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#1761 Offline LockmanCapulet

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Posted Jun 30 2015 - 04:45 PM

Welp, Sound! Euphonium ended today. I guess that wraps Spring 2015 in terms of what all I was watching.

 

My overall ranking, then thoughts below:

  1. Assassination Classroom (cour 2)
  2. Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine
  3. My Love Story!!
  4. Re-Kan!!
  5. Plastic Memories
  6. Sound! Euphonium

...Holy cow I didn't finish many shows. I dropped six! (Arslan just stopped being interesting, Blood Blockade Battlefront was an incomprehensible mess, Denpa Kyoushi had a nice start but ran out of steam quickly, Gunslinger Stratos had an interesting premise and a killer ED but never found its legs, Mikagura School Suite ran out of steam after a while, and Seraph was just awful through and through.)

 

I really liked the first half of Assassination Classroom, but man oh man do I love it now. Adding a solid story arc to the last third of the show really worked in its favor. The finale was awesome, I'm stoked for Season 2, I'm currently binging the manga, and did I mention the killer new OP? (Dancing Karasuma is where it's at)

 

Knights of Sidonia remained just as epic for its second season as it was from the start. The animation has markedly improved too. A massive portion of the manga has been translated officially, I'll have to check that out.

 

My Love Story!! is nothing short of brilliant. I just love how it focuses on the more "ordinary" aspects of relationships rather than creating unnecessary melodrama (though I wouldn't mind watching Gouda jump out of an exploding building again).

 

I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed Re-Kan!, but it was perfectly charming. The ghost characters ironically gave the show life, and the (regrettably minor) development of the human cast (aside from Inoue and Amami) was nice.

 

I don't think Plastic Memories turned out to be what any of us wanted at first (something in the same vein as Death Parade, using its scifi setting to analyze mortality via weekly vignettes) but after about five episodes of cool scifi worldbuilding and another four or so of tossing all that out the window with mindless sitcom jokes at Tsukasa's expense, it managed to stick the landing and go out with a classy bang.

 

Sound! Euphonium was... a thing, I guess. I signed up for a drama about a high school orchestra club and got, as I described it to a friend, Free! but with girls playing concert band instead of guys in Speedos. It was hard not to be happy with how the finale turned out though, and Midori and Hazuki's antics were consistently fun. 

 

In other news, the recent Amagi Brilliant Park OVA was nothing short of perfection. I've also fallen in love with Nisekoi (as you may have guessed by my new icon), and Psycho-Pass is pretty enjoyable too. Now if you'll excuse me, the new volume of Sword Art Online: Progressive is calling my name!


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Posted Jul 03 2015 - 06:53 PM

Well, I finally finished everything I was following from The Spring season. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't really memorable, with a couple exceptions. Anyways...

1. Fate/stay night UBW
2. DanMachi
3. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
4. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan
5. I Can't Understand What my Husband is Saying 2
6. Nisekoi:
7. Seraph of the End
8. Triage X
9. Ninja Slayer

Fate was generally pretty good throughout, but the final battle between Shirou and Gilgamesh was just great and easily my favorite battle of the year so far. Also, that epilogue was pretty good, great to finally see Luvia in main Fate and MORE WAVER VELVET!!! That episode just really made me want a Hollow Ataraxia anime. Which I REALLY hope they do after Heaven's Feel.

DanMachi ended up really growing on me over it's run. Wasn't really expecting much after reading the kinda meh first novel, but it ended up fixing some of the problems I had with if, and the world and characters ended up turning out much better than I was expecting. Overall, it was a pretty good series, and I'm looking forward to the English releases of the rest of the novels and a (hopeful) eventual second season.

Yamada-Kun's last few episodes felt kinda rushed compared to the manga, but that's par for the course here. It stayed generally good and funny, and it ended at a good spot so it feels complete even though there's a lot more source material. I wouldn't mind another season of this, but since the character list pretty much triples in the next arc, it would need to spend a lot more time on it's characters. Which would be hard, especially since pretty much everyone, including the new characters, gets sidelined to a minor character role.

Nagato Yuki-Chan had been in drama mode for the last few episodes of the season, which was by no means a bad thing, but it ended up being such a good more serious show, it's gonna be a bit different when it goes back to being a comedy this week. Still, looking forward to the 3 or so episodes in the summer season.

