Posted by psgels on 27 July 2007 with categories: Random Posts

I was pretty surprised when I realized that I already reached the benchmark of 3000 comments in such a short while. Especially considering that it took me 16 months to reach the first 1500, and only four to reach the second 1500 comments. Last night, ap was the one who made it, on my post about Bokura no – 11. While the people from Sea Slugs always use some kind of fan-art, I’m a horrible drawer, I decided to have a little contest for these kinds of benchmarks. Basically, just post a comment, leaving the name of an anime that is slated for the fall-season, and I’ll blog the one with the most votes, no matter what.

The last time I did this, Claymore came out, which turned into a really interesting experience. The rules are:
– To validly post, just drop a comment leaving your selection. I selected this system above a poll on purpose, because I really want this to be a choice of my readers, instead of random people who will vote randomly on any poll they run into.
– I accept any shows that are listed on moonphase under the fall-season or just 2007, without any specific date yet announced apart from the year. For an english version of this list, go here.
– Each person can select up to 2 shows. Since ap was the one who made te 3000th comment, his votes count for three.
– The voting stays open until August 31th, after which the show with the most votes will be blogged as soon as it airs. Be careful, though. If I don’t like it, I reserve the right to bash it. If you want to return on a later date, you’ll find this post under the category “Random Posts”.

And finally, let me thank all the people who dropped a comment, and made sure that this benchmark could be reached. You’re all very appreciated. ^_^

EDIT – The current list of votes:
Gundam 00 – 13
Clannad – 12
Ghost Hound – 11
Gunslinger Girl – 9
Kodomo no Jikan – 5
ef – 5
Mokke – 4
Haruhi II – 4
Wellber no Monogatari II – 4
Kimikiss – 2
Hero Tales – 2
Rental Magica – 2
Minami-ke – 2
Censoroll – 1
Prism Ark – 1
Shugo Chara – 1
Aria OVA – 1
Bamboo Blade – 1
Shakugan no Shana II – 1

(Small note: everyone who voted for Gunslinger Girl can recast his or her vote, since it’s been confirmed to air in spring, next year. )

EDIT: The Poll is Closed. Don’t bother voting or revoting, because I won’t count them. Everyone, thanks for participating!

75 Responses

  1. Cos says:

    To tell the truth I really want to see you blog one show that isn’t your kind at all, maybe Gundam 00 or Clannad.

  2. Solaris says:

    Hi Psgels. Just took a look on thet page you linked@animeph

    I vote for Mokke. The manga is licensed in Italy and i happened to read somehing about it. Here’s a review:,146,nsyhpo,mokke.html

    As for my second chose i’d like
    Gunslinger Girl Continuation
    I don’t know if the list is outdated or what, but i continue to find traces of this phantom new serie of Gunslinger Girl on the net. If it should be aired, as i really look forward to, please blog it.

  3. totoum says:

    gunslinger girl continuation
    though like solaris,i’m really confused,one day it exists,then it doesn’t,then it does again lol

  4. Patrick Monti says:

    – Ghost Hound / Shinrei Kari (I know you will blog about this, because if you don’t I will hate you ;) )
    – Gunslinger Girl

  5. daizengar says:

    3000…thats a lot!

    I know you are not into mecha series…but I would love to see Gundam OO series bloged, maybe it can turn into an interesting experience too =)

    and for my second choice, Wellber no Monogatari (2nd season), I really liked the first part xD

  6. psgels psgels says:

    So I see that Gunslinger Girl is taking an early lead. Please do note that accordig to Moonphase, it isn’t sure yet whether it’ll air in 2007 or not. If it doesn’t, and Gunslinger Girl does end up with the most votes, I’m going to go for the series with the second-most amount of votes, simply because I do not want to wait that long. :P

  7. Solaris says:

    I could wait ages for my beloved Henrietta *______*

  8. Ravage says:

    Kodomo no Jikan and Haruhi 2/Clannad(whichever airs in fall).

  9. Anca says:

    Kodomo no Jikan – the recent manga scandal was delicious. I have high hopes for its anime.

  10. omo says:

    Soon enough, star crossed will be over 9000…

    Instead of a new show I’d recommend you watch some old ones instead. Like Hard Core Slice-o-Life Aria the Animation, or something.

    Other than that, just try out some TEROGE adaptation. EF anime or Kimikiss.

  11. Kite says:

    I’m gonna say Clannad and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu Second Season!

  12. Chablis says:

    My vote goes to Gundam 00.

  13. A0 says:

    Kodomo no Jikan gets my vote.

