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  1. What's on Your Mind?

    After thinking about it for some time, I've reached the conclusion that Kimi no Na wa is my favorite movie. Ever. I know there are flaws and that it could have been better, but watching that movie in theaters for the first time was a pseudo-religious experience for me, and every subsequent viewing of the film makes me love it more and more. Because I liked the movie so much, I can only see any adaptions/re-imaginings of the film failing to meet my expectations. There are maybe one or two things they could do better than the original, but scores of things they could screw up, and I don't like those odds. I also worry that the adaptation might be the next Dragon Ball Z live-action in terms of notoriety, or at the very least stir up controversy like Ghost in the Shell and Death Note did with "white-washing." Hopefully, the movie turns out more like Edge of Tomorrow and less like the other three. I really liked Edge of Tomorrow. Yo, I'm so glad that Animal Crossing mobile game is finally coming out! I watched the announcement stream live, and while it doesn't look like something I'd enjoy, it's good that it's actually being released. I've been playing Fire Emblem Heroes since launch day back in February, and it's the only Nintendo app game that I've stuck with up until now and it's a ton of fun. Addictive as hell since it's a gacha, but fun as long as you can control your urges to spend and not get too upset when rolls don't go your way. Hope you derive enjoyment from Pocket Camp! I can understand your concerns, but there's no better way to learn than to just try! If you really feel uneasy, maybe try to find someone part of the tabletop club to voice your uncertainties to? E-mail the club president and ask what you need to ask; I'm sure they'll be happy to respond. -- Also, @machine and @Ryo, let me add you dudes on Discord. I don't use Discord to join any groups, since I'm too busy to go down that rabbit hole though I've been tempted to, so I won't be joining the DCW groups. But I'm cool with adding you guys, if you don't mind. @machine, I've sent you a friend request already, since your info was on your About Me page. @Ryo, do you mind sharing your username? -- OMM: I gave myself diabeetus gorging myself on sweets during Halloween. I can't wait to give myself a heart attack eating a whole self-cooked turkey on Thanksgiving.
  2. What was the recent Anime you watched?

