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Re: I'm Currently Watching...

Posted: December 28th, 2018, 3:26 pm
by Swagnarok
Finished Kiznaiver.

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Wasn't that great at first, but it was by the end. Some of the character designs were cringey as frick, but if you can get past that then it's a fun ride, and it has a really unusual and fascinating OP, seeing which on YouTube being what drew me to Kiznaiver in the first place. At first I thought their concept of pain (displeasure/the opposite of pleasure) was so incredibly simplistic and dumb, but by the end it revealed itself to actually be kind of clever. Only twelve episodes, not a big investment of your time. Just imagine a fringe study with results as f**ked up as those of the Stanford Prison Experiment, but on steroids. Basically it's twelve episodes of why connecting people's minds is a horrible idea.

Re: I'm Currently Watching...

Posted: January 3rd, 2019, 8:34 am
by CandyCandy
Tokyo Ghoul...

Re: I'm Currently Watching...

Posted: January 10th, 2019, 11:18 am
by k11chi
The Promised Neverland, the first arc in the manga is great and the animated version so far is up there.

Re: I'm Currently Watching...

Posted: January 11th, 2019, 8:17 am
by Nemomon
k11chi wrote:The Promised Neverland, the first arc in the manga is great and the animated version so far is up there.


Yeah, I liked the episode as well, but I didn't like how they shown Ray knowing more than he should. Too soon for that.

Re: I'm Currently Watching...

Posted: January 11th, 2019, 12:13 pm
by Swagnarok
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Honestly the most unbelievable thing about it is how a person like "Mama" could exist. Somebody who was willing to get so close to and affectionate with the children, and yet she never seemed to show remorse for her actions, much less reconsider her continued complicity in what was happening to them.


In any case, The Promised Neverland is definitely the kind of feel-good, heartwarming show that you should recommend to all your anime-loving friends who want an escape from the constant negativity they see on the news everyday. Nothing but saccharine goodness through and through.

Re: I'm Currently Watching...

Posted: January 19th, 2019, 4:45 pm
by Swagnarok
Alright, here are my thoughts on SAO III: Alicization, 15 episodes in:

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-I don't remember all that was said in that lengthy exposition drop episode back in the 1st cour, but it seems as though there are some problems with the Underworld. For starters, considering that the Underworld by this time likely has tens of thousands of denizens, and considering also that every year in real-world time is *at least* 100 years in their time, continued population growth should at some point overtake the government's ability to secretly scan the brains of infants in various hospitals. Though theirs is clearly a pre-industrial society, the fact that life is assisted through system commands along with the apparent absence of bacterial/viral infections should somewhat account for the lower than expected birthrate, since a big part of why people back then churned out babies left and right was because of the high likelihood that many of them would not survive to adulthood. However, the fact that this was still an agricultural society (ergo, children were still an economic asset rather than a liability) intent on maximum expansion across the Underworld geography (to the degree possible, given certain limits that Quinella put in place), combined with the fact that more people would've survived long enough to have children in the first place (given the relative absence of war and banditry), should've meant a population growth rate well above modern Japan's. I don't see how a small team of scientists could've kept providing enough new fluctlights, unless they simply started duplicating such, the key differences between such duplicate persons being environment and the bodies that were rendered for them.

-Additionally, to render an environment for the perspective of every person living in the Underworld would've required a computer with probably several times the processing power of the system used for SAO. And that demand would've increased with population. Moore's Law means that processing power for computers doubles every two years, which would be at least 200 years worth of population growth for the Underworld (note that in the roughly 200 year span from 1804 to 2011 the global human population septupled from 1 billion to 7 billion; though that was accompanied by consistent and dramatic technological advancement and economic growth, it goes to show how much breeding humans are capable of). I imagine that they could've compensated by continually expanding the physical size of the Underworld server.

-The idea that somebody's consciousness would disintegrate into nothingness at the mere realization that one was a clone seems pretty stupid. I don't imagine that that would be more psychologically stressing than things that real human beings can and have survived.

-Considering the differences between early modern and modern English (which developed over the course of about 400 years), the Japanese that Eugeo and his peers spoke should have been noticeably different from the Japanese that Kirito spoke, given that there elapsed 500 years for such differences to arise. Some communication difficulties should've arisen.

