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Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on March 04, 2006, 09:36:53 PM
Okay, just like the game journal, post what you've been watching, any key thoughts on series'/movies/etc, and so on. Cool junk you've acquired can be popped up too. Screencaps and photos welcome, but for ones over 400px wide please just link, don't embed.

To date, I've started watching the new Ah! My Godess TV series on DVD, and I'm a big fan so far. It's obviously not as OMG PRETTY (pardon the pun) as the OVAs or movie, but it's definitely doing a good job at balancing fluid animation and not skimping on the elaborate costumes and hairstyles.

And just to plug, there'll be a review of mine on it coming up on Anime Dream, so check the site after this weekend.

I've also been watching Salaryman Kintaro, an oldie but goodie about a former roughneck gang leader who's trying to change his life and enter the business world. It's fairly campy at points because of the gang leader past and whatnot, but it's also quite endearing.


(http://hidoshi.com/screenies/REC-01.jpg)
REC - Aka in Episode 2

Finally, I've been watching REC and reading Shion no Ou. REC is about a run of the mill salaryman down on his luck with women who runs into a girl aspiring to be a voice actress. It's very much a romantic drama with some comedy thrown in. It sounds very generic, but the details make it fairly unique. Recommended, just don't be surprised at the short (10 minute!) episodes.

Shion no Ou is a manga about a girl who plays Shogi (can anyone say the next thing the fans will be clamouring for once Go dies down?) and has a very traumatic past. Her parents were murdered when she was very young and she's been unable to speak as a result of the shock. She writes a lot of what she wants to say on a notepad to compensate and isn't a total introvert. Playing shogi brought her out of her shell and she's quite competitive, though still hampered by elements of her past (who wouldn't be with that sort of thing?). It's well drawn (though some of the hairstyles make the heads look a bit longer than they should in the back), and flows quite well. Very recommended.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CastNuri on March 05, 2006, 05:35:38 AM
Manga!

Took a trip to Kinokuniya today and ended up buying...

Host Club Vol.5-- Light-hearted and delightfully random. I love this series because it isn't as heavy (or fan-serviced) as others. Just a group of school students at Ouran High School who keep getting into funny situations. Kind of messy, in a way suitable to the storyline.

Fruits Basket Vol.1 & Vol.2
My friend recommended the Fruits Basket series. I don't like the art that much but it's nothing I can't adapt to. The characters can be categorized by stereotype and some (Kyo in particular) are a bit tiresome. That aside, I really like it. May pick up another two or three volumes next time. It's a little addictive. :P
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on March 05, 2006, 12:36:45 PM
Fruits Basket I found cute as an anime, but I didn't like the ending. Too rushed, and done while the manga was still developing. Let me know how it progresses Nuri, I've been searching for a sensible opinion on it (which is rare supply these days thanks to all the Furuba fangirls).
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sazabirules on March 05, 2006, 12:50:03 PM
I got Beck Vol 3 at Waldenbooks yesterday and it's great. I just wish Tokyopop sped it's release up. I watched War In The Pocket with my friend at his house early this morning because I felt it was okay for him to watch it without seeing the original MSG and I'll probably let him see Stardust Memories as well.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Jimmy on March 05, 2006, 01:15:28 PM
Just recently read DeathNote Vol. 4. The series is really enjoyable but I found this volume to be the best so far in the plot twists and funnier scenes. It was hilarious how Light was just annoyed by Misa chasing him around. I was also impressed by L's trick at figuring out who the second Kira was. Great fun.

As for anime, I've only been watching Full Metal Alchemist and Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. on Adult Swim recently. I'm really looking forward to seeing how FMA ends since, if I heard correctly, there are only 50 something episodes and next week is episode 50.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on March 05, 2006, 01:18:12 PM
Just started watching Ichigo Mashimaro.

(http://hidoshi.com/screenies/ichimashi-01.jpg)
Nobue throwing the kids off her bed.

This is a 'day in the life of' series about a gaggle of little girls, their 'older sister' (really just a friend who keeps an eye on them), and their antics. It's really odd because there's no major story to speak of. It's just them having fun, going about their business, and doing silly kiddy things. Very much a feel-good series. Some of the episodes like "A hot summer's day" are just hilarious. Nothing like having a sixth grading prank your cell phone ringer.

Good stuff.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on March 05, 2006, 01:30:05 PM
Your description of Ichigo Mashimaro makes it sound a bit like Azumanga Daioh - feel-good, slice-of-life series without any real storyline to speak of. If you've seen it, would you say that they're similar? Been looking for something in that same vein, and Ichigo Mashimaro might just fit the bill.

As for me, I recently finished Monster and am now watching Midori no Hibi. It's a cute little romantic comedy about a delinquent who wakes up to find a print-sized girl named Midori attached to his right arm. Yeah. It's a weird premise, but it works pretty well within its own boundries. It's not earth-shatteringly good by any means, but it's enjoyable enough.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on March 05, 2006, 02:10:17 PM
It's hard to say it's similar because of the differences in humour. It has the same minimalist approach to animation, a similar pacing, but it's less random and disconnected than AzuDai. Where AzuDai is frenetic and slapsticky, IchiMashi is more constrained. It's not always laugh out loud funny, but always brings a smile to your face.

I'd say it's closer to shows like Kodomo no Omocha, or even Hale & Guu in some ways (though not nearly as weird...).
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on March 05, 2006, 02:13:14 PM
Watching Mazinkaizer. Most people find shows like these pretty lame and Power-Rangery, but sometimes you need to watch something that DOESN'T require hours of hard thought afterwards.

It's nice to see that Mazinkaizer, while made in 2002, doesn't try to buy into current anime, but rather knows exactly what the hell it is and gives you as much action as you want.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on March 05, 2006, 03:52:11 PM
Quote from: "Hathen"
It's nice to see that Mazinkaizer, while made in 2002, doesn't try to buy into current anime, but rather knows exactly what the hell it is and gives you as much action as you want.

I'm in the 'it's lame' crowd, but I also as a result fall into the 'this is so horrible, it's awesome' group. The first 5 minutes of that, litterally, were so awesomely cliched, I loved it. However, I only saw the first episode. :P

Just watching the anime on Adult Swim as usual, or to be exact FMA and GitS2. Just reached THE plot twist in FMA, so there's only a couple of episodes left.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dizzy on March 06, 2006, 01:26:17 AM
I saw the 'Boku Wa Imouto Ni Koi Wo Suru' OVA. It's now one of my favourite anime movies, ever. Yes, I'm a weirdo. Shut up. :P

Anyway, I found it very cute, and romantic. Some parts even started tugging on my heart. Really well done. I liked every second of it, and hope some sort of sequel/follow-up is being made.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on March 06, 2006, 07:27:20 AM
Y'know what they say about great disturbances in the force, Dizzy?

Yeah. One's happening. Right Now.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CluelessWonder on March 06, 2006, 12:43:13 PM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Fruits Basket I found cute as an anime, but I didn't like the ending. Too rushed, and done while the manga was still developing. Let me know how it progresses Nuri, I've been searching for a sensible opinion on it (which is rare supply these days thanks to all the Furuba fangirls).


I've been keeping up with the Fruits Basket manga here so I can give  you my opinion if you want it.  I am a fan of the series/manga but my love the series isn't anywhere near the obession displayed by people like the infamous Sepiroth fangirl.  

Anyways, the first few volumes of the manga are very much like the series.  There are a few scenes/side stories like Tohru thinking back to when she was a child and was lost.  Apparently she met one of the Sohmas as a child.  Now after the first few volumes of the manga, the sequence of events in the series is different.  For instance the dramatic events with Kyo occurred before some of the lighter everyday stuff in the series.  I'll have to look at the books later (I'm a at work) to give you specifics if you want.  Also Shigure is portrayed as a carefree hentai in the series, but the manga hints at a darker side to him.  You can tell he's plotting something.  What remains to be seen though.  Also you are introduced to the remaining cursed members of the family.

Oh also the romantic pairing is becoming clearer.  It's leaning the way I want it to thankfully.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on March 06, 2006, 06:57:12 PM
Hopefully Dizzy doesn't have a sister. :P

Took a break from Mazinkaiser real quick to watch MS Igloo. Personally, I think they should stop making the 1 year war side stories and make a real UC series.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dyne on March 07, 2006, 02:03:22 AM
Unfortuantly I have not seen much anime lately.  The last one I saw was R.O.D the movie, and I must say, I truly disliked it.  I know most do like it, but I don't.  And I will not go into why I didn't :P

The last series I watched was Arc The Lad II, IMO the best anime based on a game ever.  I have episodes 1-122 of Inuyasha to watch, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.  Which is unfortunant, since I spent quite a bit on it...
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dizzy on March 07, 2006, 03:02:50 PM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Y'know what they say about great disturbances in the force, Dizzy?

Yeah. One's happening. Right Now.


Hey, the fact that it didn't turn into a stupid ass H-Anime made it that much more enjoyable. :P

I really did like the story, the characters, the music, and the struggle that the characters had to go through. I'm serious. I'm a sucker for sappy drama in general. :P

EDIT: I just thought that I'd add that I watched it through another FOUR TIMES.

...Yup. <3
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Jimmy on March 07, 2006, 06:37:58 PM
Just finished reading RuroKen Vol. 24. I was impressed Watsuki was bold enough to show such a gruesome scene involving what appeared to be a main character. But as much as I enjoy happy endings, I do find myself thinking that Watsuki perhaps should have continued with what he started, making Kenshin a true genre bender. I'm not saying he absolutely should have, but perhaps.

Now onward to Naruto Vol. 9.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on March 07, 2006, 09:11:26 PM
(http://hidoshi.com/screenies/sailors-01.jpg)

Started re-watching the Sailor Stars arc of Sailor Moon. I swear to God... I just want to shoot Seiya. The whole Star Gentle Uterus attack mad me rolling on the floor. Pure. Dripping. Cheese.

Of course, all this has served is to remind me that I wanted Sailor Moon to end with R.

Ail and Ann for the win.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on March 08, 2006, 10:40:26 AM
Finished with Midori no Hibi yesterday. The ending made me cry like a little girl. Yes, I'm a wuss.

Think I'll watch Now and Then, Here and There next. Need something (purportedly) depressing to counterbalance all the sugary sweetness of Midori.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lucid on March 08, 2006, 05:10:25 PM
I got Uzumaki 1, and I just started, it's nice.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CastNuri on March 09, 2006, 10:15:23 AM
Took another trip to the store. I'm faithful to Kino.

Fruits Basket Vol.3 & Vol.4
I'm really enjoying this series. Sometimes it feels like the events are going by so quickly but drawing towards the end, you just want to read more. Hidoshi, I've never watched the anime, so I'm not sure if my opinion is that valuable. :P
Tohru finally meets with Akito. Hints of the Sohma Family's darker side are begining to grow more frequent. Yuki's fear and dislike for Akito is more evident than ever. Most of the Sohma family members (Akito is an exception) show affection for Tohru...and I'm begining to like her naive and humble disposition. No longer sickeningly sweet, just a little funny. I want to read more. Oh, that German-Japanese kid is adorable.


The Wallflower Vol.1 --- Vol.3
I'm too lazy to write about this. Basically, a group of four gorgeous guys are given the opportunity to board at a nice house for free if they can turn the almost always absent land lady's daughter into a true, pretty lady. The daughter is a creepy, horror-flick lover, self-pitying girl who denies all sense of her natural beauty, thinking that her to be beautiful would be going against nature or something like that. A funny series, pretty nice to read if you ask me. The characters are sometimes difficult to tell apart because two of them resemble one another. Sort of thing that's delightfully surprising and occasionally predictable.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Marona on March 10, 2006, 03:56:35 PM
Recently purchased the first volume of Hare + Guu from Amazon and am waiting for it to arrive. Will give my impressions as soon as I watch it.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on March 10, 2006, 07:32:50 PM
Just finished watching Genshiken. Damn, I love this series and hope that the rumor of a second season is true.

For those who aren't familiar with Genshiken, it follows the every-day life of a group of self-proclaimed otaku. We see them buying doujin, assembling plastic models and discussing the finer details of anime production. What's so great about it is that the subject is handled with love and care - instead of the usual "creepy and socially inept" stereotypes the characters all feel like real, complex humans with an unusually deep special interest. I guess one of the reasons I like it so is that I in some way can relate to the characters, even if I'm (thankfully) not quite as much of a geek.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sazabirules on March 10, 2006, 08:09:58 PM
I bought the Kino's Journey thinpak because I've heard that it's really good and I'll probably watch the whole series tomorrow.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on March 16, 2006, 12:32:31 AM
(http://hidoshi.com/screenies/PK-01.jpg)

I've started watching Paradise Kiss. Before I get into this: I have not read the manga. I am not going to read the manga just yet, so if you're going to go and recommend that I do for whatever reason, save it until I'm more enthused.

That notwithstanding, let me begin. Paradise Kiss is very artsy. I'ts got elements of art nouveau and the fashion of turn-of-the-century Paris, circa 1900. However, it is in fact set in 21st century Japan, dealing largely with a group of fashion students. One of them, Arashi, finds the 'perfect model', a girl named Yukari. She is at first completely uninterested, but eventually comes to understand how important she could be to Arashi and his group. As fashion designers, they're hoping to break into the big time, and for them the designs are a labour of love. Yukari, whom them call "Caroline" as she initially refuses to give them her name, has all the right features they want in a model.

Boring right? It would be, but it's largely a character-driven story (at least so far). All the characters are likeable. I personally love Miwako (the sugar-lolita), and Arashi (the wannabe punk). The show oozes artsiness, and it's well employed for the most part. It is utterly pretentious, but finds a balance with how amusing and diverse some of the characters are. There's a lot of archetyping, but the modifications upon them are interesting.

All in all, a fine find. I love the comedy bits too. While this is largely a drama, the comedic elements fit in just at the right moments, and transitions from serious to lighthearted kept a smile on my face. Recommended.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Shooichi on March 16, 2006, 01:15:22 AM
I was going to post my thoughts on Paradise Kiss as well, but you know what? Fuck it.

Insert everything Hidoshi said here. (Though if someone recommends the manga, I'll probably look it up.)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on March 16, 2006, 06:45:02 AM
Since I have insomnia...

Watched more of REC (episodes 4 and 5 tonight).

REC's quickly turning me into a fan. I'm still having a little trouble establishing a true link to the characters, but I think that's only due to two factors. One is the length of the episodes: At approximately 12 minutes, they're a bit on the short side. Two, I haven't spent that much time with the characters (5 episodes isn't a lot), so I think they need a little more room to grow on me.

I am however, impressed at how much Aka and Matsumaru feel like real people, and not just idealised rom/com characters. Love Hina this aint. Matsumaru is... Well, not the ideal guy. He's not a wimp like a Keitaro or a Tenchi when it comes to women (as various activities with Aka have so far proven), but he's also a bit of a creep. Not in the bad way mind you. But he's got a very flawed personality, with features outside the regular formula. He works thanklessly (it's a salaryman's life, what do you expect?), he dislikes his boss a great deal for various reason (one of which is how often said boss hits on Aka after meeting her), and he's lonely. Very, very lonely. When Aka comes into his life, it's like he doesn't quite know what to do. She's the first accessible female, the first girl who hasn't stood him up on a date or treated him like crap, and really the only company he's had in a long time.

So he's a wee bit lecherous. And he's an idiot. And a creep. But he's not a bad person. Matsumaru is in fact closer to a 'real' person than 99% of other anime characters. It's sort of scary when you realise it too. He's that guy that we men often feel like: Kicked around, under-appreciated, overworked, and damn we'd really just like some female company now and again. Not that we'd know how to behave if they were around.

I obviously relate to Matsumaru on a few levels. Aka, not so much, but she's still a very endearing character. I'd actually like to hear a young woman's take on Aka, to see if there's anything 'real' going on there like with Matsumaru.

REC comes highly recommended. In fact, it gets the Gold Star of Win.

(http://hidoshi.com/junk/goldandwin.gif)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Shooichi on March 16, 2006, 01:44:45 PM
Viewed the 2nd and 3rd episodes of Paradise Kiss. Not much to say that can't already be said about the first episode. The main thing that stands out is that the "girliness" of the show increases. Thankfully, the drama is still somewhat interesting concerning the character interactions. The artsiness is still there as well. Mostly good, but it's not quite as engaging as the first episode.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on March 16, 2006, 05:07:07 PM
(http://hidoshi.com/screenies/PK-02.jpg)

Paradise Kiss episode 2

It's a bit less hectic than the first episode, and I'm glad. I'm getting a better feel for the characters, especially Yukari/Caroline (I haven't quite decided which name I prefer). Miwako stands as my favourite character, but I have a feeling I'm going to like the cast overall before this is finished. George is still fairly distant, but he's supposed to be. I like him, he's more subtle in his development.

This episode cuts down on a few of the comedy transitions, which I think makes for a smoother product overall. If anything, what'll keep me here are the characters and the gorgeous designs.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on March 17, 2006, 09:37:32 AM
I've been watching Earth Girl Arjuna lately.  I've only watched the first 4 episodes, but so far it's pretty good.  

Ceres is coming out with a 2 separate set boxset that i very well might pick up too.  I'm looking forward to that.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sazabirules on March 18, 2006, 07:15:25 PM
I watched episodes 3-5 of Kino's Journey today. They were pretty good the railroad one was the worst. The Traveler named Kino voiced by Christ Patton did an awesome job and he did a pretty good job singing that song.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on March 19, 2006, 02:54:24 PM
Began watching Hajime no Ippo (the official US title is Fighting Spirit I believe), and was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed it. It's a pretty basic shounen story in that the main character is a young boy (Ippo) who is working towards a goal - in this case becoming a boxing champion. I don't really know anything about - or care about - boxining "in the real world", but I'm really captivated by the story anyway. One thing I really like about it is that the main character's reason isn't something like to get revenge, or just to become stronger, like in many other similar show. No, here he does boxing because he enjoys it, and because it gives him friends and self-confidence.

Another thing I find interesting about it is that the show apparently will chronicle Ippo's boxing career over several years, and not only focus on him as a young boy. I'm really looking forward to see how his success in the boxing ring will change him as a character.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: V-Dawg on March 28, 2006, 01:58:36 AM
Been following Ergo Proxy since it reminds me of Texhnolyze, except not as good. It always bothers me how some shows have this incredible nosedive in animation quality after the first episode. And this show is one of them.

Also started watching Honey and Clover since somebody on here (Hidoshi?) said it was good. After the first 2 episodes, I'm kinda liking the show. Reminds me of Chobits for some reason.

Also started on Mushishi since I heard it was really weird. And V-Dawg likes his anime weird as fuck.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sazabirules on March 28, 2006, 06:46:12 AM
I watched two more Kino's Journey episodes and they were the coloseum ones.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on March 28, 2006, 02:36:43 PM
Quote from: "V-Dawg"
Also started watching Honey and Clover since somebody on here (Hidoshi?) said it was good. After the first 2 episodes, I'm kinda liking the show. Reminds me of Chobits for some reason.


After you've watched some more, come back and tell me what you think of Hagu in Honey and Clover. I only watched five episodes or so of the show, and while I found it enjoyble for the most part I just couldn't watch more due to how Hagu was idolized by some of the male characters for her very youthful appearance/personality and general meekness. It just left a very bad taste in my mouth.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on March 29, 2006, 06:29:52 AM
My friend wanted to get into anime so I'm going back through Cowboy Bebop and Gundam Wing. I did just buy Paranoia Agent, so we'll be into that soon.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on March 29, 2006, 08:43:34 AM
Fate/Stay Night is surprisingly good.

Saber's pretty hot.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on March 30, 2006, 03:35:25 AM
Started watching Now and Then, Here and There.

I was surprized that I watched 8 episodes in one sitting- the plot really reached out and grabbed me. I look forward to how they conclude a story like this one in 13 episodes. One thing that irritates me, however, is the art. The characters all look too simplified to me, and Lala just plain freaks me out. I have to say the one part that really widened my eyes is when

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Sara kills the soldier and escapes.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CastNuri on March 31, 2006, 10:24:06 AM
...

I've already read up to Volume 11 of Fruits Basket. Temptation is my weak point. ^_^;;

The whole Tohru being the light in the Sohma family lives thingy was getting a little repetitive. Fortunately, now that Akito's role has been introduced as what it really is, things are begining to seem a little more interesting. Would write more but I'm feeling a little sleepy now. It's good to see that Yuki and Kyo's characters are growing up. Also, I love Momiji. He's an adorable kid with a big heart and more courage than most characters. It's a shame to see his smiles grow sadder as the story progresses.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sazabirules on April 01, 2006, 11:12:06 PM
I finished Kino's Journey and I finally get to finish Zeta Gundam up eventually since I got the last DVD today. The country with the books in Kino's Journey was really abstract and weird.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lyonaz on April 11, 2006, 01:25:28 PM
So watched  the first episode of the new Disgaea anime, and it was nice, loved how they used most of the game's music in this one. And it's actually very true to the game, including the funny next episode previews.
Finally I can watch something new until Bleach and Naruto return to the actual manga story, don't really care about the fillers.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lilim on April 12, 2006, 12:15:40 AM
Eureka 7 continues to enthrall me even at around Episode 34. The characters are nicely developed and the story never really drags past the initial beginning of the series. On a related note, I just got my Eureka 7 DVD 1 Special Edition and it's much nicer than I expected.

I've been watching Mushishi as well. I find it best to watch it one episode at a time and let that episode sink in a day or two before the next. I'm up to episode 10 and I'm very interested to see where it will go.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sazabirules on April 12, 2006, 07:23:11 AM
I finished Zeta Gundam and the ending was great but...
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Until the last few episodes I still didn't think that many people had died and all of a sudden  characters died so quickly. I also feel sorry for Kamille and what happened to him.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Urban Sketch on April 12, 2006, 11:51:11 AM
I started watching Samurai Champloo and I quite enjoy it. Just watched the first five episodes, and I'm about to go watch some more.
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Post by: Ashton on April 14, 2006, 01:00:30 AM
Fate Stay Night 14

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Te one time Archer got to kick ass, he died. Not funny.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on April 14, 2006, 03:18:52 PM
Been watching the first 14 episodes of Fate/Stay night, and it's decent enough. Not awesomelly excellent or anything, but it's good entertainment. I'm tempted to go find a fansubbed copy of the game (if such a thing exists), as I think the story would work better in game form than anime. The whole "Level" thing is pretty awkward in the anime.

Also watched the first episode of the Disgaea anime. Not impressed. Mediocre animation and not enough Etna. Am also not a big fan of the fansub group, Anime-Universe, as they usually take a bit too many liberties with their translations.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lilim on April 14, 2006, 05:09:55 PM
Quote from: "Cauton"
Been watching the first 14 episodes of Fate/Stay night, and it's decent enough. Not awesomelly excellent or anything, but it's good entertainment. I'm tempted to go find a fansubbed copy of the game (if such a thing exists), as I think the story would work better in game form than anime. The whole "Level" thing is pretty awkward in the anime.

Also watched the first episode of the Disgaea anime. Not impressed. Mediocre animation and not enough Etna. Am also not a big fan of the fansub group, Anime-Universe, as they usually take a bit too many liberties with their translations.


Yeah, Fate/Stay Night is pretty decent since I wasn't expecting too much from it. I'll most likely will stick with it till the end. As for a translation for its PC counterpart, I haven't been able to find one but I did find a group that seems to be working on it. Even Tsukihime too! http://mirrormoon.org/

After seeing the promo for Disgaea, I was expecting the animation to be a little better than what I saw with the first episode. It was pretty mediocre at best. :( The lack of Etna didn't help its case, but I'll give the next episode a shot.

Oh yeah, Eureka Episode 35 rocked on so many levels. ~.~
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Killy on April 18, 2006, 05:21:57 PM
Nuri: I agree on Momiji, he's one of the sweetest characters. Fruits Basket as a whole is so sweet it's sappy at times, but somehow it doesn't get sickening.  Doshi, I recommend the manga for you because it gets a lot deeper and darker than the anime.  In the anime, Kyo's big secret was the climax; in the manga, it's a very early incident and barely the surface of the real plot.  

The only thing that I would complain about is how new characters keep coming in and we have to read about each of their life stories. All the stories are interesting, but when they're very minor characters, I get a little impatient with the detraction from the main plot.  

I'm actually a big fan of Ai Yazawa's works (Paradise Kiss). One of the best things about her manga, besides the obviously awesome punky fashion style, is that her stories have a sense of realism.  I disliked Yukari because she's insecure and selfish for a heroine, but I can definitely relate to her... (-_-;)

There's another series by Yazawa that's out in English called NaNa, her most recent and, IMO, her best yet.  It's about two girls who are polar opposites, a ditzy but sweet airhead and a punk rocker, who meet by chance and end up as roommates.  An excellent read for college-age girls I'd think.

As for me, haven't found any new manga but I'm still keeping up with 20th Century Boys and Berserk. Volume 21 on 20thCB... Oh and I bought the first volume of Monster in English!  Joy! (\(^_^)/)  lol
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on April 20, 2006, 06:23:59 PM
Watched the first few episodes of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It's great - hugely entertaining. I could write a summary, but Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network does a much better job of it (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature.php?id=247) than I ever could. Very recommended to anyone who likes high school comedies - or just comedies in general.

On a side note, NaNa, the manga that Killy mentioned above, is being animated and was mentioned in that same article. I'm tempted to check it out, even if I didn't care for the little I saw of Paradise Kiss. There's just something about Yazawa's character designs that doesn't sit well with me.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on April 20, 2006, 09:11:58 PM
I watched the 18th episode of Cowboy Bebop and the first two episodes of Paranoia agen with my friend.
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Post by: Krelian on April 21, 2006, 05:16:40 PM
i just get the number 16 of 20  century boys, but for the moment i cant read it >_< , and in anime uhm the last i saw was the first cap of nana and the last ova of macross zero =)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: MeshGearFox on April 30, 2006, 01:43:49 AM
Just watched the final episode of Eva again. I liked the series a lot more this time around. I guess because the first time I watched it was via crapped RealMovie files I got off of DirectConnect which didn't have any sound and only subs :P

Spoilers, obviously.

Anyway, I like the TV ending better than EoE. Eps 25 and 26 are really expiremntal, sort of reminiscient of Koyaanistqatsi, and, realistically, relate more to the underlying *theme* of the series. EoE simply directly continues the plot without paying any real attention to the psychological aspects. I mean, in eps 25 and 26, Shinji learns to, erm... at least deal with his psychological issues. And it's a lot more hopeful, really, and the possibility that it pops up for... well, the normal world being the real one and the Eva world being some sort of schizophrenic hallucination is fascinating. EoE just... has... a lot of confused religious imagery and Shinji strangling Asuka on a beach.
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Post by: Cauton on April 30, 2006, 04:24:27 PM
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Just watched the final episode of Eva again. I liked the series a lot more this time around. I guess because the first time I watched it was via crapped RealMovie files I got off of DirectConnect which didn't have any sound and only subs :P


Hah, that brings me back. I remember the days when I just started out watching anime in a "serious" way, and one of the first shows I watched was Evangelion - in Vivo format! I guess most people don't remember Vivo, as it's dead and forgotten now, but it was this RealMedia competitor and the video and audio quality was just AWFUL. And I mean awful. Stuff was encoded at like 10 FPS, and you could barely make out what the hell was happening. Still, back in those days I really didn't have any other way to watch anime, so I was happy with it. I also remember downloading complete Nadesico and Saber Marionette J episodes off Hotline servers (a now defunct IRC/BBS/FPT hybrid) with a modem. It would take a whole night to download just one episode.

Ah, those were the days.

Anyhow, I recently begun watching Eureka Seven, and it's not bad. I'm a pretty big fan of BONES' stuff, so I guess it's no surprise that I like E7. The animation is very slick, and the story is seems a bit Evangelion-esque. But, somehow, the show reminds me more of FLCL than Evangelion. It might be because the design of the main character, Renton, is pretty reminiscent of Naota. Or it might just be because Eureka Seven, just like FLCL, has Japanese rock songs accompanying the action scenes.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on May 07, 2006, 09:36:34 PM
Finished Now and Then, Here and There and REC. REC, in particular, surprized me, because it doesn't give as much crap as a lot of other Romantic comedies do, probably because the whole series is only long enough to fit into one movie. This approximately 90-minute series accomplished a lot more in the 9 10-minute episodes it had than some other 26-episode series I've watched. I usually don't like this type of anime, but I'm glad this was an exception.

Watching Macross 7. This series is a sharp contrast to REC, because it stretches out the series with so much filler and so little explanation that I get irritated. I don't know if it's purposely funny that Basara is so damn into his music, or it's only that way to me because of how he sings in the most serious situations.

I'm on episode 19, and I'm hoping they will start explaining some of the stuff going on, because up to now it's been pretty formulatic.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on May 14, 2006, 03:57:19 PM
I just watched Beyond the Clouds ~The Place Promised In Our Early Days~[/i], and I'm absolutely speechless. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Makoto Shinkai is a fucking genious.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kiem on May 16, 2006, 04:42:21 AM
I was forced to watch Shaman King and I finished it. I liked some of the characters and it wasn't all that painful. But it reminded me too much of Hunter x Hunter. Either way, the ending was horrible *sigh* But Yoh and Anna are awesome :)

Finished Honey and Clover and I have to say that this is one of my favorite animes out there. Someone mentioned something about Hogu here, asking if it gets any better, and I'll go ahead and say "yes." I think the only person who really was emotionally facinated with her was Takemoto. What I loved most about this series is how well they narrated the entire series and how they wasn't afraid to push the fast forward on time button. We get to see these people grow and evolve. The subtle slice of life wrapped in gut busting comedy. But, oddly enough, the character I loved the most (being Morita), was by far the most unrealisitc guy in the series. 10/10!! Just make sure to skip the intro...>.>

Watched the first 6 episodes of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and I love it. One of the few intros/outros I actually let run because its so fun.

Watched 3 episodes of Soul Link and I'm gonna stop there lol The series just feels like another generic space emo filled panty shot anime. If I want panty shots, I'll just watch High School Girls, ya know?

A series I've started watching is Utawarerumono. Feels like Inu Yasha with a storyline that actually makes me want to watch it. I say it feels like Inu Yasha because of the art style and setting, but that's about it. Watching this series makes me think of Twelve Kingdom. I feel epic battles are to come in this series future!!!

Ouran Host Club...just watch it :P

Hmm...I think I have more but I'm too tired >.>
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on May 16, 2006, 04:57:11 AM
The one asking about Hogu would be me :) Glad to hear H&C gets better in that regard - might give it a try now. I did love most of it, but I was just creeped out by how Hogu was idolized for her meek manner and childlike demeanor.

I agree with you on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Ouran Host Club. The Haruhi experience gets a bit marred by the fandom surrounding the series, though. Damn I hate fanboys. And yeah, the OP and ED are awesome.

I love Ouran for the way it makes fun of all the usual shoujo clichés, while still retaining all the qualities that make shoujo great. It also has one of my favorite seiyuu/singers in the lead role, which is a big plus.

I recently began watching Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, and while the animation and art is pretty bad, the story seems interesting even if there's a bit of questionable material in there.
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Post by: Kiem on May 18, 2006, 03:54:59 AM
Cauton, I think you said you enjoyed Fighting Spirit. If that's the case, you might want to check out Major. Its a Baseball one, but trust me, you don't need to like baseball to enjoy this series :) I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good story! ^-^ Totally forgot to mention this series...not sure why lol 44 episodes out right now :)

Watched Melancholy 7 and still love it so much ;_;

My sisters have me DLing Princess Princess for them, so I watch it to kill time. Its decent, has its moments but I think this was meant for girls :P

Got my hands on Full Moon and Gakuen Alice, was told that these two series are good, so I'll watch them when time permits.

HIDOSHI! Watch Utawarerumono, you bum!
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Post by: Krelian on May 18, 2006, 07:20:25 AM
i just read the number 21 of vagabond from Inoue,
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Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kiem on May 19, 2006, 05:16:19 PM
Utawarerumono 7. The epic begins! woo!

Watched 15 episodes of Gakuen Alice. Reminds me a lot of Kodocha but better. Both protagonists are goofy hyper and honest types but Gakuen Alice just seems to pull it off better. Plus, Hotaku > all.

Watched Paradise Kiss because Hidoshi said it was artsy farsty and I'm artsy farsty from time to time, so yeah. I watched the first 9 out of 12 episodes and I love it. Not to mention it has Franz Ferdinand as the outro song, I mean come on! that's all kinds of awesome. Attention to detail also, pointing out collectable things and what have you. Really gives you a sense that this whole other world as within your grasp if you just extend your arms just a little bit.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on May 23, 2006, 07:03:45 PM
Episode 8 of Haruhi Suzumiya = Great stuff. I thought that Remote Island Syndrome (Part 1) was a pretty weak episode, but the payoff we get in this episode is great. The solution to the murder mystery in itself isn't anything special, but there were some good character moments throughout, and the Phoenix Wright reference at the end was awesome.
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Post by: Kiem on May 24, 2006, 02:40:57 AM
Hahaha..someone posted and now I can too! woo...>.>

Melancholy of Haruhi is awesome! Cauton already covered the latest news >.>

Finished Full Moon. Cried at the end, but I still don't like the story very much...I mainly watched it all because I wanted to see her die. :) The story doesn't make sense to me at all and the age differences are...disturbing.

Genshiken was an awesome watch! Everyone who watches anime or reads manga should check this show out! :P Character, story, watching someone who doesn't fit into the whole otaku scene try to fit in, everything rocked! :)

Mushishi is one of the greatest anime ever created. Just how the serie seems to flow over you like a gentle stream of wisdom and entertainment. It leaves you sitting there, soaking in the episode as you ponder its meanings. Beautifully drawn, beautifully scored, beautifully told.

Watched 5 episodes of Fate Stay Night. Wow, that main character guy pisses me off :) And Saber is cool and all. I wanna see it get exciting.

Nana is awesome! Punk Nana4life. Watched the Live Action as well, punk Nana not so hot in that and some pretty poor performances, but eh, it was a pretty good story. Maybe I shall read the manga now...>.>
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Post by: Cauton on May 24, 2006, 05:33:47 PM
Speaking of Genshiken, turns out that the rumored second season in reality is a proper Kujibiki Unbalance anime (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/article.php?id=8923). I honestly don't know how to react. While the Kujian episodes included on the Genshiken DVDs were fun send-ups of usual anime clichés, I doubt that Kujibiki can stand on it's own. I would have prefered a real second season of Genshiken, especially as the manga is going to end soon.

As ANN seems to be down at the moment, here's a quote:
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While initial reports from Comiket were that there would be a second season of Genshiken, Moonphase now reports that the project is actually a new, independant Kujibiki Unbalance TV series and a serialised manga.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on May 30, 2006, 09:48:13 AM
I guess I might be a little late to the party here, but School Rumble is really good. I waded through all of season 1 in two days, and have watched most of the 2nd Term eps released so far. I think I actually like 2nd Term more than the first season - the more over-the-top humor really appeals to me. Episodes like the War Game ones rank up there with the best episodes of Azumanga Daioh when it comes to high school comedies. School Rumble's also got some of my fave seiyuu in it, like Yui Horie and Mamiko Noto (I love her voice, it's so sweet).

Also, 2nd Term seems to have recieved a bigger budget than the first season. Artwork and animation have improved a lot.

Ouran High School club is, too, is just getting better and better. I think I'm turning into something of a BONES fanboy - most things they're involved it turns out pretty damn great. Should come as no surpries, though, considering the people behind the studio.

Fate/Stay Night, on the other hand, is just getting worse and worse. Sure, you shouldn't expect much from a fight-of-the-week show with harem elements in it, but the latest episodes have been pretty bad. The producers also seem to take for granted that the viewers are familiar with the game, as some things are never properly explained (unless the last few episodes turn out to be huge exposition extravaganzas)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sazabirules on May 30, 2006, 03:33:14 PM
I watched the latest .hack//Roots episode and it was okay. Nothing important happened because what is speculated to be the place where they will go to get the Key of the Twilight.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on June 02, 2006, 09:33:40 PM
Just today I randomly caught an episode of Mirage of Blaze on TV (Encore WAM channel.)  I dug the music, the dark art style, and the character designs.  It was atmospheric and there were some cool moments (such as when Saori kicks major ass with a shovel when fighting zombies that Takaya's like "whoa, she's not useless deadweight after all") and everything... but I couldn't help but feel that this was a Neal-pleasing visual package over a very cliched premise, about spirits from the past possessing peoples' bodies to re-enact a war they thought ended poorly.  And the whole lengthy summoning sequence with loads of colors was lame, because what self-respecting baddie would sit through one of those lengthy things?  

I don't know what to make of Mirage of Blaze.  I love the visuals and it is atmospheric (I LOVE that dark vibe akin to Boogiepop Phantom) but the premise and the summong sequences are so silly that it totally ruins the dark atmosperics.  

It seems like it'd be a fun series to watch, but I doubt I'd waste money on a box set.  

Did I mention the dub was godawful?  It was like an old-school dub with bad actors who emphasized the incorrect words and put no emotion where there needed to be emotion.  I thought we were over this shit by now.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kiem on June 03, 2006, 05:53:07 AM
Watch Mushishi, Neal!! Watch it!

In other news, Eureka Seven wasn't too bad. It got annoying at times, but the ending wasn't awful, which is to say better than most anime endings.

Yakitate Japan is starting to annoy me and I might just stop watching it all together soon.

Waiting for Major to be release is a painful struggle to keep myself sane since I love that series so much!

Watched the first episode of Planetes...not sure what to think of it yet.

Did I mention Mushishi rocks?

Will start Kino's Travel tomorrow.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Leo on June 04, 2006, 06:55:26 PM
I watched Blood+ 30 & 31 last night. Awesome episodes. This show just keeps on getting better and better. Episode 31 in particular pulled a 360, regarding a certain character.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Jimmy on June 05, 2006, 09:00:43 PM
Wow, I haven't posted here in a long time!

I just read Bleach Vol. 13 and found it enjoyable. Though, like most SJ manga, it has some plot pacing issues to say the least. I really like the twists and turns though when they happen as well as set up for future events.

Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 27 was also quite a bit of fun even if it was just setup for the climax. I really like how far the characters have come since the beginning of the series, especially Yahiko. I know how the Jinchu arc ends (kind of) because of the Reflection OVA, but from what I hear that OVA did it very poorly compared to the manga. Well, I guess I'll find out next month so please no one spoil it for me.

Now for a bit of a Naruto rant:

The manga has really come full circle, and I can't say it is a good thing. Again, the "first half" of the manga's plot was poorly paced, but enjoyable enough. Now the plot is moving incredibly fast for the most part and Kishimoto is introducing so many twists, turns, and WTFs that I have trouble seeing how he plans to resolve them well. Don't get me wrong, I'm very pleased things are moving, but wow, he's going to have to take quite a bit of time to tie everything together. Maybe it's just me, but it also feels rushed, like Kishimoto is just trying to get finished now. I don't blame him really considering the demands a weekly chapter would place on a writer/artist. But I'd like him to explain some things more clearly and not be so ambiguous when he introduces something new.

As for where Naruto's story is headed:
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I'm curious as to what is going to happen with Naruto himself. There has been plenty of foreshadowing that Naruto could die, and not just in the weekly battles, but nearing the conclusion of the manga itself. Although I find it highly unlikely considering this is a shonen manga, I find these hints hard to ignore.

Two end of series volumes out next month for my reading enjoyment: RuroKen Vol. 28 and Chrono Crusade Vol. 8! I'm excited.

As for watching anime, I really don't have the time or money to anymore. Considering DVDs generally cost at least $15.00+ (I've seen some up to almost $30.00 before) I find manga much more affordable if it is available. Though I've tried to catch Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig on CN. I managed to catch the finale and was pretty much wondering WTF is going on plot wise. Luckily I did catch the Origami (sp?) episode, so I understood that much. As for the war, destruction, and mayhem? I was lost. Guess I'll have to try and catch reruns.
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Post by: CluelessWonder on June 06, 2006, 11:50:43 AM
I reread (skimmed) through Mars since I watched the live action Tawainese drama.  It was actually pretty good.  I didn't see it all since I could only find a few that were subbed.  I must say that the lead actors have gotten better since Meteor Garden which I am also watching at the moment.  I love Hana Yori Dango so I have to see the whole series.  I did end up watching the Japanese version of HYD and loved it.  The girl who plays Makino is so cute.  Unfortunately I didn't find any of the guys attractive except maybe Soujiro.  Anyways, MG is following very closely to the manga while HYD condenses events in the manga.  So far, I like the Japanese version better since it doesn't drag and is really funny and has better production values.
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Post by: Sazabirules on June 13, 2006, 02:00:52 PM
The 10th episode of .hack//Roots was decent but more questions need to be answered now.
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Why did Ovan go in the first place if he knew it was a setup and how did Naobi do all of this? What is Naobi searching for in Ovan's data that probably has something to do with the giant thing on Ovan. I'm also waiting for Tri-Edge to do something since we saw a glimpse of him I think two episodes ago. It seems as if Tawaraya is being isolated from the two members of TaN that we know about
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Post by: Cauton on June 21, 2006, 03:30:21 AM
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 12

Fuck damn, Kyoto Animation rocks, in every sense of the word. The animation during the concert segment was... awesome. Amazing. Outstanding. So fluid, so well choreographed, fantastic angles and closeups and incredible attention to detail. The show has showcased some hot animation before, but this was some of the best yet.

Oh, and the songs were pretty good too.

A good episode all in all, and I liked how we got to see other sides of Haruhi's personality.

I must say that I think MHS had a few weak episodes in the middle, but three most recent ones have been fantastic. I'm hoping that the last two episodes keep up the high quality, so the shows end on a good note.
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Post by: Sazabirules on June 26, 2006, 11:08:08 AM
The 12th episode of Roots was really boring. It was the same blah blah blah what will we do Ovan isn't coming back crap that was the entire 11th episode. It looks as if Naobi and Ender have new PCs now and I have a feeling Tri-Edge will make a move very soon.

I picked up Karas: The Prophecy and watched the very beginning. It is very cool from what I've seen but it is kind of confusing.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on June 29, 2006, 01:00:34 PM
I can't really say I know much about anime/manga, seeing as the only "real" anime i've actually seen is one Studio Ghibli film, that being Princess Mononoke. Oh and the very first episode of FF Unlimited and the Animatrix (i know that doesn't really count, cuz that one ain't japanese). I suppose thats what comes from being a British Northerner, the sort of person who stereotypically thinks manga and anime are the same (i know mangas the comic  book type thing and anime is the animated one), that japanese animation is for kids (i know there are a lot of animations that are most definitely not) and thinks that crap American versions of anime (Pokemon and Digimon *cough*) count as having seen real japanese animation. Oh and can you recommend any anime films I should see before I die? Please? If you say  Ah, My Goddess i'll kill you.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on June 29, 2006, 01:22:04 PM
Anime films? Well, some that spring to mind are Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Jin-Roh, Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Tokyo Godfathers, Millenium Actress, Perfect Blue, Memories and Wings of Honneamise. That's just the tip of the ice berg though.

And if you're asking for both films and TV/OAV series then the list could go on and on and on.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on June 29, 2006, 03:19:46 PM
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Anime films? Well, some that spring to mind are Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Jin-Roh, Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor Totoro, Tokyo Godfathers, Millenium Actress, Perfect Blue, Memories and Wings of Honneamise. That's just the tip of the ice berg though.

And if you're asking for both films and TV/OAV series then the list could go on and on and on.


I've only heard of let's see... 4 of those... Clearly I haven't been alive. And no, it's just films. I can think of loads of TV series I should see: Gundam Wing, Neon Genesis, the rest of FF Unlimited, Naruto, etc. Please tell me if those ones suck.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on June 29, 2006, 04:45:51 PM
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I've only heard of let's see... 4 of those... Clearly I haven't been alive. And no, it's just films. I can think of loads of TV series I should see: Gundam Wing, Neon Genesis, the rest of FF Unlimited, Naruto, etc. Please tell me if those ones suck.


Hey, the fact that you haven't heard about all of them might be proof that you actually have a life.

Anywho, Neon Genesis Evangelion is pretty good. FF Unlimited is crap (at least that's what I and many other think. But I only watched the first two episodes). Naruto is immensely popular, but I'm not a huge fan of it. I guess it's pretty good for it's genre (which is cashcow/merchendise/fight of the week show), though.

Gudam Wing I haven't seen, yet, but I'm told it's pretty great.
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Post by: Jimmy on June 29, 2006, 04:47:08 PM
FF Unlimited sucks. At least I thought so. I won't bother going into Gundam because the only Gundam Series I've seen and liked was SEED. NGE is good minus the stupid ending. Naruto is okay as long as it is the direct story from the manga and not the atrocious filler episodes. Though I will suggest watching Naruto for no other reason than episode 133. I stopped watching anime for the most part after seeing that episode because it was so good.
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Post by: Cauton on June 29, 2006, 04:50:07 PM
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Though I will suggest watching Naruto for no other reason than episode 133. I stopped watching anime for the most part after seeing that episode because it was so good.


Let me guess... Naruto is beaten and looks to be dead/unconcious when he miraculously recovers thanks to that Nine-Tails thing, and goes on to beat his opponent into a pulp?

So.. How does that differ from the other 132 episodes? :P
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Post by: Jimmy on June 29, 2006, 04:58:56 PM
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Though I will suggest watching Naruto for no other reason than episode 133. I stopped watching anime for the most part after seeing that episode because it was so good.


Let me guess... Naruto is beaten and looks to be dead/unconcious when he miraculously recovers thanks to that Nine-Tails thing, and goes on to beat his opponent into a pulp?

So.. How does that differ from the other 132 episodes? :P


1. The animation was fantastic.
2. The tension. Where before Naruto is fighting "bad guys," in this episode he's fighting
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a friend, Sasuke.

It's the most emotionally charged episode of any anime I've ever seen and is really the only episode of Naruto that I would say is excellent. The rest are just mediocre.
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Post by: Jimmy on July 11, 2006, 07:55:24 PM
w00t! for double posting!

Chrono Crusade Vol. 8:

Wow, what else can be said? I think this is probably the best manga series I've ever read. I could stand reading through the entire series again though because the months between each volume made me forget a lot of what happened. That and it was just a lot to take in. Still a great series, and a nice, bittersweet ending. I loved it.

Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 28:

Another w00t! for Kenshin, which is still my favorite. The ending was great and resolved everything pretty well. I don't know how well known Kenshin is, so I'll use a spoiler tag just in case:

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It was kind of sad to see Kenshin would no longer be able to fight with a sword. I didn't quite understand what exactly was wrong with him, but I'm assuming he just tore his muscles and tendons too much and never allowed himself to recover properly. I know the Reflection OVA makes it out to be leprosy, but I kind of have my doubts about that. I suppose that is still possible though.
Now I don't really no what to do with myself. Now all I have left is Naruto. Maybe Death Note, but the series is getting old and is failing to develop the main characters anymore in my opinion. Started off fantastically, but my interest in the series is gradually declining.

I'm going to check out Buso Renkin Vol. 1 next month, but I'm a tad skeptical on it. Especially since the main character looks too much like Yahiko. I'm hoping this doesn't mean Watsuki has a limitation to character designs like Toriyama does. He admits to hardly ever being entirely original with his characters, and I give him credit for admitting that, and maybe it's just me, but I don't think you should create a new character for a new series that looks so much like a character from the previous series.

And that's it.

Anyone have any suggestions for me? I'm typically drawn to the shounen action genre but I'm willing to give others a shot.
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Post by: Cauton on July 12, 2006, 01:30:13 AM
It's been a while since I read the Kenshin manga, but from what I understand:
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After all years of fighting, Kenshin's body were so worn out that he just couldn't perform all those crazy hiten mitsurugi ryu techniques anymore. Anyway, it's a fitting end to the series, in the way. After the battle with Enishi, Kenshin finally feels that he's come to terms with his past, and redeemed himself for all the lives he took during the revolution (Tomoe's specifically). He really doesn't have any reason to fight anymore.

Also, I'd not take anything that's presented in Reflections as cannon. That OAV was made without the input of the author, and is pretty damn horrible if you ask me.


As for other manga.. How about Bleach? It's another one of them never ending shounen type of mangas. Or maybe Samurai Deeper Kyo? I think it'll be hard to find something comparable to Kenshin, though, as the RK manga actually has some depth to it, unlike the majority of the shounen fare.
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Post by: Leo on July 12, 2006, 01:53:04 AM
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Anyone have any suggestions for me? I'm typically drawn to the shounen action genre but I'm willing to give others a shot.


Currently, I'm reading Flame of Recca, Great Teacher Onizuka, and Berserk. Samurai Deeper Kyo manga sounds intriguing. I've seen the anime series already, and while it was enjoyable, if not rather confusing at times, the action scenes weren't that exciting. I did like the large cast of characters.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Testament on July 12, 2006, 03:00:55 AM
I just started watching Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Now, I’m not a big anime fan.  In fact, I don’t like a lot of it.  In my opinion, it’s the characters that make any story great and so much anime seems to feature the old character archetypes.  This series caught me completely by surprise, it’s was just a breath of fresh air.  The first Episode was a bit misleading, I thought the series would be parody.  Episode two really made me fall in love with the show.  The main character for one isn’t your typical indecisive spineless fool or “badass” I know everything character.  He isn’t exactly in the middle either.  He is cynical, he ask questions and despite what other (and probably himself) think, he is quiet intelligent too.  His role as a medium between the story and the audience is amazing, it’s something I’ve never seen before.  The rest of the cast,  They are introduced as your typical cliche characters...  It’s such a joy to watch their real personalities unravel.

A beautiful anime, so far it’s the best I’ve ever seen.
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Post by: Lt. Fukai on July 12, 2006, 07:03:58 AM
I recently finish Trinity Blood, and I’m in eleven episode of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruni. Trinity Blood was great, but apparently it left so many things unclear respect the novels and another adaptations of them, in the opening appears a scene that is never explain in the entire series, is definitive that I need read the novels. About The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruni, this series it’s a lot fun, especially the first episode, the rest have so many allusions to Japanese culture, however it’s fun no matter if you can’t understand such things.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on July 15, 2006, 03:45:38 PM
Saw Howl's Moving Castle today. Is very good (well it is a studio ghibli film) but doesnt seem to make a lot of sense. Well it does, it's just very odd. Like Princess Mononoke was. Christian Bale sounds almost exactly like he did in Equilibrium, except with a bit more emotion in his voice - especially when
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Sophie accidentally messes up Howl's magic potion so his hair goes red then dark brown, and he says "How am I supposed to live if I'm not beautiful?!", in the funniest moment of the film. But yeah, you really should see this film. Now all I have to do is see Spirited Away and I'll have seen 3 of the more recent Miyazaki films. Hmmm... I may be getting Ghost in the Shell for my birthday at the end of the month. Is the second one worth seeing too? And what about Stand Alone Complex?
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on July 15, 2006, 03:49:44 PM
Ghost in the Shell (2): Innocence is by some considered to be masterpeice of animation.

Me? I think it's utter crap. Yes, it's beatifully produced, with amazing visuals and audio. But, it tries WAY too hard to be deep and philosophical, and the constant quoting of poets/philoshopers is increadibly pretentious.

Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, on the other hand, is awesome. It's some of the best TV anime ever produced.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on July 15, 2006, 03:55:57 PM
OK, i'll keep that in mind. I know Akira is very good, but is Steamboy? Ive seen it in a video rental shop, and it says its from the makers of Akira. Has anyone seen it and if they have, can they tell me if its any good?
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Post by: Sazabirules on July 15, 2006, 06:26:36 PM
Steamboy was good but it wasn't anything special.
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Post by: Hidoshi on July 18, 2006, 04:54:44 AM
Y'know what?

Kamichu > You.

That is all I have to say about this week's rentals. LOVE.
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Post by: CluelessWonder on July 20, 2006, 03:16:59 PM
I picked up the newest volumes of Hot Gimmick, Hana Kimi, Hana Yori Dango,  and Kare First Love.  I haven't read Hot Gimmick yet since the romantic pairing isn't what I want it to be.  

Anyways, I watched the movie NANA.  I'm not familiar with the manga or the anime series so I'm not sure how they compare.  I just know that I thought the movie was very enjoyable.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on July 24, 2006, 02:54:21 PM
Quote from: "Sazabirules"
Steamboy was good but it wasn't anything special.


Yeah, I have to agree there - I saw it the other day. It kinda reminds me of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series, as both are essentially steampunk. And I think the Mortal Engines books would be good as an anime - it would never happen though.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on July 24, 2006, 04:25:27 PM
Just watched the first two episodes of Coyote Ragtime Show. I think the most positive thing I can say about is that it was shiny. Pretty good production values, but the show itself is increadibly silly, clichéed and shallow. But I'm sure it'll be popular anyway - it's got a group of 12 gothic lolita killer android maids as recurring characters.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on July 26, 2006, 03:30:47 AM
Okay, not really a proper journal post, but this is anime related:

This Haruhi Suzumiya PVC if totally awesome. (http://cgi.2chan.net/y/src/1153869526236.jpg)

I want one. Really, really badly. It would look great standing on my computer monitor, next to my beanie baby kiwi (http://www.ceder.net/bb/images/beak.jpg).
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on July 31, 2006, 08:10:41 AM
Got Ghost in the Shell for my birthday and rented the sequel. I think the original was very good, if I ignore certain aspects of it. Innocence was...okay even though most of it was OMG SPECIAL EFFECTS and the rest was just quoting random philosophers. I've noticed that the voice actors in the 2nd movie are the same ones as in SAC (did I get that right?), and Aramaki is played by the same guy in all 3.

Edit: the ghost in the shell movies arent as good as I thought they were.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Nemmet on August 06, 2006, 06:38:49 AM
I don't usually watch animes, but I've been hooked on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for the past few days. I'm on episode 8.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on August 09, 2006, 10:18:31 AM
You know, that's the second or third time someone in this thread has said that the like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, despite not being anime fans in general. Interesting fact.

So, over the last two days I've been watching the first five episodes of Muteki Kanban Musume. I would try to give a recap of the story, but there really isn't one. The ANN summary goes like this "Miki Onimaru is a poster girl that works at her mother's Chinese ramen restaurant. She appears to be a normal girl, but she can become very violent if provoked. Every day, she often picks a fight with her mother and accquaintances as a result, causing a series of troubling mishaps in their otherwise normal lives."

But that fails to capture the increadible insanity of this show. The episodes are just long series of slapstick jokes, mainly involving Miki fighting it out with the rest of the cast. It's silly, lowbrow and tons of fun.

Speaking of fun, this (http://www.darkmirage.com/2006/08/03/unlimited-essay-works/) is the funniest thing I've seen in a long while. You need to know your Fate/Stay Night to get the joke, though,
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 11, 2006, 03:01:30 PM
Managed to find the 1st GIG boxset of Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex down in London town - the Virgin Megastore there has an entire set of shelves devoted to all things anime. If I'd looked, I probably would have found every Studio Ghibli film ever, but I thought that spending £40 on this was enough.

Anyway, I've found the series to be rather good so far - though I must admit that it took a few episodes to get used to the fact that all the important things in each episode are said so quickly you have to concentrate a lot (well except during the fight scenes, which seem to have been put there so your head doesn't explode from too many complicated explanation bits). I'm thinking of episode 9 particularly, which is all complicated explanations. And some episodes just seem to be over before they've even begun (can't think of any examples, but there were 1 or 2). Episode 10 was quite horrible
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- at least they didn't actually show the guy cutting up his victims, but the screams were horrible enough. It's not one of those episodes I'll watch much, even though it's good apart from the horrible-ness.

I noticed that the English voice-actors for all the main characters are the same as in the second film (I didn't recognise the names, but I did recognise the voices). And Togusa looks completely different in Ghost in the Shell, Standalone Complex and Ghost in the Shell 2 - whereas Batou looks exactly the same in all 3. I wonder which of the three versions of Togusa looks like the one in the manga?

Edit: They seem to be trying to show off with their CGI intro - at least some of it relates to things that happened or were talked about in the episodes, though. And what's with the stupid voices for the Tachikomas? But then again, this is Japanese anime, so some things just can't be explained...

I also noticed that they've started releasing the second GIG over here, so clearly quite a few people bought the 1st one. Don't know if i'll ever get it tho, but if i do ill wait until the box set, because it seems a lot cheaper that way (2/3 cheaper, in fact). Anyone know if it's as good as the 1st one?
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Marshmallow on August 19, 2006, 03:28:24 PM
Recently just watched all of Xenosaga: The Animation; it was more enjoyable than the game. Also I actually liked a lot of the changes they made from the game, most specifically
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killing off Cherenkov while still on the Woglinde, and replacing him with Virgil for a good portion of the plot. Things just seemed more interesting with Virgil. I also like the focus on the one Kirschwasser, which was completely adorable, but what happens to her at the end of the series is utterly sad.

Next I'm going to try and watch as much Honey & Clover as possible, because it's a pretty hilarious show.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on August 19, 2006, 07:24:55 PM
Man, I need to catch up on anime. Last things I watched were Kamichu! DVD 1 and Basilisk DVD 1. Also saw a portion of Prefectural Earth Defence Force, which while fun, didn't strike me as anything really special. Moves way, way too quickly. Definitely good if you're an Excel Saga fan though. Same type of humour, but in the 80's.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on August 19, 2006, 09:16:16 PM
Haven't been watching any anime at all recently, they all suck.

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi is the only awesome one recently.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on August 19, 2006, 09:19:33 PM
I recommend Kamichu, Ash. It's grand fun.

But yeah, this season's been kinda dry.
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Post by: Leo on August 20, 2006, 02:03:01 AM
I bought Flame of Recca Volume 19 recently.

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This is during the last arc, Tendo Jigoku. While I can't say it's better than the tournament arc, thus far, it's had a couple interesting fights, like in this volume, when Kaoru fought Kamui, the sadistic man made of mostly machinary. He had a perverted fascination for Kaoru, whom is a little boy.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dizzy on August 20, 2006, 03:12:21 AM
Been watching Nanaka 6/17 lately. As well as Kamichu.

Finished vol.2 of Nanaka, and finished vol.1 of Kamichu. Both are awesome, so far.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on August 20, 2006, 08:07:29 PM
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I bought Flame of Recca Volume 19 recently.

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This is during the last arc, Tendo Jigoku. While I can't say it's better than the tournament arc, thus far, it's had a couple interesting fights, like in this volume, when Kaoru fought Kamui, the sadistic man made of mostly machinary. He had a perverted fascination for Kaoru, whom is a little boy.


Starting form this volume is when the artists work gets really awesome. It's cool seeing how he starts off rusty and untalented at the start of the series and evolves his artwork into badassedness in the later volumes.
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Post by: Nemmet on August 23, 2006, 03:12:08 AM
Haruhi related.

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There are two date-related lines in episode 2; "In the process, we reached the first day after Golden Week." and "So that makes today Wednesday." Considering "the first day after Golden Week" is May 6th that is Wednesday, the year of the story is estimated as 2009, thus "Three years before" is 2006. The anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya became a big boom in 2006, and we actually saw the "information flare" caused by Haruhi Suzumiya on the net (like this page or Youtube, for example).

God, I love this show.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Leo on August 23, 2006, 03:37:20 AM
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Starting form this volume is when the artists work gets really awesome. It's cool seeing how he starts off rusty and untalented at the start of the series and evolves his artwork into badassedness in the later volumes.


I agree. You can tell, in the beginning, the art is sloppy, and lacking detail, but as the volumes progress, you begin to see vivid detail during the fight scenes.

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I was VERY MUCH anticipating the fight with Kai, as I would envision what his face looks like, since he was shrouded in that cloak the whole time, before his match with Tokiya. Well, anyhow, the Kai-Tokiya fight was quite graphic. Especially Kai's demise, at the end of it. @@;
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Post by: Ashton on August 24, 2006, 01:18:00 PM
I got my Chinese version Suzumiya Haruhi novels. Yay.
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Post by: Sazabirules on August 25, 2006, 01:13:08 AM
The only anime I've watched recently was Monster. I finished that up last week.
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Never before have I been so pissed off about so many badass characters being killed off. I was sad that Grimmer, Martin, Mauler and a few others died. All of the side characters seemed to meet unfortunate endings. Runge/Lunge turned into one of my favorite characters during the end of the series. I was cheering for him when he had his struggle with Roberto. It was strange hearing that Grimmer's friend had been Roberto. I thought Johann leaving the hospital in the last few seconds of the series was a great way to end it.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on August 28, 2006, 05:17:35 PM
Watching Noein. I went into it with no expectations whatsoever, and the show turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. It took me an episode or two to get used to the unusual visual style, but now I love it. The series takes the basic scifi concept of time/cross dimension travel and puts a few new spins on it, and it draws heavily upon many already existing theories about quantym physics and the nature of the universe. It's really good stuff.

And the soundtrack is absolutely awesome. Hikaru Nanase is working her way up to the top of my list of favorite anime/game music composers.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Jimmy on August 30, 2006, 08:18:42 PM
I just finished DeathNote Vol. 7. It was pretty disappointing. I would have been able to forgive if I had at least seen L's real name, but not even that happened. I may check out the next volume, but I really wasn't very interested after L died. The whole "L times two" is just, well, stupid. I could even forgive that if it were an action or comedic series, but it is definitely a series driven through storyline and the whole "Piccolo<Vegeta<Freezer<Cell<Majin Buu" thing doesn't quite work as far as I'm concerned. I'd have been perfectly happy with the series ending with the death of L.

Ah well.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Leo on August 30, 2006, 09:00:31 PM
Quote from: "Cauton"
Watching Noein. I went into it with no expectations whatsoever, and the show turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. It took me an episode or two to get used to the unusual visual style, but now I love it. The series takes the basic scifi concept of time/cross dimension travel and puts a few new spins on it, and it draws heavily upon many already existing theories about quantym physics and the nature of the universe. It's really good stuff.

And the soundtrack is absolutely awesome. Hikaru Nanase is working her way up to the top of my list of favorite anime/game music composers.


Damn straight. Noein is one of my new favorite shows ever. It was put together so well. I have yet to watch the last episode, but I heard it was awesome.
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Post by: Tomara on September 09, 2006, 02:41:43 AM
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I just finished DeathNote Vol. 7. It was pretty disappointing. I would have been able to forgive if I had at least seen L's real name, but not even that happened. I may check out the next volume, but I really wasn't very interested after L died. The whole "L times two" is just, well, stupid. I could even forgive that if it were an action or comedic series, but it is definitely a series driven through storyline and the whole "Piccolo<Vegeta<Freezer<Cell<Majin Buu" thing doesn't quite work as far as I'm concerned. I'd have been perfectly happy with the series ending with the death of L.

Ah well.


Join the club. I was pissed off when I read the scanlated chapter and I stopped reading after that. Now I'm buying the series and I bought 7 yesterday. Now it doesn't seem so bad anymore. I doubt the second part of Death Note will be as good as the first, but I want to enjoy and finish the ride.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on September 10, 2006, 02:32:10 PM
Just watching what's on Adult Swim that I like/can tolerate. Right now, that's Trinity Blood and Bleach. I'm liking Bleach more, though that's reminding me of Yu Yu Hakusho a bit.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on September 10, 2006, 02:42:06 PM
I was hanging with Damian, Christine, and company yesterday and was introduced to the manga Beck.  What a cool manga.  It's fun, has some bizarre moments but surprisingly realistic characterization, and so many guitar geek references it's not even funny.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Tomara on September 13, 2006, 03:11:38 PM
I'm reading what could be called a shoujo manga, namely God Child/Count Cain. It's clear this is an early work, it's not very polished and sometimes lacking in pacing and detail, but I like the setting and atmosphere. Dramatic and often gory mysteries for the win!
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on September 15, 2006, 02:50:58 PM
While ordering Volume 5 of the 2nd GIG from the UK version of Play.com, I couldn't help but notice this (http://play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/1106738/Ghost_In_The_Shell_Stand_Alone_Complex_2nd_GIG_Vol_7/Product.html).

P.S. So far, the 2nd GIG is vastly superior to the 1st, in pretty much every respect.

Edit: removed the bit about Kuze.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Tomara on September 24, 2006, 06:29:28 AM
Watched a couple of Meine Liebe episodes with a friend of mine. The show is so overly serious that it's great to make fun of.

"He's not bishi enough to be an important character!"

"If he weren't the embodiment of purple stylishness, he would have tripped over his hair by now"

"He radiates purple."

"Those flowers are a metaphor. Not flowers and bees, but flowers and flowers."

"I feel sorry for the eternal jailbait."

"My horse has no ass"

And the animation looked so cheap! They avoided movement at all cost! XD
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on September 24, 2006, 04:27:55 PM
Here's a stupid question: is Evangelion really all that good? Never seen the show, so is this (http://play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/1098960/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion_Complete_Platinum_Collection/Product.html) worth getting when it comes out? Just thought i should watch more anime tv shows than Digimon, Cardcaptors and GITS: SAC, and preferably good ones (don't know whether the first two really count as that).
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on September 24, 2006, 04:40:09 PM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Here's a stupid question: is Evangelion really all that good? Never seen the show, so is this (http://play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/1098960/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion_Complete_Platinum_Collection/Product.html) worth getting when it comes out?

You'll likely get conflicting answers, and you'll definitely get some tearing it up. It may be worth watching though for the sake of watching it and seeing for yourself what the big deal is, whether you actually like it or not.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on September 30, 2006, 05:14:29 PM
Meh. Still, £75? It's not like thats too expensive for me (having spent over £100 on the 2nd GIG of SAC - really should have waited for the box set, but ah well), but I don't know if it's worth spending that amount on something I don't know if its that good. Well, I know something that's more expensive - Naruto. They've just started releasing that over here on dvd - some of it as Naruto Unleashed, some of it as Naruto Uncut (though i'm really not sure why). That'll take a few years... (not literally)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on October 02, 2006, 01:22:13 PM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Here's a stupid question: is Evangelion really all that good?


Whoa, can't believe I missed this question. Evangelion is good, yes. Is it as good as some people want to make it out to be? Perhaps not. But it is an important series, in that it singlehandedly created the "angsty teenagers piloting robots while being swept up in events that will change the world" formula (or at least popularized it, as Eva was influenced by Space Runaway Ideon) . Before Evangelion, mecha series had either been realistic-ish war dramas (Gundam) or Super Sentai (Voltron) shows. After Evangelion we have stuff like RahXephon and Fafner. So, uh, yeah, it's good. Not The Best Anime Ever, as it has been called sometimes, but definitely good.

Anyway.

I've been watching Blood+ lately. It's great, great, stuff but that's a given as it's made by Production IG. And it's got vampires and swords. You can't go wrong with vampires and swords.

Also watched the final episode of Ouran High School Host Club. I loved this show from beginning to end, and this last episde was no different. A good (if predictable) ending.
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Post by: Losfer on October 08, 2006, 08:23:11 AM
Hm, we some of anime on the way...

- Magic Knight Rayearth boxset
- Maison Ikkoku boxset
- Galaxy Angel boxset

We also just watched Queen Emeraldas yesterday.  I liked it so much, I made an icon.  *Sends Stahn off alone to fight Basilisks.*  Also started watching The Devil Lady which is also kinda fun.  Also only £2.97 a disc.  :P
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on October 10, 2006, 03:57:13 PM
Watched the first episode of some of the new season's anime:

Death Note:
Awesome. This is the kind of stuff I like - dark, suspensful and intriguing. Am definitely going to follow this show closesely, and am very tempted to pick up the manga.

Pumpkin Scissors:
A new anime from Gonzo, which means that it at least will be slick and shiny. I liked the first episode, even if nothing in it ('cept for maybe the setting) is particulary new and fresh.

D.Grey Man
Eh. Some young kid with super powers going around saving people from demons. Standard shounen fare. Nothing particular to be excited about.

Negima?!
I liked the opening minutes, but the rest of the episode turned out to be the kind of harem anime that I just can't stand. I did find it hilarious how there was a girl for ANY kind of moé there is. The tsundere one, the gun otaku, the female samurai, the older class president, the loli, and so on and so forth. Really don't get why Ken Akamatsu's mangas are so popular.

Asatte no Houkou:
Not quite sure what to make of this one. The first 20 minutes made it look like a normal slice of life show, but then there came a twist right at the end. Will watch the next episode as well, if only try and figure out where this show is heading.

Kanon:
Got bored after three minutes. What's all the hype about?

Yoake mae yori ruriiro na:
Another harem show. Won't be watching this.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Krelian on October 10, 2006, 04:05:30 PM
I just read the vol. 22 of vagabond,awesome stuff and the first fight in special is very short, but anyway is gorgeous, and the rest of the vol. don,t have nothing out of the normal in this manga.
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Post by: Losfer on October 10, 2006, 06:45:32 PM
Got our Magic Knight Rayearth box.

Magical girl anime is the best thing ever.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Alexander on October 11, 2006, 10:41:15 AM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Here's a stupid question: is Evangelion really all that good? Never seen the show, so is this (http://play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/1098960/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion_Complete_Platinum_Collection/Product.html) worth getting when it comes out? Just thought i should watch more anime tv shows than Digimon, Cardcaptors and GITS: SAC, and preferably good ones (don't know whether the first two really count as that).


