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

Why did so little anime change their OP or ED after their first half ended? For as far as I know, only xxxHolic showed us a new ED after episode 14. I like it when a series does this. It symbolizes change. Anyway, now that that random comment is out of the way, here’s once again the summary of the past month. I still can’t seem to come up with good names for these things.

+ Top 11 Series With Just One Episode Released +
This month, there were quite a few great series without any episodes at all. Eureka7 and Tsubasa Chronicle, for example. But many others met this same fate, unfortunately. It’s such a darn shame. I’m hoping for fansub groups to pick them up again. They’re too good to be ignored.

11: Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyousei Toshimarikan Zaizen Jotaro

I’m surprised that they even let this show air. ^^;

10: Sky Girls

So, it appeared that there’s only one episode of this OVA. If that’s the case, why is it listed to air in 2007 according to Moonphase? In any case, the show remains garbage. Stay away from this one.

9: Kamisama Kazoku

The subs are coming in kindof slow. This month’s episode had some good moments, though I’ve got two problems with it. The dating scenes were just horribly annoying and we all know that Tenko will end up staying. I mean, isn’t it obvious?

8: Black Blood Brothers

The quick first impression of this series will arrive soon. As soon as another new series gets released. ^^; Let’s just say that this anime has a lot of flaws which made me drop this show.

7: Utawarerumono

Hakuoro’s monster design really works anticlimactic. Even though there is a good reason behind his actions, things don’t fit right in my opinion. Also, Eruru screaming on Aruru didn’t really work as a dramatic moment. More as a comedic moment. I’m still stuck at episode 22 with this show. Simply because I don’t really trust Your Mom anymore. I’m going to wait for Yesy.

6: Witchblade

This month’s episode was rather boring. Still, I can’t deny that this horribly bad show has one or two good points.

5: Flag

Better than the previous episodes, though there still isn’t much happening.

4: Kemononozume

Like FLAG, episode 3 was better than episode two. But I still feel that this series is missing something. Ah well, perhaps the ten remaining episodes can fix this. I’m still having strong hopes for this series.

3: Hanoka

Cute as ever, and surprisingly touching. I also love the fact that the creators aren’t afraid to just show 3-minute episodes. It’s just another way to tell a story, and in some cases, like here, it works great.

2: Gintama
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Whoa, I never thought that I’d see this one back again. Thankfully, Baka Neko released another sub, and I’m getting more and more impressed with this series. I like the way it combines comedy with action and drama, and the countless references and word games also were a very nice touch.

1: Mushishi

Mushishi continues to dominate the Top 10 of Series with Just One Episode Released. But what do you expect, with such a great series? One more episode to go and it’s over, unfortunately. It’s kindof sad to see it go.

+ Top 23 Series With More Than One Episode Released +
The overall quality of the episodes has been exceptionally high this month. Most of the bad shows suddenly showed some interesting good points, and the good shows only turned even better than they already were. I’m very glad with this, after all, I had a great time watching them. ^_^

23: Bleach

Still, Bleach contains as much garbage as ever. Exactly how long is this horrible filler-arc going to continue?

22: Naruto

The last filler arc ended in a decent way. Nothing good, but nothing bad. Still, I should NOT have watched the recap episode.

21: Binbou Shimai Monogatari

Episode 10 was the best of Binbou Shimai Monogatari. It was quite touching. Overall, it’s been a nice series, but certainly nothing memorable happened.

20: Blood+

In my opinion, the last two episodes really ruined this anime. The fact that Saya was weak and she couldn’t regenerate as fast as she used to was extremely emphasized in the preceding episodes. What happens when Saya and Diva finally battle against each other? You see nothing of this back. Saya is even stronger than she ever was. (Remember her previous fight with Diva? Same with Haji. How did he suddenly get strong enough to beat someone like Amshel?) Also, why did Diva die, and Saya live? Both swords were drenched in blood.

19: Angel’s Feather

No idea what to think about this anime. I quite like the huge drama, though at times, the characters go a bit too far in their passions. ^^;

18: Himawari

Yes, I’ve decided to pick up this show again. Why? Because of the ultra-cool-badass promo of its second season. Seriously, what are the creators planning to do with this? In any case, the series indeed isn’t that bad. It actually has some very interesting points. It just has a horrible first episode. I’ve seen up till episode 5 now, and they were fairly amusing, and I laughed at quite a few moments. I actually somewhat enjoyed them. As there doesn’t seem to be any progress in the subs, I think I’m going to end up watching the rest of this series raw.

17: Ouran High School Host Club

This has been the best month for Ouran. Episode 23 became my favourite episode of this show. The fangirling was just hilarious to see. Still, the way it ended couldn’t have been more predictable. I liked Kyouya’s ending, but Haruhi’s jealousy SO had it coming.

16: Sci-Fi Harry

A quick first impression will arrive as soon as another anime gets released (same with Black Blood Brothers). This anime is quite good. Emotions are already rising high and we’ve only seen four episodes. Still, I do get bothered by the facial expressions of both Harry and Catherine, and this also is one of those series in which the side-characters are so more interesting than the main ones.

