The current anime thing

I have a couple issues with it. The first four episodes were extremely exposition and flashback-heavy. It frustrated me that the stakes had to be restated. Episode 3 spent most of its runtime on events we already know and understand. Spoilers through episode 5 this seasonNot a fan of dropping a whole new and frankly uninspiring cast on me either. And Reiner, after OOOH HE ALMOST DIED for all of season 3 (and even before that) has continued almost dying all the time this season. It’s freaking annoying. Episode 5 held my attention better, but I am very much rubbed the wrong way by the implied “Eren is the villain now” framework.

@Qazikolia It is probably worth your time to check out FLCL Alternative. Nothing can match FLCL - it’s my favorite piece of media full stop - but it captures a similar vibe and I was very touched by how it ended.

Thought this would be a more quiet season but so far there have been a decent amount of promising shows:

Otherside Picnic is an anime adaptation of Roadside Picnic that dares to ask: what if it was yuri. The first episode is pretty fun and effectively creepy when it wants to be. It generally looks pretty good outside of when it has a faraway shot of the characters, at which point they turn into badly animated CG models.

Laid-Back Camp Season 2 is more Laid-Back Camp, which is all I could really ask for. It’s still as comfy as the first season was.

Horimiya is a pretty good romcom, outside of the first scene which inexplicably adds a pervy teacher to the show who, as far as I can tell, wasn’t in the original manga. It’s gross, and really unfortunate as the rest of the first episode is fun. I like the characters a bunch and it’s got a pretty nice looking art style. Also has one of the best openings of the season (though it takes itself way more seriously than the show does).

SK8 the Infinity is a skateboarding anime, which is something we don’t have enough of. It’s got fun characters, ridiculous looking rivals, and some pretty good animation. I liked the first episode a bunch and hope it keeps being this good.

Jujutsu Kaisen hasn’t started this season yet but has so far been great so I’m excited to watch more of it.

Yeah, Horimiya seems nice. Love me some cozy romance. Seconding most of the the comments above actually.

Seems like it can be a solid season. And let’s see if Re:ZERO can keep me interested. This series has not been as exciting as the first.

Sequel heavy season but honestly a lot of them are sequels to shows ranging from good to great. Personally don’t know what I did to deserve a new season of Laid Back Camp and Non Non Biyori at the same time but I’ll take it.

In terms of new stuff all I’ve watched so far is the Spider anime, which seems like it could be okay if you’re interested in seeing Aoi Yuuki put a show on her back if the first episode is any indication.

Thanks for the rec! I think I remember seeing a fairly lukewarm reaction to Progressive when it came out, and just stopped paying attention after that. The kind of emotional space that FLCL plays around in is so appealing but so easily broken, so anything that’s successful in conjuring an atmosphere that’s similar or adjacent to that is a must-watch for me!

Yeah I did not love Progressive much at all and it’s too bad it killed the vibe before Alternative dropped.

I have been binge watching Hunter x Hunter and have been enjoying it quite a bit. I’m currently in the Chimera Ant arc and I have to say I did not expect the show to get as dark as it has considering how upbeat it kind of is for 80% of it.

Wonder Egg Priority’s first episode released today and just so people who want to watch it are prepared going in: big CW for suicide and trauma.

I liked it quite a bit though do want to know how it handles its subject matter going forward before really recommending it. That being said, I do think it has potential. Its mystery has got me hooked (even if I’m cautious of what its outcome could be) and it looks beautiful.

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Anyone here using Wakanim? Is it just me or does it no longer recognize that you’ve watched episodes? Neither on the PS4 app or the website. I’ve added stuff to my watchlist and watched several episodes but it’s still on the first one. It’s always been bad at that but now it’s completely broken. Started within the last few weeks.

Sk∞ update: even though I am about 95% certain we’re in the classic sports anime queerbaiting territory (which I guess makes sense, from the director of Free!), I think I like this one. There’s a character who has a JARVIS-y AI for his skateboard and Takehito Koyasu’s weird stalker villain character was introduced just humming Beethoven’s 5th like even more of a cartoon vampire than DIO was. Also there’s a hot chef.

I’ve loved Wonder Egg so far.

