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Jonpo
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:52 am 
 

YOU GUYS THERE'S NEW MADOKA MAGICA AND IT'S AMAZING

It's a different set of magical girls entirely. It just started up on 1/4 so only 3 episodes out at the moment. I'm still a little sketchy on the name but if you search for Madoka Side Story on the bootleg anime website of your choice you should find it easily enough.

I love that it hits the ground running with weirdness. I guess they assume if you're watching this you've already seen the earlier stuff. The only shared character so far is Kyubey, still doing horrendous things and preying on the minds of children. The artwork, witch design and labyrinths are killer so far.

I had no idea this was coming but Madoka Magica is one of the few animes I get hyped about. Can't believe how good the first two episodes were. Check it!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:57 pm 
 

true_death wrote:
A few I've watched over the last few weeks/months:

Land of the Lustrous: Really the only CG-anime I've ever been able to watch or take seriously. Pretty unique and creative story with really beautiful art. Main character was initially annoying, but I grew to appreciate her later on as her personality evolves. The main problem is that it doesn't have a solid conclusion, the story really starts to get interesting and then ends without solving anything. Overall though, I'm glad I watched it, a solid 8/10.

Made in Abyss: Just finished this tonight, and it's a masterpiece. Really great mix of adventure, mystery, and horror...amazing art, probably some of the most evocative and gorgeous music I've ever seen in an anime. Loved how it conveyed such a strong sensation of childlike wonder and excitement while still toying around with some incredibly dark themes. I also think this is one of the coolest "worlds" in any anime I've ever seen, you could make an entire show about simply exploring the abyss without any major plot and I would eat it the fuck up. Easily a 9/10.

Steins;Gate (rewatch): Just finished my 2nd viewing of this classic, with my brother (who had never seen it). Both of us loved it, I personally loved it even better the second time around...people always praise the first episode as one of the best ever, but I personally think the last episode is one of the best and most satisfying conclusions to any anime I've ever seen. Definitely another 9/10.

Ascension of a Bookworm: This show just aired this past season, and it's definitely one of the best I've seen in a long time. Technically an isekai, but there's not really any battle or action, it's more character-driven and deals with more mature, real-world themes despite being set in a fantasy world. The two main characters (Main & Lutz) had really great chemistry and it made for a very touching relationship where they both want to help make the other's dream come true...but my favorite character was actually the father. Won't spoil anything but there's a scene involving him later on in the series, at the very end of one of the episodes, which was incredibly quick and subtle but no less evocative and really brought a tear to my eye - a good display of how this show makes the characters feel like real people with realistic emotions. Honestly, I don't have a bad word to say about it, yet another 9/10.

Sounds like our tastes are pretty similar, so I'll have to check out this Ascension of a Bookworm series, then.
Jonpo wrote:
YOU GUYS THERE'S NEW MADOKA MAGICA AND IT'S AMAZING

It's a different set of magical girls entirely. It just started up on 1/4 so only 3 episodes out at the moment. I'm still a little sketchy on the name but if you search for Madoka Side Story on the bootleg anime website of your choice you should find it easily enough.

I love that it hits the ground running with weirdness. I guess they assume if you're watching this you've already seen the earlier stuff. The only shared character so far is Kyubey, still doing horrendous things and preying on the minds of children. The artwork, witch design and labyrinths are killer so far.

I had no idea this was coming but Madoka Magica is one of the few animes I get hyped about. Can't believe how good the first two episodes were. Check it!

But the important question is...does Gen Urobuchi have writing credits? If so, instant classic. If not, well, it still sounds promising. I'ma have to take a look-see.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:40 pm 
 

I can't find that name on the wikipedia credits but I have no idea how accurate that is. I have to say, it feels like a natural/logical extension of the first series. I'm glad they disconnected from the cast entirely. It's a whole new group of magical girls but they're mostly still going through the same shit. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone but uh yeah...Kyubey is still just the worst.

I went in having no expectations and I'm thrilled with the first 2 episodes. Definitely going to be watching the 3rd tonight, and then I have to wait like some kinda scrub.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:57 pm 
 

Gen Urobuchi is the guy who created and wrote Madoka Magica (along with Fate/Zero and Psycho-Pass).
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:04 pm 
 

I'm watching Chihayafuru for the first time and it's surprinsingly entertained.

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Zelkiiro
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:47 pm 
 

WilliG wrote:
I'm watching Chihayafuru for the first time and it's surprinsingly entertained.

Damn straight. Chihayafuru is a goddamn classic, as far as I'm concerned.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:20 pm 
 

I recently saw the corpse party OVA's it's just four episodes and I was pleased by it. Good explanation on the plot, some chilling horror moments and a shocking ending. I also watched the first season of a Chinese anime called Cupid's Chocolates which was a good harem and has nice humour and additionally I tried watching Dagashi Kashi and it's just dumb. Only the characters are animated to be attractive and it's so boring. Seriously I couldn't watch up to two episodes. Finally I just started watching Toradora which is also a pretty good slice of life anime albeit a bit old.

