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    coyotecraft
  Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:11 am
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Overlord season 3 started last week. Hooray! First new episode featured more of Albedo than the entire last season despite her being the poster girl. I wouldn't mind if this season focus entirely on her.
For context she's a succubus NPC belonging to this guild which disbanded before a server shutdown. The main character stayed online during the shutdown and ended up transported to new world will the the guild npcs now alive who treat him as a Supreme being and "Overlord". But just before the shutdown he altered Albedo's backstory for kicks to say she was madly in-love with him.
At the end of season 2 there was a short scene where she's specious of her master's motives.

In the last episode
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I'm a little worried that the show is going to lose the context of it being based on MMORPG rules. Like, the detail above^ sounds more like a fantasy world continuity than an in-game rule. Hard to believe a game would give characters a virginity status.


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    Xilef
  Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:10 pm
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Potion got me to watch Made in Abyss when I was visiting him last week and I watched all the episodes now. Very good anime.


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    coyotecraft
  Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:02 am
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Dragon Ball Super is bring Broly into it's continuity with a movie. I guess that's the best way to put it. I mean, the movies that had Broly in them before were always said to be "not cannon". Even the movies "Battle of the Gods" and "Resurrection F" were reiterated as story arcs in the DBSuper anime. So idk. This is still just another movie.
I'm seeing that they go to an Ice Planet. I've read "Ancient Saiyan" somewhere. So maybe this Broly has been on ice the whole time. Frieza will be in it, maybe he kept Broly there? It's definitely different from the other Broly movies that showed him as a baby at the same time Goku was sent to earth.

Oh, And there's this promotional anime series for Dragon Ball Heroes. Set in the online game continuity I guess with Xenoverse that deals with infinite alternate timelines and such. Trunks is a Time Patroller and get's taken to a prison planet (literally a bunch of planets chained together with a giant padlock) So Mai goes to Goku and Vegeta to save him. It's very fast pace and convenient, which is hilarious compared to how drawn out Super was. Like Mai just pulls fusion earrings out of her pocket saying "Whis gave it to me earlier" and they use them without hesitating.
Ep1 had a SS4 Goku from the GT...er, timeline?
Ep2 had a "Golden" Coola, because "I can do whatever Frieza can do." There was also a new "evil" Saiyan call Kanba or Cumber (for Cucumber, obviously). He was in a straight jacket and muzzle. Edgy.


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    coyotecraft
  Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:09 pm
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I watched Escaflowne (the film) again the other night. The visuals of it were a source of inspiration to me for a long time but I had only seen it a few times over, idk, 10 years.
I think I saw the anime once. But I hardly remember it. I remember Hitomi being psychic with premonitions and stuff. And that was after I had seen the film version.

I was surprise to go back to the film version and see that they left her visions out completely. I was even more surprise at the very beginning they're on a rooftop where her friend reads her suicide note and makes fun of her. I don't remember that at all. This is was the subtitled version not the dub. But it puts the whole movie in a completely different context.
She was depressed and she wishes everything would just fade away. Then she's summoned to a world where she's suppose to bring about the end. But she watches Van, with his own tragic backstory and deathwish, and that gives her a new take on life.
It was kind of sweet, except it was really muddled since it didn't play out in that sense. The suicide note seemed like a quick gag to show how familiar she and her friend were (they prance off giggling like everything's fine). Once she's on Gaea she's perpetually confused and doesn't have a depressing thought for the rest of the movie. It's only towards the end that she learns she's "the wing goddess" because she shared Van's Brother's wish for everything to "fade away." By that point she realized she only wanted things to get better, not end. So she gave Van the power to keep going. But it doesn't quite acknowledge that he had given her the power to keep going as well. I mean, the message is there. The symbolism is there. He flies in on actual angel wings and saves her from actually falling to death.
It's just that the rooftop scene at the beginning was so distant and so subtle. So many anime series have rooftops scenes. They don't show her hanging over the edge contemplating. It's not written in her note. The only clue that she was going to jump to her death were her shoes. Apparently barefoot suicides are a thing in Japan. I'm just now learning this.
So it's really easy to miss that, while Van was actually saving Hitomi from falling to her death, he was figuratively saving her as well. I mean, gee, without that context what else are you suppose to think?
You got a teenage girl who spent the whole movie staring at this shirtless boy with only murder in his heart. And once his obsession is gone, he's holding her in his arms and they stare into each other's eyes smiling as white feathers fall around them in slow motion. At the beginning her friend said she was just frustrated and needed a boyfriend. So there you go, dream come true.


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    coyotecraft
  Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:09 am
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Had Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions on my to watch list since it came out in 2016. I'm finally getting through it. I knew it was going to be a somber one. I expected it to be one of those anime where everyone dies. Part of the reason I couldn't watch it when it first came out was because my grandparents had died and I didn't need anymore grief.

I'm over halfway through it and there's no plot to speak of. It's basically a slice-of-life revolving around an RPG party. It's kinda mysterious how they just suddenly appear in this world, with no memory and are forced to fend for themselves. I don't know if it'll ever dive into that in the few episodes I have left to watch. It's all about surviving and teamwork and sharing emotions in a kind of unrealistic way. But then again, maybe that is realistic since they're all young and equally socially inept like that. I expected it to be more brutal in a "Lord of the Flies" kind of way, but it hasn't gotten that savage yet.


