March 02, 2016

Musaigen no Phantom World -- ep 9

Look what they did to Mai!


If there's some sort of story here they better get busy and start telling it; they're running out of time. (Assuming it's one cour. Do we know that?)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 10:08 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 Man, all three shows I've been following this season have landed in snooze-ville.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 02, 2016 11:31 PM (+rSRq)

2 I'm in England right now and I talked to a Japanese guy over breakfast this morning. He said that he's watching Dimension W this season, and it's a "sci-fi horror". Awww. But it looks the season is quite strong for many people. I found Galko surprisingly good, although it's helped by its 8-minute short format.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 03, 2016 07:05 AM (uzayO)

I like Dimension W, although the pacing isn't as tight as it should be. There were a couple of side stories that didn't really add to the plot, and I think it's only one cour, meaning it has somewhat squandered its run.

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) is fantastic, but it revolves around the protagonist trying to stop the murder of elementary school girls. Plus it deals with child abuse. So it's a hard watch, and definitely not suited for the tastes of this website's proprietor.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! is silly fun if you're in the mood, and one cour of this show will be plenty.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is very well done, and has a very specific and limited appeal to a particular audience; i.e. Me.

Posted by: wahsatchmo at March 03, 2016 08:06 AM (VFkGH)

4 Yeah, I sometimes wonder if the anime lately is really as boring (for the most part) as it seems or if I'm just getting too jaded to appreciate it the way I used to.  I really, really don't want to become jaded.  The first couple of years when I first started getting into anime were so enjoyable, I was discovering a whole new world of entertainment that I didn't really know existed (well, I knew it existed but I never realized it was something that I would like so much).
As for this season, I'll have to see.  I'm only watching Gate right now, I generally wait until a show is finished before watching so I can marathon it in case I get into it and there are cliffhangers.

Posted by: argrif at March 03, 2016 06:36 PM (SniOC)


When I first started watching, what I was doing was to order titles from Robert and watch them. Which means I was mostly choosing the best titles of the previous 15 years. Once I exhausted those, and had purchased the best titles of the current era, and eventually began watching fansubs, it means I was watching the normal run-of-the-drek titles instead.

It's not that anime has necessarily gotten any worse, it's just that I'm not sticking exclusively to the best stuff anymore. There have been good titles in the last five years; some truly excellent ones, in fact.

But I'm also watching crap, so the average quality of what I'm seeing now is much worse.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 03, 2016 09:02 PM (+rSRq)

6 That's true, way back when, only the best of the best could make it here. Gems like Ultimate Teacher. I remember watching 4th generation copies of Ranma, trying to figure out the plot without subtitles or any understanding of Japanese.
And most of my old favorites never made the jump from tape to disk. Glad I got the best of the best on laserdisk. Every once in a while I'll dust off my player and binge watch Orange Road, or You're Under Arrest. Pity I couldn't afford the entire run of Urusai Yatsura...
Fortunately, being a married man with a family, I don't have enough time to watch all the anime I'd like, and get jaded. 

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at March 04, 2016 03:02 AM (l55xw)

7 It's not that anime has necessarily gotten any worse, it's just that I'm not sticking exclusively to the best stuff anymore.

It seems my chalice of the acceptable gets filled more and more with a cheaper wine every year. I hate to admit it, but I watch Dragonar and Absolute Duo over and over every year, without actually rewatching an episode.

They have different titles, of course, but I still watch faithfully, if fitfully.

It also seems that a show that approaches the same formula from a different angle will get me to watch it, even if I can see where every part of every plot will go. How does a character survive impossible damage? The latest thibng done to death was the in game action with resawning. Then along comes a show where the characters auto bail out of their current form once they have taken enough damage, and land back at base in their normal bodies. Different.

Posted by: topmaker at March 04, 2016 05:27 PM (6stZH)

8 *thing*, *respawining*
Friday nights are rough here.

Posted by: topmaker at March 04, 2016 05:28 PM (6stZH)

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