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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1905 on: January 05, 2021, 10:52:03 PM »
Hajimete no Gal

It wouldn't take a genius to realize this show was going to be trash, but I guess I was in the mood to watch something dumb. Sure enough it was a bad show with extremely unlikable characters, in fact it's one of the worst anime I've ever finished. There was some actually hilarious moments and it sucked in a way that kept me interested. The last two episodes really revealed how awful of a series it is. This is just some straight up trash.

Junichi is a guy who askes out a gal girl because he assumes she'll give it up easy and he can finally get laid. Plot twist she says yes and she ends up not being that kind of girl. So that's different, two characters start a relationship in the first episode. Sure enough Junichi realizes what he actually likes about Yukana and we the viewer honestly have no idea why she likes him at first. Suddenly a bunch of girls want to bang Junichi and it's an anime so you know where it goes from here. This show had a big focus on Junichi and Yukana's friend groups and they all played big roles in the show. Junichi's friends were both the best and worst part of the show.

We always see the sidekicks in these romance ecchi shows. They react to the main character's good luck and get jealous and everything. But this is one of the only shows were I've seen those characters be used heavily in every episode. Shinpei and Keigo are utterly hilarious and they are the only good thing about this show. They are just two morons who provide lots of comedy. Minoru however is an actual child predator. He always talks about how he lusts over elementary school students and it's almost okay in the eyes on the show. He shows a map he made of where every kid in the neighborhood lives and his friends even set him up to work at a Day Care. This was just gross, I'm not one to complain about edgy comedy but this was just framed terribly and shouldn't of been here.

This show presents a horrible relationship. Junichi has crushingly low self confidence and when he expresses his feelings of unworthiness to Yukana she gets mad at him and gives him the cold shoulder. I found his actions to be very realistic of someone with such low self confidence and everyone makes him feel like a terrible person for this. The show frames it as being his fault. Of course I don't expect anime characters to act in morally correct ways. I love White Album 2 because of how brutal and selfish the characters act. The difference is in the framing. Hajimete no Gal shows that everyone sh!tting on Junichi while he's depressed and in a fit of self doubt is correct. That's just plain rotten and sends a really awful message.

This show is just bad so I won't spend more time writing about it. It's worth a watch to see how bad it is. It was entertaining and I loved the insanity of Shinpei and Keigo. If you dig deep you will find many great issues with Hajimete no Gal, this one stinks.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1906 on: January 12, 2021, 08:03:55 AM »
Moyashimon (Season 1)

A fantastic series focused on a niche topic. Just like Silver Spoon we follow a cast of characters studying a specific field which the show teaches us about. In Moyashimon it's microorganisms which the main character Sawaki is able to see. They are represented by fun little chibi characters. The premise is unusual and the show is very unique in how it handles everything. We get an excellent and likeable cast of characters. Moyashimon shows us once more that College anime are awesome and we need more.

I loved the whole cast and found every episode very entertaining. They take a lot of common themes like a Spring Festival and turn it into something different. The abilities of Sawaki make for an interesting dynamic in his relationships with the other characters. Misato and Kawahama seem like scumbags looking to exploit Sawaki at first but then we get to learn more about them and find they are his true bros. Both of them are just fun idiots. Haruka is the spice of the series, I liked her character and the development we get towards the end of the season. Naturally all her outfits were the best part of the show. Having a harsh character that means well like her made it interesting. The creator of this series obviously had a great interest in microbos but also leather & gothic lolita outfits. Putting this together was a brilliant idea.

I liked Mutou a lot also, she's the big drunk who's looking for her next step. Since it's a college anime we get to see various characters at different places in life. The Professor was quite an enigma and I loved his antics, although he had a certain scheme that was highly questionable mid series. There is a plot twist with Sawaki's friend Yuuki that the show surprisingly handles really well. I like that everything in this show isn't made to be big and dramatic, it handles things in a more reasonable way. The character development is more subtle and you really enjoy seeing what everyone gets up to.

The artstyle was nice and I love the character designs. There is a bit of a different look to this series that is a bit more grounded. It reminded me of Prison School in this aspect. So ya, the first season of Moyashimon was great. This show was really fun to watch and extremely entertaining. Great cast and a unique concept that is done very well. I was utterly horrified to see what happened to the great art in the second season. I'll give it a chance but if it stinks atleast this first season was good.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1907 on: January 18, 2021, 08:43:07 AM »
Genshiken (Season 1)

An anime about Otaku in a club is very common nowadays. Genshiken is from 2004 however, before there was a series like this every season, and it has a lot of charm and unique personality. It's a full on Slice of Life, mundane adventures of these characters in a University anime club. They focus on many aspects of Otaku culture like doujin, cosplay, Gunpla and video games. The cast is great and I really enjoyed the slow pace. There are some seriously creative episodes here.

Saki is the character that makes the dynamic interesting. She's the outsider in the group who hates Otaku stuff but puts up with it because her boyfriend is into it. Saki is really quite mean but it all comes around in the end and you see her slowing warming up to it. Kousaka was hilarious, he's more interested in anime and games than Saki which leads to a lot of funny moments. Sasahara is the self insert character, he's very simple and balanced. Madarame is hilarious, he's such a freak. There is this incredible episode where he's in the club room with Saki and the whole time he's overthinking and trying to socialize with her. But he's so socially inept that he keeps failing. This is the entire full length episode and it shows how crafty the show is.   

All the episodes are different and there are some great ones. I loved the Gundam episode. Saki gets oddly jealous when everyone enjoys building Gunpla kits and putting in lots of effort. It really shows the joy of Gunpla. Saki borders on unlikable in this episode though, especially when she breaks Oono's kit by moving the leg. Genshiken has a great atmosphere and mood. It has that slightly older anime feel, slow moving. It gets you in on these character's lives. There is a fake anime they watch, a mysterious club president and lots of weird little quirks.     

