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OK, what is it with Disney shows reveling in playing "death world" settings for laughs?
Not that I'm complaining but it's kind of weird that non Disney shows often feel more Disney than Disney itself when it comes to TV animation.
Probably it's because they don't feel like proving something, perhaps?

This series of Doctor Who seems to remember to be a bit more larger-than-life which makes the occasional bad episode much more bearable, they still don't allow Jodie Whittaker to be quite as over the top as the other Doctors before her which I think sort of misses the point of the character.

Transformers Cyberverse
Season 3 feels like it starts with the season 2 finale and then after 5 episodes goes into season 3 proper.
It's that mixture of cheesy and silly of the original cartoon only with real stakes and actually good. It's interesting what they are doing with the Quintessons.
Funnily enough even though Hasbro had it renamed as Transformers Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures the episodes themselves still show the same Transformers Cyberverse title card, even funnier considering Bumblebee doesn't seem to appear that much in these episodes.

I also watched Transformers Combiner Wars.
It's bad, like really, really bad.
The only saving grace is a sort of retired, sort of redeemed Megatron but the rest from the writing to the animation is just awful. Even the voice-acting is dull an monotone for the most part, with only Megatron and Optimus being well acted. I heard bad things about this but _damn_, it's not even so bad it's good like the old cartoon might be if you are into that kind of thing.

Speaking of Transformers, apparently there is the version for adults that can't admit to like kids' stuff coming out in June on Netflix:

Joking aside, this might actually be sort of decent?
What really concerns me is that there are some people from Combiner Wars working on it apparently.
The designs follow the War for Cybertron Siege and Earthrise toys very closely apart from the texturing on some characters like Megatron being silver-ish instead of matte grey (and there are apparently versions that match more closely the show coming out according to leaks). On one hand it is kind of impressive (I still remember when the toys were basically bricks that no one would be able to follow closely with any kind of animated model) on another is kind of weird seeing what is basically the Hound I have on the shelf behind me moving by itself.
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"People assume  that time is a strict progression of cause to effect,  but *actually*  from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more  like a big ball  of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff." - The Doctor

 

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So, third season starts and they already screwed up with the episode order apparently because Disney wanted to introduce the main story arc early, sigh.

Harley Quinn
Poor Gordon.

Steven Universe Future
And so it ends, I like that Steven's underlying issues weren't solved right away by
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the cooldown hug and that they made it clear it only calmed his meltdown so yes finally Steven Universe is seeing a therapist!
Of course I did the mistake afterwards of glancing at some videos that popped up on my Youtube recommendations, I sincerely wonder if some people are really that thick to get the exact opposite of the point the series is making with the subtlety of a sledgehammer or they just do it on purpose.

I also saw the rest of the Transformers Prime Wars Trilogy and there is not much of an improvement, at least Windblade's idiotic psycho "strong indipendent woman" tendencies have been dialed it down. The voice acting is still mostly bad (even frigging Mark Hamill manages to give a bad performance) and the animation is still very cheap-looking (say what you want about Cyberverse but that show looks much better in motion than this drivel). Megatron steals the show and of course they kill him in favour of bringing Optimus Prime back from the dead out of nowhere because nostalgia (really, that was such an epIX move which made it even worse).

I watched some of the first season of Transformers G1 and the single episodes are less grating than the pilot miniseries but still the animation quality is really abysmal, at least it's not as stiff as some other cartoons of the time but boy the off models and continuity errors need to be seen to be believed.
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"People assume  that time is a strict progression of cause to effect,  but *actually*  from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more  like a big ball  of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff." - The Doctor

 

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Finished watching She-Ra and The Princesses of Power's fifth and final season.
No Korra-style or worse yet Disney-style cowardice here thankfully and the finale is suitably spectacular wrapping everything nicely.
"I pity the poor shades confined to the euclidean prison that is sanity." - Grant Morrison
"People assume  that time is a strict progression of cause to effect,  but *actually*  from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more  like a big ball  of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff." - The Doctor

 

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I recently finished the first Season of Mars. It was intersting mix of Scifi Story and documantery (or better:  a little bit of advertisment for SpaceX),  it was interesting, though not so much new for me. The actual Story vas pretty good and seemed very plausable, though it was a little bit too much Drama involved.

