Posted by psgels on 30 April 2006 with categories: Monthly Summaries

First of all: Woo! 200th post!!

Second of all, this is another one of my end-of-the-month-summaries. I’m going to do this slightly different than last time, and hopefully a bit more organized. Where last time was just a list of lists with some occasional ranking lists, I’m going to turn this month into a list of only ranking lists.

– Top 39 New Anime –
OMG… I never knew there were this many series untill I actually started counting them. Anyway, this is basically a summary of the quick first impressions of the last month, and something like a final verdict. At each series, I’ll state its ranking, title, a one-sentence verdict and whether I’m going to watch it, drop it, or blog it, or whether I’m not sure what to do. And yes, I know that it isn’t accurate at some places, but it’s at least a try. Now that I look back at it, I’m still watching an aweful lot of series, which means that I’ll probably end up dropping a few more.

#39: Inukami – Pure and utter garbage, stay away from this anime – Dropping.
#38: Joshikousei – Some might like the insanity, I didn’t – Dropping.
#37: Love Get Chu – Classic story of a girl who gets to be the best without any good reason – Dropping.
#36: Zegapain – Boy meets up with girl and fights in giant robot for no apparent reason – Dropping.
#35: Ar Tonelico – Could have been good, weren’t for the fact that it decided to focus on pubescent males – Dropping.
#34: Digimon Savers – I liked the first season, though this season doesn’t appeal to me in any way – Dropping.
#33: TOKKO – Too much blood, gore and useless fanservice and too little story for me – Dropping.
#32: Magical Pokaan – If they dropped the fanservice-jokes, this might’ve stood a chance – Dropping.
#31: Himawari – Not good, not bad, just mediocre – Dropping.
#30: Kiba – After watching a couple of more episodes, I knew: this will be horribly corny – Dropping.
#29: Strawberry Panic – The characters are incredibly boring and predictable, though the premisse shows potential – Dropping
#28: Ah My Goddess 2nd Season – This didn’t make me feel like watching the first series at all, a bit too much annoying scenes – Dropping.
#27: Glass no Kantai – Nothing appealed and forced me to continue watching, nice graphics, though – Dropping
#26: Nana – A series ideal for young women, though I didn’t really like it – Dropping.
#25: Gakuen Heaven – Has potential, but I’m not interested enough to see whether that’s true or not – Dropping
#24: Air Gear – Could have become great if it was better executed – Dropping.
#23: Haruhi Suzumiya – After a lot of thinking, I decided to drop this, it isn’t anything special except for the characters and it will never be able to beat series like Pani Poni Dash and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Dropping.
#22: School Rumble 2nd Season – Note to self: finish first season… this might take a while… – Dropping for now.
#21: Ray The Animation – Lots of potential, though the surgery scared me away – Dropping.
#20: Yume Tsukai – I’m going to give this series one more chance before I decide, if it remains of the same quality, then I’ll drop it – Pending.
#19: Aria The Natural – Extremely peaceful, maybe a bit too peaceful, I might watch it if I’m bored – Dropping for now.
#18: Princess Princess – Has some funny moments, but that wasn’t enough to keep me interested – Dropping.
#17: Witchblade – Great drama but has horrible parts – Watching for now.
#16: Soul Link – The fanservice ruins this a bit, but I’m expecting some good things from this – Watching.
#15: Gintama – Surprisingly interesting, though the huge amount of series already out forced me to drop this, unfortunately – Dropping for now.
#14: Saiunkoku Monogatari – This has lots of potential, a good story and a great setting, though it still has to warm up a bit – Blogging raw.
#13: Simoun – Very interesting, but it can fall any minute now – Watching.
#12: Utawarerumono – It has some very good moments, the drama is great at some points, though it’s too early to call this show great, let’s see what time tells us – Watching.
#11: Dai Mahou Touge – Incredibly funny, though apart from that, nothing special – Watching.
#10: Black Lagoon – This has great potential, though the story may be a bit too impulsive – Watching.
#9: Ouran High School Host Club – Some great school-comedy, a Haruhi that’s easily able to own her counterpart – Watching.
#8: Jyu Oh Sei – A horribly underrated anime, I have no idea why, as it’s great – Watching.
#7: The Third – A show with lots of potential to become great later on – Blogging
#6: Makai Senki Disgaea – Great characters, great humor, great graphics, though the story’s oblivious – Blogging.
#5: xxxHolic – I just love the creepy stories included, but this show really shines in the dialogue-department – Blogging.
#4: Tsubasa Chronicle 2nd Season – Just as good as the previous season – Blogging.
#3: Higurashi ni Naku Koro ni – Freaky, just freaky, but freakingly amazing as well – Blogging.
#2: .Hack//Roots – I was very interesting with the first two episodes, but episode three got me hooked, a must for any .Hack fanboy and fangirl – Blogging.
#1: Good Witch of the West – Astraea Testament – Just as great as I hoped, the best series to air for now, unfortunately it’s unpopular with the speed-subbers.

