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Xplayer

  • New York
  • Joined Sep 2, 2008
  • 22 / M

I'm more of a glasses man myself.

Before you read any of the below, I'd like to remind you that we all have differing opinions, perceive different anime with varying mindsets, and therefore may disagree as to how to evaluate certain anime. This applies to manga and light novels as well. Also, ponies.

If you're reading this, you either A) clicked it by accident and will close the tab now or B) are interested in my anime preferences.

Personally, I'm a Civil Engineering student in New York. I spend most of my time these days playing TF2 and osu and Hearthstone and bugging my friends by saying "no I haven't watched the latest episode of [fill in the anime here]" while playing said games.

I'll watch pretty much any anime as long as I find it interesting. My favorite genres are varied, but I tend to enjoy high drama (a.k.a. melodrama or forced drama) more than anything else. There are some genres from which I tend to stay away, in particular the so-called "ecchi" genre. When attempting to judge an anime "objectively" (I will contend that this is impossible) there is one standard that I hold above all others, and it isn't a category you will find in site reviews. An anime's ability to affect the emotions of the viewer directly impacts the overall quality. If there is no emotional response, then the flashing images, sound, story, and even the characters mean nothing.

Generally my reviews follow the same criteria, just converted to a 10 point scale.

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dadooobap says...

I completely agree that "Second Season" did way better on that matter, in fact pretty much on all matters. I actually really liked it, as well as the original.  The only one that I think crossed the line is Nisemonogatari. Nevertheless I really don't understand why they would even walk towards such a line. As I expect you would have more insight into the thought process of the makers than me, I hoped to hear your speculations, which you didn't give. Also my reply wasn't at all suggesting I disagree with any of the points you made, nor with the scores, as I am fully aware you were only writing about "Second Season".I don't really think the question whether the relationship between Araragi and Hachikuji should be called "platonic" or (the alternative) a symptom of what is considered a serious mental illness is even relevant. Relevant is the way of presenting it. I very much assume you understand why I would feel that way, since our reasons for disliking such content (either in principle or in certain context) are the same. I don't actually mind media dealing with such topics at all, little is left untried even by literature that hasn't yet yielded brilliant works. However, for that to be possible the topic at hand needs to be dealt with. At no point in the anime the notion of Arraragi having such an illness is taken seriously let alone addressed, hence I assume that it's not actually intended to be an actual part of the story. Which brings me back to my question: Why is it there?This is actually the first anime I've seen that has a lesbian character that isn't supposed to be crazy. I absolutely think that's a good thing. There is no reason it shouldn't be part of anime and has been ignored for too long. Here though again I don't really feel it's addressed properly as it has rather little relevance to the plot. By that I mean the entire story could easily be told without it, replacing it with that idolizing-the-sempais thing.You say that "Araragi and Karen vs. Araragi and Hachikuji" are meant to "explore the depths of the character".

I think that's giving it too much credit. In my opinion to explore those depths one needs to take those things more seriously. That doesn't mean they mustn't try make the scenes with Araragi and Hachikuji bright and colourfull, it doesn't have to be serious all the time, but there needs to be some point where those "explored depths" are relevant. The point that came closest to that is in my opinion Shinobu knocking Araragi out when he tries to get Nadeko to sleep in his bed (which is undeniably what happens, in case you don't remember). That scene is not serious, I would even accuse it of self-parody. The things Shinobu says after that and the overall mood may be serious, but the way that particular moment is presented isn't, don't you agree? The only result is Araragi getting knocked out, which is in part a convenient way of having Shinobu and Nadeko talk alone. The crime Araragi commits by saying the sentence he does is never mentioned again. None of it seems relevant, and that is what I find to be the defining feature of "fanservice" which in this case would be rather outrageous.I hope you're enjoying talking about this, because checking for typos this does sound rather dull. I don't actually mean to be this formal. Also I have to admit my comment on your review wasn't really much of one. The only thing directly concerning that was "I liked it". Rather this is something I've wanted to discuss for a while and wondered what you thought about it, especially after reading your profile.

Mar 18, 2014
jypsyjulia says...

Haha!  Heck, that schedule is flaky at best, but I did manage to cross off two anime from my Watching list that had been on there for FAR TOO LONG, so it's worth something, right!?  I have trouble watching Kill la Kill simply because I don't like it all that much. XDDDD.   There are a few anime on there that I don't like a lot, but I feel as if I just must perservere through.

And honestly, if I didn't schedule most of my life it would just be complete chaos.  Chaos, I say! 

Mar 3, 2014
Kaltos says...

I hate Imocho with a passion, partly because it looked good in the beginning. Then it disappointed me, and I am not one for disappointments. Plus, the fan service got int he way of the story, and that always ticks me off when people attempt to curb to horny fans by ruining a story with over the top sexual themes. But hey, to make a cake you have to break some eggs. 

Jan 27, 2014
Kaltos says...

I guess. I don't know you that well, but I look forward to finding out. 

Jan 27, 2014
Kaltos says...

I guess everyone does have different opinions, even about whether or not to express our opinions. I mean, i've always just taken a look at reviews as the analysis of writing, the story telling of the anime, and the presentation. So long as it tells the story well and without anything squelchy, I'll watch it. However, if it doesn't, then I'll give it a bad review. 

Jan 27, 2014