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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. 29769 [Edit]
Well that sucks. But this isn't all that old yet so we'll see what happens. Fingers crossed!
>> No. 29902 [Edit]
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>> No. 29905 [Edit]
Help please I need another intense, manly anime with a decent amount of episodes i can get hooked to.
I feel too empty without Joe, his anime was the first I got hooked to in years.
>> No. 29906 [Edit]
Galaxy Express 999
>> No. 29907 [Edit]
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For the past couple months, since around July, I've been watching Keroro. How on earth did 300+ eps manage to be made of this show? Not to say I don't like it, but man. Has anyone else bothered to?
>> No. 30184 [Edit]
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I'm watching Konjiki no Gash Bell. Not so far in at the moment, so I'll make a later post when I'm done. There is a lot of humor that seems like it'd be censored if localized anywhere else. Kinda makes me wonder who thought showing things like pic related to kids was a good idea, but I dunno. I like how in this show, they seem to make at least some of the people they fight a bit more interesting and less two dimensional than just "generic evil dude" over and over again. Like with the ep with the kind dude who was going to destroy the elementary school, after Koruru's ep. I've only gotten so far as the teens, so I hope not to be spoiled, but I expect that the "kind ruler" theme will continue. Kindness and righteousness seems to be pretty standard as far as these shows are concerned, but with it being delivered by beating the shit out of each opponent so they even disappear/die/whatever happens. While even if the books are burned in this show, they only return to the demon world as far as they've told. With 150 eps, though, I expect multiple arcs too. I remember one enemy (around ep 8?) saying that it seems Gash has "Only fought 10 enemies", and IIRC Sherry explained in the beginning that there were 100 total, so assuming each up to that point fought more than 10, there wouldn't be so many left. Not enough to fill up a 150 ep show at least. So that's that, I'll be watching for months to come.
>> No. 30188 [Edit]
I loved that anime and agree, it's very melon!
I've seen both the original and the 4kids version and as you guessed a ton of stuff was edited. As you said it's a pretty well rounded anime that does both light hearted themes and some really depressing stuff too. There were more than a characters I hated to see go along the way, but I suppose that's better than everyone having wide spread plot armor. It's just a shame the anime didn't get a proper ending as long as it was, and even then goes off in it's own direction near it's own end. Requires reading the manga to see how the story ends. They even changed out Gash's VA near the end too which try as they might to hide it was still very noticeable.
>> No. 30376 [Edit]
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I finished watching Azumanga Daioh for the first time yesterday. I had avoided it for years thinking it was generic but I was so wrong. It's such a lovely anime: The stories and bits are cute and funny, the voice acting is great, it's well written and super funny, and while I'm not really much of a watcher of slice-of-life nor cute-girls-doing-cute-thing anime, I find it the best in the genre I've seen to date. Maybe I'm biased because I like cats and the Sakaki stories warm my heart, but still. It's been a while since I got ending blues, but this time I mostly regret it not watching years ago.
>> No. 30398 [Edit]
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>I'm not really much of a watcher of slice-of-life nor cute-girls-doing-cute-thing anime
Thou art upon ill province, knave.
>> No. 30437 [Edit]
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I finished watching Binchou-tan a couple of days ago. This anime is beautiful, and so cute and lovely that it hurts, it's truly bittersweet. It's done so well that is heartwarming to the point I ended up tearing up dozens of times for the most innocuous and innocent things. This is now one of my favourites and I believe this should be a must-watch for anyone who is able to watch anime when alone and quiet, with nothing to distract you nor interrupt you from enjoying it to its fullest.

