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Anime Thread MK3 - Beware Spoilers

Discussion in 'The Great Library' started by RODAN, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. newtonja

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    Wolf children is one of my favorite anime movies of all time. With some of the most unique editing and some of the coolest use of cinematography. Also I was crying like half the time. Things like watching people growing up and family bonds as well as community really strikes a personal cord.
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    This is on my MAL challenge but I've given up on that 'cause the novelty isn't there anymore for me so consider this independent.

    Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Season 1)
    ★★★★★

    Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is very good, to the point that it's taken the spot of my favorite anime of all time. It is a triumph of direction, with it not only turning a very still scene into something immensely dynamic with its brilliant use of the camera, but it also managed to directly mirror the quality of the rakugo being performed with how dynamic and visually interesting it was; also, outside of just its direction in the rakugo performances, it also allowed for a large number of things to be implied without actually showing them (for example, I like the way that they used a drop of tea on the spout of a teapot followed by what I think was a poker for the charcoal fire (don't quote me on that 'cause I can't remember now) slamming into the ash around it being used to imply that Kikuhiko was crying whilst hiding it from the viewer, suggesting he doesn't want the people around him to know that he is) whilst also just being both visually and symbolically stunning at multiple points all the way through the series. I remember the scene where Miyokichi says that the next time she sees Kikuhiko would be in hell and how it left me feeling shaken in large part due to the way that the visuals were handled in the scene, and honestly even beyond that the the visual direction was just utterly flawless all the way through the show. Beyond this, the character writing and development are both just excellent. I felt like I knew the whole leading cast and major supporting cast on a personal level as the series went on, and
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    as Sukeroku fell to his death in episode 12, it just felt gut wrenching in a way which just really shows that a show doesn't need to leave you in tears to leave you feeling like there's a hole in your stomach where they used to be (or whatever metaphor you want to use for feeling like you've lost a close friend).
    The writing was just generally excellently considered all the way through, with me particularly liking little details such as
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    the fact that in episode 6 or 7, or some time around there, the show backed up its spoilery name ("shinjuu" being "double suicide" or "lovers' suicide"--i.e. what happens w/ Sukeroku and Miyokichi in ep 12) by choosing to foreshadow Sukeroku's death by telling a story about an attempted double suicide whilst throwing you off of the scent by making the one in the story not actually come into fruition.
    There were lots of other elements of its writing that I really liked, but just overall I strongly recommend this show to anyone and everyone.
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  3. newtonja

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    Just watched 3 episodes of re:creators. God help any rape hentai characters that people connect with.

    Edit: some extra thoughts I want to expound upon. I feel like this show is going to walk a tightrope of being either really amazing or being absolutely terrible. Like I feel it go into gate or generic getting stuck in a fantasy world territory. Luckily from how the show is going so far it seems to be very aware of common tropes and seems to purposely avoid falling into certain traps while making good on it's premise. I am concerned about our main character, he definitely feels a bit self insert ish. I hope they do something interesting with him. Also just want to say there is a pretty neat use of a lateral tracking shot used to transition him from his regular life to a life of magic and what not.
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  4. newtonja

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    Koe no katachi is releasing the blueray tomorrow. I can't express how excited I am for this one.
    I am happy to say it did meet my expectations. I will say that the subs were pretty awful.
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  5. Fishin

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    Koe no Katachi was pretty good despite not really being the type of thing I'd normally be into

    best thing Kyoani has done in a long, long time
  6. shadowpandax

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    I’d recommend the manga for Koe no Katachi for anyone who liked the movie. They ended up cutting out a decent chunk, including an entire story arc, and the characters are much more fleshed out, which is nice from a viewer perspective. I liked it a lot more than the movie for what it’s worth due to having a more complete feel since the movie had its time limitations.

    This thread’s been pretty inactive for a while, so I’ll try to liven things up with some write-ups of anime I’ve seen for the MAL challenge that no one seems to care about anymore, covering the pinnacle of Japanese animation and two series from the mid-2000s that I’ve been putting off for a long, long time. Also after writing up these, I realize how much I suck at analyzing stuff -__-

    Challenge 73 - Finish an on-hold or dropped anime - Inferno Cop
    Challenge 11 - Watch one of the 5 lowest scored anime from your favorite studio - Inferno Cop: Fact Files

    INFERNO COPU (open)

    So, technically I had no on-hold/dropped anime when starting this challenge, so I had to wait three months after initially watching 3 episodes of Inferno Cop for it to count. I also wouldn’t call Trigger my favorite studio, although I do like their works a fair amount. Either way, Inferno Cop is a nonsensical story that is incredibly over-the-top and hilarious. The characters are so absurd with their reactions and ridiculous dialogue. It was amusing and way more entertaining than I thought it would be, but it’s pretty hard to hold it to the same standards as other anime due to the lack of proper animation and its very short episodes, so I’m not bothering with a rating here.