I've been a fan of the show for quite some time now, but I can't say if its good for you or not. I love every inch of it, strange ending(s) and all.  If you're the kind of person who likes to watch your movies over and over (think movies like Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey) and can do some research to find the background of which certain themes in the show (Eva explores themes from all kinds of religions/philosophies) then I can safely say you just might like it.
Also, if you do go ahead and snag that big shiny boxset when it comes out, be prepared to buy the movies as well, as they are licensed by a different company (meaning they can't be packaged within that set) and very vital to your understanding of the show. Oh wait..you're British? I'll get back to you once I figure out how things work over on your side of the big pond.
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Post by: Hidoshi on October 11, 2006, 11:26:21 AM
Evangelion is, as a story, crap. It has nearly no character development worth mentioning, and the story in general carries far too much hyperbole which attempts to deliver profound concept, without ever getting there. In terms of animation, it's worth a study, since the actual visual direction is genuinely interesting. On top of that, it's a hallmark of 90's anime, being the show that revitalised interest in big mecha.

But don't go in expecting much. It's less than it seems.
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Post by: Alexander on October 11, 2006, 12:13:11 PM
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You'll likely get conflicting answers, and you'll definitely get some tearing it up.

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Whoa, can't believe I missed this question. Evangelion is good, yes. Is it as good as some people want to make it out to be? Perhaps not.

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I love every inch of it, strange ending(s) and all.

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Evangelion is, as a story, crap. It has nearly no character development worth mentioning, and the story in general carries far too much hyperbole which attempts to deliver profound concept, without ever getting there.

Just thought I'd point that out; as we have North, South and the Equator.

Also, I went through Love Hina. Bit too much of the fan service and predictable stumbling on to a girl's bosom only to be made into a human comet by Narusegawa, but it was a fun ride nonetheless.

Up next is Elfen Lied.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on October 22, 2006, 03:15:55 PM
Watched the first two discs of Chobits and I like it much more this time around.  Hideki always makes me laugh and Chi mimicing him is too cute.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on October 22, 2006, 07:08:43 PM
Watching Kanon right now, just finished episode 3. I swear this series is going to kill me with how cute and addicting it is.

Also watching Boys Be..., which is pretty good. Animation's a bit rough at times, but the scenarios make up for it.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on October 23, 2006, 04:44:19 PM
Quote from: "Alexander"
I've been a fan of the show for quite some time now, but I can't say if its good for you or not. I love every inch of it, strange ending(s) and all. If you're the kind of person who likes to watch your movies over and over (think movies like Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey) and can do some research to find the background of which certain themes in the show (Eva explores themes from all kinds of religions/philosophies) then I can safely say you just might like it.


Given that, after watching a particular episode of Stand Alone Complex, I checked on Wikipedia to see if an event in Japanese history actually took place in the real world, I'd say I am that kind of person. And as for stories, I don't mind some incomprehensible endings (Donnie Darko, for instance). It looks like it's my kind of programme...
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Post by: Hidoshi on October 26, 2006, 01:48:49 PM
(http://hidoshi.com/screenies/kanon-01.jpg)

Kanon (2006) 1-3

I have to admit, I've been an anticipatory Kanon fan for awhile. I have friends who liked the original 2002 version or enjoyed the game, but I myself never got around to watching or playing any of it, largely due to it being so inaccessible to a Westerner.

Well, thanks to Kyoto Animation remaking the series, I can finally enjoy Kanon in all its oversized-eyed beauty.

The first thing that'll probably put people off about Kanon is the appearance of the female characters. Like I said, their eyes are really, really big in some renditions. The original game is probably the worst offender in this regard, and the 2002 anime wasn't much better. Kyoto seems to have been a bit more restrained in their depiction, and while there's still an initial moment of surprise, I don't find myself noticing the optical stretch nearly as much.

Getting past that one aesthetic, the series on a whole is endearing. Is it realistic? No. Not one bit, really. It's meant to be a very romanticised look at slice-of-life events. While it lacks the pacing of something like Honey and Clover, its own soft tempo is a welcome change from the breakneck romantic comedy stylings of artists like Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina, Negima), or the utter borefest that Ah! My Goddess TV has become.

The story centres around one Yuuichi, a man who returns to the town of his youth after seven years absence. There he meets Nayuki, his cousin and childhood playmate, and the only person in the series who doesn't seem to be suffering from a severe case of hypertension or amnesia.

Part of what makes Kanon's dynamic is the forgetfulness of certain characters. Although it's not true amnesia (at least not on Yuuichi's part, many characters either don't remember each other's names, or have forgotten certain events that transpired. This is all due to events having happened when they were children, which have faded from memory as they've grown up. It's an interesting trope to use, and makes some characters like the tomboy Makoto rather endearing.

The animation is above standard for the most part. It's very glossy and you can see a good budget at work. It won't wow you much, but it's nice that everything gets equal treatment. Thus far there haven't been any scenes where the animation slacks, nor does it suffer from any flatness like some of its contemporaries (re: Negima).

I rather like this series and I'm going to continue watching it. It's very endearing and carries a sense of both happiness and melancholy. Definitely something to keep an eye out for if you're looking for a new rom/com.

I'll be doing a better review of the series over at Anime Dream when it's out on DVD. Let's hope that's soon.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on November 10, 2006, 11:50:10 PM
Being a mecha fanboy, I was pretty excited to come into contact with what many people consider the "origin" of all mecha anime. Yep, I started watching Mazinger Z. The animation is piss-poor and the storyline is as simplistic as it gets, yet perhaps one of the things that can't help but continuously entertain me is the crappy Hong Kong subtitles that throw off the (supposedly) serious scenes.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/Symbios/wmplayer2006-11-1010-40-40-53R.jpg)

To wash the bad animation flavor out of my mouth, I'm also watching Turn A Gundam.
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Post by: Dincrest on November 19, 2006, 11:36:14 AM
I randomly saw a couple of anime on Adult Swim last night.  I saw an episode of Trinity Blood and though it looked like the kind of anime I'd be into, the episode I saw absolutely sucked.  The main character was a dumbass, the voice acting was monotone & wooden, the storyline & dialogue were boring and horribly derivative... not impressed at all.  The animation also looked bad, like everything was shrouded in a layer of fog.  No clarity whatsoever.  Real blurry.  

I also caught an episode of Bleach.  Again, the voice acting was generally very wooden save for some overacting in places.  And I felt like the anime couldn't decide what it wanted to be- a funny school-ties type anime or a more actiony type thing with faux-depth.  Again, not impressed.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on November 20, 2006, 12:31:06 PM
I don't watch much anime. My girlfriend watches alot of it, and occasionally she'll find something that she thinks will interest me.

Right now, it's Death Note. This anime is so good. I've never watched an anime that had me on the edge of my seat for practically every episode. And it keeps getting better each episode I watch. The whole cat and mouse game between L and Light is brilliant.

She's going to be picking up alot of the mangas for me for xmas, so I can't wait to read those.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on November 23, 2006, 08:45:18 AM
I downloaded and watched Kanon episode 1. After about ten minutes of it my testicles ripped themselves out of my nutsack and refused to remain in the same room as this girly ass bullshit.

I'm still looking for them. Perhaps they will come back if I watch more Death Note.
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Post by: Nutbar on November 29, 2006, 08:05:41 AM
I too watched the first episode on Kanon, with a mixed reception. The premise didn't really strike as being that interesting in the first episode, so if I ever watch any further its because the characters were cute to watch ^_^.

I've been watching a few things recently in the anime society at my uni; mostly things I have not seen before.

We watch Escaflowne,the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimaya (which I have watched through before...and more than haply watch it again), the Irresponsable Captain Tylor, FMP, Gunslinger girl, Ouran High School Host Club and  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. We are watching one episode a week of each...but are a little behind in Host Club and Higurashi because we filled them in as replacement shows when Tsubasa and Gankutsuou proved unpopular with other society members; which is a shame as Gankutsuou seemed interesting, even if we did only watch three episodes.

In the past 6 months I also watched all of Naruto up until the filler chapters, Chobits, various Studio Ghibli films (I did an essay on Laputa for one of my units...because i'm just that cool :P) and have just started to try and watch FMA in my spare time.

Good times :)
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Post by: Cauton on November 29, 2006, 02:48:06 PM
Nutbar: Replacing Gankutsuou (even if it's with something as awesome as Ouran or Haruhi) is a terrible idea. Gankutsuou is one of the best series of recent years, and one of the few Gonxo productions worth bothering with.

Anyhow, have been watching some more Kanon and it's actually not bad. I didn't watch Xebec's version of it, but I really like this new Kyoto Animation edition. The animation is (mostly) excellent, and there's been some good comedy so far. The show is also shaping up to provide some good depressing storylines, which is something I like in my anime. Also been slavishly following Death Note, which is still excellent.

Also been watching a bit of Ichigo Mashimaro, and while it's mildly amusing it doesn't come close to being deserving to be compared to Azumanga Diaoh, which it constantly is.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on November 30, 2006, 03:39:03 PM
Galaxy Angel is fucking entertaining.
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Post by: Nutbar on December 04, 2006, 07:09:13 PM
Finished watching the FMA anime

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the ending was ultimately dissapointing. It felt so rushed in its telling, and the final resolution was just a load of crap. Oh...and the first world war scenes were completely out of context. London wasn't bombed during the first world war, and Winston Churchill was not in a significant postion of power. The Churchill thing may just have been in the dub I watched...but ZEPPLINS bombing London? Get a grip, some research would have been nice.

However I, on the whole, enjoyed the series immensly, it kept me interested and worked at a logical pace most of the time. Fun
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on December 12, 2006, 04:24:57 PM
Finally got to the end of the 2nd GIG of Stand Alone Complex the other week. I'm honestly quite surprised how they managed to resolve the storyline, as the story got surprisingly good from about the 5th DVD onwards - shows that Mamoru Oshii can come up with some really great storylines (he did the story concept of this series). I'm tempted to buy The Patlabor now that i've seen the level of plot greatness that Oshii can come up with - assuming that it wasn't mainly down to Kenji Kamayama that SAC's plot was a lot better this series.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 11, 2007, 03:32:13 PM
Got back onto reading the ghost in the shell manga. While it is better than the movies, I don't particularly like it, as it is much more adult in theme and in content - like that bit in chapter 3.

 And I'm not sure Masamune is that good a writer, IMO. Sure, he can think of some interesting ideas, but often what is said only gives a vague idea of what is going on. The characters are all annoying, too.

I think I'll not go into a Manga phase, as I've been put off so far. And it looks as if SAC is the best version of Ghost in the Shell.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on January 11, 2007, 03:40:34 PM
Still watching Kanon (2006) and almost finished Kamichu!. Kinda wanted more of the latter, considering it ends at 16 episodes. Ah well... Here's to hoping they publish the manga on domestic shores.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on January 15, 2007, 01:53:08 AM
I'm still watching Bleach, but I gave up on Trinity Blood. While Bleach makes for some decent, cheap entertainment, Trinity Blood's just getting on my nerves, and it feels kinda like some Trigun/Hellsing beatoff. I'm thinking of picking up some series for cheap: There's a good deal for Crest of the Stars, and that seems to be really well liked, and waiting on Now and Then, Here and There seems to have paid off.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lyonaz on January 15, 2007, 02:12:22 AM
The last show I fully watched was Scrapped Princess and I loved every damn episode of it. It had some really great, beautiful and sad scenes towards the end.
Definitely one of my favourites now

Luckily Naruto's 2nd manga arc is starting soon (no more fillers), so I can look forward to that too.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: arizlaan on January 16, 2007, 04:58:26 AM
I just started watching Afro samurai..its great ..starring Samuel L Jackson.*_* and the music by RZA awesome.....><..this anime is going to be great..http://www.afrosamurai.com/
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 17, 2007, 02:34:39 PM
Re-watching the 2nd GIG of Stand Alone Complex. I'm surprised at the amount of important bits I missed last time.

Edit: Goda is much more annoying than I remember.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Nemmet on January 20, 2007, 08:57:05 PM
Finished Kanon 2006 episode 10.

Wow.

That was effing depressing.

:(
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Silverwolf X on January 22, 2007, 01:49:02 PM
You think 10 is depressing, its goes even more emotional from there.

Well, those that played the game or watched the first Kanon release already know what to expect though, but Mai's story in 2006 was so well done, I could never have been more satisfied.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CastNuri on January 25, 2007, 06:04:47 AM
I haven't posted here in ages. No better time to start again than the present...

Queen's Knight Vol.6 :- I hate the fact that Tokyopop lists so many future volumes for this series. Its entertaining and fun (in that shoujo-ish way) to read, but I dread the wait for each volume, it's twice as long as other manga.

Bring it On Vol.4 :- A shoujo manhwa. Lots of comedy, as per usual. I'm fond of comics that can make me laugh and still feel all warm and fuzzy.

Immortal Rain Vol.7 :- Mmm. I love Immortal Rain. One of my favourite series of all time, really. Took a veeeeery long time for this volume to come out, compared to the previous volumes. I had to refresh my memory, but it's always worth it to see what Rain and Machika are up to.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Nutbar on February 02, 2007, 02:27:55 PM
I found the member of the anime society who put Gankutsuou forward for viewing last semester, and got a copy of the series on Tuesday; just finished watching the last episode and was quite impressed. The style was obvious and well used but never imposing to me, and the plot got more interesting as the series progressed.

We finished watching Gunslinger girl and Haruhi; and in their stead are now watching Jubei Chan and Balck Lagoon, niether of which I have seen before.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on February 02, 2007, 03:52:16 PM
I'm rewatching Escaflowne, an old favorite. It's aged quite well over the last ten years.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on February 02, 2007, 04:46:18 PM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
I'm rewatching Escaflowne, an old favorite. It's aged quite well over the last ten years.

I picked that up recently, but I have yet to watch beyond the first DVD. :P

I've got a small stockpile, from long ago and recently, to watch. But the only thing I've reliably watched has been Bleach on Adult Swim, and that's simply because of being a TV show, not something I have patiently waiting on discs.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on February 03, 2007, 09:42:53 PM
Recently watched Gankutsuou v 2-3 and Last Exile v 1. Later tonight, I'll be watching Last Exile v 2.

You should keep watching Escaflowne, it's a great series.....I even watched the last ten episodes all in one sitting XD.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Viarca on February 16, 2007, 08:47:49 PM
In the past few weeks I’ve started in on Last Exile and Texhnolyze.  Both somehow got lost in the backlog for the past year and a half or so.  I was completely shocked to see the quote from Texhnolyze’s opening on the card to my roses this week (I guess my hobbies aren’t as much background noise as I thought).

Last Exile's characters seem kind of fun and refreshing so far in that I have't really found myself frustrated by their choices yet.  I thought I would hate Texhnolyze after the first episode, but the story has become really engrossing.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lyonaz on February 17, 2007, 10:32:34 AM
Okay watched the new Naruto anime, yay for no more fillers!.

All I can say is, that Sasuke is damn Awesome in the intro. Seems another studio did the intro (the style reminded me of the Naruto movies), the rest was cool, with Naruto returning to Konoha after 2,5 years.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on February 17, 2007, 11:35:57 AM
I like the ending theme for the new Naruto series....HMK rocks...

I probably won't watch it, because I thought part 2 of the manga was pretty boring and I gave up on it on chapter 290 or somewhere around there....
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Post by: Hathen on February 20, 2007, 01:47:05 AM
Haven't posted here in a while.

I've watched Haruhi Suzumiya. I don't think there's a lot to say here, since half the people who come to the forum already watch it. I'm sure I missed a good amount of the inside jokes and references, but the ones I did get left were hilarious.

Still watching Mazinger Z, albeit at a really slow pace. I think I'm taking it at a slow pace since every episode doesn't fail to leave me laughing my ass off.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/Symbios/vlc2007-02-1921-10-05-62.jpg)

They sure were scientific in the 70s!

Of course, this is, without a doubt, my favorite one:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/Symbios/vlc2007-02-1921-22-55-21.jpg)

Wow, I feel LULL all over![/size]

He says "Wow", as if he's enjoying getting shocked to death. Oh, Kabuto Kouji, you and your wierd sexual fantasies.

Currently on Episode 7.

Mainly, I've been watching Eureka 7, which I'm done with now. I was thoroughly impressed by the series. Seems like BONES is on a streak with this anime along with Full Metal Alchemist.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/Symbios/ShowTime2007-02-1922-03-50-37.jpg)

Really basic story. Boy meet girl. Boy pilots robot. Boy kicks ass. But it's the execution that's really good to me. The show has a lot of very powerful and memorable moments. One particular scene I remember is one of a man, having recieved great hospitality from a stranger, holds in his tears until his goggles fog up. At times the music gets a little over-the-top and grand, though.

One thing that impresses me to no end is the quality of the animation. This is a 50-episode long series we have here, and it is beyond the quality of most 13-episode series I've seen recently. Granted, Studio BONES is pretty famous for their good-looking series. The battles are very fast-paced, and it's only supported even more by a great soundtrack. I highly recommend this series.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on February 23, 2007, 08:19:30 PM
I've recieved Last Exile vol 3 from Netflix and I'll be watching it tomorrow. I'm liking the series, but nothing has really happened yet.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Viarca on March 03, 2007, 07:21:48 PM
I finished “Last Exile” and “Texhnolyze.”  â€œLast Exile” was good throughout, though I will have to watch the last episode again with a fresher pair of eyes sometime to decide exactly what to make of the final events.  As far as “Texhnolyze” goes, I thought it got really good after a few episodes, but the ending just seemed so dismal. Too many shows end a little too tidily and just as many end without resolving much of anything at all, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.

Now the hope is to find something else good in the backlog.  I’m leaning toward Haibane Renmei, but I’ve also got DNAngel, Genshiken, Melody of Oblivion, Wild Arms and Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu… and none look particularly inspiring at the moment.  Anyone have any suggestions?
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on March 04, 2007, 11:59:41 AM
Watch Haibane Renmei and Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu first, I really enjoyed those two anime.

Most recent anime I've watched is Gankutsuou v 5 and the latest BLEACH ep on [adult swim].
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on March 04, 2007, 02:22:02 PM
While Fumoffu is a pretty decent action comedy, I'd pick Haibane Renmei and Genshiken over it in a heartbeat. So watch one of those two first. Can't comment on the other shows though.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Viarca on March 05, 2007, 04:37:01 PM
So, was anyone else a little perplexed by the ending Trinity Blood was given?  There have been lots of veritable non-endings in anime, but I thought the way the series ended was particularly unsatisfying.  I realize the author that created the story passed away, but all that happened before the show even started production from what I understand.  The show seemed good up until the end.  Anyway, I was just wondering what other people who'd been following it on Adult Swim, or had seen it before thought (I've heard a few people say they didn't know that was the ending).
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kiem on March 19, 2007, 06:29:22 PM
Currently watching:

Death Note:

Amazing series that keeps me coming back for more.

Saiunkoku Monogatari:

Feels like Twelve Kingdoms which means its going to be an amazing series not to be missed.

Code Geass:

A very good series that I started watching because I was told it had some Death Note undertone to it...
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Nemmet on March 19, 2007, 11:02:35 PM
The last few episodes of Kanon 2006 kicked my ass.
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Post by: CastNuri on March 26, 2007, 07:25:29 AM
Manga update!

Kaze Hikaru:- I bought volumes three and four (having read the first two when I was on a Shojo Beat kick). It's an amazing manga and I like that the writer goes through the trouble of being as historically accurate as a shoujo can be. Plus I get to learn neat stuff about swords and the Shinsengumi! The main characters are really getting comfortable with each other in these two volumes.

Crimson Hero:- Volume four...waiting for volume five. The plot is falling into the whole unrequited love loop; annoying although not enough to make me quit reading it yet. Maybe I should just stop reading too much Shoujo manga. After a while it gets asy to predict where a story is going. :P

Also been reading Backstage Prince, a backlog of Bleach and a manga revolving around the after effects of WWII, titled: "Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms." It was really bittersweet (moreso than most).
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 05, 2007, 12:07:24 PM
Just finished Gankutsuou - The Count of Monte Cristo. Great anime....
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Morwan on April 08, 2007, 08:28:05 PM
Anime:

Gankutsuou - Watched everything but the very last episode. Enjoyed it quite a bit, even though Albert got a bit annoying near the very end.

Vandread - Watched the first four episodes yesterday, it's surprisingly good. I wasn't expecting all that much, given the premise (girls with mecha + harem anime).



Manga:

Gunslinger Girl - Read the first volume-- for some reason I liked it a lot more than the anime, even though they're virtually identical. I'm probably going to finish up the series and then rewatch the anime.

Monster - Also started reading this series today, it's a suspense/drama that centers around a surgeon who's choice to save the life of a child (indirectly) leads to several murders. I'm not going to say anymore because of spoilers, but it's very good. My only problem with it is that there are 18 volumes=$180 on one series if I buy them all.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TurnBasedDude on April 10, 2007, 01:14:00 PM
Been on a GaoGaiGar frenzy lately. I am not a huge fan of mechs, but I was interested in watching this. I find all the nonsense babble in these Gundam shows not my cup of tea. I prefer straightforward heroics with good characters, and GaoGaiGar delivers.

I finished watching the 49-episode TV series last week, containing some epic fights that don't drag on. I felt attached to a lot of characters, and quite frankly, I do enjoy the over-the-top stop.

I also finished the 8-episode OVA last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. The ending is very powerful in my opinion, and it did get me down form the events that occured.

Good stuff, its worth a look even with a slow beginning.

I have to think the SRT import, Alpha 3 for showing me that this series even existed.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on April 10, 2007, 01:36:49 PM
Just finished with Eureka 7. Pretty good, though nothing exceptional. Your fairly standard "boy pilots mysterious mecha to save the world" story, but it was very well executed. Had the requisite annoying adolescent main character, of course, and the even more annoying kid sidekicks. Still, it was an enjoyable ride with top notch animation and a pretty darn good soundtrack. Not a bad way to waste 15 or so hours.

Not sure what to watch next - I'm pretty much done with most of my backlog (still have Paranoia Agent, Planetes and Samurai Shamploo) in there, and most of the season's new shows seem fairly uninteresting. Still following Death Note and (less religiously) Code Geass, though.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 14, 2007, 11:18:35 AM
Just watched volume 5 of Last Exile.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on April 16, 2007, 12:04:28 AM
Started to re-watch Code Geass up to its current point. I dropped the series around 15 due to time constraints, and DAMN am I wishing I hadn't. What started off as a typical Sunrise mecha series has certainly evolved. The whole thing with Euphie and the Eleven's order, actual start of the rebellion... WOW.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 16, 2007, 05:22:11 AM
I haven't seen Code Geass(stopped watching fansubs early last year), I read the basic plot summary of it and it sounds a lot like Gundam SEED, but I'm sure Code Geass probably is better than SEED.....
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on April 16, 2007, 07:11:18 AM
Eh, the basic premise is a bit like Gundam SEED I suppose, in that it's about someone fighting against the people that should be his comrades. And there's mecha in both. Aside from that, they're not very similar. Gudam SEED is by far the superior show - Code GEASS is decent enough, but there's just so much silliness and cheese. Like Euphemia's declaration of love for Suzuku. Dear god. Or everything about Mao. And the Pizza Hut product placements.

And Lulu is a poor man's Yagami Light.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on April 16, 2007, 07:25:00 AM
I completely disagree. There's a much harder edge to Code Geass than SEED could ever hope to wield. For me, SEED is little more than a poor man's reimagining of MS Gundam, and it falls extremely short on characterisation and art direction. While Code Geass suffers from the 'long limbed' issues that many CLAMP designs bear these days, it is otherwise far superior in the latter regard. Characterisation is much stronger too, sans Suzaku. Even then, Euphemia and Suzaku are far more interesting to me than anything involving Kira or Athrun. Fuck that.

Beyond even that, the world view of Code Geass is far more original and well executed than SEED. Than a large number of mecha shows to be frank. Plus I love the actual mecha designs. :D
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 17, 2007, 03:42:57 PM
Well, it isn't very hard to be better than SEED except for the intros and endings, in which I'm guessing a good portion of SEED/Destiny's budget went to.

It's nice to know that the characterization in Geass is better than SEED's, even though SEED spent/wasted so much time on it in the beginning of the series; and Destiny was the opposite, it had none at all really...

(Plus, I like the opening theme to Code Geass.)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Serene Prophet on April 17, 2007, 06:55:16 PM
Lets see, for me...

I picked up three gundam boxsets, 0083, 08th MS team, and Zeta, since im a huge gundam fan.  Also grabbed the SEED movie trilogy, and Chars Counterattack, so I pretty much have all the decent gundam stuff in the US, so I can move on to other series and whatnot.

Mangawise, I picked up SEED Astray X 1 and 2.  Wasnt extremely good, but I got both for a pretty good discount, and its decent enough, and its gundam, so its all good.  LoL.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Krelian on April 18, 2007, 06:09:56 AM
anime
Gankutsuou here too xD, i really enjoined it was a very solid anime though
manga
Berserk volume 30, finally, dont was the best volume really, but continue the plot so good, hope so for the next one will take a bit more in deep on the plot.
Zetman volume 3, just boring, the worst volume till now.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Alexander on April 24, 2007, 12:13:08 AM
Trying out some new series:

Claymore: All I can say is meh. It's kinda like Berserk but with a female protagonist and an even more predictable storyline. I'd really like to see this series go somewhere, but I can't bring myself to enjoy the characters one bit. The ending theme was pretty awesome. Sort of a symphonic light power metal track with a female vocalist. Rockin'!

Darker than Black: Matrix-esque sort of feel with a Kanno soundtrack. Hei, the main character, is really quite kewl. He reminds me of Julia from "Lost", as they both have that sort of dreamy stare when they think about how they're going to royally screw over those they got to trust them.  I'm thinking I'm gonna stick with this series because the the writers have the guts to kill developed characters off and do it well. Always a plus in my book.

Romeo x Juliet: Beautiful animation and music! Just like the other classic Gonzo modern adaptation, Gankutsuou, this has my hopes very high (perhaps too high). One of the characters I was confused to what gender they belonged (and that's normal in anime), but it got settled in the first episode.

I'm also about to finish off Samurai Champloo, which I'm enjoying very much. Since all this talk of Code Geass won't die down, I'm thinking it's next.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Alexander on May 03, 2007, 11:14:57 PM
So I never really started watching Code Geass, but I did watch all of BECK. Which was awesome! I love the setting, because live rock music in Japan is just something that is not weighs so heavily in anime's plot structure  typically. And the fact that it has a coming of age story around mixed in with it, well it felt like "Almost Famous", which is one of my favorite movies. And that's a huge plus.

It did bug me that they insulted Christ in one episode, and even worse that they referenced it in the last episode. It wasn't entirely tasteless and I understand Christianity is far from being the center piece of every Japanese person's affection, but I do have a right to be bugged by that kind of thing. Moving on.

The animation was pretty nice. Sometimes things would feel just disjointed and sloppy as a character would be performing very basic actions such as walking down a road, but those moments weren't very often. Also, some points they would zoom in on a character's fingers strumming a guitar or plucking a bass string and I thought it was awesome. I had to re-watch some of those scenes a couple of times because they were very, very intricate and the sound matched up beautifully.

And speaking of the sound, awesome soundtrack! Sometimes things got far too Engrish and I would sit back and laugh at what these people were saying. And it really makes me wonder what they do in the English dub (I haven't watched it yet) because they are constantly bouncing back and forth between the two languages. If your characters speak in English for the majority of the dialogue, and then one of your characters gets a phone call (and he and the caller speak English relatively fluently to request it of the other), just what language do they talk in to give the original effect? Klingon? Pig Latin? ..Japanese maybe? Really, I'm curious to see what they did.

And the ending was very quaint. Most (if not all) loose ends were tied up or gave you enough clues to figure out what was going on after those last credits ended, and it left me wanting more. I'm usually a sucker for a cute love story, a slave to good music (which I'm extremely picky about), just flabbergasted by Shonen therapy for the shy stories (a la Eva) and BECK wrapped these all together into a convenient travel size package. Good job.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 05, 2007, 08:12:59 PM
Watched Last Exile volume 6 this morning. I know the ending will be rushed and/or lame unless there's some sort of miracle.....to me, Last Exile's pace has been too slow and that a lot of episodes seem to be filler.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on May 13, 2007, 02:36:33 PM
I got the box sets for Elfen Lied and Noir for my birthday last week and I just started watching Elfen Lied.  What an insane series.  It reminds me of GUNNM/ Battle Angel Alita in a way where the girl is a sweet innocent girl with a new identity, but once stressed, she remembers her innate and amazing killing powers.  The difference here is that Nyu/Lucy seems less conscious of her dichotomy than Gally/Alita/
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Yoko (Gally/Alita was an assassin named Yoko in her past, hence why she remembers her skill with Panzer Kunst is/was.  

It's not an addictive series that I can watch all in one sitting (I have to take a break after a few episodes) because it can be hard to watch at times, but it's compelling in that I want to keep watching to see the story unfold.  I want to see Nyu "grow up" and how she comes to grips with Lucy.  

The only anime series I can remember watching pretty much straight for one day (or was it one weekend?) was Serial Experiments: Lain.

EDIT: The only thing that kinda weirds me out about Elfen Lied is
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what the hell is up with Yuka?  I could have sworn that in the first episode it was established that she and Kohta are cousins, yet she acts like a love interest, asking whether Kohta will cry for her and fondle her breasts like he did to Nyu.  HE'S YOUR FREAKING COUSIN!!!!!!!!!!  I will never get Japan's obsession with incest and girls being waaaaaaaaaaaay too dependent on slightly older male relatives like big brother or male cousin.    Those are the scenes that are the most difficult for me to watch... and that's saying something since the series as a whole can be difficult to watch, especially that one scene where
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the kid brutally beats the puppy to death in front of Lucy..

Awesome series, though.  Definitely one of my favorites now, because it's one I'd want to watch again.  I look forward to when ADV releases the Elfen Lied OVA, since that's said to offer additional insight into Lucy/Nyu's past.

I felt it was a bit short, though.  The ending was better than I'd have expected, but I feel there is still so much more to tell, like I only got a cursory glance of what's really going on.  

Maybe the Elfen Lied manga is longer and gives more answers?  I don't think it's available in English yet, though.
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Post by: Dincrest on May 16, 2007, 05:40:35 PM
ZOMG DUBBEL POAST TOAST PIG ROAST!!!!

The other anime boxset I got for my birthday besides Elfen Lied was Noir and I just saw the first 5 episodes.  Fan-freaking-tastic series so far.  The music is so damn good.  Mireille Bouquet is easily the most beautiful anime chick I've ever seen.  

The series is like a cross between Phantom of Inferno and Gunsmith Cats.  It doesn't break new ground, but provides a really cool story with oodles of style.  Some of the cagey maneuvers the ladies pull are so damn cool and totally genius (love the popcorn bit in the 3rd episode I think it was.)  

I definitely see why this series is so well received.  It's awesome.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 17, 2007, 09:18:31 PM
Yeah, the anime only covered roughly 3/5's of the manga. If the anime didn't catch up to it, there could have been another 11-13 episodes.

The OVA is alright, it mainly deals with Lucy and Nana though.

I've also marathoned Elfen Lied, twice in January after I got the boxset. Spent a good portion of two weekends watching it.

--

Last anime I've watched was Last Exile vol 7, and I was disappointed in the series. I heard so much hype for it, but the story was weak and all jumbled up. Sure, I love the opening them and it has great visuals, but it was hard for me go through the end of the series. Volume five started to add some speed to the pacing, but vol 6 slowed it down, and volume 7 was a bit rushed.

I'll probably start up Planetes when school's over; I've had the DVD collection for 5 months now. Then the next series I'm renting on Netflix is X, which I'll probably start watching in June....
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Post by: Cauton on May 21, 2007, 08:51:20 AM
Gurren Lagann Episode 8

Aw, fuck it.

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Well, I had expected that this would happen eventually ever since going back and rewatching episode 1 a few weeks back. The man in the cloak during the opening scene is obviously a grown up Simon who has taken on Kamina's old role and brought the fight against the Beastmen (or possibly some other enemy at that point) into space.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on May 30, 2007, 03:26:04 AM
I more or less just blow off anime unless it's on Adult Swim, some (relatively) old thing I had on my eye for awhile, like Escaflowne, or is /really/ liked by the people I know. Haruhi happened to be that last one, and I became highly curious when not only did most people I know seem to like it, but even those who don't give a shit about anime anymore for the most part. I, uhh, previewed the first two episodes, then decided to buy the LE at Fry's. Watched the second episode dubbed and thought it was nice, though this further convinces me that Crispin Freeman is in damn near every anime/video game dub possible, swear to god.
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Post by: Krelian on May 31, 2007, 05:09:08 PM
Finished Paranoia Agent, it was great and ...... strange xd.
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I loved the parody to dragon quest series xD.
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Post by: Dincrest on June 02, 2007, 05:31:53 PM
I finally finished watching Noir.  Episodes 20-26 were some of the most edge-of-my-seat anime I've ever seen.  The series always kept me in the hotseat waiting to see how things would resolve themselves at the end and the ending was at once satisfying yet also not happy.  

Many anime endings leave me feeling cheated or virtually "blue balled" if you don't mind me being crass.  But not Noir.  That alone earns is serious points in my book.  

I'm now ready to say that Noir is my favorite anime series, because unlike other "favorite" series, I want to put the first volume back in and watch it all over again.  Other series I've seen where I was like "whoa that was awesome" I didn't want to go back and do it all over again.  

Everything about that series was perfect for me.  The plot was solid and easy to follow, but was not a shallow throwaway plot either.  The pacing was absolutely perfect and kept me interested and compelled from beginning to end.  If it had been paced any faster, I'd have been like "huh, what just happened?" I personally think that the people who say Noir is slow paced or boring have ADD or something, because I didn't find the pacing slow or boring at all.  In fact, I found some of the quieter moments in the series the most interesting, for example
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the episode with Kirika and the painter and where Kirika had to relearn that being marked for death means that getting close to people and having any semblance of a normal life is a no go.  And Kirika always longed for some sense of normalcy.  The visuals were terrific (Mireille is still the most gorgeous anime character I've ever laid eyes on), and the music was always awesome.  

If there was one thing this anime had, it was style.  I loved how they only showed blood selectively otherwise it'd have been more splatter than art.  

I definitely want to check out the other BeeTrain girls with guns anime.  I believe the Madlax boxset's coming out later in the year and I look forward to the US release of El Cazador de la Bruja.  I've heard mixed things about Madlax, but so far I've heard good things about El Cazador..

Still, my favorite girls with guns manga will always be Gunsmith Cats.  Bean Bandit's f'n awesome.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Jimmy on June 04, 2007, 02:07:40 AM
All I really have to say is the Naruto manga is complete shit now. It's been going downhill for quite a while, but it's reached the point I'm afraid of reading the next chapter in case it ruins the first half of the series for me.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 04, 2007, 08:42:55 AM
Well, I'm glad I gave up on Naruto on chapter 293. I thought the second half was getting too DBZ-ish. Plus, I hated Sai a lot and found him annoying....
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on June 04, 2007, 10:27:47 AM
Naruto's plot has gone to shit; Akatsuki has turned into some sort of ruling the world organization, and the writer needs to do his research (he writes in one chapter that cells in the body are connected to each other by tiny nerve fibers... wtf?). I'm betting the Akatsuki leader is the spirit of the Fourth Hokage resurrected as an evil villain who turns out to be Naruto's dad or something.

I still read it because I want to know how it turns out so as not to waste the first half I read.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on June 04, 2007, 05:27:42 PM
New series (for UK at least):

Le Chevalier D'Eon - I thought the idea of an anime show set in 18th-Century France was slightly odd, but then I realised it contained zombies, alchemy and a knight being possessed by the ghost of his dead sister, so I thought that was about normal for anime.

As I've learned from other tv shows/movies by Production IG, the plot is too complicated, the characters talk too fast but the animation is good and so are the fight scenes and that's all the matters, right? And it seems to be getting more violent with every episode - in the first episode there was just bloodstained corpses, by the second episode you had zombies spewing mercury blood, the third episode had torture, and by the fourth episode limbs were being hacked off. I think I'd better stop watching this before it gets even worse...

Coyote Ragtime Show - I think there's probably more character in the first episode of this than there is in 2 entire series of Stand Alone Complex (even though its not very hard to manage that). And there seems to be a lot of violence and swearing in this for a 12 - more than SAC ever did and most of that was a 15.

Other than that, I can actually follow the plot in this as it's not all that complicated. So far this is looking to be a cross between Firefly (though nowhere near as good as that), Wild ARMs and of course Star Wars (though not as good as that either). But a lot more insane than any of those. And the sand planet was clearly a ripoff of Dune.

Of these two, I think I'll probably only watch the rest of Ragtime Show as Chevalier is only going to get more incomprehensible and/or violent.

Other than that, I've been watching Blood: The Last Vampire. Anime movies seem to have got tamer - this is like 7 years old now and it's got nothing like the level of violence in Ghost in the Shell and Akira! And that's a good thing i think.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Persona2007 on June 04, 2007, 05:32:57 PM
I picked up MACROSS: The Complete Remastered Series DVD Set a few weeks ago, and so far it is enjoyable.  I always thought some of the plot for the Robotech series (Macross Saga) that was created around it seemed strange at times and I wanted to see what the original series brough to the table.

Some of the things are the same, but I like some of the differences in characters and their attitudes in Maross vs. Robotech.  It also wasn't too bad on the wallet for a complete box set either.  I've only watched about 9 episodes since anime is low on the priority list and I'm also in the middle of the Voltron boxset as well.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Chibs on June 05, 2007, 10:09:43 AM
I watched the first episode of Gilgamesh this morning.

Now, usually with a title such as this it immediately becomes something I really enjoy - dark, broody atmosphere, interesting plot devices...but for some reason this didn't jerk me into applause.  

I think its main let-down is its artistry.  There appears to be only one colour: grey.  While this works in helping to create a foreboding atmosphere it's done too often and just brings everything into "boring" mode.  The character designs aren't really up my street (bit gothicy), and the animation is incredibly shoddy in places.  The music, while also rather nice on its own, is completely wrong for the context the show is set in.

It's not a complete mess, and given the chance I may watch some more, but it isn't something I would sell my own grandmother to find out what happens.  I usually judge how well I will enjoy an anime by the first episode, and this didn't thrill me.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 05, 2007, 01:17:16 PM
Just watched the first 2 eps of Planetes. I've had the entire series for a while now, but I'm finally going to watch it through. I tried watching it and got halfway before I got burnt out on anime(happens when you watch too much in a short time.)

And X volume 1 should probably be here at the end of the week from Netflix.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Chibs on June 05, 2007, 01:39:09 PM
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I tried watching it and got halfway before I got burnt out on anime(happens when you watch too much in a short time.)


I know exactly where you're coming from there - I've been burnt out of anime for ages but I'm finally starting to get back into it!  

It's usually older titles that bring back the obsession though, for instance I watched a little bit more of Berserk this afternoon (am up to episode 8).  One of the best pieces of storytelling and character development I've seen in years.  When I try to watch anything "current", it never fails to disappoint me (apart from Death Note, which is brilliant, but I am planning to buy it so haven't seen as much of it as I'd like ;))
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Post by: Seultoria on June 05, 2007, 05:49:15 PM
Yeah, back in January, I watched all of Escaflowne, Elfen Lied twice, and some of Gankustuou...

I haven't watched Death Note, but I've read all the manga and enjoyed it.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on June 13, 2007, 06:17:44 PM
Tales of Symphonia OVA.

Not bad.  Similar to Phantasia, high budget.  Mystical and pretty opening theme, sappy ending theme, some plot changes, but overall very nicely translated.  Offers the game, and some depth that the game lacked (for one, actual action scenes composed of more than a swining arm while talking and a battle stance)!! =D
...Genis can still go suck a dick, and Raine/Refill kicks ass.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 14, 2007, 08:18:46 AM
X TV ep 0-3.
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Post by: Ashton on June 14, 2007, 09:55:19 AM
Quote from: "Dice"
Tales of Symphonia OVA.

Not bad.
Hell no. It sucks.

I could find an anime with equal or better animation that's ten years old, and they're attempting to compress the entire storyline into a few OVA episodes - a surefire way to get things shot to hell. The animation is of a poorer quality than ToP (not surprising, considering it came from the guys behind the sinfully shitty Disgaea anime) and the characters aren't nearly as likable.

I will agree on one point though: Raine. Hotblooded chalk throwing action is awesome. I need to make that an animated gif and stick it in my avatar.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 14, 2007, 12:44:37 PM
Yeah, I've only seen the trailers for the ToS anime, but the in-game anime cutscenes look way better, and the game is 4 years older than the anime...
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on July 06, 2007, 11:47:32 AM
Well, Death Note is finally over. Definitely one of the best anime/manga's I've ever watched/read.

Now I'm reading Bleach. I'm enjoying it a lot. More so than Naruto. Naruto has been pissing me off. Waiting 2 weeks for 20 minute episodes where barely anything happens. I know I can just download the manga, but I guess I don't care too much to do that.

The manga in America is going at such a slow rate that there's no point in reading it here. Even the anime in Japan is way behind the manga there.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on July 06, 2007, 11:57:04 AM
Watched all of Claymore up until episode 14 (pretty much in two days). God I love this. As someone who was never impressed with Vampire Hunter D (either movie), I'm surprised at my own enthralment with Claymore. Totally excellent demon-slaying action, with a lot of well-told drama and pretty animation. Love-love.

Ashton: Concurred, except you need to go back way further to the mid-80's before you can start to see falloff as bad as Symphonia's. Tales of Eternia was six years ago on a TV budget and looks markedly better than Symphonia. It's also not a boring piece of shit. Go back even further to say, Slayers and they actually make better use of their budget. Symphonia's fucking bland.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on July 09, 2007, 10:07:32 AM
Quote from: "Fadedsun"
Well, Death Note is finally over. Definitely one of the best anime/manga's I've ever watched/read.


Question - how many issues of the manga does DN actually have?

I'm buying the English version....in Korea.

They're actually not too far behind, usually a month or two after release date. I'm up to issue 10.

I'm watching the remastered version of Robotech.

Jesus, Minmei is annoying. What the fuck did Hunter ever see in her anyway? Fucking pedo.

Southern Cross is as boring as I remember.

I'm about 1/3 of the way into New Generation and it's still my favourite.

Did anyone watch that Shadow Chronicles movie that came out a few months ago?
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on July 09, 2007, 08:31:00 PM
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Well, Death Note is finally over. Definitely one of the best anime/manga's I've ever watched/read.


Question - how many issues of the manga does DN actually have?

I'm buying the English version....in Korea.

They're actually not too far behind, usually a month or two after release date. I'm up to issue 10.


You've only 2 books left!
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 15, 2007, 09:21:25 PM
Recently finished Planetes, great anime.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Tomara on July 18, 2007, 09:44:46 AM
Lets see...


My current obsession? D. Gray-man. I started with buying the manga (fuck you Viz, too many edits, inconsistant translations and 6 volumes behind, I should have bought the German release) and the 6th volume had a major cliffhanger and I just couldn't stand waiting any longer, so I started downloading the scanlations... :x I plan on watching the anime too, but I've heard it's filled with crappy fillers. I may even venture into the dark world of the fandom, but that will probably scar me for life.

Other current favorites are Genshiken, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and 20th Century Boys. And I read the final volume of Death Note a couple of days ago, nice ending, but frankly I had stopped caring somewhere after around volume 8. I'm glad it's over.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 19, 2007, 10:40:29 PM
Been reading the Bleach scanlations. I'm up to the very beginning of the Soul Society Arc. I'm just reading through so I can get to the Arrancar arc and the current arc without having to watch the anime, which I stopped watching when the Soul Society arc ended over a year and a half ago.

Also reading a manga called To-LOVE-ru. It's another harem-ish manga, but I can't resist harem manga and anime for some reason. >.>
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on July 21, 2007, 08:50:44 AM
I just watched The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. It's one of the best animes I've watched not only in recent years, but possibly ever. It ranks up there with Totoro and Laputa for me. It's a must see.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TSG on July 21, 2007, 04:38:15 PM
Hahah oh wow.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (Farewell, Despairing Teacher) is an anime from the Pani Poni Dash guys about a suicidally emo teacher and a psychotic, eternally optimistic student. And everyone else in the class being insane as well. It's amazingly well-drawn, will screw with your mind like crazy, and has a very slick style that also manages to be extremely funny. Watch it, watch it right now.

Also, the OP and ED are some of the best I've seen in a long while.

... also, I finally got around to picking up Lucky Star beyond episode 1. If you purposefully ignore the first episode, the series is quite palatable indeed.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on July 28, 2007, 12:37:52 PM
I've been watching anime on Youtube the past couple of days. Naruto seemed quite good, even though starting from episode 16 meant I had no idea what was going on. Evangelion was... not so good, but it might grow on me if I watched some more. Though, on second thoughts it probably wouldn't. And Bleach was OK, too.

I got both Patlabor movies for my birthday, so I'll probably have watched at least one of those before my next update.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 30, 2007, 07:23:40 PM
Watched the first 2 eps of Desert Punk. It's good to watch a comedic anime that's vulgar once in a while after watching so many serious anime lately.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on August 01, 2007, 04:51:43 PM
Got my Escaflowne boxset.  Heart win.
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Post by: Hidoshi on August 01, 2007, 07:29:52 PM
Still watching Lucky Star, Claymore, and Dennou Coil.

Still loving each one.

Blue Dragon anime was pretty good too. Only watched 4 eps (I don't want to spoil my appetite), but it was pretty nifty.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 02, 2007, 06:59:52 AM
Watched the first episode of Death Note. It may be good, but I think I'd rather watch something less dark and disturbing - the way it's going, looks like it would be an 18-rated anime, and I don't think I want to know what they're like. Plus, did they run out of all colours except black, grey and red?

Other than that, I've been watching Patlabor 1 and more Bleach.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Cauton on August 02, 2007, 09:52:14 AM
Uh, Death Note an 18-rated anime? No way. There's nothing in the way of graphic violence or sex, and not even the language is particularly bad. It is dark though, and morally ambiguous, but that's part of what makes it great.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Jimmy on August 02, 2007, 12:35:18 PM
I was browsing around Barnes and Noble's manga section a couple of months ago and found Hoshin Engi. I fell in love with the artwork and read for that alone. But I've found I'm digging the story and the characters too! I know pretty much nothing about the series aside from the fact it was in Shonen Jump, but I'm going to keep reading.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 02, 2007, 02:30:22 PM
Quote from: "Cauton"
Uh, Death Note an 18-rated anime? No way. There's nothing in the way of graphic violence or sex, and not even the language is particularly bad. It is dark though, and morally ambiguous, but that's part of what makes it great.


Oh right, I just thought it would get more violent from the second episode onwards. Now you've told me it doesn't, I may just watch the rest of it...
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on August 02, 2007, 11:23:42 PM
There's no real violence in Death Note, and no death's are graphic. Well, at least in the manga, as I haven't watched the anime yet.

Desert Punk eps 3 and 4. So far, it's going to be a fun ride, as DP is all about the humor.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on August 02, 2007, 11:40:54 PM
The anime is usually tamer than whatever manga it was based on. Look at Beserk for example, eyeballs popping out of heads, which I certainly don't remember from the same scene in the anime.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 03, 2007, 12:07:55 AM
Yeah, that's very true. Even mangas like Love Hina were heavily toned down in the anime, as all the fanservice was removed. Gantz is the only anime I've seen that's as gory as it's manga counterpart.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on August 03, 2007, 05:59:49 PM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Still watching Lucky Star, Claymore, and Dennou Coil.

Still loving each one.

Blue Dragon anime was pretty good too. Only watched 4 eps (I don't want to spoil my appetite), but it was pretty nifty.


Yeah, we're watching Lucky Star and Claymore too.  The opening song for Lucky Star is great for awesome.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 04, 2007, 04:18:45 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
The anime is usually tamer than whatever manga it was based on. Look at Beserk for example, eyeballs popping out of heads, which I certainly don't remember from the same scene in the anime.


*laughs* Well, that's certainly true in the case of Ghost in the Shell...

Stand Alone Complex /doesn't/, for instance, have
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a graphic lesbian sex scene in it, but the manga erm... does. And the violence has been toned down somewhat in the anime - you mainly see androids getting shot to pieces in Stand Alone Complex and the movies, but that's not the case in the manga. And if you thought SAC's amount of fanservice was bad, the manga's like that times a hundred. Plus it's rather darker than the series/movies.

All that was why I stopped reading the manga about halfway through. Also, Shirow Masamune (or at least the translator) isn't a particularly good writer.

Now for something completely different. I've got about halfway through the first series of Bleach. I'm not exactly sure what is actually good about it, but I think it's something to do with it being completely stupid - and I suppose that was intentional. That super arm that Chad gets in episode 12 is so much cooler than anything else in this show. Even than That Annoying Guy (can't remember his name) and his Lightning Arrows Of Doom.

I've also been watching more of Death Note. There's only one problem I have with it so far: why the hell do they show you L's face in the intro?! It ruins the point of /not/ showing his face in the episodes...

Edit: I also got volume 1 of the Akira manga. Just that one volume is about the length of all of V for Vendetta, so that should give you some idea of how massive all 6 volumes together is. It's going to take a while...
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on August 04, 2007, 04:25:26 AM
I think Bleach is just an enjoyable fight anime basically. I don't really see anything worthy of extreme fandom or anything, but I'm enjoying it. I was actually just thinking about how there were lots of stupid (and personally, highly amusing) things earlier on that kinda faded away once the Soul Society arc kicked in, like the kids talking about video games. I dunno whether it's the changed setting or the writers just getting better though.

I think Death Note's just trying to stay faithful to the manga, though that particular case is stupid, yes. The 2nd volume does have L's face plastered on the front, but that wasn't exactly how it was originally run in Japan, and kinda serves it's purpose still anyway because he is properly revealed in that book.

Edit: Actually, I've only seen a single episode of the anime. But I've got 3 or 4 volumes of the manga, and imagining it copying that aspect of the manga yet showing him in the intro each time... Yeah, pretty dumb.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 04, 2007, 05:16:55 AM
Yeah, there isn't really much to Bleach. It's probably good that the setting changes, as more than 130 episodes of exactly the same thing going on would get kind of boring.

At least there's only 37 episodes of Death Note...
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on August 04, 2007, 02:40:52 PM
As far as I remember in the manga, it's like chapter 50-60 by the time you see L's face....
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Post by: Eusis on August 04, 2007, 02:42:25 PM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
As far as I remember in the manga, it's like chapter 50-60 by the time you see L's face....

I didn't know they covered 20-30 chapters per volume. Unless there's some OMFG SEKRIT or whatever the fuck, which neither of us are referring to.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 05, 2007, 12:10:14 AM
No, it was volume 5 or 6 where they show L's face.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on August 05, 2007, 12:34:38 AM
Since I had the books on hand, I looked in Volume 2 quickly. Chapter 11, right at the start they show his face. Unless there is OMFG PLOTWISTS it's shown that early.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 05, 2007, 12:47:11 AM
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Are you talking about the guy on the TV claiming to be L?

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If so, that one is a fake. It's been a year since I read the scanlations, but I'm sure L's face wasn't shown for a while.

EDIT: The first sentence is less spoilerish than the second sentence, so I seperated them.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on August 05, 2007, 12:53:22 AM
Great, now how the hell am I supposed to respond to that? It could be covering what I already know, but it could also be OMFG PLOTWISTS!!!!

Anyways, the face shown in the anime's intro is the one I'm referring to.

Edit: Nevermind, the edit lead me to read the two spoiler things. No, that guy was introduced, what? Chapter 2? 3?
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 05, 2007, 04:52:42 AM
In the anime, you (sort of) see L's face in episode 2.
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Some guy who's about to be executed is used as a decoy to work out where Light lives. And you don't really get a proper look at his face in the intro, but it is obvious who it is.

Edit: Up to episode 23 of Bleach.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on August 06, 2007, 02:20:45 PM
Even though Bleach is a standard Shonen manga,I still enjoy it. I love the art style.

With animes like these, it's almost always better to read the mangas than watch the animes.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 06, 2007, 02:28:29 PM
Yeah, because Bleach has like 50 episodes of filler after the Soul Society Arc...

Just watched Desert Punk eps 5-8.
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Post by: Tomara on August 09, 2007, 02:57:09 AM
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As far as I remember in the manga, it's like chapter 50-60 by the time you see L's face....


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No, by that time he was pretty much dead and replaced by Mello and Near. I think he died in chapter 48...
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Post by: Seultoria on August 09, 2007, 12:48:48 PM
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As far as I remember in the manga, it's like chapter 50-60 by the time you see L's face....


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No, by that time he was pretty much dead and replaced by Mello and Near. I think he died in chapter 48...


Yeah, it's been a while since I've read DN...
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 11, 2007, 04:53:58 PM
Saw Tales from Earthsea today. Though because I went to a poncy art cinema, it was the Japanese version w/ English subtitles...

Anyway, while this movie isn't as good as Hayao Miyazaki's movies, it's not bad as his son's first attempt at directing. And I don't think there were any Ursula Le guin fan's in the audience, judging by the fact there werent any cries of anguish at how horribly innaccurate it was - I don't know if it's accurate, having never read the books.

As for other anime... Now that I've got the first series of Bleach out the way, it's time for obsessive watching of Death Note.

Best line yet:

L: If I were to sit normally, my deducting ability would be reduced by 40 percent.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on August 13, 2007, 11:07:12 AM
I don't understand why Tales of Symphonia's OVA is so shitty. The animation is terrible, the story pacing is shot to hell, and the only real character worth giving a damn about is Raine (unsurprising, since she's the only character worthwhile in the whole damn game, anyway).
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 13, 2007, 03:21:47 PM
Been watching more Death Note. Light's becoming more of an evil bastard every episode, and it's starting to seem less likely that L's going to be an outright good guy.
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He did kinda torture Misa to the point that she would seriously consider killing herself and all that. It'll probably turn out that L is just as bad as, if not worse than, Light. It's getting more like V for Vendetta, where the main character is the villain, only a few people are actually "good", most are indeterminate, and everyone else is evil.

I didn't notice before, but for the first few episodes Watari's face is corvered by his trademark hood in the intro, then when you see his face in the show his face is no longer covered in the intro. But now what I think of when I see Watari's face is
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OMG It's Albert from Batman but he's evil! And L is the dark version of Bruce Wayne!
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on August 13, 2007, 03:26:43 PM
It's Alfred.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 15, 2007, 01:47:45 AM
Watched Desert Punk eps 9-12 Monday. Funniest series I've seen since Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 15, 2007, 05:11:48 AM
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It's Alfred.

Yeah, I realised that just after I'd posted.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sebastian on August 16, 2007, 08:54:34 PM
Been reading this topic & I'm impressed by the range of different titles. I'm quite new to these boards, but I'll give my opinions.

I've seen & read many ranges of the Shonen genre, & the one that I highly recommend is One Piece. The unique art style may not cater to everyone, but the adventure (the sense & scale), story, humor, & characters is really strongest aspects of the series. The story starts off pretty basic as any Shonen anime/manga would. Monkey D. Luffy sets out to find a crew & become the Pirate King. As the series progresses, the character development becomes more evident as Luffy has to overcome obstacles in order to obtain the shipmates of his liking, because often their pasts would come back to haunt them. I don't want to say alot, since like most Shonen Jump series', it's very long. There's plenty of adventure, comedy, & fighting. It excels very well at what it does.

Out of recent titles, I've been watching. Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei (So Long, Mr. Despair) for my "Slice Of Life" fix.

Other titles, would be Claymore, History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, & Legend of the Galactic Heroes (a space opera).
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 18, 2007, 12:30:11 PM
Watched the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OVA. It is better than the original Ghost in the Shell movie, though that's not really saying much. Otherwise, it's pretty much the same as your average episode of the 2nd GIG.

Bleach: Episode 35
Death Note: Episode 19
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 27, 2007, 03:59:26 PM
Sorry for the double post, but it's been more than a week and this is nothing to do with the last post.

Watched Tekkonkinkreet at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Don't be fooled by the kiddy drawings of the characters, this movie is a dark tale of teenage gangs, Yakuzas, evil capitalists, psychopathic children, murder and betrayal. The background animation was great, but the characters were horribly drawn. Also, the plot was okay apart from a few bits that made no sense -
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one Yakuza says something to the effect of They're going to replace the strip joints with theme parks?! OMG How can they do that? BASTARDS!!!! - until you got to the fucked-up ending.
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Post by: Seultoria on September 09, 2007, 04:00:55 PM
Desert Punk volume 4.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on September 10, 2007, 05:14:42 PM
Bleach Episode 70. Okay, I did not see that coming.
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There I was, thinking Aizen was a nice guy, gets killed by someone, probably Ichimaru (the bastard!), but no, Ichimaru was working for Aizen from the start, and Aizen was getting rid of the Office of Central Forty-Six, arranging Rukia's execution by Souyoku to get this Death-God-Hollowifier-thingy from her soul, with plans for multi-dimensional domination, and Aizen is really a total bastard.... And Byakuya was never a bad guy, he was just going along with what he thought the 46 had ordered.

Aizen looks so evil without those glasses. Another reason to hate him.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on September 15, 2007, 10:34:43 AM
Desert Punk volume 5. Did not expect the ending of disc 5 at all. Can't wait to see the end of this series.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on September 29, 2007, 04:37:34 PM
Been reading some manga.

Bleach vols 1 + 2
Death Note vol 1
One Piece vol 1
Naruto vol 1
DMC3 vols 1 + 2
Elemental Gelade vol 1

Basically, the first 3 are good, Naruto's okay and the other two... aren't.

Also Akira 1-3

I've learned now that anime tv shows are pretty much exactly the same as the manga they're based on. But I'll read the Bleach manga anyway until I get bored of that.

Also now I've watched the first 26 episodes of Death Note.
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L died. *sniff* Light didn't die. FUCK. Ah well, Light, your uppance will come, I'm sure...

Ergo Proxy, unlike Stand Alone Complex, is a cyberpunk anime that actually makes sense - sort of. It's actually possible to tell who the bad guys are, for instance. There's Proxy 1 (who I call Gilgamesh because of his/her/its cape and mask thing) and Proxy 2 (who I call Rorschach, after the Watchmen character, because he/she/it looks quite disturbing and kills a lot of people). Even if they get names later in the series, they'll still be Rorschach and Gilgamesh to me.

WTF is up with the ending theme being a Radiohead song?
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on September 30, 2007, 12:48:59 AM
Yeah, some anime use songs not from Japan as opening/closing songs once in a while. Like Speed Grapher uses "Girls on Film" by Duran Duran for its opener.

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Since last post....

The ending disappointed me somewhat...

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It would have been better if Kanta actually died, or at least scathed....The ending seemed bland to me the way they had it...

Also been watching Midori Days, episodes 1-9. It's a fun show to watch, and doesn't drag at all. Can't wait to get the last disc from Netflix...
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on September 30, 2007, 01:41:09 PM
I think the only reason the Radiohead song is used in Ergo Proxy is because it's called "Paranoid Android", which is kinda appropriate.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Krelian on October 02, 2007, 03:47:53 PM
Readed the number 26 of vagabond
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nice fight againts Yoshika,s dojo, in some points remmeber me to the fight gatsu vs 100 mans on the forest xD. And finally was released too the number 25 of the blade of inmortal, very nice stuff
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and finally shira appear! xD
And the last one was robot a nice manga with pretty cover and a lot stuff of many people
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Post by: TSG on October 05, 2007, 02:49:43 PM
Alas, Gurren Lagann is now over. My life is 75% less awesome.

But we have a Fall season to start watching! So let's begin with:

Dragonauts

HAHAHA SO CHEESY, WOW

GONZO DID IT AGAIN
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on October 06, 2007, 12:37:06 AM
Finished off Midori no Hibi/Midori Days. The ending played out how I wanted it to, because if it went the other route, my respect for Seiji would have severely plummeted, though I still would have really like the anime nonetheless.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on October 06, 2007, 05:09:45 PM
Bleach vol. 3 arrived the other day, but i only got past chapter 17 because I've been reading A Game of Thrones (not a manga, funnily enough).
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dominion on October 06, 2007, 10:52:40 PM
I have been debating if I should buy the De-Gray Man manga since I am interested in the anime. I plan to pick up the manga for Loveless as well.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on October 09, 2007, 10:29:11 PM
Watched volume 1 of Noein.
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Post by: Kishou on October 14, 2007, 02:53:25 AM
Just read the first volume of the manga "Liar Game" , it seems that the plot is very similar to Death Note , although alot more realistic.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on October 14, 2007, 08:48:18 PM
Noein eps 6-7.
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Post by: Krelian on October 15, 2007, 02:12:10 PM
Readed volume 6 of zetman and 22 of 20th century boys
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dominion on October 15, 2007, 02:34:24 PM
I just purchased three new mangas( Murder Princess, Death Note, and Le Chevilar) and a Shounen Jump magazine.
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Post by: Seultoria on October 17, 2007, 03:31:38 PM
Noein eps 8-10.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on October 23, 2007, 12:46:32 PM
Watched Tri Gun on Sunday.

(Yes, all of it)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TSG on October 23, 2007, 05:54:48 PM
You people need to post more opinions rather than boring lists.

Here's what I'm currently collecting. Note that some of these have yet to even reach the 'Episode 3 test' (the second of the two tests to see whether I'll collect an animu - the first is ep 1).

Bamboo Blade - Comedy, Shonen Sports? - This is fantastic. Kendo Teacher makes a bet with his old master - form a squad of five girls and face his squad of five girls, winning a year's free sushi in the process. Drab premise, kind of spotty episode 1, then a completely retarded and wonderful episode 2 which featured THE MEN (headhit) THAT CAN PIERCE THE STARS and general abuse of straight-man characters and a lot of random good shit. Very turn-brain off, but I don't care. It's fun.

Dragonaut ~the Resonance~ - Dragonmecha, Angst, Squall - The big Gonzo one of the season and hahaha you can tell, wow, look at those women what. It's an unintentionally hilarious show because the main character is a supreme angstboy who looks like he's straight out of the latest swedish goth rockband but he perks up into a happy shiny loves-life guy right when the scantily-dressed heroine appears. It honestly looks kind of promising b-but prepare to laugh where you shouldn't.

Genshiken 2 - Manga Club Slice of Life, Jumping Out Windows- Uh. I don't actually recommend this if you don't know the canon - it follows directly on and does not explain a thing. If you know Genshiken you'll know what to expect - very referential and dry humour, the odd heartwrench, and there's actually a ton of material in here that wasn't in the original books. Good stuff.

Ghost Hound - What The Fuck, Is This Eva?, Is This Paranoia Agent? - Trippy. Very trippy. Also, endlessly, amazingly pretty. Only seen ep 1. It looks confusing. Will get more. Features Tiny Koizumi as one of the protagonists. Schoolkid gets narcolepsy, starts flying in spirit-like fashion when he does. Freaky shit occurs.

Night Wizard - Ripped Straight From Console, Where's The Stats Gone, Harem Party - Night Wizard is a straight-up anime adaptation of a fetch quest from the Night Wizard RPG and man does it show. The plot's retarded, the animation's sketchy, but somehow I kind of like it just because it has given up all pretense of sense and gone cliche-happy. Features the stereotypical 18-year-old with gigantic sword who just wants to get the fuck to school and not be dragged off on world-saving missions k.

Prism Ark - See: Night Wizard, Even More Harem Party - Yeah, uh, this is ripped straight from an h-game RPG from the looks of things! Even more harem, even more stereotypical fantasy party joins together to go take on the bad guys ONLY THEY'RE ALL FEMALE BUT THE LEAD. A-actually I really, really like this for several reasons - one, it's kinda badass in the animation style, two, it's a harem anime that COMMITS TO A FUCKING PAIRING ALREADY, and three, the lead character is using Simon's timeskip voice and talking about everyone banding together, guys, and that immediately shifts my brain into 'This is Fantasy Gurren Lagann?' mode.

Rental Magica - Totally Not Ghost Detectives, Whole Extra Episode of Notes - I can't think of many jokes for this one, damn. Okay, it's about an agency that rents out mages to people who need them for exorcisms or dispersal of latent magical fields or shit. Main character is a bumbling, Yuuri-a-like fool who has a super-future-seeing demon eye and a nifty eyepatch thing to match. Looks good - another 'big series'.

Shugo Chara - Why God Why, Magical Girl, Why The Fuck Am I Watching This - I-I don't know. Okay? I don't know why everyone in my house has started watching this fucking series. It's magical girl, okay, about a goth punk kid who's only pretending to be a goth punk kid because everyone knows she's a goth punk kid wanting to open up and blossom and shit, and she gets three little internet-I-mean flying personae to help her and there's. eggs and shit and I don't know what god.

You're Under Arrest 3 - It's You're Under Arrest, heathens. If you don't know what it is go read up on your classic anime. This is more of it. No other reason is needed.

There.

No, I am not trawling through the 15,000 dating sim adaptions out this season.

Yes, someone needs to sub shetchbook already in an avi format.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Barnacle on October 30, 2007, 08:45:52 PM
I finished the Blood+ series a while ago.  Liked the final resolution of the blood conflict between the two sisters (it was somewhat unexpected, but kind of logical), and the ending is quite bittersweet, which is the way I like it.
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Post by: Seultoria on November 01, 2007, 11:21:11 AM
Watched Noein 13-15 earlier. The ugly art still irks me....
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Post by: Losfer on November 04, 2007, 02:02:47 PM
Finished off our Escaflowne (yay) boxset and moved on to our Jubei-Chan (also yay) boxset.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dizzy on November 04, 2007, 03:48:22 PM
Upon's Parn's recommendation, I watched all the episodes of Hajime no Ippo, cause if someone who dislikes animes recommends one, I can't help but check it out.

Needless to say, I was not disappointed with the series one bit. Probably the only sports anime I ever enjoyed watching.

After that, I watched all the episodes of Lucky Star, cause someone told me it was similar to Azumanga Daioh. I ended up falling in love with that series as well.

<3 Konata.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Barnacle on November 04, 2007, 08:15:33 PM
I'm upto six episodes in Gilgamesh.  Story so far looks interesting, although I can do away with scenes that make me think of incest.  Eww.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on November 05, 2007, 08:30:16 PM
Recently watched episodes 17-20 on Noein and episodes 1-7 of Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann. Noein is finally getting good, as I can't wait for the finla disc to arrive from Netflix, and TTGL is a fun show to watch, though I'd like it a lot more if I was a few years younger.
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Post by: Losfer on November 05, 2007, 09:13:27 PM
I need to watch TTGL myself...  Yoko = Cool sauce.

I finished Jubei-chan!  I liked it quite a bit.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on November 07, 2007, 07:10:13 AM
Gundam 00 episode 5. This series is really lacking in the following areas: decent fights, story, and characters. So far, the story is slowly developing while millions of characters are getting introduced and no decent fighting is going on. This Gundam series better get good fast or it'll be the 3rd disappointing Gundam this decade (I didn't like SEED and SEED Destiny really sucked in the latter part...)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Viarca on November 07, 2007, 09:56:41 PM
Lately, I've been lazy with my anime habit, relying on my DVR to collect the scraps being shown on the cable networks for the most part.  

Tenjho Tenge is a series I never bought because I didn't think I'd like it, but it's one of my current favorites (though I wish Fuse would have a less chaotic pattern of airing episodes).  While I was sad to see the meandering Bleach on hiatus, finally getting to see episodes of the much hyped Death Note is nice.  So far, it looks interesting, but I wonder how long the story can sustain itself.  Blood+ is dragging on a lot longer than I thought it would.  I'm looking forward to seeing how it ends though.  Moon Phase has almost completely lost my interest.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on November 10, 2007, 02:34:44 AM
I watched a lot of anime tonight, for me at least.

Gundam X 1-3
Clannad 1-2
Noein 21-24

I remember watching Gundam X 3 years ago, but since I have a faster internet connection, I can obtain it easier. The first few episodes are alright, but better than Gundam 00 so far.

Been reading up all the hype on Clannad and downloaded all that's available so far, and the anime is pretty good in the first few episodes.

Noein is awesome. It's one of those anime that has a slow and rocky start and the pacing near the end of the series accelerates, keeping you glued to the tv. I recommend this to anyone who just wants to watch something different than all the other crap out there nowadays.
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Post by: TurnBasedDude on December 09, 2007, 02:22:29 AM
Feeling a bit burned on RPGs, and to some extent, manga too, I got into an anime spree. I've been hearing good things about Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann so I gave that a shot.

First episode was solid though nothing that really got me hooked. Days later, I finally went on to watch episode 2. Less than a week later, I finished the entire series.

It has been a long time since a series got me this hooked, and it got so much better. I am not a huge action fan, preferring some good character interaction and some drama, but I enjoy watching an action series once in a while. As for mechs, I am more of a super robot fan than a real robot fan (aka, anything gundam), so it was quite a treat. I can udnerstand if the sheer amount of over-the-topness while no logical basis whill bug some, but that is partly why I honestly enjoy SR types more. I prefer straight heroics over technobabble.

In short, I wind up loving this series. It gets more and more epics with some crazy fights, along with great animation. In some ways, I consider this series the DBZ of mechs, but infinity times better paced, and it was fun taking on bigger and badder enemies, even going as far as...

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The ending didn't suck at all, unlike almost all other GAINAX shows, especially Evangelion.

The series is totally made of win, and you guys should give it a shot. Just don't bother thinking with logic and go with the flow.
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Post by: Seultoria on December 09, 2007, 03:05:16 PM
Yeah, I recently finished Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann. The first twelve episodes were alright, just good enough to keep me watching. But once episode 13 started, where the Gurren Brigade

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I couldn't stop watching and finished the rest of the series in a few days.

Also, since my last post, I've been watching a lot more anime, as I've finished both Mahoromatic series, Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, and started others such as Clannad, Gundam 00, and Clannad, and I'm even rewatching Outlaw Star, which I haven't seen in 3 years.
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Post by: TurnBasedDude on December 09, 2007, 06:46:04 PM
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That was episode 15 actually. 13 was fighting the sky guy for the first time I believe. Also, I got a lot more into the series since episode 8. I thought Kamina was just plain awesome, and it really bummed me out that he wind up getting killed off that early. Regardless, the show remained interesting to the very end.
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Post by: Seultoria on December 10, 2007, 01:38:59 PM
Yeah, I was surprised by episode 8 as well. For me though, the series dragged until episodes 13-15, then I couldn't stop watching TTGL.

