Posted by psgels on 27 March 2013 with categories: Anime Reviews

I wanted to get this review out as soon as possible because… I have to apologize. I’m sorry. I endorsed this series when it first came out. I just didn’t know. I had no clue what kind of a trainwreck this would be. honestly!

Okay, so to start at the beginning: I actually liked Amnesia when it first started. It had a concept that really piqued my interest: the lead female wakes up not knowing anything, and suddenly she is dating this random guy with a weird fashion sense and she has no idea what’s going on. Over the course of the series she experiences this multiple times, each time dating a different guy. That had the potential to be a very interesting mystery-series with the right execution. It’s just… the execution was not right. Not right at all.

And yeah, the storytelling may be awkward and the animation may not be special and all, but those are just mere details. I called this a trainwreck, and I mean it. By far the biggest cause for that is the cast of characters.

Usually I try to avoid spoilers, but to get a good grasp of what went wrong I need to give some vague hints of what happens in the story. You see, this series at heart is a harem: over its course it shows the lead female together with a number of potential partners that it thinks appeal to its audience. Or at least, that’s supposed to be it. Regular harems work that way in any case. If Amnesia was based on the same principle then the creators have got a really low image of their target audience because, bar one, every single character in this show is a total prick.

Seriously, there are not many series that have so many unlikable characters in them. There is a murder suspect, a guy with bipolar disorder, an obsessive stalker, an incredibly whiny ladies’ man. The worst is the obsessive stalker. When I watched his episode, I had to do a double-take before I realized what the creators just pulled. I really have to restrain myself from just typing that out loud here. Let’s just say that every sane human being would just give him a kick in the groin at what he did there. The lead female just doesn’t do anything. Everything in this series gets done for her. And she doesn’t even realize it, just walking away happily as if she was the one who did all the work.

Oh, and as for the mystery part of the story… yeah. The final episode features an info-dump that has a good story buried somewhere underneath. But yeah, the final episode rushes through everything in order to stuff in all of the required exposition, which only ends up forced as hell.
One-Sentence Review: A series with interesting potential to finally be a good Otome Game adaptation… only to fail horribly with some of the worst characters imaginable.
Suggestions:
Matantei Loki Ragnarok
Saiunkoku Monogatari
Ashita no Nadja
Note: with suggestions I mean series that worth watching if you liked Amnesia. NOT the other way around…

51 Responses

  1. Emma-hime says:

    I have no complaints, no disagreements to voice, I can only ask myself, as I am sure Anca must be doing so right now of why I watched this..

    • MCAL says:

      Probably because we wanted to see if it could get any worse and it did!

    • Kiraly says:

      The worst part was that this could have been a reverse harem Higurashi, and instead… they… ugh. I was really excited when I saw that CG from the game, the one with her in a cage =_=

  2. Airies says:

    We forgive you :)

  3. Arno says:

    Yes we forgive you. And thanks for your great work on this blog by the way.

    Well, anyway, harems without tons of humor don’t really work for me.

  4. MCAL says:

    It’s times like these where I appreciate both R;N and LB even more. Sure both their plots might not be great (Although LB is getting more interesting), but their characters are likable and have decent chemistry with each other. This show is proof that good characters and bad plot make for a much better show than the opposite.

  5. Emma-hime says:

    @Arno:I prefer harems, even if their going to have drama/melodrama/tragedy later on that there be some kind of humour element.
    I particularly dislike it though when harems pit on airs like this one does. Only thing I honestly was in this for were how the men looked and even then their clothes were horrid.

  6. boa_sting says:

    I got through a couple episodes (a few snickers later after seeing some of the costumes, narrative structure) before jumping ship. Did it get better or worse?

  7. Emma-hime says:

    Why in the name of God does the green haired one look like N from pokemon..what on earth has science done! omglol

  8. Emma-hime says:

    This was really, apart from the bishies a pretty awful show in my opinion, the animation wasn’t up to the brains base standard, the gimmick was pretentious and the exposition was poor/condescending.

  9. someloser says:

    wait a sec, when was the last time a show with a cast of generic bishoneny dudes came out as actually good? i’m serious, i cant remember.

