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Old 01-21-2021, 05:13 AM   #8026
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I'd like to have a debate with Loki over whether he thinks this is well animated or not. The 3D CGI bleeds out to me and makes it look bad, and in other cost saving shots you can see tweens, scrolls or zooms to control perspective.

It's not particularly engaging a story to me. Kind of trippy.
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Old 01-26-2021, 04:30 AM   #8027
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End spoiler for Mushoku Tensei

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Eris = Din
Sylphy = Farore
Roxy = Nayru

Rudeus is married to all 3 of the Zelda goddesses at once. Pfeh!
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Old 01-29-2021, 01:13 AM   #8028
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I need some emotional support (not a joke).

A manga I was reading...descended into NTR.

It was horrifying and my soul feels injured right now. ;_;
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Old 02-08-2021, 05:46 PM   #8029
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I ended up reading the Re:Zero web novel and it's fantastic.

There are some parts that are questionable, especially when it devolves into "shounen" complete with arsepull power-ups, but otherwise it just gets better and better as the story goes on, especially Arc 6 which is better than any Overlord book due to its psychological introspection.

The WN itself is pretty hit or miss. The worst Arc is 5, while the best is 6 and 4. This is in contrast to the anime where 4 is horrible (i.e., R:0 season 2) and the first three arcs tell a pretty consistent story.

Despite what others might insist, I can't say that Arcs 1-3 of the WN are better than the anime. The WN starts off kind of amateurish but I can understand this considering the order of the writing, which was basically:

1 → 3 → 4 → 2 → 3 → 5 → 6

What this means is Tappei, the author, initially wrote 1, 3 and 4 as an Emilia-Subaru story then added Arc 2 to flesh out some things for Arcs 3 and 4, which lead to developing Rem who took on a life of her own...and thus, Arc 3 had to be rewritten.

This is basically why Emilia is MIA in Arcs 2-3 and why Rem is MIA in Arc 4 (although she warps the plot of Arc 4 away fro Emilia). And that's why Arc 4 looks kind of messy and why the story itself seems to have an identity crisis with Subaru loving two main heroines at once.

If you cut out Rem trying to hijack the plot in Arcs 2-3 you can see how Emilia fits in as the main heroine.

Arc 6 did a fine job of attempting to reckon Emila back into the plot but I think it ultimately failed in spite of Rem being a non-presence.

So, yeah. For a WN, it's the best I've read. For an isekai it's right up there. I think the writing quality is well above Tsukimichi and Mushoku Tensei.

I'll rate the R:0 WN as Outstanding, and since it's free everyone should go out and read it.
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Old 02-11-2021, 12:28 PM   #8030
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Been reading Spy x Family. Very cute.

After a war between east and west left both nations scarred, a long cold war has started. The west has sent their master spy, Twilight to infiltrate the east and do everything in his power to prevent another war. His newest assignment: start a family and infiltrate an elite school in order to meet the east country's reclusive leader.

Twilight, a master of disguise who had given up on the idea of a family for the security of his country now has to build a family from nothing. He adopts a strange girl named Anya, who secretly has mind reading powers and decided to impress Twilight in hopes of joining his spy adventures. She isn't very smart, but can get through by reading minds of those nearby. For his wife, he meets a beautiful but lonely woman named Yor. She is nearing 30 years old and is still single and fears the Secret Police will suspect her of espionage, which isn't try. In truth, she is the Thorn Princess, a secret assassin for the East who puts down political traitors.

Now a master spy for the West, a secret child telepath, and an assassin for the East each with their own hidden life form a family.

The premise is nice, but I will say one of the characters is sadly underused and has thus far mostly been for gags. It's only about 40 chapters now and it's one of SJ Online's most popular series. Hopefully future chapters will balance out all the characters.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:11 AM   #8031
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I started reading Spy x Family last year when the quarantine started. It is very cute. =3 Haven't seen updates for it in a while though, at least on the site I was using. (Last chapter I read was 29.)

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Which character are you referring to?
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Old 02-16-2021, 05:46 PM   #8032
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I was reading Spy x Family but dropped it for reasons I can't remember. I should probably get back into it, I was enjoying the premise and it was certainly pretty cute. I've found myself getting more invested in series like that as I've gotten older.

Anybody else been reading Frieren at the Funeral? It's pretty endearing. It follows the adventures of an elf who travelled with the Hero and his party who defeated the Demon King after the death of said Hero, with her wanting to connect more with humans and create more meaningful relationships. It's a nice take on the trope of Elves being rather detached from the lives of humans due to their lengthy life spans.
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Old 02-16-2021, 09:58 PM   #8033
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I'm familiar with Frieren but as someone who reads a ton of isekai, I don't see the appeal outside of the magazine it's serialized in (Shounen Sunday). It's a fairly ordinary 'native isekai' *cough* fantasy *cough* that happens to have a brand name that people will read.

Spy x Family, by the same token, is a title I hadn't heard of but is usually out of my purview, being a Shounen Jump title. I generally don't touch Jump with a ten-metre poll and Chainsaw Man has given me renewed resolve toward why.

I don't like the stable of Jump editors and the censorship standards they impose on artists, so almost everything I read these days comes in the form of small print or online only publishers. You sacrifice a lot in art quality and story content going to these manga, but sometimes things stick, like with Tsuki or Mynoghra.
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Old 02-17-2021, 04:05 PM   #8034
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Kemono Jihen

Awesome. This is like a horror version of Mushishi. Supernatural yokai-like critters called kemono are starting to leave mythology and encroach on Japanese life. Detective Inugmi, a half-tanuki kemono, acquires a half-ghoul kemono as a ward during one of his jobs. The two go around Japan solving paranormal cases.

Good start and apparently an anime is airing? I don't care about that, though!
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Old 02-20-2021, 12:45 PM   #8035
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Yor the assassin is never used much in her assassin part. There were several times in reading the chapters that I kind of plainly forgot she was an assassin. They play it for gags sometimes like when she kicks a car and beats up terrorists or some such, but they pretty much never show her doing assassinations whereas Loid is constantly on missions and of coarse Anya is always at school making progress.

It'd be nice to see like a Data's Day type episode with Yor and follow her through a whole day from morning with the family, to her city hall job, to her preparing for a target, then actually executing the job and then coming home to the family.

TLDR; Yor is just a mom and we only see progress in that. We rarely see her as an assassin.
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