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Dan

Thousand Master
Grey: Digital Target (1987)

Finally got around to this one, after hearing some of the soundtrack put me in the mood for it. There's nothing in Grey that I don't think I've seen in other post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime, but rarely have I seen so many genre tropes comprehensively crammed into the one film before, and that's kind of endearing. I'm curious to know how it compares with the manga though; the anime tends to feel like a series of often exposition heavy vignettes, rather than a continuous story, and I'm not sure if that's something that comes of it being an adaptation, or if the source material was just like that anyway.
i’ve had this to watch for awhile I need to get round to it. Did you like it?
 

RebelNotorious

Kiznaiver
Code Geass Movie Trilogy

These movies were really exhausting endeavours to watch. Being recaps/retellings/newtimeliney things there’s just so much going on in each one and they’re all over 2 hours long. The second movie, Transgression, felt the least exhausting since they decided to axe a good chunk of the season 2 content it would’ve covered and instead montaged a bunch of stuff, which is partly a sub story that leads to a certain death in the TV series but the movies keep them alive, probably the biggest change of the whole thing tbh. Glorification, the final movie, was the most movie feeling one of the lot, it had the least ground to cover and could pretty much just go full in on what was left. Now I can finally watch Re;surrection.
 

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
Millennium Actress (Japanese audio) - Film

A Satoshi Kon film that I had never seen prior, and now I have thanks to the 4K Ultra HD disc. The best way to describe it, is a mix between Memories of Matsuko combined with Satoshi Kon and Susumu Hirasawa's style. It's a great but sad film overall and honestly it's worth a watch as you would expect. The only issue I had was that the blend between dream and reality did get a bit too loose to the point where it was confusing me a bit, but in general I understood the whole storyline.
 

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I: Initiation (Japanese audio) - Film

With Re;Surrection on its way, I finally started the compilation trilogy which diverges the TV series into a different direction. This first film was actually pretty decent and while it cuts out a lot of stuff, it does introduce new scenes throughout which are noticeable by the animation quality. The film compiles episodes 1-17 of the Lelouch of the Rebellion series into 2 hours 15 mins runtime.
 

Kite

Thousand Master
Vampire Knight
Episodes 1 - 13

Vampire Knight Guilty
Episodes 1 - 13

Latest title from my oldest backpile, interesting story with a few plot-twists (for it must be years since I read the manga[if I did read it as my memory is a bit faded]), ending was decent enough, leaving the door open if they ever decided to make another series [as the manga was ongoing when the anime was made]

Change of pace next with a few movies.
 

Arbalest

黒い剣士
Moderator
Horimiya 1-3 - I've been heavily invested in checking this one out since I found the manga last year(and still can't purchase physically. YEN PRESSSSSS please give me another release...) But they've done a solid job so far. I think the anime take on this has done it some justice in parts as the manga can be up and down in pacing early on, but it's captured the main parts well and not to quick or slow. However it has missed out a lot of other developments which I am sad to see not being explored. I think if this was done as a 2-cour series rather than 1, it would be a lot better. But there we go
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Dr. Ramune -Mysterious Disease Specialist- episode 3 Presence lost.

Horimiya episode 3 To have and to hold.

Space Brothers episodes 68-88
 

RebelNotorious

Kiznaiver
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection

I actually watched this yesterday but was uncertain how I felt about it and I still kind of am. Overall, I don't feel like it adds anything and while it's a sequel to the alternate timeline the movies setup it all feels like a massive "what if?" and rather inconsiquential. It'll be interesting to see if Z of the Recapture makes any attempt to follow on from what happens in this movie or is just a spin-off set after the events. Also, I feel like some very minor script changes could have made this part of the TV series timeline, would that change how satisfied I feel with the movie? Probably not, the TV series had a great ending and to contiue beyond that and even undo it, feels unnecessary. Visually the movie is still as good as the TV series, only now the mechs are CG which I expected but I do miss them being hand drawn.
 

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II: Transgression (Japanese audio) - Film

So this film in the trilogy is a weird one. The first hour and 30 minutes actually recaps the remainder of the first series pretty well, and then the rest of the runtime blitz through a lot of the second series.

The first 13 episodes of R2 is mostly skipped. Lelouch's amnesia only lasts like a few minutes, and a lot of stuff is not explained properly, which is why you ideally need knowledge of the TV series or the booklet that came with the Japanese release to fill the missing gaps. In addition, Shirley's only appearance is when her memories are restored (which was also in R2 Episode 12) and therefore her death in R2 Episode 13 was skipped, thus leaving her alive in this storyline.

The remainder of the film's runtime (under 50 minutes) mainly focuses on recapping the events of R2 Episodes 14-16 which is where Lelouch attacks V.V. followed by the Emperor who ends up being immortal and eventually hijacking the TVs to declare war against Zero & co. at the United Federation of Nations area.


Overall the first half was pretty good in terms of recapping and pacing, but the last hour I felt could have been a lot smoother. Cutting stuff from the main series is fine but maybe perhaps adding new scenes to TL;DR certain context and events would have helped.
 

