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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Terror in Resonance Discussion

Ep5 thoughts: Damnn the pay-off of the explosion and the reveal of white-haired lady "Five" was brilliant! I really enjoyed the smoke effects. The first half of the ep progressed fairly typically as we get an update on Lisa's status 'living with' Nine and Twelve as she recovers from a fever. Then the Shpinx's reveal yet another riddle for Shibazaki and the police to solve. It is solved, but things don't go according to plan as a new player joins the fray!

It would have been pretty boring if they just continued the back and forth like in previous episodes, so I'm interesting to see what this new lady has to offer. The theme of eating comes up again xD, but here it's how Nine and Twelve don't remember what food tasted like back in their training camp. It's just how memories and habits work, if you have the same food experience repeatedly, the brain learns to use less and less resources to attend to the taste of the food, until basically the brain doesn't pay attention to the taste of the food at all. So by having a variety of good/bad food experiences, it's like another way of helping remember different things that have happened in the context of eating.

ANYWAYS, I feel a little weird about Lisa. She's kind of a typical naive, cute, damsel in distress. It was interesting how they brought up how she doesn't feel like she 'has a place where she belongs' in society, maybe Nine and Twelve feel the same way, and that is a part of their motives?

But from this episode Nine and Twelve made it really clear that they do NOT want to kill people. But then what is their true aim? To terrorize people? Five (the white-haired new lady) was definitely cutting it close if she intended Nine and Twelve to disarm the bomb themselves. But I guess Nine and Twelve got a little taste of their own medicine, since they made the police run around in previous episodes.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Barakamon Discussion

Ep4 thoughts: This series is almost the perfect summer comedy/slice of life! It reminds me of Squid Girl actually. You have moments when you are annoyed at Squid Girl, or in this case the young girls Haru, Miwa and Tama, for doing silly things, making mistakes or being troublesome. For example for looking through Sensei's stuff, or doing potentially dangerous stunts at the beach. But by the end of the episode, everything wraps up with a nice group hug and everyone has bonded a little more.

The sea cucumber scene felt uncomfortable. Partly because of animal abuse, partly because it's a phallic reference. So seeing Miwa and Naru make the sea cucumber squirt felt strange.. especially since they had already talked about how Sensei doesn't have a girlfriend and how Naru really likes Sensei. Then there was Tama/Miwa wondering whether Sensei has a girlfriend or is gay. Not sure what to make of all that, but in the end the anime somehow still manages to feel fairly light-hearted, and all the teasing feels mostly good-natured. =/ The humor definitely has some 'bite' in a that sense.

I think also the main-character is very relatable for anyone who has worked really hard on something and gotten really invested into a hobby or studying or working. At times you start to believe that everyone should invest the same amount of seriousness, time and effort into your chosen hobby/subject, and start to lose sight of the 'simple' things in life, like the importance of social connection, or taking time to relax away from your typical work/study environment.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Terror in Resonance Discussion

Ep4. It can feel frustrating just watching the cops playing into the boys' plans every time, and have them play the typical police game. While Shibazaki, our star detective, is the only one who is willing to get down and dirty with the boys... That came out wrong. But I suppose this is a case where 'it takes a crazy person to understand a crazy person' situation. Shibazaki is the only one willing to 'play their game', while everyone else just goes about doing typical police stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if the boys eventually take advantage of this and manipulate Shibazaki into actually setting off a bomb or something. When Shibazaki was entering passwords I was like "You don't know what entering the correct password could do! IT COULD BE A TRAP! You could be entering the password to set off the bomb you IDIOT! FFFF--"

The end result though is that the score remains about even. The boys hacked and leaked the investigation information onto Twitter. But the police might have had a lead on the guy on the motorcycle? (I'm not sure it all went by pretty fast). Anyways I think it's pretty exciting that stuff like Twitter and Youtube have begun to be shown in media. Here it's being used to showcase leaking of information. Which is meta because we as viewers are also watching this anime through similar online video players, and in a way the story information and plot is 'leaked' to us through these public channels on a timely basis xD. BRILLIANT!

