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Oceko

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Oct 28, 2017
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I really like Tanjiro, and that's a big statement coming from me because I usually find his character archetype quite annoying. He's just such a good boy, you can't help but root for him.

It also helps that he has been surpringsily reliable and competent so far, and that contrasts very well with his dorkness.

He's the eldest brother, goddamnit.
 

Kewlmyc

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
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I like Tanjiro a lot so far as well. He's gone through some actual severe shit, so it's easy to feel his plight, yet he still remains optimistic and is also a fast learner. He also tends not to beat people/the viewer with their moral code or their dream. Speaking of dream, it's actually something that I can get behind and not some vague wish or concept like being the greatest *insert profession*.
 

abellwillring

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Oct 25, 2017
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I was just reminded of the song Running in the 90s and it made me think of Initial D. Found this old clip on Youtube and it's so funny looking at this bad CG now.


But then I came across this "remaster" (really, it looks like an entire remake) of it that superimposes the original. I haven't watched any of the series since the late 90s/early 2000s.. I see there have been a few TV series since according to wiki but it appears like they're sequels. Did they do a remake of the original story in film form or something?

 

abellwillring

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm looking for recommendations for an anime to watch with my girlfriend. She's in the mood for something with action that is also apocalyptic. Now, I know plenty of anime that have post-apocalyptic or post-post-apocalyptic settings but nothing that really meets her definition. Basically she would like something that shows humanity dealing with a (potentially) apocalyptic situation, rather than the aftermath. She used Independence Day as a point of reference, which many would categorize as a disaster film but it kind of encapsulates what she is looking for. She also referenced Attack on Titan which, from what I've seen, is a bit hard to categorize. Any suggestions?
I don't know how easy it is to watch these days or if you all could deal with the dated look, but as someone from that anime era, X came to mind for me.

 

hat_hair

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Oct 26, 2017
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I don't know how easy it is to watch these days or if you all could deal with the dated look, but as someone from that anime era, X came to mind for me.
X The Series is great and I can second that motion, although I think it's perhaps more supernatural battle than apocalyptic.
X The Movie is one of the worst things I've ever seen, so avoid that version.
 

abellwillring

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Oct 25, 2017
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X The Series is great and I can second that motion, although I think it's perhaps more supernatural battle than apocalyptic.
X The Movie is one of the worst things I've ever seen, so avoid that version.
Ha! I loved the movie too but I was 15-16 or so when I watched it so who knows how well it holds up. I later got to see X (the band) in concert twice which was pretty cool even though I've never really gotten into Japanese music. Putting on the theme song from the movie now as a reminder...

The top comment at the link is quite the ride.
 

Lotus

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Oct 25, 2017
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I really like Tanjiro, and that's a big statement coming from me because I usually find his character archetype quite annoying. He's just such a good boy, you can't help but root for him.

It also helps that he has been surpringsily reliable and competent so far, and that contrasts very well with his dorkness.

He's the eldest brother, goddamnit.
Yea I feel you, someone like Deku bores the hell outta me, but Tanjiro feels just right so far
 

zulux21

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Oct 25, 2017
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I was just reminded of the song Running in the 90s and it made me think of Initial D. Found this old clip on Youtube and it's so funny looking at this bad CG now.


But then I came across this "remaster" (really, it looks like an entire remake) of it that superimposes the original. I haven't watched any of the series since the late 90s/early 2000s.. I see there have been a few TV series since according to wiki but it appears like they're sequels. Did they do a remake of the original story in film form or something?

I too was also recently reminded of the song Running in the 90s

(I so need to figure out a place i can try this out when it releases properly)
 

SapphiCine

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Oct 25, 2017
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M3
No.6
Steins;Gate
Nagi no Asukura
Tsuritama
God Eater
fullmetal alchemist
eva
idk never watched it but seraph of the end
There's more, but tgese are the first ones I can think of
Blue Gender
School-Live

To a lesser degree because it's a "limbo" world, but she might really like:
-Angel Beats
Blue Gender and Evangelion are the first things to come to mind.
Bakurano maybe? Watched it earlier this year it was pretty good.
Thanks for the replies everyone. Forgot to mention that we've both already seen Evangelion, but I'll look into some of the series listed I'm not already familiar with. Blue Gender came to mind but I'd consider that post-apocalyptic from what I remember.
 

phaze

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Oct 26, 2017
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From what I've read elsewhere, this was the "best" the creator could do with the restrictions from the publisher. I don't know if that's true or not, but since Oreimo isn't a critical work, I'd understand if fully committing would have been bad for the company's reputation.
I see, makes sense. Anyhow, thank you for your hard work and expansive posts !
 

