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  1. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

  2. Pot of Counter Traps

    Yea even the "good" trap decks just can't keep up with Spyral, and that's not even considering the fact that most decks will have 3 evenly and 3 Lightning Storm in their side decks with IGAS.
  3. Pot of Counter Traps

    I feel like if you're going to play a deck like this you should be on Inspector Boarders, or other better protect the castle cards. Also do you just auto scoop to Spyral going 2nd? Because set 5 pass into the Spyral board seems like a really bad plan when you're losing 2 to Sleeper in the ep.
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    As a kid growing up in Socal during the 00s. This fucking killed me. It's just so crazy. Especially living in the same area as him. Everyone in my city has a Kobe story, when he'd come to the ARC to practice, or that you were going to the same swim school as his kids. For us in Socal, Kobe and the Lakers brought people together. It didn't matter your race, religion, class, or age. Love him or hate him. He'd bring out the most passionate responses in people. He inspired a bunch of short ass asian kids who had no hopes of ever playing in D3 let alone the NBA to ball. On the court at recess and during lunch we'd pretend we were Kobe. We all wanted to be Kobe. Now that I'm older I can only respect his insane work ethic and his brilliant mind. The dude wasn't just a basketball savant, he was an intellectually curious dude. His reach was beyond basketball. He inspired me in how I live my life. Whenever things felt rough, I'd tell myself that Kobe wouldn't let that discourage him. So I chose to work my ass off just like he would. The mamba mentality can be reached by us all. And this is all for a person that's never met him, I can only imagine how his family is. I always felt like there would never be a celebrity death that got to me, but this was just too much. So to the mamba, thanks for everything. Socal mourns for you.
  5. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    It's really fucking great.
  6. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    I'm in love with Yuasa's new show. The opening scene where Asakusa falls in love with anime was fucking breathtaking.
  7. Favorite Anime

  8. Favorite Anime

    I think og Bakemonogatari is very similar to Madoka, the story is w.e, but the visuals elevate it to a masterpiece. Every Monogatari after sorta feels like a parody of the Bakemonogatari though. Shaft is really great at that. I think the series that shaft has done best were visually unique both in general, and to other shaft shows. I sorta disagree, I think that visually creative directors can get around any sort of budgetary limits. Kemono friends was basically a no budget show, and managed to look better than 99% of other shows with higher budgets.
  9. Favorite Anime

    The visual ingenuity of Madoka alone makes it a great show. What shaft did with a pretty average story is what makes it great. Every single time they enter the alternate world, you actually feel like you're in a different show. The way the witches worlds are portrayed gives you this feeling of an old timey grimms fairytale esque world that you've entered, which is so fitting for the story that Madoka tells. The framing, the blocking, every shot is important. Madoka also utilizes great visual storytelling, as the ribbons Madoka wears at the beginning and then gives to Homura at the end is a visual representation of the Japanese concept of 縁 (en), or the way that fate binds people which is quite obviously an important theme of the show. Also it not only has a great soundtrack, but utilizes it in an interesting way, such as to foreshadow events. Honestly the fact people obsess over the Mami death as a Shyamalan esque twist or that people that think wow so dark for le magical girls show or that its a "deconstruction" are missing out on what Madoka did well because that's not what makes the series great. All of those things have been done before.
  10. Favorite Anime

    I think it's so wild that flowers of evil got nagahama into anime jail, but glad to see he gets to adapt junji ito's uzumaki this year. Super hyped for that. I think the fact that anime fans are so resistant to anything that dares not be generic cgdct/moe style. shows like flowers/yuasa/tatsuki/land of lustrous/fujiko mine/shaft are what makes anime as a medium so great. the homogenization of anime is worrying, but when someone like tatsuki comes around and proves that you can be unique and popular it gives me hope. I also don't understand the appeal of made in abyss, easily top 5 worst series I've ever had the displeasure of watching. I mean the list makes a lot of sense to me, lots of really popular series that are in genres that attract anime fans. Just sad to see how shallow a lot of fans are in what they choose to watch. My buddy took a class on anime this past semester and it was quite honestly depressing seeing that most people only appreciate the shounen flavor of the week and feel like the most interesting creatives are boring. I didn't do a list of films, but the fact that tales of princess kaguya is considered boring, when it was the last gift takahata gave us is so sad.
  11. A Washed Scrub’s Journey: PPT Las Vegas Bubble

