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  • When Marnie was There is so pretty, but that ending sinks it so hard. Still better than Tales of Earthsea though
  • Yeah, one of my biggest beefs was that Anna as a character was just sort of shitty. Yeah sure I guess I can't connect with being a moody tween girl, but I feel like she went out of the way to be a jerk to people. Also yeah that ending *super fart noises*. I haven't seen Tales of Earthsea, but if it is worse I probably don't need to go out of my way to see it.

  • So I have fallen down a huge Vietnamese rap hole and it has been wonderful. By far the biggest highlight is Suboi, she is magnificent.

    Also after finishing Guilty Crown and Seraphim of the End I was coming back around on really hating anime again. They all lacked any interesting characters which is a big factor for liking an anime. Then a week ago I started Yu Yu Hakusho without any knowledge what the show was about..... Something about 80's anime just sings to me and brought me back into it. Just the natural goofiness of anime has dissapeared . The voices in Yu Yu Hakusho are great and I just love it. If the goofiness continues to be the shit that was Space Dandy, then I'm OUT!

  • Jack is back
  • Yeah, It was family event in my house. It still one of few shows we all equally like.

    That first episode felt so different because of him not having his sword. But in the upside the girls being raised montage was really good.
  • Logan was a pretty good movie, even is the little girl was the best performance in it. Get Out is still the best movie of the year.
  • So just finished the first 58 episodes of Yu Yu Hakusho and while I really enjoyed it, I think the show is bad. Don't see myself going out of the way to see the rest of it. Next up on the list is Rolling Girls!
  • YuYu Hakusho is one of those shows that you watch knowing it's not good but its charm carries it a lot of the way.
  • Valvrave is plenty goofy, up to a certain point. But if you have any faith in humanity remaining, it might take it from you, at the certain point.
  • Been watching Drifters and it totally does it for me. I miss the simplicity of getting a bunch of people together from different eras or have different powers and letting them go at it. Baki the Grappler and Basilisk are some of my favorites in this and this show seems to play off that mold.
  • Today is a Fire Wars kind of day

  • So I watched Your Name last night in theaters. I forget whether it got talked about on the podcast, but I thought it was fine. I kinda wish they expanded the first part of the movie since the big reveal took me out of the story
  • So I caught up with the couple of episodes released for season 2 of Attack on Titan because I hate myself. That show goes from having some of the best looking animation sequences to just looking like totally dog shit Sega genesis level 3D stuff. So far the are setting up the season to be just as disappointing as the last one. So yay...
  • I've been watching Legion, about halfway through so far, and while I don't care for it much as a Marvel superhero property or anything like that, as a horror show / surreal psychological thriller I really like it a lot. Lots of weird and off-putting, unsettling visuals that work well.

    Also, it has Aubrey Plaza looking fantastic in all kinds of great outfits so that's a lot of bonus points as well.
  • Oh, I didn't know that was a marvel thing. Is it part of the movie/tv show canon?
  • Well, Wiki says it's connected to the X-Men film canon? I have never seen a single X-Men movie though, so I can't comment either way.
  • It's not connected as far as I know. Legion, David Haller, is Prof. X's son but the show runner had no plans of linking it to the movies. That's for the better I think, not everything has to be the Avengers.
  • I read the more detailed section on Wiki and it sounds like they are technically in the same universe but not connected and there are currently no plans. Like, they acknowledged that this is a character who would be otherwise ignored so they let Hawley, the creator, make a mostly stand alone show that won't concern itself with the films & vice-versa. Apparently the only connection so far is they used one of Professor X's wheelchairs as a prop. So it sounds like there's a loophole for potential cameos at some point but for now they're mostly separate entities.