Since school got canceled today, I started working through my huge anime backlog(nowhere near as big as my RPG backlog though) and watched a lot of anime today.

Outlaw Star 8-9
Gundam 00 9-10
Scrapped Princess 5-8
Turn A Gundam 5
Gundam X 17

I did plan on watching Clannad 10, but 10 episodes of anime one day is starting to get too much for me to handle, though I could easily watch 10+ episodes of one series, but not multiple.
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Post by: Hidoshi on December 10, 2007, 07:58:21 PM
Watching CLANNAD myself as well as Genshiken II. Both are made of win and gold, though I sincerely wish Genshiken II would go beyond 12 episodes. Ah well, can't have it all, can we? CLANNAD at least is surprisingly better than Kanon in its character renderings. Fuuko's arc made me bawl incessantly near the end.
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Post by: Dice on December 11, 2007, 01:10:05 AM
THe first manga I bought in TWO years: Yotsuba&!
Odd title, done by the dude who did Azumanga Daioh.

Reaaallly good.  Less laughs than Azu, but the characters and story has much more heart to it. =)
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Post by: TurnBasedDude on December 15, 2007, 12:37:43 AM
My recent anime burst continues.

I finished watching a series called Akagi. The anime is about mahjong, and prior to watching this, I have absolutely no idea how to play mahjong and, for a while, I got totally lost for a while, yet I got hooked. I managed to get drawn the atmosphere and intensity of the series, and managed to gain my interested in ways that can't be explained by near words. It is a shame that the ending is abrupt when things have gotten real good, but I liked it. It's a series that you should see it to understand its charm.
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Post by: Seultoria on December 18, 2007, 07:46:31 AM
Been watching a lot more anime recently, but Scrapped Princess is getting most of my time. I watched episodes 14-16 earlier this morning and I'm hoping school gets canceled again so I can finish SP.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TurnBasedDude on December 18, 2007, 08:40:12 PM
Blitzing through more anime marahtons, especially now that I am done with classes for a few weeks, I finally finished Kanon (2006 version). It started off a bit stale, but greatly grew on me. It had a lot of laughs, but there were also numerous emotional moments, especially towards the end. The ending left on a lighthearted note, and overall, I've enjoyed it. Yuuichi is the best harem lead or any anime series ever.

I should go watch Clannad from episode 5 and onward now.

Also, I picked up some boxsets of obscure series cheap in the anime con I went to earlier this month. For $30, I picked up the whole series, Ping Pong club. It can be disturbing, but it's hilarious.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on December 21, 2007, 02:17:15 PM
Just finished Scrapped Princess earlier today. It's one of the better series I've seen and vaguely reminds me of Escaflowne.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on December 25, 2007, 01:51:15 PM
I got the Madlax boxset as one of my Xmas gifts and I just watched the first 5 episodes.  It's difficult for me not to compare it to Noir for obvious reasons, but as for which one is better, it's like apples and oranges.  Both have similar threads, but are very different animals.  Noir is my favorite anime series, still is, but Madlax is good in its own way.  But Mireille is still the hottest anime female I've ever laid eyes on and that ain't gonna change.  

One thing I will say is that the music in Madlax is a LOT better than the music in Noir, and that's not faint praise since I thought Noir had an exquisite soundtrack.  The opening song for Madlax is terrific.  

My opinions do far: Where Noir is more realistic, Madlax is more surreal what with those trippy sequences.  The main plot is somewhat weird, but engaging; I want to know what will happen next.  As far as characters go, I prefer Noir's characters hands down.  Madlax seems a sloppier more rookie assassin than Mireille.  Where Mireille was far more professional about her work and maintained strict boundaries with clients, Madlax seems too "touchy feely" for an assassin and lets herself get too close to clients.  This gives her character humanity, but I'm not totally buying it.  

Either way, Madlax is a fun series with good action.  In some ways it's more engaging than Noir because it's paced better so far and the main storyline is more present.  Noir never lost sight of the main storyline, but sometimes peripheral ones would take center stage.  

I am certainly a fan of Bee Train's "girls with guns" offerings and I look forward to El Cazador de la Bruja, which I hear is quite good.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on December 25, 2007, 03:02:26 PM
I thought Madlax was real slow in the beginning, but halfway through the series, I couldn't wait until the next DVD came from Netflix. Comparing Madlax and Noir, I like Madlax, partially due to me never finishing Noir (I know that's a crime) but mainly because I liked the characters of Madlax better. It really depends on peoples' preferences though.

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Been watching Tokko recently, and I love the opening theme to Tokko. I already know this show's ending will disappoint me due to knowing it won't be complete.

Eventually I'll watch Gundam 00 episode 12, Clannad episode 12, more of Turn A Gundam, Gundam X, and Outlaw Star this week.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on December 25, 2007, 10:24:08 PM
I'm now 15 episodes into Madlax and it's quite enjoyable (yeah, I spent Xmas day watching anime.)  I like Noir's cast better, but Madlax has a twistier and more surreal plot.  I'm starting to get a better bead on Madlax herself now.   There are still a few things I'm not quite buying, but perhaps as I go further...
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on December 25, 2007, 11:15:33 PM
You're getting close to where you'll probably end up marathoning the rest of it.

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Gundam 00 episode 12 - It was a good episode, but c'mon, it's halfway through the first season and nothing has really happened.

Clannad episode 12 - This is way too addicting. I'm liking the current arc focusing on Kotomi better than the previous one focusing on Fuko (who's just plain annoying in my opinion.)

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Speaking of Fuko, I'm glad that she was in this episode and wasn't "killed" off.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on December 26, 2007, 04:14:35 PM
I finished Madlax.  Fun series with over-the-top action, a twisty surreal plot, and incredible music.  I can definitely see why some Noir fans were disappointed with Madlax as the former is more realistic and the latter is more surrealistic and often unbelievable because of it.  I preferred Noir, but Madlax was a great ride.  Completely different animals.  Once I let go of my hangups and accepted that some "rules" are different in alternate realities, I was better able to accept that a "touchy feely" assassin like Madlax, who would be toast in our reality, survives in hers.    

One thing I like in both series is the endings.  Bee Train is good at making sure all loose ends are wrapped up and making endings that are satisfying and believable within the contexts of their respective worlds of course.  I've seen/read/heard too many stories where the writers could not write a good ending.  

I'll definitely be saving up for the El Cazador de la Bruja boxset when it comes out.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on January 02, 2008, 02:13:59 PM
Finished Tokko, and the ending was rushed. Tokko would have been a lot better if it was longer than 13 episodes, but then again, the manga it's based on is only 3 volumes.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Krelian on January 08, 2008, 04:04:13 PM
I alredy my first two manhwas, orange and remmember from Benjamin, not was bad, though. But i still thing the best part is the draw. Anyway some chapters has a good plot
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on January 08, 2008, 05:41:59 PM
I saw an episode of Death Note on the telly the other day...  What a pile of vomit and shit that program is.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on January 08, 2008, 06:29:41 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
I saw an episode of Death Note on the telly the other day...  What a pile of vomit and shit that program is.

I'd defend it, but... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaoy1QKxGQs&feature=related)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on January 08, 2008, 09:03:34 PM
I liked the manga to Death Note. Not the greatest thing I've ever read, but it's good for people getting into anime.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on January 17, 2008, 01:57:50 PM
The first six or seven issues were good....but it just degenerated into silliness at the end.

For anyone interested, the first episode of Persona is up on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htsx3RosGfM&feature=PlayList&p=02F260A6BA37149A&index=3

And I picked up issue two of Gyo yesterday by Junji Ito.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyo

The premise is fantastic and bizarre...but weak, weak ending.

If you like horror, I'd say pick up Uzumaki or Museum Of Terror instead.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: sandiny0ursh0es on January 17, 2008, 03:37:53 PM
I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some really good fighting/action anime series that are new? The last thing I used to watch faithfully was Naruto, but that was maybe 2 or 3 years ago when the Rock Lee vs. Sand Guy *just* came out on torrent.

If it helps I love anime series like Naruto, Kenshin, and Flame of Recca that like to focus on the techniques and fighting and all that. I heard Basilisk is good-- any truth to that?
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sketch on January 18, 2008, 05:23:18 PM
I picked up a copy of an anime film called Tekkonkinkreet for my dad's Christmas present, and we finally got around to watching it. I thought it was amazing, as did he. First off, the artwork is freakin' gorgeous; the opening scene is breathtaking (the film has this awesome faux-3D pop to it), and the film is littered with all sorts of dreamy colored pencil sequences that are phenomenal to watch. The story was fantastic, too, and the characters were amazingly likeable. It's an R rated movie, and there is a lot of blood and killing and whatnot, and it was the first time in a while that I actually cringed at the sight of a character getting physically/mentally tortured. To top it off, the voice acting (we watched it in English) was fantastic. I think I was so attached to the characters thanks to the way their characters were portrayed.

You should definitly check this one out.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on January 19, 2008, 11:41:06 AM
I've been watching Fantastic Children lately, and it's easily going to be in my top 25 list at the rate things are going. I've watched 4 out of the 6 volumes, and I can't wait to get the remaining 2 next week from Netlfix.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on January 19, 2008, 10:30:35 PM
Quote from: "sandiny0ursh0es"
I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some really good fighting/action anime series that are new?


I'd personally recommend Bleach, as that's my current weekly anime fix, but people tend to have mixed opinions about it.

Speaking of which, Episode 156 was good stuff.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kiem on January 20, 2008, 03:45:24 AM
not enough people are watching Clannad!! You all need to watch this show! Come on! I came back to this board after MONTHS just to tell you to watch this, that's how good it is! :P

Also, Ookuki is a really good anime about baseball. I'm a huge Major fan, so Ookuki was a natural fit for me.

Starting Persona and True Tears. Someone needs to tell Dincrest to watch Persona since he was in love with the games!

And True Tears might actually be pretty good. Both anime are at episode 2, so we can't see too far as to how things will pan out but its looking good!
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on January 20, 2008, 08:57:50 AM
I'm watching Clannad, I just have yet to watch episodes 13 and 14.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on January 20, 2008, 12:14:32 PM
Quote from: "sandiny0ursh0es"
I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some really good fighting/action anime series that are new? The last thing I used to watch faithfully was Naruto, but that was maybe 2 or 3 years ago when the Rock Lee vs. Sand Guy *just* came out on torrent.

If it helps I love anime series like Naruto, Kenshin, and Flame of Recca that like to focus on the techniques and fighting and all that. I heard Basilisk is good-- any truth to that?


The ratings for Basilisk seem to be decent and it sounds nice.  I might try to pick it up myself.

As for your question, I don't know if you're currently watching it, but picking up the Shippuden part of Naruto might be worth your while.  It's a couple years past the regular series and everyone is a bit older(obviously).  They are taking the episodes slow, but there hasn't been any filler episodes to my knowledge in Shippuden, which is nice (and looking at how far ahead the manga series is, I don't think there ever will be).  I, too, got disheartened along time ago with the series, but Shippuden has perked my interest again.  You really aren't missing that many critical parts by skipping ahead.  A single paragraph could pretty much bring you back up to speed.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lucid on January 20, 2008, 06:02:43 PM
Claymore is a pretty cool action related series.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on January 20, 2008, 07:48:13 PM
I've been surprised at the size of the manga sections in bookstores since I've  come back to Canada. I'm looking for some manga which is more....adult based.

For example, I've been reading a ton of Junji Ito stuff in the past month and would like to get a hold of some more horror based manga.

Any suggestions?

(And damn, I need to order the rest of the Suikoden III manga as well)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on January 21, 2008, 06:35:45 PM
Watched:

Clannad 13-14
Gundam 00 14
Outlaw Star 13-14

Gundam 00 is on the horizon of being a good anime. Clannad is still awesome. Outlaw Star, even though it's ten years old, is still great.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on February 05, 2008, 06:05:53 PM
It's been two weeks....
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I finished Fantastic Children and it was awesome. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a plot/character development heavy story. It started off real weak, but as the show started giving you more information about what's going on, it's hard to stop watching.

Been watching Gundam 00, and it's becoming great, but the reasons are spoilers, so I'll mention no more.

Clannad is still awesome and it's my favorite show currently airing that isn't a shounen series that's been running for ten years.

Watched the first episode of Persona -trinity soul-, and it was pretty awesome, though the animation, like the game's animations(the anime ones) aren't as good as they can be.

Started Paradise Kiss this morning, and while the plot is keeping me glued to the TV, it's the characters. Every episode flew by and I'll be finishing it next week sometime.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on February 19, 2008, 12:05:32 AM
Just finished The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.  I'm not much into anime anymore but I figured I would watch it and see why so many liked it.  It was a pretty strange anime, but I liked it a lot overall.  The ending left a bit more to be desired but I had a feeling it was going to be like that around the final episodes.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on February 19, 2008, 02:08:55 AM
Watched all of Giant Robo.

BEST ENDING BATTLE EVER.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on February 19, 2008, 09:22:46 PM
I finished Paradise Kiss last week and I loved it. Wish there was a 13th episode though, as everything got crammed in the last episode.

Continuing on with Clannad and Gundam 00, both are great, and I'm anxious to see their endings (or in Gundam 00's case, its cliffhanger.)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Nemmet on February 26, 2008, 05:44:40 AM
I liked Clannad better when it was called Kanon.

I'm watching Haibane Renmei and it's fantastic.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on March 12, 2008, 02:56:28 PM
Been watching Kekkaishi since it has semi-decent ratings.  I haven't watched much so far but it looks like it's going to be an Inu-yasha demon of the month type clone.  Still i'm pretty interested in watching it.

Might also try to watch Teppa Leppa Tengen Lengen or something eventually as well.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on March 14, 2008, 09:03:06 PM
Started Code Geass and got through 16 episodes in 4-5 days, hoping to finish it this weekend.

Gundam 00 is awesome, I can't wait for the season one conclusion.

Clannad is great, just waiting four the last few episodes.

Finished Paniponi Dash, liked it, but it could have been better.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on March 18, 2008, 07:08:58 PM
Ordered the entire first series of the original Slayers.

is this win y/y
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on March 18, 2008, 08:09:45 PM
Back when I was a complete anime fanboy, I couldn't stand Slayers.  Even though I don't think it's supposed to be serious, the whole comedy aspect was a turn-off.  I can't remember ever selling a dvd set on ebay as fast as I sold that one =P
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on March 19, 2008, 07:18:01 PM
No way, I love shit like Slayers and Dragonhalf.  D&D spoof anime is one of my faves.

The Godslayer of Hit Points is the greatest sword in anything ever.  :P
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TSG on March 21, 2008, 07:36:44 PM
You are of course aware they are making a new season of Slayers with the TV cast, then.

HELL YES.

Meanwhile, Bamboo Blade is adorable, Tokyo Majin Genpuchou Tou is FINALLY getting some love, and Rental Magica needs some plot to happen before I really get sick of it.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: pinkspiderx on March 21, 2008, 07:48:08 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
No way, I love shit like Slayers and Dragonhalf.  D&D spoof anime is one of my faves.

The Godslayer of Hit Points is the greatest sword in anything ever.  :P


there was only one DVD made for dragon half though right? that was funny though i enjoyed it.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on March 22, 2008, 02:04:13 PM
Quote from: "TSG"
You are of course aware they are making a new season of Slayers with the TV cast, then.

HELL YES.


I am indeed very excited.  Now, if we could get a proper series for Dragonhalf, I can die happy.  Two episodes is totally not enough.  :P
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on March 24, 2008, 12:52:16 PM
Been watching a lot of anime lately. I'm nearing the end of Code Geass, I'll probably watch the last few episodes tomorrow.

Watched Gundam 00 24 last night, and I cannot wait until the last episode(of the first season.) Best Gundam series I've seen in a while, especially after the two disappointing SEED series.

Nearing the end of Clannad, I have episode 22 on my HD which I'll probably end up watching tonight.

I got Dual from Netflix, and some butthole put disc 4 in the sleeve for disc 1, so I tried watching what I thought were the first two episodes and I didn't understand a thing, as I figured the anime just jumped into the middle of a story, then I went to episode select and noticed the episodes were in the teens. I was pissed.

Slowing chugging through Outlaw Star. It's the third time I'm watching the series, but the first time in a few years, and I still love it.

I'm caught up with the downloading of persona -trinity soul-, but I'm on episode 4. I'm just waiting for the last two episodes to come out and I'll just marathon it.

I also have the first 15 episodes of Ghost Hound sitting there, but the subbers have an erratic release schedule for it, so I don't want to wait a month inbetween episodes...

Finally, I plan on starting Victory Gundam soon, as I recently finished downloading it, I'm just waiting 'til I finish up Outlaw Star, Code Geass, and Gundam 00.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Act00 on May 01, 2008, 10:39:51 AM
Animes, with I finished:

-Fullmetal Alchemist: The series is good, but the movie............nonsense. It was decent, but unsatafiying as "the end of the whole series".

-Ayakashi Ayashi: If this was longer, the ending wouldn't be unsatafiying(and yes, I watched the five OVA episode too.)Otherwise a great Bones series!

-Mirage of Blaze: Decent, but the plot and the characters aren't intresting all. (not If I hate History)But I heard, the actual book, which based on, actually better.

Animes, currently watching:

Bleach: Well, at least better than Naruto.

Death Note: Unfortunetly, I can't finished the manga version, and as I heard, they screwed up the Near-Mello arc in the anime version. Oh well.

Persona Trinity Soul: Well, the story is moving slowly, doesn't means is boring as hell. But I hate fact, they cut out the mythology part!:( Anyway, for some reason I stopped watching. (BTW: What's wrong with Ainex subs? Only those version aviable on youtube.)

Nerima Daikon Brothers: I'm not really watching comedy shows, but this is funny! Too bad it's a short one.

Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann(geh, what a long tiltle!): The first episode looks decent, but I haven't figured out, which version I watching: the censored or the uncensored one?
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on May 01, 2008, 01:41:41 PM
I read Blade of the Immortal. Incredible for quite awhile. Then it kills itself by running into a brick wall of bad pacing with merely a 'ok' story that goes on far, far longer than it has a right to.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TurnBasedDude on May 05, 2008, 01:13:56 AM
Having watched Code Geass on adult swim, I wind up blitzing through the rest of the series in a week, and currently up to the latest episode in R2. It definitely find me hooked, and I find Lelouch to be a very interesting character. He has similarities to Light, but he is much more human, and I find him more likable that way.  Pacing is good, and the episodes leave me wanting more and more.

I've also been slowly watching Gundam 00, and that seems promising. I heard how good it gets towards the end too, but the begining is a drag. I am willing to be patient with this one.

to Act00: I've seen some images from the uncut version and such, there isn't anything significant... unless you care for some rear shots of naked guys...
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 22, 2008, 12:24:58 PM
Since my last post...

Finished Outlaw Star, Code Geass, Clannad, Gundam 00, and Dual.

Tried watching Lain, but I gave up in the middle of the second episode.

Watched Millenium Actress, another masterpiece from Satoshi Kon.

And I'm in the middle of watching Azumanga Daioh and Le Chevalier D'Eon.

And my backlog for the summer is Ghost Hound, Victory Gundam, Excel Saga, and Rune Soldier.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on May 24, 2008, 03:13:21 PM
I'm watching Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.

It was great when I was a teenager. Now.....not so much.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TurnBasedDude on May 31, 2008, 12:01:12 AM
In my mecha anime phase, I finished watching Gundam 00 earlier. It started real slow, focusing on build-up, but was not that engaging. The last few episodes turned out great, and made me anticipate season 2. I am more of a super-robot type fan and was never into Gundam that much, but I should go check out other series.

Only series im currently following is Code Geass R2. I should find some other series and marathon through it. Perhaps CLANNAD.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 31, 2008, 01:29:51 AM
I loved Clannad, but I always love those kind of shows for some reason.

I got hooked on Gundam 00 after episode 17, but meh. Can't wait for S2, but it'll be like Code Geass R2 by the fact that (not really a spoiler, but might be for people who haven't finished Code Geass)
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it's starting over, just like R2.

I've been watching Le Chevalier D'Eon through Netflix and I'm loving it so far. Seems like anime in France are always good (like Gankutsuou.)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Act00 on May 31, 2008, 04:32:34 AM
Quote from: "TurnBasedDude"

to Act00: I've seen some images from the uncut version and such, there isn't anything significant... unless you care for some rear shots of naked guys...

That's it?! Oh well!

Anime:

-Trigun:Intrestng. I going to watch to the end!

-Bleach: I stopped watching. Not very fun to watch now. The joke is, I'm at the Soul Society arc ,which is the "highlight" of the show!

-The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya: After watching six episodes, I don't want to countine. Actually I understand, why this hyped (and not because the Hare Hare Yukai what others saying),but it's not very enyjoable.

Manga:

-Soul Eater: Like the style! Good for the boring days!
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 04, 2008, 10:46:38 AM
Manga: I'm typically one who only reads shounen mangas (because they're long and take away a lot fo boring time) and I've finally caught up on Naruto.

Anime: Halfway through Le Chevalier D'Eon and getting near the home stretch of Azumanga Daioh.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dade on June 12, 2008, 09:42:52 PM
I just started watching Gundam 00, and wow....i'm kinda interested. I had a hard time getting into SEED and havent watched a full Gundam Series since "Wing".

Wow...has it been that long? Honestly I havent been into Anime for a few years now, but every once in a while one comes along and snags my attention for a bit, hopefully I enjoy it enough to finish the season.

Is there word of a second season?
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TurnBasedDude on June 12, 2008, 10:28:46 PM
I hear in October 08. I didn't get into it initially, but the last few episodes hooked me. I'm watching Code Geass and older series to pass the time.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 13, 2008, 01:25:40 AM
2nd half of 00 is epic.

Anyways, I finished Azumanga Daioh, nearing the end of Le Chevalier D'Eon and started up Rune Soldier on the anime side.

On the manga side, I'm all caught up with Naruto, reading 284-403 (I'm sure 404 is out now, though) and I started Fairy Tail, getting through teh first 42 chapters.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on June 18, 2008, 06:11:37 AM
I watched an episode of Elfen Lied the other day, and I don't get what's supposed to be so good about it. The "cute" anime characters are a bit out of place with the decapitations, the story is cliche, and I can tell already it's going to be far more disturbing than Death Note ever was. But never mind, 'cause I'm never going to watch the rest of it.

That reminds me, I really should get back to watching Blood+.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Serene Prophet on June 19, 2008, 03:22:21 AM
Right now I'm greatly enjoying Macross Frontier.  Its got some similarities to the original series (At least in terms of plot and such, not like the fact that it has valkyries and what have you lol).  But still, its pretty darn good so far.

Other than that I really havnt been doing any anime watching lately save for Kinos Journey, which I finished up and while a bit strange in terms of how each episode was kind of its own thing, I enjoyed it.  Very interesting little series.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 20, 2008, 12:15:34 PM
Been watching Victory Gundam and Rune Soldier. Both are made of win.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Krelian on June 20, 2008, 05:20:40 PM
Readed some stuff like; the first volume of The Legend of Mother Sarah it doesnt looks bad at all, at least the first contact.
21st Century boys, the first one, it was right but that manga is ending so quick... And the last was the number 21 from the blade of inmortal, just amazing.
And anime i am watching seirei no moribito, only watched the first 5 episodes but it looks nice
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Act00 on June 29, 2008, 12:41:00 AM
Anime's I finished:

Death Note: The manga ending was way better! It was too "friendly" in the anime.

Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann: Yay, my first mecha anime! It was pretty good!

Started:

-Code Geass first season: It's does look like Death Note at first, but isn't. So far I watched half of it. It's just me, or they did a lazy job on the second OP and ED?

Manga:

-One Piece: Not bad. Maybe better than Bleach and Naruto.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 29, 2008, 01:32:32 AM
What do you mean "maybe"? One Piece is infinitely superior to Bleach and One Piece. It's the general consensus.

For me, been keeping up with Naruto on the manga side, chugging through Fairy Tail, and for anime, continuing through Victory Gundam and Rune Soldier while starting up Gunbuster through Netflix. Victory Gundam is easily becoming my favorite Gundam series.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on June 29, 2008, 02:02:54 AM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
What do you mean "maybe"? One Piece is infinitely superior to Bleach and One Piece. It's the general consensus.


General consensus is not always right.

Just finished watching Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd Gig, as I never managed to finish the series the first time I got into it.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on June 29, 2008, 04:01:37 AM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
What do you mean "maybe"? One Piece is infinitely superior to Bleach and One Piece. It's the general consensus.


I think he has more problems than relative judgement issues.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on June 29, 2008, 04:14:15 AM
Well with such an infinite loop it would become the greatest thing ever.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on June 29, 2008, 04:44:46 AM
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Well with such an infinite loop it would become the greatest thing ever


It's an infinite loop of being "infinitely superior"...so I dunno wtf that would make it.

Honestly, shows like One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto all have the same damn flaws- none of the shows are ABOUT anything. And if they are, it's just the backdrop and almost nothing the show ever does will have any kind of progress along that storyline.

Finished Gundam 00 recently (kind of). It was pretty good, much better than the SEED series anyway. There's a lot of nonsense the series can do without though, the first half was incredibly boring and I wouldn't blame anyone for hating the show just for the crappy beginning.

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Victory Gundam is easily becoming my favorite Gundam series.


Victory Gundam starts off fine, though not surprisingly leaves you asking how many times you've seen this damn storyline before. Then near the middle and end it has some of the dumbest things I've ever seen in a Gundam show. Most of the fights are top-notch, but the story and characters ended up being really superfluous for me.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Act00 on June 29, 2008, 08:03:27 AM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
What do you mean "maybe"? One Piece is infinitely superior to Bleach and One Piece. It's the general consensus.

I'm just started reading it, so I can't really judge it. So far is good, I really hoping it won't be boring at one point.

Of course I'm curious about, it's one of the "recently" hyped shonen fight series along with Naruto and Bleach. And I didn't like the other two.

But let's end this.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on June 29, 2008, 12:31:48 PM
I am starting to get back into anime in a big way, and aside from the usual Bleach, I've started watching Denno Coil which I'd recommend to just about everyone. I'm not sure what makes the series so compelling for me, but I've enjoyed every episode I've seen. I'm also going to start watching Code Geass, Tengen Toppa Gurenn Lagann, and a couple of others, but I'm having some technical issues.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 30, 2008, 12:08:32 AM
Yeah, yeah, I meant better than Bleach and Naruto.

To me, One Piece was alright in the first hundred chapters and got exponentially better. I stopped reading it two years ago because I got a new computer, and all of the current One Piece I had [at the time] was on the old one and I'm too lazy to reread what I have so far of One Piece at the moment.

For me, Bleach is awful in the beginning, becomes good at the Soul Society Arc...then I stopped watching because I thought it should have been done right there and then. The whole frickin' series built up to the Soul Society Arc...the rest is tacked on a la Dragon Ball Z.

Naruto....it starts of great, then slowly gets worse and worse, and even worse into part 2. I'm caught up on it, as it slowly got better, but still overrated. Only read it for the fights.

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Yeah, about Gundam 00..I nearly dropped it around episode eight, but nine and ten were decent episodes, and the last 7-8 episodes were awesome, but not enough to make up for the lackluster beginning.

As for Victory Gundam, what I like about it is that it feels like an actual war...you know, with people dying. I'm just waiting for the characters I hate to die.

Before I watched Gundam 00, my only Gundam experience was SEED, SEED Destiny, God, and some of X and Turn A. They don't hold shit to the UC stuff. G Gundam was awesome, though I watched it on Toonami when I was in love with DBZ. I was 12 at the time, so I don't know if I'd like it now. SEED and Destiny suck sans the music and animation. I liked Destiny until halfway through...it made me cry in the inside at how much the show go ruined in a few episodes. For SEED, the beginning[first 30 episodes] are so frickin' slow, and there were two recap episodes back to back. Mitsuda and his wife can go choke on a whale dick and learn a thing or two about pacing. X and Turn A were so slowly paced I gave up early on both.

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For my actual contribution to the thread, read a couple chapters of Fairy Tail. Fun shounen manga to read.
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Post by: Lard on July 01, 2008, 01:56:05 AM
Okay, I have to ask.

Is Vision of Escaflowne remotely watchable?

I was listening to the soundtracks for the first time in ages and it got me thinking.

I tried watching it about 5 years ago or so and couldn't get into it as it seemed like it was a high school romance drama.

Does it get any better?
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Post by: Hidoshi on July 01, 2008, 02:31:10 AM
Escaflowne is fucking awesome.

The movie is /shit/, but the TV show is epic. Just don't dare watch it dubbed or the Fox Kids edition.
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Post by: Lard on July 01, 2008, 02:59:06 AM
I was going to give Escaflowne another try - but I've found pretty much all the Patlabor stuff online, so I'm going to download that and watch it instead.

I just couldn't make it past the first couple of episodes of Escaflowne, which seemed really romancey (as I recall - it *was* five years ago).
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Post by: Seultoria on July 01, 2008, 09:54:43 AM
The first episode is average, but it gets a lot better as it progresses.
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Post by: Hathen on July 01, 2008, 10:00:33 AM
Escaflowne is probably one of my top mecha anime of all time. The romance part is kind of annoying, but for what it was it's better than 90% of the shitty romance stories the Japanese can put out.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on July 01, 2008, 10:06:03 AM
Quote from: "Lard"
I was going to give Escaflowne another try - but I've found pretty much all the Patlabor stuff online, so I'm going to download that and watch it instead.

I just couldn't make it past the first couple of episodes of Escaflowne, which seemed really romancey (as I recall - it *was* five years ago).


Eh, the romance wears pretty thin, but it's thankfully diluted as time goes on. Pretty much when Dilandau shows up at Allen's kingdom, the action starts balancing out the sappiness.
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Post by: Seultoria on July 01, 2008, 09:43:42 PM
Well, Escaflowne is part shoujou, part shounen, part...just about everything except hentai. The romance didn't bother me except for Hitomi's obsession with Allen and the guy from Earth is who too unimportant to remember.
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Post by: Superflat on July 07, 2008, 02:41:48 PM
I've been doing a lot of watching over the past couple of days. Watched the entirety of Baccano!, which I loved (though the story was immensely confusing for the first couple of episodes) and would definitely recommend to anyone who can stomach the gore. I also finished Dennou Coil, which I also really liked, but found the last six episodes to be somewhat less entertaining than the rest of the series had been. Still a very good sci-fi anime.

I'm still making my way through Code Geass (at episode 15), and I haven't really watched much Gurren Lagann or Seirei no Moribito since last time, but now that I've got Dennou Coil out of the way I might start back up on TTGL.
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Post by: Seultoria on July 10, 2008, 09:41:36 AM
Finished up Gunbuster. Epic. Can't wait to start Gunbuster 2.
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Post by: Ashton on July 10, 2008, 10:03:39 AM
Quote from: "Hidoshi"
Escaflowne is fucking awesome.

The movie is /shit/, but the TV show is epic. Just don't dare watch it dubbed or the Fox Kids edition.

The dubbing for Escaflowne is just fine. I find nothing wrong with it.
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Post by: Hidoshi on July 10, 2008, 05:08:10 PM
Except the dubbed version on Fox was heavily edited and the non-Fox localisation /sucks/. It takes extraordinary liberties with the dialogue (especially for Allen and Dryden), to the point that Dryden especially becomes a different character in English than he was in Japanese. It's been used repeatedly at convention panels as a primary example of where a badly localised or badly performed dub can actually hurt the story.
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Post by: Ashton on July 10, 2008, 05:27:59 PM
The Fox version WAS the DVD dub, just censored.

The delivery was good, the translation seemed correct, and it was just fine to me. Name some example of these liberties, it's been a while since I watched it.
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Post by: Seultoria on July 10, 2008, 08:56:07 PM
For a second, I thought Hidoshi just said don't watch the dub because he's a Japanophile, but he's not (that I know of.)

The actual VA was above average (for when it came to the States), though I'm not sure about the localization since I haven't watched it subbed yet.
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Post by: Eusis on July 10, 2008, 08:58:57 PM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
For a second, I thought Hidoshi just said don't watch the dub because he's a Japanophile, but he's not (that I know of.)

While he seems to love anime enough he never came off as really being that, especially in contrast to a few other people I've seen.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on July 10, 2008, 09:39:06 PM
I started watching one piece again and I'm liking it. I stopped years ago because it got a little TOO weird with Chopper and hairy trannies who fight with ballerina techniques. Now I actually like Chopper and ballerina trannies are still annoying, but slightly more bearable.

 I think somewhere along the line Japan lowered my standards :P
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Post by: Hidoshi on July 11, 2008, 11:29:54 AM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
The Fox version WAS the DVD dub, just censored.

The delivery was good, the translation seemed correct, and it was just fine to me. Name some example of these liberties, it's been a while since I watched it.


Some of the delivery was good. In fact, that's pretty much restricted to Dilandau and Van, partially because Kirby Morrow is a good voice actor (for Van anyway), and partially because Andrew Francis (Genki in Monster Rancher, if you remember) got to go batshit crazy with his pitch.

Others like Folken wound up extremely flat and boring. Folken is probably my least favourite because his dub VA makes him sound like a pretentious asshole. His Japanese counterpart had a far graver voice, which gave his entire design (including the teardrop tattoo) more significance, as he was somewhat a tortured party. Folken was voiced by the same actor as Margulis in Xenosaga and Alucard in Hellsing. Still a bit of an asshole, but not nearly as pretentious or effeminate.

Allen is probably the most problematic. His dub removes from him the romantic and often morose undertone his character has. It additionally removes his flirtatiousness, and makes it somewhat difficult for me to stomach the early scene between him and Dilandau, where he protects Hitomi. It's very hollow, and I wouldn't expect Dilandau to believe it, because I didn't. Shinichiro Miki does a more convincing job, and perhaps rightly so given his history with similar roles (Lockon Stratos in Gundam 00, Fayk in Genesis Survivor Gaiarth, and hilariously enough, Johnny in the Chrono Trigger OVA).

Addendum: And uh... Hitomi? Her voice grates on me in English. Kelly Sheridan is a horrible voice actress.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on July 11, 2008, 11:55:14 AM
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And uh... Hitomi? Her voice grates on me in English.


I found Hitomi incredibly annoying regardless of who was voicing her. =P
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on July 11, 2008, 03:58:26 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
For a second, I thought Hidoshi just said don't watch the dub because he's a Japanophile, but he's not (that I know of.)

While he seems to love anime enough he never came off as really being that, especially in contrast to a few other people I've seen.
I used to post on an anime forum and it was full of Japanophiles who wouldn't go within 5 miles of a dub. One was pretentious enough to say the unedited non-dubbed version of the Naruto anime was closer to the author's vision, so it was better. Which could be true, but they probably couldn't understand japanese or actually know for certain. And several people thought you could learn Japanese from watching fansubs. :P

Anyway, I think I'll write about anime rather than anime fans now.

I watched an episode of Speed Grapher. I haven't seen anything that disturbing yet, but because it's Seinen and it actually is an 18, it'll probably get much worse. It seems exactly like every other "adult" anime I've seen (hero with troubled past, Motoko Kusanagi clone, corrupt government, secret societies) but at least it's vaguely interesting and it looks like someone's actually drawn it unlike Ergo Proxy or SAC. And it's not made by Production IG?!
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Post by: Hidoshi on July 11, 2008, 04:32:34 PM
Quote from: "Hathen"
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And uh... Hitomi? Her voice grates on me in English.


I found Hitomi incredibly annoying regardless of who was voicing her. =P


I can at least stand Maaya Sakamoto. She's a decent voice actress and great singer, so while Hitomi was still irritating, at least she had an emotional character. Kelly Sheridan just sounded flat, and that makes it so much worse.

As to the whole Japanophile/sub-only thing ( :P ) : I love certain dubs. Overall I prefer subs because the animation and voices come from the same culture and generally suit each other better, but there are instances where a dub just wins out, like Slayers. It isn't good in all reality, but I prefer it because of that. Slayers has some really wacky humour overall, and the dub suits that. On the other hand, I also like Macross Plus' dub, because it is a quality dub and suitable to the animation.
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Post by: Losfer on July 11, 2008, 05:58:54 PM
wtffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

Escaflowne is awesome.  In any language.  Great characters, great animation, great story, great characters, great music.  I liked the romance bit, just cause it was a good foil with GIANT ROBOTS KILLING EACH OTHER PEW PEW PA PEWWWWWWWWW.

Hey, I'm watching Star Ocean EX.  Not bad despite the premature ending.  Just finished disc two last night when I got home from work.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on July 12, 2008, 12:28:44 AM
Caught up on Code Geass R2, and boy was I not expecting that turn of events. I'm bummed that I can't watch 5 episodes at a time any more.

Also, watching a lot more Seirei no Moribito which is speeding up nicely. After that I'll move to TT Gurren Lagann, and hopefully watch my HD movies at some point in between. I've also got a couple of episodes of Mushishi waiting to be watched, but I'm going to clear out this set first.
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Post by: Seultoria on July 14, 2008, 02:14:55 PM
Started up Gunbuster 2. It's pretty good, but I'll wait to finish it before comparing it to the original.
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Post by: Serene Prophet on July 17, 2008, 01:18:27 PM
Finished Escaflowne, and while a great series, that ending was some serious lame ass BS imo.

Otherwise just waiting for the next episode of Macross Frontier to come out.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on July 17, 2008, 05:31:23 PM
Watched seven episodes of Slayers today since I have today off...  Man, working Saturdays suck.  :(

Eagerly awaiting my Burst Angel box set in the post.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on July 18, 2008, 08:20:41 PM
I just finished watching the anime movie Paprika on TV.  It was subtitled too.  It was visually stunning but I have no idea what the hell happened over the 95 minute span of the movie.  

It's like an essay with loads of flowery prose that completely obscures and even misses any kind of point it's trying to make.  Total WTF movie.  Pretty but weird.
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Post by: Seultoria on July 18, 2008, 08:40:36 PM
Yeah, I thought I was on LSD watching the very end of it. Most of Satoshi Kon's stuff needs to be rewatched.

Also getting the last disc of Gunbuster 2 through Netflix tomorrow, and can't wait. Still going through Victory Gundam and Rune Soldier.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on July 25, 2008, 06:37:22 PM
Finished Seirei no Moribito on the plane to Hong Kong, up to episode 15 in Code Geass R2, and episode 13 in TT Gurren Lagann (SO FUCKING GOOD). Once I finish TTGL I'm going to start either Nodame Cantabile or Mushishi. Also, Bleach has been a pile of shit, but I'm still watching.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 27, 2008, 02:04:17 AM
I loved the second half of TTGL, as it reminded of anime from before I was born.

Let's see, I finished both Gunbusters, and loved both of them, though I like the original better, and I really liked the ending of Gunbuster 2. I also finished Rune Soldier, and I loved every minute of it. Obviously there was room for more, as I think the manga (that'll never come out in the States) is still ongoing. In the halfway mark of Victory Gundam, and I have to say it's the best Gundam I've watched so far. I wasted too much time on the non-UC stuff. Started up The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and I love it. I could easily watch the series in one sitting, but I'm renting it through Netflix. Lastly, read chapter 410 of Naruto, and this garbage, is well, still a piece of shit. I'd quit, but then all the time I wasted in June catching up would've gone to waste. It was a decent manga in the first half, awful in the second half.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on July 27, 2008, 03:34:44 AM
The more I watch the more I think Code Geass may be one of the funniest anime I've seen.
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Post by: Superflat on July 29, 2008, 11:53:11 PM
Just finished Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Quite fantastic; I'm sad that it's over.
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Post by: Losfer on July 30, 2008, 04:51:35 PM
Gurren Lagann's great.  Yoko in particular.  :P

Anyway, my Burst Angel box set finally arrived in the mail, so I'll be spending most of my day off tomorrow with that.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on August 02, 2008, 04:29:54 PM
Been watching Nodame Cantabile, which is fucking fantastic. I loved His and Her Circumstances, and it turns out that Nodame is by the same people, so extra bonus points for that. Watched through Episode 11.
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Post by: Dincrest on August 03, 2008, 03:44:10 PM
I was at ConnectiCon this weekend and attended screenings for both Lucky Star and xxxHolic.  I went into Lucky Star because I adore the theme song, but heard the series wasn't that great.  Guess what?  I LOVED it!  We watched the dub version, but it was excellent.  So freaking funny.  

xxxHolic seemed like a cool concept and something up my alley, but I hated it.  The characters weren't likeable, I wasn't digging the art style, and I found rather dull and boring.  

I'll definitely be keeping up with Lucky Star.
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Post by: Losfer on August 03, 2008, 04:27:23 PM
Lucky Star is awesome, but some of it's fanbase is retarded.  ...Then again, most fandoms are like that.

...

All fandoms are like that.  Anyway, heart Konata.

I'm currently watching disc two of Burst Angel.  I love it.  Cowboy Bebop with tits.  Jo is also awesome.
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Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on August 04, 2008, 10:51:21 AM
Speed Grapher eps 2-10
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I'm not sure which would be worse for Saiga: getting captured and killed by Suitengu's lot, or getting captured by Ginza and becoming her sex slave. Hmm... have to think about that one... Speed Grapher's still good, but so was Death Note after 10 episodes, so I dunno. But then Death Note didn't have Ginza, or a plot that made some sort of sense, or a female villain who nearly out-Cersei-Lannister-s Cersei Lannister (I hope that makes sense). But it's probably gonna get crap by the end of the next 14 episodes. :(

I also ordered Ergo Proxy vols. 1-6. I have to watch more cyberpunk anime cuz surely GitS can't be the best, right?...
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Post by: Dangerous Person on August 05, 2008, 04:41:55 PM
I just recently(well, fairly recently) Netflix-ed(ahem, off my mama's account because I'm a bum)Mushi-Shi and Twelve Kingdoms, and loved them both.  

Mushi-Shi has become one of my favorite anime. I especially loved "The Light of the Eyelid" (episode two), and "Cotton Changeling" (I'm pretty sure it's episode twenty-one). Great series. I gonna buy it when I have some actual money.

Twelve Kingdoms was awesome, too; I just wish it hadn't ended abrubtly. I still want to know what happens to Yuka and Taiki/Kaname.
 
I really liked Twelve Kingdoms. One thing, though. If you are thinking about getting it, DO NOT ruin it by watching it dubbed. Go for Japanese with subtitles for this one.
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Post by: bigdeath on August 07, 2008, 01:58:49 AM
Code Geass. Its ridiculous but I love watching. Fear the power of Loli for they have the brains to understand the significance of a battle in the grand scheme of a larger war.
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Post by: Superflat on August 07, 2008, 01:19:38 PM
I just finished Nodame Cantabile, and am now waiting patiently for Paris Chapter in October. Really just a fantastic anime, with lovable characters that you really get to know, and a phenomenal sound track.  It didn't give quite as much closure as I wanted, but then again, it was (apparently) made with a sequel in mind.

I'm going to try to watch "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" in the near future (i.e. before I go off to college), and possibly start Mushishi, but I'm going to be really busy for the next month or so.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 07, 2008, 01:57:55 PM
Finished The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and I'm glad it actually lived up to the hype. I've been let down on shows that recieved a lot of hype the past few years.

Slowly trudgin' through Victory Gundam. I hope to finish it before I get thrown out of the house and go to college. I probably won't even start Ghost Hound nor Excel Saga, and probably just wait to watch them over Christmas break or some shit.

Just gonna Netflix some Makoto Shinkai films (5 cm per second and another one I forgot the title of.)
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on August 07, 2008, 08:16:44 PM
Quote from: "dalucifer0"
Finished The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and I'm glad it actually lived up to the hype.

 
 Totally agree. And I liked the dub alot more than I thought I would, even though it's one of many featuring Wendee Lee.
 I thought she was pretty believable as Haruhi.
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Post by: Losfer on August 07, 2008, 08:28:24 PM
Wendee Lee is the best female VA ever.  I was about to pick up the Haruhi boxset actually, but 44 bucks for 14 episodes is a /little shit/.

So I ordered the Azumanga boxset.  :P
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Post by: Dincrest on August 07, 2008, 08:57:44 PM
Speaking of Wendee Lee, I just got finished watching vol. 2 of Lucky Star.  I heart Konata and Yui.  Kagami's probably my favorite character, though.  

So which end of a chocolate cornet is the head?
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Post by: Seultoria on August 07, 2008, 09:12:05 PM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Wendee Lee is the best female VA ever.  I was about to pick up the Haruhi boxset actually, but 44 bucks for 14 episodes is a /little shit/.

So I ordered the Azumanga boxset.  :P


There's only 13. Episode 00 is a movie the SOS Brigade made, which confused the fuck out of me, but I'd actually understand the episode after watching the series.

You couldn't go wrong with either one. I love Azumanga Daioh and I still kick myself for waiting so long to watch it (just finished it in June.)
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Post by: Dangerous Person on August 07, 2008, 11:18:05 PM
I didn't finish Azumanga. I watched the first few volumes, but I got a little bored with it.  
 
It wasn't the show that was the problem, though. I loved the characters, especially Tomo and Osaka, and even though Sakaki sort of bored me on her own, her interactions with the others were great. Just been in a stupid mood lately, is all. I probably just need to clean up around the house or something.
 
Azumanga Daioh. ^^ I will finish it.
 
And here's some more praise for Wendee Lee.  

*praise*
 
Uh, there it is. I need coffee, so that's the best I can do in the way of enthusiasm 'til I get my Community.
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Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on August 08, 2008, 02:14:16 AM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Wendee Lee is the best female VA ever.  

 
 I really wouldn't argue with ya there, but I just get a little tired of the same VAs(Johnny Bosch, Steve Blum, Yuri Lowenthal) in every show. There's gotta be some more talent out there.  

 ... Then again... Chaos Wars...
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Post by: Eusis on August 08, 2008, 02:30:34 AM
Quote from: "mizuki_no_beatdown"
... Then again... Chaos Wars...

On the other hand there's FLCL, released by a no name company with voice actors I swear I've never heard before, and it may be one of the best dubs I've ever heard.
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Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on August 08, 2008, 02:47:33 AM
True dat. The only one I even remotely recognized was Naota's VA, but she hasn't done too many leads herself.
 
 Thanks for reminding me of how much FLCL rules.
 I need to buy that.
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Post by: Losfer on August 08, 2008, 03:46:46 PM
I'd rather hear Wendee Lee, Cam Clarke, Yuri Lowenthal in every damn thing I watch / play than end up with...  Yeah, Chaos Wars quality.  :P

My Outlaw Star box just got here in the post...!  TOO BAD I HAVE TO WORK TONIGHT AND TOMORROW.

>:((((((((((((
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Post by: Dangerous Person on August 08, 2008, 04:06:17 PM
Yeah, you could do a lot worse for VA staples than those guys.
 
I'd like to break into that business of voicing characters sometime. Alas, it may forever remain but a pipe dream. ^^
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Post by: Adapheon on August 09, 2008, 02:37:53 AM
Quote from: "mizuki_no_beatdown"
Quote from: "Losfer"
Wendee Lee is the best female VA ever.  

 
 I really wouldn't argue with ya there, but I just get a little tired of the same VAs(Johnny Bosch, Steve Blum, Yuri Lowenthal) in every show. There's gotta be some more talent out there.  

The problem with your argument is that it implies that having a power ranger in a show doesn't make it infinitely better no matter how many times you hear them.
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Post by: Hidoshi on August 09, 2008, 04:47:59 AM
Allow me to play devil's advocate and put forth that Wendee Lee is one of my least favourite VA's ever. Nails on chalkboard, sir.
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Post by: Losfer on August 09, 2008, 08:51:31 AM
Let /me/ play Devil's advocate and say I will eat your fucking soul.

Probably mesquite.  Or teriyaki.  Your choice.
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Post by: Ashton on August 09, 2008, 10:50:39 AM
It's all about Johnny Yong Bosch, fuckers.
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Post by: Superflat on August 10, 2008, 11:23:26 PM
Not to detract from this wonderful discussion, but OH SHIT GEASS 18! Just watched it, crazy plot twist. That is all.
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Post by: Raze on August 11, 2008, 10:54:43 PM
Watched Gurren Lagann. Started out fun, then I got worried that they

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Killed off Kamina waay to soon(Like The Untouchables. You whack Sean Connery and, hey, now you have to do the rest of the movie without Sean Connery), but no. After a short Simon emo break the show just got better and better as it went on. Great ride.

 And holy crap I just found out a new season of Slayers snuck up on me. Time to get back to some of my anime roots.
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Post by: Superflat on August 12, 2008, 02:55:44 AM
Watched Bleach 182 and 183, and for some reason it seems like it's getting better. It could be that the previous episodes were such rubbish that anything else seems like a breath of fresh air, but I'm looking forward to the end of the arc.

Also, watched "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time." Frickin' awesome. Weird and almost a little too happy at the end, but still one fantastic movie.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 12, 2008, 12:55:16 PM
Finished Victory Gundam, watching the last half of the series over the alst 4 days. It's easily the best Gundam I've watched, and I need to look into the other U.C. Gundams (this being the only one I've completed.)
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Post by: Angelo on August 12, 2008, 01:08:36 PM
Lately, I'm a slobbering mess after each episode of Macross Frontier.  Waiting for a good time to order every CD they have available for the show.
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Post by: Losfer on August 14, 2008, 07:34:41 PM
Outlaw Star:

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God damn it, why'd they have to kill Hilda.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 14, 2008, 10:28:01 PM
Watched the first 2 episodes of Ghost Hound. Seems interesting, though the main reason I DLed it is: Production I.G. + Shirow Masamune.

Also got through the first seven episodes of Excel Saga. This is a series that I actually HAVE to watched subbed, as the characters talk to fast in both languages, but at least I acn pause it when needed and read what they fuck they're saying while it's subbed.

And I need to finish both of them before next Saturday when I get thrown out of the house.
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Post by: Raze on August 17, 2008, 10:32:17 PM
Watched 6 episodes of Slayers Revolution. Can't say I was fond of the sixth filler episode(Fillers fine for a show like slayers, but it just wasn't that good a ep. Though I will give them credit for having a dog in a wizard hat), but on the whole really liked it. Same old slayers. Which could be a bad thing if it hadn't been ten years, but it has so that saves it from stagnating.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on August 20, 2008, 02:30:30 PM
Finished Excel Saga. Just need to finish Ghost Hound by Saturday, when I'm moving out...
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Post by: Superflat on August 23, 2008, 10:52:26 PM
Geass 19. I'm wondering if they're going to end the series in the next 7 episodes, or possibly extend it to a third season, which I really hope is not the case considering the change of events that just occurred.

Edit: I'll throw Geass 20 out on the table. I'm really excited to find out what happens in the next 6 episodes.
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Post by: Seultoria on August 26, 2008, 08:30:44 PM
Watched 5 cm per second. Can't wait for Shinkai's next project.

Finished Ghost Hound. Thought I was on drugs watching it half the time.
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Post by: Raze on August 27, 2008, 03:54:15 AM
Watched about half the first season of code geass. Though I don't dislike them I can't say I really give a damn about any of the characters except for a mild liking of Lelouch(Edit: After watching more and getting some backstory I like Suzaku), but it tells a interesting enough suikoden II with mechs story.

 And speaking of mechs, the gurens
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radiation arm is badass.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on September 05, 2008, 02:26:30 PM
Yeah, so I burned through all of that anime for nothing, and now I have nothing to watch aside from what I get through Netflix. Speaking of Netflix, I started Gun X Sword, and Van looks like Spike, and I'm surprised the VAs aren't the same, though they have similar voices.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on September 05, 2008, 04:39:49 PM
May I recommend Mushishi, Natsume Yuujinchou, and Birdy the Mighty Decode?
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on September 05, 2008, 09:40:04 PM
I've been meaning to watch Mushishi, but I'm assuming the latter two are fansub-only, as I've never heard of them.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on September 05, 2008, 10:59:48 PM
I would also highly recommend Mushishi, and Twelve Kingdoms, though it ends a little too soon, IMO.

 I myself have just started watching Azumanga Daioh. I usually don't like it when they cast characters with a hick voice in anime or games, but I think the English VA does a great job on Osaka. In fact, she's probably my favorite character, partly because of her voice.

  Sakaki creeps me out a little.
Title: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on September 06, 2008, 07:25:45 AM
Azumanga Daioh is one of my favorite anime. I loved it.
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Post by: Viarca on September 09, 2008, 02:06:11 AM
Does anyone know if they plan to release a Mushishi box set anytime soon?  I remember the episode from one of the Newtype USA DVDs and thought it was interesting, but I'm done buying anime volume by volume and don't download.  Right now I have the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Black Cat and Mars Daybreak box sets.  Nothing I'm particularly looking forward to, but they were cheap.  I'm enjoying the new weekly episodes of Bleach and Code Geass on Adult Swim though.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on September 09, 2008, 07:37:24 AM
The box set does already exist, but as with other releases it's a box that has some extras and comes with the first DVD packed in. The rest you buy yourself. The likelihood of a thinpak is pretty high, but you may have to wait a year to see it since Mushishi did just finish releasing in its regular run.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on September 09, 2008, 06:57:55 PM
Azumanga Daioh is one of my favorite anime. I loved it.
 
It's now one of mine! I was even able to watch it with my mom, who is not really a fan of anime (she's 58), though she loved all the Hayao Miyazaki films she's seen. 
 
Great stuff! I don't know why I waited so long to watch it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dangerous Person on September 11, 2008, 04:09:10 PM
Mushishi's opening music... I never skipped it once, it was so lovely. FANTASTIC series. 
 
I've got something coming in from Netflix from the maker of Twelve Kingdoms. I'm glad I've got something lined up.
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Post by: Hidoshi on September 11, 2008, 04:25:54 PM
Abuh?! Ono did something else? What would that be? o.O *keenly interested*
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Post by: Losfer on September 11, 2008, 05:23:49 PM
I just watched the "Sakaki Special" in Azumanga.  I gotta say, I wasn't expecting character growth in such a silly series.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on September 11, 2008, 07:04:23 PM
Abuh?! Ono did something else? What would that be? o.O *keenly interested*
 
Methinks my sis meant the director of the Twelve Kingdoms anime (Tsuneo Kobayashi) and not Fuyumi Ono, the creator of Twelve Kingdoms.
 
 'Cuz if she had written somethin else, I might die!
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Post by: Hidoshi on September 11, 2008, 09:11:44 PM
Yeah, really. ;_; I've shelled out so much money for Twelve Kingdoms merch, from the DVDs to the novels to the calendars.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on September 12, 2008, 12:59:30 AM
It's easily the best thing I've ever obsessed over, though! But, sometimes I feel used, like they could get me to buy anything, if it was Twelve Kingdomized.
 
Still, it's not as bad as how Square-Enix was actually able to get me to buy Advent Children TWICE. WTF?!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on September 12, 2008, 07:06:22 AM
I wonder if the author is ever going to finish the series. I read an interview she had with Anime News Network and she hasn't put out a Twelve Kingdoms novel since 2001 or something like that.

Oh yeah, been watching Gun X Sword. Very mediocre, but something to watch.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on September 12, 2008, 08:11:02 AM
I'm pretty sure the novels are finished, actually. :\
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Post by: Seultoria on September 13, 2008, 02:47:43 AM
Proof is here. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2007-03-18/fuyumi-ono-author-of-the-twelve-kingdoms)

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The last novel, so far, was released in 2001. Do you plan to revisit the world of The Twelve Kingdoms and write more stories for it?

Yes, I do.


Though, it's unlikely to happen, since it has been seven years....
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on September 14, 2008, 10:15:18 PM
Geass up to 22, 23 is sitting on my hard drive, super fucking excited. Bleach 186 and 187 also on the hard drive. Started watching Planetes with the anime club at my college, up to episode 6. Pretty decent, although I don't like the lack of an overarching plot so far. Makes caring for the characters a wee bit more difficult, but we'll see how it goes. Also looking to watch Kaiba, and finally start Mushishi at some point in the near future.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on September 16, 2008, 02:08:59 PM
I finished up my Slayers boxset last night, but...  The ending was different from what I remembered!  So I assume I saw a different series when I was younger.  Maybe Try or Next or something.

Anyway, I think I'll start the second series of Rayearth again.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on September 16, 2008, 02:42:21 PM
I dropped Gun x Sword. It was very mediocre and was boring me, so I removed the rest of the series from the Netflix queue and should be getting Simoun soon.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on September 16, 2008, 04:39:45 PM
May I humbly suggest Black Lagoon? :)
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Post by: Seultoria on September 17, 2008, 04:00:01 PM
I'll probably wait until the Second Barrage is complete, then just watch the whole thing at once.
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Post by: afrozombie on September 17, 2008, 04:31:03 PM
The last anime films I saw were Origin: Spirits of the Past, and Paprika. Orgins was alright. Paprika was tight. I wanna see Tekkon Kinkreet when I get the chance. Can anybody suggest any new anime films to watch?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on September 18, 2008, 07:57:55 AM
 Started reading Yotsuba&. Not only is it the cutest thing ever I haven't laughed this much in quite awhile.

Edit-This forum doesn't know how to display a 'and' symbol :P
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on September 24, 2008, 01:25:44 AM
I've been watching/listening to Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs while I'm studying. It's good background noise.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on September 25, 2008, 03:55:55 PM
Finished Azumanga.  Great little series.
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Post by: Akanbe- on September 27, 2008, 07:48:29 PM
bought gurren lagann.  9 episodes for 15 dollars + S/H which is a good deal (maybe it's normal now?).  I pretty much just wanted to watch a true anamorphic widescreen on my new HDTV.  Can't say much about the series yet but it sure looks nice.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on September 28, 2008, 06:00:17 PM
Just finished Code Geass R2. It was a great series, and I'm really sad to see it end, especially since the characters were so great.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on September 29, 2008, 02:43:36 PM
bought gurren lagann.  9 episodes for 15 dollars + S/H which is a good deal (maybe it's normal now?).  I pretty much just wanted to watch a true anamorphic widescreen on my new HDTV.  Can't say much about the series yet but it sure looks nice.

I'm torn on getting this.  I like how cheap it is, but I don't like the lack of English VAs.  I'll probably just wait a bit longer and get the dual language set for...  Substantially more.  :P

I finished Burst Angel, what a shittastic ending that was.

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Jo AND Sei die?  Not cool.  Spike dying in Cowboy Bebop was awesome.  Jo and Sei dying to blow up some stupid brain was not.  And what's that shit with Meg dressing like Jo at the end?  Man, I hated Meg.
Still an alright series, I guess.

Maybe I should get the Cowboy Bebop boxset.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on September 29, 2008, 05:10:51 PM
I'm torn on getting this.  I like how cheap it is, but I don't like the lack of English VAs.  I'll probably just wait a bit longer and get the dual language set for...  Substantially more.  :P

After watching an episode on Sci-Fi I decided this wasn't a show I really cared to watch dubbed. Not that they don't try or that it's a truly terrible dub, I just don't think they nail it. Except for Leeron.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on September 29, 2008, 07:55:19 PM
So, I just watched Rebuild of Evangelion 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone.

I know, I know, there's not whole huge amounts of love for Eva around here. Or more specifically a refreshing lack of fanboy-spooging over it, which, no matter how you look at it is a good thing.

But I like Eva. I don't think it's the "Greatest Anime Ever Made" like some people do, nor can I really bring myself to watch it very often. Too much like masochism towards the end--you know you're just going to end up confused and a bit depressed by the end of it. Never-the-less, this intrigues me.

In case you don't know, Rebuild of Evangelion is a remake of Evangelion, split into four full length movies. And by remake I mean they're redoing it, not just remastering it. Some parts are the same, some are kinda the same but the "how" changes, some things are completely different. Having watched the first movie, I can say with full confidence they're doing a damn good job of it. The first two Angel battles are expanded and the CGI has been done in 3D. The battle with the Fifth Angel (Or rather, the Sixth, since it's been renamed for reasons unknown) has been redesigned, with the same basic premise, right down to the Angel itself. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this series of films. It could be something good.

Particularily because they're making a new ending.

I know most people don't like Eva in large part because of the ending--either of them, actually--but you never know, maybe the third time's a charm?



In other news, 6 days until Gundam 00 Season 2.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on September 30, 2008, 02:55:08 PM
I loved the ending of Evangelion.  But that's because I actually know what an Omega Point and a Noosphere are.  :P
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Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on September 30, 2008, 03:09:10 PM
Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm fond of the ending myself. Either of them, really, though mostly End of Evangelion. I thought it was entertaining, and very, very well done, though somewhat depressing at times. But evoking strong emotion is a good sign something is well done.

No, I'm refering more to the fact that from comments I've seen over the years around here, there are a lot of people who don't like it. :P

Either way, a new ending is interesting whether you like the other ones or not. It's something different. If you don't like it after you've seen it, then there's two others to pick from--choose your favourite. If you DO like it, well, there you go. :p
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on October 01, 2008, 04:13:57 PM
Yeah, End of Evangelion was excellent.  I need to watch the series again, it's been a few years.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on October 01, 2008, 10:01:54 PM
I too enjoyed Evangelion.  I really liked Shinji's over the top voice acting personally.  Probably will give this a look.

Also continuing watching Gurren Lagann.  I'm enjoying it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on October 02, 2008, 02:12:09 PM
Started Simoun through Netflix. Read a lot of reviews praising it, so I have it.

Started the first episode of Macross Frontier, and I'll probably marathon it soon.

Got the first 12 episodes of Code Geass R2 downloaded, so I might start on it, but I'll probably wait and get the last 13.

Restarting One Piece (manga) again. Been two years since I got to Skypiea, but my memory is foggy on One Piece.

Naruto, well, the manga is getting more ridiculous by the day, but I just have to see how low it goes....
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Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on October 07, 2008, 09:58:59 PM
Watched the first episode of Gundam 00 Season 2. I really enjoyed it. Did a good job of reintroducing the characters and showing what they've been up to, while still having some relevance. They didn't just jump around and say, "He did this, while she was doing this...." So far, anyway, it's managed to keep up with what I expect from the series; awesome fight sequences and none of SEED's insta-winning mobilesuits
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(barring the first bit of the series, when the "bad guys" were still playing catch-up technologically)
My only qualm is that the episode felt very very short. Maybe cause so much was going on. An hour season opener likely would have been a good idea in this case.

Highly anticipating the next episode.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on October 07, 2008, 11:15:33 PM
Got the first 12 episodes of Code Geass R2 downloaded, so I might start on it, but I'll probably wait and get the last 13.

If you can, I'd recommend watching the episodes as rapidly as possible. Maybe not "all in one sitting" rapid, but definitely more than one a week. I found that as the series neared it's end, the recaps at the beginning of each episode reminded me of what was going on less and less, and eventually started giving new content without any refresher. Considering how the plot plays out, you may find yourself really confused if you don't watch the episodes fairly close to one another. Just a suggestion though.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on October 08, 2008, 10:24:21 AM
Rewatched Genesis Surviver Gaiarth (yes, survivEr), my favourite OVA of all time. *sighs* God I miss the 80's, when robots had dreams, and men could have long hair without being in yaoi.
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Post by: Seultoria on October 08, 2008, 02:43:30 PM
Yeah, I'm on episode 7 of R2, and I just finished downloading the 13-25 batch an hour ago. I'll marathon it and finish it by the weekend.

I'm nearing the end of Simoun, as I got the fourth disc from Netflix yesterday.

Started Macross Frontier, on episode 3. Yeah, I'm not digging the pop + mecha thing too much. I like it so far, but it just drudges up memories of SEED/Destiny..

With the fall season starting, I picked up Gundam 00 Season 2 (loved the first op and the song by UVERworld), Clannad ~After Story (thought the first episode was funny), and Casshern Sins(cool first episode, nothing was explained though.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on October 08, 2008, 03:44:26 PM
Waiting with baited breath for my Haruhi boxset to arrive in the post.  Hoping it will keep me entertained till I can grab the Lucky Star boxset whenever it comes out.

After watching Pom Poko the other night, I think I need to watch Princess Mononoke and Nausica again.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on October 08, 2008, 05:44:52 PM
 Finished Slayers Revolution. Got progressively more and more boring, especially when it tried to be serious(Which was way too often). Wizer was cool though.

Also in the middle of Cromartie high school. Comedy is hit or miss, but when it hits it's awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrI7QUJfkvI
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Krelian on October 11, 2008, 01:46:49 PM
I've been watching till the tenth episode of Blassreiter, and is amazing. I love the fights on this anime and all is pretty decent
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Post by: Seultoria on October 13, 2008, 06:13:53 PM
Halfway through Code Geass R2, finished Simoun, and barely starting a bunch of series.

Should start getting Beck through Netflix later this week.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Draak on October 13, 2008, 06:58:24 PM
Finished Slayers Revolution. Got progressively more and more boring, especially when it tried to be serious(Which was way too often). Wizer was cool though.

Share the same opinion about Revolution, it's nowhere near the awesomeness of first series and Next.

Is anybody here watching Tales of the Abyss? I was skeptical about it, as game to anime adapations are usually made of fail... but so far it's been following the game very closely, and the animation is well done. I'm impressed.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on October 17, 2008, 01:04:50 PM
Finished off Code Geass R2 last night. Shit was epic. I just loved how almost every episode in the second half had some bizzare plot twist. Overall, very entertaining.

Started Beck through Netflix, and I love it so far, but I'm not a fan of the grungy rock music.

Just watched episode three of Clannad ~After Story and glad Sunohara is finally getting some development instead of just being the comic relief character.

Started up Escaflowne. Last time I watched it a couple of years ago, I marathoned it, so I'm going to be watching it at a slower pace this time.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: SonicDeathMonkey on October 24, 2008, 06:32:17 PM
I just finished Berserk (Yeah, I just finished Berserk in 2008).

Most depressing ending imaginable.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on October 24, 2008, 09:28:52 PM
I still have yet to watch more than one episode of Berserk. >.>

Yeah, started up Shikabanahime: Aka, but waiting to see if any groups still sub it or just wait until FUNimation catches up to where I am.

Read chapter 422 in Naruto. I really hope this is over by chapter 500.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on October 26, 2008, 08:08:30 PM
I just picked up vol. 3 of Lucky Star.  I love that series.  The "just 5 more minutes" segment was awesome.  Kagami rules! I heart Kagami. 

Lucky Star's probably the only anime series that I prefer watching dubbed over subbed.  I always go sub over dub, but Lucky Star's dub is too much fun.  The actors really "get" it and sound like they have so much fun with these roles, especially the lady who plays Akari during the Lucky Channel segments.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on November 04, 2008, 05:29:20 PM
Yeah, I checked the dub, Dezo, and the dub is actually pretty good.  Wendee Lee does a good job of Konata's voice.  I am the happy.  Waiting for the boxset though...

Finished all of Haruhi this weekend.  Shit rocked.
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Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on November 06, 2008, 02:13:50 AM
I just picked up vol. 3 of Lucky Star.  I love that series.  The "just 5 more minutes" segment was awesome.  Kagami rules! I heart Kagami. 

Lucky Star's probably the only anime series that I prefer watching dubbed over subbed.  I always go sub over dub, but Lucky Star's dub is too much fun.  The actors really "get" it and sound like they have so much fun with these roles, especially the lady who plays Akari during the Lucky Channel segments.
 
 For true, man. And Kagami's my fave, too! I know most of my friends are sub over dub but I think everyone should give Lucky Star's dub a shot. For every reason Dincrest said.
 
  I've also been watching Gurren Lagann, sub only, which is great, but I'm wondering if there'll be a dub. Anybody know? 'Course I think it'll be hard to match Kamina's japanese VA. In my head atleast.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on November 06, 2008, 02:17:39 AM
I've also been watching Gurren Lagann, sub only, which is great, but I'm wondering if there'll be a dub. Anybody know? 'Course I think it'll be hard to match Kamina's japanese VA. In my head atleast.

I've talked about watching it months ago on Sci-fi! And yeah, Kamina's english VA doesn't hold a candle to his original one.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on November 06, 2008, 07:50:22 AM
Another great thing is that the scripting is excellent in the Lucky Star dub.  Beautifully maintains the Japanese flavor (the charm of Lucky Star).  This and Persona 3 are the best English localizations of very Japanese media I've seen.  If a Sakura Taisen localization could be as good as Lucky Star or Persona 3, I think the series would rock in English (despite the naysaying from the elitist import purists who don't want their beloved series besmirched.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on November 06, 2008, 12:54:58 PM
Watching Aura Battler Dunbine, Armour Hunter Mellowlink, and Toradora. So far, so good on all fronts. Dunbine is still hilarious.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on November 06, 2008, 05:33:30 PM

I've talked about watching it months ago on Sci-fi! And yeah, Kamina's english VA doesn't hold a candle to his original one.
 
 Oh yeah... and just a page back, too. Ha.. sorry. 
 
 Yeah, I think I'm just gonna skip on the dub then. Gettin' a little tired of hearing Yuri Lowenthal all the time( I just played Tales of the Abyss, FFIV DS, and WA5 all in a row), and I've just found out he's the VA for Simon.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on November 06, 2008, 05:51:41 PM
My thoughts on English anime voice acting these days can be summed up by this snippet from my Time Hollow review:

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The voice acting is in English and though it is good, it is the same voices by the same voice actors I have heard time and time again in anime and video games. Perhaps the career field of cartoon voice acting in the US needs to sweeten its appeal and broaden its horizons and accessibility so that a more diverse pool of talent can be recruited and subsequently selected from so we as consumers are not stuck listening to the same voices in every anime and video game. Don't get me wrong, these voice actors have talent and skill, but hearing them is like eating pizza every day for a month. Pizza's good and you like it (it's my favorite food) but after a week or so, you tire of it.

