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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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Old 11-02-2019, 11:04 AM
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https://myanimelist.net/animelist/Burr11

Finally bothered to make one of these. I'm still going back through old seasons to rate stuff I watched a long time ago so stay tuned for more scores.

Oh I forgot to mention Promare was pretty awesome. It took a while to get used to all the CGI, but overall the action was absolutely epic. Fantastic soundtrack. Plenty of references to previous for us Trigger fans. And the climax of the story was brilliant. I can't believe they actually did that!

On to KyoAni stuff...

After watching everything Free! had to offer, Eternal Summer is definitely the best season. Dive to the Future was fine but some of the drama was strung out too long and it ends on a massive cliffhanger. I hope KyoAni can still do the new season for Summer 2020 as planned because man I'm dying to know what happens next. If you don't want to invest in 3 seasons of the show, the movies do just fine, particularly the prequel movie, High Speed! Free Starting Days is an excellent one that stands on its own and covers the main themes of the series just as well.

Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary) - This title seems to be overlooked in the pantheon and that's a bit of a shame as it's really good! It's a lot more action-oriented than most of KyoAni's work, featuring various battles between Spirit Warriors and monsters called Yomu, which manifest because of humans' negative emotions. The fights are outstanding, the camera work and animation is so dynamic for a studio more known for slow developing slice of life shows, proving that they really can do anything they set their minds to. Mirai has quickly become one of my favorite characters of all time with how adorable her design and her mannerisms are. The only negative is the last couple episodes are crammed with so many plot points as to be confusing, but the good bits still shine through. Also the follow-up movie was excellent and more than made up for it.

I'm watching Tsurune right now, their latest series about archery.

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What I'm watching in Fall 2019...

Continuing shows: My Hero Academia, Food Wars, Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of the Underworld, Dr. Stone, Fire Force, High Score Girl II, We Never Learn

Beastars [Netflix/Fansubbed] - This is my anime of the season so far, unless they bungle it down the stretch. If you've seen Zootopia and wanted more, this is basically a much more mature, character drama centered version of it. It's about an animal society and high school where carnivores and herbivores are somewhat segregated. The main character, Legosi, is a shy wolf used to repressing his scary carnivorous traits and slowly coming to terms with them as he becomes more involved with his classmates through the course of his club duties and the drama unfolding around them. Really great world building and characterization here. The animation is CGI but it's so well done and capitalizes on its strengths. Look for this one in a couple months on Netflix if you don't want to dig up fansubs.

Houkago Saikoro Club (After School Dice Club) [Funimation] - A sentimental favorite and surprisingly better than I expected. This is a show about cute girls playing board games at its core, but it does a great job of tying in back story and developing the characters through the games they're playing! And yes, these are actual games they're playing so it's a cool way to check out new games to try if you're into board games yourself! It doesn't hurt that the story takes place in Kyoto and features plenty of Kansai dialect. Everything about this show just speaks to my aesthetics. I love it!

Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! (Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!) [Crunchyroll] - The isekai train keeps rolling. I like this one because the main character is female for once, and because it's pretty funny. As the title implies, the protagonist asks for their abilities to be average in their next life, as they felt alienated in their previous life by their academic prowess. Unfortunately average is taken literally and while her powers are mid level compared to an elder dragon, they are still vastly superior to anyone around her, lol. So much of the humor revolves around her trying to conceal her powers and failing miserably. There's also a lot of references to other anime that I greatly appreciate.

Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo (Are You Really the Only One Who Likes Me?) [Crunchyroll] - I'm a sucker for good harem shows, but this one is quite different... in a good way! The main character is a guy who plays himself off as being completely oblivious of girls advances, but just when it looks like he's about to succeed at getting confessions out of them, it all blows up in his face. Actually nobody is very likable in this one as they are all kind of scheming and selfish, and it plays out in hilarious ways. There's also a "mind-boggling" bench that might be one of the greatest anime villains of all time (ok so it's more of a running gag). The show has so many twists that it's almost impossible to tell what's going to happen next, so I'm hooked.

Hataage! Kemono Michi (Kemono Michi: Rise Up) [Funimation] - Another isekai. It's by the same guy that did Konosuba. Not quite as funny as that one, but still pretty silly. This time a pro wrestler named Animal Mask gets summoned to another world midfight. It turns out he's a huge animal lover, so while the kingdom wants him to slay monsters he ends up taming and collecting them instead. Nothing special but I really like the characters and humor of it.

Rifle is Beautiful (Chidori RSC) [HIDIVE] - I really only picked this up because it's a Studio 3Hz show. Honestly it's not that great. Very typical club slice of life show about girls in a rifle shooting club (that's laser beam rifles like you'll find in the Olympics, not air rifles or ones that shoot actual bullets). I'm hoping the competitions are more interesting but it's kind of hard to portray any real tension in this kind of thing when there's nothing physical to show.

Azur Lane [Funimation/Hulu] - This show is kinda cringey bad, lol. Only watch it if you're into the mobile game it's based on, as it's purely fan service for people who play it. There is a bit of a story that would be interesting if they properly focused on it, but they're so obsessed with cramming as many characters as possible into it to please everyone. The first couple episodes had some good action but the animation quality has dropped quite a bit as it goes on. As a Kantai Collection fan (the original shipgirl game that this is ripping off) it's just a train wreck I can't look away from, but Azur Lane fans sure like it.

BLACKFOX [Crunchyroll] - Technically a movie and not a show (though it was originally supposed to be one), but I'll also put it here since you can watch it on streaming. This is far more representative of what Studio 3Hz can do. It plays out like a comic book character's origin story flick, with really well animated and choreographed fight sequences. Definitely check this one out if you want to see a ninja girl kick some ass against telekinetic powers. It's a blast!

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Old 11-22-2019, 08:40 AM
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Lots of great deals on anime here for Black Friday, especially box sets. I just picked up a bunch!

https://www.sentaifilmworks.com/coll...iday-sale-2019
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