As this board can be rather slow and the standard 'post here when you come' format hasn't helped recently, I figured I'd start a content/recommendation thread.
So, here are the rules:
Whenever you finish reading a manga or watching an anime movie, season, or short series, post here and give it a short review. (Post spoilers for major or minor plot events in spoilers, obviously.) If you feel someone else's review is shit, tell them why so they can improve. I'll start.
Name: Made In Abyss
The Good: the worldbuilding is phenomenal, and the environments are gorgeous. The titular abyss or Netherworld that the story takes place in has varied and versatile landscapes, and each and every one of them is memorable. The creature design is serviceable, a few are uninspired but for the most part they feel at place in a hellscape.
The Bad: there are a few plot inconsistencies and conveniences. Near the end, one of the characters who is portrayed as an experienced researcher seemingly wastes all but two of his test subjects, and then allows the remaining two to escape easily. Reg's arm length seems to fluctuate depending on what the writers need. One minute he's expressing difficulty rescuing the other main character because he lacks the length, the next he's lowering himself down what are presumably hundreds of meters to descend in the abyss safely. The two hollows don't have that well of a defined dynamic, so when you see one of them turned into cat yogurt you don't feel the same emotional investment. The one sentient hollow also sort of stole the show for me, I found her motivations were far more interesting than 'I gotta find my mom.' or 'I am a robot, I will protect you from danger because plot.'
The Ugly: I didn't really like the humor. 99% of it is just some character making a remark about dicks, pussies, balls or butts. Maybe I'd find it a bit less unbearable if they weren't all around 12 (or appear to be around 12). It's just disgusting, felt like the writers were child groomers.
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Just finished Assassination Classroom. It was way more deep than I would have expected. The finale hit me harder than most series' do, and for that, it's in my all-time top 5.
It's a ridiculous series, that doesnt even take its self seriously. And yet, the final roll call. God damn these onions.
Also, Code Geass was trash. Jesus christ. The animation/art style was garbage, and the "whoa, so strategic plot" felt hackneyed. Would not recommend.
I loved Code Geass as a teen but it's peak pseud
Lelouch is not smart. He is just allowed to be right when he pulls bullshit. Landslides go in his favor when he triggers them. Deus ex machinas and diablous ex machinas push the story forward. Lelouch doesn't rig the odds in his favor. He gambles everything on ballsy moves or fucks himself with retarded rookie mistakes or wins because his side has the better people.
giant robots are inferior to tanks in all areas. If you need a taller tank you don't want a taller tank you want a chopper or vtol jet to handle that.
if you have a Contrivium energy source that makes mechs on roller skates hit sixty miles an hour it can make normal tanks go even faster.
Deus Sex bullshit does not a thrilling story with twists and turns make.
Halfway through the story a reset button is hit artificially for no reason. Did a studio exec demand that? It makes me wonder how much better the story would have been without that. Where it could go if a timeskip wasn't wasted on a reset button.
This is a hypocritical show that revels in excess only possible in this setting thanks to Britannia's hyper-elitism. Life sucks for poor people but things are unrealistically great for the rich and middle class to make it seem like there's no reason they couldn't share it with the poor. The hero hates his dad's cartoon darwinism because it rejects the worth of plot devices like Nunally and the nice feelings they can invoke in important people and what they can do if the author decides to undisable them. But this made Britannia a globe-conquering force only a mix of plot armour and unbeatable magic bullshit can beat. This is a setting where some people are just better than others whether they are handed magic power or money or political power or not. You won't see Shirley pulling spinkicks like Spinzaku, the original Spinjutsu master. "only people prepared to be killed should kill" sounds deep but means very little. People who got into this show because they wanted something genuinely smart will be disappointed once they notice all the dumb bullshit.
spoiler: Lelouch is betrayed by his friends for no reason and people who did far worse than him get forgiven. His final plan is to die by Suzaku's hand and fake an evil turn to "take all the world's hatred with him" but this would simply make people keep thinking all Britannians are evil while psychologically fucking with a friend he knows is an unstable wreck.
This show isn't as bad as BBC's Sherlock when it comes to pseudointellectual style over substance but it's up there.
Just finished Evangelion for the first time. Pretty good.
Weird ending though...
Okay, I watched the ending movie.
Even weirder ending...
I watched Digimon Tamers, it's pretty good.