Posted by psgels on 8 April 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


Yes, you’ve read that rating right. I didn’t expect this series to be this good when I started watching it, nearly two years ago now, but Power Puff Girls Z has been a large source of laughs for me whenever it appeared. There’s a good reason why the original length was increased from 39 to 52 episodes, because this series that basically awaited scepsis from nearly everyone turned out to be quite addictive.

If you’ve seen the original Power Puff Girls, then there are a few things you should know: Power Puff Girls Z completely went with its own style. This is a good thing, as in this way it fixed a lot of the mistakes that the original series made. On the bad side, because of these changes it’ll be really easy to see this as a series that only little kids can enjoy.

One of the biggest problems with this series is that it takes a really long time to get used to the bizarre sense of humour that this series has. If there’s any point in the series where you find yourself thinking: “oh god, they can’t go for something that stupid”, it will. This leads to an angry sushi-monster that assaults people who don’t eat the sushi he likes, and monsters in the form of a pen and an eraser who have trouble to understand each other’s feelings.

Fear not, though. Those were just some of the worst examples, and this series especially starts shining once it hits its second half. You just have to love the disco-fever-episode, or the manga-artist one. This series is so incredibly silly at times, but that’s what makes it so much fun. It really doesn’t care about being liked by everyone, and because of that it’s able to come up with these extreme cases.

That, however, isn’t the only reason why I’ve been looking forward for every new episode for the past year. In the original Power Puff Girls, we never really knew where the monsters that were terrorizing Townsville came from and why they wanted to destroy that particular town in the first place, or in what kind of trouble that town must have been before Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup arrived. But Power Puff Girls Z is different. Everything is really explained here. It may seem a bit far-fetched at times, especially at the beginning, but because the first episodes put so much effort into a conclusion, this series actually managed to close off with a pretty good finale, whereas most other comedies are just way too lazy to try and come up with a good ending.

This is also one series that knows how to deliver a good fight. The minor ones aren’t that special, but especially the fights against the big enemies are really fun to watch. You’d think that whenever you’d stand against a very strong enemy, the drama may take over a bit too much, but especially the fights against Him (the major bad guy of this series) are epic, yet hilarious to watch.

I used to watch the original Power Puff Girls a lot, but looking back, it made the mistake of taking itself way too seriously at times. An angry Buttercup or an angsty Blossom can only remain interesting for a very short while, and the original series went way too far in that. Power Puff Girls Z therefore was really refreshing in its light-hearted nature (do not miss the few times at which this series gets to poke fun at its predecessor). It may be a bit childish at times (okay, make that REALLY childish at times), but when it shines, this series really shines like no other comedy. Added to that comes what’s probably the best cheesy J-Pop soundtrack I’ve heard in an anime, the fact that this really is a series that didn’t play all its trumps in the beginning, and you’ve got a very enjoyable comedy-series.

27 Responses

  1. anon says:

    Death Note gets 84 and this 88 -_-

  2. Hei says:

    Well Death Note butchered the Near arc they should’ve just stopped with L anywho series like mahou shoujoutai turned out amazing even though it was aimed at a young audience so maybe i’ll give this a chance as well

  3. DmonHiro says:

    Your reviews almost never fail to make me laugh. Honestly, it’s why I keep comming back. 88/100………hilarious

  4. anon says:

    @Hei the near arc wasnt as bad as you say even psgels said he didn’t know why people thought it was so bad, I agree that there were a couple not so great DN eps (yotsuba arc comes to mind). But for Power Puff Girls Z to get 88 and Death Note 84 doesnt really make sense but in the end its hes opinion and to each hes own alot of the anime he highly rates are ones that only a select few will enjoy as much.

  5. solaris says:

    I liked this silly one far more than a lot of other “serious series” real or presumed to be, but with no story, no finale, no spine whatsoever :/

    PPGZ easily won over Monster princess, El Cazador and Zero no Tsukaima to mention a few

  6. Denizen says:

    haha, oh wow. You have possibly the strangest taste ever.

    Well, there’s bound to be some awesome episodes in a 52-episode anime.
    psgels, can you recommend the best episodes?

  7. solaris says:

    That’s easy to explain, Denizen. Powerpuff director knows exactly what are the limits of the show and he was able to create a good and entertaining show inside its boundaries. This show never wants to be more than what it is: a nice child show. There’s a simple story, nice carachters and a clear ending. The music was nice as well. Of course this isn’t a masterpice, and, thank god, it also didn’t aim at that ^^”

    Other series try to shock you with beautiful graphics and wonderfuil chars, like El Cazador, but the story won’t proceed, cause it doesn’t exist…
    Other series let you imagine a great story where it isn’t any, like Monster Princess. It seems that there’s a great plot against the heroine Hime, it seems somethin is always going to happen and there will be who-knows-what big confrontation, but never happens…
    The latter kind of series, like Zero is, try to sell you girl’s boobs and asses in the form of endless and meaningless fanservice to cover the emptiness they show.