Story is about a first manned Mission to Mars that is also tasked with bulding the first Colony and search for life on Mars in the year 2033. It skips than from time to time back to the present and shows how far we are and what still needs to be resolved to make this mission a reality.
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I watched three episodes of parasite on Netflix during downtime at work today..

Its just plain awful 😂

 
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Time to post some anime updates: mostly from the last 2 or so months. Like many others, I found myself with an excess of time at home and didn't have a whole lot to do (except for the ~3 week finals sprint that always happens at the end of a school semester). Anyways, here's what I've been up to:
Log Horizon - Season 1 - Not much to say here. I watched SAO and was disappointed, like many others, with the (lack of) quality of the writing and character development, as well as the slapdash worldbuilding. Log Horizon is much more intriguing and doesn't try to hamfist in an explanation as to how the 'video game isekai' occurred. Also, its focus on personal freedoms and purpose is a nice, and heartily realistic take on the genre.

My Next Life as A Villainess - Started this as a lighthearted show to watch once a day over breakfast. It's nothing special, but does its job of providing me with some decent comic relief (among some sparse emotional moments). It's got a bit more creativity than the usual 'lowest common denominator' isekai, so it gets some credit there.

Tower of God - Currently 7 episodes in, and I am getting some strong Hunter x Hunter vibes from this (in a good way). Bam is an...interesting 'protagonist'. No spoilers here so I'll keep it vague - the writer(s), at least to me, are setting up for some major character interactions in the future, and I only hope they can deliver. If they don't, then this series will have built up a lot of well-deserved/earned hype for no payout.

Domestic Girlfriend - I still can't believe i watched this. I think I just hoped it would get better as the end neared, but no. This is just bad.  :banghead:

Brand New Animal - 6 Episodes in, which is what is available so far. Animation is stellar, as is expected from Trigger. Def not as over the top as the usual trigger production, but still has that trigger feel. Michuru is fun, but I must admit that the story feels a little lacking in creativity. I don't know - will re-evaluate on completion.

Kaguya-Love is War S2 - Also 6 episodes in, and it continues to be great! Best part so far has been the additional development of side characters like Ishigami and Hayasaka. This series is a must-watch.

Food Wars - All Seasons - First and second seasons were amazingly fun and very ecchi! Season 3 was good, season 4 was alright, season 5 only has two episodes so far but looks to be kinda bad - the antagonist seems very shoehorned in and overturns many of the fundamentals established by the series. Might drop season 5 if quality continues to drop throughout.

That's all for now!

 
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I finally watched Neon Genesis Evangelion. And I have opinions.

Possible spoilers, but nothing specific. Also the anime is like 25 years old, so... you've been warned.

1: A lot fewer giant robot fights, and a lot more hardcore... psychological torture and philosophy than I expected.

2: I found every main character, with the possible exception of Rei, to be massively unpleasant and unlikable. But I guess that makes them more realistic characters?

3: Speaking of, these are probably the most accurate depictions of 14-year-olds I've seen in media. In lots of anime, kids tend to be just smaller, sillier adults. Not here though, here the kids are rash, dumb, annoying, selfish jerks, barely able to grasp that their actions affect the world around them; just like I was at 14!

4: I think I get roughly what the philosophy of the show is. I don't know how specifically it relates to the actual story though. Some episodes seemed kind of random and confusing. "Is this a dream? Whose dream? Hallucination? Somewhere else where a person's brain just goes 'whatever man, I'm going on a tangent with this chick's brain'?" What are those last two episodes supposed to be depicting, literally?

