It's unimportant if you watch anime in mute, similar to how visuals aren't important if you're blind.
I'm up to episode 7 of this. I enjoy the world and the general concepts. All of the screaming and crying grates on me though. That seems like the only way anyone knows how to respond to anything. I'm not sure how much farther I will go. I thought it was only a 1 cour show but I saw on Crunchyroll that it's up to like episode 20 something. I could tolerate the screaming and crying if the story was going to wrap itself up soon but finding out that I'm only like 1/4 of the way through rather than 1/2 is a major turnoff for me.
@takashichea: I think it's the best battle shonen. It's darker than the rest, but still funny but not stretched to zaniness like Toriko and One Piece and they don't go insane with all the power of friendship/nakama stuff like Fairy Tail, One Piece and Naruto do.
118 was pretty cool. I never liked Knuckle or Shoot so I'm glad they're no longer going to be the stars. They did ok here but Knuckle was starting to grate on my nerves. Killua made a boss ass entry and they let Knuckle go out in a cool way all at the same time so good stuff. My favorite parts of this part of the arc have actually been when they first crashed the palace and stumbled upon the King trying to save the blind lady and were taken aback, when Gon stumbles upon that and the cat chick begs him to let her heal her, and the Octopus dude infiltrating and all of the characters around that. Hopefully more of that or just an episode of Killua kicking ass (hopefully with no yo-yo) is coming in 119.
Geez, I'm the first response to a show two seasons back? Oh well :(
I just finished this up today after having stalled on it for months then watching about 10 episode over the weekend until today. This show ended up being pretty good. Not as good as the first White Album but a good sad romance show nonetheless. The thing I like about this and others like it is that the characters clearly make mistakes but I can always get where their coming from and why it makes sense and additionally, the choices aren't black and white. There are times I felt characters made a bad decision but then I think about the opposite choice and it's like choosing that would still be a bad decision. At the end of the day, it just is what it is and that's that.
I also really love the ending. It's not your usual happy harem thing. It's post high school graduation. Some people leave, some people stay, some drift away. That what "resolved" the situation. Some people got some things off their chest but it ends like, "well person x left town for college so I guess there's no more triangle to be had," but none of the emotional issues really got resolved. If anything, I guess Touma will probably make out the best due to a forced separation and having no choice but to move on with her life. Meanwhile Setsuna and Haruki will probably try to prop up what ends as a pretty toxic relationship for a while longer with the ultimate outcome, imo, being they break up after a few months of college and ultimately don't learn how to deal with situations like this better, but rather just develop ways of avoiding situations like this.
Anyways, good show. It takes a long ass time to get to the drama (about 7 episodes) and even then it doesn't start really hitting the drama hard until like episode 9 or 10, but I liked it a lot. Good series if you're into that somber Lost in Translation type of romance.
It's not disturbing to me. There are countries where they don't candy coat and paint western figures as bastions of humanity and all that is right in the world. Case in point, America spins George Washington has a hero and defender of freedom. You could just as easily say he allowed slavery so clearly he didn't give a shit about freedom and on top of that the main motivation for war with England was because the US agreed to take England's money and support in establishing colonies in America and then tried to weasel out of the deal once they thought they had enough guns to do so.
As far as the Anne Frank thing, there are scum bags everywhere. There's probably noticeably more neo-Nazis in the US than Japan. It's not like the country rose up as a whole and decided to commit and ani-Semitic act.
What you're doing is copyright violation and the ad filled sites you visit are putting that ad revenue money in their pocket and giving roughly 0% of the money to anyone involved in making the content. Whether you care about that or not is one thing, but just say it's free and easy to take so you're taking it. Don't bring up "exposure" and other bogus excuses. I could buy the concept of exposure but most of these sites DO NOT remove content when it gets licensed. They are leeches, plain and simple.
There was a fansub group called Dattebayo that subbed Naruto and Bleach. When they got simulcast, the site stopped subbing them. You could make at least a halfway decent argument that they were doing exposure. When you visit some site that has the entirety of licensed and readily available content up, that's not exposure. 5 guys on a forum of thousands importing a plushie (through an advertising link that gives the bootleg site a cut of the money) that probably is counterfeit doesn't equal it out either.
The scene in Naruto where Sasuke gets his eye ripped out made me uncomfortable. There was another scene in something else that really made me squirm in my seat but I can't remember it. Oh, I think in Elfen Lied Nana gets her ass beat like ridiculously (beyond the delimbing Lucy gave her) and she's getting slammed into the concrete over and over and over and over again. I had to turn away from the screen on that one. I was watching it with a friend and I said, "that's a bit much."
