Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

Neil.T

Time-Traveller
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence
Out of curiosity, Prof., which release of the film did you watch? I still don't know to this day whether Manga's BD has the same dreadful subtitles as their DVD. (I assume it does, because the disc contents appear to be the same, including the SAC "sneak peek".)

Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions (including the OVA/shorts included on the BD) - what a fantastic series.
You know, I was really starting to enjoy Chuunibyo in its latter stages when it became surprisingly weighty in tone, but then they went and reset everything to get another season out of it, and that kinda spoiled it for me. 🙁

As for Haruhi, though:


(Always a favourite.)
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
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Ah, I actually watched the film on Funi Now - I do own the DVD, but I’d need to dig it out for comparison. Is it just the choice of font for the subtitles that was bad on Manga’s release, or was it their script?
 

Neil.T

Time-Traveller
Is it just the choice of font for the subtitles that was bad on Manga’s release, or was it their script?
It's the actual script. For example, the company Locus Solus is inexplicably subtitled as "Rox" for the entire first half of the film on Manga's DVD, before suddenly switching to its proper name.

The most hilarious bit, though, is... 😅

Do you remember the part where Batou visits the murder scene? The script in the dub is correct where Ishikawa tells him that one of the rookies is missing because "he got reacquainted with the tuna sandwich he had for lunch" upon seeing the state of the corpse. Manga's subs, though, have it as... "He went to meet Suna-san for lunch."

Tsuna san is Japanese shorthand for "tuna sandwich", and... their translator was presumably too cloth-eared to be able to decipher the rest. 😅
 

Professor Irony

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Millennium Actress (2001)

With this being the only one of Satoshi Kon's films I've never seen before, it was a real treat to get to the cinema showing of the new 4K print. Strangely, at the time I was originally watching Kon's work, I kind of dismissed Millennium Actress as it didn't appeal to me the way his other films did. A filmmaker and his cameraman conducting an interview with a reclusive filmstar, now in her twilight years, can't be that interesting, right?

Really, I should have known better. Enfused with Kon's trademark lightness of touch and intensely cineliterate storytelling, the sad sounding story of a woman's bittersweet lifelong search for her lost love, becomes a breezy and life-affirming affair, as Chiyoko's incredible story merges with that of her films, and the reality of her ongoing interview. While it lacks the farcical comedy of Tokyo Godfathers and the fantasy flash of Paprika, I think this may be my new favourite of Kon's films. It's just so unlike anything else; it feels more like a hanger on from the French New Wave than an anime movie.

My only concern from watching this version was that, even to my untrained eye, it was apparent that the subtitles had a slight halo around them, but I imagine so long as the home release isn't hardsubbed for some reason, this shouldn't be an issue.
 

Professor Irony

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Beastars

Well, that was a thing. Like a more substantial version of Zootropolis, this story of the unlikely romance between a nebbishy wolf and a headstrong-yet-troubled rabbit, finds great strength in both its characterisation, and surprisingly effective use of hybrid 2D/3D animation.

Perhaps it's just a good fit for this particular art-style without any human characters, but this is easily one of the most successful sustained uses of that kind of animation I've ever seen. After the first few scenes, I was largely not aware that CGI was being used, which is exactly how I want that to work.

By and large, this is also backed up by excellent writing. All the main characters feel complex and nuanced; they boast a well realised inner-life and rarely end up being what they first seem. Unfortunately, I did think the series was less compelling in the second half, when it lapses into some familiar cliches as it tries to drive the plot forward. Admittedly, they weren't the cliches I was expecting, but I definitely enjoy it more as an oddball character study, than for some of the other places it visits along the way.
 

Dan

Thousand Master
One Punch Man (S1) - 8/10

Lots of fun, great action and quite funny in parts aswell. Really wish Netflix would get season 2.. if thats possible as would love to watch more
 
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Captaaainuniverse

Time-Traveller
One Punch Man (S1) - 8/10

Lots of fun, great action and quite funny in parts aswell. Really wish Netflix would get season 2.. if thats possible as would love to watch more
Hopefully you ain't totally blind on the state of s2, have a look on youtube or something like that if you are . S2 is only on CR so far and it's done by JC Staff, so the animation isn't as fitting as it was for s1, but garou's development in s2 is one of the more interesting things in the season, it's also got a classic style martial arts tournament but that doesn't really mean anything because saitama joins it
 

Dan

Thousand Master
Hopefully you ain't totally blind on the state of s2, have a look on youtube or something like that if you are . S2 is only on CR so far and it's done by JC Staff, so the animation isn't as fitting as it was for s1, but garou's development in s2 is one of the more interesting things in the season, it's also got a classic style martial arts tournament but that doesn't really mean anything because saitama joins it
Cheers pal. I haven’t been keeping up with the anime news for quite a while. I’ve become a more casual fan so thanks for the update.
 

AnimeCollectorUK

Completely Average High School Student
Darwin's Game - 6/10
There are so many death game anime/manga now that I've lost count of them. This one wasn't very original but it was still an enjoyable watch. It has some memorable moments, likeable characters and the last two episodes actually had me on the edge of my seat. I'm glad it didn't turn into another King's Game, which really was an awful trainwreck.
 

WMD

Thousand Master
Attack on Titan
So I did a big binge over the last few days. Finished yesterday and felt so drained! This show is so unbelievably good but boy is it intense!

Seasons 1 and 2 were rewatches. The first 6-8 episodes are up there as one of the greatest show openings of all time! Expectations of what the show is actually going to be about are constantly being flipped. It makes it so exciting. And seasons 1 and 2 as a whole do a fantastic job of letting us get to know the characters whilst keeping the fundamentals of the story a mystery.

