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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Vonter
I don't know why, but I thought you were talking about Tomorrowland. That Disney movie that bombed and everyone seemed very lukewarm about. I suppose because I don't know exactly what was the problem with it, didn't see much discussion about it.
Animosh
@SuperMario: I think I've seen World of Tomorrow, but not 100% sure. There's apparently a second part out though, and I definitely haven't seen that!
Animosh
And Umfeld (https://vimeo.com/umfeld) is also worth mentioning. It kind of consists of shorts, it's technically animated (at least in part: it mixes real footage and CGI I think?), and it's definitely weird. It's a very polarizing work though. I love it, but it wouldn't surprise me if most people here hate it.
Animosh
Some other things that came to mind: Tim Burton's "Vincent" (it's stop-motion, but whatever), Loom (https://vimeo.com/24069938) and E-Baby (https://vimeo.com/25435555). And the stop-motion shorts by Lee Hardcastle are pretty fun, if you're in the mood for some needlessly disgusting horror.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I enjoyed embrace of the serpent which has the same director as Birds of passage so I'll keep an eye out for it.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I'm going to see Roma and Birds of Passage this weekend. Really excited for both
Kaiser-Eoghan
As for the she-ra thing well, as I've gotten older I probably have avoided kids stuff more.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't want to see tokenism being seen as acceptance when it isn't, it feels that people are putting forth the idea that something is only being/can be accepted because its being portrayed in a tokenistic way.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its fine, obviously to have strong female characters, Ripley in Alien, Sarah Conner in Terminator, awesome....Rey in star wars....no.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think too often shows and films, American ones today, are tokenistic or clicheed with inserting issues, merely just throwing them in or tacking them on for the sake of ticking boxes rather than any earnesty or doing anything.
Anonymous3086853
@SuperMario - I do. Yet at the same time it was a bit outside of my comfort zone, watching something like this considering that (let's be honest) msot shows are men oriented. Even the ones with great female characters. This one despite having tomboyish girls is mainly about these girls with male characters having supporting roles. I suppose that's were the uneasiness lies in my case.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Just got done watching both earlier, his dark humour jives well with me and I liked the concept.
SuperMario
@Kaiser @Animosh: if you haven't seen World of Tomorrow plsssss check it out. I can't recommend it highly enough
SuperMario
@Vonter: Maybe it's a good things that shows for general audiences like this have queer context. Don't you think?
Anonymous3086853
Also because I'm a bit immature, this show is kinda gay. There's a lot of ship baiting moments, one same sex couple in the last episode and rainbows, pastel colors, emasculated male characters and some female crossdressing.
Anonymous3086853
The weakest aspect is that several secondary characters get lost in the shuffle. Kinda like Big Hero 6 in which the team had personalities but just didn't had the time to develop in any meaningful way. Still both the main cast and villains were good and like I say the protagonist and antagonist had strong arcs for a first season.
Anonymous3086853
So I now finished watching She Ra, and it got even better as it was building towards the season's end. Thes strongest aspect is the rivalry between Adora and Catra, the chemistry is very strong, kinda like Optimus and Megatron or Xavier and Magneto. In which both parts seem equally capable and to have mind games with the other.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh hey cool, rain town is done by the Penguin hhighway anime movie guy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It looks like I haven't seen Don Hertzfedlts World of tomorrow films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also Prince Achmed and How Wang-Fo Was Saved.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah. yes, thanks animosh, I had a look at Rain town there, I like the style it was done in, it achieves the emotions its trying to convey well without needing dialogue, piano score actually helps rather than hinders.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Glassy ocean, that was another short I watched lately.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh inka isha is country doctor.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know Mario has seen this style on animation, but anyone else see any oil on glass animation?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I actually prefer robot carnival to genius party but liked both.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Zepo, The Pride of Strathmoor were recent animated shorts I watched.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Recently I watched two shorts, death and the mother and pleasures of war.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd say any eastern european short films would be worth anyones time.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm not familiar with rain town or Inaka Isha .
Amagi
Kaiser: Have you seen Inaka Isha from Kafka?
