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Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



My list:
I've already watched ep1 of Mars Red and it seems pretty cool, that was one I was already planning on checking out so it's definitely on my watch list now.

Fairy Ranmaru - I enjoyed Cute High so I'm hoping this is also along the same lines of being silly and funny with pretty men, although it would be nice if it also had a little more substance to it.

The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent - I originally got this confused with another one with kind of a similar premise that I'd read (I have not read this one) but it seems like it might have a vibe kind of like Snow White with the Red Hair and I'm also glad there's finally an isekai adaption that lines up more with the type I like to read.

I'm also planning to check these donghua out and since there's no description in the OP I'll include what I could find:

Shiguang Daili Ren / CLICK
In a modern metropolis there is a small store called "Time Photo Studio." Although only a few customers come to visit, it's actually run by Cheng Xiaoshi and Lu Guang, two men with special powers. They cooperate and use their super powers to enter the photos in order to fulfil the client's request. However, things always get out of their control...(from MAL)
More info: https://www.yualexius.com/2020/12/time-agents-shi-guang-dai-li-ren.html

Daomu Biji Zhi Qinling Shen Shu / The Lost Tomb: Qinling Sacred Tree
Found this blog post about the show w/some info and PVs: https://www.yualexius.com/2021/03/the-lost-tomb-qinling-sacred-tree.html
It's an adaption of one of the books of a popular novel series about tomb robbers that looks to be full of action and adventure and supernatural stuff like zombies.

That blog also has a run-down of all the spring donghua in case anyone is curious about any of the other shows on the list & where to watch them: https://www.yualexius.com/2021/03/chinese-anime-releases-in-april-2021.html

There's a BL one (Tian Bao Fuyao Lu) but I haven't watched the first season so that'll be going on the backburner for a while.

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Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Coxswain Balls posted:

I thought the main guy in Koikimo was gonna be like 20 at most, but it turns out he's almost thirty which makes it a lot more creepy than funny. I know it's only been one episode but they seem to be setting it up so that Ichika finds him endearing which is kinda uncomfortable to watch when the guy doesn't understand the whole no means no thing.

I've read a good chunk of the manga and your enjoyment of this one is 100% predicated by your tolerance for age gap romance. I'd intended to watch it but the animation in the PV I watched didn't look that great and decided to just stick to the manga.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Coxswain Balls posted:

I think it wouldn't bug me as much if the dude wasn't constantly forcing himself on an uninterested high-schooler who keeps telling him to stop.

I mean, that's kind of the central gag: this high-spec guy who basically has always gotten everything he's ever wanted is getting shut down at every turn by a high school girl who looks at him like he's dirt on her shoe. And then the romance part of it is her slowly warming up to him while he learns to chill out a bit and meet her more on her level.

it's the kind of plot you have to be able to look at separately from how it would go down in actual real life and accept the fantasy of it or it doesn't really work (because he is kind of a creep)

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



?

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



oops I forgot to add Bakuten!! to my watch list, been thinking this whole time it wasn't going to be out this season while scrolling right past it in the show list every time.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Silver2195 posted:

Usually the older guy isn't presented as a stalker, though? I thought the normal convention was for the older guy to be at least somewhat reluctant at first.

It's a different kind of setup. The fantasy is being pursued by a hot, successful older guy. It's *extremely* common in romance (not just manga) and the guy is often very pushy, oversteps boundaries, etc. The twist is how she is absolutely *not* interested and seeing him get shut down all the time is where most of the comedy lies (mostly in Ichika's disgusted expressions and reactions, she has a fun personality)

e: the bit about not picking up that it's not aimed at guys kinda reminds me of After the Rain and people not realizing that the character people are thirsty over is the old guy.

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 20:44 on Apr 2, 2021

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



watched the first episode of The Lost Tomb and it seems pretty cool. The animation and backgrounds looked really nice, especially the bit when they were in the actual tomb. Also it has a neat stop motion ending animation. I was concerned that since it's based on a novel that's further into the series that it would be relying on familiarity with the source material but it wasn't too hard to pick up on what was going on. Just hoping there's eventually a better way to watch it than some sketchy streaming site.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Saint's Power is exactly what I hoped it would be, also it's very pretty

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



when it was announced I completely mixed it up with another one that has almost exactly the same story so it's not like the plot is really what's going for it lol.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Nemo2342 posted:

Iíve mixed it up a few times with the story about the saintess who runs a bookstore.
yeah that's the one I thought it was at first
that one has a much hotter love interest tbh, kinda wish it had got the anime instead


so cute :3

it's also equally unexciting lol
tbh to me the appeal of these is that they have older characters. female protagonist doesn't really make or break it for me (right now my favorite one with almost exactly the same plot is a BL one [unsurprisingly]) but being aimed more at a female audience does make it more appealing as well. Also in general I think I prefer the ones where they're summoned and are just, the same person and they didn't die vs the reincarnated ones.

