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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:42 pm Reply with quote
Paul wrote:
the insanely large cast

This is not even hyperbole. In the group photo in the last episode I counted 62 of 'em! If they all had figures, you could drop about 8 grand on collecting them all (not counting Nendoroids and "awakened" versions). Very Happy

Nice shelves! I hope they're affixed to the walls. I also really liked the variety of figures, and the swords.
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Space Battleship Tiramisu was hilarious; it's a great parody of mecha anime, but pretty accessible to anyone. Also, best series featuring a spoiler[sentient pube hair] I've ever seen.
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Usagi-kun



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:32 pm Reply with quote
Awesome shelves! The balance is perfect and the plants are a nice edition to an already bright room. I miss the shelves addition that used to come every week, too. I don't know if it is less site traffic, or if shrinking physical media collecting is too blame. I still come back every week. Thanks for sharing!
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Merxamers wrote:
Space Battleship Tiramisu was hilarious; it's a great parody of mecha anime, but pretty accessible to anyone. Also, best series featuring a spoiler[sentient pube hair] I've ever seen.


I loved it as well. Easily one of my favourite shorts ever!

As for Touken Ranbu, while i usually have a high tolerance for bishounen shows, i never mananged to get into this one for some reason...

And yeah, that are some awesome shelves! Smile
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The one big difference between this season and its predecessor is that it breaks up the central duo of Kashuu and Yamatonokami, with Yamatonokami absent from the majority of episodes while he's off on his self-imposed training quest.

.... which is the main reason why I never finished this, even though the first season is one of my favorite anime.
About it being hard to get invested in the characters when you don't already know them... people always say that about this, and about the anime for Tsukiuta which is my favorite thing ever, but I got into both of them from the anime. I get how they can be confusing if you don't already know the characters, but even so, like... both TRH and TsukiAni, the anime just showed certain things about certain characters, in their body language, I think, that got me hooked. With TouRabu, it was Kashuu, just... everything about him. And how adorable Yamatonokami is~ and Imanotsurugi.
And then I went and read more about the characters, and that gave me a deeper appreciation for the anime.

Katsugeki also throws you in without explanation - it doesn't explain in the first two episodes at all that the characters are swords, and not just random pretty warriors. It also has a plot that's basically the same as the plot of the first season of Hanamaru, but drawn out and less emotionally focused. More time doesn't equal more depth - Imanotsurugi's plot in Hanamaru s1 was literally half an episode and it still made me feel more than Katsugeki.

Anime smile; the one scene I really like in Katsugeki is when Izuminokami goes to Mikazuki Munechika for advice, because... yeah...

(not really related, but actually, the thing that got me really hooked on Tsukiuta was the second stage play, which... also has a plot that's really similar to Hanamaru s1 - no, really, it's a Shinsengumi AU, and one of the characters makes a wish to save the character who's Okita, and sort of breaks space-time... also, he's as sweet and fluffy as Yamatonokami. So yeah... highly recommended)


Merxamers wrote:
Space Battleship Tiramisu was hilarious; it's a great parody of mecha anime, but pretty accessible to anyone. Also, best series featuring a spoiler[sentient pube hair] I've ever seen.


All I know about this series is the stage play, but it does look really funny~
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WashuTakahashi



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:15 am Reply with quote
Those shelves are gorgeous! I hope I can better organize my own some day.

Person, both TR: Hanamaru's are perishable. Watched both, enjoyed both well enough as someone who's into otome and the like. But both series are just "cute boys do cute things" and not worth watching if that's not your thing. Katsugeki, on the other hand, I loved and it was stunning. I'd still watch Hanamaru 3 if it came to exist, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone outside of the fandom. Katsugeki I could recommend to just about anyone.
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