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    I might just have to play the first one first
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    Feel free to correct me if I already asked you this, but what are your thoughts on Disney movies?
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    Daganronpa 2 interests me more than the first but Fynn says I need to play the first one
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    I still think it's really interesting how we agree on many elements that make a good story but when it comes to the execution of that, we can have very polarizing opinions
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    True, it was about silly girl fun first and foremost, but it ostensibly used music as the main "plot device". If you can even say there's a plot there...

    That said, K-On's not a bad show, just one that I grew tired of after cutesy weird girl antics, and the incompetent treatment of music was just something that made me with just no incentive to continue watching.

    Another similar case (well, not in tone, but in the implementation of music) occurs in Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) but it's actually done WELL here. The story isn't about the music but the music is featured heavily and actually draws the characters together. And this time around, partly thanks to the magnificent soundtrack by Yoko Kanno, you can see how this was done by someone who knows what they're doing when it comes to the music, and that's something that made me appreciate that anime so much more as well (well that and the Christian angle actually made this interesting for me, aside from the beautiful story that was there).

    In general, what I'm getting at with this is that I get very invested in music anime where that musical element is not only done competently, but also implemented in a way that makes it compliment the story to such a degree that it becomes an integral part of creating a show's identity without overtaking a main plot line. So because of this I became incredibly invested in Shigatsu and Sakamichi no Apollon, while K-On just made me lose interest in it.
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    coming back to those subtleties I liked, here's an example: I think it was two episodes before the finale that Kousei stumbles upon a cat that got hit by a car. This is right after he sees Kao get transported to ER. He takes it to the vet, but it's too late and the cat dies. The juxtaposition of the two scenes sends a message that is clear - Kao will die and he can't save her. He has blood on his hands, meaning he has to live with the fact that he couldn't do anything about it but has to live on. And what makes this scene subtle - again, in my eyes - is that he never remarks on it. It's all done with visuals. He isn't angsting about that cat verbally, no narration is telling us what that symbol meant. We're just left with imagery that tells the story in a metaphorical way, easing us into the emotions in the last stretch of the anime.

    Then we have their final concert "together" where it's not at all subtle, it's super campy and over the top, but it's just beautifully animated and placed at just the right moment that it really works and I had to hold back tears. But again, it doesn't at that point say directly that she dies, and yet you know it from the animation. You know what her disappearing there means and that this is Kousei's way of saying farewell. Not to mention the beautiful Ballade in G-minor they chose for that scene which is just phenomenal, and I'm usually not at all a Chopin fan.

    So yeah, I guess by "subtlety" I mean how well it all comes down together without the creators deciding it's necessary for someone to state what this all means.
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    Just saying how I see it subjectively, because you know I believe there is no such thing as true objectivity

    If I were to put it differently, I'm surprised how not heavy handed and hammered in some moments were. In its execution, this anime simply had certain elements that I have been missing in many stories that were trying so hard to move me but couldn't.

    And yeah, the whole thing wasn't just about music, but also about the world of music academia and performing. Exams, contests, incredibly unfair expectations - one starts to wonder what the point of it all is when the whole systems seems to be imposing a specific view on a thing that is supposed to be about freedom and enjoyment, but at the same time, it seems imposing those limits is the way to go if you want to excel in that art. So yeah, from that perspective, it just felt so real (well, minus all the times someone who went completely against established rules made the whole audience erupt in thunderous applause, but yeah, that's the element of anime camp that I'm able to tolerate in the grand scheme of things ).

    so yeah, I always appreciate when anime about music is actually about music and knows the realities of that world, portraying them in a really insightful manner that resonates with someone who has been through that (and the hands are actually doing the movements they should be doing, which is wow!). It's not like K-On which is about music on the surface but it's clear that the creators don't really know what they're doing
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    Well, we recently finished it and I found it pretty moving for an anime. Granted, it's mostly because it resonated so strongly with both my wife's and my own experience with music school, and the piano especially. I also liked the general nostalgic atmosphere and was honestly surprised with how subtle many scenes were handled. It's really rare that an anime that tries to make you cry nearly succeeds to make me cry.
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    (also, this is me)

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    What did you think of it?
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Interesting Routes: Aqua

by Karifean on 11-30-2017 at 10:21 PM
There's something truly magical about Himawari that I didn't really realize back when I first read it but have come to appreciate about it more and more.


Himawari has an enforced reading order, something you don't see a lot in galge without a strong plot focus. However, like other visual novels such as Fate/Stay Night can use it to drive the plot and themes forward in parallel tales, so too does Himawari use it to give us ample

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru is now on Steam

by Karifean on 11-18-2017 at 02:57 AM
Well, at last, it happened. It's been a long time coming, Umineko Chiru is finally available for purchase on Steam, and alternatively MangaGamer's own website.


Umineko Chiru - Steam Store Page

This is the second half of Umineko of course, so if you haven't read the first half yet, you can get it here.

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Little Busters! English Edition is now available!

by Karifean on 11-01-2017 at 05:36 PM
As of today, Little Busters! English Edition is available for purchase on Steam!

Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/63...glish_Edition/



The game is 20% off during its launch week, putting it at a respectable price of around half that of CLANNAD's, even though the two are quite similar in terms of sheer content value (though Little Busters contains

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Dies Irae Review

by Karifean on 08-03-2017 at 01:32 AM
Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ is a visual novel created by Light. It was one of the most renowned JP-only VNs before finally getting a localization in June of this year.


Come, gather and bear witness to my opera, now in the making.

Its script is the height of cliché, I am forced to admit. And yet...

Its actors are of the finest fold; beyond exquisite.

Thus, I believe you will find it enthralling.

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Umineko: Episode 4 Tea Party

by Karifean on 07-09-2017 at 09:57 PM
You talk too much. All you have to do is honestly say 'I'll kill you'.

For those that don't know, the climaxes of Episodes 4, 5 and 6 are my 3 favorite moments in Umineko (which also makes them my 3 favorite moments in fiction overall), all for their own individual reasons. I've been dying to talk about them for a while. I figured I'd start with the Episode 4 Tea Party, quite possibly the greatest example of Ryukishi's writing skill of them all.

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