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Another Monday, another general discussion thread. Feel free to ask questions, talk about things you have watched, give recommendations, etc.

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  • Yo what the fuck was that ending to Assassination Classroom? I just finished it and I’m kinda upset.

    HERE BE SPOILERS

    So they find out he’s gonna blow up not of his own volition but because of whatever made korosensei an octopus, have a paintball fight to see if they will save him or kill him, the save him side wins and they go to space for some info that may save him and then… They ignore it. Like that episode never happened. Like wtf?!

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    Another week of traveling for me, so I have fallen behind on a lot of shows I have been watching this season. Some quick thoughts on the shows I have managed to still find time for:

    • Konosuba - Darkness focused arc to end the season it seems. Some hilarious voice acting shenanigans this past episode.
    • 7th Prince - Sylpha-focused episode this past week. Some phenomenal animation really made the finale of this episode special.
    • Delicious in Dungeon - Senshi backstory was pretty touching. Also, I don’t mean to spoil anything, but they also cook and eat monsters.
    • Level 2 Cheat - I continue to really enjoy this series. I had dropped the manga a while back, but I think the VA work has made this one more interesting to me in anime form. Special shout out to Rys as well as the fake hero for some great vocal performances.

    I am (hopefully) done traveling this week, but it will be a couple days to get back up to speed on things. Looking forward to catching up on some of the other shows.

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    Binged some masterpieces towards the end of the week.


    Violet Evergarden

    This has got to be the anime with the most number of touching / tear-inducing moments for me. The set-up for some these moments make them quite obvious, but the execution is so good. Plus, Evan Call’s music elevate these scenes so much.

    I love the ending too. It provided closure, which is important to me.

    Overall 10/10, and now one of my favourite series of all times.


    Heavenly Delusion

    Such a good post-apocalyptic series, reminding me of Last of Us and Fallout.

    spoiler for Heavenly Delusion + Fallout

    I especially liked how it slowly showed how the post-apocalyptic world came to be, like in Fallout.

    However, unlike Fallout, it never got around to showing the rest of the apocalyptic event. It ended too early IMO. It could really use a second part or season.

    I understand that there may be a lack of source material (manga?) at the time of airing, but that’s still no good for me. And unfortunately, it looks like the manga is far from complete based on the number of chapters published.

    Overall 9/10, though I may bump the score up depending on any future seasons.


    86

    Other viewers have probably pointed it out already, but this is basically a Gundam series.

    There are so many parallels to various Gundam series

    spoiler for 86 + Gundam SEED + Gundam 00 + Iron Blooded Orphans + Witch from Mercury + Violet Evergarden + Godzilla Minus One

    The first part is basically Iron Blooded Orphans. The 86-ed / discarded child soldiers are human debris, and the way Shin pilots his Juggernaut is the same as Mika in Barbatos. Shin wields his pistol similarly to Mika, and is about as stoic too (though his stoicism reminds me more of Setsuna from 00).

    Lena took on the princess role that is ever present in Gundam. She is pretty much Miorine from Witch from Mercury, and I liked her so much for it: she has the same righteous sense of justice, is feisty, and most importantly, is a go-getter, willing to put up a fight instead of just waiting to be rescued. And of course both of them have white hair.

    In the second part, the specialisation of their mechs are similar to the Gundam meisters in 00, though it is not an exact match. Kurena’s role is one of obvious ones, being the sniper like Lockon in Dynames. Anju handles artillery / barrage attacks, which reminds me of Buster from SEED. Theo’s speedster mech and superior positioning is like Allelujah in Kyrios. Raiden’s unit seems to be a generic one, like the Duel from SEED. And finally Shin is the other obvious one, being the melee specialist like Setsuna in Exia.

    Besides the usual “war bad” message that is typical of war series, there’s also an emphasis on moving forward like in Witch from Mercury (and recently for me, Violet Evergarden and Godzilla Minus One). Though, Lena took care of Shin’s survivor’s guild / PTSD in just a few minutes, something that Lacus struggled with for Kira across multiple episodes (which is more realistic TBH).

