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Title: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on January 11, 2017, 09:16:45 AM
Finally knocked out No Game No Life. It was okay, wasn't a big fan of Team Blank being so incredible given their environment and such but loved the game concept and characterization. Also finished up Season 2 of Food Wars! and enjoyed it, not as strong as Season 1 but still solid stuff.

Also finished the 2nd and 3rd of the Fairy Tail OVAs (OVAs 7, 8, and 9). Lewd stuff, yes, but enjoyable enough. I liked the concept of the Christmas event and thought they did a good job with the presentation. The game itself also felt like something Fairy Tail as a group would do for entertainment.

Dumped Trickster after 11 episodes. It was okay but I just wasn't feeling it enough to continue on with it. Kind of feeling the same towards Twin Star Exorcists but Benio is so great that she's keeping me from dumping it entirely. Up through 27 eps there.

Blue Exorcist is starting up with a 2nd Season (?) with the subtitle being Kyoto Saga and just 12 episodes.



Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on February 06, 2017, 04:22:19 AM
fucking koab had me watching videos of Keijo for like an hour last night at like midnight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm9WVS5shJo

this is the funniest shit ever. The way it is played completely serious makes it perfect.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on February 06, 2017, 04:40:00 AM
Finally dumped Twin Star Exorcists and started up a new show, Interviews With Monster Girls, which is a pretty simple yet breezy show. Plot revolves around a Biology teacher wanting to interview Demi-Humans for a thesis but has never met one before. Suddenly he finds himself amidst a Succubus Math teacher, a vampire student, a dullahan (the headless girl), and a snow woman. Also the vampire girl has an identical twin who's human.

(http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire3/b1c69fdf8a8bb0a4c43bf6dc04b2d8001476296530_full.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on February 06, 2017, 10:52:58 AM

shows im watching right now:
Akiba's Trip The Animation
 Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen
ChäoS;Child
Dragon Ball Super
Gabriel DropOut
 Gintama   
Twin Star Exorcists      
Youjo Senki

Im 184 eps into gintama and trying to catch up now that I know it's getting close to ending. Akiba is really funny. Twin Stars is inoffensive. Youjo Senki is amusing because of it being a japanese salaryman in the body of a kid in ww1 setting. Nothing is really standing out.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on February 16, 2017, 06:15:01 PM
I'm RAPIDLY devouring Gintama. I'm up to episode 308 that's how fast I've been going. I just finished the
Spoiler: show
Shogun Assassination Arc
and hooooly shit was it great. Gintama is probably the best anime overall I've seen because it has everything. Everyone knows it for the comedy (and it does every kind of comedy at that) but it also has intense action and really emotional moments and everything else and it can blend it all into one episode at that. It has a steep learning curve because you really need to know a lot about Japan or be willing to miss about a third of the humor but I've found it more than worth it.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on February 18, 2017, 06:21:20 AM
Dagashi Kashi: Complete Series is dropping 4/18. Hell yeah!

Other stuff coming down the pike...
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya via FUNimation on 5/30
Speed Racer: Complete Series via FUNimation on 5/30
One Punch Man: Season 1 via VIZ Media on 4/25
My Hero Academia: Season 1 via FUNimation on 4/18
Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? via Sentai Filmworks on 3/28
Wolf Children: Hosoda Collection via FUNimation on 3/14
School Days: Complete Series via Discotek Media on 2/28
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 01, 2017, 08:14:29 AM
Just started up the show Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid this afternoon and it's far more enjoyable than I was expecting it to be going in. Gonna zip through all 8 episodes that have aired easy (already onto episode 5 as it is).
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on March 08, 2017, 10:38:27 AM
Chaos:child (which is the sequel to Chaos:head) is pretty hilarious. I don't think it's supposed to be but it is! I love when shows like this take themselves serious.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on April 01, 2017, 06:44:44 PM
this is a giant season of anime starting, among other things:

FINALLY getting the new season of ATTACK ON TITAN

more Berserk
My Hero Academia season 2
Boruto (so a continuation of Naruto with the next generation)
the SIXTH season of Natsume Yuuchinchou
a bunch of card game type shows: Yugioh, beyblades, future card buddyfight, duel masters all getting new shows.

Plus more I don't know much about. I'll be watching Titan, Berserk and My Hero. I'm only in the first season of Natsume but it seems good. I'm only in the early going of Naruto Shippoden (so thats like 50 eps in..) and no idea if i'll ever watch more. No interest in the card duel shows although I believe NJPW had Okada appear on the last future card show so that is neat.

As far as the stuff from last season. Chaos:Child ended up not even being funny bad by the end. Gabriel Dropout stayed amusing. Tanya the Evil was pretty fun but a bit uneven. I loved the Gintama season but you have to be current on Gintama to get it since it was the summation of like 300+ episodes.

Best show I watched from this season was Akiba's Trip, lots of fun humour including an episode that culminates in a big tag team wrestling match, and an ep thats a giant parody of the street fighter game. Really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 01, 2017, 11:29:57 PM
Psyched for S2 of Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia. Finished up Interviews With Monster Girls and it was decent fluff, not great but not horrible. Also close to finishing up Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid which has been a lot of fun with a premise I didn't think I'd like much at all. Somewhat simple as a show but the relationships make it great and Kanna is adorable as hell! Glad I tried that one out based on MAL User scores.

Almost done with Blood Blockade Battlefront and it's solid. I kind of had higher expectations after the first couple episodes and it's faltered a little bit for me but mostly worth the watch.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on May 17, 2017, 01:09:39 PM
holy shit the last attack on titan episode was BALLS OUT AWESOME
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on May 21, 2017, 10:50:39 AM
So my update...

Finished Bloody Blockade Battlefront and it was solid. Kind of faltered towards the end a bit but mostly stayed strong enough. Also finished up Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid and I fucking adored this show. Crossing my fingers it gets a 2nd Season just because the characters were so fun. Hammered out Akiba's Trip: The Animation, another fun series although not a high point one for me. Saga of Tanya the Evil ended up kind of blah to me towards the end despite showing some potential at the start and middle so that was disappointing.

Continuing to roll with Attack on Titan: Season 2 and My Hero Academy: Season 2. Both are awesome and same for Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood especially now that I've gotten on a roll with it.

Dumped Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga aka Season 2 and Parasyte: Maxim as I just wasn't feeling them enough to continue with either.

Started up Love Tyrant, which I'm enjoying a lot, as well as planning to start up/roll with A Certain Scientific Railgun (despite having little interest in Magical Index but may watch that further down the road). Also started High School DxD: BorN aka Season 3 too just because, it's like the YuriYuri series and in that you can't just stop part way.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on May 21, 2017, 09:42:03 PM
Glad you finally are watching Railgun after my telling you about it numerous times over the years. And you should watch both series as they're interconnected (not essential but it is definetly worth it) and both have their merits and weakness's. Tanya the Evil petered out hard, really lame like it had no idea where to go with its concept.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on May 22, 2017, 12:21:56 AM
Glad you finally are watching Railgun after my telling you about it numerous times over the years. And you should watch both series as they're interconnected (not essential but it is definetly worth it) and both have their merits and weakness's. Tanya the Evil petered out hard, really lame like it had no idea where to go with its concept.

Yeah, Tanya felt like it had a bit of a direction then it hit a wall in the last 3rd of the season and wasn't sure what to do with the lead character/the entire scenario to try and fit any type of conclusion.