I really enjoyed this first season and there is plenty more to watch. I have known about this show for many years and I was waiting for the right time to watch it. Now was certainly a good time, it's just fun to watch these characters hang out. Since things are how they are now this is a good show to watch and live vicariously through the characters.   

 

Genshiken OVA

This is a 3 episode OVA to bridge between seasons 1 and 2. It introduces a new character Chika who notably adds a lot to the dynamic. The art is better in this OVA and so is the writing. We see more care put into the personalities of each character. It's actually insane how much of an improvement this is and it gives me reasonable hopes for season 2.  Chika's introduction is weird but she quickly falls in. I really liked her tsundere attitude. 

Episode 2 of this OVA was really special. It tapped into something I haven't quite seen in anime before. This episode focuses on Madarame and Saki mostly. It shows how Saki actually cares about him and tries to help in her own way. The focus is on fashion. Saki starts by critiquing the way Chika dresses and then the focus turns to Madarame. Saki notes how he dresses like a typical otaku with no thought put into what he wears. Madarame then goes out of his comfort zone and goes into a trendy clothes store after almost running away a few times. We really feel how uncomfortable and out of place he thinks he is.

He gets resolve and buys the kind of clothes he wants. Later he comes across Saki in public and he learns from an encounter they have earlier in the episode so he greets her. This leads to a great moment where they get sushi and ride home. You see Madarame develop throughout the episode and come to a realization. Buying new clothes he put thought into helps his self confidence and he is excited to show Saki how he's taken her advice to heart. He is very awkward and Saki makes fun of him for it but the show treats him like a real person instead of the Otaku stereotype he was in season 1.

I was extremely impressed with the writing of this episode and how human it felt. These characters were given new depth and Saki especially suddenly felt less like a hot blooded mean girl. I loved the message of the episode and the character development. It really struck a chord with me. There were so many subtle moments that were brilliant here and I could write a lot about it. In short this is a great OVA.   

 

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1908 on: January 26, 2021, 07:48:28 AM »
Genshiken 2

The second season of Genshiken is more serious then the original while still maintaining a similar tone. The series focuses on a part of life that other anime, especially club based series, never seem to touch on. We see the cast mature and go off to start their careers. This season had more of a story throughout with a big focus on Comiket. It was less episodic and silly than the first season but it didn't have the high quality of the OVA either. I feel this season would be better with a rewatch. It's sort of like K-ON!! where now that we know who the characters are they can be explored in ways we didn't see before.

Chika is the new addition from the OVA and she's great. I loved her character, she was easily my favorite. Her tsundere attitude and struggle with her identity with her Otaku nature make her compelling. Sasahara gets the most focus and we see him get absolutely broken down trying to search for a job. There are some real bleak moments where the show taps into great emotion. Saki is the most improved character, she was a bit over the top mean in season 1 but she's more even. Even though she can be rude she is always helpful and shows how she cares in the ways she motivates her friends.

I found this season a bit more dull and the graduation episode left a bit of a bitter taste with me. It just made me really sad. I liked seeing the characters grow and I loved Chika but there was a certain bleakness throughout. There were two American characters that were hilarious there and soooo much English gets spoken by them and Ohno. It leads to some amazing scenes where characters struggle to understand each other. The show has this very amusing view of typical Americans in Japan. One girl is very upfront, flirty and loud. The other screams out random Japanese curses and says stuff like "YOU ARE, BAKA". That was all gold.

The voice acting is great in Genshiken and so is the soundtrack. The opening is a parody of Gundam Seed and it was amusing once but I skipped it most of the time. Overall Genshiken 2 was good and I think a rewatch in the future would improve it. There is another season after where Chika is the main character which is enough to sell it to me. The only thing is the rest of the cast is new which will be hard to accept. I don't think I'll watch it next though. So ya Genshiken is quite good and worth a watch. 


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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1909 on: February 11, 2021, 09:07:10 AM »
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

This 13 episode OVA is a look at the very best Mecha anime has to offer with it's stunning animation and extreme attention to mechanical detail. 90's OVA quality is unbeatable and the visuals of Stardust Memory are amazing. The sheer cool factor is here in every aspect and the effort put into making the Mobile Suits look practical and natural for the world around them is remarkable. 90's Gundam designs and aesthetics are my absolute favorite of the entire franchise.

The story gets rushed by the last act and some of the characters like Nina were poorly written. The big focus of Stardust Memory is on the military aspect and the battle between the Earth Federation and the last remnants of Zeon. This series is really dedicated to that focus on war. First it's set on Earth and then they go into space, which is when things really pick up. There is just amazing Sci-Fi all over and constant cool stuff thrown at us. I didn't really like the melodrama Nina created. Kou and Gato are the great rivals who are determined to defeat each other no matter what. It leads to an amazing beam saber brawl with the GP01/FB and GP02. That was the best part. Overall they were just kind of copies of Amuro and Char but I didn't mind that too much. Cima was an absolutely smoking and ruthless lady, I liked her a lot. Lieutenant Burning was great as well. 

A series can't get by on good visuals alone. Overall I enjoyed the story despite it's flaws. The visuals are overwhelmingly what makes Stardust Memory great and everytime the Mobile Suits are on screen it's a wonder. There is a lot of screentime for them as well. The shot in the first OP were the GP01 Gundam rises from the ship and goes down the launch bay while the cheesy song goes "I GOT A BURNING LOVE!" is the exact reason I love anime. It's so exciting and cool and just what it's all about for me. This series was made for the people who love those small details in Mecha anime and want to see some cool stuff that only 90's OVAs could give us.

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