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I agree that you reserve the right to disapprove a show for inconsistencies between media, but that is no excuse to hate a show because of these inconsistencies. Lord of the Rings was taken from Tolkien’s work. Does this make LotR bad because it is different from the original source? I know that you are thinking something along the lines of “there is a difference between an inspiration and the direct translation of media” and that shouldn’t matter. The two cases are exactly the same.

I repeat Anthony Lane’s sentiment: it’s okay for people who have read the source to be fussy. People who have read Lord of the Rings have the right to get fussy, for entirely good reasons. It is a matter of perspective. I have a contempt for the Umineko anime, even if the majority finds it good. I have the right to say my thoughts. Isn’t it good to have individualistic thoughts?

Yes, you are right that reviewers are supposed to be objective. At the same time, we are biased as hell. Roger Ebert is a sucker for black and white films along with Japanese animated films while finding violent works a bit disgusting; he is one of the few critics to have a dislike over Jurassic Park. Objectivity is a wonderful thing, I agree — that’s why I tend to keep my mouth shut when it comes to reviewing. I have never reviewed a work that has a rating of 10 from me, except Steady x Study. On the other hand, I have suppressed thoughts on terrible adaptations like Higurashi; its first season is just so weak and the source shows more potential. I find that inexcusable. That’s why I keep talking shit about Higurashi.

Until you see me review Higurashi, I have the right to hate a work. I have not yet reviewed anything that I am a fan of.

On the other hand: if it’s Tsukihime, I have the right to review a work based on what you called “biased” thinking. Lane’s statement is wise when used here; there are so many things wrong with this work you have to compare it to the original source.

This is a long and grueling battle of schools of thoughts; I tread the middle, though I have a good taste in stirring chaos up — why I’m still a moderator bothers me. I’m also Switzerland: neutral, but ready to hate a certain race.

It is the same thing with you claiming everything is a Shana clone. The shows may have taken inspiration from one show, but there is no valid reason to downrate the essence of a show simply because it isn’t the original.

Wait.

What.

I didn’t say that.

Shana Clones are characters that sound like Shana; in essence, it is an archetype that is so overused. I stole that from Tropes. I find that character archetype plain annoying and the shows that tend to have them mostly do suck. Yet, Hayate no Gotoku has that and I’m fine with Nagi, one of the more enjoyable ones. It’s more like, “I hate cliches”.

And definitely, Shana is not the original work. It’s just that more shows copy her character and her seiyuu for some reason; JC Staff, thank you very much.

People who have read the manga can hate a show for not being true to the original, but it is inexcusable say the show isn’t good because of it. It is also inexcusable to say the show is better because it includes elements the original didn’t. Either rate the show as it is, or stop spouting biased bullshit.

1. It is excusable because you are looking at in a different perspective.
2. Bias is everywhere. Archaeon hates magical girl shows and rated Nanoha fairly higher than others.
3. It is excusable to say the show is good because it took out an element. Roger Ebert valiantly wrote a review on The Great Gatsby, arguing that the screenwriters don’t understand a darn thing despite using most of the lines and took out that famous last scene in the book.
4. It is excusable to say the show is better because it includes elements the original didn’t. Archaeon’s Nodame Cantabile review is a great review at it.
5. Biased bullshit is reviewing because we love the medium so much. We reviewers love the good ol’ days that don’t exist; my good ol’ days are the French New Wave, the Japanese New Wave, New Hollywood, and the time when JC Staff was good. It is one of the few conservative things I do in my spare time; I have a small glimmering hope of nostalgia. I wait for a contemporary work to surprise me and say, “Gotcha”, as I plow through the mindless stacks of Twilight novels and novellas; Waiting for Godot comes into mind. That’s one of the many essences a reviewer has: we want that “holy shit” moment back.

 
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His review said nothing of the differences between the anime and the VN of Steins;Gate in plot, and also gave it a fairly high rating.

I’m talking about his other reviews; I know he rated Steins;gate fairly high, which is one of the few reviews that I disagree with him. If you read his Nodame Cantabile and Aria reviews, he does talk about the source a lot. Not all reviewers read visual novels.

Originally posted by EndlessSporadic:

Reviewers who read the source cannot change their bias and you should honor us for that. We know what the fuck is going on in this work even if you don’t; we know why it’s not working the way it should. You may call it fanboyism, but reviewers are fanboys; we love the medium so much we want to make it better and help everyone find it accessible. If we see something good, let’s praise it; if we see something bad, let’s lampoon it. Most animes these days are adaptations and people like Archaeon always compare the anime to the manga; his Nodame Cantabile and Aria reviews show that.

It is also this that makes your reviews extremely unreliable and biased. You may think you know what you are talking about, but chances are you are blinded by expectations. You may be good at rating something as an adaptation, but chances are you are going to be terrible at reviewing something as a piece of art.

