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

Well, here is my summary of the month June. Every time I do a post like these, it gets a bit more structure. At least, I hope. I’ve tried out a couple of new ideas, and kept a number of the old ideas. But damn… ranking series can get hard at times. Especialy when there are so many awesome ones.


+ Top 9 of series which got one or less episode subbed +
I’ve decided to split up the rankings again. This time, in series which were actively subbed/released and the series who only got one or less episodes released/subbed. Otherwise, the rankings would be just too hard. I’d base some things on just one episode, which is just too little.

9: Yoshinaga-san chi no Gargoyle
See Blood+

8: Blood+
I wish I could say something about this series. I wish I could rave about this series. Weren’t for the fact that there hasn’t been one release out for an entire friggin’ month! Did something happen at the fansubbers’ end?

7: Gun Doh Musashi

Extremely corny and cheesy samurai-show. I’m giving it a few more episodes before I decide whether to drop it or not. Still, I’m not crazy enough to touch the rubbish that the fansub group named “Best” produced, so I’m waiting for another fansub group to pick this show up.

6: Hime-Sama Goyoujin

Surprisingly funny for such a low-budget show. If the amount of comedy keeps up, I’ll keep following this. Still, you don’t want to watch this if you want to see some characters with an IQ of above 60.

5: Pani Poni Dash

Hilarious once more, though not as good as the previous episodes. I wonder what the creators had in mind for the final episode.

4: Gintama

I decided to drop this show, though somehow, I felt the urge to watch this again. The characters are turning less annoying by the minute. This surely is one of the underdogs of the season.

3: Noein

While not as strong as episode 22, episode 23 still was just totally amazing once more. I really can’t wait to see the ending. I wonder which one manages to finish first: Noein or Pani Poni Dash. They both need one more episode to be subbed.

2: Ginga Densetsu Weed

This show must have been doing something incredibly good, in order to be able to beat an episode like Noein 23. And it did. There was only one episode released this month, but during its climax, I was really clinging to the screen in order to not miss even a millisecond. This episode just SO totally captured me, it was almost freaky.

1: Mushishi

Episode 21 showed along with the total amazingness, the fact that the OVA’s are even better than most of the episodes of the series. Pure brilliance.

+ Top 21 of series which got two or more episodes subbed/released +
21: Bleach

I never, ever had such incredible hate/love relationships with an anime as with Bleach. Episode 86 was just amazing. But nothing will make up for the piece of garbage that the creators dared to show on episode 84 and 85.

20: Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran’s getting weak, unfortunately. The latest episodes just had a few funny moments, but Honey SO ruins this show.

19: Naruto

The latest arc had a great buildup, but it ended horribly, unfortunately. The best filler remains, of course, the end of the curry-of-life arc.

18: Witchblade

The little girl is too cute. She so manages to save this anime from being turned into garbage.

17: Kamisama Kazoku

Tenko was awesome. Though, she was the only thing that makes this anime worthwile.

16: Soul Link

A decent ending for a pretty decent story with pretty decent characters with horrible art, music and voice-acting.

15: Utawarerumono

Finally this show is getting a bit worthwile again. Still, only at episode eleven the garbage ended. I’ve also heard from certain sources that the show will experience a huge plot twist at around episode seventeen, so I’m curious enough to continue watching.

14: Jyuu Oh Sei

The ending was solid. It managed to recover pretty well, after a bad middle-part.

13: Tsubasa Chronicle

The series remains a bloody mess. Still, it’s a very enjoyable bloody mess.

12: Eureka 7

It seems like the season-long intermezzo has ended, and the anime’s now building up for a grande finale. It promises to be something very worthwile.

11: Good Witch of the West – Astraea Testament

Despite the huge flaw of Good Witch, the heavy drama still works perfectly.

10: Saiunkoku Monogatari

Ryuuki is just too funny in some of his antics. ^^;

9: .Hack//Roots

Around episode ten, this show fell heavily. Still, it managed to pick up, and it’s on a good way to turn out to be even better than before.

8: xxxHolic

The stories continue to be great. Not to mention the antics of Yuuko, Watanuki and Domeki.

7: Simoun

The atmosphere is just great, and not to mention that the setting’s incredibly original. I like the main character, Aaeru.