  8. asdf says:

    88% B+? for this? Wow.

    Seriously, don’t give good grades just because it was enjoyable (and better then the Cartoon Network version) – just the design (and concept) makes this series fail. 48/100 for me.

  9. Papilo says:

    Actually, its a simple matter of genre here. If you think in different genres make sense, don’t?
    So DN is a suspense while PPGZ is a child comedy, isn’t the case that PPGZ is better than DN, but considering others child comedies, PPGZ was rated as 88 and this rate has nothing to do with DN at all. Simple. =)

  10. DmonHiro says:

    Well……there’s really no point in comparing Death Note with Power Puff Girls Z. PPGZ getting an 88/100 when compared with ALL other shows is utter fail. Getting an 88/100 out of all COMEDIES well….there were not many good comedies last year….hell….almost nothing made me laugh out loud like in the old days (Azumanga & Fumoffu)

  11. BlueYoshi says:

    So what if DN got 84 and got a lower score than PPGZ. We’ve all been hearing from Psgels himself that this was of his most favorite action anime in recent times (mentioned in his Blassreiter first impression entry). I actually thought this show would get a 90 from him. Why has this review got ANYTHING to do with DN in the first place? x_x

  12. Wallace says:

    “In the original Power Puff Girls, we never really knew where the monsters that were terrorizing Townsville came from and why they wanted to destroy that particular town in the first place”

    Actually, there’s an episode that explained that all those monsters actually come from “Monster Isle”, they go to Townsville in order to fight the PowerPuff Girls and return to Monster Isle alive… Returning alive after fighting the PowerPuff Girls is a symbol of honor to the monsters…

    No, I will not explain WHY I have knowledge of this >,>…

  13. Chris says:

    I got into this series after reading one of the short reviews you did on an episodes so thanks for introducing me into this cute show. I haven’t watched all the episodes myself and just skip around but my favorite episodes have really been the ones with the Rowdy Ruff Boys, those are pretty hilarious, and although the style is weird at times, its what makes the series so great.

  14. psgels psgels says:

    It’s basically the same with series as Master of Epic and Otogi Juushi Akazukin (which got an even higher rating than this one). They all set out to deliver a light-hearted series that’s fun to watch (in Otogi Juushi Akazukin’s case with fairy-tales, in Master of Epic’s case with MMORPG-parodies and in Power Puff Z’s case with Mahou-Shoujo) and succeeded. Death Note set out to be epic, but it got hammered down by a lot of small details like annoying characters and disappointing arcs that rather ruined a rather significant amount of episodes.

    asdf: Of course, if this series was just “enjoyable” it would have gotten a lower score, but I admit that during the best episodes of this series, I laughed harder than I do with Gintama and Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei. And I happened to like series with a different style than usual. ;)

    Denizen: my favourite episodes were episode 37 and 51, although you probably do need some background in order to fully enjoy episode 51.

    And yes, my taste is strange at times. :)

  15. ryvrdrgn14 says:

    Deathnote was great for the most part. The ending, I mean the very ending itself was just epic fail and a real letdown. Even in the manga. For me it’s great for the first 99% but the last 1% just didn’t pull through. :P

    I did’t like the first few episodes of this that I watched, but I’ll give it another go when I have free time.

  16. Archer says:

    i have nothing with psg’s review on this anime since it is his personal opinion and i bet many other anime fans have anime that are not as loved as other people but they still like it

    but i don’t agree with some people that say that if a anime does not aim high and does what it is suppose to do,just entertain the fan without any major impact then being rewarded with a high rating is ok and then there is no difference between a anime that aims for perfection and manages to do so and the anime that also got a high rating without doing anything special

  17. Denizen says:

    Oh god, one idiot tries to compare a show about Three magical girls fighting monsters , to a show about a Death-dueling ambitious teenager.
    NOT THE SAME.

    Thanks for the recommendations, psgels, they’ll be good for a casual watch.

  18. Solaris says:

    >I don’t agree with some people that say that if a anime does not aim high and does what it is suppose to do … cut …
    Well Archer, that’s not actually that:
    If the series just developed according to your expectations wouldn’t you be satisfied with it and give a good mark?
    If the serie was proven better or even a masterpiece, wouldn’t you rank it a lot more?
    But what if the serie created expectations that were never fullfilled, or had major flaws? These may be loss in te plot, bad charas, bad direction and so on. These series would be naturally rated low.

    So, said that, if a serie was meant to be epic but miserably failed wouldn’t you hammer it a bit? But, on the other hand if such a show was executed flawlessly, how much would you rate it? The MAX, or more! It’ d go directly in your personal list of the best ever made shows ;)

    Now we can speak about “expectations” and valuation methods that is, of course, a subjective impression.
    Psgels, on his side, searches indeed for “some substance” in an anime, and is rather insensible to appearence of the showcase. I have a similar valuation methods so i may understand such a rating. As a matter of fact i’m just a little more sensitive to the appearence.
    So i’d rate PPGZ some points less, but having this anime few flaws and a reasonable good appearence, really a 48/100 like somenone suggested is far too low, IMHO.
    Here’s my rating of PPGZ on another site if you’re interested: http://animeclick.lycos.it/anime.php?scelta=2&titolo=Power%20Puff%20Girls%20Z&CodAnime=979

    And… notice that nobody spoke about comparisons with other shows, Death Note above all.

