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Old 06-25-2019, 07:27 AM
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I'm loving it still! Lot of interesting twists. Really like the two new characters they've introduced this arc.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:25 PM
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Still in absolute shock and devastated at the news out of Kyoto. I can't believe someone would murder dozens of animators like that. Kyoto Animation is my favorite studio and I don't understand why in the world they would be targeted. Not that anyone deserves it, but they produce the most wholesome and uplifting works in the business, and they have the best reputation in the industry as an employer. Not controversial in the least like a Charlie Hebdo or something like that. If some nutbag can find something wrong with that then we are all dead people walking just waiting to be slaughtered any moment (and as this case showed you don't even need guns to do it). Hard to have much faith in humanity right now.

To think I was in Kyoto just a few weeks ago, visiting Kyoto Animation's store like it was no big deal.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:03 PM
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Still in absolute shock and devastated at the news out of Kyoto. I can't believe someone would murder dozens of animators like that. Kyoto Animation is my favorite studio and I don't understand why in the world they would be targeted. Not that anyone deserves it, but they produce the most wholesome and uplifting works in the business, and they have the best reputation in the industry as an employer. Not controversial in the least like a Charlie Hebdo or something like that. If some nutbag can find something wrong with that then we are all dead people walking just waiting to be slaughtered any moment (and as this case showed you don't even need guns to do it). Hard to have much faith in humanity right now.

To think I was in Kyoto just a few weeks ago, visiting Kyoto Animation's store like it was no big deal.
Stunning, horrible news. I'm not familiar with their work, but what I've read mirrors what you posted. I'll admit when I saw the headline I thought it was Ghibli.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:03 PM
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At the very least, check out Violet Evergarden on Netflix. It's a masterpiece that's worth checking out even for folks not into anime (prepare to cry, or for the room to get real dusty). Hopefully the movie of it they were working on is still in the cards, though I really shouldn't concern myself with that.

A Silent Voice is up there, too.
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:02 PM
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Pretty good summary clip of their work:

https://twitter.com/Posting2D/status...17028829274117
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Horrible to wake up to this. Apparently the suspect had mental health issues,
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:53 AM
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Here's what I've been watching lately...

First of all, in light of recent events I've been working on my backlog of Kyoto Animation works alongside the new stuff.

Hyouka [Funimation] - I started off with this one because it's set in the town of Takayama, which I visited during my trip to Japan back in June. There were posters of the show still up in various shops and restaurants which was pretty neat to see. I figured it was worth watching while my memories of the location were still fresh, and yeah it was pretty amazing to see the bridges I crossed and the shopping sections I walked through rendered so beautifully! Anyway, if you enjoy figuring out mysteries, definitely check this out. It starts off a bit slow but what really hooked me was the first arc where you'll figure out what "Hyouka" really means. I enjoyed trying to figure stuff out before the main character reveals what he knows. There's a lot of slice of life and comedic elements as well that makes the show so charming and some great character development in the end. The MC goes from lazy and detached to someone who is more invested in a believable way. Just so well written and animated, the former of which probably speaks to the quality of the novels it's based on. Chitanda's (the main girl) curiosity is so sweet and infectious! The way it ended makes me hope that KyoAni returns to it one day, maybe as a movie. Watashi kininarimasu!

Now for Summer 2019's offerings:

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san (Teasing Master Takagi-San) [S1 on Crunchyroll, S2 Netflix/fansubbed] - This is actually the show's second season, but I took the time between seasons to catch up on the first one and it was worth it. The premise for this is very simple, but so cute and funny! It's about a middle school girl who teases a boy she very obviously has a crush on, but he's oblivious to (of course). He's always plotting to get back at her with various ideas for challenges he's so sure he can win at, but it always backfires (of course). Predictable, but always delivers. There's side characters and stories to break up the monotony just enough. Honestly, Takagi's voice actress is what makes the whole show for me, she's so good at hitting the perfect tone between being a tease but also being sweet about it.

Cop Craft [Funimation] - One of my favorite opening songs this season. It's kind of the highlight of the show as it appears to struggle from a low budget for animation, resorting to still shots during what should be action scenes from time to time. Regardless, this buddy cop show between your typical gritty human detective and his alien girl partner is still fun enough to keep me coming back week after week. It has an old school vibe to it that I can enjoy, and I like the concept of first contact with aliens resulting in an earth city where both cultures interact including in criminal ways. Nothing special but as a wild card show it lives up to my expectations.

Tejina Senpai (Magical Sempai) [Crunchyroll] - This is a half length short. Very funny but also fairly perverted. A girl tries to run an after school magic club but her stage fright causes her to mess up her magic tricks in hilariously embarrassing ways. Her straight laced assistant tries to keep her in check but her enthusiasm for magic is just too much to contain.

Sounan desu ka (Are You Lost?) [Crunchyroll] - Another short. High school girls get stranded on a deserted island and learn survival tricks from their classmate who grew up in the wilderness with a dad who was basically Bear Grylls. Good comedy and somewhat informative. Well.. at least you can pretend you know how to survive after watching it!

