Anime! Who's watching what?

  • Mob Psycho 100 is one of those shows I knew I should have watched when it was first airing but for absolutely no reason I just didn't get around to it. Watching it now and it's pretty cool so far. Definitely has one of the best OPs I've seen in a long ass time.

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  • @inflorescence said:

    The animation is good, right? Or is the animation bad?

    Who cares. Are you enjoying it?

    @Hanabi Season 2 has been even better too. Get hype.

    Starting to catch up on Karakuri Circus but still pretty far behind. Getting wild.

  • After years of waiting, I am finally watching One Piece. This is a show that I was always intimidated by just because of how long it is, but now that I'm watching it I realize what a fool I was.

    One Piece is a damn good time. It roped me in so much that in just a week, I got through about 50 episodes. It has an attitude and tone like no anime I have ever seen; it's jovial whilst still having many intense and emotional moments. I like all of the characters, and I can't wait to see where the story goes next.

  • Latest Mob Psycho 100 II episode.

  • @tearju-engi literally came here to comment that. Accidentally got a little spoiled on what happens next, but still was caught totally off guard. Holy christ.

  • Just finished Black Lagoon. I think it's a better companion piece to Bebop than Trigun was, though it definitely tries a little too hard to be edgy. It just smells like the aughts. Still, there's some really great stuff in there, and the final arc was pretty incredible. I just wish it nailed the ending. It was building to a really incredible emotional climax, and then it sort of just... ends. Oh well. Still worth a look if you're interested.

  • @tearju-engi @naltmank Very dumb and unnecessary blotch on what has otherwise been a great season.

  • You talking about last week's episode or this week's? 'Cause I have yet watched this week's episode. Think I might take a break a bit to watch it in batch

  • Not watching the anime yet, but I just got the first volume of the Boruto manga. I'm kinda intrigued, maybe I'll check out the anime soon.

  • Nothing at the moment. Waiting for the next season of the dubbed High School Academia to be released on Hulu. Highschool DxD season 4 should be released very soon and I am very excited to get back into that series. I need to re-watch Season 2 and 3 to get ready (Though I heard rumors that Season 4 retcons season 3? Wtf?)

  • I'm about halfway through Smile Precure and while I think Heartcatch was a lot stronger in things like the overall plot and the monsters of the week, I think Smile is probably more fun from an episode-to-episode basis and has a better main cast.

  • I think the end of this season of Slime was pretty lackluster.

    Shield Hero on the other hand seems to have maintained for the most part. That's not over yet for the season tho, so we'll see where it goes.

  • @mbun It's picking back up! I agree that the episode before this most recent one wasn't great, though. I wish they had the balls to really commit to that twist, but I also knew that they weren't going to. Still happy with the season thus far. I get the feeling that we're reaching the end of the show.

  • @naltmank yeah. Though I actually don't mind them going this route because the vibe stays consistant.
    Samurai Flamenco was one that just changed the theme or genre itself after an episode or two that I just couldn't follow it or understand the reason behind it.

  • @tokyoslim Loving Shield Hero, except when it goes all harem anime here and there. Also, it is getting a little heavy handed how only the Shield Hero is a good guy and the others are all causing trouble. The one guy could easily be explained as tainted under the bad influence of the King's daughter, even though at this point he's depicted as an absolute scumbag which seems a bit extreme. The other heroes though, seem like they're not horrible people, so it is a bit much for the show to drag them down solely to elevate the MC further. Afraid that new character introduced is just going to become another part of MC's harem too, which adds nothing to the show and was really unneeded, especially when it sets out to scoff at that very thing with that other hero.

    @naltmank Same. If you pull a twist like that, commit or don't do it to begin with. I'd have been fine if they undid some of it, but not all of it. Not sure about the direction right now, because it just kind of feels like it is repeating season 1 where this is the part of the season where it has to suddenly become a battle show just cause.

    @Tearju-Engi Samurai Flamenco was a good ride. I actually love when shows pull stuff like that. I'd recommend another that does it in a very amusing way, but that'd spoil the whole thing ahead of time unfortunately. Samurai Flamenco's problem was the ending got too silly, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann style, in an effort to explain the earlier events of the show without just letting them be the reality of the setting.

  • @mbun said in Anime! Who's watching what?:

    The other heroes though, seem like they're not horrible people, so it is a bit much for the show to drag them down solely to elevate the MC further.

    All the heroes are all bad people in various ways, and the show is pretty clear in pointing it out. Either through recklessness, self absorption, indifference, etc. The last arc's entire point was that the other heroes are treating this like a game with zero consequences and inflicting unintended pain and chaos upon the world in pursuit of their own gain.

    Shield Hero isn't perfect either, but he's one of the few characters that actually cares about the people of this world. The irony is that he's placed in the position where he can't trust anyone to believe in his altruism, and thereby can't rely on their support - so he is forced to pretend to be greedy just so that he can survive. The rest of the heroes are treated "better" than everyone else, and have bought into thinking they are better than everyone else. Shield Hero doesn't have that luxury.

  • @tokyoslim Yeah, I get all that. Obviously at the beginning the other Heroes were tricked into thinking Shield Hero was scum, but I thought after all that had happened they kind of realized what was going on and wouldn't like jump to assuming he's still doing terrible things and would be more careful with their own actions. Like I said, you can justify that one Hero's horrible actions because he's constantly around a terrible influence, but the other two don't really have much of an excuse. They even have people from the world traveling with them, which are shown in every OP, even though we've yet to learn much of anything about any of them. So it really feels like they're written to screw up solely to elevate the main character through fixing their screw ups.

  • @mbun said in Anime! Who's watching what?:

    Not sure about the direction right now, because it just kind of feels like it is repeating season 1 where this is the part of the season where it has to suddenly become a battle show just cause.

    I'd be in the same boat if the animation weren't so stellar. Some of the craziest imagery and action direction I've ever seen in this most recent episode. I still wish the show could go a little darker sometimes, though.

  • Started Outlaw Star per @Mbun 's suggestion. Only two episodes in but I'm really digging it so far. I think the art style is a little generic an it leans into tropes more than I'd like, but as a whole this feels like classic 90s anime (in a good way). Somehow very nostalgic. Good vibes. Hopefully it keeps this up!

  • Most recent episode of Kemurikusa was really cool. Love when a show holds almost everything back for some crazy reveal in the last two episodes. The way they tied the ending sequence into it was stellar and hype as well. I totally understand this show not being popular with the weirdo characters, slow pacing, and all the good action sequences being done offscreen between episodes to save budget, but shows where you can soak into a mysterious setting as it slowly unravels are exceedingly comfy. Same reason I like lots of Key style VNs. Gives you a ton of time to become gradually endeared to the characters before slamming the pedal to the metal on the story and milking that attachment for maximum emotional drama. I'm still not going to tell anyone to go out of their way to watch it, but I'm personally glad I decided to.

    Oh, and as per usual I also caught up on Kemono Friends S2. Has same kind of problem I called Mob Psycho 100 S2 out for earlier, and the plot has gotten pretty dumb in general. Characters have been likable enough, but I'm pretty checked out on it after they tried to rewrite all the show's lore into something worse and grossly misused the old MC. Best part of the season was easily the ending skits for the next episode previews. Wish I could've had a whole season of those instead of the knockoff mess we got.