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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Like I said, Slime anime wasn't funny, Goblin Slayer was lackluster and falls into generic tropes, and Shield Hero just has really shitty characters who never learn and are constantly holding the story back.
I just finished binging Parasyte: The Maxim which is currently streaming on Netflix in the US, and maybe a few other places so if you want to check it out it's rather convenient. Otherwise well... yo ho ho.
The Good: The creature design is overall solid, somewhat reminded me of Carpenter's "The Thing". The creatures aren't anything like the thing though, they are far more restricted. Still, I think the people working on it knew what they were doing as flamethrowers were brought up a few times but never really used, and felt more like an homage/running joke than anything. The fight scenes were for the most part pretty serviceable to great in most instances. At times they could get a bit dull because almost every single scene is parasite blades clashing against parasite blades, but Migi and Shinichi always come up with some strategy that keeps the battlefields changing constantly. The characters (the main characters, that is. I'll get into my gripes with the side characters later.) are great. Shinichi and Migi have a nice dynamic and play well off of each other despite the fact that the values they uphold are very different. Ryouko starts out as a sort of antagonist, but almost completely redeems herself by the end and the main villain's complete lust for destruction and death is explained in a fairly believable manner.
The bad: On the wikipedia article for Parasyte, it's mentioned that the only reason the show is set in a high school is because the manga author thought of a gag where Migi imitated Shinichi's penis and he thought that it would work best in a high school. It shows. Our MC will leave high school at will with no repurcussions, his parents don't seem to care about it, none of his friends seem to care other than worrying about his absences, and the high school setting is just painfully underutilized. There are a few fight scenes that take place there, but whenever the story decides Shinichi needs to be anywhere but his high school it's put on hold.
The ugly: The art is pretty good, nothing exceptional and nothing horrible. I suppose my only gripe would be how they try to make Migi look 'cute' more often than not, when almost every other parasite looks wonderfully ghoulish when revealing the full extent of its form.
Rating: 7/10, would recommend if you don't mind philosophical waxing.
I finally watched Kill La Kill last week.
It was pretty good.
I read about a dozen chapters of the slime manga years ago, and it was trash. The MC is a total Mary Sue, and not in a cool way.
Just finished (ish, it's on hiatus cuz the rona) Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars for plebs). It has successfully usurped the position of all time favorite anime from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. I didnt even think it was possible
Just finished rewatching that one in preparation for seeing the movie. Still perfect.
Going to watch that one next. Food wars sounds good especially if it surpasses Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
Anime Review: Gantz. The episodic anime. It's on jewtube.
Score How many licks does it take/999: Doggo is the main character. The surprise twist about how doggo failed to be enough of a hedonist to overcome the odds of being roped into a death game. Oh, and there were some people too.
An interesting premise that had alot of potential to explore.
Unfortunately the anime is about people and the ways they do jack shit. It's not terrible, but skipping through parts is fine. If you have an anime you want to see watch that before this.
A new anime Gelfnir has the same issues, and rough overarching background story.
Viewing the story as a cautionary tale about what not to do, and what to do helps.Spoilers
ahead.When people need to talk they act or do nothing, and when people need to act they talk or watch in horror or do nothing at all.
Person was about to be raped. They say "Yo rape is bad dude." "Okay, but I'm gonna rape anyway." Polite wrist holding later and they continue to be dumbasses till the very end.
The Good news. The main character stops simping, and gets laid instead of falling into the dreaded love triangle.
The anime ending of "Everything we've been through is shit. How about we use the option that undos all the bad shit so actual character development can happen". The potential for character development after the ending lies solely in fanfics.
Not sure what the movie is about.
Why are there aliens and their kids wandering Earth. Who knows? Why do we gots to kill them? Cause I said so, plus death beam from anywhere to back it up. (Wiki page made sense, and reading the manga would have been better.)
Pump the sphere for information it can talk, it's just a mssive asshole.
The potential for hot selfcest with the chick could have been a plot point. Because the same person knows wtf is going on and could have made her other self's life better. It'd a tall order, but it's possible. Drive they can't explain jack shit just say "Magic, ain't gotta explain shit."
