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Topic: Off-topic / "This Pokemon is better than that Pokemon" Debate Thread

OK, you obviously don’t get it at all, so I’ll end it here. Either you did not understand the main point of my post, or you didn’t read it.

I asked you to come up with a reason why Gardevoir and Gardevoir M should be treated as a single pokemon, and unfortunately, you could not manage one.

So I’ll try to explain this as clearly as possible:

The title of your thread states to compare two pokemon.

“They are not entirely different pokemon.” is meaningless. If you mean they are similar, that should be obvious. But I already established and supported the fact that competitively, they are completely different pokemon.

Again, the title of your thread refers to “pokemon” in the singular form.

Do you see the problem yet? You can only compare Normal Gardevoir to Normal Alakazam, and M Gardevoir to M Alakazam. And to compare M Gardevoir to Normal Alakazam is logically inequivalent.

When you state “Gardevoir is better than Alakazam”, any reasonable person would think you were talking about their regular forms. Basically, the debate ended when you conceded that “Mega Gardevoir>Alakazam>Gardevoir.” So I suppose its over anyway.

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Topic: Off-topic / "This Pokemon is better than that Pokemon" Debate Thread

When saying “Gardevoir” I’m talking about both normal and Mega Gardevoir. I’m also saying that it’s not a 100% different Pokemon.

There’s no such thing as “not 100% different”. They’re either the same pokemon, or different pokemon. Even if they share similar aspects, if they are different in any way, then they are a different pokemon. According to your logic Combusken is “not 100% different” from Blaziken, so they’re the same pokemon. Sorry, but that’s not how it works.

The variances between a mega and its normal counterpart, no matter how subtle, can make a huge difference. Try telling any other seasoned competitive battler that Mega Lucario and Lucario are the same pokemon (just to cite one of the pokes with the greatest disparity between normal and mega).

That’s mean Alakazam has a lot easier time in UU.

You’re basically proving my point here. It has an easier time because it is one of the best pokemon in UU. Gardevoir is not close to the best poke in OU, and therefore it generally does not have an “easy time”.

Don’t expect Alakazam to OHKO a lot of Pokemon and survive a lot of attacks without a Special Attack boost.

Actually, I can expect that. Here are a few calcs against commonly used UU pokes rated A- or higher by the Smogon community.

252 SpA Life Orb Alakazam Psyshock vs. 40 HP / 0 Def Heracross: 445-525 (143 – 168.8%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ SpA Life Orb Alakazam Psyshock vs. 128 HP / 0 Def Nidoqueen: 432-510 (122.3 – 144.4%) — guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Life Orb Alakazam Psyshock vs. 248 HP / 0 Def Crobat: 421-499 (112.8 – 133.7%) — guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Life Orb Alakazam Focus Blast vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Hydreigon: 751-884 (447 – 526.1%) — guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Life Orb Alakazam Focus Blast vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Lucario: 471-554 (167.6 – 197.1%) — guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Life Orb Alakazam Psyshock vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Infernape: 463-549 (158 – 187.3%) — guaranteed OHKO

Even if it doesn’t OHKO, Alakazam will still deal heavy damage. Of course, its bulk isn’t the best, but this is the trade off you knowingly make when using a fast sweeper – blazing fast speeds and relatively high offensive stats, but mediocre or lower defensive stats. And again, we’re talking about fast sweepers, which should not require any setup like any Calm Minds.

But I’m talking about both of them being in OU.

Why on earth would you do that? There’s a reason pokemon are placed in their respective tiers. Alakazam is not suited for the OU environment because of the prevalence of anti-psychic types and priority, and thus was moved down. This has nothing to do with Alakazam’s actual ability as a pokemon. Remember that Smogon and its tiers are unofficial; in most any other situation, Alakazam would not be having this problem.

In case I haven’t ALSO properly clarified my point, I’m talking about Mega Gardevoir 90% of the time.

It sure is convenient to have 2 meanings attached to a single word that you can use interchangeably, isn’t it?

Ouch, 60 base power without Adamant nature must hurt so much.

