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Anime Stats
Days: 18.3
Mean Score: 5.53
  • Total Entries262
  • Rewatched0
  • Episodes1,264
Anime History Last Anime Updates
Zanting! Rang Wo Cha Gonglüe
Zanting! Rang Wo Cha Gonglüe
May 23, 10:41 AM
Watching 2/? · Scored -
Zuihou de Zhaohuan Shi
Zuihou de Zhaohuan Shi
May 21, 11:51 PM
Dropped 4/12 · Scored 3
Apr 28, 9:19 AM
Dropped -/1 · Scored -
Manga Stats
Days: 1.4
Mean Score: 5.67
  • Total Entries5
  • Reread0
  • Chapters226
  • Volumes6
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Sayonara Eri
Sayonara Eri
May 23, 11:02 AM
Completed 1/1 · Scored 7
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!
Nov 13, 2021 7:37 PM
Reading 199/? · Scored -
Sep 18, 2021 7:58 AM
Completed 25/25 · Scored 3

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katsucats May 22, 12:36 PM
That's true. I think there are a lot of, I'm going to call them, sociological components in anime that divides the fans' perspectives. I think that has a lot to do with political and cultural views outside of anime, although some people get mad when we try to make these connections. Some moe is fine. I think it's okay that the producers give a dog whistle to acknowledge the fan base, but a bit more than that becomes overbearing and obvious that something is going on even to people outside of that fan base.
lancelot200 May 22, 8:24 AM
I appreciate the shout out! I figured that I would put my completed list to good use with recommendations. lol It's fun to do.
ohohohohohoho May 22, 8:05 AM
thanks! honestly its one i often think about rewriting because i simply feel my writing style and stuff i would focus on in a review have changed a bit since then. maybe if i rewatch it again someday. but im glad it still seems to resonate with people occasionally!
Hobohat Apr 1, 11:30 AM
Thank you mate with 73.5% affinity!
Recynon Jan 9, 9:39 PM
Yeah now I've seen several people comment that the story is cliche. I think it speaks to a larger pattern in western animation where there's a general lack of innovation. Whenever they try to make a cartoon that's more serious they just end up making a live-action drama. With anime there's at least 1-2 shows each year that try to do something different, regardless of their quality, like Sonny Boy and Odd Taxi.
Recynon Jan 9, 9:17 PM
What do you find lacking about its story?
Recynon Jan 9, 8:07 PM
Yeah I did feel that it was trying to say something specific rather than just trying to appear artsy or deep. For me the way I evaluate these more obtuse works is to see if they have enough color and humanity aside from all the complexity. Sonny Boy had cool visuals, good music, and interesting ideas, and at the same time its characters were characterized well enough to at least feel human instead of vehicles for philosophy, which made the series worthwhile and fun to watch whether or not I understood it. It's these seemingly superficial aspects that merit me going back and trying to understand it, not the other way around.

Yeah, I did watch 7 episodes of Arcane. I can see why everyone would think it's really well made but I thought that it was too busy trying to be a serious live-action drama full of politics, complicated relationships and ever-shifting characters. The ideas behind these things were cliche and they were cliche in execution because they rushed all the development and never bothered to give me a reason to care for these characters by making me like their personalities. I mean sure, their psychology is given depth, but their personalities are one-dimensional--- for example Vi is just "tough street girl". It's the kind of show that's highly entertaining in motion, because its plot and characterization is complex and nuanced and all that, but not likable at a standstill. That is, I wouldn't want to watch any of these characters go on an episodic action adventure. This is the same logic I used to evaluate Sonny Boy; whereas Sonny Boy was likable aside from its plot, Arcane was not. Still, if the show had bothered to focus heavily on a character, a lack of personality would have been replaced by my sympathy for the character and sheer attachment due to the amount of time I spent with them, but no, Arcane opts to divide its attention between a large cast a characters and characters follow plot more than plot follows characters.

