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Old 10-21-2020, 07:59 PM   #8001
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I've only watched the first episode but it was hinted there she's basically a sociopath. In fact, I had this prepared to rant about it:



Keep in mind, the opening of the story is how the Rubella witches don't watch to teach her because they're jealous of her youth, beauty, and ability. And then her parents paid off someone to sabotage her accommodating personality.

Turning into a literal witch is the natural outcome.
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Old 10-21-2020, 08:30 PM   #8002
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I had thought the anime would be about our main character Elaina travel around the fantasy world she's in and help with problems here and there, but it's more like a Mother Goose tales type show, where she travels around and witnesses the world, but hardly makes any effort to affect the world. It's kind of weird in that way because it makes Elaina lack agency and makes her seem cruel and cold-hearted.
Sounds similar to Kino no Tabi, which is pretty upfront about the MC's "zero interference" policy as they travel to different (often dystopian) countries simply as an "observer". (It's a good philosophical series, though I'd recommend watching the original 2003 version rather than the reboot.) Wouldn't have guessed this is the kind of show you're describing though based on all the cute gifs I've been seeing on tumblr...
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Old 10-21-2020, 08:46 PM   #8003
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Kino doesn't have the power to interfere, though. She's a fighter and is capable of defending herself, but her abilities put her closer to a real bystander than an all-powerful who can solve other people's problems.

While not stated outright, Elaina is supposed to be pretty powerful, trained by a strong witch and (probably) the daughter of the legendary Nike.
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Old 10-24-2020, 01:50 AM   #8004
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So I'm dropping it. So episode 4 she arrives in a burning town that has a kaiju running around at night. She goes to a castle to find a woman with amnesia who wants to kill the giant monster and she basically said she'd help her prepare as repayment for letting her stay in her safe castle, but wouldn't help her fight. Then she goes and finds the woman destroying the kaiju and it turns out the woman herself destroyed her country, the kaiju was her dad and she went crazy and shit. Then Elaina leaves.

I don't understand this kind of world building. I feel like I enjoy world building shows because they seem interesting and possibly be a place I'd like to visit myself. i.e. Pacific Rim. Sure it's a dangerous place sometimes, but it seems like there would be something cool to see. Like the world has heroes and it's exciting.

This world is just depressing. Like we have powerful people around, but they're all so apathetic or just straight evil. I guess Elaina's world doesn't have Uncle Ben teaching lessons about great power.
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Old 10-24-2020, 03:27 AM   #8005
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That's hilarious. I'm glad I didn't continue.

Now, my turn...

Welcome to Japan, Elf-san!

This is a really cute isekai that's a big metaphor for a foreign bride. Ordinary salaryman Kazuhiko has a special ability that, when he goes to sleep, he has realistic 'dreams' of another world where he adventures. Because of this, he's stopped watching TV or playing games, as his dreams are far more entertaining. He returns to Earth when he sleeps or when he dies in that world.

He's been doing this since he was a child, but his body in the 'dream' world ages slower. IRL he's 25, but in the dream he's 15. He has a friend in that world named Mary, a 102 year old elf who is curious about new experiences.

One day, he and Mary are killed by a dragon, but since he was holding Mary when he dies, she ends up transported back to Japan with him. Mary is fascinated with Japan and its bizarre culture, and starts spending all of her time with Kazuhiko.

There's three basic plots. Kazuhiko-Mary's adventures in 'dream' land, their adventures on Earth, and Kazuhiko's growing sexual attraction to Mary. The guy is incredibly pure and friendly at first but they're sleeping together and spending all their free time with one another. At at time with Kazuhiko should be courting women, he's spending all his time with (an admittedly beautiful) but apparently dead-end relationship with this childish elf from another world.

He treasures their friendship but is torn between his desire to pursue other women romantically or pursue Mary. The problem is I don't think Mary sees him as a marriage partner, due in part to her lack of awareness at his real age. She sees him as a 15 year old and apparently doesn't seem to realize

I don't think it's a coincidence that in some of the LN art, Mary is drawn lime Emilia. Emilia too is an elf who is physically old but mentally immature, and has very little sexual awareness for the man interested in her.

I'm very curious as to how this novel will progress. Obviously, I am shipping Kazuhiko x Mary because they basically act like a couple even if they're not. But I think the story would be boring if Kazuhiko marries her for realsies at this point, as the meta story of him being in relationship limbo is more interesting than the plot stuff in either world.

Otherwise, a very fun, cute and attractive isekai. Recommended!
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Old 10-28-2020, 12:10 AM   #8006
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The Kimetsu no Yaiba movie has already hit $100M USD gross in just 10 days in the theatre, making it the 15th highest grossing anime film of all-time there.

It's on pace to obliterate Spirited Away and Kimi no na wa if it does indeed stay in theatres for 3 months.