6: The Third

The third remains the show with the best character development ever. The episodes which came out this month showed a number of amazing scenes. Though not amazing enough in order to beat the five below.

5: Black Lagoon

That maid was just awesome. Black Lagoon proved itself to be able to go along with the big guys. Too bad it’s such a short anime.

4: PopoloCrois Story 1998

The plot progression isn’t as rapid as it was before, but still, Ston, Sanda and Gamigami remain awesome. Pietoro, Narcia and Hyuu remain too cute. I’m really keen on finding out about the later half of the anime.

3: Makai Senki Disgaea

Episode 7, 8 and 12 were okay, though 9, 10 and 11 were just totally incredible. It’s too bad the series ended.

2: Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni

After the weaker second arc, the third arc returns just totally amazing. I’ve yet to see any flaws in this, except for the low-budget artwork. Still, the way Keiichi has acted was just totally amazing. Not to mention the great mystery it features.

1: Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy just keeps getting better and better. The atmosphere it manages to set is just totally amazing. Each episode just strengthens this effect.

+ Interesting Anime for the Future +
Well, my preferences for the next season are clear, so I thought to give a small list of interesting looking anime which will air after the summer-season. It’s a new part of the end-of-the-month-summaries I’m trying out, in which I try to find some future anime which have yet to air and are worth mentioning, or about which I’ve got something “interesting” to say. I’m also trying to not list the anime who’ve already been listed before in articles like this one (only one of them has, but let’s ignore that little detail). After listing them, I’ll be trying to give them a ranking based on how much I’m looking forward to these series. Thanks to AniDB for the info, by the way.

10: Strike Witches

“The world had received the attack from the existence of the mystery that appeared suddenly. Only girls who have magic can fight against them. They install arms in an own body, and fight in the sky, the land, and the sea. Fights of girls who defend the world start now.” Another series a lot of people are incredibly looking forward to. Another series I don’t like. The skimpy outfits didn’t really help. The concept reminds me a bit of Gunslinger Girl, though this time with more action and fanservice. Too bad that the parts which made Gunslinger Girls good were neither of these.

9: Pumpkin Scissors

Yeah, I know. The title sounds totally ridiculous. When I looked at the show´s logo and found out that Gonzo was producing this series, I kept gazing at the screen for a couple of minutes, wondering whether I was having some strange joke. Still, when I looked at the character designs, I had to admit that I saw things I liked.

8: Hataraki Man

“This is one-shot stories of working people drawn from the viewpoint of Matsukata Hiroko, who is a 28-year-old single woman and is an editor of Weekly Magazine, JIDAI.” I have no idea what this’ll be. You’d think that this would be a slice-of-life series, though somehow the show is labeled as seinen. This series can turn out to be good, though I’m worried about the amounts of fanservice it’ll contain.

7: Hayate Cross Blade

“The main lead of the story is a girl, Hayate, who is going to a special swordsmanship school that her twin sister, Nagi, was supposed to go to. However, because her sister is in the hospital, she`s taking her place. She arrives and discovers that the students at the school occasionally have challenges when a certain bell rings. They`re supposed to “take” the stars that are on each other`s uniforms, and they get monetary rewards for doing so. As a rule though, they have to fight in pairs. At first, Hayate`s not interested but she finds out that her friend`s apartment got vandalized and needs money, so she decides to participate. Hayate, who eventually gets discovered as a fraud but is allowed to remain, joins forces with a reluctant Ayana and their lives as students there start.” Err… Utena, anyone? The thing I like about this is the fact that duels always happen in pairs of two. I’m hoping for some strategic battles this way. Also, the anime is listed as shoujo ai, which could also become a plus.

6: Red Garden

“New York…girls who approach together being introduced by cruel fates…conflicts, and feuding over their sense of values… Kate, Rose, and Rachel go to a same school. Since the morning, they’ve been feeling something strange. They are informed of a sudden death of a classmate, Leeds. In the evening, being in grief, the girls gather in an empty warehouse street as if they were led by something. Usually, they are not in company, but coincidentally, they had the same strange feelings, and they lost their memories of the last night. When they hear someone’s footsteps and turn, there is a strange couple. The woman notifies them a surprising truth sounds like a lie; ‘You are dead'” This description gives a nice introduction, but I still have no idea what this series will be about. Let alone that the sentences in the description don’t make any sense. So, the main characters are dead, so what will they be doing afterwards? Still, this does sound very promising.