15: NHK ni Youkoso

Finally. After waiting for so long. At the end of the twelfth episode, I finally saw something I really liked. This series also gets enjoyable when the topic either becomes “conspiracy” or when the characters are in random moods. However, when Satou interacts or thinks about other women, this show really gets annoying.

14: .Hack//Roots

Episodes 23 and 24 have been better than we’ve gotten used to. I do hope that the creators know what they’re doing in the final episodes.

13: Night Head Genesis

Not as good as last month. Still, whenever characters get emotional, this show definitely is worth it. I’m not sure whether the main plot will be a success, though.

12: Chevalier

Chevalier can turn into a very promising series. I like the way that on first look, the character art looks rather low-budget, but when the action scenes start, the graphics look amazing. The plot also looks very promising, after only 3 episodes it managed to do what other series only can do in double the time, but I especially like how much thought has been put in the dialogue and the events.

11: Power Puff Girls Z

This show is surprisingly good. The original series often made the mistake of becoming too serious at times, but these problems were thankfully sorted out. By now, the only really bad point is the huge focus on cakes and sweets, though I’ve been getting less and less annoyed by it. I wonder how the creators were planning to do Him. He was quite evil in the original series.

10: Ayatsuri Sakon

The Byakko-arc was a very nice one. I also liked that this is a series in which you can find out what happened if you use your head.

9: Popolocrois 2003

With episode 14, the second part of this anime began. And if I have to believe the translator (Wyrdward), the next part is going to be SO incredibly good. I so hope he’s right.

8: Muteki Kanban Musume

Muteki Kanban Musume has just been getting better and better. It’s too bad it’s ended, though I feel it would have lost its touch if it continued with too many episodes. It’s definitely a successful comedy-anime. Each episode has me just cracking up on the utter stupidity. Especially the first half of the final episode was hilarious.

7: Ergo Proxy

The overall quality of Ergo Proxy hasn’t been as good as it used to be, though I definitely enjoyed myself while watching this. Especially the smile-episode was great.

6: Simoun

Simoun ended with a unique ending. There wasn’t any tension. It just dealt with one theme: life goes on. This month, the Chor Tempest broke up, and the members went different ways. Even though it’s not what I expected, it was a great way to end this series. Simoun was a great anime. It’s sad that it’s gone now.

5: xxxHolic

Episode 23 was amazing. Overall, xxxHolic has been as strong as, if not stronger than ever. It’s quite a shock that there’s only one episode left of this outstanding series.

4: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

After the horrible fifth arc, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni returns. Especially the second episode was awesome. Regarding the more recent episodes, it’s ironic that the TIPS were the best thing about them. Again, Higurashi fails to portray Rena in a way which makes me feel sorry for her. The parasites just looked way too fake.

3: Otogi Juushi Akazukin

Otogi Juushi Akazukin is one feast for the eyes from beginning to end. Every episode is just excellent and the characters are very interesting to see.

2: Saiunkoku Monogatari

Episodes 17 and 18 have been truly amazing. They really showed Shuurei’s amazing strength as character, they showed some very interesting political affairs and especially episode 17 and 18 were had very funny moments.

1: The Third

The Third is just amazing. It’s made a huge impression on me. The characters are so incredibly fleshed out, that no matter what they do, they end up being awesome.

+ Notable 2007 Anime +
Again, here is my list of ten announced anime, outside of the coming season. This time, I used Moonphase as my major source, which means that some shows are left without title, simply because I couldn’t understand the Kanji their names were written in. ^^;

Ketai Shoujo
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Guess what? Another bishoujo. The plot isn’t known or translated yet, but it seems that even after the huge wave of bishoujo-harems that will be coming in the fall-season, there still is the need to release them. Woohoo.

Idol M@ster Xenoglossia
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“The storyline is said to be completely different from that in the game. In the original game the player takes on the role of a producer who’s job is to groom a future idol singer. 10 teenage girls can be selected at the beginning and you can customize her appearance and train her in various mini games, which will improve five of her status features.” I seriously hope so that the creators decided to totally change the storyline. But there’s got to change a LOT in order to be able to fix this. If nothing happens, this’ll most definitely be a recipe for failure.

Rocket Girl
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A high school girl Morita Yukari visits Axia of the Solomon Islands in order to look for her father who became lost during his honeymoon trip. There, she meets a man named Nasuda of Solomon Space Agency, and she is hired to work part-time. That job is – an astronaut. She is chosen as one of the crews of the first Japanese manned spaceship only because she is little and light. Where is her future going to?” Another show which makes no sense at all. Are the guys from the space agency so desperate that they pluck any random girl off the streets? I’m suspecting that this will just be a nonsensical anime about getting three cute girls into space.

True Tears
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You know, something’s telling me that this anime will try to be very, very, very, very sad. Too bad it looks way too much like any other one of those bishoujo-harems. Still, in the slight chance that this anime might actually become good, things can become quite interesting.

