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#4001 Posted by Hamst3r (5467 posts) -
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#4002 Posted by InstantRyan (524 posts) -

Now to debate whether to watch this one new episode of OPM when it releases over the weekened or wait the 16 months til Winter 2020.

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#4003 Posted by AlKusanagi (1627 posts) -

Between Chio's School Road and Asobi Asobase, comedy has been ON POINT this season.

PS. Asobi Asobase fucks.

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#4004 Posted by SethMode (1713 posts) -

This thread is very daunting, but I like what I've read, and I'm admittedly a bit of a lightweight. Can someone suggest a good next thing after catching up with My Hero Academia? I love all weirdness, but right up front, I hate all of the weird creepiness that is even limited in MHA. So, while I can take it, I would prefer something that at least as it on a limited level.

Other things I've watched:
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Attack on Titan

I know those two don't do much to show it, but I do REALLY like the humor of anime (or at least, how different it is from Western shit) so I wouldn't be averse to comedies. I just don't love the "creepy guy wants to fuck girl and is obsessed with all of her business" vibe (basically, anything Mineta-ish, in MHA speak).

Thanks in advance duders!

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#4005 Posted by AlKusanagi (1627 posts) -

@sethmode: I can't recommend "A Place Further than the Universe" more than enough. Probably my favorite show of the last decade. Mostly a drama with quite a bit of comedy, but high quality all around. I'd also recommend Laid Back Camp (aka Jeff's favorite new anime), the chillest anime around and just good wholesome fun.

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#4006 Edited by Zeik (5174 posts) -

@sethmode: I am obligated by law to recommend Steins;Gate whenever this topic arises, since it is my favorite anime of all time.

If those three anime are literally all you've seen though then there's plenty of other classics to recommend, like Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. More recently, I did enjoy Hinamatsuri quite a bit, as a pretty wacky comedy with some drama. I also haven't quite finished Laid Back Camp, but that's just a pure feel good anime.

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#4007 Posted by SethMode (1713 posts) -

@zeik: Thanks duder! I have see Cowboy Beebop and all of the Ghost in the Shell stuff, but still, thanks again. I just was thinking from a more modern perspective because I've fallen into this pretty hard. VRV has been a good service as far as I can tell.

I'll add Hinamatsuri. I guess more than anything I've been surprised at how funny it can be. Not to say that I didn't think it could, but I grew up with very specific ideas of what anime was in the US, and this is still that, but like, in the best way possible and with a lot to say on top of that (if that makes sense).

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#4008 Posted by imhungry (1076 posts) -

@sethmode: I'm going to echo the recommendation for A Place Further than the Universe just because it's also maybe my favourite show in a long time and quite possibly the best single season of anime I've ever watched. Laid Back Camp is also incredibly good if you're into the relaxing, slice-of-life genre.

If you're looking for more action-oriented fare, I really enjoyed Tiger & Bunny which I'm just now realising as I type is over 5 years old already. It's basically MHA if it was centered on the adults and All-Might was having a mid-life crisis though depending on your tolerance for 3D animation I could see people getting turned off. Assassination Classroom is also lots of fun, good mix of gags and action.

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#4010 Edited by JunkerWoland (92 posts) -

@sethmode: I tried to think of some decent recommendations based on the shows you listed, which seemed similar in being not entirely serious action titles. I used the current Crunchyroll catalog to provide some manner of limitation, plus it should allow for easy previewing.

Suggestions: Martian Successor Nadesico (in anime form, a somewhat satirical take on robot anime); Rurouni Kenshin (Meiji-era ronin sworn to no longer kill, first two season are the best); Trigun (Wild West sci-fi about a gunslinger with a $60 billion bounty on his head); and Visions of Escaflowne (girl is transported to a fantasy world and gets involved with warring kingdoms, it’s got a giant robot with a cape that turns into a dragon).

Given you’re watching My Hero Acadamia, you might also find interesting the most recent version of GeGeGe no Kitaro (a more action-oriented take on the classic manga), and possibly Yu Yu Hakusho (a supernatural spin on the DBZ & MHA formula).

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#4011 Posted by matiaz_tapia (624 posts) -

Looking at the plot of bleach and I have seen the reviews for it, I feel like watching it for some reason. Maybe you guys can convince me otherwise. Oh is the manga any better or nah.

