Been re-watching Non Non Biyori this week. Such a comfy series to watch. The anime nails the depiction of country life with its beautiful backgrounds and sounds. Makes me wish I lived in a more simple area.
>>88514 So I recently got back into watching anime again, and, uh, were do you find the stuff? I keep finding old animes I want to watch, but outside of recent releases my usual torrent sites give me nothing.
>>88542 BakaBT is good for stuff you can seed back, but they can be a bit draconian about your ratio. Tokyotosho is alright for newer releases and finding single episodes, but it doesn't have any old material. It also mostly just finds torrents from other sites. Both together can get you pretty much anything you're looking for.
>Other food changes, such as less sweets (including Doraemon's iconic dorayaki) and more fruits onscreen, have been made due to broadcasting standards to promote healthy eating on children's programming. >Change medical kit into a pizza
>>88563 I'm glad to hear this news. It means I can show Kill La Kill to my dub-only friends soon. I'm hopeful that it won't be a bad dub.
Toonami will totally pick it up. They have been pestered enough to pick up Attack On Titan, and people have been begging for Kill La Kill of months now, so this has precedent... Pftpfffffft, who am I kidding? Toonami has a moderate chance of picking it up. But all the nudity and nudity-lite could, can and will be enough of a reason for Toonami to not touch it with a ten foot pole.
Yeah, it's pretty cool. I can't believe Viz beat Funimation to the punch, given how open Funimation has been about trying to snatch up the Sailor Moon license. But them's the breaks. I'll be keen to hear the new dub, and get better quality DVDs or BDs would be great.
Eh Shezow worked out fine, though someone did get skittish and scrapped the second season. Eh it depends on how its handled according to Wiki Info it was cross-dressing in the Manga and the Anime actual physical Transformation. So depending on what they want to adhere to, go roll either way.
Honestly, the Stars weren't that big a deal. They weren't actually transgendered, they were just posing as men to keep their heads low from an enemy, as I recall. There's no real "alternative lifestyle" to get up-in-arms about, especially by Adult Swim standards, other than the recurring lesbian aspects that come up, like Seiyaa making moves on Usagi and the girls having major league girl-crushes on the Stars.
Adult Swim gets away with abortion and pedophilia jokes, and I'm pretty sure Aqua Teen had a whole episode centering around a balloon doggie raping Carl. I'm pretty sure they can handle crossdressing ladies with implied lesbianism.
>>88624 In this guy's defense, there is a case to be made for saying that derivative works form their own cultural artifact that is worth preserving even accepting that it's not the original. So, for example, Robotech is a different show from Macross and it's understandable that some people would want to preserve that show.
But still....this is an insane overreaction. Even assuming you *do* prefer the English names, there's nothing really being lost by using the Japanese names (and, in a move that will infuriate purists, I feel the same way about the reverse--Anglicized names are not a supreme sin against Japanese media).
That said....I *will* miss Dub Zoicite. She was the best thing about the old dub. I certainly wouldn't suggest the new dub should keep that aspect--it's disrespectful to homosexuals, for starters. But I'll miss her, all the same.
>>88675 Manga Video was my childhood back in the early-mid nineties, back when they were trawling anime for the bloodiest, sexiest, vilest stuff to sell it as the new punk rawk. Far far too young to be watching this kind of shit, which paradoxically made it THE PERFECT AGE to be watching this kind of shit.
It's fun to see Toriyama's renewed interest in Dragon Ball and all the new information he's giving about Dragon World. Since this is the guy who famously made everything up as he went along and also has a notoriously poor recollection of anything that actually happened.
Watch the anime up until it diverges (the early manga is unbelievably terribad) then switch over to the manga, which has a much better ending (I mean the last chapter is a bunch of silly horseshit but the plot is already wrapped up by that point so...who cares).
Those exact changes are what make the anime version infinitely superior, yes. The art in the beginning is horrifying and it's bogged down with a LOT of really boring and terrible fanservice which Studio BONES helpfully excised.
