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  1. Last Sinner
    2011-11-17 01:57
    Last Sinner
    I watched all of PMMM because the club pres took a gamble and played it. It passed the 5th episode vote 12-12 - the closest anything has come to being voted off in a long while. So I decided I should finally see it through and see what all the fuss was about. I didn't drop it after one episode the first time - it was more like three or four, but I admit I was almost ready to drop it after one. But meh, I did honestly watch it all eventually - and it was very testing for me to. Only out of curiousity to its fandom. And I like nothing about it at all. It's a title the old school friends/randoms I come across ask me about saying 'Why is this what modern anime is about? I can't watch this!' I have nothing against those that like it - not at all. But what they need to understand is that it's a very polarising title. As are almost all popular titles. There are plenty of people around who don't like PMMM one bit, mate.

    Well, I'm not exactly a huge fan of anti-voting. But I will admit I occassionally need it to fill the ballot if the remaining field is loaded with characters I don't like. I'll take the final 16 for example:

    Mikoto - Vote for often (don't like the show though)
    Shana - Vote against or abstain
    Kanade - Vote for sometimes, vote against sometimes, sometimes abstain (show was okay)
    Kuroneko - Vote against or abstain
    Azusa - Vote against or abstain
    Yuki - Vote against or abstain
    Taiga - Vote against or abstain
    Hinagiku - Vote for often (don't like the show though)
    Mio - Vote for often (show was okay)
    Haruhi - Vote for often (show was okay)
    Eucliwood - Vote against or abstain
    Yui - Vote against or abstain
    Yuri - Vote for often
    Htagi - Vote against or abstain
    Charlotte - Vote for often (show was okay)
    Nadeko - Vote against or abstain

    I wouldn't say I like anti-voting. I was talking about it more from a general perspective. I'm not going to vote for a character I don't like to knock off another character. I had 7 characters at the start of SE to vote for. 2 of them lasted long. As for a regular season, probably half the field I could vote for. I don't cast a vote for a neutral/dislike character just to completely fill the ballot. You'll rarely, if ever, see a completed ballot from me because I can't vote for characters I truly don't care about or dislike. But I will say there was one round early SE where I had trouble filling the ballot and I did have to decide on one match which character I disliked less. Personally, I'd only do it out of necessity to fill a ballot. If the Grand Final had been between Shana and Kuroneko, for example, I'd have abstained even if it was the championship match, because I couldn't vote for either of them in good faith, even if I did dislike Shana more. If it was Shana v Kanade, I'd have still abstained. I voted for Mikoto because I genuinely like Mikoto. Otherwise I wouldn't have paid close to $100 for this figure of her.

    Anti-voting is part of ISML. Always has been, always will be. When Shana was #1 seed 2009 and looked set to win, she almost got knocked out first round when people suddenly voted for Horo and got within 60 votes of her. Eventually Hinagiku became the go-to target that year and beat Shana by 11 votes. 2010 - when Mio looked set for 49-0 and the Shana faction hired some help to use Taiga to beat Mikoto, other people rallied and backed Mikoto to go against Shana and then Mio. This year, Yuki, Kanade, Kuroneko and then Shana got anti-voted. By different factions mind you. Yuki got sniped by Shana fans. Kanade fans got sniped by those who didn't want her to have the perfect season. Kuroneko then got sniped by those angry that Shana won and knew Mikoto could beat Shana, so they backed her in the semis and the grand final. Like it or lump it, ISML inspires anti-voting when the finals come around. It does bring the numbers out and keep them voting, but it does inspire some untoward behaviour/toxicity. Take a look at Facebook to see what I mean. And in terms of actual series sales, Railgun averaged over 20k per volume in Japan while Shana S1 averaged 10k and S2 was less. I'd genuinely believe the Mikoto fanbase in Japan and globally is stronger, but the margin did increase from anti-voting no doubt.

    As for whoever told you that - I'm guessing it was Reckoner.
  2. Last Sinner
    2011-11-17 00:33
    Last Sinner
    Another reaosn why I picked Monster is because I'm testing your ability to watch series of that length. You've indicated you want to try the old school shows from decades ago, but if you're going to have problems with Monster's length, then I don't think I can pick you 70s and 80s shows that much, because they were even longer. I'm also checking whether the pencil-drawn style/look is one you can handle, since Monster's artwork is very like that. If you end up being able to handle Monster's length and art, then I'll go a lot further back. But I need to see whether you can handle those aspects first, otherwise it'd be a lost cause.
  3. Last Sinner
    2011-11-17 00:01
    Last Sinner
    Meh, maybe a 6/10 for K-ON. I watched it once and very quickly. But I feel no desire to see it again. However, decent art of Ui and Mio, I would have a look at.