*cough* Interestingly, of the anime I'm watching right now, this anime feels the least "anime" =\. Something about the subdued city aesthetic or the police operations reminds me of more western films or series (like Flashpoint or something?) or other live-action police series/action films? I think there are some Chinese and Japanese live actions that follow a police detective. Lastly, the motorcycle scene reminded me of the tunnel scene from Perks of Being a Wallflower (great movie btw o3o).

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Ao Haru Ride Discussion

Just watched ep4+5: We have a two episode 'summer camp' type arc as the 5 class reps/event reps from each class do some quality bonding! This anime has an interesting balance between comedy, silent moments and cute moments. It reminds me a lot of Kimi ni Todoke, except this anime is more to-the-point (partly because of the shorter runtime), so there is less spinning around in circles. With Kimi ni Todoke, you can spend the entire 30+ episodes yelling at the screen telling Sawako and Kazehaya to GO OUT ALREADY DAMMIT. But with Blue Spring Ride, the relationship between Futaba and Mabuchi is more complicated. It's not clear if Futaba is still searching for the old Kou, and whether Mabuchi's new half-baked/disinterested personality changes things. So I find myself not sure whether to root for them or not.

With Kimi ni Todoke, it ended up feeling like everything revolved around Sawako and Kazehaya. For now, Blue Spring Ride is doing a good enough job of keeping the side characters interesting. You have Maoru who likes a teacher. Yuuri who acts cute/vulnerable, but has a more 'evil' side? (the muffin). In a way, the 5 of the main characters kind of start off as 'loners'. But they are slowly opening up to each other and creating new memories with each other. Like the eventful trek through the forest and watching the sunset together. That was a nice wrap up to the pseudo-summer camp events xD.

On the whole these 2 eps did a good job of exploring the 'chemistry' between the characters, not just Futaba and Mabuchi, but all5 of the 'main' characters. It's not clear exactly who is a 'good' person or who would be a 'good friend' with who (just like in REAL life! xD). For example even though Futaba and Yuuri seem to be getting along really well> They threw in that curve ball with Yuuri liking Mabuchi, and there is that 'evil' side of Yuuri. Or with blonde hair guy, he seems friendly and energetic with everyone, but there was enough tension in the forest to make us think twice about him. Also Maoru.. she seems very cold, but has a soft spot for Tanaka-sensei, who knows what'll happen with that? *shrug*

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Tokyo Ghoul Discussion

@LHWKnight: Haha, Funimation has a record of censoring things to crap. I remember watching Deadman Wonderland a while back, and for some scenes literally almost the whole screen was black. I hope Tokyo Ghouls does get butchered that bad though. I like how they used inverted colors for some of the more climactic scenes, it looks like those get past censorship. But it would be too much if they used inverted colors for EVERY bloody scene, xD. So we'll see.

I too was also a little surprised that Kaneki was able to save Nishiki from those 3 other ghouls!

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Tokyo Ghoul Discussion

Ep5 was pretty cool. I like how they paced it. Just when I was getting tired/annoyed of Tsukimiya's theatrics, we learn about Nishiki's past with Miki. How he and his sister were either abandoned or runaways and had to survive on their own. Unfortunately Nishi's sister eventually died due to being reported by her ex-boyfriend. =( Then we had some ACTION with the reveal of how a ghouls' powers are proportional to how they have been feeding. Food=fuel, truer words have never been said! Always important to keep a healthy diet, exercise, sleep and such. 8D I remember I used to not eat breakfast throughout highschool and got little sleep, so my energy and enthusiasm levels were VERY low. I guess my attitude could have used some adjusting too.. but that's neither here nor there. >.>

About Tsukimiya, I'm sure the sniffing of the bloody handkerchief is supposed to look like sniffing a girl's panties. Reminding us of the whole 'pervert' social issue in Japan and how some girls actually sell their used panties... I'm not sure what to think of whether this sort of stuff should be allowed, if it is ethical, or if it is similar to prostitution, or even if prostitution should be legalized, and I'm not interested in discussing it at length over the internet.

