How many manga series are you keeping up with, /jam/? About 120 here, but 64 are monthly releases, and 49 seem to be completely random as to when they come out. Open to suggestions if you guys know of anything good that I'm not reading already. I really enjoy slice of life stuff without drama.
>>90188 Most of the manga I read are almost ways on hiatus, stopped being translated a long time ago, or have completely random update schedules. I think the only weekly I read is One Piece. For slice of life without drama, Sumire 16 is one of the best. It's about a girl who is a puppet.
The Mouretsu Pirates (Bodacious Space Pirates) anime had a week ending. I realize that it's supposed to be a fun lesbian space pirate romp, but they had all this build up and the final fight was so incredibly easy for the pirates. I realize it was all planned out, and Captain Mika is the chosen one or whatever, but a single Grand Cross took out like two other pirate groups already so they could have at least made someone be at risk for a bit. No tension at all. The arc where they saved Jenny Dolittle was far more enjoyable.
Also, the princess twins were worthless additions to the series.
>>90247 Man I'm trying to get into this series but all I'm seeing is wasted potential. Everything starts really interesting, then quickly devolves to generic battle manga tropes and characters. Adam himself is the biggest example, but Oska changed so quickly from her great debut it's sad.
Three things of note to kick off the new year: Cowboy Bebop is restarting in HD. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will be leaving (for how long is uncertain). Deadman Wonderland and IGPX will be back in the rerun hours.
Fuck yeah. Best news about the new lineup. I hope they give it the DBZ Kai treatment and use custom pillarbox graphics to keep it 4:3 (because if they stretch that shit out I will know someone at Turner networks has no fucking clue about aspect ratios despite one of said networks producing the definitive video about aspect ratios).
Is that SERIOUSLY still a term people use? For insults?
Guh, its just so subjective! I see all kinds of people dismissing opinions based on that one moniker, and on the one hand, I have seen some super-preachy nuts about how, say, that new anamanaguchi video is detrimental to the portrayal of women in the music industry which is SUPER REACHING. But then I've seen some people call SJW and throw all kinds of shit at people who are just "hey maybe we shouldnt make rape jokes in total public." GAH.
>>90409 If anything, it just found its way into the mainstream. You've just been exposed to it a lot longer. And it's just as subjective as the term liberal. Someone who's being called liberal by some rednecks in the woods might be called right-wing nut by hipsters in a Portlandian Starbucks. It's politics. It's always about emotions and painting others as enemies nowadays, not about rational evaluation.
This is why I prefer "Social Revenge Warrior"—it’s a tiny bit more accurate as to their motives. People actually working for social justice know it’s not a zero-sum game (‘if I win everything, you lose everything’), but one where everyone can win (if just a little).
>>90411 Personally I like to split them into two subtypes:
* The Social Revenge Warriors you just described, who think it's OK to bully and threaten people they perceive as having more privilege than them (It's not rape if it's female-on-male! Misandry or racism against white people don't exist! You don't like the OTP/headcanons I do, so I'm going to dox you! You DO like characters I don't, so I'll call them rapists/abusers and dox you! Baww, hurt cis/white/male fee fees! Interracial marriage is evil because it fetishizes POCs and contaminates them with white DNA! Internalized misogynist, white identifier! This poor hoax post is proof that X famous person is a bigot! I'm losing the argument so I'm going to accuse you of triggering me! Disregard and hate allies, they're all secretly evil or moles planted by the privilege cabal to sabotage us! #CancelColbert! Compromise, centrism, and settling for baby steps are for traitors! ).
These people are fucking terrible because they legitimize the worst elements of the radical left or revive ideas that should have remained dead and buried a long time ago, and actively obstruct the fight for true social justice in order to appease their own sense of sadism. It's pathetic. I identify as "liberal" and tick off a lot of oppression boxes myself, and even I've been targeted by these fucks way too many times because I wasn't extreme enough for them.
>>90418 * And Windmill Crusaders, who don't target their ire at any specific group but go out of their way to find offense in everything (The word "crowbar" is racist! White people eating sushi and wearing kimonos is cultural appropriation! Frozen is racist because the Saami people are black, regardless of what geneticists, anthropologists, and people who know what they're talking about say! Dr. Strange and Captain America are whitewashed POCs! Naoto and Chihiro are definitely trans! Shinji Ikari is white! Ymir and Marco Bodt are black! Everyone in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is trans! The Last of Us is misogynistic! Zoe Washburne and Ellen Ripley are tools of the patriarchy to shame femininity! The Far Cry 4 cover is racist and homophobic! Inu x Boku is anti-miscegenation propaganda! Whatever bullshit Nangbaby is saying!)
