Posted by psgels on 9 November 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews




Now that I’m getting so close to the end of my to-watch-list, and really to the series that I’ve been looking forward to the most, this really does give a different kind of expectation compared to usual. This goes in particular for Princess Tutu: aside from one particular series, it has been the series that you have recommended to me the most often (that other series is Monster, by the way). With such a critically acclaimed series, I went into this series with a completely different mindset than others and it generally leads you to expect things in a different way from usual.

What I mean by this is the following: after completely finishing this series, I’d have to say that Princess Tutu isn’t the best shoujo series I’ve seen. Normally for an average show, this really wouldn’t mean much, because you can say this for 99.9% of all of the series out there, but this statement does gain a different meaning for something with the caliber of Princess Tutu. That doesn’t however mean that this show isn’t awesome and if you even remotely like shoujo and haven’t seen this one yet, you’re doing yourself a great disservice.

First of all, Princess Tutu is about ballet. That alone gives this show an air of elegance unlike any other, and the creators make full use of this with some excellent choreography. This show doesn’t have fancy graphics, but it still looks gorgeous due to the time that went into portraying all of the different dances that are incredibly prevalent throughout the entire series. A good dancer is able to entice an audience, just by performing, and the creators of this series did just that.

What really caught my attention about this series however, was how well this show develops its characters. In particular the most important characters change tremendously throughout the storyline, and this change ends up being a very important theme throughout the entire series. These characters are round and dynamic, they change naturally, yet you can’t see them coming. Even the side-characters evolve subtly throughout the series. Everyone is well acted, and the cast is immensely fun to watch, both during the light hearted moments and the serious ones.

This series is also able to tell a great story, with a beginning and an actual ending, where it makes great use of its build-up. Where it left things to be desired for me was at some points while building up, where it tended to get a bit too formulaic. This series also depends a lot on brainwashing and using love as a plot device. It actually gets away with it quite decently, but there are times when in particular the side characters suffer losing their free will too much, so that they can’t really show what kind of character they actually are. Brainwashing in general is very tricky to do right and Princess Tutu remains one of the better examples to do it because it’s a major theme of the entire series, but it does lead to a lack of freedom that holds the show back at times.

Still, with the current state that shoujo anime is in today, it’s great to look back at how grand it was in the past. This show combines innocence with dark and deep characters really well and with the ballet, it turns turns into a wonderful emotional ride. Oh, and the soundtrack cannot go unmentioned here. The use of classical music in this show is just a perfect match.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Great use of build-up, original and clever plot twists, but a tad too formulaic at times, and makes a bit too often use of brainwashing and love as a plot device.
Characters: 9/10 – Wonderful development, especially on the main cast.
Production-Values: 9/10 – The animation may not be big, but the characters are wonderfully animated to life, and the soundtrack makes this show still a feast for the senses.
Setting: 9/10 – Very creative premise with a deep setting and unique atmosphere.

Suggestions:
Glass Mask 2005
Ashita no Nadja
Simoun

23 Responses

  1. wendeego says:

    Was anyone saying that Princess Tutu was the best shoujo series ever? I’m not sure if it’s possible to make a case for that–Utena’s pretty much superior and Tutu is in many ways Utena 101 in how it deals with fairy tales and free will.

    I would argue, on the other hand, that Princess Tutu is the best mahou shoujo anime ever made (although Cardcaptor Sakura gives it a serious run for its money, and Sailor Moon is obviously more influential.) It’s also the darkest (except for Madoka Magica) and one of the most underrated anime in general (due to its ridiculous title.) So there are a ton of reasons to recommend it.

  2. kurini says:

    Wow, you finally watched it! (I’m not one of the group who recommand it though)

    And I totally agree with wendeego : “and one of the most underrated anime in general (due to its ridiculous title.) So there are a ton of reasons to recommend it.” !

  3. psgels psgels says:

    You indeed have a point that Princess Tutu isn’t the best shoujo, but I really wouldn’t call it underrated. There are tons of people who praise it and regard it highly, and there are shoujo series that are much more obscure and underrated.

  4. Sapphire says:

    @psgels, I was wondering, what did you think of Princess Tutu’s ending?

    Also, Fakir deserved a spot on your set of pictures! ^^

  5. Firechick says:

    I kinda expected this to get a slightly higher rating, but it’s alright. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Oh, and it should be 87.5/100, not 87.5/10. Just pointing out.