5: Asatte no Houkou

“Karada is an elementary school girl. She lost her parents in the accident, and she has been living with his big brother. Because she doesn`t want be a burden on her brother, she hopes to grow soon. On the other hand, there is a woman named Shoko. She used to be called “genius”, and she always misses those days. Those two happen to obtain mysterious stones to grant their wishes. They change their “time”. Karada turns to be an adult, while Shoko becomes a child. However…” This actually seems pretty interesting. An elementary student and a grown up woman get to play the main characters. This will be providing a nice twist. I’m also happy about the “However…”-part of the description.

4: Sumomomo Momomo

“Koushi Inuzuka is a smart high school student who aims to become a public prosecutor. Unfortunately for our good guy, he was born into a martial arts family whose head (ie his father) only knows one language: violence. When Koushi was still a baby, his father made a pact with his biggest rival to marry Koushi to his opponent-turned-friend`s daughter. The union of the two blood lines is supposed to bring forth Earth`s strongest martial arts clan. Skip forward: Koushi is in high school, oblivious to the marriage arranged for him at his birth. Enter Momoko Kuzuryuu: sugar bomb, airhead, loli martial arts artist and Koushi`s self-proclaimed bride (the strongest on Earth, no less). Her wish for sexual intercourse meets with Koushi`s square refusal as he has absolutely no desire to get it on with someone who looks like she could be his little sister, not to mention that he doesn`t have the foggiest idea who she actually is. Meanwhile, a war has broken out between the martial arts families. For Koushi, this means that numerous fighters are out to challenge him. As if that weren`t bad enough, our protagonist also has a fight phobia due to a traumatic incident that took place in his childhood. Now it`s up to Momoko and her superhuman fighting skills to protect her “husband.” Will the two sweethearts survive the trials and tribulations ahead of them? More importantly, will Momoko get her way receiving a baby from Koushi?” I have to say, I’m impressed. The concepts sounds like it’ll be the best of its kind (as in, high-school boy gets bothered by girl who’s fallen in love with him), it kindof reminds me of Ramna 1/2, which was brilliant, in my opinion. I’ll probably love the parts in which this “Momoko” keeps chasing Koushi and Koushi keeps getting bothered by people who want to challenge him. ^^ Still, there is that matter of the two of them being destined to end up together. I hope the serious scenes stay away from an anime like this, as they can ruin everything… *coughMagikanocough*

3: Gothicmade

“It is a colonized planet, Planet Carman called “Madder Earth”. It is a small planet where people are forced do hard works to send resources to the Planet Alliance. The consolidations of those who work hard are women called “Utame”. They have abilities to hand down their memories for generations. Their accumulated memories bind people divided into nations and tribes, and their words lead them to good direction.
A 16-year-old girl, Perin, was chosen a new Utame, and when she is going to the Capital, Hari, Trihalon who is the third prince of a military nation, Donau, is sent to guard Perin because the terrorism is plotted. He is supposed to accompany her all the way to the capital. However, their thoughts and characters are completely different. What will this journey to the capital bring them?”
This seems like an interesting concept. The two of them will definately fall in love, but I like this setting. I’m also a big fan of the character design. The long limbs look good on the characters.

2: Seirei no Moribito

I’ve talked about this one before, and it really seems like a solid fantasy title. “Chagumu, the second prince of New Yogo Kingdom, is the person who is chosen once in 100 years to be deposited an egg by a water fairly, and he must become the guardian of fairies. Thinking of him as a nuisance, the king tries to kill him, while the queen asks a female guard, Valsa, to protect him. However, the beings live in another world, Nayugu, aim at him to eat an egg laid in Chagumu’s body.” If you ignore the fact that the description doesn’t make any sense at all, the thing it’s trying to tell seems impressive.

1: Tales of Symphonia

I’ll be looking out for this. Why? Because this is the first anime at which I managed to see the original product before I get to see the anime based on it. This gives a good chance for some great comparisons to the game. I’m also SO looking forward to seeing Presea animated. She was my favourite character in the game.

