Posted by psgels on 31 January 2010 with categories: Random Posts

The future of this blog: I have no idea, to be honest. Tomorrow I’m going to say goodbye to my lazy student life, and start a five-month internship. It’s going to be the first time in my life in which I’m full time busy with something. After that, I’m planning to find a job, and move out of my father’s house. 2010 is very likely going to be the year with the biggest amount of change in my life, and I’m going to have much less time to work on this blog.

However, I have no idea how much that amounts to. I have no idea whether I’ll still have the time or energy to blog twelve series every week, and I may have to cut back on that amount. In the same way, I don’t think you can expect me to churn out reviews on other anime at the same speed that I’ve been doing for the past years now. If there are delays in posting, it’s also simply because I won’t have as much time on my hand as I once had.

However, I do want you to know that I have no intention to simply quit this blog. At this point I like blogging and the community too much to just go on a permanent hiatus and stop writing. Unfortunately, with my life about to go through huge changes and with the anime industry gearing more and more towards moe and fanservice, I have no idea how I will be thinking about this in a year’s time.

As for my to-watchlist, I might as well give you an update on its status, for when I do get the chance to watch more of it, I’m about to get to the stuff I’ve been really looking forward to: when I started it out, combining it with any additions I made in the process, I had a list of 209 series to go through. At this point there are only 63 series on that list left. As soon as I get to fifty I can get to the stuff that I’ve really been looking forward to (you know, the Honey&Clovers, etc). First I still want to finish off a few sequels or spinoffs before that, though.

43 Responses

  1. hayama says:

    As long as you dont stop blogging…….its sad but this blog is like 1/2 of my life.

  2. Ebod says:

    I’m a bit saddened by this news, but your personal life does come first though!

    I hope everything goes well for you and you still have some time to blog the shows you want. :)

  3. andrea says:

    first: good job for arriving where you are now! You have the best anime blog in the net!

    Secondly, my opinion is that you should stop blogging the series weekly, considering that right now they aren’t even so worth blogging. You should focus on what you really want to watch and post your reviews only. Like you said, there are hundreds of good old anime waiting for you to be watched. My advice is: you have watched even decent anime till now, it’s time to start watch only the ones you think are worthy.

  4. Happy Orange says:

    You go psgels. I’ve always admired your dedication to your blogging… you’ll always be in my rss feed :D. Good luck with life!

  5. Kessler says:

    Good luck for the year 2010 psgsels. I’m in similar situation this year.

    I base most of my watching on your blog and you have lead me to many anime gems. So thanks for that.

  6. TJ says:

    Good luck on your internship. Those kind of experiences will definitely help when you are looking for a regular job. Based on personal experience, chances are you won’t be that busy, but it’s different for everyone.

  7. animedyum says:

    Well, that is… a bummer! I’ve always admired your constancy and took you as a role model for my own blog. Even now, when I want to start an old series I search your archive for underrated gems. Hope you will find time to write your reviews and wish you best luck to your career.

  8. Firechick says:

    I’ve always admired your blog ever since I found it 3 years ago, and some of your reviews inspired me to watch some anime listed here (such as Haibane Renmei and Now And Then Here And There). I hope your future will be very bright. And yeah, you’re right, the anime industry HAS been turning toward nothing but too much moe and fan-service. What happened to the golden ages in anime? What happened to all the GOOD anime? Someday, I hope to change all that. Maybe others are thinking the same thing. I hope you never forget about your interest in anime and work towards your future with a positive outlook while making sure your blog doesn’t die.

  9. lelangir says:

    Good luck with your internship. I’ve also started to get very busy recently and have little time for anime-related things. I like your blog, I think your episodic posts are top-notch, some of the best out there. Consistently high quality. Try not to burn yourself out, you might grow to actually hate the process if self-forced.

  10. CHMakoto says:

    I’m a fan of your blog. I’ve appreciated that it sometimes blogs shows others don’t, e.g. Cross Game, and often has a unique perspective. Cut back if you must, but please don’t stop entirely.

    @Firechick: With anime companies targeting otaku and having their broadcast time between 11PM-4AM, I’m not the least surprised at the level of moe and fanservice. It will change again as otaku tastes change. I have a friend in Japan who admitted to liking anime, but at the same time firmly stated “I not otaku!” Seems there is a perceived connection.

