Anime! Who's watching what?



  • Obviously I got a jump on One Punch Man to follow along with It's EZ to Like Anime, but it is about that time of the season to go through the other shows that stand out to me and give stuff a chance. I'll keep updating this post as I go through stuff, as I don't want to watch alot and then forget fresh impressions before posting.

    First off, One Punch Man actually nah I don't really care Fruit's Basket 2019, because when I was younger I watched the original anime for this and read the manga and was a pretty big fan of it in general. (I have a Momiji plush) Second attempt anime for shows I already liked the original adaptations of tend to scare me into thinking they'll screw it up, but so far this is completely nailing all the right vibes and still feels really faithful to my admittedly fuzzy memory of the manga. That's honestly what watching this has felt like, a foggy memory, and I'm enjoying that rare flavor of nostalgia right now even if it is all stuff I've seen before pretty much. Not sure how confusing all that is to someone just wondering if the show is good or not, so I'll just say yes, I think it will be.

    Carole & Tuesday seems like a no brainer to tell people to at least check out. Kinda cheesy but good music, which the show is largely about, and seems like lots of fun characters to follow. The setting is somewhat interesting too as humans are having to compete with AI that has taken over most industries, so far not in the Detroit Become Human sense, but more like all digital AI and less humanoid machines. The city itself is pretty nice looking too. Bones is the studio behind it, so you might even get some mild flashes of Cowboy Bebop vibes here and there. (Bones did the movie)

    Gunjou no Magmel seems fun so far. The kind of show I'd recommend to someone who liked Hunter X Hunter. Basic premise is a dangerous new continent suddenly appeared one day, and explorers flock to it seeking various treasures only found there. So many explorers have died doing this, that you have to become licensed to explore there now and there's a subgroup of explorers who specialize in saving others who get in over their head there. Main character seems a bit overpowered right now, but that's usually how these things go until later. The continent itself isn't as interesting as something like Made in Abyss so far, but I'm honestly not expecting that level anyways. We'll see if it holds my interest as it goes on.

    RobiHachi strikes me as a much, much lesser Space Dandy kind of show. Probably won't be that good with the weaker characters and more budget feel, but maybe some fun to be had in their crazy adventures together. There's a sassy bunny robot, so it can't be all bad right?

    Do Skip: Kenja no Mago | Worst Isekai I've seen in a long time. I'll be annoyed if this becomes popular.

    Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu was pretty fun and charming. Basically a girl with social anxiety starting middle school and her best friend from elementary school told her they can't be friends anymore until she befriends everyone in her new class, so it is her dealing with trying to learn how to do that while comedy ensues. Only downside I can really pull from this one is you got those real generic ass moeblob faces on the characters, so it kind of loses some distinct character identity at times when they end up looking extremely similar to characters from other shows and even following similar tropes, which only heightens the problem. Doesn't ruin it for me though.

    So Sarazanmai is basically Persona 5 if the Phantom Thieves stole from people's butts. You heard me. The eye candy alone makes this one hard to ignore. Usually love outlandish stuff like this, but this one isn't my flavor I guess. I'll watch it anyway.

    Kimetsu no Yaiba is the story of a young boy named Sekiro Tanjirou who is forced to grow up real fast to protect his family. This one is substance over style all the way. Looks closer to one of those generic, "my first shonen" battle type shows, but instead it plays out somewhere like halfway to Berserk as you watch the main character actually train and grow but with less originality and a more compact scope. Probably safe to guess that this will be one of the best shows this season regardless, as the animation quality is a step above most the other stuff this season, especially during the action scenes. If you somehow haven't had enough Samurai / Shinobi vibes yet, this is the one to watch right now.

    Shingeki no Kyojin 3 Part 2 had a pretty hype opener for the season. Seems like pretty much what you would've come to expect from it though. Doubt it'll be as good as Part 1 was.

    That's it for now, unless I stumble onto anything else. Gunjou no Magmel and Hitoribocchi are my favorites of the bunch so far. Decent spread this season. No great comfy show or romance far as I see though.



  • Just started watching Jojo's Bizzare Adventure



  • Watched the whole Run Like The Wind which is about running. Checked out Ace Attourney anime cases I have finished so I can warch those anime original episodes.



