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Old 2017-02-16, 15:50   Link #41
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It just suddenly exploded within the last 2 weeks. That episode 1 (not a great episode) now has 1.5 million views, more than GochiUsa season 2 Ep1.
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Old 2017-02-16, 19:42   Link #42
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Is this show quickly becoming a "super popular" show in Japan in such everyone outside of Japan are baffled why?
To be honest, if you watch it (and yes, the first two minutes is awfully painful), you'll understand why it was already interesting when it first aired (the people that stayed around knew), and thanks to word-of-mouth, people finally started giving it a 2nd chance (they never gave it a first chance though).

For one thing, the way the story is built? The way the atmosphere, the "mysterious" foreshadowing spread out naturally over the episodes is quite well-done. It gives a lot of room for imagination (though a lot of this setting has already been explained from the game or official website). And while it gives off a dark atmosphere behind the cutesy-ness, it never gets gruesome or gorey. It's more of a sad, nostalgic feel than scary and horrific. And I personally like how they represent the animals' traits and their comparison with humans.
In a way, it's strangely addictive. In another way, it makes sense why it is so.
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Old 2017-02-21, 10:55   Link #43
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After watching up to the latest episode I understand why this is a hit while also being a bit bewildered as to why it's that big a hit.
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Old 2017-02-21, 15:58   Link #44
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Ep 07

Okay, the owls were great characters - I thoroughly enjoyed them. The scene with the testing the cooking made me giggle quite a bit for some reason. XD

For those who missed the snippet after the ED we got a few more unexpected clues to where everyone might eventually be journeying, too.

At first I was wondering who in the world the PPP were, but in the preview for the next ep it suddenly dawned on me! Kinda nice that they get a chance to show up in the series itself as well.
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Old 2017-02-21, 16:50   Link #45
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So the professor is an owl! Nice and traditional, there. Those two were fun. I hope we get a chance to see them, and our previous Friends, again before the end.

So Raccoon found a hat in the Savannah? Maybe that's where she got her feather. I wonder what's underground that Lucky Beast told her about. Still, Raccoon and Fennec are never going to catch up, are they?

So we have it stated plainly that Humans appear to have gone extinct. At the very least, no inhabitant of Japari Park has seen them in a long time. It is curious that Ceruleans often used to be found near Humans, thus indicating that the things existed before Humans disappeared. What are they?
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Old 2017-02-21, 17:30   Link #46
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I'm surprised PPP is actually going to appear in the main anime. It kinda looked like they were just for the previews.
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Old 2017-02-21, 17:41   Link #47
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I'm surprised PPP is actually going to appear in the main anime. It kinda looked like they were just for the previews.
Same here ... I wonder if we will actually get some insert songs too....

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....I wonder what's underground that Lucky Beast told her about....
The attraction that they discovered a few eps back where they met the Tschuniko (sp?) in the underground maze together with the Ceruleans seem to me to be a hint - that was the ep where we learned of a volcano eruption and came across the first creature who suspected Kaban to be a human (the second being the Shoebill).

It still seems to me there are two possibilities: either this is a VR full dive world setting Kaban is still unaware of (which would explain the Cerulean in my mind), or else this really is a post-cataclysm type of setting where the humans (if there are any left) have gone underground - if the latter I think Lucky Beast's hints were regarding that.

At the moment for me both have holes, but I am still inclined towards the first possibility as a working theory ... again, more than glad to be proven wrong.
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Old 2017-02-21, 19:52   Link #48
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Demonstrating to Serval how to start a fire - what could possibly go wrong?

No giant infodump this episode neither from Shoebill nor from the owls. Just a few more hints. Good.

There are many Lucky Beast Robots and they apparently produce the Japari buns. No wonder everybody knows him/them.

It seems the owls wanted to give Kaban and Serval something together with the tickets that looked like a match box. But then everybody started talking about PPP. Maybe we'll learn what that was when their pursuers arrive.