  11. Kim says:

    I am glad to hear you don’t plan to stop blogging. But of course RL is more important than anime. :)

    Maybe only blog your top favorite series each season as a suggestion.

  12. shirokiryuu says:

    Good luck! I’ve stopped reading anime blogs for the most part, but I still follow yours! Your life is still priority, but I’m glad you’ll still blog. =) There aren’t that many shows of interest this season anyways..

  13. bateszi says:

    Good luck! The sheer bulk of activity on this blog is remarkable and I have to add I think you’re probably the most devoted anime blogger going. So, it’ll break my heart if this blog dies, but there’s really no way you can sustain a full-time job and your current pace of watching anime/reviews. Still, I’m sure you’ll find the balance (I’m still trying to find it myself!)

  14. bennybot44 says:

    give Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu another shot it is extremely fresh and shows how anime should push limits.

  15. AKI says:

    You probably know by now how many people read this blog, not because they wanted to know more about anime in general, but how is a certain anime is perceived by someone else. Most people here would like to know if other people also loved the series they adored. You’ve come a long way now and stopping would really be such a shame. I wish you good luck, both with your job and this blog.

  16. Loz says:

    Good luck with your ambitions and stepping out into the real world. Im sure most of your regular readers like myself will still follow your blog from time to time regardless of how little you may be forced to write. Glad you are not planning on stopping anytime soon, as we enjoy your input and views expressed in your reviews. Hope the internship goes well :)

  17. gaby says:

    I´m happy you are still willing to continue blogging despite starting with working. Good luck, and I´m looking forward to more reviews. Even if they come slower, I won´t mind at all :)

  18. Kabitzin says:

    Good luck finding a balance and grats on the internship!

  19. Meep says:

    I also wish you good luck!! =] You rock, Psgels.

  20. Chris says:

    Aw this is the only anime blog I read, congrats on ending the lazy student life and entering the work world!

  21. PL says:

    As someone who spends way too much time here, I will of course hate to see a reduction in your output. Our tastes are quite similar a lot of the time, and I’ve found so many wonderful series through your writings, hundreds of them. As I moved from occasional viewing of anime and watching what had been re-broadcast in English on cartoon network, towards watching fansubbed anime as my primary source of entertainment as well and then towards keeping up with the latest series as they air in japan, your blog was my guide and helped keep me from getting lost amidst all the crap out there.
    I will continue to visit frequently, and even if you were forced to cut back to a couple shows a season, I will still read whatever you have to say because I respect your opinion.
    Best of luck to you as you enter this new phase in your life. Leaving behind those lazy student days is always a big change, however, you may find that it isn’t as difficult a transition as you imagine. Take care out there my friend. Ganbattene!

  22. Nosferato says:

    I found this blog about 3 years ago, not sure what it means to you but yours was the first ani-blog to go to my bookmarks :)

    wish you well, and good luck …

  23. AstroNerdBoy says:

    As the years move on, you’ll find your time for blogging to be less and less at times. That happens to us all. ^_^;

  24. iketaurus says:

    Great anime blog one of the best if not the best on the web, hands down.

    My suggestion is that you put together a staff to help you blog and start advertising. At this point you have nothing else to lose.

  25. Blazblue says:

    Folks, no man is an island. If you want this blog to continue why not seek some friends who share the same love of anime to contribute. It doesn’t even have to be the blogger himself here. Anyone can get together and create their own blog site. I always found it insane that one person would take up the task to filter out all the good and bad shows out there. Especially with anime companies hurting and choosing to play it safe these days.Right now, more than even, there really needs to be more blogs out there on anime (correction, blogs that are written by fans who know how to critic AND write well). As a fan since the rise and fall of Animerica I don’t really see that much these days.

  26. Chris says:

    I’m not sure if more of a staff would be that good, most sites that do this tend to lose their “personal touch.” I’d say at the most only 1-2 other bloggers if this ever does happen.

  27. elianthos says:

    I’m amazed (and grateful )you managed to watch and blog so many series at the same time and for so long, some of my top favourites recent anime I discovered mainly thanks to your reviews, even when our opinions were different.
    Good luck with the internship, and in finding a balance that allows you to keep blogging without burning out as well :) (even if it meant blogging few series and opting for a not episode-by-episode weekly format).
    I’m very curious to see your watchlist, also to know what reviews we might expect from you in the future. Do post it when you have time ^^.

