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  • FrostPan 26 May 2018 11:46:21 1,501 posts
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    Welp, looks like I'm dropping Mahou Shoujo Site now. Didn't even get half way through the latest episode as it was absolute garbage, and I predict it's going to get worse from there with that shitty character still there. A shame.

    Comic Girls is still pretty good.

    AoT S3 can't come soon enough.
  • oldschoolsoviet 26 May 2018 12:14:15 6,496 posts
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    Ha, 4 days later. :D

    Dropped a few weeks prior, but actually tempted to watch this week's ep for the laugh (I've seen 'that' panty shot and heard about the OTT nonsense).

    But yes, roll on AoT and OPM in Sept.
  • GarlVinland 11 Jun 2018 10:02:39 3,339 posts
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    The Devil is a Part-Timer

    The Devil gets driven out of his dimension and goes into exile on Earth. Here he's weak and loses most of his powers. At first he plans to recover and take back his kingdom, but he quickly realises if he plans to stay, he'll need a home and a job. He starts working at a fast food restaurant and discovers he has a bit of a flair for business.

    I found the premise hysterically funny, the jokes don't always live up to the concept but I enjoyed it a great deal, and the characters are stereotypical but also charming. It sticks to formula but does it well, it's by no means a classic but it's worth a watch. No sign of a second season but I'd love to see how they would develop it further.
  • FrostPan 11 Jun 2018 12:09:17 1,501 posts
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    Yeah, The Devil is a Part-Timer is a good show. Enjoyed my time with it when I watched it last year or so.

    I've been sporadic with my anime watching these past few weeks. Only shows I've been consistent with are Comic Girls and Hinamatsuri, which the latter still being the highlight for me.
  • GarlVinland 11 Jun 2018 12:58:37 3,339 posts
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    The new Blazblue game features characters from RWBY. Never watched it before but reviews seem to indicate it's very popular, even though it seems to be an American series. Might give it a watch.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 11 Jun 2018 13:32:00 3,743 posts
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    I see Darling in the FranXX has now hit the point previously seen in Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill where it throws common sense and proportion out the window and dials the scale of the conflict up massively. Good fun.

    But after a shaky start (and an irritating habit of making every 5th ep a recap), Beatless has turned into the most interesting current 2-cour from me. It originally teased that it might be just another robot-girlfriend show. It isn't. Instead, it's a really interesting piece of conceptual sci-fi about the implications of machine intelligence (and a massively more intelligent commentary on the issue than... say... Detroit).

    I'm enjoying Magical Girl Site. It's ridiculous. It knows it's ridiculous. It doesn't try to hide it. It's good fun (in a horrible way) and I'm fine with that.

    Full Metal Panic S4 pulled a pretty big twist and what was basically a mic-drop episode this week. Annoyingly, though, it seems to be following Beatless's model of having very regular, scheduled recap eps, so it takes another week off next week. Suspect this new "every 4th/5th ep is a recap" thing is the industry's response to the staff shortages and consequent production disasters that have been growing for a few seasons now (e.g. Marchen Madchen).

    Steins;Gate 0 is very solid. Do wish, though, it would also remember to be a little bit awesome as well (like the original was).

    Legend of the Galactic Heroes continues to be dry as dust, but worth watching just for the production values (for now).

    Sword Art Online Alternative is good fun, despite that terrible first episode. It's less dark than the "better" arcs of the original SAO (Aincrad and Mother's Rosario), but handles a lighter tone better than the rest of the main series does. The pink bunny has sharp fangs!

    Persona 5 has improved a bit, but is still not a patch on the game. They seem to be getting better at pacing now, but they fundamentally misjudged the tone and pacing of those opening episodes (covering arguably the strongest arc in the game) so much that it will be difficult to recover.

    High School DXD S4 is pretty rubbish. DXD's selling point was always that it was the stupid fanservice series that was actually good. There were signs by the end of S3 that they were losing the thread with it. S4 - and the shift to a new studio - has confirmed its demise. The comic timing and ability to flip the tone suddely that made the early seasons so good has gone.

    3D Kanojo started boring me and retreated too far into shoujo clichés. I've dropped it.

    My Hero Academia S3 is pulling things up a bit. I was about ready to drop the show on the grounds that - while well made - it was ultimately a very predictable shonen genre affair. Since the end of the (very clichéd) training camp arc, it's shaken its own formula up massively and is much more interesting now.

    Wotakoi is very decent and had a good episode this week. A well-written show, with a light enough touch to dodge the melodrama that 3D Kanojo descended into.

