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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SuperMario
Hand Shakers, how I love to watch it jumping off the cliff. This show contains lines like "I don't understand... even if I did understand... but I don't understand." It isn't a dialogue that we encounter too often I'm sure.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Sounds good to me. With me covering Little Witch Academia, Saga of Tanya the evil and Rakugo this season is well covered.
SuperMario
so I've decided to blog 3-gatsu, Scum's Wish and ACCA this season. A bit worry about the latter as I still don't have much to talk about that. Let's try it and see what happens; I say
SuperMario
Okay, I'm not hot on Onihei this week, as if the main theme about these two episodes were "people can be corrupted" then I'm not buying it. ACCA, on the other hand, was still very solid of building up the world and its big events to come.
AidanAK47
I have played all the big roguelikes and found they have the same problem. I argee on procedural generation. Even if the map is different every time you are essentailly going through the same rooms and doing the same things.
Masky
Though to be honest, I don't like procedural(or designed room and then game connects them randomly) games much. I much enjoy hand designed dungeons since I rarely play games through more than once anyway so roguelike's appeal of "Every time you play it through its different!" doesn't appeal to me much and hand designed dungeons are much more memorable
Masky
Can't really comment further on that since I don't know which roguelikes you have played, and neither I have played gungeon so I don't know if its badly designed to the point you can't do anything if rng says so. Though I guess there is nothing wrong about liking luck based games, if roguelike in question is truly unbeatable if rng says so, well, its really badly designed one if you ask me.
AidanAK47
Take my last run. Made it up to the fourth floor. Got plenty of guns but none were really useful. Even then ran out of ammo for all of them and the game was cheap about giving out ammo. Plenty of money but shops with nothing worth buying. Over 5 heart containers but no goddamn health. Died on the boss because I rolled out of a bullet into another bullet. Pretty much unavoidable.
AidanAK47
@Masky, that's the theory but in pretty much every roguelike I played its not the case. If the RNG decides you are going to have a bad time then you are going to have a bad time. Skill can only bring you so far. I have played this game for 7 hours and I know I could have finished it in 2. Only thing stopping me is a dice roll.
Masky
Like, the thing with roguelikes is that they can get easier/harder depending on luck, but well done one should be completable even without any upgrades at all if you are skilled enough.
Masky
Thats not the really case with roguelikes though, unless game design is bad and includes insta kill traps and such that are unavoidable if you are unlucky
AidanAK47
I hate roguelikes. Been playing enter the Gungeon and I just lost all patience with it. Getting real tired of my victory being decided by a RNG. It never feels satisfying to finish a roguelike because I know my victory was determined by pure luck.
AidanAK47
So we got to rely on fansubs for it when it's airing.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Nope. I think because netflix only puts up full seasons they are only planning to put it up when it's finished airing. Or when it's dubbed.
SuperMario
But how does the Netflix thing work? So of I have a Netflix account I can watch the show weekly?
SuperMario
@Aidan: that's a dumb way to do things really because unless you watch the show weekly, everyone gonna forget that it even exist. Just look at Re-Life last year
Lenlo
thought*. Words are hard.

Eventually found the actual first ep though and enjoyed it.
Lenlo
Was funny. I tried to find the first Ep for Little Witch, found original short made afew years ago, watched it and though "This is very similar to the original... Whats new".
AidanAK47
Little witch is one of the best shows this season and yet I can't get subtitles because Netflix doesn't release shows weekly. Motherf*cker.
Lenlo
Ore Monogatari I enjoyed. It was a nice romance that actually explored what happens after the confession. Also the 2 leads are just precious.
Lenlo
Alright but unmemorable seems like a good summation.
SuperMario
@Lenlo: one good thing about Seiren is if you don't like this romance, the whole thing gonna reset after episode 4 so there's a chance that you might end up like it. Agreed that the comedy wasn't very good. Alright but unmemorable
SuperMario
@Topgavin: I watched like first 3 episodes and stopped because I didn't have much time there, but I enjoyed what I saw. A well-written and endearing show in my book
Topgavin
Has anyone here watched Ore Monogatari before? Because in the 4 years I've watched anime, I've never heard of it (I guess it did come out 2 years ago) and yet it's turning out to be one of my favorite shows. Always great going into a show expecting nothing and getting pleasantly surprised.
