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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by Alta on Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:58 pm

Honorable Mention for Endings: (Just because i completely forgot about this one)

Soul Eater ED 4:


I honestly feel that the ending made a better finale for the series rather than the actual finale, This ending had a more of "world on the line" type feel to it. The song also gets you hype for last few episodes of the series.
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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by RealRacer4 on Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:06 pm

Alta wrote:Honorable Mention for Endings: (Just because i completely forgot about this one)

Soul Eater ED 4:


I honestly feel that the ending made a better finale for the series rather than the actual finale, This ending had a more of "world on the line" type feel to it. The song also gets you hype for last few episodes of the series.


I couldn't believe I forgot about adding one of the EDs from this show too. I liked the 3rd ED the most. The song was just very catchy.

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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by JMac525 on Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:23 pm

Alta wrote:Honorable Mention for Endings: (Just because i completely forgot about this one)

Soul Eater ED 4:


I honestly feel that the ending made a better finale for the series rather than the actual finale, This ending had a more of "world on the line" type feel to it. The song also gets you hype for last few episodes of the series.

I like this one as well. It seems like all of the themes from Abingdon Boys School I have heard have been really good.
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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by RealRacer4 on Thu May 01, 2014 3:41 pm

Before we get into showing are personal favorite OP's, I thought it would be best to pay some respect to Ayrton Senna. Because Honda was the engine supplier for McLaren at the time, Senna was as big of a driver in Japan as he was in Brazil. He was such a popular driver, that Dragon Ball Z (which, of course, was the most popular anime during that time) became an associate sponsor for McLaren for part of the 1990 season. You can see some of that proof here.

Now onto this month's special: the openings.

15) Hellsing:
The adaptation for the show might not have been that great, but there were a few things that made the anime slightly better. One of them being is this opening. I absolutely loved the theme they chose with using the classic rock music, making the OP darker than it already was.
14) Black Lagoon:
The most recent series that I watched, might not have been the best but as I loved the show more, the opening eventually grew on me. This OP stands as a reminder of how awesome this show was.
13) Xam'd:
I'm sure not many of you have even heard of this show before. The reason being is mostly because it first premiered as an ONA on PS3. The show didn't turn out to be as great as I hoped, but man, this opening is awesome. The song alone completed this entire OP. I couldn't find a video of it on YouTube so I only have to settle with showing a link from another website. http://vimeo.com/17035712
12) FMA:
Typically for most 26-episode anime, they have one really good opening, and another that doesn't live up to the standards to the first. Well, in this case, I ended liking every single opening, as well as the endings, that played in Brotherhood. To accomplish a feat like that is truly impressive, especially since it's a 64-episode series.
11) Samurai Champloo:
The first of the openings on this list that was done by Manglobe, and an anime that was directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, the same person that directed Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy. You won't find many shows that use rap music to make it fit into the show that well. And of course, the visuals in the opening make it all the more reason to like it.
10) Elfen Lied:
While the opening is a huge contrast to how bloody and violent this series is, this opening is still loved by a lot of people who have had the chance to watch Elfen Lied. The symphony, choir, and the visuals that go with this opening is why I feel it deserves to be number 10.
9) Serial Experiments Lain:
I've never been a fan of the soft rock genre, but this song is an exception. I don't think there are many shows with an opening that can capture what the show is about as well as SEL, especially the visuals. If anything, I would even go as far as saying that the visuals in this show are even better than Cowboy Bebop.
8 ) GITS Movie:
No, this isn't the opening from the SAC Gigs, but from the 1st Ghost in the Shell movie that was released in theaters in Japan back in 1995. IMO, while I think both openings from the TV series are good, I think this movie intro blows them out of the water. Every time I watch the opening, I always get chills, making me want to re-watch this movie.
7) Ergo Proxy:
Another opening done by Manglobe. I can't express enough about how stunning the visuals are. The fact that it's got some grunge rock playing (in English) is all the more reason for me to put this on the #7 spot.
6) Cowboy Bebop:
Now it's time to get into the really good stuff. Cowboy Bebop: the first anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, which I feel is still the best work he's ever done. It is the only anime you'll ever see that's set in the future and has a popular genre of the past as part of the OST, which is not easy to pull off. Watching this opening will make you feel like you're watching a classic cowboy show from the '50s or '60s, which the show itself is a classic.
5) Eureka Seven (1st OP):
While I loved the 4th OP, I think the 1st one holds a special place for me. This was an introduction of what was an awesome show. Not only that, it was also an introduction to the band, FLOW. Just about every song they've made for the openings from various shows, I end up liking. This OP does a good job of getting you excited to watch their episodes.
4) Deadman Wonderland:
Ah yes. The show that made it's U.S. premiere on Toonami's revival and got me back into anime. Oh yeah, this was also done by Manglobe. I don't know why the studio doesn't do a lot of action series, but the visuals and animation they do is always top notch. Out of all of the intros Manglobe has done, I think this is their best one. I don't think they could've made it any better than they did.
3) Neon Genesis Evangelion:
Granted, there may be a lot of bias for me, putting it on the #3 spot, but it's still a great opening, nonetheless. I ended up watching the OP for almost every episode even before I considered it my #1 favorite anime.
2) Future Diary (1st OP):
I might've been disgusted with how Future Diary turned out, but does that also apply to the opening? HELL NO. I absolutely LOVED how this opening was done. Even if my opinion on the show changed as I was watching it, it still doesn't change the fact how epic this opening was.
1) Attack on Titan (2nd OP):
It wouldn't have mattered if I picked the 1st OP or the 2nd OP, because one of them would end up being #1 anyway Laughing. The openings are just too good and are really in a league of their own. Most of them pick the 1st one over the 2nd, but I think that the 2nd OP is better, IMO. I think that there's a lot more emotion put into the 2nd opening than the 1st one. And oh yes, I can't WAIT to see this show premiere on Toonami this weekend. 

