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Magikarp3

Useless important characters? I can't think of many atm except for Team Rocket's Wobbuffet. Seriously, Wobbuffet did nothing in nearly every episode it featured in except to chime in on every character. It was funny the first few times, and then it became quite annoying.

Also, has anyone else noticed that Funimation is pulling its dubs off youtube? The subs are still there but some episodes are missing too. What's up with that?

I can't watch the BECK dub anymore and that makes me .

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RR529

^I wouldn't necessarily say they tried passing off Wobbuffet as important. The point was the joke, and it was successful with the joke (overboard as it may be).

Also, that in itself doesn't sound like they were trying to make it look important at all.

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Lucy in Fairy Tail.
That Kid in Claymore.
Shinji Ikari in Evangelion
Every Married woman in Dragon Ball Z
The Red-haired girl in Bleach

Naruto Uzimaki can also be more of a hinderance than a help, and Kagome's only major skill is finding the Jewel Shards.

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So for those of you who follow a manga series how do you get your manga? Do you buy the issues, check them out at a library, or read them online?

Library. Unless they don't have them at the library in their system, then I read online like TWGOK.

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Magikarp wrote:

Useless important characters? I can't think of many atm except for Team Rocket's Wobbuffet. Seriously, Wobbuffet did nothing in nearly every episode it featured in except to chime in on every character. It was funny the first few times, and then it became quite annoying.

Also, has anyone else noticed that Funimation is pulling its dubs off youtube? The subs are still there but some episodes are missing too. What's up with that?

I can't watch the BECK dub anymore and that makes me .

They only keep them up for so long. Especially dubs. Btw, Funimation has a Youtube channel? What? Do they put their recent stuff up there, too?

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RR529 wrote:

Here's a question. Which anime character do you think is useless, but the creator tries to pass off as important?

I could argue quite a few Conan characters, especially during the actual cases where everyone other than Conan (and whichever other cool detective character might be around during a case) often is either there because of police work related to the case or to occasionally unintentionally give clues/exposition for parts of a case/get stuff ready to show off how a murder trick could work etc. But the problem (especially in later years) with the importance of characters in the series is just not even bothering with using a character or forgetting that a character blatantly IS important, so it's kinda sorta the opposite problem.

Rock Lee after season 2 of the first Naruto series and Ino and Choji during the Immortals arc in Shippuden. Iruka-sensei too. And Tsunade's assistant.

Tristan Taylor in Yugioh. If it wasn't for the Abridged Series, I doubt any of you would even know what I was talking about.

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Just finished chapter 73 of Bleach. Finally in the soul society.

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started School Rumble a couple of days ago, and I'm not really feelin' it. Does it get better later on? Or is it just more awkward cannot-spit-it-out-awkward-humour?

Also, finished Spice And Wolf season 1 a few days ago with mixed feelings. The economic slice-of-life stuff was great. The supernatural thriller elements, also pretty well done. Both at the same time? Didn't mesh that well. It felt weird to see Lawrence smiling after a good sale in one episode and then running for his life in the next, especially when they both have that annoying and catchy end tune.

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Magikarp wrote:

started School Rumble a couple of days ago, and I'm not really feelin' it. Does it get better later on? Or is it just more awkward cannot-spit-it-out-awkward-humour?

Also, finished Spice And Wolf season 1 a few days ago with mixed feelings. The economic slice-of-life stuff was great. The supernatural thriller elements, also pretty well done. Both at the same time? Didn't mesh that well. It felt weird to see Lawrence smiling after a good sale in one episode and then running for his life in the next, especially when they both have that annoying and catchy end tune.

seven apples on a ... ah dammit

Spice and Wolf is great! >:0 Horo is the best and she is my waifu! >:0

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Magikarp wrote:

started School Rumble a couple of days ago, and I'm not really feelin' it. Does it get better later on? Or is it just more awkward cannot-spit-it-out-awkward-humour?

As far as I know, that's supposed to be School Rumble's schtick. Hence why I've avoided watching it. I'm also avoiding Love Hina for the same reasons, despite some Anime fans I know putting it up there with Tenchi Muyo.

Did I mention Fairy Tail's gotten better? Now that the disappointment has worn off, I can see it's actually a pretty creative action show. They keep the battles and bad guys interesting, and I like how unpredictable the situations are. The humor's gotten better as well (or at least I've gotten used to it). I'll definitely give it a few more episodes before I go back to finish up a few shows I had on my platter.

Oh, and my VOTOMS sets arrived today. I ended up getting 3 of the 4, since they were cheap. I really look forward to watching them. Too bad they're Christmas presents, but they'll be worth the wait. Now I just need to look out for the 4th set...

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Quick question - Does Fairy Tail start to "pick up" in quality as it goes along? I'm not trying to be a jerk or anything, but I'm 18 episodes in (end of the Galuna Island arc) and it just hasn't grabbed me like I hoped it would, or done anything I haven't seen before so far. It's cute, but if it stays at this same level, I can't see myself sticking with it for a 150+ episodes.

I can happily say, though, that my venture into the Case Closed manga is going much more smoothly. My only nit to pick would be the Anglo-American names for characters that are very clearly Japanese living in Japan (I mean, it's not even like any of the minor characters/locations have been Americanized at all...), but I'm enjoying all of the cases too much to really care about that.

RR529 wrote:

Here's a question. Which anime character do you think is useless, but the creator tries to pass off as important?