    Challenge 52 - Watch an anime tagged as Fantasy, Sci-Fi and/or Supernatural - Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha (7/10)
    chinese electric batman (open)

    On to a more serious anime, Darker than Black is full of interesting concepts based on a solid premise, with super powers infiltrating the masses and turning people into contractors and dolls, both of which are detached from humanity and are used to fight due to their supernatural powers. It has a great main character in Hei, who is a very complex character and has many traits that differentiate himself from other contractors, such as letting his emotions take over even when the action he takes is not rational. The other characters are a little hit or miss with me, but some of them are properly fleshed out to make them compelling, like Yin and Huang. There are some gripes I had with the anime, though, as the plot is largely episodic, choosing to focus on missions every 2 episodes until the end, so I wasn’t really invested in the anime for most of the first half. The plot also seemed to lack a real focus due to its episodic nature, so I wasn’t sure for the most part where the anime was headed. Eventually, when the plot comes into focus, I came to appreciate the series more, but it sure takes its time to clear up things.

    Challenge 18 - Watch an anime which began airing between 2000 and 2009 - Black Lagoon (7/10)
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    Black Lagoon is incredibly over the top action with strong-willed and crazy characters shooting at each other in absurd ways. It displays some of the ugliest aspects of life, incorporating subjects like greediness, terrorism, child abuse, and mafia. The characters (especially Revy) are really fun to watch and the dialogue is pretty hilarious to listen to, as they have some pretty snarky lines and lots of profanity to go along with. It lacks a real overarching plot, but makes up for it by developing its characters decently, especially in the last arc of the 2nd season. A complaint I did have was that sometimes it felt a bit dull at times, as the villains most of the time couldn’t shoot for crap and there were some pretty drawn out dialogues. Otherwise, a pretty nice, thrilling show that is kinda shallow entertainment yet has plenty of interesting themes to think about when it comes to the real world.

    On the subject of anime written by Rei Hiroe, the last episode of Re:Creators sure ended with a bang. I was getting tired of the monotone exposition, so hopefully this is a sign for more exciting things to come.
  7. Blue_Tornado

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    Aww man, I was afraid of this. I know the Koe no Katachi movie got a warm reception but I'm still thinking maybe I should read the manga, since it seems like a find.
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  8. Pilo

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    am i the only one who was a bit disappointed with warau salesman new? with its particular concept the show had seemingly boundless potential for interesting plots and it didn't get off to a bad start either. its potential looks to be all but wasted now though. none of the episodes use any victims other than salary men, the plots are usually rudimentary at best, and the punishments are too tame. it definitely could have been good but tbh i've been p much forcing myself to watch it for the past while so i think i'm going to drop it.
  9. shadowpandax

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    Love the direction Little Witch Academia just took in the most recent episode. That twist tied up some loose ends from a plot standpoint while establishing a great amount of depth that makes it really excited about the future of LWA.
    spoilers for episode 22 (open)

    Akko as a character has frustrated me at times due to her naiveté and crazy obsession with Chariot, but seeing her cry after that reveal was absolutely heartbreaking. Knowing that Chariot/Ursula is the primary driving force behind Akko's overzealous energy about magic makes it even more tragic. In my mind, it's almost a bit emotionally manipulative that Chariot inspired the likes of Akko and Diana into wanting to become witches but having the inability to spawn magic due to the magic shows. Since Diana was able to get her magic back, I do hope Akko can fly again.

    I have so much more appreciation for the characters thanks to this episode, especially Ursula, whose motivations are much more well-justified. Very excited about the next couple of episodes, especially on how Akko will be able to overcome her devastation.

    Also, Koe no Katachi is only 64 chapters, really quick read. I'm in the minority with not being the biggest fan of the movie, so I think both options should be fine for anyone looking to get into it. Do both, preferably.
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    Little witch academia spoilers
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    Man, I never thought that I would have to put lwa discussion under spoiler tags, but I really loved the twist in this episode, it really puts things into perspective. To me it also explains why Ursula put so much effort into teaching akko, she saw her as a sort of redemption. If she can teach her how to do magic, then she can, if only in a tiny way, right the wrongs of her past. Cool stuff.
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    Looking for animes similar to Sword Art Online.
    Honestly, why do people dislike it, I don't know. It was a cute story, though people complain about plot holes.
    As if plot holes are something very uncommon.
  12. Fishin

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    SAO has a lot of problems beyond the plot holes, like the way that the story jumps around and most of the stuff in the first arc is basically filler, and how it throws away the premise (the most interesting thing it had going for it) fairly quickly.

