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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AidanAK47
So we got to rely on fansubs for it when it's airing.
AidanAK47
@Mario, Nope. I think because netflix only puts up full seasons they are only planning to put it up when it's finished airing. Or when it's dubbed.
SuperMario
But how does the Netflix thing work? So of I have a Netflix account I can watch the show weekly?
SuperMario
@Aidan: that's a dumb way to do things really because unless you watch the show weekly, everyone gonna forget that it even exist. Just look at Re-Life last year
Lenlo
thought*. Words are hard.

Eventually found the actual first ep though and enjoyed it.
Lenlo
Was funny. I tried to find the first Ep for Little Witch, found original short made afew years ago, watched it and though "This is very similar to the original... Whats new".
AidanAK47
Little witch is one of the best shows this season and yet I can't get subtitles because Netflix doesn't release shows weekly. Motherf*cker.
Lenlo
Ore Monogatari I enjoyed. It was a nice romance that actually explored what happens after the confession. Also the 2 leads are just precious.
Lenlo
Alright but unmemorable seems like a good summation.
SuperMario
@Lenlo: one good thing about Seiren is if you don't like this romance, the whole thing gonna reset after episode 4 so there's a chance that you might end up like it. Agreed that the comedy wasn't very good. Alright but unmemorable
SuperMario
@Topgavin: I watched like first 3 episodes and stopped because I didn't have much time there, but I enjoyed what I saw. A well-written and endearing show in my book
Topgavin
Has anyone here watched Ore Monogatari before? Because in the 4 years I've watched anime, I've never heard of it (I guess it did come out 2 years ago) and yet it's turning out to be one of my favorite shows. Always great going into a show expecting nothing and getting pleasantly surprised.
AidanAK47
Only one more impression to go. Should have it up tomorrow.
Lenlo
Im really not feeling Seiren. Its "comedy" isnt for me and I just dont find it very enjoyable to watch so far. Im curious if it gets any better but 2 episodes in it just isnt that good.
HelghastKillzone
That ending scene is an entire side-story compressed into that. Don't expect anymore of it from here on out as the it sticks to ruthless military/fantasy pretty well.
LookingForKeys
@Topgavin I think it was good, making it the second episode. That way the first set up the world the story will be in, and showed how much of a monster the "little girl" really is right at the end, and then made ep.2 the explanation. Nothing against Tanya trying to rip "God" a new one.
That after-credits scene, though...
SuperMario
Hmm, as much as I like Seiren's omnibus format, it doesn't turn out really hot this second episode. Demi-chan, on the other hand, still maintains its endearing tone. Might blogging Demi-chan instead
Topgavin
Yeah, that second episode was much better than the first. Dunno why they didn't start with that to be honest, waste of an opportunity for a good hook episode. The voice for the main girl still sounds weird to me though; I get it's supposed to sound weird because it symbolizes 'her' being out of place and her personality and body being a mismatch, but it'll certainly take some getting used to.
AidanAK47
Youjo Senki, now we are talking. Like Helghast said, Did the god scene way better than the LN and manga. Made it less comedic and more intimidating.
Lenlo
Oh man that Rakugo intro. Not sure what to think, but first time seeing it I liked it
Kaiser Eoghan
I sort of like good will hunting because I kind of saw a bit of myself in Damon's character when I watched it ages ago.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Remaking psycho and ruining the shower scene, for shame van sant, for shame.
Kaiser Eoghan
Its easy to ripoff some obscure thing though and get away with it. The dogtooth director essentially stole an old Mexican film to make that.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yeah, that following some guys from behind like they were on a RPG games, which I think actually fit with the tones of Elephant. I have such mixed feeling with Gus van Sant too. Don't really think he's a great director.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Although Istvan Szabo is probably a little more well known for that Mephisto film that updates the Faust story. Zoltan Fabri's the fifth seal is a very thought provoking war movie.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I remember seeing a film documentary that featured Gus van sant in one section, they showed clips of tarrs films, Sant ripped of the cinematography and stole the style from some British short film to make Elephant.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: agree on the other Hungarian filmmakers, I don't know much about them either.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Scorsese's Silence was a big comeback. I really really emotionally connect with spiritual crisis stories.
