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    coyotecraft
  Sat May 06, 2017 6:17 am
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Not technically anime. But I saw the new episodes of Steven universe. Aquamarine is the kind of character you'd see in bizarremonkeys games and comics.


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    coyotecraft
  Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:29 am
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Danmachi Gaiden finished up. It didn't reach any meaningful conclusion. It's a lot like the first season, they introduce these bad guys, you don't know what their motives are, and the final episode just shows them in their lair being all pensive, vaguely mentioning their "plans" and things to come. But I'm going to have to chalk this up as another unfinished series.

KNIGHT'S & MAGIC episode 1. It's a weird premise. It's always hard to judge a show by their first episode because they're just setting everything up. This episode had a lot of timeskips and progressed rapidly.

This computer programmer with an obsession for Mecha Robots gets hit by a car and dies. He's then reincarnated as a boy in this fantasy world where magic-powered mecha armor knights fight giant bugs or something. It's hard to say how self-aware the main character is. He's obviously retained some knowledge of his past life. He'll use the term "robot" and everyone else is like "what's a robot?"
So anyways, his obsession with Mechas is still there and 3 years after this awakening(of sorts) he is advancing through magic school quickly because he's got these sophisticated insights from computer programming that nobody else has. So while everyone else has magic staffs and simple spells- he rebuilt his into a rifle thing, along with this jet packs.
But he's still a boy and won't be a pilot (Knight Runner) anytime soon. So he thinks to build one himself. That should be a plot point for future episodes. These knights were built thousands of years ago and haven't been improved upon since; the engine is a government secret. But I'm sure everyone suspects it involves the giant bug monsters, 'cause that's always the case.


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    Xhukari
  Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:17 am
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So I've been on a YuGiOh binge what with the mobile game - so I watched all of the first (4kids) series...

  • The first season (Duelist Kingdom), was okay. So much random BS that never happens in the game, can get a bit grating.

  • The second season, Battle City, I would say is the best one. They establish the rules and some amazing matches in here.

  • Third season, with the virtual world, was okay. It interrupts the tournament from Battle City (before the finals, specifically), and is almost the entirety of this season; with only the last few episodes returning to the Battle City tournament. Furthermore there is less card games, and they use altered rules when they do.

  • I weren't a fan of season four; Orichalcos comes from nowhere and ups the stakes even more, but with no groundwork building up to it. Plus a few characters behave out-of-character. The highlight here was Rafael vs Yami Yugi. Plenty of cards fights in this one though.

  • And the fifth season is the worst! It has a bunch of small arcs within it:
    • The first arc was alright, but very short. It had a focus on card games and some interesting business-on-business espionage going on.

    • This is where it begins to go bad, and quick... our heroes fall for a trap and end up in another world (similar to season 3) but this time instead of playing card games, they have arm gauntlets which shoot out Yugioh monsters at Yugioh monsters. This arc stayed around for too long.

    • The third arc builds upon the second arc, but instead takes place in ancient times. They still have the arm gauntlets, but they no longer shoot, they just summon the monsters. No card games again. This arc is most of this season. There's one card game within it.

    • The finale consists of a single card game, it was pretty good. Just a shame that it came at the tail end of 31+ episodes with no card games.

I began to watch YuGiOh GX too, but I cannot stand it, it treads very similar paths to the original series, with the whole 'Protaganist almost loses... but gets heart of the cards and crushes his opponent in the last couple turns. But I guess I was hoping for too much to expect any deviation from that happening in almost each episode.


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    coyotecraft
  Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:40 am
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So it seems shows that are based on online games end up being pretty goofy and full of anachronisms. I guess that's to be expected when you've got technologically advanced Gunners along side Mages, Knights, and Martial Artists.

You'll have something like a Dojo and noodle carts next to a European Castle.
Sail boats in one episode, motoboats in the next.
Modern policemen and interrogation rooms - because the episode went there.
Quick! We'll escape by sliding down this air vent into the sewers. Don't think about it.
We'll settle things with a game of soccer - but using a volleyball because we're on a budget and have to recycle assets from other episodes.


