Posted by psgels on 31 July 2007 with categories: Monthly Summaries

July 2007 Rankings
As you can see, this section’s got a few new features. Someone requested to give out series ratings of the past month, and I decided to give it a try. Rating individual episodes was clearly a bad idea, but I liked the idea of monthly ratings, so I decided to let my rating system loose on these series. It’s working fine so far, I’ll continue till this feature turns out to be a bad idea.

#46 (new): Buzzer Beater – (3,2) – I think it’s safe to label this one as the worst show of the season. Don’t even touch this one with a ten-foot pole. Dropped.
#45 (36): Shining Tears X Wind – (3,7) – Episode 12 had to be THE cheesiest episode I’ve ever seen. Yes, it was that painful.
#44 (new): Moetan – (4,6) – Nice to see that the creators went for a subtle approach for this series. [/sarcasm] Can it get any more blatantly obvious? Dropped
#43 (new): School Days – (4,9) – Ugh… that main character… that horrible, horrible main character! This show had better have an amazing climax to make up for the annoying first four episodes.
#42 (32): Kaze no Stigma – (5,1) – Okay, I give up. I tried watching this show, but it still disappoints me. The characters are just way too annoying to enjoy them. Dropped.
#41 (new): Doujin Work – (5,1) – Basically, this show didn’t stand out to me in any way, so I never bothered to check out its second episode. Dropped.
#40 (28): Devil May Cry – (5,9) – I dropped this series when episode 2 and 3 didn’t feature the great direction of episode 1.
#39 (33): Lucky Star – (6) – I’m glad to see that Lucky Star finally introduced new characters to introduce some (gasp) variation. Still, what they were doing before they were introduced is beyond me. It’s especially strange that it took Kagami no less than 16 episodes to mention that she’s got two elder sisters, and we still have no idea what happened to Konata’s mother. Overall, this month has been better for Lucky Star than the previous one, but it’s still too much moe and Haruhi-references and too little substance.
#38 (26): Romeo x Juliet – (6,2) – It’s sad to see that a potential classic boiled down to the story of a bunch of angsty teenagers. While it still holds the potential to become good in the end, right now, it’s obnoxious.
#37 (34): Heroic Age – (6,3) – It’s annoying that Dianeira’s brothers basically only exist to make Dianeira look better. This series would have been so much better off without them, and you’d wonder how humanity managed to survive with both of them in command. Really, this show is trying too hard to make its protagonists look good.
#36 (new): Sky Girls – (6,4) – I still don’t know what to think about this series. On one hand, it’s a nice story between three girls. On the other hand, it’s blatant lolicon-bait that makes no sense. There is a reason why the real military doesn’t use any child pilots: their bodies are too weak, and they’re mentally too unstable for such a delicate job. One thing I’m also missing in this series is the effects of a nuclear war on humanity Right now, you wouldn’t suspect that the worms were wiped out by nuclear weapons.
#35 (new): Nanatsuiro Drops – (6,5) – Despite the annoying Sumomo, this series turned out to be actually watchable. I don’t like, however, how it shamelessly ripped off Akazukin’s main tune
#34 (new): Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho – (7,1) – When fanservice isn’t involved, this series is entertaining. It’s got characters that go beyond stereotypes, and it’s probably the only fanservice-show that’s actually funny. When fanservice is involved, however… *headdesks*
#33 (24): Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula – (7,2) – This show seems to be missing something, but I can’t exactly point out what. Perhaps it’s the excessive amount of angst, or the fact that we just know that Russia is going to be the main final enemy who has to be defeated.
#32 (23): The Skull Man – (7,3) – While everyone already finished this series, I’m waiting for the subs of the final episodes that are not HD .mkv ones. -_-
#31 (21): Tokyo Tribe 2 – (7,4) – Despite the predictability, the ending was definitely fun to watch, especially Skunk and Buppa in their last moments. And I really thought that Skunk was the one who committed the murder in the past, and it was a nice surprise to be proven wrong.
#30 (35): Murder Princess – (7,6) – The fourth episode was definitely better than the third one, and it was an enjoyable watch, despite the cheesiness. I’m just afraid, because I didn’t hear many good things about episode 5.
#29 (new): Potemayo – (7,6) – I am getting a bit worried about this series. Episode 3 and 4 were nowhere near as brilliant as episodes 1 and 2. Please don’t let the creators run out of ideas!
#28 (16): Tetsuko no Tabi – (7,6) – Even though nothing much happens, and I usually dislike otaku in anime, I really like Yokomi and the other characters who travel along with him. I also like how every episode comes with a different cast, and that we don’t just get to see the same group over and over.
#27 (new): Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – (7,6) – I really like Higurashi, but the current arc isn’t part of its highlights. Episode 1 was awesomeness, though.
#26 (new): Baccano! – (7,7) – The first episode already surprised with its huge amount of characters. It’s also got a great style, the question now remains: will everything come together in the end?