Reminded me of US Shows that start out thinking they'll get a 2nd Season so they don't try to write with an ending in mind then realize they've been cancelled/won't get picked up after the last episode has aired which solved nothing.

I briefly tried out that show Drifters and made it about 1/2 through the first episode. Looks like it could be solid (and definitely something up CWM's alley) but not really my style.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on June 15, 2017, 10:23:17 PM
https://myanimelist.net/anime/35730/Musekinin_Galaxy%E2%98%86Tylor

holy shit of all the shows to get a rebirth/respin I didn't think it'd be fucking irresponsible captain tylor! I watched that waaaay back when I first got into anime.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on June 18, 2017, 07:56:45 AM
Finished up Attack on Titan Season 2 and A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 1 (MAL didn't list S as the next thing leaving me confused when I saw there were more eps on Crunchy Roll after the 24th one). Also, just 1 episode away from finishing up Love Tyrant, which has been a decent show although the male protagonist kinda sucks.

Was bored and looking through past seasonal anime and decided to start up Gabriel DropOut from Winter 2017. The first episode was enjoyable and fun so I'm hopeful the rest of the show can hold up. Two female angels (Gabriel and Raphael) come to Earth to learn about humanity and are soon joined at the school by Satania, a female demon deeply believing she'll rule Hell soon, and Vigne, the demon who watches over Gabriel while not realizing she's more angel like than pure demon.

(https://myanimelist.cdn-dena.com/images/anime/9/82590l.jpg)

Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Conspiracy_Victim on June 18, 2017, 11:28:54 AM
https://myanimelist.net/anime/35730/Musekinin_Galaxy%E2%98%86Tylor

holy shit of all the shows to get a rebirth/respin I didn't think it'd be fucking irresponsible captain tylor! I watched that waaaay back when I first got into anime.

The original Tylor was/is awesome.  I've been wearing my DVD set out.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: no fact, no matter on June 30, 2017, 02:40:51 AM
Is Stein's Gate any good?
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on June 30, 2017, 03:38:12 AM
Is Stein's Gate any good?

It's an awesome anime. Definitely worth a blind watch (I'd argue even a blind buy but that's just me). If you're into science + time travel-esque plots/engaging characters (the lead scientist is a bit goofy at times but endearing all the same in his quest) you'll greatly dig this and probably will like it even if you're meh towards that.

CWM gave the show a 10, KOAB and I gave it a 9. The movie also serves as a good final episode and is worth checking out when you finish the series although CWM scored that one -9- higher than KOAB -7- or I -8- did.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: no fact, no matter on June 30, 2017, 04:35:47 AM
Interesting.. it's on sale on Amazon so I was thinking of picking it up after I saw the comparisons to Donnie Darko.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on June 30, 2017, 04:55:57 AM
yeah It is fantastic, short list for my favourite animes.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on June 30, 2017, 06:44:12 AM
Interesting.. it's on sale on Amazon so I was thinking of picking it up after I saw the comparisons to Donnie Darko.

There are some similarities to Donnie Darko but I think the anime goes on a deeper level in terms of the effect of it all on the cast of characters.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Flik on July 04, 2017, 05:05:19 AM
The lead scientist's goofiness is better explained in the game it is based off of, so that's really the only downfall.

Though, the goofiness is now so ingrained, it basically is a part of him.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on July 09, 2017, 03:54:56 PM
not much on this season so far. Yet another Fate series that I'll watch though.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on August 01, 2017, 05:44:08 AM
This season might be the worst I can remember since I started watching anime live a few years ago.

Currently airing shows I'm watching:

Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season- one of the best shonen shows of recent years, this started last season
Dragon Ball Super- Once they got past redoing the movie arcs and especially with the Goku Black Arc this show really picked up, and has been a good watch as a DBZ mark. Obviously this also started before this season
 Gamers! - This is the one show that started this season I REALLY like. It revolves a bunch of high schoolers who like video games and has the kind of sense of humor I really enjoy.
Classroom of the Elite   - This would be a middling show usually but is one of the better this season. It's assasination classroom without the alien basically.
Fate/Apocrypha - I don't know how you double the number of servants and yet have almost no action in 5 episodes so far. So boooring.
Chronos Ruler- they like can slow up and speed down time and they fight monsters that feed on regret and shit? and the dad looks like a younger brother? it's not good i should drop it.
Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu- They used to be swords and now they're time travelers? Also should drop this.
Made in Abyss - only watched one ep of this and it wasnt that interesting.
 Shoukoku no Altair- it's the ottoman empire but not? i don't know
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on August 02, 2017, 06:53:01 AM
Finished up a couple shows: High School DxD Born (Season 3 of High School DxD) and it was pretty typical of the other seasons IMO.

Also finished Gabriel DropOut which was fun although it teased character development traits that never were really developed by the end. My favorite character was Satania, a "demon" from the underworld intent on being a future ruler of the world who is clumsy and struggles to properly pull off the "evil" necessarily expected of such a character in a school setting
Spoiler: show
such as using a magic gun on Gabriel... which would make her convulse with laughter for 10 minutes. How devious!
. She also sees Gabriel as her ultimate competition despite Gabriel's complete apathy towards anything but playing MMORPGs. A lot of the show rides on the concept of 'fallen angels' and flipping the script re: Angel/Demon expectations and it mostly works to its credit.

Started up Sakura Trick finally. Been a show I've been wanting to watch for a while so I'm intrigued.

Also continuing with My Hero Academia Season 2 and A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 2. Enjoying both shows and MHA has nailed how to do tournament arc storylines without feeling slow.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on August 03, 2017, 09:48:48 PM
YES! Dagashi Kashi is getting a 2nd Season, scheduled for 2018! So looking forward to that one.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on August 26, 2017, 05:20:44 AM
Sentai Filmworks is releasing a couple complete series: When They Cry (3 Seasons) on 12/12, To Love Ru (3 Seasons) on 12/19, and The Familiar of Zero (4 Seasons) on 12/19.

FUNimation is dropping Rosario+Vampire (2 Seasons) on 11/14.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Flik on August 26, 2017, 12:45:43 PM
Funny enough Rosario+Vampire's second season of the manga goes full on shounen if you can believe it. Sadly, the author stopped making it, so there'll be no end for me. :(

To Love Ru is such a tease that goes no where. To Love Ru Darkness just as much. So much potential in Darkness (meaning manga) and it just stopped. Kept expecting the damn thing to go serious like Black Cat, but like NOPE. SUCKA!

Fall's bringing some niceness for me. Umaru-chan's back! Mahoutsukai no Yome is quite an interesting story about a young child and her monster magician fiance. Though I'm happy... I'm also terrified of what'll happen with UQ Holder!, and then...

There's the first movie of Heaven's Feel.

If it keeps any of the elements from the game route, the movie is going to be some of the most screwed up things you will likely see. I'd spoil, but I'd like you to find out how messed up the Fate world is. Let's just put it this way, Fate/Zero is the prologue to how screwed up what the universe called Nasuverse can be.

I'm not sure if it'll hit When They Cry or chaos;head levels. I sort of usually stick away from these "hey, let's show how messed up everyone is", but the first two routes sort of hooked me on it that I thought "ah, third can't be that bad". NOPE!
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on August 28, 2017, 01:26:36 PM
i still need to watch the other season's of when they cry at some point.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on September 27, 2017, 02:36:57 AM
somehow i missed this but there's gonna be a third season of code geass. i'm down with that.

Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on September 27, 2017, 04:49:13 AM
i still need to watch the other season's of when they cry at some point.

Yeah, I ended up picking up each individual season on Blu-Ray. The video quality's pretty good for a show whose artwork isn't the most detailed/best. I'll probably re-start Season 2 (having recently finished S1 and not seen it since I started watching Anime) and try to move onto Season 3 while knowing very little about that one in general.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on October 08, 2017, 12:00:18 AM
Up through 7 eps of Princess Principal now. Enjoying the Steampunk environment/feel and the characters are fairly solid. Also have Season 3 of Food Wars! starting and Season 2 of Love! Live! Sunshine! so I got some shows coming down the pike finally.

Still gotta marathon my way through the rest of My Hero Academia at some point too.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on October 14, 2017, 12:18:10 PM

Watching this season (as well as dbz super) so far:

Black Clover: The main dude yells way too much but this has potential to be a fun show. Both guys are orphans and want to be the wizard king in a world where everyone has magic powers and gets their magic book at 15. One of the two doesn't seem to have powers though and has trained to be physically strong whereas the other is a prodigy. the prodigy gets the super rare 4 leaf clover book but the nonmagicker gets a 5 leaf clover book because of course. Shoneny stuff but the first two episodes were decent stuff. As long as the yelling and screaming get toned down a bit I'll stick with it.

Evil or Live: This is some weird ass shit. a prison school/camp for teens who are addicted to the internet and have lost their grip on reality. I don't know if I'll stick with this but depending on how it's played it could be good.

Fate/Apocrypha : Now that they've finally started actually fighting this is better but still super slow.

Garo: Vanishing Line: The first Garo show I've watched which is odd since it's a major franchise in Japan. Only seen the first episode so no real judgment yet.

Gintama.: Porori-hen: I love Gintama. I think this is just a filler arc before they get back to the major arcs wrapping up the series but any Gintama is good!

Inuyashiki: I think this is the most interesting looking show of the season for me. An old man and a young guy are both killed under mysterious circumstances and brought back as cyborgs/androids. The old man uses his new found abilities to help people in various ways and finally feel useful and fulfilled in his life. The young guy becomes a horrific unstoppable serial killer.

Juuni Taisen: Feels like a way more violent fate/stay ripoff in some ways. I'm ok with that though.

Kekkai Sensen & Beyond: Second season of what was a pretty good show that ended up suffering from a gigantic delay before it's final episode aired. I really like the music and design of this.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on November 14, 2017, 06:41:59 AM
Enjoying the new seasons of Food Wars! (Season 3) and Love! Live! Sunshine! (Season 2). Finished up the series Princess Principal and enjoyed it quite a bit, very steampunk detective style and I friggin' adore the OP. Probably my favorite OP in a long while. Also the episode scoring was fantastic, something I usually don't notice as much in Anime but it was really distinct in PP and in a great way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QjqkATvH9M
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Flik on November 22, 2017, 04:16:43 PM
And with chapter 196, Jitsu wa Watashi wa by Masuda Eiji has come to an end. I'm sad that the series came to an end, but at least it went out just the way it should. Unlike a lot of series I liked that ended poorly.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on November 25, 2017, 11:23:54 PM
Been working through...

Ancient Magus' Bride: Solid. Artwork is distinctive and the plot seems to quietly be starting to come together a bit.
Black Butler: Just started this up. Had seen the Manga covers and heard great things about the anime (from CWM & others).
Food Wars! Season 3: You know what you're getting by this point. Hasn't quite kicked into high gear yet for me though.
Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2: Is what it is thus far. The main plot related to the school I'm not feeling and not doing the show many favors but I like the characters enough to keep going.
New Game: Very enjoyable series. Something I had not heard of but looked neat. A girl joins a game development company and learns she's helping design the 3rd in the series of her favorite game ever. The characters/interactions help hold this one up for me.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on November 25, 2017, 11:51:05 PM
I've never talked about Black Butler because I've never watched it. How do I get credit for an anime that I've never watched and not for the dozens of others over the years??!

I watched Beyond The Boundary which is a couple years old but was pretty good. Also finally watched the second season of When They Cry. Really enjoyed it but the first season is better (insert bewilderment at HQ watching the second season first and not realizing).


So of the shows/movies I finished this year these would be how I'd roughly rank them:
Kimi no Na wa.   10   Movie   
Gintama.   10   
Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season   8   
Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2   8   
Berserk 2nd Season   8   
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2   8   
Made in Abyss   8
Classroom of the Elite   8   
Gabriel DropOut   8   
Akiba's Trip The Animation   8   
Gamers!   7   
Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side   7   
Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen   7   
Fate/Grand Order: First Order   7 (movie)
Saga of Tanya the Evil   6   
ChäoS;Child   6   
Quanzhi Gaoshou   6   
Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu   5   

I go pretty easy on ratings. Everything under a 7 there I wouldn't watch again but all the 7's and up I liked but some of them had some kind of flaw or are the kind of show it's impossible to rate much higher. This felt like a lesser year for shows especially since almost all of the best stuff were continuations.

Of the shows still running I'm watching and would give tentative ratings of:

Dragon Ball Super 8 (the early arcs redoing the movies hurt it but the latest stuff is fantastic)
Dies Irae 4 (I want to drop it but I can't look away)
Kekkai Sensen & Beyond 6 (first season was a ton better)
Inuyashiki 8
Black Clover 8
Fate/Apocrypha 4 (how to make a fate show with double the fighters and a quarter the action)
Juuni Taisen 7
Gintama.: Porori-hen (only watched the first episode so far so no rating but it's gintama so it'll be great)
Garo: Vanishing Line 7
Evil or Live 6

I can't remember all the stuff I dropped so I wan't rate them but I know I dropped that Magus's Bride show. Way too creepy for me bro. Dude rescues a little girl and is giving her a naked bath and shit and then is like YOU GONNA MARRY ME. What kind of Ray Moore shit is that? No Thanks.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on November 25, 2017, 11:57:38 PM
I've never talked about Black Butler because I've never watched it. How do I get credit for an anime that I've never watched and not for the dozens of others over the years??!

WTF... could've sworn you'd seen this or at least heard of it especially since it's scored an average of 8.0 at MAL & seemed like something you'd dig.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on November 26, 2017, 12:44:21 AM
Well of course I've heard of it. Don't insult me even more!
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on November 26, 2017, 07:19:11 PM
just watched the Fairy Tail Movie 2 Dragon Cry which came out in theaters in May and I guess is on dvd in Japan at least now. Not amazing but a fun movie, better than the first FT movie and wets your whistle for the next season which should be coming in 2018.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on November 28, 2017, 03:20:07 AM
CWM and I have both seen the Fairy Tail Movie 2: Dragon Cry in the last few days. The subtitles were... something else, which may have had an effect but I gave it a 6/10, same for the Fairy Tail x Rave OVA. It was alright but felt a little rushed and not developed enough (especially the bad guys), almost one of those 2 Eps in the series just mashed together.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on December 25, 2017, 05:18:08 AM
Picked up the following on Blu-Ray from RightStuf (great site if you've never checked them out). Sales were a lot cheaper than sites like Amazon.com as well

Angel Beats! for $34.98 (from $69.98) - Was OOP at Amazon.com and my impetus for this purchase really
D-Frag (SAVE Edition) for $15.44 (from $29.98) vs. $20.69 at Amazon
The Devil Is a Part-Timer (Anime Classics) for $23.16 (from $44.98) vs. $26.99 at Amazon
FLCL (Anime Classics) for $20.24 (from $44.98) vs. $24.44 at Amazon
Total = $93.82
If Amazon = $147.12 (since Angel Beats! is OOP and the 'New' is $75.00)
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on December 26, 2017, 10:25:54 AM
I've never been much of an anime fan. I've seen a few that I really liked, Vampire Hunter D, Ghost In The Shell, and a couple others. My wife got me Cowboy Bebop the show and movie on Blu-Ray for Christmas. I watched the first 4 episodes last night, and I'm totally hooked. It's so damn great.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on December 27, 2017, 02:34:59 AM
My wife got me Cowboy Bebop the show and movie on Blu-Ray for Christmas. I watched the first 4 episodes last night, and I'm totally hooked. It's so damn great.