Heck, it should beat those two movies with just the October-November gross alone.
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Old 10-28-2020, 08:04 AM   #8007
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Thanks for share this information. Very interesting.
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Old 10-29-2020, 10:27 AM   #8008
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Chainsaw Man is ending in the next few weeks, per Jump. And so a mediocre manga with intriguing potential ends on quite the whimper.
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Old 10-29-2020, 06:32 PM   #8009
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I feel like Chainsaw Man wrote itself into a corner after so many characters were just killed off. I kind of commend the author for his willingness to do so in a genre and industry so unwilling to let characters die as it kept tension high that almost anyone could die, but it cut off so many plot lines and made many characters seem pointless. I'm kind of curious how far Fujimoto actually writes ahead.

Meanwhile, titles unwilling to let anyone die have insanely long runs for better or worse. Plot armor is quite thick in modern storytelling.
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Old 11-08-2020, 12:43 PM   #8010
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Gensou Gourmet

An isekai that's something like Ishuzoku Reviewers for food. The interesting part is typical Japanese writers will extol the virtues and glory of Japanese food, but the main guy in this is reviewing isekai food.

Granted, the food is still pretty similar to ours, but it's a nice change of pace from the usual white rice/soy sauce wank that's more typical of Japanese writing.
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Old 11-13-2020, 02:13 PM   #8011
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Piggy Duke

Described as 'genderbent bakarina', this is an isekai where the nameless main character gets reincarnated into a fat, horrible "villainess" named Slow Denning in a visual novel.

Slow is apparently a popular character online in the real world because he's a tragic villain who gets NTR'd by his love, Charlotte, who despite loving him becomes like the 8th concubine in the hero's harem. It's sick.

So when the Japanese guy gets reincarnated into Slow, he's determined to have Slow win Charlotte's heart. Knowing the current method won't work he tries to improve himself and rehabilitate his social standing.

What's nice about this story is that there's a sense of progression. Slow starts off as a fat, evil pig, but goes on a diet and exercise routine. He slims down gradually throughout the story and eventually becomes a muscular Chad.

That said, outside of Slow's charisma - post transmigration the guy is a laid-back bro - there's not a ton to like.
Charlotte is a pretty meh character mostly because of her stupidity. She was unaware Slow sacrificed himself in the first game and remains basically useless here.
Alicia, Slow's former loli fiancee, is better and truly loves him, but it sucks because she has no route to a future with him anymore. The Japanese guy is monogamous and has no intention of pursuing a harem with her, and game Slow had already broken up with her. So the story in avoiding Slow's fate is instead pushing her toward tragedy instead.

This is a (fairly) unique and comfy title by virtue of it being genderbent otome. It also rides on the coattails of a really charismatic MC. It's worth looking into for the novelty.
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Old 11-14-2020, 04:54 PM   #8012
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Sokushi CHeat ga Saikyou Sugite, Isekai no Yatsura ga Marude Aite ni Naranai n desu ga

tl;dr - isekai One Punch Man.

The basic premise - evil sages summon a class of Japanese kids to a parallel world, with the intent on making them sages to appose "Aggressors", isekai'd monsters trying to get back to their home and wrecking stuff in the process.

Four kids in the classroom don't get blessed with RPG powers and are left for dead. One of the powerless, Takatou Yogiri, possesses a supernatural ability on Earth to kill anything he desired with a thought, so long as he can imagine what he wants to kill.

Yogami and another powerless Tomochika wander the world and its cliche-filled developments, trying to find a way home, as Yogami systemically breaks down the plot by killing important characters and locations.

...

Ultimately, i think this is more fun than One Punch Man because it's less formulaic. OPM was very often setting up a boss battle for Saitama to effortlessly end - the structure of a joke.

This title is more entertaining because Yogami tries to hold himself back from killing, so when deaths happen and who dies is unexpected. You know the characters aren't in any danger after a time but that doesn't change the eddys and undertows of where the river takes them.

Now, how do I shorten the ungodly long title?
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Nozomanu Fushi no Boukensha

This is something like a sequel to Goblin Slayer, assuming that one day, Goblin Slayer dies on the job...and rises from the dead as a skeleton to continue what he was doing before.

The main character of this title, "Rent" is very similar to GS. He's a veteran Bronze-ranked adventurer who is considered a treasure of the town due to the low-rank quests he takes, the mentor ship he provides and the disputes he arbitrates.

One day, a dragon unexpectantly appears in a small dungeon he hunts and he's killed and eaten, but his corpse rises from the grave as a sentient skeleton. He's driven by nothing more than his pre-death desire to become a Mythril-ranked adventurer.

There are girls in it but since we have a "sexless MC" who is essentially an Ainz/GS fusion, nothing comes much from it. Although Rent does take a chunk out of one girl's shoulder when he evolves into a zombie.

I really like this. It's interesting, well drawn and nicely paced. It's a slow life title that isn't actually slow.

"Slow un-life"?
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Mugen Train surpasses Frozen to be the #3 highest grossing film in Japanese history, behind only Titanic and Spirited Away.

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