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Posted 8/2/19 , edited 8/2/19
I have no idea why but watching NGNL always reminds me of WoW, more specifically of Karazhan.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

I might just actually study abroad at Nanzan University myself.

Just found out my school actually has an exchange program with that university. Probably not within my major, but who knows?


Means I gotta abandon all my anime stuff and keep a lot of my games/shows hidden

Also, don't exchange at Nanzan unless you're deadly serious about learning Japanese hardcore. My university also exchanges with Kansai Gaidai, and the language department and study abroad advisors all agree that Nanzan is a lot more language-intensive. They've actually steered some students away from Nanzan to Kansai because they didn't feel that the student would be able to handle the intensity of the language courses there.

More than anything, though, I'm happy because I want to teach English to the age range my host family sister is in, so I'll undoubtedly get opportunities to practice teaching English some while getting help with my Japanese
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I think /granbelm just comfortably locked itself in for me for the season, this week proved they're delivering a quality show. Not for any big twist, just consistent high standards. And we got our first evolved mech and berserker mode which confirms the chibi mechs are just larva forms essentially, and the mech fights are all 2D with good animation.

I'm not expecting anything deep or complex from it although it might, but overall it's just great at being good. They had a fight this week with two characters going through a lot of emotions and they animated it handily while also delivering good action. So props to them and whoever has apparently done such a good job overseeing the production schedule.

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After all the talk about Arthur and the Wild Hunt this week I more than half hoped they were setting up for an ethereal cameo.
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(Guys Bakemonogatari was this season ten years ago.)
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Posted 8/6/19 , edited 8/7/19

Insomnist wrote:

How'd you like it? It sounds like an interesting book, is it the type that gets referenced a lot in other works so that if you've read it you notice nods to it in other things? Did they preserve the poetry or does it read more like literature? The only thing I think I've read kind of like that before is the first half of Faust.



Ovid's is definitely the cleverest and best treatment of the Greek and Roman myths. I had learned them from Bulfinch, but Ovid is so much better. The descriptions of the various metamorphoses (of people into other things, usually birds) are absolutely over-the-top. And the end is perfect.

It's pretty long, though. I actually didn't read it, but listened to it as an Audible audiobook; I think it was like 16 hours.


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I think there are a few good shows, and some more okay ones, but I'm not really on top of them. CR-specific would probably be Dr. Stone, Fire Force, Granbelm, Fate/Waver's Detective Service, Danmachi S2, and potentially Accelerator. But the odds are in favor of me only finishing one or two and maybe doubling back later for some others (like Maidens).

Granbelm has actually held up pretty well for magical girls in mechs fighting a grail war.

HiDive also has Machikado Mazoku / The Demon Girl Next Door which was probably the funniest new series imo.


Thanks. I'll try The Demon Girl Next Door;
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Posted 8/6/19 , edited 8/6/19
It's a bird! It's a plane! I think I need an adult!



CR's live panel was a hoot.


auroraloose wrote:

Ovid's is definitely the cleverest and best treatment of the Greek and Roman myths. I had learned them from Bulfinch, but Ovid is so much better. The descriptions of the various metamorphoses (of people into other things, usually birds) are absolutely over-the-top. And the end is perfect.

It's pretty long, though. I actually didn't read it, but listened to it as an Audible audiobook; I think it was like 16 hours.

It definitely sounds interesting, I'm bad at getting to books anymore but I'll tuck a note somewhere. Thanks!
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Posted 8/7/19 , edited 8/7/19
So today I learned parchment paper is super flammable. PSA in case anybody else spent 30 years in kitchens without ever finding that out before, for some reason I just assumed that sort of textured substance was resistant to open flames. It's also kinda hard to put out since the rest of the sheet doesn't absorb water to stop the flames from spreading.
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I was discussing Quintissential Quintuplets on reddit again, and I got to thinking, perhaps for stories that develop over time, it’s better to actually follow popular avenues than it is pursue your original vision.

When I think back to like Oreimo, Haganai, and a few other LNs, Oreimo probably would have had a better ending if they pursued a romance angle with Ayase or Kuroneko and used it to further a sibling relationship with Kirino rather than burning bridges to do a half assed incest ending.

Haganai probably would have worked with any girl (aside from Yozora, it was important to the story that she particularly wasn’t chosen), however it would have been interesting if Kodaka did make a relationship with Rika who was the popular one work. However instead he opted for an ending that doesn’t favor any girl and leaves the audience unsatisfied.

ASU no Yoichi was a manga that I think only got good when it changed heroines. I also can’t imagine that the author started off with the intention to shaft Ibuki given how integral she was to the first part of the story, although not very interesting. I’m sure he switched to focusing on Ayame because she inadvertently became so popular through her far more interesting character interactions.

Track records show that series that pursue a popular avenue often end up much better received in the end than those that pursue their original vision, or an unpopular avenue.
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Posted 8/9/19 , edited 8/9/19
Rewatching Heavy Object (again), I just love the energy of this show.

Qwenthur has to be one of my favorite anime protagonists. He has no special powers, he literally isn’t even allowed to carry a gun because he’s just a mechanic. Yet he inadvertently gets all these chicks to fall for him purely by trying to save his own skin through bullshitting.

I love him, he’s not some moral paragon, he’s not a super soldier, he’s just a pervert who knows how to think on his feet. It makes the fact that he casually amasses a harem so much more delicious.
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Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran isn't messing around with their samurai sakuga. I wonder if they keep this up for the whole show. It's 13 episodes so maybe they weren't spread too thin. Glad I started getting around to cel anime past 1999.

Edit: 13 episodes of this was super worth it.