Winter Garden
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Okay, here’s the deal. Remember that overly cute comedy called Digi Charat? I managed to see its first two episodes. Well, it’s supposed to get another season, but now all the cute characters have made way for serious characters, and it’s about to be turned into a serious drama. You’d wonder which part of all of this still makes it Digi Charat.

*somethingsomething* QTS
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I don’t know exactly what it is, but it seems to be based on a fantasy-game. It’s full of bishoujo, but I can’t tell whether there’s an annoying male lead or not. In any case, we don’t see anything of him on the website, which could mean a good thing. Based on the characters, this could become an entertaining, light-hearted fantasy-anime.

Venus Versus Virus
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Luchia is an exterminator of Virus, the demon that eats men’s souls. When the needle of Luchia’s brooch happens to stick a psychic girl Sumire, she obtains strange power to see demons. Since then, demons begin to attack Sumire as if they were attracted by her power. The art looks very appealing, even if it is doomed to be a shounen-series. But at least this series has a female as main character, which is always a good thing. Let’s hope this one won’t mess up, like so many others of its kind.

Bushilord
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“In A.D. 2026, the “Berne/Verne” asteroid broke into countless pieces as it approached Earth’s orbit, causing a meteor shower the likes of which Earth had never before seen. The skies burned, the seas split, and half of the human population was burned to death in cities engulfed in flame. Dust and sand arose, covering the Earth along with the meteorites, robbing the Earth of the blessing of sunlight, which brought about a new Ice Age. Under these hopeless circumstances, those who narrowly escaped extinction continued fighting for the few inhabitable areas that remained, but there was no futures for mankind. Those were days of loveless, hopeless, and endless struggling. Today, it is not different from yesterday. Tomorrow, it is the same with today. — The same days will continue forever. The world had forgotten changes. Here, it grew tiring to see these grim battles every day. They buried themselves in days of continual unending love, hope, and even ambitions. However, in a corner of this new land called Kai Riku, born of the dried-up oceans in an area once called the continental shelf, I would meet HIM at a time when the frozen days were rekindling into a burning age. Still slumbering world, Neppu Kairiku Bushiload, here the roar of those who have awakened!!” This anime is going for the post-apocalyptic world. While I doubt that it’ll be too scientifically accurate, at least it seems that a lot of thought went into the character designs. The website didn’t show any quality pictures (that’s why I’m stuck with such a small image as heading, it was the largest I could find), the ones they did show looked pretty creative.

Les Miserables
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Jean Valjean is released after 19 years in a quarry for stealing bread. He is hardened till he met a Bishop to stay for a night. Valjean changed and became the mayor after 9 years. Inspector Javert (Geoffrey Rush) recognises him and tries to reveal who he is. Fantine a factory worker is fired because she has a bastard child. As a result, Fantine became a prostitue and became sick. Valjean realised what happened to her and takes care of her. Inspect Javert finally manage to reveal Valjean for who he was. Fantine dies and give Valjean the authority to take care of her child, Cosette. Valjean escapes and finds the child and lived in a church for 10 years. Cosette (Claire Danes) now grown up goes to Paris with Valjean during a revolution. Cosette met a man, Marius and falls in love. Inspector Javert finally realises that Valjean was in Paris and tries to find him again.” Never realized how hard it was to find just a plain, one-paragraph summary about this book. I know it’s a crappy one, but all others I ran into go on for pages and pages. In any case, I’m looking forward to this one. I haven’t read the book, but if this turns out to be a success, it’ll be a good reason to turn other classics into anime, which can only be a good thing.

*somethingsomething* Coil
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I’m actually pretty enthusiastic about this one. The website shows a very interesting concept, I think it’ll be about schoolgirls and some post-apocalyptic realm in which cities have been flooded and strange sea-monsters swim around. Apart from that, I know nothing about this anime. Even its title remains a mystery.

+ Top 5 Episodes +
5: Simoun – 24
Like I said in my entry, this was a very deep episode. It was awesome to see how each character said goodbye to their previous lives in a different way.

4: Saiunkoku Monogatari – 18
A brilliant episode, combining comedy with very strong dialogue. More anime should take Saiunkoku as an example. Definitely.

3: xxxHolic – 23
Such a sad episode. Especially when you realize that Watanuki did all on his own choice. He knew what was going to happen, and he still came. Definitely worth the watch.

2: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – 23
The incredibly mature way in which Keiichi, Mion and the others accepted Rena, and the things she did was astonishing. This is another one of Higurashi’s highlights.

1: The Third
This is what happens when creators start playing with the characters you love. Seriously, even though it had predictable elements, this episode was just so incredibly awesome.

3 Responses

  1. scottfrye says:

    Just to let you know Sci-fi Harry is not a new series. It’s actually six years old. It just so happened to be released to fansubs this month.

