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Everything posted by HououinKyouma

  1. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    It has its moments. There's some parts that really drag with shoujo manga stuff that honestly can be pretty tedious and feel kinda pointless/trope-y, but they mix in some pretty damn great moments. I'm happy I kept up with it.
  2. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    yeesh that last ep of fruits basket. I feel like right when I'm starting to feel a little bored they hit you with that.
  3. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    I personally didn't find Wakaba that bad, but I know a lot of people couldn't stand him. I think he gets better as the show gets going. Also I've been going through stuff from this decade and working on my list of the best stuff from the 10s and wow did 2015 suck. 2019 is probably 2nd worst year though.
  4. Unpopular film opinion for real

    Scrolled through rt's list of under 50s and honestly what shocked me the most was how many of these movies I had at least some interest in seeing, but they either got pulled from theaters too quickly or I told myself I'd redbox it when it got released and then I never did. Even when I had moviepass, I still ended up passing on them. The one that immediately came to mind was the Godzilla: King of Monsters, I remember seeing that with my friends and the audience was just obviously not buying into it and when we talked about how much of a blast we had in that movie, a buddy of mine mentioned that it had a sub 30 rt score. It's gone up a bit now, as it's settled at 41, but all of the critics I follow enjoyed it, but none had actually written about it for their news outlet, just on podcasts, personal websites, or letterboxd so their positive reviews of it never hit rt. I thought it was pretty funny people were bitching and moaning about the characters in a Godzilla movie, that was def funny to read in a lot of the negative reviews. The other two were both Malick films Song to Song (43) and Knight of Cups (47). I think Malick chasing a plotless film and worrying more about transmitting feelings than hitting story beats is super interesting. I don't think I'll ever personally revisit these two, especially when it felt like Malick struck a great balance in Tree of Life, but the direction that Malick is heading is interesting at the very least so I'll probably continue watching whatever he puts out.
  5. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    For me aoty has to be either Run with the Wind or Kemurikusa. I guess Run with the Wind slightly edges Kemurikusa, but the way Kemurikusa has allowed tatsuki to announce that he is an auteur level creative and that Kemono Friends wasn't just a fluke helps Kemurikusa a bit. Sure his cg models may not be for everyone, but everything around them, the backgrounds, shot composition, etc is all top notch. Not to mention Kemurikusa is an original story that is actually really compelling and interesting as opposed to most anime originals. I never would've believed that cg animation would've ever been able to elicit the emotions in me that it did, and I think that's just a credit to tatsuki's crafting of his characters. As for Run with the Wind, it just goes to show that you can't forget about Production I.G. as one of the few studios that truly cares and believes that anime is art, and not just a medium to sell pvc figues, br, and miscellaneous merch to otakus. The entire production is top notch, and the way the story gets you to truly buy into all of the cast and legitimately gets you to root for them to reach Hakone, even though you know deep down that this is a sports anime and they'll make it, just shows how Run with the Wind is able to be more than just a generic sports anime. The beats the show hits are pretty standard, but the characters and their motivations are what I think truly allows this show to shine.
  6. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    ep20 spoilers in my answer
  7. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    Solid disagree on KnY breaking established universe rules, and honestly even though I personally I don't really care about having perfect power scaling I think KnY is an example of really great power scaling. Discuss this series with some of my shounen loving friends and they agree on this. I think Gotouge lays out the rules pretty clearly within her universe.
  8. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    Wasn't impressed by either enn enn or granblem but I'll at least give them three eps. Also still not hot on KnY even after ep19? I think KnY is amazing and it's adapting all of the "worst" parts of the manga this season haha.
  9. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    @Francis J Underwood What are you watching this season? There were a few shows you seemed hyped about that I didn't keep up with and were wondering if they got better and I should pick them up. Mainly Cop Craft and Given.
  10. Arsonist attacks KyoAni, 25 fatalities

