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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Well, after a long grind, I finally finished Monster. It’s pretty good, but it’s no where near a masterpiece. The story is way longer than it needed to be, and the ending just wasn’t satisfying for how long this show took. The plot gets repetitive and predictable after a few arcs, and some of the characters start out pretty decent but just become bland and irritating (Nina to name one). Lunge and Grimmer are probably my two most favorite characters and definitely carried the show for me. The one main thing that this show did well was how innovative it was to the anime medium. It’s probably the most comparable anime to western crime/mystery TV series.

Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this show unless you’re just out of shows to watch and have a lot of free time. It’s 74 episodes when it could be easily condensed to ~50 episodes. It’s also not a show that you can just binge through because the story’s really not that captivating.

Well, I’m glad that I finished the show. I can finally move on to another show.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What grade are you in?

Going to college next year.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / do you like having ice in your drinks?

For water, it doesn’t matter. For drinks, most of the time. Most store drinks are way sweeter than it need to be, so adding ice is good for extending the cool time and makes it taste better. Win-win.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / If OT was pay to win

you could pay like 15$ and kong would give you a cool thread ideas

Best idea I have read since the Patriot Act. I think OT would really benefit from this.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What is your reputation?

Coolest kid in town.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

I watched 15 episodes and put it on hold. This was over 2 years ago. That show was so painfully dull and slow that I couldn’t stand to watch it. I’ll get back to it when I completely run out of other stuff to watch.

The only reason why I picked this show up was because of how well-received it is, and I’ll probably continue to watch it because of that. I watched episode nine yesterday, and that was definitely the high point of the show so far for me (even though it has nothing to do with the mystery). It’s pretty nice that I don’t hate any characters do far. The show does a great job of showcasing both the good and bad side of characters instead of oversimplifying them, even that gold digger.

Edit: I take that back, I forgot there was the director and his goons.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Started watching Monster yesterday. It’s really one of its kind in terms of anime. It feels a lot like a medical/mystery/crime TV shows, which is a fairly common TV genre in America, and it’s set in a country not in Japan. The only other anime I know that is kind of similar is Black Jack (decent show), but it’s mostly episodic and more focused on the medical part. The mystery part gives me a Serial Experiments Lain vibe without the red herrings, so I’m kind of looking forward to that. It’s pretty uneventful so far, but I’m looking forward to unravel the mystery.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / How autistic is OT?

Get destroyed, OT

It’s funny because I actually found a book about Asperger at an elementary school I was tutoring at today. Flipped through it and remembered some of the symptoms it listed.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Finished the first three episodes of Your Lie in April. It’s pretty damn good so far, I enjoyed pretty much every moment in this show. The premise is kinda forced (don’t think I need to explain this), but it’s just for the setup and hopefully the show will continue to be good.

The atmosphere in this show is freaking amazing. It really feels like I’m on the stage with them.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Originally posted by Indy111:

Anyone having trouble with MAL signing you out all the freaking time recently?

Yeah, it’s happening to me too.


Well, I finished Barakamon. It got better, but not by much. One thing I got from it is that I appreciate Nozaki-Kun even more now (show I watched before Barakamon). I currently have Barakamon at 7, but I’m debating on moving Nozaki-Kun from 7 to 8 or bumping Barakamon down to 6 (this is probably the more accurate rating).

I have to say that this show is just fine. There are plenty of shows that are better at doing what this show is trying to do.

One of the issues was that I didn’t really enjoy the humor in this show. Most of them seem forced from characters overreacting or laughing at things that aren’t really funny (the metal detector at the airport came to my mind). My favorite funny scene would have to be the Mandom one, but too bad that they never expanded on that joke. I would have enjoyed it if the show showed more characterization of Naru trying to act like an adult.

That’s the other thing, from the beginning to the end, the show never delved deep into the characters. I expected there to be a more complex relationship between the MC and Naru due to the nature of the show, but that never happened. I thought the MC would undergo a major conflict with the characters in the middle of the show, but that never happened. I think this would have made the show much stronger, especially since it’s about character growth. The show seemed to try to portray that the MC and Naru have a stronger bond than other characters, but that wasn’t very believable since they didn’t have any particularly special moments together. I wasn’t attached to any of the characters because of that, which was also why I find it funny that there are people who cried during the phone call scene with the villagers near the end.

I really feel like this show isn’t that different from the typical SoL. It seems like some people are automatically giving it higher rating because there are kids and countryside in it. It has incredible potential (if it had actual plot and meaningful character bonding) and I would enjoy it a lot more if it didn’t have those issues.

Well, I feel better for letting this out now.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Finished watching the first three episodes of Barakamon. But damn, it’s ridiculously mediocre so far. Most of the characters are generic and annoying (e.g. the yaoi fangirl trope has no place in this show). The whole “everyone in the village is happy and nice to the MC” thing is getting boring to watch. I lived in a rural place before, so I get that people are more intimate there, but the way the show portrays it is just over the top.

Don’t get me wrong, I love shows like this. But Silver Spoon and Non Non Biyori both did a much better job in the first three episodes than Barakamon. I guess the one thing that Barakamon did better than Non Non Biyori is the realism of actually having old people in the countryside.

I’ll continue watching it because it’s probably gonna get better. But man, there’s really nothing spectacular about this show that I can point out right now.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / How Many Languages Can You Speak?

Mandarin and English and three years of French.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Are you here to be liked?