  19. Archer says:

    Solaris:when it comes to the things we enjoy it is even harder to be objective

    so i never mentioned PPGZ in my post since i did not watch it and i only referred to an idea but there is nothing wrong with your last post,your arguments are correct,there were series that i had no expectation from them and in the end i loved them,there were series i expected to amaze me but left me disappointed so of course i rated them low there were series that are considered great ones but i did not find anything special about them so even if many consider them to be excellent series i did not,also i am not interested in the style of a anime,for me first comes the story and then other things so i don’t find psg’s taste that strange he looks for more unique,innovative shows and some people just don’t understand how a series they don’t like or find childish can get a high rating but as i said before i did not post to complain about the rating on this anime

    btw if you want to know my favorite anime they are in a comment here,in psg’s top 10 just search Archer(if u want the ratings i gave i will give u my MAL list,my account name is that of a character that psg kinda hates and has appeared again this season … xd easy guess)

  20. Shippoyasha says:

    Haha, what? So if you find an anime enjoyable, you can’t rate it high? Give the guy a freakin’ break.

    Scoring anime isn’t like scoring tests here. Don’t get all bunched up.

  21. pKjd says:

    I covered just about the entire series and not even I would give it such a high score :P

    But seriously, this show had potential to be as good as its American counterpart. The cast, the soundtrack, everything was there. “Good concept, bad execution” is how I would summarize it. Still it did introduce me to a particular character that I still like today, (Princess)…

  22. Samantha says:

    Surely, as a ravenous Powerpuff Girls fan, you have heard or even watched the show’s anime version, Powerpuff Girls Z. The art is very good and relieves the PPG fans of having to see their favorite heroines in boring and icky plain dresses with a simple black line running across it, and also the fact that they may have trouble putting on their wedding rings because of the fact they have no fingers -_-.

    Before the anime came out in my country, I fell in love with the anime through the anime Brick/Blossom videos. I spent weeks learning how to draw the Puffs and the Ruffs perfectly, and I succeeded. But when it came out, I nearly screamed and couldn’t believe I actually spent so hard on drawing them. Not because of the fact that they got their names changed (it was hard for me to get over), not because Ms. Bellum went blond, not ’cause the mayor is no longer short, but because of BLOSSOM/MOMOKO’S OOCNESS.

    WHY IS IT that they got both Buttercup/Kaoru and Bubbles/Miyaho okay, BUT NOT THE FAVORITE CHARACTER OF MANY: BLOSSOM?! Kaoru is still as tough and strong-minded as the American Buttercup, and Miyaho is still as girly and cute as the sweet Bubbles we all know, but MOMOKO… a complete INSULT!

    THE BLOSSOM WE LOVE HAS BECOME A CLUMSY AND ARROGANT AIRHEAD, WHO IS OBSESSED, YES ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED WITH FOOD! SHE’S ABSENT-MINDED, AND LOVES BOYS! SHE’S ALSO THE FANTASY TYPE OF GIRL, NOT THE REALISTIC, WISE ONE WE LOVE!

    (Puff, puff) We all okay now? I have to say, there are so many things I love about this new version (one scene where the Ruffs flip up their skirts and pee off a building XD), but this Momoko made the anime go to ruins.

    And that is all. Thanks for reading.

  23. Julian says:

    Those who are comparing death note to this anime are a wee bit stupid because:
    1)The GENRES are COMPLETELY different.
    2)Psgels’ way of rating is by GENRE NOT by storytelling…or the complexity of it.
    3)It IS hella funny xD…and addicting…I also adore the Bubbles in this series.
    So..stop comparing..it’ll make you guys just look STUPIDER.

  24. Julian says:

    Those who are comparing death note to this anime are a wee bit stupid because:
    1)The GENRES are COMPLETELY different.
    2)Psgels’ way of rating is by GENRE NOT by storytelling…or the complexity of it.
    3)It IS hella funny xD…and addicting…I also adore the Bubbles in this series.
    So..stop comparing..it’ll make you guys just look STUPIDER.

  25. Moshata says:

    lol wut?
    The monsters coming to Townsville wasn’t explained?
    In the Superhero episode where the girls made alter-egos of themselves to become better heroes, it’s explained by a monster they failed to battle for two days–
    There’s an island, “monster island”, and if a monster battles the girls, and comes back alive, he’s considered a hero.

    This was mentioned and the island was seen on more that one occasion.

    And you neglected to mention this was SUPPOSED to basically be an anime version of the PPGs,
    Not a losely-based adaption, if I am remembering right.