Top 10 Current Series
These are my favourite series which started airing before the spring season began at the current moment. Both blogging and non-blogging.

#10: Pani Poni Dash
What the heck happened with the fansubbing of this series? It’s been stuck at episode 23 for ages… anyway, I still love it. The continuous parodies and brilliant characters. Too bad of the inconsistent releases.

#9: Ginga Densetsu Weed
This is by far the most underrated series of the Autumn 2005-season. It deserves more credit than this. Every review I managed to find (and believe me, these were hard to find) only was about the first episode, and almost all of them wrote the series down because of the use of dogs as main characters. When you watch the series a bit more, however, you see that it’s actually pretty good. I have to admit that I laughed myself through the first couple of episodes, but then I really saw that this anime had a message: small-scale wars, deaths and how it affects people, or in this case dogs. My only problem is the young male lead, but even he’s better than most other examples.

#8: Blood+
I’m still enjoying this, and around episode 25 it only gets better and better. And we’re only at the first half of the show! I’m expecting a lot from the second half, as it seems to be building up perfectly.

#7: Eureka 7
I originally wrote this series down because of the young male lead, though when I watched further, I have to say that this is an anazing anime. It’s currently in a season-long intermezzo, as it seems. I hugely enjoyed the second 13 episodes, though the third 13 episodes are a bit of a step downwards. But then again, we still have a part of 13 episodes left.

#6: The Law of Ueki
Ueki clearly was at its best around episode 40. Right now, it’s trying to make a decent ending. So far, it succeeds. I’m still enjoying it, though the elements that made Ueki shine are gone now.

#5: Ergo Proxy
Turning more awesome by the minute, Ergo Proxy keeps to amaze me. This really show potential for a great series.

#4: Ayakashi ~ Japanese Classic Horror
While Ten Shu Mono Gatari didn’t have the chaos of Yotsuya Kaidan, Bake Neko seems to be able to become something great. Still, I’m enjoying every minute of this.

#3: Popolocrois Story 1998
I’m currently taking a small break from PopoloCrois in order to be able to process the ridiculous amounts of new series coming in, but the episodes that I’ve seen this month are just awesome. Storytelling and characters at its best. A serious recommendation to any fantasy fan, and the living proof that you shouldn’t write down anime because they’re based on RPG’s.

#2: Noein
We’re drawing near the end of one of the best series of last year. Ranging from the story to the characters and the graphics, I really love this anime, and it seems like we’re in for a big finale.

#1: Jigoku Shoujo
I am SO enjoying this series. The concept is simple, though just like with Mushishi, the creators manage to make every single episode worthwile and great to watch. Not to mention that it has a main character which is absolutely great. It’s almost a shame that there are only three episodes left.

Top 5 Episodes
These are the six episode that truly managed to amaze me, in one way or another.

#5: .Hack//Roots – 03
The way Haseo came to his decision was just great, not to mention the incredible music.

