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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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In the middle of Kobayashi's. I like it so far.


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rewatching Battle Tendency with my husband(he never watched it). Joseph antics are as entertaining as i remember.


I only watched up through part two and lost interest in whatever came afterwards but Joseph was a great protagonist


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Just finished watching Gundam SEED, and I liked it. Loved the music and liked Athrun's interesting development, and how the two main opposing forces and their respective main casts on each side that eventually unify together with an apt ending.
It did remind me of Code Geass too, although that's more of a subjective claim. Either way, I found both to be an enjoyable ride till the end.


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The main character is cute but this aged poorly I think


>aged poorly
Wait didn't this only come out like, 2 years ago? Or am I in for another rude awakening about how fast time is moving these days?


I think it came out in '18 or '17 yeah but at the same time the whole 'heh I'm a NEET gamer just like you' thing was a fad that I feel like overstayed its welcome around the time it came out.


I recently finished the 3D Houseki no Kuni and I gotta say that was a perfect adaption. Miles better than the source material.

I really like the story but the manga is just so badly drawn how am I meant to know which gem is which.


So many people skipping on Houseki no Kuni just because it's 3D.
It's amazing, easily one of the best series I've seen.


Putting up with overused CGI is pretty difficult you know. I tried keeping an open mind for Houseki no Kuni but, well, I couldn't. It's just too much for me.


Yeah, I know. It's really good CGI, though, not something like Ajin.


I'm not the biggest fan of CG but with Houseki no Kuni I didn't even notice it as a negative, and in retrospect I think the show is actually even better for it, they did a fantastic job using CG as a strength and making it look actually good.


It's because it's CGI, but it kind of looks like drawn. Besides, you can imagine the gems being 3D (just as you see crystals IRL), so it actually ends up being an advantage.


>Besides, you can imagine the gems being 3D
Yeah I think they did a very nice thing with all the transparency and shininess effects, and I think those would be really hard to translate into 2D. It's probably the only show I've seen where I was like "yeah, CGI works here."


Oh, transparency, that's what I had ony my mind when I wrote about crystals and diamonds. You nailed it, yup, agreed.


I'm halfway through the third season of Gintama and I'm glad I started it. Easily a 9/10 for me.


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Finished watching Violet Evergarden not too long ago and it was very entertaining, and I said it before and I'll say it again but episode 10 was very good and so far the best in the series. Still have to watch the OVA, the gaiden and wait for the yet to be released movie so not done with the series yet.


Still haven't watched the Anzio OVA because I wanted to post screenshots while I watched, but I guess that's not happening now that we're on sushigirl…


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Finally got around to finishing The Idolmaster. I think episode 8 was my favorite episode out of them all for all the fun tomfoolery that occurred, but it was nice to see each character get their own episode.


Why can't you? I'm still waiting to hear your impressions of it you know.
Who was your fave aidoru?


My favorite aidoru is Makoto, I really liked her cool moments in the show.
Second fave would be Yayoi the Rooster-aidoru, always got a chuckle out of those noises.

Likewise, who was your favorite aidoru?


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I'm watching Gabriel Dropout. Vigne is my favorite so far but Satania is close. Fun show, pretty stupid but it a good way. It gives me strong Ika Musume vibes, at least when Satania is onscreen.


I've been meaning to watch this for ages. No better time than now I guess.


Give it a shot, it'd be fun to have someone to bounce opinions off of.


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I actually watched this somewhat recently (last 3 months or so) and I really enjoyed it. Nice fun anime, also Vigne is my favorite as well! She grew on me as the show went on, Gabu actually had the opposite effect on me though. Definitely a fun silly show to pass the time. Satania getting knocked down a peg is fun when it happens too.


>that gif
Oh! my heart…


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I watched Gabriel Droupout in 2018 because there were a million Satania memes around. Vignette is best girl, though. I guess there's something attractive about competency.


>I guess there's something attractive about competency.
There's something attractive about her ED outfit too…


Vigne is a monster in bed you just know it


I was trying to focus but now my head is filled with impure thoughts about Vigne.
You better take responsibility for this post.


