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I agree Yu Yu Hakusho is pretty comfortable within its own little shounen tournament fighter niche. Still, I can't help but feel it's just a little more interesting than others of its ilk, considering I've never had any use for Bleach, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, or Rurouni Kenshin, but I love Yu Yu Hakusho. Maybe it's just the strength of the free-flowing scriptwriting in the English dub, or maybe the ...
1 year, 9 months ago
You pretty much summed up the essentials of this show in just one episode, both its charms and its flaws. I don't know if that's a compliment towards you, or a major issue with the show's writing.It's pretty much basic shounen stuff in terms of plot and characters. (Everything from fighting to brushing your teeth to getting a haircut is set to rockin' techno music, time is measured in the ...
1 year, 11 months ago
God, I hate this episode. It's like Boogie-Woogie Feng Shui, like the writers forced the gopher to write while they all went and had lunch. I'm not saying every FMA episode is gold, but this is pretty much the only episode I can't defend at all, nor have I any desire to. It doesn't even match the tone, nor is it relevant on a thematic level.I didn't necessarily agree with ...
2 years, 1 month ago
It's pretty entertaining to start with, even though the premise is a worn-out cliche. It does, however, become a complete trainwreck later on, but it's an entertaining trainwreck nonetheless. So...guilty pleasure for me, I guess?
2 years, 1 month ago
This is a tremendously written and beautifully shot series, but it's also one of the most depressing things I've ever seen. A few flat characters and contrived melodramatic platitudes in the plot make me stop short at calling it a true masterpiece, but it's still amazing. If you can stomach it it's worth watching.
2 years, 1 month ago
I really don't know why, out of all of the shows there have been rumors about, this one hasn't had a whisper. I mean, it's practically already a Tarantino or Coen brothers movie, with all of its send-ups to spaghetti westerns, girls with guns, martial arts, etc. The premise is pretty simple to do. I mean, there's a FRUITS BASKET adaptation in the works, but this hasn't even been considered? ...
2 years, 1 month ago
At least now I know it wasn't just me who thought that last episode was awful. I mean, conceptually it was fine, it had a perfectly satisfying ending, but the execution was a flop. It was far too exposition-heavy and long-winded, and when the rest of the show has been so close to perfectly written throughout, it was pretty noticeable. Still, just a bump in an otherwise incredible run.
2 years, 1 month ago
I saw the picture and got all excited thinking it was going to be an in-depth discussion on the obvious parallels between Mustang and Michael Jackson--white gloves, snaps his fingers, fire...HEE HEE!Sorry, too soon?
2 years, 2 months ago
@MsDiva: I'm glad I'm not the only one in the universe who feels that way. I don't hate Brotherhood or anything, I just don't understand where all this hate for the original is coming from. Is it because it wasn't the same as the manga? Is it because Brotherhood is newer and boasts flashier animation? Is it because of the ending? None of those strike me as very good reasons, ...
2 years, 2 months ago
I had the same misgivings going in, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone if I thought subverting magical girl tropes was all it had to offer. That's not necessarily an indicator of quality; it can be used well or used poorly like anything else. It is, however, a thoughtful Faustian tragedy and beautiful postmodern fairy-tale, and an example of the karmic inevitability that separates good storytelling from great storytelling. ...
2 years, 2 months ago
Basically the entire premise of the show/manga, and its entire draw, is (and it's a decent draw in of itself) "Oh, look how nice these two people are! Don't they deserve each other? Look at them being nice!" It's sweet, but I was doubtful that they could stretch that skeleton of a premise out for as long as it went on, so I lost interest pretty quickly.
2 years, 2 months ago
@GokaiRed: I guess they figured we needed all the help we could get, considering how damn confusing it is.
2 years, 2 months ago
@GokaiRed: ah, yes, it was sad, and yes, I am a twenty-year-old woman who first watched this when she was sixteen and cried. You won't catch me crying at Titanic, but at an animated fantasy about wolves? Absolutely. But personally, though I totally understand what you're saying, the last four episodes are my favorite part of the whole show, and I thought the ending was very thought-provoking and fitting. Not ...
2 years, 2 months ago
This is an excellent show, one of my favorites, although if you do continue with it I highly recommend you skip episodes 15, 16, 17 and 18 because they are four completely useless recap episodes. Seriously, you don't need them. Honestly the beginning starts off fairly unambitious, but over time it evolves into sociological and religious allegory with characters that begin as stereotypes and become multi-layered (the Bebop approach, which ...
2 years, 2 months ago
@sickVisionz: Yeah, and I hate Lucky Star too. I intensely dislike that kind of show just on principle. Even if I thought a bunch of in-joke oktaku references were funny, which I don't, I still wouldn't be able to NOT be creeped out by the "Look, it's cute girls doing cute things!" premise. As for Arakawa I haven't seen it, so I can't really say, and I agree it applies ...
2 years, 2 months ago
@Hypeathon: No, I've heard of her, but I don't watch internet video reviews, really, because youtube makes me hate humanity, but Gen Urobuchi described his show in pretty much exactly those words, so yeah. And Sucker Punch is a well-known intentional subversion that is pretty universally accepted as bad.
2 years, 2 months ago
I enjoyed this series, but it's definitely more enjoyable if you watch this before you ever see the Akira Kurosawa film it was based on, because in comparison it falls short in pretty much every respect. I mean, Kurosawa manage to develop his characters into rich and full-realized human beings with the space of a two-hour movie, and this show couldn't develop its characters past the stereotypes they began as ...
2 years, 2 months ago
2 years, 2 months ago
Well, of course it took a dark turn, because it is an OMGWTFGENIUS!!!! dark subversion of magical girl tropes, in the realm of Princess Tutu and Revolutionary Girl Utena, but darker than either of them, I would say. However, this show doesn't require extensive knowledge of magical girl conventions to enjoy, which is one of the reasons I liked it so much. But the main reason I liked it is ...
2 years, 2 months ago
I understand it seems redundant, but I encourage you to stick with it, because it diverges significantly from the original source material shortly after it begins, and based on some of the stuff you've said so far on this series, I get the feeling you might dig this original version more. Why? Because the original is WAY better written, better paced and does tone and humor much better. Is it ...
2 years, 2 months ago
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