Bichou-tan is so pure, dedicated and hardworking, despite how little she has and how simple her live is, that it made me feel bad about being a NEET. Her ability to entertain herself and find joy in all the little things despite her hardships reminded me of how lucky I am to have the life I do, despite any and all the misery I have experienced. It made me realize how easily I take the positive things for granted and how little effort I've put in pushing myself to reach higher or further. I'm sure this feeling will fade soon, but it's still nice to watch something that will make you realize you have all you need to be happy, even if you have practically nothing.
>> No. 30443 [Edit]
Did it give you the urge to buy firewood?
>> No. 30472 [Edit]
I'm watching Aria the Animation, and I just finished episode 11. The whole series has been good so far, but episode 11 really struck me. The part that really hit me was at the end where Akari tearfully says to Aika and Alice that she'll see them again. Having never been close to anyone, pure displays of friendship like this tend to strike a chord with me. I also liked the way the episode tackled the idea of the passage of time. I'm scared of change and eventually not being able to have fun with the things I like anymore. The episode helped ease that fear.
>> No. 30569 [Edit]
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I finished watching a few days ago the 2008-2010 Cobra sequels (Psycho-Gun > Time Drive > The Animation). They were quite alright, I liked it a lot and I'm sure anyone who enjoyed old Cobra or even Lupin in general will love it too. After Psycho-Gun, the old V.A. was replaced, but I didn't find it as bothersome as I thought I would. After a while I even forgot about the change. For those that never watched Cobra and want to give this is a shot, I recommend you start with Space Cobra, but if you don't want to, then reminder that this was made for Cobra fans, which means the style of writing and overall direction is meant to emulate the old-school cheesy-but-serious action anime.
>> No. 30633 [Edit]
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After the previous, I watched Cyborg 009 VS Devilman, which really felt more like 009 feat. Devilman, since it's much more centred in the cyborg plot line. It consists of 3 OVAs, about the team being notify of demons reappearing in the world, while also the good ol' enemies creating their own cyborgs to challenged the original team (001-009). Antics ensue, 009 meets and fights Devilman, each thinking their opponent belongs to the other faction, eventually team up and that's pretty much it.

I'd say C009 fans get much more out of it than the counterpart, so watch only if you were already acquainted with both anime (instead of just the latter).
>> No. 30690 [Edit]
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Wow, Galaxy Express 999 is being so moving even though I'm only at the start. Started watching it based on this recommendation.
I really love space stuff. It's great to see all these different planets and the struggle people go through them.
This last episode was definitely the best so far. Fossils.
>> No. 30694 [Edit]
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I recently watched the movies. The plot was at times too blunt and disjointed, but overall a classic worthy of its legendary fame.

BTW good Maetel (and Claire) figs are damned hard to find at reasonable resell prices.
>> No. 30964 [Edit]
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I finished watching Habane Renmei almost a week ago. This series likely need no introduction so I'll skip to the opinion. I loved it and while at the beginning I was frustrated because I had so many unanswered questions, I quickly stopped caring for the answers along the way. Since this is spoiler heavy I'll put a couple of line breaks:

[ S P O I L E R S ]

I liked how mystical this anime was and how it plays around with concepts from several religions (mainly Christianity and Buddhism) and even subverts them at several points (like someone putting a dish of food on top of someone's halo, lol). The Haibane are certainly not angels, and that is much more of a metaphor than not. The very likely option is that they're all children or youngsters who committed suicide or died in unfortunate ways that are still theirs to blame, and are given the chance to be purified to either go to Heaven, or be reincarnated (the later slightly nodded to by the tags inside the wall being accompanied by giggling running children, and maybe if taking into account a suit is needed to touch the wall without falling ill and then dying). We see this with Reiki who obviously jumped in front of a train, and with Rakka, whose crow companion is a metaphor for dying pregnant and the baby (the crow) forgiving her for her sin. The crows flying everywhere seem to be allegory for limbo, people that died without sin but without any consecration into the faith. The Haibane are given a limited time span to redeem themselves, or they lose their wings and become the Toga, part of the Renmei, who spent the rest of their lives assisting the Haibane, with the chance of redemption at the end of their lives. I love how clues and tidbits are left all over the place with a great attention to detail that means you have to pause and go back to catch something of importance if you want to build a theory, or even just rewatch the entire series.

