff not only through dialogue, but with visuals as well really enhanced the experience and rewarding by the end when Yuki and Makoto are off biking together, leaving us to resonate with everything that went down prior to it. I’ll make note of watching Tekkon Kinkreet soon then. The way you described it seems right up my alley, and with Matsumoto’s intrinsic artstyle displayed in Gogo Monster, I think I’d definitely appreciate it.

Bergman is quite a phenomenal director indeed. His works with Persona and Wild Strawberries, the two I’ve only seen so far, have really left an impression on me, and I think Persona had a taking in expanding my horizons with foreign cinema and taking a look deeper into the medium. Persona is one of those films were it’s hard to explain why I enjoyed it so much. I think it can be best described with how Alma’s characters shifts throughout the movie, with themes relating to duality and insanity of the mind, as well as personal identity that was intriguing and awe-inspiring to watch. With Wild Strawberries, I found it to be a great visualization about the optimism in life with a melancholic tone that made it an experience like no other. Tarkovsky is also a highly regarded director I hold now after watching Stalker recently, which I don’t think I can properly explain right now since my thoughts on the movie are still hazy and all over the place, my interpretations are probably not that strong so I’ll have to revisit the movie again in the future soon. Andrei Rublev is a film that has always been at the back of my mind to watch. I believe it’s regarded as a mostly silent film if I’m not mistaken, or maybe that was The Passion of Jean of Arc, not sure lol. Regardless it’s high on my priority list and with you, who I probably share the most similar tastes with on this website it seems, I trust your recommendation and will watch this soon :) I can see that you enjoy lengthy films from the list of your favorites that you provided yeah. Starting to sound like a broken record now lol, but I also have as you know been eyeing The Human Condition for some while now and I think I'll watch the first movie this weekend if I have time.

I feel like I share the majority opinion with my favorite episode from Naisho, but it was without a doubt episode 12. I can only describe the 12th episode of Naisho to be simply a 10/10 in regards to a single episode, and most definitely the best episode of the entire series. To describe it as just ‘heartbreaking’ isn’t right, rather, it’s fairly tragic, but has some of the greatest examples of a strong emotional attachment and message that no matter what age, anyone could find intrinsic value with dealing with a loved one who has some form of disease that’s effecting their lives and the lives around others. Phenomenal writing to be brief. It’s what I can describe as an experience you have to watch in order to understand what everyone talks about when describing this episode, and how it makes you feel by the end of it with the snowball fight being one of the most emotional scenes I’ve seen in a very long time like you mentioned. I honestly felt empty after the episode was over. How Doremi cares for Nozomi when she’s sick and treats her like a normal girl after hearing about her dream in a way solidified Doremi’s character being in my top 5 for me. A heart of pure gold and some of the best characterization and deeper value added to Doremi’s character with her interactions with Nozomi I found. I knew what was going to happen when we first got introduced to her, but when it actually happened my heart still sank and I could do was feel so bad for Doremi and her mom when she told her the news. I’ll probably never forget that episode, as it resonated with me the most as Ojamajo Doremi’s ‘best of the best’ episodes. Episode 13 would probably be my 2nd favorite, and I also believe as a fitting conclusion for people watching it while airing, it was phenomenal and a wonderful send off to Doremi fans. Kind of makes me wish we’d have an idea what Fami’s time is like in the future.

And with that being said, I’ve finally completed all seasons of Ojamajo Doremi, and… I’m left speechless. My thoughts on Dokkaan are still all over the place, but the final 11 episodes of the last season solidified its 10 rating I ended up giving it. Dokkaan had the most powerful conclusion to a TV series I've ever witnessed and displayed the highest quality of anything that Doremi provided in all of its seasons, minus episode 12 of Naisho which I still consider the best. It manages to be both a heartwarming and happy ending, yet at the same time, a tragic, heartbreaking, and tear wrenching conclusion to the girls' journey as witches, that scoring this any lower than a 10 wouldn't be honest with myself. I loved everything about the series, and Dokkaan made me realize how much value and depth Doremi has over any other TV show I've watched with how the girls had to help Tourbillion's soul be healed from the pain of loosing her loved ones, to Pao-chan and Hana being a joy to watch on screen to break the curse roses. You feel the journey coming to a close, and I was a mess last night because I didn't want it to end. I was blown away with how strong the 11 final episodes, along with the conclusion to the girls’ decision and separation of each of them.