AidanAK47
Only one more impression to go. Should have it up tomorrow.
Lenlo
Im really not feeling Seiren. Its "comedy" isnt for me and I just dont find it very enjoyable to watch so far. Im curious if it gets any better but 2 episodes in it just isnt that good.
HelghastKillzone
That ending scene is an entire side-story compressed into that. Don't expect anymore of it from here on out as the it sticks to ruthless military/fantasy pretty well.
LookingForKeys
@Topgavin I think it was good, making it the second episode. That way the first set up the world the story will be in, and showed how much of a monster the "little girl" really is right at the end, and then made ep.2 the explanation. Nothing against Tanya trying to rip "God" a new one.
That after-credits scene, though...
SuperMario
Hmm, as much as I like Seiren's omnibus format, it doesn't turn out really hot this second episode. Demi-chan, on the other hand, still maintains its endearing tone. Might blogging Demi-chan instead
Topgavin
Yeah, that second episode was much better than the first. Dunno why they didn't start with that to be honest, waste of an opportunity for a good hook episode. The voice for the main girl still sounds weird to me though; I get it's supposed to sound weird because it symbolizes 'her' being out of place and her personality and body being a mismatch, but it'll certainly take some getting used to.
AidanAK47
Youjo Senki, now we are talking. Like Helghast said, Did the god scene way better than the LN and manga. Made it less comedic and more intimidating.
Lenlo
Oh man that Rakugo intro. Not sure what to think, but first time seeing it I liked it
Kaiser Eoghan
I sort of like good will hunting because I kind of saw a bit of myself in Damon's character when I watched it ages ago.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Remaking psycho and ruining the shower scene, for shame van sant, for shame.
Kaiser Eoghan
Its easy to ripoff some obscure thing though and get away with it. The dogtooth director essentially stole an old Mexican film to make that.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yeah, that following some guys from behind like they were on a RPG games, which I think actually fit with the tones of Elephant. I have such mixed feeling with Gus van Sant too. Don't really think he's a great director.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Although Istvan Szabo is probably a little more well known for that Mephisto film that updates the Faust story. Zoltan Fabri's the fifth seal is a very thought provoking war movie.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I remember seeing a film documentary that featured Gus van sant in one section, they showed clips of tarrs films, Sant ripped of the cinematography and stole the style from some British short film to make Elephant.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: agree on the other Hungarian filmmakers, I don't know much about them either.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Scorsese's Silence was a big comeback. I really really emotionally connect with spiritual crisis stories.
SuperMario
@kaiser: yep, definitely check wreckmeister down. Althought I admit that watching his 2-hour plus films will feel like 5-hour anyways
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I'm more tolerant of darker teenage/coming of age films/stories. Les Demons was a big surprise.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Though its kind of frustrating, I do think Tarr probably takes attention away from other hungarian filmakers because no-body knows who the hell the others are.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Man, wreckmeister was so visually arresting I started getting dreams from it.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I would consider Tarr to be kind of a poor mans Janco, Angelopolus and Tarkvosky rolled into one. I don't entirely "get" wreckmeister and man from London but they are great atmospheric mood piece experiences.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I had been wanting to watch Belar Tarr's Turin Horse and Werckmeister Harmonies for so long now. Well, Fat Girl is shocking haha, but I'm normally drawn into those kind of films anyway.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Margaret took like 5,6 years to release because he couldn't cut it down in the way he wanted. The final cut if I remembered correctly was edited by Martin Scorsese
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Only a HDcam for moonlight now.
