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Hey, I know it's been a while since we've had a new ABC (Anime Book Club), but we (#animu) were hoping to restart it as a regular thing.
We'd like to try to take ABC in a new direction and focus mostly on shorter OVA's and movies. Most of us have huge backlogs and it can sometimes be asking too much to take on another series of unknown quality.
By focusing on shorter OVA's and movies, we hope to get through more shows in a shorter timeframe and make it easier to discuss them.
If you have any recommendations on how we can encourage participation in ABC, we would be interested in hearing them.
We are not in need of show recommendations at this time.
For our newest ABC pick, we are going with something extra short: Cat Shit One. This is a unique watch that will only cost 20 minutes of your life, so go watch it!
Based off the manga of the same name, Cat Shit One follows our two heroes on a mission to rescue some hostages. Prepare yourself for plenty of shoot-em-up action.
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Good animation but apart from that it was pretty uninteresting. The only reason I watched it to the end is because I had the time to spare.
FTR: I used the steaming link rather than the torrent and I'm glad I did.
And as for the next "is anyone else watching" series of the season thread goes to......Railgun S.
Ah yes, I remember when the 1st Railgun series was airing, our /a/ had a couple of threads, one getting uber-geek period on the physics. That thread was busy! But I'm dating myself. Anyhoo...yeah, I've been watching the new season, and the downside (lets get it over with quick here) is-too much Harue already. Makes Nori from Hidamari seem interesting by comparison.
Otherwise, I do enjoy how it's following the manga (minus aforementioned forced character) and look forward to seeing the "Sisters" Arc. Plus-with only 4 eps in so far, many of my favorite side characters have shown up. Any Maika siting is always good news. I did spot one odd, apparent inside joke-or something thereof in ep4. But why a "shout out" to Anu Natsu de Matteru, since that series was done last Summer.....not that anyone noticed.
Whoops, starting to ramble. I spose i'm done this time.
I'll be glad to see a more serious Kuroko, because she is really rather wasted as a character a lot of the time. Even Uihara and Saten get more important roles a lot of the time.
And yes I am so confounded by the constant jumping back and forth in chronology here. I feel the need to rewatch Index 2 to reorientate myself!
Okay, I picked up Vol. 7 of the hardcopy version of the manga this weekend-and somehow actually still caught up to date with all the series I'm following this season. Yes, I am thrilled the way this season has been, to me easily the best since 2010. But it didn't take me long to read...and re-read it already.
Beej, the timeline is really going HiMEfranchise.
I've dropped the similarity between it and "Raildex"franchise before, and the similarities continue. The reason this time ie-both series don't seem to adhere to a stringent timeline. HiME/Otome is notorious for changing plots......and dimensions, apparently-between manga & anime-all 4 "seasons".
I'm finding "Raildex" to be the same, on a timeline basis. I won't go into spoilerville, but V7 does have a different take (timeline too, perhaps) of the Athletic Festival.
I rewatched Index1-Railgun1-Index2-Railgun OVA before starting this season. Not a bad watch, but chronologically-it won't help. But don't worry about it-it's not a bad thing.
Crap. Now I gotta find some image to end this screed with. What the heck, no one's mentioned Oriemo2 yet, I'll umm, just leave this here.
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RIP in pieces.
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Why aren't you discussing Shingeki no Kyoujin?
(Also known as Attack on Titian, or The Eoten Onslaught)
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Mikasa is the 2nd-best girl in this show.
Picked this up on the off chance it'd be good. I like the heavy line used in the animation, and it's just interesting and different enough from everything else this season that I got drawn in despite myself. I expected to love Gargantia, but this is the one I really went for.
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Episode 7 titan fight scene:
So I tend to like slice of life but I haven't seen anything in a while and was wondering what everyone thinks of yuyshiki
For those who've seen it, would you say it's funny or just relaxing?
Made it through the OVAs (they're first anyway, right?) and plan on getting the rest of Tamayura. I see some Sketchbook Full Colors, GA, and for some reason-Twin Spica (has that series ever been mentioned on 7 before? Maybe Bjoli has seen it, if any "Reg" here). But in any case-I like it. Could make me bust out my old 35mm again.
But the point of genius so far? "Pancake Cookies". If I can find a reciepe for those-i'll report the outcome.
Again, thanks for pointing me in the Tamayura direction.
I knew you'd like it.
It is very funny AND relaxing.
So apparently - as per this article - anime died because of the lack of gazillion episode series aimed at young-uns and people who want to remember their childhood.
This article is so lacking it's laughable-or would be if wasn't so damn self-serving.
(Insert the Misaka Macro of "Let me tell you why this is bullshit" here)
God, I tried to read that and ended up skimming it. Uneducated guesses, speculation and plain bullshit most of that. Sailor Moon and Pokemon resposible for a boom in popularity? Anime peaking in 2003? I suppose Manga Entertainment, Akira, Starblazers, etc just didn't happen...
I mean simply, the author there just didn't do the research; the boom they're talking about where 'anything popular' gets picked up had happened before that, will likely happen again. Ugh.
>Since I was born in the 90's, I'm going to start from there.
And I'm going to stop right there. No, actually I skimmed the rest of it. Sadly.