#25 (???): Shoujo Jang Geum no Yume – (7,8) – Whoa! Where did this come from? Despite the fact that only one episode gets released in half a year, I must thank Ppalgan-anime that they’re willing to fansub this series. It turned into quite an adorable shoujo-series, and another great example of the greatness of neglected series.
#24 (???): Code Geass – (7,9) – The finale was quite good, for Code Geass-standards. There were a couple of minor flaws, but overall it was enjoyable watching this series. I especially liked Orange-kun, despite the lack of explanation where he came from. Still, it’s sad to see that the creators went for the most predictable cliff-hanger in the end.
#23 (new): Mushiuta – (7,9) – While episodes 2 and 3 were rather dull, episode 4 showed great promise. This can turn into a great series, if it does things well from now on.
#22 (11): Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS – (7,9) – The subs have now reached up to episode 15, though nothing much happened, and the series is still building up. There was one mission, but apart from that we mostly saw the cast training, and the introduction of a rather obnoxious yellow-haired girl. Still, I’ve heard great things about the upcoming episodes. It’s just a shame that the character-designs start to look worse, every time I look at them.
#21 (22): Gurren Lagann – (7,9) – Simon couldn’t have chosen a better day to propose to Nia, could he? While this does feel a bit cheap, I like the time-leap so far. Especially Rossiu turned out for the better, and Yoko’s gone now.
#20 (25): Reideen – (8,1) – While I dislike Reideen’s habit of using Deus ex Machina for its climaxes, it is doing a lot of things right. The atmosphere still is great, and especially the storm-arc and the subway-arc were a great watch when the focus turned to the characters.
#19 (14): Kekkaishi – (8,2) – Up till now, I’ve been watching this series raw, but with the sudden introduction of a plot, I gave in. I’ve basically been rewatching the past few episodes this month, while waiting for the subs to catch up with me. This series has a really nice rewatch-value, by the way.
#18 (new): Zombie Loan – (8,3) – I like the atmosphere of this strange combination between a shounen and a shoujo-show. There’s definitely chemistry between the characters, which more than makes up for the lack of fights
#17 (17): Gintama – (8,4) – You have to see episode 34, for it’s brilliant forum-parodies. Episode 33 also was genius, though its conclusion was disappointing.
#16 (new): Shigurui – (8,5) – This is one disturbing show, and definitely not recommended for younger audiences. It’s incredibly detailed, and if you combine that with the gore and atmosphere, you get an incredibly tense result.
#15 (10): El Cazador de la Bruja – (8,5) – It’s great to see that the plot finally starts moving, episode 17 should never have been aired, though.
#14 (13): Claymore – (8,5) – While it does make me worry at times, these worries aren’t necessary at all. The climaxes for Claymore have been truly excellent, and Claymore has turned into a series that just about anyone will be able to enjoy.
#13 (22): Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge – (8,6) – There seems to be some general rule among comedy-series with storylines that the final episode has to suck and disappoint. Therefore, it was great to see that Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge even screwed this rule, and came with a really enjoyable ending, that had me laughing over and over, and still was really touching as an ending.
#12 (new): Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei – (8,8) – I think we’ve got ourselves another brilliant comedy-series here. We’re three episodes in, and it still continues to get better and better. It’s just a shame that afk refuses to give information about the obscure references, like gg did for Pani Poni Dash. I’m not sure how many people picked it up, but the name for the female lead, Fuura Kafuka actually comes from a German writer, named Franz Kafka. I’ve read one of his books for school once, and let me say that you can’t get more desperate than that guy. Hence the irony of Fuura’s name, as she probably is the most optimistic character you can think of. ^^; Another thing I really like is how it talks about so many taboos in modern society. I especially loved this for the foreign girl. Here, we all think that Asians are good at studying, and in Japan, people think that it’s the foreigners who are the smart ones. ^^;
#11 (7): Ooedo Rocket – (8,8) – For the past few episodes, the plot has started to get going, and the characters are really turning into multi-dimensional ones, and I found myself really caring about them, due to the time that the first half of the series spent on them, fleshing them out.

#10 (new): Code-E – (8,8)

This show did just about everything right, apart from the character-designs for the male lead. The characters were surprisingly addictive for me, there was some great chemistry between them, and the climaxes are really nice to watch, when the main character’s power gets out of control. While this definitely isn’t for everyone, it’s great to see that Simoun’s director can even make such a slice-of-life series work out greatly. :)

#9 (15): Darker than Black – (8,9)

I can hardly believe it, but the past two arcs have been amazingly good. Especially episodes 13 and 14 featured some of the best minor villains I’ve seen in a long, long while, and I’m finally beginning to feel Yoko Kanno’s magic. Now let’s see how this series will close itself off.

