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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: The Martian and Why Terra Formars is Bad Sci-Fi

So I just finished reading a phenomenal novel called The Martian – to not give any spoilers it’s about a botanist/mechanical engineer who’s stranded on Mars. However one of the key elements that makes the book so great aside from how real and honest the characters are – is the pervading science which never feels preach-y or too exposition-y and more importantly drives the plot in a realistic way.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: D-Frag and Dialogue Has Too Much Power in Anime

There’s been a few seasons between D-Frag and now, and I find myself silently comparing similar animes to it that are releasing. This is odd because while I admit that it does do some visual comedy right, overall it wasn’t a great anime. I then realized it was doing something as equally powerful to set up it’s gag – it was blocking the character.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Bakemonogatari and Use Your Frame Cuts

Last week I talked about how anime is given the freedom to do as it pleases with camera shots, and too often just follows manga pacing for it’s cuts and scenes. This article then may seem contradictory – but hey you should try to think of these articles as rules to follow, and you can only break a rule with another rule. However it does lie at the same kind of problem – in that there is no innovation in what you use for a scene.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Panty and Stocking and the Long Take

Panty and Stocking was very crass, had some middling parts (I mean the bottle episode was torturous), but overall it had a nicely fresh plot and characters. The animation was sort of unhinged allowing itself to be fluid and change styles as needed. Seriously anything that’s willing to change an iconic scene and joke into a paper mache monster that explodes shows a certain kind of play and dedication in your project.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Saints Row and Why we Don’t Need a Hero

I came across a thread the other day about an anime where an anime character was tragically born with pink/purple hair and had to deal with the realization that she is clearly now a main character. (See whole thread here). Now I’ve already commented on how male main characters are mostly bland sauce with dick filling, and females tend to be dense and are there to be raped visually (and sometimes literally – no Valvrave I’m not letting people forget you did that)

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: 2015 And Why It’s Hard to Justify Another Year of This Shit

You go to Anichart, and the thing you find without even the need to scroll is a second season to Dog Days. Which despite my open hatred of Akikan, and Rosario Vampire – is still a major contender for most hated anime. Combine that with us actually getting Kantai Collection, and a whole lot of sequels to shit, with nothing I am looking forward too (not a single one Shaft included) and you have to wonder why I’m even still here.

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Cross Ange – The show I expected to hate

Episode 1. – Seriously
Episode 1. – Seriously

Let me start that I have no idea what caused me to pick this show up.

I had not read any threads about it on any message boards, had no one tell me about it and knew little of its plot at all.

I like to give things THREE episodes to prove themselves worthy to be watched.  If it makes it past three episodes, I probably will keep watching it.  Otherwise it  gets dropped.

People have their own systems but this one seems to work the best for determining if things are worth my time.

It was a rough fucking start, let me tell you.

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I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Rainbow and A Call For Non-Fiction

I doubt anyone who’s reading this or even who’s been watching current anime for the past 3 years can recall the title Rainbow. If you think you know the name you likely associate it with some sparkly bubbly throwaway anime, but it’s very much not that. Rainbow is a dark seinen about a group of men imprisoned and then adjusting to life outside of the slammer. It’s like anime’s response to Shawshank Redemption but instead of running to Mexico, there’s boxing.

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