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I don't know if you guys are into live seasonal anime but here are my picks.
Re:Creators: Imagine if the director of Fate/Zero and Black Lagoon teamed up to make a show about fictional characters being sent into modern Tokyo, maybe to destroy the world.
Seikai no Kado: A godlike alienlike being descends into modern Tokyo and starts gifting humanity great powers. The story follows how the Japanese government responds. It is one helluva intelligent anime.
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So, after not watching any anime for a month or two, I've ended up going on a massive binge over the past 2 weeks. So, here's my (very short) thoughts on the series I have watched recently.
New Game! - 7/10
A good, light hearted series about a graduate getting used to her first job at a game development company. Characters are funny, albeit a bit cliche and shallow. There's not really any major plot development, it's more about the everyday things that happen in the workplace. If you've ever watched Servant x Service, it has a very similar feel.
ReLIFE - 7/10
Basically, a good for nothing 27 year old gets turned back into a high schooler and gets to decide how to relive his final year at high school. The anime basically follows the MC transitioning from a generally apathetic man into a caring and lively high school student again, giving him a new outlook on life. I enjoyed it, though it doesn't really leave any lasting memories, just a pleasant anime.
Amagami SS and Amagami SS+ Plus - 8/10
This is one of those series that I've started watching a couple of times but kept dropping it at the same point. I finally managed to get past that point and ended up really enjoying it.
It's actually based on a dating sim and is split into multiple stories of the MC developing a relationship with different girls. Each girl gets 4 episodes for their arc and an extra 2 episodes showing what happens after the main arc, done in Amagami SS+ Plus. Because each arc starts from the same point in time, it's interesting to see how certain actions the MC takes drastically changes the later situations and therefore the girl he ends up with. It gives a sense of everything just being a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
I enjoyed this series, even though I'm not really a dating sim player. Even if you don't mean to, you end up rating which arc you like most and which you like least. Here's my list from least favourite to most. Would be interesting to see other people's opinion on this if you've watched the series.
6) Tsukasa Ayatsuji
I actually ended up skipping the majority of Ayatsuji's arc, partially because it's very late in the series and I had already decided on my favourites. From what I did watch, none of it really appealed to me. I felt like some of the development in MC and Ayatsuji's relationship came out of nowhere and didn't feel genuine at all.
5) Haruka Morishima
Morishima's story is the first arc. She's the most popular girl in the school and is quite eccentric. She comes to like the MC, basically because of his persistence. To me, I find Morishima's character very annoying, particularly towards the end of her arc.
4) Sae Nakata
Nakata is really the first of the characters that I actually somewhat liked. She's very shy and timid, her arc basically covers how the MC helps her get over her shyness. While she does become less shy over time, it's still bit too much if you ask me.
3) Rihoko Sakurai
Rihoko Sakurai is basically only ever called Rihoko by any of the characters. MC's childhood friend and a glutton. Most of her arc focuses on her eating a lot and trying to diet. Rihoko is generally likeable and is amusing due to her clumsiness. MC never really ends up dating Rihoko, they just deepen their friendship, though it does go into how Rihoko has had feelings for MC for a very long time, as per usual for childhood friend characters.
2) Kaoru Tanamachi
MC's close friend from their last school. Somewhat rough and tomboy-ish, but reveals a more feminine side to MC as the arc progresses. I liked how the SS+ Plus episodes showed her and MC overcoming problems in their relationship, rather than everything being all smiles. There's also a fair bit of comedy with her character, which is nice.
1) Ai Nanasaki
Nanasaki is the best of the six hands down, to me. While most of the other girls are very set in their character type, Nanasaki's arc covers a much larger range of interactions and emotions. At points she is assertive and others she is more timid, making a good dynamic. She has one of the better SS+ Plus stories too.
0) Miya Tachibana
Kind of a black horse and not one of the six girls the story is about. Miya ("Myaa") Tachibana is the MC's little sister and she's freaking adorable. There's some bonus episodes dedicated to her, showing MC's brotherly affection and her probably something more than sisterly affection for MC. She often calls herself Myaa (as in, Nyaa) and calls her brother "Nii-ni". While there's no romantic relationship with MC (not that the incest thing is exactly taboo with a lot of anime), she's probably my favourite character (it's okay, I don't have a little sister).
Keijo!!!!!!!! - 7.5/10
This anime is.... Ridiculous. It's basically an anime dedicated to making fun of shounen sports anime. It focuses around Kaminashi Nozomi, a gymnast who is starting at a new school that trains Keijo players. It follows Kaminashi as she improves at her sport, aiming to become a pro Keijo player and ultimately make a lot of money in the process.
