Posted on 6 February 2006 with categories: Rating - (70-79/100)

Medaka Box – (TV) – 79/100
K – (TV) – 79/100
Tetsuko no Tabi – (TV) – 79/100
Trinity Blood – (TV) – 79/100
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo – (TV) – 79/100
Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito – (TV) – 79/100
Black Lagoon – (TV) – 78/100
Gedo Senki – (Movie) – 78/100
Kazemakage Tsukikage Ran – (TV) – 78/100
Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho – (TV) – 78/100
Only Yesterday – (Movie) – 78/100
Seraphim Call – (TV) – 78/100
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – (TV) – 78/100
Aoi Blink – (TV) – 77,5/100
Armored Trooper Votoms – The Brilliant Heretic – (TV) – 77,5/100
Barefoot Gen – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Batman – Gotham Knight – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Betterman – (TV) – 77,5/100
Black Rock Shooter – (TV) – 77,5/100
Break Blade III – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Break Blade IV – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Chaos;Head – (TV) – 77,5/100
Cobra The Animation – 77,5/100
Dai Guard – (TV) – 77,5/100
Detroit Metal City – (OVA) – 77,5/100
ef – a tale of melodies – (TV) – 77,5/100
Fortune Arterial – (TV) – 77,5/100
Fractale – (TV) – 77,5/100
Futakoi Alternative – (TV) – 77,5/100
Galaxy Railways – (TV) – 77,5/100
Genius Party – 03 – Deathtic 4 – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Genius Party – 10 – Wanwa the Doggy – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Hetalia: Axis Powers – (TV) – 77,5/100
Hetalia: Axis Powers Second Season – (TV) – 77,5/100
Jungle Emperor Leo – (OVA) – 77,5/100
Kaidan Restaurant – (TV) – 77,5/100
Kara no Kyoukai – The Garden of Sinners – A Study in Murder (Part 1) – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Kara no Kyoukai – The Garden of Sinners – Oblivion Recorder – (Movie) – 77,5/100
King of Bandit Jing – (TV) – 77,5/100
Konnichiwa Anne – (TV) – 77,5/100
Little Busters – (TV) – 77,5/100
Macross – Do You Remember Love? – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Macross Zero – (OVA) – 77,5/100
Macross Frontier – Sayonara no Tsubasa – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The Movie – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Mardock Scramble – The Second Compression – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Mazinkaiser – (TV) – 77,5/100
Mission-E – (TV) – 77,5/100
Mitsudomoe – (TV) – 77,5/100
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season – (TV) – 77,5/100
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam – (TV) – 77,5/100
Ookami-San to Shichinin no Nakama-Tachi – (TV) – 77,5/100
Papa no Iukoto ni Kikinasai – (TV) – 77,5/100
Persona – Trinity Soul – (TV) – 77,5/100
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Rail of the Star – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Robotics;Notes – (TV) – 77,5/100
Scrapped Princess – (TV) – 77,5/100
Seikai no Senki III – (OVA) – 77,5/100
Sekirei – Pure Engagement – (TV) – 77,5/100
Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection – (TV) – 77,5/100
Spiral – (TV) – 77,5/100
Strike Witches – (TV) – 77,5/100
Tactics – (TV) – 77,5/100
Tailenders – (Movie) – 77,5/100
Taishou Yakyuu Musume – (TV) – 77,5/100
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Second Season – (TV) – 77,5/100
Tenchi Muyo! – Ryo-Ouki 2 – (OVA) – 77,5/100
