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Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Huh, I was not expecting Appare-Ranman! to kill off a major character, particularly not one of the members of team Appare and particularly not my favourite character in the series. Like, the preview certainly looks like this is a "for real" death and not an "he almost died" moment and that makes sense since he finally got to have his big hero moment the episode before. I'm still not sold on the villain as a particularly interesting one in comparison to all the other race contestants, despite spending the episode showing off his "major threat" status and wild personality. But killing Kosame is a bold move. I never like losing my favorite character but I appreciate the show making the decision to do so if it pays dramatic dividends.
 

Bulgakov

Yes, that Russian author.
(He/Him)
I loved this week's Fruits Basket episode, featuring "Cindarella-ish". Just some great dry, occasionally self-conscious humor on the part of all the characters. It's good to see skilled storytelling that can also make fun of itself. My wife was in stitches too.
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
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So I'm still slowly watching through GitS SAC 2045 on Netflix and I just watched the episode featuring that ridiculous GIF Wisteria had linked in the old thread (the guy in the bathrobe doing backflips and shit). It's only a little better in proper context; it's supposed to be incredibly weird, but the extra layer of their 3DCG style is just... a lot of weird on top of that. It does turn into a big ol' boss fight that's kinda neat. But really the show so far has been incredibly middling. My favorite thing about it is the OP, I just wish it was attached to a more interesting story.
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
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I've been following the Twitter account @SailorMoonSub since she started livetweeting the Sailor Moon live-action show, and she's since branched out to a BUNCH of other titles, both on her own time and "sponsored" by followers (read: donated to charities and funds like BLM). After a year and 8 months, she just finished Revolutionary Girl Utena + Adolescence Thereof, so I decided to give the show a proper rewatch after 12+ years.

Guys.

This show is a trip.

I'm only up to episode 5 and I'm going nuts trying to figure out what is straightforward and what is metaphor/allegory/simile and I'm pretty sure the only straightforward thing here is how obviously Freudian the Ohtori Academy architecture is. And watching the OP/ED with the series finale and Adolescence fresh in mind (thanks to the livetweet) hoooooooo boy there's "evolving OPs" that change with each new plot twist but this is a show where the audience's perception of the same animation changes almost episode to episode and it's fantastic.

(Also, early on in Ep 3 when Utena claims to Anthy that she only wants "a perfectly normal boy" and Touga basically "Hello ladies" into scene half a second later had me choking on the ground.)
 
Curiosity finally won out and I watched Monster Girl Doctor. Is it good? Nope, but it's not horrible either which feels really weird. It's fanservicey without being too far with it's fanservice. If any of that makes any sense. No, the biggest problem I have is it feels like when they were writing scripts they sat down and just created a checklist of things to hit: Lamia? Check. Centaur, check. Spider woman, harpies, mermaids, all check. And last weeks episode finally had what I knew was coming, a loli who is actually several hundred years old so it's totally OK for Glenn to do an examination on her. Honestly the cleverest thing this anime does is having an octopus woman named Cthuly.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Huh, I was not expecting Appare-Ranman! to kill off a major character, particularly not one of the members of team Appare and particularly not my favourite character in the series. Like, the preview certainly looks like this is a "for real" death and not an "he almost died" moment and that makes sense since he finally got to have his big hero moment the episode before. I'm still not sold on the villain as a particularly interesting one in comparison to all the other race contestants, despite spending the episode showing off his "major threat" status and wild personality. But killing Kosame is a bold move. I never like losing my favorite character but I appreciate the show making the decision to do so if it pays dramatic dividends.
Eh, preview lied. I mean, mixed blessing but it would have been an interesting direction.

Also, there's surprisingly little racing in this race show.
 
Curiosity finally won out and I watched Monster Girl Doctor.


Full disclosure: I too have watched this show. About the first 3 or so episodes? It's definitely *very* horny and very scourge. It goes through the effort of doing a lot of world building and character development, but it's all in service to the nondescript, self-insert enabling, titular Monster Girl Doctor to feel up scantily clad monster girls in the name of science.
 
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Crunchyroll is now up to date on Healin Good Precure, the current series which is dangerously prescient in its depiction of plague-spreading villains who also hurt the environment. It also has a penguin who suffers from anxiety and a rabbit who wears cute pajamas.
 

Erilex

hourglass figure
Sooooooo, about that Netflix Dragon's Dogma anime. I decided to give it a chance, convinced it would be mediocre, but entertaining enough to kill a few hours.

I miscalculated.

It's actually aggravatingly, aggressively bad. I made it to the end of episode 2 before a particular bit of zero-irony, "both sides are just as bad" moralizing made me quit in disgust. I could have endured the incredibly stilted body language of the characters and the awkward dialogue that could maybe fit in an actual videogame* but has no business being in a TV show, but the whole thing has a slimy veneer of "humans are the real monsters" misanthropy that I'm really not in the mood for right now.

*Dragon's Dogma the videogame probably has better written dialogue than this
 

Mightyblue

aggro table, shmaggro table
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Yes and no? The opening parts of the game are pretty dry and boilerplate until the rug gets pulled out form under you in the back half of the game (and into the DLC).
 