#4: Jigoku Shoujo – 16
By far the best case of Jigoku Shoujo. It was so demented that I just loved it.

#3: Popolocrois Story 1998 – 08
We get to see the best bad guys ever in action, and get stopped in one of the best ways ever. Not to mention every other character was at its best.

#2: Tales of Phantasia – 04
One of the best final episodes ever. It did just what it was supposed to do, and didn’t add any other unneccesary other elements that might’ve ruined it. This, in combination with the awesome graphics and execution, made it awesome.

#1: Revolutionary Girl Utena – 36
Even though I managed to finish this series, I still love this episode. With ease one of the best episodes ever.

Top 10 Upcoming Anime
I’ve browsed AniDB for a bit, and managed to find some very interesting-looking series which have yet to air. Here are my favourites:

#10: Zero no Tsukaima
A boy wakes up, and gets turned into a servant by a beautiful girl. It might be just another harem-series, but I’ve got hopes for it. Who knows, it might turn out very interesting.

#9: Straight Jacket
The only information I have about this series is the picture viewable in the page. Apart from that, I have no idea what it’s about. till, I like the art. And it’ll revolve around a grown-up guy, instead of a 12-year old. That’s a good sign, isn’t it?

#8: Coyote Ragtime Show
I’m not too big of a fan of the maid-in-uniform, but the premisse of seven days until the planet you live on gets destroyed has some major potential. Who knows? Who knows.

#7: Shounen Onmyouji
Again, I have no other information other than the artwork. Though, I’m somehow reminded of Tsubasa Chronicle.

#6: Le Chevalier D`Eon
This looks like it’s going to be a big series. I won’t say anything yet, the premisse neither appeals or appals to me, I think I’ll wait till I know a bit more before I pull my final verdict.

#5: Seirei no Moribito
Another fantasy story, I like the premisse, although I’ve yet to be enthusiastic.

#4: Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
An anime about a girl who has the ability to travel through time, and alter it to her own will. It looks like she’s going to be abusing it very heavily, which is always a nice thing for good drama.

#3: Master of Epic
I am so in love with the artwork. I’m just a bit scary about Gonzo producing it. For some reason, I fear lots of fanservice and mechas to be thrown in. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

#2: NHK ni Youkoso!
Just like last month, I’m really looking forward to watching this series. Can a premisse get any better?

#1: Otogi-Jushi Akazukin
This still remains my favourite of those to yet to come. I’ve really enjoyed the first episode of the OVA, and ever since, I’ve been hungry for more.

So, that’s it for now. Now that I look back, I could have linked the titles to certain posts. Though, I guess I’m too lazy for that. ^_^;;

6 Responses

  1. tj han says:

    You are dropping some very good stuff. You have the weirdest taste out of all the bloggers I know!!! Disgaea over School Rumble and Haruhi is special.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Thanks, and yes, I have weird taste, and I’m proud of it! Muaha!

    The fact remains that I enjoyed Disgaea. I could try to blend in with the crowd, and adopt the popular opinion that it sucks, but that would seem kindof stupid. In School Rumble’s case, I just have to finish the first season. I might do that once I have a bit of extra time, but the first thirteen episodes didn’t really impress me enough to actively follow it.

    Haruhi is a good show, but it’s nothing special in my opinion. The first episode was great, but afterwards, but after each episode, it impresses me less and less. It is indeed a good show, but there are so many better things out there, and especially with a horribly busy season like this, I have to make some sacrifices. In this case, Haruhi became the victim. ^^;

  3. Anga says:

    Your taste is certainly weird, but i guess i am not one to talk. =)

    Original Ginga Nagareboshi Gin was good, but i didn’t like sequel that much. Only watched first episode.

  4. Seth says:

    Yeah, Utena 36 is one of the best in that show.

    Heh, I don’t think a whole lot of the Disgaea anime, but if you like it, ya know, ymmv. I would say though, if you like the anime, to play the game at some point. It’s infinity funnier, and a fun game (unless you loathe srpgs I guess).