Morals learned: Always kill a traitor before an enemy. Mysterious forces that don't explain shit tend to be malicious, or apathetic. DON'T BE A DICK, IT SAVES LIVES AND EFFORT. The dog was probably trained in Canada with its oral skills. Talking is cheap, anything you get with it is at a bargain. But when the talk fails force is required. When force is required talking is detrimental. Learning and knowledge is nearly priceless. Doing nothing has a cost. Rape is bad, unless it's hot enough for tv and ratings. Don't be like the dumbasses, practice good trigger discipline and shooting range standards.
I think that's a wrap.
Oh Gelfnir the review. The anime.
Is aliens again! Except some chick wears a boy like a suit... interesting premise the characters are kinda more realistic in expectations and goals compared to Gantz.
Down side, no doggo- hold on.
The suit boy is an accidental furry.
Prepare your GMOs telescopes and magic is on the menu tonight.
When an interesting plotline arises it ends.
They need to have meaningful conversations, and not be dumb about it.
Watch it for the idea, or read the plotline and synopsis.
Tanya movie is pretty good, if you haven't seen it yet I'd say to go watch it.
Deca Dence. It's actually not bad. The epilogue takes some stretching, but it's a reasonable continuation.
Basicly make a big ass punchy tank fill it with people, slap a 'it's a game' on it and you have the basic premise. It succeeds in a character and plot thread.
You know what the fuck their doing is mostly useless to an extent, but the sequence and extension of the logical and emotional consequences mean that it's satisfying. Well edited or should I say constructed.
Remember Gelfnir? So what if robot cyborg cartoony dudes wear human-ish suits. Remeber the GMO creatures its got that too.
It has semi-zero-g action it's well put together.
If you have time it's a neat anime.
Souma something something uhhh (looks at the above post)
Shokugeki no Soma Food Wars is a culinary exploration if chefs occupied tropes where the possibly of losing is actually possible because it'a just cooking. Always looking foward to the next episode.
There is no fillers, just hearty episodes.
Also features striping and fan service. Mostly about food and characters. Also characters and themes, and ideas that embody people.
Misfit of a demonlord academy or something.
So what if you took Silverstar Apple, a self insert, Big Bad Evil Guy, and a generic anime protagonist gave them a backstory as THE Bad Guy who just woke up after 2,000 years of being dead.
In a world that is at best filled retarded fucks.
Yes, every scene is about The Demon Lord being right all the time and never failing. The how is... well... doesn't really matter. It's part of the show.
It's all spectacle, and the world has surprising twists and details.
Only using 10% of my total power applies here.
The dude gives zero fucks, because he knows he's always right and is most powerfullest.
Smug look, you give me a choice between killing you or your sister. I'll just make you both happy. Proceeds to go fuck with the laws of reality and skull fucks the god of time because 'ehh just another monday'.
It's not over yet, but it may be getting close.
If you like to watch desu ax machina personified this is for you. Very... liberal with half breeds, but it's also fantasy and almost everyone has some form of brain damage. Neat place, but if feels so arbitrary of except its because of the actual big bad evil guy for the big bad evil demon lord.
No big themes besides "Can we fix it? Yes we can!" In this case it's complete and utter destruction, because why not.
It doesn't look half bad.
Actually Deca Demce might not be over... technically...
Food wars is still goi stronng over four seasons.
The last one everything you need to know is in the name.
The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants
Last ep dropped today. Besides, season 5 is shit. The author (who's work had credibility and depth because he consulted with a professional chef for seasons 1-4) decided he didn't need consultation for the final season, and its shit. It ties up (ish) the romance/drama, but is horribly cliche, over the top, and bad.>Tl;dr The creator jumped the shark
I finally watched Madoka earlier this weekend.
I have to say it was really great. I wish I'd seen it earlier.
Is it really good? It didn't make you want to take HTR did it?
Yeah, I like it as well. Evidently, I'm somewhat a of a fan though I can admit it has a lot of flaws when you start to scrutinize it.
Anyway, that's why I that Madoka fic and posted here.
Sayaka for best girl.
Personally I am fully behind himler when it comes to problematic content thats fantasy creations only but when it comes to made in abyss there are very good arguements for why it doesn't fall into that category for those who do take up the cause of moral pugulism. https://vid.mint.lgbt/watch?v=Z58thY3Lf1E
You know, obsene content, degenerate content, guro, loli, etc. At the end of the day we make fun of women for not understanding the difference between imaginary characters being descriminated against and real life people. I'm not going to pretend getting bent out of shape over the underage version of this is all that different, even if there should be restrictions on who can see such material at whatever age.