Oh, and the library looked like an apple core. Symbolism?
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Old 2017-02-21, 20:48   Link #49
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The OP switched the first-half characters with the second-half characters as well as add the second-half characters to the ending segment, but it actually also added movement to the tires of the bus. In the previous versions, the bus wheels were actually still while the bus moved.
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Old 2017-02-21, 21:14   Link #50
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Shoebill just can not catch a break. Even when she is being friendly she looks scary.

This kind of reminds me of City by Clifford D Simak. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_(novel)
The pastoral travel log nature of the story, how nice all the friends are, and the humans becoming a legend to the uplifted animals they leave behind them.

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Old 2017-02-21, 23:40   Link #51
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Demonstrating to Serval how to start a fire - what could possibly go wrong?
All three Friends looked terrified of the fire. I don't think we have to worry about any of them trying it on their own.
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Old 2017-02-22, 02:10   Link #52
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All three Friends looked terrified of the fire. I don't think we have to worry about any of them trying it on their own.
On one hand: Serval is scared.

On the other hand: myamyamyamya...
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Old 2017-02-24, 08:22   Link #53
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The anime will continue after season 1
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Old 2017-02-28, 15:21   Link #54
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Idol penguins are here at last! They're adorable.

For those who have watched any of the various idol-based anime that have come out over the past few years, you should be familiar with the basics that we got in this episode. Nothing too in depth, and focused more on devotion to fans than concerns about competition (because there isn't any competition in Japari Park), but still familiar. A bit convenient that Kaban and Serval just happened to run into an obsessive fan who was also a helpful person who is perfect to be the idols' manager, but that's the way this stuff goes.

So, Japari Park is surrounded by water, and apparently humans were last seen at the harbor a long time ago. So have they fled the park? Why? I'd think a lot of animal/human-rights activists would have words with people who created a park full of animal-human hybrids and then abandoned them all to their own devices without proper preparations. Assuming humanity still exists outside the park, that is: we don't really know anything, but I think the revelations in this episode make it more likely that humans just fled the park and haven't come back rather than having actually gone extinct worldwide. Maybe.

And I can't see Kaban deliberately stealing something. Whatever happened with Raccoon, I'm sure there's been a mix up of some sort. Also, I get that the hat is important somehow, but why does this endanger this entire park?
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Old 2017-02-28, 15:56   Link #55
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"Why add some idols to that concept? Gahahaha."

OK, the dreaded episode is over. Next one please...
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Old 2017-03-07, 15:25   Link #56
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Mirai... I don't recall anyone named Mirai from the manga. Maybe she's in the game?

So, Ceruleans eat the energy from the Sandstar, possibly transforming the Friends back into normal animals? Hmmm...

Huh, Raccoon is actually getting closer to catching up. I figured she'd always be two episodes behind. I'm still not clear on what she's trying to do, though.

Also, I get the feeling certain fanartists are going to have fun with that "wait, you can take these off?!" scene.
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Old 2017-03-07, 16:43   Link #57
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I was always excepting Raccoon to catch up right in time for the grand finale. If Kaban is a friendified human does that mean a Cerulean attack might simply turn her back?

I laughed when I learned that the Friends didn't know they can take their clothes off. That leads to other questions I'd rather not think about ...

Spoiler for Game spoiler concerning Mirai. Might or might not become relevant in the final episodes:
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Old 2017-03-07, 16:58   Link #58
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Spoiler for ep9:


BTW, it seems Kitakitsune was No. 1 on the popularity vote or something. She was also the other character along with Serval to appear as a WIXOSS card.
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Old 2017-03-08, 11:35   Link #59
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WHAT!? This stuff comes off!!!!???? LOL. And I agree, their ignorance that the clothes comes off leads to some unpleasant questions. But then again there was one spot where the angle strongly suggested that they may go commando, so at least a couple questions may become irrelevant. Still, eww. I'm sure they all NEEDED a bath.
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Old 2017-03-14, 17:19   Link #60
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It seems that Mirai's story didn't end up well, seeing how Kaban wears her ruined hat. And I wonder, who was that another serval. Since she had a different VA (Ai Nonaka, who also voiced Giraffe in this episode... and also voiced Serval in the game), I assume she is a completely different Friend.
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