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  1. monir
    2012-03-31 23:57
    haha! Sarcasm is becoming a lot art where internet is concerned. I hope you weren't mistaken as royalties since you were the only had an umbrella up in a rare sunny day.

    As far as who is the studio is going to be, who else but KyoAni will concoct such infuriating marketing gimmick to drive up speculation. I'm just glad nobody threw Makoto Shinkai in there.
  2. Flower
    2012-03-30 13:33
    Yatta! Good to have you!

    NP ... Tamayura is not for everyone in general, but I remember other people mentioning that it took a while for it to grow on them as well.

    There have been 4 BD eps released if curious, btw....
    2012-03-30 05:25
    It's from kyo kara maou, Yuri and Wolfram. It's been a few years since I last watched this. Nice pic of Gosick you have there~~
  4. totoum
    2012-03-28 13:15
    Do you know if everything in here is CG?Even those face close ups like at 00:11?
  5. Kunagisa
    2012-03-28 05:07
    >__<~!! Yeah the old name is too recognizable!
  6. Ledgem
    2012-03-27 20:17
    But being different isn't the entire reason why I think Guilty Crown might sync well with most newcomers. It has a nice looking world, with...
    That's a good point, and you could be quite right. The only reason I stated my opinion as I did is because of my experience after being out of anime for a year or two. Even as someone with days' worth of viewing time behind me, I had a hard time coming back. As I think I've already mentioned to you, I gently got back into it by going with a show that was a bit less... stereotypically anime. From that experience, my thought was that people could probably grow to enjoy anime. It's just a matter of getting around shocking them first.

    But I guess it was a silly thing to say Everyone is different, and everyone will have an ideal gateway series that is different from everyone else. The premise of Guilty Crown would probably appeal to quite a number of people, and the artwork and animation are sure to hold people's eyes. I suppose it would make for a good gateway.

    Of course, it all comes down to how the thing was managed, and honestly ... I never felt like I had come to care for Shu like I might have felt with different protagonists in similar shows, because while his changes where justifiable, I always felt like he took each change to the end of the spectrum.
    I agree with your take on the message of the series (which I didn't quote here). You have a nice way of stating the big picture stuff - you did something similar with the explanation behind Arisa I connected with Shu, and interpreted his behaviors a bit differently. From the start I didn't view him as wallowing in self-pity, so much as pondering his life. When he started to rule with an iron fist, it seemed to me that he did so with pain; he still cared for everyone. I found that segment to be particularly fascinating, actually, as I was thinking about styles of leadership a few days before I watched it. And when he came back, I felt that it was a matter of him making peace with himself, and making peace with the idea that he would sacrifice himself for everyone else.

    And for your next post, perhaps it's unfair of me to say that outer analysis is bad. If looking at the overall message behind the series and things like symbolism interpretation counts as analysis, then I do it too. I suppose my frustration arises when it seems like people are more concerned with analyzing the execution of the show than with the show itself... does that make any sense? Maybe it doesn't, and I just don't like it when people harp on a show and pick it apart. I don't really know.
  7. Flower
    2012-03-26 20:20
    Just thought you might possibly be interested:

    Maybe Tamayura is not your cup of tea though....
  8. Ledgem
    2012-03-26 14:07
    Probably not. I have two comments on that, actually...

    1) Most western entertainment is geared around that "perfect ending" - all evil is rightfully punished, all good is rightfully rewarded. As far as newcomers go, Guilty Crown is very much what I consider to be an anime-type storyline: some things are ambiguous, there's sadness, there are bittersweet elements, and there's also a bit of happiness. It's a big mix of emotions, thoughts, and sensations that could easily be a turn-off to someone who was expecting a more traditionally-western form of entertainment.