Guys like Yuri Lowenthal and Johnny Yong Bosch have talent, but it's getting to the point where people are saying, "ugh, not Johnny Yong Bosch again." 

I'm guessing that voice acting really doesn't pay well, especially with anime and video game dubs, hence why few really do it.  Heck, most acting doesn't pay well, period.  And unless you take diction, drama, theater, and specialized acting courses, voice acting isn't as easy as it seems, especially since conflicting schedules mean you may not often get to read with another actor.  Anyone who's done theater can vouch that it's not easy to do a dialogue without playing off of another person. 

I myself can imitate 60 or so voices, but every time I record myself doing dialogues, it just doesn't sound right.  Even when I record myself reading aloud, it sounds flat to me even when I'm doing voices, yet children think I'm very expressive when I read aloud and think my voices are spot-on.  Getting one's self to that "place" to feel that character's emotion genuinely is a challenge. 

I think the real money in voice over work comes from doing narration in commercials or travelogue TV shows, almost how like in modeling the real money comes from modeling in Sears catalogs than couture magazines or runway.  Although Liam O'Brien (Akihiko in Persona 3) does a lot of voice acting for anime and such, I'm pretty sure I've heard his voice more often doing narration in commercials, documentaries, and such.  There's money in voice acting for high-budget Disney and Pixar movies on the silver screen, but for projects like that, famous celebs lend their voices.  And you have folks like Wendee Lee who do voice direction as well as acting.  And of course, the highest paid US voice actors are the cast of The Simpsons. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on November 06, 2008, 10:24:10 PM
Very few VAs can live off of just voice acting. That's people like Wendee Lee, Yuri Lowenthal, Johnny Yong Bosch, (maybe Steve Blum), etc. The ones who are good and are in a lot of things.

--

As for what I'm watching, same old stuff. Clannad ~After Story, Macross Frontier (real slow on that one), Beck (almost done), Gundam 00 S2, and Casshern Sins.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dincrest on November 06, 2008, 10:53:35 PM
Very few VAs can live off of just voice acting. That's people like Wendee Lee, Yuri Lowenthal, Johnny Yong Bosch, (maybe Steve Blum), etc. The ones who are good and are in a lot of things.

Don't forget Frank Welker, the undisputed God of American voice actors. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Adapheon on November 07, 2008, 12:39:50 AM
I recently watched Hellsing Ultimate 1-4. I love the more comedic bits in the series, mostly because they're short, many "serious" shows inject the comedy into the wrong places and then run it forever, they manage stomachable little bits which considering how intense it is kinda just makes it all the more better.  Also, some may question "intense" but I totally get caught up in it, the style, the violence and just how insane Alucard is, it's been awhile since I've watched the original so I suck at comparisons but I'm digging the ultimate version for sure.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Leo on November 09, 2008, 12:06:35 AM
So, I've gotten back into watching anime, and hopefully I'll hold on to the ride. I decided to preview some of the most recent action anime series, and the results? Well, a lot of clunkers. A couple gems though. Starting with Shikabane Hime Aka, it has to do with vampires... I think, but from my first impression of watching episode 1, it didn't pull me in; now, granted, I understand that a lot of series get better onward, but I wasn't feeling the overall atmosphere of the show. Next, Vampire Knight Guilty ... good lord. At first sit-through, if I didn't know better, I would've thought it would be yaoi. It was so cheesy, I think I fell asleep half-way through the episode. Onto the good series, I saw the first episodes of Casshern Sins and Tytania; excellent shows, I was impressed. I wasn't aware Casshern was an old series; it has a superhero theme, only it's not quite what you expect. The animation is crisp and slick. I highly recommend watching it. Tonight, I watched Tytania, another very promising series. It's a space-opera, mixed in with aristocrats and royalty, kingdoms going to war. Done quite tastefully, if I do say so myself.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on November 09, 2008, 01:32:39 PM
Finished Beck. Watched the last eight episodes in a row (Netflix was real slow on delivering disc 5 and I got disc 6 on the same day.)

I loved it, and it's one of those series where I wish it had some more episodes, but not to drag out like a shounen anime.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Viarca on November 17, 2008, 09:07:41 PM
A couple weeks ago I had the revalation that instead of boring myself to death with the news or listening to my Zune shuffle my playlists for the 1000th time, I should start watching my backlog of anime while I run on the treadmill in the mornings.  So far I've gotten through five series in the past two weeks and have even done a few extra sessions on evenings when I have the house to myself.  Right now I'm in the middle of Samurai 7 and am feeling a little guilty I've let it sit on my shelf for years.  Of course after the two series I watched immediately before it (Black Cat and Elemental Gelade), perhaps it wasn't so hard to make an impression.

Has anyone watched Darker Than Black beyond the first couple of episodes?  I got some promo announcement and warched the first couple of episodes and am tempted to break my rule not to buy volumes one at a time anymore.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on November 17, 2008, 10:15:20 PM
Darker than Black is pretty darned good. Go for it. :)
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Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on November 22, 2008, 04:01:31 AM
Seconded. Get that shizzle.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on November 22, 2008, 11:44:00 AM
Started Chobits. Yeah, I'm late to the party, but I'm liking it so far.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Viarca on November 27, 2008, 03:06:37 AM
Samurai Deeper Kyo and most of Gurren Lagann filled the time last week and I wasn't particularly thrilled by either of them.  I just started Pumpkin Scissors and it looks more promising, but so far no more gems like Samurai 7 that have been lying around.  The ending was very sad, and you know it's good when you're disappointed it's over.

My backlog is still pretty extensive though and there's a lot of newer stuff I ordered in the past couple of months, so I doubt I run out of things to watch anytime soon.  The hardest thing is trying to make a decision.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on November 28, 2008, 10:53:05 AM
Samurai Deeper Kyo is one of the single worst adaptations in anime history. The manga's a good piece of work and doesn't get into the monster-ridden crap the TV series is until much, much later. Even when it does, it does it well.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ithunn on December 10, 2008, 01:16:26 PM
Just finished watching all of Gankutsuou yesterday. Obviously I fell in love with it. I don't watch anime much at all - a lot of people consider what I like Old School (?). So they suggested I watch Irresponsible Captain Tylor next. I liked Gankutsuou, so I suppose I'll watch ICT next once I get my hands on it, then Gunbuster and Dai-Guard.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on December 10, 2008, 02:38:44 PM
May I suggest Tytania? The captain reminds me a lot of Tylor, though less goofy. :) It's a good show overall.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ithunn on December 10, 2008, 05:12:58 PM
Isn't Tytania fairly new? I know someone watching that. I wonder if I can stream it from somewhere. . . .
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on December 10, 2008, 06:22:26 PM
AnimeSuki.com has it for download if anything. CrunchyRoll or somesuch may also have it streaming. It's brand new, and really well done. :)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ithunn on December 10, 2008, 08:55:40 PM
Ooo. I've never been to that site, but I will certainly use it. I saw Tytania episodes. I suppose I could watch those episode by episode instead of downloading the full package. Thanks :].
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Viarca on December 10, 2008, 10:22:12 PM
I'm enjoying Mushi-Shi after the last couple of series had started to kill my renewed interest.  Anyone have an opinion on Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle?  I like Clamp's art style well enough, but X is the only original series of their's I've ever really enjoyed, so I'm a bit wary of it (not that it ever stops me from ordering anything though...).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on December 11, 2008, 12:07:29 AM
AnimeNano.com's its sister site for reviews and such. Worth visiting in my opinion.

As to Tsubasa... Meh. If you're into Card Captor Sakura, sure, and the whole CLAMP thing. To me it reads like fanfictiony garbage.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on December 11, 2008, 09:10:50 AM
That's all Tsubasa Chronicles is...fanfiction...by the original creators. I think I only watched like three episodes and the only thing I liked was the opening theme.

Anyways, I'm still chugging on through Chobits (dropped Gundam 00 S2 and Clannad After Story for now, I'll marathon them when they both finish.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ithunn on December 16, 2008, 03:41:57 PM
Added Kimagure Orange Road (?) to my list of animes to watch. Forgot Soppy recommended it to me. Actually tried getting some of ICT but my download decided to fail after four hours . . . currently only interested in streaming.

Oh. Saw some... stuff about Haruhi? Seems to openly.. witty to me. I dunno. We'll see. I can YT that.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on December 17, 2008, 11:09:21 AM
Kimagure is one of the best written and characterised slice of life/romantic comedy shows in anime yet. I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ithunn on December 21, 2008, 12:47:25 PM
Just finished Gunbuster. Decided that I should watch an episode a day since there's only 6. I really enjoyed it, minus some of the extremely unnecessary nudity that I found completely fanservicy to those that sport a ballsack and shaft or a vagina-for-a-vagina, both which my vagina are not. A lot of her feelings appeared relatively overdramatic and the melodrama I somehow continued to like. I wasn't exactly fond of the First Love, First Battle episode because the pacing seemed extremely fast for the occurence and it was playing with my emotions for her to find love. But eh.

Nooow, I'm going to watch some Dai-Guard and Irresponsible Captain Tylor. After that, I'll see Gunbuster 2 and KImagure Orange Road. I streamed the intro to KOR and if that's completely about love with little action similar to Gankutsuou, I'll be a happy camper.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Viarca on December 22, 2008, 01:51:54 AM
AnimeSuki.com has it for download if anything. CrunchyRoll or somesuch may also have it streaming. It's brand new, and really well done. :)

I've never downloaded anything to watch from sites like these before, is it something that is "OK" to do?  For me, it's not really an issue of money, but there are some things that have been recommended to me that aren't available for purchase from retailers yet.  I'm not looking for permission to dissuade feelings of guilt, I was just curious about how it all worked and whether these sites provide shows legally.

Thanks for the warning on Tsubasa Chronicles, I didn't really care for what I saw of the source material, so I will avoid it.  Thanks for the AnimeNano.com suggestion as well Hidoshi, I will check it out.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on December 22, 2008, 02:24:17 PM
AnimeSuki has a strict non-licensed policy. They don't carry anything that's licensed by a publisher, so they're pretty safe.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on December 22, 2008, 09:31:32 PM
Yeah, and the Japanese companies have yet to do anything about it besides allowing sites like Crunchyroll to stream it, and Crunchyroll only streams anime they're given permission to from the anime companies in NA or Japan.

--

Finished Chobits. Really liked it. Next up on the list is Mushi-shi. Heard nothing but praise for it, but I heard it's slow. Hopefully I'll still like it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on December 23, 2008, 01:00:36 AM
Out of curiosity, how have publishers gotten with speeder releases over the past few years?  Back when I was into it enough to buy more than a dvd here and there like I do now, it seemed like releases were far apart -- too far apart.  They seem to have gotten better with the amount of episodes per purchase (at least the shows I've looked at), but what about the release times between dvds?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on December 23, 2008, 09:33:02 AM
It's a matter of company sizes, really. Where in the late 80's and early 90's a publisher might only have a 10 person staff total, now you have pretty large companies handling these translations. Instead of handling 1-2 translation jobs every week, they can handle 20 (I'm not sure how output actually works, I'm just using a basic example). ADV alone has increased its staff exponentially since 2002, going from handling 10 series' a year to handling around 30-40.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on December 23, 2008, 11:46:44 AM
Well, until this year that is. Ever since Sojitz bailed on ADV earlier this year, ADV almost went the way of Geneon.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sebastian on December 26, 2008, 04:37:01 AM
Currently watching Casshern Sins, Bleach, Naruto Shippuuden, and One Piece. Finished School Rumble, The Girl That Leapt Through Time.

Currently reading Fairy Tail, One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Zetman, Pluto, Eyeshield 21, and Bakuman.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Draak on December 27, 2008, 04:03:43 AM
I can't get enough of watching Kino no Tabi, excellent series. Also watching Lain, Boogiepop Phantom and Mushi-shi. Finished Toward the Terra (the tv series, not the movie) a few days ago. Wasn't expecting much but it ended up being pretty good, the final episodes were epic. Droped the ToTA anime, at least for a while... seems like I'm another victim of the game-to-anime adaptations.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on December 28, 2008, 03:53:28 AM
Just finished Nodame Cantabile Paris Chapter. Only 11 episodes in the season this time around, and I'm freaking out since the last two episodes were all sorts of amazing and there's no more for at least until Spring 09, maybe even Fall. I don't think I can wait that long!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Krelian on December 29, 2008, 04:37:31 PM
Watching macross frontier, the first 14 episodes and I only have one comment:
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I hope someone kill Ranka soon
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Reives on January 05, 2009, 08:00:35 PM
Elfen Lied is my favourite show in any medium. It's pretty explicit though, and the first four episodes have a rather absurd amount of violence/fan-service and all that. But besides that, it's probably one of the most emotionally executed love stories I've seen, which is what I found to be so compelling about it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on January 06, 2009, 02:53:18 AM
Recently finished watching Garei Zero and Chaos;head. The later of which was rather underwhelming once it got out of the mind fuck region, but the former has one of the best moments of wheelchair-fu I have ever scene. (That's right! You heard me.)

A few spoilerish words of warning about GZ though.
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The show basically builds up to a rather sadistic character bludgeoning (both physical and emotional), and a LOT of shit sandwiches get served to the other characters before the show is through (although it does end on a better note than the rest of the show would imply, the show is only a prequel to the actual series).
I got tired of waiting so I'm currently finishing up on Code Geass (or however it's misspelled).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on January 09, 2009, 08:15:39 PM
I got Doomed Megalopolis for $20 today, as well as some issues of the Suikoden III manga. \(^^)/
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on January 14, 2009, 11:06:15 PM
Has anyone ever watched D.Gray-Man?  How is it?  I've heard a lot of people like it, but I'm kind of curious why people like it and what's good about it.  May start watching it
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on January 15, 2009, 10:06:29 AM
I'd call it Bleach for fangirls. It's about par quality.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Krelian on January 16, 2009, 03:41:25 AM
Finished Macross frontier finally, worst anime from macross ever done (on my opinion), I just save the battles, they are cool done.
Now watching Sento Yosei Yukikaze, first three ovas till now, pretty neat anime at least at the moment...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on January 16, 2009, 10:48:54 AM
Really? I thought it was rather good. Macross II and 7 on the other hand...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on January 17, 2009, 10:30:21 AM
Anyone know any websites that sell anime at /decent/ prices in / to Canada?

I was looking to get the Elfen Lied boxset, but the cheapest I could find it was an American seller on Amazon.com.  ...But 40 bucks for 12 30 minute episodes = No.  Even if that 40 bucks covers shipping as well.

But Canadian sellers are looking to part with it for 60+ bucks.  Not including shipping.  Forty bucks for a 26 episode series, sure.  Not for a 13 episode series though.

My point is that eBay / Amazon are crap when it comes to this sort of product.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Krelian on January 17, 2009, 04:25:29 PM
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Really? I thought it was rather good. Macross II and 7 on the other hand...
Yup really, i didn't found any character with personality the most of them are retarted, the girls are all time singing(i know is a macross series but...) sometimes are pretty hilarious and the char design is just meeeh and the plot is right but it turns good at the end part, i hate that... but it's just my opinion, and yes macross II was crap, but macross 7, at least the manga(i didn't watch the anime), was right though
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on January 17, 2009, 06:09:48 PM
Anyone know any websites that sell anime at /decent/ prices in / to Canada?

I was looking to get the Elfen Lied boxset, but the cheapest I could find it was an American seller on Amazon.com.  ...But 40 bucks for 12 30 minute episodes = No.  Even if that 40 bucks covers shipping as well.

But Canadian sellers are looking to part with it for 60+ bucks.  Not including shipping.  Forty bucks for a 26 episode series, sure.  Not for a 13 episode series though.

My point is that eBay / Amazon are crap when it comes to this sort of product.

Well, I can't speak for Canadian buyers but for American buyers, Amazon is great.  I bought 2/3rds of the Gurren Lagann series for $30 total (including shipping, 18 episodes total). 

Really 40 dollars for 12 episodes isn't horrible compared to what it used to be.  I remember buying 6-8 episodes for $40 when episodes were 3-4 per dvd (since I was in highschool then, I recall buying the legit sets from ebay, watching them, and then putting them back on ebay for the same price I paid).  Thankfully it looks like the industry as a whole has gotten a lot better about that in my long absence from anime viewing.

As for your question, I pretty much rely only on amazon, but try out these sites.  They were great back in the old days, but I don't know if they do Canadian orders or not:
http://www.deepdiscount.com/
http://www.bestprices.com/
http://www.videouniverse.com/
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 19, 2009, 11:45:54 AM
Finished Speed Grapher. The ending wasn't as crap as it could have been, although...
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it was amusing that Saiga is only able to take Kagura's picture after he goes blind - that'll be his punishment for being a paedophile, then.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on January 19, 2009, 02:07:18 PM
Los, most 12-13 episode series retail at $35-40, and you find it cheaper unless you find it from someone used.

AnimeCornerStore.com has boxsets 25-40% off MSRP, Amazon has deals once in a while, and AnimeNation has some deals once in a while (they only have 10% off normally on DVDs.)

--

Almost done with Mushishi, probably finish it tonight or tomorrow, and I'll be starting Samurai Champloo through Netflix. Never watched the whole series on [as], as I hate staying up late just to watch something.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on January 19, 2009, 03:14:10 PM
On episode 18 of Last Exile.

Went in with no expectations of what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. Best series I've watched in ages.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on January 19, 2009, 03:26:51 PM
I thought Last Exile was like a hot chick without an annoying voice: nice to look at and pleasant to listen to (liked the art and animation, and I love the opening theme), but no substance. Aside from Alex, I don't like the characters and I didn't like the story.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on January 20, 2009, 12:33:53 AM
Finished the series tonight.

I liked them just fine.

I liked the more overall serious tone, less cutesy stuff and more political wranglings.

Didn't like
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the death of Mullen. :( The death of Dio - out of nowhere.
Overall, very satisfying.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on January 20, 2009, 01:27:20 PM
Actually...

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Mullen lives. You see him in the final scene, running with a kid in his shoulders. He just got hurt really, REALLY bad.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Leo on January 22, 2009, 08:50:57 AM
Tytania episode 14 and Gundam 00 Season 2 episode 15.

Both series are getting good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 22, 2009, 11:54:21 AM
Appleseed (2004) - The original's the same without CG right?
Chevalier d'Eon - the plot went mad, but not as mad as...
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - Like Jumper, but with time travel and a girl nearly drowning in a bath - well, this is anime.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Krelian on January 22, 2009, 12:05:58 PM
Watched Sentou Yousei Yukikaze pretty cool stuff and great ost
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on January 23, 2009, 03:31:43 AM
To update from my previous post I've finished watching Code Geass, and I've started up on The Tower of Druaga: Second Quest, and already it's as hilarious as the first season.

I've also been watching the Gundam 00 Season 1 on Scifi (which means I'm on like episode 18 or 20). It's a bit heavy handed with it's messages but it's still worth watching.

I would be watching Casshern: Sins, Tytania, and Mighty Birdy: Season 2 if I can find me some subs for them.

I'm also tempted to start up Linebarrels of Iron again (I didn't like the main character at all, but the fight scenes were just gorgeous).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Leo on January 23, 2009, 05:02:18 AM
Tytania is a great show. It's a space-opera, but an intriguing one. It'll pull you in the moment episode 1 starts.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on January 24, 2009, 07:05:16 PM
Finished Mushishi. It deserves all the praise it gets....just wish it had a good OP and ED.

Started Samurai Champloo. I saw some of it on [adult swim], but I hate watching anime real late at night with commercials and such. So yeah, I never finished it and and only saw random episodes.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZE GRAND MASTER on January 25, 2009, 06:51:47 AM
Vexille was... okay. Next up, Jin-Roh: the Wolf Brigade.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on February 06, 2009, 06:18:19 PM
Jin-Roh: the Wolf Brigade.

That shit is awesome.

Anyway, awaiting my copy of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Second Gig to arrive in the post.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Jet16 on February 06, 2009, 07:08:57 PM
Never really got into Code Geass before but after finishing the series I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it is.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Viarca on February 07, 2009, 05:19:32 AM
I've still been going through stuff pretty quickly, but none of my recent selections have made an impression.  The last three were Tenjho Tenge (I'd seen some random episodes before and am at least no longer confused about who anyone but Maya is in the opening credits), Glass Fleet (something I would not suggest anyone else waste their time with) and am currently watching Tactics (better than Glass Fleet, but not much...). 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on February 28, 2009, 08:30:38 PM
Anyone watching Chrome Shelled Regios?  It sounds okay, but I'm sort of wary since ANN user ratings are very mediocre so far. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on March 01, 2009, 12:02:18 AM
I tried watching Texhnolyze, but the first episode was so dull I couldn't get past the first half of it. So, I started School Rumble instead and watched the first three episodes. I like it, well, I like high school comedies in general, but my main gripe is the outdated animation (this is a 2004 series that looks like it's from '99/2000.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on March 01, 2009, 09:22:55 AM
Watching Evangelion for the first time in about 5 years.

Better than I remembered.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on March 01, 2009, 05:26:24 PM
I should rewatch Evangelion. It's been something close to maybe 8 or 9 years since I last watched it. Has anyone seen the newly edited movie? I'm curious to know how it is.

I've been rewatching Seirei no Moribito with the anime club at my school on and off. I'm kind of falling off the Bleach bandwagon because of what I thought was filler, but apparently wasn't. I'll probably wait until spring break to do my catching up.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on March 02, 2009, 12:19:30 AM
I started watching Pokemon from the very beginning.  I plan on catching up all the way. :D
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on March 02, 2009, 04:40:34 PM
I should rewatch Evangelion. It's been something close to maybe 8 or 9 years since I last watched it. Has anyone seen the newly edited movie? I'm curious to know how it is.

It's good stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Additionally, it's not a re-edit or anything, but the first part of a four part remake of the entire series. The first movie is episodes 1-6, reanimated and with some of the scenarios changed--or at the very least redone to the point they might as well be brand new. From the previews, things will be changing more and more with each new movie, and some of the changes look to be pretty big. Highly suggest watching it. The second movie should be out this summer, too.

As for my own watching, I've watched all of Cowboy Bebop, which I enjoyed, but not to the extent that the hype surrounding it would suggest I should have. It didn't hit me until about episode 24 just how much I actually liked the characters, and I think the episodic nature of most of the series caused that. It just doesn't feel connected enough. Thoroughly enjoyed the last six episodes, however--before that I was interested, but certainly not wowed.

Solid, but not, in my mind, one of the "greatest anime ever made". This is why hype sucks.

Now moving onto Noir. On episode 2, not sure what to think. The premise looks interesting, but it's too early to make any judgement calls.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on March 04, 2009, 01:07:38 AM
Had lengthy post ready but got logged off. :(

Watching the Haruhi shorts and Tower of Druaga. Both are awesome for completely different reasons (though this may change in a week or three when Gonzo fucks ToD up the ass like almost every other series they've ever done). I'm still holding out hope though.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Viarca on March 09, 2009, 08:45:58 PM
Last week, I finished up Basilisk, which was pretty enjoyable.  Gankutsuou is the current diversion.  If anyone is interested in more detailed analysis, I've begun contributing to Anime Dream (see Angelo's thread in the "General Discussions" section if you're interested in doing some writing as well) and you can find my reviews here: http://www.animedream.com/ad/whats-new/authors/2275 (http://www.animedream.com/ad/whats-new/authors/2275).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Esper_Crusader on March 16, 2009, 05:12:20 PM
I'm re-watching Berserk S.1 lately. I forgot how much I loved it the first time around.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on March 17, 2009, 06:07:12 PM
I'm up to episode 23 in School Rumble, but Netflix lists Volume 6 as "short wait," so I don't know how long I'll have to wait for it. So I'll be watching Kanon 2006 starting in a few days.

Watched ep 1 of Clannad After Story last week. I watched the first 6-7 episodes when it came out, but I don't like watching addicting shows once a week.

Caught up on the Naruto manga. God...it's awful.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on March 17, 2009, 09:40:56 PM
Caught up on the Naruto manga. God...it's awful.

Pretty much.  I posted about it in the Animedream recruitment thread Angelo posted.  I'm still curious as to where it goes, but i'm pretty happy that it only takes about 2 minutes out of my week to read it.

Started watching Kannagi.  It's okay I guess.  Maybe it'll pick up later.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on March 19, 2009, 06:07:11 PM
Finished Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2.  Great stuff.  Probably not as good overall compared to the first series, but I like how the episodes of series two meshed up with each other more.

Started watching Cowboy Bebop for the first time in a decade.  Great stuff.  Still kicks ass.

On a completely different note, started up Maison Ikkoku and finished Video Girl Ai.  Good times.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on March 22, 2009, 10:37:01 AM
I find it funny how so many people continue reading Naruto even though we all know it sucks.

I think we're all just trying to watch it die.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on March 22, 2009, 02:28:23 PM
Yes, and the fact that we invested so much time into it in the first place. >.> I liked it until the time skip.

For me, finished School Rumble. Gonna start Kanon (2006), then after that, School Rumble Second Semester.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on March 26, 2009, 02:25:48 AM
I just watched Kurenai and Kaiba, both 13 episodes. Kaiba I thought was okay. Not as omgwtfbestanimeevar as I heard it would be, but just okay. Kurenai, on the other hand, I absolutely loved and would definitely call it one of my favorite anime.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on March 29, 2009, 10:59:34 PM
I've only recently been made aware of the new Spectacular Spiderman tv series. I watched the first season yesterday and it's surprisingly good.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on March 30, 2009, 02:41:43 AM
Currently watching Tora-Dora, probably the best romantic comedy that's come out in quite some time. Every episode is generally funny and it gets serious at all the right times. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre and it's a great place to start for those who don't. Also the VA of Taiga is the same as Shana for anyone who is interested.

I read way too much manga to post the currently reading, but I'll update if any real gems come along other than the standard shonen fare. Although Naruto and Bleach are both really good right now.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on March 30, 2009, 05:24:20 PM
Started watching Ranma 1/2 from the beginning.  Good stuff, still my favorite anime / manga ever.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on March 31, 2009, 12:20:55 AM
Started watching Ranma 1/2 from the beginning.  Good stuff, still my favorite anime / manga ever.

Awesome.  Isn't that a really long series?

I pulled out an old favorite as well, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers.  Fun stuff.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on March 31, 2009, 02:10:22 AM
Finished watching Tower of Druaga. Thank you Gonzo for yet another shitty end for an otherwise decently good series (that final episode was entirely pointless).

Now waiting for the FMA remake and Valkyria Chronicles.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on March 31, 2009, 07:33:26 AM
Currently watching Tora-Dora, probably the best romantic comedy that's come out in quite some time.

Yeahh, I finished that a couple days ago.  Somehow I've ended up unintentionally watching at least 5 anime that have Shana's/Taiga's VA.  But I guess that's okay, since she's my favourite female seiyuu right now..

Anyway, I've been watching some Gintama and GTO lately.  Funny stuff.  I need some laughs after finishing Toradora.

Also, after reading 2 chapters of Tegami Bachi (Letter Bee) I reccomend it.  I don't normally read adventure manga but this one just seemed to reel me in naturally.  I also don't think I can wait any longer for the next chapter of Mirai Nikki...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 01, 2009, 12:51:43 AM
Currently watching Tora-Dora, probably the best romantic comedy that's come out in quite some time.

Yeahh, I finished that a couple days ago.  Somehow I've ended up unintentionally watching at least 5 anime that have Shana's/Taiga's VA.  But I guess that's okay, since she's my favourite female seiyuu right now..

Anyway, I've been watching some Gintama and GTO lately.  Funny stuff.  I need some laughs after finishing Toradora.



Ahh, what'd you think about the ending? Personally I'm glad they didn't just leave Takasu hanging like I expected.


Gintama is hilarious, but I'm not a big fan of GTO I never liked the main character all too much.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 01, 2009, 01:12:07 AM
Well first of all the ending seemed like it was a bit rushed.  The pace seemed to bump up to irregular speeds during the last two episodes.  It was overwhelming, but pretty awesome nonetheless.  And I don't know what happened, but I started to not care about Taiga/Ryuji after they realized how much they care for each other.  Somehow, Minori whored all my pity onto her and I was just interested in learning more about what would happen to her(and Ami) .  So I kind of spoiled the ending for myself because all my pity for Minori took all my attention away from Takasu.  I know the ending was good and I was expecting it to end the way it did and I was pretty sure that I would feel happy, but I just kind of felt indifferent.  My confused feelings led me to watch some funny shit. Heh.

Maybe I'll rewatch it again in a year or so when I forget what happens.  I want proper feelings!

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 01, 2009, 01:42:31 AM
Well first of all the ending seemed like it was a bit rushed.  The pace seemed to bump up to irregular speeds during the last two episodes.  It was overwhelming, but pretty awesome nonetheless.  And I don't know what happened, but I started to not care about Taiga/Ryuji after they realized how much they care for each other.  Somehow, Minori whored all my pity onto her and I was just interested in learning more about what would happen to her(and Ami) .  So I kind of spoiled the ending for myself because all my pity for Minori took all my attention away from Takasu.  I know the ending was good and I was expecting it to end the way it did and I was pretty sure that I would feel happy, but I just kind of felt indifferent.  My confused feelings led me to watch some funny shit. Heh.

Maybe I'll rewatch it again in a year or so when I forget what happens.  I want proper feelings!




Haha, yeah that can happen. I liked Minori more than Taiga overall she was a pretty interesting character. I wish they developed the Ami/Takasu angle more it felt like her story was kind of pushed aside there toward the end.


Speaking of funny, have you seen School Rumble or Welcome to the NHK? Those are pretty much the epitome of funny to me.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 01, 2009, 02:24:47 AM
Nope, I haven't unfortunately.  I've heard good things about School Rumble and have read like half of the Welcome to the NHK manga, though.

I believe you have just made the final push for me to add two more anime in my large backlog of anime to watch with just that last sentence.

So that makes 5 anime I am currently watching, 12 that I plan to watch, and 6 that are on hold.  Not to mention the shitload of manga I have to take care of.  Oh, how I wish it was summer...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 01, 2009, 02:32:36 AM
Yeah, couldn't agree more, I have so much stuff to watch. Not to mention series I've already started watching that I'd like to finish...the list goes on and on.


Oh! I totally forgot about Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu, that series is absolutely hilarious!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 02, 2009, 06:26:10 PM
Ahh, a day off from school.  The grade 9s and 10s have Literacy Tests.  :D

Managed to sit on my ass ALL day and kill of at least half of Shakugan No Shana Second.

Also read some more Tegami Bachi.  Shit is good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 02, 2009, 10:34:03 PM
Kanon 2006 fucking sucks. Dropped it after 5 episodes.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 02, 2009, 11:54:32 PM
Kanon 2006 fucking sucks. Dropped it after 5 episodes.

Rofl, I heard the same thing that's why I didn't bother.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on April 03, 2009, 11:21:50 AM
Bullshit. Kanon 2006 is amazing.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 03, 2009, 01:08:25 PM
Bullshit. Kanon 2006 is amazing.

I see from your avatar that you like Monster, definitely one of the greatest manga/anime I've ever seen. Although I felt that the story kind of dragged at parts and sometimes it had trouble living up to its premise sort of like deathnote post L.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on April 03, 2009, 02:59:03 PM
That's definitely not Monster dude. That's Ryo Saeba, of City Hunter fame. As much as I appreciate Monster, City Hunter's by far a finer series. ^^
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 03, 2009, 09:27:49 PM
I fucking love Clannad. I thought AIR was above average. But for the love of God, I cannot get into Kanon because I want to beat up the whole fucking cast.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 04, 2009, 12:07:24 AM
That's definitely not Monster dude. That's Ryo Saeba, of City Hunter fame. As much as I appreciate Monster, City Hunter's by far a finer series. ^^

Holy crap! Tenma looks almost exactly like him. I've actually never seen/ heard of that series, I'll have to look it up on ANN.


Air was definitely awesome and had a lot of interesting twists intermixed.

I'm only about 5 episodes in to the first season of Clannad but so far it's pretty interesting, it seems like it has a pretty stereotypical cast though, but I'll wait to judge until I've seen them more developed

*** Just ANN'd it, they don't look very much alike apart from the picture you chose. I see why I hadn't heard of it, since it came out in the late 80's haha.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 04, 2009, 01:11:33 AM
Ahh, so close to finally finishing Black Cat manga.  So fuckin' tired though.  I don't think I can take in any more information today...

Also, I've never heard of any of the stuffs above except for clannad. :S  I shall look up tomorrow... sleepy times.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 05, 2009, 04:00:12 AM
Ahh, so close to finally finishing Black Cat manga.  So fuckin' tired though.  I don't think I can take in any more information today...

Also, I've never heard of any of the stuffs above except for clannad. :S  I shall look up tomorrow... sleepy times.


I'm not a fan of Black Cat, as far as shonen manga go it was second rate and cliche in many aspects and the story developed exactly as I expected. Although the art was very well done, great to look at.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 05, 2009, 04:00:16 PM
Yeah I know, eh. As I read more and more manga, my rating for it goes lower and lower. But I just love the characters too much.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 05, 2009, 04:41:01 PM
I liked the guy with the eye patch and the thief girl, not sure about their names anymore, but they were pretty cool.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 05, 2009, 08:18:34 PM
Sven and Rinslet Walker. :P

Finally finished.  I want that possibility of a part 2 to become a reality, Yabuki Kentaro.  Stop drawing your silly To Love-Ru and get workin' on it.  I feel empty. Of course that'll probably never happen.  It's been 5 years.

Anyway, now that that is over and done with I can move on.  Not sure what to though...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 05, 2009, 08:49:03 PM
Sven and Rinslet Walker. :P

Finally finished.  I want that possibility of a part 2 to become a reality, Yabuki Kentaro.  Stop drawing your silly To Love-Ru and get workin' on it.  I feel empty. Of course that'll probably never happen.  It's been 5 years.

Anyway, now that that is over and done with I can move on.  Not sure what to though...

To Love-Ru definitely has it's moments but sometimes the ecchi humor gets old, wish they'd change up the jokes a bit. If you're looking for manga to read my list of recommendations is endless haha. Just tell me a genre, I'm sure I could come up with something
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 05, 2009, 10:11:26 PM
I like what I've read of To-LOVE-ru. Maybe it's because it's my kind of manga, but yeah, I like it. If it wasn't for the good art, it wouldn't be worth reading.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 05, 2009, 11:11:04 PM
Yes.  To LOVE-ru is fine for me.  Kirisaki Kyoko and Eve are two of my favourite characters from Black Cat and having them spiritually reappear in this manga as Kirisaki Kyoko and Yami are good little bonuses. :p

Also, fuck Lala and Haruna.  Yui Kotegawa all the way.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 05, 2009, 11:43:16 PM


Also, fuck Lala and Haruna.  Yui Kotegawa all the way.



Totally, she's easily the best. The valentine's chapter was probably the best yet.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on April 06, 2009, 12:44:50 PM
Watched the last episode of Gundam 00 Season 2, and await the movie with tepid enthusiasm. Not sure what it is about the series that makes me like it, but not really care that much. Even Gundam SEED Destiny, of which I am not a huge fan, made me want to watch the episode each week, if only to wonder what else they could fuck up. But Gundam 00 ended up being like my Sunday night distraction. I loved it WHILE watching the episodes but before and after I was lukewarm. Still, much better than Gundam's last showing, as silly as some of the concepts are. Unfortunately, the director didn't quite live up to Code Geass on this one.

On the upside, you do fall in love with some of the characters, specifically in the first season.

Today, I watched the first episode of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. I loved the first series despite it's flaws (i.e. a movie that, aside from some of the action, was not al that satisfying) and I hope this reimagining can keep the same sort of feeling!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on April 06, 2009, 01:36:01 PM
I'd have watched FMA Brotherhood already, but, uhh, pay attention to the ads on the right.

For everyone that doesn't care to cycle through or is blocking them: Funimation will be streaming the series starting April 9th. Being that responsive has amazed me enough that I'd rather just support the effort.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on April 06, 2009, 02:31:38 PM
Watched some of that new Mazinger Z (or as much of it as I could make out considering how much black and dark red was in the episode).

Also watched some Dragon Ball Kai. The first episode covered events up to Krillian getting punted into a wall by Goku's brother (I'll need another episode to call it but so far it looks to be a vast improvement over the original version).

Also also watched FMA:B's opening and ending, but I'm going hold off on watching the episode proper until Funimation's broadcast.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 06, 2009, 11:45:40 PM
Read first two chapters of Jisatsu (Suicide) Club.  Had to stop because my younger sister kept lingering around me... it seems that every other page has to show those nude photos of the 14-year old main character.  I understand already.  She sells her body for her father's sake. Heh.

Other than that, watched some (what I thought was unwatched) episodes of D.Gray-man.  It's been a while since I watched an episode.  It seems I've already seen all 3 of the ones I watched...  It's all good shit though.  I still watched it completely.  Probably one of my favourite shonen anime and manga next to Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!, which I need to catch up on...

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 07, 2009, 12:06:50 AM
Gankutsuou is my new God.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on April 07, 2009, 12:17:43 AM
Started watching Ranma 1/2 from the beginning.  Good stuff, still my favorite anime / manga ever.

Awesome.  Isn't that a really long series?

I pulled out an old favorite as well, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers.  Fun stuff.

Oh, yeah.  Seven seasons.  All of Rumiko Takahashi's series are fucking long.  Inu Yasha and Maison Ikkoku are also fucking long.  But Ranma and Maison Ikkoku, unlike Inu Yasha, are worth watching.  :P
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 07, 2009, 12:23:52 AM
Every single episode of Inu Yasha is the same thing. He occasionally learns a new move, whoop-de-do.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 07, 2009, 01:22:31 AM
Gankutsuou is my new God.

Gankutsuou... I tried to watch that once.  But then I fell asleep (not because it was boring, I was just really tired).  It's been sitting on my Plan To Watch list on MAL.  The art was really interesting.  I'm pretty awake right now, so I guess I'll dive in. :P


Episode 1 complete.  Well, it was pretty interesting.  Not sure what else to say 'til I get further but I must prioritize unfinished anime over it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 07, 2009, 01:30:12 AM
Gankutsuou is my new God.

Gankutsuou... I tried to watch that once.  But then I fell asleep (not because it was boring, I was just really tired).  It's been sitting on my Plan To Watch list on MAL.  The art was really interesting.  I'm pretty awake right now, so I guess I'll dive in. :P


Episode 1 complete.  Well, it was pretty interesting.  Not sure what else to say 'til I get further but I must prioritize unfinished anime over it.


The art...oh man the art. I just love the way they used patterns as the characters clothing and hair! Shifting them with the view and what not, it's so unique. Also the story and the voice acting are both top notch...aka the whole series is great xD
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on April 07, 2009, 02:50:58 AM
Oh, yeah.  Seven seasons.  All of Rumiko Takahashi's series are fucking long.  Inu Yasha and Maison Ikkoku are also fucking long.  But Ranma and Maison Ikkoku, unlike Inu Yasha, are worth watching.  :P

So's Urusei Yatsura! Well, worth reading anyway, as that's all I can fairly comment on. Heck it sounds to me like the Ranma anime's better ignored in favor of the manga actually, and from all I've heard and my limited experience only UY has movies worth watching.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 07, 2009, 02:58:11 PM
Yeah, watch Gankutsuou ASAP. I'd say it's an easy entry for a top 25 list.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 07, 2009, 06:26:05 PM
Finished Shakugan no Shana Second.  I just want to hear Shana say the words.  That's all I demand.  :P

Gonna try to finish D.Gray-man and Nabari no Ou ASAP, then pick between Black Lagoon and Gankutsuou afterward. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 07, 2009, 11:54:27 PM
Finished Shakugan no Shana Second.  I just want to hear Shana say the words.  That's all I demand.  :P

Gonna try to finish D.Gray-man and Nabari no Ou ASAP, then pick between Black Lagoon and Gankutsuou afterward. 

I've been interested in Black Lagoon for a while now but I haven't got around to watching it, too many other things. From what I've heard though it's pretty good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 08, 2009, 01:26:36 AM
Finished D.Gray-man. Cross Marian is the shit.  Favourite Jump Series ever. Sucks that there's no more anime; it just kinda stopped.  At least the manga's still goin' at it. Now I gotta start tackling the 12 volumes of D.Gray-man manga that my sister got for Christmas...

I have a bone to pick with the last couple episodes though.  Not enough people died.  That level 4 should have raped them hard.  Things are just too convenient in Shonen stuffs...  Oh well. At least there were a bunch of supporting characters that died in a few episodes. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 08, 2009, 01:32:32 AM
Finished D.Gray-man. Cross Marian is the shit.  Favourite Jump Series ever. Sucks that there's no more anime; it just kinda stopped.  At least the manga's still goin' at it. Now I gotta start tackling the 12 volumes of D.Gray-man manga that my sister got for Christmas...

I have a bone to pick with the last couple episodes though.  Not enough people died.  That level 4 should have raped them hard.  Things are just too convenient in Shonen stuffs...  Oh well. At least there were a bunch of supporting characters that died in a few episodes. 


If you like it when even the most important people die, give Gantz a go, the manga is my second favorite all time and the anime's no slouch either, but it ends a lot sooner in the series than the manga.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 08, 2009, 04:58:22 PM
Finished D.Gray-man. Cross Marian is the shit.  Favourite Jump Series ever. Sucks that there's no more anime; it just kinda stopped.  At least the manga's still goin' at it. Now I gotta start tackling the 12 volumes of D.Gray-man manga that my sister got for Christmas...

I have a bone to pick with the last couple episodes though.  Not enough people died.  That level 4 should have raped them hard.  Things are just too convenient in Shonen stuffs...  Oh well. At least there were a bunch of supporting characters that died in a few episodes. 


If you like it when even the most important people die, give Gantz a go, the manga is my second favorite all time and the anime's no slouch either, but it ends a lot sooner in the series than the manga.

Will do.

What's your first favourite?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 08, 2009, 08:26:45 PM

Will do.

What's your first favourite?


Suzuka - Had the most realistic relationships I've ever seen in a manga.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 08, 2009, 09:17:07 PM

Will do.

What's your first favourite?


Suzuka - Had the most realistic relationships I've ever seen in a manga.

?!?!  Seriously?!??!

I fuckin' love that manga.  I have like 70 chapters to go.  One of the main reasons I'm surprised was that I only ran into Suzuka by accident after lookin' up the author of another manga I read, Kimi no Iru Machi.  I instantly put Kimi no Iru Machi on hold in favour of reading Suzuka (not that the former is bad or anything). :p 
That mangaka just may be my favourite one besides Yabuki Kentaro but I'll have to see how Princess Lucia does first.

But yeah, Suzuka knocks out #4 or 5 on my top 5 and I'm not even finished reading it yet o_O (although, I probably haven't read enough manga to justify having a top 5 list :p)

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 08, 2009, 09:55:21 PM

Easily dude.

Princess Lucia's first chapter was alright, it's coming out like bi-monthly or something like that though so it'll take a while to find out.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 08, 2009, 10:04:06 PM
So.. every two months?

Man, that is torture. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 08, 2009, 10:52:57 PM
You like Suzuka?! That's my favorite genre and I detested it. I gave up on the 3rd episode of the anime. >.> I just think Suzuka is a little cunt and I couldn't be bothered to go on any further.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 08, 2009, 11:16:15 PM
Yeah she is, but she's a vulnerable cunt! xD haha yeah I can see why some people would drop it because of that. The manga is a lot better than the anime though.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 08, 2009, 11:23:41 PM
I will probably never watch the Suzuka anime.  Ichigo 100% was the first manga I've ever read and completed (I read one volume of Dragon Ball before :p)  and I thought, "Oh, there's an anime adaptation! I shall watch it!"

No.  I gave up less than halfway through the first episode.  I fear the same will happen for Suzuka.  Heh.
If there's a 20 something episode anime adaptation for a manga that goes on for at least 100 something chapters, I probably will not watch it.  I don't like seeing things being compressed that much.  (Black Cat is an exception for me because I watched the anime first :p)


Anyway, I finished Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal and Samurai X: Reflection.  I love Kenshin.  I really wish I knew where my Rurouni Kenshin discs are so that I can rewatch.  I finished it 5 years ago... when I was 12.  I don't think I paid good enough attention back then. :/  I need to read the manga someday as well.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on April 09, 2009, 04:22:24 PM
Anyway, I finished watching Lucky Star.  I fucking love that shit.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 09, 2009, 04:28:38 PM
Yeah, most of the time if the anime doesn't go as far as the manga it's not as good. I've had very few examples otherwise. Also even if they do they're often plagued by an excess of filler arcs that matter not.


Lucky star is pretty funny, it's also cool to see an otaku heroine in the mainstream anime scene.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 09, 2009, 06:27:44 PM
Finished Suicide Circle. Pretty good short manga. Pretty fucked.  I kinda want to watch the movie.  It's supposedly really different except for the mass suicide at the train station but even then there are two pretty big differences in the outcome of the mass suicide.

20 episodes into Nabari no Ou and surprised to find that Rie Kugimiya voices Miharu, the main character.  Kagura, Taiga, Shana, and Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière just sounded so similar that I assumed it was her natural voice.  :P
I gotta check how she voiced Alphonse Elric when I get to fma...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on April 10, 2009, 12:48:41 AM
I tried watching the new FMA on Funimation's site, and it needs to load up the buffer basically every 10 seconds. I'll try again in a few days and see if it was just congestion.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 10, 2009, 06:33:36 AM
Speaking of a new FMA, I also heard a new DBZ is airing in Japan under Dragonball Kai.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 10, 2009, 01:36:22 PM
Yeahh I seriously want to watch that.  I think I'll do so soon.

EDIT: Finished ep 1.
Man, Goku's japanese VA is like 73 now.  I'm not sure if I can tolerate this for 100 episodes. :P

I didn't realize this until now, but I think the original Dragon Ball might be my favourite of the 3.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 10, 2009, 03:43:05 PM
Yeah, I really liked the original. DBZ just got worse as it went on.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on April 11, 2009, 12:11:12 AM
Somebody posted a link (I think on here) about a guy who was in a death metal by night, but was a normal guy who wanted to write pop songs by day.....

Anyone know which anime I'm talking about?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 11, 2009, 12:14:11 AM
I think I know exactly what you're talking about.  It's in a thread about someone who had a breakup and wanted to watch an anime that didn't have to do too much with romance.  I can't believe I remember that.  Haha.

EDIT:

If you're too lazy to check, I checked for you. I'm pretty sure it's this one: Detroit Metal City.

EDIT x2:

Not sure where to find streams though.  You're on your own if you're lookin' to watch it on the interwebs.  :P
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 11, 2009, 03:15:31 PM
Somebody posted a link (I think on here) about a guy who was in a death metal by night, but was a normal guy who wanted to write pop songs by day.....

Anyone know which anime I'm talking about?

it might be Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, that's the only thing I can think of
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on April 11, 2009, 03:29:43 PM
Definitely not Beck. I'm a big fan of that, and metal figures into it very rarely. Detroit Metal City sounds about right.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 11, 2009, 04:16:27 PM
Almost done volume 2 of Gantz after kaelkale's recommendation; liking it a lot so far.

Quote
Dog
Kurono
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0 pts
n0 5killz
+00 mvch T0nGv3-w4gg1ng
+00 m4ny b0n3rz fr0m sT4r1ng 47 Titz
+00 mvch T41L-w4gg1ng

Fuckin' priceless.  Want to read more but I have things to do.  sadface.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on April 11, 2009, 04:18:52 PM
No, I tracked it down, it's Detroit Metal City - which is hilarious.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 11, 2009, 04:37:21 PM
Almost done volume 2 of Gantz after kaelkale's recommendation; liking it a lot so far.

Quote
Dog
Kurono
0 pts
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n0 5killz
+00 mvch T0nGv3-w4gg1ng
+00 m4ny b0n3rz fr0m sT4r1ng 47 Titz
+00 mvch T41L-w4gg1ng

Fuckin' priceless.  Want to read more but I have things to do.  sadface.



xDDD Yeah I know it's great
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 11, 2009, 07:54:45 PM
New chapter of to-LOVE-ru today and what a strange chapter it was.

I think I'm going to starve myself of to-LOVE-ru for a bit like I've done for a while now so that I can read it in bursts.  I hate reading only one chapter of anything and having to wait for the next chapter (Mirai Nikki is an exception... I just CAN'T resist and its usually so good that I don't regret it :D)  This is also why I'm stalling in continuing stuff like Kimi no Iru Machi, Ga-rei, and Letter Bee...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 11, 2009, 09:03:30 PM
New chapter of to-LOVE-ru today and what a strange chapter it was.

I think I'm going to starve myself of to-LOVE-ru for a bit like I've done for a while now so that I can read it in bursts.  I hate reading only one chapter of anything and having to wait for the next chapter (Mirai Nikki is an exception... I just CAN'T resist and its usually so good that I don't regret it :D)  This is also why I'm stalling in continuing stuff like Kimi no Iru Machi, Ga-rei, and Letter Bee...



Yeah I have a ton of manga chapters to read weekly and it gets annoying trying to keep up with them. That's why I try to find series that are completed to start and read from beginning to end. Parts in the manga are much more emotionally profound when you're fresh off the last chapter, it's hard to keep it imprinted in your mind after a week when you read too many.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 11, 2009, 11:40:38 PM
Congratulations, Suzuka.  You may have just knocked Ichigo 100% out of that special place in my heart where I keep little high school romance manga such as yourself.

Ahh, I think I should just give up on these high school life manga.  It makes me a bit sad.  I'm nearing the end of my third year already and it feels like I've done nothing but halfheartedly study and hang out with Mary Jane.

But fuck, Suzuka.  God damn it.  Okay, I'm not sure what to do now.  Maybe... something productive.  Ahh, I hate this feeling.  It's the same feeling I got after finishing Ichigo 100% and Toradora!.  I don't know how to describe it though.  Ah well, I'll bare with it... somehow.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on April 12, 2009, 03:53:05 PM
Finished reading the first three volumes of The Five Star Stories. Holy fuck this is epic.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: sakuragen on April 12, 2009, 05:34:05 PM
I write movie reviews for a mates site (franklymrshankly.com)
Thought you might be interested in my review of Wings of Honneamise

'In 1988 the most important film to increase Western awareness of Japanese animation - anime - was released. It's name was Akira, and it was a marvel. A loud, brash re-creation of post-apocalyptic Tokyo. It was filled with young motorbike riding punks, tremendous explosions and a vibrant, adult animation unlike anything seen before. It deserves its place in cinema history. But, sixteen months before Akira, an anime was released of equal importance and quality. Unfortunately, it was also a bit of a flop and struggled to make money at the ticket booths. It's name was Wings of Honneamise (1987), and damn if it ain't still to this day one of the best anime movies ever released.

Bandai in the early 80's were well known for making toys and plastic models for the Japanese marketplace. The ever-expanding anime scene caught their eye, and so decided to jump in feet-first into producing an animated film. Unusually, the project was given to Daicon Film, a group who consisted of young men who, until recently, were amateur college students. To make the film they created a production studio house which they would name temporarily - or so they thought - Gainax.

Gainax put their heart and soul into the project creating animation far superior to anything seen before. Characters were drawn realistically and multiple machinery were extremely detailed and intricate. An enormous amount of time was put into making sure absolutely everything was right - but time means money. It's fair to say that Bandai didn't know exactly what they had let themselves in for, and Gainax had no idea how to control a budget. But boy...what magic they created....

Honneamise is a fictional kingdom that finds itself at war with its neighbour. A distraction is the Royal Space Force, a military arm that for 30 years has attempted to reach the outer atmosphere. They were something of a laughing-stock in the eyes of the public, never amounting to much, their rockets failing to reach their target. Enter the previously dumb and lazy Shirotsugh Lhadatt, who volunteers to be a Space Pilot. He is moved by the words of a local religious girl, Riqunni Nonderaiko, who preaches the words of God and asks for people to meet her in spiritual meetings. And thus begins a slow, magnificent, temperate story that dwells in the memory long after viewing. Not only one of the best anime ever, not only one of the best animations ever, but one of the best films ever. Period.

It's a work of stunning beauty, tranquil, thoughtful. Full of characters faults, contradictions, greatness and what it means to be human. Half-way through the running time there is one disturbingly controversial scene. I won't go into it here, but leave it for the viewer to make their own evaluation. Needless to say these characters are not black and white, and this is especially pertinent to Shiro. His and Riqunni's relationship is awkward and flawed and cannot be called romantic in the usual sense. However, rather than put you off, this makes the film only the greater - you may dislike certain aspects of what is shown, but you certainly can't ignore it. Psycho-analysts would have a field day studying these two characters.

As well as superd animation the music is fantastic. The haunting and trippy score was created by Ryuichi Sakamoto, who in the same year co-wrote the Oscar-winning score for Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987). It goes to show that every aspect of the film was created to be the best it could possibly be.

However, the public certainly weren't ready for the picture when first released and Bandai lost a TON of money on the project. The one place where it did become something of a cult hit was the UK in the  early 90s. Riding the crestwave of Akira's success, the newly formed Manga Entertainment released it on video and even as a limited theaterical run. It received high critical praise, featured on the cover of Manga Mania magazine and, strangely, for a few months as a poster image upon the wall of a school office featured in 'Hollyoaks'. Wings... influence would gather momentum over time.Now, over 20 years later, Wings... has been released by Bandai's new Honneamise label. Named in respect of their debut feature of which the group is immensely proud. I'm sure many will be aware that Gainax too went on to even greater things, Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) being most noteworthy achievement.

The picture and sound is much improved on the previous Manga Entertainment release but does lose many of that discs additional features. Manga... included a filmmakers commentary, full music score with many production drawings, and a Pilot Film.  This release features a lone trailer, the Pilot Film and an admittedly well-detailed twenty page booklet. The Pilot Film was created by Gainax to show Bandai what themes and artistry they could produce for Wings... and, although only five minutes long, is of interest. However, this is still the copy to buy due to the excellant film transfer.

Do be aware Wings... is fairly difficult to get hold of and a UK release doesn't appear to be on the cards yet, but it's well worth the effort.

Royal Space Force; The Wings of Honneamise is released by Bandai Honneamise as a Combi-Blu-ray/Region One (US) DVD box set.'
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 12, 2009, 05:37:04 PM
kaelkale.

If you ever read this, burn in hell.  Lmao.
Look at what you've done.
   Noon. I wake up. Eat.  
   Move to computer, ready to start my PowerPoint presentation. I decide to watch one episode of Black Lagoon.
   20 minutes later.  I start reading GANTZ. Hell begins.
   1 hour later.  After reading a couple volumes of Gantz,w alked to my uncle's place to setup his computers.  Walked back home.
   2 hours later.  Sat on my ass, reading Gantz.
   3 hours later.  Took the dog for a walk.  Came back.  Sat on my ass to read some Gantz.
   4 hours later.  Still sitting on my ass, reading Gantz.

Needless to say, I have absolutely no restraint and it seems the soul has been sucked right out of me.  Also, Kurono is one horny motherfucker.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 12, 2009, 07:11:30 PM
kaelkale.

If you ever read this, burn in hell.  Lmao.
Look at what you've done.
   Noon. I wake up. Eat.  
   Move to computer, ready to start my PowerPoint presentation. I decide to watch one episode of Black Lagoon.
   20 minutes later.  I start reading GANTZ. Hell begins.
   1 hour later.  After reading a couple volumes of Gantz,w alked to my uncle's place to setup his computers.  Walked back home.
   2 hours later.  Sat on my ass, reading Gantz.
   3 hours later.  Took the dog for a walk.  Came back.  Sat on my ass to read some Gantz.
   4 hours later.  Still sitting on my ass, reading Gantz.

Needless to say, I have absolutely no restraint and it seems the soul has been sucked right out of me.  Also, Kurono is one horny motherfucker.





Hahahaha that's exactly what I did once I started reading it. I was so hooked that I didn't do anything until I was caught up with the releases.


And yeah he definitely is, have you gotten to the part where him and that girl randomly do it in the Gantz room hallway? That was pretty ridiculous.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hidoshi on April 12, 2009, 07:35:22 PM
Some comments on your review, sakuragen:

It's well-informed and I can tell you've done your research. I'm acquainted with most of the background you list and the events surrounding Honneamise's production. However, I'm concerned with two major elements in your writing.

Firstly, you use a lot of casual expression which hinders the thoughtful tone that your review otherwise carries. Statements like "Now, over 20 years later, Wings... has" sounds very awkward (ellipses are not a replacement for full titles), and "But boy...what magic they created...." cause the review on the whole to suffer, because you're using ellipses (a very big faux pas in editorial and review writing unless used sparingly), and because it sounds too fannish.

That leads me to my second concern. You seem to be selling the product rather than reviewing it, a common mistake for most amateur reviewers. I know I've done this, and I've seen it across the board. The fact is that even if you love something to death, it's better to put that aside and view it more objectively for review purposes. In addition to your own viewpoint, you still need to represent that of a wider scope for the review to be effective.

Honneamise is a favourite in my own books. I love the character designs, the attention to world-building, and the characterisation. However, the pacing is a severe flaw on the part of the director. In the end, the movie is not just slow, but draws the average viewer into boredom with its quietude. It's a gorgeous movie to be sure, but it's the farthest thing from exciting most of the time. Only the first half hour and last twenty minutes are truly invigorating, and that doesn't bode well for a film.

Here however, you've put the onus on the public. That it somehow wasn't "ready" for this film. I disagree immensely with this practice. It's a director's responsibility to present his work with integrity, but in a medium meant to communicate, failure to put your message or story across in a way that interacts with the audience is a failure on the part of the creator. Commercial art is about communication, and that's where Honneamise falls flat on its face.

In addition, using Akira to open is quite weak in my opinion. Here is where the audience does factor in heavily. More and more, the movie adaptation of Akira is falling out of favour for being trite and superficial. It's gorgeous and a stellar example of animation to be sure, but its actual storyline is a pale reflection of its source material, and it lacks any character development outside of Tetsuro's. Even then, his character development is fairly two-dimensional, and never gets fleshed out beyond a few short instances with his would-be girlfriend or his relationship with Kaneda.

I like your informed style, I think you know your anime history and industry facts well. But I would be careful of style and how your represent yourself. Don't try to sell a product with a review, try to analyse it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 13, 2009, 01:21:04 AM
Yeah.  Lmao.  I wonder how old she was.  Kurono is only 15...

187 chapters into Gantz and I still can't get over the deaths of Homo and that sniper guy; sniper guy was badass.  And it was always funny times with Homo.

Also, it seems that my cousin has fallen into some sort of manga.  His mom(my aunt)'s friend's daughter, 1 year older than me, goes to the same highschool as my cousin, 1 year younger than me.  The daughter moved far from the school, but didn't want to change schools since she's in her final year.  My aunt's friend then proposes that the daughter move in with my aunt to finish highschool.  My aunt says okay. 
In short, my cousin seems to have fallen in love with this person that moved in.  HAH! 
I can't wait 'til I go visit him again.  Should be fun.  :D

I hope he doesn't randomly decide to register in these forums anytime soon... :P
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 14, 2009, 12:18:01 AM
Yeah the sniper guy was pretty awesome. What chapter have you gotten to now? There are some pretty sad deaths later on
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 14, 2009, 12:27:55 AM
I'm caught up.  295 right?  God, I just found out it was bi-weekly.  I'm gonna die. :P

Which deaths in particular were you referring to?  The only death I can remember hating was Yamazaki's, that Osaka chick. She would've been my favourite female character. :(
And I can't believe that one Osaka nympho guy got naked and came in that woman-orgy monster's mouth.  That was the fuckin' best. Lmao.

My character ranking so far:
Kurono > Kaze > Reika > Samurai Host (Vampire guy; can only remember the name Gantz gave him. Heh) > Nishi

Also, your favourite fight .  Which was it?
Mine is definitely Chapter 203-205, Kaze vs Stoneguy.  That was fuckin' epic. I was laughing with them 'cause it was that damn good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 14, 2009, 06:59:14 AM
Gantz is only at 295? I stopped 2 years ago when I caught up (just before Part 2 started.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 14, 2009, 02:03:26 PM
I'll think about it when I'm at work and get back to you when I'm home, right now it's probably Kurono vs. the Buddhist statues.

dalucifer0 yeah it's only at 295, the bi-weekly stuff is killer when you're caught up.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 14, 2009, 11:07:12 PM
So I was a retard last year and stopped watching Eureka Seven because I didn't want it to end. Lmao.
 I'm going to try to finish it before going on to the next season of Black Lagoon (which is pretty god damn awesome) but I don't really remember much...  Ahh, so stupid I am.

Also bumped into some manga, Helen ESP.  Interesting little thing though there's only one chapter so far..
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 14, 2009, 11:58:42 PM
The guy who murdered all those people in the street. I didn't expect him to die, thought he was going to be some arch-nemesis type thing to Kurono. Speaking of Kurono I definitely wasn't expecting him to die either.


And yeah the buddha fight is still definitely my favorite. Also the one with the 100 pointer was pretty awesome too.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 15, 2009, 12:31:31 AM
Izumi... I started to like him a bit after Nishi came back but his death ruined it all.  I didn't think he'd actually die though, either; I was expecting to see him come back to the apartment all nice and fine. :P

OH.  Butter dog.  Damn Kurono, thinking about Katou and Kishimoto, can't even think about Butter Dog. :(
OH.  Hoi-Hoi.  Seems he died too. :(  I still can't believe he got 38 points in Osaka while everyone else got shit all.  Lmao.

But guy, it seriously seemed like a fuckin' war in Italy.  I was hoping they'd stay a bit longer to be honest, but that would probably result in all their deaths... :/
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 15, 2009, 12:47:07 AM
Hoi hoi is so dominant.

Yeah it really did.

Do you like how they started bringing in gantz people from all over the world and how they're like being mass produced. That factory was crazy stuff
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 15, 2009, 12:53:41 AM
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Do you like how they started bringing in gantz people from all over the world and how they're like being mass produced. That factory was crazy stuff

Yeah, I do.  But that's mainly because I like seeing them die.  :D  If any of them somehow become main characters, I don't think I'd like it too much.  Go team Tokyo !  Heh.

And yeahh, they need to get back to that detective-like guy or whatever asap 'cause I wanna know what's goin' on.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 15, 2009, 02:13:49 PM
Yeah they do need to get back to that guy. And the whole being on the verge of the apocalypse thing is pretty cool too, I hope they do more with that
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 15, 2009, 09:18:43 PM
Anyone know any good completed manga?  I can usually read anything.  Except for mecha stuff.  Every single manga I'm reading is publishing still so I'm lookin' to kill some time when I'm not watching anime.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ithunn on April 15, 2009, 10:10:10 PM
I decided to stop loligagging and watched s.CRY.ed. Finished it in three days because I swallowed all of its deliciousness. There were some issues in pacing, though I noticed that the lag was contingent to intensive flashback episodes. Otherwise, the characters' relations and developments were all too intriguing to sweep under the carpet. As I just said on another message board: I have been converted to an s.CRY.ed fangirl.

My knowledge of anime is extremely piss-poor and limited. Supposedly it's "shonen," so it has whatever negative pigeon'held connotations that go with it. But I felt like regardless of its essential super-hero quality, it managed to balance emotional moments with divergent scenes. Good stuffs.

I was recommended to watch.. Busou Renkin (?) I think I'll start watching some of that tonight. I'm also contantly pressured to watch Bleach, but its sheer accumulation of episodes and my dislike for its pacing (based off of the first three episodes, what?) . . .  sorta overloads my tolerance threshold. I don't want to be exhausted watching something that feels never-ending like General Hospital and All My Children (good stuffs also though . . .)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 15, 2009, 10:26:00 PM
I was in a similar situation as your Bleach one. Around Spring of last year I really wanted to watch One Piece.  So I did.  I caught up before school started in September somehow.  I'm never going to do anything like that again.  So many episodes...  scary.

Busou Renkin is alright.  It's made by the creator of Rurouni Kenshin (My first and one of my favourite Anime).  Thinking back, I think it was pretty cheesy. :P
But it was around when I began watching anime so it seemed pretty cool at the time.  Definitely worth a check.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 15, 2009, 11:58:23 PM
Busou Renkin's female lead (Tokiko I think) is probably one of the best I've ever seen. But Kazuki completely drops the ball and is generic in every way as far as male leads go.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 16, 2009, 11:46:58 PM
Woah new Gantz.  What a pleasant surprise.

That is why Nishi is one of my favourite characters. :D

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CDFN on April 17, 2009, 09:37:18 AM
I'm reading a book called the girl with fire in her eyes. Shana... something. It's nice.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 17, 2009, 02:28:47 PM
Geop, I'd recommend Pretty Face. It's short (52 chapters), but I found it really enjoyable.

Started Noir. I saw about ten episodes 4-5 years ago and never finished it, so I'm starting over.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 17, 2009, 03:47:14 PM
I'm reading a book called the girl with fire in her eyes. Shana... something. It's nice.
Shakugan no Shana!  The anime adaptation is one of my favourite anime for some reason.  It's not that great but I love it. But does that mean the light novel was translated?  I never really looked it up before...

Pretty Face, huh?  I'll be sure to check that out.  Right now. :D
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 19, 2009, 01:11:20 PM
Pretty Face was awesome. It's by the same guy who did Mx0 and they both ended prematurely but they were both really good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CDFN on April 21, 2009, 07:58:10 AM
I'm reading a book called the girl with fire in her eyes. Shana... something. It's nice.
Shakugan no Shana!  The anime adaptation is one of my favourite anime for some reason.  It's not that great but I love it. But does that mean the light novel was translated?  I never really looked it up before...

Pretty Face, huh?  I'll be sure to check that out.  Right now. :D

Yup, it's in english, I already borrowed the anime from my brother, he's a total anime nut. Haven't see it yet though.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ithunn on April 22, 2009, 08:46:30 PM
I'll post my musings I made at another message board. Lazy, yeah. Sorry.

I am on.. episode 65 of Bleach.

This is an interesting anime for me. I find that the music, character interaction and dialogue is done very well. At times though, the dialogue can be very sappy, or exhaustive because I don't find some of the things they say to be realistic or contingent to the event.

But the pacing and fighting scenes are sooooooooooo boring. There's been a few fighting scenes that I really liked, such as Ichigo and Bakuraya [a user corrected the name: Byakuya. Clearly I am not good with names] Kuchiki, but because the pacing is so drawn out, there dialogue is too verbose and filler. I guess this rings true in some of the non-battles, such as when Inoue or some other chap constantly explains what's going on, whose power is what like a tutorial. B-o-r-i-n-g. Not to mention it's constantly repeated in pieces by other characters! Ugh.

Right now, I'd give it a 7/10.


. . .


Ahh. I'm not as interested in Aizen's failed plot-twist arc more than I am about Ichigo's bankai form and the fact that I think he's exactly what Aizen wants. I mean, since it seems that Ichigo is being hyped so much, as are his skills, by absolutely everyone in the anime, it seems like a logical deduction. Otherwise, there doesn't appear to be any way that the team could contend with an enemy of unending power.

I mean that half hollow mask that shows up. I suppose I'll take a week off from Bleach and continue with Berserk and Sayonara ZS.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 22, 2009, 11:37:33 PM
Episode 65 of Bleach. That might be when I dropped Bleach.  Definitely in the sixties, anyway.
Thanks for reminding me about Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.  I forgot that I started that a while back. :P

Hmm, well I finished Welcome to the NHK manga.  It wasn't an ending I was expecting but it was good nonetheless. 
Killed a volume of D.Gray-man.  Watched another episode of Lucky Star. 

Oh, and started Yankee-kun to Megane-chan. 

That is all.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on April 22, 2009, 11:57:50 PM
I just ignored Bleach once the Bount arc kicked off then picked it up when the filler ended. It was at its best in the first 20-ish episodes, but it's not terrible enough to make me want to stay away.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on April 23, 2009, 01:47:59 AM
I just ignored Bleach once the Bount arc kicked off then picked it up when the filler ended. It was at its best in the first 20-ish episodes, but it's not terrible enough to make me want to stay away.


This is exactly why I read the manga. Filler arcs don't exist
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on April 23, 2009, 02:05:09 PM
This is exactly why I read the manga. Filler arcs don't exist

That's true, at this point I'm watching because I conveniently found out just as the filler was ending and I get to see this animated.

Anyways! Rumiko Takahashi has started her new manga, Rin-ne, and Viz is simultaneously releasing it in English online, for free. (http://media.viz.com/flash/omv/index.php?x=rin_01)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 23, 2009, 11:53:46 PM
Wah, that's pretty cool.  I'm gonna read it later tonight.

EDIT: Oh yeah.  Didn't know a new GANTZ chapter was released.  One thing to say:
What the fuck!?

Oh wait, one more.
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Reika, you horny little bastard. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TurnBasedDude on April 25, 2009, 05:33:01 PM
Has anyone else been watching the new anime series, Eden of the East? I'm immensely enjoying it and leaves me wanting for me. First episode was hilarious and left a good impression, then I got into the whole mystery aspect of the show and kept me interested enough to keep me engaged. Only 3 episodes around so far, but I'm really digging it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 26, 2009, 10:11:54 AM
Still going through Noir. I'm through episode seven, and it's pretty dull so far.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on April 27, 2009, 02:04:02 AM
Has anyone else been watching the new anime series, Eden of the East? I'm immensely enjoying it and leaves me wanting for me. First episode was hilarious and left a good impression, then I got into the whole mystery aspect of the show and kept me interested enough to keep me engaged. Only 3 episodes around so far, but I'm really digging it.

