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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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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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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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Or is it just the sexual humor in Gintama specifically?

Just the ones in Gintama.

 
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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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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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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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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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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.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / So now I am using Firefox.

Chrome. Firefox was slow as hell the last time I used it. Haven’t used it ever since.

 
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I can’t wait for Plastic Memories to air so I can get the full version of the PV song. The actually anime looks generic as hell. I have never seen Chobits, but I get similar vibe from it, and Chobits is apparently pretty bad. On the plus side, it’s an original anime, so it could be decent.

 
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Originally posted by sddsdd:

Well, that’s a shame, CowFriend. I had been pretty psyched to watch Kaiji, because I’ve been raring to watch a decent thriller for a while now. Will still probably give it a go soon enough.

If you have ever seen SAW and liked it, then you will probably enjoy Kaiji more than me. It’s a great thriller since I was on the edge literally the whole time watching it. It’s just a really niche show and not everyone can enjoy it.

 
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k finished first season of Kaiji

I felt like I was choked the whole time. There was not a single happy moment in the show at all which just made me feel bad the whole time watching it. You really need to have a sadistic nature to enjoy watching this. While this show is somewhat decent in its premise, I did not enjoy it (I honestly would have dropped it if it’s not for my completionist habit) and will definitely not watch the second season.

The biggest flaw in the show is how repetitive the show is. MC gambles → finds a way to win gamble → plan somehow fails → finds a way to recover → “wins” (not really) → goes back to more gambling and repeats process.
I also could not take the ending seriously. The show turned from a man trying to recover from debt to trying to be a better gambler than another man like a freaking sport anime.

The soundtracks are really good though. 10/10 game of the year

Anyways, I’m probably gonna need to watch a couple casual shows to recover from this.

 
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lol Kaiji

It’s like HxH and Yu-Gi-Oh had a baby. I’m enjoying it so far, but the MC’s personality wasn’t what I had in mind when I saw the posters.

 
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I’m halfway through GTO and taking a break from it, but I liked what I saw. Also I never saw the first HxH, did I miss anything by only watching the remake?

Yeah, the first ~16 episodes were great until they did like ten episodes of fillers afterwards. The plot really doesn’t pick up until episode 30 or so.

As for HxH, if you’re interested, you could check out the filler stage during the hunter exam (starts at episode 18). It’s one of the best fillers IMO and probably my second most favorite stage of the exam (first being the stage on the island). Outside of that, you’re not missing much. The original version had better characters, but I wouldn’t recommend sitting through the whole show again for it unless you have a lot of time.

 
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Finally finished Great Teacher Onizuka.

It’s above average, I guess. It’s good at what it’s trying to do, but it also has some major flaws that recurs throughout the show. My biggest problem with it is the amount of fillers. Literally half of the episodes could be cut down. I don’t mind fillers if they are consistent to the core plot of the show (HxH 1999 has some of the best fillers), but it isn’t the case for GTO. Another issue is the unsatisfying ending. The flow of the last arc just doesn’t feel right. A bunch of high schoolers suddenly find all these information about the “criminals” and is suddenly able to prevent a disaster by having everyone in the right place at the right time every time? Okay bro, okay. It doesn’t really incite the audience the same severity of the situation the characters are feeling.

The show is still good overall, though. Onizuka made the show and I liked how unpredictable it is. You know that there are only good endings in this show, but the methods that he chooses to achieve it is pretty creative. Some of the character interactions are pretty funny, too. I give it a 7/10 that could have been much higher without those flaws. I wouldn’t mind a remake that condenses the show down with better graphics (it’s subpar even for 90’s standard).

Edit: And for people who loved GTO, I recommend Kochikame. It’s pretty much GTO but with a police officer and has a more episodic approach. It was one of my favorite childhood shows and I would say it’s even better than GTO. I’m sad that it’s sitting at such a low popularity for such a great show. It’s a long-running show, but I would still recommend checking out the first couple episodes.

 
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Watched two episodes of GTO so far (haven’t watched anime in about three weeks). It’s okay for now. Hope it’ll pick up later on.

I have never seen the OP for it until today, and I can definitely see Ping Pong getting some heavy inspiration from it.

Edit: Oh yeah, Onizuka really reminds me of Sakuragi from Slam Dunk, so I’ll probably enjoy the show as it goes on. Episode 3 is already looking pretty promising.