Weirdly enough I just finished re-watching the whole thing last week ( on a whim). I will interject based on other people's points of view here and say that the opposite of what they said is also true. The first few arcs are good, but a lot of people consider the ones after that to be the best the show had to offer. It does change however from a "monster of the week" type of show to a "samurai drama +super powers" kind of thing...So the discrepancy in taste and opinions is not that surprising.

After the 4th arc, there is some stretching and plenty of filler that is simply best to be avoided. Just my opinion, but amount of filler was probably instrumental on the decrease on popularity....And that 5th arc was kind of a literal waste of time.

HOWEVER. If you are like me and watched Bleach back in the day ( and this is for all those comments saying: it was good at first but then meh, which was me also.) And you never finished the story. The final arc is something special, tho only available for the manga. Not sure it it could get made as an animated shounen show nowadays, it would require too much censorship and it's been too long.

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#4012 Posted by DocHaus (2717 posts) -

@sethmode: If you seek weird humor, check out Nichijou/My Ordinary Life and Daily Lives of Highschool Boys. If you prefer a little more action with your humor, check out Lupin the Third. The latter may seem daunting but you can jump in at almost any episode without worrying about plot continuity. All you really need to know is there's a guy named Lupin and he travels with a small group of thieves to steal stuff, and there's a hardass cop that uses these Inspector Gadget style tech to try and catch him (especially in earlier seasons), but somehow they always backfire.

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#4013 Posted by SethMode (1713 posts) -

All of you have been so helpful, thank you so much. Also, I hate you all because now I'm probably never going to leave my couch again.

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#4014 Edited by DocHaus (2717 posts) -

I have no idea what this show is going to be other than some modern-day yuri ninja shenanigans with the character designer from Yuru Yuri but I want a single of whatever the track playing through most of this trailer is.

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#4015 Posted by AlKusanagi (1627 posts) -

I know it's not quite anime, but HOLY SHIT Voltron: Legendary Defender season 7!!! They went full Macross and I LOVED it!

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#4016 Posted by Hamst3r (5467 posts) -

I got the urge to read some manga recently and ended up plowing through Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Blame. I'm currently on volume 14 of Berserk and volume 3 of Made in Abyss.

Manga was never really of interest to me before, but what started as a list of incomplete anime adaptations has lead to me actually reading several. My list has expanded a bit from there, including some manga I've simply heard good things about, but I'm here looking for further recommendations.My plan to read list currently includes... 20th Century Boys, Ajin, Bastard, Detroit Metal City, Dorohedoro, Emblem Take 2, I Am A Hero, Ichi the Killer, Liar Game (I watched the J-Drama a long time ago), Oyasumi Punpun, Real, Sanctuary, Kaiji, The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria, Vagabond, Vinland Saga (even though it's getting adapted, I thought I'd read a bit of it first for a change), Watamote, and Our Happy Hours.

Anything else that's seemingly never getting an adaptation or never getting a good adaptation that I should look into?

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#4017 Edited by Rejizzle (1021 posts) -

@sethmode said:

I know those two don't do much to show it, but I do REALLY like the humor of anime (or at least, how different it is from Western shit) so I wouldn't be averse to comedies. I just don't love the "creepy guy wants to fuck girl and is obsessed with all of her business" vibe (basically, anything Mineta-ish, in MHA speak).

Thanks in advance duders!

Comedy seems like the toughest thing to localize. Don't envy the job one bit.

But if you like Cowboy Bebop then give Space Dandy a try. It's by some of the same creative team and is all comedy. Not all of it hits, but there are tonnes of jokes packed in and enough of them land to make it worthwhile.

I was genuinely surprised how much I enjoyed an anime called "Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun." Basically a guy draws a comic book and enlists his friends to help. Strong characters, good pacing, worth a watch.

FLCL can be real funny at times. This new season did less for me than the old stuff and the series is built around puberty so gets kinda horny in places, but hey, what are ya gonna do?

Pretty sure all these can be streamed on crunchyroll or funimation

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#4018 Posted by imhungry (1076 posts) -

@hamst3r: That's a solid list for stuff in that tone/genre, don't know that I have much else to recommend that hasn't yet been adapted. If you can read Japanese then Billy Bat, another work by Urasawa, is worth checking out if you end up enjoying 20th Century Boys. Not sure if you put Zeroth Maria on there by accident since it's a novel, but if you come away from reading that liking that style of writing then the Zaregoto series is another good, similarly absurdist set of novels.

