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  1. Reckoner
    2012-01-18 05:52
    Reckoner
    Shows I'm seriously following.

    Nisemonogatari - Assuming you hate. Disappointed with episode 2, but still promising and ejoyed episode 1.
    Moretsu Pirates - Assuming you found mediocre. Find it to be pretty solid so far, but not remarkable.
    Another - Assuming you'd find it mediocre. Find it to be pretty good so far.
    Rinne no Lagrange - Not sure what you would think. Dumb yuri mecha show, but it's pretty fun adn enjoyable iwth a little throwback to the 90's.
    Daily Lives of high School Boys - No idea if you would like. Find it pretty refreshingly funny, though don't know how long that will last.
    Knight in the Area - Reminds me of adachi style stuff. If you're into it, might enjoy, though not as good as Adachi himself.
    Natsume Book of Friends 4th Season - Still same goodness I've come ot expect form this series. No idea if you were ever into it.

    Still carrying:

    Hunter x Hunter(2011) - As a shonen fan I like it. More faithful to the manga than it's older version.
    Last exile Fam S2 - Good, but some qualities in it that make it a little less special than the original.
    Chihayafuru - Fantastic show really. Pretty flawless in the technical department.
  2. Archon_Wing
    2012-01-18 01:05
    Archon_Wing
    Yep, Okada is prime time for trolling and insanity. Often times she'll write something insanely terrible, but other times you might get True Tears. Hit and miss is certain.
  3. Last Sinner
    2012-01-17 10:48
    Last Sinner
    Well, currently seeing the results of an annual club poll with a voting pool of 30 people, it's providing some rather intriguing but overall pleasing results for a year we screened an equal mix of newer and old-school titles - 102 to be exact. Can link you the results once the countdown finishes next week if you're interested.

    I think your stance is quite justified. Steins;Gate is primarily a Sci-Fi title and probably the best representative of the genre in a long while, maybe even back to the days Ghost in The Shell 2nd GIG was airing. It's one of the main reasons I stuck with it. So yeah, seeing that lead the Romance category was very 'Er...really?' 2011 romance, I'd have thought more of Kimi ni Todoke S2 and maybe Mashiroiro Symphony. So yeah, I think the fact 2011 was lacking in that department and that there wasn't a title people were feeling magnetic towards allowed a more popular title in general to subvert that category. Which is what you said. If someone asked me if there was a romance anime in 2011 worth watching, I'd tell them to try 2010 or 2009 instead since 2011 was relatively weak in that area.

    Yeah, it's why I take polls like these with a pinch of salt as well as limit my participation in threads in the Suggestion sub forum. People tend to take minor aspects and blow it into what they want to see for themselves, thus skewing their judgement and what they recommend to others. It's why I usually can't take the recommendations of others seriously and just look at the titles myself.

    On Steins;Gate - there isn't content that was 18+? Weird, I was certain I saw a game CG of Kurisu losing her virginity to Okabe somewhere and that heku had drawn it. I saw it on Konachan but that site is down atm, I'll link it via PM later if I can find it again. Because when I saw that, I got the impression it was 18+. Also curious because someone sent me an English patch for the game and I was intending to try it out for myself very soon.
  4. Pocari_Sweat
    2012-01-17 10:32
    Pocari_Sweat
    Unfortunately, it's been hectic for me in the past 2 weeks, so I haven't watched much this season. You can see what I'm watching/following on my about page.

    As for Mari Okada... lol Aquarion. It could potentially be a good so bad it's good show, but I kinda can't afford the time for those atm.
  5. Skyfall
    2012-01-17 10:27
    Skyfall
    While a small sample size is probably what contributes to the Romance situation this year, I don't necessarily think that a popular show winning many categories is all bad. So long as the show can be a reasonable representative of the genre (Like Cross Game was, even if I didn't saw it fit to vote for it), then I don't see all that much issues. Preference in what is best in a specific category is subjective, after all.

    What I take issue with in this case though, despite myself loving Steins:Gate (On that note, the VN doesn't have any 18+ material), is it being pushed for the best in a category it doesn't represent. While the romance elements were certainly handled well, it simply is not a romance show by any sensible definition of a romance show. And while the lack of many strong contenders this year is regrettable, I don't think that makes it ok to nominate an inappropriate contender for the position. Two wrongs don't make a right.

    It's like "Hm, romance category, not too much to pick from this year ... wait, Steins Gate was an awesome show that dabbled in romance near the very end of it, I'll put that down instead!". An exaggerated notion by all means, but it's to illustrate how I think S;G has ended up in said category. No one is wrong for liking the romance in S;G, it was a good one, and no one is necessarily wrong for finding it the most engaging pairing (though this has more to do with the drama heavy Sci-Fi spin of the story, rather than the actual romance me thinks), but that still doesn't make it a romance show.

    You wouldn't recommend it for someone who asks for a romance anime primarily ... so is it really proper to have a show potentially win category X, when you couldn't even really suggest it to someone who is looking for shows of said X genre ? I don't know, but I have a feeling that if the shows don't offer significant content of the genre they are advertised as, then the genre categories actually lose meaning and integrity.