  14. A5 says:

    clannad(I loved the kanon and air anime) and ef

  15. miki says:

    KoJiKa for me!

  16. saris says:

    Voting for Jyushin Enbu – Hero Tales, it looks very very like the art of Full metal Alchemist mangaka, well I am not good at Japanese so I don’t know if it ‘s the same author or not.

    And Rental Magica,story and characters seems interesting.

    Wanna vote for Velvet under world and gunslinger girl too but as it is not gonna be in Fall season….

  17. Bee says:

    I vote for Mokke!

  18. rwaggie says:

    Definitely Gunslinger Girl 2 and if you consider any movies, Cencoroll looks quite promising.

  19. Well, series like Haruhi 2 and the Code Geass continuation will probably get blogged either we vote it or not so im gonna go for less voted shows that seem interesting.
    Shugo Chara! and Prism Ark are my choices

  20. Anga says:

    Mokke and that new Aria OVA.

  21. Mentar says:

    It’s not going to win, but it’s my sleeper dark horse tip for the next season anyway: Kimikiss. It really depends on how they do it… but if they do it right, it’s gonna be excellent.

  22. ret says:

    I vote for EF. :)

  23. SDtielvdeo says:

    Kodomo no Jikan, and Haurhi II Please :)

  24. psgels psgels says:

    I’m surprised that there are so many people looking forward to Kodomo no Jikan. Was the manga really that good?

  25. Zato-Sama says:

    dont know any of them rly, just tell me wich one u think is similar to seirei no morobito or Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

  26. psgels psgels says:

    Ghost Hound is also from Production IG, just like Seirei no Moribito, so I suspect some similarities. As for Bakumatsu, there aren’t really samurai-shows this season, but I think Hero Tales comes close.

  27. soavifox says:

    hero tales and ghost hound sound decent but none of them really strike me as interesting at the moment:/

  28. demitrickster says:

    Are you going to do a fall preview? Because I have no idea what most of those of shows are even about…

  29. psgels psgels says:

    Good point. I’ll do one once the line-up is really known, and I’m thinking of extending the deadline because of this.

  30. Angelle says:

    Clannad and Haruhi II please. :3

  31. sylvan says:

    Gundam 00 please!

  32. Zato-Sama says:

    Ghost hound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Onegai Psgels-Sama!!

  33. Zato-Sama says:

    Ghost hound trailer here for those who are curious: (sry psgels)

  34. smurph172 says:

    gunslinger girl was an awesome anime to bad it had such a cut off ending to the series. I can’t wait for the next season. You should blog the series

  35. Immortal says:

    My choices:

    Gundam OO: It seems interesting, being different than the previous two series. Im sure you will like it if character development is good enough.

    Ghost Hound: As always, I expect Production I.G. to deliver a very good experience, with very high quality animation and art.

  36. haruda says:

    Mokke and Ghost Hound!

  37. shadowWizz says:

    I’m casting my votes to Wellber no Monogatari II & Bamboo Blade

    Going a bit OT here… Want to say many thanks & GJ for your El Cazador reviews. I enjoy reading your comments on the L.A. – Ellis – Nadie relationship. It was interesting… Keep up the good work. =)

  38. roastedpekingduck says:

    psgels, do you have any interest in the second season of Genshiken?

  39. psgels psgels says:

    Roastedpekingduck: not really. I only saw the first episode of the first season.

  40. BladeBlur says:

    Gundam 00

  41. cubia says:

    Clannad and Ghost hound.

  42. 0rion says:

    I’m surprised no one’s voted for Shakugan no Shana. I’ll go ahead and throw in a vote for that, even if it seems kind of pointless.

    Second vote…definitely Gunslinger Girls.

  43. Windspirit says:

    I vote for Clannad.

    As I said, I think you probably had a bad first impression noticing that this would be a romantic visual novel adapted into anime which will only rely on cute stereotyped characters to sell. This is obviously not the case, Clannad will follow Kanon’s steps to give us a touching story where the main hero won’t sleep with all the girls and where all the girls aren’t interested only in the hero’s engine.

    I am not asking you to adore this anime, just to give him a chance. You can seriously be surprised. Oh, and by the way, I’d also recommend Kanon (the 2006 version), probably the best anime in its genre.

  44. Windspirit says:

    Sorry for the double comment. >_>

    About the second show, I’d say “ef – a tale of memories”.
    The trailer shows that there won’t be a bunch of girls in love with the hero, but other couples. The synopsis of this series reminds me of the charming mysticness of Air and… the idiocy of School Days. But now that I heard that there will be more than one couple in this anime, I’m sure I can expect more elaborated romance, at least more than usual harem-shows.


