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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4845 on: October 09, 2018, 08:05:35 AM »
Also, DOUBLE DECKER! Doug & Kirill is great.
I missed that it was from the Tiger & Bunny folks.

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken looks so damn good it makes me wish Overlord looked like that =/

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« Reply #4846 on: October 09, 2018, 01:33:53 PM »
Also, DOUBLE DECKER! Doug & Kirill is great.
I missed that it was from the Tiger & Bunny folks.

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken looks so damn good it makes me wish Overlord looked like that =/
Yeah, I've been enjoying it so far, though I'm behind since I decided I prefer it when these Not NYPD cops are actually speaking English, so I'm sticking to the Simuldub.

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« Reply #4847 on: October 13, 2018, 05:13:49 AM »
After two or three failed attempts to watch the entire show (a true mark of quality), I finally sat down and got through Reconguista in G.

If you've even heard of the show, pretty much every criticism you've heard of it is true- most characters are thinly sketched, it's missing a lot of key information on the motivations for the people and factions in the world, many character actions make no sense, and it has some pretty obvious use of budget saving techniques in the animation (not so much that the show looks bad, but they're noticeable when they're there). I want to say this was the result of Tomino being given only 26 episodes to tell a story rather than the usual 50 or so that his Gundam shows run, but that alone is not the culprit, because there are a lot of episodes where it feels like nothing in the plot moved forward and only maybe 5 minutes of said episodes serve to show characters moving forward, making a lot of it just end up as padding.

Yet there's a part of me that kinda likes it. Tomino's ability to create a unique setting is still there in his old age- I think it says plenty that I wish there was a lot less mecha action in the episodes and a lot more expanding on what the characters and each faction actually wanted out of the conflict. A lot of times it feels like mech fights are in the show as an obligation (and aside from the truly plot-relevant ones, they're pretty tepid anyway- though Tomino's also still pretty good at setting up elaborate battle scenes when it's called for), and by the end there's a sense that all the fighting felt completely pointless (and not in an intentional "war is pointless" message kind of way, but more of a "I don't know what the themes of this show are supposed to be" way). Still, this isn't the only time Tomino's made a show with a unique setting so it's not like Reconguista has some special to offer even in that regard.

Naturally, if someone wants a serving of Tomino's insanity and awkward dialogue, I would obviously recommend rewatching Zeta or Turn A because you'll actually get a plot that makes sense to go along with it.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4848 on: October 14, 2018, 02:27:39 AM »
@Hathen Yeah, Reconguista had...problems. Most of which were just down to poor management, according to Tomino himself - here's an interview with the details: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2015-04-24/yoshiyuki-tomino-admits-story-problems-in-gundam-reconguista/.87449

Near as I can tell, Tomino was a bit too focused on the Sakuga, the story got confused, and while I don't see it in ANN's truncation of the interview (I couldn't find the translation I read last year), he was kind of ignoring his the episode directors and any staff that were supposed to deal with the characters, so things got confused and you wound up with episodes that didn't really amount to much.

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« Reply #4849 on: October 14, 2018, 04:10:59 AM »
That seems so odd to me, that someone with as much experience as Tomino would head that kind of mismanagement...though he does mention approaching it like an "older style" of show so maybe the culture in production has just changed a lot since he last directed? I mean, Gainer was in like 2003, 12 years is a lot but not one where I think the situation would change that much- though the guy is like 80 years old.

Also them changing course to wrap up the show in a plot-wise satisfactory way really explains why I felt the themes got really muddled by the end- if you focus too much on just solving the plot, you risk dropping the greater themes your work was aiming for.

Quote from: Tomino
I think a lot of people got caught up by the exterior, the action scenes. But the people I'd most want to see it probably didn't. That's the guys in the Cabinet, the nuclear energy guys. And I don't expect them to.

I think this is why I have this strange soft spot for this show. I definitely got the impression that the show really wanted to be about something and a lot of the dialogue danced around these themes. The unique religious and political situation alone in Recoguista offered a lot of story potential to me.

I guess at the end of the day I'll find a weird experimental trainwreck more intriguing than another generic but competently-made entry, something that Gundam often gets.