These people make up the majority of said SJW and they're less dangerous in comparison, but they're also way more common and obnoxious than the above so I don't blame people for getting annoyed. However on occasion some people are stupid enough to listen to them and give them some legitimacy, in which case sane social justice people can just try to counter it on a case-to-case basis. And sadly none of the stuff I just mentioned here is made up.
I think using these two terms helps because bigots no longer have the excuse of using the "social justice" part of SJW to attack people who are engaging in social justice advocacy without the hateful elements, and likewise the people being called these terms no longer can conveniently hide behind the "social justice" part of SJW as an excuse for their shitty behavior.
>>90418 >>90419 Goddamn, dude. You're fucking obsessed with this bullshit. You should go out for a few drinks with friends some time and remind yourself that the internet and the people on it are just piddly fucking bullshit to fart your time away with.
>>90430 I agree, especially considering the long and sordid history around the world of white-on-white and nonwhite-on-nonwhite racism (the latter of which my family went through), which these people tend to ignore, deny, or try to blame whitey for instead of the assholes who actually committed it. Not to mention what is and isn't PoC is mega arbitrary and usually boils down to whatever is more convenient for the argument self-righteous people want to bullshit through. Internet social justice as a whole needs to be less goddamn Americentric.
>>90432 Now if they could just do that for Inuyasha. Do people even enjoy that show unironically anymore?
>Stream now includes commercial breaks for the card game >Card of the day segment that is literally "check out this awesome card the character just used, coming to a store near you!" I enjoy how commercial they can make it when they skip TV and go straight to YouTube. Yu-Gi-Oh should get in on this.
>>90470 Firo kicked Motoyasu in the nuts so hard she sent him flying 30 feet in the air, impressed Naofumi now wants to race the nut crushed Motoyasu despite not wanting to before, I posted it mainly for smug ass Firo face.
>>90499 This is wonderful. I love the artstyle. I ususally have an issue with those background tracing programmes on sale but this looks okay. Is this a webcomic? Where could one keep up with this apart from that blog?
Also, should this really be on /jam/ given its not japanese?
Is The Pilot's Love Song worth watching? I watched the first two episodes and it doesn't seem like a bad series, but there's nothing I find interesting. So far it seems like Attack on Clouds, what with all the schooling and isolation. But no Titan counterpart, far more human-relationship centric.
>>90644 >>90645 Your ships are all wrong, Tsukimi X Kuranosuke and Shū X Shōko (which is also double great because it's her redemption and his freedom from past traumas through being forced to address them.)
>>90648 I don't think that whole thing is in the manga (the anime definitely had some original content), not sure though since I skipped what was covered by the anime (and then promptly forgot about it long enough for 30 chapters to stack up).
>people on Tumblr complaining about the new Magical Boys anime because it's men intruding on a safe space for women and appropriating their struggles for men's self-glorification Come on, do you fuckers realize just how fucking sexist and misogynist you sound? "White people eating tacos and marrying outside their race is cultural appropriation" was bad enough, are we going to move into actively maintaining gender norms in the name of "gender appropriation" now?
>>90696 > >Especially funny since the show is obvious fujoshi bait like Free, its target audience is women, not men. > >Especially funny since one of the earliest magical girl manga/anime was Cutey Honey, targeted at boys. Your points are kind of irrelevant, and also kind of wrong--Cutey Honey had many of the tropes that we now recognize as being associated with the transforming magical girl warrior genre, but it was a science fiction superhero show that *inspired* those sorts of shows, not an entry itself.
I think the "gender appropriation" thing is overstated, but the fact of the matter is that the Magical Girl genre has always been about little girls becoming young women (this is most obvious with the Transforming magical girls, of course, but it's even true with the old school Cute Witch / Magical Idol genres that spawned them), and about traits and symbols traditionally seen as feminine becoming symbols of strength rather than symbols of fragility. This has been true even when it's aimed at boys like it was with Nanoha. A "magical boys" show is not so much a commentary on gender norms as it is just a standard superhero or sentai show with more fanciful trappings.
I don't think there's any reason to be up in arms about it. But yes, I think it's fair to say that an appropriation of something intended to give strength to a group of people who traditionally feel weak and putting it in the hands of a group of people who have always been taught to think of themselves as strong. The target audience is irrelevant to the what message it's sending, and the fact that it's fap-bait doesn't change the fact that it's doing it. There's no reason to be offended by it or to campaign against it, but that's a thing that is happening.