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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by Alta on Thu May 01, 2014 5:40 pm

IT'S TIME!

15. Sword Art Online OP 1:

I hate SAO and think it's massively overrated however it has one thing that will probably be a theme in my OP picks...The upbeat/rising action type pop hit that gets you pumped up for the show and this is no exception, an awesome job by the Japanese pop artist LiSa. (I honestly wish American pop would take notice and not in Avril Lavinge's way plz) Good visuals as well.





14. Fate/Zero OP 1:

LiSa is pretty good! Fate/Zero is critically acclaimed for it's visual and aesthetics and the opening is no exception...Beautiful to look at and listen too.

English cover of the song since Youtube is evil

13. Robotics;Notes OP 2:

This is more song than visuals which kind of sums up Robotics;Notes in general where the individuals make it worth the watch rather than what's around them. Both openings are pretty good but i prefer the intro to this OP more then Slayer riff....I MEAN OP 1!


12. Highschool of The Dead OP:

I think we can all agree that the best thing about HOTD is the VISUALS (HA SEE WHAT I DID THERE) and the opening looks plenty good and the tower effect makes it really feel like your watching your average humans vs zombies show. Song is pretty catchy as well, Enjoy some good punk rock every once in a while.


11. Blue Exorcist OP 1:

Although i think Exorcist's 2nd OP is much better on the looking nice side of things, I just like the song of OP 1 much better and really the punk-rock type thing plays to the protagonist Okamura very well.."The screw you yet i need to find myself" type thing works really well with the song.


10. Psycho Pass OP 2:

Opposite of Blue Exorcist. I think the 1st OP has SLIGHTLY the better song and has pretty awesome visuals...the 2nd opening however KILLS IT on the visuals and i mean it looks BADASS! Colorful as well.


9. Ghost in The Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig OP:

Now here's an interesting choice. The 1st season's OP is much more beautiful and has amazing visuals and yet I go with the 2nd season OP that's much in line with the show and also has minimal fun effects. Song choice maybe but personally I've preferred the 2nd season's opening over the 1st for a while and enough to put in my fave 15.


8. Death Note OP 2:

If such thing as a Death Note viewing party ever existed...This is the opening that would've had everyone in the room start a moshpit because the song GOES HARD as the kids say these day.


7. Btoom! OP 1:

Since this is a recent show i just finished you might gander at this and say that i just haven't got tired of the opening just yet and will in a few weeks or so...I don't know about that yet. The song is really catchy and enjoyable and the visuals look pretty good to me to be honest with you...Maybe it is deserving!Razz


6. Kill La Kill OP 2:

Kill La Kill is a show that was playing with a budget from the get-go and the first opening really shows the issues with the character designs when compared to the end of the series and had a quite forgettable song. However the 2nd OP i feel refined the early issues of the series and got you ready for the climax at the end of the series in a pretty good way, I also enjoyed the fight scene at the end playing off Ryuko and Satsuki's rivalry. The best thing however is definitely the song as it shares that same upbeat rising action thing i enjoy and it played well with the scenes in the opening.



5. Code Geass R2 OP 2:

Code Geass had some great opening songs and although not the best on visuals had some pretty memorable scenes in those openings. However i'm going with the one that lead up to end of it all...The final opening i feel is where they got the animation and the aesthetics down to produce a pretty hype opening out of it and got your ready for the mayhem that was yet to come in the closing parts of the series


4. Jormungand OP:

Jormungand had two things that it did absolutely wonderful on...The hype level and the soundtrack. I feel this blends the two elements together with a nice industrial sound to top it all off.


3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann OP :

It gets you in the mood for gripping storytelling and you'll be surprised to find off the walls craziness. It's Gurren Lagann it ain't gotta explain shit and you shouldn't question. ;P


Both of these next openings are SO GOOD in so many ways, Really great visuals and the kick into the rising action part of the song is just mindblowingly awesome. Got me hyped for both series no matter how i was feeling. So i'm going with personal opinion's on the series to decide....both songs are AMAZING

2. Guilty Crown OP 1 :



1. Steins;Gate:




Honorable Mentions: (AKA these are already on RealRacer's list so instead of copying i'm just giving 2nd approval on these OP's down here): Deadman Wonderland's opening which perfectly sums up the mood of the series, Future Diary's 1st OP for being METAL AS FUCK and awesome visuals (Although i thoroughly enjoy the 2nd OP as well), FMA Brotherhood's Opening specifically the 1st one as i believe it is the best of the series and a good kick back into the series and Black Lagoon's OP for simple yet effective.


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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by JMac525 on Fri May 02, 2014 1:19 am

Part 1
Spoiler:

Part 2
Spoiler:

After a brief editing session to put this top 50 together for the occasion, it took around 3 hours to upload to a website because of the large upload size and especially copyrights. x_x But finally, here is my top 50 anime openings of all time in two videos! Enjoy everybody!  Cool The quality on this site kind've downgrades the visuals, but at least it's finally up.

Damn... And now I have uploaded them to Veoh! Hopefully they'll stay there...


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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by RealRacer4 on Fri May 02, 2014 12:16 pm

JMac525 wrote:Part 1
Spoiler:

Part 2
Spoiler:

After a brief editing session to put this top 50 together for the occasion, it took around 3 hours to upload to a website because of the large upload size and especially copyrights. x_x But finally, here is my top 50 anime openings of all time in two videos! Enjoy everybody!  Cool The quality on this site kind've downgrades the visuals, but at least it's finally up.

Damn. That didn't take long for those videos to get taken down.

On another topic, DRAGON BALL Z IS BACK ON TOONAMI!!! Just for one night though.