    The animation is a little shaky, and “Kare”‘s design/anatomy isn’t consistent at all….

    And comparing it to the original PPG?

    Over all, 4o/1oo.
    Eat it.

  26. Hota Wata says:

    Everything is really explained here? o-o
    Huh? There is no storystructure at all.

    I mean c’mon that whole thing about the iceberg, the chemical z, the mutations…there is no good explanation out there! It makes no sense, like most of the stuff that’s going on in the show.

    It seems very childish but then again it trys to be (pre)mature. It’s just kind of really confusing.

    Also the annoying tranformations….

    11/100

  27. Autumn Season 2013 Preview says:

    Loved it to bits, never would’ve given it a chance if not for this review. Thanks a lot, psgels.

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Konstantinos
Yeah, at this point, this season looks good.
SuperMario
Quite happy with ID-0 and Zero in particular. Zero charms me to no end that I'm still debating whether I should blog it. The trio Re:Creators, Kado, Atom still doing pretty well and the sequels MHA and Bahamut are enjoyable as expected. We have a wide range of anime offerings this season.
SuperMario
Sagrada Reset & SukaSuka I will give it another episode, at least until this current arcs over. They both have potential but Sagrada Reset tries so hard to sound smart, and SukaSuka still falls into its LN tropes which bugged the show down.
SuperMario
*no real urge
SuperMario
I've finally catch up with all other series I wanna follow this season. Alice & Zorouku will be off my list for now, Zorouko is a great character but everything else falls flat so far. I have real urge to continue Attack on Titan and Berserk so I'll wait until they're finished.
Vonter
I watched some episodes of KonoSuba yesterday, reminds me of Those Who Hunt Elves. And I suppose it might be an easy recommendation because it mainly comes down to; do you find it funny? or fun? If not, skip.
Kaiser-Eoghan
While yes its true of watching those slice of life shows week by week is better, I felt that when reading the manga for Aria it was easier to marathon by reading it rather than watching.
SuperMario
Flying witch have the same atmosphere, but it's a purely slice of life anime. I love Aria too and I agree that watching it 1 episode a time is the best way to enjoy it. Can't think of other serious anime that have those calming elements for now
Anonymous1042537
Yeah, I noticed they all have pretty different structures from one another (ACCA's political, Mushishi's naturalistic, Monster is a thriller, Rakugo's about a specific art form, 3-gatsu is ostensibly about Shogi, etc.) but I found that I found some similar calming elements in them (to different degrees of course).
Anonymous1042537
Thanks, I'll definitely check Aria out!
AidanAK47
One of the hardest shows to marathon besides Bakemonogatari. Though Bakomono gave me a headache after a few episodes whereas Aria just had me so mellow that I could drift into sleep at any second.
AidanAK47
Don't know if you could call it a sub genre as the examples you listed are all really different from each other.
Though in the vein of calming shows I think you can add the Aria series to the list. That show is so relaxing that you find yourself nodding off to it. Not out of boredom but it just has that effect on you.
Anonymous1042537
Do you guys know if there's a specific subgenre like this, or am I making it up? And are there other anime with that kind of feel. Not exactly slice of life, but in the general vicinity of it.
Anonymous1042537
The Great Passage was another great example. It delved into the seemingly boring subject matter of dictionary-making, but it was a surprisingly charming show. 3-Gatsu no Lion also looks promising, I enjoyed a lot of the first season (but wasn't a fan of the forced comedy sometimes).
Anonymous1042537
Like the episode where Tenma first meets Grimmer on the train to Prague and they have a picnic on the mountain was so dang good. I really need to rewatch that.
Anonymous1042537
There are some elements of that style in other shows too, but to a lesser extent. Like some parts of Rakguo (mainly season 1) was very soothing. Naoki Urasawa's Monster had some fantastic, almost melancholic episodes like this.
Anonymous1042537
It seems that most anime w/ that kind of style usually also have another genre mixed in. Mushishi was also very naturalistic, ACCA had a political underpinning.
Anonymous1042537
It's sort of in the vein of a "Mushishi" style show. I suspect it's an emerging subgenre of slice of life that's meant to be very calming, relaxing, atmospheric which I really am digging.
Anonymous1042537
I really hope there are more shows like it; not that it was perfect, but it was certainly unique and hit a lot more than it missed. I really like those cool, quiet shows you can enjoy with a nice cup of tea before you go to sleep.
Anonymous1042537
Ironically though, I would say that the first half of ACCA (up until the big flashback) is better enjoyed week by week, or at least that's what I found.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It felt good marathoning a show again rather than waiting week by week and next weekend I'll probably marathon house of five leaves.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Forgot to mention...there were certainly a share of moments in Acca that feel fanservish to the female audience =P
SuperMario
@Aidan: haven't noticed that. Will fix it soon.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Only problem I can see is that the posts have no spaces in between paragraphs.
SuperMario
... to be near my laptop for an entire week. First time that I had to blog entirely through my phone. Seemed to work out fine but I had to borrow screenshots from other source (I thank you that other source) ^^
SuperMario
*unless* rather than *as long as*. This has been a crazy week for me as I didn't have a chance
SuperMario