  • I've been digging into Sense8 recently. I have to admit, having a LOST alum on it along with the same kind of mythology gives me pause. The difference is that I think Sense8 has better character building, and it also helps that it mostly focuses on personal drama instead of whatever kind of secret organization story they want to tell. It also just has a cool idea, I'm very interested to see what happens when all of the characters are working in tandem.
  • I've heard such drastically mixed things about Sense8 that I feel I eventually need to check it out just out of sheer curiosity.
  • It's just the kind of show that I can't recommend without reservation. I'm enjoying it while I'm watching it, but I don't want to be hurt again like I was with LOST. For now I'm just focusing on the characters and trying to avoid getting invested in the mythology.

    They filmed the place of Chicago well, and eventually they reveal that other people exist there other than cops and gangbangers. I know that's hard to believe, you know, since it's a war zone and all.
  • Well I generally care a lot more about characters than mythology or plot, so what you're describing sounds kinda good to me. I'll keep it in mind in the endless sea of shows there are to watch.

    Tangentially, I find it funny I've lived in IL all my life and the only part of Chicago I've ever been in is the airport.
  • This is Wealthyaardvark's fault summoning the dark spirit of Happy Birthday Ralph from its slumber. Now I'm back suffering later-day Atom and His Package like only a ex-pat Philly nerd can.

  • edited May 13
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  • So far I'm digging American Gods a lot even though it's only 2 episodes in.
  • Atom & his package is soooo gooood. I can't stop you only encourage more!
  • edited June 6
    I just finished watching the first episode of Demi chan wa Kataritai and boy howdy do I love watching me some slice o' life animoo. Got me boiling for more, since I will probably finish this by tomorrow. Anyone know of anything ala Diamond Daydreams, Human Crossing, Rumbling Hearts (I don't vouch for the quality of all of these, but damn do I still love 'em)?

    Also this got me thinking about Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and what the fuck was that anime about? I remember it being like all the people in her club were special in some way except the main character of the boob lady. It had an awesome concert episode. Did it conclude in any meaningful way? I just don't remember the underlying subtext of the whole show or what the point was.
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was a good, albeit (like everything) flawed show with some smart, snappy pacing (at least in the broadcast, non-chronological order - chronological order sucks all of the life and mystery out of the show). If I had to pin down a subtext or point, it would probably be about learning to find the joy and excitement in everyday life, rather than writing off the real world as dull and incapable of living up to fantasy and daydreams. Haruhi and Kyon both move towards this lesson from opposite angles.

    Kyon starts the series waxing nostalgic about his youthful interest in the fantastical and fictional, and having consigned himself to the dry mundanity of reality. Haruhi, in contrast, thoroughly rejects the real world as incapable of living up to her expectations. Ultimately, over the course of the main arc (and reflected in the flash-forwards to later adventures), both start to temper their views. Kyon finds that he really does enjoy Haruhi's misadventures, despite his moment-to-moment complaints about being dragged away from his comfortable, mundane life. Conversely, Haruhi's continual attempts to escape reality into something more "interesting" are regularly thwarted, and at the end of the main arc, she backs down from nearly rewriting reality when it becomes apparent that there are things about the real world that she enjoys.

    As a side development to this, both Kyon and Haruhi slowly learn to be better towards the people they interact with. The concert episode is the emotional peak of the series, in my opinion, not just because it's spectacularly animated, but because it depicts Haruhi actually doing something to help people for once. Kyon's growth in this area is a little more subtle, but you do get the sense that his walls are slowly coming down.

    Also it has a fucking rad Phoenix Wright reference in one episode.

    (Also, the second season is utter garbage that indulges in ludicrous excess, taking much less material and spreading it out over much more time - even setting aside the mind-boggling terror that was the Endless Eight, they spend 5 episodes on the gang making a student film, when the season 1 team could have done it in 2 (and did even better than that by cutting it entirely, and just showing the finished product.) It also hurts season 2 that the student-film-making episodes are set fairly early on in the timeline, so Haruhi's character development is regressed pretty hard. Season 1 is the theatrical cut of Fellowship of the Ring; season 2 is the extended Hobbit trilogy.)
  • edited June 12
    I found this girl on youtube.
    Who trolls people on second life.
    Bless her heart.She is sweetheart.

