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Title: Anime?
Post by: Watcher on June 09, 2018, 12:39:26 AM
Does anyone besides me watch anime?  (no, not that kind of anime, get your mind out of the gutter :nono: )

I tend to watch stuff out of the ordinary.  Never got into DBZ or Naruto or any of that, I'm more into the obscure or outrageous ones.


For example, I'm (re)watching "One Punch Man" and can't recommend it enough if you're into the whole superhero genre and ridiculous, over-choreographed, fantastical fight scenes.  It takes a very non-standard approach, however.  Rather than follow a hero who is challenged by, loses to, then ultimately defeats a powerful antagonist, in OPM the protagonist, Saitama, is omnipotent and cannot be challenged by any enemy, as he can defeat them all with just one punch (hence the name).  This makes the show incredibly interesting in it's premise as it doesn't follow the struggle of the hero to defeat the villain, but it follows the struggle of the hero to overcome boredom, feel challenged, and complete the mundane tasks of daily life, as well as highlight his struggle to be respected and accepted by his peers.

Here's a randomized plot-line that basically sums up the attitude of the show:

Some insanely powerful monster appears and starts destroying a city a'la Godzilla.  Saitama catches the story on the local news channel and decides to help, but the monster is quite a ways away.  Saitama is unemployed and doesn't have a car, and public transportation is not running since the city is on lockdown/being evacuated, so Saitama just jogs there.
By the time he gets there the monster has caused incredible amounts of destruction, and has beaten several other superheroes who have responded, so excited for the challenge Saitama squares off with the monster.  The fight begins, the monster performs some insanely powerful attack that causes a lot of property damage but doesn't phase Saitama at all.  Saitama then counter-attacks with a simple punch.  The monster explodes or something from the force, Saitama's fist is left smouldering, and his sly grin is now a disappointed frown.
On the way back home he decides to stop at the supermarket to buy something to prepare for dinner, but as he's in his superhero costume he realizes he left a coupon at home in his pants pocket so now he has to pay full price for eggs.  He curses the sky.  The end.

If that sounds stupid then it probably is, but the humor can be quite charming and the production value is incredible.
Unlike a lot of other shows the first episode is very concise in it's presentation of what the series is all about.  The first fight begins and ends before the opening credits even roll, so you get to see the attitude, action, and art-style in full swing right away.  If you're even a little bit interested and start to watch it, you can make it 3 minutes in and be able to make a fair decision to pass or continue watching.
By the way, it's on Netflix so it's really accessible.


I've got some other recommendations as well, if anyone is interested, and I'm open to suggestions if you have them.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: KHnTX on June 10, 2018, 03:15:30 PM
Heavy Metal and Neon Genesis Evangelion were some that I watched as a kid.  My personal favorite is Cowboy Bebop.


One Punch Man I found funny. 

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Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on June 11, 2018, 05:24:54 AM
I watch a bit of anime here and there. One Punch Man is fantastic, can't wait for the next season. If you haven't, you should check out Fullmetal Achemist: Brotherhood. It's one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: pliskin on June 11, 2018, 06:55:38 AM
One of my favorites is Akira from the 90's i think. I've seen some clips here and there of One Punch Man but never watched an whole episode. Another one I've been wanting to see is called Steam Boy. At least I think that's the name. I heard it's really awesome animation.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: ShowBizWolf on June 11, 2018, 01:48:40 PM
An ex of mine years ago wanted me to watch all the DBZ episodes... and so I did. They weren't bad, I enjoyed them for the most part but they did tend to drag out worse than a soap sometimes lol!

I also remember really enjoying this cartoon called Ultimate Muscle... it was on Saturday mornings in a lineup with TMNT... cracked me up!! I even got the GameBoy game to play. :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: KHnTX on June 11, 2018, 04:27:26 PM
Akira is a great movie.  I wish the technology was there to make a bike like that. 


(https://i.imgur.com/zklGmBK.jpg)
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: Watcher on June 11, 2018, 08:56:49 PM
I didn't expect this much of a turnout, lol!   :cheers:

An ex of mine years ago wanted me to watch all the DBZ episodes... and so I did. They weren't bad, I enjoyed them for the most part but they did tend to drag out worse than a soap sometimes lol!

