Nowadays, the only anime stuff I'll torrent has been movies because those aren't simulcasted of course. That and old ass shit I'm not gonna be able to find otherwise, like Hajime no Ippo because I keep hearing about cool this ridiculous boxing anime is. Fortunately, Crunchyroll has been adding some old stuff to their catalog, which is great. I've had Cardcaptor Sakura in my queue for a while, though I still haven't gotten to rewatching it. And I know Funimation has all of Dragon Ball up, so if I do try them out, I'll probably end up watching some just for nostalgia.
It's just way more convenient and the only stuff I regularly torrent from Japan now is Toku, but if CR or somebody else started simulcasting that (though I doubt anyone ever will), I'd hop on that shit right away.
I've considered subbing to CR and Funi and even did sub to CR for a short time but ehhh.
Junketsu no Maria 01 Maria the Virgin Witch
This certainly didn't turn out to be the lewd, ecchi-fest I was expecting it to turn out to be. Honestly I was gonna skip it. But I decided to at least give it a chance first and what do ya know, I enjoyed it. Yea sure there's the playing around with Maria being a virgin and her ignorance around the matter of sexual relations and Martha her succubus familiar making sexual jokes, but you kinda expect that out of her so none of it ever felt out of place. Production values were certainly top notch though and the fight that took place between the two sides for the 100 Years War was very nicely done.
All and all great first episode. Will continue with this!
Yoru no Yatterman 01
Well that was a more depressing beginning than I was expecting out of the show. But I suppose it is there to give our characters a drive to actually change their lives now. I look forward to more.
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Plot Summary: After death, humans go to either heaven or hell. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Quindecim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim. He challenges them to the Death Game, wherein they wager their lives and reveal their true natures. Decim himself is the ultimate arbitrator of who wins and who loses, who lives and who dies.
Started Durarara!!, not realizing that it was the same team that made Baccano!, and I am stoked. Latest Log Horizon was pretty awesome. Loving these new developments. Latest Parasyte was pretty crazy, too.
I wasn't expecting the Archangel Michael to be so...rigid and judicial? I mean that in a good way actually. I was expecting Michael to have much more of a huffy personality yet thinking of what the angel said to Maria, what Michael's purpose is and how the Heavens views what she's doing it kinda makes sense why Michael is that way. The way its posed I can see both sides of the issue: Maria hates wars and violence and will do everything in her power to prevent it. Yet on a other side the angel brings up some good points. God isn't going to save/aid everyone that calls for his assistance that just doesn't make sense in a way. I'm personally totally fine with everything that happened in the first half of the episode just to note.
You know despite how spirited this trio is there's something distinctly tragic and depressing abut this show so far. Not that I'm not enjoying it mind you.
The first half of Sailor Moon Crystal has finished. I thought there would be another season later on but it looks like they're jumping right into the Black Moon arc without a break.
The anime stayed very consistent with the manga throughout. Any changes (Four Generals aside) were so minor that they're barely even worth mentioning. I really like what they did with the Four Generals - what was originally just implied in the manga and official artwork was made a bit more obvious in the anime, and those guys are cool, so it was nice to see them get some quality screen time (the old anime gave them plenty of screen time, but if I recall, it completely neglected key plot points re: Endymion). Hope they do the same with other villains. I'd like to see their take on the Dead Moon Circus arc, since the anime and manga were almost completely different last time.
There were some points where I felt they blew most of their budget on certain scenes and then the rest of the episode suffered because of that. Metalia's somewhat-hammy voice also ruined a few scenes. It looks like Moon doesn't get a new transformation sequence every time she changes brooches, which is probably better for the budget, but a little disappointing.
Overall the new anime is a lot more serious and (in my humble opinion) more powerful and emotional than the old one. I also appreciate the departure from the Monster-of-the-Day formula. And now I want to see a Tokyo Mew Mew remake without that format.
Just watched the first episode of The Rolling Girls on Zhao's recommendation, but it really left me at a loss. It was so visually interesting it was hard for me to process most of the first ten minutes while trying to read the subs and understanding who or what or where they are talking about. It's probably just my lack of knowledge about regional Japanese things, but I'll definitely need to read the wiki to understand the premise better.
Other than that, holy fucking fuck it looks so beautiful.