I literally feel like I can't say anything about Husband I haven't already said. It's generally innocent, funny, and it feels like we've gotten nowhere since last season (although getting anywhere isn't really a big part of this show). Looking forward to season 3.

Nisekoi is spinning it's wheels. And it will continue to do do until the last girl is introduced. And then it will be spinning it's wheels again. And then there will be some big development. But, surprise! It's not really any development at all, it's still just spinning it's wheels. At least time is progressing in the series, and I do hope something happens when they become Third-Years. But until then, we just get a series that's spinning it's wheels. (Although that's not to say I don't like it. It's funny and has pretty good characters.)

Seraph... I don't know. Pretty meh, it was kinda decent at remembering what was happening in the beginning of the manga. Because when you're following a monthly manga series that moves kinda slow, it gets kinda hard to remember what happened three chapters ago. Or two. Or one. Gonna watch the next season because I could use a refresher on more of the manga.

And I gave my opinions on Triage earlier right after it ended and dropped Ninja Slayer, so yeah.

I've, started a couple of short series for the summer season, Miss Monochrome 2 and My Wife is the Student Council President. Miss Monochrome is more kinda meh comedy that I'm not even sure why I'm watching after the entire first season, and My Wife is the Student Council President looks like it's gonna be a pretty funny raunchy comedy. Off to a kinda halfway decent start.

And I recently got the first (2-in-1) volume of Freezing, really glad to finally have that in English. Also glad that they are 2-in-1 volumes, as this means the entire first arc (pretty much the first anime season) will be out by the end of the year, and if they continue releasing at the same rate, the second season will be covered by the end of next year.

I'm also getting the first volume of Non Non Biyori next week, might get a few other things, probably the next SAO Progressive novel and I might try the first volume of Evergreen.

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Posted Jul 07 2015 - 03:27 PM

I'm torn on Yamada-kun. I didn't like how rushed it was and how characters didn't have enough time to develop, but while watching every episode, I was still very much enjoying them. It was a fun, albeit short, ride. I don't think a second season has to happen either.

 

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Posted Jul 07 2015 - 06:38 PM

Well, I've started quite a few things this season. It's looking to be one of the biggest seasons for me, once everything gets started I'll be watching 13 shows. So far, what I've watched is looking like this:
1. Shimoneta
2. Charlotte
3. Non Non Biyori Repeat
4. DRRR!!
5. Actually, I Am
6. Nagato Yuki-Chan
7. My Wife is the Student Council President
8. Monster Musume
9. Miss Monochrome 2

Shimoneta was hilarious. The premise is pretty silly and kinda bizarre (I'm pretty sure an entire high school full of students with extremely pure minds is just impossible), and it really worked for me.

Charlotte was pretty cool, I really liked that Yu is pretty much just a horrible scheming jerk with a really specific superpower that makes him even more of a horrible scheming jerk (especially shown in his plan to get the girl he wants), and overall he's kinda refreshing main character.

Non Non Biyori was pretty much more of the same from the first season, this week we got a look at what happened just before the first season started, plus a lot of Ren-chon. Which is always good.

DRRR!! is still DRRR!!. Which means kinda slow, but still interesting. Mostly this week was dealing with the fallout of the last episode, but it's already looking like stuff is gonna get interesting soon.

Actually, I Am was decent, might turn out to be a good rom-com. Asashi and Yoko are an interesting pair, with the one who can't possibly keep a secret going after the most secretive girl in the school, but Asahi's friends seem to be a more generic bunch.

Monster Musume was better than I expected, however I don't expect that to last as I couldn't stand the manga after 20 or so chapters. Probably the fact that there's still only one girl at the moment is what it had going for it this episode.

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Posted Jul 08 2015 - 12:20 PM

Not a bad start to the summer season. Lots of series with some serious potential.

 

Akagami no Shirayukihime had a great start! I'm getting Yona vibes from this, which is a good thing. The animation is fantastic too, especially in the details of charatcers' smaller motions. The scene where Zen confronted the prince stood out in that way.

 

Gate, Classroom Crisis and Charlotte all established cool premises. Moreso Gate. Expecting great things from all. Especially Gate. :3

 

Nothing else much stood out to me yet. Hopefully we get some real gems this season.

 

(Also can we talk about how Aoharu x Kikanjuu is literally Ouran with guns? Like there is no other discernable difference.)


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Posted Jul 08 2015 - 05:07 PM

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, both the novels and anime, got licensed.

