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Anime Stats
Days: 51.0
Mean Score: 5.58
  • Total Entries294
  • Rewatched29
  • Episodes2,971
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Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Yesterday, 5:34 AM
Completed 26/26 · Scored 7
Little Witch Academia: Mahoujikake no Parade
Little Witch Academia: Mahoujikake no Parade
Mar 30, 1:06 PM
Completed 1/1 · Scored 6
Aria The Avvenire
Aria The Avvenire
Feb 13, 3:06 PM
Completed 3/3 · Scored 7
Manga Stats
Days: 13.8
Mean Score: 5.74
  • Total Entries62
  • Reread1
  • Chapters1,965
  • Volumes263
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Rozen Maiden (2008)
Rozen Maiden (2008)
Aug 28, 2015 8:00 AM
Completed 68/68 · Scored 7
Shingeki no Kyojin
Shingeki no Kyojin
Aug 11, 2014 7:33 AM
Reading 60/? · Scored -
Pluto
Pluto
Mar 11, 2014 6:56 AM
On-Hold 20/65 · Scored -

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Don_Don_Kun May 13, 7:14 PM
Yeah, definitely. Though I'll admit that Love Live isn't really a very good show..
X10A_Freedom May 12, 2:05 AM
xD

Love Live is basically moeshit with good comedic execution. First season is rough on the plot whole S2 and the movie have it ironed out and is legit light hearted fun. Until graduation arc which is sentimental and feels.

Basically, 9 girls, now go choose your waifu!
Don_Don_Kun May 10, 7:56 PM
Eli Ayase from Love Live.
X10A_Freedom May 10, 3:40 AM
I predict: Eli Ayase
Don_Don_Kun Jul 28, 2016 8:40 PM
Hey raenkumi, nice to hear from you again! Also I think it's pretty crazy that we've known each other for 4 years and are still talking lol. Also don't get me started on Love Live. I enjoy that dumb franchise too much even if a lot of it is bad.

Ah, I see you've also fallen victim to the Pokemon GO craze. A lot of my friends have as well but I haven't gotten into it mainly because I don't have a data plan on my phone (which sort of defeats the entire purpose of the game). I'll probably give it a shot sometime, although since you mentioned competitive Pokemon battling I'm always down if you want to battle on Pokemon Showdown sometime!

Don_Don_Kun Apr 1, 2016 7:21 PM
Hey raenkumi, nice to hear from you again! :D

Nice to see you're doing well. How's college been for you so far? Actually when I first started talking to you I was in my 3rd year of university so it really has been quite some time, haha (remember those monster text walls we used to exchange almost daily?).

Also, that's cool, I've dipped in and out of anime for a while and I know a lot of friends that sort of lost interest in it over the years. But Pokemon is cool and to be quite honest I've been playing it ever since Red & Blue came out on the Gameboy back in 1998. I've played every game since and it's honestly one of the most addicting, nostalgic and relaxing game series for me. I also play on a couple online simulators for competitive battling from time to time, and it ends up being a really intense experience lol.

Anyway good to hear from you again!
Don_Don_Kun Oct 31, 2015 2:41 PM
Oh hey, you're alive. Yeah, I'm still iffy about the new MAL profiles. 10 favourites are nice and all but there's too much blank space in the design.

Anyway, long time no speak. How have you been?
Don_Don_Kun Mar 8, 2014 7:10 PM
I agree with you that Monogatari Second Season was much more of a story-driven piece than Bake, and as a result it had some advantages in its narrative. In particular, the different narrators were my favourite part of the season. The perspective change provided some much needed insight into the psychology and personality of characters such as Hanekawa, Nadeko and even Kaik, who proved to be a more complex character than how he was portrayed in Nise.

Looking at the Monogatari series' bare storylines, they're often pretty underwhelming as they just deal with a supernatural conflict. Thankfully, the franchise's diverse cast, Nisio's strong handling of character dialogue and Shaft's signature visuals really elevates each installment (sans Nise) above their ilk. As for Second Season being better than Bake, I tend to disagree as I found the two to be roughly on par with one another. Second Season certainly had a stronger storyline (though this is in part due to how Nisio originally wrote Bake to be a standalone series of short supernatural stories) which built off solid pre-existing characterization, but the visual narrative of Bake also gave it a certain edge over its successors.

Also, fuck yes, Mushishi season 2! Don't forget to check out the special if you haven't already!
Don_Don_Kun Feb 10, 2014 3:25 PM
Hmm, I see. The lack of worldbuilding never really bothered me that much in Kyousougiga, since I felt the setting was more of a stage for the characters to convey the main themes of the work (belonging, family, imaginary vs. reality). I felt the first half of the show did a wonderful job at establishing each of the main players in the story and their sentiments after being abandoned in a foreign environment. The second half was where I felt plot elements became a bit rushed, but overall, the show still conveyed its messages clearly and creatively.

I'd be lying if I said the visual style wasn't the show's main draw for me. Rie Matsumoto is one of my favourite young directors in the industry, as I feel her style is just really fresh, whimsical and displays a good understanding of some more experimental cinematic techniques. You're certainly right about the framing being amazing in a lot of scenes, and I don't think Kyousougiga would have been the same without such an incredible art direction.

