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Happy gyuu year!


But it's not the year of the cow yet…


Happy new year;!!!!!!!


Tell that to all the women in the cow patterned bikinis and kimonos


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Just starting this one and it's still pretty solid to be honest
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No thanks, worst girl by an enormous margin. Kashiwagi over Iino, thanks.


Piss off, a leaf blowing in the wind could conquer Kashiwagi. Have some respect for yourself.


I dunno man, liking socially incompetent piggy doesn't seem like better than liking lewd gf.


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Devilish miko is so cute.

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The ice caps have melted and people are still guzzling gas.

Ripped from https://tinyurl.com/y79j98oo If anyone has a higher quality source, please share.


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Here are your cashiers. There's five episodes out already, I'll upload an episode a day in the thread until it's caught up. If you want the files before conversion to webm, or to watch ahead I uploaded them here: https://pomf.lain.la/f/jxbe1v0t.tar.gz

I don't know if there's higher quality avaliable on gyao.yahoo.co.jp, I don't have an account, so the files I downloaded are all 640x360.


If you're intrested in listening to the shop owner ojisan talk about the anime there's some videos here https://www.youtube.com/c/PARK%E3%81%A1%E3%82%83%E3%82%93%E3%81%AD%E3%82%8B/videos

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Embarassing, awkward, trackmaking, DJ girls!
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because it's so much faster to make. You can have 5 cg artists animating a show instead of 50 animators hand drawing each frame one by one. 3dcg can look good, see gantz, houseki no kuni, hoshi no umi no amuri etc, but the main thing i like about it is that it allows super low budget weird experimental shit to get made that wouldn't have the budget or manpower to exist, for example tesagure bukatsumono and gdgd fairies. It doesn't look that great but it's funny enough to carry itself.


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I'm pretty sure I've seen this move in a fighting game before.


MC doesn't know how to break out of grabs.


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I actually kinda like this art, to be honest. I do feel like it'd probably be better for a jazz concert than a DJ set though.


If anyone else plays the game, add me id: kREKMuBu

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What will YOU be watching?

As for ME? Probably just love live because my hard drive doesn't have space for more…
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Sorry we are
thanks for
everything so far
moxin(?) and kaxin(?)


Morin and Karin. It's the names of the characters who ran the bakery that the sign was on.




> I'm sure you're not an expert on every subject you learned in school either.
I'm almost certain you're wrong, except for ""health"" class which was more like condom use class for all that I remember us learning in it.

Fair point for being able to phone it in in the setting, though.

I know they have different grammar but while "closed" in the context of a store is clearly 閉店 as a special independent term, they don't lack a past tense and Closed, beyond the store context, a pretty straightforward (何々が)閉まっています.


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The purest form of love.

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Will you listen to her stories?
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I don't think the people who still give a shit about fansubs nowadays are going suddenly stop because a half-dead group starts slowsubbing again after a short burst of activity.


It's not like I have a lack of things to do but it's noticeable when you're thinking 'hmm let's watch anime' and then you check and nothing's up again.


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mfw I finish a rack of barbecue ribs

I thought the twist this episode was really obvious and I correctly guessed it pretty early on, but I actually ended up really liking the episode anyway.


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The anime managed to keep me with it right until the end. Whenever it got close to overstaying its welcome, a good episode would pop up and keep me invested. In the end, all the good episodes are about introducing and recurring characters. Elaina on her own is boring. It's very funny, quite possibly in an unintended way, how the final episode addresses the issue of Elaina being a boring character. The way it's justified is such a massive cop-out I'm sure the author is wishing really hard for he himself to believe it.

I really wanted to look back at this anime and claim that, were the ordering of episodes different, it would give a better impression. However, considering every episode with just Elaina ends up being dark and bitter, there really is no leeway for a structure of a nice little travel episode with or without a character introduction, an episode of bumping into a recurring character and then the dark episode diluted inbetween (funny how the last of those episodes is the only one with a content warning). The cast is way too interconnected, both in screentime and relationships, to allow remixing the episode order and you'd run into the problem of making the world appear too small or give no room to miss a character. I don't know if the VN is this restrictive with its episodes but, if it isn't, they should have definitely picked other episodes.

