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Anime / Re: A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« Last post by Gadget on Today at 08:16:48 AM »
Final thoughts
This is a thought experiment. It's like...What happen if we have a centaur in school? What would be her problems. How 'horse' would she be.
How about an angle and demon as class mate?
Or how do they interact with faun or satyr?
Cross breed children. Or how water creatures like mer people goes to school or romance with a land creature.
And it seems the angle class rep took over the series.
So what's the point, beside being a though experiment?
But it seems some logical though i put into the series.
SO like TIF, a 6

And what's the arm wrestling for?
Anime / Re: Princess Principal
« Last post by Gadget on Today at 05:48:30 AM »
Final thoughts

I feel let down after the first episode. The story is all over the place. And after the good story in the first episode, the rest was run of the mill cute spies doing cute stuff. It lost the excitement of a good spy thriller.

Although Ange was the MC, there is nothing about her that I can like. It's not that I don't like her, she's a blank. Even droids like R2D2 or C3PO got more character. Although she has a 'wall' around her heart and she has a 'bland' character, but her team can reflect on this and indirectly built her character. But the writers choose to take a short cut and make her bland.

But production was top notch. Bandai Visual money? It did create a steam punk feel. Not as good as  Project Itoh's The Empire of Corpses. I was hoping the see the Barbbage mechanical computer or Tesla's ray gun. The only thing that is stem punk are the airships.

Beside the production, everything else was flat. 6.5 for me.
Anime / Re: Knight's & Magic
« Last post by Gadget on Today at 05:26:39 AM »
Final thoughts

It's something for me to pass time. I do feel it's more for robots craze pre teens. But there are lots of decent actions. No pre and post action slow down. So that make it watchable.

6. I think that's generous.
Anime / Re: My Hero Academia
« Last post by AC on Today at 01:45:53 AM »
I'm just wondering: if the next episode is supposedly the final episode, then is there another season altogether?
Anime / Re: My Hero Academia
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on September 25, 2017, 03:22:41 PM »

That didn't disappoint at all.
Anime / Re: A Centaur's Life (Centaur's worries; Centaur no Nayami)
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on September 25, 2017, 03:21:43 PM »
12 (FINAL):

Not often you get The Fanservice Episode without pools, beaches, hot springs, or baths.  More of a half episode, I guess.  Either way, hanging a lampshade on the whole thing as another character's fanfiction doesn't get the director or production people off the hook for being hormonal.  Shame on you all, shame.  The other half episode was utterly pointless, where the purpose behind the arm wrestling tournament wasn't even given, much to Hime's chagrin.  I guess it was just a running gag in a pointless half-episode to finish the series.

And finish we did.  I don't have a lot to add to my feelings on this show that weren't already made in earlier episode comments.  It was not what I expected, but it still wasn't great.  It was mildly entertaining and because it didn't go Monster Musume on us, it ends up being more wholesome and explorational than exploitational, and it worked.  The teased big events coming, though, leaves a bad taste in the mouth, especially if no other adaptations of this come out.  The show ends on a whimper, because it couldn't go out in a bang.  It was fine, though.

6 / 10.
Anime / Re: Dragon Ball Super
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on September 25, 2017, 03:16:18 PM »

This is getting tedious.  What purpose was this episode supposed to serve?  Was it actually supposed to build up Frieza to some kind of betrayal, or at least make people think he might betray everybody?  I can't believe either are true, not after this.  If Frieza was the ultimate wild card for Universe 7, that hand has now been played.  Now that they've teased his betrayal, they can't go through with it.  That's foreshadow writing 101.  Dragonball does this all the ****ing time.  If Character X has some kind of technique that is sure to win, it wont, because it was hyped.  If Character Y is supposed to save the day, he or she wont, because it was expected.  If certain events are supposed to transpire, they wont, because we were told about them ahead of time.  This is how Toriyama, Toei, or whomever, writes their "twists".  Foreshadow the **** out of one thing, then a different thing happens, usually the opposite thing.

