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Beardedgooslaps

Game of thrones has my attention at the moment. I'll be watching the walking dead when it starts again.

Beardedgooslaps

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Captain_Chao5

@Beardedgooslaps: I tried getting into GoT cos 'everyone' says how good it is (even the Wife is an avid watcher). I watched S1E1 and most of S1E2 before losing interest. It just seems like medieval porn and when I realised

SPOILER ALERT

some bloke is shagging his sister, I really lost interest.

You don't stop gaming because you get old, you get old because you stop gaming.

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BAMozzy

@Captain_Chao5: Game of Thrones is one of my favourites. Its not something that can be assessed in a few episodes - particularly the first season. That was primarily building up the characters, the world etc and a lot of the pieces didn't quite fit together (so to speak) until midway through. With so many different factions, politics and areas of interest, its difficult to get a full grasp of everything in a few shows. Its like picking up the Witcher 3 (for example) and playing the introduction - you have no idea of the scale, the politics, the characters, the enemies etc etc. Its well worth persevering with in my opinion - one of the best and darkest shows on TV - it also has Dragons!! (although in the early stages, they haven't been born yet...)

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Captain_Chao5

@BAMozzy: Yeah I know loads of people rave about it. Maybe I'll stick at it 😀

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crippyd

@BAMozzy @Captain_Chao5 I read about 300 pages of the first book and binned it as I was bored and binned the tv show after about 20 minutes for the same reason. My wife agreed with me that it was boring and we couldn't see what all the fuss was about.

crippyd

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Utena-mobile

@Captain_Chao5: "It's the HBO version of Lord of the Rings"
is how I've heard it described. I would give it a try but I have a friend who has already made me see most of the deaths so I mean, there really isn't a point anymore. (o_O )

Valkyrie 2, standing by.

Captain_Chao5

I watched the new TMNT film last night (for my Sons birthday). I'm not a massive fan, but it was actually quite good. More like the original cartoon. Plus it has Megan Fox (hmmm) and for the WWE fans - Seamus!

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Jairo_MC

I'm currently watching the Season 6 of Game of Thrones, the 4th Season of Orphan Black and the Final Season of Person of Interest. All 3 shows completely worth it with great stories.
I'm also catching up with Modern Family on Netflix. It's funny and even if it's a lot predictable, I enjoy watching it quite a bit.

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sorethumbed

Just been watching "The UK's best Part Time Band'. It's beena really entertaining series. The prize - kudos, not cash.
Any of the six finallists sounded like they'd be a good night out. Great way to decide the winner, tokens in shoebox from the audience. Loved it. Agree with the winner as well - bonus!

Ancient, Angry, Armed and Inbound.

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crippyd

Just come back from watching X-Men and I quite enjoyed it, it could have improved in a few areas but overall it was a decent film.

crippyd

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Glasto:
ZZTop - Blast from the past
The Foals - Amazing - What a blast.

Ancient, Angry, Armed and Inbound.

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RR529

UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie (Amazon Prime Video) - Early 00's harem anime that centers around high schooler Kazuto, whom is running his grandparent's bath house (a bit of a passion project, as it's not very profitable in today's world). His world is thrown upside down whenever Valkyrie (an alien princess on the run) crashes into the place killing him. After giving him half her soul he finds himself looking after her (the process de-aged her into a child, though she's able to briefly transform back into an adult via a kiss), and soon a variety of other women come into his life as well (such as a jealous childhood friend, and a Valkyrie's sisters, hunting her down).

It's a pretty run of the mill, typical harem of the era, but I remember liking shows like Dear S & Girls Bravo way back when (though the excitement of sneaking them in late at night on the family computer as a teen probably played a part), so I figured I'd give it a try. I liked the quintessentially Japanese setting of the bath house, but otherwise it's pretty unremarkable though it elicited a few chuckles along the way. Luckily it managed to avoid representing her child form in a reprehensible way (which I was a bit worried about going in), so I guess it gets credit for that. Amazon only has season 1 on Prime, but I don't feel like I'm particularly missing out on much not having part 2.

