Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

WMD

Stand User
SSSS Gridman

Wow. So much to unpack. Especially as for much of the show the theme is "meaninglessness"

Everytime glasses guy tries to give exposition someone kicks his ankle to shut him up because 'the how' doesnt matter. There is no meaning to what is happening. How everytime someone tries to get the opinion of Gridman he just says everyone has a point and nothing is achieved. How Akane slowly loses meaning in her life as shes so inwardly focused. How the name of Gridmans helpers the Neon Genesis Junior High Students, a name repeatedly mocked, as if to say theres jo need to care about deeper meanings (NGE being a show that's all about the deeper meanings).

It's almost like an anti-trigger show for much of the run. The way that episode 8 acts a season finale, that instead of getting big and bombastic at that point the heroes have to decrease their size to roll out.

It's interesting then that the true resolution to the show comes from various characters accepting their meaninglessness. Glasses accepted he has no role in the story, Hibiki accepts he was never in the show to begin with, Rikka accepts she and everyone is a fake. And crucially Akane accepts that to have self meaning can only be achieved by accepting that its born from how others see us.

Theres a bonus feature on the blu ray where some funination staff talk about the show and it's super interesting to hear their theories. I wont spoil them here are they were a bit different to mine but I like their interpretation of the brief live action closing shot.
 

João Gomes

Student Council President
I found it very average, personally. There's nothing remarkable about it. I don't know how a fan of classic shows of the sort would view the anime, but to me, it was kinda boring. Not boring enough to drop, because you kinda want to know what's happening with the town and the kaijus but then you know and it's like... Eh. Right. It's not that interesting after all. At that point you're a couple of episodes away from the ending, so might as well.

I liked Anti, I guess.

Funny that you mention Eva, because I've been rewatching that and the world-building is superb in that. And I've come to love Shinji as a character, even if I never hated him. I would go on, but yeah, Gridman.

Gave it a 5 on MAL.
 

WMD

Stand User
I found it very average, personally. There's nothing remarkable about it. I don't know how a fan of classic shows of the sort would view the anime, but to me, it was kinda boring. Not boring enough to drop, because you kinda want to know what's happening with the town and the kaijus but then you know and it's like... Eh. Right. It's not that interesting after all. At that point you're a couple of episodes away from the ending, so might as well.

I liked Anti, I guess.

Funny that you mention Eva, because I've been rewatching that and the world-building is superb in that. And I've come to love Shinji as a character, even if I never hated him. I would go on, but yeah, Gridman.

Gave it a 5 on MAL.
In a weird way I kind of feel like that's the point. Like it's trying to be as far away from shows like Eva as possible, at least thematically. I think theres a level where Trigger are being a bit meta about themselves and how they usually do a show like this and trying to subvert it.

On the Funimation bonus I mentioned Clifford Chaplin who directed the English dub talks about growing up watching the original as a kid and he seemed genuinely enthused about it all.
 

João Gomes

Student Council President
In a weird way I kind of feel like that's the point. Like it's trying to be as far away from shows like Eva as possible, at least thematically. I think theres a level where Trigger are being a bit meta about themselves and how they usually do a show like this and trying to subvert it.

On the Funimation bonus I mentioned Clifford Chaplin who directed the English dub talks about growing up watching the original as a kid and he seemed genuinely enthused about it all.
I appreciate that that may have been the point, but I think it could've been achieved in a more interesting manner. Be it with more interesting action choreography, more creative animation, a different concept altogether, I don't know, but in a way that would make me invested in what's happening.

Don't get me wrong, I definitely don't need every show or movie I watch to have incredible characters, a great story or an amazing setup but at least one thing that I find engaging. It can just be great action or great animation or a cool setting. Well, yes, in this case, it was the mystery of what's going on with the town, Akane and her fabulous friend, but in the end it wasn't really an interesting conclusion.

Yeah, I'm guessing this should be more interesting for people familiar with the original!
 
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WMD

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I appreciate that that may have been the point, but I think it could've been achieved in a more interesting manner. Be it with more interesting action choreography, more creative animation, a different concept altogether, I don't know, but in a way that would make me invested in what's happening.

