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    Don't think I've mentioned this on TSR before, but this year I'm not starting any new manga series unless they're on my Kindle, as I'm out of space for physical books. :o: I'll be continuing with the series I've already started, of course, but that shouldn't be many since I'm up to date with the English releases of them all - maybe one or two newly published volumes a month on average, as opposed to the one or two a week and a huge splurge on payday that was previously the norm. :p:

    Aside from a few oneshots that I read to get a feel for the device, my first full length manga series for Kindle will be 'Give My Regards to Black Jack'. Which is easily worthy of a 5/5 rating based on the first volume alone, and I've got a further 12 to look forward to.
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    (Original post by Aiko)


    This is definitely going to be the dandiest series of the season. :awesome:
    I am stupidly excited about this show - all attempts to resist the hype were pretty pointless!
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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    Don't think I've mentioned this on TSR before, but this year I'm not starting any new manga series unless they're on my Kindle, as I'm out of space for physical books. :o: I'll be continuing with the series I've already started, of course, but that shouldn't be many since I'm up to date with the English releases of them all - maybe one or two newly published volumes a month on average, as opposed to the one or two a week and a huge splurge on payday that was previously the norm. :p:

    Aside from a few oneshots that I read to get a feel for the device, my first full length manga series for Kindle will be 'Give My Regards to Black Jack'. Which is easily worthy of a 5/5 rating based on the first volume alone, and I've got a further 12 to look forward to.
    Out of space? Impressive. But yeah, reading manga digitally is definitely the way forward. Although I can appreciate that there's something to be said of having a shelf with your entire collection. That, and swiping doesn't come close to turning the page. :no:

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    I am stupidly excited about this show - all attempts to resist the hype were pretty pointless!
    Likewise, I've already fallen in love with the PV. I think I've watched it a dozen times already! :giggle: That aside, let's face it, you can't really go wrong with Watanabe and Bones. That's a winning formula right there. :yes:
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    (Original post by AngryJellyfish)
    Don't think I've mentioned this on TSR before, but this year I'm not starting any new manga series unless they're on my Kindle, as I'm out of space for physical books. :o: I'll be continuing with the series I've already started, of course, but that shouldn't be many since I'm up to date with the English releases of them all - maybe one or two newly published volumes a month on average, as opposed to the one or two a week and a huge splurge on payday that was previously the norm. :p:

    Aside from a few oneshots that I read to get a feel for the device, my first full length manga series for Kindle will be 'Give My Regards to Black Jack'. Which is easily worthy of a 5/5 rating based on the first volume alone, and I've got a further 12 to look forward to.
    Photo or it never happened... :unimpressed:
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    (Original post by Aiko)
    Out of space? Impressive. But yeah, reading manga digitally is definitely the way forward. Although I can appreciate that there's something to be said of having a shelf with your entire collection. That, and swiping doesn't come close to turning the page. :no:
    More or less. :p: There's gaps here and there, but certainly not enough room for another new series. :no: I really like reading manga on my Kindle though, so the change to digital should be easier than I was anticipating.
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    Well, I've finished watching the SAO Extra Edition episode. It was nice to revisit the anime again without having to re-watch the entire thing and the narration/thoughts from the characters was good. As for the original content, the mini quest at the end was nice enough, but nothing that would push the main plot forward to suggest that there's going to be a continuation. Still, the fact that such an episode was created, would suggest that a sequel could happen. Like a primer for us fans.

    On a related note, given that I'm watching Log Horizon at the moment, it was interesting to draw more direct comparisons from watching this.

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    SAO, despite its flaws, definitely had a stronger premise at the beginning (death game and the scenario supporting this). Furthermore, both the plot and character development is better. Log Horizon has been steadily consistent, but has lacked any real drama to push the plot or character development forward. We're learning more about the game world they live in, and simply enjoy watching the characters interact. There is some development, but more in terms of learning who these people are, rather than their interactions with each other. Unlike Kirito, Shiroe is quite a refreshing MC. Not that I didn't like Kirito, but he did suffer from many of the standard cliches/tropes you'd expect from a male lead. On the other hand, Shiroe would typically be classed as a supporting character. The only characteristic that defines his role as the main lead so far is his calculative and strategic manner.