  28. Anko says:

    Good luck in your future, I do hope u still continue to blog here, it has been a great source of info for me.

  29. AidanAK47 says:

    I have not been checking this blog for long but I can really see that you have a great opinion. No one here will condemn you for not writing as often and focusing on real life. It’s a very smart choice. And you have earned it.

    This season is pretty poor. So I agree with a few of the comments here saying to blog whatever you like. You introduced me to Birdy the mighty encode(A show I never would have checked out otherwise) and I loved it. I truly thank you for your work.

    By the way just to give a heads up. It’s possible that next season there will be an anime called “Deadman wonderland” I have read the manga and I can say that if this is adapted correctly then it could be something really great. The manga got the anime green light a while ago. The art is similar to Eureka seven as it has got the same artists who worked on the Eureka seven manga. So there still hope that anime won’t descend into the deep pit of Moe and fan service.

  30. DangerMouse says:

    Good luck with your internship. Since I read all the time I’m glad to hear you still intend to continue blogging and I hope you’re able to balance the two so that you can continue to do so.

  31. Etrangere says:

    I love your reviews and I’m glad you plan on continuing your blog. Less than 12 series at a time might not be the worst idea ever indeed lol (i’m unemployed at the moment and spending it watching a whole fucking lot of anime, and I don’t believe I manage watching as many series as you do). Good luck with the internship :)

  32. AlexS says:

    Like others, I think that you don’t need to maintain this level of output for the blog to be successful. I’m pretty sure you will find ways of blogging what really interests you, while pursuing your “real life” goals.

    I read this blog to discover interesting anime to watch, and it would not be the end of the world if the number of posts declined, as long as you keep telling us about new findings you like.

  33. Azule says:

    Well, good luck with it all, such a shame this blog wont be as active, I love reading your reviews because they’re so descriptive and our opinions are often the same. I always use your blog to decide what to watch in a new season, and what classic anime to watch.
    Keep up the good work, and good luck with the internship

  34. windy says:

    Best of luck with your internship and your job! I just love your blog and I hope you will find time to pursue it, it’s like the best thing on the web for me. But, I have some similar fears at the moment, well, once student life ends ( and it won’t take too long), there will be the issue of the job and responsibilities, and I don’t know if there will be a consequent amount of time left for animated series. But I guess, there always will be a time when we’ll get to do what we enjoy the most! Anyway, I’m glad you don’t plan to quit , if you could give your first impressions ( on worthwhile series) and reviews , even if they have a big delay , it doesn’t matter, as long as you write them, that really would make us happy! Your blog is definitely the best and that won’t change!

  35. Kalandra says:

    Psgels, whatever you do, please don’t stop blogging. I’m guess your main concern is time, so here are some suggestions to save time without stopping this blog.

    1) Blog less series. I never really counted, but you blog around 6, 7, 8 series every week. Blogging about 3 or 4 will save you alot of time.

    2) Or you could stop doing episode by episode review, instead do a more detailed monthly review. Or even a seasonal review instead. Only do episodic reviews if you found an anime is really worth your time.

    3) Worst come worst, just slow down on your anime watching to a few series per season. You had a big list, and you manage to finish large amount, so I guess you can let that list build up again.

    You built a community, even a fanbase around your blog. Your blog is currently ranked no.4 if I search for the term anime blog. People started watching anime they never heard of because of your blog. Its a pity to see all that go away. However I can’t force you to do anything. Good luck in your internship and may you find time to continue blogging.

  36. Kalandra says:

    Especially with the industry doing more moe and fanservice, you can really sit down and relax as there is less anime for you to watch and blog about.

  37. Do what you want and think is best =) Good luck on your internship!

  38. Frotee says:

    I wish you the best of luck – I’m in a similiar situation right now ;)
    I just started my 6-month-intern, yet I still have to write two university exams in the next two weeks, and after that there is the issue of my diploma…and all that while doing a full-time job. Whooza! That’s going to be a lot of work, but afterwards I’m done (and will see if I can enter into Master-studies..).
    Take your time and don’t let this blog keep you back – as much as I enjoy it :)

  39. animeparley says:

    I know how you feel. I’m afraid in two years, when I graduate, that I won’t be able to write anymore, or even worse, not have time to watch anime altogether. Keep up the good work though, I’ve always enjoyed your blog.