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#4019 Edited by JunkerWoland (92 posts) -

@hamst3r: Happened to notice Bastard!! was part of your list of manga to read, due to incomplete animated adaptations. Just a heads-up, the official English release from Viz was quietly cancelled at Volume 19, and the series is essentially dead and unfinished in Japan, with the most recent collected release being Volume 27 back in 2012. Much as I still totally dig the series and don't want to dissuade people, be aware the later volumes essentially degenerate into gratuitous artwork porn, and the story never reaches a point that could be read as a satisfactory conclusion.

As for other recommendations, these are admittedly selfish picks, but the most recent anime adaptation that really disappointed me was Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa/My Monster Secret; it's a gag comic, built around a sweet romance storyline. Also, if you're OK with shoujo titles, Kimi ni Todoke; the animated version was very well done, but created prior to the manga's completion and will probably never finish the story in anime form. Similarly, people usually love the movie, but Viz released a very nice hardcover edition of the Nausicaa manga. And I'm just gonna pimp my avatar and suggest the Devilman Classic Collection from Seven Seas, based of the recently released first-of-two volumes (although I do wish the paper quality was a bit better).

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#4021 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2867 posts) -

All of you nerds need to get on High Score Girl. A good while ago I asked for anime romcoms that were grounded, preferably with some likeable and funny protagonists and some nerdy crap. I'm not expecting everyone to share those tastes, but I think the anime thread on Giant Bomb should be ripe with people who can get very into a romcom set in the arcade scene of Japan in the 90s - essentially a couple of kids bonding over playing games while growing up. They're sniping my interests very hard considering all the Capcom on display here, granted, so I'm not exactly trying to be objective. But I'm enjoying it a ton. The characters are pretty beliveable and likeable, and while not realistic in the strictest sense(the love interest barely speaks and communicates entirely with facial expressions and cartoon violence), everyone's emotions feel real. It feels a lot like the author himself grew up like this and is now writing a love story in the period of his own youth - as opposed to something like Gamers!, which at best feels like playing with romcom tropes in a generic anime high school and at worst just is those tropes. It reminds me of Genshiken in the sense that the entire setting feels true to life. And despite the differences between Japan in the 90s and say, my rural Norwegian town in the 90s, subculture is international. If you're spending your time on a video game forum, you can relate to this stuff. And if you can enjoy the setting and then also enjoy some funny setup and good gags to make you like these characters before twisting the knife of heartache and drama, you're in for a good time.

I normally can't stand these TV-level computer graphics shows, it's just such a wide gap from what those 3d models look like and animate like compared to any proper CG animation - Like even just King K. Rool's Smash bros. reveal this week looked way better than any CG TV anime I've seen. However, they do a lot with color, framing and the lighting to make it look way better than it should, and heighten the atmosphere with some great emotional music. As ugly as High Score Girl is compared to most manga(I'd compare it to Mob Psycho 100), the anime adaptation does its best to make it look good.
I normally can't stand these TV-level computer graphics shows, it's just such a wide gap from what those 3d models look like and animate like compared to any proper CG animation - Like even just King K. Rool's Smash bros. reveal this week looked way better than any CG TV anime I've seen. However, they do a lot with color, framing and the lighting to make it look way better than it should, and heighten the atmosphere with some great emotional music. As ugly as High Score Girl is compared to most manga(I'd compare it to Mob Psycho 100), the anime adaptation does its best to make it look good.

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#4022 Posted by AlKusanagi (1627 posts) -

High Score Girl isn't streaming anywhere officially yet though, right? Rumor is it will be on Netflix, but they air everything after the fact.

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#4023 Edited by JunkerWoland (92 posts) -

@alkusanagi: The show's official US premiere is at this year's Otakon, with a related panel in about thirty minutes and subtitled screening of the first two episodes later in the day. There's a good chance something will be announced, regarding its eventual availability, at least in the US .

::edit:: The show is another Netflix casualty and will be available on the service in December 2018 (ANN article).

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#4024 Posted by sakesushi (15 posts) -

@hamst3r: I don't read manga these days, but the one anime I watched that got cut short is Spice and Wolf. I'm not sure if the manga is complete - it was a light novel first - but if witty banter around trade and economy in a fantasy historical European setting between a merchant and a fox girl sounds like your thing, then that's the manga for you!

