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#4001 Posted by Hamst3r (5436 posts) -
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#4002 Posted by InstantRyan (519 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 (1577 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 (1406 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 (1577 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 (5128 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 (1406 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 (1017 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 (83 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 (583 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 (2672 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 (1406 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 (2672 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 (1577 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 (5436 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 (947 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 (1017 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 (83 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 (2701 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 (1577 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 (83 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 (11 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 (3640 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 (242 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 (7035 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 (5466 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.