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Old 10-21-2020, 06:59 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, 07:30 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, 07:46 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, 12:50 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, 02:27 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 10-27-2020, 11:10 PM   #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, 07:04 AM   #8007
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Thanks for share this information. Very interesting.
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Old 10-29-2020, 09:27 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, 05:32 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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