Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
After the manly violence of Golgo 13 in the last video, I thought I'd follow it up with the unholy carnage of Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture. It's wall-to-wall farming action!

Image quality should be a bit better than usual, the source footage was 720p.

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I think youtube has picked what is possibly the greatest video thumbnail ever...
 
Well, you've convinced me to give the manga another shot. I bought the first volume late last year and have made a couple of attempts to read it without much success. I'm not exactly sure why: a slice of life story with quirky, slightly surreal humour seems tailor-made for me.

Maybe it's a little too quirky for its own good at times (am I really supposed to read the professor's rants?), and, half-way through the first book, I definitely share your sentiment about the stereotyped nature of the characters early on. But if there is some improvement in that regard, and I hope you understand that you've got my hopes up, I might grab that second volume. But man, the release schedule is sloooooow.
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Ack, no pressure then.

It's something I should probably have touched on in the video, but I think Moyashimon is one of those series that I got more and more into as it went on. Having watched the anime first, I didn't really notice, but the manga does feel slower by comparison. It meanders a lot in the early chapters and the Professor's infodump moments aren't doing them any favours. It's not that noticeable when you're hearing him say it, but when you see it on the page, it's a hell of a lot of words in a small space.

Unfortunately, the most significant character development is in the final three or four episodes of the anime and, despite my original guess that it would be around the end of manga volume 2, I think it's probably going to land in volume 3.

I haven't read volume 2 yet (was actually intending to pick it up tomorrow), but I would recommend at least having a flick through it, as volume 2 does cover the enjoyably weird self-sufficiency festival.

I don't know how popular the manga's been for them, but I think Del Ray's diabolical release schedule isn't doing them any favours. I'm glad they're releasing it and the books are very nicely done, but I think you really need to clear the initial exposition as fast as possible to get hooked on it.

Anyway tl;dr - stick with it & have a squint at volume 2. If you aren't sold on it after that, I won't be offended.
 

sic vita est

Dandy Guy, in Space
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Argh! I still cannot for the life of me settle on a rating for this. Large parts of it are excellent, other parts merely good. It veers between action and talky episodes, between the slightly sinister and cute. There's also that weird art issue where people are sometimes drawn with strangely short legs (or is it that the knees are too low?). I've also taken into account the decent extras on the discs here (interviews with everyone).

9/10 - the "ignoring volume 4" rating.

I genuinely need to rethink my rating scale. Why do some people think that a 5 or 6/10 is poor when in reality it should just signify someone's ambivalence towards that show?
 

MaxonTreik

Chuunibyou
sic vita est said:
I genuinely need to rethink my rating scale. Why do some people think that a 5 or 6/10 is poor when in reality it should just signify someone's ambivalence towards that show?
Because people are too attached to giving shows 7/10 or 8/10. It's like people try to convince themselves that what they watched was good and they hadn't wasted their time watching something that was pretty "middle of the road". Ratings never really sit well with me because it's hard to gauge if it's simply an enjoyment factor of the person reviewing or the preceived quality. Of course it's a different story if people give thoughts and explanations beforehand.
 

Zin5ki

Railgun
CDAdair said:
Going to find me a copy of Banner of the Stars when i get home.
I warn you: much of the second series occupies itself with the doings and conversations of somewhat insipid Abh aristocrats. Enjoy the Jinto/Lafiel moments when they occur.
 

Kei-kun

Student Council President
No anime this season stood out as much as Mitsudomoe did to me.
Ladies and gentlemen, here we have a completist stuck with something he dislikes.
I gave up halfway through episode 4, so I'll have to revisit it later.

So far my main problem with the series is the character design, followed by the repetitive use of the same jokes.
Do I like to watch the same character sliding on urine over and over? Meh.
Do I like to watch a teacher acting overly clumsy (pouring urine on her coffee / eyes)? I don't think so.
Did I like the shots of the karate girl's overly detailed bottom on episode one? Meh.

Episode one was okay despite that, but from episode 2 onwards the quality dropped absurdly. I think this anime must have been inspired by that film where a protagonist ends up in a world full of idiots (forgot the name), literally. Idiocracy, that's it.

Personal: 0.5/10
Technical: Cancelled.

Unlike Strike Witches, this one plays on nasty grounds and has no underage boobies to attract much of an audience by being infamous (free publicity from haters).
The sex jokes got old really fast, and on that aspect we have another anime this season doing it in a much more unique manner.
 

CDAdair

Completely Average High School Student
Zin5ki said:
CDAdair said:
Going to find me a copy of Banner of the Stars when i get home.
I warn you: much of the second series occupies itself with the doings and conversations of somewhat insipid Abh aristocrats. Enjoy the Jinto/Lafiel moments when they occur.
Will do, thanks.
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
Kei-kun said:
The sex jokes got old really fast, and on that aspect we have another anime this season doing it in a much more unique manner.
Seitokai Yakuindomo? I have to be fair and say that I have actually laughed at every episode of Mitsudomoe (although I didn't enjoy ep 2 that much), but SYD is some really, *really* gentle, repetitive humor imo.
 

