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January 23, 2018, 08:55:44 PM
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Anime / Re: Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
« Last post by SQA on Today at 08:47:27 PM »
I made it through ep 1. I kind of wish they went full .Hack//Sign and let you enjoy the world he was in. However, that didn't happen, so it was quite boring.
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Anime / Re: Ryuoh no Oshigoto!
« Last post by Zeitgeist on Today at 05:50:33 PM »
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Episode went full shounen.
Mixed feelings
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Anime / Re: Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
« Last post by Equilibrium on Today at 05:31:53 PM »
2. The guy eats, saves some good old isekai demi human loli slaves aaand go to a marketplace and buys a mask.... Riveting story going on here guys....

But i'll probably stick till the end because i watch garbage like isekai-smartphone harem adventures till the end because i am an empty void that anime has made me into.

(This show is boring yo)
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Anime / Re: Overlord
« Last post by Equilibrium on Today at 05:19:22 PM »
14.

Completly agreeing with TIF in this one. First time i'm truly looking forward for the next episode. (I think?)
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Folks, just remember, your mom already knows.  You can't keep secrets.  She knows.  She always knows.  And yes, it is worse if she finds out from someone else. 
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Anime / Re: Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho (A Place Further Than The Universe)
« Last post by Gadget on Today at 08:21:02 AM »
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Training camp is not Yuru Camp. But in a controlled environment, it do give a girls night out feel. But classmate and good friend Megumi seems out of her group. I think there could be a confrontation before sailing south. By associating with Shirase, Mari seems to get some of the flak that was directed at Shirase. I gives of a us vs them attitude. And Megumi seems to fall into 'them'.

Mom can set up evil atmosphere.

Most of the navigation training has been skip. The emphasis on the the relationship between the four girls. but once again, Mari seems to be the heart of the group. Until the sunrise, everything seems like a fun excursion. But watching the sunrise together, it seems finall sink in they are going to Antarctica.
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Miscellaneous / Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Last post by DrIdiot on Today at 04:27:03 AM »
Saw a trio of new Taiwanese films lately.  Here's one.  Will write about the others later.

The Great Buddha + (大佛普拉斯)

Really enjoyed this one; saw it in Taipei but it's getting a limited release in the US (see http://www.chengchengfilm.com/the-great-buddha/), in particular this/next week in San Francisco.  It's about two "losers" who watch their boss' dashcam footage out of boredom and see something they shouldn't have.  The film depicts the sad lives of this pair and their friends beautifully in black and white, but the (grainy) dashcam footage following the life of their rich boss is in color.  There's a lot of detail about the lives of these "left behind" -- Too-tsai spends what little money he makes on crane games and lines his shack with his winnings.  Beyond this, there's some commentary on corrupt politics, sensationalist news and the complicity of religious institutions.

My favorite scene is probably: when Too-tsai asks his friend what to do about his predicament, his friend takes him to his uncle who runs a religious shrine deifying Chiang Kai-shek.  For those unfamiliar, Chiang was the right-wing military dictator of Taiwan for decades; a Western analogue would be like a shrine to Franco in Spain .  It's not a political statement though -- in a superstitious society where people need to feel better, any deity will do, and for some, Chiang just kind of looks like he might do the trick.

Another fun scene: the boss Kevin is in charge of making a giant Buddha for a religious ceremony.  When the monks come to look at it, greeted by the politician and local boss, they duel over a dispute over the angle of the head through obliquely, praising Buddha while lobbing subtle threats at each other.  Talking in code that those at the scene can precisely decipher, the viewer is left with a vague sense that something dirty is going on that they can only conjecture.

Another minor character I enjoyed was the corrupt politician played by Lee Yung-feng (李永豐).  I saw him first as the loudmouth friend from Edward Yang's Yi Yi, here he plays a loudmouth politician berating a police chief for (rightly) suspecting his business parter for murder.  Not that I *like* the character himself, but he plays it well.

Anyway, trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br7eRYniQ90
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Anime / Re: Devilman Crybaby
« Last post by DrIdiot on Today at 03:46:52 AM »
About halfway through.  Reminds me a little of Kemonozume.  I'm generally a fan of Yuasa, but I think this is one of his weaker works.  His stuff is always stylistically great, but he's at his best when he can use that to enhance the depth of his work, e.g. the humor and subjectiveness in Tatami Galaxy, the contrast between childlike and violence in Kaiba.  Here, as in Kemonozume, it feels like style (and excessiveness) for its own sake.

EDIT: Now finished episode 7.  The series is way more dramatic and plot driven than any of his previous series.  It's starting to have a sort of X-men feel now, though it's vision is far more dystopian.  It's somehow gotten more and less interesting at the same time: the concept has become more interesting, but it's hard to care at this point.  Who in this story even feels human anymore?

EDIT: Finished series.  The ending is... unique.  I'm not familiar with the original series.  Anyway, Yuasa makes it an enjoyable watch, but difficult to connect to.  The characters felt underdeveloped and somewhat... symbolic.  Miki is far too perfect, and Akira too saintly.  The most human moment of the show was when the guy who rapped to Miko, but that quickly also got folded into the devil plot.  One might find this series thought-provoking, but one might also find it not.
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Anime / Re: Darling in the FranXX
« Last post by SQA on Today at 02:54:23 AM »
Evol is still my favorite train wreck of all time.  Sunrise / Madhouse wishes it could do something that ****ing entertaining and retarded.

Aquarion Evol was unironically enjoyable. It was also enjoyable for all of the reasons anyone can normally list, as well, with how over the top it was. It was Kawamori as his most Kawamori-ist. Sunrise has had more profitable trainwrecks, but none were as enjoyable. By the second half, I'm fairly certain he was trolling his own design staff. (I'll never forget the banana episode, haha.)

As for FranXX, they've left themselves enough room to go either semi-serious or really dark. Kawamori or Gurren Lagann turns are off the table already. The two people running the base are Hachi (the guy that's not gotten much screen time) and Nana (who was with them when they were younger). 8 & 7. I imagine they're clones as well. I wonder if this might take a more Battlestar Gallactic turn.
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Anime / Re: Pop Team Epic
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on Today at 02:25:21 AM »
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It took three episodes to get old, so... they did well, I guess.  The French bits are the only thing that draw a serious chuckle from me.  The OP is nice, I guess.

That's all I got.
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