EquitasInvictus (Level 15)

Another is shaping up to be an excellent horror anime. I absolutely loved the buildup leading to Episode 3's conclusion - that was perfect.
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General Discussion » WM is sold, Giantbomb and ComicVine splitting off.

@Bigheart711: Yeah apparently Will and Norm are actually having the time of their lives despite the sudden "rebranding" that sorta shell-shocked the community that was built around Will & Norm in the first place. I'm sure out of the three websites acquired by BermanBraun, however, Tested seems to be getting the best deal. Screened kind of got downgraded (they no longer have an office or the capacity to podcast/film video features) and Anime Vice will probably continue to be Anime Vice for the time being.

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General Discussion » WM is sold, Giantbomb and ComicVine splitting off.

This is awkward. I just checked Tested out and didn't feel good about the new design or the first Jamie & Adam video at all. That was kind of the worst possible way for BermanBraun to suddenly push the transition despite how deeply rooted the Tested's community is with Whiskey Media. I am now even more worried with how Screened and Anime Vice are going to fare. At least Rorie is still writing for Screened, from what I heard. And I'm pretty sure Ethan and the rest of the Whiskey Media "top men" are going to have a place in BermanBraun, considering that above all they intended to acquire the Whiskey Media platform they produced which resulted in all of the websites' success in the first place.

I'm really surprised there hasn't been anything big coming out of the topmen of Whiskey themselves with regards to how this is going to be goodbye for at least half of Whiskey Media (since while the Giant Bomb / Comic Vine crew are going to CBSi, most of the top men won't be following them since they'll be sticking with BermanBraun).

EDIT: So it looks like Screened is now in a similar situation to Anime Vice. While they still "have" Rorie, they have no office, no video equipment or production team. So I guess both Screened and Anime Vice will continue to exist in a very limited capacity until BermanBraun decides to stop paying for our bills?

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General Discussion » WM is sold, Giantbomb and ComicVine splitting off.

Depending on what Screened announces tomorrow, we'd probably be able to predict the fate of AnimeVice. Tested is really shining right now (their announcement video was awesome - they're practically getting a huge promotion as a website) but Screened has been oddly quiet today, aside from Alex Navarro formally leaving due to his role with Giant Bomb (and they're going to CBSi with Comic Vine). I suspect whatever happens to Screened will similarly happen to us.

I have a bad feeling about this. It sounds like while Tested is moving on to grander things, Screened and Anime Vice might be left behind, being the only two Whiskey Media sites left that have not had any good news come up today when all of the big announcements were dropped with regards to the selling and subsequent mergings. Honestly, I feel like BermanBraun was really only after acquiring the staff and platform of Whiskey Media while the Tested staff/website was a bonus. I think Screened and Anime Vice were included in the deal because we wouldn't have a home with CBSi and they didn't want to straight-up leave the two websites in Limbo. Worst case scenario, BermanBraun will essentially euthanize these websites by next month by the time the Whiskey Media platform/subscription services are disassembled/migrated.

I'll have my fingers crossed, but I'm kind of worried for this side of the Whiskey Media family of sites.

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General Discussion » Help! I need somebotaku!

I did some backtracking to try and figure out what you were looking for, and I think I've got narrowed down to these released: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2002-06-21/action-channel-re-launch-features-much-anime (X/1999, 3x3 Eyes, Blue Seed) but all three sort of predate my more active interest in anime so I wouldn't be able to pinpoint which one exactly would be it. I think those three I listed are the strongest candidates, since there are a few more listed in that link that don't look like they fit your description.

I hope this helps!

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Just Anime » Generally Unpopular/Controversial Anime Series (Guilty Pleasures)

@WatanabeKazuma: I agree; especially on Eden of the East. Actually, I feel like this community is kind of an outlier in terms of the general reception of it here. I really liked Eden of the East, although I never really followed it up with the films as much as I meant to.

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Off-Topic » It's official: Toriko has replaced Bleach in the Big 3

This is an interesting turn of events. I heard so much about Toriko over the last year that now I almost feel inclined to check it out. I feel like I'll have a somewhat easier time catching up on Toriko over the other two members of the Big 3, which I wouldn't dare touch due to lack of time.

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Just Anime » Generally Unpopular/Controversial Anime Series (Guilty Pleasures)

@Turambar: Oh, the title was meant to be something like "Unpopular/Controversial Anime you actually liked." but I don't think all of those characters fit so I just put guilty pleasure in parentheses since I thought it was the best way to summarize liking an anime that was generally unpopular or controversial, like how I mentioned in the first post how I enjoyed lowbrow humor romance anime as a guilty pleasure despite most people's aversions to the occasionally controversial premise of those kind of shows that sort of split the opinions of others from the onset.

