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So I’m a Spider, So What?

Dropping this as I can't see myself lasting through a 2 cour of this. According to some previews this was supposed to be great but the back-loaded magic academy stuff is uninteresting and the spider segments while having at least some personality are just the same thing every episode.

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The Way of the Househusband

Shockingly low effort adaptation... The manga panels are serving 1:1 as the screenplay with little animation on screen and lots of poorly drawn models and details. Might as well not have adapted this.

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Into the Dark: 2x12 Blood Moon

Another uneven season with mostly duds. and sadly this wanna be horror snoozefest full of plotholes joins that pile...

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Cake: 4x04 Out of Order

The "Shitty Circumstances" bit was actually funny - I'm shocked?!

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Kemono Jihen: 1x11 Memories

I mean the first episode already showed that this is not SJ rated but I'm still surprised how cruel these backstories are actually turning out to be given how "cute" the show likes to play.

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Cake: 4x01 Ask, Believe, Receive

A collection of obnoxious shorts...

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Into the Dark: 2x11 Tentacles

Quite a slog to get through and ultimately unrewarding. A lot of fucking huh... not sure how any of that made any sense really or why it needed that stupid closing scene. Found him through news stories and piecing things together... last time I checked the bodies were hidden/burried and it took on his identity ?!?

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High-Rise Invasion

While this is an easy show to watch due to quite fast pacing it sadly also seems to be very tonally misguided. A little gag here and there would be fine but sadly it's quite prevalent in the episodes so things are never as dire as they should be (also not supported by it's colorful presentation). Characterization is also moot with constant flip-flopping emotions or even goals for each of them (also noteable by each of them almost never overcoming their own fights and instead getting duked out by one another all the time). The world building also turned out out be quit lackluster as this whole space is frankly not believable for what they are going for... it's not expansive and plays out quite linear with the core scenario being left ultimately underdeveloped and instead expanded with mask related mumbo jumbo magic.
Technically this is also nothing to write home about with stiff animation, often boring indoor BGA and stock battle themes... at least they kept the gore.
I'm certainly watching the rest of the episodes when they release but mainly to see what's the explanation for all of this. I expected it to be much worse anyways.

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The Day I Became a God

To no one's surprise Jun Maeda has a formula he sticks to but that I don't think it translates well to single cour shows. I didn't get very invested in this but I can see why it solicited quite a few harsh criticisms. Frankly the show to me had just a few too many weird elements to take it seriously and the conclusion leaves me a bit uneasy, especially given Youta's general narcissistic narration.

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Two Sentence Horror Stories: 2x10 Manifest Destiny

Jeez Louise... Even if you can make it past the woke-barrage this starts out with you are still left with a subpar package on all fronts. Heck, not even the basic setup makes any sense here.
https://youtu.be/aAxx4gStqn4?t=36 :rolling_eyes:

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Two Sentence Horror Stories: 2x05 Quota

And now it's time for the most generic and unexciting zolmbie addition to the series...

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation: 1x03 A Friend

I feared this show would be terrible given it's prototype isekai status (or so I'm told) but the key visuals looked quite enticing so I took the "risk" regardless. Now three episodes I'm positively surprised at the comfy fantasy quality the show has going on (alongside the pretty visuals). And while the pervy side of Rudy is slightly off-putting at times it still serves as a reminder that this guy was a hardcore hiki before he was reincarnated and it's nice to see him actually still dealing with his past where as in most other shows in the genre the setup is just the means for self-insert.

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Redo of Healer: 1x02 The Healer Ruins Princess Flare!

Oh, now here comes the edge... up to 999% of what Japanese TV allows huuh. While I'm not opposed to fucked up shit I didn't really care for how sleazy they presented some of the -well- hentai scenes (eg. her fingering herself was decidedly fetishized with a see through shot). Also, was the best plan you could come up with really to let yourself be drugged up and abused until you've come to your senses again? Still, this seems like I ride to take just to be "in" with the drama - already canceled in Germany o/.
And if anyone wonders; uncensored is indeed quite raunchy but also the only way if you don't want to watch an audio drama (is a shot of crooked fingers with a black tint really too much?)...

