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Old 2011-07-14, 05:14   Link #141
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totally agree with serenade_beta on the prejudging. you can judge anything about the anime but the story or plot based on first one or two episodes. though I need to put this on hold till later, since I have too many things on my plate now. currently, I'm more bothered by the character design and bgm, at a personal level, than the story.
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Old 2011-07-14, 05:21   Link #142
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Actually, while I can see the point S_B made, usually the opening episodes should be the best indicators for whats to come later on.

Sure, you can't make a blanket statement that the entire plot of the show will suck going by the first episode alone, but having a show should draw you in from the start, otherwise it wont matter how good it gets later on.
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Old 2011-07-14, 05:27   Link #143
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Actually, while I can see the point S_B made, usually the opening episodes should be the best indicators for whats to come later on.

Sure, you can't make a blanket statement that the entire plot of the show will suck going by the first episode alone, but having a show should draw you in from the start, otherwise it wont matter how good it gets later on.
Well here's the thing. TV shows today all have the idea that it needs an instant "hook," and while from a business perspective this is the best, I don't think it always leads to the best crafted stories overall. I prefer solid story telling overall. We don't need a death note episode 1 for every anime out there.
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Old 2011-07-14, 09:37   Link #144
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Old 2011-07-14, 11:30   Link #145
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for me, eps 2 turns out to be better

Utao is a better person than expected, she is quick to help others, she works hard and she even does her homework, of course she is also very cute

the finger-breaking mad scientist Kuuko is interesting as well, as for Hibino i will try to focus only on her head, and Aki should be back soon

i prefer them not to rush in revealing Kyohei's past
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Old 2011-07-14, 11:33   Link #146
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Eh... what can I say, I had the same reasoning about my pet cat... dunno what this says about siscons
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Old 2011-07-14, 11:40   Link #147
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Honestly, I didn't see Aki as "generic evil" after ep 1. Seems to me like the dynamic was going to be set up where he was rebelling against what he saw as the evil of the village - though obviously in a frighteningly violent way - this giving him something uncomfortably in common with Kyouhei. Of course that could be a total misread on my part.
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Old 2011-07-14, 14:35   Link #148
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Episode 02

Ah, If I ever had a reason for watching this series, there'd be 3: Hibino and Kuuko. I know, strange coming from me for a series largely devoid of fanservice, but that's the fun part about it. Hibino's and Kuuko's big ones aren't the focal point of this show, yet it gets in my face every time I see them, I'd be lying if I said I don't get a reaction To me, there's just something special about the way they aren't particularly a blatant focus of the camera, compared to a full on fanservice anime, and yet... I just seem to focus on them all the time lol. The great part is, I think I'm just going to add Kuuko to the Sadist Female list for Summer 2011, which could be my other motivating reason...

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I like all the faces Utao was doing in Episode 2. Some from the main guy and Hibino too, like when Utao was playing the game and when Kukuri dropped the survivors in the river
The actual third reason why I watch this series: Utao. I just love her facial expressions, just 2 eps in and I'm hoping Kuga doesn't take Kukuri away from her so that we can get more of her great faces Seriously, all the grunting, and effort put in by her VA makes it all the more fun.

Because I had to make it:

(avvie friendly)

Now I will see if I can sleep lol
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Old 2011-07-14, 14:56   Link #149
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Honestly, I didn't see Aki as "generic evil" after ep 1. Seems to me like the dynamic was going to be set up where he was rebelling against what he saw as the evil of the village - though obviously in a frighteningly violent way - this giving him something uncomfortably in common with Kyouhei. Of course that could be a total misread on my part.
I actually didn't seem him as generic as well. There was something eerily foreboding about how Aki said the ones that were insane are the village. Of course he doesn't seem to be in the best mental health himself, but the question is why is he in that condition in the first place?

There have been more than a few hints dropped to show the village as shady, including Kyouhei's disdain for the place and his past.
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Old 2011-07-14, 16:07   Link #150
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I swear I am getting anime deja vu. Something else would show up on the screen and there was a sound like that la la la la la thing.
It reminds me of the tune the Chrysalis from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker sings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu6RH...tailpage#t=68s
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Old 2011-07-14, 19:05   Link #151
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I actually didn't seem him as generic as well. There was something eerily foreboding about how Aki said the ones that were insane are the village. Of course he doesn't seem to be in the best mental health himself, but the question is why is he in that condition in the first place?

There have been more than a few hints dropped to show the village as shady, including Kyouhei's disdain for the place and his past.
Agreed. There was definitely some hinting there that the village was "insane". That scene where Aki was taken away again and his guards' words to Kyouhei was another clue into that. I see them using Kyouhei's little sister as a way to keep their claws in him. Just some speculation on my part.
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Old 2011-07-14, 21:35   Link #152
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I think I'm the only person watching this anime who wants to see LESS of Utao...
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Old 2011-07-14, 22:07   Link #153
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Speaking of Utao, I'm glad she is winning on that poll thing on the official website. For a moment, I thought some joke vote like Aki wearing a sailer uniform would win (or maybe that Bandou-like guy in a sailor uniform). But it looks like everyone is catching on! Ya~y~
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Old 2011-07-15, 08:39   Link #154
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I think I'm the only person watching this anime who wants to see LESS of Utao...
Not the only one. I could do with a little less Utao. I think she's most effective in small doses, much like a seasoning in a recipe rather than the main ingredient.
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Old 2011-07-15, 13:26   Link #155
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I think I'm the only person watching this anime who wants to see LESS of Utao...
Nope, definitely not the only one. I can't say I dislike her, but I think she's annoying and I'd rather like to see more Aki than Utao....
And 3 of my friends who watch this series think so, too. That she's an annoying little brat
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Old 2011-07-15, 19:53   Link #156
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Not the only one. I could do with a little less Utao. I think she's most effective in small doses, much like a seasoning in a recipe rather than the main ingredient.
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Nope, definitely not the only one. I can't say I dislike her, but I think she's annoying and I'd rather like to see more Aki than Utao....
And 3 of my friends who watch this series think so, too. That she's an annoying little brat
Whew thank you guys. Was starting to wonder if I had gone off the deep end, or if there were others going off with me.

I want to know more about this village, about their Gods, about Aki, about the male lead, things of substance. I could do less with Utao training day at the park, and more with real substance.
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Old 2011-07-16, 07:10   Link #157
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UgeH?! I just realized Mahiru is voiced by Hanazawa! Ugeeeeeeeeeeeeh... orz
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Old 2011-07-16, 07:27   Link #158
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UgeH?! I just realized Mahiru is voiced by Hanazawa! Ugeeeeeeeeeeeeh... orz


Ew, She's just overused. I like her role as Nadeko and Charlotte, tho.
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Old 2011-07-16, 07:39   Link #159
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I think I'm the only person watching this anime who wants to see LESS of Utao...
coun't me in...
but Hibino's weird boobs makes me think that Utao slightly better than her as heroine in this series
ah well, mad scientist(?) "Kuuko Karahari" who appeared in eps 2 made the anime more enjoyable though (especially because she was voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro)
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Old 2011-07-16, 11:55   Link #160
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UgeH?! I just realized Mahiru is voiced by Hanazawa! Ugeeeeeeeeeeeeh... orz
That's pretty much the main reason I picked this show up (the other being Brain's base).

She's not a lot of anime this season, at least when compared to before.
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