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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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

Edit: I shouldn’t have said “some”. There’s really only a few vocal people I know who were outraged to that extent, and nearly all of them are experienced fans.

It’s probably the rape aspect that got them. Neither HotD or Monogatari (has some child molestation, but it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously) have that much of it compared to SAO.

Most if not all of the criticism (mostly from /r/anime) I have seen about that scene in SAO was referring to the bad writing rather than emotional impulse. It’s really just the vocal minority who had to make a statement while those of us who don’t care for it aren’t making a big deal out of it.

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

Some of these people are experienced anime watchers, though. I’m talking about people that are okay with shows like Highschool of the Dead or Monogatari but have complained about SAO.

Well yeah, you’re gonna have the outliers like those for any anime. I was just speaking about the general viewers.

Also, the anti-popular trend in the mainstream anime community is lame.

I agree. It’s hard to gauge the effect of the hype, but there are certainly people who rate higher/lower than what they actually would if they weren’t exposed to the polarizing opinions.


Anyways, I just finished the first episode of SAO 2. It’s half bad and half decent. Asuna is pretty much a trash tier character now (she wasn’t that amazing of a character to being with, but now she’s just useless). The reunion of the two was so sappy I cringed. The exposition about GGO was quite nice, though. I’m actually excited about the mystery and how it’s gonna unfold.

Disappointment here I come!

Edit: lul episode 2 – dem harem casuals still playing that peasant fantasy mmo

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

but if any other anime had done the same thing, it wouldn’t have received half the backlash SAO did.

That’s because SAO was hyped to hell. People picked it up due to its hype and expected it to be really good. And as we all know, the anime community tend to criticize popular shows much harshly.

Another point to make is that SAO was a show that had high exposure in the west. SAO was probably one of the first anime those viewers had watched, and they’re not totally desensitized to the overly-sexual scenes that anime tend to do. You’re a pretty experienced viewers, so of course you’re not gonna be as shocked about that scene as those people are. Yeah, that scene is just the tip of the iceberg compared to some other anime, but a high percentage of the viewers probably haven’t seen those yet.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / OT's League Of Legends Thread?

Originally posted by Seesine:

lol

tfw I bought Spirit Guard Udyr when it came out with RP

…that I won from a Kong giveaway by SicMirx

 
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Topic: Off-topic / briefly describe what is in your room

Why do you have so much stuff in your room that you don’t use?

Because I don’t do my routines in my bedroom. I literally only use it for sleeping and dressing up. For homework and recreation, I do it in the “living room” (not really) where there is a big table.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / briefly describe what is in your room

A computer that I don’t use
A closet with clothes in it
Vacuum Cleaner
Bed
Cabinet with nothing on/in it