Yeah, the animation in the new trailer is quite impressive. I'm wondering if they're just cherry picking well-animated segments to give us a disproportionate view....or if the producers just gave them the biggest "fuck you, I'm Sailor Moon, I'll sell ALL THE DVDs" budget ever.
So I got bored and decided to read Uzumaki because everyone says that it's incredibly horrifying and you'll have nightmares and be scared of spiral objects for weeks, all that jazz.
Honestly, it wasn't really so much. The stuff in the beginning was pretty creepy (especially the guy spiraled up in the big tub and the girl with the hole in her head) but after that it just got more and more absurd and kinda hilarious because of it. Hair monsters, people turning to snails, a pogo-stick zombie, pregnant women drilling holes in people, tornado-sufing gangsters; mostly my reactions were varying flavors of "...wat?" Maybe I just don't "get" Japanese horror, but it seemed to me like an extremely overdone version of some kind of Lovecraft tale. if you ask me, true horror is in its subtlety, and this manga was pretty far from subtle.
The only thing that really, really, REALLY creeped me out was the bonus chapter at the end. The shot of the sky all improbably full of gorgeous visible galaxies is EXACTLY like what I've seen in a recurring dream.
>>88887 I had the same reaction, but for me the "lol wut" stuff was all at the beginning of the story. The lighthouse and mosquito chapters are what unnerved me, and after that was when I started to think the story was actually creepy. But yeah, it was still half unnerving and half god damned funny.
>>88954 >>88955 Genshiken is the only series I can think of set in any sort of college, and even then the college has nothing to do with it--most of the cast stick around the club even after graduating. Every other work I can think of where the main cast is above high school age, they're either employed or NEETs.
I guess it's because no one finds it an interesting subject. As much anime/manga are about high school students, the only school stuff relevant to the plot tends to be extra-curricular things (sports, class projects, field trips) you don't really do in college.
>According to the latest Oricon weekly sales ranking, the limited edition of the first Blu-ray disc of the on-going TV anime Love Live! School Idol Project Second Season, which was released on June 20, sold about 82,000 units in its first week, becoming the top-selling Blu-ray of the week in Japan.
Anyone who tries to use the power of the gods is going to get fucked over. Put a little more broadly, don't be arrogant and think you're better than anybody else, because we're all going to end up the same way in the end.
Found this neat little (big) article on Miyazaki: http://www.salon.com/2014/06/23/dont_call_him_the_walt_disney_of_japan_how_animator_hayao_miyazaki_became_a_cultural_icon_by_doing_everything_pixar_doesnt/
Been listening to bits and pieces of the Kill la Kill [spoiler]dub[/spoiler, and Mako... actually sounds good? I wrote her off because she was fucking terrible in the trailer and as it turns out she's like a deadringer for the original Japanese VA, wow. And it's actually Ryuko who's the one getting on my nerves.
>>89108 After watching that webm, I just went to the neared anime online site to watch that episode and get the context of it, and yeah, it's really dumb. Apparently, some guy called Death Gun can kill people inside VRMMOs (yeah, they did more MMOs like SAO in the context of the series) with his "Death Gun" (oxymoron, please), and this one guy from the corporation that owned SAO asked Kirito if he could investigate that because his superiors are kinda worried about it. And yeah, Kirito's back. Even when i thought there where two new MC. WELP
>>89137 Sub absolutely. Only annoying person in the original is Nonon because she's supposed to be whereas most of the of the dub VAs are flat (especially Mikisugi) or are more busy trying to lipsync too hard to sound any good.
Anyone else think that this season of Mushi-Shi is quite a bit darker than the last? I mean, the first season wasn't Happy Feels: The Series, but although there have been few deaths it just seems more sad than usual.
Oh a Go Nagai manga I have not see before. http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Dororon-Enma-kun Okay lets take out the checklist and >hell Check. >demons Check. >naken people Double Check. >slapstick Check. >what the fuckness like using a naked woman as a weapon agains a super angry naked woman because she attack you with another naked women Check please!
http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/choujin-gakuen-r366 So this manga's pretty great. Funny, weird and with a quirky art style. Which also means it will probably get canceled soon. But hey, that just means it's good bit of fun to read on the side for a bit.