    • Emma-hime says:

      I liked Ouran and utapri, I also thought neo angelique was alright and I’m really enjoying Hakkenden actually.

    • brianwuzhere says:

      Being forgetful in a post about Amnesia? Well played, sir.

    • Kiraly says:

      Hiiro no Kakera ended up having a decent plot and a halfway working romance, as the series abandoned the harem idea.

      Before that… well, HaruToki was very relaxing to fall asleep to?

      The second season of Neo Angelique was decent, I guess – in 2008.

      • Firechick says:

        I thought HaruToki was just fine and very interesting, but I only watched it quite a few years ago when I was first getting into watching anime in Japanese.

    • KaZuHiro says:

      I liked UtaPri too and I’m a guy. Ristorante Paradiso was another good reverse harem anime.

  10. Gavrilo says:

    Good thing I let this one go, and now I know there’s no need for me to continue watching it.

  11. evolstar says:

    “The lead female just doesn’t do anything. Everything in this series gets done for her. And she doesn’t even realize it, just walking away happily as if she was the one who did all the work.”

    You took the words right out of my mouth psgels. It’s so unfortunate; I loved the concept for this series but not the execution.

  12. teelaIsh says:

    Indeed a trainwreck, you see, in the game she actually gains her memories as she advances and Orion drops hints of where did he got what little knowledge he has about humans, and Ukyo was the only doing the world jumping, making her do the world jumping too, actually messes greatly with the storyline, and to make the anime make sense they should have revealed Heroine to be originally from Ukyo’s world.

    In the end they went for that ending which feels awfully anticlimatic considering all the build up, and eneded up causing the trainwreck, if they had worked it better and not chikened out at the end they would have make it at least decent despite being a info dump at the end.

    not to mention that they only animated mostly the start of the rutes, for example: Shin’s becomes a mystery but to work at the end the Heroine needed her memories.

    In Toma’s she even regained her personality halfway and was even able to tsukomi to Orion antics. They totally did away with any semblance of her persoanlity up to the very end the way they ended it.

    I liked it up to episode 11 episode 12 pretty much makes the rest meaningless as they decided to resolve all with a deus ex machina, instead of using the development that was already in place.

    • Emma-hime says:

      Yes I noticed that actually teelaIsh, about not fully animating each characters routes. I think more expansion on ikkis route would have been nice.

  13. madbird says:

    Damn you psgels for making me waste my time by recommending this piece of s***, you son of a b****!

    lol j/k, I had the same initial reaction that this could be an interesting series, but it got bogged down by the end.

    In defence of the cage guy, I have to say that after watching the MC act brainless throughout the series, putting her in a cage so that she wouldn’t get into something stupid yet again didn’t seem like such a bad idea. Only of course the guy didn’t have the kind of God’s eye view we had, so I guess that’s not an excuse for him.

    Kent was the most decent guy of them all and of course he only gets one episode because fangirls prefer psychotic abusers or some s*** like that.

  14. mistress_kisara says:

    They ruined another otome game. Oh well time to move on

  15. Spike says:

    I remember getting flamed a few months back around the third episode when this was ranked in the top 10 for the month because I could already see it was a trainwreck then and couldn’t believe it was ranked so high… Glad I dropped this crap early, I feel vindicated.

  16. mistress_kisara says:

    Log in fail, mssk24 is also me

  17. zztop says:

    I’m a guy and I must say, I liked the show from start to finish. Barring a few unexplained plot points and the general complaints from the Western majority, it was a good Mystery. I liked brainstorming over the info bits dropped regarding the mystery and making my own inferences.(I already clued on to the Parallel Universe thing since ep 4!)

    I will say the show knows how to create atmosphere and suck you in wanting to know more. The art style helps a lot too.

    A rather enigmatic ending, although I suppose the director didn’t want to follow the usual ‘happy ending with X guy’.

    Here’s hoping Heroine find happiness in whichever universe!

    • Scruffy says:

      I hope you don’t have a cage at home :S

      This show must have the distinction of having the worst characters I have ever seen. Even if the plot was fixed it would be seriously crap.