@anon1039488: I find the idea of limiting excess to exclusively stream an aime is a dumb idea; because as long as people have a chance to expose to the anime they won't really care to check it out. So I detest owning the legal streaming account, but I always pay back by buying DVDs/Blurays that I liked
SuperMario
I watched House of Five Leaves by the same mangaka and I really enjoyed it. Nataume Ono is a pretty excelent storyteller (a bit mixed on her art-style thou)
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I agree that the first dew episodes of ACCA were not that engaging but the endingg neatly tied up all loose ends. I still feel Grossular's act is kind of messy (why was he under such control from Lilium? He's not that kind to be in such passive role to be honest) but other than those I don't have any real complaints.
Anonymous1039488
Competition is good, but it makes it cost so much to legally watch everything. That's why a lot of people pirate I feel.
Anonymous1039488
You have Crunchryoll and Funi, fine. Then there's Daisuki which is kinda random. Then Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu all have some random anime, though it seems that mainly Amazon has current series
Anonymous1039488
I don't have Amazon Strike, which is like their new venture into anime I guess. There's too many streaming services to keep up with tbh
Kaiser-Eoghan
To be honest I'm pretty crap when it comes to supporting things, I don't pay for almost all the things I watch/read/play, I don't have a crunchy or amazon account, I still pirate legal streams.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Is it a case that your country is blocked? Maybe go for a vpn? If you absolutely have to you could pirate the show...
Anonymous1039488
I wanna watch Re:Creators but don't have Amazon... :( alas
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel like I need to wait and see approach with sekaisuru Kado...this prologue phase is...long...
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wish it had been 24 episodes long though to better organize itself.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Favourite characters were Jean, Groslur and Nino.
Can’t say I cared for the goofy interactions between Jean’s workfriends though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yet for whatever I could say about the pacing, when the twists happen they creep up on you and the show mostly lands every one of them, even if I’m not exactly pleased that sometimes the series does the “I pulled it out of the hat/ass” approach.
I’m relatively indifferent on the art/animation.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I did feel it picks up, improves by the mid-mark and to an extent the wait is worth it and things do come together even if I wasn’t always totally confidant with how it was getting there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Having the protagonist go from district to district to flesh out the settings a decent enough idea and the main characters a fairly chill, cool guy.
Though the dialogue does create suspicion, intrigue, it does also plod/pad in equal measure at times.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Finally decided to sit down and watch Acca.
This show had its lovers/haters I’m sure, having watched it my feelings are mixed.
It is a slight breath of fresh air I’ll give it that and makes me want to maybe re-assess of adaptations of the author’s work.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The only assayas film I've encountered so far that I disliked was Irma Vep, even though the lead actress was great, the surrounding performances, especially by Jean-Pierre-Lenaud were awful. Sils Maria I was initially evasive of because I'd heard that the relationship between Binoche and Stewarts characters was under-unexplored.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Weersathakul's films are something else entirely...Otherworldly yet still cinematic. I feel a bit underwhelmed after watching the Unknown girl. The identity of the culprit, for example, feel forced for me that take me out our their naturalistic style. I'mmin between Clouds of sils maria too, know it's a good movie but it feels pretentous at times, like the movie Youth
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I also got round to watching Unknown girl by Dardenne, it carries enough moments of their brilliance but I felt they didn’t have as much mastery over their usual pacing style this time round, for the first time it felt like a thriller that played out like a drama, rather than a drama that has a pseudo thriller feel to it.
Going to watch Clouds of sils Maria next.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The entire second half, which I’d have watched an entire film about is very atmospheric and dreamy/esoteric nearing just exactly the kind of thing I like.
The way he uses/shoots Thailands geography along with his cinematography is impressive, particularly in that second half.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: He shoots something simple like a chopping scene in a strangely engaging way, the scene with the old woman going into the cave is also very impressively shot and that one driving scenes with that pop song in the background has an airy feel to it.
In some ways I agree that there’s a bit of sensuality to it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: It’s the kind of film that feeling tired/relaxed when watching it isn’t a condemnation of it(although a share of moments in the first half could be patience testing), it’s the sort of film where you aren’t really aware of anything outside of watching the film when you watch it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I finally looked into a Weersathakul film, Tropical Malady. I don’t even know how to give a star rating for this film.
SuperMario
I'm still on the fence with Alice & Zouroku. Like the title suggests, the warm chemistry between those two are its strongest point, but those moments are far and few in between as the story progresses and I don't care one bit about the Red Queen storyline. I might drop this one if the story doesn't improve
SuperMario