+ Top 5 Episodes +
As usual, I close my summary with a small list of the best episodes which aired this month. Here they are:

Honorable Mention: Popolocrois Story 1998 – 14
One of the best standalone comedic moments ever. I laughed so hard at this moment. This series really deserves credit in this. ^_^

5: The Third – 05
Millie… so sad. Honoka was just great once more. Awesome episode.

4: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – 11
I don’t know how others are in this, but in my opinion, this episode was so greatly executed that I really felt along with Keiichi as he carried out his plan of murdering that guy. The fact that he messed up incredibly only made this better, as I kept fearing that he’d do something which would give him away.

3: Ergo Proxy – 13
Iggy was just brilliant in this episode. Totally brilliant. The way he did the things he did and the impact this had on Real was just incredibly awesome.

2: Makai Senki Disgaea – 11
This was just such an incredible episode. The secret of the prinnies finally gets revealed, and not to mention the part that Laharl’s mother gets to play in this.

1: Mushishi – 21
Mushishi returns with its OVA, and immediately shows us the awesomeness it’s capable of. This episode displayed a truly magnificent story, about a mushi who wants to survive, no matter what.

2 Responses

  1. Hung says:

    The Hayate X Blade anime was really just a commercial. Sorry to burst your bubble. I really want to see it turned into an anime too, though!

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Ack. Too bad. It would’ve made for a great concept. Thanks for notifying. ^^

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silver
I actually have only watched one or two episodes of this season of 3-gatsu, but its rising scores and rave reviews are making me really excited! I've only put it off because it's somewhat emotionally tiring for me
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Well, after the first season of 3-gatsu ended, I did skim ahead to this bullying arc so I already know this is going to be powerful, yet the anime still wow me over and over
Anonymous1637770
Also it can be tricky selecting a season sequel since some old series had like 50 to 100 episodes, what counted as a season then?
Anonymous1637770
@Kaiser-Eoghan - It's more common in videogames (especially Capcom) than in other mediums. Megaman 2, RE 2, Street Fighter 2, Dino Crisis 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, etc.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually in a rarity, a sequel season is better than the first.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Which makes my enjoyment of sangatsu so strange.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I generally do not like game/sports orientated shows.
Kaiser-Eoghan
That you slightlySuper-erMario and superwooper!
Kaiser-Eoghan
And my reaction to the show is such, that I enjoyed it enough to make such a huge pot about it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also I want Akari to be my mom and Hina is adorable without being annoyingly so and Kana Hanazawa is doing a good job voicing her.

