Some places, like moe imouto, minitokyo and recently Pixiv
I went once on danbooru and will never go on that website again I yelled on the person who said to me that that place was like moe imouto. If I knew it was full of hentai pics, I would never have gone there
I can understand that you're not overly impressed with Twenty Faces. I think it's more like the sleeper hit/series that is decent that not many people know about. It does its thing, consistently and at a good level. I'm just a sucker for Chizuko. The series finished months ago, the subbers have been very slow.
I sometimes watch at home. But the comp is so crap I can only watch 1/4 of what friends gave me. -_- So the club is my main source at present.
I had a childhood a baby step away from pure hell. I'm only interested in adults and sometimes teens. Chizuko and Murasaki are my exceptions.
Kurenai's animation is top-notch. Very clean and detailed. The plot isn't the major grab of Kurenai - it's the cast. It's about the characters, their interactions. The plot kicks in about halfway. This is one of the better casts I've seen in a long time. Shinkurou being the 'gentle giant' type who can kick the crap out of anyone who crosses him. Murasaki is very feisty and speaks her mind all the time. Tamaki is kinda...'experienced', lol. The widower is funny for her nonchalance. Shinkurou's classmates are amusing for either picking him apart or hitting on him. The Kuhoin family situation is intriguing/tragic. But words can't say much about this series. Only watching it can.
I remember doing a marathon for Mushishi. I watched that literally non-stop from 6pm one night to 5am in the morning the next day. Don't mess with your sleep though, man, especially during exams.
I'm giving Soul Eater and TTGL 5 episodes. If I don't feel more positive about them by then, I'm dropping them. Basal plot with repetitive humour/ecchi and excessive testosterone with machismo spouters....yawn...But I got nothing against you for liking Soul Eater. Hope it keeps up for you. I only liked early Bleach for a short while because Ichigo, Inoue and Rukia. Good characters can overcome a slow story. But after the cast of thousands came, it was curtains.
I never liked anyone in Baccano. For 4 episodes, Nice Holystone was the only character I didn't despise. After 5, I did. Ladd Russo - pure sociopath. Isaac & Miria - their high-pitched voices made me wish ears would fall off. Jacuzzi - made me want to rip them off. Seriously, I wish Jacuzzi couldn't speak instead of Chane. The Gandors...zzzz. The Genoards...zzz. Czeslaw....zzz. The immortal alchemists and homunculi...zzz. Firo....zzz. Those utterly awful face designs...ugh. When I stopepd watching this, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I'll never regret dropping Baccano.
Okay, need to correct something about Kurenai. It's more of a series on learning how to enjoy those rare good moments and endure the bad ones. All the characters have had major tragedy in their lives and are struggling to cope. Through each other, they learn how. It's the complete opposite of idealism. Trust me - just give it a try. It's a series that is hard to explain to people who haven't watched it. But I think from the thing syou said you'd be pleasantly surprised by it. Most people are. It's one of very few titles thios year that reguarly get talked about positively.
Daughter of Twenty Faces - well, about that guardian thing, I'll say this without spoiling things. In the 6th and 7th episode, the series takes a HUGE change in direction and the works. Chizuko's situation changes dramatically then. This series is built around Chizuko, so she wouldn't be a little dependent girl forever. Do try it. Again, ahrd to explain to those who haven't seen any.
Finally - can't stand emos. I do value emotional intimacy, those who have legitimate reasosn to be sad/depressed, those who want help, those who are emotionally mature/vulnerable. But to people who curse the world and hate everything around them and blame anyone but themselves - send them all to The Black Parade.
Well, each to their own. I personally found Soul Eater like a watered-down, slower version of Bleach. I liked Bleach for about 25 episodes before the genericness of a very long series began to set in. But I won't say much more. I don't want to ruin your potential viewing pleasure. Club seemed to like it overall so you may like it. I just found it very generic, predictable and cliche personally. I'd rather talk about it more once you've actually seen some.
TTGL - Well, I've wanted to try this for a while but the home computer is incapable of playing this properly. Lags by about 20 seconds within a couple of minutes. Due to the likelihood of a licence in Australia next year, the club president was finally convinced to put this on. I've been surrounded by people that have a love of it bordering on obsession on another site and I'm already experiencing that again at the club. Not that such things were the major factors in me not liking this so far. Mediocre music, blase over-the-top machismo, one-dimension character types, over-sexualised jailbait in Yoko (typical 4chan turn into helpless junkies for her), voices that annoy the hell out of me - that's why I'm not into TTGL. But almost the whole club audience is obsessed already. 'Freaking awesome' came out of almost eveyrone's mouth once the first episode was done. I'll try and persist with the 5 episode rule, but I can't say I have any hopes for either of the forementioned series going up in my eyes. But I can see them reigning in the club playlist for the majority of 2009. I guess I'll be going there at 6:48pm for a good chunk of next year. (Although I was already going there at 6:24pm for most of this year thanks to Dennou Coil, then leaving at 8:30pm thanks to Baccano and Shigofumi, argh.) To be honest, TTGL and Soul Eater feel like shows for little boys/teen boys/not-so-mature men. Since I'm not in those categories, they're not working for me. (I've been told of the episode 8 climax several times now, but I don't see the freaking point in having to wait 8 epsiodes for something that 'might' be good.) I don't care how many people like this or get their rocks off on Yoko. I'm willing to be a complete outsider on this series. It does nothing for me.