If you love that, Samurai Champloo is done by the same team and has a great soundtrack as well.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on December 27, 2017, 07:53:56 AM
http://culturecrossfire.com/movies-tv/tv/top-5-shows-to-start-with-in-anime/ cough
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on December 27, 2017, 08:51:25 PM
http://culturecrossfire.com/movies-tv/tv/top-5-shows-to-start-with-in-anime/ cough

I'll take a look at those. Death Note I want to check out, and Samurai Champloo is certainly on my radar now.
Title: Re: 2017-2018 Anime/Manga Love Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on January 09, 2018, 09:16:25 AM
Finished the following, finally.
Food Wars! Season 3 - Good but it felt more like 1/2 a season as it came off as largely setting up Season 4. Not as entertaining as prior seasons but it knows what it does well and sticks to it for the most part.
Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 - Solid stuff. Have a feeling this was it for the series though.
New Game!! Season 2 - Really fun. The concept is fine but the characters are adorable and just unique enough to be entertaining with one another. Was a good step forward from Season 1 and I'm curious how far they can push some of the arcs/development of the characters.

Gonna be starting up Citrus as the 1st episode's dropped (because duh) and Dagashi Kashi Season 2 (dropping in two days I think) because Hotaru is so, so much fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiuDuu2XkZ4
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on January 12, 2018, 05:36:54 AM
aside from the "for real this time we promise" final arc of Gintama not much this season is really popping out so far. Kokkoku and Overlord II are the ones I'm most interested in. I watched Devilman Crybaby and it was trippy as fuck.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on January 13, 2018, 06:18:02 AM
Also starting up DARLING in the FRANXX after seeing Studio Trigger (Kill la Kill, Kiznaiver) are involved.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Flik on January 18, 2018, 12:29:07 AM
Violet Evergreen seems quite nice. Subtle undertones, nice broken warrior without a war and Kyoto Animation. Will likely start out slow and build to a violent ending.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on January 18, 2018, 04:47:31 AM
Watched the Godzilla movie that's on Netflix and it's pretty fun although it kind of feels like it drops you into a series that's been going on for awhile.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on January 29, 2018, 06:11:01 AM
Watched Rakuen Tsuiho: Expelled From Paradise and scored it a 7/10. Good design, solid overall but felt a bit lacking at times and the end devolved into a gigantic gun battle which almost felt out of place given the rest of the film.

Plot: Humanity gets mostly wiped out and 98% of humans (memories residing in virtual beings) hide out in a virtual world named DEVA. Angela Balzac, a security agent later assisted by a fellow agent named Dingo, ends up chasing a hacker named 'Frontier Setter' onto Earth after FS keeps infiltrating DEVA with messages to the populace about joining him/her on a space vessel to explore space.

Angela does have one of the cooler costume designs I've seen, however.

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1504/4722/products/6186-385960507.jpg?v=1477539569)
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Flik on January 30, 2018, 07:06:44 PM
(http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/293/165/087.jpg)

For those wondering, Fate/Extra Last Encore! For those worried that you need to know anything about the Fate/ Multi-Universe, you don't. New timeline! So you don't need to worry about that.

However, for those who know nothing about the terminology, you are going to get just thrown in the deep end. It seems that Nasu (creator) and Shaft (studio) are keeping with the theme of throwing you in the deep end and being as confused about everything as can possibly be. Magibabble and Trekbabble are going to be hitting you like a ton of bricks, but that's okay because it looks like they will explain things. Though you are going to be confused. Unless they absolutely fuck this up, it is as intended. The more you get to know our lead, Hakuno, the more you'll understand why it is done like that.

BTW, for those wondering "hey, is this Saber the same as Saber in Fate/Stay Night", no. She's also not like an older Red Saber from Fate/Aprocrophya. Though this Extra's Saber could definitely be the older relative of Saber's Fate/Stay Night by about 500 years. If you are wondering how the hell that works, I'll explain, but in a spoiler. Only look if you want to be spoiled! Though the show should quickly explain who this Saber is. She doesn't exactly try hiding who she is. She's a little too proud of that.

Spoiler: ONLY READ IF YOU WANT ME TO SPOIL • show
In real life King Arthur has been thought of possibly being a Roman General. Therefore, if you look back by 500, from the last 5th century to roughly 50 A.D. and the Roman Empire, you can guess who I'm saying Fate/Stay Night's Altira/Arthur is related to.

Spoiler: For those who just want to know and too lazy to google • show
Fate/Extra's Saber is Nero Claudius.


Also, she's more of a tragic heroine than in our timeline. Though then again, you can practically say that of all the people in Fate/ Multi-Universe get shafted in some sort of way or another. Furthermore it becomes a running gag that a ton of Sabers look like Altira.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on February 02, 2018, 09:36:14 AM
Dumped Ancient Magus' Bride after the 10th episode. Wasn't doing a ton for me and it was giving me greater 'Fifty Shades' vibes with each passing episode.

So, in its place I started up Sora yori mo Tooi Basho (A Place Further Than the Universe) about four high schoolers who prepare to travel to Antarctica. What makes this show so great (currently a 9/10 for me) is that beyond the GORGEOUS animation and rounded characters, the group aren't super duper best friends. The "leader" (Shirase) is somebody who lost their Mom to an expedition there and has long vowed to go to find her. The protagonist of the show (Kimari) wants to accomplish something and sees this as her way to do an unplanned journey somewhere. A co-worker she befriended (Hinata) is somebody who joined up thanks to Kimari's enthusiasm and the final girl is Yuzuki, a celebrity reporter who was assigned to go to Antarctica in the first place.

Again, the artwork is gorgeous and the characters all are vastly different with unique high points, flaws, and tics yet seen together one can see why they could work as a group (bonus being they can see how each character can rub another the wrong way too). Very few shows can pull that off, especially with a realistic plot concept as this has going for it.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on February 13, 2018, 08:20:26 PM
I don't really like how this Fate show just throws you in on the deep end and also just throws a bunch of science babble at you that is clearly bullshit. It's easier when you just say IT'S MAGIC OK?! Was it so hard for it to just be a bunch of heroes fighting each other to the death with insane power ups? That was FUN. The series peaked with Unlimited Blade Works for me.