It's weird. There's other anime around that's also more about the worldbuilding and the side cast, but this anime focuses on Elaina enough that the side characters don't feel like they truly belong to the focus of the story (considering it's about Elaina's travels. You don't expect her to keep running into everyone). I want to like it more than I do, but if I were asked about it, I'd have to give the kind of speech I'm giving now. Elaina doesn't have to be interesting. Elaina can run into darker corners of the world. But the structure! It's so thin!


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Meant LN, of course.
The music is nice as well. The main theme (not OP) has a travel-ish feel to it that I quite like.

Another criticism that I think strikes at the heart of my issues with Elaina – she doesn't feel like a witch. There's no supernatural or whimsical aura to her. She uses magic in a more utilitarian way. Like a tourist who is well familiar with the customs of the land. She blends in but you just know she doesn't belong. Fran-sensei feels like the quintessential fairytale witch, with a certain elegance, whimsy and charming simplicity that disguises an incredible power. Saya feels like an apprentice witch, using and exploring magic with varying results, surrounded by or stumbling upon curious magical contraptions. Sheila feels like a detective witch, using her powers to fix a problem. Nike feels like a lighthearted witch, with a way with words that persuades the people around her and a whimsy similar to Fran-sensei's but with a bigger selfish streak. The point is that there's something about them that not only makes you think of them as witches, but the things they themselves do are related with magic and being a witch. Why does Elaina need to be a witch? Learning how to fly is enough for 90% of what she does. It was justifiable at first as a plot device to justify her mother letting her out to travel at such a young age, but after that it serves no purpose. She shows glimpses of wisdom and can conjure up some witty dialogue, but there's no strength to her emotions, seemingly no weight to her actions.

Maybe I'm expecting too much. Maybe they shouldn't have skipped her training under Fran-sensei so we get a better feel of her as a character. Honestly, I forgot that she was writing with the intent of showing it only to her mother and thought all along that she was looking to write a book of journeys of her own. Was it conveyed properly? I believe I'd remember that kind of thing, because it explains a little better the logic behind her itinerary. I don't expect to be hand-held throughout the story but reminding your audience once or twice isn't that obnoxious, I think.

Well, it is what it is. Some nice episodes, some cute characters, nice music but I was expecting more. Perhaps that's the problem.

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When I think about WHY I like anime one of the main reasons I always fall back on is that it has genres that I don't think exist in Western media. I'm talking specifically about SoL, and even more specifically about stuff like K-ON; Kobayashi's Dragon Maid; Girl's Last Tour; Yotsuba; etc… All of them have extremely low levels of drama and personal conflict, elements of comedy (although notably not comedy focused), and a strong focus on warm, happy, non-romantic relationships. So much of Western television is either hyper dramatized or straight comedy. I can be gripped by Breaking Bad, and I can laugh at Seinfeld, but I can't think of any Western shows that evoke the emotional connection I feel towards certain anime.

Can you think of an example of a Western show/movie that comes close to the SoL genre?
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>if you want live action slice of life there are tons of great asian dramas/movies.

That's interesting. Do you have a specific recommendation? Even if it's not Western, it would be quite interesting to compare an animated and a live action slice of life. I've heard it suggested that autistic people have an easier time empathizing with the exaggerated expressiveness of animated characters, and though I don't think I'm autistic I'm very curious how much of my attraction for anime lies in the simple fact that it's animated, and how much of it lies in some sort of fundamental difference in the themes present in anime vs more traditional media.

