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THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:09 pm

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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:16 pm

beside's the kampfer and fairy tail OVA it dos'nt look that bad does it?
that guide for 30 year old virgins might be useful in 20 years for me...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:23 am

not sure if its this season but...
YAR PIRATES!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fWrxq5LLAQ&feature=player_embedded
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Lotte no Omocha same studio that brang invasion squid girl but this looks like more to-love ru :P http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnTlAJtkV8g&feature=player_embedded#!
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Hanasaku Iroha new P.A works animuAYE!!!! The story revolves around 16 year-old Matsumae Ohana, who begins working at a hot spring inn. Like most girls her age, she hopes and dreams of the future. BOOOOORRRRIIINGGG!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYZd7JEKA_I&feature=player_embedded#!
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Kaitou Tenshi Twin angel OMG J.C STAFF is doing it again! if its tantei milky holmes its this!!! and god that trailer IS SO FUKEN ADORABLE!!!
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:14 pm

GarryGod wrote:Kaitou Tenshi Twin angel OMG J.C STAFF is doing it again! if its tantei milky holmes its this!!! and god that trailer IS SO FUKEN ADORABLE!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pq1awbLAZc&feature=player_embedded

The OVA made a couple of years ago was on the bad side of terrible, so....
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by White Demon » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:19 pm

Mappy wrote:http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=8106

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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:03 pm

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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Dhumahn » Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:41 am

GarryGod wrote:beside's the kampfer and fairy tail OVA it dos'nt look that bad does it?
that guide for 30 year old virgins might be useful in 20 years for me...


in 20 years?? That would make you like, 10 years old now!! :P
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:46 am

Dhumahn wrote:
GarryGod wrote:beside's the kampfer and fairy tail OVA it dos'nt look that bad does it?
that guide for 30 year old virgins might be useful in 20 years for me...


in 20 years?? That would make you like, 10 years old now!! :P


well i am a virgin who watch's cartoons so... yeah i am 10...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:06 pm

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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Dhumahn » Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:26 pm

Hmm....could go either way this season.....might have to go to the safety of Maria Holic...wait... :twisted:
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by kiddtic » Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:49 pm

Im so stoked for this Season it looks absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!! My number 1 most anticipated series is C Not only is it noitaminA its also done by the same guys who did Durarara!! Im gonna call this one here and say it will be the best this year has to offer.

Steins Gate looks very interesting too, even the character designs I love em. I just hope its not as meh as occult academy which was a brilliant concept by the way execution was just severely lacking.

TWGOK 2 I love Keima, I love his Mom, I love Games and I love well executed comedy. totally looking forward to season 2. less insert songs this time please!!!

Evereyday life or Daily its moe its KyoAni. they know how to get moe done right its either going to be this one or A Channel whichever is done better i will watch and enjoy.

Thats about it really, Im sure there will be the 1 off that will catch me by surprise oh and the guilty pleasure series most likely a shaft anime or something.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:25 pm

I'll watch Stein's Gate for the lols and see what else might surface.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Sufferes » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:17 pm

TORIKOOOOOO - playlist needs this!

As for some others, we'll see. And by that I mean I'll use my various sources (ie most of you guys) to filter out what isn't worth the watch 8)
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Dhumahn » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:12 pm

Sufferes wrote:TORIKOOOOOO - playlist needs this!

As for some others, we'll see. And by that I mean I'll use my various sources (ie most of you guys) to filter out what isn't worth the watch 8)


Toriko will only be played if it doesn't drag out forever, ie no more than 39 episodes.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:17 pm

friggin shounen jump actually having a series with awesome setting! it will be long running.... its frigin shounen jump same place with bleach and naruto... unless they do something crazy like make a actual 12 - 26 - 50 - 100 something decent length but that would be silly
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:13 am

Monster was 74 episodes, and it was good.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by kiddtic » Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:28 pm

Last Exile wrote:I'll watch Stein's Gate for the lols and see what else might surface.


I dont understand, it looks pretty serious to me.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:28 pm

kiddtic wrote:
Last Exile wrote:I'll watch Stein's Gate for the lols and see what else might surface.


I dont understand, it looks pretty serious to me.


yeah you did'nt get to experience Nitro+ last serious anime... super special!
the best thing about the show was he live's in friggin shipping container on the top of an apartment building wtf? and he plays MMORPG's all day and watch's anime... yeah it had some potential but it got pretty mind ficken by the end... good OP tho ChaoS Head
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:14 pm

I get the feeling it could well end up being Spring of the Dead with how many things already airing are being taken off air indefinitely....
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:06 am

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so yeah i think its ok-ish start to the season story about a fantasy realm at war with neighboring country: check
people with kawaii ears: check
main character is summoned from real world with considerable athletic properties and a thirst for a challenge: check
generic foot soldiers turn into chibi cats when they get hit: check
wipeout gauntlet defence system: check

verdict: its a simeon anime at its point very generic the same plot done to death i think? overall THOSE EARS ARE SO ADORABLE!!! :lol:
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:09 pm

tiger and bunny first impression:
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well heres something i did'nt think would turn out so well this show was really suprising for me its rather enjoyable plot of making Heroes into Model Sports Hero's stopping criminals and villians while adding score to there names and gaining popularity for the city citizens.
the Op i found rather enjoyable introducing each Heroe(with there sponsors on there outfits LOL Bunny has the BANDAI logo oh god did i lol that one) the main hero Wild Tiger is introduced as a older veteran Hero keeping to the original motto of being a masked Hero while the newcomer barnaby jr (bunny) tends to be very open about his ability's and the fact he overshadows kotatsu's ability to have super human powers for 5 minute's...
overall its a funny way of seeing super hero's market themselve's by advertising different sponsors(despite the fact i was watching a VIZ media rip with stupid HULU ads) its a good series possibly my main show of the season. pitty GG subs dropped it :(

*update* for those people who give two fuks about ANN reviews for this show don't be swayed by there high level review ratings (4/5, 5/5) its the goddamn first episode and it had too much CGI for a original anime and its directed by a fuken CGI co-ordinator!!! there just jumping on it cause omg sunrise finally made something thats not gundam!!!
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:37 pm

X men First impression:
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wow storm is hot
overall i think storm is hot
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:39 pm

GarryGod wrote:wow storm is hot
overall i think storm is hot


So did anime FINALLY learn how to draw a black person properly?! Geez, about time...

