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  1. totoum
    2012-01-12 17:59
    just watched Inu X Boku SS and thought that I'd suggest you give it a shot,I remember saying you wanted something with similar setting and character interaction to Otome Youkai Zakuro.While It's definatly no Zakuro,it does involve half demons having to live in the human world and I quite liked the interaction between the male and female lead (who's of the Rie Kugimiya tsundere type,except not voiced by her) even if it's different from anything in zakuro.
    here's the OP
  2. totoum
    2012-01-12 14:58
    Havn't seen you in the bodacious space spirate thread so I'm not sure you've seen this

    Behold! new meganeko hanakana pic
  3. Last Sinner
    2012-01-12 11:16
    Last Sinner
    Attitude/Behaviour - Ai restrains her emotions far more than the other girls, except for maybe Tsukasa, so she seems more composed. But the swimming, occassional masculine feature and her no-nonsense approach to what she does dispels any notion of an easy, carefree romance. Ai doesn't like to display public affection much compared to Haruka or Kaoru, but when alone, she is honest and perhaps the most intense of the whole cast. (Yeah, that final climaz was divine!) Kind, consciencous approach to her everyday life but doesn't allow herself to seem easy or weak. Subtle and almost quiet at a first glance but once you get to know her, she's actually very intense. Ai just restrains it a lot. And she wants honesty and someone she can feel secure with but equally the protector of, above all. Her consideration of the feelings of others, particularly her lover and younger people, exceeds most - I could only see Tsukasa matching her in that department. Ai doesn't tolerate weakness - within others or herself - and likes to have control of a situation as well as keep those involved informed (note her discomfort at the haunted house was a very rare sign of weakness) - except when she intentionally wants to surprise, whereas Haruka and Kaoru sprung a lot of surprises. Ai also requires a person to lift their game/ambitions in order to keep up with her.

    Dress style: Lot more casual than Haruka or what I'd imagine Tsukasa to wear, but not as much as Kaoru's or what I'd imagine Rihoko's to be. It's somewhat clean, somewhat cute, somewhat casual, but does retain femininity. It's got a girl-next-door feel but still has style.

    Intimacy: Very reserved yet is able to acknowledge how she feels quite early, which is different to most of the girls. (I think only Sae was the other to get feelings early and acknowledge them) Ai is the kind of person that wants to be a friend first, know she can trust/rely on a person before she gets the opportunity to confess on her terms. (Speaking of which, I think Ai was the one person who confessed rather than Junichi initiating it? Although it could be implied Kaoru took the lead in her arc?) And when she wants to be intimate, Ai seems to have the least inhibitions and will be honest about it - unlike Haruka who expects someone to know rather than implying invitation.

    ED theme - Very nice. A bit J-pop but not sugary. It's soft but has some soul. Perhaps the most graphic body shots of all the females? Nice piano and harmony vocals.

    Rant over. In a nutshell - Ai Nanasaki is awesome and so very cute/pretty/enthralling. A great execution of subtleties within her character and arc as well as a good seiyuu do her justice and then some - no wonder her popularity kept her in the ISML prelims. Rare quality of being confident but not egotistical, taking the lead but liking security too, craving affection but keeping it under control - a sum of subtlety, complexity and fascination leading to a person I'd feel privileged to know if I meet someone like her IRL. Definitely amongst my fave females ever!

    So, you have now made me notice a good deal of those aspects that are required for atmosphere/immersion/moe. Damn you! Yet...thank you. ^^
  4. Last Sinner
    2012-01-12 11:13
    Last Sinner
    Finished the Ai arc. I think I understand why you do fawn/pay particular attention to details with some shows/characters you watch, because Ai invoked that in me. I normally don't screenshot anime much but I took nearly 20 sceenshots of Ai. I'm pretty taken in by her, can't deny it.

    Some of the things I noticed while watching the 4 episodes:

    - Jaw shape may actually play more of a role in the feelings a character invokes than I once thought. I noticed Haruka's is a bit jagged/sharp whereas Tsukasa and Sae have fairly round, shapely ones. Ai's seems to fall right in-between - as if to give off a few almost-masculine qualities but enough femininity to remind the viewer of her true nature. It's also been well established within psychology that people tend to trust people with rounder faces/jaw lines a lot more than other people. So there's an interesting balance there - Ai's jawline has a little sharpness but more roundness - so she does invoke more warmth and trust. Whereas Haruka's sharper, more jagged face fits her more mischevious, playful, free-spirited nature.

    - While Ai's hair does feature bangs, I realised there was one particular aspect of her hair that I was drawn to a lot - a feature I've never had any other character invoke in me before. Did you ever notice on both sides of her hair, there was a strand a little from the top that would drift outwards somewhat? Not to the degree that is classified as ahoge, but they drift out enough to be noticed. I think that's an indication of Ai's somewhat spunky, positive, non-typical attitude compared to the cleaner/refined hairdos of Haruka and Tsukasa. I really like that subtle aspect of her hair.

