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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:01 pm

The Snow Queen episode 15
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby MangaRocks! » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:30 pm

So as a sort-of last hurrah for the year, I marathoned Thunderbolt Fantasy S1 ep.'s 1-13 (complete)-- thanks, Crunchy! :thumb: -- and it was a perfect choice! :jump:

(And yes, I know it's not anime-- it's a collaboration between Taiwanese puppeteers and Gen Urobuchi + Nitroplus-- but it's related enough that I'm putting my review of it in the anime watching section here. :thumb: ) Now, granted, for the first few (fairly graphic {well, if you can call it that when it's puppets, LOL :P }) minutes I was like what the heck is this (even having been somewhat prepared from all the enthusiastic reviews I read about it) :grin: ... however, by the time the delicously devious (and wonderfully snarky, to boot! :grin: :thumb: ) Guǐ Niǎo and 'voice of reason' Rèn Wú Fēng appear, I became interested... and by episode two, I was well and truly hooked! :jump:

Seriously, it's like the best possible combination of stereotypical eastern-fantasy story tropes (though with a few good twists, of course-- it *is* Urobuchi, after all :thumb: ), the crazy-awesome-ridiculous-OTT-ness of wuxia films, surprisingly excellent special effects, *gorgeous* (...and occasionally spectacularly exploding :sweat: :grin: ) puppets (which actually work amazingly well as characters, to my genuine {and pleasant!} surprise), and both interesting and hilariously awesome (due to some self-awareness and general snark :grin: ) dialogue, sold even more by great voice work. Plus, smug little Guǐ Niǎo is just so much fun, and Rèn Wú Fēng is downright fantastic (his continual facepalming in either the foreground or background never gets old :grin: , and he turns out to be just plain awesome in every respect later on as well :thumb: ).

TL;DR: This was one of the most genuinely, unabashedly entertaining things I've seen all year, and I can't wait for S2! :jump:
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:55 pm

The Snow Queen episode 16

Finally, some background on Ragi! :D
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby SincerelyAnomymous » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:55 pm

I started watching Your Lies in April. Currently on episode 3 and I think it's very sweet, simple and cute. Yet deep down, I'm hoping it gets more tear-jerky sometime later in the series. I suspect at least one character on my mind is going to die. I think this would help make the anime feel more real and add some fresh depth to it. Either way, I'm enjoying it and can't wait to finish it =)
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby LecktheTech » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:50 pm

SincerelyAnomymous wrote:Yet deep down, I'm hoping it gets more tear-jerky sometime later in the series. I suspect at least one character on my mind is going to die. I think this would help make the anime feel more real and add some fresh depth to it.

Be careful what you wish for...Muahahahahahaa!!
Also, I though the title was Your Lie In April, but not sure about that...

Been watching RWBY, which isn't an anime, but has some stylistic similarities to anime in general. I've been enjoying it so far, the 3d animation is far from turning me off from it. I'll admit that there are a few parts that the animation style + 3d = slightly discordant, but for the most part, it's pretty to look at.
Also, it has better lessons on teamwork/getting along than many anime I've watched. Also seems to discuss racisism(ish). Also, very clean. Little swearing, etc...
To top it all off, has a good opening for the first season. The second season's opening isn't as good, but is still quite far from bad.
The only real issue most people have with it is that for the first season, the "episodes" can be as short as 5min. The second season is longer, and the animation is slightly better, not that the first season is bad, just slightly not as good. That be said, watch the trailers. If you don't like the animation in the trailers, you will not like RWBY. If you love it, you'll like it.
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby MangaRocks! » Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:48 pm

...New year, new (to me ;) ) anime!