>>90698 >traits and symbols traditionally seen as feminine becoming symbols of strength rather than symbols of fragility.
You want to be careful about jumping to that conclusion because that's only true from a Westerner-centric viewpoint, and it's an attitude I've seen native Japanese feminists get extremely annoyed by. To them the female empowerment themes of the magical girl genre are overtaken by the continued reinforcement of traditionally "feminine" iconography that limits women's gender expression to this day. Characters like Makoto from Sailor Moon who are insecure in their femininity are an example of that struggle.
>>90698 It's like a more comical Billy Elliot. I don't see why that would be stepping on feminists' toes. If anything, as long as it's not a minstrel show then all but the most rabid misandrists should be embracing that kind of thing as a two-pronged assault on gender barriers, not treating it as yet another attempt by men to actively rub it in the face of women like the crazies are convinced it is.
>>90698 Earth Defense episode two revealed the "magic" was super science, like Cutey Honey. In fiction, super science is basically magic; Cutey Honey is as much "magical warrior girl" as it is "sci fi superhero", seeing as how it helped start and popularize many of the tropes associated with it.
I don't think sex education is itself the issue (although if Kodomo no Kodomo is any indication that's pretty sorry too), I think it's mostly about what they learn about gender relationships culturally, a cultural pressure to succeed in every way, and a collectivist culture with a strong face-consciousness which makes public humiliation unbearable.
Why the hell is there so much watchable shit this season? Is this seriously Winter? I'm watching Jojo, Aldnoah, Rolling Girls, Log Horizon, Maria, Death Parade, and Parasyte. I might start watching Yatterman soon, and... well Yurikuma MIGHT turn out good but I'm holding off until it's over and I can be assured that Ikuhara has made something watchable this time. I refuse to eat shit like I did with Penguindrum.
Now granted those are not all on the same level of quality and I'm watching them for different reasons but I can't remember the last time I picked up this much.
I've never watched any Tatsunoko stuff but Yatterman Night is great. Gonna punish those shitty Yattermen!
Earth Defense is still my favorite new thing this season though, even if objectively Death Parade and Yatterman are better. So is Rolling Girls, but that could turn to shit next episode since the prologue is over now.
>Kakukaku Shikajika 28 You know it's coming from the very start, you just don't know when and how, and FUCK it's worse than I thought it would be, like, I'm crying irl. And you know she's not going to go, because if she did go this series probably wouldn't exist.
Also this is the Kuragehime lady's autobiography manga if you don't know. It covers a lot of stuff, college lethargy, industry troubles, but it's mainly been about her relationship with her art tutor, who apparently walked right out of Great Teacher Onizuka and inhabited our reality.
Not everyone pirates animu, and not everyone can afford a shitload of animu. Toonami is a way for people to enjoy animu without having to blow hundreds of dollars on DVDs/BDs/digital video or commit acts of copyright infringement.
>>90783 >Crunchyroll and Funi are 10 bucks a month each. Thats still a bit of an investment for quite a bit of people, especially since its its considered Entertainment - the last rung people budget their income for.
>A TV has no purpose beside consoles and being a 2nd monitor. and... and sports...
>>90698 Kind of late, but you have to understand that compared to the West, Japan actually has a long history of training women (especially noblewomen) in the arts of combat and self-defense, to the point that one of a housewife's expected duties was to protect the home during warfare. It's more socially acceptable in Japanese culture for women to be warriors than to be outright "masculine", so the magical girl genre isn't anywhere near as subversive within Japan as the West likes to think it is.
It's similar to how Japan has historically had better representation of LGBT characters compared to the West, but that doesn't extend to its rather mixed acceptance of LGBT people in real life, so I cringe whenever I see people on Tumblr claiming Kill La Kill is so progressive for portraying a queer couple because A. getting ahead of yourself for declaring them a canon couple B. it's not actually progressive by Japanese standards unless they stay together for life without ever getting married to men and having kids C. there's a whole genre of this kind of thing called yuri. Ever heard of that? Equating your KLK OTP with what Korra did is borderline offensive to the LGBT community.
It's fine to look to Japanese series for applicability (especially when Western media isn't giving you diddly squat I don't blame you), but going so far as to actually evaluate them under Western value systems is misguided at best and risks running roughshot over native activism at worst.
