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Kill la Kill, FLCL, Cowboy Bebop, and Death Note.
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Attack on titan would have to be my main one, i can't stand too much gore, and this just pushed it for me, but everyone seems to love this anime BECAUSE of the gore
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One Piece (this is popular enough to have made it to 650 episodes and I want to know how on Earth that happened), seriously, The Simpsons hasn't even done that, and the Simpsons is older than I am.

The Simpsons airs reruns, One Piece doesn't.

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in the current season ALDNOAH makes me mad.


I second that, I hated the first 2 episodes, the last two were ok but beyond the action (which I don't place very highly at all on my list of things I look for) it really is pretty boring and the show has given me Zero reason to care about these characters.

Also two of Urobochi others works,
Pyscho-Pass- I enjoyed but it was nowhere near as good as people had claimed
Fate/zero- Same as Psycho-pass, it is good but nowhere near the level I expected it to be with all of the hype around it

Haven't seen madoka, I'll get around to it eventually, but urobochi shows are pretty have been pretty average for me I haven't hated them but I like them nowhere near as much as other people do. Both Aldnoah and Pyscho-Pass really just feel like the premise and story has been done before even if I couldn't point out specific examples (i could, atleast a few).

Gargantia is pretty good though, pretty lighthearted with fairly well developed characters.

TTGL- I enjoyed it quite a bit until after EP. 8 after that for my enjoyment it massive dive and after the time skip it took another,
and again action without caring about the charaters isn't gonna cut it.



I wasn't clear on who Urobochi was at all until the Aldnoah discussion, but seeing the lists, I do't like any of his things except Gargantia. He strikes me as popular because he uses a few narrative tricks that Anime fans just aren't widely read enough to recognize as tricks.
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Smeelia wrote:

I can't think of anything but then I tend to watch things that I expect to like and I'm only occasionally wrong (I usually do a bit of research at least and I seem to be good at reading between the lines on descriptions).

I wouldn't complain anyway, you can't like everything (well, maybe you could but most people don't).

It can be difficult to understand other people's tastes but I think accepting that and accepting that others will have different tastes is a good idea (it's not like it'd hurt you). That said, I like quite a few things that are being made these days so maybe it's easier when you're part of a larger target audience (rather than having more niche tastes, within the niche that anime already is).

I do find it amusing when people say things like "how can you like that show?" then mention things that I like about the show as if they're bad things. It's funny how weird and varied we humans are.



Someone to agree with....finally. I swear people just love to hate things.
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I wasn't clear on who Urobochi was at all until the Aldnoah discussion, but seeing the lists, I do't like any of his things except Gargantia. He strikes me as popular because he uses a few narrative tricks that Anime fans just aren't widely read enough to recognize as tricks.

Everything is a trick. It just depends on what tricks the person in question likes to see.
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Hmmm...

Well I don't necessarily hate it, but Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. I simply like the first adaptation from 2003 better overall.
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windsagio wrote:I wasn't clear on who Urobochi was at all until the Aldnoah discussion, but seeing the lists, I do't like any of his things except Gargantia. He strikes me as popular because he uses a few narrative tricks that Anime fans just aren't widely read enough to recognize as tricks.


Should try not to go down the road of "people who like things I don't like are just dumb and/or ignorant."

Ultimately, stories are almost nothing but "narrative tricks," and stories you like or dislike usually come down to which tricks bother you, and which ones you appreciate. (Ninja'd on that point, apparently.)

Urobuchi tends to get slammed for using too many shocking twists, but I hardly even noticed them in Madoka because they fit into the story so well. Other people thought they were jarring and forced. It depends on your personality. If you're very extroverted or have never been severely depressed, both the actions and consequences in a show like Madoka may seem completely nonsensical, and the dramatic moments appear to jump at you out of nowhere. Aldnoah, so far, seems like a decent sci-fi action show, vaguely like Code Geass except with a protagonist who's genuinely smart instead of a ridiculous TV-genius.