For everyone else, has anyone tried any of the new shows that started airing? None of them really jumped out at me from their VRV descriptions.

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#4026 Edited by mezmero (3688 posts) -

As a fan of Kaiji I think Middle Manager Tonegawa has been kind of a disappointment. It obviously shares its DNA with Kaiji but it feels like it's missing what I found so appealing about that show. Namely treating the main character like a piece of garbage only to have him rise against the odds in desperate and pathetic ways. All the anxiety and stress of characters in Tonegawa is almost entirely self-inflicted paranoia in a very corporate culture. It's also just a hard swing to go from a down on his luck pleb struggling with compulsive gambling debts to people who lead seemingly well-off lives by being bland, boring, and obedient. Not a very uplifting mind set to evoke to viewers when it's clearly meant to be more comedic than the show which it's based.

Been chipping away at the first season of Gravity Falls, turns out that show is pretty good. The premise is a bit flimsy for my liking but it's doing what a lot of my favorite modern cartoons do by building a clear continuity to be drawn upon in later episodes. Animation is great though that's sort of a moot point considering it's Disney animation, damn right it better look good. Perhaps it's more that it's stylized in a way that makes all the characters and creatures stand out really well. Definitely plan on watching more of this.

Watched a bit of that Dreamworks Troll Hunters show and I think it's decent. Feels like a cross between Mighty Max and Gargoyles with a shounen-esque feeling of progression for the main character. What's keeping me from loving it is that in terms of modern CG cartoons I think that TMNT show sets the gold standard that I feel this show doesn't quite reach in the episodes I've seen. Also I can't help but be bothered that it's not the D&D defined 'trolls' that I'm used to. They have far more in common with Disney's Gargoyles than they do with any variations in Forgotten Realms or even Norwegian folklore(though I'm no expert).

@hamst3r: I'll always recommend Blade of the Immortal as it's one of my favorites. I just love the flavor it brings to the samurai period drama with some truly unique fictional weaponry and almost guerilla style tactics for one-on-one combat. It's probably why I could never love Rurouni Kenshin as I just think it's a better more grown-up version of that similar concept. Content warning up front though, there's some pretty brutal abuse of women if that's a deal breaker for you. It got a limited anime and I personally didn't think it did the books justice, and it probably couldn't given some of the fucked up things that happen later. Apparently it had a film adaptation by Takashi Miike last year which I have not seen.

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#4027 Posted by briarpack (275 posts) -

Oi! Angolmois: Record of the Mongol Invasion is surprisingly good, seems like the dark horse of the season. It shares it's subject matter with Ghost of Tsushima, which is fun, and the OP is very mid 2000s and that's rad.

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Finished up Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory at last, the fourth season of FMP. It's remarkable that this show exists, 13 years after the last season aired. This show began in 2002, so if you've been watching it since then you have my condolences. Along with Young Justice getting renewed for a season 3, this is giving me glimmers of hope for God Hand 2 and Spectacular Spider-man season 3, and I honestly don't wanna have that at this point. It's never gonna happen! But I would love it if it did.

It's pretty great having it back. As far as I can tell all the voice actors are the same, and their performances haven't notably aged. Some of the music I feel like I recognize, and some of it feels new, but it's all cool bombastic stuff that fits with the heroic military mecha thing the show is going for. The best thing here is just seeing a continuation of the story. Some details have gotten cloudy over the years, but it's cool to just have an unifinished story roll on like nothing happened. It's a strong season, too! Mithril enters all-out war with the bad guys, mechas invade Sousuke's neighborhood to get a hold of Chidori, some serious shit happens in this season. It changes the status quo considerably from the previous seasons of staying undercover at Chidori's school and then occasionally going on missions, and it's all very exciting. Few shows blend military action, mecha action, heroics and just a touch of romantic comedy as well as FMP does. Despite fantastical elements like the lambda driver, grounding everything in equipment and the military gives FMP a good tangible setting for all the action. And the artstyle, which used to look painfully stereotypical of anime, has now gotten so old that it looks positively retro. It stands out, and has a touch more realism to its character design than many shows, so it still works.