-I presume that the project's aim was to accelerate time until the Underworld reached a roughly modern level of technology, since for the inhabitants of such to effectively pilot 21st century military drones and whatnot would be problematic if its most learned people were only at the late medieval level of knowledge; however, the fact that system commands were allowed to solve real-world problems would've surely stifled incentive for scientific innovation, possibly for thousands of years. It seems odd that the Underworld developers would've included such an ultimately counterproductive feature.

-It's nothing short of insane that Kirito, acting in the capacity of somebody concerned for the well-being of the Underworld inhabitants rather than as a contractor for Rath, would side with Cardinal against Quinella; as bad as Quinella is, she's a self-interested actor who brought about peace and stability to that world. With the obvious exception of the people who work for her as soldiers, along with lawbreakers, most of the people in the Underworld are able to live decent, long lives because she's in charge. Cardinal, on the other hand, literally wants to destroy the Underworld. It would be the wholesale murder of tens of thousands of people whose lives Kirito evidently places value on, and she only promised that she might save about seven people. He talks about how he wants to "liberate" the Integrity Knights even though they're all gonna die as soon as Kirito helps Cardinal re-assume control over the system.

-I swear to Gott if they kill off Eugeo but spare Alice just so she can be the newest addition to Kirito's harem then I'm gonna be so mad. The time that Kirito and Eugeo have spent together, living together, doing everything together, has by this point exceeded all the time that he's spent with Asuna, and possibly even Suguha also. I don't care what happened in the light novel: they better not pull a d!ck move of that magnitude.

-What's with this pacing for the 2nd cour? Two episodes in they're already halfway up the cathedral? They still have 10/11 more episodes to go
right?

Anyways, it's been a pretty good ride so far, even though always having to wait a week is rather jarring. I probably should've waited until they already had a number of episodes aired before starting.

Re: I'm Currently Watching...

Posted: February 2nd, 2019, 11:40 am
by Swagnarok
Well, after 13/15 years of hype that I either missed or ignored, I finally gave the Fate series a try, starting with the original 2006 anime (first/Saber route). I must say, not half bad. It left me confused about some things, but still.

Re: I'm Currently Watching...

Posted: February 26th, 2019, 4:45 pm
by Swagnarok
Well, I just finished Youjo Senki. Probably the only good Isekai work out there (though more than a little blasphemous). 12 episodes of amazing aerial fight scenes and cigar-chomping buffoons doing everything they can to lose the peace, there apparently not being a single one of them who studied European history at all.

Re: I'm Currently Watching...

Posted: May 11th, 2019, 11:55 pm
by Swagnarok
3x3 Eyes

Not very well known in 2019, but apparently it used to be pretty popular. As usual, I must thank the TV Tropes website for this excellent recommendation. If you want to find cool shows to watch, they're the place to turn.

As a 7 episode OVA series trying to adapt a 40 volume manga (though to be fair it wasn't anywhere near finished when this adaptation started), I think it's pretty hard to overstate just how incoherent and rushed the whole thing was. It would've been so much better as a 26 episode anime, but, well, television censorship and whatnot. The mangaka behind this was apparently also involved in pornographic works. And it kind of shows here (though nothing too bad).
The amount of blood in this was overly gratuitous. Got old really fast. Same shut-eyed teenage boy being made into a gory punching bag for whatever tentacled monster he came across, rinse, lather, and repeat thirty seconds later until he somehow ends up winning.

I thought it was messed up enough already that "Pai" was the product of Parvati going senile but oh my, she was
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actually a snake
all of the second part. I did not see that coming. They picked a really great VA for her character though.

Second part is better than the first by far. But if you're going to give it a try you have to start with the first part.

Re: I'm Currently Watching...

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 6:17 pm
by Swagnarok
"I Want To Eat Your Pancreas"

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...Was a very lacklustre movie. It tried really hard to be a good, tearjerking work but it just came across as really generic and kind of stale. The main plot point has been used in movies around the world since at least the 1970s, and the fact that the MC girl died from that certain other thing instead was a Yusaku Ex Machina a**pull that served no purpose, since she could've died from a sudden complication of her illness instead, to the same effect. The last 30 or so minutes were a chore to slog through.

Now, say, if at the end of the movie it'd turned out that she was the serial killer all along, trying to eat people's pancreas in a psychotic bid to recover via magical thinking/voodoo logic, or if at least the serial killer was a character who appeared on screen (say, to be confronted by the OP guy, even after being taken into police custody), the movie would've been better. Because the aforementioned development would've totally blindsided and shocked the viewer, and at least then the movie could've accomplished something. Most of the movie was alright but the end was a major bummer.