That's part of why I never got into it.  I heard DBZ: Kai is basically "DBZ:  Get on with it!", but I still don't have that much of a desire to watch it.

I've seen some clips here and there of One Punch Man but never watched an whole episode.

Bruh, you gotta watch it, for realz.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on June 12, 2018, 05:12:30 AM
An ex of mine years ago wanted me to watch all the DBZ episodes... and so I did. They weren't bad, I enjoyed them for the most part but they did tend to drag out worse than a soap sometimes lol!

That's part of why I never got into it.  I heard DBZ: Kai is basically "DBZ:  Get on with it!", but I still don't have that much of a desire to watch it.

The original DBZ has a TON of filler episodes because the production company routinely caught up with the manga and had no more core content to make episodes for but they still needed to put an episode out. DBZ: Kai follows the manga with no extra filler episodes, so its much less meandering. However, if you didn't watch Dragonball or DBZ as a kid, it might not have much appeal for you.

The original Fullmetal Alchemist was in a similar situation. When they started making the show, the manga only had a couple issues out and they caught up really quickly. But, instead of making filler episodes, they just decided to not follow the manga and just started making up their own plot, with inspiration from the manga thrown in here and there. Honestly, its not very good lol. But Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was made after the manga was finished and follows it to a T. Its seriously one of the best animes ever made in my opinion.

...
I also remember really enjoying this cartoon called Ultimate Muscle... it was on Saturday mornings in a lineup with TMNT... cracked me up!! I even got the GameBoy game to play. :icon_mrgreen:

I remember Ultimate Muscle! What a strange show lol. Right up there with Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo in terms of sheer weirdness.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: ShowBizWolf on June 12, 2018, 09:13:38 AM
Haha that's awesome you remember it!! It sure was a strange show lol... I loved the pun names the wrestlers had :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on June 13, 2018, 06:18:40 AM
There's actually a few anime series I want to watch in the next few months lol... If anyone has watched any of these, I'd be interested in your feedback:

My Hero Academia
Inuyashiki
Parasyte
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: KHnTX on June 13, 2018, 05:37:53 PM


My Hero Academia -- Enjoyed first two seasons, not watched any of the third yet.
Inuyashiki - Not seen this one yet
Parasyte - Worth watching.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans -- Probably the one I enjoyed the most of the Gundam's I've seen.

 
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on June 14, 2018, 05:13:08 AM


My Hero Academia -- Enjoyed first two seasons, not watched any of the third yet.
Inuyashiki - Not seen this one yet
Parasyte - Worth watching.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans -- Probably the one I enjoyed the most of the Gundam's I've seen.

:cheers:
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: user11235813 on June 16, 2018, 12:54:12 AM
Does anyone besides me watch anime?

Closest I get to anime is the MissHannahMinx channel on youtube, but that's just to keep abreast of the situation. Seriously have you seen the SWF animations of The Little Ninja? mind bending.

Here's a link to the files, you'll have to find something that can play swf files. Prolly a browser will do with the right plug in.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l07vocxoxda7841/AABIJr_WlN5IDyNzUFTkrWHza?dl=0

For MacOS the latest free version of elmedia player will play the files. These swf files are no longer available on the inter webs. https://mac.eltima.com/elmedia-player-download.html
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on June 20, 2018, 05:15:41 AM
So over the last week-ish I've been watching My Hero Academia. It's definitely enjoyable. A little tropey at times, but the story so far is pretty solid and the characters are interesting.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: Watcher on June 22, 2018, 12:12:08 AM
Not entirely off topic, but I went to a local Japanese restaurant called Raijin Ramen for my birthday, and got some Black-Garlic Tonkotsu, Karaage, and later that evening had some Yamazaki single-malt whiskey.  My sister got Miso, it was also tasty but she missed out on the Chashu!

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If I had died in my sleep that evening I would have died happy!



