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Botan24



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:58 pm Reply with quote
Surrender Artist wrote:
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Lastly, I'm blazing through Mezzo. I forgot how much I enjoy this show. It's mostly episodic, and covers everything from ghosts to aliens and androids to virtual reality. Fast paced, and lots of fun. The animation takes a few short cuts, but is fairly consistent. I like the opening and closing songs, and this dub is highly enjoyable (even though it's loosely translated at best).


I watched Mezzo DSA in tandem with Madlax, of all things, last summer and really enjoyed it. I really liked the English dub a lot. Luci Christian was a swell Mikura, but it was Andy McAvin as Kurokawa stole the show almost every time he showed up. I remember smiling, if not laughing, almost every other time he talked. It is a really fun series to watch. Mostly episodic, case-by-case set-ups like that need a lot of liveliness and engaging characters to keep my attention; Mezzo DSA pulled that off. Yasuomi Umetsu should really get more work.


I loved Andy's role so much I used a line of his in the quote game just recently. And like you said, Surrender Artist, his character had me laughing just about every time. As for Luci Christain, she nails every role she does. Man, I wish I was that talented. Totally agree that Umetsu should get more work. Next up, I'm re-watching Mezzo Forte.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:49 pm Reply with quote
What are you guys talking about? Umetsu got a huge job just last year! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:05 pm Reply with quote
^You're joking right, TKofH? You must be. Personally, Umetsu could animate 10,000 anime OP and EDs. I'm more interested in his stories...and characters.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:15 am Reply with quote
I'm watching Cat Planet Cuties (or Asobi ni Ikuyo!) and what a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a typical fanservice harem anime, but it was something so much more. More like it is a typical harem, but it isn't. As usual the male lead is pretty boring and bland but the female leads are pretty interesting (aside from Eris).

The production values are off the charts for this kind of anime as well, leading to very cool action sequences. But it's not the action or the female leads (aside from Eris) that make this anime interesting, it's how ridiculous it is while still being pretty serious. I mean a secret organization obsessed with cat ears and tails or just how pretty every character aside from the male lead seem to involved with some kind of secret organization. I guess this anime seems to have two flaws: the male lead and Eris. The male lead doesn't bother me as much as I thought he would anyway (he's not so bad) so I guess the one big flaw is Eris. Feels like Cat Planet Cuties is To Love-Ru done right.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:31 pm Reply with quote
Continuing my troll through some shows I blind bought, I decided to watch Overman King Gainer. Some years ago I had been looking through an old copy of Newtype USA which had an article about the show and subsequently while ordering some stuff from a TRSI Bandai sale I noticed the Anime Legends set was down to 1 copy left so I added it to my order. I had heard mixed things about it but I figured for about $1 per episode it was worth taking a chance on.

Although I’m not a mecha junkie I have watched an assortment of mecha shows from the great (like Macross and Full Metal Panic) to the good (Gasaraki) to the god-awful (MD Geist); I’ve never seen any of the Gundam franchise. In fact, my only prior experience with the works of Yoshiuki Tomino was a steaming pile of crap called Garzey’s Wing. OKG isn’t quite that bad but, sadly, has a few things in common with it, like cardboard characters, risible dialog and hackneyed plotting. Add in a kludgy translation, and getting through 26 episodes of this wasn’t easy.

The show takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where Earth’s population is forced to live in domed cities (Domeopoli) in harsh climates (like Siberia). Travel between the domes is is closely regulated and most people are not allowed to leave the domes(or so we are told-this is just one plot element that isn’t very consistent). The plot, such as it is, involves an “exodus”, which is when a large group of people leave a dome en masse taking large portions of the dome with them. In the Wulgusk Domeopolis (in Siberia) lives a schoolboy named Gainer who spends all his free time gaming, and is known as the King of Gamers (or something like that). One day at school he is mysteriously arrested, charged with plotting an exodus and tossed in jail where he meets a man named Gain Bijou who is an “exodus specialist”. Gain escapes and Gainer decides to go with, even though he is totally against the exodus, being that his parents were killed by people trying to do one years ago. During their escape they break into the Duke’s “trophy” room, where he keeps some Really Cool Robots known as Overmen. Gainer jumps into one that looks like it has tube socks coming out of its head (much later an enemy refers to it as the “Overman with hair” so I guess they’re supposed to be dreadlocks) and, of course, he can pilot it. He also decides to name it “King Gainer”, hence the title.

