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Old 2008-10-16, 16:25   Link #41
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Spoiler for My thoughts on episode one:
What do you guys think?
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Old 2008-10-16, 18:36   Link #42
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This is the only other fall show I've anticipated besides Nodame. According to the fansub wiki, the only sub groups to have signed on so far are AnimeYoshi and perhaps a joint between Anime Club Generation & AnimeCrazy.net. Like you I'm stumped why so many groups felt compelled to sub Abyss. You'd think a series involving Madhouse and CLAMP would attract more attention than this show has gotten so far. Having Kuwashima Houko in the cast is another big plus for me.
The number of subbers is never evident of the quality of the series. In fact it is usually the opposite. Usually the mundane/generic series end up having many fansubbers while the true gems get overlooked.
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Old 2008-10-16, 19:29   Link #43
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Ep1 - Pretty cool I must say...

Well, I must say I really enjoyed this episode and I hope that it will keep going with the same quality. I actually watched it almost three times in a row today :P.

The only disappointing part for me was the dancing in the full moon scene. I too didnt like the blur effect and the jumping motion was a little bit strange. The voice acting seemed quite tuned down or monotonous also, considering the happy dancing they were doing, and there were no background noise, it was just strange. As someone mentioned, I too wonder how much of that part actually took place and if some just were Yoriko's delusions.

The character design reminds me of Claymore, especially the eyes. That Kanoko girl even has silver irises :3.

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Spoiler for My thoughts on episode one:
Well that's a good guess,
Spoiler for Speculations of end ep1:


Anyhow, I think it can only get more interesting from here. Looks very promising. Looking forward for the next episode.
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Old 2008-10-17, 05:39   Link #44
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It was a decent first episode, nothing I'd write home about. For a series that's going for the whole mysterious route though, the music is far too obstrusive, instead of atmospheric. It wasn't that bad, just not what I expected and hoped. We'll see how it prgresses though, hopefully for the better.

I still prefer Shimizu Aki's design over Clamp's. Oh, well...
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Old 2008-10-17, 07:48   Link #45
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I didn't find it angsty or emo.. I just found it boring and I only watched it because from anidb it said it was about them finding out about the mass murder of school girls... and what I got from the first ep is um.... I don't know what to say...

Spoiler for well...:
I'm guessing you rather have a cast of characters that are flat and static, along with no personality or impact on the plot besides prolonging it?

Yea, Macross F is probably the series for you :S
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Old 2008-10-17, 07:58   Link #46
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sigh.....corruption. good start though
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Old 2008-10-17, 08:16   Link #47
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Spoiler for My thoughts on episode one:
What do you guys think?
Pimples don't normally grow on the back of your neck. Maybe it was something else there that got mistakened for a pimple.
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Old 2008-10-17, 10:19   Link #48
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Pimples don't normally grow on the back of your neck. Maybe it was something else there that got mistakened for a pimple.
They do, they do. Just eat some sausage with lot of plural phosphate for conservation in it and you will get them everywhere.
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Old 2008-10-17, 11:29   Link #49
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I felt this was a bit of a let down.

Shows like Mononoke, Requiem Of The Darkness & Hakaba Kitaro have raised the bar so high now, that the frankly pedestrian visuals this show has just isn't good enough anymore.

The two train scenes were passable, but the visuals throughout didn't create the sense of dread the story demanded.
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Old 2008-10-17, 11:31   Link #50
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They do, they do. Just eat some sausage with lot of plural phosphate for conservation in it and you will get them everywhere.

That is not normal pimple (acne) development. To have a solitary pimple on the back of your neck and not have any on the face which is the most common site is well... ridiculous.