And whoever said it is right, the op/ed songs are worth listening to, for once I’m not skipping them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
At this point it feels as if by the end of the series I’ll come off it thinking that I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters.
I don’t think as of just yet it complete lives up to honey and clovers legacy though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I never cared about Harunobu initially, but recent episodes have changed this.
Dull parts of the manga are easier to get through for me in the anime due to Shaft elevating the material with one of the better uses of their visual gimmicks.
Giving the series another chance, even though I won’t fully embrace the humour, it does now and then manage to make me laugh a little.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The bullying arc centering on Hina and the shows treatment of it is better than most anime bullying stories and has provided the most emotionally rewarding aspect of the show.
Characters that are assholes like Kyouko’s boyfriend, Kyouko herself I’m finding somewhat more sympathetic and want to see more to their personal drama.
Kaiser-Eoghan
However I do genuinely think that the series does a good job of allowing dramatic moments to creep up on the viewer, that early scene of Hina crying over her mother, Rei’s family flashbacks, Akari’s concerns about Hina/the stuff with her dad, all the scenes with Kyouko do carry an effective and solid dramatic weight to them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel it starts very strong, making a great first impression, then kind of has these dull moments that make it sort of a slog at times to get through, unfortunately I have no interest in chess/shougi and no knowledge the show tries to give me is going to stick or allow me to embrace that.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Through jumping back and forth between the anime and manga, I can say I have no caught up to where I will now watch March comes like a lion on a weekly basis.
Anonymous1636224
The blood of the innocent will flow without end, mmmmmm this is why I love Inuyashiki
Anonymous1636224
Mmmmmm the suffering of all those innocent people feeding his God boner, this is why I love Inuyashiki
Lenlo
Oh yeah, thats not a knock against it. Just noting they dont *need* much animation
SuperMario
Well, the nature of Mahoutsukai is slow-burned, so it makes sense they focus more on static, quiet moments
Lenlo
Was that blade 2022 thing supposed to be an example? Because I wasnt a fan. It was stylish sure, but difficult to follow.
Lenlo
Maho is a good looking show, I wouldnt call it a great animated show.
Lenlo
The issue for me is, theres just not alot being animated most of the time. Usually its a pretty slow moving anime, so most of its time is talking and still shots. It doesnt need alot of animation, so it doesnt have it.
Lenlo
@Niel, I think Mahoutsukai can have good animation when it wants to. Like the water viel in episode 10 looked good (Though im not sure how much of that was after effects)
Anonymous1635607
uhhh creepy
Anonymous1635589
the blood of the innocent will flow without end, mmmm this is why I love Inuyashiki so much
Amagi
I think the security is the same as here, it's just that Japanese people are less likely to rip stuff (correct me if I am wrong). It seems like ripped anime, manga and so on are basically always uploaded by Americans, Chinese people or someone else.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was surprised heavens feel was camripped I thought security in japanese theatres was stronger.
Amagi
Yeah it's also screening in Germany, I will watch it in February, together with Heaven's Feel, Mutafukaz, Kimikoe and a few others.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*on Europa cinema
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nanoha new film to screen next February in the US, come in Europa license it for over here dammit....
Kaiser-Eoghan
Did have some down moments though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I guess contrasting Luke with his old self goes some way.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Saw the preview screening of the new star wars, still feel the new trilogy stands inbetween the originals and prequels, fufills its duty as a *** star blockbuster , some genuinely hilarious high camp moments, awful tokenism, Snoke is a shit villain, but two scenes with Luke actually have a pathos to them and I liked the chase/action scenes when they happened. Nobody cares about the acting/dialogue
AidanAK47
But there are times when it goes way too far and you can barely make out what is even supposed to be happening. Or characters go so off model that they are unrecognizable. It can be immersion breaking. Much like uncanny CGI.
AidanAK47
@Niel, I do agree that it's annoying to see people complain about animation when they clearly have no idea what they are talking about. Like those inbetween frame screenshot people. But I will say I appreciate on model characters more so than chaotic movement. When the off model stuff suits the tone of the scene like that blade runner part, then it's fine.
niel
I also don't want to see someone imply visual=animation for the hundredth time. Are people really that ignorant of the technical/artistic aspect of the media they consumed?
niel
It just depends on what works best in given scene and the aesthetic they want to go for. People can complain all they want about off-model stuff, but if they really only want that the they won't be getting nearly as much of those impactful scenes as there are now. So many of the ways people complain about it is really irking to me.
niel
normal/low action scenes is different from being on-model during the action sequences and just the ones that need some extra impact in general. https://youtu.be/rrZk9sSgRyQ?t=6m45s