  12. My journey actually begins about a month before YCS Pasadena. I had been playing Duel Links since the Six Samurai Box got released because I wanted to play Scraps. Instead of building Scraps, I end up playing Six Samurai for about half a year, whoops. To add onto my recently reacquired taste for Yugioh, I randomly stumble across the fact that there was going to be a YCS in our neck of the woods and that it would have Duel Links side events. My buddy had also recently picked up paper Yugioh again, and as it goes one thing leads to another and I ask him if he’s planning on playing YCS Pasadena. He says that he wasn’t, but would be willing to go if I go. I tell him I want to play Duel Links side events to collect the Spell/Trap dice, but he says that I should just man up and play the main event. This eventually leads to our whole group deciding to pick up paper Yugioh again. This is my first misplay of many. I look into the metagame and see a bunch of decks I don’t understand. One of our other buddies who is a MTG player tells me about a sealed only deck video series that is pretty cool. I end up watching and see that the endgame is a competitive Pendulum deck. Dope. I cobble together a list and start testing with my buddy. Three weeks prior to YCS Pasadena, I go to Franks to pick up a bunch of cards and end up seeing a bunch of friends I haven’t seen in over 3 years. It was a blast and made me super excited to play again. We go to locals a few times and I come to the realization that Pendulums are way too fragile. It doesn’t help that I thought I could just pendulum summon 5 every turn when I was testing. I test Orcust and actually think the deck is super cool, but decided that everyone having a year with the deck would just put me at a huge disadvantage, so I end up on Gren Maju that sides 9 floodgate monsters. The tournament comes around and I go 0-2 drop. I guess that’s what happens when you play a fair deck for 50% or more of a match. Post Pasadena, I heavily contemplate just building Orcust until I see that Block Dragon BAs get a little bit of play at YCS Milan and PPT Dallas. I realize I just should play something I enjoy, and having all the old BA stuff from way back in DUEA format I go with the homies. I consume everything I can about the Block Dragon BA deck and test out a version that has things like Performapals in them. I quickly realized that basically all non-level 3 extenders are just awful and that 1 card Cherubinis are great. I add Scrap Recyclers and more level 3 extenders and the deck really starts feeling like something I could actually put out a good showing with if a few things go my way. On to last Friday, my buddy gets to my place around 4:30 and then I drive to my other buddy’s place to scoop up my 2 other buddies going to Vegas with us. It takes us over 2 hours in traffic to get to his place. We end up eating in his area then heading out to Vegas. We don’t arrive until 12:30. The other people in my room hook up a switch to the hotel tv and play until 3ish. We wake up at 7:30 on Saturday and head to the regional all tired as hell. The regional starts a few hours later than planned and there are quite obviously more people that show up to the event than the planners predicted. It makes me appreciate how well Socal regionals are run in comparison, considering they have to manage 5x more people. I go 0-2 again, and all of us are out by 2. We eat, and then imbibe in some of the fine things Vegas has to offer. Needless to say we’re all asleep by 9. I wake up at 3ish and feel refreshed. We all head over to the PPT event and take forever installing their app that barely works and pay 25 bucks for a field center. Nice. Round 1: Orcust Pendulum Striker Before the game I realize my buddy drew with him at the regionals yesterday, seeing his huge stack of cards I assume he’s on the same deck as yesterday. He ends up telling me he got his bag stolen with 1k in cards, his medication, and wallet. I don’t quite understand how anyone could play after that happened, but more power to him. Game 1 He wins the roll and does Pendulum things. He tries to add counters on an Institution but I remind him that it only gains counters when a Mythical Beast pendulum is destroyed. He ends up going Engage->Drones->Kagari->Drones but pops a Chrono making his Drones dead. He is forced to link away a pendulum summoned Cerberus and ends on IP and Babel. I play through his 2 interruptions and Borrelsword kill him. Game 2 I let him go first he ends on no CIH and I Evenly his board. The lights go off, and he freaks out about people trying to steal stuff. What a reminder about how Yugioh is. M2 I go Appolousa, pop his Babel, and pass back. He draws passes and I Borrelsword him for game. Round 2: Striker Orcust Game 1 He wins the roll and ends on IP, Babel, and a set. I can’t play through the 2 interruptions and Impermanence so we go to game 2. Game 2 I end on Dyna, Avramax, 3 neg Appolousa. He tries to play through it, by Imperming the Dyna but I just neg all his Orcust cards and Borrelsword him when he passes back. Game 3 I’m sitting facing the clock and when we start the game there’s 3 minutes left on the clock. He takes his turn ending on an amazing board, and passes to me with 1 minute left. I Gallis him, which is game but I continue playing until the clock is out. After that I continue playing through to attempt to get to Battle Phase, but time ends and that’s the game. This is one of the many times where my opponent’s playing into one of my broken boards and them reading my cards a million times runs the clock down putting them in Gallis for game range. This continues all day and I am still confused as to why they didn’t just go to the next game to save time and hide information. Round 3: True Draco (Feature) Game 1 There’s honestly not much to say about this one, I win the roll and open Math+2 level 3 extenders and that’s all she wrote. My opponent again plays into the board, and I get to see he’s playing True Draco. Game 2 He goes first and opens fairly mediocre. I do the Burning Abyss combo and get Nibiru’ed way too early and I get to resolve Cir. He summons Nibiru in attack and I just Borrelsword him for game. Round 4: Shaddoll Trains (Feature) The caster comes up to my opponent and says he wants to feature him, but that I was just featured last round. The caster says its my decision on whether or not we play on stream. I can see my opp is excited so I tell him it’s up to him and