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Raylax

@RevolverLink EotE's ED is awesome

Just watched Sacred Star of Milos. It was pretty good, though nothing astonishing - essentially an extended episode just shy of two hours that could be slotted into the series almost anywhere you see fit. Same boat as Conqueror of Shamballa, really. Certainly a good movie, but don't expect any of the earth-shattering twists or shocks that the series pulls off, and there's little of the humour either. A little disappointing to have Mustang and Hawkeye in there but never really do anything asides serve as background scenery - would've been nice to see them get involved in the action.

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V8_Ninja

I just now got what Blast of Tempest is doing wrong; the series wants to do many things when it really shouldn't.

Here's the storys plot-line; the viewer follows a detached, almost uninterested character through a story consisting of several other characters filled with their own agendas and mysteries, with the other characters possessing a broader spectrum of knowledge and talent than that of the main character. Now, you expect the series to follow the main character and ONLY the main character, with the mysteries and agendas of the other characters being unraveled to the main character as they are revealed to the viewer, right? Yeah, about that...Blast of Tempest doesn't even think of trying that approach. The show just throws every single plot, agenda, and character reveal immediately at the viewer when it wants to introduce any sort of conflict. There is no suspense or tension when the viewer knows everything.

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RR529

Finished up Beach Stars (manga).

Never read a sports related manga before, so the experience was fresh. Of course, being a manga about beach volleyball, fan service was pretty common, but if you can get over that, it's a fun read.

Although, they never get to the main tournament that they're building up to. Apparently, that final tournament is covered by a sequel series, "The!! Beach Stars" (kinda pointless to make a sequel, just for the final tournament, IMO). Can't find the sequel anywhere though, except Mobile Manga, but it's the only mobile manga site that works horribly on my 3DS, so yeah, guess I'm done.

Don't know what I'm going to read next.

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RR529

Toonami Saturday night!

Bleach - The last new episode before it goes into hiatus. Good episode! Another Espada down, bringing victory closer to the good guys.

Tenchi Muyo GXP - Looks like the series is finally starting to get some sort of direction, even if it is a bit (ok, a lot) silly. It's obviously not a masterpiece, but it's a fun show for a laugh or two.

Samurai 7 - Not as action packed as the last couple of episodes, but the war with the Bandits still wages on!

ThunderCats - I like the idea presented in this episode, but it seems like the whole thing was rushed (it would have been cool if Lion-O were to have to endure his loss in this episode for a few episodes, before earning "it" back). Despite the fact that it's animated by an anime studio, it's still fairly obvious that the story still has the trappings of your traditional western action cartoon (condinsing what could be neat little side story arcs, into a single episode).

Sym-Bionic Titan - A fairly interesting episode (learning about a main character's past). Their home planet has an odd civilization though (futuristic technology, with the fashion sense of the 1910's).

Eureka 7 - Another enjoyable episode. Not much to say about it really, other than it's obvious that Renton has definitely grown.

Oh, and next week sees the return of Naruto to Toonami, only this time, uncut! Was never able to watch it the last time it was on TV, so I'll be sure to give it a watch this time!

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kkslider5552000

I feel bad for Renton's uncle after the ending. And yet I really don't. It's an odd character moment I have to say.

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arrmixer

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astarisborn94

I'll be giving Naruto another chance. While I would have preferred several other Toonami shows (DBZ, Gundam Wings, Tenchi Muyo, Sailor Moon, Astro Boy), it certainly is going to be good for ratings.

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Magikarp3

Started up xxxHolic the other night and I gotta say, the weirdness level is just a little too high for me. Does it get better later on? Otherwise the awesome OP and ED might be the only reason I watch it further haha

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kkslider5552000

Magikarp wrote:

Started up xxxHolic the other night and I gotta say, the weirdness level is just a little too high for me.

Compared to what? At worst it's pretty average weirdness by anime standards.

