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lizaarD Mar 21, 12:04 PM
great hxh review.
Lunallae Feb 20, 2:37 PM
It's good that you're liking it. I'm certainly enjoying it as well and I like the direction it has taken, but as a downside of being episodic, it hasn't done enough to make me care about Dororo and Hyakkimaru. Episode 7 wasn't really a step in the right direction either. I liked the episode thematically and how it subverted our expectations due to how accustomed to tragedy we are at this point, but I can't help but feel that it took the easy way out. It also made made me realize how unnatural the dialogue of the show feels at times. Overall, I think I would have enjoyed it much more if a different hopeful story had been told. I'm still optimistic that it'll eventually change my feelings towards it though.

I'm having the same problems with Neverland as you. Though to be honest, I already read the manga way back but have forgotten most of the details. Regardless, it feels too fast-paced. As a result, revelations come out of nowhere rather than being built up to. It's also lacking in characterization and thus, makes me care very little about what happens to the cast.

It turns out that I put a ton of emphasis on strong character writing and unfortunately these anime are falling rather short in that department. I wish I could enjoy them as much as other people.
Optigisa Feb 16, 2:36 AM
Great HxH review, thank you!!!
Lunallae Feb 8, 3:09 PM
Ah, I see what you're talking about. It's true that the series does drop character motivations and plot points often to only bring them back at a later time. I personally think it's a good way to keep events interesting (as you'll never know when a small plot point would become relevant again), but I can see how it detracts from the experience since it can feel like the story's meandering or even haphazard. And I do agree that in the Chimera Ant arc, the large cast of characters that had interesting backgrounds and how events were executed in relation to them felt off for the reasons you stated.

Well, now that we're five episodes in, Dororo is kind of episodic... and kind of slice-of-lifey? It carries the same tone as the early episodes and mainly focuses on the lives of outside characters. But because it's focusing on characters that are relevant for one or two episodes, I'm still not convinced on Dororo's involvement even though I can see a relationship with Hyakkimaru forming. It's still early though. I can see where you're coming from. The way they draw the feet is actually kind of distracting. At times I notice they're drawn normally and at other times, it's how you described them. Regardless, I hope MAPPA keeps the production consistent especially since they're notorious for quality slips as a show progresses. I hope Dororo doesn't suffer the same fate.

I see that you're also watching The Promised Neverland, what are your impressions on it?
AC9123 Jan 31, 11:52 PM
Woot another person who favorited FMA: Brotherhood!
= another reason to watch it asap right XD
Vazka Jan 17, 8:16 PM
Nice Hunter x Hunter review
Lunallae Jan 15, 10:27 PM
Thank you!

That's a very interesting take; thanks for elaborating. I think Banana Fish in general doesn't give its audience many, if any, definitive answers to its themes. Instead, it simply leaves us to ruminate about them. Even my view on how the work conveys the positive and negative side of emotional attachments is left open. But I think it's for the better as the real world is rarely so clear-cut. Maybe I'm just jaded from the overly idealistic or pessimistic messages most works of fiction convey without exploring all the nuances to said messages, but I can't help but appreciate Banana Fish's effort to paint a more grounded reality about both the good and bad of many aspects of our world.

I can understand your point of view. Though to be fair, Hunter x Hunter is still an ongoing manga, so several, if not all of the dropped plot points will likely make a return (some have already come back in the manga). Do you think the climax of the Chimera Ant arc suffered more from the narration or its rushed character development? I personally found the narration to be insightful at times, but it did needlessly bog down events often. At the same time, I can see all the character development working if the vast majority of the characters were interesting enough before their growth so that we can get invested in their personal journeys and feel emotional payoff, but that was not really the case (bar a couple of exceptions). I think a major gripe I have with the work in general is its copious inclusion of characters. This is a problem that has only been exacerbated as the manga continues to add character after character into a complex web of new and existing narratives. I'm in awe at the author's ambition but at the same time, groan at how thinly the truly interesting characters are being spread as a result.

Dororo has been pretty interesting and promising so far. It seems like it plans to explore ideas related to humanity and morality, which honestly, are two of my favorite themes in fiction. It has great setup to continue down this path with how Hyakkimaru's actions seem to directly hurt villages and the people residing in them. However, without a strong character that is negatively impacted by Hyakkimaru's actions, I'm afraid the show will be unable to explore its themes as well as I hope. So this is one point in particular I'm keeping an eye on. Dororo brings much needed light to the dark tale and I'm fairly certain his character and his relationship with Hyakkimaru will be capitalized on as the show progresses to humanize the latter, though admittedly, I'm currently not really feeling Dororo's presence in the story. These are all very early impressions and concerns (especially since I believe it's two cours long), but because I mainly judge shows on its character work, an anime really needs to execute its story impeccably if it is lacking in that department (I can see Hyakkimaru and Dororo developing into compelling characters so this view can change as well, but at the moment, they're not particularly interesting). How do you feel about the show so far?
Lunallae Jan 14, 1:09 PM
Great Banana Fish review! I really liked how you touched upon several themes in the show. Personally I think Banana Fish really excels in its themes so if you don't mind elaborating, I'm rather interested in reading what you took away from the anime.

I also enjoyed your Hunter x Hunter review. I don't necessarily agree that the world building hinders it to such a degree, especially since I felt that the show's characters - namely Killua and his relationship with Gon - can hold it down even in its duller moments, but you touched upon some valid points. I especially understand how you feel towards the rushed developments of certain characters (I still can't get myself to care for some of them). But I enjoyed most other aspects enough for it to not matter as much to me by the end. Do you think if the show had stronger world building, it wouldn't have been such a chore to get through for you? Or did the dropped plot points also immensely detract from the experience?
bearica Jan 6, 9:22 PM
Great HxH review! Slow pacing aside, did you generally like the Nen battles though? I'm actually only 45 eps through, but the info-dump + narration was exhausting so I decided to take a break. Not particularly invested in any of the characters so far except maybe Hisoka/Killua, so the battle mechanics might be the deciding factor on whether or not I pick it back up.
bitchassdarius Dec 25, 2018 11:45 PM
i guess it makes sense not to be too critical of a lot of the writing here, i'm sure a lot of people just write reviews as a collection of observations and thoughts. i was just wondering because there is a small subset of reviewers who are pretty dedicated to hobby writing (100+ reviews), and i dunno. there's something to be said about the "styles" you see across the board. thanks for reading my mirai thing
bitchassdarius Dec 25, 2018 9:07 PM
you seem fairly serous about writing, so let me ask you, what do you think of the some of the writing you find on this site? specifically reviews authored by users designated as "most helpful"
Aslt Dec 21, 2018 5:13 AM
Nice Banana Fish review, mate!
AndoCommando Dec 21, 2018 4:25 AM
Great Banana Fish review
sheroze May 17, 2016 12:43 PM
Well that was an interesting read, I'll have to fully check that blog some time
sheroze May 13, 2016 10:04 AM
Hey how are you liking Samurai Champloo so far? Imo it was an amazing show with one of the most likeable "crew" I've seen. Also if you like it, make sure to check out Cowboy Bebop, which is the inspiration behind Samurai Champloo and you'll notice how the characters are very similar as you watch it. Also some people theorize that they both take place in the same world.