  6. Joojoobees says:

    This reminds me that I started watching this show on Netflix (and was enjoying it), but got side-tracked when all the Fall series started premiering. Now that I have checked out and dropped most new series, it is time to finish Princess Tutu.

  7. Kim says:

    Well for me Princess Tutu IS the best shoujo series. And I do prefer it over Utena. And well I prefer Rose of Versailles over Utena too.

    But come on that is what an opinion is. No one can really say what the best shoujo is. It’s all up to the individual viewer.

    Glad you enjoyed it Psgels!

  8. dm00 says:

    I’m glad you finally got to see it — it was a wonderful series. It came out at about the same time as Haibane Renmei, I think. What a season of magic that was!

    It may not be the best shoujo title out there, but it’s a strong one — indeed, I’d put Tutu among the best anime I’ve seen (in twenty years of watching anime). Certainly in my top 20, if not even higher.

    Watching Madoka Magica has made me want to revisit Tutu. I have a few things queued up ahead of it, but I think I’ll be getting to it soon.

  9. yamapishy says:

    wahh you watched it too! i just finished PT last week and I really love it. For me it’s definitely one of the best mahou shoujo. it’s got everything.^^

    FAKIR DAISUKI!!!^^

  10. thestation says:

    crossing my fingers you’ll do monster next!
    a while ago I watched it for the second time..
    en psgels, ik kan je verzekeren, dit is een anime voor jou :P!
    een geweldig goed verhaal, echt waar.
    ben benieuwd wat je er van vind :)
    keep up the good work!

  11. AidanAK47 says:

    Told you that you would be a little disappointed. I would rate princess Tutu over Utena but I do think while it is a good show it not quite as good as many would have you believe. Honestly I watched it mostly because I heard people complaining about Madoka saying that dark magical girl has been done before and using this as an example.
    But to be honest it’s not even dark. There are tones but that’s about it. I think it was the dancing that put me off. I understand why it’s there and can say it worked well but it just wasn’t my taste. My favourite parts where the dark fairytales at the beginning of each episode and any scene with Drosselmeyer. He stole the show for me.

  12. wendeego says:

    When Madoka Magica came out, it was true that a lot of people were saying that Princess Tutu did “dark magical girls” first.

    This is pretty inaccurate! Princess Tutu is remarkably dark for a mahou shoujo show, diving into tragedy and metafiction with remarkable fearlessness. It’s pretty uncompromising as well–it never takes the easy way out, even at the very end (where so many other series stumble)

    This is very different from Madoka Magica, which subverts the typical Sailor Moon-esque magical girl system to horrifying results. Both shows go to some pretty unsettling places but those places are entirely different. So it isn’t really right to compare the two! (a much better comparison to Madoka would be Uta Kata, but Madoka is probably the better show)

    Also, sorry if I came off at all confrontational in putting Utena ahead of Tutu (hey, Tutu’s in my top ten! I love it too!) These are all opinions that we’re throwing around, after all. Although I’d still say that in many ways Tutu comes off as a slightly less complex take on mahou shoujo that honestly hasn’t been attempted since Utena. That’s pretty high praise right there.

  13. Cholisose says:

    “If you don’t rate Princess Tutu at least a nine… I will force you to MYEAAAAAAARRY ME!” – Cat

    I’ve seen seven or so episodes of this one with some friends, and have to say it’s really bizarre. I’m not really sure what to think of it, since it’s just so out there. I do like the dancing, though. And the classical music. And Cat. He’s hilarious.
    (We’re watching it dubbed, BTW. It’s not bad.)

  14. Kim says:

    @Wendeego I didn’t think you were being confrontational but my point still stands that which one is better is all based on personal taste. Utena might be more unique but I still think Princess Tutu is the stronger show. That’s just my personal take not a fact.

    As for the comparison with Madoka I find them silly. Madoka is a magical girl show aimed at Otaku. This is completely different from Princess Tutu which is a shoujo story for young girls through and through.

    Madoka is a dark twisted take on Mahou Shoujo. Princess Tutu however isn’t just Mahou Shoujo but it is also a wonderful meta fairytale: a story within a story.

    And personally I wouldn’t rate one series over the other based on how dark it is. That’s just silly. Princess Tutu wasn’t trying to be grim dark like Madoka. It’s only dark in the sense that real fairy tales are darker than Disney would have us believe.

    Personally while I like Madoka a lot I don’t think it even comes close to Princess Tutu but that’s just me.

  15. Hogart says:

    @Kim: no, it’s not just you. I for one preferred this over Madoka, but not because I feel Madoka is inferior. I just like the storytelling approach of Tutu more, it felt more confident and less pandering, plus it really had time to shine.