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 03:53 on Apr 7, 2021

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



dogsicle posted:

we're here for the boys

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Brutal Garcon posted:

This is a perennial problem in nerd discourse: someone brings up a recent trend and tries to analyse why it's a thing, and then people pipe up with things that are technically examples from 50 years ago, or the other side of the world. And, like, yes, they might be correct, but it doesn't really give much insight into the question "what's with the current isekai boom?" or whatever the thing at hand is.

plus it's super tedious and always derails whatever the conversation was originally about

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Faraway Paladin is a good fantasy with fun characters and the isekai elements are used with a fairly light hand, it's great.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



watched the 2nd ep of Bakuten!! today
this ep brought more sports feels than the first episode which was an improvement, I want those heart-clenching team bonding moments. imo the standout bit of this show is all the little expressive mannerisms the characters have that gives them more personality; it would have been pretty easy for all of them to just be flat archetypes (the captain, the playboy, the weird gremlin, the glasses guy, etc. -- although tbh glasses is still pretty flat he needs to do more.)

also watched 2nd ep of the Saint one and I think I'm probably going to just unfavorably compare this to the other one I like better through the whole show lol. It could really stand to dial back the "everything you do is so amazing and the best" a little. I enjoyed the captain being a bit awkward at least.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



imo the only engagement that guy needs is anyone who looks at his tweets clicking on the report button. twitter moderation sucks rear end and they probably won't do anything about it but if there are enough reports they might eventually glance at them and at least delete his garbage.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



https://twitter.com/FUNimation/status/1387859309762125825?s=20
will probably have Bilibili subs but at least the episodes will be easy to find unlike the tomb robber one

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



IShallRiseAgain posted:

Is the tomb robber anime based on the horror web novel where the guy is a feng shui master?

It's based on this novel series but idk if that's what you're talking about

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



that's completely different lol

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



honestly I thought it being such a big deal would have led to the donghua getting picked up or at least an official english subbed version streamed somewhere like on WeTV or something

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



watched the first two eps of Link Click and this is good poo poo
it's a neat concept, time travel via photos, and they have to maintain a look but no touching policy so that they don't change future events while they look for clues on whatever case they've been hired to resolve (first ep was to find financial data and the second was about a secret noodle recipe). Looks like each episode they'll be dropping into different people's lives and getting a snapshot (:v:) of their various dramas, while the main characters' present lives are sort of a frame around it. The animation looks really good and it's already got a nice buildup for shipping the two mains, I couldn't find any info about whether or not this was actually a BL one since it's an original story but if it's not they're definitely trying to reach that audience regardless.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



honestly i don't really understand why a funimation-licensed donghua doesn't deserve a normal entry like everything else

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Donghua shows have MAL pages and I assume the site literally called "my anime list" can be a little picky about how they define anime, and that's where (most of? all?) the seasonal lists come from, so I don't really see a point in trying to get too pedantic about what "counts" as anime when both words just mean animation and the only difference is country of origin. If it doesn't have a MAL page maybe have that argument at that point.

There are a lot of donghua each season and not much info on most of them in English so it makes sense to be selective but something like Heaven Official's Blessing and now Link Click both being licensed by Funi kinda sets them apart from the pack a little. I guess Gokushufudou and Hetalia World★Stars also got the same footnote treatment despite being fairly well-known properties thanks to also being streaming-only and not tv broadcasts which seems to be the primary difference, not what country they were made in.

IMO a donghua that people might actually be interested in and want to find could, at the very least, get the localized title so people can find it like Way of the Househusband got.

It would be nice of Funi was a little more prompt about announcing them, although I wonder if some of that might be tied up with Bilibili's release schedule & how they delay episodes to encourage their paid VIP thing or something, like their audience gets first crack then it gets released internationally later on.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Julias posted:

Sorry I'm responding to this late. I saw it last night but was too tired to put my thoughts together.


It honestly probably does. The current OP setup is a holdover from back when Lucy Heartfilia was making them, and in part due to how Anilist and MAL organize their seasonal shows, putting OVAs, ONAs, and Specials into their own separate categories, and they typically throw Donghua shows down there. There have been times where I'll give full length OVA/ONA series full length descriptions, but not consistently. And with Donghua specifically, a lot of times there really isn't any information about the shows besides the name and start date when I'm making these threads. I definitely don't mind going back and giving more detailed entries if they get picked up/there's information readily available. I've also been mulling over whether it makes more sense to just change the main categories from TV (full) and TV (short) to just Full Length Shows and Shorts, while still keeping a separate section for the one off ova/ona/specials.