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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by JMac525 on Fri May 02, 2014 12:48 pm

Awesome to see DBZ back for the night!

Btw, edited post above again. Hopefully the videos stay up longer on Veoh.
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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by RealRacer4 on Sun May 04, 2014 11:21 am

So for those that watched Attack on Titan on Toonami last night, what did you guys think of it?

I thought the dub was really good. There were a couple of things that seemed off, but it never bothered me too much. I really enjoyed watching the episode other than getting pissed off at the fact that the openings got cut.  Fail

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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by navycook75 on Sun May 04, 2014 2:55 pm

RealRacer4 wrote:So for those that watched Attack on Titan on Toonami last night, what did you guys think of it?

I thought the dub was really good. There were a couple of things that seemed off, but it never bothered me too much. I really enjoyed watching the episode other than getting pissed off at the fact that the openings got cut.  Fail
It was pretty good, I'm looking forward to next week. (Or I could watch the rest on the internet, but I'm a lazy fagoo.)
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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by Alta on Sun May 04, 2014 5:58 pm

RealRacer4 wrote:So for those that watched Attack on Titan on Toonami last night, what did you guys think of it?

I thought the dub was really good. There were a couple of things that seemed off, but it never bothered me too much. I really enjoyed watching the episode other than getting pissed off at the fact that the openings got cut.  Fail
I hear the opening cut was supposedly a screw-up and not a thing to come.

Nice start to it. Looking forward to next week.
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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by GamerAzuzu on Mon May 12, 2014 8:10 pm

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Post by navycook75 on Mon May 12, 2014 8:32 pm

This gives me something to look forward to, I've been meaning to watch it, but I don't like watching subs.
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Post by RealRacer4 on Mon May 12, 2014 9:35 pm

I've tried watching it in subs, but it was so impossible to keep up, I decided to just wait until the dubs comes out, so this is nice to see.

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Post by RealRacer4 on Sat May 17, 2014 10:52 pm

I figured I'd bump it up since there has been some major announcements this week:

-SAO II will be making a world premiere on July 4th.
-Viz has acquired the rights to the original Sailor Moon series and will be re-dubbed.
-The last 2 volumes (IX, X) of the Hellsing Ultimate dub will be released on DVD/Blu-Ray this Fall.

-Of course, I don't care much about SAO but I figured I'd post it here anyway.
-Knowing how popular of a show Sailor Moon is despite never watching it, this is cool to see this happen.
-As for Hellsing Ultimate, it's about damn time. I decided to watch H.U. a year ago instead of waiting for the last 2 volumes to come out. Once that happens, I'll re-watch the first 8 volumes and of course watch the last 2.

As of late, I haven't got around to watching any anime since I have a full-time job now and don't have any internet at the moment. Hopefully, I can take care of it ASAP and get back to watching anime or maybe read some manga, especially since Pandora Hearts, which is drawing to a close, has been a series I've been meaning to read for quite a while now, along with a few others, such as Elfen Lied and a manga series that Hayao Miyazaki published a while back.

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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by GamerAzuzu on Mon May 19, 2014 6:15 pm

The SAO thing is something I kinda am uneasy about because it takes place the same day as the Kill la Kill event I mentioned earlier, if it takes place before or after I might check that out mainly for the sheer astonishment of it.
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Post by JMac525 on Sat May 24, 2014 2:20 am

I haven't updated my anime watching status in a while mainly because of the lack of time I've had for viewing. But here's my opinions on the last few I watched.

First off, Jormungand. The first season was good for the most part. The ending of the second season however... ugh. That ending goes down there in my least favorites with Gantz, SAO season 1, Shiki, and Soul Eater. I still thought the show was good entertainment though.

Next, Chrono Crusade. I really liked the characters in this one. They all had clear motives and unique qualities. The filler episodes weren't actually half bad here. However, the plot kind of went out the window in the second half and the plot of the first half felt pointless because of the way they treated it in the second half. The ending was very well written with lots of feels.

Lastly, I am currently watching Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom. While the title's redundant, I am really, really impressed so far. It's very maturely written and has a nice dynamic between the main two characters. If the quality stays in the second half, the show is going to get a 9 from me at least.
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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by Alta on Sat May 24, 2014 2:28 am

JMac525 wrote:I haven't updated my anime watching status in a while mainly because of the lack of time I've had for viewing. But here's my opinions on the last few I watched.

First off, Jormungand. The first season was good for the most part. The ending of the second season however... ugh. That ending goes down there in my least favorites with Gantz, SAO season 1, Shiki, and Soul Eater. I still thought the show was good entertainment though.

Second Season in general really kind of disappointed me. Just the setup and the execution wasn't really good...Hell Koko never gets a comeuppance.
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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by RealRacer4 on Sat May 24, 2014 10:48 pm

http://m.crunchyroll.com/article/?id=77833

I'm on my phone since I don't have Wi-Fi but I had to post this link.

-Cowboy Bebop returning shouldn't really be worth mentioning, knowing how much it gets overplayed on Toonami.
the trailer for the Intruder 2 was revealed at a convention in Atlanta.
-DBZ (Kai) IS COMING TO TOONAMI!!!! ZOMG!!! BEST DAY EVAR!!!!

On a more serious note, I'm curious how Kai compares to the original. Kai doesn't have the filler it had in DBZ and the uncut stuff and a much better dub for Kai should make it worth watching.

