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#27 Oct 22 2012 at 1:06 PM Rating: Good
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Also curious if anyone else actually watches Medaka. Certainly not a great or original show by any measure, but I find it entertaining (though something has changed from the first season...).
My roommates and I do. I'm a little worried it's gonna be all Medaka this season and less of her buddy.
#28 Oct 22 2012 at 2:39 PM Rating: Good
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Wondering about some of the less talked about shows...

Any love for Psycho-Pass or Shinsekai Yori? Those two seem to cover the fastest 50 minutes of my week.
I'm really interested in how Psycho-Pass will turn out given that it's an original show.

Also curious if anyone else actually watches Medaka. Certainly not a great or original show by any measure, but I find it entertaining (though something has changed from the first season...).


I've been watching Shinsekai Yori, and enjoying it so far though there's still a lot of questions.
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#29 Oct 22 2012 at 3:10 PM Rating: Good
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That said, the SAO anime continues to drive me insane with its terrible pacing.

Part of that could be the fact that you've read the books and are constantly comparing them. Personally, having not read the books it doesn't seem that bad to me. Yeah, the pacing seems a little off at times, but nothing detrimental. I'm still loving the show.
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#30 Oct 22 2012 at 5:08 PM Rating: Good
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#31 Oct 25 2012 at 2:48 AM Rating: Good
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xypin wrote:
Wondering about some of the less talked about shows...

Any love for Psycho-Pass or Shinsekai Yori? Those two seem to cover the fastest 50 minutes of my week.
I'm really interested in how Psycho-Pass will turn out given that it's an original show.

Also curious if anyone else actually watches Medaka. Certainly not a great or original show by any measure, but I find it entertaining (though something has changed from the first season...).


Psycho-pass is one of the ones that managed to make my "Definitely watching this" list, and it managed to pull that off before the first episode was even finished. I love all the concepts behind it, and the way it's being told. The characters seem pretty interesting, too. I haven't watched shinsekai yori though, I've thought about it, it just didn't really seem like my cup of tea.

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xypin wrote:
Also curious if anyone else actually watches Medaka. Certainly not a great or original show by any measure, but I find it entertaining (though something has changed from the first season...).
My roommates and I do. I'm a little worried it's gonna be all Medaka this season and less of her buddy.

Having read the manga, I can promise you that so long as the anime stays remotely faithful, you'll get to see the entire student council show off/earn their badass cred. Medaka ends up being the first to fight, and is thus exhausted and battered as they deal with the rest of the badguys, and then halfway through, she gets kidnapped and brainwashed, and zenkichi ends up having to fight a brainwashed medaka who's finally demonstraighting her abnormal ability Girl's a literal Mary Sue. Like, her power is so broken that when the other characters realize what it is, they're just kind of like "...well @#%^." By this I mean, Her ability is to instantly learn how to do anything after seeing it done only once. And this means ANYTHING. Including other peoples' abnormal abilities. And she can use them better. sort of. The funny thing is that despite that, I didn't stop being entertained, because it feels like an intentional parody of Mary Sues done in the best possible way.

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Jinte wrote:
That said, the SAO anime continues to drive me insane with its terrible pacing.

Part of that could be the fact that you've read the books and are constantly comparing them. Personally, having not read the books it doesn't seem that bad to me. Yeah, the pacing seems a little off at times, but nothing detrimental. I'm still loving the show.

True, but even without that, the anime still has a sort of overly fast pacing to it that grates at me. Like they're trying to cram just a little too much into each episode. It's kind of subtle, though.