Watching this season:
Beatless: Only watched the first episode of this so far and it looks like robot/cyborg girl found by teenager with MYSTERY thing. might be ok.
Black Clover: This has continued to build the fairy tail vibe more and more and I'm enjoying it.
Darling IN the FanXX: This is by the Kill La Kill guys but it isn't anywhere near as good and the way they pilot the mechs feels less like a parody/joke and more like outright creeper shit which wasn't the vibe i got with their previous work.
Dragon Ball Super: The universal saga has been balls out awesome.
Fate/Extra Last Encore: see the top.
Garo Vanishing Line: This has been decent but not great. I'd give more Garo stuff a try.
Gintama Silver Soul: Exactly what I wanted in the wrapup of the series.
Gancrest Senki: Seems sort of like a Holy Roman Empire setting with the dude wandering around conquering territories and gathering followers. pretty fun.
Hakata Tokotsu Ramens: A city full of assassins. Why would anyone live there? I don't know. Only watched two episodes and not really impressed so far.
Hitori No Shita 2nd: They're doing a tournament arc this season and it hasn't done a lot for me so far but there's enough in it I've liked.
Kokkoku: Aside from Gintama this is the best of the season. really fun idea with a stone that has the power to send people into "stasis" where everyone else in the world is frozen in time and there are mysterious entities that patrol etc.
Overlord II: I liked the first season more but this has been decent.


I've also been watching Bakemonogatari which I really like and I watched Kakegurui because it got put up on netflix and thought it was pretty hilarious. The overthetop orgasm faces for gambling all the time and everyone else freaking out and the insane games were good times and they kept a good pace.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on February 13, 2018, 11:58:06 PM
Finished up Blame! The Movie (2017) on Netflix and it was good. Very well directed by Hiroyuki Seshita and great animation. 8/10

Seshita has also directed AJIN, Godzilla: Planet of Monsters, and was AD on Knights of Sidonia.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8b/Blame_%282017_anime_film%29.png)

Basically humanity has lost access to controls and the defense system, Safeguard, is hunting a group of survivors called Electro-Fishers. A group of young teens steal suits in order to go out to find food. They come upon a human (Killy) trying to find another human with a specific Net gene to restore humanity's power over the controls, setting off the plot.

The Exterminators were creepy as hell and very nightmare fuel inducing. My skin crawls just picturing them. I did read that they changed some stuff e.g. shifting the focus of the protagonists more to the Electro-Fishers from the human (Killy) which worked for me as well as creating several characters for the movie such as Tae.

I admittedly know nothing about the Manga/7 Episode anime from 2003 so I can't speak much for anything else but this was really well directed and animated. Recommended if you're looking for a newer anime movie and browsing Netflix.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on February 14, 2018, 02:52:16 PM
I thought BLame! was a really cool exercise in world building and I'd be interested in checking out more about it.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on February 21, 2018, 01:47:10 AM
I have 3 free 48 Hour Premium+ Guest Passes for Crunchyroll for anybody interested. Shoot me a PM if you want one.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Flik on February 23, 2018, 02:54:12 PM
Watched the No Game, No Life movie, Zero. Very captivating story, nice usage of re-casting characters (not the actors, but the characters) and pretty much explains how the world of NGNL came to be and what the Great War was all about. It also unfortunately seems like the very last animation we'll get of NGNL, but damn that's a way to go out with a bang.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on March 03, 2018, 02:03:17 AM
Watched B:the beginning on netflix and really liked it a lot. It feels like a weird mash-up of genres at times but it worked for me.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on March 04, 2018, 12:52:37 AM
https://www.avclub.com/netflix-is-getting-super-into-anime-will-add-30-new-sh-1823442859

30  new anime shows/movies this year coming to netflix.

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To help make these 30 shows and movies happen, Netflix has set up deals with Production I.G and Bones Inc., two established anime studios behind hits like Ghost In The Shell and My Hero Academia

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2018/02/25/general/netflix-animated-anime/#.WpwH4ejwaUn more full story

Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 04, 2018, 02:35:10 AM
Fuck yes on BONES! Also good to see them going the movie route as I've been trying to binge more stuff on top of the shows I've been keeping up with.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 13, 2018, 02:22:37 AM
So this is a travel ad for Oregon and I wish it was a full length Miyazaki movie..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXRBLyQQ78A
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on March 15, 2018, 01:22:42 AM
Children of the Whales is fantastic. It feels like some Studio Ghibli stuff at times with the art, character design, and setting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je_obaFWGis
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 24, 2018, 08:57:41 AM
Getting close to the end of several series so here are my thoughts

Citrus: Is what it is as far as a Yuri show. I feel like it kind of stagnated itself halfway through and hasn't quite developed the characters or plot enough to my taste (a lot like Death Parade for me).

Dagashi Kashi Season 2: Still entertaining but it's gotten away from the premise of focusing on dagashi and Hotaru's absence was very noticeable, not in a good way. In some ways the 15 minute format works better as far as pacing but I miss the lengthier time. Part of me thinks they've tried to cram an "arc" into a show that's not really formatted for that and it's detracting a bit. The fact I like the characters is the only reason I'm not going below a 7 though.

Darling In the FranXX: Enjoyable stuff and it's starting to pick up as far as marrying a potential plot arc with the characters which have been developed. This has potential to get really good ala Kill La Kill as it keeps going so my expectations are slowly rising.

A Place Further Than the Universe: A MUST WATCH. 10/10 even with 1 episode left.

The characters are amazing with a lot of depth and the slowly developed friendship (a group of girls go to the Antarctic despite not being friends initially) is incredibly realistic. The research into the trip/development is totally showcased and the episodes are filled to the brim with emotional content (good and bad). I literally just bawled at a certain scene in Episode 12 and am holding back tears as I type this. That's a credit to the deep characterization and backstory given to them that the scene is so gut wrenching in particular.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_faYRTmQeZM
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 29, 2018, 09:47:45 AM
Finished up A Place Further Than the Universe and 10/10 easy. Especially the last few episodes.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on March 29, 2018, 12:36:05 PM
thoughts on shows this season that I haven't finished not including b or children of the whale:

SwordGAI the animation was another netflix show and I didn't think it was that great. Not a lot to say about a show with a bunch of demon weapons that possess people but none of the fights are interesting and it feels like there is too much talk.

Kokkoku was pretty good but I was let down by the lack of exploration of Stasis and the ending was deus ex Machina in the worst way.

Dragon Ball Super: the last arc was fucking fantastic and pure DB greatness.

Fate/Extra: Last Encore: I think this has been total trash tbh. It's a confusing mess, the fights are shit, the characters are uninteresting, just everything is bad. The series peaked with Unlimited Blade Works and it's been downhill since.

Grancrest Senki 10/24 eps in and I'm enjoying it so far. Some fun strategy and battle scenes.

Black Clover 25/51: I really like this a lot as a fairy tail style show. It's just gotten better and better as they've introduced more chracters and concepts.

Killing Bites: This was a weird fucking show. I didn't know it was going to be so pervy when it started but I stuck with it out of curiosity. There's nothing very interesting in it and the fights got repetitive as well.

Overlord II: Not as good as the first season and it feels like not much has happened to move the story forward so they'll have to jam a lot in the last episode. There was some good stuff and getting away from the more haremy shit was a good idea.

Hitori no Shita: The Outcast 2nd Season 11/-: A tournament arc where most of the fights only last part of the episode and feel secondary and the main protagonist either entirely skips his fights or cheats to get out of them is an...interesting idea. First season was better but this hasn't been bad and hopefully it will pick up more or have a logical ending at least.