  5. Hopeless says:

    Wow, I think our tastes diverge wildly! One thing I love about this blog is that half the shows being blogged are ones that hardly anyone else watches or blogs, which always makes it more interesting.

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Hehe, thanks. ^_^

    Seth: I’m certainly going to try out the game once. I’m a large fan of RPG’s, so I can’t wait to check it out.

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SuperMario
Don't know about this new Re:Creators episode since I haven't watched it, but I don't really mind Meteora. Her dialogues scream "exposition" but she still fits well to the story. The fights are good, I agree, but why didn't they go all the way with the world's collapse last episode?
Anonymous1202407
Whether Nisekoi is pandering or not, it is not enough proof for you to suggest that manga industry is shit. If u want good mainstream then its not that hard to find. Also for every success like Nisekoi which u claim to be pandering, there are dozen like it that failed to be popular. Why? Because it clearly is popular for a reason other than just simple pandering.
SuperMario
Ha, Ping Pong. I need that kind of show again in my life.
Lenlo
Also, Ping Pong is amazing.
Lenlo
Theres a difference between pandering to a large audience, and an anime/manga with a quality story that everyone ends up liking. Ive always found moe shows and things like Nisekoi to be the former.
Anonymous1202407
If you have a problem with it after trying it just dont read it. Its that simple. Also what a surprise that a show like nisekoi that appeals to a large demographic is popular. U want the mangaka to apologize it's not some art house story like Ping Pong?
Lenlo
Meteora is pretty hit or miss with her dialogue imo. Sometimes its great, othertimes its not. I can say though I enjoy most of the fights.
Anonymous1202113
I really want to like Re:Creators. To be honest though, I'm getting tired of the dialogue. It has its high points, but it sometimes just seems to drone on and on, especially with all of Meteora's "hypotheses."
KT
Both Bahamut and RE:Creators had great episodes. But I was indeed mentally screaming Super Smash Bros at RE:Creators. You will get the point when you watch the episode.
AidanAK47
Taken on it's own, Nisekoi is harmless. But it is undeniably proof that you need not be creative or innovative to succeed in the industry. In fact declaring creative bankruptcy could turn more fruitful than genuine effort.
AidanAK47
And I said how can you decide you don't like something if you haven't read it?
Of course you are likely mean that if you don't like something then give up on reading it further which of course does not mean that someone cannot complain about it regardless.
Anonymous1198985
No, Im said if you dont like nisekoi dont read it
AidanAK47
@Anon, How do you know you don't like it if you don't read it?
Anonymous1196967
Don't like it don't read it.
AidanAK47
I went and read Double Arts. This really was a great manga with tons of potentail and truly didn't deserve the axe. It's so depressing that this was cut off so soon and the author went on to make the most generic Harem ever Nisekoi, and that got over 200 chapters.
Lenlo
All of the important dance scenes for Yuri were fantastic, its just some minor one off characters and some reused ones that were an issue, so no they are better than the CGI
Anonymous1190387
Is it worse than those CGI dance scenes in some anime?
AidanAK47
@Puran, It is pretty surprising how well that story turns out. I say IG might do the job even if there animation isn't the most consistent. The one thing I am worried about is those necks though. In the PV those things were ridiculously long.
Puran
Fair enough, recycling the animation was bad, agreed. But the animation itself was really good.
Lenlo
See, I found the repeated dances in Yuri one of the worse parts. Alot of it was recycled animation and certain characters were obviously rushed/not done. Some were amazing, cause they took their time, but others looked terrible.
Puran
I kinda wish Mappa was doing the anime though. Yuri on Ice had really nicely animated dances (and was more or less the only actually good quality of that show :P )
Puran
Reading the Ballroom e Youkoso manga has made me really excited about the Anime.
Kaiser_Eoghan