niel
But that depends on the situation though. And I'd argue that being consistent and on-model during
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter/Niello/Mario: Ideally I want it both ways, fluid animation AND consistent model visuals, all the while never sacrificing choreography.
SuperMario
But really, who am I to say. I'm the dude who prefer beautiful shot composition myself
SuperMario
The same can be said with Shinkai's movies since he always prefers static, beautiful shot that people tend to overlook that his animation is quite poorly handled
Vonter
You're right, but art direction does alleviate limited animation, I mean the old Berserk anime, kinda has a lot of slideshow moments. MahoYome has nice backgrounds, and despite the samey faces, at the very least doesn't come from the same mold as other series. Still cutting corners with chibi segments is was a mistake.
SuperWooper
Is it any wonder that people prefer things to be static/on-model? They want to see characters who look consistent and familiar so they can relate to them.
Nie
MahoYome being the biggest offender of people getting triggered to any kind of statement about the show's animation not being good. And it's absurd because the show's animation really isn't great at all. It's good with distracting people with pretty pictures, but animation-wise it's still mediocre.
Nie
@SuperMario: Not much. Just stuff like "Art is part of the animation weather it's beautiful backgrounds or just amazing looking characters. It's not all about how they move. If it was, CG would be considered great animation" multiple times. I've just been finding myself being replied with these kinds of comment non-stop since the start of the season.
SuperMario
@Niello: What happened exactly, if you don't me asking?
Nielllo
If I hear someone says AMB has good animation one more tie I might actually lose it. It's amazing how people who apparently know nothing about it try to defend this and other people who don't know anything are actually supporting the guy.
Niello
So with Fate Apocrypha episode 22 out, I'm just now learning that people think webgen style is horrible and they prefer static scenes with pretty visual over actual quality animation. WTF. I can't comprehend this. Are casual people who watch animation in general really that oblivious to the art they have been watching?
Lenlo
Berserks Dynasty Warriors style game looked better. Also, Mahoutsukai should be up tonight/tomorrow. Turns out, Christmas is a busy time of year at this job.
Amagi
*worse
Amagi
Especially when you consider how good CGI can be by now, look at Houseki or Kado. But Berserk was the worst thing I saw in years, many scenes felt worst than sequences of PSX games
Amagi
@SuperMario: Same. I love Kon and also consider Paprika's OST as the best. @Lenlo: Me too. I honestly even enjoyed the movies but the new series was atrocious
Lenlo
HIRASAWAAAA! HAAAAAI YOOOOO.
I miss the 90s Berserk.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was also quite fond of his soundtracks for Berserk. AIIIIIYE FORCES : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkYYYew8CUI
SuperMario
@Amagi: I'm a big fan of Kon so I've watched everything from his. Even bought a book about his works. About the soundtrack, I listened to them as well but not regularly, compare to pprika OST which I downloaded and listen to a lot
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although not completely a manga, Usagi yojimbo also has an anthro character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Millennium actress is partially inspired by the actress Setsuko Hara.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: The anthro-animal manga is even a topseller as far as I know. Haven't looked into it yet, though. Maybe I will do so.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I am still hoping Dream Machine will happen some day. Kon died believing it would happen
Amagi
@SuperMario: Have you tried the other Kon movies like Millennium Actress once? Thought they were really good and Hirasawa is responsible for the OST there too. Or Paranoia Agent which was (IMO) very good as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nttSKBJ38k (OP)
Niello
Eoghan: Enjoy... ;)
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I haven't read this, its very strange to see a manga about full anthro animal characters: http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Beastars
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: So based on that I will try devil lady. Thanks.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: That'd be me who made that post. I thought dororon enma-kun was wonderfully ridiculous and Devilman gorishly entertaining, Shin Mazinger Z was probably some of the most fun I had with an anime, but violence jack took it way too far though so I guess I'm aquainted with nagai's work
Vonter
I don't remember who was looking for something noir in anime. I was looking among several series from Go Nagai. And watched some Devil Lady. I don't remember if noir is exclusively detective stories, but this anime, has those high contrast shadows, eerie music and is shot like some japanese horror movies I've seen. I don't know if it changes along the road but so far it's very suspenseful.
SuperMario
I only know him through his works in Berserk and Paprika but his music never fails to amaze me
Anonymous1626471
@Amagi: Ghost Bridge is my favourite. I just find it very calming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeh5aJsxlbw
Amagi
Susumu Hirasawa is one of my favorite musicians/composers. I don't even know what kind of subgenre this is. There aren't any other music groups I know who do similar stuff
Nielllo
@Mario, Already saw that video before.
SuperMario
Check this out... I don't even know what the freaking instrument he's playing, but it's spellbound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjalQjAomH0
