Let's talk anime.

manta173 wrote:
Tyrian wrote:
Taharka wrote:

I do wish the text messaging part at the end of every Bofuri episode would go a little slower. The subtitles are sometimes up for a single frame.
Otherwise, super cute and I'm loving it. Spreading it out a bit so I can enjoy it for a while.

Yeah, that bugged me too. I had to constantly pause to read them.

Same, it's nice to be engrossed in a modern anime... been stuck catching up on older ones. Watching One Piece right now nearing 500. I know there is a time skip in there coming up, but dang every time I try to get even a little bit of info, lots of big spoilers...

Also, I would gladly pay for a service that skipped the intro, recap, and end titles for me. At this point episodes are like 10 mins long.

Shonen series are so bad about that. Years ago I basically stopped watching Naruto because I was so tired of only having ten mins of actual new footage surrounded by ten minutes of intro, recap, etc.

garion333 wrote:

What's the consensus on Gundam Unicorn? I feel like it's been talked about a number of times, but as someone who hasn't watched much Gundam I'm staring at the 67% score for me on Netflix and wonder why it's so low...

It's probably one of the better Gundam shows. I know when it first released the anime fans on my Twitter feed were all about it. I watched it on Netflix and enjoyed it well enough, though I don't remember it too clearly. Perfectly consumable without causing indigestion.

If I could remember what year I watched it I might be able to find my old posts on it.

garion333 wrote:
manta173 wrote:
Tyrian wrote:
Taharka wrote:

I do wish the text messaging part at the end of every Bofuri episode would go a little slower. The subtitles are sometimes up for a single frame.
Otherwise, super cute and I'm loving it. Spreading it out a bit so I can enjoy it for a while.

Yeah, that bugged me too. I had to constantly pause to read them.

Same, it's nice to be engrossed in a modern anime... been stuck catching up on older ones. Watching One Piece right now nearing 500. I know there is a time skip in there coming up, but dang every time I try to get even a little bit of info, lots of big spoilers...

Also, I would gladly pay for a service that skipped the intro, recap, and end titles for me. At this point episodes are like 10 mins long.

Shonen series are so bad about that. Years ago I basically stopped watching Naruto because I was so tired of only having ten mins of actual new footage surrounded by ten minutes of intro, recap, etc.

The way Naruto and One Piece handle it are completely different. When the Naruto anime started catching up with the manga, they decided to go off on random filler arcs that lasted months. On the other hand, One Piece went the route of basically spending the first 5 minutes of every episode recapping previous ones, thereby reducing the amount of time they had for new stuff. This keeps them from overtaking the manga too quickly while still being able to put out a new episode every week without it being filler junk.

Oda likes to put one page stories at the beginning of One Piece chapters. They are usually at least 15 pages in each arc and they tend to follow up on side characters, like what Ace is doing or how CP9 escaped from Enies Lobby and such. They've made a couple of those into cannon filler arcs like catching up with Coby, but have largely ignored them and I always thought that was a big oversight. I mean, how many manga artists provide their own filler?

Grenn wrote:

Oda likes to put one page stories at the beginning of One Piece chapters. They are usually at least 15 pages in each arc and they tend to follow up on side characters, like what Ace is doing or how CP9 escaped from Enies Lobby and such. They've made a couple of those into cannon filler arcs like catching up with Coby, but have largely ignored them and I always thought that was a big oversight. I mean, how many manga artists provide their own filler?

Yeah, I always thought this was a shame, especially since several of these arcs explain why certain characters get to where they are when they reappear in the main story.

ccesarano wrote:
garion333 wrote:

What's the consensus on Gundam Unicorn? I feel like it's been talked about a number of times, but as someone who hasn't watched much Gundam I'm staring at the 67% score for me on Netflix and wonder why it's so low...

It's probably one of the better Gundam shows. I know when it first released the anime fans on my Twitter feed were all about it. I watched it on Netflix and enjoyed it well enough, though I don't remember it too clearly. Perfectly consumable without causing indigestion.

If I could remember what year I watched it I might be able to find my old posts on it.

As I understand it, it did a really good job of wrapping up and paying homage to the past 40 years of Gundam history. Only, if you hadn't been paying attention to that because most of Gundam is very hard to access if you're not a fanatic, then it felt a little listless. I enjoyed it, despite not having watched much Gundam. Couldn't tell you much of what happened, but it was pretty cool.

So I finished Bofuri. It was fun but a little more cutesy than I'm used to and it got a little boring once she obtained her second ultimate form, but a good watch overall. That said, I would never play a MMO that unbalanced.

Kaguya-sama 2 episode 11: I was not prepared for such a heavy, serious episode! Damn!

Bookworm anime has concluded. It is extremely good. Ferdinand really reveals his game here, and it's apparent that while Myne doesn't always like him and he can come off as a jerk, he really does care for her.

DoroHeDoro is typical anime bizarre that delves further into wackiness at times.
It is also gory but ultimately it is fun.

I think I saw mention of it earlier in the thread. It is on Netflix.
Sadly the last episode (12) starts to piece major plot points together and then ends without resolution or even a cliffhanger to tease the audience. I hope there are other episodes in the works for sure.

fangblackbone wrote:

DoroHeDoro is typical anime bizarre that delves further into wackiness at times.
It is also gory but ultimately it is fun.

