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You make fair points about Goblin Slayer and can understand why they did skip that part however I sure hope so this wont became a trend and skipping every part where someone might be offended.

As for Akame ga Kill ,at first I did enjoy the anyone can die trope at first, however just as u pointed too many death and too fast, really lacking balance. Far more serious flaw was the obvious death flags one could see them from miles away, the icing on the cake was by the books ending guessed the last 6-8 episode exactly who will survive and will die in order.  Felt like going through motions, I absolutely despite predictability, second half had absolutely no surprise and couldnt care less about characters.

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54 minutes ago, Swim Swim said:

You make fair points about Goblin Slayer and can understand why they did skip that part however I sure hope so this wont became a trend and skipping every part where someone might be offended.

As for Akame ga Kill ,at first I did enjoy the anyone can die trope at first, however just as u pointed too many death and too fast, really lacking balance. Far more serious flaw was the obvious death flags one could see them from miles away, the icing on the cake was by the books ending guessed the last 6-8 episode exactly who will survive and will die in order.  Felt like going through motions, I absolutely despite predictability, second half had absolutely no surprise and couldnt care less about characters.

Indeed, I certainly hope the "skip" in Goblin Slayer's second episode was due to a narrative-based decision, and not fear to offend the public. When art gets compromised by that... it tends to end with crap for everyone.

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What a strange season this is - I expected absolutely nothing from it, but it turns out really enjoyable. While Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san seems to be running out of steam a bit after fun opening episodes, Bloom into You is just great IMHO. I really like the unusual dynamic between the lead characters and the gentle tone of it all, it's such a nice antidote for the trashiness of Citrus.

I also quite like the direction Goblin Slayer is going, with how insane and disinterested in everything but goblins the protagonist is, while also being able to play an important part in the bigger events. It seems there are also some interesting action sequences incoming and probably some more important plot developments - I'm really curious about the next episode.

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And here came the last episode of Bloom Into You. I guess this season is over already, only the last episode of Goblin Slayer left, when it goes to stuff with any kind of meaning...

Bloom Into You was rather brilliant and also nearly drove me to an emotional breakdown. The emotional self-harm that Touko inflicts on herself and the way she hurts others by extension is excruciating, exactly because it's not as overdramatized or convoluted as it would be in many other shows. It's still slightly over-the-top, but for the most part, I really believed those characters. And I was seriously anxious before the last episode, because it would make sense for Yuu to lose and for Touko to stay with her toxic ambition, instead of embracing the bond that grew between them. 

Because of all this, it wasn't really a relaxing show to watch, even with its slow pacing and relatively gentle drama. But it had more emotional impact than most of the yuri media I've seen so far and I appreciate it a lot. I'm even completely ok with the subtle, somewhat open-ended conclusion - it told me enough to make me at peace with the story, even though I would really love to see a special showing a bit more of Touko and Yuu truly accepting each other and their mutual feelings. 

9/10, but I think I need a healing anime now to detox myself from the drama. :vinty:  Aria, here I come?

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Glad to hear Bloom Into You would not be my thing. Something about the first episode made me hesitate and nothing I've heard of the show since has lead me to regain interest.

On the other hand, I've enjoyed Goblin Slayer. It has ultimately just been about slaying evil, without being all shounen about it. Fairly up my alley.

The Bunny Senpai show started well enough with those first three episodes, and I've only heard good things since. However, at the time I felt the plot was being unnecessarily confusing, and given what I've seen some people mention, I'm starting to suspect the translation was to blame. I'm holding off on this to investigate further.

The Slime anime is the greatest thing that has graced me in a while. And a whole 26 episodes of it, to boot! I am excited to see it continue. In my eyes, it is like all the other power fantasies where a nice guy does nice things, but I guess this one uses his head more and works with people more. It tends to be good at its core, which is great.

Zombieland Saga had an hilarious start that really drew me in, but by episodes 3 and 4 started to turn into the idol show that it was meant to be. Unfortunately, I'm really averse to these for reasons I can't understand, which is weird, because I really like Shining Song Starnova. I fully intend on finishing this anime, but I can't quite muster the strength to do it all at once.

There's this one about a magician in the modern world that's kind of about Colours, and I'm liking that. Magic in modern settings is always interesting to some degree. Also, I like stoic protagonists.

