Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

Geriatric hedgehog

Vampire Ninja
Sadly looking good does not make a great film, so I can only give this a 5/10 really, the art was the main redeeming factor in an otherwise quite bland film.
Agreed on this one. It was one I was tempted to re-watch and then did find the characters ultimately fairly likeable overall, and hence for me the romance angle did in general work and so subjectively would be more with Dai on scoring it nearer the 7/10 mark but objectively I think your score is more reflective, as you said, mainly on the basis of the visuals.
 

awadama fever

Za Warudo
Beyblade Burst

Excellent.

It's really just a sports anime. I watched a lot of while I was also watching Haikyuu (not literally at the exact same time) and they're pretty much the same thing (except one is about spinning tops and the other is about smacking a ball). It's about guys bonding over hot-blooded competition. There are disappointments, there are triumphs and there's a lot of training.

Unlike other Beyblade series (and these kind of shows in general - Bakugan and whatever else), there aren't any spirits, superpowers, shady organisations or anything like that. This is just 100% about the competition.

(In some of the important fights, an image of a warrior/dragon/demon appears for a few seconds, but that's just for dramatic effect - there are no actual monsters here)

The battles are exciting (considering it's just spinning tops smacking into one another) - they look great and the soundtrack is energetic and pretty intense. The characters are varied and interesting too. Valt is the lively main character you'd expect from this kind of series, but there's also a spooky guy, one who talks using hand puppets, a famous pop singer and a load more.

I found it pretty weird that the cast of character was almost completely male though. The only two female characters in the whole show (apart from randoms in crowd scenes) are Valt's mum and sister (and they don't do much). Shows like this always have a few girl characters (allies and enemies), so it was very unusual there were none here.

But anyway, I absolutely loved this from start to finish - 10/10
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Lupin III: The First (2019)

A solid entry into the franchise, Lupin's first full CGI outing suffers with a slightly routine 'safe' story in the vein of what we've come to expect from the TV specials, although this is a little sharper than they generally come, and much elevated by its unexpectedly lavish visuals and entertaining set pieces. I'd happily take another one in the same fashion.
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Must be a Generation Z thing.
Kids don't know that this is like at least the fourth time Hitler has turned up in a Lupin anime.

Yeah, I didn't get it either and my friend who was with me said the same thing. I was amused that they went there, but I didn't think it was that funny...

Pompo the Cinephile (2020)

A fresh and funny romp following a sleep-deprived PA who is thrust, kicking and screaming, into the limelight when his b-movie producer boss unexpectedly taps him to direct her latest script. Pompo runs close to the formula set out by Shirobako, with its much romanticised view of movie production, but approaches it with a gleefully anarchic energy and a strong visual style that give it a real personality all its own.

Indeed the use of colour and directorial trickery is so distinct that it almost feels like a Trigger film, even if it arguably becomes a little too full on at times. This does settle down somewhat as the film moves into its second half, but I feel the narrative also settles into something more conventional by this stage, with the characters' new film proving to be entirely serious and sincere compared to the nutty genre pictures hinted at in the early stages. The film is entertaining throughout and never lost my attention, but I did miss the sheer swagger that it displays during the first act.

On the whole, I think I would have preferred the film if they'd stuck with the b-movie aesthetic ("What if Shirobako, but Cannon Films?"), but when I say that, I'm talking about the difference between "I really liked this film" and "Contender for anime of the year". Would still very much recommend it.
 

Neil.T

Titan
the use of colour and directorial trickery is so distinct that it almost feels like a Trigger film
I actually found myself briefly questioning at one point whether Pompo was a Trigger production, until I remembered the Clap logo at the start.

(Naming a studio that is surely asking for trouble. In the Japanese syllabary, the English word "clap" comes out as クラップ (kurappu), which could also be read as "crap". 😅)

Pompo runs close to the formula set out by Shirobako
And yet Pompo was surely much more exciting than the Shirobako movie, which I personally found to be curiously flat.

(As a fan of the series, it pains me to call it that. Seriously, though, what was supposed to be the idea with the addition of musical numbers?)
 

ActionFaust

Combat Butler
I haven't seen the film and I'm not too sure why this is being reasoned as generational humour but I think it's probably the whole concept of a CGI Hitler that's causing amusement. Pretty surreal image in my opinion.
 

