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Welp, I just finished the final episode of Dimension W as of posting this. It was a pretty decent show I'd say, despite hiccups in parts. The sci-fi premise was interesting, character designs were cool (except for Seameyer and his myriad derp-faces) and it was overall a fun romp with some unexpected twists along the way.

Not my favorite anime by any stretch, but hardly bad aither. If you like sci-fi with an old-school protagonist, cute robot girls and mysteries then you'll probably get some mileage out of this.

Mira was an endearing heroine from start to finish, but even Kyoma gradually softened by the end, though still with an uncomfortable tendency of slapping/hitting Mira (albeit she is a robot so the damage she takes from this is questionable).

One thing I found kind of odd was the disparity in Salva's characterization from his introduction episode to the climax. At first he's this sinister, vaguely misogynistic guy who zaps his subordinates with electricity for failing him and talks about how women are most beautiful when 'bound'. Roll ahead a few episodes and he's pretty unambiguously portrayed as a protagonist alongside Kyoma, with noble intentions for his country and hardly any trace of his previous skeeviness. Just seems odd. Like the show outright forgot (or chose to disgard) his established personality.

Also the titular dimension's true nature is extremely scatter-shot by the show's end. One moment it's 'memories' then 'possibilities' (okay, I can believe those two are related) then 'souls' (not so much), 'life' and pretty much any philosophical/mystical buzzword you can imagine. Just saying, if you like your sci-fi on the harder end of things, then this show probably isn't what you're looking for.

Seameyer was a ridiculous antagonist. Not even in a fun way where you want to see how crazy he can get (like Accelerator from To Aru). Just in an annoying way where you can't wait for somebody to punch his stupid off-model face out. It didn't help that he has without a doubt the worst character design in the show.

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So I've been watching Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, and so far, its really good. Although lately I've been getting annoyed when I bring up the original FMA and people basically cut me off and say "FMAB is better." There are some things I like about the original FMA that FMAB did differently, but since I'm only on season one (or part one as Netflix puts it), I have no real verdict about which one is better yet.
Wow, knowing what happens to
Lulu
in episode 10 of Yuri Kuma Arashi sure puts all those cutesy scenes between her, Kureha and
Ginko
from the OP and ED in a new, more bittersweet light. Poor
Lulu
! She totally deserved a harem with Kureha and
Ginko
, but alas, her love was not approved.#ab{;_;}

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I'm not sure if anyone from smwc had ever visited this website: 式姫Project, But man, the artists are awesome! I came to this website after looking up "nure omma" (濡女) pixiv after looking up "Rokurokubi" on wikipedia.

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Well, I finished Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress today. Despite some criticism the later episode received, I actually loved the show the whole way through. Don't know why some people are ragging on the finale. It was great.

Lots of blood-pumping moments, heartwarming moments (pretty much everything between Ikoma and Mumei) and overall a really fun ride from start to finish. I'd say for a grade A popcorn anime in the vein of Hollywood blockbusters with great visuals and even trying to tackle some deeper themes at times (fear, weakness and how one ought to respond to those things) it's pretty much unmatched in this season.

The deal with Ikoma's transformation also wasn't as bad as some critics made it out to be. Yes it was kind of strange that he used it so early (before even getting to the Shogun's stronghold) but he'd have to have used it before facing Biba anyway in order to get through all the troops + Kabane along the way.

Plus,
Biba healing Ikoma
actually makes sense for his character given the line about "I've finally found someone without fear." he gave to
Ikoma
and wanting to hunt that one person.
Ikoma
as a Kabane wouldn't be 'fearless' he'd just be a monster, so Biba couldn't fulfill his wish going against him in that state.

It's a little contrived (well, everything about Biba is a little contrived, and I'm saying this as somebody who honestly loved him as a villain) but it works, at least IMO.

In summary: Mumei is best girl. (And Ayame's surprisingly badass as well going by a scene near the end)

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Is it just me, or does anime as a medium really have a predilection for ultra-short, unnecessary flashbacks? For instance, in Bungou Stray Dogs (a show I've been watching as of late) the writers apparently feel the need to spam that ~10 second flashback of Atsushi getting kicked out of the orphanage at nearly every dramatic/angsty moment featuring him. I mean, do they really think we'll forget that was an important event for him without being constantly reminded at every remotely appropriate occasion?

