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2446 No. 2446 [Edit]
Let's have a thread for "old" stuff (i.e. not from the newest season) that you're catching up on.

Pic related: I'm watching Hidamari Sketch x 365 (AKA the second season). I've been thinking for awhile lately that I wanted to watch something with a "weird" character like Osaka/Rin, and Miyako kinda fits the bill, so this was just what I'm looking for.

What are you watching?
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>> No. 31671 [Edit]
kyoani is slick, polished and made for profit and not much else. they're the opposite of wabi sabi and terminally unentertaining, at least so far this decade, which is almost over. if anything people should be pleasantly surprised that they ever even made anything good at all rather than being upset that it was so long ago.
>> No. 31675 [Edit]
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I think it's exceptionally rare for the author of a visual novel to also program it. At least, I certainly don't know of any. There's also light novels where the illustrations are also made by the author, so it's not like they necessarily lack talent in other fields. I think people are unfairly harsh on LNs, they're only as bad as any other medium could be. Discussion of the nature LNs aside, Haruhi, Hyouka and Full Metal Panic were also based on a light novel series, so it's not entirely new for them. The biggest change is that they mostly adapt novels that are submitted to their contests, which means they don't work with other publishers as much, though they still also do manga adaptations like Maid Dragon.

I apologize for the rant, I was intending to keep this shorter but I kept thinking of more things to write.
>> No. 31687 [Edit]
I just tried out the first 1/4th or so of Casshern Sins, I didn't enjoy it very much. I was hoping it'd be similar to Katanagatari where it's a mix of some heavy dialogue scenes while every episode concludes with a well-choreographed fight scene. Sadly, the fight scenes were pretty shallow and tend to last a few seconds because Casshern himself is supposed to be the most powerful person in the world (at least up until where I got with the show) while the dialogue tends to be a variation of "oh boy this world is so depressing and I hate my life but I also don't want to die" which got boring pretty fast.
I liked the background art and the general atmosphere but since I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters or the overarching plotline I've dropped it for the time being. I might give it another chance later though because I don't really like dropping shows that I feel did really have effort put into them.
>> No. 31692 [Edit]

it's been a long time since I heard about that anime.
I watched it back when it aired, but I can only really remember the unique art style and a few of the main narrative themes relating to Casshern (also some fansubber drama).

