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  1. Anime: Winter Season 2019

    #1154162019-01-13 18:05:14DarkChaplain said:

    The Winter 2019 Anime season has properly started by now, with pilot episodes for basically everything out in the wilds. Having watched some of them myself, I feel it is time to actually talk about them here, point out new stars and share passion for all things old and new.

    You can check the full lineup over on AniChart or MyAnimeList.

    Share what you're planning to watch, first impressions or whatever, but please keep spoilers tagged accordingly. If you want to go fully in-depth on any series in particular, I'd encourage you to make a specific thread for it and link it here, too.

  2. #1154182019-01-13 19:37:34 *DarkChaplain said:

    What I watched so far...

    Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

    The pilot episode has been out over a week now, at double-episode length no less. Episode 2 isn't due until the 16th, and I'm not going to lie, the wait is excruciating. The cliffhanger of the pilot was incredibly powerful, as was most of the episode.I can see why the Shield Hero Light Novel series is so highly regarded already.
    In fact, I ended up starting to read volume one in the meantime....

    This one's garnered a lot of unfair criticism from the social justice crowd already, I'm afraid. ANN especially has been slamming it hard in their pilot reviews, for daring to broach an uncomfortable subject. Nobody with more than three braincells should have an actual issue with it, though. And, like Goblin Slayer last season, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari should end up as one of the top shows of the season - and the next, as this one's 25 episodes long. Hurrah! We might finally go back to the golden age of multi-cour adaptations!

    Boogiepop wa Warawanai

    Do yourselves a favor and watch the Good Job! Media / DameDesuYo joint of this one. The subs are (as usual) wonderfully done, while Crunchy is sloppy (as usual).

    I hadn't had much of a history with Boogiepop. I didn't watch Boogiepop Phantom way back when (which, it turns out, is non-canon and a pseudo-sequel to the first novel or two anyway - so it's best disregarded to begin with!) and when I saw the book in stores, I didn't much care to get intrigued by it.
    Oh boy, I'm starting to regret it, and the print omnibus editions are looking mighty attractive after the first three-episode arc!

    Boogiepop and Others, or Boogiepop Doesn't Laugh, is running for a total of 18 episodes, making it another series that escaped the 12/13 episode cour trap. Seeing how much content there is to adapt (22 novels in Japan, 6 officially released in English), I'm already hoping for sequels if this one works out well.

    Interestingly, the novel itself was one of the primogenitors of Light Novels as a medium, and inspired giants like Nisioisin, Ryohgo Narita, who you should be familiar with at this point, as Nisioisin wrote the Monogatari series and Narita's Durarara!! inspired this fucking website.

    Both series can trace back a lot of their influences to Boogiepop, which is already obvious in the first three episodes. For one, Boogiepop does not follow a linear narrative structure. It's not quite as elaborately back and forth as Narita's Baccano! or Durarara!! were, but it definitely helps the mystery aspect of the series.Sadly, for many casual anime viewers, things seem to be going over their heads, confuse them and make them look down on the series for its stylistic choices. Fools, all and one. The first arc of three episodes comes together perfectly in the end, so long as you pay attention to what's happening.

    For what it's worth, this one's likely to end up one of the most popular series of the season. And having another MYTH&ROID Opening? Yeah, I love this.

    Domestic na Kanojo


    Probably a contender for Best Opening of the Season, especially seeing how Minami, the artist responsible, hasn't performed in an OP before this, and only really took off last year. The OP Single is slated to be her first actually CD release. But oh my god, is it gorgeous! She's channeling some of the best of Yui, while adding her own spin. Give her songs a try. I pray for a long and successful career on her part!

    Anyway, Domestic na Kanojo has been on my radar for a few years now I believe. I saw the Manga online and figured I'd like to read it, but never got around to actually getting started.
    Mistake, mistake, mistake! This pilot episode was great, straddling the line between drama and romantic comedy in all the right ways. It's a HUGE clusterfuck of a scenario, and one I cannot wait to see explode.

