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MaatiSan

  • Florida
  • Joined Aug 6, 2009
  • 26 / ?

FSU graduate in management, currently employed full time.

I love anime, and manga but I usually enjoy chilling and watching rather than reading.  I have an addiction to the supernatural and the unusual so typically I like shows which aren't purely realist(or realistic completely with wierd unrealistic beat up comedy parts).  I'm a little turn off by manga unless the story is compelling, but I pretty much get around to watching everything.  I can usually find something good in almost every show.

Life on anime

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  • 9 Months
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Anime ratings

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789 total

Manga ratings

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66 total

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therik says...

Wow. So thanks very much for the post script there. I'll probably still watch ZnT at some point, but I'll certainly move it down the priority list now.

As for GTO... well, I won't give you the lo-o-ong version, but I didn't really appreciate anything it had to offer. For starters, I'm not sure it made me laugh even once. Just not my brand of humour at all. Secondly, characters like Onizuka (or Captain Tylor as another example) are a pet hate of mine. I don't mind characters being stupid or reckless, but I don't like the God Mode that Onizuka seemed to have which meant he never really faced any consequences for doing stupid stuff. I also find the whole "live life your own way, believe in your ideals, and everything will work out great" message to be patronising and generally wrong. The show is meant to be inspirational and funny, and Onizuka is meant to be a guy you can get behind. Because the anime failed on all three counts in my opinion, I ended up hating it. I just found it long and intensely boring. Unlike shows such as Shakugan no Shana and Ai Yori Aoshi, I can completely understand why people like GTO. For me, though, it was a pain to sit through. Think it was the first anime I really disliked.

But that's enough from me. Thanks once again for the follow-up, and best of luck with your application for reviewership!

~D

Aug 14, 2009
vivafruit says...

You have to register for the forums, since they're not integrated into the main site. It's a pain in the ass that trips up a lot of people.

Aug 14, 2009
therik says...

Well,  if you found Louise annoying but still enjoyed ZnT, I'm certain it's worth me giving it a try, as that was really my main concern about the show. Guess I'll add that one to the list as well :).

Thanks again. It's always good to get recs from someone who's seen so much anime.

~D

Aug 12, 2009
therik says...

Thank you kindly for the recommendations. I've had a look at them and added most to my Want to Watch list (a couple were already there), although I'm hesitant about Zero no Tsukaima. It seems that many people who like it are keen on Rie Kugimiya's tsundere, which I don't personally care for (only reason I'm watching Toradora is because ThePatches [who, it appeas is a mutual friend] persuaded me to). I was wondering if you still think it's well worth watching, bearing in mind I couldn't really stand Shakugan no Shana. I understand ZnT is well-recieved, it's just I've not heard any arguments for it that don't revolve around teh Rie in some way.

Oh, and I'm sure don't need to tell you this, based on your avatar, but I feel like saying it anyway. Persona 4 is awesome and win :)

~D

Aug 12, 2009
therik says...

Hey there pal.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to commen on my reviews. Agree or disagree, it's great to get someone who takes the time to actually outline their opinion, rather than just moan because they don't like the number I put at the end (which in turn makes me doubt they even read the bloody thing in the first place =/).

Fact is, Shugo Chara! is a real favourite of mine (currently 3rd) and I'd be doing my personal feelings a huge injustice if I didn't rate the show as highly as I have done. I think it has a lot of intangibles (certainly I felt it had a huge "cool" factor as well as being frequently endearing) that aren't necessarily going to come across for every viewer, but which really elevated it in my opinion.

I agree, in truth, with much of what you've said. Is the story predictable and straight forward? Why, yes it is. Are the characters aside from Amu and Ikuto stereotpyical and occasionally two-deimensional? Oh, absolutely. If I was rating the story and characters simply on how much of a challenge they would have been to write, then I'm sure I'd have given them something closer to half marks.

Thing is, Shugo Chara! is much more about style than about bare-bones technical accomplishment. I concentrated largely on Amu and Ikuto in my review for obvious reasons (I've still yet to see a more intensely sexual character than Ikuto in any anime...) but the rest of the cast - simple though they most definitely are - are brought to life remarkably well. There's a real energy to proceedings. The show knows that it's full of clichés, but they come across so well that you begin to remember why they were clichés in the first place. If something's overused, it's because viewers have enjoyed it in the past and that's not a bad thing by any means.

I will disagree with your take on the animation, however. The lighting I felt was generally excellent, the attention to detail is great, the backgrounds are pleasing, and the animation itself is every bit as smooth and clean as you can hope a series of this length to be. While that's not enough for an 8.5, what sets it higher is the pure style. Yeah, style again ^^;. It's the character designs and costume designs. Amu's outfits (and her hair, for that matter) are creative, fresh and immensely fashionable, which brings her character across fantastically. Same goes for pretty much everyone else, in fact. I don't think I've seen such sharp costume/outift design in any other series. Maybe NANA comes close. In short, I really felt Shugo Chara! was a visual treat, in spite of a few shortcomings that you noted, the likes of which didn't really affect my enjoyment at all.

I can absolutely understand your overall assessment of the show, as I'm not under the illusion that everyone (or anyone, for that matter) shares my opinions on shows. Incidentally, I read your conversation with Vivafruit, and saw that you're thinking of applying for reviewership. If you think your writing's up to the task, please do, and I look forward to reading your application. Maybe you could even write a counter-review of Shugo Chara! to balance my opinion out ;)

Anyway, take care.

~D

Aug 12, 2009