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Old 08-07-2018, 08:25 AM   #7701
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Seconding the Toradora one. It also has beautiful songs to karaoke to.

Actually seconding ALL OF THEM.

ALSO WATCH:

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Old 08-07-2018, 03:56 PM   #7702
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Seconding the Toradora one. It also has beautiful songs to karaoke to.

Actually seconding ALL OF THEM.

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OREMONOGATARI
funny you mention oremonegatari when i just picked that show back up last night

never got past the first couple of toradora episodes which is perhaps the biggest crime here. that's on deck
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Old 08-07-2018, 04:44 PM   #7703
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I would have to suggest Golden Boy, one of my favourite shows ever. And it's really short. I highly recommend the English dub. I like it so much that I haven't even bothered trying the Japanese version.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:18 PM   #7704
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If you haven't seen it yet, Ouran is always a classic. <3


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Old 08-18-2018, 01:11 AM   #7706
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Golden Kamuy
Rating: Outstanding (9/10+)

I was saying early on this anime glowed with potential, and while the series more or less was a first season, it was otherwise excellent in almost every way. It was funny, atmospheric/worldly, had solid character development and tense, pulpy action. It sometimes edged into mature territory which was unusual for a "shounen" (?) title like this, in the modern era.

My only complaint is something raised in Episode 11 that was confusing. I can't clarify it without spoilers.

I highly, highly recommend this series. I can't give it a "Masterpiece" just because I don't think it aspires for the completeness of a true magnum opus, but it's about as super solid as any action-adventure you could ask for in this day and age, and it isn't one of those isekai derivatives.

With this out of the way, I'm now primed to begin Cells at Work as this was a road block to me downloading it. Yosh!
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:27 PM   #7707
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Has anyone heard of the light novel/manga Goblin Slayer?

I recently read the manga and I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's seems to still be a monthly ongoing series. It's basically about the story of a fantasy setting where one dude is super good at killing goblins and intends to do nothing else, even at the mockery of other adventurers who think goblins are beneath them.

It also seems to make a lot of visual references to other series, like one guy looks a bit like Guts from Berserk, a sorceress from Dragon's Crown, a guy who looks like Lancer from Fate Stay/Night, and ton of D&D tropes.

The art is pretty well done, but definitely NSFW due to some graphic violence and occasional rape.

It's also getting an anime series this October apparently. So something to look out for.

In other news, the new Code Geass will apparently be a movie, not third season. Not sure how I feel about that.
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:20 PM   #7708
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Been reading that for a while. Both are really damn good.

I have been having issues finding some links to stuff, but from what i've been able to get at, its been enjoyable.

the whole rape thing isn't for me but i get it. it's the whole "portraying goblins in a traditional sense" stuff.
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Old 08-23-2018, 01:28 AM   #7709
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/has been talking about Goblin Slayer non-stop since January

It's good that others are reading it! The rape winds down from the early chapters, because it was necessary to introduce the readers to what kind of a scenario the Goblin Slayer is dealing with.

The manga is really well done. The prequel, Year One, is not quite as well done because it's way more casual and overt with the RPG references. When GS submits his application to the Adventurer's Guild, it's actually a character sheet.
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:06 AM   #7710
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Sumika Sumire: I discovered tonight that, since Kaisa and I were last aboard the Sumika Sumire train, two new tankoubons have come out! Last time we had access through 8 and 9 was the latest out; this time, we have access through 10 and 11 is the latest out. Book 8 ended in an AMAZING climactic place, so I refreshed myself on that and pressed on through 9 just now. Half-reading, half-skimming, the book introduces a third dude in the mix, and our first villainous bishie. Looking forward to reading Book 10 in the near future, but hoping 11 might be where we wrap things up for good. I don't want the series to jump the shark, and the plot arc introduced in 9 definitely feels like it could lead us to that if we're not careful.
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Old 08-30-2018, 01:06 AM   #7711
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Sumika Sumire: I read Volume 10, I was writing a huge post, and I accidentally backed up a page in my browser. Too tired and too frustrated to start over. Suffice to say, in brief: Volume 10 is pretty good, ends on a huge cliffhanger, the end-game is in sight, and it's now two simple questions of 1) "Will she or won't she?" wind up happily ever after with 2) "Who?"
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:44 PM   #7712
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What a great couple days! The current interesting stuff:

Jojo
Sun/Moon
Goblin Slayer
The slime tensei anime

I'm watching GS right now. White Fox has done a decent job, though the anime episode isn't as horrifying/arousing as the first manga chapter.
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:36 PM   #7713
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Goblin Slayer

This is OK. It did not capture the same misleading effect as the first manga chapter. It is also boggled down by CGI, and I don't care for GS' voice. His drama CD voice actor was much better.

