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  1. 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.
  2. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    this season is looking pretty bad. thank god for the holdovers.
  3. 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.
  4. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

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

    Also my thoughts on Kono Oto Tomare
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Evangelion 3.0+1.0

    shit. was planning on skipping ax, but if I can see the preview there imma cop my tix.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    I've never seen the original so I'd think it's fine!
  16. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    girl who longs for a home finds a home filled with people craving personal connections. sprinkle in some supernatural lore and you got Fruits Basket. I think the characters are pretty interesting and so far it's been progressing along nicely. Would recommend.
  17. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    Ye from here KnY only picks up. I'm certainly excited for the upcoming weeks. I think we can just agree to disagree on Sarazanmai. haha
  18. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    One of my friends i talk anime with told me a month ago that he couldn't wait for new eps of kny and ended up binging the whole manga. I told him that he was dumb for doing that, but he told me that he believed kny would end up being one of the best shounen ever, like fma tier and this was coming from someone who loves shounen manga. I told him he was full of shit and went on my merry way. Flash forward to the completion of ep 5 and I'm a little curious about Tanjirou's first mission, and ask my friend if Nezuko gets any play in the upcoming arc. He gives me this shit eating grin and goes just read the manga bro. I let curiosity get the best of me and say I'll just read the 2 chapters that are gonna be made into ep 6. Then I tell myself just the end of this arc. And then I tell myself just the end of the next arc. Until it was 3 am in the morning and I'd plowed through the entire thing. Kny has some of the best writing for a shounen manga that I've ever read, although I can't say I'm a big fan of the genre. I'm unsure whether Kny will be fma:b tier, but the source is superb and it's fucking Ufotable. Although I'm not holding my breath considering the assload of cgi they're shoving into this series, but god damn if Ufotable can capture Gotouge's writing, I'm convinced this will go down as one of the better shows of its genre. Personally I never really understood "forced drama." Is there a lot of things happening in the show currently yea. I assume you mean the addition of the girl that's trying to break the bonds of the koto club, but I'll give her a few eps. I assume she turns rather quickly, but I think there's no big deal in using this char to give growth to the og chars. Hozuki needs to get drawn into the club more, flesh out of Hozuki/Kudo dynamic, force the president to grow, etc. I accept that this isn't k-on, we don't just get to observe the chars in their clubroom doing shenanigans. I've noticed shows like this and Shigatsu get this criticism a lot, but the author shows us this period within the show for a reason. Showing shigatsu one year before the events of the show would be boring. It's way more interesting to see Kaori be assertive and get what she wants, to see Kousei deal with his mother's death, to see the dynamics btwn Kaori and Tsubaki in their relationship w/ Kousei. Because of the "drama" we get to see the growth of these characters and in a show like this I feel like that's what we want to see anyway. I think Sarazanmai is hitting all the right notes really. It feels much better than previous Ikuhara shows that I've felt have fallen a little flat. It really seems to be going the way of Penguindrum which I think is a great thing. I can definitely understand this one not being everyone's cup of tea. I constantly question how this show is even allowed to air in Japan rn. There are some legitimately uncomfortable scenes and some are even repeated constantly. The show is out of its monster of the week and Ikuhara is driving this show towards his larger point. Whether this be about connections, taboo, our lives in a digital age I think I'm aboard for this ride, but I can definitely understand that because I enjoyed Penguindrum I can give Ikuhara the benefit of the doubt and let him take me where he wants to take me as a viewer. Personally not a big fan of shoujo romance shows, so I can def understand how something like Fruits Basket would be a no go, but I think the show consistently is able to win me over. It really is sort of amazing how much of a character that the mc is given, because in similar shows targeted towards a male audience the mc is an absolute nothing most of the time. I think that is a big part of what is appealing about FB, that the mc is an actual character, and that even the characters that essentially are just part of the harem are allowed to orbit outside of just being the love interest for the mc. As someone who loves shows like Amagami SS, I can also understand that the chars are blatant tropes made to appeal to certain subsets of the male audience with no agency of their own, but the male characters of FB def are their own people. Adding the zodiac legend aspect to this show really aids this I feel, giving these characters things to do that don't revolve around the mc.
  19. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    kimetsu no yaiba mix kono oto tomare sarazanmai fruits basket are in a similar tier to c&t.
  20. What was the last film you watched?

    holy fuck john wick 3. gave me everything I wanted and more. we got wick 3 after fallout what a blast.
  21. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    disagree best season in what feels like ages.
  22. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    the last few eps of kimetsu no yaiba have me on the edge of my seat. ufotable reminds us that it's unbeatable at fight animation.
  23. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    ye i highly doubt it stays villain of the week for the runtime, but again we don't kno untill it finishes, but judging from other ikuhara work he has big things planned for the back half for sure.
  24. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    ye its super early, but it seems like ikuhara is tackling interesting issues with his 3 main charas. drugs, sexual orientation, and social interaction. he has the potential to royally fuck this, but the man is insane and seems to be tackling a lot of issues currently going on in japan, so I'm definitely along for the ride and intrigued by what ikuhara has to say. i have to say that i havent felt this fucking uncomfortable watching something since i dont even know when. idk how this is allowed to air, but it def could just be cultural.
  25. What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

    ye i think i have it something like carole & tuesday sarazanmai fruits basket kono oto tomare