  40. Reltair says:

    Good luck on your endeavors, I know how time consuming blog writing can be. Keep it up and I continue to look forward to reading your thoughts!

  41. BlandUserGsEf says:

    Well, um, good luck with your internship and the best of luck in RL (Grrr at repeating what everyone else has said xD)I actually stumbled across your blog around 2007 and had been influenced greatly by this (both good and the funny times xD) and am glad to have met this blog (and you too!) as well. So have a good one out there!

  42. ippius says:

    wow good luck with your internship. ur blog has been truly inspiring and a fantastic read, and has been one of the reasons why i started my own. best wishes and keep watching anime!

  43. inkka says:

    I’m the fan of your blog for a long time..
    Now It’s time for me to appeared.
    I glad that we have the people who blog anime that not sterotype at all. and have some of nice system like rating or many interesing opinion.It’s great to see !

    Now I looking forward to your blogging more and more !
    Good luck with your internship.
    Don’t work to hard.

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SuperMario
@Niello: What happened exactly, if you don't me asking?
Nielllo
If I hear someone says AMB has good animation one more tie I might actually lose it. It's amazing how people who apparently know nothing about it try to defend this and other people who don't know anything are actually supporting the guy.
Niello
So with Fate Apocrypha episode 22 out, I'm just now learning that people think webgen style is horrible and they prefer static scenes with pretty visual over actual quality animation. WTF. I can't comprehend this. Are casual people who watch animation in general really that oblivious to the art they have been watching?
Lenlo
Berserks Dynasty Warriors style game looked better. Also, Mahoutsukai should be up tonight/tomorrow. Turns out, Christmas is a busy time of year at this job.
Amagi
*worse
Amagi
Especially when you consider how good CGI can be by now, look at Houseki or Kado. But Berserk was the worst thing I saw in years, many scenes felt worst than sequences of PSX games
Amagi
@SuperMario: Same. I love Kon and also consider Paprika's OST as the best. @Lenlo: Me too. I honestly even enjoyed the movies but the new series was atrocious
Lenlo
HIRASAWAAAA! HAAAAAI YOOOOO.
I miss the 90s Berserk.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I was also quite fond of his soundtracks for Berserk. AIIIIIYE FORCES : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkYYYew8CUI
SuperMario
@Amagi: I'm a big fan of Kon so I've watched everything from his. Even bought a book about his works. About the soundtrack, I listened to them as well but not regularly, compare to pprika OST which I downloaded and listen to a lot
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although not completely a manga, Usagi yojimbo also has an anthro character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Millennium actress is partially inspired by the actress Setsuko Hara.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: The anthro-animal manga is even a topseller as far as I know. Haven't looked into it yet, though. Maybe I will do so.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I am still hoping Dream Machine will happen some day. Kon died believing it would happen
Amagi
@SuperMario: Have you tried the other Kon movies like Millennium Actress once? Thought they were really good and Hirasawa is responsible for the OST there too. Or Paranoia Agent which was (IMO) very good as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nttSKBJ38k (OP)
Niello
Eoghan: Enjoy... ;)
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I haven't read this, its very strange to see a manga about full anthro animal characters: http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Beastars
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: So based on that I will try devil lady. Thanks.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: That'd be me who made that post. I thought dororon enma-kun was wonderfully ridiculous and Devilman gorishly entertaining, Shin Mazinger Z was probably some of the most fun I had with an anime, but violence jack took it way too far though so I guess I'm aquainted with nagai's work
Vonter
I don't remember who was looking for something noir in anime. I was looking among several series from Go Nagai. And watched some Devil Lady. I don't remember if noir is exclusively detective stories, but this anime, has those high contrast shadows, eerie music and is shot like some japanese horror movies I've seen. I don't know if it changes along the road but so far it's very suspenseful.
SuperMario
I only know him through his works in Berserk and Paprika but his music never fails to amaze me
Anonymous1626471
@Amagi: Ghost Bridge is my favourite. I just find it very calming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeh5aJsxlbw
Amagi
Susumu Hirasawa is one of my favorite musicians/composers. I don't even know what kind of subgenre this is. There aren't any other music groups I know who do similar stuff
Nielllo
@Mario, Already saw that video before.
SuperMario