Anyway, to keep it 100% on topic you all should check out Nichijou.  It's "slice of life" and high-school girls  :icon_rolleyes:, but very charming, rather innocent, and absolutely hilarious!
Much of the humor is done by basically taking the over-dramatic and highly stylized scenes typical of action animes and applying it to mundane tasks and events.
You want DBZ-esque "power up" scenes for someone who's trying to catch a piece of their lunch before it hits the floor?  Nichijou has got you covered!
How about someone pricking their finger and screaming in pain so loud that the sonic waves pierce through space and destroy another planet?  Nichijou!
Martial arts vs mosquitoes?  Nichijou...
Also for some reason there's a 5yr old girl who happens to be a genius that made an android teenage girl to take care of her and the house while she slacks off drawing and coloring sharks, and also they have a pet cat who can talk.
Because, well, Nichijou...
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on June 22, 2018, 05:25:05 AM
That dinner looks fantastic.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: ShowBizWolf on June 22, 2018, 11:56:26 AM
I totally agree! :nom nom:
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: KHnTX on June 23, 2018, 01:12:28 PM
That does look good.  How was the whiskey? 


I'd be interested in seeing a list of shows/movies that others have enjoyed, call it a top 15 list, as I'd like to compare it to what I have seen already.  I'll put mine together and post it up later.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: Watcher on June 23, 2018, 08:32:31 PM
That does look good.  How was the whiskey?

Like nothing else on earth.  :cheers:

It's very similar to a Speyside Scotch if you're a whiskey drinker.  More on the sweet side, subtle toffee and honey with an ever so slight floral nose, gentle on the tongue with a delayed spice that warms your chest, and - now this can't really be put into words easily - it tastes distinctly Japanese.  Something like Talisker from the Isle of Sky has a bit of a saltiness to it, almost an oceanic flavor that's distinctly Atlantic.  In the same way the Yamazaki has this general "feel" of being, well, Japanese.  The earth from which the barley is grown, and the climate and location of the region in which Yamazaki is birthed lends it a distinctly Asian overtone, and it's one of those really odd kind of flavor profiles where if I gave it to you blind you might be like "Huh...  It has a bit a taste that I can't quite put my finger on," then I'd say "It's Japanese whiskey," and you'd go "Ah, that makes sense."


I'd be interested in seeing a list of shows/movies that others have enjoyed, call it a top 15 list, as I'd like to compare it to what I have seen already.  I'll put mine together and post it up later.

I may do the same, waiting to see how you format yours.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: KHnTX on June 24, 2018, 08:46:25 PM

I was having to think of all the ones I've seen.  I've put more than 15, but I've tried to put down ones I liked enough to either purchase, watch more than once, liked enough I binge watched, or was looking forward to watch when the new episodes released.  I'm sure there are others that I might still have buried someplace and have forgotten about. 

Ghost in the Shell - movie and SAC
Samurai champloo
Trigun
Martian successor nadesco
Attack on Titan
Samurai 7
Gun slinger girls
Samurai X
Blood the last vampire
Last exile
Robotech
Black Lagoon
Darker than Black
High school of the dead
Spriggan
Full metal panic
Wolf's Rain
Hellsing
Re:zero
Sword art online
Ruroni Kenshin
Log Horizon
Berserk - original OVA's not the new episodes.  The drawing style they used on the new episodes was annoying enough for me to stop watching.
Alderman on the sky
World Trigger
Mobile suit Gundam iron blood orphans
Vandred
Neon Genesis evangelion
Cowboy Bebop
Terraformars
Akira
Spawn animated series
Mushi-shi
Code Geass
My Hero Acedemia
Fafner
Eden of the East
Gantz
Gungrave
Initial D
One Punch Man
Howl's moving castle
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: Watcher on June 24, 2018, 08:54:58 PM
You put SAO over Log Horizon?  Seriously?   :cookoo:
 :laugh:


I'm also surprized you've put Miyazaki's works at the bottom.

Unless, of course, the list isn't ranked and is just a collection of stuff you've seen.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: scratch on June 25, 2018, 05:18:58 AM
I'm going to date myself with this one:

G-Force

and

Starblazers

just finished Girls und Panzer
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: KHnTX on June 25, 2018, 12:09:48 PM
You put SAO over Log Horizon?  Seriously?   :cookoo:
 :laugh:


I'm also surprized you've put Miyazaki's works at the bottom.