 

Berserk resumes serialization this month. Truly this is the best of times.


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Posted Jul 10 2015 - 01:25 AM

I haven't started every show I'm planning on watching this summer so I will save those thoughts for another post.

 

For now I'm just overjoyed (and overhyped) that Owarimonogatari has been officially announced, slated for this fall season. Turned what had looked like a really uneventful season into the most anticipated thing for me in an extremely long time. It's gonna be sweeeeet. (gotta wonder when we'll actually see koyomimonogatari though.) Between this new series and the translations of the novels starting in November with Kizu, this is going to be one fricking great year for Monogatari. Now I'm just hoping the universe will push the envelope with this and that more monogatari figmas will be announced at wonfes this month or something. I can only hope.


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Posted Jul 10 2015 - 04:20 PM

So how does everyone feel about DragonBall Super Ep. 1?

 

I'm sorta 'meh'. I know the first episode was to set the story so far, but I wish there was longer dialogues instead of the "where are these characters now?" scenes. 


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Posted Jul 10 2015 - 06:05 PM

Well, I've started everything I was planning on watching this season, except Prisma Illya, but that doesn't start for a while. Doesn't change stuff too much, but here:
1. Shimoneta
2. Gangsta
3. Charlotte
4. Non Non Biyori Repeat
5. Prison School
6. DRRR!!
7. Actually, I Am
8. Nagato Yuki-Chan
9. My Wife is the Student Council President
10. Monster Musume
11. Miss Monochrome 2
12. Bikini Warriors

I'm not really sure what I was expecting from Bikini Warriors (a few of my friends and I are all Queen's Blade fans, so we were probably hoping for something like that), but this this doesn't even come close, I'm not even sure if there are supposed to be any characters, the dialogue and plot (if you can call the things in the first episode that) were just awful, and I'm pretty sure this show just kills brain cells.

On the good side, Gangsta was pretty fun. It has a neat setting and some cool characters, and the action scenes were also pretty good. Definitely gonna be keeping an eye on this.

Prison School adapted the beginning of the manga pretty well. The transition of the characters from manga to anime looks pretty nice, and it does a good job at keeping Hiramoto's style. I think this one will turn out pretty good.

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Posted Jul 10 2015 - 09:12 PM

I haven't started every show I'm planning on watching this summer so I will save those thoughts for another post.
 
For now I'm just overjoyed (and overhyped) that Owarimonogatari has been officially announced, slated for this fall season. Turned what had looked like a really uneventful season into the most anticipated thing for me in an extremely long time. It's gonna be sweeeeet. (gotta wonder when we'll actually see koyomimonogatari though.) Between this new series and the translations of the novels starting in November with Kizu, this is going to be one fricking great year for Monogatari. Now I'm just hoping the universe will push the envelope with this and that more monogatari figmas will be announced at wonfes this month or something. I can only hope.


What's the __monogatari series all about? I've heard good things but know nothing except it has a confusingly large number of different titles/subseries/spinoffs.


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Posted Jul 10 2015 - 09:41 PM

 

I haven't started every show I'm planning on watching this summer so I will save those thoughts for another post.
 
For now I'm just overjoyed (and overhyped) that Owarimonogatari has been officially announced, slated for this fall season. Turned what had looked like a really uneventful season into the most anticipated thing for me in an extremely long time. It's gonna be sweeeeet. (gotta wonder when we'll actually see koyomimonogatari though.) Between this new series and the translations of the novels starting in November with Kizu, this is going to be one fricking great year for Monogatari. Now I'm just hoping the universe will push the envelope with this and that more monogatari figmas will be announced at wonfes this month or something. I can only hope.


What's the __monogatari series all about? I've heard good things but know nothing except it has a confusingly large number of different titles/subseries/spinoffs.

 

At its most basic, it's about "oddities." Supernatural entities that afflict various people in different ways. The protagonist is a half-vampire, and the story at the beginning is about him meeting a bunch of girls afflicted by oddities and helping them out. Curses, ghosts, possessions, stuff like that. It has a lot of standard "light novel anime" tropes, but it is far from a standard series. It's an interesting series in that it is extremely "artsy" (It's Shaft at its Shaft-iest) and extremely dialogue heavy. Much of the anime is just people talking. It's also interesting because it is very, very smart. In its dialogue, its plot, its progression, its meta commentary and character interaction and development. It's characters are for the most part not very good people and everything and everyone is flawed. And although it is a harem, as the plot progresses things change and get challenged and there's a lot of really fun stuff the further along you go. (at least imo)

 

I would sort of describe it as the anti-Nisekoi. (or at least, when I watched Nisekoi, I thought of it as the anti-Monogatari) In that Nisekoi is about as generic a harem series as is imaginable, while Monogatari is everything but.  The anime are both from Shaft, so stylistically they have a bit more in common than one would think. 

