Why was the concept renamed Brawn Hilda? It's not something easily searchable. Muscular is the first word people think of, not brawn.
What do you think about 3D animation in anime? Should anime just stick with 2D models?
You've gone back and forth on the pronunciation of the word magi in Magi: Labyrinth of Magic, but the dub script has been voiced now. Will you now submit to the way it's pronounced within the show? Are there any other Japanese pronunciations you have found odd? I know that the title character of Eureka 7's name is pronounced oddly in Japanese and English.
First off, did I miss thiscameo? Also, Naegi's sister is in the outside world while Naegi's in the school? That's a pretty cool idea.
Okay, so the whole "mere humans" thing was just figurative boasting. So can we just go full spoilers, with no hidden text? I'll block the spoilers anyway.
So I think they gave a good excuse for why the police aren't banging down the doors to save these students: the whole world's in a state of despair, so there was never any hope of rescue.
I think it would be weird to continue with a new show that continues after the end of this. I'd be interested to see where it would go, though. I don't think I like that Monokuma's just operating on its own. I like someone being behind it, but he's still a good villain. I know that a sequel will bring in a new set of students, but I'd like to see Aoi open her donut shop, or Byakuya trying to retake the world in his family's name, or maybe Kyoko becoming some sort of law enforcement officer. As long as it doesn't involve people repeating themselves or having a long tongue to show they're crazy.
So for a show I was almost going to avoid entirely, I find it not guilty- of being a bad show!
The DanganRonpa wiki looks quite spiffy, BTW!
@takashichea: I've watched a few mystery shows since seeing Conan. Some not strictly mystery themed (like Persona 4: The Animation) but there are some, like Gosick and Un-Go (took me a million years to recall this name) that are all about them.
My issue with Danganronpa is that it is originally a game, so it goes at a pace that doesn't always allow you, the viewer, to figure out mysteries. There are also times where it brings up information later; the characters will mention clues at the trial that we don't get to see until then. Oh, and I hate crazy characters with giant tongues sticking out. Now we have two!
I'm caught up. I think that the head of the body being set on fire was a big giveaway that Monokuma did not want the identity of this supposed 16th student to be known
So I didn't see that reveal coming! I didn't put together who the mastermind was, but at least it makes sense based on the circumstances.
So are we to believe that the mastermind isn't human? Monokuma refers to the survivors as mere humans and transforms from Mono to her real self. Hey, it's anime, so it's wide open for that type of twist.
I think you may have wanted to wrap spoiler tags around more of what you said. We haven't really gotten that knowledge.
I guess we're set to learn everything now. I don't know anything about the games, so I wonder if there will be anything else beyond this. Just like Persona has had several adaptations, this could too-- if it was popular.
Yea, so that was pretty shocking. Should we trust what we see? Remember, there was great effort put towards not allowing anyone see the face of the deceased. No one (as far as we know) who has survived knows what the 16th looks like. I think some objection bullets will come in handy!
I could still imagine Makoto being the mastermind. It would be Fight Club style. The most obvious answer is probably the right one-- that the mastermind is someone we have not seen yet.
I did think that there's a possibility that someone we thought was dead is actually still alive.
No, the intruder was definitely not Sakura, and I think that's the 16th student. Are the 16th student and the mastermind one and the same, though?
I don't know how far ahead you are a head of me, so I skipped through the recent discussion. I'm watching on Hulu, so I'm not up to the Japanese broadcast.
I think the death of Sakura "Ogre" Oogami is the most important moment of this series, and I barely think I have to make that point. When I first saw all these crazy character designs, Sakura stood out the most because, well, she's the biggest and tallest! I didn't even notice that she was female, because she looks like the second coming of Akuma. Her first name isn't a coincidence, is it? Possibly a Street Fighter reference? Like a huge guy nicknamed "Tiny," Oogami is dressed like Sakura, but looks like Akuma.
Now we get to this "Gotcha!" death, and it's the best conclusion I've seen in the show. I really thought it was going to be Swim Girl, and it would be yet another rinse and repeat verdict. Now we seem to be getting to the real deal, the mystery classmate, and the true identity of Monokuma.
Since the principal was brought up, I think he has to show up in some form, doesn't he? It seems to convenient that the principal would be the mastermind. It seems that this whole plot is a student who's out for revenge against his former classmates. They're all mind-wiped so they couldn't immediately scheme against their adversary, and they're put together so he could enjoy them forced to kill each other.
OR is the mastermind one of the classmates we already know? Could Kyoko be the killer? We know it's not going to be Touko/Genocyder Sho. Her motives have been clearly stated. I think she will end up attempting to kill Byakuya.Speaking of Byakuya, Yasuhiro doesn't look like he could be the mastermind of anything. So there are two possibilities, besides the 16th student and/or the person behind Monokuma. Kyoko could be a villain, and Makoto himself could be a villain. This is a crazy show that's also from Japan we're talking about.
A hero being the villain, or being the villain in a former life, is not a new reveal in fiction. You wonder that if people like Kyoko and Makoto are so perceptive and smart, does that make them able to pull off the perfect crime?
There appear to be two camps that have formed in anime fandom: those who prefer Black Lagoon, and those who prefer Jormungand. Some knock Black Lagoon for being over-the-top, while others say Jormungand is the poor man's Black Lagoon, a Johnny-come-lately. So where do you stand. Do you pick one over the other, or will you allow these two anti-hero mercenary teams to sit at the same table?
1.Tom, will you be watching One Piece on Cartoon Network, which (I think) starts in season 4? If you do, you will become the Dr. Manhattan of Anime Vice, observing all of One Piece at different points in time, all at once.
2. Do you have any favorite time travel TV shows or movies? Even if time travel isn't the main thrust of the plot. I had a hard time coming up with even a handful of time travel anime.
Have you watched any anime that takes its cues from literature? Which ones worked/didn't work for you? I don't mean a basic 1:1 adaptation of a book, but I'm talking about anime that reference literature and make a few allusions to it. Here are some I know of:
Puella Magi Madoka Magika (Faust)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (The Bible)
Romeo X Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)
Blast of Tempest (Hamlet, and other Shakespeare works)
Flowers of Evil (Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil)
I actually like Hulu a lot, but for anime that's going on currently, I think it can't provide everything I'm looking for.
@takashichea: I don't really think that your claims are very valid, but I'll leave it at that. Crunchyroll has shaped up to be a very good news source.