    It's not every season you actually end up with an anime where the protagonist actually gets laid, let alone within the first minutes of the show. Until the other characters are introduced, I'm firmly in Team Hina, obviously..Hina-nee is great..

    Gotoubun no Hanayome

    In this case, the English title is actually rather clever: The Quintessential Quintuplets. And yes, this is a series spun around Quintuplets, and a smart dude working to supposedly tutor them to earn money to get his family out of a big debt problem. Yes, it's a mess. Yes, the girls are great. Yes, the protagonist is interesting and atypical. Yes, there are already waifu wars, and yes, Miku is going to win them, screw the other four sisters. We can't stop here. This is Miku Country.

    Aaaaanyway, the big thing that has the Waifu Wars stoked in this instance is that, well, they're identical quintuplets. While they all have their own styles and attitudes, the series goes out of its way to show us first off that there will be a wedding at some point. The protagonist chooses one of them. Which? WHO CAN SAY?! They're identical! The author also appears more than willing to shake things up and not stick with the first introduced heroine as a love interest, but gives them all a more than fair chance to seize their wedding.

    Most importantly though, the pilot was fun, quirky and has the potential to be a great romcom. I can't wait to see why this is currently one of the trending mangos on the net.

    What I'm looking forward to still:

    Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen

    Kaguya-sama got shafted hard by the localization companies. Funimation still had this licensed to Crunchyroll, so it airs on both their services despite their split relationship. The subs from Funimation are, frankly, garbage. They not only maintain the messed up "Love is War" subtitle, which is far from the properly translated "Kaguya Wants to be Confessed To: The Geniuses' War of Love and Brains ", and abandons one important aspect of the series entirely. No, they even messed up one of Kaguya's catchphrases, and managed to bugger up the characters' naming conventions. The way characters address each other develops over the course of the series, which will cause problems with the subs in the future, same as it did the manga (where the retcon was really bad when it became necessary to address it, urgh).
    So, in essence, don't bother with official subs here either, and wait for GJM to release proper fansubs. That's the reason why I haven't watched it yet myself.

    Judging by the series' popularity and incredibly popular fan-translated manga releases, which prompted the official licensing in the first place, this one might be one of the top anime of the season, too.

    Yakusoku no Neverland

    It's on my list, but I haven't decided whether to watch it weekly, in bursts or binge it once it wraps up. I've heard fantastic things, and its stats on MAL and r/Anime are extremely good so far. I really can't say much about it otherwise, as I've been keeping myself in the dark since getting it recommended to me by a friend, and even put the Manga right in the vault without flipping through it first.

    My god, why do all these recent anime seasons have so many bangers lately?! Anime is in a fantastic spot lately.

  3. #1154372019-01-15 04:07:30 *DarkChaplain said:

    So @Teru, why the hell didn't you tell me that the original character designer for Endro~! was Namori, famous for Yuru Yuri?! Would've bumped it onto my list right away (even though I haven't gotten around to watching Release the Spyce yet).


    Endro~! is a weird one. On one hand it is a Cute Girls Do Cute Things show, on the other it is actually a rather competent JRPG Fantasy comedy in its own right. Even if it wasn't so incredibly pleasant and sugar coated with marshmallow fluffiness all around, the comedy itself holds up well and the tropes are used cleverly.
    But then it really is damned moe, there is no other way to describe it. I had a great time watching the pilot tonight. It was well balanced between plot and comedy, with more adventuring going on than in many isekai rpg series these days.

    The entire scenario is clever in itself: The series starts at the final boss battle against the Demon Lord. The Hero (Yuusha) and her companions defeat the boss with the power of friendship (and some forbidden magic...) aaaaaaaand the end credits start rolling.

    End Roll~! Endro~! Get it?

    So then the next scene, time is dialed back to before our heroes (lead by Yulia Chardiet. - incidentally nicknamed Yuusha from her japanese names being contracted, naming her literally "Hero") set out on their daily lives in adventurer school. Turns out the Demon Lord got transported back in time and becomes their new teacher, in an attempt to sabotage Yuusha and co ever reaching the end we've just seen in the first few minutes.
    And it is fucking adorable!