But it's interesting to think about how Tsukimiya holds himself to a different ethical slate than Kaneki or Touka. I think it goes back to how one wants to consume their food. You have Tsukimiya who is VERY picky and 'upper-class', ensuring that his meals take place in very classical places, like the arena in ep4 or the church in ep5. Then you have the 'middle-class' which I guess includes Touka and Kaneki, who just eat to survive, while also trying to get along with humans. (I guess they also drink more coffee? LOL could this be a comment on how people drink too much coffee these days? I'm not a coffee-drinker myself, but I do know people who insist they HAVE to drink at least 1 coffee a day...) And then there are gorge eaters like Rize who eat ALOT, or those who just don't care much about getting along with humans and will eat whoever, who arguably represent the 'lower-class'.

I wonder if/when we'll see more of those ghoul detective 'doves', like that hunched over white hair guy? Also all this eating and half-rate orchestral music reminded me of Attack on Titan. xD

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Persona 4: The Golden Animation Discussion

Ep4: Haha interesting use of the Quiz show to talk about Marie's memories. It's fun because as you play the game, you are also playing with the characters, making new memories, going through the story and everything. And the exams and tests during school also fit with this quiz-like/recalling your memories idea. Fun to consider how complex memory is, and how important it is to our personality and how we function, learn and develop day to day.

I like the little void quest intro with Yu on the motorcycle. Haha, imagine breezing through the dungeons on a motorcycle in the game. The opening theme is really growing on me, the animation is slick and the song is great. Shihoko Hirata has a really unique english voice. "Next chance to find out where you belong", eh? >.> The song is upbeat and hopeful, but still manages to feel down to earth?

I find Teddy's japanese voice more annoying than english. Well.. maybe in general I just find Teddy to be an annoying character. He's like.. the group's clown. Also I was really startled seeing and hearing Ayane, since I'm so used to her english voice.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Sailor Moon Crystal Discussion

Ep3: Didn't really enjoy this episode that much. What did they do to Rei's hair? It's supposed to be black, not whatever faded purple they gave her! Usagi's voice actor is coming off as really annoying. Again my reference point is the English dub, and I remember the English VA being much more down-to-Earth, friendly and amicable. This Japanese VA just sounds hyper-active and exaggerated with all the kawai klutz stereotypes. Also I still have weird feelings about the face and body proportions.

Well anyways in terms of story, Queen Beryl has more henchmen, and the "Crystal" is revealed as a possible weapon of mass destruction if it falls into the wrong hands. It's not clear exactly what Jadite's power is (ice manipulation and teleporting of some sort?), the previous guy could make homunculi out of clay, and also some sort of brainwashing powers (with the tutoring CD in ep2 and the jewelry in ep1). It's also not clear how the Sailors' powers differ from Queen Beryl and her henchmens' powers. Perhaps they are from similar sources, but what is different is what they use their powers for... just like in real life. Hooray for fiction allowing us to invent various supernatural powers to then give us a slightly different perspective on our own human powers and their capabilities/limitations!

Maybe I'm just really tired. I'll go take a nap.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Tokyo Ghoul Discussion

Ep4 was fun. Oh, someone who is interested in reading AND the same author that I like, when has this happened before? I guess it was another excuse to put Kaneki in a tough situation and further flesh out his capabilities as a half-ghoul. The caricature of high-class auctioneering/showmanship was typical, but well done. Mamoru Miyano relishing his crazy side yet again as Tsukimiya-san (sp?).

Otherwise they planted the idea that Rize's death might not have been an accident. So maybe Rize was being tracked and whoever was tracking her saw Kaneki and decided to play along and use Kaneki as bait, waiting for the right opportunity to kill Rize? Then the question is who would want to kill Rize and make it look like an accident, another ghoul? One of those ghoul-hunter-doves? They mention that Rize was a bit of a trouble-maker, since she was a voracious eater, so I guess it could have been anyone.