Anthony Lane’s Emma review: “It could be argued that people who have never read the fiction — the majority of the target audience — will not be bothered by the rights and wrongs of the cast, having nothing to compare it with. But it’s worth being picky on their behalf, because they will be denied the available pleasures of the story, and will almost certainly catch a whiff of something rotten.”

First, reviewers don’t just give a damn on what is “art”; what entertains them is a better indicator. I don’t think Kobato. is one of the best animes out there, but hell — it entertained me more than most works, such as the artistic Angel’s Egg.

Second, we are stubborn and adamant about being blinded by expectations. That’s what we are: normal human beings with a good memory and hypercritical thoughts. People definitely talked about the actual Alice in Wonderland when reviewing Alice McGee’s game.

Last, everyone has different views on a work; thus, we all have different expectations. We are not one giant brain viewing a work, but separate individuals looking at a work. That’s why people are individuals; we are different.

Again, when someone has read the source, they better talk about the source for the sake of ethos. Comparing it to the source is a valid perspective and you seriously review it for the art: whether it lives up to the source. Art is not definable.

 
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I thought you judged works as pieces of art, not as an item of reflection from where it was taken.

What is an adaptation?
It is a work using the source as a basis. It makes sense to judge it from that basis, then.

Adaptations shall forever be judged by how faithful to a work it is, unless it’s Stanley Kubrick or a work known to have diverged dramatically for the sake of art. It is not art to destroy a franchise by obliterating the essence of a work — I’m looking at you, Studio DEEN and JC Staff (Umineko, Tsukihime); it is art to find a powerful adaptation that sticks to its core (Aria, Nodame Cantabile).

Read a review and you will see that the reviewer, let it be Roger Ebert, Anthony Lane, or even MAL’s Archaeon, will talk about the source. Sometimes, they admit they have not read the source and shall judge it that way; sometimes, they are like me: frustrated at the pointlessness of the removals and additions; sometimes, we enjoy the additions and subtractions of adaptations: the Mobile Suit Gundam original trilogy is looked upon like that and so do the TTGL and Macross movies.

If I am wrong, tons of reviewers are wrong. When we see a botched Hamlet production, we grab our swords and find ourselves in a mutiny between us and the stage actors. You are supposed to be angered when one of your favorite books got onto the silver screen and suckered your money away by being crappy; everyone shall remember the day when Eragon was released. There is no difference to this than talking bad about anime adaptations. I talk bad about adaptations all the time; I think Higurashi, while enjoyable, is complete trash when compared to the original source. Studio DEEN is insane for destroying the last arc and continuing Higurashi with fanservice — I don’t mind the fandisk, you know: the only good arc of that piece of crap known as Rei. You might as well just try reading the goddamn visual novel; it’s more intact.

Reviewers who read the source cannot change their bias and you should honor us for that. We know what the fuck is going on in this work even if you don’t; we know why it’s not working the way it should. You may call it fanboyism, but reviewers are fanboys; we love the medium so much we want to make it better and help everyone find it accessible. If we see something good, let’s praise it; if we see something bad, let’s lampoon it. Most animes these days are adaptations and people like Archaeon always compare the anime to the manga; his Nodame Cantabile and Aria reviews show that.

Feel free to expect better out from everyone else if you disagree. It’s impossible to not be a fanboy while being a critic; it doesn’t work that way. Ask a reviewer and they always talk about the good ol’ days of this certain series (especially video game reviewers). For us reviewers, reviewing adaptations are not as a form of reflection from where it was taken, but really our honest thoughts; it’s really the matter whether you like it or not.

 
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The adaptations of the -;gate series are too faithless to be watched, especially Chaos;Head.

Watching SDF Macross. Kickass mecha show.

 
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Originally posted by bobby71983:
Originally posted by EndlessSporadic:

Knowing it was a terrible idea, I watched the first episode of Chaos;Head with that single episode being the only one I watch tonight. I was planning on going back to school tomorrow so I wouldn’t be able to finish the series until my next break. Why do I torture myself so much?

i will now give this anime a try.

Don’t. Don’t. Don’t!

 
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Top wo Nerae! is my 6th favorite anime. That is all.

 
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i cannot think of any anime that i wanted more episodes of

Angel Beats!

/trollface

To be fair, this thread is a horrible place to get suggestions. Most of the anime recommended here is mainstream garbage compared to the really good works that slip through the cracks.

Not me though; I just watch whatever I want.

 
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Originally posted by Ayumi_Stocking:

Only seen first 2 or 3 episodes, it’s good so far.
I guess it’s an acquired taste from what I’ve read of the story.

It is. You have to enjoy stupidity and satire; most people don’t know it is a satire of school romance shows.

Anyway, Yuru Yuri’s first episode is a messy and disturbing episode. I have no utter reaction than to say, “What the hell did I just watch?”

