There's some manga called like Pluto or Mars written by the Monster guy that's critically acclaimed by legit literary outlets and critics.
Madoka and Evangelion are similar to Watchmen in that they became really popular and they flipped their genre on it's head.
Neji showed up just to get killed. Rock Lee has literally done nothing in nearly 300 chapters/episodes. Hinata got one chapter/episode. Tenten got a new weapon and we didn't even get to see her use it. Temari threw a wind attack at Madara. Ino stood in the background twice. Choji got an episode/chapter.
Rather than a bunch of boring one vs one fights with people like Kankuro and the Black Dude from the Raikage's place, I would have preferred this war arc have like Neji's team have to tackle a bad guy. Give Hinata's squad an Akatsuki member to face off against back when they were relevant. Anything to get some of these characters back in the fray to show how they've grown post-time skip.
@Fehafare: ...expect maybe for the last battle (which shichika technically lost because he was thoroughly shot).
Huh? One dude died. The other guy walked away and is sipping mai thai with hot blondes the next day. How is the dead dude not the clear cut loser and the guy chilling with hot chicks not the clear cut winner?
As far as the episode... eh. You usually got one good fight in an episode of Katanagatari. This one gave you three kick ass fights. I can't complain. Apparently the book was the same way.
I'd rather it be Lee even if he dies because he's had no development for a very long time.
All of post time skip is like this. I'm fine with the show sticking with main characters, but the only teens to really do anything of note in the Shippuden era were Naruto, Sasuke, Shikamaru, Gaara, and Kabuto. Nobody else has done jack shit that lasted for like more than 1 episode/chapter.
I thought Obito ended up being shitty so I'm glad Madara is actually the real big bad, but it's straight cheese and predictable. Also, no longer having infinite chakra/rejuvenation seems like a major downgrade. I've been pretty down on this series for a while though. Outside of Rin's death flashback, Kabuto battle, and Madara, it's been a pretty terrible two years of war.
It seems like the series is going to end on a super cheesy way. I'd love it if was where Naruto and friends win pretty easily, Sasuke is redeemed and welcomed back to the village with open arms, the ninja world vows to be BFF forever, the Kage Edos are made into an elder council to advice the younger generations with sage-like wisdom forever, and everything is just smooth and perfect. So perfect that the penultimate panel of the series is Sasuke coming to Naruto and saying, "don't you think things are a little too perfect? It's almost like we're in some dream world," and the final panel is Madara sitting atop the Chakra Tree with like the entire world in Matrix-like cells under a Tsukuyomi Moon.
Probably won't be anything than a total victory for the goodies with the named characters who died in sacrifice being brought back from the dead.
Kishimoto said in a japanese show that Naruto has entered its Final Phase of the series :(. That means Naruto is going to end pretty soon :(.
Soon is a relative word. The Bleach dude said Bleach was in its final phase as well. Over a year later and it's still going on and a lot of the main people haven't even showed up yet...
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@sickVisionz: Well it did kinda slowly build up into it.Graceful an other nice words i cant spell would aply.Now it gos full on senti to over the top senti.
Nothing built up to this imo. This series was pretty grounded in reality. Nobody had super powers. The heroes were met with, "what's wrong with these people?" "why are they dressed up?" "Are they crazy?" and other realistic responses. It was very grounded in the real world. Now there are mutant gorilla cyborg warriors. Saying it builds up to that would be like saying Breaking Bad presented Walter White as a genius, so it would make sense if in like Season 4 he developed telepathic and telekinetic abilities and the series turned into Akira.
@Rize: This thread has no relevance to anything but the battle forums. I think it belongs there or is a question that should have been asked in the rules thread there.
Overpowered has to involve high offense and high defense imo. Not only do you have to be really hard to beat (defense) but you have to be just making a fool of anyone that comes against you. Aizen is a great example of this. Few people can hold a candle to him even when he isn't using magic. He makes fools out of people who thought they were godlike and when he finally goes on the offensive, it's usually a one-hitter-quitter.
However when fans use the word prep time in their arguments than i would use the term overpowered because with prep time any characters with brains, assistants and vast amount of money would win by most if not all the time compared to those who don't have them.
Prep time for Batman has always been absolute nonsense. He's a dude. A dude in a suit. Plot and scheme all you want, Superman has Bleach flashstep, can fly at supersonic speeds, can punch through a building, and can go Cyclops. If he wants to kill Batman, Batman is absolutely powerless to stop him. Only plot armor would stop him.
Prep time against super powered beings is worthless unless the one prepping is also super powered, like Aizen from Bleach. It's totally possible to run through shit in your head with prep time and realize you have no hope of winning no matter what you do and to realize that a negotiated surrender may be the best option to take.
Episode 7 ruins this series for me. It's a shame they felt the need to take this into shitty anime territory. I was watching the second half thinking a director would yell, "cut," any second.
It's never going to happen. Closest you get is Gai jumping around with different gates. I thought it had to be done sequentially buy apparently you can pick and choose whatever ones you want. Anyways, nope. Never happening.
I rode this series enough in my Nisemonogatari write-ups but it really can't be stressed enough how much care seems to go into every frame. I don't know think I've seen anything that pushes it style in every facet as much as this series does. Maybe Redline but I think Monogatari may have that beat.
Watching this... it makes me feel like they're actually very few full adaptations out there.You take Harry Potter or something and it's quite literally just the scenes from the book acted out. They take scenes and characters and apply, "how would this look" and "how would this sound" and that's it. Monogatari isn't that.
Many things adapt a story to another medium but this is one of the only things I've ever seen that adapts the story but goes a step further and actually tries to adapt the writing style of the author into a visual style that permeates every aspect of the series.
Nisio Ishin's entire verbose and pun filled style of writing that comes off of ridiculously unnatural yet somehow perfectly natural is captured in Monogatari series. Not just the dialog. The visuals ooze verbosity and the same naturally unnatural ethos that his writing portrays. And not just the obvious things like mountains of text and other items on screen to achieve visual verbosity. I will forever love Araragi's insane Tardis town house that looks normal on the outside, normal in some rooms, yet has stained glass bathroom the size of a basketball court with nothing more than a tub in it, Tsukihi's room that has a full studio lighting set, or Karen's sprawling room with a like 2-4 flights of circular stairs leading to her bed. Wholly unnatural but it somehow fits in and comes off as natural for this world, even when compared against more natural elements. The sets these scenes take place in range from seemingly real world and possible to a completely fantastical take on real-life yet it all just works somehow.
I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when Nisio Ishin got shown the first episode or some snippets of Bakemonogatari. I wonder if they just sat him down blind and played it or if there was some talking like, "now we decided to take a different approach to this one..."
Ging Freecs from Hunter x Hunter. Abandoned his wife and newborn son to go play video games and travel the world. The saddest part is that unlike the entries here where the series makes them out to be bad, HxH spins Ging like he's a great man and a shining example of a noble person.
@Supreme Marvel: What makes him a bad father. He loves his kids and is around them as much as possible? The worst thing he does is have faith in their abilities and brings them along with him when their powers are needed to save the world.