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#52 Aug 15 2012 at 8:51 PM Rating: Good
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is up next, mostly by virtue of being on Netflix (50" flat screen + couch > 27" monitor + chair).


Don't get too excited, as of the last time I checked they were still missing the last 1/4th of the series.
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#53 Aug 15 2012 at 10:04 PM Rating: Good
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Seriously, they can't make a series about a Jewish/Muslim/Hindu guy that fights demons/vampires?
There's one where Buddhists fight undead by using their own undead. And one where some guys in turbans fight aliens with blowdryers while the main characters are fishing.

Edit: Oh, and I think the organization in Blue Exorcist had some multi-faith elements too.

Edited, Aug 15th 2012 10:26pm by Poldaran
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#54 Aug 16 2012 at 5:26 PM Rating: Good
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If you're looking to branch out a bit more into stories that are still mature and unique, but not necessarily containing a lot of action or overly manly protagonists then I have a few series you might find worth watching.

I have trouble with anime that's mostly about sitting around and talking. It makes me feel like the animators were either on a tight budget, or just lazy (or both).
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#55 Aug 16 2012 at 5:55 PM Rating: Good
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
Demea wrote:
Seriously, they can't make a series about a Jewish/Muslim/Hindu guy that fights demons/vampires?
There's one where Buddhists fight undead by using their own undead. And one where some guys in turbans fight aliens with blowdryers while the main characters are fishing.

Edit: Oh, and I think the organization in Blue Exorcist had some multi-faith elements too.

Edited, Aug 15th 2012 10:26pm by Poldaran

Blue Exorcist is pretty good, though they really did the anime way to early on, given how relatively new blue exorcist is for a monthly release manga. They do combine several faiths (ie: those you'd find in japan) and make it seem like the exorcists are working behind the scenes, and are in charge of all the major religions in the world.

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If you're looking to branch out a bit more into stories that are still mature and unique, but not necessarily containing a lot of action or overly manly protagonists then I have a few series you might find worth watching.

I have trouble with anime that's mostly about sitting around and talking. It makes me feel like the animators were either on a tight budget, or just lazy (or both).

I'm the same way, a story needs to be really interesting to get me to be willing to sit down for half an hour to watch someone else sitting down for half an hour.

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Edited, Aug 20th 2012 5:47pm by Jinte
#56 Aug 16 2012 at 9:53 PM Rating: Good
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I think you accidentally encased part of your reply within the quote boxes there. Smiley: tongue
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#57 Aug 18 2012 at 1:55 AM Rating: Good
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Well, 2 episodes into Jormungand, and it seems like something demea might enjoy, though I'm not sure it'll be his new favorite.

It's about an arms merchant much like black lagoon. Definitely a lot of action, as there have been two "fights" per episode so far. Dialogue is fast paced and reasonable interesting. Drawbacks seem to be that the characters seem to have multiple personality disorder with how quickly the tone shift from heavy to light, and certain situations--while not quite plot holes--could benefit from further explanation.

You wouldn't visit Disneyland to ride on Jormungand, but you'd get in line for it if you're already there.
#58 Aug 18 2012 at 12:51 PM Rating: Good
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Jormungand is getting a second season.
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#59 Aug 18 2012 at 5:46 PM Rating: Good
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Fate/Zero finished. Thoroughly enjoyed that one, although it did bring to mind again the strange fascination the Japanese seem to have with Christianity. Seriously, they can't make a series about a Jewish/Muslim/Hindu guy that fights demons/vampires?


It's due to way Christianity was introduced to Japan, I believe.

Shinto buddhism sorta coexisted with spirtual prescences barring small scale exorcisms/appeasement/etc, whereas zealous Christian missionaries sorta sought out any 'demonic presences' to destroy it in order to galvanize people toward their conversion efforts. That, and christian missionaries came along with the introduction of firearms to japan, which is probably why you get so many interpretations of the 'christian vampire hunters with guns' theme.
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#60 Aug 18 2012 at 6:28 PM Rating: Good
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Well, I think you can more simply say that that Christian has high recognition in Japan. You can use it as a setting and people will have a general idea of what is going on, just like using Egyptian or Greek mythology.

It has some additional special properties in that it is a western mythology, and therefore a little more exotic and also a current mythology with existing believers and organizations, unlike many other ancient mythologies.
#61 Aug 19 2012 at 4:29 AM Rating: Good
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Finished Jormungand, and it turned out better than I expected. Overall I'd rate it 7/10. It was researched enough that it had a fair sense of realism, and was nice to see the copious use of snipers. While the audience will build sympathy for the characters, it's only through familiarity. The show never pretends they're any better than the people they kill.

