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YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
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If you want something like Lain, Funimation recently re-released Paranoia Agent, which is a GOAT, but you might have already seen it.
 
As others have mentioned, whenever So I'm a Spider, So What? goes to the humans, the story drags.
I've been watching this show with a friend, and when we got to last week's episode titled, "I'm Not In This One, Am I?" we both immediately groaned, "Oh nooooooooooooo, this episode is all-babies, isn't it!? Ughhhhhhhhh" it was indeed, a babies-only episode.

I've Been Killing Slimes For 300 Years and Maxxed Out My Level has a title that is far too long and hasn't been mentioned on here before.
It's fine. It's a stress free show about an immortal isekai'd witch who builds a weird mildly gay psudo-harem/found-family of cute fantasy-girls around her. It's a good decompression show and has some laughs along the way but isn’t entirely guilt free.

Erased is a pretty good time travel mystery tale.
Haha, oh no. This show actually has a pretty good setup and initial mystery. But it becomes infuriating to watch as the characters do some really stupid, brain-dead stuff. The main character's relationships with underaged girls also borderline creepy. And the ending fails to stick the landing even harder than LOST. I have a very hard time recommending this show.

The currently airing Tokyo Revengers has a similar scenario of time traveling mystery-doos to prevent murders in the past. So far I’m liking it a lot, and it’s a decent amount less skeevy and annoying but the source material is also over 200 chapters at this point so I expect the show to either have a “go read the manga” ending or just continue on way too long.
 

Johnny Unusual

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The main character's relationships with underaged girls also borderline creepy.
Don't agree with everything but agree with this.

The currently airing Tokyo Revengers has a similar scenario of time traveling mystery-doos to prevent murders in the past. So far I’m liking it a lot, and it’s a decent amount less skeevy and annoying but the source material is also over 200 chapters at this point so I expect the show to either have a “go read the manga” ending or just continue on way too long.
I like it OK but I'd say the lead has definitely made some spectacularly bone-headed moves, particularly in the last couple episodes. And it also has the lead in a pretty questionable time travel relationship. Also, I'm not sure that the time travel stuff makes consistent sense. I mean, when does it ever but there are definitely causality stuff that I'm pointing to and going "uh, wait, why?" when the hero returns to the present.
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
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Erased is really good, while Tokyo Revengers is really mediocre. The main character sucks, the plot makes no sense, and it's obsessed with a giant cast of bullies and thugs who blend together and are all kind of terrible. To say nothing about how it's trying to romanticize high school gangs.
 

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Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun was dragging a bit near the end of its first season, but its second season has been excellent so far. In a lot of ways it feels like a classic series from the early '00s revamped for the current day. Or maybe a genderswapped My Next Life as a Villainess, seeing as it's about a Very Nice Boy who manages to accidentally form a pansexual harem through a combination of being very nice and very lucky (until he takes things even further in his "evil form" which is the personification of the meme "Don't you just want to go ape shitt").
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
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To say nothing about how it's trying to romanticize high school gangs.
And I mean if you wanna do that you should just be watching Cromartie High. Or Durarara I guess. Or go oldschool with Kyo Kara Ore Wa, or really oldschool with Sakigake Otokojuku or Sukeban Deka....
 
Finished the first season of Jujutsu Kaisen. I was kind of indifferent of it going in, figuring it to be boilerplate or just mediocre in some fashion. Though it is just kind of the hippest anime of all time, and that's worth some consideration, it's more that I'm consistently shocked by the maturity and tact in the characters. I've started following the manga as well and gege writes with a sort of humility that's always engaging, and every ability is somewhat exacting in the conceptual and aesthetic qualities and manages to hit basically every time.
The visual flair of the manga and audio cues of the anime for Todo's claps are so brilliant.
, and there's not an ability that ever feels wasted or like it wasn't thought out to the nth degree. Wishing gege good health, and also excited for film and season 2. The only real problem with the manga are that the fight scenes get very muddy with a lot of like clothing and crowded areas. They will look so good in motion though.

Also have started Japan Sinks 2020. Yuasa is unassailable in making me feel invested. Watching it with my partner, and at the end of the second episode we were both marked silent in a way maybe no other anime has done (the last time i have been shocked like it was the mid-credit scene in titan, but in a different way). Ultimately we figured a mental break will be needed through most of it. Not much else to say, it's just emotionally draining in all the best and worst ways.
 
A few updates on things I'm watching:

Back Arrow is really dumb, but it's my kind of dumb and I love it. It's just complete nonsense in the vein of Code Geass, but is a lot more tasteful with a cast of characters that are a lot easier to root for. Definitely something the few of us mecha heads still out there ought to give the good ole college try. I have a very hard time believing that they'll be able to wrap it up well in the next two episodes though. It feels like we're finally leaving Midgard, versus descending into the Northern Crater.

My Hero Academia - Deku just learned Black Whip and the repercussions of that are secretly tremendous. I'm very excited for where the show is going next. The next arc should be a lot of fun. I just hope the 2nd Cour doesn't leave off at a shitty place in the middle of a fight or something.

