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2 hours ago, Jun Inoue said:

Le sigh, the second part of this week's Comic Girls was ruined by the classic, obligatory, fake yuri shenanigans. Plz Japan, stop.

Or just fake romance in general. :vinty:

I'm caught up to the latest episode of Comic Girls now. I'm really enjoying how energetic this series is, and I've even gotten a few good laughs here and there (which is rare for a CGDCT anime).

Kaos is love, Kaos is life.

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Steins;Gate 0 Episode 5 finished.

 

Well, like always, i like the stuff they are doing.

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So, we have the setup for the Kagari/Reyes arc, i'm gonna guess they will go full PR and Recursive mother goose.

 

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As I haven't seen the original Steins;Gate anime (or read the VN) and I'm avoiding 0, I'm now pretty sure that Hinamatsuri will be my anime of the season. Such an original, genuinely funny show - I love how the humour and the general plot is very much down-to-earth and relatable in a way. Even with all the supernatural elements it's all about the characters and their everyday lives and it's absolutely charming at that. I don't think I had this much fun with a SoL series since Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. :)

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4 hours ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

As I haven't seen the original Steins;Gate anime (or read the VN) and I'm avoiding 0, I'm now pretty sure that Hinamatsuri will be my anime of the season. Such an original, genuinely funny show - I love how the humour and the general plot is very much down-to-earth and relatable in a way. Even with all the supernatural elements it's all about the characters and their everyday lives and it's absolutely charming at that. I don't think I had this much fun with a SoL series since Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. :)

Go watch S;G 0 www

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Got caught up with Comic Girls and this latest episode's new character was pretty funny, especially Kaos' reactions to her, kind of reminds me of Nekozawa from Ouran. Also liked how in the second half they actually followed up on that little reveal with the teacher in the last episode.

Also watched the latest episode of Hinamatsuri, first half was as funny as I expected, while the second half...wow that's a Nat 20 hit to the feels. Got me really invested in seeing what happens to Anzu next episode. So glad I waited till after I got home from work to watch this episode or this would have been me:

 

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On ‎12‎/‎05‎/‎2018 at 10:01 AM, BookwormOtaku said:

Got caught up with Comic Girls and this latest episode's new character was pretty funny, especially Kaos' reactions to her, kind of reminds me of Nekozawa from Ouran. Also liked how in the second half they actually followed up on that little reveal with the teacher in the last episode.

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Is it weird that it bothers me how a female character has a silly reaction (like Kaos saying "thank you god" when another of the girls pushes her against her breasts) or her enjoyment of being scolded by a sexy mature woman, and there's a horde of fans that do not suggest, theory or wonder, but immediately exclaim smth along the lines of "Man, Kaos is such a lesbian". Just like one could say "Kaos likes wearing trousers".

I don't know. I get super irked by people who throw lesbianism around like a buzzword for absolutely any female being to ever display any amount of interest or curiosity, be it sincere, fake or for pure comedic relief. Or, basically, for any female character that's not eating dick 24/7.

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17 hours ago, Jun Inoue said:

Is it weird that it bothers me how a female character has a silly reaction (like Kaos saying "thank you god" when another of the girls pushes her against her breasts) or her enjoyment of being scolded by a sexy mature woman, and there's a horde of fans that do not suggest, theory or wonder, but immediately exclaim smth along the lines of "Man, Kaos is such a lesbian". Just like one could say "Kaos likes wearing trousers".

Can't really say, I just view the former as a running joke that  kind of gets lost under the funnier jokes, while with the latter my main reaction is "Ah, Kaos is a bit of a masochist... funny and surprisingly fitting".

 

Tried and got caught up on Golden Kamuy today and I have to say this was a very pleasant surprise. Not only was I not expecting it to be this good, but it also wasn't what I wasn't what I was expecting at all. I was expecting this to be a grim dark series similar to Ninja Scroll or Basilisk, but was surprised at how humorous Sugimoto and Asirpa could be, at the great chemistry between the two and...damn, I really like Asirpa: she's badass, she's funny and the show does a really good job with her expressions.