As I've mentioned, B Gata H Kei was like that and it actually turned out being a a sleeper hit for some after they realized it actually wasn't as terrible as the premise of "having 100 sex friends" suggested and found some value in its type of romantic comedy a lot of its contemporaries lacked. The female protagonist, Yamada, was pretty much clueless on matters of love and was therefore entertainingly stuck on trying to score on the male protagonist. They shouldn't have sold the premise that way since it ended up having nothing to do with what people thought it was going to. I would call it an anti-School Days case in how it averted the controversy people expected, whereas no one expected Makoto to go overboard like he did in the School Days anime. People were already aware of the visual novel's bad ends, but I guess no one expected the School Days anime to go there.

Anyway I didn't really push the part about actually liking certain unpopular/controversial anime like I would've with the original title to leave room for open discussion.

@Neurotic said:

^ Yeah, you're right. I didn't mean average as a slur, I just meant it was sticking to the school romance thing pretty tightly up until about episode 10, I think it was. I didn't go into School Days expecting that ending, which made the mood whiplash worse than Higurashi, which I knew to be violent beforehand. I still enjoyed it though but the POV shot from inside Sekai's womb was a little much for me.

As for the torture scenes in Higurashi, they didn't disturb me because I thought it was controversial in a broader context (obviously torture is wrong but by that point in the series you've seen many people die in horrible ways) but they disturbed me cos the character being tortured was one of my favourites.

Guilty pleasure is also open to intepretation though. It could be a series that you normally wouldn't like because you're not a fan of the genre or because it's full of moe stuff and not necessarily something that is objectively bad.

Oh yeah I remember that spoiler and I remember not realizing the purpose of that shot until later and I was shocked enough to watch ending again. It felt a lot more uncomfortable the second time around knowing the reasoning behind that.

I see your point about Higurashi, though. There definitely was a lot of shock value in School Days pulling the bad end as opposed to all the other possibilities. (Although hearing about it was what drew me to School Days in the first place since I watched it a little while after its original airing)

Also, you brought up a another good description of what I meant by having guilty pleasure in parentheses for the thread's title. Like despite the incest that gets graphic towards the end of Yosuga no Sora, some might've appreciated the drama in the overarching plot as a likable aspect. @Dream brings up another great case for a similarly controversial series with Koi Kaze which also explores incest seriously.

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Just Anime » Generally Unpopular/Controversial Anime Series (Guilty Pleasures)

@Neurotic said:

Higurashi was originally an all-ages visual novel, actually a doujin project. Was it that controversial? Or am I desensitised to violence? I found School Days to be much worse, if only because the first 9 or so episodes of the series was your average love triangle...and then it got dark.

I stopped watching Yosuga no Sora after the first episode cos of the incest and weren't they actually twins, making it weirder?

As for unpopular stuff, I didn't mind Endless Eight so much. At the least, it didn't turn me off the rest of the franchise like it did some.

I'd say the Higurashi anime had some graphic torture scenes I didn't expect from an anime series before seeing them. The controversial aspect was how one episode incorporating a graphic death couldn't air due to a murder similar to that of what happened to the School Days conclusion.

And I think you were right with regards to the twins in Yosuga no Sora.

I also definitely agree about Endless Eight. I thought how they executed on that concept was glorious and ballsy. Although even I suffered from fatigue towards the end and skipped through the latter episodes to see what subtle changes they made, I thought it was really intriguing that they actually repeated the day's events multiple times before resolving the issue.

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Just Anime » Generally Unpopular/Controversial Anime Series (Guilty Pleasures)

@Asune: Read it as in read a light novel or another for of media it originated from? (I actually have no idea which media Higurashi originated in)

But now that you've mentioned it, I can't believe I failed to mention Yosuga no Sora. Its main arc dealt with incest and it got pretty explicit towards the end with a shocking and dramatic twist I didn't think they'd actually pull. I actually appreciated it. It was kind of like Myself; Yourself in the kinda drama and controversy involved.

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Just Anime » Generally Unpopular/Controversial Anime Series (Guilty Pleasures)

@Asune: I've only watched select scenes from Higurashi but I can definitely recognize why they'd choose to to air an episode. I'd say Higurashi would definitely fit under controversial! I've always wanted to watch it. I've watched Umineko and absolutely loved it!