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I watched more GabDrop. Still very entertaining, I can see why it was so popular while it was airing. The interactions between the characters is still fresh and fun, even though they're all formulaic, they're all done very well. Gab's bad attitude is still funny, Vigne being a sweetheart is nice to watch, and Raphael manipulating Satania is still a great source of humor. I particularly liked the stupid slapstick gag where Tapris goes to meet Satania and she pops out of the fallen over locker she was stuck in, smug look and attitude perfectly intact.
Satania getting a fucking gun was hilarious as well, and the Vigne-centric 7th episode was lovely. I liked watching her struggle to not be such a good girl.


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All this talk about gabriel dropout made me finally marathon it. I had to pause exactly here before I continue and inform sushigirl.


Finished yesterday but too busy to make a proper post about it.

Just from the sound design, OST and comedic timing I get the feeling almost the exact same people who worked on yuru yuri worked on this too (yes I realize both were made by doga kobo but a studio has lots of people maybe I guess).


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Raphiel is so hot


I honestly found her really annoying
She was the weakest link in the comedy


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Almost done rewatching Akame ga Kill. I knew it was edgy, but maybe because I know how it ends I've found the rewatch to be pretty funny instead of dark and serious like it seemed on my first watch. I do enjoy how the Jaegers get fleshed out just as much as Nightraid. Some of the background or scenery shots are really pretty too! Eventually I might read the manga to see how the endings differ and maybe even Zero after that.

I got caught up with the official English release of the GabDro manga recently. I watched the anime as it was airing and now I want to rewatch it! I could still hear their voices in my head as I was reading. Tap-chan got a fair amount of attention in the last couple volumes and it's always fun to watch her not believe Vigne is a demon.

She doesn't contribute much, I agree. Her bra not holding out and the scene where she tries to make Satania lick her foot for the melon pan are the only comedic bits of hers that I really remember. She's still really hot though.


I just got to the episode this screencap is from and it was my favorite one yet. I was alternating between a stupid smile and actual laughter the entire time. The gag of Satania not remembering what Christmas is about while Vigne aggressively enforced her vision of a Christmas party really got me, as did Satania's retardedly brazen attempt to enter heaven. Oh and seeing Gab drunk on Amazake was adorable too.


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Raphi is the hottest, I agree.

I don't understand why it's assumed Vigne is a bad demon. She feels like the accountant devil type, always privy on the little details, who'll tell you with a pouty face that you knew exactly what it meant to sell your soul for fame and fortune, ruthless in her bureaucratic naivete: the regulations say it's time to collect, so she will.


It's not just assumed, there's an episode where Hell threatens to stop sending her money unless she starts demon-ing better. So it's explicitly csushi roll that she's bad at being a demon.
also nice get


>csushi roll
luv me word filters


"Assumed" was definitely the wrong word. I understand that even hell considers her a bad demon, I just disagree with the point entirely.


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Finished GabDrop. Great show, had me chuckling right up to the end. It definitely deserves its popularity and representation in reaction images and gifs. You can tell a lot of fun was had with the facial expressions, animation, voice acting, and character interactions. Vigne is still best girl but I ended up liking everyone a lot. I'm sad there are so few doujinshi translated for it
I can't say I wouldn't sell my soul to Vigne if she asked in the right way…
>why doesn't she have a halo
Maybe she's too much of a pervert?


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I went ahead and started watching black clover. It's shounen animme so it's got hundreds of episodes. I'll probably watch 20 or so and then jump to the manga, but the first five episodes were awesome. Asuta looks like such a stereotypical shounen protagonist that it goes full circle and he feels fresh and interesting! Hell yeah I'm gonna be the magic king too!


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Hidamari Sketch had been on my "watch eventually" list for years . I finished it this morning. I'm really going to miss this show.


There's always the possibility to re-watch it on later dates if you'll so want to.


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I got too hooked on black clover and 28 episodes later my hard drive is running out of space.