No STAB, no Adamant nature and no Tough Claws boost. Sad.

It’s funny because you do some of their weakest attacks they commonly run.

You’re missing the point here. First of all, BP would still be only a 2OHKO even if Lucario had an adamant nature. Secondly, as I said before, these are the most commonly used attacks, not the most powerful, and, as it turns out, are much more relevant.

weakest attacks

lol what. Earthquake is far from Aerodactyl’s weakest attack. 100 Base Power and 100 percent accuracy makes it the most reliable of any of Aerodactyl’s moves. Mienshao’s High Jump Kick is possibly the most powerful unboosted attack in UU. If you think Knock Off is weak, especially with its Gen VI buff, then…I don’t know. And again, I chose these moves because they are used more frequently, not because of their power. After all, what I’m trying to prove is that Alakazam has somewhat respectable defensive stats, which the data fully support. It’s completely meaningless that it can’t survive the most potent attacks in the game.

I know, I was making a reminder that it checks Outrage sweepers.

Okay, so you realize it has nothing to do with its defense. Then why did you categorize it under “testing its physical defense”? Also, as I said before, nobody’s going to lock their dragon in on Outrage against a team with a fairy unless it’s disposable. However, an Outrage Sweeper can do other things to Gardevoir, like outspeed (which is no difficult feat) and OHKO it with another attack. It’s very common for dragons these days to save a slot for an anti-fairy move.

It’s funny because Normal Gardevoir has the same HP and defense as Mega Gardevoir

Looks like I was mistaken here. Still, glancing at your calculations in your previous post, it looks like neither of their defensive are so great, being either OHKOd or revenge killed the next turn (which again, is quite easy due to its relatively low speed).

Mega Gardevoir can still works without Pixelate

Well yeah, it can still work, but the removal of Pixelate would certainly detract from its current status one of the best in OU, effectively downgrading it from a “great” pokemon to a “very good” one. And I would also argue that Mega Alakazam is better than Mega Gardevoir without pixelate.

it has still good coverage with Psychic/Psyshock and Focus Blast.

So does Alakazam. And Alakazam has Superior SpAtk. Pixilate, especially Pixilate boosted Hyper Voice, is the only reason why I think Mega Gardevoir is so good and currently bests Mega Alakazam.

I must reiterate that I do not agree at all that Mega Gardevoir and Gardevoir are the same pokemon, and you would find that the competitive community thinks the same. I mean, they have different entries on the competitive pokedex, different abilities, different stats, different strategies to use them, and are regularly placed in separate tiers. Can you give me a concrete reason as to why you think they are the same? Because I don’t really see a point in continuing this debate if you continue to baselessly insist that they are.

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Topic: Off-topic / "This Pokemon is better than that Pokemon" Debate Thread


Originally posted by Gabidou99:

Alakazam can actually take a good deal of physical damage

Oh fuck, here we go again.

252+ Atk Doublade Shadow Sneak vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Alakazam: 240-284 (95.2 – 112.6%) — 75% chance to OHKO

252+ Atk Mold Breaker Excadrill Iron Head vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Alakazam: 277-327 (109.9 – 129.7%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Choice Band Talonflame Brave Bird vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Alakazam: 441-519 (175 – 205.9%) — guaranteed OHKO

252 Atk Garchomp Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Alakazam: 306-361 (121.4 – 143.2%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Tough Claws Mega Charizard X Dragon Claw vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Alakazam: 357-420 (141.6 – 166.6%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Waterfall vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Alakazam: 297-351 (117.8 – 139.2%) — guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Pixilate Mega Gardevoir Hyper Voice vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Mega Alakazam: 238-282 (94.4 – 111.9%) — 68.8% chance to OHKO

And a lot, lot more.

Alright, now let’s test pokemon that Alakazam is actually going to face.

These are based on the most common EV spreads.

