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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Thu May 31, 2018 2:42 am

In other news, SAO Alternate: GGO finally has an imperative, if a weak one. Karen, the tall heroine who plays a diminutive, agile character in the game, learns that the mysterious woman who first befriended her and taught her how to play was one of the beta testers for SAO, but missed out on the launch event. As a result she suffers from a form of survivor's guilt and has a death wish, Karen determines to save her, but first she must defeat her in the team combat free-for-all tournament.

Wotaku ni Koi continues to be unpredictably entertaining, Tada-kun is a but more predictable but still passable, yet neither is as good as Just Because from the Spring Season, let alone mentioning Tsuki ga Kirei from last Winter. Comic Girls is charming and funny. The latest installment in the Full Metal Panic series is probably the grittiest that show's writers have offered.

I'm thinking about checking out Steins Gate 0 even though I dropped Steins;Gate after only a couple of episodes. The "Semicolon People" made three animes. Chaos;Head was a bad slasher porn masquerading as a psychological thriller. Robotics;Notes was the best of the lot, an intriguing tale involving a high school club for building mechas set in the near future set on Tanegashima, the S-shaped island almost due south of the southeastern tip of Kyushu, where a Portuguese ship bound for China wrecked in a storm in the early 17th Century, bringing the first firearms to Japan, The cape where the survivors came ashore figures as a location and the show makes use of augmented reality (think Pokemon Go!). Steins;Gate was somewhere in the middle and the problems I had were the "X-Files Overload", by that I mean that they were just tossing out lame conspiracy theories everywhere, and an animation style that made Bakemonogatari seem timid by comparison.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:40 am

Yeah, I agree with that to some extent.

I watched the rest of the series and I feel like the more you know about Revi's back story the more I start to like her. She's majorly flawed, but she's a messed up wreck because of the circumstances of her life, anyone who went through what she did would be a wreck.

She reminds me a lot of Ferris Eris in The Legend of the Legendary Heroes. Ferris has lived through an unimaginable childhood to turn her into the killer she is in the story. Like you said, bad guy vs worse guys. But because of that abuse and trust issues, she's unable to convey her feelings towards an obvious romantic interest. Also similar is Killua in Hunter x Hunter. But because of his young age, he's able to break through that a little bit.

In other news, I'm about half way through Made in Abyss and I'm impressed. The animation, world building, and music are some of the best around. The story moves just a little slow, but everything else keeps me hooked.

The amount of new Anime coming out over the past several years is staggering. Used to be that you could give nearly everything a try, watch what you liked, and still be left wanting more shows to fill your niche. Now I couldn't watch everything even if it was my full time job. So I'm usually several seasons behind and relying on trusted people's opinions or my own guesses on what I should give a try. Unless something really catches my interest, like Darling in the FranXX. The next things on my list to give a try are Land of the Lustrous and Girl's Last Tour.

A few weeks ago my son wanted to watch Arpeggio of Blue Steel so I watched it with him. I wasn't expecting much but it ended up being better than I though (while still not great). It reminded me a little of DitF where the characters have no experience with emotions, so they're not equipped with the language or skills to deal with these new feelings. I never would have watched this on my own and something that I considered probably crap had some redeeming qualities. There's just so much out there now, it's unreal.

I noticed that Legend of the Galactic Heroes is getting redone. Is the new one worth watching?
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:48 pm

I loved Made in Abyss. I wish they would finish that story because there are so many things left incomplete. Arpeggio of Blue Steel was a bit self-indulgent, I thought, but still a good show.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:54 am

I finished the rest of Made in Abyss and it was excellent. Although you're right, it kinda felt like it ended right where their "training" completed and the real stuff was going to start.

I watched Land of the Lustrous and had a difficult time with that one. I like how the weakest of the bunch struggled to find anything for herself to do and was assigned a job she though was dumb. In her search to get that job started, she decides she's going to find the perfect job for the outcast of the group so that person doesn't have to be alone any longer. But in the process what she really does is find a job for herself and becomes an important part of the group. I also liked the symbolism of religious aspects in the show regarding the split parts of humanity and the intrigue that something more is definitely going on. What I didn't like is that their tiny island is flat, boring, and unimaginative. Not much to go on every episode as the backdrop. Also, I have a hard time connecting with CGI anime. It's visually stunning but I can't get over this feeling that something is missing. RWBY is the same way, I like the fight scenes and Ruby's cutesy dry humor, but I can't seem to connect with the show. The best way I can explain it is like the difference between a tube guitar amp and a transistor amp. They both do the same thing, but there's a warm feeling of home in the tube amp.