Darling in the FranXX 11/24: This started out rough with them seeming to go a bit too over the top with the sex jokes about how the mechs are piloted (it didn't fit the rest of the shows tone like in Kill La Kill or it might have worked better) but it's evened out since and they've set up some interesting mysteries and ideas as well. Not as good as other offerings from the studio so far but I'm willing to see where it goes.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens   4/12: I'm behind on this because it hasn't really grabbed my attention but it's alright.

Garo: Vanishing Line: I liked this for most of it's run but it felt like it fell apart a bit in the last few episodes and the big villain wasn't very satisfying after all the buildup.

Beatless: I still have only watched one episde of this so that says a lot/

Gintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen: I watched the first half of this and loved it but decided to let it finsih so I could binge it.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 03, 2018, 11:05:11 AM
Finished up

citrus 6/10: Pretty disappointing overall. The characters weren't that interesting and it just couldn't sustain itself plot/romance/tension wise beyond the 7th episode.

Dagashi Kashi Season 2 7/10: Enjoyable, especially with Hotaru around. She's so clearly the glue that holds the show together and the few episodes where she was gone were pretty noticeable (even if they helped grow Kokonatsu's character a bit). I still lol'd at Hotaru/Saya immediately having more chemistry upon her return of course. Hotaru x Saya ftw.

Neon Genesis Evangelion 9/10: Finally finished this series up and it was fantastic stuff even with the weird last couple episodes. I'm not the biggest mech fan but this had me engaged completely, even if I didn't really care for the protagonist. Also props to the OP theme, "A Crying Angel's Thesis," which is worth checking out.

A Place Further Than the Universe 10/10: See earlier posts but worth checking out.

My Hero Academia S3 is starting up and I'm looking forward to finally getting around to Made in Abyss. Also got Food Wars! S4 and Tachibanakan Triangle  aka Love to Lie Angle (Ecchi Yuri 5 Minute Shorts) coming down the pike soon.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 07, 2018, 08:22:58 AM
Binged Made In Abyss in 2 runs (8 eps then 5 eps). Really good premise, great friendship, and gut wrenching at the end
Spoiler: show
Poor Mitty & Nanichi :(
.

9/10. Reminded me a lot of the 1st season of Attack on Titan in that it was really good and has enough depth to be great in S2 as well.

I'm sick of watching Anime that makes me cry damn it.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on April 25, 2018, 03:00:02 PM
https://youtu.be/ze3YtNi6hfc

this is awesome
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on April 28, 2018, 10:49:26 AM
(https://myanimelist.cdn-dena.com/images/anime/1691/90373l.jpg)

This was...something. The stuff with Joker were all really great actually but everything else was...bad....real bad. Thankfully there is a lot of Joker.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on June 19, 2018, 11:42:47 PM
Been finally catching up a bit on Darling in the FRANXX (what a gut punch episode 18 was) and My Hero Academia S3 (still have 2 episodes to go to be completely caught up).

Also saw that the final season of Fairy Tail is coming in October!
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on June 20, 2018, 09:44:17 AM
Attack on Titan season 3 is in a month!
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 06, 2018, 05:57:41 AM
Finally got around to seeing In This Corner of the World. Gorgeously animated and a gut-wrenching film covering Suzu Urano's life from 1933-1948 including a move to the small town of Kure, in Hiroshima, in 1944. 9/10
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 23, 2018, 06:29:23 AM
Finished up a few anime. Been kind of jumping onto stuff that I've been meaning to watch for a while in addition to stuff like My Hero Academia.

Darling In the FranXX: Good, enjoyable for the most part despite a weird, poor concept towards the end of the run.

Flip Flappers: 8/10 - This was another series much like MIA that I'd been wanting to try for a while and finally got around to it. The basic premise is that Cocona, a high school girl, is kind of just meandering through life when she comes upon Papika, a traveler who takes her to a place called Pure Illusion and quickly morphs into the two of them going on various adventures to different... worlds? looking for gems called Amorphous while competing against Cocona's real life friend Yakaka.

Food Wars Season 3 Part 2: Solid stuff overall. Wasn't big on the separation within the season (reminded me too much of Western TV hiatuses) but it was worth a wait.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on July 23, 2018, 06:48:04 AM
https://soranews24.com/2018/07/20/after-six-years-of-waiting-fourth-evangelion-rebuild-movie-finally-gets-an-official-release-year/

I was really excited then...2020. CURSES!

Aside from Gintama and Attack on Titan 3 nothing is really popping so far this season.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Conspiracy_Victim on July 23, 2018, 02:21:54 PM
Food Wars Season 3 Part 2: Solid stuff overall. Wasn't big on the separation within the season (reminded me too much of Western TV hiatuses) but it was worth a wait.

I love how over the top the battles are.  It's like the Japanese Iron Chef on acid.

I had no idea another season of Full Metal Panic was out, but Crunchyroll has it.  FMP-Invisible Victory.  Watched the first couple of episodes, and the go right to the conflict.  Definitely not as light as Fumoffu, more like Second Raid.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on August 11, 2018, 09:00:41 AM
This season is really not doing it for me overall. There's only a very few shows that are any good. There's still My Hero Academia as well as Gintama and the new Attack on Titan season (altough I'm letting that store up) only other show I'm really liking at all is Planet With which is some wacky mecha/invasion show.

Netflix had the second part of SwordGai and it was still not very good at all.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on August 11, 2018, 12:57:44 PM
I'm also letting Attack on Titan S3 build up. I've found myself going into older shows; currently that's To LOVE-Ru, which I've heard a ton of things about as far as its relation to the romantic harem genre.

Fake Edit: Surprised that show came out as recently as 2008 (yet dismayed that 2008's already a decade ago, ugh.)
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: YEAAAAAH, WE DID IT AGAIN! on August 11, 2018, 03:54:55 PM
HELLSHAKE
HELLSHAKE
HELLSHAKE

"Pop Team Epic" is the kind of animated series I've been craving, and it hits so many sweet spots for me.

BABY BABY BABY BAYBAY
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on October 07, 2018, 04:19:22 PM
Most of this season's shows have started although I think there's still a couple left to go. I'm very happy to have new Fairy Tail and A Certain Magical Index (I like the other series more and it's coming back too) finally. There aren't a ton of new shows beyond that seizing my attention though tbh. There are waaay too many fan servicy shows now it feels like. The shows I am trying though are so far:

Goblin Slayer, Radiant, and SSSS Gridman. Gridman is by Trigger which did Kill la Kill/Darling/Kiznaiver. The first episode wasn't blow away but was kind of fun. Radiant seems like it is more of a Fairy Tail/Black Clover type show aimed at the shonen audience. Goblin Slayer is definetly a Mature audience show as it has over the top violence and...other things but I'm a sucker for fantasy settings and I like the idea of a guy who's dedicated himself solely to exterminating just one type of threat.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on October 22, 2018, 12:33:51 AM
Anime Update

Been falling behind on My Hero Season 3 as I try to catch up/start other shows and try to finish up S2 of To LOVE-Ru Darkness.

Started up the following
- Fairy Tail Final Season
- UzaMaid! Is what it is as a former special officer suddenly becomes a maid to get close to her young female charge. A skeevy concept but there is some potential comedy that could help it out.
- Bloom Into You My latest Yuri show. Looks like it could be really good as a high school student falls for a 2nd year Senpai (so typical plot). Has a bit of a soft art style that really works though and reminds me quite a bit of Strawberry Panic.
- SSSS.GRIDMAN It's from Trigger and CWM seems to dig it. Looks like it could go in a variety of directions if the characters/plot can support it.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on October 22, 2018, 07:14:13 AM
I started "That time I got reincarnated into a slime". At first I wasn't going to try it because I thought it would be ecchi/harem bs. Instead it's a fun show where a guy gets reincarnated as (shockingly) a ball of slime in a fantasy setting. Instead of being the weakest of all monsters he has a bunch of unique powers and its really amusing so far.