edit: also, Jormundgand season 2. Just Smiley: cry

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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!
#32 Oct 25 2012 at 6:21 PM Rating: Good
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Jormungand is seeing a tone shift. Season 1 would have maybe 2 fights per episode, and the first two episodes of this season have none. Bookman is seeing some nice development, but it's hard to imagine the characters having enough depth to support the show as merely a drama.
#33 Oct 25 2012 at 7:58 PM Rating: Good
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Having not read the manga and not seen the most recent episode, I just assumed it was all to set up some ridiculous bloodbath for the final 5-6 episodes.
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#34 Nov 01 2012 at 1:04 PM Rating: Good
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Ixion Saga is the badness SAO so so desperately wants to be.
Fullmetal Ballchemist. Smiley: laugh
#35 Nov 12 2012 at 9:18 PM Rating: Good
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Are any of you watching "The Pet girl of Sakurasou" (sakurasou no pet na kanojo)? It's one of those anime's where the title may throw you off imo. It's really pretty funny.
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Are any of you watching "The Pet girl of Sakurasou" (sakurasou no pet na kanojo)? It's one of those anime's where the title may throw you off imo. It's really pretty funny.


Is it anything like this story?

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#37 Nov 12 2012 at 11:11 PM Rating: Good
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Are any of you watching "The Pet girl of Sakurasou" (sakurasou no pet na kanojo)? It's one of those anime's where the title may throw you off imo. It's really pretty funny.
So far I've only seen one episode. Does it pick up after that one?
#38 Nov 13 2012 at 3:54 PM Rating: Good
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Are any of you watching "The Pet girl of Sakurasou" (sakurasou no pet na kanojo)? It's one of those anime's where the title may throw you off imo. It's really pretty funny.


Is it anything like this story?



Not quite. :)

I had to watch a few episodes. It seems like it wants to be a total fan service harem anime, but it keeps on suprising me.
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I would love to see a 3rd season of Medaka going up against class minus 13. That was so far my favorite story ark so far.
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Is anyone watching Sword Art Online? I'm only on episode 10 or so, but I'm enjoying it. I'm actually surprised, because I wouldn't think I'd like the snapshot route they've taken. But somehow, with the MMO environment, it works.
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#41 Nov 13 2012 at 5:55 PM Rating: Good
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Is anyone watching Sword Art Online? I'm only on episode 10 or so, but I'm enjoying it. I'm actually surprised, because I wouldn't think I'd like the snapshot route they've taken. But somehow, with the MMO environment, it works.


Though it has its flaws, I'd say SAO is still my favorite show of the season. The character development is good, and the pacing has mostly settled in.
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#42 Nov 13 2012 at 6:11 PM Rating: Good
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I feel like, because what you really care about is how the culture has changed, you don't mind only seeing stories from every few months. It also has the effect of making the relationships feel more real and legitimate.

In too many MMOs, fate throws a bunch of disparate people together and they end up buddy-buddy almost instantly.

For the most part, in SAO you have a fairly normal meeting that doesn't really lead to any significant relationship for a few episodes. And when the times between them represent months and months, you can easily accept that.
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#43 Nov 13 2012 at 6:11 PM Rating: Good
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Is anyone watching Sword Art Online?

Yes. Personally, as much as I like the initial concept I feel it has serious flaws like .hack that make it utterly enjoyable for me. I don't want to be a buzzkill though so I'll just leave it there.
#44 Nov 13 2012 at 6:14 PM Rating: Good
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I've yet to feel like I was playing .hack 2.0. Do the two get more similar with time?
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#45 Nov 13 2012 at 6:38 PM Rating: Good
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SOA is still my favorite of the season, though I'm not liking the second arc quite as much as the first.
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#46 Nov 13 2012 at 7:56 PM Rating: Good
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I just always assume I'll hate the second arc/season/whatever of an anime, so I'll never be disappointed. Smiley: grin

If only I had adopted this rule BEFORE watching Code Geass R2...
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
I've yet to feel like I was playing .hack 2.0. Do the two get more similar with time?

They aren't, except in the regard that I feel both have serious flaws, not the same flaw.