#8 (3): Saiunkoku Monogatari – (8,9)

And finally the first major climax of the second season has come, and despite the rather cheap twist of episode 16, the scenes especially involving Eigetsu were real tear-jerkers, and the other characters also turned out to be delights to watch.

#7 (new): Mononoke – (9)

I think it won’t be necessary anymore to declare my love for this series, as the past few series have been really, really good. If you’re a psychological horror-fan, you just have to check out this piece of awesomeness!

#6 (6): Les Miserables – (9)

And finally this series starts getting really awesome! Despite the fact that this series is meant for kids, it doesn’t go out of its way to hide deceit, death threats, prison and abuse, and the past few episodes have been true roller-coaster rides. The only problem is the chronic lack of subs. Seriously, we’re already at episode 30, and the subs have been stuck at episode five for months! An epic like this one doesn’t deserve this much negligence.

#5 (9): Seirei no Moribito – (9,1)

Now that the shadow hunters have returned, this series suddenly has become much better again, and it’s finally time to move out of the quiet mood and get the conclusion of the series started. I seriously wonder how the creators are planning to do that.

#4 (12): Dennou Coil – (9,1)

Dennou Coil has been pure excellence for this month, with an effective combination between gripping drama and hilarious comedy, and it seems that the creativity of the creators still hasn’t run out.

#3 (4): Kaze no Shoujo Emily – (9,3)

Kaze no Shoujo Emily continues to be one of the best slice-of-life series I’ve ever seen, and every episode is one big heart-warming success. Especially when an episode comes and introduces some beautiful background tunes.

#2 (1): Bokura no – (9,3)

Okay, you know you’ve got a success when even a recap episode turns out worthwhile. The climaxes of this series have been incredibly intriguing, and they give a total new dimension to “we’re not alone”.

#1 (5): Toward the Terra – (9,3)

Epic, truly epic. Toward the Terra has really surpassed itself this month, with some of the amazing plots and scenes as the result. Keith is the perfect example of a good villain, due to the time that the previous episodes have spent on fleshing the guy out. If you’re a science-fiction-fan, you absolutely can’t miss out on this one.

Top 5 Episodes
This time, not only did I take into account the quality of the episodes themselves, but the impact they made also played a huge role in my selection.

#5: Bokura no – 15
While the episode started out mundane, the twists at the end were OMG-worthy.

#4: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – 27
A perfect aftermath, and while nothing much happened, it was awesome to see some of my favourite characters return, including seeing how they changed.

#3: Les Miserables – Shoujo Cosette – 29
One huge turning-point for the series in terms of mood. While only two episodes ago, we saw people reuniting a mother with her daughter, this episode turned into an incredibly dark one.

#2: Dennou Coil – 09
For me, this was the episode that really convinced me of Dennou Coil’s awesomeness, when suddenly it comes with such a grand episode.

#1: Bokura no – 13
The word that can probably best describe this episode is “shocking”.

12 Responses

  1. Karry says:

    Most of your comments sound pretty much like whining.
    And what with the love of obvious shit, like Zetsubou & Ooedo…

  2. psgels psgels says:

    I think you’ve made it clear by now that you don’t like Ooedo Rocket. The thing is, that this list reflects my own opinion, which happens to be different from yours. I’ll try to whine a little less in the future, though.

  3. Chris says:

    ^ Everybody had different opinions, the one who sounds whiney is you actually.

    I actually started liking School Days because it shows a rather realistic portrayal of a cheating bastard. Can’t say I really dislike him though he’s rather real and although I was never as bad as he is, I haven’t really been faithful in my relationships so far either. The character I do hate is the main girl, shs needs to grow a spine and maybe make the relationship work by whipping her boyfriend into shape, and the other girl’s actions may be “sluttly” but hey shes atleast not some submissive dummy, I like her style. I’m expecting the show to get dark and dramatic just because of various little things I’ve seen so far, and the next episode preview thing just gives me a feeling of “this show’s gonna get serious.”

    Les Miserables is looking incredibly good I think I may just watch the show raw and skip to the mid twenties part where things start getting intense. Thanks for showing some love for this underappreciated series that’s better than most of the crap out now (this summer season’s anime is just reeking otaku.)

  4. Chris says:

    ah that reply was to this first commenter psgels, not you haha.

