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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2970 on: Oct 12, 2022, 05:45:09 PM »
It was decent. I can't guarantee I'll stick with it, if only because all the blood and gore isn't really my taste. But I give it an A for sure.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2971 on: Oct 13, 2022, 07:05:25 PM »
Watched the first ep of new Lum series.  Or reboot Lum.  Or whatever.  Now, I've never been the biggest Lum fan.  I love love love her design.  Looks-wise, she's an iconic character.  But her personality and the personalities of most of the characters rubbed me the wrong way when I first dipped my toe into this show and they still do.  I don't find any of the "humor" funny.  The opening and ending credits look great.  The designs look good, especially the female ones. Shinobu looks beautiful.  The stilted "action" (Ataru trying to grab Lum's horns basically) was a bit painful to sit through.  The people behind this show didn't have the time or the money they needed to make this a decent sequence.  And every establishing shot is a still cg of some sort.  This last point isn't a knock on this show because that's the thing that's done these days in most shows: use a pretty picture from the computer.  But it looks so lifeless to me.  Why show the spaceships in all of the Earth's cities if you didn't have the money to do it well? 

I might stick with this if only to hear Mamoru Miyano and Miyuki Sawashiro.  Because I love them.  (looks at other voice credits)  Wait, wait, WAIT, the old monk was Wataru Takagi?  I love the shit outta Wataru Takagi.  He's hilarious.  How the fuck did this show manage to make Wataru Takagi unfunny?  That's a fucking crime, dude!

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2972 on: Oct 13, 2022, 07:27:39 PM »
Just watched it myself. There's something inescapably old-timey about it. Like, anime and manga have evolved beyond this kind of simplistic premise. The characters and their motivations are so ultra-basic. Stuff like this is much more fleshed out and nuanced these days, but they're seemingly sticking with the original formula to a fault.

The monk character for example, everything about him is undeniably from a bygone era. The way he looks, the way he behaves. I feel the medium has moved on and away from this kind of content.

Will this show even be able to find an audience?

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2973 on: Oct 13, 2022, 10:42:31 PM »
I think it will. It's Japanese nostalgia bait and it's pretty to look at with decent songs. Yashahime found an audience and that straight-up sucks ass. But what you've said is also how I felt about it in terms of it feeling antiquated. At least, if you go watch old Lum, you can remark to yourself how weird old anime humor is. But it's another thing to see that humor being attempted with a modern audience. If that weird Detective Conan spin-off thing has a niche, I'd say this does, too. And Japanese humor is different so I can't give it same odds of landing like, say, a modern Dick Van Dyke Show reboot with the old guy tripping over ottomans.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2974 on: Oct 23, 2022, 07:29:19 PM »
I started watching I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss because the Crunchyroll clips on YT managed to catch my attention. It's not, like, outloud ha-ha funny or anything. I can smile at it and I have a mild investment in the plot. The characters have visual appeal and the music is a solid B+.

I find this chick comparable to Bakarina from My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! in that they are villainesses in general assumption only. Sure, the character they are each supposed to be was a conniving bitch but that isn't who they are now. And I find myself kinda wishing they could be actual villainesses in some capacity and do evil things in a funny way.

I had a feeling this show, like My Next Life as a Villainess, might sputter out for me like that one did. I don't know if it started out as strong as I would've liked it to. But the plot moves really fast which surprised me. Several threads are tied three then four episodes in and the then fifth episode launches into a different plot that's completely unlike the previous episodes but still manages consistency with what's going on. At first it felt a little too fast but as I settled in on episode five, it felt nice to have the main characters be a couple but each independently needing to deal with what basically amounts to the same problem in their own way. And they get to do that without any tired "will they"/"won't they" shenanigans that have bogged down similar shows before this one.
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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2975 on: Oct 23, 2022, 09:21:48 PM »
Will this show even be able to find an audience?
I never watched Urusei Yatsura before the remake started, so, yes, I think it will. The way things are these days, old and hokey has an odd charm about it...nostalgia, maybe?