 

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On 14/05/2018 at 12:01 AM, Jun Inoue said:

Is it weird that it bothers me how a female character has a silly reaction (like Kaos saying "thank you god" when another of the girls pushes her against her breasts) or her enjoyment of being scolded by a sexy mature woman, and there's a horde of fans that do not suggest, theory or wonder, but immediately exclaim smth along the lines of "Man, Kaos is such a lesbian". Just like one could say "Kaos likes wearing trousers".

I don't know. I get super irked by people who throw lesbianism around like a buzzword for absolutely any female being to ever display any amount of interest or curiosity, be it sincere, fake or for pure comedic relief. Or, basically, for any female character that's not eating dick 24/7.

Well said. I got sick of this joke in this series before I had a chance to find the series funny and promptly dropped it. It's capitalising on the recent rise of the yuri which is, of course, all done in the wrong way in anime; it's to titillate guys instead of be a meaningful portrayal of it (even when it tries to be the latter it has to be mostly the former.) Oh well, it is just anime and I can drop it and watch something else.

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27 minutes ago, ittaku said:

Well said. I got sick of this joke in this series before I had a chance to find the series funny and promptly dropped it. It's capitalising on the recent rise of the yuri which is, of course, all done in the wrong way in anime; it's to titillate guys instead of be a meaningful portrayal of it (even when it tries to be the latter it has to be mostly the former.) Oh well, it is just anime and I can drop it and watch something else.

Literally all of that. It does sadden me a bit, though, since it feels like a bit of insight into certain cultural mires that we're not quite through with yet...

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41 minutes ago, ittaku said:

Well said. I got sick of this joke in this series before I had a chance to find the series funny and promptly dropped it. It's capitalising on the recent rise of the yuri which is, of course, all done in the wrong way in anime; it's to titillate guys instead of be a meaningful portrayal of it (even when it tries to be the latter it has to be mostly the former.) Oh well, it is just anime and I can drop it and watch something else.

Now I think of it, I'm not sure if I've ever seen much of tasteful/meaningful depictions of f/f romance in series that weren't straight-up shoujo-ai - usually even if it's not just plain fanservice or ship-baiting, it's done weirdly IMO (just like when New Game creates an obvious lesbian subplot but pretty much never goes anywhere with it). Another reason to avoid Comic Girls I guess, still have to really high-quality moe shows from previous seasons to catch up with. ;p

And a bit OT, but I'm slowly watching through Flip Flappers and I think this show is even not widely considered a yuri, but have one of the most charming and subtle f/f relationships I've ever seen in anime. I wish more shows could do something similar, although that series, in general, is far from being standard in most ways. And well, even if it's not tagged as shoujo-ai in many places, it gives the viewer some pretty strong clues: ;)

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57 minutes ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

Now I think of it, I'm not sure if I've ever seen much of tasteful/meaningful depictions of f/f romance in series that weren't straight-up shoujo-ai - usually even if it's not just plain fanservice or ship-baiting, it's done weirdly IMO (just like when New Game creates an obvious lesbian subplot but pretty much never goes anywhere with it). Another reason to avoid Comic Girls I guess, still have to really high-quality moe shows from previous seasons to catch up with. ;p

 

Comic Girls is actually generally entertaining, but certainly has this shitty part (that doesn't take all that much of the show, all things said). Wouldn't say it affected New Game all that much, either, since most relations there were about respect. The only exception, and probably the one you mean, is Yagami and Rin. But that wasn't distasteful, just never really explored past the point of lifelong friends (didn't really have the classic f/f baiting).

Much like Ittaku said, the problematic shows are the ones that show us lesbians as seen in porn. That is, what horny hetero males think lesbians are like. You won't see many tasteful depictions because the more traditional/popular Japanese anime still works within the idea that lesbians don't exist.

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Watched the latest episode of Golden Kamuy, one of the highlights was drunk Asirpa :D

Also decided to try out Ge ge ge no Kitaro and watched up to episode 5. Liking it so far, it kinda reminds me of the Real Ghostbusters cartoon with its more kid friendly monster horror, plus I do like the friendship Kitaro and Neko Musume/Cat Chick make with Mana. Plus it also helps that the opening and ending are surprisingly catchy

Also did not even know this series existed. I may check out what I can of the older series later.

Plus on a side note, does anyone else think the rat youkai kind of looks like a Dr Seuss character?