The 163 episodes before Dokkaan were well worth the watch, and I can see how this season is the grand masterpiece that the others built it up to be. Nothing was wasted or not of value in all 51 episodes of Dokkaan, and I think that perfectly displays why I'd consider it a masterpiece. It just did nothing else but perfection in every aspect. Also, seems like my reply is longer this time haha. Please excuse the 6 day delay, just really wanted to complete the series, although now I'm wishing it wasn't over. My time was well spent on the series and I'm so glad I gave it a chance. Also, hope you don't mind the friend request. Been wanting to send one for a while now :) Hope you're having a wonderful day.

Arimias Feb 3, 2019 7:20 PM
Ah, the same to you as well. I'd imagine school has been keeping you busy over the past 5 months. If you don't mind me asking, what are you studying to become? I'd have to agree with you that a majority of people are stubborn when it comes to arguments in the past; especially if it's something they're passionate about in talking about, or believe they have the right opinions on. To look at both sides and shatter your ignorance for the one side I believe is a humble thing to do now, I find, whether it would be the right or wrong thing to do, you never know until you give something another chance. I'm glad as well I could get that out to you, and yes, we can definitely put that behind us now and start conversing properly whenever you have free time. Yeah, Anne wasn't a favorite of mine back then. I actually started it back in October before my Aria re-watch, and fell in love with the anime by the very end. Journeying into Anne's life from childhood to teen years was quite the experience to behold. At first I didn't think highly of the main character Anne (mainly because of her attitude in general) and the anime as a whole in the beginning, but as it progressed and when Anne grew up, that's when I truly started to appreciate all it had to offer, becoming one of my favorite coming of age stories in any medium thus far. I really want to read the novel sometime soon. It's one of my mom's favorites so I'll see if she still has it whenever I get the chance to see her again. And yes, the Twelve Kingdoms novels are also very underappreciated I find, mainly because of a lack of popularity they have. I'm glad I eventually picked those up too. I'm planning to search and buy most of them off of Amazon sometime in the future like I did for Nausicaa. Thanks, I'm glad as well :)

I've heard great things about both Sunny and Takemitsuzamurai, and surprisingly I see both these quite often on friend's or friend or friend's lists, so I'll definitely have to give both a read sometime soon. Sunny's synopsis sounds interesting on its own, but Takemitsu's seems rather short and straight to the point. In your opinion, does Takemitsuzamurai have anything to compare it to another samurai work such as Lone Wolf & Cub, if there's any possible comparisons to be made? Like how I hold Twelve Kingdoms highly for the fantasy genre, I hold Lone Wolf highly for the samurai and historical genre (but I actually notice just now Takemitsu doesn't have a samurai genre attached to it). From his published manga alone, I can see Matsumoto is regarded as one of the bests in the manga industry. Along with those two works, I'm curious about Gogo Monster, Tekkon Kinkreet, and especially Ping Pong; since it's one of my favorite 'sports' anime with fantastic character studies and themes of triumph and failure (just scratching the surface here with Ping Pong). As for burnouts, I completely understand where you're coming from. I was on one myself just 2 months ago only finishing very little (Anne and a few others) before taking a long break, only getting back into anime recently with Hibike, Nana, and now Doremi -- all of which have been pleasures to watch. In that time on my anime break, I ventured out into starting live-action films from other countries. Watching a few foreign films like Oldboy, Wild Strawberries, Mirror, In the Mood for Love, and the best and my recently new all-time favorite: Come and See, made me really appreciate my new found love for foreign cinematography. So yes, a break from anime opens many new opportunities of mediums to explore and find one you'd have no idea you would end up appreciating. Some foreign films I want to eventually start that are lengthy are The Human Condition trilogy and Satantango. Have you heard or perhaps watch those 2 before? I'm also glad to hear you're into RPGs, playing those types of games are a great way to kill time, as well as ARPGs and JRPGs.