Whoa, you're bringing back a part of my childhood I'd completely forgotten about. Little Bear is a great example! And I think you're really onto something with the idea that the "serial documentary" (I don't know what the actual genre term would be) fills that SoL/empathetic connection niche in the West. Another example I can think of of this (Bob Ross was a good one) is Mythbusters. People LOVE Mythbusters, and they don't just love it for the experiments; they love it for Jamie and Adam, their warm personalities, and the continuing lore and almost "friend simulator" quality of the show that goes far beyond the simple experiments.

As far as cartoons go, Western animation is almost always either aimed at kids or very crude comedy for adults (family guy, american dad, whatever they're all the same). I think the Bronie craze a few years ago speaks to the lack of diversity in cartoons in the West. I suspect that there are a lot of young adults/adults that really wanted that warm, drama free story of friendship, and unfortunately one of the only outlets for that was MLP. Obviously some people only jumped onboard for the meme, and the fandom is super cancerous, but I suspect there were a lot of people who were simply looking for a SoL.


Stuff like Swing Girls, the Little Forest movies, and Eat Drink Man Woman probably aligns closely to your idea of SoL.


Most slice of life manga and anime actually are primarily sitcoms or gag comedies. We just don't tend to think of them that way because of the difference in medium and themes. Slice of life is a narrative technique, not a genre per se, and even among iyashikei the series that puts that relaxing sort of voyeurism before everything else is relatively uncommon.


The best western slice of life ever created is the star trek tng episode "data's day". Also the adult swim show "joe pera talks to you" is very different from typical slice of life stuff but evokes a similar feeling. Outside of that I don't know what else exists. I think the reason is that SOL anime air very late at night, to the point that if you're watching it, it's because you stayed up specifically to catch it. Therefore they can get away with the more niche brand of story telling / guarantee that the audience is not going to get bored and change the channel. In the west we don't have the same focus on niche TV audiences because TV makes money by trying to show you as many ads as it can, where as anime makes money by selling very expensive DVDs to a niche but hyper dedicated fan base. People in the west aren't used to DVDs being that expensive so that model doesn't work here.
Oh, another idea I just thought of is British panel quiz shows (the american equivalent is who's line is it anyway). They're comedy focused for sure, but they're generally not THAT funny, and especially a show like QI is more like banter than tryhard comedy. because the BBC is publicly funded they can't be seen giving too much money away as prizes, so who can you get on a quiz show and get away with not paying them a prize? well, comedians who don't play the game seriously and riff constantly. It's kind of like a let's play, where the focus is on the jokes and the game just serves as material. now that i think about it that's very different from SOL anime i'm just trying to think of "comfy" TV.


used to get stoned and watch little bear

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Looking at this picture really makes me think, when did anime become so shiny? Hair always was but I feel as if people's faces were never so ridiculously glossy.


It's not something new. They got the character designer from TWGOK and Monogatari to do the designs for this season. He's known for this kind of thing.


Ah the Monogatari guy
Monogatari was actually the one that I was thinking of the most when I thought of glossiness
Wonder what kind of style it is though, so weird. [s]Fuck snake.[/s]


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I still don't understand why Mion was carrying around her gun before the Watanagashi even happened.


Rena, please take Satoko home!

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wiser words have never been spoken
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Did you just make that pic? Because it's damn good.



I'm telling you it's really good! You should have more confidence in your work.

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Horriblesubs is dead, which means we probably won't have many good options for immediate rips. What subber are you going to use instead (assuming you can't just watch raws)? I know Erai is a thing, are they any good?
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It's pretty sad to see them bidding their farewell like this. I'm really surprised to see them go, it almost seemed like they were going keep putting out new releases for forever. Maybe I shouldn't have taken them for granted but that's hard to do with something like HorribleSubs and their level of consistency. That's one thing they did pretty well.

Here's Dao's closing words if anyone wants to read them.


It's obviously one huge bait post, sushi. HS never subbed, they ripped all releases from Crunchyroll and friends.


Yeah I know. I just expected them to expand a bit more on the final thoughts chapter, that's all. Maybe I just care more than I should.


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And nothing of value was lost



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