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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Kill la Kill Discussion

Just watched ep 2. So the plot thickens as Senketsu was made by Ryuko's father. Looks like every time Ryuko beats a Goku-uniform-user a red thread goes into Senketsu. Possibly Senketsu is getting stronger, and there might be some dark secret to how the Goku uniforms are made.

Lol those authoritarian themes and stark class distinctions. Lol the vanity of clothing/uniform being the distinguishing factor of each class.

Someone commented on the episode that this series basically takes several anime tropes and blows them up to the extreme. Like bishonen, magical girl, revenge plots, huge shonen battle sequences etc. I agree, but the humor that results from this exaggeration is pretty shallow as a result... but maybe that's the point xD. I can tell Kill la Kill is going to be a fun rollercoaster ride, maybe like some of those R-rated Hollywood comedies/action flick B-movies? (sorry I don't know my film genres but maybe like something by Tarantino??) But at the same time this worries me.

Hmm.. i wonder if I watched FLCL now, if it I would be just as amazing as I was back when I first watched it.. maybe I'm getting too old for this. Lol Or maybe I'm just tired xD

EDIT: It just occurred to me after reading some earlier comments saying how the Kamui are alive. Perhaps this is some crazy metaphor for how our clothing is made from natural materials, some even killing live animals to make (animal furs, leather etc). That we should respect our clothing more and treat it like a living thing, that is separate from our bodies.

And THEN perhaps that is all just a crazy metaphor for how clothing can utterly transform a person's outward identity. The right clothes give a person "strength" or confidence that the person might otherwise not have. Like a kind of persona attached to the clothing. And then when Ryuko cuts up her enemy's clothes, it's really liberating them from the trappings of that fake persona! HAH! Then it would be hilarious if by the end of the series Ryuko destroys her own kamui, or goes on a rampage trying to destroy all the goku uniforms, since they can be so restrictive! And Ryuko even has to sacrifice blood for her clothes to "work". Kind of reminds me of women wearing high heels.. THE PAIN, oh god.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Nagi no Asakura Discussion

Just watched episode 1: Reminded me immediately of Tsuritama because of the ocean theme, bright art style, and use of myths! By myth I mean how all humans once lived in the sea, and then came onto land. Which is true from an evolutionary perspective, how we were all descended from single cell organisms, and long ago the earth was almost entirely covered in water.

The love triangle/square (if you count Chisaki as having feelings for Hikari) was pretty funny. The racism/social-class bullying was interesting, but I can see it being used superficially to advance the plot or deepen character relationships. Like how in this episode Manaka gets embarrassed and is bullied by classmates because she is from the ocean, which is a trigger for her running off and getting found by Tsumugu, which ends up making their relationship a little more intimate and causing Hikari to be jealous.

Unlike Tsuritama, this anime has a lot more room to deepen the story, characters and world (26 episodes), so I'm looking forward to how things turn out. Since this anime is being done by P.A. Works, which also did Hanasaku Iroha (which was also 26eps), perhaps we will get some deeper emotional punches in episodes to come. Right now it seems like we're dipping into the shallow end of the pool so to speak. xD

P.S. Also is it just me or do all the characters from the ocean have blue eyes?

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Pupa Discussion

munch munch...

Hmm now that I get a look at the art style, it kind of looks like a /d/ visual novel or hentai manga that got turned into an anime. Uhh.. maybe like School Days meets This isn't a Zombie meets Yosuga no Sora??? Except with darker themes? I'm still pretty excited to see how much this pushes the boundaries, if it does at all.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Kill la Kill Discussion

That was very refreshing after not watching anime for a few days. Animation was killer, and everything is over the top in a tongue-in-cheek way. Funny how the student council is the powerhouse, and the actual adult principal and teachers are powerless to what's going on. Come to think of it the whole "powerless/joke principal/teachers" is a fairly common trope. Well, all the teachers are powerless except perhaps the homeroom teacher who kicked Ryoko down that trap door and set her up with that power suit.

The anti-anarchy themes are cute. Haha, I guess Mako's little brother has good reason for ditching school if the student council is that bad. What a terrific institution for learning! Interested to see how Satsuki's character gets developed and the story behind the scissor. I'm kind of taking the whole power suit thing to be "typical anime", but the fact that Ryoko's suit demanded blood is interesting... and there was that little red thread that went into the suit after defeating the boxer, so maybe something cool and amazing will happen with that which goes beyond "typical anime"? o.O I'm pretty excited regardless!

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Attack on Titan Discussion

That miner story does suggest something similar to my original theory: That maybe the walls are a huge ruse to control the population, fit with class distinctions and such. That the Titans are some sort of other group of humans that broke off from those who wanted to set up the walls, and had disagreements about what to do with Titan power. In any case the miner story just further obscures the origins of the walls.

On another note I laughed when Annie was found out and she went "crazy anime girl". I find myself again wishing that the story was "deeper", but can't complain and I guess I'll see...