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    Xhukari
  Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:54 am
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You should try Overlord, it doesn't seem to fall into the same issues the other MMO animes do. :-)


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    coyotecraft
  Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:45 am
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I've seen Overlord, it's good. Season 2 should be coming out soon I think.
That and Log Horizon's story are set in a MMO, but the whole thing was originally a Light novels.

I'm talking about shows that were actual games to begin with; so their story is non-existent and the lore and stuff was only light flavor text to begin with.
Dungeon Fighter Online. Ixion Saga.
I know there are other shows based on Apps games like Puzzle & Dragon and GRANBLUE. Puzzle & Dragon is definitely more toony, I'd expect something on the level of Pokemon.
Granblue looks more serious, I've never played the app, but it's also only 13 episodes, so it's possible it might have a good story.

There's was also a Monster Hunter Anime, but with kids. Monster Hunter Jr. haha. No. It's called Monster Hunter Stories: Ride on. I haven't watched it, but it's got 48 episodes.


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    Xilef
  Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:59 pm
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Just heard about season 2 of New Game!!, so I'm watching that now.

I was really surprised at how accurate the first season was, the second season seems to be on par. If you want to know how a small game studio operates, then I recommend watching. It is a cute-girls anime though, so there's some tropes that obviously don't fit reality, but those are easy to spot.


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    coyotecraft
  Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:23 am
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I want to enjoy mecha anime because it looks cool. But I've still got 4 episodes left of ARGEVOLLEN from 2 years ago I haven't watched yet. Like, I'm saving them for a rainy day in case the power or internet goes out. I mean, the final episodes should be the most compelling, but I don't want to watch them unless I have absolutely nothing else to do. That's bad.
It might be because most Mecha anime have military and political themes. I remember watching Gundam Seed and thinking how boring the episodes actually were, it was all character drama and then a 3 minute fight sequence at the end.

I liked Zoids. That was more of a competition genre thing, You know like Beyblades or Yugioh. Well, I'm not sure if I'd still like it now.

I'm currently enjoying Knights & Magic, so far every episode they've just been building one new machine after another. And every episode has a fun surprise. But I half expect the politics or some shadow government/illuminati to kick in and things get serious. Like, you can't keep building war machines without consequences. But I also half expect, the Otaku's obsession would have anticipated that and have a contingency plan for everything.


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    ZenVirZan
  Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:38 pm
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I know exactly what you mean - I'm in the exact same boat. I'd love to be passionate about mechs and Gundam, because building them looks like so much fun. The shows look badass as well. I loved Zoids when I was younger but now I just... I don't know.

... I've been corrupted by moeblobs.

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    coyotecraft
  Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:32 am
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Knights & Magic ended at 13 episodes. It was a good show. I mean, the kind that you look forward to watching every week, but wouldn't bend watch in one sitting. There's hardly any character development, which is fine since it's so short.
I really enjoyed the villain in the later half. He's a good match for the main character. They're both enthusiastic inventors, but they're into different things. They see each other's advancements as a threat that could render their passion obsolete. Airships vs Mechas.
There's room for a continuation, but this is as far as the light novel got. And I think this is one of those stories that ended on such a good note that continuing it could spoil it.

The only other anime I'm watching is Dragon Ball Super. It's still doing this multi-verse battle royal arc. I'm not loving it. The opponents are dumb. It's going to continue into October.


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    Fayte
  Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:02 pm
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There's no good anime that suits my fancy right now.


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    coyotecraft
  Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:25 pm
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Just watched Made in Abyss.
Oh god. It's surprisingly good. But I have to warn you, it looks like a sweet and innocent anime. But it gets dark. Really dark.
Like body horror, Full Metal Alchemist Elric brothers resurrecting their mother, shoot Old Yeller because has rabies - kind of grim tale. It's definitely for mature audiences. Creepy sexual undertones, nothing as extreme as Neon Genesis Evangelion's "I'm so fucked up" scene. But the characters are suppose to be preteens, only they look like kindergarteners, and you just know the show is playing at all types of fetish fuel.