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Two Sentence Horror Stories: 2x04 Imposter

Fantastic amulet... it serves no purpose other than to ruin your life for...? Working at an investment firm? Why did his mom even go on a triad of supporting him and saying a man who isn't able to provide for his family is worthless if this is that much against "the spirit"? How the heck did that other girl get lost there too - seems like it only served as another scene of whyte ppl racist? Why am I still watching this...

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Two Sentence Horror Stories: 2x03 Instinct

A call about domestic disturbance because a wine glas fell down... This then gets spun to imply a believe-all-women narrative (despite her acting like a loony) and after they're just out of the door he already admits to her being right. Obviously he does not see her grabbing the meat hammer or how she is holding it in her hand - or that she is taking a full swing at him :rolling_eyes:.

"Take some protection, just in case you're wrong... or right." What does this even mean with a narrative where she suspects everyone to be a killer... :exploding_head:

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Dr. Ramune: Mysterious Disease Specialist: 1x02 The Chikuwa Penis

The premise for the episode is certainly weird even for anime standards but it played out quite boring and plain to be honest. Just like with last weeks episode it's apparent from the get go what needs to change for the "cure" but the process isn't really worth sticking around as the comedy isn't hitting great strides either imho.

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Two Sentence Horror Stories: 2x01 Bag Man

Lmao... this turned silly real fast. The setup is pretty much wasted and would have been more interesting without the wanna be slenderman at display here.

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Ex-Arm

The promo art is quite deceptive as this is not at all a traditional looking anime... even more so it's an atrocious mess. While I'm not at all opposed to 3DCG shows this one is in no way up to today's standards. The models look bad and so is the rigging, backgrounds are ugly and low res, the frame rate is choppy and it doesn't even take advantage of stuff 3D would bring (like delivering great action choreography). Putting 2D characters next to 3D ones should be forbidden by law.
Whoever picks those Crunchyroll exclusives has some really fat fingers apparently but not that I'm surprised considering their first funded project wasn't even an anime to begin with.

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Paranormal Activity

Having watched quite a lot of found footage films and liking the genre as a whole I have never once touched PA. In part due to the hype but also because it always looked quite boring. The movie's initial notoriety certainly influenced my viewing experience so I was more so impressed at the restraint they showed with it rather than finding it particularly scary but was ultimately also disappointed at how it all played out (are you really just going to stick to sleeping in the same bed with no additional precautions or even locking the doors..? the "mythology" was also terribly under baked.). Still, for FF this was serviceable and very representative of the formula :smile:...

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Talentless Nana

For me this turned out to be somewhat of a guilty pleasure. While the general logic and setup is somewhat flawed (alongside the weird interaction of the "Enemies of Humanity" threat), the actual manipulation and deductions making up the runtime are quite fun and you get the killer POV for most of these. Unfortunately this ends just after introducing a major point of conflict for Nana so you'll most likely have to read the manga for a proper resolution. RIP Michiru - hard to phantom why they would even leave someone with her powers on the island.

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Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW: 1x13 Curse-Deceiving Chapter, Part 5

Kinda weird and meh arc with a WTF ending... Hoping they did not forget about the answer arcs...

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Ninja Collection

This is basically the same as Yamishibai except that it has "mysterious" Ninjas added who take care of the entities. There is a minuscule attempt made to connect them but really they just take away from the already short runtime making what would have been lame episodes of the main show even worse.

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Supernatural: 15x20 Carry On

AAAAnd they doubled down on the botched ending... I'm not in the loop with the series production but you better hope that there is a good excuse for them having to resolve the story like this. I don't mind that they did what they did here but it doesn't work if you play this after last weeks episode. The trajectory for this was all wrong and it's missing a lot of in between! Kinda hard to fall for the manipulative writing when you have to doubt what is being presented to you. And Sam growing old was not only cheesy pandering but a huge joke that had me laughing because of the unbelievably bad makeup.
Rushing an ending for a show after 15 years is NOT appreciated.