I would definitely like to but I'm finding hard to find the time for all the shows I'm watching currently.

Speaking of which I'm currently watching....

FMAB (The third episode was almost lifted frame by frame from the manga with the exception of the fight with Cornello (i.e. there's a fight now though it's still short). Otherwise I'm waiting for the covering of the new ground.)
DBKai (Third episode in and Goku is dead. Like the show mentioned above a lot of the redundancy was removed (especially in the fight scenes) and the fights themselves are on perpetual fast forward otherwise its the same as before.)
The Haruhi-chan shorts (Funny as hell along with the other shorts starring the character who's name I can't think of at the moment.)
And some Tears to Tiara (Boring as hell though the villain actually seems somewhat more than generic. Only watching this though on the promise of Tentacle Rape without risking my internet connection by trying to torrent Queen's Blade.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on April 27, 2009, 03:31:37 AM
Episode 1.

Theme song is Oasis. Awesome

I need to see your Johnny. Awesome.

Eden of the East.  Awesome.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ULTROS! on May 01, 2009, 10:18:03 AM
Watched Paprika last weekend.

Paprika = awesome. Artsy, scientific, etc.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on May 01, 2009, 10:06:22 PM
Watched Paprika last weekend.

Paprika = awesome. Artsy, scientific, etc.


I definitely need to watch this, I've been hearing so much about it.


I read all of Pluto, it was pretty sweet. I liked their take on A.I. a lot.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on May 02, 2009, 05:30:02 PM
I'm not sure why I've waited so long, but I watched the first episode of Death Note today. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on May 02, 2009, 08:29:24 PM
If you want to take it seriously you should probably just read the manga (assuming you haven't). If you want an unintentional(?) comedy gold mine though then continue watching!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on May 03, 2009, 01:43:04 AM
I'm watching Saber Rider on Youtube.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on May 03, 2009, 07:23:43 PM
If you want to take it seriously you should probably just read the manga (assuming you haven't). If you want an unintentional(?) comedy gold mine though then continue watching!

I was considering this but since I already have all the anime episodes at hand I figure I'd just watch it... 

Man, according to what you just said, I should really stop hesitating and just go with what my, uh, self says first.  :/
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on May 04, 2009, 12:40:10 AM
I watched some Ebi-Chu today because it's funny and rude.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on May 04, 2009, 02:53:39 AM
If you want to take it seriously you should probably just read the manga (assuming you haven't). If you want an unintentional(?) comedy gold mine though then continue watching!

I was considering this but since I already have all the anime episodes at hand I figure I'd just watch it... 

Man, according to what you just said, I should really stop hesitating and just go with what my, uh, self says first.  :/


I don't see what you mean about the anime. I thought it went just as seriously as the manga. I watched it subbed in Japanese though, not sure if you're talking about the english dub or not.

There aren't many differences story wise between the two. They added a scene or two in the anime, and one or two changed in the manga, but that's it.

The series does however take a major dip in quality at a certain almost unanimously agreed on point, which I'm sure you'll feel the same once you get there, but by no means let that deter you from watching. Deathnote is one of the most awesome animes in recent memory, and I bet you'll remember it for quite some time after watching!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on May 05, 2009, 11:52:12 AM
I watched it subbed in Japanese though, not sure if you're talking about the english dub or not.

Yeah, that could be the reason. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU0iDUZvIAQ) I hear they had fun with that scene dubbing it though, so that would technically make it intentional! There was some other stuff that comes to mind, but it's more mild and came from the later portion people didn't like anyway.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on May 06, 2009, 02:59:51 AM
Death Note.  Episode 20.

2nd OP is bomb.  Holy shit. Sounds a LOT like early System of A Down (<3).  Singer sounds like Serj. There's also that one part that sounds like Daron... creepy.

...

The 2nd ED is pretty sick, too.  My sister has one of the Death Note OSTs lying around.  I wonder if they're on it.  L's theme is nice, too.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on May 06, 2009, 06:43:31 PM
GANTZ.  Chapter 298.

Ahh, I'll say it once again.  Reika, you stupid, stupid woman.

Even though I say that, I want Tae's Kuruno to die, die, die so that Reika is teh wins!!!11
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ithunn on May 07, 2009, 11:33:03 AM
Finished the Bountou (Bountu? ou Bounto - seen varient spellings) in Bleach.


Ehhhhhhhhhhhhh.. . . . . I've grown to accept the fact that anybody else in Bleach besides Ichigo is unimportant, useless and takes up filler too-many two-minute spaces in explanatory bull. Regardless of the fact that they probably won't remain suckasses, Inuoe, Chad, Kon, Rukia, my asshat comes off for you.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on May 07, 2009, 11:51:51 AM
GANTZ.  Chapter 298.

Ahh, I'll say it once again.  Reika, you stupid, stupid woman.

Even though I say that, I want Tae's Kuruno to die, die, die so that Reika is teh wins!!!11


I've always like Reika more as well. She's just an all around more interesting Character, Tae's so formulaic.


Also that Deathnote opening is by Maximum the Hormone, probably my favorite Jrock band ever. They're great, they also do the ED
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Post by: Krelian on May 07, 2009, 01:58:41 PM
Watched The Sky Crawlers some weeks ago. Pretty amazing stuff, Kenji Kawai is god.
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Post by: Geop on May 08, 2009, 04:38:44 AM
Death Note.  Finished last episode.
Man.  37 episodes over 6 days...  That's like 6 episodes a day.  I guess I only have myself to blame when I fuck up my 2 tests today.  :D

Anyway, first half deff better than the second half.  Nate and Mihael suck. :)

Now I must hunt for the rewrites and dig into the manga.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 12, 2009, 01:18:40 PM
Almost done with Noir.

Anyone watching any anime from the spring season? It seems like Eden of the East is the only one worth watching.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on May 13, 2009, 09:15:59 AM
Almost done with Noir.

Anyone watching any anime from the spring season? It seems like Eden of the East is the only one worth watching.

I'm currently watching the remakes of FMA and DBZ. Both are hauling ass over already covered areas but the former is actually trying to stick to the manga script panel for panel (including the stuff that the previous attempt ignored for the welcome to WW1 Germany ending). The latter just promises to be over in about 100 episodes versus the nearly 500 episode count of the original run.

Also Tears to Tiara but that sucks.

And I think Haruhi-Chan and Nyoron Churuya-San just wrapped up the season.

But that's what I'm watching.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on May 14, 2009, 02:04:13 AM
I watched five episodes of Eden of the East back to back, after hearing about it in this thread. One of the most enjoyable animes I've seen in a while. I love all the film references that Takizawa makes!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: MrClean on May 15, 2009, 08:12:56 PM
Almost done with Noir.

Anyone watching any anime from the spring season? It seems like Eden of the East is the only one worth watching.

Hello everyone, I'm new to the site but couldn't pass up this opportunity to recommend Basquash! It is the most fun of any series that I can remember watching in recent memory.  The characters are a lot fun and the show has a great line between taking itself seriously and poking fun at the genre (shounen sports shows).  It also does really good in not trapping itself into a specific role and has a tremendous amount of room for growth.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on May 18, 2009, 07:15:38 PM
I should probably check out Eden of the East, it seems to be getting a pretty good response.

I'm currently watching Gundam Seed and Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, only a few episodes in on each.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on May 18, 2009, 10:42:48 PM
 How's Gundam so far? My cousin's obsessed, but it doesn't look all that interesting to me.
 
 I've been re-watching Cowboy Bebop lately. I forgot how much I love this show. Also, seeing this uncut for the first time makes it even better.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on May 19, 2009, 01:19:19 AM
How's Gundam so far? My cousin's obsessed, but it doesn't look all that interesting to me.

It really depends on which Gundam you're talking about.

All I've seen was the first season of Gundum 00 and it was fairly awesome.

I still need to sit down and watch the second season.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on May 19, 2009, 02:46:03 AM
I should probably check out Eden of the East, it seems to be getting a pretty good response.

Yes, Yes, Yes.

That and K-ON! are the greatest things this season.

Gotta watch Cowboy Bebop sometime....
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 19, 2009, 07:36:56 AM
Finished Noir recently. The second half made up for it's first half. I still prefer Madlax to Noir because of the stiff cast in Noir.

Finally started Gundam 00 S2 again. I was watching it as it came out, but I hate waiting a week to watch an episode. I'm glad this series starts off fast compared to season one.

Started Shikabana Hime via ANN TV. First episode had a lot of style, and I'm not expecting much substance. As long as it stays entertaining, I'll keep watching.

I'll also be starting FMA today, as I never really gave that show a chance.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on May 19, 2009, 05:38:25 PM
How's Gundam so far? My cousin's obsessed, but it doesn't look all that interesting to me.

It really depends on which Gundam you're talking about.

All I've seen was the first season of Gundum 00 and it was fairly awesome.

I still need to sit down and watch the second season.
 
 
Yeah, Gundam 00 is what I meant, sorry. I'll hafta check that out.
 
 The only other Gundam series I've seen is Gundam Wing, when it played on Cartoon Network's Toonami. I liked it as a kid, I dunno if it holds up.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: kaelkale on May 20, 2009, 03:08:30 AM
How's Gundam so far? My cousin's obsessed, but it doesn't look all that interesting to me.
 
 I've been re-watching Cowboy Bebop lately. I forgot how much I love this show. Also, seeing this uncut for the first time makes it even better.


It's been pretty good so far, holding my interest fairly well, hopefully that will continue since I'm only about 8 eps in and it's 50ish total I think.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on May 21, 2009, 01:21:56 PM
Finished Noir recently. The second half made up for it's first half. I still prefer Madlax to Noir because of the stiff cast in Noir.

Finally started Gundam 00 S2 again. I was watching it as it came out, but I hate waiting a week to watch an episode. I'm glad this series starts off fast compared to season one.

Started Shikabana Hime via ANN TV. First episode had a lot of style, and I'm not expecting much substance. As long as it stays entertaining, I'll keep watching.

I'll also be starting FMA today, as I never really gave that show a chance.

I should watch season two but I can wait for the dub for that (especially with my current lack of time).

Unfortunately SH wont remain entertaining for long.
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FMA rocks! That is all. (Btw which FMA are you referring to?)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 21, 2009, 08:09:22 PM
First FMA. Only thing I liked when I saw it on [as] was the music. Ed and Al are still annoying to me, but I don't have much anime to watch these days.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: N-Sef on June 14, 2009, 03:09:34 AM
I've been on a Mecha binge lately, all I watch is new Super Robot shows that play out like stuff from the 70's. My latest exploit has been into the world of awesomeness that is Godannar. Man I love this show, characters are overdramatic and hilarious and the mech's are so generic that they're charming. Great fun.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on June 14, 2009, 09:54:35 PM
Decided to take advantage of some of these online sties like Hulu.

First up Slayers. Then after that Slayers Next.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 17, 2009, 07:39:03 PM
Wolf's Rain...sucks. I have no idea how I made it through 27 episodes, but I couldn't watch the last 2.5 episodes. I got tired of watching these fuckers walk around for 22 minutes.

Recently started rewatching Azumanga Daioh subbed. Shit is still funny though I only finished this a year ago (I rarely rewatch anime unless I haven't seen it for two years, but there are exceptions.)

Still chugging through Gundam 00 S2. I want to marathon it, but I still need to download the last six episodes.

Started Ai Yori Aoshi through Netflix. It's what I needed after watching something shitty like Wolf's Rain.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on June 22, 2009, 12:02:26 AM
I've been watching Aeon Flux and The Maxx.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on June 23, 2009, 09:38:16 AM
I watched Code Geass despite my hatred for CLAMP character designs. I have to say I was surprised by how good it was. Aside from the annoying CLAMP designs (the characters are absurdly skinny outside of the obviously manly men characters) everything about it was top notch, though the finale was a bit ridiculous in execution. It had one of the best dubs I've ever heard, too. So much so that I can't watch it in Japanese at all. Whoever says the dubs in Code Geass are bad is an utter liar.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: SonicDeathMonkey on June 24, 2009, 07:33:06 PM
Has anyone here seen Mushishi? I just watched the first two episodes yesterday and thought they were great. So apparently it's kinda like an X-Files sort of thing, where every episode is going to be a new case. Seems like a pretty cool idea, and the concept of the mushi seems like it could be pretty versatile. Looking forward to seeing what they do with it.

The only other anime series I've watched all the way through were Evangelion (which I really didn't like very much), Berserk (which I thought was kinda overrated but liked much more than Evangelion), FLCL (which was great) and Planetes (which was one of the greatest shows of any kind I have ever seen). Edit: oh yeah and Now and Then, Here and There, which was pretty great, too. Come to think of it I should really watch more anime series, the good ones are really good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: SonicDeathMonkey on June 24, 2009, 07:37:49 PM
Wolf's Rain...sucks. I have no idea how I made it through 27 episodes, but I couldn't watch the last 2.5 episodes. I got tired of watching these fuckers walk around for 22 minutes.

Oh my God that show is awful! You made it much further than I did (I only watched like... 7 or 8 episodes), but from the sound of it I'm lucky I bailed when I did. I probably never would have thought about that show ever again if you hadn't reminded me. Damn you! Haha. Bad show.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: littlewing on June 25, 2009, 09:13:35 AM
I never got past the first episode of Code Geass. D: Even though I keep thinking of going back to rewatch it. The only series I'm sort of watching now is Pandora Hearts... but only because I have no idea what's going on and I want to find out! :P I gave up on 07 Ghost after the first episode and the other series this season didn't really interest me. I'm also re-watching Ouran for the crack.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 25, 2009, 10:45:54 AM
Yeah, Mushishi is episodic, and fucking awesome. I watched it over the winter and loved it. Though, it helps if you're in the mood for slow story-telling.

Yeah, it [Wolf's Rain] actually started getting better around episode 10 or so, but then had four straight recap episodes. This isn't Gundam fucking SEED. Then the show was fucking boring again until episode 26, then just became lame again.

The creators tried creating sympathy...but the characters suck...and they're wolves...

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I'm enjoying Gundam 00 S2. I'm at the halfway point, and the Gundams are becoming haxxor again.

Ai Yori Aoshi is good for what it is. I still enjoy harem anime even though I'm going on 19. >.>
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Myau on June 25, 2009, 10:26:05 PM
Watched the FMA movie with Losfer last night.

All I wanted to see was Al, but having to sit through:

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LOL HITLER.
was asking a bit much.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Geop on June 29, 2009, 12:41:10 PM
Oruchuban Ebichu.  Episodes 1-4.

The only anime I've been able to watch in almost a month.
Good shit.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 29, 2009, 02:55:11 PM
Finished Ai Yori Aoshi. Episode 21 was weak. Not because it was bad, because of how unnatural it was. No one has that much concern over someone having a fucking cold.

I'm planning the marathon the second hald of Gundam 00 S2 this week, since I'm finally getting close to finishing downloading the series (if it wasn't for K dramas, I would've finished this series a month ago.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on July 07, 2009, 03:44:40 PM
I started watching The Mysterious Cities of Gold
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Losfer on July 09, 2009, 08:14:26 PM
Finished watching Maison Ikkoku with Myau last night.  What a fucking great series.  They don't make them like that anymore.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 11, 2009, 07:26:31 PM
I was watching Rune Soldier with my cousin yesterday. It was my second time watching it, so I only watched bits and pieces, but he watched the whole fucking thing yesterday. O_O

As for me, I only advanced a few episodes in Gundam 00 S2, not because it sucks, but because School Rumble Second Semester is fucking awesome. I only have three episodes left. :(

Caught back up on Naruto (manga.) I was on 440 from my last break, and good God, this shit is getting so awful I can't put it down. I have to see how this manga ruins itself.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on July 11, 2009, 09:07:51 PM
Watched episode 14 of FMA:B yesterday. For you stragglers wondering what's the point of this version now's the time to find out.

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The divergence between the old anime and the new one has finally occurred, and damn, if the showdown between Wrath and Greed wasn't awesome. Much better than Greed's throwdown with Ed in the old version.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on July 14, 2009, 08:10:05 PM
Watched two episodes of Eden of The East.

I really like it so far.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Jet16 on July 15, 2009, 05:14:21 PM
Watched episode 14 of FMA:B yesterday. For you stragglers wondering what's the point of this version now's the time to find out.

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The divergence between the old anime and the new one has finally occurred, and damn, if the showdown between Wrath and Greed wasn't awesome. Much better than Greed's throwdown with Ed in the old version.

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You know, if I recall correctly, I felt more tension during Ed and Greed's fight then I did with Greed and Wrath. It was still fantastic, but Ed had a good chance of dying in that fight which grabbed my attention more.
Yeah, I've been watching FMA Brotherhood and Mushishi. Liking both so far.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on July 17, 2009, 08:49:45 PM
Watched episode 14 of FMA:B yesterday. For you stragglers wondering what's the point of this version now's the time to find out.

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The divergence between the old anime and the new one has finally occurred, and damn, if the showdown between Wrath and Greed wasn't awesome. Much better than Greed's throwdown with Ed in the old version.

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You know, if I recall correctly, I felt more tension during Ed and Greed's fight then I did with Greed and Wrath. It was still fantastic, but Ed had a good chance of dying in that fight which grabbed my attention more.
Yeah, I've been watching FMA Brotherhood and Mushishi. Liking both so far.

About that spoiler:

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The thing is that the original version of Ed vs. Greed was largely lifted from the manga version but in a different setting and without the battles that followed thanks to them fighting it out in that magic circle. That said, compared to the new Ed vs. Greed (which they kinda skimmed over somewhat) the old one was visually impressive. Of course the next five or so episodes are going get even better.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 21, 2009, 10:31:45 AM
Finally finished Gundam 00 S2. I'd say I prefer S1 because the last half became as ridiculous as Code Geass R2, but still a lot of fun to watch. Almost as DBZ-y as G Gundam.

I'm halfway through Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It's much easier to watch whenever you want than at 1 a.m. on [adult swim].

After this, I'll probably scale back on the amount of anime I'm watching for a while.
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Post by: Aeolus on July 27, 2009, 08:10:45 PM
Just watched a bit of both Bakemonogatari and Needless. The former is pretty good but damn is it hard to find good subs for. The later...uhn...it's kinda like...uhn...A Lame Shonen I guess...
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plus an ending that will get you arrested if shown in public (I mean WTFH did I just watch 0.o).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on August 01, 2009, 01:20:53 AM
Watched episodes 1-5 of Darker Than Black. Like it so far, but I felt a little lost with all the terms they were throwing around, wished they woulda explained a few things a bit more clearly. Or maybe I was just tired. Still, it's definitely a show I'll watch all the way thru.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: (Tunnels) on August 02, 2009, 03:41:36 AM
My friends and I watched the first 17 episodes of Hajime no Ippo over the course of the past week or so, and it is, hands-down, easily one of the best anime I've ever seen; I can NOT wait to watch more.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on August 02, 2009, 07:57:27 AM
Finished Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and enjoyed it. Started Claymore and it seems like the modern day Berserk.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: fates on August 04, 2009, 05:35:15 PM
It's Berserk with girls!

Teresa was really cool, too.

Anyways last anime I finished was Soul Eater. Loved it, despite a lackluster ending.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on August 10, 2009, 03:30:57 PM
Last episode of Claymore sucked. It felt like a copout. No wonder reviewers say pretend the last two episodes don't exist. I'll eventually read the manga...if it ever finishes. I hate following weekly series, I'd be four times as pissed following a monthly series.

Anyways, started Girl's High. It's pretty funny, though a girl would probably enjoy the jokes more. Since summer is almost over, I'll probably be back to finishing an anime through Netflix once a month again.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Zetsuei on August 12, 2009, 09:48:32 PM
The Claymore manga is awesomely awesome, but it really is slow.

So, earlier I watched the last few eps of Amaenaideyo. It was okay. Not good, but watchable and lots of gratuitous fanservice, And Chihiro Suzuki. I oly noticed him in TotA, but he's done quite a bit of animes and games.
I liked the ending though. No BS or cop out because the manga isn't done yet, resulting in nothing but tears and broken screens, but a clear cut.
Seriously, if it ain't done yet why try to hide it?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on August 12, 2009, 10:11:50 PM
I heard the Nana anime just ended, no conclusion or anything. (Though I also read the series will be finished when the manga is done.)

Because Netflix is stupid, they sent me two DVDs of Kamichu. The first two episodes had me saying "what the fuck is this shit?!" but not in a way that turns me off from the series. It's just fucked up.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on August 13, 2009, 02:05:21 PM
Just finished watching episode 19 of FMAB and I've got to say that this episode alone justifies the existence of this version.

Welcome to my barbecue indeed.

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Too bad the lack of Envy puts a damper on what was otherwise a fantastic episode. ):
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Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on August 15, 2009, 07:54:04 PM

Finished Darker Than Black. Show got great halfway through.
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Alot of questions I had plot-wise were cleared up satisfactorily, and besides November 11 biting the dust (Nooo!!!) I loved the ending. And I thought the last ep was a nice lighthearted way to let ya see the team back together again. Season 2, please!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on August 20, 2009, 06:12:37 AM
Good to hear DtB is good, since it's on my list to watch (as well as season 2.)

Only four more episodes to go for Girl's High and I'm halfway through Kamichu. School has really slowed down my anime watching. :(

As for the Naruto manga, I haven't read it in two-three weeks. I'm like a masochist when it comes to that shit. Since I spent so much of my time catching up, I force myself to read the shittyness that it has become. Sometimes I don't know whether to laugh or feel insulted when I read it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on August 31, 2009, 07:49:50 PM
Tried continuing Kamichu...but it sucks. Finished Girls' High and liked it, and got around to starting Eden of the East. If I had a day where I had a bunch of free time, I would marathon the show.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on September 01, 2009, 02:04:28 PM
I only got to ep 5 of Eden of the East, just got really busy and I couldn't find a decent sub of ep 6. I think I'm gonna start the whole series over soon.

 Speaking of crap subs, I started Bakemonogatari and stopped on the third episode for the same reason. To be fair though, I've heard Bakemonogatari has lots of cultural in-jokes and symbolism, basically a very Japanese show.

 My manga readin':

 Heard so much praise for Gantz and I finally decided to check it out. I'm on chapter 48. This is already one of my favorites. And its so frickin' insane.

 Also on Skip Beat chapter 12 and re-reading Parasyte, ch. 7.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on September 01, 2009, 09:59:37 PM
After FUNi licensed EotE, it took me a while to find the whole series, but I downloaded the whole series in one batch.

Yeah, Gantz gets better as it goes along, but I stopped around 240 because it went on hiatus and I never bothered to pick it back up.

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Read the last few chapters of Naruto...man, this shit sucks.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on September 02, 2009, 01:38:44 PM
Meh, it's better than the Pain vs Konoha chapters at least.  At some point, I felt it did a good job with managing the increase in the strength of the characters, but for awhile now it has gotten way out of hand.  Suddenly certain characters learn a single ability of some use and for some reason the writers crack that up to a giant increase of power.  Even in an artificial fictional world, it doesn't really make sense.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on September 09, 2009, 06:24:29 AM
Started Abenobashi, which I saw some of it six years ago or so on Anime Unleashed. Not as funny as I remembered (man the first episode blows.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on September 19, 2009, 02:08:03 AM
 So I started watching Code Geass three days ago and I already finished it. Well, the first season anyhow. Totally not the kind of show I was expecting, I haven't watched an insane amount of anime but I've seen my fair share. Code Geass really surprised me and kept things interesting throughout. Lelouch is a great anti-hero without going too far simply for shock value. And the dub was perfect for the show. Johnny Yong Bosch... I think I'm in love!
 
 
 Enjoying the first season as much as I did, I'm a little apprehensive to check out R2. I've heard some pretty negative things about it. The final episode of season one ended on such a cliffhanger though, so I'm sure I'll end up marathoning season two even if it's a mess.
 
 Also finished up K-ON! Lotsa fun, like Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star, if not as great. Ritsu was my favorite character. Makes me wanna take up drums.
 
 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Jet16 on September 20, 2009, 09:09:07 PM
Finally finished Mushishi. Pretty sweet show, probably one of my favorites right up there with Monster. I was at Best Buy and saw Berserk behind a few other DVDs, so I picked that up. I'm probably going to be watching that along with Valkyria Chronicles and FMA: Brotherhood from now on.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lard on September 25, 2009, 05:10:22 PM
Watching Patlabor.
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Post by: Hathen on September 27, 2009, 05:19:43 AM
Got around to watching the second season to Gundam 00, finally, even though I watched the first season many months ago.

Personally, I'd say it's the second best AU Gundam. Notably I've never watched Turn A though, I might watch that eventually but I was so bored mindlessly by the first few episodes last time I tried, I never got around to finishing it.

Regardless, I think this show is basically what Gundam Wing should have been- great animation and actual character development. I can't remember a single character on Gundam Wing that I liked, because most of them were either one-dimensional or completely insufferable. Gundam 00 appeals to the modern Gundam audience with the standard vacuous fucking boring prettyboys, but also hit the mark for that jaded Gundam fan inside me with the B cast. I liked a lot of them- Sergei, Saji and Graham are my favorites. The real villains were all really weak this time, though.

It also helps that they switched out Kunio Okawara for the mecha designs this time. As much as I like his past work, working on so many damn Gundam shows had really made his designs stale.

It's pretty lame that on the last episode, they literally say "Movie's coming in 2010, ready that $10!" I'm not being sarcastic, they actually advertise the movie with text during the final shot of the show. God forbid we actually resolve all the plot points in the actual show. Oh well, at least it wasn't the half-assed non-ending SEED Destiny provided.

Really, my biggest complaint about the show is still the concept itself. I guess they just wanted to move away from militarization and the Earth VS Space thing since that's been done so often.

Well, somewhat looking forward to the next Gundam show, an OVA adopted from one of the novels. I'm sure there's a bunch of fans all giddy about the fact we're revisiting UC for the first time in like 13 years. I think I'm going to use this show as a litmus test to see if the old jaded UC Gundam fans truly are an unpleasable fanbase.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on September 29, 2009, 01:08:10 AM
Got around to watching the second season to Gundam 00, finally, even though I watched the first season many months ago.

Personally, I'd say it's the second best AU Gundam. Notably I've never watched Turn A though, I might watch that eventually but I was so bored mindlessly by the first few episodes last time I tried, I never got around to finishing it.

Regardless, I think this show is basically what Gundam Wing should have been- great animation and actual character development. I can't remember a single character on Gundam Wing that I liked, because most of them were either one-dimensional or completely insufferable. Gundam 00 appeals to the modern Gundam audience with the standard vacuous fucking boring prettyboys, but also hit the mark for that jaded Gundam fan inside me with the B cast. I liked a lot of them- Sergei, Saji and Graham are my favorites. The real villains were all really weak this time, though.


Really?  I thought Ali-al Sarshes was a pretty good villian albeit they acted like they didn't know what to do with him in the second season.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on September 29, 2009, 02:56:57 AM
Got around to watching the second season to Gundam 00, finally, even though I watched the first season many months ago.

Personally, I'd say it's the second best AU Gundam. Notably I've never watched Turn A though, I might watch that eventually but I was so bored mindlessly by the first few episodes last time I tried, I never got around to finishing it.

Regardless, I think this show is basically what Gundam Wing should have been- great animation and actual character development. I can't remember a single character on Gundam Wing that I liked, because most of them were either one-dimensional or completely insufferable. Gundam 00 appeals to the modern Gundam audience with the standard vacuous fucking boring prettyboys, but also hit the mark for that jaded Gundam fan inside me with the B cast. I liked a lot of them- Sergei, Saji and Graham are my favorites. The real villains were all really weak this time, though.

It also helps that they switched out Kunio Okawara for the mecha designs this time. As much as I like his past work, working on so many damn Gundam shows had really made his designs stale.

It's pretty lame that on the last episode, they literally say "Movie's coming in 2010, ready that $10!" I'm not being sarcastic, they actually advertise the movie with text during the final shot of the show. God forbid we actually resolve all the plot points in the actual show. Oh well, at least it wasn't the half-assed non-ending SEED Destiny provided.

Really, my biggest complaint about the show is still the concept itself. I guess they just wanted to move away from militarization and the Earth VS Space thing since that's been done so often.

Well, somewhat looking forward to the next Gundam show, an OVA adopted from one of the novels. I'm sure there's a bunch of fans all giddy about the fact we're revisiting UC for the first time in like 13 years. I think I'm going to use this show as a litmus test to see if the old jaded UC Gundam fans truly are an unpleasable fanbase.

Saji was a goddamn pussy and his girlfriend should've been decapitated by a lazor (or suffered some other kind of ironic death like having a shell casing fall on to her as she's trying to flee from a battlefield, or have her try to ride a mysterious force known as Gravity back to Earth in a Barrel Spaceship).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on September 29, 2009, 03:20:47 AM
Really?  I thought Ali-al Sarshes was a pretty good villian albeit they acted like they didn't know what to do with him in the second season.

Ali was alright, I suppose, but pretty much every other villain was uninteresting to me. So much so that I can't actually remember any of their names except for Ribbons, and that's only because the frequency in which he appeared. He was just a generic "take over teh world" villain with no real personality.

As for second season, a lot of the characters it felt like they didn't know what to do with: Allelujah, Wang Liu Mei, Nena Trinity, the list goes on. Worst part of this is
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that they ruined the entire arc of Soma trying to get in touch with the human side of herself so that they
could banish her into the realm of perfect sunshine flower girlfriend.

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Saji was a goddamn pussy and his girlfriend should've been decapitated by a lazor (or suffered some other kind of ironic death like having a shell casing fall on to her as she's trying to flee from a battlefield, or have her try to ride a mysterious force known as Gravity back to Earth in a Barrel Spaceship).

Yeah, Saji was a real wuss, but that's kind of what made me like him. He was a lot more believable and human than the rest of the characters. A big problem with a lot of the more modern Gundam series, to me, is that almost all the characters are really over-the-top or completely vacuous. Saji was a breath of fresh air from most of these because he was just a normal guy. And, he might have been a wuss, but he wasn't as bad as the level of wussbag Kira Yamato displayed.

Louise was kinda hokey for me. You have this sweet, innocent little girl who gets caught up in a bunch of crap, and she clearly ends up suffering from PTSD. So of course,
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Ribbons says to himself, "Okay, I'm going to lead humanity to a new era where they become Newtypes,
er, I mean Innovators. The shakiest, most inexperienced, most unstable little girl will do just fine in this
assignment." And even if Ribbons is in the back room pulling the strings somewhere, why would
a hard-assed military take this clearly traumatized teenager?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on September 29, 2009, 10:59:28 PM
Enjoying the first season as much as I did, I'm a little apprehensive to check out R2. I've heard some pretty negative things about it. The final episode of season one ended on such a cliffhanger though, so I'm sure I'll end up marathoning season two even if it's a mess.

That's what I'm curious about.  I just finished it today as well and I'm not sure how I'd enjoy R2.

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Looking into Season 2 a little bit, it seems like Lelouch has amnesia for a bit.  
So... there's a fair amount of people who know who he is at this point.  
Even if he does have amnesia.. why would Britannia let him go?  Wouldn't they kill him regardless?

I'd really like to hear someone (*cough* dalucifer0) say a bit about R2 before I put any money into it.  What is it mainly about?  How does the ending of season one play into season 2?  I'd really like to know a little more about it other than researching it myself and possibly finding out more than what I want to know (aka major spoilage).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on September 30, 2009, 11:20:41 AM
Enjoying the first season as much as I did, I'm a little apprehensive to check out R2. I've heard some pretty negative things about it. The final episode of season one ended on such a cliffhanger though, so I'm sure I'll end up marathoning season two even if it's a mess.

That's what I'm curious about.  I just finished it today as well and I'm not sure how I'd enjoy R2.

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Looking into Season 2 a little bit, it seems like Lelouch has amnesia for a bit.  
So... there's a fair amount of people who know who he is at this point.  
Even if he does have amnesia.. why would Britannia let him go?  Wouldn't they kill him regardless?

I'd really like to hear someone (*cough* dalucifer0) say a bit about R2 before I put any money into it.  What is it mainly about?  How does the ending of season one play into season 2?  I'd really like to know a little more about it other than researching it myself and possibly finding out more than what I want to know (aka major spoilage).

They cover the time that was skipped pretty quickly (and the amnesia itself only lasted for the first episode) so you should be able to figure out most of what happened.

They also explain later on why they let Lulu live, but I can say no more on THAT subject or anything else regarding stuff past episode 7 or 8.
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Post by: Akanbe- on September 30, 2009, 06:55:24 PM
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My guess is that it ties something to the King of Britannia, I just don't know what.  
He loved when Lelouch accidentally told Euphy to kill all Elevens. Between that and a few of the quick scenes in the OP,
there is something more to his geass and the King knows it.  Hmmmmm

I'm also curious how...
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Lelouch rebuilds his army or tries to take revenge.
This interests me since he pretty much abandoned them and I'm not sure how or
why anyone would trust him again (or how he would get away with it for that matter).  
Minor spoilers for this are ok.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on October 01, 2009, 02:17:59 AM
He gets them back for a while since only ones in his ranks that currently knows of his true identity are Kallen and C.C. at this stage.

As for getting his revenge.
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He gets all the revenge he could ever dream of and more.
I can't really get into all the details about how he goes about getting his revenges since that's pretty much the entire season right there. They might as well have called it CG R2: Lulu Strikes Back.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on October 01, 2009, 01:03:50 PM
They might as well have called it CG R2: Lulu Strikes Back.

Sold.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Act00 on October 04, 2009, 04:14:00 AM
I only watched nothing but over-rated stuff.

K-ON!: Finished the whole thing, and I can't understand the hype. I thought it was boring and the jokes sucked ass.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni(crazy Japanese long tiltes!): It's alright so far, just I don't think it's that good. It get's more boring and somewhat stupider with each episode.

Fate Stay Night: Seven episodes in it. Now this is a show that managed to piss me of. It's just cliche stuff and characters are fucking stereotypes. But I gonna finish it anyway since I did survived School Days and White Album (first season).

Yeah, I need to watch something actually good and not over-hyped.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Draak on October 04, 2009, 06:59:05 AM
I started Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. Loving it so far.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on October 08, 2009, 08:43:04 PM
Thing about R2 is to watch it with an open mind. The second half gets so fucking ridiculous that it's even more enjoyable (it's easy to overlook the bad writing.)

--

Finished Abenobashi. Where did all the funny go?

Started Toward the Terra (2007) and the first four episodes sucked (Jomy was a fucking annoying bleeding cunt), but the enjoyment really ramps up afterwards. I'm now on episode 17 and will finish it this weekend most likely.

I did try watching Eden of the East a few weeks ago, but I have too many things to watch that I had no time for it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: sandiny0ursh0es on October 10, 2009, 06:46:48 PM
Haven't watched anime in like 5 years but a couple co-workers strongly recommended Death Note and lent me the first season. Right now I'm more than halfway through and I'm pretty much hooked.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on October 13, 2009, 03:31:49 AM
Watched the first two episodes of Monster on SyFy. I was wondering what they were going to try to follow Gundam 00 S2 up with. Turns out that they somehow managed to not disappoint. At the rate they're going they'll probably completely surpass Adult Swim in it's entirety by this time next year (as far as anime is concerned).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on October 18, 2009, 03:18:41 PM
Been on a bit of a nostalgia streak recently, and I decided to revisit FMA. On my second time through, I'm finding a lot more flaws in what I once considered to be a perfect gem of anime. Don't get me wrong, it's still an excellent show, but episode 40 definately made me really confused:

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At one point in the episode, Ed is fighting Scar and Scar is unable to blow up his automail limbs
because he constantly switches the metal his limbs are made from...wait, what? He explains to Scar
(Because the best thing to do in battle is to explain your secrets to your opponent) that Scar has always
been inadvertently recognizing what materials his victims are made of before decomposing them, so
switching materials makes that impossible- except if he's been doing it subconsciously there should be
no reason he shouldn't able to decompose just any metal just by thinking about metals.

But we haven't gotten to the crux of the problem, which is that fact that now it's been revealed its
possible to change elements into other elements by alchemy...this just introduces all kinds of plot
holes to the series, because you can just change anything into anything, anytime you want. Before
this its always been established (With the exception of gold, probably to keep the ties to real-life
alchemy lore) that alchemy is just manipulating scientific concepts- Roy controlling oxygen for
explosions and Kimley controlling sulfur and such in bodies for explosions. Otherwise, the first
line of the first episode wouldn't make any sense, because why doesn't Ed just change the carbon
dioxide in the air into carbohydrates?

Anyway, this actually wasn't even the worst part of the episode- the worst part comes when Scar
reveals his plan: He's going to lure a bunch of soldiers into the city so they can transmute them
into the Philosopher's stone... *facepalm* I'm absolutely speechless at how the writers couldn't
have caught such an obviously stupid plan. The whole plan relies on the army (that has a bunch
of powerful, well-educated alchemists) to fall into a trap where there's a gigantic alchemy
symbol dug in the dirt. What makes this worse is that the army actually did know about the
symbol, and they actually did fall into the trap. This whole thing was just the writers needing something
to happen, and it's not like it couldn't have been fixed easily with a single rewrite. There's no way
of explaining this other than the fact that Scar's just a complete retard!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: sandiny0ursh0es on October 19, 2009, 01:16:45 PM
5 more episodes to go in Death Note.

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I love the addition of Near and Mello to the story, but I wish they left it at that and didn't add even more characters into the mix (guy obsessed with justice). Other than that, it's been an awesome series so far that's been successful in keeping the suspense heightened. I don't remember the last time an anime series has done that before for me.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on October 19, 2009, 09:57:22 PM
Been on a bit of a nostalgia streak recently, and I decided to revisit FMA. On my second time through, I'm finding a lot more flaws in what I once considered to be a perfect gem of anime. Don't get me wrong, it's still an excellent show, but episode 40 definately made me really confused:

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At one point in the episode, Ed is fighting Scar and Scar is unable to blow up his automail limbs
because he constantly switches the metal his limbs are made from...wait, what? He explains to Scar
(Because the best thing to do in battle is to explain your secrets to your opponent) that Scar has always
been inadvertently recognizing what materials his victims are made of before decomposing them, so
switching materials makes that impossible- except if he's been doing it subconsciously there should be
no reason he shouldn't able to decompose just any metal just by thinking about metals.

But we haven't gotten to the crux of the problem, which is that fact that now it's been revealed its
possible to change elements into other elements by alchemy...this just introduces all kinds of plot
holes to the series, because you can just change anything into anything, anytime you want. Before
this its always been established (With the exception of gold, probably to keep the ties to real-life
alchemy lore) that alchemy is just manipulating scientific concepts- Roy controlling oxygen for
explosions and Kimley controlling sulfur and such in bodies for explosions. Otherwise, the first
line of the first episode wouldn't make any sense, because why doesn't Ed just change the carbon
dioxide in the air into carbohydrates?

Anyway, this actually wasn't even the worst part of the episode- the worst part comes when Scar
reveals his plan: He's going to lure a bunch of soldiers into the city so they can transmute them
into the Philosopher's stone... *facepalm* I'm absolutely speechless at how the writers couldn't
have caught such an obviously stupid plan. The whole plan relies on the army (that has a bunch
of powerful, well-educated alchemists) to fall into a trap where there's a gigantic alchemy
symbol dug in the dirt. What makes this worse is that the army actually did know about the
symbol, and they actually did fall into the trap. This whole thing was just the writers needing something
to happen, and it's not like it couldn't have been fixed easily with a single rewrite. There's no way
of explaining this other than the fact that Scar's just a complete retard!

Thank god that was the anime only portion for the series.

That said, Scar's trap wasn't totally boneheaded since it would've required a bird's eye view of the city to see what he was up to. Plus Dante and her lackeys wanted this to happen too. The fight itself though, is dumb. That whole change the alchemical composition idea (while the theory behind it isn't complete bullshit) shouldn't have been pulled out of nowhere by Ed to begin with. Nobody else ever thought to do that which pretty much makes Ed into some kind of Super Alchemist where he's recalling chemical formulas out of thin air to shift his arm into other forms of steel in mid battle against a foe who can deduce chemical compositions subconsciously and at sight.

Of course that's nothing compared to all the Gate bullshit Ed pulled at the end of the series.
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Post by: Eusis on October 19, 2009, 11:01:22 PM
I imagine most alchemists wouldn't recognize the circle anyway, but in general I find that after reading the manga the anime just looks sloppy in comparison. This IS in retrospect, but I have a feeling that actually rewatching it will just make it worse. As for the Gate: I actually was more bugged by the movie than just the plot twist, dumb as it is at least the anime ended on a half decent note, the writers completely blew the opportunity of using a pre-planned movie to end the series.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on October 20, 2009, 01:31:48 AM
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That said, Scar's trap wasn't totally boneheaded since it would've required a bird's eye view of the city to see what he was up to. Plus Dante and her lackeys wanted this to happen too.

My point exactly:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/Symbios/ScarsRetardedPlan.jpg)

So they knew about the trap, and then still fell into it.

Even if you could somehow say that Scar was convinced enough by Lust to go forward with such a flawed plan (Easily foiled by having people run in the wrong places and cutting the symbol off), it would still require Archer to act like a complete idiot. Archer was impatient, but he wasn't stupid enough to fall into a trap he knew about.

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That whole change the alchemical composition idea (while the theory behind it isn't complete bullshit) shouldn't have been pulled out of nowhere by Ed to begin with. Nobody else ever thought to do that which pretty much makes Ed into some kind of Super Alchemist where he's recalling chemical formulas out of thin air to shift his arm into other forms of steel in mid battle against a foe who can deduce chemical compositions subconsciously and at sight.

Yeah, there's nothing wrong with the theory, it just makes too many plot holes- he's not even just changing chemical formulas, he's changing the elements themselves, which means you can make anything out of anything if we followed that rule, heh.

As for the gate, I actually didn't mind it too much myself (Though Mizushima and team will forever be remembered for thinking that zeppelins laid siege on London at some point), since at least they used it for something. A lot of the final act of the show doesn't make any sense, but it didn't feel pointless, like the movie did.

Anyway, done with the series now, so I guess I should get around to checking out Brotherhood or reading the manga at some point.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on October 20, 2009, 02:48:23 AM
To be fair, Archer was an idiot like all overly loyal to a fault anime villains typically are. Right down to possessing only the anime military tactic of charge first, ask questions later. Basically Archer was a lousy villain despite being turned into a half steampunk terminator (which was also hilariously inappropriate).

Also I was well aware that an eye in the sky existed when I said what I said. If I recall correctly though it was Mustang's group (and specifically Ed) who had that photo, and if I also recall correctly the military charge was led by Archer and not Mustang (who, as I established earlier, is a loving idiot).

That aside, I'm not disagreeing with you that the old anime doesn't really hold up anymore (aside from the first season).


And something that I did forget when making my previous post was that I had finished Macross Frontier yesterday.

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Too bad it had to end in the worst possible way story wise. The final episode was literally nothing more than a 27 minute montage of generic anime cliches and tropes right down to a harem ending. The only good part of that episode was that is was also nothing more than a montage of Baysplosions. Thank god I watched the Blu-Ray formatted version as that Baysplosion montage was indeed glorious.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on October 20, 2009, 03:49:24 AM
Oh yeah, I know you're not disagreeing with me, just love nitpicking things, it's a hobby of mine. =P

Thing about Archer is that it's pretty much a shot in the dark for the homunculus to assume that Archer would be rash enough to make a charge into the city like that, just seems like if they were really so desperate to get the philosopher's stone done, they would tie up a random element like that since they plan everything else so carefully.

Also Terminator Archer was hilarious.

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He goes to kill Mustang, and instead of blasting him with one of the 5 giant cannons
he has, he just shoots him with a pistol. =P

If I'm not mistaken, the thing about the photo was that it was intelligence gathered that should've been known by all the senior officers- it was photographs taken from a balloon or something, so Archer should know about it given that he was the CO for the campaign.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on October 21, 2009, 05:56:57 PM
Finally got my package that included Code Geass R2 part 1.  Digging it so far, even though there are some odd things like
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how Lelouch manages to stay hidden from Britannia sometimes. "Yes I'm in the movies, sensei" "...but I didn't see you leave after the end?"
I think I screamed "WTF" at the TV in around episode 3 or 4 when Rolo asked Lelouch if he wanted Rolo to kill Suzaku.  
For fucks sake yes kill the fucker.  Geez  

Anyways, kind of disappointed that not only is R2 a 4 part series instead of 3 like R1, but they aren't even done producing the DVDs yet.  Part 2 just came out the other day and is already on back order.  I'll pick up the 2nd one somewhere but I can't imagine myself holding out for the other 2 parts to come out and will probably end up getting it somewhere else =\
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on October 22, 2009, 06:30:38 PM
Finished Toward the Terra (2007.) Good anime. The first couple of episodes were weak, but the rest of the series was fantastic.

Started watching Fairy Tail. Liked what I read of the manga, and enjoying the anime.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mizuki_no_beatdown on October 23, 2009, 12:13:44 AM
I marathon'd Spice & Wolf on the suggestion of a friend. It had alot more substance than I expected. Did a good job of conveying it's setting and social structure of the time period it dealt with. IMO, anyway, as I'm definitely no historian. 

 Also watched the first two eps of DtB's second season, Gemini of the Meteor. It's picking up in an interesting spot after the events of the first season, and has me hooked already, whereas I felt DtB season one was a bit of a slow burn. The character's are mostly new, so it's on it's own merit, too. Waiting on episode three is MOIDER!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on October 24, 2009, 03:06:50 PM
Yeah, I've been wanting to watch DtB2, but I'm still waiting to watch season one through Netflix. >.>
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Alisha on November 10, 2009, 05:44:18 PM
just picked up code geass R2 part 1 and volume 1-4 of the first season at my local library gonna watch them over the next couple of days.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: mr. nails on November 11, 2009, 07:41:41 AM
still watching bleach and will watch episode 245 as soon as i get back from school.  for the most part i've like pretty much all of the fillers bleach throws @ ya.  the Zanpakuto filler isn't any different.  interesting to me.

edit*

just finished watching Hayao Miyazaki's (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0594503) latest gem Ponyo. cute and/or weird just like all his stuff, but great nonetheless. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Alisha on November 17, 2009, 05:02:33 PM
wow... episode 6 of code geass R2 was awesomesauce.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on November 28, 2009, 07:17:19 PM
Started watching Fairy Tail.  Liking it so far, but I kinda get the feeling it may drag out really long.  I hope it caps out at like 2 seasons - 3 tops.

Los, you may be interested in it.  It kind of reminds me of a modern Slayers with a tad more fan service. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on December 04, 2009, 03:04:04 AM
Started reading me some Getter Robo yesterday (or at least up until the second chapter when the site went down).

Just from what I've seen thus far I can expect one crazy badass ride. Hell, even the professor's a total badass.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on December 04, 2009, 11:35:24 PM
I'm watching Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2ND GIG. Much better than season 1. Also watching Fairy Tail, when I remember. If it follows the manga closely, it probably won't be worth watching every week for another two months.

I agree that it should only have a couple of season. Long shounens suck, well, ones that aren't named One Piece.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on December 05, 2009, 08:33:14 PM
Watched Gun x Sword.

Was pretty meh.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on December 07, 2009, 05:44:24 PM
I gave up on G x S halfway through. I was like "Really. They're basically going to repeat the story again?"

Finished GITS SAC 2ND GIG. Epic shit. I'll be taking a short break from anime, aside from watching Fairy Tale (when I remember.) I'm still on episode 5.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Alisha on December 08, 2009, 11:58:21 AM
just saw Diamond Dust Rebellion. it was kinda cool but it was way to condensed. currently watching gunslinger girl. Triela rocks.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Esper_Crusader on December 14, 2009, 12:09:19 PM
A friend of mine loaned me some Gurren Lagann a few months back and I finally got around to watching it last night.  I'm only around 5 episodes in I'm still not sure of what to think. It's different:/
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Tomara on January 16, 2010, 05:13:02 AM
I'm watching old cartoons/anime from my childhood. Apparantly 90% of the cartoons the wholesome networks broadcasted were from Japan, so I actually saw lots of anime as a kid.

The intro tunes are all so awesome!

De Tovenaar van Oz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJPaBRE4uw8)

The Dutch translators had lots of fun with that one. The first 2 minutes of the first episode is like 50% pun.

Nathalie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdfVJHrsfz0&feature=related)

Het nieuuuuwe graaaaaan
heeft de orkaaaaaaan doorstaaaaaan!


Familie Robinson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em5Q2Tv0MsY&NR=1)

I wanted to live on that island... Again, the translators really loved their puns.

Maple Town (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AAqoO6ukLc&feature=related)

I adored Maple Town!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on January 16, 2010, 04:15:28 PM
I'm watching old cartoons/anime from my childhood. Apparantly 90% of the cartoons the wholesome networks broadcasted were from Japan, so I actually saw lots of anime as a kid.

The intro tunes are all so awesome!

De Tovenaar van Oz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJPaBRE4uw8)

The Dutch translators had lots of fun with that one. The first 2 minutes of the first episode is like 50% pun.

Nathalie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdfVJHrsfz0&feature=related)

Het nieuuuuwe graaaaaan
heeft de orkaaaaaaan doorstaaaaaan!


Familie Robinson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em5Q2Tv0MsY&NR=1)

I wanted to live on that island... Again, the translators really loved their puns.

Maple Town (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AAqoO6ukLc&feature=related)

I adored Maple Town!

I couldn't help but notice this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-9axkuv2_I&feature=related) among the related videos from those links.

God I watched the hell out of that show back then.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Tomara on January 17, 2010, 03:48:33 PM
That one's a household name in the Netherlands. Which is kinda funny, because today's parents would likely complain if someone made and aired a similar show. Gnome breasts were an uncommon sight on television back then, now it would probably start riots. Riots with pitchforks, torches and SUVs.


The late eighties and early ninties were kinda weird. Good, wholesome cartoons came from Japan, the merchandise pushers from the US and my own country produced shows that were not affraid to discuss the anatomy of the adult female (gnome).


Anyway, I should my 5-year-old cousin the first episode today. We watched it together on my laptop and she thought it was great! I enjoyed it as well, the wolf's antics are still pretty funny :)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Alisha on January 19, 2010, 01:25:53 PM
watched the first 3 volumes of claymore last night and i gotta say it's my new favorite anime :D
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on January 19, 2010, 03:17:52 PM
Stop after episode 24 and read the manga. Seriously. Claymore eps 1-24 are the shit.

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Watched half of some Mahoromatic OVA (Okaeri someshit or other.) I couldn't take it anymore. Is this really the same series I loved back then? That was such a piece of shit. They played the same jokes over and over throughout the episode (and that's in less than 15 minutes.) It got old really fast.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on January 28, 2010, 08:32:05 PM
Started Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi. Almost gave up on it halfway through the first episode. Nothing happened.

Watched The Girl That Leapt Through Time. I recommend it at least for a rental.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Wild Armor on January 28, 2010, 10:28:25 PM
Picked up a manga for my friend for his birthday:

How NOT To Draw Manga (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0977642496/ref=ox_ya_oh_product)

Decided to read a couple of pages out of boredom one night before I give it to him. Hilarious. He's going to love it.
Highly recommenced if you have a good sense of humor of Anime/Manga stereotypes and cliched EVERYTHING.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: moomoofarm7 on February 20, 2010, 03:40:19 AM
Finished Hellsing and loved it. I want to buy Hellsing Ultimate but I think I'm  going to wait untill they release the final 4 episodes (hopefully) at some point and release a complete collection.

I just picked up Ghost in the Shell 2.0 blu-ray, Berserk complete collection, and Gungrave complete collection. I'm going to start with Gungrave.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on February 27, 2010, 03:05:45 PM
I also started Berserk last week. Nice to see Crunchyroll has anime worth watching again. Might have to check some stuff out there since Netflix takes forever to send anime DVDs.
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Post by: eXaX on March 09, 2010, 11:56:56 AM
I finished My Irresponsible Captain Tylor. I liked it. It was a fun show. Now I just need to find the OVAs + manga to finish the story. I've also been watching Kimi no Todoke which is surprisingly awesome. It's really ... well ... tender.
I'm also re-reading Tramps like Us (Kimi wa Petto) for like the third or fourth time. I highly recommend it if you like josei manga (or shojo manga for that matter).

I'm ashamed to admit that I've never actually seen Ghost in the Shell, neither the movies nor the series. Hopefully I'll be able to fix that soon .P  And finally, when I get paid I'm going to try and get myself the first OVA for Rurouni Kenshin.
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Post by: Alisha on March 10, 2010, 08:03:52 PM
just finished watching black blood brothers. it kinda sucks that its only 12 episodes long because its seems theres more of the story to be told.
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Post by: moomoofarm7 on March 13, 2010, 05:54:30 PM
I'm 18 episodes deep into Gungrave and loving it. The gun-fighting is awesome and the story is surprisingly strong as well.
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Post by: Azrael on March 14, 2010, 12:34:42 AM
I thought Gungrave was amazing...right up until all that nonsense with zombies and crap.  It's one thing that I just never quite understood with so many animes that had enjoyable stories but just never knew when to freaking stop.  Beserk fit into this mold for me.  I know the manga went on much longer than the anime but to me it's the same thing.  It was a simple story of friendship that was told very well...then all of a sudden there is some crazy ass underworld shit going on.  Why must writers insist that their stories continue on and on and on?  Maybe some people like it, but honestly I thought everything about Gungrave went to shit as soon as the zombie stuff appeared and I just plain stopped watching
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Post by: Aeolus on March 16, 2010, 05:33:43 AM
Marathoned Baccano. Fun series even in face of the violence. Best part was when the crazy bandit couple suddenly realize out of the blue that they haven't aged a day in the last 75+ years. Also having one of the unnamed characters in the opening be the most important one of them all.

Also started up Mobile Suit Gundam and have reached episode 24. So far, at least 5 characters of note have died thus far, and I expect that number to at least quadruple in the remaining episodes. Also also, it was sort of awesome in a nostalgic way to see the old Toonami opening and closing on some of the episode. Humorously enough, at one point I was thinking of how some of the episodes were driven by the lack of supplies which then reminded me of how ST: Voyager never dealt with supply issues unless the writers didn't feel like they wanted another episode of making the Borg look like pussies or didn't have the budget to alter some masks and introduce yet another alien civilization that will never be seen or heard from again. That alone makes MSG a vastly superior show despite retarded episodes like Amauro parking Gundam in the middle of an open field on a bright sunny day with zero cover to strip the bombs that were him set up and while all this was happening a bunch of enemy soldiers were chilling in the nearby forest watching him save the Federation's new super weapon and even congratulating him once he's finished (with the other crew members' help, of course) rather than trying to shoot at him or the bombs or something. But again, still vastly superior to ST:Voyager.

Also also also, is anybody here watching FMA:B? If you aren't YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!!! Shit's gotten real and won't stop getting realler until the end of the series.
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Post by: Akanbe- on March 16, 2010, 10:51:24 PM
How much does one need to watch of the original to enjoy Brotherhood?  Because I have not watched all of the original.
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Post by: Hathen on March 17, 2010, 01:53:17 AM
None. It's supposed to be a direct adaptation of the manga, whereas the first series was an adaptation for the first half and written for TV the second half.

After watching Gun x Sword (Which was mediocre), I have to say that there hasn't been any anime that caught my eye. For one thing I just don't keep up with what's getting released because there's so goddamn much of it, but I do know I have not enjoyed any of the "mainstream" shows in a long time, like the recent Gundam shows. I may watch FMA:B at some point but I have little interest in that as well. I am open to suggestions. For the record, two of my favorites off the top of my head are Planates and .Hack//SIGN.
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Post by: Aeolus on March 17, 2010, 05:31:28 AM
How much does one need to watch of the original to enjoy Brotherhood?  Because I have not watched all of the original.

It would actually benefit you to watch the first half of the original (up to the introduction of Dante then stop and never look back) since Brotherhood has it's finger on the fast forward button for the first 14 episodes or something like that. Or go read the manga for the first 35-40 or so chapters. Either way, the original, when it was following the manga, did so very well despite the filler and the liberties it took to allow the plot to continue after the divergence, and you owe it to yourself to cover those events outside of Brotherhood since some really dramatic stuff is glossed over a bit too much.

Afterwords, it gets better to the point of being almost as good as the manga and even surpassing it during fight scenes.
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Post by: Raziel on March 17, 2010, 10:06:15 AM
Finished with Nana a few days ago. What can I say, it was absolutely mindblowing and without a doubt the best anime I've seen so far. Complicated relationships, deep characters, and at the same time fun enough. So pretty much a perfect balance.

I can't wait for the second season. I don't want to read manga because the differences would irk me, I think (because despite of adapting the manga, the directors usually add their own style to the adaptation, like Death Note).

Now that I've marathoned LIAR GAME 2 (cool and over the top live-action series based on a manga), I think I'll try something new. Akagi seems pretty interesting, maybe because LIAR GAME got me hooked again on the psychological mindgame theme.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on March 17, 2010, 08:25:47 PM
Started up One Piece again. Last time I tried watching it, the site I was getting it from closed down and I had satellite internet, so no BitTorrent for me.

I'm halfway through Berserk and I've already started to download the raw manga to read in the future.
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Post by: Jet16 on March 25, 2010, 01:20:20 AM
I stopped watching Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood for a few months and then just decided to have a marathon today. I'm at episode 49 and am really interested to see where this storyline goes, specifically I'm really excited to see what happens on a certain day that's been built up for the past few episodes. Other than that, I started up Durarara!! The first episode has me interested.
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Post by: Seultoria on March 25, 2010, 01:39:57 PM
Finished Berserk yesterday. Time to hunt down the manga. When I first watched it, I thought it was gonna be average and overhyped, but it got more badass each episode.
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Post by: Jet16 on March 28, 2010, 05:16:59 PM
Started watching Durarara!! and Ghost Hunt. I'm only a few episodes into both but they've been pretty awesome, especially Durarara.
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Post by: moomoofarm7 on March 29, 2010, 05:12:59 PM
I thought Gungrave was amazing...right up until all that nonsense with zombies and crap.  It's one thing that I just never quite understood with so many animes that had enjoyable stories but just never knew when to freaking stop.  Beserk fit into this mold for me.  I know the manga went on much longer than the anime but to me it's the same thing.  It was a simple story of friendship that was told very well...then all of a sudden there is some crazy ass underworld shit going on.  Why must writers insist that their stories continue on and on and on?  Maybe some people like it, but honestly I thought everything about Gungrave went to shit as soon as the zombie stuff appeared and I just plain stopped watching

I agree that Gungrave would have been better off without the "zombification" and "specialization" as well as the Orgmen. However, I really liked the mad scientist aspect. I thought Dr. Tokioka was a great character, but you are right, they could have come up with something better than the "zombification". Regardless, I still greatly enjoyed this show and only have the last two episodes to go. If you didn't finish, you should. It's still very good. There really aren't many organized crime animes out there. I'd love to see more.

Also started watching X - 1-3
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Post by: Geop on April 03, 2010, 02:40:08 AM
Started watching Kanon.  The Makoto arc was sweet.  I didn't know Kanon would be so good.  Hope the rest is just as good...

Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu 1-3 - Hideyoshi is fucking adorable. :)
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Post by: Seultoria on April 03, 2010, 10:40:25 AM
Started One Piece again and started Evangelion. I saw some of it on [adult swim], but never finished the show.
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Post by: Dincrest on April 04, 2010, 11:02:13 AM
One of my Xmas gifts was the Wild Arms anime boxset and I just started watching it today.  I just finished vol. 1, the first 5 episodes.  Sure the editing and continuity are choppy, but it's a fun series that enhances the source material.  I'm something of a Wild Arms fanboy so I definitely dig it.  

EDIT:  Just finished up vol. 2.  I watched vol. 1 subtitled and this one dubbed.  The dub's actually quite good, although Jerusha's English voice is kinda grating. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: KGB13 on April 05, 2010, 02:22:41 PM
I've been watching Soul Eater (SUB) and Gurren Lagaan (DUB). But I've put Gurren Laggan on hold until I finish Soul Eater.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on April 05, 2010, 07:43:08 PM
I've been watching Soul Eater (SUB) and Gurren Lagaan (DUB). But I've put Gurren Laggan on hold until I finish Soul Eater.

I gave up on Soul Eater awhile ago, but looking at the releases -- holy shit.  I've gotta give it to Funimation.  They are releasing the DVDs at a fast pace.  I may consider picking up the 3rd DVD set (where I left off) when it's released in May/June.  I love the sub so should be worse giving it another shot.
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Post by: moomoofarm7 on April 05, 2010, 08:30:04 PM
I've watched through the 9th episode of X. There are some interesting parts to the story so far, and not much more. I hope it continues to get better. The animation quality is outstanding.

Started watching the Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X) OAVs. Amazing. Kenshin is an awesome character.

I also have Sword of the Stranger (heard this was an unbelievable samurai anime movie) and Zipang DVD 1 (WW2 alternate history series) in the mail. Unfortunately, Zipang is unfinished so if I like it I might read the manga, which continues the series.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on April 06, 2010, 09:51:51 AM
I started reading 20th Century Boys yesterday. I'm on the second volume. So far it's great. Naoki Urasawa's stories never let me down.
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Post by: Dincrest on April 07, 2010, 06:22:09 PM
I just finished watching the Wild Arms TV series.  I must say, vol. 3 was when the series *really* started getting good.  Episodes were tense and had continuity.  Vol. 4 continued that, and the ending was kinda cryptic; a change from the normally straightforward endings I'm used to from Wild Arms.  Fun series and definitely one where the 2nd half was better than the 1st half.
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Post by: Aeolus on April 08, 2010, 04:01:32 AM
Half way through Zeta Gundam. Nobody can pimp a ride like Char can. It ensaddens me to see that every female character has become walking piles of emotional baggage, dead, or both.

Checked out Kampfer. Its basically a generic harem with the only twist of the sausage gender bending thus becoming as objectified as any given female character in any given harem and being too harem protagonist level stupid to realize it. The fact that he, being the main girl, ends up with the main girl in true generic harem anime fashion was just lol-icing on the trashy retard lesbian cake.

Also FMA:B is getting into the final stretch. FUCK YEAH!!!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on April 08, 2010, 07:56:42 PM
Watched the first 4 episodes of Genshiken.  Am enjoying it immensely for some reason (add to the fact the whole series is only 20 dollars on Amazon).
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Post by: Kaspian on April 10, 2010, 11:07:09 PM
I watched the first season of GetBackers a little while ago, and had a lot of fun with that.  There was a nice mix of comedy and action in it imo.  I especially liked when Ginji got stuck exploring the Infinity Fortress with Akabane.  Good times there. :p

Also, finished re-watching Vision of Escaflowne (TV) recently, and still really like it.  The characters are pretty fun for the most part, and I always liked what they did with Dilandau in it.  Glad I watched it with subtitles, because I find this series to be a good example of how bad a lot of dubs were in the 90s. :p  Not sure what I want to watch next.  I've been hearing good things about Baccano, but Monster and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex have been tugging at me too.  Ah well, maybe I'll roll some dice to decide or something.
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Post by: Lard on April 12, 2010, 12:02:03 PM
Finished Berserk yesterday. Time to hunt down the manga. When I first watched it, I thought it was gonna be average and overhyped, but it got more badass each episode.

But I really hated the super abrupt ending.
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Post by: KGB13 on April 14, 2010, 04:12:02 PM
Just finished Soul Eater (SUB) and I gotta say that it was pretty good. I would just like a 2nd season just to have some questions answered. Now I'm going to finish up Gurren Lagann (DUB) and after that start Full Metal Alchemist (DUB). I'm also going to start another subbed series, I just don't know which one yet.
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Post by: Aeolus on April 14, 2010, 09:20:37 PM
Five more episodes of Zeta Gundam to go. My god does everyone on the Not-White Base not named Bright or Char have Downs Syndrome or something? I would have a strong desire to see Fa and Katz get lazor decapitated or something, but that would likely involve having them pilot something which is the worst thing that they could be doing (and besides, Fa would likely eject out of one of the infinite number of Methees (or whatever its called) anyways). At this point even the kids/haro are slightly less obnoxious than either one of them. They even make Kammile (or however his name is spelled) seem competent despite falling for/shouting at every cyber newtype in his general vicinity.

Also FMA:B is still completely awesome and should be watched (I even have a few new scenes that I want to see animated to replace the ones that are getting animated now).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: KGB13 on April 16, 2010, 12:54:50 PM
Now that I've finished Soul Eater (SUB) and Gurren Lagann (DUB) I've started 3 new anime, Full Metal Alchemist (DUB), When They Cry (DUB), and Pokemon Advanced (DUB). I always planned on watching FMA but never got around to it till now, When They Cry was on my "To Watch" list, and Pokemon Advanced was when I fell out of watching the show but now that I'm back to watching the anime and I'm already caught up on Pokemon DP I decided to watch it.
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Post by: Dice on April 16, 2010, 06:42:37 PM
I'm not as big into anime as I used to be... but I got reaally hooked on Haruhi Suzumiya when it first came out.
I was also part of the legion of people who were incredibly disappointed with the second season's Endless Eight arc.

However, it does fit nicely with the movie, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya!
What an aaaamazing film!!!  It was beautifully animated the whole way through.
The storyline gets incredibly deep and very involving.  And I loved the writing; being adapted from a novel, it sort of makes sense.  But Kyon is especially a fantastic narrator to take the viewer through the series, fulfilling a sort of bystander role.  But his clever...um, thoughts, I guess (when its just him in his head) are surprisingly a highlight of the show to me - he makes incredibly insightful remarks haha.

Basically it starts off with a Christmas celebration that Kyon is not at all excited for, but wakes up the next day and everything is "Normal".  As in, aliens, espers, and time-travellers don't exist and Haruhi doesn't even attend the school. Spoilers below...
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Esentially, you learn that Yuki is sort of fed up with the amount of slack she takes, and wanted a sort of break.  She offers Kyon a normal life, and a decision to keep it, or get back the crazy life where the SOS Brigade exists
You sort of get the notion that the author probably digs the harem games; all he girls seem to crush on Kyon a little bit.  Goddamn Japanese making the most unlikeable putz being chased by (usually) gorgeous voluptuous anime chicks.
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Post by: Aeolus on April 17, 2010, 12:37:32 AM
To be fair Kyon is by leagues superior to even good Harem Protagonists. Namely by being fairly intelligent and cynical of his predicament of having to keep a leash on an all powerful being (and the rest of the present company doesn't help much either). Whereas, your average Harem Protagonist's intellect can't even be compared to a sack of shit as that would be a grievous insult to the sack of shit.


That aside, finished Zeta Gundam today. Was worried by the lack of character deaths for a bit near the end but the last two episodes reassured me that I was indeed watching a Kill 'em all Tomino directed series. Best part was
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watching Katz getting the death he deserved (plot armor can't save you against an enemy ace, especially if all you're bringing to a mech fight is a lousy core fighter and you forget to pay attention to that asteroid in front of you) and Emma's face upon his death. Katzuuu!!! indeed.

Ironically the Methuss, and Fa by proxy, were the only mech to survive unscathed in the end despite getting completely blown up more times than any other mech in the show (the Zeta too for the most part, but the pilot on the other hand...).

Final verdict; Zeta is alright with the occasional flash of brilliance but not nearly the show many make it out to be (and if this is the best Gundam series then it would behoove me to leave it at that and not bother with the other series, though Turn A and G Gundam sound different enough to warrant a look, but that's for another time).

Of course this could be the result of Sunrise botching up the editing for the US release or something because there were scenes that definitely felt out of order like Haman suddenly teleporting from the middle of the final showdown to reassuring Minerva that she'll survive with all her power and back again.
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Post by: Dice on April 17, 2010, 02:02:43 AM
To be fair Kyon is by leagues superior to even good Harem Protagonists. Namely by being fairly intelligent and cynical of his predicament of having to keep a leash on an all powerful being (and the rest of the present company doesn't help much either). Whereas, your average Harem Protagonist's intellect can't even be compared to a sack of shit as that would be a grievous insult to the sack of shit.

I think I found him!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-2QjsLtjp8
x100.  This seems to be the framework for like...all harems.
...Oh, except for School Days haha.  YouTube that for some good times.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Wild Armor on April 18, 2010, 11:39:53 PM
To be fair Kyon is by leagues superior to even good Harem Protagonists. Namely by being fairly intelligent and cynical of his predicament of having to keep a leash on an all powerful being (and the rest of the present company doesn't help much either). Whereas, your average Harem Protagonist's intellect can't even be compared to a sack of shit as that would be a grievous insult to the sack of shit.

I think I found him!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-2QjsLtjp8
x100.  This seems to be the framework for like...all harems.
...Oh, except for School Days haha.  YouTube that for some good times.

That anime was just a pain to watch after episode 13-14. Wasn't negima something like that too? Only with even younger girls?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: KGB13 on April 22, 2010, 03:36:45 AM
I'm currently on episode 11 of FMA (DUB), When They Cry (DUB), and Pokemon Advance (DUB). I'm enjoying all 3 and have no plans on dropping any of them.

I also watched episode 621 of Pokemon DP: Galactic Battles (DUB).
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Post by: Dice on April 22, 2010, 02:22:32 PM
Burned through the eleven *awesome* episodes of Eden of the East. 

I love this show; the opening and ending are beautifully done as well (odd hearing an Oasis song in the opening!)

The premise is really interesting, and the characters are nothing short of fascinating.  For a serious show, they like throwing in comic-book humour; but otherwise the characters avoid being complete stereotype...thank christ.

I really recommend it!!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 24, 2010, 08:27:45 AM
I've had Eden of the East in my HD for a year now. I'll watch it this summer though.

Aside from that, I'm not seeing the hype around Evangelion. 10 episodes through so far.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on April 24, 2010, 10:14:57 AM
I've had Eden of the East in my HD for a year now. I'll watch it this summer though.