Funny how Kaneki struggled to keep up with training at the beginning, but then when his back was into a corner in the arena, he channels his inner Rize and throws a shoryuken!

I guess it would be kind of sweet revenge for Tsukimiya-san to eat Kaneki, who is partly Rize, since Rize made fun of his elegant dining preferences. In the end, it's the same with humans. How much do you care, and how much can you afford to buy the more expensive food, OR invest in the luxury/prestige of eating at a certain place, or with certain people, or eating rare foods etc. It's all part of the aesthetic experience that we invest ourselves into, thinking that it has some sort of meaning or value beyond just eating to survive or 'being an animal'. What you eat, where you eat, who you eat with, what you dress while you eat, how you behave while you eat... We saw a few example of this in the episode, the coffee shop, the bar, at school, and the luxury arena.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Terror in Resonance Discussion

Ep3: Haha watching anime on my desktop (as opposed to laptop) is so much better! There are some sounds like the bass in the ED that you only hear with a subwoofer xD. Otherwise I'm enjoying the variety of music in this series, and how it is edited to go with the action. I'm happy that they went a little further with the Oedipus myth and connected it to Japanese myth. I was not ready for that, so a lot of the Japanese side of things went over my head.

Not much going on with Lisa, just another reminder that she exists... with her Mom, and she is an accomplice. But we did learn more about detective Shibuzaki. So he dislikes summer because at the town he grew up in everyone stayed in because it was too hot? Which meant he missed his grandma? I feel like that could have been explained a bit better. And like most troubled detectives he pursued a case a little too far. Unfortunate.

I liked how Shibuzaki live streamed the solution to the riddle, sending a message to Nine and Twelve, successfully disarming the bomb. So I guess the score is 2-1 for the kids (since they stole the bomb and took out a building). We'll see how Nine and Twelve respond. Do they actually have the nuclear bomb and plan on using it? We got a little glimpse at the facility that Nine and Twelve were raised at. A mysterious white-haired kid that reminds me of the kids from Akira. And Nine getting shaken up over leaving the white-haired kid behind. I'm sure they have interesting arguments for becoming terrorists..

Anyways, it looks like all the plot seeds have been firmly planted by this point. Now to see how it all unfolds!

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Persona 4: The Golden Animation Discussion

Ep3 was nice. The opening poetry continues to be fun. I like how they set up Marie asking each of the cast what it means to face yourself, first showing each of the characters being surprised by the question. Then only after they leave the house to see the fireworks, does Dojima accidentally turn on the camera, and we get to see their full answers. Nice that they decided to have Marie silent and the question asked via text. Firstly it would have been too repetitive to ask and record Marie saying the question over and over again to different characters. Second it mirrors how the player would ask a question to characters when playing the game. In a way, Marie briefly took over the role of the player as she went around to each character, silently pressed X to ask them a question and waited for them to reply. xD

On the whole, ep3 basically showed that Marie is not so different from the others. She is trying to find where she belongs and what it means to hang out and have fun with friends, friends who accept each other for who they are. I wonder if Marie will ever recover her 'old' memories, or if she will just press forward making new memories with the new friends she has!

I guess I'm happy they're not just retelling the story with the kidnapping plot, personas, the TV world and everything, instead taking this opportunity to focus on Marie, while also staying true to the social lessons of Persona4. But I kind of hope eventually they leave the P4 universe behind. You can only retell the same stories and morals for so long before it starts getting stale. But eh, maybe that's just a more personal insecurity than any problem with the anime or P4 universe itself.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Barakamon Discussion

Episode 1 thoughts: That was quite cute and heartwarming. Usually I'm not a fan of small 'troublemaker' kid types, but they managed to keep the trouble making light. Quite the idyllic little island town we have going here, the whole town coming to help Seishu move in. The calligraphy scene and the punch scene right at the beginning was very well animated. Also enjoyed Naru's rolling out the house.

