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Postby tyrantgoji » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:22 am

Wow... prayers for the people who have died in this and i hope that whoever caused this crap gets life in prison.

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Postby SoggyNoodles2016 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:23 am

JAGzilla wrote:This really is horrible. You expect this kind of thing to happen to, say, embassies, or police stations, or things like that, but... who the hell sets an animation studio on fire? It's insanity, pure and simple.


From the blog post that informed me about this, I've heard the company has gotten a lot of protest and death threats (including one from the alleged artist) for stuff like voice actress Aya Hirano from the Haruhi Suzumiya series being anti idol .
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Postby Rody » Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:12 pm

It's tragic enough that the building was damaged and numerous people were killed; and it's awful enough that it was a deliberate act of arson...
But it seems especially cruel to target an animation studio - which are known to struggle with business already - and EVEN CRUELER that the studio in question ended up being one of the best examples of the entire industry.
I've seen at least one person elsewhere describing this as anime's own 9/11, and that's probably not an overstatement. This is devastating in a way we'll all probably feel for a long time.

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Postby Vakanai » Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:56 pm

There's no true telling what a loss this is just from a creative standpoint as a fan, of all the ideas or characters or entire series we've lost now that could have been. But more than just an anime fan, this is simply cruel because people died. And so cruelly, I can't even imagine the pain of being burned alive, or to choke to death from the smoke inhalation. It's denying the families of the victims even the mere hope that it was either quick or painless. Arson like this has to be one of the vilest crimes ever devised by mankind. My heart goes out to the victims and their families, and I pray the one responsible pays for it for the rest of his life.
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Postby master_of_monsters » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:24 pm

I'm a little obsessed over Shield Hero, currently going through the light novels and loving it but I honestly like the MC in the manga the most when compared to the anime. Maybe that'll change once I catch up with the novels though
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Postby Rody » Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:49 pm

In the wake of Kyoto Animation's tragedy, I've halted everything else (and I do mean everything) I've been watching to focus on seeing and revisiting most or all of KyoAni's titles.

-The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (revisit): I watched this show in original broadcast order my first time, so this time I'm doing it chronologically, with both seasons together. I loved this show the first time I saw it, but so far I think the broadcast order may have played a big part in elevating the show. It's still good, but the manner in which KyoAni built up the mystery and eccentricity by shuffling the stories was an inspired move, and taking that away makes the show feel a little more ordinary in retrospect. Haruhi herself is also, quite frankly, a terrible person, and the first arc of the show highlights that in a way which makes it hard to like her or really understand what Kyon sees in her - which, again, was alleviated in the broadcast order by cutting up that first arc across the length of the season. Even this early on, though, it's not hard to see all the little tricks of editing and character animation which would become part of KyoAni's overall signature.

-Tamako Market (first watch): I feel like this show, directed by Naoko Yamada, gets overshadowed by her work on K-On! and more recent films like A Silent Voice, but this is a delightful show in its own right. The show is a bit abrupt in its introduction, but really it's all about making the audience at home with the market, enjoying slice-of-life routines and antics with Tamako while subtly building a story arc which culminates in a heartwarming message about what family is. Naturally, KyoAni's standard bar for design and animation detail are in full, colorful display here. I just purchased the show from Right Stuf's birthday sale, so I may be watching it again already very soon!

-K-On! The Movie (first watch): speaking of K-On!, this film really brings out the series at its best: following five adorably dorky highschool girls adventuring in another country (often with no idea what they're doing) while four of them also prepare a farewell tribute for their junior. It's totally sweet and silly, and even at its most awkward moments I felt totally relaxed. I hope we can see another pleasant feature like this from KyoAni someday; I need more of this goodness in my life.

-Tamako Love Story (first watch): following the Yamada trend, this film picks up about where Market left off, but with a big change in mood and intent as Tamako is faced with a personal challenge she's completely unprepared for. The film is still very colorful and sometimes silly, but it's also much more tender and contemplative, with a couple of artistic sequences that I think foreshadow the sensibilities displayed in A Silent Voice and Liz and the Blue Bird. It's a really sweet, relatable film, and I think Yamada is becoming one of my favorite film directors.

I've started up Free! and Miss Kobayahi's Dragon Maid next, and will probably revisit Lucky Star after I'm done with Haruhi. I've meant to see all of KyoAni's works for a few years now, but I hate that it took an incident like this to really drive me towards accomplishing it. :cry:

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Re: Anime and Manga disscussion

Postby Fish Cakes » Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:10 pm

I need to watch more anime, but my NEET lifestyle is fading again. SSSS.Gridman and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime are probably tied as my favorites at the moment. Konosuba, Dragon Maid, One Punch Man, and Kill la Kill are up there too.

