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Any Anime/Manga the internet "ruined/over-hyped" for you?
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Any Anime/Manga the internet "ruined/over-hyped" for you?
You should give
a shot. It's funny and endearing and, IMHO, the best way to appreciate the characters.
is like the Michael Bay version of it - and it wasn't nearly as bad as a manga, TBH.
But, yeah, maybe it's a generational thing. However, the early series still holds up nicely, even today - if you can forgive the animation, that is.
For me, K-On was a
Cowboy Bebop and Haruhi Season One used to seem quite overrated to me, but I've come to appreciate them more with time. They're both pretty good shows. Plus a lot of the Haruhi hype seems to have died down after the whole Endless Eight debacle (which didn't actually bother me very much. Why should it when I could just stop watching?).
More recently there's Madoka Magica and to a lesser extent Fate/Zero. Madoka especially was wearying to watch at times, and it probably doesn't help that it reminds me a lot of another less popular show that I like a heck of a lot more. (I'll give Madoka some credit -it gets into the meat of its storyline a lot quicker than the show I like, and it has less in the way of ecchi hijinks as well as a very distinctive art style. But it didn't make me care about its characters very much.)
I started Madoka... never finished it. I do appreciate good AMVs with it but I won't finish it. People hyped it up too bad for me. Plus, so many people leaked bad spoilers so I was so confused on who was the main villain in the end, therefore I never finished it. I am still convinced the little animal was the villain but alas, I have no proof of any of it beyond AMV pieces.
PLEASE DON'T DISS BOWBOY BEBOP.
I agree that Bebop was oversold in its category. However, once watched, it is a decent show. Although, I digress, many whom I've met only bothered to watch the movie. The show was oversold during its run in many countries. Once again, it is not a bad show. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed the first ten episodes greatly. But it dragged on for me near the end. It depends on taste.
Oh right... I almost, almost forgot.
Couple weeks ago, I had the
pleasure of viewing the newest Rurouni Kenshin OVA. Now, I was anticipating an OVA reboot of sorts from this series, because the last OVA was lackluster, and nothing compared to
. It was also claimed that the newest OVA based on Kyoto-hen would feature an alternative perspective from Misao. So I though:
Hey, this could be interesting
Aside from alterations to the original source material, the whole ordeal ended in just two episodes. Now, the Kyoto-arc was a central piece to the story, and lasted several volumes, but the OVA dedicated two episodes. Scenes were cut, mended or completely changed altogether. I cannot believe what I was watching.
Anyway... heap of trash.
agrees with my views on that OVA. Tak, you and I are now officially haters of this OVA.
I seriously considered the OVA a bright move at first (before it was released). They could redeem themselves from the tragedy of Seisou-hen (in which Kenshin is not like himself at all and dies tragically). I was sorely mistaken... almost to the point of frustration.
This new OVA was not only a waste of time but also pathetic.
The first episode of the OVA bores you to
. I had to watch it in 5min pieces just to absorb information without falling asleep. All of the scenes are altered to otherwise jumble together the entire arc in two episodes. This left out much needed build for characterization and explanation (not that they didn't do enough explaining, it is part of what made episode one so freaking boring). But the real destruction of this OVA is the characterization of Kenshin here, in which he is accepting of his manslayer persona halfway in, one which never existed in the original series or manga, for that was his reason for taking up a reverse-blade sword. They basically undid his growth from Tsuioku-hen (or the manga) in an attempt to add a new mystery to a character as old as time itself. This was
to an all new high.
The second episode... there are no words to describe its fail. The first problem is the final battle... on the Purgatory no less. It sounded epic at first, the idea of a ship battle is neat, however, this left out the characterization of Sanosuke from the original chapter who'd shown his worth in that episode (among the fight with the monk, which is also removed, by the way). But the biggest issue with this idea is how it is executed. Am I the only one who thought the fight with Shishio was too fast? Also, saving Aoshi for last? There are too many errors with this episode that otherwise trample over the great execution that was Rurouni Kenshin in the first place.
I am sad that the studio doesn't use the original work as a big reference here. Honestly, the studio change has since done a number of horrible things to the original work of Rurouni Kenshin. I am actually hoping RK can die in peace now as a legend for its time. Though I doubt this will happen, I can't stand that they'll continue to attempt revamping the work only to destroy it more.
The second episode of the OVA was also hyped too high. The animation quality alone is nothing in comparison to current series, Frontier's artwork is more fluent than the animation of this small OVA series. Ridiculously enough, the other problem with the OVA is that nothing is truly changed to the music.
