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Oct 25, 2017
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Dr Stone Episode 6:

We are getting closer to the full shift, even if those turns does require some redundant backstory to run through. At any rate, Senku has ascended to the mantle of protagnist and the first major changes are to give Taiju and Yuzuhara the boot on account of them being boring and the beginning of the introduction to the the new supporting cast.
 

Nemesis121

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Nov 3, 2017
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Dr Stone Episode 6:

We are getting closer to the full shift, even if those turns does require some redundant backstory to run through. At any rate, Senku has ascended to the mantle of protagnist and the first major changes are to give Taiju and Yuzuhara the boot on account of them being boring and the beginning of the introduction to the the new supporting cast.
My theory for Petrified Earth,
the Earth went into defense mode against Global Warming and nullified humanity..
I don't read the manga did they cover the reason yet?
 

Working yet?

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Oct 31, 2017
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Dr Stone Episode 6:

We are getting closer to the full shift, even if those turns does require some redundant backstory to run through. At any rate, Senku has ascended to the mantle of protagnist and the first major changes are to give Taiju and Yuzuhara the boot on account of them being boring and the beginning of the introduction to the the new supporting cast.
I thought the guy with the rope headband on the anime reveal poster was Taiju, but on closer inspection, I guess they look slightly different. So those two were genuinely booted? Wowzers.

For reference: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EBLRb91UwAIUvlP.jpg (I can't insert this as a picture or media for some reason)
 

djinn

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Nov 16, 2017
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Furuba 19
Yep. That was definitely a Ritchan episode. Eh. It could have been worse. But I would really like for them not to joke about Mitchan feeling suicidal.
 

Ross62

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Oct 27, 2017
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One thing I really appreciate about Heaven's Feel is Shirou learning the truth about the previous Grail War and coming to grips with what Kiritsugu did. I feel that was so glossed over UBW, and that was very disappointing.

Edit:And is there anything more annoying than a theme popping up in your head but you can't remember the name of the anime?

Edit:OMG I found it, it was from AoT
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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DNAbro

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Oct 25, 2017
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Given 1-5

This is nice and just a bit above the standard. Also great to have BL adapted that doesn't feel toxic and gross. I feel like the worse the manga is, the higher chance it has to get adapted.
 

E_i

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Oct 27, 2017
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Fruits Basket episode 19

A whole episode of Ritsu. Great. The whole rooftop scene felt really really stupid because of his over the top theatrics.
 

djinn

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Nov 16, 2017
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Fruits Basket episode 19

A whole episode of Ritsu. Great. The whole rooftop scene felt really really stupid because of his over the top theatrics.
Thankfully we barely see Ritsu anymore. Interesting to note that a lot of this episode was anime original content and actually improved on a lot of Ritsu's scenes. He could have been a lot worse.
 

Sterok

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Oct 25, 2017
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Granblem 6

Joke character confirmed to have always been a joke character, and everyone pretended she wasn't in an effort to be nice to her. Getting someone's hopes up like that really isn't smart. Impressive credit fake out I'll admit. Meanwhile everyone just completely ignores the actual threat who is barely trying to hide how bad she is. I guess Suishou and that other girl were also brought in as Anna replacements, but now mom doesn't seem to even care about them.
 

daveo42

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Oct 25, 2017
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Dr. Stone 6
The shift to Senku and away from Taiju is ultimately a good one, because the application of science as a shounen power is actually interesting and the right direction for the series to go in. Taiju is great, but is far too much the dumb protag to make for a good series, even with Senku as a sidekick. Glad that the story goes in this direction and it is far better for it.
 

KCS

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Oct 27, 2017
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Granblem continues to be more like FSN with every episode. I also like that people's focus has almost completely shifted to whether or not Mangetsu is a legit sociopath.
 

daveo42

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Oct 25, 2017
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Fire Force 5
Things seems to have accelerated quite quickly into the team investigating/destroying the other divisions, far faster than I expected. I think this makes for a better story, but it's also a bit jarring at the shift and, for some reason, the one running 5th is a former Sister. The bit with Arthur was actually really dumb, but that fight was far more visually striking than most of the other action sequences in the episode.

I'm still enjoying it so far, even if it still is a bit mediocre in its handling of a premise that seems super interesting.

DanMachi S2 5
Not bad as a transitional episode to kind of prep for the next major arc, even if there was far more 'fanservice' bits strewn about and one of the new characters was essentially splayed out half naked as her intro. A few good call backs to the OVA with the bathhouse as well as Hestia having Bell's super awesome knife biting her and her familia in the butt. It does work out to keep the main cast small, tho it is kind of a very weak way of doing that.

