[Winter 2017] Season of Endings

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[Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby KazeShiki » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:45 pm

The winter to end all winters.

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Much like the threads before it, this is a thread I created stole from blkmage for the discussion of new anime that will be airing on TV in Japan in the Winter 2017 season. Anime typically gets released and runs for a number of seasons. The year is divided up into four seasons: January to March is winter, April to June is spring, July to September is summer, and October to December is fall. Each season is approximately 13 weeks.

Here, we can talk about what shows look interesting, what we plan to watch, and generally get giddy and excited for things that we've been anticipating for a while.

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ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
http://acca-anime.com/
Manga

Adventures of a monarch's inspector.


AKIBA' S TRIP: THE ANIMATION
http://akibastrip-anime.com/
Game

Akiba the anime.


Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen
http://www.ao-ex.com/
Sequel

Season 2 of demons and exorcists.


BanG Dream!
http://bang-dream.com/
Original

More dreams. More idols.


Chaos;Child
http://chaoschildanime.com/
Visual Novel

Sci;fi series continues


Chiruran: Nibun no Ichi
http://chiruran.jp/
Manga
**This anime is a short

Chibi Shinsengumi.


Choboraunyopomi Gekijou Dai Ni Maku ai mai mi: Surgical Friends
http://www.dreamcreation.co.jp/aimaimi3/
Manga
**This anime is a short

Season 3 of magic girls.


Demi-chan wa Kataritai
http://demichan.com/
Manga

A biologist teacher and his not-quite-human students.


ēlDLIVE
http://eldlive.tv/
Manga

A boy is chosen to join a galactic police force.


Fuuka
http://fuuka.tv/
Manga

A town where you played in a band.


Gabriel DropOut
http://gabdro.com/
Manga

An angel becomes a gaming addict.


Gintama (2017)
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/gintama/index2.html
Sequel

Gintama season 2017


GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation
http://anime.granbluefantasy.jp/
Game

Mobage without the gacha.


Hand Shakers
http://www.project-hs.net/
Original

Head into battle, ye who shake hands.


Idol Jihen
http://idoljihen.jp/anime/
Games

Idols are gonna idol.


Kemono Friends
http://kemono-friends.jp/
Game

Park animals transform into human girls because why not, Japan.


Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon
http://maidragon.jp/
Manga

If animals can transform into cute girls, then why not dragons too.


Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
http://konosuba.com/
Sequel

Megumin returns.


Kuzu no Honkai
http://www.kuzunohonkai.com/
Manga

A perfect couple isn't actually perfect.


Little Witch Academia (TV)
http://tv.littlewitchacademia.jp/
Original

Money was thrown. Anime was made.


Marginal#4 KISS Kara Tsukuru Big Bang
http://marginal4-anime.com/
Original

The idols keep idling.


Masamune-kun no Revenge
http://masamune-tv.com/
Manga

Get bullied by cute girl, become popular for revenge, then fall in love anyway because it's anime.


Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-Bu
http://minakama-anime.jp/
Manga

Cute girls riding bicycles.


nyanko-days
http://nyanko-days.com/
Manga
**This anime is a short

Cat girls.


One Room
http://oneroom-anime.com/
Original
**This anime is a short

Three stories. One Room.


Onihei
http://onihei-anime.com/
Original

Justice in the Edo period.


Piace: Watashi no Italian
http://piace-anime.com/
Manga
**This anime is a short

Italian food.


Reikenzan: Eichi e no Shikaku
http://reikenzan.net/
Sequel

Season 2 of the sage life.


Rewrite / 2nd Season Moon-Hen/Terra-Hen
http://www.rewrite-anime.tv/
Sequel

Supposed to be the part that makes Rewrite amazing.


SCHOOLGIRL STRIKERS Animation Channel
http://sgs-anime.com/
Game

Schoolgirls save the world.


Seiren
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/seiren/
Original

Something about cute girls.


Sentai Heroes SUKIYAKI FORCE
Original
**This anime is a short

Sukiyaki is delicious.


Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
http://rakugo-shinju-anime.jp/
Sequel

Season 2 of rakugo aspirations.


SUPER LOVERS 2
http://superlovers-anime.com/
Sequel

Season 2 of Yaoi on Ice without the ice.


Tales of Zestiria the X 2
http://toz-thex-anime.tales-ch.jp/
Sequel

Season 2 of Zestria.


Urara Meirochou
http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/urara/
Manga

Girls training to become undines, I mean, uranaishis.


Yami Shibai 4
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/yamishibai/
Sequel
**This anime is a short

Scary stories 4.


Youjo Senki
http://youjo-senki.jp/
Light Novel

A little girl fights on the frontline of war.


Yowamushi Pedal: NEW GENERATION
http://yowapeda.com/
Sequel

Bicycle riding part 3.


Since the forum continues to die, and I've gotten busier in real life, this is going to be the last anime seasonal thread I make unless for some reason a bunch of people suddenly appear and ask me to keep going.
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby MangaRocks! » Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:59 pm

KazeShiki wrote:Since the forum continues to die, and I've gotten busier in real life, this is going to be the last anime seasonal thread I make unless for some reason a bunch of people suddenly appear and ask me to keep going.

:( I know, it's sad how lonely it's gotten in here lately. I miss the days of lively discussions. :( Thank you very much for making the threads for so long, though! :hug:



I have three shows I'm interested in this season:

* ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka - Because it's an adaptation of a Natsume Ono manga, and the few things I've seen and read from that author so far have been great, so I might as well check this out, too.

* Little Witch Academia (TV) - Because I quite enjoyed the two LWA movies, so I'm quite likely to enjoy these next episodes as well. :thumb:

* Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen - Because the first season was *fantastic,* and I can't wait to see the 'present' arc! :jump:
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby EventualDay » Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:47 pm

I am really, truly sad about the death of this forum. I still come here every season to check what's new. I guess I'll have to find somewhere else to do that now. Though I won't beg you to keep up with these seasonal listings, know that I always read them and laughed. Like MangaRocks! said, thanks for doing them for so long.



Things I'm interested in:
ACCA since it's Natsume Ono and I've always been partial to her art.
Akiba's Trip ... it certainly looks like ecchi ... but if it's anything like Punch Line, it might be worth watching...

... and everything else I want to see, I need to watch the first season for (or the OVAs/ONAs? like Little Witch Academia). Doesn't seem to be much in the way of original works this time.
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby MangaRocks! » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:06 pm

EventualDay wrote:Akiba's Trip ... it certainly looks like ecchi ... but if it's anything like Punch Line, it might be worth watching...

^ Just want to warn you... this is based on a 'videogame' which, from what I've heard, pretty much solely consists of SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the player going around stripping vampires (ostensibly so that they can then be burned up by the sun or whatever, but we all know that's not the point... :eyeroll: :P Even the name is an acknowledged 'pun'... :forehead: ), so... I really doubt there's a big plot twist in there. :P
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby Mouse2010 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:02 am

EventualDay wrote:I am really, truly sad about the death of this forum. I still come here every season to check what's new. I guess I'll have to find somewhere else to do that now. Though I won't beg you to keep up with these seasonal listings, know that I always read them and laughed. Like MangaRocks! said, thanks for doing them for so long.


Ditto this. This has been my go-to place for finding out what's airing in the upcoming season. I know there are other, livelier anime discussion sites still out there, but I don't tend to like the tone of forums like the ones on MAL. Isn't there anything we can do to keep this forum from dying completely??