    Uma Musume had its last episode this week and - to my great surprise - was a charming little show. Far from being a cheap mobige cash-in, it was a surprisingly sincere show that took its silly fictional sport and horsegirls seriously enough that it actually worked. I'll miss it now it's over.

    Comic Girls continues to be great. It's a very well written comedy - sharply observed and with impeccable timing. This week's episode was particularly solid.

    Amanchu S2 is garbage. Biggest drop-off in quality I've seen between first and second seasons since Minami-ke (oh, ok, or maybe Psycho Pass). Dream sequences are almost always rubbish and they've pulled together a season which is almost entirely composed of them.
  • Graxlar_v3 11 Jun 2018 13:59:48 3,085 posts
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    GarlVinland wrote:
    The new Blazblue game features characters from RWBY. Never watched it before but reviews seem to indicate it's very popular, even though it seems to be an American series. Might give it a watch.
    I like it, episodes are really short (10 or so minutes each) so watching weekly is a pain but they are alot o fun.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 11 Jul 2018 22:50:56 3,743 posts
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    Just watched the last episode of FranXX. Decent show, but there was something lacking compared to Trigger's previous shows (including Gurren Lagann here as an honorary Trigger show). The soundtrack! Ok, the soundtracks for Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia might not have been great in a conventional sense, but by god their fit their shows. FranXX's soundtrack is just... meh. Otherwise, though, a very good show.
  • oldschoolsoviet 12 Jul 2018 02:25:15 6,496 posts
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    Eh, it's been more enjoyable watching the frothing crowd work themselves up before the most deflating end nobody imagined. It passed the time I suppose, but it was stuck between the craziness of Trigger and the formality of A-1, and ultimately didn't land in either camp.

    Still, better space battles than the CGI copypasta of LotGH.

    Hisone no Masotan and Hinamatsuri ticked most of the boxes for me despite some misfires, Megalo Box was a nice slice of the old-school, very Manglobe-era in it's artistic choice and that soundtrack is superb. Verdict on Golden Kamuy is on hiatus until it's continuation, but was certainly losing me towards the end there with it's continued juggling of what it wants to be (serious, comedy, cooking, Scooby-doo hotel gags ?). I know it's supposedly faithful to the manga, but it feels like throwing everything in and hoping it sticks.

    Watakoi felt very flat too as it closed, no real ups or downs nor progression, Tada-kun really didn't need the royalty angle which felt silly/too forced, and Gurazeni seemed interesting but the constant OCD of salaries and repetitive "I BETTER EARN A BETTER SALARY" grated far too much. Might suit it's drop-in manga audience who've perhaps overlooked it, but by god it was annoying in a weekly series.

    Best show overall for me ? Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori. Perfectly paced, nice humour and comfy SoL will always filter through, and I wasn't even expecting much from it to begin with. Quite the surprise, and the fujoshi-fest it was advertised as never really materialised thankfully. The dark horse was definitely Piano no Mori, and terrible CGI piano hands aside, it's been an enjoyable ride. Big thumbs up for the Nodame style cour-finale of 20mins of piano playing and reactions, and looking forward to the second cour in the new year.

    So, AoT S3 and Overlord S3 as the heavy hitters for Summer. Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro and Asobi Asobase as the comedies, BANANA FISH and Grand Blue the 'hype!' pair, Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes, High Score Girl, Tsukumogami Kashimasu and Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki as the "hopefully good" picks, and a compare and contrast between Back Street Girls: Gokudolls and Hanebado, the former lacking anything resembling animation, and the latter animated waaay above what is necessary (Sweaty Thighs:The Anime).

    Thought it was going to be poor, but that's a lot of shows on reflection. And no trashy isekai, no siree.
  • shadowdawg 12 Jul 2018 16:31:17 51 posts
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    Attack on Titan S3 is going to be the best of the season.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 12 Jul 2018 16:39:41 3,743 posts
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    Meh, I've cooled a lot on Titan over the years. When it works, it works well. That's mostly in the first few episodes of the first and second seasons.

    Outside of those short runs of really memorable episodes, it tends to devolve too much into lengthy exposition and pointlessly protracted dialogue. Plus it tends to mistake "shouting" for "emotion".
  • Rhaegyr 12 Jul 2018 16:54:27 4,498 posts
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    Yeah, I tuned out after 5 or 6 episodes of the first season when characters started going spewing 5-minute internal monologues.

