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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.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Games you're currently hyping?

Do you mean H1Z1 out of early access?

Yes.

HiZ1 is just a DayZ clone

Never played DayZ. Doesn’t matter if it’s a clone to me.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Games you're currently hyping?

Probably not gonna have a lot of time to play them, but currently waiting for Tree of Savior and H1Z1 to be released.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / briefly describe your current location and activity

In my bedroom reviewing calculus for calculus final.

 
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Oh, okay. Thought you didn’t read it since you were comparing it to the site getting hacked even though it was just a maintenance. :P

 
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It’s not like the site’s DDOSed. It’s just down for server maintenance. Should be up by 6 PM PST.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Anyone taking AP courses?

Yeah, but I’m taking it really easy this year. Only taking Calculus BC and Environmental Science this year.

Took APUSH, Calc AB, Physics B, European History before.

 
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Started watching Non Non Biyori. Man, it’s absolutely beautiful. I love the countryside, I’m glad there are more anime featuring it instead of the generic city SoL. I like how it focuses more on ambient sound rather than soundtracks. Along with the beautiful landscapes, it feels like I’m actually in the countryside itself. I can see this being one of my favorite anime if it continues to be like this.

I feel really bad for the guy, though. I really hope he doesn’t get the Isshiki treatment in which he’s just the episodic comic relief. I hope he just disappears and never come back. I hate it when they make characters that are there to suffer for the sake of suffering (unless he’s actually important to the plot later on).

 
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I had the opposite experience with GGO. I can see how SAO was trying to be more ambitious or whatever, but I just thought it was incredibly boring. The pacing was too slow for my liking, and that coupled with the fact that I didn’t really care about the characters in the first place made me lose interest really quickly.

Each to their own, I guess. I marathoned it, so the pacing thing wasn’t an issue for me since I could keep the immersion. I was reading episode discussion threads along the way, and I can see people who are keeping up weekly being pretty pissed about the first couple episodes not being uneventful and Kirito not logging in already. I appreciated the fact that they slowed down for more character development rather than what they did in S1.

 
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I think it was a good touch to both times, it was necessary for you to truly dislike the character or understand how evil they are.

spoilers But why is it that it always has to be villains that are motivated by lust? If we take a step back, the rape never had to happen. It only happened in order to get another female character to join Kirito’s harem unchallenged by stooping every other male character so low that you can’t support them anymore. The Laughing Coffin members in GGO are just your generic antagonists motivated by pure evil. Okay, I can get by that considering this is SAO. What if Sinon’s “friend” was the one who saved her from the murderer because he actually cared for her like shown in the beginning. It didn’t always have to be Kirito this Kirito that.

For ALO, it’s kind of passable since the antagonist was established as a rapist from the beginning so I don’t feel like I’m cheated out of a character with good potential.

 
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Aay, just finished the GGO arc and the mini-arc after that.

GGO is by far the most enjoyable arc so far in SAO (I hear Mother Rosario is suppose to be good, too). This arc felt like a completely different anime compared to the rest of the show. The gritty color palette compliments the serious tone, which completely immersed me to the story. The SAO author is incredibly bad at writing side characters, so I’m glad that he chose to only focus on one new character. Instead of rushing through 13 episodes with minimal character development (*cough* season 1 *cough*), I actually get to know Sinon. I was pretty happy that the useless harem crew didn’t get a lot of screen time. There weren’t a lot of worldbuilding, but I’m glad that they decided to focus on the individual characters for once.

spoilers There were a crap ton of flaws to it, though. I think everyone who watched it already know how bad the solving of the Death Gun mystery was, so I’m not even going to talk about it. It’s a popcorn show, throwing realism out of the window is the best thing to do here. Then there’s the rape. I really question why the author thought having the same resolution as the ALO arc was a good idea. I guess it’s not SAO without the molestation!

Basically, the show gets better for the first half of the arc, then it gets worse and worse until a train wreck. Nevertheless, GGO is a huge step up from the previous season and I really enjoyed it (until the end).