Strikerrr

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Oct 25, 2017
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I was just reminded of the song Running in the 90s and it made me think of Initial D. Found this old clip on Youtube and it's so funny looking at this bad CG now.


But then I came across this "remaster" (really, it looks like an entire remake) of it that superimposes the original. I haven't watched any of the series since the late 90s/early 2000s.. I see there have been a few TV series since according to wiki but it appears like they're sequels. Did they do a remake of the original story in film form or something?

Yeah there are some remake movies called New Initial D. They look nice, but the sound design isn't as good as the original and there's no eurobeat.

I wonder if the new sequel to Initial D, MF Ghost, will get an anime.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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woah mega fucking epic. who would have known the le weird japan ironic vn market would just turn into brands making stuff for youtubers to play for marketing
 

Wood Man

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Oct 30, 2017
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Kimagure Orange Road - Ep 1-4

So i wanted to watch an older series and remember CR put this up not to long ago. I'm enjoying it so far, as it's pretty much what I was looking for. I'm watching the main 48 episode series. But I noticed an 8 episode OVA and a Movie. So my question for anyone familiar with the series is should I watch these? If so when or can I skip something? Thanks guys and gals.

OMG the OP is seizure inducting. I like the song but can look at the screen.
 
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daveo42

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Oct 25, 2017
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya END
Looking that where the last four chronological episodes were in the original broadcast, I can see how they could both fit in and cause some confusion as to where things end up. Live Alive feels like the actual end of the series, while Day of Sagittarius just seems like a fun one-off episode to expand on Nagato's character. Someday in the Rain also feels it could be a good come down from the rest of the series with nothing of real consequence happening, but maybe gives some more obvious insight on Haruhi's and Kyon's feelings after a long six months together. This is in more direct contrast with the darker tone set by the end of the Sigh arc, with zero clue how the movie plays into all of these.

As for the series as a whole, I'm actually sad the ride is over. I still have the movie and a few other side things to watch, but I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

Edit: Also, their movie was brilliant and to start the series with that episode probably blew some minds right out of the water.
 

Sterok

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Oct 25, 2017
1,881
Star Twinkle Precure 31

Excellent episode to apologize for last week's flop. So I'm guessing the Starscape ship has some sort of cloaking device to hide themselves? Even Earth's detection capabilities should be able to see something that size just sitting there for a day. Poor Abraham, sold out by Hikaru at first sign of trouble. Some good stuff from Topper's recruitment pitch to Hikaru to join the Alliance. Even if they say no hopefully this gives her something to think about with regards to leadership, duty, and the cause.

So Fuwa's true power is being able to instantly warp anywhere throughout the universe, something even the greatest powers in space can't match with their technology. Something that Darknest can match, which is why he's a big threat. Hm. Galogre is a lame villain, but he did provide a great fight that made up for the last few weaker ones. Nice of Star to not be completely stomped before backup arrived. Better performance than the whole giant ship gave that's for sure. And also nice that villain tanking the Cures' attacks with ease actually had some consequence for once. Kappard is a true bro worrying about his superior like that. New Fuwa who has already been updated in the ending. Not sure if this paints the princesses in a good or sketchy light. With all 12 pens gathered, Hikaru is inevitable.
 

Man God

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Oct 25, 2017
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So before the movie came out I'd tell people to watch it in broadcast order, and then just watch season 2.

After the movie though the 2 season chronological broadcast order is PERFECT.
 
Demon Slayer comedy is pretty decent. Zenitsu is just a hilarious mess and Nezuko deadpan hit at the right moments. I do like that there people in the show that give time to help Nezuko with her limitations.

There is one main problem I have with the show is that there a lot of talking and describing of situations when we can just see it on the screen.
 

TheShampion

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Oct 27, 2017
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya END
Looking that where the last four chronological episodes were in the original broadcast, I can see how they could both fit in and cause some confusion as to where things end up. Live Alive feels like the actual end of the series, while Day of Sagittarius just seems like a fun one-off episode to expand on Nagato's character. Someday in the Rain also feels it could be a good come down from the rest of the series with nothing of real consequence happening, but maybe gives some more obvious insight on Haruhi's and Kyon's feelings after a long six months together. This is in more direct contrast with the darker tone set by the end of the Sigh arc, with zero clue how the movie plays into all of these.