To Your Eternity continues to be a gorgeous, emotionally draining, rollercoaster of a show. The philosophical themes the show discusses - not through direct dialog but through examining the lives of these characters - is honestly artful. We're halfway through and I just know that they're going to kill off Gugu in the most heart wrenching way (assumptions; I don't know where this show is going) and I'm still not emotionally prepared for it. Still a fantastic show, but sometimes I kinda just want to curl up, go to sleep, and pause my existence after watching it sometimes.

Mini Dragon is a series of 1.5 min Dragon Maid shorts, and each one is delightful and perfectly distills everything wonderful about this show. This format is honestly the perfect hype vehicle because I'm growing increasingly impatient and excited for when Season 2 of Dragon Maid comes back in July.

Slime Diaries is all of the best parts of the Slime-Isekai, with almost none of the bad stuff. (Mild fanservice aside.) If TenSura is like a poor man's Suikoden, then Slime Diaries is a show about hanging out with all your friends back at your Suiko-castle and it's lovely.

Tokyo Revengers is really mediocre. The main character sucks, the plot makes no sense, and it's obsessed with a giant cast of bullies and thugs who blend together and are all kind of terrible. To say nothing about how it's trying to romanticize high school gangs.
Big disagreement here. The main character is a whiny baby who is dumb and a loser, but I find it admirable and enjoyable that he keeps working past all his flaws despite the harrowing personal danger he is constantly in, in order to become a better person. Especially when it would just be so much easier for him to just run away. The plot is very straight forward: the main character can go back in time ten years because reasons. And he uses the opportunity to change his past and the past of people he cares about because he knows things don't end up well for them. It's literally just the same plot as Erased, but the main character has a lot more agency and personal investment. The bullies and thugs he finds himself surrounded by are bad people, but they're not irredeemable and most of the sympathetic ones are sympathetic because they have redeeming qualities that just need fostering and encouraging. And I don't particularly read the show as 'romanticizing high school gangs' when we're reminded at every turn that these people's involvement in gangs has ruined everyone's lives and gets most of them killed in the future. If anything, the show is about rehabilitating these thugs and getting them on the path where they can leave the gang-life behind. The only thing I find troubling about the show is the main character dealing with his high school girlfriend. But their relationship is innocent enough and basically platonic/puppy-love when they've never even kissed. And he's not fantasizing about her or doing anything skeevy, just doing his best to try and prevent her untimely death in the future as a casualty of the gang wars he's constantly trying to stop.

Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song - I had a lot of apprehension about this show in the beginning. But with two episodes left I'm mostly over it. It's been an enjoyable, if overly predictable ride, which is my biggest criticism. So far, there's been a lot of dramatic twists, but most of them have been obvious or even blatantly telegraphed which isn't as fun as when you can't see things coming. But the story itself is fairly solid and entertaining, the characters are mostly likable, and the plotting/story/setting have all been fun to explore. Who would have known that Hatsune-Terminator living the life of the Bicentennial Man would have been such a good ride.

If it makes any difference to JBear, yes there's a mecha in this, no it is not a mecha show. It is 100% a kaiju/tokusatsu show. The Jet Jaguar in this is the size of a truck and made in some crazy dude's garage. That boi is not going to stand a chance against kaiju the size of skyscrapers.
I said this three months ago. The final episode of this show will drop in a few days and I cannot wait to see Jet Jaguar - being the size of a truck - take on a kaiju the size of a skyscraper. This show makes me froth. Godzilla S.P. is the best show this season hands down. Can't wait until July when the rest of you guys get to watch it!
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
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Big disagreement here. The main character is a whiny baby who is dumb and a loser, but I find it admirable and enjoyable that he keeps working past all his flaws despite the harrowing personal danger he is constantly in, in order to become a better person.
He cries and gets punched a lot. His personal growth is getting used to crying and getting punched a lot. For stupid reasons.

Especially when it would just be so much easier for him to just run away.
And smarter, yes. Again, the plot makes no fucking sense. His grand goal is for someone to not get hit by a truck in 10 years. To accomplish this, instead of focusing on that person not being in one specific place in 10 years, he's trying to restructure the gang that killed her for some reason. To saying nothing of the complete lack of consistency in the time travel rules as already stated by Johnny.

It's literally just the same plot as Erased
Completely untrue. Erased is a mystery that the MC is trying to solve. This guy knows exactly what's happened and is just doing other shit instead.

the main character has a lot more agency and personal investment.
The Erased MCs lack of agency is part of the appeal. He has no control over his powers, and can't get anyone to listen to him in the past because he's a child, and can't get anyone to listen to him in the present because he's a wanted criminal. As for personal investment, you think that "that high school girl I used to date and almost forgot about got hit by a truck" gives our MC more personal investment than "my mother was stabbed to death almost in front of me and I was found at the scene of the crime with her blood on my hands"? Okay.