Also, as hilarious as the scene of the
Armed Detectives totally trashing the Mafia squad after them
was, it kind of makes our heroes come off as overpowered. Those were apparently the Port Mafia's strongest- comparable to a Special Forces group- and the
main cast just wiped the floor with them
like it was no thing. I guess we just have to accept that Akutagawa is the only one there (or maybe others who haven't been introduced yet?) who poses any kind of genuine threat.

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Was just about to drop the latest season of Prisma Illya (Illya's voice was annoying and a lot of the humor was outright cringeworthy) but this episode reeled me back in. Energetic fight scenes, Gil at his coolest, Beatrice letting loose in her full psycho moeblob glory (Mjollnir~!) and some hints of actual drama were just what I'd needed to convince me to keep watching.

It's funny how even when Gil is ostensibly a hero he still makes by far the most villainous (and coolest, did I imagine I'm a sucker for the 'hand covering one eye' pose?) facial expressions of anybody, rivaled only by the aforementioned Beatrice in that department.

Miyu is literally a damsel in distress, what with being dolled in some kind of inverted bridal dress and locked up in a high tower for Illya to save. I'm also kind of confused as to how Illya just happened to
find Ruby in that junkpile
in the Ainsworth's storehouse. I thought the whole deal was that Ruby wasn't sucked into the alternate universe in the first place and that's why Illya didn't have her. I guess she was sucked in but just got separated from Illya in transit (I'd have to check the scene again to be sure).

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Has anyone have herd Zenki before? Intresting plot.

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Darius was most definitely the star of this episode of Prisma Illya. I love those kinds of theatrical, grandiose villains (the literal theatre allusions are just a plus) so he was most definitely entertaining to watch.

Interesting to note that his obsession with theatre and stage terms seems to actually be plot-relevant instead of just your usual villainous quirk, given that his goal is to craft a 'legend' depicting events (and maybe even the future?). The juxtaposition between his 'amiable, slightly goofy man' persona and his more sinister and melodramatic self also adds an effective creepiness to his scenes (reminds me a bit of Ougi Mori from Bungou Stray Dogs).

Speaking of creepy, that 'scene' between him and Miyu hit so many unsettling buttons I can hardly count them all. Why you have to go and be such a creeper, Darius? Though the rape-like imagery- while certainly disturbing- does make sense given that he's basically using her body as a 'tool' for his own ends (in this case, filling in his 'legend'). It's not literally rape, but it's very much the mentality of a rapist (clearly the intent, in case the audience needs any more cues that this guy is not a good person).

Overall, this was a pretty solid episode. Action was a bit underwhelming compared to the Illya VS Beatrice fight, but it nicely developed some characters (Miyu in particular got some introspective scenes after about 6 episodes of looking mournfully out a window) and gave a good sense more then ever of what our heroes up against. Definitely hyped up for the inevitable Illya VS Darius battle royale (which may not even be in this season, depending on how far the manga's progressed).

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Wow, Prisma really kicked into high gear this week. "To kill one person, or to kill the entire world". Damn, Illya certainly has one heck of a cruel choice ahead of her!

Presumably a true hero would try to save her friend and the world, though obviously the Ainsworths don't believe that to be feasible. In any case, it's certainly nice to get the usual Fate-style discussions on heroism/utilitarianism, which are always well-done and fascinating even in a rather silly Mahou Shoujo setting. Add in some decently animated fight sequences and Gilgamesh slasher smiles and you've got one pretty good quality episode.

Definitely looking forward to what comes next.

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Was I the only one who found the 'bitch-sensei' gag with Erina in Assassination Classroom a little cringeworthy? The rest of the episode was as amusing as ever (and Erina's adorable when she's acting all tsundere) but that in particular just reminded me too much of real-world workplace harassment to be funny, IMO. And the fact that the students kept saying it even after her change of heart just made them come off as dicks. (Though her reaction was rather over-the-top as well...)

I'm aware that this is probably a silly complaint to make in a show about a bunch of junior high kids trying to assassinate their teacher. But still, the rest of the show's violence and scenario is pretty thoroughly fantastical (closest to RL was maybe Karma's 'suicide' attempt, but that was genuinely played for drama) whereas professional women being treated like shit is something that definitely happens in real life. I'm not a SJ warrior or anything, and it was good that the show still played Erina as a sympathetic character at the end of it all, but that did leave a little bad taste in my mouth.

