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Neil.T

Time-Traveller
I did some of my own research
That's some absolutely phenomenal research on The Wind Rises there! How long did that take?

A Silent Voice (another rewatch)
Sorry to go slightly off-topic here, but it's like this: that Anime Limited collector's edition with the foil artwork on the outer box is just one of the most incredible things I've ever seen! And that idea with the character art on the plastic o-card? Utter genius.

Gurren Lagann movie 2 (rewatch)
I tried to up my MAL score for this to something like 100 out of 10, but it won't let me!
 

Neil.T

Time-Traveller
Love the series but never seen the films. What are they exactly? A new story or an edited clip-show?
It's technically an edited clip show, but it's got so much new stuff in it that it becomes so much more than that — especially the second film. That has some really clever ways of streamlining the story that it creates a whole new continuity. The final battle has been almost completely reworked, and has some absolutely inspired bits of animation with some rough, sketchy lines that ooze energy. I love that kind of stuff!

You can get the films on their own on a pair of BDs (which also include the music video project, Parallel Works), and they're also available as part of AL's collector's edition set which is already out of print on their own webshop.
 

D1tchd1gger

Shinki
That's some absolutely phenomenal research on The Wind Rises there! How long did that take?
About an hour at lunch plus about 2 hours typing it out (on mobile, I have a laptop but I can never be arsed to get it out and set it up, etc.) as I scrolled through the film to find info I had already forgotten, like that date stamp.
 

Luna

Pokémon Master
Fantasista Doll
The result of when you put Card Captor Sakura, Rozen Maiden, YuGiOh, Digimon and some Magical Girl Tropes along with a whole bunch of cute girls into a pot. It turned out surprisingly fine in the end.

And I totally and absulutely am sure, I've seen a visual twin sister of Komachi before. I just can't seem to properly remember who. Inori from Guilty Crown?
 

D1tchd1gger

Shinki
Juni Taisen: Zodiac War ep 7
Dragon and Snake flashback time. Tiger has a serious drink problem, but probably the one I want to win now. Dragon probably going to die somehow next week as he's had his flashback

Alien (at the cinema)
Man that chest busting scene on the big screen, almost felt the blood splatter on my face!
 
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CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Bleach (Rewatch) episodes 49, 51-63

Well this was a lot of fun, to rewatch. These initial three arcs tell a pretty solid story, and do well to introduce the main cast of protagonists, secondary protagonists and the main antagonists of future arcs. The only low points are some of the filler excursions which feel out of place and are utter shite-far worse than future filler arcs [including the Bount Arc which I hope to complete on Blu Ray with set 4]. As I stated before I'll try and do a mini review of the three sets some point soon, once I have my Uni work sorted.
 

Buzzkillington

Combat Butler
The Ancient Magus' Bride - Episodes 4-6 - How I managed to get 3 episodes behind on literally the only show I am currently watching I don't bloody know, but here we are. Starting to wonder if I still actually like anime... I mean I do as I enjoyed these episodes, but you know what I mean... well maybe :p
 

Girls wIth Guns

Pokémon Master
The Ancient Magus' Bride - Episodes 4-6 - How I managed to get 3 episodes behind on literally the only show I am currently watching I don't bloody know, but here we are.
Ha, I was in the same boat - I watched eps 4-6 last night myself, in one go - guess I've been too busy entertaining over the weekends, lol... The neighbor couple that lives next door to me came to visit twice over this past weekend for some avid anime viewing, and my mom was also watching anime with us on Sunday - we had been watching through the entire Last Exile series together over the last month or so, and now I've started them on a new series:

Saturday Night:
RWBY Volume 5 Chapter 5
Garden of Sinners, movies 4 & 5

Sunday Night:
Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing 18-21 (End)
Noir 1-6
 

Neil.T

Time-Traveller
Looks nice, but I did some of my own research as I was bored at work.

  • Jiro Horikoshi was born on 22nd June 1903
  • The first scenes of the film takes place in 1918 as seen by the magazine he is given. Making him roughly 15, character model seems a bit short seeing he seems quite tall just 5 years later.
  • The next event is the Great Kantō Earthquake on the 1st of September 1923.
  • So the next scenes at university and with his sisters visit. He tells her he last saw Nahoko "over 2 years" ago so would probably be winter 1925.
  • Next, when he moves to Nagoya, I thought it was the Great Depression (1929-31), but when I found out the date of the plane in the next scenes, I had to go find a different date. Turns out to be the Shōwa Financial Crisis of early 1927.
  • The plane in the next scene is the Mitsubishi 1MF9 which had trial flights in July and September 1927.
  • Next he travels to Germany to visit Junkers. They see the G.38 which first flew in 1929. The scene with the "secret police" (dub version) or men they saw in the hanger (sub) could also be 1929, a mob of antisemitic men chasing a Jew? The Great Depression saw a rise in violence against the Jews, but the law "was fair" until the Nazis got into power in 1933. History of Jews in Germany
  • The next plane was the Mitsubishi_1MF10 which had its maiden flight in March 1933.
  • Next Jiro visits the Hotel Kusakaru after the plane crashes. There were 2 incidents July '33 and June' 34. It's probably '33 as it would be too short a time before the next test and Castorp mentions Junkers being in trouble. He resisted the Nazis taking control of his company at first after they took over in 1933.
  • However in the scene where Jiro gets a telegram there is a date stamp which looks like 9.7.13. If the 9 is correct (it's cut in half by the bottom of the screen) it would, possibly, be the 9th year of the Shōwa Period with 1926 being year 1. So the date would be 13/7/1934.
  • The next plane, the Mitsubishi_A5M, was commissioned in 1934.
  • They probably marry in winter 1934/35.
  • The test flight of the Mitsubishi_A5M with its original gull wing design took place on the 5th of February 1935. The design was changed after this to a straighter version.
  • So they were married for no more than 2 months at the most :-(
  • The next scene is 1945, obviously at the end of the war, where we see the Mitsubishi_A6M Zero in his final vision with Caproni.
Sorry to hijack this thread for a moment, but I dug out my artbook of The Wind Rises to look at the timeline. The contents page warns that "Jiro's age includes estimates for some parts", but here's some detail from the book and how it compares to @D1tchd1gger's own in-depth research.