    For some reason, everyone thinks this is a new series and I’ve got several sources on this so I’m not basing this on one resource.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Yeah, I know. I should’ve mentioned it. It’s from 2000, if I recall correctly.

  3. FrootLoop says:

    About Blood+

    Saya and Haji had been resting for quite a while saving up their energy for this last battle. That, and they may have felt some adrenaline rush as it seriously was the last chance to defeat Diva and Amshel.

    The reason Saya didn’t die from Diva’s blood is because it lost it’s potency when Diva gave birth. Nathan explained this in the anime >

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Amagi
@Aidan: Somehow. The problem is rather Haruki anyway and it's canonically part of her character. Kei becomes more likeable IMO and the events get much more complicated and/or serious plus there are a bunch of characters getting added to the protag team which makes the whole thing more dynamic. The best comes when some other character joins around the middle though.
Anonymous1416115
Personally, I can digest the emotionless dialogue in the first place since I watch the series with the mindset that the main characters are innately "broken" in some ways.
Anonymous1416115
@Aidan Hmm...one might consider the emotion level increases in main characters' dialogues for Sakurada Reset as baby steps depending on how dramatic one expects a character to act in other animes. (The emotions increase do exist though) There are certainly emotional scenes and characters do develop in ways where one can't just say they're 100% robots.
AidanAK47
@Travlos, If you so wish then you can write a review for Bahamut virgin soul. Just let me know if you are up for it. If so I recommend writing it up on google docs, then when you have it done I can give your account contributer status and you can paste it into a post for us to look over and publish on the site. For screenshots our standard size is H240 X W138.
AidanAK47
Did they ever fix that emotionless dialgoue issue they had going on?
Anonymous1415748
You are not alone. The second half of Sakurada Reset made me so glad that I stuck with the series.
Amagi
Oh and I totally forogt Reset ended now too. Not sure if I am the only fan of that but the whole second half was one of the better things I've seen this year.
Amagi
Okay now thinking three others came into my mind, but that's still not much. A lot of series started interesting and turned out mediocre or cheap after a while.
Amagi
Considering that I love Made in Abyss, PrinPrin, Fate/Apo (so far) and 18if too guess this season was better than I've expected. 2016 was kind of a let down imo, animewise. Off the top of my head I only remember Rakugo, Fune wo Amu and Bokudake I think.
Amagi
I didn't expect to like Virgin Soul as much as I do. Especially the last ~5 episodes got me. The weird thing is that I was disappointed by S1 actually.
SuperMario
@Travlos: I don't mind if you do a guess review on Virgin Soul, but let's me check with other admins first.

On Virgin Soul, I'm not sure if I like the bew development. It suddenly does a 180 degree turn on King Charriot, which I don't feel rewarding.
KTravlos
Kakegurui will have an anime original ending. It might be better than the ongoing manga. We shall see. An enjoyable foray.