Not too long ago I finished Motto, and now half-way into Naisho, I think I can confidently say that this has been one of the most surprisingly unique and worthwhile experience I've had the pleasure to watch so far in anime. These past 3 seasons of Doremi have been really easy and effortless to get through, mainly because of how much investment I end up finding myself in after each episode is done; providing what seems to be an endless amount of entertainment and story telling not a lot of anime can pull off of this length. It surprises me at times how even though the characters are almost half my age, I can easily find myself relating to a lot of what's going on in their lives, and the lessons they learn in life. Doremi, like Anne, perfectly encapsulates what a coming of age tale should be about; experiencing the life of these girls and watching them grow up along with Hana have made me shed a few tears (especially at the end of Sharp), and always staying consistent with its narrative and themes. Even with the first season, I could see the passion and care that was put into this massive project right from the start, and it's only been getting better and better as I start each new season. Most of time it's lighthearted fun, but when it wants to be serious, it can very damn well be serious and touching. Doremi also seems to be the best example of a G rated title I found, having something both children and adults can take in and enjoy. Even the overall atmosphere, world, and the way magic works in the series I really appreciate. With each season the girls getting new responsibilities and items to sell for the Mahou doh, while also taking various exams for each new obstacle they find themselves in in order to keep their witch powers feels unique and fresh each time. Each season, except Sharp which I found to be a bit stronger in comparisons to seasons 1 and 3 with the responsibility of taking care of Hana; with the central themes of motherhood and love and that well deserved tearjerker ending, all had consistency towards them. Now with Naisho, I can see why this is often regarded as the more 'mature' title in the Doremi series, as each episodes theme seem to be stronger and more relatable towards me, as well as just feeling slightly better production and writing wise. I've fallen in love with it for sure, and I believe at least one title will make my top 10 very soon. Soon it'll be Dokkaan next, and I'm super excited to see what's to come in-store for the girls, and how the series will wrap up with Majo Tourbillion and breaking her curse. I'm almost confident I'm in for a treat, but even so I can already say I have been with each season of Doremi :)

Arimias Jan 24, 2019 8:55 PM
Hi, I'm not sure if you remember me or not, but we had a bit of an argument over Aria in the past. I basically explained to someone that 'The Natural' was not necessary to watch to get the gist of the overall image Aria was trying to showcase, and it could be skip-able if you already had knowledge of the first season. Well, I'm letting you know that I was a complete idiot and very ignorant person lol. Upon my re-watch of Aria, I realized how much 'The Natural' added substance to each of the characters and further developed their relationships and commitments to becoming Primas, and just in general taking in their surroundings and learning life experiences along the journey. To skip 'The Natural' would be to skip the entire set-journey these girls go through, taking away everything that makes Aria so great, and how 'The Origination' is so special because of those moments from 'The Natural'. I realized a lot about myself, my judgement, and my overall perception on different mediums, and how being opened minded about works is the best way to go. Your comments towards me, looking back, were 100% correct, and I think they motivated me to eventually give Aria another chance; and I'm glad I did so. I really learned to appreciate slice of life in general over the past few months and now I'm slowly leaning towards that genre as my favorite in the medium. I don't wanna say you were the person who completely shattered my ignorance on Aria and slice of life in general, but I believe you had apart of it, so this is my thanks and sort of apologies for being a douchebag back then lol.

I hope you're enjoying your re-watches of all your favorites as well by the way :) I started Ojamajo Doremi myself recently and I've been loving it. I feel like so far it's been one of these rare gems people don't give a chance too because of its length, setting, and childish-like art style. Not once have I ever been bored or tried of the repetitiveness the show supposedly provided, since each episodes feels unique and has a sense of progression (no monster of the week, characters remembering events from past episodes, etc). The cast, premise, and overall atmosphere of the first season and now Sharp have really left an impression on me, with being just an overall fun experience to witness. I've heard many great things about Dokkaan and the later seasons, so I'm super excited to get there eventually.

At first I didn't want to admit I was wrong to you, but now that you seem to be more active, I think this would be the great time to say this. Thank you once again. I hope your days going well, and you don't have to reply to this message if you don't want to, just wanted to provide to you my changing opinions :)
velvetPhos Sep 19, 2018 8:46 PM
I’m glad that you are enjoying rewatchin/rereading Aria that much! Yeah… I feel same way. Aria is very human and genuine at core. Not sure if we’ll still be on this site, but I hope we’ll still be talking about Aria 10 years later, lol.
That Akari quote is very relatable… I felt like that when I read Aria. The experience of Aria is the pure beauty. Like the feeling that I suddenly get overwhelmed by the beauty of scenery after getting out of long tunnel…

I see. For me, I always had inner conflict of how I should feel about the anime Aria. I love Aria, but I always felt something is lacking in anime version. The manga resolved that for me. Manga filled everything that I felt lacking in anime, and it solidified Aria as my favorite franchise of all time.

Oh, you revisited anime for 20 extra episodes? That’s impressive.

Hmm, I’ve heard about that for many times. My dad is huge fan of Twelve Kingdoms because he is very passionate about Chinese history and mythology. I watched few episodes with him right after it aired. I remember he had said that novels go much deeper both narrative and setting wise.
I want to read the novel but I refuse to read digital copy, so I need to buy one. I’m going back to Japan this winter for two weeks, so hopefully I can find the hardcopy of novels there.
velvetPhos Sep 10, 2018 5:40 PM
How's aria rewatch/rereading?
Arimias Sep 2, 2018 10:02 AM
Sorry for the late response, and okay, I'll be starting the Aria manga very soon. Good writing and narrative is a more important aspect to me than visuals and audio, so if what you're saying about the manga doing more justice in that area, I'm all down to experience it, especially if it addresses aspects I wasn't fond of in the anime adaption putting in more detail and back story.