Then there's Gakkou no Juliet which seemed like a fun comedy that immediately establishes the couple and avoids my immediate concern. Until the first new girl showed up. I stopped before that episode in fear of what was to come, and haven't restarted it since. I've also heard it doesn't go much of anywhere, but I think I'll still find out for myself.

I also watched a single episode of that Vampire anime, and while amusing, I suspect it wouldn't be able to keep it up for too long.

 

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35 minutes ago, Mr Poltroon said:

Zombieland Saga had an hilarious start that really drew me in, but by episodes 3 and 4 started to turn into the idol show that it was meant to be. Unfortunately, I'm really averse to these for reasons I can't understand, which is weird, because I really like Shining Song Starnova. I fully intend on finishing this anime, but I can't quite muster the strength to do it all at once.

I was actually watching it while also going through SSS and I'd say those two complemented each other in a cool way. Both are over-the-top transformations of the formula and it's fun to observe how they can do drama without ever really taking themselves seriously or adhering to any clear rules. Saga was actually one of the highlights of this season to me, coming completely out of nowhere.

35 minutes ago, Mr Poltroon said:

I also watched a single episode of that Vampire anime, and while amusing, I suspect it wouldn't be able to keep it up for too long.

Aye, it really started losing steam around the third episode. It was ok until the end, but never did anything interesting beyond those few fun gimmicks it introduced at the very beginning.

35 minutes ago, Mr Poltroon said:

The Bunny Senpai show started well enough with those first three episodes, and I've only heard good things since. However, at the time I felt the plot was being unnecessarily confusing, and given what I've seen some people mention, I'm starting to suspect the translation was to blame. I'm holding off on this to investigate further.

 

Holy 糞, this show has a 8,7 rating on MAL? :marie: I guess I have to check it out after all, I nearly completely overlooked it.

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6 hours ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

Holy 糞, this show has a 8,7 rating on MAL? :marie: I guess I have to check it out after all, I nearly completely overlooked it.

Shite, how the hell did you miss that? That was the one anime that almost pulled me into watching something ongoing. I take it you don't follow any anitubers? Gigguk has a nice video on it.

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On 30/12/2018 at 7:26 AM, Mr Poltroon said:

Glad to hear Bloom Into You would not be my thing. Something about the first episode made me hesitate and nothing I've heard of the show since has lead me to regain interest.

On the other hand, I've enjoyed Goblin Slayer. It has ultimately just been about slaying evil, without being all shounen about it. Fairly up my alley.

The Bunny Senpai show started well enough with those first three episodes, and I've only heard good things since. However, at the time I felt the plot was being unnecessarily confusing, and given what I've seen some people mention, I'm starting to suspect the translation was to blame. I'm holding off on this to investigate further.

The Slime anime is the greatest thing that has graced me in a while. And a whole 26 episodes of it, to boot! I am excited to see it continue. In my eyes, it is like all the other power fantasies where a nice guy does nice things, but I guess this one uses his head more and works with people more. It tends to be good at its core, which is great.

Zombieland Saga had an hilarious start that really drew me in, but by episodes 3 and 4 started to turn into the idol show that it was meant to be. Unfortunately, I'm really averse to these for reasons I can't understand, which is weird, because I really like Shining Song Starnova. I fully intend on finishing this anime, but I can't quite muster the strength to do it all at once.

There's this one about a magician in the modern world that's kind of about Colours, and I'm liking that. Magic in modern settings is always interesting to some degree. Also, I like stoic protagonists.

Then there's Gakkou no Juliet which seemed like a fun comedy that immediately establishes the couple and avoids my immediate concern. Until the first new girl showed up. I stopped before that episode in fear of what was to come, and haven't restarted it since. I've also heard it doesn't go much of anywhere, but I think I'll still find out for myself.

I also watched a single episode of that Vampire anime, and while amusing, I suspect it wouldn't be able to keep it up for too long.

 

Bloom into you is really good. You're missing something if you don't watch it. I struggle with challenging shows and I wouldn't call it challenging.

Bunny senpai remains solid to the end, though the first arc is undeniably the best.

Gakkou no juliet loses a bit of steam along the way but is still a fun ride with its goofy couple.

Irozuku world in colours is actually very good. It has a few slow moments during the show but it ends very strongly. I rated this the highest of the shows that finish this season.

Vampire became boring as batshit.

Index3 became even more confusing than any of the previous installments. One for people who have religiously watched all previous raildexes only, or read the LNs.

Goblin Slayer is simple good vs evil fun in the end, though yeah disturbing.