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Morn Of Solace
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:05 am 
 

Jonpo wrote:
YOU GUYS THERE'S NEW MADOKA MAGICA AND IT'S AMAZING

It's a different set of magical girls entirely. It just started up on 1/4 so only 3 episodes out at the moment. I'm still a little sketchy on the name but if you search for Madoka Side Story on the bootleg anime website of your choice you should find it easily enough.

I love that it hits the ground running with weirdness. I guess they assume if you're watching this you've already seen the earlier stuff. The only shared character so far is Kyubey, still doing horrendous things and preying on the minds of children. The artwork, witch design and labyrinths are killer so far.

I had no idea this was coming but Madoka Magica is one of the few animes I get hyped about. Can't believe how good the first two episodes were. Check it!


How i managed to miss this? I'm instantly hyped!

Lately i was really impressed for very different reasons by Kill La Kill and Vinland Saga:
The first walked for it's whole duration the thin line berween awesomeness and total sillyness, managing to be enterataining every single second

The second was a grim tale with great writing and twists, and also some unexpected atmospheric moments that made it very memorable. Who tought that anime vikings could work so well? :)

Promised Neverland was also good, with a lot of tense cat and mouse moments. I had to susped my disbelief a lot, but i'm really interested to see where the story is going

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:00 am 
 

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Steins;Gate (rewatch): Just finished my 2nd viewing of this classic, with my brother (who had never seen it). Both of us loved it, I personally loved it even better the second time around...people always praise the first episode as one of the best ever, but I personally think the last episode is one of the best and most satisfying conclusions to any anime I've ever seen. Definitely another 9/10.

I just finished the original visual novel and big chunk of S;G0 and I am absolutely in love with the series. Why do I love seeing fictional characters suffer so much?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:01 pm 
 

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:29 am 
 

Wow, haven't been around lately but it's nice to see one of my threads is still active after almost 10 years.

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DxMxGxD
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:53 am 
 

dont know this has previously been posted before

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insanewayne253
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:10 am 
 

Watching Macross Plus OVA for the first time in like 15 years. It still holds up.

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DxMxGxD
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:29 pm 
 

Xeogred wrote:
Sadly seems like the largest majority of the anime fanbase can't go back more than a few years. When stuff like Lagann, Bebop, Monster, GITS SAC, or the original Hunter x Hunter are "old"... lord have mercy. Age shouldn't dictate quality.

Bigger fan of cel animation myself. The early 2000's digital era was the absolute worst era by far, just look at any Sunrise show from then, it's disturbing how bad Gundam SEED, Argento Soma, etc look, especially when compared to Outlaw Star, Bebop, Ippo, Hunter x Hunter 99', etc which were late 90's and some of the last cel drawn shows, they look like movies in comparison. Nowadays though, I really have no complaints and studios like Madhouse have some godly looking shows that look like full blown TV OVA's (Hunter x Hunter). But the charm of the cel era and the amazing colors/blacks will probably never be fully replicated again. Animation and art style wise I think the late 80's/early 90's have the coolest looks ever. All those OVA's and stuff like City Hunter or late 80's Sunrise shows, that stuff is perfection.

Discotek recently licensed Giang Gorg. Seriously came out of nowhere, I hope this means they're going to license more classic Sunrise. Either way I want to buy everything from Discotek, they rock!


word. the beauty, charm and artistry of animation in general died when cel animation was completely phased. not even a fan of cgi integrated with cel animation in 90s anime, eg macross plus, ghost in the shell, vision of escaflowne, cowboy bebop

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DxMxGxD
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:23 pm 
 

this needs to be remastered for a blu ray release asap. shame its only a 48 min ova but...

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true_death
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:49 am 
 

Recently watched March Comes In Like a Lion in it's entirety - what a masterpiece. One of the most honest and down to earth depictions of tragedy, loss, and general depression I've ever seen in any fictional media, let alone anime. Kind of similar to the classic Welcome to the NHK (one of my all-time favorites), although it's nowhere near as brutal and doesn't really delve deeply into "extreme" stuff like suicide or hikikomori shit. It moreso just feels very real, I guess...the characters are all brilliantly written and feel like real people, and I honestly can't remember if I've ever related to a fictional character on the level that I have for Rei Kiriyama, there were several moments concerning isolation and loneliness that really hit me hard on a deeply personal level - but in a good way, of course. It also helps that the animation is fucking gorgeous...yeah, this show is a solid 10/10.

