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Mangaranga

Za Warudo
91 Days - Episode 4
Amanchu! - Episode 4
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure DIU - Episode 18
Love Live! Sunshine! - Episode 5
Re:ZERO - Episode 18
Mob Psycho 100 - Episode 1
Kizumonogatari I Tekketsu-hen

Really enjoyed the first part of Kizu. For whatever reason the first film really clicked with me - something that the series hasn't really done for me since the start of Second Season. There was some pretty impressive animation work in there from Shaft, as well as some disappointing use of noticeable 3D. I have to say though, whilst Shaft's photography and animation work is definitely put to good use in this film, from a videophile perspective the transfer (much like the rest of the Monogatari series) is pretty naff with plenty of banding. It's also only a 720p production (well, technically 1280x544), so it doesn't look anywhere near as sharp as your typical theatrical production nowadays (heck, even TV anime).
 

NormanicGrav

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AUKN Staff
Friday 29th July:
Berserk 2016 (Japanese audio) - Episode 5
Amanchu! (Japanese audio) - Episode 4

Saturday 30th July:
Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate (Japanese audio) - Episode 5

Sunday 31st July:
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Japanese audio) - Episode 18

I've been busy playing Tales of Xillia so I didn't have time to get through some of the new episodes for 91 Days, Alderamin of the Sky, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and Mob Psycho 100.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
A Certain Magical Index-Episodes 11 and 12

Not sure I'm so keen on the Mikoto focus. Not that I dislike her or her story, but Railgun exists to give her the spotlight, so it feels like kind of a waste to not have Index involved.

Bananya-Episode 5

The fridge is truly a wonderful place.
 

Smeelia

Thousand Master
Senkou no Night Raid / Night Raid 1931 Episodes 4-13 + OVAs.

I've posted about it in the rating thread.

It was reasonably enjoyable but ultimately somewhat disappointing, more for failing to meet it's potential than for being a bad show. The show does also suffer from a general lack of focus and direction, never really developing any of it's aspects as well as it could. Stand alone episodes and moments are often the best parts, with some being especially strong and perhaps elevating the show overall, but even those don't often mesh well with the rest of the show.

Something I found especially odd was the way the story handled it's main characters. Yukina basically loses (or loses touch with) everyone she cares about, as well as being left seemingly lacking any real sense of purpose, but the writing doesn't seem to realise this at all. It feels like they decided to focus on Aoi and Kazuma and stopped treating Yukina or Natsume as characters, not that they handled many other characters as well as I'd hoped either. Even then, Kazuma's fate is another weak point that undermines much of the effort put into his development and Aoi's fate is basically just okay.

DAYS Episodes 2-4.

I have to admit, I'm very impressed with this show. I can't say I had the highest expectations for it going in but there's something about it that just makes it a joy to watch. It's odd because it feels like many of the characters and their stories are fairly simple and obvious and the show often seems to be moving a little quickly but for some reason it just seems to exude a sense of fun and enthusiasm that makes it difficult not to get swept along and enjoy it. Funnily enough, that's also pretty much what the show is about. Main character Tsukushi constantly runs forward with a simple and positive view of things while those around him can't help but be inspired to start moving and try to find something positive themselves.

Perhaps more impressive is that the show still feels like it has some depth to it. Tsukushi doesn't exactly have an easy time of things and, even for all of his effort, success seems far from assured. He's even aware himself of the reality of things and doesn't expect things to work out just because he'd like them to. Even so, he's able to carry on with what he wants to do simply because it is what he wants to do. The show manages to keep a fairly positive and optimistic theme while also having a hint of reality. Some shows are easy to cynically criticise because of how unlikely their positive outcomes are but this show directly addresses those concerns without having to sacrifice it's overall positive feeling.

So far the actual sport aspect of the show has mostly taken a backseat, it's far more about the characters and even when games are being played they tend to be saying more about the characters than trying to be realistic representations. I do think this is for the best and hope that it continues, though it may be disappointing for anyone going into the show hoping for it to be about the sport. Still, if your reason for not watching this show is that you don't like sports (or sports anime) then you should strongly consider giving the show a try.

Sweetness and Lightning / Amaama to Inazuma Episodes 3-4.

Solid episodes, this is still a pretty great show. It hasn't really gotten too deep into anything more serious so far and I get the feeling it's probably going to continue that way. I certainly wouldn't mind if the show did go into those issues but it does seem to have at least sidestepped one issue that I thought it might be heading towards dealing with and it has only really implied most of the less cheerful stuff. Perhaps that sort of thing can be left for another show and with this show doing what it's doing so well it's hard to complain.

Amanchu! Episodes 2-3.

While this is another show that's staying on the lighter side while only really hinting at the darker stuff, it's also another show that's executed so well that it's easy to enjoy and difficult to complain. So far it's telling a fairly simple and pleasant story, with some really nice visuals and a relaxed pace.

New Game Episodes 3-4.