Thermae Romae – (TV) – 77,5/100
Teekyu – (TV) – 77,5/100
To Aru Majutsu no Index – (TV) – 77,5/100
Yoiko – (TV) – 77,5/100
Wind – A Breath of Heart – (TV) – 77,5/100
Yondemasuyo, Azazel-San – (TV) – 77,5/100
.Hack//GU Trilogy – (Movie) – 77/100
Asagiri no Miko – (TV) – 77/100
Ginga Densetsu Weed – (TV) – 77/100
Here is Greenwood – (OVA) – 77/100
My Beautiful Girl Mari – (Movie) – 77/100
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – (Movie) – 77/100
Please Save my Earth – (OVA) – 77/100
Reideen – (TV) – 77/100
Vampire Hunter D – Bloodlust – (Movie) – 77/100

100 Stories – (TV) – 76/100
Akira – (Movie) – 76/100
Kodomo no Jikan – (TV) – 76/100
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon 2 – (TV) – 76/100
Medaka Box Abnormal – (TV) – 76/100
Murder Princess – (OVA) – 76/100
NieA Under 7 – (TV) – 76/100
Orphen – (TV) – 76/100
Pom Poko – (Movie) – 76/100
Wonderful Days – (Movie) – 76/100
Yoshinaga-chi no Gargoyle – (TV) – 76/100
07-Ghost – (TV) – 75/100
Ao no Exorcist – (TV) – 75/100
Appleseed Ex Machina – (Movie) – 75/100
Arashi no Yoru ni – (Movie) – 75/100
Area 88 (2004) – (TV) – 75/100
Birdy the Mighty – (OVA) – 75/100
Black Magic M66 – (Movie) – 75/100
Break Blade II – (Movie) – 75/100
Bus Gamer – (OVA) – 75/100
Daddy Long Legs – (TV) – 75/100
G-9 – (OVA) – 75/100
Genius Party – 01 – Genius Party – (Movie) – 75/100
Genius Party – 04 – Doorbell – (Movie) – 75/100
Glass no Kantai – (TV) – 75/100
Golden Boy – (OVA) – 75/100
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji – Hakairoku-Hen – (TV) – 75/100
Hen Zemi – (TV) – 75/100
Kawa no Hikari – (OVA) – 75/100
Interlude – (OVA) – 75/100
Junjo Romantica 2 – (TV) – 75/100
Kannagi – (TV) – 75/100
Kimi ni Todoke – (TV) – 75/100
Kino no Tabi – Life Goes On – (Movie) – 75/100
MM! – (TV) – 75/100
Night on the Galactic Railroad – (Movie) – 75/100
Nurarihyon no Mago – (TV) – 75/100
Onigamiden – (Movie) – 75/100
Pokemon The Origin – (OVA) – 75/100
Prime Rose – (Movie) – 75/100
Sankarea – (TV) – 75/100
Sekirei – (TV) – 75/100
Sengoku Basara – (TV) – 75/100
Shoka – (TV) – 75/100
Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai – (TV) – 75/100
Space Adventure Cobra – (TV) – 75/100
Tales of a Streetcorner – (Movie) – 75/100
Tamako Market – (TV) – 75/100
Tamayura – More Aggressive – (TV) – 75/100
Tari Tari – (TV) – 75/100
Tekken – Blood Vengeance – (Movie) – 75/100
Tenchi Muyo! – Ryo-Ouki – (OVA) – 75/100
Tenchi Muyo! The Daughter of Darkness – (TV) – 75/100
To Aru Majutsu no Index II – (TV) – 75/100
Towa no Quon – 01 – (Movie) – 75/100
White Album – (TV) – 75/100
The World God Only Knows – (TV) – 75/100
Yugo the Negotiator – (TV) – 75/100
.Hack//Roots – (TV) – 74/100
Escaflowne – A Girl in Gaea – (Movie) – 74/100
Ghost Hunt – (TV) – 74/100
Ghost in the Shell – (Movie) – 74/100
Hanoka – (TV) – 74/100
Kai Doh Maru – (Movie) – 74/100
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS – (TV) – 74/100
Paprika – (Movie) – 74/100
The Animatrix – (Movie) – 74/100
Toshokan Sensou – (TV) – 74/100

Fruits Basket – (TV) – 73/100
Heroic Age – (TV) – 73/100
Jyuu Oh Sei – (TV) – 73/100
Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula – (TV) – 73/100
Magikano – (TV) – 73/100
My Neighbours the Yamadas – (Movie) – 73/100
Ouran High School Host Club – (TV) – 73/100
Potemayo – (TV) – 73/100
Spring and Chaos – (Movie) – 73/100
Tokyo Tribe 2 – (TV) – 73/100