  5. Solaris says:

    I wish i had 25h a day to watch to 46 different series XD

    I personally like your style of blogging. You actualy tell what you like or dislike. You focus on the show, plot and characters speaking by fan, and not about the tecnichal stuff or enumerating all the good cast, producers, voice actors and blabla, pretending to be a professional of the field.

    I personally don’t fully agree to your top 46, but hey, everybody has his own opinons and after all “de gustibus non disputandum est” , so Bah! Forget my long talk it’s all nonsense XD

  6. totoum says:

    you’re not the only one that loved episode 13 and 14 of darker than black,i just really fell in love with the yin character,i thought she was intriguing in the first episodes and finaly seeing her in the spotlight was great.Though now that i’m really starting to like the show,it’s been licenced and i’m having a hard time finding fansubs.

  7. Anca says:

    The only positions I don’t agree with are Lucky Star (too low), Doujin Work (same), RxJ and Potemayo (too high) and YamaNade (same). I watched the first ep. of Emily and what was released of Les Misables – T_T so sad people aren’t subbing them.

    I stopped watching Bokurano because I started reading the manga (the anime director hates the manga and it shows, if you know both), but I’m also watching Terra e, Gintama and Saiunkoku 2 raw. No choice for Terra e because it’s been licensed and nobody is subbing it anymore.

    How come some other big name series aren’t on that list? (Hayate, LoveCom, Naruto, Bleach, D.Gray-Man)

  8. psgels psgels says:

    totoum: have you tried Tokyo Toshokan? They just released episode 17 there.

    Anca: the reason I’m notlisting the names of the big names is because I dropped them a long time ago. Neither D.Gray-Man nor Hayate nor LoveCom could catch my interest after their first episodes, Naruto kept dragging on and on, and Bleach just became too painful to continue, so I dropped them.

  9. CherylHew says:

    afk DID tell us about Kafuka, and pretty much all the characters introduced in any particular episode. Just make sure to watch till after the ED =p

  10. kiseki gurl says:

    I feel like a total dumbass for saying this but I’m confused by your episode rating system.

  11. roguewrath says:

    I appreciate your blog. It makes it a lot easier to find good shows than most other sites, because your tastes seem similar to my own. I believe is rating system is out of 10. (The comma is used like a decimal in America.)

  12. psgels psgels says:

    CherylHew: Ack! They did? Never mind my comment then. Apologies. ^^;

    Kiseki gurl: oh, sorry, I indeed should have written some kind of explanation. The ratings are out of 10, and roguewrath is right about me using the decimal comma that the Europeans use (me being Dutch and all). The rating scale should be around the following:
    1 – 2,9: The worst of the worst.
    3 – 3,9: These are really painful series. Don’t try to go anywhere near them.
    4 – 4,9: Garbage, there may be two or three good points, they don’t make up for the rest of the series.
    5 – 5,9: Bad series. Some people might like them, I didn’t.
    6 – 6,9: A mediocre series. Full of flaws, but still watchable
    7 – 7,4: A nice watch, but not something I’d recomment.
    7,5 – 7,9: While still enjoyable, this series could have done better.
    8 – 8,4: A great and really enjoyable series, but the flaws are obvious.
    8,5 – 8,9: Excellent series, either with one considerable flaw or missing something to make it truly memorable.
    9 – 9,4: Awesomeness. Nearly every part of this series delivers.
    9,5 – 10: The perfect series, outstanding in every way. Obviously, this rating doesn’t appear often.

