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Anime / Re: Inuyashiki
« Last post by AC on October 14, 2017, 12:10:08 AM »


I'm not sure which one impressed me more. Evidently, this show is going blitzkrieg over the production values, sometimes a little too much. I get it why some scenes are CGI-animated, but why do so even for the mundane ones like Ichirou getting up or something?

Another is just how the whole story is set up. Notice how perfect this show did a job at capturing the quintessential Japanese passive-depressive lifestyle for the first eight minutes? And then some weird shit happens and Old Man Jenkins becomes War Machine. Despite the whole high jinks, one line captured what the show is all about: "I'm human". The first half shows just 'inhuman' life can be, aka the apathetic society, and here this old guy finally regains his sense of humanity despite ironically being anything but human.

I'm just perplexed by the derpy aliens. Seems like a too-serious Rick and Morty scene right there: why were they even obliged to even replace two humans with their weaponry? But why tho.

I'm sensing that this will be the sleeper hit of the season, the unlikely hero just like Ichirou... so quirky but charming at the same time.
Anime / Re: Kino no Tabi (Kino's Journey) -the Beautiful World-
« Last post by Gadget on October 13, 2017, 11:52:46 PM »
It seems every 'country' has an anti-Titan wall. I would sure like to see post Trump anti-Mexico wall when Kino drop by Unite States
Anime / Re: Houseki no Kuni
« Last post by AC on October 13, 2017, 10:13:18 PM »

How creative.

This show is pretty AF, and I guess that's the main appeal of the show. But I also have to give it to the premises: I haven't come across any show before that uses gems quite like this before. Very interesting setup in overall although it's basically a mahou shoujo genre with some familiar plot developments. I'm just not sure how the gem theme will influence how the plot develops. Plus, I'm usually against CGI animation because it's often awkward but so far this show is doing a good job at making sure it's fluid. Still not sure too much focus is only on the aesthetics (such shows tend to focus a lot on looks at the expense of the story), so only time will tell.

I imagine all the geoscience fans having wet dreams about this show. I'll stick around for while for the setup. And the hair. And them hot pants.
Anime / Re: Konohana Kitan
« Last post by AC on October 13, 2017, 09:21:59 PM »

You know, I don't really have any issues with this show. Basically it is what it is. But the problem is, the characters are all so archetypal that they essentially influence how the story goes.

Satsuki: uptight, overly-serious, workaholic, standoffish, means well but doesn't seem so on the surface, has a few hidden landmines. Yuzu: everything that Satsuki is not. Result: odd couple who help fill in the gaps in each other and eventually become the bestest of friends. Kiri: the 'big sister' figure, seems laid-back but knows the answers to important questions, may have a hidden agenda or two. Ren: two-faced but not in a harmful way. Like Satsuki, means well but doesn't come off as so, anal in some ways. Natsume: the easygoing kid who just tries to get along with everyone. Sakura: the 'quiet one', no one knows her unless you spend some time with her, may know a few things others don't but her closet behavior prevents her from opening up to others.

Yeah, the whole cast is a collection of formulae seen and done to death. So, every episode is going to be dedicated to a character or two, and their personalities will be fleshed out and probably changed for the better.

How many times have we seen this already? But like I said, it is what it is.
Anime / Re: Urahara
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on October 13, 2017, 09:11:49 PM »

It's just so weiiiird.
Anime / Re: Juuni Taisen
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on October 13, 2017, 07:17:55 PM »
Dragons don't exist.
Anime / Re: Juuni Taisen
« Last post by AC on October 13, 2017, 06:34:14 PM »
If their animal sign is representative of their character, I'm intrigued. It would make a lot of sense for other animals: the Monkey and Rat are the cunning ones, the Goat is wise, etc.

But Dragon dead from the onset? So sed.
Anime / Re: Net-juu wo Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on October 13, 2017, 05:59:03 PM »

That was better, and it does seem like they're going to do the more interpersonal relationship part of MMOing than the MMOing itself, which is fine.  Actually, what this episode showed, more than anything, is that Moriko isn't a lost cause, like most NEETs are usually depicted in shows.  She's still responsible, she's not a social retard, and she has consideration for others.  I was expecting her to be a lot worse than what we have seen so far, and it is ****ing refreshing that she isn't.  In fact, because she isn't, we now have this secondary development where the two are going to meet and possibly become friends offline, but they still don't know who each other is yet.  Of course, this whole thing could be solved with a five minute honest conversation, but for now it is okay to have some predictable stupidity so long as the plot takes it somewhere.  So far, it seems to want to, so I'll give it a chance.  It might be an interesting kind of ironic romance story if it goes that route.