Virgin Soul is going for a nice explosive ending. If no one writes a review, I would be willing to write one.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*kind of
Kaiser-Eoghan
While its very much in the shadow of the first and the protaganist started out kind annoying, I kind of got caught up in the spectacle and sentimentality of gunbuster 2.
KTravlos
Urasawa is preparing a new manga
KTravlos
yes the episode where Julian watched the documentary was fun. The Caligula like character comes from one of the lesser episodes of the series, when Kircheis beats up some rebelling third rate noble in the Empire.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Goddammit, fail, it just changed the colour of the login name...
Kaiser-Eoghan
I declare in the red truth that the next anime I shall watch is Diebuster.
Kaiser-Eoghan
From what little I saw, I remember a Caligula like character in one episode.
Anonymous1409409
I remember there's an episode where Julian just goes on Space Netflix and just watches a documentary. I actually liked that lol
KTravlos
yup, a LOGH that run like the Altair anime would be bad. It needs to show the sweep of history
AidanAK47
@Anon, I actually liked that aspect. It made the history of the world feel real.
Anonymous1409027
It's compressible, as there are many episodes of buildup, but that's where so many of the interesting details and depth of planning become evident. Some of those episodes read like a history textbook though, so we'll see how the new adaptation handles them,
Anonymous1409027
*pleasantly
KTravlos
Tytania was ok.
Kaiser-Eoghan
On the Amakusa Shiro reference in the fate review, I've seen a film about him from the 50s , theres also an old josei manga where the protagonist ends up becoming essentially regarded as him.
KTravlos
Hi Kaiser. Supposedly this is a re-imagining of the original story. Thus independent of the OVAs (old serieis). What exactly re-imagining means is something I and you do not know. We shall see. But it does mean that you do not need to watch the old series to enjoy this one. The OVA was definetly more expansive than the novels. So my guess is they will stick to the novels.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There's another anime, called Tytania based on his novels but I haven't seen that series.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As in condensable in the way nothing much is lost? I assume there are fillers in the original?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm indifferent to the aesthetics of the new version. What I'm hoping for is that it will be accessible to newcomers and that I'll be able to jump on to the old series where the new one leaves off. I've seen very little of the original and it was a long time ago, is there any way the story is condensable?
KTravlos
The fact that they stayed away from the disgusting new manga is great. I am not too keen on the CGI ships, but they also did not rankle. It looks like it will honor the spirit of the old series, and I cannot ask for more. I am a massive LOGH fan. And the new video out gives me hope of revisiting one of the greatest sci-fi/historical settings out there. I am happy.
AidanAK47
I hope they are using the old anime as a base and not the new Manga adaption. As that Manga adaption is seriously lacking.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I like that they blinged up the space battles which is good because those things could get tiresome. But I really hate the design of Yang Wenli. They made him look so much younger and bishi. I don't think i could take this guy seriously if he started one of Wenli's signature hypothesis.
Anonymous1408919
Thoughts on that new LOGH PV? My expectations were low, so I'm presently surprised. Obviously they made everybody pretty boys, and Mamoro Miyano is voicing Reinhard I believe. But art and animation actually looks pretty decent overall. It's a PV, and LOGH's best quality is it's story and characters, so we'll have to see if they remain faithful or not. But it's nice to see it get a visual overhaul.
AidanAK47
By the way this site has the first chapters but check the other versions to find them.
http://mangapark.me/manga/tsurezure-children-wakabayashi-toshiya
AidanAK47
@Mario, Indeed. It's also a pity that over half the couples in the manga were not featured. We only got a small taste of Patricia.
SuperMario
Or maybe I'll try to read the manga. The last time I checked it online, the site doesn't have its first few chapters
SuperMario
@Aidan: man, Tsurezure Children sure is sweet. Really sad to see it ends
AidanAK47
So that's the end of Tsurezure Children.
....I'm gonna need a second season. Now.
....NOW GODDAMNIT! NOW!
KTravlos
As I said I understand the criticisms to RE:Creator, but ultimately I enjoyed most of the show. It could had been better, and it is a missed chance. But I have seen worse.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I gave up halfway through, there weren't even enough action scenes and those that were didn't justify waiting around for.
AidanAK47
Could have at least delivered on the action but that was rendered pointless due to the majority of the cast turning good and Altair being a complete cheat character.
AidanAK47
It would have been really fun to see characters discuss their stories with their creators or indulge in what our world has to offer but they really glossed over that part.
AidanAK47
It really should have gone deeper into the whole meta aspect introducing anime characters to the real world. Like they did with Mamika's powers being ridiculously destructive when outside a kid friendly setting.
AidanAK47
@Puran, I at least like the message of the final episode. But as for the show itself it was just missed potential on a lot of levels. I wanted Anime Genre battle royale and instead got a secondhand Shirobako with a crap shounen anime attached.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have been forgiving of Anno as I've gotten older.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also just re-watched gunbuster, I'd previously dismissed the ova after a few episodes when I was a teenager, I'd found it too slow, didn't have that issue with the 90 minute version I just finished. I've never see the sequels.
Lenlo
Ill have to finish Creators... at some point
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've been dipping back into the Lupin franchise, Gold of babylon was particularly screwball, kind of ridiculous comedy caper/adventure thing you just have to run with....turns out it was directed by a live action filmaker I especially like who made bizzare noir films in the 60s.
Puran
So that explains why Meteora had so much air time in Re:Creators. It's her story....