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Anonymous1636224
The blood of the innocent will flow without end, mmmmmm this is why I love Inuyashiki
Anonymous1636224
Mmmmmm the suffering of all those innocent people feeding his God boner, this is why I love Inuyashiki
Lenlo
Oh yeah, thats not a knock against it. Just noting they dont *need* much animation
SuperMario
Well, the nature of Mahoutsukai is slow-burned, so it makes sense they focus more on static, quiet moments
Lenlo
Was that blade 2022 thing supposed to be an example? Because I wasnt a fan. It was stylish sure, but difficult to follow.
Lenlo
Maho is a good looking show, I wouldnt call it a great animated show.
Lenlo
The issue for me is, theres just not alot being animated most of the time. Usually its a pretty slow moving anime, so most of its time is talking and still shots. It doesnt need alot of animation, so it doesnt have it.
Lenlo
@Niel, I think Mahoutsukai can have good animation when it wants to. Like the water viel in episode 10 looked good (Though im not sure how much of that was after effects)
Anonymous1635607
uhhh creepy
Anonymous1635589
the blood of the innocent will flow without end, mmmm this is why I love Inuyashiki so much
Amagi
I think the security is the same as here, it's just that Japanese people are less likely to rip stuff (correct me if I am wrong). It seems like ripped anime, manga and so on are basically always uploaded by Americans, Chinese people or someone else.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was surprised heavens feel was camripped I thought security in japanese theatres was stronger.
Amagi
Yeah it's also screening in Germany, I will watch it in February, together with Heaven's Feel, Mutafukaz, Kimikoe and a few others.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*on Europa cinema
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nanoha new film to screen next February in the US, come in Europa license it for over here dammit....
Kaiser-Eoghan
Did have some down moments though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I guess contrasting Luke with his old self goes some way.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Saw the preview screening of the new star wars, still feel the new trilogy stands inbetween the originals and prequels, fufills its duty as a *** star blockbuster , some genuinely hilarious high camp moments, awful tokenism, Snoke is a shit villain, but two scenes with Luke actually have a pathos to them and I liked the chase/action scenes when they happened. Nobody cares about the acting/dialogue
AidanAK47
But there are times when it goes way too far and you can barely make out what is even supposed to be happening. Or characters go so off model that they are unrecognizable. It can be immersion breaking. Much like uncanny CGI.
AidanAK47
@Niel, I do agree that it's annoying to see people complain about animation when they clearly have no idea what they are talking about. Like those inbetween frame screenshot people. But I will say I appreciate on model characters more so than chaotic movement. When the off model stuff suits the tone of the scene like that blade runner part, then it's fine.
niel
I also don't want to see someone imply visual=animation for the hundredth time. Are people really that ignorant of the technical/artistic aspect of the media they consumed?
niel
It just depends on what works best in given scene and the aesthetic they want to go for. People can complain all they want about off-model stuff, but if they really only want that the they won't be getting nearly as much of those impactful scenes as there are now. So many of the ways people complain about it is really irking to me.
niel
normal/low action scenes is different from being on-model during the action sequences and just the ones that need some extra impact in general. https://youtu.be/rrZk9sSgRyQ?t=6m45s
niel
But that depends on the situation though. And I'd argue that being consistent and on-model during
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter/Niello/Mario: Ideally I want it both ways, fluid animation AND consistent model visuals, all the while never sacrificing choreography.
SuperMario
But really, who am I to say. I'm the dude who prefer beautiful shot composition myself
SuperMario
The same can be said with Shinkai's movies since he always prefers static, beautiful shot that people tend to overlook that his animation is quite poorly handled
Vonter
You're right, but art direction does alleviate limited animation, I mean the old Berserk anime, kinda has a lot of slideshow moments. MahoYome has nice backgrounds, and despite the samey faces, at the very least doesn't come from the same mold as other series. Still cutting corners with chibi segments is was a mistake.
SuperWooper
Is it any wonder that people prefer things to be static/on-model? They want to see characters who look consistent and familiar so they can relate to them.
Nie
MahoYome being the biggest offender of people getting triggered to any kind of statement about the show's animation not being good. And it's absurd because the show's animation really isn't great at all. It's good with distracting people with pretty pictures, but animation-wise it's still mediocre.
Nie
@SuperMario: Not much. Just stuff like "Art is part of the animation weather it's beautiful backgrounds or just amazing looking characters. It's not all about how they move. If it was, CG would be considered great animation" multiple times. I've just been finding myself being replied with these kinds of comment non-stop since the start of the season.
SuperMario
@Niello: What happened exactly, if you don't me asking?
Nielllo
If I hear someone says AMB has good animation one more tie I might actually lose it. It's amazing how people who apparently know nothing about it try to defend this and other people who don't know anything are actually supporting the guy.
Niello
So with Fate Apocrypha episode 22 out, I'm just now learning that people think webgen style is horrible and they prefer static scenes with pretty visual over actual quality animation. WTF. I can't comprehend this. Are casual people who watch animation in general really that oblivious to the art they have been watching?