Unless, of course, the list isn't ranked and is just a collection of stuff you've seen.

Yeah, I was kinda rushing myself to finish before I had to sleep so it isn't in any specific order like I had planned.  The list just came out that way.  I was trying to keep a list on my phone's memo pad but I kept forgetting to save it before it went to standby and it wiped everything out and I had to start over again till I got fed up and e-mailed it to myself instead.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: KHnTX on June 25, 2018, 12:13:08 PM
I'm going to date myself with this one:

G-Force

and

Starblazers

just finished Girls und Panzer

Did you know they made a live action of Starblazers in 2010?   It was actually really good.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: Watcher on August 03, 2018, 11:40:55 PM
I mentioned Nichijou before, it's on Crunchyroll now!

Don't have Crunchyroll?  Whats wrong with you! :nono:

I'm rewatching it and I'm reminded of why I liked it to begin with.  It's epic while mundane, but that's the point!  It also has wild swings in animation style, which works well to capture the moods of the characters and ads flavor to what's happening on screen.

Found a great YouTube video (Parental Advisory) that highlights the show, but you really need to watch it for yourself.

Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on August 06, 2018, 10:12:31 AM
I watched "Mary and the Witch's Flower" recently. It was entertaining and the animation was incredibly well done. Its apparently made by some former Studio Ghibli people, and the animation style really shows it. But, its much more geared towards kids than other films like it. It has that "normal kid in a fantastical world" feel that Spirited Away does, but it lacks the nuance and subtlety that Miyazaki's films do. Still worth the watch, I think.

Also, I have watched all of what's available of My Hero Academia and I've enjoyed it for the most part. There's a bit of light fanservice, which always makes me roll my eyes, and a couple of the characters are just the embodiment of anime tropes. But, its well written for the most part and the action sequences are great. Definitely worth watching if you like anime. Wouldn't be what I recommend to someone who hasn't watched much anime before though.

Lastly, I caught up on Attack on Titan by re-watching Season 1, then watching Season 2 and the first 2 episodes of season 3, which I had not watched. Definitely one of my favorites. IMO, the show gets better and better as it goes on. The only complaints I have are the incredibly long waits between seasons, and the fact that there is a bit of corner cutting when it comes to animation. Attack on Titan has some of the most well-animated action sequences I've ever seen, but there are also times when you're essentially just watching an animated face on a stiff body with a quickly scrolling background. I'm 99% sure its to save the animation budget for the action sequences, which is fine I guess, but its still a bit disappointing to see such low effort stuff from a studio that is capable of much better work. In the grand scheme of things, I guess that's more of a nitpick than anything else. Since the show is basically brilliant otherwise.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: pliskin on August 06, 2018, 08:03:55 PM
Rain took out my dish TV and they cant fix it until tomorrowyso I'm sitting here watching a vhs of Heavy Metal. This has to be one of my top 2 all time favorite. I don't know if its considered Anime but it should be. I'm talking about the one from Heavy Metal Magazine back in1980. Crankin on my 90's surround  rack stereo setup.

Everyone on this forum should have seen this movie. James Earl Jones and that green orb. If you haven't you have no business talking about cartoons.

Before this I watched cheech and cheong up in smoke.  :bowdown:

No lie
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on September 06, 2018, 07:54:48 AM
I started watching Aggretsuko on Netflix. Its suprisingly entertaining. A bit surreal at times (the show follows an office worker who hates her job and does death metal karaoke to vent her anger), which is great if you enjoy that type of thing. But its also very relatable for anyone who has worked in an office.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on September 10, 2018, 09:18:05 AM
I've really been on an anime kick lately...

I started watching Fate/Zero last night. Seems okay so far, first few episodes lay it on a bit too heavy with the exposition for my tastes, but maybe I'll feel different after I watch a few more episodes.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: Watcher on September 28, 2018, 03:42:58 AM
Found, started, and finished "Made in Abyss" over the last two days, it's quite profound.

Stay away if you're easily disturbed, but it has a compelling story, interesting and lovable characters, and a uniqie and mysterious lore, but what really sets it apart is the juxtaposition of art style to story events and content.