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Post by Alta on Wed May 28, 2014 11:34 pm

So for people interested in Kill La Kill, The dub cast has been revealed:

Aniplex USA announced the English dub cast and debuted the first dub trailer on Wednesday. The dub cast is as follows:

   Erica Mendez as Ryuuko Matoi
   Carrie Keranen as Satsuki Kiryuuin
   Christine Marie Cabanos as Mako Mankanshoku
   David Vincent as Senketsu
   Matthew Mercer as Aikurō Mikisugi
   Sarah Williams as Nonon Jakuzure
   Patrick Seitz as Ira Gamagōri
   Grant George as Uzu Sanageyama
   Steve Cannon as Hōka Inumuta
   Lindsey Eaton as Mataro Mankanshoku
   Michael Sorich as Barazo Mankanshoku
   Erika Harlacher as Sukuyo Mankanshoku
   Todd Haberkorn as Shiro Iori

My reaction personally is it's an interesting cast although for how many unknowns are on the cast, For example Mendez who is doing Ryuuko has done only 5 series prior.

Series is already on Netflix in subs and will be available on DVD/Blu-Ray July 15th.
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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by JMac525 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:02 am

No one's posted here for a bit, so I thought I'd do a mini update on my current viewing. I recently started re-watching Full Metal Panic! for the first time in about eight years. It's a bit goofy at times, but it's a pretty exciting mech series. Sousuke being such a dope in social situations makes the series a lot more enjoyable.

On a different note, I think the next rankings list we should do is favorite characters. It'd be tough for me to decide, but I think it would be interesting.
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Post by Alta on Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:25 pm

Might as well update on my end.

Finished:

Eden of the East + It's 2 movies: I found this a cute/weird little series altogether, Characters were pretty good, Story was pretty alright although i felt the way they closed out the survival game was a little anti-clamatic, Animation was okay yet weird at some points (Especially when one of the characters gets into a bit of an incident)

Murder Princess: Watched this off of a suggestion from someone in Teamspeak, Short 5 episode series that's well...Okay for it's length although a bit average.

Redline: Racing...That's what we're all here for right? Colorful movie with a pretty neato MC and an interesting story. Re-Watching the Space Dandy space race episode gave me an bit more of a laugh after watching this series.

Dead Leaves: Came from the same guys that did FLCL and Gurren Lagann, Off the wall shenanigans were expected and indeed was the norm. Very weird and short movie with the balls-to-the-walls action that was expected coming in

Watching:

Attack on Titan: More my current thoughts on the show, It's an interesting watch so far although when people say pacing problems i'm more of thinking how slow it seems out of the gate, Like 6 episodes in and we're still only on the first fight/backstory

Trigun: Very fun show so far, Comedy show with serious tones every so often. Vash is a fun character so far.

Master of Martial Hearts: Is it bad if the sole reason i'm watching this is for a supposed swerve ending? A series with bewbs and stuff so not expecting much.


Should we do the characters for this month since Mr. Realracer didn't give us a new topic this time around? Razz
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Post by RealRacer4 on Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:31 pm

I thought of doing that or favorite composers/OSTs for our special list next month. Just trying to keep up on the updates for Toonami as well as anime in general has been hard for me to do with the crazy schedule I've had recently.

Really, the only thing I've been following is the Berserk manga series as it started back up again. Not much has happened in the 1st couple of chapters since its return but just seeing the art makes you realize how much of a masterpiece it is.

I've also been trying to follow the AOT manga series but couldn't find the latest chapter for this month when I had time to read. I've tried following some of the side stories but I felt like I was better off waiting for them to finish so I don't keep forgetting about the story. And as for the pacing in the anime, you won't really notice the bad pacing until you're 9 or 10 episodes in the series. Still a great show to watch.

I haven't watched any anime but I do hope I can at least catch the 2nd season of Space Dandy when it starts up next month. At the rate of me not watching any anime, I might as well start re-watching some of the series when time allows and have internet to use again.

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Re: Anime/Manga Thread

Post by RealRacer4 on Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:54 am

Alright. I'm going to bump the thread up to make the call and say that we'll do our personal favorite/least favorite characters for July. For August, we'll do favorite OSTs/composers. I decided to make the decision early just so everyone will have time to sort their list and can make their list as long as they want, similar to how we did the favorite openings.

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Post by Alta on Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:19 pm

Summer Anime Season 2014 is upon us. Have a chart.

Actually really hyped for a few of these shows. Watching for sure Akame Ga Kill! (Since Navycook has posted about i think the best way to get introduced to the series is the anime), The New edit of Psycho-Pass (Honestly to see if i should watched it subbed when season 2 comes out or wait for the dub once more), The 2nd season of Space Dandy (He's a dandy guy you know, Also i think the plot is kicking into high gear now), Zankyou No Terror (I'm pretty huge on the terrorist cell plotlines, so i think this might be a fun watch)

A couple other series of note is Aldonah Zero which is coming from the guys that made Fate/Zero, Persona 4 The Golden Animation, Free Eternal Summer (That swimming show), and the ever so Polarizing Sword Art Online 2.
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Post by RealRacer4 on Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:47 pm

The same person doing the music for Aldonah Zero did the music for Attack on Titan. And if I'm not mistaken, Shinichiro Watanabe is directing Zankyou no Terror.

I agree, the summer season is looking to be a good one. The fall season is shaping to be a good one too, with Fate/Stay Night airing.

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Post by Alta on Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:57 pm

Another product of "It's 3 am in the morning and i'm bored."

Came across this website called Hummingbird.me. Kind of similar to MAL (You can even exports your MAL list over) although it has more personalization, automatic recommendations, upcoming shows tab, and certain shows that you over the years looked like an anime show qualify as Anime influenced. (Boondocks, Avatar, etc.)

http://hummingbird.me/users/Alts - Profile i made last night.
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Post by RealRacer4 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:11 pm

Even though I haven't been around much for the last couple of months, here I am to start off this month's special: favorite characters, and it can be from both the anime/manga.