Aside from that, I'm not seeing the hype around Evangelion. 10 episodes through so far.

You had to be there for it. Much like Aerith's death scene when it first came out, and before you realized just how retarded her death really was in comparison to most of the crap that you had to deal with to get there like being shot by grunts, or a Giant Snake nuking the hell out of your party, or taking a Hell House's missile spam to the face. And that's not even considering the whole Fenix Down angle.

Other than that Eva was basically a deconstruction of the Super Robot genre, subverting and parodying many of the then trademarks of the genre.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Adapheon on April 27, 2010, 03:59:49 PM
Ya, anime has gone so far past Eva at this point that a lot of it probably isn't worth watching, hopefully all those new theatrical releases will spruce things up a bit.

I've been in ultra lazy anime mode for the past year or so, just watching Naruto and Bleach since I started watching fansubs of the two when they first started so they're just part of my life now, at least at this point both are actually doing something so that's fun.

Also me and one of my roommates went through almost all of Pokemon and we're getting through Digimon now too and realizing what a better show Digimon was. We also gave up a bit on the persona anime, not permenantly but way too non-sensical to watch just before bed.
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Post by: Seultoria on May 14, 2010, 11:20:39 PM
Finished Eva. Far from impressed.
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Post by: KGB13 on May 15, 2010, 01:11:32 AM
I just finished When They Cry (DUB) and it was great. I plan on watching the sequel at some point soon because there were a lot of questions unanswered and I've read that the sequel answers some of those. Now I'm back to watching Bleach (DUB), Naruto Shippuden (SUB), and FMA (DUB).
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Post by: Andrew on May 15, 2010, 01:39:41 AM
Recently started watching Bakemonogatari. Very strange, but it's the kind of thing I like!
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Post by: Alisha on May 18, 2010, 06:57:30 PM
omg final fantasy unlimited is really bad.....
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Post by: CosmicSisyphus on May 20, 2010, 06:37:10 PM
I'm about to begin Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life. I still need to complete Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix. I've read all of MW, Ode to Kirihito, Apollo's Song, and Buddha. Oh, and Naoki Urasawa's Pluto was awesome.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: moomoofarm7 on May 25, 2010, 01:42:18 PM
Recently started Berserk which is getting very good now that I'm 11 episodes in. Awesome medieval themed show with some great characters, gory fighting, and powerful scenes.

Also watched the first DVD of Zipang which is a World War II, Japanese perspective series. So far it's awesome. Very interesting, especially for people interested in WWII or history.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CDFN on May 30, 2010, 07:35:30 AM
omg final fantasy unlimited is really bad.....

I stopped watching after the second episode. How they manged to not make a decent anime out of FF is beyond me.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: moomoofarm7 on May 30, 2010, 07:46:43 PM
Watched the first 2 episodes of Armored Trooper Votoms. So far it seems like it could shape into a pretty awesome 80s space wars series. Looking forward to the next episode.
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Post by: insertnamehere on May 31, 2010, 05:47:19 AM
watched first episodes on tenjou tenge and haibane renmei
nearly everyone in tenjou tenge has ridiculous and/or stupid looking hair
haibane renmei seem good so far, though watching those wings grow out was really hard for me
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CDFN on June 04, 2010, 12:01:13 PM
Evangelion 2.22. Damn, these remakes are great. I'm surprised with how much they changed the story, I wasn't expecting so many differences after watching 1.01. So far I'm liking it though, I just want a decent ending this time because I really didn't like the end of evangelion movie. 2.22 was going into very similar territory towards the end, I actually thought it was going to end already though I was positive that there would be more movies lol. False alarm though.
Fan service is through the roof. Misato/Asuka fans, brace yourselves.
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Post by: insertnamehere on June 09, 2010, 05:05:29 PM
finished watching first 4 episodes of higurashi
surprisingly, it didn't scare me very much but it did give me goosebumps
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on June 10, 2010, 04:36:21 PM
I always get the worst backlogs when it comes to anime.

Not really watching much at the moment except Fairy Tail.  It's pretty silly like Slayers but enjoying it regardless.  I think the 2nd ED might be one of my favorite ending themes ever.  Just really like it for some reason.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Yggdrasil on June 10, 2010, 11:32:06 PM
haibane renmei seem good so far, though watching those wings grow out was really hard for me

Oh! Haibane Renmei, I love that series. :')

Evangelion 2.22. Damn, these remakes are great. I'm surprised with how much they changed the story, I wasn't expecting so many differences after watching 1.01. So far I'm liking it though, I just want a decent ending this time because I really didn't like the end of evangelion movie. 2.22 was going into very similar territory towards the end, I actually thought it was going to end already though I was positive that there would be more movies lol. False alarm though.
Fan service is through the roof. Misato/Asuka fans, brace yourselves.

Maybe tonight I watch the damn thing along with Summer Wars.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on June 11, 2010, 12:21:06 AM
Quote from: Full Metal Alchemist
FUCK YEAH!!!!!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 11, 2010, 08:13:58 AM
Through episode 53 of One Piece. Through episode 4 of Fairy Tail. Through episode 4 of Rurouni Kenshin. Gave up on Moribito. Don't know where all of the fighting went after episode 2. Reading To-LOVE-Ru manga in Japanese and I'm on chapter 4 or 5.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Darilon on June 14, 2010, 05:25:05 PM
I am currently watching Working!! and Arakawa under the bridge. Arakawa under the bridge oddly reminds me of Sayonara Zabuso Sensei. In the beginning I found some of the characters slightly annoying but you quickly warm up to them.

Mangawise I am reading Hoshi no Samidare(Which I am loving) and Yankee kun to Megane Chan.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Chronix112 on June 29, 2010, 11:31:33 PM
Seikon no Qwsar the uncensored version.  This show is just so wrong on so many levels and just when you think they can't up the perverseness any higher they take it up to 11
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on June 30, 2010, 09:08:05 AM
I know I'm years late, but I finally finished reading Monster. OMG was it one of the best manga stories I've ever read. The ending left a bit to be desired, but overall I was very satisfied after it was over. Urasawa is easily my favorite manga author.

Now I have to wait until they release all of 20th Century Boys so I can finish reading that.

Has anyone ever watched Yawara? It's one of his older mangas/animes. My Japanese roommate let me borrow the first season of the anime and I really liked it. He said it's out of print in Japan and it would run him $150 or more dollars to buy the set he bought here in the US for $50.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Chronix112 on June 30, 2010, 04:54:07 PM
Seikon no Qwaser 13-15 WTF? what happened to the epic, dark, perverted, sadist of the week shounen title it used to be? Now its converted into a crappy high school comedy...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on July 01, 2010, 02:55:11 AM
Seikon no Qwaser 13-15 WTF? what happened to the epic, dark, perverted, sadist of the week shounen title it used to be? Now its converted into a crappy high school comedy...

i've only seen a couple episodes of it and each time it seemed to have quite a bit of high school comedy, like with that one girl with blue hair having MASSIVE boobs that got fondled a lot and mafuyu being that archetype of an extremely cheerful girl that pretty much everyone likes
higurashi would do that too
one minute, it would be dark and serious but a few seconds before that it was really lighthearted.
and isn't it seinen instead of shounen?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Chronix112 on July 01, 2010, 12:01:28 PM
Yeah, it does have some high school comedy in it  but after 13 The anime just ditches the story and goes totally just for that. Its sorta justified seeing what happened at the end of episode 12, but that doesn't mean it sucks any less. Going to watch 16-20 later and hopefully it gets back on track again.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 17, 2010, 11:12:40 PM
Full Metal Panic is the only anime I'm watching now. After that, I'll be rewatching The Second Raid and starting The Twelve Kingdoms.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on July 23, 2010, 11:31:16 AM
One Manga is going under within a week :( There's an official announcement on their website when you try to go to it.



Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Giga_Force on July 23, 2010, 01:51:17 PM
I was gonna make a topic on what anime/manga I own or have watched/read, but I will just list what I have and what i'm currently into.

Anime I Own:
All Seasons of DBZ that Funimation put out from the last couple of years (Wish I never bought them now)
Dragon Box Vol. 1
Dragon Ball Season 1
Rurouni Kenshin Complete
Samurai X Collection
Outlaw Star
Trigun
Cowboy Bebop/Movie
Samurai 7
Samurai Deeper Kyo
Gungrave
GANTZ

Manga I Own:
Kenshin (Complete)
Berserk (Vol 1-4)

Not much to list but Im more into games but Im limited to what I read and watch when it comes to anime and manga
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 23, 2010, 07:24:22 PM
Haven't made any progress in FMP because I'm watching it through Netflix and my dad has been on vacation, so he's gotten the bulk of the movies. I did start FMA: Brotherhood (never did watch much of the original) and started reading the manga now that it's over (both in Japanese.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on August 18, 2010, 08:34:31 PM
Watching occult academy. Animu x-files/supernatural isn't a bad concept. But there's not near enough occult going on. It's more interested taking tropes, that would be ok used sparingly and running them into the ground. Plus Bunmei's girlfriend. I was bored in her introduction episode waiting for her to turn into a demon or something. She never did. If she is in fact a demon she feeds not on the souls of men, but on valuable airtime.

I don't totally hate the show and I figure there's nowhere to go but up as it reaches it's climax, but it's a 13 episode show. It's wasted potential that a lot more isn't happening.

Quote
One Manga is going under within a week :(

Honestly, it only seems convenient using something like onemanga. A direct download without squashed two page spreads and no wait between pages is really a better option.

After buying that is. *cough*
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on August 21, 2010, 05:21:11 AM
Yeah, it does have some high school comedy in it  but after 13 The anime just ditches the story and goes totally just for that. Its sorta justified seeing what happened at the end of episode 12, but that doesn't mean it sucks any less. Going to watch 16-20 later and hopefully it gets back on track again.


A month late but the premise of the show did involve a whole lot of sucking so you should've known wha tit was going to come down to in the beginning.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Sagacious-T on August 22, 2010, 02:48:19 PM
Just finished NHK 8)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on August 22, 2010, 11:23:49 PM
A month late but the premise of the show did involve a whole lot of sucking so you should've known wha tit was going to come down to in the beginning.

teehee, you said "tit"
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on September 10, 2010, 07:15:20 AM
been trying a bunch of (mostly) fanservice shows and none stand out except maybe a few
also started Now and Then, Here and There
something tells me this is going to be friggin epic from start to finish
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on September 11, 2010, 06:17:19 PM
That's because Now and Then, Here and There is fucking epic.

--

I've been watching Japanese dramas a lot more than anime lately (not a lot of good anime is coming out these days,) and I'm watching Darker Than Black. It's cool. Doesn't really have a story since everything is a 2 episode story.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on September 11, 2010, 06:19:04 PM
been trying a bunch of (mostly) fanservice shows and none stand out except maybe a few
also started Now and Then, Here and There
something tells me this is going to be friggin epic from start to finish

If Epic = Depressing As Hell, then yes.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on September 13, 2010, 02:14:12 PM
well it is depressing, but also epic.
Hen Zemi (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=11370)
W
T
F
?
this "thing" is a totally accurate example of quite possibly all of modern japan
perverted sick bastards
and it ends with a huge gaping question that leaves it open for a sequel
again, WTF?
edit: I found a manga (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/neon-genesis-evangelion/campus-apocalypse/gn-1) that has a premise with a premise that reminds me too much of P3.
I guess companies besides Atlus enjoy milking that story.
it'll probably turn into a "cliche" a few years from now
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kstar on October 01, 2010, 01:23:16 AM
I've decided to try to start getting into Anime. Right now, I'm watching .hack//Roots.  I'm digging it, which I think is because I really liked the .hack g.u. games.  I was also watching Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, I'm ify on it.  I only finished the first disc and I thought it was right up my alley because I really dig music, but I just can't get fully invested in it.  Going to try another disc and see what happens.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Starmongoose on October 01, 2010, 07:47:31 AM
I don't think I could describe myself an an anime fan, though I have watched a couple series and movies and enjoyed them just as much as live-action ones. However, I do turn my nose up at the vast majority, and I never seem to be gripped by the really popular ones like, Bleach, Naruto or One Piece.

That being said, I started watching Higurashi: When They Cry last night. The first episode really had me rolling my eyes, as it seemed the epitome of pretty much all the cliche's I don't like in anime. But for some reason, I'm not sure why, I decided to stick with it, and the whole thing got a lot darker, really quickly, and now I'm really caught up the mystery of it all and I'm starting to appreciate it.

The animation isn't the best, they do take a lot of shortcuts, but i'm not the kind of person who gets bothered by that.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on October 02, 2010, 06:21:28 PM
I gave into hype and watched K-On! episide 1....  





What's all the hype about now?
I think Yui should be in a special school, no one should be that dumb.

They're cute and all, and the animation is adorable, but oddly serious when it comes to instruments and music.

---------
EDIT:  I just watched the First Episode of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.  It's an absolute brilliant blend of cute meeting filth, east and west animation, and silly and awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEpy0znKHWs
That vid kinda explains.  FYI, yes'm, our heroine is cover in poo-poo due to a poo-monster.  See it if you can!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on October 03, 2010, 11:42:41 PM
higurashi is meant to be cutesy and also make anyone that forgets it is a horror show shit bricks
Denpa Teki na Kanojo (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10519)
this "thing" is bizarre as hell.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Yoda on October 06, 2010, 01:16:24 AM
Not sure if any of you people can read Japanese but this is a long shot worth it.

About a month ago my +1 and I went to a huge japanese market in the NW-burbs of Chicago called Mitsuwa. They had a bookstore there and I spent about 30 min just looking at all the awesome magazines, books, and manga. Everything they make has such awesome quality to it.

If you guys can read the lingo or dig collecting japanese stuff check it out.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on October 06, 2010, 02:58:37 AM
Not sure if any of you people can read Japanese but this is a long shot worth it.

About a month ago my +1 and I went to a huge japanese market in the NW-burbs of Chicago called Mitsuwa. They had a bookstore there and I spent about 30 min just looking at all the awesome magazines, books, and manga. Everything they make has such awesome quality to it.

If you guys can read the lingo or dig collecting japanese stuff check it out.

that sounds like something thoren would love, particularly if it has porn.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Zadok83 on October 13, 2010, 11:33:02 PM
If this haven't been mentioned already (I didn't read all 56 pages :p), I really like History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi.  I've been reading it for a year now and I recently watched the Anime.  Great stuff if you like Martial Arts.  It has a good story so far, but it can sometimes contain fanservice. (a little ecchi, but not gratuitous).  Personally, I think it's less ecchi than the Dragonball manga.  If you haven't already, check it out.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: sandiny0ursh0es on October 14, 2010, 04:53:41 PM
I finally obtained Basilisk based off of recommendations from here. I was looking for something very actiony. Something along the lines of Flame of Recca or Naruto where it focuses on fighting and cool techniques. We'll see how it goes.

Edit: Turns out this anime isn't as action-packed as I was hoping for... can get very drama/romance. :(
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on October 21, 2010, 02:06:21 AM
Basilisk is good mindless action except at the start and end, when for some reason it thinks it's cliche plot actually matters. The rest of it is ninja fight of the week and it does it well.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on October 22, 2010, 01:44:53 PM
I watched the first episode of Bakuman last night. It was enjoyable. I cracked up a few times at some parts. Since the manga volumes come out so far apart in the US, I'll probably end up watching the whole anime before reading the whole manga.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CDFN on October 28, 2010, 02:13:40 PM
I just watched a movie called summer wars, it was pretty cool.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on October 29, 2010, 09:47:22 AM
I just watched a movie called summer wars, it was pretty cool.

I hated it...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: xXMelancholiaXx on October 30, 2010, 05:59:29 AM
I finished watching High School of the Dead a few days ago. It had a bit of superfluous fanservice but it was pretty good. I'm not sure what series I should start next. I'll probably finish up Umineko no Naku Koro Ni.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Darilon on October 30, 2010, 02:12:20 PM
Just finished watching Now and Then, Here and There. The first episode was pretty meh but starting from the second this show was amazing. It was way darker than I predicted from episode one.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Zadok83 on October 30, 2010, 04:18:42 PM
I wish they would make an anime of Kongoh Bancho!  Does anyone know whether or not the mangaka plans on releasing new manga volumes?  It got up to ch 70 and suddenly stopped.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on October 30, 2010, 08:35:24 PM
Any recommendations of good anime that aired in 2008-2010? For the past year or so, I've been moving away from anime towards Japanese dramas, and I'm really behind in anime, and have no idea what is good or not.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: the.impending.autumn on November 07, 2010, 01:37:46 AM
Anime (current) : Genesis Survivor Gaiarth, Welcome to the N.H.K., Genshiken 2, Wolf's Rain, Maison Ikkoku
Anime (just finished) : Genshiken, Haibane Renmei
Anime (watching wishlist) : Last Exile, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Gurren Lagann

Manga : ON HOLD.  I have no time/money.  :'(
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: the.impending.autumn on November 07, 2010, 01:43:56 AM
Any recommendations of good anime that aired in 2008-2010? For the past year or so, I've been moving away from anime towards Japanese dramas, and I'm really behind in anime, and have no idea what is good or not.

I second this.  I also fell away from anime and into doramas in recent years and I now want to come back to anime again.  Any anime suggestions would be great, but I'll also take any good dorama recommendations you have!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on November 11, 2010, 08:25:35 AM
I resumed Zeta Gundam. Just finished the 32nd episode. I like how much smaller this gundam feels in comparison to say Gundam Wing, where it seems like a single Gundam could just cut the world in half if they felt like it. However, some of the voice acting is awful. But I also like the old-school animation.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: (Tunnels) on November 13, 2010, 05:05:28 PM
I've been feeling rather "meh" about anime lately, but out of curiosity I started watching Shiki on Hulu (http://www.hulu.com/shiki) a couple weeks ago and I'm totally hooked. Really good creepy atmosphere despite some rather questionable character designs. I've only watched the first 9 episodes, but so far its one of the more successful horror anime I've watched. The 9th episode was rather chilling overall too. And sorta like Higurashi, I think the character designs throw you off, since they're so...colorful, which kinda contrasts with the tone.

One word of warning though, the plot moves slow. This is not a problem for me since I like the fact that they're taking their time to build the tension and develop the characters, but some may be turned off by this.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Starmongoose on November 13, 2010, 05:48:26 PM
I'm currently 14 episodes in "Monster". So far i'm enjoying it.

I didn't get hooked instantly like I did with Higurashi but, about seven episodes in I started to see what it was doing and then I started to appreciate it more.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on November 15, 2010, 04:20:35 PM
Finished episode 38 of Zeta Gundam. This show picked up a lot in the last few episodes. Quattro is going as Char now, the whole exchange between Camille and Four was very good, and finally, the AEUG actually did something. The press conference episode is a high point of the series. I think my biggest complaint with this series is its pacing. So much of the early episodes meander as they try to establish the characters. I guess it was successful, because I did find myself empathizing with these characters a lot in the last few episodes, but couldn't they have made something like this happen, say 10 episodes earlier?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on November 19, 2010, 01:05:36 AM
This may be a little too late in response to those requests for good recent anime, but oh well
Bakemonogatari, Angel Beats, and something else i'm forgetting
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on November 19, 2010, 10:57:51 AM
On a whim I went and bought a manga. That makes, I think, the second book I bought this year. So what did I come home with?

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service volume 1

I read a preview of this on Dark Horse's website and thought it looked interesting. Then I read some reviews and it seemed like it would deviate from the overflow of Shonen and other shit I'm not particularly interested in on the manga shelf. One reviewer described this as a mix between Scooby-Doo and Se7en.

After reading it over the past few days (each story was the perfect length, as I found I had just enough time to start and finish each chapter on the way to and from work), I'm impressed. Though none of the characters have really taken shape just yet, there is a pacing to the stories I really like. For a manga that has so much nudity (three of the four stories in the volume showcase some), I was pleased that it wasn't gratuitous or glorified. If the a character was naked, there was a reason for it, and usually a fucked up one.

Also, the presentation of the book is a breath of fresh air compared to the glossy, flamboyant covers that most manga sport.

If you can find the first volume (it took me a few days), I recommend you give it a shot.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on November 19, 2010, 05:16:31 PM
Just started Mobile Suit Gundam and Star Driver. Star Driver is a Bones series, so I have high hopes for it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on November 22, 2010, 05:11:39 PM
Watched Spirited Away last night, hoping it would cure the cold I seem to have picked up over the weekend. It did not. Still, as always, a great anime.

Also, snagged the second volume of the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and 20th Century Boys Volume 1. Impressions forthcoming.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on November 22, 2010, 09:55:27 PM
Watched Spirited Away last night, hoping it would cure the cold I seem to have picked up over the weekend. It did not. Still, as always, a great anime.

Also, snagged the second volume of the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and 20th Century Boys Volume 1. Impressions forthcoming.

How is Kurosagi? I saw it at the store once and couldn't decide if I wanted to read it or not. You're going to love 20th Century boys. I bought the first 8 volumes off ebay for a very good price, since then I've been going to Border's to read the rest of the volumes as they come out. Naoki Urasawa is a genius as usual.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on November 23, 2010, 08:51:32 AM
How is Kurosagi? I saw it at the store once and couldn't decide if I wanted to read it or not. You're going to love 20th Century boys. I bought the first 8 volumes off ebay for a very good price, since then I've been going to Border's to read the rest of the volumes as they come out. Naoki Urasawa is a genius as usual.

From what I've read (all of volume 1 and half of volume 2), it's really good. The first volume is more episodic and doesn't really explore the characters' backgrounds very much, but the stories are enjoyable enough and mix humor and the darker side of things pretty well. Volume 2 kicks thing up a couple notches and becomes a lot more focused on the individual characters. Overall the pacing to these stories is a lot more even than I've found in other manga and this makes the plot twists more effective. And, from what I've read, Kurosagi only gets better as it goes along.

Also, as a warning, there are some pretty gruesome crimes they investigate. None of it's ever portrayed in a tasteless way, but that doesn't keep them from being pretty visceral on a graphic/psychological level.

EDIT: The only real complaint I have with the series is that the second volume is filled with typos that could have been fixed with a simple proofreading. While it's easy to figure out what the characters should have said, it is still a blemish on an otherwise great series. I think I've found 4 or 5 so far and I'm only halfway through the volume.

I don''t remember the first volume having this problem.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on November 23, 2010, 11:17:57 PM
EDIT: The only real complaint I have with the series is that the second volume is filled with typos that could have been fixed with a simple proofreading. While it's easy to figure out what the characters should have said, it is still a blemish on an otherwise great series. I think I've found 4 or 5 so far and I'm only halfway through the volume.

I don''t remember the first volume having this problem.

It sounds like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for the mini impressions.

One pet peeve of mine is typos in finalized manga volumes. There's really no need for it. Isn't it the editors job to fix these things? I see such stupid mistakes sometimes. Spelling errors, missing words from sentences, etc. It really gets on my nerves. I'd make sure every word and sentence is perfect.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on November 24, 2010, 12:05:45 AM
This may be a little too late in response to those requests for good recent anime, but oh well
Bakemonogatari, Angel Beats, and something else i'm forgetting

Highschool of the Dead!
that was it
I probably forgot it because I generally dislike zombie-related stuff, but this show makes it all okay through character development
It also has some fanservice from time to time
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on November 24, 2010, 08:26:05 AM
EDIT: The only real complaint I have with the series is that the second volume is filled with typos that could have been fixed with a simple proofreading. While it's easy to figure out what the characters should have said, it is still a blemish on an otherwise great series. I think I've found 4 or 5 so far and I'm only halfway through the volume.

I don''t remember the first volume having this problem.

It sounds like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for the mini impressions.

One pet peeve of mine is typos in finalized manga volumes. There's really no need for it. Isn't it the editors job to fix these things? I see such stupid mistakes sometimes. Spelling errors, missing words from sentences, etc. It really gets on my nerves. I'd make sure every word and sentence is perfect.

One would hope, but I'm pretty sure the editor didn't bother to read this volume. Maybe I have an older printing though, because all of the images I find online show a blue cover but mine is silver. Maybe the blue cover is the revised version.

Finished Volume 2 of the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. What a good story. At first, one of the big twists left me with mixed feelings, but after putting all of the pieces into place it made sense. Very curious to see what the next volume does.

Watched up to Episode 45 of Zeta Gundam. I'm curious to see how this series ends, as the latter half has been much more enjoyable the former.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on November 30, 2010, 07:41:01 PM
Is V Gundam worth my time?  Did a little research; can't tell.  I know some people here love Gundam so I wouldn't mind a few opinions.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on December 03, 2010, 09:25:43 PM
Finally got a round to reading the first volume of 20th Century Boys. Impressions:

I love the pacing of this story and how the narrative shifts. Uraswa is very adept at sequencing and this is probably my favorite aspect of the manga. He knows how to tell a story. It's really impressive how seamlessly he weaves together the micro and the macro details, whcih allows the reader to really develop a relationship with the characters while keeping the big picture in mind. I think I know I know where it's going, but I also have a few questions too.

The art has a nice touch and moves from being the perfect amount of detail to nice and light.

However, there were two cringe worthy moments in the manga, one fairly early and other towards the end. When Kenji is talking about his niece getting to "suck on a real tittie", it felt a bit flat, especially considering how smooth the rest of the dialogue is. This is minor, and didn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the story, but it certainly made that page/few panels suffer.

Definitely interested in continuing the series.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on December 03, 2010, 10:20:57 PM
Is V Gundam worth my time?  Did a little research; can't tell.  I know some people here love Gundam so I wouldn't mind a few opinions.

I might as well toss in my opinion. I only watched 3 episodes, but that's as much as I could stand. I was marathoning the entire meta-series at the time, so that might explain it. It was only a few months ago, though. I'll watch some more tomorrow and see. I remember it being too overly dramatic, like there was bad stuff happening at every turn, and it was very heavyhanded with its themes, but we'll see. SRW got me somewhat interested, to say the least, so I have some motivation to watch it again.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on December 04, 2010, 06:58:13 PM
V Gundam as in Victory Gundam?

Loved it. Favorite Gundam series.

Victory and Zeta are usually touted as being the best two in the Gundam universe.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on December 04, 2010, 07:04:26 PM
I haven't seen V Gundam, but if it's anything like Zeta Gundam then I can only give a mixed review. Sometimes the show is spot on, others it falls falt or is overly dramatic. Also, Zeta Gundam is fucking long. 50 episodes is a lot for a show that doesn't keep a consistent stride. I have five episodes to go before I'm done, but I can say the latter half was more enjoyable the former.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on December 04, 2010, 11:39:41 PM
I haven't seen V Gundam, but if it's anything like Zeta Gundam then I can only give a mixed review. Sometimes the show is spot on, others it falls falt or is overly dramatic. Also, Zeta Gundam is fucking long. 50 episodes is a lot for a show that doesn't keep a consistent stride. I have five episodes to go before I'm done, but I can say the latter half was more enjoyable the former.

That sums up my opinion of Victory Gundam, but so far I think Zeta had a better overall excecution. It is getting better, though, and it hasn't plodded as much as Zeta tends to do. I think...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on December 06, 2010, 06:01:47 PM
Thanks for the replies.  I'll give it a shot and see how the first dozen episodes go.  Only thing that I foresee really pissing me off is a 13 year old main character.  We'll see how it goes.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on December 06, 2010, 09:31:48 PM
Thanks for the replies.  I'll give it a shot and see how the first dozen episodes go.  Only thing that I foresee really pissing me off is a 13 year old main character.  We'll see how it goes.  Thanks.

The main character is disturbingly mature for his age, and a lot of what he's done so far either make sense, or would make sense if he was 30. And I think he even has a wife and kid, too, but I'll have to check up on that. "They're just friends", but that doesn't explain the kid...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on December 06, 2010, 10:17:01 PM
Finally got a round to reading the first volume of 20th Century Boys. Impressions:

I love the pacing of this story and how the narrative shifts. Uraswa is very adept at sequencing and this is probably my favorite aspect of the manga. He knows how to tell a story. It's really impressive how seamlessly he weaves together the micro and the macro details, whcih allows the reader to really develop a relationship with the characters while keeping the big picture in mind. I think I know I know where it's going, but I also have a few questions too.

I'm curious, where do you think it's going? I already know, but I just want to know what you think.

That is one thing I love about Urasawa is that he makes you care about the characters. Have you ever watched Yawara? It was one of Urasawa's early mangas that got turned into a successful anime in the 80's. It was about a female judokan.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on December 07, 2010, 09:01:02 AM
Finally got a round to reading the first volume of 20th Century Boys. Impressions:

I love the pacing of this story and how the narrative shifts. Uraswa is very adept at sequencing and this is probably my favorite aspect of the manga. He knows how to tell a story. It's really impressive how seamlessly he weaves together the micro and the macro details, whcih allows the reader to really develop a relationship with the characters while keeping the big picture in mind. I think I know I know where it's going, but I also have a few questions too.

I'm curious, where do you think it's going? I already know, but I just want to know what you think.

That is one thing I love about Urasawa is that he makes you care about the characters. Have you ever watched Yawara? It was one of Urasawa's early mangas that got turned into a successful anime in the 80's. It was about a female judokan.

These are just guesses about the characters mostly.

Well, I think that machine that the cult unveiled at the end is very much related to that brief scene where that girl wakes up to see some giant machine looming over the city. The character list in the front only lists her as "girl", otherwise I'd give a name. This scene is in the first chapter.

I'm pretty sure Spider-San, Kenji's college musician friend, is the one who says, "I think our friend is going to like this," in reference to that machine thing at the end.

The next volume is obviously going to introduce Yukiji. I wonder if her and Kenji will hook up. My guess is...maybe.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on December 13, 2010, 11:51:05 AM
I'm 15 episodes into Victory Gundam, and this has to be the most depressing show I've ever watched. Character deaths happen so frequently that I'm no longer surprised by them anymore, in fact they don't have much effect on me at all anymore. I even had to stop watching the "On our next episode" stuff because they started giving away who dies. It's still Gundam, and it's still a compelling watch, but I probably won't watch it as fervently as I've watched nearly every other show in the series.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on December 13, 2010, 04:01:45 PM
Zeta and Victory are notorious for killing off characters. I find it more realistic than shows like Gundam 00 or the SEED series, where only a few people died in the whole war (that weren't cannon fodder.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on December 13, 2010, 06:55:04 PM
Zeta and Victory are notorious for killing off characters. I find it more realistic than shows like Gundam 00 or the SEED series, where only a few people died in the whole war (that weren't cannon fodder.)

Yeah, I have no problem with it functionally, but I'd like it if they were developed more before they died off so why the viewers would have a reason to care when they do die. I recall Zeta Gundam always did that. In Victory Gundam it just seems like they're a step above cannon fodder.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kstar on December 23, 2010, 12:35:05 AM
Been watching Ouran High School Host Club, and yes it's goofy and over the top, but it's hilarious!  And it's got Vic Mignogna, Junpei from P3's VA, need I say more?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on December 23, 2010, 10:10:16 AM
Been watching Ouran High School Host Club, and yes it's goofy and over the top, but it's hilarious!  And it's got Vic Mignogna, Junpei from P3's VA, need I say more?

Now you're tempting me.

I finished off Martian Successor Nadesico a few days ago, now I've moved on to Cowboy Bebop, which I'm up to episode 8 on. Good show, but hard to watch multiple episodes in a single day.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Giga_Force on December 24, 2010, 02:42:41 AM
Im trying to catch up on my Berserk manga but its still impossible for me with work and plenty of games to play.
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Post by: Kstar on December 30, 2010, 02:23:48 PM
I started watching Hell Girl and it reminds me so much of Persona 3 and 4 with the dark hour. Basically at midnight, you type into a computer who you want vengeance  on.  It always comes with a price though.  Anyway, it's kinda depressing at times and the episodes always leave you with this intense feeling of a mixture of sorrow and relief - can't really explain it.  It's not the best anime I've seen, but it really makes me think.  I'm really interested to see if I find out more about the Hell Girl, I have a feeling she doesn't like her job so much.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on January 01, 2011, 03:48:34 PM
I'm finally getting through some OVAs I had on the backburner. Now I only have Megazone 23, Bubblegum Crisis, FLCL, and Project Blue Planet SOS(Ugh...) left to watch, though I may take a break after Megazone 23. If I do I might squeeze in Plastic Little next time...if I ever find it Got it order for $5. :)

OVAs:

Gunbuster
Dream Hunter REM
Genmu Senki Leda
MD Geist
Legend of Lemnear
Dragon Century
Megazone 23
Fight!! Iczer One

Annnnd We're done! Now to get a start on my next OVA Marathon!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: MeshGearFox on January 09, 2011, 09:33:04 PM
Reading m*****fucking Homestuck.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on January 16, 2011, 01:25:46 PM
Reading m*****fucking Homestuck.

Is that a real Manga? Or the name of somekind of group or something?

Just finished rewatching Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, and I must say it's one helluva show. Sure, the story's a bit fantastical and preachy for a Gundam show, and the characters are...insane, and it misses a LOT of small, and occasionally big, details it's still very enjoyable to watch, especially for the action sequences, and the story was mostly compelling throughout.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on January 16, 2011, 02:02:05 PM
You might want to check out Gundam X and Gundam 00 if you haven't yet.  They are pretty similar to Gundam Wing. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on January 16, 2011, 09:48:47 PM
You might want to check out Gundam X and Gundam 00 if you haven't yet.  They are pretty similar to Gundam Wing. 

Gundam 00 - Already watched it and love it. Even rewatched a few episodes not too long ago. Still, glad to know someone else enjoyed it.

Gundam X is up next, but it may be a while before I get to it. I watched all 49 episodes of Gundam Wing in 5 days. I need a break, man.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Superflat on January 17, 2011, 12:37:58 AM
Been watching Ouran High School Host Club, and yes it's goofy and over the top, but it's hilarious!  And it's got Vic Mignogna, Junpei from P3's VA, need I say more?

I started watching this over Thanksgiving because I was bored and heard it mentioned a couple of times from friends. It was a great guilty pleasure series, but I only watched the first half of the first season or so. K-ON! falls into the same boat for me - cutesy guilty pleasure anime fun.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kstar on January 25, 2011, 06:38:51 PM
Watching Welcome to the N-H-K, I recommend this one fully. I'm only half way through it, but it's comical and actually realistic in this odd way.  I can't explain it, but this ranks of one of my top favs so far. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Andrew on January 26, 2011, 02:39:14 AM
Been watching Ouran High School Host Club, and yes it's goofy and over the top, but it's hilarious!  And it's got Vic Mignogna, Junpei from P3's VA, need I say more?

I started watching this over Thanksgiving because I was bored and heard it mentioned a couple of times from friends. It was a great guilty pleasure series, but I only watched the first half of the first season or so. K-ON! falls into the same boat for me - cutesy guilty pleasure anime fun.

But at least the characters in Ouran have personality? :P Sorry, I'm a K-ON hater.

Haven't really watched any anime recently, but I did finish Bakemonogatari the other night. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on January 26, 2011, 06:30:21 AM
I did finish Bakemonogatari the other night. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Then I highly recommend Katanagatari.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Andrew on January 26, 2011, 06:32:27 AM
Oh really? I've never heard of it, but I just looked it up and doesn't really seem all that similar.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on January 26, 2011, 12:05:20 PM
Haven't really watched any anime recently, but I did finish Bakemonogatari the other night. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

I should continue with that one someday. I felt it was too weird at first, but who knows, it might get better.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Chronix112 on January 26, 2011, 02:02:14 PM
Watching Welcome to the N-H-K, I recommend this one fully. I'm only half way through it, but it's comical and actually realistic in this odd way.  I can't explain it, but this ranks of one of my top favs so far. 
If you like the anime,  you might want to check out the manga. It goes way more in dept with the characters then the anime. Fair warning though, alot of the chapters are really depressing. The anime is way lighter in feel then the manga.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Andrew on January 26, 2011, 05:57:02 PM
Haven't really watched any anime recently, but I did finish Bakemonogatari the other night. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

I should continue with that one someday. I felt it was too weird at first, but who knows, it might get better.

No, it stays weird. Haha. But I like weird. :)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Adapheon on January 29, 2011, 10:19:59 AM
I haven't been straying much into anime lately which kind of makes me sad but I have been watching Gosick which even if it wasn't as interesting as it I would continue watching because of the name. At first I thought I'd be put off because I'm opposed to a degree to any story involving overly mature kids but I'm liking it a lot.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on January 29, 2011, 02:41:09 PM
I really need to check out GoSick. Maybe after I'm done with Gurren Lagann? Anywho:

Recently finished Cowboy Bebop. I wish I was more eloquent with my words so I could write a proper review. It's such an amazing show. I loved everything about it! The drama, the suspense, the humor, and the tragedies. Every facet came off as being very well done - The animation and artstyle were fantastic, the music was some of the best I'd heard in an anime and really fit the mood; and the stories were memorable, well-paced, and thrilling. Not to mention the characters, dialogue, and english voice acting, all of which were superb.

In fact, it's so good, It's hard for me to pick out little bits and pieces that I liked the most. I guess that best part of it was how ecclectic it was. They did a good job of mixing things up with every episode, I never new what to expect.

Overall, though, it was just a well-made masterpiece. There was nothing about it that I disliked, and it's easily one of the best anime I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kstar on January 31, 2011, 02:49:33 AM
Watching Welcome to the N-H-K, I recommend this one fully. I'm only half way through it, but it's comical and actually realistic in this odd way.  I can't explain it, but this ranks of one of my top favs so far.  
If you like the anime,  you might want to check out the manga. It goes way more in dept with the characters then the anime. Fair warning though, alot of the chapters are really depressing. The anime is way lighter in feel then the manga.

I think I might give the manga a try!  Thanks for suggestion.  Are their any animes that anyone can think of that are in the vein of Welcome to the NHK?  I finished it up and it just had this profound effect one me.  I like my over the top anime, but sometimes it's nice to have some take a more serious real life approach.  
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Chronix112 on January 31, 2011, 09:04:53 AM
Watching Welcome to the N-H-K, I recommend this one fully. I'm only half way through it, but it's comical and actually realistic in this odd way.  I can't explain it, but this ranks of one of my top favs so far. 
If you like the anime,  you might want to check out the manga. It goes way more in dept with the characters then the anime. Fair warning though, alot of the chapters are really depressing. The anime is way lighter in feel then the manga.

I think I might give the manga a try!  Thanks for suggestion.  Are their any animes that anyway can think of that are in the vein of Welcome to the NHK?  I finished it up and it just had this profound effect one me.  I like my over the top anime, but sometimes it's nice to have some take a more serious real life approach. 

N.H.K  is really unique in that the author was A  N.E.E.T/ Hikikomori. There is nothing really like it that I have seen.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on January 31, 2011, 07:37:03 PM
Watching Welcome to the N-H-K, I recommend this one fully. I'm only half way through it, but it's comical and actually realistic in this odd way.  I can't explain it, but this ranks of one of my top favs so far.  
If you like the anime,  you might want to check out the manga. It goes way more in dept with the characters then the anime. Fair warning though, alot of the chapters are really depressing. The anime is way lighter in feel then the manga.

I think I might give the manga a try!  Thanks for suggestion.  Are their any animes that anyone can think of that are in the vein of Welcome to the NHK?  I finished it up and it just had this profound effect one me.  I like my over the top anime, but sometimes it's nice to have some take a more serious real life approach.  

Genshiken perhaps?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on January 31, 2011, 07:55:34 PM
I've been watching Cowboy Bebop.... I think the opening is cooler than the show itself.

Anyone else feel that the 90's animation (the cell shading era) was prone to far worse animation than the current one?  Almost like it was harder to draw on the medium...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kstar on January 31, 2011, 08:23:18 PM
Genshiken perhaps?

Looks right up my alley, thanks for the suggestion... (adding it to the Netflix queue now)!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Yggdrasil on February 01, 2011, 06:45:34 AM
@Mickeymac92: Did you watch the movie? The music is even better there, and the fight scenes are amazingly well done.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on February 01, 2011, 07:49:57 AM
@Mickeymac92: Did you watch the movie? The music is even better there, and the fight scenes are amazingly well done.

Nope, it's on my To-do. I saw the opening of it, and I agree that the music is great.

I just recently finished Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and I must say that it's yet another major hit. Great art and animation, more great music, and style to spare, with a wobderful cast of endearing characters that grew on me instantly. The story was pretty interesting, too, though poorly paced. It felt like it should've been twice as long as it was to build up more mystery and suspense. That's my only gripe with the series, though. Otherwise, it's pretty great. The ending was one of my faves, with plenty of closure for all the remaining characters, while still having enough room for a possible sequel.

Oh, and I like how I kinda got that symbolism and **** in this show. Even if it was kinda obvious and explained more than half the time, it still made me feel smart for some reason.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on February 10, 2011, 09:30:36 AM
I really need to check out GoSick. Maybe after I'm done with Gurren Lagann? Anywho:

Recently finished Cowboy Bebop. I wish I was more eloquent with my words so I could write a proper review. It's such an amazing show. I loved everything about it! The drama, the suspense, the humor, and the tragedies. Every facet came off as being very well done - The animation and artstyle were fantastic, the music was some of the best I'd heard in an anime and really fit the mood; and the stories were memorable, well-paced, and thrilling. Not to mention the characters, dialogue, and english voice acting, all of which were superb.

In fact, it's so good, It's hard for me to pick out little bits and pieces that I liked the most. I guess that best part of it was how ecclectic it was. They did a good job of mixing things up with every episode, I never new what to expect.

Overall, though, it was just a well-made masterpiece. There was nothing about it that I disliked, and it's easily one of the best anime I've ever seen.

The good news is that Samurai Champloo is great as well, if you haven't given that a peak.

I found 20th Century Boys at the Brooklyn Public Library, so I'm now on the third volume. This may be the best manga I've read. The pacing is nearly flawless and Kenji is very likable. I'll write a more eloquent post on this later, once I've finished the third volume.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Demon_Princess_Kay on February 11, 2011, 08:01:47 PM
I started watching Kashimashi again anyone else seen it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on February 11, 2011, 08:11:51 PM
I started watching Kashimashi again anyone else seen it.

I have not seen it...but I want to.

The good news is that Samurai Champloo is great as well, if you haven't given that a peak.

I found 20th Century Boys at the Brooklyn Public Library, so I'm now on the third volume. This may be the best manga I've read. The pacing is nearly flawless and Kenji is very likable. I'll write a more eloquent post on this later, once I've finished the third volume.

Samurai Shamploo is great, but I never saw it through to the end. I will someday though.

And I've heard great things about 20th Century Boy. If I didn't detest reading so much, I'd give it a look myself. Now I'll just wait for an anime adaption if there isn't one already.



I've been watching a lot of anime lately, more so than I have been gaming. Checked out Crunchyroll a while ago and watchged a few episodes there. Now I'm watching Super Dimension Century Orguss 02 and Mazinkaiser. Gaint Robots rule!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on February 14, 2011, 12:41:18 PM
You should get over your hatred of reading, cause it's really worth checking out. Sometimes I feel comics can be more cinematic than movies, and this is one of those experiences.

I watched the first seven episodes of Death Note. It's pretty much what I remember from the manga. Light is a total psychopath and when L crouches on chairs he looks like a vulture or something.

I still need to finish the last five episodes of Zeta Gundam.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on February 14, 2011, 12:45:14 PM
I still need to finish the last five episodes of Zeta Gundam.

You should, those are my 5 favorite episodes of the entire show.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on February 18, 2011, 11:57:29 AM
On episode 12 or 13 of Death Note. Aside from the opening and closing themes, this show is a lot of fun, like the manga.

Speaking of manga, I'm halfway through 20th Century Boys and it finally hit some missteps, though I'm not sure that's the right word. The setup was brilliant, but seeing Mabo and Yanbo now was kind of underwhelming. I expected it to happen and it did, which is a letdown for a story that has continually surprised. Still, I'm enjoying reading this on my morning commutes into Manhattan everyday.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Azrael on February 18, 2011, 12:56:05 PM
Death Note stops being fun after like episode 13 or 14 IMO. I actually gave up on the series after something like episode 19 because it just became such a chore to watch it. Maybe you'll fare better than I did though.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on February 18, 2011, 10:54:23 PM
Death Note stops being fun after like episode 13 or 14 IMO. I actually gave up on the series after something like episode 19 because it just became such a chore to watch it. Maybe you'll fare better than I did though.

I'm glad i'm not the only one who thought this - I actually had the total burnout around then too.  It got waaaaayy too paranoid when they're trying to ALWAYS ...ALWAYS think 10 steps ahead of each other.  I'm pretty sure half of the dialogue is just Light (Raito) in his head.  Then, from what I saw of the ending, he's usually got the cracked-laughing.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on February 18, 2011, 10:59:02 PM
Then watch the movies. Much better pacing and they cut out a lot of the fat.

Though, Toda Erika being in it should be enough of a reason to watch the first two movies. Different ending, but I liked it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Azrael on February 19, 2011, 03:13:06 PM
Hm...I actually thought the movies were worse. I couldn't get through half of each of them before I had to stop watching. I just can't get into them. I just think they tried to lengthen the show/story unnaturally when it would have fared better ending right around
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L's death.
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Post by: Dice on February 20, 2011, 03:03:48 PM
Hm...I actually thought the movies were worse. I couldn't get through half of each of them before I had to stop watching. I just can't get into them. I just think they tried to lengthen the show/story unnaturally when it would have fared better ending right around
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L's death.

Anime turned live action seems to be a pretty sore affair.  Gantz's live action just fell into it too (wasted potential).  There's something awkward that happens when you get real people to play anime roles...
Here's High School Debut's live action trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDumwLZOu3Q).  ...yeah (mind you, it's the Shoujo genre, so prone to more silliness than most other flicks).

Anyways, in terms of manga, a shoujo one did capture my heart.  Dengeki Daisy is a great combination of humour, romance, and surprisingly a bit of plot that extends outside of high-school life and into hacker and weapons affair. 
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Post by: Vanguard on February 20, 2011, 06:49:23 PM
Heh...I watched episodes 13-30 of Death Note yesterday. I still like the show but
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once they kill L is does feel kind of anti-climactic. Once this happened, I felt like it would just be like 12 episodes of Light killing people, which I was totally ready to watch. What's worse is that we get L's replacements, whom aren't as interesting or capable as the original. This show could have been 13 episodes long. Still, I will finish it.

Anyone check out Bakuman at all?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on February 21, 2011, 06:55:56 PM
Anyone check out Bakuman at all?

It's on my to watch list as well.  it seems promising.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on February 21, 2011, 09:56:18 PM
I meant the manga. I actually prefer reading over watching.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on March 05, 2011, 10:36:39 AM
Apparently I'm the one only one here who still watches anime or reads manga. Or posts about it.

20th Century Boys: I just finished the 7th volume and will go to the library today and pick up the next few. Though some volumes aren't as exciting as ever, Urasawa is a really good story teller. No only is this up there with my favorite manga, it's up there with my favorite comic books in general.

I also have Bakuman, Akira, and Black Jack all waiting for me at the BPL.

Death Note: I finished the series last night. It actually has a really good ending and the last 7 episodes are up there with the first 14. The middle is awful though and completely fucks up the pacing. I really recommend trudging through the middle parts to get to the end, because it does redeem all that shittiness you have to endure.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on March 05, 2011, 11:27:04 AM
I might have to look into Deathnote again someday. I quit somewhere near the middle, but if the endings worth it...

Also, I just don't post here because I don't watch things you guys have heard of. But what the hell, here's what I've been up to lately:

Recently finished:

Armitage III - This one was alright. I really dig cyberpunk so this was right up my alley. With that said, the plot wasn't too special, though it did have its moments. I felt 4 episodes was just right for it. Any longer and it would've overstayed its welcome. As for the ending...I liked it. I was warned beforehand that the ending sucked, but I felt it was fitting, even if it did cut off a bit during the final battle and could've gone a bit farther with some of the stuff it was setting up. I'm actually looking forward to watching Poly-Matrix when I get a chance.

Detonator Orgun - And I can finally say my lucky streak is over. This was a major pain to get through, not so much because it was terrible, but mostly because it was painfully average. The story was stupid, made worse by some poor voice acting. The mech designs on the other hand, were pretty cool (it's nice to see some competent human weapons for a change) and the action was decent, to say the least. Overall, it was an Okay watch, but the stupid story made it difficult to hold my attention.

Giant Robo: GinRei Specials - I liked this one. While I wished they'd give more backround info, they did a good job of entertaining and feeling like part of a bigger overall plot much like the main Giant Robo episodes, especially episode 3, even though it was kinda generic Western shinnanigans, I love that kinda stuff. Episode 2 had too many gags, but overall it was fun. Episode 1 was a bit boring but gave the most backround info, which liked. Of course, I'm sure none of it was canon unfortunately. I honestly wish there was more to Giant Robo, like prequels and stuff, since I feel like I'm missing out on something. Unfortunately the GinRei specials really didn't help in that regard. Not that I should've expected them to. I guess I'll just have to watch GR: Giant Robo

Giant Robo - While each episode was long, and everybody having powers for no reason got to me, everything else about it was pretty good. The art, music, VA, and especially the story. The Ending in particular was dripping with delicious irony and I loved every minute of it! All in all, it wasn't great, but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

Mazinkaiser: Shitou! Ankoku Daishogun - While I wouldn't rate this one as highly as the last Mazinkaiser OVA, it was still great stuff. A lot darker, too, which I expected. Epic ending, too.

Mazinkaiser - yet another great watch. I especially loved the art in this one, it was very well done. I also thought the voice casting was perfect. In fact, everything about this show really clicked with me. The weakest part of course was the plot, but even then it was better than I expected and did a good job of building suspense, enhancing the action, and overall keeping things entertaining. I'll have to put this one on my faves list now.

Super Dimension Century Orguss 02 - I really wish the titular mecha had more screen time.:/ Other than that, though, I really have few complaints with this one. Great art direction, good music (especialy the opening theme), decent voice acting, and the story was great. I especially loved the characters, particularly Lt. Manning (if that is his name, I'm terrible with names). He was funny and spouted some of my favorite lines in the show. Now I just need to watch the original Orguss someday

Plastic Little - What a fun watch that was. Plenty of nudity, absurd action, and the best death of an evil emperor I've seen in a long time.

FLCL - I had previously watched it on Adult Swim, but I didn'y follow it closely until the end, I think, since that's te only part I recognized. Anyways, all in all, I'd say it was pretty good. The art, music, and voice acting were great, and while I don't usually go for Japanese comedies, this one was enjoyable and not overbearing. My only complaint really is that I found the story hard to follow. It didn't really hinder my enjoyment of it, but I honestly could not resummerize the story for you.

SDF Macross II: Lovers Again - I was warned beforehand that this wasn't very good, but I still gave it a chance. And all in all, it was decent. Nothing extrodinary, just "watchable", although it does require a high tolerance of bad voice acting. The timing was especially terrible, too, but that may have just been my stream. However, it was a battle to watch all the way through since my I just couldn't focus on it. Luckily I didn't buy it with my own money - I had some credit on Amazon, they had nothing else worth getting.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - I must say that it's yet another major hit. Great art and animation, more great music, and style to spare, with a wobderful cast of endearing characters that grew on me instantly. The story was pretty interesting, too, though poorly paced. It felt like it should've been twice as long as it was to build up more mystery and suspense. That's my only gripe with the series, though. Otherwise, it's pretty great.

Oh, and I like how I kinda got that symbolism and **** in this show. Even if it was kinda obvious and explained more than half the time, it still made me feel smart for some reason.

What I've been watching Lately:

Gaiking: The Legend of Daiku-Maryu ep. 1-6 - I think I'm in love again! :D Though I'll have to continue this again later. Ooh, and I guessed all the fortune telling cards right! Awesome! :)

Super Beast Machine Dancougar ep. 4 - Now I remember why I thought it was the best Super Robot show ever when I first started watching it. I like the relatively intricate storyline and the way it's all excecuted. And I like that the military isn't completely useless.

I'm also watching Gundam Unicorn, Fractale, and One Piece when new episodes show up. And I plan to start Iria very soon.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on March 05, 2011, 12:49:16 PM
Isn't that more of a reason to post here, to turn us on to stuff we've never heard of?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on March 05, 2011, 01:48:25 PM
Isn't that more of a reason to post here, to turn us on to stuff we've never heard of?

I guess, but I get the feeling like people ignore my posts if they haven't heard of what I'm posting about.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on March 05, 2011, 03:03:06 PM
Read Naruto ch 450 the other night. I hear it's getting close to its end, so I decided to pick it back up. I'll probably marathon it. That works best for me with shounen series. Once a week really kills my mood with manga, and then that gives me a week to think about how stupid a lot of characters are or how dumb the plot is getting.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on March 05, 2011, 05:35:36 PM
Read Naruto ch 450 the other night. I hear it's getting close to its end, so I decided to pick it back up. I'll probably marathon it. That works best for me with shounen series. Once a week really kills my mood with manga, and then that gives me a week to think about how stupid a lot of characters are or how dumb the plot is getting.

I know what you mean, though that's why I'm comfortable watching One Piece once a week - since it's not really all that stupid anymore. Nothing to worry about.;)

Also Wasn't it Bleach that was nearing the end? While One piece still has 8 or 9 more years left in it?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on March 05, 2011, 06:05:23 PM
Read Naruto ch 450 the other night. I hear it's getting close to its end, so I decided to pick it back up. I'll probably marathon it. That works best for me with shounen series. Once a week really kills my mood with manga, and then that gives me a week to think about how stupid a lot of characters are or how dumb the plot is getting.

I know what you mean, though that's why I'm comfortable watching One Piece once a week - since it's not really all that stupid anymore. Nothing to worry about.;)

Also Wasn't it Bleach that was nearing the end? While One piece still has 8 or 9 more years left in it?

I'm pretty sure the manga is over and the anime is pretty much done since
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Aizen is sealed/powerless/whatever.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on March 06, 2011, 02:44:22 AM
Sweet Jesus Ass McHell.  Minor, early series spoilers, the cutesy styling of Puella Magi Madoka Magica is extremely deceiving.  Redundant title aside, you get lured into this magical-girl fantasy, where our heroine wears pinks, and her high school friends transform, and they fight witches along some cute wish-bestowing creature... and then you're treated to a beheading of one of the girls 3 episodes in!!  And, no, it doesn't get better.  

Available for stream [for now?] - but I kinda like this darker take to the magical-girl plot.  For one, there's more story here than Sailor Moon had it's entire 5 or something years on air.  

I do recommend it, feed your curiosity for some cruel animated stuff, and feed the guilty pleasure for cute colours and transforming highschoolers as being marginally amusing.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 06, 2011, 08:06:47 AM
My vote is on Madoka for MVP of the season. 2-chan also agrees.
If they don't mess up with the ending, that's going to be an incredibly good show. (anime mess up endings 95% of the time)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on March 06, 2011, 06:32:55 PM
I tore through volumes 8 and 9 of 20th Century Boy yesterday. I guess the trains being so fucked up that I spent 2 1/2 hours on them helped. As always, great stuff. I will be sad when it gets to the point where I have to wait a few months for the next book to get released.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on March 07, 2011, 01:39:18 AM
My vote is on Madoka for MVP of the season. 2-chan also agrees.
If they don't mess up with the ending, that's going to be an incredibly good show. (anime mess up endings 95% of the time)

Considering it's competition, that's like saying that Lunar is the best JRPG to come out on the SegaCD.

That said.


@Dice: Were you seriously expecting something else coming from the guy who did a visual novel where the main character sees nothing but body horror (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SayaNoUta) among other things? With that said, it obvious that it gets worse.

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For instance magical girls are little more than glorified liches, that become witches after succumbing to despair, in an existence of nothing but despair, all for the sake of aliens needing to harvest emotions to patch up the universe currently existing on borrowed time.
Obviously, don't read the code if you don't want the spoilers.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on March 07, 2011, 11:06:51 AM
I tore through volumes 8 and 9 of 20th Century Boy yesterday. I guess the trains being so fucked up that I spent 2 1/2 hours on them helped. As always, great stuff. I will be sad when it gets to the point where I have to wait a few months for the next book to get released.

Well, it should still be a while. You still got 4 or 5 more volumes to read before you gotta wait for the next one.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on March 07, 2011, 11:30:20 AM
I also have to wait a little bit of extra time because I'm getting all this stuff through the library. Though they do order the new volumes when they get released, they're not snatching them up on the day they get released. Right now they have up to volume 12.

It's okay, because they stock a bunch of other quality stuff: Akira, Hetalia, Black Jack, Death Note, Monster, Pluto, etc.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on March 07, 2011, 03:49:22 PM
I also have to wait a little bit of extra time because I'm getting all this stuff through the library. Though they do order the new volumes when they get released, they're not snatching them up on the day they get released. Right now they have up to volume 12.

It's okay, because they stock a bunch of other quality stuff: Akira, Hetalia, Black Jack, Death Note, Monster, Pluto, etc.

Well at least your library stocks manga. I'm very surprised to hear you have such a great selection. We ain't got much over here anymore.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on March 07, 2011, 08:04:27 PM
My vote is on Madoka for MVP of the season. 2-chan also agrees.
If they don't mess up with the ending, that's going to be an incredibly good show. (anime mess up endings 95% of the time)

Considering it's competition, that's like saying that Lunar is the best JRPG to come out on the SegaCD.

That said.


@Dice: Were you seriously expecting something else coming from the guy who did a visual novel where the main character sees nothing but body horror (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SayaNoUta) among other things? With that said, it obvious that it gets worse.

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For instance magical girls are little more than glorified liches, that become witches after succumbing to despair, in an existence of nothing but despair, all for the sake of aliens needing to harvest emotions to patch up the universe currently existing on borrowed time.
Obviously, don't read the code if you don't want the spoilers.

Haha - wooow.  I have an enormous respect for the author... mainly for taking the sort of romance visual novel and magical girl plots into some sort of dark extreme version of them. 

Watching the opening (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnQpwnmecFY&feature=related) now feels like some sort of cruel joke in a sense - it certainly doesn't represent the show, but mocks what these types of shows usually contain.  It's genius...!!...??
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on March 09, 2011, 12:07:40 AM
Dice, you're making the wait even harder than it already is.=P

Recently finished:

Idol Project - Well, this one really surprised me here. It's about A Girl named Mimu who wants to be an idol just like the Yuri, an idol loved by people everywhere, and who just so happens to be ruler of the world. The plot gets pretty crazy from there, so I'll try not to spoil much. I had never really heard of it, nor did I really know what it was about, but I assumed it was a cutsy comedy. And it was, but I enjoyed it much more than I expected. Specifically I really liked the characters and art, and I loved the humor, and I normally don't go for comedy. I also liked the story - it was decent, and did a good enough job of holding my attention and making me wonder what would happen next.

The world(s) in particular were interesting, and the sci-fi/whimsical fantasy setting really helped it hold my attention. They were very imaginitive and surreal, though perhaps I should come to expect that from an anime. Still, it surprises me every time.

Oh, and I can't forget the music: There was a lot of vocal songs and I thought most of them were pretty good. I wish I could get ahold of the soundtrack, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Probably too old.

The Voice acting was decent, but I probably should watch it again in Japanese some time, since as much as I liked the english cast (mostly because I recognized them from Martian Successor Nadesico and other anime I liked), I think the Japanese cast would've been better. Just a hunch.

You know, I actually had a pretty solid complaint about this show, but I forgot what it was.:P EDIT: I just remembered what the one big negative I had with it was: Fanservice. It has a LOT of it. Not the worst I've seen, and some of it was pretty entertaining, but it still got on my nerves sometimes. Overall I'd say it was pretty good. Lots to love, loads to laugh at. It was very surreal and fun to watch, nice to listen to, and I enjoyed pretty much every minute of it. I did have to skip some stupid parts, but that happens all the time when I watch comedies. Honestly, people hate watching them with me.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 09, 2011, 08:28:20 AM
Shoujo mangas are so evil. I'm currently reading a random one and from a guy's perspective, the main girl is awful.
She's the innocent and cute girl who while in high school discovers what is love.
She loves a guy, but he already has a girlfriend. So he denies her.
Things happen and guys start flocking to her.
She dates 3 guys one after the other (and possibly more, I'm not even 1/2 into the serie according to the volume count), and will probably ditch one at the end to get together with the first guy (with the girlfriend - probably going to break up with her because he'll find out he loves hero girl more).
Our little cute maiden crushed 3 guys' heart, not even giving them first base or anything. When they break up, the guys are all « if it's for her happiness I'll do anything, even let her go to another guy... » and then disappear from the story, oblivious to their crushed heart, while the girl's heart is still crushed from her first love denial.

Is this a secret black and white training to make girls evil?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on March 09, 2011, 11:25:21 PM
Caught up on Naruto, started reading One Piece again from chapter 101.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 14, 2011, 02:19:23 PM
I watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica episode 10 this weekend. I seriously can't wait to see the end.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on March 14, 2011, 05:49:10 PM
I recently finished off Ah! My Goddess (OVA). It's a story about a man who ends up getting a Goddess as a girlfriend and their not-so-normal life together. It was pretty good, a good mix of humor with a somewhat compelling plot. I'm normally not a fan of slice of life or humor, but this one was actually quite enjoyable. I just felt like it did things just right, though it's not without its flaws. The first episode rushed too much, and I didn't care for the awkwardness of episode 2. With that said, I did greatly enjoy the third episode and the drama of the last two episodes.

I should also take note of the dub, since I'd say it's pretty good for its time. My copy is dated 2001, and I'm not sure if it was dubbed before that. For an old dub, the voices really fit the characters, and the actors really seemed to do a good job delivering their lines. Really, I'm impressed.

All in all, I really liked it a lot, and it convinced me to go try out the TV series, which I hear is even better. I might also give the Movie a try, assuming I can get my hands on it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on March 14, 2011, 07:53:30 PM
I watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica episode 10 this weekend. I seriously can't wait to see the end.

Oh man what an awesome episode.  I hope other anime's take notes from this series, I'm sick and tired of these bored high-school love plots.  Hell, it feels like Japan may even be bored of them as well given the acclaim Puella Magi is for it's throwback of the highschool/magical girl genres.

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Though, I found it funny/sad to see Mami and Sayaka just die again anyways

Homura kicks some serious ass her time stopping is awesome... but they never really prove how/why Madoka would be/is the best potential Magical Girl.  As far as I can tell, she shot some pink stuff a few times and then wound up dead anyways.  Even if the series ends somewhat well, I don't see it ending well for Homura seeing as how she can prevent the girls from changing, but she can't go that far back herself.

Sayaka started cool but got annoying really fast - even despite her issues, she refused help...the twat.
Kyoko was cool too; I hate her outfit, but I respect her.
Mami goes as most underrated [?], I thought of her yellow outfit as the GOLD she stands for
Madoka flat out sucks.  Her wuss attitude pisses me off, and her actual magical girl outfit is an eyesore.
Homura was cool though.  Her shy-to-cool change isn't all the convincing.... that, and does it become hard to believe the people in the first episode when they are calling her "beautiful" when she, and everyone, has a serious case of chipmunk cheeks??

.... the sub always says "puella magi", but the characters say "mahou shojou" (magic girl?) - how did this happen??

Sorry, haven't really like an anime this much in a while.

Ah Megami Sama! OVA was nice and one of the earliest I owned before I sold it off.  I always liked the series for being relatively "light hearted", and Fujishima's manga is especially amazingly drawn in every panel.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on March 14, 2011, 11:06:31 PM
Yeah, I enjoyed its light-hearted nature as well, which is actually pretty odd for me. Though I do go through me phases. I guess I'm in a light-hearted phase right now since I've greatly enjoyed two humorous anime recently and I've also been reading some comic strips lately. Speaking of comics, I'm tempted to try the A!MG manga, though 49 volumes is a lot to catch up with.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on March 15, 2011, 01:50:33 PM
I read Bakuman 1. It wasn't bad. I think it's funny that the beginning of this plot hinges on the discovery of a notebook and then goes on to say, "At least it's not a Death Note." There's also the trope of having two protagonists locked in some sort of competition. Though the architecture is the same, the story is a lot different. It's kind of a teenage-romance story, in addition to uncovering the creative process. I snagged the second volume from the library and will get into that after I finish 20th Century Boys 11.

Speaking of that, I'm currently reading that volume right now. It's about par for course, considering the prior ten books. Only two more to go til I'm up to speed.

I also nabbed Black Jack Volume 1, though I haven't started it yet. Now all I need is my Akira to get returned at the library.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: hell_snake on March 19, 2011, 05:23:58 PM
Just finished watching Now and Then, Here and There... Great show with excellent music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=204Iajp9dMo).

I'd really appreciate it if you guys helped me find more animes like that. These are the ones I've watched:

Fullmetal Alchemist
Mushishi
Monster
Rahxephon
Death Note
Evangelion
Kenshin OVA's
Lain
Every film by Satoshi Kon
Code Geass
Wolf's Rain
Haibane Renmei
Gunslinger Girl (season 1)
Xam'd: Lost Memories

So if anyone can find a pattern from that list, please recommend me something I haven't watched yet.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Yggdrasil on March 20, 2011, 05:07:03 AM
So if anyone can find a pattern from that list, please recommend me something I haven't watched yet.

I'll recommend She and Her Cat and 5 Centimeters Per Second: a chain of short stories about their distance by Makoto Shinkai.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: msg on March 20, 2011, 08:53:30 AM
The only anime series ive watched in full was full metal panic, I have to say I really enjoyed it, im not usually into anime.
Ive got Final fantasy unlimited to watch next, im hoping because its FF I will like it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Starmongoose on March 20, 2011, 08:55:13 AM
Haha...it has very little to do with Final Fantasy.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on March 20, 2011, 12:16:34 PM
Haha...it has very little to do with Final Fantasy.

It's good the same way Alice and Wonderland kinda is: it's bizarre.
Beyond that - the end sucked and the world was fucked up.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Starmongoose on March 20, 2011, 02:47:42 PM
I wasn't saying it was bad *besides the ending*, just that he shouldn't expect too many Final Fantasy nods except the presence of chocobos and some summons.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: hell_snake on March 21, 2011, 08:03:02 AM
So if anyone can find a pattern from that list, please recommend me something I haven't watched yet.

I'll recommend She and Her Cat and 5 Centimeters Per Second: a chain of short stories about their distance by Makoto Shinkai.

Good reccomendations. Enjoyed both (albeit being very short). Awesome background art in 5 centimeters per second btw.

What an anime series? Anything to recommend?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on March 21, 2011, 12:45:44 PM
Just finished watching Now and Then, Here and There... Great show with excellent music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=204Iajp9dMo).

I'd really appreciate it if you guys helped me find more animes like that. These are the ones I've watched:

Fullmetal Alchemist
Mushishi
Monster
Rahxephon
Death Note
Evangelion
Kenshin OVA's
Lain
Every film by Satoshi Kon
Code Geass
Wolf's Rain
Haibane Renmei
Gunslinger Girl (season 1)
Xam'd: Lost Memories

So if anyone can find a pattern from that list, please recommend me something I haven't watched yet.


So if anyone can find a pattern from that list, please recommend me something I haven't watched yet.

I'll recommend She and Her Cat and 5 Centimeters Per Second: a chain of short stories about their distance by Makoto Shinkai.

Basically this but also watch anything else done by Makoto Shinkai or to be more specific Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days.

As for series I'd recommend 20th Century Boys, Berserk (although you'll have to read the manga to get the most out of that one as the anime only covers up to a certain point early in the series), and yes Cowboy Bebop.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 21, 2011, 12:55:25 PM
Gunslinger Girls Teatrino (aka season 2)

It's like a super upgraded version of season 1.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on March 21, 2011, 05:54:32 PM
I've been meaning to watch the series - is it that good?

And also - 5 Centimeters Per Second's ending pissed me off!!  I realized the point of the movie, but it still irked me.  I think the director is brilliant otherwise, his upcoming work (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDCh1kpHvRk&feature=fvwrel) looks like a step-up... yet again. =)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Yggdrasil on March 21, 2011, 08:48:58 PM
^Can't wait for more Makoto Shinkai! I've been waiting a long time to see his new work.

Also, last week I got around to hear the 3rd soundtrack of Bleach (I don't usually hear animu music). There's good stuff here people...

La distancia para un duelo (The distance for a duel) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47geuw7bkNo)
clavar la espada (nail the sword) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXlWzDF_OM8)
Get Smart! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL73ayTbWKk)
escalón (stair) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdPVcoKmjTs)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 21, 2011, 11:26:00 PM
I've been meaning to watch the series - is it that good?

Don't feel like writing a 5 page essay on Gunslinger girl so I'll try and keep it short.

Season 1 of Gunslinger Girl had a very good base material but fell short in the end since they didn't explore the complex feelings that were part of the original manga version. Thus, it's 12 episodes of cute lolis with guns killing people. There is not much of a link in-between each episode either.

ALTHOUGH, they corrected all this in season 2 (Teatrino) which brings the two most important parts of the story that they had forgotten to put in the first season. First of all, they added the question of existence the little girls are feeling and also the feelings and motives of the foe they face.

Why were those 2 things important? That's because Gunslinger Girl is truly written like an Italian drama/opera. The author has always been a giant fan of those and wished to introduce this style to the Japanese audience. That is why he made Gunslinger Girl a tale of vengeance, bloodshed, impossible love and weakness.

Now, for anyone that wants to watch the anime, I'll suggest watching the first season since most of the character introductions are there. While it offers nothing really special, it is about the quality of the generic anime, which is still watchable.

In conclusion: Teatrino is great, and by itself is worth suffering season 1. Maybe some of you have noticed on this board that I'm a very harsh critic, and so I should say that among the very few things I'd give a 9/10, Teatrino is one.