Bakemonogatari – (TV) – 72,5/100
Bakuretsu Hunters – (TV) – 72,5/100
Battle Programmer Shirase – (TV) – 72,5/100
Break Blade I – (TV) – 72,5/100
Chi’s New Address – (TV) – 72,5/100
Code Geass – Lelouch of the Rebellion – (TV) – 72,5/100
Glass no Usagi – (Movie) – 72,5/100
Heroman – (TV) – 72,5/100
Major – (TV) – 72,5/100
Ookami Kakushi – (TV) – 72,5/100
Sword Art Online – (TV) – 72,5/100
Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou Tou – (TV) – 72,5/100
Toshokan Sensou – (TV) – 72,5/100
The World God Only Knows II – (TV) – 72,5/100
Earth Girl Arjuna – (TV) – 72/100
Highlander – Search for Vengeance – (Movie) – 72/100
Mind Game – (Movie) – 72/100
The Place Promised In Our Early Days – (Movie) – 72/100

3×3 Eyes – (OVA) – 71/100
Bamboo Blade – (TV) – 71/100
Dead Leaves – (Movie) – 71/100
Nanatsuiro Drops – (TV) – 71/100
Aachi wa Ssipak – (Movie) – 70/100
Appleseed 2004 – (Movie) – 70/100
Arakawa Under the Bridge X Bridge – (TV) – 70/100
Asobi ni Iku Yo – (TV) – 70/100
Bungaku Shoujo – (OVA) – 70/100
Catblue Dynamite – (Movie) – 70/100
Eureka 7 – Pocket Full of Rainbows – (Movie) – 70/100
Hatenkou Yuugi – (TV) – 70/100
Hunter X Hunter – Greed Island Final – (OVA) – 70/100
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? – (TV) – 70/100
Koukaku no Regios – (TV) – 70/100
Loups Garous – (Movie) – 70/100
Nasu – Summer in Andalusia – (Movie) – 70/100
Saki – (TV) – 70/100
Shinryaku!? Ika-Musume – (TV) – 70/100
Slayers Revolution – (TV) – 70/100
Space Battleship Yamato – (TV) – 70/100
Takane no Jitensha – (OVA) – 70/100
Utawarerumono – (TV) – 70/100
Vampire Knight – (TV) – 70/100
Yume de Aetara – (TV) – 70/100

A quick indication on what all the ratings mean:
77,5/100: Enjoyable series. While not the best of the best, they’ve got quite a few good points and are nice to watch, save for a few flaws.
75/100: Series that are either nothing special, or shows that could have been awesome, yet were plagued by too many flaws.
72,5/100: These series did quite a few things wrong here. They’ve got some nice parts, but overall they’re not worth it.
70/100: Very flawed series that are only enjoyable if you’re really bored.

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Animosh
Well, you still deserve credit for suggesting the series, because otherwise I wouldn't have even known it existed. :) But yeah, I like that people here are so open-minded. Anime is great and all, but there's plenty to discover outside of it (though to be fair, I'm lagging behind with many of them: following anime seasonally is great for discussion, but it can eat up a lot of time).
SuperMario
@Animosh: don't mention it. I'm glad you enjoy it. I don't take credits in this case since I myself haven't watched it yet. I love it how this community is willing to try other medium and not exclusively anime
Animosh
Really surprised this isn't more well known. Not that there's been much competition, but it's easily the best (western) cartoon I've seen this year.
Animosh
@SuperMario: thanks again for recommending Lastman! I just finished it, and it was a lot of fun. It doesn't have much depth, but it was incredibly entertaining: it just keeps throwing these bizarrely over the top action set-pieces at you without pausing, it oozes style, and its soundtrack is killer (it reminded me a bit of Hotline Miami). And it can be pretty damn funny too. It even ends strongly.
