Obvious joke post, true nonetheless. That reminds me to watch the recent anime sequel of Higurashi, but if the spread of word is to be believed: it's arguably the worst of the 07th animations, script was mistreated and characters are horribly flanderized. I've yet to see a good anime adaptation, wishful me, maybe Rose Guns Days will break the streak.
Post by MegaPancakeStrategist on Dec 27, 2021 19:53:17 GMT -5
I still haven't seen Umineko. I only remember seeing the clip of some girl's head on the dinner plate making crazy eyes like a decade ago. Also that Despera anime hath piqued my interest! I've been in a slump anime-wise as of late but I found something to enjoy in Magi: Labyrinth of Magic. It seems most anime I want to see now just aren't out yet so I guess it's a good time to take a break and check out all the cool new stuff later.
And that's great. The animation had come in hasty while visual novel was still in making (full translation of which has a word count of 1M by now), hence — open-ended anime with abrupted story in the middle. It's tone-deaf and hardly enjoyable waste of time, as a supplement and by itself. In case of interest, one may check english publications of comic books. I guess they'll provide decent and less time-consuming experience, but honestly, i really don't like their rendition of the ending. It diminishes beauty of the original in favor of bluntly explicit statement, and it's not like the original ending is intricate in any way or hard to understand.
Give it a try sometime, its synopsis is of regular "Golden era of mystery fiction" setting with a twist to make it fresh: siblings of wealthy name and their families gather for an annual meeting on a family-owned island with a mansion, all soon to be confined by vicious forces of supernatural and inexplicable. It's not evident from a get-go, but Umineko is quite an ambitious passion project with a big cast of distinct and equally memorable characters.
Invite friends, plot theorizing is merrier in company, the story is divided into hour-long chapters for convenience. It doesn't shy away from using anime clichés a little here and there though, so that may become a turn-off for someone. Go in blind and avoid web articles (like from wikipedia) as they're spoiler heavy, reading enjoynment depends on it.
While being perfectly standalone, the Seagulls (Umineko) stand as a middle part of the "When They Cry" series. All the parts share general thematic ideas, one which is being marketed as a mystery series for minds of most inquisitive — be easy on expectations, but for me, they're plenty competent in that regard. Thing left unsaid is: first and foremost, they're character driven dramas, as in the main title. Teenagers may know nothing about Book of Revelation, but even so, they're also the main target audience.
Writing of Umineko stands out, as for one, its cast is brim-filled with adults. It has small but not crucial plot references for preceding Higurashi, known answers of which may help you and also trick you — all of this culminates in the last series entry "Ciconia". Still, all the entries are standalone, they don't share characters or setting.
One thing i like, is that parts get progressively better production wise, while also retaining some of the spirit of independent game making. Higurashi was mostly written on work with unintelligible handwriting under the eyes of unsuspecting superiors, its text backgrounds consist of actual village photos, audio is full of copyright free content, charming characters sprites are self-drawn by the writer himself — all was done with his own family's helping hand. WTC has achieved a small cult following and i'm the single humble part of it.
Don't mind my essays here, it's not like i'm trying to get you hooked or anything. Inner sperg has to write.
Post by MegaPancakeStrategist on Jan 2, 2022 21:28:07 GMT -5
Hmm the manga sounds like a good avenue for me to consume Umineko, especially as I've been meaning to read more manga this year (continuing the Magi story after finishing the anime). As for your disapproval for the ending I guess if it comes to that I'll have to find the ending in every source I can find! I remember reading the Higurashi manga way back when Takano was in the grime of the orphanage, and I haven't consumed all the Higurashi material to know if it was more gruesome or not in the manga. Speaking of tone-deaf and hardly enjoyable wastes of time the Higurashi Sotsu anime sure was disappointing. At least the ending fight was kind of amusing lol :y
Glad to be a guide, i believe that manga is the most in-demand media source for Umineko. Work was split between multiple artists, so its art style differs from episode to episode, with each of the artists also displaying artistic liberties of various degrees in depictions of environments, action scenes, expressions, and devilry with incomprehensible magic shenanigans. This is the closest you can get to animated adaptation.
Considering the ending and to spare you some time searching out, manga artist by herself came up with an extensive backstory for one of the main characters despite it being purposefully left ambiguous. At the time of the original VN release, author was confronted with vocal discontent on a presumptuous basis of calling his readers "dumb and inhuman". While i see no direct relation whatsoever between this claim and author's criticism of media outlets with inconsideration people tend to have for private lives and matters, i've got to give them some of that: this vocal bunch may as well be psychopathic, or just silly; former ones were called out and they all got angry because of that.
I guess Ryukishi went far too personal after all. All of his games share common life topics, with some of them forming core parts of stories — they're of moral kind, but not exactly overbearing. Umineko is not perfect by any means, being a tad bit overlong and mystery up to no universal taste. Don't take my word, but considering how blatant it is, the manga ending might skew your perception. Still, heart is in there so go for it. Take breaks between episodes while making up theories before venturing forth, i would consider 4th, 6th and 7th episodes to be focal points of plot exposure. Writing some notes may also prove helpful, and for the sake of things being simple: have fun.
I'm not much into the "battle shonen", but i remember Magi being some kind of a dark horse withing talks of my past social circle.
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Post by MegaPancakeStrategist on Jan 12, 2022 22:15:55 GMT -5
I only rewatched the first two arcs relatively recently to first seeing it all those years ago with Netflix's DvD rental service so I don't remember much of anything past that point. Hope the Bleach cast can show off more of their modern fashion sensibilities like how Yu Yu Hakusho had that 90s fashion. IDK if I'll watch more Bleach but if I do then it may be with a guide to skipping the filler.
Post by MegaPancakeStrategist on Jan 12, 2022 22:17:15 GMT -5
They don't make monster of the week shows anymore right? Since streaming exists now so there's no need to spend time picking up an audience with the main character doing his cool thing and beating a bad guy every week I assume, lest you disappoint an anticipating viewer otherwise. Or maybe stories have just simply moved away from spending that time doing world and character building every episode before the main plot picks up. That may be completely wrong but that's my only guess right now. I miss those and the nice little stories those episodes could tell sometimes.
Post by deathbranch on Jan 13, 2022 9:10:16 GMT -5
A lot of the action series under the very broad "shonen age rating" still seem to follow the old concept: who are they going to fight today ? Though i also feel as if modern shows really are moving away from the classics and what the pioneers did. Shows like Dragon Ball, Hunter x Hunter, Yu Yu Hakusho, Baki and Bleach.