SuperMario
@kaiser: yep, definitely check wreckmeister down. Althought I admit that watching his 2-hour plus films will feel like 5-hour anyways
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I'm more tolerant of darker teenage/coming of age films/stories. Les Demons was a big surprise.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Though its kind of frustrating, I do think Tarr probably takes attention away from other hungarian filmakers because no-body knows who the hell the others are.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Man, wreckmeister was so visually arresting I started getting dreams from it.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I would consider Tarr to be kind of a poor mans Janco, Angelopolus and Tarkvosky rolled into one. I don't entirely "get" wreckmeister and man from London but they are great atmospheric mood piece experiences.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I had been wanting to watch Belar Tarr's Turin Horse and Werckmeister Harmonies for so long now. Well, Fat Girl is shocking haha, but I'm normally drawn into those kind of films anyway.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Margaret took like 5,6 years to release because he couldn't cut it down in the way he wanted. The final cut if I remembered correctly was edited by Martin Scorsese
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Only a HDcam for moonlight now.
Kaiser Eoghan
I looks like my lineup is witch academia, rakugo and youjo senki, well the most latter one until I get bored.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I sense a directors cut for manchester, it feels like it need another 30 minutes.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: right up my valley. Watch Kenneth Lonergan's previous works Magaret and You Can Count on Me. Magaret is very messy but have a raw dialogue and interactions as well
SuperMario
Now the first episodes are over, I will keep on covering 3-gatsu, as for the other twos atm I have 3 options: 1) full romance/anti-romance high school Seiren/Scum's Wish. 2) slice-of-life moe monster girls Demi-chan/Maid Dragon and 3) Mature,dark Onihen/Acca (which although I like them I don't have much to talk about).If you guys have any preference on which shows you like covered then let me know
Kaiser Eoghan
@Helghast: At this point I'm watching youjo senki as an entertaining guilty pleasure.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Too many reboots upcoming, will wait for the dvds instead. I want to explore more of manchester by the sea's director's work. I also want to finally get more into Bela Tarr's stuff.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I was rather shocked by A Ma souer/fat girls final act. Scenes with the Italian in the bedroom were initially creepy.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: it's a nice review Kaiser, a bit jealous with you that you've seen those 3 films which are touted as the best films of 2016. Also Fat Girl, haha, I love that movie.
Kaiser Eoghan
Poor yotaro =< you have so much stuff going down on you =<
HelghastKillzone
Youjo Senki episode was so good today. That revamped scene with God just fitted so right.
AidanAK47
A official release of that game in the west is apparently coming but it's been a few years and not much news about it.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Ah yes that was the one.
AidanAK47
@Kaiser, Had to think for a moment on that one but I think I was talking about this. https://vndb.org/v3144
Kaiser Eoghan
Now I'd hardly consider myself a studio trigger fan, but I watched the first witch academia episode there, it was actually kind of fun, got the same reaction from me as flipflappers did, that magical, special feeling.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I also, of interest reviewed Kenneth Lonegrans new film: http://letterboxd.com/shao_liu_ringon/film/manchester-by-the-sea/
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: Moonlight got some feels out of me though it could of been more, it ends abruptly and with 20 extra minutes they could have spent a bit more time on each section of his life.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: I checked out lala land, ending was very well executed, one of three scenes in the film that were impressive visually. The whole thing looked pretty and Gosling and Stone had some decent chemistry. Although it didn't resonate emotionally as strongly as the musicals of Jacques Demi did.
Kaiser Eoghan
MOM I want aiyoku no eustia and I want it now.
Kaiser Eoghan
I've never heard of himawari or tokyo babel. The hellsing comparison at least interests me in dies irae. What was the name of that visual novel again that was coming out soon, Aidan you described it as "And Kaiser would love it because its supposed to be really fucked up".
