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Posted 4/10/18 , edited 4/11/18

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Eh. On the 3 episode warning list. Not fond of the idea of skinning people. What's next cannibalism?


Oh, there's way, way worse ahead. If the skinning people thing bothers you, you should prolly skip this series. It's definitely not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

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Posted 4/10/18 , edited 4/11/18
Good series but that CGI bear....
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There was way more wrong with this than the cgi bear frankly...
The wolf was possibly worse. The Ainu girl was a nonstop yacking computer.. and Sugimoto is awesome at killing people and cuts the flesh off dead men... this all doesn't bode well for anything wanting to have viewers past the first episode. The good bits were the historical setting, the unique adventure/mystery plot, the inclusion of an interesting native people most of us know little or nothing about, a definite adventure awaits.

OR it could just be a vore fest. Any more gruesome murders, flesh cutting, or cgi animals and I may be stepping off this train. There's enough other good anime to watch this season.
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Posted 4/11/18 , edited 4/12/18
Sugimoto the Edgelord.
The anime disappointed me pretty much right away with just how much it's trying to shock and awe, and that's the least imaginative way to get people to notice your story... but the thing is, all the over the top violence wasn't even well done enough to even really be disturbing. The art direction is lazy, the animation is stiff and cheap, and are we REALLY going to have to suffer yet ANOTHER series with a little kid doing not-little-kid things? Okay, From the Abyss is a weird fantasy series so it gets a semi-pass for showing clearly young children in mortal peril, but it's definitely a trend that should be TREAD LIGHTLY around... but hey, if my review of Tanya the Evil is anything to go by, apparently there's lots of people comfortable with the idea of little girls being psychopaths. The fetishistic way they display the violence with such a young character is just purely in bad taste as far as I'm concerned though. It's a trend that needs to die in a trash fire.

I WAS going to post a review of it but I abandoned it because the series is just not for me and I would not be able to put forth an honest review. It's for the edgelordiest of edgelords to edge over. There is NOTHING I enjoy in it, which is a shame, because Ainu has a cool design even if her character is about as appealing as getting a back massage with a cheese grater.
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Posted 4/14/18 , edited 4/14/18
Have you read the manga? Its one of the funniest series I've read in a long time, and Sugimoto is comparably one of the kindest main characters I've come across. Compared to other manly protagonists like Guts from Berserk, I'd argue that Sugimoto isn't edgy but has a lot on his plate, dealing with PTSD after the war, but that isn't the main conflict of the series. He's really selfless and cares a lot about Asirpa, and he really likes animals. The second episode will show a lot more humor in the series, I recommend staying for at least one more!
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Posted 4/14/18 , edited 4/15/18
The bears weren't nearly as bad as the fire. That's some Clutch Cargo dissidence.

The adaptation seems pretty good so far. Just bear in mind that the manga is long passages about Ainu culture punctuated with the violence of the plot. It's a bit like Moby Dick, honestly.
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Posted 4/15/18 , edited 4/15/18

moniibear wrote:

Have you read the manga? Its one of the funniest series I've read in a long time, and Sugimoto is comparably one of the kindest main characters I've come across. Compared to other manly protagonists like Guts from Berserk, I'd argue that Sugimoto isn't edgy but has a lot on his plate, dealing with PTSD after the war, but that isn't the main conflict of the series. He's really selfless and cares a lot about Asirpa, and he really likes animals. The second episode will show a lot more humor in the series, I recommend staying for at least one more!


Agreed. Far from being an "edgelord", Sugimoto is probably the sanest and most human character in the series. And yes, once the humor kicks in, it does a lot to humanize the characters and make them more relatable. Asirpa does get to act like a kid... a hyper-competent one, yes, but there are reasons for that.

That said, there are some batshit criminally insane characters, much of the humor is quite dark, and there is a lot of over-the-top violence, so if those things are offputting to you, this is one to skip.

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Posted 4/16/18 , edited 4/16/18
Crunchyroll likes to promote their shows and this is one them. They do this for some of the other big series like My Hero Academia, Steins;Gate 0, High School DxD, etc.

Sounds like smart marketing to me.
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Posted 4/16/18 , edited 4/16/18
Episode 2

Man with a Mission is doing the opening, and the song is different than what I'm used to hearing from them. This is more in-line with the second opening for Seven Deadly Sins than with Log Horizon or Iron-Blooded Orphans, and it's no wonder I didn't realize it was then until I saw the credits.

Asirpa's trap worked like a charm as he managed to capture a man with the tattoos to get information out of him. It was designed to trap squirrels, but it worked for that man. But while getting info from that guy, Sugimoto comes under attack by Ogata. While Sugimoto was trying hard not to kill him, he pretty much had to, and in the end he fell into the river. Another prisoner in Shiraishi is captured, and he escapes, but soon starts to freeze to death with Sugimoto in a mad scramble to warm him up, using the gunpowder from a bullet to start a fire. Pretty nice way to follow things up here, and that scramble for the bullet was pretty funny. Anyway, now that the main cast has assembled that things are about to get heated with Sugimoto getting involved in something really big.
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Posted 4/16/18 , edited 4/16/18
Episode 2

The opening song is great! I like the powerful tunes and featuring the main characters. I didn't expect anything less from MAN WITH A MISSION.

Damn, those scars...Sugimoto must of went through a lot. Asirpa continues to demonstrate her knowledge of survival skills and it's impressive. There's also slightly more comedy now especially with the character chemistry between her and Sugimoto. Hopefully the anime will adapt more of that.

Also glad to see Yoshitake animated.

Hina, hinaaa, hinaaaa


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Posted 4/16/18 , edited 4/16/18
Episode 2 and no CGI bears so I'm pretty happy.

Shiraishi the Escape King is here so now the comedy can start. Also my danger boi cinnamon roll Ogata the sniper shows up. Watch your rifle bolts when he's around! Asirpa demonstrates more of her impressive woodscraft skillz and we get our first Ainu cooking lesson (there will be many, many more to come). We also start to get more chemistry between Sugimoto and Asirpa as she makes him eat squirrel brains. Hinna, hinna! And hey look, it's Hijikata Toshizou, late of the Shinsengumi! Will he join our heroes and put mayonnaise on all the Ainu food? The plot thickens and now we know there are at least three groups after the tattoos and the gold- Sugimoto and Asirpa, the badass army 7th Division, and Hijikata.

I feel better now... I was kind of afraid for this adaptation after seeing the horrible butchery of the Junji Ito adaptation last season, but it looks like they're at least trying to do this story justice.
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Posted 4/16/18 , edited 4/16/18
The narration was kind of annoying (though probably necessary), and the show still doesn't look very good, but I definitely enjoyed the second episode more than the first.
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Posted 4/16/18 , edited 4/16/18
Shiraishi is in the episode, which makes it leagues better than the previous episode.

I'm still feeling mixed about Asirpa's voice in this. I guess she was meant to be viewed as a deadpan loli or something when I originally depicted her as flat out tomboyish.

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Posted 4/16/18 , edited 4/16/18
I didn’t expect to see Shiraishi in this episode, for some reason, I thought that would be next week, ah well, a good episode nonetheless. I can’t wait to see best old man Hijikata in action.
Both the OP and ED songs are really good
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