    - Skin tone: Ai's is nowhere near as pale as Haruka's or Sae's but lighter than Kaoru's or Tsukasa's. There's a subtle yellow tinge/glow to it I haven't seen in any of the other characters when she's standing in light, but at night it's more white but fairly luminous. Subtle but it builds to the warmth. Blushes are evident but not dominant - her cheeks flush lightly when she's embarassed or in a tender moment.

    - Eyes: Ai's are fairly catlike but not very. I daresay Haruka's are the most catlike, but I recall Haruka having smaller pupils a lot of the time. I kind of think pupil size has a subtle effect in the intensity of a look. Ai's pupils seem to have a consistent size, but her irises seem to take up more space within her eyes when she's in a more intense/intimate moment. Whereas Haruka's pupils varied or Rihoko's irises were huge, always taking up nearly all of the available space. Again, more subtle in Ai's case. Ai's eyes also seemed to drift to the sides of the sockets when she was trying to be reassuring or leading Junichi on.

    - Eyebrows: Ai's tend to only slightly dip when she's angry or being a little playful, or slightly arch when she's happy. Rihoko's go pretty extreme in comparison and Haruka's seemed to dip down more often to indicate mischief, while Ai's were straight a lot. Composure and subtlety.

    - Facial expressions, particularly via lips - Very slight change in shape and direction of Ai's lips. Far more animated in pretty much any other character. Ai can easily shift from one expression to another due to that reason.

    - Body shape: Haruka had very model-like proportions - tall, glamorous and lively. Kaoru's was more girl-next-door/less intimidating. Rihoko's were larger/bit goofy. Sae was petite except in the chest - I guess to intentionally heighten her awkward, silent nature. Tsukasa seems to have a more princess-like, refined physique. Ai's I said before, a couple of things about her almost make her seem masculine/tomboy (jaw shape, smaller breasts, open shirt button ) but with a slim build, a gentle voice, more relaxed movement, more focus on open neckline rather than the legs, seemingly smoothest skin out of all the cast - there's no doubting her femininity, but it's more subtle. Saying that a lot, aren't I?
  5. Last Sinner
    2012-01-12 03:45
    Last Sinner
    If this Ai arc keeps up like that first ep did...she's not just my fave girl from Amagami SS. More like one of my faves from anime full stop!
  6. Last Sinner
    2012-01-12 02:56
    Last Sinner
    Literally just finished Sae's arc - good timing. Well - I kind of liked it...but not a lot. It was way too weird early. This whole instructor thing seemed a bit cliche and exploitative at the start - plus not that endearing to Sae. I bought the whole 'so innocent neither of them can find the words but gradually will' aspect to a degree, I was somewhat touched when Sae took little initiatives in the 3rd and 4th episodes of her arc. But the beginning was so whack...the buildup was a fair way off. All that said, it ended well - Sae's black outfit at the movie date suited her very well. And it's also the first arc I've thought the sister wasn't a bitch. Still, I couldn't handle romance like that. Not because of Sae - she was okay. But Junichi handled it so wrong early...I couldn't buy that. It was like playing catchup from halftime. The ED was too sickly sweet for me in that arc too. But there were cool/amusing moments and the last ep worked. But like you said, it needed better execution. I couldn't help but feel the visuals were off early in Sae's arc too.

    Taking a 2nd look at Ai in the preview to her arc, I guess you're right, I did get some things wrong. Her bangs are longer than Miya's, aka more like males in shoujo titles like Kazehaya of Kimi ni Todoke and Soichiro of Kare Kano. The sides are a bit ruffled/going in opposite directions and her eyes are way sharper than the rest. Taking a second look, she reminds me more of a tomboy/non-typical person like Rinko from Love Plus, but I don't think Ai will have the attitude issues Rinko did since Ai does seem to get along with people way better than Rinko did in the early days. However, seems like a rougher one though - I doubt Ai will like him until late in the piece. Haruka liked him early but not in a romantic way until he showed his dedication. Kaoru did but needed to rationalise it and know she could trust Junichi.

    Well, Ai was the one I looked forward to equal most before I started watching, tied with Haruka. But so far, Kaoru is ahead of Haruka for me. I would not be able to handle the amount of attention and doting Haruka needs - I just don't have the vitality or willingness to dedicate to nothing but her to do that. Don't get me wrong, Haruka is quite nice, but very high maintenance and maybe a bit too random...Kaoru feels more accomodating and honest as well as needing someone but also to be needed back equally, which are qualities I value highly.

    Yosuga no Sora - mmm. To be honest, I think YnS has better visuals and best naked bodies I've seen within TV budgets, but Amagami better content. Nao was slightly ahead of Akira for me due to the divorce issue and her persistence to want to be with Haruka and get Sora's acceptance. Akira was a sweetie and loved the intimacy as well as the difficulty she faced. Honestly, Motoka was my fave - her specials were just so win. And YnS really lost a fair bit with me after the Sora arc...that is the complete anti of love, what Sora did. Loving someone doesn;t mean you take someone all for yourself, isolate them, ruin all their friendships and their life in general. Okay, the tabooness was somewhat accurately reflected, but Sora's purely selfish nature towards Haruka - actually, towards ANYTHING AND ANYONE - made me sick. Plus that lake scene was utterly absurd. Sora's arc killed a lot of the magic of that show for me - I hate her so very much.