Kaiser Eoghan
I vaguely remember the anime for 11 eyes, it was very forgettable, even the voice acting was poor, hated the childhood friends and the pacing was poor, those black knight things were kind of interesting though.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: You'll have to add me onto the list of those unsatisfied with the ever 17 writer, I read one of those games and felt it was a bunch of interesting bait that never paid off.
AidanAK47
Anyway I plan on doing a review of 11eyes here when I finish it.
AidanAK47
Can't say I was a fan of Ever17. That was a really good twist but when it came to explaining it their was a lot of contrived development. Generally not a fan of the writer. Looseboy, Ryukishi, Gen and Nasu are more my kinda thing
AidanAK47
@Anon, it is nice that so many VNs are on steam but I wish they wouldn't be stupid with the whole no adult content thing. Not so much for myself but to prevent idiots from writing negitives reviews because the game doesn't have sex. VNs can grip you in a way anime simply can't and while they require pathence and time those can be some pretty powerful stories.
Anonymous678956
@Aidan, I am so happy steam's so VN-friendly now. I think it's a very good type of media. Like anime, it has nice visuals, music and some movement but also the inner monologue and text amount of books. It's the perfect combination. Plus, the routes, which are often puzzle pieces and PoVs you have to go through to understand the whole story. True routes like the one of Ever17 blew my mind.
AidanAK47
Hopefully the two VNs I bought of steam turn out better. Tokyo Babel is supposed to be alright and I heard really good things about Himawari.
AidanAK47
I am about a third of the way through the game and really not much of worth has happened. The concept is interesting but the execution is sorely lacking.
AidanAK47
I went in expecting it to be a mixed bag and it's pretty below my expectations. It's just not really well written and the protagonist is a moron. THere isn't really routes and instead you are pretty much stuck with his childhood friend as the main love interest. Problem with that is her character begins and ends with loving the main.
Anonymous675376
@Aidan, damn. 11Eyes is on my reading list as well. Although I almost expected it to not be as good as I thought it'd be (back then). Guess I would have enjoyed it if I was able to read it while the (shitty) adaption aired, maybe I have seen/read too many series by now. Guess I'll still give it a try some day though.
AidanAK47
@Anon, I haven't heard the OST or watched the intro video. I only know it be reputation and have decided to walk into it as blind as I can. Still slightly worried as I was somewhat looking forward to reading 11Eyes for a couple of years and now that I am reading it it's well...not good.
Anonymous675376
@Aidan, same here. I was waiting years for this, since I saw the intro video for the first time. Also, that OST!
HelghastKillzone
Youjo Senki is already leagues better than Izetta. It's going to be top anime of forever and ever. (maybe not)
AidanAK47
And finally Dies Irae is funded. May actually be able to play and finish the game before the anime airs. If the hype is real behind this baby it could be a new personal favorite Visual Novel of mine. Already looking promising with it being like a cross between Hellsing and Fate/Stay Night. Two things I most certainly like.
Lenlo
@Masky, in regards to style over substance thats where im at with Gurrne Lagann.
Topgavin
Yeah, I'll probably watch the next episode to see whether it can redeem itself. Hopefully it can but considering 1st episodes usually get a lot of budget, there's some severe doubt in there.
AidanAK47
I actually argee with character designs and voices are bad in regards to female characters. Still the next episode might change your mind if we get more into the main characters head.
Anonymous671470
It's boring
Topgavin
Also, it seems I disagree with a lot of people in thinking Youjo Senki will be a massive trainwreck. The character designs are awful, the voice acting is mismatched but most of all the premise just seems so very dumb. If I wanted to watch a badass kill people I'd go watch Hellsing or Drifters, because at least those don't have some op, disproportionate loli as the mc.
AidanAK47
Gets even more complicated when you account for Satire and Parody. You could equally argue all examples listed as being as such.
AidanAK47
Little Witch Academia is a decontruction of Harry Potter....I don't believe that but honestly if I tried I could put some reasoning behind that statement.