Cool that they juxtaposed those two scenes right at the beginning, because first you see this calligrapher letting out his emotions onto the canvas, then you show him being criticized by this old man in a suit saying he is 'too textbook'. Then we find out at the end that the calligraphy scene was AFTER the entire village helped him settle in. And we see the result, and having seen Seishu's earlier 'textbook' calligraphy, it is fairly easy to tell that this final character is very messy! (He even got the walls a little dirty!)

I enjoyed the difference in accent/dialect (not sure) with the first villager. Something that doesn't translate well with subtitles unfortunately xD. Really cute overall. Not much going on yet, it established the whole 'uptight city life' vs. 'relaxed simple rural life'. The interesting part of this series is how Seishu's calligraphy will develop with his stay on the island and as he interacts with the other villagers, what can the 'simple rural island life' teach him?

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Terror in Resonance Discussion

Ep2: So Lisa's mom has abandonment problems. It's still not completely clear if the boys are the masterminds, or just carrying out a plan, but it does seem like they are very independent, capable and comfortable working with each other. The explaining of Oedipus' story felt bland, probably because I've studied it so much xD, but I still feel like they could have done something more interesting with how it was told. The twist of the riddle wasn't that inventive either, but I guess it says something about the intended audience of this show. I don't know whether Oedipus is taught as widely in Eastern countries as it is in Western countries.

So stereotypical fat officers in Japan know all about ramen, while stereotypical fat officers in America know all about donuts? Mmm ramen.. Lisa's appearances in this episode only really served to remind us of her status as an 'accomplice' but not a friend, and how she is a loner and doesn't have any friends. She ends up feeling secondary, and a bystander to the whole plot, especially contrasted with the hectic police investigation. Maybe in future episodes Lisa will assert her agency and do something more significant to change the flow of the plot?

The explanation for melting the building's columns was nice. Reminds me of how flares work underwater. Haha maybe someone who is more scientifically knowledgable would find these explanations tedious, like how I found the explaining of Oedipus tedious xD oh well.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Tokyo Ghoul Discussion

Aside from those CCG agents scouring division 20 for ghouls, ep3 was a slower paced ep. We are introduced to 2 new characters, a mother daughter duo, who will be staying at the shop with them. Kaneki and Toka do some bonding. And we get some light social commentary with the whole 'mask'/hiding your true self stuff.

For now CCG looks like a typical narrow-minded police organization ("kill all teh ghouls!!"). It occurred to me though, if the CCG is only responsible for Tokyo, then why don't the ghouls just move out of Tokyo? Maybe everywhere else is similar. It was nice that they showed poorer, more run down divisions of Tokyo, to contrast the life that Kaneki is fortunate to have in the more 'clean' areas of Tokyo. Also the CCG agents use briefcases as weapons? Well.. that's nice.

It was funny that Kaneki both walked in on the little girl eating flesh, and also saw her reading a work by his favorite author. When has this happened before? xD (with Rize) So even though Rize did not make an appearance in this episode, (maybe because Kaneki is getting used to having Rize's flesh inside him?) Rize's presence was still felt in this episode. There was that hint by the mask maker that Kaneki is the 'type' that older women might go after. But at the end of the episode we also see Kaneki fitting in to the 'older brother' role as well.

I'm enjoying Toka's character, she shows herself to be mature and capable. Also she is straight with Kaneki without falling into the insufferable bipolar-apologetic tsundere stereotype.

Hearing about the little girl not going to school reminded me that Kaneki is supposedly still going to school, right? So I wonder how he is adapting to school life and hiding the fact that he is a ghoul. I also wonder how people become ghouls (aside from Kaneki's case of being implanted with ghoul parts). Genetic mutation is a possibility, but I guess we'll see. Also have to remind myself that they're not zombies, but 'ghouls' xD

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Persona 4: The Golden Animation Discussion

Haha and the lesson of Ep2 is don't try to do too much at once, and there is no 'easy' way of making friends or girlfriends. I really enjoyed the opening Velvet Room scene with Marie's poetry. Kana Hanazawa is doing a pretty great job voicing Marie.

