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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Terror in Resonance Discussion

Ep9 basically had 2 parts, which I guess explains why the episode felt so short. First we were with Shibazaki and detective friend visiting one of the men behind the Athena experiment. So it's not like they were being trained to be killers or super soldiers (like in Halo or similar), but the experimenters were interested in replicating the enhanced intelligence of savants. But as we all know.. intelligence is not a simple matter.. similarly for rationality/creativity etc.

perspective of Eiffel Tower
perspective of Eiffel Tower

Then the second half focused on Nine going to save Lisa while Twelve goes to retrieve the plutonium bomb before its too late. I really liked the neon ferris wheel, especially the perspective from the bottom looking up at all the crossed beams of the ferris wheel, reminds me of pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the inside (seeing things from a different perspective, you know all that good stuff..):

I was almost convinced that they were going to kill Lisa for plot motivation and roll my eyes while they did so. But they didn't! And looks like Five is having to relive some trauamtic thoughts in the process. I guess partly she feels like she was left behind by Nine and Twelve.. and just wants someone to love her again.. instead of just using her for her talents and such. And so maybe she feels a little jealous toward Nine and Lisa, but that conflicts with her desire for 'revenge' on them for leaving her.

So it will be curious if Shibazaki's investigation finally reaches the conclusion that Nine, Twelve and Five are the surviving children from the Athena experiment, and how that will affect the plot. It definitely looked like his detective partner was feeling really sorry for the children who died, but it is much harder to read what Shibazaki might be feeling about the children being used in the experiment.

I'm not a fan of darker scenes, because it can be hard to see stuff, and sometimes I can see my reflection on my screen. But I feel like this series does enough with the lighting and angles to keep things visually interesting, while maintaining a consistent and unique tone(?something like that?) For example during the interview with the old man. I really like the way they animated the old man wipe his face, or how the tea spilled over, or how they cut in the visuals explaining the savants and the experiment in the white facility.

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

quick Ep9 thought: Naoto's voice actress is growing on me more and more >.>. They seem to have went out of their way to put Naoto in compromising/cute situations, where she can show off her more vulnerable side. They did this also in the Christmas dinner episode... I still can't get the image of Yu getting kicked under the table by all the girls, and the lead up to Naoto meeting at Yu's house, seeing the chaos.

Ep10 thoughts: It's about that time when Persona brings out the crazy supernatural stuff! The truth about Marie being a spy wasn't that shocking to me, since Altus always does something like this in all it's games. I like what they did with the ending, using the Velvet Room music+background, making it look like a game over. It's like going into the final final optional boss unprepared and then getting whomped. Compared to the previous episodes which focused on the wintery-slice of life, comedy stuffs, ep10 gets more serious as we delve back into the shadow world! It's like spending several weeks of in-game time doing S.linking/social events, then being hurled back into a new dungeon unprepared! I mean they don't even have their ultimate personas xD! So it was an interesting change of pace.

We still don't know what that comb is all about.. I'm also starting to feel that the whole "tomodachi/nakama" friend thing is getting a little overdone in anime. It's like it has lost it's meaning, and it keeps getting used as a quick feels trigger. E.g. "why are you trying so hard?" "because your OUR FRIEND" "WHAT? *clutches heart*". Like we get it.. they're friends and good friends care about each other.. moving on..

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Ao Haru Ride Discussion

Just watched eps 8+9: The story is sort of turning into a typical romance. So we have 2 love triangles (1. blonde-hair dude, Murao and Tanaka-sensei; 2. Futaba, Yuri and Mabuchi). It was interesting to get to see a more detached side of Mabuchi, how he hangs out with "friends-only-in-name" and doesn't like to get attached.

I don't think they explained yet why Mabuchi didn't show up for his date with Futaba on that Christmas eve, they just showed Mabuchi apologizing to Futaba. But whatever happened, I guess Mabuchi has since then tried to teach himself to not get attached, not care (about school about others), so he won't feel hurt when something bad happens to the thing he gets attached to. But at the same time Mabuchi has shown that he has a decent set of morals, and cares about his friends, like how he protected Futaba when she followed him into a more dangerous part of town. The scene on the hillside evening was nice.