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Postby GodzillaXGomoraFight » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:09 pm

Just finished watching two animes this past week: the original Fist of the North Star and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

109 episodes in total, I can say that Fist of the North Star was definitely a journey for me. It took me about 2 months to get around to watch every episode and sometimes it can drag a little due to filler. I was not particularly invested in the show until two characters showed up: Rei and Raoh. They were my two favorite characters in the show and once Raoh's story kicks in, the show picks up a ton. Raoh ended up being my favorite character in the show. He is not a one-dimensional villain and his motives are understandable to me. Part of me was actually rooting for Raoh to have his way too, which I think is a testament to how well the character is done. Ken is a fine protagonist as well even if he doesn't have the most colorful personality. I think his rivalry with Raoh was the best part of the show and there was a lot of tension in there fightd. Rei is my second favorite character as I think he had one of the best character arcs in the show. I also loved his Waterfowl Fist. Overall, this is a solid anime that pays dividends if you stick with it to the end. It is a bit dated, which probably explains why I see a bunch of new versions of it on YouTube.

My experience with Evangelion was a bit different. I watched all 26 episodes in the span of five days and my expectations of the show were very high. It seems like the web regards this anime as a masterpiece and I came into the show thinking whether or not it would top my favorite anime of all time, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. Like Cowboy Bebop, this show really didn't work for me. It would be an understatement if I didn't say that I was frustrated with the characters in the show. Anno wanted to emphasize that these characters had psychological issues and the viewer is on for the emotional roller coaster of their lives. The Evangelions reminded me a lot of Kiryu in the Godzilla series and the Angels were not too far from the weekly aliens and monsters we see in Ultraman. The show does pose some interesting questions but along with its biblical imagery, I felt ironically that the show could get a little preachy. The last two episodes rattled my mind a little and I was not impressed or interested in the direction it went. I heard that the End of Evangelion movie provides an alternative ending so I won't totally right this series off yet. I did appreciate seeing how some aspects of this show influenced Shin Godzilla, a movie that I appreciate yet have my own critiques of too.
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Re: Anime and Manga disscussion

Postby LSD Jellyfish » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:41 pm

Free to have your own opinion on Eva, but saying they’re too much like Kiryu is anachronistic since Eva predates Kiryu.

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I wanted to just say most likely they’ll get hanged. Capital Punishment is easy to get if you kill someone, let alone this type of stuff.
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Postby GodzillaXGomoraFight » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:05 am

I did not intend to criticize the show because it reminds me of Kiryu. To clarify, I just wanted to mention how I can see how Evangelion influenced Kiryu and how the weekly Angels reminded me of Ultra kaiju and aliens. My wording was a bit confusing.

Update 8/12: I managed to watch the End of Evangelion movie on Thursday and I think it is a proper ending to the series. I think the movie does a good job of filling in the gap between the main story and the last two episodes of the show. It wrapped up the stories of many characters, which I greatly appreciated. The fate of Shinji's father and his interactions with characters in the film was one of my favorite aspects. I think that the film did a better job explaining the message of the story better than the final two episodes of the show.

Although I still hold steady with my initial thoughts of the show, I think the movie allowed me to look at the series as a whole unlike the last two episodes. I can certainty see the appeal this show has with people and I do think it took some interesting artistic risks. Overall, I think it is a decent anime that was not as big of a fit for me as other animes I've watched in the past like Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood and Fist of the North Star. If I had to rank the animes I've seen, I'd probably go with the following:

1. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood

2. Dragon Ball Z

3. Fist of the North Star

4. Trigun

5. Evangelion

6. Dragon Ball

7. Afro Samurai

8. Ruroni Kenshin

9. Samurai Champloo

10. Gurren Lagen

11. Cowboy Bebop

12. Dragon Ball Super

13. Dragon Ball GT

14. Attack on Titan
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Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:46 pm

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Postby Rody » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:09 pm

I'm still completely behind on shows recently or currently airing, besides Gegege no Kitaro, which is still going strong even as it enters its final extended arc - seriously, if any of you like yokai/monster-of-the-week tales with additional overarching plots and biting social commentary, you should be watching this show - but I have finally entered the last few episodes of Lupin the IIIrd Part 2, which I started about three years ago now! It's been a fun ride, and Hayao Miyazaki's presence in some of these later episodes has been extra delightful. I'm glad to be finally almost DONE, though - phew!