SuperMario
"I swear if I see some nonsense like her not being able to stay “Professional” due to having a boyfriend then I will have to strangle something" --> is that why you had screenshot of kitties up there?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: little sister has a strong chance to be a protag in the last arc. I'm genuinely surprised that Futaba is the main girl in this arc thou
Kaiser-Eoghan
I want to see the little sister looking scared in bunnygirl agrain.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yay! Sing and eiji are doing something and Ash's freakout while melodramtic and ridiculous was still bleak, learn a bit more about Blanca which is good. Didn't like the goofy bit with yut-lung.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Not intellectually non-intellectual enough for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Bunny-girl has redeemed itself. Also my favourite part of this weeks episode was 7 or 8 minutes before the end .
SuperMario
I mean, just reading that title alone I might check out what this movie is about. lol
SuperMario
Well, I come across an unusual film title today. A Japanese film called "When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends to be Dead"
Kaiser-Eoghan
The Lafalle arc (as thematically I probably engaged the most here)and the final arc both elevated this series for me, even though I did enjoy the bit with Vann early on.
I’ve heard people don’t like the ending it hit with me.
Really solid.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Dramatically this even kind of clicked for me and the antagonist surprised me as did twintails girl and bestghosts eventual roles, comedy isn’t exactly funny but I did laugh at points.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Apparently I got third time lucky with Mizukami, because I found this a very fresh take on the re-incarnation genre while actually DOING something worthwhile with it, his pacing/story telling style definitely feels a better fit to me in a short manga like this.
Kaiser-Eoghan
After a degree of indifference to planet with and only liking Biscuit hammers last arc, I ended up approaching Spirit circle expecting to not really have any opinion on it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Just my kind of weird.
Anonymous3093267
sword eyes
SuperMario
Here's another experimental animated short for you, Kaiser, Tango (1981) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo8O8lYDzIU
SuperMario
@Animosh: yeah the second part was released in VOD earlier this year and I watched it. Prefer the 1st one much better
Vonter
I don't know why, but I thought you were talking about Tomorrowland. That Disney movie that bombed and everyone seemed very lukewarm about. I suppose because I don't know exactly what was the problem with it, didn't see much discussion about it.
Animosh
@SuperMario: I think I've seen World of Tomorrow, but not 100% sure. There's apparently a second part out though, and I definitely haven't seen that!
Animosh
And Umfeld (https://vimeo.com/umfeld) is also worth mentioning. It kind of consists of shorts, it's technically animated (at least in part: it mixes real footage and CGI I think?), and it's definitely weird. It's a very polarizing work though. I love it, but it wouldn't surprise me if most people here hate it.
Animosh
Some other things that came to mind: Tim Burton's "Vincent" (it's stop-motion, but whatever), Loom (https://vimeo.com/24069938) and E-Baby (https://vimeo.com/25435555). And the stop-motion shorts by Lee Hardcastle are pretty fun, if you're in the mood for some needlessly disgusting horror.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I enjoyed embrace of the serpent which has the same director as Birds of passage so I'll keep an eye out for it.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I'm going to see Roma and Birds of Passage this weekend. Really excited for both
Kaiser-Eoghan
As for the she-ra thing well, as I've gotten older I probably have avoided kids stuff more.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't want to see tokenism being seen as acceptance when it isn't, it feels that people are putting forth the idea that something is only being/can be accepted because its being portrayed in a tokenistic way.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its fine, obviously to have strong female characters, Ripley in Alien, Sarah Conner in Terminator, awesome....Rey in star wars....no.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think too often shows and films, American ones today, are tokenistic or clicheed with inserting issues, merely just throwing them in or tacking them on for the sake of ticking boxes rather than any earnesty or doing anything.