Don't get me wrong, I definitely don't need every show or movie I watch to have incredible characters, a great story or an amazing setup but at least one thing that I find engaging. It can just be great action or great animation or a cool setting. Well, yes, in this case, it was the mystery of what's going on with the town, Akane and her fabulous friend, but in the end it wasn't really an interesting conclusion.

Yeah, I'm guessing this should be more interesting for people familiar with the original!
Yeah that's fair enough. In terms of the action Trigger have offered much better in other shows/films. I still enjoyed it, though I am a sucker for mystery shows and who-done-its.

Apparently there is going to be a sequel and I am intrigued to see what they do with it next.

Edit: this is my 1000th post!
 

thedoctor2016

Symphogear
Sound! Euphonium 2 - As I remembered it is indeed better than S1 as it expands and explored the cast and made them more interest and it sets up Liz and the blue bird with Mizore and Nozomi so worth it for that. And Asuka and Kumiko’s arc in this season is amazing. 10/10
Shall save the Liz and the blue bird rewatch till Oath’s promise is out as they are both set in Kumiko’s second year I’ll watch them together.
 

Girls wIth Guns

Pokémon Master
I finished watching Psycho-Pass Season 2 Sunday night for the first time - Wow, was that ever good! I own the series on Blu-ray and had watched the first seaspn and the movie, but had not put any effort into watching S2 because of all the negative comments posted online about that season. But heck, now that I finally watched it, I thought it was great - I totally loved it! Since I'm a guy and don't have a hot-crush on Kougami, I didn't really miss him at all in this season - the two "cameo" appearances were plenty enough for me. Overall, Season 2 may not be quite as good as Season 1, but I think it's pretty close - which still puts it well-above and beyond at least 95% of all other anime out there now. This second season might actually push my ranking of the anime as a whole up a spot or two on my all-time favorite anime list, which would be quite an achievement since it is already in my Top 6, lol. So, contrary to popular opinion, I'm giving Psycho Pass Season 2 a solid 8/10, leaning toward the 8.5 side.

And now, on to watch Sinners of the System; I'm debating whether I should wait until the neighbor couple come over to watch the three movies with me, or if I should be greedy and just watch them myself in a more timely fashion, heheh... 😁

So I just found out I'm traveling over the next 3 days for work, Wednesday-Friday; when I travel I always take along my MSI All-in-One PC to watch Blu-rays and YouTube and the like in my hotel room in the evenings. I copied the Sinners of the System movies and Season 3 to the PC, so I can keep on going with the series while I'm away... 👍
 
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Neil.T

Time-Traveller
Re: Gridman discussion...

I'm a big fan, and the series was an easy release-day buy for me. I was taken with it from the first episode. I loved that first action sequence; it brilliantly conveyed Gridman's size and weight for me, and Trigger just keep coming up with ways to display the power and ferocity of the battles. I mean, in a later episode, you've got cars getting embedded in the sides of buildings for god's sake! 😆

I love the characters, too; they kept me engaged all the way to the end. I loved how, at first, this "Alexis" seems to be like some kind of Alexa-type personal assistant on Akane's PC, but it actually turns out that it's her doing his bidding. A very clever bit of naming-based misdirection there.

And even though it's been some time since I've seen the show, I still remember the characters, which says a lot for me. That slight stammer that Calibur has... There's no particular reason for it; it's just him! That's a lovely bit of characterisation, I reckon.

The setting itself requires an increasing amount of suspension of disbelief, but, again, I enjoyed it so much that I was able to just go "God, really?! Okay, fine, let's run with that; it's Trigger after all."

I don't know how they do it, but Trigger just keep coming up with the goods and remain the only animation house that makes me want to watch an anime because it's theirs.

