Posted by psgels on 25 July 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews



Perhaps it’s because I’ve watched too much anime, but I found this first of six Break Blade movies to be totally unremarkable. Sure, I guess that the soundtrack is good, (especially considering the huge budget that went into that one), and there are times at which the attention to details is quite good, but apart from that it was just so… generic.

Any potential for the future installments of this series of movies fully depends on how much the creators are going to use the build-up of this movie. Standalone though… I just wouldn’t recommend it. It’s basically just a big collection of cliches. It’s set in a fantasy world in which two big countries are at war. The lead character happens to be friends with the princess and king of one of the countries (so he can feel special and famous without the responsibilities of these jobs), while one of his other childhood friends has become a general of the other country. Oh, and he’s also the only one who can activate the “great awesome mecha of doom”. It’s all got this “been there, done that” feeling.

With so many cliches, you need something to make up for it. Break Blade so far… doesn’t. I understand that it could be holding back some trumps here and there, but it doesn’t make the best first impressions. The mecha battles are just average and unremarkable, while the money shots just come and go without leaving much of an impression. To me, this movie could have used a better direction, with a better build-up and better dynamics between the individual scenes.

The director, Tetsuro Amino has me worried, though. I mean, what is he doing, working on three projects at the same time? There are enough other talented directors out there, so he could have just decided to focus on either Hutch, Break Blade or Shiki. I’m really not looking forward to another Chiaki Kon or Akiyuki Shinbo here…

Storytelling: 7/10 – It sometimes has a good attention to detail, but it also failed to catch my attention.
Characters: 7/10 – Characters have background, but this is all minimal. They’re not bad, but they are completely unremarkable.
Production-Values: 8/10 – For a movie it has quite a few still shots, but it has enough well animated scenes. The soundtrack is recorded by an actual orchestra, but not really used well.
Setting: 7/10 – Too many cliches.

Suggestions:
– Visions of Escaflowne
Tales of Vesperia
Tales of the Abyss

19 Responses

  1. Rockmanshii says:

    haha I knew that you would react like that when you would do your review,the only thing that I thought you would point out and you didn’t is that except some of them most characters are 25+ years old in this.
    thankfully only the beginning is like that, trust me the manga get out of cliches soon.

  2. crazystudyguy says:

    Dam I was hoping this was going to be different but so far your comments are playing true to my fears. Well at least there not not teenagers (above comment) so I’m really glad about that, makes the story a bit more believable and fingers cross that what you said about the manga comes true

  3. Anonymous Heavy Knight says:

    All I got to say for the new folks getting into Break Blade? If the OVA doesn’t satisfy you, go read the manga. Break Blade is a lot like Frank Herbert’s Dune in that it gets much better as the world and the plot / conflict develops. Yes, it uses a lot of traditional J-Culture convention, but it generally executes them well.

    Honestly in my frank opinion, originality is overrated and something of a double-edged sword in the epoch of the 21st Century. If you’re too different, people think you’re crazy, and it takes a while before folks realize you were a genius. Having the ability to know how to use the various formulas out there and create something genuinely entertaining, compared to the hundreds of inane and pretentious IPs out there, is way better any day in my book, and that’s something the creator of Break Blade definitely achieved.

    There’s a lot of interesting themes and issues being tackled here that Star didn’t even mention in his review, e.g. discrimination between people of different statuses, the complexities of relationships, War, your responsibilities and-or obligations as a citizen, Love, etc. I think it’s a disservice to downplay them as cliche, when they are problems that the human race struggles with even today.

    Anyways, give the IP some time, and you all will look back and probably realize Break Blade’s one of the better Techno Fantasy IPs to have come out of Japan in a good while. The Golems here are pretty much on par with Guymelefs from Escaflowne, embodying the same romantic ideals of Knights and Chivalry, except Break Blade spins things around Armored Trooper Votoms-style. Sure, it’s glamorous and empowering to be a Heavy Knight, but you’re guaranteed to meet a messy death. Oh, and the fight choreography just gets better and better, as we go along, so if all the politics, drama, etc., doesn’t get you going, then at least the action might keep you on-board.

