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Royalblues

@RR529 You can skip Thriller Bark for sure, and I'm not the biggest fan of Enies Lobby, but please watch Water 7. Without spoiling, the writing is unlike any other in the series, and it makes you care about the characters.

Yeah, I was first introduced to One Piece way back when it first aired on 4Kids in the US in 04ish. Do you plan to catch up with the whole series? That is a mighty task, and I wish you luck.

Royalblues

RR529

@Royalblues, I've already seen everything between Davy Back & Thriller Bark (including Water 7), which is why I'm going to skip them now.

I never watched the 4Kids run on Toonami back in the 00's, but I watched it's run (on Adult Swim's Toonami) in the 10's, which covered the arcs mentioned above.

After that I went back and started at the beginning of the series (am up to Skypiea now), will skip the arcs I've already seen before (everything between Davy Back & Thriller Bark), and continue from there.

Otherwise I'm not skipping anything (even filler) & am planning on being in it for the long haul. I know I won't be caught up any time soon (probably not even in the next couple years), especially since I take lengthy breaks between arcs.

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SingleStooge

The Boys Season 2 and Westworld Season 4.

SingleStooge

Clankylad

About halfway through ‘Yellowjackets’, which was listed as a ‘you may also like…’ after watching The Wilds. Rather dark and bloody but intriguing and often funny. I particularly like the character of Misty, who manages to be hilarious and creepy at the same time.

Clankylad

RR529

Finished up season 3 of the Man in the High Castle a couple nights ago.

Still pretty good, though I'm not sure how I feel about the more strictly sci-fi angle it's starting to take. I know they needed to explain the background logic behind the existence of the films (and it's something I've been asking myself) so I'm glad they've done that, but I'd still wish the core narrative would focus on the political tension between the Nazis, Japanese Empire, and how the resistance could take advantage of that, rather than going all in on chasing the multiverse angle.

That said, that lab scene in the final episode was pretty cool & almost Stranger Things-esque.

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PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

PhhhCough

Just finished episode 4, season 3 of the Boys. I guess it says a lot about me when homelander's antics put a smile on my face.

PhhhCough

Royalblues

I just started Westworld. Looks like I'm in for a wild ride. I can't wait to see how it plays out.

Royalblues

RR529

New Cutey Honey (Blu-Ray).

90's era anime OVA miniseries set in "Cosplay City", a crime ridden gothic/sci-fi metropolis (though this aesthetic is dropped for a more generic "New York/Chicago" style big city half way through) that's on it's last legs as the Demon Lord Dolmec(?) is bearing his will down upon it. Luckily, it appears that the mayor's aid, Honey, is really the (amnesiac) android/magical girl "Cutey Honey" whom saved the city from evil forces a generation ago (I take it this acts as sort of a follow up to the original 70's series).

It's absolutely metal & cheesy as heck, with biker gangs, demons, an OTT gritty atmosphere that includes a bit of gore & copious amounts of nudity & sexual innuendo (mostly reserved for Honey's numerous transformations, with her metamorphosis into her "main" form during each episode's climax particularly graced with lavish animation graphically detailing her form, but there's also room for multiple S&M Dominatrix influenced villainess's, a look Honey herself will don at least once, not even counting her stint as a stripper). Heck, even some of our protagonists get in some light bank robbery on the side.

It's garbage, but it's so fun it doesn't really matter (and the bad 90's dub makes it even better, IMO). It really doesn't end up doing anything narratively (they write off the big bad halfway through, & the last few episodes are individual monster of the week affairs that foreshadow a new threat that never materializes), but I absolutely loved watching it (binged almost every episode in a day) even if many of it's moments absolutely wouldn't fly today. It certainly helps that the main theme is an absolute earworm of a bop as well.

Maken-Ki! Season 1 (Blu-Ray).

Takeru is a first year high schooler excited to enroll in Tenbi Academy, a historically all girls school which just went co-ed. In his mind this gives him the chance to hit it off with lots of babes (including childhood friend Haruko, all grown up), but gets more than he bargained for when he learns it's a combat school of sorts, where everyone is required to train with magical weapons called "Maken", and most of the girls would sooner kick his butt than go out with him.

One quick look would tell anyone this is a fan service centric harem series, but when I watched it years ago I thought it balanced that well with the more action oriented battle stuff. Upon rewatch, it's a lot more harem fan service fluff than I remembered (in comparison to the action, which while present wasn't nearly as involved as I had remembered). It's certainly serviceable for the fan service aspect (it even does that thing where the female characters' features are often visible through their clothes), but it won't appeal to anyone who isn't already into fan service anime.

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PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

SingleStooge

Finished up on The Boys S2. Amazon Studios nailed the right actor to play Homelander. Antony Starr is brilliant. Overall, I found it to be far different from S1 but still quite good.

SingleStooge

PhhhCough

Warehouse 13, just finished season 1, starting season 2.

@SingleStooge I just finished season 3, loving homelander! You're in for a ride!

PhhhCough

RR529

Finished off Ms. Marvel last night.

I didn't go in particularly expecting anything with it, but I ended up enjoying myself in the end. I actually really enjoyed the moments with her & her family/friends (sure, it's a bit cringe, but much like Turning Red I think that's a bit intentional & think it had a similar vibe). I do think they tried biting off more than they could chew narratively, they should have either focused on her coming to grips with her powers while avoiding/dealing with the DoDC OR focused on the origin of her powers/family & the Djinn, but not both. I'm still not sure exactly why Kamran got powers after his mother died sealing the rift.