Favorite characters:
5) Jean Kirstein (Attack on Titan): Typically, there's a character that you come across an anime that's whiny, a wimp, a coward, or anything else in that category. Jean was one of them. Though, I'd say he was more of a slacker than a whiner considering the motivations he had at the beginning the show. Anyway, he went from being an unlikable character that wanted to work hard for his selfish reasons to someone that eventually grew on me as he matured by doing what was best for humanity while putting perspective on what he has done wrong in the past. Granted, there are some minor character issues in this show but I thought the show did a good job on Jean's character development.

4) Roberta (Black Lagoon): You have Revi as the main character, who you thought was pretty cool, although a little obnoxious at times. Then came along Roberta. Sure, she wasn't in the series much, but Roberta is no joke. Out of all of anime shows I've watched over the years, I don't think there are any female characters (with one exception, which I'll get to soon) that comes close to being as scary and awesome at the same time as Roberta. When she first appeared on Black Lagoon, watching her take down one of the main characters left me a lasting impression on Roberta as far as a person you don't want to mess with.

3) Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece): I can see some people being surprised by me picking Luffy over Zoro, or Luffy at all. When you think about it though, there aren't many shows where you'll find a character that will whine over just about anything, or just plain obnoxious to the point where you just want to smash your laptop or throw your remote at your TV. Sure, Luffy might goof off a bit when it's time to get serious, but you won't find many characters like him to be, IMO, a true protagonist. The author really keeps it simple with him being the character that looks out everyone he cares about and changing people's mind that sometimes, you shouldn't judge someone by the cover of the book and realize he's not as bad as he might turn out to be. I can understand people watching the show find it cliché that it's always the same character that comes out as the true hero, but One Piece is still an exception to that case.

2) Shiro (Deadman Wonderland): Remember earlier when I was talking about no one, except one, could come close to being as scary and awesome at the same time as Roberta? Well, that one character would be Shiro. Not only Deadman Wonderland was an introduction back into anime for me, it was also an introduction to the more mature shows and awesome characters of anime. It's hard to find many female characters, or any characters in general, that can be scary, awesome, and hilarious. DMWL might have received lots of criticism for its flaws, but for a show that got me and a few others back into anime, it's hard to ignore the fact that it was a huge hit on Toonami.

1) Guts (Berserk (manga version)): I'd imagine not many people around here has watched or read any of Berserk for 2 reasons. One is because the anime has stuff cut out from manga and the other reason is that no one even knows if the series will ever end. Having watched the TV series and read the manga myself, I'd say it's worth the investment to take the time to enjoy the series. Back on topic, Kentaro Miura has portrayed every single character in the show so beautifully, as Guts is no exception. Being the main character in the manga, you'll realize that he's more bad-ass than Chuck Norris, how much you'll sympathize with what he's feeling, and what motivations he has. And you will feel that way with every character, except for Griffith, which is a whole another discussion. I know I did a lot of rambling for this part, but I can't give enough praise for how great the characters are, along with everything else, in Berserk.

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Post by Alta on Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:11 am

I'm going to Top 10 on this one since i feel like a typing marathon plus it makes to much easier

My Favorite Characters :


10. Tsugumi (Guilty Crown): I'll come out and say that Tsugumi is straight up a fanservice character that panders to the horny 13 year olds and doesn't do much other than give back up to Ayase on the mech and be expert leet hacker....But despite this i enjoy her character a whole lot as every appearance on screen she gives me those 2cutie4me feelings and the cheerfulness of her character was very enjoyable. Guilty pleasure character so to speak.

9. Mio Isurugi (MM!): You would expect with a harem series that involves masochism, sadism, and a endless torrent of sex jokes it wouldn't end up being a really good series and be more creepy than enjoyable, However the series was far from that and one of the main factors in this series being a hilariously fun series is the fiery Mio. With her explosive temper and borderland criminal abuse of the protagonist Taru left for some absolute hilarious moments made her a very enjoyable character in a very underrated series.

8. Shougo Makishima (Psycho-Pass): Here's an interesting twist, I hate this asshole...I hate him as much as you can hate a character in an anime series for their actions...But then the question is why am i putting him on my favorite characters list? The answer is he is such a good villain that he makes it easy to hate him, his ruthlessness in his actions, his wit and snarkiness and just being a god damn evil bastard in general. I won't spoil the ending but i was feeling certain things by the end of Psycho-Pass

7. Kona "Frau-bow" Furugoori (Robotics;Notes): Usually in anime the weird otaku-esque character is played by the male and in my case it usually annoys the crap out of me...But what happens if a show was to play role-reversal and makes a pretty cute girl the weird otaku obsessed with the 2D world and their precious lolis? Enter ole Frau-Bow, a very weird girl who makes for some of Robotics;Notes more hilarious and even light-hearted moments in the series. From wanting her yaoi fanfiction of the protagonists and the secondary male chracter to her struggle as a person...She was a joy everytime she was on screen

6. Satsuki Kiryuuin (Kill La Kill): One common complaint with Kill La Kill is that Satsuki's rival Ryuko Matoi is as the main theme song suggest "loses her way" a lot, but in comparison to Satsuki is quite simply a badass in a white dress and her never say die attitude that she shows throughout the series makes her an absolute ball to see her go blade-to-blade with Ryuko.

5. Sayaka Miki (Madoka Magica): Sayaka Miki starts this series a normal girl who is Madoka's best friend and ends up getting ringed into Kyuubey's magical girl contract mayhem, When she becomes a magical girl she is quick to find out that it is not all what it was made out to be. Sayaka's fall from grace makes you feel absolutely bad for her as a character and her arc into madness is one of the best arc's in Anime in my opinion.

4. Kurisu Makise (Steins;Gate): The very witty Kurusu who was roped into Okabe's mad science fun and games turns out to be the perfect counter to Okabe's characters and both of the interactions between the two made Steins;Gate all that more enjoyable. I really like the character design as well as it fits the cute scientist girl to a tee. Best Girl is Best.

