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Can you get Whisper of the Heart, or Only Yesterday? Those are stunningly simple and beautiful.


I love ONLY YESTERDAY so much!

 

SO SO MUCH

 

animated ozu film!

post #202 of 237
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I love ONLY YESTERDAY so much!

 

SO SO MUCH

 

animated ozu film!

 

nooj....you are my soulmate....our hearts beat as one.

post #203 of 237

KONOSUBA - Very very funny. Incredibly fan servicey (especially episode 9! jesus, i was concerned the missus would walk into the room), and more than a little dodgy in places, but hilarious all the same. Subtitles are a nightmare because of how the characters talk over each other.

 

The second season got picked up right away, and this is quite unusual in OVA world (I think Attack on Titan took three years). The animation in season 2 is definately down a patch. It was never stunning before, but it looks more like a Pokemon episode now than it did in Season 1.

post #204 of 237
Clearly, I need to see Only Yesterday.


Preferably when I'm sober (I am not sober)
post #205 of 237
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KONOSUBA - Very very funny. Incredibly fan servicey (especially episode 9! jesus, i was concerned the missus would walk into the room), and more than a little dodgy in places, but hilarious all the same. Subtitles are a nightmare because of how the characters talk over each other.

The second season got picked up right away, and this is quite unusual in OVA world (I think Attack on Titan took three years). The animation in season 2 is definately down a patch. It was never stunning before, but it looks more like a Pokemon episode now than it did in Season 1.

I think they clearly blew up the animation budget in season 2 on the Aqua rant/tantrum scene alone.
Money well spent, since it’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages.
post #206 of 237

Did KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE last night.  This was a thoroughly charming movie with some really stellar voice work from the English cast.  Hearing Phil Hartman again was a real treat.

 

The animation in this was really impressive, I thought.  Very vibrant and alive in terms of color and movement.

post #207 of 237
Spider-Man 2 is almost a remake of Kiki!!
post #208 of 237

The English dub on Kiki is excellent, BUT... in the original audio for the final scene, Jiji doesn't talk. It's a significant change.

post #209 of 237
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The English dub on Kiki is excellent, BUT... in the original audio for the final scene, Jiji doesn't talk. It's a significant change.

 

Jiji didn't talk in my version either.  Indeed, it was all MEOW talk after about the midway point of the film.

post #210 of 237

Maybe they fixed it. The Hartman dub initially had Jiji say "here I am" or something at the very end.

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Edited by Barry Woodward - 10/29/17 at 3:36pm
post #212 of 237

If you rom-com and videgames, Recovery of an MMO Junkie is one charming, funny and heartwarming combination.

Basically, a romance/comedy about a 30 year old woman who feds up with her job and lack of social life, quits and becomes a shut in, only to start findind friendship and romance as she returns to playing MMO games. Its been getting a lot of praise for her protagonist's positive portrayal and the depiction on online games socialization

Loved it so far, and man if the show absolutely nails the MMO player life (The gag about her PC changing from a normal one to a ELITE RIG after she goes back to gaming online killed me)

post #213 of 237
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Yeah, just watched the recap episode where the characters in the show that the characters in the show watch watch a clip-show of the show that they're actually a show in and learn how to defeat the threat-of-the-week from it and holy fuck this thing is some combination of insane brilliance and absolute shameless lunacy. I'm sold.
Oh, are you in for a treat.
The genius of the show is how it balances wacky and drama effortlessly, but never losing that lunatic streak through the whole series.
God damn, yes. Just got through the character-focus episode for Ruri, or as I've decided to call it, "Blade Runner 2049 In 20 Minutes." This show is some seriously good shit.
post #214 of 237
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I've been on a bit of a frenzy, lately...stupid winter weather set in hard, last week....I watched a loooot of stuff. Some really good, some....not so much.

 

This may have been brought up earlier in the discussion but I was just blown away by Kaiba.  There's a lot I could say about it but I'm still kind of digesting it.  I found the first episode really, really disconcerting and fairly off-putting.  Then I realized that that was by design.  I was totally in the bag by the fourth episode and it only improved from there.  I found a really good overview of the series that I'll post here as it gives a much better analysis than I ever could.

 

Had a weird one-two punch night where a bunch of us watched two very different shows, back-to-back.  First up was Darker Than Black.  Man, was this the very definition of 'grimdark'.  Very bleak, both in tone and story.  I still found it interesting enough that I will likely follow up and finish off the first season, at least.

 

We followed that up with a really sweet and endearing little show that I'm planning on watching the rest of with my daughters...

Azumanga Daioh.  This is a very odd high-school, slice-of-life, that I initially thought I was going to hate as I watched the first episode....then it started to grow on my.  It's completely absurdist, jumping in and out of random bits, throughout the story but the characters are so endearing and their relationships are so well drawn out, that I kinda fell in love with it.  I'm going to throw the trailer up for it but it really doesn't do justice to the crazy fun that comes with the show.  Watching this right after Darker Than Black could not have been more jarring.