Anonymous3086853
@SuperMario - I do. Yet at the same time it was a bit outside of my comfort zone, watching something like this considering that (let's be honest) msot shows are men oriented. Even the ones with great female characters. This one despite having tomboyish girls is mainly about these girls with male characters having supporting roles. I suppose that's were the uneasiness lies in my case.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Just got done watching both earlier, his dark humour jives well with me and I liked the concept.
SuperMario
@Kaiser @Animosh: if you haven't seen World of Tomorrow plsssss check it out. I can't recommend it highly enough
SuperMario
@Vonter: Maybe it's a good things that shows for general audiences like this have queer context. Don't you think?
Anonymous3086853
Also because I'm a bit immature, this show is kinda gay. There's a lot of ship baiting moments, one same sex couple in the last episode and rainbows, pastel colors, emasculated male characters and some female crossdressing.
Anonymous3086853
The weakest aspect is that several secondary characters get lost in the shuffle. Kinda like Big Hero 6 in which the team had personalities but just didn't had the time to develop in any meaningful way. Still both the main cast and villains were good and like I say the protagonist and antagonist had strong arcs for a first season.
Anonymous3086853
So I now finished watching She Ra, and it got even better as it was building towards the season's end. Thes strongest aspect is the rivalry between Adora and Catra, the chemistry is very strong, kinda like Optimus and Megatron or Xavier and Magneto. In which both parts seem equally capable and to have mind games with the other.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh hey cool, rain town is done by the Penguin hhighway anime movie guy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It looks like I haven't seen Don Hertzfedlts World of tomorrow films.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also Prince Achmed and How Wang-Fo Was Saved.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah. yes, thanks animosh, I had a look at Rain town there, I like the style it was done in, it achieves the emotions its trying to convey well without needing dialogue, piano score actually helps rather than hinders.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Glassy ocean, that was another short I watched lately.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh inka isha is country doctor.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I know Mario has seen this style on animation, but anyone else see any oil on glass animation?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I actually prefer robot carnival to genius party but liked both.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Zepo, The Pride of Strathmoor were recent animated shorts I watched.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Recently I watched two shorts, death and the mother and pleasures of war.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd say any eastern european short films would be worth anyones time.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm not familiar with rain town or Inaka Isha .
Amagi
Kaiser: Have you seen Inaka Isha from Kafka?
Animosh
In the meanwhile, though, I'd also be very interested in recommendations! The shorts I mentioned are among my favorite animated works, so if you know anything similar, please let me know. :)
Animosh
For western animation I really like the Don Hertzfeldt shorts. And there was this short called "Rain Town" that was really impressively animated. I'm sure there were others, but my long-term memory is pretty lousy. If something else comes to mind I'll let you know.
Animosh
I'm pretty sure you're already going to be familiar with all of my favorites, but here you go: Morimoto's shorts are all fantastic (Dimension Bomb, Beyond, Noiseman Sound Insect, etc), and two others that come to mind are Cat Soup and Kigeki (or Comedy) by Nakazawa. There are also some great collections out there (like the Genius Party ones), but again, you've probably seen those already.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If anyone has any suggestions for weird short animations, I'm looking for excuses to watch some more and I'm in the mood for them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Masky: Mario's youtube link had cgi models of rem and ram in the video.
Masky
I'm confused when was Rem even mentioned
Kaiser-Eoghan
I only ever watched he-man and stuff related to it in passing when I was younger, Conan was more my thing back then.
Kaiser-Eoghan
For so long I'd always referred to she-ra as she-man.
AidanAK47
@Mario, What is this heresy!
....
....Rems always cute.
Anonymous3084910
Hilda is fine, though is very laidback kinda like a young reader's novel. It has its moments but its fantasy with slice-of-life coming of age.
Anonymous3084910
@SuperMario Yeah I know, She Ra is the twin sister of He Man. But strangely it seems Dreamworks may not have the right to those characters. It was a marketing idea trying to bring more girls to that universe but like most girls show from the time it had a very flat depiction of what little girls want to see.