Sounds complicated, right? Well, don’t worry because all that interesting stuff is all window dressing for a mindless fight-of-the-week show. To be fair, the fights are very well animated. Depending on the viewer, you may find the mechs cool-looking or goofy (unfortunately, I’m in the latter camp), so if all you want is lots of cool robot fights then I guess this show is okay. If you’re looking for anything else-such as interesting characters, good writing or a plot that makes sense-you’ll want to look elsewhere. Several times as I was watching this show, just as I would begin to think “this might not be so bad” the show would start insulting my intelligence again. Then sometimes I would feel like patting the show on the head and saying “there, there, it’s not your fault your creator is insane”. Incredibly, spoiler[we never even find out if they reach their destination, the “fabled land” of Yapan (no, my spellchecker isn’t broken-hey, it’s so cool when you misspell stuff, right?). I guess it wasn’t important anyway.]

I rated this show as “decent” mainly because of the visuals.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:26 pm Reply with quote
I started watching Kaze no Yojimbo.

It does not seem to be overly popular- not too many votes and I could not locate a thread for it, so I assume it did not gather loads of fans...
At any rate, the art is one thing I am not enjoying al that much so far. Not even the way the characters are drawn, but the 'effects' that keep on turning up often. Like when a character speaks to himself his head/profile/silhouette pops up and overlays the background which freezes/becomes blurry or black and white. And it happens quite a lot, which interrupts the flow of the action.

But I think Ill get used to it soon I think, since the plot looks promising. Looks like a nice action/crime series with good characters and good mystery, so definitely worth overlooking a low budget.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:45 am Reply with quote
I decided to watch Kanon (the 2006 version). Why? It’s been in my collection quite a while-about 3 years-but it really was just what I felt like watching. I also wanted to watch something that was not a blind buy, as I’ve been watching a lot of blind buys lately and, with the exception of Princess Tutu not having so much enjoyment. I had seen the first 2 episodes fansubbed and thought it looked interesting. I also rather liked parts of Air, and it seems the consensus among fans of Key/Kyo-Ani shows is that Kanon is better.

The plot: High school boy Yuuichi is sent to live with his aunt Akiko in northern Japan with whom he used to spend time as a child. Yuuichi has forgotten almost everything about his childhood visits due to some traumatic experience. He is united with his cousin Nayuki, runs into (literally) childhood friend/professional taiyaki theif Ayu, meets a mysterious girl who hates him but can’t remember why (Makoto), and so on…Yep, it’s another visual-novel-based harem show, but at least it’s a good one.