    One more thing - to be honest, one of the reasons I'm liking Amagami SS is due to the LACK of drama. I don't like drama laid on thing and characters being so emotional/overbearing. It's a big reasons why I found AnoHana completely unwatchable. I guess most anime viewers want tragedy or major struggles. I don't want that anymore - in this kind of genre and setting, I'd like to see how they handle everyday life, maturation and honest feelings at a not-so-dramatic level. Since I had none of that experience whatsoever in my youth, I have a curiousity to see it at a more natural level.

    Oh well, onto the Ai arc.

    PS. WTB Love Plus least Rinko Days!
  7. Last Sinner
    2012-01-11 12:34
    Last Sinner
    Seems like once I finish shows from 2011 I meant to as well as required pre=viewing for the current season, I have one title as a definite. It may surprise you, but Amagami SS Plus is the first I've marked as a definite watch. I've seen 8 eps/2 arcs of the original thus far and I'm pleasantly surprised. Unusually good/believable protagonist, interesting take on humour and intimacy, the females are an interesting spread. Have to say I like it.

    I'd say after starting Amagami SS, I now understand your focus on certain details. I found how Amagami SS focused on hair styles and eye shapes/effects to be interesting. Like the following:

    Haruka - Longer hair to reflect her maturity and sensuality, but with those curls at the bottom to reflect her free spirit and quirky tastes. Eyes somewhat sharp to reflect her interest and zest. Also notably less service emphasis on her to enforce the idea of a more 'pure' love, but one the protagonist had to work hard on to convince Haruka to have a shot at her. That knee scene and soup scene in Ep3 were gold though - it may be fairly pure, but the roleplaying and Haruka's quirks were hilarious. Also very positive and curious - eyes and facial expressions combo important in conveying that. ED with more of an idol/light rock feel to convey that J-idol/model look.

    Kaoru - Long and fairly ruffled hair to reflect the 'genki' nature. However a lot of emphasis on the fact that she is very knowledgable on fashion and also more service moments to remind the viewer that while she is more girl next door/tomboy than most of the others in the show, she still is quite feminine. Eyes fairly sharp to reflect her zest and her intensity. As for Kaoru's ED, styled to reflect that despite her tomboyness and intensity, she is a girl whose feelings aren't to be taken lightly and are very honest. Qualities like that made it beliveable that she took more initiative in this arc with Junichi, whereas Haruka liked to be doted on and set up Junichi to do so.

    Impressions from the brief moments of others I've seen:

    Sae - Very shy, twintails and soft eyes to reflect youth, inexperience, innocence. I get the feeling she's been watching Junichi for a while and trying to hide it from the sister.

    Rihoko - The somewhat frazzled, big eyed look to represent her clumsy, bizarre yet honest take on things. I get the feeling something farly different will happen in her arc - as in not-so smooth sailing or maybe it won't work out.

    Ai - Bangs but much straighter than Junichi's sister. The subtle difference of that similar haircut the two have is actually revealing. The curved, almost flirty design of the sister's reflect a more animated, vocal personality whereas the clean, straight form of Ai's bangs suggest a quieter, no-nonsense type of female. Both having shorter hair to reflect the difference in age and attitude to Kaoru and Haruka. More cutesy tastes to show inexperience and that Junichi would be required to take the lead more. Ai's eyes and complexion seem cooler than the other girls as do her facial expressions. Her hair, voice and mannerisms also give off a tomboy vibe to me in a way.

    Tsukasa - Very refined and elegant, reflected by long, straight hair with a subtle arc and warm eyes. Soft voice but commands respect with her actions and earnestness. Sensing an air that she may feel distant to love/other people despite the respect she has amongst her peers. And maybe a secret.

    Teacher - Open collar, somewhat elegant hair with several-direction girls at the bottom with a more earthy hair-colour and defined eyes to give an adult feel. And a far more defined bust than the rest, heh.

    So yeah, Amagami SS Plus is on my definite watch once I catch up.
  8. Triple_R
    2012-01-10 11:41
    Aquarion EVOL definitely had a really nice "blockbuster action flick" feel to it. I also liked what seems to be the main romance in it.

    The show's a bit cheesy, but in a mostly good way, and it's a lot of fun to watch.

    As for Another, I do see how its intentional lack of liveliness can be a negative as well as a positive. Thankfully, there's a lot of shows this season with lively casts, so Another comes off as a nice contrast to me for the most part.
  9. Last Sinner
    2012-01-09 12:11
    Last Sinner
    Did you end up doing well in your exams? And what's on your to-watch list for this season?
  10. Last Sinner
    2012-01-08 11:37
    Last Sinner
    So...being a Monogatari fan involves things as intricate as Nadeko's subtle change in hairstyle? Sounds intense.

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