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IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
Nisekoi S2-Episodes 11 and 12 (Complete)

Very much enjoyed this second season. Although it was a little bit disappointing that the actual story didn't continue, it made up for it by having a good amount of good character moments. As I mentioned prior, I really loved them adding some depth to Shu, who's only been comic relief up to this point and I also loved the couple of episodes with Chitoge's mum, as I think that did a great job of not only developing Chitoge's character somewhat but also developing the relationship between her and Raku. I was quite fond of Kosaki's little sister Haru, I thought she was quite a fun character, even if her character design was a little too close in design to her elder sister. I do think that Marika could have used some development, she was introduced quite late in the game in S1 and even here she isn't given a whole lot, despite being an incredibly entertaining character none the less. Despite that and the story being pretty non existant, I still found this second season to be on par with season one in every other respect, especially in the as-usual amazing animation from Shaft and some pretty good bits of comedy. Now that the manga has wrapped up, I really hope we get a third season to complete the anime's story. I'm sure Shaft can fit it in between adapting the rest of Monogatari, that Madoka sequel and whatever the hell else they're up to.

Love Live Sunshine!-Episode 11

Finally glad to see You get some character development. She's definitely been the most uninteresting character up until this point, so I'm super happy to see that.

Shaman King-Episodes 3-5

Oh my God, Len's English voice has to be the most over the top British accent I've ever heard. It's so awful it comes back around to being good :p
 
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bailey1985

Vampire Ninja
Danganronpa 3 Future Arc ep 9
Danganronpa 3 Despair Arc ep 9
Amanchu ep 10
Alderamin on the Sky ep 10
Hitorinoshita the Outcast ep 10
Food Wars Second Plate ep 11
Berserk 2016 ep 11
A Certain Magical Index the Movie: The Miracle of Endymion
 

Smeelia

Thousand Master
I'm further behind on posting than I am on watching but I'm still quite behind on simulcasts. I'm hoping to make an effort to catch up over the next week.

Amanchu! Episodes 5-6.

I'm more up to date on a couple of other shows but, at the moment, I'm considering Amanchu to be my favourite of the season. It may mostly be a cheerful and optimistic show but it also has some thoughtful examinations of serious issues. It's not the fastest paced show but it feels like the characters are growing naturally and in subtle ways and that makes it compelling to watch.

I have to admit, I did especially like the part in episode 6 where Teko causes Pikari to retreat. That one felt pretty open to interpretation and I know how I'm interpreting it (probably the wrong way). I think I'm going to be disappointed if this show doesn't end up with an official Yuri element. It's maybe not entirely necessary but I think it would be nice and would be a good way to emphasise the gradual development into a complementary and equal pair that the main characters seem to be undergoing. Mind you, I suppose that's what the buddy system is for.

New Game! Episodes 5-10.

While this show doesn't quite have the depth of Amanchu (though it does have it's moments), it's still an awful lot of fun with some great characters. I'm not sure if New Game does just enough differently to stand out from other shows or if I just happen to have a large appetite for these kinds of shows (could be both) but either way I feel like I'd be more than happy for a second season of the show.

I did like the attention to detail when Nenechi was using the wall to manipulate the camera into position. It seems that whoever wrote that scene knew their stuff. Not that I'd know anything about that sort of thing. Little details like that do add something, even if not everyone will catch every detail.

I have to admit, the Aoba/Hifumi scenes in episode 10 (especially Devil Aoba) came close to shaking my resolve on picking a favourite anime for the season.

Sweetness and Lightning / Amaama to Inazuma Episodes 6-10.

My feelings about the show are much the same. It's pretty strong with the cute stuff (that Shark song was strong stuff) but it's only occasionally playing with the darker aspects. There has been a little more reference to the feelings of loss that Tsumugi and Kouhei are dealing with in the later episodes but it's still generally focussing on the positives (and nice recipes that I'd imagine people could actually follow). It does feel like the show has hinted at a lot with Kotori as well but she has had even less attention paid to any issues she might be dealing with.

I'd still like to see a bit more time spent on the life/family situations of the characters but it's still a very enjoyable show as it is.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
Orange-Episode 11

I've always found the idea that Suwa is essentially sacrificing his own feelings and potential happiness for the sake of Kakeru and Naho's happiness to be one of the most interesting parts of Orange, so to see that be a big focus in this episode was great to see. I hope in the last couple of episodes they continue to explore the idea, I kind of don't want the show to end without Suwa confessing his feelings to Naho, even if he is ultimately rejected in favour of Kakeru. Hell, that's assuming that Kakeru lives. I was certain this show was going to have a happy ending but after this episode I'm not so certain.

Re:Zero-Episode 24

Another great episode. I'm so glad that the fight with Betelgeuse in the previous episode wasn't the final battle with him, the one in this episode was a lot more climatic. One thing I'm also super pleased about is that we finally got a specific reason why the Witch's Cult was targeting Emilia. Before now, it's always been vague, and I was worried they'd leave it as such. Very excited to see the finale.

Shaman King-Episodes 6 and 7

Nice to finally see Anna do something.
 
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crashmatt

Death Scythe
Ancient Magus Bride is probably the best thing I've seen all year, I'd urge anyone who likes Fantasy shows to watch it.

Re:Zero ep 14 was brilliant again this week despite people moaning about the animation.
 

Orgun

Dragon Knight
Galactic Drifter Vifam - Episodes 44 - 46 [Final]

One of the bonafide 80's mecha classics and one that is often overlooked, on this rewatch Vifam holds up very well and I have really enjoyed watching it again.
 

Joe

Magical Girl
Re:Zero 23-24

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Buzzkillington

Za Warudo
Re:Zero - Episode 24 - Decent enough I guess but I have to say this show went from Meh to Awesome then on to Omg gonna just end! for me. It's not that I think it's bad because I actually really like it, however I just don't think it's interesting anymore so I'm kinda past caring and just wanna see it end.