PS. Did Rogue get the hot treatment too?
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:55 pm

Last Exile wrote:
GarryGod wrote:wow storm is hot
overall i think storm is hot


So did anime FINALLY learn how to draw a black person properly?! Geez, about time...

PS. Did Rogue get the hot treatment too?


its not over-the-top pigment colour but its decent they even remembered to put her iconic large hoop earrings.

there is no rouge the first episode starts with Jean turning into the Dark Pheonix
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:00 pm

nichijou first impression:
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wow so this is what all that money from selling moe blob does for a production company they sit back and smoke the best hooch money can buy and make this massive wtf series despite the fact the manga is the same thing hence they both most smoke the wacky tobacky! geez well here's to kyoani trying something bizarre it almost feels like something shaft would direct!
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by kiddtic » Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:42 pm

Last Exile wrote:
GarryGod wrote:wow storm is hot
overall i think storm is hot


So did anime FINALLY learn how to draw a black person properly?! Geez, about time...

PS. Did Rogue get the hot treatment too?

Hallibel from Bleach was perfectly drawn too. I wanna check out Nichijou and Tiger & Bunny. A little sceptical bout T&B tho, the premise sounds gud bt is it interestn enuf to keep me watching?
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:14 pm

Stein's Gate - It's what I expected it to be, thus far. However, I did like the last few minutes. Marise's seiyuu is good and her character in general kicks up any scene several notches when she's in it. The animation seems fairly well done. There was probably too much talking in that first episode for my liking. Yet I feel that maybe, just maybe, it will be just a bit more serious than its predecessors but still have the lols one would expect from a Nitroplus title. I don't expect it to set the world ablaze, but I will give it my time. If Stein's Gate ends up having a plot that doesn't fall apart the way Chaos;Head did in the 2nd half of its series when they tried to cram what should have been 24 episodes into 12, then it could be worth one's time. One thing I noticed was that there was no OP or ED theme yet. This seems like the kind of series that will need at least one belter/smoothy of a theme to help it sell, so I hope they picked something that will work.

Nichijou - Seems to be too similar to Azumanga Daioh and isn't really doing enough to establish its own identity or credentials. Other 4-komas that have gone on to be big sellers have done so because while they are still inherently linked to Azumanga Daioh, they have their own identity and style.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Hans Stockmann » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:09 am

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Show of the season.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:40 pm

So you think you're untouchable?
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:28 am

Kaiji S2: Overall, I'm glad to see Kaiji back. Its unique animation, Kaiji screwing up like only he can, despair being delicious without being guilty, the narrator's utterly delectable voice. And that ED theme's animation sequence was just hilarious!

But a couple of things are worrying me. I felt all episode something that was there in Season 1 was missing in Season 2. And then near the end of Episode 1, I realised what it was...where's the music?! Music was so critical to what made Season 1 so awesome. Season 1 had one of the most kick-arse OPs ever and a smooth ED. But its mood music throughout each episode in S1 was brilliant. Pieces like Despair, Chest, Wish - the list goes on. Not to mention that foreboding 'Next Episode' music. But for nearly all of Episode 1....there was no music! And things just didn't click into the gear I know they could. It was close, but the lack of music is something that is a letdown after Season 1 set the bar so high with the brilliant OST it used to great effect. Hopefully an OP and more in-episode music appears.

The other thing that I was a bit disappointed in was how they said 'zawa-zawa'. In Season 1, the way they said it was so utterly saturated with tension and could drill right through your skull. The ones in this episode were...almost flat? It just didn't have the effect it did before.

Overall, decent start. But some of the little things that make Kaiji S1 rank in the top echelon of anime I've watched are not there in S2. I hope that doesn't continue. It wouldn't prevent me from watching - no chance. But S2 would be a bit of a fall from the sheer brilliance S1 was if those finishing touches aren't there anymore.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:30 pm

sengoku otome first impression:
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i was'nt really gonna seriously watch this but jump around and see whats to expected from this sudden rush of pachinko anime?

well from what i can tell revy is in it!... thats it...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:11 am

It has brüste. You were destined to like it.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:42 am

Last Exile wrote:It has breasts. You were destined to like it.

Not big enough... I need sekirei and queens blade level of oppai.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:16 pm

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Last Exile wrote:It has breasts. You were destined to like it.

Not big enough... I need sekirei and queens blade level of oppai.


So they have to suffer near-cataclysmic amounts of back pain for you to get your fix? Should've known.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:31 pm

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Last Exile wrote:It has breasts. You were destined to like it.

Not big enough... I need sekirei and queens blade level of oppai.


So they have to suffer near-cataclysmic amounts of back pain for you to get your fix? Should've known.


unrealistic size is more of a fantasy than reality for me in one way... one womens pain is another mans pleasure :twisted:
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Dhumahn » Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:37 pm

you sad, sad little man garry...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:38 pm

Dhumahn wrote:you sad, sad little man garry...


coming from someone with a smaller build than me? i am far from sad...sadistic! but not sad
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Dhumahn » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:43 pm

GarryGod wrote:
Dhumahn wrote:you sad, sad little man garry...


coming from someone with a smaller build than me? i am far from sad...sadistic! but not sad


Sorry, but I despise people who make comments that degrade the female form....next time, keep the fantasies to yourself.

Change of subject.....off to watch Azazel-san tonight!! :wow:
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:51 pm

Dhumahn wrote:Change of subject.....off to watch Azazel-san tonight!! :wow:


Don't forget Maria. I'd have thought that would be higher up your list.