      • zztop says:

        Hahahaha, good one! Although my house has cage mousetraps…

        I put no emotional investment in the characters or their development whatsoever.

        I simply focused on the mystery/suspense portion by analysing the clues, hints and foreshadowing, and speculating on what was really happening.

        I guess that’s how I was able to enjoy it, by taking a really cold, detached look at it as a mystery. Think of it as a pseudo-intelluctual exercise.

      • zztop says:

        PS. There are some people who liked it and gave it a high score. Ex:

        http://angryanimebitches.com/2013/03/amnesia-overall-review/

        Would you know if the TV series was popular amongst Japanese viewers? What are their thoughts?

  18. Fadeway says:

    I liked this until the final episode. I was wondering whether to score it five or six, with potential for seven depending on the final episode (all of those are good scores in my system). You see, most VNs that are slow and time-jumpy like this usually have a crazy, great plot twist at the end (see S;G, where the twist was revealed in the middle, or Ever17).

    Then the final episode happened. All the time jumping was just for fanservice, apparently. No good reason for the dimension-jumping ability (Fairy King gave it to me is not a good reason, it’s an asspull). An infodump episode. MC remained passive until the end. No good reason for anything that happened in the past 11 episodes.

    I scored it with a 2. I don’t think I’ve ever had a single episode change my scoring of a series that much. I used to see the previous episodes as buildup, and excuse their slowness and boringness and some of the silly stuff they contained. Surprisingly, they were meant to be the meat of the show.

    • KaZuHiro says:

      From five to two with just a single episode. Yeah, endings are also critical. They make or break a series. The ending was terrible. Far worse than No. 6. Oh wait, No. 6 actually takes the cake with the tornado killer bees.

  19. Smurfy says:

    Lol… Oh my! I watched the first 2 episodes and that was it for me.
    So glad.

  20. Ebisu says:

    For me I liked the different characters (except Ukyo, I was thinking all the time he was doing theather with the knife. Now I kill you, Now I don’t), being Kento the most relaxing and better done.
    Here I thought the problem was the plot, not the characters. Everything was OK till the final episode with the half-assed explanations and the “this all happened because that prick made a wish and unexisting forces decided it should be granted”.

    I’d have loved to have a better plot and double the chapters with more world travelling and more chemistry between all the characters. Also with the MC becoming more active and trying. She was never granted a chance to shine as the one who unveils the mistery.
    Wasted potential, though it looks like the source material had also gone for easy half-assed explanations, so it was wasted since the start.

    • Ebisu says:

      Also, what happened with all the bishies whose loved one was killed in their worlds? Every world ended with the MC dead, truly evil for each bishie who lived on there after she departed.

  21. invinciblegod says:

    Please can someone tell me what the stalker did? I am really curious now but I don’t want to watch a trainwreck to satisfy it.

  22. geagea says:

    I like it. A typical reverse harem, nothing more, nothing less.

  23. Firechick says:

    Jeez. I’m glad I didn’t watch this after all, not that I had planned on it anyway.

  24. YourDream says:

    TBH, I think 64 points is being far too generous. This was most definitely one of the worst animes I have ever seen.

  25. zztop says:

    Despite the problems of the show, at least its got one of the best-sounding opening and ending songs. It’s got that cool pop-rock-guitar riff going for it, different from usual moe stuff.

    How many of you think the same way? Did anyone enjoy the songs?

  26. zztop says:

    Look up Zoetrope by Yanagi Nagi and Recall by Ray.

  27. Kyosei says:

    It’s alright you didn’t know it was based on an Otomate game. As it so turns out many of these otome game anime adaptions are based off Otomate games: the various Hakuouki series, Haiiro no Kakera and this one.

    Otomate can come up with somewhat interesting premises, the problem is they tend to write the same kind of unlikable, walking stereotypes for the harem, brain-dead protagonists and really contrived romance scenes pretty much every time with no real character developments for any of the cast. Unfortunately, as is the case with a lot of otome games, they rely on the crutch of the popular male voice actors hired to portray the characters catered to their target audience to draw in sales and get lazy with everything else to push out the games faster.