Shelter short/music video:

This was surprisingly touching for a mere 6 minutes' worth of story, and the music was great, too, so it was well worth the watch. :thumb:




Star Driver ep.'s 1-25 (complete, sub) + Star Driver The Movie (sub):

So, I knew going into this that it was supposed to be kind-of a send-up/deconstruction of the tropes in mecha shows; however, the funny thing is that I actually enjoyed this more than most of the 'proper' mecha I've seen up to now, LOL! :grin: :thumb: The visuals are gorgeous (particularly during the fight scenes :wow!: ); the music is great (in fact, I'm humming the first shrine maiden's song as I type this! :grin: ); the MC's Cybody has the most genuinely sexy robot design I've ever seen :grin: ; while completely OP (on purpose, of course ;) :grin: ), Takuto is one of the more decent and positive (in a realistic way) protags I've seen in a while; the main trio of characters is just precious <3 ; and everything that really *needs* to have an explanation has one-- from SPOILER: Highlight text to read: big things like the gist of the backstory of the aliens + the Cybodies themselves to even little things like Sugata being able to wake up after using his particular Cybody's First Phase power (...Hint: The *first* explanation that is theorized about that is not necessarily the full story... :thumb: )-- if you connect the dots. (Plus, I also just love the fact that I can now utter the phrase "Galactic Pretty Boy" in a sentence with 100% seriousness. :grin: :grin: :grin: ) As far as content goes, there's quite an amount of fanservicey outfits and barbie-doll nudity (of both genders, though skewed a lot more towards the girls' side), as well as a few mild sexual references + blatant metaphors (...and even outright stating that 'libido' is what gives 'life' to the the mechs {which just made me laugh, honestly :grin: }). But since the show is apparently kind-of a send-up in the first place, it's not like that was unexpected, LOL. :P Oh, and since we all know endings are very important... ;) The show's finale was both suspensefully epic and beautifully heartwarming, SPOILER: Highlight text to read: even despite a decision not having been definitively spelled out on who Wako finally chose... that said, though, if anyone else is like me and loathes unresolved/open endings when it comes to romance, read the next paragraph and don't worry~! :thumb:

As for the movie: While I do have to note that it's almost entirely useless edited recap :P , it actually *is* worth watching *just* the first 5 minutes of it (for the visually gorgeous fight) *and* the credits (which cap things off nicely with the implication that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Wako ends up with Takuto and Sugata ends up with Kate :), which is exactly where it had seemed to be going by the end of the series {and, more importantly, exactly what I'd hoped ;) <3 :jump: }). So, yeah, definitely watch just those bits after the TV series for a little bit more closure. :thumb:

TL;DR: I enjoyed the heck out of this, so as long as you're fine with the bit of content I recommend it heartily. :thumb:




And Toradora! episodes 1-25 (complete):

...Yes, I know, this is one of the classic romcoms in anime, and yes, I only just got around to it now, LOL. (Better late than never, though, right? ;) ) The way the main characters' relationship is built is actually pretty great-- it's plain to see that the pair's original 'love interests' were only crushes, and that even early on Taiga starts getting possessive and jealous and Ryuuji starts to think only of her before everything else <3 ... it just takes the two of them a long time to realize it themselves (which makes sense, really). :grin: In fact, by the time the series is nearing its end, it's clearly shown that they're eventually trying to keep up the matchmaking for each other only because they believe that's what the other wants-- and even SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Minorin gets roped into this, since both she and Taiga keep trying to sacrifice their own feelings for Ryuuji for what they believe to be the happiness of each other, although of course that couldn't actually make either of them happy, the realization of which finally leads up to one of the most satisfying and healthy confrontations I've seen in a while. (Oh, and be sure to watch through the credits of the finale! :thumb: ) So, yeah, this was a great series.
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:58 pm

The Snow Queen episodes 17-18

You know, Gerda's adventures are surprisingly dark for what seems on the surface a light-hearted children's fairy tale. Even if the people involved are usually just misguided rather than actually evil, once they get all the information. I thought the twist of episode 18 was going to be that Captain Rubin was Ragi's long-lost twin brother or something, though XD
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby MangaRocks! » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:32 pm

More new-to-me anime! :thumb:




Concrete Revolutio: Superhuman Phantasmagoria ep.'s 1-24 (sometimes listed as two 'seasons'-- even though it was planned all as one-- since it had a split-cour airing, with the second cour having the subtitle 'The Last Song') (sub, complete):