  45. Chris says:

    I suppose since no one will vote for Blue Point I’ll vote for Clannad, that way I’ll follow your blog and just skip the bad episodes! :D Hey atleast it sounds better than Kodomo!

  46. I vote fore Gundam 00 as my first choice…
    After watching the last PV I have high hopes for it…its also comming in HD, that is a big plus for me :P

    As for the second one…hell I can`t decide…
    Im really not looking forward to anything more so I`ll leave it like this, whichever comes second is fine xD

  47. demitrickster says:

    Ok, I vote for Ghost Hound and Rental Magica

  48. CherylHew says:

    ACK, no one voted for MapleStory TT__TT It’d be hopeless for me to do so then LOL In that case, I’d take CLANNAD and Gunslinger Girl… Though we aren’t really sure when the latter will air eh?

  49. Ryusei says:

    Ghost Hound (Production I.G. should be awesome)

    and Gundam OO…

    by the way, is it OO, or 00?^^

  50. psgels psgels says:

    Sorry, my fault. Apparently, it’s 00, but pronounced Double O.

  51. totoum says:

    i think you can take gunslinger girl out of the poll,a second season has been confirmed,but it will come next spring,not this fall.

  52. psgels psgels says:

    Good point. Everyone who voted for Gunslinger Girl is allowed to revote, since by the time it airs, we’ve probably reached the next poll. ^^;

  53. Ulises says:

    Just finished the first season of Wellber no monogatari… It was good, so the second season as my first and..I was thinking about Gunslinger Girl, but because it doesn`t air, gundam 00

    I`m not a big fan of mecha anime…but it`s been a long time since I watched any, so I`ll give it a try xD

  54. Xerox says:

    Gundam 00! Because that’s the only thing I’m looking forward to in the fall.

  55. Cheshire says:

    Gundam 00. Mizushima makes me hope (beyond the fact that the main characters seem an emo-bishie squad just like in Gundam Wing). Also looking forward to Mokke and Rental Magica.

  56. Patrick Monti says:

    Well then I guess I will have to change my Gunslinger Girl vote. I’m torn between Mokke and Minami-ke but I guess my neither has possibilities to win so, the oscar goes to: Minamki-ke.

  57. Darka says:

    How can you even think of not blogging Haruhi II.

  58. psgels psgels says:

    Darka: Because I dropped the first season after four episodes?

    Anyway, I take that that’s your vote, but I don’t really think that Haruhi II will be airing this year.

  59. Windspirit says:

    Yup. Kyoto Animation is doing only one anime per season, and Clannad will be quite long (24 episodes, the visual novel’s script is long enough), so I think you guys will have to wait until april for your Second Season, while a bunch of people like me will be enjoying Clannad. :P

    You dropped Haruhi Suzumiya First Season after four episodes, psgels ? Ha ha ! I wasn’t bored enough to drop the series at this point. Sure, this series has its good moments (the Remote Island, Haruhi’s live concert, the ending (which was kinda intelligent compared to the stupidity of the previous episodes)), but taken globally, it’s, sorry guys, a piece of boring crap full of useless and boring fillers. >_>
    Well, I suppose the flawless technical production and the moe factors made it so popular.

    Well, I now suppose that Gundam 00 will win and that Clannad won’t be blogged. Am I wrong ?

  60. psgels psgels says:

    Well, you’re right, unless more people start voting within the next five days. I do think that I’m going to watch Clannad for a few episode before casting my final judgment, though, whether it gets chosen or not. :)

  61. Windspirit says:

    OK, if I understood well, it means that you watch all the new shows, but pick only some of them to be blogged. This vote is to choose ONE anime that you will ABSOLUTELY blog until the end ?

    So basically, all animes actually have chances to be blogged if you we impressed by the first episodes ? :)

  62. Patrick Monti says:

    Windspirit I think that it’s just as you said. Probably psgels just wants something he would have never thought of blogging.

  63. aikibriarrose says:

    Well, I was really hoping for some votes for the second season of xxxHolic, but I’d like to read your comments about Clannad and Code Geass as well. I’m glad I went looking for more info about Mononoke, cause that’s how I found your blog. Thanks!