So to give you a quick premise without spoiling anything, there's this society built around a pit called "the Abyss". It's basically like those Tower/dungeon rpg based animes, like Tower of Druaga, and Danmatchi. The pit is full of monsters and relics, and these people excavated it. But it doesn't have the RPG party cast. It's an orphan miner girl and a boy robot. It's got similarities to Cave Story I guess (I've never played it). Some people compare it to Dante's Inferno and it's levels of hell, but I wasn't picking up on any deep spiritual symbolisms or parallelisms.
Besides being dangerous the deeper you go, coming up is also an issue because of a "curse". Almost like divers decompressing. At some levels it's just dizziness and nausea, deeper it causes hallucinations, bleeding orifices, mutating, and death. These hit once you begin going up a slope or any kind of ascent.

Anyways, girl finds mysterious robot boy with no memory. Girl's mother was a prestigious explore who reached the deepest depths. Mother is presumed dead but a message suggests she waiting at the bottom of the abyss, with a possible connection to the the robot boy. The girl and the robot boy go down to look for her and some answers.

A lot happens in 45min episodes. 13 total. Worth a watch.


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    coyotecraft
  Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:26 pm
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Speaking of Full metal Alchemist, I never noticed this before.
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And Sloth is basically a water elemental, that's interesting.


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    coyotecraft
  Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:39 am
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Normally I'd have a movie marathon for Halloween. But I don't have anything picked out. So tonight and tomorrow I'm wrapping up the final episodes to a bunch of series. I've been putting off.

I recently finish the last half of Vividred Operation after putting it off for a year.
And I've got 4 episodes left of Night Wizard.

There was a new season of Blue Exorcist this year. But I only watched the first 2 episodes and have been saving the rest for a rainy day. I guess that's Halloween appropriate. Possibly. Demons and shit.

That reminds me, there's this japanese short called Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek. It aired on Adult Swim back in 2005. It's only a 25 minute film. 3d celshaded. Kids wearing Japanese masks running from demons in this town.
I think I'll look it up and try watching it again. See if it's as good as I remember it being.


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    Fayte
  Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:38 am
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all anime is bad.

with that being said I started a few new ones.

Darker Than Black, Deadman Wonderland and Brave 10.


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    coyotecraft
  Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:41 am
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I never got into Deadman Wonderland. I watched the first few episodes - but for some reason I wasn't interest in it. I don't remember what it was, it was some time ago.


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    Xhukari
  Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:13 pm
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Fayte wrote:
all anime is bad.

with that being said I started a few new ones.

Darker Than Black, Deadman Wonderland and Brave 10.


Oh Darker Than Black is good! :-)
Though I was sternly warned to stop at the end of the first season. This was from my anime guru friend whose seen 350+ anime shows, and doesn't drop a show she's began... so I kind of trust her judgement. XD


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    coyotecraft
  Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:13 am
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Overlord is suppose to be returning in 2018. There was a trailer.
Apparently there were 2 "films" but they were literally just a recap of the 13 episode condensed to an hour or two.
The first season only goes up to vol 3 of the light novels. But there are 11 vols total so far.

What's been killing me, the last anime arc ended with a character getting mind controlled, but we never find out who was doing the controlling. I was tempted to look up spoilers or translations. It probably won't be a satisfying answer, but my brain craves closure.


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    Fayte
  Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:24 pm
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I started watching gurren laggen. It’s a little too goofy for my tastes but it’s cool. Still watchable.


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    coyotecraft
  Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:51 pm
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I'm watching Sailor Moon Super S. I'm not a fan of Sailor Moon. I'm just watching it for the pop culture value. I knew a girl in college that was a huge fan with with DVD boxset collection. I vaguely remember her saying "S" was the best in the series.
Apparently that's Sailor Moon S. Not Sailor Moon Super S.
Sailor Moon Super S is kinda bad. Bad in the sense that the sailor scouts fade into the background. It's been a long time since I watched the original season, so I don't remember if this was the typical formula. The episodes focus on a victim's problems and dreams. The bad guys are attacking people with "beautify dreams" looking for Pegasus. And the Sailor Scouts just happen to be there by proximity to save them every time. So you get a lot of introspective on the victim's part, who are mostly one-off characters that never make a second appearance. The main cast is distant.

