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HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
takt op.Destiny episode 8 Relieved.

Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water (Rewatch) episodes 35-39 (Complete. It was nice to revisit this series though I wish there weren’t so many episodes that do nothing for the story. That said, this is a solid anime to watch if you haven’t already!) 4/5

Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals
episodes 1-10
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Ping-Pong the Animation eps 9-11 (complete)

Cowboy Bebop (live action) eps 3 & 4
Yay, Faye's back in ep 4 which made it much better and 3 was a bit better than 2.

And from live action take on a classic anime sci-fi to an anime take on a classic live action sci-fi (both involving Shinichirō Watanabe!)

Blade Runner: Black Lotus ep 1
Everything is pretty cool about this except the how the characters look. As in the art of their look, the actual designs are good and movement has been mo-capped, but they look like early PS3 cutscene models! So all shiny and smooth. If only they could get it up to even mid PS4 levels, as it is there's a massive uncanny valley, especially as all the backgrounds look quite realistic.

Pride of Orange ep 8
Final countdown to the first competitive match.

Also watched the first 2 episodes of Hawkeye. Seems it'll be quite fun, if not quite up to Wander and Loki standards.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside episode 8 Choices.

The Heike Story episode 11 In too deep. (Complete. A solid historical anime epic with a decently engaging storyline and characters.) 3.5/5

The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat
episode 8 Results of training.

Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals episodes 11-25
 
Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside (English Dub) Episode 6

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S (English Dub) Episode 12 (Complete)

Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside Episode 8

The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made Episode 8

The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Episode 8
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Cowboy Bebop (live-action) ep1

As a first reaction, I think 'inoffensive' would be the main word here. John Cho and Mustafa Shakir bounce off each other well and the show does okay when it's not slavishly trying to imitate the anime (which it appears to be doing a lot). Unfortunately, the production often feels a bit like a cable TV sci-fi show from the 2000s, with the effects flip flopping between really quite nice and 'did your mum make this for you'. John Cho's apparent lack of fight experience also bites rather hard - if they had cast a martial artist as Spike, it would have helped a lot.
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Cowboy Bebop (live action) eps 5 & 6
Jet and Spike's pasts catch up to them in different ways. And Faye has some fun!

John Cho's apparent lack of fight experience also bites rather hard - if they had cast a martial artist as Spike, it would have helped a lot.
Yeah, you can tell the choreography is really slow to make account for that and his age. Having recently watched Shang-Chi Simu Liu would have been a good choice. Had good banter and excellent fighting skills. He's also nearly 20 years younger and a little taller.

86 s2 eps 6 & 7
Suicidal plan.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus eps 2 & 3
What is my truth?
This is bit like watching a machinima of Lara Croft circa Underworld (2008)/Yakuza 3 (2009) (that's what the design of the main female and the male MC look like) in the Cyberpunk 2077 (PS4 edition 2020) world. The walk cycles look good because of the mo-cap, but there's a little stutter between the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.
 

Dai

Hunter
Recent shows that I probably won't finish.

Mieruko-chan ep.1 - I thought this was meant to be a comedy, but it's just creepy and depressing, and the leering camera angles chosen for the fan service shots might be creepier than the ghosts. Dropped.

My Senpai is Annoying ep.1-6 - Decent so far, but nothing special. The main characters are quite enteraining, but most of the others are bland, except the awesome grandpa. Still watching.

Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut ep.1 - What's the point of having a 'vampire' in this if she doesn't have any vampiric traits? It's clearly just being used as a thinly-veiled allegory for racism, so I don't see why they bothered painting it as a pseudo-fantasy element at all. On hold.

The Vampire Dies in No Time ep.1 - Oh dear, this show only seems to have one joke, and it wasn't funnny the first time (never mind the tenth). Dropped.

Drug Store in Another World ep.1-5 - Mediocre on all fronts. Dropped.

The Fruit of Evolution ep.1 - Abysmal junk that's just setting up yet another overpowered isekai protagonist. Dropped.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
SAKUGAN episode 8 Debt.

The Aquatope on White Sand episode 21 Reach the beach.

Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals episodes 26-40
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Gosenzosama Banbanzai ep3

A little of this goes a long way, but I think this was the most engaging instalment so far. The show seems to be flexing its satirical muscles a lot more visibly and, while it‘s very much a snapshot of 1989, I think the plight of the younger generation struggling to repeat the success of their baby-boom parents still resonates even now. You can certainly get the measure of what would define Oshii’s style going forwards, with pseudo-factual lectures and strong emphasis on the monologue, even if here they’re played more for comic effect than usual.
 
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Vincentdante

Za Warudo
Been a while I guess but I'll update.

Watched Terror in Resonance which I got as ultimate edition from an AL Christmas sale. For a UE it was a good blind buy at the price since I like the director. Anyway yeah this was a good show. And it get's bonus points as I appreciate when a show has the balls to make a sad/bittersweet ending.

Rewatched One Punch Man Season 2 which I got the CE on Blu-Ray. My initial impressions as it turns out remain unchanged, sure it's not as good as Season 1 but it's still a damn fun time.

Watched Full Metal Panic S1 it was a fun war comedy.

Trying to watch Eureka Seven ... And this is pretty much the entire reason I've not updated in this thread for a long time and I kind of dread to think how long ago it was I started this show (and my last update to this thread). I am genuinely enjoying the show but there are issues which are physically stopping me from watching it in a normal manner. And it has kind of killed my motivation until recently to watch any of my other shows since I started it.