Thanks, I don't want to sound like I'm griping about how you're doing the threads in general because I know it's a lot of work to roll one out each season and maintain it. The tv/ona divide might be something to think about restructuring since there are a significant chunk of shows that are streaming-only and the only difference between them and a show that gets to be in the main section is how it was broadcast. Full length shows vs shorts vs OVAs that might have an odd number of episodes seems like a more fair divide. And then maybe if there is just no information about a show at all on MAL/anilist, outsource finding some info to anyone who might be watching it so you don't have to take on that bit of extra work.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



I got a couple of weeks behind so I'm not fully caught up on all of these but I'm still watching at this point:
Bakuten!! - ep 5 going full horror movie was really funny and they really nailed the atmosphere, great ep
Saint's Magic - adventures of a bewildered potato in the land of handsome men; I'm interested enough in seeing how the dueling saints plot works out at least but it would be more engaging to watch if Sei was remotely interesting as a character at all
Fairy Ranmaru - still a couple episodes behind on this one but it's been pretty fun so far
Link Click - what I've seen has been great, really looking forward to catching up & seeing where it's going to go
Daomu Biji - I'd love to be watching this in better quality but still kinda muddling through with what's out there; it's had more humor than I expected and it's interesting that most of the supernatural-ish things that the pv showed have been mostly in the characters' imaginations. Hoping mysterious sword guy shows up longer than a few seconds as an out of focus blur in the next ep since they teased him at the end of ep7; I'm not familiar enough with the series to know if the audience is expected to know who he is already but he's in the ending so I assume he's important and I'm ready to see why.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



MHA gave us EndHawks so it's not all bad

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



before they completely scrape the bottom of the isekai barrel they should adapt this one

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Neddy Seagoon posted:

I'd be down for a cooking series that's just about making simple recipes at home :allears:.
need an anime adaption of What Did You Eat Yesterday? (it already got a live action one)

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 14:38 on May 21, 2021

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Sei kinda drags that show down, like even Aira or whatever her name is feels like more of a character now and has only had that one episode showing her pov.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Darth Walrus posted:

Mmm, don't like that character design. The short face and huge wide-set eyes are unsettling for me in the same way as Key Visual Arts characters. I mean, a lot of anime characters have something like that, obviously, but this fits into the precise ratio that makes me go 'oh, that's not right'.

looks like a shojo manga style to me

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



I'm just baffled how anyone has the time and energy to spend on something they don't enjoy watching :psyduck:

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



it takes all my effort to muster the will and focus to pay attention to 1 to 3 shows a season that I genuinely like enough to make it all the way to the end (and often I still don't finish) so I have zero patience for stuff I don't like or even am just bored by or even just...not that into after one or two episodes. I regularly drop things before even making it through the entire first episode.

This season has been kind of unusual in that I haven't given anything a hard drop yet although I dunno if I'll ever get back to Mars Red so that one may end up being one out of inertia.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Appoda posted:

Also, just about any medium is full of trash, but anime can be especially trashy and I don't see how you can watch it regularly without stumbling into tropes or archetypes you have strong criticisms for.

You can avoid a lot of that at the outset by recognizing those things in the promo art, plot summaries, PV, etc. I discard a whole lot of shows right off the bat without giving them a chance because they're full of stuff I dislike and I don't care if I'm missing some hidden gem or that every single other person on earth loves it. I don't agree that anime is particularly trashy over other types of media but it's generally not subtle and lets you know who a show is for right on the face of it.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Hunt11 posted:

I thought the issue with Usagi Drop only show up in the back half of the manga.

This is true; the anime adaption doesn't touch the manga's post-timeskip swerve. You can safely watch the anime and even read the manga without ever getting into the other stuff as long as you stop before the time skip.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



If yall are looking for something else to watch don't forget about Link Click (I still need to catch up on it :negative:)

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



I think Rokka was way more fun to watch because of the thread interaction, like I probably wouldn't have stuck with it except for watching it as a group like that. I was not happy with how it ended at all though, and while it didn't retroactively suck all the fun out of the experience of watching it, it did tank how I felt about the show as a whole and I certainly had no interest after that in any sort of continuation.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



SatoshiMiwa posted:

If anything the growing trend in some circles to a more "puritanical" fandom is way more worrying and way more of a smoking gun

yeah this is something I hope we can avoid here at least, it really sucks the way some people in fandoms think that "I don't like this / it makes me uncomfy" is a good reason to harass artists into closing their accounts (or worse)

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



Vanitas and Night Head look like fujo shows but I looked into the plot of Vanitas when I thought about reading the manga and it has a dealbreaker for me character death so I'm skipping that one and only plan to check out Night Head which I'm keeping very low expectations for.

The only other show I'm interested in right now is Uramichi, unless there's any interesting donghua that I haven't heard about yet.

mostly I'm planning to use the season to finish winter and spring shows I'm halfway through since the season looks super thin for me.

Everything Burrito fucked around with this message at 18:23 on Jun 24, 2021

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



dogsicle posted:

[*]comedy giving me the vibe of a bad adaptation: Uramichi Oniisan

yeah ngl I don't entirely disagree with this. I'm reading it so if the anime doesn't really add anything to the experience I'll just stick to the manga.

Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



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Everything Burrito
Jun 2, 2011



I'm going to finish Fairy Ranmaru eventually :colbert:

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