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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.

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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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  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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    coyotecraft
  Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:16 am
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This anime season it putting me to sleep. Everything is based off social apps. Blah.

Manaria Friends aka Mysteria Friends looked interesting. It's got a half-dragon princess in a magic school with lesbian undertone. But it's like watching a silent film with no point to it.

Grimm Notes was another series with an interesting concept. It's based off an online game by square-enix. But after 3 episodes, I'm not sold. It's set in world of stories where people in a "story-zone" have a book of fate that guides their life and they play out a story like Little Red Riding Hood. But some people have blank books, and others can rewrite the story. So the heroes have to find what's wrong and correct it.
In the story zone of Don Quixote his delusions were made real. That's such an awesome concept, but it's poorly executed. I dunno. Maybe because it should be an event driven story, but they're focusing on the character motivations from the P.O.V. literal-who OCs.

The only show I'm really looking forward to each week is The Rising of the Shield Hero. It's another isekai game-world genre. If you're going to have a character driven plot that explores character psychology and relationships - this is how it's done. It's only got a sprinkle of harem/hentai elements. The latest episode, for example, was the mandatory hot-spring/tentacle monster. It's much more serious than How not to summon a demon lord and Death March to the Parallel World where every episode found the protagonist in a compromising position.
I've read the manga somewhat. The Shield Hero's companions are mostly demi-human slaves for reasons. He does acquire a male demi-human slave, but it's pretty late in the manga. The anime probably won't cover it. For story reasons the Shield Hero is isolated from the other "weapon hero" guys. There is a budding bromance between him and this guy with a scythe, and the shield hero finally think this world that's treated him badly since day one might be worth protecting. He thinks he's found someone who isn't magically bound to him or wants something from him. But then he learns there are other worlds struggling for survival and his new best friend is his new worst enemy because he's the Scythe Hero for this other world. And it's just another cruel eat-or-be-eaten scenario for the Shield Hero who is developing serious trust issues.


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    coyotecraft
  Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:22 pm
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I watched Re:Zero pretty much straight through last night and this morning. Although I did go to sleep at one point. Some parts make me feel guilty for watching it. 'Cause Subaru is this shut-in otaku that thinks he's was wasting his life. (Should I stop? Nah, one more episode)
The uplifting message and show's namesake is that you can always start fresh from nothing.
Subaru get's transported to another world and whenever he dies he starts over at select points. Like save points. People keep getting killed, himself included, so he keeps trying to change things for the better.

I'm interested in re watching the story but with all the timeloops cut out. Just to see how crazy Subaru must look from an outside perspective.

Also, Betelgeuse is one of the most entertaining villains in anime that I can remember. The insane ones usually are because they're fun to watch. I'd pick them over military or melancholic lords who just kinda sit around navel-gazing half the time.


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  Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:09 am
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I watched Re:Zero ... The uplifting message and show's namesake ...


I've noticed this trend in Japanese stuff lately to name things "Re:___." When did that start? What does it mean? How do you pronounce it?

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    coyotecraft
  Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:39 am
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Re: is just short for Reincarnation Restart Redo ect...
A common trope of the Isekai(another world) genre is that the protagonists died and are taken to another world through the process of reincarnation. In contrast, the Isekai stories where the protag is summoned to a parallel world make them more or less soul bound to complete some sort of destiny. The Reincarnated protags on the other hand have freedom and do everything by choice.

So you have these 2 conventions of being Summoned or being Reincarnated. No choice, and choice. The stories are grounded heavily in how one engages with the world. It's juxtaposition of their old life vs their new life. The world needs you; the world doesn't need you. Often in the prior life, they were just a shut-in neet wasting their life away living a little too comfortable.
Think Biblo Baggins in LotR, who's living comfortably under his hill, then goes an a big quest to help dwarfs reclaim their much grander, much more luxurious, home under the mountain.

In the case of these Reincarnation Stories, the protag isn't obligated to do anything. AND on top of that, they're reincarnated as something undesirable or seeming useless. So even if they wanted to help, there's going to be a lot of resistance.
That time I was reincarnated as a slime, Re: Monster, I was reincarnated as a sword

My personal favorite: Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha!


Rising of The Shield Hero touches on all the Isakai tropes. He is summoned to this other world with 3 others. They'll all from different earths. The 3 other recognize the setting from a video game, so consequently they are all operating on assumptions based in different rule set. The other 3 also died in their worlds before arriving. One was hit by a truck. One was murdered by a serial killer. And one was killed for cheating on too many women.
The Shield Hero, on the other hand, knew of no such video game, he was summoned by opening a book without the chance to read it so he's completely oblivious about the world.
Following the reincarnation trope, the other 3 should be free to do what they want and Shield hero is the soul bound one as he was the only one called on while still alive. But actually, this world prefers the other 3 as the more capable heroes and tells shield hero to stay out of the way and gives him hard time since he doesn't have a weapon to fight and needs everything explained to him. There also this church cult that thinks shield hero is evil and is bad news for their anti-demihuman agenda, but I digress.