As for the series as a whole, I'm actually sad the ride is over. I still have the movie and a few other side things to watch, but I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

Edit: Also, their movie was brilliant and to start the series with that episode probably blew some minds right out of the water.
The school festival movie as the start of the series is probably the best first episode of an anime that I have watched. It is a shame that due to how the anime is published on media/streaming, most people getting into it now won’t see that as the first episode. The campiness of it paired with legit foreshadowing is brilliant.
 

Mendrox

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Oct 26, 2017
4,336
Black Clover Episode 100

Like holy shit. I thought it would take a lot more time to get another shiny episode, but this was even another level up from before. The animation team is gonna kill itself for the arc finale aren't they?

I really really loved Kimetsu no Yaiba 19 but Black Clover Episode 100 is a little bit above it (I am a sucker for openings running when epic shits happens)
 

FluxWaveZ

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Oct 25, 2017
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Dumbbells - Episode 11

Wow, this is the first I've heard of playgrounds in Japan being in an apparently sorry state with equipment removed and lots of regulation surrounding them. Doing a bit of research, it seems it's due to safety precaution creep, resulting in more and more typical playground amusements to get removed and modified, with slides having specific structures and maximum lengths, for example.

That's kinda sad.
 

NESpowerhouse

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Oct 25, 2017
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I was just reminded of the song Running in the 90s and it made me think of Initial D. Found this old clip on Youtube and it's so funny looking at this bad CG now.


But then I came across this "remaster" (really, it looks like an entire remake) of it that superimposes the original. I haven't watched any of the series since the late 90s/early 2000s.. I see there have been a few TV series since according to wiki but it appears like they're sequels. Did they do a remake of the original story in film form or something?

If you're interested and want more Eurobeat recommendations, hmu, I've got a growing playlist of 180 and counting of my favorite Eurobeat songs
 

daveo42

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Oct 25, 2017
11,727
Ohio
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
That is about as perfect a movie you can make. The first third of the film absolutely crushed me and I lit up right just like Kyon when things picked up in the middle of the film. The ending made quite a bit of sense considering the nature of how things worked out, tho there is one bit that left me a little disappointed by the end, even if it makes sense in context. All-in-all I absolutely loved the film and feels like a solid wrap-up of the series in almost all cases outside of a few lingering details at this point.
Not as big a fan of the (possible) unrequited love bit from Nagato, even if he's been instrumental in helping her change over the course of the show up till that point. The fact that she effectively overwrote the world to make things normal for Kyon and even give him a choice to stay or go blew me away. I assume her love of Kyon is farther explored in the overwritten world series and I might watch that too. As for lingering stuff, there's still the bit about who is actually right regarding Haruhi and her abilites to either create or reveal the supernatural and the differences between Koizumi and Asahina. Maybe that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things at the end of the day.
Now I feel like I should rewatch the entire show just based on the context of the ending and possible cues that tie back to it. God it was so good tho.
 

Kyra

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Oct 25, 2017
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My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute. 16 [END]

Cherry blossoms briefly interrupt Kyousuke on his last walk to school with Manami. Being ignored for so long affords her no similar sense of finality, but what a long winter it's been. The siblings were openly dating since Christmas, to almost everyone's support. He says his goodbyes to the club at school. On his way out, a hallucination of Ruri catches him. She congratulates him before vanishing in the blink of an eye—lost forevermore from his sight. Kirino's own graduation ceremony "ended early," so she meets him at the gates. They then march in silence towards the envoy of the beginning of the end, Manami.

Although Kyousuke never told her anything, Manami knew this day would come. Despair was all she felt, not anger. Because Kirino's no longer a kid, it's time to take off the gloves. Kirino's core is rammed by a fist with a decade's worth of weight behind it. The little sister fires back with her signature slap, refusing to admit sin. If only Kirino didn't exist. Manami's right hook finds Kirino's jaw. If only Manami stayed out of the family's affairs. Kirino's own hook breaks Manami's glasses. As her childhood bond with Kyousuke doesn't let Manami down, so too, Kirino's "birthright" to her love for her brother cannot be broken.

Manami finds them both vile and abnormal. They can't marry. They can never tell their parents. Someone's going to be hurt whether or not their feelings last. She pleads for them to open their eyes, to be normal again. Manami knows about their incest porn collection too, which she blames. Realizing the history between the two combatants, Kyousuke chooses to protect Kirino's innocent past. It's time for him to work his magic. He accepts everything that Manami has had to say, then starts to berate his own existence (pro-incest protagonist). Is he foolish? No. Instead, he'll take the fight to common sense itself.