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » WATAMOTE Discussion

@takashichea: Alright if you really want to. I might end up adding to or editing the summaries that you do, because I'm enjoying this series so much, but do go ahead. :)

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » WATAMOTE Discussion

@takashichea: Ah cool! Don't worry I'm just taking my time with this series. I will let you know if I need any help.

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Bug Reporting » Search Bar is broken

yeah I had same problem with Murasaki Sansei two days ago. It works now after I added some text to the main body. Before I just added the character's gender and it works. Oh well, just another glitch we have to get used to I guess?

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Attack on Titan Discussion

Let me guess... the female Titan is somebody's mom? I'm indifferent about spoilers, it just changes the experience, but not necessarily in a better or worse way.

On the bright side, I really loved the animation this episode. There were minor lip sync issues with the dudes talking while riding horses, but overall really excellent work with the action and female Titan running etc.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Attack on Titan Discussion

I'm hoping that female titan can get something rolling the next episode. Everything is in place, all the main characters have finally joined the Survey Corps, everyone is on their horses ready to mosey, and there is possibly something fishy with Commander Irvin's motives.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Attack on Titan Discussion

So I just watched episode 14. That was pretty great. I like the new OP and ED. I think the ending definitely fits A LOT better with the tone of the show than the 1st ED. I wonder how much of their animation budget they spent on the OP this time xD, haha not that I'm complaining.

Oh boy just when I thought "Attack on Court Drama", Levi comes in and treats Eren like shit. So THIS is what military trials are like! *rolls eyes* Also, I can't tell if Levi just did that as part of the plan, or if he actually enjoyed it. In any case, I'm finding the Survey Corps dudes much more interesting/problematic as characters than any of the other soldiers we've been introduced to so far. It's hard to say whether any of them actually respect Eren, or they're just using him for his abilities. Kind of like real life... most people don't care about your feelings, just what you can do for them.

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Delete/Combine Pages » Duplicate Wiki Article Thread

@AURON570 said:

Keep: Nanba Mutta

Delete: Mutta Hibito

I accidentally screwed us his name..

Is this thread even checked regularly? I posted this a year ago and it is still not fixed. Not a big deal, but I'm just curious.

Edited by Takashichea

Deleted before I got here.

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The Eccentric Family » Summer 2013 Trailer: Uchoten Kazoku

Art style reminds me of Tsuritama. Looks really pretty.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Attack on Titan Discussion

Incoming recap episode. Just in case the plot wasn't already crystal clear for you.

So basically 3 things happened in episode 13: 1. They sealed the wall, which we all saw coming. 2. We learned that Titans cough up human furballs. 3. Eren joins the Survey Corps.

Lol this anime is turning into a Hollywood action movie. I guess that's partly why it appeals to so many people.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Aku no Hana Series Discussion

My heart was breaking while watching episode 10. Someone on Crunchyroll's discussion thread commented that it's almost like Saeki and Nakamura are the stereotypical angel and devil on Kasuga's shoulders. Pushing and pulling him in either direction. But the difference is that Saeki and Nakamura are complex, living, breathing human beings.

I feel like this episode might have been titled "Confessions", since we get some insight into what the three characters are thinking. Kasuga doesn't really understand the literature he reads and he doesn't know what kind of person he should be. Saeki wants to be worthy of being Kasuga's girlfriend. And Nakamura... well she just wants another sicko to keep her company. But even with these confessions, it is still a long way before any of these characters really sort out their problems (if ever).

I liked how at the end of this episode the roles were reversed and it's Nakamura who is running away this time. I could see how some people might dismiss this as "oh a typical love triangle". And I agree, it is for the most part. But I think it's each characters' psychological nuance (their thought process, their attitude toward others, about the town, how they live etc.) that really makes this love triangle an emotional ride. Not to mention that two of them are effectively criminals.

I look forward to a possible interrogation scene and how the adult characters react to the truth. They could be caring and comforting.. or they could be harsh and angry. What adults say and do to children has a big effect on them, so that will be interesting to see.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Attack on Titan Discussion

@rubberluffy: So you didn't read the manga first and you started by watching the live-action movies? Well maybe that was the problem, the live action movies were shit. I can't imagine how badly that must've soiled your experience of the story.

And yeah I did read your post -.-, I agree ep 10 was pretty drawn out. I'm still excited to watch the story unfold. The animation and sound continues to be strong and the story has enough threads being weaved around to keep it interesting.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Attack on Titan Discussion

@rubberluffy: I'm hoping that's because you already read the manga for Death Note, otherwise you would be missing out by not watching Death Note in its entirety.

Episode 9 and 10 was nice. I'm glad they're introducing some new characters from the Survey Corps, good contrast with the trainees we've gotten used to seeing so far. Hmm yeah that whole negotiation scene in 10 did feel really long. It felt kind of arbitrary when Eren was like "Armin.. I'll let you decide", but I think it paid off with Armin's speech... It almost made me cry, good job on the voice actress for that part. I'm glad they included the bit with Eren, his father and the key, gives us something to wonder about. What secrets could his father possibly have hidden?