    Tutu is a strange one to consider. It isn’t very modern in style, and seems to clash with the sensibilities of younger anime viewers. So even if they rate it as “good” I consider it high praise.. they’d usually lambast such an anime for not looking like K-On or being as shockingly direct as Madoka.

  16. rosenritter says:

    My roommate showed this to me after I showed her Utena, my #3 favorite series of all time (after Monster and LOGH). This review lines up fairly well with my own opinion of Tutu, though… I might actually rate it a little lower. Don’t kill me, Tutu fans! It’s just that a few too many things about it didn’t personally “click” with me and got under my skin a little. :/

  17. Kevin Caldwell says:

    Princess Tutu is one of those rare cases where I preferred the english dub over the original, with the only exception being Ahiru.
    Luci Christian gave a good performance but Nanae Katou simply nailed the role.

  18. nandab says:

    I’m getting my hands on princess tutu now… I didn’t even know it existed :)

  19. rufe says:

    I wasn’t able to finish Monster…because it was so truly disturbing…btw. You should listen to the various ED for full effect

    It’s certainly not my favorite anime, but it is without a doubt excellent being what it is.

  20. caru says:

    Yay! You finally reviewed it! I was hoping it would at least get a 90 but ah well.

    Its kind of funny that psgels didn’t use a single screenshot of Fakir XD

  21. David A. Young says:

    As one who does a bit of writing now and then, I really enjoyed the subtext in P.T. of the characters struggling to free themselves from the “destiny” of the story. Sometimes characters really do seem to take on a life of their own — and some authors do seem to take evil glee at making them suffer.

    >

    I was especially touched by the very last scene. I wonder what Fakir was writing. Was it a story of metamorphosis?

  22. David A. Young says:

    SORRY! Don’t use html. Meant to put a spoiler warning in there but messed it up!

  23. I’m so happy that you finally get to watch this and see how amazing it is xD

    Before watching, I thought “Another crappy mahou shoujo, huh?” then after watching “SHET THIS IS FANTASTIC I HAVE TO WATCH IT AGAIN!!!!”

