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WMD

Combat Butler
Z/X Code Reunion
Fun sci fi/magical girl show.

The Children Who Chase Lost Voices
You know this film gets a raw deal. I get that Shinkai was clearly given a remit to make a Miyazaki film and that hangs round its neck like a millstone but it's a much better film than it gets credit for. Its stunning, has some great music (especially the closing theme), can be fun one minute, scary another and poignant as well. The main theme of how to deal with grief is also well realised throughout.

Rumbling Hearts rewatch
Wrote more about this in the Rate Anime thread. But suffice to say it's an incredible piece of tragic storytelling. Deeply sad and painfully possible.
 

RadFemHedonist

Great Teacher
The Children Who Chase Lost Voices
You know this film gets a raw deal. I get that Shinkai was clearly given a remit to make a Miyazaki film and that hangs round its neck like a millstone but it's a much better film than it gets credit for. Its stunning, has some great music (especially the closing theme), can be fun one minute, scary another and poignant as well. The main theme of how to deal with grief is also well realised throughout.

Yeah, I didn't get the steelbook with OST because I couldn't justify it financially given what else I wanted to buy around the time it was released and it having just been Xmas and New Year's (trying to save money also) but it's definitely not all bad, and I will rewatch it eventually :) I actually saw it in the cinema at one of those anime film screening programs All the Anime do (in London this one was) and I didn't mind sitting through it, flawed though it is. I also really like The Place Promised in Our Early Days, which got quite a bit of flack for not being as good as Voices of a Distant Star at the time of it's release IIRC. The only real flaw of that film is the underdeveloped female lead but it's still enchanting and Shinkai clearly got better at that aspect of his films as he went along anyway :)
 

Geriatric hedgehog

Great Teacher
I also really like The Place Promised in Our Early Days, which got quite a bit of flack for not being as good as Voices of a Distant Star at the time of it's release IIRC.
I got the recent release with them in one pack and quite enjoyed both. I think I'll wait for Children who chase lost voices to hopefully be screened in screenanime and then maybe get the standard edition on sale for financial reasons also. Got to save up for the upcoming monogatari releases after all!
 

Geriatric hedgehog

Great Teacher
Weathering with You is my favourite Shinkai at the moment, not necessarily because it's his best work but to me feels the most complete. Especially because for me the ost is fantastic and works really well with the movie, kind of like how Kensuke Ushio tailors his music to Yamada's work, going on A Silent Voice (not able to watch my region A blu ray copy of Liz& the Bluebird yet). I love Radwimps music though going on YouTube subtitles I can't say I was impressed with their lyrics in Your Name and felt they'd improved those in Weathering.
 

RadFemHedonist

Great Teacher
Weathering with You is my favourite Shinkai at the moment, not necessarily because it's his best work but to me feels the most complete. Especially because for me the ost is fantastic and works really well with the movie, kind of like how Kensuke Ushio tailors his music to Yamada's work, going on A Silent Voice (not able to watch my region A blu ray copy of Liz& the Bluebird yet). I love Radwimps music though going on YouTube subtitles I can't say I was impressed with their lyrics in Your Name and felt they'd improved those in Weathering.

Kensuke Ushio also did the OST for Masaaki Yuasa's Ping Pong The Animation IIRC? That was phenomenal work :) Another thing I really like about TPPIOED is that it has an interesting mix of Miyazaki-esque elements with some stuff that seems more influenced by darker 80s (and 90s) OVAs and movies with detailed mechanical and technical animations of things like controls being switched in cockpits and the like, it's got a good balance between the two and that enriches it as a film IMO :) For a while I just kept watching it after I got the Blu-ray cuz it has that kind of high replay value for me, sad that the dub couldn't have been better but hey, the Japanese version is great :)

I'm still working my way though Welcome to the Ballroom part 2, I'm now aiming to watch 4 subbed episodes of anime per day and properly pay attention to them rather than having them on mostly in the background then the rest of the time if I can't commit more time to subbed stuff I'll have dubbed or originally in English things playing, currently my show of choice for that is OK K.O. Let's Be Heroes which I absolutely love for it's wholesome sweetness mixed with goofy humor and visual creativity with lovely bright colours. I love K.O.'s mutually loving and supportive relationship with his mother as well, it's a big part of the emotional core of the show.
 

RadFemHedonist

Great Teacher
I did not know that, will push it up on my watchlist after I imported it last year.

Yeah, one of my favourite anime OSTs, I'd also class Ping Pong as one of my three favourite Yuasa works along with Mind Game and Kaiba, and I'm lucky enough to own the OOP UK CE of Ping Pong from AL :) I really hope you enjoy the show when you watch it, I reckon you're in for a treat :)
 

WMD

Combat Butler
I did not know that, will push it up on my watchlist after I imported it last year.
Yeah, one of my favourite anime OSTs, I'd also class Ping Pong as one of my three favourite Yuasa works along with Mind Game and Kaiba, and I'm lucky enough to own the OOP UK CE of Ping Pong from AL :) I really hope you enjoy the show when you watch it, I reckon you're in for a treat :)
Yeah Ping Pong is fantastic. For whatvita worth Night is Short, Walk on Girl is my favourite Yuasa work. Surreal and hilarious and the musical section if the film is glorious!
 