3. Yuno Gasai (Future Diary/Mirai Nikki): Oh Yuno! So sweet and loving yet at the same time she'll take off your head for her love. Yuno is a great character for the fact she is absolutely nuts and yet at the same time a sweet little girl enjoying the love of her life. Her brutality at the end of the series is a must-watch, kicking ass and taking names doesn't even begin to explain it

2. Kamina (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann): If you were to look badass up in the dictionary Kamina would be there in impact font. Kamina's inspirational speeches and absolute manliness makes him the broest of bros and made TTGL and legendary series before the first half first 10 episodes had even been completed. Believe in the Kamina who believes in you.

1. Lelouch Vi Britannia (Code Geass): A common comparison among the anime community is the similarities between Lelouch and Light being the smart characters who are plotting masterminds, Here's why i prefer Lelouch. Lelouch is more human in his actions and was a character that made mistakes and fell on his face more times than not, another thing that made me love the character was the over-the-top theatrics and the charismatic leadership that made Lelouch an absolute great character and made Code Geass still to this day my favorite anime.

Honorable Mention to Shiro, Fun bubbly character in a violent as hell show. (I personally like to not choose what everybody has already picked personally Razz)


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Post by JMac525 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:14 pm

Here goes my list. This was pretty tough to decide. I'll probably end up creating another video for my expanded rankings some time in the future.

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10. Shougo Makishima (Psycho Pass)
While I do not add villains to my favorite characters list often, Makishima breaks that mold because of how truly great of a villain he is. Makishima is one evil guy throughout the series, but despite that I understood why he did what he wanted to do. That is the sign of good writing and good character. His conflict between he and Kougami is possibly my favorite hero/villain relationship other than Kira/L in Death Note. This guy sure is one evil guy, but there is no denying how great of a villain he is because of it.

9. Asuka Langley Soryu (Neon Genesis Evagelion)
While watching the first few episodes of Evangelion, I enjoyed them but felt they lacked a certain energy to them that could make them even better. That is when Asuka came into play about eight episodes in. While I typically am not huge on tsunderes, Asuka is too fun of a character not to like. Her introduction episode introduced a new element of comedy with her conflicts with Shinji to other memorable moments. Her motives and drive as a Eva pilot were well developed and made Asuka a lot more sympathetic character than expected originally.

8. Wolfgang Grimmer (Monster)
One of the criminally underrated characters in the criminally underwatched series Monster is Wolfgang Grimmer, my favorite in the series. Grimmer does not appear in the series until halfway through, but he makes quite an impact for the remainder of the series after he does. As not many people have seen it here, I'll avoid spoilers. Grimmer is an extremely nice guy with unlucky past experiences and an ability that adds even more mystery to his character. It seems like I tend to like Patrick Seitz voiced characters...

7. Kiyomasa Senji (Deadman Wonderland)
Next up on my list is the battling addict Kiyomasa Senji, better known as the Crow. Of all the under-appreciated aspects of the under-appreciated Deadman Wonderland, I felt the characters were really memorable. Originally thought to be the villain, Senji ended up being a strong ally to Ganta in his quest to get stronger in order to fight the Redman. My favorite moment with The Crow during the series was when he took out the group of Undertakers harassing Scar Chain. Dead Center.

6. Ladd Russo (Baccano!)
It was really tough to choose a character from Baccano! as all of them are great. However, Ladd had to be my very favorite of the bunch. While most of the characters in the show had somewhat understandable motives behind their actions, Ladd just wanted to kill people and cause trouble because it was fun. I really enjoyed his reasoning for wearing the white jacket and the scene where he used the dead guy as his puppet. All in all, Ladd Russo's character made Baccano!, a show I really enjoyed, even more enjoyable.

5. Yuno Gasai (Future Diary)
Yuno Gasai is without a doubt one of the most entertaining to watch anime characters I have ever seen. Yuno can be unbelievably cutesy at one time and a killer psychopath at the next. Yuno is the queen yandere as she is the epitome of the character archetype. As the series started to fall off in quality near the end of the series, she kept the series fun to watch with her antics. Overall, Yuno Gasai is easily one of my favorite anime girls without a doubt.

4. Revy (Black Lagoon)
Speaking of psycho female characters, Revy is another one but in a different fashion than Yuno. Revy also stacks up one of the largest body counts I have ever seen in an anime. From her skills with her double hand guns, to her constant f-bomb dropping, Revy certainly makes an impression over the course of Black Lagoon. I really liked how her relationship with Rock progressed throughout the series from hateful feelings to mutual respect. Overall, one of the most entertaining characters I have seen.

3. L (Death Note)
Taking the bronze medal on my list is L, the quirky detective in Death Note. I've always thought that L is the perfect foil character to Kira. Despite his odd appearance and bizarre mannerisms, L comes off as quite an intimidating figure. L fits the pragmatic anti-hero perfectly. As the world's greatest detective he'll do anything to reach his goal, even if it is a little immoral. As all of us have watched the series here, L's death at the end of first season was a bit of a blow to the series. While I do not think it hurt it as much as others do, the series lost some energy in the L to Near conversion, which shows how good of a character he was.

2. Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist)
As a fiction writer, I just pray that I can create a character half as good as Colonel Mustang. The fire alchemist is one of my favorite characters for several reasons. One, his pragmatic heroic nature is a real draw. Mustang's guilt over his past actions and his plan to make up for it by becoming leader is well planned out and he will do just about anything to reach his goal. His yearning for revenge after his best friend's death made him an even deeper character. While normally serious, I always enjoyed Roy's random sense of humor. For instance, take his "I love dogs" to the "tiny miniskirts" comment.

1. Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)
Number one on my rankings just has to be Vegeta, the Prince of Saiyans. Whether you are the half that absolutely hate the guy or the half who love his character, there is no denying he goes through the best character development cycle of any character in Z. He goes from villain, to reluctant anti-hero on Namek, to uncooperating rival, and finally to valuable friend and ally to Goku. I have always like how flawed of a character he is, yet he reeks of true badassness. Also, I think he has some of the greatest anime quotes of all time easily. Vegeta still stands up today as my favorite character after all of these years.
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Post by navycook75 on Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:50 am

The season premiere of Space Dandy was today, and it didn't disappoint, all of those anime references was the thing that made it all great, but the one thing that stole the show was Emo Dandy.


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Post by navycook75 on Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:12 am

So the Anime debut of Akame ga Kill was today.

http://www.animeultima.tv/Akame-ga-Kill-episode-1-english-subbed-video-mirror-788124-AUEngine.io/

It was worth the wait.
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Post by Alta on Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:53 pm

navycook75 wrote:So the Anime debut of Akame ga Kill was today.

http://www.animeultima.tv/Akame-ga-Kill-episode-1-english-subbed-video-mirror-788124-AUEngine.io/

It was worth the wait.
Watched it as well last night, It was a nice watch.

Seems like this is gonna get pretty gorey pretty quick though. Razz
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Post by RealRacer4 on Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:50 pm

That Emo Dandy episode...absolutely brilliant. Also, for those watching some of the summer season shows, any notables that have been good so far and would make a good fit for Toonami?

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Post by Alta on Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:09 pm

RealRacer4 wrote:That Emo Dandy episode...absolutely brilliant. Also, for those watching some of the summer season shows, any notables that have been good so far and would make a good fit for Toonami?
Terror in Resonance had an interesting first episode although i'm not sure it would fit Toonami despite being a thriller series with terrorism as a plot point. Akame Ga Kill was enjoyable despite having weird comedy moments at points, think it be a good fit for Toonami.
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Post by racingfreak1999 on Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:31 am

If anybody else is watching Toonami right now, they just announced that Gurren Lagann will air on Toonami starting August 16.

I'm ok with this.
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Post by navycook75 on Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:34 am

racingfreak1999 wrote:If anybody else is watching Toonami right now, they just announced that Gurren Lagann will air on Toonami starting August 16.

I'm ok with this.
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Post by Alta on Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:34 am

racingfreak1999 wrote:If anybody else is watching Toonami right now, they just announced that Gurren Lagann will air on Toonami starting August 16.

I'm ok with this.


Glad TTGL is on Toonami, Absolute amazing show and if you haven't seen it this a show you need to give a try (Hell even if you're just browsing through the anime thread to clear the notification, give this show a shot lol)


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Post by Alta on Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:10 am

Also wanted to give a quick update on stuff i'm watching/finish as i am heavy into the summer season stuff and watching shows that i've waited on an English release for

Finished:

Full Metal Panic (Both Seasons): A pretty silly show with some fun characters, hilarous moments, and a decent story. Preferred season 2 over the 1st as it's straight plot and felt more connected as the first was changing moods every so often and random side stuff now and then.

MM!: For a show that's heavily sexual and plays off fetishes you would expect that it would end up being not that good, But i actually highly enjoyed the show...It's a total comedic show and actually pretty fun, With a couple of decent characters as well and an okay story.

Master of Martial Hearts: Hilariously awful. Bland characters/Convoluted story/Hilarious animation and a ending swerve that goes on way too long and just introduces so many twists that M.Night Shyamalan would sue for copyright infringement.

Toradora!: A pretty heartwarming show with a great main cast and a great story. Although the ending i felt was in ways rushed and certain scenes could've been switched around to different parts and made a much more satisfying ending, Not to say the ending isn't good...It just felt weird too me.


Watching:

Terror In Resonance (Zankyou No Terror): Have only caught the first episode of this show and although having a good ending to the first episode felt it was a bit slow and a little bit overhyped by the community as a whole. I still love the psychological storylines so i will sure keep watching

Aldnoah.Zero: A very interesting show to start off and i'm so far interested by it, Though the best thing about this show so far would be interestingly enough the soundtrack as it sets the tone for the series and makes those dramatic moments go straight to goosebump level. Only issues are the cast is so big that you can't really figure out who the main cast is just off watching it and having no prior info before hand, The main protagionist's character i'm really not a fan of at the moment either but hopefully that will change.

Akame Ga Kill: I think this is the best of the three i'm watching so far, It seems to be well a con-jointed show that knows what it wants to be at the moment. I felt the comedy was really weird on the first episode but they seemed to fix that a bit on the second episode.

Ghost Stories: Haven't started this, but have heard the dub is hilarious...So what the hell? lol

Kill La Kill (Re-watch): Re-watching as the first 4 episodes of the dub has been realized and so far i feel it is an absolutely solid dub. There is some struggles with some of the casting choices but at the same time some of the cast exceeded expectations in certain ways. (I was a tad worried as the trailer made the dub look like it might not be that good)
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Post by RealRacer4 on Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:02 am

>TTGL on Toonami

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Post by navycook75 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:10 am

That Space Dandy episode was something.

There was also so much singing that I went on a bathroom break during one and I came back before the song was finished.

I'd still watch it again.
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Post by RealRacer4 on Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:45 pm

Well, just trying to follow Space Dandy whenever it airs has been impossible for me to do considering the circumstances. I'd have to watch it online to see what I missed out on. For August, I'm thinking of doing a list of favorite Toonami (old and new) videos, ranging from promos, music videos, game reviews, etc. Could be top 5, 10, 50, or how long you want it to be.

