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true_death
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:30 pm 
 

Recently began watching Texhnolyze...only 4 episodes in, but I'm really enjoying it. Pretty sure it's made by the same people who did Serial Experiments Lain (one of my all-time favorite anime), has a similar art style and atmosphere, but much more oppressive and bleak, even nihilistic at some points, as well as much more violent and generally action-oriented. However, it's a very weird and unorthodox show, perhaps even moreso than SEL (which is really saying something) ...for example, it takes about 10-15 minutes into the first episode before a single line of dialogue is spoken. What's more, the main character doesn't even speak until the third episode, up to that point he only shrieks in pain and agony :lol:. But it's also very creative and refreshing, I think...would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes dark, fucked up shit and doesn't mind a side of mindfuck imagery and general weirdness.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:01 am 
 

Actually, Serial Experiments Lain and Texhnolyze were by the same writer, but the former was made by Triangle Staff and the latter by Studio Madhouse. The directors were also different, but they often get lumped together because of the writer going for the same bleak, almost apocalyptic tone in both series.

Fun fact, though: The guy who directed Texhnolyze is the same guy who directed Steins;Gate, which is a vastly different show, but his touches are all over both.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:54 pm 
 

So, I just finished Texhnolyze and while it was fucking incredible, I really wasn't prepared for how fucked it was going to get. This show started out like a dark, cyberpunk sci-fi centered around gang violence, and somehow transformed into one of the most disturbing things I've ever witnessed in any artistic medium...not due to the extreme violence and gore (though it certainly didn't shy away from that in any conceivable fashion), but also the nihilism and feeling of existential dread the whole experience gave me. This is probably the best and most poignant portrayal of "nihilism" I've ever seen - it's uncompromising and extremely brutal, but also intelligent and well-written, never feeling edgy or childish. Every single character in the show is broken and shattered (sometimes literally) by the crushing reality of the world they live in, and after that last episode, I feel like my soul has been ripped right out of my body...and yet, I enjoyed the entire experience :lol:. I guess that's the sign of a good show. At any rate, without spoiling anything, I came into this thinking "It might be fucked, but there's no way it'll beat out The End of Evangelion's infamous conclusion so I should be fine". Yeah...I was wrong. Wrong on so many levels :lol:. I'm going to have to watch a shitload of Laid-Back Camp, Yuru Yuri, or some other "cute girl" anime to offset this horrifying experience.


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Actually, Serial Experiments Lain and Texhnolyze were by the same writer, but the former was made by Triangle Staff and the latter by Studio Madhouse. The directors were also different, but they often get lumped together because of the writer going for the same bleak, almost apocalyptic tone in both series.


It also looks like the producer and character designer were the same, which explains the visual similarities. I'm assuming one of them worked on Hellsing with Chiaki J. Konaka as well, as I remember that having a very similar visual style.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:06 am 
 

I started watching the "Signs of the Holy" four episodes on Netflix in anticipation of the return of The Seven Deadly Sins. I finished episode three last night. Even though these episodes have been almost entirely useless it has been good to see some of the flashbacks in the episodes since I've forgotten about most of everything that happened in the first season. I'll finish it before I start the real Season 2, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:31 pm 
 

Midnight Eye Goku looks really fucking good.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:50 pm 
 

So, Made in Abyss is pretty great if you like dark fantasy, and if you haven't already seen it, you probably should. Just, er, remember that Japan is a weird place and some things that wouldn't be touched with a 10 ft. pole here are free game for exploration there.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:26 am 
 

I don't normally watch anime, so the ones I like fall into common top anime lists:

Cowboy Bebop
FMA:B
Deathnote
One punch man

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:21 am 
 

kellyon wrote:
I don't normally watch anime, so the ones I like fall into common top anime lists:

Cowboy Bebop
FMA:B
Deathnote
One punch man

They're commonly on top anime lists because they're entry-level series, giving you a taste of that delicious Japanese flair while still being very palatable to Western sensibilities. Also, they're very stylish and action-oriented. You might also enjoy Berserk 1997, Black Lagoon, Mob Psycho 100, Trigun, Gurren Lagann and/or Kill la Kill, Vision of Escaflowne, Psycho-Pass, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Little Witch Academia, and the various films by Studio Ghibli, Makoto Shinkai, Mamoru Oshii, and Mamoru Hosoda.

