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  • Roanoke, VA
  • Joined Apr 8, 2011
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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Jan 18, 5am
is watching

on episode 1 of 2+

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
  • TV (2+ eps)
  • 2017 - ?

Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the...

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FringeBenefits Jan 18, 5am
is watching

on episode 2 of 3+

Little Witch Academia TV
  • TV (3+ eps)
  • 2017 - ?

The story revolves around Akko Kagari, who as a child watched the witch Shiny Chariot perform a show, and from then on dreamed of becoming a witch. She enters the Luna Nova Academy, a school for...

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FringeBenefits Jan 13, 2am
is watching
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
  • TV (2+ eps)
  • 2017 - ?

Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the...

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FringeBenefits Jan 12, 3am
is watching
Little Witch Academia TV
  • TV (3+ eps)
  • 2017 - ?

The story revolves around Akko Kagari, who as a child watched the witch Shiny Chariot perform a show, and from then on dreamed of becoming a witch. She enters the Luna Nova Academy, a school for...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Jan 1, 2am
watched Flip Flappers
Flip Flappers
  • TV (13 eps)
  • 2016

Cocona is a model honor student, cautious and slow to embrace new opportunities. This makes life complicated when a mysterious girl named Papika suddenly appears, fearlessly searching for a...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 31, 4am
rated Gunbuster
Gunbuster
  • OVA (6 eps)
  • 1988

In the early 21st century, insectoid organisms are invading the galaxy, searching for new stars to house their young. Mankind's only defense lies with space cadets such as Takaya Noriko, daughter of...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 31, 4am
watched this anime 3 times
Gunbuster 2
  • OVA (6 eps)
  • 2004 - 2006

Nono, a clumsy young girl living in the backwater countryside of Mars, dreams of becoming a space pilot. But when Nono witnesses Lal'C, a real space pilot called a Topless, and her brutal fight with...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 31, 4am
watched this anime 3 times
Gunbuster
  • OVA (6 eps)
  • 1988

In the early 21st century, insectoid organisms are invading the galaxy, searching for new stars to house their young. Mankind's only defense lies with space cadets such as Takaya Noriko, daughter of...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 31, 4am
watched
Matoi the Sacred Slayer
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2016

Matoi Sumeragi works as a part-time shrine maiden at her friend, Yuma’s, family shrine. While Yuma is a trained exorcist and next in line to become the shrine maiden, Matoi is content to pursue...

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FringeBenefits Dec 31, 4am
watched
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
  • TV (39 eps)
  • 2016

It has been 11 years since the defeat of the Joestar's arch nemesis, Dio. In 1999, Jotaro Kujo went to Morioh in S City in M Prefecture, Japan, to find his grandfather, Joseph Joestar's secret child...

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FringeBenefits Dec 24, 1am
is watching

on episode 39 of 39

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
  • TV (39 eps)
  • 2016

It has been 11 years since the defeat of the Joestar's arch nemesis, Dio. In 1999, Jotaro Kujo went to Morioh in S City in M Prefecture, Japan, to find his grandfather, Joseph Joestar's secret child...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 24, 12am
is watching Matoi the Sacred Slayer

on episode 12 of 12

Matoi the Sacred Slayer
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2016

