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December 14, 2017, 07:50:03 AM
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Anime / Re: March comes in like a lion
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on December 04, 2017, 02:52:09 PM »
Has anybody considered the teacher might be a victim of bullying herself?  Maybe from the parents of the bully kids?
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Anime / Re: March comes in like a lion
« Last post by AC on December 04, 2017, 06:45:30 AM »
28-30:

Those were quite intense episodes.

Hina's homeroom teacher is a sad but familiar territory of how people learn to turn a blind eye towards a problem, and lie to themselves into actually believing that they aren't the problem. But at the same time, even if it's not a pleasant outcome, it should happen. We know that the homeroom teacher is contributing to the problem of bullying already, so she has to be called out sooner or later. The first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge it, anyways.

And it's amazing to see the parallels between Kiriyama and Nikadou in terms of their dependency towards shogi. Their respective circumstances are similar yet different: Kiriyama sees shogi as a form of escapism, whilst Nikadou sees it as a form of hope. And yet, you can take these two descriptions, switch it around and it's not entirely wrong either. The only difference is Kiriyama and Nikadou's respective humble and rich background; for both of them, shogi is essentially the only thing they have.

And yeah, I'm not sure which is more tragic: the story of Akari's father, or her reaction towards it.
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Anime / Re: Animegataris
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on December 03, 2017, 05:20:27 PM »
9:

Either this is the "2D shouldn't mix with 3D" critique, or Hayao Miyazaki is writing this episode.
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Anime / Re: Imouto sae ireba ii (A Little Sister is All You Need)
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on December 03, 2017, 04:20:13 PM »
9:

*cough*

Um.  BluRay please.
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Anime / Re: March comes in like a lion
« Last post by hyperknees91 on December 03, 2017, 08:57:29 AM »
30: This show is about to make me all kinds of upset in the future isn't it?

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Anime / Re: March comes in like a lion
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on December 02, 2017, 11:03:27 PM »
30:

Nikaidou would, normally, be a character that few people would find a lot of sympathy towards.  This is because he's the silver spoon fed rich kid who seems to have his head up his ass over competitions and whatnot.  Usually these characters are treated as simply "out of touch", spoiled, obnoxious twats.  As the series has gone by, we know that his interest in shogi is serious, his friendship with Kiriyama is important to him, and he's just a human being like the rest of us, with a lot more illness.  Like Kiriyama, we have grown to like him, and realize that those normal character archetype prejudices are invalid.  As I sit here watching this, I realize that I would actually be really bummed if Nikaidou died.  He doesn't deserve to die young.  He's living his life as fully as he can, and it is reflected in everything he does.  Sure, I suppose we could still invoke privilege resentment against him for being so rich that they can handle his illness a little more than the average joe, but it doesn't change the fact that he doesn't deserve to be where he is.  Like I said, we're all human beings.

I want to give Akari a big hug right now.  The poor woman doesn't know what to do.  She's normally the level headed, proactive one; the proverbial "big sister" type.  But when she's stressed, pushed into an avenue she has little experience with, she starts going to pieces.  That's normal.  Nobody is a rock, no matter how much they think they are.  That they mentioned their dad in this episode is interesting.  I know that family situations can get complicated, but like all of how Chica Umino tells stories, we initially start off thinking this father is a jackass, abandoning his three daughters for the sake of his "new" family.  But, anybody experienced with Umino will know that things aren't that simple.  We love and care about the sisters, much like with Hina's situation, so we get passionate about them.  I wonder what the truth is, though.  Did the girls push him away?  Has Akari never forgiven him for their mother's demise?  I wonder what story is here, hidden under the melancholy of Akari's comments.
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Anime / Re: Just Because!
« Last post by AC on December 02, 2017, 10:27:47 PM »
7-8:



Why are the animals always the ones to know what's up.
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Anime / Re: March comes in like a lion
« Last post by Equilibrium on December 02, 2017, 05:00:22 PM »
29:

Hachiya reminds way too much of myself in terms of playing boardgames. Loved him... Spin off series for Hachiya.