I also started Zombieland Saga, which seems like it'd be right up HQ's alley. It's about a bunch of idols/weirdos from different eras that are brought back from the dead by a crazy mystery dude with the goal of forming a mega idol group to revive a single local prefectures economy. It's totally insane.

Hurry up on My Hero already HQ! the season is over! By the time you finish, season 4 will have started!
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on November 02, 2018, 03:37:56 AM
Bump as I finally knocked out My Hero Academia: Season 3 and it was a ton of fun. May be my favorite season of the bunch as it seems we're finally seeing the growth/evolution towards hero-dom arriving.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on November 03, 2018, 11:36:50 AM
finished attack on titan season 3 which apparently is just the first half of season 3. Not as good as the other seasons, because there's less of a focus on Titans and more on what's happening inside the walls but it's still excellent and it sets up the second half of the season really well.

Apparently hollywood is (of course) making a live-action AOT movie and currently the guy who directed "IT" is directing.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on November 09, 2018, 06:58:35 AM
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I also started Zombieland Saga, which seems like it'd be right up HQ's alley

Holy fuck this show is amazing and awesome  8)
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on November 09, 2018, 12:16:57 PM
yeah that show was made for you HQ, i knew that as soon as I saw it lol
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on November 10, 2018, 02:25:10 AM
yeah that show was made for you HQ, i knew that as soon as I saw it lol

Idols + Zombies (Tae-Chan ftw) + Shouting Tatsumi + A Friggin' Rap Battle in Ep 2 = OMG
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on November 10, 2018, 10:38:53 AM
SSSS Gridman is starting to take that TRIGGER crazy turn as expected, and I love it.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on December 23, 2018, 05:56:36 AM
http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/top-5-dragon-ball-anime-films/

Top 5 Dragon Ball Films as voted by over 6,000 fans. Curious what CWM and others think (as somebody who knows very little of the Dragonball universe).
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on December 23, 2018, 07:46:04 AM
That would probably be my list although I don't know if I would have it in that order. A lot of the movies are just kind of there but those are all pretty good.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on December 29, 2018, 11:30:18 PM
Finished up the following anime. I also started up Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai as it got a very high score and seems to be a really interesting watch from a possible Science Fiction aspect.

UzaMaid! 6/10 - Fine for what it was. If you're into the potential plot, give it a go but don't bother otherwise. It didn't quite delve into the backstory of the lead young girl and her history as much as I'd like so it lacked a real "depth" to it all beyond the surface level shenanigans.

Ms. Vampire Who Lives In My Neighborhood 6/10 - Light fluff which served its purpose of being cute. Not a whole lot more to the surface but it's a quick, inoffensive watch.

SSSS.Gridman 7/10 - I really liked this one. Enjoyed the final battle and am hoping a 2nd Season comes around. I do wish we saw a bit more of the secondary characters as they seemed to be pushed into the background a bit in favor of Akane and the Kaiju aspects.

Zombie Land Saga 9/10 - Really want a 2nd Season of this one. I feel like the reporter exploration aspect could be delved into much deeper even if the Idol aspect kind of started to run its course towards the end of the season run. With that said, Tae-Chan is still Best Zombie Idol.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on December 30, 2018, 04:43:10 AM
SSSS Gridman was really good. I don't know if they'll do any second season. It seemed to be basically an allegory/metaphor/whatever for mentall illness and unless they move on to some other kid not a lot of room there.

Goblin Slayer ended up being really great as well. It's very graphic especially the first episode but less so than something like Berserk.

That Time I got.... is the best show of the season that I've watched and it's continuing into the next few months.

I've been letting Zombieland, Magical Index s3 pile up and i've gotta finish those.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on January 01, 2019, 08:43:24 AM
Been working my way through some older shows in an effort to see what I've "missed" by not being into Anime at the time.

Laid-Back Camp 8/10 - Really great little slice of life revolving around a girl who meets another camping and subsequently joins up with an Outdoor Activities Club whilst simultaneously trying to befriend the girl she met originally.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Season 1 8.5/10 - Fantastic little show about a middle school girl (Rikka) portraying chuunibyo (a mature know-it-all or somebody who believes they have special powers nobody else has) whom quickly befriends a high school boy (Yuuta) who's grown out of that phase only to quickly find himself caught up in chaos. A few others get involved, including the hottest girl in the high school (Nibutani), and it is amazing + all the feels. The artwork is visually gorgeous when the "special powers" come into play and the pig-tailed blonde, Dekomori, is my favorite of the group.

There's also a 2nd Season which I'll be starting up very shortly. FAKE EDIT: CWM has seen this because of course he has :P But this would definitely fit in his wheelhouse so I'm not too surprised.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on January 01, 2019, 02:58:32 PM
you aren't surprised because both KOAB and I have told you to watch it before! And yes it is a very good show.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on January 06, 2019, 06:56:16 AM
https://comicbook.com/anime/2019/01/05/2019-anime-most-anticipated-preview/

i'm into most of these. One Punch Man season 2 has me HYPED. Waiting for October until new My Hero is really tough though. Some of the stuff that's brand new is intriguing sounding.


At least the My Hero... movie should be out on dvd (and streaming i assume) in the next month or two.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: no fact, no matter on January 06, 2019, 10:10:34 AM
I started High Score Girl. Does the female lead ever talk or is she just presented as an over-emotional stereotype that can't express themselves in any other way aside from grunting and violence? I mean I'm used to typical anime bullshit where man children have no idea how to write female characters but this is kind of ridiculous.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on January 20, 2019, 03:33:05 PM
HQ you might like this one based on the first two episodes https://myanimelist.net/anime/37999/Kaguya-sama_wa_Kokurasetai__Tensai-tachi_no_Renai_Zunousen both characters going to extreme lengths to trick the other into confessing/aboid being the one.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on January 21, 2019, 04:48:36 AM
Tried that and couldn't really get into it very much but I am digging Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka. Asuka's a bad ass and the show has a surprisingly dark backstory to the plot itself.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on January 21, 2019, 05:37:29 AM
every magical girl show has a dark backstory now it seems like.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on January 21, 2019, 06:49:58 AM
every magical girl show has a dark backstory now it seems like.

Yeah. Seems like Japan isn't that different from the US in that if something works, it quickly becomes the new 'formula' for that type of show. See the rise of Idol shows in recent years and the rebirth of Mecha stuff following the successes of shows like Gurren Lagann (ala SSSS.Gridman as an example).
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on February 23, 2019, 06:25:01 AM
Finished up Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai... gut wrenching the Kaede stuff at the end :( I did hear they've recently announced a movie, though!

Also recently finished Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions Season 2 which was fun, maybe as good as the first season. <3 Dekomori still.

May start up Love! Live! School Idol Project which aired from 2013-2014 ahead of the later series Love! Live! Sunshine!! which I had already finished up and really liked a lot.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on February 23, 2019, 01:14:37 PM
have you seen the "my hero" movie yet? it's online although maybe not legally in both subs and dubs. I really enjoyed it.

Mob Psycho II hasn't been as good as season 1 so far but is still fun.