There's a couple of pacing issues and it feels like some characters go through their arcs too quickly, but I guess that's something to expect in a shounen manga/anime's early stages as the author has to juggle wanting to tell his story properly and showing as much as possible before getting canceled. It's not egregious but it's easy to notice when this happens. A great example of this comes from comparing the first episode of the anime with the first chapter of the manga. What fits in one chapter is stretched into two or three episodes without it feeling like late one piece. The anime has been connecting every arc seamlessly, because I've been telling myself I'll jump to the manga after finishing an arc in the anime but then I notice I'm two arcs past the arc I've set as the limit.

World building is nothing too special but it's clear the author has a grasp of what he wants to do. Everything makes sense as far meta is concerned and the story has a pretty good hook. It's nice to see an Imagine Breaker-type character with actual stakes and neatly incorporated in his world.

While there are two protagonists, so far the story has been focusing more on Asuta (the one with the shounen hero phenotype). He is the titular character after all. Still, Yuno gets his fair share of screen time. Asuta's side is much more typically shounen while Yuno's has a little more intrigue. I can only conclude the author's forte lies in shounen fluff only because it beats the intrigue portion in terms of volume, since both sides are competently written. It could be the case that the author decides to focus on shounen exactly because this is shounen.

The anime itself is a product of its time. There's some 3DCG here and there and common airtime extending trickery pops out on occasion (like repeating 2 or 3 minutes of the anime before it went to commercial break) but I'm overall impressed with the quality of the sakuga. I don't follow these things and I'm certainly no sakugabooru dicksucker but I've heard studio pierot does some pretty good stuff and it shows here. Even though 3DCG is present, I don't feel cheated by its use like I do with ufotable. When the animators get really serious, the outlines becomes thinner and the presentation assumes this ethereal feeling that really brings out a magical mood.

Also, there's lots of cute girls. I took loads of screenshots of Charmy, the cutest most moe girl of the bunch, which I will dump now.


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She has a very witchy vibe and looks pretty in her non-chibi form.


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She develops a crush on someone along the way and I hope she wins!


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I forgot to mention that I love the consistency of some little details, like the group leader casually kicking the door out of every room he walks into. The comedy bits are really hyper and the mood and personalities of Asuta's magic knight division play off each other wonderfully. If I were an expert I'd say comedy and character individuality carry a shounen manga more than story or battles. Black clover has all these bases very well covered.

Also there's lesbians.


Sometimes I use dice to decide on a random episode of Hidamari Sketch or Yuru Yuri to rewatch


cute 5head
cute brown girl


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I'll have to try that. Seems like every time I want to rewatch a random episode of a series I pick either 3 or 7 for some reason.


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Really glad you're enjoying the show, sushi! It's one of my favourite recent anime.

Also Charmy is the most powerful being in the universe and she gets some interesting development later.


Is that so? Different sushi roll here, I just started this one and I'm getting normalized to the screaming of the MC Asta.
I'm like still 1/4 of the total released episodes.


Everyone screams a lot, it's crazy.
They even lampshade it a few times too.


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Just finished ReLife. really good, gonna watch the OVA's now


I think I'm getting used to it as I watch more of it.
I'm at episode 41 and I'm starting to like Asta despite his screaming. Also Noelle's development has been slow and gradual which makes me like her.
And no, not everyone should scream!


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>And no, not everyone should scream!


Though I'll be watching the anime one sushi roll reccomended me earlier. Hope you had fun watching this show.


been watching texhnolye, its great


Hey I watched that not too long ago. Great show, I really loved it. My only complaint really was the plot got a little convoluted in some not very interesting ways regarding the rival gangs. But aside from that it was super cool. I did feel like I needed to watch some moe SoL or something afterwards though lol.


Triangle Staff have felt the same way after completing Texhnolyze, so they did Niea_7 next. You could follow their steps and watch it next.


Niea_7 was made as a light-hearted project after finishing Lain, not Texhnolyze.


Sorry, my bad.


I finally recovered two of my old hard drives loaded with anime
Now I can rewatch some of my older shows yay
More importantly I can actually download new anime if I reorganize shit across all the drives because I'm out of space AGAIN for new seasonal shit


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I started watching Saki and I now have a desire to learn mahjong so I know what the heck these characters are talking about. I'm only a few episodes in but Yuuki is my favorite so far. Fang once again serves as best girl marker.