Quoting my own post here, but I did once write of Gridman in the Viewing Journal thread:
An excellent series outright, and episode 10 on its own is one of the very best single episodes of anime I have ever watched.
I totally stand by that claim. Another bit I really loved was the twist where Grid Knight joins the fray. I got really excited by that development, like "Aww, yeah! 😃"

Tops. 👍

Like it's trying to be as far away from shows like Eva as possible, at least thematically. I think theres a level where Trigger are being a bit meta about themselves and how they usually do a show like this and trying to subvert it.
That's spot-on, I reckon. You only need to watch Promare to see that Trigger love to have some sly fun with a knowing wink towards the audience right in the middle of all the madness and mayhem they've created. I mean, why else would there be a scene in Gridman where Max is sitting at the counter enjoying his breakfast, despite the fact he's still wearing his metal facemask? It's because it's daft, that's why! And I love it! 😆👍

Funny that you mention Eva, because I've been rewatching that and the world-building is superb in that. And I've come to love Shinji as a character, even if I never hated him.
Really glad you're enjoying Eva, dude. Would love to read your thoughts on it sometime. 🙂

Edit: this is my 1000th post!
Congrats on becoming a Thousand Master, buddy. 👏
("In a good way." 😜)
 
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João Gomes

Student Council President
Really glad you're enjoying Eva, dude. Would love to read your thoughts on it sometime. 🙂
Sure thing!

So yeah, with this re-watch, I realize I never watched Evangelion properly. I always loved it and it's the golden standard for mecha shows as far as I'm concerned, for reasons I'll explain along this post, but I never paid the proper attention to themes and such.

In my defense, Eva was one of the first times I laid eyes upon an anime and I will never forget watching Eva-01 tearing Bardiel apart on a beautiful Saturday morning on TV when I was like 9 or 10, because this is a cartoon and cartoons are for kids, amirite. I was shocked, but entranced. It was very mysterious, maybe because it was an isolated moment out of an entire series, but over the years that followed, a friend of mine got me a few episodes on VHS and later... pirate treasure and I would revisit moments that I loved, and I did eventually watch all of it and the movie but all I could muster was a low level, MAL comment-worthy "mindfeck holy feck the animation is so good".

Fast forward to last week. I notice Evangelion on Netflix after reading the news some months back that they got the rights to it, and the preview starts playing, with extremely crisp image quality, so it got me to re-watch it. Or actually watch it, for real.

The production values on episode one are incredible, even by today's standards. The fight is impactful and brutal, with a good sense of scale and a considerable amount of destruction which is beautifully rendered, the designs are alien and mysterious both for the Eva and the Angel, the mecha is maybe not just a mecha after all and the rules by which it operates (explained minutes before) are basically tossed aside and this beautiful machine is seemingly operating out of its own will...

The concept ans setting are immediately interesting and appealing and while Shinji may be grating for some, you get where he's coming from, completely so by series' end. And he is a great character, completely justified in his reactions and attitude: an emotionally fragile teenager, with parental abandonment issues, a dead mother, thrown into a mecha to fight giant alien monstrosities who try to kill him in violent ways, with the weight of the world on his shoulders, in a way, and of course, puberty. I mean, puberty on its own is hard as is, but then you've got all those... extras. I know I'm not saying anything new, but I think people forget what he's going through when they complain about him.

Add to that what I feel is a pretty realistic and steady evolution all throughout the series and the movie, with some great moments of agency ranging from simple character moments to all-or-nothing decisions, like when Zeruel invades HQ (from a normal character, this would be a hype moment, but from Shinji it was nothing short of awe-inspiring and triumphant), culminating with the rejection of instrumentality, and I'm pretty satisfied overall. He was annoying for a bit there during End of Eva when Misato had to drag his bottocks around, but shite was really hitting the fan there, so again, I think it's justified.

I spoke about the world-building and you can tell it was very meticulously planned. Second Impact, Adam, the Evas and what they're made from, what's inside them, LCL, the true nature of the Geofront, what's hidden inside Terminal Dogma, the Lance of Longinus and its role, SEELE's agenda, Gendo's agenda, the Magi and how they were created, Angels and the reason they target NERV, Rei and her role.... The way it all unravels and that everything is connected and related to this core cast of characters and the way it influences and informs their motivations is so satisfying to witness. And you don't necessarily get all of these in your face, some are briefly mentioned or just implied, and that's part of the reason why it's so satisfying.

And then, of course, there's Anno's directing style with great importance placed on the technical side of things, a raging boner for HUDs, graphs et al, an impeccable ability to immerse you in a given mood (most of the time depressing or melancholic), a great eye for action and storyboarding and some great use of music.