Oh yeah... What is Keijo? It's basically a type of Judo, except it's on a small "land" on water, you can only touch the land with your feet and you cannot go in the water. The goal is to knock the other players down or into the water... Using only your butt and boobs, use of other body parts is against the rules.
Overall, this anime is very funny and light hearted, but still manages to make to sport interesting to watch, due to the ridiculousness of the powers and special moves involved with the sport. Kaminashi's special move is the "Vacuum Butt Cannon", a very high powered move that also has its risks. Of course, due to the premise of the sport, this anime is full of "PLOT".
NHK ni Youkoso! - 10/10
Of all of the series I have finished recently, I deliberately left this one to "review" last.
I don't even know where to start with this series, I could probably write several pages of my thoughts on this anime. I watched all 24 episodes back to back from about 11pm to 8am or so. After just looking around for some light hearted comedy/romance series, I stumbled across this on MAL and decided to give it a go as it seemed like it could be a good watch. I went in expecting some comedy and a little romance, and I got the comedy during the early stages of the series. A shut-in who has an annoying neighbour who constantly blasts the themesong from an anime (Puru Puru Pururin) and has some delusions about conspiracies.
However, as the series progresses, the comedy starts to fade and more serious issues start popping up and the anime addresses them in some very hard to watch detail. Honestly, parts of this anime are simply painful to watch, especially if it's stuff you can relate to. The series covers some very real and difficult topics, such as suicide, loneliness, rejection, delusions, separation, feelings of abandonment and some even more complex issues, like wanting to be a part of society but not being able to fit in and ways to cope with feelings of helplessness.
The characters in this series are all seriously flawed in terms of their personalities, which is what makes them so genuine and relatable. The two main-main characters (though, there are more) are Tatsuhiro Satou, a hikikomori who uses conspiracy theories to cope with why he struggles with social interactions, and Misaki Nakahara, a mysterious, but seemingly regular girl who takes it upon herself to cure Satou of his hikikomori condition.
I went in with somewhat average expectations of this series, but after having dwelt on the series for a week or so after finishing it, I have decided it is tied as my favourite series ever, along with the Monogatari series. Anyone who knows my love for the Monogatari series knows that's a pretty big deal for me. @MyInnerFred @Laputacake
Also, here's the Puru Puru Pururin theme for you:
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime - Expecting 10/10
I'm currently watching this series. I'm enjoying it to the point where all the other series I'm working through have been put on hold until I finish both seasons of this. At the time of writing, I have just finished the first season, so have another 12 episodes to go.
This series gives off very similar vibes to Akatsuki no Yona, another of my few 10/10 series. Like Yona, Shirayuki has red hair that gets her a lot of attention, (she cuts it, like Yona does). She ends up running away from a Prince of her country who wants her to become his concubine. She ends up meeting a price of a neighbouring country. The series follows Shirayuki as she peruses her ambition of becoming an expert herbalist, as well as her relationship with the prince, Zen.
Much like Akatsuki no Yona, the series has a strong female lead who is determined to achieve her ambitions. Though, also like Yona, Shirayuki occasionally needs protecting as she progresses towards her goal. I'm expecting this to be a 10/10 series if it continues in the direction it has been going so far. It's somewhat of a nice change from NHK ni Youkoso!. While NHK is, IMO, a masterpiece, it is also extremely hard to watch at parts. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is generally a very feel-good anime with nice characters.
I apologise for the long post. Spoilers are just flat out broken for me on all my devices, so I can't use them to hide some of the images. I had a few months of not feeling like watching any anime, but recently I've not wanted to watch anything else. Nice to get back into it again, I guess I just needed a break. I have a bunch of series ready to watch, but I've put them all on hold until I finish Akagami no Shirayuki-hime. I still have the last 5 episodes of Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu to get through, but I've been putting it off for a while because I'm pretty damn certain Subaru doesn't end up with Rem, the fucking idiot.
Man, NHK ni Youkoso! is painful.
azurezeed reacted to BashZeStampeedo in Anime Club - Heaven Society
Yeah, it's very old school. If you can dig that old-schoolness, it's a decent time with some great GAR, but it can be a bit of a slog after a while (especially for modern viewers). There's a bunch of loosely-but-not-quite-related stuff in the same "universe" (dubbed the Leijiverse by fans), and the most recent CGI film was pretty much a snapshot of what Harlock is like. If you don't have a soft spot for old school stuff, then probably the best place to start with the Leijiverse is the remake Space Battleship Yamato 2199.
In other news, I actually managed to watch a few episodes from this season. Little Witch seems like it's aiming high enough to care about, the others... not so much.