Erilex

hourglass figure
I only said "probably" because my memory of the game's dialogue is pretty fuzzy (although I definitely remember gems like "These are masterworks all, you can't go wrong"), but I've played it. It's one of my favorite videogames! I don't think I would have given the show the time of the day if I didn't love its source material.

EDIT: Speaking of rug-pulling, I skipped ahead to the end of the last episode to see if they had adapted the truly wild shit that goes on at the end of the game, and... It doesn't seem to be the case. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, this adaptation has its own story to tell, and I can respect that.

...I just have zero confidence that the people writing this show have anything interesting to say about anything.
 
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Caught up on Appare-Ranman after falling behind by a few weeks, and I still love the show. I have a few small quibbles with it, but I'm still loving it as a feel-good, entertaining show. I for one am glad that Jonnny's spoiler didn't end up being true. While watching I had pretty much zero doubt that Kosame would pull through because just being genre savvy, this isn't that kind of show. But I'm still thankful nonetheless because I don't want or need this show to go down those roads. The small quibbles are:

1) Xia Lian is a great character, so I'm mildly annoyed that in the 12th episode, they invented a female baddie for her to square off against in that thing that media does where it likes to segregate fight sequences by gender. This happens a lot, and it honestly just feels pretty anachronistic at this point. It's not the worst thing in the world, but especially in a show like this where Xia Lian's character is all about kicking ass and proving the patriarchy wrong, it's just kinda eye-rolly that her big showdown was against another woman.

2) The climax here is taking place in Nebraska. Which is neat because it's the perfect halfway point if you're making a show about trekking across the Continental US. And while Appare-Ranman has actually done a way better job of being faithful to the period it's trying to portray than most media in general, let alone anime, I can't help but nitpick here. North Platte, NE is a real place, and it was not that nice! Yes, it was a major train hub on the Union Pacific line, but it almost looked like a metropolitan place rather than a small town of <10k people in the middle of nowhere. Also another problem is the big bridge scene in what feels like just outside of North Platte. North Platte is a town along the Platte River, which bisects most of the state of Nebraska. The river has cut a "valley" through the planes in that state, but it's nothing huge that you'd imagine. And by the time you hit North Platte, everything is pretty damned flat in Nebraska. There's no giant hills or cliffs or anything justifying a bridge that high over the river, if that is indeed the Platte.

The Platte River is famous for being literally "a mile wide and an inch deep" since the river flows through flat prairie lands and used to routinely flood. So a bridge that tall over a river that you can't even navigate via a canoe is... kinda pointless! As was Appare's whole DIY bridge - they could have just forded the river and worst case scenario you just dry off the breaks afterwards when you get to the other side. That whole scenario only really makes sense if that's the Missouri River, which forms the Eastern border of the state. Which they'll eventually have to cross if they're going to make their way to Chicago. But again, the whole scenario feels like goes down right outside of North Platte, and afterwards they return to North Platte to lick their wounds. That being the Missouri River instead of the Platte would solve the look of the problem, but not the logistics, since the drive from the Eastern edges of the state to where North Platte is, is at least 4 hours going at top highway speeds in modern days; they wouldn't have returned to North Platte but instead gone to Omaha which is like, right there on the Missouri River and a way bigger city historically. Also, the rail lines in Nebraska never cross the Platte! They stay on the Northern side of the river the entire time; it doesn't really make sense to build a bridge over a river you don't actually have to cross.

Edit: That said, it feels super genuine to have the race follow along the train tracks for that stretch of the race, since that's basically what US Route 30 does, being the road along the Union Pacific line. Even if Route 30 itself didn't exist during this show's time; I'm sure a dirt road was still there.

But yeah, otherwise really love this show. Since Nebraska is the literal halfway mark across the Continental US, it feels like they planned for this show to get a sequel to address the 2nd half of the BIG BOSS race. I hope they get a 2nd cour greenlit! I want to see more of this show and its cast.

The Great Pretender is indeed great.
INDEED! The first 14 episodes are out now on Netflix for people to watch, and people really should get on it. It's one of the best shows in ages IMO. It really helps that Studio Wit hired a professional novelist who specializes in crime heists to write the scenarios/script here. There's nothing worse than an unconvincing scenario because your writers just don't have the chops to pull it off successfully. Not that these crimes are particularly realistic, but they feel convincing and have fun twists to them in ways that Joé-schmoé anime script writer wouldn't begin to know how to handle. (IMO anime tends to have the same issue Batman comics/shows/films always have where they can't ever hire a decent writer who specializes in crime mysteries to actually show off Batman's detective skills.)

The remaining 9 episodes just came out on Japanese Netflix, so I expect fansubs for that to begin coming out for that in the near near future. I can't vouch for Netflix's subtitles/dub, but I would bet hard money that they're ass. Someone with a stomach for that should report back on how they handle all the bilingual segments of the show in the dub, because I can't see that translating at all.
 
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So I feel a need to complain about the latest episode of Misfit of Demon Academy.
Specifically how it feels like we just skipped over a fair amount of story. Up until now, things seem to have proceeded at a good pace; not too fast but not dragging either. It's not a fantastic show, but it's entertaining enough.

But we go from Anos being asked to kill a hero spawner magic cloning girl who we met two episodes ago, to suddenly open warfare between the two races. Now, I get that the heroes want to kill the demons because a wizard did it, and that there's only one episode left, but give a bit more build up to this event for pete's sake.
 
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