@Aidan: I'm particularly turned off by bully/bullying cliches these days. I've only read the first two volumes to see how awful she was but I ended up simply losing track of the series and stopped reading.
Kaiser_Eoghan
@Mario: Actually that has changed, I had to pick a different day to see it given changes in schedule, I've booked it for NEXT Wednesday now. I've watched Akira about four times.
AidanAK47
Oh, Rising of the Shield Hero is getting an anime adaption. Hmmm...honestly after finishing the series and looking over it as a whole I am not sure I even want that. Plus seeing Bitch Animated...would fill me with rage.
SuperMario
I intend to re-watch Akira soon, probably this weekend. It has been almost 10 years since my first watch and now I don't remember much about that one. Thought it was intriguing and complex but not as acclaimed as people hyped it to be (I'll pick Ghost in the Shell anytime). Wonder how I'd feel now after re-watching it.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I remember you mentioned that you were going to watch In this Corner of the World today right? How was the movie Kaiser?
Lenlo
Oh cool, food wars is getting a 3rd season
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ballroom youkoso appears to be leading the polls.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Fumiko is a female mangaka yes. Also I found bokura no hentai worth reading.
SuperMario
yep, I finished that manga too and I have conflicted feeling about it. Yuri(!) part and fanservice are to blatant but they have a purpose. This mangaka (not sure but I think she's a girl) has some unique voice.
AidanAK47
....well I skimmed that manga. And it was weird
SuperMario
By all appearances,Sakura is normal,albeit sheltered junior high school girl who enjoy talking about love and walking home from school together.However,they also happen to inhabit a strange and supernatural world populated by mysterious,gigantic beings and unusual plant and animal life.Amid their peaceful lives,Sakura becomes very interested in something only alluded to exist in old books: dicks
SuperMario
Here's a synopsis of other manga from the same author, I think you'll have a better idea of his theme -
Sakura no Sono
AidanAK47
Pretty much what Masky said. I am not really praising it. Anyway I plan to read one or two more chapters to see where it's going. But if it's going in the direction I think it's going then I am dropping this one fast.
Kaiser_Eoghan
There is of course the underlying concern that it will go a very ugly route with that development or it could become edgy/horribly minipulative, but for now it is as mario said, a hook.
SuperMario
Well. overall I don't dislike what I read there. It has good hook and I'm intrigued to know more what the hell will happen. Good set-up for me. I'm in
SuperMario
@Masky: it's fine Masky, since I will chec itk out any way and see it for myself ^^
Masky
So since you guys started being interested, I checked it out and uh.. Yeah, not reading. I think ye guys misunderstood Aidans warnings since that was just fucked up and not in the interesting way.
Lenlo
@Aidan: Berserk will never again go more than 3-4 months without a hiatus.
SuperMario
Hmmm, that manga Cutie Mutie sounds good to me. I might check it out later today
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: But had you not alluded to that scene, I may have seen the cover of that manga and skipped over it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I had a feeling, sort of, sad, I am intrigued to read more.
AidanAK47
Hyping and warning are not the same thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Well with Aidan hyping up the horrors of cutie mutie I may as well glance at it to see what he' on about.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There are three manga with the name rec.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I am familiar with the artist for cutie mutie, she did that manga about the three kids dealing with gender/orientation issues.
AidanAK47
Oh look Berserk is on Haitus again....
.....the sad thing is that it comes as expected now.
AidanAK47
For reference the two I read were Cutie Mutie and Rec. Be warned, the first one goes to a rather uncomfortable level.
AidanAK47
@Masky, Read two manga. One started lighthearted and then went to really dark territory. The other one looks like it's about a really dark subject but turned out to be something more lighthearted.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Alright. Tested it now so it such be fixed. Try again.