You know what's weird about loli?
When japanese animes make sex jokes about what is clearly a child, there's no confusion. The pervy old man gets beaten up for wanting to do bad things. You laugh your ass off. Or you're disgusted. There is no confusion. No normalization. Even the aliens and elves hate pedos. That's the Japanese way of treating this topic. "It's only okay if she's really over 9000", say the Japs. And while that technically makes sense it still sounds wrong to me because wanting to bone something that looks like a kid ain't right, even if she is a 9000 year old dragon sorceress.
But when the Jew wants to sell pedophilia, he does so on TV. He hires actors to make this look normal. The Jew wants you to watch sitcoms like Glee where adult actors play underaged teenagers who get pregnant, fuck each other, twerk on stage for cheering crowds, cheat on each other, get drunk, get abortions, and nut in each other's hot tubs.
If you put a thousand non-pedophiles in a room and made them watch Eromanga Sensei they'd fucking hate it. None of them would become pedos. But if you made them watch Glee... one or two might be infected by The Gay and end up wanting children.
Is this a review? That is the point of this thread
I finished "That time I got reincarnated as a slime". It was way better than I expected. A fun and fascinating take on a typical fantasy world! The hero's ability to learn from and copy shit while growing in power made him more interesting than the standard stereotypical shonen animu DBZ swordfag. The hero guy becoming a slime chick specifically was kinda gay but slime girls are cute.
What's the point of making your hero a dude if you'll turn him into a slime girl almost immediately? I guess it's "the next level" of pandering to guys who want to be cute successful powerful anime characters, but it's not like the fantasy escapistfags are strangers to female protags.
I'll rate this anime a solid 7/10. It didn't break new ground but it was fun.
Just finished the Dorohedoro anime, and am now on the 90th chapter of the manga.
Anything u care to share? Pros and cons? I've only seen a couple first eps of Dorohedoro, but its ticking on my 'not as clever as its reputation' signals.
I think it's great. Just the right amount violence, action, mystery, and fun.
The manga is really good too.
I find that the anime is a bit more lighthearted than the manga (being in color), although not necessarily in a bad way.
Finally finished the manga.
It was great. Looking forward to season 2 of the anime.
Dorohedoro is a weird anime. Since I've only watched the anime that's my perspective.
It's not clever, but it isn't dumb. Things are the way they are and the world(s) is a place full of just people. Things happen because things have consequences.>>1298
It does have violence, action, some mystery if that is what you look for, and it is fun.
The magic is interesting, and it's an interesting setting. The characters have believable motivations. It's a comedy. It can be tragic.
Surprisingly I remember the major plotpoints despite remembering it's... (meandering? not quite) It is a heavy focus on what the characters would do and they take steps to accomplish their goals, even when they are in the dark. Things have consequences good or bad.
I think it's an anime that is to be enjoyed in retrospect, while going through its just alot of world building. Fun world building, and characters. It's surprisingly highly memorable, and when it was done it's better when watched to full completion.
Also it's a magic world(s) and that has consequences.
I should rephrase that.
The anime doesn't try
to be clever it does what it can do, and it does it very well. It doesn't stretch so much that the seems burst.
It's not like Gantz where it's shoehorned in and dog really is the main character.
It's not like Gelfnir: slapdash Furry Conversation with semi-moral-murderhobos.
It's not like Deca Dence. I mean, it's kinda but not really.
Dorohedoro is full of murder hobos and
MAGIC! Friendship, and doing the right thing works, not because of magical forces, but because you have a force multiplier that can take actions within those skillsets that can be applied. When people fuck up they have to do something about it, if it's them or a third party. Where people do remember what one did to or for them.
It's alot of people dealing with shit that happens, on all scales.
It gets much more clever in the manga almost immediately after the anime leaves off. That's where the real mysteries start up.
>>1300>while going through its just alot of world building
Which is quite odd, considering that most of it takes place in a handful of cities. Really interesting though.
I don't read very many cooking manga, but I liked all of the food content in this one.
Nikaido is best girl, btw.
Just finished the second season of Mob Psycho 100.
It was great.
Finished Kill La Kill.
It was fun and cute and even hot at times but Satsuki and the elite four being good guys all along was a random twist that came out of nowhere. Doesn't really explain why they were such cunts. Still some stellar animation and fight scenes though.
