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Anime Stats
Days: 101.1
Mean Score: 6.38
  • Total Entries574
  • Rewatched8
  • Episodes5,934
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Kimi no Na wa.
Kimi no Na wa.
Aug 24, 1:17 AM
Completed 1/1 · Scored 8
City Hunter: Goodbye My Sweetheart
City Hunter: Goodbye My Sweetheart
Jun 20, 12:28 PM
Completed 1/1 · Scored 5
Manga Stats
Days: 1.2
Mean Score: 9.00
  • Total Entries1
  • Reread0
  • Chapters197
  • Volumes23
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Hikaru no Go
Hikaru no Go
Mar 17, 2011 12:53 PM
Completed 197/198 · Scored 9

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ChristopherKClaw Sep 14, 4:26 PM
I agree that singing and dancing would feel out of place in Game of Thrones, but the two are totally different: Game of Thrones is very nearly a cruel deconstruction of the high fantasy genre, one that laughs at all the fun adventure tropes and mercilessly crushes its characters for being dumb even if they're "good people". On the other hand, Lord of the Rings is literally pure high fantasy. It's a classic tale of good versus evil, with heroes from royal families that have to recognize their birthright and rise to power. It believes in the inherent capability for goodness in all living things, and its WAY more sentimental than its cynical modern counterpart. For a series that literally starts out with a bunch of fat little people planting flowers and smoking pipes and enjoying the scenery, the constant nods to that kind of tranquility felt, to me, like they were keeping the story grounded in its own roots. Game of Throne's first episode has a beheading and a kid pushed out of a window. Lord of the Rings spends that time showing a bunch of Hobbits having a birthday party.

Of course, Game of Thrones is now steadily sinking into the very same cliches it once built its name subverting, but that's a different story.

Anyways, yeah, I agree that Trump and Hamdo are different, but as you said a lot of that comes down to the fact that Hamdo is just depicted horribly. I believe the show's creators were going for some sort of Trump-esque phenomenon but were unable to sell it at all. Trump obviously tapped into a specific mentality lying dormant in the population and in spite of his general incompetency it was easy to follow his rise to power: his brazen attitude and general grasp of the idea of public image allowed him to whip up a very vocal subset of followers who had been waiting for someone with his audacity. Hamdo is never shown to once attempt to appeal to anyone, and unlike Trump who clearly has a good idea of what the people who follow him want and how to appease them, Hamdo seems to be completely oblivious to what anyone around him thinks about him at all. When I say he's similar to Trump, I mean that the idea that they were going for is similar to Trump. Unfortunately, the execution was sorely lacking, as it was with much of the show, and the result is a gimmick character stuck in an unbelievable role.

I too haven't seen the show in like forever and didn't exactly try to remember many of the details, so sorry if this is vague/is ignoring something! I think we're pretty much agreeing here though.
ChristopherKClaw Sep 10, 10:44 AM
I was just flicking through old shows and found your 'Now and Then, Here and There' review amongst the pile of critic praise. I feel like with more obscure shows there's a tendency for people to give them far more credit than they're due, calling them 'hidden gems' because they haven't had the chance to be torn apart by a wider community before.

First up, Lord of the Rings. I know it isn't remotely the point of your review, and I personally find the movies far more compelling than the books, but for different reasons. The books can't seem to decide whether they want to be a story or an exercise in worldbuilding, and as a result they get bogged down by gracelessly-delivered extraneous details that do little to enhance the epic at hand. However, I think that the differing tone is entirely appropriate: it reflects the complete spectrum of Middle Earth, showing how a place like the Shire can be a place of joyous peace and mirth even while Sauron is busy waging war on Gondor. And, even in circumstances of extreme danger or intensity, it's not as if humor and joy cease to exist and I think the books do a good job of portraying this.

However, when it comes to your review of the actual show in question, I agree 100%. I quite frankly found the show offensive in how it dumped horrific content matter on the viewer and then refused to even attempt any nuanced opinions about it. It certainly wasn't for shock value, at least, but it was in WAY over its head, and if you're gonna blatantly depict stuff like child labor/prostitution and genocide you better have something better than "war is bad" up your sleeve. Sure, characters like Hamdo CAN exist: America's recent political developments have shown that even an incompetent imbecilic pushover can rise to power under the right circumstances, but writing characters like this, especially with such an insignificant attempt at any sort of relevance, isn't particularly helpful or informative. The show's length also didn't do it any favors, as it's pretty much impossible to cover such a large-scale story effectively in twelve episodes.

Anyways, splendid writing and keep it up with the muckraking. It's very unhelpful when all the obscure stuff just has a bunch of 10s--someone's gotta put up the warning flags.
tunjorboy Aug 26, 6:47 AM
bad review
Cacahuatay Jul 14, 11:07 AM
Your review on Elfen Lied was brilliant. I couldn't agree more with it. And you touched upon some things in the series that I had not even noticed. Props to you.
Hrh94 Jun 9, 7:44 AM
Yeah, the rest of the series :)
Hrh94 Jun 9, 7:09 AM
Not yet, still can't bring myself to watch it. Hoping to finish it next week though.
SeasonADay Feb 15, 9:30 PM
you have bad taste
Hrh94 Jan 23, 9:53 AM
Not yet, planning to watch it this term. Watched samurai champloo with the anime society last term and really enjoyed it so I'm looking forward to cowboy bebop.
We're watching bartender, escaflowne and fantastic children this term so I'm looking forward to that. I'll check it out once I finish off a few more seasons, I'm slowly whittling down my watching list but then the new seasons start and it increases again.
Hrh94 Jan 23, 2:50 AM
Yeah it's a pretty good retelling. I honestly wouldn't have even realised it was a recap if you hadn't told me.
And yeah I still watch loads of new stuff. Watching blue exorcist: Kyoto collection, chain chronicle, konosubo season 2, eldLive and spiritpact at the minute. I actually ended up paying for a premium account because I have no patience to wait for episodes to come out. I have a fair few passes as well but no idea what to do with them.
Hrh94 Jan 20, 8:19 AM
No not yet ;) I got distracted by new season stuff, what do you think of it??
EurydiceQ Jan 11, 7:51 AM
Yeah I love that manga! So cute.
TengennToppa Jan 1, 10:42 AM
Old animes = good recent anime = crap This is what you think right ?
Thanks for all those crappy reviews, you're pretty funny
Intense Dec 23, 2016 9:42 AM
Thank you for the Fully Crap review it made my day
UchuuKyoudaiFan Nov 22, 2016 12:34 AM
I approve of this profile
Aure0lin Apr 23, 2016 3:17 PM
Read your review on TTGL, easily one of my favorites

You ever think about watching the Haruhi movie?