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    coyotecraft
  Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:53 am
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Not really anime, but I caught up on the latest season of voltron.
I totally missed out on the queerbait scandal. I only found out about it because, what the hell, why show that a character was in a gay relationship if they're not going to do anything with it?
It sounds worst when apparently it was hyped up before the season premiered. Because it was nothing in the end. None of the other characters are aware of it. It's barely acknowledged. Zero impact or relevancy. I'm pretty sure I've talked about this kind of characterization before in writing discussion. You don't make a character a genius and never have them do anything smart.


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    coyotecraft
  Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:19 am
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I didn't talk about the latest anime season.

Goblin Slayer was interesting, but it's not a character or plot driven story. It's a milieu piece, and most people don't have a taste for milieu because they want to be lead somewhere.

Sword Art Online: Alicization had a very promising beginning, I thought. It started with themes of Alice in Wonderland and sounded to me like they were going to explore the mysteries of the unconscious or something. Like Kirito would be trapped in his own mind and they were going to dive in to bring him out of a coma or something. But that wasn't the case, and just like the first series, it gradually moves away from everything it promised at the beginning. I'm not sure, but I think it's still only halfway through.

That Time I was Reincarnated as a Slime, another comfy power fantasy isekai. I guess what sets it apart from others is that the MC was a genuine good guy with lots of good karma or something, so he got reincarnated as an over-powered slime. Rather then the MC learning about friendship and compassion, it's the other way around as he starts a building a village out of different monster tribes.


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    HiPoyion
  Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:07 am
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I have just been consuming gundam over this holiday.
08th MS team is a nice side story that deals with the realities of the one year war. Quite a nice addition and really adds a lot to the story I think.
0083 Stardust Memory was also a nice addition.
The issue I had with both of these though is that there are plot points that are fairly big. They're supposed to be self-contained pieces but overextend to the point where it's hard to just write them off as a side story. There is also conflicting tech it seems. Obviously because the side stories are made after the original series' but they want to add new ideas. The issue with this is I'm now watching Zeta Gundam like "Why doesn't Kamille have something like Gundam Zephyranthes."
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    coyotecraft
  Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:36 am
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I want to be a fan of Gundam because I like robot designs. But I'm not a fan of war and politics. And even when I try to pay attention, I can't retain any of the history or significant events. Like, a month later I won't remember any of the plot.
Something something prototype. Something something philosophy.
I find myself stepping so far away from it that I'm watching the clock and episode structure more. I remember watching Gundam 00 a long time ago, and seeing how every episode was exactly the same. 20min of talking heads then a space battle. But that's true of a lot of action shows. It's been a long time, but i remember thinking that the battles had nothing to do talking head segments.
Idk, were they fighting a personal demons in their head and the the battle was some kind of catharsis? I think I would have understood that.
But then again, I would have been watching dubbed episodes. And english voice actors or the translated scripts sometimes get scenes wrong.

Edit: I think Japan has a different representation of a solider mindset too. Which made me see Sephiroth and Cloud from FF7 in a new light once I understood that as soldiers they were conditioned to follow orders and carry out missions. And their rank was suppose to mean something.


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    Fayte
  Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:04 pm
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I started goblin slayer yesterday and the first episode escalated VERY quickly.. but so far I’m 3 episodes in and ito not really holding up.

Also, I recently watched mobile suit gundam: iron blooded orphans... MAN! That anime is so damn good and so damn heart wrenching. I wasn’t ready.


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    coyotecraft
  Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:24 am
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Yeah. That first episode is shock bait. It's not representative of the rest of the episodes at all.


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    Fayte
  Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:06 pm
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coyotecraft wrote:
Yeah. That first episode is shock bait. It's not representative of the rest of the episodes at all.


Well, that sucks.


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    Hybrida
  Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:23 pm
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The entire DBS Broly movie was uploaded to youtube, and repeatedly removed. Thankfully I was fast enough to see it all (in full english 1080p).

I liked the movie. Impressive action. The animation was pretty good, but it dropped down dramatically near the end. I won't spoil anything, but Broly was hit with a Soul Punisher / Star Duster / Rainbow glitter bomb. (Make up your damn mind when naming attacks please.)

I just hope we get an official canon Cooler movie. With his "shredder" form. A golden "shredder" form! Holy shit that would be awesome!!

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    coyotecraft
  Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:29 am
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I saw it in English too, usually I'm all about the dubs. I don't know if it was just the English tack, but the vocal BGM when Goku started fighting made me smile. It's was like the beginning of a 1-minute melee or some Fighting Game.
KKKKAKAROTE!....BROLY!....SAIYAN BATTLE!
And then they charge each other.

It's weird, Goku had more of a unique fighting stance here that I hadn't seen since the original Dragon Ball series. It actually looked like martial arts.
And I never noticed before, but Broly is more like Sun Wokong from Journey to the West than Goku, in respect to the shock collar around his neck. If you aren't familiar with the Legend, Sun WoKong had an enchanted Circlet placed on his head as a means to control him that would get tighter and tighter.
I can't remember any point in the DBZ series where Goku had something like that. Unless you count the Halo when he died.


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