Kaiser Eoghan
I looks like my lineup is witch academia, rakugo and youjo senki, well the most latter one until I get bored.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I sense a directors cut for manchester, it feels like it need another 30 minutes.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: right up my valley. Watch Kenneth Lonergan's previous works Magaret and You Can Count on Me. Magaret is very messy but have a raw dialogue and interactions as well
SuperMario
Now the first episodes are over, I will keep on covering 3-gatsu, as for the other twos atm I have 3 options: 1) full romance/anti-romance high school Seiren/Scum's Wish. 2) slice-of-life moe monster girls Demi-chan/Maid Dragon and 3) Mature,dark Onihen/Acca (which although I like them I don't have much to talk about).If you guys have any preference on which shows you like covered then let me know
Kaiser Eoghan
@Helghast: At this point I'm watching youjo senki as an entertaining guilty pleasure.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Too many reboots upcoming, will wait for the dvds instead. I want to explore more of manchester by the sea's director's work. I also want to finally get more into Bela Tarr's stuff.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I was rather shocked by A Ma souer/fat girls final act. Scenes with the Italian in the bedroom were initially creepy.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: it's a nice review Kaiser, a bit jealous with you that you've seen those 3 films which are touted as the best films of 2016. Also Fat Girl, haha, I love that movie.
Kaiser Eoghan
Poor yotaro =< you have so much stuff going down on you =<
HelghastKillzone
Youjo Senki episode was so good today. That revamped scene with God just fitted so right.
AidanAK47
A official release of that game in the west is apparently coming but it's been a few years and not much news about it.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Ah yes that was the one.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, Had to think for a moment on that one but I think I was talking about this. https://vndb.org/v3144
Kaiser Eoghan
Now I'd hardly consider myself a studio trigger fan, but I watched the first witch academia episode there, it was actually kind of fun, got the same reaction from me as flipflappers did, that magical, special feeling.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I also, of interest reviewed Kenneth Lonegrans new film: http://letterboxd.com/shao_liu_ringon/film/manchester-by-the-sea/
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Moonlight got some feels out of me though it could of been more, it ends abruptly and with 20 extra minutes they could have spent a bit more time on each section of his life.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I checked out lala land, ending was very well executed, one of three scenes in the film that were impressive visually. The whole thing looked pretty and Gosling and Stone had some decent chemistry. Although it didn't resonate emotionally as strongly as the musicals of Jacques Demi did.
Kaiser Eoghan
MOM I want aiyoku no eustia and I want it now.
Kaiser Eoghan
I've never heard of himawari or tokyo babel. The hellsing comparison at least interests me in dies irae. What was the name of that visual novel again that was coming out soon, Aidan you described it as "And Kaiser would love it because its supposed to be really fucked up".
Kaiser Eoghan
I vaguely remember the anime for 11 eyes, it was very forgettable, even the voice acting was poor, hated the childhood friends and the pacing was poor, those black knight things were kind of interesting though.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: You'll have to add me onto the list of those unsatisfied with the ever 17 writer, I read one of those games and felt it was a bunch of interesting bait that never paid off.
AidanAK47
Anyway I plan on doing a review of 11eyes here when I finish it.
AidanAK47
Can't say I was a fan of Ever17. That was a really good twist but when it came to explaining it their was a lot of contrived development. Generally not a fan of the writer. Looseboy, Ryukishi, Gen and Nasu are more my kinda thing
AidanAK47
@Anon, it is nice that so many VNs are on steam but I wish they wouldn't be stupid with the whole no adult content thing. Not so much for myself but to prevent idiots from writing negitives reviews because the game doesn't have sex. VNs can grip you in a way anime simply can't and while they require pathence and time those can be some pretty powerful stories.
Anonymous678956
@Aidan, I am so happy steam's so VN-friendly now. I think it's a very good type of media. Like anime, it has nice visuals, music and some movement but also the inner monologue and text amount of books. It's the perfect combination. Plus, the routes, which are often puzzle pieces and PoVs you have to go through to understand the whole story. True routes like the one of Ever17 blew my mind.
AidanAK47
Hopefully the two VNs I bought of steam turn out better. Tokyo Babel is supposed to be alright and I heard really good things about Himawari.
AidanAK47
I am about a third of the way through the game and really not much of worth has happened. The concept is interesting but the execution is sorely lacking.
AidanAK47
I went in expecting it to be a mixed bag and it's pretty below my expectations. It's just not really well written and the protagonist is a moron. THere isn't really routes and instead you are pretty much stuck with his childhood friend as the main love interest. Problem with that is her character begins and ends with loving the main.