I think some of the episodes are cleaver in keeping it relevant for the search for pegasus. One girl rides horses. Another girl published a story about a pegasus. So it makes sense for the bad guy to suspect Pegasus is in their dreams.
But some of the episode are just random excuses to plug an old character classmate into the show.
Just judging by the episode list, the whole Pegasus Arc doesn't go anywhere till the last 5 episodes. The rest is just monster of the week type stuff.


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    coyotecraft
  Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:12 pm
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Speaking of "Super"
Dragon Ball Super's Battle Royal arc should be ending soon. It's all kinds of dumb. Idk why they decided to give the tournament a time limit. It wouldn't bother me, except they keep drawing attention to it. The last 2 months the show has been in "the final 30 minutes" and as of this weekend there's only 10 minutes remaining.

They've stretched it out by switching perspectives. So have one episode focusing a fight between 2 characters, then the next episode features what another team was doing parallel to the event of the last episode.
And in one episode, a fighter could stop time, so relatively no time passed at all.


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    Fayte
  Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:02 am
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Dude the last ten episodes of Gurren Lagaan or however you spell it is way better than the rest of the anime. I like this anime.


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    Byron
  Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:45 pm
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Just started World Trigger.
It's pretty slow, but overall good.

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    coyotecraft
  Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:22 am
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I'm watching Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor on crunchyroll. I had avoided it before because it looked like more harem garbage. BUT wow, what a surprise. I just finished episode 3 and it feels like the series could have ended there. So complete and satisfying. I hope the rest of the episodes can follow suit.

I'm also watching Death March to a Parallel World Rhapsody. This IS harem garbage. But I'm watching it because it's set inside a RPG world.

Speaking of RPG settings, Overlord II is still going. I got to say, it's a lot slower and not living up to the first season. But the episodes are mostly from the perspective of weaker characters facing who are facing their weakness and limitations. Being level caped but desperate to be more. I love it.

Dragon Ball Super only has an episode or 2 left. It's obscene how much they've stretched it. And the last dozen episodes have be recycling so much animations. With the first 7 minutes being: Preview, OP, then recap. Then like 5 minutes of "progress" and lots of still talking frames, then the credits and the next episode preview.
I guess i said all that back in December.
I'm not sure which is worst. Super or GT?


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    Byron
  Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:10 pm
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HiPoyion wrote:
Just started World Trigger.
It's pretty slow, but overall good.

I finished World Trigger. Pretty annoying though as they end it just as they are about to start up a new Arc. Like legit they have the episode play out as if they're starting a new story and then in the after credits they were like "Yup. That's the end of the show!"

I finished Devilman: Crybaby last night. Probably one of my favorite animes just under Berserk.
It's visually stunning and I love the story too.
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    ZenVirZan
  Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:01 am
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watching initial d after i got into cars somehow

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    Xilef
  Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:05 pm
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I started watching Cowboy Bebop last week as it kept getting recommended to me.

It started out as a 7/10 anime and it's grown to be a 9/10.


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    coyotecraft
  Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:42 am
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It was announced in February so I'm behind. But Danmachi a.k.a. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon? is getting a movie adaption and second season.

It's weird, but I guess they really don't want to call last year's Sword Oratoria a second season but rather a side story or spin off. I mean, it's wasn't really a continuation of the first season, but a retelling from another character's perspective with a different story. Idk. There are two spin off light novels, Sword Oratoria and Familia Chronicle. So I don't know how much of Sword Oratoria was adapted into the anime or what continuity differences there are. Both Sword Oratoria and Familia Chronicle were adapted into mangas too.

It's crazy that light novels would get adapted into manga in the first place. What does it lose or gain? Descriptions in exchange for panels? I don't have much taste for manga, just because in English the sentences become too brief to be palatable.


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    coyotecraft
  Sat May 26, 2018 4:50 am
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I watched The Irregular at Magic Highschool
It was interesting. Maybe too many characters. I mean, it's a high school anime. So you got to have students and teach- wait...they didn't have teachers. Huh, I didn't think about it until now.


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    ZenVirZan
  Sun May 27, 2018 4:14 am
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rewatching ouran hs host club
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