So Frieza is not going to betray U7.  He can't.  By having this episode, while in the backs of their minds the other fighters didn't trust him fully, they were not paying attention to him because of the other events going on.  Now they're paying attention to him.  How is he supposed to betray them now?  He just unzipped his fly and showed everybody his nonexistent dong.  Once you (don't) see it, you can't (not) unsee it.  Maybe that's what he wants, as some kind of mental screwjob with everybody?  I don't now.  Considering he was plotting with U9 that was quickly dismissed and forgotten about, who knows what the **** Frieza is up to.  A team-up with Frost would have been interesting.  Him betraying and eliminating Frost is not.

Why?  Because Frost is nothing by himself.  We already knew that from the U6-U7 tournament.  The initial concept of having Frost be the mirror opposite of Frieza, much like the Saiyans of U6 being unlike the U7 ones (and the U6 Earth being stupider than U7 Earth), was actually interesting in a very jarring mind**** kind of way.  Having a likeable Frieza?  Boggles the mind.  They didn't keep it very long, which meant he was just a weaker Frieza, which meant he was not interesting anymore.  They only brought him back for this tournament because they didn't want to create another new character for U6, and so he could be erased by Zen.  Frost served no purpose, inevitably, and the little bit at the beginning of the tournament between them, was a pointless red herring.  Oh wait, there's another of those foreshadowing moments.

And that was Frieza's grand plan?  Fake a battle with Gohan to blast Frost off when he wasn't paying attention?  Yeah, sure, Frieza is a ****er and likes to torment people; build up Frost's hope then crush it.  That's Frieza, I guess.  You have to imagine Frost was probably thinking of betraying Frieza at some point anyway.  It just seems like the dog-and-pony show did more harm to Frieza's character than good.  And what was that nonsense about actually getting rid of Gohan if he wasn't smart enough to figure things out?  He'd have actually kept Frost around if Gohan wasn't willing to participate in the facade?  He'd have openly betrayed them then, making himself a target of all U7 fighters and all the other universe fighters as well?  Frieza isn't that stupid.

So, again, what was the point of this episode?  What has the point been of any of these episodes?  Like I said, watching this is starting to get tedious.
Anime / Re: Made in Abyss
« Last post by gedata on September 25, 2017, 06:16:13 AM »
For what it's worth, the next episode is double the length.
Anime / Re: Kakegurui
« Last post by Equilibrium on September 24, 2017, 05:06:59 AM »

And end it with a bland there might be a second season type of open ending. Nobody is satisfied. I don't know but i guess the last game is not in the manga because it was basically completely pointless. To just keep up the status quo. It was nice to see Suzui have something to do and i admit the gambling addiction of Yumeko being infectious and affecting Suzui in this episode was fun and a satisfying way to show what has changed in him. However superficial it might be. With glowing red eyes and all... but yeah... this episode really didn't need to exist.

The show all in all.... pretty enjoyable. It had highs and low's and it probably irks people off that it really isn't that deep of a gambling show. A possibility to analyze the games is fairly limited due to the nature of the games which involve cheating in ways that are hard for the viewer to take into account when making their own theories or ideas. Some matches on the other hand are fun addrenaline filled B-class fun with no hands barred lots flavour in the animation, fun over the top reactions annnd it run's pretty well that in it's hand.

It's like i thought in the beginning... It's HornyGamblingTeenAddictsInNormal?RichHighSchool.....with Yuri baiting. And cute girls. And what more would you want? (Maybe a lot but... i was fine with it)

Normal 7/10
Anime / Re: Made in Abyss
« Last post by AC on September 24, 2017, 04:49:02 AM »

It's a very good analogy on how this Curse of Abyss really works. That's kinda neat.

And I just remembered when I last felt that poignant feeling in anime whenever I see Mitty. It's that Nina Tucker scene in FMA; yeah, it's all coming back to me.

And seeing how this show is supposed to end in the next episode, I assume there's a second season in the works or something. There's still so much story this show hasn't covered yet.
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