Let's talk anime.

Be warned, Wonder Egg Priority is incredible until it approaches its end. It gets a little weird when it starts to add more of a meta plot involving Acca and Ura-Acca, then it completely misses the ending and crashes with a whimper.

Such a shame. It really felt like it the story just ran out of time (even with the additional conclusion episode). Still, if you can ignore its attempts at the later plot, is a great watch.

Did you finish? I was observant of a group in a Discord that had watched while it aired and it seemed like they were all quite upset with its conclusion.

On a whim I decided to fire up Godzilla: Singular Point, and wound up getting sucked into it in a way I hadn't expected. One might say there's some bias since I'm a massive Godzilla fan, but it's very unlike a typical Godzilla story at all. There are monsters, but it's not about the monster mash like the films are. It's heavily influenced by Shin Godzilla in a visual "reinvention of the classic creatures" sense, but the emphasis is far more on some strange metaphysical examination of time... uh... communication? It's certainly not time travel, but from my perspective it's a bunch of pseudo-science interpreted in a fashion as to sound like legitimate science.

Which, admittedly, is the sort of thing I've kind of been missing. No soap opera drama as permeates Western entertainment, and a bunch of adult characters doing things that drive the plot forward. It was a nice follow-up to Psycho Pass season one, which felt like not too dissimilar to watching Stand Alone Complex or Mamoru Oshii's Patlabor (which, coincidentally, is what the original team/committee was going for). However, Gen Urobuchi was only involved in the first season and film, and from what I hear following seasons plummet pretty hard. Given how the lone episode of season one Urobuchi didn't write, episode 12, was littered with predictable dialogue and turns and overly emotional ploys that ultimately didn't fit the character they were trying to provide an origin for, I don't expect to keep going.

Wondering what I wish to watch next. That was a good one-two-combo of sci-fi shows that are less common these days.

Mantid wrote:

Be warned, Wonder Egg Priority is incredible until it approaches its end. It gets a little weird when it starts to add more of a meta plot involving Acca and Ura-Acca, then it completely misses the ending and crashes with a whimper.

Such a shame. It really felt like it the story just ran out of time (even with the additional conclusion episode). Still, if you can ignore its attempts at the later plot, is a great watch.

This is such a shame. I did some quick snooping around other forums and Reddit, and yep everyone seems to echo this.

12 episodes is on the shorter side, so I may still finish it to see exactly how bad it gets.

At least SSSS.Dynazenon is there to comfort me when I need big stompy mecha goodness. Gridman was my favourite anime last year so discovering the sequel on Funimation was just great!

ccesarano wrote:

Did you finish? I was observant of a group in a Discord that had watched while it aired and it seemed like they were all quite upset with its conclusion.

On a whim I decided to fire up Godzilla: Singular Point, and wound up getting sucked into it in a way I hadn't expected. One might say there's some bias since I'm a massive Godzilla fan, but it's very unlike a typical Godzilla story at all. There are monsters, but it's not about the monster mash like the films are. It's heavily influenced by Shin Godzilla in a visual "reinvention of the classic creatures" sense, but the emphasis is far more on some strange metaphysical examination of time... uh... communication? It's certainly not time travel, but from my perspective it's a bunch of pseudo-science interpreted in a fashion as to sound like legitimate science.

Which, admittedly, is the sort of thing I've kind of been missing. No soap opera drama as permeates Western entertainment, and a bunch of adult characters doing things that drive the plot forward. It was a nice follow-up to Psycho Pass season one, which felt like not too dissimilar to watching Stand Alone Complex or Mamoru Oshii's Patlabor (which, coincidentally, is what the original team/committee was going for). However, Gen Urobuchi was only involved in the first season and film, and from what I hear following seasons plummet pretty hard. Given how the lone episode of season one Urobuchi didn't write, episode 12, was littered with predictable dialogue and turns and overly emotional ploys that ultimately didn't fit the character they were trying to provide an origin for, I don't expect to keep going.

Wondering what I wish to watch next. That was a good one-two-combo of sci-fi shows that are less common these days.