My current watch list looks like this:
- Peter Grill S2 (because I need some trashy, low-class smut in the pull list)
- Do It Yourself (the total opposite; a sickly sweet show about high school girls building park benches)
- The Eminence in Shadow (increasingly not what I thought it would be...it's on the knife's edge of being dropped as it's a surprise isekai with a fighting harem and dueling school blah blah blah)
- Raven of the Inner Palace (unexpectedly interesting and entertaining; it's about palace intrigue in the Chinese empire focusing on a court consort the emperor can't actually screw)
- Spy x Family continuation (I've actually read the manga, so while its not new it's still super enjoyable)
- Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai S2 (truthfully I'm wishing the guy would snap and rage bang the idiot in the title, but anyway...I can't explain my watching of this)
- Urusei Yatsura (I feel this is something I was supposed to have seen 30 years ago but never really had an easy way to do so, so here we are)
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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2976 on: Oct 28, 2022, 08:21:59 PM »
I tried that Raven Consort anime and really, really liked the first two episodes. But afterwards, it felt like the show had blown its load.  For lack of better phrasing.  Also, I was disappointed she doesn't really have black hair.  That second part is just a minor gripe.  Maybe I'll come back and revist this show when there's more episodes.  But no promises...

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2977 on: Oct 28, 2022, 10:19:36 PM »
I'm still enjoying it. It's episodic with an undercurrent of essentially rooting out the palace intrigue stemming from the emperor's evil stepmother.
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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2978 on: Oct 30, 2022, 03:44:22 AM »
I started Bocchi the Rock! Kinda cute. Hits a little too close to home at times with the main girl's anxiety. But cute. Might stick with it.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2979 on: Oct 30, 2022, 08:29:45 PM »
Started watching The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent. I meant to watch this one a while ago. Three eps in and it's nice. I've seen too many anime where the person goes to another world and everyone's an asshole trying to get them killed. I thought this was going there but instead it's chill and mellow. At least so far.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2980 on: Oct 30, 2022, 08:49:25 PM »
Bocchi's good. It's really riding the edge of being a little too saccharine for me, but there's a just little bit of darkness in there to balance things out. Every week I consider dropping it, but every week I come back.

I've been watching the new Gundam, which is something I never thought possible. A lot of queerbaiting so far, and I'm not convinced they'll actually go through with it. Prove me wrong, Gundam.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2981 on: Oct 30, 2022, 08:56:04 PM »
Don't know if anyone else has been watching Chainsaw, but there've been three episodes so far, and every episode has ended with a different song. The first one was credits only, but the other two were full on ending sequences. Makes me wonder if they'll just alternate from here, or if they'll keep piling them on.

I remember Dorohedoro had a bunch of different endings, maybe it's a MAPPA thing.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2982 on: Oct 30, 2022, 10:22:13 PM »
I haven't seen anymore since the first ep but I possibly will revisit that one, the new Urusei Yatsura, and the Raven Consort anime once there are more episodes of them. That's interesting about the credits, tho'.

One thing I forgot to mention regarding The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent, it's doing that isekai thing where apparently no one else in the entire universe uses spices in food. (Same as in the Bookworm anime.) Just please... please stop doing this shit. I can suspend my disbelief but not to the point that people in these fantasy worlds do not use fucking spices. Dragons can talk and cut off arms can be regrown and magic exists... but you reeeeeeally start to lose me if you expect me to believe people--even fantasy people--are going around eating bland cardboard. Saint chick's all here using marjoram in soup and rosemary on chicken and people are reacting to it like she put a frog on rollerskates. Please stop this. It kills my immersion. :lol:

I watched a bit of I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level. Not the worst thing in the world but I didn't see much of reason to stick with it. The megane boob-girl and the dragon kinda annoyed me and put me off of finishing the first episode. Looking up what happens, it looks like the witch just ends up collecting a bunch of cute freaks to live her house ala the Dragon Maid anime. Not really for me.

