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Author:  YingLung [ Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:35 pm ]
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If you don't mind all the ads, it's on crunchyroll.

Author:  Tevish Szat [ Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:18 pm ]
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I actually have premium Crunchyroll, but the issue is that they don't have episodes 13-15, which I've been told are more important than their DVD-original production status would have indicated (I looked up watch/read order for the Monogatari series and got the advice to look for the 15 ep verison of Bakemonogatari). Thanks for looking, though!

Like Eden of the East, I'll probably seek it out, because it did hook me. I'll probably try a bit harder once Noein is done.

Author:  Cato [ Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:00 pm ]
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Just finished Psycho-Pass season 1, here are my thoughts, with spoilers, below:


All in all, I really liked the villains of the series, I really liked the worldbuilding, I really liked the "twist", I wasn't too into the two main protagonists, but the backup cast was nice. Overall, I'd say this is a pretty nuanced show that has interesting things to say, and I'd encourage people to watch it if they're looking for a sci-fi show to try.

Author:  Tevish Szat [ Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:54 am ]
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So I didn't catch up at once, but I did finish the second season of Familiar of Zero. I don't know when I'm going to watch the third or fourth seasons, if I do because... you know, it started to wear out its welcome. Louise is just too damn unpleasant and unlikable and the appeal to status quo too damn intense. She had some good moments, especially towards the end of the season where she tried to have a little depth to her harshness, but even the ending just sets everything back to square one.

Like, damn, this whole season, nothing was accomplished.

So, since then I've been watching Noein and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. I was not expecting the weird amount of overlap between these two shows. Watching one episode of each a day it managed to line up so both shows went into explanations of Schrodinger's Box on the same day. That's just bizarre. They're both good shows, though.

Author:  Tevish Szat [ Mon May 20, 2019 3:38 am ]
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Finished Noein. It was good. Like, it had a lot of esoteric concepts, but was smart enough in presentation and handling that they all resonated well enough. Do I totally know how that ending played out? Probably not, but I feel good about it all the same.

Finished Bunny Girl Senpai. I did not sign up for this feels trip. Like seriously, from the title and pitch I thought I was getting into a goofy, surreal, Haruhi-esque comedy. There are some ways in which it reminded me of Haruhi (like, a LOT) but the overall tone of the show was NOT one of them. I loved the characters though. They had great chemistry all around.

Finished Arpeggio of Blue Steel. It was alright. The military action was good, and the treatment of the Mental Models as nonhuman (particularly, machine-like) intelligences was actually really neat, but the human characters are all super stock and some of the ships really overplay their main note in a way that conflicts with the general tone (particularly Hyuuga). I'd say I liked it overall, but it's not a huge hit

Watching Aria the Scarlet Ammo. Feeling like this is my punishment for really liking Rie Kugimiya's voice work. Shana was great. Taiga was great. And then there was Louise, who was still very well acted, but was written rather poorly. And now I've got Aria, and I'm only two episodes in but my instincts tell me this is going to hurt.

Re-watching Assassination Classroom. It's really striking me this time through (on ep 12.) that there are no wasted episodes (so far). As much as I liked Little Witch Academia, the show had terrible pacing, with loads of filler in the first half. Assassination Classroom keeps important things moving even through the 'filler' type episodes, evolving the dynamics of the characters in new and interesting ways.

Author:  TPmanW [ Tue May 21, 2019 6:18 pm ]
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I was rather fond of Assassination Classroom, but dropped it part way through. Talking with my friend who read the manga, it sounds like that was around the part where the 2 diverged.

Author:  Cato [ Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:09 am ]
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I finished watching Made In Abyss with a friend. It has some serious gut-punches, the characters have good chemistry, but more importantly, the atmosphere, tone, and worldbuilding are all amazingly on point. It's super immersive, and I really enjoyed it, although it gets really dark near the end. The show makes me want to play D&D too, which is probably a good sign.