I can't help feeling some of the story is being melodramatic. There was less of the cutesy/moe animations in these last 2 episodes, as the story delved deeper into into its love triangles and sentimental moments between characters. So it feels like the series has lost some of its charm, but it's still fairly pleasant to watch even though the love triangle development can feel a little typical.

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

Really liked ep8. Was really curious to see how the anime would play on the Christmas date thing with multiple girls. That was brilliantly written and executed! Some of the best comedy in the series! But what happened to Marie? It was like how in the game Teddie disappears for a bit, but then returns after everyone worries about him and Teddie realizes that he is really close friends with them, and he belongs just as much as everyone else. I wonder if the same thing will happen with Marie. Looks like next ep will be the ski trip, I'm a fan of winter scenes, so I'm looking forward to that too.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Tokyo Ghoul Discussion

Ep8 thoughts: The flashback of Amon and Mado was really shallow and typical. Amon is the typical newbie officer, who doesn't immediately approve of Mado's eccentricities. But then Mado turns out to be right about the ghoul and saves him, then says the typical "you are nice and young, but you lack experience, you'll be a good detective I can tell" stuff. And then Amon is all like "Mado! You're my hero! Let me kiss your feet!" In the end you're supposed to feel sorry for everyone that died because everyone has a family.. So by dying/being killed it causes suffering for the family who are still alive. Then this fuels the revenge motivations for various characters.

The bird and all this talk of family was all part of set up to introduce the character of Touka's brother. Who also first appears in a flashback, explaining why Touka doesn't like birds (because it reminds him of that time she and her brother also took care of an injured bird). In a way Touka, Hinami and Kaneki at the coffee shop are a new family now. While it looks like Touka's brother has found his own family and is on a mission to kill all the doves.

Lol it just occurred to me.. doves.. birds.. Killing doves.. two birds with one stone. I forget the explanation they gave for the 'dove' nickname for the ghoul inspectors. But this episode did show twice scenes of taking care of injured birds, and Kaneki was basically 'taken under the wing' of Touka and the others in the Ward 20 coffee shop and nursed back to proper health. I guess then this sets up the tension between 2 possible solutions to the human-ghoul conflict: 1. Those who want to cooperate and treat each other as family and live harmoniously human and ghoul vs. 2. Those who seek war and to abolish the aggressors on the other side. But as we all know.. in war people die.. and since everyone has families.. the families of the dead always suffer.

You know.. what are the doves' role anyways? Protect humans from dangerous ghouls? Because from the looks of it Mado just wanted to kill all ghouls, not just the dangerous ones and had no interest in achieving harmony. Maybe his family got killed by ghouls.. hence typical revenge motivation.. smh

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Sailor Moon Crystal Discussion

I think I'm finally getting used to the show's aesthetic, I'm not really bothered by how skinny all the characters are, even the males actually, anymore. The show has it's own way of being both cute and dramatic. Luna continues to be my favorite character, her character design and expressions come across as very.. life-like? She's also voiced by same actress who did Oka from Mysterious Girlfriend X!

So they're trying to find the princess and protect her while also finding the special crystal and protecting that too? From what I vaguely remember, Usagi ends up being the princess, and in the end, after all the sailor guardians assemble they together protect each other, claim the crystal and defeat Queen Beryl in a climactic scene with Usagi in a white dress and they all hold the fancy scepter bursting with energy and blast Queen Beryl away in a huge explosion of white light energy...

Also not really related to Sailor Moon, but I'm finally starting to view videos full screen (as opposed to viewing it default size in the player in the browser). I used to think it was always better to preserve the resolution, but lately I've been catching myself leaning in a bit to view videos and I think this might be hurting my eyes in the long run. And since video and sub quality on legal streaming sites Crunchyroll, Hulu or Funimation is really good, I'm finally watching stuff fullscreen without fussing over the resolution. And it's great so far! I feel a bit more relaxed watching fullscreen, and easier to absorb the action and story. Or maybe I'm just in a good mood, who knows? o3o"

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Tokyo Ghoul Discussion

Ep7 thoughts: Yeah power slurp those noodles Amon! Ramen hype! I thought that scene in the ramen shop was a really effective way to contrast the two detectives Mado (evil-white haired dude) and Amon (black-haired dude shown doing pullups at the end of the episode *fans self*). And finally Kaneki gets his ghoul mask.