On the negative side, this is definitely just another 12 episode season. The show might get another season next year or it might go dormant for another 13 depending on sales, but regardless, this story isn't done. The animators involved are also either not skilled enough or not given enough time, 'cause people just don't look on-model very often when they move around quickly. Some shots are gonna look great, and then suddenly the bad guy runs away and it's like looking at a stick figure. I really miss that Kyoto Animation level quality here. It kills the mood when something serious is happening, or a gun fight is going down, and instead of the kills looking suitably horrific as the bystanders scream, it just looks like some blobs sprung a leak. Computer graphics have reached FMP at last, and they look as bad as they always do, a car chase in an early episode being a particularly ugly offender. The mechs are also all CG, and personally i think it's hard to look at the new ones and not think about how cool the old ones could look. There's technically more animation, right? You can move around CG models a lot easier than you can draw mechas jumping around, and that occasionally looks very cool. But they also look entirely fake and superimposed upon the regular artwork.

Overall, I enjoyed it and could go for another season. Hopefully it won't take 13 years.

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#4029 Posted by BabyChooChoo (7080 posts) -

I don't know if I've said this before, but Murata might just be my favorite manga artist working today. Horikoshi (Hero Academia) is my favorite author no question, at least as far as ones who have been consistently working these past few years, but Murata is on some otherworldy shit. He draws the version of One Punch Man that most people are familiar with because it's the one they based the anime off of. The man is insane. He'll just drop 150+ pages for one chapter like it's nothing and it'll be some of the dopest shit to happen in the series so far. Like the chapter that just came out involved something like 50 characters throwing down and it's fucking sick. The whole thing is fucking sick. Who does that? Who can do that?

I'd post the whole chapter if I could.
I'd post the whole chapter if I could.

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#4030 Posted by golguin (5469 posts) -

Not sure how many people are on the Hanebado! train, but episode 7 was savage. I don't think I've ever seen a girl's sport anime unless you count Keijo, but this one is amazing.

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#4031 Edited by AlKusanagi (1627 posts) -

I just found out that the Cowboy Bebop movie is playing in theaters tonight. Guess my evening is booked.

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#4032 Posted by SethMode (1713 posts) -

So, I just started Steins;Gate and it's kind of breaking my brain.

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#4033 Posted by Zeik (5174 posts) -

@sethmode: The original? In what way? Because the early parts of that show are pretty chill compared to where it goes later.

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#4034 Posted by SethMode (1713 posts) -

@zeik: The original. And I'm on episode 3. And, to be clear, it's not breaking my brain in a bad way, it just has a real like 12 Monkey's vibe. Knowing that it gets even weirder is both exciting and exhausting. I just didn't really know what to expect and then I started it and now I REALLY don't know what to expect haha.

Some of the dialogue is really terrific.

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#4035 Edited by Zeik (5174 posts) -

@sethmode: Yeah, I remember having a similar experience when I first saw it. I knew pretty much nothing about it other than it being well regarded. But it ended up being my very favorite anime by the end.

Some people seem to have a problem with the early parts of the show being too slow, but I think it does a very good job setting the scene and letting you get to know the characters before bigger events start to happen. The show wouldn't be half as good without it. I'd gladly even watch a whole series of those characters just hanging out.

(Seriously, someone give me the Steins;Gate equivalent of that Fate cooking spin-off, please.)

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#4036 Posted by SethMode (1713 posts) -

@zeik: I'm really enjoying it so far, and it is just weirdly, hilariously funny at times. I'm looking forward to the rest!

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#4037 Posted by imhungry (1076 posts) -

@golguin: I'm was wavering on whether to stick with the show but I'll guess I'll truck on for now on the back of this recommendation. I'm enjoying it for the most part and the animation has been amazing, probably good enough that I'd watch the show for the matches alone, but drama because of a cartoonishly horrific parent is one of my least favorite anime tropes so it's been sort of grating at times. Also pink hair girl and her antics of literally tying Ayano up in rope and coughing on her felt wildly out of place in such a grounded show, especially since that action is framed as causing a seismic shift in Ayano's life.

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#4038 Posted by benderunit22 (1922 posts) -

@golguin:I jumped on the Hanebado train since I see a lot more talk about it compared to Harukana Receive (which, let's be clear, more slice of life than sports anime, but I like it a lot more.) That said, it feels thematically uneven where she's convinced to join the club by remembering how much she loves badminton, how she wants to succeed for the group and now she's back to yandere psycho girl. Let's be clear, her mother is definitely on the short list of "worst parent of the year" nominees, but there are a lot of weird, over-the-top characters that don't fit. Some of the side characters, like the blonde 2nd year girl, were much more relatable.