I think I saw mention of it earlier in the thread. It is on Netflix.
Sadly the last episode (12) starts to piece major plot points together and then ends without resolution or even a cliffhanger to tease the audience. I hope there are other episodes in the works for sure.

I tried to get into it but between the animation style and the outlandishness, I just couldn't get into it. I think that's also why I can't get into Tower of God. The detail is nice, though, and the factions are well designed.

I enjoy the comical relationships in DoroHeDoro.
One person goes of a cliff with melodrama. Their partner brings them back down to earth by either pounding them on the head, sucker punching them in the gut or very rationally with a punchline motive that is completely bent.

I liked DoroHeDoro. No idea what the title means. The art reminded me of Akira. It is very wacky and lots of odd things happen. They have one character that has a flashback where they are in their teens. However, in the current time they look like they are in their mid twenties and went from being small to huge. They don't explain how they got that way in maybe a year or so. But they live in a magic world where it is normal for people to have their heads changed into a lizard so I guess they don't need to explain it.

Apparently, it means Mud Sludge. (I did a quick search before my previous post).

Anyone heard anything about when all the anime that were paused a couple months ago will return? Been missing my weekly fix of shows (Kingdom, Shokugeki no Soma, Black Clover, Sword Art Online, etc.).

Kingdom - No word yet
Shokugeki no Soma - July 3 (from episode 1)
Black Clover - July 7
Sword Art Online - July 11

ANN has a running list of delays and updates if there are any others you want to check.

Awesome, thanks.

I didn't know Shokugeki no Soma was available on Netflix and Hulu! I love the manga, so I am definitely going to check out the anime.

How have I not known about LeeandLie until today?!

Still working my way through Bleach. I'm up past episode 230 now and I've definitely got a love/hate relationship thing going on with it. I love the characters and the stories but I hate that they inject "filler" mini-arcs into the middle of the Arrancar arc. They've done this now twice just as they reach some sort of climactic moment/cliffhanger. Of course, after an episode or two of the filler, I'm back to loving it again. One of the filler episodes was a flashback that revealed some HUGELY important details that lay out some major foreshadowing for how the Arrancar story is going to play out. So good!

After forgiving them for a 10+ story break, I was upset that the CURRENT filler story is over 30 episodes long before we get back to the epic Arrancar cliffhanger. However, now that I'm a few episodes into it, I just don't care. The mini story is really compelling and the huge ensemble of characters is just so much fun! A series of this size has given us the opportunity to see the backstories and development of a lot of these characters as well as giving them the opportunity to continue to grow.

I also watched the first of four movies and thought it was pretty good too. I'm looking forward to the others.

A number of years ago, in a fit of nostalgia, I picked up the complete Robotech saga on DVD from Amazon. I remember binge watching the entire thing one weekend with a bunch of folks back in college and absolutely loved it. I tried watching it again this time with my pre-teen kids but forgot just how hokey the dubbed voice acting sounded. They didn't much care for it (nor the early animation style) so we didn't get very far into it.

I've seen clips of the original Japanese audio with English subs on youtube and finally did a bit of research and discovered the Animeigo release of the complete Macross TV series (doesn't include robotech masters or the new generation). I found a copy in decent shape and for a decent price on Ebay and picked it up this week. I skimmed a few episodes (checking the DVDs for defects) and think that I'm going to really enjoy watching this version. The ONLY thing I liked better about the English Dub was the music soundtrack--especially the combat scenes and the opening and closing music sequences.

I'm now on the hunt for English subbed editions of masters and new generation.

I really enjoyed BNA on Netflix!

It actually make me wonder if we are going to see a lot more animation coming out of the entertainment industry. It will certainly be hampered by social distancing but at least it can be done remotely. I'd wager a lot of actors will be trying to get voice over work to pay the bills.

fangblackbone wrote:

It actually make me wonder if we are going to see a lot more animation coming out of the entertainment industry. It will certainly be hampered by social distancing but at least it can be done remotely. I'd wager a lot of actors will be trying to get voice over work to pay the bills.

I've heard that the animation industry at the moment is getting a whole lotta projects pumped into them precisely because their workflows and costs haven't changed very much.

I find these fascinating.
You had Persona 4 The Animation, which was a rehash of the game, which The World Ends with You looks to be the same. But Final Fantasy XV Brotherhood was a prequel.
I guess it depends on how much interesting content there is to tell about prequels or what happened after (Persona 4 Dancing All Night took place after the events of the main game).
It's that old bit of writing advice, "is this the most interesting part of your protagonist's life, and if not, why aren't you showing us that?" Not sure how many interesting stories could be told about the protagonists of The World Ends with You or the Persona games prior to the events of their games, seeing as they're in modern day, doing day-to-day activities, whereas the Final Fantasy games all seem to take place in interesting worlds with lots going on.

karmajay wrote:

I really enjoyed BNA on Netflix!

Yeah I was pleasantly surprised to find that one, I didn't know that Trigger was working on a new series. I really enjoyed it.

Boy, God of High School sure is going to be a fighting anime. Multi-part battle royale qualifying prelim match spanning at least 2 episodes (starts in ep 1 and isn't done)? Sounds like a summer winner!

At least he wasn't sucked into a video game first.

Yeah I read the first season of that and it is all fighting for sure