The childhood friend finally brandishes her dagger: what if Manami tells his father? On one knee, he begs her not to and look the other way. What if she refuses? In such a case, he'll give in to the fate of a fool. In tears, she directs her final appeal his way and confesses her feelings for him. The choice is obvious. From the bottom of his heart, he shouts his love for his little sister. With that, the fourth horsewoman is slain for his little sister's sake—Ruri, Ayase, and Kanako await Manami in Valhalla. Even in death, however, she clutches a rope in her hand. At any moment, it could pull the very ground beneath their feet and plunge them into the depths of hell. Regardless of being petrified in love, this bluff was fruitless. The forbidden lemon the siblings had the pleasure of sharing together was already drying up.

After Manami's depature from their world, Kirino sucker punches her brother-counselor-lover-fiance. Why, why, why does he pull all these stupid stunts just to please her? Everything would have worked out if they kept it a secret! Yes, but they've been flagrantly open about their relationship for her enjoyment. She cries that he'll be left with nothing when it's over. This earns her the hero's signature head pat. After sweeping everything under the rug with his tainted hand, he reminds her that they've got a wedding ceremony to see through before it's time to wake up.

The hall is as empty as their hearts; filled with nothing but each other. Her disbelief leads him to question if he had perhaps made a mistake. A sudden hug erases all doubt. She's super-duper happy. For the last time as his fiance, she thanks her brother for everything. Being his little sister made her glad. To be her older brother had made him glad as well. Neither of them would of had it any other way. After these vows, they share their kiss. It's performed flawlessly, not at all effected by the thought of what they're doing. The world around them is small enough for that. No friends nor family, no music nor applause, no tears of joy but their own—all alone as they stand before God.

When they break from each other's embrace, so too breaks their union. It was only for the moment their lips were connected that they considered themselves man and wife. Graduation was the sunset clause on their pact. From that moment, they graduated from being kids and from their life of real incest. Two birds, one stone. That precious stone is then plucked off her finger and returned to Kyousuke. The ring that burned a hole in his pocket now burns a hole between them.

An immediate divorce doesn't mean that Kirino will divorce herself from incest porn, as she continues her pilgrimages to Akibahara on some beautiful afternoon. Kyousuke finally reminds her of the promise to do anything for him if he passed his exams. He uses it now to steal a kiss from her, in broad daylight. On a busy street. For Kirino, this means that they have more "life counseling" ahead of them when they get home. For me, it means the nightmare continues, but through Kyousuke's voice, the creator is happy if it made us laugh in the end—even just once. How cute.


Love is blind.

My, my, my... where to begin. There is zero reason to believe this ends here. The audience has only been spared because Kirino is no longer a middle school girl, so her charm expired. She's no longer a "little" sister. Yes, I've caught on to your little scheme, mister creator. Rather than incest, Oreimo is more wholly about romancing middle school girls. It results in an incestuous pair, but that couple breaks it off once Kirino "graduates." Ruri was a middle school girl when she fell in love with Kyousuke. Once she was in high school though, she had no chance and he did not want to pursue a relationship on his own accord (Kirino made him do it). Ayase confessed to him, but was too late. Kanako confessed to him, but he was taken by that time. What about Manami? A high school girl. Saori? Looked too old (as tall or taller than himself). Both incestuous vibes and relationships with middle school girls (that looked the part) are omnipresent throughout the story, but the latter doesn't get talked about nearly as much as the former. Now remember that Kyousuke isn't a minor by Japanese standards... Ugh.

On the other hand, the creator is good at arranging dense scenes to lead to a desired conclusion in a simple but entertaining way. While I can't agree with the overall conclusion, Oreimo is delivered with enough care to be at least engaging. It provides alternatives routes, and discarded them, even mixing them into its true color. They aren't disconnected paths either, like in many other works. Where I can give it the most credit is in the consistency. Still, I wonder what possessed this creator to complete the little sister route at the cost of a successful comedy, but whatever. No need to harp on it.

Was Ayase's very existence literally sent into the abyss? I'm afraid I'm going to have to dismiss Manami as well, who I guess didn't tell the parents anything. She did poorly to never bring up sex or having children too. Useless to the end. Impressive. This is a comedy alright. Full of paper tigers too. Why? Because every voice of reason is another admirer of the protagonist. They will not hurt him—they simply cannot in a story where love is to be protected at all costs. There's more lampshading at the end with Makabe too. Despite their brotherhood of secrecy, Akagi Kouhei and Kousaka Kyousuke never called each other by first name either. By the way, Mikagami was married to his 2D wives. Kyousuke never had any real competition or male friends.