@sethmode: ah, episode 3, those were the days...

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#4039 Posted by AlKusanagi (1627 posts) -

I'm pretty sure I'm now on a watch list after that latest Chio's School Road episode...

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#4040 Posted by NotSoSneakyGuy (218 posts) -

I've been on a kick on some older anime as of recently:

Magic Knight Rayearth - Haven't gotten through Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card yet, but I remember Magic Knight Rayearth being a previous Clamp work. I was surprised to find the first 10 or so dubbed episodes on youtube. It's kind of a typical mahou shoujo by today's standards, and in a post Madoka Magica world I'm not sure I would recommend someone go out and see. Especially since it's not on any streaming service and mostly likely never will be.

Apparently Fox Kids was going to air it and the Fox Kids version of the opening is also on youtube. It is a terrible opening.

Viz Media's twitch channel has been streaming the entire JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series subbed all this week. I didn't catch it until about half way through part 2. I think they're near the second half of Stardust Crusaders now. Not a bad way to spend the weekend.

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#4041 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2867 posts) -

I thought the first episode of Steins;Gate was very confusing. Definitely a case of "this is a time travel story, so this will make sense whenever we these events from another perspective". From there on out I didn't have any problem following along, though.

@alkusanagi said:

I'm pretty sure I'm now on a watch list after that latest Chio's School Road episode...

Judging from the next episode preview, things won't get any less watch listy next episode.

can you tell this dude also draws porn y/n
can you tell this dude also draws porn y/n

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#4042 Edited by evil_gordita (75 posts) -

@redhotchilimist said:
On the negative side, this is definitely just another 12 episode season. The show might get another season next year or it might go dormant for another 13 depending on sales, but regardless, this story isn't done. The animators involved are also either not skilled enough or not given enough time, 'cause people just don't look on-model very often when they move around quickly. Some shots are gonna look great, and then suddenly the bad guy runs away and it's like looking at a stick figure. I really miss that Kyoto Animation level quality here. It kills the mood when something serious is happening, or a gun fight is going down, and instead of the kills looking suitably horrific as the bystanders scream, it just looks like some blobs sprung a leak.

While I don't know any of the details, my understanding is that there were some very serious production issues behind the scenes, (I think) even to the point of whole episodes getting delayed. It's a shame because this show deserved better.

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#4043 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2867 posts) -

@evil_gordita: Would explain that delay, for sure. It's too bad, after it finally happened.

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I watched that One Piece special, Episode of East Blue today. If you're unaware, it's an abridged version of the first 11 volumes, specifically focused on each individual Strawhat Pirates members' stories. So you get Luffy's origin with Shanks, the meeting with Zoro at the Marine base and his duel with Mihawk, a very much shortened version of Usopp and Sanji's arcs(Sanji gets his flashback, Usopp for some reason does not), and then we cap it all off with Arlong park. I don't think it's great as a standalone story, like naturally. As arc-based as One Piece is, you can't throw upwards of 50 anime episodes into two hours and get the same thing. This is a celebration for One Piece's 20th anniversary, so it's just a great bit of fanservice, seeing those old scenes in a higher resolution and better animation than ever.

I do have some complaints even as a compilation piece. The artstyle of early One Piece is very different from how it's become 900 chapters later, and they aren't trying to recreate that or anything. Instead, it looks mostly like the current anime, only with some harsher shadows and some intensely saturated backgrounds. Sometimes that's cool, and sometimes everyone looks off-model. Nami has her current massive boobs. Zoro has his current titanic neck. While Luffy, Zoro and Nami pretty much get all the time they need for their segments, Usopp's and Sanji's stories get the least amount of time and can't really breathe.

However. If measured in how many times I cried, this would be one of the best movies I've watched. One Piece is great about adding weight to the fun pirate adventures with tragic backstories, and here you get them one after the other. It's a great reminder that One Piece started out amazing from chapter 1, and the Arlong arc in particular is just phenomenal.