On topic - Sex Ed for 30 Year Olds: Ironically, this will probably be the best show of the season. Its humour is spot on. The VAs are spot on. Funny OP/EDs that are also decent to listen to. It's also the type of material AJAS loves to see. It's good, kinky, silly fun without being zurückgeblieben. Bring it on!
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:07 am

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Sorry, but I despise people who make comments that degrade the female form....next time, keep the fantasies to yourself.


would you like some troll sauce with those chips fufufufu~ :lol:
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:10 am

Toriko x One Piece Crossover Special - It seems there was a lot of effort put into making this a worthwhile event to get Toriko going in its screening. Overall, it was a good watch. It was light-hearted fun and Luffy worked reasonably well in tandem with Toriko. Several hilarious eats, Sanji acting FAB-ulous, Nami being Japan's favourite eye candy, decent animation. Makes me look forward to Toriko and hope it will be a watchable Shounen Jump title. Still doesn't make me want to watch One Piece, though. :P

A-Channel - Geez...it's taken the tryptophanic, anti-plot, anti-thinking ways of K-ON and Tamayura and taken then to an even flakier level. Even less things happen in this than in the aforementioned titles. And there's some very malformed faces to boot along with a barrage of cherry blossoms and very fickle matter. I.e. It will sell. I ain't bothering with any more.

Hana-Saku Iroha - This title somewhat reminds me of Someday's Dreamers and the way it presented a coming of age tale. But this certainly won't be the drift between light-hearted and the limitations reality impose that Yume went through in that tale. Ohana looks destined for a much rougher ride and that she's going to have to ride this one out solo, or until she's earnt the respect of others. I'll be interested to see whether this will be a 'I persevered despite you pricks and I'll be better for it' tale or 'There's more than one side to the coin; it's never too early or late to change' kind of tale. Ohana certainly has a spunky, poetic, ambitious personality but is so oblivious to the ways and feelings of others it's almost painful. It'll be intriguing to see how a girl who has lived without restraint and dares to dream will handle one very harsh reality check. This isn't the kidn of series I'd expect P.A. Works to take on...Hmmm, this could be a serious contender if it keeps itself on track. Definitely one of the better things I've seen thus far this season. But that ED theme really ticked me off...that singer's tonality is so grating/aneurysm-invoking.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:36 pm

Last Exile wrote:Toriko x One Piece Crossover Special - It seems there was a lot of effort put into making this a worthwhile event to get Toriko going in its screening. Overall, it was a good watch. It was light-hearted fun and Luffy worked reasonably well in tandem with Toriko. Several hilarious eats, Sanji acting FAB-ulous, Nami being Japan's favourite eye candy, decent animation. Makes me look forward to Toriko and hope it will be a watchable Shounen Jump title. Still doesn't make me want to watch One Piece, though. :P


i hate to nit pick yes i liked the episode i found hilarious but just one niggle was the ending when toriko lost his shirt there where two scene's that followed with close ups of toriko face and in the bottom of the screen it looked like his shirt was still on...twice don't believe me? rewind and try and spot the animation blunder oh well its gonna be long running just like most shonen jump animations...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Hans Stockmann » Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:30 pm

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I always love it how the best Dynamic Pro adaptations take plots and protagonists in wildly different directions while still maintaining Uncle Go's child-unfriendly madness.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:38 pm

dororon enma-kun meramera first impression:
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well here is one of those rare shows you don't see to often bringing back to its roots with this classic go nagai manga series animated in today's modern anime viewing it really shows a lot of class when you put this up against shows that we often watch cause we feel its the most "hyped" choice people want to see... people don't see this as "today's" anime cause its not what every other show is like its unique and different. its doing something we like to see series reanimated so it can make its name for itself we see rehashing like shin mazinger z to name one back in 2009...
overall i am happy to see that anime producers are willing to give the old classic's a revamp and dive into the industry once more...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Hans Stockmann » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:24 pm

Since I'm a harsh mistress (though in no way related to Robert Heinlen), I have run Garry's last post through Google Translate. I make indecipherable rants fun!

Nippon no Gahrii wrote:And you often that we actually to show we are often seen in anime today to see shows a lot of class stand this, animation, and manga series by Go Nagai this classic , one of those rare programs that does not appear to feel most HERES brought back its roots, "talking about" people want to see ... people are choosing what all the other "good "As the animation is not displayed. Something that we, the name itself shin Mazinger series returns in 2009, we have a point please refer to the Z like a rehash, I would like to see restored to their names can be made ...
Overall I am a producer of animation, nice to meet more than once that the diving industry and is willing to give modifications to the old classic ...
Although I don’t know about the directions at 4:51.
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by GarryGod » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:36 pm

fight fire with fire~ :O
hans matsamoto-kun wrote:You become a good comedian, you need to at least this Tsukkomi.
Go crazy while still maintaining guy-unfriendly children's adaptation of the best Dainamikkupuro, my hero in different directions how to take the rough plot and always love it.
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by Hans Stockmann » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:40 pm

"You become good comedian, you need to at least this Tsukkomi" is my life's motto.

EDIT: Nichijou fires off incredibly terrible jokes delivered by extremely hammy actors at a rapid rate while having some clever digs at various stock character types. In theory, I should be having a good chuckle at how shamelessly stupid it is. Yet, I didn't so much as crack a smile once. It's probably because there's too large a cast, and too little of the gags are about bouncing them off each other. Yes, it's the first episode and all, but if we look at the comedies where I did laugh a fair amount from the first ep (Azumanga Daioh, Red Dwarf, Faulty Towers, Vicar of Dibley, Scrubs), it's obvious that it's cocking things up on a fundamental level. If I don't laugh in a couple more eps, then I'll just watch some of the inevitable MADs for the show to get my fix of the decently fluid animation, then acquire a copy of the soundtrack.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:50 pm

Hen-Zemi - It's like 30 Yo Sex Ed, except it ISN'T funny, unlike 30 Yo Sex Ed. And I thought nothing could be worse than A-Channel this season. I was wrong.

Sket Dance - What a joke...Is there now a pre-requisite that new Shounen Jump titles have to be recycled from other Shounen Jump titles...this one has Bleach written all over it...except Bleach was actually good in some parts, particularly at the beginning. This is just painful...it feels like Bleach crossed with Glee and other generic prime time filler. If it wasn't for Toriko, I'd have pure disdain for Shounen Jump right now. Between them, moe and Miyazaki, anime is being sent into a downward sprial at a million miles an hour.
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by Mappy » Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:03 am

Ah, Google translate....