Something if a disappointment from White Fox, which made the incredible Re:Zero anime that surpassed the source material.

Slime Tensei

Why does this have higher production values than GS?
Why does this crack have such high production values when Kumo desu ga, nani ka? didn't?

=_=

I get that the world is not fair, that it is filled with born winners and losers, but this is annoying.

Slime isn't a bad show, but it doesn't deserve the royal treatment!
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:55 PM   #7714
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Goblin Slayer's first episode felt dull. And this is from source material that involves brutal violence and rape. It really felt like they were doing the bare minimum of work to transfer the manga into an anime. Even so, the manga pages felt more animated than the actual animation. The newbie party felt so stiff and boring and generic. They cut out their short backstories and the camera angles were horrible.

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I made a post on Imgur with some critique of the opening 5 minutes.

TLDR: Underwhelming first episode. Felt cheap.
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Old 10-07-2018, 11:07 PM   #7715
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I don't think it was cheap so much as the director failed to capture the manga's tone shift, where a story that starts off like Dragon Quest slowly transitions into Doom, and the atmosphere of overpowering dread wasn't allowed to settle on the audience. As you articulate too much was simplified for time or budget or whatever - the original chapter ended on Goblin Slayer appearing, and in this episode the party is wiped and priestess is saved. The first volume of the manga had PERFECT pacing, to the point that I don't think anyone would be torn up with it ending on that chessboard scene. You know the one.

It would have been better or make light of Priestess' cautionary comments rather than to focus in on them. And when Goblin Slayer appears, we don't know if he's friend or foe because he's so intimidating.

There was certainly some good artwork in the episode, but the direction was sabotaged by the CGI goblins, CGI Goblin Slayer and that stiffness.

If you think this was bad, Kumo was treated to an even worse mangling. Slime Tensei also looks low budget-ish but it managed to get around that with an amorphous slime that didn't need to be on-model because it doesn't have any endoskeleton.
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:03 AM   #7716
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ZOMBIELAND SAGA

You have GOT to be kidding me. Who thought this was a smart idea?



Zombies are not for fug! Heck, zombies are not even for hug!

It's gross!

It's...genius!

A zombie idol group. Uniting dead young idols from across time periods. Mamoru Miyano is The Producer. Such originality! Such boldness! An idea that presents itself in the mind eye in IMPACT typeface!

Fall 2018 is shaping out to be the most hype anime season in 10 years. Like I can't remember the last time there was 5+ watchable shows in a single season. Most seasons is 0-1. A good season is 2-3 with one primal throwing its weight around and 0-2 more mundane shows proving themselves able time killers.

Yet the season that gave keeps on giving. And I haven't even started Golden Kamuy season two yetttt.
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:57 AM   #7717
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:11 AM   #7718
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Zombie-chans have been a thing for the past 2-5 years now, with recent growth in popularity over the last 1-2. It's not my thing, and it remains a niche market, but it's definitely there. It evolved out of two very rather unrelated genres:
  • the monster girl genre, which typically takes various monsters from legend and turns them into cute, sexually-appealing anthropomorphized women
  • the zombie genre, which typically is rather dark and violent, a combination of other genres including rape, corruption, snuff, and gore
The latter has very, very little crossover with the former. The former is cute and largely inoffensive. The latter is dark, violent, and disgusting -- all properties its fans adore it for. I think the widespread appeal of monster girls, coupled with the mainstream disgust with zombie porn, wound up leading to this outcome where we found ourselves with what I've here referred to as "Zombie-chan", a moe zombie girl who has all of the (more) mainstream appeal of a monster girl with all of the (more) niche appeal of a zombie. It takes what is formerly dark and violent and repurposes it as comedic and adorable. "Aww, her head fell off! " "d'aww, she's worried that she might smell bad on the first date! " "Awwwwwww, she loves him so much she's resisting the urge to bite into his head. "

It's not for me. ^_^; It's definitely for the niche, niche intersection of people who are both 1) fans of monster girls and 2) fans of zombies.

