Anime! Who's watching what?

  • Watched the first episode of Great Pretender. Really like the vibes here. The art is colorful and distinct and the music is really solid (especially the opening theme). So far my main worry is that it will become overly convoluted, but I think I'm going to stick with this one

  • Watching Bubblegum Crisis with my kids. Fuck I miss 80s & 90s Anime. AD Police up next.

  • Monkey Dust

  • I'm around 30 episodes in on the 2011 Hunter X Hunter! Shounen anime is hit or miss with me. I'll typically only watch Yu-Gi-Oh if I'm a little drunk because it has no rules, but I've really been enjoying this one. It has that lightness that makes me smile, but also manages to shift over to a dark side when you least expect it and it makes my jaw drop when it does. I'm just very slow at going through shows, so I wish I had the ability to binge. When I start to enjoy something, I do like an anti-binge, and watch less to savor it. And not finish a lot.

    Regardless, I'm really enjoying Hunter X Hunter! Really solid characters and interesting world and premise! Excited to see how crazy it gets.

  • @happygaming There's enough episodes of Hunter X Hunter that you don't need to slowly savor it, but I understand the sentiment. Either when you finish it or alongside it you could watch Demon Slayer and savor that one.

  • Happiness Charge Precure is a pretty rough season. Feels like it had a lot of ambitious ideas that it just didn't really do much of anything with and got kinda hung up on its romance plots instead. That said unlike some seasons I still feel there's the core of a good season buried under the problems so I dunno, I kinda liked it. Definitely on the lower end of the scale for me but still.

    I was gonna wait to make this post until I finished the other season I'm watching right now but some news came out:

    The current season, Healin' Good, is coming to Crunchyroll this summer. I doubt anybody here cares but just in case anybody's ever been curious about this franchise I'm always rambling about then now's the time to check it out. (And it's also coming back from a 2 month-ish hiatus this week too so that's great news as well.)

  • I started watching Haikyu!! , and I can say with absolute certainty that it is one of my favorite anime of all time. I'm already almost done with the first season, and if I could inject it into my veins I would. Every character has incredible depth, to the point where even the douchebag characters like Tsukishima are likeable in some capacity. They all have their own story, their own goals, and in the process of achieving them, they grow with each other. Even the adversarial characters are likeable because they are more than just "mean dudes." They have their own insecurities, goals and flaws that give them more life than many anime antagonists. I hesitate to call them antagonists though, because this show makes a point to emphasize that even though they are against Karasuno, everyone is ultimately looking for the same thing: success in the sport of volleyball.

    It's rare for there to be an anime as sweet as this one without feeling at least a little contrived, but in Haikyuu this feeling is organic and earned. I think the reason it works so well is because while incredibly sweet, it also has moments of hardship and strife, and unfortunately things don't always work out. The show handles these moments beautifully, giving them the potency they deserve without compromising the tone of it all.

    I think the reason the whole thing works so well is because volleyball is more than a means for competition and comradery. It is treated with incredible care and respect. It's not a setting, it's a character. There's a beautiful moment late in season one dedicated to showcasing the difficulty of the sport, and the dedication the players all have to it. It shows that Haikyuu, while rightfully lauded for its wonderful characters, is much larger than said characters. It's about the sport and the trials and tribulations of it. I don't think it would work as well if it weren't.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I have to think about what from the show I want tattooed on my leg.

  • Re:Zero is back. So many people tried to watch it when it premiered that Crunchroll was having trouble handling the load.

    And that's all I need to say about it.

  • Watched the first episode of Japan Sinks. I'm gonna keep going for now, but I'm not really sure if it'll be worth it. It really lacks the charm and style present in all of Yuasa's other works. It just gets straight to the gruesome darkness that made parts of Devilman so unpleasant to watch, but without any of the character development or subversiveness that made that series feel worthwhile. Probably doesn't help that Kyuushuu is experiencing historic flooding right now, so some of the imagery is pretty raw. We'll see how things go from here, but I'm tempering my expectations.

  • Finally finished Japan Sinks: 2020. I don't think it's very good, which is disappointing given how much I've like all of Yuasa's other work. The show wallows in its own misery far too much and settles into an predictable cadence that is never particularly enjoyable. The way each "shocking" death is accompanied by an overly-humanizing voice-over only served to highlight the show's greatest shortcoming: the show never gives us enough time to actually care about any of these characters. That said, I did think the ending was solid, and served to highlight why they insisted on using the subtitle, "2020:" the release of this show was very clearly meant to align with the Tokyo Olympics. I think if you watch it with this perspective, you can appreciate some of the subtext that Yuasa weaved throughout the series, ultimately culminating in the final ten minutes. His commentary on Japanese culture and society has been present in some of his other works before, but in a way I think it shines through better in Japan Sinks: 2020 than anywhere else. Without spoiling anything, he does a great job at presenting what he believes to be the major shortcomings of Japanese culture while highlighting what makes the country so unique and resilient, ultimately hinting at a possible path forward. I think it's very intentional that he's centered mixed-race and multicultural characters in much of his recent work, which I appreciate for very personal (and perhaps obvious) reasons. Either that or I'm just reading way too far into things again. Not sure if this is actually worth a watch, but it's also pretty short so you can maybe just try out a couple episodes and see what sticks. C

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    Sadly, that's all for that. Was great while it lasted.

  • Not so much watched, but I finished reading my deluxe edition set of Battle Angel. Fun read that has alternate, what if ending for the original series. Now I have to start ordering Last Order, and then finally, Mars Chronicles.