Also, Bell hit Level 3 real fast. Wasn't expecting that to come after the result of the War Game, but here we are.
 

Baka_Bishie

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Oct 26, 2017
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon? II 5
"Director, we have a problem! The next episode of the show is just a bunch of people talking in a mansion."
"WHAT? But that's boring! Nobody's going to watch this week's episode if it's just people sitting around talking!"
"Yes, but-"
"AND WE CAN'T HAVE VIEWERS BAILING RIGHT BEFORE THE NEXT ARC FEATURING ANOTHER NEARLY NAKED GODDESS!"
"Funny you mention that, because I think I might have a solution."
"Okay, let's hear it."
"Well, the original light novel here makes mention of an onsen-"
"BRILLIANT! People will DEFINITELY watch a bunch of NAKED people sitting around talking in a mansion!"
"Yeah, but there's A LOT of conversation that's supposed to happen in this onsen-"
"SO WHAT? The higher-ups won't complain even if we have to set half the episode in there, so long as conveniently censor all of it."

(This is a totally accurate portrayal of how this episode came to be from my sources inside J.C. Staff.)
Oh, the episode itself? Well... it was kind of boring.


Fire Force 5
Uoy wonk nehw uoy hctaw a wohs dna uoy semitemos evah elbuort gniees tsuj tahw ti si touba eht wohs taht thguorb os ynam elpoep ot eht tcejorp ni eht tsrif ecalp? I naem, ti yam evah stnemom fo ecnaillirb, tub s'ereht osla emos elbainednu stnemom fo ytidiputs taht t'nod yllaer ekam yna lacigol esnes rehto naht eht retirw ylsuoires thguoht taht a "tsiwt" ekil taht saw ynnuf...

Tiaw, yhw soed siht kool gnorw... hoooooooooo,

There, much better.

Anyway, as I was saying: Fire Force can be a real exercise in how much you're willing to put up with either questionable or purely nonsensical narrative decisions for exceptional art. In a lot of my write-ups for previous episodes, I've often found praise for Fire Force's lore and worldbuilding, as much of it draws upon unusual source material to craft something that feels close enough to the real world at times to some great effect, even if a lot of that so far untapped material is mostly shorthand for political and institutional corruption, the cost of the privatization of first responders, the uncomfortable status firefighters hold in the community due to their both practical and religious roles, etc. But it's when you contrast that against moments like Arthur being so absent-minded in the heat of battle he nearly dies because he doesn't remember what his dominant hand is and it's really difficult to take the more high-minded topics in the background seriously. And this doesn't even touch on the fanservice, which wouldn't be as big of a detractor if it didn't feel like it was the kind of perverted humor that would appeal to a young demographic that still finds sexual slapstick funny instead of lame.

I can't remember the last time I saw something where the gulf between the quality of the production and the quality of the script in any given episode was this wide most of the time. And the truth is, it kind of sucks because there is the potential for something good here. There's multiple times where Fire Force reminds me of things like Fullmetal Alchemist, which can suffer from the same kind of tone problems from time to time, but FMA knew when to curb the humor and dial up the horror. Fire Force feels like it wants to have its cake and eat it too, and while my eyes often say it can get away with that, in my heart I know it's just junk food.

But damn, do I like me some junk food now and again.


O Maidens In Your Savage Season 6
"Director, we have a problem! The next episode of the show is just a bunch of people talking."
"WHAT? But that's every episode! Nobody's going to notice the difference if it's still just people sitting around talking!"
"Yes, but-"
"AND WE CAN'T HAVE VIEWERS BAILING RIGHT AFTER LAST WEEK'S INCREDIBLY BAD HANDLING OF THIS SHOW'S PEDOPHILE!"
"Funny you mention that, because I think I might have a solution."
"Okay, let's hear it."
"Well, the original manga here makes mention of an onsen-"
"BRILLIANT! People will DEFINITELY keep watching after last week if we have the main girls talk about their bodies in an onsen!"
"Yeah, but I'm not so sure having leering shots of our protagonists while they indulge in self-loathing about their bodies is wise-"
"SO WHAT? The higher-ups won't complain if it keeps viewers around, and it's not like Okada's fans aren't used to this shit, right?"

(This is a totally accurate portrayal of how this episode came to be from my sources inside Lay-duce.)
What am I even doing with my life anymore?
 

daveo42

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Oct 25, 2017
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Fruits Basket 19
There are good ways to handle a character like Ritsu and then there's this episode of Fruits Basket. I will say that as dated as the source material is, this at least handled it with a little more tact than you find in other Japanese media...even if it is used as more of a shock/joke. I didn't mind the roof scene, but the theatrics should have been shut off for what should have been an emotional scene.
 

