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#2901 Posted by Belegorm (1750 posts) -

@redhotchilimist: I also was uncomfortable with that part, but I'm not sure the snakes were definitely going to go strangle other kids per se, IIRC Nadeko did make the problem worse because of how she messed up with the ritual.

On another note about Monogatari, the places they go with Ougi are really fantastic.

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#2902 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14683 posts) -

@belegorm: I actually finished Owarimongatari today, which I guess means I'm caught up unless I want to look on weird parts of the internet for subtitled versions of the Kizumonogatari films, which look kinda amazing. My objections still stand, but it definitely seems like the later series aren't nearly as bad with the loli and incest stuff I find straight-up repulsive. There's even a bit of lampshade hanging when Araragi tries to dispel the notion that he has a thing for little girls (by buying a porno mag with a woman who looks like Gaen on the cover, naturally), which along with Kaiki's meta-commentary on the series as a whole (this clip is so, so good. "What was with the melt-your-brain opportunistic romantic comedy? You think a guy like that exists in real life? So absurd. And the plot was pretty perverted too.") gives me the impression that Isin is pretty self-aware of what he's created. That only goes so far, but it's definitely helped tip the balance back in favor of me feeling alright about Monogatari as a whole.

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#2903 Edited by Belegorm (1750 posts) -

@arbitrarywater: Well fwiw part 1 of Kizu is available on blu-ray, albeit shockingly overpriced. Also part 3 of Kizu is coming out in a number of US theaters next month, though it'd probably not make a whole lot of sense without seeing the first 2 parts since the main weakness of the film trilogy is how they're broken up into 3 one hour features that could've easily been one long-ass 3 hour movie.

Also a tidbit is that some of the staff from Bakemonogatari had been working on Kizumonogatari since Bake aired and hadn't actually participated in the later seasons. I didn't know anime had "development hell" too.

I may have looked up weird parts of the internet for subtitled versions of the first 2 parts of Kizu and I may have thought they contained some of the craziest, most creative animation work I'd seen since Madoka ;) Finally, another way you could learn about that plot is buying the actual book Kizumonogatari, which is available in English pretty cheap from Vertical, Inc. The first Bakemonogatari book is available too. Araragi is even more introspective in the books than he is in the show and I thought the book was really good.

Edit: Also Kaiki is probably my favorite thing about that series

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#2904 Posted by matoya (581 posts) -

Samurai Jack was terrific

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#2905 Posted by Hamst3r (5254 posts) -

Cleopatra (1970): Well that was bizarre, and funny, and touching, and naked. An adventure, truly.

Yu Yu Hakusho - 47 - This is very Saturday morning cartoon and original Dragon Ball. At least, that's the vibe I get from it. It's pretty good, but so far I think Dragon Ball did the tournament thing better. But there's still like 20 episodes of tournament left.

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#2907 Edited by Belegorm (1750 posts) -

Since I went like 3 days without internet, I scoured my hard drive for any anime I'd prepared years ago for such an eventuality. As it turns out, I only had one series available, which was Working!!

I'd put off watching that for years but watched the whole first season very quickly (mixed in other more boring activities, the kind of stuff you can do when you're on vacation at home without internet). I found it a pretty adorable slice of life, I should've gotten to it earlier.

Carrying on with my slice of life mood, when I had the internet back, but still bored, I watched the series of shorts, "I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying!" which consists of two seasons, each episode 4 minutes long. I found it pretty heartwarming, the pretty normal main character has an otaku for a husband and their interactions are actually what I would imagine are realistic for such a couple. One of them tries to understand the other, there's a difficulty, but they work through it and grow closer. Frequently at the end of such an episode, the narrator bluntly says "And after that they had a lot of sex!" They actually sound like a real couple in their 20's.

Also the latest thing in my feel-good slice of life tangent is a manga I've gotten into reading called "Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san," or "Teasing Master Takagi-san." It's a kids' manga (which I rarely read anymore; hell I barely read manga at all these days), in the original Japanese I'm pretty sure just about all the kanji has furigana (small explanatory spelling in hiragana to explain how to pronounce the kanji; think Yotsuba to). It's about a boy in his first year of junior high school who's always competing with the girl who sits next to him, Takagi, in different competitions or games. Pretty dumb shit like "who can win at rock-paper-scissors" or "who can kick a rock farther." Takagi always wins and is pretty much always teasing the main character Nishikata. He thinks she's just teasing him for fun but of course the reader knows Takagi likes him. Very adorable, wholesome series, I want to read it Japanese when my skills are at that level.

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#2908 Edited by BabyChooChoo (6553 posts) -

While trying to think of that other manga the other day, I stumbled upon Emma, a story about a maid and the son of a wealthy family falling in love. Even if you haven't read it, you probably have a good idea of what happens based off that description alone. So, while I wouldn't call it unique, I think it's a very good manga. It's heartwarming, it's sad, it's funny - just so much emotion oozes out of this series.

Art reminds me a lot of a Ghibli movie or maybe something like Mushishi in that while characters in particular aren't that detailed, the way they move and express themselves still makes them feel like real characters and not creepy cartoon monstrosities.

