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nessisonett

I finished off Bakuman’s third season tonight and it was really quite emotional. Despite only being 75 episodes, the characters were seriously endearing over the 10 years the anime portrays. It’s great to see every character get their own ending and overall it has to be one of the best anime I’ve ever seen, it really provided an insight into how challenging it is being a mangaka. I honestly didn’t think I’d be that invested in the characters but it wrapped up so nicely and now I’ll need to find something else to fill that void!

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RR529

Completed Lupin the 3rd Part 1 a few days ago (put my thoughts in the TV show thread).

Also, in anticipation of YashaHime I've decided to go through InuYasha again (both anime & manga, it'll be fun seeing the differences between them relatively close together).

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andreoni79

I've just downloaded Ghost in the shell and Akira via Amazon Prime on my phone. The original version, luckily. I still have both in VHS and they obviously don't work anymore, but I just can't consider those piece of plastic as junk... 😭

Praise the Sun, and Mario too.

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nessisonett

@andreoni79 Ooh, both proper classics and I actually didn’t realise they were on Prime! It’s hard to find original versions, that’s my major gripe with Evangelion on Netflix since they’ve retranslated it and erased all the gay stuff. It’s pretty terrible.

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Ralizah

@nessisonett I lost my subbed VHS tapes of Eva ages ago (used to buy one for $30 a pop when I got some money as a kid, and because each one only contained two episodes, it took me a long time to collect the whole show, lol), but I still have the original DVD boxset, and the gorgeous Paul Champagne metal box to store them in that cost me way too much money...

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...and rips of the Japanese bluray release with the ADV/Manga Ent. translations hard-coded in for the series/movies, so I'm good.

I've thought about selling my copy of The End of Evangelion, given how much money people ask for it online, but it'd be rather like selling my childhood for a shiny dime. I love that movie. I watched an untranslated screener of it via KaZaA years and years before it was ever picked up for official distribution, and it was so amazing and terrifying to experience in that form.

Makes me sad to think people being introduced to it on Netflix will never know the joy of immediately transitioning from existential dread and horror at the end of an episode to various Japanese women crooning an old Frank Sinatra song. It was always rather like being dunked in cold water after being trapped in a sauna.

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nessisonett

@Ralizah My friend found End of Eva in CEX for £20 which is like finding a gold nugget in a cowpat hahaha. That’s a seriously nice box though, I’d love to own that at some point. Netflix’s library isn’t bad by any stretch but Crunchyroll’s exclusivity for most of the big hitters does hurt it.

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Ralizah

@nessisonett Oh wow, nice!

Putting aside the fact that Netflix's tendency to pop up a video preview every time you so much as look at a different part of the screen sends my blood pressure through the roof, I've found they mix up weird animesque stuff, TOTAL trash (Back Street Girls is possibly the worst show I've ever seen, for example), and mediocre "Netflix original" content with the few shows I do want to see, making it my least favorite of the streaming services for anime. Hulu has a way better curated selection of older anime, IMO. And, weirdly enough, HIDIVE has a really interesting library (only became aware of them when they snatched up Cutie Honey Universe).

In general, I find the localization lottery with various streaming services to be awful. Although it's still far preferable to how overpriced the hobby used to be.

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RR529

@Ralizah, Yeah, I just subbed to Hulu to rewatch InuYasha in anticipation of the sequel coming out, and was totally floored by the selection.

From Dragon Ball, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, Lupin the 3rd Part 2, Gundam Wing, Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and of course InuYasha & everything inbetween, it seems like they have everything I grew up watching on Toonami & Adult Swim, with few exceptions (such as Evangelion).

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nessisonett

@Ralizah @RR529 It’s a shame we don’t get Hulu over in the UK, Netflix and Amazon are totally lacking compared to that selection. I get loads free on Crunchyroll with ads though like GTO and Jojo. If Jojo had more than just the first two seasons on Netflix though, I’d use that. It’s really annoying that Funimation got exclusivity for season 2 of Kaguya-sama, I loved the first season.