  64. psgels psgels says:

    Windspirit, Patrick: Yeah, that’s indeed the purpose of this poll. The last time I tried this, Claymore came out, which I probably wouldn’t have blogged on my own, and it turned out into quite a decent series.

    aikibriarrose: do note that neither the second season of xxxHolic nor Code Geass seems to be airing this fall, and this poll is meant for fall-shows. ;)

  65. deathgod says:

    i think Ghost Hound will be very interesting,i saw the trailer and the animation looked great(kind of similar to Jigoku shoujo), and so i vote for it even if i don’t think there are any more chances for it to get the first lace

  66. Hinode says:

    Hello world … just remembered this poll …

    Anyway .. checked out the two leading candidates out at wiki .. and my vote goes to Clannad .. ^_^ ..

  67. psgels psgels says:

    Ooh, this is getting exciting. There’s less than a day left, and the top-2 have an equal amount of votes. :)

  68. Mai Dawn says:

    Clannad and Dog Hound

  69. hahaha says:

    my vote goes to Gundam OO since its the only fall series im actually looking forward to

  70. Hyuga says:

    Just finished reading your monthly summary…I was not aware of this thing until now^^

    As for my choices:

    Ghost Hound: Because I expect it to be as good as Seirei no moribito because it is from the same company that`s working on it…that show simply amazes me with a good combination of art, animation, music and novel-like storyline.

    Gundam oo..or OO, whatever: Just because I love mecha series…and lately there has been nothing good for me. Gurren Lagann may have good animation and everything, but maybe I need a more matture story.
    Also heard that the director did FMA…that sure makes me hope for a lot.

    Be well!!

  71. Miyu says:

    Even though I’m aware they are NOT going to win, I’m cheering for ef and Minami-ke.

  72. chrry370 says:

    I vote for wellber 2! Since the first season was great!

  73. ap says:

    Gunslinger Girl is a definite!

  74. psgels psgels says:

    Okay, this contest is now officially over. It’s been exciting till the end, but Gundam 00 turned out to be the winner. I want to thank everyone who voted and made this into a success. :)