  • I can't believe it took me this long to watch Mob Psycho 100.
  • Ikken said:

    I can't believe it took me this long to watch Mob Psycho 100.

    That dudes character designs are some of my favorite. Also the whole premise of a hero who is invincible, and all the drama is around the people who aren't invincible is the best.
  • So I watch the new Castlevania Netflix show, and it's only okay? There's some good parts in it (Dracula's conversations with Lisa, the fight with the Cyclops, most of episode 4), but there's so much padding. Plus you can tell Warren Ellis is phoning it in so hard on the script. Especially with Trevor's dialogue.

    The wierd part is every is flipping out like it's the best thing ever and I'm like, "was your soul not leaving your body in episode 2 cause of how boring it was?"
  • Cool, I have basically the same opinion. The Opening credits in episode one are real cool, and there are fun holdovers from the games, like the way Dracula teleports in a pillar of fire. Beyond the initial drunk Trevor in a bar fight scene, he was pretty stiff.

    Any idea if they had 4 or 8 more episodes planned in the event they get funded for the rest of the C3 story? They spent a lot of time in the village sets which was disappointing given the series' variety of locations. A greater variety of monsters also would have been cool, as opposed to the number of fights Trevor has with humans.
  • I think they already have a second season in the works. I'm hoping now that they finished with the decompressed set up we can get more straight up monster fighting.
  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress has some of the highest animation production I have ever seen in an anime. It was very unexpected. Only halfway through but so far it has been enjoyable enough.
  • It's a shame the story sucks.
  • That's right where the story gets SUPER dumb so he might not know yet :worried:
  • edited July 12
    I don't remember it being so much dumb but just super generic but the animation elevated it slightly above mediocre.
  • edited July 13

    So I watch the new Castlevania Netflix show, and it's only okay? There's some good parts in it (Dracula's conversations with Lisa, the fight with the Cyclops, most of episode 4), but there's so much padding. Plus you can tell Warren Ellis is phoning it in so hard on the script. Especially with Trevor's dialogue.

    The weird part is every is flipping out like it's the best thing ever and I'm like, "was your soul not leaving your body in episode 2 cause of how boring it was?"

    My wife and I "binged" watched it around midnight while playing ff14. so, it at least passes for MMO background noise. I was also impressed with just how many times they could remind us of the premise each episode.
  • Just finished Kabaneri of the iron fortress and I was expecting it to be much worse from what everyone was saying. It kept me interested and while Bibas taking over the story half way through with a really lame revenge story wasn't good, Mumei was strong enough of a badass to keep me interested. In the history of anime I have watched it firmly sits in the middle. The style seemed reminiscent of Bahamut, but I liked this much better.
  • Just finished watching GitS SAC last night after probably 10 years. I enjoyed it so much more then when I was a teen. I am itching to get to 2nd Gig again and finally watch Arise. The Tachikomas are all so good, although the minisodes are 100% all terrible. Still put me in a great mood and still riding that high.
  • So I went on a tear over the last week or so and have been powering through all my DVDs of Ghost in the Shell. Last night I finished the marathon with the final 2 disks of ARISE. Now I really tried to be open minded for all the changes they did for the reboot style and dubbing. After finishing the final episode of ARISE though it really was a pile of shit. It was so much retcon of characters in a worse direction. All the characters designs were worse except Aramaki and Batou who were generally the same. Togusa and Ishikawa as well to an extent. I hated the new majors voice and was willing to shrug it off, but then they put the actual majors voice on another side character! Gahhhh.

    I have been trying to get over it and be happy with the shows stories (which weren't terrible), but the more I look back on everything the bigger of a turd to a wonderful marathon that it all was. How could they do that to Saito? Why was the Major like a sassy bullshit millenial? The first two seasons are still some of the best episodic content every created as far as I am concerned and fortunately ARISE doesn't ruin it. I do have the ghost in the shell : the new movie that I bought as well and still have to watch. Its looks like the new character models and is probably terrible, at least I know what to expect. While I am in the shit salt mines I guess I should get back to Valkyria Revolution eh?
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