Kei-kun

Student Council President
Just in a single episode I could find at least 4-5 unique quotes. They have some creativity there, and that appeals to me more than a bunch of characters slipping on urine.
Could be seen as repetitive because it relies more on what's being said than what's being shown. But if we're looking from that perspective, the same could be said about Mitsudomoe and how it prolongs its jokes for too long (like the hamster being called Nipples, and the drawn breasts that apparently were the focus of at least 10 minutes of episode 4).
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
I find SYD repetitive just in terms of the tone and content of the jokes, the same way that Mitsudomoe is. I just find Mitsudomoe to be a lot "outright" funnier, with SYD being more "oh, yeah... nice joke" kind of funny. I really don't have any problem or exhibit any surprise at people not like Mitsudomoe that much, but to say that SYD is some great example of originality and varied humor surprises me *a lot*.
 

Kei-kun

Student Council President
I didn't call it original though. I said it's doing it in a unique manner, and that it's got some creativity to it.
 

ilmaestro

State Alchemist
The initial set-up has a little creativity to it, but we've seen similar setups in other recent series (similar-but-reversed gender roles in Maid-sama!, girl who loves to talk about sex in B-gata H-kei), and it's really not got any variety at all. Fair enough if you like it though, it's not what I would call "actively" bad.
 

MaxonTreik

Chuunibyou
Black★Rock Shooter

I've been observing all the hype around this OVA for some time and I always knew it was never going to live up to the insanely high expectations people had for it. The whole thing is constantly switching between these battles between BRS & the main girl's best friend's transformation and the times shared between both girls at school (and the latter isn't particularly interesting). Nothing in that other world gets explained. Just where and what is that world? Who/what is Black★Rock Shooter? Why did her friend transform into that and why did they have to fight? At least the animation for the fighting was decent.

So, nothing really gets explained, but hey, at least it's nice to look at.

5/10
 

Kei-kun

Student Council President
Just where and what is that world? Who/what is Black★Rock Shooter? Why did her friend transform into that and why did they have to fight?
They didn't really try to explain that. I'd say it was all about the visuals, and the broken friendship was an acceptable explanation.
Two girls become best friends. After they get separated in college one of them grows apart and becomes jealous.
So, that's where the new world gets in.


Clannad didn't explain the other world in the first season either, but that's not a reason to rate it down, because it did deliver what it tried to (and that's coming from someone who disliked it).

Now, it definitely was a beautiful story between friends, indeed. But I'd easily understand why others wouldn't like it, since it's not really my boat either.
The art, character design, and voice acting alone would get a 10/10 from me, but I'll decide the overall rating later on (you can expect a 7/10).
I suppose you didn't like Comedy (OVA) either, did you? Because they didn't really explain anything about the world or even characters.
 
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Cold Cobra

Wait... Wha?!
AUKN Staff
A few weeks ago I purchased the first five and a half series of Naruto, knowing that I love Shonen series and knowing its popularity, I decided to check it out at last.

Well, where to start? I'll try and make it brief. Naruto as a main character has plenty of things to make you feel sorry for him, but in the end he ended up annoying me more than entertaining me. Sasuke on the other hand went from a one dimensional Shonen stereotype to an interesting character who actually turned somewhat evil. Seeing this slowly develop was the highlight of the series (For the record I don't plan on buying 6:2-9, I don't need to see the filler...)

Other characters ranged from boring to fun to "yeah I've seen it many times, but I always like this kind of character". The Arcs were okay, but an over reliance on flashbacks made me wish for the DBZ staredown (well... maybe not...) and how many episodes did the Third Hokage and Orochimaru stay locked in a stalemate? I had to let out a loud sigh every time they cut to them, they had a few words, and then it went away until the next episode.

Overall I'll give the series 8/10. There were some true highlights that I'll gladly watch again, but I'll watch with the fast forward but on standby due to the padding out that often occurs during pivotal moments in the series, and some annoying Naruto bits. Now for Naruto Shippuden...
 

sanji no 1

Vampire Ninja
Dantes Inferno the animeted epic
7.5/10
Was slightly better than the first time i watched it, but still it could of been much better. they should of just had 1 animation studio animating the film not 6. But there is some good action and gore so it kept me entertained for a while
 

MaxonTreik

Chuunibyou
Kei-kun said:
Just where and what is that world? Who/what is Black★Rock Shooter? Why did her friend transform into that and why did they have to fight?
They didn't really try to explain that. I'd say it was all about the visuals, and the broken friendship was an acceptable explanation.
Two girls become best friends. After they get separated in college one of them grows apart and becomes jealous.
So, that's where the new world gets in.


Clannad didn't explain the other world in the first season either, but that's not a reason to rate it down, because it did deliver what it tried to (and that's coming from someone who disliked it).
Now, it definitely was a beautiful story between friends, indeed. But I'd easily understand why others wouldn't like it, since it's not really my boat either.
The art, character design, and voice acting alone would get a 10/10 from me, but I'll decide the overall rating later on (you can expect a 7/10).
I suppose you didn't like Comedy (OVA) either, did you? Because they didn't really explain anything about the world or even characters.
The thing with CLANNAD was that I believe it was made for those that have played the VN (like I have), which was a little more explicit in regards to the Other World. But it is fair to say they could have explained it a little better.

Also, your "how" of that other world forming can make sense, but there needs to be a "why" with it. Why would it form because of that? Maybe I'm just stupid when it comes to reading between the lines but I just need a plausible reason for everything.
 
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