 
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Sleeping through Mobile Suit Gundam trilogy of movies.

Will be watching Zeta Gundam soon, but first: SUPER DIMENSIONAL FORTRESS MACROSS!

AND EVEN FIRST, YURU YURI BECAUSE I AM KINDA SICK OF SERIOUS ANIMES

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Whatever happened to Cammy_Justice?

All the good forumers lurk. Or you could be like me: post when you feel like it.

 
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I have heard konota talk about mmo and I know exactly what she means because of world or warcraft. However the anime just seems like them talking about something basic and if it is a seinen it is suppose to be aiming at boys but I don’t see it.

Lucky Star’s target audience is the otaku community. It dives into the minds of otakus, grabbing their favorite things in the planet: old work references, cute girls doing cute things, Aya Hirano. This is not to say I don’t like any of those three; the work is just plain boring to me.

 
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Kobato. is possibly the greatest shoujo anime out there. Sorry, Mawaru-Penguindrum.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / which job would you prefer

Dream job.

Why suffer through a boring job when your dream job is being a director getting all the ladies or being a corrupt politician who gets donations worth more than $300K?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Who do you want to win America's presidential election?

Stephen Colbert/Herman Cain.

 
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I remember you saying that you dislike weeaboos as well, why would you wage war against Lucky Star

Because Pani Poni Dash! is a better show than Lucky Star. Studio Shaft fanboyism of wisdom. Also, Lucky Star is, for some reason, considered a “good” starter anime by some communities. I am tsundere for KyoAni thanks to Lucky Star.



There are so many other animes that have better referential humor: Hayate the Combat Butler, Pani Poni Dash, Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei, or any freaking Studio Shaft work that isn’t PMMM.

Of course, nothing offends me more than Toradora! It’s a pity I do like the director’s other works like Ano Hana. When he doesn’t have a terrible adaptation to work with, he has the ability to create an original work like Ano Hana.

 
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I doubt more sections will help. People just go to the last page and see what’s the discussion currently is about.

Started watching Ano Natsu de Matteru, a JC Staff work directed by the Ano Hana/WORST ANIME EVER KNOWN AS TORADORA director, which features filmmaking and aliens.

Logical.

 
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It wouldn’t change anything, will it?

 
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I will not rest from my scathing remarks until people stop recommending newbies to Lucky Star as their first anime.

 
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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

That’s not exactly action. I remember the work as “penis jokes here, vaginal jokes there, sexual jokes everywhere”.

NOIR and Madlax, on the other hand, are slow-paced action works that I enjoyed.

^ Miyazaki’s works are friendly to newbies. That’s how I started watching anime.

 
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Originally posted by alexthenoob:
Originally posted by JudeMaverick:
Originally posted by Omnicide:
Originally posted by JudeMaverick:

Gosick. One more episode. One more.

One.

It tires me.
It tires me.
It tires me.

Why not drop it?

I made a bet to myself to finish it by this week.

It’s just one more episode.
One more.
One.

It gives me shivers.
Shivers.
Shivers.

The ending to gosick makes Gainax look weak.

Gainax? What.

Which Gainax are we talking about? Hideaki Anno-era Gainax or the contemporary perverted FLCL-era Gainax?

Anyway, watched the ending. It was lackluster, too much of a happy ending, and World War II did not end at 1929. 1929 was the time when Chiang Kaishek attacked the Communists in China. The Russo-Japanese War was at about 1904-5. Second Sino-Japanese War started at 1937.

Ah, screw it. The timeline for World War II history is all over the place.

6/10.

Welcome to the NHK was awesome

Obviously.

 
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Originally posted by Omnicide:
Originally posted by JudeMaverick:

Gosick. One more episode. One more.

One.

It tires me.
It tires me.
It tires me.

Why not drop it?

I made a bet to myself to finish it by this week.

It’s just one more episode.
One more.
One.

It gives me shivers.
Shivers.
Shivers.

 
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Gosick. One more episode. One more.

One.

It tires me.
It tires me.
It tires me.

 
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Originally posted by JohnRulz:

I just finished the Garden of Sinners movie series. The first movie was okay, but the rest were excellent.

For reference’s sake, it’s the Kara no Kyoukai series; more people know of the Japanese name. In fact, I had to look it up and I’m a good fan of the Nasuverse.

 
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Assuming I don’t die or I elope with a hot guy/girl, this is my current anime plan:

Gosick (currently suffering through) > Kobato. > Usagi Drop > Top wo Nerae! > Amagami SS plus > Nisemonogatari > Kaiba

 
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Topic: Off-topic / here is a test to see how smart ot is

1. 5
2. 5
3. A Nazi
4. Communists
5. God’s blueprint
6. No, that will defeat the purpose of drugs.