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Offline Buckshee Rounds

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- 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.

I really liked the first season of Knights of Sidonia. The Gauna were a credible and lethal foe, one that seemed very much like a force of nature. The action sequences were good fun and the physics side of things was also quite satisfying. The plot was interesting enough to keep me engaged, enough to overlook the bland characters and somewhat wooden dialogue.

Then season 2 came around. Good god what happened? It felt like the whole season was just filler until the very last battle at the end. That penis monster thing was just cringey. I think I remember it doing the "anime rosy cheeks" thing at one point, like it was attracted to the main character whats-his-name, which came off as borderline bestial. The harem crap did not help matters at all, especially considering how stiff and unengaging the characters were. A lot of animes have problems with boring protagonists, but this one was especially bad. His entire character is "I occasionally eat".

Knights of Sidonia stands out to me as something that had so much potential and managed to somehow pull mediocrity from the jaws of greatness. The transhuman elements, such as genderless people and photosynthesis, was something that should have been explored so much further. Instead we got entire episodes devoted to some of the most awkward, cringey, pointless and badly written romantic subplots I've ever seen, all of which revolved around a protagonist with all the character of a blank wall.

On a more positive note, I've seen the first couple episodes of Castlevania which was really good fun. It's excessively violent and gruesome, which I shamelessly enjoy. Haven't seen enough yet to properly judge, but I like the main character so far and I'm hoping for more demon action to come.

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a protagonist with all the character of a blank wall.

Blank Walls are good for other characters to project on ... but then blank walls don't have guilt issues....
"When you work with water, you have to know and respect it. When you labour to subdue it, you have to understand that one day it may rise up and turn all your labours into nothing. For what is water, which seeks to make all things level, which has no taste or colour of its own, but a liquid form of Nothing?" - Graham Swift, Waterland

"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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That penis monster thing was just cringey. I think I remember it doing the "anime rosy cheeks" thing at one point, like it was attracted to the main character whats-his-name, which came off as borderline bestial.

I don't know about you but I filed that under the developing explaination regarding the Gauna and their "interest" in humanity ... since Season 1 the show has shown that there is more going on that just "space monsters" with the Gauna:
- The first real Gauna encountered takes an human-like shape.
- The Crimson Hawk Moth-type Gauna become more human-looking with each encounter, discarding the orignal Garde-like form, but retain the "pilot-clone-adpendage".
- The first Gauna to have reached Earth were said to be vaguely human-shaped.
- The last non-squid, non-Hawk Moth Gauna we see is also vaguely human-looking.
- The detached "pilot-clone-adpendage" seems to undergo cognitive development including seeming accessing memories from the human original. We never got to see the end of the development.

As such Tsugmori's "attachment" to Nagate might actually be a result of her parentage - which would be an interesting contrast to the running plot-point regarding the leadership of Sidonia sitting on a mountain of secrets and revised history; as in the Gauna having some kind of collective, quasi-genetic memory which allows them to share information but not withhold it from another, while the human method of communicating information, even vital stuff, from one generation to the next is inherently compromised by the elder generation's intentions (which became esspecially interesting when the immortal leadership on Sidonia changed via coup).
"When you work with water, you have to know and respect it. When you labour to subdue it, you have to understand that one day it may rise up and turn all your labours into nothing. For what is water, which seeks to make all things level, which has no taste or colour of its own, but a liquid form of Nothing?" - Graham Swift, Waterland

"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

"...because they are not Dragons."

 

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I've been going hard on Symphogear as of late and goddamn if saving the world repeatedly through the power of lesbians holding hands isn't compelling. It's also got a lot of good music (as one would expect from its premise) and I've been impressed by the animation in the first 3 seasons (hey it's amazing what happens when you give your staff some goddamn time to work on things. It also has some pretty good anime hair (not Shiki or Utena levels but still over the top and stylish).
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Is Gate any good?  Synopsis reads a bit like that epic Hell war story that did the Internet rounds about 12 years back.