Anonymous675376
@Aidan, damn. 11Eyes is on my reading list as well. Although I almost expected it to not be as good as I thought it'd be (back then). Guess I would have enjoyed it if I was able to read it while the (shitty) adaption aired, maybe I have seen/read too many series by now. Guess I'll still give it a try some day though.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I haven't heard the OST or watched the intro video. I only know it be reputation and have decided to walk into it as blind as I can. Still slightly worried as I was somewhat looking forward to reading 11Eyes for a couple of years and now that I am reading it it's well...not good.
Anonymous675376
@Aidan, same here. I was waiting years for this, since I saw the intro video for the first time. Also, that OST!
HelghastKillzone
Youjo Senki is already leagues better than Izetta. It's going to be top anime of forever and ever. (maybe not)
AidanAK47
And finally Dies Irae is funded. May actually be able to play and finish the game before the anime airs. If the hype is real behind this baby it could be a new personal favorite Visual Novel of mine. Already looking promising with it being like a cross between Hellsing and Fate/Stay Night. Two things I most certainly like.
Lenlo
@Masky, in regards to style over substance thats where im at with Gurrne Lagann.
Topgavin
Yeah, I'll probably watch the next episode to see whether it can redeem itself. Hopefully it can but considering 1st episodes usually get a lot of budget, there's some severe doubt in there.
AidanAK47
I actually argee with character designs and voices are bad in regards to female characters. Still the next episode might change your mind if we get more into the main characters head.
Anonymous671470
It's boring
Topgavin
Also, it seems I disagree with a lot of people in thinking Youjo Senki will be a massive trainwreck. The character designs are awful, the voice acting is mismatched but most of all the premise just seems so very dumb. If I wanted to watch a badass kill people I'd go watch Hellsing or Drifters, because at least those don't have some op, disproportionate loli as the mc.
AidanAK47
Gets even more complicated when you account for Satire and Parody. You could equally argue all examples listed as being as such.
AidanAK47
Little Witch Academia is a decontruction of Harry Potter....I don't believe that but honestly if I tried I could put some reasoning behind that statement.
Topgavin
In the end, it always comes down to opinion (as with every discussion about anime, for some reason). You could spin any and every series as a "deconstruction", which is why people shy away from using the word. You could argue NGE, Madoka and Re:Zero are all deconstructions yet also argue Gundam, Precure and SAO are depending on what points you weigh more importantly.
Masky
Like, if deconstruction is supposed to be just "break the elements and then play story how it would realistically go down" well I haven't watched NGE, but as far as I know it does have stuff that isn't typical to mecha genre besides the "It would fuck up kids" thing plus "realistically how it would play out" is pretty subjective thing. I mean, its mainly about how cynical bastard the writer is :P
Masky
Like I said, I don't fully agree with it because I find video's speaker's attitude annoying, but I found it semi convincing. Main thing I don't find convincing about it is that I don't think its hard to turn video's own arguments agaisnt it and say that by its own logic NGE isn't deconstruction either, like Aidan just said earlier
Masky
And I don't really have energy for checking out the "correct" one. If there even is one. Anyway, the hipster video I was talking about was titled "What Actually Is A Deconstruction?" if you want to check it out.