I hated the ending and I disliked the anime overall.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It was a genuine surprise to see that Assayas decided to make a film framed around hentai =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I loved how incoherent demonlover was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The criticisms I'll give wind river, is a slight inconsistent performance from Renner and that very awkwardly inserted flashback scene.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: on Wind River, I agree it's a well-executed case of the week drama, although there are some plot pregressions that I don't get (how did they find out about the man's corspe again?). About Demonlover, man, the film gives me a chill down my spine. Heartless. And a bit misogynist.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: as much as I loved Wong (yeah I too prefer him over Malick), sometimes I do think Western cinema give him too much praise that sadly overshadow other Asian directors.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Wong is important to me as a hong-kong filmaker, he offers something entirely different from the whole Woo/Lam Hong komg movies.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: On a more positive note Maggie Cheung did mention that she felt her early work with Wong was when she first truly became a proper actress.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: ....I had no idea he had such a sad background.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*investigation drama
SuperMario
@Kaiser: that film also marked/ signified a rather sad period of Hongkong showbiz. Leslie Cheung badically lived the live of the protagonist and commited suicide in 1997. His girlfriend on screen, during the filming, was kidnaped, raped and taken topless picture. The damnest thing is that everyone knowed the culprit but did nothing, and in the press it was just deemed as "kipnapped and assaulted"
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Wind river was a big surprise for me, just goes to show that with the right execution an ordinary police drama movie can be elevated higher.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Thats the interesting thing, tracking a directors career.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Just binge watched the new dominion tank police ovas , admittedly these are kind of reptitive and extremely silly but its hard to hate on something so shamelessly fun that made me feel like a child again.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: you said it there. DoBW is rather raw and unpolished but that's one of the reason why I am drawn to it more compare to his other works.
AidanAK47
In all honesty, it would be nice to finally see a continuation after fusion as all games after that have just been adding chapters in-between.
Vonter
Finally I wonder, if Metroid Prime 4 will definitely branch out of the main Metroid's continuity. It's curious how an interquel subseries is still going to add things in between the first and the second entries in the main franchise.
Vonter
AidanAK47 - I think is nice we can see both takes. Especially since neither one despite a few qualms are still very solid entries for this franchise. I just hope Metroid moves forward, as IMO this is the only game that really needed a facelift do to the heavy limitations of the gameboy. And I hope the secret gallery at the end is teasing how the producer plans to move the plot forward.
AidanAK47
I thought it might be like that but it's good to know they are at least on a close level. I didn't really want Samus Returns to replace AM2R as the "Definitive" version of Metroid 2. Mostly because a lot of love was put into AM2R andit came at a point when it felt Nintendo didn't give a crap about Metroid.
Vonter
Like Zero Mission there's something added to Samus Returns but I'll just leave it at that.
Vonter
I think both have strong points. Samus Returns have better boss battles, gameplay mechanics and more intense action pieces. AM2R IMO has more atmosphere, takes advantage of elements Nintendo don't even try like the Federation subplot, and the ending portion narratively has more heart in AM2R, while in Samus Returns it feels mostly like "the final level".
Vonter
I also did got lost a couple of times in Samus Returns and aside from the big water section in AM2R, the latter is more linear game.
Vonter
I think the controls in Samus Returns bring more to the table though. The 360 aiming makes for better ways to shoot enemies and some of the bosses take advantage of that. If it weren't for the 3DS giving hand cramps because you're holding L and R at several points it'll be completely the most ideal way to play.
Vonter
AidanAK47 - AM2R is very good, I think it has the advantage that because it uses sprites IMO backgrounds and enemies are more vibrant and easier to appreciate. The Federation soldiers are better executed in AM2R and that secret section with the ship is very eery.
AidanAK47
@Vonter, How does it stack up to AM2R? I bought it and am still waiting on it to be delivered but I have the feeling that AM2R would be the better game when comparing.
Vonter
I took me 12 hours to 100% and I've heard the best ending is beating it in less than 4 hours. I think unlike Zero Mission item percentage don't matter, it's mainly to unlock an art gallery.
Vonter
My main criticism is this being a 3DS game. Small enemies can be hard to see or appreciate. And I think the 3DS wasn't made for heavy action packed games like this or Smash Bros. I got the rubber from the circle pad come off in two occasions. Also unless there was something big in the background, several areas felt lacking in detail. Still Samus and the bosses look good.
Vonter
In terms of difficulty, the game has the enemies packing more damage than in other 2D Metroids. Is difficult in the sense than you can't tank damage as in other iterations, you have to be aware of enemy behavior and bosses mainly get easier do to familiarizing with their patterns, since I did die a lot each time I faced a new boss. And got used to kill them faster as I went along.
Vonter
Ok, so I beat Samus Returns. It's quite good. Unlike Fusion that had dialogue at midst the gameplay. Samus Returns only has a prologue of exposition and any cutscenes mainly accentuate the reactions of Samus confronting a new enemy. The level design is dense, despite having isolated areas like in Fusion and the original Samus Returns, each area is very mazelike.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: =< Awww I kind of like demonlover actually despite all its flaws, it had great sound design and had this cold, clinical, un-nerving mood to it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Days of being wild does feel a bit un-realized/un-polished/rough compared to his other work definitely but its probably the rawest I've seen from him and that has its appeal.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Haven't seen farewell my concubine come to think of it. Regarding the scifi element I felt I embraced it more further into the film when it started to intermingle more.