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That was a pretty heart-pounding episode of Prisma Illya. The 'clash of ideals' between Illya/Kuro and Angelica was very well done and the actual fight didn't let down either. The 'projector' scene with Illya viewing the world's possible end reminded me quite a bit of Gurren Lagann with Simon's vision of the Spiral Nemesis, with similar philosophical motifs (logic & cold reason leading you to sacrifice one person for the world, versus sheer bull-headed passion leading you to try and save the one person and the world).

Pretty funny how Kuro was just totally unhesitant in saying that she'd pick Miyu over the entire world. While I do instinctively find that kind of audacity rather admirable, it isn't really any kind of principled position one can defend. Kuro was basically just taking the perspective of "I've got mine, fuck the rest of the world" which is hardly very heroic. As Illya pointed out, everyone else has precious people close to them which would be lost if the world ended too.

Illya, being the idealistic Shoujo heroine that she is, of course vows to save Miyu and the world. That was definitely an emotionally intense moment, with the music, Illya's declaration and how it inspired Miyu (visualized by chains of despair literally shattering off her body). Darius was a creepy fuck as ever (his actor sure knows how to give a magnificently creepy voice), and it looks like we're getting close to some kind of big climax next episode. Definitely looking forward to the Illya V. Darius battle royale! Ganbare, Illya!

Update- Something which I noticed but forgot to mention in my initial commentary:

It's kind of clever how Illya & Kuro are given 'dark', traditionally villainous colors of red and black while Angelica is clad in brighter hues of gold, white and silver more associated with heroism. That nicely ties into how the Ainsworth perceive themselves as being 'heroes' and that Illya&co are technically 'villains' for opposing them and valuing one person's life over the world. Simple, and fairly obvious, but I just thought I'd mention it.

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is the new dangan ronpa anime good

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I mean, if you like Dangan Ronpa then probably yeah.
Same series and all!

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Can I watch it after having only seen the first season?
Also which order do I watch them? There are like future and despair or whatever they are called.

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Hi, people!
I have been wondering a thing.
JoJo seems like a very popular thing, but I'm curious.
Is it really all that good? I'm kinda lazy because the whole "long as hell manga" thing doesn't really appeal to me. And I always found the art-style not my kind of thing.

So I'm wondering, if it's really worth of trying to read.
And also, please give me some reasons and stuff for why I should.
I mean, don't just say it's a good story or something, tell me what are the good things about it and etc.
Originally posted by Y.Y.
Hi, people!
I have been wondering a thing.
JoJo seems like a very popular thing, but I'm curious.
Is it really all that good? I'm kinda lazy because the whole "long as hell manga" thing doesn't really appeal to me. And I always found the art-style not my kind of thing.

So I'm wondering, if it's really worth of trying to read.
And also, please give me some reasons and stuff for why I should.
I mean, don't just say it's a good story or something, tell me what are the good things about it and etc.


As a fan of Jojo, I can say it's definitely worth giving it a shot. While I haven't read much of the manga (only a bit of part 5), I've been consistently following the anime as long as it's been airing.

As for what makes it good... well, it has bucketloads of style, some of the most creative fights and superpowers I've seen in any anime/manga series* (especially in parts 4 and onward) and the author just has a wickedly creative imagination that imbues itself in everything he writes. From ancient Aztec vampire overlords (named after classic rock bands, because why not) to hammy cyborg Nazis to the absolute craziness when Stands are introduced, this is a show where you can really see the author is writing wherever his imagination takes him.

I have to say, the art for the early parts of the manga is really not that good. From what I've heard, the author's art-style gets stronger in parts 3~4 and really solidifies from part 5 onward, which is also when it goes more into 'svelte fashion model' style of character design (for male and female alike) rather then the 'Glam-rock Fist Of The North Star' aesthetic of the previous parts. Each part is more-or-less independent so you don't have to read all of them in order to grasp the general plot, though there are important tie-ins regarding certain characters and plot arcs.

I'd advise checking out the ongoing anime first, which seems easier to get into. If you like that, then maybe consider reading the manga as well.

*For instance, one main good-guy in part 5 has the power to create zippers on any surface his Stand (a psychic manifestation of one's inner aura) touches. Zippers. A totally lame, overly specific power, right? Not at all. He uses it for things like opening up zipper-portals in walls, 'unzipping' people's limbs to sever them and, at several points, unzipping his body apart to operate his limbs autonomously. Other characters have special powers like "Can unravel into string" (only the user, mind you) and "bringing sound-effects to life", which are used to equally powerful effect. If that's your kind of thing, then Jojo is definitely worth trying out.