Content Guide:

Sex/Nudity (High) - All the princesses have a transformation sequence of some sort (I'm pretty sure Valkyrie's adult transformation plays at least once per episode) where their clothes disappear during the metamorphosis, which is the source of like 80-90% of the show's nudity. The other 10-20% is just a scenery shot of random women in the bath house that's replayed ocassionally.

Violence/Blood (Mild) - There's some slapstick stuff, but as a comedy there's nothing heavy (even a big space battle or two during the climax is relatively low impact, with a group of space pirates successfully fleeing their hideout before it explodes, for example). The bloody nose trope that tends to show up in this genre a lot is even totally absent.

Language (Mild) - Just the PG/PG-13 level stuff you hear in your average Shonen series.

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PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

RR529

Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Amazon Prime Video) - Early 80's Sci-Fi/Mecha anime. A massive alien craft (dubbed the Macross by the people of Earth) crashes on Earth, and after a 10 year long project to restore it, it's ready to launch on it's maiden voyage. However, things don't pan out as expected when an alien race known as the Zentradi arrive in the solar system in response to it's activation, and after the Macross attacks them of it's own accord the crew must activate it's untested "Fold" system (pretty much Warp Speed) to escape their powerful new adversary, and wind up on Pluto. With an entire city's worth of civilians in tow (the most notable being hotshot pilot Hikaru Ichijyo, invited to the launch by Squadron Leader Roy Focker who serves aboard the Macross, and Lynn Minmay, a teenage girl rescued by Hikaru during the chaos who ends up being more important than you could guess) who were caught up in the warp, the Macross must make a long and arduous journey back to Earth while being hunted by the Zentradi.

It turned out to be an excellent watch. You'll have to get used to the dated animation (and the fact that it clearly hasn't been remastered in any way), but once you do you're in for a treat. While it does feature some of the typical "power of friendship/love" trope you see in anime a lot, it's also one of the most hard sci-fi anime I've ever seen (even if aspects of it are naturally dated), and even kind of gives me Star Trek vibes, especially in the first story arc. It has an excellent balance of action (are fighter jets that transform into mechs ever not cool?), down time/humor (the Zentradi reactions to the Earthling way of life never get old), and of course romance (the relationship between Hikaru & Minmay had me on the edge of my seat, and I was gutted that they seemingly couldn't be together). It is dated in spots (a few action scenes seem to be running at 5 frames of animation, while others are quite good), but it makes me more interested in trying out the other old sci-fi anime they have on the service.

Content Guide:

Sex/Nudity (Mild) - You see Minmay's butt during a shower scene early on (this is replayed during a later pseudo-recap episode), and there is a vaguely detailed topless pinup poster briefly seen in Roy Focker's quarters.

Violence/Gore (Medium) - I'd say it's mild in intensity as there's not a lot of blood, but there is tons of battle (it's just 95% mechs, planes, and other war machinery blowing up without showing what happens to the people inside), so keep that in mind. The few times there is blood it's at the very low end in terms of gore (things like the single sliver of blood coming from the lip/forehead, or a stain on a piece of clothing).

Language (Mild) - Some PG/PG-13 type stuff, as usual.

NOTE: the Americanized version (Robotech) is also available on Prime Video, and does come in a remastered format, however given that it's an 80's localization I'm not sure how true it is in terms of story & content so I didn't watch it (the only things I can confirm are that they Americanized some of the names, as Hikaru became Rex Hunter, and that they linked Macross with two other anime, Calvary Southern Cross & Genesis Climber Mosphaeda, in order to make Robotech, though I'm not sure how invasive this was to each of their core narratives, as the three shows seem to be treated as different seasons just set generations apart within Robotech & may not necessarily have their events jumbled up). That, and Macross & Calvary Southern Cross may actually be related, as both carry the Super Dimension moniker in their original forms.

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PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

Justifier

I have been watching Fate/Apocrypha anime from Netflix. Has been pretty good so far, but not as good as Fate/Zero or Fate/Stay Night UBW.

"Wake me... when you need me."

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RR529

Lupin the 3rd Part 1 (Amazon Prime Video) - The first anime adaptation of the Lupin the 3rd franchise, all the way back from 1972! Known as the "Green Jacket" run, as that's the color jacket he wears here (it's a different color in each series). It's an episodic series that follows the exploits of thief Lupin the 3rd (grandson of famed thief Arsene Lupin) and his gang, with a mostly comedic bend.