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Also real dickish that she has an attack in her last form that specifically counters shields. Maybe the whole problem is that I just picked the wrong kind of style for the fight but Zeiwhander and shield has never failed me before.
However any time I got trapped in the corner it was because she was just constantly attacking without pulling back. Rolling was dodgy as you could be easily caught in her next attack. Blocking does no real good either as she's still draining your stamina, health and pushing you back.
@Lenlo, yeah I started aiming for him to get through it but then I was still getting blindsided by her. My build is strength based and I was using a zeiwhander and shield. I couldn't wail on the big guy hard or else I would be in a attack animation when the girl lays down the ice.
See, I never had a problem with the second form because the large guy is so easy to hit and will simply miss you if you stay close to him. I think the one gripe I have with the fight is the heal, because with 2 bosses, you cant stop it alot of the time. I would argue that not getting trapped in a corner though is a skill you cultivate and is more the players fault than the bosses.
Though I actually was happy when they went invisible as that's when I can shave off a heavy chunk of their HP. Still if you happen to miss the small sign of where they jumped then you are screwed on that.
Healing, huge area of effect attacks, grab moves with barely any windup, freeze weapon effects that slow down attack animations, three goddamn forms, can turn invisible, long ass combos leaving little counterattack room and having to fight two bosses at the same time. Honestly, my victory here really depended in them not using certain attacks.
@Lenlo, I liked the visual design and the idea of it. However they gave it far too many cheap attacks. The second form is way to chaotic and depending on how they attack can put you in a position where you really can't do anything. Like when one breaths fire while the other starts healing, then you can't stop it. The final form as well, the minute they get you into a corner, you are done.
Whaaat? I loved that last boss.
Took me 2 and half hours to see everything in the DLC. Took me another 3 hours to beat the boss. Damn that boss had me in the zone. I think its was a serious bullshit artifical difficultly boss but man...beating that bullshit boss solo...felt good.
@Mario, starting to think I didn't need my help after all. I hope they make something worthwhile.
On a unrelated note the Dark Souls 3 DLC boss is serious bullshit.
Hey Aidan, thqt Kickstarter project Mecha-ude has passed its goal (nearly double now with 10 more days to go). Seems like people getting real hype for it
Wonder if Bam has played the new Dark Souls DLC. Found it rather lacking when compared to previous DLC from the last games.
@Anon, it's just a video of a still image of anime girls in bikini's with a red circle around one of their chests. Seeing as this thing has no views or subscribers my guess is someones is fishing for views. To which i say...what really is the point of making videos if this is the only way you can get people to watch them?
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I"] hate this crap that they corrupt anime with (crappy video that insults anime)
So RWBY's back. I actually miss the whole RWBY team. Still prefer Ruby's old custom more. Nora looks cool.
With the fourth episode, Vivid Strike seems to have crossed an invisible line that makes it more like the original Nanoha shows rather than Vivid. The kind of brutal beatdown delivered by the co-protagonist and the build up to it is something quite alien to a normal SoL/Sports anime show.
Ep. 4 of Tiger Mask was a lot better than the last 3, quite a hyped fight that was a full 6mins long. Will continue watching in hope of an awesomely long final fight.
Kaiser Eoghan
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Going back to the fanservice topic, its very easy to complain about it in anything but then something actually comes along that actually does it for you. I mean I always say that I don't watch a show/movie for its fanservice elements and stick with pictures on image boards, but then I ended up seeing a film where I actually got something out of the fanservice while watching the film its.
Kaiser Eoghan
The oujia prequel was competent genre fare, the director cared about the characters and every now and the built up a decent mood. Although jump Scares are there . And I always appreciate a horror film having a mean spirited ending. One of the rare cases where the young actors do well in a horror film. The pace is a bit uneven, rushed and a bit laggy .
Kaiser Eoghan
In the sense of how messed up/especially bleak those two episodes were.
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There was the sense too with both those episodes of "Jesus...I wasn't ready for that...."
Kaiser Eoghan
Though the first episode of the first season and the third episode of season 3 are very hard to beat. Adding to what I thought of s3 ep3 I felt that one hit me on the same level as s1 ep1 did so.
Though in previous seasons I generally only really liked 2 out of the 3.
@Kaiser, though the previous seasons where only 3 episodes long and you enjoyed 3 out of 6 in this season. So yo essentially get the same amount of enjoyment as previous seasons.
Kaiser Eoghan
Based on my comments, it looks like I had a mixed reaction to the third season. Three out of six, but the great was was great and forgives it but I still feel that there was more of a consistentancy in quality in the other seasons. I enjoyed every story in seasons 1 and 2.
Kaiser Eoghan
The final episode felt like a movie all on its own, I'd have gladly watched another thirty minutes of it, ending was a nice punch in the gut.
Just finished black mirror season 3. I hear people basically complaining that it's not as strong as the previous two season but I disagree. I really enjoyed this and this is a show that deserves much more episodes. Personal favorite is between shut up and dance and hated in the nation. Worst I thought was San Junipero. Overall thought each episode was interesting.
Kaiser Eoghan
