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Conversation Between Triple_R and Ledgem
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  1. Ledgem
    2014-05-14 18:45
    Ledgem
    Interestingly, The Pilot's Love Song was already on my "to watch" list, according to MyAnimeList. I don't remember how I came across it, but the fact that you're recommending it means that I'll up its priority.

    I'm glad you're following so many of the series that I am! I've been wanting to talk about some of them.

    Captain Earth is a show that I started watching because people were raving about its "production value." It's a Bones series, and even though it seems that people think Bones has gone downhill, I still associate them with Eureka Seven, which I really liked. That said, the synopsis alone wouldn't have drawn me in, and I feel a bit underwhelmed at the moment. I like the settings and the artwork, and I felt that the first episode was absolutely epic, but I'm a bit confused about what's going on. Maybe I missed some key details, but it seems to me that there are two arms of the same corporation that are fighting with each other, and there's a third corporation that is working toward destroying the planet (to put it in overly simplistic terms). I keep watching because I figure that the punchline hasn't been delivered yet, but this is probably the first anime series that I've seen where the enemy was so convoluted... it just seems like, what's the point?

    Mahouka might be my favorite series of the season. I love the artwork and the characters. People seem to have a problem with Miyuki's affections toward Tatsuya, but I figure that there's something to it, like they're not really brother and sister. That, or perhaps WIXOSS just desensitized me. I like that Tatsuya is cool and composed, and that he has amazing abilities despite being inept at the abilities everyone else displays. I feel that the current arc of going after Blanche is slightly boring, as I'd really like to see the series open up to a larger world-wide scale. Perhaps this is just a segment to get us there.

    Brynhildr takes something out of me each time I watch it. People say that the people (or some key person) behind Elfenlied are also behind Brynhildr, and I could believe it. There are a number of similarities. The situation that the characters are in feels fairly hopeless: they always seem overpowered; they're working against a clock (the requirement for daily pills); and their opponents have much more knowledge and resources than they do. In that manner, it generates a feeling opposite of what I get from Mahouka. I only have faith that most of the characters will survive because there are 13 episodes and we're not at 13 yet. I foresee tragic things happening to most, if not all, of the characters by the end. But who knows? Perhaps the introduction of this new mad scientist ally will turn things around.

    You didn't ask for it (and I won't discuss anything specific, since you're backlogged on it), but I also wanted to mention that Sidonia has been pretty amazing. I watched the trailer and figured that it might be a fairly droll series, but picked it up based on the synopsis. The CG animation is disappointing in some parts (the walk cycles in particular seem really choppy), but otherwise really contributes to the atmosphere of the series. I just hope that they can accomplish what they want in the limited number of episodes that they have.

    Even though I don't get notifications for visitor messages, I'll log in again tomorrow to read your thoughts on the series. If you want to discuss any specifics about the series I'd be happy to do so, too!
  2. Triple_R
    2014-05-14 11:26
    Triple_R
    I strongly recommend The Pilot's Love Song (Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta) to you then. It has a pretty interesting fantasy world setting, imo. And it also has a refreshingly straightforward romance by anime's standards (straightforward in the sense of no obvious love triangle competitions or harems).

    Of the shows you're watching, I'm also following Mahouka, Captain Earth, and Brynhildr in the Darkness. I'm behind on Knights of Sidonia and Escha and Logy (when it comes to either extreme of gritty vs. cheerful, I find I need to be in the right mood to watch it). Good to see that we're both into the sci-fi anime fo the season.

    I'd love to get your take on Captain Earth, Mahouka, and Brynhildr in the Darkness. I'm enjoying all three shows a fair bit, but for pretty different reasons.

    As for our PM conversation, I'll try to get back to that later today or this evening sometime.
  3. Ledgem
    2014-05-14 09:53
    Ledgem
    I like WIXOSS quite a bit. It was the first of the currently-airing series that I picked up and I admit that I didn't have high expectations of it, but it might be my favorite of what I'm following. The darker aspects of the series seemingly came out of nowhere, and I'm still intrigued by what the secret behind WIXOSS is. The characters are enjoyable enough to watch. There's an interesting commentary to be made about people in general from it. It's not the case with Hitomi, but with Aki and Yuzuki it seems as if they are losing what little they actually have of their wish even as they struggle in WIXOSS to attain it. People lose things when they become obsessive.

