Let's talk anime.

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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I'm looking for anime that is of the futuristic, yet not grim setting.

Similar to the following:
- Time of Eve
- K
- Eden of the East

But not like:
- GitS: Stand Alone Complex
- Ergo Proxy

The plot doesn't matter so much, just the futuristic kinda bright, cool imagery.

BishopRS wrote:

I'm looking for anime that is of the futuristic, yet not grim setting.

Similar to the following:
- Time of Eve
- K
- Eden of the East

But not like:
- GitS: Stand Alone Complex
- Ergo Proxy

The plot doesn't matter so much, just the futuristic kinda bright, cool imagery.

Hmmm, futuristic but not grim, tough sell. 'Moonlight Mile' maybe?

BishopRS wrote:

I'm looking for anime that is of the futuristic, yet not grim setting.

Similar to the following:
- Time of Eve
- K
- Eden of the East

But not like:
- GitS: Stand Alone Complex
- Ergo Proxy

The plot doesn't matter so much, just the futuristic kinda bright, cool imagery.

Fractale maybe? Can't think of many other futuristic anime I've seen that isn't dark or just there for the girls.

Planetes?

Not having seen any of the three, I can't be sure that I'm hitting the right note. Planetes is set in orbit and isn't very grim. Mouretsu Pirates is definitely not grim at all, and despite the name isn't about fan-service either.

momgamer wrote:

Planetes?

This. A thousand times this. Also, the manga is equally as fantastic. Probably one of my favorites in my collection.

Thanks for the recommendations. I'm thinking more based on earth. I guess futuristic is maybe a mislabel but rather 'high tech' would describe more what I was looking for.

BishopRS wrote:

Thanks for the recommendations. I'm thinking more based on earth. I guess futuristic is maybe a mislabel but rather 'high tech' would describe more what I was looking for.

Going with waaay into the future, I would recommend Broken Blade. A good pseudo-futuristic anime is Noein, though in the beginning it seems geared for a younger audience (It really isn't). And Letter Bee, which is themed cold more than dark. Availability of the latter two might make them less easy to find and watch, short of purchase.

Eldon_of_Azure wrote:
BishopRS wrote:

Thanks for the recommendations. I'm thinking more based on earth. I guess futuristic is maybe a mislabel but rather 'high tech' would describe more what I was looking for.

Going with waaay into the future, I would recommend Broken Blade. A good pseudo-futuristic anime is Noein, though in the beginning it seems geared for a younger audience (It really isn't). And Letter Bee, which is themed cold more than dark. Availability of the latter two might make them less easy to find and watch, short of purchase.

I've not heard of Noein. Seems cool. Broken Blade was awesome, although the ending seemed abrupt. Letter Bee isn't my thing. Thanks for the advice

BishopRS wrote:
Eldon_of_Azure wrote:
BishopRS wrote:

Thanks for the recommendations. I'm thinking more based on earth. I guess futuristic is maybe a mislabel but rather 'high tech' would describe more what I was looking for.

Going with waaay into the future, I would recommend Broken Blade. A good pseudo-futuristic anime is Noein, though in the beginning it seems geared for a younger audience (It really isn't). And Letter Bee, which is themed cold more than dark. Availability of the latter two might make them less easy to find and watch, short of purchase.

I've not heard of Noein. Seems cool. Broken Blade was awesome, although the ending seemed abrupt. Letter Bee isn't my thing. Thanks for the advice :)

Now that I'm neither drunk nor tired, I can complete my recommendation list :
If you are interested in uncompleted (yet) anime, look into Robotics;Notes, Sword Art Online, and Gintama (Note: Gintama is going on episode 263, so there is plenty to see already).

Humanity has Declined and Bodacious Space Pirates have actually just finished recently, but I haven't gotten caught up on them yet. I found the former to have an interestingly amusing plot and the latter to be a little slow to start (Although I have seen people vouch that it picks up pace soon enough).

EDIT: I'm not sure why I hadn't thought of it before, but Gurren Lagann is another good series as well, a little over the top, but good.

Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

EDIT: I'm not sure why I hadn't thought of it before, but Gurren Lagann is another good series as well, a little over the top, but good.

You could say that.

Astroboy (especially the 2003 version) might work. Maybe Darker than Black? Or maybe Black Jack?

I don't know, it's hard. I don't watch stories for the landscape, so I don't have a good feel for what you're after. What is it about the futuristic setting that appeals to you?

Bubblegum Crisis and/or Bubblegum Crisis 2040?

The season's half over, so it's time to start looking at the slate for next season:

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The ending of Saki Achiga-hen - Episode of Side A is the only thing I'm excited about on the TV side. Can't get enough of my moe mahjong players. I'll be checking out Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, both because it's a fantasy anime and it has been compared to Spice and Wolf. Vividred Operation might be worth a look. Probably will wait for recommendations on the others.

Anything catching anyone else's attention next season?

Chihayafuru season 2! Woo!

Minami-ke season 4!!! This is all I could ever ask for! Love this series.

All the way down in movies... Nekomonogatari and Kizumonogatari both look like followups to 2009's Bakemonogatari. Want.

Hypatian wrote:

Chihayafuru season 2! Woo!

Woo!

I've found my favorite bad anime for this season. Girls und Panzer is basically World of Tanks: The Anime.

And apparently "tankery" is a cultural art form on par with flower arrangement.

And the girls go to school on a gigantic aircraft carrier that's had it's flight deck converted to a town.

And they don't bother explaining any of it.

On a different note... winter 2013 looks pretty sparse. Minami-ke should be good(hopefully FEEL will pull it off). Also, Kyoto's doing an original series, which is a first. Hopefully that'll be good.

No new giant robot series, which makes me sad. There really needs to be another Macross series...