 

It's a great series, but it's not for everyone. It's a very unique series in a multitude of ways. And parts of it are fairly sketchy (especially when the main character's sisters are involved). It can also be sort of an acquired taste...It is one of my favorites now, but I did not care for the first season (Bakemonogatari)  and actively hated the second (Nisemonogatari). It wasn't until the third proper season (...Second Season) that it really started blowing me away. But it's really a very well done series all around, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. The payoff is worth it. 


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Posted Jul 11 2015 - 08:15 AM

This season I'm only watching Gakkou Gurashi! as I'm still catching up with older series and this one was recommended to me by a friend. I haven't read the LN so I don't know how well or how poorly it was adapted but

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Posted Jul 11 2015 - 03:10 PM

@Farmstink: I'm intrigued. I'll give it a look!


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Posted Jul 17 2015 - 12:06 AM

I don't feel like ranking these nor do I feel like I could do so in any meaningful manner, so here are My Thoughts on the anime I am watching this season so far.

 

-Charlotte: Like Terminus mentioned, the fact that the main character is kind of an huge jerk is pretty refreshing, and as a whole the entire idea of the incomplete superpowers is pretty interesting. So far nothing that intriguing has happened, but it's cool enough.

 

-Classroom*Crisis: It's alright I guess. Nothing has really happened nor do any of the characters stand out, so it's...there.

 

-DRRR!!x2 Ten: Pretty good thus far. It was cool to see Seiji/Mika/Namie involved in the latest episode since for the most part they've stayed out of the spotlight for a long time.

 

-Gatchaman Crowds Insight: Pretty sweet! Probably the most entertaining thing for me so far, but then I just like GC in general. It hasn't been that long since I saw the first season, but it's cool to see the characters again. I hope the original team interacts more eventually though, they're pretty spread apart and I don't think we've even seen OD outside of his show...

 

-Himouto! Umaru-chan: I'm an episode behind on this one, but anyway, the first episode was decent enough. Entertaining to a decent extent. Hope it proves more entertaining in the future.

 

-Jitsu wa Watashi wa: First episode wasn't particularly interesting but the second one was pretty fun, I didn't really expect that twist. (i thought she was just a robot) Kind of generic otherwise but the eccentric personalities of the girls could prove for more fun antics.

 

-Castle Town Dandelion: Not bad, but not really good either.

 

-Shimoseka: A pleasant surprise. Interesting themes, funny jokes, funny meta-gags, nice music, all around a good package. The censorship is good. Pretty fun so far.

 

-Sore ga Seiyuu: Pretty informative anime. I really like how they've had voice actors guest star as themselves, Kamiya Hiroshi's appearance in the latest episode was great. Other than the information and the guest stars (and the decent music, notably the fun ending) it's kind of bland, though.

 

-Wakako-zake: Man, I dunno.

 

-Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life Phantasmagoric Arc: The fact that episodes this season are twice as long as previous ones isn't. Super fun. Good ending as usual, though, and Darth Wooser is still cool.

 

On other news, I super lost interest in Ninja Slayer when it turned into 'let's see how far we can degrade nancy: the show' because wow do i not give a care about that. Even outside of that the gag's really run its course. I'm not sure how I'm gonna stand 12 more episodes of this.

 

Oh yeah, I watched Sakasama no Patema a few weeks ago. I liked it a lot. The concept behind it is one I've always wanted to see in a story, so I'm glad I found that movie. It could have used work in some areas, but all in all it was really neat.


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Posted Jul 20 2015 - 02:03 PM

Regarding DRRR!!x Ten, I've really enjoyed the first couple of episodes this season. I felt like they were immensely more coherant than the early Shou ones. That is, the "timeline" is clearer and they're easier to follow. For whatever reason, the first couple Shou episodes just confused me a lot until later things had them all click into place. The one that just aired this past Saturday in particular I really liked, especially with the characters it focused on.

 

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