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m-i-c-h-a-e-l Jan 5, 7:53 PM
Oh, I never knew Shinsekai Yori even had the 'horror' tag. I wouldnt call it horror really. It's more of a "childrens scary bedtime story" -type of 'scary' (not scary at all). Zero gore. The main point of the series is about the philosophy of humanity; just told through a coming of age story.

But Im glad youre enjoying the other two. March Comes in Like a Lion was actually my top recommendation based on your likes; I just put it on the bottom because it was outside of the length you specified.
Rabb2t Jan 2, 5:01 PM
Hi! I'm here from the Secret Santa thingy! I read through your recommendations and I'll say that I wasn't expecting such a long message but it ended up giving me some great series to start watching later. I'll be sure to read through the series that you recommended me. I haven't had much time to start them, but I assure you it'll happen soon (probably tomorrow if we're being honest). Anyways, have a great 2018 filled with your favourite series and more!
chibicardcaptor7 Dec 26, 2017 4:34 PM
Nice Kimi ni Todoke profile pic! :D
chibicardcaptor7 May 2, 2017 6:17 PM
Thanks! Your avatar is very inspirational as well :D
granuli Dec 24, 2016 3:50 AM
Haha, thanks :D
It was... old, but ok ;)

Interesting, I can imagine that there must be something, otherwise people wouldn't be so enthusiastic about the romance part. Maybe I'll try it out sometimes in the future.

In the meanwhile I've stopped looking for romance since it's almost impossible to find really "cool" female leads in an anime without sexism AND have an interesting romance at the same time.

Hmmm... I didn't like Natsume right away. Coming from Mushi-shi it seemed rather childish and I'm not a fan of episodic shows anyway, but it grew on me the more I watched.
You don't seem to dislike it so far and I bet you'll like it more and more too. The friendship themes in the disjunct stories are often really very nice and leave great feelings. It's also a mix, not purely episodic since there are a few recurring characters who have special relationships with the MC, but this is going to take a little while to notice I think.
What I also liked was that it can get quite creative, especially with some types of Youkai.
The article you linked seems really well done! I'm not sure if I missed it or if it really wasn't mentioned, so I'd like to add that there's another nice aspect to Natsume being mostly the only one who can see Youkai. This doesn't just create some funny or problematic scenes and stories and it's not just a factor in his -not so positive- past, but he also ends up with friends on both sides :) that's really nice as well, especially because it doesn't just happen out of the blue, or because it's his intention, but more naturally, as a side effect of some arcs. That Youkai don't exactly trust or like humans can make this even more rewarding and on the other side you have some of his classmates he grows closer to while he can't easily tell them about all the stuff happening around them, what he sees, or to confide in them.
This doesn't mean this happens a lot, but it does :) I wish some of these characters would appear more frequently though.
I hope you'll love it after some more episodes :)

It's a bit embarrassing that I didn't notice that. I thought, this time I'll do it more carefully and even use the search of the new list style that doesn't load everything at once which led to some mistakes previously, but I completely forgot about Manga :D
I liked this as well. If it had been a male MC saving another female I wouldn't have been interested, which doesn't mean it had to be a bad story or anime otherwise, but it's just something -as you said- overdone by now and also taps into the typical cliches I hate.
I think I understand your criticism and your points are very good.
Do you know how closely the anime follows the manga? I'm not sure that it had these shortcomings in such a noticeable way. I don't remember everything well enough to tell you that what you mentioned is of absolutely no concern when watching this version though :/ but the anime is rather short and there isn't a lot of time for character development which is no excuse but to some extent this might prevent some of the shortcomings you mentioned from being noticed too much... maybe!
When you mentioned the 2 leads it sounded like they got a lot of time in the manga and everyone else fell short. Thinking back, I don't have this impression now. While these 2 were clearly more important, I think they still acted mostly as a group and there were some important scenes with the male MC and *some* of the other group members that were equally as important for the final outcome. I couldn't pretend though that some of the others weren't lacking at all, but I think it wasn't just only generic lines for all of them. But yes, if the story hadn't been so centered around this 1 event, I would have liked some more character depth for some of them. In this case I think it served the purpose well enough though.
Regarding the depression and the presumed cause of it, I couldn't agree more when it's understood the way you put it! I don't know if the anime is hugely different in this regard, other people expressed similar criticism and I think that was about the anime.
I saw it a bit differently though and maybe that's because I made a mistake while interpreting the story or maybe that's only my memories that are wrong.