    See, there's why I don't think you liked Monster than much back then. I've tried the Monster manga from when I was 23 to 30. I was finally able to appreciate it when I was 30. It's not something a greenhorn can appreciate IMO. It's a title that is appreciated once you've been around the blocks a few times. I don't think I would have been able to watch/read it even 1 year ago. I'm now at a point where things are making a lot more sense to me within the anime/manga realm. I can view things objectively more often than not. And I'm at a point where the current/moe artstyle is beginning to bore me overall. So I craved something that was the anti. Monster is that. I think with a show like Monster, you need to be at a certain point in your life, have a certain mentality and be in a certain mood. It's a hard show to watch. But the thing is, the shows in my top 10 all gave me a big challenge on some level.

    How much have you watched? Because that early, it wasn't that episodic. 8 episodes would have been about the point Nina got her memories back and Tenma rescued her, then they went their separate ways for a while. If the issue is that Nina was off-screen for a while - she comes back in Episode 15 with an absolute bang. Confused as to why you'd find it episodic after Episode 8, because that's when Dieter pairs up with Tenma and Johan's antics in Kinderheim 511 were revealed, which is a VERY MAJOR plot point, plus Dieter gradually becomes a more important character. He is really epic in Episode 17 and is likeable for me because he is nothing like the typical kid of his age. 15-17 were the three episodes that pushed this to #1 for me and I didn't look back. Nina is very prominent in those episodes and then gets good backstory in Episode 18 to fill in the gaps. I think you may have halted a bit before the Frankfurt saga - which is those episodes. The 9-14 stretch contains very pertinent material. There may have been a couple of episodes in that stretch that were episodic to a point, but none were really. In that section, Lunge gets significant development and he becomes VERY IMPORTANT late in the series. Eva's turn for the worse in those episodes becomes cruical later on too. I honestly think the pacing is fine - this is a very deep, intimately written title that requires such a length and pacing IMO. These days, so much is instant gratification, 'I want it now!', in your face, servicey and bling without much zing. Monster demands the viewer sit back and appreciate what it's trying to do, which I think is very anti what the majority of modern media is about. And I think the fandom and society in general is to blame for that. We're living too fast and settling for too low. Monster harkens to what the form is truly capable of. If the show just isn't really doing it for you after Episode 17 on your retry, I'll find another title for you. But I earnestly think the Frankfurt saga has what you had been hoping for.

    Asatte no Houkou is another one that is a hard watch. I watched it earlier this year and it's in my top 20. I think what bugs a lot of people is that rather than be dramatic, the characters resolve the crazy scenario they're in maturely. We played Episode 1 on a theme night a couple of weeks ago. The younger people just didn't get it. But the mid-20s onwards people - they understood and told me afterwards 'Thank you for playing that show once off - we understand you could never play it in full and you wanted people like us to find out about it. You achieved that.' Whereas the younger people whined at me going 'I wanted more drama! Why are they being mature?! That's boring!' I think you're at an age that you'd appreciate Assate no Houkou.

    Since the terms were shows we had watched before should be off the list, I'd suggest Mushishi if you haven't seen it and you feel Monster will take you a long while. 26 episode series from 2005. Utterly gorgeous, rustic and really rips at the heart. Some heartwarming tales and some very tragic ones too. This is an episodic show - but it's a rare case where that suits it. It's a show that's very natural, rustic and peaceful. You would probably find it amusing this is the one show I marathoned from start to finish without any breaks. You'll probably be watching this a couple of episodes at a time if you try it.

    Again, if you have seen it, apologies, but I don't have a list of what you have seen to work off.
  4. Last Sinner
    2011-11-16 23:10
    Last Sinner
    Well, I can appreciate K-ON characters on an aesthetic level. Character-wise, Mitsurugi bores me, Ritsu is underdeveloped and Yui is too tryptophan. I'm not saying I necessarily like Mio - but I do think she is moe. I honestly thought out of the group, she was the most mature, hardworking character. In all honesty, though, Ui is miles ahead of the rest for me. As for the show - 5/10. The exact definition of a show I felt no worse and no better after watching.

    There's two types of female anime characters I like - mature, confident dominant women and spunky, feisty ones. I can't stand Railgun at all - like I've said before - Mikoto is the only thing I liked in Railgun. I wish she was in a different show, just like I wish Charlotte was in a better show than Infinite Stratos. Railgun would be a 3/10 max for me, IS no more than 6/10. Shan would be lucky to get 1/10 from me.

    Like I said in the ISML thread - I don't have to like the show to like the character.

    El Hazard - Got it.


