Sometimes I wonder to myself why I even bother going to the recommendations for anime thread
. I can list the only animes they ever talk about and will only ever like: Jojo, anything Gundam, and Psycho-Pass. Anything else is either passable but will never get talked about because only one or two people care, or its shit. Your favorite anime is shit and you are shit, thanks for playing folks.
Last season was a pretty slow time for me in terms of streaming. Bob's Burgers is on the downlow and there were comparatively few things I put on my watch list. It took me awhile to watch Captain Earth and I'm practically just watching it now into this season. Haikyuu is an endearing volleyball anime and No Game No Life was an easy favorite for me but after that it kind of tapers off asides from the usual suspects. Hunter X Hunter was trudging along with its Chimera Ant arc and Jojo was still on of course. I tried watching When Her Flag Breaks too but I've just slowly lost steam on grinding through that in a seemingly inverse version of Captain Earth's pace. The general philosophy or mindset that permeates the anime thread is one Miyazaki is quoted on in an interview; the general feeling that anime nowadays is shit because animation companies want to pander hardcore to their inbred demographic of otaku with no impulse control on their money or their time. Basically, you and I aren't some dirty, slobbering, fatass shut in with terrible hygiene, low standards, low self-esteem, and bad image projection, but the animation companies think we are, or at least will cater to those existing crowds because they know the big bucks are there so fuck quality storytelling or high concept ideas. Just stick a loli in there, throw a few panty shots, and use whatever other archetypes you got lying around in the bin (tsundere, soft edged yandere, and of course a kuudere. Every anime these days have those damn kuudere).
Which is a real shame because every now and then when I check in, I get some fleeting conversation or input about this season's anime that really clicks with me. Pokemon Champion Brightside recommended Aldnoah.Zero to me and I'm truly thankful for that. When I heard it on the season's line up, it didn't have the most intriguing eye catch but I knew from earlier conversation it was good. When Brightside went out of his way to type in a, "Alnoah.Zero is good, you should watch it (stop watching Rail Wars)," and clicked post, I knew I had to check it out and goddamn I'm hooked.
I know I like watching it and Brightside recommended it but some people (well, Gatsby) just have some sky high standards. I don't want to come down too hard on the people who frequent the thread because we've already settled on the idea that the dream is gone and we have to wade through a sea of shit to find gems but that also brings me to Firion who can only be described as my spirit animal at this point. I mean, I don't need to watch masterpieces of animation or even big budget, highly anticipated anime. 30+ hours of work at the Big D is ok for most people but its a lot for someone who also goes to school, so I don't necessarily want to think hard every time I come home from a day of grabbing stuffed animals for Asian tourists. Psycho-Pass and Knights of Sidonia are two big recommendations from Everyday Legend and I won't begrudge him for that because from what little I have seen, yes, they are good. But they're also high concept out the ass. There's humans living aboard a colony ship with a limited genetic pool to work with over the centuries, fighting aliens in robots, and Minority Report with super guns built with computers that lock and unlock based on real-time updated criminal information. I'm boiling those two animes down as simple as I can and there's still a ton of stuff to explain to really get it but goddamn I have to process all that plus the conversations and relationships going on in this web of interactions and yada yada yada.
Meanwhile, I thought I was crazy to like Sabagebu but Firion assured me that at least she liked it also for its simple quirky humor and subversion of typical character tropes. Take one part girls' after school club, throw in a gun nut otaku with a penchant for action scenes, and secretly subvert every character trope you decide to use and you have Sabagebu, where the main character can be interpreted as a vicious sadist and the upperclassman senpai was actually held back and any action with the show's airsoft guns are portrayed on screen as actual, real guns because, as the constantly involved narrator puts it, this is a girl's delusion.
Then there are the animes that I think a lot of people can probably agree with me are actually good but goddamn we haven't talked about Jojo/Psycho-Pass/Gundam in five minutes lets talk about it again! Akame Ga Kill made news at the beginning of the year when it was announced this particularly grisly and violent manga was getting an anime. I didn't read the manga and I get the feeling it was toned down a bit for tv but damn if you don't feel that visceral rush when someone gets slashed across the chest and blood comes gushing out spectacularly. At least for the first three episodes, this is a show about assassins who are already fairly powerful, including the main character who gets drawn into the conflict, and will cut a bloody swathe of destruction through their enemies. with some great animation moments to boot. The big thing is when an enemy is marked to die, they have a freak out moment a la Phoenix Wright where their faces contort in an animation still to show just how twisted and demented they are before they're predictably cut down. It's also a show that does not glorify the characters and isn't afraid to not protray them as heroes but instead as murderers and it gets the face of a silent, emotionless killer really well.
That brings me to Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun. A simple anime about a male upperclassman who's actually the author of a shoujo manga and the girl who tries to confess to him and ends up becoming his assistant in a bit of misinterpretation. Sounds typical, until you realize Nozaki tends to take inspiration in unconventional ways. He gets the idea of a romantic bike ride for two wrong and rents a tandem bike. The main heroine of his manga is actually shot for shot his male friend. And if he runs out of ideas new characters tend to look less similar and more like clones. Its a funny romp through something that might appear to be a trope filled rom-com and ends up being a more "what the fuck, get your shit together" kind of chuckle hut (do you prefer drawing kitties or briefs?).
So what I wanted to say all along is, broaden your horizons a bit people.
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