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Black Lives Matter. Enough is enough.

Ralizah

God, I'm on pins and needles waiting for that Adult Swim Uzumaki adaptation.

@nessisonett Just sub for a month, watch it, then unsubscribe? It's what I do when I want to watch one thing on a streaming service.

@RR529 Not to mention all of Sailor Moon. Both the original series and Crystal. With the original Japanese audio track and new English dub to boot.

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nessisonett

@Ralizah Ok, I had no idea Adult Swim we’re adapting Ito’s works! This is gonna be great, with World of Horror coming to PS4 at some point and a global pandemic, 2020 really is the year of Junji Ito.

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Ralizah

@nessisonett lmao

It really is a horror novel out there right now. Although, with Trump in office, it feels a lot more like Stephen King's The Dead Zone than Junji Ito.

I assume you've seen the trailer by this point?

Can't believe they got Colin Stetson on board. too.

And yeah, World of Horror looks awesome. I'm even more excited after seeing your enthusiasm for it.

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JohnnyShoulder

Ralizah wrote:

Putting aside the fact that Netflix's tendency to pop up a video preview every time you so much as look at a different part of the screen sends my blood pressure through the roof,

@Ralizah You can stop those auto previews from coming up. You need to do this from the web page, I've not found a way to do it from the app so far. Sign in to your Netflix account, click over the profile icon at the top-right corner of the page, and click “Account.” Look for the name of your profile under My Profile and click “Playback settings.” Uncheck the “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices” option and click “Save” to save your changes.

I did this a few weeks ago and it has been bliss!

We are now in a world of people being offended for other people who they think should be offended, who arent offended.
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Ralizah

@JohnnyShoulder oh goodness, thank you. I didn't know that was even an option!

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JohnnyShoulder

@Ralizah I found it quite by accident when I was trying to get stuff off the Continue Watching list that I have no intention of watching again!

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RR529

InuYasha (Manga) -As I've mentioned countless times by now I'm working my way through the original series in anticipation of the sequel, and quite surprisingly managed to finish the manga before the anime. This is only the second time I've been through the manga (I'm more familiar with the anime), and as such it was interesting going through it with a bit more of a critical eye. To keep this from being overbearing I'm going to break things down arc by arc (or rather phase by phase, as it often doesn't have focused long form arcs like other shonen series, for better or worse, and as such will be giving them my own names most of the time).

