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Offline Manimal

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1755 on: July 19, 2017, 07:26:37 PM »
Completed my third rewatch of K-On! season 1!

Nothing will top how the series made me feel when I watched it the second time last year. In 2015 it was fun and a great time, but in 2016 it was profound and smashed me with waves of odd melancholy in a way nothing has before. This time it was more like, yup it's great, a little bit of, if only I was in a band, and a few moments where I stopped to grab a guitar and rock out until I was out of breath and dizzy between episodes.

Before anything I want to talk about the 1 thing that keeps K-On! from being a 10/10 for me. As perfect as nearly everything is, Sawako is a serious hinder in the last third. She is an invasive character who not only de-grounds parts of the series but brings in unnecessary and lame anime elements like the maid outfits and such. It's not so racy in K-On but you know stuff like where she rips off Mio's pants at the Christmas party or drags her off to change somewhere, while we don't see anything, it's just not right in the context of the series.

It's an element unneeded and the series would be so much better if they just chilled out with Sawako. Her character is fine and in fact she has a great part in the series as the adviser who has been there done that and is now viewing youth like she had experienced previously. But the way she is in some episodes threatens to throw off the balance, like in the second training camp one. I still give K-On! a very solid and loving 9/10 but this is the thing that knocks it down in the first season.

But my favorite bit in the first season, sans the first training camp episode, is the conflict with Mio and Ritsu. The way they are portrayed is perfect, old friends who have a little scuffle then quickly make up. The way Ritsu acts and Mio reacts though is what makes things, it feels so real and like no other anime would capture the character of Mio so well. She's not a black and white shy girl, and in fact we see a whole lot of her personality. Same with Ritsu, I love her dynamic with Yui. Azusa is developed more in season 2, she's mostly quiet and polite here while being the voice of reason at times.

The club element is the genius of K-On!, through playing music together we get to see them work towards goals and view how each character is motivated and plays along. Mio is the natural McCartney style leader, down to being a lefty, and though we don't see much practice we get the idea how Yui could get good so fast but seeing how her one track mind works in the study episode. Though that fast solo she plays in episode 4 is bs, no one can do that after playing for a few months.

Mugi is always fun, and I love how she is the rich girl trope but completely expanded to reasonable levels. She is fascinated by things like working part time, and in the great foreshadowing of the series, we see her get excited to be asked "do you want fries with that?" to her working at the same place in the bonus episode. The series bookends masterfully when Yui runs to school confident and gets on stage to play Fuwa Fuwa Time, Mugi coming in for one last chorus. Oh I just love the little bubble this series sets up.

I can keep going all day believe me, but to keep things simple the first season of K-On! was still great to re-watch and sure enough the effects set in soon after and ya it makes me feel actual complex emotions for some reason. It's simply because I've never jammed with anyone, and I just love the world of K-On!, how sweet it is and how motivated and goal driven everyone is, they have purpose and...ah man. This and Hibike! Euphonium make me regret not joining concert band in school. I did come into stage band for my last few weeks, and played bass very poorly, but I don't count that as jamming for real. K-On! is the ultimate anime ideal, there is no better. It's just...nope. Cutting it off now. Onto season 2!

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1756 on: July 19, 2017, 08:13:13 PM »
Katanagatari, while not a perfect anime imo, is a pretty clever subversion of shonen tropes. Stuff like the 11 year girl being super powerful is not that new of a concept in a genre that lives on those sorts of b-movie-esque ideas. It's how the show deals with stuff like that, taking it to its logical conclusions. Most notably in how brazenly the show just states that Shichika kills people (rather than saying he "beats" them). Er, just wait till you get to the end and it'll show its cards.

I finished it back then, and while I enjoyed it as a whole... I'll hide it so as not to spoil it for anyone who hasn't watched it:

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I felt like the character motivations didn't add up at all towards the end. Yes, Shichika is "but a sword" and "a sword chooses its wielder", but his decision to join Togame at the start of anime always felt like there must be something more to why he agreed to join her. While Togame was a tropey, endearing anime girl character, the revelation about her and her overbearing lust for vengeange made me dislike her completely. It felt like betrayal, to have a character like that just say they've put up a facade for the duration of the whole anime, point blank and only revealing it because they're dying. A facade, on grounds that were never well touched upon in the anime, making the whole plot twist feel hollow. There were some other motivations as well that I didn't completely understand, but it might be just me.

All in all, it was worth a watch.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1757 on: July 21, 2017, 05:49:15 PM »
I was watching all hero academia until my wifi got down. It was a great anime!