An animated sequel??? Really? That's nice :)
About the live-action adaptation, have you heard about how good it is supposed to be? I haven't but I'm interested. I only know that the friend of mine who recommended the anime had also watched the live-action version and that she rated it markedly lower (still a good rating, but she absolutely loved the anime). I didn't have the chance to ask her for more details yet though.

Outrageous that she still hasn't finished it!!! :D
I hope she'll have time again soon and that the both of you can continue your sessions ;)

The Secret Santa project sounds like a very nice, really good idea :)
I read through the thread a little... looks like a lot of work for the elves distributing the wishes and the results :D
Have you received yours already by now?

Glad to hear you've been having fun ;)
Now there's the typical Christmas stress over here... I'm going to visit my father in Vienna tomorrow and I don't know when I'll be back yet.
I hope you're having a great time and you won't have to work for some days at least! A Merry Christmas to you :)

Take care my friend, I'm glad to talk to you again!
granuli Dec 15, 2016 6:28 AM
"but it's never dragging you down or making you feel sad, ..." need to correct that, but was too late to edit :p
It deals with something incredibly sad, so yes, it will probably make you tear up at times, but never for a long period, because this is lightened up with comedy and awwww moments in between enough to not feel heavy and also in the end, it won't leave a hole in your heart :) it's a really good balance!
granuli Dec 15, 2016 5:25 AM
I'm so sorry :/
I've been neglecting MAL for so long and haven't even replied to your last message!
I caught up with my FB friends and this got a little bit much, also couldn't find any free time for MDL. I'll try to balance this a little bit better, it's not great to jump between these communities in such an exclusive/extreme way. This is the 2nd or 3rd time this happened.
I hope you can forgive me somehow.
Thanks so much for your birthday wishes :)

About what you mentioned regarding the Erin recommendations, I didn't even notice that :D but you're right!
Maybe I'll find some more this way ;)

So what you're saying about White Album is that it consists of characters with cliche personalities, but regardless they do have amazing chemistry?
It sounds nice, but a bit disappointing at the same time ;)

I see you have already started with Natsume :)
I'm now watching the current season.
How do you like it so far?


I've watched Orange recently because a friend of mine recommended it and I loved it!
It's a short anime season of only 12 episodes with a satisfying finale.
I thought of you because its main theme: friendship is really strong there!
It also deals with psychological problems without feeling too heavy. It's not an all light and happy slice of life, but it's never dragging you down or making you feel sad, quite the contrary! The group of friends in there is really great and it makes you feel that :)
The premise is interesting with a scifi element that isn't the main focus though. It basically revolves around these characters trying to avert a tragedy and their friendship is exactly what they need and use to succeed! So this is really the central theme.
I bet chances are you'd like it?

What did your friend think of Yona in the end?

I hope you're fine? I'm glad to see you're still watching a lot of anime and it's been such a long time, you've even started Natsume in the meanwhile :)
Take care my friend and sorry again for staying away for so long!
granuli Aug 12, 2016 7:19 AM
Wow, it's been 3 weeks! Sorry :/
I was extremely distracted by work, messages and dramas I couldn't stop watching.

HAHAHA :D you're right, it shouldn't be bad, it's just my situation isn't very thrilling since 2-3 years and I often feel I'm wasting too much time and I do. I don't get the most important thing right now completed which I need to move on, but I hope soon ;)
Before you really do what you threatened to do, it's the 2nd :D
Good to hear your day was fun!! :) It's great when you can spend it with friends doing things you like! For me it was more like obligatory family visits the last years hehe

This marathon thing around a certain theme or otherwise is certainly interesting. I can imagine how it helps to break the circling around titles you expect to like and to get to know something entirely new.
But it also takes some strength to do that I guess ;) Someone would need to force me quite a bit ;) I'm spending way too much time finding specific things.
I've heard about White Album 2, also that it's so very different to the first one. Some people praise the romance in it a lot.
You're right, Macross is very focused on space battles and there are idols in it famous to this universe. I've tried to watch Macross F and there were a few scenes with them on stage during the first episodes (didn't continue).
I also tried RahXephon. I think it's different to other mechas, but it couldn't hold my interest. I started it because there was supposed to be a romance that might be different to the usual.
I have a vague memory that there is something about music that is a very crucial factor, but I think it has nothing to do with a group of people playing instruments.
I've heard of both Nagi-Asu and Shirobako. If you ever come around trying them out, please let me know :)

Thanks about the Idolm@ster info ;) I'm glad it's not similar to K-on! The genre mix you mentioned doesn't sound too bad!

