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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I also volunteer to help with the workload for the season preview. I would be down to cover two series, but they have to appeal to me, cause there's no way I can be fair and PG-13 with the reviews of aweful shows.
Bam
@Masky: "Generalized statements are in general rather annoying". Hehe, that awefully sounds woefully like a generalized statement to me m8.
Bam
First Dark Souls III DLC titled Ashes of Ariandel just confirmed for an Oct 25th release. Thankfully this time, all regions and platforms are getting the expnasion on the same day. Here is a reveal trailer to launch the Hype Zeppelin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu1NCPMC7D0
Bam
Friend: please send me, or post, the finished banner once you have it complete. I would like to take a gander. Thank you.
Masky
...Espicially since characters supposedly from there rarely have names that sound Finnish.
Masky
So anyhoo, so why is Finland one of countries that tends to get name dropped a lot in anime/manga/japanese video games? As Finnish person that weirds me out
K-Off
@Friend Damn, kind of surprised to see how abstract some of those concept art are for Mulan. But generalizations are just easier to make if all they care about is validation.
Masky
Generalized statements are in general rather annoying, but everyone loves to make them anyway for some reason :D
Friend
I'm nearing completion with our banner, in terms of work-hours Id say 3 hours? But in real life that equates to about 4 days because of stuff.
Friend
Something that annoys me: when a fellow artist makes a generalized statement about the industry by saying something silly like "japanese animated films have more creative input involved." Uggh Google "Alex Nino Mulan Concept" and tell me if you still think that. Sorry about that X/
SuperMario
And it might sound weird to you guys, especially majority of you are in one of the hottest days of summer, but I'm gonna head off to snow mountain for skiing this coming weekend. So expect the weekly posts will be a bit later than usual.
SuperMario
I don't know if that guy @Bond is still lurking around here, but I'm still interested In doing that thing with him
SuperMario
@Aidan: imho, those numbers don't really mean if we have nothing to compare them to. I'll say the ratio between original/ all anime for particular seasons would tell us a lot better
AidanAK47
But it does counter the point of "We don't get enough original anime anymore" which in itself was a pretty silly statement.
AidanAK47
Of course just because they are original doesn't automatically qualify them as good.
AidanAK47
@Anon44887, that logic would apply if it was an exception. 9 original shows last season, 14 original shows this season. 20 in the next. Are they three seasons all an exception?
Anonymous44887
@AidanAK47: An exception that proves the rule
Vonter
Just to ask does any of the shows being reviewed have a great soundtrack. Just asking for asking.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: I recall he posted under the name Bold/bond, the same poster who made the chart.
AidanAK47
Who was it again bemoaning that we don't get enough original(Not adaption) anime anymore? Cause there are 20 original shows next season. Great for anime but hard for me cause what am I gonna write in the preview?
AidanAK47
I am a bit too stubborn to burnout.
@afgm, I didn't change a thing.
Anonymous38539
I hope AidanAK47 would not suffer an Anime Burnout. I love this site and it pains to think that one day, no one will be writing the seasonal previews and yearly summary.
SuperMario
@Aidan: you have 91 days's episode as 9 instead of 7
AidanAK47
Bloody hell, even the spambots are referencing Pokemon Go now.
K-Off
For future reference, let's direct admin dialogue to email, apart from direct feedback.
@Mario We're working on allowing users to set up accounts.
SuperMario
And the constant anonymous names just keep bugging me. Can we make it back to the old shoutbox, where you have to put down your name in order to write message?
SuperMario
I think it's one thing leads to another. he's getting too burnout that he doesn't know what to write anymore.
AidanAK47
@Anon36049, pretty much what he said. Though it seems to be a combination of anime burnout and writers block.
Anonymous36271
He suffered from anime burnout and is getting on with real life.
Anonymous36049
Hi guys I havent been around for a long time. Does anyone know what happened to psgels? I see that the new posts are not his.
AidanAK47
Disgaea 2 coming to steam. Sweet.
Gotta finish Disgaea 1 and hope they don't screw up the port on release day again.
AidanAK47
Illuminati are everywhere, regardless of wherther it's anime or not. Sword Art Online was the work of the illuminati. All in the name of the gaint magic eyeball triange god do they rule the landscape of entertainment medium.
Also Magic Eyeball-kun also argees that Rem is best girl. And none shall dare denounce that claim.