he enthusiastically says yes. Game 1 To preface, this is probably the worst match I played all day. Potentially the worst match I played between Pasadena, the Regional, and the PPT, and I went 0-2 drop at the previous 2 events. I open nuts, my opponent opens no interruptions, and he let me go first. My first mistake was not making Apollousa on the right zone. I tunnel vision into Avra when I could’ve made Barricade in middle to open up the 2nd left main monster zone for Leviair if I had made Appo on the right. However, Naturia Beast is too good and my opponent plays into the field trying to deck me. He plays his cards and I believe theres no 1 spell card that gets him out of this field. There isn’t and we go to game 2. Game 2 I Gallis into Demise of the land, and then die. Game 3 I make Appo dante with Nibiru in hand and feel relatively safe. I set Galaxy Cyclone to bait him into setting so I can get it into grave. He falls for it and I active the card he chains chalice to make Appo 0. I’m dumb and dont make a link 2 so I don’t die to his trains. As soon as I pass back I realize my blunder, but still feel safe because of Nibiru. He summons 4 cards and I die. RIP. It was an extremely sloppy match from me and I deserved to lose 100%. I refocus myself and move onto the next round. Round 5: Cyber Dragons Game 1 He wins the roll and makes me go first. I make Appolousa, IP, and Block Dragon. My opponent SSes Cydra and I Ip-> Unicorn it back discarding Cir and adding another Block Dragon thinking I can take out 1 effect with Appo before he contacts it away. Instead, he SSes a Second Cydra and I lose Appo. He makes the Cydra Link puts an Infinity behind it and snatches my Unicorn. He then Overload Fusions and I let out an audible gasp. He makes Cyber Twin and misses killing me by 300. I force Infinity, make a Curious to dump Gizmek, summon Gizmek and swing over Infinity and Cydra. Next I hard make Dingirsu to send Cyber Twin. Leaving him on no CIH and a core in gy. I make Avra with Ding and Curious so I can mitigate getting contacted. He activates core and also gets another monster on the field. I spin back the monster when he contacts with Avra. He swings with megafleet and i gizmek in defense. I pop his mon with Gizmek and make a 9k+ Zeroboros for game. Game 2 I go first attempting to make an Appolousa in the Main monster zone by summoning a Baricade Blocker under Cherubini on the right. I get Nibiru’ed. I hard make Dingirsu again to send Nibiru and end on IP, Block Dragon. He sets a guy attempting to contact and I Unicorn it back discarding cir to ss dante. He swings with guys but has no interruptions after he passes back and I Borrelsword him for game. After the match we chit chat and my opponents says his only loss before me was to trains, I laugh and say what a coincidence, my only loss is to trains. Round 6: Salamangreats Game 1 He wins the roll ends on double Baelynx, with one set. I do my plays and he Phantazmays me in def. He roars my Dante, and then I just Borrelsword him for game. Game 2 He goes first again opening significantly stronger. I make Cherubini and he Phantazmays. My buddies were watching and later told me he draws Ash, Nibiru off the Phantaz. He ashes my Graff and then proceeds to Nibiru me when I am about to go Borrelsword. I make IP and he rages it. Game 3 I go first and make Appo, Dyna, Avra and that was all she wrote. Round 7: Striker Orcust Game 1 He goes first and draws a million cards and ends on Babel, Ip, 2 sets (1 is a Shark Cannon), and EP goes skeli summon Gal. Of interest during my turn we end up resolving an 8 card long chain, CL1 Phoenix target Babel, CL2 Block Dragon, CL3 Cir, CL4 Dante, CL5 Called to the Grave target Block Drag, CL6 Harp, CL7 Knightmare, CL8 Skel. Game 2 I open the broken board with a Dyna, it gets impermed and he tries to play through but scoops it up since he doesn’t want to waste time. Again I felt like if he wanted to scoop for g3 he should’ve done it way earlier. Game 3 He does normal Orcust plays and I make the read that he has a lot Striker cards in hand. I Nibiru on Ding attach to cut off an interruption. He thinks the attempted attach goes to grave so we call a judge, and it’s ruled in my favor. He ends on IP, Tea, Babel set 3. The rest of my hand however is Block Dragx2, Olion, and Gigantes. I draw wheelder for turn. Banish my guys for Block Drag and normal Olion make Phoenix and he Bombers me for gg. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a Bomber summoned and I now realize how powerful Ip->Bomber is in this matchup. So I lose my win and in, and now have to win on the bubble to top. Round 8: Striker Orcust Game 1 He wins the roll and proceeds to draw a lot of cards. I get Bombered again and realize how bad this matchup is. Game 2 I open Avra, dyna, Appo and we move on to g3. Game 3 I open Earth Kaiju, 2 Gigantes, 1 Block Dragon, Tracker. He does the Scrap Wyvern combo and ends on 4 neg Appo, IP, Tea, Babel. I draw Wheeleder and know it’s over. I Kaiju Appo, normal Wheeleder he Bombers me. I ss Block Drag in def no CIH and pass. He tries to bomber the block dragon not realizing it protects itself. He unicorns it back and I shake his hand. I proceed to leave the event to find my homies who had scrubbed by round 3 drinking in the Hard Rock, we all go to my car and I proceed to drive home. I’m secretly happy I didn’t top because that would’ve added a minimum of 2 more hours playing Yugioh, and the tradeoff for 50 bucks and cloth playmat doesn’t seem worth those 2 hours. We stop in Primm for gas, and decide to stop at In and out in Barstow for dinner. 30 minutes after leaving Primm my buddy starts vomiting in the back of my car. We have to drive 30 more minutes until we hit a gas station to get rid of the bags of vomit and try to clean as much of it up as possible. We get In and Out, get to my buddies place at 12:30 and then get to my place at 1. I am even more grateful we got to leave early because getting back home at 3 or later seems awful. In the end I decided to write this report to put my money where my mouth is and create some Yugioh content in this desolate empty space that is the dgz Yugioh section. I learned a lot from the forums when I was more active, and coming back to the game without being able to read up on what has happened while I’ve been gone made coming back a lot harder. Hopefully, it was slightly entertaining or informative, and I guess if you made it this far congrats.
  13. Favorite Anime

