Let's talk anime.

Gremlin wrote:

What I've been (re-)watching recently, an ongoing review series:

Legend of the Galactic Heroes (Original OVA version, through episode 7)
I really like the way that the slower pace of the late 80s/early 90s animation lets them include lots of incidental 80s-future-tech-details. This show still feels like watching a historical documentary series. I like watching documentaries. With giant space battles.

I'm also watching this. I just didn't want to wait for the remake to conclude the story.
I'm close to episode 30. In terms of story it just passed through the end point of the remake. It's pretty good, but it does have that "old anime" feeling, which is not bothering me. Since this was released during a long period of time, changes in animation are pretty noticeable.

I've watched the first season of BOFURI. I suppose this would be called a "cute girls doing cute things" show, but it's also a comedy about someone who doesn't play video games digging into a poorly balanced one. It's exactly the zero stakes not-at-all realistic show I needed.

Kurrelgyre wrote:

I've watched the first season of BOFURI. I suppose this would be called a "cute girls doing cute things" show, but it's also a comedy about someone who doesn't play video games digging into a poorly balanced one. It's exactly the zero stakes not-at-all realistic show I needed.

I loved it

Yes, BOFURI was an absolute joy to watch, even if I think I'd have a hard time explaining it without it sounding like the most awful trope-ridden moe power fantasy anime of all time.

Waifu and I have watched a bit of BOFURI and enjoyed it but I'm pretty sure she's tired of me making comments like "This game is so broken, their playerbase would be rioting."

Sounds like exactly what I want to watch right now!
(googles... Funimation only, no subscription there)
Darn it!

Bofuri? Nah man, it's on Hulu. I think my brother added it to my watch list or something because it just showed up there one day.

Unless you don't have a Hulu subscription either.

ccesarano wrote:

Bofuri? Nah man, it's on Hulu. I think my brother added it to my watch list or something because it just showed up there one day.

Unless you don't have a Hulu subscription either.

I guess I have the free one (with ads) that Spotify or someone else gave out. I'll check it out, thanks!

Bofuri is super cute, and I'm chucking at it quite a bit.
Thank you for the recommendation!

In the synopsis, it says VRMMO, and on the promo picture, one of the guy look like one from Sword Art Online... Is it from that universe ?

Manach wrote:

In the synopsis, it says VRMMO, and on the promo picture, one of the guy look like one from Sword Art Online... Is it from that universe ?

I don't know what particular synopsis and picture you're looking at but the answer is no. Just another isekai.

On Hulu wrote:

BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense.
Animation, International, Anime • TV Series • 2020
Maple doesn't want to experience pain in the VRMMO game she started playing, so she puts all her skill points into defense until she can't even move. Somehow it works better than anyone expected. Now she's got followers??

The guy on the left in red color.

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Compare to the guy on the right in red color.

IMAGE(https://wakamedia.wakanim.tv/library-400/216_636967424103184295SAO_Small_hq.jpg)

OK. I don't even remember seeing the guy in red so far but I also don't retain much of this show after I watch it, it's pretty much just a CGDCT veg-out experience. For that matter I'm also not sure I remember the guy in red from SAO, but the only semi-memorable character in SAO is the first arc villain who basically wants to rape a comatose woman so that isn't saying much.

Maybe he's intentionally designed that way as a shoutout? Couldn't say either way. In any case BOFURI has no direct connection to SAO's story, any more than any other show in the Isekai glut over the past couple years.

It's not in the same universe and once you watch the only thing is they both have red on their outfits

Kind of tired of the isekai glut, so I tend to gravitate towards shows with more interesting premises. The isekais I'm watching right now are 8th Son and Villainess and the latter one is proving more interesting, since she THINKS she's been reincarnated as the villainess in an otome game and all she's doing is trying not to go down one of the death paths. In the meantime, everyone around her is smitten by her personality and nothing is really like she perceives it to be. It's a more convincing portrayal of why anyone in that situation would be completely clueless as to what's really going on.

