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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:02 pm 


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I've been reading Akira. The manga is much, much better than the movie.


False. But it's still amazing.

Gonna sound like the pompous ass I'm only occasionally likely to be, but I found I didn't fully appreciate Akira until I didn't need the subtitles. There's a lot of subtlety that doesn't translate. That could very likely have been age as well, but I took a friend to see it whose Japanese was self-admittedly shit (he read a script on his phone, provided here [by Rancor if memory serves] in the minutes leading up to the curtain open) and said, "that was very Japanese".
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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:31 pm 


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3X3 Eyes and Urusei Yatsura Only You

UY movie was a nice romp, basically an extended episode.

3X3 Eyes I am guessing is based on only 1-2 volumes of manga. Guessing the sequel is similar. Not much point watching these when the manga is soooo long.
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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:06 pm 


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Thank you Kitten for that huge overview of Utena. I'm certainly not watching it for schoolgirl sappy crap, so I'm glad that it gets into a really serious show. There's enough of those out there for that kinda of stuff. It just sounded like it could be good, but wasn't sure as it starts off as more of a typical schoolgirl trying to save the world style show.
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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:49 pm 


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Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai anime. An ordinary seitokai romcom embellished with a great soundtrack and a Persona 5-inspired paintwork. A few excellent voice acting moments, too. Trippy and funky opening video, too (ending video was charming as well): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gChTHeHp3wQ
I'm reading more manga nowadays. Gal Gohan and Yancha Gal no Anjou-san are great gyaru manga.
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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:44 am 


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soprano1 wrote:
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai anime. An ordinary seitokai romcom embellished with a great soundtrack and a Persona 5-inspired paintwork. A few excellent voice acting moments, too. Trippy and funky opening video, too (ending video was charming as well): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gChTHeHp3wQ


And about the right length as well. It's entertaining and well made but I feel that it would quickly turn into being annoying if I had consumed more of it.
It did have some amazing moments however. /r/animememes are milking them to the point of destroying them.

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I'm reading more manga nowadays.


Same. In theory I like anime more but in reality it's so much easier to consume in a variety of situations. I pretty much dedicate a whole browser on my phone solely to manga consumption as I have like 50 tabs opened for various titles that I check for updates every now and then. I have bookmarks too but everything is such a pain on mobile I rather just keep tabs open for stuff that is actually being updated as long as my phone doesn't crash.

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Gal Gohan and Yancha Gal no Anjou-san are great gyaru manga.


Didn't get into Gal Gohan for reasons I can't really remember but I did read quite a bit of Anjou-san and found it pretty good. Admittedly "gyaru" is a bit of a hard genre for me as I feel I only like parts of what I guess you could consider some of it's core components. There's this bullying aspect that I feel can get a bit out of hand (as in, the attractive hot gyaru is lovingly bullying her loser bowlcut friend) - to the point where it's basically turns into a manga for the "bully me senpai"-crowd.

Not judging here, simply not really my thing.
Anjou-san does play around with the MC quite a bit but she can also be a genuinely nice person and I feel it balances things out.

Speaking of gyaru-manga, have you checked out Dosanko Gyaru is Really Cute? While a low watermark for manga connoisseurs who don't like fanservice, it's less a true gyaru-manga and more just general romcom/slice of life with a gyaru visual appeal. It's pretty cute and harmless although I've only read 3 chapters so far. It seems popular on /r/manga and updates quite of often.

As for what I'm reading, well, a whole lot. Most of it is cutesy romance or comedy.
It recently come t my attention that AKB49 - a crossdressing love drama with shounen tropes about a guy following his crush into the world AKB48 and absolutely killing it - have finally been fully translated. I read most of it last winter and was completely absorbed by it. And I am even not that into idols. The ending is not at all as satisfying as I wanted it to be, but at least it's over. I don't remember everything that happened but the build-up was greater than the event it generated.
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I wish Minori's reveal could've been handled in a different way. In a way, he looses everything he fought for and the skills he polished by returning to a normal life. You could say he deserved it after lying to all the people around him by not being himself. But he was genuinely good at it. Perhaps a career as a male idol (or heck, even a cross dressing idol) would've been more of a happy ending for me).
Goddam thing brought me to tears anyhow.

I've also been enjoying this 4koma manga called We Are Cats/Wareware wa Neko de Aru about house cats and strays that can talk to the humans around them. I dig the art style and it has some funny jokes. Very relaxing. Not that updated but it's worth to read what's already been translated.

I'm also reading Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou Desu whenever it updates. It's something so rare as an isekai with a level headed protagonist that doesn't need to save the world.
It's basically also a reverse harem with MC being an office lady unwillingly summoned to a fantasy world to be a saint, but there was already another one so she ends up working the castle's laboratory instead. Turns out her magic abilities are a bit more powerful than most other people (you don't say) and she gathers the interest of powerful people. Who also incidentally happen to be handsome men.

It's quite pleasant and the art is nice. Sei, the OL turned saint settles in fairly quickly and wishes to be useful in her work and the people around her so it's neither a power fantasy nor is it as "gamey" as other works in the isekai-genre.

Lastly, I'm also reading various things that Hachimitsu Scans are translating. If you know about this group, then you know what it is :mrgreen:
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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:32 pm 


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Ji-L87 wrote:
I pretty much dedicate a whole browser on my phone solely to manga consumption as I have like 50 tabs opened for various titles that I check for updates every now and then.


Reading lists are basically necessary for following more than 3 or 4 things with varying levels of interest. Sometimes it takes me years before I feel like returning to some things.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:28 pm 


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Ji-L87 wrote:
Speaking of gyaru-manga, have you checked out Dosanko Gyaru is Really Cute?

Yes, the background to snowy Hokaido is cool, and yes, she is mega cute. :)
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