    Loved the premise and the first few episodes, too.
  • JoelStinty 12 Jul 2018 18:19:05 6,741 posts
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    I'm not a massive anime fan - i flirt with various movies here and there, but actually started watching AOT a week or so back as it seems to be recommend a lot (mainly the first page of this thread haha) It's not bad, the premise and set up is really interesting but i know what you mean about shouting about everything, especially the initial lead character (got to an episode where something's happened). It does have all the over silly melodrama of various anime's and those internal monologues but i have enjoyed what i have watched but so far.
  • oldschoolsoviet 12 Jul 2018 18:57:32 6,496 posts
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    And Mob Psycho S2 pencilled in for Jan.

    Probably around the same time as subs will appear for the Youjo Senki (Tanya) film. :( Feels forever away, but I know it'll creep up all too soon.
  • AceGrace 12 Jul 2018 19:58:09 3,197 posts
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    Is AOT S2 on Netflix yet?
  • FrostPan 12 Jul 2018 22:03:35 1,501 posts
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    AceGrace wrote:
    Is AOT S2 on Netflix yet?
    Nope. Crunchyroll exclusive as it always been. Have no idea if it will ever come to Netflix.
  • Malek86 12 Jul 2018 22:38:31 7,080 posts
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    Rogueywon wrote:
    Amanchu S2 is garbage. Biggest drop-off in quality I've seen between first and second seasons since Minami-ke (oh, ok, or maybe Psycho Pass).
    At least you haven't watched Aikatsu. That should be writer course 101 on how to ruin a series during its second season.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 16 Jul 2018 20:55:00 3,743 posts
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    Tried some of the new summer shows last night. First thoughts:

    Planet With: Tried two episodes. It's a pretty enough sci-fi show, but it set my hipster-alarm buzzing. Suspect it may disappear up its own arse before too long. We're not talking Gatchaman Crowds levels of hateful-hipsteriness, but it could well rank in at least near Flip Flappers level.

    Happy Sugar Life: Decent-looking yandere show. The title is definitely misleading, as it wastes no time going some very dark places. May be a bit too uncomfortable for some, but I took reassurance from the fact that it clearly knows full well just how wrong some of its content is.

    Lord of Vermillion: Watched 5 minutes. Some 14 year old boy's frenzied grimdark masturbatory fantasy that somehow got turned into an actual show. Garbage.

    Satsuriku no Tenshi: Slasher-horror. Starts well enough, but even by the mid-point of episode 1, it's starting to descend into bullshit a bit too quickly for my liking. May give it a couple more episodes, but expectations are low.

    Grand Blue: Well, that was weird. Kind of reminds me of those gross-out frat-comedy movies that were popular in the late 90s and early 00s. Contains enough alcohol consumption that I could feel a sympathetic hangover just from watching it. Better than I expected.

    Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu: 24 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.

    Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight: The big surprise of the night. Starts out looking like a fairly standard idol-ish show. Then there's a lift... and a tower... and a transformation sequence... and a talking giraffe... and some remarkably kinetic duel sequences. Pretty sure it can't be channeling Revolutionary Girl Utena so hard by accident. Had me more interested than any of the other first-episodes I tried last night.

    Hanebad: Decent-looking "serious" sports show. Made me think a bit of Hibike Euphonium, only with badminton instead of band.

    Harukana Receive: Another decent-looking sports show, but nothing particularly serious about this one. It's a beach volleyball show, so as you'd expect, a lot of the focus is on the "plot" and the "backstory". Weirdly, as I watched it, I actually found myself remembering the rules and tactics from the very first DOAX on the original Xbox.

    Chio's School Road: Fun first episode, but god only knows how they're going to stretch it out to a full series.

    Ongaku Shoujo: Pretty traditional idol show, albeit one which, on the basis of the first episode, feels like it might be genuinely geared towards a younger female audience rather than the... erm... older male audience that IM@S and Love Live attract.

    Asobi Asobase: Amusing enough not-very-cute-girls-doing-not-very-cute-things show. Not brilliant, though.

    Jashin-chan Dropkick: Pretty good fun. Basically an evil version of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid.
  • Graxlar_v3 20 Jul 2018 11:17:50 3,085 posts
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    January 2019 - the story of the unknown saiyen - its Broly
    an unknown saiyen - Its Broly
    who is this Saiyen - its Broly
    Goku and Vegeta have never fought- they have beat him 3 times
  • Graxlar_v3 20 Jul 2018 11:18:12 3,085 posts
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    I am not a fan of them washing the first three movies from canon.
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