Madoka is the least for me. She's so naive that it pushes her into soul crushing levels of annoyance.
This season was pretty great. I thought that Mayoi arc was probably the best the franchise had ever been for me. She was my favorite character so seeing her go from Baka to fully fleshed out and finished up in Mono was nice. Right after that ended I remember thinking, "man it'd be cool if there was like a Kaikimonogatari" and low and behold, a familiar theme starts playing and the man shows up in a arc where he's like the most prominent character.
Anyways, can't wait for more from this franchise.
Would you recommend a show based on their specific taste?
This is the only logical approach imo. Showing a romance show to someone who hates romance is as dumb as trying to introduce anime via a heady psychobabble series to some who judges shows and films solely based off of how many fight scenes there are.
Your average teen will not murder someone. Your average person will not murder someone. There is almost no threat of this influencing anyone who isn't already pretty warped.
Your average teen wants to have sex. Your average person will have sex multiple times in their life or they will generally be considered to have lived a sad and unfortunate life.
Sex gets parents and stuff up in a roar because they fear it's influence is way more likely to manifest itself and they don't want their 13-year-olds being mothers and fathers. The numbers of teens having underage sex vs teens murdering people is so skewed toward sex that it's a waste of time for all but the craziest of people to really get worked up over violence.
@Daniel_Newton: @Marshal Victory
Actually, here's a link to the Google Cache version. The animator removed the original one.
so as someone who worked on the show, I would like to speak about this short dialogue between Honey and Dandy. This above is fair to original japanese version (she says "ujimushi" = "worm"in japanese not ass, but it’s still sarcastic, funny and insulting) , but in the english Toonami dub, the script was changed.
Instead, in the english script, she says “asteroid belt” which is neither funny, insulting nor sarcastic, and it is totally misleading, because this dialogue was an important hint to Honey’s real character.
When she’s sarcastically calling him a stupid name, the story is trying to give small hints to the audience that this show is actually not set in a generic universe of stupid brainless boobies, and the female characters are not what they seem to be. Yes, we are in a bar called “BOOBIES”…..the girls are supposed to look generic and hot, but they are acting, getting paid for it, that’s not who they really are. The episode is supposed to be very fun and crazy, strange narrative, but with small important hints.
I don’t understand why they would change the manner of the dialogue in the english Toonami version, making her character seem empty, it makes you totally forget about her.
Yes, the show is totally crazy, but that’s not all about it. We want to treat the characters well while having fun with all the action and madness!
I enjoyed both the english and japanese voice acting, good job guys!
And Toonami did a great job promoting the show outside Japan!
I really didn’t intend to insult anyone here, hope that didn’t come accross like that, I know it’s just a small edit,
but next time please be more careful with the original script, it can become misleading and it’s not what the director is intending to tell. Maybe you guys didn’t intend to cause this, so I apologize if it was just a translation mistake. I understand that it’s hard to translate certain japanese dialogues in english. So please don’t take it too serious.
Anyway, I hope you guys all enjoyed the first episode so far!
And thanks for all the feedback about my animation work on it.
Here are the cuts that I animated for everyone who’s been messaging me: http://i.imgur.com/L9p5kUU.jpg
Araragi is definitely pedo (his actions around Mayoi throw any question of that out the window), although I think his age and his sister's age isn't really that big of a deal (he's like 17 and they're 15 or 16, right?) and is more creepy because it's his sister.
But yet, Koyomi is the type of guy to be surrounded by Mayoi, Yotsugi, and Shinobu and say, "Then around me I have a girl, a young girl, and a little girl. What is this place, Shangri-La?" The only positive I can say for his perverseness is that at least he isn't solely attracted to children. That's somewhat better I guess than someone who is only attracted to children.
I'd like to be excited for this but I'm not. Haruhi was the first high school girl shenanigans series I watched and I loved loved loved it. I watched the first few episodes of season 2 (before the abomination that was Endless 8) and it just wasn't doing anything for me. Haruhi seemed really fresh and novel at the time but I think that genre has been so saturated with content that it's simply a decent enough series in that genre rather than the amazing thing I once thought it was.
On top of that, there's Endless Eight. The people making the anime have no clue how to make a good television show anymore as evidenced by that. Season 2 of Haruhi is probably one of the worst series ever produced. Even ignoring E8, it's mediocre. If this new entry was a movie, I'd be interested in seeing it. As a TV series though, I'll still check it out and watch 2 or 3 episodes solely because Haruhi S1 holds a special place in my heart, but I'm not realistically expecting anything other than mediocrity at best.
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.