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Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Last post by B E C K on Sep 20, 2023, 11:41:15 PM »
My Happy Marriage ended. Don't know if we'll get more but I doubt I'll watch more. It nosedived imo. Nowhere near the nosedives of Ousama Ranking or I'm the Villainess so I'm Taming the Final Boss where those went from A to F-tier. But the cozy vibes were gone to have forced melodrama separating our couple and then Miyo, who never knew she even HAD powers, just decides she knows how to use her powers and saves Kiyoka. Kiyoka Kudo, who this story decided was so OP until he was suddenly fucking wasn't for some random fucking reason. It felt like bullshit.

I think the worst part was there were some easy fixes for the story.

-have Miyo's dreams still torment her but also have her slowly learn and come to terms with her powers in each subsequent dream to make the ending less of an ass-pull

-the Usubas should've been shown to be a craftier family. They couldn't even kidnap her properly and them pretending to bargain with Kiyoka was stupid. They should have lured her to their house and Miyo makes the choice to not stay with them and deal with her nightmares herself to be with Kiyoka. That way it's her direct choice. It's her progressing as a character and making clear decisions for herself. Then she could've used what she learned from her nightmares to push through and save Kiyoka when he needed her. The ending with her own cheer squad as she uses powers she never knew she had was stupid.

-the Usubas should've been the ones to directly attack and inflict Kiyoka with a dream-thing that Miyo needs to save him from. Even in retaliation for her choice.

I'd say this went from A to C or something.
Luckily these are official translations...of course once you catch up you become subject to the delays of long-term novelizations. I've been waiting on the latest volumes for DanMachi and Genius Prince for what seems like forever.
Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What are you reading?
« Last post by B E C K on Sep 19, 2023, 12:15:28 PM »
It's tough following up on light novel source material because as much as I'd like to read ahead, unofficial translations are usually kinda ass and the official translations are downright glacial. At least for stories I've been interested in.
I've been reading the Black Summoner light novels lately. I unexpectedly enjoyed the anime, but the manga was only about twice as far past it, so I jumped into the LNs. I've gotten to the last completed major arc from the manga, but I'm only on the fourth book out of twelve, so there's quite a lot of yet unseen content left.
Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What are you reading?
« Last post by B E C K on Sep 18, 2023, 10:08:19 PM »
I've been listening to audiobooks versions of The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen... well, I think that's what they are. It's like an AI reading the story so I doubt it's a true audiobook. But I appreciate who made these none the less. The story's quite good. The anime is very faithful to it. Not that there aren't flaws.

I wondered how much liberty the anime took with interpreting other character's feelings outside of Pride, the main character. But the story just flips perspectives. Some reviews I read on the books had some people put off by this and I could see why. You're not given any sort of warning. Maybe this is different if I actually read the light novel. Like font changes or something. But with it in audio form, I had a bit of a tough time with it sometimes. It also can feel like a bit much. Ultimately I liked seeing events from a different perspective but it could border on excessive.

But when it worked, it worked very well. Like when we first get insight into Arthur's perspective.

I'm almost done with volume three. That one got a little silly with a dude whose big secret was that he just loves his kingdom so damn much. It's like a job interview where someone's flaw is that they're such a hard worker. Give me a break. The writer worked with that concept the best they could but, man, that guy was a weak-ass character.

You have guy torn from his mother who was forced into slavery and made to kill his mother himself because of the evil queen; and then you have guy shut down from his dreams who watched his dad die due to the evil queen and gave up his identity in pursuing his revenge; and then there's the semi-immortal guy who wallows in depravity to save the love of his life and is so desperate he deals with slavers and would sell out the kingdom he serves; and then you have half-breed abandoned and abused rock-powet bandit who has never known love and suffers once he gains and almost loses his Found Family; and then you have... "derrrrr I luv muh country too damn much!!" There were other things to the character like his brothers conspiring against him but it wasn't enough. I've had communion wafers with more flavor than this ass-clown. At least he loooooves his country so much his ass is staying there. Hopefully this means he won't appear as much in the story in the future. I like all of the other characters but not him, lol. At least the other characters--the GOOD characters--made the rest of the story enjoyable.
Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Last post by B E C K on Sep 18, 2023, 09:36:10 PM »
I finally saw Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop, which has been on my Watch list for a while. If Helck is the "C Student" anime this is the "B- Student" movie. It's not bad. I'd say it's just above mid. Its colorful and a bit cozy with the setting and male MC who loves haiku. But the girl MC zoomer influencer borders on obnoxious and the movie's plot is rote at times. You watch certain parts and know exactly what's going to happen next. I didn't need this movie to subvert my expectations by any means. It moves in the right direction but a little more creativity in getting there would have made this a winner. I can't really recommend this but you also won't hit your TV in a rage watching this.

So I was bored and curious and decided to give Bleach another try for... I don't know the reason. I'm house-sitting for my family friend again and she has Hulu and it's there. Anyway... HOW is this popular? The big-titty waifus? There's way too many characters and ass-pull powers and I don't know why I'd give a shit. For every interesting or cool-looking character, there were like five shitty ones. The music on the episodes I watched were a big MEH, with the opening credits sequence on one of the OPs in particular being especially awful to look at. I needed some eye BLEACH.

The humor felt especially dated for this being from 2004. It somehow feels more dated than Yu Yu Hakusho even though that show's, like, 10 years older.

I watched some episodes dubbed and some subbed and heard Wataru Takagi of all people. I'm always happy to hear his voice... not that it made me care at all about the character he voiced.
Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Last post by jonhammstein on Sep 16, 2023, 10:13:40 PM »
It's bad all around. The story is seemingly just a regurgitation of the plot from the original series. The music is recycled from the original. I know I use the phrase "creative bankruptcy" a lot, but only because the shoe fits so well.
Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Last post by B E C K on Sep 16, 2023, 06:23:50 PM »
I didn't like old FLCL so I don't have an opinion on new FLCL other than it looked bad from the teaser/trailer. Is it ugly both inside and out or is this strictly a looks-thing?
Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Last post by jonhammstein on Sep 15, 2023, 02:49:21 PM »
Yup, fucking abysmal. :laugh:
Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Last post by jonhammstein on Sep 15, 2023, 02:25:10 PM »
Oh no! That new FLCL thing started last weekend and I haven't seen anyone talking about it anywhere. It must be even more awful than it looks. Time to investigate.
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