It's actually my third re-watch of the anime. I wanted to see if I'd have any sort of different opinions on the show now that I fully understand what SSY's trying to explain to its audience. I'm going through it REALLY slowly, but it's an anime where I don't have to rush to get through anymore just because of how much it means to me. It has become my favorite anime I've ever watched mainly due to how the story was crafted, folded, and concluded. Every episodes has a purpose, whether on a large or small scale with the characters and narrative. Nothing is wasted in my opinion, and that's one of the beauties SSY offers. It explores a lot of themes and questions about humanity; and what it means to be human, exploring sexuality, how corruption in society manipulates our thinking, why do groups of minorities demand freedom from oppressors, who are actually the 'bad guys' in SSY? And so on. I'd say a re-watch can never hurt you, and maybe you'll pick up on aspects you've missed like I have over the months. I also want to re-watch another one of my favorites, Texhnolyze, sometime in the future as well to get a bigger understanding of the show.
RedInfinity Aug 22, 2018 1:42 PM
RedInfinity Aug 21, 2018 2:33 PM
Legend has it that he's still rewatching texhnolyze to this very day...

TeKSMeLater Aug 19, 2018 6:07 AM
Great new profile design :3
Arimias Aug 13, 2018 9:11 PM
Well, I personally don't think so. Mainly because at the time, the show already a good lengths in wasn't keeping me interested in what was going on. I doubt by having speed watched those few episodes where I thought nothing was going to happen or stuff that wasn't significant my opinions would change have I watched it in full length (but of course, totally possible my experience may have actually been better). Yes, you're right on that first point. I think because I was expecting so much from the Origination, my failure to grasp the entirety of what the Natural had to offer may have hindered greatly my enjoyment and focus on the previous seasons. That's why I do want to re-watch this series at some point to get a better understanding on what I exactly supposedly missed out on. For your second point, that could be argued as being subjective. I have binged watched series before where the 'intended experience' is to not binge these shows but to grasp it slowly. Mushishi, for example, I finished in less than a week. But I binged it not because I wanted to get through it quickly, but because each episode left me wanting more of Ginko's adventures and meeting the new characters with their situations with the Mushi. Had I not binged it, I may have not had the same viewing experience as I did, for better or worse I'll never know. But what I do know is I enjoyed it greatly, so saying binge-watching the series wasn't a good idea is an opinion that's different for everyone. Maybe binge-watching Aria may or may have not been a good idea. It clearly wasn't a good idea before, so I'll take note of not doing the same thing again next time.
Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike Aria. I really like the concept it brings forth, while insignificant to some and not the point of the show; the lore of Neo-Venezia and the planet Aqua being previously Mars is fascinating in regards to that science fiction aspect of humans colonizing another world. The characters are likable, and it does have touching moments that I remember to this date. I apologize for using the same excuses over and over again, but my mind-set at the time consisted of 'action, psychological, thriller' so starting Aria at that time period wasn't a good idea and I understand that now. Dropping the show I don't think would've been a good idea because I wouldn't have seen the Origination, which I thought was very well done. You can point fingers at me and say "You probably would've appreciated the Origination better if you focused more on the Animation and Natural!" which is true, but there's the fact that I still did enjoy everything it did and how it was significantly different and rewarding from the previous two seasons, wrapping up the series fantastically.

No, I probably would not have. But, I can say because Aria the Natural didn't really stick with me that well initially and Mushishi did, there's no reason why I would have the need to feel obligated to speed up episodes just because I wanted to. Watching the Natural wasn't torture, but comparing the first few episodes of the Natural (or Animation) and Mushishi, I have a much different opinion on both shows. "To each his own" as the saying goes; I preferred Mushishi's lush and historic setting over Aria's Neo-Venezia, water-gondola setting (I know, a major fan of the Sci-Fi genre saying he doesn't appreciate Aria world may seem strange lol) I did grasp almost everything you mentioned about the experience you get from watching Aria even though I did sped up a few episodes, so it's not like I totally misunderstood the series 100%. But yeah, re-watching it may be my best option. Actually, velvetPhos recently suggested me to read the manga for Aria (and Aqua) before re-watching the series, as he thought the manga managed to do much more than the TV adaption did. What is your stance on that? Do you think I should do what he suggested? I did read your previous reply about your comparisons to the manga and what was cut-out, so I may actually think of reading the manga first in fact, but I would like another opinion on the subject.

