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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."
Anime / Re: Juuni Taisen
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on October 13, 2017, 12:31:54 PM »

Well, I mean, dogs are dumb, so yeah.  Also, nobody can beat the cock.
Anime / Re: Garo: Vanishing Line
« Last post by Gadget on October 13, 2017, 11:39:40 AM »
Episodic story. High level of cool. Like the sniper bullet. I can't believe that you can reload by flicking a bullet into the chamber.
Anime / Re: Inuyashiki
« Last post by Gadget on October 13, 2017, 11:13:28 AM »
You men stupid aliens that got only weapons, and they configure into an old man. Well, it's more interesting than you got Star Trek's Data's body. Some how, I'll prefer Birdy from Tetsuwan Birdy Decode if I want a body swap. And alien tech can heck into YouTube.
The intro was good. I wonder why did they get a drama actor instead of a VA. MAL got only 2 anime to his credits. Full Metal will be a live movie.
  I know this is done by the same lunatic who made Gantz, so there should be an awful lot more weird coming if it holds anywhere true to that work's legacy.

And he did this dark shit call Karas. As well as some lighter stuff like Tiger and Bunny. So I expect good stuff.
Anime / Re: Dies Irae
« Last post by AC on October 13, 2017, 06:16:24 AM »

oh god that was bad. CHRIST THAT WAS BAD.

I don't know what exactly, but I felt bad watching this episode. Everything just... wrong.

nope, just nope.
Anime / Re: Juuni Taisen
« Last post by AC on October 13, 2017, 05:19:23 AM »

The contestants are dying even before they got to fight.

EVERYBODY, SAY WITH ME: derpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderpderperpderp
Games / Re: Doki Doki Literature Club
« Last post by Mayucchi on October 13, 2017, 04:17:31 AM »
The VN contingent on this forum has basically left or have become perpetual lurkers like myself. It's a shame, I know a bunch of people on this forum were hype for subahibi and such and now I can't discuss. Ah well.

We can talk about Subahibi if you want. The kamige meme I posted was more of a joke than anything because Subahibi got quite a lot of hate in the Western visual novel community as of late, yet Doki Doki Literature Club has been met with nearly universal acclaim.

I definitely don't believe these two works should be seriously compared to each other, but I certainly would recommend both if asked. 
Games / Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
« Last post by Mayucchi on October 13, 2017, 04:13:46 AM »

One of the most critically acclaimed visual novels in Japan, Wonderful Everyday has been beyond the reaches of English speaking pheasants for as long as people can remember. Now that the game is finally available in English, it has gained a fair share of criticism for the first time. No doubt the Japanese speaking elite will blame whatever criticism people throw at this visual novel on a "subpar translation", but there's no hiding the game's controversial status.

Have you played Subahibi yet? Feel free to share whatever thoughts you have below for this captivating piece of work by SCA-DI.
Anime / Re: Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru!
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on October 13, 2017, 12:18:19 AM »
Sumi Washio no Shou 1:

TV adaptation of the films that act as a prequel of sorts to show us what happened to Togo, the ultra crippled loli with a cult, and the third member who had been mentioned by name but never shown.  I guess this is supposed to answer a few of our questions about the mankai system, Shinjyu-sama, and Taisho, maybe.  I don't now.  But hot damn did Togo still have some stonkin' great tits back in 6th grade.  Her henshin sequence is almost as vulgar as her older incarnation.  She's not alone either, I think these henshin sequences have just gotten more and more lewd.

As usual, the Vertex is an interesting and unique construct that someone in the writing department apparently has ****ing fun making, because boy howdy these things are weird and creative.  As the starter episode, we're essentially right back where Yuki Yuna started from, but the audience now knows better, and since this is a prequel, we know tragedy is coming.  They're sure greasing up that ball by giving us this sappy friendship story, though.
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