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« Reply #2805 on: July 06, 2014, 09:41:15 PM »

I'm trying to watch Arakawa Under the Bridge, but I must say, it's quite difficult. I'm not sure I'll survive the encounter.

After all, I'm dying of laughter after nearly every scene.

Seriously, I may have just found my perfect comedy, provided I can catch my breath enough to finish an episode.

...actually, thinking about this post, there are very few Japanese comedies I like, and most of the ones I do like are shorts. I think the only exceptions are Good Luck Girl!, Sgt. Frog (the dub at least, so I'm not sure it counts since it's pretty different), Cuticle Detective Inaba, Sket Dance, and Gintama (though I'm not sure that counts since there's much more to it than the others), as well as the aforementioned Arakawa Under the Bridge.

And you know what? I'm not sure what any of these do to that makes me like them more than others (besides Gintama). I guess they just resonate with me more.
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« Reply #2806 on: July 06, 2014, 11:45:27 PM »

There's only been one episode so far so I don't want to jump to conclusions, but SAO 2 is actually looking pretty good.  Almost good enough to make me forget about the second half of the first run...

Seriously though, the GGO arc is actually probably my favorite part of the novels and at least the first ep of the anime version is looking like a very solid adaption.  The pacing is good and there's a nice sense of mystery to the whole thing.  It's a pretty big change in tone from the first two arcs, but that's arguably a good thing (though I know not all SAO fans like it, but poop on them...).  So even if you weren't the biggest SAO fan I would recommend at least giving SAO 2 a shot.
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« Reply #2807 on: July 07, 2014, 12:44:49 AM »

Space Dandy S2:
Exactly like S1 (which is good). I like the song that plays whenever they are at BooBies.

Probably the best episode in the series thus far. The Michel Jackson Son Goku Dandy was the best and hell, even the Narrator was getting in on the multiverse thing.
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« Reply #2808 on: July 07, 2014, 12:45:10 AM »

There's only been one episode so far so I don't want to jump to conclusions, but SAO 2 is actually looking pretty good.  Almost good enough to make me forget about the second half of the first run...

Meh, doesn't matter, with my sequelitis I'll probably watch the whole thing no matter how good/bad it is.
But yes, episode one is good.

Looking at the intro/ending... is Kirito a girl in GGO? Cuz that's one girly guy (if a guy at all).
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« Reply #2809 on: July 07, 2014, 01:37:40 AM »

Looking at the intro/ending... is Kirito a girl in GGO? Cuz that's one girly guy (if a guy at all).

That's kind a plot point.  I guess you could call this a spoiler, but if you've seen the OP/ED it's kind of spoiled already: GGO seems to hand out body types randomly at character creation and when Kirito transfers his character over he just happens to get a super-rare extremely effeminate but technically still male avatar.  Because why not.  Honestly, that has little to do with the rest of the story...well, at least people actually acknowledge that he looks like a girl.  There are a lot of animes with extremely girly-looking guys where nobody seems to notice or care...
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« Reply #2810 on: July 07, 2014, 02:13:52 AM »

After Sailor Moon left me with a luke warm meh, I tracked down  Dragon Quest: Legend Of The Hero Abel. I was craving some nostalgia, and DQ will do just fine. Pretty much the 1st anime I  can remember watching back before I knew what anime was as A kid. Will watch what I found with glee later.
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« Reply #2811 on: July 07, 2014, 11:56:26 AM »

After Sailor Moon left me with a luke warm meh...

I will say that nostalgia goggles are really a big reason why the old series wasn't similarly received that way.

But the CG really killed some of my buzz for it; damn I knew the transformation scene looked *waaay* too perfect.  It's kinda funny how it's harder to give kudos to CG>animation work in that sense.
The designs are still pretty ugly.  The washed out palette is kinda strange looking, and the very retro designs...eh, they kinda try too hard.  And for whatever reason, Usagi is making this ":o" face half the episode.

EDIT: Ho shit, AV Club is actually covering Sailor Moon Crystal, an anime series (they usually have only covered Ghibli films otherwise and "mention" anime in smaller topics).  I don't always agree with them, but they're a tough and thorough review site and I like that.
http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/sailor-moon-crystal-act-1-usagi-sailor-moon-206562

Ghost in the Shell: Arise (3).
Oh my god what happened to the animation??  Motoko took a really big hit, and the anime likes painting lips on women.  Which should be a good thing, but instead they just look trout-lipped.  The story is still pretty good; if not feeling like its kind of been done before.  I do find when the major has some sort of romantic attachment, it comes off a bit strange given her somewhat stoic and self-reliant character --- but I did like the angle they played for it here (using a freelance cyborg parts fella).  But I'm too much of a sucker for this series (and think it's one of few that could possibly be beautifully adapted for a live action film).