Matoi Sumeragi works as a part-time shrine maiden at her friend, Yuma’s, family shrine. While Yuma is a trained exorcist and next in line to become the shrine maiden, Matoi is content to pursue...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 20, 5pm
commented on reapermatt's profile
Thank you for your in-depth comments on my review of Magical Girl Raising Project, I really appreciate your input. When I posted the review here, I was a bit worried that people would come after me for disliking it like they did with my review of Cross Ange, execrable garbage that it was. Not that I need my opinions validated, but it's always better to know your readers are actually, you know, reading, instead of finding knee-jerk reasons to be angry. Anyway. You're right, magical girls are my passion. I consider myself an authority on the subject. Sailor Moon was the first anime I ever loved, I've loved it nonstop ever since I found it, and I've done in-depth analysis on both it and many other series in the genre, especially Madoka. I came into MGRP from a perspective of a magical girl genre fan, not a Danganronpa fan. Total honesty: I've never seen or played Danganronpa, and based on what I know about it, I don't much care to. Kids committing brutal murder on each other for someone's sick enjoyment doesn't sit well with me as a concept; it's upsetting to me on a primal level. For MGRP, I was aware of the DR comparisons and hesitant because of them, but because it seemed to be trying to bring something new to the magical girl genre (and again, because I love the "dark magical girl" subgenre that Madoka inspired, despite how few post-Madoka series capture what made it special), I wanted to give it a shot. That said: if this series is what Danganronpa is usually like, then now I have even less interest in being any part of it. I agree, MGRP's pacing was extremely rushed and did the story a disservice. I can't comment on how faithfully or unfaithfully it adapts the novels since I've never read them, but based on what I was able to find... it seems like the anime had some very strange boundaries in place. It significantly toned down Calamity Mary's death when she was so horrible that the grislier novel death would have been cathartic and seemingly more appropriate, yet it drained all the emotion out of La Pucelle's by showing him being beaten in his last fight while the novel simply cut away and let the audience fill in the details. When possible, I judged MGRP keeping in mind the information I knew from the novels, but I primarily had to judge it on what was right in front of me: the anime iteself. I know that, for example, the Star Wars EU (the old one, at least) could fill in every one of the movies' plotholes and explain the motivations and backstory of every character on screen for more than half a second, but when I'm sitting there watching the original or prequel trilogy, I'm not thinking about the EU, I'm thinking about what's happening now on the screen. I believe a good story should be able to stand on its own, without the need for some footnote saying "To understand more about what drives this character to become a murderous psychopath, please see Book VII" or something similar. Learning that information should enhance the story, but not be necessary for it to function... and when you cut essential stuff like the motivations of the most antagonistic character for time, it feels like a cop-out. I hope that makes sense. I didn't comment much on Ripple because I didn't have many feelings about her one way or the other. Maybe the series would have worked better for me if she were the main character instead of Snow White, but I don't know. She's very "meh", that's all I can say. "Torture porn" may not have been the best term, I admit. "Misery porn" may have been closer to what I was going for. My point was, the suffering of La Pucelle and Alice in particular felt to me like it was played up way beyond any believable levels and into fetishism. What is or isn't fetishism is of course very subjective, but as I sat there thinking the series over after the final episode, that's what came to mind when I considered the story's treatment of those two. As I said, there are things I appreciated about MGRP, and for the most part I think of myself as more disappointed with the series as a whole than repulsed by it (as was the case with Cross Ange). I hope that distinction is a bit more clear.
FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 19, 1am
commented on Mendacious's profile
RE MGRP: I agree, the pacing was extremely rushed, and this series really should have been 24 or 26 episodes at minimum. Madoka proved you can tell a magnificent story in only 12 episodes, but then again, Madoka had only six main characters, counting Kyubey. If time had been taken out between brutal murders to expand on who the girls were and why they were fighting, maybe their deaths wouldn't have felt so largely meaningless. As for Sailor Moon: first off, you need to understand that when I first saw it at 11 years old, there was nothing else like it. Nothing. I didn't even know what anime was, but I knew what the typical shallow American "girls show" was, and Sailor Moon wasn't it. Here was an entire team of girl superheroes who had their own stories and their own personalities, who kicked ass and looked fabulous doing it. More important than that, Usagi/Sailor Moon (though she was known in English as "Serena" back then... yeah, I got in really early) was a superhero with realistic flaws: she was clumsy. She was a crybaby. She was hopeless at school, at sports, at romance, at pretty much everything. She wasn't held up on a pedastal like a lot of the OTHER superheroine "role models" I saw at the time. She was allowed to be real, to hurt and mess up and make bad decisions. In fact, she was really bad at the whole Sailor Moon thing at first, and she wanted nothing more than to go back to her normal teenage life of eating, sleeping, and crushing on boys. Seeing her grow from the wimp who burst into tears from a tiny scratch on her knee to the girl who sacrificed her life (multiple times!) to save the world (and the future, and the universe) was one of my first, best lessons in character development. Aside from Usagi herself, Sailor Moon's treatment of the villains was extraordinary to me. Sure, when I first watched the series, a lot of them were dumbed down for the dubbed version due to the standards of the time, but that was my first real look at villains as people, not just sneering cartoon characters with two-dimensional motives. The villains had their own lives, their own alliances. They plotted against each other and quite often stabbed each other in the back, but despite that, they felt complete enough that their deaths (that was another novel thing... villains and heroes actually dying!) were often sympathetic. One such death in particular still makes me cry twenty years later. I could go on and on: the music, the plot twists, the way that Usagi's love is her ultimate superpower. But I'll sum it up with this: I started Sailor Moon for the novelty of girls being the heroes. I stuck with it because its world drew me in and kept me spellbound.
FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 18, 11pm
updated their review of Magical Girl Raising Project
Score 4/10