"the Beginning Arc" (Chapters 1-93) - Modern schoolgirl Kagome ends up in Japan's feudal era, and after accidentally shattering a magical artifact called the Shikon Jewel into hundreds of fragments, she must set out to collect them alongside half dog demon InuYasha (who seems to be an old enemy of the Priestess Kikyo, whom Kagome appears to be the reincarnation of). This part of the series is very episodic in nature, with the pair finding themselves up against various demons who have found themselves in possession of a jewel shard. There's seemingly constant advancement towards the end goal here (even though you don't really know how many shards there are), and it's kept interesting by the introduction of most of the main cast & prominent side characters, not to mention the quickly advancing romantic angle to InuYasha & Kagome's relationship, which sees nearly constant growth in this early stage, and of which the manga handles much better than the anime does (in their great wisdom, the anime writers completely removed the scene where InuYasha effectively asked Kagome to be in a relationship for whatever reason, and mishandled some other moments as well). I should also note that at this point, the manga is much more graphic than the anime. It's quite a bit more gory (particularly decapitation happy) and while it's not saturated with nudity, unobstructed views of female characters' breasts aren't uncommon (usually the few times when InuYasha accidentally walks in on Kagome bathing, or humanoid female demons who I guess understandably don't share human modesty). Some stories from this arc were so graphic that they had to be reworked quite a bit to be included in the anime, such as the Noh Mask & the Cannabalistic Sage Tokijin, the later of which was delayed quite a bit in the anime.
"Naraku's Castle Arc" (Chapters 94-223) - Shortly after the main villain, Naraku, is introduced, the quest turns to finding and defeating him (he appears to have most of the jewel shards), and in this arc the group wanders around looking for his elusive castle. The series still takes on an episodic format at this stage, though with most events being traps set up by Naraku (including a fake castle or two), there isn't a lot of advancement towards the main goal, and things kinda go in circles until Rumiko (the mangaka) just sort of randomly decides she's ready for the gang to stumble upon the real deal. Granted, while nostalgia may play a part, I still really like this part of the series, and think it looses something afterwards. To be fair, there are other things going on here as well, such as the introduction of the last few prominent long term characters early on, InuYasha gains 3 new abilities throughout, InuYasha & Kagome's relationship is still a common focus, and you get the beginning of Miroku & Sango's romance as well. While it's still quite a bit more gory than the anime at this point, the nudity makes an abrupt departure shortly after Kagura is introduced (other than one other instance, once again featuring Kagura, way out somewhere in the 300's).
"Band of 7/Mt. Hakurei Arc" (Chapters 224-282) - This is the only arc in the series that more closely resembles the more structured type of arc you usually see in shonen action series, and is a lot of fans' favorite. Naraku is holed up in a specific location, and in order to get to him our heroes must fight past a vicious assassin group known as the Band of 7. It's also the moment in the narrative where the various side characters all start coming together in their own quests to kill Naraku, though not all are enthusiastic at the prospect of working with the core group. Unfortunately, while they still have their moments, romantic interactions between InuYasha & Kagome start taking a backseat to other things, and it marks the beginning of a long period where they seemingly spend more time pissy with each other over a recent Kikyo or Koga appearance than they do having actual romantic moments between themselves. There's quite a bit of advancement in Miroku & Sango's relationship though. It still retains it's gory edge over the anime, and in terms of darkness even features the series' only attempted rape (this is very toned down in the anime).
"The Last Shard Arc" (Chapters 283-326) - At this point there's only one jewel shard left that's not yet claimed by a notable character, and as it has somehow found it's way into the underworld, it's a race between our heroes & Naraku to find out how to retrieve it. As it's an entire arc focused on collecting one jewel shard, even as a big fan of the series there's no denying that Rumiko is definitely starting to meander about at this point. Still, InuYasha gets his first power up since the Naraku's Castle Arc, and while they still have moments, InuYasha & Kagome relationship time is spread out more than ever, at this point starting to be relegated to the very sparse (yet admittedly often humorous) modern era chapters. Miroku & Sango have better luck and make a HUGE leap near the arc's beginning.
"Moryomaru Arc" (Chapters 327-448) - Across the series Naraku has "birthed" incarnations (henchmen created from his flesh), and in this arc one by the name of Moryomaru (well, technically another behind him) decides to gather the others and try to usurp Naraku. Important things do happen here (particularly the death of a notable side character, and InuYasha, Sesshomaru, & even Koga all get powerups), but it's by far my least favorite arc and really feels like Rumiko is stalling for the sake of stalling at this point, even if it is ultimately to clean the slate back to just Naraku for the finale. InuYasha & Kagome's moments are still limited to the rare modern era reprieve, and there's not many Miroku & Sango moments either. At this point most of the manga's edge has gone and it's not particularly any gorier than the anime (ironic, as it's at the very beginning of this arc where the first anime series abruptly ends).
"Resolutions Arc" (Chapters 449-558) - By this point it's time for things to come to a close, so things actually start happening all the time (in fact it begins by wrapping up Kikyo & Koga's role in the story, and doesn't stop there). Most of the main cast instead of just InuYasha gets powerups, many times for the first time, relationships start growing again & it's off to the final battle & end. By far the most I was invested in it since the Naraku's Castle arc.

Conclusion - I think it had a pretty solid ending. Poor Koga simply gets written out (after losing his jewel shards & giving up on Kagome, results so expected I don't consider them spoilers, he simply runs off about 100 chapters before the end, never to be seen again. Luckily the anime remembers to give him an ending), but for the most part every major player is given their due, and it's a pretty satisfying ending.