Can't go wrong with any of those.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:19 am 
 

Yep, Texhnolyze is the most depressing anime I've ever seen, I don't know I feel depressed and nihilistic after watching this anime.

Early episodes: Dystopia. The sun rises. The image it casts upon the land is one of blissful lifelessness, life suddenly begins; disruptive, restless and uneasy in a new world.
Mid episodes: Surreal. There is nothing to be seen, except insanity. Life begins to eat itself.
Late episodes: The darkness find a reason to rise again. The cycle might still continues.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:28 pm 
 

I recently bought the Bluray of Death Parade, its great series. But that opening though is really good catchy!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:43 am 
 

Death Parade really could use another season. Or two. Or twenty. If they made 100 stand-alone soul judgement episodes, I would binge the fuck out of it and it would be all I ever wanted.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:45 pm 
 

As much as I would want another season & more, something inside me says the one season was enough. Maybe if they throw out an OVA or two (Or even add a movie) & I'd be content with it ending that way.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:23 pm 
 

Just finished Angel Beats!...what a wild ride that was. A pretty interesting story that didn't feel contrived or cliché, and a fantastic mixture of comedy, action, and emotion. It does tend to turn on a dime tone-wise, one minute it'll be very serious and emotional and the next it'll hit you over the head with some really ridiculous, Gintama-style comedy, but that was clearly intentional and didn't bother me too much. My only complaint is that my favorite character, Shiina, was never really fleshed out and just kind of left as a 'gag' character.

Also, a few weeks ago I watched Shirobako...what a masterpiece! On the surface it might sound kind of gimmicky, it's an "anime about making anime", which reminded me of Girlish Number, but thankfully this focused more on the creative side of things and less on the industry. It's a very realistic, down-to-earth story with very deep, complex characters and the various struggles they face, and the sheer, undying passion for their work that gets them through it all. Very charming and heartwarming when it wanted to be (especially by the end), I'm not ashamed to admit I actually felt kind of sad when it was over.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:40 am 
 

Angel Beats! is a very good show as long as you ignore 3/4 of the plot. Because the plot is a mess. The characters are very likable, though not exactly complex or deep outside of Otonashi and Yuri, and the parts of the story that don't suck (Otonashi's backstory + the episodic character arcs) are excellent. I also enjoyed the music quite a bit. The gag characters amused me greatly, as they helped to give the SSS the feeling of being a cohesive group with in-jokes and wild chemistry, giving the series a fun atmosphere. I feel like it could've been a 9/10 or even a 10/10 if they cut out the shadows and the clones while replacing them with more episodic character stories. Ah well.

As for Shirobako, it's on my watchlist. I'll get to it. Eventually.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:54 pm 
 

I just started watching Baki on Netflix and HOLY SHIT is it ever the perfect amount of violence and story. It's so god damned brutal and I'm only on the 6th or 7th episode.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:32 pm 
 

I'm also watching High Score Girl, and the 90s arcade gaming in every episode alone, is enough for me to love it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:32 am 
 

Will look into Baki! I don't know anything else about it but balancing storyline and violence is something I appreciate.

Gotta thank everyone who mentioned, recommended, or discussed Texhnolyze. God damn. I'm no where near finished with it yet, truthfully I'm only on like episode 5. I tend to watch it VERY slowly, maybe one episode every week. But it's amazing. There's so much atmosphere and build up. Nothing is spelled out for you. No characters crassly stating their motivations out loud for no one at all. It's everything I want in anime. No goofy shit.
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