SuperMario
@Anony35181: never thought they're that much interested in anime thou
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@supermario, illuminati confirmed
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Is it just me or couple of messages from the shoutbox just gone missing?
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Haven't been watching it myself, but apparently in Taboo Tattoo, that large-chested high school girl died while running *onto a live battlefield* to check on her boyfriend with a shirt that said "flag". 10/10
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@afgm Sent you a message.
@Friend Looks good, I'd be interested in seeing multiple witches as well.
Anonymous32745
Chemotherapy is a cause of cancer rather than a cure.
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If you know someone dying of cancer, immediately inform them that allopathic medicine will kill them and turn them to natural remedies which often work.
Anonymous32745
"Medicine and science are powerfully institutionalized, but no institution or profession has existed for the purpose of encouraging people to act reasonably." - Ray Peat
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@Friend: yeah it's a problem
@Koff: I emailed you a while back. did you get it?
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Huh, I can't use my username.
@Bam You're right, I'll work on it.
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@K-off: It's moments like these that really remind you of mortality. People pull thru tho. medical science has come far in that field; but definitely not far enough.
Bam
@Friend: It's looks pretty good. I like Mario's suggestion of a series of witches, but a solitary one is more in-tune with the current banner. I would say however that there is too much dark in the negative space to the right. Could be just me tho.
Bam
@Kaiser: a series of consecutive 'yes'. I was really into Laloux, but FP is the one I liked the most. I've been watching Mr. Robot since season 1, and it's well worth your time. Not really all that cyberpunkish tho; mostly just cyber. And anybody who hasn't read Gibson's masterpiece is a fool of a Took.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Bam: Have you been looking into that Mr Robot series? I heard its meant to be some kind of cyber thriller, it could be our thing. Also have you read Neuromancer?
Kaiser Eoghan
And I suppose that brings me to that stranger things show then, I love horror so I guess that caught my eye, but apparently its a family/kids thing =< don't know whether to bother.
Kaiser Eoghan
I still say it takes me that extra bit of convincing to watch a childrens animated film.
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@Friend: The banner is in good hands I see.
AidanAK47
Well Coraline wasn't written by Laika. It was written by Neil Gaiman. Laika just adapted it. Still I would like to check out Kubo to see what all the hype is about.
SuperMario
@anony29442: I will watch Kubo this coming week so I will comment on the movie then. But I'm not that surprise if Kubo has a weak writing. Laika never really great at story development: I mean Coraline is exellent, ParaNorman is just okay and Boxstrolls writing is just so underdeveloped and full of plotholes
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@friend: wow. It looks awesome. But why only one witch? ^^
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Hey everyone! Just an update on our new banner, here's my WIP up to now: [link src="https://i.imgur.com/0QSv6IK.png
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I just saw Kubo and the 2 strings and im really shocked at all the praise its receiving. People calling it an instant masterpiece on looks alone but not enough are talking about how underdeveloped the characters and story were. It felt as if they made the whole thing up as they went along to the point where I couldnt suspend my disbelief any longer and got irritated.
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qualidea code's characters havent become better in terms of how they are written; only that they have been fleshed out in the most generic and trivial of ways as to sympathize with them; and sure, they have become some what likeable in the same way you'd like a person who you heard nothing but kind things about but that does not save the characters from being boring. QC is still a bad show
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@Anon27511, even if the animation was kept consistent the story still can't really escape the done to death aspect of it's story. I agree that the writing has gotten better but despite that the show just feels...meh.
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Fucking Qualidea Code, as the story and characters become more interesting, the animation and drawing proportionately decreases. Sad they simply do not have the budget to pull off what seems like a potentially very good story
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@Mike I'm sure you already heard but for some reason I didn't keep up to date. I thought it was strange that releases stopped in March after chapter 68,.
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Just learned that the writer of my favorite webtoon is battling terminal cancer, but despite it she hopes to finish it someday. God damn I would've never expected this.
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@Mario: Once spilled hot microwaved food over my hand by mistake, hurt for a day.
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@Bam: The story and ideas however were better in gandahar I felt. Time masters while good was a bit stop and start in its pace and animation.
I’m definitely interested in Laloux’s other, short animations and Mobius’ comic book work.
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@Bam: I watched Rene Laloux's remain animated films, Gandahar and time masters, I enjoyed both but not as much as Fantastic planet. I remember we talked about fantastic planet two years ago. Did you see the other two I mentioned. I liked the big moments and the ending to time masters, especially those angel things.