UltraGunner

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Oct 25, 2017
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Fire Force 5

I'm glad that this show isn't gonna spend too long on monster of the week stuff and moved to the more interesting interal affairs arc its headed towards.

I love the lieutenant. He wears hats with nonsensical slogans and shoots his subordinates when they're distracted in trying to decipher them. Plus he's got super John Wick powers which is also cool.

Also I realize this may sound like I'm glad that people might be getting seizures, but holy shit did they make the right call by not having any dimming. Dimming would have absolutely ruined a show that's all about fire.
 
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fertygo

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Oct 25, 2017
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Fire Force 5


Also I realize this may sound like I'm glad that people might be getting seizures, but holy shit did they make the right call by not having any dimming. Dimming would have absolutely ruined a show that's all about fire.
I wonder why thats the case for this show, afaik its because the automation process by tv station right?
 

Moara

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Oct 25, 2017
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Been doing a Ikuhara marathon and just got around to Sarazanmai. Absolutely loved it. Good chance It'll be my AOTY.
 

fertygo

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Oct 25, 2017
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I assumed that it's a blanket rule for all tv in Japan, but I guess it's just something that most everyone does to cover their ass so they are not legally liable in a worse case scenario
Maybe they smartened this time and give streaming service master without dim?
I always wondered why they cant simply do that.

too many HeroAca fight ruined by this
 

peyrin

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Oct 27, 2017
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I'm honestly disappointed that astra show is still doubling down on making all the normal scenes letterboxed. it feels so backwards when conventional wisdom would be that space scenes should be the ones letterboxed to express vastness and special cinematic aesthetic. even darlifra had this one figured out!

also, the storyboards still haven't even accounted for the letterboxing, leading to atrocious shots like this one



character drama is getting pretty good tho.

Been doing a Ikuhara marathon and just got around to Sarazanmai. Absolutely loved it. Good chance It'll be my AOTY.
nothing even comes close to challenging it for me rn, ikuhara stays winning
 

UltraGunner

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Oct 25, 2017
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Dr Stone 06

So here's the part of the story where Inagaki figured that Taiju acting as the audience surrogate main character while Senku explained all the science stuff in detail would have just been a retread of Beakman's World and decided to make Senku the main star.
 

Jintor

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Oct 25, 2017
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dumbell 4
i really like this show but i tried to watch this on the main tv in the living room of my shareflat but grew paranoid that my flatmate was going to come home at any second (he did about 5 min after i finished the ep) so now i will shamefully watch future entries in my room as god intended
 

xEik

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Nov 17, 2017
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The Catalan Republic
dumbell 4
i really like this show but i tried to watch this on the main tv in the living room of my shareflat but grew paranoid that my flatmate was going to come home at any second (he did about 5 min after i finished the ep) so now i will shamefully watch future entries in my room as god intended
You haven't lived until you've watched anime with the constant threat of fanservice scenes while riding the bus.
 

alexi52

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Oct 28, 2017
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Demon Slayer: Kimestu no Yaiba 19
best animated sequence I've seen all year, it gave me goosebumps
 

Baka_Bishie

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Oct 26, 2017
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Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files 6
After all the grand action and super sleuthing of the last couple episodes, this week becomes a welcome break from all that by consisting of a girls' day out for Gray, Reines, and Luvia. Of course, things wouldn't be so simple if they didn't end up in a conundrum, forced to put the pieces together without Waver's "Holmes-esque" persona holding their hands through the process. But the stakes are far lower here, allowing more time to be spent on the girls' relationships with one another, and giving you a better glimpse at things like Gray's adjustment to modern society, Reines' subconscious need to measure up to her brother, and Luvia's overcompensating nature inadvertently getting her into trouble.

All of this was accomplished in this episode without sacrificing any of the things Case Files excels in. I'd actually argue this might be the best looking episode yet, as the "Legally Distinct from Harrods" department store that acts as the setting for the bulk of the episode is absolutely gorgeous with its distinct Egyptian theme looking like something out of Las Vegas' Luxor casino. The direction and animation was also sharp this week, with some inventive editing and framing decisions that gave the episode its own distinct flavor as well as some loving action cuts featuring everyone's favorite pro wrestling oujo-sama. This episode was just a nice microcosm of everything I've come to enjoy about Case Files, and it ends with a wonderful hook into the drama of the second half where the eponymous "Rail Zeppelin" will take center stage.