    Whoever said just because they don’t have fancy roller dashes, jump jets, flight packs, screen clearing I-Win! Beam Missile Itano Circus spam attacks, etc., that mechs can’t be fun to watch fighting…is full of lies, I tell you. LIES!

    Cordially,

    J.

  4. Westlo says:

    I like how you bring up cliches for this yet never brought up the cliches in Giant Killing which has been done a thousand times in other sport manga/anime let alone American movies.

    Oh right I forgot, cliches don’t matter if you like the show /slaps head

    Even Nuyarihyon no Mago is very generic at first and you haven’t even brought that up.

    “The director, Tetsuro Amino has me worried, though. I mean, what is he doing, working on three projects at the same time?”

    They’re releasing the movies every month, they’re more than likely done with at least 5 of them right now.

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Westlo:
    “They’re releasing the movies every month, they’re more than likely done with at least 5 of them right now.”
    So, this isn’t the case with Shiki and Hutch?

    “Oh right I forgot, cliches don’t matter if you like the show /slaps head”
    Is that really so strange? I mean, it’s like I said in this review: I don’t mind cliches when the rest of the show can make up for it. When this isn’t the case, like with this movie, I’m going to start complaining about them.

  6. 4saken says:

    But psgel, you give the first ep of Gundam Unicorn the Excellent rating while I see that it’s basically the same as the first ep of Gundam Seed. I have to say that Break Blade is at least more creative than Unicorn (first ep wise)

    The mech battle is unimpressive because this is the first time he pilots a mech, he barely moved and could only protect himself by sheer luck. Don’t expect him to go around killing several experienced soldiers in the first ride like in Gundam.

  7. Hamachan says:

    Meh. I read a couple of chapters of Break Blade last year. As a long time reader of fantasy-scifi novels/mangas the plot/characters didn’t grab me. From what I’ve read it’s like a paint by the numbers story. I probably wasn’t it the mood then but reading this review doesn’t really entice me to give it another try.

    Also, Gundam Seed and Gundam Unicorn might share some similarities but at least there’s enough difference for me to enjoy both show on their own. I’ve got to ask, does anyone else watch the Gundam franchise for it’s originality? If it has a great looking Mobile Suit/animation, a likeable protagonist and a decent plot then I’m all for it.

  8. 4saken says:

    What do you mean?
    It’s Gundam, so let’s give it a special treatment?
    That’s what I call biased.

  9. Meep says:

    Hmmm I didn’t think this was so bad. Yeah it’s generic, but at the same time I found it rather enjoyable (the use of magic and the character’s older ages are a plus, and the main character isn’t emo after piloting) I see where you’re coming from, and I hope this reaches higher potential. Looking forward to the sequels~

    Btw, you gave this a 6/10 on MAL? D: I thought it would have been a 7/10 due to your scoring here.

  10. psgels psgels says:

    Don’t try to take my rating system on MAL too seriously. It’s incredibly inconsistent and I still haven’t figured out how to be consistent in it.

  11. mdv says:

    I agree with the meep. It’s the kinda movie where you watch on an HDTV and bump up the volume on a home theater speaker system… lol which i have.

    I have a home theater PC system set up. :D

    Lol it’s like… just chill and watch. Let your mind be free. It may be corny, but it’s entertaining

  12. mdv says:

    well, for me it was. :O

  13. alex says:

    i saw the 2 first episode of the series. It’s funny that i watched all animes posted on animelist. And now, i find that i liked all sorts of animes even with their flaws. Because right now, since I watched everything. I still learn to like even modest rating animes. At least, i can have the chance to watch the beauty of all those combined arts.

    Anyway, all this to say that break blade even if didn’t read the manga, should be interesting not like the 5 stars animes a saw, but still, the caracters are interesting. The princess in trouble is really cute, the main character is interesting to.

