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Old 08-18-2019, 12:15 PM
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Looks like the subbed version already showed.

As far as Fathom events go I'm really interested in seeing Promare next month. It's getting rave reviews and I love Studio Trigger.
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Thanks for the lists Hoek, I really need to sit down and watch some of these. Haven't had a good Anime fix in a long time.
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Looks like the subbed version already showed.

As far as Fathom events go I'm really interested in seeing Promare next month. It's getting rave reviews and I love Studio Trigger.
Yeah, given the choice I watch the subbed versions, but that is probably a remnant from being turned off by the shitty dubs from the 80s and 90s.
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:26 PM
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I've been watching Sound! Euphonium lately and just hit this scene today and I'm completely awestruck. The attention to detail is just insane. It really LOOKS like they're playing. The level of animation more than matches the musical level of performance. Couple that with the emotions that lead to this point and how attached I am to these characters and damn... it's just a lot to take in, and then I think of all the talent behind this that was lost...

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Old 09-07-2019, 11:05 AM
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Finished Sound! Euphonium recently and it's probably 2nd favorite series of all time right behind K-On! While K-On! is about how having fun for fun's sake is a virtue in itself, Eupho is more about challenging yourself and finding that reason or motivation for doing what you love and taking it as far as it can go (or even deciding another path is better for you), as well as how to balance that with what's going on with others as you push for the same goal. Kumiko is probably one of the best written main characters I've seen. She's someone I can really relate to because her personality isn't so skewed in any direction. She has her emotional moments, her cynical detached moments, her self-concious moments, and her confident moments. They all make sense in the context of what she's going through instead of her tackling everything the same way because of some archetype she's built with. The other key characters have depth to them as well, but that's what really stood out to me.

Liz and the Blue Bird is a sequel movie that's a bit of a side story focused on a couple of secondary characters. You can probably watch it by itself but it means a lot more with the context of the second season of Eupho. It's done in a completely different visual style that's beautiful in it's own way. It made me cry some as it reminded me of some relationships I've been in, but then subverted the way I perceived them and definitely opened my eyes up. Here's my favorite scene from it, you can tell they must've had a lot of fun animating it!

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Old 09-30-2019, 10:06 PM
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Since I'm bored and have a little time I'll talk about some more KyoAni stuff I've watched the past few weeks...

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions the Movie: Take on Me - If you like romantic comedies and magical realism, the original series and this film would be up your alley. What is Chunibyo? It's the fictional affliction that roughly translates to "8th grader syndrome" in which middle schoolers believe themselves to have magical powers or are otherwise a part of some kind of grand conspiracy in which they are the hero. The main character has just started high school with a mind to leaving all that embarrassing stuff behind when he crosses paths with a fellow freshman girl who is still in the throes of it. Lots of fun (and impeccably animated battles on par with the best shonen anime) ensues. We eventually learn the root cause of her delusions and romance progresses on from there. This final movie I finally got around to watching kind of treads the same ground as the second season, but deals with those themes (namely how to balance a relationship with your sense of self) much better IMO and reaches a very satisfying climax. The other thing I love about it is that is all the references to their previous works scattered throughout as the characters travel throughout Kyoto and Japan at large to escape pursuit. It felt like a love letter to all their fans. I recognized a lot of famous sites from my recent trip there!

Tamako Market - This anime series is unique for KyoAni in that it is a TV original, not based on any light novel or manga source material. I think it suffers a bit in its story direction as a result, but it's still a pretty cute watch. It focuses on a shopping arcade in Kyoto where two mochi shops sit across from each other. The main girl Tamako is like pure distilled moe with a ditzy but endearing personality and other slight flaws that just make her even cuter. Anyway she is obsessed with making and selling mochi as well as helping draw customers to the shopping arcade she calls home. A talking bird arrives from the Southern islands and provides most of the comic relief, kind of proving the show was targeted at a younger demographic. The only episode that really stood out to me was the 9th one, which did a beautiful job of tying present day love to the one that brought her father and mother together. It's no surprise then that the follow up movie, Tamako Love Story, outshines the show on which its based by focusing on the same theme. The confessions in that movie are some of the best I've ever seen in anime and worth watching for that alone almost.

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club - So when this show first came out, it got written off as just fanservice for girls with all the handsome, shirtless swimmers (and honestly, what's wrong with that given all the shows with "waifu" targeted at boys?), but it's actually a pretty damn good sports club anime in general. While it follows the typical tropes of reviving a once proud but dead club with the bare minimum of members and resources, it also has plenty of other spicy drama as relates to former friends and teammates and the rivalries that result as they move on to different schools. All the guys have interesting personalities and their own charms to them, and you really never know for sure who is going to win. Plenty of humor and heart-warming moments as well. The swimming animation is on point and looks so real. I'm in the middle of the second season, Eternal Summer, right now and it's even better than the first one. Still have a couple movies and another season to get through but I'm enjoying every minute of it.

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