SuperMario
Sorry Aidan, I know it's blasphemy but I have to post here. Enjoy the OP song with the twins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9MUjISNm0U&index=4&list=PLU56jBSlcHw8-ol9Hi4lJ0GR0tU6EOf2a
SuperMario
I'll probably check out Hilda. Heard a lot of hypes about that show
SuperMario
@Vonter: I've heard of She-Ra, she's the female counterpart (well, sister) of He-Man (the most powerful man in the universe and the secret identity of Prince Adam). Sounds silly but I'm not even kidding
Vonter
All in all, despite not being a big thing, I think is an enjoyable recommendation. My only nitpick is that it maybe too light hearted for some kinda like above My Little Pony but below something Voltron. Also despite being less childish than the original is still kinda of girly with lots of pastel colors although it balances it a bit having girls being more tomboyish in different degrees.
Vonter
Like with Voltron it amuses me seeing anime tropes being played through western lens. Since I'm a bit hesitant to say that could this count as a harem series despite not being male gaze moments? Also having the most sensible hotspring episode I've seen.
Vonter
In this one this She Ra has pathos. A bit like Korra there's doubt in her role and also a complicated relationship with her rival. I do like the role reversal in the knight's tale this clearly is, in that most roles that would be played by men are played by women in this story. Matriarchy, displacement of both femminine beauty but also empowerment.
Vonter
So I've watched some of the new She Ra from Netflix. So far I'm in, it's not deep but it's quite charismatic. I do like there's more pathos in regards to these characters which pretty much were confined to their archetype to an extreme like the original Power Rangers.
Kaiser-Eoghan
It manages to make watching something like running engaging, when I'd otherwise probably not watch the sport. Also, last week the show ended up popping into my head when I was sitting around doing pretty much nothing and made me think "Ok fuck it, not sitting around doing nothing, going to go out for a run around the block"
Lenlo
I also agree, characters losing in sports is important. They can't start at the top, it makes the series lose meaning
Lenlo
I quite enjoyed Kaze Fui this week. I think your correct that the one who got the reality check was Kurahara, who thought he was the only one able to actually make it. I also thing that he has a competitive streak a mile wide, and might be a little afraid of failure. Doesnt think the team can make it, so why bother
Kaiser-Eoghan
Think I wasn't i the mood for honda-san this week even though I laughed.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Y'know I like it when sports series actually show the characters you know...actually lose.
Anonymous3083989
Huh, interesting in this episode of Kaze ga that it's Kakeru who got a reality check during the track meet since he was beaten by two other runners. I think we're due for an episode soon where he has to confront his past demons instead of fleeing from them.
Anonymous3083626
@Kaiser-Eoghan - Aging in fiction, I think has more to do with the story than the characters. I mean the jokes about Ash Ketchum, Detective Conan, Archie. The Flinstones tried to make different stories by aging Pebbles and Bam Bam. Or Batman having two Robins graduating into their own heroes. But in the end dynamics change, hence why most cartoons don't age the characters.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Which is why when aging does occur in anime/manga, such as in vinland saga or nanoha for example, its appreciated.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And of course, animated characters often don't age much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I can remember enjoying the simpsons movie back when I watched it, but thinking about it it really was just an extended episode. Really the show peaked with the who shot Mr Burns episode. Catching bits of recent episodes and seeing them use modern stuff while they never age seems weird too.
Amagi
I do think series are allowed to move forward though, I am kinda interested in the Pkmn movie for example. But certain shows should just end, Simpsons for example was a parody of the 90s, it just can't work in a more modern setting IMO.
Amagi
I stopped with the Simpsons when Maude was killed/died, it was just a step in the wrong direction they should have never done and it killed the series for me. I disliked it before already though, I think I noticed the series getting worse since season..9? Or 10, not sure anymore.
Amagi
Anime for Dorohedoro announced.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Therefore ruining the fanservice fun for everybody.
Kaiser-Eoghan
My favourite beach episodes are ones where it rains and they end up not being able to go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
After that it was just the film for me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually, regarding the simpsons, the episode I stopped on was sometime in the early 2000s, Homer was stuck on some island resort or something.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I suppose it was just as much a case of falling out of watching/playing too and then there being so many episodes/games catchup was impossible. I probably should read the manga someday.
