What have you watched recently?

  • Backlash 08-30-2020, 11:01 PM (Edited 08-30-2020, 11:01 PM)
    (06-29-2020, 05:39 PM)Backlash Wrote: Eight days of straight migraines were absolute hell, but at least I'm finally feelin' better. Haah... Time for some anime, I think. ^_^

    Recently I've been interested in a show titled Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, which follows newly-minted middle school graduate, Mirai, as she begins her first day of summer vacation, only to be caught with her kid brother in one of the largest earthquakes ever witnessed in Japan's heartland.

    Essentially, it's the small-screen equivalent of a disaster film, though unlike most disaster movies, this one appears extremely promising as far as I can tell. I've always been enamored with stories about what would happen if the modern, interconnected society we take for granted were to suddenly break down. We've gotten a milder version of this during the Coronavirus crisis (although the US and Brazil seem to have sprinted in the other direction), but the event in the series involves entire buildings collapsing and countless trapped, injured, or dead. What follows is a tale of drama, survival, regret, and tragedy. In other words, it's some damn fine TV.

    Just finished this over the past two days, since I'm trying to develop the habit of watching anime.

    That ending... My god. It wrecked me, loves. ;_;

    The series' realism is its greatest strength. It wasn't sad till the final act. And yet... I don't think I've cried as much for any piece of media.

    I wish there were more anime like this.

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  • Backlash 09-16-2020, 12:37 AM
    I've been greatly enjoying my delve into the realm of The Twelve Kingdoms. I'll wager you haven't heard of it, as it's quite old now and lacks appeal for the average knuckle-dragger; but I'd describe it as a rather unique 2002 fantasy anime that reminds me a lot of InuYasha, right down to centering around a typical Japanese schoolgirl [ this time with two friends! ] that gets involuntarily pulled into a fantastic world.

    Unlike InuYasha though, the world of TTK is anything but welcoming to our MC. Danger lurks both in the skies and in the shadows, and within the opening episodes we realize the people of this land seek to exterminate visitors like her. What ensues is a gripping and rather heart-wrenching tale of an individual driven past all known limits, furnished with a detailed and beautifully-drawn world (for 2002, mind) and complete with the large cast of characters typical of high fantasy.

    I've found I especially relate to Youko [ our red-haired, olive-skinned MC ], so I'm really excited for this one. Can't wait to watch more. ^~^

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What have you watched recently?