The real reason anime "died" in America is because of the internet — same as the reason every other type of TV show has seen a decline. Suddenly, everyone is but a few clicks away from HD quality dubs of whatever anime they want, whenever they want. And for the ones (probably a majority, I think) of those who went on to find subbed anime to be more enjoyable, it's something you can't see on TV anyway.
If you ask me, anime is MORE popular than ever! One need not constrain themselves to just what is on TV and adhere to those schedules. Every type of person, no matter their tastes, can find an anime that suits what they are looking for. They don't need to content themselves just watching popular, low-brow kid's stuff like Dragonball and Pokemon and Sailor Moon anymore. As I said before, in just a few minutes, one can find a mature, adult anime online to get into (or a magical girl series... whatever floats your boat).
Moreover, I feel the real reason why there has been a shift is because there isn't anything particular about anime anymore. In the late 90's and early 00's, when it became popular everywhere, it was this brand new concept — art styles and plotlines we'd never seen before. Now, we all know what anime IS, it just doesn't matter that it's anime anymore; it's just a TV show that happens to be animated and happens to have been produced in Japan. There is no longer any need to slap the "anime" label on it. So anime is still everywhere, just not by the same name. The "craze" is still as widespread, just not nearly as loud and obvious. Anime is just another part of our lives and our culture, now. Like it is wont to due, America simply absorbed it and then moved on.
What got you interested interested in the 2 genres per say in the first place? I liked Pokemon like every other kid, sure, but what really started it for me was when I discovered Fullmetal on Adult Swim. Seeing one episode of Fooly Cooly drove it home as I tried desperately to find the show (didn't remember the name).
Dragonball was the first anime I ever saw, after that I watched one piece on toonami, and heard on the internet that the dub was totally unrelated to the true plot and the manga was better, so I went to barnes and noble, and bought 3 volumes of it, and after learning how to read manga I really enjoyed them, after that, every month I would pickup some new manga, because one piece back then would only get translations in shonen jump which was 2 years- 6 months behind japanese release and a damn long time to be released in volumes so it would take forever for a new volume to come out so nowadays I mainly read scans and only have a subscription to shonen jump alpha to merely support official English releases.
>the 2 genres
Do you mean mediums?
I actually didn't like DBZ or the rest of the Toonami block that much when I was a kid; I more grew up on stuff like Dexter's Lab and the like. Never got the chance to watch Pokemon, but I did read a lot of Astro Boy and the Viz translation of Pokemon Special (which I still think is pretty great).
One day when I was older a bunch of people were harping on about Death Note, so I watched it and realized the subject matter in anime was pretty crazy-awesome, then proceeded to drop Zetsubou Sensei and only got back in with Love Love? (awful harem show) because I suck. Then I was kind of uninterested until a few years later when I got really into it with a mix of Katawa Shoujo and Gurren Lagann. I read more VNs than I do watch anime nowadays.
When I was about 4/5 years old, my mother used to buy the Manga Video releases and let me watch them.
Mostly Giant Robo, Tank Police, Cyber City Oedo 808. There were others that she had like Crying Freeman but she thought they were a little bit too much for someone as young as myself to watch at the time.
I vaguely remember begging her to let me watch Guyver: bio-boosted armour because "the monster on the box looks really cool".
As for Manga itself it took me a long time to get into because there was one shop within a 100 mile radius of my house that actually sold any, the selection was extremely limited and the prices were outrageous, then one day years ago someone posted a download link for "Parasyte" and I loved it.
That's when I realized I could read fan translated Manga on the internet.
Since then I have started buying Manga because it's quite cheap these days, and I own all the Del-Rey issues of Parasyte now. I felt I should buy it, with it being the one that started it for me.
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KAWAMORI GENERAL THREAD
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The hell does princess resurrection have to do with kawamori?
Looked like a goofy thread, and I love dropping Hoobas whenever I can.
Just finished Kimagure Orange Road recently. Half way through the OAVs and gearing up for the movies.
I really enjoyed it. Great characters, felt attached. Realistic (well, except for the Power of course) and relatable drama. Funny, witty and so forth.
What does /a/ think of KOR?
dropped it pretty quickly, like 2 eps
Had plans to watch it. Can you share any neggative and possitive aspects of the serries since i cant really stand some elements in an anime such as the random cute animal that does nothing for the story but its there
Typical love story stuff. Oh no, there's a misunderstanding.
I preferred Maison Ikokku, and Marmalade Boy, and Hana Yori Dango.
I'm not sure I would recommend the series, I don't think anything spectacular happens in it. Shin Kimagure Orange Road (Movie 2?) however is one of my favourite pieces of animation. Maybe it doesn't have the same impact without seeing the series first.
Another thing I like in a similar vein is Umi ga Kikoeru.
I watched all of evangelion in one night
Diebuster relies on Gunbuster too much for its impact. Still, it's a lovely looking anime.
it is lovely, but it looked way to eva + gurren lagan... up until the end it gets a direct connection and resemblance with gunbuster, loved the mechas and action it had though
Yea there was the definite feeling that it wasn't only marking Gunbuster, but the studio's development. idk that it was too much like Eva though, I would say more FLCL, and definitely TTGL.