[ S P O I L E R S ]

I was still left with questions, but the nice thing about it is that the enjoyment is in the speculation. This is a lovely anime and imho it should be a definitive must-watch for anyone that enjoys the medium as a whole.
>> No. 31020 [Edit]
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I finished watching all of Kyoukai no Kanata some hours ago and I feel divided about it. On one hand, it's beautifully animated, the art is great, it's super fun and there's moe to be spared and shared (, but on the other hand I feel like it was a bit of a wasted opportunity, specially because they couldn't find a way to balance the series didn't taking itself too seriously while simultaneously trying to get serious when needed, specially in the movie (Mirai-hen) which started great and then fell down. I really enjoy watching anime about supernatural creatures and/or occult, yet in this case it always felt like it was secondary to the fun and moe, and the romance plot-line. I was thoroughly entertained though, so in the end I guess that's all that counts.
>> No. 31025 [Edit]
I thought the crow was a metaphor for a person who was with her during her last moments and tried to save her? At least I personally felt that it hinted at her possibly killing herself but perhaps a parent seeing this and her feeling ashamed because of the pain she caused that person.
>> No. 31027 [Edit]
That crossed my mind as well, but then I realized that not only nobody else had something similar about them, but they were generally dismissive of crows, with the exception of Kuu, who saw them in a specific light because of her "enlightment". Additionally, the crow dies in this world as well, you can see its bones being buried by Rakka. I felt it played into the concept that unborn children have no place in the afterlife or are stuck in Limbo forever. But the most important clue is that she needed to bury the crow; the act was her redemption. If she committed suicide while being pregnant, she had committed two capital sins, so atoning with time (period in which a Haibane lasts before either the Day of Flight or the losing of their wings) wasn't enough absolution; this also makes sense once you consider her anguish: She knows she has sinned but doesn't understand how. The crows remind her that there's something missing, and that she needs to follow that clue, i.e. Rakka didn't think that committing suicide with a baby inside was double the sin.
>> No. 31048 [Edit]
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A while back I watched "Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita" or as it's known in English; "Really fucking long tittles are hip and cool in the industry for some stupid reason right now so lets go with that!"

The idea of the story is it takes place in a fantasy world (without real world otaku) but takes place after the deamonlord has been defeated. With peace having been restored to this world heroes and adventures have found themselves forced to integrate themselves into the rest of society. Society as a whole meanwhile has advanced and become similar to our own world's society. It's kind of like that movie Bright without lazy and half assed world building. One of the neat things is you see how the presence of magic changed and effected their technology. Basically in their world, they use magic instead of electricity to power everything. If nothing else, this anime did a good job of world building. It didn't just take the real world and make jews = elves and orcs = blacks or something stupid like that.

The interrogation of heros into this society feels a lot like it parallels with issues solders deal with after returning from war. Throughout the anime you see how they struggle with finding their place, and getting used to a life without having to constantly fight off monsters. This is of course a big part of the over all story and it's the motivation for the antagonists, who are former heroes looking to restore the world to chaos and give themselves their jobs back.
Our main character here also finds himself working along side a former enemy in the form of the daemon lord's daughter, although as it turns out she wasin't a big supporter of her father's quest to take over the world and prefers to bridge the gap between demons and everyone else, to try and bring peace and coexistence to the two sides.

The anime looked like a cute and fun work place anime much like Working! or SxS, and I was surprised by how sleazy and smutty it was. I honestly can't say I expected to see so much nudity, and the female hero (rival to the main character) had a costume design which I could only describe as ugly, stupid, shameless and embarrassing. The intro showing the heros at battle was kind of neat, but the moment she showed up with braless tits flapping around in skin tight spandex, I knew this was going to be a bumpy ride. I'm no stranger to a bit of out of place exploitative nudity in anime, but what makes it really weird is just how much there is of it in an anime that has very heavy product placement from the Lawson's chain of convince stores, along with some very awkward shoe horned appearances by Sphere. One wouldn't think Lawson's would sponcer an anime where a woman gets striped naked and molested by a tentacle monster, but... there it is. It's almost kind of clever how that store is used in this anime and it doesn't even feel out of place. It's just a convince store next to an appliance store in a town of modest size. The staff of each would naturally be friendly with each other and sometimes shop at eachother's store, or in some cases help each other out when problems come up like staff members calling off last minute.