While I am more forgiving toward Malick's recent films than most, that decline in quality means I have to pick Wong.
KTravlos
by the way in RE:Creators we probably will be getting a future series focusing on the hunt for Magane :p Meteora probably playing the role of detective. I also bet her novel will be wordy and heavy in exposition :p
KTravlos
i.e his end game might had been a cross-species revolution against him anyway. We will see
KTravlos
In Bahamut Chris proves to not be totally evil, but he is totally crazy. That said I am seeing one of my hunches getting supported, the hunch was that his cruelty towards daemons was with the purpose of bringing them down enough that they would be willing to work with humans as euals (As they are in Jean's army) and thus via that create a more unified world. I
KTravlos
RE: Creators has come to its end. I know the problems everyone has with it, and while it failed to raise to the level of exceptional show, I loved it. As I said, it had been years since a show kept me so excited episode after episode. They blew it at some point, but ultimately for me this is an en-joyful show, and one I would happily binge watch in the future again.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: question for you though, between these two directors, which one do you prefer: Wong Kar-Wai or Terrance Malick?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: if you enjoyed both 2046 and In the Mood for Love, by all mean check out Days of Being Wild. The trio forms a loose trilogy and Days of Being Wild was the first film that Wong began his unique unconventional style. It's one of my personal favorite of Wong and it's a chance for you to watch the late Leslie Cheung acted (you might watch him already in Farewell My Concubine)
SuperMario
@Kaiser: 2046 is indeed a passionate film, and one of his best looking film. He tried something different in 2046 too, experimented with scifi (one of the best part in the film for me)
SuperMario
@Kaiser: it's stritcly Wong Kar Wai's romance we're talking about, since I don't find the rest of Chinese take on romance that interesting. Romance or melodrama is one of his main theme throughout his career
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It was slightly overly long however.
I've also seen chungking express, in the mood for love and fallen angels. I think this Chinese take on romance is really clicking with me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I also thought it was a very passionette film and I love how Kar-wong-wai uses the music in it. I also think its one of his best looking films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I had a look at that Chinese film 2046, very effectively melancholic take on fleeting relationships while also successfully being quite sensual while staying classy and without ever showing too much. Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung are two beautiful people =P
SuperMario
for those who still want to catch up with 18if, episode 11 has a huge recap, while wrapping up the show with a new overarching plot. Hopefully they don't pull another Matrix here
SuperWooper
It's shounen-y for sure. The competitions have been my least favorite parts of the show so far. If you're still watching, you might appreciate it more once the Tenpei Cup is over.
Anonymous1399692
Damn Ballroom looks so good. But I really can't enjoy it despite that I want to. It has too many of these typical shounen moments and plot points I can't stand.
Anonymous1399684
Omae wa mou shindeiru
Lenlo
Mononoke is actually what made me find Ayakashi. Also a good show.
SuperMario
Regarding Ayakashi, I only watched the Mononoke segment
SuperMario
"It was a long, long trip, and we're coming finally to the end of the journey. Thank you, Manoyama and Chupacabra. And thank you, 5 EURO" - Sandal-san.
Lenlo
Ayakashi was great for me Kaiser. I enjoyed my time with it
Vonter212
@AidanAK47 - The hard aspect has been commented in several reviews with bosses being able to easily kill you. (Although in my experience it might be just getting a pattern). In terms of length most 2D games can be beaten under 3 hours. This one seems to clock at at least 6 to 15 if you want to collect everything. Then again, we'll see in subsequent playthroughs.
AidanAK47
`@Vonter. It's out now but I don't remember seeing anyone claim it's the longest hardest entry 2D wise.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Going to watch new dominion tank police next and read violence action and Oddman 11.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It took me years to get round to it, but I finally watched Ayakashi and as expected like most anthologies, again its mixed, the first is a solid ghost story that improves after a weak start, but that third one with the cat spirit was great, really liked how experimental that looked.
Vonter
Soo a new Metroid comes out this week. It is said, it's the longest, hardest entry in regards to the 2D iterations. Still not as great as Super, and depending on your fanaticism it might or not be as good as Zero Mission.
SuperMario
But they didn't pull that scene off too well. It's just... unmemorable. In fact the whole show is very unremarkable. Now only 1 episode left I might as well finish it but I won't give it a full review
SuperMario
Koi to Uso has been disappointing so far. Episode 10 featured the sequence that i was looking forward the most in the manga: the former classmate tells the one sided crush of the main girl from her POV. For a romance that contrived and manipulated like this one, hearing this from the third person's perspective prove to be more powerful
Vonter
@HelghastKillzone - Good luck with that. I almost had my car's engine damaged since it has been raining heavily where I live. Had to ask for help the next day to pull it out of mud. Still not as bad as the other three cars that did get stuck in the water.
HelghastKillzone
Dealing with work and the total loss of my car really sucks at the moment so I'm quite tied up for this week.
KTravlos
I do agree to a point, but to be frank all the episodes of Princess Principal to date have been so solid I have a hard time deciding. Episode 5 though was still the best from a holistic point (action, direction, music etc) was the one introducing Chise
SuperMario
Agree. Dorothy has the biggest heart out of all the spy girls. Also "help" that her episodes are all melodramatic.
Amagi