Check this out... I don't even know what the freaking instrument he's playing, but it's spellbound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjalQjAomH0
Niello
Just when I thought Houseki no Kuni took the prize for best animation I was treated with Apocrypha. This week is amazing.
Niello
Big name animators all over. They really threw everything they've got here.
Niello
Woooooah! OMG Apocrypha ep 22 animation is sick! So that's why the animation in the first half of the show is so lackluster and basically just darn awful.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its not entirely odd to bring up Heydrich in relation to the occult either, apparently he was said to be part of some whackjob order.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hmmm, that girl from Dies irae, Anna Schwegln is aptly named, also shares her name with the last executed person for witchcraft, who was Bavarian German, which i'm told by an Austrian friend were particular right-est leaning politically.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of course unfortunately its often the opposite that happens, nothing is worse than an ending that ruins everything.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, how I love being surprised by something. That feeling where you''re watching something shakily held together, simply okay or good, then suddenly in the second half or last stretch your score of it goes massively up.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can kind of understand the wanting to go home and watch something easy mentality instead of challenging but even though I'm guilty of escapism, I'm tired somewhat of "sillier" stuff, its often enjoyable but its get overly reptitive and I wish I could find more philosophical/political/imaginative things.
Amagi
Yeah the show is great because of its theme, the setting and chemistry girls have as well as their (lack of) knowledge about basic human things. Each episode thematizes this in a different way but there isn't much you can talk or say about it when you already explained the topic in detail.
SuperMario
On the other hand, I don't have much to talk about Girls' Last Tour this week. It's still good, but with this episode I feel that I'm running out of concrete thig to say about the show
SuperMario
Haha both Houseki and 3-gatsu have a good showing this week. I have a lot of things to talk about Houseki in particular
Amagi
This week's Houseki is jurassic park
Amagi
*-ati - I think Netflix and so are at least giving a few new impulses which isn't too bad. I don't think the typical anime series will disappear because of that.
Amagi
At least in comparisation
Amagi
I think it's just sad how often I see wonderful series selling 500 BD/DVD or maybe even less. Most series don't sell more than 1500 or so and the rest is usually at ~3000-5000 which is still pretty low.
Amagi
Yeah, it's one of my pro-Netflix arguments as well. Another problem is that anime (not counting manga) only make money through dvd/bd sales since they air at night, whereas Netflix or daytime tv series don't depend on the latter so much and since anime BDs are so expensive the only ones who buy them are the more extreme fans.
AidanAK47
Might be in part due to the workaholic nature of their society that makes escapist fantasy and empty entertainment more appealing than usual. Ultimately these are the people anime is made for so opening up the markets gives more deserving shows a fighting chance.
Though that isn't to say that western taste is perfect either.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, That's part of the reason I think some westernation might be a good thing as from what I seen the Japanese have truly terrible taste in anime. Sales charts from Japan just make me shake my head.
Amagi
God, the preorder anime lists are atricious. The only one that seems to sell acceptable (around 6k) is Mahoyome. Series like Inuyashiki have 80 pre-orders so far, Shuumatsu Shoujo 977. Idol shows sell good of course, including that male/bishounen Idolmaster
AidanAK47
@Anon, I read it but kinda fell out due to it's releases being slow.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Actually if you check the manga recommendations section, you'll see there is a post about it here.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: Yes, it was interesting to follow a story that dealt with a characters homosexuallity that was outside of the yaoi/yuri mould.
Anonymous1620968
Out of curiosity, has anyone on here read Shimanami Tasogare?
Niello
Where are we up to with Inuyashiki?
Lenlo
Well alright then. Episode 9 out of 11 and that happens. Was not expecting that
Lenlo
Ooo something happen this week? Im about to watch it
Kaiser-Eoghan
It feels just as rushed and awkward in the manga.
Amagi
I noticed this too
AidanAK47
Inuyashiki has balls of steel to pull that in this particular episode number.
Nielllo
Finally got around to reading Helck, and it looks like it's going to go into that pile of good-shounen-that-won't-ever-get-animated right alongside Psyren.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Imagine trying to buy the dvds of the show in public.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Gentle remind that the prism ilya movie is out and subbed.
AidanAK47
Still surprised the second and third seasons got dubbed.
AidanAK47