    It's obviously a popularity contest to a large degree, and S;G is certainly popular, and rightfully so, but I feel that it featuring so heavily in the romance category actually diminishes the overall value and credibility of the awards as a whole. A less than ideal romance show is still a romance show ... S;G, no matter how perfect one might think it is, will never be a romance show. And that is my issue this year - not a popular show winning many categories (that has been happening all along), but a popular show featuring heavily in a category where it simply doesn't belong (presumably because of its popularity), a category it can't actually represent. I want S;G to win the Sci-Fi award ... but as a romance fan, I don't even want to see it in the romance category, because that's just misleading towards people who might want to pick up the show based on it's award status, looking to find the supposedly most fulfilling romance show of the year, and creates wrong expectations about the show.
  6. Rethice
    2012-01-14 21:01
    Rethice
    Yeah I think Tony's roots of ero-material has hindered his career a lot, the deal he signed with Sega to do the art for Project Diva seemed like a good dive board into a real career, but it seems like it's going slowly for him. I don't have very high expectations of Shining Hearts, but I'm interested to see if, as you said, the writers can match the art this time.

    I don't know though, my love for Tony has diminished over the years - I admire his art as being very high quality, but all of his character designs always seem far too similar to each other - even more so than most artists!
  7. Archon_Wing
    2012-01-12 21:08
    Archon_Wing
    I noted on Demisoda's wall that you were angry over the last two F/Z episodes? Care to share some of the rage; I love to hear about these things.

    Also, I'll be replying to your most recent large message soon enough.
  8. totoum
    2012-01-12 10:40
    totoum
    Well I'll keep that in mind when I want some romance,2011 had none and 2012 doesn't look much better.
    I stayed away from the tatami galaxy because it's from the director of kaiba and I've got a similar reaction to that one as you do to Ano Hana,but now I figure "what the hell".
  9. Tempester
    2012-01-12 04:41
    Tempester
    I'm not watching any finished series yet, although I did pick up Rinne no Lagrange as my sole current anime to watch for the Winter 2012 season. The most recent TV anime I finished is Tiger & Bunny, and it was an incredibly fun superhero show with great plot buildup and lovable characters.

    I can't blame you for dropping THE iDOLM@STER. Although it is made in such a way to help introduce newcomers to the franchise, the first few episodes are weakly executed and don't have much of a hook to grab watchers who aren't already familiar with the idols. Not to mention the first episode's terrible decision to not give the "cameraman" a voice even though he was going to get one anyway. The anime really hits its stride in the last third with some excellent drama, but it's hard to ignore the more frustrating episodes that plague it.

    THE iDOLM@STER anime mostly focused on Haruka, Chihaya, and Miki. There were a lot of idols who got an abysmal amount of quality screentime (e.g. Hibiki, Yayoi, and Azusa), and I think Makoto was lucky to get a little more focus than those poor girls. Makoto's own episode is episode 17, and it's quite a good episode, although I don't recommend you watch it by itself because a lot of the overarching plot is included in it.

    Anyway, Makoto isn't one of my most favorite idols (those would be Haruka and Iori), but I still like her quite a bit. It's amazing how strikingly deep and boyish her voice is, and when you give such a voice to a girl who wants to be more feminine, it's surprisingly moe.
  10. 0utf0xZer0
    2012-01-12 02:25
    0utf0xZer0
    Given what I know about some of your other tastes in anime romance, I’m not actually that surprised you liked the first two arcs of Amagami SS, though I’m surprised to see you think much of Juuichi (I don’t think I could talk about him without damning with faint praise). They’re fun without being too stupid or melodramatic. Now if you like Sae’s arc… then I’ll be surprised. Dating a shy girl should actually make a compelling romance because of the need for the hero to win her trust – but Sae’s arc was not that story. And her personality was poorly suited to the kind of story they did with her.

    Personally, I had fun with Amagami but could never shake the feeling that they were sticking great heroines in second and third rate storylines. So in the end it ended up being overshadowed by Yosuga no Sora – itself certainly no EF in terms of having interesting and compelling storylines, but I was starving for a good EF/Sola/Iriya no Sora UFO no Natsu kind of show and YnS at least provided a little relief for that itch. I do applaud Amagami’s “situation play” take on fanservice though, far more interesting than the usual generic stuff.

    As good as most of the heroines in the show are, Haruka kind of stole the show for me. I have some playful girls on my favourites list (ie. Matsuri Shihou in Sola), and while Haruka didn’t knock them off the list, her sheer energy and zest stands out even among that group. I don't remember her as well as my YnS favourite (Akira, of course) but I think that's because Akira had the stronger story - something which matters to how well I remember characters.

    I agree with most of your observations on how the girl’s looks reflect their characters, although you’re somewhat off the mark with Ai.

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    Monster
    Last Exile
    Code Geass (both seasons)
    Crest of the Stars
    ARIA
    Kimagure Orange Road
    Cutie Honey
    The Tatami Galaxy
    Galaxy Express 999
    Sherlock Hound
    Slayers
    Now And Then, Here And There
    Welcome to the NHK
    Minami-ke (1st season)
    Aoi Hana
    Elfen Lied
    Mushishi
    Kaiji (1st season)
    Bartender
    Kimi ni Todoke
    Bamboo Blade
    Kurenai
    Paranoia Agent
    Haibane Renmei
    Serial Experiments Lain
    Ergo Proxy
    Fullmetal Alchemist (1st version)
    Samurai Champloo
    Trigun
    Azumanga Daioh
    Genshiken (1st season)
    Nodame Cantabile (1st season)
    Garden of Sinners
    Voices of a Distant Star
    Read or Die OVA
    Paprika
    Beyond the Clouds - The Promised Place
    The Sky Crawlers
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    Spirited Away
    Tokyo Godfathers
    Millenium Actress
    Whisper of the Heart
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