I went back an re-watched the Ghost in the Shell movie from 1995 and it's amazing how it stands the test of time. It has a kind of Blade Runner feel and I'm still in awe of the animation during the night time rain scenes, the reflection and glare really looks like lights shining off wet objects. Also the transition into thermoptic camouflage is done well. The whole reason I watched it again is because I couldn't remember Motoko's exact words about being made up of so many cybernetic parts that she wasn't sure if she was human anymore or if she was ever really human in the first place and is just a computer program made to think it's human. Alphonse's interaction with the Butcher in Fullmetal Alchemist is nearly identical to this scene.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:52 pm

MY GOD! SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS TUBE AMPS! YES!!!

Sorry for the off-topic knee-jerk reaction. It's just...yeah. About 20 years ago I was renting a house with a couple of other guys. One of them was a luthier, he now has his own business making pick ups. He started that while we were all living there, in fact. Buying dead pick ups and rewinding them on an old sewing machine initially, just to learn how to get the sound he wanted. Anyway, while he was still doing the luthier gig, working for a company making electric guitars in Woodenville, he borrowed a Mesa Boogie V-Twin amp from one of the guys there. He had an Ampeg cabinet, more tube goodness, while I had been used to solid state amplification. I plugged in the Les, through the Mesa, into the Ampeg...AHHHHH. I don't always Run To The Hills, but when I do so does the entire neighborhood. Stay excellent, my friends.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:15 pm

Yep. I build tube amps and guitar effect pedals for a hobby. I'm a structural engineer by trade, but not realizing what I actually would like as a career, I probably should have gone into electrical engineering.

I've built a few cigar box guitars from scratch and wound pickups on a sewing machine as you've described. But I've found it wasn't worth my time and either buy a wound pickup or use a piezoelectric pickup instead.

Those Mesa/Boogie's are something to behold, although I've never seen a V-twin amp. Are you talking about the dual rectifier?

Plenty of talented hair bands have made a place in history with solid state amps, but when it comes to my own rig, I need tubes to make that connection.

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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:28 am

I watched a few episodes of Girls' Last Tour and I think I'm giving up.

I expected that even though the Girls were living in a bleak post-apocalyptic world, they would find a way to make the best of what they've got and do fun things. The OP is fun and cute and I thought it would continue into the show, not so much. The girls themselves are pretty boring and unfunny and spend time trudging through a bleak world. A whole lot of nothing really happens and the girls eat, sleep, move. Nothing interesting. When they finally do meet another person, he's not interesting either.

Even though you can pretty much guess, there's no history of what's happened to the world. Unlike TWD or Rain, there's no 3rd party to cause tension. There's no back story of where the girls came from or how they got on this journey.

Long periods of the show go by showing the girls doing mundane tasks. Drawn out scenes of them driving. 1/3 of an episode on a bath. A big scene of washing clothes. I expect those things happen and don't mind them being shown, but not for it to BE the show. I can go downstairs and watch myself do a load of laundry, thanks.

I'm having a hard time understanding how this show got such high ratings.

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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:46 pm

Spoiler, it takes all the way until the end to fully reveal how the world got the way it did, but there are hints along the way. I thought it was, if not a great series, at least enjoyable.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:30 pm

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In other news, I'm about half way through Made in Abyss and I'm impressed. The animation, world building, and music are some of the best around. The story moves just a little slow, but everything else keeps me hooked.

The amount of new Anime coming out over the past several years is staggering. Used to be that you could give nearly everything a try, watch what you liked, and still be left wanting more shows to fill your niche. Now I couldn't watch everything even if it was my full time job. So I'm usually several seasons behind and relying on trusted people's opinions or my own guesses on what I should give a try. Unless something really catches my interest, like Darling in the FranXX. The next things on my list to give a try are Land of the Lustrous and Girl's Last Tour.
Made in Abyss just won't leave me alone. It's burrowed deep into my head. When is the next season (which has been confirmed)???

