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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
Nah I can't stand bingeing things.  That slow burn over an entire week is one of the best parts of watching a great show

 

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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
Gundam Unicorn is on Netflix

If you've gotten this far in life without watching Gundam Unicorn, this would be a great time to do something about that!

On the other hand, don't do this, because the version on Netflix is the "six episode OVA expanded into 26 for a TV season" and my god it shows.

Go find the OVA instead.

 

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I thought the one on netflix was the 7 episode OVA, and not the unnecessarily cut up 26 episode season.
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It is the shorter one.   I watched it all the weekend it released in the UK.
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Nah I can't stand bingeing things.  That slow burn over an entire week is one of the best parts of watching a great show

Depends on the show and on your mood. Sometimes watching several episodes in a row is awesome as you get a better grip on the plot, and sometimes it might be an overdose. Personally I think it's better because when at some point near the end earlier events are referenced, you haven't forgotten about them (though over a week is still within range).

 

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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
Nah I can't stand bingeing things.  That slow burn over an entire week is one of the best parts of watching a great show

Depends on the show and on your mood. Sometimes watching several episodes in a row is awesome as you get a better grip on the plot, and sometimes it might be an overdose. Personally I think it's better because when at some point near the end earlier events are referenced, you haven't forgotten about them (though over a week is still within range).

For stuff that's really dense or plot heavy, like JoJo's or Steins;Gate, I like being able to watch it at my own pace. For slice of life stuff, the weekly cycle is really nice and is probably how something like Sakura Quest was intended to be experienced.
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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
It is the shorter one.   I watched it all the weekend it released in the UK.
Can confirm it's the OVA version, at least for Malaysia (I doubt they'd release things on separate licenses, especially since I believe the series version is on the youtube channel).

While we're on Netflix, apparently they have released the Korean film version of Jin-Roh. Titled Illang: The Wolf Brigade, the effects look, well, okay I guess. And the sewer scene is there. I haven't sat down to watch the whole thing yet, but maybe sometime soon.

 
Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
Been watching through a curated list of anime this past year; recommendations coming from here at HLP and from subreddits for the series that I liked. So far, I have in total seen (in order):
Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Legend of the Galactic Heroes (OVA + Movies)
Arpeggio of Blue Steel
Kancolle
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Hunter X Hunter

I found Arpeggio and Kancolle to be wholly mediocre and mostly just tried them out of my interest in naval history. FMA:B and HXH were excellent. I even started reading the HXH manga that Togashi has been updating to stick with the new arc.

However, I would consider none of these to be my favorite, as that distinction goes to the collection of Ghibli films that I just finished watching over the last 2 weeks. I'd heard of the minds of Miyazaki and Takahata before but never gave them any attention. That was a mistake. Those were some outstanding movies, from Nausicaa to Kaguya.
Going to be taking a bit of a break for a week or so to focus on my research, but the next on the list is Death Note. I've heard good things, so we'll see.

As for non-anime related entertainment, Downton Abbey has recently caught my attention. Didn't think I'd ever care for the lives of English nobles or that they'd be entertaining but this has been an excellent series. Just finished season 2 and will be starting season 3 shortly.

That is all  :D

 

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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
Anyone here watch FairyTail?

 

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TechnoD11:  What did you think of Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and Legend of the Galactic Heroes?  They are some of my all-time favorites.
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TechnoD11:  What did you think of Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and Legend of the Galactic Heroes?  They are some of my all-time favorites.

Yamato was the first anime I ever watched and still one of the best. Very entertaining and the animation was excellent (I mean, comon...that wave motion gun  ;) ).
LoGH had a lot more plot/backstory/character development. The animation was older in LoGH but it suited the show well, in a less-flashy way than Yamato.

Both get 2 thumbs up from me, each for their own reasons.

Question for you though - you started Yamato 2202 yet, and if so, is it any good? I've been holding off until its finished so I can watch it over a couple of weeks.



 
Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
Anyone here watch FairyTail?
I did watch a 2 dozen episodes of it while it was running parallel to the soccer world cup. While I'm not a fan of this type of show in general, I think Fairy Tail is quite OK, but the story is just too predictable and I didn't feel like sitting in front of the TV just for this after the world cup ended; also when I missed some episodes in between I didn't had the feeling that I missed something. In the end I read up the story and comments on TV Tropes, which summed up my POV on this - too many episodes for a story I don't really care about.

 
Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
Finished Megalo Box. I'm not crying. You're crying. (I need a T-Shirt of this show).