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« Reply #4850 on: December 15, 2018, 12:03:36 PM »
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Hmmm, I know very little about the next season. Anyone can offer some insight?
Is this a sign I'm getting old?

Also, that's A LOT of romantic comedies.

New animes:

Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
It's an isekai and it's a fairly good one at that. Definitively in the top tier of the genre.

Domestic na Kanojo
By the maker of GE – Good Ending. A girl comes to the protagonist out of the blue asking for sex. He sexes her up and then learns that their parents remarried together and she's now his sister. Then, it's a clusterfuck of: I love her, I don't know if she loves me and we're also family.

5-Toubun no Hanayome
Five identical twins are being tutored by the main character. The serie starts at the wedding of one of the girls and the protagonist.
It's a giant switcheroo of girls and you're following hoping to one day know which of the five got the guy.

3D Kanojo 2
Second season of 3D kanojo. A weird hot girls goes out with a lame nerd and he feels self-conscious about it.
I read the manga and at least it's got a decent ending... as in there's an ending (which is already more than 99% of rom-coms).

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
The number 1 guy at school and the number 1 girl at school love each other but they can't confess because it would diminish their standing.
It's vapid and not really funny either.

Kakegurui××
This is like Akagi. There's no surprise because you know they'll win.
This is why everyone loves Kaiji better. It's more fun to follow a loser who sometimes wins than a winner that never loses.

Continuations:

Sword Art Online: Alicization
Fuck SAO.
We just had the obligatory rape scene last week and it was the worst yet.
I gave it a chance thinking that maybe this time the author won't use rape as a method of male empowerment for main characters... but nope.
Fuck this.

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
Best isekai around (since Overlord isn't playing =P).
It's all good stuff and the season will end before the story turns to complete shit (around volume 7 of the LN)

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze
Jojo is apparently awesome... I should get to reading/watching those one day.

Toaru Majutsu no Index III
Man, the rhythm of this serie is really bad. It's like they are vomiting plot quickly in order to get to where they want to end it.

Movies:

Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch
Here it is, the long promised and awaited continuation of Code Geass.

Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel] II. lost butterfly
2/3. I'll wait until everything is out and binge the hell out of it eventually.

Youjo Senki Movie
Loli nazi the movie. I'm thinking they might not have to hold back in the movie and shit will be... yikes.

PSYCHO-PASS Sinners of the System Case 1/2/3
Nice try. You are dead to me.

No OVA worth talking about.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4851 on: December 15, 2018, 12:19:17 PM »
Fairy Tail, Jojo, Psycho Mob Season 2, maybe Index III...unless something comes from left field, I'm not seeing anything particularly interesting coming up that's new. Then again, winter season usually has the most surprises, so we'll see.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4852 on: December 15, 2018, 06:09:03 PM »
Boogiepop!

Mob Psycho 100!

And maybe to see how they'll choose to end this version of Madara/Dororo/whatever.

That said, something tells me that they won't be able to capture lightning-in-a-bottle twice in a row for Kemono.
In my vision, I see that one of us is going to KO the other.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4853 on: December 16, 2018, 07:51:59 AM »
Hmmm, I know very little about the next season. Anyone can offer some insight?
Is this a sign I'm getting old?
I can give you my limited thought?

5-Toubun no Hanayome- So I know that some people in a Discord I frequent love the manga. I don't think the manga has an official release yet (or if it does I didn't notice), so I can't give personal thoughts on the quality. But they seem to like it and I believe it is fairly popular in Japan?

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen- Watch this! The source manga is amazing an almost always makes me laugh heartily whenever I get a new volume.

Yakusoku no Neverland- The manga is fairly well received. Something about the art feels off to me, so I never read it but most everyone else seems to love the story. Well at least for the portions that are likely going to get covered (current arc is getting a lot of "Ehhs" but that would probably be season 2 or 3...if it got there).

I'll probably end up watching Kaguya and the Code Geass movie. I'll probably also watch some of 5-Toubun.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #4854 on: December 16, 2018, 07:24:39 PM »
The best news I got this season was that Chihayafuru 3 is coming in the spring. Now just give me Grimgar S2 plz!!

Run w/ the Wind has been very good.

I might have to start watching Slime Iseaki.