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Stark700



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:01 pm Reply with quote
One of the better premieres for this Spring season imo.

I really hope ufotable can keep up with their production quality here. There's also tons of chapters to adapt so I hope we can get an official episode # count soon.
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The CG wasnt the worst I've seen. It was used pretty sparingly. Nezuko is really cute too. I love exposed-forehead-girls.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:24 pm Reply with quote
Stark700 wrote:
One of the better premieres for this Spring season imo.

I really hope ufotable can keep up with their production quality here. There's also tons of chapters to adapt so I hope we can get an official episode # count soon.


There will be 26 episodes.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:55 pm Reply with quote
Still can't understand why the number of episodes planned isn't announced at the same time as the anime itself; always seems like we have to wait for a leak. Why would that be a secret?

Besides that, episode 2 was definitely a big improvement over episode 1, which was kinda predictable and spent the whole runtime just laying out the premise. The levity was actually a bit jarring after all that hyper-serious drama, but it makes the shonen shenanigans feel less ridiculous (that old guy set more traps than an army of Ewoks; was he trying to kill him?). Nezuko decapitating a demon with a single kick, only for his head and body to continue fighting, was the best part; good to see she's not just going to sit in a basket for the whole series.
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kotomikun wrote:
Still can't understand why the number of episodes planned isn't announced at the same time as the anime itself; always seems like we have to wait for a leak. Why would that be a secret?


I'm guessing it's not set in stone until the first episode air, maybe they wait to see reaction of the first episode to nail down the number, they probably know if it's going to be 1 or 2 cour but haven't decided if its going to be 24 or 27 until then. Or maybe they're afraid that the number of episode will influence people choice, where maybe someone would avoid an adaption that's just 1 cour because they don't think it could do the work justice.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:05 pm Reply with quote
kotomikun wrote:
Still can't understand why the number of episodes planned isn't announced at the same time as the anime itself; always seems like we have to wait for a leak. Why would that be a secret?.


Generally the episode counts aren't "leaked", they're just confirmed based on the number of Blu-ray volumes that are solicited shortly before/after a series starts airing. And some sites will list the number of episodes. So they're not being kept secret so much as they're just not formally announced by a show's marketing team.
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the whole fight feels ripped straight out of the Evil Dead movies, which I loved to see play out.


My thoughts exactly James. When I was watching that fight the Evil Dead franchise immediately sprung to life. I like the approach, but I suppose it won't be for everyone.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:51 pm Reply with quote
I think Demon Slayer had the best first episode for a shonen show since MHA. It did a great job of establishing the peaceful life that Tanjiro had before ripping almost everything away. While the first episode was fairly nice by the standards of seinen manga it was a brutal way to start a Shonen Jump manga. Demon Slayer has impressive animation which got even better in the second episode and the demons are a unique combination of vampire and oni.
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lossthief wrote:
So they're not being kept secret so much as they're just not formally announced by a show's marketing team.


So... they don't keep it a secret, they just don't tell us? That kinda sounds like keeping a secret, to me.

It just seems really strange to announce an anime months in advance, but not give any hint as to how many episodes will be produced until some time after it starts; and generally even then there's no official word on it, we have to wait for internet sleuths to figure it out indirectly. Most of the time, the initial announcement also doesn't say whether it's full-length, half-length, even shorter, an OVA, a few OVAs, or whatever else, and we don't learn that until it starts airing. It's like going to a movie and not learning whether it's a double-feature until ten minutes after it starts, when someone in the back finishes hacking the theater's website. Maybe in some cases they haven't decided yet, but this happens too often for that to be the only reason.
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Well, Kimetsu have big potential to be most popular anime of this season. Two first episode have great animation and plot seems decent.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:59 pm Reply with quote
So far, so good as as particularly lush and bloody Shonen series that handles it's story beats with grace. I do wonder if Ufotable can keep the pace though. The manga has 15 volumes already and doesn't seem like it's ending any time soon.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:32 am Reply with quote
Chrono1000 wrote:
I think Demon Slayer had the best first episode for a shonen show since MHA. It did a great job of establishing the peaceful life that Tanjiro had before ripping almost everything away. While the first episode was fairly nice by the standards of seinen manga it was a brutal way to start a Shonen Jump manga. Demon Slayer has impressive animation which got even better in the second episode and the demons are a unique combination of vampire and oni.


I have to agree. The slow build-up made the deaths have at least some shock value. You heard their voices and got an idea of at least a bit of their personalities before their deaths. If they had rushed through that, it would just be yet another empty orphaned shonen protagonist backstory. Discovering more about them entirely through flashbacks would have created a barrier in the audience's minds that the show would never have been able to overcome.

A faster paced opening might have been more exciting, but it would have felt less sincere. The fast-paced shonen first episode has become the norm, and thus generic.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:52 pm Reply with quote
Good stuff so far. I'm not sure they were spirits, but definitely something supernatural going on with that rock, since Sabito mentioned slicing it himself, yet here it is, whole and unscathed. Not to mention slicing his mask = slicing the boulder. Still not sure what to make of all that, but I suspect that's all we're getting on the topic. Hopefully we'll see more of Sabito and Makomo though. Also curious about the "other children" watching him.

Two years! That's practically fridging Nezuko, but I guess if you can't eat, it's better to sleep. That gag is making my jaws ache though.
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I was worried at first when I noticed that this was the most broadly comic and Shonen Jump-y the show had ever felt, but pulling off such a dramatic shift in tone and structure so effortlessly was an impressive feat.


While I agree with the first sentiment, I have to disagree with the second as the highlight of the series so far was a kick to the head with timing so good it made me laugh out loud so anything less than that is a step down.

In short, I was bored. Like a beautiful Ridley Scott movie, this series is atmospheric and boring when someone's head isn't getting ripped off.

Though I love the fact that James uses the phrase "Final Selection" the same way the show uses it, like it actual means something worthy of the capital letters. For all we know, it could just be what he has for dinner that day.

"May I recommend the Final Selection off the menu?"
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:54 pm Reply with quote
After the first episode i didn't really expect this to turn into a pretty standard shounen battle anime, but well, that's not necessarily a bad thing either...so far the characters have all been likable and the world is interesting enough to make me want more.
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