Anyhow, I see that you've finished Monogatari Second and seemed to have really liked it. Care to share your thoughts on the whole thing? What did you think about Nadeko and Kaiki's arcs?
Don_Don_Kun Feb 5, 2014 11:21 AM
Oh wow, it's been ages since we last talked! I thought you had left MAL for good! :O

Anyway, it looks as though you weren't nearly as fond of Kyousougiga as most people (even giving the TV series a lower score than the ONA, huh). I'm curious as to what you felt the major problems with the TV series were, since other than a few issues towards the end, it was a compelling and engaging visual experience.

Kyousougiga was absolutely superb, which was a pleasant surprise due to how convoluted the ONAs were (literally style over substance). Being Matsumoto's take on Alice in Wonderland, she's skillfully woven Alice's motifs with her colourful directing style and love of contemporary elements (such as the giant robot Bishamaru and Shoko's bumbling henchmen) to create a compelling tale of belonging, family and escapism. As the story approached its final stages, they really started to develop the theme of a crumbling dream - which was, ultimately, what Kyousougiga's premise revolves around with the original Myoue.

I did have a couple issues with episodes 8 & 9, mainly due to how abrupt some of the twists with Inari felt (though upon rewatching some of the earlier episodes, they were well-foreshadowed in advance). I also felt that the story could have transitioned smoother into its climax with just a couple more episodes, so there were definitely some oversights on the part of the staff here. That said, despite the weaker moments leading up to the climax, Kyousougiga's finale managed to go out with a bang. The writing provided near-perfect closure to the threads surrounding Inari and Koto, while the surreal nature of the visuals just completely blew me away. In fact, I'd say that Toei had completely outdone itself during this episode - achieving the ideal harmony between style and substance. Those scenes of planets being hoisted up by cranes will forever remain in my mind.

Overall, despite a few minor storytelling issues, Kyousougiga was one of the most compelling, visually-driven tales of this decade. A big round of applause goes to Rie Matsumoto's innovative directing style, which played a large part in the series' immersion. Now if only more directors and studios would follow suit, seasonal anime would be something to constantly look forward to.

Also, let me know how you find Monogatari Second Season. Senjougahara's lack of screen-time was disappointing at first, though you won't miss her once you get to Nadeko's arc. I guarantee you you'll never look at Nadeko (and Kaiki) the same way again after watching that. Awesome stuff!
Don_Don_Kun Sep 18, 2013 10:56 AM
Heh, sounds like you've been keeping busy, which is always a good thing.

Yeah, I guess I don't write nearly as many colossal text walls to people as much as I used to. It could be just because I've cut down on my anime watching (besides watching every single Precure season out there) or have gotten to know a lot of people better so we mainly just joke around. I likely will only be picking up 5-6 shows next season as I'll have less free time and I can no longer subject myself to sitting through 10-15 shows that I can't stand.
Don_Don_Kun Sep 17, 2013 4:52 PM
Damn straight. Only the manliest of men watch all the Precure.

Anyway, good to see you back again after so long. What have you been up to lately besides not being dead?
Don_Don_Kun Feb 16, 2013 8:26 PM
Well compared to Mushishi, the level of depth CCS ventures into with the Clow Cards is disappointing in comparison. That being said, I tend to feel that these two series had distinctly different goals. For one, Mushishi was specifically concerned with the very mysterious nature of the Mushi and their origins of life. On the other hand, CCS focuses much more on the interpersonal relationships between its cast and functions more as a slice of life slowly tracking Sakura's growth. However, compared to most mahou shoujo titles which generally make the monster of the week into a glorified punching bag, the small amount of insight given toward the nature of the Clow Cards does add another layer to CCS. It's an area I give the show a bit of credit for, since it's an aspect which rarely receives any attention in other mahou shoujo titles.

While I tend to agree with the criticism that the large episode count does sometimes drag events out a bit longer than is needed, it's a minor complaint overall since the content remains great overall. The slower pace may make the series a bit less compact, but it actually lends itself quite well to fleshing out the subtleties of the character dynamics. It's true that the dialogue may not be the most varied or creatively written, but it's certainly expressive enough in fleshing out the character's relationships and at the very least not dumbing down the material like many other kid's shows do.

Overall, when held up to the standards of perhaps more mature titles such as Mushishi or Haibane, it's no surprise that CCS does seem a bit lacking in comparison. While I try not to assess a show's worth solely on its genre, I tend to make an exception for mahou shoujo titles since they operate on a much narrower set of formulas than other works. As a result, I feel that CCS is one of the best examples of a traditional mahou shoujo title, for the reasons I've outlined here and in the spotlight thread.It's fine if you feel otherwise, but if you were to induct one mahou shoujo which you feel is the best representation of the genre, then which would it be?

Finally, this might sound like a surprise but my minimum score for voting "yes" on CnC is actually a 6, though ultimately it depends on the title. There are some works I might not think much of, but are exceptional enough in certain respects that I'd still vote "yes" on them. Conversely, there may be those I scored higher but vote "no" on if they were produced extremely well but aren't really innovative.
Don_Don_Kun Feb 15, 2013 9:24 PM
No for CCS? Care to explain why?
Don_Don_Kun Dec 25, 2012 2:54 PM
le face when le raenkumi draws le ipf le Christmas picture but not le DDK :(