    I had a blast, and owe thanks to @Teru for making me check it out. I might have missed it under all these other gems this season.

  4. #1154382019-01-15 07:42:37Farris said:

    This season I am watching:

    • Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
    • Gotoubun no Hanayome
    • Domestic na Kanojo
    • Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
    • Dororo

    I'm unsure if I'll finish Dororo, but the rest of them are clear winners to me. Especially Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari.

  5. #1154422019-01-16 00:09:03DarkChaplain said:

    Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen

    GJM finally released their subs, and they are truly, most definitely the only way to watch this series. These are God-Tier subs the likes of which you rarely see this generation. The typesetting took them time, but is worth every hour of wait. They went so far as to completely replace animated text slide-ins perfectly with wonderful translations. Nevermind the great OP subs. Yes, this is pleasing.

    As for the series itself, it is all I wanted and more so far. The narrator alone makes it worth pursuing til the end, with a likelihood that I will be looking into the manga (although the official releases are severely hampered by translation errors the same way the official funi/crunchy/horrible subs are).
    Episodes are structured in multiple smaller sections, each of which turns into a psychological battle for the ages. The reactions of both Kaguya and Shirogane are incredibly vivid, funny and appropriately dramatic, with the narrator raising the stakes to high olympus every time. In many ways, the battles themselves can rival the likes of gambling anime in terms of sheer atmosphere. It's stellar work.

    And that Opening... my god, why is this season so good?!


  6. #1154432019-01-16 08:09:00Kittycat said:

    Hopping on the Dororo train. It feels kinda old-fashioned, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I hope it develops into something unique.

  7. #1157582019-02-12 00:38:33mizlily said:

    Dororo is pretty freaking good, I’ve only seen the first few episodes but I’m already hooked. Is it weird that I was instantly reminded of Inuyasha when I saw this? I mean, in terms of the demons/ayakashi and historic japan.

    I can’t really recall another anime that takes place in old age japan that share the same monster type.

  8. #1154832019-01-20 10:02:38DarkChaplain said:

    I figure it'd be interesting to have a look at the r/anime Karma chart for week 2, to see what's getting all the buzz this season. A few surprises in there, and a bunch of series that fly under the radar right now, but still neat to see:


    Keep in mind that, as shows air over the course of a week, finding a cut-off point to tally scores is tricky, so some series have barely been released and posted about, or not had a follow-up to the pilot yet, so these charts are always to be taken with a grain of salt, especially this early into the season.
    Right now, people are still figuring out what's worth continuing to watch as it airs, what they enjoy and what they don't, and surprise hits may not have caught on with the wider community yet.

    The overall rankings will look rather different in a couple of weeks, when shows really get into gear and sub wait-times become more reliable.

  9. #1154892019-01-21 08:33:20DarkChaplain said:

    So we just got confirmation that Boogiepop would be adapting Boogiepop at Dawn and The King of Distortion this season as well. Boogiepop at Dawn will be covered by episodes 10 to 13, in a 2 hour special, which brings things back in line with the overall schedule, seeing how Boogiepop is 18 episodes long (1&2 aired together as well).

    This means that this season will cover 5 out of 6 novels currently available in English via Seven Seas, leaving only volume 4 unadapted (which had more of a spinoff tone with a different cast anyway, so it'd be more suitable to OVA/Movie coverage). VS Imaginator, the two-novel second arc, runs from episode 4 to 9, as a result.

    Speaking of VS Imaginator, I'm quite impressed with the setup in episode 4. It really is intriguing and once again following the non-linear narrative structure. I think I'll really have to pick up the omnibus volumes from Seven Seas (1-3 and 4-6), so they get to license the rest of the series... there's plenty of novels left (I think around two dozen total?)

  10. #1154902019-01-21 13:31:21 *DarkChaplain said:



    Gotoubun no Hanayome ep2 was GLORIOUS! Miku galore! Seeing how she clearly was Best Girl from the start, seeing her getting the spotlight right away felt super satisfying.