@Lenlo: 3 episodes anf Berserk still hasn't grabbed me as much. Yep facial expressions are really off-putting
Lenlo
Man... the facial expression in Berserk for the 3D models are, ever so slowly, killing me.
AidanAK47
Alright. Tommarrow I will get out all those posts I am late on seeing as the impressions are all finished.
AidanAK47
SukaSuka still has me mixed. On one hand there really are some great ideas and some well executed moments. But some of the dialogue is a bit typical of a light novel and the fanservice is really shameless. The massage at the end of the episode was something the show could really do without.
Konstantinos Travlos
I am in love with RE:Creators. I have no idea if they will keep it as good, but these two first episodes did all the right things.
AidanAK47
Alright, Easter made me lazy so it's time to play catch up.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Puran: Or even Georgiou Nikolaidis while I'm at it, morning patrol is a great mood piece. Not familiar with the other guy.
Puran
@Kaiser: No Grammatikos recommendation? :)
SuperMario
I still enjoy Zero pretty much. I like the contrast between the beastfallen and Zero. The hilarious lines sound more like accidental to me, not the best product but I enjoy the ride so far
SuperMario
@Kaiser: agree with everything you said. Apparently Haneke put Flashmob on hold because the main actress was conflicting in her schedule, so he decided to do Happy End instead
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Does the old man represent gritty anime of old? I don't know honestly I'm just throwing it out there.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: In case you hadn't heard, Haneke dropped the Flashmob movie and is now doing one about the refugee crisis.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: To whoever will be playing Godard in that biopic, I'd wonder if they could capture how incredibly douchey he sounds irl lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: There is such a big divide between 50s/60s Bresson and 70s/80s Bresson.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Lathimos and Avaranas remind me in an odd way of Tarr in that they're the only Greek filmakers people seem to talk about , Check out Koundorous and Theodorous Angelopolous' works if you can.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Meh, I don't like that sort of overly on the nose social commentary some American films and tv shows do in recent years.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Godards extremely hit or miss with me. Hazanavicius did the artist I think, but I'd sooner recommend Biancnieves as a stronger example of a modern take on silent cinema or maybe a Guy Maddin film.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Lotznitza directed a gentle creature not Zvyagintsev, though the latter is a fantastic director, Leviathan's ending hit me very very hard, its gut punching and I appreciated that the return never went into too much detail regarding the father.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: off topic, I didn't realize Get Out having such buzz reception. It's coming here next week so I will get to watch it
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Michel Hazanavicius makes a biopic about Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Wiazemsky (the actress in Au Hasard Balthazard), which I think will be interesting. I considered The Lobster one of the best film out of that year so I anticipate his next movie a hell lot. Yep, I watched few movies from Andrey Zvyagintsev and he certainly is in my radar. Bleak, social commentary, technical impressive
AidanAK47
Oh, it's confirmed that was what was actually said in Japanese. Well...that's rather cringe worthy.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Can't say I am too fond of it myself. Though that arrow to the knee reference definitely sounds like something the translator added in.
Anonymous1026829
Holy shit Zero is hilarious. "I used to be a mercenary like you once. But then I took an arrow to the knee." "My magic is super weak so I need a powerful offering. Can you loan me your head please?" The comedy is so pointed and understated.
Vonter
I do like how contrasting Zelda is to Nier in the sense that. Zelda cares more about how the game plays and making the player have fun constantly but doesn't care about telling something. Nier Automata doesn't care what it throws to the player but cares a lot about it tells the things that happen to player.
Vonter
I think this is a hard game to score. Mainly because IMO the combat has wear out a bit do to the repetition and the sidequests have been a mixed bag with some being relevant to the plot or themes and some being just fodder to level up. On the other hand the game has a lot of implications, subtext and symbolism that so far has been enriching to reflect upon.
AidanAK47
@Vonter, Actually wrote up 4/5s of a review on Nier Automata but with the new season I haven't had time to finish writing the review. Though my thoughts on it are similar to yours.
Vonter
Nier Automata has a 10+ hour prologue. So far the game feels like it's more interested in delivering strong emotions than a compelling narrative, not that script is poor but seems disjointed in a way, circling around the themes of existentialism, purpose and truth without overexpositing about these things. It also some moments remind me of Fragile Dreams. Like the despair.
AidanAK47
The old man is the one I can't pin down. Been thinking he might represent the kind of anime that's critically lauded but sadly unpopular. Makes sense as he's one of the few on the opening that doesn't stand near ads for his anime. Or else he's a live action drama representative.
AidanAK47