On the upside I loved black mirrors fifth episode, I'm a sucker for war/action-dramas and I particularly liked the tech in this one.
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Yeah this is impossible for me to sit through, the romance part is also rather dull.
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Eh, this fourth episode is plodding and trite, feels like a bad, poorly dated 90s film.
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@Aidan: Third episode also instilled a great sense of paranoia.
@Kaiser: thanks for that mate. I have too much to say for Flipflappers but to put them all in coherent flow is goddamn hard. And like I said I still fell I left many details out: that gung-ho potato or Yayaka and the twins
@Friend: jugding from the last convention I went to, people loved Re:Zero customs (Emilia and Rem, Ram were highlights. Or you could try RWBY characters (I for once love to see someone cosplay Pirrha Nikos or Velvet Scarlatina)
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@Aidan: Didn't care much for new black mirrors second episode, then again I'm not really the target for that story. The third episode while a bit heavyhanded and predictable was suspenseful, nasty/mean and I liked that about it, did in 50 minutes what some thrillers fail to achieve in two hours.
Holo is a good one :0
Materials aren't a problem at all for the most part, except for anything too crazy like working in brass. I'd prefer it to be characters I'm familiar with.
Does it matter to you that they're from shows that you like, or are you just in it for the challenge?
@Friend Aidan has some good ones there. I'd also give the cast of Akame ga Kiru a shot, I don't like the series but it has a lot of neat character designs.
I was thinking simple as I didn't know what kind of materials you got on hand. I was also thinking of Holo from spice and wolf or Kino from Kinos journey either.
Mm, Tatsumaki might be not challenging enough to design for. Doesn't Shiki simply wear either a coat or Japanese kimono? I do work in set design and not in character prop design, but I'd love to try something that would let me reasonably challenge myself.
@Friend, Spit balling here but Tatsumaki from One Punch Man? I know the costume for that one would be simple enough. Or maybe Shiki from Kara No Kyoukai?
*I don't want to do anything too complex for my first try, but I also don't want to do anything boring. Boring would be a character like Rukia or Celty. Any ideas?
I remember talking about this with Emma/Kaiser before, but has anyone here gone cosplaying at an expo before? I thought it would be neat to try designing my own costume and try something else beside drawing on a computer.
@Kaiser, I am up to episode 4. 3 has been the best one so far.Though in all these episodes I pretty much figured out the twist from the get go. Still this shows always tends to get you thinking.
Kaiser Eoghan
I think the roles/identity thing with flipflappers, at least with the protaganist does fit in well with adolescence.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: I've only seen the first episode so far. I felt the acting was intentional and reflected the satire Brooker was going for on the shallow nature of society. Bleak as ever but gloriously grotesque.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario:Good in depth reviewing there Mario of flipflappers episode three.
Good god this first episode of black mirror is hard to watch. I know exactly how it's going to turn out but it's just so damn painful to watch.
Well, tbh up to where I've seen there's not much explicit yaoi in yuri on ice, only a lot of fujoshi fuel.
@Kaiser. thanks for the torrent. Gonna blaze through this today.
@Topgavin, as someone who watches a metric ton of anime I am rather surprised at that estimate that 90% of it contains Yuri.
My god those gay scenes in Yuri on Ice are hard to watch for me. Wonder if this is how it feels to be a girl watching 90% of normal anime nowadays.
okay, Flip Flappers episodic review was up. This is my lengthiest weekly review so far and I still feel I missed a lot of points. Damn you Flip Flappers
Kaiser Eoghan
You have seen the light, not needing to know everything thats happening to enjoy something ^_^
Kaiser Eoghan
I've given some consideration to reviewing that oujia film followup.
Whether you see one or the other is entirely up to your preferences, so it makes no difference to me which is worse. I have gotten very tired of generic character types, but again that's just because of the things I decide to regularly follow.
I will say if it must come down to either unnatural dialogue or unnatural character types, at leas the character type is speaking their own words and not the words of the script writer.
Or was that a black and white fallacy? Maybe it was a little of both.
@Realjustified, K-Off wasn't agreeing with me. That's a Moving the Goal Posts logical Fallacy but well I will answer regardless. Honestly it's preferable to have neither. The big mistake you are making here is that you are putting down a condiction that a show must have one or the other. But both cartoons and anime can have both. I just think it's a lot more prominent in cartoons than anime.
Like, having read hundreds of harem manga over the years, a majority of the ultimate love interest always happens to be the first girl the protagonist meets.
Wait wait wait wait. Aidan and K-Off. I get that dialogue in cartoon can seem like it was written by a script writer, but at the same time, lots of anime have characters whose sole purpose is entirely scripted. The whole spectrum of "deres" and everything. What do you think is worse? Unnatural dialogue, or unnatural character types?
You guys should really go fuck yourself, it's a solution and it's nothing short of great!
You guys should really watch the first 4 episodes of Bungo, it's a prequel and it was nothing short of great!
omg!! I just realized To be Hero was one of the show that I reviewed its 1st episode back in Chinese Animation post. I watched raw then though
forgive me if I'm a bit too overwhelmed by Flip Flappers... For this episode alone I took like 25 screenshots...trying to write a review now...
I have absolutely no idea what is going on in Flip Flappers plot. And yet for some reason I am OK with that.