So is Aldnoah Zero any good? The production values are pretty nice, but Aoki Ei is a pretty mediocre director even if he's not outright terrible. It seems like they're trying to make another Fate/Zero out of it, and that ended up being kinda disappointing compared to the novel.
>>89305 >Anonymous >So is Aldnoah Zero any good? The production values are pretty nice, but Aoki Ei is a pretty mediocre director even if he's not outright terrible. It seems like they're trying to make another Fate/Zero out of it, and that ended up being kinda disappointing compared to the novel. It's okay so far. The backstory as presented so far is fucking DUMB and I really hate the design of the princess character (she looks like a runaway Britannian royal), but I really like the MC's weird Terminatoresque attitude and the focus on the main characters using tricks and tactics to beat super mechs.
>"Just moments ago, Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli producer, announced on the TV show of the MBS Jounetsu Tairiku chain effectively as announced as sources close to the studio, Studio Ghibli will close and production studio anime, leaving himself only as a company that will manage its trademarks. As stated in the program’s producer, "the production department of anime will be dismantled," which coincides with the data that we gave in our previous post on this decision had been taken from spring after the poor reception at the box office of Kaguya-hime no Monogatari.
>In the interview, Suzuki has also admitted that it was a major setback for the study progress Hayao Miyazaki, one of the reasons already unveiled the portal Rakuten Woman. Once we have access to the full TV interview, adding more data. No doubt that this is a very sad news for Japanese animation, of which we are all fans, because it is undeniable everything Studio Ghibli has given the anime. Please remember that what will be his last film, Omoide no Marnie, premiered at the Japanese box office on 19 July.”
>>89334 I'm really icked out by Japan's obsession with turning everything into little girls. And then having the said little girls fight their battles, often sans pants in "pantyfighters" combat series.
>>89341 Meh, that's mostly against chinese sites, and piracy will always prosper, as long as these companies keep going that way. At best, it will be a clean up of manga sites, since there's a lot of those places and most of them are shit tier anyways.
>>89341 Because it's so easy, quick, and affordable to get manga the right way now that it's not particularly sympathetic to whine about losing your access to shitty, free fan-translations?
I mean don't get me wrong. If I lose the ability to read some of my favorite non-licensed titles with no real chance of getting licensed, like Princess Jellyfish, I might be more upset about it. But for now, who gives a shit? The people getting a free ride through scanslations are only making the manga industry less profitable so that I *don't* get official Princess Jellyfish.
It always feels really shitty when I end up reading all the available chapters for a fan-translated manga and then see a new chapter hasn't been uploaded for several years. A slightly less annoying version of that is when an anime comes out for a manga and the people doing scans decide to quit.
I love Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. I watched the first two seasons when they were airing, but never got around to watching the third or reading the manga volumes that were translated at the time. A couple months ago I had part of the ending spoiled for me and I finally got around to reading it over the past week. It's amazing how the author managed to hide hints through seven years of publishing it without people catching on, especially when the OPs and EDs of the anime seasons give away so much. I'm probably going to read through it again after catching up on the anime.
Finished Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. While the name is odd, I found the show to be good. While there's a level of grimdark at the end that the beginning of the series wouldn't suggest, it doesn't have any kind of deep plot or original ideas. What it does have is a solid story and lots of funny moments.
In one episode Aldnoah just skyrocketed in quality. I did like quite a lot of it before now but it had some major issues, namely that the villains, while fun to watch get clowned in really banal ways, were nothing and the timeline is ridiculous. This episode took some BIG FUCKING STRIDES in fixing both, pretty much in one scene.
