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I finished The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya this week: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haruhi_Suzumiya


The story revolves around a girl who is bored with mundane life and wants to live in a world of time-travellers, aliens, psychics, and dimensional sliders. It is a combination of slice-of-life and a sci-fi show. [You may want to skip eps 13-18 as they are part of a time loop with VERY small variations. 12 is the start and 19 is the end.]

A sequel film, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, is the wonderful conclusion of the show.

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Naturally, to watch it correctly, you have to see the episodes out of order. The producers deliberately screwed up the running order when it first aired on TV, so the viewer who hadn't read the books would be confused about continuity. As with the time loop, fucking with the audience was their goal. The books are available in English, I believe.

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Yeah. Plus, there's at least 3 different worlds in the series...  smile  Luckily, you can watch it all in order now.


I finished Akame Ga Kill today: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akame_ga_Kill!

Ignore the promo art, it looks like most anime. The brilliant part, though, is that the plot follows two groups of assassins; one for the kingdom and one against. And, it's a kind of anti-Dragonball Z. Meaning, expect everyone to die and no one ever comes back. The fights are fun and interesting and the ending was not standard.

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From the New World (新世界より Shin Sekai Yori): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_the_New_World_(novel)
A story set in a future distopian town of psychics. The first half is children going to school and investigating. the second half is one piece of the distopia going out of control. The story really gives you a chance to get emotionally involved. There are lots of things I liked about the show but shouldn't you watch it just for the FUTURE DISTOPIA? (I am working really hard to avoid spoilers)

Sword Art Online: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_Art_Online
In the first series, 1000 beta testers are trapped in a VR game and told they cannot leave until they beat all 100 levels. If they die in the game, their game system will kill them. The story is often tense while the characters are a bit thin. It does, however, introduce a few interesting ideas (level 22) and has a good twist mid-series and at the climax.  The second series continues with a fairly light gun-based story arc and finishes with 'Mother's Rosario', a plot involving non-gaming uses of the VR technology. [Log Horizon has a similar premise but SAO seems focused on the main characters' romantic relationship and the PTSD/long-term effects  of the initial event. SAO= Fighting, Romance, Emotional scars; LH= Talking, Politics, Changing the Game World]

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Space Battleship Yamato 2199http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Batt … amato_2199
If, like me, you grew up with Star Blazers, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 will be hugely nostalgic. Star Blazers was the US adaptation of the classic Japanese series.
2199 is a loving retelling of the first season of the anime: There are new characters; the more childish humor has been removed; the enemy motivation and politics is more fleshed out; I think it is just plain better. There is also about 40 years of nerd arguing behind the changes. For example, the original Yamoto was found. And it was busted to sh!t. So, 2199 uses the ship design but the new Yamoto was not built from the wreck of the original.
Just check out the intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEC8bnqux44

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I realized I haven't stated this: I watch anime with subtitles. Most dubbing ruins a series for me. I tried the dub for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and it genuinely pissed me off that the characters seemed so different. Moreover, the dubbed lines are different than the subtitles and can impact your understanding of what is going on. I always recommend hearing the voices originally cast for a show.



Gintama: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin_Tama
It's the late Edo period in Japan and aliens show up. The samurai fight and lose. Swords are outlawed. Alien technology spreads across Japan. 20 years later, one of the surviving samurai starts a handyman agency.

The setting mixes classic samurai elements with utterly modern technology and magic and aliens. It is both ridiculously humorous and, in story arcs, serious. To quote Wikipedia: "Although the series' story is commonly episodic, there are also a few story arcs which are developed through several chapters." So you sometimes get a multi-episode arc about a gang feud taking over the town and you sometimes get a single episode about eating dinner, or working at a sushi restaurant, or about working as a barber the day the undercover shogun sees how the common people get their hair cut.

The worst episodes of this series are entertaining. The best have me laughing out loud. With over 200 episodes and a new season starting in a couple months, you won't get bored anytime soon.

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Jp12x wrote:

I realized I haven't stated this: I watch anime with subtitles. Most dubbing ruins a series for me. I tried the dub for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and it genuinely pissed me off that the characters seemed so different. Moreover, the dubbed lines are different than the subtitles and can impact your understanding of what is going on. I always recommend hearing the voices originally cast for a show.

My hate of dubs died decades ago. I enjoyed the dub of Melancholy of HS. If nothing else, subtitles ruin the the timing of most jokes. Good vocal directors will rework things in the dub so the humor is still there. The gold standard for this is the original El Hazard. I watched it subtitled and didn't care for it, watched the dub and fell in love. Given both the English and Japanese vocal tracks are created after the animation is done, I treat both as adaptations and enjoy each for what they are.

Also, never assume subtitles are accurate.

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So, less a recommendation, than the appropriate place to reivew this (however, ups to the SAO rec up there).

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I finished the short series éX-Driver last night, a while after having read an article on Jalopnik about how it handles the autonomous-car future. In short, a crew of people driving ancient gasoline-powered cars are an emergency response team for when an autonomous vehicles goes "runaway". (They use "gasoline" as the distinction, rather than manually-driven, because electric cars weren't around in any viable fashion when this series came out in 2002.)

The makeup of the cast isn't that adventurous; the three main characters are two high school girls, one demure and shy (Lorna) and the other one outspoken and brash (Lisa), and a kid who's so smart that he's moved up to their grade (Sōichi). School factors into just one episode as Lisa wrestles with whether to save the runaway van that's carrying a test she didn't study for.

éX-Driver is a six-episode series, annoyingly split up onto two DVDs that have the most hilariously bad menu design I've ever witnessed. Visually it looks fine but navigating it is awful. I might make a video review of the series and devote about 30 seconds to these menus. But the series is short, which makes for easy viewing. The first four episodes are all self-contained (while still happening in a specific order, their individual plotlines don't cross over), while the last two episodes form a concluding arc. You never find out why autonomous cars go runaway, which was annoying, but in such a short series they decided instead to focus on the characters, which I'll reluctantly admit was smart.

Episodes go predictably with the emphasis being on the car chases, which are a delight. Cars don't always move realistically - instead feeling a bit like playing with Matchbox cars as a kid, you emphasize cool movements over realism - but it's well choreographed and conveyed.

In short - find the DVDs on Amazon used for nice and cheap and enjoy it. It doesn't break new ground but it's entertaining, and its short length is refreshing as I work my way through some series with a hundred episodes.

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