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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4680 on: October 30, 2017, 02:25:21 PM »
I don't put much faith in synopses in the first place...what drives my interest is mainly characters and writing.  Having an interesting hook is fine but I've seen plenty of shows with good ideas go down in flames thanks to poor execution.  On the other hand strong writing and characters can keep my interest even if there isn't much of an overarching plot.

Let's take a non-anime example: Seinfeld--arguably the greatest sitcom of all time--was in its own words a show about nothing.  Any synopsis of that show is going to sound really boring, yet it's a cultural icon...well at least it was in the 90s.  I don't know if anyone cares about it anymore...

Anyway, I mainly read anime synopses to filter out stuff like: "Humanity is under attack by <silly made up threat> and only people with special powers called <silly made up name> who are part of <silly made up organization> can stop them!"  But I think that's less about the synopsis itself and more about recognizing a certain style of show that I already know I don't like.

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« Reply #4681 on: October 30, 2017, 05:34:07 PM »
On the other hand strong writing and characters can keep my interest even if there isn't much of an overarching plot.

This right here is the main difference for me. I like good characters, but I don't need them to enjoy a series if I like the world and story. Really, my priorities are as follows: Art Style -> Setting -> Hook -> Characters -> Pacing -> Story excecution

To make a long story short, that's basically how my moemory works as well. I remember visual experiences most of all, whereas events, names, and characters tend to fade very quickly. The biggest anime example I can think of is Aria: The Animation - I could not tell you thing one about what happened in it, if anything, but I'll always remember its version of Mars. It left such a striking impression that I could not possibly forget it. All the canals, architecture, etc. It lives on in my mind long after the story ended and the characters faded away. And that's what I always look for: I want to be presented with a memorable and interesting world. I will not settle for mundanity.

I know this makes my outburst from earlier look even more juvanille than it already was. My tastes in stories are very limity - anything that feels like it takes place in modern times, with not fantasical elements to makes its world stand out, insteads focusing on individual characters whom are guaranteed to fade from my memory eventually for sooner than the world they took place in...its obviously going to limit the conversations I can have when it comes to stories of any medium. I guess I just got frustrated, since I really wanted to talk about anime, and was banking on the new season to help that along. But everything that did have a potentially interesting world havedn't been grabbing attention, and instead I feel as left out of the conversation as I was last season...

...Then again, did I remember to bang on about how awesome My Hero Academia was? Because it was seriouly awesome...I think I missed a golden opportunity there...

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« Reply #4682 on: October 30, 2017, 06:48:58 PM »
To make a long story short, that's basically how my moemory works as well.

Quoting this because while its an obvious typo, its also perfect in every way.
In my vision, I see that one of us is going to KO the other.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4683 on: November 01, 2017, 10:43:05 AM »
After extensive review, I have compiled a list of recommended shows for this season.
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life)
That concludes the list.

...yup.


I decided to watch the first episode of this based on these posts.

................meh.

It was ok. Had some cute moments, but nothing grabbed me.  The lead female's eyes freak me the heck out, too.
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« Reply #4684 on: November 01, 2017, 04:48:58 PM »
I don't remember, but did I post here about how last season's Shingeki no Bahamut Virgin Soul was a huge disappointment?
Because it's way up there with Aldnoah.Zero in 'season 2s that completely missed the boat'.

It's almost insulting that they kept the ending open in case of a third season.

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« Reply #4685 on: November 01, 2017, 05:38:24 PM »
I broke down and got Strike. Watched about 5 episodes of Princess Principal. They did an excellent job with world building and the story is interesting. I kind of find the characters meh though.

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« Reply #4686 on: November 02, 2017, 04:38:57 AM »
So I got to the end of the Net juu no Susume (*cough*, "Recovery of an MMO Junkie" if you really want to call it that...) manga.  As I suspected it's not a very satisfying conclusion...because it doesn't conclude anything.  The manga has been on hiatus for the last two years, not completed.