    xD

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@Sash https://vndb.org might be useful. You can search with tags there, including technical aspects like "voiced", "moving mouths" and stuff like that.
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Or rather, none hentai
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Thinking back I am pretty sure Saya no Uta actually was my first VN. It was popular back then and rather short so it was kind of a good entry level VN (for me), same as with narcissu and Planetarian which I read right after that. Think my first lone VN was either Ever17 or Sharin no Kuni.
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@AidanAK47: Yes, it such a huge time commitment! That's the sole reason I don't share your sentiment. As for what my taste is... I don't know since that was my first ever Visual Novel. For now I would like ones with voice actors in it.
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I should really read more stuff I haven't read any VN the last year for some reason.
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Speaking of VNs I wish one of this utsukushii series would get an anime adaption someday. Maybe Sharnoth or Inganock. I loved Forest as well which had a similar style and other stuff with Meteor involved (of courise including the Fate series).
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Allow me to re-phrase in layman's English: "If he could handle something as explicit or dark as saya no uta we could suggest it if he thought he was up for it, he could read it at some point if he thought he could handle it, sash, do you think you can handle something messed up like that, if not, perhaps you should play sharin no kuni instead"
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It isn't even annoyingly edgy to me. Just why even bother watching/reading it at all was my reaction.
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The reason I mentioned tolerance level was because I wanted him to respond to confirm if he cold handle those darker games because hell if I know what he's able for.
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Also kirakira is another safe recommendation.
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Thats why I stated sharin and maou were safer recommendations.
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Jesus Kaiser, why not chuck Subihibi and Euphoria on top of that if you are so determined to traumatise him. None of those should be first time recommendations.
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Ideally we could recommend him saya no uta, kara no shoujo or Swan song, but we don't know his tolerance level. Based on that Sharin no kuni and G senjou maou might be the safest recommendations.
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Though I'm wondering if he played a version without the H-scenes.
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Aiyoku no Eustia and Comyu adaptation and full translation WHEN.
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@Sash, That's good to hear. Also fair play on playing it as it is a pretty huge time commitment. If you haven't I would recommend checking out other visual novels as you might find something that would be more for you. I can even throw out some recs if you are interested.
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*allows us
I will probably watch shojo kageki dubbed.
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I've fallen behind on shoujo kageki and sirius.
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....was lovingly semi-oneric.
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That kids backstory is so depressing in happy sugar life. Nail pulling scene messed me up. I also watched the new satsuriku no tenshi episode, this is definately going at a quicker place, they skipped a whole character and by doing so, also a flashback involving Cathy. Though I'm not too bothered by it as it also us to get to the big bad quicker and focus on Zack/Rachel. First bit of this episode
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@Kaiser-Eoghan: yes... I meant that...
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Talking about being born in a digital age huh?
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@Kaiser, for my old roommate maybe. I dont think ive ever bought a magazine in my life
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@Sash: Do you mean visual novel?
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Admit it Lenlo, you would buy that magzine with Ash and Eiji on it.
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@AidanAK47: i have recently read the light novel of Fate Stay Night and, though I don't share your sentiment, I do see why you love it so much
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Sword art is one of those things that everywhere you look you'll see it hated, yet in rolls in the money.
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Well, its hated by certain parts of the community. Usually western parts.
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@Mitsuko, yep we are well aware. But as an FYI, SAO is hated heavily in the anime community. So another season isn't exactly a cause for celebration but rather a dejected sigh.
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Banana Fish, back on track. Also, this ED is my favorite of the season.
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@Lenlo i agree that was one of the best i cried in that part
Lenlo
Oh I know it is. Doesnt mean I have to acknowledge it. Mothers Rosario was the only SAO arc I actually liked, and Kirito had almost no involvement in it
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@Mitsuko: Its gone on for too long.
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i dont know if anyone said this already or that you know but sword art online is coming out with a season 3 in october right
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i miss Shino god i hope there is another season were she gets out of her coma and haseo and Shino get together if that happens then god it will be amazing
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Don't think I brought this up, but I've only seen one season of Bleach, random episodes of DBZ, few episodes of Naruto and two volumes of one piece, most I got was 32 episodes of hunter x hunter.
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Another example is I can't get into most shounen because it isn't seinen. Too often I can't separate shounen jump stuff from each other in my head even if I know they are different.
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I suppose I do experience exceptions , I could probably find one dark moe show that'd work for me like Happy sugar life, but in general I utterly despise mixing moe cute girl antics with horror.
@Anon: Its because often the time travel/reset thing is used in those stories as an extra lives/chances cheat.
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I can agree that, largely, avoiding a genre or style you dont like is fine. It just means you will miss the occasional exception. Because there is always an exception that fits the mold, but is good enough you enjoy it anyways.

Like im not normally a fan of rom-coms or melodrama, but I enjoyed Toradora. Never would have watched it under normal circumstances either
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@Aidan, Well Evangelion was a bad example as I had read a bit of the manga version at one point.
A better example would have been Steins Gate which I avoid for the simple reason that time travel stories annoy me, especially if they involve changing the past.
Thing is though, I don't agree that this is any different from avoiding fanservice or "standard crap", even those can surprise rarely.
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There were some I knew I wouldnt like and tried anyways, like Clannad, but some that pleasantly surprised me like Space Dandy.