Animosh
In the meanwhile, though, I'd also be very interested in recommendations! The shorts I mentioned are among my favorite animated works, so if you know anything similar, please let me know. :)
Animosh
For western animation I really like the Don Hertzfeldt shorts. And there was this short called "Rain Town" that was really impressively animated. I'm sure there were others, but my long-term memory is pretty lousy. If something else comes to mind I'll let you know.
Animosh
I'm pretty sure you're already going to be familiar with all of my favorites, but here you go: Morimoto's shorts are all fantastic (Dimension Bomb, Beyond, Noiseman Sound Insect, etc), and two others that come to mind are Cat Soup and Kigeki (or Comedy) by Nakazawa. There are also some great collections out there (like the Genius Party ones), but again, you've probably seen those already.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If anyone has any suggestions for weird short animations, I'm looking for excuses to watch some more and I'm in the mood for them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Masky: Mario's youtube link had cgi models of rem and ram in the video.
Masky
I'm confused when was Rem even mentioned
Kaiser-Eoghan
I only ever watched he-man and stuff related to it in passing when I was younger, Conan was more my thing back then.
Kaiser-Eoghan
For so long I'd always referred to she-ra as she-man.
AidanAK47
@Mario, What is this heresy!
....
....Rems always cute.
Anonymous3084910
Hilda is fine, though is very laidback kinda like a young reader's novel. It has its moments but its fantasy with slice-of-life coming of age.
Anonymous3084910
@SuperMario Yeah I know, She Ra is the twin sister of He Man. But strangely it seems Dreamworks may not have the right to those characters. It was a marketing idea trying to bring more girls to that universe but like most girls show from the time it had a very flat depiction of what little girls want to see.
SuperMario
Sorry Aidan, I know it's blasphemy but I have to post here. Enjoy the OP song with the twins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9MUjISNm0U&index=4&list=PLU56jBSlcHw8-ol9Hi4lJ0GR0tU6EOf2a
SuperMario
I'll probably check out Hilda. Heard a lot of hypes about that show
SuperMario
@Vonter: I've heard of She-Ra, she's the female counterpart (well, sister) of He-Man (the most powerful man in the universe and the secret identity of Prince Adam). Sounds silly but I'm not even kidding
Vonter
All in all, despite not being a big thing, I think is an enjoyable recommendation. My only nitpick is that it maybe too light hearted for some kinda like above My Little Pony but below something Voltron. Also despite being less childish than the original is still kinda of girly with lots of pastel colors although it balances it a bit having girls being more tomboyish in different degrees.
Vonter
Like with Voltron it amuses me seeing anime tropes being played through western lens. Since I'm a bit hesitant to say that could this count as a harem series despite not being male gaze moments? Also having the most sensible hotspring episode I've seen.
Vonter
In this one this She Ra has pathos. A bit like Korra there's doubt in her role and also a complicated relationship with her rival. I do like the role reversal in the knight's tale this clearly is, in that most roles that would be played by men are played by women in this story. Matriarchy, displacement of both femminine beauty but also empowerment.
Vonter
So I've watched some of the new She Ra from Netflix. So far I'm in, it's not deep but it's quite charismatic. I do like there's more pathos in regards to these characters which pretty much were confined to their archetype to an extreme like the original Power Rangers.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It manages to make watching something like running engaging, when I'd otherwise probably not watch the sport. Also, last week the show ended up popping into my head when I was sitting around doing pretty much nothing and made me think "Ok fuck it, not sitting around doing nothing, going to go out for a run around the block"
Lenlo
I also agree, characters losing in sports is important. They can't start at the top, it makes the series lose meaning
Lenlo
I quite enjoyed Kaze Fui this week. I think your correct that the one who got the reality check was Kurahara, who thought he was the only one able to actually make it. I also thing that he has a competitive streak a mile wide, and might be a little afraid of failure. Doesnt think the team can make it, so why bother
Kaiser-Eoghan
Think I wasn't i the mood for honda-san this week even though I laughed.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Y'know I like it when sports series actually show the characters you know...actually lose.
Anonymous3083989
Huh, interesting in this episode of Kaze ga that it's Kakeru who got a reality check during the track meet since he was beaten by two other runners. I think we're due for an episode soon where he has to confront his past demons instead of fleeing from them.