Rewatching Fate/Zero, and I think this show could be, like, FMA:B tier of popularity/name recognition if it wasn't for the baggage it carries from the extended universe.

The characters are distinctive and have interesting motivations, personalities, and backstories, with each one being well-developed and distinctive despite the huge ensemble cast. The plot is intricate and engaging with a lot of detail, but still easy enough to follow and without any heavy info-dumping, and the animation of is high-quality, both the character designs and the fights (with the one exception being berserker's idiosyncratic CGI). The show is all-around amazing, and I'd advise anyone who hasn't yet to check it out.

Author:  Tevish Szat [ Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:53 am ]
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Made in Abyss is one of my favorite shows to come out recently, and probably the one I respect the most for its artistic quality (which doesn't necessarily correlate to favorite for me. I have a weird affection for flawed things that do an element or two super well.) I'm very much looking forward to its continuation.

Finished Aria. It was not half as painful as I feared. Still junk food, but tolerable junk food, unlike the second season of Familiar of Zero.

Started Occult Academy -- as in just started, episode 1 is all that's down. At least I'm having fun playing "name the myth/cryptid/conspiracy theory"

Author:  TPmanW [ Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:47 pm ]
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Some quick anime thoughts:

Zombie Land Saga
By god this show was funny. The zombie slapstick, the mood whiplash, the abusive screwball manager, all the dumb things that get treated so seriously, the subversions of cliche. There's just a lot to love.
The character beats were just perfect. Everybody's fleshed out and they all play off each other really well.
A couple backstory bits were a little hokey though. I was really hoping 80's idol girl (I don't remember any of the names) died as a (indirect) result of her idol status. It just would have tied everything up so nicely. I was also really hoping that the manager turned out to be the driver that killed the main character. I won't spoil what we got instead, but it's way less interesting.
I've heard it called the "idol show gateway drug", but it didn't work that way for me. The explicitly idol bits all struck me as the weakest parts. The music and choreography were alright, but the real draw was always the lead up where the girls interact and work out the difficulties involved with idol life. The crazy gambits for attention and sponsorships are all way cooler.

Author:  Tevish Szat [ Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:34 am ]
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Finished Occult Academy. Didn't care for it.

Finished rewatching Assassination Classroom. It's still strong -- not perfect, but strong.

Started Granblue Fantasy. I think it's based on a game but I don't know, I've never played it. Feels like Skies of Arcadia though, which is an all-time favorite game of mine. Also feels like it's just going to be silly fun to not take seriously.

Starting Shangri-la. Don't know what to expect.

Author:  TPmanW [ Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:00 am ]
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I watched... most? of Assassination Classroom, it st - wait a minute, I already said this.
TPmanW wrote:
I was rather fond of Assassination Classroom, but dropped it part way through. Talking with my friend who read the manga, it sounds like that was around the part where the 2 diverged.

I watched 1 or 2 episodes of Granblue. Pretty sure it's based on a game. One of those mobile games where you collect characters, but that don't have a genre title that I'm aware of- one of those games I think. Y'know, there's a Marvel one, a Star Wars one, a Fate one and a spy one I think?
Anyway I thought the anime was kind of cute, but the characters felt more like cliche checklists than real people.

Author:  Mown [ Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:48 am ]
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They're generally referred to as gacha games.

Author:  TPmanW [ Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:50 am ]
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It's like Pokemon if you had to buy each one individually.
Is there a term for them based on their team-building RPG mechanics too, or just their monetization model?
(I guess it says a lot about what people think about these games if we only have a term for the one)

Author:  Mown [ Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:41 am ]
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I don't play any of them, but don't they mostly just follow jrpg conventions?

Author:  TPmanW [ Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:48 pm ]
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I haven't played any either, but I think so.