Lenlo
Berserks Dynasty Warriors style game looked better. Also, Mahoutsukai should be up tonight/tomorrow. Turns out, Christmas is a busy time of year at this job.
Amagi
*worse
Amagi
Especially when you consider how good CGI can be by now, look at Houseki or Kado. But Berserk was the worst thing I saw in years, many scenes felt worst than sequences of PSX games
Amagi
@SuperMario: Same. I love Kon and also consider Paprika's OST as the best. @Lenlo: Me too. I honestly even enjoyed the movies but the new series was atrocious
Lenlo
HIRASAWAAAA! HAAAAAI YOOOOO.
I miss the 90s Berserk.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was also quite fond of his soundtracks for Berserk. AIIIIIYE FORCES : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkYYYew8CUI
SuperMario
@Amagi: I'm a big fan of Kon so I've watched everything from his. Even bought a book about his works. About the soundtrack, I listened to them as well but not regularly, compare to pprika OST which I downloaded and listen to a lot
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although not completely a manga, Usagi yojimbo also has an anthro character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Millennium actress is partially inspired by the actress Setsuko Hara.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: The anthro-animal manga is even a topseller as far as I know. Haven't looked into it yet, though. Maybe I will do so.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I am still hoping Dream Machine will happen some day. Kon died believing it would happen
Amagi
@SuperMario: Have you tried the other Kon movies like Millennium Actress once? Thought they were really good and Hirasawa is responsible for the OST there too. Or Paranoia Agent which was (IMO) very good as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nttSKBJ38k (OP)
Niello
Eoghan: Enjoy... ;)
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I haven't read this, its very strange to see a manga about full anthro animal characters: http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Beastars
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: So based on that I will try devil lady. Thanks.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: That'd be me who made that post. I thought dororon enma-kun was wonderfully ridiculous and Devilman gorishly entertaining, Shin Mazinger Z was probably some of the most fun I had with an anime, but violence jack took it way too far though so I guess I'm aquainted with nagai's work
Vonter
I don't remember who was looking for something noir in anime. I was looking among several series from Go Nagai. And watched some Devil Lady. I don't remember if noir is exclusively detective stories, but this anime, has those high contrast shadows, eerie music and is shot like some japanese horror movies I've seen. I don't know if it changes along the road but so far it's very suspenseful.
SuperMario
I only know him through his works in Berserk and Paprika but his music never fails to amaze me
Anonymous1626471
@Amagi: Ghost Bridge is my favourite. I just find it very calming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeh5aJsxlbw
Amagi
Susumu Hirasawa is one of my favorite musicians/composers. I don't even know what kind of subgenre this is. There aren't any other music groups I know who do similar stuff
Nielllo
@Mario, Already saw that video before.
SuperMario
Check this out... I don't even know what the freaking instrument he's playing, but it's spellbound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjalQjAomH0
Niello
Just when I thought Houseki no Kuni took the prize for best animation I was treated with Apocrypha. This week is amazing.
Niello
Big name animators all over. They really threw everything they've got here.
Niello
Woooooah! OMG Apocrypha ep 22 animation is sick! So that's why the animation in the first half of the show is so lackluster and basically just darn awful.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its not entirely odd to bring up Heydrich in relation to the occult either, apparently he was said to be part of some whackjob order.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm, that girl from Dies irae, Anna Schwegln is aptly named, also shares her name with the last executed person for witchcraft, who was Bavarian German, which i'm told by an Austrian friend were particular right-est leaning politically.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of course unfortunately its often the opposite that happens, nothing is worse than an ending that ruins everything.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, how I love being surprised by something. That feeling where you''re watching something shakily held together, simply okay or good, then suddenly in the second half or last stretch your score of it goes massively up.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can kind of understand the wanting to go home and watch something easy mentality instead of challenging but even though I'm guilty of escapism, I'm tired somewhat of "sillier" stuff, its often enjoyable but its get overly reptitive and I wish I could find more philosophical/political/imaginative things.
Amagi
Yeah the show is great because of its theme, the setting and chemistry girls have as well as their (lack of) knowledge about basic human things. Each episode thematizes this in a different way but there isn't much you can talk or say about it when you already explained the topic in detail.
SuperMario
On the other hand, I don't have much to talk about Girls' Last Tour this week. It's still good, but with this episode I feel that I'm running out of concrete thig to say about the show
SuperMario
Haha both Houseki and 3-gatsu have a good showing this week. I have a lot of things to talk about Houseki in particular
Amagi
This week's Houseki is jurassic park
Amagi
*-ati - I think Netflix and so are at least giving a few new impulses which isn't too bad. I don't think the typical anime series will disappear because of that.
Amagi
At least in comparisation
Amagi
I think it's just sad how often I see wonderful series selling 500 BD/DVD or maybe even less. Most series don't sell more than 1500 or so and the rest is usually at ~3000-5000 which is still pretty low.