30:

Nikaidou's illness wasn't a suprise in any way but i give the series props for having the revelation be as good as it was for me. The adults faces saying "you weren't supposed to hear that" Shimadas line about there being a reason why he's not talking about it. The obvious signals of Nikaidous illness. The smooth way they show all the symptoms but never having exposition about it while having everthing to just happen in the background. Making it a bit in a way that Nikaidou being in the hospital was actually kind of a suprise. Him on a boat surfing through the rainbow filled sky accompanied with the different animation just made me...... happy. It was nice imagery and i give second props to that. Teacher should chill with the humor though. He's being awesome and annoying both at the same time and i don't know how i feel about him. Awesome while a bit annoying or Annoying with moments of awesome? :D
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Anime / Re: Inuyashiki
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on December 02, 2017, 02:02:01 PM »
Yeah, I can understand the cops getting paranoid and sending in a SAT to try to stop Shishigami, but they had to understand that anybody who wasn't Hiro should have been subdued without violence.  They had grandma subdued, with her hands up, and the other girl wasn't a threat either.  Sure, she shouted and warned Shishigami, and maybe that spooked one of the cops, who were probably on edge and out for revenge for murdered brethren, but still, the rules of engagement should have been to subdue anybody who wasn't Shishigami without killing them, but lethal force could be authorized for Hiro himself.

Instead, rat-a-tat-tat, shootin' everyone with my gat'.  Ended up not mattering since they stayed alive, but still.  By this point, with all the visual evidence they have (few survivors, but still video), it should be obvious to everybody that Shishigami is not a normal human being.  This is where the escalation paradox discussed in Chris Nolan's Batman Begins comes into play.  This is where special services are called in.

Alien tech, so who knows how effective it'll be.  The fascinating part is that the alien tech can't even seem to stop other alien tech.  Shishigami fingerbanged Grandpa and it didn't phase him either.  The aliens seemed to have discovered some kind of substance or metallic alloy that far exceeded even their weapons power output.  Right now they're like the Monitor and the Merrimack.  For those who don't know history, those were the first two metal plate armored naval vessels used in combat (in the Civil War no less).  The two ships shot cannon shell at each other for hours, all shots just bouncing off the hulls.  The armor plates had done their job, but neither side had figured out a way to create more powerful cannon shots to penetrate the armor.  Eventually this led to modern navies having armor plating and bigger, more powerful cannons being mounted on them to kill other ships.  Like I said, the escalation paradox.  Innovation begets innovation.

But here we have two impregnable cyborgs who can't even shoot each other.  So what is going to happen?  Well, I think the obvious answer actually lies in something that has been subtly shown but never actually talked about:  water.  At various times throughout the show, both Shishigami and Grandpa have "passed out" and the AI of the robot frames has taken over.  They were only revived by drinking water.  I think this means that the organic components or something related to the human consciousness or maybe the power supply of the suits themselves, require water to function.  Why are they passing out when they can't be harmed?  It seems they can still "feel" something from the impacts, and maybe their "passing out" is simply some kind of neuro-feedback defense mechanism so they don't feel too much pain.  Still, I wonder how the water plays into all of this.  Coolant?  Fuel?  I don't know.  But if you can basically dehydrate one of them, then while the suit may take over, perhaps they can be "dealt" with more easily.
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Anime / Re: Inuyashiki
« Last post by Gadget on December 02, 2017, 05:01:09 AM »
9:

Well, the gloves are off for Shishigami.  This wont end well for anybody.

But how in the balls did those two survive?  I thought Hiro was weeping because he couldn't save them, but then a few scenes later they're both alive and receiving money from him?  I guess he did save them, but God was that clumsy.

Now daughter knows about Dad, though for whatever reason she's not going to act on it yet.  I wonder what the subject of her manga is going to be...

I guess he did that during his flight. Guess his crush and her grandma was just 'resting' after he heal them.

The police station attack was so 'The Terminator' . Shishigami should have a phrase that he will be remember, like 'Ar'll be back'. And if the police got wipe out, cause the writing got sloppy. If tons of 9mm or Lapua Magnum (or ?.50 BMG) cannot kill him, i get 20mm Bushmaster, or even call the army to borrow a 120 Smoothbore, LAW, or even the Hellfire missile. Not only the police are 'dumb' the police seems arrogant. Like how the lone survivor taunt him. And the way they try to take him down, Operation Neptune Spear (killing of Osama bin Laden)style bykilling everyone.
Come on, if 9mm can take him own, a puny .38 can? You guys are not carry the 460 Magnum
It seems that it's deliberate to push Shishigami over the edge. But the police has some answering for their in competency. I think this is making us audience give Shishigami some sympathy when he goes Terminator mode.

Mari's new manga will be about a lame a dad that is actually a alien robot that heals people. Next step, she'll confront Andou in school, Andou will be the most hate boy in class. Prepare to see Andou blush like crazy.
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