After the show there was a bonus episode where the black chick (last surviving member of team evil) comes back with evil clones of Satsuki and the Elite Four made from how the no-star students remember them. Also turns the school into a giant robot and some Elite Four DTRs show up and Ryuko grows her scissor blades real big. Felt like this special was an excuse to show off concepts rejected for the final episode since the evil clones die almost instantly. I guess "its over now and you must move on" is an ok message for a post-finale special. It's always fun when an epilogue says "here is what this character and this character and this character will do after the show". Still leaves the door open for fanfic authors to write about how that goes while providing closure anyway.
All in all 9/10.
Finished "That time I reincarnated as a Slime" today
A better name for that would be "That time I became a boringly overpowered protagonist in a boringly sunshine-and-rainbows world tailor-made to make me successful for as little effort as possible".
Good goblins/demons/orcs? Orcs willing to be used as a labour force? Forest spirits loving the town? Dwarves and humans willingly trading with a monster city and respecting its existence instead of trying to control/destroy/inconvenience it?
If it's so goddamn easy to make a multiracial fantasy paradise in this world, why has nobody done it before the hero? Odd moments of "THIS WOMAN FROM WW2 JAPAN'S LIFE WAS SUFFERING AND FIRE AND SHE HAD THE FIRE DEMON FROM FINAL FANTASY SHOVED INTO HER NARUTO-STYLE ALSO SHE MET KIDS DYING FROM MAGIC AIDS AND HER DYING WISH WAS TO SAVE THEM AND ALSO DIE IN HER SLIME-MAN LOVER" darkness stick out as absurdly jarring in a show that's normally kiddy shit where everything's played for laughs or about to be played for laughs.
I liked the joke in episode one where the hero, while dying, tells his friends "Dump my computer in the bathtub!". Haha nice "delete my internet history" joke.
But aside from a few jokes that land, most jokes don't land. And the way the hero can eat any foe to learn any trick and has a bunch of unfair advantages stacked on top of that is stupid. Was it not enough that the hero becomes a shapeshifting all-consuming super-Ditto? He's already OP and ablee to grow from there so did he really need an AI in his head that can tell him shit he doesn't know AND control his body for him during fights AND MORE? Did he have to instantly gain the power of a storm dragon so he can be OP enough to effortlessly eat all his problems and grow from eating ifrit and his girlfriend and a giant orc and a shitload of other things? The feeling of slow power progression got fucked by the hero's OPness from day one. And his little monster town... Sometimes it got bigger and better because of smart things the hero did/said, and sometimes it got bigger/better because of sheer luck.
Fight scenes are a bore when the hero's best answer for every problem is "eat it like you're Kirby lmao" or "one-shot it effortlessly with your OP magic". Impressing people, talking to people, getting them to do exactly as he wants, it's all too easy. And it always works out perfectly for him, which is dull.
In the last few episodes some kids come out of nowhere, the kids from the animated opening. Turns out they're dying of magic AIDS because they were summoned by cunty wizards who didn't give them an Ifrit of their own. So they were abandoned by the nations that summoned them and dumped in a random town's school. The hero immediately befriends and cures them all of their terminal magic AIDS by lucking out and getting a way into fairyland, going there, effortlessly getting the local fairy queen to do whatever he wants, and getting all the sufficiently strong spirits he wants (or making them himself from lesser spirits, without any protest from those lesser spirits or the fairy queen) and shoving them into the kids. AIDS cured, moving on...
The final episode was spent setting up some edgy demon guy called "Kuro" (Did you know? That means black!) and trying to get me hyped for whatever screentime he'll get in season 2.
What a fucking snoozefest. 3/10 boring isekai shlock, not recommended.
Finished "Smile Down The Runway".
Usually fun but really melodramatic. It's about a short chick who wants to be a supermodel and a guy who wants to be a fashion designer. The guy is poor and far more interesting than the short chick. Also there is a tall babe supermodel who wants to be a fashion designer. And a prick who wants to escape his famous grandma's shadow even if it means career-voring the poor fashion designer guy.