    Ultimately, both series are quite different despite sharing the same setting. Log Horizon hasn't really focused on the idea that they're trapped in virtual reality, which was the central theme of SAO for a long time, and rightly so. It's somewhat odd to me that none of the Log Horizon characters seem that bothered by their predicament and seem to accept it quite readily in the sense that they're already establishing a new life there without any issues. This puzzles me and is my only gripe. I'm sure this'll be explored later on, but the lack of concern is something I'm finding quite difficult to understand either way. Essentially, it's not a major part of the plot. Log Horizon seems to be far more concerned with taking advantage of the fact that they're in a virtual world by highlighting all of the mechanics you'd expect in a game of this kind without any real explanation as to why they are there. It's a lot more like .hack, in this regard. In fact, Log Horizon is a lot more like .hack than SAO. There's less direct action and more of a focus on the MMORPG element, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but this is also largely why Log Horizon will never achieve the same popularity as SAO did. The only real anime that's similar to SAO is, unsurprisingly, Accel World, which is by the same author.
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    That's funny because shortly after finishing SAO I stumbled upon Log Horizon and even I started comparing the two... Haven't seen accel world though, will give that a go as well.
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    (Original post by Aiko)
    Well, I've finished watching the SAO Extra Edition episode. It was nice to revisit the anime again without having to re-watch the entire thing and the narration/thoughts from the characters was good. As for the original content, the mini quest at the end was nice enough, but nothing that would push the main plot forward to suggest that there's going to be a continuation. Still, the fact that such an episode was created, would suggest that a sequel could happen. Like a primer for us fans.
    Sequel to SAO was announced the other day http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news...staff-revealed

    Can't say I'm excited, didn't much enjoy SAO.
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    (Original post by GalaxygunnerX)
    That's funny because shortly after finishing SAO I stumbled upon Log Horizon and even I started comparing the two... Haven't seen accel world though, will give that a go as well.
    Yeah, I'd recommend Accel World. Even though I personally preferred SAO, you can tell that Kawahara's writing had improved. Accel World felt more considered and complete.

    (Original post by caraniel)
    Sequel to SAO was announced the other day http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news...staff-revealed

    Can't say I'm excited, didn't much enjoy SAO.
    Ah, thanks for the heads up.

    Edit: And you didn't? Curiously, why not? I found it reasonably enjoyable to watch, despite its flaws. It was easily one of my most anticipated series to watch each week when it was airing.
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    (Original post by Aiko)

    Ah, thanks for the heads up.

    Edit: And you didn't? Curiously, why not? I found it reasonably enjoyable to watch, despite its flaws. It was easily one of my most anticipated series to watch each week when it was airing.
    I enjoyed the 1st half, but the 2nd half just felt like subpar fanfiction to me.......also can't profess to be a massive fan of the characters. I did attempt the light novels to see if they were any better - didn't get very far!

    SAO is a pretty show - production values are top notch anyway, but the writing just didn't match up for me. Doesn't help that I am in no way a gamer so much of it bored me. Same with Accel World actually - dropped that extremely quickly since I thought the characters were even duller than the SAO ones!

    My New Years resolution is to stop watching sequels to shows I struggled to finish, was mainly triggered by the announcement of an SAO S2.....I just don't want to bother going there again.
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    (Original post by caraniel)
    I enjoyed the 1st half, but the 2nd half just felt like subpar fanfiction to me.......also can't profess to be a massive fan of the characters. I did attempt the light novels to see if they were any better - didn't get very far!

    SAO is a pretty show - production values are top notch anyway, but the writing just didn't match up for me. Doesn't help that I am in no way a gamer so much of it bored me. Same with Accel World actually - dropped that extremely quickly since I thought the characters were even duller than the SAO ones!

    My New Years resolution is to stop watching sequels to shows I struggled to finish, was mainly triggered by the announcement of an SAO S2.....I just don't want to bother going there again.
    Fair enough, I can see where you're coming from. On my part...

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    what I liked about SAO, above all else, was its premise (virtual reality death game devised by the developer/creator), and the opening episode handled this exceptionally well. Whilst the remaining episodes didn't quite live up to this, they were still enjoyable to watch. The constant reminder that the characters were trapped and could potentially die outside the game gave the series a sinister twist. I guess I just found the whole concept really interesting.

    The characters themselves weren't remarkable, but I can't say I disliked them either. I've always been a sucker for overpowered protagonists, stemming right back to the shounen series of old such as Saint Seiya and Dragon Ball, so I didn't mind that Kirito was superior to everyone else. It's not beyond the realms of possibility either because in any game, you will always have players who are better than others. Nor do I really mind his growing harem or his romance with Asuna.

    I do agree entirely that the second arc was far less interesting. After all, the death premise I liked was removed. They should have remained in SAO, the game, and reached the top of the tower. It would have been far more appropriate. Why Kawahara chose to change the direction of the story like this is beyond me. It's also partly why I consider Accel World to be more considered and polished. The story didn't diverge so abruptly. Despite this, I'm a tolerant viewer of anime, so I still enjoyed it for what it was.