Yuuki is insufferable but I suppose she's the best character in the first season unless I'm forgetting one of the minor characters. Teru used to be the best character for me until Ritz went absolutely insane.

Mahjong isn't that hard to learn the actual rules and terminology of, though playing it is a different matter entirely. If you want to play I believe tenhou is still considered the go-to for online playing, sort of like chess or lichess for, well, chess.


You say insufferable but I have a soft spot for dumb hyperactive genki characters

>until Ritz went absolutely insane.

Did the manga go off the deep end or something? I was just planning on watching the anime adaptations.


Ritz is just a lazy bastard who makes her manga release every other month in a bimonthly magazine with 13 pages of which only 2 are colored
Also made Teru just seem incredibly sad and pathetic which is kind of annoying

Anime adaptions are fine though


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MajSoul has a tutorial in english
https://mahjongsoul.game.yo-star.com (it's currently undergoing a maintenance but it should be back to normal within a few hours)

And you can learn the rest here: https://youtu.be/hlnC2rgIPrc


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Once you learn the yaku and want to get into basic strategy read this: https://dainachiba.github.io/RiichiBooks/


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After touching raildex in a recent rant I decided to watch to aru kagaku no accelerator and it's pure chuunibyou goodness. Accelerator is COOL, last order is cute and I love that they gave so much focus to anti-skill even if they weren't as effective as I hoped.

It was a great watch overall, even if there were some points that felt like continuity snafus. Apparently, Accelerator's battery has like a 20 minute time limit or something short like that, but it looked like he kept on using his powers for the whole span of a a night all the way until dawn without ever stopping. They did show him change/charge his battery after being done with Scavenger but that was at the very start of this stretch. I was expecting the anime to have him lose his powers just before finishing off the final boss, prompting everyone to come together and win through the power of friendship, teaching Accelerator a valuable lesson about teamwork and opening up to others, but it didn't come to be. It's great fun and I definitely recommend it.


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I finished it fairly recently as well and also enjoyed it. I do agree with your criticisms though, and would add that I also disliked a lot of the general characterization of the Sister in the latter half. Her being so emotive, frightened of everything and more of a liability than anything bugged me a bit. They're basically trained soldiers and have all "been through" much worse that that, I would have appreciated her holding her own a bit more. Bit of a bummer for me because I love the Sisters and especially like watching them and Accelerator work together. I also didn't care much about the "villains" personally but that's a more minor complaint.

But like I said, I liked it overall, it still had most of the things that make science-side Raildex fun


I think the big problem is Anti-Skill is very much foot soldiers. They're Academy City foot soldiers and that means obviously they annhilate basically anyone else, but Anti-Skill is in some sense there to deal with rogue level 2s and 3s. Anyone capable of pulling out firepower on the level of the baddies that Accel has to personally step in for is way out of their league, it's like berating the city guard for dying horribly to the dragon.


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I can understand the MISAKA clone being portrayed the way she was when she's csushi rollically a lvl2 electromaster. Being part of the MISAKA network means she has a depth of experience failing to succeed against a specific level 5 threat. She does show agency at one point but accelerator tells her straight up that she'll just get in the way and she understands he's correct.

I'll never buy this explanation. They're trained soldiers with anti-esper contingency measures, eyes on the ground and in the air, communications with headquarters for briefings on whatever they're facing and high tech equipment. Even the main bad guy understood the flaws in accelerator's power and how to use them to force a stalemate. I can concede that Antiskill might be less effective against lesser known threats/magicians simply due to lack of information but I can come up with ways for them to get by against powerful known espers and secretly wish to make a SWAT-style game set in academy city where you're an anti-skill guy in various situations involving espers


Accelerator is a special case, though, and I'm still convinced that he's just underusing them. Absolutely nothing stops him from simply changing something's position vector. Vectors are a mathematical construct not inherently tied to velocity. Some of the powers of level 4/5 are just too versatile when used by someone who knows what they're doing. What do you do against Misaka railgunning a metal brick at you or Mugino making quantum physics up wholesale to use her death beams?