I watched a few classics from my childhood over the last weeks/months, namely Wolf's Rain (rarely see people mention this one, but I loved it and it has one of the best endings of any anime I've ever seen), and the unforgettable classic Paranoia Agent (an absolutely effortless masterpiece, a stroke of genius without a doubt!), but then I ended up at another from my childhood, Ergo Proxy which I felt as a little "ehhh?". Basically, this show starts out really strong with a cool cyberpunk thriller aesthetic and I was totally sucked in, but eventually it changes genre into something more boring and quickly loses alot of it's steam...by the end I felt like it was trying too hard to seem "deep" and just kind of fell flat for the most part. The ending felt very hackneyed and forced, and ultimately hard to follow due to poor writing.

Also, Attack on Titan? It's pretty cool. Finally got around to watching it after years of avoidance and....first season was some nice, dumb fun. A bit over the top and perhaps a little cringey at times, but very fun and I had a total blast watching it. Second season I liked a little less but was still enjoyable...but damn, the third season hit me like a ton of bricks. For a show that started out with a very simple premise (people are getting eaten by monsters and we have to stop them), it's unbelievable how complex and well-written it ends up being. I had my own expectations as to what the "twist" was going to be - something I felt was obvious, but I watched that get shattered in a very satisfying way :lol:. Really stoked to watch the upcoming 4th season now!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:58 am 
 

So I've watched the Gantz and Rurouni Kenshin live-action and I surprisingly loved them (much more RK than Gantz, though). Might I potentially like the animes and even (gasp) the mangas for these series? Or are these like the Killswitch Engages of the Japanese pop art world?
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Zelkiiro
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:31 pm 
 

true_death wrote:
Recently watched March Comes In Like a Lion in it's entirety - what a masterpiece. One of the most honest and down to earth depictions of tragedy, loss, and general depression I've ever seen in any fictional media, let alone anime. Kind of similar to the classic Welcome to the NHK (one of my all-time favorites), although it's nowhere near as brutal and doesn't really delve deeply into "extreme" stuff like suicide or hikikomori shit. It moreso just feels very real, I guess...the characters are all brilliantly written and feel like real people, and I honestly can't remember if I've ever related to a fictional character on the level that I have for Rei Kiriyama, there were several moments concerning isolation and loneliness that really hit me hard on a deeply personal level - but in a good way, of course. It also helps that the animation is fucking gorgeous...yeah, this show is a solid 10/10.

I watched a few classics from my childhood over the last weeks/months, namely Wolf's Rain (rarely see people mention this one, but I loved it and it has one of the best endings of any anime I've ever seen), and the unforgettable classic Paranoia Agent (an absolutely effortless masterpiece, a stroke of genius without a doubt!), but then I ended up at another from my childhood, Ergo Proxy which I felt as a little "ehhh?". Basically, this show starts out really strong with a cool cyberpunk thriller aesthetic and I was totally sucked in, but eventually it changes genre into something more boring and quickly loses alot of it's steam...by the end I felt like it was trying too hard to seem "deep" and just kind of fell flat for the most part. The ending felt very hackneyed and forced, and ultimately hard to follow due to poor writing.

Also, Attack on Titan? It's pretty cool. Finally got around to watching it after years of avoidance and....first season was some nice, dumb fun. A bit over the top and perhaps a little cringey at times, but very fun and I had a total blast watching it. Second season I liked a little less but was still enjoyable...but damn, the third season hit me like a ton of bricks. For a show that started out with a very simple premise (people are getting eaten by monsters and we have to stop them), it's unbelievable how complex and well-written it ends up being. I had my own expectations as to what the "twist" was going to be - something I felt was obvious, but I watched that get shattered in a very satisfying way :lol:. Really stoked to watch the upcoming 4th season now!

I've been meaning to catch March Comes in Like a Lion, but I just haven't gotten around to it. And I've heard the same sentiments regarding Attack on Titan, and it, too, is on my plan-to-watch list.
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So I've watched the Gantz and Rurouni Kenshin live-action and I surprisingly loved them (much more RK than Gantz, though). Might I potentially like the animes and even (gasp) the mangas for these series? Or are these like the Killswitch Engages of the Japanese pop art world?

The Gantz anime is hot garbage, from what I've heard, but I've also heard the manga is great if you're into its bleak setting.

The Rurouni Kenshin anime is an interesting beast: The 95-episode TV series is pretty great, although it has moments of wacky comedy that don't gel well with the samurai drama going on. There is an anime movie that came out around 2013 but it's entirely useless. And then there's the two OVAs that came out around 1999-2000: Tsuiokuhen (Trust & Betrayal) and Seisouhen (Reflections). Seisouhen is lovingly animated but also pretty useless, but Tsuiokuhen is a goddamn classic samurai anime and is, in my opinion, even better than the TV series.