All these form an incredible sense of identity for the series. There's no mistaking it. Not Eva.

Ah yes, End of Evangelion. First time around, I thought it was depressing and extremely violent and while it is a downward spiral of bad stuff happening, the ending is definitely earned with its infinite potential for recreating the world. It's funny in the sense that it's kind of an inverted climax. So yeah, it ends on a happy note, as far as I'm concerned and it sees Shinji acting of his own accord, in spite of the great potential cost to himself, the culmination of his evolution as a character. It was very interesting getting more insight into Yui's motivations and of course, 02 vs Eva Series is easily one of the best animated sequences ever created. It is superlative.

I gave both Evas a 9 on MAL, but not even I am sure what's stopping me from giving a 10. It's thoroughly satisfying. Maybe I'll rethink that score. The fact remains that now, more than ever, it's a series I'm extremely fond of.

On to Rebuild....

Yes, I did search the net to get the Angel names right. And yes, Evageeks is on my daily site rotation for the moment.
 

Neil.T

Time-Traveller
02 vs Eva Series is easily one of the best animated sequences ever created. It is superlative.
Wow, yeah. I couldn't agree more with that. 👍

That was a really excellent post, dude; very in-depth. I read it over a few times to absorb it properly. It was interesting to hear that you actually got Eva on TV! 😯
Out of curiosity, what was your take on the TV ending versus EoE? 🙂

And yeah, Evageeks is a pretty useful resource, especially the encyclopedia section. I dipped into that quite a lot during the simulwatch here last summer.

(Apologies for my slow reply to your post, btw.)
 

thedoctor2016

Symphogear
Love, Chunibyo and other delusions heart throb - Ouch this hurt like really hurt in one word pointless really really pointless nothing really happens or changes everyone becomes cliches and worst versions of themselves and worst thing has put me off watching TOM. 4/10
 

João Gomes

Student Council President
Wow, yeah. I couldn't agree more with that. 👍

That was a really excellent post, dude; very in-depth. I read it over a few times to absorb it properly. It was interesting to hear that you actually got Eva on TV! 😯
Out of curiosity, what was your take on the TV ending versus EoE? 🙂

And yeah, Evageeks is a pretty useful resource, especially the encyclopedia section. I dipped into that quite a lot during the simulwatch here last summer.

(Apologies for my slow reply to your post, btw.)
Small correction to my post, when I talked about episode 1's production values, I was including the full fight, which happens chronologically during episode 1, but we only get to watch in episode 2, actually, sorry!

I've been watching a lot of stuff lately but I didn't really feel like doing write-ups. In the case of Eva, however, it actually felt good to write all of that. As for the depth, it could be much better but it's not my style, I suppose 🤷‍♂️

Yeah, during the kids slot, too! Shocking, but I'm thankful.

End of TV vs End of Eva... Quite easy, I think it's interesting to see how instrumentality is perceived from the characters' point of view but the movie is the real ending, where every character reaches the conclusion to their arcs. I'm not sure if the movie was always in the plans or if it came after the success of the TV series, but it's for sure the actual ending of the series. Ah, what a delight. I actually feel like rewatching the series, but I should really get to working in my backlog...

Anywho, how about you? What do you think about Eva? Feel free to copy paste a previous post of yours if you've already posted your thoughts on it. I never got the feeling you're a mecha kind of guy, so it should be an interesting read!

Also, got around to watching the Rebuild movies. Got some loose thoughts on them, but mostly superficial stuff. I'm happy they made them more about Shinji. I'm not sure the animation is as good as the series in its peak (surely not EoE). I feel like it's building up to another triumphant return for Shinji, seeing as how everything feels more related to him. I'm mostly curious about how Anno will end all of this.

I definitely prefer the series.
 

Baggie_Saiyan

Thousand Master
Re-Watch Shiki. 8/10.

OST is still phenomenal that alone makes up half the points! But the writing was certainly more than great however the end threatened to bring it all down but just decided to dock 2 points from what otherwise was gonna be a flawless 10. More specifics below.