Watched the Youtube upload of Bandit Flower. Thunderbolt is catching up to the manga, but also reinforces my opinion of it having good ideas, but poor implementation. Pretty though.

 

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Question for you though - you started Yamato 2202 yet, and if so, is it any good? I've been holding off until its finished so I can watch it over a couple of weeks.

Started 2202 this weekend we're about four episodes in.  The first episode was great but the following three felt a little awkward getting in motion, there are a lot of moving parts in play that I think needed a little more room to breathe.  That said just as in 2199 the animation is solid, the music is great and the ships look fantastic.  I think now that the both the show is underway it will probably settle down and some of the previews I've seen for the Battle of Saturn indicate it's going to be completely nuts.
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Question for you though - you started Yamato 2202 yet, and if so, is it any good? I've been holding off until its finished so I can watch it over a couple of weeks.


I am up to date on 2202.

I can tell why they thought they had a chance at adapting Legend of the Galactic heroes after some of the fleet movements on the show.  I don't 100% agree, but I understand.

I think the intros are a little low-effort, but I also don't care much about anime intros so that's not a make or break for me, since i hate most anime intros and that would leave me not watching a lot of anime.  I just really loved the 2199 intros. 

It's still pretty solid Yamato so far.  It's just the original had such a clear start and finish it's hard to pick it back up and keep going.
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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
sg sg1  and Atlantis for the first time

 

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I found Arpeggio and Kancolle to be wholly mediocre and mostly just tried them out of my interest in naval history.
While I only have a passing interest in naval history myself, wholly mediocre is a pretty much how I would describe both anime adaptations, though Kancolle still qualified as "most japanese show I've seen" for quite a while. Arpeggio is especially disappointing, as I have some fondness for the source material - though it's not without flaws, I don't think it deserved being stripped of the qualities it does have to create a bland generic 12-ish episode anime. I already ranted about this elsewhere in this thread IIRC.

the next on the list is Death Note. I've heard good things, so we'll see.
Death Note's alright, though I'm curious as to how well it stood the test of time.

sg sg1  and Atlantis for the first time
I've probably got a bit of nostalgia filter, but I think both series hold up rather well, although IIRC, Atlantis takes about two seasons to find its mojo.

Anyone here watch FairyTail?
Watched it a bit when I saw it was on Netflix, after dropping the manga some 6 years ago. I feel like it's very much focus targeted at a young audience, which I think was one of the reasons I dropped the manga in the first place. Still, it was pretty funny to see Happy being blue, something I was always forgetting since colored pages were pretty rare.


Moving on, I'm still steadily shifting away from 40+ minutes series. I don't think I ever finished the second or third episode of Altered Carbon, so I still don't know what it's worth. The I started up DC's Legends of Tomorrow, dropped it after about ten minutes after I realized it was probably tied into several other DC shows, and I didn't feel like picking up characters halfway into their stories. Maybe my attention span just suck.

That being said, I also dropped Disenchanted, after being reminded why I dropped the Simpsons & Futurama, while picking up 3-4 other 20 minutes series, with a noticeable shift towards more family-friendly western works following my positive experience with Steven Universe :
- Knights of Sidonia : A space-mecha about a generation ship & lovecraftian-ish aliens (+ fanservice since this is anime and that's the law). I thought the first season was really good, then the second kinda dropped the aliens in favor of a harem-style plot (in addition to the fanservice already present), which I already get enough of from elsewhere so I put the series on ice for the time being.
Still, I kinda liked it, despite being somewhat predictable it's got some good ideas & decent animation - would recommend though one should be aware that seasons 1 & 2 have some noticeable difference in the kind of story they want to tell.

- Dragon Prince : A fairly standard friendly fantasy tale, short (12 episodes for the first season) but quite enjoyable, with a good balance between drama, action & humor. The animation is rather janky at times (I blame bad CGI), but the drawing itself is rather clean - would recommend.
Funny story : I watched both it & Sidonia at around the same time, found both rather predictable with some questionable CG animation, but enjoyed both nonetheless :)

- Miraculous Ladybug : Probably the oddest choice I made over the past couple month, it's a full CGI Franco-Japano-Korean magical-girl-ish show set in Paris. The poster caught my eye ever since I arrived on Netflix early this year, though I'd always been wary of it being to kid-oriented for my tastes (which it admittedly it kind of is). I decided to give it a shot after finishing Dragon Prince & putting Sidonia on hold, and to watch it in French, which kind of freaked me out a bit since I've been staying the hell away from French dubs & translations as much as I could for the past 8 years or so.
Well, it's definitely an odd show, very anime-inspired while being very western at the same time. Plot-wise it's fairly unremarkable and formulaic, however the characters themselves are pretty fun overall, the comedy works, the action is solid, the animation is gorgeous - though Paris is entirely too empty) and it makes copious use of stock shots for the transformation sequences & special abilities.
Overall, a pretty fun ride - would recommend (too bad season 2 isn't available for on Netflix for some reason).