Once you get past some of that smutty stuff, some of the characters are kinda cute, if not dumb as a rock. The deamon lord's daughter is pretty dang cute and brings with her your typical fish out of water humor as someone who knows nothing about the world of man. She also has one of the best laughs out there. I think the director might have noticed that during production and slipped this scene in (screen cap posted) at the last minute. I could be wrong of course.
I have to say though, "All A" the main hero's rival is easily the most obnoxious grade of tsundere I've seen in a long time. They push it so hard she comes across as being less tsun and more flat out insane bitch. She also harasses the main character at his work place a number of times, shaming him for not being a hero/adventure anymore in spite of knowing full well herself that heros are all done and over with. She considers herself above him for working in security now. This turns out to be a lie, and she's instead working as a bunny girl servant at the newly built mega mall in town. Not a huge spoiler mind you since the OP shows this anyway.
There's a scene in which the main hero and the demon lord's daughter are on a pretend date and this girl sees them together. Her reaction is nothing short of insanity the way she bitches him out for dating a coworker as if he's complete scum for doing so. This was one girl who really needs to chill the fuck out. Unfortunately none of the character characters are particularly note worthy or memorable. There is an interesting old man who wears a star trek uniform and drives an Enterprise replica for some odd reason. He shows up randomly to grab one of the girl's asses, but also helps out a bit in the climax of the anime.

Anyways, this isn't really something I think I can recommend. It wasn't terrible overall (though it did feel like it at times). The writing wasn't that great, and the production values were a bit lacking. It's cheesy and dumb and smutty too, but I didn't hate it or feel the urge to drop it at any point. That said if they made another season of working and gave this a second season, and made me pick one to watch I'd go with more of this.
>> No. 31197 [Edit]
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Almost a decade ago I was for a very short time in an Anime Club, tired of people I had nothing in common, hoping I'd get acquainted with others I had a similar interests with; at that time it felt like a huge mistake, and being exposed to the actually "weeaboo" side of otakudom (fujos, cosplayers, attention-whoring, irl weebtalk and acting, etc.) bothered me so much I ended up watching very little to none anime on a monthly basis (would still watch some stuff here and there, but more on a "this looks good" basis rather than watching it because of the medium itself).

The two anime I blamed for these disgusting displays, or at least its proliferation, was Haruhi and Lucky Star. I gave them a chance, but dropped them and hated them for years. Eventually I realized I was an idiot, and stopped being biased to things without giving them a chance, which is why not I never ever drop a series. Last year I finally decided to watch all of Haruhi (in chronological order) and liked it quite a bit, specially the movie. The spin-off / alternate reality was somewhat fun as well, but it wasn't the same with KyoAni's style.

Now last month I gave Lucky Star a chance and had a lot of trouble with the first episode due to bitter (yet unfair) memories, and over several episodes it started to grow on me. By the second season I was thoroughly entertained, but I can't deny it felt (too) heavily inspired by Azumanga Daioh (which I also just saw this year, >>30376). Perhaps what might be weird to others who liked it, I enjoy more Kagari's class group (with long-haired blonde Ayano and feral-looking fanged Misao) and I wish it had more focus than the underclass leaded by not-Chiyo-chan. Anyway, I liked it a lot, but I really don't get how it became the gigantic and influential thing that it came to be. Maybe I had to watch it back then to understand. Maybe I'm not enough of a weeb.