@Angel, I replied to one of your comments before but the rundown is no official word yet but maybe next year.
Angel
Or no? Someone please tell me!!
Angel
Going to happen?
Angel
Is fate/kaleid liner prisma☆illya 3rei dub
Amagi
I dislike it when manga bait me into reading due to the first chapter and end up being some very generic stuff afterwards. Nobody stays for B if he started something for A, authours should expect that.
Lenlo
Really, Juuni should stick with the 3D. That fight in ep 9 looked pretty good. 3D is clearly what they are good at
AidanAK47
@Niello, It's not Chatango. It's a plugin for wordpress called Wisechat.
SuperMario
@Niello: yeah, Juuni caught me off guard this week. The production of Juuni is unfortunately shaky, but well, strong writing can save the day
Niello
Btw is this chat still Chatango?
Niello
This week episode of Juini is surprisingly good compared to how the show usually is with its backstory. Although the part where Ox tries to explain to Tiger could definitely use some visual buff.
SuperWooper
in the future*
SuperWooper
Pretty cool that Juuni Taisen had that kind of emotional heft this week, though. Might be one of the 2017 shows I sample the in the future.
SuperWooper
I think the occasional comments with an episode title and nothing more come from people who mistake the shoutbox for a search bar.
SuperMario
@Anon1614688: juuni taisen... made me tearing up this week. Honestly didn't expect that. Damn you, Tiger
Anonymous1614688
juuni taisen
Amagi
Had some complaints regarding Children of Whales but the latest two episodes were pretty good.
Amagi
@Anon: You explained it better than me.
Anonymous1614307
Kaiser: I actually have the exact same opinion of Natsume and Mushishi. Both are excellent, but Natsume just does a great job with a small core cast and a very simple premise
Anonymous1614456
who likes naruto
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mushishi does have good stories, but it was always a manga I'd dip in and out of, on and off for years, never marathoning it, wheras Natsume was easier to read several chapters of in one go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think its because Natsume has more pathos.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*more than
Natsume weirdly ended up becoming this comfort manga for me with a higher consistency rate .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will state that I hold the terrible opinion that I like Natsume Yujinchou than Mushishi but at the same time completely recognize that Mushishi is probably the more ambitious, better show.
Niello
So it becomes a cycle of "this is an interesting set up" (except that the new Kino isn't even good at that) and then they fucked up or Kino/Shizu fucked them up even more, then move on. Without the emphasis on philosophical nature of the set up they present like in the original Kino, there really isn't that much point to it.
Niello
With the new Kino it's more about messing people up, occassionally observing and hardly ever improving. The anwsers or solutions to the problem they present is never really talked about in a rational way.
SuperMario
@Anon1614318: maybe you should give the old Kino a try. What I don't like most about the new version of Kino is that both Kino and the new guy are sketched as hero. The old Kino manages the tone right as well. There were some really dark tales and most of them thought-provoking. Can't say the same for say...Country of Cooking
Anonymous1614318
I don't know, it might be interesting to actually dig deep into the differences between episodic series with this kind of style to see what works and what doesn't.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's a matter of the chapter they chose to adapt were not really the better ones but the ones where the protagonist is more of an active role. Not totally against that, but it feels like the protagonist is just OP all the time. At least with Mushishi Ginko isn't able to save everyone all the time.
Anonymous1614318
I guess it's supposed to be more allegorical, but most of the time the allegory is not really meaningful enough. I thought it would be more along the lines of Mushishi, which is kind of similar in setup, but better in most other ways.
Anonymous1614318
What keeps me sticking around are some of the nice background arts and generally pleasant use of color, but admittedly most of the episodes aren't really engaging in a meaningful way. Most of the time its just Kino/Shizu show up, find out town's gimmick, then save the day. I prefer the episodes where the townspeople are more than just flat background characters.
Anonymous1614318
It's interesting to see how this new Kino season is being received from folks who've already watched the original. This is my first real exposure to Kino, and I kind of like it, but even without watching the original, I share many of the same complaints Aidan and most of the others have.
Amagi
I am also kinda sad he's just some 2* servant in fgo, but his power is special and he's physically weak, so it's understandable.
Amagi
And again, Shakespeare is just great but the character is, sadly, kinda wasted here considering how much screentime he has.
Amagi