Kanata no Astra (Astra Lost in Space) [Funimation] - Kind of following the same theme, except in the future where you can get stranded in space instead! I think this might be my Anime of the Season, just because I always have a hankering for sci-fi and this one is actually somewhat realistic and well-executed. Anyway it's set in the future where "Space Camp" literally means going to space and camping out on an uninhabited planet. But things go horribly wrong and now they have to find a way back home with a strangely uninhabited spaceship. There's mysteries to unravel in the meantime as well, such as why they were selected from different classes to camp together, and a potential saboteur/murderer on the ship. Plenty of intrigue in this one and I can't wait to find out what happens next! The planets they visit on their travels are pretty cool and interesting, too.

Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru (How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?) [Funimation] - Probably the surprise hit of the season? Maybe not so much for me, as I've loved everything Doga Kobo studio has put out these days so I knew what to expect. This is an edutainment anime about weight lifting and working out in general, using cute anime girls, fanservice, and humor to motivate you. Each episode ends with a workout you can do at home if you're brave enough. Whether or not you actually follow up on its advice, the show is worth watching, IMO!

Machikado Mazoku (The Demon Girl Next Door) [HIDIVE] - Supernatural slice of life? Sign me up for another one of these! This time it's a girl who wakes up with demon horns one day, suddenly discovering her family belongs to a blood line of demons. It turns out they were cursed to poverty by the magical girl clan. In order to restore their honor and lift the curse, she must defeat a magical girl who turns out to be going to her school! But... she's horribly weak! Hilarity ensues as the magical girl actually turns out to be quite nice and actually tries to help train her. The pacing of jokes threw me off at first but I like this show a lot now. The main character is so adorable, especially her voice acting!

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Dr. Stone [Crunchyroll] - Objectively, this is probably the show everyone should be watching this season. Crunchyroll has pushed it hard and for good reason. Humanity gets frozen into solid stone by some unexplained phenomenon. The main character Senku, a prodigy in science, wakes up and breaks out of it somehow, thousands of years later, and realizes he has to rebuild civilization from scratch. He figures out how to break out others and sets about his task, but one of the people he frees has other designs. Really cool story that's easy to get sucked into. As a science major I enjoy being able to predict some of the things Senku is hinting at inventing next and I'm really invested in the progress! Good stuff here.

Enen no Shouboutai (Fire Force) [Crunchyroll] - This show is really good as well and should have a broad appeal. Interesting world building going on here as special fire forces composed of people with pyrokinetic abilities are tasked to deal with a rash of spontaneous human combustion throughout Tokyo. There is a conspiracy afoot as the various fire companies don't exactly cooperate fully with each other. The fight sequences are gorgeously animated with the fire effects and such. The only thing that bugs me about it is some of the "cinematography" or editing. Lots of weird cuts during conversations that don't really make sense and just throw me off. There's also a character that just seems to be there as a punching bag for fanservice, which might turn some people off. They had to delay one episode and censor a bit of the credits scene because of the KyoAni arson. I have to admit it's definitely a bit harder to watch now than it would have been before, the last episode that just aired especially.

DanMachi S2 (Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II) [CrunchyRoll] - Not sure I mentioned the first season of this. There is a recap episode that will get you caught up somewhat quick on this, but it's worth watching it all if you haven't. In many ways it's just a classic fantasy adventure anime, but with the dynamics of the adventurers joining "familias" run by various gods and all the political undertones that result. The main character is easy to root for as he's only overpowered in his ability to level up fast, which makes his battles interesting as he actually has to depend on others a lot. I really like the character designs as well and it has good production value that seems to have only gotten better this season.

Okaa-san Online (Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?) [Funimation] - Anime titles keep getting more and more ridiculous, but it got my attention and I had to check this out as a result. It's the transported to another world trope yet again, but this time the protagonist has his mom come along for the ride. Apparently the game is designed to improve relations between a child and their mom. As a result, it's his mom that is the overpowered one! Which is funny because being a mom she barely understands game mechanics to begin with compared to him. Some of the humor also involves observing and dealing with the dysfunction of the other mothers in the game. I'm having fun with this one.

Joshikousei no Mudazukai (Wasteful Days of High School Girl) [HIDIVE] - THE best opening song of the season. So dang catchy and clever (Wa moon dass cry! is a pun of the title, Mudazukai). Funniest show of the season as well. Reminds me of Daily Lives of High School Boys, but less skit based. The characters are all so quirky and interact in such amusing ways, I can't help but laugh at how stupid it all is.

Granbelm [Crunchyroll] - Underrated show, IMO. I think a lot of people ditched it after a first episode that was all action and almost no explanation, but it's worth sticking with it for a bit if you're one of those weirdos like me who somehow likes both magical girls AND mechs as they battle with each other to determine who can be the one true mage. It also hurts that it is a TV original show without the built in fanbase of a show that is based on a manga or light novel. The character designer also worked on Re:Zero which explains why they look somewhat familiar. I'm really enjoying the conflict in this show and it kind of has a Madoka Magica vibe to it.
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Heads up, Satoshi Kon's Millenium Actress is playing on Monday night in a Fathom events special engagement. Fathom showed Perfect Blue a few months ago as well. I'm stoked, I've never seen Millenium Actress.

Also Ghibli fest is going until October or November, I think My Neighbor Totoro is playing next in a couple of weeks.
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