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What ANIME are you VIEWING?
I have enjoyed the episodes I have seen and will likely watch all of it.
update: 6 eps in, and DAMN this show got dark
It all really undermines the solid, sophisticated science fiction that is here. It’s thoughtful and challenging. It completely revises the “super robot” concept, it recasts everything from Mazinger to Gundam to Macross in an entirely differently light. What if it were HORRIBLE to pilot a giant robot?
That's the worst part of anime. Like you say, it's not simply a sexy character, it's a very creepy kind of stuff that is wrong on a deeper level. It's pandering to creepy weirdos with awful tastes and very questionable morals.
Michael Barnes wrote: I’ve been watching Evangelion, it’s been 20+ years since I’ve seen it. It’s a bummer because the show is simultaneously incredible and insufferable. It has some the best mecha stuff ever in it. It goes deep and gets really weird. But it is also full of vile, skeevy sex stuff that makes it embarrassing to watch.
The best anime I've seen lately is Kaguya-sama: Love is War. It's probably the best romantic comedy I've seen. It's funny, has actual character progression, every scene has some fun animation or editing trick that makes it fun to watch and the characters have actual depth. Most importantly it dodges (or mocks) every single tired cliché. Despite the high school setting, it was actually published in a seinen (adult) magazine and treats itself accordingly.
The premise is simple: Love is War and whoever confesses first, loses. Hence, no matter how much our protagonists love each other, they won't bulge and try to make the other confess first. It's fun, it's touching and has none of the creepy stuff found in other anime or romatic comedies in general. Can't recommend it enough.
Not to discount any of what you may perceive or feel, but that show isn’t meant for children and it is a show about emotional, physical and social discomfort (inspired by the life experiences of the creator). From strained parent-child relationships to adults that live with insecurities and personal demons, everything about that show is people struggling to stop (or partake in) the coming Christian apocalypse while also struggling internally.
Its primary protagonist is an awkward and whiny teenager that can really grate on the show’s audience as well as his fellow characters.
The philosophical presentation is dense and the show doesn’t explain anything to you.
There’s a lot to admire and appreciate but it’s absolutely not something that everyone is going to even want to bother with.
There are shows I’ve seen that I feel are just awful in the ways you mention, like Elfen Lied.
Being an old guy now, I still really love Robotech. I struggle to understand why Harmony Gold decided to include needless nudity of teen girls from the original Japanese shows for what is a series that is really only watched by middle aged fans driven by nostalgia, who’d want to share the show with their families but will hesitate to now.
When quarantine started I went through both Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (pretty good, but frustratingly vague when I wanted specifics) and also Evangelion. I liked both, but as someone who has a huge tolerance for weirdly inconclusive and somewhat masturbatory finales, Evangelion was still a bit of a stretch for me.
Well, I could, thanks to Amazon Prime, and yet I couldn't. I got about 15 minutes in, and it just felt slow and full of lifeless cliches. I bailed and deleted it from my queue, because it was worse than almost everything else that I have seen in recent months.
Currently available on Amazon Prime.
There are definitely a lot of intentionally awkward and in fact awful interactions between characters...and these would be compelling and complex if not for the *boing sound* boob shots. Any attempt at getting into these complicated dynamics is undermined by the lame fan service.
It’s like watching 2001: A Space Oddysey and suddenly there’s a teenage girl in hot pants bending over and wiggling her ass and we cut to Dave with a comically distorted face, sweating.
I’m in a bit of an anime stretch right now, but that usually means “time to rewatch Cowboy Bebop”. I may finally do the rest of JoJo because that show is absolutely amazing. Really want to go back and watch Crusher Joe, Megazone 23, and Space Cobra again too, the 80s stuff never disappoints.
Robotech is almost as important to me as Star Wars. I think I’ve memorized almost every episode except Southern Cross. I practically worshipped that show when it was on. I think Miriya Sterling was probably my first crush, when she beats Max at the Veritech arcade game I was the one with the comically distorted face and sweating. Everyone likes the Macross part the best and it is the best, but the whole Invid/Genesis Climber Mospeada series was almost as good.
I don’t know about that new Ghibli movie...I mean, you put rock n’ roll witches in something and I could not possibly be more here for it but the CGI looks oddly cheap and dated.
I do think some Black characters are done in a bit of a racist style. That is the only knock against it.
I watched one of the special features, and there was an interview with Shinichiro Watanabe (the director). He said he wanted to do something completely different, not just remixing what had come previously. He sure crushed that goal.
Cowboy Bebop has a fantastic theme song, and it was clearly the inspiration for Firefly. I love Firefly but I dislike Cowboy Bebop because I dislike all the Cowboy Bebop characters. I disliked Ed the most, because she was such an annoying excuse for comic relief. And yet oddly enough, the only episode that I really liked was the episode that focused on Ed.
"HOT DOG BUN, NOT TOO YOUNG!"
Shellhead wrote: I disliked Ed the most, because she was such an annoying excuse for comic relief. And yet oddly enough, the only episode that I really liked was the episode that focused on Ed.
Which is a really sleazy sexual remark if you think about it, especially for such an innocently portrayed character as Ed.
But if you took all of the borderline pedo stuff out of anime, you would have... a lot less anime.