    Well, my 2 choices for you are:

    The one I was always going to pick for you - Monster - 74 episode series from 2004. I know it's long but...it's...perfect....It is easily the best writing I've ever seen - Urusawa is a master. There are so many plot lines delicately woven into this and developed throughout. The characters are just dynamite - Tenma is my #1 male character in anime by light years. HE IS THE MAN! THE GREATEST MAN EVER! Nina Fortner is one woman that is very rare in anime and Noto Mamiko voicing her is an unexpected choice but wow - she owns that role! This is pretty much a very anti-norm anime/originally 18 volume manga for Japan - but the manga was insanely popular in Japan because it was so bloody well written and crafted. Urusawa's art style is very unique. He knows how to be epic but keep it together. And to set the whole story in Germany is so daring - but it's the perfect setting. This is the masterpiece that seems too daring for a lot of people - but you have to try once. I choose this one because you value good writing. I put it to you that Urusawa wipes the floor with Urobuchi. If you don't like it after 5 episodes, let it go. But honestly, I'll be amazed if you don't like it. There's very mild horror but nothing graphic that you wouldn't see on TV in prime-time shows anyway. Please watch this. I became a more earnest anime fan in 2003. Last Exile quickly became my #1 and stayed there until 2 days ago. Monster is now my #1. I do not recommend this one lightly.

    The other pick - Asatte no Houkou (Living For The Day After Tomorrow - 12 episode series from 2006 that went under the radar then got licensed in the US recently. It's a very different type of storytelling and characterisation. The art is a little low-budget but seriously, the story is so solid and so heartwarming and there's rare maturity within the characters stuck in this scenario - along with plausible drama. This is a real soul food series for me. If you don't like it after 3 episodes, you probably won't ever like it. But I honestly think since you value proper writing and solid characterisation, that you'll like this one.
  5. Last Sinner
    2011-11-16 22:39
    Last Sinner
    Well - you know the deal. You pick 1, I pick 2. You first. ^^
  6. Kirarakim
    2011-11-16 19:25
    Kirarakim
    OMG I love your signature, especially the walking in circles part LOL
  7. calorie
    2011-11-16 03:46
    calorie
    Hope you had a good one

    The reason I haven't been active lately is simply put - the fact that this weaboo has finally gotten himself a girlfriend

    Take care ~
  8. Pocari_Sweat
    2011-11-15 21:05
    Pocari_Sweat
    Lol, P.A. Works is still releasing True Tears related stuff : http://www.animenewsnetwork.com.au/i...-with-new-song
  9. Last Sinner
    2011-11-15 11:15
    Last Sinner
    Didn't hit the two I have in mind.

    Last Exile has been #1 on my list since mid-2003. In over 8 years, nothing has toppled it. At present, I'm watching a show that is likely to topple its long reign. I'm pretty certain you haven't watched it. And I'm picking this show because it is easily the best writing I've ever come across. My second one is one that has a very unique scenario and very solid writing/storytelling.
  10. Last Sinner
    2011-11-15 10:23
    Last Sinner
    K, share yours with me in turn.


    Bakemonogatari
    Arakawa Under the Bridge
    Shana (all seasons)
    Baccano
    Durarara
    Darker Than Black (Both seasons)
    SZS (all seasons)
    Ouran Host High School Club
    Dance in the Vampire Bund
    AnoHana

    Those 10 series and any sequel series are my nominated blocks. I await yours.

    Shows I've seen in full are listed here.


    If that show you're keen to make me see is anything but AnoHana or Shana, I might be convinced to give it one more try but I wouldn't be thrilled. The two shows I have in line - the one sure one in particular due to the result spoils - are designed to be in line with your most recent blog post. I'm not going to make you watch crap. I have something good planned. So I hope you have something similar in mind.

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    Comic book and Star Trek fan in my youth, pro wrestling fan for awhile, now mostly into anime
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    Newfoundland, Canada
    Interests
    Pro Hockey (Habs fan), anime, sports games
    Occupation
    Private, but I am working
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    Currently Watching
    Fate/Stay Night UBW 2015
    Hibike! Euphonium
    Houkago no Pleaides
    Knights of Sidonia Season 2
    Owari no Seraph
    Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
    The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
    Show By Rock!!
    Etotama
    Favourites
    Top Tier
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    All-Time Favorite - Madoka Magica
    Gateway Anime - El Hazard: The Magnificent World

    Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (all)
    Love Live!: School Idol Project
    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya


    2nd Tier
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    Gurren Lagann
    Maria-sama ga Miteru
    Shirobako
    Clannad: After Story
    Saki (all)
    Shakugan no Shana (all)
    Steins;Gate
    True Tears
    Hyouka
    Tari Tari


    3rd Tier
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    K-On!!
    Sound! Euphonium
    Kill La Kill
    Tiger and Bunny
    To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S
    Mai HiME
    Ga-Rei Zero
    Fate/Zero
    Psycho-Pass
    Hanasaku Iroha
    Kanon (2006)
    Little Busters!
    Tamayura
    Sword Art Online
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