    I guess sometime they should think a little more about the logic behind the emotional reactions of the characters. The main characters should have a least be more happy to control the machine because he could control anything live everybody else in is life. I guess it will develop over time in the series :)

  14. alex says:

    live = like sorry hehee too stone and french :)

  15. alex says:

    I just read some others comments of other reviewers.

    This blog rules a lot of anime blog right now, not just for comments from the reviewer that are awesome but i like the simple layout of the site.

    I wish I would have the courage to blog all the show I watch and all episodes.

    Maybe one day :)

    you have a nice job tho

  16. Tan-Tan says:

    I actually disagree with your cliche comment, psgel. In fact, other than TWGOK this is the only time I’ll disagree with you. For one, I think Break Blade has a creative setting. You missed out the part that oil doesn’t exist. Instead, they make use of quartz. It’s the character LACKING the special power too, by the way than the other way around.

    I also like the fact the main has a little brother. That actually caught me by surprise. As for the ring of friends (*COUGH*Legend of the Legendary Heroes*COUGH*), it’s that aspect that’s cliche but I don’t know about you psgel, but it seems you’re mixing up the definition of cliche and convention.

    While Psgel doesn’t recommend Break Blade, I DO. I fell in love with it after watching the first movie. It’s very entertaining. For a war-freak like me, it’s a special treat. I think compared to most series, they have a realistic grasp of war and politics. Most of all, IT’S NOT BORING.

  17. JL says:

    I think you’re just being biased and all. The manga and anime are really good, a rarity nowadays. Judging from a fair perspective, it is a great concept. From the way you say it, it’s as if everything is a cliche. I feel that you are rather confused or misinformed about cliches. There are standards and conventions as other readers have commented that shouldn’t be mixed with cliches.
    Break blade is an epic in the making given the thought and concept mixed in it. I won’t say much but rather I just want to point out that your review or blog on Break blade isn’t fair, for example, you mentioned that the storytelling didn’t catch your attention yet many feel it was rather compelling. Break Blade is greater than what you merit it for. Try to be more open. I’m guessing you’re not a big fan of such genre.

  18. Mononoke says:

    Thanks for the review! At last, someone share the same idea with me. Wherever I checked the comments about Break Blade, they are all talking about how great anime it was. I was about to die off cliches and also waste of 5 hourse to this stuff. If you like to watch mecha go and try Macros series and Escaflowne. That’s all!

    • the one says:

      Wow mononoke how close minded are you! So you havent even seen it and already giving your comments based on the review of someone who misinterprets what cliche means. A lot of series have there cliches especially the gundam series. (I enjoy gundams, just clearing that). This series deserves to be watch except for all those not ito the mecha. GIRGE RULES lol

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Lenlo
Of those you listed, no, I dont think they get explained? I mean, SAO did, but I dont think that falls into your category.

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Considering how bad most of these are I wouldn't wonder if they wouldn't even bother with an explanation and just end it with the characters being happy in that game world and that's it. Or magic and the whole harem gets transported into reality at the end because power of love and such.
Amagi
I have no problem with a sci-fi fantasy mix, I liked .hack//sign for example, but it annoys me that such an incredibly bizarre situation gets never explained. Or maybe it will but it never happened so far because none of these LNs was ever finished and concluded yet. I just wish to know how they explain that.
Amagi
I mean all those shows in which the character just finds himself stuck in a real world that's (coincidentally?) the same as the game he recently played. Be it Overlord, Death March, Log Horizon or the 300 other series with that premise.
Amagi
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And Mario, ill rag on SOL all I want! :P