I agree on the pace of new work. It really is amazing.

I thought LotL was slow at first but it really grew on me. I found myself wanting more. I also liked Girl's Last Tour; I did not mind the slow story, but the ending really made it for me. Not sure you'll agree, though.

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I noticed that Legend of the Galactic Heroes is getting redone. Is the new one worth watching?
I am enjoying it a lot. Never watched the original, but this version seems to be paced much quicker. Truthfully, I just love a good space opera with battles! heart2

Have you guys checked out Golden Kamuy yet? It is a whole lot of wow, and TBC, I think you'll really like it!
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:08 pm

Golden Kamuy....yeah...no. Interesting story but ludicrous, two-dimensional villains is a buzz kill for me.

One thing....ever notice that a lot of the portrait drawings of old Samurai, guys from the early days of the Tokugawa Shogunate and prior to that, and many of them had beards? Only people in Japan today who can grow facial hair, besides foreigners, are the Ainu and a small minority of the general population. Now, we know about the Ainu on Hokkaido because their culture there survived intact well into the 20th Century. But what about the Ainu on the rest of the islands? There are theories that as peoples from Taiwan, Polynesia, and Korea combined to create the Japanese culture we know now based on rice cultivation and fishing, the Ainu, who were hunter-gatherers, wound up dominating the warrior classes simply because they were not suited for anything else. Then the 60-odd years of almost constant battles during the Sengoku just about wiped them out. During that time there was such a need for soldiers that they had relaxed the rules, few of the Samurai who remained after Tokugawa Iayasu established his Shogunate were from the old lines, so the ones who kept the dojos open during 250 years of peace were mostly not the descendants of the Samurai who had served the Daimyo prior to the rise of Oda Nobunaga.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:52 pm

@frogge wrote:

Made in Abyss just won't leave me alone. It's burrowed deep into my head. When is the next season (which has been confirmed)???

I really need some more Made in Abyss *now*!

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I thought LotL was slow at first but it really grew on me. I found myself wanting more.

Overall I liked it, I just have a hard time connecting w/ the CGI.

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I also liked Girl's Last Tour; I did not mind the slow story, but the ending really made it for me. Not sure you'll agree, though.

Eh, I ended up reading the manga. It's fairly short and I finished the whole thing in maybe 2 hours. It has some poignant parts and I liked the whole premise. It just works better in manga where I can glance past a few panels of travel where in the anime I have to suffer through several 15 minute segments of boring driving or walking.

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I am enjoying it a lot...

Have you guys checked out Golden Kamuy yet? It is a whole lot of wow, and TBC, I think you'll really like it!

I'll have to give both a look see.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:54 pm

Should reply to this...

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Those Mesa/Boogie's are something to behold, although I've never seen a V-twin amp. Are you talking about the dual rectifier?



Not sure, "V-Twin" was the model and dual rectifier diode tubes sounds like a likely reason for the name. Not sure what effect that would have on the signal from a technical perspective, have to read up on it, but it sounded soooo sweet, especially when I spun the tone on the guitar to "low" and went with the neck humbucker, Clapton's "Woman tone", and when I went for saturation it was like I was holding a live animal that was VERY angry.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:37 pm

Power rectifier (tubes or solid state) are not in the signal path so there's a lot of debate as to weather they make any difference to sound or not.

When the power tubes hit the rails and begin to clip, they could draw more power than the rectifier can deliver so there's a slight "sag" in the sound. The debate is if most circuits even cause this effect and if it's even noticeable by the human ear.

There are FET resistor add on's to a silicone diode rectifier circuit that people claim add this same sag. But again, it's a huge debate.

Most companies don't use tube rectification because running those extra tubes makes the transformer more expensive and most people can't tell the difference.

I say, what matters is that it made a difference to you. So rock on!
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:59 am

I watched a few episodes of Legend of the Glactic Heroes. Its pretty good so far. I wouldnt't say it's paced quicker, just differently. The books likely have a lot of material that wasnt't completely covered in the anime. This version is choosing some different angles.