@Aidan, yeah. I had to experience it. I just... there was so much wrong in the episode I am having a hard time writing it up without feeling like im just ragging on it non stop
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@Anon, I don't really argee with that mindset as I feel you don't really know if something is for you until you see it for yourself. Not saying you have to plough though it even if you hate it. But giving it at least one episode I think is needed. Well unless it's something like a fanservice show or standard crap.
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@Lenlo, I was thinking about warning you when I seen you got excited about that but decided it would just be better to see for yourself.
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Happens to me with plenty of things, for example I refuse to touch Evangelion since I know enough about it say that I have no interest.
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There has to be a moment where you just accept somethings just not going to click for you.
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For example I will never watch darling in the Franxx because of kill la kill.
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Have you reached the point where you no longer care when you hate something popular or refuse to watch it out of sheer disinterest?
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Do you all think there comes a time, where you get to where you know you don't need to even bother watching a certain show because you know yourself enough to know there is no hope it'll be your thing? To where you simply pass on it, not even watching the first episode.
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@Mario: The Hanebado death stare is real, the eyes THE EYES man the eyes =O
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Stupid steins; gate, why must it bully Lenlo. Although I've not watched the episode yet....am I right in saying things may be heading in the direction we feared?
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*sigh* Steins;Gate physically hurt me this week. I am disappoint
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In general I tend to turn my mind off to scientific inaccuracy in fiction and because honestly, I have a fairly poor memory for much of the facts.
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I remember school biology classes, couldn't bring myself to cut an animal heart/frog/worm and tapped out of doing it. I remember being told, someone thinking it was all a laugh and they threw one of the hearts into a bush somewhere on the school grounds.
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Then again, biology is amongst my least favorite subject :(
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@Vonter: I'm still following Cells at Work but I have long since given up on making a real life connection. But let's see, i think your first statement was right but I'm not sure about the second one
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I've been watching Cells at Work! And I'm not sure if I get the analogy of an allergy. The allergens makes the body counter act with a chemical that in turn makes the body over release another chemical that irritates and produces sneezes. And an steroid counteracts the allergy by breaking down in a small degree that section of they body?
Lenlo
Honestly, im not sure if its intentional or not, because the rest of the english in the paper is actually pretty good.
Lenlo
The Dairy Cod? Oh yes
Kaiser-Eoghan
Did you happen to notice the L/R error/ no differentiation in the top left screenshot in your banana fish post? Sayss Dairy Cape cod instead of daily cape cod.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*these
Kaiser-Eoghan
I keep listing to those mixtape and vaporwave things on youtube very frequently.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh so that was the name of that show where I saw Urasawa and Itou being interviewed.
Lenlo
Look up Manben on youtube. Its basically where they do an hour long episode on a Mangaka, film their process, and talk about their philosophies while making it
Lenlo
If your interested in the manga process
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now that I remember, there was a part where they were praying for the idols. Someone said it has become like a pseudo-religion.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd love to see some documentaries about anime/manga and more about Japan .
Kaiser-Eoghan
Adding to what I said though, as bad as Japans idol thing is, the music industry everywhere has its awfully sleazy side.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In a way, I sort of feel like I can't fully judge the guy who paid for 100s of idol concerts....when admittedly I've spent my fair share over the years on hentai.
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I saw that documentary I talked about a few comments ago, because the post would have been 500 words long, I put it on pastebin: https://pastebin.com/D7CuaA4F
Lenlo
I dunno, I quite enjoy the characters. Endeavor had an arc recently that was particularly good.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually I want to specify on that comment, I'm not looking down on hero academia, more suggesting the broadness of its appeal.
Kaiser-Eoghan
In terms of planet with, I've only seen the first episode of it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have found though that Academia, much like titan, is partially an anime for people who don't watch anime.
Kaiser-Eoghan
On Hero academia, on my end it would probably be more accurate to say that its not a case of hating it, moreso not my thing.
AidanAK47
I don't hate Hero Aca. My problem is that it really isn't doing anything new. Every beat traced from shounen legacy. It's executed well no doubt and I am sure animation wise it trumps old shounen. And if it can avoid the trap of every long running shounen of going past it's due then it could end up the most polished. But it's still a new dog doing old tricks.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But in all seriousness. Regarding Planet with, sometimes you have to care for whats been subverted before you can get anything out of the subversion.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: If you don't like my one-liners, you should sea my ocean liners, they're practically to drown for.
AidanAK47
On Fate GO, yeah I really think that some banners are more generous than others. Hoping the Prisma banner is generous because I need to get together the Emiya family.
Lenlo
Really? I quite like Hero Aca, its probably my favorite current shounen, granted this current arc isnt the best. Granted I also keep up with the manga so know how it all plays out.
AidanAK47
And subversion in a good way. Not like Fate Extra over here which subverts expectations by having the endboss leave the show offscreen but instead subverting to keep you on your toes while keeping the satisfaction of a well conculded fight. That moment when he pulled out the clog for a finisher was unexpected, hilarious and amazing.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Yep. To me Boku hero is how to use tropes and settings wrong, essentially recycling them wholesale. Planet With uses them but uses them to subvert your expectations when you think things will go according to the trope but NOPE.
AidanAK47
UGH.
I am close to banning you for that pun.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Everyone is watching planet with....
......

