They did a great job with Wakana and her mother's story in episode 6. Can't wait to see more. :)
Just watched ep3. Hah, so you can hide your player level. That would be interesting in an actual game, making it closer to REAL LIFE. o.O"
Getting wiped by a trap mob... true story. Also not sure if crunchyroll made a typo spelling "Reindeer" in the episode title. Unless it's some sort of pun on snow being like frozen rain.
It was an okay episode, but so far the only thing this series really has going for it is the whole game-real life dynamic, and related fate/free will discussions. For example, what kind of person Kirito is in real life versus who he is in the game, or how the game forces him to play in certain ways and/or interact with people differently than in "real" life. But even then, the series hasn't done too much with that yet.
@Daniel_Newton: Yeah that's what I've been doing to get around the second bug, but thought I'd mention it anyway so it's out there.
Okay FINALLY I figured out how to access the proper gallery for episode images. Thanks. Now time to do some repair work.
edit: alright, I'm just going to remove all images from the wiki galleries then try attaching them again.
So I uploaded some screenshots, and then attached them to the episode page like I normally do, but it looks like some images were added 2 or 3 times.
I already tried fixing it by removing the copies manually from the images sections, but the episode page still shows multiples.
I'm using Chrome and Windows 7.
Edit: well since I'm here I might as well report a second bug about image uploading. Whenever I want to select images I have already uploaded to add to a page, I start selecting images, then scroll down, and the images I have already selected will reappear, sometimes they will already be selected, other times they will be unselected. If they are unselected and I reselect them, the image count does not change, but if they are selected and I click on them to unselect them the image count goes down.
Well looks like my hunch was right about the guys being tied into things somehow. Makes me feel a little warm and fuzzy inside seeing the characters come together in a new choir-badminton club xD. I started feeling some similarities to Chihayafuru, as Chihaya also had trouble recruiting club members for karuta. It doesn't help that Konatsu is also voiced by the same actress that voiced Chihaya. :\
Also, Taichi has his dream about being a pro badminton player, while Konatsu wants to be a professional singer. This had me wondering whether Sawa has some sort of dream of being a professional horse rider, or horse.. something. I wouldn't be surprised, since they've been showing Sawa riding her horse pretty consistently, but whenever Sawa is with her friends, she is only interested in helping others.
So I stumbled upon this amazing AMV which used Nichijou, a gag/parody anime that I really enjoyed. I'm not a huge AMV fan, but this one had me bursting out laughing. It really showcases some of the awesome animation that the show has to offer. Also some AMAZING editing, serious props to the creator.
@takashichea: Thanks for the over-the-top introduction >.> I'm almost blushing.
So I guess I'll share some of my thoughts about the character development so far. :P
There are a lot of ways that the characters could develop. Since it's still early, it feels like the main characters are separated into two groups, the girls and the guys. I really wonder how Atsuhiro and Taichi are going to be integrated into the larger story, if at all. It's cute to see Atsuhiro fumble and make earnest mistakes about Japanese customs, but I'm still not sure how he fits in to things, or if this is just going to be a running gag. =\
The girls are all interesting in their own way. Sawa would probably do anything for Konatsu, her best friend. Konatsu is a dreamer who is trying her best. And for Wakana, there have been small hints here and there about her past with music and singing. I'm a little worried that the 13 episode length of this series (last I checked) won't give all the characters enough time to shine, but only time will tell. :)
Well obviously if all you've been watching is comedic anime that uses the same tropes and situations over and over again you're going to think it's all crap. Try watching something good for a change.
If you're taking suggestions then I would recommend Princess Jellyfish.
So here's the list of anime coming out in July so far.
Looks pretty bland overall after checking out a number of trailers and reading most of the descriptions. But there are a few that I'm keeping my eye on.
1. Tari Tari. A drama about a few high school students who are "too young to be called adults, but no longer consider themselves children." The team making this anime has a lot of the same people who worked on Hanasaku Iroha. And you know how I feel about that series. ;) The trailer looks really nice and I have high hopes for the story and presentation.
2. Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi. A liberal interpretation of the famous 100 poems written between the 7th and 13th centuries in Japan. Not sure how that is going to translate story-wise, but after being exposed to the 100 poems in a different setting in Chihayafuru, I am interested to see how this series uses the 100 poems. Cannot find a trailer of this one unfortunately.
3. Aruvu Rezuru. The synopsis on the chart is terrible, read the one over here. Sounds pretty interesting, it feels like a while since I checked out a good sci-fi. Unfortunately can't find a trailer of this one either.
But what are your early picks?
Feel free to check out Summer 2012 Anthology blog, by takashichea and BigHeart711 for trailers, it's easier than googling them each individually and trying to find them yourself. ;P
Crunchyroll posted a nice article giving a list of great anime openings, pre-2000. I think it's relevant to this thread. xD
Funny story about the Sailormoon opening. When I was a child (pre-5 years old) I loved Sailormoon. And apparently during one of my pre-school's talent shows or something, I actually got up and sang the Sailormoon theme (in English though) for the show. My mom keeps telling me about it, but I don't remember ever doing that. =\
I'm currently watching Deadman Wonderland (at funimation.com). It's alright. Sort of like a summer action movie. It reminded me of Death Race, some gore and violence. Pretty easy to watch, good animation.
Elfen Lied is really great. I think of the anime suggested so far Elfen Lied is the most 'psychological horror'.
Madoka and Death Note aren't really horror. Madoka is a magical girl anime with darker twists. Death Note is a really great psychological thriller.
If you're thinking of checking out a really good psychological horror movie I can highly recommend Perfect Blue.
Here is an unofficial list of all anime available online for free legally, the poster tries to keep it up to date.
I don't have netflix so I don't know what anime they have.
Consider watching something that is currently airing. The spring season of anime has just starting, and it's always exciting to see an anime as it's airing before everyone decides to form an opinion about it. Of the one's that I am watching, I would recommend Kids On The Slope. Not really related to Mushishi, but I think it's looking to be one of the best anime this year. It's available on crunchyroll.
Prepare to be bombarded with anime suggestions, but in the end just watch what you like dude. :)
So I'm thinking of checking out Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. It's streaming at funimation.com!
Anyone have any thoughts on the series so far? Was the original series any good? I haven't watched either yet (but I'm probably going watch the first episode of the new series tonight or tomorrow).