Let's talk anime.

momgamer wrote:

Only if you're reading the old Hans Christian Anderson versions! ;)

Maybe it's the way I was raised but I always believed that a good story ends with, "and then the darkness turned his eyes into blind, empty pits."

I'm really liking the superstitious/conspiracy direction that Robotic;Notes is starting to take.

PSYCHO PASS is getting into the meat of the series, it looks like. Very Ghost in the Shell-esque (story wise) so far.

For those interested, Ixion Saga DT has a lot of the same kind of humor as Gintama does. Alas, the lead is fairly annoying and I'm really hoping that his current attitude will cease soon.

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Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

First half was decent, second half was terrible.

Eldon_of_Azure wrote:
I'm really liking the superstitious/conspiracy direction that Robotic;Notes is starting to take.

Sweet! Just figured out this one was on Hulu, so I just added it to my queue.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:
I'm really liking the superstitious/conspiracy direction that Robotic;Notes is starting to take.

Sweet! Just figured out this one was on Hulu, so I just added it to my queue.


Actually, if you don't want commercials you can go to Funimation's website to watch it too: Here is the link. [No subscription required]
PSYCHO PASS too.

Eldon_of_Azure wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:
I'm really liking the superstitious/conspiracy direction that Robotic;Notes is starting to take.

Sweet! Just figured out this one was on Hulu, so I just added it to my queue.


Actually, if you don't want commercials you can go to Funimation's website to watch it too: Here is the link. [No subscription required]
PSYCHO PASS too.

Hrmmmmm... I always forget that they stream it there generally if it's on Hulu. They haven't released a PS3 application yet have they? I can do it through my laptop, but it's easier to watch via the PS3.

Stupid Hulu and their commercials for subscribers. I wish Crunchyroll and Funimation could play more nicely together.

ukickmydog wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

First half was decent, second half was terrible.

I disagree entirely. I loved it. Especially a bunch of the 2nd half.

We've discussed it around here before. The show is one of those ones that you either love it or hate it. If nothing else, I'd watch it through one for the visuals.

momgamer wrote:
ukickmydog wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

First half was decent, second half was terrible.

I disagree entirely. I loved it. Especially a bunch of the 2nd half.

We've discussed it around here before. The show is one of those ones that you either love it or hate it. If nothing else, I'd watch it through one for the visuals.

First half had a coherent story with cool animation. Second half was complete randomness that had nothing to do with how the first half of the show went. It was seriously painful to watch that show to completion, but I was already invested by the time it went wacko and kept hoping it would return to how it was in the beginning...

ukickmydog wrote:
momgamer wrote:
ukickmydog wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

First half was decent, second half was terrible.

I disagree entirely. I loved it. Especially a bunch of the 2nd half.

We've discussed it around here before. The show is one of those ones that you either love it or hate it. If nothing else, I'd watch it through one for the visuals.

First half had a coherent story with cool animation. Second half was complete randomness that had nothing to do with how the first half of the show went. It was seriously painful to watch that show to completion, but I was already invested by the time it went wacko and kept hoping it would return to how it was in the beginning...

I didn't have any problem following the story through the second half. There's quite a lot there, and it is all explained, if you watch carefully.

As I said, to each their own.

momgamer wrote:
ukickmydog wrote:
momgamer wrote:
ukickmydog wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Stumbled across the official website of Ergo Proxy, can anyone recommend this series to me, it appears interesting? Or is it one I should just take a pass on?

First half was decent, second half was terrible.

I disagree entirely. I loved it. Especially a bunch of the 2nd half.

We've discussed it around here before. The show is one of those ones that you either love it or hate it. If nothing else, I'd watch it through one for the visuals.

First half had a coherent story with cool animation. Second half was complete randomness that had nothing to do with how the first half of the show went. It was seriously painful to watch that show to completion, but I was already invested by the time it went wacko and kept hoping it would return to how it was in the beginning...

I didn't have any problem following the story through the second half. There's quite a lot there, and it is all explained, if you watch carefully.

As I said, to each their own. ;)

I am very firmly in the 'waste of time' camp. As you can see, very mixed opinions. I completely understood the story, I just really didn't like it.

About Ergo Proxy - I'm with momgamer. This is actually one of my favorite shows. Yes, it has it's random moments, but it's interesting to watch. You'll have to watch it for yourself because of the mixed reviews. Some of my favorite episodes are the random ones, actually. If you end up liking the show, you'll love the random bits because they'll be a nice break from all the craziness.

EDIT: ALSO! Do not watch this show while sick and on any kind of drugs. Momgamer made that mistake and had to consult me at one point.

LobsterMobster wrote:
momgamer wrote:

Only if you're reading the old Hans Christian Anderson versions! ;)

Maybe it's the way I was raised but I always believed that a good story ends with, "and then the darkness turned his eyes into blind, empty pits."

I CAN'T SLEEP ON MY PILLOW NOW.

Gremlin wrote:
LobsterMobster wrote:
momgamer wrote:

Only if you're reading the old Hans Christian Anderson versions! ;)

Maybe it's the way I was raised but I always believed that a good story ends with, "and then the darkness turned his eyes into blind, empty pits."