252 Atk Lucario Bullet Punch vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Alakazam: 109-130 (43.2 – 51.5%) — 9.4% chance to 2HKO

252 Atk Mega Aerodactyl Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Alakazam: 210-248 (83.3 – 98.4%) — guaranteed 2HKO

0 Atk Mew Knock Off vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Alakazam: 176-208 (69.8 – 82.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Mienshao High Jump Kick vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Alakazam: 193-228 (76.5 – 90.4%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Mega Charizard X Outrage vs. Mega Gardevoir: 0-0 (0 – 0%)

The fuck? This is because of it’s typing, not because of its defense stats.

252+ Atk Life Orb Bisharp Sucker Punch vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Mega Gardevoir: 259-305 (93.1 – 109.7%) — 56.3% chance to OHKO With Adamant AND LIFE ORB.

252+ Atk Kyurem Shadow Claw vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Mega Gardevoir: 238-282 (85.6 – 101.4%) — 12.5% chance to OHKO (Coming from a amazing 170 base attack….)

252 Atk Landorus-T Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Mega Gardevoir: 252-297 (90.6 – 106.8%) — 43.8% chance to OHKO (It can actually survive a STAB Earthquake from a high base 145 attack!)

252+ Atk Mamoswine Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Mega Gardevoir: 255-301 (91.7 – 108.2%) — 50% chance to OHKO (From that too!!!)

Fairly certain normal Gardevoir would get OHKOd from all these attacks.

Even thought Mega Alakazam have more defense, You might want to use Normal Alakazam because it go that “So amazing” Magic Guard Ability.

Yes, Magic Guard is indeed an amazing ability for a pokemon that can do what is was meant to do even without it. It’s kinda like icing on the cake.

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Topic: Off-topic / "This Pokemon is better than that Pokemon" Debate Thread

Sorry for the late reply, I was away.

“>Both have Psychic/Fairy typing

>Both learns the exact moves

>Both got similar stats"

First of all, this is literally true of almost every regular evolution too. Combusken and Blaziken share these attributes (with a slight exception to the second rule). Does this mean they’re the same pokemon? Not at all. There’s a reason why Megas are regularly placed in different tiers than their normal counterparts.

Second of all, for this reason, I don’t get why you shifted gears to talk about Mega Gardevoir. The title of your thread is “This pokemon (singular) is better than that pokemon (singular) debate thread”. It’s safe to assume that if you start just “Gardevoir” in your OP, you are referring to regular Gardevoir. If you did want to talk about Mega Gardevoir from the beginning, I think it’s fair to say that you should have stated so.

Did I mention Mega Alakazam loses Magic Guard when it mega evolve?

Yes, and it gains Trace, which is also quite an exceptional ability. Not that this should be relevant to the discussion, because the pokemon I was defending was Alakazam, not Mega Alakazam.

Of course, because in UU it doesn’t have the Big Bad Boys like Mega Charizard X/Y, (Mega) Scizor, (Mega) Garchomp, etc.

What’s your point?

Again, Alakazam has lot more trouble to set up Calm Mind. Mega Gardevoir got the Special Bulk to set up Calm Mind. It even got Dual STAB, unlike Mega Alakazam.

What. It shouldn’t have to set up calm minds. It’s a fast sweeper, not a set up sweeper.

Hmm, I wonder if (Mega) even got the Special version of Sword Dance; Nasty Plot… (Spoiler: No)

See above

Anyway, there is Mega Charizard Y, Clefable, and even Mega Gardevoir if you want a Special Sweeper that is more reliable.

In case I haven’t properly clarified my point, I’m talking about Gardevoir in the context of OU and Alakazam in the context of UU, because that is where they are most commonly used. Mega Charizard Y, Clefable, and Mega Gardevoir are all OU.

I think you are confused there. It only prevent damage from moves like Leech Seed, Statue Damage, Weather and the item Life Orb. It doesn’t block Confusion and Taunt.

My bad. It’s still a great ability for a pokemon whose main attraction isn’t even its defense.

Did I mention Mega Alakazam loses Magic Guard when it mega evolve?


Listen, I know Mega Gardevoir is better than Alakazam and even Mega Alakazam. I’m not trying to argue that, and you shouldn’t be either, as it’s pretty obvious. It becomes troublesome, however, when you start to treat Gardevoir and Mega Gardevoir as a single entity.