It looks like the series is focusing on Marie and her involvement with the rest of the cast. This episode is also hilarious because, in the game, you would NOT be allowed to double book social links. Basically you only get to do one activity during the day, then one activity in the evening. In this episode Yu tried to S.link with nearly 7 characters! (Yukiko, Chie, Ebihara, Marie, Kanji and Yosuke). In the game there are some special group events that allow you to s.link with multiple characters, but those are few and far between.

This was a very bright and energetic episode, a lot more slice of life than the first episode. We didn't even hear anything about the murders or the TV world, or Kuma. It'll be interesting to see how future episodes deal with the TV world. You know.. I don't even remember if the first episode established the whole kidnapping plot, with finding the dead body and Saki-sepai... =o But I do remember only Yu got his persona power.

Haha maybe it's better to think of this like a New Game+, where the player only really cares about s.linking and is just plowing through the dungeons. That's a really interesting storytelling decision, because without the TV world and kidnapping plot, Persona becomes all about s.linking and telling stories with the characters.

The clothing outfits for Chie and Ebihara was fun, nice to see them out of their typical game clothes... hehe green and red...

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Ao Haru Ride Discussion

Ep2 hit me right in the feelings! It feels like we have a new beginning now that Futaba has a better understanding of her personality, and what she wants out of friendship. I'm enjoying the little chibi moments, they're placed pretty evenly throughout each episode. Also I really like how the first minute showed another scene from Futaba and Kou's middle school years playing together. Haha, the smell of shampoo and sweat, eh? If only smellovision took off. xD

So now that Futaba is friends with Makita, we were also introduced to two other characters, a blonde haired boy and a long-black haired girl who wants to forget everything about her classmates =(. Nobody really wants to be alone, the importance of trust and emotional connection, woo! The small epilogue between Futaba, Asami and Chie felt a little too sentimental, but the whole point was to arrive at some life lesson. Futaba will hopefully now be more authentic with herself, and because of that hopefully make more authentic connections with others.

It will be interesting if we ever get any insight into what happened to Kou during those years between middle school and high school that caused his personality to change into the way it is now. I mean there was that moment when Tanaka-sensei smiled ear to ear after hearing that Futaba went to middle school with Kou, maybe he knows something? Kou's interactions with Futaba seem pretty natural. It's just the right amount of detached, but also caring without falling into typical tsundere tropes. For example the hug scene felt really natural and almost improvised. "I just did what I felt" xD.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Sh┼Źnen Hollywood Discussion

Episode 2 thoughts - July 19, 2014

Way to give in to bribery man! This is turning out more interesting than I thought it would. After first half of the ep was spent in the theater learning more about the theater's past, hinting about the President's past, cleaning and practicing fake attendant lines... The second half we get a more introspective perspective with the main character.

All the talk about being fake and being original was critical in this ep! On the one hand this idol group is sort of a replacement/fake/replica of the previous Shonen Hollywood. Maybe the President was previously an idol in the Shonen Hollywood group, and he wants to recreate his success with a new group. By subjecting a group of young guys to the same/similar experiences he had as an idol? I guess most teachers have similar sentiments, they want their students to succeed, so they try and teach others what they know. But then some teachers are unfairly biased to their own discipline, since that is what they studied..

The manager came across as quite obnoxious. He also seems to have a fairly selective memory, or maybe he's just faking having bad memory to get out of saying too much. Says he's been around for roughly 18 years, that would make him what 40 years old? Yeah okay... Also his character perpetuates the 'flamboyant performance instructor' stereotype, ugh. Anyways they did a great job of making the rehearsing and repeating of lines feel extra fake and 'put on'. I wonder if the main character will eventually get brainwashed into becoming an idol, and what reasons he will grab onto for doing so.