Anonymous3081957
@Kaiser-Eoghan -Kinda like Sponge Bob, Power Rangers or The Simpsons, I can't blame those who move forward, It's imposible for a show to go that long without losing steam. I did check the Sun and Moon first season and while I think the personality and energy is better it doesn't exactly push the concept forward. Still somehow Pokemon is still a phenomenon.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Vonter: Very strange hearing a Pikachu talk with Ryan Reynolds voice. But my days of pokemon are behind me.
KyokoHyuga
?????
KyokoHyuga
who likes pokemon here
SuperMario
@Amagi: I think the person who made the sub for Maquia did a pretty neat job. Not perfect but the translation flows well
Vonter
We've seen realistic Pokémon fanart, but how does a movie looks when it attempts it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8CKgQFo5U8
Amagi
How are the subs for Maquia? I only heard anons complain about it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*dealing with
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though you should really torrent it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There is 1080p stream on kiss anime, if you hate deal with the ads on that site the 4up stream on anilinkz has the best quality of the available links
Lenlo
Where did you see Maquia online? I still need to watch it. PM it to me on discord maybe? Pretty please? <3
SuperMario
One fact that not many people know is that Penguin Highway is penned by Tomihiko Morimi. It indeed has many Morimi's signature inputs
SuperMario
This year, I'm doing well with catching up anime films (kudos for Australian's Madman who always license these titles very quickly). So far, I've watched Mirai, Maquia, Penguin Highway, Let Me Eat Your Pancreas and My Hero Academia the Movie
SuperMario
So I watched two anime movies this last week, Penguin Highway in theatre and Maquia online. Both of them are pretty solid in general, especially Penguin that has magical realism elements and some great chemistry. Whereas Mari Okada's writting still rubs me in the wrong way sometimes
Lenlo
D: He did, back in August actually apparently
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I heard Dino's voice actor died.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If we all took Goblin slayers attitude to trolls, then we would more easily ignore the trolls =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
Big twist in the golden kamuy manga.
Animosh
@SuperMario: remember that in the voice drama Rikka mentioned talking to Yuuta in their classroom during the ball game. Pretty sure it's about that.
SuperMario
@Animosh: i just watched the episode and noticed the lyrics as well. "The Promise" seems vague at the moment. Could be between Yuuta and whoever fits but I agree the "save someone from boredom" is about Akane
Animosh
You learn something every day. ;) Honestly though, I actually skipped the opening, so I hadn't even noticed that it had been translated until others pointed it out. And most of the time the lyrics are just cheesy one-liners, so I usually don't pay much attention to them either. But once in a while there's some nice hints hidden in there...
Kaiser-Eoghan
Y'know I never really ever paid attention to the lyrics in anime openings, I'd never thought to.
Animosh
The Gridman OP has been translated for the first time, and there's some pretty interesting reveals in there: it mentions a "promise" made in a classroom (so now we know how Yuuta and Rikka bonded in the past - glad it wasn't a simple confession), and talks of "rescuing" someone (presumably Akane) from boredom. So I guess she'll join the good guys eventually?
Lenlo
1200 words. I need to stop writing so much.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I haven't seen last weeks episode of Irozuku or this weeks =< I'm waiting now for a bit to see if the series paysoff.
Animosh
Goddamn those magic segments in Irozuku were stunning! It's a shame its humdrum drama can't live up to its visual beauty, but I'll take it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think Ash's design is based a bit on River phoneix.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Sorry Eiji but your Ash is in another castle.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@CoolerAnon: I was about to say that. Kidnapping gets used alot in shojo.
Anonymous3072040
Yeah Ash is basically Princess Peach
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: I share your concerns, I don't know what studio is doing it. Some people want it to be mappa, some don't want it to be polygon pictures to adapt it. Its and long and violent manga, with some very funny at times dark humour, it could end up rushed and/or censored.