Haha, thanks, but no I meant IRL :p I was just being silly.

Any news on Yona? 2nd season and is your freind already finished with it? If so, how did she like it after watching all of it?

Good to hear ;) I wouldn't think so, but with the Japanese you never know unfortunately.

Oh yes, that's a powerful title! :)
That there's a tiny bit of German at the beginning is funny.
I'm wondering who came up with this idea and why. It happens sometimes that I recognize German in anime. Sometimes they use it for magic spells and such :D

Thanks! And you too ;)
Still obsessed with dramas, but I notice that I miss anime. It's strange that I separate what I watch so much. I don't watch anything else at the moment and I didn't when I watched anime or American TV.

I wish you a great time and good luck with finding a great job! But I hope you won't neglect your anime duties then ;)

Take care!!
granuli Jul 15, 2016 10:41 AM
Hahahaha, that's very kind of you and funny, but noooo please don't do that :D I deliberately left it out because I don't like to be reminded of it too much.
I hope you had a great day ;)

Ahh I see, so you were obligated to do that! Hard work :p hahaha. I like how you set goals for yourself and then follow through no matter what :D
So I guess Idolm@ster (you told me once before something positive about it) was much better? Anyway, keeping my fingers crossed for a better 2nd season!

If you really do that it would be great and it would be nice to explore some together! Atm it looks like that at least in the romance genre there are *a few* not so standard ones which I wasn't able to find in anime. They're still mostly the same sexist problems for me, but I shouldn't complain. If I watch that then I have to deal with it and shut up.

Hahaha sounds like a lot of fun indeed. Can't you lend me one of your many anime friends? I'm sitting here alone in a world where everyone hates it but me :D ok, not completely true. I have 1 friend who's extremely unavailable who likes anime too, but I can't really watch anything with him.
Ok, true, she had it worse, I admit hehe, but since she likes it, it's not that bad for her. I hope she continues liking it until the end and that she'll look forward to a 2nd season as much as we do. Really... I hope they won't let us down.

Hmmm... so maybe in 2 month or so you'd start Natsume with her?

Nice to hear! I was hoping that there would be none (silly pantyshots and so on) and I guess that even if there's none in the manga, there's no guarantee that the anime wouldn't add such stuff, but if they did then you probably would have noticed that in the 1st episode already.

Both of them :) there were some memorable scenes. So damn funny. I still have to update MAL. I'm going to do that when I get back for the next anime in-between. I'll also add Sweetness&Lightning ;)
3-4 hours, wow! I hope one loop lasted for longer than a minute though hahaha. I don't remember the OST atm. Sounds like an awesome party too ;)

Thanks :) I'm still overwhelmed (similar to when I started with anime) and don't have much of an overview yet about what's available and the different characteristics of Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese dramas. Interestingly (and a pity) Japanese dramas are in the minority compared to Korean ones (they totally dominate). I like the Japanese language the most, but there are more differences than that of course.

Thank you too! Yes, that was really a surprise :D and I behaved badly and let you wait again.
So... as always take care and I wish you lots of fun with Sweetness&Lightning and Romeo&Juliet! Looking forward to your final verdict about the anime adaption of S&L too :)
granuli Jul 12, 2016 10:25 AM
Happy Birthday!!
I hope you have a great day ;)

That's a very detailed description. Seems *very* repetitive indeed :)
I hope the 2nd season is better. Doesn't sound like something I'd like to watch. I'm impressed by your stamina that you could sit through that :D

:D glad you liked them.
They're really great and not easy to stop watching.
I know you're overloaded with stuff already, otherwise I'd try more to get you to watch something ;)

Thanks for the info about Ergo Proxy!