However, and this may just be me caring waaay to much, for a series so focused on InuYasha & Kagome's relationship, I can't quite shake the feeling it didn't end on the bang it should have (no pun intended). Throughout it's entire nearly 560 chapter run they never once shared even one kiss (hey, even Kikyo got 2), though once again the anime rectifies this. Granted, Kagome loved him so much that even after being seperated for 3 years she jumped at the chance to be with him even though it meant probably never seeing her world or family again, and maybe Rumiko thought that alone spoke louder than any traditional romance tropes could, but it still strikes me as odd that their official marriage status was only confirmed in a roundabout way, when she refered to Sesshomaru as "big brother", and even in the special epilogue chapter, which has never been animated, you never even get a slight look in at their everyday married life, with what downtime it contains taking place in Miroku & Sango's household, which we already got to see at the end of the series proper.

Granted, Rumiko is just as bad (if not worse) than Dragon Ball's Akira Toriyama in terms of planning (every interview of her's I've read she admits she never plans ahead on any of her series, letting things flow week by week, and she admitted to being particularly indecisive on the issue of InuYasha & Kagome's relationship, seriously considering a "bad end", only deciding once she had started on the final chapters already, and only after calling up Kagome's Japanese VA for her input, as she figured she'd know the character better than herself at that point). So, she was either too indecisive to include a kiss/more involved marriage moment due to last minute decision making (apparently the endings for Ranma & Rinne are even less satisfying, according to others I've heard from), was pressured into a happy ending and didn't include any out of spite, or I'm thinking way to hard about it.

If you've read through all of this (especially for such an old series at this point) I salute you, and can look forward to my thoughts on the anime at some point in the future. Recently posted my thoughts on the second movie in the Movie thread.

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nessisonett

I binged Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu over the last few days. It’s been a while since I’ve been blown away by an anime and while I don’t watch much seinen, it’s one of the most incredible series I’ve ever watched. Quietly devastating and yet sentimental at the same time, I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough. It strangely reminds me of Ping Pong the Animation in places, the themes are similar even if the subject matter is completely different. Still not sure what the actual **** rakugo is and the humour to be found in it but it speaks to the quality of the series that I was engrossed in it all the same. Now excuse me while I go sob quietly in a corner somewhere because it hits hard 😂😂

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RR529

Looks like we got our first look at YashaHime's English logo (looks a lot like how I imagined).

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Funnily enough, even though they're expecting people to vote for their favorite Inuyasha/Kagome centric episodes to re-air (to the point that there's going to be live commentary from their Japanese VA's), as of right now people (particularly English language voters) are flooding it with Sesshomaru/Rin centric episode requests (it's technically open to all 167 episodes of the original series).

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nessisonett

I finished Steins;Gate there, including the surprisingly good and fulfilling OVA. It’s right up there with the best TV shows I’ve ever seen, not just anime. I honestly didn’t expect it to be that incredible, the first half of the series almost lulls you into a false sense of security, only for it to subvert anime tropes and shatter your previous misconceptions. Now I’m really in a jam, after watching two amazing anime after each other, I have no clue what to do next! I’m definitely going to play the VN and then watch 0 at some point but for now, I reckon my choices are to rewatch Evangelion (although Netflix’s translation is a crime), give Beastars a go even though I’m not a furry, attempt to get into the Fate/Stay franchise or give Anohana a go. Unfortunately I think I’ve run out of great shoujo shows, I’ve seen pretty much all the classics and rewatched ones like LoveCom, Kimi ni Todoke, Special A and Maid Sama recently. It’s going to be properly hard to find something that’ll top both Steins;Gate and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu!

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Ralizah

@nessisonett RE: Fate, my advice would be to start with Fate/Zero (which is really, really good), and then, if you like that, give Unlimited Blade Works a shot. The truth is that the Fate franchise is stupid and trashy in general, but Urobuchi's writing and ufotable's superior animation really elevated the material with Fate/Zero. UBW feels like they tried to work F/Z's magic with the terrible original series, but it only partially succeeds.

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