Masky
@Aidan: Huh? What you read that turned dark/didn't turn dark? .-.
SuperMario
"too many answers selected for question 1! only 3 answers allowed!"
SuperMario
@Aidan: I still have the same issues. Weird
AidanAK47
@Mario, Wasn't my intent. Try it now and you should be able to pick as many as you want.
SuperMario
@Aidan: I'm not allowed to vote more than 3 votes. Is it your intention Aidan?
AidanAK47
Well that was weird. I read something that looked innocent but turned out to be really dark. Then something that looked really dark only to become innocent.
Masky
Yeah, nothing that interests me I see :D Like my strongest reaction to season preview was "Someone made isekai with smartphone? Really? REALLY? Thats best idea you had"
Masky
Ah Knighs and Magic, found that manga. It was boring enough for me to forget its name. Also besides being boring, I kinda find MC unlikeable since their only personality is that they like mechas and were a programmer before renicarnating as short bishie kid
Masky
Woo, time to vote stuff
SuperMario
@Kaiser: that movie In this Corner just getting more and more acclaimed huh? Thou I think it'a a type of movie that if you have high expectation for it you will likely be disappointed. It works best as a sleeper hit
SuperMario
As for cute monster girls, most of the time I don't find them cute at all. I know I'm being racist, but...
SuperMario
@Lenlo: I'm guilty with that cute girls genre, as i enjoyed K-On tremedously for example. Or If I have more time I'd follow Hinako Note this season ^^
Kaiser-Eoghan
They don't always adapt all that well or work as well outside of manga format, especially 4-komas.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*three
Kaiser-Eoghan
The only two of any interest were hidamari sketch, azumanga daioh and yuru yuri and that was largely down to being in the mood for them a few years ago.
Lenlo
@Mario: Personally, I have 0 interest in this Monster girls doing cute things subgenre, just like I have very little interest in the cute girls doing cute things major genre.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: As it turns out I DID read in this corner of the world. I'll also be seeing it next thursday.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: at this moment I'm very skeptical with the whole Monster girls doing cute girl subgenre, so I'm approachig Centaur with a caution. Of course, it all depends on how I feel after the first episode
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Happy End isn't as bleak aa his other works. But it's certainly Hanake's films, as it explores many of his favorite themes: the voyeurist of camera in his Benny's video, the detachment to the world and the underlying violence. Not his best thou but it's still very good
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think I'd be up for watching jigoku shojo, its been a long time since I watched the original two seasons and this one won't be as long, so it won't get as repetitive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I voted centaur no nanami on the poll, think Mario could cover it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: How did did you get on with Happy end? I heard its like a mix of his best works. Is it as dark and depressing?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have vague memories of in the corner of the worlds manga, unless I'm mixing it up with something else.
SuperMario
Some news, Lu Over the Wall won the best prize at this year's Annecy (the 1st anime won the award since 1995's Pom Poko), with In the Corner of the World took the Jury Prize. Quite a good showing for anime this year.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Hello.
SuperMario
Really, still no vote for Kakegurui?? I thought it would take the top poll for sure
SuperMario
That 18if, even the poster doesn't make much sense, but it looks dazzling ^^
Lenlo
go-go licensed products!
SuperMario
@Lenlo: and Madhouse is the studio behind that Marvel rip-off. Are they really going that low for profits?
Lenlo
Lookin forward to Kakeguri next season, but thats the only thing thats really caught my eye
Lenlo
Well, you have to watch Marvel next season right?
AidanAK47
And done. I swear these previews take a lot out of me.
AidanAK47
Almost done....almost done...
KT
Attack of Titan, ended ok. But man the production values had gone down.