    Ultimately, I think SAO could have been brilliant, given its premise, but its execution, and I'm referring more to Kawahara's storytelling here, could have been better. Still, it clearly has done something right to warrant its popularity and upcoming sequel.
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    Gatchaman Crowds is such a bizarre anime. A twisted take on the ever popular superhero genre. The plot has direction of sorts, but equally, it's difficult to tell where they're planning to take this. Still, it's a very stylish anime. The female protagonist and the current antagonist are both insane, but in a good way.

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    I also find it amusing how two of the aliens are incredibly camp. Is there some sort of hidden implication there? :giggle:

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    Although, what a disappointing ending. It felt terribly rushed. It was almost as if the writers had intended this to be two seasons, but were then instructed to end it in one at short notice. Shame, the series had potential, but the abrupt ending has prohibited this. Nonetheless, was a fun anime to watch. Nothing too special, but certainly worth watching.
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    Does anyone know if manga release was put on hold over new year or something?
    Can't find this weeks chapter of Fairy Tail anywhere and it should have been released yesterday, is now 2:15pm the day after...
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    (Original post by Scienceisgood)
    Does anyone know if manga release was put on hold over new year or something?
    Can't find this weeks chapter of Fairy Tail anywhere and it should have been released yesterday, is now 2:15pm the day after...
    Whilst I can't speak for Fairy Tail specifically, it's very common for anime and manga to stall for the holiday festive season. Like here, things tend to go back to normal after the first week of January.
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    (Original post by Aiko)
    Gatchaman Crowds is such a bizarre anime. A twisted take on the ever popular superhero genre. The plot has direction of sorts, but equally, it's difficult to tell where they're planning to take this. Still, it's a very stylish anime. The female protagonist and the current antagonist are both insane, but in a good way.

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    I also find it amusing how two of the aliens are incredibly camp. Is there some sort of hidden implication there? :giggle:

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    Although, what a disappointing ending. It felt terribly rushed. It was almost as if the writers had intended this to be two seasons, but were then instructed to end it in one at short notice. Shame, the series had potential, but the abrupt ending has prohibited this. Nonetheless, was a fun anime to watch. Nothing too special, but certainly worth watching.
    I really loved Gatchaman Crowds - had so many interesting ideas, great soundtrack, fun characters & I'm a big fan of Nakamura's vibrant directing style. But yes, the ending was exceptionally messy and weak, which was a great shame. Interestingly a second season has been given the go ahead, which makes the rushed ending all the more irritating. Still, I've got Gatchaman Crowds in my top 10 of the year, and am definitely looking forward to season 2.
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    (Original post by caraniel)
    I really loved Gatchaman Crowds - had so many interesting ideas, great soundtrack, fun characters & I'm a big fan of Nakamura's vibrant directing style. But yes, the ending was exceptionally messy and weak, which was a great shame. Interestingly a second season has been given the go ahead, which makes the rushed ending all the more irritating. Still, I've got Gatchaman Crowds in my top 10 of the year, and am definitely looking forward to season 2.
    Yeah, I forgot to mention the soundtrack! It was really awesome. As someone who typically listens to electronic/dance music, it's right up my alley. :yes:

    And this is precisely why I welcome your return to TSR, Cara. You can announce all of the sequels to me. :giggle:
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    Ok, some extremely brief impressions. Buddy Complex has potential. Witch Craft Works, not so much. Keeping both on for now.
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    The most stupid anime you've watched or were watching?

    For me it's gotta be da capo I mean when I read the synopsis I thought "oh cool an anime where everyone on the island has cool physic powers or something" but then I watched like 15 eps and the plot development was slow and I dropped it. I still wonder how it managed to get 3 seasons...:confused:

    Edit: not to mention the story was nothing like it was supposed to be in the synopsis

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    The most stupid anime you've watched or were watching?

    For me it's gotta be da capo I mean when I read the synopsis I thought "oh cool an anime where everyone on the island has cool physic powers or something" but then I watched like 15 eps and the plot development was slow and I dropped it. I still wonder how it managed to get 3 seasons...:confused:


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    C: The money of soul and possibility control.

    Ah a cool anime about finance, economy, fighting and human nature. How wrong I was. Made no sense at all, poor fight scenes, poor writing and poor for making me watch several episodes in the hope that it gets better.
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    (Original post by Aiko)
    Yeah, I forgot to mention the soundtrack! It was really awesome. As someone who typically listens to electronic/dance music, it's right up my alley. :yes:

    And this is precisely why I welcome your return to TSR, Cara. You can announce all of the sequels to me. :giggle:
    I love that OST to bits - The Unbeatable Network is fantastic in addition to this of course



    GATCHAMAAAAAN~!

    I do like to be up to date on all the latest news.......speaking of which - MUSHISHI S2 IN SPRING~!!!
 
 
 
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