"To be or not to be, that is the question."
english -> japanese -> english
"Sakasa not, please you have questions."
-> japanese -> english
"The upside, is not you have any questions please"
-> japanese -> english
"The upside, you will please ask"
-> japanese -> english
"To the upside, please contact the"
-> japanese -> english
"To the upside, please contact"
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by GarryGod » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:11 am

steins gate first impression:
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well after chaos head it seems that steins gate is the follow up of nitro+ take on making anime series from there line up of visual novels. its a rather dark yet pale setting with crazed main character trying to sort his head out with inventions and hoping to understand time travel with the setting of Akihabara its a rather nostalgic moment for me when i remeber 3 months ago i was walking around taking in the sights of akiba myself and seeing K Books in the background reminded me of what its like to walk amongst the many otaku's that lined that street with maid cafe's...
overall its a surreal feeling not much to add to the first ep the OP/ED where simple yet fitting. i hope it turns into something worth watching...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Dhumahn » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:09 am

Yondemasuyo!! Azazel-san first impressions:
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Azazel-san continues on it's high-end supernatural hijinx that started in last year's OVA series (I wish they'd have subbed the 2nd OVA by now, but oh well...). Being Production IG, the animation was crisp and clean, and very, VERY bouncy!! All up I was laughing sooo hard by the end of this, I want to watch more!! One of the true highlights this season. :D

...oh, and on another note, that OP for the new season of Maria Holic is HORRIBLE!!
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by Adamar » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:48 am

That OP was amazing, what are you talking about?

(From what I hear it's just a placeholder.)
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by GarryGod » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:09 am

google translated
greg-kun wrote:It will continue to scapegoat the last OVA series (I have Well, they now hope the second OVA episode will have a super high-end ...). hijinx san started to Production IG's use of It was crisp and clean animation, very very bouncy! My favorite exchange was laughing all the hard end of the year, I'd love to see more! One of the true highlights this season. : D.
... On a different note, Ohio, and that the OP is frightening for the new season of harvesting † Metallic stuck there!
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by GarryGod » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:51 am

30-sai no Hoken Taiiku first impression
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well i am sure i say that when this show was announced i was skeptical as to how you can animate a series surrounded by a 30 year old who is still a virgin and god-like character appears to help educate him about intercourse... for 12 minute's its a decent length mind the butt load of cencorship but most of the time its the gimmic...
overall the show was borderline ok the OP reminded me of eden of the east somehow? and ED is nice so hopefully i can get some dot points...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:35 pm

X-Men - Oh dear...but hey, I can't say I didn't expect this...This is just lame. None of these characters evoke what each X-Men character is about. Logan/Wolverine is supposed to be attitude and ownage, but he is just rather...passive. And Wolverine is ANYTHING but passive. Storm is supposed to be the ''feminista in the keista' who just oozes class and just obliterates anything in a 'hell hath no fury like a woman whose ticked off meter just went Over 9000'. All I see are hyperextended brüste and very occassional weak streams of electricity. Cyclops is rather frail and clueless - he is supposed to be the charismatic leader but he is anything but. Beast is probably the closest one to the original thus far - he is the brains trust and has been thus far. But he is also supposed to be festy without a moment's notice, which he isn't. Overall, the guys have had their balls ripped off and Storm has had her proportions blown out beyond what is believable even for her. And come on...Storm with SHORT HAIR?! Are you kidding me...Storm's flowing, whip-in-the-wind locks were one of the critical elements in what made her awesome as she went into carnage mode in the past. I shudder to think what they did to Rogue and Jean Grey. Hell, Stan Lee will no longer be alive if my mum sees what they did to Storm, Rogue and Wolverine.

In a nutshell - It's not the worst thing this season. But seriously, if you have watched/read X-Men material in the past, you will likely be unable to tolerate this version.


Azazel-san - Better than Hen-Zemi, not as good as 30yo Sex Ed. The OVA was better than this ep. The things in the OVA that made it funny just weren't present here.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:44 pm

Well. it has flowed over into this season, so....
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by GarryGod » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:06 pm

hey mendes Jean grey = dark pheonix :O derp

oh yeah i watched maria holic alive
it had low levels of "haro i am a trap deska~" and some silly gauntlet overall i really shouldn't watch this show cause despite its quality its going on the playlist so why bother watching something i don't need to watch... poop~
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by Dhumahn » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:45 pm

GarryGod wrote:maria holic alive...its going on the playlist


I haven't made a final decision on that yet....that first episode kinda threw me a little....
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by Last Exile » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:09 pm

Dororon Enma-kun: Watch the original from way back when. This version is crap. The original was funny and visually appealing. This version isn't.
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by GarryGod » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:18 pm

softenni first impression
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sup Zebec i was suprised for 5 minute's i thinking you guess have finally gotten off the dirty ecchi stuff and decided to go straight and do some slice of life!
and NO THIS IS NOT FAULT! HD by tony taka (god i hate that guy)
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how wrong i was... none the less i was entertained and felt like i have to debate against sofuteni and dog days as my choice of fan service anime...
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by Dhumahn » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:00 pm

GarryGod wrote:overall its a good series about cows...lots and lots of cows...


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by GarryGod » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:09 am

Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san
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dis production I.G show runs 12 minute's and tends to run a above level animation quality and emote characters are drawn with thick lining to show...
the jokes are pretty self retained and simple minded with the obvious blood jokes and main character has no eye brows and azazel-san is vash from trigun while he is given sacrifice's of bizarre level with the bleep jokes to follow with pixalation
its a show on the same level of 30-san its written more with care whilst 30-san is based of a shitty guidebook which is nothing but an otaku joke >_>
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:59 am

So basically if there's cows for you to get your rocks off with, it's a sure win? :)
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by White Demon » Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:46 pm

I watched 30sai over the weekend. blutig hilarious :lol: , it's sorta like B Gata H Kei on steroids. And the extreme censorship, bar two scenes (if I remember correctly), actually HELPED the hilarity of it all. Thumbs up :respect:

As for A Channel, I got the feel of Lucky Star from it. Whether that is a good or bad thing is another matter altogether.... /khaaaan
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by kiddtic » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:15 pm

I just saw The World god Only Knows Season 2 Episode 1. wow thats a mouthful. I loved every second of it especially the opening bit. its very much like the first season which is great.