Slime is a bit of a gem. How to do a seriously OP character yet somehow entertain continuously.

Akanesasu shoujo was meh cheap handheld game based fare.

Anima Yall was mundane.

Beelzebub was boring fluff

Conception was the most amazingly bad piece of trash in a long time

Hinomaru is predictable as fuck sport anime about sumo but still executed in a fun enough way that it's good clean entertainment

Karakuri circus was a complete clusterfuck that fell to pieces only a few episode in and still has ages to go to execute even more clusterfuckery

Imoimo is so bad the studio itself complained they felt like slaves. It's a hilariously badly executed and animated tropefest with zero value

Release the spyce was actually great fun about kick arse girls

SSSS grdiman was extremely popular because of Rikka's thighs but it was still entertaining as a weird take on the superhero thing

SAO3 is actually the best SAO installment yet. Unfortunately you have to have watched the first two to make the most of it, but it's finally solid consistent entertainment.

Tsurune was boring AF. Kyoani are making another formula driven but completely soulless show in this one

Maid uzasugiru was kinda entertaining but creepy at the same time, and not in a good way

Zombie land saga was good clean fun to the end.

Himote house was the overlooked gem of the season. Terribly cheap 3d animation, almost no plot to talk about, but a bunch of adult woman sitting around saying hilarious things.

Jingai san no yome takes the cake for the most bizarre anime of the year, though is strangely cute to watch

 

Yes I watched most of these, though a lot of the dodgier ones I dropped a few episodes in.

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Goblin Slayer surprised me positively. I had already perused the manga and knew what I was getting into but, anime being the kind of world it is, I wasn't sure whether they'd treat the issue maturely. (not) Ironically, most critics were wrong and the show was pretty conscious of the kind of stuff they were showing. The bad animation kinda drags the anime down, though. Mr Poltroon and ittaku have mentioned how it's a simple but entertaining good vs evil, to which I agree, but would also add that it explains an interesting story about "what happens with minor conflicts/problems when people are distracted with saving the world".

Bunny Girl Senpai... is a tough sell. It's a good anime, but can't help but feel it's been overhyped and overestimated really hard. People have been praising it was the masterpiece of 2018, but the beginning felt kinda pseudo-intellectual to me, and some of the middle arcs were repetitive. Still good, though.

Slime is a surprise, because I love the manga. But the anime... has felt lukewarm. Perhaps it is because I've already read the manga (up to date) a couple times and nothing felt new or surprising but, at the end of the day, everything was very cookie cutter. The stereotype isekai in practically all of its aspects. I guess the more "mature" MC marks a difference, but I'm not sure to which degree.

JoJo is just amazing. Golden Wind reminds me yet again why I love this franchise so much. Watching a show that actually allows its protagonists to be smart and win fights with their initial power through strength and cunning is the best... and so rarely seen in anime.

Juliet is entertaining but ultimately says nothing, does nothing. Another RomCom.

Bloom Into You is a show I haven't been capable of even giving a chance to. Simply put, anime has scarred me when it comes to yuri. More often than not, it's lesbian porn for teens thinly covered with cheap drama and torrents of fanservice. Perhaps this show is different and I'm doing myself a disservice but, by this point, it's difficult to even consider watching this genre.

Kaze Ga started really cool and, gosh darnit, I still haven't finished it. So I guess I'm hoping it hasn't gone to hell.

Honda-san was really cool! Very simple slice of life comedy, but it did give me a few chuckles. Also, it was interesting to learn how Japanese bookstores work.

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3 hours ago, Jun Inoue said:

Goblin Slayer surprised me positively. I had already perused the manga and knew what I was getting into but, anime being the kind of world it is, I wasn't sure whether they'd treat the issue maturely. (not) Ironically, most critics were wrong and the show was pretty conscious of the kind of stuff they were showing. The bad animation kinda drags the anime down, though. Mr Poltroon and ittaku have mentioned how it's a simple but entertaining good vs evil, to which I agree, but would also add that it explains an interesting story about "what happens with minor conflicts/problems when people are distracted with saving the world".

Yeah, that was my main draw to the series when I watched a Wisecrack review breaking down the anime's philosophy. It does look pretty interesting.

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10 hours ago, Kenshin_sama said:

Yeah, that was my main draw to the series when I watched a Wisecrack review breaking down the anime's philosophy. It does look pretty interesting.

I sort of half-thought about it before it, but that same video is what made me write that comment yesterday :chaika:

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