The first scenes of the film takes place in 1918 as seen by the magazine he is given. Making him roughly 15
Interestingly, the book puts Jiro at age 13 here, which would make this 1916. :confused:

Next, when he moves to Nagoya, I thought it was the Great Depression (1929-31), but when I found out the date of the plane in the next scenes, I had to go find a different date. Turns out to be the Shōwa Financial Crisis of early 1927.
The book gives Jiro's age here as 24, agreeing with @D1tchd1gger that this is 1927. Bizarrely, though, director Hayao Miyazaki's own original project proposal for the film, reprinted in the book's opening pages, makes specific reference to the Great Depression. :confused: again.

Next he travels to Germany to visit Junkers. They see the G.38 which first flew in 1929. The scene with the "secret police" (dub version) or men they saw in the hanger (sub) could also be 1929
@D1tchd1gger is absolutely bang-on. The book gives Jiro's age as 26, so this is indeed 1929.

Next Jiro visits the Hotel Kusakaru after the plane crashes. There were 2 incidents July '33 and June' 34. It's probably '33 as it would be too short a time before the next test and Castorp mentions Junkers being in trouble. He resisted the Nazis taking control of his company at first after they took over in 1933.
Spot-on again: the book says age 30 (1933). For the record, the previous scene in Café Flyer, where Jiro is made lead designer, is given as 1932.

However in the scene where Jiro gets a telegram there is a date stamp which looks like 9.7.13. If the 9 is correct (it's cut in half by the bottom of the screen) it would, possibly, be the 9th year of the Shōwa Period with 1926 being year 1. So the date would be 13/7/1934.
Jiro's age is 31 here, so it is indeed 1934. The scenes at the hotel where he is reunited with Nahoko took place in 1933.

The next scene is 1945, obviously at the end of the war, where we see the Mitsubishi_A6M Zero in his final vision with Caproni.
Indeed. We skip ahead to age 42 for the final scene of the film.
 

D1tchd1gger

Shinki
Fireworks (sub at the cinema)
All flash and no bang.
Some really nice animation, but they wasted what was an interesting idea by having pretty much zero character growth.
Unlike similar films such as
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time where a similar gift is given and Makoto learns that there are consequences and that such gifts should be used wisely. Apart from the world changing a little they didn't seem to learn anything, unless that ending meant they were dead or trapped in the alternate world? Or Groundhog Day where Bill Murrays character has to change his ways. Norimichi just throws the ball and changes the bit he didn't like!
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Black Clover episode 7

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
episode 33

Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail
episodes 25-29 (Complete. This was another great story arc in the series, it's interesting to see a darker side of Rock. It just makes me want to see the newer arcs get animated even more, maybe someday.) 4/5

Blue Exorcist episodes 1-5, 7-10, 12-17 (Complete. Not sure why it's taken me so long to watch this, but hey ho. I also skipped filler content, meaning I skipped the last arc. This is a very solid series, it isn't amazing and does follow certain predictiable story traits but it has some great characters and ideas. I have Kyoto Saga to watch next.) 3.5/5
 

crashmatt

Death Scythe
Samurai Champloo (complete) - Great series with interesting characters. Slightly diminished by filler episodes I really could have done without the Graffiti/zombie/baseball episodes. 8/10

Stranger Things S2 (complete) - Loved this series more than S1. Aside from ep7 which was a mistake. They have some amazing acting talent on the show.
 
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Adam-M

Stand User
Fireworks (sub at the pictures last night)
Enjoyed right up to the end, then it ended? What happened? Was very abrupt and I suspect they'll release an extended cut with loads more in. Ditchdigger's not wrong in what he said though.
 

D1tchd1gger

Shinki
Hellsing Ultimate Vol VI
The Vaticans representative reveals his plan and Seras shots down an airship with 2 massive guns :cool:
Alucard has been absent the last 2 volumes, probably he's so OP and he'd wipe out those Nazis in minutes.

Kokoro Connect eps 11-13 (complete)
Except its not complete as there are some OVAs that finish it. I was going to rant that I liked it enough to want to watch them, but not enough to buy them. Luckily they're on HiDive, but you have to subscribe. I was thinking of doing this eventually (hopefully when they release a PS4 app) as they have some shows I was interested in.

Band of Brothers eps 3-4
 
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