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A recent example I can find that demonstrates this new subgenre is [おめがはうす] ゾンビになったあのコを救えるのは俺の精子だけっ! from September. At its heart it's still a zombie porn story, with the typical shambling male zombies and the rape and the snuff. But its presentation oozes the new "zombie-chan" craze: everything about the female character designs is cute, there is nothing overly brutal (and in fact a lot of what's shown is merrily consensual), the zombie-fied girls seem very happy to be zombies, and ... really, just take a look for yourself at some work-safe samples:






As you can see, these are not your grandpa's zombies. These are waifus, born and raised to appeal to otaku moe sensibilities. Visually, they're more Violet Beauregard than they are zombies. No skin peeling off. No missing body parts. Excellent posture. Full retention of mental acuity from before they were turned into zombies. They blush. They get aroused. These are only zombies in the strictest sense of "the author tells me so".

As for the plot of this particular piece, well, you might be able to discern it from the title. "My semen is the only thing that can save that girl who turned into a zombie!" Typical.
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:15 AM   #7719
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Almost every anime takes roughly two chapters of a manga to produce a single episode of an animation. I don't really know if they had enough material for a 1:1.

I don't know yet if it's an issue of direction and cinematography fully. I mean, can the director really be so dumb to hide the faces of two speaking characters in a scene? It really felt more like they didn't want to animate that scene rather than it was directed by a guy in his backyard making a Sasquatch film.

But yes, I fully agree. It's not ugly (if we exclude the CGI) and the source material is very strong so it'll still hook people on that on top of the shock factor from the brutality.

After a lot of searching and filtering through "Reaction" reviews of GS, I did find a lot of people say this has been pretty MEH. No hook and slow paced. Doesn't seem like there's many people who have read the LN or manga though.
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First episode of gs's adaption was mediocre. I'm disappointed.
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:35 AM   #7721
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Almost every anime takes roughly two chapters of a manga to produce a single episode of an animation. I don't really know if they had enough material for a 1:1.
But is it actually a manga adaptation?

Kumo's anime is a clear adaptation of the light novel because it uses the light novel artwork and also includes the utterly obnoxious elf land side story. The manga improved the narrative by cutting out the stupid side story while also improving the artwork. The decision to go that route doomed the anime, since each rewrite (manga > light novel > web novel) has improved on the story.

GS' manga artwork is much more in line with the light novel's. In fact, I did not know Year One and Brave New World were actually drawn by different people, because that's how close in style all the artists are. The manga likewise cut out a lot of information from the light novel, notably the meta commentary, but also minute details about the party before the wipe.

Adding the backstories for newbie wizard, newbie fighter and newbie warrior would have added at least 3 minutes of screen time to the episode, in the absence of anything else. I think with a full OP and ED that makes it very possible to fit the first chapter to the first episode.

Remember, Goblin Slayer is about killing goblins. There's nothing thrilling about that, it's more akin to vermin extermination. Slaying the goblins feels good because of how vile they are, but without establishing that emotional connection, it's just empty violence.

So rushing through the first chapter which is supposed to set the groundwork for why you should hate/fear the goblins, just to rush to the action (and then rushing said action), is a complete misunderstanding of the story's appeal.
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Golden Kamuy -13

One of the best (if not THE) best anime from last year continues to deliver. Although last season was mostly action, there were hints of depravity and tense humour that this episode featured in full. To the point that it was a little tough to unpack at first, but I welcome the quick exposition.

Of all the titles this season, this is the super heavyweight. I have high expectations that I hope will continue to be exceeded!

Slime Tensei

This episode was good but makes me butthurt that Kumo got the short end of the stick. The slime is charming, but not as fun as Kumo, and the whole monster hunting bit.

Kumo, minus the elf plot, is like The Secret Lives of Pokemon. Slime skipped through all that part which was a huge chunk of the appeal. I'm also disappointed the slime has pretty much fully detached itself from Japan.
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