This is one of those shows that fits into a very specific niche, and because of that it sadly seems to be either not that well-known or severely underrated. It's an original anime (not an adaptation nor a spinoff of any already-established property, which already makes it less-known) that mashes up pretty much every kind of superhuman/super power, sci-fi concept (from aliens to time-travel and everything in between), and Japanese monster/supernatural-fantasy-creature imaginable + cutting historical, political, social, and moral commentary + a brazenly nonlinear story structure. In short, you pretty much have to love all of those things plus be observant of detail and also willing and eager to actively engage your mind with what you're watching to really get this (no less actually enjoy it, LOL!). However, if-- like myself and at least one other person on CAA that I'm aware of so far ;) -- you *do* happen to meet all that criteria (...in my case, not only did I grow up reading and watching sci-fi as well as fantasy of both the western and eastern varieties {and still adore all those genres to this very day}, and as for superheroes am a huge Marvel Cinematic Universe fan {among other things}, I also *LOVE* shows that make you have to think while you're watching them, if they're done right! <3 :jump: ), this show is basically perfection (...in case you couldn't tell, man oh man did I love this! <3 <3 ). Explaining more than that would be spoilery, and anyone who would be interested in it probably is already just from the description; so, on another note, as for the all-important finale ;) , I have to say that: #1, the final reveal about SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Jiro in the penultimate ep. (about not only his own personal origin but also possibly the entire world's {as in, a true alternate universe theory!}-- making the show's title even more apt) was actually quite ingenious; and, #2, the finale itself was a (pleasantly!) surprisingly positive one, all things considered. Indeed, I thought it was very fitting SPOILER: Highlight text to read: (foiled romance notwithstanding :P -- and since by now you are all well aware that one of my pet peeves is unresolved romance, this really *had* to be done very well for me not to mind! :thumb: ). Oh, and the part-cute/part-jazzy/part-downright-rockin' soundtrack (which is on iTunes, BTW! :jump: ) didn't hurt, either ;) -- in fact, the first cour's extremely catchy instrumental rock ED is one of my most favorite ED's from the past few years! :jump:

...Now, all that said, there are a couple of unfortunate content notes that must be mentioned: One is the doll-down-the-cleavage thing (and the associated camera angle), which is admittedly a bit annoying :P , but luckily it only happens like 3 or so times; however, then there's the kinda big issue, which is that in episode 17 (a.k.a. 'The Last Song'-cour episode 4), a female being is shown nude (and not in the barbie-doll way, either; though, her bottom half is basically like a mermaid's, so it's just her nipples that are detailed. Still, said nipples are blatantly onscreen for not only a couple of shots earlier on in the ep. but also for several solid minutes at the end of the ep. as well... :sweat: ), plus there's no real use skipping that ep. (which I wouldn't recommend anyway, given the nature of this show's storytelling, among other things) because another several seconds of the same also occurs again in the finale of the series regardless. :sweat:

...Simply put, if it weren't for that unfortunate bit of surprise nudity in ep.'s 17 & 24, this would be a blanket recommendation to anyone who happens to like superheroes + sci-fi + fantasy + social commentary + nonlinear storytelling + watching something that makes them think :) ; as it is, though, you'll have to like all that plus be okay with the aforementioned content before I could recommend it. :P (I personally loved it to bits, though.)





Mob Psycho 100 ep.'s 1-12 (sub, complete):

Holy crap, this is awesome!! :wow!: :jump: The art style (and how it changes for emphasis) is amusingly ~unique~ :grin: , the art and animation becomes wonderfully, *mesmerizingly* dynamic in its own very-stylized way whenever psychic powers are used :wow!: :wow!: :jump: , it's hilarious (for the first half or so, at any rate) :lol: , gets (mostly ;) ) really serious afterwards (which works surprisingly well, actually), and it's even rather touching. <3 :hug: (Plus there's some fantastic deconstruction and subversion of expectations in its characters, message, and plot; and there's even a great soundtrack, too!) In fact, I actually enjoyed even just the very first episode of this (no less the rest of it!!) *WAY* more than the few chapters I've read so far of the original creator's other famous work, One Punch Man, which-- despite the vast difference in art style (hyper-detailed in OPM to the point of outright insanity vs. MP100's purposeful 'ugliness' {although I actually find that rather charming in a way, LOL})-- wasn't anywhere *near* as amusing, endearing, or captivating to me as MP100.