  11. #1154982019-01-21 20:55:28Teru said:

    Great. You can jump right into the scans after these two if you want. As you know I think this manga is bad I'm pretty sure you'll like it. Also I never really see you reading manga so that's good news in my eyes.

  12. #1155292019-01-25 15:07:48 *Farris said:

    So, a small update... I am really enjoying the anime I started watching this season, and I am looking forward to the next episodes.

    Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari - Ep.3

    I think the other 3 "heroes" seem like incredibly flat characters, especially the spear hero. Maybe they'll develop their character further down the line (I seriously doubt it). It doesn't bother me much as the main plot seems more concerned with the adventure of the main character and his companion, and I'm curious to see how that turns out. The sudden change in the companion's behavior in ep.3 sort of threw me off, although I'm happy that the change is there, I wish we could've gotten more insight in how this change progressed rather than just a week long time skip from a certain event. It's no longer the anime I'm the most interested in this season, but it is for sure one that I'll keep watching.

    Gotoubun no Hanayome - Ep.3

    This one has a nice feeling to it, I enjoy the comedy in it and the I'm never fully able to predict the results of the different events in the anime... Maybe that's just because I'm a bit simple. Anyways, I'd recommend it to most people who like romcoms. I think they chose the right sort of personality for the protagonist, Fuutarou. He fits in well with the anime's atmosphere. Finally, Miku best girl.

    Domestic na Kanojo - Ep. 2

    This anime has me worried... I'm not a big fan of drama at all, although I like romantic anime... I like the premise a lot, I'm incredibly uneasy about how the story will turn out. The ending of episode 1 had me worried, but even more so with the ending of episode 2. I think the characters are overdramatizing certain situations to an extent I can barely see drama queens doing, but I'm willing to look past that, for now. I can primarily see two ways of how the story will turn out:

    1. Natsuo and Rui (Perfect, fits the title as well if you ask me).
    2. Natsuo and Hina (Would probably be the most disappointing way this anime could go for me).

    Please, don't disappoint me.

    Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen - Ep. 2

    This anime is hilarious, especially with the proper translation. I first watched episode 1 with what I think was the official translation, it was still funny... but then I re-watched it with the GJM translations, and it was way better. Kudos to @DarkChaplain -chan for the (imposed) recommendation of GJM! I finished episode 2 earlier today, and it was time well spent, I am enjoying this, very much. This one should definitely be on your watchlist!

    Dororo - Ep. 3

    After watching the first episode, (as you can see in my previous post in the same thread #115438 ) I was very sceptical to if I was going to finish Dororo, after watching episode 2, and then 3, I changed my mind. I am DEFINITELY gonna finish this one, I love it, Go.Watch.It.

  13. #1155302019-01-25 16:22:22 *DarkChaplain said:

    I think the other 3 "heroes" seem like incredibly flat characters, especially the spear hero. Maybe they'll develop their character further down the line (I seriously doubt it).

    1) That's intended. For now
    2) They will, the novel is 20 volumes right now, with the web novel completed close to 400 chapters.
    3) Yari no Yuusha no Yarinaoshi exists. It's a side story / spinoff about the Spear Hero specifically. 3 novels published, Web Novel original really damn long.

    As for Domestic na Kanojo.... You haven't seen anything yet. The drama will go through the roof and rival soap operas in terms of melodrama.
    Tanoshimi ni shite kudasai~~~!

  14. #1155322019-01-26 14:58:42Farris said:

    Glad to hear that about Tate no Yuusha.

    I can handle drama to a certain extent... But they should still act like humans imo. For example, if your hamster dies, you're not gonna act as if your mother died.

  15. #1155502019-01-27 23:18:33 *DarkChaplain said:

    Caught up on Tate no Yuusha ep3, Domestic na Kanojo ep2 & 3, 3D Kanojo ep3 and tackling Endro~! ep3 later. Still waiting on Kaguya-sama ep3 from GJM, and Boogiepop 5 from GJM and DameDesuYo.