Wooper, its true good shows transcend genre, as there are still some like Toradora I like, but those are exceptions that prove the rule so to speak.
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@Niel, yeah I base my potential % on the odds something gets/stays good.
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Since it's Trigger, I will give the benefit of the doubt. I'm just very skeptical about this whole formula.
Niel
The way I can see this series improving is through world building. And if other aspects are going to improve too, it's going to revolve around that.
Niel
It leaves about as much impression on me as much as the first episode of Aldnoah did, and I dropped that one straight away. The character chemistry doesn't look like it will go places that's not cliche. The gimmick doesn't seem like it has much potential either.
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So you're all betting it on "this is going to get better". I mean, I hope it gets better. Though right now this feels more Kiznaiver than Kill la Kill or LWA.
Kaiser-Eoghan
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Kaiser-Eoghan
The cute girl shows just bleed and blend in my mind now, same with the isekai shows.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Devilman, my show of the season, unless after the rain ends up having some emotional wallop.
Kaiser-Eoghan
So for me its looking like: Junji itou, Cardcaptor sakura, keeping up with sangatsu, wait and see on amegari . Not watching a time travel or trigger show and I remain unable to sit through Mahoutsukai .
Amagi
The story itself is generic so far but so are most Trigger series at the beginning so not sure. Maybe it will stay weak, but in general I prefer series that start with the weaker episodes and get better and better over time over the many series that use up all of their budget and trump cards in the first episode and drag on after that.
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SuperMario
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SuperMario
I think I just keep watching it on a weekly basis. Still trippy as hell
SuperMario
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By the way, what's up with Darling in the Franxx? I thought it's a very weak first episode.
Nielo
@Lenlo: Slice of life isn't my thing either, and I usually avoid series set in high school.
Nielo
@SuperMario: Takagi-san is cute, I'll admit that, but since I already read the manga it's not new to me. Sora Yori is good, but it's not particularly cute. I found Hakumei to Mikochi and Yuru Camp very boring. Haven't got the chance to watch Mitsuboshi Colors or Gakuen Babysisters but I don't think they could be more cute than Mii-kun.
SuperWooper
HOT TAKE: Genre is irrelevant. What matters is whether a show is good.
SuperMario
Don't knock off MY genre Lenlo. It's one of the reason I got into anime in the first place :)
Lenlo
Im not saying it doesn't do what it sets out to. I just don't think what it sets out to do is all that... great.
Lenlo
@Niello, Slice of Life was never my Genre in the first place :/ I typically avoid them. I have my own life to deal with and already graduated high school, why would I want to deal with a melodramatic anime highschool, is my line of thought.
SuperMario
@Niello: okay, let's see:Takagi-san (the titular character), Mitsuboshi Colors, Gakuen Babysisters (Toddlers!!), Hakumei to Milochi (tiny girls) and two more slightly more mature but equally cute: Sora Yori and Yuru Camp's casts
Nielllo
@SuperMario: I'm sure this is where our definition of "cute" parts way, but I'll ask anyway, what are those 5 shows?
SuperMario
@Niello: seems so because I can eaisily pick 5 more shows that are cuter, and better than Mummy this season ;)
Nielllo
...So I suppose I'm the only one who's kinda bored out by a lot of the slice of life shows that's trying to be cute this season and only perked up by the Mummy anime because it's actually do what it's meant to do and be legit cute.
Lenlo
I am interested in Koi, but still have concern about the relationship itself.

