Topic: Anime & Manga (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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@Rocko52, while I'm certainly aware of it, it & Maison Ikkoku are her only two major series I haven't yet tried.


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Decided to buy the Attack on Titan bundle on Humble Bundle. I've been buying the volumes as they get released in Finland but we are few books behind. Read books 18-22 and I really liked how much the story progressed in such little time. It might have something to do with the fact I could read 5 books back to back instead of waiting 2 months but still. The bad thing about buying the bundle is that now I have to wait almost a year before Finland catches up to where I'm now. Going to read Attack on Titan: Junior High next which was also part of the bundle. I really enjoyed the anime adaptation.

Also just watched the two Fire Emblem OVAs from 1996. They were surprisingly good. I was anticipating worse, something like the Samurai Shodown movie (though I rather enjoyed the second movie). The movie was very faithful to the games and all the characters were easily recognizable, at least once they wore their battle armor. The animation was quite stiff but it didn't distract me too much. Although, there was that one scene where they decided to show Marth's face for literally 10 seconds. Couldn't help but laugh. I would've watched more but the anime stops after Marth recruits Navarre, Lena and Julian. Also, couple of fun facts. Marth has the same voice actor as in Smash and they dubbed and released the OVAs for America in 1997 even though the games weren't released in the west.

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I watched Grave of the Fireflies for the first time today. I considered myself mentally stable and prepared for utter drama, now I know it doesn't matter when I watched the movie, I would be left in the same state of sadness anyway. It is a beautiful paced movie and it portrayed the aftermath of war in a very realisitc manner... but I'm not watching it a second time. Humanity can be cruel indeed.

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Just to make it more depressing, it's actually mostly based on a true story. It was adapted from a semi-autobiographical of Akiyuki Nosaka of the same name. The biggest difference from real life and the story is in actuality, he survives while in the autobiographical, he dies. Reason for this is due to his regrets with his sister.


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Looking at people talk about the best anime of last year makes me sad at the amount of great anime I will probably never get to. Exact same thing with video games.

I've watched 5 2017 anime, and I feel like I've seen 1/3 of the ones I should watch. But I have other things to do so I can't.


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One of the best anime I've watched in 2017 was Trigun, I love how they mix humor with action (though it gets darker halfway though) and the soundtrack is amazing.
And it turns 20 this year, I think.

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I have fond memories of watching Trigun in the summer of 2004, I believe.

I remember that's the summer I really first started to watch Adult Swim for the first time (mainly for InuYasha, but Cowboy Bebop, Lupin the 3rd, and I believe Trigun, were the other shows in the lineup). I was 13 at the time, how the years fly by...


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Hey! It turns out Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is available on Crunchyroll & Funimation under the title "Star Blazers." And it has an English dub on Funimation! I dunno when that happened, but I'm just glad that I have a legal venue to rewatch it and its ongoing sequel now! (Well, maybe not the sequel yet. But Hopefully it'll come eventually! Probably after the TV version comes out, since it started as a bunch of feature films...which were still split up into 24-minute episodes. That really confused me for a while...)

So far, the dub cast has been fine. I mean, the captain in the original version had a pretty iconic voice in the Japanese version that I never expected anyone to match, but at least what we got is serviceable. If anyone's looking for a good Space Opera series to watch, I'd highly recommend it. Aside from a point where it slows down maybe a little too much at the start of the second act, I felt like it hit all the right notes while consistantly making me go, "Oh man! I can't wait to see what happens next!" Right up until the end credits rolled.

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For those interested, the live action Fullmetal Alchemist film that released in Japan last year has popped up on Netflix (in the U.S.) as an exclusive.

It follows the early parts of the story pretty faithfully (with some modification of course. For example Scar hasn't shown up yet), and the ending definitely hints that they're going to continue.

The special effects are actually pretty good for the most part (especially all the particle effects from the transmutations), though they show their limitations when being used to animate a living being (though this may be in part because they try too hard to recreate how things look in the anime. Even some the actual actors look like they're wearing a, highly detailed, cosplay of the character they're playing, rather than being the character, if that makes sense. The Humonculli especially.)

Overall it was a pretty decent watch.


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@RR529 Interesting, I didn't know there was a live action FMA film. I'm a bit cautious about live action adaptions, but I might give it a watch.

I'm currently rewatching Brotherhood, which I dipped into it again after my girlfriend made me watch Attack in Titan. I thought it was a bit pants, so I restarted FMA to see if it was just AoT I thought was pants, or whether I'd completely gone cold on Shounen anime since in the last few years.

Anyway, I'm really enjoying Brotherhood, so it seems I simply don't like Attack on Titan very much. Both shows have got their shocking moments, but I feel that FMA uses them to ask interesting (if uncomfortable) questions, whereas AoT just uses them reinstate the point that rampaging flesh-eating giants are... a bad thing. Which was never really in question to begin with. In the 15 episodes I've watched, that seems to be the only real point it's established: monsterous giants are bad.

I also watched Your Name for the first time, and I liked it. @Ralizah did his own synopsis a few weeks back, which I remember finding interesting, so I'll give it another read again now that I've actually watched it. I won't post anything nearly as detailed, but I think it's fair to say I enjoyed it, and felt Shinkai left his question marks in much more satisfying places than some of his previous films. Looked gorgeous too. Really wish I'd been able to watch it in a cinema. There's just so much detail and depth to the scenes.

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