I still think it's prob not a pimple (acne) that we were shown.
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Old 2008-10-17, 14:55   Link #51
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I felt this was a bit of a let down. Shows like Mononoke, Requiem Of The Darkness & Hakaba Kitaro have raised the bar so high now, that the frankly pedestrian visuals this show has just isn't good enough anymore. The two train scenes were passable, but the visuals throughout didn't create the sense of dread the story demanded.
Interesting opinion. Thanks for that thought. But perhaps we don't need dread quite so soon, or at all. Maybe you're expecting the show to be something it isn't. I find the characters more interesting than those in Mononoke, for example, where they seemed somewhat one-dimensional to me. And as lovely as that animation was, it created an otherworldly feel, whereas this show seems to work from the real world out. And I'm finding much more dread or weirdness in this show than in Ghost Hunt, for example.
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Old 2008-10-17, 15:09   Link #52
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okay.....splendid visuals and really creepy story.I am in.I still have no idea what this is about.An other massive mindfuck to had to my list.

What creeps me out the most are the smiles.They are just plain scary.And Yuriko's smile at the end suggest she knew what was going to happen...but what did happen?We have no idea.
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Old 2008-10-17, 16:27   Link #53
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The CLAMP designs in this remind me a lot of the ones used in Suki. Good to see they'll still use one of their other styles now and then. Carnelian would have been a great choice for this series --- i couldn't stop thinking of the Touka Gettan OP during those night scenes.

Very lovely first episode. The creepy scenes were very creepy (especially the opening one), and i rather enjoyed the dialogue between the two girls. All prepared to finding out what the hell is going on.
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Old 2008-10-18, 06:46   Link #54
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Finally saw the first episode of this. It's going on my must watch list. I loved every moment of it.
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Old 2008-10-19, 04:05   Link #55
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^ Agreed, Can not wait to see the next episode and find out what happens next.
The war flashback on the train was kinda creepy, it came out of no-where I had to check and make sure I was still watching the same thing.
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Old 2008-10-19, 05:02   Link #56
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BTW, I don't know if you cares but the show takes place in 1952(year 27 of the showa era which begins in 1926).
The flashback didn't come out of nowhere, it tell us something important about the policeman.He was having a nightmare about the war, he's a veteran.
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Old 2008-10-19, 05:03   Link #57
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BTW, I don't know if you cares but the show takes place in 1952(year 27 of the showa era which begins in 1926).
The flashback didn't come out of nowhere, it tell us something important about the policeman.He was having a nightmare about the war, he's a veteran.
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Old 2008-10-19, 05:54   Link #58
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I was wondering about the year thing, but I had figured that he was having a trippy flashback (it appear guilt related). But it did come out of nowhere for me. I thought the splash of blood was someone getting hit...and then it kinda went weird from there....

What's really got me going wtf is the opening scene. Since I'm not too knowledgeable about Japanese myth/folklore...what's with the head in a box? Does it represent a bad omen or is it an actual creature? Or is it just there to mess with your head and probably never be mentioned again.
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Old 2008-10-19, 06:19   Link #59
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Solace:

The opening scene with the head in a box is basically the title of the show, Mouryou no Hako means "The Evil Spirit in the Box", mouryou is a mythological monster/spirit/creature typically of an evil nature. It's what Yoriko's mom called her during the slowdown scene in the gap of the sliding doors.

I'm not sure if it represents a bad omen or if it has other implications, but hell I think an evil creature's head in a box is bad enough haha
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Old 2008-10-19, 06:23   Link #60
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I decided to check out this show only because of the high praise being tossed around at ANN, so my expectations were relatively high considering I decided to skip it completely before it aired. I don't know, I guess I'm not convinced over the displayed morbidity, I didn't feel any dread whatsoever, the yuri was pretty weak as well. I find the overall response toward the series a bit pretentious, and I strongly feel that quality animation isn't a good excuse for missing fabric of a compelling story. I wasn't moved by the two teenagers having or pretending to have a deep bond between each other, and I emphasize that this relationship shouldn't by any means be glorified just because one of them jumped (or got pushed) in front of a train. Just two crazy chicks, nothing more, nothing less.

About Yoriko's mother, was she working for yakuza (possibly prostitution later on) or was she taunted by that guy to join a religious sect? <_<;

I will give the show a few more episodes only because its description was hinting that the first episode is a prologue to a bigger picture.
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