    If you think the fault in execution lays with the anime staff, it is in a way that they are being slavishly faithful to the source material when really they should take liberties to make the characters more like people and less like guys you just want to punch in the face.

  28. bittersweetness says:

    It really wasn’t the worst anime but not the best either. I was more so-so but still, I liked it.

    I watched this because of the bishies and the art and because I find the premise of the series interesting. I find it funny because the way it’s executed is similar to that other otome game turned anime *cougharcanafamigliacough* which had the same problems too: great premise, bad execution, weak heroine, bad last episode (could have been 4 or 5 episodes more not just info-dump). The guys aren’t so bad either as I liked how each guy is not perfect and have their own quirks both good and bad even if it’s just for a few minutes.

    But yeah, the heroine and the execution should have been better.

  29. UltraGrumpsy says:

    I forced myself to finish this series in hopes that the main character would die.
    Like really, I know she’s supposed to be “different” and weird… but she was just soooooooooooooooooo ridiculously unrealistic and stupid. I think the last episode was definitely the best (not because it’s the last lol) cause it sparked the small hope of watching the main character die. The ending was painful :(, not only did the main character survive… she had to pick one of those fucked up guys to go out with. I was secretly hoping the main character would stay in that weird chess board place with Orion, cause Orion wasn’t a douche.
    So yeah, I totally agree that the characters were unlikable, especially the main character.
    Main character = ****ing retard (“Sorry and thank you. This is pretty much the only things I say throughout the anime, derp.”)
    Shin = straight up dick (“Oh hurr durr, sorry I say dickish things sometimes, but I like you… idiot.”)
    Ikki = emo playboy (“My eye powers don’t work on you, but I’m going to keep trying… also I’m in love with you, but I’m going to continue flirting with other girls cause that’s the kind of guy/douche I am.”)
    Kento = robot (“If you have time come to my university so I can work on my school stuff while you sit on the fucking couch for hours. Also I like stocking my mini fridge with different brands of water cause I want to show you how eccentric I am.”)
    Toma = … (“I’m only drugging you with sleeping pills cause I want to protect you. These pills won’t affect your health in anyway… probably.”)
    *I actually liked Toma until the hurr durr druggy cage part.

    In conclusion, Amnesia would’ve been great if the main character died like she’s supposed to. Would’ve made a great comedy anime! Jk… I wish I got partial Amnesia so I can forget this bull.

  30. Internet Creeper says:

    I thought when Shin said he killed a person that that would somehow become relevant to the plot, but nope. Was that part just put in there so he could be an asshole filled with angst?