No.

I really don’t know why I’m still here.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / itt impersonate other oters

Hey, OT. I hope you’re having a nice day today.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Have you ever ate something disgusting?

I thought I was eating chocolate balls. But apparently they were cockroach eggs.

It’s okay, they were empty.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

@ES

Yes, Gin makes quite a few crotch jokes, but most of the humor comes from references to other shows.

Yeah, both of those two types of humor are the issue I have with it (the way it’s presented in Gintama).
And yeah, it’s the potential hit-and-miss factor that’s making me not wanting to pick it up. I’m not doubting that there are going to be episodes where I’ll laugh my butt off, but I also don’t want to sit through episodes of shit-tier humor or ones that just don’t fit my taste.

@Seesine

after the first serious arc – Benizakura Arc (that starts at episode 58, btw) it feels like it put the whole show in motion

Okay, that’s a tad bit more than 20 episodes. I probably can’t watch through that. I honestly really want to watch the serious arcs in Gintama and see how it fares since it’s primarily a comedy show. But if I have to sit through episodes of character introduction and mediocre humor until it picks up, then it’s probably not for me.


Thanks, guys. I probably won’t be watching it any time soon unless we get seasons of dry spell in the future. Too much shows to watch and I haven’t been watching that many recently.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Or is it just the sexual humor in Gintama specifically?

Just the ones in Gintama.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

I’m pretty skeptical about how good Gintama is. There are a couple of things that are making me not wanting to stick with it. It’s assumptions I’m making about the show, so if I’m wrong about them, try to correct and convince me that it’s the greatest comedy ever.

So I watched the first few episodes and thought that they’re mediocre at best. Most people are saying that it doesn’t pick up after around 20 episodes. That’s fine, I can stick with it if it’s actually worth the time to do that.

First, a lot of appeals that I have seen people throwing around is the fact that it references numerous other anime. But really, I don’t find referential humor all that great by itself since it’s cheap and really not difficult to just reference other anime and make the viewers go “oh, wow, it’s from X anime!” I’m not saying that referential humor is bad, but it seems like the entire show’s based way too much off of it and that they don’t seem to be related to anything going on in the show. It’s just “there”.

Another thing is that every time someone wants to convince others to watch it, they would link this or this. Quite frankly, I just don’t find sexual humor all that funny either. They just seem so incredibly forced.

Anyways, that’s about it. You guys can try to debunk what I just said if I’m wrong about the overall premise of the show. But if it’s like what I just said, maybe it’s just not my type of humor.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Samurai Champloo was pretty good for me. I enjoyed its stylistic art and OST more than the actual show/characters, though. Except Mugen. Mugen is a badass.

Yeah, the story is getting better after the first eight episodes or so. I like Mugen and Jin almost equally. I know why people would prefer Mugen over Jin, but his character is fairly one-dimensional. Jin, on the other hand, has a more complex characterization. The characters he interacts with are usually more sophisticated and gives more meaningful dialogues. The episode with Jin visiting the woman in the brothel is probably my favorite so far (13 episodes in so far). But as I said earlier, I like them both almost equally.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Watched the first eight episodes of Samurai Champloo. It’s like Space Dandy (maybe Cowboy Bebop, but haven’t seen it yet) but set in the Edo period mixed with gangster culture. I really like Mugen and Jin, but their screen time just feels so unsatisfying since the show puts such a heavy focus on the story.

The fight choreography are all right. I can see that it tried to be ambitious with the wild movements, but the fights ended up kinda choppy with the low frames. It’s good so far (nothing spectacular). I’m not sure how I feel about sexual themes being in pretty much every episode so far, though.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Would you rather be deaf or mute?

Mute should be a clear choice for most people. It’s easy to communicate through other means, but hearing isn’t something that can be substituted.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What did you dream about last night

I was riding a bike in a countryside full of rice fields.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Okay finished Parasyte. It’s well done in a few aspects, but it’s also flawed in some other areas.

First of all, I really enjoyed fight choreography in this anime. This was one of the best “fight” scenes in the show and also gave off the vibe of Uvogin from HxH. I also loved the strategy involved in the fights and how each one of them are somewhat different. This is also very HxH-like in that characters in the show can’t win with just raw power. Sometimes running is the best tactic when you know you can’t win under certain situations.

As for the flaws, we gotta start with the female characters. They are so bad. The female lead is pretty much a cardboard cutout that’s only there to say LOLOL ARE YOU SHINICHI. Yeah, I get that it’s suppose to build onto the theme of the story, but that doesn’t excuse assigning a major character just to say that line. That other girl was all right at the start, but then she just deteriorated into this obsessive character. The only decent female character in the show was the female parasite. Another problem I had was the lackluster ending. I don’t wanna spoil anything, so I’m just gonna say that the order of events are too conveniently placed and skewed way too much in favor of the MC that it doesn’t really follow the same direction as the previous episodes.

As for the themes in the story, they’re okay. Everything was spelled out for the viewer and doesn’t really touch much deeper than the surface of those issues. It’s still a very decent fun show. If you haven’t seen it, I would recommend checking it out if you liked HxH.

Final note: I really dig the ending song. It’s been a really long time since I have heard a good anime song sang by a male.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anime Addicts Anonymous (AAA)

Mine didn’t get changed. I’m just so much cooler that they decided not to mess with it.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Lefty or Righty?

I use left hand for writing and eating, but right for most sports.