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Welcome to Sushichan!

Original Samachan.org migration discussion thread at >>>/yakuza/776

This board was made to handle some of the discussion topics that were common on Samachan but not so common on Sushichan. Japanese and Otaku culture as well as Anime-related discussions can go in this board, whether you were originally from Samachan or not. In addition, if you are from Samachan and you're not sure if your topic would fit in one of our other boards, you can post it here. If the moderators think it would be a better fit for another part of the site, it might get moved.

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The prospect of watching some anime or movies together was brought up in /lounge/, let's use this thread to plan it! Please let me know if any Sushis are interested, and what kind of time works for you personally. If you have any favorites that you think would make a good watchalong, mention that as well!
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We're live!


i hope you all had a lovely time!



We did! Cencoroll was a really cool movie, I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would, and I'd like to see more stuff in this universe


Another thought for post stream, something cozy and semi episodic like
Could be nice, if streamer-san doesn't like GTO.

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Do you like cirno?
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Do you like cirno?



Wow you sure like Cirno. Please don't make any more threads though.


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I hope everyone would love cirno


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cirno my beloved


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Cozy Cirno

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I started rewatching Mushishi lately, because I haven't seen the OVA or any of the extra seasons, only the first one many many years ago. It's as great as I remember it and I can't wait to get to the stuff I haven't seen.

What have you all been watching lately?
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I watched Midori Days half a year~ ago, despite whenever I used to see anything related to it I thought to myself it was just a lame anime about some rebel kid who has tfw no gf.

turns out it was pretty wholesome and comfy, I liked it.


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Watching Azumanga Daioh for te first time. I'm also reading Yotsuba&! and I'm really enjoying all of these. It's a shame I can't find an official translation of Azumanga Daioh since I already have a few Yotsuba&! mangas translated to my native language and it would be nice to make a collection of both works.


Well I think I would disagree, but it's been so long since I've seen this anime that I have nothing to base that on other than "I didn't feel that way when I watched it". Perhaps a re-watch is in order. The ED is indeed great, it introduced me to Sotaisei Riron.


definitely targeted more at people with ASD and/or crippling social anxiety. That's true of a lot of animes though.


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I watched Joshiraku (including the OVA). Here are my thoughts:

Having somewhat recently completed Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, I thought it would be interesting to watch Joshiraku with the memory of it fresh in my mind. However, I quickly realized that the two shows are completely different. Joshiraku is a comedy and consists of short skits. The main characters are rakugo performers, although rakugo itself is not a major aspect of the anime. The rakugo theater (usually backstage) is only a setting for the various comedic skits (which are usually unrelated to rakugo). So, don't be like me and expect this to be a rakugo-themed show.

This anime is clever and amusing, but not really laugh-out-loud funny. There is a lot of clever wordplay. It often breaks the 4th wall; it is a very 'self-aware' show. Occasionally it felt boring; some skits can feel a little drawn out, and the pacing of the skits is slightly sluggish at times.

I could tell that some of the jokes were too Japanese even for my weeb ass. There were seemingly obscure references to Japanese culture, history, politics, geography, etc…

In terms of audiovisuals, this anime is unremarkable at best. The visuals are adequate, and provide demonstrations of the jokes when necessary. The voice acting is similarly adequate. The OST is unremarkable and fairly inconsequential due to the dialogue-heavy nature of the show.

My personal overall rating: 6/10
Most episodes got some chuckles out of me, but it was never gut-bustingly hilarious or anything like that — just moderately amusing. I enjoyed how clever a lot of the jokes were.
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How would you defend anime/manga against the accusation that it's sexist? Obviously there are anime/manga this doesn't apply to, but I'm talking more like moe/bishoujo type stuff, like 90% of what's on this board.

I'm just playing devil's advocate here, and if you exclusively like gritty action manga like Berserk this doesn't apply to you, but think things like Konosuba – Aqua being a 16 or 17 year old character with no pants and huge boobs with jiggle physics. Most moe media focuses on high school or middle school characters and is not shy about sexualizing them. If someone you respected approached you and your Kuroneko dakimakura pillow and said you were promoting a sexist subculture how could you reasonably defend yourself?
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I think it often detracts from the storytelling; if a story is trying to do something else, shoving tiddies in the camera breaks the coordination of the visuals, scripts, sounds etc… that can make movies and tv compelling.

That kind of fanservice is also rarely appropriate in that even when sexual content is the intent, it's just really cringey when the way that sexuality is presented is so immature (I realize that many of these stories are told from the perspective of teenagers, but many aren't).

Another problem is sexualizing stuff that just shouldn't be, like little kids or indefensible sexual harassment.