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If you like over the top action, supernatural abilities that start out simple but get increasingly more complex and abstract and fights that are more outsmarting and clever thinking (due to the lethality of literally everything at some point) rather than DBZ-esque lots-of-punches-that-are-too-fast-to-see, then that's probably a good reason to watch/read JoJo.

It goes from "this punch is really strong! this attack makes your arm slightly longer!" to "I am erasing short spans of time, thus negating the effects of everything that happened within them, meaning that if you try to throw a punch, you will end up having thrown the punch but will not remember it and there will be no damage done because it hasn't happened, even though your fist is dug into my cheek right now." and visits literally everywhere in-between.
One person has the ""ability"" to get permanently stuck inside a big ole phone tower for life. Useful! And it still somehow made for a good fight.

Minor spoilers but to be honest you'll a) have forgotten these by then and b) probably not care much, the abilities aren't a thing that's particularly secret in these cases.



The whole "long as hell" aspect is kind of thrown out the window by the way. JoJo so far is split into 8 distinct parts, all of which follow their own big storyline with mostly different characters and entirely different goals each time, spanning 5 consecutive generations of the titular Joestar family, 2 kind of different generations of said family and one part that's mostly unrelated in the middle.
There are only 2 characters that appear in multiple parts for any meaningful amount of time other than to get the plot going, but both of them fill VERY different roles each time.

So what I'm trying to say is that it's not just arc stretching after arc, there's 7 distinct, huge story splits and it doesn't get stale.
I would say that reading in order is definitely a requirement though, there's one big plot hook that ties it into the earlier parts in almost every part, not to mention later parts DEFINITELY assume you understand the series' mechanics.

The anime adaption is excellent by the way, skips out on literally nothing from what I can tell, so watching the first 4 parts that way is definitely not a bad choice.



And if you like incredibly buff, sexy men posing in super flamboyant poses I guess. Which is definitely not one of the main appeals to me, nuh-uh.

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Holy crap, this episode of Prisma Illya was amazing. By far the best of the season so far. Though parts of the show were a little rough along the way, it was definitely worth watching to get up to this point. Epic battles, gloriously hammy archvillains, uncompromising Shoujo-style heroism, what more can one ask for? My grin while watching this was probably only a little bit less then the crazy ones Darius/
Julian
was sporting throughout.

The twist as to '
Darius's
' true identity was well-done and surely would've shocked the hell out of me (especially with his face literally melting off like sludge) had I not been unfortunately spoiled prior.
Darius
being literally an assumed identity casts a whole new light on his scenery-chewing antics, given he was pretty much acting out a character in a play.

Special highlight goes, of course, to a certain hero of justice showing up at the end to defend his 'little sister'. As he says he's going to resolve things with
Julian
, I hope that doesn't mean he actually defeats
Julian
himself while Illya&co stand around gawking. I presume the show wouldn't pull that on us given that, while Shirou is the main character of Fate as a whole, Illya & Miyu are still the heroines of this particular spinoff and should be allowed the honor of taking out the final boss. As cool as Shirou's introduction was (especially with those billowing bandages...), I'd be pissed if he actually ended up stealing the spotlight in the climax.

The moments with Illya rescuing/comforting Miyu were also really sweet, and of course I appreciated the Yuri undertones (which are more like overtones at this point, with Miyu as the captive princess and Illya the rescuing noble knight). Really, nearly everything about this episode was phenomenal so writing down all the bits I liked about it would take all day. All in all, this was a really good episode which proves that Prisma Illya can be a whole lot more then just Mahou Shoujo fanservicey shenanigans. Thumbs up from me!

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Originally posted by JackTheSpades
Can I watch it after having only seen the first season?
Also which order do I watch them? There are like future and despair or whatever they are called.
Actually no, you won't be able to fully understand the story without playing the Danganronpa 2 game and the spin-off(or reading the mangas) since there will be lots of "new" characters and many major spoilers/references.
The order you should watch them is the broadcast order, which goes from Future 1 > Despair 1 > Future 2 > Despair 2...
I would also really recommend playing the first game too if you don't mind or reading the manga, since there is a lot of information and character development that is just cut from the anime(the first season anime i mean) plus every character's backstories.
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