Did the father really understand what that porn game was? I don't think so. Should he have looked more into it? Absolutely. Take a real interest in your kid's world... like you did for Kyousuke when he asked for help to pacify Ayase. Were the siblings products or monsters? It's both, really. Kyousuke had alternatives though, so he bears a lot of the weight in that regard. On the same side of that scale is Kirino's incest porn collection though. No amount of paper tigers were going to tip it. All these kids needed real counseling, and Kanako could use a CAT scan due to her shoddy memory.

Kousaka Kirino has no redeeming qualities. She learned nothing. Only restraint in public, which her brother will erode eventually. So much for going abroad after graduation too, huh. The little liar stayed true to herself to the very end. Speaking of which, I never explicitly stated that this was a first viewing. It was necessary for me to eradicate this from the nostalgic recesses of my mind... There was a time when Angel Beats was my favorite anime. In my naivety, I ate up things like it, Oreimo, and Kanon. Then, I came across this community when it was someplace else. I understood Kirino's loneliness if nothing else, and I hate that I did. In the end, she got the attention she wanted but not the kind she deserved.

As much as I've written about Oreimo, It'd amount to maybe a single chapter. To think that there are many chapters to the many volumes of Oreimo...
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Domestic violence count: 40.5 | Sexual abuse count: .666
Amazing work. The tidbit about yourself ties it all together. I now know Kirino's life mimics my own in many ways and have, for a while, been trying to reinvent myself. That's why i feel shows like Oreimo have a fascinating value. I will miss the write ups.
 

CrimsonN0

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Oct 25, 2017
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Kimagure Orange Road - Ep 1-4

So i wanted to watch an older series and remember CR put this up not to long ago. I'm enjoying it so far, as it's pretty much what I was looking for. I'm watching the main 48 episode series. But I noticed an 8 episode OVA and a Movie. So my question for anyone familiar with the series is should I watch these? If so when or can I skip something? Thanks guys and gals.

OMG the OP is seizure inducting. I like the song but can look at the screen.
I never got too far into the series, I think I remember the music the best...actually I only really remember Actress in the Mirror.
But I vaguely remember hearing the movie being post-series?
 

moogs

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Oct 25, 2017
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Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. 6–9: Ever wanted characters to fuss over every little thing they do? Maybe it works on paper, but it's too heavy for a medium with a set pace. Many scenes include this introspection for little reason. A pillow fight is even narrated to express how fun it is, that all breasts are created equal, and that closing distance is necessary to... get closer. Extra insight is unwarranted for such open books. They often act on impulse anyway, so their deliberations feel even more superfluous. Little effects, little music, little dramatization... it's amateur hour laid on thick through thoughts for humanization at the cost of immersion. Ultimately, there's no room for my own thoughts; the work's voice already does all the thinking.

Cop Craft 5–7: This show is so ugly and weird—

——Episode 8: ...

Joshikousei no Mudazukai 6–9: I'm just here for Yamai.

Machikado Mazoku 5–8: Although the brisk pace ruins the mood sometimes, it's still a nice show. By the way, Shamiko's horns look like giant pill bugs.

Vinland Saga 7–8: A cool show I could not care less about. The course was obvious, but I still wanted to give it a chance to show me something interesting. Not being able to invest in the characters leaves me with nothing to derive from the action. It's a shame for a setting with so much polish.
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Dropped: Cop Craft and Vinland Saga.
 
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blurr

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Oct 26, 2017
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Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo. 6–9: Ever wanted characters to fuss over every little thing they do? Maybe it works on paper, but it's too heavy for a medium with a set pace. Many scenes include this introspection for little reason. A pillow fight is even narrated to express how fun it is, that all breasts are created equal, and that closing distance is necessary to... get closer. Extra insight is unwarranted for such open books. They often act on impulse anyway, so their deliberations feel even more superfluous. Little effects, little music, little dramatization... it's amateur hour laid on thick through thoughts for humanization at the cost of immersion. Ultimately, there are no room for my own thoughts; the work's voice already does all the thinking.
As much as I'd love to see something that really does use the medium to its strengths, I'd give it some leeway for that introspection as the thoughts seem to revel in those character personalities reflective of their age(like for instance, when Kazusa looks at her mom pensively
and thinks she might be a klutz but she's not a virgin
which makes sense but is also a hilarious way of looking at it) rather than a more mature narrator chiming in, that's a role seemingly left for the viewers. Also, that these girls draw a lot of their presumptions and influence from literature lol