    Anyways, Log Horizon and Overlord are probably the most similar in that both involve a "regular guy gets stuck in an MMO" premise, though both are more focused on exploring and understanding the world than any specific objective like beating the game. Unfortunately Overlord is only 12 episodes and Log Horizon is ~50 but loses a lot of steam in the second half.

    Re:Zero and Konosuba both slightly modify the premise to "regular guy gets taken to a fantasy world" and both are excellent though completely different, Konosuba is mostly comedy whereas Re:Zero is slow-moving and generally pretty negative and closer to horror.
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  13. Martin

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    Personally I really like Hai to Gensou no Grimgar as a "transported to fantasy world" show, although it puts a much bigger emphasis on the development of its characters' emotions as opposed to pushing a plot, fleshing out the background of the story/characters, explaining how the characters got there, or developing its character's personalities, and if you want well designed and directed action scenes you are far from starved for them. It's nice as a "before bed" show as a lot of the first half consists of slow plot progression and montages designed to sell (K)NoW_NAME's stellar soundtrack whilst admiring its gorgeous watercolour backdrops.

    I've not seen Log Horizon or Overlord, but I'll echo Fishin's reccs for Re:Zero and Konosuba and think that if u liked SAO you'll definitely like them.
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    Honestly, I see no horror in Re:Zero. Or actually, I would rather not explain any more, because I guess it would be considered spoilers.
    But seriously, why horror? It's not like it has ghosts or something.. all it has a wit*h. (censored due to spoiler, I guess you must understand what I mean)
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    idk that I'd call it horror in the traditional sense. There are a lot of scenes that are creepy or brutal (sometimes overdone to the point where it starts to feel a bit silly). It's more about how Subaru's inability to communicate and relate and just generally function as a normal person sort of creeps up on you, culminating in a scene that was harder to watch than any of the gore and made me mad at the time, but which was fantastic looking back on it. That, and the way that the main characters and Subaru especially seem to just be playing into the villain's hands.

    And yeah, I'm not sure if I'd consider Grimgar to be an isekai show (iirc they kind of vaguely hint at it in the first episode and that's it) but it's very good and well worth watching if you want a show that involves RPG-inspired fantasy.
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    Log horizon season 1 is probably my favorite of the bunch. I would highly recommend it. It's much more interested in the mechanics of its world and actually almost becomes a politic drama type show (and trust me, it is pretty great)
  17. RODAN

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    The isekai genre in general is a pretty stinky one but theres a couple I genuinely enjoyed. Overlord was mentioned before and I enjoy it a lot for being a lot of fun and playing with the genre instead of being restricted by it. The other one I would recommend is Accel World - This show is definitely not for everyone, but I genuinely enjoy it and it has good action. And theres a cute butterfly girl.
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    In hindsight accel world is what you were asking for champ because it's another isekai by the creator of sword art lol
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    does anyone here watch The King's Avatar / Quan Zhi Gao Shou? It's a really good anime from this season imo if you don't mind hearing chinese dub cos its from china lol

    The s1 finished today and I'm already looking forward to s2
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    English subs are available, right?
    Though the synopsis caught my attention, and since it has finished, gimme a day to complete it.
    Also, is a s2 confirmed of it, asking for future references?
    Quan Zhi Gao Shou Synposis - Source: MAL (open)
    Widely regarded as a trailblazer and top-tier professional player in the online multiplayer game "Glory," Xiu Ye is dubbed the "Battle God" for his skills and contributions to the game over the years. However, when forced to retire from the team and to leave his gaming career behind, he finds work at a nearby internet café. There, when Glory launches its 10th server, he throws himself into the game once more using a new character named "Lord Grim."

    Xiu Ye's early achievements on the new server immediately catch the attention of many players, as well as the big guilds, leaving them to wonder about the identity of this exceptional player. However, while he possesses 10 years of experience and in-depth knowledge, starting afresh with neither sponsors nor a team in a game that has changed over the years presents numerous challenges. Along with talented new comrades, Xiu Ye once again dedicates himself to traversing the path to Glory's summit!
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    yes, english subs are available though i prefer watching it raw lol

    s2 is confirmed at the end of eps 12
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    I tried it and it wasn't bad but the voices being in Chinese bothered more than I was expecting, there were a couple parts that sounded really lazily acted but that might have just been me. I'm hoping that an English or Japanese dub comes out.
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    on king's avatar: I gave the show 3 eps last night but i'm not totally on board yet. I'm not actually that bothered by the cheap cg they use in a lot of the scenes but the lack of meaningful conflict in the show makes it a bit boring. the mc ye xiu is so unbelievably strong that almost every fight is no contest and it's honestly hard to root for a character who doesn't even have to struggle remotely to achieve his goals. I thought the show was going in the right direction when xiu was forced to give up his account and start over from scratch but the grind is made a lot less satisfying by the fact that he instantly attains celebrity level status within the game under his new account.
    i too found the chinese really offputting to listen to at first but i'm slowly adapting to it. if the show really is as good as everyone says it is i'm not going to let it get in the way of my enjoyment.