When I started watching, I really got into it despite having some issues with its pacing and ended up watching 18 episodes straight, then finished it 2 days later. I did like it better than Air, mainly because I felt Kanon was constructed better in terms of the way the stories unfolded. I didn’t think it was the masterpiece that many people seem to think it is though. I felt like the writers really dragged Makoto’s arc out, and some of the girl’s stories require an awful lot of “suspension of disbelief” to really swallow. On the other hand, the things that make me find the Key/Kyo-Ani shows much more watchable than so many other dating sim/visual novel based anime are here in force. First, the writers take the time to come up with some genuinely humorous moments, without resorting to the usual “guy sees girl’s panties, girl punches/kicks/yells at guy, lather rinse repeat, ho-ho!” that represents the only attempt at humor in some of these shows (Gift~Eternal Rainbow~ and Kakkyusei 2 come to mind, there are others). In fact, there wasn’t a single panty-shot in the show, and only a couple of scenes that might be considered fan-service (not that I dislike fan-service when used creatively). Second, they manage to create characters that I care enough about to want to know what happens to them. Third, they have storylines that actually keep my interest, so that, though at times I felt the show was a bit slow paced I never felt really bored (unlike the aforementioned Kakkyusei 2 where 2 episodes felt like an eternity-that show makes Aria look like Black Lagoon).
Despite feeling that some of the story elements were rather contrived, I really enjoyed watching this show. I couldn’t help wondering though-couldn’t spoiler[Akiko have just told Yuuichi what went down in the first place and saved everyone a lot of trouble?] Interestingly, I had figured after watching the first 2 episodes that spoiler[Ayu was dead; close, but no cigar. I also thought for a while that Yuuichi was giving new meaning to the term “lady-killer”. Makoto disappears, Mai and Saiyuri end up in the hospital, and Ayu falls out of a tree. Even Akiko isn’t safe from the “Curse of Yuuichi”, which had me thinking that Shiori was just the girl for him, as she was going to die anyway.] Seriously, right up to almost the end I figured Yuuichi would end up with spoiler[Shiori once she got cured. Makoto was a fox (animal variety), Mai an upperclassman, and Nayuki a relative, and all had abandonment issues with him (though we did get Saiyuri’s backstory he never seemed to really hit on her and she was also older. Shiori had no prior history with Yuuichi, and a high school boy dating a girl a year or so younger wouldn’t be that outrageous, so I would have been OK with an ending where Ayu was actually dead. (I get the impression people don’t get what happened that caused both Akiko and Shiori to be miraculously healed, but I thought the writers’ intent was clear enough-I figured out what Ayu’s last wish was without Shiori’s “what-if” explanation).] The final “surprise” that spoiler[Ayu is alive and in a coma is one of those bits that I felt took a lot of “suspension of disbelief” to swallow; in fairness, the writers handled it somewhat realistically-she doesn’t jump up out of bed as soon as he shows up, and I liked the way they worked in the “angel” and the hairband. Having the show end with Ayu in a wheelchair was reasonable-the viewer is free to imagine that, with the love and support of Yuuichi she’ll get well.]

I rated this anime as “very good”. If you’re a fan of this kind of show you’ve probably seen this already; if you haven’t, you should. Even if this type of show is not your favorite thing (I’m not that big a fan of these in general) it’s worth checking out a few episodes, you may find it more entertaining than you were expecting.

What makes me sad about this show was that I probably could have gotten the singles and artbox for a decent price had I looked around more when a lot of ADV shows ended up in the TRSI bargain bin. Instead I ended up with the craptastic FUNimation release, which consists of two thinpak cases each with two DVDs in a cheap paper sleeve. I could have waited for the S.A.V.E. edition which has nicer artwork and costs about half what I paid for my copy, which of course has absolutely no extras (except for some FUNimation previews on the last disc).

Oh, and about the 2002 version: I tried to watch that one time and thought there was something wrong with my TV. Unless you absolutely love the color purple (the actual color, not the movie) you may want to stick with the 2006 version. I swear, I thought someone had spilled grape juice on the film.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:07 am Reply with quote
It's been a long time since I've seen Kanon -- I must remember to rewatch the series.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:04 am Reply with quote
Kids on the Slope

Kaoru is a loner, illness prone yet academically gifted. He transfers to a new school where he befriends the bad boy Sentaro. The two discover a shared love of music, especially jazz, as they negotiate their complicated family lives along with the joys and setbacks of their romantic relationships. Visually, musically and, from time to time, also in its storytelling, Kids on the Slope is a supreme joy. I have rarely watched an anime that had so many ecstatic moments. And, yet, I have several reservations about it.

Sure, it’s great to watch but thinking about the series raises questions about its premise and some of the directions it takes. The two main threads – the jazz tinged friendship between Kaoru and Sentaro on the one hand, and the romantic entanglements of Kaoru -> Ritsuko -> Sentaro -> Yurika -> Junichi on the other - never sit together comfortably. The series starts off as one thing (two friends exploring jazz) then spends most of the rest of the twelve episodes as something else (a josei tale of entangled love). What’s more, occasionally in both threads it threatens to descend into cliché. Thankfully, the sheer craft displayed in the execution always manages to pull it through.


One of the triangles: Kaoru, Sentaro and Ritsuko.