    And lastly, we cannot ignore the class discrimination / racism / xenophobia, a mainstay of most Gundam series. There are probably more similarities that I can’t remember.

    Anyway, it essentially combines all the good parts of Gundam series that I have watched into one; the grittiness of Iron Blooded Orphans, the all-out war like in Gundam SEED and finally the happy ending of Witch from Mercury. I love it so much.

    The only things missing are humanoid mechs (which is a bit of pity due to the lack of opportunity for merch). Also, it has an easier way out of the conflict due to the common enemy for humans unlike in Gundam. These are just nitpicks really.

    Other thoughts on 86:

    spoiler for 86

    There are so many moments I liked. Off the top of my head:

    • Lena’s uncle pointing out her and her father’s hypocrisy in their way of thinking
    • Fido’s flashbacks
    • Fido’s revival (yeah it is bullshit plot armour, but I’d rather things not get too tragic)

    The most memorable moment for me has got to be the last 4 mins of the whole series. I thought it was going to blue-ball me in the previous episode, so thank goodness for this.

    Also, I liked how even the side characters are not one-dimensional (e.g. some commanders appear to discriminate against them simply due to xenophobia, but it turns out they did so for other reasons).

    To top it off, the attention to details (and references!) and the soundtracks are phenomenal.

    Overall 10/10, another top series of all time for me. Unlike the previous two series, I did not have another good series planned after this, and I wanted to take a break from tragedy-themed shows, so I had post-anime depression / syndrome for a short while. It doesn’t help that the light novel is incomplete, because I prefer to binge all of it.

    Luckily for me, I noticed that a recent mech movie is available.


    Gundam SEED Freedom

    Like others pointed out, this movie is much needed fan-service and closure for old SEED fans.

    It’s really pretty much the Gundam SEED I enjoyed, but with better animations that do not get reused.

    spoiler for Gundam SEED Freedom

    There’s a bit of unnecessary melodrama, with Kira regressing to being a whiny bitch who lost faith in Lacus, but that punch from Athrun makes up for it.

    Also, it ended up focusing more on the romance aspect more than I expected, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing.

    Like 86, I can’t name just one moment to be the best:

    • how to miss every shot
    • the best strategy is to charge straight ahead
    • Shin can’t be mind-controlled because he’s literally no thoughts, head empty
    • Athrun prevents mind control by showing (soft) porn
    • Mu and Murrue
    • Lacus stopped being a damsel in distress, and used her SEED mode to great effect

    Overall 9/10, such a satisfying conclusion to the series as a whole.

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      Welcome fellow Violet Evergarden enjoyer. Plan to watch A Place Further Than The Universe and Your Lie in April, if you haven’t yet.

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      I haven’t actually seen the Heavenly Delusion anime (from what I understand it ends after we find Robin) but we do actually see much more aftermath, where the kids go and stuff later on. They could be starting work on a second season right now. Got enough where it’d make sense to me to begin planning it out and whatevers involved.

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    Weekly ranking roundup:

    1. Anime Corner - Full Results - Weekly Winner: Konosuba
    2. Anime Trending - Full Results - Weekly Winner: Girls Band Cry
    3. Reddit Karma - Weekly Winner: Mushoku Tensei

    Credit to /u/Abysswatcherbel for making the chart for reddit karma and /u/Nooble5 for the Anime Trending chart.

    Its not every season that you see an anime original series climb to the top of a chart, let alone one that is fully CG like Girls Band Cry. I also see that Jellyfish has jumped up the charts this week. Must have been some good episodes this past week.

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    I just started watching Girls Band Cry and notice there is no official English sub just recently Indonesia got official Eng sub. And the English sub most high sea sites used are MT so there are a lot of errors and sometime make no sense. Are there any good non-MT fan-sub for this? Or does the MT sub quality get better?