Anyway, what I really wanted to say was that I'm excited about both Blue Exorcist and Little Witch Academia. I never really picked up any of the fall's shows, but I'm glad to see that I'll have something to watch in Winter.
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby shooraijin » Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:52 pm

I'll keep the lights on as long as people are willing to come by. :)
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby EventualDay » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:05 am

MangaRocks! wrote:^ Just want to warn you... this is based on a 'videogame' which, from what I've heard, pretty much solely consists of SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the player going around stripping vampires (ostensibly so that they can then be burned up by the sun or whatever, but we all know that's not the point... :eyeroll: :P Even the name is an acknowledged 'pun'... :forehead: ), so... I really doubt there's a big plot twist in there. :P


That's so disappointing... though I'd much rather know now then after watching 8 episodes or so hoping for a plot twist. :/ The animation looked nice and stylized too. I might not end up watching much of anything this season..
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby MangaRocks! » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:14 am

...Started watching the first episode of Little Witch Academia (TV), which looks like it's going to retell the story from scratch (and differently, too), but for some reason I just wasn't in the mood for it right now. *shrug* I'll come back to this later on when I feel more inclined to enjoy it. :)

As for what I *did* watch:



ACCA... episode 1:

This was a great first episode! I loved the art style and general atmosphere, I liked the calm (...well, for now, at any rate ;) ) sort of intrigue running through it, I liked the MC, and that classy music didn't hurt, either. :thumb: I have a feeling I'm going to really enjoy this~~! :jump:



And Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2 episodes 1-2:

Ep. 1: Haha, that was a neat way of doing a short recap during the first 3 minutes... :grin: Anyway, the state of rakugo at this point in time in the story is kinda depressing :sweat: , but Yotaro (or should I say SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the new Sukeroku! :thumb:) has a very positive attitude about even that, which is really great. :thumb: Plus, with the advent of the interesting new SPOILER: Highlight text to read: famous writer character who wants to make completely brand-new rakugo stories with Yotaro, and Yotaro's commitment to his promises (one of which was to not let rakugo die :thumb: ), there's definitely a light at the end of the tunnel there I think. :) Also, Yotaro's utterly unconditional love for Konatsu (and that really honest discussion they had about it) was sooo sweet (as was him wanting to give both Konatsu and Yakumo a real family)~ <3 <3 :hug: And the performances were as great as always, too. Oh my gosh I head-over-heels adore this show. :hug: Ep. 2: Ah, now we see Yotaro's anxiety kicking in. :sweat: He is indeed under a lot of pressure, and that (rather mean-spirited) article sure didn't help. :shady: Yakumo was touchingly compassionate to him here, though, which was very sweet. <3 Actually, Yakumo was sweeter than usual throughout, brought on by seeming despair, interestingly enough... he is such a complex character, and so interesting...
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby ForeverInspired » Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:17 pm

College gets busier each year, but I am trying to keep up (it's been a long time since I've posted though).

I'm still watching March Comes in Like a Lion because it's a great show and I really relate to the main character. I'll go back to the fall thread and expand later, but for now, I just love the main character's drive to hold onto his passion. Sometimes, he gets side tracked and is not always the first person to catch on, but once you break the ice of his outer personality, you realize that he is an emotional mess just like everyone else. :sweat:

Now, for winter, I stormed through the first season of Ao no Exorcist so that I could be ready for Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen. From what I hear though, is it back tracking and startingduring the middle of the first season?

Chaos;Child really interests me because Steins;Gate interested me (let's face it I actually rewatched the series this winter completely... I never do that). Now, I haven't watched Chaos;Head yet, and I am debating whether I should since rthere seems to be a recap at the beginning of episode 1 of Chaos;Child.

Believe it or not, I highly enjoyed the first two episodes of Masamune-kun no Revenge. Yes, it is predicatable, but is quite funny and lively which is a nice contrast with the more serious shows that I like to watch. Also, finally the guy is the one out for revenge, which I personally find a nice twist after we had so many rom-com shows where it was always the girl. Plus, I like the guys strategy and that the show not only shows his outword display towards the ladies, but also his inner conflict with how far he has to go to get revenge.

Yes, who would not want to watch Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2???? I was able to get to the first 2 episodes, and I am very excited with where this show is being taken after an amazing rendition of past events in season 1 (I honestly was at first concerned that it wasn't coming back to the present then... and then it blew my mind). This with the continuation of March Comes in Like a Lion will probably be my go-to shows this semester.