I also watched its spin-off, Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku, which is bleak to say the least. It's about this otaku-shop store clerk who spends their hard-earned money in doujins and other related merchandise disregarding proper nutrition of her younger elementary school sister, both orphans, who are constantly hungry and down about it. She's so wasteful in her expenditure, that the sister can't even go to a school trip. I assume this was supposed to be funnier, but no amount of quippy delivery can make such a sad situation a cheerful one, specially when the butt of the jokes is always the misery. I have no clue who the target audience for this series would be, and the only highland is the brief reappearance of the Legendary Genki Manager (Meito Anizawa / Anime Tenchou). Later it gets a little better, but still I wouldn't recommend this at all unless you're a completionist.
>> No. 31224 [Edit]
Not that old but I've been watching yama no susume s2. I'm half way through but I'm not entirely sure what to think still. On the one hand it's cute and well animated, and the story is pretty original with plenty of chances for dramatic tension. In this case the challenges the characters have to overcome are literally mountains to climb. So I feel like I should like it more than I do. I think it might be the characters, not sure why but I can't really relate to them so well. I'll probably still finish it though, I think it might also be just that I'm kind of burned out on anime right now.
I've also bee watching paniponi dash, which is just complete insanity. Again I'm kind of not sure what to think about this one. On the one hand I'm a big fan of anything taking surreal and risk taking, and also love that 2005 anime aesthetic. On the other hand it's so absurd and the characters are so ridiculous that it's hard to even tell what's going on and relate to the characters (except for that rabbit, I've never related to a character more), and a lot of the jokes kind of fall flat. For sure I'll finish this one just to see where the hell it goes.
>> No. 31259 [Edit]
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I'm not quite catching up on this yet. but attkc put together subs for the first ep of Fisherman Sanpei, which is a 1980s anime about some kid who likes fishing. First ep is great, the art is fantastic, they really put a lot of effort into drawing realistic trout. Hope they do the next hundred+ eps as well
>> No. 31261 [Edit]
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I've been finishing up the Strike Witches side content. I really enjoy it. It's got a perfect balance of exciting action, comedy, drama and cute girls. I especially love Erica.
>> No. 31263 [Edit]
Erica maji tenshi.
>> No. 31340 [Edit]
Kobayashi-sanchi no Dragon Maid
I was waiting for the OVA and now watching it all in one go.
>> No. 31341 [Edit]
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I'm watching Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran, which is an episodic show about a traveling female samurai and her weird companion wearing Chinese clothes who enter a new town every episode which is having a certain problem, be it a clan dispute or a corrupt mayor who has banned alcohol, with Ran saving the day at the end of every episode. The stories are often similar to that of old live-action samurai films and series like the ones with Toshiro Mifune.
I guess you could call this as a comedic version of shows like Kino's Journey and Mushishi. I'm enjoying it a lot so far.
I recently watched the first ~80 episodes due to the constant referencing to the show in Lucky Star and Haruhi but decided to drop it. The first season (first 50 episodes) was actually a lot of fun to watch but after that it seemed that every episode became a rehash of a previous one. The show also constantly has to explain or introduce an already established character because it assumes you're either a first-time viewer or haven't seen the show in a while which can get really annoying if you're trying to binge-watch it. I might try it again at a later date.
>> No. 31342 [Edit]
That sounds awesome. I'm surprised I haven't heard of it before since it seems like something I'd have watched by now. Thanks for the recommendation.
>> No. 31343 [Edit]
>'m surprised I haven't heard of it before since it seems like something I'd have watched by now
I had the same thought when I started watching, it's a criminally underrated show. Maybe it is overlooked because it was airing alongside much more well-known anime like Cardcaptor Sakura and because the promotional/cover art is kind of ugly.
>> No. 31369 [Edit]
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I finished up Sekai Seifuku. It's a fun series, the cast is fun to watch. The author is ex-Liarsoft staff that went over to Type-Moon, apparently.
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I'm rewatching Captain Future in between Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran that I picked up on the above recommendation. I highly recommend it. It's quite faithful to the original style of the short stories and it's very different from a lot of science fiction anime because of that. It's worth watching for the uniqueness alone.
>> No. 31375 [Edit]
I finished Now and Then, Here and There yesterday. Probably the most painfully realistic and depressing show I've ever seen, in that regard it is above even Evangelion and Welcome to the NHK. Through most of the show you feel like you're watching a war documentary rather than an anime and I'm grateful to it that it never made use of some shitty trope or comedic relief like a lot of other 'serious' anime normally do after a few heavy episodes.