I also highly recommend Otherside Picnic. This show is based on STALKER/Roadside Picnic but with L E S B I A N S

I really don’t know why it isn’t everyone’s fucking shit right now. The gay is good, the horror is actually fantastic, and the music and atmosphere is top notch. It has a lower budget, so there’s a TON of CG scenes, but it still is worth a watch. Most of the time it’s STALKER, but sometimes it’s very strongly Silent Hill.

I’ve also just finished Great Pretender, which is fantastic. I think it’ll eventually be talked about in the same vein as Cowboy Bebop. Second Season was strong, but I am not sure how I feel about them working with all the evil bastards they ripped off in the first season. It looked like they all might have been drugged at the end? But it wasn’t clear. I mean, one of them is REALLY evil, so I don’t get why they didn’t make a bigger effort to show the audience that they were using the three. I actually don’t have a problem with Dorothy coming back, because I WANT more Great Pretender, and the final episode left a lot of threads to explore.

I’ve also been watching Parasyte with my boyfriend, and we both are really hooked. We both kind of hate how the love interest is written, but the manga was written back in 88-95, so trying to find progressive answers to weak writing of women probably isn’t going to happen despite it being a modern retelling. I’m guessing the adaptation is beat for beat save for some tech stuff. I wish there was a Parasyte Alternative, where all the hints about Satomi knowing more than she’s letting on actually meant something. It also has a problem where it looks like it’s about to end just when shit is getting serious. I was hoping the back and forth between Parasytes and Humans would eventually reach Devilman Crybaby levels of crazy, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going that route.

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Hey friends, relative newcomer to anime here posting in this thread for the first time because I had an experience recently with two very popular series that I’ve been itching to just talk about as I parse it out? Anyway, my experience with anime has been relatively hit-or-miss since forever. That experience: I grew up on Pokemon and still fucking love it (hence my handle), but from that point until 2019 I basically bounced off every series that was recommended to me. In hindsight they were all shonen — Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hunter x Hunter — which I thought maybe explained it, but also doesn’t because, well anyway…

(This is just shows, also, for some reason. I’ve enjoyed anime films and games immensely.)

Then the whole Evangelion reemergence happened in summer 2019 and I fell for it hard. Like that show fucked me up in a very singular way. But I figured that was a one-off kind of thing until last fall, when I met my current partner, who loves anime and, after getting a sense of my taste in shows, recommended a few extremely mainstream ones for me to wet my feet (we also tried Food Wars and Saiki K., which I did not like, and Kakegurui, which I really enjoyed just for its sheer off-the-wallness). One of them was Attack on Titan and the other was My Hero Academia. And boy, have I ever had two completely different reactions to two things that have been heavily recommended to me, often by the same people, over the years?

MHA Feelings

I watched MHA first and — this is the reason I don’t think my bouncing off issue has been with shonen — I fucking loved it. Way, way more than I expected to. I devoured it in a few weeks, movies too, can’t wait for more, and I’m still trying to figure out why? It ticks a lot of boxes for me — I like high school media, superhero fiction, utopian/dystopian fiction in general — but not enough to explain how much I’ve vibed with it. It tickles both the part of my brain that wants something familiar and comfortable to watch and the part that wants to be able to pick something apart for its themes and questions, and I wasn’t expecting that from it. It might be that the character writing is genuinely compelling, that everyone (except Mineta) is worth caring about. Also that it’s not just limited to the kids; from someone who never enjoyed Superman-esque characters, I’ve appreciated All-Might’s arc a lot for the way it’s willing to have him fail. Even the flatter ones still seem to have some dimension to them. And even the melodrama is good! All in all, it struck me as this zany, creative, yet comfortable thing — which I guess wasn’t something I was expecting from a show that seemed relatively uncontroversial? Maybe that’s unfair. Anyway—

AoT Feelings

Then, recently, I tried watching AoT and was just immediately exhausted. Having existed as a prime consumer of YA media during the early-2010s, every dystopian element was so familiar — but these things that I loved to the point where I literally tried to write a walled city novel once felt so, so incredibly grating in this package. Might have been the gore porn-ishness to an extent… but I love horror media and that usually doesn’t bother me. It might have been that I feel so familiar with this genre by now that I feel like I can see where all of the threads are going to go — that it seemed almost gratuitously proud of itself for employing those tropes too — and my brain just doesn’t want to follow them there again. It just didn’t feel like it was in service of anything interesting. If I want this collection of tropes I’d rather just go read the first two Hunger Games books again. Maybe I just know how fascist it’s gonna get via cultural osmosis and my brain is pre-judging despite trying to go in open, idrk. But like all the ones I’ve bounced off, I was left wholly uninterested in following this one anywhere.