    On top of that, I watched the Heaven's Feel Movie II: Lost Butterfly last night, which technically is a Winter Season release as it started airing this month in Japan. I regret not going to see it in cinema today, on the one occasion I'd have had, but no matter.

    Anyway, some structured thoughts on what I watched.

    Gotoubun no Hanayome

    Let's start here, instead of leaving it at another Miku picture.
    Episode 3 was supposed to be Nino's time to shine... and I guess she kind of did? Her issue is clearly that Miku is a First Magnitude Star. Even when showing off her domestic skills, Nino couldn't hold a candle to Miku's well-meant efforts full of heart and soul. Even while only wearing a towel, Nino couldn't convince over Miku in full garb.

    Bottom line is: Miku is love, Miku is life. Nino is rough, Nino is strife.


    Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen

    Episode 2 of Kaguya-sama was pretty late this week again, with 3 still a ways out, so I'm one behind there. Still, Kaguya-sama ep2 is an interesting one.

    For one, episode 2 once again reintroduced the setting and characters like the first episode did - and deliberately so. While A-1 Pictures switched some things around, they decided to keep the reintroduction in, instead of cutting it. The reason for it existing in the original was simple: Kaguya changed magazines after a few issues, so the author needed to get people back up to speed. In some sense, you could call episode 2 a soft reboot, even, although the author noted in the manga that readers should please just look at it as a straight continuation despite the need to start over from the premise.

    There, that's this week's weird animanga trivia!

    The episode itself proved to be just as enjoyable as the first, with the overly dramatized back and forth between Kaguya and Shirogane taking center stage, with Fujiwara being the oddball that either defuses or explodes the situation. Funnily enough, while the official subs (despite improvements and even retroactive changes to ep1 on Crunchyroll) didn't translate the eyecatch text, the GJM version (and corresponding manga page) describe Fujiwara as the "heroine of this work", in a sense placing both Kaguya and Shirogane into the roles of villains to her peaceful student council life. It's pretty apt, I'd say.


    Anyway, I'm seriously looking forward to episode 3 and where it'll go this time. The segments so far have been on point, and I can't wait to see the rest of the cast getting their real debuts (outside of background scenes, where most of them have been teased already). Bring on Hayasaka Ai, I say!

    Ep3 brings a fantastic new ED to the table too, so that's a lot to look forward to!


    Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

    Episode 2 was a real gutwrencher, obviously. Raphtalia is as amazing as expected, especially in episode 3, where she really starts to kick arse. She's a wonderful young lady at this point, as demi-humans age as they level up. The episode didn't really spell it out, though it is implied in a few spots. Naofumi himself doesn't seem to fully realize it yet, though.


    Either way, they actually changed a few scenes just slightly from the novel, to emphasize Rapthalia's growth as a character. I loved it.
    What I didn't love was basically the entire Royal Guard, the other "Heroes" and That Bitch. Holy shit, they're despicable. While the anime adaptation strips most of Naofumi's internal monologues, I think the series did a decent job implying his thoughts on various matters, and the differences between his way of handling the Waves from that of the Fucktard Heroes.

    Naofumi takes a bigger look at the unfolding disaster, whereas the others are, right now, still glory-hounding, underestimating things and considering it all a game. It's pretty clear that their pre-established experience with their corresponding game versions of the world are coloring their perception of it: To them, they're each the protagonist of the adventure, whereas Naofumi, whose gaming experiences moved in a different direction, more content with immersing himself in the world and gaming the economy, make him more of an inhabitant of the world than they consider themselves.

    It's not simply that the Shield Hero protects the "NPCs" of Lute, but that he values their lives the same way as his own, if not actually more. The three Fucktard Heroes don't care about anything but their own grandstanding, and might not even consider their party members as anything but tools and personal worshippers. Naofumi does what's right not because he wishes for praise and reward (something hinted at even in the prologue of the first episode, regarding his family situation), but out of an inherent sense of justice and empathy that the others lack. To them, nothing is real enough in the world, and once they beat the Waves, they'll leave and don't care if half the world burned down. It's no trouble to them.