Author:  Tevish Szat [ Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:55 pm ]
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"Gacha" refers to the system of random drops acquired via some sort of token or exchange. The name comes from Gachapon or "capsule toy" machines, which you might have seen even in the US -- think a gumball machine, except instead of gumballs there are plastic capsules with a variety of toys or collectables inside. For instance, one local restaurant near my house has one that contains DC-licensed string dolls. If I were to jam a few quarters into the thing and turn the knob, I would (presumably) be rewarded with a little string doll of a DC character but (and this is an important part for defining "Gacha") which character would be random. It might be The Joker, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman... the set contains a lot of options, and they're not necessarily equally likely.

In gaming parlance, a game is a Gacha game if some meaningful game piece is acquired in a similar way: At a fixed price in some resource (which may or may not be "premium" currency acquired primarily via real money) you draw one or more results from a pool of possible game pieces to acquire. What gameplay the game has beyond collection via Gacha could be just about anything. Some might be jrpgs, others might not be. Azur Lane is something of a light bullet hell sort of game, while Fire Emblem: Heroes is, well, a Fire Emblem game (Turn-based strategy with light RPG elements). Both are Gacha games where you use a specific in-game resource to acquire new characters, but a cursory lookup suggests that they're night and day when it comes to generosity: a "Beginner guide" for Heroes recommends rerolling (start scumming) to get an initial layout of desirable units since pulls from the gacha are scarce without investing real money after your account is established, while some beginner info for AL suggests not bothering because the resource in question is fairly plentiful, many common characters are decent for a long time, and the drop rate for rare/strong characters pretty good.

Author:  TPmanW [ Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:40 am ]
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My impression is that the purest or most common expression of the gatcha game is one where the game consists entirely of gatcha-ing, arranging a team, fighting, and maybe story elements. THey are usually based on an existing franchise (Jo-Jo, Marvel, Star Wars, Fate) or at least existing concept (warships) so that players can easily grok what each character is/does.

Author:  mjack33 [ Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:20 pm ]
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The purest expression of the gatcha game is paper Magic.

Author:  Tevish Szat [ Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:14 pm ]
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Finished Granblue Fantasy. It was utterly stock with no variation or interesting developments.

Started Kaguya-sama: Love is War. Seems like each episode is going to be a series of vignettes? Fun, though.

Author:  YingLung [ Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:08 pm ]
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Fate/Zero - Some cool and/or funny moments, but it is very much a dark story with a mostly tragic end. I would still recommend watching it for context on FSN, to get some jokes and such that pop up in FGO, but not as your entry into the Fate franchise.

SSSS Gridman - To preface this, I only watched the first four episodes, then read the tvtropes page. I feel like this was marketed and animated to an older audience than it was written for. Admittedly, I have no familiarity with the Ultraman series, so I missed a lot of the references and parallels. Yuta felt very bland, Friend #1 indirectly killed people by holding Yuta back from defeating the villain, and Rikka felt the most human. The fights were limited by the format, in that Gridman has to fail with the previous tactic, yell, then get the next attachment that unlocks whatever ability is necessary to one-hit kill the kaiju of the week. The potential victims were not developed in any way such that I would care if Gridman lost. In short, despite having a exceptional animation studio bringing it to life, the story left me apathetic.

Maou-sama Retry - A shaky first episode, but it hits its stride in the second. Having read the manga, I would say there is enough originality and charm to set this apart from your generic power fantasy pandering isekai. The MC manages to be overpowered, yet still encountering meaningful conflict via needing to use diplomatic means in order to achieve long-term goals.

UchiMusume - Get ready for wholesomeness and cuteness. While there are a number of stories where the overpowered hero adopts a daughter figure, the main character of this anime could be argued to be the daughteru. She struggles with a language barrier and later on some prejudice, but perseveres. Quite frankly, she is relentlessly sweet and dutiful in a way that lends credence to the conspiracy theory that Shinz┼Ź Abe, the prime minister of Japan, is influencing media to encourage the Japanese people to fight the declining birth rate and have more kids.

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