Let's talk anime.

I'm on season 2 of One Punch Man. They changed animation studios and directors? It's not as good. It's not that the manga isn't as hilarious. Source material continues to deliver. After watching an episode, I can tell that the point and the swing is there, it's just not quite as well-animated. The action isn't as well shot, the punches are not as punchy, and the punchlines aren't as snappy.

Oh, yes, it was a change of studios. After a few weeks, I've gotten use to the change and haven't really thought about it.

It's still pretty good, in my opinion.

Wow! This week's (Ep. 54) Attack on Titan was epic!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Wow! This week's (Ep. 54) Attack on Titan was epic!

Yeah, they packed a ton of incredible into that episode. They keep teasing the death of certain characters we know won't die...

Also, here's the trailer for a film by Ayumu Watanabe, who has done the odd romantic series Mysterious Girlfriend X and After the Rain. Furthermore the film is scored by Joe Hisaishi, best known for his works on Studio Ghibli films, including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro. It looks stunning.

I am surprisingly enjoying Blend-S quite a lot.

Taharka wrote:

I am surprisingly enjoying Blend-S quite a lot.

It’s a fun one. Of course it combines moe with my favorite styles of comedy, so I’m a little biased.

I still crack up over the meme that came out of its opening.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Wow! This week's (Ep. 54) Attack on Titan was epic!

It had both atrocious and fantastic animation. Understandable. Gotta save money and time where you can.

Taharka wrote:

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That's really neat. Good to see Last Exile on there as that's a series I really liked.

Where's Lain tho? Not good enough for this list?!? Psha!

Just started The Promised Neverland which I like so far except for the racist depiction of one of the characters. Heard a lot of praise for the show but no one said anything about this character.

Anyway I'm only on episode 2. I guessed what was going on early. I was kind of surprised that the first episode showed what was going on.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Just started The Promised Neverland which I like so far except for the racist depiction of one of the characters. Heard a lot of praise for the show but no one said anything about this character.

I think j mentioned briefly that there was quite a bit of controversy from the manga when she appeared, but I hadn’t encountered much streaming from those watching he anime. Not that I’ve followed discussions about the anime as much as I did the manga.

It has been a while since I read the manga, but I also feel like she had a bigger presence in the manga, so maybe that is part of it.

I definitely don't like the art as well in Season 2 of One Punch Man. It was quite good in S1, and seems much lower quality at the new studio.

I've liked art fine, but the pacing has been really bad, especially given how good S1 was in that regard. The tournament should have been a montage, not drawn out over several episodes.

I don't think the pacing is bad it is just different than season 1. Season 1 worked on an episode by episode basis where season 2 is almost all encompassing the main arc.

The pacing for the monsters attacking has been fine, it's just the tournament part that dragged for me.

The tournament arc being that long is straight out of the manga/webnovel. As far as the animation, yeah it apparently took a bit of a hit.

I'm sorry I can't add to the conversation, but I wanted to drop by and say that I haven't watched any series in years (anime or not), but I've been doing 20-30 minutes of cardio 2-3 times a week at the gym and it's given me a nice little period of time where I can actually focus on a show.

So last week I finished SSSS.Gridman! I loved it! The dreamy atmosphere juxtaposed with the looming kaiju was really interesting, and I loved the over-the-top mecha moments! I really enjoyed how nimble the mecha was, backflipping off buildings and tearing down streets, but it all felt slow and heavy! The Kaiju all looking like somebody could be inside gave it an odd sense of authenticity.

After some googling around, it turns out this is more the "super robot" side of things? I'm a bit lost, but the "as the protagonist gets angrier/more motivated, the robot gets stronger" trope was perfect for the gym! I've never worked my ass off so much! :'D

I've been trying to find something to fill the void, and I settled on Gurren Lagann. So far, I don't like the animation as much (the robots are all kinda...bendy? and not really robotic?) but it's stupid high intensity action from start to finish; the hot-blooded macho vibe is helping me want to push myself a bit more too! I think I'll like it.

bnpederson wrote:

The tournament arc being that long is straight out of the manga/webnovel. As far as the animation, yeah it apparently took a bit of a hit.

I haven't watched the second season, nor this video, but that thumbnail doesn't seem right. Season 1 had both those designs, especially the second one.
Unless the video author just wanted some easy way to represent the animation differences. I guess that's fine, then.

slazev wrote:
bnpederson wrote:

The tournament arc being that long is straight out of the manga/webnovel. As far as the animation, yeah it apparently took a bit of a hit.

I haven't watched the second season, nor this video, but that thumbnail doesn't seem right. Season 1 had both those designs, especially the second one.
Unless the video author just wanted some easy way to represent the animation differences. I guess that's fine, then.

Yeah, I agree. I think the difference so far is because there has been a bit less of extended fight scenes then in season 1. Whenever there is a "bigger" fight the animation jumps off which is what I remember happening in season 1.

I also remember the exact same thing.

In S2, they often don't animate things at all. When OPM cuts loose, you just see the aftereffects, not the action.

You compare that with, say, the Genos/Saitama sparring match in S1, and it's not even close. It's like they're doing as much as they can to avoid actually drawing complex scenes.

edit: like, there's some huge sequence, at least one full episode, building up a bad guy who beats the crap out of some ancillary characters. It's the usual talk-up-how-dangerous-I-am thing that they do in fight anime, but it's really prolonged, and he beats some heroes terribly. And Saitama walks offscreen, the injured fighters hear distant explosions, and his head bounces onto the mat.

I mean, the whole point of OPM is the anticlimax, but it's supposed to be funny, and it really hasn't been funny in S2. This guy was roughly comparable to that underground boss in S1, and it needed a joke to make the whole sequence work, and it wasn't there. They burned probably most of two episodes for no payoff.

It's just a representation. If you watch the video they're discussing panning shots, still frames, and reduced character design complexity more than anything else. And the reasons for it are understandable, the first season of One Punch Man basically got an absurdly talented team through hype, happenstance, and luck and that didn't last into the second.

Well, they seem to have lost most of the humor and great pacing, as well.

In case anyone needs a cuteness break, they just started a new season of School Babysitters on Crunchroll. They also recently dropped an OVA for Tsurune that is quite funny.

Malor wrote:

Well, they seem to have lost most of the humor and great pacing, as well.

That is a directorial thing, I think. I agree that they're really missing the punchlines. I can spot specific places where the first season would have put in a punchline or side joke and the new team either doesn't get it or they're failing hard.

Evidently season two of Aggretsuko landed yesterday so I guess I know what I'm doing with my weekend.

If anyone hasn't seen the anime film "A Silent Voice" yet, it's now available to watch on Netflix. I recommend watching it in Japanese, if possible, as there is a scene that has a play on words that doesn't translate into spoken English properly. Really good movie if you have ~3hrs to watch it.

Talk about a cuteness break, Maria from A Silent Voice might be the most adorable anime kid ever.