>>89548 She seems the very definition of a sub, even literally calling Alucard "Master". She's a vampire who has a kick-ass gun, and the moment she stops kicking ass she turns into a whiny, useless damsel in distress. The worst example I've ever seen of a female character who can put up a good fight but always needs rescuing and, the moment she stops fighting, turns into some sort of male ownership fantasy.
And, though not to her character, her English dub voice stops just short of being nails-on-a-chalkboard grating.
>>89553 I am right now; admittedly, I've only gotten through episode three, but thus far I've seen nothing that sets Ultimate Seras apart from non-Ultimate Seras. Knowing little about Hellsing in general aside from watching the original series, I'd hoped her personality wouldn't be so meek in Ultimate. Does it improve greatly?
'Course, it's been a bit since I saw the original series...
>I hope [Under the Dog] will give an example that the Japanese anime industry should really focus their attention globally, not just our tiny Japanese audience. Anime should be for the whole world, not just Japan. We don't always want moe anime or a light novel based anime. I for one long to see anime like Akira.
>Without giving away spoilers, what kind of creative things are normally restricted? Like... negative or tragedy ridden anime. Creative writing and ideas which is out of bounds of "light novels"... not-so-moe or fan-service type character designs. etc
>There are fewer and fewer anime I feel interested or compelled to watch each season. Every year, I hear huge political struggles from industry colleagues and they are saddened by the fact if they could put more effort in their work rather than politics, it'd be so much better. Without much politics and freely doing what we want to do, I hope simply by doing that, UTD will reach new industry standards.
Wizard Barristers had a disappointing ending. They do some good world building and have some moderate-if-standard villainy, but the final "showdown" is a let down as the series seems to realize "Oh, wait, we're all about wizards and trials! We need a wizard trial to finish out the series!" So they do that but what they do is such a complete mess that it may as well have played out anywhere. They tried to be all Ace Attorney Final Turnabout and fell on their face. Because if the defense is giving an account of events contrary to the defendant, and you reject the defense because it's contrary so of course we're going with the defendant, then a book you simply claim to have all the history that happens to materialize out of a charm held by the defense is iron-clad evidence.
>>89567 I watch whatever Hulu has that piques my interest, because I still have a queue of ~1000 videos (mostly animu that piqued my interest; also Star Trek) and so unless something sounds amazing I don't feel like taking that extra effort, no matter how small it is, to get and watch it. So if Hulu has that I'll watch it.
>>89568 Hulu's a really bad site for anime though (also everything else), the selection's really limited unless you're looking for old Viz series. Newer stuff (such as the best series last year, Kyousogiga) is more likely to be found on Crunchy.
>>89644 It's nothing like Guilty Crown, the follow up to that was Valvrave Season 1 (2 was just boring). Aldnoah is a legit show. A little on the slow side at times but otherwise it has managed to shed all of my initial complaints about it.
>>89644 It's OK, nothing amazing but not even as close to as bad. Inaho a shit but Slaine is pretty cool. More like the next Fate/Zero than the next Guilty Crown. Also it boasts the talents of a certain Boku no Pico writer on its staff.
>>89664 >Inaho a shit but Slaine is pretty cool I've seen this opinion multiple times and I really don't understand it. Slaine is a really by the numbers mech protag. It's fun to watch him flail around and constantly get screwed over but he's not interesting. Inaho on the other hand, while he doesn't emote much, actually has a surprisingly sinister element to him: it's very clear he cares for like, a total of 3 people at best and he's quite happy to fall back and let tons of people die so he can figure out how to keep those 3 safe. He's even blatantly manipulating the resident Gundam Princess and tries to kill Slaine so he can keep exploiting her. I think that's a fascinating choice of MCs, and wouldn't be surprised if he becomes an antagonistic force later if say, his sister and mechanic buddy both get bodied.
>>89668 I was surprised when McJon started translating this. He once told me he'd never do a LN himself if he could help it.
>Hatsune Miku, the popular fictional singer voiced by a singing synthesizer application, has been performing in many concerts, including at Anime Expo 2011 and as an opening act for Lady Gaga. Now she’s going to be on national TV by performing on The Late Show with David Letterman on October 8th, according to Hatsune Miku Expo.