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Also Akatsuki no Yona ending https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nepa6vDr-gM
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@SuperMario Animation vs. Animator?
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..."Mario, what the heck is this??". so we stopped. My friends weren't trying to be rude so I didn't feel any offense, but the thought of watching a stick figure never cross their mind, hence the reaction. Anime fares much better in that regards since people still willing to watch it
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@Niello/Anaon1578774?: I watched Kyousougiga maybe 6mos. ago, so I think I'll enjoy it more when I rewatch it sometime in a year or so. Seems most of my top picks cemented their place after a second viewing
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@Silver It speaks to me on a personal level no other fiction has comes close to matchin. so it has a very special place in my heart. It's also one of those that get better with each rewatch. I seem to have a penchant for liking what often get described by others as convoluted, this is one of them. I also adore Matsumoto's directing and all the symbolisms.
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Hah when I posted about liking works adapted from every medium I wondered if it was going to spark a 'top 10' discussion, but when I was trying to mentally rank them I remembered how hard it was...
@Niello: interesting that Kyousougiga is your all-time #1. I thought it was lovely but probably doesn't make the cut for me
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Novels are somewhat alien territory to me as I tend to watch adaptations be they film or otherwise.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: I've watched thousands in the past few years because I neglected the medium in childhood.
Nielllo
Unless you mean animated only.
Nielllo
@Eoghan: I don't think I watched enough films at all, and that's made even worst when I forget most of them after a couple of years.
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@SuperMario: I really recommend The Legend of the Sun Knight novel. Think it's something you'll probably enjoy quite a bit. It's quite cleverly written. You can read the official fan translation online.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: A top ten film list for me is even harder, I can't even attempt.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Akumetsu> death note
FITE ME.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Gunslinger girl gets such a strong mention from me because I feel that action stories often work better when you care about the characters.
Kaiser-Eoghan
<No Freesia adaptation
<No Eden adaptation
<No full production IG Alita film series
<why live =<
Nielllo
@SuperMario: There are some anime I'm not going to watch just because the manga is superior, period. Good examples are Monster and One Piece.
Nielllo
@Eoghan: Oh, I knew about Wolfram mangaka's apprenticeship already :p
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: First however, When mountains may depart, By Jia Zhangke, I am full romance mood.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Planetes and Vinland saga have to go somewhere on a list. Oddly they share the same creator.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Reminds me Dreams by Kim-ki-duk.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: I mentioned Dorohedoro's author was Nihei's apprentice, but heres another interesting one, the mangaka for Wolfram apprentice under BOTH Kento Miura and Kaoru Mori.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: gladly. On Body and Soul is a weird mix of romance drama, character study and a weirdly magical bond between two people who share the same dream. That weirdness is what make the movie so memorable, although I do feel the ending stays out its welcome
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nihei, Umezu and Itou belong somewhere among my favourite mangaka.
SuperMario
I don't know why you'd mix manga/anime together, but my own top 10 is in my profile (click over my username), I've included anime/ movies together but if the list is purely anime shows I'd add Haibane Reimen as #9 and Humanity Has Declined as #10
Nielllo
Apart from Kyousougiga which is always no.1, and The Legend of the Sun Knight, Dorohedoro, Shinsekai Yori and Monster whose places are swappable, the rest I'm quite flexible with. Saint Seiya is in if it's a favorite list, and out among the bottom of the barrel when it comes to quality list, with the exception of The Lost Canvas.
Nielllo
Hmmm, atm it's 1. Kyousougiga (a) 2. Monster (m) 3. Dorohedoro (m) 4. Shinsekai Yori (n) 5. Baccano! (a) 6. Ran to Haiiro no Sekai (m) 7. Saint Seiya (my guilty pleasure, I can't defend it in anyway) 8. Franken Fran (m) 9. The Legend of the Sun Knight (n)(1st tier comedy) 10. Haibane Renmei/Toradora!.Honorable mentions to Gamaran, Beck, GTO, Mushishi, Kaiba and Grave of the Fireflies.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Damn....its a harder question to answer than it looks =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although Cruel God reigns in heaven would com close.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Nah, nothing would dethrone Gunslinger girl for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or even Utena but I feel it somewhat overated as I do Bebop despite enjoying both.
Kaiser-Eoghan
One of those on the top ten could easily be switched for honey and clover.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also love the works of Shimura Takkako, early takahashi and early Clamp.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Shiki would work its way onto a recent favourites list.