Speaking of ridiculous TV-geniuses... No Game No Life looked like it was going to be a whole season of two anime-stereotype-hodgepodge hypergenius heroes steamrolling everyone without even trying, so I never finished it. I've heard it's kind of a pseudo-sequel to Problem Children... the thing is, that show had conflict and interesting characters, while NGNL has neither (in the first few episodes at least), so the latter couldn't keep my attention.
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Cr Threads.

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Kill La Kill, The Irregular at Magic High School, Haruhi Suzumiya, etc.
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Speaking of ridiculous TV-geniuses... No Game No Life looked like it was going to be a whole season of two anime-stereotype-hodgepodge hypergenius heroes steamrolling everyone without even trying, so I never finished it. I've heard it's kind of a pseudo-sequel to Problem Children... the thing is, that show had conflict and interesting characters, while NGNL has neither (in the first few episodes at least), so the latter couldn't keep my attention.

This is interesting because I mostly thought the opposite. NGNL has OP characters left right and center, absolutely. But so does Problem Children, and I found Izayoi to be a much more irritating/haughty protagonist in a show with a much more generic harem and with very little plot or character progression, which NGNL has in spades. I also thought NGNL had much better games, less down time, and was just kind of more... amped up and epic in a lot of fun ways, I guess.

This is kind of a comparing perspectives thing rather than a criticism, it's just an interesting clash.

Both shows sell themselves almost entirely on fun factor which is pretty subjective.
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windsagio wrote:

I wasn't clear on who Urobochi was at all until the Aldnoah discussion, but seeing the lists, I do't like any of his things except Gargantia. He strikes me as popular because he uses a few narrative tricks that Anime fans just aren't widely read enough to recognize as tricks.

Everything is a trick. It just depends on what tricks the person in question likes to see.


I think that's a little strong, but the bad phrasing and specificity in my post left space for that.

Simply put, he's a shock-writer, and it's a consistent surprise to me how often people mistake a sudden thematic inversion for a deep and interesting theme, instead of a stunt.
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windsagio wrote:


Insomnist wrote:


windsagio wrote:

I wasn't clear on who Urobochi was at all until the Aldnoah discussion, but seeing the lists, I do't like any of his things except Gargantia. He strikes me as popular because he uses a few narrative tricks that Anime fans just aren't widely read enough to recognize as tricks.

Everything is a trick. It just depends on what tricks the person in question likes to see.


I think that's a little strong, but the bad phrasing and specificity in my post left space for that.

Simply put, he's a shock-writer, and it's a consistent surprise to me how often people mistake a sudden thematic inversion for a deep and interesting theme, instead of a stunt.

Kind of. I see the risk of him devolving into one. Madoka had nice narrative patterns though, and Psycho-Pass used shock to accentuate key parts of the plot fairly well (although it's not a perfect anime by a long shot, in my opinion; I actually dropped it fairly early when it was airing). I've also heard very good things about his VN Song of Saya.

I thought Fate/Zero was pretty weak, but he also wrote the novels, not the adaptation, so a lot could be lost in translation there. A lot depends on the execution. I'm not too familiar with his earlier ones, like Blassreiter and Requiem for the Phantom. I thought Gargantia was fairly generic, either by Urobuchi's design or the director's.

At his best I think Urobuchi uses horror, not shock. Which is to say that horror can be shocking but it usually has a longer half-life than something like a random jumpscare. If you buy into it it can plant some deep roots. But he's been avoiding that stuff with Gargantia and Aldnoah.Zero, maybe just as an attempt to branch out and do different work.

Shallower work, in my opinion. But like I said in the SAO thread today, stories are tools. There are many types.


I don't think I'd call most of his work particularly deep or thematic, your calling them stunts seems widely applicable to me. It's more like he can create stories that have appeal and the potential to resonate strongly with a particular audience who appreciates his work. But I also feel like after he hit it big with Madoka he's been pretty rushed ever since.
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Hmm for me I think it's a genre thing.

Can't get into Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, or Aldnoah.

Can't get into SAO either. It's a shame since in theory I should love it. I just hate how the female characters change every story arc. Story feels like a harem more than anything.

One Piece and Naruto too.
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