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



Matsumoto Leiji once was the pioneer of space operas, even before Yoshiyuki Tomino came with Mobile Suit Gundam. His influence was huge, and so even in the 21st centuries, his adaptations are still getting themselves spin-offs every now and then. The Galaxy Railways obviously based itself around the concept of “trains in space”, and while I wouldn’t recommend this series to someone who’s looking for a good introduction to Matsumoto Leiji’s style, it nevertheless is a pretty decent action-series.

The basic set up is that there are trains who travel through space. There sometimes (read: nearly every episode) goes something horribly wrong with them, and it’s up to our main characters to save those in trouble, acting as a combination of the royal defence force and a rescue squad. While trains randomly crashed a bit too often for my liking, the individual episodes were helped by the fact that the creators tried to stuff in lots of different ideas into their stories, whether they made sense or not. The series also has a great selection of character-designs. Matsumoto Leiji’s designs have always stood out, and the creators of this series did a good job of giving them a modern and epic look.

Unfortunately, the series does have a number of large and quite annoying flaws: it has both of what I’d like to call a “bad main character syndrome” and a “bad ultimate villain syndrome”. Manabu just keeps whining on and on about ethics and morals, and especially spends the first half defending his cheesy ideals. As soon as he starts developing, he thankfully matures, but as a result he becomes a bit too perfect of a character: loved by all women, perfectly skilful, no flaws left whatsoever. His female love interest is completely the opposite: completely useless throughout the largest part of the series. The side characters are the ones who end up saving this series: Bulge, Bruce and especially David are great to watch.

And regarding the villains who pop up in the final climax of the series: they’re just a cheap rip-off of the Mazone from Captain Harlock. There’s a difference between a homage and a rip-off, and in this case the creators didn’t seem to realize what made the Mazone work so well: they had firm resolutions: they considered their alternatives and went with the one that involved ending tons of lives. The villains here are somewhat stuck between good guys and “yeah, we weren’t evil; we were forced to wipe out half of the universe; have pity with us”. To be honest, it feels rather fake.

And it’s really a shame, because the rest of this finale was good stuff. It would have been epic if the main character and villains weren’t so annoying. Overall, it’s definitely not the best series, but there definitely were some good episodes in these first 26 episodes. However, the best thing that you should do if you want to get a taste of Matsumoto Leiji’s signature style is simple: check out either Captain Harlock, Queen Millenia or Galaxy Express 999.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 7/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 8/10

5 Responses

  1. AlexS says:

    It’s funny that you trash so much the characters in this anime, but still end up giving 8/10 in that area. Aren’t you a bit mellow? Or should one view 8/10 as bad?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Ah, good point. Looking back, that rating does feel a bit too high, yeah. Thanks for that.

  3. Camario says:

    It may not be as good as the true Matsumoto classics -even if I’ve only skimmed through those myself so far- but it’s a decent show.

    At heart, it’s a simple story with competent execution and fair production values. As episodic as it is, I liked how each episode usually set up the next and I recall we even get a couple of genuine arcs.

    I agree that the secondary cast does a lot for this series, David being generally fun though Bruce was more to my liking overall. In hindsight, his development is predictable but the exact way in which certain things happened surprised me, if not their outcome.

    The main character didn’t annoy me that much, even if he’s perhaps too much of a Marty Stue to be memorable, but I can’t really disagree about the aliens being weak villains.

    If you’re planning on watching the second season, that one is pretty forgettable and entirely unnecessary. A different staff is in charge, production values are lower, the plots get way too corny and unimaginative even for a retro series.

    On the other hand, the four OVAs that tie into GE999 for a bit are supposedly decent, I hear.

  4. Kurisu says:

    Actually, if I remember correctly, this was my introduction to the Leiji-verse, so it isn’t too bad for that purpose. The character designs are true to the original standard designs by Leiji Matsumoto except it all looks more clean and crisp thanks to updated technology. I also like the opening and ending songs in this context. The opening sounds rather funny when you hear it the first time because it’s the singer sound so energetic that it’s almost cheesy. It it supposed to be fun(ny) though, you can hear that more clearly in the full version with more female background singers. It’s actually old-school though. Nowadays you rarely have openings that use some outdated pop style and are sung by middle-aged men.

