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Anime / Re: Darling in the FranXX
« Last post by Pebble on February 12, 2018, 07:58:46 PM »

Some really, really good character acting animation here.

Among recent shonen or even mecha anime protagonists I think Hiro is probably the most similar to Eren Jaeger. The trope template (get-in-the-robot teenager with a lack of self preservation) fits quite neatly actually even if the particular motivations and such differ. Eren himself has proven to be a somewhat polarizing character but he certainly isn't half as polarizing as Shinji was.

With respect to development, I don't follow why people are dissatisfied with Hiro. He isn't charismatic outside his small circle of friends, but his motivations are clearly explained and his desire to be useful is believable. He isn't particularly a puppet of his environment because his reason for piloting the robots isn't self-preservation. Exactly what it is is not so clear, but the show's setup makes it not so hard to make correct-sounding guesses; he could be after it to keep his connections to these childhood friends of his meaningful; he could be doing it out of an atomic desire to be useful; who knows. Considering Shinji's character arc was disjointedly presented over the course of maybe 15 episodes scattered all over NGE, I don't know why people would expect this show with a bevy of secondary characters and some wild conspiratory overall plot to look 'well-developed' anytime soon.

As a general principle, though, the only way a character can be devoid of personality is if they simply do not do or say anything. So far, Hiro has done things. There isn't much tonal variation to what he did, but Shinji spent most of his time sadsacking around about how his father didnt love him; his shonen antipode Izuku Midoriya spent most of his time pissing himself over the prospect of lacking talent.


^that shit is NSFW btw
Thanks Husker, though I doubt anything will be done about it at this point.
Anime / Re: Darling in the FranXX
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on February 12, 2018, 01:15:57 AM »
Where the **** have you been, boy.
Anime / Re: The Ancient Magus' Bride
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on February 12, 2018, 01:15:24 AM »
Well, we have to remind ourselves that Elias IS an Eldrich terror of sorts.  I'm starting to believe that none of the people who have been teaching him before did a very good job of it.  Or perhaps, there were just things that they couldn't teach him, some of the more important things that only can come from a desire for closeness with someone else.  As such, yes he is backsliding, back to what he was before, because he can't deal with these human things.  BoobFairie kind of hinted that such a thing would happen.  I think it was inevitable that Elias' ultimate accomplishment will be coming to love Chise and deal with it.  The irony is that Chise might die before that happens.
Anime / Re: Darling in the FranXX
« Last post by Reckoner on February 11, 2018, 10:04:57 PM »
I'm coming out of my slumber for this one...

I find it funny that a series with such ridiculous sexual innuendo can even be taken seriously by people. Let's slobber some honey on this girl and have her lick it up in a disgustingly crude manner because that's what otaku want yeah! Good grief, just let the main character die already and take that blue haired girl with her too at this point. Such angst is just getting in the way of my soft core porn here people.
Anime / Re: The Ancient Magus' Bride
« Last post by HuuskerDu on February 11, 2018, 07:41:46 PM »

So, we see Chise get a nice new 10 yro girlfriend to chat with, only to have Elias snap with a jealous freakout to the point where he starts to strangle Chise to death with his tentacles and almost ate her because of it? And to get Elias to snap out of his jealous rage Chise had to literally start cutting her own throat with a knife?

That was.. disturbing. That goes way beyond the mere inversion of the relationship from father-and-daughter to mother-and-son (explicitly stated in this ep), unless you assume it is normal for your son to be an eldritch terror that can snap and try to kill you at the slightest provocation.

While I am happy to watch Chise as she develops into a beautiful and powerful mage, Elias is backsliding so badly at this point that I am starting to actively dislike him.
The Nihon Review / Re: Google Chrome to start flagging unencrypted websites Jan 2017
« Last post by HuuskerDu on February 11, 2018, 05:59:28 PM »
In addition to Google Chrome, Firefox 57 is now flagging the NHRV Forum.

Google Chrome 68 will start flagging all non-HTTPS pages starting July 2018.

Anime / Re: Citrus
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on February 11, 2018, 03:57:25 PM »

Okay, now that all the complicated family stuff is out of the way, the lipstick part of the lipstick lesbian stuff can begin.  Oh wait, we're going to throw in a new character to intentionally complicate things.  How convenient for the plot.
Anime / Re: The Ancient Magus' Bride
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on February 11, 2018, 03:56:14 PM »

I think this is the first episode where we start to see Chise come into her own a bit, to the point where Elias gets in a tizzy about being a third wheel.  In fact, she does everything this episode without any help, except from Ruth, and a bit of encouragement from Angelica and husband.  We're finally seeing her magic training pay off a bit.
Anime / Re: Record of Grancrest War
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on February 11, 2018, 03:54:05 PM »

Better, slower, with a bit more time to breathe life into some of the characters, albiet the side ones.
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