I don't have as much nostalgia for Lupin as I do other anime I watched when I was younger, but this particular series was new to me so it was a fun watch. The first half of the series was generally a tad more serious than I was expecting at times, but that gave it a bit of a unique vibe (the manga was more graphic, and while toned down, the early episodes pulled closer to it). The animation was actually quite good considering it's from the early 70's too (and it looked remastered). My only main gripe is that 4 or so random episodes had commentary enabled (there were no settings regarding this, so that's just how they're uploaded to Amazon's streaming service for whatever reason).

Content Guide:

Sex/Nudity (Medium) - Femme Fatal Fujiko Mine appears in various states of undress in some of the earlier episodes (the most graphic being a shower scene where you can see her butt), and a pretty "blink & you'll miss it" moment where the police commissioner can be seen reading a nudie mag (you can fully see one of the pictures) whenever inspector Zenigata barges into his office.

Violence/Gore (Mild) - Most violence is pretty cartoony (like Looney Tunes type stuff when caught in an explosion), however there is some blood, though nothing particularly graphic (the most graphic that comes to mind is a scene where Goemon cuts someone down the middle, though the wound is only bloody during that initial slash).

Language (Mild) - Typical PG/PG-13 stuff.

Currently Playing:
Switch - Blade Strangers
PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

infinite86

I'm watching a marathon of The Big Bang Theory.

infinite86

Nexozi

Since covid-19 hit on Netflix I've watched all of Brooklyn nine nine with my dad. I finished watching avatar the last airbender and now I'm watching it again with my dad. Also have watched the dragon prince with him as well. She-ra brought a tear to my eye as well in the last season. Not one my dad would watch unfortunately. I've also watched beastars and the next on the list is the witcher. Got 1917 on blu-ray on Saturday, so will watch that on Sunday night. If anyone can find it for sale jojo rabbit it's a good watch as well, I saw it in the cinema and haven't seen anything about it since. I stopped watching game of throws after 2nd episode. Incest in the 1st episode and killing the wolf for no reason in the 2nd episode put me off. Oh Final Space is an awesome watch as well if nobody has seen it.

If I've annoyed or affended anyone that was not my intention and I'm sorry.

Nexozi

RR529

High School of the Dead (Hulu) - an anime series with tons of over the top action & fanservice that follows a small group of high schoolers (and the school nurse) as they struggle to survive a zombie apocalypse.

The Good

  • It's not going to win any awards, but I was impressed with how seriously it took it's core narrative (most other harem/ecchi series rarely even have one). Sure, there was the occasional "down time" episode where the gang got to rest and indulge in extra nonsensical fanservice silliness (and it can get gratuitous even during the action sequences), but for the vast majority of the time they find themselves in tight spots, fighting to survive. I also really like that it took the time to showcase how authorities at various levels (whether it be the police on the ground, up to even the US military/president) were collapsing while trying to keep things under control (it's a level of world building I absolutely wasn't expecting from this). I do wish they had set up some more time to elaborate on the history of the relationship between the MC & Rei before things went to pot though (they clearly have a strained past, but they barely set it up before all heck breaks loose). Other than that there are a couple moments that are just there for shock value which can be uncomfortable, but for the most part I was impressed in the story aspect. Also, I was glad to see that there's another male character (and honestly one I liked more than the MC) who seemed to be winning over one of the girls.
  • The animation quality too is really good for the genre (and I'd say it's good looking in general). They really pull out all the stops for the action sequences which are often kinetic & visceral, and they pay equal attention to the quality of the fanservice moments (the two even often intertwine, such as a scene where the MC shoots a rifle & in slow-mo Matrix fashion the bullet passes inbetween Saeko's cleavage on it's way to it's target).

The Neutral

  • The fanservice itself. While I certainly have no issue with it on principle (otherwise I wouldn't have even watched this), I understand it's a divisive issue. It's very over the top, and while most of it is in silly good fun, there is the occasional shock value moment (as I mentioned before), such as an instance where a hoodlum violently gropes Rei's chest (he's clearly an @**hole from the moment he's on screen & is dealt with promptly, and while making you uncomfortable is clearly the point, I can understand why'd you may want to shy away).