Now, I wish there were more serious shows with original stories that were interesting. While Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2 is amazing, I want something fresh and new so I will be on the lookout in this thread to see if anyone stumbles on a gem before I do.
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby MangaRocks! » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:47 pm

ForeverInspired wrote: . . . Now, I wish there were more serious shows with original stories that were interesting. While Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2 is amazing, I want something fresh and new so I will be on the lookout in this thread to see if anyone stumbles on a gem before I do.

^ Actually, have you tried ACCA yet (it's on Crunchyroll)? It's definitely unique, and it's got that same sort of mature-in-tone-but-not-really-in-content feel, IMO (in fact it's even cleaner so far). :)

(Speaking of which... ;) )



ACCA... episode 2:

What the heck? Jean's totally being framed! *shakes fist* :P And SPOILER: Highlight text to read: his supposedly-good-friend is even the spy on him-- and, indeed, has been for essentially forever, no less. :pikka: Now, in all honesty, I pretty much figured that particular reveal was coming when the spy's face and voice were specifcally hidden at first; however, it does put an interesting wrinkle into the plot and the context of Jean's character, so I don't mind at all that it was a bit predictable. :) Also: It's interesting how, even with that threat beginning to loom, the tone is still so wonderfully low-key overall (including the humor!). :thumb: And I'm really drawn to Jean, as well. <3 <3 This show seems to have all the makings of an underrated (as well as understated! ;) ) gem, and I'm certainly enjoying it far more than one might expect from its premise + intentionally languid pace and tone. Really looking forward to the next episode! :jump:



And Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2 episode 3:

Hahahahaha oh wow, that confrontation SPOILER: Highlight text to read: between Yotaro and the gang boss was amazing (on multiple levels, LOL). Yotaro is the man. :grin: :hug: :jump: :jump: :jump: And seeing Yakumo perform Sukeroku's rakugo was both awesome and very moving. <3
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby Mouse2010 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:17 pm

So, I finally started watching something from this season. And for some reason what I picked up was not Blue Exorcist, but Masamune-kun's Revenge. I've watched the first three episodes and I'm pleasantly surprised. It's genuinely funny and occasionally a little sweet. I feel like I've seen plenty of characters like the "Cruel Princess" before, but Masamune, with his mixed motives and emotional baggage, feels a little more fresh as a character type.

And Episode 3 featured one of the WORST SPOILER: Highlight text to read: first dates I have ever seen.
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby Mullet Death » Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:47 pm

So Nyanko Days is pretty fantastic. It's such a shame it's only two minutes long each episode. Criminal shame.
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby MangaRocks! » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:09 pm

Whoops! :sweat: Accidentally missed posting in here last week... but that doesn't mean I wasn't captivated by the episodes I watched (as you'll see from my comments about them below :thumb: )~!



ACCA... episodes 3-4:

Ep. 3: Well, it's good that at least *someone* thinks that Jean's got nothing at all to do with the coup + is suspicious of Grossular (although after this ep. *I'm* actually suspicious that Grossular isn't the main problem, LOL... :grin: ) And ohhh man, that little moment when Jean was so SPOILER: Highlight text to read: taken by Mauve was so unexpected yet so perfect-- it was really sweet. :grin: <3 As for the prince: Oh dear, he really *IS* an idiot... :sweat: Good thing the king SPOILER: Highlight text to read: didn't abdicate (...yet...). And I still can't quite tell what's going on with SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Nino (...I mean, other than the whole spy thing, obviously :P , though he seems to be reporting to multiple people now)-- he really doesn't seem like a terrible guy, but there's this subtly uneasy vibe going on underneath all of his 'watching,' like he really might do something to Jean or his sister if he was told to... :pikka: Indeed, a good portion of the main characters now definitely seem to have ulterior motives, and thanks to that the politics in this have gotten even more interesting (with poor Jean {and even his sister!} now unwillingly caught up in the middle of it). Although, the funny thing is that I actually wouldn't even be surprised (or mind) if Jean actually does end up being revealed to be a part of it (or even a SPOILER: Highlight text to read: secret prince, as per one rather well-laid-out theory that has been going around the anime-only/-first watchers {I myself decided to wait to read the manga until afterwards, too, which is a relatively rare occurrence for me :) }). Regardless of what occurs, though, I'm really looking forward to it! :thumb:

And ep. 4: Aha-- finally an (apparent) explanation of the whole free cigarettes deal! ;) Also: So, if I'm getting this right, it looks like SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Nino's *real* boss is the actual owner of the building Jean and Lotte manage (and who a lot of influential businesspeople also happen to live in)... and the siblings have never actually met said owner. Also, Nino truly seems to be a bodyguard as well as an informant, which puts that 'watching for decades' line (and, indeed, his entire purpose) in a whole new light. Veeery interesting. Also: The whole thing with the SPOILER: Highlight text to read: (apparently regularly-occurring) mini-coups and how Jean reacted and dealt with everything was pretty interesting, too.

TL;DR: Basically, there's just something about this show that is really attractive, and I am absolutely *loving* it! :jump:



And Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2 episodes 4-5:

Ep. 4: Aww, it's so nice to see them all doing well now at this point-- Yotaro is finally doing great, the kid is so cute and sly now~~ :grin: (getting even Yakumo to warm up to him {!}, plus learning rakugo himself on his own!) :thumb: , and Konatsu is finally not only working on playing music for the shows, but she even got to legitimately perform one rakugo show (albeit as a surprise to both her and the young audience :) ), as well. (...That said, even though she had tons of fun doing it, she's apparently trying to make peace with Yakumo by deciding that she'll never do it for a living; but that's probably going to change soon, especially given the events of the next episode...)

And ep. 5: Wow. This show really does constantly impress. I loved Yotaro's understanding that he has no 'ego' (and loves rakugo and the characters in it much more than himself) <3 , as well as the symbolism of him SPOILER: Highlight text to read: finishing his tattoo (and Yakumo's approval of it, too). And while the foreshadowing made it obvious that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: something was going to happen to Yakumo during his performance, it still kept me on the edge of my seat. Can't wait for the next ep.!
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby John_Smith » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:48 am

First of all, thank-you Kazeshiki for posting these threads!

This seasons choices seemed a little lackluster to me. The stuff I’m most interested (God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World, Little Witch Academia) both have preexisting content I’d like to watch first. Now, I could have used this as an opportunity to be more productive this season, but since I apparently have no life, I tried out shows I normally wouldn’t watch.

Masamune-kun's Revenge. Similar to ForeverInspired and Mouse, I was expecting it to be terrible, but find myself enjoying it and its cringe worthy humor.

Youjo Senki. This is my ‘What the heck is this show even doing?’ series of the season. No moe here, none at all! (well, that’s not technically true, but said scenes are few and far between) It’s actually pretty terrifying watching Tanya move up through the ranks of a Nazi-esque military and vanquish her enemies. I thought the first episode was horrible, but (in my opinion) the second episode saw a bump in quality, and the episodes since have kept said quality.

ACCA- This wasn’t even on my radar until I saw it recommended here (shame on me for lurking on this forum!) I figured if it was the popular choice around here, why not jump in?
My initial reactions to it were a little negative. I’m not a particular fan of the art style, and I find the slow pace rather annoying. BUT, I enjoy how this same slow pace is letting it set up the plot, characters, and mythology of the story. I already overthink shows I watch, but this show has my brain on paranoia levels. After seeing episode 3, I was going over in my head everything I had watched, and came to the conclusion that there’s reason to be suspicious of all the characters! I’m serious! (I even sound paranoid…) Even with Jean and his sister. All I know is someone’s lying.

I also tried the first episode of elDlive, and found it to be a pretty generic shounen. Won’t be watching the rest.