I know there was some controversy with how they changed her powers (& origin) from the comics, though as I'm not coming to it from that angle it didn't bother me.

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PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

RR529

Tekkaman Blade II - 90's anime OVA miniseries that I first watched uploaded onto YouTube nearly a decade ago. Found out it had been remastered & released on Blu-Ray so here we are.

Focuses on a group of "Tekkaman" (pretty much people who can transform into mecha like superheroes) who fight to protect humanity from alien invaders (whom humanity copped the Tekkaman tech from).

I believe it's a sequel to an older series (being a II and all), though that doesn't seem to be too integral to the story (it focuses on a new generation of heroes being trained to take the reigns), and it's an absolute blast. It has a cool visual style/aesthetic, great action, and mixes the mecha/superhero theme with a sort of fighter pilot/Top Gun vibe that really gelled with me. The main female lead can be perhaps a bit whiny (at least when it comes to the prominent romance subplot), but overall I can't find much to fault with it (even at such a short length I think it managed to land the ending pretty well).

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Cyberbeauty

I'm currently hooked on YouTube although I'm usually much more attracted to movies and cartoons. Here is my favorite Jan Toples. Although I realize that I like him largely because he introduces animated explainer videos, I really like that. Basically, his videos are sort of a mix of film/animation and YouTube directly.

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I love video games and games with my sense of reality. I like independence and comfort. And I hate to be dependent. I'm young but have a really great life experience. I'm smart. I'm genius. I'm a cyborg.

RR529

Forgot to mention, but I watched Man VS Bee last weekend. It was actually pretty amusing, and definitely had some Mr. Bean energy in spots even though he wasn't specifically playing that character. I think my favorite scene may have been when he was fiddling with his pants in front of the police officer.

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Lavalera

@RR529 it's such a typical Rowan Atkinson show, in the positive kind of way. As you said it gave me the Mr Bean vibes many types. Such simple by brilliant humor at times and the short episodes made it very fun to watch.

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RR529

Just finished up Maken-Ki season 2.

It completely ditched (what little) narrative elements the first season had, and just absolutely indulges in ridiculous fan service scenarios (in one episode for example, a neglected cat transforms all the girls in the school into cat girls, while in another a sentient perverted teddy bear spies on & gropes them at any opportunity). Apparently the studio knew they weren't going to be getting a season 3, so they just went absolutely wild with the stuff.

The only reason to watch this would be if you're interested in fan service (which at points borders on outright lewd content, especially that OVA episode), and to give it credit they don't cut corners in the animation/detail paid to it (I think practically every other fan service show I've ever seen pales in comparison to the effort this one puts in to that aspect).

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PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

Royalblues

I encourage everyone to watch The Sandman on Netflix. It is respectful towards the source material, which is one of the greatest works of fantasy ever. I got a new Netflix account just to watch it.

It's dark fantasy, and a lot of concepts are pretty abstract, so it may be a bit of an acquired taste, but trust me, it is worth it. You'll come away with a better understanding of people and why we dream.

Royalblues

RR529

Two shows:

One: Finished off the final season of the Man in the High Castle last night. Really gripping show all the way through IMO, though they definitely make a few bold decisions, especially in that final season that I could see being off putting to mainstream audiences (even a bit disappointing to me).

Really disappointed that when the opportunity finally presented itself in the last episode, that the resistance declined to fly the US flag due to equating the history of American racism to Nazism, and wanted to start fresh. There's certainly discussion to be had there, but I'd rather them ultimately decide to see what the US could be, rather than what it was, and fly the flag.

Other general thoughts are that I'm shocked that they suddenly killed off Joe Blake in the first half of season 3 (he was certainly going down a dark path, but was essentially the co-protagonist with Juliana until then, so it came as a surprise. I was for sure he'd return as a variant at some point, but that never materialized).

Also surprised that Childan made it all the way to the end, and even insinuated that things were finally going to go right for him. Definitely a bit self serving, but he ultimately tried so hard just to fit in, so I was kinda happy for him. Totally had him marked to die/be written off during season one, so was surprised he made it to the end.

Really interesting show, & I'd definitely be interested in seeing spinoffs focusing on other parts of the world (which we didn't really see outside of a few Berlin trips), even if they didn't have the unique hook of the dual Imperial Japanese/Nazi Germany rule.

Two: Also binged through all the I am Groot shorts last night, and they were pretty cute with quite a few humorous moments. Some of the shots looked kinda wonky, but there were quite a few beautifully realized moments as well.

My only big gripe is that there weren't more of them! Hopefully it's a huge success & they make more.

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XandertheWise

stuff Im watching

on Netlflix
-the last 3 episodes of season 10 of Walking Dead
-season 2 of Z Nation

for DVD and/or blu ray

Transformers original series season 3
Glass
Rocky for blu ray
Pacific Rim 2 for DVD
binge watching the Fast and the Furious 5-9 movies this month
Dead or Alive the Movie which has Kevin Nash in it

XandertheWise

RR529

Saturday was a pretty nostalgic day of TV for me. When I woke up in the morning Cartoon Network was showing a couple episodes of the OG Teen Titans (the two part finale of season 2), so I decided to watch (& realized that this version of Robin is probably my favorite animated iteration of anything "Batman").

That night me & bro stayed up and watched Toonami together for the first time in years (watched Primal, YashaHime, Lupin the 3rd Part 6, and an hour of One Piece). Because of YashaHime & Lupin we joked that if you suddenly transplanted someone from 20 years ago (when both InuYasha & Lupin the 3rd Part 2 were part of the lineup) into the modern day, they'd probably assume both shows had just been completely ongoing this entire time, lol.

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