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Days: 44.7
Mean Score: 7.70
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Aldnoah.Zero
Aldnoah.Zero
Oct 5, 2014 11:16 PM
Completed 12/12 · Scored 8
No Game No Life Specials
No Game No Life Specials
Oct 1, 2014 7:40 PM
Watching 1/6 · Scored -
Wild Adapter
Wild Adapter
Oct 1, 2014 7:40 PM
Watching 1/2 · Scored -
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Subpyro Jun 7, 2015 4:18 AM
Happy birthday, haganbmj!
Subpyro Dec 27, 2014 12:59 PM
Haha, we've got nothing but time. ;) Well, as long as one is kept updated... right? :P
Subpyro Dec 24, 2014 8:35 AM
Anilist masters. Hey.
owell11 Sep 9, 2011 8:55 AM
Agreed
owell11 Sep 8, 2011 8:13 PM
Surely we are friend no? Surely i wouldnt set you up for failure.
owell11 Sep 8, 2011 6:27 PM
Why haven't you watched Slayers and Votoms yet mate? They're alot like MLP
owell11 Sep 8, 2011 5:25 PM
Haha yea,im sure the hive is going to explode

I really hope there more Applejack episodes,and more Trixie. I know Derpy Hooves is canon now so i'm anxious to see how well/bad it turns out.
owell11 Sep 8, 2011 8:34 AM
Love the Octavia pic
midnighteve1985 Jul 19, 2011 8:48 PM
There were definitely some great episodes...though I didn't care too much for the movie. I think I was annoyed that it seemed like it was cashing in a little too blatantly in the popularity of Japan at that time :p

Though when it comes to arcs, I can't help but love Avatar :) That was such a great series and I'm so sad it had to end of the abomination that was it's movie >_> I wish more shows could adopt the concept that cartoons can have plots too!
IllConstruct Jul 19, 2011 7:04 PM
Ah, a tender stripling to the world of anime. Welcome! Take care not to wander off into the wretched underbelly where pointless arguments about how moe is ruining the industry run about as rampant as the clingy stench of shameless elitism. Don't worry, I don't consider myself grizzled...just incredibly jaded...listlessly enduring wave after wave of mediocrity that this stagnant swamp keeps slamming me with until that one beacon of brilliance emerges and penetrates the caked-on layers of congealed cynicism to rouse me from my mindless gait...and now I'm getting off-topic. But seriously though, anime is spectacularly awesome, warts and all,and I hope you enjoy your stay.

Out of curiosity, what led you down this avenue in the first place? I've been watching anime sparsely for almost a decade now, but only really started investing heavily into the medium three years ago when I checked out both Death Note and Code Geass back-to-back. Yeah, that threw me for quite a loop; those series' are arguably the definitive pair of gateway anime for anyone looking for an easy in. Stupidly engrossing and entertaining and packed with great characters, even if parts of my brain started atrophying at all the gaping logical whiffs and plot contrivances. Going off of your Top 5 list, I'm guessing you liked 'em as well.

And if you liked Geass, then I heartily recommend Baccano!, which boasts an equally stellar cast of characters and is a head-banging rollercoaster ride of gore, violence, and wickedly clever storytelling. The remarkably unique kaleidoscopic narrative is something of a hallmark of author Ryhogo Narita, as is his ragtag crew of eccentric screwballs. I mention this only because I see you're planning on checking out Durarara!!, which is also based on a novel series penned by Narita and can easily be thought of as the spiritual-successor to Baccano!. Basically, if you have the option, you should watch Baccano! first.

You mentioned that you're somewhat of a sub-purist, but I heavily recommend the dub here since while the Japanese track features an all-star cast of seiyuu, the English cast gives their roles period-appropriate accents and mannerisms--it's set during the Great Depression in gangster-riddled New York. Sure, it may be a Japanese production, but if Mafia goons are busy ventilatin' each 'uttha on the mean streets of the concrete jungle in the 1920s, Japanese voices just seem jarringly incongruous. Just sayin'. By the same token, Durarara!! is set in present-day Ikebukuro, Tokyo, so you're scot-free there.

So, you were put off by the lack of tangible romance in Spice and Wolf, eh? Not to kickstart the hype engine, but...the second season is likely going to be right up your alley. *cough*holoxlawrence*cough*

Squid Girl is getting licensed so I may check that out at some point.

