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Thousand Master
I just (re)subscribed to Netflix and Crunchyroll and got HiDive and Funimation (I also already have Amazon Prime Video included with my Amazon Prime delivery subscription), so (in addition to having the most awful existential crisis when I realized how hard it is to decide what to watch when you have that many options 😅 ), I have watched the following:

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Episodes 1-12 (dubbed) - entertaining and pleasingly bonkers and the dub is wonderful but tbh I preferred the first arc to what I saw of the second (as I understand it, this is not a very popular opinion), for now I will take a break from the series, it may be one of those things that works better, at least for me, if I watch a cour at a time rather than racing through the whole thing in one go?

Adachi and Shimamura Episodes 1-10 (dubbed) - @Dai I can understand why you like this series so much, I got a lot out of it but found it a bit too emotionally painful and relatable, which is good, but maybe not the best thing for me at this point in time. I think when I'm feeling a bit more able to deal with something this bittersweet I will return to it and watch the last two eps, might even read the novels but probably one at a time rather than binging them all in a short period. The dub is also good particularly the leads :)

A Certain Magical Index Episodes ??? (but it was like 3 or 4 I started on episode 5 as I think that's about where I got to with it years ago, dubbed) - I find this entertaining and fun but other things are higher priority esp considering the poor reputation of Season 2 onwards.

Astro Boy (1960 B&W, dubbed) Episode 1 - OK so obviously this is quite dated but I may watch more of it anyway considering it's impressive pedigree and generally good reputation, though I might seek out the 80s series instead as I've heard that that's the best version of Astro Boy. But the 60s series is still pretty neat, though having seen all of Princess Knight it's amazing how much the limited animation techniques for TV and whatnot had come on in those 4 years or so (I would also not be at all surprised if PK had a significantly higher budget per episode, even though I'm well aware that budget is not everything when it comes to the overall quality of animation) :)


Soul Reaper
Cowboy Bebop (live action) eps 9 & 10 (complete)
Probably best described as fine.
Sets, props, etc. were quite good, music of course was fantastic and I loved this Faye. I can't really remember what I thought of her in the anime, but having watched a rant about all the changes sounds like they sanded off some stuff that I probably wouldn't have liked.
Jet was as I remember, but Spike was a bit more dour playing into the whole plot with his past haunting him being much more in the foreground here than in the background in the anime. Bringing it to the foreground meant having a lot more Vicious who was like a menacing phantom in the anime (from memory he only made 3/4 appearance in a 20 something episode show), but here he is just a whiney edgelord for the most part. Then there's Julia. I thought she was dead in the anime, but the rant mentioned above corrected that. Here she starts as a timid woman trapped with this ******** of a man, but suddenly becomes a mastermind coming up with genius plans and finally shooting both Vicious and Spike and taking over the Syndicate! I don't mind the twist, it makes it it's own thing a bit more, but did feel a little unearned.

Taisho Otome Fairy Tale ep 8
Back to school.

My Senpai is Annoying ep 8
Golden week.

The Aquatope on White Sand ep 21


Thousand Master
Nerima Daikon Brothers episodes 1 - 12

Quite a random series, baddie of the week style for the first few episodes before having a random ending. All the songs


CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Lupin III: Part VI episode 7 Memories fade.

MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO episode 9 Trapped.

My Senpai is Annoying episode 8 Holiday fun.

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! episode 17 Futon.

World Trigger 3rd Season episode 8 Reluctance.

Naruto (Rewatch) episodes 8-25
Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut Episode 9

Mieruko-chan Episode 9

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 2nd Season Episode 20

My Senpai is Annoying Episode 8

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! Episode 17


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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 226 The victors.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc episode 7 Believe. (Complete. A solid arc. I’ll likely eventually check out the original film version too.) 3.5/5

Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut
episode 9 Apologies.

Mieruko-chan episode 9 House of horrors.

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 2nd Season episode 20 Mini maid.

Naruto (Rewatch) episodes 27-44


Great Teacher
Aria-The Crepuscolo-what a wonderful surprise! I knew that it was coming out this year but didn't know when. I found out it was released a few months ago so I jumped on it-it was a wonderful final end to this fantastic sol series. A very fond farewell to Akari, Alice, Aika, Alicia and company-thanks for the memories!!


Dragon Knight
Ranma 1/2 - Episodes 19 - 25 (Blu-ray)

That's the first series complete and now into the first handful of episodes of the Netto-hen reboot.

AMAIM: Warrior at the Borderline - Episode 8

The now obligatory "it's about the characters not the mecha, maannn" episode! I still think Vifam did it best. Which was actually a decent episode, I like the fact that with 2 cours Kyoukai Senki has the room to do this sort thing and does seem to using the time wisely so far.

Sakugan - Episode 8

Still can't make my mind up about Sakugan, entertaining but I find it an odd show at the same time.

Robot Carnival (Blu-ray)

I picked the Blu-ray up earlier in the year and watched it Friday. I've watched it a number times over the last 10 years or so, and I find it a fascinating collection of animation every time. It looks absolutely glorious in HD and it still blows my mind that it was created by someone painting on lots of bits of celluloid and then putting them all under a camera one by one.


1987 was a good year for anthology anime!!! After watching Robot Carnival I had to rewatch Neo-Tokyo on Saturday. Maybe not as well known as Robot Carnival but just as good imho and looks just as amazing too. The look and feel of each vignette is easily recognisable if you're familiar with each director's work and it does feel like Rintrao took some of Labyrinth's themes into Take the X Train. Hopefully Discotek might bring us a nice Blu-ray of this as well soon.

Cowboy Bebop (Live Action) - Episodes 1 & 2

I went into this with a really open mind and it has been interesting to read people's comments on here. I honestly thought the 1st episode was just terrible, like a cheap pastiche of the original. I didn't think the second episode was much better either but I'm going to stick with it.

Plastic Little

I quite liked Plastic Little, it's an easy watch and as you say a lot of effort went to into the animation :)
Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water

Had Blu-ray for a couple of years now and it's on the watch list for next year.
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CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made episode 9 Power struggle.

The Vampire dies in No Time episode 9 Ghoulish troublemakers.

Naruto (Rewatch) episodes 45-62


Between the sales today I decided to try and clear the backlog with The World of Narue: I found the lead characters, Kazuto and Narue, bore a striking resemblance to Keitaro and Nene from Love Hina, except Narue was much nicer than Nene. And the VA of Magical Girl 4 looked very similar to Steel Angel Kurumi. Apart from that, it was an entertaining love story of a bunch of school kids and aliens mucking about outside school.