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Ok. I beat Federation Force. I think the main positive is that the levels were playable despite the lack of voice chat. The bosses took a lot of damage and the beginning and end are relevant to the Prime continuity.
SuperMario
@K-Off: I did it once just like you did, and once when I put a metal bowl into a microwave. So yeah, boys will always be boys.
Bam
I tried my best not to half-ass either of them tho. Any oddity you guys see just write it off as mental exhaustion.
Bam
Okay, I'm officially beat. These two reviews should be considered companion pieces, as some material from one flew into the other. Thank god that episode 08 was not a heavy one, or I'd be completely depleted.
K-Off
Shit, I'm a damn idiot at baking, slightly burnt my hand a minute ago grabbing a hot tray with a wet towl. Why do I even try.
K-Off
@afgm Alright, send me a message at fightthepowwa@gmail.com and we'll work it out.
Bam
*cinematography
Bam
@K-off: I second that, as although the Poirot series has very well-done choreography, casting and music, there is still a little more of that unquantifiable magic sprinkled on the Granada series. But keep watching and I'll guarantee that Suchet will become the quintessential Poirot in your mind as well.
K-Off
I said that while I liked the performance and the direction, I didn't think that it did for Poirot what Granada did for Holmes.
K-Off
@Bam Yeah it is, and generally when I camp I like to stay for 1-2 weeks, places like Niagara or Yellowstone I can pretty much see everything I want to see in a few days so I don't find much value going to those places. The Adirons on the other hand is diverse as hell.
Bam
@K-off: I'm not sure if you mentioned it while I was gone: but did you get to watch any of the Poirot series with David Suchet? And if so, what are your thoughts?
Bam
I generally go to either the Muir Woods north of SF, or the forests around Big Sur. It doesn't take much to please me really.
Bam
@K-ff: is that by Lake Champlain? Cuz I've been there once and loved it.
Bam
@K-off: I thought of a combined post, but my OCD wouldn't allow a skip in the episodic order of the reviews.
K-Off
Usually when you go camping in Yellowstone or Yosemite the tourist industry kills those places, like I'd be on a rowboat and see cars, cabins, and people from a long ways offshore. The Adirondacks are nice because their building codes mandate construction to be hidden behind trees.
K-Off
@Bam My favorite camping spot is the Adirondacks in upstate NY, I went there probably 4-7 times and never get tired of the place. No, I don't have any posts for now, but for future reference consider combining episodic reviews when you get behind. I.E. Episode 6-8 Review
Bam
Also there's a reader in the comment section of Berserk 07 who wants to know if we have a notification system. I vaguely remember a widget that links the site to a FaceBook page. If anybody knows how that works, or if it's still functional, please shed some light on the matter for him/her. Thx.
Bam
@Aidan @K-off @Mario either one of y'all has any post near completion? I'm almost done with Berserk 08 and as previously mentioned, really prefer not to put two reviews up back to back. I think the length of them is already a hassle for some to get thru, let alone two right after eachother. I think it hurts the viewership, but if nothing's on hand then I'll guess I'll just finish up and post mine.
Bam
@Kaiser: I was actually camping near a mountain, but aren't all mountains somewhat holy? That could be my bias tho, since I was raised on the Alborz mountain range, and for me there is something therapeutic about the mountain air.
Kaiser Eoghan
Yes! Looks like the shoutbox is fixed and not deleting posts after 24 hours anymore!
Kaiser Eoghan
lol Or you could live in the shitty suburb where I do and spend your time just waiting for when your internet connection randomly cuts out twice a month or as it has the past few days two-three times a day.
Kaiser Eoghan
Basically bam went up the Holy mountain .
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: ....guy I know who loves war films and I've ended up inadvertedly/un-intentionally gotten him to buy some fucked up Polish horror film that just happens to be set in WW2. lol he's going to be pretty freaked out when he watches it.
Bam
Everything been cool here? Hehe ... looks like I conveniently missed all the hard parts.
Bam
@Mario: thx m8. I wish I could just make it down to Rio on a whim, but then again, I took a much-needed vacation, so I ain't complaining.
SuperMario
Welcome back Bam, I was already convinced that you went to Rio for screwing around. Lol
Bam
Also I apologize for the absence. I was gone somewhere without reliable internet access, and looking back I should've gave a notification.