#62 Aug 22 2012 at 10:39 AM Rating: Good
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nice to see the copious use of snipers.
Now my interest is piqued.
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#63 Aug 22 2012 at 5:00 PM Rating: Good
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood done. That one was right up my alley. Out of curiosity, what are the differences between FA:B and the vanilla, non-secondary-titled Fullmetal Alchemist?

Durarara!! is up next so Allegory will stop bringing it up. Smiley: tongue
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#64 Aug 22 2012 at 5:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Demea wrote:
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood done. That one was right up my alley. Out of curiosity, what are the differences between FA:B and the vanilla, non-secondary-titled Fullmetal Alchemist?
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For the first 15 or so episodes, not very much, but after that the storylines diverge wildly. It's pretty much a completely different series with the same characters. The first series (Fullmetal Alchemist) was in production at the same time as the manga, so instead of waiting for manga to finish, they just went ahead and wrote an ending to the anime. Once, the manga was finished they went back and redid the anime and added "Brotherhood" to the title. Personally, I rather enjoyed both series, I would have a hard time picking a favorite. One thing I'll mention, after the first anime was finished, they made a movie (Conqueror of Shamballa) that more or less sh*t all over the ending of the series, I didn't care for it at all.
#65 Sep 02 2012 at 12:37 PM Rating: Good
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For anyone watching Sword Art Online (I'm just gonna use this thread, rather than the other one, since that one's deader), thoughts? I'm watching it having read most of the source novels, and I'm really loving it, but... it really, really feels so rushed. It's like they're trying to cram too much into a single episode, and it's causing them to cut out a lot of the novel's charms. Up until Lizbet's episode it was fine, but the two before it felt really unnecessary, because unless they're told in one of the last three books I've yet to read, as flash backs, due to how the story with Sword Art Online itself is only in the first book and a collection of oneshots that make up the second book, they're just pointless filler, because every episode since then has felt so rushed... I can sort of see what they're aiming towards, but that event works way better as a forgotten memory coming back tothe surface, so I really hope they don't do it.... One of the things I really love about the books, though, is how the author uses perspective. Kirito always narrates his own story in the first person, explaining things about the game to the reader, like he's remembering it to tell someone. Chapters that focus on Lizbet are in the first person, too. Chapters focused on Asuna and everyone else are told in third person. Maybe it's just because I'm an MMO geek, but their are some pretty important plot points and characterization moments made clear by how the author explains different things about the game(s), and that the anime doesn't even gloss over them, but completely ignores them, really bothers me.

Like Asuna's cooking. That she has cooking Mastered is a big deal, because it takes a long time to Master (max level) a skill, and most people on the only have combat and survival oriented skills chosen to have any levels in, let alone mastery, meaning that people with high level cooking are incredibly rare. Asuna, despite being on the front lines, fighting the strongest monsters in the game, and continually fighting the very dangerous boss monsters, instead, chose to master a skill that serves no purpose in combat and only allows her to make food that tastes good. In SAO, the players do need to eat, but only because their brain is tricked into thinking it's hungry, so if they don't eat some virtual bread or something, which they can get cheaply at npc vendors, they'll be uncomfortable. They won't starve, though. It says a lot about Asuna's character that she's willing to forgo a skill that could help her survival in order to master a skill that only helps her comfort level (and the comfort level of others). Kirito actually teases her for it in the novel prior to actually tasting her food.
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
#66 Sep 03 2012 at 7:29 AM Rating: Good
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As someone who hasn't read the novels, I also think it seems rushed. I do plan on going back and reading the novels though.
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#67 Sep 03 2012 at 9:59 PM Rating: Good
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Also, I just read your second spoiler and they totally mention the deal about cooking and how surprising it is that she leveled it.
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#68 Sep 03 2012 at 11:39 PM Rating: Good
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Also, I just read your second spoiler and they totally mention the deal about cooking and how surprising it is that she leveled it.

idk, it didn't really have the same weight.
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
#69 Sep 04 2012 at 12:12 AM Rating: Good
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Also, I just read your second spoiler and they totally mention the deal about cooking and how surprising it is that she leveled it.

idk, it didn't really have the same weight.
Some things like that are to be expected. I just hope they continue the series long enough to get to the other two MMOs.


Edit: Oh, and the Fall shows start up at the beginning of next month. Might be time for a new thread for those.

Edited, Sep 4th 2012 12:16am by Poldaran
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#70 Sep 04 2012 at 12:48 AM Rating: Good
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Oh, and the Fall shows start up at the beginning of next month. Might be time for a new thread for those.

