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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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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby EventualDay » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:27 am

Haven't checked this site for a little bit since I ended up not picking up any anime for the current season. However, I did just finish Kill la Kill about a week ago or so.

For being a totally original show, I thought it was really well done. Everything was cohesive/coherent, the plot twists felt appropriate and well-placed, and in keeping with classic Trigger style (and Gainax too, really) the show fluctuated wildly between over-the-top action, randomness, and some sort of structured plot. Overall I'm glad I saw it. Oh and also, Mako is best character. :3

Other than the awful/ridiculous stripper costumes they fought in, one thing I just didn't like at all was SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Senketsu's death. It felt so... cheap. There was almost no lead-up to it, and honestly the only thing it made me think was SPOILER: Highlight text to read: "huh... so they're trying to pull a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and just throw in some tragedy at the end." Except, at least in TTGL, Nia and Kamina died for a reason... Senketsu literally was like, "Oh, too much power, 'kay bye."

In general though it was a fun show. I can understand why it's so popular with the mainstream anime community... especially with those costumes. :shady: :P
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby MangaRocks! » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:08 pm


Went on a little movie spree~ :thumb:




The Digimon Adventure tri. 4: Soushitsu ("Loss") movie, a.k.a. episodes 14-17 on Crunchy (sub):

...Welp, considering that the previous movie (...#3: Kokuhaku {"Confession"}) was easily the best installment in the entire Digimon franchise (well, at least that I've personally seen so far, that is ;) )-- which is quite a tough act to follow, as one might imagine-- I knew that I had to temper my expectations accordingly before watching this next one... and it's a good thing I did, because even taking the awesomeness of its predecessor completely out of the equation, this particular installment was... not great. At all. :shady: (Which is a real bummer, considering how mostly-consistently good this movie series had been until now.) Now, to be fair, it wasn't *all* bad-- the opening sequence in particular, which was done in a faux-silent-movie fashion (though actually with occasional dialogue {hence the 'faux' ;) }), was great because it was not only intriguing but it also wound together many little plot and character threads (including an apparent connection with the Dark Masters back when they were around); the little bit of Himekawa x Nishijima in flashback was pretty adorable; the couple of scenes with Izzy x Mimi and Sora/Yamato/Taichi were very cute; and Joe was low-key awesome at a couple of points (as usual :thumb: ). However, other than that, this movie was unfortunately an utter (and rather bizarre) mess. The directing/editing was quite bad (for example, I could have sworn they cut out a large chunk of a scene at one point, the 'transition' was so inexplicable :eyebrow: , etc.); Himekawa goes (literally) insane over something she should have already known well in advance; the entire forced 'drama' with Biyomon was completely OOC and made no sense; Gennai is not only young now but also evil for some reason I guess, and shown to be so in the most aggravatingly cliché way possible (because nothing proves you're a villain quicker than assaulting girls, right? :eyeroll: :shake: :forehead: ); the Dark Masters are apparently now complete lackeys :eyebrow: ; somehow Rookies with no memories of previous fighting experience can now make *Megas* (and a couple of the strongest ones, no less!) flinch (??!!! :eyebrow: :eyebrow: ); and, sure, to the Digimon they've literally only just met their human partners *today,* and they couldn't even evolve when it was literally a life-or-death situation, yet within a few short hours they can suddenly evolve straight to Mega anyway, and with very little provocation in comparison to what it normally takes, besides; and oh yeah, of course there was again absolutely zero acknowledgement that the 02 kids and their Digimon even exist and would also be deeply affected by the reboot and/or whatever happened to them in movie 1 (aside from Gennai's oddly-rapidly-discarded disguise). Plus filler! :forehead: ...So, uh, yeah. Really not sure what happened here. :shady: :eyebrow: :?: Hopefully the last two movies get back on track... :?:




The Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu-hen movie (sub):

:wow!: :wow!: :wow!: ...And here I thought the *first* Kizu... movie was (almost entirely) amazingly done... but this, *this* was perfection-- grippingly animated + scored + directed, surprisingly emotional, occasionally hilarious, slightly fanservicey (of both genders this time, though, and actually somewhat humorous for once :P ), and sparsely gory perfection. :grin: :thumb: They also continued with the first movie's 'show, don't tell' approach here-- which of course means that all internal monologues were omitted, as well as some more explanation on the various vampiric powers and such, so due to that there was definitely a lot of detail that wasn't included-- however, while I imagine some of that would certainly have been helpful for those watching this without any knowledge of the Kizu... novel, I thought that enough of it was essentially conveyed by the context and excellent directing (and IMO that approach actually worked even better in Part 2 here than it did in Part 1!). And I didn't even mind the artistic license of things like SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Araragi's arms not regenerating instantly in the first fight, etc.-- it was just that well-done. Great installment in the Monogatari franchise. :thumb:




The Metropolis (2001) movie (which is apparently based partly on an Osamu Tezuka manga and partly on that famous silent film of the same name) (sub):

This was excellent! :wow!: I mean, yeah, okay, sure, the story was pretty thin (just the bare minimum plot necessary to even have a story, really), and it's not like the characters were really fleshed out any more than minimally necessary, either; plus the pacing is pretty loose. But, seriously, when you've got a sci-fi film noir (already my cup of tea right there!) with cinematography as inarguably superb as this :wow!: (plus beautifully fluid character animation and a perfect OST), IMO that's plenty good enough. :thumb: Do note that the character designs are (as aforementioned) Tezuka-inspired, so they're basically old-school-Disney-esque (chunky and round), but those designs only added to the charm for me. :) Definitely recommended.




The Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind movie (sub):

This was an... interesting experience. I mean, as a movie it's great-- the art is beautiful (as you'd expect from a Ghibli production, though technically I guess this was made before Ghibli was officially a studio, but you know what I mean :) ); the (post-apocalyptic) world is interesting; the MC is a strong, capable, skilled, and smart female lead; etc. etc. etc. It's just... well, the outright stupidity of pretty much anyone *other* than the MC (I mean, there are certainly exceptions, but not very many) can get more than a little frustrating at times (......uh, yeah, sure, resurrecting a giant weapon of mass destruction that helped bring on the apocalypse sounds like a *dandy* idea; and attempting to destroy the very mechanism that's actually cleansing the world of all the {human-caused in the first place!} toxicity {especially when the creatures that protect said mechanism will go on an unstoppable murderous rampage of also-apocalyptic proportions if it's tried} sounds like an even *better* idea...! Plus, killing is of course the answer to all your problems {especially if you can torture animals to goad *them* into doing it for you}! :eyeroll: :forehead: :bang: ...Seriously, I got frustrated even just *typing* all that, it's so spectacularly stupid. :sweat: And I literally shouted "AAARGH, just *LISTEN* to Nausicaä, you IDIOTS!!" {...or variations thereof :P } at the screen more than once :eyeroll: ). So, yeah, it certainly made the point that all that stuff is incredibly dumb. :P That kinda hampered my enjoyment of it a bit though. That said, it was certainly worth watching (for multiple reasons, including that great art and the character of Nausicaä herself, among other things), and it has a good ending, too, so I'm still glad I did. (Just be prepared to be extremely frustrated at the stupidity of humanity in general at points when you watch it, LOL. :P :grin: )




The Paprika movie (sub):

Ohhhhh my goodness, this was quite a trip. And I *loved* it. The entire premise of being able to dive into (and record) the subconscious (and even the conscious) mind for psychological-therapy purposes (on the researchers' part, that is; obviously for evil purposes instead on the part of the baddie :P ); the dream sequences themselves with their aptly crazy yet also still whimsical and fun logic; mesmerizing visuals (indeed, the art and animation in the entire movie is *very* impressive, even now, 10 years later! :wow!: ); the fantastic directing, especially as real life begins to blend with the 'dreams' due to the dream device's psychological and physical (brainwave) effects (plus the multiple personalities going on with one character); the excellent thriller aspect (with the evil hijacker destroying minds and thus even bodies with the stolen tech); even the very surprising SPOILER: Highlight text to read: pairing for the MC (simply due to how unusual and against-cliché it was, and yet still hinted at earlier on). ...Now, all that said, there is a little content that does unfortunately make me hesitate to give out a blanket recommendation for this: Namely, that there are two scenes of detailed (upper female) nudity (and some brief accompanying barbie-doll shots from the rear as well)-- though, granted, the first of these is not fanservicey at all; in fact, it's more to intensify the horror of the sequence it's in, if anything, as the character in question's dream-body is literally invaded by another character and then split like a shell to reveal the real (nude) soul 'inside' it. The second of the two shots is more questionable in terms of it being for fanservice; however, the character's soul is once again (presumably) 'bared' during that sequence (though under completely different circumstances), so I guess YMMV. Oh, and one other thing I should probably note is that it's basically stated that one male character slept with another male character in exchange for an item that he wanted, but he pretty clearly didn't enjoy doing so :sweat: , and anyway it's only mentioned once via dialogue, not shown (thankfully). ...So, yeah, if it weren't for the little bits of nudity, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone looking for an excellent and surprisingly fun thriller; as it is, please be aware of the content before diving in. :P




And the When Marnie Was There movie (sub):
This was lovely. :hug: (Granted, at first you might be kinda thinking "What? Is this yuri or something? :eyebrow: ", LOL, but luckily the SPOILER: Highlight text to read: twist {which is great on several levels-- more on that in a minute} proves that the love they're talking about is something else entirely, so no worries. :) ) Anyway, this is about a very-artistically-talented but rather troubled girl (both physically and emotionally-- she has asthma as well as mood and expression issues, etc.) who is sent to (sort-of-)relatives in the countryside to try to get a bit better, and the mysterious foreign girl that she seems to encounter only via SPOILER: Highlight text to read: visions and/or when the tide comes in... :) Obviously, it's clear early on that something supernatural, SPOILER: Highlight text to read: timey-wimey, or both is occurring, but it takes until the end of the movie until you know for sure not only that but also *who* Marnie really is... and man oh man does that pack a punch. The bond the two girls form and the experiences they share not only change both for the better, but they also take on a whole new meaning when SPOILER: Highlight text to read: that twist and the backstory around it are revealed. And it even provides closure on three different levels-- the past, the present, *and* the future in advance!-- when Anna forgives Marnie (because it happens *before* the twist!). Not gonna lie, this made me tear up (in a good way). :thumb:
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:26 pm

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit episode 15

Yay! Plot actually going somewhere! XD
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