Neil.T

Titan
I think it's probably the whole concept of a CGI Hitler that's causing amusement.
That doesn't quite explain it, unfortunately. The audience's mirth began with a simple shot of a grainy black-and-white photo showing a man in a wheelchair who undeniably resembled Adolf Hitler.

Personally speaking, I found the idea of Hitler's escape (drawn from a real-life conspiracy theory) to be more chilling than funny, so I thought it was a shame that it got the reaction it did — almost as if the filmmakers had done wrong by depicting it in the story and that they weren't supposed to have gone there. It felt like ridicule to me.
 

ActionFaust

Combat Butler
That doesn't quite explain it, unfortunately. The audience's mirth began with a simple shot of a grainy black-and-white photo showing a man in a wheelchair who undeniably resembled Adolf Hitler.

Personally speaking, I found the idea of Hitler's escape (drawn from a real-life conspiracy theory) to be more chilling than funny, so I thought it was a shame that it got the reaction it did — almost as if the filmmakers had done wrong by depicting it in the story and that they weren't supposed to have gone there. It felt like ridicule to me.
A lot of people react differently to conspiracy theories to be fair. Sounds like the kind of story where I'd be on the side laughing. Sure it's not on the same level of Hitler establishing secret bases in Antarctica to build UFOs but the Argentina theory still gets a chuckle out of me when I hear about it. Most of my experience with conspiracy theories comes from laughing at the History channel's Ancient Aliens series so I've rarely put any serious thought into this kind of stuff.
 

Dai

Hunter
Yuki Yuna is a Hero
I watched the original series again in preparation for season 3, and it still holds up well. Some shows looked at Madoka Magica's success and learnt all the wrong lessons, turning out grimdark murder-fests that feel like a mockery of the magical girl genre. While there's some clear post-Madoka influence to Yuki Yuna, it thankfully isn't that. Heart, drama, and tragedy have always been part of the genre, going back as far as Minky Momo and Sailor Moon (assuming you're not watching the censored US TV version of the latter), and Yuki Yuna feels as much in that vein as anything more recent.

There's a bit of a speed bump in getting into the show, however. The girls' smartphones are heavily integrated into the story, to the extent that there's literally an app to activate their transformations. Consequently it's easy to mistake the first episode for something more child-oriented like PreCure, but the story gets stronger as it goes along, being quite patient in playing its cards. It takes its time letting you get attached to the girls before really putting them through the wringer. The world-building is especially interesting, dropping in foreshadowing early on that pays off in epic fashion later. It all builds to an emotional and satisfying conclusion, which would have been a great ending even if the show hadn't continued.

8/10
 

Dai

Hunter
I've been wanting to watch this for a while now and good to hear of a third season on the way. Sadly I can only find season 1 to stream on crunchyroll currently.
Sentai recently announced that they've licensed all three series so it's possible the second will show up on Hidive at some point.
The series has had an awkward licensing history. Season 1 is on Crunchyroll. Season 2 was on Amazon Prime, but was removed earlier this year, and season 3 is exclusive to HiDive. While Sentai have licensed all three seasons, their press release was ambiguous on which rights they've acquired for the first two. I asked them about this on Facebook, but didn't receive a response. The first episode of season 3 is on HiDive now, but there's no sign of the first two seasons. It's possible that they might be for physical release only.

That said, having watched the start of season 3 (which was a great opening episode), I don't think it would be too jarring to jump from season 1 to 3, since half of season 2 was a prequel anyway.
 

ActionFaust

Combat Butler
The series has had an awkward licensing history. Season 1 is on Crunchyroll. Season 2 was on Amazon Prime, but was removed earlier this year, and season 3 is exclusive to HiDive. While Sentai have licensed all three seasons, their press release was ambiguous on which rights they've acquired for the first two. I asked them about this on Facebook, but didn't receive a response. The first episode of season 3 is on HiDive now, but there's no sign of the first two seasons. It's possible that they might be for physical release only.

That said, having watched the start of season 3 (which was a great opening episode), I don't think it would be too jarring to jump from season 1 to 3, since half of season 2 was a prequel anyway.
Yeah it is pretty odd that Sentai make no mention of streaming for the first two. For Season 1 I guess it's understandable considering it's on Crunchyroll but then again series like Cinderella Nine and Between the Sky and Sea started on CR before being licensed by Sentai and later showing up on Hidive. Same can be said for Amazon series like Magical Girl Site and After the Rain.