To expound, .hack most grievous crime was perhaps the worst pacing of any series except Bartender. While SAO has some minor pacing issues due to story compression at the start of the series, Kirito is the paradigm of Gary Stu. Elaborating on it a bit involves a few spoilers: Kirito has access to a special skill no one else has, dual-wielding. This makes him the chosen and the reason for its existence makes no sense. Every female character of significance wants his ****. No character besides him really matters in the fights shown. While the LN might provide more specifics and explain away some of the apparent flaws, in his fight with Kayaba he seemed to violate several rules of the game such as overcoming paralysis with willpower and cheating death. And both he and Asuna seem to nonsensically forgive Kayaba for the murder of thousands of people. When he first arrives in Alfheim he is able to take on several more experienced players extremely easily, despite barely knowing the basics of the game. Leafa doesn't even bothering questioning or finding anything odd about how a complete an utter newbie saved the day. Sugo exists purely for the sake of being Kirito's antagonist in cour 2. He's ******* to the point of absurdity, just so the plot can justify what is inevitably coming to him. His sister Sugu also wants his ****, but it's totally cool because she's just his cousin and that's ok in Japan. She also wants his **** in game, but for the sake of a later plot twist neither of them realise who they are in game, despite her having a freakishly large poster of her character in his room that he's never noticed. Of course she's into virtual reality MMORPGs, why wouldn't you want to play the very thing that put your brother into a coma for two years? And guess what? Alfheim is only the second game they go to? This whole contrivance about having to go back into the online world will happen two more times. Nobody learns their lesson.

I do like the concept of an MMORPG setting, because it allows for interesting rules and mechanisms. Sleep pking being a very real and serious threat was an interesting concept. I wish there was more of that and less of Kirito saving the day by himself and getting the girl yet again.
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I read enough of the spoiler to know I should stop reading any more. :P

But,

I just figured the DW unlock was because he leveled so far using a single blade with no off hand item. Since no other front line player would gimp themselves that way, he alone unlocked it. Dunno if that's actually the case or not, but it didn't seem to untoward with me.

Rather, it didn't seem odd in the context of Japanese MMOs I have played. They don't seem to adopt the Western notion that all classes should cap out at the same balanced level. It's always seemed to be the case that classes that take a lot more skill/effort, or who cost more money, generally perform better. So Kirito unlocking Dual Wielding just struck me as something like that. Of course, I have no basis, so it could be something stupid.

As for Asuna, I've been liking her so far. But the last episode I saw was them deciding to get married, and she was starting to turn into a wet paper bag. Before she had been pretty BAMF though.
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#49 Nov 13 2012 at 10:50 PM Rating: Good
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When he first arrives in Alfheim he is able to take on several more experienced players extremely easily, despite barely knowing the basics of the game.
Combat in ALO is extremely similar to SAO. It'd be like being a badass in Dark Souls because you were awesome at Demon's Souls. Sure, there are a few differences, but for the most part, it's plausible. Also helps that he started out with extremely high skills because it more or less imports his SAO character stats.

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I just figured the DW unlock was because he leveled so far using a single blade with no off hand item. Since no other front line player would gimp themselves that way, he alone unlocked it. Dunno if that's actually the case or not, but it didn't seem to untoward with me.

Rather, it didn't seem odd in the context of Japanese MMOs I have played. They don't seem to adopt the Western notion that all classes should cap out at the same balanced level. It's always seemed to be the case that classes that take a lot more skill/effort, or who cost more money, generally perform better. So Kirito unlocking Dual Wielding just struck me as something like that. Of course, I have no basis, so it could be something stupid.
I think the explanation has something to do with his reaction speeds being the highest in the game. There was more discussion about it in the previous season's anime thread.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
I just figured the DW unlock was because he leveled so far using a single blade with no off hand item. Since no other front line player would gimp themselves that way, he alone unlocked it. Dunno if that's actually the case or not, but it didn't seem to untoward with me.

It's explicitly stated in the show he was given the dual weild skill because he has the fastest reflexes. It is not possible for anyone else to get this skill nor can anyone else even get their own unique type ability. Kirito has dual wielding and Kayaba (being a cheating admin) has his shield attack. Aside from that no one else has anything special.
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As for Asuna, I've been liking her so far.

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#51 Nov 18 2012 at 1:49 AM Rating: Good
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Apparently Kirito can dual wield in ALO too? Is this game mechanics or another special trait to be explained later?
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