I also watched Hansaku Iroha. I didnt expect it to be as good as it is the drama in that show is very well done and the animation is superb. Most people are saying its predictable but thats really nitpicking as of now there is nothing wrong i can find with this series. A masterpiece in the making? who knows lets just hope its stays strong and the animation quality doesnt drop.
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by Last Exile » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:48 pm

Hana-Saku Iroha has proven to be one of the watchable ones after 2 eps. But it's got a major drawback. Its plot leaves only two options. Ohana is either going to:

A) Make everyone see the light/It's never too late or early to change

or

b) Screw you bastards, I'll get stronger and overcome you all and be the better for this

A) is a very cliched plotline. B) would be gutsy and a lot of people on other forums I've spoken to wanted to see B). But after Episode 2, A) looks like the more likely path. Add in the fact P.A. Works usually have high standards of animation and the character designs were created to be published in Megami and Dengeki, which they already have been. It's a bit different but it's also VERY calculating in its risks. It's not going to stray much from a much travelled path, if at all. Ohana has a lot of spunk and is enough of a reason to watch the series. But something essential/unique is missing for it to reach those special heights. I'd still take Someday's Dreamers over this any day.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Hans Stockmann » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:27 pm

dhumahn wrote:
...oh, and on another note, that OP for the new season of Maria Holic is HORRIBLE!!


Way to not get the funniest joke of this season.
Although I don’t know about the directions at 4:51.
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by Last Exile » Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:17 am

Hans Stockmann wrote:
dhumahn wrote:
...oh, and on another note, that OP for the new season of Maria Holic is HORRIBLE!!


Way to not get the funniest joke of this season.


That Sugita Tomokazu sings it and that he also sang 'Birdcage', the ED theme of Saint Beast: Seijuu Kourin Hen, which was a shounen-ai series? Or is it Gintama ep134 that it's drawing on?
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by kiddtic » Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:29 pm

I just saw two of the potentially most amazing anime this seas.... scratch that of the year!
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Or AnoHana as the net calls it. Beautiful animation really gorgeous, The story centeres a boy that can see the "spirit" of a dead childhood friend. Ofcourse no one else can see the girl making him look insane to everyone else. While this sounds like a lame script for a comedy it isnt its actually a pretty serious drama thats well written and splendidly executed. the character designs are nice too.

C:The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

heh no surprises here, Earlier in the year I made a bold statement after seeing the staff behind this by saying this will probably be the best anime of the year and boy was i right on the mark. Its got everything i expected it to be. Trippy animation with hints of well executed CGI and attractive character designs a la Kenji Nakamura. back and forth story telling as expected of Naboru Takagi what i didnt expect was coll fight sequences. i was really really hyped to see this and it didnt dissapoint. heres to hoping its stays on track.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:33 pm

thats not norio wakamoto doing the voice of the demon king enma?
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by GarryGod » Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:35 pm

so far i tried....

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.
was pretty simple slice of life show about a boy who changed over the years while everyone stayed together he did'nt long story short he still see's his childhood friend even though she's most definitly dead and he choose's to be a hikimori and shut out all of society cause he still see's here and she is really really annoying! so far i stopped half way the shear amount of boring slice of life cant get over loosing childhood friend while everyone else live's normally thru my out look of this show...

C
quiet simply a series just like eden of the east so many characteristic's that made eden of the east what it was about using money to change the world, this on the other hands its about people who want to make a quick dollar cause they strive to live with wealth so they can show there power and how successfull they are... trippy animation more CGI than tiger and bunny it was rather basic first episode

deadman wonderland
somewhat brutal start of a series of a normal boy who goes to school does everything a normal boy does only to have his life flipped upside down with the appearence of a red man with powers he destroys the school and everyone execpt the main protagonist living thru the ordeal he is given a crystal to the chest and is prosicuted as the mass murder with no evidence to back him up and a fake hidden camera condeming him as the mass murderer he is sentenced to death in private prison of deadman wonderland full of harden criminals who are used to amuse the public and labour.
the episode covers alot of ground in 23minute's the amount of violence and blood and cencored death look in one of his friends the series looks to be very involved with mystery and twist's i am not fond of eureka seven the previous work of the mangaka... but i assure you this series may turn out well for me i approve its outcome and hope for more...

next up: something something ammo and rie kugimiya oh god that stupid b1#[email protected] and denpa oh geez SHAFT....
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by GarryGod » Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:50 pm

hidan no aria:
oh geez i think i've found the most stupidest show of the season... pretty much sums this episode up... segways with uzi's its got rie kugimiya to add to the annoying style that this show does some stupid stuff and its just complete zurückgeblieben infaction with CGI guns and knive's and swords... its something simeon would watch....

Denpa oh forget it another show by shaft everyone looks like there out of every shaft show since bakemonogatari that same look back slow mo moment and that tilted head talking moment...

so far i think we've scrapped thru most of this season with the cluster fuk of shows we have to put up with... seems like season of CGI the amount of shows that depend on it is redicioulas...
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by Last Exile » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:33 am

Hidan no Aria - Just when you thought a series voiced by Rie Kugimiya couldn't be any more crapulent, it somehow is. But since she voices it, it'll probably sell.

Hoshizora - Oh, Chuck Norris...even for eroge adaptations, this is B-A-D bad...

Denpa - And this is even worse than the one above it...Furthermore, this leaving for the country/city story is getting beyond cliche...

Ano Hi Mita - Bland, full of characters I find nothing to like about them. And that light-haired girl is the most irritating character I've seen all season.

C - For all its tricks, glitz and supposed mind-bends, it simply feels like Wall Street and other movies like it told numerous times before. I'm not saying Wall Street on acid because that would be a slander on Wall Street, which was a good movie. It's far from the worst of the season, but with its terrible cel animation, bland personalities - I'm not holding my breath.