In short, licensing is never simple and makes no sense
 

ActionFaust

Combat Butler
I think it must have been an exclusivity thing on Amazon and that period ran out, both were 2018 shows Spring and Winter respectively. I'm pretty sure they showed up on HiDive around 3 years after they finished airing. I know Killing Bites (also Winter 2018) appeared on HiDive in April
Yeah I didn't mention it but that's definitely the case for Amazon shows. Same happened to Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress later appearing on Crunchyroll. Given YuYuYu Season 2 definitely falls outside the three year range (having aired in Autumn 2017) I'd say the exclusive period varies but that doesn't really make too much sense since it's no longer on Amazon. Ah well I'm sure it'll show up eventually. Fun times with anime licensing
 

João Gomes

Straw Hat Pirate
Got done with Akudama Drive. My opinion of it improved constantly as it went along and it's indeed very good.

It utilizes the setting to great effect, putting the focus on cyberpunk stuff like true human connection, corruption, abuse of authority and such and it's completely no-nonsense, no bullsh.it anime. If you've watched a few series you know no-nonsense anime doesn't come along that frequently. Every character serves their purpose, giving the impression that the story was well thought out. Good ending as well. I'm now more interested in watching Astra from the same writer.

The visuals were stunning all throughout with deep blacks, accentuated reds and of course neons everywhere. Very visually vibrant overall with excellent character design that communicates a lot of who they are. 3d was very good and the final episode has a really good setpiece that makes great use of it.

It's not the kind of series that blew me away but it handled all the important things consistently well and that's really what matters. It's extremely solid.

Only con would be the conclusion to the boss character. I was itching for something more...
 

Dai

Hunter
Violet Evergarden: The Movie
Between this and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyoani have made two of the longest anime movies ever. TDoHS needed its 150 minutes due to how much happens, and it never felt longer than it needed to be. Can the same be said for the 140-minute Violet Evergarden movie? Not so much, but that's not necessarily a flaw. The plot could have been comfortably told in an hour without feeling rushed, but something would have been lost. More than any other part of the series, the movie is concerned with stillness, silence, contemplation, and the tension of inaction. This works for the most part, though there are a couple of shots that will have you wondering if the video has frozen.

The structure of VE:TM will feel more comfortable to you if you've watched a decent amount of live-action Japanese cinema, especially non-action titles that don't ape the Hollywood formula. The inciting incident doesn't happen until an hour into the movie, for example. Part of this is because it's trying to make the story accessible for people who haven't seen the TV series, with parts of the first 20 minutes spending a lot of time recapping the story (albeit with mostly new animation, from what I can tell). Unfortunately that can make the opening section feel quite sluggish if you have seen the series.

As for the story itself, it offers more definite closure than we're used to getting from anime these days. I didn't find it quite as compelling as some of the TV episodes, but it's a satisfying capstone to one of Kyoani's best shows.

8/10
 

WMD

Cardcaptor
Monogatari

With the recent release of the final 3 parts by MVM - which I've never seen before - I decided to go back and start the show from scratch and do a big binge of the whole saga. On balance it's an incredible experience to watch. The non linear way the parts are presented, the huge and mad array of characters, the exquisite "set and background" design, and the stories themselves are all top notch even if Koyomi Araragi's behaviour often leaves a lot to be desired.

I like the way almost no one is presented as wholly good or bad. Koyomi himself being a prime example of this. He's the hero and you root for him but his inappropriateness towards many of women, including his sisters, is face palm inducing at best.

The ultra violence is also something to behold. It's often animated in a truly wondrous and artistic way but doesnt diminish the brutality of the moment.

Anyways the real reason to watch the show are the character interactions. So much if the show boils down to 2 people talking and the dialogue and writing is on point. When it's being irreverent and comedic it's so much fun and when it switches to dramatic and/or expository its gripping. This is all accented by the weird and wonderful way animators play with backgrounds, text frames (often/always quotes from the books), character placement/position/posture and blocking. Its Shaft at their absolute peak Shaftiness...if you know what I mean.

All in all it was an absolutely wild ride with weird, wonderful and definitely not perfect characters. The climax of the main saga in Owari 3 was magnificent and actually had me crying which is ridiculous for show like this. Despite its flaws when it's at it's best it transcends to the level of masterpiece.