    When I started watching it, I expected it to have a contiguous plot. The first few episodes almost feel like a movie and a great start for a big adventure but then it gets more or less episodic with a train-crash of the week formula. This aspect was slightly disappointing. I liked it nonetheless also because of the wide variation that introduces you to a lot of things of the Leiji-verse and pays homage to the older series and characters. It kept me interested and afterwards I wanted to find out what’s with these “Space Pirates”. Be warned though, that the Leiji-verse lacks consistency. So while the series reference each other, there’s no way all of them happen in the same universe. Rather each series plays in its own alternate universe which is similar but distinctively different from ther others.

    The final arc revolving around David was certainly a highlight because it provided a contiguous plot again and David was one of the more interesting and diverse characters.

    I think I didn’t have a problem with Manubu because I considered his character and the exaggerated properties like naivity, sense of honour and justice a plot-device. It may be slightly cheap and noticeable unrealistic but it’s classic method. Afterall, it works well to push the plot forward, provide motivation for the characters’ doings and to highlight some moral dilemma in other cases.

    Camario: So I wasn’t imagining things when I thought the second season was worse. The production values seemed indeed much lower, lacking details and with much more apparent use of CGI. The first episodes were so bad that I was very disappointed. It got a bit better after a while but I’d agree, that you better watch some original series by Leji Matsumoto rather than or at least before the second season of this.

    The worst spin-off is “Space Symphony Maetel”. Avoid it at all costs. I pretty much like all of Leiji Matsumoto’s works I’ve seen and the spin-offs like Galaxy Railways but “Space Symphony Maetel” is so awful, I stopped watching it half-way through.

  5. Helen says:

    I think it’s worth pointing out that “Galaxy Railways” isn’t “ripping off” earlier creations such as the Mazone – the series was produced to celebrate 50 years of Matsumoto’s work, and as such not only references manga and shows from the past – but also slyly deconstructs them… In-jokes abound for those familiar with a larger body of his work than is available to the West, and therefore some of the subtleties tend to waft over the heads of most viewers simply because they don’t have that familiarity. (I’m not convinced Funimation really understood what they were buying – nice enough on it’s own, it’s a story that only really makes sense when the audience can appreciate the resonance, and was never going to win over anyone who isn’t already a fan…)

    A case in point is the constant epmhasis on show’s nominal hero, Manabu, and his desire to be the same kind of hero his father was, whilst simultaneously showing us that a) that kind of thinking gets you killed if you’re NOT Harlock, (even if you look like him… Captain Yuuki, I’m looking at you here…) and b)that he also wants to avoid the fate that kind of lone charge led both his father and his brother to… the irony increases here with Bruce’s murder just before the end of season 1 – the team-member who keeps hammering home the point to Manabu about reckless headlong rushes into danger, gets himself killed over a run-in with some local thugs when he stands up – in typical Matsumoto fashion – for a total stranger…

    Series 2, in spite of the admittedly lower production values (and it is painful in places, especially in swapping the gorgeous tones of Isao Sasaki for generic girly J-pop…) then slams home the point by taking this to its logical conclusion. We see Yuuki’s initial sacrifice in a whole new light after episode 7 (the flashback to which takes place at a point just prior to his homecoming in the first episode of season 1…) and are forced to re-evealuate his motives for that “noble” self-sacrifice right back at the beginning of it all – was it merely guilt? And deals the final whammy upsides the head of the viewer by taking on that controversial last scene in Endless Odyssey, and forcing a resolution that *isn’t* ambiguous… (nor was the “shock” re-appearence of the MIA Captain Yuuki unforeseen for anyone who’s had a decent crash course in Matsumoto’s ongoing themes of parental/sibling loss… it was signposted right from the start, and pracatically dropped into our laps towards the end of season 1…)

    Ever wondered if Harlock’s lone heroics striding into danger would save the day if he hadn’t been forged by hardship and loss into the bad-ass pirate we know and love? If he’d been the dutiful officer, gentleman and father instead? Here’s your answer: he’d fail. Badly.