    Hmm, I don't know if I'd say I have any favorite parts, and the ones that stick out in my mind are too spoilery to share. But my favorite character by far is Yang Wen-li, honorable mentions going to Oskar von Reuenthal, Julian Minci, and Katerose von Kreutzer. I have favorable opinions of just about every character, and at the very least like all of them for their roll and the dynamic they brought to the series. Also, I'm aware of those OVAs and movies, but I was so burnt out from binging the whole of the series as it was, and with school coming up I decided to defer those for later. If I ever get an LoGH itch, I'll see if any of those OVAs or movies are worth checking out. There are two things about the anime that I didn't really like. The first is that the directing can be really flat sometimes. Things move at an almost robotic-like speed, which is nice since the plot is constantly moving forward, but at the same time I wish the anime would just slow down and make things more "dramatic" when it's appropriate to. I understand that with a limited musical score it's difficult to draw out certain tense moments, but sometimes it feels like scenes just transition to the next without any sense of artist storytelling. It's probably hard to imagine what I mean, but it's like having someone with a monotone voice read a poem. Obviously it's not good to have someone super over-the-top milk every line like it's the most emotionally riveting thing ever, as that would be unnecessarily cringey, but some artistic liberty in the delivery wouldn't hurt. The second thing I didn't like was that the narrator would strait-up spoil later scenes in the anime. The narrator tells the story from a future perspective, like a historian telling a "legend" from years gone by, which adds to the documentary-like aesthetic, but sometimes he insinuates things too obviously. It's good to weave foreshadowing into the narrative naturally, to give people "aha!" moments when they rewatch it, but to have the narrator say certain things so on-the-nose just detracts kills the mood. This seemed to be a problem more so in the later parts of the anime than the beginning. Hah, I don't believe I heard any portions from The Nutcracker, otherwise I would have surely remembered. The thing is, I don't actually think I've actually ever watched any anything that handles politics quite like LoGH, though I guess Game of Thrones comes sorta close? LoGH in the broadest sense is an exploration of the conflict between two entities, the authoritarian Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance. That backdrop may seem corny, but the show doesn't make a strawman out of either. Both sides are presented with their benefits and flaws, such as the corruptibility of democracy and the efficiency of central control, which sets it apart from other things I've watched. GoT is similar-ish, but doesn't put politics as a literary theme in the spotlight in the way that LoGH does. If you ever watch LoGH (since I believe you've already seen at least some of GoT), you'll know what I mean when I say they're similar but still markedly different in ways. I haven't watched Code Geass in years, so I only vaguely remember it. This was back during the days I watched anime almost exclusively for the cute anime girls, so my judgement of the show boils down to "it was fun I guess and Kallen is best girl." I can kinda see the similarities though. From what I remember, Lelouch in Code Geass is trying to change a corrupt authoritarian regime from the inside out, a regime that's at war with a rebel faction. That's similar to Reinhard von Lohengramm's aspirations in relation to the Galactic Empire, and the Free Planets Alliance that they are warring with just so happened to have been formed decades ago as a result of a rebellion. Both are also strongly motivated by their desire to protect/save their sister (younger in Lelouch's case, and older in Reinhard's) for one reason or another. Those are the only spoiler-free comparisons I can draw, but even then the execution and the overarching themes of the anime are drastically different. They just seem to share the skeleton of a premise, and that's ignoring all the Geass power stuff in Code Geass and the whole of the Free Planets Alliance perspective in LoGH. There were some violent, bloody scenes in the anime, but nothing gory or gratuitous. Nothing too graphic, and seeing as you've found your way on this forum, it's nothing I'd think would bother you. Those scenes were also few and far between, which is why people don't usually mention them when talking about LoGH. As for main character deaths, there are quite a few characters that would be considered important or even main that are offed during the show. I liked the arcs all pretty equally, and I don't think I have a favorite. All were pretty good in their own right, though the consensus is that the first is probably the weakest since it exists to set the scene, tone, and pacing for the rest of the show. It's not as high stakes as the other arcs, but it's not bad either. There are definitely moments spent for "slice-of-life"-like moments, but I don't know if they're as substantial as you're looking for. Like, there are never entire episodes devoted exclusively to the cast just chilling and being care-free. Every episode is mostly driven by politics and war, with a couple of scenes spent developing characters in more laid-back scenarios sprinkled in there for a brief change of pace. I feel like the current model of how anime is made makes it difficult to have long-running shows anymore. Aside from the shows that are already established long-runners, most new anime these days rarely get more than two-cour confirmed at a time, with the vast majority falling in the one-cour range. Maybe it was just like this back then too, and LoGH was a freak accident, but then again I'm no anime historian. I'm hoping the best for the show though, since I'd like to see their take on some of the later scenes, even if the character designs are really throwing me off right now. Also, thanks for the clarification on the whole Gundam The Origin and Mobile Suit Gundam situation, that's interesting to know! I'm not at all familiar with the Gundam series, so you'll have to forgive me for my ignorance.
  3. Last Poster Wins

    @machine I was deadass going to post that exact same Conan trap picture only to find that you already did it... .. .. :thonking: -- Blend-S is the new meme-flavored anime of the season isn't it?
  4. What's the last movie you saw?

    The latter. If your "friend" is looking for an inoffensively enjoyable movie to watch on a slow Saturday night, I'd recommend it.
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  6. What's on Your Mind?

    Someone sounds like they're salty they had the Longest Road card sniped from them. Also, I totally knew it was ProZD on the vocals, no one can impersonate Goofy quite like he can, hah. Eyoo, congrats on getting it! I had a really strong urge to get one myself when it was first announced, since I've been meaning to play such games as ALttP, Yoshi's Island, Earthbound, Super Mario RPG, as well as Starfox 2 of course. But I have neither the time nor the money to justify the purchase. How are you liking it so far? -- OMM1: tfw JJ Abrams decides to make a Hollywood live-action adaption of Kimi no Na wa OMM2: The new trailers for USUM have me like
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  8. What's on Your Mind?

