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Another week of the year is in the books which means we get a new general discussion thread. Feel free to use this thread to talk about what you have been watching lately, questions about a series you didn’t understand, recommendations for what to watch next, or any number of things. A couple examples to get your brain gears turning:

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  • @wjs018OPM
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    84 months ago

    Two things I wanted to write about this week. First is that I finally finished up Helck this past week. Overall, it was fine. I definitely think there were some pacing issues and once you got through the first act of the show, it lost a lot of its charm. At a certain point, it felt like I was watching an anime version of a Thomas Hardy novel. If there is a second season made, I may watch it, but I probably won’t be going out of my way for it depending on what else is airing that season.

    The second thing I wanted to talk about this week is that I started watching, and just caught up with Brave Bang Bravern. I have been really enjoying it. The show is some kind of mashup between a Saturday morning cartoon show about a super robot that does all the tropes. It transforms, it shouts out the names of its moves, it even has built-in speakers that play its theme song in-universe. On the other hand, it is a gritty depiction of the horrors of war. We see plenty of death happen on screen, bloody bodies and tough decisions being made in a makeshift field hospital, and depictions of torture and the broken mind it leaves behind. The show is wild. Each episode it feels like anything could happen. I highly recommend it to anybody that appreciates just the right amount of insanity in their anime. Also, if you have fond memories of any super robot series, then this will connect with you.

    • anon6789
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      34 months ago

      I enjoyed Helck overall, but yeah, first half was all fun and games, while the second half was all dark and serious. With it so segregated content-wise it just felt like it didn’t know what it wanted to be.

      I think we could have revealed the backstory evenly throughout, like during the cooking competition, show how he looked after his lil bro.

      Piwi was so cute and charming, but through all the backstory he’s literally just sitting there.

      With all the backstory gone now, I hope a season 2 could bring the story to a satisfying conclusion.

      • @wjs018OPM
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        24 months ago

        That’s a good point that a season 2 wouldn’t have to bear the burden of telling the whole backstory, so it can flow a lot better.

        I think we could have revealed the backstory evenly throughout

        This is my big complaint. I felt that this could have been handled a lot better and the backstory doled out in pieces throughout. I think it was even more jarring because its run overlapped with another show that does flashbacks in bits and pieces just where you need them; Frieren. So, the wildly different approach that the two shows took to tell their stories really threw into relief how much the plot progression came to a standstill for a month in Helck. I suspect it won’t be as bad after the fact if you can binge the series, but watching week to week, it was tough for me.

        • anon6789
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          24 months ago

          I think Helck left off at a very good spot for a second half. I don’t know if I’d want more than another full season, and I don’t think the manga was all that long to begin with. If like to see it reach its conclusion for sure though and see everyone get a nice ending.

          I keep hearing all this talk about Frieren. I looked at some trailers, I’ve read the show summary, but I guess I’m going to have to just watch it, because nothing about it is really selling it as anything special to me.

          Nothing in this season has really got me pumped, but I have spent the last few months binge reading all of One Piece, which I hadn’t seen or read before, so it’s going to be tough for anything new to measure up.

          • @wjs018OPM
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            34 months ago

            Frieren has been an excellent anime and one of my favorites in recent memory; easily my anime of the year last year from its first cour. However, at the same time, I recognize that its story isn’t necessarily for everybody. It is deliberately very slow, contemplative, and melancholy in a way that a lot of other anime aren’t. The production of the adaptation has truly been excellent, taking an already great manga and improving on it with great animation and an incredible soundtrack.

            If you want to give it a fair shake, I recommend watching through episode 4. When it premiered, the first four episodes were shown as a single movie, so it does a pretty good job of setting up what to expect from the show. If you aren’t hooked after that, then you can pretty safely drop it and know that it just wasn’t going to be your thing.

  • alphacyberranger
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    74 months ago

    I started watching the apothecary diaries. It’s really fun and well animated. And last week I just finished Legend of the galactic heros. It’s insane, can’t recommend it enough.

    • @wjs018OPM
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      44 months ago

      Legend of the Galactic Heroes is one of those shows that I just didn’t know about way back in the day because the internet wasn’t as much or at all a thing and it hadn’t ever pierced my veil of ignorance at the time. Since then I have only heard great things. I really need to go back and watch it at some point.

    • @WanderingVentra@lemm.ee
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      24 months ago

      I’ve always wanted to watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes. I’ve heard it’s comparable to Game of Thrones. Is that true?

      • alphacyberranger
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        34 months ago

        Kind of yeah. Lots of back stabbing and politics, but the plot and dialogues themselves are really good as well. There is a certain order to watch it. So do check that. It’s a mix of movies and series.

  • @SnowGator@lemm.ee
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    64 months ago

    Been busy, haven’t watched much. Only thing I really watched the last couple weeks is I finally finished Pluto. It was… fine. I was expecting more, based on the hype. There’s a lot I liked and a lot that should have been cut or changed from the source (in my opinion). The episodes are quite long, the pacing is all over the place, the story progression is flawed, and way too much happens to service the needs of the plot. Still, it was well produced. I liked the animation, style, music, characters, Japanese voice acting. I think it’s about as good as the source could allow. I think this opinion is kinda controversial, so hopefully not offending anybody too much.

    • @wjs018OPM
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      44 months ago

      I haven’t watched Pluto, nor have I read the source, but the reactions I have seen to it have been very interesting. I don’t think you are alone in your views, I have seen plenty of other people that have thought it was good, but not particularly special. Then, there has been a very vocal group that praise it like it was their anime of the year. It might just be one of those stories that just connects with some people and not with others.

    • finthechat
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      34 months ago

      I thought Pluto was an 8-9 up until the final arc, then it fell flat for me.

  • @ReluctantZen@feddit.nl
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    4 months ago

    I rewatched High School DxD S1. Been a long time since I last saw it. I expected to not really like it thay much anymore, but the opposite is true. And it’s not because “boobies”. I genuinely enjoyed the story and the characters. It’s certainly not haute cuisine or anything, but it certainly is a lot of fun and well executed for what it is.

    Needless to say, I’ve bought the Blurays for S2 and 3 as well. Not sure about 4 yet, as I remember not really enjoying that one as much.

    • molave
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      34 months ago

      It’s certainly not haute cuisine or anything, but it certainly is a lot of fun and well executed for what it is.

      In other words, it’s not haute cuisine, but the staff definitely cooked :D

    • Grey Cat
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      24 months ago

      I think I tried watching that anime 2 times, I couldn’t. It’s been a while so I can’t exactly remember why but I really disliked it even ignoring all the ecchi stuff.

  • @zabadoh
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    24 months ago

    So I tried an episode of Snack Basue…

    It’s a gag manga, this particular episode had 3 gag segments to it.

    I think it’s trying to be like the Cheers TV sitcom.

    The setting is a tiny bar, the titular Snack Basue, where the two perpetual girl bartenders, interact humorously with the rotating cast of weirdo customers.

    I say try to be, because the main bartender girl, the blonde one, her voice acting, and especially her comedic timing are completely off.

    And this is really unfortunate because all the skits feature her character.

    That being said, the OP bangs!

    • @wjs018OPM
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      14 months ago

      I wonder what’s going on with that show that they can’t make the humor hit. The main VA is Rie Takahashi who is extremely prolific in all kinds of roles. She can definitely do comedy (Megumin, Tomo-chan, among many, many others).

      • @zabadoh
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        24 months ago

        It could be editing or voice direction.

        Or this style of humor just isn’t my thing.

  • @zabadoh
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    24 months ago

    I snuck in an episode of Saikyou Tank after skipping last week, and… it’s still boring.