Niello
Just when I thought Houseki no Kuni took the prize for best animation I was treated with Apocrypha. This week is amazing.
Niello
Big name animators all over. They really threw everything they've got here.
Niello
Woooooah! OMG Apocrypha ep 22 animation is sick! So that's why the animation in the first half of the show is so lackluster and basically just darn awful.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its not entirely odd to bring up Heydrich in relation to the occult either, apparently he was said to be part of some whackjob order.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm, that girl from Dies irae, Anna Schwegln is aptly named, also shares her name with the last executed person for witchcraft, who was Bavarian German, which i'm told by an Austrian friend were particular right-est leaning politically.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of course unfortunately its often the opposite that happens, nothing is worse than an ending that ruins everything.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, how I love being surprised by something. That feeling where you''re watching something shakily held together, simply okay or good, then suddenly in the second half or last stretch your score of it goes massively up.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can kind of understand the wanting to go home and watch something easy mentality instead of challenging but even though I'm guilty of escapism, I'm tired somewhat of "sillier" stuff, its often enjoyable but its get overly reptitive and I wish I could find more philosophical/political/imaginative things.
Amagi
Yeah the show is great because of its theme, the setting and chemistry girls have as well as their (lack of) knowledge about basic human things. Each episode thematizes this in a different way but there isn't much you can talk or say about it when you already explained the topic in detail.
SuperMario
On the other hand, I don't have much to talk about Girls' Last Tour this week. It's still good, but with this episode I feel that I'm running out of concrete thig to say about the show
SuperMario
Haha both Houseki and 3-gatsu have a good showing this week. I have a lot of things to talk about Houseki in particular
Amagi
This week's Houseki is jurassic park
Amagi
*-ati - I think Netflix and so are at least giving a few new impulses which isn't too bad. I don't think the typical anime series will disappear because of that.
Amagi
At least in comparisation
Amagi
I think it's just sad how often I see wonderful series selling 500 BD/DVD or maybe even less. Most series don't sell more than 1500 or so and the rest is usually at ~3000-5000 which is still pretty low.
Amagi
Yeah, it's one of my pro-Netflix arguments as well. Another problem is that anime (not counting manga) only make money through dvd/bd sales since they air at night, whereas Netflix or daytime tv series don't depend on the latter so much and since anime BDs are so expensive the only ones who buy them are the more extreme fans.
AidanAK47
Might be in part due to the workaholic nature of their society that makes escapist fantasy and empty entertainment more appealing than usual. Ultimately these are the people anime is made for so opening up the markets gives more deserving shows a fighting chance.
Though that isn't to say that western taste is perfect either.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, That's part of the reason I think some westernation might be a good thing as from what I seen the Japanese have truly terrible taste in anime. Sales charts from Japan just make me shake my head.
Amagi
God, the preorder anime lists are atricious. The only one that seems to sell acceptable (around 6k) is Mahoyome. Series like Inuyashiki have 80 pre-orders so far, Shuumatsu Shoujo 977. Idol shows sell good of course, including that male/bishounen Idolmaster
AidanAK47
@Anon, I read it but kinda fell out due to it's releases being slow.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Actually if you check the manga recommendations section, you'll see there is a post about it here.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Yes, it was interesting to follow a story that dealt with a characters homosexuallity that was outside of the yaoi/yuri mould.
Anonymous1620968
Out of curiosity, has anyone on here read Shimanami Tasogare?
Niello
Where are we up to with Inuyashiki?
Lenlo
Well alright then. Episode 9 out of 11 and that happens. Was not expecting that
Lenlo
Ooo something happen this week? Im about to watch it
Kaiser-Eoghan
It feels just as rushed and awkward in the manga.
Amagi
I noticed this too
AidanAK47
Inuyashiki has balls of steel to pull that in this particular episode number.
Nielllo
Finally got around to reading Helck, and it looks like it's going to go into that pile of good-shounen-that-won't-ever-get-animated right alongside Psyren.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Imagine trying to buy the dvds of the show in public.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Gentle remind that the prism ilya movie is out and subbed.
AidanAK47
Still surprised the second and third seasons got dubbed.
AidanAK47
@Angel, I replied to one of your comments before but the rundown is no official word yet but maybe next year.
Angel
Or no? Someone please tell me!!
Angel
Going to happen?
Angel
Is fate/kaleid liner prisma☆illya 3rei dub
Amagi
I dislike it when manga bait me into reading due to the first chapter and end up being some very generic stuff afterwards. Nobody stays for B if he started something for A, authours should expect that.
Lenlo
Really, Juuni should stick with the 3D. That fight in ep 9 looked pretty good. 3D is clearly what they are good at
AidanAK47
@Niello, It's not Chatango. It's a plugin for wordpress called Wisechat.
SuperMario
@Niello: yeah, Juuni caught me off guard this week. The production of Juuni is unfortunately shaky, but well, strong writing can save the day