Easy to deal with if you use rubber bullets or even pepper balls, keep your distance and stay mobile.
See above. She has the maneuverability of a tank. You don't even need anti-skill for them, a certain demolition's expert with terrain advantage is enough.

>Absolutely nothing stops him from simply changing something's position vector.

All the times we've seen him use his power it involved using speed/intensity vectors. He's never once even used his power to teleport. I'd say that's the kind of thing he'd unlock at level 6.


>Easy to deal with if you use rubber bullets or even pepper balls, keep your distance and stay mobile.
There are voltages and magnetic field strengths at which these things don't work. A magnetar's field strength is strong enough to dissolve chemical bonds thousands of kilometers out by distorting electron clouds. Clearly Misaka doesn't have that kind of power, but the power to constantly have a tornado of iron sand around you to vaporize anything that tries to get close is clearly possible. Also, since she has such control of magnetism, she should be able to fly.

>keep mobile

That's mostly on Mugino being a retard though because nothing stops her from just firing off huge lasers in kill arcs.

>He's never once even used his power to teleport

Yeah I know, but I'm mostly blaming Kamachi for that. I mean from a pure mathematical standpoint he could technically just assign random numbers like <number of bullets remaining in your gun, my penis size in inches, your body weight in tons> and use that as a vector but that's just omnipotence and clearly he isn't allowed to do that.


Look if you're going to assume all those things about how each lvl5 would use their power then I'll assume anti-skill can do even more based on their superior knowledge of tactics given they're an organized unit of adults fighting teenagers with a with a big case of the chuu2. We're considering a scenario where an anti-skill squad is called to a location and briefed on what they might run into. Optimal results come with 100% accurate and complete knowledge of espers, abilities, location and objectives, of course.

We could end it right off the bat for all espers save accelerator and Gunha with capacity down, but I don't recall who exactly owns that piece of tech so I'll assume it's not anti-skill.


She has not shown to have that level of fine control over chemical bonds or the like. That's only something you might expect at lvl6. The closest she has come to flying is using her powers to wall-run and that still requires metal foundations to work. As for a tornado of iron sand, what makes you believe an engagement would occur in the kind of deserted area where Misaka would find no issue using that kind of power? She's hot-headed but she doesn't ever involve innocent people. One could argue she's actually the type you could negotiate with. But let's assume she has the terrain advantage. How long do you think she can maintain that thing going? If she's using as a defensive measure, she's not attacking. If she's not attacking, let her exhaust herself. If she's able to extend "mini-tornadoes" out to attack, then keep your distance and play the waiting game. She's most likely the lvl5 with the most available info of the bunch so knowledge of her AIM field's reach and intensity (which is sure to decrease with distance) must be a given.


Let's assume her personality did a complete 180 and she isn't the type who gets schooled by Shiage (yes I haven't seen raildex past S2 but I did my youtube homework). She's using her power to the best of her abilities. However, even assuming she has AIM stalker with her, she's fighting level 0s. She can't sense them. Engaging in an area with a lot of cover and hazards is ideal. Or divide your squad in two groups and harass her from opposite directions. She can only fire accurately at where she's looking so either running back and forth or firing lasers indiscriminately until she runs out of juice. Not to mention she has a delay in firing her lasers which also happen to leave a massive blind spot in front of her, so if circumstances are good you can end it with CQC.

Current accelerator can literally be beat by a quickdraw champion.


I'm just largely under the impression that there is a point where fighting smart just doesn't beat fighting hard. Accel at one point takes the rotational power of the entire world and puts it into a chunk of material. Kamachi clearly didn't do the math since an impact like that should've taken off the entire piece of crust that the Windowless Building is standing on.

I'm not really arguing about whether or not they're really that strong, because Kamachi says one thing and has the level 5s do something else. However, you could argue the exact same for anti-skill, because they're supposed to be hardcore professionals but I'm struggling to think of instances when they don't get absolutely shit on.


