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Aaron    2039

I've picked up that shield hero anime. I'm on episode 7. It was getting quite good up to episode 5 but the pacing just seems to have fallen off a cliff. The last couple of episodes have been painful to watch, especially the episode where they have a race. 

 

 

I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that these episodes are setting up something epic but I never went through a period of boredom with Neverland. 

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On 4/16/2019 at 6:58 AM, Aaron said:

I've picked up that shield hero anime. I'm on episode 7. It was getting quite good up to episode 5 but the pacing just seems to have fallen off a cliff. The last couple of episodes have been painful to watch, especially the episode where they have a race. 

 

 

I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that these episodes are setting up something epic but I never went through a period of boredom with Neverland. 

24 episodes vs 12 episodes. It's called world building and the episode you are bored with is a great example of building out the world for the series.

 

Neverland doesn't really have any need to world build because its a prologue. I expect that to come next season.

To build on this:The best part of Shield Hero is its world-building i.e. the exploration, quests, and different characters that you meet. The side plots are just as enjoyable as the main plot and they all seem to be tied together seamlessly in Naofumi's quest to overcome his sense of betrayal and redeem himself in the eyes of the people as well as himself. To that effect, Shield Hero creates a masterful story by developing its characters tying several different but related plot lines together. You will find that every arc/quest/etc . . . ties into the overall theme while keeping you entertained which I appreciate. Having watched the entire series so far, I can say that there are some episode that could be ordered better, but I think you'll find the pacing isn't bad. 

 

Neverland is not that type of show. Tbh it is a Xanatos Roulette abusing nightmare. Shows like that hinge on suspension of disbelief and to do that effectively you need to create a defined universe with a set of rules. My opinion is Neverland failed in doing that and accordingly I did not find much of it to be believable. Pacing factored into that, but even with 24 episodes, I don't think it would have mattered. 

 

I don't know your preferences well, but it seems like that you don't care for that as much as you do twists and turns. That's fine. I know @HououinKyouma really values animation quality over plot (imo animation is a plus factor).  

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Aaron    2039
On 4/17/2019 at 3:07 PM, Francis J Underwood said:

24 episodes vs 12 episodes. It's called world building and the episode you are bored with is a great example of building out the world for the series.

 

Neverland doesn't really have any need to world build because its a prologue. I expect that to come next season.

To build on this:The best part of Shield Hero is its world-building i.e. the exploration, quests, and different characters that you meet. The side plots are just as enjoyable as the main plot and they all seem to be tied together seamlessly in Naofumi's quest to overcome his sense of betrayal and redeem himself in the eyes of the people as well as himself. To that effect, Shield Hero creates a masterful story by developing its characters tying several different but related plot lines together. You will find that every arc/quest/etc . . . ties into the overall theme while keeping you entertained which I appreciate. Having watched the entire series so far, I can say that there are some episode that could be ordered better, but I think you'll find the pacing isn't bad. 

 

Neverland is not that type of show. Tbh it is a Xanatos Roulette abusing nightmare. Shows like that hinge on suspension of disbelief and to do that effectively you need to create a defined universe with a set of rules. My opinion is Neverland failed in doing that and accordingly I did not find much of it to be believable. Pacing factored into that, but even with 24 episodes, I don't think it would have mattered. 

 

I don't know your preferences well, but it seems like that you don't care for that as much as you do twists and turns. That's fine. I know @HououinKyouma really values animation quality over plot (imo animation is a plus factor).  

 

Thats cool. I hope it gets better because the last couple of episodes were pathetic. I mean a fucking glorified horse riding race using shitty magical skills when the big bad villain comes to threaten the village... I hate when animes have these shitty episodes. 

 

I like good world building. My favorite video game of all time is probably Trails in the sky for example. You can do world building without it being boring or predictable as fuck. Hoepfully those were just bad episodes. I was enjoying it until then, especially the showdown between spear hero and shield hero... then it just went to shit randomly. 

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HououinKyouma    813
On 4/17/2019 at 7:07 AM, Francis J Underwood said:

I know @HououinKyouma really values animation quality over plot (imo animation is a plus factor).  

I think it's less about animation quality per se than how the story is told visually. My two favorite shows from last season (Kemurikusa and Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai) both used cgi character models throughout their runs which is honestly the exact opposite of what I'd consider to be good animation quality. Neither of these shows were strengthened by this and honestly there were times where the cgi was absolutely jarring, although tatsuki was able to do a damn great job with Kemurikusa, the emotion he was able to put behind the cgi charas was definitely the best I've ever seen. For me the two tenets I tend to live by in anime is that you can show anything since you're doing animation and that creativity can solve any problems that you have during the process of bringing your visual work to life. I consider Ping Pong the Animation to be one of the best anime series of all time. It's not because of some huge budget, years of production, slick movements, etc. It's because Yuasa used the animation to flesh out his characters. One of my favorite scenes in ppta, is when smile and peco first meet china. There's a damn match cut of the ping pong ball and an airplane. One of china's biggest character motivations is his longing to return home. Like damn. Yuasa giving us this match cut after he absolutely destroys peco is fucking genius. And the craziest part is that there's even more to that scene. Peco sinking as he loses, visually showing the difference in skill between china and peco at the time. I mean peco is literally on the ground at the end of the scene.

 

The thing that irritates me about a lot of anime series is that they tend to forget that. They forget that they can show the audience anything. Voice actors are given too many fucking lines. Sometimes directors even mess up their own spectacularly crafted visual scenes by adding a bunch of dialogue to the scene. In Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, the scene where shirou gives sakura his key is amazingly visual. Everything we need to know about the characters feeling during this scene is shown visually. Then the director adds a shit ton of unnecessary dialogue to it. Like everyone and their mother understands this shit we don't need the characters to explain the feelings to us. I've been watching every show this season, and Kenja no mago is the biggest offender. There's so much explanation of the plot that I swear that the seiyuu are paid by word or something. I feel like this is a huge problem with the entire isekai genre. Too much exposition through dialogue. I don't have time for that shit. Maybe it's because a lot of these shows are adapted from lns so they feel like they have to have huge fucking chunks of dialogue. Bakemonogatari never did this shit and isin wrote fucking blocks. Even fucking Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon never had these huge ass exposition through dialogue dumps and their lns are renowned for being telephone book sized.

 

Honestly the reason I consume anime series now compared to when I first started heavily watching this shit has changed a lot. I understand that the expectations and desires of the general audience for many of these shows, especially the japanese otaku are vastly different from what I want. I understand that really the vast majority of directors only care about catering to the domestic market with these shows, but so far it's been promising that places like netflix have been giving auteurs like Yuasa and Watanabe a place to make shows that aren't expected to bump sales of some sort of media (manga, ln, brs, etc) or licensed merchandise. Even though I was disappointed in something like Devilman Crybaby, it's refreshing to see netflix make a space for people to make series/films that care about Japan's long legacy of visual excellence. For god's sake Akio Jissoji directed episodes of ultraman. I think that's another reason why SSSS.Gridman is one of the best shows of this decade. Akemiya was able to trojan horse one of the most interesting visual shows for ages into something that will also appeal to the otaku who keep up this whole industry. On that note, I recently saw Penguin Highway directed by Hiroyasu Ishida. It was fucking amazing. It's easy if you only consume televised series to forget that there's lots of promising people still in the industry, and Penguin Highway is a great debut feature from an interesting director. Excited to see what Ishida has in store for us next.

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