This episode of PrinPrin showed again that Dorothy is the best character by far. Not just herself but her episodes as well are better written than the rest if you ask me.
KTravlos
It just hit me. The characters in Princess Principal may be very well working for IngSoc :p
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, in the seven chapters it's only really two of them that contain dark shocking content. Chapter three being the biggest one in that regard.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I read a comment where someone said subahibi shocked them more than saya no uta. While I haven't played it yet, I have seen some of a letsplay...it lleft me thinking....how many hours until this actually gets good/truly unhinged .
AidanAK47
After Reading SubaHibi, Made in Abyss's dark turn didn't shock me too much. Maybe I just got desensitised. I will have a review of SubaHibi hopefully up in a week though to clarify my feelings on it after just finishing it, It was interesting but disappointing.
KTravlos
well, well. Both Made in the Abyss and Virgin Soul do not hold back. Grim! RE:Creators is warping up. Comparing with these other shows I can fully appreciate the problems people have with it. But still I am glad I am sticking to the end. Altair's voice actor by the way did great.
AidanAK47
@Helghast, And Kings Field was the Demon Souls before Demon Souls came out.
KTravlos
having binge watched several of this season's shows I would say Princess Principal is the most rounded. Made in Abyss is good. Kakegurui and The Reflection as SuperMario said will depend on your tastes. There is also Shouko no Altair. You will like it if you liked Tanya Saga of Evil, or Legend of Galactic Heroes, or Arslan Senki or manga like Vinland Saga, Gunka no Baltzar, and especially Historie
Anonymous1385641
Jesus...me watching this weeks Made in Abyss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ogzsWhZcmM
HelghastKillzone
So... Demon Souls was the Dark Souls before Dark Souls came out.
SuperMario
@anon1385426: the safest bets aside from Made in Abyss are Welcome to the Ballroom and Princess Principal. Kakegurui and the Refection are for more acqurired taste
Anonymous1385426
Aside from Made in Abyss, what's the best anime this season?
Lenlo
@KT, the pacing and the framerate early on are my two biggest issues. Later on the story starts to get abit more engaging, and they start doin things I didnt expect, but the pacing is still there. Some akward pauses.
Lenlo
Look, Berserk and Dark Souls are both amazing. But I only have 3 Dark Souls games, and 38 Berserk volumes. Im clearly biased
KTravlos
I sat down and watched the first 4 episodes of The Reflection. It is an interesting attempt, and I can see the people making it having fun doing so. But I did notice a pacing issue. For some reason the episodes felt like they dragged a bit too long.
AidanAK47
Dark Souls is the Berserk of Video Games.
Amagi
Dark Souls really went all Berserk if you ask me
AidanAK47
I am not one for putting down law but can we never ever compare anything to Dark Souls ever again? Cause it's actually become really tiresome how everything is the dark souls of something.
Lenlo
No other sentence has made me want to watch Made in Abyss more
HelghastKillzone
I guess we're finally at the point where Made in Abyss goes all Dark Souls/Bloodborne.
Amagi
Apo's Jack the Ripper had at least a nice idea behind it, it's just the clothes that are a bad choice. But there are just too many lolis for the sake of fanservice in that game. I accept it if there is at least a reason for this but it's usually just random.
Amagi
@Aidan: Same here. I was never a fan of genderbendings and turning historical people into lolis. The first one I can accept with people like Arthuria because it added a lot to her character, but most of them are just plain and generic. I just see no reason why pirates, grown up men or Blavatsky would ever appear as little girls. Especially since popular beliefs should influence their appearance.
SuperMario
On Altair, one commenter did an excellent job of poiting out the appeal of that show; and frankly the show is wearing on me now.
SuperMario
@Travlos: I'm glad you enjoy Princess Principal. I'm quite surprised myself that in the latter half the show slowed its pace down which mean the focus is switched from action to more characters interactions; which I greatly enjoy
KTravlos
Well I binge watched Princess Principal. That is a very good show. I was surprised. Good animation, good music, the art is good, hell I even did not mind the protagonist art. But what I really like is the stories. All the episode were pretty solid and interesting.
AidanAK47
Just won a fight by the skin of my teeth thanks to my Lancer, Cu Chulainn. You the man Cu!
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Been playing Grand Order myself. It's rather fun. There are some good original character in it but I notice with Quantity certain figures designs were pretty terrible. I thought Assassins of black was the worst but some Grand Order servents manage to top it in terrible. Why all the bikini's?
Amagi
Fate/GO has quite some interesting original characters there. Wish we'd see them in some actual manga or anime series with more backstory someday. - I also like that we finally have an overpowered, interesting and competent Hassan with King Hassan for once. His design is metal AF too.
KTravlos
Binge watched Altair. The pacing of the show is a problem, but in general the raw material is good. Altair is sympathetic, and the world is interesting. But I do feel this is the kind of show that would had gained by a Monster or LOGH type treatment. Also, man it is scary how accurate they got some of the traits of Greeks (Phoenicians in the show). I am a Greek, I should know! :p
KTravlos
forgot to mention. I saw the 91 Days special. Three side stories that give some depth to the events in the main anime, but nothing that goes beyond it's end. Still they were in general ok to good.
SuperWooper
It's got Jude Law playing "this kind of huge robot butler called Charles, who is also a rocket ship." What could possibly go wrong?
AidanAK47
Anime with Jaden Smith? Um..I don't know about this.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: one of the good thing about SoL shows like Centaur and even 18if is that their episodes are self-contained, so you can just jump right in to watch the good ones and ignore the rest
SuperMario
I just love Chise's presence so I might enjoy the last episode more than anyone else. But yeah I'm quite satisfied with Princess Principal right now
AidanAK47
Actually I am quite surprised Princess Principal hasn't gone off the rails yet. Might even turn out to be a fun show in the end. If the man can make it to the finish line without a misstep.
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