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Otomo

Completely Average High School Student
I haven't seen Saki but there's something naturally engrossing about competition and how effortlessly it leads to high stakes drama. I have no interest in volleyball and yet Haikyu is one of the most exciting shows I've ever watched!
I enjoyed Harakuna Receive 😇.
For some strange reason I loved Sports Climbing Girls. 🤔

Being the softy that I am, I like the Friendship Overcomes themes.
 

Orgun

Dragon Knight
X-Bomber - Episodes 16 - 19

Eighty-Six - Episodes 13 & 14

Road Buster Bean Bandit (Blu-ray)


Road Buster Bean Bandit ova

So the Kickstarter finally arrived, I didn't watch the Vimeo file online last year as I really wanted to watch the Blu-ray when it turned up. So...hmmm...it's a tantalising glimpse into something bigger but also a whole lot of nothing at the same time imho. It's a shame the stretch goals weren't met to make a longer OVA but hopefully it sparked enough interest that might mean more is made in future and I would definitely back another project in the future.

I watched the bonus materials as well, the commentary track was very interesting and inciteful and I can recommend watching it.

Lupin III: Part 1 ep1-4 (English dub)

Very much enjoying revisiting Part 1, although I slightly question what anyone coming to the franchise anew might make of it. It was all change once the Miyahata tag-team got involved, but the episodes prior to their arrival are a completely different animal. Even aside from the causal misogyny, I’d forgotten quite how weird it could get. Surprisingly, the first episode feels more in line with the daft capering of Part 2, but there’s an almost dreamlike quality to the storytelling in the subsequent episodes, where things are often apparently linked together more by mood and motif than any definite logic. There’s a real darkness to them as well; compared to the coziness of the recent material, this feels like a world where life is cheap and Lupin’s gang is held together more for convenience and horniness than any familial bond.

I watched Part 1 last year and got the same feeling from as well, it's so subversive and definitely a dark undertone running through it, hard to believe it was made in 1970!!!!
 

D1tchd1gger

Soul Reaper
Requiem of the Rose King ep 1
Hmmm. Seemed very rushed and a bit confusing. The manga is based on Shakespeare's Richard III, famously a character assassin written c. 100 years after the events, and Henry VI. Here it seems Richard's deformity has gone and replaced with them being intersex! Could be interesting, but according to a review of the manga I read it's a bit of a double edge sword as when with their male friend he acts feminine and when with their female friend acts masculine, so the relationships are acted out is if hetro, but there is plenty of anguish about their self identity. Animation was lacking though. I'll give it the 3 episodes rule.

Princess Connect! Re: Dive s2 e1
An adventurous start.

Sabikui Bisco ep 1
Seems like it'll be an insane ride. Tokyo has exploded and there's rust everywhere which seems to infect people and a terrorist who kills people with mushrooms!

Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc ep 6
Out of breath.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus ep 9
Next on the list.

Attack on Titan Final Season p2 e1
Titanic battle.
 

RonJB

Kiznaiver
Trigun episodes 1-26: Good action and storyline, with a few moments of comic relief in between all the shooting. Pity about the animation. Imagine what a modern remake would do with the visuals. Or a box set with less than 8 DVDs!

I'm down to one outstanding series from that big box of anime I bought two months ago. So tomorrow I shall see if Azumanga Daioh lives up to the hype!
 

Dai

Magical Girl
Bit of a rhetorical statement.
I like sports anime and find it funny that I'll enjoy one that is based on sports I've no interest in. Baseball, Ping Pong, tennis.

But why am I enjoying Saki (first 10 in just a few days) when I have absolutely no idea on the scoring or playing rules? I honestly have not a clue what's going on.
Same. I have no interest in any sport, but Hajime no Ippo, Princess Nine, and Chihayafuru are among my favourite shows. Chihayafuru in particular never ceases to amaze me in how much tension, drama, and visual interest in manages to build into what is essentially people playing Snap.

As @WMD says, the competitive nature of sport makes it an ideal channel for drama. In anime form, that intensity gives animators the chance to let loose with every weapon in their stylistic arsenal.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 episode 1 Dining.

SABIKUI BISCO episode 1 Spores.

Riding Bean OVA An entertaining late 80s OVA for which I’d have happily watched more of. I’ll be checking out Gunsmith Cats in the future too. 3.5/5

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars
episodes 167-176
 

zrdb

Great Teacher
Remake Our Life!-about 5 episodes in and I really like this show. It has time travel but isn't sci fi-,more like sol.
 
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Otomo

Completely Average High School Student
Same. I have no interest in any sport, but Hajime no Ippo, Princess Nine, and Chihayafuru are among my favourite shows. Chihayafuru in particular never ceases to amaze me in how much tension, drama, and visual interest in manages to build into what is essentially people playing Snap.