The cliff-notes version is there's what's essentially a giant pit (the Abyss) in the center of an island, noone knows how deep it goes, and within are many ancient artifacts and ruins that hold riches and incredible powers.  However, it is inhabited by many hostile fantastical creatures that grow more powerful the deeper you go.  To make matters worse, the area is cursed such that the deeper you go the more physically difficult it is to ascend.  For the first layer a person may experience dizziness or nausea during ascent, deeper down then hallucinations and loss of motor control, then hemorrhaging of the oraphices, finally reaching a point where if you go to the deepest depths return simply means death or "loss of humanity".

Introducing Riko, a child of about 12 years old, the daughter of some veteran "cave raiders" (Abyss explorers) who are presumed dead.  She lives in an orphanage which doubles as a training academy for cave raiders.
One day while on a training mission she finds a boy robot who is thought to originate from the Abyss.  She befriends the boy, names him Reg, and gains him admittance to the orphanage as a trainee.  Shortly after, the town receives a delivery from one of the deepest known depths of the Abyss with some items implicating that Riko's mother is still alive and at the absolute bottom of the Abyss.
Along with Reg she sneaks out from the orphanage and embarks on a quest to the bottom of the Abyss to find her mother.
That's about where the story, while despite having heavy overtones, stops being relatively light hearted and hopeful and starts being, well, horrible.

Death, torment, despair, terrible realizations, crushing sadness, and other hardships pile on rather rapidly and quite heavily for the rest of the show, with very little in the way of relief, comic or otherwise, and much in the way of suspense.
And here's where the art style really comes into it's own.  It's adorable.  Very much so.  Initially you'd think they would use this as a way to break the tension of the environment, but they do quite the opposite.  The main characters are made incredibly child-like, which makes sense since they are children, but it often comes as a painful reminder and adds incredible contrast to the situations they are in.  Adult characters are also often done very cute, in a sense, and the shock factor of witnessing something terrible or terrifying gets you straight in the gut.

It isn't all despair, however, as at least one friendly character is met on the way down.  One in particular joins the cast as a protagonist, though even that person is enveloped in a tale of personal tragedy.  I won't leave anything more in the way of spoilers.

This one is a definite recommendation by me, but comes with a big advisory.  It's pretty f_@#ed up most of the time, you will experience "the feels", and it ends on a cliffhanger.  That being said, a second season IS in production so the suspense will be resolved soon enough.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on December 03, 2018, 09:40:16 AM
I started watching the Castlevania anime on Netflix recently. Its very good so far. Maybe I'll write a longer impression when I finish it, all I really have to say now is if you like Castlevania, and you like anime, you'll like this.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on December 03, 2018, 09:50:59 AM
I've really been on an anime kick lately...

I started watching Fate/Zero last night. Seems okay so far, first few episodes lay it on a bit too heavy with the exposition for my tastes, but maybe I'll feel different after I watch a few more episodes.

Follow-Up on Fate/Zero: I did not feel different after a few episodes.  My feelings about the "exposition" early on essentially evolved into an intense dislike of the writing as a whole. The show constantly violates the "show, dont tell" rule of storytelling. The show doesn't treat its viewers as intelligent and constantly overexplains everything that happens on screen. Truth be told, literally everything about the show except for the character design and action sequences bored me to tears.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on December 05, 2018, 06:20:57 AM
I started watching the Castlevania anime on Netflix recently. Its very good so far. Maybe I'll write a longer impression when I finish it, all I really have to say now is if you like Castlevania, and you like anime, you'll like this.

Finished Castevania last night. I thought it was great. My only complaint is that the pacing felt a bit too fast. Other than that, I loved it. Definitely recommended.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: Watcher on January 18, 2019, 10:06:42 PM
An anime about motorcycles!?

Bakuon! is totally an anime about motorcycles!

Ok, so, technically it's about a group of high-school girls in a motorcycle club who go on trips and stuff together, and if you can't get past the typical anime "fan service" style of over -ahem- "emphasizing" young girls then this won't be for you (though it isn't too ridiculous here).
But if you're into that (I don't judge) or don't care then Bakuon! is a pleasantly knowledgeable anime about motorcycles and motorcycling in general.