Topgavin
In the end, it always comes down to opinion (as with every discussion about anime, for some reason). You could spin any and every series as a "deconstruction", which is why people shy away from using the word. You could argue NGE, Madoka and Re:Zero are all deconstructions yet also argue Gundam, Precure and SAO are depending on what points you weigh more importantly.
Masky
Like, if deconstruction is supposed to be just "break the elements and then play story how it would realistically go down" well I haven't watched NGE, but as far as I know it does have stuff that isn't typical to mecha genre besides the "It would fuck up kids" thing plus "realistically how it would play out" is pretty subjective thing. I mean, its mainly about how cynical bastard the writer is :P
Masky
Like I said, I don't fully agree with it because I find video's speaker's attitude annoying, but I found it semi convincing. Main thing I don't find convincing about it is that I don't think its hard to turn video's own arguments agaisnt it and say that by its own logic NGE isn't deconstruction either, like Aidan just said earlier
Masky
And I don't really have energy for checking out the "correct" one. If there even is one. Anyway, the hipster video I was talking about was titled "What Actually Is A Deconstruction?" if you want to check it out.
Masky
Hmm, well, it does depend on definition you use. Like if you use "realistic" thing, well, Magical Girl shows don't usually have "You turn into monsters" thing going on and reason why NGE's pilots go crazy is from dangerous situations rather than evas making them do so. But honestly, I don't really have strong opinion on matter since word seems to be one of those with several different meaning
SuperMario
for me Madoka IS a deconstruction of Magical girl, and yeah like what Aidan said
SuperMario
I think part of Utena is a deconstruction of "prince riding horse and save the girl" because that notion is just a foundation for Utena to become a prince herself and save other girl. That's breaking it apart and resemble it again in its own way. Don't have to be dark/ don't have to be real either
AidanAK47
@Masky, That's just debating semantics. Besides that difinition would pretty much mean that Neon Genesis Evangelion isn't a decontruction either. Madoka isn't a decontruction because it's dark. It's more in its aspects of criticising why a girl should throw her ordinary life away for something as dangerous as being a magical girl. It does take plenty of the typical tropes and turn them on its head
SuperMario
@Masky: Genre deconstruction is such a tricky word that I normally try to avoid using because there's really no set characteristic about the term and different people have different opinions about what constitute "deconstruction". For me, I disagree that deconstruction have to be dark and real, hmm can't say it well but I will give you an example:
Masky
But yeah, I guess I could try to find the video if you guys are interested, though like I said, I got hipsterish feel from the video and felt rather annoyed through it even though I did get what the point was and found it sort of convincing besides my annoyance
Masky
(not that liking NGE is hipsterish, its just that I find NGE to be more style than substance sort of series <_< Anyway, guy didn't dislike madoka or anything, he just seemed to dislike people using word deconstruction wrong in his opinion)
Masky
(especially with how much they seemed to praise Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Masky
I mean, I think the guy was being somewhat hipsterish, but its true the being darker take on genre isn't same as deconstructing the genre
Masky
@AidanAK47: Some other guy on youtube did video that had actually pretty good point about how Madoka isn't really deconstruction, if you go by definition of "Break it down to parts and then play them straight to show how horrifying it would be in real life"
Anonymous670441
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Kaiser Eoghan
If anything its the hate I have for certain characters that makes it more effective.
Kaiser Eoghan
The obsessional level of attachment is just uncomfortable to me, I don't want to get THAT attached to a non-real character.
Kaiser Eoghan
Its literally just a case of "Okay lets look at this picture of this character, she looks interesting, no feelings or expression from me, apply this fetish, fap, get release, go home. "
Kaiser Eoghan
Or drooling/dribbling/heavy breathing/grinning over the characters. I abhor alot of the anime girls I find attractive or am indifferent, even when looking at ecchi/hentai drawings I'm straight and clinical with it.