I honestly tried with Baccano. I really did. But it was turning into such an incredibly negative experience for me that once I saw 5 episodes, I had no hesitation in dropping it. The story seems intriguing, the music is alright. BUt the characters...there isn't one single thing I like about any of them. I just feel a cold void of nothingness watching them. I just don't care about anything they do, say or feel. I just want to see them all die very painful deaths. The voice acting REALLY drives me insane and the character animation is schizenhausen. I have no regrets dropping it nor any interest in how things turn out. I do recommend it to other people. I just never want to watch another second of it ever again.
Michiko to Hatchin - I want to watch this. I'ma ctually really ticked off because last week, the OVA night playlist looked like utter crap. So after seeing the list, I decided not to attend. Episode 1 of Michiko to Hatchin was added literally seconds before the club viewing started and was decided at the venue. So I missed out. I've seen the last 3 minutes of Episode 1. That Brazilian woman looks insanely cool.
I'm not really a scanlations person. Seeing manga on a computer screen just doesn't have the magic, intimacy, sexiness or communication seeing it on paper does. Although I'd probably save a lot of money if I did do scanlations. But since I can't be faithful to the industry via anime due to the DVD player permanently being under lock and key, I can only be faithful via manga.
I've only seen 1 episode of Bounen no Xamdou. But it's intriguing. Very hard to describe at present so I'll use AniDB's summation:
Akiyuki, the main character of the animated series, lives on Sentan Island, a land that has preserved its status as a free and peaceful island in a world consumed by fighting between the Northern and Southern Governments. All of this changes when Akiyuki boards a bus along with a mysterious white-haired girl who transforms his arm with the lost memories and power of Xam'd.
As Xam'd, Akiyuki goes on a rampage and is saved when a foreign girl with red hair named "Nakiami" calms him down, taking him back to her postal vessel. Akiyuki now must gain control of his powers and use them against the Northern Government's latest weapons, known as "Humanforms". Travelling the world on a postal vessel, Akiyuki hopes to return home one day, but until then he befriends other passengers on the boat.
Daughter of Twenty Faces is based off a novel series about a legendary thief called Twenty Faces, set shortly after World War 2. However Twenty Faces is no mere thief. He makes it his purpose to restore valuable treasures/artifacts to their original/rightful owners. His destiny ends up merging with that of Chizuko, a bright 11-year old girl who is constantly evading being poisoned to death by her last remaining relatives due to the fortune she will inherit one day, as well as the fabled Anastasia Ruby. Twenty Faces comes to Chizuko's rescue and gives her the life she has been dreaming of - freedom and a chance to grow. Amongst her new comrades, Chizuko becomes stronger and develops self-confidence and agility she never considered possible. Which she needs as life continues to throw up mortal enemies and tragedy at her. I'm currently at the 7th episode, which is an extremely important turning point for the series. The 6th episode completely turns the series upside own and takes it in an unexpected direction. The 7th handles the delicate transition very well, which is a rarity in anime. I have nothing but praise for this series so far. Chizuko is just a bundle of cuteness and captivating mental/agile prowess. Good themes and BGM, very crisp and organic animation, a story that is intrguing and progresses at a good/appropriate pace. If this series keeps up witht the quality it has shown so far, it's definitely in my top 5 of all time. Club really likes this one.
Kurenai - this is a different type of series - in a good way. 16-year-old Shinkurou Kurenai is a Mediator - a specialist in settling squabbles between people. Despite his youth and easygoing nature, he is a man of some skills when it comes to protecting both his clients and his client’s interests. And then one day he is assigned as a bodyguard for Kuhouin Murasaki, a feisty seven-year-old girl, the heir of the tragic yet prestigious Kuhoin family, who live under strict traditional rules. Shinkurou may look ill-equipped to handle being Murasaki's protector, but ultimately no one else but him could do it. What follows is a weird yet insanely funny and heartening experience for the two of them as they both help each other grow and learn about others as well as learning how to cherish those seemingly small yet special moments. It also serves as a very cunning social commentary on modern life/Japan. It is a fairly dialogue heavy series, but this is its strength. Murasaki is just a bundle of laughs and cuteness. She is very witty and can quickly see the true nature of a person. Through Shinkurou, she is able to be open with those qualities and learns how to sincerely enjoy life away from the restraints of a dark traditionalist confinement. Shinkurou is able to draw from his experiences with Murasaki and become more closer with friends at school. Throw in a few entertaining/volatile side characters that help out/influence both Murasaki and Shinkurou and you've got a very interesting story. Admittedly, it's very character driven, so if you can't like the characters, you can't like this series. But if you do, it's a gem. Club also likes this one big time. One of the few things worth remembering from 2008 along with Daughter of Twenty Faces and Code Geass R2.