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Just Anime » Generally Unpopular/Controversial Anime Series (Guilty Pleasures)

Looking back, I can think of a lot of unpopular or controversial anime series I'd say are worth sharing. One series that I'd definitely place under "controversial," for example, would be School Days. Honestly looking back at it, I kind of remember appreciating it since it was the only harem anime adaptation with a harem that had severe consequences, hence the "Nice Boat" controversy with regards to the last episode's airing around the same time there was a murder of a Japanese high schooler IIRC.

In terms of unpopular and recent, I'm not afraid to admit I actually liked how ridiculous Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! (I Don't Like You At All, Big Brother!!) was despite its premise (which essentially hinted on a little sister lusting over her big brother). I think what made it unpopular was that people presumed it'd be explicit and get into some graphic interactions when in reality the series actually never went that far and stuck with comedy to the likes of B Gata H Kei (Yamada's First Time - that anime about a girl who wanted to have 100 sex partners but was struggling throughout the series on this one, normal-ish guy).

I guess a lot of the unpopular anime series I ended up liking were all kind of lowbrow romantic comedies, which I would admit is a guilty pleasure for me.

Anyone have their own?

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica » Question about Madoka (definite spoilers)

@sickVisionz: Everyone else answered the part about what happened with the blonde, Mami, so yeah.

Also, let me reassure you that they definitely don't pull a Mai-HiME. There is an exactitude with which the writer (Gen Urobuchi) approached the progression of the plot in Madoka, so everything is resolved much more competently, which is partly why Madoka ended up in a lot of top lists.

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Off-Topic » Why Are People So Fascinated with Apocalyptic Prophecies?

@Dream: I'd say it has something to do with the mentality that a fixed conclusion is easier to accept than an unknown future. The mere fact that people follow religions with concepts suggesting predestination (which I'd say is prevalent in the Judeo-Christian religions you mentioned) only reinforces how strongly people will be attracted to an end of the world scenario.

There'd be less to worry about accepting that the world is supposed to end at a certain day rather than living life not knowing when exactly you'll pass on. The weird thing is that I'm pretty sure there are higher chances of dying in an accident on any given day than a cataclysm occurring. So sleeping more soundly at night knowing when the world will end doesn't necessarily bypass the thought of one potentially dying the next day, as morbid as that thought might sound. Nevertheless, the notion of inevitable cataclysms have an interesting force that has even caused overzealous cultists divorced of the more prominent religions to kill themselves jumping the gun.

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General Discussion » Favorite Cataclysm/Bad End

I thought it appropriate to reflect on favorite cataclysms or "Bad End" scenarios in light of 2012. Not that I seriously think the world is going to end this year - I just find it an entertaining thought. Also, I felt the above image was appropriate for two of my favorite cataclysms in media.

Out of Walpurgis Night and the Day of Lavos (which the above image features art inspired from, the earlier coming out of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the latter coming from Chrono Trigger), it's interesting how both are very similar in aspects of each one's relationship with Space-Time and certain creatures not of Earth. SHAFT certainly had a great style for Walpurgis Night which juxtaposes a cityscape with apocalyptic, German Expressionistic abstractions. I also feel that, even with only its SNES aesthetics, Chrono Trigger's Day of Lavos was one of the most chilling "Game Over" sequences one could ever get, not to mention the horrific-sounding, 16-bit cry of Lavos.

So what are your favorite bad ends? They don't have to be flashy end of the world scenarios. I can think of many "bad ends" in protagonists kick the bucket in some pretty gruesome ways that'd be worth mentioning.

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General Discussion » Antichrist in anime

@Destinyheroknight said:
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I see what you did there. Good one!
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General Discussion » Antichrist in anime

@DragonBallZFan: That also works to a good extent. Lelouch certainly did provide for the needs of oppressed initially (whenever those needs also corresponded to his own agenda) and 

The only problem is that at the very end: 
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General Discussion » Anime/Manga Trailer Suggestions

@Undeadpool: Sounds "full of win!"

  
  Ano Hana is one of the newest series of this season and it's especially depressing! 
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General Discussion » Anime/Manga Trailer Suggestions

@Undeadpool said:
" This is extraordinarily helpful! Keep 'em comin'!Edit: With one SLIGHT rule: the trailers should be for stuff that either isn't out yet, or was released in the last full year (so late 2010 stuff is fine). "
Last full year in the U.S? I'm asking because while K-On is actually two years old, it only recently got dubbed in English and just had its U.S. release:
  
  Honestly, I'm not a big fan of this dub, but I'm totally down for K-On!
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General Discussion » Anime/Manga Trailer Suggestions

Since 5 Centimeters Per Second is being released on DVD in the U.S. this week, I thought that its trailer would also be relevant:

  
  It's a beautiful film and it'd definitely be a trailer I'd love to see here.
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