Masamune's Revenge (1). typical.
Other than the revenge premise, this doesn't really stand out in any appreciable way from other modern harem-styled anime. So if you're not terribly into goofy revenge stories with a cast of unlikable characters, then there's not much here for you. Even if you're into them, it's a pretty cookie-cutter take on the concept so far, with mediocre comedy and less interest in telling a compelling story than just going through the childish motions. It's simply too cringey for my tastes, without the minimal self-awareness of something like Watamote. It took them the whole episode to do something remotely interesting, and they saved it for the cliffhanger. That's a pretty depressing sign.
Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (1). typical.
The manga is reasonably fun, but for reasons that KyoAni seems ill-suited to bring out. They've never been good at subtler humor, and they've only recently hit puberty (heck, they just recently entered their Gainaxing phase). The result is a reductionist window on the manga that just kinds of jumps from page to page on the manga without much care for pacing, while downplaying its weirder undercurrents. They do toss in one new scene at the end, but it doesn't really accomplish anything. If you're crazy about yuri or screencap bait, then this should be right up your alley, but otherwise it's a tough sell compared to just reading the manga. I'm sticking around to see how brave KyoAni are, because so far it doesn't feel like they've matured enough as a studio to tackle some of the more risque elements of the manga.
Konosuba S2 (1). mild pulse.
This still feels like the only thing keeping it together is the director's Herculean efforts. The writing and comedy were mostly lame and still stuck in first gear. The first half of the episode had a couple of funny bits that were (of course) stretched out way too long, including a classic lie detector sketch that will probably never be done as well as the Simpsons did it long ago. The second half was a disappointing bare-bones Phoenix Wright parody that completely fell apart by the end, even forgetting that the character already proved something during the trial. Ultimately it didn't feel like they have any A-material left; mostly just stale references and the same tired character shtick they beat into the ground in the first season. Still enjoyable enough to pass the time for a few eps, but just as forgettable as the bulk of the last season.
Little Witch Academia (1). promising.
Finally something that stands out. I guess we should all officially get the obligatory "you're a witch, Akko" jokes out of the way now, huh? At any rate, this is all rehashed material to the point of rote formula, but the good news is that Trigger understands that, and clearly put their heart into making the cliches their own. It has that flair for storytelling which can transform an otherwise bland trek through the Hero's Journey into a genuinely fun adventure romp. In that regard it's a lot like Mahou Shoujotai, just playing it a bit more safe. Still, it's leagues above the other episodes I just reviewed, and I'd rather reward genuine effort than mindless cash-grabs, so I'm in.
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That series is a bit "out there" in terms of how confusing/weird things get but its really good. It makes sense things won't happen exactly the same each time things reset. Each time through the characters make different choices that affect how things play out. Basically like a VN.
You may already be aware but there's another season and I think an OVA. Season 2 has Kai at the end of the title and I've been told explains some more of the story to help fill in gaps not covered in season 1. The OVA is When they Cry Rei but idk what it's about.
If you like Higurashi you should watch Umineko: When They Cry. It's a really good supernatural murder mystery that is rather tricky to keep track of all the twists and turns but it's sooo good. 😄
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Anyone watched Koutetsujou no Kabaneri?
Just finished it myself. Honestly one of my favourite series recently. Awesome action scenes with somewhat shallow characters and a very predictable plot line. However, I still found that I enjoyed it a lot.
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This is the Discord update for 06-23-2016:
Why did I post that? Simple. I wanted to point out that more "forum-y" like features are on the way.
It's not decided or anything what we will be doing, but I know some people don't like the forums as they currently are (like me) and some people do like discord.
I also know some people don't like discord because of it's nature as a chat and not a forum (less permanence) but I think with these new features on their way, maybe that will change.
Obviously having the club in one location would be preferred because club activities (anime polls and discussions, giveaways, gaming nights, etc) will start up again when the time comes.
I personally don't want to come to LTT if I don't have to, but if others decide they just won't use Discord then I guess that's my lot in life. Thus: Me pointing the above things out.
For anyone who hasn't bothered looking at Discord yet and would like to: Go here and make an account https://discordapp.com/
Then click this to be invited to the Heaven Society Club Discord server: https://discord.gg/dDFBc
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I come with a special request, to people that watch naruto that might know this.
So i decided to watch naruto again, but i dont' remember the last episode i watched(number), i remember the last thiing happening when i stopped watching was that Gaara, the tsuchikage and mizukage fighting the old kages, so gaara vs his father that uses some kind of sand with gold i believe? I dont remember much sorry. I believe around here we see some background story about gaara, how he became the way he is, about his mother too.