@Aidan: Yes. Plus, maybe more characterization or background for some servants. The anime would have that time without Sieg and his romance sub plot.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Those being remove Sieg and more Shakespeare?
Amagi
And man Apocrypha is pretty good but it would be twice as good if it had those two changes Aidan always mentions in the reviews..
Amagi
@Kaiser: I think the male in Kino was a mistake. Having two PoV sounds good, but he's basically just a male Kino, he even looks like her. Someone vastly different would have been way more interesting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd guarantee that sangatsu no lion would be high up, but FINALLY this weekend I'll be catching up.
Niello
@Kaiser, Ugh my phone gitched. What I meant to say was that background was unexpected. Now I see why you're enjoying CotW though.
Niello
@Kaiser, That's unexpected.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I enjoyed how outright surreal Arakawa was.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: It bothers me that they're stuffing multiple tales into single episodes.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, excel saga, I wonder what I would think of it now, its been years.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I actually respect Aidan's coverage of it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: Yes that edgy villain kid in COTWs was annoying though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: I don't care much for the male character that leads some of the episodes in this new adaptation.
@Niello: Its a non-mainstream shoujo that isn't set in a school, moves at a quick enough pace and has some nice background art/chara design, I grew up on shoujo fantasy manga also so theres that.
Amagi
I mean there are parts I like. I enjoyed the first episode, and the part about the country of liars. But many other things annoy me and the last episode was the worst. I also feel like the edgy bomb loli and slapstick Kino don't fit to the rest of the show somehow. Maybe I forgot everything, but the "old" Kino felt like a better character to me somehow, this one is more faithful to the LNs though
Amagi
@Kaiser: I honestly gave up on Kino and I think it's only partly the fault of the new series. I am just so tired of how stupid most of the episodic-characters are unless their are friends of Kino, how everyone gets bent being irredeemable evil for plot's sake and how everything Kino and her friends do gets justified. Maybe I am just too old or boring for this fairy tail like moral bending.
SuperMario
Still have Night is Short review to write... i will get there. I will get there
Anonymous1612237
It's like having potty mouth characters. If you have one, it can be funny and a good comedic relief. If everyone does it, it can come out as mean spirited or trashy.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I haven't watched A Bad Idea Gone Wrog, as for now my top priority is to catch up with 2017 anime for the Yearly summary. But I will get on to it when I have some free time
Anonymous1612237
Amagi - Chibi stuff I've seen it mainly work in anime comedies with low budgets like Those Who Hunt Elves, Ranma, Excel Saga, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Nanbaka, etc. I think if you really have to use it in a more serious anime, I think it might work if it was part of one character's gag.
SuperMario
Children of the Whales, along with Juuni Taisen, keep falling out on me. Kino is pretty a hit-or-miss at the moment. I don't mind the last episode's multiple tales though
Niello
Problem about AMB chibi jokes are that they arwn't funny in the first place nor do they have a punch line.
Niello
@Eoghan, Really surprise you put Children of the Whales so high, I'm falling behind on some shows but it is still near the bottom of my list (the absolute bottom remains Kino).
Kaiser-Eoghan
The latest Kino episode was a real slap in the face/insult, really really thought that one segement would carry on for the whole episode and be a redemptive one/getting the series back on form but then it followed it up with crap comic relief segement.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: For now yes.
Lenlo
Droppin Mahou Kaiser?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I no longer care what Dia's gender is, no longer I will lie to myself and deem them female.
Kaiser-Eoghan
5. would be juuni taisen
Kaiser-Eoghan
My rankings for the season based on what I am following: 1. Houseki no kuni 2. Children of the whales 3. inuyashiki 4. girls last tour dropping mahou and Kino.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't remember Joseph being all that present from what little I read of the manga.
Amagi
Fear so too. I mean it has a bunch of good ideas and good quality and such, but it feels like it won't be much more than the magical being of the week (or two weeks) and some Elias highjinks inbetween
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still say, I've got the feeling mahou will be wasted potential that won't really go anywhere much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Did you watch that indie film you recommended yet? Bad idea gone wrong it was called. I just finished it there, budgetary limitations and outside of Matt Jones the acting isn't great, theres a few limp/dead bits too, nonetheless it has its amusing moments here and there to make for an okay comedy that isn't all that essential but amusing enough in moments if your bored.
