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33406 No. 33406 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
What are some themes from anime which you disagree with? A lot of times when I'm watching anime, I feel as if the characters are being as mouth pieces for the creators. This is a problem in itself, since I think it's better to let your audience think for themselves, but it's especially annoying when the message is something I think is bullshit or just doesn't make sense. Kokoro Connect is one of the worst examples I can think of. I don't even remember what they were trying to say, but I couldn't stomach how they did it. The teacher arch in the World Only God Knows was just confusing. Are overbearing teachers a good or bad thing? Did Keima just say what the teacher wanted to hear? I didn't get it.

Mob Psycho 100 is a show I really like, but when I take a step back, its message doesn't make all that much sense. On top of that, Mob is a favorite show of "politically conscious" "anime fans" who like to criticize actual otaku. Basically, the shows says average relationships with average people are the most valuable thing a person can have, nobody is better than anybody else because of natural aptitudes, and having ambitions that could affect others or wanting to change how the world works is juvenile and foolish, so growing up means being content with the status quo.

We never learned how Claw planed on ruling the world. For all we know, they would have done a better job than the governments that currently exist. There's no reason given to think otherwise, except that Claw is just made up of "average people". It's like the show is implying the current governments have a divine right to power and officials have magic governing powers which separate them from "average people". Why? Governments came to exist through brute force to begin with, so how is replacing them through brute force unjustified? Somehow, Mob is never rewarded for preserving the status quo or punished for having his powers(experimented on).

The idea that all people can change and become better no matter how much of and for how long they've been a cunt is also bullshit. There's no real basis for that(there's a lot of evidence to contrary actually like people getting sued for performing cpr). I also don't buy the Claw boss having a wife and kid. What
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>>34464
>For example, a 'righteous' MC fighting for what he believes is right ends up either succumbing to his sinful imperfect nature or realizing that his objective-what he is fighting for, isn't exactly the most altruist, moralistic cause. Also, a lot of media may make the villain more human (sob-story of a past), but I would love to see a villain that turns out to actually be right, or, at least, very legitimate in his argument/ defense for his actions
Subversion of good vs evil is almost as played out as straightfoward good vs evil. Often there's some racial component where there's an evil race of supernatural beings who actually turn out to not be so bad. Or maybe the villain is actually trying to save the world and maybe the hero has also been tricked. Or maybe the protagonist's idealism ends up being harmful. That's all been done already. Stories where the viewer can choose who to see as the antagonist would actually be different.
>> No. 34466 [Edit]
>>34464
Moral relativism is about as common as black and white morality. It's all good as long as it makes sense in-universe. Also using Yamaxanadu for a post like that seems ironic.

Post edited on 18th Jul 2020, 9:02pm
>> No. 34467 [Edit]
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>>34464
There's lots of media that don't fall for those topics. LOGH doesn't have a villain, except some fucks that are the ISIS of their universe, there's two sides with all kinds of people in them. I think you need to be aware about what is the public a product is made for, stuff made for kids and teenagers is going to have more of those kind of things, without taking into consideration it's quality. Also sometimes good vs evil can be perfectly fine too, see The Lord of the Rings, or Star Wars, etc.
>> No. 34483 [Edit]
the whole otoko janai meme

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33818 No. 33818 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Turning 30 soon and feeling kind of morose about the whole thing. What are some animes with 30-year-old protagonists? Found Recovery of an MMO Junkie, not sure if it's good though
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>> No. 33837 [Edit]
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Usagi drop
>> No. 33886 [Edit]
>>33837
This looks interesting. Thanks
>> No. 33900 [Edit]
Hyouge Mono
>> No. 34451 [Edit]
Makoto in GHOST IN THE SHELL? OK, not many here are ex-military but she qualifies as 30+

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34319 No. 34319 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How much do you care about encode quality of the anime you watch?

For newer shows there's not really much choice since you're essentially limited to downloading stream rips from HS/Erai (or re-encodes thereof) or waiting until a blu-ray release. But even then, do you go back and re-watch/re-download shows for archival purposes, and if so how much care do you put into select the "best" encode (bitrate, compression format, etc.). Do you use a local upscaler (e.g. Anime4K as discussed in a previous thread on here)?

For older shows you can usually find a plethora of different releases from different groups – especially during the infamous push for 10-bit – and amusingly I used to find myself spending more time sorting through them trying to pick out the "best" than it took to watch several episodes.
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>> No. 34321 [Edit]
I pick some lower quality compromise usually, for older shows usually 480p for newer 720, mostly to save disk space. For shows I really like I'll get some BD release. If there's a fansub I'll usually pick that over dual audio releases also.
>> No. 34328 [Edit]
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I often go back to download and archive BD releases of shows I enjoyed.