I also remember Madara gathering 7/9 tailed beasts and going onto the war, but he didn't make it yet while i was watching.
Sooo yeah, if it helps, i remember that i watched episodes 320+ for sure
Edit: Found wiki with episodes and a description of what happens on them, solved.
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I picked up Nozoki Ana a few days ago and I've had a very hard time putting it down since then. Not just because it's glued to my hands with semen, but also because the story is so interesting.
Highly recommended if you like erotic romance (basically hentai, but without showing genitals) with lots of twists and turns. It might make you feel like shit for the characters though. They suffer quite a lot throughout the story.
The spin-off Nozo x Kimi is a lot more innocent (no sex) but has a very similar premise. Not anywhere near as good though.
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Im trying to be nice, but they didn't understand it thus they didn't like it. That is the reason for me not liking some animes but im fine that he didnt like it I just pointed out the obvious because of what he said "repetitive" if he just said he didn't like it I wouldn't even have commented. I dont understand why you are so heated you keyboard warrior
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I think they're supposed to be a bit insane in a way. They're supposed to be social rejects and the sort, so I guess they're all just fucked up. I guess that can come off as annoying.
Although there is one character I really don't like, that edgelord chick in the yellow jacket.
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Oh yeah, anime and manga... let's see, what have I watched/read lately....
Rinne S2 (5). so-so.
This was a laid-back ep that had three parts to it, surprisingly. It felt more like DVD specials they decided to pad the series out with. Thankfully they were pretty decent sketches, and as usual the deadpan delivery of the over-the-top jokes was a chuckle-worthy combination. Especially Masato's entrance and his demon army summons.
Sansha Sanyou (5). decent.
This ep filled time pretty well, despite not doing much that we haven't already seen. And yet, it does take a skilled hand to pull this off without it feeling repetitive or tiresome, so I'll give them that. Involving the entire cast and showing how they bounce off one another was a nice touch, especially how they demonstrated everyone's "place in the pack" and how much the show loves its body language. A couple parts were a bit too hackneyed for my tastes, but it worked as a whole.
Space Patrol Luluco (6). decent.
The Samurai Pizza Cats-esque launch gun in this episode was cute. As for the rest, it was just the right kind of silly nonsense to put a smile on my face. I usually like these FLCL-esque "what the hell is going on" shows. I like the little bits of goofy animation they're putting in here, like when the city was folded up into a box to be delivered.
Girl Meets Bear (6). awkward.
Wow, this show is odd. I'm not even sure whether it's supposed to be a comedy. At first it felt like they were peeling back the layers to reveal that Machi is actually a traumatized little girl with a severe anxiety disorder, who wants to leave home because even the people around her are jackasses about it. Seriously, Natsu? Getting mad at her for having a panic attack that you instigated? And what's with Yoshio, who knew it was too much for her, yet still took her to the mall and tried pushing her into a store while she was having an obvious panic attack? Yikes. And this after an episode where she was freaking out while an older girl was basically bullying her for freaking out. Then in the last few minutes it felt like they didn't know how to end it and just decided to try to get out of jail free. I can't help but wonder if they know how this show is coming across at times.
My Hero Academia (6). decent.
Not too bad. With the plot having settled down a bit there's less room for plotholes and awkward scripting. This episode may have been all setup, and it wasn't particularly well animated, but it certainly did the trick. They're characterizing the other characters more, keeping it moving, and managing to save a lot of budget (hopefully for the next arc after this one). Aside from their problem of not really being able to give their "villains" clear motivations for their villainy, this seems like it'll be able to at least do the manga relative justice without just being fanservice junk. Still a shame they aren't taking more risks, but I guess if that's the price to pay for it being an okay series, then I'll suck it up.
Tomo-chan's a Girl! manga (c323-325). so-so.
This is a kinda disappointing place to go on hiatus, but if they need a breather to come up with better material, then I'm all for it.
Actually, I'm... manga (c123). good.
This was a good chapter for character-based humor. It was pretty on-the-nose stuff, but it all fit together nicely into a comedy ball of sorts. Then the ball exploded, like that weird grenade-thing stuffed into Oka's mouth. I was of course expecting this twist (and that it's also another red herring) but I just hope it's part of some good character development for super pervert. It might also make for a very fun set of ideas for ninja girl. After all, Shiho isn't just one personality.
Otoyomegatari manga (c55). decent.
It's kinda nice to see them taking the slower burn with Pariya here, though I hope they make build up some momentum as they do so. There are only so many ways these stories tend to go, after all, so it's always annoying to not feel like the payoff was worth the trip. With luck there will be enough to balance out her crippling anxiety at least. So far, it's half-decent, if a bit contrived.