Some of the episodes were also pretty dark for kids. Especially the one where Myao visits her hometown (which was also the only one that showed blood). I only thought one episode was bad since it leaned hard into the cringey foreigner who wants to be Japanese but they're really stupid archetype.

Rest were fine, though not like first season Kino's Journey level or anything; mix of 5-7 out of 10s.

And the animation was great throughout so banzai.

(Ran wasn't a bad lead either but they never really got into her past, you're mostly just along for the ride.)

What else did I try...

Salaryman Kintarou
Hidamari no Ki
Zoids

None of those stuck, Hidamari no Ki is probably good just not my vibe.

Itching to take a crack at the Babel Nisei OVAs though.
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Lol it's Keanu.



From the first Case Files of Young Kindaichi movie, Operazakan.

Edit: Some more screencaps.
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Posted 8/13/19 , edited 8/13/19

xxJing wrote:

When I think back to like Oreimo, Haganai, and a few other LNs, Oreimo probably would have had a better ending if they pursued a romance angle with Ayase or Kuroneko and used it to further a sibling relationship with Kirino rather than burning bridges to do a half assed incest ending.

I don't know. My problem with Oreimo wasn't that it was a half-assed incest ending. It was that it was a half-assed ending. You could tell the author wanted to go that route, but he copped out so hard in the end. You can do whatever you want in the spectrum of free ideas, but, if it is a controversial idea, then you at least gotta stand up for it.

The reason they separated was lame. Kousuke ultimately ending up with nobody was lame. etc
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I finally finished watching every first episode of the summer season (took me longer than I thought ).
There was one thing that really bothered me and was clearly visible in many anime: The CGI doors. I don't know if I just haven't recognized it until now because they're not in the anime I normally watch or if it's a new thing but it really confused me. Even when nothing else in that scene was CGI, there were still CGI doors.

Isekai Cheat Magician, Tray Knights and The Ones Within were straight out boring. I watched them on Sunday and Monday and I barely remember what the episodes were even about.

The idol anime (Re:Stage and Ensemble Stars) were slightly disturbing to me (for completely different reasons though) but I have to admit that the more I think about, the more I'm convinced that they're actually not that bad, I just don't like the genre at all.

Business Fish is one of the laziest anime I've seen in a while. It probably could've been something mediocre if at least the writers had put any effort into it.

Hensuki was okay, it's probably even considered to be a good show by the people who like the genre but I'm not one of them.

Given was another case of good for its genre but boring to me, which didn't come as a surprise. I tried to read the manga a few times but I always gave up during the first chapter. It's not the kind of BL I usually read and while the anime was a little less boring, it wasn't interesting enough to make me want to watch another episode.

Kochoki was a disappointment. Not that I expected it to be good (it's not bad, it's just not very interesting either), but I expected to get a little bit of fanservice out of it but then the first episode was just about their childhood .

BEM was probably the most disappointing first episode imho. It wasn't bad but I hoped it would be better.

The first episode of the mum anime wasn't too bad but I doubt I'll watch all of it. It's also kind of weird that she looks more like an older sister and is so extremely focused on her son (there's no reason to be concerned just because a teenage boy isn't super close with his mum)

Cop Craft was pretty good despite the sometimes questionable animation. I'm slightly worried that it might turn into a train wreck later on but as long as it doesn't take itself too seriously, this series should be fun.

The Demon Girl Next Door was the biggest surprise of the season. I almost skipped it because I expected it to be nothing more than just lolicon fanservice and the first scene (which had a half naked loli in it) certainly didn't help to change my opinion but the rest of the episode was unexpectedly funny and adorable. I also really like the mum. Everything she says is actually quite evil but it's presented in a way that makes her likable nonetheless. Besides, for some reason I can take a loli a lot more serious when she's also a demon. I don't know why, that's just how it is.

Vinland Saga had the, by far, best premier this season. It wasn't just exciting and well made it was also surprisingly accurate . Whenever I read a historical manga/watch that kind of anime I don't expect it to be accurate at all but they even got the clothes right (I was prepared to see simplified clothing because that's less difficult to animate). Of course, some things were over the top but it still fits because it's a saga and not a documentary. And I finally got the fanservice I was hoping for .

The questionable honor of worst premier of the season goes to Arifureta. Sure, there were many other boring and bad anime but this one had one of the worst forst episodes I've ever seen. The animation was atrocious and the entire episode was just a mess. For the first time while watching a first episode, I learned more about the plot while reading the summary than I did while watching 20+ minutes of this anime. I paused halfway through the episode to check if I was really watching episode one. Even the first episode of Kyousougiga (an anime with an intentionally confusing first episode, but that one was actually good) was less confusing than this one. But it wasn't just confusing, most of the things I understood also made no sense at all. I mean, he became the strongest by eating monsters while that thing was over his head, how has nobody else ever done that? How has nobody else, who actually grew up in this world, figured that out by now?
And why should I even care about that guy? They didn't introduce him to us at all. When he gets attacked I don't know who he is, where he is, why he's there etc.
I could write an entire essay about how bad that was but this post is already long enough .
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Posted 8/13/19 , edited 8/14/19

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Isekai Cheat Magician, Tray Knights and The Ones Within were straight out boring. I watched them on Sunday and Monday and I barely remember what the episodes were even about.

Same boat, I did skip Try Knights but I distinctly remember looking up Cheat Magician multiple times after trying it cause I kept forgetting what it was over and over, and I still forget it.

The first episode of Arifureta was an odd mess. Rest has just been a normal isekai but his survival in the beginning of the story was my favorite part of the manga and it was all rushed into one incomprehensible episode.

Have you seen /granbelm and /lord-el-melloi-iis-case-files-rail-zeppelin-grace-note yet? I don't think I saw you post about them before but I may have missed it.
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