5: Why everything? Why the Angels? Why Seele? Why NERV? Why The Council? Why 14-year-olds exclusively?

6: What is everything from point 5?

6b: So is the whole thing a metaphor? Is it not actually a story about giant robots* stabbing each other and philosophical overtones and metaphor? Is it all metaphor and the giant robots* don't even exist?

7: I haven't seen End of Evangelion yet, maybe that'll help?

8: Watched on Netflix for the first time ever, so didn't get the Fly Me To The Moon ending. I don't feel like I missed it. Also, this may be sacrilege, but I feel like Cruel Angel's Thesis is just ok, and doesn't deserve "legendary OP" status.

9: It's kind of weird watching this after I've seen Darling In The Franxx. I was aware going in that there were... a number of similarities, but dang. At least as far as big robot battles goes, I feel like Franxx does a better job. Also I prefer having answers to my questions, even if the answers are "Because of 11th hour space aliens".

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Technically not robots, I know. But can't resist the "Get in the robot, Shinji!" meme

 

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My only opinion is that Evangelion has the more attractive major than Gits.  :nervous:


I don't think the depiction of 14 year olds is of typical 14 year olds though.    The ones in the show are as you described,  but when I was 14 we all tended to function a bit more.... "normally"  :nervous:  but I guess this gives the shows primary characters some variety as far as anime requirements dictate.

 
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I don't think the depiction of 14 year olds is of typical 14 year olds though.

Maybe it's more like the uncertainty and directionless rage that many feel is pasted on double-thick on the outside of the characters. Like, they act how we felt. idk.

In other news, I've now watched End of Evangelion.

I think it helped explain some things? In other ways made things more confusing?
At least it had a good big robot fight.

 

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I find Evangelion almost infinitely more satisfying as an exploration of the mind of an extremely creative and talented person suffering from deep clinical depression, than as a narrative in its own right.

 

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Agreed. I really disliked the film when I first saw it, particularly the empty theatre scene, as it seemed like a very pretentious and deliberate "**** you" to the audience. I came to appreciate it more and the series overall as I got a bit older and started to understand some of what it was trying to convey.

Evangelion was always billed as a deconstruction of the mecha genre, but it's kind of not really, it's something else entirely. I recently watched Gundam 1978 for the first time and I was surprised by how adult it was, with themes of war, PTSD, ethics etc (though admittedly glossed over and not fully explored). Evangelion is more sort of psychological torture porn with robots thrown in. There's bits of it I love and bits of it that are just frustrating, but of course it does that deliberately.
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Saw DEVS from Alex Garland. Extremely pretentious and quite good anyway.

 
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I'm not watching any tv series right now but the most recent one I've watched was Léo, a french canadian tv series that was broadcasted last winter.

 
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So there's a new season or Re:Zero starting. So I'm rewatching the first season of Re:Zero.

It's really good, you guys. I'd forgotten how good it was. The animation and art is great, the writing and characters are excellent, and the story is still very very good.

 

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Yeah I enjoyed it, it was camp and fun.

 

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Dragon's Dogma Netflix Anime announced soon for September

Take your bets in how corporate and not fun it's going to be

https://twitter.com/DragonsDogma/status/1283191069501530119

 

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skimmin through She-Ra, catching up to see what all the fuss was about, it's the gayest thing ever, funny, sweet and gay as ****. Also, hella gay throughout. Hilarious, having a good time.

"I can't believe I'm stuck in the closet with you", oh dear, this closet is made with glass innit?

 

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Original?  It was kind of made for girls of the time.    Hence the rainbow winged flying horse 🌈😂

 

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Original?  It was kind of made for girls of the time.    Hence the rainbow winged flying horse 🌈😂

I mean, the original was also pretty damn gay.... (Both He-Man and She-Ra were, actually; the production staff of both was putting in some pretty unsubtle lesbian/gay tones in there)
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It had the same vibes as conan but with less blood and guts.  Yeah it was camp but not flamboyant 😂