As for the characters: The titular Mob is a wonderfully decent kid (with some definite credit for that going to his mentor, Reigen, who-- surprisingly enough-- has a genuinely great influence on him as a person <3 ). :hug: And speaking of which, I love the fact that while Reigen basically is a (partial) con man in business (to be fair, though, he actually *does* help his clients in the end, even if it's kinda under false pretenses {and often with Mob's aid besides}, LOL :thumb: ), he actually gives some shockingly good life advice. <3 And Mob's brother Ritsu is a great and interesting character, too-- I very much liked the different and conflicting layers he eventually revealed, since that really fleshed him out (and in a pretty realistic way, psychologically). And ohhh my goodness, the final confrontation of the show was incredibly awesome-- not only because of the impressive visuals, but also just because of Reigen himself. :hug: Literal essays have been written on how great the characters and message of the show are (WARNING: SPOILERS IN LINK), so I'll leave my own discussion at that; just suffice it to say that I enjoyed the living heck out of this (and now want to rewatch it all over again!). :jump:

(...Also: I started reading the manga as well, and as an even better bonus, for up to what it covered this was a *fantastic* adaptation-- indeed, not only did the anime adapt everything {minus a couple of omake} up to its chosen stopping point {pretty much right down to the very panel, in fact!}, IMO the anime was even *better* than the manga chapters it covered {particularly during those amazing psychic sequences, for the obvious reason; but also just even in general} :wow!: :wow!: {...and you know that's really saying something because it's coming from Ms. Adaptation Stickler here, LOL! :thumb: }. :jump: Of course, the story in the manga goes well beyond the point at which the anime purposefully paused, and thus there is a lot of equally-great stuff that continues afterwards there; but, for me, the anime being such an awesome adaptation of what it covered was just the icing of perfection on top of the already-amazing cake. :jump: )

TL;DR: Basically, IMO this is one of those shows that is just classic 'anime'-- you won't see anything like this anywhere else-- and is a must-see. :thumb: :jump: :jump:





And the Princess Mononoke movie (dub):

Yep, this is the one Ghibli movie that isn't family-friendly in terms of the visuals (and occasionally the language, too, LOL, but whatever :P ). I mean, its level of violence is nowhere even close to, say, Baccano! or anything like that; however, if you're used to the tone of the studio's typical fare, Princess Mononoke is so violent that it's almost hilarious. :grin: :P That aside, it is (mostly ;) ) quite beautiful to look at, the music is as great as always, and the story is certainly gripping. In fact, the only thing that kept me from giving it a rating of 10 was that whole "So, yeah, I was told in the clearest possible terms that you want to share your life with me, and I care for you very dearly in return; yet despite that *PLUS* you proving ad infinitum that you're a wonderful person, that there *are* decent humans, you having shown unconditional love (when the cursed arm isn't getting the better of you, and even then you restrain it as much as is feasible), you being living, breathing proof that a bridge can be built and that there can be mutual respect and peace between both sides, AND-- most importantly-- *that hatred is never the answer,* I'm still just gonna keep on hating humans anyway, so kthxbye~! ☆ " bit at the end. :hits_self ...Like, seriously, what the genuine heck?? :eyebrow: Not only does the romantic in me loathe that for the reason that is obvious :P , but for real, doesn't that also pretty much go against the entire message of the film in the first place? :eyebrow: :shady: :?: ...So, uh, yeah. Unfortunately inexplicable ending there aside :sweat: , it was great otherwise (I just wish the end would've actually been consistent with the message of the rest of it)... :P
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