Anonymous3072021
As much as I love Dorohedoro I'm unsure if I should be happy or worried at it getting an adaptation, it isn't exactly the kind of story I imagine being easy to adapt well.
Lenlo
Yeah, I am touching on that in my writeup as we speak. The compressed story is causing Ash to be captured every other week.
Animosh
I agree Banana Fish was great this week though! My only gripe is that I'm getting sick and tired of seeing Ash get kidnapped again and again. He just escaped a couple of episodes ago! And he's just a lot more fun to watch when he's out there doing stuff.
Animosh
In a way the fights actually feel more realistic to me than those in Banana Fish. Sure, they're fantastical, bizarre even, but its battle system has a clear internal logic, and generally no power is infallible (each has its limitations). In Banana Fish the fights are rather poorly thought out by comparison. Their purpose is more to make Ash look cool than to give him realistic hurdles to overcome.
Animosh
@Kaiser: what sets Jojo apart from other battle shounen for me is how ridiculously creative its fights can get. Part 2 already shows some signs of this, but the introduction of the Stand system in Part 3 pushes it to another level, and in Part 4 the fights are consistently awesome. There are no simple beam struggles here: every fight is a battle of wits, between people with wildly different powers
Niel
Vinland Saga anime, and Now Dorohedoro just got announced. i'm really liking this trend.
Lenlo
Lots to writeup on Banana Fish this week.
Lenlo
Just finished it, I really like Blanca.
Lenlo
Because Jackie Chan and his stunt crew are some of the best in the world. There is a reason he has to insure his guys from his own pocket. No agency will take them
Kaiser-Eoghan
I have no idea how the hell Jackie Chan is still alive.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Action works best for me when I really feel that theres danger involved. Thats why when some actors do their own stunts, you can fear for the actors life, and also the character.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And thats why I'm a big fan of all that Chinese martial arts stuff from the 60s and 70s, that really expertly crafted chereography.
Lenlo
As for action, I like good choreography more than any super powers. Its why Cowboy Bebop, Seirei no Moribito, Sword of the Stranger and some Naruto fights are fantastic.
Lenlo
Im about to watch this weeks episode, so this chat makes me hopeful. I agree Ash and Eiji are the backbone of the series, and yeah me and Kaiser both agreed that the Gang war aspect was pretty weak, though I thought the finish with Arthur wasnt half bad
Kaiser-Eoghan
And I think Banana fish has a great grit to it for this reason.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm even more thankful to Banana fish too for that it keeps the action within the bounds of out of fantasy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've always been kind of a guns and swords and kungfu gut.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Black lagoons great example of anime action I can get behind.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I always found weapon combat and fist/kicking combat more raw and real,tangible than beamspam.
Anonymous3070972
But yeah if you're not a fan supernatural power fantasy action shounens, then maybe not your cup of tea, and that's totally cool
Anonymous3070972
Oh also if I'm recommending a fight from part 4, I'd say check out Highway Star
Anonymous3070972
Kira is a pretty cool villain though; he's always underpowered compared to the main heroes, but manages to somehow get out of the situation with luck or smarts; if nothing else, I'd recommend watching some Youtube clips
Anonymous3070972
*Turn off. lol.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its more than, even when I was younger supernatural power fantasy action shounen never appealed to me.
Anonymous3070972
Admittedly JoJo always has bad with exposition though, and always will be just due to the style, so that can definitely be a turn on for some people
Anonymous3070972
If you like slice of life with hijinks and a murder mystery combined with cool battles, you'll like part 4
Anonymous3070972
Yeah I can see why you might not like part 1 & 2, they were made in the 80s; I'd recommend part 4 and part 5 (ongoing rn) tbh, I feel like those are better for a modern viewing experience
Anonymous3070972
I used to think that BF's greatest strength was the plot; know I realize it's really about Ash & Eiji's connection first and foremost: as good as the plot can be, Ash & Eiji's relationship is absolutely the backbone.
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