- Wakfu : That one's been a looong time coming, it was recommended to me by some of my high-school-era friends back when it first came out, but I never got around to giving it a shot (I was too busy playing Freespace & DotA back then). It's a wacky fantasy tale with elements inspired from classic RPG games - as was popular in France at the time. Turns out it's a surpringly solid show : It's gorgeous, it's funny (though I don't know how much gets lost in translation), the character stuff works so far, the action works, it's got some non-intrusive nods to RPGs (computer or otherwise).
Very good so far - strongly recommended.

  

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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
- Wakfu : That one's been a looong time coming, it was recommended to me by some of my high-school-era friends back when it first came out, but I never got around to giving it a shot (I was too busy playing Freespace & DotA back then). It's a wacky fantasy tale with elements inspired from classic RPG games - as was popular in France at the time. Turns out it's a surpringly solid show : It's gorgeous, it's funny (though I don't know how much gets lost in translation), the character stuff works so far, the action works, it's got some non-intrusive nods to RPGs (computer or otherwise).
Very good so far - strongly recommended.

The first two season are overall good (the ending of the first season is excellent IMO) ... though the season 2 villan never quite recaptures the excellence that was achieved with Nox* ("Once I have finished, nothing I have done will have mattered" is still one of the best line to telegraph that the villian of the piece might be the most sympathetic figure involved), although the inital arc of season 2 is really awesome as well...

The 3 full feature lengh outings are ... mediocre at best, as they ditch the esmeble nature of the show to go broke on the action for most of it; completely sidelining 3 of original cast (out of 5), made worse that there seem to be some bull**** gender politcs at play...

The recently released season 3 is not a return to form, but it once it all out there - they finally get back to finding stuff to tell that is relevant with all characters (even if the Eva remains sidelined, but at least being pregnant is less bull**** that what happened before), Ruel's story arc is particular manages to bridge contrasting parts of his personality and role to the others, all the while we finally get see Amaya matured beyond the issues that defined her character originally.

* Nox by himself is also a masterclass is design; not just does story square the megalomically villian with a sympathetic tragedic weight but his overall design is well crafted, from him mostly teleporting to move around and his jancky clockwork inspired movement when he is fighting. And again, the resolution of his story at the end of season 1 is one object lessons for how to resolve an overpowering villian in story.
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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
- Knights of Sidonia : A space-mecha about a generation ship & lovecraftian-ish aliens (+ fanservice since this is anime and that's the law). I thought the first season was really good, then the second kinda dropped the aliens in favor of a harem-style plot (in addition to the fanservice already present), which I already get enough of from elsewhere so I put the series on ice for the time being.
Still, I kinda liked it, despite being somewhat predictable it's got some good ideas & decent animation - would recommend though one should be aware that seasons 1 & 2 have some noticeable difference in the kind of story they want to tell.

To my estimation, Season 1 and 2 of Knights of Sidonia are actually quite different stories which both concluded in their series - the impression of that is slightly broken by how the second season ends, although it kinda fits there too.
The first Season is very much about Nagate arriving in Sidonia's society, with the expectation of himself and others that he might prove to be the equal to his heroic grandfather, and having to fail foward until he reaches the point when he his. The second Season is very much about the reaction to that kind of heroic figure having arrived, with the shift of objective from survival to total war being at the forefront - we see the de-throned prodigee rival make what is essentially a pact with the devil by another name, we see Nagate being lifted on higher pedestal (hence the harem sub-plot being kinda fitting), leadership shifts and by the end everyone is buying into the idea of victory.

There is also a well plotted path how this is going to continue since there is an obvious trigger how to compromise Nagate as a heroic paragon before pulling the curtain on all the shadyness with the other plot trigger that was left in plain view at the end of season 2.
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"As you sought to steal a kingdom for yourself, so must you do again, a thousand times over. For a theft, a true theft, must be practiced to be earned." - The terms of Nysa's curse, Pathfinder: Kingmaker

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