And I don't particularly read the show as 'romanticizing high school gangs'
We see the leader of the gang stare into the middle distance while talking about redeeming the idea of high school gangs while the music swells and everyone stares on in awe. He and his BFF are constantly represented as the "right" way to do things in contrast to the "bad" gang/s. And more recently, we see how deeply they both care about everyone under them.

we're reminded at every turn that these people's involvement in gangs has ruined everyone's lives and gets most of them killed in the future.
No, their involvement with the "bad" gang is doing that. The show is about keeping their pure/good gang uncorrupted so it can be about petty fist fights and cool tats and motorcycles and not betting rings and drug dealing.

If anything, the show is about rehabilitating these thugs and getting them on the path where they can leave the gang-life behind.
I see absolutely no sign of that. That's certainly not what our MC is trying to do. He's decided that he loves these guys who constantly disrespect, bully, and threaten him and wants to be a part of it but isn't good enough at punching people to feel valued.
 
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He cries and gets punched a lot. His personal growth is getting used to crying and getting punched a lot. For stupid reasons.
He sticks up for himself and his friends instead of backing down or running away like he'd done for over a decade. He works on repairing his relationships and maintaining them instead of abandoning them. He suffers through physical beatings because he realizes the emotional pain of living an empty and rudderless life devoid of interpersonal relationships is harder. He goes out of his way to offer emotional support and words of encouragement to the people around him who need it. He constantly pushes himself into scenarios that he would have originally ran away from in terror in order to accomplish goals he's set for himself. That all counts as personal growth to me, and I've enjoyed seeing that play out. You're welcome to this and the other uncharitable reads of the show - you don't gotta like anything you don't wanna. And I'm not here to try to convince you otherwise, just provide a differing perspective and to back up my initial endorsement of the show for other observers. Sorry you seem to hate the show so much JBear, maybe stop watching it if you're getting so much frustration and so little enjoyment out of it?
 

Bulgakov

Yes, that Russian author.
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He suffers through physical beatings because he realizes the emotional pain of living an empty and rudderless life devoid of interpersonal relationships is harder.
I'll say clearly that I have no experience with this anime whatsoever, so I have no context.

That said wow, "It's better to be beaten and connected than not beaten and a loner" sure seems pretty awful. I am not sure I'd want to watch a show that artificially sets up a forced choice between physical assault (along with emotional trauma because let's be real) and emotional trauma because you chose not to be physically assaulted. I hope there's some intelligent examination of why the character can only choose between those options.
 
When phrased like that it sounds pretty abusive, and you can certainly choose to view it in that way like I assume JBear does. But I contend that's a misrepresentation as it's more a situation of "run away from your problems, or choose to confront and actively solve them" in the abstract, that happens to involve getting beaten up on occasion because he's not particularly good at fighting and is wading into a dangerous scenario. But his tenacity and spirit manages to solve his problems in other ways, particularly in either diffusing situations or inspiring the aide of others that he otherwise would have been too timid to reach out for help previously. The relationships he has with his friends are all relatively healthy, they are the people he is sticking up for, and the people abusing him are outside antagonistic forces. "Choosing to be physically assaulted" is in context, about putting himself into harms way to help protect the people he cares about. And running away from those situations means leaving those people he cares about to face terrible fates alone where they end up in jail or dead or both through no real fault of their own. If that still sounds distasteful to you, I get that. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, and not everyone wants conflict in their cartoons, but I contend there's nothing inherently problematic about the scenario.
 

Bulgakov

Yes, that Russian author.
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Perhaps it's just the way it was phrased in your description then. What I read sounded to me like a character choosing between two bad options because they couldn't see another way out. It would take a lot to make me want to watch that kind of drama.


I am ok with conflict in any story-based media (it's usually a challenge to write a good story without it), and I'm also ok with on-screen violence. I'm usually turned off by watching a character suffer as a result of an unnecessary toxic imperative. To me, a main character who has to choose between getting beaten up or "living an empty and rudderless life devoid of interpersonal relationships" sounds pretty toxic.
 
It's not like that's his only choices. His first go-through in life, he made the choice to run away and never really looked back or reflected on his life decisions. And it's only when being sent back through time to re-live his life a second time did he realize how miserable he was and how he squandered his life after seeing and remembering everything and everyone he loved and left behind. He could have, when he first ran away, put down new roots in another community, made new friends, got a new girlfriend, etc. But he didn't because his mindset was stuck in Run Away, Avoid Pain Mode and he just drifted through life. When given an opportunity to change history, he resolves to not run away from his problems and actively solve them rather than just being a wimp and giving up. He takes a few beatings in the process, but he generally makes progress when he chooses to stand up for himself and his life and the lives of himself and his friends markedly improves as a result. It also just so happens that the people he cared about in his past, also die in the future, so that's added incentives for him to maintain his resolve and stick with the hard task of changing history for all these people he used to care about a lot in his life. He could just run away again and fuck off and try to live his life over from square one by himself but better this time, but to him that's still running away and he'd probably not be able to handle the guilt of knowing that he could have tried to do something to save the lives of people he cares about but instead did nothing. Which, I dunno about you, but I don't know if I could live with myself if I did that.
 
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