    It was the Hibike Euphonium team, like half passed away super sad news.
  11. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    Finished After the Rain because a few friends said this was one of the best shows of last year. I passed on this one when it was airing because the premise seemed so awful. I mean high school girl falls in love with 45 year old manager at her part time job has the makings of just being awful and potentially reprehensible no matter how interesting its imagery is. But it manages to be thoughtful, earnest, and even touching. Definitely shocked by how this one turned out. Definitely one of the better shows that aired last year. After continuing the slog that his been this season's releases. I think O Maidens in Your Savage Season is looking to be one of the most interesting shows from this season. Again color me shocked, because it seems like Mari Okada hasn't helmed anything relevant in ages and again the premise seems awful, but surprisingly this is the show I'm most excited for this season.
  12. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    this season is looking pretty bad. thank god for the holdovers.
  13. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    so much Akira news. It's getting a 4k remaster. Maybe that's why they had murals up in Shibuya when I was there.
  14. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    holy fuck kanata no astra's opening scene.
  15. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    Also my thoughts on Kono Oto Tomare
  16. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    I'll sample everything again but this is what I'm looking forward to: -Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator The magic side of the Toaru series sucks ass, science side has all the most interesting and cool characters. Super hyped for more Accelerator shrieking goodness. -Lord El-Melloi II: Case Files One of my friends is a huge nasuverse guy, I was pretty lukewarm to the idea of this, but the 3rd pv made this look fucking amazing very excited for this. The match cut of Waver and Rider was fucking amazing. -Joshikousei no Mudazaki Getting huge Asobi Asobase/Daily Lives of High School Boys vibes off this one hopefully it's as funny as those. Watched the first episode of Sounan Desu Ka? and it's ecchi to the core, but definitely hilarious and intriguing at the same time that I'll give it a few more eps. If you choose to jump into Toaru Kagaku no Accel I'd highly suggest watching the Sisters Arc, in my opinion it's the one arc that really stands out from all of the Toaru franchise stuff. Also it's a good enough intro to the series that you won't get too confused jumping into this spinoff. First watch Toaru Majutsu no Index S1 eps 10-14 and Railgun S ep 3-16. Also if you don't end up watching the sisters arc just watch all the openings because the Toaru has the best openings.
  17. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    I mean Sarazanmai wasn't aimed at kids, it aired at 1 am on Fridays. Also Ikuhara does the song/dance with all his shows, it's just his thing haha. Otherwise I agree with most of your criticisms although I know you're much more lukewarm on gridman than I am.
  18. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    Here's my thoughts on some recently ended series, been busy so I'll give my thoughts on the other ending shows soon I guess. Sarazanmai Hitoribocchi no MaruMaru Seikatsu Pretty middle of the road 4-koma adaptation, but honestly it's hard to live up to a masterpiece like Asobi Asobase being so recent. I felt that we had at least a few of these every season, but ever since the isekai takeover it seems rarer and rarer to have a show like this. Don't think I'll revisit it, but it definitely had its moments.
  19. Evangelion 3.0+1.0

    shit. was planning on skipping ax, but if I can see the preview there imma cop my tix.
  20. Evangelion 3.0+1.0

    If Eva is the psychoanalysis of Anno. EoE gives him catharsis, it's his hopes, dreams, and fears. I mean Anno included shots of empty theater seats within EoE. Or if you take the Japanese otaku's interpretation it's all because Anno was rejected by Asuka's va in college.
  21. Evangelion 3.0+1.0