Edit: the Showdown Calculator is currently down, so I will try to respond to your damage calc claims later.

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Topic: Off-topic / "This Pokemon is better than that Pokemon" Debate Thread

Wow, I really wonder why Gardevoir is Ranked A- in OU then. The only Calm Mind users that are ranked higher are Lati@s and Clefable.

Smogon rankings say nothing about how good a Calm Mind user a poke is. They only judge a pokemon’s relative usefulness in its tier, which for Gardevoir is primarily because of an excellent typing for OU and a diverse movepool.

Yeah, IN UU.

Yeah? That’s why I said in their respective tiers. Alakazam is more of a threat in its metagame than Gardevoir is in OU. It’s a better fast sweeper than Gardevoir anyway.

-Mega Charizard X
-(Mega) Garchomp
-Sand Rush Excadrill, which probably outspeed (Mega) Alakazam when Sand Rush is active
-Sword Dance (Mega) Scizor
-Gale Wing Talonflame

Because none of those are UU? On top of that, all of those are physical. Not sure why you’re using them as examples.

AND, I’m talking about Mega Gardevoir.

Uh, no. As I said before, Mega Gardevoir is an entirely different pokemon. It was even in a separate tier from normal Gardevoir for a while.

Alakazam has Magic Guard, sure, but it doesn’t matter because it’s OHKOed by a lot, lot of physical attacks.

No threat from entry hazards, no toxic, taunt, will-o-wisp, confusion, or any other status attack is far from “not mattering”. Take magic bounce, which is only a level above magic guard. For most pokes with magic bounce, it’s the main if not only reason to use them. Mega Sableye’s main attraction is magic guard, and it’s not even that great besides that one ability. And Alakazam can actually take a good deal of physical damage, but it usually doesn’t matter too much since it’s so fast and specially offensive. It’s a glass cannon, basically.

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Topic: Off-topic / "This Pokemon is better than that Pokemon" Debate Thread

In terms of gimickiness, Shuckle. If you are inexperienced/don’t know about it, a contrary Shuckle can easily wipe out your team.

In terms of actual usability/competitive value, definitely Chansey. There are plenty of ways to shut down Shuckle, most commonly with taunt or toxic. Chansey has heal bell, and it is not dependent on stall to win.

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Topic: Off-topic / "This Pokemon is better than that Pokemon" Debate Thread

Oh man, I totally forgot about Magic Guard. Such a fantastic ability.

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Topic: Off-topic / "This Pokemon is better than that Pokemon" Debate Thread

Shoot, I forgot Gardevoir was moved to OU. Nevertheless, I still think that in their respective tiers, Alakazam is better. While Alakazam can really only successfully pull one or two role, it performs those roles much more effectively than Gardevoir can perform any of its roles. Honestly, why would you use Gardevoir for all those roles if there are other pokes that can do the same, much better? Gardervoir is not even close to being the best Stallbreaker in OU, nor is it the best support or Calm Mind user. On the other hand, Alakazam is arguably the best fast sweeper in UU. I will agree though that Gardevoir’s new typing is extremely useful, especially with the Aegislash thing that’s going on.

And long last, Mega Gardevoir got the amazing Pixelate Hypervoice, which can enable it to hit TROUGH Substitute.

Yeah…except we’re talking about Gardevoir, not Mega Gardevoir. They’re practically two different pokemon.

Also, Alakazam would beat Gardevoir 1v1 most of the time, but that’s beside the point.

Edit: Also, no one would lock themself in on outrage against a team with a fairy unless their dragon wasn’t particularly valuable

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Topic: Off-topic / "This Pokemon is better than that Pokemon" Debate Thread

-Better typing

This depends on what metagame you’re playing with. In tiers with more Poison types, like the lower ones where Alakazam is used primarily, it would have a more useful typing.

-More bulk

This is only favorable for certain, uncommon roles. I haven’t really seen many bulkier Gardevoir sets being used, and Alakazam’s higher stats in both SpAtk and Speed make it the better fast sweeper.