Just about any of the human characters in Bleach, especially after the Soul Society Invasion arc. At best, you get to see Orihime used as a macguffin and/or Chad & Uryu show up just long enough get their heads bashed in. Actually, most of the characters feel pretty unimportant and underdeveloped in Bleach.

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Quick question - Does Fairy Tail start to "pick up" in quality as it goes along? I'm not trying to be a jerk or anything, but I'm 18 episodes in (end of the Galuna Island arc) and it just hasn't grabbed me like I hoped it would, or done anything I haven't seen before so far. It's cute, but if it stays at this same level, I can't see myself sticking with it for a 150+ episodes.

Depends on what you mean. I know I'm not as far in as you, but even if it remains as a generic-but-well-done action show, I'd happily stick with it, just as long as it doesn't get worse. I think it's pretty creative already. The fights are well-choreographed, they're excited and over-the-top, and not like the scenarios are things that I've heard a million times. I never guessed what the Wind guy's real target was, for instance, especially considering what the flute thing could do.

I should probably leave this to those who have seen more, but I dunno, I've always seen shounen as dumb-fun entertainment with the occasional emotional and mental curveballs thrown in. If that's what you're expecting, I don't see why Fairy Tail doesn't already fit the bill. And to expect more just doesn't sound fair considering the genre, since One Piece is basically the only exception I can think of.

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Usually I eat up even non-OP shounen like popcorn, but Fairy Tail hasn't inspired the same hunger to reel off 5+ episodes at a time like I usually do with these shows. I think my biggest problem is that I haven't been terribly invested in any of the characters as of yet, so I care less about whatever struggles they happen to run into, regardless of how action-y or absurd they are. I hope that'll change once some character development really starts kicking in (which has already started a bit with Gray), but right now it feels like there's a large cast that hasn't been given a whole lot to do, for the most part. I'm also not big on Happy - although I have enjoyed the silly Lucy-talking-through-the-clock gag each time they've done it.

Or maybe I, I dunno, just have shounen fatigue or something.

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RevolverLink wrote:

I can happily say, though, that my venture into the Case Closed manga is going much more smoothly. My only nit to pick would be the Anglo-American names for characters that are very clearly Japanese living in Japan (I mean, it's not even like any of the minor characters/locations have been Americanized at all...), but I'm enjoying all of the cases too much to really care about that.

Fantastic. What volume are you on?

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RevolverLink wrote:

I can happily say, though, that my venture into the Case Closed manga is going much more smoothly. My only nit to pick would be the Anglo-American names for characters that are very clearly Japanese living in Japan (I mean, it's not even like any of the minor characters/locations have been Americanized at all...), but I'm enjoying all of the cases too much to really care about that.

Fantastic. What volume are you on?

I've been going through them at roughly one volume a day, so I'm on the 7th volume right now. In the middle of the Cursed Piano/Moonlight Sonata case, to be more specific.

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kkslider5552000 wrote:

RevolverLink wrote:

I can happily say, though, that my venture into the Case Closed manga is going much more smoothly. My only nit to pick would be the Anglo-American names for characters that are very clearly Japanese living in Japan (I mean, it's not even like any of the minor characters/locations have been Americanized at all...), but I'm enjoying all of the cases too much to really care about that.

Fantastic. What volume are you on?

I've been going through them at roughly one volume a day, so I'm on the 7th volume right now. In the middle of the Cursed Piano/Moonlight Sonata case, to be more specific.

That's often considered the best case of the entire series. I don't entirely agree but it earns that reputation certainly...

also, while I prefer the anime (almost exclusively because of excellent music and voice acting (in Japan at least)), the early volumes are better in manga form. I mean they're both pretty much the same, but the anime unintentionally created plot holes and got rid of references to previous cases, and they adapted every 3-4 chapter case into just 1 episode.

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RR529

I have a problem/question. Every single manga site I go to allows me to read 3 or so chapters smoothly (of whatever I'm reading), then in the 3rd-5th page of the next chapter, all of a sudden I can't connect to the site I'm using, and nothing on the site loads up.

It's not a problem with my internet, as I can move on to a myriad of other websites (like NL) with no problems, & it doesn't appear to be a particular manga site, as every one I've ever visited does this to me (even when I clear out my history, ect., they still won't load).

The only remedy, it seems, is either to try again much later in the day, or the next day (where I can read 3 or so more chapters smoothly, before it happens again).

Does this happen to anyone else?

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RR529 wrote:

I have a problem/question. Every single manga site I go to allows me to read 3 or so chapters smoothly (of whatever I'm reading), then in the 3rd-5th page of the next chapter, all of a sudden I can't connect to the site I'm using, and nothing on the site loads up.

It's not a problem with my internet, as I can move on to a myriad of other websites (like NL) with no problems, & it doesn't appear to be a particular manga site, as every one I've ever visited does this to me (even when I clear out my history, ect., they still won't load).

The only remedy, it seems, is either to try again much later in the day, or the next day (where I can read 3 or so more chapters smoothly, before it happens again).

Does this happen to anyone else?

Does nae happen to me

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I wouldn't know, since I only read a chapter at a time...

Retro_on_theGo wrote:

@Mickeymac I'd love to hear what you think of the series once you're in the 20's or near there since that's where character development starts picking up.

Unfortunately I'm taking a break from it to watch other things now that I'm at the end of an arc.

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