Like I could avoid crying at something covering Nami's flashback
Like I could avoid crying at something covering Nami's flashback

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#4044 Edited by Puchiko (803 posts) -

@redhotchilimist :

Oh my god I just started watching Hi Score Girl and it gave have so many childhood flashbacks. The show is so beautifully written and actually knows about gamers unlike the other anime called Gamers! All the product placement and licensed games that appear in the show is stunning. Street Fighter 1 through Super Street II Fighter Turbo, Mortal Kombat, Fatal Fury, Final Fight, Darius, just to name a few. They actually explain fighting game techniques and show arcade culture correctly with decent humor. The animation quality is low (some scenes reminded me of the bad CG from Berserk 2016) but the story is so sweet and endearing. Its love story about a Street Fighter II rematch....

Its too bad it not easily available as its one of my favorite new shows of the season now. Ben, Jason , Jeff and Jan really need to see this as this would be really up their alley.

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#4045 Posted by Zeik (5174 posts) -

I've had some free time and not much to watch, so I've been catching up on some recent-ish anime I skipped over.

Overlord - Haven't quite finished the first season, but I'm mostly enjoying it so far. It's an interesting take on isekai, but honestly I kinda feel like the isekai stuff is completely unnecessary. At least as far as the MMO aspects go. Like, if the premise was just that an actual Overlord from another world involuntarily got transported to a new one and things proceeded from there I feel like the show would be much better and more consistent. I don't know, maybe that changes later, but it's been a constant nagging feeling while watching it. Like they just put it in there to check off a box.

Mob Psycho 100 - Whenever I heard this show talked about it always seemed to essentially boil down to "One Punch Man with psychic powers", which never interested me much. But that definitely does it a disservice, as that show is weird and super Japanese in ways I can definitely get behind. Also Reigen might be my favorite character in an anime in a long time. The way he manages to confidently BS his way through the most absurd situations is kinda the best.

Attack on Titan - I watched the first season when it first came out and enjoyed it well enough, but fell off hard by the time the second season came out. It feels like it's time to give it another shot, but it's been so long I kinda need to rewatch season 1. So nothing to really add here yet, but I felt the need to include it.

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#4046 Edited by ArbitraryWater (15557 posts) -
@zeik said:
Mob Psycho 100 - Whenever I heard this show talked about it always seemed to essentially boil down to "One Punch Man with psychic powers", which never interested me much. But that definitely does it a disservice, as that show is weird and super Japanese in ways I can definitely get behind. Also Reigen might be my favorite character in an anime in a long time. The way he manages to confidently BS his way through the most absurd situations is kinda the best.

I've described Mob Psycho 100 as "A better take on One Punch Man" before, so I'm definitely part of the problem. It's a fair comparison, but I agree with the criticism of One Punch Man that it kind of presents its entire premise and joke perfectly in the first episode, and then the other 11 episodes just repeat variations (albeit entertaining variations) of it. Mob Psycho is lot better than OPM in terms of elaborating on its premise and ideas, and... yeah, Reigen is amazing. His "Get a real job, you dorks" speech to the members of CLAW is maybe one of my single favorite moments in an anime.

As for my own anime mishaps, I ended up dropping Chio's School Road after one too many "sexual assault as comedy" bits with the Kabbadi girl tipped me over. Like, I know anime is anime and Japan is Japan, but when I start feeling like I'm watching the author's personal fetishes being paraded on display in any work of media, I tend to start rolling my eyes pretty quickly and anime is the worst about that (the second worst, of course, being fantasy novels.) If there's something else to grasp on, I might be willing to tolerate it (hey, I like Monogatari, so I'm clearly not above something that'll put me on a watch list) but I've found Grand Blue and especially Asobi Asobase to be more consistently funny for my tastes. I'm like two episodes behind on Gintama and Steins;Gate anyway, so I might as well save myself 22 minutes of my life.

I feel like this summer season has especially reinforced my whole "seasonal anime is for chumps" position. I haven't heard anything especially outstanding about all but a handful of new shows, and while I'm still enjoying stuff like My Hero Academia, the current arc isn't doing it for me in the same way the last one did. I'll give the author credit, he knows how to make what is basically another tournament/exam arc different from the last one and consistently entertaining, but it also feels a little like downtime or auto-pilot until the plot needs to move forward again. I guess that's kinda a shounen thing in general, but this is definitely "falling action" compared to the events of the training camp and hideout raid.