I'd like to interject in this debate and point out the simple fact that I'd like for a hot crazy woman to stalk and call my name as intensely as Mugino calls for Hamazura.


Mugino mellows out as soon as Hamazura basically kills her and then gives her the D so


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You're telling me you don't want to tame a hot insane woman with the power of your dick?! That's like the perfect relationship!


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I've been watching Black Lagoon. Currently 10 episodes in. I've never been so hyped about a show. It balances character drama with action so perfectly that I never get bored of either. It feels grounded most of the time, but then there will be absolute insanity; the terminator maid arc was one of the best things I've ever seen – it's so over the top, yet it doesn't break the world-building for me. The characters respond to things the way I want them to, not in the usual contrived ways. I feel like the screen writers are reading my mind for half the scenes because I keep seeing exactly what I want to see. I've never had such an experience with a show.

I've also got a soft spot for U-boats, so I enjoyed that arc as well.


Yous should check out the manga too. It's pretty great and Hiroe has been slowly oozing out of hiatus over the past couple years.


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Just finished watching Kaiji, the pachinko arch was filled with tons of crazy stuff but it was good seeing him win in the end after Part 1's endingI also loved how they used Part 1's OP for the ending
I'm kind of ashamed to say it but this is the first time an anime really caught me, I tried many others but ended up dropping them fairly quickly. The concept of someone who wants to score some cash on life and death situations relates to my antics with crypto a lot.
I'd really like something similar, but apparently you need to know mahjong for Akagi for example

On the other hand, I could try getting into Hellsing since I caught a stream on /bant/ and seemed great, or pick back up Evangelion since I got fascinated with third tier angels and their real forms, which according to youtube comments Eva presents accurately on the later archs


Only watched Kaiji S1 but the skyscraper crossing gave me a ton of vertigo. Pretty incredible how an anime that didn't have that much going in terms of sakuga managed to get that feeling out of me.


I watched it without really understanding a lot of mahjong and I was still engaged. They explain the general rules in the beginning but, even then, there's lot of sideline characters' commentary to drive home the point of how important/desperate/advantageous each and every situation is. I highly recommend it.


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Watched Youjo Senki. It's a little less chuuni than I thought it would be but it was still good. Seeing alternative history play out is fun and I knew exactly how things were going to turn out in the final episodes, which made me feel very good about myself.

I wonder how the LN are playing out. I couldn't help but feel from the prologue that the main character, for all his bravado about being better than others and having a plan towards living an easy life, still feels some kind of spiritual emptiness or unfulfillment. The timing with which things are said and the cinematography (animatography?) felt like it pointed towards that. I wonder if Tanya grows to find some kind of spirituality that dodges being X or if I'm reading too much into things and this never gets addressed.

Being X on the other hand made a pretty stupid mistake. If the main character is supposed to reincarnate in the worst possible conditions, why does Tanya have such high magical talent? Wasn't Tanya supposed to be in the direst of straights, with no power and nowhere to turn besides god? Either Being X is dumb or he didn't tell the entire story.

Really like the ED theme too. The sarcastic piano, the perturbed tone to Tanya's singing and the way it abruptly ends as the lyrics talk about battlefield maneuvering, almost as if representing the frenzied mind of an infantryman charging, killing, then dying instantly as they're hit by artillery fire.


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I don't know if the main character feels spiritual emptiness or unfulfillment but the way I actually understand his character is that Tanya is basically a straw nihilist, someone who imagines himself an Ubermensch but just isn't because, among other things, he really is just following what other people have done in the past and achieving success by following what other, more intelligent people have done.