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1758 on: July 21, 2017, 05:54:31 PM »
atm, Sousei no Onmyouji
I'm going to watch Crossed and Ghost in the Shell soon :D
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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1759 on: July 21, 2017, 05:59:11 PM »
Ghost in the shell is an awesome universe. I recommand watching the original movie twice because there are lots of details, of questions that go  beyond the movie. What means being human? What is a memory? What is a feeling? That movie unveils questions that, 15 or 20 years later, are deeply rooted in our actual society.
I really like Ghost in the shell Stand alone complex serie. The music, scenario and characters are awesome!

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1760 on: December 12, 2017, 01:44:43 PM »
Recently burnt through the first 9 episodes of Re;Zero yesterday. I have to say, although it's a bit winded, it is fantastic! Definitely a complex character driven drama (Maybe a thriller? I'm not sure how to apply that word) with really dark undertones... Can't wait to watch some more in my free time :thumbsup:

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1761 on: December 25, 2017, 01:24:19 PM »
Yeah Ghost in the smell is something else. Almost as epic as Neo Genesis Evangelion

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1762 on: December 30, 2017, 08:46:05 PM »
Finished Juni Taisen, seems like I'm the only one who bothered to :/

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1763 on: January 08, 2018, 09:40:03 PM »
Watched Aria The Animation

The first season of the Aria series is a nice slow paced watch with a lot of nice themes and overall tone. The idea of the story is fun, humans colonizing another planet and manually creating a new city in the image of Venice. The girls working as gondola riders guiding tourists around the waters. The setting was interesting, and there where some neat ideas. The characters aren't amazing but provide a lot of great moments and bits of dialogue. Some of the running jokes got old but I liked Aika and Akira a lot. They where a fairly fun group, even if not the most unique. The OP is great, and it's creative how there is no opening sequence but rather a few shots of the scenary before going to action and character's speaking while the song plays. The ED is really nice, it's all that I love about this era of anime.

I don't think this season of Aria is nearly as good as the studio's later Sketchbook Full Colours, but it was certainly very enjoyable to watch. I'm not in a rush to see the later seasons but they are there when I need this kind of nice entertainment. I feel like the next seasons would be better, as there are things to improve here but overall it has a lot of great ideas and I generally love when this kind of tone is pulled off well. Aria has the setting to make it more unique as well.


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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1764 on: January 09, 2018, 07:32:56 PM »
I'm currently watching March Comes In Like A Lion along with other series I've picked up recently. But March Comes In is a definite standout series filled with simple yet complex characters. The way the series builds and grows these characters is phenomenal and even going the extra mile to provide a few of the supporting cast characters insightful and genuine character arcs including Nikaidou, Shimada, and unforgettably Hinata, who's become my favorite character in the entire series in these recent episodes that delve into her arc.

All of these characters in their respective arcs put up front their strengths and weaknesses and their showcase of vulnerability and growth in turn helps the main character Rei grow exponentially. His development is steady, but natural and compare him now to how he was initially portrayed in the first episode you can immediately tell that he's become a different person for his own sake.

Of course, the story centers around the game of Shogi, a typical staple of entertainment seen in plenty of anime. But the series does a good job at engaging the audience, especially of the unfamiliar and novice, with this game. And it's purposely gives shogi personalities and characters depending on the playing style of the competitors.

Overall, it's a 10/10 series for me which isn't surprising because I'm already familiar with the creator's work with Honey & Clover which is a top 10 series for me. I definitely recommend you guys watch it and read it to. 

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1765 on: January 11, 2018, 02:25:23 PM »
I'm currently rewatching GREAT TEACHER ONIZUKA (GTO) on youtube.
I discovered that anime 12 years ago when I  was a student. Decided to watch it again...from a teacher point of view this time!

It is impressive how that anime aged well. The stories, the characters, the dialogs are still actual. I recognized myself as bot student and teacher. All episodes have hilarious moments and impressive emotionnal scenes too.
None of the characters are empty or useless.
The music is great. The animation is quite good too. Each episode is full of energy.

Conclusion: I wish I could do half the things Onizuka does to his students lol
It's too bad that the anime stopped halfway the manga.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1766 on: January 28, 2018, 09:49:09 AM »
I liked GTO a lot, but I dunno, I found it got a little formulaic after a while.  Great music though.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1767 on: February 04, 2018, 09:51:31 AM »
Just started the Ito Junji Collection, creepy stuff but filled with awesome concepts

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1768 on: February 04, 2018, 01:54:27 PM »
I'm watching that one as well. Not every story hits it for me, but usually at least one of the stories in an episode really jives for me.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1769 on: February 04, 2018, 02:34:46 PM »
I feel like it's less of a well thought out collection and more of a compilation of the ideas that Ito Junji played around with but couldn't make into something bigger. Kinda like practice for his other work.

I liked the short one about children turning into dolls but I couldn't see anything more coming of it than what was shown. I feel like the one about long dreams could've easily been made into something awesome if it had been from the dreamer's perspective