Been wondering about the Re:Creators characters. We got the obvious representatives from Magical girl, Mecha, Light novel and video game. The knight girl looks like clear homage to Saber from Fate so a Visual novel representive? The psycho girl looks to be a chunni anime representative. And the guy who appeared at the end of ep 2 is clearly Shounen.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: The Ramsay one sticks out as the most interesting to me as does the lathimos one. I'm curious about that Russian one about the woman looking for her imprisoned husband as I'd like to watch more contempory Russian films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: If you can get passed the accents Ramsay did a strong piece of social realism in the 90s called Ratcatcher.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I think the only Baumbach film I've seen is Frances Ha and I liked the new wavey feel it had. With The lobster and re-watching dogtooth I was able to get into Lathimos' pitch black humour alot more. I've never actually seen a hong-sang so film.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I still really enjoy it but I do get what you mean. Looking at the series overall so far it does feel like there was lost potential.
Amagi
I honestly still don't know what to think of LWA. I wasn't a fan of the formularic first half but the second half doesn't really catch me either. I loved the first OVA though.
AidanAK47
Well I will be damned. That G Koh commenter managed to predict the inclusion of Yggdrasil in Little Witch Academia. Nicely done.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: sadly i won't make it this year. I wanna try the Toronto International Film Fest next time whenever I have a chance
SuperMario
@Kaiser:you heard about this year's Cannes selection?Overall it's solid, not many that scream "masterpiece" for me.Overall I'm exciting for Hong Sang Soo's new movies (he has 2 movies screening at Cannes and 1 already aired at Berlin.What the hell),and The Killing of the Scared Deer(Yorgos Lnthimos), You were never really here (Lynne Ramsay),Okja(Bong Joon Ho) and Meyerowitz Stories(Noah Baubach)
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm...just found out That Blame! 2017 is being done by a the Ajin director, not sure how I felt about that.
AidanAK47
Think this is the best time to end the series too as the difficultly was getting to be a bit too cheap.
AidanAK47
Lore wise it's pretty disappointing. Ending the game with an enemy that doesn't really have that much relevance. But Gameplay wise it was excellent. The final area was just beautiful.
Lenlo
Ringed City was a great piece of DLC and a good way to end the series imo.
AidanAK47
Dark souls sure can give you workout. Finally got around to finishing the ringed city DLC. Funny thing is that people were raving about how hard Midir was when I didn't have that much trouble with him. Gaol gave me some trouble but I managed it. Hardest was the demon prince and god I hate multi stage boss fights. Such a goddamn pain.
SuperMario
Atom still waiting for suitable subs. I swear to God, for a completist like myself the wait is unbearable, especially it should've been available already
HelghastKillzone
Yes it is.
Anonymous1020539
I mean...
Anonymous1020539
Re:producers is really great
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I can see myself chancing more of it, I kind of caught into its rhythm a bit.
AidanAK47
Novels are actually really short. About 90 pages long per volume. They really could cover this in a single cour.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, SukaSuka? From what I could tell it covered the first two chapters of the light novel. Each novel has 5 chapters. Though the first and last chapter are more of a prologue and epilogue respectively.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually if shuumatsu's first episode is going faster than the novel, roughly how much so? Its still obviously a slow burn in animated format but how much was covered in episode 1?
AidanAK47
Could have done without the huge infodump but otherwise still loving Re:Creators. Seeing a magical girl shocked over her own level of destructive power was great.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, I liked the use of music early on in shuumatsu and theres a good mood set up early on along with a good opening scene but the later parts of the episode except maybe for the after credits bit get a shrug from me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Kado has made its hook, now it needs not to keep holding its cards and get going.
SuperMario
hmmm, don't know what to think about Kado ep2. Still good but I expected more
SuperMario
But really my mentality is that this site comes first. Getting more traffic and improve the site are my top priorities, then "what I wanna do for myself" comes later
SuperMario
@Travlos: guess you won't have to read me this season :). Haven't checked out the last episode of Kado yet but based from the first 2 episodes I think you'd enjoy that show.
Don’t worry. It’s something Aidan and me both agree on. We pretty much write for ourselves, otherwise we couldn’t have stayed this long. I get a chance to go off track once in a while to write something I wanna write.
Konstantinos Travlos
@SuperMario. I am definitely watching Shingeki no Koyjin 2, Shingeki no Bahamut 2, Re:Creators, Little Witch Academia, and probably Kado and Zero Kara. I may also do Zipang this season.
On the reaction reaction. What you say is ok. But remember, a hobby is something you do for yourself. There is a limit to how much you should care about the views of others. :)
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Or if I can use a quote from Chang from Black lagoon : "A fragranced shit will forever still retain the smell of shit"
Lenlo
As most likely the biggest Berserk fan in this chatbox, its better but that doesnt make it good. Spraying fabreeze on crap doesnt make it any more appealing. Yet I will watch it anyways.
Anonymous1018231
You don't even know
Anonymous1018231
Lies Aidan it is soooo much better
Anonymous1017807
Tbh I'm enjoying Alice to Zouroku so much simply because I identify with the old guy's no-nonsense attitude. It's fun to see the annoying loli get put in her place. X.D
AidanAK47
