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Post Reply 2012 ★ BATTLE
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Posted 6/2/13
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
as I said in my other post the anime has a nice touch of drama and suspence
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Posted 6/2/13
Not a vote

I did plan to watch The Pet Girl of Sakurasou... but i never got around to it... My "to-watch" list is too long at the moment :s
Maybe one day...
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Posted 6/2/13
My plans have be alright so far.

Lets go with my little pet girl for the vote.

Err… because Kokoro connect is out
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Shinsekai Yori

I liked Sakurasou. I really did. It had better characters than SSY, and it had comedy which SSY didn't. But I wouldn't have wanted SSY to have comedy. It wouldn't have been right. And, despite being someone who tends to put much more emphasis on characters than most people seem to, when a story is good enough, it really doesn't matter, so long as they aren't jarring. And SSY is definitely a case where the story is good enough. And the overall tone and feel of it was masterful - an area where Sakurasou had nothing really to show for itself, its own attempt at drama, while being enjoyable, was nothing exceptional.

Autumn 2012 was, in my opinion, one of the best ever seasons for anime, and these two are both shows that helped significantly to contribute towards that. They were also my two top shows to watch during the winter season this year, as they continued for their second cour. I bought the light novels of Sakurasou and the novels of SSY. But it was SSY that I bought a blu-ray of, whereas I didn't even check whether I could for Sakurasou. And, in my mind, there is no doubt about which of the two is by far the superior.

From the first episode of Shinsekai Yori I could tell that I had come across something special. I like it when I'm proved right about things like that.
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Oh my, isn't that tricky. This and next match we basically have dystopian future sf going up against slice of life. Also, I think I've voted at least once for all of these in prior rounds.

I like both Shinsekai Yori and Sakurasou and think they are both well-made, and interesting, albeit with flaws. But I'm not going to beat myself up choosing, and will let it boil down to the fact that I had dropped Shinsekai Yori after just a few episodes and only gave it a second chance (and finished it and liked it a lot) because of reading other people's impressions. Sakurasou, on the other hand, entertained me sufficiently from the start to draw me along on its own to the increasingly more interesting and serious later episodes.

Therefore, my vote goes to Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo.
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Shinsekai Yori!

These are my top two favorite anime of 2012 so this is a tough choice but I made it a few pages back when someone asked me about my favorites for the year. So it is still Shinsekai Yori for its originality, plot, characters, music, amazing final message: the power of imagination can do anything!

Shinsekai Yori!

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P.s. How did Kokoro Connect lose the last round???
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hpulley wrote:
P.s. How did Kokoro Connect lose the last round???

chrome_mist extended the voting period (to make up for an earlier miscommunication) and almost all the later votes were for PP
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Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

I've said this almost every time I've voted, but these 2 series are pretty even for me... I actually rated all 4 of the remaining series an 8/10, and out of those I'd say that Shinseki Yori and Sakurasou had the highest peaks despite both being inconsistent in the middle.

In the end I'm voting for Sakurasou since it's much more impressive for it's genre. Oh and also because Days of Dash > Wareta Ringo.
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Shinsekai Yori
'cause the ED was awesome and I do enjoy psychological themed anime.

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Shinsekai Yori is my vote

Honestly I havent watched all of it, but I already like it more than Pet Girl. Plus, I read reviews on both and Yori got better reviews constantly.
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kotomikun wrote:


AlphaZenthon wrote:

kotomikun wrote:
And I refuse to feel bad for ditching Psycho-Pass, because I genuinely didn't like it; not because it was dark, but because it was cliche and the characters were unlikeable.


I'c curious as to know what was cliche about Psycho Pass. I was sitting here for a while thinking of ways it is more cliche than KC or Pet Girl, but I couldnt. Romance? Nope. High School? Nope. Moe? Nope. Fanservice? Nope (unless shirtless Kogami counts). According to wikipedia it was a cyberpunk, dystopian, sci fi, thriller. I dont see where anything is cliche. Not to mention it was written by Gen Urobochi, the writer of Madoka Magica, which I wouldnt call a cliche anime. I'm just curious as to what you found cliche about it. I know my comment might sound like a knock to your opinion but I'm not. I'm just really curious.

Edit: Didnt see that pick of shirtless Kogami when I made my comment lol.

Seems that you're looking for the "wrong" cliches, i.e. the ones you don't like. And so was I. Cyberpunk dystopian thrillers are a dime a dozen these days. All of those characteristics, especially together, feel cliche to me. As do the generic hardcore chiseled-jawline manly police dudes, and the overblown Orwellian themes, and the semi-blissful protagonist who will inevitably be tortured and broken, and so on. Nothing about it feels particularly new or different, except the guns that make people explode (was there ever a justification for that?).

I liked Madoka, too, but just because a writer wrote something good doesn't mean they can't write something bad. Shin Sekai Yori was, I think, a far better concept for a dark social deconstructive piece, because unlike Psycho-Pass, it isn't a combination of tropes we've all seen a million times before (seriously, how many coming-of-age dystopian stories about psychics and the conflicts they have with each other and telekinetically generated mutant organisms are there?).

Sakurasou and Kokoro Connect are somewhat cliche in concept, but the characters are interesting, and since they're the focus of the show, the cliche-ness doesn't really matter. Psycho-Pass...has pretty bland characters, from what I've seen, and the generic setting is bound to be a large part of the story because it's social commentary. (But not a particularly original sort. "Technology and government control our lives too much for the sake of safety! Or maybe they don't. We'll let the viewers decide so we don't have to!" Something like that?) Not much to see there.


Thank you for the reply. That makes sense and I can see how you feel that way. Psycho Pass wasnt Anime of The Year or anything, and I have heard many people say Shinsekai Yori was better, although I havent finished it yet. Is there really THAT many cyberpunk dystopian thrillers out there? I'd love to see more of them since I did enjoy psycho pass. I'm sure there are like 1 or 2 a year but I wouldnt say THAT much (then again, I have only been keeping up with anime for a year now). The plot wasnt very original, while watching it I was reminded of Minority Report and Equilibrium, so I can agree with some of the stuff you said. I didnt personally find the characters for Pet Girl all that interesting, but I can see what you mean about Kokoro Connect.
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Shinsekai Yori
Because thanks to this show, I got an A on my English essay. XD And it's totally epic.
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Posted 6/2/13
sakurasoa since it's the only one I've seen of the 2
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Shinsekai Yori.


I prefer dark and gritty shows that'll keep me at the edge of my seat than a generic anime with an overly used RomCom slice-of-life that rely mostly on the audience's emotion.
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Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo gets my vote. In comparing the two, I liked the characters in Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo more than those in Shin Sekai Yori, and it was much more consistent. Shin Sekai Yori suffers from lackluster animation and a first half that was difficult to get into. While the second half was very good and the soundtrack was amazing, it is not enough for me to put it over Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, which was more enjoyable from beginning to end.
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