Back on the Villainess anime, I tried giving My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! another shot. My balloon for this completely deflates with the timeskip. The first three episodes are really good. Even though the characters are all kids and kids don't freaking talk or act this way. But it was still fun. And then it's like the show remembers its initial premise being an otome game in highschool so we get boring life in school until the plot finally decides to catch up. I do like the main character but she needs people to play off of, not all of them in love with her.
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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2983 on: Oct 31, 2022, 09:19:16 PM »
Finished The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent. I enjoyed it, I did. But I see some low ratings/reviews on this and I understand where those people are coming from. This show is like a plain sugar cookie: not what most people want when they order desert but it's passable. There's really no stakes. It has no actual antagonist. The only antagonist we get was Good All Along™ and he's set aside well before the ending of the series. I walked away from this show several times to get food or go to the bathroom, left the show running, and missed practically nothing of value. On one hand, that made it the perfect show for me to watch to relax but, on the other hand, I could see other viewers being really bored by it.

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I liked the concept of the Saint: a person from another world with other-worldly magic being desperately called in. But it seems she has no real purpose other than to be glowy and showy. I thought she'd be a figurehead for war, an omen for the successor to the crown, or a needed cure to a disease. I thought this was gonna be a bit more like Twelve Kingdoms where you need a specific type of person to be isekai'd in like the ruler or the kirin in that series. But it doesn't appear to matter who it is or what they do when they get here. The Saint can sit around making potions, reading books, and brewing tea for fuck all with her finger up her own ass. By the end of the show, it's clear that the Saint's best use in this world is traversing the land and using her saintly powers to fix miasma and cure folks. But she's never given orders or made to do so. Some of her friends were even trying to decline the crown's wish for her to go on expeditions. WHY? She's the all-powerful Saint and you want to keep at home? For what purpose? These aren't common, you know. There's no telling when they'll get another Saint. She regrew fucking severed limbs on injured soldiers. But, yeah, let's just have her chill at home.

I liked the idea of the romance between the Saint and the dude she saved. The execution was bit meh. This man is her's forever and ever and that's, just..., it. He's nice to her, she gets flustered and rinse and repeat for eleven more episodes. I mean, it would've been nice if there had some some sort of shake up somewhere to make it exciting. Like, I almost thought her being the Saint would mean she wouldn't be able to marry or something. I can think of about ten different ways to introduce a romance conflict that wouldn't have been a lazy love triangle. But, at the very least, there was no lazy love triangle in this story. Thank God.

Also, for being a society that's very limiting on how men and women interact, it's like they don't give a shit if it's Mary Sue, I mean, the Saint. There's a young girl also isekai'd in this story at the same time who was also the possible Saint. This young girl is all but outright slut-shamed for being mere friends with betrothed young men who were only trying to take care of her. But the Saint can hang out with all sorts of dudes by herself--high-born to scruffy--and nobody bats an eye. Even before she was the official Saint, she's hanging out at the sausage fest of an institute or the other sausage fest of the palace. She's alone several times with several men but heaven forbid she flashes an ankle? It seems extremely inconsistent. Early on we're told that societal behaviors dictate a lot of in this world but other than being used to bully the not!Saint or to have a romcom gag between the Saint and her love interest, nothing is done with this shit which makes it hollow and pointless.

For the Saint's love interest, all this guy has going for him is that he's hot and nice and protects the Saint. On one hand, that's a lot going for him. On the other, it's truly ALL he has. It's like, dude, didn't you have other goals or dreams before the Saint came around? It's all right if you didn't, but if that's the case, it should've been a plot point in the story. He compliments her and is nice to her and she just gets flustered, many times running away from him. There's only so many times I can watch her do that. I thought he was going to second-guess her feelings since she's giving him so many mixed signals but that never happened. At the end, you can kinda infer their relationship progresses, but this show needed a bigger payoff than what we got.

Oh, yeah, and it was kinda funny with the last couple of episodes where they clearly ran out of money and we got a shitload of still frames during an action sequence.

Finally, I have to give a shout-out to the Grand Magus dude, who was the most interesting character of the show as he manages to both greatly aid and greatly irritate the Saint. He also is self-interested and works towards his own gain, which was actually refreshing in a show that wants to paint so many people as being so annoyingly selfless. Too bad the guy's asleep for a large chunk of the show.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2984 on: Nov 01, 2022, 04:56:21 PM »
Chainsaw Man episode 4 had a 4th outro. Is there no end to the outros?