HAHAHAHA that's hilarious! Really awesome! I wish I had a friend irl I could watch anime with like you 2 do. Amazing how you both stick to your bets and penalities :)
It's very nice to hear that she likes Yona so much :)
But Digimon vs Yona wasn't really that fair :D
Is this one of her favorites? I can imagine that it's not bad, but there are probably anime out there suitable for punishments with a different target audience.
When are you going to finish RomeoxJuliet?

Nice to hear about Sweetness & Lightning! Is it "service" free? ;)

BTW: I've finished Non Non Biyori (watching 1-2 episodes for breakfast :D) and I must say I liked it quite a bit. It's hilarious!
While looking through youtube I've found something extremely silly, but it still made me laugh. It's absolutely crazy, especially because it's going for 10 hours! I think If you're watching this for that long you'll go crazy! The funniest thing is probably imagining who'd do something like that :D

Edit: also "interesting". I've found that if you watch these repeating scenes more than once it gets funnier hahaha. omg



I haven't finished with going through dramaland so I still don't have anything you might like to talk about to "report" :)


Haha, true! You have a great week and an even better birthday!
Hope to hear from you and take care :)
granuli Jul 2, 2016 9:09 AM
Really, no problem at all, I was veeeery busy anyway :)
Business sounds tough! I'm almost a bit jealous of you ;) I didn't pull it through and stopped with University.

I hope you'll find a very good job. But I'd think you really deserved some vacation after this accomplishment.

Haha regarding Stresemann I really think they try to pass him off as German. But I could let that one go if the rest was amazing (no idea though).
I guess I'd try the Korean version first though.

Thanks for all the details about Haikyuu and Free!
Interesting you comparing the humor of Free with K-On. I haven't seen either of them, both aren't my favorite genres, but I'm going to try at least K-On once because it's so popular I want to know how it's like...
I'm curious about this type of humor you mentioned :D but I doubt I'd like it more than you.
I'll probably not try Haikyuu (or even Free) any time soon, because I have too much to watch (like you).

I've been looking into k/j/c/t-dramas recently, mainly because I wanted more romance, preferably one where the male doesn't dominate her.
Unfortunately that is rather difficult to find there either, but there are definitely some titles.
I have found some amazing stuff regardless of this though too.
The currently airing show Doctors (or Doctor Crush) and "Angry Mom" are both extremely powerful and satisfying.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BObsHBZPpA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFGW7t5higw

Does Ergo Proxy have any romance in it?

Regarding Avatar and Korra I forgot to mention that Korra is for sure a bit more mature!
Despite both being children's tv, they really managed to even keep an adult audience on the edge of their seats.
You get hooked very quickly and it's difficult to stop watching (assumed you like it ofc).

I absolutely love Kara no Kyoukai!
With the second one you mean this one right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMYV_zvoeLs
If so, I can only say dito here :)

Regarding the AMV, you don't have to be afraid of spoilers I think. I was worried at first but decided to post it, because the scenes are too quick to follow and won't make any sense to someone who hasn't watched the movies.
There are some scenes though that might look stunning and/or amazing even to someone who hasn't seen the movies without giving too much away.

I know we agree that we both need lots of time to answer sometimes, but still, sorry :D
I now have FB, mydramalist and others where I have to answer, it's getting veeeery time consuming :(
I wish you all the best and hope to hear from you soon :)
Enjoy the weekend my friend!
granuli Jun 7, 2016 5:02 AM
Thank you my friend :) Wow, big congratulations!!!!! What did you graduate in? (I'm not sure whether that's the right way to ask this in English?) So what's next? Enjoying life a little bit with a well earned holiday or looking for work immediately?

I'm glad you saying that about other live-action adaptions! Yeah, the actors in the few scenes of the Japanese Nodame adaption seemed weird to me as well and the wig didn't help that haha. It was Stresemann http://rs153.pbsrc.com/albums/s235/Fanservice_Galeria/Nodame%20Cantabile/Dorama/Outros/nodame_04_082.jpg doesn't look that amazing huh? :D
Funny what you mentioned about Chiaki ;) Maybe watching it for a bit longer would work and one might be able to adapt. I've tried the Korean one and it seemed better to me, although I've seen far too little of either of them to really make up my mind.

Thanks! Interesting to hear more about the details concerning Maria/Shirayuki! It's worth a second look.