    Here’s the confrontation we’ve seen before, whether it be versus Lafresia, the Illumidas, or Noo. This time, teamwork prevails over suicidal heroics. In some ways this is a savage deconstruction of a long-cherished archetype. In another sense, it also manages to highlight the sheer scale of the sacrifices Matsumoto’s more iconic characters have made to be able to do what they do: if their actions are verging on supernatural, it seems to say, then so is the pain they endure to achieve what they do… Galaxy Railways has held up a mirror to the usual run of Matsumoto’s stories, and shown us the “reality”. It makes, on occasion, for sad viewing. But then, in Matsumoto’s worlds, there are rarely any truly happy Every victory is usually bought with pain and loss, and the knowledge that perhaps there should be a better way.

    However, despite all this, the chapters of Galaxy Express 999’s manga that this was all inspired by remain an inglorious *mess*… ;-P Be thankful at least that the TV series didn’t ask the viewers to try and get their heads round why Kei Yuuki’s two younger brothers are both dead ringers for Harlock at the same age – or what the hell the teenaged daughter of a reknowned SPG pilot is doing hanging around on a pirate ship in the first place… ;-)

    Oh – Space Symphony Maetel, BTW, isn’t going to make *any* sense unless you’ve read the Sen-nen Joo Manga… I’m not too sure why Avex threw the baby out with the bathwater here and ignored both the (infinitely) superior TV version AND the (decidedly surreal) film storylines, but there you go. I suppose it sort of segues into Cosmo Warrior Zero and thence into the film version (sort of…) of GE999. But honestly, I gave up trying to work it all out years ago! Settle down and enjoy the snigger you’ll get watching Harlock having his balls handed to him on a plate for once, and have kleenex on hand for the giant ret-con at the end that seems set up purely to a) explain why there was a mechanisation brain-pattern-transfer device on board the Deathshadow and b) give you a nice hard blow to the heart watching Harlock blithely arguing *for* its use, in full and painful knowledge as the viewer of how that’s going to come back and haunt him in the not-too distant future…