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2985 on: Nov 01, 2022, 10:17:19 PM »
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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2986 on: Nov 03, 2022, 08:28:13 PM »
You know, the content's just not my taste. I have read several chapters of the manga--up to somewhere after Pinky dies--but I'm not a fan of too much gore in this type of story or the main character. I liked Aki and, er, well... Anyway, after four episodes, I have no investment in the story or even any desire to continue this show. But, that said, I really like a lot of things they're doing with this show. The people behind this aren't half-assing it, I can appreciate that. The different endings and the animation in simple things like smoking cigarettes or making coffee is really nice.

Also... as much as I don't care for the MC here, he's still a way better MC than Yuji Itadori in Jujutsu Kaisen. At least Denji's life sucked fucking ass so his dreams are, for the lack of a better word, "small." It's way more forgivable that Denji's the way he is and than Yuji "for muh grampa, er, I guess" Itadori. I'm not even sure why I'm comparing the two of them. Maybe it's the hair or something.

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I watched the first episode of Beast Tamer today. It actually started off good with the guy being fired from his, er, team (?) and needing to reinvent himself as an adventurer. (Like, I thought he WAS an adventurer with the hero's party so I was hella confused.) Then once the first beast girl he meets enters the picture (because this dude will end up with a collection of beast girls or whatever), the show nosedived for me. The MC--don't remember his name--who moved the story forward at the beginning sorta becomes passive and the girl's all "you're so good and kind and I STAN YOU and YOU WiLL TAME ME BECAUSE I IS ULTRA RARE NEKO BEAST NYAN NYAN (ミㆁ ﻌ ㆁミ)" You just MET HIM, BRO.

Okay, I'm majorly exaggerating but that's what it boils down to: the guy who was going to become an adventurer and was hyped to kill enough goblins to do so suddenly decides to throw his life away to save rando catgirl he doesn't even know. Alternatively, the show could've had this guy fail to kill the goblins he needed to be an adventurer. Because then he's so sad about it he doesn't care if he dies saving catgirl. But, no, let's throw in a completely inconsistent motivation in our very first episode. The people behind this show also have to make her his fucking stan the day he meets her. It's super gross.

It would've been so easy to have this dude to invite the catgirl to be an adventurer with him since she's bored and wanted to explore. But she sorta adds herself to his party and declares he will tame her because she is beastie or whatever. HUH?

So, yeah, not moving forward with this one.
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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2987 on: Nov 06, 2022, 12:27:30 AM »
I watched a bit more of the new Urusei Yatsura to chell out the seiyuu I was interested in.

Miyuki Sawashiro gave a great performance for a mostly unfunny character. Again, I've seen very little of Urusei Yatsura to begin with so I don't even recall this character. If she was in any of the old stuff I watched, she wasn't the least bit memorable. I didn't even realize she was supposed to be sickly because it was all just so... weird. That said, I did laugh at the part at the end where the spirits of whatever went into Ataru and cured her. But I also think this might be her gimmick and I don't know how funny this would be on repeat.

Mendou with Mamoru Miyano voicing him is pure fucking gold. A+++ Once he comes into the picture, everything got funny. He elevates the main trio of the show: instead of solely nagging Ataru and stomping off, now Shinobu can actively pursue another man; Ataru seethes as Mendou gets 99% of the female attention and get to be clever in how he actively competes against and undermines him; and Lum now has to expand herself beyond that stupid schtick of whining "darling! baka!" and shocking Ataru. I mean, she still does it but she's doing other stuff in the show, too, now. As long as Mendou's around, I find myself very entertained. I don't know if it'll stay that way since several other characters need to appear and that might change the dynamic again. But I really enjoyed the latest two episodes.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2988 on: Nov 11, 2022, 10:42:21 PM »
I watched Princess Arete.  It's free on YouTube through Studio 4C until, I think, December.  It's a decent film.  Felt a little too long.  There's a portion of this film where the main character is sort of "out of commission" and it feels like a bit of a slog.  It does help that the wizard character the film switches its focus to is also an interesting character.  Even so, by the time we get back to the adventurous princess again, it feels a little bittersweet in that I realized at this point too much of the movie was going on without her. Like I would've liked the entire film to be about her specifically. Again, the wizard's an interesting guy. So it's not the film became bad. But it was a tiny bit boring until we got back to her. Also with the part where these two dudes try to woo the princess. That part dragged on too long. But a 4/5 movie for sure.

