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Iaboo, Youaboo, Weallaboo for Anime!

Yeah, I thought that show was surprisingly decent. The two leads have great chemistry and I enjoy their dry, witty banter, which helps a lot. Otherwise, it reminds me a lot of Suzimiya Haruhi, with a bunch of kids ending up in surreal/supernatural situations and thinking it's more intelligent and has more to say than it does.


Doogle search led me this article, kinda puts the story in a new light for me. In addition I learned this was written by the same guy who wrote the Pet Girl anime and that thing suuuuuuucked.


I liked the show. I feel like it risked being a little insufferable in the way I found The Detective is Already Dead was but luckily pretty much always landed on charming. I will say, I feel like it never gets as good as the first arc but it remains a watchable show throughout.
They managed to keep my attention so it gets that, whatever little that matters. It is the first series I've binged since Dress up darling and Spy family a few months back, other Cloverworks. I suspect this might be a pattern...
 
I scrubbed through and rewatched some key scenes in Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, and man. If that's not one of the best shows I've ever seen in my life, I dunno what is. Crazy how many emotions can be instantly resummoned by a little bit of good acting and some inspired directing.
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
SOMEONE TOLD ME ABOUT FATE AGAINST MY EXPLICIT INSTRUCTIONS AND NOW YOU ALL GOTTA LEARN ABOUT FATE.

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SO YEAH.

FUCK THAT FRANCHISE AND EVERY LAST ONE OF IT'S FANS.
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
Hey remember when anime was fun stupid cartoons instead of this hideous abomination that demeans us by it's very existence?

No?

Me neither.
 
SOMEONE TOLD ME ABOUT FATE AGAINST MY EXPLICIT INSTRUCTIONS AND NOW YOU ALL GOTTA LEARN ABOUT FATE.

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SO YEAH.

FUCK THAT FRANCHISE AND EVERY LAST ONE OF IT'S FANS.
See this is why every time I think about watching a Fate show, I just look at the lore and slowly back away.
 

Tegan

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(She/Her)
My favourite part is that it "explains why she's a girl." Does it????
 

Tegan

𝑬𝑿▰▰▰▰▰▱▱▱
(She/Her)
I feel kinda bad because I absolutely get what's going through this person's head; like "I'm slightly ashamed of this but I like it a lot and I want other people to understand" is a fuckin' mood, but you totally did specifically request to not be educated about Fate.
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
But yeah I totally get wanting to share your passion with others but my replies was DEFINITELY not the place to do it.
 
I would go so far as to say that the vast majority of anime is not nearly FATE-ish. A lot of seasonal anime is for-weirdos-by-weirdos, but most anime by volume is stuff for kids that's pretty normal.

I'd also say that for every scourgey anime out there, there's also a show that tries really hard to be high brow and have artistic merit. Whether or not they succeed is up to debate, but at least attempts are made.
 
My favourite part is that it "explains why she's a girl." Does it????

Out of curiosity I looked up this character on a FATE wiki to see if there was a clear explanation the commenter left out, and the answer is definitely no. I guess charitably you could say that it explains why the character could be a girl, but certainly not why she is. (Also, seeing images of the character on the wiki, the answer to the latter is definitely, "so that people will get horny for Jack the Ripper portrayed as a little girl in next to no clothes.")

if there are multiple FATE wikis, maybe it explains it on the other one, i just looked at the top google result
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
That thread's been dead for 2 years and I'm unwilling to tear it from the peace of eternal slumber just to tell it to go fuck itself.
 

gogglebob

The Goggles Do Nothing
(he/him)
This isn't even a comment about one of the Fate animes

Hi, yo, just going to go ahead and fess up that it was I that told BEAT about Jack the Nipper, and it was because I recently watched Fate/Apocrypha on Netflix while writing this article on the so-not-horny-it's-horny FATE cooking videogame. So just letting everyone know they can watch ol' Shortie Jack in anime form on Netflix if they're interested.
 

Hilene

Loves "Friendly Girls"
(She/Her)
Hi, yo, just going to go ahead and fess up that it was I that told BEAT about Jack the Nipper, and it was because I recently watched Fate/Apocrypha on Netflix while writing this article on the so-not-horny-it's-horny FATE cooking videogame. So just letting everyone know they can watch ol' Shortie Jack in anime form on Netflix if they're interested.
Oh, huh. I was looking to see if Apocrypha had an anime and the stuff I was seeing said it was just a book. Must have been out of date. Or I totally missed it. Sorry, and thanks!
 