An avowed aim of the noitaminA block is to broaden the anime audience to both women and older viewers (and usually both). The original manga was published in Flowers, a josei magazine. It doesn’t surprise me, therefore, that Kids on the Slope portrays the friendship and loves of two young men as a female audience might envisage them. Catch is, I’m an older male viewer and the portrayals sometimes seemed false, in much the same way that female friendships catering to a male audience don’t always ring true.

The central romance of the series isn’t between Kaoru and Ritsuko or even Yurika and Junichi. It’s between the feminine Kaoru and macho Sentaro. Kids on the Slope could be considered a chaste and restrained yaoi romance for a mainstream female audience. Just contrast the physicality and intimacy of their interactions with those in the hetero romances. This isn’t a bad thing. It gives the series a piquancy that is missing entirely in Honey and Clover and, to a lesser degree, in Nodame Cantabile (to mention two other noitaminA josei romances). Indeed, the friendship between the two young men is one of the richest I’ve seen in anime, with jazz as its metaphorical expression. Kaoru and Sentaro are best able to explore their feelings about each other in their shared musical improvisations. I’m sure one of the factors driving Sentaro into making his unexpected career choice is the knowledge that he must eventually lose Kaoru to a woman, be it Ritsuko or someone else. Tellingly, after eight years of separation the euphoric reunion between the two men makes the subsequent meeting between Kaoru and Ritsuko seem like an afterthought.


A Kaoru and Sentaro tiff.

Afterthought is a description that could be applied to the female characters in general. Ritsuko has a nondescript personality with an annoying voice and a character design that is initially unappealing. I suppose, given the intended audience, she parallels the average joes that populate the many harem shows marketed to a male audience. Perhaps the anime is attempting to accurately show life in 1968 but, with one possible exception in Kaoru’s mother, the women are always secondary to the men. Even the most interesting ongoing female character, Yurika, subordinates her life to Junichi’s. One of the most memorable scenes (and also one of the most alarming) is when Junichi feigns raping her, in effect telling her that the path she is choosing is a submissive one. It is to Kids on the Slope’s credit that it has these nuances so absent in other anime (and be uncomfortably surprising as well). Unfortunately, Yurika has such an unappealing personality that she never manages to garner the sympathy necessary to make her story convincing.

What I would have liked to have seen is for the story to have included a female singer – just as talented as the two male leads, but also self-possessed and with an agenda of her own. It wasn’t to be. Towards the end, Ritsuko joins Kaoru and Sentaro to sing My Favourite Things. All I can say is that I’m glad the writers didn’t pursue that line of thought any further. It’s almost as if they knew what was missing but couldn’t introduce it because of the limitations of the available female characters.

In the preview for episode eleven (of twelve) Ryohei Kimura, Kaoru’s seiyuu, makes the bold claim that the staff wanted to make a series unlike any other. To some extent they achieved their aim, thanks to the two leads, the sublime music, the 1960s setting, the overall tone, the ecstatic emotional highs, the constant surprises and the quality execution.

On a final note (yuk! yuk!), the music is so good - another memorable Yoko Kanno effort - I just wish Kids on the Slope had explored it more. That a neophyte like me could get so much pleasure from such a foreign (to me) art form just shows that the jazz elements could have been pushed much, much further. That and a female lead to match Kaoru and Sentaro and this could have been a masterpiece.

Rating: very good

Other Worlds

I watched this 1½ minute early work from Makoto Shinkai after Key mentioned it in another thread. It's very rough yet displays Shinkai's characteristic themes of longing and separation. It also demonstrates that his talent for creating highly expressive images of objects exceeds his animation ability - there's a very odd, wobbly train at one point.

Rating: so-so (His so-so infinitely exceeds anything I could do.)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:07 pm Reply with quote
I watched Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino Why? I guess because as I stated in a prior post I sometimes just want to watch something on Blu-Ray since I have the player and a 1080p plasma TV to watch them on. Besides, I’ve been pretty good lately about watching stuff that’s been in my backlog a long time, and this title was one of the earliest anime titles I got on BD (along with Claymore on sale at Amazon).