There's also the plot point, which I think at this point has to be deliberate, that Tanya is utterly incapable of recognizing when his surroundings have changed and that what he learned on Earth does not apply. Atheism doesn't make sense in his case, when God now demonstrably exists. He makes the weak case that God is not worthy of worship and is in fact "being X", but this runs contrary to the profit-oriented mindset we see in him everywhere else; as Ando, Winders, and other writers have pointed out, worship of a deity doesn't necessarily mean approval of a deity but simply recognizes his very real power over your fate. His refusal to recognize that his tryhard sociopathy doesn't really work anymore manifests also in him seeing for himself that society is utterly different here but assuming it operates on the same logic as modern Japan, when even assuming it operated on the same logic as prewar Japan would've given him a much more accurate read. The dude is also weirdly concerned with social norms and what is and is not appropriate for someone who's been built up as a psychopath so I'm actually convinced he's a fedora tipper in the original, pseudointellectual edgelord sense of the word.

Also, a nitpick, I really hate how the show is a vehicle for the author to wax lyrical about the little he picked up from reading Clausewitz and Wikipedia and I hate even more the honestly shoddy thinking that's gone into the worldbuilding and strategy. You can blow it off with 'they're experimenting' but all of it that isn't lifted directly from actual warfare comes off as pretty absurd.


Maybe this kinda fits in here.
I've mostly run out of things in my toWatch-bucket, and been having trouble actually finding more to my taste. Would really appreciate any tips, including a sampler of my tastes to make it easier to rec. something in my direction. A taste compass if you will.

Nichijou (except the robo/professor parts)
Asobi Asobase
Mob Psycho
Tonari no Seki-kun
Aku no Hana / Flowers of Evil
Errything Satoshi Kon
Serial Experiments Lain
Haibane Renmei
Great Teacher Onizuka
Battle Programmer Shirase
Dennou Coil
Prison School
Saiki K
GITS (the movie)
GITS (the series)
Psycho Pass
Ancient Magus Bride
Zankyou No Terror
Black Lagoon
Yuru Camp
Enen no Shouboutai / Fire Force
Koyabashi Dragon Maid
Ghost Hound
Servant x Service
Food Wars
Macademia Hero
Subete ga F ni Naru / The Perfect Insider
Summer Wars
Shinsekai Yori
Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin


Watch patlabor, oshii's movies for the more philosophical stuff and his OVA if you just like the characters.


Seen the movies and liked them, the series wasn't my thing (not into mechs in general). Appreciate the effort though.


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Anyone seen the new Made in Abyss movie yet? I really enjoyed it. It adapted the manga quite well in my opinion and some of the moments were really impressive to see animated. I think my only complaint is that a couple parts of the Bondrewd fight felt a lot more dramatic in the manga. I certainly had an idealistic version of the way it would look in my head from reading it. Something to do with the sense of scale seeming lesser, and also the animated version of course lacked all the little info tips about his artifacts, which added a lot to the coolness factor for me. Overall though it was still really awesome. And yes the papas rod part was animated.


How do you feel about Masaaki Yuasa's works? Stuff like Tatami Galaxy, Cat Soup, Kemonozume, etc


Tatami Galaxy is actually one of the last things in my bucket, seen 2 eps a while back and really enjoyed it so I've been kinda saving it for the right occasion. Cat Soup was great. Think I've checked most of his other stuff and either wasn't in the right mode to appreciate it then or just wasn't my thing, should have a look over for things to recheck, thanks for reminding me!


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>the way I actually understand his character is that Tanya is basically a straw nihilist, someone who imagines himself an Ubermensch but just isn't because, among other things, he really is just following what other people have done in the past and achieving success by following what other, more intelligent people have done

Not exactly my interpretation. Tanya is, or tries to be, a staunch believer in human organizational structures and sees them as well kept, tried and true path to success. Tanya only ever derides people who act out of emotion than rational thought. S/he denies god's existence because it goes against everything s/he has come to believe. S/he goes to the military because it's the most suitable path thanks to high magic abilities and spends most of the time climbing through the ranks to try and get him/herself an easy do-nothing job away from the frontline. However, as the story progresses, s/he becomes a major player in the war effort, which itself turns into a struggle against being X. If s/he thought her/himself better than everyone, s/he wouldn't have followed the orders s/he was given in the final episodes. You could say s/he has killed his/her own individuality for the sake of the organization.

>There's also the plot point, which I think at this point has to be deliberate, that Tanya is utterly incapable of recognizing when his surroundings have changed and that what he learned on Earth does not apply.