You may have noticed that I like magical girls. A lot. The first anime I ever fell in love with was Sailor Moon, and I've loved the genre ever since. I've seen pretty much all of the classics: Cardcaptor Sakura, the various Precure series, the Nanoha franchise, Cutey Honey, Tokyo Mew Mew, the...

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Magical Girl Raising Project
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2016

Magical Girl Raising Project is a popular social game that has an ability to grant players a 1 in 10,000 chance to become a real life Magical Girl with unique magical abilities to help people...

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FringeBenefits Dec 18, 12am
updated their avatar
FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 18, 12am
wrote a review of Magical Girl Raising Project
Score 4/10

You may have noticed that I like magical girls. A lot. The first anime I ever fell in love with was Sailor Moon, and I've loved the genre ever since. I've seen pretty much all of the classics: Cardcaptor Sakura, the various Precure series, the Nanoha franchise, Cutey Honey, Tokyo Mew Mew, the...

Read FringeBenefits's full review
Magical Girl Raising Project
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2016

Magical Girl Raising Project is a popular social game that has an ability to grant players a 1 in 10,000 chance to become a real life Magical Girl with unique magical abilities to help people...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 18, 12am
watched
ViVid Strike!
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2016

Fuuka and Rinne lived in an orphanage. Together, as childhood friends who were like sisters, they endured a poor life as they dreamed of a bright future. However, the coming of the "second...

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FringeBenefits Dec 18, 12am
watched
Magical Girl Raising Project
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2016

Magical Girl Raising Project is a popular social game that has an ability to grant players a 1 in 10,000 chance to become a real life Magical Girl with unique magical abilities to help people...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 17, 10pm
is watching ViVid Strike!

on episode 12 of 12

ViVid Strike!
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2016

Fuuka and Rinne lived in an orphanage. Together, as childhood friends who were like sisters, they endured a poor life as they dreamed of a bright future. However, the coming of the "second...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 17, 9pm
is watching Magical Girl Raising Project

on episode 12 of 12

Magical Girl Raising Project
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2016

Magical Girl Raising Project is a popular social game that has an ability to grant players a 1 in 10,000 chance to become a real life Magical Girl with unique magical abilities to help people...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 17, 2am
is watching

on episode 11 of 13

Flip Flappers
  • TV (13 eps)
  • 2016

Cocona is a model honor student, cautious and slow to embrace new opportunities. This makes life complicated when a mysterious girl named Papika suddenly appears, fearlessly searching for a...

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FringeBenefits
FringeBenefits Dec 17, 1am
is watching

on episode 11 of 12

Magical Girl Raising Project
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2016

Magical Girl Raising Project is a popular social game that has an ability to grant players a 1 in 10,000 chance to become a real life Magical Girl with unique magical abilities to help people...

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