It does drag on a bit, especially in the middle sections, if memory serves. Wasn't the best series, there was a lot of potential for the series to explore many of its themes, but most were dropped or forgotten by the writers (though the few that are explored are done quite well), but I can certainly understand if you burned yourself out on the series by marathon watching it.
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I recently finished Air. I enjoyed the atmosphere of it, and the flashback episodes reminded me a lot of Utawarerumono, although that came out later. It got me interested in reading the VN. I also found Misuzu cute and lovable.
>> No. 31701 [Edit]
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I've been working through the original slayers, and I gotta say. it was just a fun show until amelia showed up. now the last three episodes hurt my face from how much I was laughing
>> No. 31702 [Edit]
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Recently I finished the original Pripara, the Spinoff of the pretty rhythm series, and began the following Idol Time series (only 50 eps so why not) among some other things like picking up where I left on the third season of Ojamajo Doremi. This series did pretty well, in my opinion. I liked many of the characters, although there were some odd ones thrown in and some weird decisions made I think. First and once more they had one character which was of course one of the girlier ones in the show that happened to be a boy, course this has been done before plenty but not too often in kids shows from what I've seen. And, since it is a kids show, not sure if it's just me but they seemed to not reference this fact later on nearly as much. Really wouldn't know how parents in Japan take to that sort of thing. Anyway, this lead to an awkward situtation or two in the show itself when you could tell the animators didn't really know what to do. Take this one pool ep, they were in regular male swim trunks but was shown wearing a sweater to cover the chest area because of course it would be odd showing their chest, just due to looks. Now this isn't the end, this character has a twin sister who looks basically identical side from hair color, which they put a sweater on her too (she was wearing a regular female swimsuit of course) to make it not seem as weird, I think. There is some other gender bending going on in the show but nothing that would bother anyone. Lot of great characters though, esp Aroma and Mikan. Seems to be what a lot of these kids idol anime rely on, really. Anyway, from what I remember the show actually is split into three seasons (ep1-50, 51-100, 101-140) each with an overarching story sorta. First was very typical but good. Second was not so typical but good. Third season half turned into yet another baby raising anime as if there aren't enough of those. Did rather like the music as the show went on though, felt like it got better as the show went on. Other than that, it's too early to comment on Idol time as I've seen 5 eps. I'm having a hard time wanting to watch more of Doremi just becuase it's another baby raising anime (half way forgot that fact), which isn't bad, just rather not watch two in a row. Feels like I have to go out of my way to space out idol anime and other various types of shows. Can get hard with so many similar anime out there. Another thing I picked up and finished a while back was Pripri chi-chan. Another kids show but about a girl and some characters she meets including some underground dweller characters and an alien, much like many other similar shows. It was alright, but had some really nice ending sequences.
>> No. 31705 [Edit]
I'm currently watching Irresponsible Captain Tylor. The first half of the show is a lot of fun but in the second half they've decided to focus on a more "serious" overarching plotline which isn't as enjoyable as the appeal of the show (to me at least) was the absurd comedy and it parodying other sci-fi anime from the time. I guess all parody anime are doomde to become what they were trying to make fun off in the end.
Yeah, it had an unique aesthetical style and a lot of the more episodic stories were pretty interesting to watch but the main story was like a chore to sit through. It would have worked better if it had been written like one of those "silent wanderer" shows (Kino's Journey, Mushishi, Mononoke) where it would have been about Casshern just kind of walking around and exploring some aspect the post-apocalyptic world every episode.
>> No. 32185 [Edit]
I'll be watching Re:Zero. I was curious about it but I didn't really care all that much for anime back when it was airing so I never bothered with it. Now, I'll finally see what all the fuss was about.
>> No. 32186 [Edit]
Feels strange to see people refer to 2016 as "back then".
>> No. 32190 [Edit]
Yeah, when Kono Suba's second season began airing, it felt strange even then to think that the first one was already a year ago and yet, here we are.
>> No. 32191 [Edit]
Also, I just thought I'd mention as a side-note: so far, I'm really enjoying Re:Zero. This whole "the world resets when the MC dies" thing is really interesting to me. I want to see where he goes with this.
>> No. 32200 [Edit]
Cardcaptor Sakura. Ever since Clear Card became popular I wanted to finally finish all of the episodes of the original plus the newer one. I'm making slow progress
>> No. 32671 [Edit]
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Recently finished Saint October, picked it up because I came across some pictures online and thought the characters looked cute. Didn't look into it any more than that and just went to download the show and watch it. Because of that I figured it would be a more lighthearted show, ended up a bit off the mark there. While the characters were cute indeed and nailed that aspect right on the head, the show did take on some somewhat heavy themes (relative to what I expected anyway). It also has religious imagery thrown in which in some ways worked well and in some ways put me off. The transformation scenes are good example of that, didn't like them much. The thing mentioned earlier with the story being a bit heavier was mostly to do with the theme of "Judgement" (which the main character posesses) causing those judged to disappear after being judged twice. This causes a lot of grief for the main character in ep 12 and I really did think it was taken too far on her, that was more of a shock to me. Dispite that, watching ep 13 they got past without playing it off like I had feared. In general thought the themes of judgement and forgiveness were played decently into the show, which is the earlier good part of the religious themes. There were also a couple other things that threw me off and weren't explained very well, take the beach ep about 2/3 through the show that was sporadically thrown in and explained poorly and (I think) had a few out of character actions to justify it. The other thing was after Ryouhei left reverse to work for Natsuki, he still felt some little bit for reverse/ash. I suppose he went through a lot and only wanted to be so optimistic due to fear of being let down, but it seemed a little far fetched. Other thing was when Kurtz went on vacation randomly for like 8 eps, that seemed kinda off too. In the end how they handled him felt a bit brushed off but that happens all the time in anime, not that that makes it any good. Felt they brushed it off as immature kid-like behavior when his actions were the most severe of all. Probably forgetting a few things, can always add later. Probably would have never known about the show if not for the moe aspect which drew me in. Oh, and when I realized Esmeralda's VA is the same as Ami from Animal Yokochou that reeeeally threw me off.

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>> No. 32679 [Edit]
I've been watching Jojo. I'm up to the second part of Stardust Crusaders.