LarryC is alive, everybody relax now.

Watched the first episode of the new Ghost in the Shell. Really liked the music. The animation is a bit jarring but not bad it just seems like it should be used for something like Dragon Quest. Story seems like a GitS story so far but I have no idea what is going on yet.

LarryC wrote:

Kind of tired of the isekai glut, so I tend to gravitate towards shows with more interesting premises. The isekais I'm watching right now are 8th Son and Villainess and the latter one is proving more interesting, since she THINKS she's been reincarnated as the villainess in an otome game and all she's doing is trying not to go down one of the death paths. In the meantime, everyone around her is smitten by her personality and nothing is really like she perceives it to be. It's a more convincing portrayal of why anyone in that situation would be completely clueless as to what's really going on.

I was surprised by how much I've been enjoying Villainess. Based on the premise I was expecting more of an Overlord-style "if I'm the villain I'd better become unstoppable" type story, but instead her strategy is basically just to be super nice to everyone, which has kind of unintentionally turned her into an otome protagonist herself. It's been quite pleasantly entertaining so far.

muttonchop wrote:
LarryC wrote:

Kind of tired of the isekai glut, so I tend to gravitate towards shows with more interesting premises. The isekais I'm watching right now are 8th Son and Villainess and the latter one is proving more interesting, since she THINKS she's been reincarnated as the villainess in an otome game and all she's doing is trying not to go down one of the death paths. In the meantime, everyone around her is smitten by her personality and nothing is really like she perceives it to be. It's a more convincing portrayal of why anyone in that situation would be completely clueless as to what's really going on.

I was surprised by how much I've been enjoying Villainess. Based on the premise I was expecting more of an Overlord-style "if I'm the villain I'd better become unstoppable" type story, but instead her strategy is basically just to be super nice to everyone, which has kind of unintentionally turned her into an otome protagonist herself. It's been quite pleasantly entertaining so far.

I kind of enjoyed Wise Man's Grandchild. The MC is overpowered, yes, but he's teaching a whole class of kids to be as strong as he is and his Grandfather isn't far behind him. And, there is one character he's dating. Just one. Not a harem, and everyone else seems to have their own relationships. Plus, some of the villains are actually a challenge for him so he's not just in easy mode. Basically, for a guy that doesn't really enjoy the current trend in Isekai, I found it to be easily consumable.

Grenn wrote:
muttonchop wrote:
LarryC wrote:

Kind of tired of the isekai glut, so I tend to gravitate towards shows with more interesting premises. The isekais I'm watching right now are 8th Son and Villainess and the latter one is proving more interesting, since she THINKS she's been reincarnated as the villainess in an otome game and all she's doing is trying not to go down one of the death paths. In the meantime, everyone around her is smitten by her personality and nothing is really like she perceives it to be. It's a more convincing portrayal of why anyone in that situation would be completely clueless as to what's really going on.

I was surprised by how much I've been enjoying Villainess. Based on the premise I was expecting more of an Overlord-style "if I'm the villain I'd better become unstoppable" type story, but instead her strategy is basically just to be super nice to everyone, which has kind of unintentionally turned her into an otome protagonist herself. It's been quite pleasantly entertaining so far.

I kind of enjoyed Wise Man's Grandchild. The MC is overpowered, yes, but he's teaching a whole class of kids to be as strong as he is and his Grandfather isn't far behind him. And, there is one character he's dating. Just one. Not a harem, and everyone else seems to have their own relationships. Plus, some of the villains are actually a challenge for him so he's not just in easy mode. Basically, for a guy that doesn't really enjoy the current trend in Isekai, I found it to be easily consumable.

That was the main reason I liked the original sword art online. So few shows have the lead actually pick a girl and form a relationship. And show them actually being a couple. Mostly either will they or wont they or tons of girls. Then they turned it into a harem anyway blah.