Overall, I’m going to say that Alakazam does what it’s supposed to do better than Gardevoir does. Sure, you have more variety with Gardevoir, but unless you capitalize on these added aspects, which people rarely do, they make no difference.

Anyway, I’m going to argue that Chansey is better than her older sister, Blissey. The main drawback people mention when saying why they prefer Blissey over Chansey is that Blissey is able to utilize leftovers, while Chansey already has its item slot filled with Eviolite (at least in the competitive scene). However, I think Chansey’s access to Soft-boiled offsets the importance of leftovers.

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Topic: Off-topic / Your Top Six Music Artists?

The Antlers
world’s end girlfriend
Arcade Fire
The Microphones
Grizzly Bear
Neutral Milk Hotel

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

Originally posted by Indy111:
Originally posted by CowFriend:

Just watched the first episode of Mysterious Girlfriend X. Holy shit, I almost died of cringe. I’m not sure who would want to watch this show other than people with drool fetish. The character interactions are terrible, the motivations for them to be a couple are freaking absurd. Everything is spoken in monotone, I can’t sense any feeling when they are talking to each other. This is worse than Watamote in that it feels like this show is legitimately trying to have a plot.

Dropped, I can’t handle another episode.

I know your pain and you made me laugh out loud with the drool fetish thing.

But on another note! I watched the first episode of Carnival Phantasm and…. it is kind of…. an interesting way of putting things. I like it!

EDIT: So I just looked at some upcoming anime and I wasn’t all that interested so far. Log Horizon season 2 is something I’m looking forward to though.

Looks more interesting than the current season IMO. I’ll definitely be picking up Psycho Pass S2 and Fate/Stay Night, and maybe Kaito 1412 and Terraformers.

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Topic: Off-topic / What is a smogon?

Originally posted by Gabidou99:

It’s a website about Competitive Pokemon. There is strategy and competitive movesets for almost all Pokemon. There is also tiers.

Nah, that’s Smogon. A smogon is a Koffing.

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

The PS2 version replaces every single sexual scene with more possible deaths for Makoto (Which are many. I think you can die in at least 50 ways.)

Wait…so Makoto dies every time there’s supposed to be a sex scene? That seems a little harsh on the guy.

Edit: Okay, so I read that wrong.

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

Originally posted by Reginleifx:
Originally posted by sddsdd:
Originally posted by Reginleifx:
Originally posted by niceman555:
Originally posted by CowFriend:
Originally posted by niceman555:

I heard some anime is gross. Is this true or all they all like love stories and action.

Yeah, niceman, if you want some action-packed anime, you should check out School Days. Don’t let the cover art fool you, you will see some brilliant sword action between the hero and his companion.

Actually, I’ve heard that SAO was pretty good (I watched a few episodes and I stand corrected.) When I meant “gross” I meant gorey. I actually heard that AOT was gorey, so I was just wondering if that is also the case on some.
Ok, I might check out this School Days anime.

AOT isn’t as gorey as most people would make you believe, in my opinion. I didn’t like SAO at all.

1)SAO was OK, although it was hyped up to hell. That’s all I have to say about it.
2) Watch School Days, and then watch it again to really understand the deeper meaning.
3) Oh man oh man oh man. SO MANY ROMANCE ANIMES. Just finished Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, and I’m really disappointed that Kodaka is such a dum character.

Agreed with the SAO thing.
Haven’t watched School Days, but I’ve read the VN.

Is the School Days VN actually good? I was thinking of picking it up until I heard it was pretty much a full eroge.

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

Man, both Durarara!! OPs are so good. Also, I wasn’t aware Angel Beats had a second OP.

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

Originally posted by Meistheman:

I am going with the first opening of Soul Eater because both the animation and music are neat. Sorry, but I do not seem to find a link to the opening…


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I’ll nominate Again by Yui, the first FMA:B opening partly because of the way the music synchronizes with the animation, and partly because I love the song itself.

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Topic: Off-topic / Your team of Pokémon?