The first season was alright, having Two generations over 24 episodes so the story progressed nicely. Stardust Crusaders is 48 episodes for one generation. It's quite dull and pointless. Every episode feels like filler, I could probably watch the first two episodes and the last two episodes and not miss anything. I don't like the stand system and the show can be quite stupid as well.
>> No. 32720 [Edit]
Watching CITY HUNTER from the beginning...
>> No. 32721 [Edit]
Started the Initial D series, and I'm about halfway through the First Stage
>> No. 32730 [Edit]
Watching the first Lupin III. It’s surprisingly well animated for an anime of its era.
>> No. 32757 [Edit]
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I just finished watching Yuyushiki after seeing a screenshot of it an anon posted on /ot/. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Comedy in anime tends to usually be hit or miss for me, since I found shows like Nichijou and Yuru Yuri rather boring and the slapstick comedy style wasn't my taste. But I think that if you liked Non Non Biyori you might like Yuyushiki since it is in the same style: witty verbal banter and strong themes of friendship, just with a bit more yuri undertone.
>> No. 32783 [Edit]
I finished Oreimo a while back and loved the living hell out of it. The people in Kirino's otaku club reminded me of my friends in highschool so it added a huge nostalgia factor.
Also did the ending make anyone else a bit emotional? I don't know why but **that wedding** at the end really tugged at my heartstrings.
>> No. 32784 [Edit]
Fuck I didn't spoiler properly. Sorry about that.
>> No. 32803 [Edit]
Yeah, Yuyushiki is fucking great. On a side note, have you seen Kill Me Baby? I ask because it is one of those meme shows you see posted in almost every anime community, much like Yuyushiki.
>> No. 32804 [Edit]
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No I hadn't, thank you for suggesting it. I watched the first episode and it was pretty enjoyable comedy-wise. Their personalities do remind me a lot of Yui/Yukari/Yuzuko (and the former two even match in terms of hair color). I haven't watched enough to tell how it stacks up against Yuyushiki, but the ED gives me hope that they'll weave in the same friendship elements that I really like.
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full metal pantsu
>> No. 32831 [Edit]
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Is that official? Hnggg...
>> No. 32838 [Edit]
Finally got around to watching Kissxsis after avoiding it all of these years. I'm only one episode in and it actually isn't too bad at all.

I'm not sure if it's just nostalgia speaking, but old anime in general is just better in my opinion. There is barely anything new coming out that peaks my interest.
>> No. 32839 [Edit]
I remember enjoying what I saw of it, I should go back and finish the rest. With that said, how is anime from 2010 old? It didn't even end until 2015, really.
>> No. 32842 [Edit]
It's almost been a decade so I believe it's safe to consider it at least somewhat old now.
>> No. 32843 [Edit]
2010 is nearly a decade ago, it doesn’t even feel like it. 2000 felt so distant from 2010 but not 2010 from now, it’s odd.
>> No. 32853 [Edit]
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Sasameki Koto. Pictured character is in love with another girl in her school, but the other girl is totally oblivious (though is interested in some model who's actually a crossdressing boy)
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>> No. 32880 [Edit]
yeah, the stagnation feels pretty horrible, i guess this is why i prefer the 2000s, better visuals and feel imo
there are some gems, but damn does it need a revolution, it's also the reason no one cultivates great anime anymore, they just watch it and move on to the next
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Every decade the cutoff for the death of anime moves forward.
>> No. 32882 [Edit]
The cutoff's real name is "nostalgia goggles".
>> No. 32883 [Edit]
I wouldn’t say there’s been much stagnation, just that the passage of time doesn’t feel as far for the decades, although anime evolved a lot more in the 2000s than the 2010s although that is true of almost everything because of how fast technology was moving along.
>> No. 32888 [Edit]
No, what was in your image still holds true. Animation became popular in Japan as a more effective alternative to special effects in live action sci-fi films. It was only after sci-fi enthusiasts made the medium popular that anime became a vehicle for coldly abusing sex appeal to make cash. These days high school cuties still make up the vast majority of anime characters as they did 20 years ago, but not 30 years ago when giant robots, space ships and akira ruled the landscape. Anime was a rapidly developing, everchanging and interesting sector of the amusement market in the late 20th century, but not much has changed since the turn of the century. Anime spoofing anime has been common for so long that a mandatory daisy chain of meta meta meta jokes about anime make up a substantial portion of the "creative" content in a lot of shows, even the artists writing it don't like anime.
>Another beach episode? Shit my dick is still raw from beating it to the onszen one. OMG I SAW HER PANTIES
>> No. 32892 [Edit]
I like sci fi a lot but you’re delusional if you think it wasn’t always coldly abused for cash, as science fiction properties are very merchandise-able.
>> No. 32893 [Edit]
>>32679 here.