Read more at http://nerdreactor.com/2014/09/17/hatsune-miku-david-letterman/#1GTYJyVBXzAGsihi.99
>>89756 "Inaho, Asseylum, and Saazbaum are all certainly dead. The show's tagline, "Let justice be done, though the heavens fall," is a reference to Piso's Justice. Asseylum: the one whose sentence had already been passed, Saazbaum: the one who failed in his duty, and Inaho: the one responsible for the deaths of the two former (from Slane's point of view)." Maybe not.
>>89764 Funny, while not being a fan of Slaine I could stand Inaho even less with his borderline-Stuish, self-insert blandness, and excessive plot armor. At least with Slaine it was kinda funny seeing him getting owned every time, regardless of his individual likeability. Even if Inaho did seem to begin digging himself out of the characterization hole at the last minute, I hope the ending sticks because I see the current development giving the show an interesting direction to go Slaine becomes a Light figure? Homura? Kinzo Ushiromiya? darker Lelouch? some other kind of villainous protagonist. I pray they don't go the "getting shot in the brain grants you Aldnoah-resurrection" route they seem to be foreshadowing with Saazbaum's gesturing because that would just be cheap as fuck.
>>89765 I pray they don't go the "getting shot in the brain grants you Aldnoah-resurrection" route they seem to be foreshadowing with Saazbaum's gesturing because that would just be cheap as fuck. Uh, what? That's not what was happening there. Saaz was just taunting Slaine's aim. >>89765 Inaho was never emotionless and it baffles me that people think he was. Just because he's not constantly screaming HIME-SAMA like Slaine is doesn't mean he doesn't care about people. I misinterpreted his feelings on the princess (turns out big sis was right about him all along), but Inaho's whole thing was always just that he was mentally out of tune with everyone else. In fact he actually comes off as autistic. Genuinely so, not stupid internet "lol so autist" bullshit. A lot of autistic people just don't have the normal fear reaction, and part of the point of Marito's character is showing that regular people fucking panic when faced with the crazy Super Robots. Inaho isn't so he pieces things together quietly. He's certainly not a self-insert, most people don't fantasize about being an emotionally repressed weirdo with 3 friends.
>>89767 He's not totally emotionless, the last episode made that totally clear he's got them but it's a borderline infantile level of emotional maturity that he's bad at expressing which is kind of neat. But his constant victories and successes while everyone else is pretty useless made him kind of insufferable. Though that may have been intentional to make his final failure hit harder. He reminds me of Kiritsugu in a way, though not handled nearly as well.
>>89768 >He's not totally emotionless, the last episode made that totally clear he's got them but it's a borderline infantile level of emotional maturity that he's bad at expressing which is kind of neat Sure, that's why I find him neat, he's a pretty nonstandard lead.
I hope Slaine ends up secretly burying both of them, so nobody ever learns what happened to Inaho and the legend of this crazy Orange fucker just haunts the 2nd season White Reaper style. At the least if Seylum really is dead that would explain why she's considered missing at the end there. As for Inaho, idk, maybe Slaine would feel a bit of regret, considering that Seylum was clearly genuinely worried over Inaho?
Whatever they do I am super excited for it. I want to see what they do with Slaine, Rayet, and all the rest after... well after that. This is the first mech show in YEARS I don't feel has majorly fucked up in some fashion. I just hope it keeps that up!
Also farewell to Sauce Boss if he really is dead. He was a pretty good villain, and he drove Voltron.
>>89768 >>89769 I think the thing about AZ is that "interesting" doesn't always translate to "likeable". My biggest problem with the show before was that almost everybody in the cast is a goddamn idiot, incompetent, or an asshole. But if I think of the show as a character study it's a lot easier to swallow. Calling it the the "d" word that rhymes with "reconstruction" is premature (maybe Urobuchi has more to do with it than he's willing to admit), but it's nice schadenfreude to see standard mecha hero archetypes get BTFO by the plot and punished because they're too damn "anime" for their own good, and why it's super important the show doesn't ruin everything it's accomplished with that ending by resorting to status quo bullshit.