The only possible flaw I could find in it is the main villain, Hamdo, who is one of those characters that are just evil for the sake of being evil. I think that didn't really fit well with the realism of the show and it would have been interesting if he had actual motives for what he does or at least some sort of backstory but alas.
>> No. 31376 [Edit]
Man I remember watching that a while back. It is one fucked up show. I had to bleach my mind with moe for a few days after finishing it.
>> No. 31378 [Edit]
At least the ending was a happy one for the most part, as happy as the end of a war can be at least.
>> No. 31449 [Edit]
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So I finally finished Konjiki no Gash Bell. Real sad to see this one end really. The strongest part of the series to me, was the first arc. While the main part only did start around ep 45-50 (after the fight with Bari or so) the beginning of the series gave a good lead up to show why it is important to fight, with most of the other demons being cold, unempathetic, often cruel, while focused on becoming king with that same mindset. This was to give reason for Gash and Kiyomaro to have such a strong will, seeing those who acted differently, acted justly or ways that are good get walked on by others. Gave plenty of time to see lots of characters and to meet with allies for the coming arc as well. It really was sad to see some characters part ways. The theme with Sherry and her friend Koko was one of the parts that moved me the most. Being able to believe in a friend is one thing this show did really well, especially with her. That was one of the darker parts of the show for sure. After the first arc, there were a bunch of filler eps from what I remember, which wasn't bad but was sudden after so much action and things happening. There were a few eps among those filler That took place in that intermediary realm, which I'm not sure if I'm right, but could see those relating to the story somehow had the show not been cut short. The second arc was lead in well, and started well, but ended (along with the show) pretty rushed. Course I knew about this, and about the anime original ending and all. The anime switched to its original ending around ep 138/139, which was where the rush started. Two eps later, Gash's VA changed not helping things much. The original VA I thought was great, especially with showing Gash's strong conviction. New one lacked most with that.Really seemed like they were trying to get as many characters into the last few eps as possible so they could tie up a few loose ends. They brought Bari back for the end, and also brought Ted back, jumping from a freaking plane while on a motorcycle into Faudo's mouth to meet everyone. Crazy, lol. Seemed like a good opportunity with Cherish there and all for them to be part of the story there, but how was kind of off to me. Also, noticed during those last few eps the fights got a lot quicker and way less drawn out compared to before. Side note, kinda made no sense how the heart dude from Faudo came up to fight too, didn't he have to beat the heart? Defeated in like 30 secs too. During the last few fights it seemed they used less strategy (Never used zaguruzemu to power up baou zakeruga at all for Riou, Zeon, or Faudo) and rushed a bit of explaining (especially with Zeon's fight). Things there seemed like they should have happened much later, but were brought in just to wrap up. Also, if Sherry and Brago hadn't shown up at that last second, things would have been fugged, and the sealing away of Faudo was damn quick. That being said, the original end wasn't actually that, could have been done better if it weren't rushed, but I suppose they had to wrap up quickly anyway. Could tell a bit the writing was different from that section with how some characters acted (Gash I think acted a bit differently than normal, but could be amplification from the new VA). Great show though, definitely going to check out the manga soon to get the rest of the story.
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I watched this recently too, per seeing you post about it here. Certinaly a enjoyable watch. Thanks for posting about it, as I'd never heard of it before. I'm also the same person who was watching Keroro back then that you responded to. I've been watching it very slowly, mostly saving it for when I'm at the laundromat or am stuck out of the house. Due to the repetitive nature it seems like something best watched over the course of years, seems that's what it'll be. I'll post about it again in a few years when I finish. Certainly has been enjoyable so far though.
>> No. 31503 [Edit]
>it seems like something best watched over the course of years
I guess it is, it's really written to be watched on a weekly basis because that's how it was aired. I don't really have the attention span for something like that though, I like to finish anime as quickly as possible and normally don't watch multiple shows at once. I'm looking forward to your post on it in a few years!
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So I just saw grave of the fireflies which was being at fairly decent theater in my area.
