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snivets

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  • Joined Nov 14, 2009
  • 26 / ?

IRL, I spend a lot of time at the dojo. I have been teaching and training Taekwondo, Karate, and Arnis for almost 15 years.

I got into anime after a friend in uni watched Bleach episodes back to back. All day. I remember thinking, "What could possibly be so interesting that he would do that all day???" I read about Bleach and was like, "Hey, that sounds kind of cool..." and here I am today. (>_<)>

In not-real-life I do the whole cosplay, speak Japanese, J-rock, Kpop, Japanese fashion, blah blah blah thing.

I like people who critically examine what they watch. I like reading good books. I also like tea.

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I tend to rate things with stars based on a combination of how good I think they are critically AND how much I enjoyed them. In my reviews, I try to assign points a little more objectively.

Below 3 stars: Factor of how annoyed I was by the end of it.

3: Average story/characters, somewhat enjoyable.

3.5: Average story/characters, enjoyable-very enjoyable.

4: Above average, enjoyable.

4.5: Above average, hugely enjoyable.

5: Above and beyond average, hugely enjoyable, unusual/memorable, and well-done.

Life on anime

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Manga ratings

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Minai99 says...

I have to add that one thing I really liked about beck was that it was straight up slice of life. It wasn't a romance slice of life (really), it wasn't a comedy slice of life, and it most definitely wasnt a moe slice of life, which I dislike in general. The characters were NORMAL, and they didn't act in, as far as i could see, unrealistic ways. 

May 7, 2013
Minai99 says...

GRRRRR I just had this whole thing written out and accidentally shut down my computer, lost it all. :/ Ok here I go again, albeit a bit more rushed.

Yeah Beck was a surprisingly awesome experience for me. Usually I have a tendency to get bored with slice of life stories, but I found beck to be engaging, mostly because I liked the band concept, and the characters were fun. The show had its' share of melodrama, but I also thought it had a number of relatable themes, which is always a plus for me.  I liked the art style a lot as well, and i'm a rock/metal fan in general. 

I definitely gave guilty crown a bit of latitude in rating it. I really wanted to like it a lot more than I eventually did. I tend to like science fiction in a dark or otherwise dystopian setting, and it's the first anime that's come out in a few years like that other than mardock scramble, so I tried to approach it with an open mind. At the very least, I can say that the production values for the show were pretty nice. But the characters were fairly stereotypical, and although I thought the story had promise, it didn't come together in the end; or rather, it was a completely unoriginal, and imo, unrealistic, ending given the scenario. 3.5/5 is my "average" rating. I have rated most of my shows higher than they probably deserve, although I'm thinking of readjusting my scale in general. Guilty crown wasn't great, but imo, it's better than a lot of other shows I've seen too. 

Paprika...ahhh....Well, I really respect most of satoshi kon's work. And I love pretty much anything that I've seen from madhouse in terms of art style and quality. So without a doubt, I am a big fan of the way that paprika looks and sounds. IMO it's one of the best looking anime from the 2000s. But although I found the premise of the show to be interesting, and Paprika to be a vivid character, the rest of the characters were bland, and I found the storyline to be pretty convoluted. I mean, being from satoshi kon that's what you would expect, but all around the show was just a big mindf*ck. tentacles...ugh...And as far as any hidden metaphors that might be in the show, I didn't catch too many of them.  So for me, paprika is mostly a definite rec for someone looking to see a pretty anime. What are your thoughts on the show? it's been a year or two since I've even seen it.

As to bartender, the history aspect *is* interesting, but unfortunately afaik some of the "history" they give in the show is to be disputed, which takes away from merit for at least being infotainment. 

It's been quite a while since I've actually watched fumoffu, so maybe on watching it again, I might find the humor to be repetitive, but when I watched it about 4 years ago, I was laughing a good portion of the time. I didn't much respect the story itself in fmp, so really for me as i said, it was the relationship between the two main characters that i cared about, which is exactly what fumoffu focused on. I think, it's cause the main series couldn't decide what it wanted to be. it had humor and it had drama, and it had action, but i thought it did each one of them pretty horribly. fumoffu is exactly what it promises to be, a big humorous romp.

yeah I'll probably watch gilgamesh at some point, when there's nothing else i can think of to watch. :p dark themes don't bother me that much. and i like a good horror. but i can't seem to stand creepiness. xD