@Vonter, the mummy anime would be better as short vignettes together I feel.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Koi amegari is surprisingly tasteful, subdued and pretty.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*to where
Kaiser-Eoghan
Try as I might, my love of kyoani tv anime has largely evaporated did where I no longer want to bother at this stage, I'll just wait and see. I'll just stay quiet on the franxx anime, theres little value in me trying to get through a trigger work at this point.
SuperMario
I get the exact same feeling with Takagi-san. It's pretty good on what it does but 20 minutes of the same thing for a whole season doesn't sound that promising
Vonter
The chibi mummy anime
Vonter
It's a shame it isn't a shorter 10 or 5 minute series, I think that format would make it shine more, since it does what it's trying to do.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I liked the second episode of Kokkuko or whatever the name is even more than the first one.
Amagi
I really have a problem with all these shows that rely on one single thing, joke, shenanigan or whatever. Be it something cute, some certain kind of interactiong or whatever. It doesn't matter how good it is it will bore me with episode 2.
Lenlo
Like, yeah, the mummy was cute. But the cute became rote/bland really quick. There has to be more than "cute" to be worth watching for more than a single episode to me.
Lenlo
@Niello, I was harsh because its not aimed at me. I wanted to drop it 5 minutes in, kept up for the post, then was thankful it was over. There wasnt anything overtly bad about it. Its just there was nothing good either.
AidanAK47
To be fair it's not as if we are lacking cute in this season.
In fact it's in danger of inflation.
SuperMario
@Niello: yes, the mummy is cute, the show is cute but beside that it's pretty mediocre. That show in particular is the only show that I have the damnest time to give it a potential rating.
Niello
It's not even down because of legal reasons, since the site pull down contents that are lincensed. It's down cause it's too much for the site owner to manage. Much of it also have to do with too many bots, which comes back to how a lot of other sites are relying on batoto.
Niello
@Masky: Not enough manga titles are getting translated. Batoto is the site scanlation groups basically rely on, and where other aggregation sites pull their content from. No batoto no obscure titles, a big blow to small scantation groups and one big manga/scanlator community down.
Niello
Why are you guys so harsh on the mummy show? It's so darn cute. Give it some credit. If a comedy show can be good because it does comedy well I don't see why a show ike Mummy can't be good if it can make people go "aww".
Masky
I don't really know why that is the case, maybe marketing budget and UI friendliness when done right? :P
Masky
Eh, wouldn't say it will kill manga industry. I mean, more and more official methods of reading manga online is starting to pop up and legit channels to pay to get access to manga can surprisingly enough harm free channels to get manga.
Masky
Anyway, I do find it funny how how the isekai character dies can be so meaningless that is joke in most of them
Niello
Batoto is going down, how this affect the manga reading is going to be interesting. Hope it's not slowly dying.
Masky
(at least that one, besides forgetting to introduce what the heck is gimmick besides generickness, acknowledged how most of otaku mcs shouldn't erally want to get transferred to fantasy world since they never get to see how their favourite mangas end :P )
Masky
Anyhoo, it gets annoying since its not just isekai being cliche, sometimes is just them being kind of badly written(or at least adapted to manga). Like, I found one new isekai today, but I have no idea what its gimmick is(from what I understood, its that "cute companion" that character gets is hideously op because mc didn't spefy cute girl when he asked god manager dude for cute companion)
Masky
Slime one is one of better from the more generic ones weirdly enough :P I mean I still wouldn't call it good, but at least MC character isn't god tier, just top tier and it has sort of village building simulation feel to it. Plus at least naming things giving monsters more powers is something funny regarding jrpg mechanics
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or alternatively the car was on a boat with the character or parents in it and the boat and car were hit by a falling plane lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its always "car accident" that sends the characters to another world or in harem cases "Lost parents due to car crash", for christs sake doesn't anyone die in out of control plane or speedboat crashes anymore, at least make it a motorbike....
Nayrael
Ah sorry, should probably not have touched the colors...
Nayrael
Trust me, Isekai is better when it doesn't try to be imaginative. When it tries to be original then... Isekai with a Smartphone... Isekai where the MC turns into a Slime... and my favorite: Isekai where the MC became a Hot Spring popular with sexy girls.
Masky
Assuming "new" things can happen under the sun
Masky
Anyhoo, I do wonder what the heck will be next "popular genre trope that will become so overused cliche that everyone groans whenever show uses it even if its actually good show"
Masky
Like, seriously you could do really interesting story variant on isekai with that if done right. Suddenly becoming characters you have roleplayed would be trippy as hell espicially if one of characters went really into detail with backstory while one of them is just "Bob the fighter, he likes fighting" and has to deal with what happens when you assume life of such a person
Masky