Anonymous3083626
@Kaiser-Eoghan - Aging in fiction, I think has more to do with the story than the characters. I mean the jokes about Ash Ketchum, Detective Conan, Archie. The Flinstones tried to make different stories by aging Pebbles and Bam Bam. Or Batman having two Robins graduating into their own heroes. But in the end dynamics change, hence why most cartoons don't age the characters.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Which is why when aging does occur in anime/manga, such as in vinland saga or nanoha for example, its appreciated.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And of course, animated characters often don't age much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can remember enjoying the simpsons movie back when I watched it, but thinking about it it really was just an extended episode. Really the show peaked with the who shot Mr Burns episode. Catching bits of recent episodes and seeing them use modern stuff while they never age seems weird too.
Amagi
I do think series are allowed to move forward though, I am kinda interested in the Pkmn movie for example. But certain shows should just end, Simpsons for example was a parody of the 90s, it just can't work in a more modern setting IMO.
Amagi
I stopped with the Simpsons when Maude was killed/died, it was just a step in the wrong direction they should have never done and it killed the series for me. I disliked it before already though, I think I noticed the series getting worse since season..9? Or 10, not sure anymore.
Amagi
Anime for Dorohedoro announced.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Therefore ruining the fanservice fun for everybody.
Kaiser-Eoghan
My favourite beach episodes are ones where it rains and they end up not being able to go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
After that it was just the film for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually, regarding the simpsons, the episode I stopped on was sometime in the early 2000s, Homer was stuck on some island resort or something.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I suppose it was just as much a case of falling out of watching/playing too and then there being so many episodes/games catchup was impossible. I probably should read the manga someday.
Anonymous3081957
@Kaiser-Eoghan -Kinda like Sponge Bob, Power Rangers or The Simpsons, I can't blame those who move forward, It's imposible for a show to go that long without losing steam. I did check the Sun and Moon first season and while I think the personality and energy is better it doesn't exactly push the concept forward. Still somehow Pokemon is still a phenomenon.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: Very strange hearing a Pikachu talk with Ryan Reynolds voice. But my days of pokemon are behind me.
KyokoHyuga
?????
KyokoHyuga
who likes pokemon here
SuperMario
@Amagi: I think the person who made the sub for Maquia did a pretty neat job. Not perfect but the translation flows well
Vonter
We've seen realistic Pokémon fanart, but how does a movie looks when it attempts it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8CKgQFo5U8
Amagi
How are the subs for Maquia? I only heard anons complain about it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*dealing with
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though you should really torrent it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There is 1080p stream on kiss anime, if you hate deal with the ads on that site the 4up stream on anilinkz has the best quality of the available links
Lenlo
Where did you see Maquia online? I still need to watch it. PM it to me on discord maybe? Pretty please? <3
SuperMario
One fact that not many people know is that Penguin Highway is penned by Tomihiko Morimi. It indeed has many Morimi's signature inputs
SuperMario
This year, I'm doing well with catching up anime films (kudos for Australian's Madman who always license these titles very quickly). So far, I've watched Mirai, Maquia, Penguin Highway, Let Me Eat Your Pancreas and My Hero Academia the Movie
SuperMario
So I watched two anime movies this last week, Penguin Highway in theatre and Maquia online. Both of them are pretty solid in general, especially Penguin that has magical realism elements and some great chemistry. Whereas Mari Okada's writting still rubs me in the wrong way sometimes
Lenlo
D: He did, back in August actually apparently
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I heard Dino's voice actor died.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If we all took Goblin slayers attitude to trolls, then we would more easily ignore the trolls =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
Big twist in the golden kamuy manga.
Animosh
@SuperMario: remember that in the voice drama Rikka mentioned talking to Yuuta in their classroom during the ball game. Pretty sure it's about that.