    (I'm going to tag this so as to not spoil Sun and Moon for people who haven't played it yet) ew why would you want to play games with people in real life :^) But for real, I've ever only played basic stuff like Monopoly and Catan. I'd probably play more if I had the time and friends to play them with. The college I attend has a tabletop club, and I'm sure others do as well, so that might be a good place to start if you want to get into it. (I can't remember if you're currently attending college right now, but it's something to consider if you have access to it)
  9. What was the recent Anime you watched?

    I liked it quite a lot! I wouldn't say it exceeded my expectations, but my expectations were pretty high going into it so the fact that I walked away satisfied and not feeling like I was fooled by anime elitists into investing 110 episodes of my life into something I wasn't enjoying is actually quite impressive. LoGH has an interesting style. It's kinda how I'd always imagined a factually accurate anime about some historical time period to be. There's a massive cast of characters and a huge focus on politics, and a narrator that often sets up the scenes and covers necessary backstory. It's definitely the best portrayal of political conflict and of political systems I've seen in an anime ever, so if you're tired of the "adults are hilariously incompetent and just so happen to be running the government in an overtly evil way" trope you're in for a treat. Though I wouldn't say the exploration of moral and political themes is super deep or complex, at the very least it doesn't insult the intelligence of the viewers. Also, I like how they handle the space fights. Most other shows have the main characters be soldiers or warriors in an army, and most of the war scenes boil down to two armies charging at each other, the hero fighting through fodder to build up hype, the hero confronting his destined rival or the big baddie, the two having an isolated one-on-one fight in the midst of the general fighting, and the result of their fight resulting in the end of the battle. In LoGH the main characters are commanders of giant space fleets, so conflict involves outmaneuvering the opponent, flanking, tactical retreats, positioning, managing supplies and resources, reorganizing the fleet's formation, deception, and dealing with battles of attrition. This allows for interesting dynamics, as characters on either side of the conflict can be resoundingly defeated but still escape with their lives, whereas a character surviving a one-on-one duel to the supposed death often has the effect of seemingly like cheap writing if handled poorly. Also, you won't be getting any flashy action scenes, but flashy action scenes can be found in tons of other anime, so I'd say it's a fair exchange. The music is almost exclusively a bunch of classical music that you've probably heard before. I'm guessing this was originally meant to save on costs, but it ended up giving the anime an interesting atmosphere. And of course, the animation and art style is typical of 1980s shows from that time period, which might turn off some modern day viewers. You seem to have a penchant for that aesthetic so I don't think you'd mind. If you're willing to invest the time, it definitely gets my approval. 110 episodes may seem daunting at first, but it's separated into four main arcs, each defined by their own opening and ending themes (I believe the length of each arc is 26 episodes, 26 episodes, 34 episodes, and 24 episodes, in that order). It may be more digestible if you conceptualize it that way. And also, they're making a remake, which you may have heard of. The first season will be 12 episodes, while the "second season" will be 12 episodes released as 3 movies (4 episodes each movie), which should cover the same material as the first arc of the original series. If it's successful I guess they'll make more. While it's too early to judge, I am a bit put off by the character designs. I guess it's understandable that they've modernized the designs for the current year, but I also don't see why they couldn't just neaten up the designs from the original, like Sunrise did with Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin? On the other hand, the CGI space fleets actually look sick as fuck, so that's good. At the end of the day, the visuals aren't really what make LoGH amazing, so as long as they stay true to the narrative and world building it'll probably be a decent substitute for the original. I've rambled on long enough, so uhhh... tl;dr yea was prett gud I guess -- edit: @machine The Kase-san anime project confirmed to be an OVA, which is neat!
  10. What's on Your Mind?

    Started learning how to cook. All I can make are fried eggs with tomatoes at the moment, but those are some delicious eggs and tomatoes I'll tell ya hwat.
  11. Read Any Good Books Lately?

    Some of the readings I have to do for an econ class are actually pretty engaging, no joke. They cover practical and historical examples of concepts, especially as they relate to current issues, and it's a lot better than just reading about theory. Too bad my professor just boils down the lectures to theory anyway so it kinda defeats the purpose.....
  12. What was the recent Anime you watched?

    New Kase-san anime project in the works for next year. It could just be another music video, but maybe it's a full series?