>uniform in the presentation of girls and their personalities, they all hover around the girl on the left of >>929's pic
I dunno, looking at recent anime it looks to me like most designs are in the middle of those two extremes. They all just look like anime girls in various artstyles to me so I just don't see it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


It's kind of funny that Osaka is the one used in that picture since she's the only character who I don't remember any significant fanservice of in Azumanga.

Not sure what you mean by that but you probably just don't remember the dozen trash shows with cardboard cutout girls that aired every season in the years after Love Hina. I'm also not really sure what your timeline is since the left Osaka looks pretty Strike Witchy and that's nearly fifteen years old now, from back during the heyday or panty and jiggle harems.

I think fanservice these days has shifted more to a model of showcasing overall attractive characters to try to engage the viewer both down there and up top, rather than just outright titillation, though series that stick to the old model like the seasonal monmusu ecchi shows seem to be pretty popular for doing so. The animation in general has also improved a lot since the early days of digital anime and the trends in character design and animation style have changed so I wouldn't expect to see the same sort of fanservice anyways.

Either way though this is still just a slice of the overall anime market we're talking about. There's never been any uniformity across the medium so the whole thread is kind of moot.


Also, the shift in fanservice I mentioned started like ten, twelve years ago and really solidified maybe six or seven years ago. By the time the first season of Highschool DxD came out it was already kind of an oddity among the most popular shows of the time with regards to its style of fanservice.


>Another problem is sexualizing stuff that just shouldn't be
I don't like declaring things about fictional works "problems"
Can't we just ignore things we don't like?

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thinking about Anime and manga characters on rolling stock in Japan again…
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It's all love live and mobile games now. GuP had regional appeal to the town where it was set so I wouldn't be surprised if this train is close to there.


I dunno but I read something recently about manhole covers getting decorations with Uzaki-chan, Asuka and Rei, Kino, the Oreimo girls, and others. So I'm sure it still happens.


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Here's a Love Live one, like >>901 said


Ruby on rails…


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Do you like cirno?

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I have conducted a thorough analysis of anime from the year 2016. The primary purpose of this analysis is to identify works which have artistic merit, and to classify the nature of that artistic merit. Secondarily, my intent here is to rank the works in terms of their superiority in various categories. This will allow for comparison with other surveys of 2016 anime. This analysis is an expression of my own personal opinions and did not involve input from anyone else. I did this for my own intellectual and personal satisfaction, but I also hope that others may find it interesting or useful. At the very least, maybe this will generate some interesting discussion. Additionally, if you're looking for anime to watch, you can peruse through the specific categories I've provided to identify works that are likely to suit your tastes. 

Only anime which started airing in 2016 are considered here. Meaning that anime for which the first season aired before 2016 are not considered (ex. neither Hibike Euphonium nor Love Live are candidates here). The considered anime are evaluated on the basis of all seasons that have aired (not just the first season in 2016). Movies are not included unless they are related to a TV anime (ex. Bungou Stray Dogs). I am conducting reviews for other years using this same system. Annual reviews are typically done as soon as the year ends, but I believe my methodology here is superior for conducting reviews of years retrospectively. Furthermore, classifying the year's best works only by season/genre I find is an ineffective method for identifying meritorious works, so I've included more-specific categories. 

Categories and their results are listed below. Winning titles for each category are separated by commas, with the superior titles being listed first. For the genre categories I've provided two answers (the winning title followed by the runner up). However, polls for anime of the season and anime of the year typically list many top candidates in their results, so I've followed a similar procedure with my results here. For the anime of the season and year results, I've listed the top-5 candidates in order of superiority, with the winning title listed first and the progressively lesser titles listed afterwards.

Regarding the genre results, there are a couple important details:
Note: titles are classified by their superiority with respect to the stated genre alone, not overall quality (for example: x anime is a Post too long. Click here to view the full text.
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Can't believe it's been 5 years since flip flappers aired…


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If you dropped it, I'd highly recommend giving Kuromukuro another shot. Maybe you're not a mecha fan, I don't even see that listed in the genres, but Kuromukuro was probably the best "new" (not from an existing franchise) mecha show of the decade.


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If my original posts are difficult to read you can paste them into a word processor and increase the font size and line spacing. I realize the formatting is not ideal, but I am limited by the imageboard platform. Also, if there is a particular anime you're interested in you can just ctrl+f the title. For people who don't feel like reading everything, only the first few paragraphs are necessary for understanding the award lists.

>If you dropped it, I'd highly recommend giving Kuromukuro another shot. Maybe you're not a mecha fan, I don't even see that listed in the genres, but Kuromukuro was probably the best "new" (not from an existing franchise) mecha show of the decade.
Yeah, as I said in my original posts, I tend not to enjoy mecha much. I thought about giving mecha its own genre category, but I think the action/sci-fi/military genre categories more or less cover it. Maybe in a mecha-heavy year I would give it its own category.