Anyway Bam is supposed to be covering it. Seeing as he covered the first season.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I watched the first episode of the second season. Better? Yes, but only slightly.. It has all the same problems as the first season.
Anonymous1017501
and nobody's covering it lol
Anonymous1017501
Like dramatically
Anonymous1017501
It really is much better
Anonymous1017501
You know guys its not too late to start watching Berserk Season 2...
AidanAK47
I just get annoyed when interaction is like "HUMAN, YOUR EMOTION RESPONSE IS DIFFERENT. I THEORIZE THIS IS THE REASON YOUR EMOTIONAL RESPONSE IS DIFFERENT."
Their is a definite layer of pretentiousness in how it's written, seeing how nobody gets annoyed when every character tries to psychological profile them.
AidanAK47
@Mario, I have heard word that these two episodes were a prologue story and the real story is going to kick into gear next episode. But if the characters keep talking like this then it's not going to matter what happens. It will just be terrible.
AidanAK47
@Anon, Jojo part 5 died for this. That makes it all the sadder. Plus it's two cour so this show is gonna be on for half a year.
SuperMario
Being said all that I will follow it for 1 more episode
SuperMario
And then that girl who passed away because of the reset. I feel my emotions drying up at that point. Tasteless. Heartless
SuperMario
Wanna say the same thing regarding Sagrada Reset as well. I have the feeling the show tries to sound smart that ultimately if I hear someone talks like this in real life, I would go punch his face. Manipulating the social worker by slitting your own wrist? WHAT? Asking a girl about her rules, then whenever she answers you give your own warped opinions on it to sound like you know it all? WHAT
Anonymous1016169
@Aidan: Lol, Sagrada reminds me of how I used to write. Pretentious, overly complex dialogue that nobody would use in real life unless they were trying too hard. It grits on my ears so much that I don't think I can keep watching it, especially because this is probably how it's going to be for the whole series.
Anonymous1016169
@Amagi: I feel your pain. I used to enjoy those types of shows, but I've found more and more since getting out of high school that they just make me want to take a nap. It doesn't help that they're everywhere. X.D
AidanAK47
God Sagrada Reset is frustrating. So many good ideas, all absolutely ruined by the dialogue and characters. If you just changed the dialogue a bit and made the characters emote more then this would be so very interesting. But they manage to drain the life out of the story.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, in most cases you can easily write off the ones not worth your time based on the summery. Occasional those kinds of show can turn out to be worth watching but it just doesn't happen often enough.
Amagi
Nothing against those types of anime in general, but it's just not aimed at me I guess. - I also should specify: school (semi)harem, not school alone. I enjoy Tsuki ga Kirei.
Amagi
I really love this season but I should stop testing the school- and shoujo stuff. It's almost never worth the time and it always bores me so much that I have to stop watching anime for a few hours.
Anonymous1016169
@Travlos: Why does a hobbyist artist care when someone critiques their art or a fanfic writer care about reader feedback? When you do something you enjoy, it's normal to want to improve and other people's opinions are important for that.
SuperMario
@Travlos: because 1) We still need to listen to what readers say to improve and 2) we're debating more about rating system, which I also feel the need of upgrading. btw, any shows that catch your interests so far this season?
Konstantinos Travlos
Why do you guys care about what someone thinks about your reviews? You are doing a good enough thing as is, and t is a hobby. Do your thing and do not lose time on this.
Anonymous1015915
I think I'm just gonna follow sukasuka and re:creators this season. Seem to of shown the most potential universally.
Anonymous1015442
Soy and almond milk are also available as alternatives for the lactose intolerant.
Anonymous1015442
From the manga it seems like it would translate well into an anime with the right production values so I think I'm going to try it. I was mostly concerned that they'd push the melodrama even more through the roof, haha. I did see some of the reviews on it here and they made me hopeful that it was fairly well-executed.And of course the milk can be chocolate. Just not vanilla, vanilla milk is yuck i
Lenlo
Its certainly making me happy I waited until the end of the season to binge it.
SuperMario
I'd have the milk as well... Need more milk to my life.
SuperMario
Hope Scum's Wish entertains you, Lenlo. ^^
Lenlo
I will say the sound design has been great for Scums Wish though I have not read the manga to see how it matches up
Lenlo
I dont think "enjoyed" is the right word for this kind of show, but I do know im going to finish it.

Also, can the milk be chocolate?
Anonymous1015350
@Lenlo: That's true, but I also feel like everyone here needs some milk. And I've been reading the Scum's Wish manga and can't decide if it'll be worth it to watch the anime.
Lenlo
Scums Wish, 4 episodes in, has been the perfect little dose of depression I crave from each anime season.
Lenlo
I have to say, its a pretty fun break from super srs anime discussion sometimes
Anonymous1014938
There's so much sass in this chatbox sometimes I can't even. :.D
AidanAK47
Also please note that if data gathering results do not support your hypothesis that there will be no refunds
AidanAK47
I will have you know my data gathering services are quite expensive and I don't operate until paid.
Anonymous1014125
Aidan is providing the data for us.
Lenlo
You do know that for the scientific method, you make a hypothesis and then you run experiments to produce data to prove or disprove said hypothesis. It cant just sit in limbo and then you go "I was right". You have to provide data at some point. At this point, you have yet to provide any data to support what you say.
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