    As such, I think the characterization of the trio has been on point so far. They're the kind of shit gamers that'd play Final Fantasy XIV, maybe purchase a level skip potion, skip all cutscenes and dialogue, then farm endgame for savage/extreme raids. Basically, playing an immersive game full of lovable characters and intriguing story parts as if it was as shallow as WoW..... but I digress.

    Shield Hero is pretty convincing so far, and the only reason I haven't started buying the Light Novels yet is that I'm still behind on Spice & Wolf and have 5 semi-regular series on preorder as is. Ain't nobody got enough time, funds and shelf space for another series with currently 13 released volumes...

    Domestic na Kanojo

    Well, Marie certainly is a candidate for Best Girl of the season.... I'm surprised the Social Justice Brigade hasn't caught on yet. They might burn the series to the ground for being ~insensitive~ by the protagonist refusing to call him by his preferred pronouns/name...


    Anyway, episodes 2 and 3 were great, amping up the drama. Hina-nee certainly fucked up quite a bit here, with Rui gaining myriad waifu points instead of her. Especially for that home-cooked meal.
    I'd still like to be supportive of Hina-nee, funnily enough, but it will depend on how she turns things around in episode 4. Her misery is all too relatable, I'm afraid, but for all her talk about "adult problems", she's extremely childish about her love life, and how she shuts others out.
    Hina-nee is a fantastic crush to have when she's bright and cheery, but deep down, she's probably the most broken one around right now. And her misery is infective. I saw somebody saying the following about her:
    "Hina is the type of girl I would like while hating myself and her for it."
    Can't say I disagree with that assessment, really.

    However, all of the drama has led to the season's Best Parents to emerge. If it wasn't clear already, these old folks rule. They even brought home cake despite being somewhat drunk! Good parents are good. And Fumiya is scoring Best Friend points as well. The supporting cast really is something else this time around.


    The real winner for these two episodes was, without a doubt, Rui, however. While her pouting doesn't manage to rival Gotoubun no Hanayome's Quintuplets, it's surprisingly adorable for a character of her archetype. Her banter with Natsuo in class was delightful, too. In general, the two of them are really hitting it off as siblings, at the very least. Whether or not it develops into lasting love is to be seen, but she clicks rather well with Natsuo for now. Can't wait to see their plan in action next week.

    3D Kanojo 2nd Season

    I'd call this one a guilty pleasure, but I don't feel guilty for liking it in the first place, so I won't. 3D Kanojo is pretty weird in the sense that it's overly dramatic while keeping a rather mellow, soft tone all around. Episode 3 of season 2 especially proves that point, by going where few anime dare to go: Impending divorce of protagonist Tsutsui's parents, after his father cheated.

    And yet, despite the drama, despite the heartbreak, despite the threat of Tsutsun or his brother having to move across the country with their mother, despite both having girlfriends in town, not to mention Tsutsun finally having a social circle he feels comfortable in, and developing social skills etc, the episode managed to be upbeat, comedic and surprisingly normal. In fact, a bunch of viewers are angry at the way the show tackled the divorce subject with such nonchalance and comedic fashion, while manga readers hated the arc in the source material as well and were surprised it was even getting adapted.

    Personally, I found it refreshing and rather appropriate, considering the protagonist's view on things and actions up to this point. It's a teenage highschool drama through and through, and if anything, this divorce arc is yet another instance where the series hammers home how important proper communication between friends, family and lovers really is. The episode itself even posed a comparison between Tsutsui's relationship with Iroha and Tsutsui's parents, while also comparing him to his father and contrasting Tsutsui's own growth throughout the series with his father's passive attitude. In a way, the current situation showcases the Bad End route of what can happen when couples drift apart, something that Tsutsui and Iroha had a few issues with already, albeit more out of their own respective insecurities.

    While episode 3 (or 15) didn't feature much of the other characters, and only a little of Iroha, at least the first two episodes covered the Culture Festival arc, which, again, saw noticeable growth for the entire cast. I think that's what I like most about this series. It is entirely inoffensive and some may call it dull, but to me, it showcases steady, realistic improvements of social skills, relationship skills and feels warm and fluffy.
    It also helps that Iroha is pretty much perfect to begin with, though I still question some of her clothing choices sometimes...