That may be so, and hopefully I can experience something better when I watch the anime again/read the manga whenever I get around to it. Sure, I don't see the trouble in binge-watching and or speeding up episodes slightly if you're not interested in what's going on, but I obviously won't do the same thing again and try to get the full experience as much as I can. Don't worry, your thoughts and structure came across clear to me, and I appreciate you telling me all of this because it's definitely been an eye-opener for me as well as having good discussions, which is always appreciable on this website with people who's tastes may be the same or different than yours. So thank you.

>Insert continuous cycle of "No no, I was the one being rude, not you!"
Lmao, but yeah, no hard feelings or anything, of course. It's good that I can talk to people who disagree with what I do rather than constantly thinking my decisions are the right ones to make. I've noticed on your profile you're re-watching a lot of anime you've gave high ratings too. I'm actually doing the same thing at the moment, but with one show and one of my all-time favorites Shinsekai yori (actually is my third time watching the show), mainly for enjoyment purposes as well as a critical, final stand-point on the show since Digibro is dropping a video soon arguing how 'Shinsekai yori is worse than SAO'. I want to be prepared to defend one of my favorites and I'll be needing the little details again to do so. But anyway, how's your experience been re-watching your favorites? Have you opened a new view on them than you did initially?
Arimias Aug 13, 2018 3:55 PM
Well, it's good you don't, because you don't seem like the type of person to call out someone for hating on your favorite anime. I also don't have any problems with you, but it came across to me like that since you've told me twice now that you were "baffled" and or in "complete disbelief" over my decisions to watch something a certain way that you wouldn't think of doing. Also, nothing to do with the discussion, but I wouldn't consider Patlabor 2 slow-paced at all, quite the opposite in fact. Slow-paced would be more understandable for its prequel, imo. Texhnolyze has a slow pace, yes, but you get rewarded for watching it rather quickly in comparison to Aria where Origination is the reward for Aria fans (of course, my opinion again.)

Let's just say me speed watching episodes + myself saying nothing noteworthy happened in the Natural ties into one at the time when I didn't enjoy slice of life like I mentioned previously. If your argument is implying because I speed watched the Natural, I may have missed noteworthy things, you may be right and wrong. Right because it's possible I missed someone that would've made me say "Wow, I really appreciate that Aria managed to pull 'x' and 'y' off in comparison to other SoL shows", but also wrong because of the fact Natural does not follow a definite storyline and is almost entirely pure slice of life, episodic nature where you don't have to watch the previous episode to understand the next. Yes, it's possible I may have missed subtle developments, but I doubt it since I didn't skip the episodes, I just sped it up a bit to binge it because the show didn't interest me. Let's take Mushishi for example, I could've easily speed watched episodes and or skip them entirely without me being lost. But Mushishi and Aria, while two titles that are SoL, are different in their own unique ways. One I enjoyed immensely, the other I did not. Mushishi to me had a better world, atmosphere, main character, and felt more like an exciting mystery that was relatable and enjoyable for me on a personal level that no other anime has managed to do yet. I got emotionally invested in what each episode brought forth and the one-episode characters leaving a HUGE impact on that very brief but deep story for each episode on life and the beauty of it. Aria may have had a similar experience for you, but for me, it didn't have the same effect, hence why I decided as a personal choice to do that. And like I just mentioned, it's not like I SKIPPED episodes of the Natural. That would be more of a reason for you to get upset with me because I would've for sure missed a lot of the characters growing and the beauty Neo-Venezia had to offer. There honestly wouldn't be a difference even if I haven't sped up episodes on my thoughts on the Natural. Keep in mind too that I didn't speed up every episode, I recall maybe 6 - 10 when things weren't happening, as well as the Cat Sith moments.

If you're referring to my Aria review, then those are not my up-to-date opinions on the first season and I will actually be deleting that review now that you reminded me. Also, I didn't suggest to my friend to 2x speed watch Aria, that was just a show I mentioned that I thought wasn't interesting enough to make me sit through less than 3 full episodes in an hour of my time back then. I don't see a problem with speed watching something anyway if you found something boring but want to get through it because someone told you the Origination is a much better improvement. Maybe 2x is a little extreme, but 1.25x and maybe 1.5x aren't that bad if you ever tried it. Also I'm sorry if I may have sounded rude, that wasn't my intention and I've just been having a rough week coming back from 11-12 hour back-to-back shifts when my work was in chaos and stress levels were from the roof that I'm still recovering over.