 

Finally, I watched Fate/Apocrypha...don't ask me why, it was pretty much the epitome of 'meh'.  I haven't watched much of the other Fate shows and this really made me to not bother checking them out.

post #215 of 237
The original manga of Azumanga Daioh is terrific, but I couldn't get past the fact that the anime just murders the pacing; it's like they try to fit every single strip into the same amount of screentime and stretch or compress things without regard for what it does to the comedic timing. That said, everything else about the production is solid and they nailed the casting.

I'd also recommend Nichijou, which is sort of like Azumanga Daioh on drugs.
post #216 of 237
Watched HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE a few days ago and CASTLE IN THE SKY tonight. Thoroughly enjoyed both, with CASTLE being one that worked for me really quite strongly.

Tempted to give SPIRITED AWAY another go soon. It’s stuck with me and played in my memory quite a bit.
post #217 of 237

First got to see Spirited Away at a Miyazaki series at the American Cinematheque a few years ago. Went in basically knowing nothing and within, like, a minute I was completely hooked. Just a gorgeous, vibrant, bittersweet and wondrous experience. And it's definitely one that stays with you.

post #218 of 237

My favorite thing in Laputa- Castle In the Sky is the painting Dola keeps in her quarters. Such a perfect insight to the character.

post #219 of 237
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Finally saw 'Your Name'.  What a beautiful piece of film making.  The soundtrack was astonishing.  If nothing else, it had my 17 year old openly weeping by the end.

post #220 of 237
Need to watch more of Inuyashiki. Was reading the manga quite bit and loved it.
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So... One Piece.  About 20 episodes in. It's silly fun, but does it take a while to really kick in?  I mean, if the next 54,000 episodes don't deviate much from this I'm not sure I'm up for plowing through all of that.  For a show that long, I kinda want to know if it's worth chugging through or just gun for some of the better arcs to get up to speed?  

 
Out of left field maybe, but has the idea of a Lone Wolf and Cub anime series ever been under consideration?  I would be so down for that!

Probably right around where you're at. Think that's when the group starts to really become what it's going to be for a while.

Not sure if anyone's tried doing it as an anime. Maybe someone has, almost seems weird if nobody every tried doing that, but I've never heard of it. Maybe its art style has kind of kept some anime studios at arms length from it?
post #221 of 237
Watched the Diamond is Unbreakable OVA Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan. This turned out not to be exactly what I thought it'd be, has its just the length of a normal episode. It's nice, and it looks fantastic, but it feels somewhat underwhelming after waiting so long for this. Kind of can't help but wish it'd been one of the other Diamond is Unnreakable side stories, like when Kira becomes a ghost and has to fight a house. Still, it's a good one off. And man to I wish the actual series looked as good as this.


Also watched more Inuyashiki. Turns out a great manga made for a pretty great tv show too, who'd of thunk. Really surprised by how fast this is moving through the manga. The opening had me wonder if they'd actually get to things it's showing. Episode four turned out to be the Yakuza stuff, (which would make for a pretty movie all on its own) and that begins in like issue 19 of the mange. The last episode I watched, episode 6, is the villains attack on 2chan, I think is issue 39 in the manga. Moving at this kind of speed is going to mean some stuff is lost and condensed, but it hasn't seemed to effected it negatively.

I do miss being able to tell exactly when it's taking place by the movie poster in the background though. That was a funny thing the manga did.
post #222 of 237
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Finally saw 'Your Name'.  What a beautiful piece of film making.  The soundtrack was astonishing.  If nothing else, it had my 17 year old openly weeping by the end.

 

It holds up on re-watch, too. Look for the ribbon.

post #223 of 237

ugh. I really do need to watch Your Name. Hopefully the hype machine doesn't ruin it for me.

 

 

Just finished with Revolutionary Girl Utena and its film companion. I went into Utena expecting a fun, albeit weird, magical girl story, and ended up with a dark, psychological examination on adolescence, the patriarchy, and incest--lots and lots of incest. To it's credit, the crux of the show is how toxic a lot of the relationships depicted in Utena are, and how each of the main characters are attempting to break free from a cycle of abuse. It got to the point that the main hook of the show, Utena having to face off against a foe every episode, was beside the point. It became less about the more fantastical elements of the show, and more about the personal relationships of these characters. And incest.

 

The movie basically dials all of this up to 11, reducing the 39 episode anime into a 90 min fever dream of symboism and lesbians. Oh, and people turn into cars for some reason.

post #224 of 237
Been watching through Log Horizon recently. It's one of a few different manga/anime along the premise of "what if MMORPG players got trapped in their game world?" but so far it's been handled quite well - a lot of fun notions about what this might entail and a protagonist who's almost Pratchett levels of "clever scheming bastard/lateral thinker." Quite fun, and some intriguing ideas have just popped up where I'm at. Looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.
post #225 of 237
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Been watching through Log Horizon recently. It's one of a few different manga/anime along the premise of "what if MMORPG players got trapped in their game world?" but so far it's been handled quite well - a lot of fun notions about what this might entail and a protagonist who's almost Pratchett levels of "clever scheming bastard/lateral thinker." Quite fun, and some intriguing ideas have just popped up where I'm at. Looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

That and Overlord are the two animes of the "OMG, I'm trapped in my MMORPG" genre I've liked.

