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brokensaint058

  • Vinnytsa,Ukraine now Belgium
  • Joined Jan 8, 2011
  • 31 / M

Experience is the father of wisdom and memory the mother.

I am 31 something years old male inhabitant of this little blue planet called Earth. Next to my daily job I enjoy reading, occasionally watching anime and playing a game or two, whenever life allows me to. My most cherished writers are H.P. Lovecraft, Andrzej Sapkowski and Steven Erikson. Once a proud member of the Glorius PC Gaming Master Race, now I'm also embracing the Sony bandwagon.

My taste in anime is very diverse meaning that I won't like this one anime and I may be completely in love with another of one the same genre. That said, I do enjoy to watch plotty series and love to analyze and speculate about the story, settings and character development.

I grade my anime using AP's five star system, because it is that convenient. If you multiply it by two, ten, twenty or seventeen million you get pretty much same resultyou would have if you graded it on scale of ten, one hundred... etc. The final score is calculated using the following criteria:

Narrative: 2,5 points, subdivided into:

Story: 1,5 point

I favor when the story knows what direction it is going, can conclude itself properly and leave me satisfied. If it ends abrupt, rushed or make me scratch my head without any hint of explanation (be it visual, metaphorical or something else) to why and how it did, well, then it clearly didn't do that great of a job. Plots that encourage me using my head, even remotely, will always receive more praise over the ones that do not. I consider the genre the anime belongs to when judging the narrative. Codemy series for example, generarly have less complex scenarios and are meant to entertain. Well-written stories with some minor flaws (that are overshadowed by the overall narrative,) are awarded 1,5 shiny point of awesomeness.

Characters: 1 point

Can't have a story without a cast to tell it, can we? I judge the characters based on their motivations, growth and emotional appeal. If a person is made a vile douche set to eradicate all of mankind, then you best explain/show me how and/or why he decided to embrace that path. Being evil for sake of being evil is a cheap trick I see as lazy writing and should be punished accordingly. I loathe characters that make dumb noble sacrifices because they're often handled poorly in most anime. Well crafted villains and anti-heroes will often receive some bonus points from me, because I like that archetype very much. Overall, if the character roster consists of likable, fleshed out individuals with a few obnoxious ones (depending on how big the anime's cast is), I will mostly let that fault slide, unless they are being very grating or highly insulting.

Visuals: 1 point

Compared to storytelling I'm pretty lax in judging an anime's visuals and have no high standards for animation, color palettes or character design. Thus the lowest grade I can give to any anime is a 0.5 because making it did require someone's effort to exist, even if it has zero plot and no other redeeming qualities to it. I do like when the graphics look pleasing to the eye but will not flunk a show due to its 'poor' presentation. The majority of my watches are awarded with the maximum score.

Enjoyment: 1,5 point

Hitting the right notes to hype the viewer up, make them laugh, cry or think is not an easy feat to accomplish. This final score depends on variables such as choice of opening/closing themes, cast of voice actors, filler episode ratio, etc. The appeal an anime makes, is the penultimate factor that separates the (nearly) flawless (5.0), superb (4.5) and excellent (4.0) shows. In rare occasions it elevates a series that shouldn't have that high a score to my 'guilty pleasure' category (e.g. H.O.T.D. and Murder Princess).

I am always up for a discussion or silly random banter about pretty much anything so drop a reply, anime recommendations or a piece of your mind below, if you feel like doing so.

I thank you for your time, dear visitor.

Life on anime

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Life on manga

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Turky Dec 28, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave that comment! I'm glad at least someone appreciates my reviews ^.^

As for FLCL, it depends on how you look at it. It's a sequel to FLCL so I never expected it to be about the exact same thing, but it did have a lot of similar ideas for youth and growing up, especially progressive, which is my favorite of the three. They also do the same experimenting with styles and stuff. So I guess we just see it differently. A lot of people judge the newer ones with a lot of bias since the original has such a cult following, but any kind of follow up would have disappointed most fans tbh.

I was impressed with the devotion and energy it was made with, and it has a soul of it's own for sure. I respect your opinion on it though.

lightwarrior550 Nov 1, 2019

He's still great in the anime imo. It's really hard to see the big picture if you focus only on the surface

Silvermeow Mar 17, 2019

You sir, must be autistic.

CodeBlazeFate Dec 27, 2018

Thanks! Glad you liked it, and thanks for reading. lol I'm surprised we didn't catch that mistake sooner. Thanks.

CodeBlazeFate Jul 28, 2018

Thanks for reading. Honestly, it does kinda represent the current era, but in all the wrong ways for me. Obviously there's the whole idea of not knowing where to begin and the idea of just chugging along cuz that's what we do, and how dup everything feels. But it also just appeals to modern culture (most especially modern anime culture) in very tacky ways. Not to mention that they could have done so much more with the former ideas. Everything about Progressive just feels insubstantial, which is certainly not something I'd expect it tomerste from a successor to one of the most passionately crafter anime probably out there. 

I hope Alternative provides a more substantial viewing experience. For one, it actually has something to cover that is most obviously different from the original, and is advertised in a way that feels like it's going to go all the way in regards to tackling this. I mean, dealing with becoming an adult and having no real clue of what to do moving forward for the better part of your life is arguably even more pressing and relatable an issue that even dealing with issues of maturity and love. I don't expect it to be expertly crafted in regards to visuals but it already seems like it'll be more visually engaging than Progressive was, if only by a little. But eh, guess we'll have to wait and see in a few months.