I just noticed I typed the wrong thing. I saw Fate Zero, which I believe is a prequel to Fate Stay Night. I saw the trailer and opening for Fate Stay Night, but it obviously didn't look as good as Fate Zero since it came out first.
So I shouldn't watch Fate Stay Night then? I figured while watching Fate Zero that the obvious attention paid to the little kids meant that they must have been in the original series and it ultimately proved to be true.
@golguin: No, you really shouldn't. It's a mess of an adaptation that takes a little bit of everything from all of the routes and mixes them together in one big giant puddle of mediocre. The VN is pretty decent from what I remember though it still has the worst protagonist of all time.
@no0b0rama: I can't possibly convey all the positive feelings I have about Shirou with simple words.
I just wish Nasu would stop writing sex scenes because they're all terrible.
@golguin: If it behooves you, just go for the visual novel. I was actually planning on getting it for Vita because it's apparently the best version?
@dchao: Get out.
Serioulsy though, I liked the first two novels as some simple light entertainment. It's everything after that first arc where everything completely nosedives in terms of writing and characters, so what I'm saying is:
@dchao: If you liked Sword Art Online you might like another from that author, Accel World. It's set in the same "universe" from what I understand just a decade or two different in time. The themes are similar but their approaches are quite different. SAO is much more of a straight adventure/romance while is somewhat of a parody of the SAO future. As far as tone goes, not knowing what else you've seen, I might suggest Eureka Seven, Katanagatari, Guilty Crown, and Shakugan no Shana. You might want to look into Steins;Gate and Nurarihyon no Mago, too. Steins;Gate has more depth the the story but Nurarihyon no Mago has more action especially in season 2. Other video game focused shows are .Hack and The World Only God Knows. Other shows where the characters from our world find themselves in alternate worlds (such as an MMO) include Ixion Saga DT, El Hazard, and Zero no Tsukaima.
@dchao: If you enjoy Eureka Seven, there is a steampunkish anime called Nadia Secret of Blue Water made a decade and a half earlier which is very similar. It's harder to find these days but I enjoyed it immensely. There was recently a Eureka sequel but I haven't gotten around to seeing it yet so I can't recommend it just yet. The original Eureka is in my top-5 of all time, so I doubt Eureka II will reach that level of perfection for me. Still, once I get through 124 episodes of Yawara, I'll give it a-go.
Some short JoJo PVs went up on Youtube, to coincide with the release of the new art book JOJOVELLER.
A neat little JoJo/Araki in media/pop culture timeline.
A short walkthrough of last year's JoJo Exhibition.
Cool stuff. Wish I had the money for that artbook.
@planetfunksquad: I have. I'd say it's one of those series that I didn't enjoy particularly, but think it was good that I watched all the way through. Some of the social commentary and insight into the shut-in mindset made me seriously uncomfortable. Too bad it gets diluted by some pretty bad comedy.
I'd say give it a shot. My experience ranged from cringing because it hit the spot and cringing because it missed completely, but all in all it was still an experience.
So, the Magi anime is ending or just goes on a hiatus? I would say it takes a break and returns at some point like Bakuman, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei or Natsume Yuujinchou, but I heard some bad stuff about the reception of it in Japan.
@alexandersheen: Officially, it's ending. What they're going to do, I don't know, it started off with some quite amazing TV ratings and the first volume sold quite well possibly due to an event ticket you got with it. As things went on though, the animation got more and more lazy and now they're going to end with an anime original ending (that makes one character worse, I might add), the second volume saw a 6k drop-off and that's quite a lot.
So whether they're going to continue or not is very much unknown.
@cloudenvy: I saw some gems of the quality on imageboards (fuckin' Tumblr, ruining my life.) Usually I overlook it with a blissful ignorance and try not to look real hard for bad animation bits, but recently even I can see it that something is not right. Looks like A-1 did a big disservice to Magi. Such a pity, cause it's so charming and I would love to see more of it in animated form (also gifs.)
A part of me says "It's okay if it is gnarly at some spots as long the story is compelling and gives the same sense of adventure like in the beginning." But at the same time "Could it pull it off like that? With bad animation which is the main point of an anime?" I don't know. Ah well, the manga is still going, so might as well...
@alexandersheen: A-1 did a big disservice to just about everything in the last 6 months. They're overworking themselves and it's showing, trying to have 6 series in production, 4 movies and all with a fairly restricted budget. Aniplex is going quanity over quality with them now, after all, the animation studio wasn't profitable in its first 4 years or so when they only made a handful of pretty good-looking shows. I'm usually fine with pretty low budget animation, I've been rewatching parts of Medaka Box Abnormal recently and half of the shots have giant speedlines and removed backgrounds and it's still cool, but once you get into paper-cutout territory I get really bothered:
To be fair, this particular episode looked like trash because A-1 didn't get their in-betweens from China in time but scheduling issues is no excuse, really.
@metalsnakezero: Agreed. I considered dropping it several times. Just checking if that was just what everyone else did too. XD
I think Kaito is one of the better characters, but man. Nothing really happens until laaaaaaaaaaate into the story.
So the Spring season shows are coming up. Which ones are you guys going to check out?
So far I'm going with Devil Survivor 2 and Railgun S but if I hear anything good about the other shows I'll check them out.
devil survivor 2, shinjeki no kyojin (the people of SA really like the manga so it's worth checking out... then again they do like Jojo's so who knows?), maybe something involving space since I need something to fill the bodacious space in my heart :(
- RGD Red Girl Data - I like me some P. A. Works joint
- Girls und Panzer - But before that, I have to watch the first 10 episodes
- Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru - I have to know what "Service Club" means
- Devil Survivor 2 The Animation - SMT, enough said
- Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. - WOO!
- Shingeki no Kyojin - Everything I saw from it makes it very promising
- Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S - More Saten Ruiko!
So far these are the ones I will definitely give a try.
Oh boy, new animes announced!
Let's see... I'll probably watch the second season of Nyaruko (though I need to finish the first) and I'll probably check out that Lucky Star spin off and see if it's good. The rest aren't familiar in any way so I'll just watch some random shows as they appear and see if any stick.
Also the end of the description for Airua sounds amusing. It's about "what happens when there is nothing happening".
My german is a little bit rusty, but if I remember correctly, mädchen is for little girl (elementary schooler age), fräulein is for young girl (high schooler age) and frau is for women (adult age).
Holy shit that is a lot of new shows. I'll stick to what I usually do, which is just get recommendations and then watch them. There is no way I'm watching everything that's catching my eye, and there is probably something good I'm glossing over. Anyhow. List of shit that looks interesting based 100% on that graph.
- Red Data Girl.
- Yahari Ore no blaalaalabalba
- Devil Survivor (SMT, can't go wrong right?)
- Shingeki No Kyojin (I read the manga so this one is given)
- Hentai Ouji (Cute art)
- Katanagatari, again :D
- Also I promised to watch all of Girls und Panzer, so I guess that too.
We'll see how it works out. I'm way more excited for this season in any case!
I never thought about it before but Trafalgar Law's ability is almost like Photoshop. Granted it's like a super watered down version where you can only cut, paste, and adjust orientation of whatever image is taken in his circles. Maybe it's like Photoshop 1.0 or MS Paint without the paint. If anything it may be more similar to video editing since everything is still in motion. I guess what I'm trying to say is, imagine if Vinny had that power. Nonstop hilarity.