Kaiser Eoghan
I mean to each their own. But I really hate the level of emotion/devotion to moe/finding the characters attractive. Such as celebrating their birthdays, going on about how cute/hot they are, how important it is that they're virgins. Or not being being self-aware of how irritating the characters are.
Lenlo
Anime hipster is pretty accurate. His general treatment of the current state of anime is annoying, as is his obsession with moe. Maybe its cause I cant stand moe most of the time, but it bugs me.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Lenlo: Essentially my brothers view on digibro.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: I don't usually feel the need to correct errors in your reviews as the errors are generally un-important, but I think you meant to say apprentices rather than appearences in the Rakugo review, just bringing that up as it felt like kind of a throw off.
AidanAK47
Which is kinda like saying Madoka wasn't a magical girl deconstruction because Sailor Moon and Nanoha had dark elements too.
AidanAK47
Went and read the reddit comments on it and seems I was right on the money.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, He's basically a anime hipster. For example, I saw a thumbnail of his which had Saitama on it and below it "Is There Meaning In "Subverting" Shounen Tropes?" and I thought "Okay, he's going to go on about how OPM isn't subversive and then list a bunch of arbitrary examples in an attempt to redefine what is actually subversive"
Lenlo
I have lots of issues with Digibro. Dude has some good points, but other very horrible ones. Some issues he feels strongly about and gets kinda biased on imo.
Anonymous669202
acca looks visually interesting, and I personally really dig this kind of show, but it seems that it's definitely not for everyone
AidanAK47
Time to live up to my word. Four posts incoming.
AidanAK47
Man, Little witch Academia was so good. I disagree with the whole Digibro thing about being able to recognise a great show in it's first episode but watching this makes me think that this really is going to be something special.
AidanAK47
Alright, gonna put in effort today and have 3 or 4 first impressions posts done. That should knock out near half the season.
Kaiser Eoghan
Had a flip through handshakers. Garish is the word I'd use to describe it visually, it takes you out of the show.
Topgavin
ASuperMario From the first minute I can already tell it's by the same people that made K. Those colour filters and the extremely jarring/obvious city CGI is unmistakable.
SuperMario
Hand Shakers, literally makes my hands shaking. It's an abosolute mess. Highly recommended to check it out because it's so terrible it's great to watch
Vonter212
Yeah, and it's also a literal woman in refrigerator plot device, since that the thing that pushes the story forward.
Masky
I'd say that having to hide your sister's body in fridge would count as daaaaaaark and edgy, but when the body is wearing only underwear, and for some reason main character put metal things in fridge to keep body standing(I guess to not knock fridge open from inside?) I think it goes to "exploitation" you are talking about
Vonter212
@Masky - Did someone said doing dark things for drama? That's the bread and butter to get despair. Unless it's for the sake of perversion. Then it's just exploitation.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Masky: His other works dead tube and scumbag go further in the unhinged regard.
Masky
*relies on easy "let's do [x dark thing] for drama!" thing
Masky
Geez, Mayonaka no X Giten is fricking disturbing/disgusting ._. I'm pretty sure that writing relies on e, but I can't help but think mangaka is trying to make corpses sexy.
SuperMario
I found Onihei to be quite good, actually one of the most solid new episode I watched this new season. Guys, check them out
Vonter
I just hope it doesn't fall into the same misstep Kabaneri or Inuyasha or Bleach fall by making a villain so over the top that it crossed the line of not having a satisfying downfall.
Anonymous657941
@Vonter I think they just moved on. I lost interest rather quickly and I guess even the fans did that at some point, like with some other long-running series. There is much more new and more direct "fujo" stuff out there, many of them probably switched. Don't know what happens in the manga but maybe the story got worse or contained things some people didn't like.
Vonter
January will be loli dictator month (for me) :p. World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil (new), Seraph of the End. For some reason I stumble into three curious series with little power hungry girls. If I can ask, why did Owari Seraph's hype died, I remember back it was mentioned more often. It still has the fujoshi fanart but still, I don't see people bringing it up.