The one where modern and forces take the war to Satan after a helll gate opens and all dead veterans from now back to way back when break free and help out.
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Is Gate any good?  Synopsis reads a bit like that epic Hell war story that did the Internet rounds about 12 years back.

The one where modern and forces take the war to Satan after a helll gate opens and all dead veterans from now back to way back when break free and help out.

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Comin' again to save the mother****in' day, yeah!" (minus the self awareness)

The first couple episodes showed some promise but then it just languishes in a little puddle of shallowness.  A rough synopsis is Roman/Medieval Legions getting repeatedly curb stomped by modern combined arms, emphasis on repeatedly because the villains are ****ing comically inept and never take any steps to adapt to what they are facing.  Given the fantasy setting the writer(s) could have created some actual tension by leveraging magic or other supernatural crap to create asymmetric parity between the forces but nope.   It maybe worth looking up a couple of the early battles on You Tube for a little army porn but overall gets to be about as dynamic as a BJJ Blackbelt submitting a toddler.

Plus the MC needs to be a spec ops otaku harem magnet because anime.
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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
Is Gate any good?  Synopsis reads a bit like that epic Hell war story that did the Internet rounds about 12 years back.

The one where modern and forces take the war to Satan after a helll gate opens and all dead veterans from now back to way back when break free and help out.

In a word; No.

 
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I've been going hard on Symphogear as of late and goddamn if saving the world repeatedly through the power of lesbians holding hands isn't compelling. It's also got a lot of good music (as one would expect from its premise) and I've been impressed by the animation in the first 3 seasons (hey it's amazing what happens when you give your staff some goddamn time to work on things. It also has some pretty good anime hair (not Shiki or Utena levels but still over the top and stylish).
Eyy, Symphogear is my jam, baby! S3 doesn't quite hold up as well as the first two but S4 steps it back up. It's a shame, Symphogear gets so little attention, escpecially in the west basically no one has ever even heard of it. You should check out the live shows too if you like the songs.

 

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Is Gate any good?  Synopsis reads a bit like that epic Hell war story that did the Internet rounds about 12 years back.

The one where modern and forces take the war to Satan after a helll gate opens and all dead veterans from now back to way back when break free and help out.

In a word; No.

Such an interesting concept, so many possibilities, and such waste.

 

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Eyy, Symphogear is my jam, baby! S3 doesn't quite hold up as well as the first two but S4 steps it back up. It's a shame, Symphogear gets so little attention, escpecially in the west basically no one has ever even heard of it. You should check out the live shows too if you like the songs.

Yeah S3 is more of a plateau so far (though Chris and Tsubasa coming back halfway through was ****ing hype). Maybe I just follow too many weebs on twitter because a bunch of them like the show. Thanks for the rec on the live stuff too!
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Wasn't Star Wars Resistance supposed to be the worst thing ever?
Because it's actually quite nice and I love the setting, it's sorta like Deep Space Nine but seen from a clueless naive version of Garak rather than from the station commander PoV.

Also new Doctor Who, but the new titles and stories are a deliberate throwback in many regards, even more than some things Moffat did. Episode 3 felt like an old Hartnell episode, it had shades of The Time Meddler.
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Eyy, Symphogear is my jam, baby! S3 doesn't quite hold up as well as the first two but S4 steps it back up. It's a shame, Symphogear gets so little attention, escpecially in the west basically no one has ever even heard of it. You should check out the live shows too if you like the songs.

Yeah S3 is more of a plateau so far (though Chris and Tsubasa coming back halfway through was ****ing hype). Maybe I just follow too many weebs on twitter because a bunch of them like the show. Thanks for the rec on the live stuff too!
I really liked the first two seasons of Symphogear but season 3 (GX) was kind of terrible imo. The show was starting to feel like it was trying too hard to adherd to its own established formula. Every character needed to have their own little drama arc, even dredging up issues that had seemingly already had their closure in previous seasons. It felt incredibly forced and it really dragged the show down hard for me. I actually completely missed there was a fourth season, but I'm kind of wary of watching it.