Other other than that, I'm deep into Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! (episode 42 or so) and it is god damn amazing. I can't help but stand up and cheer almost every episode it fills me with a lot of hype. Strong contender for my new favorite anime.
Another great episode. Totally went a different direction with the character design stuff than I was expecting but still was enjoyable. Got to learn a bit more about other members of the cast besides Aoi and it was nice to just see them out relaxing for once.
Fabuki goes out on a mission with the Kongo battleship sisters and here we learned that they're all actually massive idiots but they get the job done and Fabuki eases up due to their laid back nature.
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I heavily recommend Death Parade. Might be one of my new favorite animes of the season.
I gave Assassination Classroom a go. A while back ago, Nami got me into DanganRonpa and I loved its premise very much. It was very Battle Royale the game and I love that movie very much. The concept of students having to compete in something is very engaging to me for some reason. Assassination Classroom seemed very dumb since I couldn't take an idea of what tone it was going for and I decided I'd watch the 30 minute long first episode yesterday. What I thought I would get was Soul Eater, which was a premise I dug but ended up being incredibly disappointed with how it went about it. Instead I got DanganRonpa the anime.
The Earth is threatened by a powerful creature who destroyed 70% of the Moon with its power, rendering into the shape of a crescent moon forever. The creature claims that within a year, Earth will also be destroyed by him, but he offers mankind a chance to avert this fate. In class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High School, he starts working as a homeroom teacher where he teaches his students not only regular subjects, but the ways of assassination. The Japanese government promises a reward of ¥10 billion (i.e. 100 million USD) to whomever among the students succeeds in killing the teacher, whom they have named "Korosensei" (殺せんせー Korosensē?, pun on 殺せん unkillable and せんせい teacher). However, this has proven to be an almost impossible task, as he has several inhuman abilities at his disposal, including the capacity of moving at Mach 20.
What I got was what DanganRonpa the anime should have been like. Its presentation. Its style. Its tone. Hell, maybe even character design since it looks very very good for what it is. It won me so fast and I found myself laughing and then being on the edge of my seat.
Its really good, you guys. I recommend giving the first episode a chance at least, especially if you're a fan of Battle Royale plus potential character development (something I feel this genre or whatever you call it can easily substitute for style but no substance action.)
Also I have no idea if the subs are messed up or not but this is easily the most feminine male protagonist I have ever seen. (I think its cuz he reminds me of the sniper girl from Sword Art Online II)
AC caught me by surprise, I've kept up with the manga until around chapter 100, how many cours are they going for with it?
I also picked up I am a Hero at a friend's recommendation and I would recommend it further.
Spoiler for I am a hero:
The main character is an awkward manga artist going through a rough patch at the start of the manga, things soon turn to worse however as people are getting infected with what amounts to a zombie virus and he has to flee the city. And due to events before the story he's one of the few people in japan to legally own a hunting rifle.
Gah, why isn't it December yet?! I want Under the Dog to be a thing!
Started Kill la Kill, oh my damn! I've only watched the first episode of Gurren Laggan and didn't really care for that (which is weird because I usually give shows at least the first three episodes before I decide), so I was hesitant on picking this one up. But yeah, despite constant fanservice, everything about this show is awesome. I'm not even halfway through it yet, but I already want it in my collection.
Durarara!! season one is almost done! Luckily there are a few episodes of 2 to keep me tied over when I finish. Just finished the Slasher arch and am getting into the Yellow Scarves. It feels like it's lost some of its steam that it had during the beginning story bits, but it seems like the buildup will be very worth the while.
Shit, even more suggestions coming. I'll give Aldnoah Zero a chance, it's been in my queue for a bit. Assassination Classroom and Rolling Girls will be added to my watch list now, too. Don't know when I'll get to these, since EUREKA SEVEN IS ON GODDAMN NETFLIX NOW WHAT.
The first episode still isn't uploaded yet, but I wanted to share a note I made on a show we're supposed to be discussing in the next episode that I have been the only main person not to have seen any of before.
"Don't move so slyly like that. I'll get aroused." Seriously, what is this shit?
Our second podcast was Tuesday, but I gave the main host a dumb amount of editing work by providing him like 50 screenshots to add in, so it's not up yet. Our two topics though were Orguss (the show's namesake) and Doomed Megalopolis.