It's annoying how everyone has a boner for impressing rich famous people and eventually going to The Hyper Fancy Paris Show with the approval of the fancy rich people while the thought of selling clothes people will like and buy or modelling for different markets like "clothes for short people" rarely comes up. The effect of social media on the industry only comes up at the start when some random social media chick with about 3 million followers takes a picture of Shorty in her blue dress and Shorty panics and says "Millia Rage made this" when it was actually her poor friend, causing shitloads of people to want this dress from her dads company Millia Rage. So shortys dad apologizes to poorguy and offers to buy his dress. Much later poorguys mom is in the hospital and Prick offers to pay his medical bills if he gives up and works for him. The bitch in charge of the supermodel who wants to be a fashion designer says she'll pay his medical bills if he tells supermodel chick to quit and be a model in his fashion show. Poorguy quits all his jobs and gets many part time jobs. Then after some sadness the author remembers about the time rich dad offered to buy his dress for 2 million Yen and says yes. Money problems over. Hooray for emotionally manipulative writing.
The finale does that a lot.
Like when one of poorguys sisters runs to the bathroom to listen to a song established in flashback as a nostalgic song from her childhood and then it's played during his fashion show.
Also that stage in the fashion show where everyone made a dress and then judges roasted it and people could go to room A to move on with the contest or room B to change it and everyone who wussed out to room B failed... They ripped off Naruto's Chunin Exams for that. Ibiki's Tenth Question all over again. Didn't expect to see that get ripped off in a show like this.
Anyway the show was fun and clearly knew a lot about cloth and fashion and clothes. The finale's fashion show was neat too. I'm not really into fashion but this show was fun and I learned some crap about cloth.
Finished Omamori Himari manga
What a fucking disappointment. It was pretty solid throughout most of the story, with great humor and a decent story. It certainly had it's flaws, but most flaws could be overlooked. But then, the last nine pages. The last nine pages of a manga that was over 1500 pages long. THE AUTHOR RUINED HIS ENTIRE STORY IN NINE PAGES. This story could contend for the "Most Damage Done to a Story in the Shortest Amount of Time" award, along with the very endings of Guerren Laggan and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Honestly, I think this was by far worse, because it RUINED ALL OF THE BUILDUP. At least in Guerren Laggan the story was pretty much over already. I just can't get over how much of a retard the author and editor must have been to ruin this perfectly decent story that could have easily become a classic with it's likeable characters and lewd humor. Instead, they turned a running joke into the ending and disappointment the readers.
7/10 before the ending, 2/10 after.
Finished Konosuba and its movie.
Funniest shit I've ever seen. Megumin is adorable and Darkness is weirdly adorable.
I expected a third rate DMC knockoff but it was fun. Normally OP protags are boring but Alucard is fun. Seras is cute too.
I also saw Into The Spiderverse, it's a movie but it was probably animated in north korea like the rest of them. It's cliche shit and another motherfucking origin story for the same fuucking character yet again and if it wasn't for how wacky it looks nobody would give it a second glance. The black spiderman replacement is lame just like the black Batman replacement. Handing him The Shocker and Invisible Girl's powers won't make him cool. Comic book AUs are like fanmade Undertale AUs but even less creative. What really separates "Undertale but mafia" from "Spiderman but noir"? What separates "Undertale but Sans is Papyrus and Papyrus is Sans" from "Spiderman but Gwen Stacy is Spiderman and Peter Parker is The Lizard"? "What if The Flash was a Cheetah and what if Batman was a Green Lantern?" Sucks. Eat my fucking ass Sony/Marvel/whoever else makes these things.
>>1328>Hellsing>Devil May Cry rip off
Hellsing Ultimate or just Hellsing?
I finished Justice League Dark: Apokolips War with some comicfag friends.
I know it's not anime but fuck this movie and fuck DC
Superman and pals fight Darkn'essFuckr666 or whatever his world of warcraft username is, he's evil because he loves darkness and killing and he's stronger than Superman, and the heroes die horribly because Constantine The Magic Drunk pussied out. He pussied out because he knew he'd be necessary to undo this reality once the universe is permanently fucked. The whole universe goes to shit and everyone is sad and emo except for "Harley Quinn's Suicide Squad" which is basically Deadpool Girl and some generic baddies including a Groot knockoff who says "I am King Shark" instead of "I am Groot". Batman got in the Magical Cunt Chair to put him in charge of Ritard Repulsa's evil forces while Lex Luthor became cuck president of earth. Raven from Teen Titans unleashes her inner demon daddy to kick Darkness Dementia Raven Way's ass and eventually the heroes successfully blow up a thing the baddie disappears in. Man it sure is a good thing Trigon willingly seemingly died to kill Darkness McDarkness. Then the authors decide they don't want to explore this world any further. So the boring cartoon villain stole earth's magma, dooming it. Barry Wally or whatever his name is, The Flash decides to run so fast it turns back time so he can redo reality even though a while back there was a film called Flashpoint where Flash was told Time Travel is wrong because it makes everything dark and edgy and wrong for no reason.