    Those mixed elements in a series (particularly the endings) are what really drew me into anime when I was first exposed to it many years ago. As a result, I was pretty surprised to see that one of the major gripes that people seem to have with Guilty Crown is how Shu ended up. I thought that Shu was truly a beautiful character, from his initial flaws, through to his struggles, and to his end. Yet even the anime fans on this forum were bothered by what he's put through in the series... I don't really understand why. Maybe modern anime has shifted more toward western entertainment, and people are expecting perfect justice with those perfect endings? Or perhaps the world has experienced enough negativity in recent years that people are looking to anime (and entertainment) for a positive boost, instead of something containing negative sensations?

    What I'll say next isn't really in response to your question, but is sort of prompted by it:

    2) Seasoned fans (or really, those who watch a ton of anime actively) have changed over the past few years. Back when I was watching things heavily, people discussed events within the show itself and took nearly everything at face value. There were no discussions about things like script writing or how a series could have been restructured to be better. That sort of development analysis either didn't exist or was pretty rare. In my opinion, if you start to analyze shows that way you're going to find flaws and have a harder time just enjoying it for what it is.

    Partly in line with that is the fact that viewing experience has grown with time. The amount of series that fans today have seen is probably double to triple (if not more) what most of us had been exposed to in the early 2000's and late 1990's. If you watch enough series you're less easily impressed by each show that you see afterward, and you begin to make comparisons. I've seen quite a bit by now, but the fact that I've been viewing things off and on means that hard details of what I've seen generally evade me, so I'm less likely to make comparisons between series. I take things at face value when it comes to anime, as well. Both factors mean that I can jump into a series and enjoy it for what it is, even if I've seen something similar done before.

    So sure, Guilty Crown wasn't perfect. If I think about it critically, there are plenty of areas where there were some major screw-ups that could have been avoided and that might have made the series better. But what good is it to discuss those? The series is what it is, and it won't change. I think it's more fruitful (and more fun) to discuss the events within the series; at the very least, that can change a person's perception of the series and possibly cause them to appreciate it more, or get more out of it. Kvetching about things like the writing, character count, or series length is just obsessing over perceived flaws for which there is no resolution.
  9. totoum
    2012-03-24 08:22
    Well I'm happy to be wrong on that one
    I just figured that despite the high postcount the mods would be too scared of shipping wars to give it a subforum.

    To celebrate
  10. Ledgem
    2012-03-21 13:18
    There does really seem to be a unique and strong connection between the two, but why not say something along the lines of ''Inori is the one person in the world who understood me'' or ''I must save her since she's the one who's closer to my heart/soul'' then? It would be a lot more accurate than her being the sole person to stand beside him.
    I wasn't paying too much attention to the Japanese around this point, but I wonder if part of the issue here is a translation one. The series certainly had enough weird blips with the relationships between characters that the translation could be solid as it is, but I wonder if they overemphasized Inori in the translation compared with what Shu really said. Or perhaps they used an incorrect tense form? If I remember right, my version said something like 'you've always been the only one there for me' which seems to snub Hare. If the proper translation was 'you're the only one who is there for me' then it would be correct, considering Hare's fate. Maybe if I have the time I'll try to find that scene again and translate it myself...

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    Avatar is Killua from Hunter x Hunter remake by Aphrah, profile is Victoria from Gosick by Kagayaki
    Currently Watching
    1.HunterXHunter (A++)
    2.Eureka Seven AO (A+)
    3.Hyouka (A+)
    4.Tari Tari (A-)
    5.Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (A)
    6.Joshiraku (B-)
    7.Gundam AGE (D+)
    8.Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate (B+)

    ~Catching up to~
    1.Sket Dance (C ~ A+)
    2.Kingdom (D ~ B+)
    3.Space Bros (C ~ B-)
    4.Saint Seiya Omega (C ~ A-)

    ~On the backburner for the current month~
    Hyouge Mono
    Smile Precure
    Cardfighter Vanguard
    Ginga e Kickoff

    ~On the side (an episode every once in a while)~
    Shojou Chara (Episode 20)
    Gundam Unicorn
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