While I did enjoy seeing a bit more of the actual work that the characters are involved in during Episode 3, I have to admit that Episode 4 was my favourite so far. It was nice to see some character development in both episodes, especially the stuff with the more senior members of the team in Episode 4. It's maybe not doing something hugely different to similar shows but it seems to be improving with each episode so there's a reasonable chance it could end up being quite a strong show of it's type.

I did also appreciate that the show doesn't go overboard in hammering home a point, there were moments in both episodes where a lesser show would have explained exactly what the characters were doing and why but New Game is happy to give the audience enough information to work with and respect their intelligence. That's especially appreciated in a show that isn't exactly likely to deal with the deepest or most complex of issues and storylines.
 
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Mangaranga

Za Warudo
IncendiaryLemon said:
A Certain Magical Index-Episodes 11 and 12

Not sure I'm so keen on the Mikoto focus. Not that I dislike her or her story, but Railgun exists to give her the spotlight, so it feels like kind of a waste to not have Index involved.
But Index herself was probably one of the least interesting parts of the show from what I remember. I could be completely wrong if I rewatch it again, but every memorable scene or character in that show does not involve Index.
The adventures of Touman, Biribiri and Accelerator stick out as being far more interesting than anything Index ever was.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
Mangaranga said:
IncendiaryLemon said:
A Certain Magical Index-Episodes 11 and 12

Not sure I'm so keen on the Mikoto focus. Not that I dislike her or her story, but Railgun exists to give her the spotlight, so it feels like kind of a waste to not have Index involved.
But Index herself was probably one of the least interesting parts of the show from what I remember. I could be completely wrong if I rewatch it again, but every memorable scene or character in that show does not involve Index.
The adventures of Touman, Biribiri and Accelerator stick out as being far more interesting than anything Index ever was.

If I'm being brutally honest, Touma is a pretty bland protagonist IMO. He's not really interesting in the slightest, even with the memory stuff, which hasn't really impacted the plot whatsoever thus far. Index is cute and gets a few laughs out of me at least, so there's that.

A Certain Magical Index-Episodes 13 and 14
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
New Game!-Episode 5

Some great Hajime stuff in this episode!

Mob Psycho 100-Episode 4

I pretty good set up episode. Looking forward to see that cliffhanger pay off.

A Certain Magical Index-Episodes 15-17

A pretty entertaining arc, even if it was based on a hilariously huge plot contrivance.

Hidamari Sketch: Hoshimittsu-Episodes 1 and 2

Interesting they're adding new girls into the mix. Not that I was getting bored of Yuno and friends, but I think it could create some interesting new comedic opportunities. These two first episodes were hilarious too, so it's off to a good start!
 

Buzzkillington

Za Warudo
Re:Zero - Episode 18 - SWEET BABY REM!!! ;-; With that out the way, let me just say that this episode was fantastic for what it was, some wonderfully written dialogue capped off with a kick to the gut, great stuff. That said, I've seen a lot of people upset, almost angry with how it worked out in the end and I'm just surprised that they didn't see it coming tbh. I'm actually kinda happy with how it worked out, mainly because I don't really like Subaru or Emilia (He's annoying and she's really bland, hoping for some development on that front at some point) and honestly? Rem deserves a lot better than that annoying little twat lol.

Mob Psycho 100 - Episodes 3 & 4 - Still decent, still getting some laughs from me, still adore the visuals. Looking forward to the next episode.
 
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Sarah

Staff
AUKN Staff
Servamp Ep. 5 (I've caught up now - but this is still my favourite) :)
sweetness & lightning Ep. 4
Fukigen no Mononokean Ep. 4
Orange Ep. 3 (still catching up)
Days Ep. 3
91 Days Ep. 3
 

MrLaserSharkKH

Stand User
Strike Witches: Episodes 7-12 [Rewatch]

Episode 7 never fails to bring a smile to my face, really fun episode with great interactions between characters who don't really get to bounce off each other much throughout the opening part of the series in the process learning more about the characters themselves. Even on my third watch of the series I still really enjoy pretty much every moment of Strike Witches, I think onwards now to Series 2 which suprisingly I have still yet to watch.
 

BanzaiJedi

Pokémon Master
Amanchu ep 4. I'm kind of feeling an urge to learn how to dive myself. May be tricky though what with not knowing how to swim.

Handa-kun ep 4. This whole episode killed me, great characters that any comedy series will be envious of.

Heart x Hybrid Academy Ataraxia ep 4. That was just porn. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this went full hentai before the end of the series.

Orange ep 5. I'm officially bored now. Considering how well regarded the source material is, I would assume the problem lies more with this anime adaptation itself. The story is progressing but nothing about it makes any real impact, emotionally or otherwise. It's just a big pile of teen angst which I've seen so many times before.

sweetness and lightning ep 5. Watching this you would think that a doughnut without a hole is strange, but that's how they should be! It gives you more room for the filling. *drool*

The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance s2 ep 5. Pirates... in oversized rowing boats? How the hell did they catch merchant sailing ships using those things?
 

britguy

Za Warudo
Haikyuu - Episodes 14 and 15: Start to the second cour is hype! End of episode 15 had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up, was great seeing these guys showing the rest of the tournament just what they can do!
 
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