I also didn't like the whole focus on Jinx and how every fan parades around her. Personal insecurity is not an excuse for becoming a psychotic murderer and neither is it a full reason. They're trying to make one of those sympathetic half good half bad characters but people don't become like her unless there was something very wrong about them in the first place, and the inciting incident was merely the sparkplug that set off a ticking bomb. If this was true then every kid who's ever had low self esteem and faced bullying would be a school shooter but they're not; school shooters are people who are messed up in the head independent of what happens to them. Powder had always cared more for her own ego than anyone else and always had some type of murderous intent in her. But then again, I never understood the appeal of Harley Quinn either.
Recynon Jan 9, 12:09 PM
Thoughts on Sonny Boy?
dlxuniuniu Dec 27, 2021 2:07 PM
well...i can only agree with that you have been there or even live there?
yang_neo Nov 8, 2021 8:13 AM
Glad to see you enjoyed Baccano, it's really excellent in my opinion with how it juggles pure Americana, genre mafia stuff, and the whole alchemy business. Really fun!
Hiro_Lun Nov 7, 2021 9:30 AM
Hey, yeah loool, its a nice show. Also I like how you did to your profile
Yoruuri Nov 3, 2021 9:35 AM
Thank yooou <3 Havoc in heaven is amazing in every sense of the word, I was amazed when I watched it knowing the historical context and everything else. Yes, I watched all of Te Wei's works that I could find lol
yang_neo Nov 2, 2021 6:12 AM
You have to get around to finishing Breaking Bad, it just gets better and better and the ending is great.
Recynon Nov 1, 2021 6:41 PM
Everything you said is true and they're real flaws of the show. It's got a great atmosphere; I liked Yuki Kajiura's soundtrack paired with the European settings, which you don't get often in anime. The pacing is slow, the episodes are repetitive, and the plot feels lackadaisical. But I don't think they are the fundamental flaw with the show. See, a large part of the praise for Noir comes from people being immersed in the characters and their budding relationship because the slow, deliberate mood invites that. That's why they're able to forgive the lacking plot. The thing is, not enough work is done with the characters for the characters to really carry the show. If the characters were good, slow pacing, repetitive episodes, and sloppy backgrounds wouldn't matter as much because the viewer's attention and investment is held by their interest in what the characters are saying, doing, and feeling. But long shots of the characters doing nothing only work when there's actual emotion or thoughts for the audience to absorb. There's just too little

1) chemistry between the characters; they barely talk to another
2) background on the characters; the backgrounds are too simple to make the characters more complex
3) fleshing out of their personalities; by the end of 26 episodes, what do we know about these two girls? very little. they basically spent all those filler episodes doing nothing.
4) complexity of their angst; their emotions and motivations are largely one-dimensional. Oh you killed my parents when you were 3? I'm totally incapable of nuanced thought and will judge you as a cold-blooded killer
5) necessary push and pull in building a relationship; since they don't talk and barely interact, this was not possible

Basically the whole show revolves around these two girls and they're not good enough to carry the show.
For reference, see El Cazador de la Bruja for an interesting case study comparison. El Cazador follows a similar framework; two girls on a journey, one of them, the softer one, is connected to a shadowy organization that has designed her to be a weapon and thus is a passive, doll-like character there for cuteness and audience sympathy; the other, the more assertive and world-weary one. Their relationship builds through the various episodic adventures until near the end when the "living weapon" part of the softer girl's psyche comes out and their relationship is tested only for power of love to prevail in the end. Compared to Noir, it does some of the aforementioned points better; there's better chemistry between the characters, more personality, and more background. However the atmosphere isn't as good.

In the end, though, I don't think Bee Train ever had it in them to ever write a decent girls with guns story with respect to the character side of things. Their focus seems to be on having the camera linger on angst and tug on the heartstrings of viewers rather than writing two good individual characters and a nuanced, emotionally mature dynamic between them. By that I don't mean that such a relationship can't have conflict and drama, but rather there needs to be well written conflict and drama. In anime I can't really find a good example of how this is done but I can point to the Uncharted DLC featuring Chloe and Nadine. It's a videogame; and thus large sections of the time are spent doing menial tasks and routine game objectives; but it's always interesting because the two leads are interesting in their own right and have great banter. As such, that's why I think a slow, repetitive plot is not the fundamental flaw in this show.
Recynon Oct 30, 2021 8:17 PM
Opinion on Noir?