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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:44 pm Reply with quote
One of my favourite anime this season. I love the relationship between Somali and the Golem. The backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous!

I really want to try Yabashira’s sweets... They look delicious.
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yuna49



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:02 am Reply with quote
On the subject of the background art, I'll pass along this tweet from Thomas Romain
https://twitter.com/Thomasintokyo/status/1213289210435661824:

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French creator Vincent Nghiem is background director on the show. It’s the first time he is working at this position and wanted to create something very special.

The problem being that Japanese background studios are not used to work in styles very different than the background art you usually see in anime. @AYMRC had the same problem on the Ping Pong the Animation a few years ago.

The only solution is to make incredible sacrifices. He had to check and correct every background (by himself around 300 cuts x 12 ep = more than 3000 backgrounds) in only a few months.


Episode two is a contender for best episode of 2020, and we're only a couple of weeks into the year. Gorgeous and deep.
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meiam



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:47 am Reply with quote
Fun show, almost an iyashikei. I like that the non human design are quite varied and not so much the usual one we see all the time (no sign of cat girl yet, good). Somali is great and avoid all the pitfall of children character.
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Denys Lalande



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:00 pm Reply with quote
"Little kids are always listening" -- ask any parent who has ever made the mistake of Uttering A Profanity Within Earshot Of A Child. One wonders if the writers had this in mind when including this....
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Florete



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:44 am Reply with quote
Literal emotionless rock is a better written character than 90% of anime out there have.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:12 pm Reply with quote
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I think, in the end, this series may end up breaking our hearts. There have been hints at that in both this and last week's episodes. But at least we'll go down reveling in the physical beauty of the piece, with its dreamy mushroom jellyfish and fascinating character designs. Someone in marketing really ought to be thinking about selling plush Kikilas for us to hug if things get too dark.

Yes, I’m already tearing up watching this lovely lovely show. I want my Kikila plushy NOW, please!
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meiam



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:00 am Reply with quote
There's a bit of a clash between this and episode 2. In 2 Golem learned to make medicine and there were no mention of clan specific medicine. Here Golem doesn't even consider making medicine and suddenly these have to be custom made for specific clan... It's not a big deal, but they could have tried to make this episode with the previous episode in mind...
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Calsolum



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:26 am Reply with quote
meiam wrote:
There's a bit of a clash between this and episode 2. In 2 Golem learned to make medicine and there were no mention of clan specific medicine. Here Golem doesn't even consider making medicine and suddenly these have to be custom made for specific clan... It's not a big deal, but they could have tried to make this episode with the previous episode in mind...


I'd have to go back and check the specifics but I believe what Golem learned was 'simple' medicine for external injuries, something that was also easy to make with common plants/herbs. Also the oni seemed to be smarter than they let on, or at least the 'master' did, so perhaps he noticed Somali was human? Or maybe the medicine he taught him for external wounds worked on minotaurs and humans? If this is addressed later that would be great, might even be something omitted from the source material.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:40 am Reply with quote
I think it was mostly an issue of time. The medicine for colds he learned to make took most of a day, and that's not counting the sun-dried root pulp the oni already had on hand. Golem had money, apothecary had medicine already made, so the only delay was running back and forth between the shop and the cafe.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:18 am Reply with quote
Episode 5:
Anybody else freaked out by Uzoi being described as her companion’s ward, similar to Somali and Golem, but her physicality around him suggesting their relationship is sexual? She’s way too old looking to be kneeling between his legs...

I pegged human guy’s condition as feather-based, but completely missed his false talons. Good eye for detail!

I loved the glowy cave this episode, seemed a bit different than the last glowy cave. The variety in this series is fantastic!
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:20 am Reply with quote
Didn't bother me since I didn't believe that was their relationship. "Kind of like my guardian" was just a convenient way to describe it to a child and an unemotional golem, in a way the child could understand. Before that, they first agreed with the description of "traveling companions," then he said she chose to support him in his time of need, while she emphasized they weren't related.

It's possible he was a guardian when she was a child, perhaps more like a guard pet considering humans' status, but even if she grew up to love him, it wouldn't necessarily make this is a bride-raising situation (plus we don't know the relative life-spans of humans and harpies - they could've both been children together!). Of course, this could well be yet another time I'm missing the flags and offering the benefit of the doubt where it's undeserved. But for now, I'll wait for it to betray me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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yuna49



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:41 pm Reply with quote
I'm with you, Gina. When I saw that scene at the bedside, I did think it displayed an unexpected degree of physical intimacy between them. Looking at their relationship as a whole I do think guardian and ward is probably a more accurate depiction.

I thought the encounter with the sand shark a bit hokey, since they turned it away with a single and only mildly effective gunshot.

I don't understand, other than for dramatic reasons, why Uzoi needs spoiler[to kill Somali and take, presumably, all her blood. Why not try with a small donation first? Plus Somali is just a kid so she has much less blood than Haitora. If all Somali's blood is needed, seems to me it wouldn't be enough.]
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