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

Ep 1 was hype! I really enjoyed the sakura blossoms at the beginning. That stealth hand shake with Morooka was brilliant... Izanagi's entrance has never been so hype! Chie actually getting licked by a Hablerie, as opposed to just getting hit with the tongue in the video game, that was cool.

Only thing that felt odd was how they introduced Marie after the credits ended. It felt like they really wanted to separate her from the rest of the cast and action.

For me I watched the P4 Endurance Run on Giantbomb back in the day. Then I watched some of a P3FES playthrough on youtube before finally playing P3FES myself. Then I watched the P4A when it came out two years ago. And only a few months ago did I finally download and play P4 (ps2 version) for myself. So I have a lot of respect for this series, and how the story, characters and gameplay is structured!

However, since I don't have a Vita and haven't played P4G, everything about Marie is completely new to me. I'm interested to see how they implement her with the rest of the story... because if the 1st ep is any indication it doesn't look like it will mesh very well. Reminds me of Elizabeth from P3, she was a really interesting character, but it was just another side social link, which didn't have too much bearing on the main action. We'll see how Marie impacts the rest of the story in P4GA.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Glasslip Discussion

Interesting that they decided to start the series with an already established group of friends in their final year of high school. It makes weird transfer student's entrance even more pronounced! They had a lot of face close ups in this episode. I couldn't help making the connection between the glass balls, eyes and the sparkling fireworks.

It occurred to me that trains and train stations are very prominent in a lot of Japanese anime. I suppose it is the preferred method of transportation in Japan, and their train network spans the whole country? Or something. I wouldn't know, I live in a suburb in Canada and we drive everywhere and public transit (buses, subway) is mediocre. And I guess not just in anime, but any other media, train stations are often featured as places where goodbyes happen, or transitions occur. Characters moving from one place to another, moving from one point of life to the next.

We know very little about weird transfer student. What his first 2 years of high school were like, if he stays in touch with his old friends, why he had to transfer etc. Why is he checking out Touko?! Why did he find it necessary to comment on the chickens? Does he feel like he is a chicken, cooped up in this little town? Or was that his way of flirting with Touko? >=/

So far the characters seem to be: energetic girl, smart girl, shy quite glasses girl, energetic boy, mature boy+older sister, weird transfer student boy.

I'm not sure how the glass manufacturing or the fireworks are going to come together.. or the chickens for that matter. I remember that Hanasaku Iroha ended with fireworks, a festival and Ohana (lead female) boarding a train to return to Tokyo. While this anime begins with fireworks, a festival and weird transfer student arriving at small town. I wonder how far this anime will go. It sounds like they are beginning their final year, and this anime will span their final year, possibly ending with the characters trying to come up with some idea of what they want to do after highschool, the main character probably considering glassware.

I don't get the feeling that this will turn into a romance. There's too many characters for that, and like most slice of life it has an emphasis on friendship. Lol maybe the whole point of the chickens is a metaphor for the group of friends running around doing stuff.

I feel like PA Works is getting lazy with character designs, while they focus more on the scenery. Oh well. Hearing nano.Ripe doing the ED just makes me want to rewatch Hanasaku Iroha.. almost.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Ao Haru Ride Discussion

I'm excited for this anime! Kind of reminds me of Wandering Son (for its use of water color), My Little Monster (for its close group of friends, and half-tsundere male and female leads), and also Kimi ni Todoke (for its little cute/chibi charm). Also kind of reminds me of One Week Friends from the previous season. Maybe like Fushimiya from One Week Friends Futaba will re-think what it means to have friends, and along the way make new friends, while rethinking her personality and attitude toward others (including Mabuchi and other boys and girls).

So it looks like both the female lead (Futaba) and male lead (Mabuchi) both changed themselves after going into high school. Futaba is trying to be like Chie from Persona 4, xD. The results were rather cute. <3

It was cool that they included those scenes where Futaba's 'friends' criticize her for not being "feminine" enough. Then in the climactic school shop scene, when Futaba buys all those buns, and is stopped by the lady thinking that Futaba is stealing.. When her friends arrive on the scene, they right away accuse her of stealing!

At this point it is being made pretty clear that both Futaba and Mabuchi's personalities are somewhat fabricated. In a way they are both coping with what happened between them 3 years ago. Mabuchi is trying to be cold to deal with Futaba saying she hates all boys. And Futaba is trying to be cheery and Chie-like in order to get over being stood up. But since it's a romance, we all know that it was a misunderstanding, and that these two are meant for each other, and we will probably spend the rest of season seeing them spin in circles rooting for them to 'go out already'.