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    Xilef
  Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:51 pm
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I watched Re:Zero pretty much straight through last night and this morning
What a coincidence, I re-watched Re:Zero over the past two nights. I think it is very good, but it's not entirely free from fault. Emilia's character takes a back seat after the initial arc and becomes rather weak willed. The speed in which Rem falls for the hero is jarring too, it is presented quite softly and nicely, but then she reveals she fell for him in like the 60 seconds between him saving her and then facing off the giant dog monster in the forest.

I re-watched it because it is good enough to watch a second time, and because of the nature of how Subaru operates (gather information over and over until enough has accumulated to get the best scenario) re-watching does reveal a few "ahhhh" moments, mostly in the subtle reactions on characters' faces that as a viewer you think is just animated detail, but watching a second time it's because they're flinching from a name being said or raising an eye brow because something aligns with their interests that Subaru doesn't yet know about. That kind of detail does disappear somewhat after the second arc.

It is disappointing that Felt doesn't get much focus at all. One of those animes that sets up a lot for a second season but book-ends its own season nicely as they can't guarantee a second season.
Not much is done with Felix's character either, despite having a lot of design focus invested in them. That invested design somewhat disappears when they're in uniform too, which dilutes the character a lot.

In general there's so much they can continue doing with the premise in a second season. What I'd love to see is a character that figures out Subaru's situation just by observing him - even if they don't figure out the mechanism, someone could probably figure out that he's sort of time travelling.

EDIT: I gave it a 7/10 "good" rating

The main series I'm going through right now is actually Inuyasha.


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  Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:17 pm
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In order to get my friend to watch boku no hero I said I'd watch Naruto Shippuden.
It's not entirely bad. I'm 300 episodes deep and it's fun but if you think about it too hard there really are some glaring flaws in most of it.
Why is Edo Tensei considered to be taboo yet Chiyo can resurrect Gaara and everyone is fine with it
Why can Naruto use shadow clones in Kyuubi form when like 10 episodes earlier Bee straight up said he cannot do that
I found the Pain arc to be the best and Shinra Tensei is hands down the most versatile ability in the entire series.

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    Hybrida
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Currently I'm watching RWBY. Like OMG. Where has this anime been all my life?! Apparently YouTube. I absolutely love RWBY.

My favorite girl is definitely Weiss. She's like me! OMG, ahhhhh! She's perfect, rich, stylish, ice cold, and arrogant. I even used her as an avatar before I knew anything about her! Ahhhh, I picked the best girl without knowing!! AHHHHH! AMAZING!!!!!

Okay, okay, okay, I'm on season 2. There's a food fight. The most epic food fight in the history of animated fiction. Like, seriously. S2 Ep1.

Nora is definitely the most fun girl so far. I love her design. RWBY's fight scenes are very good too. I'm so happy I have something to watch.

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Volume 3 gets crazy emotional! I haven't cried like that in a long time. Poor Glynda, her failing to repair a building stuck with me. Everything gets depressing. Currently, I'm starting volume 6 at the time of this edit.

My girl Weiss is no longer an 'A-hole' like me, sadly. She went through the best character development I ever seen. Her family sucks ass unfortunately, except Winter. She's cool.


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    coyotecraft
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There's a handful of fantasy anime this season, but I don't think they'll keep my interest.
I was just about to drop this Midnight Occult Civil Servants, but then they reveal this effeminate spirit was the Aztec God Huehuecóyotl (lit: Old Man Coyote) ; So I'm kinda watching it with a mix of disgust to see where this goes. I mean, Aztec mythology is rarely touched on so that's kinda cool, but this characterization is, idk, less of a happy-go-lucky trickster god and more of a socially impaired transvestite. Nothing against transvestite characters. I loved Fish-Eye in Sailor Moon. But I guess I'm biased because I'm pretty familiar with Coyote myths and this isn't doing it justice. Not that I can't see a coyote archetype acting queer, but you'd expect something like Bugs Bunny who catches people off guard with sudden personality shifts. My impression of this coyote so far is something between obsessive girlfriend meme and I don't know what else.

Fairy Gone has a Dark Fantasy appeal to it, but it hasn't hooked me yet. I need more than just "edgy" visual style, you know?

And there's The Wise Man's Grandchild, or The Sage's Grandson, (like a riff on The Magicians Nephew maybe?) which is a reincarnation isekai magic school type show. It's refreshing to have elderly characters, and a balance mix of adult characters and not a giant cast of teenagers. Not sure where the story is going.


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    coyotecraft
  Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:48 pm
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Kinda dropped all these shows mid season to do other things. Going to spend the next couple days catching up.
Saw the Danmatchi Movie Orion's Arrow. It's been a few years since the first season came out. It had a spin off series, with parallel events to the first season. But we're finally getting a continuation this year I think.


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    Fayte
  Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:02 pm
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Discussing anime with friends and I realized most fighting themed anime have tournaments. Kind of a lame and washed plot device. Completely unoriginal.


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