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Guys, can we agree that this anime season is probably one of the strongest anime season we've got since a lot of time?

 

I mean, the amount of excellent anime we are getting this season is just way too big, i can't count how many great anime are being released this season (except tokyo Ghoul cause Poor Tokyo Ghoul, and Persona 5 the animation too, poor Persona 5). 

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21 minutes ago, Kurisu-Chan said:

Guys, can we agree that this anime season is probably one of the strongest anime season we've got since a lot of time?

 

I mean, the amount of excellent anime we are getting this season is just way too big, i can't count how many great anime are being released this season (except tokyo Ghoul cause Poor Tokyo Ghoul, and Persona 5 the animation too, poor Persona 5). 

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Slightly ruined by Steing 0/0, but good enough...

:nico:

Edited by Jun Inoue

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Episode 6 of steins;gate 0.

 

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The lack of japanese shaman girls is really a bad idea, but this, brightens my heart.

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OH, My clock stopped working... FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

Overall, the plot is well executed, the animation is getting better and better (there is movement in the background, this time, as opposed to no movement) there are still a bit of problems and the random shots doesn't help that much, but overall it's watchable and the story is on fire.

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Decided to take a look at Megalo Box as that's been receiving its share of praise, watched up to episode 7...and I really like this one too. It's a good futuristic underdog boxing story with a good cast of characters (I especially liked Nanbu's development) and the design for the anime is really nice. It looks and feels like an anime from the late 90s, so much so I hope it does end up on Toonami in a year or two. I guess if I had any complaints it's how episode 7 ends...

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I get it's supposed to an "all is lost" moment, but I think they may have done it a little too well. Basically I have no idea how they're going to get Joe back into the tournament without it feeling like an ass pull.

Edit: One more bit of praise: They sure picked a badass sounding main OST:

 

Edited by BookwormOtaku

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Well I keep being conflicted on Hinamatsuri. It's a show with a stupid premise that starts with scifi and turns pure character comedy drama. Given the material I expect to give it up each week but each time I watch an episode I find myself honestly laughing out loud which almost never happens with comedy. Thus I have to admit, it's actually a good comedy.

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On 15/05/2018 at 11:07 PM, Kurisu-Chan said:

Guys, can we agree that this anime season is probably one of the strongest anime season we've got since a lot of time?

I agree but it depends on what you mean by 'a lot of time'. As I'm not into BnHA and didn't start SG0 yet I would place it on the level of Fall2015 but my fave remains spring 2013, while the next season (summer 2018) seems indecent on promising animes...

Still this season benefit also from ongoing winter2018's shows like saiki no psi-nan, 7tsu no taizai, etc. Yup it's like we have a good anime episode every day, it's a bliss !

About Hinamatsuri it's so refreshing, it's as if seinen + comedy > school + comedy.

 

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9 hours ago, ManteR said:

I agree but it depends on what you mean by 'a lot of time'. As I'm not into BnHA and didn't start SG0 yet I would place it on the level of Fall2015 but my fave remains spring 2013, while the next season (summer 2018) seems indecent on promising animes...

Still this season benefit also from ongoing winter2018's shows like saiki no psi-nan, 7tsu no taizai, etc. Yup it's like we have a good anime episode every day, it's a bliss !

About Hinamatsuri it's so refreshing, it's as if seinen + comedy > school + comedy.

 

That is the variety of this season, even if you don't watch some of the hype anime, you still find excellent animes.

I told you, Spring 2018 is one of the strongest anime season we've got.

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I keep forgetting to say how awesome it is to have more High School DXD. It's such a great show managing to successfully combine such genres.

 

2 hours ago, Kurisu-Chan said:

As always, another week, another great S;G 0 episode.

By the way, I've been working on the Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashi no translation and discovered one of the heroines (the best one in fact) has the same VA as Kurisu. I had no idea she'd done so much H voice acting, but it's fantastic ;)

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8 hours ago, ittaku said:

I keep forgetting to say how awesome it is to have more High School DXD. It's such a great show managing to successfully combine such genres.

 

By the way, I've been working on the Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashi no translation and discovered one of the heroines (the best one in fact) has the same VA as Kurisu. I had no idea she'd done so much H voice acting, but it's fantastic ;)

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