Either way, I'm back now, and will be jumping on getting those Berserk reviews out as soon as possible.
Bam
Man looky here with the renovations; I like it.
SuperMario
@Vyse: wow. So how was the sites then back from 2005?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: and what is that sh!te you're talking about?
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<— fixed
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VyseLegendaire
Ive been a reader since 2005
Kaiser Eoghan
Haha, this'll be fun lol
Kaiser Eoghan
.....that feeling when you keep going on about a show or film but fail to give all the details...and someone goes out and buys it not knowing the full extent of the mad shit their in for...s--t lol
Anonymous24840
any reader from 2005 here....
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: This guy seems interesting: https://letterboxd.com/director/tsai-ming-liang/
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Hmm, not familiar with him.
I really really loved in the mood for love, alot, it emotionally effected me. I even watched it three times.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I couldn't seem to enjoy any of Zimou yangs films apart from Hero, which had some pretty creative fight scenes. I've seen the story of Ricky and some of John-woos films but they were more just silly entertaining exploitation films.
SuperMario
Don't know if you know the Vietnamese-French Tran Anh Hung. His works are stunning too. If you want to check out East-Asian cinema don't forget to check him out.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Yeah, but Park Chan Wood changed the ending, so the author insisted that the Handmaiden is more "inspired" than "based". The third chapter is the weakest part for me
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Of interest, The handmaiden was based on some British book/tv show.
Kaiser Eoghan
I need to completely re-evaluate/get into more Chinese cinema.
Kaiser Eoghan
Doesn't look like I've seen anything by Hong-sang-so.
My favourite Korean actor is song-kang-ho.
Kaiser Eoghan
Theres an anime convention over here in Dublin in three months. Although I haven't been to one in years.
SuperMario
I'm heading to anime convention today. Normally I don't really care about those conventions but I figure I'd come this year to see the taste of it. The only hassle is it's 3-hour drive, which gonna be a pain when I drive back after a long day being there.
SuperMario
Bong Joon-ho, on the other hand,is incredible at writing. His scripts are often layered, sharp and best of all fuses many tones/ genres into one coherent whole. The best thing about this Korean New Wave directors is they all have very distinctive voices. But my favorite director isn't the ones that you list. That would be Hong Sang Soo. I just love his simplicity style so much.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Park Chan Wood is a master of visual. Whenever I come to his movies I expected to be blown-away by his visual. He can write compelling characters (he loves his characters) as well but his screenplays in general are weak. You can watch his lesser effort "I'm a Cyborg, but That's Okay" and see many things that made him good/bad. That's the movie I feel he made without the care of the critic
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@koff: Yeah I can help. But midterms/finals are coming up so I can't dedicate to much time.
Kaiser Eoghan
I always felt Bong-jong and Chang-dong , kim-di-duk and Kim-jee-woon were better than Park-chan-wook. Oldboy did have that one hell of an ending, so did lady vengeance but I feel that those are the bits people tend to remember and the rest was good but not great.
Topgavin
For anyone that doesn't regularly browse /r/anime, Godzilla is apparently getting an anime adaption by Polygon Pictures with Urobuchi involved. Should be good.
K-Off
Well, I climbed to rank 52 in Overwatch with Tracer alone. Looking forward to season 2 already, but I do wish Blizzard had somehow implemented a single-player storyline since the lore in Blizzard titles is always so vast. Kind of surprised they didn't make one with Overwatch.
K-Off
@Kaiser Watch Train to Busan if you can. Me neither, I can't dig too deep into Korean films due to the language barrier. Sure would be convenient to have Vincent recommending films again.
K-Off
@afgm Hey, are you still interested in helping out with the site? At this point I'm looking over the site's code & doing some rewriting - if you think you can help, let me know.
K-Off
@Mario I hadn't watched Old Boy for 6 years when I got to I Saw the Devil and it was out of mind for me, so you may be right.
SuperMario
@K-Off: maybe it was just me but I was underwhelmed by I Saw the Devil. The point it trying to match was similar to OldBoy, and Oldboy's execution was way better (OldBoy's one of my favorite movie). Yes, the soundtracks of OldBoy, Lady Vengeance are exceptional. I still listen to The Last Waltz after all those years...
K-Off
The soundtrack in a lot of these Korean films are top notch as well, Lady Vengeance and I Saw the Devil in particular.
