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Posted 9/12/16 , edited 9/13/16
Considering this is a fairly small group there's not much point in making individual series threads right now so a general discussion thread will suffice! Considering this is the inaugral group thread I figure this is the best post to lay out what kind of group this is intended to be.

+ A place for people who think of anime/manga as something like books or TV shows not a lifestyle choice.

+ Don't talk about being in love with your waifu or how hot you think characters are or any of the stuff. It's fine to think characters are cool and great or love their design but if you can't understand the difference between that and "my waifu desu desu" this isn't the place for you.

+ This isn't a place to talk about being a Japanophile and how much you hate the West or how you're going to move to Japan when you're 18 and live a life like in your animes.

+ This isn't a place to argue that being way in to anime isn't weird or try and prove that people who don't like that are wrong.

+ If you're discussing plot details from anything beyond the first few episodes or chapters of a series than be kind and use spoiler tags.

I'll update this with more rules later if the need arises!
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Rather than clutter the OP I decided to put what I'm currently watching and reading in its own post! I suppose it makes sense to list one series I'm reading and one series I'm watching to start with!

Reading
I just bought and read the first two volumes of Assassination Classroom a lovely little surreal manga that I'm liking a lot so far. A brief summary of the series is that a squid monster blew up the moon and plans on blowing up the Earth in one year. However it desires to become a school teacher and will spend the next year teaching the students of class 3E the regular cirriculum as well as assassination techniques. If they cannot kill Korosensei before they graduate in a year's time Korosensei will blow up the Earth. You might think Korosensei has no reason to put in effort teaching them but the only think he's more dedicated to than blowing up the Earth is being the greatest teacher! Definitely a surreal premise but a great vehicle for exploring individual characters and some great comedic moments. The first two volumes remind me of the early parts of Reborn!

Watching
I've been following Mob Pyscho 100 since it began airing and it's really wonderful and something more people should be following. It's based on a comic by ONE who is also the author of One Punch Man. The premise of both series initially sounds similar considering they both follow an insanely strong protagonist but the series are very different in both tone and theme. Mob whose real name is Shigeo is a middle-schooler who is the world's most powerful esper and works as a part-timer for Reigen and his ghostbusting business. Unbeknownst to Mob Reigen is a fraud who is using Mob though has the series progresses it is clear Reigen isn't a bad guy and cares for Mob. I really adore the art style and it's super unique though some people consider it bad presumably because they think technical art is the only metric for quality. The animation is incredible and anyone who says otherwise is a fool who thinks artstyle and animation are remotely related. If Diamond is Unbreakable didn't exist this would be my favourite thing airing.

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That's a solid start to this thread! I don't think I can follow that up really! I was considering watching Mob Psycho for awhile and because of your recommendation, I think I'll look into it sooner rather than later. Tbh, I haven't read manga for 5 years and the last thing related to it that I bought was the issue of Shonen Jump where Pain and Naruto fought so I can't really comment on that outside of that I think that Assassination Classroom sounds like a very interesting premise and makes me hope that they bring the show to Crunchyroll in the near future.

As far as show watching goes, I've mostly been binge watching shows a little ways down the popular page such as Konosuba (has my favorite ending song from any anime) , The World God Only Knows, No Game No Life, Golden Time, The Irregular at Magic High School, Magi (op 1 is fantastic), Mekakucity Actors, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Say "I Love You", DearS, and Cowboy Bebop.... As you can see, I watch shows outside of the action genre, which I started doing at the beginning of the summer for no reason in particular. Now romances and romantic comedies are my guilty pleasure. Guess I developed a soft spot in my ice-cold heart for that sort of thing.

Out of these, I'd recommend all of them aside from DearS and maybe Say "I Love You", which were pretty average I felt, but the other ones were really good, especially Magi which I finished in less than a week, no joke.


I've also been keeping up with the bigger shows from this season like Re: Zero (which you can probably tell is my favorite series), Twin Star Exorcists, Shokugeki no Soma, and 91 Days (all which you should watch if you haven't already).

Also, for the first time ever, I dropped a show. No offense to any of you who like it, but I take it most people don't since it has an ever falling rating (currently 2.5 stars): Taboo Tattoo. The animation sharply declined after the first episode, the story turned into a mess, and it's full of cliches. Funnily enough, the thing that made me drop the show was the fan service because of how out of place it was. I got tired of rolling my eyes and sighing so much.

And quick question, since I'm new to forums; should I just reply to the forum or should I quote the original post? Not sure what the difference is really.

Update: Watched the last season of "The World God Only Knows", and damn it got pretty real during the last few episodes. I found it hard to watch the mc do what he did (I won't spoil anything). Still can't believe how much I got into it this show; I'm such a sucker.

Update 2.0 (as if anyone cares): I watched the dubbed version of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and it was absolutely fantastic. The ending was wrapped up very nicely and left me satisfied especially when compared to other shows *cough* Re: Zero. 100/10 would recommend. The moment when
That moment alone makes watching the show worthwhile. That scene made the dub worth watching as well because it's actually done much better than the original voice actor imo.
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