It pokes fun at all the normal motorcyclist stereotypes, too.  As a group they crap on the Suzuki owner constantly, speak towards how "boring" Honda's are, the Ducati is always breaking down (not to mention groups of Ducatists are typically portrayed with superiority complexes), in at least one scene a group of bikes automatically raise their side stands and topple onto each other, and it suddenly raining after cleaning all the bikes.
In a not so subtle homage to The Stig, one of the girls is mute and never takes off her Simpson helmet.
They even deal with typical rider stuff like running out of gas on a long trips or lamenting that perfect motorcycle that's just out of reach.

And by pleasantly knowledgeable, I mean they must have actually had some riders on staff because they've got brands and designs, and even techniques, down to a T!
Models of motorcycles actually exist and look like they're supposed to.
Arai helmets look like Arai helmets.  Same for Shoei, etc.
Even the actual riding techniques they reference are true, such as target fixation and such.
It's an anime by motorcyclists for motorcyclists!

If you wanna check it out it's streaming now on VRV.
Never heard of VRV?
Well, if you pay for CrunchyRoll, you should subscribe to VRV and then cancel your CR subscription, because VRV includes CrunchyRoll premium and several other channels, both anime and non, both cartoon and non, and even documentaries and nerd/gamer TV.
Bonus, it's just $10/mo
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on January 25, 2019, 12:06:47 PM
An anime about motorcycles!?

Bakuon! is totally an anime about motorcycles!

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Ok, so, technically it's about a group of high-school girls in a motorcycle club who go on trips and stuff together, and if you can't get past the typical anime "fan service" style of over -ahem- "emphasizing" young girls then this won't be for you (though it isn't too ridiculous here).

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But if you're into that (I don't judge)

I hereby volunteer to judge them on your behalf.

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or don't care then Bakuon! is a pleasantly knowledgeable anime about motorcycles and motorcycling in general.

It pokes fun at all the normal motorcyclist stereotypes, too.  As a group they crap on the Suzuki owner constantly, speak towards how "boring" Honda's are, the Ducati is always breaking down (not to mention groups of Ducatists are typically portrayed with superiority complexes), in at least one scene a group of bikes automatically raise their side stands and topple onto each other, and it suddenly raining after cleaning all the bikes.
In a not so subtle homage to The Stig, one of the girls is mute and never takes off her Simpson helmet.
They even deal with typical rider stuff like running out of gas on a long trips or lamenting that perfect motorcycle that's just out of reach.

And by pleasantly knowledgeable, I mean they must have actually had some riders on staff because they've got brands and designs, and even techniques, down to a T!
Models of motorcycles actually exist and look like they're supposed to.
Arai helmets look like Arai helmets.  Same for Shoei, etc.
Even the actual riding techniques they reference are true, such as target fixation and such.
It's an anime by motorcyclists for motorcyclists!

All joking aside, its always cool when a show of any kind shows that level of respect for its subject matter (Even if I probably won't watch it because I really dislike fanservice-y anime lol). IIRC, Initial D is pretty similar in that regard, although its about cars and the 80's/90's japanese street racing scene rather than motorcycles.

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If you wanna check it out it's streaming now on VRV.
Never heard of VRV?
Well, if you pay for CrunchyRoll, you should subscribe to VRV and then cancel your CR subscription, because VRV includes CrunchyRoll premium and several other channels, both anime and non, both cartoon and non, and even documentaries and nerd/gamer TV.
Bonus, it's just $10/mo

Lol how much are CR/VRV paying you for these plugs?
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on January 28, 2019, 07:35:46 AM
I started watching Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. I'm currently 3 episodes in. Its pretty cool so far. Has references to some older Gundam stuff that might confuse people who aren't familiar with it. But, even without that background knowledge its entertaining.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: petro on January 29, 2019, 04:49:27 PM
TWO CAR is an anime about ...wait for it... a bunch of high school girls (shock & surprise) that compete against each other in side-car racing.
Makes no difference to me but if it matters, the fanservice is minimal by anime standards. The main stories revolve around the relationships between rider & passenger and how their on-track/off-track interactions affect each other. I'm not an expert in sidecar racing but I know it's pretty hairy stuff. They definitely made some effort toward realistic bikes and racing action.