K-Off
@Mario Speaking of which, Korean psychological thrillers are hands down some of the best in the last 10-20 years. I Saw the Devil, Lady Vengeance, Old Boy, list goes on.
SuperMario
@Aidan: It just comes to me that we're already half way of this season... Time sure flies
SuperMario
@Kaiser: so please finish up Inside Mari. The last chapter had been out. I need someone to talk about that goddamn manga anw
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I always consider the Korean New Wave started back in 2000, and really peaked in 2003 (OldBoy, Memories of Murders, Spring Summer..., A Tale of 2 Sisters). Before 2000? The only director I can think of was Im Kwon-Taek
AidanAK47
About nearly finished Fata Morgana but I might have to finish doom first because that thing is eating a huge chunk of my SSD drive.
AidanAK47
Back up to date...at least for now. I have to go to a wedding so It's likely I will fall behind again. Got to admit that I haven't had much of an opinion on the latest episodes. Might be just mentally drained personally.
SuperMario
@K-off: I totally agree with you. 28 Days Later is a gem. Though I'm not really into zombie genre as a whole, I'm more into psychological stuffs more.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Reminding me I need to catch up on boku mari no naka.
Kaiser Eoghan
Although the trailer for train to busan does catch my interest.
Kaiser Eoghan
I've gotten more than enough out of Korean films, I can enjoy them but I probably don't sing the same high praises for them as most bar some exceptions.
Seeing Lee-chang-dongs stuff I'm actually kind of interested in finding some more low key korean films.
Kaiser Eoghan
Very likely a view shared by my indie loving friend and I, but Battery and Wyrmwood were jokey takes on the zombie genre I thought were enjoyable.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Likely my preference for British comedy that makes me laugh more at Shaun of the dead more. Although Hot fuzz is the better Simon Pegg film in my opinion.
In terms of Korean films, I've been wondering, what are the pre-90s ones like. Lee-chang-dong started the Korean new wave in 1997.
K-Off
I'm still waiting for a good horror-zombie film, nothing has met my expectations after 28 Days Later (and techinically REC), which admittedly is a high bar.
K-Off
@Mario I am watching Seoul Station next week, that was just me recapping TtB after I watched it a few days ago. It's definitely more of a thriller, it has good "wtf" moments but nothing I'd call horror.
SuperMario
@K-Off: I thought you were going to watch Seoul Station? So I gather that Train of Busan is more thriller than horror? Just thinking of Zombieland already puts a smile on my face. That one and Shaun of the Dead are so goddamn hilarious.
SuperMario
@Aidan: I will review them in the future. atm I'm in watching/ reading mode so I'll push back all the world movie/ full show reviews for a while
K-Off
@Mario My impression of Train to Busan was that although it wasn't anything ground breaking, it had a great cast of characters and an entertaining gimmick that managed to stay exhilarating. I haven't seen a zombie film this well structured since Zombieland, even though they're completely opposite in tone.
AidanAK47
They are all yours if you want to do them.
SuperMario
Reading Inside Mary makes me want to watch Flowers of Evil again. If I remember correctly psgels never actually had a full review on this one, and Ping Pong.
AidanAK47
@Vyse, Width wise it's exactly the same as the old chat box. Though it's possible the old one had smaller font.
VyseLegendaire
This chat box is too narrow I think, only see a couple messages.
AidanAK47
@Anon18138, Yeah but I don't see that writer making something that truly represents the games. There may be a possibility of it being a good movie but that movie won't be Pokemon.
Anonymous18138
@AidanAK47 It'll have the writer of Gravity Falls. Though I don't have a high standard in regards to the 3D mascot and live-action style of movies.
SuperMario
They originally planned to male a live-action remake of Seoul Station, as the producer saw a footage of the animation and really loved it; but Yeon Sang-Ho (the director) insisted that if he was about to make a live-action film, he's go for a sequel instead. Hence Train of Busan.
SuperMario
@K-off: I missed my chance to watch Train to Busan but I heard nothing but rave from it. People who watched it really loved it. Damn, you make me jealous man, since I want to watch Seoul Station and review it here. Come watch it and tell me what you think; my bet is you'll enjoy it.
K-Off
@Mario Have you watched Train to Busan? I'm planning to watch its animated prequel Seoul Station next week. Animation looks shabby as hell but I can always expect a good story from the koreans.
AidanAK47
So the live action Pokemon movie will feature detective pikachu. Clearly a necessary inclusion.
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