What i watched

Odd taxi

What I expected

2d Zootopia, lots of entertaining back and forth banter


What I got

what is effectively a really tall cake with lots of frosting: cute looking thing hiding multiple layers of goodness that I will likely consume again as soon as I recover from consuming all of it in one go. Also a pleasant surprise at the final layer.
The banter is not as entertaining as I would have liked probably because of how much more grounded everything is compared to what I am used to with anime conversations about nothing


What I enjoyed most

Calm, low stakes feeling throughout
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Calm, low stakes feeling throughout
I wouldn't agree but I get it. I think part of the brilliance is that it's a slow burn that you don't even notice the tension ratcheting up. The first few episodes are chill noir with no clear direction and characters interacting in a conversational manner. By the end, the seemingly chill series is an airtight thriller, albeit with a seemingly unflappable protagonist. OddTaxi was my favourite show the year it came out (assuming I'm not forgetting something. I feel there was some tight competition that year) and I'm always happy when more people discover it.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
I should note that there's an Oddtaxi movie that more or less retells the series (I have no idea if they re-used animation but probably) but also elaborates on the ending and I kind of don't like that because that last beat was perfect.
 
What I watched

Ya Boy Kongming!

What I expected

Ya silly, Kongming!

What I got

Ya anime as f* and surrounded by three kingdoms geeks inside and outside your world, Kongming!

What I enjoyed most

Ya very existence's explanation was just handwaved away, Kongming!
Ya think your robes should be dry clean only, Kongming!
 
I wouldn't complain about a "using war tactics to promote an indie artist"-of the week show. Or whatever they do since they hit major goal in the first season.
 
What I watched

In/Spectre

What I expected

Come onnnnnn, anime bullshit! Let me hate this one!

What I got

Slender man but horny. So soo horny.
Has a similar feel to Monogatari series but not as much comedy, significantly fewer characters and also way less skeev.
On that note, the main girl probably surpasses Shinobu's thirst for blood and craving for donuts with her own thirst and cravings for (meowing) (panting) (barking) (howling) hubba hubba.
Dueling Shitposting and creepy pastas. Done the anime way (as if there is any other)
Soo much talking, but expected after finding out this is based on a novel. I'm pretty sure the characters are still jabbering on about something right now.
I didn't hate it.


What I enjoyed most

Love the ED. The style of clothing and the jazz makes for a good way to end each episode. Wasn't a fan of the song initially but it grew on me.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Season is mostly over.

Lycoris Recoil is not without it's problems but overall it ended things mostly well. It's weird because it is a series that's basically about a former child secret police girl and the series tries to be "well, the system they are in does is bad" from the get go, yet while the show wants to commit to characters, most notably the villain, acknowledging this, it also wants to paint the protecting of the secret existence of urban child soldiers as a win so society doesn't explode. Which... less good. I still enjoyed it but that is a pretty questionable aspect. I suspect they are looking for a second season to explore it a bit more but I feel like it's going to keep sidestepping shit to have a status quo it doesn't want to explode.

The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting is a show that is watchable but I wish I liked more. I always love "unconventional parent figure/kid" pairings, especially with a tough guy but it weirdly tries to shake off it's slice of life aspect in a way that never quite works (I guess I appreciate they aren't stuck in one mode) and it all felt very slight in a way that didn't work in it's favour and didn't really succeed in it's intended heart-string tugging. And the episode where characters become vtubers is very odd in a not good way.

When Will Ayumu Make His Move? was also a bit slight but I liked it a lot more. It felt like a lesser version of some of the other rom-coms of the year but I always enjoy this wholesome couple where they will definitely get together but it's a matter of when. I wouldn't mind if they did another season, though I'd probably slip out of my head if they never got around to it.

Shadows House season 2 wasn't quite as strong as one but it wasn't a disaster like The Promised Neverland second season was. I think the season ended pretty strong and promising and again, I appreciate while there's a precocious cute girl co-lead who makes it through being optimistic and unsinkable, it remembers to give her vulnerabilities and reminders how the characters will need each other to defeat the Shadow House.

Yurei Deco may be the most inessential of the Science Saru shows. It's good, mostly, though the ending is the kind I don't like, similar to season one of Loki, where they find the baddie and it's a pretty bloodless philosophy argument where the villain just wants to give the heroes a prize for making it to the last act. The show clearly has lots it wants to say about modern society with lots of Mark Twain allusions and references and it's nice to look at but it reminds me of Trigger's BNA; feels more like a decent Saturday morning cartoon that will be forgotten not long after it airs.

Shine On! Shinshengumi Bad Boys
is a show I kept watching on momentum but it's so generic and mediocre every step of the way. I wish it were half as fun as it's OP and it's not even a great OP, just somewhat fun and energetic. And it has the gall to imply another season might happen.

Aoashi is a completely competent sports show but somehow just being that (well, and fairly well animated) was enough to make it one of the big series of the season that I look forward to. It never nearly reaches the emotional highs of the third episode but it remains engaging throughout.

Phantom of the Idol is sometimes cute but I like it least when it remembers it's an idol show and includes a song and dance number, which is all the finale is. It works best when the ghost and the lazy guy are bouncing off each other but the show seems to think it's equally as good when the fangirls are nerding out together and I wish it was but it really, really isn't.
 
I'm indulging a friend by watching all of Overlord. They really enjoy the show. I can't stand it, and it's only getting worse. The only way a show of this kind could possibly redeem itself is if the main character gets a Death Note style ending. But that's not what kind of show this is.
 
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