Care a lot for personal favorites. Preferably 1080p x264 FLAC BDrip with scans of the packaging and audio CDs. Also the BDMV.
For shows I enjoyed, HEVC Hi10P, preferrably OPUS.
In both cases I look for encoders and groups I trust/have downloaded from previously and just watch some parts to check for inconsistencies. Sometimes I download an episode or 2 to compare.

For shows I didn't like much, I go for a smaller 720p release, HEVC if available, and just check that it wasn't a 16yo hackerman encode.

Usually raws.
Quality and completion over size.

Because I like to reminisce about shows I've watched; Admire the cover art and character design of the characters I like; Do not trust companies to keep them; Like to think that some day, may be able help someone who is looking for the files of a show they'd like to watch/archive in the future.

These shows and characters are my little treasures.

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>> No. 34333 [Edit]
For older anime I don't mind if it's a DVD rip (it just has to be a good one). I find most of my stuff in high-quality anyway. But for recent anime I try to get the best release available since I've a lot of space with my 2x3TB HDD.
>> No. 34444 [Edit]
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I like a decent quality ~ 360/480 for older releases.720 minimum for new releases.

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34360 No. 34360 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
There's a neat annual report from the Association of Japanese animators that summarizes marketshare and revenues of the anime industry
https://aja.gr.jp/download/anime_ind_rpt2019_summary_en

The report itself is in English so it's worth skimming. There's lots of neat information there such as the geographic distribution of animation studios, geographic breakdown of overseas markets, and top sources of music royalty. What's interesting is that – unless I'm misinterpreting – overseas markets are actually substantial chunk of the entire revenue stream, which runs contrary to what I'd assumed. Although it's possible that this is due to how the categories are defined; I think if you limit yourself to TV and then compare foreign vs domestic the latter would dominate revenue-wise.
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>>34360
Does that overseas market include merchandise and streaming? I thought revenue from streaming was not that large...

And who makes up the majority of that overseas market share? From my guess it just has to be the Chinese and the worst Koreans. Both of those groups are huge weebs.
>> No. 34374 [Edit]
>>34373
Overseas is defined as "overseas Japanese animation revenues (movies, TV, videogram, MD, etc.). So yes I think the "in a broad sense" chart includes merchandise as well as revenue from character-branded gacha-games. There's also a second chart for trends in a "limited sense" which focuses more strictly on revenue to animation studios (e.g. the "merchandising" category for the "broad sense" is defined as "domestic animation-related merchandise revenue" whereas the "limited sense" is defined as "a total of distributions (read: royalties?) receivable by studios in connection with rights licensed for merchandising, promotions, and events").

But even here overseas revenue is still a substantial chunk. It can't just be streaming because even in 2002 overseas revenue is on the same order magnitude as domestic TV revenue. Maybe it's just the fact that "overseas" has everything rolled into one. If you were to separate that category further by TV revenue vs merchandise vs others I think it'd probably show that overseas streaming revenue was dwarfed by others.

Breakdown by overseas markets shows US, Canada, and China largest in terms of number contracts for licensing. I don't know how this translates revenue-wise.

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>> No. 34375 [Edit]
>>34370
>Is this sarcasm?
Indeed I am.
>> No. 34378 [Edit]
>>34374
Makes sense. So does that mean things like gacha and merchandise are still more profitable than streaming by a large margin?

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34256 No. 34256 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
A Kirara adaptation from a brand new studio.
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>> No. 34298 [Edit]
>>34297
Excuse me but what the fuck kind of aspect ratio is that, oh god it's the worst thing since 9/11
>> No. 34299 [Edit]
>>34297
Both of them look kind of shit, just in different ways.
>> No. 34303 [Edit]
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34303
>>34297
The 'proper' version still doesn't look too good to me.
>> No. 34305 [Edit]
>>34303
There were some scenes that looked better in the drawn version compared to the CG. Of course the interesting part is that they bothered to fully-flesh and color a drawn version in the first place (unless they only decided to switch to CG very late).

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11753 No. 11753 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
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>>34153
Wow, they aren't movies?! Someone should really inform theaters across japan!
>> No. 34155 [Edit]
>>34154
Why? They probably actually know this already.
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>>34151
Platypus & Wallaby are their (nick?)names;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3UeOvM7MrM
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34304
>>34302
They do such amazing designs for characters that will only appear for a few seconds, it's like they have a magic machine that creates great anime girls for free.