I watched the first season years ago and liked it very much in spite of the creepiness of the overall concept. I had heard that they changed the character designs for the second season but I was not prepared for the amount the visual quality has dropped from the first season to the second. Most of the characters barely look like themselves-honestly, it looks like someone sent in fan-art of the characters and the studio decided to use it. And it’s not just the character designs that went downhill; pretty much every street scene is a still picture and I often noticed the movement of vehicles seemed to be poorly done. The demonstration scene in episode one consists almost entirely of stills waved in front of the camera, making it seem really lame. Fortunately, later action scenes are better, but overall I found the visuals to be unsatisfactory.

Part of the reason this was so noticeable was the slowness of the plot. It’s true that the second season has more of a connected storyline than the first and there are some interesting elements to it, but it seems to be done in a really boring manner, which is a shame. We get some more backstory on the handlers in this season (as well as about Triela) but, for the most part, it seems almost as if the terrorists are the protagonists, particularly the trio of Franca, Franco and Pinocchio. At times, they almost come of as more sympathetic than the “good guys”. One of the things that made the first season great was that the show never seemed to take sides one way or the other-it showed us what the Social Welfare Agency was really doing without really approving or disapproving it.

Then there was episode 8, “A Day in the Life of Claes”. As soon as I saw the title, I thought “nap-time”. Now, in and of itself it isn’t a bad episode, but since Claes has nothing whatsoever to do with the plot (you’ll recall she’s the one who, after spoiler[her handler died was relegated to being a guinea pig]) the episode had the effect, for me at least, of bringing the show to a grinding halt. I almost wonder if the episode came about due to rabid Claes fanboys griping about her not being in the show much (I believe she only had one brief appearance in the first 7 episodes) because she shows up a bit more after this episode. I think this episode would have been better as part of the OVA.

Speaking of the OVA, it was nothing much. The first episode seems to be for Rico fanboys, but is pretty much a routine mission. Still, it might have been better, if the TV show had to have 13 episodes, to slot this one in toward the beginning as it does involve the terrorist organization behind the main plot and move the Claes episode to the OVA. The second episode has Rico and Henrietta going on vacation with their handlers, who spoiler[see a vision of their dead sister who scolds Jean while the implication is made that Jose is treating Henrietta almost like a replacement for his sister].

In spite of the flaws though, I still liked this show. I rated both the TV show and the OVA as “good”, but I can’t help wondering how much better it might have been had the staff been the same as for the first season. Although I have not read any of the manga, I tend to think that a lot of the problems with the second season may be due to the manga-ka having too much control over the show, which the credits would seem to indicate. In fact, it almost feels like “watching a book” if that makes any sense.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:52 pm Reply with quote
Unicorn_Blade wrote:
I started watching Kaze no Yojimbo.

It does not seem to be overly popular- not too many votes and I could not locate a thread for it, so I assume it did not gather loads of fans...
At any rate, the art is one thing I am not enjoying al that much so far. Not even the way the characters are drawn, but the 'effects' that keep on turning up often. Like when a character speaks to himself his head/profile/silhouette pops up and overlays the background which freezes/becomes blurry or black and white. And it happens quite a lot, which interrupts the flow of the action.

But I think Ill get used to it soon I think, since the plot looks promising. Looks like a nice action/crime series with good characters and good mystery, so definitely worth overlooking a low budget.


It is definitely a decent action title. The one main thing that pissed me off though was how typically(for anime) unsatisfying one of the familial relations developed later on. It's almost as if anime writers refuse to grant characters their rightful gratification. It's phrased rather awkwardly but I think you'll know what I mean when you get that far.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:43 pm Reply with quote
I watched Karin. Why? Well, I was off work for a couple of days for cataract surgery (right eye this time) and was trying to decide what to watch. I had originally thought about doing a marathon “rewatch” of season one of Shakugan no Shana (rewatch in quotes because I originally watched it at club meetings so have never watched my DVDs). I decided to put that off since the second season is coming out and I while I don’t think I would want to watch them one after the other I think I might like to not have too much time in between (I don’t plan on buying the LE release so I’ll probably be waiting a while for season two). I also felt like I should watch a comedy (leastwise, an intentional comedy) for a change and Karin has been in my backlog just as long (3 years).