There are a lot of animes with extremely girly-looking guys where nobody seems to notice or care...

What?  I feel like almost half make a point of getting all glossy at some point so MC can say in their head "He's so....beautiful". x)
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« Reply #2812 on: July 07, 2014, 04:57:47 PM »

I'm surprised to read that the new Sailor Moon is only 26 episodes.
Heck, DBZ Kai is at like 110 episodes now and that's with A LOT of fat trimmed off.
I don't know how you could cram Sailor Moon in 26...
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« Reply #2813 on: July 07, 2014, 05:30:57 PM »

After Sailor Moon left me with a luke warm meh, I tracked down  Dragon Quest: Legend Of The Hero Abel. I was craving some nostalgia, and DQ will do just fine. Pretty much the 1st anime I  can remember watching back before I knew what anime was as A kid. Will watch what I found with glee later.

Hah! No way! You found the DQ Anime? I recall watching it in Korean when I was a kid and thought it was the coolest thing ever. Since then I've only ever seen snippets of it on Youtube.
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« Reply #2814 on: July 07, 2014, 09:26:02 PM »

I'm surprised to read that the new Sailor Moon is only 26 episodes.
Heck, DBZ Kai is at like 110 episodes now and that's with A LOT of fat trimmed off.
I don't know how you could cram Sailor Moon in 26...

The original anime was, like 80% filler, so I don't find it that hard to believe. It's more like the Manga, which was only 52 chapters.
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« Reply #2815 on: July 07, 2014, 10:43:02 PM »

"Dragon Quest: Legend Of The Hero Abel"1-4
It was definitely worth the effort to track down the show. It really does a great job of feeling like DragonQuest.
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« Reply #2816 on: July 08, 2014, 12:49:17 AM »

So I just finished watching the new Sailor Moon. This is what I spent the entire episode focusing:


(yes, those are Kakashi's lips from that early Naruto episode)
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« Reply #2817 on: July 08, 2014, 06:40:55 AM »

I had forgotten how much of a friggin dumbass Sailor Moon is.  I guess they're sort of going for that baka character appeal, but damn she is stupid.  It's not funny or cute, just annoying.
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« Reply #2818 on: July 08, 2014, 07:11:10 PM »

Glasslip:
The beginning of the episode is really weird. I was expecting some kind of killer earthquake or bomb that would destroy everything.
I'm kind of offended they censored David (the famous statue)'s penis. That's just... it's art people... not porn... *sigh*
Why is the new kid a chicken beater? Why is this show about chickens?
What the hell is this anime about?
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« Reply #2819 on: July 08, 2014, 09:10:09 PM »

It's about chickens, Annubis.

Actually, I thought it was kind of supposed to be about glass blowing, but there certainly wasn't much of that in the first ep.  And when they did show it they weren't even wearing eye protection when looking into the kiln.  Safety, people!

But it's a PA Works slice-of-life show, which means lots of pretty scenery and not much actually happens.  Still, I loved Hanasaku Iroha so I'll keep given them a chance, even if their more recent works haven't impressed me as much...

But seriously, though, what was the deal with everyone glaring at the new guy at the end of the episode?  That didn't exactly seemed deserved to me...


OK, more first impressions:

Akame ga Kill: I had heard good things about the manga this was based on but never read it so I was going in basically blind.  I'm not sure what the make of it, exactly.  This show only felt 'mature' in the sense that there was lots of gore, dismemberment, torture, etc.  But on the flip side you have a totally generic happy-go-lucky standard shounen protagonist and a merry band of goofballs.  Basically this feels like a generic shounen manga story that was dipped in a bucket of gore or something.  It's a weird juxtaposition.  Maybe it works for some people (the manga certainly has its fans), but I wasn't crazy about it.

Argevollen: I seriously don't think you could find a more bland, generic, uninspired mecha anime if you tried.  It's like somebody was given a "How to Make a Mecha Anime" guide and just followed it to the letter.  If you really like mecha anime and are desperate for something to watch then maybe you could get some enjoyment out of it.  But I'm not, so pass.

Monthly Girl's Nozaki-kun: Decent non-ecchi comedy.  I've read the manga before and it's OK, but not really anything ground-breaking.  Girl confesses to guy, guy misinterprets and thinks she's a fan of his work as a shoujo mangaka so he gives her an autograph.  Don't let the premise fool you, though, this one is squarely on the 'com' side of the rom-com spectrum.

Hanayamata: Another show I didn't know much about going in.  But I had seem a PV for it that was playing the OP song and I really liked that song.  I still really like that song, but the show itself didn't do much for me.  Well, I'll give it another shot but at least so far it's been too much whiny protagonist and not enough yosakoi.  And I still don't understand how the American girl was about to jump around like that...
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