Virgin Soul had a okish episde

Re:Creators continues to rock for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I liked the 70s version ending, it was mean spirited =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The original used its one room location quite well and dim lighting in parts, very closed in/claustrophobic.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: just finished the Beguiled and it was much better than I expected. Like, I didn't expect it to be that well shot. The guy was put in a passive role than active here, which help the theme imo. Also, the ending admitedly isn't for everyone but I liked it just fine
SuperMario
@Kaiser: using a black girl? The girls in this one are all white :(
AidanAK47
Sato in Re:Creators isn't doing himself any favors is he? Honestly the more I learn about him, the less likable he becomes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It was a good film though, one of scarjos better moments.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: As for Sofia, I'm only familiar with lost in translation, which I haven't seen since it originally came out.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Everyone goes on about Francis' for the Godfather, the conversation is massively underated and apocalypse now is better, but it has to be the theatrical cut.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I guess it was probably seen as progressive in its day by way of using the black girl.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Very very cynically 70s of course.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Actually just happened to finish it there, I felt it stood out for its somewhat successful gothic feel and aesthetic and Eastwood's performance which shows how well he can command the audiences attention even when he isn't shooting people. Kind of liked how it got slightly grisly later on. It makes a small effort in giving one line backstories .
SuperMario
@Kaiser: the original movie isn't that well-received. It's more like an exotica film where the main guy (Clint Eastwood) hooks up girls of all ages. This one I heard has a good spin on feminist angle. I'm sure is intrigued but Sofia Coppola's filmography has been mixed for me
Kaiser-Eoghan
....I doubt any one has ever heard of this....I know I didn't, I haven't read it either but I came across some weird old Blacksploitation manga, probably from the 90s, Blast knuckle or something...
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Still remaking the beguiled might be good, we need more modern westerns.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I suppose I can busy myself with the original 70s version of beguiled. At the moment I've been focusing on old Japanese films, they had such a good film industry, it makes it hurt so much more now knowing that all they do now is shit live action adaptations.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: gonna be a long day for me with the screenings of The Beguiled, Wind River, The Other Side of Hope and Happy End
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now I need to re-watch 08th ms team.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I watched 4 hours straight of Gundam the origin, hit me with a hard punch of nostalgia, actually seeing his backstory rather than hearing about it is a good thing, I enjoyed the action scenes, it was high-melodrama but well used and more Char is always a good thing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think I'll just put Kado on hold for now and see whats being said about future episodes of it, I'm too unsure of it being worth it or not at the moment.
Vonter
I want to comment on a humble indie game called Sakuna of Rice and Ruin. Is a simple hack and slash similar to Muramasa and Dust: Elysian Trail. The game has a scarf mechanic that is very fun to use to evade attacks and throwing stuff. It kind of reminded me of those Mickey games from the Snes and the visuals reminded me of Pocky and Rocky. Its a game to play on a sunday, simple, fun and relaxing.
Vonter
From the stuff I played Dragon Ball FigtherZ seems legit at capturing the speed of the battle and feel of the action.
Vonter
Back from E3. Nintendo is still my main jam. The Rabbids game seems better than I think anyone could imagine. Odyssey seems like a good time. Xenoblade and Metroid 2 remake look like hype.
KT
On Gundam OG, the new Origin Manga, and the movies based on it are very good. Recommended.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember reading the first chapter of that manga, but it was a long time ago and the updates were slow.
AidanAK47
A manga about Ballroom dancing? Yeah there's no way I am into this.
(Starts reading)
(Reads ten chapters)
Crap...I am into this.
Anonymous1166615
Feel I need to re-visit gundam again through 08th MS team, unicorn and Origin as I'd enjoyed the 70s series, its sequel and chars counterattack. Seed turned me off the franchise for ridiculously long and 00s movie and second season wern't as good as the first .
Anonymous1166615
Looks like I have another Yuasa work to look forward to, he's doing his own take off on Nagai's devilman , hopefully he can reign in Valvraves writer though.
Masky
*first manga in couple last weeks I've seen
Masky
Da fuq. Found manga called Kemono Jihen, but it somehow already has tv tropes page(I tend to check randomly whether works have tv tropes page to see how notable they are) O_o I mean this is first manga with 1-3 chapters that has that, so I guess author is really popular or something in some circles?