In the spoiler tags below I'll copy what i wrote about each part as I watched them in the viewing journal thread in case you haven't seen them and are interested.

Bakemonogatari rewatch
What a visually amazing show this is. I'd forgotten how well the snake fight is animated.

Nisemonogatari rewatch
It was interesting to note some changes in the dialogue from the books. For instance Yotsuki catchphrase is "I said with a posed look" here but in the book is translated as "he said with a dashing look"

Nekomonogatari Black rewatch
For a character comedy this show sure knows how to turn on the ultra violence.

Kizumonogatari rewatch
Stunning films. Seriously the way they blend nonsense humour with ott fan service with mega violence with art house pretentiousness is outstanding. The final 30mins of the 3rd film are astonishing even on a rewatch.

Nekomonogatari (White) rewatch
Feels like another step up in animation and for once Araragi isnt the narrator which is a good switch up for the series to make.

Kabukimonogatari rewatch
Really great story. I remember being disappointed it didnt end in a huge fight the first time round but this time I really appreciated the way the whole thing was put together. Probably the best entry so far.

Otorimonogatari rewatch
Season 2 is great. Love the way it mixes up the established formula. Nadekos descent is pretty shocking and the way its left open for future consequence is also pretty refreshing.

Onimonogatari rewatch
Obviously its deliberate but it is interesting that Kabuki is labelled as a Hajikuji story but is really a Shinobu story and this one is labelled as a Shinobu story but is really a Hajikuji story. Easily the most emotionally investing story.

Koimonogatari rewatch
I'd completely forgotten how good the OP animation for this was! I totally forgot we get a Kaiki narrated story. Man this story is so good. Probably the new best entry so far.

Hanamonogatari rewatch
The basketballs all over the court episode is always one that's stood out for me. And being a Kanbaru story it's another big highlight.

All in all season 2 is a massive improvement over a good season 1. The art and animation of course but mostly the storytelling is just massively improved. Season 1 is basically random chat with previous girl, new girl gets into shenanigans, ultra violence, resolution. Whereas season 2 just seems so much more smartly written. It's also nice that other characters get to be narrators this time.

Tsukimonogatari rewatch
Even though I must have seen this before I couldnt remember a single thing, even while watching. Really enjoyed it though. The show has a great capacity to mix things up whilst retaining its core elements that make it monogatari.

Owarimonogatari volume 1 rewatch
The first 2 episodes set in the classroom are so good. How 2 people talking in a locked room can be that engaging is amhazing! As the episodes progress it turns into the heaviest story yet but also one of the most satisfying. Maybe because it shifts into more of a mystery story which I'm totally down for.

Owarimonogatari volume 2 rewatch
The final parts of season 2s puzzle are put in place. Its quite remarkable to see these stories come together and fit in their places.

Koyomimonogatari
Yay more Oshino! Though not enough! Anyways this was like a little palate cleanser before the final course. Little mini episodes with little stories. AND THEN THAT FINAL EPISODE HAPPENS!!!!!

Owarimonogatari volume 3
Wow, just wow. What a goddamned masterpiece. How a show as stupid and at times plain wrong as this also has the gall to be plain brilliant is astonishing. I actually cried during the last episode...something must be wrong with me.

Zoku Owarimonogatri
What a fun epilogue to the saga of Koyomi Araragi and quite heartfelt in its final moments. Managed to throw in some surprises and the one thing bugging me throughout (where was Senjogahara) was very nicely dealt with at the end and made perfect sense.

Monogatri as a whole has been well worth the ride.
 

Lordhippos

Vampire Ninja
The way that Monogatari all came together in the Season 3 arcs was awesome, I honestly think it could have ended with Owari 3 and I'd have been satisfied. I even loved how a lot of the OP songs were done by the VA's as well.

I was wondering how Zoku would be after seeing Owari 3, how could it make me want to watch more after the satisfying conclusion we'd just had? and yet somehow it did.

The slightly questionable behaviour of Araragi put to one side, I've only given out 10/10 scores twice so far. Once was Monogatari, and the other time was Madoka. Both animated by SHAFT, and yet I haven't enjoyed other SHAFT productions anywhere near as much as these two.

In both cases I think it's because the writing was on-point.

I'd encourage anyone who hasn't seen Monogatari to give it a try, I don't think it would be universally appreciated, but it's certainly worth giving a go.

I love the little things like this scene:

 
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