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oh and the last episode of Teatrino is very intense and emotionally engaging.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on March 21, 2011, 11:32:11 PM
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Also, last week I got around to hear the 3rd soundtrack of Bleach

Ah, Bleach. The only show to combine hot blooded shounen action with showtunes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lsn2tT5yTc
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: hell_snake on March 22, 2011, 03:24:08 AM
I've been meaning to watch the series - is it that good?

Don't feel like writing a 5 page essay on Gunslinger girl so I'll try and keep it short.

Season 1 of Gunslinger Girl had a very good base material but fell short in the end since they didn't explore the complex feelings that were part of the original manga version. Thus, it's 12 episodes of cute lolis with guns killing people. There is not much of a link in-between each episode either.

ALTHOUGH, they corrected all this in season 2 (Teatrino) which brings the two most important parts of the story that they had forgotten to put in the first season. First of all, they added the question of existence the little girls are feeling and also the feelings and motives of the foe they face.

Why were those 2 things important? That's because Gunslinger Girl is truly written like an Italian drama/opera. The author has always been a giant fan of those and wished to introduce this style to the Japanese audience. That is why he made Gunslinger Girl a tale of vengeance, bloodshed, impossible love and weakness.

Now, for anyone that wants to watch the anime, I'll suggest watching the first season since most of the character introductions are there. While it offers nothing really special, it is about the quality of the generic anime, which is still watchable.

In conclusion: Teatrino is great, and by itself is worth suffering season 1. Maybe some of you have noticed on this board that I'm a very harsh critic, and so I should say that among the very few things I'd give a 9/10, Teatrino is one.

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oh and the last episode of Teatrino is very intense and emotionally engaging.

What?

Season 1 was way better than season 2. I don't think there's even any chance of comparison between the two.

1 had excellent animation, great art, amazing music, decent pacing and an interesting story. Il-Teatrino was a significant downgrade, and a so-so sequel at best.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on March 22, 2011, 09:26:46 AM
I finished Zeta Gundam. I'm not sure how I feel about this series. On one hand, I do like how restrained it is. Gundams can't blow up the universe. The characters are interesting and they do grow throughout the show. However, how many of the 50 episodes were just an excuse for the various factions to fart around in space and fight? The most exciting part of the show is when Char stands before this show's equivalent of the UN and make that speech. That should have been in the first five episodes.

I will still watch another Gundam series because I like Mecha, but I've found the two I've seen (Wing and Zeta) to be uneven at best. Anyone care to recommend me a Gundam series to try?

I finished Bakuman volume 2. I like it. He's a good writer and decent artist. It makes me wonder if these characters are somewhat autobiographical, since one is a really good writer and the other is only an adequate artist at best.

I started reading Black Jack Volume 1 this morning on the subway. I went into this not knowing what I would get out of it. I've read the first three stories and all of them are brilliant. I really like the third story, about the tumor that turns out to be the unborn twin sister. It ends on such an unresolved note and makes the story much more complex. Very impressed.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 22, 2011, 09:49:39 AM
1 had excellent animation, great art

True, better than 2.

amazing music

1 and 2 use the same scores mostly.

decent pacing

Weak pacing

interesting story.

GSG1 - Go in that building and kill 5 guys, because they are evil terrorists
GSG2 - Go in that building and kill 5 guys. They are part of the 5 faction republic, a terrorist group protesting against the unification of Italy. Although this is the government's wish, it's also part of my personal vendetta for many years ago [...]
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: hell_snake on March 22, 2011, 12:42:53 PM
Well, Pinocchio was a great addition to the cast, I'll give it that much. The thing that bugged me the most with il-Teatrino was that it felt like an amatuer attemtpt compared to its predecessor.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Anyways, gonna check the rest of Makoto Shinkai's work. Interesting stuff.

It's hard to find something worth watching when all you get is this (http://blossommedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Winter-2011-Chart-version-11.jpg).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 22, 2011, 12:55:08 PM
Well, Pinocchio was a great addition to the cast, I'll give it that much. The thing that bugged me the most with il-Teatrino was that it felt like an amatuer attemtpt compared to its predecessor.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Anyways, gonna check the rest of Makoto Shinkai's work. Interesting stuff.

It's hard to find something worth watching when all you get is this (http://blossommedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Winter-2011-Chart-version-11.jpg).

Fractale and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika (which they forgot on your chart) are worth watching.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is also good if you like nonsense comedy.
Everything else can be skipped without much regret.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: hell_snake on March 22, 2011, 01:17:24 PM
Well, Pinocchio was a great addition to the cast, I'll give it that much. The thing that bugged me the most with il-Teatrino was that it felt like an amatuer attemtpt compared to its predecessor.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Anyways, gonna check the rest of Makoto Shinkai's work. Interesting stuff.

It's hard to find something worth watching when all you get is this (http://blossommedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Winter-2011-Chart-version-11.jpg).

Fractale and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika (which they forgot on your chart) are worth watching.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is also good if you like nonsense comedy.
Everything else can be skipped without much regret.

To be honest, Fractale was the only anime on that list that caught my attention. I'll give it a go.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on March 22, 2011, 06:14:28 PM
Well, Pinocchio was a great addition to the cast, I'll give it that much. The thing that bugged me the most with il-Teatrino was that it felt like an amatuer attemtpt compared to its predecessor.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Anyways, gonna check the rest of Makoto Shinkai's work. Interesting stuff.

It's hard to find something worth watching when all you get is this (http://blossommedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Winter-2011-Chart-version-11.jpg).

Fractale and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika (which they forgot on your chart) are worth watching.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is also good if you like nonsense comedy.
Everything else can be skipped without much regret.

To be honest, Fractale was the only anime on that list that caught my attention. I'll give it a go.

If you mean the title and wikipedia plot you read on it, I wouldn't judge Madoka solely on that.  Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika is very good and worth the watch ...and I hardly watch anime these days.  It's a pretty intense series, and tends to fuck with emotions.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on March 22, 2011, 07:59:05 PM
Well, Pinocchio was a great addition to the cast, I'll give it that much. The thing that bugged me the most with il-Teatrino was that it felt like an amatuer attemtpt compared to its predecessor.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Anyways, gonna check the rest of Makoto Shinkai's work. Interesting stuff.

It's hard to find something worth watching when all you get is this (http://blossommedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Winter-2011-Chart-version-11.jpg).

Yeah, really nothing there too watch unless you were really hurting for things to watch.  Thankfully, I'm still mulling over some of the ones from last season.  Bakuman and Otome Yokai Zakuro seem like they're worth a shot.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Yggdrasil on March 22, 2011, 09:38:38 PM
Kara no Kyoukai? I thought that the series was over already.

Anyway, about new series. Well, I haven't watched anime since 2008. The last good thing that I saw was Casshern Sins, and after that, I became really tired of so much B.S.

By April 17 though, there's gonna start this series called "Ao no Exorcist" (Blue Exorcist). I haven't read the manga yet, but it looks like my kind of series so far, so I'll see if I can have fun with that.

...now I remember that I also I'm waiting for the new Fullmetal Alchemist movie. So, that's three animu things to watch if I count the new film of Makoto Shinkai. Eh, not bad.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on March 23, 2011, 10:50:13 AM
Well, Pinocchio was a great addition to the cast, I'll give it that much. The thing that bugged me the most with il-Teatrino was that it felt like an amatuer attemtpt compared to its predecessor.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Anyways, gonna check the rest of Makoto Shinkai's work. Interesting stuff.

It's hard to find something worth watching when all you get is this (http://blossommedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Winter-2011-Chart-version-11.jpg).

Yeah, really nothing there too watch unless you were really hurting for things to watch.  Thankfully, I'm still mulling over some of the ones from last season.  Bakuman and Otome Yokai Zakuro seem like they're worth a shot.

Having read the first two Bakuman, I can recommend looking at the anime. If you look for one of my previous posts I talk a little bit it. Basically, it has the exact same setup as Death Note, but a different story.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on March 25, 2011, 01:03:17 PM
For anyone trying to find something to watch this season, use this.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2011-01-04
Most of those seem to agree about these ones being good
Fractale, Wandering Son, Gosick, Level E, and Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
anways, Zam'd
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9747
An alright anime so far, it has epically awesome music and I rarely pay attention to music in anything besides games.
LISTEN NOWWWWWW
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXWgR5VhcSc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qbivWox_rk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DmjkLBJ8UM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhbMZlEAxUQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U58DcYqcTtE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HF5ce8mf3A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlGQ8CpO0j8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD00OzldS4U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl-YD3Fu5cg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZYt9V67M-U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyFwAU5opKg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvk7XMsGFiM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCYpZxnZGO8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjgOLnfbC0E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN88G9RgjW8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jouOXak3EjY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDhUjXm3UpM
sorry if this has too many links :(
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on March 25, 2011, 07:15:55 PM
For anyone trying to find something to watch this season, use this.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2011-01-04

I second this.  It has been useful for the past seasons personally.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on March 26, 2011, 10:42:06 PM
Fuck homework. Read chapters 303-490 of One Piece yesterday and today.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Giga_Force on March 27, 2011, 03:02:25 PM
I should have posted this info here first but has anyone read the Suikoden III manga?  I loved the games so much and was wanting an opinion since I may buy the first vol to see if I would get into it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 27, 2011, 09:08:53 PM
I watched Code Geass R2 for the third time this weekend. I shed tears at the ending for the third time.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on March 28, 2011, 10:40:31 AM
I watched the first 4 episodes of Monster last night. I really like it, and it will be fun to read Black Jack alongside this and see where Urasawa took some of his ideas from.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on March 29, 2011, 02:16:05 AM
I watched Code Geass R2 for the third time this weekend. I shed tears at the ending for the third time.

How could anybody take CG seriously by that point? Lulu loses his main motivation because his momma had to be an even bigger Machiavellian Bastard than he was, it was becoming harder and harder to root for the Black Knigh-I mean Chin-sorry Brittan-Lulu, Jesus Suzaku, and ORANGE!!!, the same could be said with the aces and their mechs like Kallen and her flying Gurr-I mean that China Guy and his-Yaoi Boy and-ORANG-Suzaku and his amazing techicolor dreammachine, nevermind the 20th generation Knightmare Frame mech thingies rolling around by that point. Good God, having CG and VOTOMs in the same SRW is going to be fucking hilarious (too bad it's only season 1 CG because all the upgrade shenanigans are in season 2). The same could be said for 00Gundam as well (it got ridiculous with its upgrades during it's season 2 too).

Wait. What was I talking about again?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on March 29, 2011, 01:05:37 PM
When I think Geass I the first thing that pops into my mind is Suzaku and Kallen having their fight and they're giving their 'Order is absolute!' 'Viva la Revolucion!' chaos vs law speeches that they set up earlier in the series. And it didn't make any fucking sense. They both switched sides in a earlier M. Night Tweest of the week.

The trainwreck writing near the end was entertaining, but it certainly made it impossible to take the show seriously.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on March 29, 2011, 01:25:01 PM
SUZAKU!
LELOUCH!
SUZAKU!
LELOUCH!
SUZAKU!
LELOUCH!
SUZAKU!
LELOUCH!
SUZAKU!
LELOUCH!
imagine that as a 10 minute video like this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzzYINmiGFk
That happens to me each time I think of Code Geass.
and/or hear Yuri Lowenthal or Johnny Yong Bosch
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 29, 2011, 01:29:54 PM
I have no idea what Aeolus or Raze tried to say.
At least insertnamehere made sense.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on March 30, 2011, 12:02:02 AM
Amazing how many a good anime fuck up their second season.  Like, a lot of them...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 30, 2011, 08:32:22 AM
Some manage to fuck up at the 3rd season... like Nanoha Strikers.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on March 30, 2011, 10:46:52 PM
*spoiler warning for Geass R2*

Code Geass R2 is not nearly as good as season 1 but it still has some very cool parts.  It's just so unnecessarily confusing compared to season 1.  I can't count the number of times I was like "huh what?" at something going on and never getting any resolution.  Like when chigusawa (the dark skinned chick?) and the ninja maid and that curly hair rebel guy were in the forest and she's like "I'll kill you!" and im like what is going on here?!!!!!!!!!!  Speaking of the ninja maid....how stupid a plot device is it to have her be able to disguise herself as lelouch perfectly?  it's hard to be lamer than that.  Also a certain character death was incredibly pointless and added needless drama when we already had something similar happen but done much better in season 1.  yeah.   
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 31, 2011, 01:02:59 AM
The thing with Code Geass R2 is that it ends on a very good note. Hence you pretty much forget the sucky start and only remember the awesomeness that was the end. Also, the show does feature some very nice animation which people tend to not give it credit for. I mean, a whole anime with mecha fighting and not a single re-used scene? THAT's effort. The only weird thing is the body dimensions, but CLAMP did the character design and that's what they do.

First half: 7/10
Second half 8/10
Last 2 episodes 10/10
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on March 31, 2011, 07:12:54 AM
The animation is excellent but it only really serves to make the series shortcomings sting all the more.

What I was saying earlier is that it's basically Lulu's back, Kallen gets her midseason upgrade, and the Black Knights take Japan in hilariously theatrical fashion. Then the China arc. Then a bunch of stuff happens all at once, then a bunch more stuff happens all at once while the stuff happening all at once is still happening all at once, then a bunch o-Wait! What the FUCK!!! LULU'S MOM IS WHAT!!!!!, then a bunch of stuff happens all at once but none of that matters any more because "IRIS! WHAT AM I FIGHTING FOOOOOOOORRRRR!!!!!", and then it's Lulu and Susaku being BFF for each other and everybody and their brother is out for their heads except ORANGE!!! for some fucking reason. Lulu wins through some "No! It is I who is behind you!" shenanigans (or did he!?!) and then sacrifices himself to end all wars forever while Susaku becomes Zorro to ride off into the sunset forever.



Some manage to fuck up at the 3rd season... like Nanoha Strikers.

To be fair that was more of too many new characters than anything else.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on March 31, 2011, 08:12:01 AM
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Orange was loyal to Marianne, when she died he created the purist faction since most people thought she was killed by non-brittanian (cover story). He saw zero as an enemy because he was Japanese for that reason. Of course that changed when he learned Zero was Lelouch since that means he's Marianne's son and thus he should be loyal to him instead of gutting him.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on March 31, 2011, 12:18:28 PM
then a bunch of stuff happens all at once but none of that matters any more because "IRIS! WHAT AM I FIGHTING FOOOOOOOORRRRR!!!!!",

lol....

and yeah I agree with Annubis it gets better in the 2nd half or so of season 2. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on March 31, 2011, 08:52:09 PM
I don't have any interest in finishing the show.  What is the big spoiler about his mom?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 01, 2011, 06:09:56 AM
So I just watched the final episode of Fractale...

(õ_ó)

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'God' was a 16 year old girl whose mind broke at 10 when she was raped by her father.
Guess how they recreated 'God'...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on April 01, 2011, 07:46:03 AM
Wasn't too surprised that Fractale was mediocre at best. It wasn't even a contest. Madoka Magica really was, by far and away by a country mile at the very least, the best thing to come from the Winter season.


I don't have any interest in finishing the show.  What is the big spoiler about his mom?

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She's not quite dead, and is in fact a Geass user and the very engineer of her own death (her's is possession which activates only at the time of death to whomever is looking at her at the time). She's also been right along side the Emperor the whole time in his ambition to kill and become god. Everything that Lulu was trying to do up until that point was for naught. The tl;dr is that Lulu's Mom is the biggest dick of them all.

Also Lulu then promptly Geass's god and has both of his now immortal parents tossed into the abyss for all eternity.

And yes, it does get better after this, but only because the series just hit rock bottom and has nowhere else to go but up. Nothing could top that "WHAT THE FUCKING CHRIST!?!" moment and doesn't even try because it doesn't matter anymore as you're either completely checked out or completely wasted at this point.


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Orange was loyal to Marianne, when she died he created the purist faction since most people thought she was killed by non-brittanian (cover story). He saw zero as an enemy because he was Japanese for that reason. Of course that changed when he learned Zero was Lelouch since that means he's Marianne's son and thus he should be loyal to him instead of gutting him.

I am well aware of this. I just found it funny that the first victim of Zero's Magnificent Bastardry and series butt monkey would turn out to be the only one to stand beside Lulu and his BFF/LP Susaku during the finale (moreso considering the fact that he led to Lulu's Girlfirend's death). And he's just as completely devoted to serving Lulu as he was to killing Zero.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on April 01, 2011, 05:29:40 PM
Wasn't too surprised that Fractale was mediocre at best. It wasn't even a contest. Madoka Magica really was, by far and away by a country mile at the very least, the best thing to come from the Winter season.


I don't have any interest in finishing the show.  What is the big spoiler about his mom?

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She's not quite dead, and is in fact a Geass user and the very engineer of her own death (her's is possession which activates only at the time of death to whomever is looking at her at the time). She's also been right along side the Emperor the whole time in his ambition to kill and become god. Everything that Lulu was trying to do up until that point was for naught. The tl;dr is that Lulu's Mom is the biggest dick of them all.

Also Lulu then promptly Geass's god and has both of his now immortal parents tossed into the abyss for all eternity.

And yes, it does get better after this, but only because the series just hit rock bottom and has nowhere else to go but up. Nothing could top that "WHAT THE FUCKING CHRIST!?!" moment and doesn't even try because it doesn't matter anymore as you're either completely checked out or completely wasted at this point.


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I'm confused by the one statement, "promptly Geass's god and has both of his new immortal parents tossed into the abyss for all eternity." 
He became Geass's God? or asked? How did he send them into an abyss?  Just curious so I don't have to watch the episodes to satisfy my curiosity :p
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 01, 2011, 06:12:42 PM
Using a quote box + black text so that it doesn't look awful when you read the big chunk of text.

Quote
Ok, humanity in code geass are entities with consciousness separated out of the global consciousness. Charles wanted to slay god because he could then return humanity into a single consciousness and thus end most of the world's problems since we'd be only one entity (war, greed, lies).
For that he needed 2 things, the weapon to slay god, which he build (Sword of Akasha) and he needed a code.
To have a code, one must take it from another person who has the code. To inherit the code, you also need to be a geass user who maxed his geass.
Why did he need a code? Because to go and slay god, he needed to go to the world of the global consciousness (the world of C) which can only be accessed by code wielders or if sent there by someone who has the code. VV who is Charles' brother gave him his code.

VV was jealous of Charles because he also loved Marianne. Under the self delusion that Marianne was distracting Charles, he murdered her. Marianne was also a geass wielder (since VV can give geass to anyone he wants to technically). Her geass was to transfer herself into someone else's body. When she was murdered, a young girl was at her mansion for etiquette lessons, so she transferred to the little girl and stayed alive that way. VV never knew this, but Charles did.

Now, for the above plan, the more codes they had, the better. So in the original plan, Marianne was to receive CC's code. CC agreed to this because her wish is to get rid of her code and not be immortal anymore (thus be able to finally die).

At the big confrontation, Lelouch and Suzaku deny the new world Charles wants to create since they believe individuality is important. Lelouch gathers CC support by telling her he will take her code eventually and let her die « while smiling ».
Now, Lelouch was against his father who had a code, and thus was immortal. Thus he defeated him by using his (just happened to hit max level right at that moment) geass to order god to recall Charles and Marianne into the global consciousness only... and that's what happened.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on April 01, 2011, 08:17:47 PM
I just found the complete DVD collection of Azumanga Daiho for $20 used at Newbury Comics. Score! I looked prices online and it was going for $40. I had no choice but to buy it.

Can anyone tell me about Welcome To The N.H.K? I thought about buying the collection tonight, but I didn't know much about it. It sounds like a good anime.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on April 02, 2011, 10:25:59 AM
I've only read the manga.  My brother tells me the anime is very good though.

It's mostly psychological/comedy/depressing.  Kinda dark humor I guess.  It's depressing but its not constant there's still some hope and stuff, its kinda up and down in that way.  

I think Thoren on this site has an avatar from it
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 02, 2011, 09:53:41 PM
Caught up to One Piece. I'm watching the latest episodes too. I'm thinking about watching the 450 episodes I skipped.

Started Hunter x Hunter anime. Won't touch the manga, since it won't end for another 30 years.

Started Beezelbub, both anime and manga. Love it.

Watched an ep each of Bakuman and Durarara.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Yggdrasil on April 02, 2011, 10:03:03 PM
Started Hunter x Hunter anime. Won't touch the manga, since it won't end for another 30 years.

What happened with Togashi now?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on April 02, 2011, 11:43:03 PM
The biggest turn off to me about things like Naruto and One Piece is how fucking long they are. I read/owned the first five One Piece mangas and loved them, but that's way too much money to invest in one series.

I finished volume 12 of 20th Century Boys. Par for course.

I re-watched Monster with my girlfriend and now she is hooked. We are on episode 9. I really, really, like how Urasawa sets up his plots.

I read Solanin. I wanted to see what more adult-themed manga was like. Not bad. It does do a good job detailing the first few months out of college, living on your own, working a job, etc.

I picked up Akira volumes 1 and 2, Oishinbo a la Carte, and Black Jack 2-3 today from the BPL. The best part? They aren't charging late fees for the entire month of April, which means I can take my sweet time reading this stuff.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 03, 2011, 01:02:53 AM
Length has been a thing that's kept me from a few manga.  I loved One Piece, till I heard they were on the 30th volume, and my finances and book shelf space wouldn't have it.

I don't think any story really needs to be that long either, and not without a considerable amount of side-tracking and filler.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Alisha on April 03, 2011, 01:36:27 AM
just finished watching pumpkin scissors. Alice was totally badass we need more characters like her. though i'm wondering if there's a manga that continues the story.

(http://darkalisha.homestead.com/alicepwns.png)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on April 03, 2011, 10:10:18 AM
Length has been a thing that's kept me from a few manga.  I loved One Piece, till I heard they were on the 30th volume, and my finances and book shelf space wouldn't have it.

I don't think any story really needs to be that long either, and not without a considerable amount of side-tracking and filler.

Length/never-ending continuity is the single biggest problem facing the comic book market, I think. I love the medium (manga and comics), but I also like stories that end.

Right now, I'm not really buying anything, since everything I want I've been able to find at the library.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 03, 2011, 11:39:05 AM
One Piece doesn't have filler in the manga. The last couple of arcs were pretty fast and got to the point. Chapter 600 started part 2 of the story, but I don't know if that means 300 more chapters, 600 more, or 900 more. Don't care though, as I read everything online.

Hunter x Hunter has been on hiatus for 10 months. I saw someone on anotehr forum calling it Hiatus x Hiatus. HxH should have more chapters than Naruto but less than One Piece, but it only has 300 chapters.

Naruto, you guys aren't really missing out on anything. I've been reading it for the past few years to see where this trainwreck is heading. I'll start reading Bleach in the future to see where that trainwreck went, because it should have ended at the Soul Society arc.

Started Tiger & Bunny and Cross Game. Both are good so far.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Giga_Force on April 03, 2011, 02:03:46 PM
I hated when the Trigun series got a reprint awhile back because in 2001 or so, I bought that big size collection boxset at Saturday Movie Matinée for about $130!!!!  I guess they were more expensive back then or I got ripped off like crazy.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on April 03, 2011, 08:58:58 PM
One of the main reasons I stopped reading/watching Naruto was because it just kept going and going. I couldn't take it anymore. Mostly, it probably had to do it with it being so popular that they made the author keep going. If that's the case, he most likely didn't have an idea to where the story was going to go so he had to wing it.

This is why I like series like Monster, Death Note and other short series. That's not to say that Naruto and Bleach didn't have their ups, they definitely did, but they should have ended a long time ago.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 03, 2011, 08:59:59 PM
One of the main reasons I stopped reading/watching Naruto was because it just kept going and going. I couldn't take it anymore. Mostly, it probably had to do it with it being so popular that they made the author keep going. If that's the case, he most likely didn't have an idea to where the story was going to go so he had to wing it.

This is why I like series like Monster, Death Note and other short series. That's not to say that Naruto and Bleach didn't have their ups, they definitely did, but they should have ended a long time ago.

I wonder how much money is in it for an author of a manga.  Maybe they keep the length up to pay for the mortgage??
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 03, 2011, 10:22:20 PM
Nope, just like the music industry here, the actual author makes nearly nothing. Worst, they don't get money for concert or publicity.
That's why you've never really heard of a stinking rich manga artist.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on April 04, 2011, 12:26:32 AM
One Piece takes place in bizzaro world, because the longer the series goes the more I enjoy it as a whole. Probably because Oda likes what he does and isn't phoning it in for a paycheck like a Kubo or in a 'I want to stop, but the fans/editors won't let me' Toriyama situation.

The manga that is. While the manga tries to fit in a lot per chapter(Good amount of dialogue, doesn't waste page space) the anime stalls like no other and I dropped it years ago. Probably because it tries to avoid filler as much as possible and suffers for it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 04, 2011, 07:39:02 AM
I prefer the One Piece anime to do that. Fillers have ruined plenty of anime (Rurouni Kenshin, Naruto, Bleach), but the trend these days is to do 50 episodes or so and stop, and then a year later start making more episodes.

But I agree with you about One Piece. It is one of those series that gets better as it goes, unlike Naruto and Bleach, which both hit their peak 3-4 years after starting. Now they're just dragging on.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on April 04, 2011, 02:56:03 PM
Nope, just like the music industry here, the actual author makes nearly nothing. Worst, they don't get money for concert or publicity.
That's why you've never really heard of a stinking rich manga artist.

Well if their series are popular and they get anime and other merchandise  they can wind up quite wealthy.  I'm sure Akira Toriyama is pretty loaded, as is that uh...Rumiko Takahashi (might have wrong name) who did Inuyasha/ranma/etc stuff. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 04, 2011, 07:40:18 PM
Eiichiro Oda is loaded. Doesn't matter if he makes like 1% off of One Piece's manga volume sales. Sold over 200 million copies in Japan alone.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on April 04, 2011, 08:36:00 PM
Bakuman is interesting in that regard as it shows a lot of the behind the scenes of the manga industry and how it works, to a certain extent. It's really interesting. I wonder how many manga artists in Japan are the "starving artist" types, and how many are well off. The main goal of a manga artist seems to be to get an anime. That's probably where the big money is. I imagine that all the manga artists whose work made it big in the US and other countries must be making a decent amount of money.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 05, 2011, 01:05:40 PM
I watched episode 1 of Dog Days. I'm sure the show will be awful and retarded but I'll probably watch the whole thing just because the princess is so darn adorable.

http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=millhiore_f_biscotti

Tiger and Bunny is the most promising show up to now.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 05, 2011, 01:31:22 PM
I watched episode 1 of Hanasaku Iroha.  I liked it, the animation *finally* did justice to Kishida Mel's art style (Sora no Woto was a mockery for that, it looked *exactly* like K-On).  WHat I liked most was that it was more down to earth: no magic, no silly schoolgirls flashing panties, no animal-girls, no silly crushes.  There was one "slapping scene" that I thought felt out of place -- and generally I think out main character is pretty lax about the situation she's been put into; but overall it's beautiful to look at and should tell a nice story.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 05, 2011, 01:35:22 PM
I watched episode 1 of Hanasaku Iroha.  I liked it, the animation *finally* did justice to Kishida Mel's art style (Sora no Woto was a mockery for that, it looked *exactly* like K-On).  What I liked most was that it was more down to earth: no magic, no silly schoolgirls flashing panties, no animal-girls, no silly crushes.  There was one "slapping scene" that I thought felt out of place -- and generally I think out main character is pretty lax about the situation she's been put into; but overall it's beautiful to look at and should tell a nice story.

I felt like punching the grandmother =/ Unless the show gets nicer, I'm afraid I won't watch it. Violence on kids is not something I support.
Episode one is mental abuse + verbal abuse + physical abuse... like what the hell?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 05, 2011, 01:44:49 PM
I watched episode 1 of Hanasaku Iroha.  I liked it, the animation *finally* did justice to Kishida Mel's art style (Sora no Woto was a mockery for that, it looked *exactly* like K-On).  What I liked most was that it was more down to earth: no magic, no silly schoolgirls flashing panties, no animal-girls, no silly crushes.  There was one "slapping scene" that I thought felt out of place -- and generally I think out main character is pretty lax about the situation she's been put into; but overall it's beautiful to look at and should tell a nice story.

I felt like punching the grandmother =/ Unless the show gets nicer, I'm afraid I won't watch it. Violence on kids is not something I support.
Episode one is mental abuse + verbal abuse + physical abuse... like what the hell?

Well, the grandmother being a cunt is one thing, and I already said the hitting thing felt slightly out of place.  I'm more curious how it's going to develop though, and like I said, it's the most down-to-earth thing this season, and sometimes the flowery and over-the-top shit gets on my nerves.  It will be easy to drop, but I kinda like the "novel" feeling I get from it and I hope for some good character development.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 05, 2011, 02:03:21 PM
I watched episode 1 of Hanasaku Iroha.  I liked it, the animation *finally* did justice to Kishida Mel's art style (Sora no Woto was a mockery for that, it looked *exactly* like K-On).  What I liked most was that it was more down to earth: no magic, no silly schoolgirls flashing panties, no animal-girls, no silly crushes.  There was one "slapping scene" that I thought felt out of place -- and generally I think out main character is pretty lax about the situation she's been put into; but overall it's beautiful to look at and should tell a nice story.

I felt like punching the grandmother =/ Unless the show gets nicer, I'm afraid I won't watch it. Violence on kids is not something I support.
Episode one is mental abuse + verbal abuse + physical abuse... like what the hell?

Well, the grandmother being a cunt is one thing, and I already said the hitting thing felt slightly out of place.  I'm more curious how it's going to develop though, and like I said, it's the most down-to-earth thing this season, and sometimes the flowery and over-the-top shit gets on my nerves.  It will be easy to drop, but I kinda like the "novel" feeling I get from it and I hope for some good character development.

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So, if i have to watch 26 episodes of girls working in a shop while being slapped and screamed at then sorry, this is not my cup of tea.
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In a way it's understandable that she treats her granddaughter of a disowned daughter with some hostility but why others as well.
I can understand that you let them do some work most kids have to do some form of chores at home but slapping them in such a way and blaming them for a others mistake is going to far.
Then there was the way of how the cook treated Minko which i also found pretty outrages, i have worked at many jobs and can tell this if someone treats you in such a way tell them to do it themselves you should not let yourself get treated in such a way.
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The Grandmother is too harsh, I wasn't expecting abuse in this.
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This was the first time in my life I've wanted to beat up a woman...an elderly (factitious) woman at that. I'd rather sleep on a park bench like a bum than want to stay at an inn that treats their employees less than shit.
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Yeah, I was got off guard not by the fact that she was strict and told Ohana she didn't like her but because she whacked her and Minko in the face.
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Good training video on bad parenting. It was tough to watch at times
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wow, its been awhile since i've seen a cast with so many unlikeable characters
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What the fuck is wrong with the people in this show?
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Awesome first episode. Yet so rage-inducing for me. So unlovable of a grandma.
I can't even believe that grandma is not being held for child abuse. Or employee abuse. She held such unhealthy principles, I cannot fathom how it is anyone's pleasure be working for her.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 05, 2011, 02:17:28 PM
Oh brother.  I wanna tell some of the respondents to grow up.  Family discipline exists, the slap was a slap, and I don't think it's going to happen every episode for christ's sake.  It's funny, you'll watch an anime where people beat each other up all the time, and a few slaps has people running.  I thought it was established that grandma was a bitch; I'm curious to see where it goes from here -- you know like how they went to being deathly afraid of Boo Radly (DATED REFERENCE) to being saved by him.  One episode has people in a tizzy like this?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 05, 2011, 02:29:08 PM
Family discipline exists

I can understand slapping if other methods aren't working, but the daughter was already feeling very sorry.
The slap on the employee girl is even worst. There is no way to excuse that one.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on April 05, 2011, 04:14:03 PM
This is stupid.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Starmongoose on April 05, 2011, 04:51:45 PM
This is stupid.

Well said.


Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 05, 2011, 05:14:08 PM
This is stupid.

Well said.

How so if I may ask?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Alisha on April 05, 2011, 05:19:14 PM
i stopped watching bleach a long time ago but i started watching it again recently since its back to the main story arc instead of a filler arc.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Starmongoose on April 05, 2011, 05:25:57 PM
From what I gather here, there is an old lady (Grandmother) who is clearly a bitch and is abusive. She slaps a girl unnecessarily (When is it ever necessary to be abusive?) and people are up in arms about it.

1) She isn't real
2) Abuse IS very real though, and those sorts of people kick the shit out of their children whether provoked or not, whether they are sorry or not.
3) Sometimes characters have abusive pasts, or presents. Not every character should be brought up in a happy sunshine and lollipops sort of environment, there are themes and personalities that can be explored by having a character go through that sort of hardship.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZeronHitaro on April 06, 2011, 04:32:30 AM
Heh, peeking in on this conversation amuses me. So if family violence happens in a modern anime it's tripe but if the same thing happens in a book by a 19th century British dude it's undeniably a classic. Ah the hypocrisy of the viewing audience.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 06, 2011, 10:26:48 AM
I think people are shocked because it's almost like they've been trolled. The show's synopsis is:

« Matsumae Ohana, a 16 year old girl, moves out of Tokyo and starts working at a hot spring hotel, which is located on a hill surrounded by cherry blossoms. Matsumae has yet to decide her future. The story will also feature other teenage girls who are looking for their dreams and excitements. »

The genre is: slice of life

The opening is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnp7j1X8p8Y

Does this look like anything that would include psychological, physical and sexual abuse in the first episode? (ok, I know groping girls in Japan is like saying hello, but nonetheless...)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 06, 2011, 11:02:58 AM
There was only one brief instance of physical abuse, I don't know where sexual abuse is coming.  Besides, the Japanese posts that *do* get translated are the ones that are far-fetched and over-exaggerated.  "OMG< ABUSE IN EVEREE EPISODE!!!" is stupid.  I think people are making a bigger deal out of it than it is, and I think it sets up the story in a pretty good frame; she leaves her idiot mother to go the a place that's much less the paradise than it seems -- the story will be what she makes of this new place, no?

Was it much to slap-out the girl?  Yeah, but perhaps that was the point; but I'm not really one to question plot like that from whatever the creators are trying to establish....but yeah, I would if slap-outs keep happening.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on April 06, 2011, 11:49:06 AM
It's pretty safe to assume that the majority of people don't support child abuse. However, not watching this show will not prevent it from happening; conversely, watching this show will not make it happen any more often.

It's important that stories like this get told because they make a very real issue more visible. Boycotting it will only discourage authors, artists, and companies from doing more of these stories. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 06, 2011, 10:27:56 PM
I'll probably watch the episode tomorrow since everyone is bitching about it. If you all want the same crap, go ahead, but it's something different for a change, and that's why I stopped watching anime for 3 years because everything was being rehashed and moe became more prevalent.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Bill on April 07, 2011, 12:00:32 AM
Eiichiro Oda is loaded. Doesn't matter if he makes like 1% off of One Piece's manga volume sales. Sold over 200 million copies in Japan alone.

Yeah, he pulled in ~$24 million US last year.

It's a myth that you can't get rich from manga. It's true that authors don't make much on serializations, but they can potentially earn a lot once independent volumes are sold (I believe a typical royalty rate ranges from 10-20% per book, which is sold for roughly 500 yen apiece). Add merchandising and anime adaptation to the mix, and that's a very lucrative venture.

Of course, the majority of people who try to make it big probably don't get there.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 07, 2011, 12:08:58 AM
I think it's typical "I'm in the arts" money.  You're big enough in it and you're rich. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZeronHitaro on April 07, 2011, 04:42:24 AM
Meh, I caved and chanced watching another anime the other night. Sakura Wars New York NY. You'd think I would've learned by now but with modern anime batting 0-5 I'm starting to consider just not watching it ever again. :-/ (So far Host Club, Corpse Princess, Slayers Revoution/Evolution-R, Sakura Wars New York NY, and Hikaru no Go have been solid "blehs" for me.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on April 07, 2011, 11:47:15 AM
I just finished watching Shiki and I thought it was really good.  For those who don't know, it's about vampires killing people in a small japanese town and the people trying to figure out what's causing all the deaths.  I was totally expecting it to have some retarded ending when I was about halfway through but I was pleasantly surprised. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on April 09, 2011, 08:37:51 PM
After years of not watching anything new I started watching Darker Than Black.

Pretty decent.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 09, 2011, 11:54:56 PM
^ I honestly got bored of Darker Than Black while watching it last year. I got 16 episodes in and still didn't see anything resembling a story.

I'm watching a lot of crap. Just watched the latest episode of One Piece. I love the new opening by Amuro Namie sooooo much. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8USq0Jo5TI&feature=player_embedded)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 10, 2011, 01:28:18 AM
I'm watching a lot of crap. Just watched the latest episode of One Piece. I love the new opening by Amuro Namie sooooo much. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8USq0Jo5TI&feature=player_embedded)

Wow, it is quite lovely actually, wasn't expecting something so soft and light from Amuro (she does a lot more R&B and "sexy" sounding stuff).  But, on the other hand, 2 and a half minute opening is biiiig.  A minute more than most openings, and half hour shows only play for a bit 21-25 minutes -- half the animators gotten that tired? haha

Watched the first episode of Steins;Gate (underlined because the grammar may confuse people how to read this sentence).  Wow, clusterfuck of bizarre scenes.  It's interesting, but it'll take something more coherent for me to bother, it's just a ton of mish-mash with a plot in there.  I'm curious though.  However, I do think the main guy's friend, and "cosplay designer" (i kno, wtf) is mildly retarded -- that shit's not cute to me.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on April 10, 2011, 01:58:54 AM
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But, on the other hand, 2 and a half minute opening is biiiig.  A minute more than most openings, and half hour shows only play for a bit 21-25 minutes -- half the animators gotten that tired? haha

There's a drawn out 'Last time..' after the OP too. A episode probably goes about 15 minutes.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Yggdrasil on April 10, 2011, 03:01:14 AM
I'm watching a lot of crap.

Stop watching crap then.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 10, 2011, 07:48:15 AM
The episode didn't have an ending, so I don't know if they plan on keeping this up, or shorten it by a minute or so when they decide to have an ending theme. But yeah, One Piece is only 19 minutes long. The opening + the introduction take up some time.

I still haven't seen Toriko episode 1 out on the web yet. The crossover special with One Piece last week got me interested in the show, and I even started reading the manga last night.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on April 10, 2011, 09:54:52 AM
I'm watching a lot of crap. Just watched the latest episode of One Piece. I love the new opening by Amuro Namie sooooo much. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8USq0Jo5TI&feature=player_embedded)

Wow, it is quite lovely actually, wasn't expecting something so soft and light from Amuro (she does a lot more R&B and "sexy" sounding stuff).  But, on the other hand, 2 and a half minute opening is biiiig.  A minute more than most openings, and half hour shows only play for a bit 21-25 minutes -- half the animators gotten that tired? haha

Watched the first episode of Steins;Gate (underlined because the grammar may confuse people how to read this sentence).  Wow, clusterfuck of bizarre scenes.  It's interesting, but it'll take something more coherent for me to bother, it's just a ton of mish-mash with a plot in there.  I'm curious though.  However, I do think the main guy's friend, and "cosplay designer" (i kno, wtf) is mildly retarded -- that shit's not cute to me.

If it's anything like Ch@os;head, then the answer to everything ever is magic and that the main character is literally God while simultaneously being the son of God.

Also What The Christ is up with this season!?! Winter is supposed to be the low point of the year yet the current spring line up is somehow even worse.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 10, 2011, 05:13:20 PM
Watched Toriko ep 2 (ep 1 was the crossover special with One Piece.) They cut so much out of chapter 1 from the manga so that they could condense chapter 1 and 2 into 1 episode. It makes sense, since then episode 2 would be chapter 2 and 3, and 3 starts a new mini arc.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on April 11, 2011, 02:00:19 PM
After years of not watching anything new I started watching Darker Than Black.

Pretty decent.

Darker than Black is cool.  Season 2 not so much...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on April 11, 2011, 04:27:15 PM
Half way through Star Driver.  It's fun, but I'm wondering where they're going with it since the plot hasn't advanced very much.  Don't have much faith in it at this point, but I find it enjoyable to watch so meh.  Also, probably gonna finish watching Soul Eater now that it's out on DVD.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Starmongoose on April 11, 2011, 08:55:23 PM
If you are drunk of wine slushies, never decide to watch "Grave of the Fireflies".

I am bawling like an infant while I type.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 11, 2011, 09:03:37 PM
You don't need any alcohol to bawl with Grave of the Fireflies, it just happens.

I had high expectations for The World God Only Knows 2, but after watching episode 1, I am amazed that they shot way past even my highest ones. The presentation is good, the script follows the original manga enough while being nicely adapted the anime format and the visuals are out of this world.
Just look at the lightwork in the first scene... truly amazing.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 13, 2011, 11:36:06 AM
Hanasaku Iroha episode 2!
No slapping this time.;)
In fact, Grandmawhore was under wraps this time.  I like this show, it's beautiful to watch, first off, and I like the basic and simple premise.  Steins;Gate's first episode was absolutely dizzying in comparison, so I enjoy the sort of novel-like pace and characterization of this one.  It ends on a peculiar cliff hanger.

I also watched the first episode of uh Nichijo [?].  It's alright.  I admire KyoAni's damn near flawless animation, especially for long-ass TV series', but it's gotten old on me.  Zany everyday school lives... mostly of girls and their shenanigans.  This one is no different (though, I do just want them to get on and hurry finishing Haruhi's super saga).  I liked it until they included some stupid kid scientist who acts as bratty and stupid as a normal kid, and her robot-maid who tries to keep in a secret (despite the obvious).  It's perfect if you like silly and random humour; but to me Azumanga Daioh reigned supreme on this. x)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on April 13, 2011, 10:11:41 PM
KyoAni needs to fucking animate the next FMP series. The last two books came out last year. No excuses anymore.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ZeronHitaro on April 16, 2011, 01:54:49 AM
I just saw 6 episodes of GunxSword. It was exactly what I needed. XD Not a masterpiece by any standards but a good fun romp that actually has characters and story I can sit down and enjoy without any annoyances. Well...sans that one shot love bird couple. But that was so painful it was hilarious.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on April 16, 2011, 07:31:55 AM
I'm almost done with season 1 of Darker Than Black. It's kind of confusing and the story is all over the place, but it gets brownie points from me for having a Chinese main character who's a badass normal and badass abnormal rolled in one, and isn't treated as just the comic-relief guy.

I have a new favorite anime character now.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 17, 2011, 11:58:34 AM
Hanasaku Iroha episode 3!

A mix of normal and creepy. (creepy peaks at 4 minute in)
So many man-tits in that episode...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 17, 2011, 01:05:38 PM
I'm almost done with season 1 of Darker Than Black. It's kind of confusing and the story is all over the place, but it gets brownie points from me for having a Chinese main character who's a badass normal and badass abnormal rolled in one, and isn't treated as just the comic-relief guy.

I have a new favorite anime character now.

I do a tip of the hat to the Japanese doing good Chinese characters.... and non-Japanese (ie; Euro-mericans) that aren't blue eyed and blond.  Still have yet to find the latter.

Watched the first episode of ...um, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (which literally translated to the fun title: “Electric Wave Woman and Youthful Man”).  Whats with making lead guys in harems look like absolute losers?  He's okay, he's got a dick haircut, but seems personable enough.  Truthfully, I only started watching this because of the appealing and interesting opening theme and animation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utccB8QYE84).  Gorgeous animation, but the "aunt" character is one of the worst things to happen to anime all year, who's like a 39-year-old 8-year-old.  Weird story, hopefully it goes somewhere because meh. 

All this hubbub about Darker than Black makes me hope its something a bit more on the thought provoking side.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on April 18, 2011, 04:26:15 PM
I've watched like 25 episodes of Monster. Still good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on April 22, 2011, 05:01:20 PM
Just saw episode 11 & 12 of Madoka which leave me perplexed.
They are good episodes, but after the great climbing climax that started on episode 5 which got better and better until episode 10, the last two feel more mellow than what preceded them.
The closure is interesting and rather well rounded given how far the plot pushes the limits of understanding, but leaves the same feeling that the original Evangelion ending left.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Dice on April 23, 2011, 03:05:00 AM
I just watched them too -- and for a short series, I thought they tied it up amazingly well.  Evangelion was much more ambiguous and depressing, this left... a sort of bittersweet taste, but certainly scratches at being more sweet.  Other than this, I don't know how you could have ended such a defeating plot concept (where just about everything is there to fuck you over) into the rather swell turnabout.  Most impressive was Madoka finally doing something valuable, she pissed me off most of the rest of the series.   ....Mmmm, pink-jesus-savior.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: hell_snake on April 29, 2011, 11:16:40 AM
Deadman Wonderland episodes 1 and 2 were pretty good, except for that annoying white-haired chick's voice and character. Some high quality art and animation too.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on May 03, 2011, 07:58:45 PM
Price being equal, anime on Blu-ray:  yay or nay?

Really want to give it a shot, but don't know if it's worth it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on May 03, 2011, 10:51:29 PM
I bought Basilisk recently and had the choice of DVD or Blueray for the same price.  The blueray might look better, it might look the same for all I know.   I decided to go with DVD for utility reasons.  If i get it on blueray i can only play it on my ps3.  If I get it on dvd i can also play it on my laptop and other people's dvd players if need be. 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on May 04, 2011, 04:47:57 AM
I got the first volume of FMA: Brotherhood in blu ray and it looks great. It's clear and crisp and there's no visible problems due to resolution.

Of course, IIRC, FMA: Brotherhood was originally broadcast in HD, so I'm unsure of anime which has been upscaled, like Full Metal Panic.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 04, 2011, 05:00:33 AM
I'm getting sick of anime companies squeezing 3-4 chapters of a manga into one episode (Beelzebub, Toriko.) It really ruins the pace of the show and sets them up for a lot of fillers, and Beelzebub has had a lot of fillers already and it just started airing in January.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on May 05, 2011, 04:02:32 PM
I got the first volume of FMA: Brotherhood in blu ray and it looks great. It's clear and crisp and there's no visible problems due to resolution.

Of course, IIRC, FMA: Brotherhood was originally broadcast in HD, so I'm unsure of anime which has been upscaled, like Full Metal Panic.
I bought Basilisk recently and had the choice of DVD or Blueray for the same price.  The blueray might look better, it might look the same for all I know.   I decided to go with DVD for utility reasons.  If i get it on blueray i can only play it on my ps3.  If I get it on dvd i can also play it on my laptop and other people's dvd players if need be. 

Thanks for the input.  Think I may give it a shot.  My biggest obstacle to it is I rarely hook up my only blu-ray player, my PS3.  I'll just have to try and find some more room for it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on May 05, 2011, 07:26:38 PM
Started reading Beelzebub the other day and I'm already up to chapter 21. It's very good, and I love the comedy aspect mixed. I've found myself actually laughing out loud at plenty of parts.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: ShadowLaguna on May 10, 2011, 12:53:50 AM
So, I just watched the first episode of the new Pokemon season. Simply heartbroken. Another childhood series that's been raped. I'm even more discouraged to buy Pokemon Black or White.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on May 10, 2011, 01:48:23 AM
I only watch the Pokemon league episodes of Pokemon (since they remind me of Pokemon Stadium, a series I sincerely wish had continued) and episodes featuring rare Pokemon. They always seem to be better for some reason, and in the Pokemon League ones there's actually a chance that Ash would lose.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on May 10, 2011, 12:47:52 PM
So, I just watched the first episode of the new Pokemon season. Simply heartbroken. Another childhood series that's been raped. I'm even more discouraged to buy Pokemon Black or White.

Get the games. Seriously, they are better than they've ever been. I wouldn't use the anime as a basis for judging how good they will be, unless you hate the new designs (persona;;y, I like them more than the original).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: insertnamehere on May 11, 2011, 02:23:18 PM
Code Geass Gaiden coming soonish(?)
http://www.anime-access.com/articles/Code_Geass_Gaiden:_Boukoku_no_Akito
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Lelouch looks like such a girl.
Oh well, he's dead now.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on May 11, 2011, 06:43:12 PM
I'm a bit disappointed to hear that the Gaiden is set in the future instead of showing us what happened during the European front. Am I the only one interested in what happened there?

Also, I see I'm not missing much by skipping out on this Spring's schedule.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 11, 2011, 07:54:43 PM
Code Geass Gaiden coming soonish(?)
http://www.anime-access.com/articles/Code_Geass_Gaiden:_Boukoku_no_Akito
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Lelouch looks like such a girl.
Oh well, he's dead now.

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One Shigeru Morita, who did scripts for Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and a variety of episodes of Blood+ and Toward the Terra, will be on screenplay duty for the new Geass.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.


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And Kazuki Akane, whose directed works like Vision of Escaflowne and Noein, will helm the new series.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh.

I'm iffy now. Gundam SEED and Destiny were shit story and character wise, so I have a feeling the story and characters are also gonna be shit here. But I love Escaflowne and Noein, so I don't know how to react.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on May 11, 2011, 08:06:25 PM
See, I'm the opposite. I loved Gundam SEED and hated Escaflowne =)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on May 11, 2011, 10:31:28 PM
I loved Gundam SEED and Escaflowne, so it's win/win for me.=)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on May 11, 2011, 10:37:13 PM
Code Geass Gaiden coming soonish(?)
http://www.anime-access.com/articles/Code_Geass_Gaiden:_Boukoku_no_Akito
Code: [Select]
Lelouch looks like such a girl.
Oh well, he's dead now.

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One Shigeru Morita, who did scripts for Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and a variety of episodes of Blood+ and Toward the Terra, will be on screenplay duty for the new Geass.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.


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And Kazuki Akane, whose directed works like Vision of Escaflowne and Noein, will helm the new series.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh.

I'm iffy now. Gundam SEED and Destiny were shit story and character wise, so I have a feeling the story and characters are also gonna be shit here. But I love Escaflowne and Noein, so I don't know how to react.

On the one hand, I don't remember if SeeD and GSD had the same script writer or if I'm mixing up the script writer with director (which is VERY easy to do in GSD's case given the fact that they were one and the same). On the other hand I kinda remember watching Blood+ wondering where did that badass from Blood: The Last Vampire go and why am I having to watch this utterly useless chick sleepwalk around while the even more lifeless bishie does everything for the rest of the cardboard cutouts.

As for Noein, uuuunnnnhhhhgggg.... I'll admit that when it got good, it got good, but that only happened rarely and usually within the fight scenes. I'm pretty sure everything else was technobabble culled from a 5 hour seminar on quantum mechanics or iron manning the good episodes of StarTrek:TNG.

Also which Escaflowne? The TV series or that terrible movie?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on May 11, 2011, 10:37:59 PM
See, I'm the opposite. I loved Gundam SEED and hated Escaflowne =)

I always thought Escaflowne was kind of weird.  The first three episodes were violent and action packed.  After that, everything got toned down.  I always wondered if that was intentional.  It seemed out of place.

Been watching Bakuman.  I absolutely hate the love portion of the story.  Azuki needs to go away.  MC should grow a pair.  Shuujin needs to stop referring to it as true love.  Other parts are good though.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on May 11, 2011, 11:15:33 PM
I don't like Gundam Seed either I got bored after a few episodes.  Hope the new code geass is good...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on May 11, 2011, 11:32:00 PM
Most Gundams are Slow to start. Gundam SEED was incredible in the second half.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 12, 2011, 08:04:55 AM
I never finished SEED, so I'll rewatch it this summer, but Destiny had the same scriptwriter...Destiny started off well, but became worse as it progressed and the last 15 episodes were major trolling.

I don't know about the director and scriptwriter. I'm just quoting from the article that was posted.

And yeah, I stopped watching Bakuman because 1) I had too much on my plate and 2) the love portion does suck.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on May 12, 2011, 08:22:53 AM
I love GSD mainly because of Dullandal.
I hated Athrun (although he's much better in the movie version of the serie, since he's also narrating the events and thus his character makes a lot more sense... even if his way of thinking is terrible) and every newbie character to the show.
Notable exception is Meyrin who received superb character development when she shifted from a background character to a secondary character.

...and I think I'm the only person who loves Kira.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 12, 2011, 11:39:05 AM
After watching Victory Gundam, I have a hard time loving the newer Gundams. Yeah, I still like them and watch them (except Destiny, it sucks), they just don't compare.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on May 12, 2011, 11:01:45 PM
Been watching Bakuman.  I absolutely hate the love portion of the story.  Azuki needs to go away.  MC should grow a pair.  Shuujin needs to stop referring to it as true love.  Other parts are good though.

How far are you into it? I've read the 4th volume of the manga and I don't find it annoying. I think the awkward moments Miho and the MC share are hilarious.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on May 13, 2011, 04:42:58 PM
Been watching Bakuman.  I absolutely hate the love portion of the story.  Azuki needs to go away.  MC should grow a pair.  Shuujin needs to stop referring to it as true love.  Other parts are good though.

How far are you into it? I've read the 4th volume of the manga and I don't find it annoying. I think the awkward moments Miho and the MC share are hilarious.

Just finished episode 12.  They're funny to a point because they are awkward like you said, but the whole sitting beside each other in school and never talking to each other outside of notes is too much.  They are face to face and can't say anything?  I don't want to spoil anything for you (no clue how the manga is pace-wise), but there's a moment after school is over and he runs to try and meet her only to STILL say nothing.  It's just hard to root for a guy who can't say shit to the girl he likes and you have Shuujin telling the big breasted girl how "It's true love, it's so amazing!".
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on May 13, 2011, 09:47:55 PM
Been watching Bakuman.  I absolutely hate the love portion of the story.  Azuki needs to go away.  MC should grow a pair.  Shuujin needs to stop referring to it as true love.  Other parts are good though.

How far are you into it? I've read the 4th volume of the manga and I don't find it annoying. I think the awkward moments Miho and the MC share are hilarious.

Just finished episode 12.  They're funny to a point because they are awkward like you said, but the whole sitting beside each other in school and never talking to each other outside of notes is too much.  They are face to face and can't say anything?  I don't want to spoil anything for you (no clue how the manga is pace-wise), but there's a moment after school is over and he runs to try and meet her only to STILL say nothing.  It's just hard to root for a guy who can't say shit to the girl he likes and you have Shuujin telling the big breasted girl how "It's true love, it's so amazing!".

Things do change later on, so I wouldn't tell you to give up on it just yet.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 13, 2011, 10:49:37 PM
Been reading a shitload of Beelzebub. I'll be caught up tomorrow. Also watched the first 13 eps of RahXephon. Don't know why I waited so long to start this anime.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on May 13, 2011, 11:18:33 PM
Gundam Seed scriptwriter + Excalfowne director working on Code Geass? Seriously? Gundam Seed?

That's like Krispy Kreme teaming up with someone's asshole (http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/3/1/). I may be getting lost in my own metaphor here but I think it's disgusting that Gundam Seed's creators like asshole flavored donuts.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on May 14, 2011, 11:31:46 AM
Most Gundams are Slow to start. Gundam SEED was incredible in the second half.

Gundam 00 started off especially slow I thought.  There was almost no interaction between the main characters for the first 4 episodes or so and they didn't really tell you anything about the characters either.  It felt like "boom anime characters in mechs fighting and stuff!" and I almost gave up on it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 15, 2011, 09:17:19 AM
Gundam 00 (first season) was really slow. They put all of the action and story in the last 8 episodes.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on May 15, 2011, 01:08:15 PM
Gundam SEED's problem was that its first dozen or so episodes were almost complete copies of the original Gundam 0079 series, and didn't get into what was its original, more interesting concept (Kira and Athrun dynamic) after that. Then at the end I had my suspension of disbelief constantly broken because of several stupid things, such as pointless/unbelievable revelations about Cagalli and Kira, Kira himself, Rau and Mu, as well as the whole absurdity of the power behind the Orb fleet. The ending was some weird mish-mash of several other Gundam series (In particular I saw F91 in there).

Gundam SD, as many people said, started off fine, but Shinn's character went nowhere, and the focus on Kira and Lacus was totally pointless because I never felt that they had much of a struggle.

As for the new Code Geass show, a lot of the *alleged* problems with Gundam SEED and Destiny stemmed from a different writer (The director and the head writer were, in fact, different people, but they were husband and wife), so I won't lose too much faith over that.

EDIT: Oh yeah, Journal. I watched second season of Haruhi. I try not to read reviews and crap before watching something, so I'm glad to find out after finishing it that I'm not the only one with an absurd amount of bile for it. I hear the movie's great though, and I'll watch that next.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on May 15, 2011, 08:54:56 PM
Yes, the movie is all kind of awesome. If you are a fan of Yuki, you may get a seizure out of the moe.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on May 15, 2011, 11:19:48 PM
Gundam 00 (first season) was really slow. They put all of the action and story in the last 8 episodes.
Most Gundams are Slow to start. Gundam SEED was incredible in the second half.

Gundam 00 started off especially slow I thought.  There was almost no interaction between the main characters for the first 4 episodes or so and they didn't really tell you anything about the characters either.  It felt like "boom anime characters in mechs fighting and stuff!" and I almost gave up on it.

Yeah, Gundam 00 really was slow, and I almost gave up on it, too. Glad I didn't, though. Those last 8 episodes were great. So was most of the Second Season, Too.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 18, 2011, 12:00:46 PM
Gave up on Toriko (anime) and Tiger & Bunny. The Toriko anime sucks and Tiger & Bunny was only good for the first episode. Started the Fairy Tail anime again.

Manga wise, caught up to Gamaran in three days. I fucking love this manga.

Been reading a lot of manhwa, if we're allowed to discuss that here.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on May 21, 2011, 05:57:42 AM
I got the first volume of FMA: Brotherhood in blu ray and it looks great. It's clear and crisp and there's no visible problems due to resolution.

Of course, IIRC, FMA: Brotherhood was originally broadcast in HD, so I'm unsure of anime which has been upscaled, like Full Metal Panic.
I bought Basilisk recently and had the choice of DVD or Blueray for the same price.  The blueray might look better, it might look the same for all I know.   I decided to go with DVD for utility reasons.  If i get it on blueray i can only play it on my ps3.  If I get it on dvd i can also play it on my laptop and other people's dvd players if need be.  

Thanks for the input.  Think I may give it a shot.  My biggest obstacle to it is I rarely hook up my only blu-ray player, my PS3.  I'll just have to try and find some more room for it.
I took some screens of a FMP BD rip. If it looks like I'm being a graphics whore or whatever, this is an HD comparison so that's really the only thing I can judge on.

http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%281%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%282%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%283%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%284%29.png

You can clearly see that upscaling has messed up the linework considerably. Lines are pixelated and rough. In the fourth screen, the game system's button symbols are pixelated almost to the point of not being able to be read. An anime natively created for HD does not have this problem.

http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%285%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%286%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%287%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%288%29.png

This can get even more pronounced when there are background and foreground to consider; look at screen 6; Kaname and Kyoko are basically blobs. Kaname's facial features can barely be made out and her hair lining is atrocious when upscaled. In screen 7, look at the floor planks and Sousuke's legs and feet. Details can barely be made out. It gets worse in screen 8, the letters on the background look like they're blurred, not chalky; also, look at Sousuke's X scar on his jaw, it's supposed to be a straight line, but this is multiple broken lines. This stuff isn't noticeable on SD but when upscaled it's horrible.

http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%289%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%2810%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%2811%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%2812%29.png

In screen 9, you can barely tell what Sousuke has on his wrist is a watch. Screen 11's okay; close ups are cleaned up rather well, but still not perfect. You can barely make out the words in screen 12.

http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%2813%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%2814%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%2815%29.png
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMP%20%2817%29.png

It's better in Second Raid, which (I assume) was done in HD and widescreen, so the blurriness and pixelation aren't AS bad, but are noticeable. Again, problems are much less noticeable in close ups.

For FMA: Brotherhood there was no real pixelation or anything to speak of:

http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMA%20%281%29.jpg
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMA%20%282%29.jpg
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMA%20%283%29.jpg
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMA%20%284%29.jpg
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMA%20%285%29.jpg
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMA%20%286%29.jpg
http://www.leyviur.net/images/BluRaySamples/FMA%20%287%29.jpg

These are a bad comparison because I took them with a camera, but you can tell it's nothing like the FMP screens; the pixelization and stuff just isn't there.

So anyway, upscaled anime: not worth it. Native HD: definitely.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on May 21, 2011, 06:46:28 PM
Speaking of FMP, KyoAni needs to animate another series. It's been about 6 years since TSR and the novels finished last year. (And if anyone knows where to buy them aside from Amazon Japan, I'd be really happy. I'm not paying $30 just for shipping + $3 for each book while the books themselves are $6.)
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on May 22, 2011, 11:08:57 PM
maybe try this site http://www.yesasia.com/us/en/home.html though I don't know that they have what you're looking for (they might though)

I've gotten some things from them before with free shipping, though it only applies for certain things and I don't recall the minimum purchase amount.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on May 23, 2011, 08:25:05 AM
On episode 68 of Monster. It's crazy that I've actaully managed to make it through such a long series in a reasonable amount of time. Good as always. I fear that I'm going to be disappointed with the ending for some reason though.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on May 23, 2011, 05:00:30 PM
I got the first volume of FMA: Brotherhood in blu ray and it looks great. It's clear and crisp and there's no visible problems due to resolution.

Of course, IIRC, FMA: Brotherhood was originally broadcast in HD, so I'm unsure of anime which has been upscaled, like Full Metal Panic.
I bought Basilisk recently and had the choice of DVD or Blueray for the same price.  The blueray might look better, it might look the same for all I know.   I decided to go with DVD for utility reasons.  If i get it on blueray i can only play it on my ps3.  If I get it on dvd i can also play it on my laptop and other people's dvd players if need be.  

Thanks for the input.  Think I may give it a shot.  My biggest obstacle to it is I rarely hook up my only blu-ray player, my PS3.  I'll just have to try and find some more room for it.
These are a bad comparison because I took them with a camera, but you can tell it's nothing like the FMP screens; the pixelization and stuff just isn't there.

So anyway, upscaled anime: not worth it. Native HD: definitely.

Thanks again.  Those are interesting pictures.  I've heard similar things about upscaled anime from an unreliable source, but this seems to validate that.  The show was from late 2008 into 2009 so it should be native HD.  Animeondvd said the blu-ray looked good, so it's worth a shot.  The price is pretty much exactly the same so there isn't anything to lose.  I'm just about to finish up Soul Eater on dvd so I'll try to post some screens when it arrives.  I'm curious to see if there's much difference between our two tvs.  One is a semi big 1080p and the other is 10" smaller and 720p.  I felt like Code Geass looked better on the smaller 720p one, but we'll see on this one.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lazlowe1984 on May 31, 2011, 04:08:59 PM
Finished Durarara,Kaze no Stigma,Full Metal Panic Part 1 and 2 and Occult Academy.Next is up Moribito and blue exorcist.I have a ton of anime to catch up on.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on June 01, 2011, 03:46:41 PM
Finished Soul Eater.  Enjoyable series.  Bad ending.  I'm surprised I stuck through the whole thing considering I seem to always try to find a reason to stop watching a series.  Onward to something new I guess.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 01, 2011, 05:05:50 PM
I tried to watch Madoka Magica, but couldn't get into it.

Oh well, it's June again, and that means more Gundam. I think I'll start with Gundam SEED Destiny, then Stargazer, Then Gundam X, and I'll choose the last two when I get to them.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on June 01, 2011, 05:13:17 PM
I finished Monster. It didn't disappoint, and I rather like that it left some things up in the air. Urasawa is a genius, but damn is he exhausting. I'm trying to figure out what to watch next. Maybe Macross? I don't know, but it should be something in Hulu, since I ain't spending shit.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 01, 2011, 05:29:10 PM
Ooh, yeah, Macross is damn good!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on June 01, 2011, 09:07:05 PM
I'm trying to figure out what to watch next. Maybe Macross? I don't know, but it should be something in Hulu, since I ain't spending shit.

Are you trying to say that you're going to watch some Robotech next?

And speaking of Hulu, I should probably get back to watching Slayers: Next. I started it about a year ago, but I haven't had the motivation to pick it back up since.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on June 02, 2011, 09:41:51 AM
I tried to watch Madoka Magica, but couldn't get into it.

Oh well, it's June again, and that means more Gundam. I think I'll start with Gundam SEED Destiny, then Stargazer, Then Gundam X, and I'll choose the last two when I get to them.

Try and stick to it until episode 7. Your opinion may change a lot then.
The start is gruesomely slow.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on June 02, 2011, 11:45:01 AM
Actually, I'm torn between The Tatami Galaxy and Now and then Here and There. Both are short I'll end up watching both, but I don't know if I want some heavy war drama or a romance show infused with quantum physics.

Edit: Holy shit, NYPL has like, every Gundam series ever. On the hold shelf.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 03, 2011, 08:19:19 PM
Oh my gawd, they do! I wish I could go there!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ramza on June 04, 2011, 07:52:31 PM
I finally watched Paprika. And I watched it with my wife, who LOVED it. Which was a huge surprise, because she's pretty ... well, let's just say the moment she sees a nipple in film (real or animated), she objects.

Makes me wish I still had Perfect Blue. I wonder how she'd react. Maybe that'll come out on Bluray.

In any case, Perfect Blue and Paprika are the only Satoshi Kon (RIP) films I've seen. I watched an interview on the Paprika bluray with Kon, two seiyuu (Hayashibara, woot!) and the author of the Paprika book. Turns out Kon and the book author are the seiyuu for the bartender/waiter. So awesome.

But now I have to see Millennium Actress, and maybe Tokyo Godfathers. And hopefully the posthumouslycompleted "Dreaming Machine" will be good (I assume that's like "Dreaming Kids," the fantasy film at the end of Paprika, but with robots).

Anyone else watch Paprika? Anyone else want to talk about Kon-san goodness with me?
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Klyde Chroma on June 05, 2011, 02:27:30 AM
First just wanna say that I agree, Paprika was definately a cut above alot of stuff I've seen in the not so distant past....

As for moment I'm watching the latest Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood installment and Mushishi.... Both I am thoroughly enjoying which surprises me big time with Brotherhood... I never watched Full Metal because its just not typical of what I like (I tend to be into more thought provoking stuff... or at least a bit mroe mature and intelligent than FM appeared to be) but shockingly enough Brotherhood has proven really refreshing for me.

Also I just watched The Last Exile which was really cool. Totally worth picking up in my book.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on June 06, 2011, 01:00:14 AM
Anyone else watch Paprika? Anyone else want to talk about Kon-san goodness with me?

My biggest regret in life is selling my Paranoia Agent collection. Seriously, I still own shit like Gundam Wing, why couldn't I have gotten rid of that?

I will definitely have to check out his other stuff.

I watched the first two episodes of FLCL, because I've never seen it before. So far so good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 06, 2011, 01:45:31 AM
Anyone else watch Paprika? Anyone else want to talk about Kon-san goodness with me?

My biggest regret in life is selling my Paranoia Agent collection. Seriously, I still own shit like Gundam Wing, why couldn't I have gotten rid of that?

I will definitely have to check out his other stuff.

I watched the first two episodes of FLCL, because I've never seen it before. So far so good.

Crap, I loved Paranoia Agent. Wait Kon-San was behind it? Now I have to see his other stuff. Also, I hope you like FLCL, some of the best Six episodes I've seen IMHO.

And speaking of Gundam, I'm still watching Gundam SEED Destiny. I'm 10 episodes in, and so far so good. It's similarities to earlier Gundam shows, particularly Gundam SEED still get to me, but otherwise I'm enjoying it highly. I'm in love with the mech designs, and the character designs are appealing as well. The music still holds up to Gundam SEED's high standard. So far the story is enthralling, though they don't seem to be doing much characterize the new characters (bear with me, it's 1 in the morning) besides Shin, in which all they;re really doing is playing how his family died over and over again. I get that he was traumatized, but does the audience need to see the flashbacks so often, too? Gawd. Not to mention the guy's just annoying in general. Ugh, other than that, I'm enjoying it. Too bad it won't get much better than this.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on June 06, 2011, 10:09:47 AM
I put Paprika and Tokyo Godfathers on hold at the library. I have to say, one of the biggest perks of living in the city is how well stocked our libraries are. Not only can I find most of the obscure French literature I want, but all these weird manga too. My newest find: most of Yoshihiro Tatsumi's English catalog at the Brooklyn public library.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on June 09, 2011, 02:43:19 PM
I realized yesterday that Naruto was 16 chapters (about 2 volumes) away from equaling Inuyasha in length. That's quite a feat.

Naruto ~ 57 volumes
1 - March 2000
542 - June 2011

Inuyasha - 56 volumes
1 - May 1997
558 - February 2009
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 09, 2011, 10:28:37 PM
Gundam SEED Destiny wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The first few episodes at least are very entertaining, and Shin's starting to grow on me (though I'm still hoping he gets beat up eventually). His immature attitude and needless references to other Gundam shows still annoy me, but other than that, I'm very glad to be watching it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: evilkaz on June 11, 2011, 03:47:17 AM
what up guys I'm new. I've been watching this anime called {C} the money of soul and possibility. Yeah, it has a weird name but its surprisingly good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on June 11, 2011, 08:42:28 PM
I realized yesterday that Naruto was 16 chapters (about 2 volumes) away from equaling Inuyasha in length. That's quite a feat.

Naruto ~ 57 volumes
1 - March 2000
542 - June 2011

Inuyasha - 56 volumes
1 - May 1997
558 - February 2009

Yeah, noticed the other day how many volumes Naruto had at this point. I can't imagine 57 volumes of the same manga on one of my bookshelves. The thing is, I don't see it ending any time soon. I honestly didn't expect it to go on for so long. For me, it had it's peak, and I stopped somewhere in the middle of Shippuden and couldn't go on anymore.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on June 12, 2011, 04:31:10 PM
I tore through Bakuman volume 3 yesterday. It's still hard for me not to compare this Death Note and not see the similar narrative architecture.