I've been really enjoying the Isekai stuff overall even if most are crap. My rule is that if it has a female protagonist it's more likely to be good. Not entirely sure why that is. It is weird to see what gets adapted and what doesn't though. Some real stinkers get picked up. While others gems get ignored.

master0 wrote:
Grenn wrote:
muttonchop wrote:
LarryC wrote:

Kind of tired of the isekai glut, so I tend to gravitate towards shows with more interesting premises. The isekais I'm watching right now are 8th Son and Villainess and the latter one is proving more interesting, since she THINKS she's been reincarnated as the villainess in an otome game and all she's doing is trying not to go down one of the death paths. In the meantime, everyone around her is smitten by her personality and nothing is really like she perceives it to be. It's a more convincing portrayal of why anyone in that situation would be completely clueless as to what's really going on.

I was surprised by how much I've been enjoying Villainess. Based on the premise I was expecting more of an Overlord-style "if I'm the villain I'd better become unstoppable" type story, but instead her strategy is basically just to be super nice to everyone, which has kind of unintentionally turned her into an otome protagonist herself. It's been quite pleasantly entertaining so far.

I kind of enjoyed Wise Man's Grandchild. The MC is overpowered, yes, but he's teaching a whole class of kids to be as strong as he is and his Grandfather isn't far behind him. And, there is one character he's dating. Just one. Not a harem, and everyone else seems to have their own relationships. Plus, some of the villains are actually a challenge for him so he's not just in easy mode. Basically, for a guy that doesn't really enjoy the current trend in Isekai, I found it to be easily consumable.

That was the main reason I liked the original sword art online. So few shows have the lead actually pick a girl and form a relationship. And show them actually being a couple. Mostly either will they or wont they or tons of girls. Then they turned it into a harem anyway blah.

I've been really enjoying the Isekai stuff overall even if most are crap. My rule is that if it has a female protagonist it's more likely to be good. Not entirely sure why that is. It is weird to see what gets adapted and what doesn't though. Some real stinkers get picked up. While others gems get ignored.

Yes. Where is my Grimgar season 2!?!?!!?

Grenn wrote:
master0 wrote:
Grenn wrote:
muttonchop wrote:
LarryC wrote:

Kind of tired of the isekai glut, so I tend to gravitate towards shows with more interesting premises. The isekais I'm watching right now are 8th Son and Villainess and the latter one is proving more interesting, since she THINKS she's been reincarnated as the villainess in an otome game and all she's doing is trying not to go down one of the death paths. In the meantime, everyone around her is smitten by her personality and nothing is really like she perceives it to be. It's a more convincing portrayal of why anyone in that situation would be completely clueless as to what's really going on.

I was surprised by how much I've been enjoying Villainess. Based on the premise I was expecting more of an Overlord-style "if I'm the villain I'd better become unstoppable" type story, but instead her strategy is basically just to be super nice to everyone, which has kind of unintentionally turned her into an otome protagonist herself. It's been quite pleasantly entertaining so far.

I kind of enjoyed Wise Man's Grandchild. The MC is overpowered, yes, but he's teaching a whole class of kids to be as strong as he is and his Grandfather isn't far behind him. And, there is one character he's dating. Just one. Not a harem, and everyone else seems to have their own relationships. Plus, some of the villains are actually a challenge for him so he's not just in easy mode. Basically, for a guy that doesn't really enjoy the current trend in Isekai, I found it to be easily consumable.

That was the main reason I liked the original sword art online. So few shows have the lead actually pick a girl and form a relationship. And show them actually being a couple. Mostly either will they or wont they or tons of girls. Then they turned it into a harem anyway blah.

I've been really enjoying the Isekai stuff overall even if most are crap. My rule is that if it has a female protagonist it's more likely to be good. Not entirely sure why that is. It is weird to see what gets adapted and what doesn't though. Some real stinkers get picked up. While others gems get ignored.

Yes. Where is my Grimgar season 2!?!?!!?

