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zrdb



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:36 pm Reply with quote
I'm really enjoying this interesting little series so far. I go to a gym about 5 times a week and do some exercise at home when the weather forces me to. All the advise about how to properly do exercises is an excellent idea.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:10 pm Reply with quote
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These are some well designed characters. The girls at least, I'm ok with Machio suddenly bursting with muscle, less ok when he suddenly grows two feet taller.... most of which seems to be neck.
I enjoyed the visual gag this ep when Machio puts a track suit on and then visually shrinks in height by like a meter.

I came here for the muscle girls, I stayed for the surprisingly charming and motivating exercise tutorials. I feel like I'm in better shape already, but Hibiki is definitely improving faster than I am. I'm not quite at "workout days on the beach" yet, but at least I don't get out of breath when I walk uphill!
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MiloTheFirst



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:35 pm Reply with quote
So we already got a pool episode and a beach episode. hot spring episode when?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:19 pm Reply with quote
Are there a lot of blond girls in Japan these days? Or is it simply the anime that make it look that way? Or, as the old story goes, do the artists simply have excessive amounts of yellow paint?
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This episode was pretty much Dumbbells being its best at everything it does, even adding in some new things we hadn't seen before. The educational content was fresh and interesting, the humor was well-integrated, and the character work was enjoyable and rewarding

The episodes are pretty good and the cast is fun, but to me the educational content are just uninteresting as someone with 0 interest in training (although I was fine with the educational corner in laid back camp despite having no interest in camping). I can't help but feel like the best way to experience this show would be to wait for it to be fully release and someone to do a re cut where they just seamlessly remove all the educational part.
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Her name is Zina Voyd, which is pretty cool even though Funimation's subtitles flip between rendering her surname as Voyd or ‘Boyd’. And other sources I've seen indicate that her name is actually supposed to be Gina Boyd!
Yeah, that's a tricky one, because "Zina" is an actual Russian name (or rather, the short form of the name "Zinaida"), but "Voyd" or "Boyd" aren't exactly common in Russia (though I guess the latter is at least theoretically possible, considering that Russians of Scottish descent have existed). But then, I've also seen speculation that the author might have based her name on the pseudonyms of two Russian pornstars, Gina Gerson and Krystal Boyd, so realism was probably never a concern anyway Very Happy

More importantly, could it be that this episode featured the first instance of Russian profanity in anime? Would have been awkward had this show been licensed by Crunchyroll and legally streamed in Russia..
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Beltane70



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:59 am Reply with quote
gridsleep wrote:
Are there a lot of blond girls in Japan these days? Or is it simply the anime that make it look that way? Or, as the old story goes, do the artists simply have excessive amounts of yellow paint?


There are quite a few actually, though not naturally so when you don’t count foreigners! I’ve been spending the past two weeks in Japan and have lots of Japanese girls with their hair dyed blond.
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TexZero



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:23 pm Reply with quote
Ironically depsite the claim that this weeks episode was the least educational by comparision it actually contained some of the most important things people do wrong following workouts.

I think the delivery could have been better, and sure some of it happened before but it wasn't less educational that prior episodes.
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killjoy_the



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:00 am Reply with quote
Back when I did martial arts we always jogged right after our workout - according to the teacher it was to get rid of the lactic acids built up. Wonder if active resting is effective moments after you hurt your muscles Laughing

It's interesting that Japan's cut of meats are fattier than imported goods. Wonder why - maybe it's because they don't have such a meat-rich diet like some of the west? My country in particular is a cow meat exporter and we eat so much of it, bur unfortunately our cuts' names don't really translate I think, so the information was more 'interesting' than 'useful'.

Still, for all that, this was the worst episode yet. Teacher and Gina just don't add anything to the show in my opinion except 'comedy' that doesn't make me laugh and fanservice.
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Takkun4343



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:14 am Reply with quote
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...beginning with the audition being overseen by a director whose name is just ‘Director’. Unfortunately, Funimation's subtitles utterly fail to convey this joke; I can excuse not subbing the excellent theme songs for this show, or flip-flopping on Gina's name, but mangling a bad pun? That is unforgivable.

Unforgivable my ass. Anyone who knows that Japanese names are last name first, first name last would get the pun even with the names rearranged to fit American convention. And this is coming from someone who didn't even get the pun until you pointed it out!
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Neko-sensei



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:24 pm Reply with quote
The joke with Kure-Sensei isn't so much her age as it is that she's a character brought in from Kengan Ashura; she's the mother of Karla Kure and it's insinuated in a copyright-friendly way that her husband is Golgo 13 himself. Thus Kure-Sensei is in fact an assassin whose favorite murder weapon is the naginata(!), and that's why she has both the black eyes common to the Kure clan and the rather unusual response to being asked if she plays any sports.

Dumbbells truly gains so, so many wonderful extra layers of weirdness if you're familiar with Kengan Ashura too...
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Banken



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:23 pm Reply with quote
Honestly, I mostly just watch the show for the OP and ED.
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