    Was going to make a new thread for a best of the 10s, but since @Haruki posted in here I figured I'd drop my list in here. Was just going to go with a straight 1-25 list, but I felt like there was definitely distance between certain places on my list, so decided to group them together in tiers. Masterpieces Flowers of Evil Mushishi Next Passage Ping Pong the Animation Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu The Tatami Galaxy Spectacular Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood Girls Last Tour Lupin the Third, the Woman Called Fujiko Mine March Comes in Like a Lion Puella Magi Madoka Magica SSSS.Gridman Steins;Gate Great Asobi Asobase Durarara!! Fate/Zero Humanity has Declined K-on!! Nichijou Sound of the Sky Good A Place Further than the Universe After the Rain Death Parade Hanasaku Iroha Kyousougiga Run with the Wind Your Lie in April Honorable Mentions Bloom into You Daily Lives of High School Boys Devilman Crybaby Flip Flappers Kemono Friends Kemurikusa Kids on the Slope Laid Back Camp Land of the Lustrous Mawaru Penguindrum Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Shiki Tsuki ga Kirei Of what I caught this decade, definitely missed some stuff that was long running and never caught up with like Natsume Yujinchou and Chihayafuru. Also missed a ton from 14-17 so definitely could've overlooked something big.
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    sapporo is fine, orion best japanese beer tho
  15. A Washed Scrub’s Journey: PPT Las Vegas Bubble