Never coming, because Isekai where the characters bleed and struggle doesn't sell like Isekai that's just wish fulfillment pervert power fantasy.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

LarryC is alive, everybody relax now.

Watched the first episode of the new Ghost in the Shell. Really liked the music. The animation is a bit jarring but not bad it just seems like it should be used for something like Dragon Quest. Story seems like a GitS story so far but I have no idea what is going on yet.

Finish watching this season. Major 17 year old look didn't match her voice or general attitude. This was kind of distracting through most of the season. The season is okay, note it isn't self contained and ends on a cliff hanger. I'm not completely sure I understand parts of the last four episodes.

Spoiler:

One kid is shot to death but is later seen as being alive. Was it a drea? Later his sister or cousin is shown to be shot to death as kid but she is alive in high school. Is she a ghost? Is she is just in the kids mind? Am I racist and think all Asians look alike and that is a completely different person? After all I can't tell the difference between Bruce Campbell and Naomi Campbell.

I'm not sure if someone is behind the post humans or if the post humans or are a natural evolution like mutants in marvel. Hmmm this might not have been explain yet though.

How does Batou fit inside those spider robots? Are they part Tardis? They are blue.

Help, I've been spiled!

I swear if these flash forwards in Kakushigoto mean manga-ka dad is dead...

Middcore wrote:

I swear if these flash forwards in Kakushigoto mean manga-ka dad is dead...

Certainly feels that way. Mirrors feeling of the mother missing in the main story.

Baron Of Hell wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

LarryC is alive, everybody relax now.

Watched the first episode of the new Ghost in the Shell. Really liked the music. The animation is a bit jarring but not bad it just seems like it should be used for something like Dragon Quest. Story seems like a GitS story so far but I have no idea what is going on yet.

Finish watching this season. Major 17 year old look didn't match her voice or general attitude. This was kind of distracting through most of the season. The season is okay, note it isn't self contained and ends on a cliff hanger. I'm not completely sure I understand parts of the last four episodes.

Spoiler:

One kid is shot to death but is later seen as being alive. Was it a drea? Later his sister or cousin is shown to be shot to death as kid but she is alive in high school. Is she a ghost? Is she is just in the kids mind? Am I racist and think all Asians look alike and that is a completely different person? After all I can't tell the difference between Bruce Campbell and Naomi Campbell.

I'm not sure if someone is behind the post humans or if the post humans or are a natural evolution like mutants in marvel. Hmmm this might not have been explain yet though.

How does Batou fit inside those spider robots? Are they part Tardis? They are blue.

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The last 4 episodes-

Spoiler:

the cousin who was shot in the past is in the post human’s head. He is the only one who can see her - see the part where he tries to escort her out of his classroom. They did lot of bouncing around the post human’s memories especially at the end where one of Section 9 gains access after his cyberbrain was hacked.

Thank you all for talking up Bofuri. This show is exactly what I needed right now.

I for one welcome our new shield overlords.

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/PpR3pPE.jpg)

Dyni wrote:

Thank you all for talking up Bofuri. This show is exactly what I needed right now.

It's basically about a girl who min/maxes in a MMO, right?

Grenn wrote:
Dyni wrote:

Thank you all for talking up Bofuri. This show is exactly what I needed right now.

It's basically about a girl who min/maxes in a MMO, right?

The premise isn't that she minmaxes. The premise is that she's a complete idiot who doesn't know how to minmax at all, but stumbles onto a broken combo that would never have occurred to minmaxers in the first place. The game admins rebalance the game in a patch because of that broken combo, but by the time they do that, she's already defeated god level enemies and gotten ginormously powerful loot.

The other players in the game routinely underestimate her because they correctly intuit that she's a beginner. What they don't realize is that she's a beginner with ginormous guns (metaphorically speaking).

EDIT: the second thing that makes her powerful is that she naturally loves the experience of the game so she's perfectly okay with grinding levels and loot in ways other people can't or won't do.