    all best

    H

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And of course getting the best bits out of old and new.
Kaiser-Eoghan
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@Mario: Help I want to kidnap Asirpa =<
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@Anon: I'm probably as surprised as you, at finding someone to talk to about Lupin on here.
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@Anon: And through comparing/contrasting the jigen grave stone and Fujiko mine, with some of the sillier older ones, it shows the Lupin characters are flexible enough to work both in a darker AND sillier context.
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@Anon: Fujiko is precisely how a fanservicey character should work and how built in/essential it is to her haracter, without becoming an irritant.
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@Anon: By all means Lupin himself shouldn't be a character we like, much like Bond, but like Bond theres a coolness to the character that allows us to love him.
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@Anon: Another great thing about Lupin is how it uses its 60s cool to get away with what would normally probably be considered fairly sexist.
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@Anon: I had a big smile on my face when Mamo made a cameo appearance at the end of one of the recent ones and thats because I remember the Lupin Mamo movie was one of those first anime that I watched about 20 years aago.
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@Anon: Its a huge franchise too so I'm often never sure where to go next.
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@Anon: You may or may not know this, but the voice actor for solid snake voiced Lupin in one of the dubs.
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@Anon: I watched a few episodes of the Italy set lupin show too .
Its a fun franchise due to its cast but its something I have to follow irregularly, lest it get repetitive.
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Dont trust anything written by the original SAO author. Everything is his fault. Kirito is not in this series.
Lenlo
Even the original SAO author has little to do with it, which is why its actually good
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So SAO Alt is basically completely removed from the rest of SAO
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See how he attempts to seduce me into watching something related to sword art.
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Huh... I didnt know the writer for SAO Alt was written by the Kino's Journey creator and produced by the Flip Flappers people. Explains a lot
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I wish I knew what you meant by shaman girls, and I cant wait
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@Lenlo, Oh I know Leskinen. May he find his Japanese Shaman girls one day. But seeing as I know the story I wanna experience it differently.
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@Mario: Its even set in hokkaido, Korean/Japanese director, Japanese cast, Ken Watanabe is in it: https://letterboxd.com/film/unforgiven-2013/
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Also, I love the ED. Really, 2 episodes in, I love S;G all over again.
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@Kaiser: really? They remade Unforgiven in Japanese?
Lenlo
its*
Lenlo
Like... is good.
Lenlo
But your missing out on the cult of Leskinen. The engrish is actually one of my favorite parts
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Meanwhile I am happily waiting for the dub.
Lenlo
Dangit... I have to wait another week for Steins;Gate 0 now. I cant do this.
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@Mario: The Japanese remake of unforgiven had ainu people in it.
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@Kaiser-Eoghan - Ideally a story should be as long as it needs. But reality seems that a number of episodes is decided before production. And so you either have to stretch or cut material. Kinda like that 300 page manga of Les Miserables, is simply unfeasible translating that book into that few pages.
KTravlos
Oberstein was a great character.
KTravlos
I actually feel Aidan can do a good job on it. Sometimes been too exposed to the material may lead to clouded eyes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though I'm surprised by how I unexpectedly laughed at wotaku, I do wonder if later on it will include any slight drama elements to sustain interest.
Kaiser-Eoghan
OMO; OBERsteins; Gate =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
From watching episode 2 of golden kamuy, yeah, the source material definitely is lifting this.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm going to have to wait and see on steins; gate 0, it is encouraging to here this might be darker , at the same time I remember having to sit through too much goofy humour in the first one.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was actually surprised, that, while rare, there were some moments of humour, that lightened it for me.
AidanAK47
Throughout the entire series I expected Oberstein to pull some inevitable double cross. And was shocked when he never did.
Amagi
@Kaiser: Agree with Oberstein. I think antagonists are es important as the mains in fiction and I loved this guy, he's perfect for series like these.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Galactic heroes was an example of where when watching it, when big death scenes occured, I would make noooooo and shouting noises at the screen while clenching my fist.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I love characters like Oberstein, shrewd, clever, but done right to where I can believe it, not characters like, say Lelouch .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd be concerned if the new galactic heroes series skimps on the violence, that kind of thing needs to be in there, in most shows/films and shown to be explicit, consequences need to be shown.
Amagi
*about, not with
Amagi
Sadly, most original 2+ cours series I know feel dragged whereas many 1 cours originals could have needed ~3 more episodes. Talking with series that have an actual plot of course.
Amagi
I really like the 13 episodes thingy for originals but I wish there would be more 26 episodes series, especially for adaptions.
Amagi
@Kaiser: I agree. Nothing kills my interest faster than formularic episodes and repetition.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In general I think 50 episodes would be the most I'd watch for an anime, 39 seems ideal.
Amagi
Or worse and the romance drama is the main plot and it's Kiznaiver all over again, while the rest is just flavor to make the romances more forced since they're the MCs are only teens and such. Dunno but I can never bring myself to care about this kind of stuff.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though better 110 episodes of galactic heroes than a long shounen that just repeats itself.
Amagi
Speaking of recent episodes, I unironically thing that FranXX's world (building) is pretty interesting (although I hope those klaxxosaurusses will be more than just random cannon fodder) but I doubt the series will ever get to the main plot again the next time.
Amagi
Same here. It was really the only time I did this. I am usually exhausted by just thinking about marathoning long series. It's the reason why I won't get into FMP for the new series either. LotGH was an exception since I found it easily to watch for some reason.
SuperMario
Man, just image burning through 110 episodes of it and my spirit fades away
Amagi
Watched that whole series ages ago.
Amagi
Just watched the first three Neue These episodes and I surprinsingly liked it. Thought I would hate it due to being an OVA fan, and I still prefer the old designs by far but overall it's pretty good. I think I might even prefer this version of the first battle, but I have to rewatch the old one I guess.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also while I can't remember which episode, Yang picks up a book with the author of the series' name on it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Arslan feels so lightweight by contrast/comparison.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I think, given your knowledge KTtravlos, that a series review of the new galactic heroes season would probably benefit from you writing it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I bring up the music in my earlier comment, because I can understand your reservations regarding the music choice in the remake.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And certainly one of those shows, that going back to the first episode after finishing, gives a strong perspective just on how evolving the series was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*despite me not
Kaiser-Eoghan
Despite not being monarchist , because the characters were human moreso than cartoon characters I couldn't hate on Reinhard.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Travlos: I suppose by the time it got to Julian's arc, I was surprised they were still bothering to fight but the fact that they were essentially the last bastion of their beliefs made it special.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Travlos: Sometimes when I just finish a show, its a case where I HAVE to jump online immediately after and excitedly ramble out an essay on it.
niello
ugh democracy
KTravlos
@Kaiser ultimately LOGH for me was a decisive point in my political life, as I think it made the best defense of democracy in any form I have seen. And it worked partly because the opponent was presented in the best possible incarnation (Rienhard). Yang's continued adherence to democracy, despite recongising its flaws, helped me avoid a personal descent into authoritarian politics.
KTravlos
@Kaiser. I am happy you had a good experience. I watched the prequels a while after the main show and I was happy because it was great getting back to those characters. The prequels were also great in fleshing the setting and the characters. So yes, take your time and a break. That way the prequels will be like visiting a place you liked again after a while.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@KTtravlos: I have some other stuff to get through before watching the galactic heroes prequel though =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
YES according to discord poster I'm not a millenial!
Kaiser-Eoghan
Sorry for overposting. I have always always being an incredibly verbose person.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter; Not that I oppose captilistically made for a buck cinema, it can be entertaining yes, but I set a standard.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: As open as I am to trash cinema, I consider the resident evil films, like the superhero ones, anti-art.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can understand why people don't like Villier, but he did I think work as a device to add extra tension.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I feel some release at finishing but at the same time sadness at saying goodbye to the show and its characters.
Kaiser-Eoghan
, showing its age.
But for something of this length, it kept itself up far better than most long shows and I feel the length its somewhat justified.

