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FlamingFirewire



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:06 pm Reply with quote
Yeah - I'm pretty convinced from these first 2 episodes (esp the second) that the author just played too much "Tokimeki Memorial" and took that as inspiration for this story. The way they refer to conversation "bombs" in this show immediately made me think of that Razz
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boldulysses



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:07 pm Reply with quote
I'm actually really enjoying this one.

Does it play like a thinly-disguised instructional video on how to relate socially for all the otaku watching? Yep.

And yet there's a certain charm to it. The character designs are appealing, IMO, and the pacing remains brisk.
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tomdean



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:21 am Reply with quote
loved the original source - I hate how most MCs simply wallow in their uselessness, this is actually doing something with himself. Hope the anime matches the high standard
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jaldaen



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:08 am Reply with quote
I think the reviewer hits on a key point... the first volume of the light novel this anime is based on is essentially a well-written, fictionalized self-help book. Honestly, I was impressed with how insightful the book was into a lot of areas of self-improvement and socialization.

As the story goes on, the self-help morphs into self-realization and that is when things get really interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing how people, including the reviewer, react to the later developments.

I think, and hope, they will be pleasantly surprised, but maybe I was just in the mood for a self-help, self-realization story and this fit my mood perfectly at the time.

Best Wishes,
jaldaen
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Tanteikingdomkey



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:28 pm Reply with quote
I really do appreciate Tomozaki actually developing a spine and saying I think this is not right to the girls, I am interacting with.

I am actually rather happy that he actually only got the relationships from his own choices, rather then anything she told him to do.
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MiiyoSon



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:55 pm Reply with quote
I'm actually shocked at how much I'm enjoying this right now. Like I am really digging this show so far.
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Fakerman



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:58 pm Reply with quote
Yo not bad at all.
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killjoy_the



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:54 am Reply with quote
Not to diss on volume 1's content that much, but I'm glad we're past it because now Best Boy gets to be a part of the story
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camseyeview140



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:44 am Reply with quote
This show is honestly getting better. At first I was kind of down for a self-help anime but was dreading how the harem aspect was going to be implemented, but Tomozaki is getting better.

I'm kind of glad it seems as the different girls Tomozaki interacts with will have their own agency with interacting with him.
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killjoy_the



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:39 pm Reply with quote
^ Oh yeah, absolutely. One of the first impressions I got with the book was "ugh, a harem" because the color illustrations are all of the girls, and the OP here gives me that same feeling. I'm glad it doesn't seem like it's heading that way at all
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FilthyCasual



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:34 pm Reply with quote
Soon the anime will get past what's translated of the manga, so I'm looking forward to seeing how things go.
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Amuro1X



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:10 pm Reply with quote
killjoy_the wrote:
^ Oh yeah, absolutely. One of the first impressions I got with the book was "ugh, a harem" because the color illustrations are all of the girls, and the OP here gives me that same feeling. I'm glad it doesn't seem like it's heading that way at all


It's most definitely not a harem show. The girls get a lot of focus in the color illustrations cause that's what sells but the author does a great job of developing them as characters and the guys get plenty of attention, too. Without spoiling, Romantic relationships form that don't involve Tomozaki at all.
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lemurs



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:14 pm Reply with quote
I found it interesting that Tomozaki expressed the slightest tinge of jealousy at the notion Hinami might be dating someone, despite saying she was way out of his league a couple of episodes earlier. But at the same time, I don't think she's spending so much of her free time coaching him solely because they're gaming buddies. So it'll be interesting to see how that all plays out going forward.

That said, it's been an enjoyable show with strong self-help vibes that's been fun to watch on a week-to-week basis.
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LightningComet



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:21 am Reply with quote
A scene from episode 4 which really stuck with me: Tomozaki actually apologizes to Kikuchi for his dishonesty toward her in the library scene. I like that the show is taking the time to emphasize the need to maintain honesty with others even when reinventing oneself.

That isn't to say my conviction in the show's overall juvenility is rocked, but this was a nice hint at a character's maturity, even if it isn't symbolic of growth/development (as he was never seen as being dishonest before). I'm thinking I'll stick with this show, but it already only has one strike left; the first half of episode 2 earned a demerit in my book.
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Melicans



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:55 pm Reply with quote
I've loved all the books and I'm loving this adaptation too. Pretty much my only little critique is that they keep abbreviating the game as "TackFam" instead of what we actually hear them saying, Atafami (which is how the English translation calls it too). It's just one of those annoying things were the localization isn't consistent across different media.

One thing I really like is that despite the number of pretty girls (and the long term goal being to date one), none of the relationships with Tomozaki have really shown any inclination towards romance. At least until book 5, it is pretty much all platonic with the one exception being spoiler[Kikuchi, who he does seem to be getting genuinely interested in. I love how he describes her as a Goddess, and I only fear that his interest is because Hinami is subliminally directing him towards her as part of the plan. Mimimi ]seems to have some minor interest in him too, but it really does basically come down to girls and boys being able to just be friends.

I only wish this series had come out when I was still in high school. It would have been so useful for me back then.

I very much doubt the series will get to the conclusion of book 5, which I'd really like to see animated. spoiler[Hinami's takedown of Erika is just brutal], but I guess a season 2 would be needed to get that far.
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