So your assignments are:
- Gantz manga
- Rurouni Kenshin TV series
- Rurouni Kenshin Tsuiokuhen OVA
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:28 pm 
 

if you've never seen this classic you're a poser
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:42 pm 
 

Angel Cop is a "classic" in the same way that Yor: Hunter from the Future is a "classic."

A classic bag of hot garbage that has been forgotten for good reason.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:11 pm 
 

Zelkiiro wrote:
So your assignments are:
- Gantz manga
- Rurouni Kenshin TV series
- Rurouni Kenshin Tsuiokuhen OVA

Will do. I myself would recommend people check out the Gantz and Rurouni Kenshin live-action movies if you've not seen them, although perhaps purists would disagree. If nothing else, the production values for all were nothing short of stunning. Gantz had some of the best CGI I've ever seen for a non-American movie, and RK had sword fights that could go toe-to-toe with the very best from China, with nearly no wirework and zero CGI blood/effects, just pure skill.

RK trilogy felt like a real-life portrayal of Nioh. Hope Morrigan checks it out.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:04 am 
 

Been wanting to see Hokuto No Ken for the longest time, and I feel like it’s time I rewatched the Classic Berserk

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:57 pm 
 

Anyone seen the old OVA series Bastard!! from 1992? It's decent - pretty generic fantasy shit overall, not too dark or gory, the story is basically your typical power metal lyrics. It's pretty fun though, some decent animation and has a very nice "old school" charm about it.

...the only reason I'm bringing it up is because one of the characters is called King Di-Amon and he looks like this:
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Needless to say, a pretty cool little reference! :hail: Also worth noting is that the main character's dubbed voice is none other than Daran Norris, mostly known as the voice of Timmy Turner's dad on The Fairly Oddparents. Needless to say I had an absolute blast hearing that voice recite such ridiculous dialog!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:42 am 
 

insanewayne253 wrote:
Watching Macross Plus OVA for the first time in like 15 years. It still holds up.

the reloading animation at the start is so lit

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 11:01 am 
 

I saw recently evangelism plus the end of evangelism. I loved the final two episodes. I don't know why people bash them. I got the meaning of life from there: keep your on identity and be yourself. Amazing anime.

I also saw the 1st season of Kakegurui on Netflix. I like how wooden relationships are due gamble and Mazami or whatever is a cool protagonist. How can you get turned on by playing cards though?


I'm definently watching the 2nd season.

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 2:33 am 
 

glad i held off buying the australian blu ray. the discotek release will be the definitive version for sure
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:24 am 
 

I am really enjoying Death Note quite a bit. Someone recommended Full Metal Alchemist to me, but I really don't like the style that the cartoons are drawn in. I don't know much about anime, but really want to watch more horror type anime. Does anyone have any other horror anime they can recommend to me?

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For horror i liked the first season of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and Kiseiju.
I still have to see it but i'm told that Perfect Blue it's really great, i hope to catch up soon.

Madoka Magica is a must see, and even if it's not exactly an horror it gets really really dark. Promised Neverland was a short but really nice watch, has few horror elements and each episode has you on the edge of the seat

Other than that i've searched for years for good horror stuff in anime but i always ended up really disappointed. I found what i was looking for in manga (mainly Junji Ito's works, i suggest Shiver) and visual novels (for example Saya no Uta, one of the most fucked up thing i've seen)

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Morn Of Solace wrote:
For horror i liked the first season of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and Kiseiju.
I still have to see it but i'm told that Perfect Blue it's really great, i hope to catch up soon.


Higurashi is amazing! Great adaptation of a great VN series. Some it's scenes are very unsettling. One of the few anime series that is actually scary. Other scary ones include Corpse Party, Shiki and Another. There is also a new Higurashi series coming this summer I think. Possibly a remake with animation that I don't really like. Perfect Blue is very surreal and a valuable work of art as well with an unexpected twist. I read you're also into Junji Ito. There is an Uzumaki TV series coming in summer. Have you heard about it? If yes what's your opinion on it?

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 12:38 pm 
 

Shiki is another great suggestion, i liked it a lot!

With junji Ito i'm very wary about animations: i saw Junji Ito Collection and it was disappointing, the animations were awkward and made the story lose a lot of the creepyness. It's really hard to replicate the level of details that Ito puts in his drawings and to build up tension like he does... I'll watch the new Uzumaki adaptation, but i'm not optimistic. If they manage to do well it will be a masterpiece

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 3:44 pm 
 

Every time I watch a movie or introduce one which my kids might like, I keep thinking about a specific one, but I can't remember the name of it.

Synopsis: there's some kind of half man, half machine, super computer, controlling a hi-tech skyscraper, or maybe it's just a building where scientific studies are carried out. And, this machine is trying to kill the people who are occupying the building.

Any idea what it's called? Cheers in advance.

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