Inaho's emotional issues make him horribly uncharismatic, but that's because AZ recognizes it as the goddamn character flaw that it is, instead of dismissing it or treating it as a cute or charming quirk. He's not meanspirited by nature but he does some pretty despicable things since he can't understand other people properly, and it makes his last moments kinda tragic because it proves he's not the empty shell he seems, but hey, karma's a bitch. Slaine gets made everybody's bitch for no real fault of his own, and it's easier to sympathize with him because goddamn he wants to "do the right thing", but life isn't black and white so being a hotblooded moralfag in this setting just causes him to dig himself deeper because he's not coldhearted enough to think shit through like Inaho, and all his ideals accomplish is get the princess killed, ruining the point of everything.
Can't hate Slaine too much because I think Inaho's more valuable as a plot/character development device and coming back would just cheapen his own characterization but I don't want Slaine to take the easy way out either. It's a lot more fun to see where his character goes from here regardless of whether he goes the grim repentant Byronic Hero route or goes off the deep end and becomes the brooding final villain.
Something similar once happened in Blade of the Immortal. Two badasses show up to start fighting and one of the main characters just lops both their heads off in one shot before they even unsheathe their weapons.
Paraphrasing? It was pretty much, "Well, well...looks like we have an interesting fight on our hands, eh?" "Heh, seems that wa-"
A few bits from the Toonami Q&A: DBZ Kai will replace Bleach in November (when the latter ends its run); Toonami's trying to figure out how it will air the last episode of Bleach without cutting it up; Cowboy Bebop airing in true HD is dependent on them getting the HD tapes (which they hope will happen soon); and they're not sure about whether DBZ Kai will air with pillarboxes/in 4:3 aspect ratio.
No major bombshell announcements that I'm aware of otherwise, though.
>>89862 I'm still reading it because it has some amusing bits sprinkled through it, and I for some reason can't drop a series even when it starts turning to shit. I tend to avoid harem stuff anyway, so that usually isn't a problem.
So KyoAni's new anime is about magical Canadians running an amusement park. Sprinkled with lots of fanservice. Well... let's just see where this goes, but I'm already spreading myself pretty thin this season. Also, Trigger's new anime is actually pretty fun, if still painfully generic.
>>89953 You mean ones that are named and there's only really one of? I dunno. There might be some named local yokai, but that's kinda hard to search for. Maybe Enma would count as he's often quite monstrous in appearance.
>>89953 The Susanoo/Orochi story serves as one of the central myths of Japan. So Orochi shows up a lot for the same reason that, say, Tiamat shows up a lot in stuff inspired by Babylonian mythology, or Loki and his children are always signficant in Norse-derived works. Japan has hundreds of popular monsters from folklore and mythology, but most of those are small-scale. They might murder you and your family, but they're not likely to wipe out cities. I guess there are the four legendary beasts--the White Tiger, Blue Dragon, Black Turtle and Red Sparrow, but they show up all the frickin' time, too. Also, while they're known figures in Japanese mythology, their origin is Chinese.
The story is especially significant to Japan because it's part of the Origin Story for the Emperor's genetic line--Amaterasu is considered to be the ancestor of the first Emperor, and the Orochi story is how her brother Susanoo attained the sword Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi which was later renamed Kusanagi, one of the three pieces of Imperial Regalia that represent the Emperor's divinity.
I get the feeling that the moment Raku Ichijou actually touches a boob, he'll premature ejaculate so hard that he winds up in the hospital with a burst blood vessel.
Holy shit, get to first base already, how do you ever expect to have sex? He touches a girl's hand by accident and he acts like he still believes in cooties.
Don't get me wrong, I like that he's not some asshole perv protagonist, and that he occasionally has backbone, but I'm more than a little tired of all these antics. We're up to, what, six different girls that want a piece of him by now?