I dropped Kuromukuro pretty early in the series, and I think it's very unlikely I'll enjoy it if I picked it up again. What did you like about Kuromukuro?

I actually liked Bubuki Buranki way more than I expected. It's a mecha show. Have you seen Bubuki Buranki?


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More than anything, Kuromukuro told a great story. It has some similarities to eva, with the unknown threat from space and humanity is relying on a robot powered by poorly understood technology to defend them, but the plot develops in a more straightforward manner with the threat turning out to be an advanced race of aliens who are trying to colonize Earth. Leans harder on the science side of science fiction, they at least try to give explanations of how the technology could work. It's got a fair amount of humor in it too, much of which centers around the fact that you've got a Heian era swordsman trying to adjust to life in the 21st century. And it raises some moral questions, you've got this guy who's very much human that for a while they've got more or less chained up like a dog and only let out to fight. It was one of those shows I was always excited for the next episode, and I felt like it often gave something to think about.

I know I watched one or two episodes of Bubuki Bubranki, but I can't remember much of anything about it except the CGI characters. What would you say was surprisingly good about it?


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Thanks for explaining, but like I said, it's just not the show for me personally. I'm glad that you found some enjoyment from it though.

>I know I watched one or two episodes of Bubuki Bubranki, but I can't remember much of anything about it except the CGI characters. What would you say was surprisingly good about it?

I thought it was creative and fun to watch. The antagonist characters were memorable and had good voice acting. The soundtrack was good.

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Talk about what manga you've been reading!

I've been reading an older manga called Yume Tsukai by Ueshiba Riichi. It's about magical shrine maidens with weird powers solving paranormal mysteries and stuff. Fairly standard concept but what makes it good in my opinion is just how crazy and bizarre the stories get, as well as some really fantastic art and a nostalgic sort of comedy. It's sometimes goofy, sometimes quite emotional, and other times borders on Junji Ito-esque horror scenarios. I really like the creepy body horror stuff, and the comedy between the weirdo cast is fun. I especially like the over the top lolicon character.
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I think it *looks* fine, but it seems to be a bit broken right now. They were really pushing back on the frontend so that doesn't surprise me. It'll take some more time.


Yeah it looks like everyone is stuck on the mobile UI for now because the desktop UI isn't done


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I've been reading Saihate no Paladin lately
It's by technicality an isekai, but it hasn't really come up except as a framing device for why he's fascinated by how dying works.
I really like how the author presents religion and also most of the characters, I feel like it's rare that religion in a manga is a force for good - not just literally in the sense of like, bam magic to kill evil - but also in how it gives people stability.

It's hard to describe it.


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"I'm a spider so what" it's OK. It has a strong start, but I started to skim at the later chapters. I'd have to say OK is a stretch because it's only comparatively good to the average bottom barell isekia. Even if it's the better of its genre it still falls into the "List of skills thats way to long", "deus ex machina skill level up", and a general vibe of "I must autisticly catoragize everything in this world". My main gripe in this work is less its quality and more how I read it a few years ago and liked it, but now I can barely stand it.


I haven't been following the latest chapters at all but I picked it up ages ago too.
I think the main thing is that at the time there was just too much fucking saturation of isekai, most of it low level bottom of the barrel trash, so anything with even a hint of creativity ends up looking like absolute genius. Look at Overlord, it's pretty much the exact same thing as any isekai except 1. the dude is a skeleton and kind of unrepentant Evil without being an edgy asshole and 2. he's got all his high-level friends with him instead of needing to find them. It's not good once you really start reading it, but it's better and that's all you really care about after a certain point.

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If I don't do it nobody will huh…
Well, here's the new season, for whoever is even watching anymore.

Though in fairness, nothing is jumping at me.
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SYD Movie 2 has already been out in HD for a few months now, and it's fun as usual. The one listed here seems to be the DVD version that is to come with the limited edition of volume 21 of the manga.


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Yeah well I still haven't caught up on the OVAs. "Expect to get around to" might be a bit optimistic.


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I just want to ask, because I've finished Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon recently and was interested in watching the second season, but while lurking on the internet some people were posting that they made Kobayashi a futanari because that's what happens in the manga.
Is this true or am I getting my leg pulled? Can't trust anyone in the internet these days.


Yes, but it's just some temporary magic shenanigans, not a permanent thing.


I knew the author was an unabashed pervert but that's still surprising to me
I really ought to read the manga huh

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What shows aged like wine and which ones aged like milk? What are you watching and what are looking forward to starting?
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It's actually from the 80s as well, guess I was mistaken. For some reason I always think of it as a late-70s show.


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Lupin III's The Castle of Cagliostro


Isn't that a Ghibli film? I have yet to watch it…


Not Ghibli but Miyazaki.
Feel free to watch any of the other Lupin stuff, the franchise can be hit or miss but there are a lot of classics.


What is the second gif from?

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