As @WMD says, the competitive nature of sport makes it an ideal channel for drama. In anime form, that intensity gives animators the chance to let loose with every weapon in their stylistic arsenal.
Thanks for the clip.
I'll put that on my extremely long list.

I did see male characters in it though.
🤮
 

Girls with Guns

Combat Butler
Same. I have no interest in any sport, but Hajime no Ippo, Princess Nine, and Chihayafuru are among my favourite shows. Chihayafuru in particular never ceases to amaze me in how much tension, drama, and visual interest in manages to build into what is essentially people playing Snap.

As @WMD says, the competitive nature of sport makes it an ideal channel for drama. In anime form, that intensity gives animators the chance to let loose with every weapon in their stylistic arsenal.

Hmm, I also have no interest in sports, or board games, and my anime collection does actually reflect that - the only sports related anime I own is Ping Pong, and I only got that one because I used to be a pretty good ping pong player and did play competitively when I was younger. I tried to watch a few episodes of Chihayafuru and just couldn't get interested in it. Perhaps Summer Wars would count as a sort of a board game anime? I do own that one, lol. Koi Koi!
 
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 2nd Season (English Dub) Episode 18

Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles (English Dub) Episode 3

Attack on Titan: The Final Season Episode 76 The fighting rages on.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Life With an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated Into a Total Fantasy Knockout episode 1 An unlikely pairing.

The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt episode 1 Strengthening.

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars episodes 177-188
 

RonJB

Kiznaiver
Azumanga Daioh episodes 1-20 (and continuing): After the manic pace and character overload of Pani Poni Dash and School Rumble, this seemed so slow and sedate. I am enjoying it, really, despite the creepy male teacher (practically the only male appearing in the series despite this being a co-ed school), the bullying and the fat shaming. I think this is the first time I've heard VA Monica Rial playing a serious mature adult character. My favourite thing about the series (apart from the evil cats) is the never-ednding rivalry between the two female teachers.
 

jonno394

Za Warudo
Watched all of Durarara X2 Sho Ten Ketsu. Definitely glad I tracked these down and finally watched the second series and got an end to everything that the first series set up.

It's not perfect and there are some annoying changes to the characters personalities (all plot related) but I really enjoyed experiencing the human and non-human goings on of Ikebukuro. The bigger involvment of the Yakuza and the scheming of a certain new character really made the series feel different than what came before, especially as Mikado, Anri and Kida aren't as prevalent (outside of their general importance to the overall story that is) and plenty of others get time to shine.

Satisfying conclusion as well.

I see the SH light novels have been getting English releases. I might have to track them down, even though the series seems to have been on Hiatus for 5 years!
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
In the Land of Leadale episode 2 Pace.

Police in a Pod episode 2 Interrogations.

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars episodes 189-200 (Complete. Though it had an entertainment factor like the preceding seasons this felt underwhelming in some aspects like the new characters doing little for me and the overall plot feeling very familiar in places though the final few episodes were solid.) 3/5
 

D1tchd1gger

Soul Reaper
Love of Kill ep 1
Target acquired.
Seems like a set up for a dark rom-com, but seems quite serious so far. Intrigued as to what the guys deal is, he's a bit too creepy at the moment. The end scene ups the intrigue even more.

Hakozume ep 2
Feel a little guilty laughing at the jokes when the crimes dealt with in this episode was so terrible. The jokes are on the police characters and not on the victims at least.
 
Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside (English Dub) Episode 10

Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro (English Dub) Episode 1

In the Land of Leadale Episode 2


Life with an Ordinary Guy who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout Episode 1

Police in a Pod Episode 2

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 1

She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Episode 1

The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt Episode 1
 

RonJB

Kiznaiver
Is This Order A Rabbit season 1: Cuteness overload! So many bunnies, which didn't really counter the swarms of cats in yesterday's binge of Azumanga Daioh.

To make up for it, I'm now rewatching I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job. While it's fun, I forgot how many jiggling mammaries and panty flashes there were.
 

D1tchd1gger

Soul Reaper
Earwig and the Witch (dub)
It was a fun film and definitely felt more coherent than Earthsea, but also possibly a bit short like it was missing an act and was a bit on the kiddy end of the scale. There's also a lack threat, the witch is mean, but not enough to make you feel bad for Earwig. There's a Dahl-ish feel to it, but not quite grotesque enough like in The Witches, maybe the original book is aimed at younger audience. When Earwig does magic there's no "oh, I can do magic" moment for her. Also she has no clue she's a witch's daughter which might have given her a bit more of a reason to escape or want to find out more about herself.
The cgi was alright and unlike most cgi anime the background and the characters actually look like they're from same universe. So it's a lot more like a Pixar film, but not quite as good as the newer ones look.
6/10

I'M KODAMA KAWASHIRI
ep 1
That was sho....
Aslo teh stbiluets semeed ot eb tuo fo snyc!
 
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