Maybe the other guys in the group are having similar doubts about being an idol, but they just do a better job of hiding it? I mean, we only get to hear the main character's doubts in his introspective soliloqus. The pained expression on main character's face at the end after hiding his sneakers from his friends was well done. At this point it does not seem like being an idol is for him... but we'll have to see.

Episode 3 thoughts - July 26, 2014

This episode was the most nostalgic episode so far as we get the first real glimpse at the former Shonen Hollywood. You can't be an idol forever, huh? You also can't live forever. =\ This anime has a way of being lightly melancholic.

I was not a fan of the light owl abuse in this episode. Does the owl serve any story purpose other than looking unimpressed and cute? I found it ironic that one of the guys tried to make the owl say 'shonen hollywood' like the owl is a parrot. When they, as idols, are basically parrots, how they rehearse lines and gestures all for the purpose of bringing hope/joy/entertainment to others. Then when the owl at the end finally says "hoo", it's anti-climactic because you wonder, well even after they rehearse all these lines and put on this play, what does it matter? Or you could look at the "hoo" more optimistically and say "well okay, if the owl practices more he can say holly, and then work his way to saying shonen hollywood", but the same question still pops up, the "what next?" question, and "why bother?" I guess in this sense Shonen Hollywood is oddly existential, as takes a slightly more sobering look at what it means to be an idol.

Anyways, it was nice that we got to learn about another character, this time the blonde Tommy. I found it unsettling that the former Shonen Hollywood member that Tommy is replacing, and who also inspired him in the first place to become an idol was named Tommy. Why would you want to be a carbon copy of someone else? I guess this is a comment on how various idols and idol groups are so similar, and the idol industry is a kind of industrial churning out of certain types of people, who often become sex symbols and role models. You start to wonder whether the guys are just wasting their time trying to be idols, or if they could be doing something more 'productive'. For example in this episode they had that scene where Kakeru tells his parents that he will be performing in a play. Then his dad goes "you want to be an actor? Haha, well you can do anything while you're a kid!" In some sense, Kakeru is still just 'going with the flow' of things, since he treats being an idol like having another job.

I also found it unsettling that former Tommy referred to the manager as "God" at the end. Like the manager is playing with these young men's lives, trying to make them into idols, or making them have certain shared experiences. To what end? Iduno. The manager is still a mystery, I guess, while the flamboyant stage manager still has the depth of a toothpick.

The OP and ED are growing on me. It's weird because they are both VERY upbeat, while the story itself is more downbeat. I guess it's the difference between practice and rehearsal. With the OP and ED we see the final result, the perfectly rehearsed performance. While during the story, we see the little life problems and issues they deal with, or see them practicing lines in the bath... For example, when the guy was trying to teach the owl, his voice was just grating! I was about to skip ahead, but thankfully it didn't last long. xD

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Sailor Moon Crystal Discussion

"This CD will definitely let you become a doctor!" 10 minutes later.. "make up, make me a Doctor!"

I am still not completely used to how skinny and tall the girls are. And were the skirts for the sailor transformation always that short? Maybe I'm imagining things, but I just can't shake the feeling that the characters just don't feel right.. the eyes, mouth, the body proportions just seem a little off.

Also grades aren't everything, lead a balanced lifestyle with good friends, yup yup. Like in ep1 when Queen Beryl took advantage of women's desire for fancy jewelry, in this episode Queen Beryl takes advantage of teenagers' desire for good grades. Haha, it occurred to me that these might be comments on real world jewelry scams or tutoring/plagiarism scams. I've heard the sayings "if it's too good to be true, it probably is," and similarly for food "if it tastes good, it is probably unhealthy for you". Of course those are just guidelines, but the underlying lesson is basically "don't cheat, because in the end you're only cheating yourself or will get taken advantage of, which will put you in a bad situation, effectively cheating yourself into that situation".

