Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

bangle

Completely Average High School Student
Well i'm new here so i'm spending most of my time trying to get up to speed on what's actually going on and what the abbreviations mean but i'm going to put my hand up and say I did read your review and was highly entertained. Probably much more so than I would be if I watched the show! I'm not really much of an authority on the subject though, my only foray into this area being brief and quite frankly tame ( Welcome to Pia Carrot II ). This is going back a few years and I was mostly shocked by the pixellation of certain parts. I mean, why would you even want a censored version?

Anyway, I was wondering the same thing, i'd like to see a bit of discussion now and then. I don't always go with the crowd, I actually enjoyed Fireworks which I watched the other day despite being very ready not to as I read it was awful. My OH insisted he really wanted to watch it though, so we bought it anyway (he just picks based on the cover art sometimes). I didn't like the flight of fantasy into idol singing part because it was just so out of place, but other than that I enjoyed it so i'd rate it a 6/10. I don't know if I read into it the same way as anyone else but I have this theory that Nazuna Oikawa knew what the firework shell actually did because she'd tried it herself but wasn't able to change anything. I think she hoped the boys would be able to do it for her and that's why they were all half in love with her and why she acted so strangely. I thought the explanation was in the shards shattered off the firework shell as they each saw a different version of 'ifs'. In the end though she accepted she couldn't change that she was going to move away so she made do with what she could. It could also explain Norimichi's friend's actions, though I genuinely think you do get people like that that that just aren't very nice. I also think it's supposed to imply that her father also failed to change his future and ultimately failed, which is the only reason I could think of for the water scene. Also did he woo her mother using the 'if' ball? either that or my imagination gets way ahead of me and that's why I enjoyed it so much.
 
This is what I get for trying to entertain you people, silence?
I did think about asking if it was better or worse than La Blue Girl, but I felt it was a conversation I might later regret.

Did you ever get round to this Prof? The OVAs and movies are my favourite part of Slayers because I love how Naga and Lina play off each other. Hopefully you were/would be pleasantly surprised.
I haven't yet, but this is a good idea and I will make Slayers the next thing I start on; it's definitely better than a lot of the things I've been watching lately. On that note:

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

As someone generally indifferent to the SAO franchise, I don’t think I’d have paid much attention to this stand alone shoot-em-up spinoff, had someone not sold it to me on the grounds that the main character has a pink sub-machine gun that talks to her. As a lightweight action series, it’s watchable and at times genuinely exciting, particularly towards the end of the second virtual game, I just wish I didn’t hate the story that wraps around it quite so much.

With mainline SAO’s ‘die in the game and you die in real life’ gambit long gone, GGO’s stakes are considerably lower (at least for its first half) so the show instead tries to show a little bit of main character LLENN developing as a person through playing the game. When it tries to up the ante around the middle of the show however, I thought the whole thing was ready to collapse - the story feels painfully contrived and the obvious, leaden character developments in the real world are an absolute chore to get through. The strange thing though is that, as long as GGO remains in the virtual world, it kind of gets away with it. LLENN's plot armour would occasionally embarass a tank, but the whole thing clips along with such pace and nutty determination that it's all rather fun. I'd almost recommend stopping the show on a high after the penultimate episode, and avoiding the final round of character revelations (was that part supposed to be funny? I don't even know).

It doesn't help that GGO follows hard on the heels of Recovery of an MMO Junkie, which covered similar story material in a far more interesting and compelling way. Perhaps GGO was determined to follow a different path, but it really frustrated me that the show frequently seems to be on the cusp of saying something interesting about online FPS games and the people who play them, but never engages with any of that on more than the most superficial level. Some of this, I think is down to the adaptation which presumably prioritised the action, but there is a definite feeling of wasted potential.

Ultimately, I'd liken my experience with this one to the Girls Und Panzer film. The shooty bangs are quite good, just don't come looking for a good story to go with them.
 
I was mostly shocked by the pixellation of certain parts. I mean, why would you even want a censored version?
As I understand it, censorship of any depiction of genitals is the (genuinely bizarre) law in Japan - Even real live porn has to be pixelated and hilarious tiny black bars drawn on pornographic manga, so I'm not sure how some anime manages to get away with not doing so - Perhaps the uncensored versions are only released in the west, or this law was rescinded recently? Certainly there's no such release for Taimanin Asagi, which for all of its debauchery remains genitally blurred.

I did think about asking if it was better or worse than La Blue Girl, but I felt it was a conversation I might later regret.
For all its (in)fame, that's one series I have never actually seen, so you get to avoid the conversation altogether Prof.
 

Luna

Thousand Master
Night is Short Walk on Girl
Walked in eager to see the same stype of Tatami Galaxy again. (Same Author, same director, same character designer.) Was confronted with that instantly and what's more with Higuchi and Ryouko being characters in there it actually became a full fledged Tatami Galaxy Spin Off and not just a spiritual successor. It looked even more generally promising, because the girl is not as stern-icy as Akashi and Senpai did not seem as pathethic as Watashi (Until he lost his pants at least).
Until they started the singing...
Granted, it's not so weird, given that they started to drink their minds off before that, but all the jolly "fun" from being drunk completely escapes me, so I have my troubles to relate to that. And being in love is apparantely as bad as being drunk (not changing your underwear because of love for a year, seriously?) Furthermore confusing was Ozu, who joined in as a boy, which totally threw me off in term of situating that in any Tatamii timeline, but in the end that one was some book god?
Things got pretty weird after that and the plot appered to dowright derail itself, which might have been the point with all the drinking and it's drunk effects (?), but I found myself just waiting for Akashi and Watashi to make a came. They didn't make it in, but Watashi's signature phrases "rose colored campus life" and "When I realized it" did, and I even mistook Senpai for Watashi (who certainly looks very similiar to him) for a full minute. Talk about Senpai's presence as his own individual...

Not sure what exactly the core theme even was, except the get drunk and have fun idea. It says at some point, those of are alone have to be active themselves to the guy, but then the guy has done this in his roundabout way already all the time and he ends up with his girl because she reached out to him in the end.

6.5, will have to digest it a little more whether to upround or downround.
 

bangle

Completely Average High School Student
As I understand it, censorship of any depiction of genitals is the (genuinely bizarre) law in Japan - Even real live porn has to be pixelated and hilarious tiny black bars drawn on pornographic manga, so I'm not sure how some anime manages to get away with not doing so - Perhaps the uncensored versions are only released in the west, or this law was rescinded recently? Certainly there's no such release for Taimanin Asagi, which for all of its debauchery remains genitally blurred.


For all its (in)fame, that's one series I have never actually seen, so you get to avoid the conversation altogether Prof.
Ah that explains it, in that case i'm surprised they don't just avoid certain angles. It does seem a little ironic considering what i've heard of certain infamous types which always seem to get mentioned by the uninitiated. For some reason people who have no idea seem to presume you're either watching Pokemon or porn. It's a shame as i've found so many people I talk to just won't give anime the chance it deserves.
 
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