The eyes were really cute. They did a lot with Futaba's eyes, not just when they are huge and round, but the chibi/cute eyes had a lot of variety too! Which is really interesting because Mabuchi, on the other hand, covers his eyes when he gets embarrassed! While Futaba just blushes.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Shōnen Hollywood Discussion

I'm interested. It reminds me of UtaPri, but it feels more 'down-to-earth', while also still feeling light. The distinguishing features of each character seem a lot more relatable than the characters in UtaPri. You have the main character who is kind of like a blank-slate, going along through school, they did a good job laying that out in the first few minutes. It might seem like a lot introducing all the male characters at once, but I see potential to explore them more. A former child star, a guy with pride.. that's pretty much all I remember. It'll be interesting to see how they identify each character, they don't have the benefit of extremely bright hair like UtaPri did, and Shonen Hollywood isn't using any chibi antics.

So I'm preparing for some interesting character development. I like that they showed the rehearsal. If it feels embarrassing, it will look embarrassing to others. The whole idea of 'practice makes perfect' and how you have to fake it first before you embody it, is relevant to all performance arts, and more generally how we present ourselves in public. Also, I liked the scene on the train where the girls give them giggly glances. I wonder how the main character's awareness of how he is perceived by others changes as the series progresses (if at all).

Now excuse me while I practice my interpretive dance moves *starts flailing arms and posing*.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Aldnoah.Zero Discussion

Gundam Seed and Gargantia? "Oh you're on the fence about this whole Mars vs. Earth thing? BAM cute girl dead, do you care now? Of course you do! Keep watching to find out what happens next."

Thanks.. And of course civilians suffer thanks to the screw ups and decisions of people in power. Iduno, it seems pretty cookie cutter so far. I slightly high hopes for this since it's from Gen Urobochi (Psycho-Pass, Madoka), but I'm starting to think his only good story was Psycho-Pass, but even with Psycho-Pass near the end, like with Madoka, it's like he was feeling himself too hard with the story, going on long pseudo-philosophic rants.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Sailor Moon Crystal Discussion

I enjoyed the solar system opening, showing all the planets (alluding to all the different Sailor girls yet to be introduced, then zeroing in on the Moon and Earth). Had a nice Space Brothers vibe to it!

I'm glad they kept some of the clumsy school girl charm, but I still think the art feels a little angular and the girls are too skinny..

Haha, I can't watch these types of hero shows without Samurai Flamenco in the back of my head. I find myself questioning what exactly is being portrayed as "good" or "evil", and how characters are being represented etc. Some people say Sailor Moon is feminist since it shows girls taking care of themselves and fighting evil (among other reasons), even the OP had a line saying "we don't need men to protect us". But I'm not sure it's so simple.

For example, grades and jewellry. Usagi gets bad grades, but she stopped some evil homunculus from siphoning power off women, so that makes her good right? The homunculus took advantage of women's desire for fancy jewelry in the first place. But wasn't able to snag Usagi because of her poor grades and Usagi feeling guilty about getting bad grades and thus not rewarding herself. *eek* capitalism!

At the same time we have the media portrayal of "Sailor V" in the news and video games. I guess part of the reason this genre is so popular is seeing those heroes turn out to be ordinary humans.. ahh the power of slice of life. Then it's a matter of finding a balance between comedy, action and serious time.

Anyways... I enjoyed Luna, she feels cuter somehow. Also, since I watched the english dub of Sailor Moon as a child, I kind of miss the "meatball head" joke. It went well with her clumsiness, but I'm not sure if japanese has a good equivalent. The transformation sequence and the boomerang was alright, but it's not the same as the original! (no duh). Haha, for those interested, here is the english dub of Sailor Moon for comparison, feels more whimsical to me, also watch for the meatball head joke at around 9:40:

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Boku no Pico » How did Boku No Pico became famous?

YOOOOOO I thought this video was the only reason Boku became famous..

There was also a parody of this video for Homestuck... which led me to get into Homestuck for a bit.. but dropped it after a few weeks of bingeing on it a few years back.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Space Dandy Discussion

It's like... Redline x Cowboy Bebob x Lupin III x some crazy retro mech anime. Lol I duno how to feel about that, but this is definitely on my radar.

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