SuperMario
@CATski: well, if you didn't like its first 3 episodes I dont think the rest gonna change your mind. Have you finished Erased then? How did you like it?
SuperMario
But I understand it's difficult to speak in front of camera, get some time to get used to it
SuperMario
@kaiser: I won't commend on poem as I'm terrible at it myself but younneed to work more on presentation Kaiser. Small little things like looking directly at the camera or say "thanks for listening" in the end can connect you to the audience better
Anonymous657071
Ok. I'll give the thing another chance. *clicks torrent* XD. CATski.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Topgavin: You might like centaur no nanami if you like demi-chan.
Kaiser Eoghan
Damn...repeated myself =<
Kaiser Eoghan
There are these things called slam sessions done in bars where people get up and read out stuff in front of a crowd and read stuff out. Actually watching rakugo made me think about practicing for that kind of thing.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Mario: the video I did was of me reading out a short piece of writing I did, a poem. lol I uploaded it to the wrong youtube account too I just realized =P
[link src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypBZ2hBDBYs&t=11s
I"] was recording this from my mothers laptops inbuilt cam while reading off my desktop.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I think it's a good idea for you to try out reviewing movies/stuffs in youtube channel. I'll be very interesting to listen to them
SuperMario
@Topgavin: Agree. Demi-chan was so charming. Definately one of my favorite so far this new season
Topgavin
Demi-chan's first episode was good. Like, really really good. That blonde-haired girl was hilarious, the teacher-student relationship between the MC and the girls is really interesting and the social/practical problems the demi's face make it look like my favorite show so far.
CATski
Ah... ok. Is it really that good or it's just one of those "artsy" animes that tend to get overrated by their ardent fans? I didnt find the rakugo bit interesting.... probably the weakest aspect of the show for me.
Kaiser Eoghan
@Aidan: Why did I read that chapter. Why did I do that to myself.
Kaiser Eoghan
Admittedly yes the premise is not for everyone, but if you stick with it, the flashback arc had some good character work in there.
CATski
Rakugo has a season 2? I watched ep 1 - 3 of season 1 then promptly deleted it. The loud "yankee" dude was annoying. And the anime was boring.
Kaiser Eoghan
Oh man, I've been thinking lately of trying to start some kind of youtube channel. I did a few trial run videos. Its much much harder than it looks, didn't realize how nervy being in front of a video camera was.
Kaiser Eoghan
*a declining art and rakygo halls are closing down
Kaiser Eoghan
As the show continues to mention how "its declining art", that got me thinking of the modern day, how while things like tv and cinemas probably hurt attendances for rakugo performances, the internet has replaced theaters .
Kaiser Eoghan
Ah, now I've watched it. It'll be interesting to see Yotaro's relation to sukeroku's daughter develop. By all intents he should be an irritating character and not as interesting a yakumo based on his personality, but I can't help but like him, example of a goofball character done right.
Anonymous654016
ElDlive is looking good
Kaiser Eoghan
I haven't gotten around to rakugo's second seasons first episode yet =<
Kaiser Eoghan
Just looking at masamunes female protaganist I want to punch her.
Kaiser Eoghan
Vapid would be how I'd describe it, I didn't care about Masamune no revenge but at least there was some life to it.
Kaiser Eoghan
Ah, suzuka I remember a friend telling me when I got halfway through the anime to literally run from it and not continue. I flicked through fuukas first two episodes and played count the cliches.
Kaiser Eoghan
While I definitely got something out of Yojo senki's manga, I found the first episode easier to get through than the manga, in terms of pace and exposition.
AidanAK47
@Masky, Fuuka chapter 135. Read and be amazed.
Masky
Ah sorry ._.; And wait, there is another twist later on? What
AidanAK47
@Masky, Even if it's a crap show don't go posting spoilers on the chatbox.
Oh and that's just the begining, a really dumbass twist happened recently in the manga.
SuperMario
@Aidan: I'm away a whole day again so I'll be a bit late on my impressions.
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