Kaiser-Eoghan
My favourite visual novels are Kara no shoujo, saya no uta and Sharin no kuni.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've a soft spot for ah my goddess, basara, 7 seeds , nanoha and Red river.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If I was making more modern lists for recent favourites I'd probably add flipflappers somewhere or yuasas works.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh my top ten by mixing manga and anime into the same list? 1. Gunslinger (both) girl 2. Ghost in the shell (anime) 3. Earl cain saga (manga) 4. Angel Sanctuary (manga) 5. Texhnolyze (anime) 6. Lain (anime) 7. Perfect blue (anime) 8. Fruits basket (manga) 9. Monster 10. Kare kano.
Nielllo
I don't think anything will ever dethrone Kyousougiga for me though.
Nielllo
I still need to watch Tatami Galaxy and a bunch of other staple shows...
Lenlo
We could put out a site-author Top 10 list sometime maybe... Some of mine are Mushishi, Steins;Gate, Tatami Galaxy and Your Lie in April. Its got a spectrum of genre.
Nielllo
So what are people's top 10?
silver
Certainly on my top 10 list I have works adapted from VNs, manga, novels, LNs, and originals. I just think originals have a higher rate of efficient visual storytelling compared to adaptations
silver
@Kaiser: I like SEL and Haibane and texhnolyze is on my ever-growing list of things to watch. I also really like Gurren Lagen and Kill la Kill although they're both better if you've seen enough anime to know what they're parodying. My ex who loathed most anime because of the aforementioned over-exposition issue also introduced me to Dennou Coil which I really enjoyed.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Body and soul just got released on a webdl , sell me on the film if you can =)
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Silver: Texhnolyze/Lain/Haibane are excellent examples.
silver
I think original anime offers a different experience than adaptations, particularly regarding 'show don't tell.' By necessity most anime source material is dialogue and exposition heavy and can't always utilize the medium efficiently. Of course, I've watched masterpieces adapted from every kind of source, so it's all good
Niello
I'd love to see this thing animated some day. Preferably with movie budget: http://thepropertyofhate.com/TPoH/Ex position/312
Niello
@Eoghan: Try searching in some Asian languages and you might have better luck.
silver
Most open-minded people I talk with don't have anything against animated entertainment. Shows like Bob's Burgers, Archer, and Bojack Horseman have carved a modern niche for 'adult' animation. Having a show about talking alcoholic horse would be pretty cheesy with live action.
Niello
Never mind, Mario said it. But I also don't agree that idol shows or incest shows are intrinsically bad. On top of idol being a trend in Japan first and anime pick it up because it's part of the culture.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The reason people see the worst side of things, is because that is what is made most on the surface and immediate,
Niello
@Amagi: Considering that all the ones you listed are originally manga, I think you should give manga more credit...
Kaiser-Eoghan
And by finding I mean, hard to buy or torrent .
Kaiser-Eoghan
The infuriating thing is how poorly distributed some things are. I hate seeing Godammn blurays of shit hollywood films everywhere and I have to struggle to find some old/quality eastern film.
Amagi
I think it's the same problem as with endless shounen. Sometimes series get dragged on purpose to make more money.
Amagi
The tons of seasons is what scares me away sometimes
Kaiser-Eoghan
I keep thinking, why pad a 90 minute-9 1/2 hour story in a billion one hour per episode seasons.
Amagi
Yeah it's always like that, with cinema movies too.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also hate ensemble/mosaic storytelling for the larger part, with some exceptions.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know this excuse won't work with people who love serialized live-action tv dramas but...I don't like most tv shows because of how padded they are and that they go on far too long and the acting is tv standard and not film standard.
Lenlo
I dont want TV that much, but my experience has been there are very few shows worth watching. Just like anime.
Lenlo
Well, in the argument that anime has alot of bad trends to, I would say so does regular television. How many TVs per year are as good/acclaimed in the "best" anime of each season are in the community?
Amagi
I think it's just sad that there are so many people (the big majority) that refuse to watch cartoons in general because they consider them as either childish or a worse version of "real" series. They'll always miss the good sides anime/manga have and therefore certain sub-genres as a whole.
Amagi
@SuperMario: Yeah you're right. I should have specified it to Japanese drawn media in general (VNs too). And yeah most anime/manga are rather trashy or blatantly bad. But the good series are often something live acting can't create and we'd miss without Japan. There are good cartoons too, though
SuperMario
... original ones: Cowboy Bebop, EVA, Flip Flappers, Kaiba, etc
SuperMario
@amagi: I almost agree with everything you said, but we might give anime too much credits. Remember it's a medium that responsible for many, many bad trends: idol shows, incest shows, tentacle hentai shows and so on so forth. The shows you listed here are come from manga as well, and they are strong manga materials to begin with. If I choose an example of what anime can achieve I'd point to some..