I had a flashback of Deadman Wonderland when Eren bit his finger and used his blood to create that skeleton/Titan. Both anime deal with similar themes I suppose.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Aku no Hana Series Discussion

@sickVisionz: "Not how teens actually work." I think you're generalizing unfairly here or maybe imposing a sort of "American teenager" stereotype. At this point it sounds like you're upset by Kasuga's actions because they don't fit with your idea of reality and the anime otherwise you think is very realistic. Just because some kids behave in certain ways doesn't mean every other teen would behave or think in the same way.

It's okay to be upset with how Kasuga is acting. You think I condone everything Kasuga did? No. Do I think that Kasuga could have acted differently and set himself on a healthier path? Yes. But as I have already tried to explain, there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for Kasuga's behaviour AND his thought process. Kasuga is conflicted between trying to take the moral high road, settling his emotions. Whether or not those emotions are sexual or platonic. And also if there is anyone he can trust and talk to.

I don't think either of us can claim to be experts on child psychology, and even experts have different opinions on matters. So unless you want to provide a better explanation for Kasuga's behavior, OR criticize my explanation, OR give a suggestion on how you think Kasuga should act (because you think that Kasuga is not acting realistically) without pointing to examples from your childhood and generalizing them to Kasuga, I'm fine with agreeing to disagree at this point. In the end I'm just happy there are other people who love this anime enough to post their thoughts about it openly.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Aku no Hana Series Discussion

@sickVisionz: So did you read the rest of my post? Do you at least partly see where Kasuga might be coming from and why he might be feeling guilty and conflicted about what he has done? I can see how those points you made might be considered positives to someone else, but to Kasuga they are extremely ambiguous for the reasons I tried to explain. I know it was a mouthful, but I think that says more about how complex Kasuga's character can be. On the surface we can dismiss his behavior as "oh he's whining over nothing and being immature", OR we can take some time to actually TRY and understand his character and ask "well, what is making him behave this way? how is he thinking about things? What traps in his thought is he setting for himself?"

Also, I'm curious, was there anything in particular in episode 9 that triggered this reaction? Did Kasuga do something extremely unreasonable? Sounds pretty serious if you were watching mid way, had to pause and post something in this thread.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Aku no Hana Series Discussion

@sickVisionz: NOTE: I have not watched episode 9 yet, but this is my best interpretation of Kasuga's situation.

I don't see how getting away with vandalism and stealing is something to be proud or relieved of. This isn't some American high school movie. Maybe keep in mind that in the manga, the characters are supposed to be in primary school. I don't remember the exact age, but 8-12 maybe.

Kasuga is just trying to come to terms with his identity. On the one hand he wants to be "normal" and fit in with others, but on the other hand he thinks he is both better and worse than the rest of the people in this small town. He thinks he's better because he can read literature and everyone else is fake, but he's worse than everyone because he is basically a criminal who hasn't atoned for his sins. It's the struggle between trying to live up to an idealized image of himself and coming to terms with the sins he has committed.

The problem is that because Kasuga thinks he can't trust anyone with the truth, he continues to internalize his sins and feel bad about it all. The only person Kasuga can effectively trust at this point is Nakamura. Due to Kasuga's isolation he can't succeed to be "normal" with others because he feels that no one will understand him. No one will understand him because, Kasuga thinks, "if no one can understand and read literature like Baudelaire, how can I expect them to understand the truth about who I really am and the sins I committed?"

Okay, now you might be asking, "wait, why doesn't Kasuga just keep it a secret? surely people in real life have done crazy shit and not told anyone, why can't Kasuga do this?" And that's the million dollar question. Kasuga doesn't seem to understand what it means to have "normal" relationships with others. Namely that in order to have a meaningful relationship with another person you don't need to tell them everything and they don't have to understand you completely. Unless Kasuga realizes this, it's all downhill from this point as he continues to dig himself into a hole.

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Okay about Saeki supposedly wanting to have sex with him and Nakamura's twisted advances. Again, I think Kasuga is struggling between trying to take the high road and facing his sins and his sexual emotions. For example in an earlier episode Kasuga clearly fantasized about Saeki-san but quickly chastised himself for thinking dirty thoughts saying, "no, Saeki is an angel, Saeki deserves a purer person than I." Clearly Kasuga is imposing some sort of "moral ideal" and he wants to become a better person. BUT since this moral ideal is probably informed by the literature that he reads, Kasuga can't count on anyone understanding it or the struggle that he is going through. Which again results in his further isolation from others, and Kasuga not bothering to build relationships with others. (Except Nakamura, who seems intent on exploiting Kasuga's situation)

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About Nakamura, I have never considered her a romantic interest. I have been under the impression that she is only interested in exploiting and manipulating Kasuga. Even if an actual romantic interest has developed between them, it is only because of the sins that Kasuga has committed. Which again, Kasuga would have trouble accepting because of his desire to be a normal person.

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