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« Reply #2989 on: Nov 12, 2022, 06:05:01 PM »
Yeah, kind of dull. Definitely not something I'd ever watch a second time. Heard about it from a YouTuber called STEVEM. He's a little odd, but his videos are usually pretty good.

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« Reply #2990 on: Nov 14, 2022, 06:56:37 PM »
I was thinking about something the other day. Back when Spy multiplied by Family came out, seemed like everyone was tripping over themselves to sing its praises for the entire duration of its run. Then it ended.

Three months pass. It's been back for about seven weeks, and I don't think I've heard a fucking PEEP about it. Did the quality nosedive? Did the novelty wear off?

Was it just never as good as everyone was making it out to be and they all just finally realized it?

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2991 on: Nov 15, 2022, 09:39:01 AM »
I'm watching it. It's alright, but I can tell they're about to really start dragging their feet.
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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2992 on: Nov 15, 2022, 06:25:08 PM »
See, that's wild to me that you say that, because I watched the first twelves episodes and I felt like all it EVER did was drag. Like, it's cute and it looks nice, but the whole espionage aspect is fucking ephemeral at best, and purportedly the spy stuff is meant to be the situation that informs the comedy!

I'll still binge the second batch once it wraps up, but I'm just not expecting anything.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2993 on: Nov 16, 2022, 11:20:42 PM »
The whole problem is the driving force of it is the school part, and that's the least enjoyable piece of it.
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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2995 on: Nov 22, 2022, 10:41:32 PM »
The whole problem is the driving force of it is the school part, and that's the least enjoyable piece of it.

Ha, I saw a bunch of clips being recommended to me on YT and was all 'what, this show's about the little girl going to school now?'  I mean, the little girl was the most entertaining part of the show but still... I'm gettin' Poochie vibes here.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2996 on: Nov 24, 2022, 10:21:08 AM »
For instance, the episodes that introduced Bond were good because the three main characters were involved in it with all they bring to the table. Then it's back to that damn school, and Bond is relegated to a running gag.
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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2997 on: Nov 26, 2022, 01:45:42 PM »
The Taming the Final Boss villainess anime I was enjoying so much nosedived. The villainess and boss-guy were a couple and now we're going down some lame-ass amnesia story line that's boring as shit where they're basically not anymore. This bullshit is stupid. Where's my cheesy, cozy villainess show goddammit? This show had a great first six episodes. I guess it's trying to have stakes now or something where people's feelings get hurt and the "heroine" (aka our bad guy to the villainess now) schemes or whatever. But that chick's the worst character of the show. I don't want to see this bitch with her dopey-ass face and her creepy flesh-colored eyelashes.

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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2998 on: Nov 26, 2022, 09:15:53 PM »
Thanks for letting me know. Is stopped watching most of my pull list due to God of War occupying my nights lately. Dropping a show will help me cull the number nicely, and I'd hate to waste my time with (more) pap.
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Re: What Anime are you watching?
« Reply #2999 on: Dec 18, 2022, 08:33:57 PM »
Villainess show ended the other week and I sped-watch the episode to see how it ended.  The wedding was beautiful... which made me all the more annoyed this show dove head-first into the nearest trashcan.  First three episodes are A+, the subsequent four or so episodes are a B-, and the rest are D for Dumpster Fire. The decision to make the heroine Lilia into the badguy was the worst thing ever.

Bocchi the Rock has continued to be consistently good.

And I've surprisingly stuck with Lum although I fully intended to drop it.  It's a pretty anime and has moments that are really funny. Like this past week's where the moms were at the school or the week before when Rei was introduced. And the episode with her childhood friend was chuckleworthy. But then we get shit like the second half of the episode from last week where Ataru's a little bitch to Lum and Lum's happy to hear him crying at the end.  (Even Lum's own father thought it was uncomfortable.) Or that weird shit with Cherry being some kid's pet.  WTF.  I don't recall the last time I saw something where the humor was extremely hit or miss: when it hits, it's super enjoyable and when it misses it really fucking misses.