Going to be taking a hiatus from the board for a couple weeks due to my impending term paper... I tried limiting my participation for a few days but in the end it didn't work, I'm just find I end up getting way too involved in some threads with the end result I get far too little sleep/real work done.
I may have to do the same shortly after for exams but I'll try and check in between the two crunch periods.
Heh, not only did I end up pushing DemiSoda over the edge but I ended up rewatching every episode aired thus far with my girlfriend in two days this week after showing her the first episode. She's differs from you, me, and DS in that she liked it from the start though... all three of us seem to have had the same "wow, this is painfully generic" reaction to the first couple episodes. It wasn't as bad the second time around since I knew where it was headed though I still feel the first episode is considerably weaker than some of the later bits.
For me the moment the series reached greatness was in episode 6-7, partly because they do a good job moving the plot along and probably in part because like Demisoda I'm a big fan of the Kanna/Tetsurou/Mio triangle. My girlfriend differs on that point and found the Keito/Ichika romance more involving. Regardless I wouldn't hesitate to call it one of the best anime romcoms of the past few years.
Also, as a little side note, I think Tetsurou is one of the few "secondary male leads" who can actually walk the talk around girls - though that's probably at least in part due to the show not being as much a harem as it first appears, it's a little more complicated than that.
I have to thank Demi Soda (and by extension you, Guardian Enzo, and totoum) for persuading me to give Ano Natsu another shot.
After two episodes, I had some significant misgivings with the show (comedy seemed a bit too standard harem anime-esque to me, sci-fi elements threatened to undermine the overall mood of the show imo, etc...) and so I stalled it, but without much intention of ever getting back to it.
Thanks to Demi Soda's rave reviews, I'm now giving Ano Natsu another shot.
I thoroughly enjoyed Episodes 3 and 5, and I mostly enjoyed Episode 4. I still have some catching up to do, but I'm relieved to see extremely well-executed romantic comedy in this show. The romance bits feel very sincere and heartfelt, while each episode has at least one big, literal "laugh out loud" moment for me, and that's good for anime comedy for me, lol. The comedic daydreams of Ano Natsu have been comedy gold, especially the "Men in Black!" jokes pertaining to Ichika's alien origins, lol. I'm glad to see that, through 5 episodes at least, Ichika's alien origins is mainly just a good catalyst for tiny bits of comedy, and nothing too sci-fi.
Anyway, just wanted to thank you for getting Demi Soda back into Ano Natsu which indirectly caused me to get back into it, lol. I might update you on this again after I'm fully caught up.
Guilty Crown might not always make that much sense, but I have to admit that the kid in me simply loved this episode.
I didn't like any of the last three episodes prior, but I also liked this one. Though it probably says something about me that I'm not sure which I liked more: Segai's theatrics or Ayase's escalator leap.
Got a quick question for you: as you take on writing projects sometimes, have you ever had situations where you were writing a story or characters and you kept thinking of a particular anime or anime characters while doing so? I know I've done this, though I sometimes find I have trouble figuring out exactly who my characters remind me of.
I'll actually admit that unlike with most of my cosplay photos, I edited this one a little to darken the dark parts - the original didn't have as much contrast as I was shooting for. The result is worth it though IMO: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=r8hw1u&s=5
Good idea. I'd also prioritize being there for whichever day Gen will have the most to say and/or take questions.
As for my fanfic, don't worry too much about it. Catch up whenever it's convenient to you. Since you are a bit behind, my recommendation would actually be to just follow whatever "chain" your "playing" of the fanfic takes you on, and skip over the rest (then maybe go back and read the rest later). Catching up on all of it might be tricky now. I'm already at Chapter 11 and Mami Lives Chapter 4 - 15 Chapters in total with 4 major different chains.
(Cross posted with Vexx, you already know about my issues with the TV ending of Denpa Onna. Also, I plan to try and catch up on your Madoka project soon, but I'm still catching up on readings after a big presentation.)
So I just watched the new DVD/Bluray only episode of Denpa Onna. Two thoughts:
1) I always felt the last couple TV episode was anti-climactic and now I know why: they were building towards an event in this episode, which is apparently about the halfway point in the books. Much more satisfying despite being less "conclusive" (there's a plot twist).
2) Ryuuko murderized my pancreas.
Some quick thoughts on the topic:
-Disagreement can be overcome (I remember what my first couple serious conversations with Reckoner were like). Disrespect (real or perceived) is, in my experience, considerably harder to overcome.
-Medium matters. ASers can be blunt, but we also often discuss topics in substantial detail and depth, which tends to foster understanding and decrease the adversarialism somewhat. This does not happen in most "spur of the moment" conversations in real life. It also does not happen with people who are only interest in doing "drive by responses" to the weakest points raised by their opponents, which unforunately has struck me as the "ANN way" on a couple occassions. And in the case of ANN in particular, I it's not helped by A) Zac's "persona" is built on shredding people and especially stupid people, and B) that their staff don't really cultivate an image of approachability, which can also make a big difference.