On another note….as corny as the third ending theme is, I got the feels listening to it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But while the first 50 odd episodes were an easy job for me aswell as all of the 4th season and some of the late 3rd season made it difficult for me to pull myself away from it, the dialogue even though often well observed did become difficult to follow at times and somewhere in the middle theres a stretch of episodes, bar some moments that feel a bit of an endurance test and the animation is at
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its attention to detail I felt was at its strongest in the documentary and the series dedication to filling the view in on its world building/fictional history.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I admired the scope, ambition of this series and the battles eventually grew on me and I was surprised by just how visceral the melee combat got which suited me perfectly. At the same time for all the strategy and action, I found myself more in it for the story, characters and intrigue/politicking. Those battles, due in part to their music choices, had an epic feel to them
Kaiser-Eoghan
In the end the characters stood out for me the best were Reinhard, Oberstein (for being essentially the amazing man with the plan), Reuntal, Kircheis and Rubinsky, I warmed up to Julian, Yang and Schenkop. When important deaths occurred, they felt highly dramatic, in four cases emotionally effecting for me .
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also, KTtravlos, thank you for pushing me toward watching the original legend of the galactic heroes, my opinion on the series is largely a mixed one, but by the end I felt I’d watched something rewarding and I’m happy its crossed off my list and I should have gotten round to it sooner.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm probably the oldest here, being 32. Which apparently makes me around Yang-wenli's age, which according to someone means I'm middle aged .
Kaiser-Eoghan
To the discord guy who brought it up, its difficult not for me to be political, my father was an activist and is a Marxist , I ended up becoming a contradiction a semi-agnostic, but spiritually inclined/tolerant socialist with internationalist ideology.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Ends in very cliffhanger/abrupt indy way though and the things weakness/how to kill thems too easy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I liked how it explains nothing also and the creature design and how it visual communicates to the audience.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: While I won't say anything, a character death is handled in what I considered a schmaltzy manner. There is a particularly headscratching decision the characters make that you'll either rationalize or hate, but it leads to one of the tenser set pieces later on.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Quiet place has a good idea at its backbone, that they use sign language in the film to communicate and occassional whispers adds to it, it and the silence allows for a mood to be effectively communicated. It does have jump scares, I wasn't annoyed by them, but I never felt the film required them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: I read the discord, if you ever need to ask a question relating to film, come to me about it, I will without fail be able to answer 9 times out of 10.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was adequately amused by the first episode of wotaku, but found the male lead funnier, which I'm attributing to him be more deadpan.
Lenlo
We found a convient weekend for everyone
Kaiser-Eoghan
*watching
Kaiser-Eoghan
I would also float the idea of recommendation podcasts every now and then.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will listen to the podcast more in full later. But I was surprised after asking/suggesting it on the discord, that it came so soon.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I am thinking of re-watching gasaraki and ai yori aoshi.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: Perhaps after a while of watch the anime I will simply jump on to the manga.
Vonter
I watched Resident Evil: Vendetta yesterday. It's incredible dumb but kind of fun. I do wonder if in terms of entertainment are like the best videogame based movies. Since it plays like a videogame, it's based on a videogame and is more or less in line with the tone the series has had for a while.
niello
It's such a shame that Golden Kamuy art direction is such a train wreck.
KTravlos
and for the sake of Clausewitz there is clinical term for what Reinhard did. It is called "defeat in detail". Napoleon was a master of it. Proper way to defeat it , is to order the threatened force to retreat to a point where other allied forces are converging. The enemy will either have to retreat, or fight at a disadvantage. The 1813 and 1814 campaigns against Napoleon are examples of that.
KTravlos
Episode 2 of LOGGH: Der Neue Thesis was much better than the first. The music is still an issue, but Yang was well portrayed. I do think there is lack of the directors in showing the cruelty of war, like the first one did. We will see.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Still need to see his short films and black Peter.
Amagi
@Anon: I already know the manga and enjoy it, think the anime is a good adaption so far. Feels good to see a series about video games that are actually just games and romance without tsunderes, tons of blushing or unworldly naive harem girls.
Anonymous2016456
the anime
Anonymous2016456
how do you guys think of wotakoi?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Hereditary sounds pretty promising here
Kaiser-Eoghan
Forman's an interesting case, when you look at the huge disconnect from his early films from the 60s and then what he went on to make.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, unfortunately I am not a fan of country music so Nashville didn't appeal to me =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: And before Jack kept playing the same role over and over.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Aside from Courtney Love's presence, Larry Flynt is an excellent film. I love the custom camera tricks Kubrick used in Lyndon , dog day afternoon suceeded for me because it did so much more than being just a bank rob film. I wish Spielberg would return to his pre-90s films .
SuperMario
Cuckoo's Nest reminds me of the great 1975 Oscar Best Picture, which for me was Oscar's greatest line-up. The line-ups for that year were: Cuckoo Nest (winner), Nashville, Barry Landon, Dog Day Afternoon and Jaws
SuperMario
@Kaiser: RIP the man. I've seen 2 of his, Amadeus and Cuckoo Nest. Both great but they were more because of the strength of the source
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Milos forman has died =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
Indeed the character designs in steins; gate have seen changes....shockingly mayuri's chest is larger than Daru's ;)
KTravlos
I can live with that. Interested to see what made you reserved.
SuperMario
@KTravlos: you won't agree with my series review then. I have a lot of reservations on VE
KTravlos
Also I finished Violet Evergarden. This was an exceptional series in my book.
KTravlos
the two characters. Finally the battle soundtrack was simply wrong.