    Was talking with my buddy and he told me that even the Japanese vas don't even know what is going on. Shinji's seiyuu tweeted she is still only recording the b part. inb4 anno trolls us all.
  22. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    What a strong ass week. KnY - PIG ASSAULT. Golden boy. It fucking BEGINS. Next two weeks will be fucking amazing. Ufotable's sound design this episode holy cow. The cut to silence for comedic effect during the Zenitsu Tanjirou conversation was fucking amazing. Drum House demon's drums are fucking perfect. Inosuke's entrance and the music used during it. So hyped. Sarazanmai - Reaching aoty tiers. Reminded me why Mamoru Miyano is one of the best in the damn biz. Mamoru Miyano fucked seiyu'ed the shit out of this episode. Ikuhara took us on a grand ride, can't wait to see how he ends it. c&t - don't know if cybelle's gas attack was earned, but c&t has been solid so far so i'll give them the benefit of the doubt. fb - honestly the show surprises me more and more, I can see why this is one of the classics of the genre.
  23. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    @Francis J Underwood 2017/18 v 19 I think it's really hard to compare since we've barely had 2 seasons. Comparing early 17/18 with 19 makes it seem like 19 has the advantage. '18 had After the Rain (Koi wa Ameagari no You ni) which I've heard a lot of great things about and Franxx which was a mess I dropped within 3 eps. '17 had a bunch of stuff by this point, Re:Creators which I wasn't a big fan of, sequels to big hits that weren't to my taste (BnHA 2) or I haven't gotten around to (Konosuba 2), Sagrada Reset which I'm going through right now, and Kemono Friends. '19 has had Kemurikusa which is one of the most interesting anime original series I've seen in a while, The Magnificent Kotobuki (Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai) which was amazingly fun and anime original based on a mobile game. Last season also had Dororo, Shield Hero, and Kaguya which are shows that I personally didn't enjoy but I know you and a bunch of people really dug. This season has stuff like KnY, Carole & Tuesday, and Sarazanmai. In terms of what's coming in the future, it's really hard to say especially because something like this could drop and blow this year wide open. It's Dennou Coil director and creator Iso Mitsuo's first series since Dennou Coil animated by the Production IG offshoot Signal MD. Really winter season is nowhere near locked in yet. Spring 19 For me a season is successful if I'm following more than 1 show. This season has been fantastic for me when I'm following 8 shows this season (KnY, C&T, Hitoribocchi, Sarazanmai, Kono Oto, FB, Mix, and Sewayaki Kitsune). Usually I only stay with 1~2 shows a season. There's a good mix of fantastic, interesting, and genre shows in there and personally I couldn't be happier. I mean when there's potential for 3 spectacular shows from this season alone I'd call this season a success.
  24. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    I mean I think I agree in some senses. It feels like a lot of the shows I felt had promise to just be genuinely great have fallen into spectacular genre pieces which I don't find bad at all. It may be disappointing for Kono Oto to Tomare to become Saki or Hanebado, but I enjoyed those shows for what they were which were fun ridiculous sports shows. I also feel the same way with Fruit's Basket where it moves from something that had potential to be great to just a really great shoujo romance show. Same with Carole and Tuesday it's a great music show, but it doesn't have the impact of Kids on the Slope, but that doesn't change the fact that it's great for just being a music/drama show. I feel like Sarazanmai has been on a spectacular run so far and has been really ramping up. It has potential to be a really great show that will be remembered years from now, maybe it was hampered by being a 1 cour, but that's something we can only speculate on. As for KnY I think it is probably the best show of this season by a long shot, especially since this is when it finally "starts." Everything before this was meant to flesh out the world of KnY, but more specifically to tell us what kind of person Tanjirou is. Once we get introduced to the rest of the cast, esp. people like Zenitsu, we can finally see why this show shines so brilliantly. The way that Gotouge masterfully weaves the central themes into the overall story. The major theme of "bonds" (familial, blood v non-blood) has been laid out through these first few episodes, such as Urokodaki+the orphan kids being family, Muzan tying the demons literally through his own blood, the strength of familial bonds btwn Tanjirou and Nezuko to bind human and demon. We also have seen glimpses of another of the major themes of KnY in rebirth/reincarnation/redemption with the final selection demon. Buddhism is one of the major influences on KnY, so the ideas of rebirth/reincarnation and redemption tied with the inhumane acts committed by demons is a major theme of the show. Other Buddhist ideas such as impermanence also play a big role in the show, but nothing has directly been shown relating to it. The fact that Gotouge's love for her characters both heroes and villains allows her to write some of the best shounen characters that I have seen in what feels like ages. Overall I am so fucking hyped for the rest of this series to play out and it will only keep ramping up from here on out.
  25. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    I've never seen the original so I'd think it's fine!