    on a more positive note though i really have to give the show props for knowing its stuff. the writing staff clearly put a lot of effort into creating and perpetuating a believable universe which is something a lot of videogame-related shows barely even try to do. I have yet to see what everyone else sees in this show but i'm still going to give it a chance to impress me.
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    I saw a video on that show that kinda covered what it does well and it seemed like a good substitute to watching the show, lemme see if I can find it

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    Alright, so I just finished Demi-chan wa Kataritai/Interview with Monster Girls yesterday (I know I'm late but whatever) and I thought I'll give my input :
    Not that there is much to spoil but still (open)

    Opening:
    Well yeah, after all it's the first thing that you see and hear from the anime (aside from one scene), so why not begin with this. I have to say, the opening is rather clean and enjoyable, so I didn't skip it much (I usually skip anime openings once I've heard them once or twice). The drumline in particular is very good. On the other hand, the ending is okay but not great.

    Visuals:
    While not astounding, the colors and visuals are pretty and contribute to the cuteness of the show. Mostly pastel colors and soft shading create a warm atmosphere, letting the viewer get comfortable and follow the story. No unbelievable hair color or haircut (except Hikari's, but it's explained anyway) help by placing the show in a semi-realistic setting.

    Characters:
    As with any slice-of-life show, the characters are kinda normal (except that, you know, some of them are actually monster girls). Imo, the show manages to paint them as realistic characters by highlighting both their flaws and their strengths as demis and humans, which is really important when you consider the premise and is crucial to make them relatable. The main trio follows a rather classic genki girl/ladylike girl/quiet girl, and the fourth demi is the MC's main love interest, so it's not like they were very original here. Yuki does open up a bit later on though, and her personality becomes more interesting. The MC itself is a bit more unique in that he doesn't fall into the classic SoL MC category: he's intelligent, kind but level-headed, doesn't end up in weird situations defying every law of physics (looking at you, Yuuki Rito and Kimihito Kurusu) and is actually much more fleshed out than most main characters in slice-of-life. The last episodes in particular complexify his already decent character, which is a relief. There are not many secondary characters and many of them do not have much of an impact until late in the show, but said impact in the last episodes is sweet, so I'll give them a pass.

    Story:
    The story isn't very present as it is a slice-of-life and thus not as reliant on plot than more action-oriented animes, but there is still a sense of progression, which is satisfying for the viewer. Now, here's the catch: from ep 1 to 9, you'll be seeing an average (but nice) comedy slice-of-life anime. However, ep 10 begins to raise important questions and thickens the plot, while ep 11 and 12 just turn up the heartwarming button up to eleven, maybe twelve. Actually, these two episodes alone are probably more than enough to make the show worth a shot. The relationship between the main characters (and even with secondary characters!) becomes outright adorable and you'll end up regretting that it cuts short like this. Definitely a feel-good anime, but it does raise some philosophical questions.

    Humor:
    I was expecting more humor from this, so it's a bit of a surprise, but the show is more adorable than funny. However, the jokes and running gags in Demi-chan are spot-on (imo) and made me laugh. Hikari's antics never get old, Kyoko's appearances alternate between funny and d'awww, and Yuki of all characters becomes an unexpected comic relief at times, not to mention every flirty interaction between the MC and his succubus colleague (the guy has some buddhist levels of self-control btw).

    Plotholes:
    Sadly, this anime is also subject to plotholes, which are probably explained in the original support but is left out here. Among them:
    - Really, who is Kurtz, the anti-succubus police agent, and what's his power? He just appears out of nowhere and disappears as fast, with no explanation given whatsoever...
    - What does Takahashi's dream about being attacked by a vampire brings to the show? Is that foreshadowing or is it just to introduce his whole "nocturnal animals have their own eye properties" speech?
    - What did they do to prevent heat from weakening them? It's probably a sequel hook, but still...


    Final rating:
    I'd rate this anime overall a solid 8.5/10. It's cute, it's funny, so it's definitely a good anime to take a break between two animes that are heavier or more plot-driven.

    Now onto Gabriel DropOut I go!

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