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« Reply #1170 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.
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« Reply #1171 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.
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« Reply #1172 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.
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« Reply #1173 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...
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« Reply #1174 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.

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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!
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« Reply #1175 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.
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« Reply #1176 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...
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« Reply #1177 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.
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« Reply #1178 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.
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« Reply #1179 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.
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« Reply #1180 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.
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« Reply #1181 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.
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« Reply #1182 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. ;_;

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« Reply #1183 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.
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« Reply #1184 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.
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