In the original anime, all the pomp and circumstance of promotions are shown along with the petty gossip behind people's backs. They went into a lot more anguish the Lohengramm family went through over being poor and the decision to sell their sister. Reinhard witnesses a noble party and comes to the same conclusion as Jessica, that nobles play while real people die on the front lines and the only way to stop this is to gain power. It kinda gets more in depth into circumstances and motivation.

The new one so far seems to get more into how the two main characters are strategic geniuses and the battles that show off their skills. The only exception to this is Iserlohn Fortress. The original shows details of how the battle progessed (with a hand to hand battle axe fight). Maybe they're saving this for flashbacks later?

Overall I'd say watch both. While there's a lot of overlap, they're telling the same story from different perspectives.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:59 pm

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Power rectifier (tubes or solid state) are not in the signal path so there's a lot of debate as to weather they make any difference to sound or not.

When the power tubes hit the rails and begin to clip, they could draw more power than the rectifier can deliver so there's a slight "sag" in the sound. The debate is if most circuits even cause this effect and if it's even noticeable by the human ear.

There are FET resistor add on's to a silicone diode rectifier circuit that people claim add this same sag. But again, it's a huge debate.

Most companies don't use tube rectification because running those extra tubes makes the transformer more expensive and most people can't tell the difference.

I say, what matters is that it made a difference to you. So rock on!

There are a lot of issues which can cause loss of quality when you turn it up to 11...I hope we never stop trying to pin them all down on the basis of "the human ear might not be able to discern the difference".
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:10 pm

So, on topic, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-Tachi. That's right, the "Comet Empire" sequel to Star Blazers is out in updated form with an OVA release. It's been a long time since I saw the original...like high school back in the early '80s, but the remade Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2200 was very well done, close to the original, mostly just modernized animation to make it more "watchable" to today's fans. The story itself has held up quite well. Kind of like 501s.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:28 am

Summer Season is here and a week in it looks like a giant pile of blah for new shows. Unless you in elementary school.

SAO Alternative:GGO wrapped with a surprise ending that was no surprise at all, like if you haven't figured it out by ep. 7 you aren't paying attention so why leave it to the end to finally reveal it. Worse, there was no real imperative to the story line. You know...the first part of SAO was several thousand people trapped in a game world for two years and if the died there the game link would kill them, the second part was Kirito trying to save his dear Asuna from a creep who is keeping her in another game world so he can take over her father's company...cheesy plotline and universally panned, the second series was based on Kirito being hired to go into the GGO game to find out how someone is killing people in real life at the same time they kill their characters in-game. Can not really say whether I give it a recommendation or no. Ay the most I well say that it works the best as a story of Karen, a tall, awkward young woman learning self-confidence as she plays her diminutive character LLENN in GGO.

Tada-kun wrapped after a single cour run, it was really just a standard teen romance with some interesting characters, worth the time spent but it was no Tsuki ga Kirei.

Wotaku ni Koi ga Muzukashii, or "Wotakoi" as the accepted portmanteau, didn't end in the noitaminA block so much as just stop. They rushed to put this one into animation, result, be-ba-de-ba-de That's all, Folks! It's all a success story for the artist. The manga started out in an online forum where aspiring mangakas can post their work, got picked up by a professional site, and is now published dead-tree. It's an amusing series, had me laughing, Nee-Chan, who seldom watches subbed, loved it I just wish there could have been more to the show.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:34 pm

Yeah, so far this season has been a lot of not much. A whole lot of fan service, though.

Cells at Work was kind of fun. More or less an animated biology class, but not bad. Probably won't be stellar, either.

Attack on Titan 3 starts soon-ish. I think it goes without saying that we're looking forward to it.

Plus, My Hero Academia is continuing. It keeps getting better, too, in case anyone gave up on it previously.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:23 am

At least there is a new season of Overlord to keep me entertained.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:32 am

I think I might have a winner here. An Historical which is not, for once, thankfully, "lets see how much of a mess we can make of either the Edo Period or the Oda Nobunaga to Tokugawa Iayasu campaign for unification". The title of the anime is Angolmois: Genkou Kassenki and it's set will before Oda Nobunaga...nearly 300 years before.