  16. #1155612019-01-29 12:31:58Teru said:

    Dororo (2019) is doing a good job being its own thing, I'm almost impressed. It's different from the 1969 one but it's good anyway, so good job for them.

  17. #1155642019-01-29 23:19:50DarkChaplain said:

    Well, that 3D Kanojo episode basically did what I expected to happen all along. Of course it did, it wouldn't be this series otherwise. Anyway, that was a surprisingly good episode this week, not disappointed.

  18. #1156892019-02-09 15:59:05DarkChaplain said:

    Alright, I decided to put Boogiepop on hold for a few weeks to allow the next arc (VS Imaginator) to be bingeable. 7 is being subbed by GJM right now, which means two more episodes and this big, two-volume arc will be finished. Hold your horses until then.

    Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen

    Episodes 3 and 4 of Kaguya-sama were incredible. Four is probably the best one yet. Episode 3 basically won the internet for the season, solely based on its ED animation:


    Episode 4, meanwhile, was thematically coherent in a way the previous episodes weren't really. All four segments played into a certain event/arc, with two of them having actual continuity between them. Hayasaka got more screentime..... and DIO appeared as well, in the form of daddy Shirogane.


    The opening section itself almost killed me with laughter, though. Kaguya and Shirogane went all in. https://i.imgur.com/3Fi10Kx.jpg

    So yeah, go catch up and rejoice.

    Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

    The Shield Hero comes with some changes from the novel this week. I can't really pass judgement on whether it's for the best or not, but what I can say is that Filo is here to stay. Best Birb has arrived and kicks the living shit out of Motoyasu's jewels. It was beautiful, truly beautiful. Poetry in motion.
    And Myne? Myne is going to get her just desserts before long, I am sure.

    I won't say anything else about this one, I think, because for all intents, this was more of a bridge episode that covered a good amount of time and had more of what you may come to expect from Trash-King and Myne. But I was really proud of Raphtalia there, so have s picture:


    Star☆Twinkle Precure


    Hugtto! will be hard to beat, to be fair. I don't expect that. But then, I also didn't expect the pilot episode of Star☆Twinkle to be this... unique from other seasons. For one, WE'RE GOING TO SPAAAAAAACE!


    Frankly, there's a few things that set this one apart stylistically. The pacing, for example, differs. And this pilot episode also had no incarnation of people's negative emotions or the likes - instead, it had a lightsaber-wielding Kappa dude and an army of faceless minions. At least this villain here is also taking a more hands-on approach to his battles than standing in the back, shouting. It's really cool to see again.

    The next episode airs tomorrow, so I'm stoked, though I won't be able to watch it til late in the evening...

    Domestic na Kanojo and Gotoubun later, along with Endro~! which is due to air tonight.

  19. #1157112019-02-09 17:00:47EvoRulz said:

    Dodoro is really good so far ' w ' apparently the manga for it is super old. That OP tho ahhhhhh i love ittt. The intro title with the motorcycles got me too excited though i thought the entire show would be that level of sakuga jeez.

  20. #1157162019-02-09 17:08:20DarkChaplain said:

    You could say that Dororo was one of the first formative mangos back then. It defined a lot of what would become common culture in the genre.

  21. #1157432019-02-11 07:05:49DarkChaplain said:

    The overly melodramatic stuff is the point. Never watched any soap operas, I take it? Besides, I truly question your knowledge on hentai. There's simply no comparison to be made that'd stand up, at least not with anything produced over the last 10-15 years in the Rx sector.

  22. #1157572019-02-12 00:27:52mizlily said:

    I can’t be weird for finding you weird for responding with a serious dialogue about hentai. The comment was something I took from review on MAL myanimelist.net/reviews.php?id=300792

    If it’s worth anything my favorite parts were the first ten minutes. Unfortunately, everything that followed that was unpleasant and disappointing.