Here’s my UU team:

Hydreigon @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Hasty Nature
- Earthquake
- Dark Pulse
- Draco Meteor
- Fire Blast

Lucario @ Life Orb
Ability: Steadfast
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Flash Cannon
- Aura Sphere
- Nasty Plot
- Substitute

Arcanine @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def
Impish Nature
- Will-O-Wisp
- Morning Sun
- Flare Blitz
- Extreme Speed

Goodra @ Assault Vest
Ability: Gooey
EVs: 248 HP / 112 SpA / 148 SpD
Calm Nature
- Dragon Pulse
- Muddy Water
- Flamethrower
- Dragon Tail

Crobat @ Black Sludge
Ability: Inner Focus
EVs: 120 HP / 136 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- U-turn
- Roost
- Brave Bird
- Defog

Galvantula @ Focus Sash
Ability: Compound Eyes
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Giga Drain
- Bug Buzz
- Sticky Web
- Thunder

Originally posted by VanHalen1:


Moveset: Bullet Punch, X-Scissor, Roost, Swords Dance
Nature: Adamant
Ability: Technician
Item: Scizorite

Bug Bite actually does more damage than X-Scissor with Technician, something you might want to consider.

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

Originally posted by Indy111:

I’ve also been watching Mahouka and I have a slightly different look on it.

1. He is incredibly powerful, you’re right, but they explain that fairly well. (It gets explained completely, not going to spoil for ya)

2. He did not easily beat his rival. Remember that he struggled and even got wounded by his opponent. Considering Tatsuya’s training and background, that is incredibly respectable.

3. Harem? Well…perhaps slightly.

4. It is kind of new (to me at least) with the whole sister love thing but not exactly sister love. However, keep in mind his sister is also incredibly powerful.

5. I find other characters to be quite interesting, it doesn’t always have to be about strength. The problem is Tatsuya has not fought many “powerful” people, you can only speculate how the fight would go. Could he take on the prez or her buddy buddy? Maybe not. Don’t forget to look at his partners who could likely take him down.

TL;DR Tatsuya is incredibly strong, yes. I think it is unfair to compare him to Kirito who is largely driven by plot armor.

1. Alright, so they explain why he’s powerful. How does that really change anything? My complaints aren’t that his powers are unexplained (which for the most part isn’t true), but that he’s way too powerful.

2. If I recall correctly, The first part of the battle consists of red guy spamming rupture spells and Tatsuya instantly neutralizing them.  Then Red get's distracted and accidentally fires off a full power one, (which Tatsuya did not even prepare for), and which Tatsuya heals off completely in mid air while proceeding to knock him out by snapping and amplifying the sound.  I found it overall to be pretty anticlimatic, especially when the OP even concludes with a scene of Tatsuya and Red pointing their guns at each other, implying that he becomes a formidable, long-term adversary for Tatsuya.  In reality, Tatsuya finishes with him in first half of that one episode, and the story just continues

4. He probably doesn’t have romantic feelings for his sister, but it’s heavily hinted to be the other way around, seeing how his sister blushes profusely while appearing extremely happy when people mention that they look like a couple, among many other instances.

Don’t forget to look at his partners who could likely take him down.

The thing is though, that that’s all based on speculation. You could argue that anyone whose powers haven’t been shown or haven’t been compared to Tatsuya’s could beat him. In reality though, not a single person he has faced has been able to come close to defeating him. Also, considering how effortlessly Tatsuya defeated the vice prez, I can’t see the president herself being to much of a threat to him.

Heh, Mahouka sounds just like SAO.

Sort of, but as Indy mentioned, the primary difference between Tatsuya and Kirito is that Kirito has reasonably believable ability but is protected by ridiculous amounts of plot armor (like the use of deus ex machina at the end of part one), while Tatsuya from what we’ve seen is just too perfect for the series he’s in. Some LN readers I know say that his only real “weakness” is his ability to feel/express emotion, which…if you think about, isn’t a weakness at all.
Edit: I meant inability, not ability