SuperMario
@Animosh: i just watched the episode and noticed the lyrics as well. "The Promise" seems vague at the moment. Could be between Yuuta and whoever fits but I agree the "save someone from boredom" is about Akane
Animosh
You learn something every day. ;) Honestly though, I actually skipped the opening, so I hadn't even noticed that it had been translated until others pointed it out. And most of the time the lyrics are just cheesy one-liners, so I usually don't pay much attention to them either. But once in a while there's some nice hints hidden in there...
Kaiser-Eoghan
Y'know I never really ever paid attention to the lyrics in anime openings, I'd never thought to.
Animosh
The Gridman OP has been translated for the first time, and there's some pretty interesting reveals in there: it mentions a "promise" made in a classroom (so now we know how Yuuta and Rikka bonded in the past - glad it wasn't a simple confession), and talks of "rescuing" someone (presumably Akane) from boredom. So I guess she'll join the good guys eventually?
Lenlo
1200 words. I need to stop writing so much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I haven't seen last weeks episode of Irozuku or this weeks =< I'm waiting now for a bit to see if the series paysoff.
Animosh
Goddamn those magic segments in Irozuku were stunning! It's a shame its humdrum drama can't live up to its visual beauty, but I'll take it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think Ash's design is based a bit on River phoneix.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Sorry Eiji but your Ash is in another castle.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@CoolerAnon: I was about to say that. Kidnapping gets used alot in shojo.
Anonymous3072040
Yeah Ash is basically Princess Peach
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I share your concerns, I don't know what studio is doing it. Some people want it to be mappa, some don't want it to be polygon pictures to adapt it. Its and long and violent manga, with some very funny at times dark humour, it could end up rushed and/or censored.
Anonymous3072021
As much as I love Dorohedoro I'm unsure if I should be happy or worried at it getting an adaptation, it isn't exactly the kind of story I imagine being easy to adapt well.
Lenlo
Yeah, I am touching on that in my writeup as we speak. The compressed story is causing Ash to be captured every other week.
Animosh
I agree Banana Fish was great this week though! My only gripe is that I'm getting sick and tired of seeing Ash get kidnapped again and again. He just escaped a couple of episodes ago! And he's just a lot more fun to watch when he's out there doing stuff.
Animosh
In a way the fights actually feel more realistic to me than those in Banana Fish. Sure, they're fantastical, bizarre even, but its battle system has a clear internal logic, and generally no power is infallible (each has its limitations). In Banana Fish the fights are rather poorly thought out by comparison. Their purpose is more to make Ash look cool than to give him realistic hurdles to overcome.
Animosh
@Kaiser: what sets Jojo apart from other battle shounen for me is how ridiculously creative its fights can get. Part 2 already shows some signs of this, but the introduction of the Stand system in Part 3 pushes it to another level, and in Part 4 the fights are consistently awesome. There are no simple beam struggles here: every fight is a battle of wits, between people with wildly different powers
Niel
Vinland Saga anime, and Now Dorohedoro just got announced. i'm really liking this trend.
Lenlo
Lots to writeup on Banana Fish this week.
Lenlo
Just finished it, I really like Blanca.
Lenlo
Because Jackie Chan and his stunt crew are some of the best in the world. There is a reason he has to insure his guys from his own pocket. No agency will take them
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have no idea how the hell Jackie Chan is still alive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Action works best for me when I really feel that theres danger involved. Thats why when some actors do their own stunts, you can fear for the actors life, and also the character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And thats why I'm a big fan of all that Chinese martial arts stuff from the 60s and 70s, that really expertly crafted chereography.
Lenlo
As for action, I like good choreography more than any super powers. Its why Cowboy Bebop, Seirei no Moribito, Sword of the Stranger and some Naruto fights are fantastic.
Lenlo
Im about to watch this weeks episode, so this chat makes me hopeful. I agree Ash and Eiji are the backbone of the series, and yeah me and Kaiser both agreed that the Gang war aspect was pretty weak, though I thought the finish with Arthur wasnt half bad
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I think Banana fish has a great grit to it for this reason.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm even more thankful to Banana fish too for that it keeps the action within the bounds of out of fantasy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've always been kind of a guns and swords and kungfu gut.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Black lagoons great example of anime action I can get behind.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I always found weapon combat and fist/kicking combat more raw and real,tangible than beamspam.