Amagi
Yeah, it's one of my pro-Netflix arguments as well. Another problem is that anime (not counting manga) only make money through dvd/bd sales since they air at night, whereas Netflix or daytime tv series don't depend on the latter so much and since anime BDs are so expensive the only ones who buy them are the more extreme fans.
AidanAK47
Might be in part due to the workaholic nature of their society that makes escapist fantasy and empty entertainment more appealing than usual. Ultimately these are the people anime is made for so opening up the markets gives more deserving shows a fighting chance.
Though that isn't to say that western taste is perfect either.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, That's part of the reason I think some westernation might be a good thing as from what I seen the Japanese have truly terrible taste in anime. Sales charts from Japan just make me shake my head.
Amagi
God, the preorder anime lists are atricious. The only one that seems to sell acceptable (around 6k) is Mahoyome. Series like Inuyashiki have 80 pre-orders so far, Shuumatsu Shoujo 977. Idol shows sell good of course, including that male/bishounen Idolmaster
AidanAK47
@Anon, I read it but kinda fell out due to it's releases being slow.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Actually if you check the manga recommendations section, you'll see there is a post about it here.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Yes, it was interesting to follow a story that dealt with a characters homosexuallity that was outside of the yaoi/yuri mould.
Anonymous1620968
Out of curiosity, has anyone on here read Shimanami Tasogare?
Niello
Where are we up to with Inuyashiki?
Lenlo
Well alright then. Episode 9 out of 11 and that happens. Was not expecting that
Lenlo
Ooo something happen this week? Im about to watch it
Kaiser-Eoghan
It feels just as rushed and awkward in the manga.
Amagi
I noticed this too
AidanAK47
Inuyashiki has balls of steel to pull that in this particular episode number.
Nielllo
Finally got around to reading Helck, and it looks like it's going to go into that pile of good-shounen-that-won't-ever-get-animated right alongside Psyren.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Imagine trying to buy the dvds of the show in public.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Gentle remind that the prism ilya movie is out and subbed.
AidanAK47
Still surprised the second and third seasons got dubbed.
AidanAK47
@Angel, I replied to one of your comments before but the rundown is no official word yet but maybe next year.
Angel
Or no? Someone please tell me!!
Angel
Going to happen?
Angel
Is fate/kaleid liner prisma☆illya 3rei dub
Amagi
I dislike it when manga bait me into reading due to the first chapter and end up being some very generic stuff afterwards. Nobody stays for B if he started something for A, authours should expect that.
Lenlo
Really, Juuni should stick with the 3D. That fight in ep 9 looked pretty good. 3D is clearly what they are good at
AidanAK47
@Niello, It's not Chatango. It's a plugin for wordpress called Wisechat.
SuperMario
@Niello: yeah, Juuni caught me off guard this week. The production of Juuni is unfortunately shaky, but well, strong writing can save the day
Niello
Btw is this chat still Chatango?
Niello
This week episode of Juini is surprisingly good compared to how the show usually is with its backstory. Although the part where Ox tries to explain to Tiger could definitely use some visual buff.
SuperWooper
in the future*
SuperWooper
Pretty cool that Juuni Taisen had that kind of emotional heft this week, though. Might be one of the 2017 shows I sample the in the future.
SuperWooper
I think the occasional comments with an episode title and nothing more come from people who mistake the shoutbox for a search bar.
SuperMario
@Anon1614688: juuni taisen... made me tearing up this week. Honestly didn't expect that. Damn you, Tiger
Anonymous1614688
juuni taisen
Amagi
Had some complaints regarding Children of Whales but the latest two episodes were pretty good.
Amagi
@Anon: You explained it better than me.
Anonymous1614307
Kaiser: I actually have the exact same opinion of Natsume and Mushishi. Both are excellent, but Natsume just does a great job with a small core cast and a very simple premise
Anonymous1614456
who likes naruto
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mushishi does have good stories, but it was always a manga I'd dip in and out of, on and off for years, never marathoning it, wheras Natsume was easier to read several chapters of in one go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think its because Natsume has more pathos.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*more than
Natsume weirdly ended up becoming this comfort manga for me with a higher consistency rate .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will state that I hold the terrible opinion that I like Natsume Yujinchou than Mushishi but at the same time completely recognize that Mushishi is probably the more ambitious, better show.
Niello
So it becomes a cycle of "this is an interesting set up" (except that the new Kino isn't even good at that) and then they fucked up or Kino/Shizu fucked them up even more, then move on. Without the emphasis on philosophical nature of the set up they present like in the original Kino, there really isn't that much point to it.
Niello
With the new Kino it's more about messing people up, occassionally observing and hardly ever improving. The anwsers or solutions to the problem they present is never really talked about in a rational way.
SuperMario
@Anon1614318: maybe you should give the old Kino a try. What I don't like most about the new version of Kino is that both Kino and the new guy are sketched as hero. The old Kino manages the tone right as well. There were some really dark tales and most of them thought-provoking. Can't say the same for say...Country of Cooking
Anonymous1614318