Amagi
Yeah I think Mahou has some pacing issues. But I also think it would work way better if it was less episodic or semi-episodic.
SuperMario
I normally don't mind the chibi stuff that much but I agree in Mahoutsukai they break the tone and pacing. Serious at one time, fluffy at another...
Amagi
@Vonter: I honestly never like chibi stuff I think. Didn't care back then but nowadays I consider it annoying. One reason is that jokes only work when they aren't pointed out but just happen, sometimes even so casually that you almost miss them. Turning everyone into a chibi for a joke makes it as fun as repeating, explaining or shouting it again (which many series also do)
KTravlos
I have to give it to Altair. It got me reading the manga. The episode this week did skip over a whole manga story, but to be frank it is not too much of a loss. Pacing issues still exist. One thing I noticed was a degrading in animation. They are probably hoarding for the next two episodes which are the major battle.
Anonymous1611511
Just dropping my 2c here: Isn't it too late for the studio to correct such inherent design issue once eps start rolling out?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Angel: The dub wasn't all that impressive in the first place however.
Angel
When Will fate/kaleid liner prisma☆illya 3rei dub come out?
Vonter
The chibi stuff sadly, is like watching someone make the same mistake over and over again, without acknowledging that thing isn't coming across well. At this point it seems like an intentional choice rather than just cutting corners. Kinda like when an anime has a decent dub but has that one character with a really annoying voice.
Lenlo
Its continued this willful ignorance, this virtual refusal, to actually address the issue. Thing about the chibi is, the first scene with Silver worked. Then it just got overused.
KTravlos
Mahoutsukai continues denying itself. We finally had some tough questions asked, but the show just ignored them in the 2nd half (with generous doses of chibi). That said Elias true form is terrifying.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: If you enjoy The Scent of the Green Papaya and Cyclo, you can also check out his unofficial third film about Vietnam: The Vertical Ray of the Sun, which is about the modern day of Hanoi. It's my favorite film of his, although I know that artistically it can't compare to his earlier films
SuperMario
And I can say the mafia aspect of Cyclo is more like Hong Kong than Vietnam. But, whatever. I like this one well enough
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I particularly love the score in Cyclo. No wonder later on Tran Anh Hung asked Joony Greenwood from Raidoohead to score his films. His score has the same uncomfortable feeling with this one
Kaiser-Eoghan
I would have watched an entire story based around that old man in the new Kinos journey episode.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Though while I never found it boring, it did feel it could have had a better narrative.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Cyclo I felt has some reasonable sketched characters and the aesthetic sells the viewer on the environment the characters are living in, Tony Leung was my favourite in it, I also like how some Asian films are able to mix quietness with moments of violence, makes it much more visceral.
SuperWooper
I'd lean towards weirdest thing you've ever seen. It's certainly up there for me.
Masky
...I can't figure out whether Sengoku Jidai with batman is weirdest thing I have ever seen or makes completely perfectly sense and was inevitable it would happen
K-Off
The map design should've been vastly more different, I'd love to hear why they thought it was worth it to keep the same maps as Gaiden. So. Much. Open. Fields.
K-Off
Finally got to playing Fire Emblem Shadow, and 15 hours in I'm already not a fan of the gameplay. The story is vastly superior to Gaiden, but it looks like it missed the point on how to make a good remake. The maps are just as god awful as in Gaiden and for it, (in hard mode) it feels like a game of numbers rather than strategy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I feel drama need not always go for emotions in the audiences but can be effective in a solely cold observational sense and approach.
SuperMario
haha you don't need to spy you know. Like I said Discord chat has been active lately. I find myself more comfortable chatting in there for some reasons.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I spy on the discord chat sometimes
Kaiser-Eoghan
Worried about this Junji itou adaptation thats coming up, hope it isn't one of those zero animation web-short series.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: he still has Flashmob in which he intended to make. Yeah, he started his career quite late but he has had a very successful career
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Potentially could be his last film, he is quite old.
SuperMario
Agree that Happy End has many quirkier moments compared to his other works. Still a solid work but I won't rank it amongst his best
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