As a "sports anime", the stories are OK but nothing fantastic. But given the limited choices of motorcycle themed shows, it's definitely worth a watch.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on February 04, 2019, 10:29:31 AM
I started watching Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. I'm currently 3 episodes in. Its pretty cool so far. Has references to some older Gundam stuff that might confuse people who aren't familiar with it. But, even without that background knowledge its entertaining.

Finished MSG:UC. Worth a watch, especially if you're already a fan of other Gundam stuff.

Gundam has always been "Look at these awesome mechs! Look at how cool these mech fights are! Now... how does that make you feel?" and this is much the same. Basically, 90% of the non-fight scenes are philosophical debates about the morality of war, explorations of emotions, and talking about what makes us human. Par for the course for Gundam as far as I'm concerned.

Probably gonna try and watch another Gundam series next, since its reliably entertaining and I more or less know what I'm in for. Heard very good things about Iron Blooded Orphans, so that's probably next on my list.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: qcbaker on May 03, 2019, 08:12:14 AM
Gotten back on the anime train in recent weeks. Haven't gotten to any of the Gundam stuff I wanted to watch, but what I have watched has been pretty good so I guess I can't complain:

OPM season 2: banger after banger IMO, love it.

AoT Season 3 part 2: only 1 episode so far but also a banger, as expected. Also love it.

Also started watching Parasyte: The Maxim. A little tropey at times, but overall very enjoyable. Action sequences are great, the main story is intriguing, and it has that philosophy twist that I can't seem to resist lol.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: Watcher on May 03, 2019, 06:37:53 PM
Gin Tama!

Has a lot of jokes that perhaps would only make sense to someone well versed in Japanese culture and history, but the translation does a good job of making it relatable and it's down right hilarious regardless!

Bit of an older anime, only recently discovered it.  Follows a dedicated samurai in a weird futuristic Edo period where Earth is taken over by aliens.  Hilarity ensues.

Recommended.  Not a perfect 10 but it's very entertaining.
Title: Re: Anime?
Post by: Watcher on November 03, 2020, 12:51:28 AM
Been a while, anyone watch anything new and worthwhile?  There are definitely some recommendations from this thread that I still need to seek, I've watched some new ones (and some old ones) and generally enjoyed myself, but I came across this one that's pretty different.

Shokugeki No Soma (Food Wars!) is a very unique take on an Iron Chef/Hell's Kitchen kind of thing where the best chefs from around the world enroll at a prestigious cooking school and compete with one another to try and rise through the ranks, gain fame, and eventually graduate and start some amazing restaurant.
Of course, in typical anime style, a headstrong protagonist conflicts with a stuck up antagonist, drama and intrigue abound, characters are zany and bring a decent amount of humor to the mix, and of course they drag that suspense pretty hard with serialized episodes and a season long overarching plot line.
The anime is created by a bunch of foodies, so the art and creativity with the featured dishes is pretty astounding, though the anime does suffer a bit from recycling a "hidden twist" trope with most of the winning foods as well as tending towards a lot of exposition.  Though, overall it's very entertaining and I would recommend a watch to anyone who is into food stuffs and anime.

The catch?  Umm...  it's kind of...  well it's a little bit... it sort of gets... inappropriate?  And it may mislead people nearby to think it's hentai?
Ok, I know that's super vague.  It doesn't show nor imply any sexual activity, mind you, but, well, sometimes the food is so good one might describe it as *ahem* "orgasmic."  It's totally clean apart from, well, noises...  And sometimes the characters' clothes explode, so that's a thing...  But nothing is shown, everything remains covered by - I guess debris?
It has those moments where if someone walks in at the wrong time while you're watching it you'll have a hell of a time trying to sell "it's a cooking show, I swear!"
Early seasons are hype.  Seasons 4 and 5 kinda lose their direction if you ask me.

I dunno, don't knock it 'till you try it.