But there's demonstrative evidence that it does apply. S/he came up with a whole war plan based on how WW1 turned out which even led to the conquest of not!Paris a decade or two before scheduled.

>He makes the weak case that God is not worthy of worship and is in fact "being X", but this runs contrary to the profit-oriented mindset we see in him everywhere else

He doesn't refuse to worship as s/he is downright forced to at one point. What s/he refuses to do is acknowledge Being X as god and it makes sense considering his "faith" lies somewhere else. Plus, seeing as there won't be another reincarnation after living as Tanya, there really is no profit to be had in worshiping Being X. It's just a fight between egos at that point and, ironically, Tanya is being "tested" for a different kind of faith.


Is there any more to it than "WW1 but with magic"?


I like that Tanya's unit is essentially the first spec ops team in history. Are there any examples you can name of bad strategy? Most of it seemed pretty sound to me.


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>human organizational structures…emotion rather than rational thought
The issue here is that Tanya him/herself is commentary on an emotional rather than logical response when your worldview is challenged. He relies on human organization structures from postwar Japan to operate in what is essentially Imperial Germany, and seems utterly incapable of assimilating new information into the organizational structure. Someone as rigid as Tanya, seemingly totally oblivious to how other people feel and incapable of absorbing the fundamental values of their new homeland despite years living as a helpless infant, shouldn't even have made it to middle management in a company.

>it does apply

I don't actually mean the war, which is just the author rattling off how smart he is for reading a basic history of WWI. With that being said, I'm struggling to think of a time when she actually used her experience in history to advantage in a way that wasn't stealing someone else's thunder. The man is 90% just reciting rote off actual geniuses; it's as if a Shakespeare student went back in time to Elizabethan England and wrote down King Lear by memory.

>downright forced to

That's brainwashing and clearly not of her own will. Realistically speaking it makes absolutely no sense to acknowledge being X as a god, because something that is supremely more powerful than you in every way and can decide your fate at the drop of a hat IS a god; his 'faith' in human social structures operates essentially the same way - it's so big and so vast that you will be crushed if you fight against it and rewarded if you follow its strictures. The rational (not emotional!) thing to do is to follow its strictures, because the rewards are potentially many, while refusing to follow being X leads directly to problems for Tanya such as Lt. Mary Sue existing.

>bad strategy

For one the launching of cannon is stupendously stupid, not least because operational headquarters during the first world war were no longer really concentrated near the frontlines without failsafes due to radio being a thing. Historically you had your operational headquarters concentrated because of difficulty of communication, but even by the Crimean War we see a dispersal of command begin. Decapitation strikes are always in the minds of commanders since it's the one way you can turn around a battle no matter the circumstance, and so people have tried to take precautions against just that whenever possible - the strongest bodyguards, a mobile command unit, and dispersed structures. More to the point, it's less that Tanya's strategies are bad and more that they rely heavily on the enemy being foolish, or else are lifted directly from history in a way that's the more specific equivalent of an isekai smartass introducing crop rotation.



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Shiiiet, where did you see it? Wasn't it's release in NA delayed due to Covid? I watched the series pretty recently and liked it way more than I expected. I'm looking forward to seeing the film.


Been watching Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and I've been having a blast with it. I'm honestly surprised that Kamina is dead.
Though I'm getting a bit anxious because I want to get into Attack on Titan after finishing it, since the last season is getting released this year. Don't know exactly when though.


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ahhh Riko's too cute, I love her
Anyways, it came out in Japan it seems https://nyaa.si/view/1283585


Attack on Titan always struck me as normie anime. That's a super biased opinion 'cause the one guy I know who's into it is a cringy gymbro who thinks he's into anime because he likes My Hero Academia and Death Note, but I've never watched it so I can't really say.



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You're welcome!
Have you read the manga or are you going into the movie blind?


I got the manga in Japanese but I’m not good enough yet to read it in any sort of timely manner. I feel like resorting to scanlations would be giving up, so I’m kinda stuck. I’ll probably go into the movie blind. I hadn’t read the manga when I watched the series either.

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