The plot: Karin Maaka is the middle child of a family of vampires who have come to live in Japan. Unlike the rest of her family, she does not drink blood. Instead, her body makes too much blood, so when she bites someone she injects blood into them; if she doesn’t, the pressure builds leading to huge nosebleeds. She is also able to walk around in daylight, so her parents make her go to school. All is going reasonably well until a new transfer student shows up (shock!). The new boy is one Kenta Usui, who was born with a nasty look which scares most people away. When he looks at Karin, however, her heart pounds and her blood pressure goes up and she faints. It seems that vampires (and unvampires) each have an affinity for the blood of certain types of people, and Karin’s affinity is for unhappiness. Kenta has plenty of that-his father abandoned him and his mother when he was a child, and he lives in a tiny room with her with little to eat as Mom has big problems keeping a job (because she’s so young and beautiful she invariably gets harassed by her employers and quits or gets fired).

This leads to a sort-of standard issue romantic comedy with vampire hijinks as Karin’s family decides to ask Kenta to “look after” Karin since they can’t go out in daylight (which is about the only part of traditional vampire lore that doesn’t get tossed out the window in this show). The show does have occasional touches that lift it above a lot of other romantic comedies, however it didn’t lift it as high for me as for a lot of people (judging by the median rating). Surprisingly, given the amount of nudity in the OP, the show itself takes a while (about 8 episodes or so) before it starts to ramp up the fan-service, but it does go up in the latter part of the show, as does the stupidity once a vampire-hunter named Winner (a misnomer if I ever heard one-he is to vampire-hunting what Kogoro Mori is to the art of detection) shows up. Then there’s a bit where spoiler[Karin’s grandmother shows up and no-one can tell them apart-even though granny has bright pink floor-length hair and a flat chest (I’ll admit it was pretty funny that the idiotic Winner is the only one who realizes she isn’t Karin).]

I also didn’t care that much for the ending. When spoiler[Winner’s grandfather shows up and runs grandma through with a silver sword I was surprised, but when he starts killing everyone else I knew what the deal was (yes, I’ve seen My-Hime) and that nobody was really going to die. Apparently this was another case where the manga had not ended so the anime writers came up with their own ending. Although I don’t mind them coming up with a sort of happy end, it still felt really lame to me (though I did enjoy the nasty trick Anju (Karin’s little sister) pulled on brother Ren in the end).]

All-in-all, I found the show somewhat enjoyable but I don’t think it’s one I’ll be needing to rewatch anytime soon. I rated it as “good”.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:04 pm Reply with quote
AT Votoms the mech designs looks nice and the idea of a anti-hero as protagonist is really cool

Hokuto No Ken/Fist Of the North Star Kenshiro is a complete badass do I need to give more reasons?

ZZ Gundam finished Zeta gundam and really want to get into UC gundam.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:33 pm Reply with quote
@OldCharlie

My personal opinion on [i]Karin[/] is that the manga is better. It has a much more conclusive ending, it has some better conflict along the way, and the best part in my opinion when comparing to the anime is spoiler[no Winner, or Whiner/Weiner as I took to thinking of him]. It's not an instant classic or anything, just more enjoyable. I know this is about the anime, but just wanted to throw that out there.

I just watched the second set of Nana episodes that Viz released. I had seen past this point with fansubs back when it first came out, and I'm not entirely sure how far in it was before Viz licensed it and I stopped following the fansubs to wait for the DVDs. Watching this show just makes me feel a bit down because I also had been following the manga as much as had been released, and it just reminds me that the likelihood of the manga ever finishing gets slimmer and slimmer with each passing year. There's just so much left unanswered, and even worse the stuff that has been revealed has been vague enough to where you can't really say what's gonna happen, but it leads to lots of speculation. I just want some resolution!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:47 pm Reply with quote
I just finished my rewatch of Ergo Proxy. I liked it the first time around, and I was pretty sure that I would like it better this time. I was about half right. I was ready to rate it excellent, until I got to the epic mess that is the end. I settled with very good instead.

I also finished the fourth season of Natsume's Book of Friends, and that show continues to excel even if it was the weakest season thus far. A glut of two-part episodes and not much character development brought it down, but it was still enjoyable. I also rate that as very good.
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