Even though this seemed like a must see for any anime fan out there and like the sort of thing everyone and their grandmother has seen, this was my first time seeing it. I didn't know a -whole lot- about it, but I had a fairly decent understand of what it's about. I was expecting something that showcased the horrors of war not just to soldiers but to innocent civilians too, as well as the hardships and struggles they have to deal with during war time. I figured it was going to be a very depressing, bleak, emotionally heavy tear jerker filled with depressing themes and anti war messages that would leave most people feeling miserable. While there is some of that there for sure, the war aspect seemed like more of a backdrop and not at all in focus. Likewise it wasn't so much so much "war is bad" as much as it was "whelp, that's just life." The deaths of the main characters weren't even really related to the war (although their parent's death was) Rather it was watching two characters slowly die of malnutrition, largely due to the pride , mistakes, and arrogance of the older brother. To the character's defense he was far from a bad brother and truly seemed to care a great deal for his sister. One might argue this is what got her killed. She really didn't like living with her aunt after all, so it's possible this is why they left to go live in a cave instead, or at least a factor in that. The decision to not live with their aunt seemed really immature and didn't make much sense, as that was what lead to their downfall. Sure, She wasn't exactly doing great while living with the aunt, but even that came down to them not sharing resources or money, or wanting to help with much of anything. She was 100% right when she said he was being a free loader who didn't share his money, his food, or help with work and other responsibilities, he even made excuses for why he couldn't go to school anymore but we see the aunt's daughter still goes to one. I figured the character would learn to swallow his pride, go back, only to find that he couldn't due to an air raid destroying the aunt's home and killing them. I figured that might happen even if he didn't decide to go back as a way of validating his decision to leave the comfort of that home, but nah. You don't even really see if the older brother regrets his actions or learned anything since the movie ends almost as soon as the sister dies. The ending was in fact so abrupt most of the audience seemed to stay until the lights turned on, I guess expecting more.
Anyways, This left me wondering what the moral if anything of this story was, the lesson, or what the take away was (if there even was one). In the end, it wasn't so much about war, but seemed to maybe be a hard and brutal lesson about swallowing one's pride and working with your local community, not being an outcast and working against said community which does aline with Japanese culture. Much like how old stories and fairy tails were very dark and gruesome by today's standards but had fairly clear messages.
Interesting thing I noticed was that it was early quite for such a packed theater, you could hear a pin drop in there. There was just one scene where people laughed, but aside from that it was mostly dead silence with the occasional sound of candy wrappers. Usually when I go to a movie I wait a few weeks and watch it during an off hour in the midweek to get the place to myself. Didn't have that option here as this was only showing for three days (one was dubbed) but I was glad to see people weren't being dicks.
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I'm currently watching watching Hyouka which was made by Kyoto Animation. I haven't really been a fan of the kind of series they made after Nichijou (K-On, Tamako Market, Maid Dragon, the one about Chuunis, Hibike! Euphonium) because it was a bit too generic for my tastes so I'm glad I found at least one of their more recent series that better captures the feeling of their work from the 2000s.
The show is about a guy who joins the Classics Club of his highschool on the request of his older sister who used to be a member as well. In typical anime fashion however, the show's main characters don't actually do anything related to what their club is supposed to be about and instead the series is a mix of a slice of life and mystery series. Every episode there is a (normally very small, lighthearted) mystery that the club tries to solve but it is always the lead character who comes up with the solution.
I feel like I may have enjoyed this series more had I been a bit younger as the personaliy and view of life of the main character is very similar to what I used to be like as a teenager (and that would probably go for most male anime viewers). His personality falls under the category of that of a nihilist who doesn't really feel any motivation to do anything out of the ordinary and doesn't seem to have any particular skills or talents aside of having above-average intelligence.
What I like especially about this series is the art and animation and more specifically, the fact that the show often changes art or animation style, this is normally done when attempting to explain something that has happened in the past. Outside of that, the art is as beautiful as that of any other Kyoani series.
>> No. 31651 [Edit]
I'm glad you're liking Hyouka, it's a great series. The direction and framing is outstanding. Though it might be a bit rude of me I feel I must point out that K-On came out before Nichijou.
>> No. 31653 [Edit]
>K-On came out before Nichijou
Oh, you're right. Ah well, I didn't like Nichijou nearly as much as Haruhi, Clannad or Lucky Star either.
Anyway, the point was more about their series seemingly losing their charm somewhere at the turn of the decade, at least to me. Which I personally would blame on them switching from manga/VN adaptions to LN adaptions. The whole point of light novels is that they have very simplistic writing intended for a young audience so that wouldn't seem like a very smart choice to adapt if you want to make a show that's interesting to watch. Besides, light novels are very easy to write and writing them can be done by pretty much everyone (which is not the case for regular literature of course) as opposed to making a manga or visual novel which either you need art skills or programming skills for, thus those products will generally be more professional in its writing as it took much more effort to get off the ground.
>> 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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