I CAN'T SLEEP ON MY PILLOW NOW.

Just don't cut it in half and you'll be fine. My problem is unlabeled VCR tapes. Can't have those in the house.

Who loves Fist of the North Star? Not after this.

I've watched 4 episodes of The New World and can't decide if I like it. It's definitley interesting and out there.

Meant to bring this up earlier; I noticed that Robotics;Notes is using technology like that of Eden of the East. I can't think of any other anime, at the moment, that use the camera-identify interface, so I wonder if there is a connection to one another that will become more apparent as the series progresses.
Maybe I'm over thinking it.

I was listening to the Anime World Order podcast and they brought up Kick Heart. I'm sad I missed the kickstarter because it looks like a really cool project. I'll definitely buy it when it comes out.

Okay thank you to everyone who told me to stick with Accel World when i hit the wall at 17, you are all right that's the serious low part of the anime and quickly we get turning points and waaaay less whining about oh nooes my wommens are being taken away... also more time in accel world which means less super chibi lead in a world of otherwise real people.

Also Psycho Pass was a great suggestion just devoured the first 5 episodes can't wait to see where it goes, a good conspiracy is quickly shaping up.

Cayne wrote:
Also Psycho Pass was a great suggestion just devoured the first 5 episodes can't wait to see where it goes, a good conspiracy is quickly shaping up.

I'll have to check that one out.

Last night I finished watching Occult Academy, which I had been working on over the past couple of weeks. Things did not pan out as expected.

Spoiler:
After the first two episodes I was ready for things to ratchet up and get exciting, but instead it seemed content to explore somewhat realistic character relationships and emotional moments. And by the time I had come to appreciate that, it goes and blows everything out of the water and the two penultimate episodes become the ridiculous fantasy action that I was originally excited for. Except that I had come to enjoy the pacing they had established previously and I didn't even want crazy action any more.

I probably would have been content with the way things went through episode 12, just having an over the top finale for an otherwise heartfelt show. Instead there was the final episode, or more problematically, the very final 5 minutes which made very little sense. What a conflicting resolution.

Final consensus: one thumb up, the other scratching my head.

I felt pretty similarly about Occult Academy. I didn't like the first episode but went back to it later, and I think

Spoiler:
the character and relationship development they did in the really early episodes after the first hooked me and surprised me.

If anyone hasn't seen it and tries it out, just make sure you don't judge the series by the first episode. You should probably watch at least 3 before making a judgment call.

Caught up on SAO, then made the mistake of of trying an episode of Super Robot Wars while my wife was in the room.

"So, this is fan service?" she asked.

I just finished watching The Future Diary.

Spoiler:

It captured the psychological experience of a relationship with a schizophrenic very well. Oddly compelling/cathartic to someone who had a similar (though way less intense) relationship. I make no guarantees that it will have the same effect on anyone else.

I'll be looking for another highly dramatic show in a bit, but for right now I think I'll try some of the slower, happier shows people have recommended.

Gremlin,

I loved that show to no end, but haven't had that exact experience.

Spoiler:
Bad experiences with an ex who suffered profoundly from depression and quit taking her meds. Future Diary was kind of close on that level, too. Some of it kind of resonated with bad past experiences for me -- but the show felt safe while doing it.

I'm on an unintended anime break until I find something sufficiently warped again.

MrAndrewJ wrote:
Gremlin,

I loved that show to no end, but haven't had that exact experience.

I'm on an unintended anime break until I find something sufficiently warped again.

Spoiler:
I think part of the safe feeling is that show acknowledges that the relationship is simultaneously appealing and really, really messed up. It gives you that escape valve from the way someone with severe mental health issues can rewrite their relationship partner's perception of reality and keep them trapped, since the show keeps reminding you that this is a bad thing and that there is another, healthier way to look at things.

Meanwhile, I think I'll watch some more of From Me To You, a nice quiet show where the girl's biggest problems are slight social awkwardness and a complete inability to see ghosts.

Gremlin wrote:
Meanwhile, I think I'll watch some more of From Me To You, a nice quiet show where the girl's biggest problems are slight social awkwardness and a complete inability to see ghosts.

That one's so good. I'm enjoying Psycho Pass as episodes get released. I finished up Guilty Crown. It was good and has some great moments, but it's nothing exceptional. I need to find another series that I missed to plow through. At the moment, I'm going to have to wait till the weekend for episodes to air. Not to worry too much, though. It'll give me a chance to play FF XIII, Nier, and P4G.

Making my way through Naruto Shippenden and Campione. Campione is a surprise--I'm not a fan of harem anime, but I do like the heavy mythological focus of the series. I'm not sure how much of it is the writers changing Greek mythology to suit the anime or how much of it is actual scholarly work, but it's engaging.

If you want a quirky little anime and you like alcohol, go watch Bartender. I still read the manga that's updated about once a quarter but the anime is charming as well.

Naruto is on a filler side story arc called power that doesn't really make sense for the main story. I'm thinking this was originally going to be a movie. The quality of the animation is a lot better than usual. The first two parts of the story were pretty good but the pacing was kind of odd.

Baron Of Hell wrote:
Naruto is on a filler side story arc

When is Naruto not on filler?
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