The Bad

  • It's one of those 12 episode series that ends just as it feels like it's getting started. It clearly doesn't have a resolution and at nearly 10 years old it's probably not getting a conclusion at this point.
  • I watched the dub, where there's quite a few Americanisms I'm sure probably weren't there in the Japanese original. Things like name drops of Walmart, PetSmart, the NRA, & Sarah Palin are more obvious, but there's probably a few more subtle ones as well, and it's just a pet peeve of mine when it comes to series' clearly set in Japan that localizers don't go overboard with that kind of thing.

Overall

  • While I'm disappointed that it'll likely be forever unresolved, I enjoyed my time with this one despite some minor complaints.

Content Guide:

Sex/Nudity (Heavy) - Should go without saying, but all the female characters have improbably large chests that have minds of their own, plus plenty of panty shots galore. There's surprisingly not much actual nudity though, with only a couple shots of a single character's bare breasts during a bath scene about halfway through (otherwise any nudity is obscured by something in the environment).

Blood/Gore (Heavy) - Again, this should be no surprise. Gratuitous blood spray & splatter is the order of the day. Not one for the faint of heart.

Language (Heavy) - F-Bombs galore, on top of the PG-13 level fare you usually get in anime.

Edited on by RR529

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PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

RR529

Blue Submarine No. 6 (Amazon Prime Video) - Anime miniseries set in a sort of apocalyptic waterworld where jaded seaman for hire Hayami is recruited by international military organization "Blue Fleet", with which he has history, in order to help them put down a band of aquatic mutants and the mad scientist responsible for their creation (as well as the world's flooding).

The Good:

  • The animation is quite good, given that it's an OVA. There is a lot of CGI war machinery that looks like something out of a PS2 cutscene (it came out in the late 90's), but call me crazy but I thought that gave it a kind of certain charm, lol.

The Neutral:

  • It has an interesting world setting & I've liked other series that focus on a crew of a ship to various degrees (such as Cowboy Bebop, Eureka 7, & Macross), however due to it's blazingly fast runtime you don't actually get a good feel for all of this (they particularly spend a disappointingly small time with the crew of "Blue 6", even if it's present in all episodes).

The Bad:

  • As has been touched on before, the quick runtime, as it only has 4 episodes (granted, the last one is almost double length, but still)! Despite some touching moments & heavy theming I never got to the point where I actually cared for any of the characters. Also, a lot of the sciency technobabble explained in the last episode never really stuck with me (I'm still not sure how exactly the mutants came to be, or if their creation was intended or not).

Overall:

  • I thought it was okay. I liked the world, some of the tech, and thought it had potential, but it just didn't have the time necessary to really expand on any of it.

Content Guide:

  • Sex/Nudity (High) - There are lots of "mermaids" present that almost always have their breasts exposed (granted, they're not really presented in a sexual way, it's just how they are). The most (really only) sexually graphic moment occurs when one of the mutant leaders is heavily implied to have assaulted one of the mermaids (he's jealous that she has the scent of a human male on her, as she was saved by Hayami earlier), and he gets grabby, licking & nibbling on her ears before the scene cuts away.
  • Blood/Gore (Medium) - It's mostly not that bloody of a series, and although there is some in earlier episodes, the most notable is a moment in the final episode where Hayami gets his face busted up really badly, which is quite graphic.
  • Language (Mild) - Typical PG-13 stuff, as far as I recall.

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PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

Royalblues

I recently watched, and plan to rewatch the anime called Vinland Saga. That show, which is on Amazon Prime, is a modern classic. I don't watch too many anime, but I'm glad I saw that one. I watched it on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are complex, and I love the Viking Age. Oh yeah, it is sort of a historical anime.

I wish anime or games of that scale would take place in Africa. I wish someone could make an anime or game on the Mali Empire, since its formation was just as interesting as the events that took place in the Viking era.

Outside of that, the only anime I watch now is Appare Ranman, which is about a cross-continental race from LA to NY. Has a lot of interesting characters.

Other than anime, I am watching Star Trek: Below Decks (I am a Star Trek Fan, and this show is good), and reading the One Piece Manga, hoping it ends before I turn 40 lol.

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