Lenlo
Huh. Guess they figured out rewriting a story for Re:Creators.
Masky
Ya know, even if i hadn't heard that Suka Suka is based on one of more tragic light novels, the death flags, all of the death flags :D
HelghastKillzone
I'm a patron of someone who is writing mass effect fanfiction at 2 million+ words. It combines games, writing and fan creativity. So there is that....
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, while I listened to some Lovecraft audiobooked, I felt as if I was copping out by listening instead of reading.
Kaiser-Eoghan
A horror manga often works well episodically in a short story format.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Had a flick through Shibito, of what I read I liked how ridiculously camp and gleefully, proudfully nutso it was combined with the silliness of the violence. While not my favourite chapter, the one about the actress stood out for me because she was clearly a reference to Setsuko Hara, one of Japans most famous actresses lol
AidanAK47
I try out a number of things from time to time. Books, movies, music, comics and the like. But I always come back to anime.
AidanAK47
I have dabbled in quite a few mediums myself. My recent experiment is audiobooks which I am currently using to get through Moby Dick. And Jesus H Christ is this book padded to hell and back. It may be well written but it is an awful story.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But what this film venture has shown me is that while I've gotten much out of it, it shows just how STRONGER the connection I have to anime/manga is.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: And definately, I don't get the "people focus on only one media thing". One of the reasons I started branching out was because I felt "Fuck, I'm in my 30s and I've neglected a whole medium by being too focused on cartoons"
Kaiser-Eoghan
The sign you're at something too long is when the suspense of waiting for the next part to come out isn't there or when you find yourself not picking up on whats going on!
Kaiser-Eoghan
Manga/visual novels/anime I've noticed especially now are much much easier to stay awake during when you're wrecked tired.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: And to be honest, I've gotten busier and more tired lately, getting home on a weekday later after a new job, I'm not alert enough to watch art films, just started leaving them till the weekend.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I know exactly what you mean. That is one of the reason why I like to mix up what I watch: sometimes books, other time manga and even music to get me away from burning out from 1 medium
Kaiser-Eoghan
*eventually get back
Kaiser-Eoghan
The short of that is, I think a good scale back with ANY hobby is a good thing because it can feel special all over again when you get back on it more mainly.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But now that after three years of mainly focusing on films moreso than anime/manga as much, because I'm now incredibly burnt out from watching films 4 times a day, I feel now I can watch ANY anime or read any manga and get that fresh feeling/some of that old passion back.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Remember that feeling you got when you first really got into anime/manga and pretty much excitedly/panic watched EVERYTHING and almost everything felt great? I've been thinking how a few years back now, I sort of re-lived that feeling again...however for films.
AidanAK47
(Finished watching SukaSuka 10)
Awwww...that was a sweet episode end....
.....
.....They are all gonna die.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Kids off school pressumably in Japan with more time to watch stuff and more shows.
AidanAK47
God why is there so many anime during the summer season.
AidanAK47
Of course there are the really obvious recommendations of Grand Blue and Kaguya wants to be confessed to.
AidanAK47
I say the only other recommendations I got are Jagaaaaaan, Maou no Hisho, Ore wo Suki Nano wa Omae Dake ka yo and Yuuutsu-kun to Succubus-san. Though I still think Shibito no Koe o Kiku ga Yoi would be up your alley.
Kaiser-Eoghan
By all means keep posting random manga you've all come across, I will read them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I thought route end did a good job on the protagonist's feelings regarding his mothers death.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though my interest in Route is largely due to it was the most lurid of the selection.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I felt route end holds the most interest of that selection of recommendations, although before reading it I thought it would be an episodic manga, similar to a series called death sweeper.
Lenlo
@K-Off, well I think both the manga got handed down to the assistant, and the anime got handed down as well. The original author/director for both arnt working on Boruto
K-Off
@Lenlo Probably, haven't checked. But the manga and anime are completely different so I don't know.
AidanAK47
The Streisand effect in full force.
SuperMario
*Now the media...
SuperMario
No the media storms over it and eventually want to check out this film. It has gain more publicity after this shameless incident
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