Masky
Hmm, well, it does depend on definition you use. Like if you use "realistic" thing, well, Magical Girl shows don't usually have "You turn into monsters" thing going on and reason why NGE's pilots go crazy is from dangerous situations rather than evas making them do so. But honestly, I don't really have strong opinion on matter since word seems to be one of those with several different meaning
SuperMario
for me Madoka IS a deconstruction of Magical girl, and yeah like what Aidan said
SuperMario
I think part of Utena is a deconstruction of "prince riding horse and save the girl" because that notion is just a foundation for Utena to become a prince herself and save other girl. That's breaking it apart and resemble it again in its own way. Don't have to be dark/ don't have to be real either
AidanAK47
@Masky, That's just debating semantics. Besides that difinition would pretty much mean that Neon Genesis Evangelion isn't a decontruction either. Madoka isn't a decontruction because it's dark. It's more in its aspects of criticising why a girl should throw her ordinary life away for something as dangerous as being a magical girl. It does take plenty of the typical tropes and turn them on its head
SuperMario
@Masky: Genre deconstruction is such a tricky word that I normally try to avoid using because there's really no set characteristic about the term and different people have different opinions about what constitute "deconstruction". For me, I disagree that deconstruction have to be dark and real, hmm can't say it well but I will give you an example:
Masky
But yeah, I guess I could try to find the video if you guys are interested, though like I said, I got hipsterish feel from the video and felt rather annoyed through it even though I did get what the point was and found it sort of convincing besides my annoyance
Masky
(not that liking NGE is hipsterish, its just that I find NGE to be more style than substance sort of series <_< Anyway, guy didn't dislike madoka or anything, he just seemed to dislike people using word deconstruction wrong in his opinion)
Masky
(especially with how much they seemed to praise Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Masky
I mean, I think the guy was being somewhat hipsterish, but its true the being darker take on genre isn't same as deconstructing the genre
Masky
@AidanAK47: Some other guy on youtube did video that had actually pretty good point about how Madoka isn't really deconstruction, if you go by definition of "Break it down to parts and then play them straight to show how horrifying it would be in real life"
Anonymous670441
Gente - Ristorante no Hitobito
Kaiser Eoghan
If anything its the hate I have for certain characters that makes it more effective.
Kaiser Eoghan
The obsessional level of attachment is just uncomfortable to me, I don't want to get THAT attached to a non-real character.
Kaiser Eoghan
Its literally just a case of "Okay lets look at this picture of this character, she looks interesting, no feelings or expression from me, apply this fetish, fap, get release, go home. "
Kaiser Eoghan
Or drooling/dribbling/heavy breathing/grinning over the characters. I abhor alot of the anime girls I find attractive or am indifferent, even when looking at ecchi/hentai drawings I'm straight and clinical with it.
Kaiser Eoghan
I mean to each their own. But I really hate the level of emotion/devotion to moe/finding the characters attractive. Such as celebrating their birthdays, going on about how cute/hot they are, how important it is that they're virgins. Or not being being self-aware of how irritating the characters are.
Lenlo
Anime hipster is pretty accurate. His general treatment of the current state of anime is annoying, as is his obsession with moe. Maybe its cause I cant stand moe most of the time, but it bugs me.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Lenlo: Essentially my brothers view on digibro.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: I don't usually feel the need to correct errors in your reviews as the errors are generally un-important, but I think you meant to say apprentices rather than appearences in the Rakugo review, just bringing that up as it felt like kind of a throw off.
AidanAK47
Which is kinda like saying Madoka wasn't a magical girl deconstruction because Sailor Moon and Nanoha had dark elements too.
AidanAK47
Went and read the reddit comments on it and seems I was right on the money.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, He's basically a anime hipster. For example, I saw a thumbnail of his which had Saitama on it and below it "Is There Meaning In "Subverting" Shounen Tropes?" and I thought "Okay, he's going to go on about how OPM isn't subversive and then list a bunch of arbitrary examples in an attempt to redefine what is actually subversive"
Lenlo
I have lots of issues with Digibro. Dude has some good points, but other very horrible ones. Some issues he feels strongly about and gets kinda biased on imo.
Anonymous669202
acca looks visually interesting, and I personally really dig this kind of show, but it seems that it's definitely not for everyone
AidanAK47
Time to live up to my word. Four posts incoming.
AidanAK47
Man, Little witch Academia was so good. I disagree with the whole Digibro thing about being able to recognise a great show in it's first episode but watching this makes me think that this really is going to be something special.
AidanAK47
Alright, gonna put in effort today and have 3 or 4 first impressions posts done. That should knock out near half the season.
Kaiser Eoghan
Had a flip through handshakers. Garish is the word I'd use to describe it visually, it takes you out of the show.
Topgavin
ASuperMario From the first minute I can already tell it's by the same people that made K. Those colour filters and the extremely jarring/obvious city CGI is unmistakable.
SuperMario
Hand Shakers, literally makes my hands shaking. It's an abosolute mess. Highly recommended to check it out because it's so terrible it's great to watch
Vonter212
Yeah, and it's also a literal woman in refrigerator plot device, since that the thing that pushes the story forward.