Anyone out there that's a fan of crude humor should go watch ep.3 of To Be Hero. Certinately stepped it up a notch from the last two humor-wise.
One downside I can think of already is that I'm bound to lose or break one of the detachable controllers. The cost for those pieces is what I'm most interested in.
Nintendo Switch hmm? Honestly it looks too good to be true. I expect some major downsides to this thing.
I like cartoons, don't get me wrong. Certainly good for a change of pace. But there is something about the way they are written that I find rather distracting.
I don't know, maybe if I said it's like the difference from how characters talk in movie vs how characters talk in a sitcom?
@K-Off, I said one liner's or jokes. Not one liner jokes. It's hard to explain. Basically when I hear a conversation in anime even if it is based in stereotypes, it at least feels like a conversation that's being had in the moment. In cartoons however there is a layer of artificiality and it feels like characters know what a person is going to say and has a response prepared.
That's probably why some of my favorite anime in recent years haven't been very heavy on character archetypes, or were either parodies of it.
Comedic dialogue with anime in recent years have leaned too much on the idea of playing off character archetypes. The collected character vs the energetic character, for one. I'd like to see more variety. Some more word play, hyperbolic humor, body humor, etc etc.
@Aidan Not quite sure what you mean by that, because it's certainly not even a majority of cartoons that rely on cheap one liner jokes. I suppose it's entirely up to taste, but I can appreciate the energy in cartoons like Steven Universe or Regular Show when compared to the increasingly repetitive dialogue found in some recent anime.
@Topgavin: I just read that review and his main reason being Shelter is pretentious. oh well! Can't never please anyone.
Thought I'd check out the reviews for Shelter on MAl and the top review is a 1/10. Apparently because it's a cute girl we sympathise with her more, which is bad because reasons. I mean.. what? MAL never ceases to amaze me
@Mario, no. It's more that the dialogue keeps trying to push out one liners or jokes regardless of whose talking.
@Aidan: maybe because they spoke in your native language do you can feel that it's artificial, ya know? I know I have the same problem with Vietnamese drama/ cartoon and maybe Japanese people have that same issues with anime?
By which I mean, the way characters talk in cartoons is very...artificial. Like you can tell that the dialgoue was clearly written beforehand and it never really sounds natural. At least to me.
@Anon, I wouldn't. The writing and structure are too cartoon. What with the episodic nature and dialogue that generally pushes for a comedic tone.
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Flanagan also directed absentia which I haven't seen yet but I think someone I came across of 4chan linked it to being lovecraftian?
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Oculus was a film of two halves for me. Hush was a pretty standard home invasion thriller, making the victim deaf was an interesting twist but not as unique as you might think, still suspenseful though.
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I never saw the first oujia film. Though Mike Flanagan who did the sequel, he's never made a bad movie but he's never really made a great one either.
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I stick to the firm belief that cartoons and anime, visually should do and be their own thing. I'll prefer a western artstyle for cartoons rather than one pretending to look like anime style.
But this is a good topic and I'm sure everyone has their own opinions so I'm looking to hear some more arguments
@anon352392: no they aren't. For me not because of where their production based, nor their intended audience, but rather their styles, both visually and storytelling-ly, are different
Anime,” they assert, is not a “style” of illustration or animation.
That's where I differ to those guys. For me, anime is a style. In that sense, I consider RWBY, and Canadian-produced short Flutter as an anime. Thunderbolt Fantasy is not and anime-influence shows/movies that are intented for Western audience like AniMatrix or Afro Samurai are anime
@Anon nah they wouldn't be because they aren't made by a japanese producer for the japanese market. Quality isn't the question, production is
NX and Red Dead Redemption 2 trailers tomorrow.
They are good series and i honestly like them alot more than most anime series, would their quality make them anime?
What about cartoons like Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, Wander Over Yonder, Star Vs The Forces Of Evil?
In other news a sequel to an absolutely terrible horror movie called Ouija is out and it's...actually pretty good? Wondering if critics were paid off or it is legit good. Well it did have the guy who was behind Oculus and that was a pretty good movie.
Simplify the term down enough and anime is literally anything animated but the whole point of the term is to distinguish it. For to call Spongebob an anime makes me want to projectile vomit. Point is this, you say you watched a cartoon, people think Tom and jerry, Scooby doo etc. You say you watched an anime, people think Cowboy bebop, Attack on titan, etc. Whole point of the term.
For example, I don't consider Avatar or RWBY to be anime for while they use anime style, the writing is fundamentally structured like an American cartoon. Through I would consider Bloodivores an anime even though it was made by a Chinese animation company, making it technically a Chinese cartoon.
As far as what is and isn't anime I honestly think of the term as a means of distinguishing it from cartoon which gives the impression of being for children. It's like Graphic novel is to comic book. Though techically graphic novels are issues of comics bound in book form, the term Graphic novel is often used to distinguish works that go above superhero comics and whatnot.
Basically I think it was due to Porter Robinsons involvement that they didn't consider it anime.
@Aidan: Did the mods give any concrete reasons why they didn't consider it an anime?