Lastly, I’m keeping Rewrite in mind. I’m not holding my breath, but I’ll happily watch the season if at the end everyone’s raving about it.
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby MangaRocks! » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:57 pm

ACCA... episode 5:

Welp, my opinion on SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Nino has just done a complete 180° (in a very good way :thumb: ); and I don't think SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Grossular is going to turn out to be a real baddie anymore, either (but we'll see about *that* next week ;) ). (...Also: For various reasons, I'm now 100% convinced that the SPOILER: Highlight text to read: secret prince theory is going to be correct, so it'll be fun to see how that eventually turns out, too. :cool: ) Anyway, as for the details of just how great this particular ep. was, the ANN review of it was so wonderful that all I can even add to it is that this show is brilliantly, quietly awesome, and my rating is an A+. :jump: :hug: :jump:



And Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2 episode 6:

So. Darn. Good!! :jump: SPOILER: Highlight text to read: I had kinda figured that the thing with old-Sukeroku apologizing and then choking Yakumo('s soul?) at the path of candles in the previous ep. was him actually sending Yakumo back to earth (well, barely, but it's the metaphor that counts, LOL). And obviously Yotaro had to continue the performance-- there really was no other choice he could make. And indeed, as Konatsu said, he was actually the only one who even could-- because in true acting fashion (or, as the writer guy puts it, one of the three different types of rakugo acting), his own self 'disappears' and he *becomes*/channels the characters themselves, so he was still able to give it his absolute all, regardless of his own immediate feelings and circumstances. And it was brilliant. :jump: (Plus, it looks like that thing I'd heard about some of Yakumo's backstory-telling to Yotaro and Konatsu being a bit on the unreliable-narrator side is true, since going by the preview the next episode is apparently going to revisit the SPOILER: Highlight text to read: death scene...) Cannot wait for next week!!
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby artisticDreamer » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:05 pm

I vanished a long time ago, but I came back for some reason. So I'm posting here again.
Watching: Ao no Exorcist season 2. I'm pretty happy they just ignored the last half of the first season.
Little Witch Academia. I liked the short so why not?
Youjo Senki. I liked the art AND THEN THE SHOW WAS JUST SO GOOD.

Aside from that, I'm watching TRICKSTER and Nobunaga no Shinobi, which both carried over from last season.
And, of course, I'm behind in all of these.
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby KazeShiki » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:39 pm

Uh so Rakugo ep7 just had one of the best plot twists in a long time. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: There is a subtle but very important difference between lying to characters vs lying to the audience in order to mislead the audience, and it's very easy to mix the two up, especially when it's lying to the characters but for the sole purpose of tricking the audience. Rakugo, however, did this perfectly because it's so easy to forget that season 1 was a story being told by Yakumo, and he has an incredibly big reason to lie about the truth. Additionally, the way he chose to lie in being overly poetic fits the thematic of Rakugo perfectly because, rakugo. A good plot twist should not be "wow did not see that coming at all;" it should be "wow that makes so much sense how did I not see that coming at all?" Rather than overruling a previous assumption that was wrong, which is the blandest and laziest yet most popular form of twists, it changes your perspective on what something meant and brings greater meaning to the events of the past because you lacked certain information. That was really great.
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Re: [Winter 2017] Season of Endings

Postby MangaRocks! » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:26 am


^ Indeed. :wow!: (More on that in a minute though. :) )



ACCA... episode 6:

I love how subtle the pacing of this show is-- on the surface, it might seem like nothing much is happening; however, if you pay close enough attention, you can see that actually a lot is. Take this episode, for example: ...YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP IT'S TRUE!!! :jump: (The one theory, I mean :thumb: ; though SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Jean and Lotte themselves don't know it yet! :) ) And the prince SPOILER: Highlight text to read: (that is, the publicly-known one ;) ) actually wasn't acting like a ditz this time, surprisingly enough. (He definitely knows about at least some of it, if not all. Putting his painting precisely *there* was way too sly.) And yeah, while we're obviously seeing things through Jean's rather-biased-in-the-positive-direction lens here when it comes to Grossular, I really don't think he's a bad guy at all now. He certainly has his own agenda (as nearly everyone except Jean and Lotte apparently do, LOL!), whatever that is, but even regardless of whether or not he's SPOILER: Highlight text to read: for the coup right now (although I haven't quite made up my mind yet which I think it is), he seems to be doing things with good intentions overall, at the very least. (As Mauve says later on in the ep.-- and whoever is originating the plans-- whether there will be a real attempt or not is going to be up to the royal family.) Also: I love, love, *love* the interactions between Jean and Nino now that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Jean's fully aware of Nino's job (and doesn't even mind, LOL)-- Nino can openly tease (and console) him about SPOILER: Highlight text to read: not being good at giving *cough*edited*cough* reports :grin: , Jean can SPOILER: Highlight text to read: (attempt to ;) ) use the techniques he now knows were used on him to try and dig up info from others in turn (though not liking it very much {nor being very successful at it, either}, LOL), and they can hang out even easier and SPOILER: Highlight text to read: with no more pretense. (Plus that little smile when Jean gutsily informed SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Grossular that Nino might not have been entirely honest/detailed in his reports to him {which shows just how well he really does know-- and trust-- Nino <3 }...) It's great. :thumb: And as for Mauve: So, she gave up on getting covert info from poor Jean and started really digging into things on her own (blatantly against orders now, instead of subtly, LOL :sweat: ), and her reactions at some of the reports were interesting. For instance, SPOILER: Highlight text to read: she didn't fault Jean for helping to cover up the mini-coup (which she knew had occurred on multiple occasions before she became Director-General); in fact, she almost seemed pleased at how 'seriously he took his job' and protected his subordinates. And ohhh man, with Jean's next audit being in the capitol district, something big is definitely going to go down... :pikka: Looking forward to next week! :thumb:




And Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2 episode 7:

...Holy crap!! :wow!: :wow!: :wow!: I'd heard that there was some unreliable-narrator going on with the SPOILER: Highlight text to read: death scene back in S1, and always was a bit suspicious of its inconsistency with that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: hazy, blood-spattered memory Konatsu had, but even knowing all that, what *really* happened was even more horrible than I could have imagined. :pikka: I just... wow. There are no words, just... well, basically just Yotaro's reaction. :sniffle: *...takes a few deep, calming breaths...* Okay, so that *completely* recontextualizes not only *that* whole thing (obviously! :P ), but also both Yakumo's character and Yakumo's entire relationship with Konatsu (plus making that exchange between them near the start of the episode sharply painful in hindsight), all in one fell swoop. (Basically, all of this:)
KazeShiki wrote:Uh so Rakugo ep7 just had one of the best plot twists in a long time. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: There is a subtle but very important difference between lying to characters vs lying to the audience in order to mislead the audience, and it's very easy to mix the two up, especially when it's lying to the characters but for the sole purpose of tricking the audience. Rakugo, however, did this perfectly because it's so easy to forget that season 1 was a story being told by Yakumo, and he has an incredibly big reason to lie about the truth. Additionally, the way he chose to lie in being overly poetic fits the thematic of Rakugo perfectly because, rakugo. A good plot twist should not be "wow did not see that coming at all;" it should be "wow that makes so much sense how did I not see that coming at all?" Rather than overruling a previous assumption that was wrong, which is the blandest and laziest yet most popular form of twists, it changes your perspective on what something meant and brings greater meaning to the events of the past because you lacked certain information. That was really great.

...And then, of course, there's all the other great stuff, like the reveals about the writer SPOILER: Highlight text to read: having known Miyokichi when he was a kid, all of Matsuda's emotion, the films, and the perspective on how Yotaro experienced the two different stories and the different types of acting by their tellers in his mind's eye as he was watching/listening, etc.

This show as a whole is a masterpiece.
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