>>90822 >>90821 No. GL/Shoujo-ai is often used synonymously with yuri, but they are both terms that exist in Japan. Enough so that the term "yuri" is a frequent source of both verbal and visual puns, such as having "lilies" present in a scene with two women bonding (since "yuri" means lily), or all the recent slate of shows playing on the word yuri to imply that it's going to have girl-on-girl action.
In the past I've heard it suggested that shoujo-ai is non-explicit and yuri is explicit, but I don't think that's the case anymore. I rarely see the word shoujo-ai used at all these days.
As to the yuri-genre, contrary to what >>90820 suggested, most of the yuri I've read outside of hentai tends to imply permanent relationships for the participants. That doesn't mean life-long homosexuality has become acceptable in Japan (it's still very much a country that lives by the idea that "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down,") but yuri manga at least seems to be unambiguously love stories a lot of the time.
Discotek Media makes my nostalgia boner ROCK HARD.
They re-released the Fatal Fury OVAs and movie (first time in anamorphic widescreen), Project A-Ko, Golden Boy, Samurai Pizza Cats (and the show it was based on!), several Lupin movies, Tekkaman Blade II, and Jin-Roh. Now they have Yoroiden Samurai Troopers on the way AS WELL AS new DVD (and Blu-ray!) releases of the Street Fighter II anime film and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust lined up for sometime this year.
Times like this make me wish the old "crack is cheaper than anime" adage wasn't still true (and that I had the money to afford all those nostalgiabombs).
Points of interest: >movies were a failure >AoT reruns failed >adult swim wasn't in charge of dropping Star Wars or Batman >budget wasn't cut >DeMarco doesn't like to disappoint fans >toonami is NOT on deathwatch >toonami will never be entirely anime >toonami is planned week by week >toonami is making money >Intruder II will change EVERYTHING and hit in Fall this year >DeMarco likes simulcasts >DBZ and Bleach sells really well >old reruns are dandy, but premiers are better >if you want toonami to live, watch it >NEW SHOWS COMING >DeMarco is still trying to get any Gundam
AoT reruns failed - gee big shock there; the show was barely worth a watch the first time around. Toonami is making money - good to hear. Toonami is NOT on deathwatch - honestly, I'm glad it's cut back on time now; it means no more endless reruns of shows that've aired for years (which means the possibility of being able to afford more new shows in the future)
This guy I'm following on Pixiv started releasing videos on Youtube, though I can't understand what's being said in them since all the dialog is in captions that are baked into the video, and I can't read Japanese. //youtube.com/watch?v=wSbSUTG7bDM
>>90977 Eh, standard grimdark outcome. It had good production values, but poor writing and story; essentially a Quentin Tarantino tribute where some people wear Power Ranger outfits and name drop. (Although Tarantino films have far better story/writing.)
Hell, the opening scene has them firing regular sub-machine guns. (Dunno what type, closest approximation I could think of was FN P90.) They couldn't even bother doing weapons that were either the original blasters they all had, or themed off of their individual weapons.
Pacific Rim was a far better "mature" Power Rangers than this.
>>90995 The dub is Netflix exclusive. And if I can recall correctly, it wasn't simulcast so there were no horriblesubs for it.
Knights of Sidonia was thoroughly 2nd best anime of its season. 1st was 'Ping Pong the animation'. It is an interesting scifi romp with mechs, aliens and a bunch of high technology. Its the best mecha I've seen in awhile and I highly recommend it.
>>91005 It's not that it's slow, it's just generally kind of bad characterwise, especially shitty, bland harem boy MC, whose only particularly interesting quality is hanging around an actual, unironically used example of a moe kaiju.
I think the only reason I continue watching Code: Breaker is to see just how stupid Sakura can be. I don't know if they intentionally write her to be oblivious or it's just poor writing on the series' part.
>>91033 Consulting ONE doesn't mean anything, it's not like story is the sticking point here. It's like Berserk, Bride Story, or any manga with detailed art: the anime is going to be vastly inferior visually. Vomiting color is not a substitute for that detail downgrade.
>>91035 That's like saying manga sucks because it doesn't have sound.
Berserk and Onepunch Man (I don't know anything about Bride Story) are famous not just for detailed art but for overall visual storytelling--their ability to use the medium to convey events in an impactful manner. And different mediums have different tools for doing that.
The manga certainly set a high bar that not many can live up to, but nothing makes an anime adaptation inherently bad or even inferior in that regard.