I see... I avoided sports anime with the exception of Chihayafuru because well they're obviously about sports :D
But never say never. Since you mentioned it, what do you think about Haikyuu vs Free? Heard mixed stuff about the latter...

I got the feeling when I was trying out Ergo Proxy, that it pretended to be more than it really was, more dramatic, more mysterious and more intelligent than it actually was. But I guess I was wrong about that, otherwise you wouldn't mention it like this.

About Avatar, I think it MIGHT be a little bit better overall, but I believe it's not that simple to compare with Korra, mainly because Avatar has twice as many episodes / season. The stories and their long journeys just felt bigger, more "epic" and they were able to add more details.
The story arcs continuity might be even bigger, but I don't remember it that well anymore. I just have the feeling that some of the arc(s) might have spanned multiple seasons, but really not sure.
While in Legend of Korra, each season is pretty much separate. Although the characters stay, their relationships and also Korra's development and the consequences of previous seasons aren't reset or anything bad like that. It just doesn't feel as huge when they only have half the number of episodes/season to tell a story.
I probably like Korra at least the same, because the many (non aggressive) feminist features Korra has make me so very happy....
Has your sister watched both shows?
I must admit that these are some of the most enjoyable animated shows I've ever watched! Both of them! They are just A LOT of fun. The storylines are very interesting, the characters are diverse and well made, the pacing is absolutely perfect and there's this full range of emotions: moments of despair, a bit of romantic relationships, forming and changing friendships, moments where you could cry your eyes out, hilarious comedy and everything from anger to the great feeling when the hero/heroine completely overpowers the bad guys :)
The kind of shows that make it very difficult for me to break a binge watching spree :D Also one of those shows clearly made for children, but in a way adults get hooked too ;)
It's interesting you mentioning that a Korean company might have animated it. I've taken a quick look at some sites and wasn't able to get a definite answer quickly, but when you look at the full cast/crew info on imdb, about 50% of the names in charge of animation listed there are definitely Asian. Maybe it's a cooperation even in the animation department alone.
It definitely doesn't look like anime and I totally agree that I'd never call it that. I haven't watched Korean anime though with the exception of some scenes of Aku No Hana.

You've told me that you liked Kalafina and I forgot to ask: have you ever listened to some of their work for Kara No Kyoukai? Some of the themes are amazing :)
Shiki's theme and playlist, also memorable


And this is "Oblivious" used in some end credits and also in an AMV Kalafina seems to have created, which is part of an extra movie they made summarizing the events in chronological order (the movies are deliberately out of order as you probably have heard) if you watch it, you could fast forward to 1:50 or so.
Oblivious


I hope you can enjoy some free time and don't need to look for a job right away ;)
Have a GREAT week!
granuli Jun 5, 2016 8:53 AM
Hahaha thanks.
Yeah, it's a lot easier to reply quickly to short posts, it's just so difficult to keep them small ;)

True, that's exactly what I meant... TVD ran out on ideas a long time ago, now it's been renewed for its 8th season, although I think I've heard it will be the last one.
Buffy was amazing through and through, but for a new watcher (no pun intended hehe) season 1 might look terrible because it's so trashy and hadn't found a stable direction yet, but funnily enough watching it a second time I noticed a lot of great, ridiculously funny and creative scenes I didn't notice the 1st time around.

You're right, the budget factor must make a huge difference :)
It's really cool what you said about Madoka... taking risks sometimes paying off like that! It's a pity that the higher the costs the unlikelier it gets they'll create something entirely new. Logical yes, but bad.

What I didn't like about the (very very few) scenes of live-action anime adaptions I've seen was that the acting wasn't THAT great. I'm sure this can't be generalized though.
It seemed like they didn't have much of a budget either (I have no idea at all about how that industry works, but I hope this isn't the case all the time with adaptions from anime), Japanese actors with blonde wigs playing Westerners doesn't have a great effect :D
I think that's the case in Nodame's Japanese adaption (no idea about the Korean one).
Did the acting and overall quality of the live-action adaptions you watched seem ok to you?