I don't know, it might be interesting to actually dig deep into the differences between episodic series with this kind of style to see what works and what doesn't.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's a matter of the chapter they chose to adapt were not really the better ones but the ones where the protagonist is more of an active role. Not totally against that, but it feels like the protagonist is just OP all the time. At least with Mushishi Ginko isn't able to save everyone all the time.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's supposed to be more allegorical, but most of the time the allegory is not really meaningful enough. I thought it would be more along the lines of Mushishi, which is kind of similar in setup, but better in most other ways.
Anonymous1614318
What keeps me sticking around are some of the nice background arts and generally pleasant use of color, but admittedly most of the episodes aren't really engaging in a meaningful way. Most of the time its just Kino/Shizu show up, find out town's gimmick, then save the day. I prefer the episodes where the townspeople are more than just flat background characters.
Anonymous1614318
It's interesting to see how this new Kino season is being received from folks who've already watched the original. This is my first real exposure to Kino, and I kind of like it, but even without watching the original, I share many of the same complaints Aidan and most of the others have.
Amagi
I am also kinda sad he's just some 2* servant in fgo, but his power is special and he's physically weak, so it's understandable.
Amagi
And again, Shakespeare is just great but the character is, sadly, kinda wasted here considering how much screentime he has.
Amagi
@Aidan: Yes. Plus, maybe more characterization or background for some servants. The anime would have that time without Sieg and his romance sub plot.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Those being remove Sieg and more Shakespeare?
Amagi
And man Apocrypha is pretty good but it would be twice as good if it had those two changes Aidan always mentions in the reviews..
Amagi
@Kaiser: I think the male in Kino was a mistake. Having two PoV sounds good, but he's basically just a male Kino, he even looks like her. Someone vastly different would have been way more interesting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd guarantee that sangatsu no lion would be high up, but FINALLY this weekend I'll be catching up.
Niello
@Kaiser, Ugh my phone gitched. What I meant to say was that background was unexpected. Now I see why you're enjoying CotW though.
Niello
@Kaiser, That's unexpected.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I enjoyed how outright surreal Arakawa was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: It bothers me that they're stuffing multiple tales into single episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, excel saga, I wonder what I would think of it now, its been years.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I actually respect Aidan's coverage of it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: Yes that edgy villain kid in COTWs was annoying though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I don't care much for the male character that leads some of the episodes in this new adaptation.
@Niello: Its a non-mainstream shoujo that isn't set in a school, moves at a quick enough pace and has some nice background art/chara design, I grew up on shoujo fantasy manga also so theres that.
Amagi
I mean there are parts I like. I enjoyed the first episode, and the part about the country of liars. But many other things annoy me and the last episode was the worst. I also feel like the edgy bomb loli and slapstick Kino don't fit to the rest of the show somehow. Maybe I forgot everything, but the "old" Kino felt like a better character to me somehow, this one is more faithful to the LNs though
Amagi
@Kaiser: I honestly gave up on Kino and I think it's only partly the fault of the new series. I am just so tired of how stupid most of the episodic-characters are unless their are friends of Kino, how everyone gets bent being irredeemable evil for plot's sake and how everything Kino and her friends do gets justified. Maybe I am just too old or boring for this fairy tail like moral bending.
SuperMario
Still have Night is Short review to write... i will get there. I will get there
Anonymous1612237
It's like having potty mouth characters. If you have one, it can be funny and a good comedic relief. If everyone does it, it can come out as mean spirited or trashy.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I haven't watched A Bad Idea Gone Wrog, as for now my top priority is to catch up with 2017 anime for the Yearly summary. But I will get on to it when I have some free time
Anonymous1612237
Amagi - Chibi stuff I've seen it mainly work in anime comedies with low budgets like Those Who Hunt Elves, Ranma, Excel Saga, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Nanbaka, etc. I think if you really have to use it in a more serious anime, I think it might work if it was part of one character's gag.
SuperMario
Children of the Whales, along with Juuni Taisen, keep falling out on me. Kino is pretty a hit-or-miss at the moment. I don't mind the last episode's multiple tales though
Niello
Problem about AMB chibi jokes are that they arwn't funny in the first place nor do they have a punch line.
Niello
@Eoghan, Really surprise you put Children of the Whales so high, I'm falling behind on some shows but it is still near the bottom of my list (the absolute bottom remains Kino).
Kaiser-Eoghan
The latest Kino episode was a real slap in the face/insult, really really thought that one segement would carry on for the whole episode and be a redemptive one/getting the series back on form but then it followed it up with crap comic relief segement.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: For now yes.
Lenlo
Droppin Mahou Kaiser?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I no longer care what Dia's gender is, no longer I will lie to myself and deem them female.
Kaiser-Eoghan
5. would be juuni taisen
Kaiser-Eoghan
My rankings for the season based on what I am following: 1. Houseki no kuni 2. Children of the whales 3. inuyashiki 4. girls last tour dropping mahou and Kino.
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