Nothing makes the superheroes of one comic book company seem more irrelevant to the grand scheme of things than trying to tie their wildly different stories together by saying they'd all be absolutely fucked if Zippy The Wonder Squirrel wasn't around to also be in the Mega Super Hero Team.
Fuck Capeshit. Caring about heroes seems pointless because the industry can only spin its wheels or add gimmicks or suck itself off or spiral down. Usually all at once.
Specifically fuck this movie because it's fundamentally not a story. Constantine didn't choose to pussy out. A deus ex machina forced him to pussy out so he could help play a tiny role in momentarily saving a doomed planet that would end up throwing its hands up and relying on time travel to reboot the franchise to decanonize this movie. Everything about this film is artificial shock value or marketing crap. Forgot to say that last time.
Also I finished Darker Than Black. That's a damn good show. Renumerations seem like a silly concept though. I get that you want to give the superpowers a cost and make the superhuman assholes seem bizarre and inhuman but giving them weird OCD Moments is weird. One motherfucker dog-ears every page in a book in order and carries at least ten in a bag. Another breaks his own damn fingers and another arranges tiny rocks evenly.
It reminds me of some writing expert saying he once told kids to imagine limits for magic. One kid said "what if using magic summons dogs to bite your feet" and the wizards would have to stand on tall platforms where the dogs can't get them. Or something like that.
What if when authors give all the magic or superpowered people in their setting some huge limit or weakness and then let the hero bypass that limit or weakness completely it's a sign that you've chosen a really silly weakness or limit?
It worked in Avatar because Aang's status as the exception to the one or 0 elements per person rule was an integral part of the lore.
but if Ash's Pikachu was randomly special and therefore didn't take damage from Fire type attacks it would be silly and arbitrary. And if a Jojo's could summon any stand he defeated in battle it would be turbo OP.
Watched a movie-length cut of Dragon Ball Super's Tournament Of Power arc with the score changed with the lads. It was neat. I liked the parts where something besides big power lebel numbers was used to win a fight.
I finally read Sidonia Kishi.
Tsumugi is best girl.
Just finished the Saga of Tanya the Evil. Fucking PUMPED for the movie. Great series, awesome animation, avant guarde themes (intro and outro), strategy, fortitude, irony throughout; highly recommended. Imo short series' tend to be superior to lengthy ones, and this is no exception. Gonna rewatch ij German for full Nazi-esque effect later. Seriously, its great.
Watched the most recent episode of Re:Zero this week. Excited for the season 2 finale Wednesday.
I binged the first season a couple months ago, but forgot to post about it.
I watched Re:Creators
All those made-up anime characters fighting each other was an interesting premise. The villain having a metaphorical and literal "dead author" that lets fans add new powers to her was interesting, too. The heroes having to beat a foe with infinite power and deciding to make her author a character she can talk to and fuck off with was interesting.
But holy shit, the stuff with humans and anime-making was dull. Simple concepts that could be summed up in 1-4 lines took multiple minutes to explain, and even watching those scenes at 2x speed was slow. It felt like I was reading a godawful fanfiction that didn't trust the audience's ability to understand concepts like crossovers.
And if you're eventually going to break your own rules with the reality-warping liar girl, why dedicate so much time to over-explaining incredibly simple rules? "What would your characters and creators think of each other" is an interesting question but the creators on their own are not interesting people. And the visual novel chick and his obligatory pervert creator... what was the point of that?
And the subtitling job was dogshit, whenever something important was written in Moon Runes the subtitler forgot to add english subs for it. I still have no fucking clue what Liar Girl wrote on that book she showed to the manga artist guy she killed with a ghost dog because I don't speak foreignese.
I liked the cool fights and the rare exploration of what a character might say to/think of its creator but this show probably would have turned out better if it lasted for half the time, trimming the fat from non-essential talking scenes and pouring any budget this saves into its fights.
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.