Ahhh I see, I can imagine that this must have been disappointing, hate it when this happens. Sometimes covers are really a bad influence. Funny about Kimi ni Todoke!! :D :D

Me too, also still have to watch those OVAs. I didn't do that yet because like you I thought they weren't that significant and I wanted to wait with that until shortly before season 2 which might never come :( :( :( :(

Hmmm... thanks for the info (as always ;) ), but what is it that reminds you of Shirayuki in Maria? I mean which features?

Whoa, that's disappointing to hear about Plastic Memories. Thanks for telling me, I guess there are countless of anime I'd rather watch than a show with a weak, totally cliche driven plot.

I don't like sports usually (almost hate it depending on what it is: Chihayafuru for example I love and the game is intense and interesting), but if the focus isn't *really* Basketball, when the greatness doesn't come out of that, watching them play, but it's just used as a plot device in order to deal with a group or people/friends whatever, then I wouldn't have any objections to try it.
When you say slightly fujoshi, you mean there's something at least hinted at for the BL enthusiast girls? Sorry, still learning :) I know the term "fujoshi" but it seems that for what it's often used and its definition (or history) aren't always the same, so I'm only 90% sure you meant what would be obvious probably, although what else could you possibly mean in this context...
This doesn't scare me away, even if there was a full blown gay romance plot, I'd rather watch this than a *completely standard and cliche* straight romance.

Seems like I should give Ergo Proxy a 2nd chance!
Yeah, I'll definitely go through the list very carefully :)

I'm currently watching The Legend of Korra (I bet you know the title, maybe you've even seen it, in case not, it's a sequel to Avatar, but with a really cool female lead instead). Amazon Prime has it, at least in the US.
It was a bit strange at first to watch something that almost resembled anime, but wasn't. I bet I don't have to tell you that there are clear differences, not only but also in animation style and the English voices instead of Japanese, although the characters look more Asian than anything else. That was a bit strange at first and my first time (watched Avatar and liked it back then but that's been many years and I hadn't watched any anime yet).
But WOW!!! It's GREAT! You know how much I like "feminist" features (it's full of them, but not in a way that would put anyone off who doesn't like that), but apart from that it's totally addicting. I'm having troubles to stop watching. The storyline isn't just plain and simple, even though it's a kids show it has enough complexity to stay very interesting, the characters are nice too and it's just exciting to watch :)
Have you seen it or Avatar?

Oh, I had no idea that this was the Fate/Zero soundtrack :D then I guess not. There was something that reminded me of the opening of Chrno Crusade, guess you're right and it was just the strings.

Thanks for your nice words! The same to you and have a nice Sunday without University stress :)
I've been watching more and more of Non Non Biyori and it's growing on me. Didn't have time to look into anything else and that's also why I haven't updated anything on MAL yet.
Mostly watching regular TV atm, but I hope that I can mix that a little bit more with anime ;)
granuli May 28, 2016 6:14 AM
Sorry, sorry sorry! I hope you're not pissed. It's taken me so very long.
Please don't think that I don't care about our conversations, quite the contrary, I just have difficulties finding time to reply atm especially since it takes me about 1 hour to answer.
I hope you're fine and everything goes well with your studying and friends!

Yes, I know that too... you need some stamina sometimes.
Back then when I was trying to get into Buffy it was similar and wow am I glad I did, it's still one of the very best tv shows I've ever seen (characters especially, just amazing what Joss Whedon created there).
Especially because -when you are watching it for the first time- the first season is so very trashy and seems kind of bad. + Back then I still felt some kind of repulsion from allegedly "girly" type shows.
But this is the opposite atm. Shows like The Vampire Diaries :D as far as entertainment goes without looking for something incredibly deep this show has been quite exciting during its first seasons (MUCH much better than the supposedly so very similar Twilight series, which is just flat and bad in my opinion). But that stopped being the case since season 4 or 5 or so and now it just finished its 7th.

Surprising indeed. I think they're doing something similar to Rose of Versailles atm? Not a complete remake I think, don't know exactly, but there's something about a new American release...
For something like LotGH it would seem to me that it would be nicer if it adapted a different set of books, if there are so many like you said. THis would give them the chance to do something different and don't need to compare themselves to the original too much + you get a new story :)

I had no idea Neon Genesis was basically similar to Madoka Magica. I guess I can skip it then without much regrets.
Thanks for telling me :)

Ok, what you said about Pixar makes sense, I just have the feeling that there's still much greater diversity in "anime".