So what is the good part about the OVA? The voice actors, with the exception of Saito who died, have all returned.
Honestly, I don't really want to see another remake of this series. Just revamp the old episodes to Blu-Ray and be done with it. I'm frustrated with their recent releases for this anime I grew up with.
Bringing this back to comment:
Loved the first half of SAO, but absolutely hated its second arc. It just completely ruined the whole series for me.
I have to agree the 2nd arc was a bit underwhelming compared to the first one... but it was the only way I can achieve
, which I appreciated it very, very much. Still, I feel sorry for Sugu.
Or if they wanted to speed things, they should have slapped the last episode as episode 15, because I simply could not do without the last episode.
I found the second arc to be unnecessary. I felt ending with episode 15 would've been proper. Then they could've aired the next season in the following year. The whole second arc was too rushed in plot. However, the whole series was rushed, after all; many people kept insisting they were skipping entire volumes of the novel. Perhaps a movie is in the works?
A 2nd season for Gun Gale Online and whatever comes after is more likely since the first is selling well.
I think they did the opposite with what happened to the Index series. 2 seasons were only enough to cover 13 volumes and most of the time a story arc would just go on and on for no reason other than explaining everything in absolute detail. I remember really hating the first arc of the first season, as well as the one with the Arch Angel. In the end, every arc that would involve magic users of any kind had the same conclusion: wizards are stupid. So explaining how their abilities worked seemed really pointless, they would just get deus ex right handed by Touma.
SAO on the other hand just felt rushed, instead of explaining things, they just kept on throwing facts at me. Instead of introducing Liz and Silica, who didn't do anything at all, they could have spent more time on why I as a viewer should care about Kirito, or on his blossoming relationship with Asuna. The only part I liked about the 2nd arc was Sugu's story, because at least she had an actual character arc that seemed real, consistent and wasn't rushed.
And the bad guys... king of the fairies. That's what he wanted to be in his fantasies. Just sayin'.
Yes; and beyond the character arcs, we learned very little very little about the game play itself outside of what the characters felt necessary to mention at the moments needed. I am still at a loss for why certain events occur too because those processes are never explained, for example: the scythe monster (or boss) below that is undefined. A lot of what happened in the first arc besides clearing SAO and Asuna dying doesn't lead up to the second arc whatsoever, so all their rushing was for naught.
I didn't mind Sugu so much, but the whole shoehorning in the "I love my Onii-chan but hes not really my Onii-chan" was annoying me. I mean, I don't mind the trope when they're not blood related at all....
BUT THEY WERE TOTALLY BLOOD RELATED.
Plus I was so used to Asuna kicking ass that being a damsel in distress as the series went on bothered me.
And the wanna be harem ending. ugh.
Well... I managed to watch some anime yesterday. Started with
Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
(but felt annoyed by those stupid censorship devices) and gave up on the second episode - gonna wait for a BD release on that. Seems interesting enough, I suppose - does this one qualify?
I did manage to plow through the entirety of
, tho. And, well... That was kinda weird, because I want to like it and, at the same time, I kinda hate it. Anyone else has an opinion on this one?
Another was strange. I didn't understand why they didn't air it during the summer block, since it's the kind of 'ghost story' I would expect there. The revelation at the end about Mei came out strange, the entire series of events could have been solved much earlier. I didn't hate the series though, just the OVA, now that was an extra episode I could have lived without.
Another is a Final Destination remix to a lot of people if that helps any.
Hell, I didn't even know there was an OVA. What's it about?
Mei and her twin. Her twin is this super genki, moe-moe and I mean MOE character. They go to an amusement park and have moe moe fun, there's a scene where the sister almost dies. But problem gets solved, they walk home and the sister collapses. Turns out, she has cancer or something. Then she dies and the main story begins with Mei in the hospital at night where she meets whats his face.
I hated it, mainly because of the... moe parts.
More moe than Tsukimiya Ayu? The latter would be very difficult to top!
No, not her, anything but her! Okay, maybe not anything, but, still, not her!
Anyway, the moe is over the top and really bad because it doesn't fit the mood of the rest of the story and while I was never a fan of Mei, seeing her act all super cute with her sister was uncomfortable. Mainly because I knew that sooner or later, sister was gonna kick the bucket and Mei would turn emo. It felt like an unnecessary bonus episode for the hard core otaku and we already knew Mei's backstory from the show, so what's the point. An episode 0 dealing with the 'extra' persons death or the story of how it all started actually animated would have been interesting, this was just... meh.
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