    Yea, I felt that adjusting to current Yugioh was actually surprisingly not that bad. I think the weirdest thing now is being the "old" player, and when people ask what things do you reference cards you feel need no explanation and get blank stares. I mean I summoned Gigantes and tried to crash it, and my opponent asked what it did and I just said it heavies and he gave me a blank stare. Also a dude asked my why Zenmaighty and Cold Wave->Cat was good so that was a huge shock lol.
  16. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    Yea I think Yuasa did his best with dmc, but I think a big problem is that everyone and their mother has already ripped from Go Nagai. I mean anno ripped the beach scene from eoe from the ending of dm, so a problem that I had was how not fresh or unique it felt, but that's just what happens when you adapt something that is that old and influential. Really I can't peg any direct problems I had with the series on Yuasa.
  17. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    Super excited for the new Yuasa, Hands off the Motion Picture Club. Last decade he made 2 of the best series, so let's see if he can keep making hits. Interested in the new Ei Aoki (F/Z, Wandering Son) series ID:Invaded as well as the new Takahiro Oomori (Baccano, Drrr, Princess Jellyfish, Natsume Yujinchou) series Pet. Otherwise I'll probably pick up the new Railgun and Madoka. Got busy and fell behind on last season, although all I think I'm going to finish are Babylon and Stars Align. Maybe the Mugen the Immortal.
  18. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    It's so silly to try and predict how a series will shape up, but that first episode of Hoshiai no Sora. Wow. Definitely the most interesting show I've seen this season so far.
  19. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    so far I'm picking up: Africa no Salaryman Babylon Giving them 3 eps: Ahiru no sora Houkago Saikoro Club Kono Yuusha ga Ore Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo Watched and disliked: Azur Lane, Choyuyo, Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy, FGO, Hataage Kemono Michi, Honzuki no Gekijou, Mairimashita Irumakun
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    ep20 spoilers in my answer