Idk if there’s anything to this, or if I’m just boring everyone with uncontroversial opinions and half-cooked takes on like two major tentpoles of a genre I’m comedically unfamiliar with, but I needed to write these feelings somewhere lol and this is the zone for discourse, after all. Thanks for having me.

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I grew up loving the Ghibli films, but not much else. In high school I was recommended Soul Eater and FMAB, but bounced off both and decided anime wasn’t for me. Years later I watched MHA and DEVOURED the first 2 seasons (the only ones available at the time). It sparked a love for anime I didn’t realize I had, and got the ball rolling on other shows. My wife walked in watching the part (season 4 spoiler) when Deku is talking to Eri and after bumping into him while running out of the alley, and she decided she wanted to watch it and also blew through the series!

Every character is really well characterized with quite a lot of depth, has personalities reflected in their designs, and they really feel like kids learning and growing. It’s expertly paced, and full of amazing little moments. It hits all the right notes for me, but I can’t quite articulate why I love it as a whole.

Haven’t watched AOT, not really interested in it so I think I’m ok skipping it.

I’ve watched some great anime since I discovered I like the genre through MHA, and I’m sure you’ll find more stuff you like as well!

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The cultural osmosis was enough to put me off sticking with AoT but I’m glad that Netflix only has the one season as I could see it being the sort of thing I just left on in the background. Am glad that I could sack it at the end of season one and go watch something better.

The theme songs whip tho.

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Kinda had a similar feeling with both AoT and MHA at the time. I watched the first season of AoT when it aired mainly because of how hyped up it was and hated it. I just didn’t find any of the characters likable or interesting and the pacing felt frustratingly slow. At the time I also didn’t catch onto the weird nationalist shit the author is on about. The only things I really liked about the show were the OPs and a couple of the big titan fights, but that was about it.

MHA meanwhile I really liked for a while. The first two seasons and the first half of the third season are very strong. Then it kind of peter outs and being caught up with the manga, it has never really recovered. The rest of what the anime has covered so far hasn’t been bad, but it’s not really as good as the material that came before it. The same goes for the manga except it also has been more explicitly been dealing with its politics which… are really not thought out well enough. The manga/anime not really showing its thoughts about its world for a long time was maybe for the better.

One thing that has captured what I liked about the show’s first two seasons pretty well though is the second MHA anime movie, Heroes Rising. Which doesn’t do anything that special but it’s well paced, has incredible animation, and the characters in it are fun.

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If you don’t like season 1 of AoT it’s absolutely not worth watching the rest, because it doesn’t get better. I watch it because it’s the only anime my friends watch, but I’m pretty ambivalent about it at large. You can see me talking shit about the most recent season up thread, although it’s improved since. But I think a lot of people don’t like it for the same reasons you do and that’s fine.

Unsolicited recommendation if you want to try out more anime - FLCL is a classic and only 6 episodes long. (Edit and same company as Eva.)

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Folks in the thread who really like MHA should maybe try Demon Slayer. Netflix just got it, and Tanjiro the protagonist has a lot of the extremely good boy energy Deku has. It is a very different setting from MHA (it’s set in japan in the 1920s iirc) and there are significant horror / gore elements but it’s still firmly a shonen. The series has done bananas in terms of sales and reception and the anime has so much really great animation and compositing.

My boyfriend is not super into anime and it’s one of the series I got him into along with MHA and Golden Kamuy.

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The animation is so unbelievably good in Demon Slayer.

This fourth and last season of Attack on Titan in probably the best one, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone at this point because getting to here is kinda slow and boring. At the same time the fourth season of My Hero Academia was by far the worst one, and having loved the rest, I’m now suspecting I will never like it again. I feel like I’ve had this realisation how there is no plot and is going nowhere.

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Jujutsu Kaisen is also currently giving off big MHA vibes (though current events are not a trope that’s exclusive to MHA, I guess, but it definitely happened there as well) and honestly I like it more than Demon Slayer, personally.