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I see, I personally tend to dislike new Anime that comes out; 2011 has been a pretty bad year so far. I see you haven't seen Cat Soup yet: I'm almost certain that you'll enjoy it!
Actually I also thought that the slow episode in Ergo Proxy was by the far best since they for once took the time to build character. I usually say that you have to know how a person behaves in normal situations to care what he does when under pressure. The first few episodes were also very good. On the other hand they could hold monologues about destiny and then suddenly turn into demons and throw fireballs at each other. I guess I am very ambivalent about Ergo Proxy. At its best it was amazing, at its worst it was almost Elfen Lied bad.
And, depressing cyberpunk shows happens to be my favourites too in general. .p
You mentioned Evangelion, I agree (again) that the philosophy present there isn't very interesting. But Eva is about the characters for me. These broken, childlish, lonely people you mainly just feel sorry for. I guess this is relevant to me liking Texhnolyze too, I usually grow fond of unsympathetic characters for some reason.
"you must have marked the anime as Watched before you can even write a review."
As I said in my last comment, this is incorrect. You cannot add a review for an anime you haven't seen ANYTHING of, so if it's marked as Want to Watch, Won't Watch or just not marked at all, then you will not be able to review it. If you have something marked as Watched, Watching, Stalled or Dropped then you CAN review it. Unless you're encoutering some weird bug, I'm not sure why you still believe the system only allows you to review series you've marked as watched.
"The rating you gave under this field is automatically carried over into the review itself even though you have the possibility to change it."
As for this I have never encountered it before. Whenever I go to add a community review all the rating fields come up blank; nothing is ever automatically filled in. I've just tested this now on series I've marked as watched and dropped AND rated, but it still comes up blank. Are you seeing this consistenly on any anime you go to write a community review for? I'm just wondering in case this is a bug or something.
I absolutely loved how the only character you've marked as "loved" is the medicine seller. Pardon me for being pretentious, but I believe it says a lot about your preferences in Anime; in a good way of course! As for going away from the mainstream opinion: the Anime community is filled with hype and fanboys. Death Note is definitely flawed, but it is hailed as the savior of mankind who illuminates believers in the divine light of love and benevolence!
Anyway, sorry for randomly filling your profile page with nonsense. You seemed to have an interesting taste, I guess that's what I wanted to say.
Hey, I do agree that you can raise philosphical questions in visual media if you do it as part of the plot, never actually talk about it and don't give the viewers an answer.
Take Chobits for example. There the question is "Could you love a artificial being?". Over the 26 episodes we are then greeted to various characters and their stance on this issue, they never discuss it though they do breifly talk about at times. Also at the end we are given no answer. And so you have to answer the question yourself, the show just presents arguments and hopefully gives you a wider understanding of the issue. Granted, the issue might not be a very interesting one in this case but it is still very well handled I think.
But considering Chobits is a show for males between 18 and 25 (or whatever Seinen has as its target demographic) I guess they can set the bar higher. So perhaps my dislike of philosphy in animé is just a age question.
And I know where you're coming from when you say most animé viewers claim every single show they watch is the best ever. I think this is just a lack of critical thinking, an inability to see anything bad about the things they like and vice versa. "I hate it, it sucks" and "I love it, it's so good" are the only reviews you'll ever get from them. Sooner or later they'll learn to say "I love it even though it sucks", until then I just let them be.
Also, I have to ask, what was it you didn't like about Texhnolyze? Considering it's my favourite anime I'd really like to hear a second opinion. The only thing I've ever heard is people complaining about how weird it is. On the other hand, I thought Ergo Proxy was a wonder of pretentious bullshit. While I didn't actively dislike the show it was still very silly a lot of times.
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