I can't deny at all that Panty and Stocking is anything but raunchy bathroom humor; but I guess that's exactly what I was looking for at the time when i watched it. :p  There were a few factors that had me immediately interested in the show from the first episode, though. As a kid, before I'd ever seen an anime, i loved watching gendy tartakovsky's work, dexter's lab, samurai jack, and admittedly powerpuff girls. So the idea that a studio would take the powerpuff girls idea and utterly twist it in a new way, was attractive. And what studio to do it better than Gainax? I love evangelion, and shikabane hime, and am familiar with their...goofier side, with shows like ebichu (which is horrible btw :p). Obviously there's no other anime that looks like psg, so that caught my attention as well; particulary the way that they chose to blend traditional anime styles with american cartoon styles, and how aptly the goofy styles reflect the, as  you said, juvenile nature of the main characters. I think the last thing that caught my attention was the soundtrack. Im a fan of electronica, so that an anime would have upbeat dance-house-pop as its soundtrack was great. So I'd put PSG down as a guilty pleasure; it made me laugh, which is a somewhat intangible quality, and I just like how all those elements above came together.  About HSOTD, yeah, they really aren't that similar, it was more the fact that most people would group both as ecchi. I didn't take HSOTD seriously either, in terms of story, although it was a decent zombie flick, given that it's a parody of the genre. 

I agree that how you watch an anime can influence ones view of it. I've had very different experiences myself watching and rewatching shows, based on how I've viewed them. And I've shown other people the same shows,  in different manners, and had different results. 

All I have to say about toradora: die birdie! die! On the other hand, I *like* madoka, just because as i've mentioned many times, i'm a fan of dark shows, and it *did* have pretty nice production values, but no way was it a watershed like people kept calling it. Let alone "THE BESTEST ANIME EVAR!" as I often heard it proclaimed for months after it came out. 

Anyways, hope to hear back from you soon; this is a pretty fun conversation. 

May 7, 2013
shiftr says...

Well, to be honest, FMA was nowhere near as good as the remake, FMA: Brotherhood. I can understand that sentiment as some of the episodes of the original are painfully boring to watch xD

May 5, 2013
Minai99 says...

Haha woaah. What you wrote constitutes almost my exact thoughts on each of those shows. I definitely WANTED to like darker than black. but at least the first season never comes together. I think that new rating is a little bit better. :p It was definitely nice that it was short, although it seemed to me that the show was just trying way too hard to be a mindf*ck. And I couldn't have said it better about bakemonogatari, those are my exact thoughts. The animation is pretty much the only reason I gave it the rating I did.

So, I went down your list of shows, and figured I'd comment on a few of your ratings. I'd be happy to hear your thoughts. :)

Bartender was interesting, eh? Certainly the only anime that I've seen that uses something as passive as cocktails for its main theme and sorta gets away with it. I just recently watched Colorful (the movie). I thought I had it all figured out...until the end. first anime that's done that to me in a while. I'm a little bit surprised about your rating of fumoffu. I actually thought that it was far superior to the original fmp series because it eschewed with the melodrama and focused on the one thing that was in my opinion somewhat interesting, the dynamic between the two main characters. Oh boy, did I struggle to try and finish gilgamesh, or what? I got about halfway through, and then have stalled for several years. it's just so...dreary and creepy. O.o You think it ends well? Maybe I'll continue with it. I find it interesting that you rated High School of the Dead (which I love) so highly, while you rated panty and stocking much much lower. what was the difference in your opinion? WHat do you think was special about kimi ni todoke? I found that the hook for the main character, her awkwardness, got old pretty quickly, and the love aspect was soooooo slow to develop. And yes. YES. Once again, you are one of the few people that I've seen rate Madoka reasonably, instead of fawning over how great it supposedly is. I couldn't quite get over the slooow pacing and lack of character development in mushishi, though. That didn't bother you? I know it was kinda the point. I'm glad you found seirei no moribito. It's certainly a hidden gem, huh. Hehe. yet again. Toradora, we agree on. THat bird has to be the most annoying character in anime, bar none. :p

May 5, 2013
Minai99 says...

What, in general, would you say was better about the second season of darker than black? I sorta liked the first season, but there was something sorely missing, although i couldn't put my finger on it. For that reason I have the second essentially on stall, although perhaps you might convince me to continue watching. 

Denpa teki on the other hand. I'm surprised you gave it such a high rating. I honestly thought it was a pile of crap in a similar vein to school days. :p What did you like about it, spoilers aside?

and fuck yeah, 4.5/5 for high school of the dead? I'm liking your sense of anime style more and more as I look down your list. :p

May 5, 2013