The Raising of the Shield Hero is probably the best of the new shows this season with its subverting of the typical "hero transported to new world" by having everyone hate him and he becomes more of an anti-hero and his weapon is a shield.

Kaguya-same: Love is war is a funny little show if you like lighthearted boy/girl stuff. The school president and VP are in love with each other buy refuse to admit it and go to "war" to trick the other into admitting it with all kinds of wackyness.

Fairy Tail has been really good so far as this last season is basically nothing but action.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on February 23, 2019, 11:18:26 PM
have you seen the "my hero" movie yet? it's online although maybe not legally in both subs and dubs. I really enjoyed it.

Managed to watch it this morning. 8/10

Such good stuff and really liked the plot itself. Worked well for a movie without being heavily dense whilst fitting into the realm of MHA as a plausible 2-3 ep style run. I did feel the score kind of lacked a little bit but it hit the requisite 'feel' moments within the movie.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 08, 2019, 07:42:04 AM
Finally(!) watched A Silent Voice and it was amazing. Hit close to home a bit too much from the hearing aid factor to constantly apologizing to the voice/vocal sound aspect (as somebody who took speech therapy as a kid and goes overboard in focusing on proper pronunciation). Even then, there are certain words/sounds I try to avoid saying due to my speech issues. Also her losing or breaking 8 hearing aids, holy fuck... for perspective, my current ones are only "mid level" and were $3,000 for both combined.

I think I preferred Your Name from an emotional story standpoint and visually but ASV was the better character development/script story.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 11, 2019, 06:46:29 AM
Spring 2019 anime is starting to roll out with new stuff like Part 2 of the 3rd Season of Attack on Titan, 2nd Season of One Punch Man, Fruits Basket, and the 3rd Season of Bungou Stray Dogs probably being the bigger titles of note.



Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on April 11, 2019, 08:46:33 AM
Yeah it's a fantastic lineup of shows for once. Of the new stuff that's started so far this looks like the best https://myanimelist.net/anime/39063/Fairy_Gone basically people bonded with "fairies" to fight a brutal war and then when it ended they lost their purpose (as soldiers do) and its set years after and shows the paths they all followed and things like that.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on May 22, 2019, 08:55:59 PM
One Punch Man switched animation studios for the new season and it's a big downgrade. The super crazy art style that mad it such a joy is gone. The fun sense of humor and everything is still there as the writing seems to be the same and it's still a very good show (and the fight scenes in the last episode were much better than they had been) but it's a real pity they couldn't get the same animators again. The first season had a dream team of people since it was such a big project apparently.

The new season (or half season whatever) of Attack on Titan has been great. All action and major developments which is really nice.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on June 16, 2019, 01:24:01 PM
Finally(!) watched A Silent Voice and it was amazing. Hit close to home a bit too much from the hearing aid factor to constantly apologizing to the voice/vocal sound aspect (as somebody who took speech therapy as a kid and goes overboard in focusing on proper pronunciation). Even then, there are certain words/sounds I try to avoid saying due to my speech issues. Also her losing or breaking 8 hearing aids, holy fuck... for perspective, my current ones are only "mid level" and were $3,000 for both combined.

I think I preferred Your Name from an emotional story standpoint and visually but ASV was the better character development/script story.

Watched "A Silent Voice" last night and LOVED it. I can't compare it to "Your Name" since it is such a different movie but it's excellent. The way it looks at bullying and alienation really got to me.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on June 18, 2019, 10:57:53 PM
Finished up a few anime

High School DxD Hero (Season 4): Despite the heavy ecchi, the story is still engaging and fun enough to hold this all together somehow.
Sweet Blue Flowers: A sweet Yuri anime with some complex characters and relationships despite the pretty simple plot. Also the music score really stood out for me.
Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1: Just a fun series , adorable characters and interactions between the group, and the music is pretty solid too.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 10, 2019, 03:41:46 AM
Right Stuf Anime has an exclusive Blu-Ray box set of Kill La Kill (https://www.rightstufanime.com/KILL-la-KILL-Complete-Box-Set-Blu-ray) featuring all 24 episodes for $159.98 dropping on 12/24/19. Pre-ordered it because the individual Blu-Rays are insanely costly and I have a feeling the above could quickly go OOP itself.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on July 10, 2019, 07:12:18 AM
good lord that's a lot of money for something that's on netflix.

There's a bunch of fun-ish shows this season but aside from Vinland Saga not sure if any yet are much watch. Vinland Saga is much watch for anyone who like Vikings/war/etc it's fucking awesome. The attention to detail of it's setting and mythos is fantastic.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on July 17, 2019, 05:03:37 PM
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9530620/kyoto-animation-fire-several-feared-dead-arson-japan/?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=sunmaintwitter&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1563428533

Home of a bunch of big anime like Haruhi, KON, and Lucky Star. Really awful to see something like this happen and for people to die because of some fucked up asshole.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 17, 2019, 10:25:22 PM
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9530620/kyoto-animation-fire-several-feared-dead-arson-japan/?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=sunmaintwitter&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1563428533

Home of a bunch of big anime like Haruhi, KON, and Lucky Star. Really awful to see something like this happen and for people to die because of some fucked up asshole.

Holy Shit. Wonder if he was an ex-employee? Just seems so random that this guy would target an animation studio of all places.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Flik on July 19, 2019, 08:18:35 AM
https://www.citynews1130.com/2019/07/19/suspect-in-animation-studio-arson-fire-reportedly-had-grudge/

As of this time, it has been figured out that he was not an employee of the studio nor was he an otaku of anime (trains, he was though). He says that he believes they stole novels and people are sure they heard "you ripped me off" among other things. Not sure what that's referring to, but that's his claim.

The reason that there are so many deaths is because the killer blocked the exits, so it wasn't just because it was an older building at fault, but this man did everything possible to kill everyone.

There are 33 people who have died, 37 are in the hospital (some still in critical condition who may die), and everything that Kyoani has ever done has been lost to the fire.

Regardless of campaign to give back to KyoAni to help those who survived this tragedy, this is probably the end of Kyoto Animation. I'm just hoping that those who survive are able to live to their fullest.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 19, 2019, 08:50:45 AM
Horribly depressing stuff there, especially the 33 killed and that may not even be the final number :(

Also a shame this may end Kyoto Animation as they did a ton of known stuff: A Silent Voice, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Violet Evergarden, Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions, K-On, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, and Kanon. Major blow to anime's recent history and impact on the Western world.
Title: Re: The BIGLY Discussion of Anime/Manga Thread
Post by: Flik on July 19, 2019, 10:27:00 AM
There's also a few people who still haven't been accounted for as well. So yes, that number is going to go up higher. Those in ICU probably won't make it. I wouldn't be surprised we get to 2/3rds of the staff are dead.

Honestly it was thanks to Kyoani that I got back fully into anime. Or perhaps better to say I didn't dive entirely into it until Haruhi came along.

The man in question (I'm not stating the asshole's name) is that they stole his ideas and his novel. That's what that was about. And that was his reasoning to kill all those people and destroy Kyoani.

Doesn't matter if the authorities seek and get the death penalty though. The killer succeeded in what he set out to do.

CNN's article is actually a great article on how the world loses because of what happened. And I never thought I would see an article on CNN signifying the importance of a studio like this. That's how disheartening this is.
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/kyoto-animation-studio-cultural-impact-and-loss-opinion/index.html