Do you have any particular tendencies when it comes to choosing what series to watch? I tend to favor uniqueness and a strong cast of characters over stuff like plot, pacing, and visuals, or writing. If a series can fulfill the first two criteria, then I'm sold, hence why I love series' like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Oh, and feel free to comment on/ask about/discuss anything, even if it's not anime. We did start this discussion on a video game message board, after all. Low-key, but my favorite game is Persona 4 and there's an animated adaptation coming this Fall!

School-related stuff: EE is rough, though it may be just because I don't have the brain capacity to survive its rigors. Good luck with whatever field you choose to pursue.
IllConstruct Jul 18, 2011 4:52 PM
Hey, what's up. Nice to meet you and I hope you're enjoying your summer. Anyway, time for some list persual.

You mentioned Ano Hana and I see you gave it a 10. I wasn't actually too fond of series, at least from a personal enjoyment point of view. Ano Hana certainly earned my respect for its wholly unique premise and the deft, delicate strokes it used to paint coping with death as an adolescent, but I was never emotionally-invested in the series. While the characters were complex and interesting, I never found myself rooting for them. There was an uncomfortable disconnect between the level of sophistication in the series--the dialogue in particular carried untold shades of meaning--and the characters' ability to channel such an elaborate script as naturally as possible. For me, it just didn't seem believable. But, I'm clearly in the minority there. And I gave it a 9 regardless, because damn it, I've never seen a more brilliant way to frame the concept of 'moving on' in the wake of a life-changing tragedy. Any reason you liked it so much?

You also mentioned Spice and Wolf, which is another favorite series of mine (though you only gave it an 8). The prevalence of Holo (Horo; whichever you prefer) is hard to ignore as well. The dialogue, in particular the playful banter between the two leads, is simply unrivaled and something of a piece of art in and of itself. The second season is definitely well-worth watching; I'm probably going to pick it up on BD/DVD (combo pack!) soon after it releases. I like the dub--J. Michael Tatum actually fits Lawrence way better than Jun Fukuyama, though Ami Koshimizu's Holo is, well, one of the most stunning performances in voice acting, period so I will inevitably be (re)-watching both tracks.

In case you hadn't noticed, I favor long-winded posts over short ones. There's a lot of stuff on your list that I'd happily comment on/inquire about, but this is getting pretty long as is. I guess I may as toss out some token questions:

Aside from Ano Hana, have you seen anything that's aired recently that's really caught your interest? I noticed you're one episode into Steins;Gate; that's a series that starts slowly but spikes expotentially 'round the halfway mark. Definitely worth continuing if you can spare an ounce of patience here or there.

Any series you'd recommend? I'm a slice-of-life fan, but my tastes are pretty indiscriminate so I'll watch anything, just so long as it's of decent quality and isn't a fanservice slosh-pit.

Again, nice to meet ya! Incidentally, EE major, going into my fourth year.
midnighteve1985 Jul 17, 2011 10:59 PM
I don't think I've ever finished Teen Titans :/ But I did watch a lot of the episodes and have the first two seasons on DVD. The rest of the seasons seem to be perpetually on my wish list at lowest priority though LoL I always find something I want more...
midnighteve1985 Jul 13, 2011 6:05 PM
I remember first finding my old, beloved shows on retrojunk. What really blew me away was finding episodes of "Super Human Samurai Syber Squad". Same with kids shows they used to air on Nickelodeon like "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" and "Salute Your Shorts". Though my happiest moment was finding episodes of Jem and The Holograms. I was barely old enough to remember it when it was airing in reruns, but it was such a fond memory and the DVDs that came out recently had a limited run, is now super expensive and didn't even contain all the episodes :(

Ooh! Another good show was Pirates of Dark Water! I know the shows that I listed may have been before your time, but Pirates I remember being on (or just before) Toonami. I lament it's cancellation :(
midnighteve1985 Jul 13, 2011 5:41 PM
Oh my gosh, talking about PPG has me thinking about Dexter's Lab :) I really enjoyed that show too~ I guess it's nostalgia that really makes me appreciate the internet LoL
midnighteve1985 Jul 12, 2011 12:04 AM
Haha, I guess I'm take me and my girlie-parts to the television set and check it out sometime then XD LoL

PPG and Foster's used to be favorites of mine when I watched TV with more frequency~ Thanks for all the info :3