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

So lately I’ve been catching up with Mahouka, which is just awful. The main character, Tatsuya, is such a Gary Stu that even fucking Kirito pales in comparison. Not only can he somehow “decompose” matter to essentially create nukes, but he can also cancel any magic sequence (which is the primary source of power in the Mahouka Universe), has combative skills at a ninja’s level, and can fucking fully self-regenerate in like .5 seconds. And he’s classified as a mediocre magician for his inability to use the inferior magic that everyone else uses. Literally there was one guy that the show was playing up to be Tatsuya’s rival or the main antagonist or something (he even shows up multiple times in the OP), and Tatsuya shits on him within ~10 minutes of the first episode that they fight. Oh, and he has an extensive harem that includes his sister. He’s also a genius whose aliases include a world-renowned engineer who designs magic sequences that even other world-class engineers are unable to. AND HE’S ONLY IN HIGH SCHOOL. Other than that, virtually none of the other characters are interesting in any way, and it feels like the plot was made up on the spot by the author while he was writing.

On the other hand, I’ve also started Psycho Pass, which is fantastic. I’m really enjoying how nuanced the perspective it offers is – in other dystopian-type stories, authors usually follow the basic outline of “Totalitarian Government = Evil. Rebels = Good”. In Psycho Pass, the person defying the totalitarian government is actually the antagonist, and the manner in which Urobochi portrays the society makes you think that a world controlled by machines wouldn’t be exactly horrible, and realistically, it probably wouldn’t. Also loving the references to dystopian literature, which from what i’ve seen include 1984, Farenheit 451, and possibly Brave New World (it’s been a while since I’ve read that one). Definitely recommend this one so far.

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

I’ll nominate Senjougahara Hitagi from the Monogatari Series. Tsunderes are one of my least favorite character archetypes, but Senjougahara has a very solid reason for acting the way she does, which doesn’t involve the typical “I can never be honest in front of him~~” type bullshit. She puts up a caustic front as a type of defense mechanism, which distinguishes her from other tsunderes. Her astringent sense of humor is pretty great, too.
Also, one of my favorite hip-hop albums is named after her.

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

Originally posted by CyanCyanide:

That sounds really really spoilery, so I don’t think that’s a good idea. Either you ignore all the shows you haven’t seen, or you watch them and ruin them.

Definitely this. A lot of “wtf” scenes are major plot points.

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

Originally posted by CowFriend:

That’s the movie, right? Does it branch off from the main storyline after the Phantom Troupe arc?

Yep, but it does use one element that was revealed in the Chimera Ant arc. You’ll probably figure it out if you watch it.

That’s a shame. The Phantom Troupe arc was one of my favorites from any anime, ever. People say the Chimera Ant arc is the epitome of shounen, but for me it’s much too drawn out (although still amazing).

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Originally posted by CowFriend:

Just finished HxH: Phantom Rouge. It’s so bad that it’s exactly the opposite of what Togashi would have wanted (good thing he scrapped the idea from his manga). I don’t even know how they managed to use up 90 minutes with barely anything happening. They introduce the bad guy, goes to find the bad guy, kills bad guy, the end.

My biggest disappointment was the ending, though. They had everything they needed, yet they decided to go with that ending. Considering that it was Hunter x Hunter, I had predicted an ending before would have wrapped up the show nicely without making the villain completely detested.

Minor Spoilers below

My prediction was that in the end, Kurapika would have used Judgment Chain on Omokage. And Retz and the other good guys could somehow convince Omokage that what he was doing was wrong. Omokage admits it and gives his eyeballs to Retz. He dies in process due to Judgement Chain, but Retz becomes free and is allowed to live a real life. Like seriously, the movie even showed “Eyeball Steal” as a technique and Omokage himself said that his dolls would continue living even after he dies. The real ending was just completely lackluster.

That’s the movie, right? Does it branch off from the main storyline after the Phantom Troupe arc?

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Originally posted by Darkscanner:

I think death note was good. That is until L died, then it got kind of stale.

That’s pretty likely because Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata probably wanted to end Death Note after SPOILER L’s Death, but were forced to continue by their publishing company. While they’ve never outright said this, it’s heavily implied in their other manga Bakuman when the main characters (a team of mangaka just like Ohba and Obata) are forced to decide between ending their manga in the way they know is best or in the way their editors want them to.