@Mario, It wasn't the community that had the problem. It was the mods. The community made it pretty clear that they considered it anime.
So despite the art style is obviously anime, the character speaks in Japanese, and the production was animated by A1 Studios, it's not an anime? Sometimes I feel sad that the anime community keeps limiting themselves with such fixed minds.
I saw it yesterday and yes it was good. For a 5-minute story, they don't make it too overwhelme with details, and still pack an emotional punch. Moreover it elevates the song. Good stuffs.
Shelter was quite good though. It works well and the animation was beautiful. Song is not bad either. It's got a nice emotional punch to it though it's a bit simple a story.
Well anyway I only saw all this because I checked out the video for the first time and wanted to see how others thought of it with a quick scan through reddit. And I get this shitshow instead.
Playing the victim is the one really pisses off the internet. For refusing to admit you f*cked up only encourages people to shove how you f*cked up into your face. That's what really grinds peoples gears.
Yep, seen that too. The mods even put up another tread about the video and tried to guilt trip people by saying they got death threats. Look, internet rules 101. If you said or did something stupid admit to it and just walk away. Do not try to deflect blame or play the victim, that only adds fuel to the fire.
@Aidan oh yeah saw that live lol. Porter himself even commented on twitter about it, gotta love internet drama
So did anyone happen to catch the big old shitstorm of that Shelter music music when a mod of the Anime subreddit decided it wasn't "Anime" enough and removed the discussion post about it? Oh internet drama...what silly nonsense.
Finally caught up with JoJo. Diamond is Unbreakable has turned out to be much better than Stardust Crusaders. Should have waited for the season to finish through as I really loved marathoning it.
I had a feeling that might be the case considering the source materail for luger.
@Mario Oh I watched that, certinately worth it. Packed more story that some 12-episode shows do nowadays and gorgeous animation.
and I will check out "Shelter" music video to see what all the fuss is about
*this weekend to be exact.
Sounds like Luger Code 1951 is an OVA that will air next week, the same air date with "my" Zaregoto OVA.
@Mario: doesn't sound real at all to me lol
@Mario, I might be able to manage. If all else fails I can talk about the past of these historical figures.
While I don't mind watchinng Drifters, I swaer if I had to cover that show, I couldn't come up with anything to say.
Do you guys know what language the fairies speak in Drifters? It does sound like a genuine language
@topgavin: humanity has declined is a great show. It has good writing and dark, witty sense of humor. I could talk about it in length but psgels pretty much covered it all. He was really impressed by that show however.
That should be me covered till the weekend. Why do all my shows air on the weekend...
@Mario nah I've watched the whole thing but I'd heard about it at the start of this year and put it off. The dialogue between her and the fairies was great stuff, probably gonna rewatch it this weekend now that you mention it
Alright, I got three posts written up and will be throwing them out in about two hours or do.
I thought you've finished it. Yeah I love her character a lot, so cynical but witty. My favorite moment was when she read about fairy's plan to invent religions. She was like "so religions are invented?" (beat) "I've learn something new today". Priceless
@Mario Oh nice, it was one that I had heard about but never got round to. To put it in simple anime terms, Watashi is best girl
@topgavin: I just finished the series yo mentioned the other day: humanity is declined. Man, I love it. I know now I have a thing for dark twisted absurdist anime
@Ano340004: the name is Watashi ga Motete Dousunda, or to put it short Motete. I have fun with it but i'm not that enthuastic
@anon the english name is Kiss him, not me. Search through the first impressions if you need the jap name.
then that girl really loves BL (boy love)
what is the name of the anime that the girl is fat and then she got depressed because her favorite boy anime died then she got thin?
Season 7 is awesome so far too. It feels like the tone of the show is finally back to normal and it feels like Adventure Time again.
Whew, I binged all seasons of Adventure Time this weekend. The show hit a low spot in Season 6 but I think it needed to happen...Poor Finn needed the serious character development after what he did to FP.
You guys are too hard on it
Motete is very funny
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When it comes to gag manga and four-koma, I just eventually reach a stopping point with a comedy series in that format. Even with hidamari sketch.
I think it was typical light novel trash based on what was in the PV. I laughed that despite it being horrible that the crowd still cheered anyway, likely because it had a bath clip in it.
The PV was hilarious. I had no idea what the anime was about.
@Aidan I'm good, I'll stick with Working.
@K-Off, you could switch to something like Gi(a)rlish Number if you like. I for one am really digging the satire of the show. Plus I like that it's basically showing how an utter train-wreck of an anime can be made. That PV in the last episode was truly painful.
Feeling pretty disappointed with Working. I haven't gotten any more cynical with comedies, at least I don't think, and its flaws are so irritating.
@Adam Le, I find that with Comic book dialogue. Which is one of the reasons I have gone off marvel movies. Cartoons have it to a degree as well.
I love the instagram shots in Yuri
Maybe I can have a watch through those live action films and do a compare/contrast to see which version works better. After all movie and tv series are 2 different medium, and live-action vs animation is the topic that we never get tired of
speaking of which, the overlap between anime and live-action adaptation from manga is overwhelming. For this year alone, there were Erased, 3-gatsu no Lion, Fune o Amu, orange, and Chihayafuru (part 1&2). Those were just the ones I know.
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