I think we also got a clue as to why Moriko walked away from working society.  There are a lot of people who see the 9 to 5 working world as a bad thing for the soul, and she seems to have recognized that being part of a machine day in and day out, working really hard but not feeling any kind of personal satisfaction is not the life she wants.  I can respect that, I guess, but usually people like that seek out a new life for themselves in a different career.  Open up their own business maybe, or try something completely different, or just move out to the country and live a simpler life.  She has decided to become a NEET who plays MMOs.  Not the greatest solution, but once I have done myself after a job of mine went south.  Did it for a whole year, until I realized that sitting around playing games eating up my savings was pretty damned boring.  Maybe she isn't long for this kind of slacker lifestyle either, though she has been at this for a while now (we've had some lengthy time skips), but I could see her moving on and into something more rewarding eventually.  Maybe that's what this all is.

Anime / Re: Kino no Tabi (Kino's Journey) -the Beautiful World-
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on October 13, 2017, 05:30:10 PM »

I have heard grumblings already by people who have seen the 2003 series; they don't like this episode because it took a two part episode and condensed it to one, leaving out a lot of the backstories of the other competitors.  I'm not sure this is really a big thing to harp about.  It is clear that there are only two characters who are important here for both the immediate and long term plans, and that's Shizu and Kino.  The rest may have been interesting, and maybe some more lengthy action fights would have been nice, but is it really that important?  I enjoyed this episode exactly as it was, because there were two main themes:  revenge and being the instrument of that revenge.  The former, as Kino points out, is ludicrous, but the latter is far more interesting, because it reflects on Kino herself.

She was used.  By the time she got in and started hearing of the colosseum she knew she'd been used.  The rules of the country also preyed upon people like her, and the person who sent her there.  She knew then that she was the instrument of someone's revenge.  She was sent there not just to kill the King who started this, but to destroy the whole country that supported it.  And she did.  Without hesitation, without reservation, without condemning nor condoning.  She could have yielded at any time and been on her way.  If they didn't accept her yield, she could have just done what she did and kept going until someone accepted.  She wasn't really in any danger and she knew that.  But Kino kept going, forcing others to submit instead of killing them, because they weren't her target.  She had one person to kill, and used and abused the system itself ironically to do it.  But she wasn't done there.  She purposely turned the whole kingdom against itself, and by doing so triggered a mass murdering spree / purge that she is directly responsible for.  By the end of this, Kino has more blood on her hands than many villains.

And by the lake side, she vented her anger by throwing stones.  Was she angry at the lady who wanted revenge?  Was she angry at the country for making her go through this?  Was she angry for being used as an instrument of someone else's revenge?  Or was she angry at herself for going along with all of it?  Does Kino believe she has the power, or the right, to refuse doing another person's dirty work?  It is a fascinating glimpse into her soul.  I said in the last episode that she isn't a judge, just a portal for the audience.  This episode was a little more than that.  Kino exposed her flaws to us.  It made her more interesting as a character.

Also a dog talks.

As a little subtle note a the end, Shizu refers to Kino as "Kino-kun" until after Kino makes that snide comment about galavanting with strange men.  The dog whispers something to Shizu, who then refers to her as "Kino-san" instead.  You might fool the audience with "bokus" and androgyny, but not a dog's nose.
Anime / Re: Inuyashiki
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on October 13, 2017, 12:40:01 PM »
The alien shit made me laugh.  I don't know if it was supposed to be comedic, but it came off as some funny as hell dark comedy.

/Alien ship warps in, crushes an old human

Alien 1:  "****!  I think we hit something!"
Alien 2:  "Nah man, just some turbulence on landing."
Alien 1:  "What?  Bullshit!  There's a ****ing red smear on the bumper!"
Alien 2:  "Bugs around here are pretty big."
Alien 1:  "That wasn't a bug you ****ing twit!  We're supposed to be doing this shit incognito and you just flew right into some old human's grill!"
Alien 2:  "Maybe I shouldn't have had that second beer."
Alien 1:  "God damnit!  I just got my insurance premiums down, and you go and pull this crap.  Now what are we going to do?  I have a dented fender AND we've blown our cover."
Alien 2:  "You worry too much, man.  We'll just rebuild the dead human guy in one of our cyber bodies."
Alien 1:  "What, you mean make the old guy a cyborg?  You think that will work?"
Alien 2:  "Sure man, we do that shit all the time."
Alien 1:  "Well, okay.  What kind of cyborg bodies do we got laying around."
Alien 2:  "I got that one spare over in the closet."
Alien 1 checks the closet.
Alien 1:  "Hey, wait a minute, this is a military grade security cyborg.  What the hell do you have this for?"
Alien 2:  "Solicitors."
Alien 1:  "Wont this make this old guy like, really dangerous to the other humans?"
Alien 2:  "Nah, it's okay.  He'll never know."
Alien 1:  "I don't know, letting a walking weapon of mass destruction run around on the planet seems like not a way to fix our blown cover."
Alien 2:  "Seriously man, do you ever have any fun?"
Alien 1 grumbles.
Alien 2:  "Okay, let me get out the squeegee and we'll get to work.  I'm going to need another beer for this."
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