Deadman Wonderland - THANK YOU! THIS is the series I've been waiting for! Seriously, the first 3.5 minutes blows the rest of the season out of the water! It achieves plenty in the first episode in terms of characters and plot. Its world conception is perverse yet I've wanted to see this kind of scenario before. It has edgy in-episode music. Whether it holds up, who knows. But this is the one series that has the 'it' factor for me from this season thus far. I'll give it my time gladly.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:58 am

Vague general opinions based on the first few episodes released.

Bother Watching:
Steins;Gate, Hanasaku Iroha, Tiger and Bunny, Fireball Charming, Kaiji 2, Ano Hana, C, Deadman Wonderland

Better Get Better Pretty Damn Quick:
Nichijou, Hyouge Mono, Dororon Enma-kun Meramera, Maria Holic Alive, Yondemasu yo Azazel-san, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Completely Ambivalent:
X-Men, Toriko, Gintama, Happy Kappy, The World God Only Knows 2

Just A Little More To Make Me Drop:
Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Sket Dance, A Channel, Softenni, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Astorotte no Omocha, Hidan no Aria

Won't Bother Watching:
Dog Days, Suzy's Zoo, Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, Hen Zemi, Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi, Seikon no Qwaser 2

Unlike last season, I can't wrap my mind around all of the shows on offer. I could, at the very least, remember everything that was screening from January-March, there were so few shows.... the fewest in a season for a decade. But this one.... Even with all those that have been listed by everyone, there are still shows that haven't been subbed, yet or even are likely to be subbed. Everything from Penguin no Mondai and Hamtaro Dechu to Fujilog, Tono to Issho 2, Jewelpet Sunshine, Pretty Rhythm, Ring ni Kakero, Hato no Oyomesan, Honto ni Atta Reibai-Sensei, Puu-Neko, Rinshi Ekoda-chan, Shuukan Shimakou and Moshidora.

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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by kiddtic » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:24 pm

Yeah I was somewhat looking forward to Moshidora, hopefully someone will sub it.

I like the variation in tastes we all have its interesting to note that Japan creates for the masses and not for one specific demographic like some people seem to believe.

Also I beleive I can confidently say my favourite genre is slice of life. I never really had an answer to the question "what kind of anime do you like" but now I do. :)
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:16 pm

kiddtic wrote:Yeah I was somewhat looking forward to Moshidora, hopefully someone will sub it.


Moshidora sold 2 million copies in Japan. It has Youko Hikasa and Kana Hanazawa (who is also voicing in Deadman Wonderland) as seiyuus, who are both very in demand at the moment. It has Megami and Dengeki behind it. It's got Production I.G. in charge. This one has a lot of support behind it, even if the director and character designer aren't prominent ones. It's not a question of whether it gets subbed or not. It's more a question of 10k sales or 30k sales.

I never really had an answer to the question "what kind of anime do you like" but now I do. :)


I doubt I'll ever be able to answer that question. Mappy and Scott agree. Trying to figure out the common link between what I like is like trying to stop the tide.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:27 pm

aoe no exorcist

another series with much hype built for its debut on the season list with nothing much left out of the series for the 3rd series this season to feature demons there in fashion so to seem...
the A-1 picture series about exorcist's and satan and main protagonist growing up to find out his fate is sealed the day he was born...
another series with over developed CGI but it does suffocate the screen to much.. the animation is fluent and very A-! quality with excellent character layout and plot to help play the story about the spawn of satan himself...
a decent series to add to the list this season has the same amount of quality as Deadmans wonderland just not as violently serious... but another series to look forward too...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:55 pm

hyougo mono

now i aint no tea specialist or aesthetics but the somewhat hilarious devotion to it while your under the order of oda nobunaga himself seems to make this quiet the hilarious show to watch plenty of character to work with thrown in with some edo period wartime with opposing clans/factions its a rather stylish type with many shows the same style of playing around with history...
i will watch diligantly to learn more of this tea business...
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by GarryGod » Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:31 pm

it seems that most B graded comedy shows like to remind others of some classic scene's from NGE like episode 3 of sofutenni re-inacted the scene with the escalator and rei and asuka arguments the plus side is both characters kinda resemble each other when they do that scene especially the slap...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:02 am

Update of where shows sit on my viewing chart.

Bother Watching:
Steins;Gate, Hanasaku Iroha, Tiger and Bunny, Fireball Charming, Kaiji 2, Ano Hana, C, Nichijou, Hyouge Mono

Better Get Better Pretty Damn Quick:
Deadman Wonderland, Yondemasu yo Azazel-san, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Completely Ambivalent:
X-Men, Toriko, Gintama, Happy Kappy, The World God Only Knows 2, Dororon Enma-kun Meramera, Pretty Rhythm: Aurora Dream

Just A Little More To Make Me Drop:
Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox, Sket Dance, Softenni, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Astorotte no Omocha, Maria Holic Alive

Won't Bother Watching:
Dog Days, Suzy's Zoo, Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, Hen Zemi, Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi, Seikon no Qwaser 2, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, A Channel, Hidan no Aria
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by GarryGod » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:06 am

clearly your watching to much as it is!
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:11 am

Updated opinions:

Enjoying:
Deadman Wonderland

Anticipating:
Moshidora

Undecided:
Stein's Gate

Passable:
Kaiji S2

Mortified:
Hana-Saku Iroha, C, Ano Hana

Apathy:
The rest
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:23 am

GarryGod wrote:clearly your watching to much as it is!

Watch the "Won't Bother Watching" list grow.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:27 am

Mappy wrote:
GarryGod wrote:clearly your watching to much as it is!

Watch the "Won't Bother Watching" list grow.


I give it 2 weeks max before it matches/passes my Apathy list.
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by GarryGod » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:28 am

should stick with the top 2 list of shows your watching...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:33 am

Sket Dance and Maria Holic Alive have just one more episode.... If they don't improve, dropped.