I Finished FLCL. What strange fun series. My immediate impressions are that it's about adolescence and puberty.

Just finished Tokyo Godfathers. A very good movie. Satoshi Kon knows how to write engaging stories with fascinating characters. I have Paprika on hold at the library and will probably get around to it this week.

Also, I started Akira volume 2. I'm starting to enjoy this series more.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lazlowe1984 on June 12, 2011, 05:06:56 PM
I am watching Gurren Lagann at the moment and it surprisingly awesome.

Next up I ordered Gundam SEED Destiny,I saw too few of the episodes.

Finally I am finishing up Full Metal Panic The Second Raid.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on June 14, 2011, 08:02:46 AM
I've been reading Oishinbo: Japanese Cuisine these last two days. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Sometimes the stories are good, sometimes the stories are bad. I have the Sake volume too, but I may not read it depending on how this goes.

I've also watched the first four episodes of Gundam 08th Mobile Team and I have to say, this is better than any of the others I've seen by far. Unfortunately, someone put a hold on it at the library and it's due tomorrow. That means I need to watch eight episodes tonight if I want to finish it before I return it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 14, 2011, 02:47:04 PM
Mobile Suit Gundam: 08th MS Team is one of my top 3 favorite Gundam shows. The stories so awesome, mostly because it's a bit more realistic.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on June 14, 2011, 03:03:22 PM
I also think the show just jumps into things. There's no setup, no kind of meandering sub-plots, it just goes.

Zeta, which really hit it's stride in the last ten episodes, suffers horribly from this.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 15, 2011, 07:09:02 PM
I also think the show just jumps into things. There's no setup, no kind of meandering sub-plots, it just goes.

Zeta, which really hit it's stride in the last ten episodes, suffers horribly from this.

On the one hand, I agree that what you said was a strength for 08th MS Team. On the other hand, I never felt Zeta Gundam "suffered" from them. I felt it was a good pace for what they were trying to do.

And speaking of Gundam, I just finished Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. First off, I'd like to say that this show was not as bad as I was led to believe. I think 'Guarded Praise' best sums up my feelings for it.

Starting with the visuals, the mech designs were even better than Gundam SEED's -  a feat, I'd say, since I held SEED's designs to be the best in the series. The character designs were also as good as ever - Hisashi HIRAI continues to be my favorite character designer. The animation was also fantastic, as far as I could tell. The music was also very good, though not as good as the music in Gundam SEED. Oh, and I should also note that the dub was mostly good...although the dubbed music wasn't so good.

The story I felt was very entertaining. It wasn't anything exceptional, but it held my interest for the majority of its 50 episodes. Most of the characters were alright, and most were developed well enough that I cared for them when they either died or I thought they were gonna die. The beginning and ending were disturbingly similar to Gundam SEED's, but while SEED's beginning was more meaningful, Destiny's ending had more of an impact.

What I didn't like were the blatant references to other Gundam shows, particularly the first Mobile Suit Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. Then there's Shinn Asuka - I don't think I've ever hated a character in the entire metaseries as much as this guy, and he's the protagonist. He's a naive fool, through and through - putty in the main villian's hands. On the plus side, though, for once the main villian isn't entirely evil, and I found it difficult to understand why he needed to be stopped. He was actually at least partially in the right, and his thinking always made sense. As far as I know, this is a first for the series, and something that I felt it really needed.

In the end, I really liked this one. It's not exactly top material - it made too many references for its own good, and the protagonist annoyed me the whole way through - but it was definitely entertaining and easily recommendable to fans of the first Gundam SEED.

EDIT:

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray - Not much to say about this one, seeing as it was 15 minutes all together. It was basically meant to entice people into purchasing the model kits and manga. Personally, I'd say it did it's job fairly well. The characters were charming right off the bat, and the action was excellent. The mobile suits were very well shown off. I'm definitely far more interested in the manga now, and I see they're fairly cheap. I might have to get a few volumes.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on June 16, 2011, 08:42:03 PM
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the mech designs were even better than Gundam SEED's -  a feat, I'd say, since I held SEED's designs to be the best in the series.

I liked the SEED designs myself (Though of course the backpack jokes are true once the Freedom makes its appearance), but the SEED Destiny designs were largely the same exact designs with some extra details/gold paneling added in...it just came off as incredibly lazy to me. The Strike and the Freedom were totally different, but the Freedom and the Strike Freedom were more or less the same exact design.

SEED Destiny just took Okawara's old designs and frakensteined/polished them. I'm glad that was the last time he designed since I think he reached the limits of his imagination as far as Gundams go.

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The character designs were also as good as ever - Hisashi HIRAI continues to be my favorite character designer

My problem with Hisashi Hirai is that he designs the same face over and over. A lot of times there's little distinguishing each character other than their hair style. If I was going to think of good character design, I would go to Eureka 7 or Full Metal Alchemist as examples.

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On the plus side, though, for once the main villian isn't entirely evil, and I found it difficult to understand why he needed to be stopped. He was actually at least partially in the right, and his thinking always made sense. As far as I know, this is a first for the series, and something that I felt it really needed.

I dunno, even the Zabis from the original Gundam series weren't really "evil", and neither was Char, Sirocco, or Haman. Gundam likes to make the totally evil characters as side ones, like Yazan or in SEED's case, Rau.

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Then there's Shinn Asuka - I don't think I've ever hated a character in the entire metaseries as much as this guy, and he's the protagonist.

Nah, I can think of plenty of characters worse than Shinn, but you just pointed out the biggest problem I have with SEED Destiny...the supposed main character goes through no growth whatsoever. You'd think the series would be about him coming to terms with the death of his family, but he's so filled with hatred by the end that he even tried to kill Lunamaria (Totally nonsensical/forced pairing by the way). They try to rectify this in the extra special super double chocolaty dipped edition or whatever it was, but it was an afterthought, since Kira became the focus of the show halfway through.

Really, a lot of the characters go through no growth at all. Athrun mopes around, Kira and Lacus fly by on cruise control...it all feels really lazy. I get the feeling there was a severe lack of planning around the halfway point of the show and they just didn't know what to do with the characters. The show had an exciting beginning and then meanders around before throwing together a copy of the previous show together. I don't think I've ever seen a show throw in not one, but 2 clip/compilation episodes right before their big finale.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on June 16, 2011, 10:47:20 PM
On the plus side, though, for once the main villian isn't entirely evil, and I found it difficult to understand why he needed to be stopped. He was actually at least partially in the right, and his thinking always made sense.

Most of my love for GSD is because of Dullandal. The man is awesome. In my list of villains, he's top notch, mostly because it's hard to even think he's the villain.

BTW, if you can understand a bit of Japanese or know the script of Gundam SEED by heart, I suggest you watch the little animations on this site. They are made of awesome and totally changed my view of Kira forever.
http://kenkoudaa.sakura.ne.jp/page023.html

I guess it's better to go in chronological order starting from page 3 bottom, but they are pretty bad looking at the start. They do get awesome.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Candy on June 17, 2011, 08:19:10 PM
Currently re-watching Kanon (2006) and finished Kanon (2002) the other day. Re-watching because I'm doing a Mai Kawasumi cosplay next weekend and am keen to observe her. And I just like it so much I wanted to watch it all again.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 18, 2011, 04:00:54 PM
I just started This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, based on a recommendation from a user here, and from an AMV I favorited on Youtube. I'm 6 episodes in. So far, it seems like it has a lot of potential. I like the characters a lot, the love story aspect isn't as sappy as I expected, and the action was cool, if a bit sparse. The story seems pretty mysterious right now, it could turn out to be very interesting. Really, I can't wait to watch more of it. I might marathon it today until I finish it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 20, 2011, 08:07:19 PM
@Hathen

I honestly disagree with pretty much everything you said except for the lack of character development of the main character part.

Anyways, yesterday I finished off This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. To put it quite simply I enjoyed practically every minute of it. The story wasn't stupendous, but I loved the characters, especially Hikari - she finds joy in so many little things about the world that we take for granted. The art and music was great as well, particularly the main theme, "Metamorphose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3iAWSPkozE)." And the ending, without spoiling too much, was bittersweet - my second favorite type of ending after tragic endings.

And slightly off-topic, but I had a dream last night where I talked to a girl for a long time about this show. She got really interested when I told her it was made by Gainax, makers of Evangelion. Then I managed to convince her to come over to my house to watch Gunbuster! Now there's a fantasy I wish would come true! Screw all my usually cartoony/Gamey dreams!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on June 21, 2011, 12:03:39 AM
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I honestly disagree with pretty much everything you said except for the lack of character development of the main character part.

Heh, that's cool, bit interested in hearing your thoughts behind it that's all. I'm a pretty big Gundam nerd.

As for myself, been going through a bit of a nostalgic phase as we so often go through, so I'm watching Digimon...decided to watch it in Japanese to see if I can pick up any new vocabulary. Tai's voice in Japanese is insufferable.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on June 21, 2011, 12:11:08 AM
Can't be as bad as hearing Japanese Goku AFTER listening to the entire English DBZ Goku.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lazlowe1984 on June 21, 2011, 05:03:32 PM
Finished Baccano.Now on to Death Note,Code Geass R2 and later Le Chevalier De'on
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CDFN on June 22, 2011, 10:54:46 AM
My evangelion 2.22 collector's edition blu ray just arrived. These remakes are fucking brilliant, if the third movie is even better than 2.22 my head will fucking explode.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 23, 2011, 07:06:50 PM
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I honestly disagree with pretty much everything you said except for the lack of character development of the main character part.

Heh, that's cool, bit interested in hearing your thoughts behind it that's all. I'm a pretty big Gundam nerd.

Honestly, just take the exact opposite of pretty much everything you had said, and you'd have my thoughts on the matter, minus the two noted exceptions (Main character and SEED's mecha).

Anyways, I ended up going with Eureka Seven, but then my internet went out, so I watched FullMatal Alchemist and Gundam X until the cable guy came and got us a new modem. Now that we have internet, I feel like watching Escaflowne.

Impressions:

Eureka Seven is slooooow. But good. The world is very unique and the characters are great - they're all quirky and never quite cliche. It's very character focused for a Mecha anime, which in this case works.

FullMetal Alchemist is really good so far. It's very episodic so far, and each little story hits just the right notes, so to speak. It's got just the right mix of comedy and sorrow, action and intrigue - no one aspect overpowers the other. The characters and voice acting are also great, but that goes without saying.

Gundam X has really hit the spot, especially with the Fort Seven arc. It seems to have more of a Love/adventure story feel to it, and it really works for me. I especially love the post-apocalyptic setting, it really makes for an interesting world. The only think I don't like are the mech designs. They aren't bad, but they come off as weird versions of mobile suits from other series. They're still not as bad as the bug 'suits from Victory Gundam or those monstrocities in Turn A Gundam, and I'm getting used to them, but I can't say I like them.

I'll edit in my impressions of Escaflowne later.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on June 23, 2011, 08:36:49 PM
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I honestly disagree with pretty much everything you said except for the lack of character development of the main character part.

Heh, that's cool, bit interested in hearing your thoughts behind it that's all. I'm a pretty big Gundam nerd.

Honestly, just take the exact opposite of pretty much everything you had said, and you'd have my thoughts on the matter, minus the two noted exceptions (Main character and SEED's mecha).

Anyways, I ended up going with Eureka Seven, but then my internet went out, so I watched FullMatal Alchemist and Gundam X until the cable guy came and got us a new modem. Now that we have internet, I feel like watching Escaflowne.

Impressions:

Eureka Seven is slooooow. But good. The world is very unique and the characters are great - they're all quirky and never quite cliche. It's very character focused for a Mecha anime, which in this case works.

FullMetal Alchemist is really good so far. It's very episodic so far, and each little story hits just the right notes, so to speak. It's got just the right mix of comedy and sorrow, action and intrigue - no one aspect overpowers the other. The characters and voice acting are also great, but that goes without saying.

Gundam X has really hit the spot, especially with the Fort Seven arc. It seems to have more of a Love/adventure story feel to it, and it really works for me. I especially love the post-apocalyptic setting, it really makes for an interesting world. The only think I don't like are the mech designs. They aren't bad, but they come off as weird versions of mobile suits from other series. They're still not as bad as the bug 'suits from Victory Gundam or those monstrocities in Turn A Gundam, and I'm getting used to them, but I can't say I like them.

I'll edit in my impressions of Escaflowne later.

Which version of FMA are you watching, the original or Brotherhood? If you're watching the original stop at episode 26 and go pick up Brotherhood at about (I want to say 19 but try for a bit earlier just to be on the safe side, probably 14 or 16). If you're watching Brotherhood, then I'd recommend reading the manga once you are done. Don't bother with the original unless you want to see some of the early storylines animated.

Trust me on this.

(Also, for the love of god, DON'T WATCH THE MOVIE!!!)

Ninja Edit: Watch episode 2 of Brotherhood then skip to 14 or 16.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 23, 2011, 09:03:34 PM
Sorry, but when it comes to anime, I finish what I start (eventually).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on June 23, 2011, 09:47:21 PM
Oh yeah, that was funny how in the original serie they went past the manga and completely made up a cardboard villain and ended the serie in a spiral of shit.
Wait, that's not funny, that's sad =/

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai ended exactly how it should; a giant tear jerker episode.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on June 24, 2011, 09:26:07 AM
Sorry, but when it comes to anime, I finish what I start (eventually).

Oh, I'm not saying that you should quit. Just take a time out at around that point to watch the vastly superior version then you can go back to watching The Archinator and ridiculously forced love triangles.


Oh yeah, that was funny how in the original serie they went past the manga and completely made up a cardboard villain and ended the serie in a spiral of shit.
Wait, that's not funny, that's sad =/

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai ended exactly how it should; a giant tear jerker episode.

I'll agree with that. It was a tearjerker to see Winrey still be completely irrelevant, and Edward not ending up with his OTP Alphonse.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 24, 2011, 06:32:57 PM
Started reading the Liar Game manga a few days ago. I loved the dramas and movie and I'm loving the manga.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 24, 2011, 06:40:28 PM
Not to sound like a dick or anything, but I'm just gonna go with everyone else I've talked to and assume FMA's actually good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Eusis on June 25, 2011, 03:51:52 AM
Not to sound like a dick or anything, but I'm just gonna go with everyone else I've talked to and assume FMA's actually good.

I honestly recommend watching both fully. It'll give some of the parts in Brotherhood more impact, and if you don't like how the original series turns out you'll appreciate Brotherhood more. It's not even worth skipping the earlier parts of Brotherhood because there's some fundamental changes even during that part, especially shortly before the diverging point in their stories. If you skip anything of the first series I really recommend it be the movie, I hated how it turned out and ended up preferring leaving the first anime resolved the way it did.

Though, it may also be best to watch the first FMA anime then read the manga since Brotherhood's the adaption if you have the luxury, quite a few people weren't happy with the changes and they had to rush at the very end to make it end within the same month as the manga.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on June 25, 2011, 12:12:00 PM
You bring up a good point Eusis. Read the manga first, then go watch whatever. Even Brotherhood ended up cutting things to make it to the episode deadline or because of how anime works compared to manga (I'm mostly referring to the first major throwdown as a solid third of it got cut (also because you can't really do ominous/mysterious voices coming from the shadows in an anime without giving away the mystery so they skipped the entire scenario that led to that particular scene despite making some other parts not make as much sense (and making one character look almost completely incompetent until a later point where there apparently was some unexplained level of badass taken at some point))). I'm also recommending the manga first for when you get to some of the later HOLY SHIT!!! moments of the series, you have the option of going back and rereading it to make sure you just saw what you think you just saw.

That said, they're all good for one reason or another. If you want the early parts brought to life and a wrist slitting/grimdark ending, the original has you covered. If you want to breeze through the beginning and see the events from the manga in fully animated and voice acted glory, then Brotherhood is the show of choice. If you want to see the full series, uncut, and with a slightly different ending, go with the manga. If you want to waste your time to see some of the popular surviving characters of the original FMA get thoroughly shat upon, watch the movie (or actually, don't as its awful).
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lazlowe1984 on June 26, 2011, 07:06:46 AM
Code Geass is finished for me.I thought it was awesome and fun to watch all the way through.

Still on Death Note and I have plenty of episodes left.

I started Claymore now and I think its already one of my favorite anime shows of all time.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on June 26, 2011, 04:29:42 PM
Glad to hear some thoughts from you, Lazlowe. Did you see Code Geass R2? That's one if my favorite animes of all time. The ending is fantastic. I'd compare it to Shakespeare, but I've never read Shakespeare in my life so I won't bother.

Ah yes, Escaflowne impressions:

It's alright so far. The story has some interesting twists to it and I kinda like the characters, but I'm 12 episodes in and it hasn't quite grabbed me yet. The next episode looks really good, though. Did I mention that the action is very sparse? They save it all for the end of every other episode. That's worse than Eureka Seven! Again, Episode 13 looks like it'll be action-packed, though.

And speaking of Eureka Seven, I'm just gonna drop that show. I've never been more bored watching a Giant Robot show. In fact, I don't think there's another Giant Robot show that I can label as boring. Barely anything happened in 3 of the 6 episodes I watched. It seriously feels stretched out. And this is coming from my memory of when I watched it on Adult Swim, which I got about halfway through before dropping. It always bored me up until the end of every episode when something would finally happen. I can't take that. I know story and characters are important, but I watch Mecha to see giant robots kill eachother. And you know what? Every other mecha show I've seen has had a good mix of story and action, which Eureka Seven seems to lack. It's seriously the slowest mecha show ever and I hope I'm never proven wrong about that. (of course, there's always Turn A Gundam...) I'll likely pick it up again in the future, just because I'm persistant like that, and if I do, I'll likely be skipping roughly half the episodes, something I hate doing.

The order is now After War Gundam X, followed by FullMetal Alchemist, then The Vision of Escaflowne. That'll be all the anime I'll be watching for the rest of June and July. In August, I'll be watching Victory Gundam, RahXephon, and Dual: Parallel Trouble Adventures, as recommended to me by Tech101 last year (Man I miss that guy). If I have time either month I'll try to fit in Eto Rangers, marking the beginning of my Shaft Marathon, where I'll watch at least one select Shaft show a month until next Summer, when I'll marathon the rest of the good ones, ending with Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

The reason I chose Shaft was because the other two companies I greatly respect are Gainax and Aniplex. Aniplex has way too many shows to keep up with, while I've already watched most, if not all of Gainax's good shows, and the remaining ones include crap like Pretty Cure and He Is My Master. Plus it gives me an excuse to finally finish Eto Rangers, one of the shows that got me into anime, and Dance in the Vampire Bund (does that title sound sexual to anybody else or am I going crazy?), a show which I've taken great interest in thanks to the opening...song. Yes, song.O_O

I'm already writing down anime that I should watch in the Fall, including D.N.Angel, Shakugan no Shana, and To Aru Majutsu no Index. I'm back, baby!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on June 27, 2011, 03:41:09 PM
I might reconsider that Dance in the Vampire Bund one if I were you. Especially since one could sum up the anime version with the phrase "Screw the politics! Its all about the naked lolis!".

While I understand your decision regarding E7 it should be known that the series doesn't really pick up until Charles and his wife show up half way through at which point the action picks up. And although the coming of age focus on Renton and Errecta never really goes away, at least it stops being boring by then.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on June 27, 2011, 05:11:19 PM
Ah yes, Escaflowne impressions:
It's alright so far. The story has some interesting twists to it and I kinda like the characters, but I'm 12 episodes in and it hasn't quite grabbed me yet. The next episode looks really good, though. Did I mention that the action is very sparse? They save it all for the end of every other episode.

Escaflowne is great, but it's definitely more shoujo than action.  I always wondered WTF was up with the first 3 episodes that were like 90% action.

I started Claymore now and I think its already one of my favorite anime shows of all time.

After I finish my current series, this is a possibility.  The entire blu-ray series of Claymore is on Amazon for under $29.99.  Pretty tempting at that price even if it is an upscaled title
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on June 27, 2011, 05:24:19 PM
Be warned that the Claymore anime never really ended. Kind of like the Berserk anime. It went to where the manga was at back then and then finished...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on June 27, 2011, 10:17:40 PM
And I'll double post because I strongly believe what I'm about to say.

Watch The World God Only Knows 2 (after the first season of course. It's great too, but they challenged themselves and actually improved greatness)
This show is a spectacular adaptation of the manga. They didn't just change the medium but strove to bring it to greater heights... and succeeded.
I am still in awe at the last episode which is technically a filler episode. Yes, even a filler episode was done wonderfully.

I can only hope that when they make season 3, they will put as much effort, for the end result was sublime.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on June 28, 2011, 12:28:49 AM
The original did
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Hughes' death far better than the new one.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on June 28, 2011, 12:47:09 AM
Started reading Liar Game because I loved the dramas and the movie.

Edit: Wow had no idea I posted this twice lol. I'm almost caught up.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Chronix112 on June 28, 2011, 12:53:09 PM
Claymore anime was great until the Riful arc ended. The series then stopped going off canon  and really screwed any chance for a canon second  series, unless they ignore that the last anime arc ever existed.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on June 30, 2011, 01:01:11 PM
I've watched the first eight episodes of Samurai Champloo. Awesome, as was expected.

I finished Black Jack Vol. 2 and Oishinbo Japanese Cuisine. I like both of them mostly for historical reasons. Sometime they're exciting, but most of the time they end on this shitty moralizing or overplayed note.

I read Bakuman 4 at the doctor's office today. I'm unsure of how much more I can take of this.

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 01, 2011, 12:17:58 PM
^ I gave up at episode 6 of Bakuman. The romance ruins the anime/manga. It's terrible.

I'm excited for the new Gunda that's gonna air this fall. Aside from that, not watching any anime, just J dramas.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Vanguard on July 01, 2011, 01:11:17 PM
That is by far the worst part of the story. It was an interesting premise at first, but every time it comes back into the story it throws the pacing off so much.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CastNuri on July 01, 2011, 01:49:29 PM
I ordered the "Azumanga Daioh" omnibus on an impulse recently and I'm currently making my way through it. Should be done soon- I think it's super cute and funny. :)

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on July 01, 2011, 05:39:49 PM
^ I gave up at episode 6 of Bakuman. The romance ruins the anime/manga. It's terrible.

Agreed.  I can stand the idea.  "Hey lets hold off till we're published!"  I can deal with that.  I cannot deal with all the other bullshit that follows which is 99% of the romance part.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on July 01, 2011, 10:30:49 PM
I'm excited for the new Gunda that's gonna air this fall.

Ya, I'm really excited for it, too. It looks really good. I'm even more excited for the Origins series, though. I read a bit of the manga back in the day, it was pretty good. Apparently the 'suits are also a little different and it has more back story, which is always a good thing.

As a side note, I'm glad to have someone else to share this with. The thread in the anime forum I used to frequent very quickly devolved into 'which Gundam sucks the most', so I realy haven't had anyone to share my enthusiasm with.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 01, 2011, 11:59:30 PM
I haven't seen anything about the new Gundam, but it's fucking Gundam. My favorite is Victory. The SEED and 00 series were just above average. Bad writing was what held both back though the action was much better.

Started watching the original Mobile Suit Gundam today. After this I'll probably watch Zeta and then Char's Counterattack. Not sure when I'll get to the other UC stuff.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on July 02, 2011, 09:23:14 PM
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I'm excited for the new Gunda that's gonna air this fall. Aside from that, not watching any anime, just J dramas.

I'm interested as well, I love that they're trying a new concept. The idea of a multi-generational conflict is not something that's been done before as far as I know.

Speaking of Gundam, I still haven't watched any of Gundam Unicorn, I should get around to that. Actually, I never watched the 00 movie either- what did people think of that one?

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Does not compute. One of the biggest problems I had with Gundam SEED was how often they'd reuse the same animation pieces over and over. It's been mentioned before in interviews that Gundam projects get a lot more money put into them than other works, so it's disappointing when they're using obvious money-saving techniques usually reserved for small studios or kids shows.

I watched the Haruhi movie. It was pretty good, but felt a bit too episodic for my tastes. I just didn't see what about it made it "movie-worthy"- this was an arc that could've just as easily fit into the 5 or 6 awful episodes they wasted showing the same thing over and over in the second season.

Now watching Code Geass R2. It's something I put off for a while, and I'm having a hard time accepting the terms the show is trying to set. Very little of it makes sense so far. I like how the story was playing out, but the way the story was launched made no sense at all, and the fact that they're still trying to keep that element in the story constantly bothers me.

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Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on July 02, 2011, 09:42:00 PM
This is coming from someone who has barely seen any of the UC Gundam stuff but I'm not particularly fond of Gundam Unicorn.  The battles are very cool but I don't like the characters. 

The Gundam 00 movie is kinda weird.  It's mostly just flashy stuff but the story actually does continue where season 2 left off.  The story for the movie is not all that complicated, and I actually felt the movie could have been shorter...there is actually too much action in my opinion, and most of the action is not mobile suit vs mobile suit so it is not as cool.  I wouldn't call it bad though, it makes sense at least (or I thought it did anyway) and the new gundam designs are cool.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on July 03, 2011, 12:45:59 AM
I had a problem with SEED's lack of action, but Destiny had some great scenes within the first ten episodes before it turned to shit.

I haven't watched any of Unicorn yet. I'm waiting until all 6 episodes are out before I watch it. I'm not waiting 6-8 months per episode.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on July 03, 2011, 12:55:22 AM
I haven't seen anything about the new Gundam, but it's fucking Gundam. My favorite is Victory. The SEED and 00 series were just above average. Bad writing was what held both back though the action was much better.

Started watching the original Mobile Suit Gundam today. After this I'll probably watch Zeta and then Char's Counterattack. Not sure when I'll get to the other UC stuff.

00 I can understand, but SEED having bad writing? Not that I'm an expert or anything, but I actually felt it had great writing. Then again, I'm not a fan of analyzing the stuff I watch, and unless something is total bullcrap, I usually accept it. For instance, Code Geass R2 made a lot of sense to me, or at least enough so I didn't question it.

As for Victory Gundam, I really wanted to like that one, as it told the best and most accurate (to my knowledge) war story in the series. Unfortunately, it's just too depressing for me to tolerate. I'm glad you could get past that, and I hope I can when I get back to it, but after a while I get tired of seeing story-important characters dying.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy Mobile Suit Gundam, it's my favorite Main series Gundam, since it just seems to do a good job of telling a war story and a coming of age story. I also recommend against skipping ZZ gundam. After the first 13 or so episodes, it gets surprisingly good.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on July 03, 2011, 11:29:57 AM
Gundam 00 the movie in 3 words:
Gundams versus Aliens

It's not bad, but it went where no Gundam show should ever go.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on July 04, 2011, 08:09:51 PM
Finished Code Geass R2. Wow, what a trainwreck this show was. Aside from the awful reused elements from the first season, the show had several nonsensical plot twists and plot holes at the beginning, tons of wasted characters, characters constantly flip-flopping between motivations, characters acting like morons and a ton of plot devices introduced simply for the convenience of the plot. If it's something that the audience doesn't have a fair shake at figuring out, it's not a plot twist. I'm am absolutely flabbergasted at how this show turned out...it's just a total disaster. The ending would've been nice if they arrived there with any sort of natural flow, but the show is just a collage of random shit happening.

Not many complaints animation or music-wise, disgusting amounts of fan service aside. I definitely can't accuse the show of being boring, that's for sure.

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00 I can understand, but SEED having bad writing?

Are we talking writing from a plot progression standpoint or from the prose? For me, on both counts, 00 is better. With plot progression, I take serious issue with SEED because the structure of the first half of the show is completely stolen (Not inspired, it was stolen) wholehearted from the original 0079 series, leaving them little time to deal with the one original idea they had (Kira/Athrun dynamic). When they did deal with that, it was handled with melodrama and shouting. My go-to example is
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The death of NicoleThe episode following that had the scene replayed to the point of irritation and had the dialogue resulting from that just be a bunch of melodramatic yelling and crying that just made you want to tell the characters to shut up- not to mention there was no reason for Kira to act the way he did because the show itself mentions the plot hole- he had been doing this for a long time before. Unless he heard his last words on a comm. channel (There was no indication that he did), and even with that, there was no reason for it because he had already killed someone he knew before that.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on July 09, 2011, 12:46:36 AM
So... I just watched episode 1 of Mawaru Penguindrum... and I have no idea what I just watched.
The beginning was normal, then it gets weird, then it gets pretty silly and then it just makes no sense at all (and I watched Excel Saga)

Everything shown here happens in the span of 90 seconds
http://www.flickr.com/photos/14011431@N04/sets/72157627150758910/show/with/5917168091

Nice visuals though =/
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 09, 2011, 04:18:25 AM
I haven't watched animu since 2008, and lurking in YouTube anime of the 80's a couple of nights ago I ended up watching this movie called "Jarinko Chie", also know as "Chie the Brat" outside of Japan.

This is one of the best "slice of life" movies I've seen IMO, more people should watch it at least once.

it just makes no sense at all (and I watched Excel Saga)

Have you watched Puni Puni Poemy? That shit is even more random.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on July 09, 2011, 09:43:42 AM
Have you watched Puni Puni Poemy? That shit is even more random.

I have the DVD =) So awesome.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ashton on July 13, 2011, 04:18:19 AM
Waited for the dub of Haruhi's second season. Endless Eight was an epic troll, and the only thing that made it tolerable were the hilarious dub lines.

"My turn! I summon my veto card!"

I heard they were planning on doing each episode with a different accent for the characters or something but ended up doing a straight dub. Ah, what could have been...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lazlowe1984 on July 14, 2011, 07:58:52 PM
Started Tokyo Majin.Story blows,everything else is awesome.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Yggdrasil on July 15, 2011, 02:25:11 PM
I've finished to watch "Now and Then, Here and There". And, I can't say that I really liked the whole thing... I mean for an anime series is seriously good, but I didn't expect that this was going to be so depressing. The fact that many of the "great" stories in anime and manga are the ones that are the most twisted or depressing (which also happens in other media) is something that rubs me the wrong way.

Not to mention that I had depression not too long ago and watching something like this was not the best thing I could have done to myself to be honest. Either way, if anyone around here still hasn't watched this series I'll say this; Watch it at your own discretion. Is not the prettiest story you'll find out there, but if you want to see something that can push the right buttons in your senses, give a try.

And well. Now... now I'll promise to myself never watch (and buy) something for curiosity ever again. My mind is already full of BS to handle more in the future.

Also, I need to drink some juice a maybe take a nap.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on July 15, 2011, 03:47:24 PM
The fact that many of the "great" stories in anime and manga are the ones that are the most twisted or depressing (which also happens in gaming mediums) is something that rubs me the wrong way.

True enough, I'm actually having a hard time thinking of a great AA serie that wasn't sad at any moment. I think all I can come up with is Genshiken.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Giga_Force on July 20, 2011, 09:37:29 AM
I finally started to get the rest of the Suikoden III manga's.  It's getting more rare to find it.  I managed to get Vol 2, 4,5, 6, 11 for $1.99 a piece new on amazon.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Raze on July 22, 2011, 02:15:09 AM
Watching..

Steins gate: Impression after one episode was that it was boring, but clearly hadn't really started up yet. Four episodes in...still waiting for it to start up. Not really a fan of any of the characters either.

Nichijou: Hit or miss or 'eye's glazed over because you're not japanese' comedy. Mostly likable characters. Best at slapstick.

Tiger and Bunny: As you'd probably never guess by the name, a super hero show. Super heroes on, more or less, a reality show. Down on his luck hero in his 30s gets paired up with cold young hotshot. They fight crime. A few too many episodes early on where they learn to trust each other(Forgetting each time they learned to trust each other LAST episode), but overall I really like it. And if you like anime and western heroes you probably will too.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Chronix112 on July 22, 2011, 11:11:15 PM
Watching..



Tiger and Bunny: As you'd probably never guess by the name, a super hero show. Super heroes on, more or less, a reality show. Down on his luck hero in his 30s gets paired up with cold young hotshot. They fight crime. A few too many episodes early on where they learn to trust each other(Forgetting each time they learned to trust each other LAST episode), but overall I really like it. And if you like anime and western heroes you probably will too.
Good call on that one man. I have been curious about it for a while but never checked it out because of its weird title. I watched the 1st episode and really liked it a lot.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on July 24, 2011, 01:17:27 PM
Just finished episode 12 of Bounen no Zamdou / Xam'd!.  I bought the first half of the series on blu-ray and it's a decent show.  I feel like they could explain shit a little better, but whatever.  It's only half way done.  I'm not sure where they are going with the series as there's no apparent "bad guy" yet.  Oh well, at least it looks really good on blu-ray.  Not sure if I'm going to buy the second disc set or.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Fadedsun on July 24, 2011, 08:54:28 PM
The fact that many of the "great" stories in anime and manga are the ones that are the most twisted or depressing (which also happens in gaming mediums) is something that rubs me the wrong way.

True enough, I'm actually having a hard time thinking of a great AA serie that wasn't sad at any moment. I think all I can come up with is Genshiken.

Genshiken has some sad moments, but overall it's mostly hilarious. Season 1 was definitely better than the second season though. That mainly had to do with some of the main writers leaving the show after the first season.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lazlowe1984 on July 24, 2011, 11:29:53 PM
Finished Tokyo Majin.Now I don't know what to watch.

Trying to find an anime with a good story to compensate for Tokyo Majin.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on July 24, 2011, 11:46:32 PM
Watched FMA: Brotherhood.

I thought it was nice to set up the ending and have a lot of little things come together in an ending that spanned over 10 episodes. Villain's origin/motivation was disappointing and unoriginal- I actually thought the villain from the first series was more interesting. Overall, a fine series with a rather sub-par ending. At least they bother telling you what happens to everyone though.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on July 26, 2011, 08:53:46 AM
I just watched episode 01 of "Baby Princess 3D Paradise Love OVA"

Official synopsis:
« A high school senior named Yotaro thought he was an only child — until he met his real mother and discovered that she has 19 daughters, from 0 to 18 years old. He ends up living with his “true family.” »

I've seen some shit before... but this, this is so wrong, on so many levels.

Here's a Youtube if you're wondering how bad this could be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZZ3d9f3X2U
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on July 27, 2011, 06:40:55 AM
Watched Welcome to the NHK. Great series- I think I'll actually go look for the novel given how good it was, which is a first for me.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on August 09, 2011, 03:58:46 PM
After War Gundam X - I don't think I could sing enough praise for this one. Starting with the story, it was very well done - there was a lot to it and it managed to make things very compelling and interesting, and was almost never confusing. I also liked how it seemed to be more clearly divided into arcs (not used to seeing that in Gundam) which I thought helped to create more of an adventurey feel to the story. There were also some genuinely moving scenes, especially near the end of each arc. I was never brought to tears, but they sure did tug at my heart strings, which I must admit is hard to do. The ending was actually quite nice, and I liked [SPOILER]that the brothers survived so they can live with their defeat[/SPOILER]. The only thing I disliked about the story was near the end when [SPOILER]they explained Newtypism as being mearly an illusion. Unless I missed something important, that's just a huge cop out.[/SPOILER]

I also loved the characters, who really made the story memorable. They had both charm and subtle charisma, and there wasn't a single character I didn't dislike, not even the smaller side characters. Most of the main cast was well developed and had interesting back stories. I'd say this is one of the best overall casts in Gundam History, and Garrodo Ran is easily the second best protagonist (and, with Tiffa, making the best couple), just being nudged out by Judah Ashta from ZZ Gundam.

I especially loved the setting. I'm very big on post-apocalyptic settings, more so than space or other sci-fi settings, and I thought this show excecuted it quite well, helping to make the world seem very interesting. Only problem here is that there seemed too be too much greenery and infrastructure when the world, not to mention tons of mobile suits. However, while they never officially explain all of it, I can think of reasons why they'd be there, so it's no big deal, really.

I liked the visuals, too. Everything looked quite nice, and I loved the character designs, which were both unique yet natural. I'd say I even like 'em more than SEED's, which was my previous all-time favorite. My only complaint with the visuals is that I thought the mechs were quite ugly at first, but I grew to like them by the end. Heck, I thought some of the Gundam designs were actually quite amazing.

I don't have much to say about the music, other than I liked it and found it to be quite fitting. Also, both opening themes and the second ending theme have been stuck in my head for quite some time now.

I don't usually compliment Gundam on the fights, but in this case, special attention needs to be given to the combat, as they're simply outstanding for a real robot show. There's a lot of variety and very little overused animation, and it's always intense. Mixed with the variety of the mechas being used, even the large scale battles can be incredibly interesting. Only minor problem involving the combat is that sometimes the bullets from the mobile suits would just bounce off the ground or kick up dust like they're smaller bullets. It's really just an annoyance, though. I can also think of tons of memorable fights that span the entirety of the series, and thanks to them, not a single episode was boring. They really were outstanding.

Overall, I'd say it was a simply fantastic show. I loved just about every minute of it, and thought it was excecuted very well except for a few noted exceptions. It's really one of the greatest Gundam shows I've seen and one of my favorite shows I've seen so far. I even liked it more than Zeta Gundam and ZZ Gundam, two shows I thought would never be surpassed. Most importantly, it's the biggest surprise I've had so far, since I knew very little about it (which was suspicious since I'm a Gundam fan) and wasn't expecting much from what little I did know about it. Really, I'm glad I got to watch it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on August 10, 2011, 12:26:08 PM
Yeah, X is my favorite as well, barring the uninspired mecha designs the show had (Although I'm a pretty big fan of the X itself).

About D.O.M.E.:

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I think it was more that D.O.M.E. was saying that after living for so long, he has come to the conclusion that the mythology of the Newtype is an illusion, rather than Newtypes literally being "illusions". It's true that people like Jamil and Tiffa have abilities beyond that of normal humans, but Garrod didn't really care about any of that and tried to grasp his future for himself, rather than believing blindly in a concept like so many other people did.

Basically, I think he was giving a personal opinion more than anything (Keep in mind D.O.M.E. is just another guy that's lived for a really long time). It's kind of a corny/cheesy moral to take in after all is said and done, but I think it was a really satisfying conclusion given the constraints they had to work with. It's certainly far better than some of the conclusions some other shows have given that are allowed their full 50-episode run.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on August 10, 2011, 02:09:02 PM
Yeah, X is my favorite as well, barring the uninspired mecha designs the show had (Although I'm a pretty big fan of the X itself).

About D.O.M.E.:

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I think it was more that D.O.M.E. was saying that after living for so long, he has come to the conclusion that the mythology of the Newtype is an illusion, rather than Newtypes literally being "illusions". It's true that people like Jamil and Tiffa have abilities beyond that of normal humans, but Garrod didn't really care about any of that and tried to grasp his future for himself, rather than believing blindly in a concept like so many other people did.

Basically, I think he was giving a personal opinion more than anything (Keep in mind D.O.M.E. is just another guy that's lived for a really long time). It's kind of a corny/cheesy moral to take in after all is said and done, but I think it was a really satisfying conclusion given the constraints they had to work with. It's certainly far better than some of the conclusions some other shows have given that are allowed their full 50-episode run.

That makes more sense. Still doesn't explain everything, but it's good enough. And yeah, the GX is so cool. Especially the Divider version. I want the model of that some day.

I just watched episode 01 of "Baby Princess 3D Paradise Love OVA"

Official synopsis:
« A high school senior named Yotaro thought he was an only child — until he met his real mother and discovered that she has 19 daughters, from 0 to 18 years old. He ends up living with his “true family.” »

I've seen some shit before... but this, this is so wrong, on so many levels.

Here's a Youtube if you're wondering how bad this could be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZZ3d9f3X2U

Ecchi, loli, harem, and incest - all the things I hate about anime, all in one show. Well, I guess it had to happen someday, I just hope it doesn't happen again.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on August 11, 2011, 12:59:14 PM
I really like Gundam X as well.  It's my 2nd favorite after G gundam.  I also thought that the ending was a cop out with regard to the newtypes, but otherwise it was good.  I liked how they managed to have an excuse for a battle to happen in every single episode (or at least I think there was). 
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Seultoria on August 12, 2011, 09:27:19 AM
I need to finish Gundam X. I was watching it 6-7 years ago but the site I used went down and I never got back to it.

Speaking of Gundam, watching the original series still. I'm on episode 25. Despite the terrible animation and Frau Bow, the series is still worth watching.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on August 12, 2011, 05:25:42 PM
I really like Gundam X as well.  It's my 2nd favorite after G gundam.  I also thought that the ending was a cop out with regard to the newtypes, but otherwise it was good.  I liked how they managed to have an excuse for a battle to happen in every single episode (or at least I think there was). 

Yeah, pretty much every episode. I don't even recall there being an obligatory flashback episode, but if there was, that might be the only exception.

And I have a lot of respect for G Gundam. It was as different as Gundam could be, yet it pulled it all off really well. Too bad it's still shonen, otherwise it might be one of my favorites as well.

I need to finish Gundam X. I was watching it 6-7 years ago but the site I used went down and I never got back to it.

Speaking of Gundam, watching the original series still. I'm on episode 25. Despite the terrible animation and Frau Bow, the series is still worth watching.

Yeah, I just ended up downloading it.

And the original Gundam is one of my favorites, even more than Gundam X. It did everything I wanted to perfectly, except for the animation. I found nearly every episode memorable (though it helps that I've watched it 4 or 5 times by now). Definitely some good stuff, especially once you get further along. I hope you come to like it more as you get into it.


Anywho, I'm currently watching Sgt. Frog and Turn A Gundam. Sgt. Frog is pretty entertaining, though it could be a lot better. The characters are very stereotypical, some of the jokes fall flat, and the gundam references are really starting to get on my nerves...and that's saying a lot coming from me. Not to mention all the weird love geometries. Yet it still manages to pull through even with those faults, thanks in large part to the narrator, who is absolutely hilarious. I mean it, most of the best lines come from him. I'm only watching up to Season Two until they start streaming the third season dubbed, which could be a long time from now. I may end up buying the third season if I get a job before then.

I'm having a hard time getting into Turn A Gundam, though. The story hasn't really clicked with me yet for some reason and it's actually quite confusing at times. Also, I could care less about most of the characters, they just aren't very interesting. I hate the art style and mecha designs, too. The action, on the otherhand, is fantastic. These are some of the most realistic fight scenes I've seen in a mecha anime, and they really make the whole show worth watching. I'll stick with it for now, seeing as it's either this or Victory Gundam, and at least this is watchable.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ramza on August 14, 2011, 10:40:27 PM
Just (finally) watched the film "Origin" (Gin-iro no kami no Agito) on bluray. Owned it for about 2 years now. Finally watched, with the Mrs.

We liked it. We really liked the visuals and music. Story was ... rushed, and a blend of every important man vs nature concept pumped through Japanese culture in the last 30 years. So I can do without. But just visually ... wow. And music is rad.

Catalog number for soundtrack is: VICL-61837

I'm putting that there is a note to myself, should I ever want to hunt it down. the opening and ending themes from Kokia are beautiful.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on August 21, 2011, 10:07:52 PM
The last 2 episodes of Tiger and Bunny have been incredible. Seriously can't wait for next week's.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on August 22, 2011, 07:08:02 PM
I'm currently on episode 36 of Sgt. Frog, which means I'm a good way through the first official season. This show just keeps getting better, and the dub is really well-done.

I'm on episode 34 of Turn A Gundam. I'm finally being drawn into this show. It's now very compelling and it finally stopped being so slow. The action is also very interesting and I'm starting to care for the characters. This could be worth it after all.

Finally got back into Star Driver now that it's being streamed legally. The artwork and animation are fantastic, and I love all the characters so far. It's too bad you don't see more of the bad guys, though. The action is also very visually fun to watch, even if it is more than a little flashy (but Super Robot shows are supposed to be flashy, right?). Definitely could turn out to be a must-see, which is good since Giant Robot shows have been on life-support recently.

I started watching The Third: Girl With The Blue Eye. It seems very interesting so far, I even got the DVD collection for it so I could watch more. Good mix of action, drama, and humor with plenty of humanity (concern for their enemies, etc.) Story could turn out to be pretty thoughtful, too.

I also started watching Space Battleship Yamato. The lack of music during fight scenes is very annoying, but otherwise it's a good, classic sci-fi show.

Then I watched more Captain Harlock. Things have gotten pretty heavy now, for a kid's show. I mean seriously, they put that little girl through a lot...it also seems to be the first show with loli pantsu fanservice. Still well worth watching, though. Did I mention the music in this show is fantastic? Definitely a step up over Space Battleship Yamato.

Lastly I saw the first two episodes of Irresponsible Captain Tylor. It was pretty great. Tylor is pretty funny. He seems dumb, yet he can smooth-talk his way through any situation. I respect that. The situations were also incredibly funny and ironic. Definitely something I gotta watch more of once I'm done with Sgt. Frog.

I tried to watch the first episodes of Macross, Maria-Sama, and Astralotte's Toy. Nostalgia has made Macross totally unwatchable - There are so many differences between Macross and Robotech that it drove me crazy, and I preferred RoboTech's version on every count. Maria-Sama was boring. This was my second time trying to watch it and I still can't make it through the first episode. I may just read a synosis and skip to the second episode. Astralotte's Toy was better than expected, but still had way more fanservice than I could handle.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on August 22, 2011, 07:56:00 PM
If you haven't watched Martian Successor Nadesico and its movie, put it on your list.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on August 22, 2011, 08:04:44 PM
Finally got back into Star Driver now that it's being streamed legally. The artwork and animation are fantastic, and I love all the characters so far. It's too bad you don't see more of the bad guys, though. The action is also very visually fun to watch, even if it is more than a little flashy (but Super Robot shows are supposed to be flashy, right?). Definitely could turn out to be a must-see, which is good since Giant Robot shows have been on life-support recently.

I got up to episode 20 and couldn't muster it anymore.  It was a fun series so I can't say it wasn't enjoyable, but the story goes very slow and is just too improbable, even for an anime.  Episode 19 didn't really seem any further than episode 5.  It was just monster-of-the-week episodes one after another until I stopped and I just couldn't do it anymore.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on August 22, 2011, 08:06:58 PM
If you haven't watched Martian Successor Nadesico and its movie, put it on your list.

Yeah, Nadesico is pretty good. Lots of laughs all around and some very strong characters that hold up an admittedly poorly excuted plot. The ending is lame though, and I've heard that the movie isn't much better. I still have to see it myself, of course, but I'm not looking forward to it.

Finally got back into Star Driver now that it's being streamed legally. The artwork and animation are fantastic, and I love all the characters so far. It's too bad you don't see more of the bad guys, though. The action is also very visually fun to watch, even if it is more than a little flashy (but Super Robot shows are supposed to be flashy, right?). Definitely could turn out to be a must-see, which is good since Giant Robot shows have been on life-support recently.

I got up to episode 20 and couldn't muster it anymore.  It was a fun series so I can't say it wasn't enjoyable, but the story goes very slow and is just too improbable, even for an anime.  Episode 19 didn't really seem any further than episode 5.  It was just monster-of-the-week episodes one after another until I stopped and I just couldn't do it anymore.

That's fine, so long as the individual episodes have good stories. I expect super robot shows to be episodic, so I'll be able to hang in there. The story here just needs a good ending to make it worth it for me.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on August 23, 2011, 07:06:11 AM
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If you haven't watched Martian Successor Nadesico and its movie, put it on your list.

Fixed that for you. The Movie is awful and should never be watched.

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Yeah, Nadesico is pretty good. Lots of laughs all around and some very strong characters that hold up an admittedly poorly excuted plot. The ending is lame though, and I've heard that the movie isn't much better. I still have to see it myself, of course, but I'm not looking forward to it.

Nadesico's one of my personal favorites- I've always thought the plot's not meant to be taken seriously in a traditional sense, but I thought the ending was one of the best I've seen in anime, because it fit perfectly with the theme of the show and the growth of the main character.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Lazlowe1984 on August 24, 2011, 10:54:18 PM
Watching Canaan and rewatching Death Note.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on August 25, 2011, 12:14:36 AM
So I'm browsing a manga website and find this gem in recent reviews:
http://pastebin.com/nyhc1yB2

I'm putting it on pastebin and not here because this is clearly NSFW and 18+
Review seems pretty normal... and then you hit that last paragraph.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on August 25, 2011, 06:48:15 PM
I finished the first Season of Sgt. Frog. It was a really good show - lots of clever jokes, quirky characters, a funny narrator, and a great dub (all the voices fit and excecuted every line wonderfully) that even outdoes the Japanese VO, plus it has just the right changes to the script so us westerners get the jokes, too. I also learned a lot about Japanese holidays and culture. The show also had a lot of heart-felt sentimental moments that really made me smile. Only things I didn't like was that it was a little too stupid at times and a lot of the fan service centered around a 13-year-old girl, though even the show noted that it was being inappropriate (sorta). With that said the fanservice was relatively light. Oh, and the weird love-polygons were kinda annoying at first, but they got interesting and even heartening after a while. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the music in the show is pretty good.

Up next is Irresponsible Captain Tylor, which I already started and am already in love with. Captain Tylor is so clever, he acts so stupid yet he talks his way through seemingly any situation, and the situations he's in are usually pretty crazy. I can't wait to watch more of it/ I'd say too bad it's short, but after 51 episodes of Sgt. Frog, I don't think I'll need much more comedy for a while.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on August 26, 2011, 01:35:03 PM
So I'm browsing a manga website and find this gem in recent reviews:
http://pastebin.com/nyhc1yB2

I'm putting it on pastebin and not here because this is clearly NSFW and 18+
Review seems pretty normal... and then you hit that last paragraph.

Yeah, I think I just found the website you're talking about, and if I did, well...I was really kinda hoping I was the only one that visited that site, since they release some really f'd up stuff.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on August 26, 2011, 02:06:18 PM
So I'm browsing a manga website and find this gem in recent reviews:
http://pastebin.com/nyhc1yB2

I'm putting it on pastebin and not here because this is clearly NSFW and 18+
Review seems pretty normal... and then you hit that last paragraph.

Yeah, I think I just found the website you're talking about, and if I did, well...I was really kinda hoping I was the only one that visited that site, since they release some really f'd up stuff.

I like reading doujins because about 1/100 is actually interesting, although most are plain porn (although some porn ones are actually a good read... rarely). So usually, I just read the review first on Baka-update to see if it looks descent or not. This time, I clicked on the thing without noticing it was by Little White Butterfly (or whatever it is)... and yeah, those guys do some really extreme stuff. Not really my cup of tea.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on August 26, 2011, 08:22:02 PM
Not really my cup of tea.

I'm relieved to hear that.

I like reading doujins because about 1/100 is actually interesting, although most are plain porn (although some porn ones are actually a good read... rarely).

That used to be the reason I read them, too, though now it's more of an addiction. With that said, I think it goes to show both what I've read and how much when I had to reread that review about 5 times before I finally understood the gravity of what was actually being said...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on September 01, 2011, 02:49:25 PM
Do any of you guys read anime reviews? I never read reviews to decide what to watch, since out of the 20 or so reviews I have read, I've only agreed with 3 - Nihon's reviews of Gundam X and Turn A Gundam (which was spot on although I'd add some things) and ANN's review of Fractale (to a lesser degree. I agree that the SoL-like episodes felt like excessive filler and took a lot of focus away from the main story, yet I actually found that those episodes to be the most enjoyable and made the show stand out in my mind. It was the sudden dark and dramatic episodes that I felt were hard to stomach. Overall, though, the show did lack focus and felt like a mish-mash of 3 completely different styles that just weren't meshing, so overall I agree with the review. On the plus side, it introduced me to 3 very talented people in the anime industry, so maybe I'll get some better shows out of it).

Some of the reviews I disagreed with so hard I wondered if we even watched the same shows, most of which were from THEM reviews. Heck, I stopped reading reviews there after their horrible review of Gundam X, which was 3 strikes all in one - not only did I not agree with a single word of it, but the reviewer didn't even get a third of the way through it before writing the review. In fact, judging from a few sentences in the review, I think the reviewer hadn't even seen the show in a long time, and was judging it solely on old memories, which would explain some of the oddities in the review, such as the reviewer complaining that the show was too depressing, even going so far as to compare it to Evangelion. That's three strikes right there - not only does the show have a post-apocalyptic setting therefore making a depressing atmosphere appropriate, but it's actually rather cheerful for a Gundam show (very few character deaths, most people having positive outlooks, etc.). Even if it was depressing, comparing it to Evangelion would still be a gross hyperbole since very few shows match Evangelion's level of depression as far as I know, especially seeing as depression is the main freakin' theme of that show. All in all, that was one of the worst reviews I've ever read.

Sorry for the rant, I just had that bottled up for a while now.

Anyways, I finally finished Turn A Gundam. I think I was too hard on it at the beginning. Yes, it was very slow for much of the show, there was more filler than necessary, and the story was a tad confusing, but it all worked out in the end. After about 30 episodes it became compelling, and I thought the ending was pretty good. Not to mention the music was great and the action was intense and very heavy/realistic. I loved the setting, who knew WW1-America-with-Ancient-robots-being-invaded-by-MartiansMoon-people would be so interesting? The character designs were also very interesting, with a wide variety of styles and body types which made it so even the smallest side characters were unique and visually interesting. With that said, the lack of a consistant style did bother me - some characters looked cartoony while others looked hyper realistic, with everything in between. Of course, the style reflected the characters, but still, it bothered me. The mech designs, on the other hand, sucked royally. Yes, they were very unique and were kinda interesting to see in action, but that doesn't escape the fact that they were the ugliest and most bizarre mech designs I have ever laid eyes on. Also, for a show that was supposed to combine every timeline in the entire series, there were very few returning mobile suits - just the Zaku (which is a plus) and the weird ball thing from ZZ Gundam. Everything else had never been seen before. It would've been nice if we got to see more, you know?

The only other thing I didn't like had to do with the very end where [SPOILER] Loran doesn't go with Sochie in the end. I really wanted to punch Loran as he walked away from her. I don't think there's anyone else in the series that cared about him more than her.[/SPOILER] Overall it was a good show. Still no where near a favorite of mine, but it was enjoyable and well worth watching.

EDIT:

Evangelion 1.11: You Are (not) Alone - My head still hurts from watching this. I forgot how confusing this series was at the beginning. I watched it with my brother, and he was even more confused - hell, he thought there was a whole 'nother movie he had to watch before it. He was also incedibly frustrated with Shinji, and I can't blame him. The only thing holding my sanity together was the fact that I would be thinking the exact same things as him in his position, so if I was frustrated with him, it would mean being frustrated with myself.

Overall, though, it was enjoyable. I was a bit bored by it since I've seen the series about 3 times by now so I knew what was gonna happen, but that didn't make the last battle any less intense - now that was a grand finalie!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on September 16, 2011, 03:44:34 PM
Watched Darker than Black and the sequel series. Despite being pretty confused by a lot of the first series, where the story arc is somewhat scattered and not  always fully explained (though a little thought and you start putting stuff together on your own, which is nice) I really liked it. The second season was the same way, except that the ending is more confusing, and less explained. Also, since Suou was easily my favourite character of the second season,

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I hate how they ended her arc. I mean, yes, they left it open enough that she could be included in a third season were it to happen, if her memories returned (she does say she has a feeling she'll meet Hei again, at least that's how I interpreted it) and for her the outcome was very positive--she gets to be with her family again--but it also made so much of her journey mean less. She doesn't even remember Hei clearly, when she was pretty clearly falling in love him. Disregarding the creepiness of that potential relationship, what with her being 13, I still felt it kinda cruel to her that she wouldn't even remember his name or his face after everything the two of them went through together.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: TiamatNM on September 16, 2011, 09:25:45 PM
I'm not very fond of season 2.  What did you like about Suou?  I'm under the impression a lot of people don't like her and I can understand why cause I thought she was pretty useless.  I don't think she actually does much of anything.  Then there's all the loli haters who hate her cause of that...but whatever...
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on September 16, 2011, 11:53:48 PM
I'm not very fond of season 2.  What did you like about Suou?  I'm under the impression a lot of people don't like her and I can understand why cause I thought she was pretty useless.  I don't think she actually does much of anything.  Then there's all the loli haters who hate her cause of that...but whatever...
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Part of it may have just been that Hei was very unlikable by contrast. And it's true that she really didn't do much, being more a catalyst for things to happen than someone doing things, but I felt like her character was just well put together. She was put in a horrible situation, being suddenly left alone, but despite the temptation to go the route of hating Hei and devoting herself to killing him, which is what most anime seem to jump on, she adapted well. She learned, she listened, and she grew a lot. The visible shift in the Hei/Suou dynamic over time, I felt, was extremely well done even if other parts of the story weren't.

I can understand the knee-jerk anti-loli reaction. But despite her crush, that relationship wasn't about some kind of weird deviant romance. It was really just two very similar people coming to depend on one another, but then all of that build up got thrown away in the finale. And how things ended for her really short-changed both her growth and Hei's. I felt that the mentor/sibling kind of relationship they had going on carried most of the season, and her crush on Hei was actually pretty well thought-out (despite being kind of a jerk, he took care of her, saved her life, made little gestures to show how much he actually cared). Her death/rebirth without her memories was heartbreaking to me--bittersweet as it was--as even that sequence made it perfectly clear that by this point he was more important to her than even her own family, and yet it's her family that she gets in exchange for losing him.

Similarly, you see how much Hei cares for her when he attacks Kirihara, thinking she's captured Suou and July. When you think about it, losing Suou, then having to kill Yin, on top of the earlier loss of his sister... Hei has never been able to hold on to the people he loves. It's just really, really sad.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Akanbe- on September 18, 2011, 01:23:10 PM
Watched the first two episode of The World God Only Knows.  Wasn't sure what to expect, but it was kinda fun to watch.  A nice replacement for Bakuman.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Klyde Chroma on September 18, 2011, 02:37:11 PM
I've been striking out lately.... I checked out Occult Accademy first and wasn't too fond..... made it 9 episodes in and decided I could really care less what happens... Rune Soldier Louie was next and although not horrible, I'm just not into slapstick humor of the sort........ Chaos; Head was probably my biggest recent dissapointment only because it started off so strong and finished so weak.... weak enough to turn me off from Steins Gate... Then there was The Mystic Archive of Dantalian or more appropriately "The most blatant rip-ff of Gosick I could fathom!"

At present though I am currently enthralled with 12 Kingdoms and Dance in The Vampire Bund! Both series are proving really entertaining to me which is a surprise with Bund as I haven't seen any decent vamp-series  in quite awhile.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: (Tunnels) on September 26, 2011, 11:33:39 PM
I haven't been following much in the ways of anime/manga recently, but I did borrow Wandering Son from the library, and it is a really touching, beautiful story about two transgendered kids. I'd like to buy it, but the price tag is pretty hefty for just one manga. The volume is well done, but $20 is pretty steep. I'd like to support it though; I really wanna see where this story goes.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Giga_Force on October 06, 2011, 04:53:22 PM
Now that I own Trigun: Badlands Rumble on Blu-Ray, I need to get the rest of the Trigun Maximum volumes.  I only own the first two.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: CastNuri on October 08, 2011, 09:24:01 PM
I just saw all thirteen episodes of Haibane Renmei, which (in retrospect) probably wasn't a good idea. It always makes me cry. ;_;

Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on October 08, 2011, 09:49:05 PM
I've never seen an anime that made me cry before. I may have to check that out sometime.

Anyways, I'm currently watching Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, about 50 episodes in. So far it's been great, right up there with the original FMA. It does some things better, like the story, which is more gripping, and the animation, which is more fluid. It does some things I don't like, too, like the increased amount of gory action, and there are other things that FMA did better, like the motivations of the homunculi. Overall, I'd say it's different from FMA and neither better nor worse. Of course, the last few episides could change all that, but I'll be taking a break from it soon so I can watch the original FMA again.

On the side I've been watching GaoGaiGar, a super robot show. It's been getting more enjoyable as it goes, but it's still not great yet. I like the red and blue robots, though. They make the show so much better.

I ordered a bunch of DVDs, consisting entirely of Super Robot shows, so I'll be watching those soon, especially Getter Robo Armaggeddon. Then I'll try to get to the classic Mecha shows I downloaded, especially Fang of the Sun Dougram.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on October 08, 2011, 11:27:37 PM
I've never seen an anime that made me cry before.

Ever watched Grave of the Fireflies? High odds of crying with that one.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Starmongoose on October 09, 2011, 06:19:11 AM
I've never seen an anime that made me cry before.

Ever watched Grave of the Fireflies? High odds of crying with that one.

I was about to suggest that.

Don't do what I did and watch it with your little sister, if you have one. Sooo not a good idea.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Annubis on October 09, 2011, 01:24:09 PM
I just watched the first episode of Gundam Age... I'm still pretty speechless about it.
It's Digimon Xros Wars but with mobile suits.

Also, budget animation =/
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on October 09, 2011, 01:47:57 PM
I've never seen an anime that made me cry before.

Ever watched Grave of the Fireflies? High odds of crying with that one.

Well, we'll just have to see about that.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Hathen on October 09, 2011, 05:08:25 PM
I just watched the first episode of Gundam Age... I'm still pretty speechless about it.
It's Digimon Xros Wars but with mobile suits.

Also, budget animation =/

Never watched Xros Wars so you're going to have to elaborate on that.

I just saw it as well, and I thought it was...well, it was derivative, but overall okay. I don't mind it being targeted at a younger audience- it can still be good. The series has potential IMO. Some general thoughts:

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+The opening introduces us to the situation by showing, and not telling, which is a nice change since that's been a problem with some of the shows (Wing, SEED, ESPECIALLY ZZ which had a WHOLE EPISODE for that)
+Flit seems a lot more lifelike and likable as a person so he's more towards the Judau/Garrod end, which is a definate plus for me, at least
+Flit seems completely obsessed with his hatred of the UE. This is where I find the potential for a good story- if they do this right, this can become interesting

*The bad guys being mysterious creatures is not a bad change, people seem to have a problem with that, and I understand to a certain extent- depending on where they go with this it can still have the same general themes as previous Gundam shows, though.
*When Flit talks about how the Gundam being tested for walking is enough, I couldn't help but laugh. What, is he going to do a beam-faceplant attack into the UE suits? Jesus.

-While Flit and Emily are off to school, Flit mentions the Asunos have made Gundams for centuries...what, a piece of military equipment just totally vanished into the bowels of time? And he says he's going to make the Gundam because that's what his family has done for centuries...I...just...yeah.
-It seems Flit is well-known for talking crazily about how the UE will attack Nora and people don't believe him...I guess that's why they have such a extensive military presence there. I mean, if a really powerful force was attacking England, France, and the rest of Europe, I think I'd at least ENTERTAIN the thought of this force attacking the U.S. at some point- what's more, this kid is living in a fucking military base- why is he telling his teacher this instead of the commander he just met that morning?
-Professor says his determination is just as much as a soldier, which completely contradicts his previous line that he didn't want him to pilot it because, you know, he's a freaking kid with no piloting experience

I might write a longer review later, I've always been a big Gundam fan so I have a lot more to say about it beyond all this.

Oh yeah, the animation looks alright so far- although SEED really lowered my bar as far as that goes because of the irritating cel recycling. As long as they don't do that too often I won't mind.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Chronix112 on October 09, 2011, 05:10:57 PM
Grave of the Fireflies is soul crushing.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: nonoyes on October 10, 2011, 03:48:30 PM
I just watched the first episode of Gundam Age... I'm still pretty speechless about it.
It's Digimon Xros Wars but with mobile suits.

Also, budget animation =/

Never watched Xros Wars so you're going to have to elaborate on that.

I just saw it as well, and I thought it was...well, it was derivative, but overall okay. I don't mind it being targeted at a younger audience- it can still be good. The series has potential IMO. Some general thoughts:



Oh yeah, the animation looks alright so far- although SEED really lowered my bar as far as that goes because of the irritating cel recycling. As long as they don't do that too often I won't mind.

Anime in general lowered the standard of animation a little over 10 years ago when it quit being cel animation.
And they started using Digital paint and computer CG more and more and more.

Watch a show like Turn A Gundam or Victory Gundam absolutely amazing animation especially for a TV series.
And there is a beauty to it in the color that you can only get from cel animation.
Even Z Gundam 26 years old now amazing animation smokes any TV series these days.
But this also thanks to the director and animation director Tomino he is really great with choreography of scenes and actually understands animation.

I can't believe people actually think today's shows are better animated they have a lot of flash but the animation is pretty meh.
And digital paint looks terrible a lot of the time.


As for Gundam Age I think a lot of people need to look at the credits.
It's a Level 5/Sunrise coop project. The character designs is Level 5.
The story is written by Akihiro Hino of Level 5.
They have the animation series and then there will be the Gundam Age videogames.

I like the idea that they don't even know who is attacking them.
They think they could be aliens but maybe there is other humans inside the machines that are attacking them.





Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on October 11, 2011, 07:11:36 PM
Re-watched Code Geass with a friend a few weeks back. Still love the show, and I probably enjoyed it even more the second time. It does leave you with some odd feelings though, so I decided to watch Usagi Drop when I ran into it on Crunchyroll.

All I have to say is: ohmigawd I could practically feel my heart melting as I watched it. Ended up watching all 11 episodes right in a row. Too cute. Love this series more than I can articulate, though I am glad it doesn't follow through the post-time-skip manga.

EDIT: 3 DAYS LATER: Watched My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute. Solid entertainment, though admittedly nothing groundbreaking. The animation was fluid and the characters interesting, though the somewhat ambiguous relationship between the leads can be off-putting. Pick one and commit, writers!

More positively, Wagnaria!! (or, Working!!) is something I stumbled upon. Plowed through the first season and what so-far-exists of the second, and I must say this show is incredibly charming! Definite follow!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Mickeymac92 on October 16, 2011, 07:09:40 PM
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - I'll just say that this show was amazing in every way possible (except for the comedy aspect which fell flat most of the time but did get better in the second half), because there are just too many good things about it to point out. Seriously, if you haven't watched it yet, do so right now. It's seriously some of the best stuff you'll ever see.

Getter Robo Armageddon - I loved it every bit as much as I expected to. On the one hand, the story was very confusing, yet still I actually enjoyed it the most. I don't know why, I just thought it was really really cool. I loved the characters: Ryoma's badassery, Hayato's cool demeaner, Benki's smarts, and all the rest of the characters for all their own reasons. Not one character failed to impress me on some level. I especially loved the character designs, nearly everyone looked unique. Same with the robots. The music and art in general was impressive, to be honest. And of course the action was fantastic, some of the best I'd seen since Gurren Lagann. This is definitely going on my favorites list.

I watched GaoGaiGar up to episode 26 but I had to stop because the rest wasn't dubbed and the english cast does a far better job than the Japanese cast. It's a shame because it was quickly becoming one of my favorite shows.:(

Now I gotta figure out what else to watch until November when I'll resume watching Victory Gundam.

In the meantime, I'm watching Hunter X Hunter every sunday, It's such a good show that it's difficult waiting every week for the next episode, but I have no choice than to wait and just try to keep up with it.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Zadok83 on October 16, 2011, 10:20:03 PM
Does anyone read Gamaran?  Sengoku Iori FTW!
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on October 17, 2011, 01:22:16 AM
I just finished watching Hanasaku Iroha. I'm speechless right now; while certainly not without flaws, the entire work is just so charming, and the characters feel so real (because of those flaws), that I couldn't help but totally fall in love with it--and them. It's been a while since I've had such a hard time walking away from characters when there is some actual closure, and I can't wait for the "new visual work" next year.

Extremely impressed. If you like slice of life/coming of age stories at all, I highly suggest it. The animation is also very crisp and vibrant, and nearly the entire cast feels fully realized.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Aeolus on October 17, 2011, 02:30:34 AM
Finished watching Space Runaway Ideon, but of course I now need to watch Be Invoked because I can't just leave it at that. I need to watch all those characters die dammit.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kevadu on October 17, 2011, 08:31:45 PM
I just finished watching Hanasaku Iroha. I'm speechless right now; while certainly not without flaws, the entire work is just so charming, and the characters feel so real (because of those flaws), that I couldn't help but totally fall in love with it--and them. It's been a while since I've had such a hard time walking away from characters when there is some actual closure, and I can't wait for the "new visual work" next year.

Extremely impressed. If you like slice of life/coming of age stories at all, I highly suggest it. The animation is also very crisp and vibrant, and nearly the entire cast feels fully realized.

I completely agree.  One of the best shows of the year.
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Ragnarok-Sabin on October 17, 2011, 11:50:07 PM
I just finished watching Hanasaku Iroha. I'm speechless right now; while certainly not without flaws, the entire work is just so charming, and the characters feel so real (because of those flaws), that I couldn't help but totally fall in love with it--and them. It's been a while since I've had such a hard time walking away from characters when there is some actual closure, and I can't wait for the "new visual work" next year.

Extremely impressed. If you like slice of life/coming of age stories at all, I highly suggest it. The animation is also very crisp and vibrant, and nearly the entire cast feels fully realized.

I completely agree.  One of the best shows of the year.


I'm struggling to find something similar right now. Though I definitely don't expect the same animation quality from, well, anything, I'd really love something with the same "feel".
Title: Re: Anime/Manga Journal
Post by: Kevadu on October 18, 2011, 07:25:21 PM
I just finished watching Hanasaku Iroha. I'm speechless right now; while certainly not without flaws, the entire work is just so charming, and the characters feel so real (because of those flaws), that I couldn't help but totally fall in love with it--and them. It's been a while since I've had such a hard time walking away from characters when there is some actual closure, and I can't wait for t