I finished Anonatsu last night. A really touching anime, and one of the better romance I have seen in a long time. Highly recommended.
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I few days ago I finished Kannagi, a truly delightful anime. Nagi is one of my all time favorite characters, she reminds of Railgun's Misaka. Nagi reaction shots are among the funniest things I have ever seen. The whole cast is very good, the animation was outstanding, Kannagi was just a really fun show to watch. I still need to watch the (single episode) OVA.
I've finished watching Black Lagoon yesterday. As good as expected, pretty gritty and thought-provoking. It's quite refreshing to see lots of badass females around and the plot proved to be a lot better than I thought, while the focus on action isn't as big as what I imagined. I started the OVA's today, looks really nice. I'm in for some badass Revy and Roberta
I just finished Nekomonogatari Black. I reason I am just now getting around to watching it is because I was hoping Crunchyroll would pick it up so I could watch it on my big screen(I hate watching anime on my computer). But now that Crunchyroll is streaming Monogatari 2nd Season, I caved and watched Nekomonogatari Black on Daisuke. So now I am going to get ready to watch 2nd Season, though Crunchyroll is a month behind Daisuke....Daisuke really needs a Roku app so I can stream to my tv. I tried using Plex It on their YouTube channel, and I got the video to stream, but I couldn't get the sub titles to work. Oh well.
Personally, i think that it will be hard for Matt to get into Black Lagoon because that "mindless badassery", how Naruto called it, is a great part of its appeal. There is definitely some substance there (mainly the development of a normal Japanese salarymen in a lawless city) but that is hardly enough to carry the manga and thus the anime if you don´t idolize some characters and their behavior, Balalaika for example is a fan magnet, Revy´s gunslinger badassery is another and of course Roberta.
True, you have to enjoy the badassery ~niichan
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Black Lagoon is one of those shows you watch for pure, visceral thrill. Very few anime do big, loud, and bad ass quite as well. Gurren Lagann is the only one that comes to mind. That's not to say there is no content, it's just that if you are looking for the anime Crime and Punishment, you're not going to find it. I loved the characters, loved the character interaction, and especially, loved watching Rock and Revy's friendship develop. This is still one of my favorite scenes in anime, saying so much about their relationship, without actually saying a word:
I will probably watch Angel Beats next, to see what Maeda Jun's works are all about. It seem the series is rated quite well and it's a short one, so this looks like the perfect opportunity. If I like what I see I will prolly watch Clannad next, I've delayed it for too long and I guess I will get used to the artstyle at one point.
Or maybe Toradora! next, another series I've planned to watch for a long time. I guess it depends on how much I'm going to enjoy AB.
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Clannad is profoundly emotional, while Toradora! is just fun and entertaining. I really recommend you to catch up with those.
Clannad is much better than Angel Beats. Angel Beats was good, but the two are not even really comparable.
I noticed that I've dropped quite a lot of shows this season, namely Free!, Danganronpa, Blood Lad and Gin no Saji. One was plain silly and boring (Danganronpa), the others just didn't strike me. None of the three series were bad but I became bored rather quickly of each, so I don't see much point in forcing myself to continue. I'm on the verge of dropping Gatchaman Crowds too, so my list this summer will likely be reduced to
- Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi
- Love Lab
- Monogatari Series: Second Season
- Servant x Service
- Uchouten Kazoku
Besides Kamisama, which I just can't judge yet, all of those shows are highly entertaining and deliver each week, so that's my definitive line-up for the rest of the season. I'm thinking of picking up another series of this season instead, but I'm not too sure which one.
The art style can't really be helped. Clannad's art style was typical of bishoujo anime in the early 2000's, before K-On. Clannad is like many older anime, styles have changed since it came out, judging it based on art is not a good idea. I will caution again that Clannad is much better than Angel Beats. Angle Beats is a good show that has it's share of flaws. Clannad is an all time classic. They are very similar stories, only Clannad does everything better.
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I ended up deciding not to drop Gatchaman: Crowds. It's silly, pointless, and slightly annoying, but entertaining.
Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi is pretty good but has a slow pace - I wish more episodes were out!
Not sure what to watch next though.. I'll probably roam MyAnimeList for something to see..
I finally got around to watching the first part of GiTS: Arise. Very good, lot's of action, and fast paced. Something of a prologue episode, it set the upcoming episode up well, while still having a substantial story. A little faster paced than Stand Alone Complex, does not bog down as much in procedure. Arise has little in common with the 1995. Not necessarily recommended for anyone who has not seen Stand Alone Complex. The story would be easy to follow, but without knowing the characters, and their relationships, I can't imagine Arise would be as satisfying. Fans of GiTS though will really enjoy Arise, which is already going into considerable details about the characters past.