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  1. Triple_R
    2014-10-04 18:29
    Triple_R
    Just so you know, I don't see any particular problem with your Top 5 list. I see some good quality in your list, and I'd be fine recommending any show on your Top 5 list that I've watched (I haven't seen Moon Phase yet).

    One thing I've become more aware of over the past year or so is how very subjective taste in anime is, especially when it comes to personal favorites.

    Don't get me wrong, I think that some anime shows display more effort and attention to detail than some other anime shows - think of shows with a lot of QUALITY animation, or lots of plot holes at a writing level - but that this "polish" distinction, shall we say, has minimal impact on what we like best. It can break ties, but that's about it.

    And whatever else can be said about your list, it does show a fair bit of polish. Hyouka, ef, and SSY all have considerable polish. Bake has severe issues in later episodes, but in the early going, it also displayed considerable polish.

    I also find, over time, that the most important thing to me is, in fact, characters. As much as I love good storytelling, a show most have at least one character that really resonates with me in order for it to be an all-time favorite (each of my Top 5 is like that - for Madoka Magica, its much of the cast and especially Sayaka; for El Hazard it's the main villain Jinnai; for Love Live!, its much of the cast and especially Honoka; for Nanoha and Haruhi its the titular characters).

    I suspect, though am not 100% sure, that much the same is true for you, and that each of your Top 4/5 shows has at least one character that really resonates with you. And that sort of thing is a very subjective thing.

    I tend to identify with very emotionally expressive (often to the point of theatrical), colorful, heroic-seeming, optimistic, and highly determined characters.

    I get the impression that you identify with a subtle but charming, just slightly off (in a good way) eccentricity, in a quirky yet relateable character. That is something that SHAFT is really good at, so it's not surprising that SHAFT shows do so well in your Top 5.
  2. Pocari_Sweat
    2014-10-02 20:31
    Pocari_Sweat
    The first two Madoka films felt like money grabbers to me and seemed kind of pointless. It doesn't really do anything different or significant enough compared to the TV series which is why I think they are significantly worse. Compare that to say something like the Hanasaku Iroha movie, which added a lot of depth to Satsuki's character and linked three generations of the Matsumae family. It actually had a purpose and point to it. The third move I actually had a lot of problems with since the drastic changes seemed to make everything that happened in the TV series "pointless". I did like the fight between Mami and Homura though, that was probably the highlight of the movie.

    I'm sorry but that chocolate eating scene made me facepalm . I didn't find it moe at all but annoying . But then again you already know about my dislike of Chitanda overall and that she took far too long for me to care about her. That last episode though I have to agree, it was absolutely fantastic.

    As for FMP, you're right in that it wasn't a huge leap but TSR was better than the first season overall. The first season had some filler and slow pacing issues particularly in the middle which had some irrelevant mediocrity which TSR largely avoided. The premise, characters, tone, execution of the series though was similarish in both the Gonzo's first season and Kyonai's second season.

    One of the key reasons why I like Steins' Gate a lot (aside from its premise) is because of the main character. Okabe is one of the best male leads to come out in the last few years and he was an absolute blast to watch. This scene remains to be one of the most hilarious things I've seen in anime to date.
  3. Pocari_Sweat
    2014-10-01 21:10
    Pocari_Sweat
    It certainly was a great series and over time I began to like it more, but I'm not too sold on it knocking off some of my "nostalgic" favourites. Even then, there has been "better" series in recent years like Shin Sekai Yori, Steins Gate, Mawaru Penguindrum or Madoka Magica (the movies don't count, they are significantly inferior to the TV series) or series that just completely clicked with me like Bunny Drop or White Album 2. Nor do I "fag" over Hyouka as I so do with the likes of say something like Tari Tari, and that series isn't part of my personal best either.

    I do think it's possibly Kyoani's best series, but in a way it's not much of a competition when one is not a big fan of Key and although Haruhi and FMP were great, don't think they are as good as some people claim it to be, particularly the former.

    There seems to be a little bit of turnover in the bottom part of my favourites list (the high 8 to low 9/10 range), but my upper half has on the whole remained unchanged with the exception of Cross Game, which might be the best sports/coming of age series I've seen. I only finished in the past year as well. Brought me to tears by the end of it, and not in some sappy melodramatic someone dies kinda way, but because it was bittersweet as hell.
  4. Pocari_Sweat
    2014-09-30 20:44
    Pocari_Sweat
    Oh wow, you're alive! :P

    I didn't realise you liked Hyouka that much.
  5. Pocari_Sweat
    2014-07-23 05:00
    Pocari_Sweat
    I pretty much ragequit Glasslip. Made a rant post on it.

    Now excuse me while I curl up in a ball in the corner whilst you laugh at me...
  6. Last Sinner
    2014-07-22 01:12
    Last Sinner
    Some of the cosplay winners from AVCon 2014. So glad Riven and Yasuo won 1st place in their category.
  7. Pocari_Sweat
    2014-07-16 03:00
    Pocari_Sweat
    Zero good moe shows again this season. FFS...

    Closest thing is Barakamon but that's not really what I'm looking for...

    Guess I have to wait till Fall and hope Amagi Brilliant Park is good...
  8. Pocari_Sweat
    2014-07-09 00:14
    Pocari_Sweat
    So since Glasslip's first episode sucked, I am currently suffering from Quality Moe Withdrawal syndrome and it's driving me insane.

    FFS PA, this is one of the worst premiers you've ever made...
  9. Pocari_Sweat
    2014-07-02 03:28
    Pocari_Sweat
    T minus hurry the f*** up till Glasslip airs.

    On a humorous note this is what I replied when someone asked me my anticipation/expectation for the series and whether I would be dissappointed:

    Quote:
    Projected Impression:

    Base Value = 5
    PA Works = +1
    Not a Light novel adaptation = +1
    Anime Original = +1
    Director for True Tears = +1
    Mari Okada is not involved = +2
    Mixed Gender cast = +1
    Good background art, character designs etc. = +1
    Choucho = +1
    Nano.ripe = -2
    Very little glassmaking in the PVs = -2
    Yuri pandering promo pics = -1
    Possible romance wangst/melodrama = -1

    Projected score = 8/10.
    Disappointment prediction = Low
  10. Triple_R
    2014-06-26 19:33
    Triple_R
    I've been enjoying Brynhildr all the way through - It's not one of my top tier shows of the Spring 2014 season, but it's been a solid keeper - But I do see what you're saying. Thinking back on it, I did take the show pretty seriously in its first half, but have found it harder to do so over the last few episodes.

    The show has built up a pretty good narm charm identity, in my view, but it probably could have been more tense and gripping if it had wanted to be. It's kind of like a Hollywood movie that could have been A-list but sort of settles for being an above average B-list popcorn flick.

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