It was interesting that even before Ami was brainwashed by the special CD, she still had a one track mind of "I'm only good at studying, I will study to be a Doctor like my mom." But then when she went to the arcade with Usagi, she actually had fun, but reinforced herself saying "I'm only good at studying". I guess sometimes it takes a little shaking up to realize how stuck one really is.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Terror in Resonance Discussion

Another cinematic summer anime. I would expect no less from the director of Cowboy Bebob and the music of Yoko Kanno! A smile like the sun and eyes cold as ice, huh? I'm a sucker for snow environments, so that opening was really awesome! But what exactly did those guys steal, a nuclear bomb? And how, if at all, are they related to the two boys Touji and Arata?

I couldn't help thinking that the stuffed animal's mouth looked like balls.. So uhh.. 9/11 anyone? I feel sorry for Lisa, choose between death and being a terrorist.. isn't that some form of coercion? I wonder what a legal case would determine if a trial were held right after the events of episode 1. We don't know much about the backstory of the two boys, except it sounds like they were trained in some special facility along with other children to become 'terrorists', but not everyone survived training. Since they refer to each other as Nine and Twelve in private, there would be atleast 10 other kids like them, or were.

The question at this point is what does 'being an accomplice' entail, and how far will Lisa have to go with these two in their affairs. Will we see them return to 'daily life', or will martial law start taking effect, and paranoia start sinking in? It sounds like the boys could have Lisa on permanent black mail, and a short leash if they really wanted to.

The other weird question is, why is Lisa's mom continually texting her? Maybe she is being 'bullied' by her mom. Which could entail anything from nagging to actual physical abuse. Interesting that they decided not to translate the text messages from her mom.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Tokyo Ghoul Discussion

By the end of ep1 I was doing the Brook laugh, because it was so hype! It has a very cinematic feel to it. The dream sequence when Kaneki is having surgery reminded me of Evangelion, the naked Rei being similar to the naked Rize. The anime also reminds me of Psycho-Pass, Elfen Lied, Deadman Wonderland and Pupa, except taken to the next level? Some of the scenes and shots were so fantastic! The beginning scene between Rize and the enforcer(?) did a great job of setting up the threat of the ghouls, and giving us a taste of the action to come, before transitioning to a more familiar cafe/slice of life setting.

So will Kaneki end up eating his childhood friend Hide? That was my first thought once they showed him repeatedly trying to contact Kaneki and mentioning how they were friends since they were little. Also I noticed that the ED is the same as the Psycho-Pass OP1, which was really hype!

It was interesting to have Kana Hanazawa in a femme fatale role, here playing Rize. I didn't know she could pull off that smoldering, mature, bdsm voice... yum. I guess it helped that the animation was great, bringing the facial expressions to life. She also played the lead female in Psycho-Pass, but had a very different personality there as well, it seems like she is maturing/moving away from those cutesy bungler characters she started her career with (for example Kobato), which is nice.

So it sounds like the ghouls have worked out some sort of 'territory-feeding' management system, which is loosely governed by some sort of division head? I say loosely because the second ghoul was about to kill Touka without any consequence just because he was 'trespassing'. I suppose it's a dog eat dog world. I wonder if they have some sort of policy where they only feed on criminals or something, so that they don't disrupt society too much.

As much as I was excited for Kana Hanazawa's Rize, they killed her off in the first ep! I hope she does get more lines.. but I don't know how that will turn out without being terribly cheesy. But I have confidence that this anime can pull something off with style.

Also "what are the chances that this girl I like is reading the EXACT same book I'm currently reading!? IT MUST BE LOVE, not a trap". Oh well, Kaneki was definitely naive enough to believe it, which is what they were going for. The mess he made in the kitchen trying to eat regular food was a nice parallel to the mess of bodies we saw in the beginning scene.

I wonder if they will go down the 'fear of terrorists' route (for lack of better term). How you can't tell the difference between a human and a ghoul, which can lead to paranoia if the ghouls get out of control, and people start suspecting each other of being ghouls, which could escalate.. It's like if zombies were smart, had free will and looked, talked, smelled and acted just like humans, except BAM they want to EAT YOU! Well that might be fun..

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