Done. I was thinking of doing it about a week ago, but decided it was too early. I'm anxious though, because I haven't been particularly interested in anything from the summer season.
#71 Sep 04 2012 at 10:17 AM Rating: Good
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Eh, I just wish SAO was a real game- without the whole logging out and death problems.
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Eh, I just wish SAO was a real game- without the whole logging out and death problems.

Yea, I'd definitely play it, if I could. ALO too.
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
#73 Sep 06 2012 at 12:01 AM Rating: Good
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
Lady Jinte wrote:
Vataro wrote:
Also, I just read your second spoiler and they totally mention the deal about cooking and how surprising it is that she leveled it.

idk, it didn't really have the same weight.
Some things like that are to be expected. I just hope they continue the series long enough to get to the other two MMOs.
A comment on Youtube led me to some very minor digging, and it does sound like it's going at least 25 episodes(at the very least Wikipedia lists it at 25 episodes). Said comment said they'd be going on to ALO, with no mention of GGO.
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#74 Sep 07 2012 at 11:21 AM Rating: Good
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
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Lady Jinte wrote:
Vataro wrote:
Also, I just read your second spoiler and they totally mention the deal about cooking and how surprising it is that she leveled it.

idk, it didn't really have the same weight.
Some things like that are to be expected. I just hope they continue the series long enough to get to the other two MMOs.
A comment on Youtube led me to some very minor digging, and it does sound like it's going at least 25 episodes(at the very least Wikipedia lists it at 25 episodes). Said comment said they'd be going on to ALO, with no mention of GGO.

I can understand that, the story felt complete when I finished the second half of ALO's arc, but really, I enjoyed GGO's arc too, and Mother's Rosario is just... well... I can't say anything without spoiling everything, but I really loved it.
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
#75 Sep 09 2012 at 9:33 AM Rating: Good
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Maybe it's explained better in the manga, but what just happened? or more correctly: how much of that was a dream? My memory is too short to handle dreams that cover more than a single episode.
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Was any of it a dreaM? I thought it was real. I also thought it was super rushed though, so I understand your confusion. I'm definitely committed to reading the LN now.
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Maybe it's explained better in the manga, but what just happened? or more correctly: how much of that was a dream? My memory is too short to handle dreams that cover more than a single episode.

They condensed like, 3 episodes worth of plot into a single one, that's what happened. Smiley: motz

Kirito's duel with Heathcliff: Heathcliff is the only other player in the game to possess a unique skill (only one player has it) like Kirito's dual blades, that lets him use his shield offensively. The duel was covered pretty well, but they sort of.... botched the weirdness of how Heathcliff won. I can't really say any more, but the way he won is a huge plot point.Did you think I actually included the answer? It's more fun to leave you guessing Smiley: lol

Kuradeel's **** They dropped a couple of minor characters (there were one or two other random faceless members there in the book, and the manga, who were also killed) completely changed the setting, (the book had it on an open field. The canyon **** doesn't really work very well with the way Aincrad is set up, but the anime doesn't seem to care about how the book constantly emphasizes that, since each floor is located directly above one another, the sky is never really.. visible... because there's always the base of the next floor about 100m up.) too my minor irritation, changed the laughing coffin symbol for no apparent reason (though I can't seem to find the image of the original that I'm remembering), and had kirito altogether way to **** cheery at the end of it.

The night with Asuna: That constituted an entire chapter on its own, had huge, heavy overtones, took place in multiple rooms, and was incredibly **** depressing. The whole point was that Kirito JUST **** KILLED SOMEONE and needed be with a friend while he sorted it all out in his head, and Asuna completely misunderstanding this (they do actually **** in the book, though it's not included in the official release; the chapter itself glosses over it like the episode did, and then has a chapter .5 after it that... is about as awkward as you would expect, but didn't feel out of place.) Asuna doesn't just undress in themiddle of the kitchen after turning the lights out. They spent a good while on the couch, in the dark, in silence, to set the mood first. This episode totally murdered this part of the story with it's speeding up. Smiley: glare

To its credit, though, I do have to partially take back what I said about the episodes that introduced the laughing coffin. I still say they could have reasonably condensed it into a single episode, but that was actually a short story included in the second short story book (the 8th) that I just hadn't gotten to at the time.
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Am I the only one who clicked on this thread expecting actual baby photos [of Jinte]? o.O

Except if it were baby photos, it would be like looking at before and afters of Michael Jackson. Only instead of turning into a white guy, he changes into a chick!
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