I don't want to watch anything requiring brain power these days so I'm stuck watching things like Dragon Maid, Boku Academia, and Moonlit Fantasy. With the exception of Dragon Maid, none of them are really things I can recommend. The new Demon Slayer movie is now available on Netflix, and I hear great things about Odd Taxi.

LarryC wrote:

The new Demon Slayer movie is now available on Netflix

Just checked and searching returns only season 1.

mrtomaytohead wrote:
LarryC wrote:

The new Demon Slayer movie is now available on Netflix

Just checked and searching returns only season 1.

Larry is outside the US so it is prob region locked.

Just finished demon school iruma kun. Last few episodes are a quiet finish. Compared to the end of the last arc. Definitely more of setup for next season. Which has been confirmed. Which is great as the next arc is fantastic. Too be fair I've liked all the arcs so far. Just too bad it is so far away.

Yeah, the Iruma-Kun manga is one of the few that doesn't get stale. I has continued to be delightful all the way to the current chapter.

That said, I'm still going to grumble about how obvious they made a certain character. Spoils such a nice surprise.

Same goes for Shadow House now that it has a season 2 confirmed. They really jumped on wrapping up a couple things in the first season in case they didn't get a second season, and it also spoils some of the story later on as well as removing some foreshadowing!

I just popped in to post this tweet from the manga artist of the One Punch Man series Yusuke Murata. It is a short, but impressive, bit of animation. Wow.

karmajay wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:
LarryC wrote:

The new Demon Slayer movie is now available on Netflix

Just checked and searching returns only season 1.

Larry is outside the US so it is prob region locked.

And I knew / noticed that and completely failed to indicate that in my post, which is my fault. Thanks for the catch.

Still trying to finish the original series on Hulu. The characters and style and music and themes are all cool and interesting, but the pace is so slow sometimes, it feels like a slog in the middle. I want to know what happens, but need to watch at like 1.25 speed.

I really didn't like the idea of live action Cowboy Bebop, but that actually looks pretty fun.

I'm still wary. Part of what makes that series so amazing is the stylized animation, where movement is so in-time with the amazing soundtrack. I don't quite see them coming close to doing that with real actors.

Regardless, seeing them go all-in on the idea is promising. It could be a quirky spinoff or a dumpster fire, who knows!

Just watched the last episode of Sonny Boy, and I already feel like I should watch the whole thing again straight through from the beginning. It is a journey.

Beautiful and surreal.

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I checked out after the monkey baseball episode. Does it pick back up?

Star Wars Does Not Love Bunny Girl Sempai.

Okay, that's just one of the shorts, but I need to get my hands on this anthology.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

I checked out after the monkey baseball episode. Does it pick back up?

Well, that's it for monkey baseball but I'd say that's the pace of the show. For the most part, each episode almost feels like a stand-alone as it explores its own theme. They go to some strange places, which I really liked.

I liked the exploration of the world mechanics in prior episodes but that episode was just, huh.

I am 90% over Star Wars. I have also been sick of lightsabers and Jedi since the prequels plastered them all over the big screen.

But dag nab, many of the shorts in Visions had me feeling that old childhood tingle of excitement when someone says "I am a Jedi!" or "May the Force be with you".

Deep down I actually hope some of those could be greenlit into full blown series, particularly The Village Bride, The Ninth Jedi, T0-B1, and Lop and Ocho. Any one of those could be turned into a great series.

This is referencing something from a while ago, but MY GOD is the Appleseed movie terrible. I ended up buying the Manga because I was like "the source material cannot be this crap."

I never really got into the entire Appleseed thing, myself. The setting and the concepts are cool, but the story and delivery aren't there. I actually liked No Guns Life better, though I don't know if Appleseed is going for something similar.

I remember buying the 2004 Appleseed film on DVD back in the early 2000s because I saw a trailer for it and thought the cel-shaded CGI looked cool. Despite owning it I'm pretty sure I only ever watched it once and I could not tell you a single thing that happens in the movie other than that there's a blonde lady and a robot and they probably shoot guns at stuff?

I just pulled up the WIkipedia article on the film and even the synopsis was too boring to finish reading. Something about reproductive rights for clones I guess?