So one might wonder why they would choose to make an anime out of a manga that's been on hiatus for two years.  I mean, that fact could hardly have been a secret even when they started production.  So I will remain cautiously optimistic that they had some kind of plan here...while the manga doesn't actually finish it does feel like we're getting close to the climax of the story.  And it's not like the author is dead or anything, so he/she may have been available for consultation when they did the anime.  Basically what I'm saying is that there's a non-zero chance of having a not-terrible anime-original ending.  I mean...it could happen...

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« Reply #4687 on: November 04, 2017, 09:10:43 AM »
Found out Tiger & Bunny is on Netflix, so I finally started that up. I've been meaning to get to it for ages, but so far, it's...interesting. It helps that lately I've been really into Super Hero-related stuff lately (comic books, movies, and Hero-based competitive multiplayer games), so the setting and story seem to be hitting home for me. I'm only 4 episodes in, though, so hopefully Kotetsu and Bunny start getting along better, because their lover's spats got old by the end of episode 3. I guess it doesn't help that none of the other characters have been presented as anything more than one-off jokes, but I have a gut feeling that everyone has a lot more going on under the surface than they've shown so far.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4688 on: November 04, 2017, 11:47:55 AM »
Bunny is a tsundere; you get to the dere eventually.

Do they have the movie too? Because you'll want to watch that after the serie.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4689 on: November 05, 2017, 08:02:28 PM »
Outside of the 2 MCs, Made in Abyss was pretty damn incredible.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4690 on: November 09, 2017, 01:20:15 PM »
Watched ID-0, which sort of reminded me of Avatar, and Neo Yokio, which was a bit poorly-acted but still a guilty pleasure.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4691 on: November 09, 2017, 06:25:06 PM »
Juuni Taisen is beginning to irritate me.  I mean, it was clear from the start that most of the cast was going to be killed, but we're only halfway in, and everybody I liked is already dead.  I've got nobody left to cheer for.

I'm also not happy that basically everyone so far has died because they underestimated their opponent, or made a stupid mistake.  I don't watch shounen series for cheap kills, I want to see characters pushing their limits.

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« Reply #4692 on: November 09, 2017, 09:16:16 PM »
Yeah, I definitely don't like it when characters I like suffer and those I hate get away with being jerks.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4693 on: November 29, 2017, 08:37:06 PM »
Been a while since I hyped Dragon Ball Super but... yeah... it's all kinds of crazy good.
In the last few weeks, we got a fight so good, everyone agrees it's top 3 of all time for DB as a whole.
It's not even the ultimate fight of the arc, we're about midway there.

The current tournament arc has been the best arc so far.
The amount of work that had to be put for this arc is quite the accomplishment and it shows in its quality.

So again, if you ever had an inkling of love for Dragon Ball, you really should check Super.
The beginning is so-so but they slowly solved all their issue and once you hit the "Black" arc, the quality stays constantly high.


There also Dragon Ball FighterZ which will incorporate many things from DBS.
So you may want to watch it just to complement the game.


Almost forgot the music folks here ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqa7W-_Snbo
Fan rendition but pretty damn close to the original.
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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4694 on: November 30, 2017, 07:39:19 PM »
Coyote Ragtime Show (finished):  Jailbreaks, bank heists, and combat androids in maid uniforms?  What's not to like?  This was a lot of fun to watch, although it sometimes pushed the limits of credibility a bit (I don't really think the space mafia would be able to hold their own against the military).  This is easy to recommend if you're looking for light entertainment; if you want some serious space opera, not so much.

Tatami Galaxy (finished):  I liked the style and setting of this.  It centers on a college student who joins a club at the beginning of his enrollment;  in each episode, he resets to the beginning, and joins a different club (with little or no memory of previous iterations).  Although this is an interesting idea, the characterization and individual storylines fell a bit flat.  This was a 9/10 trapped in the body of a 7/10.

Sunday without God (finished):  God has given up on the world, and the afterlife is now closed to new arrivals.  Even after death, people continue to inhabit the world (fatal wounds and all), like still-sentient zombies.  Despite being one cour long, this is actually four semi-separable short stories.  The first two were fairly good, although somewhat marred by a cliche main character.  However, the last two largely ignored the main premise, and felt tacked on.

Blend-S (6-episode drop):  I got through an episode without laughing.

...if you ever had an inkling of love for Dragon Ball, you really should check Super.
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