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Post by RealRacer4 on Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:44 pm

Sorry for the double post, but there have been BIG news coming from Japan that Studio Ghibli is shutting down or taking a break to consider its future. This is the only source I can find but it's in Japanese. http://someoneone.blog116.fc2.com/blog-entry-8987.html

I never grew up on the Hayao Miyazaki films, but knowing what impact it's made on not just the anime industry, but animation in general, it's sad to see this happen. I've watched some of the Ghibli films. Although I didn't enjoy it as much as others do, I still respect the fact that the effort that Miyazaki put in the animation and storytelling was what made his movies so incredible. Having read through the comments online about the news, I honestly had no idea Toonami did a movie special for the Ghibli films. I know there were questions of where the studio would go with Miyazaki retiring but I had no idea it would shut down this soon.

In other news, Jason DeMarco (the guy that helps run Toonami) posted a chain of tweets this weekend about having Toonami fans to not just post suggestions on the Toonami Tumblr page, but also mail in their letters close to where the TBS headquarters. You can read more of it here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/08/02/toonami-hints-at-changes

I've marathoned up to where Space Dandy has aired, including this weekend. IMO, I think they're off to a much better start as far as the episode quality than the first season. I found out that a new chapter of Berserk's coming out this week, so I'm excited about that too. That and Attack on Titan's monthly chapter is going to be released soon as well.

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Post by Alta on Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:33 pm

Speaking of Titan, the producer of the show has confirmed that they will be a 2nd season of the acclaimed hit series scheduled for some time in 2015. German source is here. http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/08/03-1/animagic-2014-tag-2-attack-on-titan-qa-panel

I also have had something on my mind for the past weeks, I've been watching Titan on Toonami and i do enjoy the series but at the same time i do wonder how this series got extremely hyped last season because instead of being balls to the wall everywhere the story is taking it's time to properly flesh out from what i've seen so far. So i ask a question to those who watched when it aired...What got you hooked to Attack on Titan?

Also i've kind of had an issue lately with stopping series that lose my interest or never really peaked me interest in the first place. So i'm gonna post my list of series that i've stalled on and want to see which ones or the most worth restarting.

Stalled list:
A Certain Scientific Railgun
Another!
Baccano!
Beck
Blood-C
Corpse Princess
Darker Than Black (I honestly don't know if i'll go back to this as the first 8 episodes didn't really interest me)
Ergo Proxy
Higurashi (I've been meaning to watch this in subs but haven't gotten around to it)
Persona 4
Spice and Wolf
Strike Witches
Trigun
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Post by RealRacer4 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:53 pm

More news from AOT: one of the spin-off manga on Levi's backstory will be getting an OVA adaptation and will be released in the next couple of the series' volumes this December and April. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-08-05/attack-on-titan-no-regrets-spinoff-gets-anime-dvds/.77306

Hearing the announcement of a second season is no surprise at all. The next question I have is how much of the manga material will they adapt, and whether or not it'll be a 12-episode or 24-episode series? Of course, I'm happy to see this announced, especially knowing how crazy things will get.

To answer your question on what got me hooked to AOT, it's really more of me getting sucked into the hype more than anything else. As said in the past, the pacing is inconsistent, but what I think makes it great is that the show holds nothing back as far as the fight scenes and how the characters play their roles. It was the first anime I've ever watched while it was airing in Japan. I got so hyped up on the show that I couldn't hold myself back from waiting for the season to end just to marathon it.

Stalled list:
Baccano! Although I can see this being a surprise to a lot of people that have watched Baccano!, it really is hard to follow the storyline(s) in this series with its fast pace.
Darker Than Black That's a show that's been on my plan to watch for a while now
Ergo Proxy I've watched it, but that was a long time ago. I thought it was okay, but I plan on re-watching this to see if my opinion on this show changes.
Spice and Wolf I've heard a lot of good things about this show for being a romance series. Another anime that's on my list of anime I'd like to watch.
Trigun Why haven't I watched this yet?

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Post by JMac525 on Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:08 pm

Quick update to my limited time summer viewership of anime. I finally watched Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail after forgetting to watch it for an entire year. It sure did not disappoint either. I really like what they did with Rock's character this time around along with the even grittier nature of the few episodes. The increase in fanservice was about the only thing that I think the OVA did worse than the main series.

Last night, my friends and I went to go see Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. While the middle portion of the movie was a little goofy, I really enjoyed seeing all of the DBZ characters acting like themselves again in a new movie. The last fight and the Vegeta portions were great. It was even more fun because it was a sold out auditorium and everyone was really into it.

As for your stalled list Alta, I'd definitely continue Trigun. While the ending didn't make much sense to me, it was a really fun series throughout because of the dynamic between Vash and Wolfwood. I loved Baccano! myself, but I can see how others did not as much because it's kind of hard to keep track of what's going on sometimes. I'd still go for it though.

Next up on my watch list are some more Fairy Tail, Berserk, Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid, and Shinsekai Yori.

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Post by Alta on Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:33 am

>That Dandy episode

Felt more like a series finale than a mid-near end part of the show.
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Post by GamerAzuzu on Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:06 am

As someone that went to the Kill la Kill stuff at AX...let me just say that anything related to that was for the lack of a better word, sold out, it was..astonishing to see (and the event itself you HAD to be there to see, words don't do it justice, they went all out)

I've had quite a lot of series that I've stalled on, Kanon (mainly forgot to keep watching after the first disc), Fate/Stay Night (lazyness, though with the new adaptations coming out I'm not so sure if I should bother with the first anime), Phantom (only got half way and then forgot), and Happiness Charge Pretty Cure (See: Phantom) to name a few

And guess who's coming to Toonami in September...
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Post by RealRacer4 on Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:07 pm

Toonami announcing that Hellsing Ultimate is coming is a nice surprise. I would like to see it being I haven't gotten around to seeing the last 2 volumes, except that it's going to be airing at 3 in the morning...

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