Anonymous3070972
But yeah if you're not a fan supernatural power fantasy action shounens, then maybe not your cup of tea, and that's totally cool
Anonymous3070972
Oh also if I'm recommending a fight from part 4, I'd say check out Highway Star
Anonymous3070972
Kira is a pretty cool villain though; he's always underpowered compared to the main heroes, but manages to somehow get out of the situation with luck or smarts; if nothing else, I'd recommend watching some Youtube clips
Anonymous3070972
*Turn off. lol.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its more than, even when I was younger supernatural power fantasy action shounen never appealed to me.
Anonymous3070972
Admittedly JoJo always has bad with exposition though, and always will be just due to the style, so that can definitely be a turn on for some people
Anonymous3070972
If you like slice of life with hijinks and a murder mystery combined with cool battles, you'll like part 4
Anonymous3070972
Yeah I can see why you might not like part 1 & 2, they were made in the 80s; I'd recommend part 4 and part 5 (ongoing rn) tbh, I feel like those are better for a modern viewing experience
Anonymous3070972
I used to think that BF's greatest strength was the plot; know I realize it's really about Ash & Eiji's connection first and foremost: as good as the plot can be, Ash & Eiji's relationship is absolutely the backbone.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Also that scene where Ash is thinking to himself, looking over Eiji.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nah, I pretty much gave up on jojo midway through part 2.
Anonymous3070771
Also, anybody notice Blanca's VA is Kira (from Diamond is Unbreakable)? What a wonderful duwang!
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: The producer guy Miyano is voicing, much like the show is irritating because the show has this "look at me look at me" feel to it, it just comes off as desperate to me and this is just going by the one episode I watched and hated.
Anonymous3070771
What's that damn piano song that plays when Ash and Eiji are talking about Japan. It's too good. For some reason, it's really magical
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I was the one who said that.
@Niello: You don't need to see steins; gate zero, myself and lenlo discussed it to death as it was airing, its all over the place. I like the original too but after a while of the first half being fun, I just wanted it to start.
Anonymous3070771
Phew, great episode of BF; whoever said the gang war stuff was the weakest point was right. this stuff is getting fantastic again.
Niello
Also I agree, Zombieland first episode was amazing, second episode is still rather great, and then the other episodes have just been meh.
Niello
In Zombieland it doesn't help that the character he's voicing with that tone is an asshole, which isn't a good combination because it's making him more annoying by the episode.
Niello
Steins;Gate is pretty good, but I don't think I like it nearly as much as most people do (I gave it a 7/10). I also haven't bothered with Steins;Gate 0. And although I didn't mind Myano in Steins;Gate, I didn't particularly like his voice there either.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I love the sombreness of Blanca's character. Poor Ash, so broken in this episode.
AidanAK47
Yeah after episode 2 it's been a downgrade. Zombieland is still alright to watch but it really has become what it parodied.
Vonter
Zombieland sadly has winded down. I mean it was expected but still I was hoping some more creative attempts to use in the typical genre. It'll have been better if they had waken up more slowly in order to flesh the archetypes a bit more. It still has charismatic moments though.
Lenlo
Really Niello? See, I like it because it's the voice we never got in Steins;Gate 0. Its Okabe's Kyouma voice, and I have a nostalgic love for it
Masky
Wasn't gyary isekai another one that existed?
Niello
I hate Miyano voice in Zombieland Saga and find him annoying tbh.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I am getting sick of self aware humour though. I see this show as something that was fun to make (such as Miyano seems to be feeling based on performances) but not fun for me to watch and that kind of extends to the manager who while I agree would be the best part of the show, I stopped finding funny after the joke was done.
Lenlo
For me, the main selling point of Zombieland Saga was always Miyano. I love this mans crazy voice.

And in regards to Isekai, discounting this most recent one, SAO actually is pretty good this season so far. Kirito is still bland, but its taking things a lot slower and actually building the world. Its taking its time with 52 episodes
Kaiser-Eoghan
By the sound of it, if some who liked the first episodes don't care for the ones beyond those two episode, then I'm glad I stopped watching.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I did flick through episode 2 but the rap battle thing was particularly awful.
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