I really should move Softenni into the apathetic list, because I can't bring myself to hate it enough to stop watching. There is just nothing there to derive any emotional response.... The most vacant, empty excuse for a show I've seen in a long time.
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by GarryGod » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:41 am

Mappy wrote:Softenni


how bout that 3 minute long cencorship.... i tend to watch ZEBEC shows cause i can't help it either i like my silly fan service shows when they entertain me i really thought they were gonna make a simple slice of life comedy 5 minute's into the show then it all went asZEBECted i liked it tho... especially if you can water squirt a hole thru walls and a cup of noodles....
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by kiddtic » Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:08 pm

Watching list: hyped for

C, AnoHana, Hanasaku Iroha, The World God Only Knows S2

Guilty pleasures

Nichijou, A Channel, Tiger & Bunny.

Nearly dropped

30 sai....bla bla

I still havnt seen Deadman Wonderland, Steins;Gate and Ao no Exorcist. Waiting for more episodes and more convincing reviews.
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by kiddtic » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:58 pm

I just saw Moshidora and all I have to say is... Kana Hanazawa is just being greedy now. On top of being proclaimed the most moe being on the planet (atleast in the circles I follow) She has managed to cast herself in atleast half of the decent shows this season. Shes even in Dog Days.

Anyway, Moshidora is the first babseball anime ive seen and id like to familiarise myself with the "genre" It sometimes comes off like an ad for this book though which is wierd. Its not exactly exciting but its not boring either is blandly mediocre.

Ill keep watching because I can and hopefully it will get somewhat exciting down the road.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:11 pm

kiddtic wrote:She has managed to cast herself in atleast half of the decent shows this season. Shes even in Dog Days.

I love how Dog Days is singled out from "decent shows this season". Because, you know, that isn't really something you'd apply to Dog Days. 8)
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by GarryGod » Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:17 pm

Mappy wrote:
kiddtic wrote:She has managed to cast herself in atleast half of the decent shows this season. Shes even in Dog Days.

I love how Dog Days is singled out from "decent shows this season". Because, you know, that isn't really something you'd apply to Dog Days. 8)


its like watching wipe out and dynasty warrior if it was done by square enix and of course main character apripose! >_>
mishidora is pre-Boring if you like management... oh well as long as it finish's in two weeks thats hopefully the end of it
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by kiddtic » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:33 am

Mappy wrote:
kiddtic wrote:She has managed to cast herself in atleast half of the decent shows this season. Shes even in Dog Days.

I love how Dog Days is singled out from "decent shows this season". Because, you know, that isn't really something you'd apply to Dog Days. 8)

Well its better than Hen Zemi, in which she plays the lead role....WHY!!
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Last Exile » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:52 am

Why do I get the feeling Aya Hirano might end up losing some of the heat directed towards her now that Kana Hanazawa is spreading herself so thin?

But from a realist standpoint, Kana Hanazawa is in demand right now. She might not be in a year or two from now. She probably sees 2011 as her big chance to make money while she can before she gets overlooked in the future or before she changes career paths. And in economically frail times, it makes sense. However, she'd better understand this could really backfire on her as well.
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by kiddtic » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:13 pm

I decided to marathon Steins;Gate and just finished the fourth episode. Wow every review I read was misleading, no one said anything about the humour provided by the protagonist heck by the entire lading cast at all. Its more of a comedy than a serious mystery at least thats what it looks like to me.

To be honest its kind of dissapointing but ill stick with it because....well Kana Hanazawa :")

Also the maid cafe bits are fun.
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by GarryGod » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:26 pm

kiddtic wrote:I decided to marathon Steins;Gate and just finished the fourth episode. Wow every review I read was misleading, no one said anything about the humour provided by the protagonist heck by the entire lading cast at all. Its more of a comedy than a serious mystery at least thats what it looks like to me.

To be honest its kind of dissapointing but ill stick with it because....well Kana Hanazawa :")

Also the maid cafe bits are fun.


if theres anything you can take in its that nitroplus+ know how to right a really otaku driven visual novel... it would be a series without humor and pop culture referencing yeah sure its still got a serious side to it... but overall its a bit of a comedy its kinda like Chaos Head kinda looked serious but in the end it kinda was giving the lol main characters a hikimori who does nothing but obssessive MMORPG's and anime and obsessing about 2D wifuy.
steins gate is man wanting to prove a point and obtain the image of a mad scientist who even has the whole evil laugh and nicknaming gimic going... all this happening around akihabara and yeah's maid cafe's are just like that girls acting cute talking as high pitch as possible laughing at customers jokes nyan nyan nekomimi maids with tamborines and group singing... its the whole package and thats the way they like it... oh and don't get me started on merchendise @[email protected] overall steins gate keeps its image as a nitro+ title...
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Sun May 01, 2011 1:33 am

kiddtic wrote:
Mappy wrote:
kiddtic wrote:She has managed to cast herself in atleast half of the decent shows this season. Shes even in Dog Days.

I love how Dog Days is singled out from "decent shows this season". Because, you know, that isn't really something you'd apply to Dog Days. 8)

Well its better than Hen Zemi, in which she plays the lead role....WHY!!

Money, probably. Always follow the trail of cash.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Adamar » Sat May 07, 2011 3:43 pm

Moshidora is done now, and my thoughts towards it have improved now it's over.

Was a bit dull to start out, but picked up with some reasonably tense baseball action and drama that isn't terribly executed. (Seriously, Ill Girls aren't supposed to actually die! This is nothing like my Japanese animations.) Nicely done ending, too.

Technical aspects were perfunctory (not much animation and music that is... well, there.)

Overall, not a bad show. Could have been better, could also have been much worse.
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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by Mappy » Sat May 07, 2011 3:52 pm

Moshidora gets my stamp of "shortest disappointment of the season". I'm not really sure what they hoped to achieve by this show.
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by GarryGod » Sat May 07, 2011 4:01 pm

Mappy wrote:Moshidora gets my stamp of "shortest disappointment of the season". I'm not really sure what they hoped to achieve by this show.


management?
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by Mappy » Sat May 07, 2011 5:41 pm

That seemed incidental.