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33555 No. 33555 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
I found why the theatrical version of Evangelion isn't so popular in the West.
It's format is based on traditional Japanese arts.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo-ha-kyu

Eva 1: 'the first act as "Love"; the play opens auspiciously, using gentle themes and pleasant music to draw in the attention of the audience'.
Eva 2: 'The second act is described as "Warriors and Battles" (shura). Though it need not contain actual battle, it is generally typified by heightened tempo and intensity of plot'.
Eva 3 Q (kyu): 'The third act, the climax of the entire play, is typified by pathos and tragedy. The plot achieves its dramatic climax'.
Eva 4: 'the fourth act as a michiyuki (journey), which eases out of the intense drama of the climactic act, and often consists primarily of song and dance rather than dialogue and plot'.
Eva 5: 'The fifth act, then, is a rapid conclusion. All loose ends are tied up, and the play returns to an auspicious setting'.
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34173
>>34167
>>34170
Stop posting, for everyone's sake.
>> No. 34174 [Edit]
>>34170
>Pretentious, is that supposed to be deregitory?

Well yes, if you knew what the word even meant which you evidently don't.
>> No. 34177 [Edit]
>>34174
I know what it means; I, however, have no reason to believe you. Do you believe your word is better than mine? Oh my, then, it's almost like you're me, being pretentious, acting superior.
I mean, if we're equal, and I claim I am not pretentious but you claim I am, who is right? Neither of us, right? Because we're equal. Unless somebody is better than the other, unless you are superior to me or I am to you, then neither of us can claim to be correct.
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>>34177

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33903 No. 33903 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Anyone else want to go to school with a bunch of animals?
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>> No. 34219 [Edit]
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34219
I wonder how often this actually happens in nature, if at all.
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34235
wow, I never really noticed how tiny she is.
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34237
Would you milk these cows?
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Fun anime. Concept sounded trite but the execution saves the show. A good newbie anime but still has something for those who has seen a lot.

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34194 No. 34194 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Anyone here seen this?
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34198
Typical male anime protag in a nutsell.
>> No. 34199 [Edit]
>>34194
I was streaming it with a couple of anons and I really thought it was boring. I really dont watch seasonal anime, and I havent really enjoyed one in years.

The girl has a cute design though, She reminds me of Remilia.
>> No. 34202 [Edit]
I couldn't resist picking it up, Iwanaga is too cute.

>>34199
Now that you mention it, I can see a little resemblance.
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>>34194
One eye & one leg tsundere? Oh My Goddess.
https://www.goodsmile.info/en/product/9377/Nendoroid+Kotoko+Iwanaga.html

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33909 No. 33909 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Nyaa!
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34243
I can't believe they did it.
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34253
Can't say I'm a big fan of blatantly traced or edited photos for backgrounds.
>> No. 34254 [Edit]
>>34253
They look so surreal – like those "2D girl in the real world" edits.
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34258
ep12 started so similar to the second half of ep4 I had to check at least four times to see if I was on the right ep.

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34181 No. 34181 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Have any of you guys tried this?

https://github.com/bloc97/Anime4K
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On the other hand, with more average quality source, like 720p tv rips, it seems to always look worse. most of the difference this algorithm makes is with object edges, and with this the lines get larger and although they have sharper edges it looks off in motion, original is better in this case. Oh and this is halved side to side instead of top and bottom, more obvious though. Unfortunately, it can't be used to make bad things look good, it's really mostly good for making already good things look a little bit better.

Post edited on 3rd Mar 2020, 6:14pm
>> No. 34244 [Edit]
By the way, there is an update to this (v2.1) that looks way better with lower quality files. It removes most all of the sharpening artifacts all over the previous versions and looks pretty nice with 720p and even 480p upscaling. I would recommend checking it out.
>> No. 34246 [Edit]
>>34244
I finally had a chance to try it out, and I'm quite impressed – not necessarily because of the quality of the result but more because having an open-source, real-time upscaling algorithm is amazing. It doesn't even require obscene amounts of compute-power, running fairly well on an old laptop (albeit with an nvidia discrete gpu).

The results are as promised, resulting in crisper edges without too heavy of an "over-sharpened" look. I still maintain that the overall benefit is marginal since it's probably not going to revolutionize your watching experience.
>> No. 34249 [Edit]
>>34246
I agree it is impressive this sort of thing can exist now. The way I see it, functionally, is more of a one step replacement for all of those convoluted guides on how to set up MPC-HC properly that people used to swear by for some reason. I never once noticed a perceivable difference with those or any other player side tweaking except for putting my face an inch away from the screen looking at screencaps. With this it's easily noticeable even watching normally. I think it has gotten better than the stock upscaling algorithm in most all cases so I see no reason not to use it, at least personally. I don't even really mind low quality things as much either, most stuff I watch is purposely lower res to save on HDD space.

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