I finally got around to finishing it, it did not get any better. I lack the motivation to finish the next season. I don't know why people like this so much.
>> No. 32894 [Edit]
I get the impression you don't know much about what anime was popular 30 years ago.
>> No. 32898 [Edit]
nobody had any interest at all in girl animes like that at the comic cons in the 80s & 90s, which is something you'd have already have known were you there as you claim to have been.
>> No. 32899 [Edit]
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Never said I was, and I don't give a shit what westerners like regardless.
>> No. 32900 [Edit]
I don’t know the allusion here, but conventions aren’t a western exclusive thing and anime oriented ones weren’t that common until the 2000s. Only Godzilla was the big jap import until about the mid 90s to most congoers
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Conventions weren't even relevant until >>32898
brought them up for no reason at all, probably as a deflection.
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I'm watching Ranma right now, it was extremely popular in my country for its moment and I remember watching it on tv so I decided to give it a go.
What I find interesting about this series is that is probably the closest thing to a western sitcom I have seen in anime. Once it kicks in and stops having actual story arcs (around episode 30 or so) this pretty much feels like The Simpsons, which each episode being self-contained stories that are like "the family goes to the park", "the family goes to the beach", "the gang goes to school at night to bust a ghost" etc. Which I surprisingly enjoy since at this point with almost 70 episodes watched I feel some sort of familiarity with the characters, so I have fun watching their antics and the wacky situations they come up with.
Also I have noticed that the animation quality is all over the place for this series, some episodes look gorgeous but others can't even mantain the characters on model for more than 5 seconds, but I guess its something to be expected out of a long running late 80's-early 90's series.
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Do you need to watch the old Tenchi Muyo to get the newer ones?
>> No. 33181 [Edit]
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Yes. The TV shows are mostly standalone but you'll need to watch the OVAs in order.

This chart is kind of old but OVA 4 would probably go between GXP and Seikishi Monogatari.
Also, OVA 4 sucks. It's pointless, slow and, worst of all, boring. Don't bother with it unless you really want more Tenchi.
>> No. 33191 [Edit]
Alright, so all of you have full permission to blast me for this but, I have finally gotten around to watching Rozen Maiden (the original, not the remake). I know I'm late, but if it helps any, I am really enjoying the series so far. The story line is simple, the characters are fun, and even the filler episodes entertain me and have me laughing harder than I probably should. Overall, great series Desu.
>> No. 33202 [Edit]
I just finished Fate Extra. Was not impressed.
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Picked up a show called Pinky Street, just randomly out of stuff I got saved. Just two ep shorts, and I wouldn't post about it for anything other than the.. interesting looking 3dcg if it weren't for the second ep being about an otaku and his pal, which I thought was kinda nice to see. In the cgi portion thought it was kinda funny how a lot of the scenes were re-used in both eps. Seems like it was just a set of shorts to plug some merch, but I liked that second ep a bit anyway. Not much else to say about a show with two 10 minute episodes with a good chunk being shared between both.
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Not terribly old, but I finished Sora no Method. I had high hopes since it was from studio 3hz: the artwork and soundtrack were beautiful as expected and moe was abundant, but if ever there was an archetype of melodrama, this would be it. You have the full-lot: minor misunderstandings get blown up, moody characters that would prefer to yell and storm than talk and resolve conflicts, and overblown reactions to inconsequential events.

And all of this drama in the first six episodes is wholly irrelevant to the main plot, not to mention the last two episodes which are a deus ex machina ruining all emotional buildup of the 11th episode. If they had limited it to episodes 7-11 it might have been decent. Or better yet just remove the drama aspects all together and make it a pure slice of life show centered around the hijinks of Nonoka and Noel with most of the drama removed, like the OVA was.

In the end, the only effects of the saucer were emotional and mental retardation.

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