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February 25, 2018, 10:32:45 AM
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Anime / Re: Overlord
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on February 21, 2018, 01:50:14 AM »

And here we go again.  Another scenario where the less time is spent with Momonga or Nazarick, the more interesting things get.
Anime / Re: Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on February 21, 2018, 01:27:10 AM »
Yep, even with anime there have been lots of isekai themed shows.  I think the thing about the modern isekai theme is just how much it ties to the otaku notion of escapism, power fantasies, and harems.  I mean, we used to have El-Hazard, Escaflowne, Twelve Kingdoms, and such, and now we get Death March.

We've come a long way baby.

Anime / Re: Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni
« Last post by SQA on February 21, 2018, 12:14:46 AM »

Working through more series and this one is sitting there. This is amazing "paint by numbers" approach, but I can see why it's somewhat appealing. There's nothing wrong with it, it just simply isn't stretching itself very far. The animation is on the cheap side and the story is nothing to write home about. It exists.

That's actually not what I really wanted to discuss. I realized just how incredibly broad the "adventures in another world" genre is. It's also very old.  "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain was published in 1889. The genre is basically as old as the modern adventure genre in general. I found that thought very interesting and it actually explains why we're not really in a "boom" for them. There are examples almost every year stretching back to the 1990s. I just thought I'd point that out because I found it interesting.
Anime / Re: Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho (A Place Further Than The Universe)
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on February 20, 2018, 03:32:12 PM »

Oh God.  I've been seasick before.  I don't recommend it.

This was the episode where we were supposed to laugh at these poor girls' misfortune, and it was humorous.  Nothing funnier than Hinata standing up suddenly, determined, focused, impassioned, with the music suddenly changing to an uptempo and positive sounding rhythm, only for it to be silenced a beat letter when Hinata just admits all she was doing was getting out of bed to go throw up.  I kept thinking, when they admitted that they were getting used to puking, that this is how bulimia starts.  No, you're not supposed to get used to that feeling, but you do anyway, because when you're done purging your body looks... just so great.

Anyway, bulimia jokes aside (thank you Family Guy), sea travel isn't for everybody.  Absolutely, under no circumstances, should you go out on the ****ING DECK WITHOUT AT LEAST A LIFE JACKET DURING A ****ING SEA STORM YOU DUMBASS DORKS!  Actually their trip so far has been relatively brisk all things considered.  We finally see the ice floes of Antarctica, which means they're much closer than they've ever been.  Get ready for someone to get eaten by a Weddel seal.
Anime / Re: Citrus
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on February 20, 2018, 02:32:13 PM »
Come feel my pain, bitch.  I think that, when I pull back and look at he whole thing, it feels like every other shoujo romance story ever except nobody is a dude. Except everybody is a dude.  If that makes any sense.
Anime / Re: Citrus
« Last post by AC on February 20, 2018, 01:14:48 AM »
This show sounds splendid.
Anime / Re: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on February 20, 2018, 12:54:36 AM »

Since I was bored and had time I maranthoned to catch up to this, and I am highly entertained.  While there is a bit too much of the "good guys" pulling off master plans, it has a whole lot of style that I really like.  Multi-threaded storytelling is my weakness, and so far the show has excelled at it.  This reminds me a ton of the kind of story style used in Baccano! and DRRR!.  Nothing is ever quite like it seems, and friends and foes can change in a heartbeat.  The one complaint I have, though, which I mentioned in the second sentence, is that the good guys are way too good at having all their calculated plots come to fruition, and everybody else is an imbecile.  It makes for an entertaining movie, but a series of arcs doing the same thing will get old.

Otherwise, I like the style.  There's a ton of dark humor which I like, and the characters feel like something out of a Tarantino movie without the cursing.
Anime / Re: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
« Last post by SQA on February 19, 2018, 11:32:08 PM »
I should also add that "Aqua gets eaten by a Giant Frog" remained funny throughout.
Anime / Re: Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
« Last post by SQA on February 19, 2018, 11:31:33 PM »

I'd seen the memes but hadn't seen the series, so I was actually expecting Kanna to randomly eat far more things throughout the series.

The parts that were more about Slice of Life were better than any of the dragon realm stuff. Sure, the dragon stuff brought on some really nice animation, but the series was better when it was calmer. Though, it has to be said, Fafnir would be a pretty awesome friend. And poor Shouta is going to be scared for life about tits.

The one issue I had with the series is that Kobayashi is functionally androgynous as a character. I understand how you end up in that situation when constructing a setup, but it always causes weird issues to crop up. When you're going for Magical Realism, it can end up putting you too far in one direction, even when you're careful.

Solid all around and a 7 is well deserved. Obviously, it was also the meme-generating series of 2017.
Anime / Re: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
« Last post by SQA on February 19, 2018, 09:04:45 PM »
Yeah, it was fine.  Like many anime comedies once it got the characters "thing" established, and buried it into the ground, the only thing to do from there was introduce a new character with a new "thing" and bury that character into the ground.  They played with a few things, but since the LNs eventually go heavy on the "who wins the KAZUMA-KAZUMA! bowl", I'm kind of glad we might not ever see any more of this.  You made a comedy, forced a harem into it, then had to deal with the harem.  You dumbass author.

There's also pacing issues that crop up when you're watching in binge vs weekly. Most comedies really don't hold up well in a binge situation. What was, previously, 3 weeks between is now "an hour ago" and the joke doesn't land as well. Was rewatching "Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa" when it reminded me of this. KonoSuba has something of the same issue.

Though, I do have to call out the Dullahan & Megumin's Explosion practice as a pretty dang funny arc. Especially when the Dullahan returns complaining about why they never came to attack his castle. Nice little subversion there.
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