  • Since I got some free time later I'm gonna continue watching Cowboy Bebop, only watched the first episode (which I absolutely loved) last year and haven't got around to continuing it since.



  • @bam541 Oh... I wish I could watch Bebop again for the 1st time. Savor it.



  • @tokyoslim Prepare to have Roundabout by Yes stuck in your head for the rest of your life.



  • Just last week I started watching FLCL after having it on my watch list for a long time, currently going to progressive.

    I'm so disappointed in my self that I had never watched this before.



  • @bard91 Better late than never. Don't forget to watch Alternative too.



  • Digimon Adventure was my favorite show as a kid. It was an obsession, even. I decided to rewatch it a little bit ago and I just finished it. I know I'm horribly biased but I think it's still great.



  • @hanabi Adventure has aged well, even if the English dub had a few hick ups in the beginning. The only bad Digimons shows are 02 due to its ending and lack of focus in its latter half, and Digimon Tri. Tri just feels like bad fanfiction.



  • @hanabi @BrawlMan Adventure is the first one? I tried to go back and rewatch that after going back and rewatching season 1 of Pokemon, and I couldn't get through it. Felt much more like a kid's show to me than Pokemon did. I've never seen Digimon Tamers, and that's the one the Digimon fans are always telling me holds up the best, but I haven't made time for it yet.



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  • @mbun Like I said, that is more so the fault of the English dubbing, than the Japanese version. Once Adventure gets pass the first arc things get increasingly darker no matter which version you watch. Not grim dark, but appropriately dark. What Digimon had over the Pokemon shows was consequences, character death (even if there is a way for Digimon to be revived), and characters that gradually develop. Tamers and Adventures especially have the best use of characters completly changing compared to how he or she started.



  • @brawlman Maybe I'll try the Japanese version sometime then. No promises though. Much more likely to try Tamers since I haven't seen that. Only nice thing I can say about Adventure is, unlike the series, the movie is still very entertaining.



  • @mbun The best thing about Tamers is that you don't need to see the previous Digimon shows to understand it. It's in its own continuity. The same applies to Frontier and Data Squad/Savers. The Adventure movie is just okay and does not help that I don't like animation style. It reeks of the bad parts of early 2000s anime. The soundtrack for the English dubbing make it even worse.



  • So....maybe I just realized that Fairy Tail is by the same guy who did Rave Master...



  • Finished my first watch of Samurai Champloo. Really dug it. Felt distinct enough from Bebop while still maintaining that tone of... something. I can't put my finger on it. These shows have a vibe that is just better than almost any other show. I think it's that feeling of restlessly searching for something without even knowing or saying you're looking for anything at all. To that end, I wasn't 100% on board with the ending of Champloo (like, the last 4 minutes or so), since it seemed a little incongruous with everything that had come before it. I don't want to spoil anything but I'll leave it at that. Still loved the show. Evangelion is up next!



  • I've been rewatching Cowboy Bebop lately, and just finished the classic episode Ballad of Fallen Angels. Let me tell you, this episode is still the masterpiece it was 20 years ago. It juggles tone beautifully, the story is excellent and that scene towards the end (you know the one) is still my personal favorite instance of musical juxtaposition in anything.

    This is the first phenomenal episode in a show that has many, and still blows me away. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to hum Green Bird for at least the next two days.



  • This doesn't really belong in this topic, but I just think it is something people should be aware of.

    33 deaths confirmed now. Some of the people are burnt so badly they have to do DNA tests to confirm who's who. The building had no fire escape, and the guy started by torching the two first floor exits and then the entire first floor.

    "According to an employee at the gas station that is located 500meters north from the studio, a man entered the station 30 minutes before the incident and purchased 40 liters of gasoline. He said that he was going to use it to power an generator."



  • @mbun I imagine you are referring to Kyoani (nothing is loading for me) and yes definitively appropriate for this I would say, I'm so incredibly sad to hear this happen, since I'm a big fan of a lot of the stuff they've done (my icon being a clear indication of that) and thinking that those people have made stuff that have brought so many feels and joy to me and others have gone through something so horrible is simply heartbreaking.