....WITH each other
Masky
I'm watching Planet With!
Amagi
We all know the cliffhanger fight between Takashi and * +revelation of you know what wouldn't have happend before episode 10 in any other anime. This show manages the time perfectly and it doesn't feel rushed.
Amagi
It's exactly how I want a show: you are allowed to use tropes and generic settings but be creative, switch the roles, turn stereotypes upside down and make every episode unique and non-repetitive. It's what this show is doing and it's doing this perfectly.
Amagi
@Aidan: I love it too. I am pretty surprised how few people are watching this considering that it is still shounen'ish and how hyped Bisquithammer is.
Amagi
Ehhh-? Now got summer Marie with 3 quartz in FGO and Martha with 12 a few days ago Aidan was right about the second summer rate up banner.
AidanAK47
Such a shame that nobody seems to be watching Planet With.
AidanAK47
Damn, Planet with pretty much concluded and there is still six episodes left. This episode was damn satisfying and it seems the training wheels are off here..
Anonymous2563449
How do you expect men and women to act when they reach the end of economic growth
Anonymous2563449
The idol industry is just a reflection of the broken social contract/financial repression
K-Off
It'd be interesting if the documentary talks about the effect on men as well, that kind of obsession driven culture can't be healthy.
K-Off
Still remember that idol (was it akb48?) who filmed herself crying on film with a shaved head because she was caught with a boyfriend
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also planning on picking up A drifting life soon, biographical manga about the 60s gekiga manga period.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Going to watch some Japanese documentary tomorrow that goes into wide detail about how terrible their idol industry is and the effect it has on women.
Lenlo
The only thing I really liked out of Ahin was the villain. That dude was quite intimidating, running around shooting himself every time he got tranqed.
AidanAK47
And though I didn't mention it in the review it is rather annoying how the series shafted both Tamamo and Hakunon.
AidanAK47
@K-Off, It was a series that had good ideas, I give it that. But it was a mighty dull watch. Some better protagonist could have helped a bit at least.
K-Off
Speaking of which, I picked up an Astolfo plushie at anime expo and this alone is making me want to play FGO
K-Off
Yea Ajin flows really strangely and there's really no overarching story, plus nobody has much motivation to do anything. But that's also its appeal, for people interested in an insane antagonist who wants nothing but chaos
K-Off
Ah Fate Extra sounds disappointing, I STILL haven't watched any of the series and was hoping it'd be a good entry
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ajin is one of those things I just ended up completely forgetting about, although for pretty much no reason.
K-Off
Also: Ajin is getting pretty freaking crazy with the recent chapters, I love how Sato is so Joker-like and he's actually succeeding at every thing he's doing
K-Off
The manga is fantastic, feels pretty quaint as comedy manga go nowadays. Also the chapters flow really well with its comedic timing, love the pacing
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm actually intending to move on to the manga sometime, as I was using the anime as an introduction/taster for it.
AidanAK47
Yeah I find Grand Blue just isn't working for me like the manga did. I feel like it needed better animation and a better director. I thought the Gintama director would do good but didn't take into account that with such a long running series he's likely accustomed to doing comedy within a small budget.
K-Off
Feels like manga with great comedic timing don't translate very well animated, or maybe it's because I've already read the same joke before the adaptation
K-Off
Woops forgot i wasn't logged in on mobile
Anonymous2559865
So far in the season pretty sad to see Grand Blue not living up to the manga
K-Off
(i also updated my email on my profile, if you need me for anything let me know there)
K-Off
Ahaha nah, its the real McCoy, last time we talked was about the backend server iirc
AidanAK47
...hmmm is this a fake Psgels situation I wonder.
K-Off
Ive been too hooked on Azur Lane lately
K-Off
Hello everyone, feels like its been a while!
Kaiser-Eoghan
Budget really shows in grand blue now, I wasn't really into the first half of this episode, but by the second half it got me laughing again.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Including shots AT Mayuri =)
Kaiser-Eoghan
And yet, somehow I will find a way to someway forgive the show as hard as I can be on it I can never be 100% mad at the series.
Lenlo
And if it cops out with Mayuri's death, I agree. I wont be happy
Lenlo
@Kaiser, I mean, there are OTHER Mayuri shots I could have posted this week
Kaiser-Eoghan
Godammit Kana Hanazawa, just destroy me already OWO;;;
Kaiser-Eoghan
Be sure to skip past the credits in this weeks satsuriku no tenshi as there's a scene after them. Also Btfo Cathy, this was the part in the manga where I was surprised what Rachael and Zack did in this episode.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: Posting those shots of best girl looking sad =<.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I'm being cynical about it because I don't want to be overly disappointed is such a cop-out occurred.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And it would probably bother me somewhat if the show decided to cop-out.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As much as I got the feels from that final scene with Mayuri and yes, I would, for the sake of drama, wish for it to remain that way. I'm not entirely convinced that the series won't pull a convenient twist to cancel it out, even though now it seems impossible.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@anon: Shinsekai sorayori shiratori.
Anonymous2553705
sora yori
Lenlo
Lentahlo? Ill take it
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Apparently this guy gets compared to Wong-Kar-Wai: https://letterboxd.com/director/lou-ye-1/
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