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III: Glorification (Japanese audio) - Film

And now I have reached its conclusion. This one was paced a lot better than the second film did, and honestly it's handled as well as the first film did. There really isn't that much that changes compared to the series. The biggest difference is really Shirley surviving the whole thing, and the post-credit scene. Lelouch's fate is never revealed in the film which may surprise folks. The film recaps episodes 17-21 in the first hour and 15 minutes, while episodes 22-25 are recapped in the remaining hour and five minutes of the runtime. Shoutout to Survive Said the Prophet for having a song for the closing credits, they're a great band.

Overall, this film trilogy does a pretty decent job at recapping the entire 50 episode series. The first season and the second half of the second season were both recapped pretty well, while the first half of the second season could have been tackled a lot better. Now the question folks will be asking - can you jump straight into Re;surrection without watching the film trilogy? To be honest, you can. There is only one minor character that has more involvement this time around and that is it. Nevertheless, this film trilogy is worth watching for a quick recap on the franchise's storyline in preparation for the recent film and also helps fill some gaps that needed a bit more context.
 

WMD

Dragon Knight
Cyber City Oedo 808
Entertaining little OVA series. The UK dub was a lot of fun and a great way to experience it.

Samurai Jack season 4 & 5 rewatch
Overall I'd say season 3 was the best one. But the more adult tone and serialized storytelling of the final series works so well.

Summer Days With Coo
I thought this was going to be a whimsical film but the opening 10mins disabused me of that idea. It was however a fascinating film to watch and I really enjoyed it.

How Not To Summon A Demon Lord
Enjoyed this and found it pretty funny. The fan service and boob jokes are non stop though. The MC was likeable and his social struggles and internal monologue made him more interesting.

Astra Lost In Space
Ok this is a masterpiece. I loved everything about it. The characters, the drama, the mystery story, the action, the animation, the dub cast were phenomenal. Absolutely loved it.

And from the live action MVM films
Rogue Ninja
For only 70mins long there was a surprisingly large amount of story going on. Seemed to filmed in the same places as Ninja Girl but this one was much better

Bangkok Assassins
This is a pretty odd film. At times very brutal, at others weirdly hilarious. Not the best film I've ever seen but I liked the main cast.
 

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
Attack on Titan: The Final Season (Japanese audio) - Episode 7
Gundam: Reconguista in G (Japanese audio) - Episodes 6-9

No.Anime Name:Eps.
Seen:
Ep.
Total:
Airing:
1​
Attack on Titan: The Final Season
(Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season)
7​
16​
Sundays 8:45pm
2​
BEASTARS Season 2
2
(1)
12​
N/A
3​
Dr. STONE: Stone Wars
2​
11​
Thursdays 3:30pm
4​
Higurashi: When They Cry Gou
(Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Gou)
13
(3)
24​
Thursdays 4:30pm
5​
Jujutsu Kaisen
3
(12)
24​
Fridays 6:45pm
6​
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 1
(Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu)
2
(1)
11​
Sundays 4:00pm
7​
The Promised Neverland Season 2
(Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season)
3​
11​
Wednesdays 3:00pm
8​
The Quintessential Quintuplets II
(5-toubun no Hanayome ∬)
2​
12​
Thursdays 9:00pm
9​
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 Part 2
(Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season Part 2)
3​
12​
Wednesdays 3:30pm
10​
So I'm a Spider, So What?
(Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?)
2​
24​
Fridays 2:30pm
11​
Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies moved to a starter town?
(Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Youna Monogatari)
3​
12​
Mondays 2:30pm
12​
WONDER EGG PRIORITY
2​
12​
Tuesdays 3:00pm
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 66 Destruction.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 183 Testing tools.

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation episode 3 Greyrat legacy.

Non Non Biyori Nonstop episode 3 Komuso Man.

Yatogame-Chan, Kansatsu Nikki 3 episode 3 Cheering match.

Space Brothers episodes 89-99 (Complete. A very enjoyable series tackling brothers who end up having space travel/research become a fundamental part of their lives. It featured a solid cast of characters who grow and change from their experiences, and I hope it gets a continuation at some stage, otherwise I may need to seek out the manga instead.) 4/5
 

Dragon Slayer

Mad Scientist
January 23 & 24th.

Attack on Titan: The Final Season (English Dub) Episode 62

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III (English Dub) Episode 10

Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 2 (English Dub) Episode 21

The Day I Became a God (English Dub) Episode 7-8

TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You (English Dub) Episode 10

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina (English Dub) Episode 4

Warlords of Sigrdrifa (English Dub) Episode 8

Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki Episode 3 Confidence.

DOGEZA: I Tried Asking Episode 13 (Complete)

Horimiya Episode 3 Declaration.

King's Raid: Successors of the Will Episode 17 The broader perspective.

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 3 First friend.

Non Non Biyori Nonstop Episode 3

So I'm a Spider, So What? Episode 3 Pitfall.

Super HxEros (Blu-ray Uncensored) Episode 7-8

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 3 Curse.

WIXOSS Diva(A)Live Episode 3 A winning rythm.

Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Season 3 Episode 3 Cheer.
 
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