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Supernatural: 15x19 Inherit the Earth

I'm sorry: WHAAAAT? This was awful. Not that Supernatural ever was very coherent but this was a rushed, sloppy and frankly a very anticlimatic conclusion to their ordeal... they even had to pull a "and-here-is-how-we-dun-it" to "explain" this mess.
Sam & Dean can apparently take a massive beating from fists powered by such godly energy that when absorbed is enough to transfer the powers over to Jack (who needs build up when you can just give him more OP powers...). Most "powerlevels" were also disregarded for this like Chuck's omniscience and featuring Amara, Death/Lucifer etc.. . And no time for Cas? I know there is another one coming but this had a freaking montage at the end...

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Follow Me

Depending on what you expect out of Season 2 of Scare Pewdiepie this might be a "OKish" watch but ultimately I wasn't really that engaged in it. They certainly surprised me with how visceral they started out the game but the rest of the movie didn't really match that. It was setup as the "ultimate" escape room experience but the main guy certainly didn't handle this like a VLOGger would nor were there really any "puzzles" justifying that title. I also noticed the same as @catsy did; certain parts felt extremely stealth game-esque rather than cinematic. There also happens some stupid "horror" movie stuff which sealed the "meh" experience for me (but most of that can be explained away by the twist). That twist they're able to hide quite well imho since it's layered but it also opens the movie up for even more plotholes... it's frankly just not believable that they managed to trick him with all those FX without him noticing that it's all bullsh*t.

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Jujutsu Kaisen: 1x05 Curse Womb Must Die -II-

If it weren't for MAPPA at helm I would have dropped this like three times already... At least the show doesn't take it's fake drama serious either. An upcoming tournament arc and one-note upperclassmen getting introduced doesn't really get me any more excited really.

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

This was a big miss as a sequel... as established early on in the movie the character of "Borat" is pretty much dead as he is part of pop culture now so he can't do the same stunts as before. To work around this issue we are instead introduced to his daughter who travels with him while Sacha is mostly going around in throw-away disguises akin to his recent "Who is America?" show (which was already plagued by similar issues). Unfortunately they did very little to help ground this in reality. Borat as a journalist had a reason to travel around and have a camera on where as in the sequel it feels quite unauthentic and often scripted. The "charm" Borat had is also mostly absent as he was mostly just in narritive driven scenes (making the Giuliani scene the "climax" AND releasing the movie with this deliberate timing only did it a big disservice imho). Did I chuckle in some scenes? Sure... but as a complete package it was just really disappointing and hollow.

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The Haunting of Bly Manor: 1x05 The Altar of the Dead

I hope this puts a lid on the pacing oddities this show has because an hour long exposition episode is and should not be normal... most of what is shown was already hinted at previously so I'm sure they could have done without this...

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Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW: 1x01 Demon-Deceiving Chapter, Part 1

WARNING: Looks like the Higurashi New marketed as a remake was bait all along.
This is a sequel* to the original series https://trakt.tv/shows/when-they-cry-higurashi.

Since it's based on a visual novel with different routes repeating events are expected which is why they were able to mislead with the premiere but the second episode reveals a twist of the series and references being set after the events of Higurashi. They also changed the title from "New" to "Gou" 業 after episode 2...

*What exactly it is we cannot say for sure right now but you are definitely not getting a fresh start.

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Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW: 1x02 Demon-Deceiving Chapter, Part 2

WARNING: Looks like the Higurashi New marketed as a remake was bait all along.
This is a sequel* to the original series https://trakt.tv/shows/when-they-cry-higurashi.

Since it's based on a visual novel with different routes repeating events are expected which is why they were able to mislead with the premiere but the second episode reveals a twist of the series and references being set after the events of Higurashi. They also changed the title from "New" to "Gou" 業...

*What exactly it is we cannot say for sure right now but you are definitely not getting a fresh start.

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