Geriatric hedgehog

Great Teacher
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I think it was this thread where there was some chat about Anthem of the Heart. I got mine delivered yesterday and really just wanted a copy on blu ray but this collector's edition is a bonus - probably one of the nicest I've gotten given the textured almost like fabric feel. Took a picture to try and show this as one can't appreciate it in the marketing shots. I'd recommend for any die hard fans wanting arguably its best CE version. I believe it's still available on alltheanime but in low stock fyi.
 

Kite

Thousand Master
Blade Dance of the Elementalers
Episodes 1 -12 (plus the 6x shorts)

Latest title from my pile (I just pick one at random), an interesting concept for a show although usual style of all the girls seemingly fall in love with the male.

I assume when they were making the anime, they were hoping for some more episodes to be given the green light considering there was a few unanswered questions and it finished with them going towards the battle
 

Dragon Slayer

Mad Scientist
Attack on Titan: The Final Season (English Dub) Episode 67

The Day I Became a God (English Dub) Episode 12 (Complete)

Warlords of Sigrdrifa (English Dub) Episode 12 (Complete)

Attack on Titan: The Final Season Episode 71

Horimiya Episode 8

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Episode 8

Non Non Biyori Nonstop Episode 8

Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Season 3 Episode 8
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Attack on Titan: The Final Season episode 71 Delicate situation.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 188 Kawaki.

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation episode 8 Turning ten.

Non Non Biyori Nonstop episode 8 Supportive senpai.

Yatogame-Chan, Kansatsu Nikki 3 episode 8 Prize money.

The Slayers: Revolution episodes 11-13 (Complete. A decent continuation for the franchise several years on though arguably the weakest so far. That said, that the original director and seiyu’s returning for this was a plus, and the new characters worked fairly well also.) 3.5/5

The Slayers: Evolution-R
episodes 14-23
 

NormanicGrav

The Quintessential Pouts
AUKN Staff
Saturday:
The Promised Neverland Season 2 (Japanese audio) - Episode 7

Today:
Attack on Titan: The Final Season (Japanese audio) - Episode 12
BEASTARS Season 2 (Japanese audio) - Episode 8
Jujustu Kaisen (Japanese audio) - Episode 20
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (Japanese audio) - Episode 8

No.Anime Name:Eps.
Seen:
Ep.
Total:
Airing:
1​
Attack on Titan: The Final Season
(Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season)
12​
16​
Sundays 8:45pm
2​
BEASTARS Season 2
8​
12​
N/A
3​
Dr. STONE: Stone Wars
6
(1)
11​
Thursdays 3:30pm
4​
Higurashi: When They Cry Gou
(Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Gou)
21​
24​
Thursdays 4:30pm
5​
Jujutsu Kaisen
20​
24​
Fridays 6:45pm
6​
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 1
(Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu)
8​
11​
Sundays 4:00pm
7​
The Promised Neverland Season 2
(Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season)
7​
11​
Wednesdays 3:00pm
8​
The Quintessential Quintuplets II
(5-toubun no Hanayome ∬)
8​
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)
8​
12​
Wednesdays 3:30pm
10​
So I'm a Spider, So What?
(Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?)
5
(3)
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)
8​
12​
Mondays 2:30pm
12​
WONDER EGG PRIORITY
7​
12​
Tuesdays 3:00pm
 

orgun

Death Scythe
Hokuto no Ken - Episodes 84 - 88

Demon Hero Wataru - Episodes 6 - 8

Phoenix 2772 - Space Firebird (Blu-ray)


I've had this classic from Tezuka on the 'to watch list' for years but recently found a HD rip to watch, it's a really interesting film both to look at and in the story and message it tells. It's film making from a different time, like if old school Disney made 2001 with Japanese sensibilities, and Phoenix 2772 won't be everyone's cup of tea but given it was part of an ongoing and unfinished life work by one of the legends of the manga industry it's worth watching whatever you might think of it imho.

The Phoenix - Space Chapter

I'm on a bit of a Yoshiaki Kawajiri kick at the moment and working through his discography after rewatching Wicked City and Demon City Shinjuku at Christmas, I've seen most of his works but there are a few I haven't seen and getting round to Phoenix prompted me to watch 2772 before this. It's an interesting mix, definitely Tezuka's story with a lot of similarities to 2772 but you also see Kawajiri's touch all over it. A curious watch, at times slow to the point many will find boring but some of the moral scenarios raised and how they're played out with the characters are really interesting.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Otherside Picnic episode 9 Teeth.

Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies moved into a Starter Town? episode 9 Transform.

True Cooking Master Boy 2nd Season episode 20 Taste.

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2 episode 9 Tragedy repeats.

The Slayers: Evolution-R episodes 24-26 (Complete. That odd fish-people episode aside, I think I enjoyed this season a bit more overall than Revolution.) 3.5/5

The Tatami Galaxy (Rewatch)
episodes 1-8
 
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Attack on Titan Final Season ep 12
Give your hearts!

Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki s3 e8
Fakin' it.

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby s2 e9
Waiting ahead for you.
This season has been far more serious than the first and as a consequence less fun.

Non Non Biyori Nonstop ep 8
Festival and practice.
 

Dragon Slayer

Mad Scientist
Chidori RSC (Rifle is Beautiful) (English Dub) Episode 9

Azur Lane: Slow Ahead! Episode 8 Festival fun.

Otherside Picnic Episode 9 Tooth.

Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town Episode 9 Transformation.

Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2 Episode 9 Tragedy strikes again.
 
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