Masky
I'd say that having to hide your sister's body in fridge would count as daaaaaaark and edgy, but when the body is wearing only underwear, and for some reason main character put metal things in fridge to keep body standing(I guess to not knock fridge open from inside?) I think it goes to "exploitation" you are talking about
Vonter212
@Masky - Did someone said doing dark things for drama? That's the bread and butter to get despair. Unless it's for the sake of perversion. Then it's just exploitation.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Masky: His other works dead tube and scumbag go further in the unhinged regard.
Masky
*relies on easy "let's do [x dark thing] for drama!" thing
Masky
Geez, Mayonaka no X Giten is fricking disturbing/disgusting ._. I'm pretty sure that writing relies on e, but I can't help but think mangaka is trying to make corpses sexy.
SuperMario
I found Onihei to be quite good, actually one of the most solid new episode I watched this new season. Guys, check them out
Vonter
I just hope it doesn't fall into the same misstep Kabaneri or Inuyasha or Bleach fall by making a villain so over the top that it crossed the line of not having a satisfying downfall.
Anonymous657941
@Vonter I think they just moved on. I lost interest rather quickly and I guess even the fans did that at some point, like with some other long-running series. There is much more new and more direct "fujo" stuff out there, many of them probably switched. Don't know what happens in the manga but maybe the story got worse or contained things some people didn't like.
Vonter
January will be loli dictator month (for me) :p. World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil (new), Seraph of the End. For some reason I stumble into three curious series with little power hungry girls. If I can ask, why did Owari Seraph's hype died, I remember back it was mentioned more often. It still has the fujoshi fanart but still, I don't see people bringing it up.
SuperMario
@CATski: well, if you didn't like its first 3 episodes I dont think the rest gonna change your mind. Have you finished Erased then? How did you like it?
SuperMario
But I understand it's difficult to speak in front of camera, get some time to get used to it
SuperMario
@kaiser: I won't commend on poem as I'm terrible at it myself but younneed to work more on presentation Kaiser. Small little things like looking directly at the camera or say "thanks for listening" in the end can connect you to the audience better
Anonymous657071
Ok. I'll give the thing another chance. *clicks torrent* XD. CATski.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Topgavin: You might like centaur no nanami if you like demi-chan.
Kaiser Eoghan
Damn...repeated myself =<
Kaiser Eoghan
There are these things called slam sessions done in bars where people get up and read out stuff in front of a crowd and read stuff out. Actually watching rakugo made me think about practicing for that kind of thing.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: the video I did was of me reading out a short piece of writing I did, a poem. lol I uploaded it to the wrong youtube account too I just realized =P
[link src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypBZ2hBDBYs&t=11s
I"] was recording this from my mothers laptops inbuilt cam while reading off my desktop.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I think it's a good idea for you to try out reviewing movies/stuffs in youtube channel. I'll be very interesting to listen to them
SuperMario
@Topgavin: Agree. Demi-chan was so charming. Definately one of my favorite so far this new season
Topgavin
Demi-chan's first episode was good. Like, really really good. That blonde-haired girl was hilarious, the teacher-student relationship between the MC and the girls is really interesting and the social/practical problems the demi's face make it look like my favorite show so far.
CATski
Ah... ok. Is it really that good or it's just one of those "artsy" animes that tend to get overrated by their ardent fans? I didnt find the rakugo bit interesting.... probably the weakest aspect of the show for me.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Why did I read that chapter. Why did I do that to myself.
Kaiser Eoghan
Admittedly yes the premise is not for everyone, but if you stick with it, the flashback arc had some good character work in there.
CATski
Rakugo has a season 2? I watched ep 1 - 3 of season 1 then promptly deleted it. The loud "yankee" dude was annoying. And the anime was boring.
Kaiser Eoghan
Oh man, I've been thinking lately of trying to start some kind of youtube channel. I did a few trial run videos. Its much much harder than it looks, didn't realize how nervy being in front of a video camera was.
Kaiser Eoghan
*a declining art and rakygo halls are closing down
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