Baccano! - Episodes 7-11 - Not really much to say as it's a re-watch of a show I've seen, but it's great stuff as usual. I love Baccano! but it's only this re-watch that's reminding me just how much I love it.
 
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IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
Spice and Wolf-Episodes 1-6

I am enjoying this show so far, mostly due to Holo and Lawrence's characters, but I am a little lost when it comes to all the economic stuff. Even this early in, I'm finding the plot about the silver coin value to be a kind of confusing. Like, the plan is to convince merchants to buy silver under the pretense of it's value going up, when it's actually going down, then the perpetrator buying all the silver in bulk off the merchants needing to be rid of it when the value goes down. What does the perpetrator gain out of this? The value of the silver is still going to be low. I also have no idea what the deal is that Lawrence makes with the rival trading company. How are they planning to profit out of this whole thing? Is it only me who found this confusing?

Bananya-Episode 11

Shaman King-Episodes 8 and 9

A shaman with a snowboard as a weapon? Alright then.

New Game!-Episode 11

So who did leak the screenshots?

Mob Psycho 100-Episode 10
 
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Smeelia

Thousand Master
How are they planning to profit out of this whole thing? Is it only me who found this confusing?
It's been a while since I've seen it, so I could be sketchy on the details, but I think it was along these lines:
The company would buy larger amounts of a currency while the Trenni was worth a lot of those coins, then trade that back for more Trenni coins once the value of the Trenni dropped (imagine buying dollars before the referendum then buying back pounds afterwards) so they'd end up with more coins. I believe the way they were planning to profit was to then trade their collected coins back to the ruler of the country, who'd then melt down those coins with a high silver content and convert them into more coins. In exchange for the coins, the company would get certain trading rights that they'd then be able to use to make significant profits (so they weren't necessarily directly being paid more, so much as gaining a valuable opportunity). That's also why a rival trading company are the best people to go to because they'd be able to benefit by cutting in on the deal with the ruler.

Even if they held onto the coins, there's a chance the value would gradually go back up anyway so they probably could still have made a profit that way (buy low, sell high).

As to why the ruler wanted more coins, I think it relates to "Quantitative Easing", which was another thing that happened a little while ago. That seems to be about encouraging investment, lending and spending by having more money available (so it could potentially encourage economic growth in the country).

I think that was the general idea, maybe someone else could explain it better.

At the end of the day, while the economic stuff can be kind of interesting, I think the character aspects are generally more important. I do think that first story might be one of the more difficult ones while the others tie into the characters a bit more effectively as well.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
It's been a while since I've seen it, so I could be sketchy on the details, but I think it was along these lines:
The company would buy larger amounts of a currency while the Trenni was worth a lot of those coins, then trade that back for more Trenni coins once the value of the Trenni dropped (imagine buying dollars before the referendum then buying back pounds afterwards) so they'd end up with more coins. I believe the way they were planning to profit was to then trade their collected coins back to the ruler of the country, who'd then melt down those coins with a high silver content and convert them into more coins. In exchange for the coins, the company would get certain trading rights that they'd then be able to use to make significant profits (so they weren't necessarily directly being paid more, so much as gaining a valuable opportunity). That's also why a rival trading company are the best people to go to because they'd be able to benefit by cutting in on the deal with the ruler.

Even if they held onto the coins, there's a chance the value would gradually go back up anyway so they probably could still have made a profit that way (buy low, sell high).

As to why the ruler wanted more coins, I think it relates to "Quantitative Easing", which was another thing that happened a little while ago. That seems to be about encouraging investment, lending and spending by having more money available (so it could potentially encourage economic growth in the country).

I think that was the general idea, maybe someone else could explain it better.

At the end of the day, while the economic stuff can be kind of interesting, I think the character aspects are generally more important. I do think that first story might be one of the more difficult ones while the others tie into the characters a bit more effectively as well.

I think that's a good explanation, but one I still don't really understand. I'm going to write this one off as me being a bit thick.
 

Joe

Magical Girl
Yeah, the whole coin shenanigans near the start of the series I remember having a little trouble following at first. I definitely enjoyed the Economics 101 lessons the show gives, but the main draw is definitely the chemistry between Holo and Lawrence.
 
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IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
Yeah, the whole coin shenanigans near the start of the series I remember having a little trouble following at first. I definitely enjoyed the Economics 101 lessons that show gives, but the main draw is definitely the chemistry between Holo and Lawrence.

The relationship between Holo and Lawrence is what really got me through these first 6 episodes and is very enjoyable. I had a basic enough grasp of the plot to not be utterly lost, but I'm glad the story is moving on, hopefully I can get a better grasp of what's actually happening in this next arc.
 

Lutga

Mad Scientist
I have to admit when I watched Spice and Wolf I just let all the economic stuff blow over me. For me, I took that show more as a 'healing' type thing and just soaked in the general ambience of it. I always say the show is a bit like a radio play, where you just mellow in the atmosphere and listen to the nice voices, while pondering 'will they... won't they...'
 

DragonBlaze67

Combat Butler
Tokyo ESP eps 1-4

Episode 1 had the problem that a similar series, Ga-Rei: Zero had. Where so much happened and the ones you follow aren't even the main characters, then in the next episode we go back months into the past to follow how Rinka got her powers and how she became the white girl hero, which was much better.
 

BanzaiJedi

Pokémon Master
Mobile Suit Gundam ep 22-23. Thanks for the spoilers, Mr Next Episode Narrator person. That said, Matilda's death was strangely anti-climactic. If it hadn't been spoiled I would probably be doubting it had even happened.
 
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