There's a comedy one that's pretty good too, but I can't think of what it's called. Only the main character is there because he died and it's like his own personal heaven, so it's not quite the same as those.
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That and Overlord are the two animes of the "OMG, I'm trapped in my MMORPG" genre I've liked.



There's a comedy one that's pretty good too, but I can't think of what it's called. Only the main character is there because he died and it's like his own personal heaven, so it's not quite the same as those.

 



Pretty sure it's Konosuba.
post #227 of 237
Yeah, KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!, that's it.
post #228 of 237
Yeah, that one's on my to-watch list for sure.
post #229 of 237

speaking of MMO-like anime.

 

 

Though unlike SAO or Konasuba, this is not about some protagonist entering a alternate fantasy universe. And you might not think it because of the cutesy style--but this anime goes to some fucked up places, culminating in (what is now the very infamous) episode 10 that MIA (hahahaha, oh I wonder if that was intentional?) will likely be known for. The show does not give a fuck that the protagonist are children.

 

Also: the first episode is probably one of the best first episodes I've seen of any anime.

post #230 of 237

Otaku hat on!

 

Konosuba actually is part of the "Real world protagonist is transported to a Fantasy world" genre, not the "Trapped in an MMO" genre; its world is an actual fantasy world in a parallel universe that functions as an rpg, but its all part of that world's nature, not a game. (for example, characters having stats is part of their guild's evalution and ranking, and so on).

 

Overlord I absolutely loathed, because its a power fantasy with an unlikable protagonist and the world its set in its eventually mad eout to be all grim and gritty so he becomes an antihero of sorts. Not my kind of thing.

 

Right know, I only watch the second season of Blood Blockade Battlefront, along with revisiting the original Fist of the North Star.

post #231 of 237

you should watch Made in Abyss.  Go watch Made in Abyss....it'll give you the feels.

 

 

But yeah, finished Made in Abyss last night; I mentioned that Episode 10 was the standout episode because it's the culmination of everything the anime was going for: that being a cute, moe blob of a kid will not protect you from getting your shit wrecked. 

 

I was wrong.

 

Episode 13. I actually had to pause this episode a couple of times and walk away from it because the subject matter is so fucking traumatic and cruel that it kind of fucked me up. You know that scene everyone talks about from Full Metal Alchemist...?

 

100x worse.

 

And yet, despite how harrowing the show can get, ultimately, Made in Abyss is uplifting. In fact the brutal violence and casual cruelty displayed on the show only really serves to strengthen its optimistic message: that no matter how bad things get, things will be okay as long as you can depend on your friends.

post #232 of 237
Speaking of The Feels, just finished the second season of Clannad. Holy shit, this show.
post #233 of 237
I keep meaning to watch Made in Abyss. Stared watching the first episode back when it was still coming out, but my internet fucked up and I just haven't gotten back around to it.

Have really watched much new anime at all this year. Think Re:Creators, KonoSuba, Inuyashiki, and Attack on Titan season 2 were the only shows I kept up with.

Don't think I've ever heard of Cannad before.
post #234 of 237
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Don't think I've ever heard of Cannad before.
It's one of a few KyoAni adaptations of Key visual novels that all came out in the mid-2000s (see also Kanon and AIR.) Slice-of-lifey high-school romance with a garnish of ambiguously-paranormal head-trip and a side order of "put the audience through the emotional wringer two or three times a season," but totally worth it, and I say that as someone with little patience for gratuitous drama.
post #235 of 237
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OK, here's an odd sounding suggestion:

 

Welcome to the Ballroom

 

A friend of mine made me watch this as she always has to watch 'guy anime'.  I was really surprised how quickly and totally I got sucked into it.  I like the characters and the story is pretty cool, so far.  The art style is a little wonky, at first, but the exaggerated body's and motions fit really well with the whole 'ballroom' aesthetic.  Most importantly, it gets the feelings discovering a new passion and losing yourself in it.  

post #236 of 237

Another couple off the wall reccomendations:

 

Birdy the Mighty: A superhero anime with a cool twist, a great heroine and incredible action scenes; hell, Zack Snyder downright stole the Zod vs Superman fight from MoS from this anime.

 

Sukeban Deka: Pure 80's cheese about a delinquent schoogirl who fights a crime ring in a high school using a yo-yo as a weapon.

post #237 of 237
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Been watching through Log Horizon recently. It's one of a few different manga/anime along the premise of "what if MMORPG players got trapped in their game world?" but so far it's been handled quite well - a lot of fun notions about what this might entail and a protagonist who's almost Pratchett levels of "clever scheming bastard/lateral thinker." Quite fun, and some intriguing ideas have just popped up where I'm at. Looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.
Update: just got through the episode "Contract." Without spoiling anything, genuinely one of the best examples of earning the state of having one's cake and eating it too that I've seen, dramatically speaking. I love that every single thing they pulled out of their bag of tricks for that twist was something set up in a previous episode. Well-played, writers.
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