Amagi
This season is really good and it shows how lacking fiction would be without anime. Stuff like Shuumatsu, Houseki or even Mahoutsukai can only exist as anime. It's something live acting script writers would never come up with, not to mention that a lot would be lost without the respective drawing styles, be it the moe blobbs of Shuumatsu or the CGI hair, grass and camera movement of Houseki.
KTravlos
btw I really liked this Mahoutsukai no Yome episode. Finally we are getting somewhere
Amagi
@Kaiser: You're right, totally forgot that. Looking forward to this. Also I could have sworn I heard about a new project from Iso (Dennou Coil) last year but I guess I either confused him with someone else or with Children of Ether in which he's involved in some kind of way.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: That series was going to be devilman crybaby .
Amagi
Wasn't Yuasa also doing a series of some sort this year? Haven't watched the movies yet but I loved most of his stuff so far, with Kaiba being my favorite.
Anonymous1575628
Wow, Houseki did not disappoint for me this week.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I enjoyed it for what it was. But I'd say even if you didn't read the subs you probably wouldn't have much trouble following it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I actually had a look and lu over the wall, coincidentally , there are moments of where Yuasa's imagination/visuals shine through and its a genuinely charming film at times, but it does almost outstay its welcome and there's a sense Yuasa was somewhat restrained this time round, it IS a kids movie and that kind of does need to be taken into account, its not AS mad as mind game or kemonozume.
Amagi
Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta is subbed, but no idea if the subs are good
Kaiser-Eoghan
And its quite natural.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Florida project succeeds through its free flowing nature/narrative and manages to be hilarious all the while managing to never allow you forget its also a kitchen sink drama, the best performances come from William Dafoe and the girl. At the end it gut punches the audience emotionally.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: also expecting Florida Project, 3 Billboards, and The Shape of Water in my end
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, Kino was a bit too slight this week.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Just Lu, disaster artist and happy end left now for the year. Maybe the new Godzilla.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I felt that Sion Soni's Noriko's dinner table did the irl acting thing better.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I'm going to watch The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Consider I regarded The Lobster as one of the best film of that year and Dogtooth and Alps impressed me a lot; I have high hope for this one
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mooooommm, I want my Lu over the wal subs and I want them now OMO!
Niello
...Can't torrent where I am, grrrr.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm quite fond of Go Nagai's devilman, so I'll be interested in seeing Yuasa's adaptation of it whenever it comes out.
SuperMario
@Kasier: ha! thanks Kaiser. Finally it's out... gonna download it now
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Here is a link to Night is short walk on girl English subbed: https://nyaa.si/view/979508
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: OR JUST MONIKA Amirite =P
SuperMario
in all seriousness though, I hope they can use one week break to smooth out their production.
SuperMario
so Just Because's taking a break this week. The reason: just because
Lenlo
Mhmhmm Inuyashiki was great this week. I just love this show.
Amagi
The hell- no didn't know that. I really wouldn't have expected tribute songs to this series
Niello
@Amagi: Did you know this exists? And it's by Igorrr no less. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhQQ57N-9ys&list=PL9ku-W0xIzd4EYUL9bUG2CZXBIy7cCiSk
Niello
And yes, I'm just waiting and waiting for the day the anime get announced. No doubt it'll becomes a classic.
Niello
@Eoghan, I don't think it becomes a mess though, the story threads all come together amazingly well.
KTravlos
I too recommend at least watching 2nd episode of Tanya before passing judgement.

Looking forward to the Urasawa manga as well!
SuperWooper
@Anonymous: Thanks! Reading blog posts used to be my go-to distraction when I took breaks at work. Now I have to take breaks from writing them. It's a grind at times, but Star Crossed ought to be alive for a while yet.
Amagi
Adaptions for series like these only work when they're passion projects. If they're not they end up like the Dies Irae anime.
Amagi
It's another one of those series I really wish to see as an anime with music, movement and so on. But same as with Made in Abyss, it needs a cometent director and one that is in love with the work or else it will be a letdown
Amagi
@Niello: Yes and I fucking love it. The gritty style, the setting, the characters and designs and so on. @Kaiser didn't know she was under Nihei that's cool. I love these sketchy styles
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Niello: yes and more people I believe should so, despite that its kind of become a mess, I take the thing as one big black comedy. The woman who drew it interestingly enough apprenticed under Tsutomu Nihei.
Niello
Anyone here read Dorohedoro?
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