But I wouldn't honestly be surprised because of my anger issues related to amount of unimaginative isekai :P Though I guess trpg based one would be more imaginative in comparison
Masky
I'd assume not since I assume tabletop rpgs are much more niche than jrpgs in japan
Masky
So has anyone yet done isekai where guys getting transferred were playing trpg? :P
KTravlos
quite happy with most recent Attack of Titan manga chapter.
SuperMario
Alright, one more impression post to go before we really get on to new season
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yep, I just fixed it. Thank you
Kaiser-Eoghan
*than just the reviewers names
Kaiser-Eoghan
A slight problem with the coding there in the newest impression, showing code gobbledeegook rather than the reviewers names above their impressions.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I'm seeing it on 2nd of February.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Late screeners generally leak shortly after the uk release, so maybe early Febbruary it'll be online?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yep, Phantom Thread. Could be Daniel Day Lewis's final performance. Is it available online already?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Did you know that Paul Thomas Anderso8n has a new film coming out? Also I found out there is a Polish semi-knockoff of purple rose of cairo.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Awesome, just got myself an invite to a secret private torrent site =)
K-Off
@Kaiser When I was in University, I was a waiter at a Korean-owned Japanese Sushi restaurant with a kitchen staff of entirely Mexicans with poor English. The owner, while he provided the rest of his staff with small meals during our lunch or dinner shifts, never game any to the kitchen staff. The guy even ranted to a customer about how "lazy" or "ignorant" they were.
K-Off
Buses are pretty common in America, even outside the major super-cities like LA, NYC, or Chicago. It's public rail you're thinking of that we don't have much of outside the cities.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I brought up the racisim/aunt story wondering if anyone had any horror stories about where they worked?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Bokusen: Buses don't seem to be a thing in America, meanwhile over here, despite traffic, public transport is much more of a thing, couldn't imagine not getting a train or bus somewhere.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi. I must say you changed my positive view of the German education system.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: And yet Austria gets the far right party in power and Israel also has a far right apartheid leader.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If any good came from it, her boss got banned from facebook .
Amagi
Two years ago the alt/new right hold a rally here since they're successful elsewhere with their anti-immigrant/PoC speeches. In the end it was 35 nazis vs 29.000 counter-demonstrators. The joke: when they had to leave with police protection they shouted "We are the people". Yes 35 hated bigots are surely the people, not the 29k. I laughed.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: That aunt story is pretty shit. I am kinda happy about smartphones nowadays, you can often make photos or record speech if you are witnessing something. Also, thank God the racists in my city are very rare since antifa and leftwingers took hold of it decades ago - now 70% of people are immigrants so racists don't even tend to show up anymore.
Nielllo
Great. I don't think most of what I wrote actually appeared in the chat.
Niello
what I'm going to do in the long run.
Niello
While Liberal art colleges are really good for developing writing and reading skills, the truth is in science classes you still don't do much of that. it's also limited by general lack of equipments that you get at bigger Uni. My college don't even have engineering.
Bokusen
@Kaiser Darn it, I hate it when racists try to justify their beliefs. That guy sounds like a major jerk!
Bokusen
@Niello Ah, yeah I think I might have preferred the UK system too if they give a month to study for exams! Wow...That sounds much nicer. Oh, and yeah, I wish the US had better public transport too... After seeing Japan's public transport system, I wish the US's could be more like it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The landlords love to kickout people through unfair prices a stick their friends in instead.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Since we're on careers, it reminds me, one of my aunts telling me what a bastard her boss was, guy was a racist, she complained about it then he got rid of all the evidence linking him to it and made it seem as if she was the rascist and humiliated her in front of her Arab friends.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think we all end up getting this huge kick in the ass moment where we learn andget it together.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It gets better thankfully, grew up and am happy with this postal clerk job.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The landlord story is a common one, they still think themselves feudal lords.
Amagi
And yeah, all this neet time. Although not moving out isn't that uncommon here anymore, considering how the rent increases, especially in my region (European bank city). And if I look at my friends it seems like they've the same problems. Even those who have found their dream jobs are otherwise living a nerdy life, going to pubs at night and so on. I think a part of us will always stay twenty.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: This "career" was exactly the same for me. I am pretty sure I wasn't even capable of thinking about my future up until, as you said, mid-twenties. There were just so many other things that interested/bothered me, school wasn't even among my top 30s or so.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Oh how I regret not getting into novels, noe my concentration is too shit to read them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually I don't think teenagers even really know who they themselves actually are .