    The other series I'm watching are Black Bullet, Knights of Sidonia, Mahouka, Captain Earth, One Week Friends, Escha and Logy, Brynhildr in the Darkness, and Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii. I could drop a few of those and not mind... are you following any of them?

    I like the fantasy genre quite a bit. I have a harder time stating whether or not I like romance. I like a good love story, but so many "romance" anime series are either harem-based romantic comedies or "dating route"-adapted series. I can still appreciate them, but when they're the primary focus of the series then I find myself getting bored. An example of that is Outbreak Company, if you've seen it. It had fantasy elements and brought up some interesting ethical and philosophical issues, but it also had "dating route"-style elements. I liked it all in the beginning, but it began to feel as if the series was focusing on the "dating route" aspects more than the fantasy storyline. I felt let down by the end of it.

    Speaking of weather, we didn't really have a spring here. Just last week it was still getting pretty cold, but yesterday the temperature went over 90˚F. We're already experiencing evening thunderstorms, which is more typical of summer. I guess we just dove from winter to summer.
  4. Triple_R
    2014-05-13 19:56
    Triple_R
    Yes, I have been following selector infected WIXOSS. I definitely see the Madoka comparisons. I myself think WIXOSS' writer (Mari Okada) is trying to channel Gen Urobuchi while putting her own distinctive spin on it (WIXOSS has a bit more melodrama than PMMM, imo). I think WIXOSS is a pretty good show, and I'm finding it very engaging. How about yourself?

    There was a show I was thinking about recommending to you, but before I do so I'd like to know your take on two specific genres - Romance and Fantasy.

    As for me personally, I'm doing pretty good. It's been a long, harsh Winter in Atlantic Canada, but it's finally over. Mother's Day had what will probably be our last snowfall until next Winter. My moods have always been affected by the sun, so having long sunny days definitely perks me up some.
  5. Ledgem
    2014-05-13 19:46
    Ledgem
    I told you that you could always message and/or email me to bring me back And I certainly wouldn't mind it if you did - I've been wondering how you've been. I've also been wondering if you've been watching any of the current shows. I actually started watching nine actively-airing series - I don't think I've followed that many active series since high school. Specifically, I was wondering if you were watching selector infected WIXOSS, which some have been hailing as "the next Madoka." I wouldn't go so far as to label it that, as it isn't quite as profound (yet, anyway), but that made me wonder if you were following along, too.

    PM or email whenever you have the time, I'd love to hear how you're doing!
  6. Triple_R
    2014-05-13 19:19
    Triple_R
    Well, if there's one silver lining to this security breach, it's that it seems to have got you back on Anime Suki.
  7. Triple_R
    2013-06-29 21:02
    Triple_R
    Oh, that's 8/10 for Episode 12 alone. For the season as a whole, I'm not sure. It would probably be somewhere between 7 and 8/10 for me.

    Like yourself, I'm not sure about some of the bold heavy drama decisions they made. It certainly made the show more impacting and noticeable, but it does take a bit of a toll. The show loses a certain amount of "fun factor", I think. Still, on the whole, Valvrave was a very good mecha show and I think I prefer it to most other mecha shows I've watched recently.
  8. Ledgem
    2013-06-29 20:54
    Ledgem
    8/10? I originally marked it as such as well, but then I thought about those three or four episodes somewhere in the middle (starting with episode 5)... and gave it a 7/10 instead. The premise and story have so much potential, and I felt that those episodes truly squandered it. The series can do something unique, and those episodes instead focused on drama that could have taken place in almost any other series. The second season seems set to focus on what can make the series unique. Given the events that have happened, I don't think that they'll easily be able to pull off any light-hearted time-wasting episodes as they did in the first season.

    High expectations. In a way I'm glad that there's a delay between now and when the second season airs, because I probably won't be able to download episodes until the end of September anyhow - getting shipped off to a different hospital where I'm unsure of the internet availability in the accommodations provided. Can't run torrents off of my phone
  9. Triple_R
    2013-06-29 20:35
    Triple_R
    I agree that it was a very fun and exciting ending. I'm definitely looking forward to Season 2.

    Here is what I wrote about it.
  10. Ledgem
    2013-06-29 18:13
    Ledgem
    Wow, what an ending to season 1 of Valvrave. Season 2 looks like it is going to be amazing.

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