Niello
Btw is this chat still Chatango?
Niello
This week episode of Juini is surprisingly good compared to how the show usually is with its backstory. Although the part where Ox tries to explain to Tiger could definitely use some visual buff.
SuperWooper
in the future*
SuperWooper
Pretty cool that Juuni Taisen had that kind of emotional heft this week, though. Might be one of the 2017 shows I sample the in the future.
SuperWooper
I think the occasional comments with an episode title and nothing more come from people who mistake the shoutbox for a search bar.
SuperMario
@Anon1614688: juuni taisen... made me tearing up this week. Honestly didn't expect that. Damn you, Tiger
Anonymous1614688
juuni taisen
Amagi
Had some complaints regarding Children of Whales but the latest two episodes were pretty good.
Amagi
@Anon: You explained it better than me.
Anonymous1614307
Kaiser: I actually have the exact same opinion of Natsume and Mushishi. Both are excellent, but Natsume just does a great job with a small core cast and a very simple premise
Anonymous1614456
who likes naruto
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mushishi does have good stories, but it was always a manga I'd dip in and out of, on and off for years, never marathoning it, wheras Natsume was easier to read several chapters of in one go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think its because Natsume has more pathos.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*more than
Natsume weirdly ended up becoming this comfort manga for me with a higher consistency rate .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will state that I hold the terrible opinion that I like Natsume Yujinchou than Mushishi but at the same time completely recognize that Mushishi is probably the more ambitious, better show.
Niello
So it becomes a cycle of "this is an interesting set up" (except that the new Kino isn't even good at that) and then they fucked up or Kino/Shizu fucked them up even more, then move on. Without the emphasis on philosophical nature of the set up they present like in the original Kino, there really isn't that much point to it.
Niello
With the new Kino it's more about messing people up, occassionally observing and hardly ever improving. The anwsers or solutions to the problem they present is never really talked about in a rational way.
SuperMario
@Anon1614318: maybe you should give the old Kino a try. What I don't like most about the new version of Kino is that both Kino and the new guy are sketched as hero. The old Kino manages the tone right as well. There were some really dark tales and most of them thought-provoking. Can't say the same for say...Country of Cooking
Anonymous1614318
I don't know, it might be interesting to actually dig deep into the differences between episodic series with this kind of style to see what works and what doesn't.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's a matter of the chapter they chose to adapt were not really the better ones but the ones where the protagonist is more of an active role. Not totally against that, but it feels like the protagonist is just OP all the time. At least with Mushishi Ginko isn't able to save everyone all the time.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's supposed to be more allegorical, but most of the time the allegory is not really meaningful enough. I thought it would be more along the lines of Mushishi, which is kind of similar in setup, but better in most other ways.
Anonymous1614318
What keeps me sticking around are some of the nice background arts and generally pleasant use of color, but admittedly most of the episodes aren't really engaging in a meaningful way. Most of the time its just Kino/Shizu show up, find out town's gimmick, then save the day. I prefer the episodes where the townspeople are more than just flat background characters.
Anonymous1614318
It's interesting to see how this new Kino season is being received from folks who've already watched the original. This is my first real exposure to Kino, and I kind of like it, but even without watching the original, I share many of the same complaints Aidan and most of the others have.
Amagi
I am also kinda sad he's just some 2* servant in fgo, but his power is special and he's physically weak, so it's understandable.
Amagi
And again, Shakespeare is just great but the character is, sadly, kinda wasted here considering how much screentime he has.
Amagi
@Aidan: Yes. Plus, maybe more characterization or background for some servants. The anime would have that time without Sieg and his romance sub plot.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Those being remove Sieg and more Shakespeare?
Amagi
And man Apocrypha is pretty good but it would be twice as good if it had those two changes Aidan always mentions in the reviews..
Amagi
@Kaiser: I think the male in Kino was a mistake. Having two PoV sounds good, but he's basically just a male Kino, he even looks like her. Someone vastly different would have been way more interesting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd guarantee that sangatsu no lion would be high up, but FINALLY this weekend I'll be catching up.
Niello
@Kaiser, Ugh my phone gitched. What I meant to say was that background was unexpected. Now I see why you're enjoying CotW though.
Niello
@Kaiser, That's unexpected.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I enjoyed how outright surreal Arakawa was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: It bothers me that they're stuffing multiple tales into single episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, excel saga, I wonder what I would think of it now, its been years.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I actually respect Aidan's coverage of it.
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