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What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

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haikyuu is a masterclass in animation

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New releases:
All Out!!: This is really an anime about teaching, education and coaching disguised as a sports anime about Rugby. There are a few deep exchanges between the adults that caught me by surprise because we don't often get to see them in this genre. It shines when the spotlight is on the adults, it falters when the focus is on the (stupid and clumsy) kids. Also, ugly design and poor animation by Madhouse doesn't happen very often but it does here and it's kind of a shame. 6/10

 

Boruto: Naruto the Movie: I still don't know how I feel about this new generation but I think that it does work here, mainly because it's still very much about the end of Naruto's story. Gotta respect the effort they put into the animation and besides, I really do love Sasuke's new role as basically Konoha's James Bond so I guess it's a hit for me. 7/10


Days: It's incredibly silly and sometimes down-right absurd but it has a heart of gold, just like it's protagonist. Plus, a different and beautiful design that, if not necessarily something I'd enjoy seeing more in other animes, still works really well on this one. It's pure vanilla ice cream for a sport's anime hardcore fan, so it does earns bonus points for that. 7/10

 

Demi-chan wa Kataitai: This was never a 12 episode series. This is a movie. And as a movie, it would have been short and sweet. As a series, it starts sweet and ends up flavorless. 6/10

 

Haikyuu!!: From a plot standpoint, it is an incredibly unoriginal and straightforward take on a sports anime. Where it excels is in the execution, making tremendously intense set-pieces and delivering, quite possibly, the most kinetic anime of its kind. 9/10

 

Hibiki! Euphonium: Many animes are pretty, this is beautiful. Not just beautiful. The design and animation are downright gorgeous. It works both as a teen drama and as a band drama. I won't pretend that it is incredibly original but it is almost always the best version of what it can be. 8/10

 

Spirited Away: It's such an imposing vision and animation style that one can't be left indifferent. That being said, I just can't connect with most of what Studio Ghibli is usually up to. I deeply respect and admire these films but I don't enjoy watching them and I'd be lying if I said that enjoyment isn't a key aspect of a movie-watching experience. 7/10

 

The Dragon Dentist: Good original concept and animation doesn't make up for an aimless and inconsistent plot. 6/10

 

Rewatches:
Bleach: A few notes before the review. I rewatched it without fillers so all my opinions assume there's no such thing as the abomination that is almost 50% of the series. Also, since there's such a clear distinction between arcs, both in terms of story and execution, I'll also talk about each one individually.

 

  • Soul Society: This is what propelled Bleach to the top charts for a number of years, in what was known at the time, together with One Piece and Naruto, as the big three. And rightfully so I must say. The Soul Society arc is nothing short of a masterpiece of Shounen animation. It is, for one, incredibly melancholic, which is something ingrained in the cinematography, with the use of both foggy and saturated color palettes; in the soundtrack, with themes such as "Creeping Shadows", "Burden of Past" and especially "Nothing Can Be Explained"; and also in the actual story, with themes of loss and grief always present. This is still a Shounen anime though and the melancholy works mostly on a subliminal level, always to increase the intensity of the action or make for cool and stylish character moments. Style is a tremendously important factor in Bleach. Making the characters look cool is one of the main drivers of the story, and cool they look for a number of times. This could be a liability in weaker plots but not the case here, where the plot is one of the stronger elements, working as a mystery disguised as an action setup, with various layers neatly sewed together to progressively increase the tension until the big reveal and showdown. The pacing is excellent, creating a sense of urgency that sustains all the action. It is, in short, a flawless execution of the Shounen genre. 10/10
     
  • Arrancars: This is basically a repetition of the Soul Society arc, without the mystery and the great execution. It feels like the work of someone who became disenchanted with the whole thing. There's an idea behind the arc, which is to turn things around, making the characters that were once the villains now the heroes, however, there are too many contrivances sustaining the plot for one to ignore. It's also somewhat repetitive. Scratch that. It's completely repetitive, almost to the point of self parody. Repetitiveness leads to predictability and that hurts the effect of those cool moments that worked so well on the first arc. With the exception of 2 or 3, the new characters barely register, so we spend way too much time with boring caricatures, instead of actually fleshed out characters. The design and animation also take a massive hit in terms of quality, as does the soundtrack which is used considerably less organically with the action. Granted, the three main fights (Grimmjow, Ulquiorra and Aizen) are really impressive but that isn't nowhere nearly enough to save the arc. 6/10
     
  • Fullbring: This is interesting because it feels like they're trying to recuperate some of that sweet magic from the first arc, turning Bleach into something almost like a neo-noir. They're almost able to pull it off, however, they couldn't quite find the right tone. For the story to work, my guess is that they'd have to go much darker and ditch a lot of the more childish characters and aspects of the story. Furthermore, there really isn't a truly cool "Bleach" moment so it also doesn't quite feel like Bleach. It's something strange and I still can't figure out if I like it or not. 6/10
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rip good anime is hard to find, there hasn't really been a standout series I actually want to watch in so long.  The Rakuyo one was as close as it gets

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Neji, review the last arc of bleach manga too. I'd love to here a better, now in depth opinion than my "wtf rushed" thoughts. 

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On 4/22/2017 at 9:57 PM, Urthor said:

rip good anime is hard to find, there hasn't really been a standout series I actually want to watch in so long.  The Rakuyo one was as close as it gets

snb virgin soul

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Bahamut vs Unlimited Budget Works, the ultimate battle for who can burn the most money for an opening episode shall commence. 

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48 minutes ago, Urthor said:

Bahamut vs Unlimited Budget Works, the ultimate battle for who can burn the most money for an opening episode shall commence. 

If I remember correctly, both pretty much retain quality (animation anyway) throughout.

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On 23/04/2017 at 6:02 PM, Tygo said:

Neji, review the last arc of bleach manga too. I'd love to here a better, now in depth opinion than my "wtf rushed" thoughts. 

 

Actually, I dropped it early on. It started getting on my nerves. I saw how it ended though so I guess I didn't miss much. I might be wrong though. I might revisit the manga eventually. If I do, I'll be sure to drop a few words.

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Accidental double post.

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Gundam Wing

Eromanga Sensei  (... for now)

Attack on Titan

Re:Zero 

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snb virgin soul off to a p dece start.

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