It's the late 13th Century and Tsushima is the end of the world. At least for a Japanese it is. A day's sail northwest of Kyushu (and closer to modern-day Busan than to Fukuoka) it is a dumping ground for exiles. But a demon lurks to the north and the west. His name is Timujen. He has already sacked Baghdad, Constantinople, and Kiev, laid waste to half of Europe, conquered China and Korea. Next on his agenda is to send one of his trusted warlords to take Japan and the first stepping stone is Tsushima. It's quite famous, Timujen's grandson Kublai Khan sent a great fleet to invade Japan but a typhoon sank most of the ships, the divine wind, the kamikaze but this is a better story I think. Japan saved through the dogged efforts of plucky islanders defending their homes and exiles convinced to fight for their homeland.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:35 am

Titan is back. Yay!!!! I mentioned this at the old place, Falco, but I got bored waiting for new episodes of the anime and read the manga scanlation a bit ahead. To be blunt, the future is long on drama and exposition but short on action. The new season is events not in the manga, which means we are in for lots of action, but still it opens with a scene of Erin looking out at the ocean just as Armin had predicted there would be, and wondering what lies beyond it.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:23 pm

My go-to site had the Chuunibyuo demo Koi ga Shiitai movie "Take On Me" hosted. Could also have been entitled "Yuuto and Rikka's Excellent Adventure". It's a fun tale that probably puts a cap, so far as the viewers are concerned, on the narrative. Five stars out of five for fans of the show.
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:47 pm

Back after a month, because the Summer Season has been kind of slack.No new shows really that exciting, a few returning shows like Lupin III and Overlord continuing to entertain in predictable fashion. What to do in these times is rewatch old shows or take the chance to check out stuff I passed on the first time around...

Steins;Gate 0 is winding down a two-cour run. Steins;Gate was a show I passed on after a couple of episodes, largely because ho hum another show set in Akiba and also it was from the same folks who made Chaos;Head, just a psycho slasher porn with effect visuals and music. However, I did watch Robots;Notes, from the same studio and creative group, and liked it. So I decided to give Steins;Gate another shot, and it's sequel as well...

The premise of Steins;Gate is Okabe Rintaro, an arrogant, moderately self-deluded college first year has a "lab" strong quotes, above an electronics repair shop off a back alley in Akiba with two friends; his stereotypical cute childhood friend Makise Kuriyu, and portly "Supah Hakah" Hashida Itaru, better know as Daru. Rintaro and Daru are working on a time machine in their "Future Gadgets Laboratory" and Kuriyu is rather the mascot. Things begin to go wonky when Rintaro and Kuriyu attend a lecture by a certain professor at a nearby building, and after disrupting the lecture accusing the professor of plagiarizing a self-proclaimed time traveler from a decade previously he witnesses the murder of Makise Kurisu. a young, brilliant theoretician in the field of neurology. He flees the building with Kuriyu and sends a text to Daru, but as soon as he sends it he is hit with an odd vibration. When he returns to the lab he notices that things have changed, and he is the only one who notices it. The lecture he attended never happened because it was cancelled, the text he sent to Daru arrived five days previously, in three parts, and Makise Kirisu is still alive. Also, nobody, not even the authorities, have any explanation for the large satellite-looking object which has apparently crashed into the top floor of the building where the lecture was to have been held.

While it runs on the surface as an action series about time travel, skirting paradoxes, conspiracies, the like, it's really a series about friendships, loyalty, family, sacrifice, anguish. Human stuff.

Steins;Gate 0 is an odd sort of a sequel. Steins;Gate ends on a happy note, have to spoil that for the set up, but there is an alternate to the penultimate episode where a different choice is made, the action leading to the happy ending in the finale does not happen. This alternate is the direct lead-in to Steins;Gate 0. So far, 19 episode out of a probable 24 in, it's just as good as the original, with the same themes permeating. new characters have been added, some old ones are different because it's a different time line. Still, there are places where I am catching myself asking "Why don't they just...?"
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PostSubject: Re: Anime   Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:54 am

Okay, I have sussed out the plot of Steins;Gate and it's sequel, but I think I need to spoiler tag it for language.

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