I am going to watch it because it is LOGH. And frankly after watching the new one I felt the fact that the old one was dated technical wise (but not in music). But at least on comparison of first episodes, the old one did a better job at giving depth to Reinhard and Keircheis.
KTravlos
well I watched the first episode of the new LOGH and then watched the first episode of the older version. The update in the art is good..but. If the old one was too talky, this one is too boom boom. I also felt that they did not sue the time well to establish Reihard and Kircheis well. Especially the removal of some lines that were in the first episode of the original, really took away a lot from
SuperMario
@Amagi: I can see your point but what a premise for Golden Kamuy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although golden kamuy is labeled seinen, which gives me some more hope for it.
SuperMario
@Amagi: agree with you about remembering stuffs you've watched. For me, it's always until the second watch that I can remember the plot or characters clearly. Otherwise, all will get hazy like a dream
Anonymous2011116
@Anon Watch a few eps and then male an informed decision based on that; I find the storytelling to be a bit weak but you might not feel the same
AidanAK47
@Anon, If you can ignore the rather odd fanservice and sex symbolism it's actually a pretty enjoyable show with good animation whose story has been getting better.
Amagi
Think it's always the best to watch the first episode since other people might hate something you will love or vice versa.
Amagi
@Anon: For me it still feels like Kiznaiver but I think it really depends on how much you care about the characters and teen relationship deama.
Anonymous2010671
Hey is Darlin the Franxx actually good? It looked kind of just like an ecchi mecha series, but just kind of glancing at the reviews over here makes me think it's more than I'm giving it credit for
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