So when Seishin saved Sunoko and then at that moment Sunoko decided that she actually deserved to die and wanted to die that would have been a perfect ending! But instead plot armour and Seishin became a jinrou and convinced her to run away....

That would have made the next scenes with Ozaki more impactful because he didn't know they were still alive and assumed they died when he made the commet about really winning seeing the village destroyed.

But I must give props for them making me go from hating the Shiki to actually somewhat feeling sorry for them.
 

Aaron

Combat Butler
I watched Shomin Sample (plus the specials) and really enjoyed it.

Considering I've got stuff I bought on DVD in about 2008 and still haven't watched, I probably shouldn't have watched SS yet (I only got it in the AL Christmas sale), but I'm glad I did. I've been watching/rewatching a few more serious series (Hellsing, Gundam Wing, Arslan) recently, so it was a welcome change of tone.

It's got a nice varied collection of characters, some really funny/quirky stuff and a gentle style. Mostly, everyone gets along with just some minor teasing and very little violence. There isn't too much fanservice (and it's mostly tame - it seems to focus on legs, which is something different, I suppose).

Overall, it's a cute and happy series - 8/10
 
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The World God Only Knows seasons 1-3 and OVAs

Season 1 and 2 were a rewatch on blu ray this time. Love this show. It's kinda stupid but fun and the cast is great and Chris Patton and Luci Christian make an incredible double act. The OVAs and season 3 were new to me and glad I could finally watch them. The OVAs did a good job of being little asides with some setting up before the final season.

The final season was excellent. Completely different to what i expected, expanding the lore of the world, adding some action and actually delving more into the theme and consequences of what's going on. It's more serious but it works. The only real shame is that Elsie is largely sidelined in this season because of that.

It's also interesting that season 3 makes you reassess what's happened in the first 2 seasons, and looks much more at the morality of the conquests and how they are done. Chihiro especially is seen in a new light and really elevates the show.

8/10
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence

Oshii films are something I need to be in a particular frame of mind to appreciate - I've certainly had Innocence in my 'to watch' pile for a very long time - but I kind of knew what to expect from this, I went into it when I felt I wanted to watch an Oshii film, and I greatly enjoyed it.

That said, I do take ayase’s point about it seeming primarily like a vehicle for Oshii to explore philosophical concepts. For anyone who’s already seen the Stand Alone Complex, I think it might be difficult to see Innocence as a self-contained feature, rather than an extended episode of a longer series such as that one. Arguably, it’s less interested in bringing something new to the table than providing an excuse to ruminate on the nature of this world through a character study of Batou, with a clever, if slightly rote for the franchise, potboiler tacked on to it. Coming from the TV version, I also found it slightly odd to see a terser, more strained version of the relationship between Batou and Togusa. This is very much Batou: The Movie, with Togusa as a hapless stooge subjected to Batou‘s extended monologues for much of the runtime, but it does make sense that relations between the team would be strained, given the lack of anyone truly able to fill Kusanagi’s shoes in her absence.

It’s undoubtedly great to look at. Oshii’s vision for GitS is harsher and darker than SAC, but there’s a kind of baroque elegance to it, with elaborate rusting towers piercing the clouds above and anachronistically deco cars sweeping through the rain soaked streets below. It also delivers the kind of characteristically precise, well choreographed bursts of action that you would expect from Oshii. Perhaps these might even be a little too expected - structurally, the film feels not unlike the first Patlabor feature - but they’re a welcome break from the conceptual gazing.

Innocence does not break ground in the way the first film did, but absolutely delivered the kind of good looking, high concept, earnestly philosophical film that I’d expected it to be.
 

Aaron

Combat Butler
Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions (including the OVA/shorts included on the BD) - what a fantastic series.

It's got a great cast of characters and it all looks so so nice. It was funny, it was cute, it was sad, it was weird. It's a lot of stuff and I really enjoyed watching it - I'll definitely watch it again in a couple of years. A few shows I've watched in recent months have started well, then taken a noticeable dip towards the end, but this kept the quality up right until the last episode, then continued it with the OVA/shorts.

The overall style and tone of the show really reminded me of Haruhi (I know both shows were from the same studio) - which is one of my all time favs and probably the series I've rewatched the most.

9/10
 
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