Now onto season 3 which has been my first time watching it. OMG this was so good! Possibly my favourite season yet. The way its structured it's actually 2 pretty distinct seasons. The complete genre shift in part 1 to be a political thriller is inspired and really grows the world behind the walls and we start to get answers without understanding them. The part 2 goes all in on everything this show is great at. Insane action, incredible character moments, and a pervasive sense of hopelessness. We finally start to get some answers and I cant wait to see how it will all play out.

Also I think we all need to be grateful for the one true gift this show has given us which is Erwin Smith. One of my all time favourite characters in anime. And J Michel Tatum absolutely nails it in the dub. The dub on the whole is astonishingly good.

I also find it very interesting that the two biggest break out anime hits of the last decade, AoT and MHA, basically deal with opposite sides of the same coin. AoT being about fighting against hopelessness and MHA about fighting for hope. At a glance they might seem like the same thing but I think both shows have shown that's not the case. (A part of me has always felt that the popularity of MHA is in part due to the fact we all watched s1 of AoT and needed a collective cure to its inherent cynicism.)

Anyway AoT gets 10/10 so far.
 

SpideyWrex

Completely Average High School Student

A girl who fights monsters. Basically Japanese Buffy, but with a katana instead of stakes.

But under the careful guidance of Production I.G, the simple premise and seemingly overused vampire setting of Blood+ is turned into something more thoughtful and satisfying. Originally a 2000 movie titled "Blood: The Last Vampire" by the same studio, Blood+ has a similar premise as Buffy in that it has a girl as the Chosen One destined to fight vampires, but that's where the similarities mostly end. Instead, the protagonist, "Saya Otonashi", goes on a more dramatic and epic journey that's not too different from your traditional Shakespearean protagonist, one that's larger than life and goes beyond the American formulas of "vampire hunter by night."

Also, it's sad. Like incredibly sad. Like "Buffy almost looks like a Disney sitcom compared to Blood+" sad. While the anime starts out like any typical shoujo or even shounen anime, where the main character has good times with her friends, just fooling around like there's no tomorrow, things become bleak pretty fast as people start dropping dead, and Saya becomes so numb that she curses her own existence and literally just wants to die. Try that for depression, Buffy fans.

This sorrowful tune will constantly play throughout the series as the characters lament their morbid situation.

When I first heard of this anime back then, I dismissed it as just another typical vampire fighting story. In many ways, Blood+'s plot is traditional like that, lacking that need to insert unexpected twists or self-parody elements you see in modern TV. What you see is what you get, which is a bit of surprise considering that Production I.G. was known for much more complex works like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. When I saw the studio's name attached to such a seemingly generic work, I was naturally intrigued and gave it a shot, and you do see some elements of their style here, like the heavy use of political jargon (without being too excessive that the plot becomes confusing) and the unrelenting use of mature subjects. In fact, much of the morbidness found in their Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelation adaptation could be found here, with characters often questioning the worth of their own existence, and their morality and motivations are often blurred in grey, including the kind-hearted Saya herself.

But what stands out in Blood+ is its hope in all the doom and gloom. Most vampire anime tend to just emphasize on how brutal the world is, but here, the optimistic Okinawan idiom, "Nankurunaisa" ("everything is gonna be alright," as said by Bob Marley) is constantly repeated by the characters as a catchphrase to remind themselves that the sun would shine again tomorrow in the darkest of nights, no matter how many times the good guys lose (and boy, do they lose a lot).

Another distinctive element found in most of Production I.G.'s anime is its patient exploration of the side characters. Like literally, the anime can be very slow in "getting to the good part," but never was I bored by the story because it's always focused on something important, be it character development, character revelation, or just a reflection of a character's philosophy. Much like Buffy, there's usually a theme in each episode and a message to be learned by the characters.

Arguably, the best part of the show is its avoidance of romance as an easy way to attract the audience. Much like Buffy, there is a forbidden romance sub-plot in Blood+ too, but it's rarely focused on, which is good, because they are fighting a literal war where people die everyday. Kissy smoochy stuff like that just wouldn't make much sense, and it's befits Production I.G.'s nature to keep their worlds realistic and believable.

Overall, Blood+ has been a satisfying and solid experience worth giving a look. It's not Production I.G.'s best, and I do favor Hellsing Ultimate over this just because I like my action to be more fun and exaggerated, but this heart-rending story is well-crafted and emotional enough to be worth a look.

8.5/10
 
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Professor Irony

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Angel Cop (1989)

A decently produced bubble economy thriller, hamstrung by dreadful writing, it wasn’t as mad, bad and dangerous to know as it’s reputation led me to hope, but it has a certain crass charm to it. Not that there isn't the kernel of a good idea here; it's like watching an Italian b-movie that tries to marry Ghost in the Shell with Scanners, then throws in a bit of tokusatsu for good measure. Ultimately though, I think the main points of interest are the hilariously awful English dub, and the baffling array of genuine talent that seems to have been squandered on the art design.
 

WMD

Thousand Master
Angel Cop (1989)

A decently produced bubble economy thriller, hamstrung by dreadful writing, it wasn’t as mad, bad and dangerous to know as it’s reputation led me to hope, but it has a certain crass charm to it. Not that there isn't the kernel of a good idea here; it's like watching an Italian b-movie that tries to marry Ghost in the Shell with Scanners, then throws in a bit of tokusatsu for good measure. Ultimately though, I think the main points of interest are the hilariously awful English dub, and the baffling array of genuine talent that seems to have been squandered on the art design.
All things considered I think describing the dub as awful is unfair. For the time it's from and the show its dubbing it's actually very good. The lobster line was great and the dub script often elevated moments in the series. The acting was a bit hit and miss but the time had way more hits than I expected. That's how I felt anyway.
 
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