(snipped because it's served it's purpose but wasn't an appropriate rant)

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and I kind of dread to think how long ago it was I started this show (and my last update to this thread)
It was June, not as bad as I thought.
 
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RadFemHedonist

Thousand Master
Been a while I guess but I'll update.

Watched Terror in Resonance which I got as ultimate edition from an AL Christmas sale. For a UE it was a good blind buy at the price since I like the director. Anyway yeah this was a good show. And it get's bonus points as I appreciate when a show has the balls to make a sad/bittersweet ending.

Rewatched One Punch Man Season 2 which I got the CE on Blu-Ray. My initial impressions as it turns out remain unchanged, sure it's not as good as Season 1 but it's still a damn fun time.

Watched Full Metal Panic S1 it was a fun war comedy.

Trying to watch Eureka Seven ... And this is pretty much the entire reason I've not updated in this thread for a long time and I kind of dread to think how long ago it was I started this show (and my last update to this thread). I am genuinely enjoying the show but there are issues which are physically stopping me from watching it in a normal manner. And it has kind of killed my motivation until recently to watch any of my other shows since I started it.

I'm watching this with my brother who was interested in checking it out but he only wants to watch like 2 episodes at a time, then if I am lucky we will watch 2 more a few weeks later when he is having a "good day." He suffers from depression which I am always understanding off and really do my best to be patient with, but still I can't help getting frustrated that if I want to break off and binge watch by myself he falls into a slump and I get trapped into waiting for him. He also wants to watch some of my Gundam releases with me too this so those have gone unwatched (particularly Turn A and Iron Blooded Orphans), and those are of course 50 eps each as well. I dunno what to do. Anyway Eureka Seven is good but I kind of forget what happened last episode by time we sit down to watch so it isn't really coherent.

This is an issue that is contuinuously ongoing, I love spending time with my brother and sharing my blu-rays but we fall into this trap every time. One example is with Gundam Zeta as well resulting in that show being a wierd jumbled mess off events in my mind, maybe that's why I vastly prefered ZZ. Ultimatey I just can't say no without him regressing, and I'm stupid enough to keep making the same mistake of letting him pick the next show just to hang out with me, since well he's my little brother and I love him, and he spends all day alone in his bedroom anyway. So I got to roll with the punches a bit.

Index 3 was the one which almost broke me, because ontop of a snails pace of progress it was a terrible show at the same time. Halfway through I suggested we should just outright drop it and find another show, playing it tactfully by casually saying it was a bad show not worth our time and he just breaks down and screams that I was failing to understand his condition. Oh boy after that one I also heard him **** talking about me behind my back while he was streaming on Twitch, but whatever I can play dumb so he doesn't know that I know, and with this post I think we are even there anyway.

I know he also makes a concious effort to avoid any forums I regularly visit so this is safe from prying eyes lol

EDIT:

It was June, not as bad as I thought.

Just wanna say as a person with depression my whole adult life good on you for being there for your brother. Hopefully you can find a way to address some of the things here that are issues with his behaviour in time but I'm really glad there are people like you in the world. I really like Terror in Resonance (I have the UE as well), Full Metal Panic S1 and Eureka Seven (I have the UE of that too), though I personally prefer Mob Psycho 100 to One Punch Man, so great choices there IMO :)
 

RadFemHedonist

Thousand Master
Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut ep.1 - What's the point of having a 'vampire' in this if she doesn't have any vampiric traits? It's clearly just being used as a thinly-veiled allegory for racism, so I don't see why they bothered painting it as a pseudo-fantasy element at all. On hold.

I haven't seen any of this show but if you want something that handles some of the same themes but better (based on your description of Irina series) Chibi Vampire is really pretty great - I've watched the anime and own the Funimation DVD boxset of it (the one with six discs), I have the entire manga as physical copies and have read all volumes except the last one, and I am sorely tempted to read the novels as they're probably great too :)
 

Vincentdante

Za Warudo
Just wanna say as a person with depression my whole adult life good on you for being there for your brother. Hopefully you can find a way to address some of the things here that are issues with his behaviour in time but I'm really glad there are people like you in the world. I really like Terror in Resonance (I have the UE as well), Full Metal Panic S1 and Eureka Seven (I have the UE of that too), though I personally prefer Mob Psycho 100 to One Punch Man, so great choices there IMO :)
That's kind of you to say, I wasn't sure what reactions I would garner since my whole post was just to vent some built up frustrations so was pretty negative.

I've calmed down now so it worked.
 

D1tchd1gger

Flame Haze
Cowboy Bebop (live action) eps 7 & 8
7 was a another Faye centric episode and was a blast and in 8 Vicious finally lived up to his name instead of being a whiney edgelord! Still avoided dealing with Spike himself though!

Platinum End eps 6-8
Confrontation and the beginning of an investigation.

Let's Make a Mug Too s2 e9
Acceptance.

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated ep 16
Battle for supremacy.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Let’s Make a Mug Too episode 9 At arms length.

Selection Project episode 9 Goal.

Taisho Otome Fairy Tale episode 8 Guests.

Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals episodes 41-51 (Complete. An entertaining spin-off which rarely takes itself seriously and gives focus to characters like Tenten who were overlooked in the main series.) 3.5/5

Naruto (Rewatch)
episodes 1-7
 
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