This review sums up my opinion of Moshidora pretty well:

'Moshidora' is based on a best selling Japanese novel (translated) 'What If the Girl Manager of a High School Baseball Team Read Drucker's "Management"?' I am not making this up, the title really is that long. The anime title is an abbreviation.
The novel may have swept No.1 spot in every major book ranking chart in Japan with over 2.5 million copies sold in less than a year and half, but the anime adaptation is nothing but complete and utter failure.

One can tell how badly this show was neglected within minutes. Almost all the characters and backgrounds are nearly frozen! Not only that, there is absolutely zero creativity in art direction, as almost every single scene is either a standstill medium shot, standstill full shot, or moving long shot. It's like watching a slideshow.
Voice acting is almost equally lackluster. All the characters talk in an unusually slow pace, completely devoid of emotion. I don't know about you, but this is what I call "reading the script".

Of course, not every series is going to get 'Seirei no Moribito' or 'Dennou Coil' treatment and get showered with taxpayer money, but daily broadcast with production value lower than that of 'Anpanman' is no way to treat a No.1 yearly best seller. Just because it's an educational show on NHK doesn't mean it has to be garbage as an anime, and more importantly, it should not be teaching wrong things.

The concept of running a baseball team like a business is nothing new. Actually, it's a pretty common theme in coach/management side of sports drama. 'Moshidora' is unique in that it specifies a single book and focuses on select concepts, but this presents a new set of problems. What happens is that the protagonist basically picks up Peter Drucker's "Management", then becomes a mindless drone who literally follows every single teaching on the book as if it really was the life's Bible. Last time I checked, management was an art that has best practices, but not an instruction manual!

Peter Drucker's book for a high school team is a very poor choice, because his books are written mainly for large corporations and nonprofits (like the Red Cross), whose ultimate goal is profit (or raising funds). That's why the concepts introduced in this series are like "organizations should be socially responsible", or "employee responsibility fosters morale/motivation" etc, that large corporation often neglect. It's also why the book focuses a lot on importance of marketing, because raising customer awareness and building lasting relationship with customers ultimately accomplish large organization's objectives. On the other hand, high school baseball team is a small organization, and their success is not measured by number of fans and revenue generated, but how far they advance into the tournament. This organizational objective was defined in one of the earlier episodes by the protagonist, to win. Marketing is not required to achieve that goal.

There were some interesting application of theories to a baseball team, but also stupid mistakes like confusing marketing with internal marketing and HRM (Human Resources Management). However, there were also many instances where things went way too conveniently just to prove the concept works. Especially, the application of "Innovation" was absolutely zurückgeblieben. Anyone who knows anything about baseball knows that guessing the type of pitch and location is more than half the challenges a batter has to face against a pitcher. By pitching nothing but strikes, you're voluntarily abandoning the location aspect of guesswork, essentially allowing batters to swing every pitch without hesitation. Such a strategy would never work, unless the pitcher was a prodigy who throws at 100mph or nasty breaking balls with startling precision (he was not). And the opposing team is still surprised at the regional semifinals that they don't bunt? No, they would send scouts to spy on opposing teams way before reaching that far.

Baseball aside, it didn't even make sense from business management perspective. "Innovation" from management and HR perspective is not telling your employees never-seen-before strategy and have them to follow that. It's about creating an environment for employees that encourages innovation. 3M's Post-it Notes and Google's "20 percent time" are probably the most famous examples. Creation of strict employee guideline by upper management, and blindly following a single book as a manager is not "innovation" from the management perspective.

While excessive fantasy is acceptable, sometimes even preferred in sports drama, using inconceivable scenarios to demonstrate a business concept is not the way to educate. The thing with business concept is that it must be used on a case-by-case basis, a strategy that works for one firm does not work for another. There are hundreds of theories and many influential business theorists around. A manager's job is to determine which strategy should be used for their own organization, and how it should be implemented. By forcibly twisting the outcome in order to demonstrate a theory, the lesson becomes invalid.

I was actually watching this series with a faint hope that the protagonist would eventually decide to abandon the book. To my surprise, it actually happened, but in the most undramatic way imaginable. No matter how you think about it, she should've strayed from the book after the eye-opening event of a best friend's death, at the very climax where she ended up pointlessly trying to convince the coach not to change the batter. That would've been solid drama, maybe even teach a real lesson from the story. In the end, the show severely underplayed the realization of the book's limits, and missed the chance to show that one must choose what she believes is right rather than blindly following a manual, or should I call it "innovation in management". As it stands, the choice of keeping the batter who eventually hit the winning run seems like yet another convenient scriptwriting. It also appears to be done on her whim, as they were still living by the book after regional finals. It didn't even make sense they're trying to play the way "customer" wants, when they're not even a professional team that plays for direct revenue and fan base. Apparently the producer didn't understand the concept of organizational objective because he only read "Management". The climax, that fake swing sequence was extremely clever and dramatic, made possible by canny plot device in earlier episode. Unfortunately, it's too little too late by this point.

Characters in this show are just puppets. Their emotions are limited, their behaviors are fabricated to advance the story (I mean, what was with the protagonist's reaction in front of the team after her friend's death? "Can't read the atmosphere," as the Japanese call it, beyond belief). To be honest, I forgot all their names already, because I simply was not even close to connecting or caring about any of them.

OP by Azusa stood out as the only good thing about this series. 'Yume Note' is an extremely touching and catchy Jpop song perfect for what little atmosphere this series had. She's definitely setting herself up to become the next anime song princess in my opinion, with three consecutive solid theme songs in row, previous two being 'Amagami SS' OPs.

I do sense some clever writing by the original author, but I am going to single this one out as the worst anime adaptation attempt ever, and the worst sports anime I've ever encountered. Not only did it lack entertainment value as a sports anime, it failed miserably as a tool of business education, and serves only as the glorification of Peter Drucker and his book. I suspect the novel is nowhere as pathetic as this anime, and I'll be waiting to see the live-action movie adaptation as the better interpretation of the novel.

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Re: THE SPRING 2011 THREAD

by kiddtic » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:18 pm

Now You gotta admit thats pretty cool :3

http://youtu.be/laRy9wCYTeE
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