If you're looking for something to read, I can't recommend it enough.

edit: OOOooooooOOOOOoooooooooh Asano Inio (author of Goodnight Punpun and a bunch of other you should absolutely read) apparently has a new series out called Downfall

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#2909 Posted by rubberluffy (736 posts) -

While trying to think of that other manga the other day, I stumbled upon Emma, a story about a maid and the son of a wealthy family falling in love. Even if you haven't read it, you probably have a good idea of what happens based off that description alone. So, while I wouldn't call it unique, I think it's a very good manga. It's heartwarming, it's sad, it's funny - just so much emotion oozes out of this series.

The author of Emma also does Otoyomegatari (Bride's Story) and it has some of the most intricate, detailed art I've seen in a manga, when it comes to character clothing and such. It's bonkers

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#2910 Edited by BabyChooChoo (6553 posts) -

@rubberluffy:

Oh shit, that looks beautiful! Thanks for the heads up, I'll add it to my to reading list.

Also, random aside, I hate how Yen Press' entire catalog is on Kindle/Comixology except for this and Emma. There are probably some others missing too, but those two in particular I would totally buy right now if I could.

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#2911 Edited by Cirdain (3768 posts) -
@matoya said:

Samurai Jack was terrific

I'm so glad they still have an obsessive focus on the sound design. So good.

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#2912 Posted by NotSoSneakyGuy (172 posts) -
@cirdain said:
@matoya said:

Samurai Jack was terrific

I'm so glad they still have an obsessive focus on the sound design. So good.

At least one of them does.

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#2913 Posted by RenegadeDoppelganger (571 posts) -
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So konosuba this week..

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#2914 Posted by Hamst3r (5254 posts) -

Wait, Naruto Shippuden is actually ending next week? Sure there's Boruto after that, but still, I'll finally be able to mark Shippuden off as complete on MAL.

Yu Yu Hakusho - 78 - I think I'm liking this arc more than the tournament arc. Territories are neat. I wish the mansion bit went on longer than just 4 episodes though, I was enjoying the mind-fight.

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#2915 Posted by Puchiko (403 posts) -

So sad Konosuba ended already. Didn't think they would cut it short again and there was no warning. Most shows don't get more than two seasons so I hope they get another season. So glad Wiz finally got some spotlight and was not just a dojiko. Yui Horie deserved better than being a mob character. This show has such an awesome voice cast that its dissapointing when industry veterans get mob roles.

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#2916 Posted by Redhotchilimist (1537 posts) -

Wow, that was quick. I already look forward to them coming back for another season. They don't overstay their welcome, that's for sure. I like what they do with their animation. They do a lot of silly stuff and dumb faces for the regular scenes, but then for the big action setpieces like this one and the episode with the lizard runners, they make just incredible looking animation.

They dropped Hans' girlfriend rather unceremoniously. She just showed up as foreshadowing I guess.

Till next time, Konosuba.

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#2917 Edited by victohunt (1 posts) -

So basically a cosplay thread? Wow I can tell this is fake because you can't see her eyebrows through her hair.

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#2918 Edited by Ezekiel (1687 posts) -

Genndy Tartakovsky kind of bores me with his visual storytelling. I tried rewatching Star Wars Clone Wars, but it didn't grab me. It was just silent battle after silent battle, with barely any dialogue or story. I think I quit after half an hour. Maybe this is why I was never as much into Samurai Jack as I was into Dexter's Lab. The Jedi were even more overpowered than in Lucas' prequels. One of them cut a ship in half with his saber, and in the intro Anakin and Obi-Wan dropped thirty stories from a transport ship. The intro also had Yoda on horseback, which is just wrong.

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#2919 Posted by DocHaus (2337 posts) -

Howdy y'all, sorry I haven't been around here much in the past month or two. Been in a bit of a dark place for some time, feel free to message me if you really want the whole story, don't want to spill it all in this forum. I'll get around to updating the OP at some point, maybe.

Anyways, Konosuba was hilarious. Maid Dragon is great. Gabriel Dropout is a funny story about horrible kids. Akiba's Trip is as I expected, but I do give them props for theming each ep around a different otaku niche. I've been catching up on old episodes of Space Adventure Cobra. And apparently there was/is a sequel to Cyborg 009 on Netflix that's all CG-based that I totally missed until now, it is okay if you can get past the graphics and the idea of the UN being able to muster a mech peacekeeping force that varies wildly in power depending on the episode.

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#2920 Posted by JesusHammer (859 posts) -

Is the new Samurai Jack season easy to jump into if you don't remember much from the original series? Like I remember a few episodes and the premise, but other tham that I don't remember anything specific.

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#2921 Edited by crackity_jones (25 posts) -

@jesushammer: Yeah dude they catch you up on episode one not that there's that much to catch up on. Also you're a filthy weeb.

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#2922 Posted by Belegorm (1750 posts) -

I had what's as far as I can recall, my first dream based on an anime ever, and it was super weird, scary, and also based on something really random.

I was in JoJo part 4 and was fighting the dude whose stand, Super Fly, is a transmission tower. I think I found that arc particularly interesting, I've always been into Robinson Crusoe style stories. I'd mostly forgotten it by now though. In my dream not too much happened except I had to climb up a similar tower then climb to Super Fly hanging from a wire while being pelted by objects from Kanedaichi Toyohiro. Which was of course insanely scary, especially considering my fear of heights. I woke up before I reached the tower.

Now that I think of it I'm not sure why I'd want to climb to the transmission tower, considering that the whole goal is to get Kanedaichi stuck there.