Tonight I finished my revisit of Neon Genesis Evangelion, which was an overall pleasure. It's a messy show, at times, but it's earnest and I admire all it sets out to do. The lack of "Fly Me to the Moon" in the Netflix credits felt weird, though.

I've fallen behind on my KyoAni shows again, but I did revisit Haruhi-chan and Churuya-san, which are pretty silly little side projects for the Haruhi franchise. They're not great, but it's interesting to see how KyoAni was experimenting with style in these shorts.
I did recently purchase Love, Chuunibyo and Other Delusions! during a Right Stuf sale, so that and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya will probably be my next revisits. Then I need to seek out Munto.

Oh, hey, did anyone catch Promare in theaters last month? It was all the adrenaline-pumping, self-aware awesome nonsense you'd expect from the Gurren Lagann/Kill la Kill team, except on the big screen this time! I was also pleased to see 2D and 3D animation meshed together quite well, and both Hiryuki Sawano and Superfly brought on some terrific music!



A fan also made a Promare Title Generator you can play around with, and I must admit, it can become addicting; check out the Twitter Feed:

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Postby G-Matt » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:20 am

G2000 wrote:Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0: You Did (Not) Expect Godzilla, Did You

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Postby Rody » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:21 am

Masaaki Yuasa is on quite a roll lately! His studio is keeping very busy, and they've been putting out quality work. I'm looking forward to the USA premiere of his latest film, Ride Your Wave.

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Postby G-Matt » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:06 pm

Rody wrote:Masaaki Yuasa is on quite a roll lately! His studio is keeping very busy, and they've been putting out quality work. I'm looking forward to the USA premiere of his latest film, Ride Your Wave.

Oh yes, I really want to see that movie too!
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Postby ManuJM1997 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:47 am

So, have started watching Black Lagoon.

Loving it so far. Balalaika is Best Girl (?)
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Postby 2004Zilla » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:54 pm

ManuJM1997 wrote:So, have started watching Black Lagoon.

Loving it so far. Balalaika is Best Girl (?)

skreeonk yeah, Black Lagoon is the tits. Not sure how far into it you are, but the vampire twins and Roberta's Blood Trail OVA are my favorite arcs.
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Postby ManuJM1997 » Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:27 am

2004Zilla wrote:
ManuJM1997 wrote:So, have started watching Black Lagoon.

Loving it so far. Balalaika is Best Girl (?)

skreeonk yeah, Black Lagoon is the tits. Not sure how far into it you are, but the vampire twins and Roberta's Blood Trail OVA are my favorite arcs.


While I agree on the Vampire Twins, I feel that the Yakuza arc was the best one in the entire series.

At least for me, it's the one that most centered around character development with both Rock and Revy

(And well, It has Best Woman Balalaika being awesome, so there's that too)
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I know, right? There's like a whole page dedicated to it! I sure am glad I stumbled into the Godzilla vs Kong thread out of idle curiosity, I was beginning to think I'd never find a place to talk about A Quiet Place. Maybe they should just cancel GvK altogether so we can all go see A Quiet Place 2 and discuss that here come March 2020?

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Postby 2004Zilla » Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:22 pm

ManuJM1997 wrote:
2004Zilla wrote:
ManuJM1997 wrote:So, have started watching Black Lagoon.

Loving it so far. Balalaika is Best Girl (?)

skreeonk yeah, Black Lagoon is the tits. Not sure how far into it you are, but the vampire twins and Roberta's Blood Trail OVA are my favorite arcs.


While I agree on the Vampire Twins, I feel that the Yakuza arc was the best one in the entire series.

At least for me, it's the one that most centered around character development with both Rock and Revy

(And well, It has Best Woman Balalaika being awesome, so there's that too)

That's fair, I really liked the Yakuza arc as well. The Second Barrage in general was a huge stepup from the already fantastic first season.

The manga is kinda on a hiatus right now because Hiroe Rei is a bit of a lazy ass, but there is a Sawyer the Cleaner spinoff in the works, which I'm very excited for. :)
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Postby cloverfan98 » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:50 pm

Not nearly as seasoned a weeb as others but I'm already finding so shows that I'd consider to be some of my all time favorite series period not just as anime but as works of storytelling in general. In no particular order, Attack On Titan, One Punch Man, Death Note, Konosuba, Psycho Pass, and Cowboy Bebop. I also love/hate Evangelion.


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