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#4047 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2867 posts) -

@puchiko: It's so great! Once it comes to netflix, I bet it'll blow up big.

@zeik said:

Mob Psycho 100 - Whenever I heard this show talked about it always seemed to essentially boil down to "One Punch Man with psychic powers", which never interested me much. But that definitely does it a disservice, as that show is weird and super Japanese in ways I can definitely get behind. Also Reigen might be my favorite character in an anime in a long time. The way he manages to confidently BS his way through the most absurd situations is kinda the best.

Structurally, it really is One Touch Man. All the villains are one-note dumbasses during the conflict, the hero is OP beyond belief but emotionally weird 'cause of his powers, there's some strong similarities there. But I think the writing around those aspects of the show are much stronger than in One Punch Man. There's a tangible sense of growth in Mob as he gains new friends and works to improve his body, and rather than getting disintegrated the villains' dreams get broken so they can come out of it as better people in the end. It's much more emotionally strong than what One Punch-Man is, as fun as that show can be. What they do with Reigen, Mob and Dimple is really spectacular, and the manga has ended, so hopefully the remaining seasons can be as perfect adaptations as the first season was.

@arbitrarywater said:

I feel like this summer season has especially reinforced my whole "seasonal anime is for chumps" position. I haven't heard anything especially outstanding about all but a handful of new shows, and while I'm still enjoying stuff like My Hero Academia, the current arc isn't doing it for me in the same way the last one did. I'll give the author credit, he knows how to make what is basically another tournament/exam arc different from the last one and consistently entertaining, but it also feels a little like downtime or auto-pilot until the plot needs to move forward again. I guess that's kinda a shounen thing in general, but this is definitely "falling action" compared to the events of the training camp and hideout raid.

The hero license arc was so exciting I literally forgot it existed after the next arc happened. I think Todoroki and Yaoyorozu's whole anime fights were filler, but frankly I can't remember.

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#4048 Posted by AlKusanagi (1627 posts) -

Season 3 of Attack on Titan has gone full Game of Thrones and I love it!

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#4049 Posted by BabyChooChoo (7080 posts) -

Bruh...this new Hero Academia arc is like just getting started and it's already fucking wild. It's not like it's some crazy out-of-left-field guess lol, but everyone is in agreement that it's all but guaranteed...

Monoma is going to touch Deku at some point during their battle. Obviously, how do you put them up against each other and not have that happen? However, what will actually happen is going to be fascinating. Either nothing happens because the quirk can't be passed on unwillingly or Monoma destroys his body because he can't handle it. My money is on the former, but I desperately want the latter to happen. Of course, something else entirely different could happen, but I doubt it.

The characters I'm keeping an eye on the most are Kirishima and Deku. Kirishima went through some shit during the Hideout Raid arc. I'm praying that Class B keeps trying to throw shit at him and he keeps brushing it off because he's been in a real fight that none of them mofos would have survived except for maybe Tetsutetsu who isn't on the opposing team this round anyway.

As for Deku, between the fight with Bakugou, the Raid, his fight with Gentle, and whatever the fuck his dream did to him, he should be whoopin ass by now. He's obviously nowhere close to All Might's level, but I feel like his peers still underestimate him. As far as I remember, no one really knows what he's capable of yet. Again, he can't use 100%, but it's been a hot minute since anyone in the present arc has seen him fight and he's improved a helluva lot since the sport's festival. Todoroki, IIda, and Bakugou are the only ones who might have an idea, but I don't recall Ochako or Tsuyu witnessing him fight Overhaul at any point.

Regardless, it's gonna be nuts and I can't wait.

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#4050 Edited by Hamst3r (5467 posts) -

Battle Angel Alita - Manga - wasn't expecting this to turn into a Rollerball manga right after where the OVA ends. I'm on volume 6 now and it continues to be an enjoyable read, despite a lot of the characters feeling like one-track-mind idiots. "I've decided to eat my own foot and you can't stop me!"

Oh, and on the anime front, having caught up on the Berserk manga, I'm watching that Berserk 2016. The fixed-up version of it on Funimation. 4 episodes in and I gotta say the 3D isn't that big a deal considering the rest of the package. It's the shitty direction and choreography. The camera is frequently zoomed in overly close, and just sort of meandering around. The music is all over the place and often ill-fitting. It's got problems.