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Magikarp3

Eh, I dunno. The two twins, the fact that the protagonist has the same body proportions as Slenderman, the white outline people, the aural assaulting, the mouth-eye-smoke...

actually you're right, it is about average weirdness. I think most of all it reminds me of Radiohead's 15 Step music video, which I first watched before becoming an anime fan and that's been imprinted into my mind as the epitome of weird and creepy.

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RR529

It appears the Toonami lineup is going through some changes, according to my cable's "info" (which also means you should take this with a grain of salt, as it's not always right).

1 - to make room for Naruto, it appears Sym-Bionic Titan is being removed from the lineup.

2 - Samurai 7 will now air after ThunderCats, pushing it even further back in the night.

3 - The hour of FMA:B is being reduced to a half hour. To compensate, Eureka 7 is going from a half hour, to an hour.

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Magikarp wrote:

Started up xxxHolic the other night and I gotta say, the weirdness level is just a little too high for me. Does it get better later on? Otherwise the awesome OP and ED might be the only reason I watch it further haha

The manga was really good. can't speak for the anime though.

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Bulbousaur

I was watching a lot of Soul Eater a few weeks back, that was pretty cool

Might check out Full Metal Alchemist when I have the time soon, hear that's very good

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RevolverLink

I thought the slender character designs were a bit odd at first, but I remember really liking xxxHolic when I watched it last year. And much like @kkslider5552000, I don't really recall it being stranger than any other supernatural anime. shrug

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SMEXIZELDAMAN

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle was better than xxxHolic imo though.

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kkslider5552000

SMEXIZELDAMAN wrote:

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle was better than xxxHolic imo though.

...eh. Tsubasa was pretty good but just when it was starting to get great, it immediately dropped off a cliff of failed drama and mindscrew. However Tsubasa actually had a satisfying ending...

it's weird how much I prefer xxxHolic since I tend to prefer action series to non-actiony often not story driven series.

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RR529

Toonami Saturday night!

Bleach - Repeat tonight, since new episodes are on hiatus. Odd though, when it went on hiatus in the past, they would go back to the beginning of the last arc, but this time, they just went back a few episodes. Why it would need to be on hiatus for such a short period seems very strange, IMO.

Naruto - First time really watching the show. Surprisingly touching first episode. Looks like it could be good

Tenchi Muyo GXP - Finally arived at the GP Academy, and all the characters seem to be in place, so I suppose things will really start to kick off.

ThunderCats - Looks like an episode based off of the "Seven Samurai" concept. ThunderCats help a small village of robotic bears to defend itself against those who want them for slavery.

Samurai 7 - The battle with the bandits rages on. Didn't care too much for the sequence where they were just showing the same stuff over & over again, in slow motion. Oh, and I wasn't expecting that to happen (don't want to ruin it, but I'm sure others who've watched it, understand what I'm getting at).

Sym-Bionic Titan - They finally got to have a showdown with the "Men in Black" like organisation. Also, blood (seriously, that came as a surprise, considering the show's origin. First time I think I've seen that in a kid's action cartoon since Gargoyles).

Eureka 7 - Okay, take refuge in abandoned mine, find clean house with fresh food inside the abandoned mine, and then weird dream sequence. I think that's about it...

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kkslider5552000

It will be interesting to see people's reactions to watching Naruto for the first time. It's, somewhat deservedly, one of the most love it or hate it anime ever. Honestly while I think it does an excellent job as a first episode and introducing the main character and whatnot, I've never really enjoyed this episode. Dunno why really.

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Magikarp3

where is naruto starting from on Toonami? I'm pretty sure everyone can find something to like about the Zabuza arc. I have a few gripes around the Chunin exams, and then I felt that the series started to drag on around the 4th-5th seasons. I didn't really continue after that, although I heard it only gets worse :/

EDIT: oh wow, from the very first episode? It's gonna take a long long time to get up to date hahaha

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