Is S4 more of the same or is it actually good?
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Knights of Sidonia stands out to me as something that had so much potential and managed to somehow pull mediocrity from the jaws of greatness. The transhuman elements, such as genderless people and photosynthesis, was something that should have been explored so much further. Instead we got entire episodes devoted to some of the most awkward, cringey, pointless and badly written romantic subplots I've ever seen, all of which revolved around a protagonist with all the character of a blank wall.

If nothing else, Sidonia is a good representation of the source material.

If you want to see a good film based on Tsutomo Nihei's stuff, check out Blame! on Netflix.
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Yawn. Wake me when somebody adapts Biomega.


I finished Season 2 of Castlevania. It's been an interesting season, although I'm sort of conflicted about it. Whereas Castlevania S1 was basically just kinda Castlevania 3. This season focuses less on Trevor and this really surprised. The cast of Curse of Darkness. And Dracula and Camilla I guess.

It's interesting how they integrated the Curse of Darkness plot into the story. And I'm interested to see where that goes. Although, I feel like Season 2 didn't really do a good job at making Alucard an interesting character since he barely got any in his appearance at the end of S1. Although his interactions with Trevor are... mostly gold.

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Dracula got some really nice characterization, since you focus on his side of the conflict more than the Heroes like the first Season.

So far the new characters like Isaac (based on a CoD character) who is probably my favorite character so far. Who fights with a frickin Flaggelants whip! They really got down his twisted backstory and ethos really that sells a guy who just wants "Peace and Quiet". His friendship with Hector was also endearing. In a "D'awww" sort of way. Well when they are trying to exterminate Humanity I guess...


I want to see how Season 3 turns out. I wonder if they're going to start doing generation skipping to do stuff like Simon or Soma. But I think Season 3 is probably going to be more Curse of Darkness content.

 

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I didn't enjoy blame.   Something about it was just a non-starter.  It just felt bland and cliché.
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Just finished Durarara!! (2010)... It popped into my recommended quene on Netflix a year ago and back then I only watched a couple of episodes.

Originally I didn't keep watching because it uses a quasi-anthology format for much of its narrative, and as that approach goes, if you are just casually watching you might just not find the way information is presented all that satisfying (in this case for example, the first episode goes through a rapid succession of character introductions most of which are just too fast to be substantive; however as the series progresses most of the characters introduced get to either be the narrator or POV, so you get all details then).

While I wouldn't super recommend it for casual viewing, I took some lessons from it that will hopefully improve my writing.
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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

"...because they are not Dragons."

 

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Managed to binge through castlvania season 2 on Netflix.   

Dracula is absolutely nails..... unless you show him some teddy bears.
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Managed to binge through castlvania season 2 on Netflix.   

Same here... There is a point where I was seriously finding myself hoping the series would slow down and let all cool monster designs sink in more, but that might have stopped the narrative dead. The characters are well written, the animation is good, and the plot is well crafted.
"When you work with water, you have to know and respect it. When you labour to subdue it, you have to understand that one day it may rise up and turn all your labours into nothing. For what is water, which seeks to make all things level, which has no taste or colour of its own, but a liquid form of Nothing?" - Graham Swift, Waterland

"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

"...because they are not Dragons."

  

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It's a very bingeable show. The VA was really good and most of the characters were really well defined. I particularly liked Isaac, really hope we see more of him in season 3.

 
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I'd argue that Season 2 is better than 1. But for a show about the Belmonts war with Dracula. It kinda glosses over Trevor, and I feel the character interactions between the Heroes becomes very bipolar at times. Going from "We're all buddies." to "We hate each other." at the drop of a hat.

And these fight scenes though. Trevor does a new thing with his Whip every battle.