Anime! Who's watching what?

  • 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.

  • I've finished the Skypiea arc in One Piece. Finally.

  • Maho Girls Precure! is a pretty solid show. The generals are lacking, but the dynamics between the main characters make up for that I think. The final episode was easily the strongest one I've seen so far in the Precure franchise. The movie was really nice too.

    Speaking of movies I rewatched Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! and yeah that's still one of my favorite movies of all time. I know there's some inherent bias just because I love Digimon so much but it really is that good. If you haven't seen it already you need to check it out.

    Lastly I started reading the seventh part of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Steel Ball Run, a week or so ago. I'd say I'm about halfway through it, roughly. Really good so far. I always hear it's the best part (or at least one of the best) and while I still prefer Diamond is Unbreakable so far I can definitely see why it's so highly rated. Only real gripe is that most of the stands are kinda meh. Only ones I've really liked so far were Scary Monsters and Catch the Rainbow (despite how incredibly specialized it is.) The Spin is definitely cool though. Also the "toast" was a beautiful, emotional moment.

  • Vinland Saga. Why is nobody talking about this show!? I figured an anime from the same studio that makes Attack on Titan would be more successful, and while I have no data about how it is doing commercially, I've heard no love for it. Hell, I've never even heard anybody acknowledge it's existence!

    Right now it is shaping up to be one of my favorite anime. The animation is spectacular, the story is excellent so far and the gore is great. I'm pretty sure it's only in America (legally) via Amazon Prime Video, so if you have that I strongly recommend it.

  • Started watching Eyeshield 21. I forget how hype sport animes can be. 3 episodes in so far and I'm way into it. I don't know anything about American Football, but honestly it just helps the sense of wonder I'm having right now.

  • I just finished part 7 of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Steel Ball Run, and boy do I have some opinions on that ending.

    I honestly get the impression Araki wrapped up everything he wanted to do and then realized "shit, I still gotta deal with the corpse/the end of the race." I really, really don't like how a Diego from an alternate world that oh so coincidentally happened to have The World instead of Scary Monsters for a stand ended up being the final boss. The way Lucy finished him was pretty good, and I'm actually okay with the fact that Johnny lost his fight with him, but then he got saved by a total asspull so he wasn't stuck in his own infinite rotation. I'm no writer so I don't wanna say "this is how it shoulda ended" but I feel like if they gave Steel some other way to access the vault (or just some other way to hide away the corpse in general) and let the end of the race be an epilogue since it was never about winning to Johnny so much as learning the spin/gathering the corpse parts (say he was so busy with all the Valentine stuff he was ruled out of commission for the final stretch or something) it would have worked out better.

    Overall while I think it has the best story of any part (outside of 8, still need to read that obviously) I still prefer Diamond is Unbreakable at the end of the day. Even outside of my earlier complaints there's still the fact that a lot of the stands are pretty lackluster with only two or three exceptions (I really liked Scary Monsters for example.) The stands in DiU were just some of the best in my opinion with only Stone Ocean being as good or possibly better (though, its story is a bit of a mess.)

  • @capnbobamous Just started watching it yesterday and came here to see if anyone else was as hyped on it as I am. I totaly agree with you, it's fantastic on all levels! I bought the first 3 manga books like two years ago but never got around to reading them, however now I am really encouraged to start.

    Its on Prime Video here in Sweden as well so I guess all EU allies should be able to watch it if they like!

  • @teraflop Glad to hear you enjoy it! The whole thing is really blowing me away! Also, I meant that the only way Americans get it is via Amazon Prime, not that it was only in America.

  • @capnbobamous It is definitely good but

    I always hate a bait and switch, which this has already been guilty of.

  • @mbun Yeah I don't know. I feel like it was done well enough. It didn't feel cheap to me.

  • Just watched Megalobox. Felt like it should've committed a little harder to one tone or the other - it often felt like it was trying to be a gritty modern reboot while still maintaining the old-school cheese of its predecessor. Still, the animation and music are fantastic and the first/last episodes are legitimate crowd pleasers. I had a fun time with it and would give it a recommend if you haven't checked it out yet.

  • Started watching Code Geass. 6 episodes in, it's pretty cool so far. It doesn't feel too heavy yet, despite a brutal event, but that doesn't make it less engaging.

  • @naltmank The tone felt fine to me. Megalobox has a good balance of seriousness and cheese.

    I'll proabably watch Castle in the Sky late today. I have not see the movie in a while and I bought the blu-ray last year on sale.

  • I think I'm gonna take a break from animes (until My Hero S4 comes out). One really inconvenient event from the last few episodes of Code Geass (season 1) broke me. Also started watching Mirai Nikki, and the second episode broke me even more. I have no need for this kind of insanity right now, lol.

  • @brawlman I think the binge didn't help it. Mainly it was just issues with Nanbu and Sachio, especially when the mobsster storyline came back. Still liked it overall, though.

    And Castle in the Sky is among my most-watched movies of all time. I used to watch the VHS on repeat growing up. Still holds up, IMO.

  • I just finished the Davy Back Fight arc of One Piece. I don't know, it was okay. I don't think it was as bad as everyone says it was, but it wasn't great either. My main problem with it is that most of the tension relies on the characters being stupid, which gets really old really fast. I will say that some of it was quite funny, and I actually think Foxy is a fun character. On to Water 7!

  • I consider my last post to be a pretty big lie now because I just finished Mirai Nikki. I was too curious, and I should have been able to finish it even sooner but I had to take breaks because it's quite heavy (and it escalates so fast and so well!). It's essentially the craziest love story I ever seen. The twists and turns in the story are very engaging, they really did a great job of introducing new unique problems and setting up mysteries. The emotional moments and action scenarios didn't disappoint, nearly all of the big moments didn't fail to leave an impact. Most of the diary holders are interesting characters, and the ones that wasn't necessarily big players in the overall story are still awesome when they got the spotlight (bless your souls, Seven). I appreciate the jolly vibes of the post-credits scenes in each episode, which helped me get through the heavier parts of the anime. The biggest problem for me is that the humor and fan service can feel quite misplaced or a bit too much at times (and I consider myself very lenient regarding those two things). Still, this is a small problem for me because everything else is sublime. Loved the ending too, I did cry at the end. This is one of my favorite animes of all time for sure. Also, Yuno is a goddamn yandere legend.

    I'm not gonna say i'm taking a break from animes because that's not gonna happen, but I definitely need a change of pace after this. Something jolly, for sure.