Seems I didn't do it right then hahaha, again. Sorry :p
Interesting link you posted! Thanks! Bookmarked :)

Wow, thanks for all the details about Primo Passo.
I'd never have guessed that there were so many themes buried inside that show. Seems to be a really valuable, outstanding one.
I'm not that much into music shows/movies. So you had the right idea to recommend Ouran :) Thanks again for that!
I loved Nodame for the story and the interesting characters, whether it was music or something else wouldn't have mattered to me that much, although I must say that I was quite impressed with how indepth they went in those various analytical scenes.
8oomer told me about 2 different Nodame live-action adaptions. I've never seen ANY, not about anything.
I was surprised to see that the newest one "Tomorrow's Cantabile" from 2014 was now on Netflix USA. Maybe it's on Canadian too :) It's a Korean adaption vs. the previous Japanese one and less over-the-top, that's what 8oomer told me.
Might check it out a bit :)
I might have asked you that question already, but I don't remember anymore :/ do you have ever watched any live-action adaptions of anime? Any you liked especially?

Makes sense what you said, this is indeed a good indicator (and a much better one than covers :D ) didn't take a look at the recommendations at all.

Hahaha @Saekano :D you're right, that one's really not for me hehehe
But about Akatsuki no Yona..., loved it as you know. I still haven't given up hopes for a second season. They've released a few ovas now and then but I haven't watched any of them yet. It would be so disappointing if nothing else came out of that.
I've tried Maria and didn't not like it, but it wasn't really what I was looking for (not fair) and I lost interest.
Charlotte, although it has an interesting plot, put me off a little, because one of the first things he does is... OF COURSE how could it be any different... again not fair, but I've had enough of that. If the scales were more balanced, I wouldn't have so many objections against stuff like that.
I've watched Non Non Biyori a bit of the first season and I must say I liked it quite a bit. It's damn hilarious and cute! Watched a bit further than what's on my list, for breakfast sometimes :D it doesn't have an overarching storyline so I'm less pressured to move forward too fast (yet).
You've told me a lot about Erased, sounds very very interesting and I'm really looking forward to watching it.
What you mentioned about me regarding Plastic Memories is a bit of a disappointment... you wouldn't have said that without reason.
When I started with watching anime, this was one of the shows I wanted to watch because it's a lovestory and there also seemed to be a quite badass female boss (even if it was male centric and the love interest unfortunately was your usual way too cute, little confident, weak female... I don't need feminist power everywhere, just not too many double standards and cliches and I'm fine), but what you said now makes me wonder. I don't have a great idea about the show other than having seen a few scenes. Why do you think so?
The titles I haven't heard of I'll also check out :)
Interesting to hear what you liked best, thanks for the effort :) !

:D yes I know I know, you have way too little time and wayyyy too many shows you want to see.
What you said about Chrno Crusade gives me hopw that it will get more interesting... I'll watch some more episodes.
Glad to hear you liked the manga so much!

I already wanted to give The Girl Who Lept Through Time and Wolf Children and Millenium Actress a chance. Now I'm even more convinced, thanks :) and certainly Cardcaptor. Ergo Proxy seemed a bit too pretentious to me, but I might have given it too little time. Going to lok at all of your recommendations!

I've now watched something that was very surprisingly well done. Jessica Jones on Netflix.
It's a Marvel's show, but written and created by a woman (which is still a bit of a highlight even nowadays). Not a little bit what you might expect from a superheroes show.
That was the biggest load of female power I've ever seen in any show ever and this had nothing to do with fantasy powers.
It was amazing and had great actors (Carrie-Ann Moss (Trinity from The Matrix should you not know her by name) + David Tennant + Rachael Taylor + Krysten Ritter (from Veronica Mars)) but I won't bore you with details, I don't think this is the type of show you'd like the most.

BTW: about Chrno Crusade. Have you ever looked into an episode? I just came across this (autoplay) by accident https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgoImCYJ6X4&index=19&list=RDRJ4958E-HrI the beginning reminded me of it. But I don't think Kalafina did the OST to Chrno Crusade?! Kara No Kyoukai and probably others yes, but this one? Happened while writing this, no time to compare right now :D


I'm truly sorry that I haven't replied any sooner.
It's been not one but I guess 2 weekends.
I still wish you a nice one :) and hope to hear from you!
granuli May 15, 2016 5:04 AM
Hehehe, if they would, some do I admit though.. but others you're just used to watching and they've become worse and worse over time, but you still watch them because you want to know how it's going to end after all....