Kaiser-Eoghan
Youth is wasted on the young.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember wasting so many chances to properly appreciate and get into certain things when I was younger too, when I actually had the time. We have no idea how to use it at that age.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The answer is down to the kid themselves wising up early and adults needing to find a way to REALLY motivate kids.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I hated being in that position, leeching off my parents/the state.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember as a teenager thinking watching films/anime/playing videogames with my friends/brother would last forever, then getting a dose of reality that everyone just moved on .
Kaiser-Eoghan
and between short contracts you spend months as a neet.
Kaiser-Eoghan
You just end up bouncing between go nowhere evening/day courses that are more about putting asses on seats than actually getting anyone anywhere.
Kaiser-Eoghan
and then you find out you dossed off so much in school you can't get to grips with university.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I wouldn't recommend anyone doing what I did in my teens and early 20s, dossing off all the time, then finding out you have to wait five years to go to college as mature student, your school results are middling and not job/college useful, end up taking forever to get to the stage where you can start building up temporary job experience because no one will hire you.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Heck, as a teenager I remember pretty much living in the moment, never even thought seriously about what I wanted to do, I don't think I even thought about that my adolescence would end, pretty much rushed through my homework and never studied, stayed up all night watching anime/reading manga and playing videogames allday.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't think I actually matured/grew up until I was in my mid twenties.
Kaiser-Eoghan
My school never did a career prep class.
Kaiser-Eoghan
in the end thats how I got to where I am now.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I took a different path in life to working, doing temp and voluntary work over time to buildup experience all over the place and working out what I wanted to do that way.
K-Off
@Kaiser @Amagi Besides the characters, Emma would not work if not for the sheer passion for Victorian history that you see in every single frame. Reading Emma reminded me not to avoid historical manga entirely as I'd done before.
K-Off
Probably why Community College is one of the best things to ever happen to the United States' education system, since it catches those students who need some time to figure out what they want to study. I went through three years of it before transferring to University.
K-Off
@Amagi Possibly one of the dumbest mistakes a lot of parents make. Society at large expects teens to have meaningful thoughts about the rest of their lives, when, let's be honest, most of us spent our teenage years doing anything but. Then they're somehow surprised when their children fail class after class because of their lack of motivation.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I have seen Shion no Ou. In fact it was this site that got me to watch it years ago. I remember it being a damn good watch too.
Amagi
Due to that system most kids stay in the social class of their parents which is why you mostly have pure academic families or pure working class families. It got better the last decades though, but that separation is still there. The fact that I am a university student now is rather an exception than the rule.
Amagi
The thing is that most teens don't even have a clue about what job would interest them or be something for them. I for example come from a family in which most people don't even graduated, let alone that anybody would ever read books or so. So I knew absolutely nothing as 12yo and only ever read my first book at 15 because of a friend.
Amagi
@KTravlos: (As a German) I totally agree. The worst is that most people have to choose the route of their career as early as they become 16 or so, maybe even earlier, since we have that three part school system where you choose your school type after elementary school. One is for professionals, one is middle tier and one school (hauptschule) is for the typical working class jobs.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think its the exotic factor of a lost era/age, I also tend to like the costumes .
Kaiser-Eoghan
Otoyomegatari I've not read in some time, though Kaoru Mori's attention to detail is quite strong.
Amagi
The Victorian Age is also very popular among manga fans it seems. I don't even know why I love it that much, considering that I am usually a sci-fi fan, but I somehow do. Historical things are almost always interesting though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I grew up watching old English melodramas with my parents....therefore Emma was a show that jumped out at me.
Amagi
Speaking of Emma, I should finally read the new volume of Otoyomegatari. I really love that author, Emma was awesome. She writes great characters.
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