Otherwise everything else was pretty typical, for example the action scenes, repeating the whole ideal of ghouls and humans trying to co-exist, but how on both the ghoul side and 'human' side there are families that are ruined by ghoul's killing humans OR vice versa doves killing ghouls.

So the term "pound the pavement" came up in this episode, as well as in ep6 of P4GA, so I looked it up and learned that it actually means "to walk around looking for things like clues/a job etc." I guess it's interesting how specifically the work a detective involves research and analysis of information gathered both from confidential documents, and from hands-on walking around gathering clues and asking for info from people or sources. In a way Detectives aren't too different from Journalists.. And there are 'good' and 'bad' journalists/detectives who care about what is ethically right/wrong or publishing accurate info etc. Or corrupt journalists/police/detectives who will do/say anything. Then you have crazy detectives like Mado... who.. got problems? I'm interested to hear how he came to be who he is now... but I have a feeling his backstory is going to end up very shallow, haha xD.

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

Ep6 was hype, the most interesting episode so far! Very cool how they decided to tell Adachi's story, going all the way back to Spring before Yu arrived, showing Adachi moving to Inaba from the big city, Dojima welcoming Adachi into his home, but Adachi disliking him anyway because Dojima is a 'traditional' detective. This is all familiar stuff for those who have played the games, but it's still nice to see it fully animated and presented in a new package. For example, I really like the scene where Adachi walks in the rain after shoving Ms. Yamano into the TV, and also how he throws out ALL the food that Yu made him, showing just how alone Adachi really is, and how unwilling he is to open up to others or face his own demons.

It also showed how social linking is not ALWAYS the best idea with certain people. You still have to pick and choose who to trust and do stuff for. In this case Yu was selflessly helping Adachi alot, even though Adachi didn't appreciate it or do anything in return.

Ep6 was a really nice change of pace. After we have seen all the main school characters and friends introduced (Chie, Yukiko, Kanji, Rise, Naoto etc.) and doing a bunch of social bonding with Marie and Yu, it was different to see things from Adachi's perspective. How over the course of several months (since April) up until October/November, while Yu and his friends have been creating lasting memories, Adachi has NOT come to terms with his life in Inaba, is as alone as ever, and his behavior has taken a destructive turn throwing people into the TV.

I'm interested to see what they decide to show with the remaining 6 episodes, since Adachi is the final boss for the normal ending in the game. Perhaps some winter social linking? I don't know how Marie's arc concludes in the game, so they'll probably continue that also. I'm continually blown away by Kana Hanazawa's performance as Marie! Even though in this episode, she only had the opening lines, I fell like Hanazawa-san has really matured as a voice actress and is able to express a wide variety of tones and emotions (sorry I don't know technical vocal terms xD).

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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 (posted Aug 14, 2014)

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.

Ep6,7 thoughts (Aug 29, 2014)

That was nice we got to learn more about Handa-sensei's calligraphy style through his two visitors. It sounds like his friend Kawafuji is a sort of 'art dealer' who specializes in showcasing and selling Japanese calligraphy works, and two of the calligraphers he works with are Handa and Kanzaki. It was cool that they briefly brought up the whole "why do you create art" discussion, questioning what motivates Handa and Kanzaki. It sounds like they were both very 'textbook' artists, and only now is Handa starting to re-discover his own personal voice, his own style. And Kanzaki was just upset that his role model, who he has been mimicking, has changed.

Overall the episodes did a pretty great job of working with its ensemble cast. On the one hand you have the "rural" characters, which includes Hiro, Miwa, Naru and Hina. Then you have the "city" character: Handa, Kawafuji, Kanzaki. And some of the humor is had from showing one group fumbling with something, or overreacting while the other group laughs lightheartedly. For example, the fishing scene was fairly comical because we got to see the city-folk characters fumbling with fishing and arguing with each other about calligraphy.

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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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