I agree with that, but I think it's still less obvious in anime and a lack of budget (I'd naively assume) less tragic.
If you can't get good animators then ok, it won't look as fluid, as natural, as beautiful,...,... as it should, but that doesn't mean that the characters expressions are doomed to look like they have no idea how to react, how to look in critical moments normally triggering emotions. That many of them are not the most convincing in every role you throw at them, is one of the main problems I think with actors in general.

Haha I can imagine how 110 episodes would put you off especially hehe
Great to hear about the remake. Hope it's going to be good.
Have you watched Evangelion? I guess not if I handled the glass correctly ;)
It's so very famous, but I wasn't interested yet.

You're right that was exaggerated. They are not all alike I admit.
You also mentioned Pixar, but I think the same applies to them. Most of what they release are for the same target over and over again.
This doesn't mean they're bad, it's just a very big difference in this regard to anime I think. And I bet this is what most people wouldn't expect.
Although the vast majority of their targets are younger people for sure, that's still a broader definition and there are very different kinds. Only because you like "watching anime" doesn't mean you'd like most of them. But if you like 1 or 2 Pixar movie, it's not very unlikely that you'd like the majority of them, or so I'd believe and the same applies to current Disney stuff.

Thanks again for the hint with the glass hehe, really missed that one! Still not the most comfortable way of searching, since it creates a new site with reloading it. Nothing beats ctrl + f :/

Had no idea you liked Primo Passo THAT much. Maybe I shouldn't rule it out completely.
I love Nodame Cantabile, but from what little I've heard from you about Primo Passo, I wouldn't think they'd be alike, other than the music theme. Would you agree after having watched both? I mean it's not like the one of them was a better or worse version of the other, right? But wait.. that's exactly why you were disappointed, so that question was rather superfluous.
This really happens to me all the time. I get excited over something, I crave for more, but there really isn't anything too similar. This isn't the case with some shows though.
I don't think there's really anything very similar to Nodame (how they handle the music theme in general in there and its other features like the hilarious and special Nodame character and the big contrast to Chiaki in both: personality and professionalism... they both have a completely different take on making music; I haven't watched Primo Passo, but I wouldn't assume these features to find in there).
Can't wait for you finishing RomeoxJuliet then ;)

I hope so too (TariTari) :)

I agree about Natsuiro, it really doesn't have to, I just get a little suspicious when I see a cover like the one displayed on its manga page when the demo = seinen or shounen.
Although a first impression, just by looking at covers and demo, would be similar with So Ra No Wo To (not 100% I think though), but that one is really innocent. So I know this is just prejudice on my part.

Wow, that's a schedule :)
You sure have a lot of hard work to do!!
BTW: which shows that aired since 2015 including the current ones do you like the most?


I also have to finish Nana, damn why did I wait so long.. the more I wait with something the more time it takes to pick it up again.

How did you like Chrno Crusade and what influenced your decision to read the manga instead of watching the anime?
I've watched the first 10 episodes and while it's really not bad, it hasn't caught all my interest yet.

Yes, you could say that... I think. I'm wondering what's left outside fantasy with that. Could you think of any that have some great female leads that aren't just following their males? Or even better: where gender roles are a little bit reversed? ;) I probably don't need to mention that anymore :p
There's a lot more in western TV, but often those shows are quite bad :(
Regarding fantasy + leading females, I've now watched some quite bad ones, The Shannara Chronicles and currently watching Shadowhunters, while trying to catch up with those 100ds of shows I usually watched.
Both of them are at a very low level, anything a bit worse, or without the leading girls, I wouldn't even give 1 minute. Shannara was very short so I stuck through it, acting wasn't good, the storyline was very generic but the 2 female leads were relatively cool. Shadowhunters has better acting, the female lead is also quite strong, not as much a leader and independent as I'd have hoped for, but at least more or less... + it's fantasy, but it's still quite bad!

I wish you a nice weekend, take care my friend :)