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One of the most beautiful animes I've seen.

Postby St0ck » Sun May 05, 2013 11:59 pm

This anime is just amazing, it looked pretty from the few screen-caps I'd seen but I was not expecting such high caliber set pieces and fluid animation. This show has definitely made me want to check out more works by P.A., oh and I can't wait for a pre-order for season 2 (Rightstuf already has it, but I'm holding out for the NISA bonus). I mean this show is OVA quality, heck I've seen movies that have poorer quality animation, how P.A. pulled it off on a 26 episode series is a wonder in itself.
Also great job on the release NISA, haven't checked out the book (I save those for after the show) but the box art is great, subtitle font and size are perfect for me, and the set was priced perfectly for a relatively blind buy that may end up in my top 10 favorite animes.
Here's hoping NISA licenses the movie, I know this early from the release (came out in Japan March, 2013) it's a nightmare to license the BDs but when ever it comes I look forward to it.
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Re: One of the most beautiful animes I've seen.

Postby Daverost » Mon May 06, 2013 6:37 pm

If you like this, pick up Tari Tari. It's coming out soon and it was my favorite show last year. It's a series in a similar vein from the same animation studio. One of the background characters from Hanasaku Iroha even cameos in it.

Tari Tari is incredible, but sadly it's being released DVD only and no dub. Pitiful treatment for such a great show.
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Re: One of the most beautiful animes I've seen.

Postby St0ck » Mon May 06, 2013 9:24 pm

Arg... I don't care about dubs but DVD only is rather annoying.
I'll definitely look for it during Rightstuf's holiday sale though, unless sales are good and they pull a Clannad.
But I guess thats why my NISA anime collection is quickly filling up, they put the work in to license quality anime and offer superior releases you're gonna get the pre-orders and not the "lets wait until you stuff goes on sale" treatment.
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Re: One of the most beautiful animes I've seen.

Postby Daverost » Tue May 07, 2013 6:55 pm

I tend to just grab whatever I want from Right Stuf as soon as it goes up on their site. They usually have a 40%ish discount for any anime that's just been added to the catalog.
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Re: One of the most beautiful animes I've seen.

Postby Magician_Type_0 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:40 am

Daverost wrote:If you like this, pick up Tari Tari. It's coming out soon and it was my favorite show last year. It's a series in a similar vein from the same animation studio. One of the background characters from Hanasaku Iroha even cameos in it.

Tari Tari is incredible, but sadly it's being released DVD only and no dub. Pitiful treatment for such a great show.


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Agreed wholeheartedly though it took me two watch-throughs to come to that decision. Also an upper pinnacle of eye porn if such a thing existed.

I actually have to challenge the Tari-Tari comment sadly. Tari-Tari was a show I desperately wanted to like, had faith in, was entranced by its first half except for the terrible paced second episode. Then it all crumbled to dust when the jovial guy got his story. Considering I come from a fairly rigorous choral background and have performed in my fair share of honor choirs, all-counties, all-states back in high school and middle school and show choir twice, being baritone section leader for two years unopposed, I think the show failed to truly take advantage of its strength in music motif that perhaps it was going for. Though the show is a technical feast, most things from P.A. Works are, look at Nagi no Asakura for example, in the end it was just a let down. The superhero arc is a great way of breaking your immersion in the show and introducing new idiotic themes to a show that I believed should have been empowered strictly by the presence of music. The other big gripe is the show takes a turn into some absurdist comedy and sentai parody going against what I wanted the show to be. Immediately souring Sawa's catharsis with an utmost farce. Never taking advantage of giving a proper arc to the Konatsu or Tanaka, I feel the characterization was unilateral, skewed in favor of Wakana and Sawa, and sadly stupid Wein. During the finale, I was not griped or moved by Wakana's song and I was too fixated on the ridiculousness of defeating the evil property manager or school elite dude and too fixated on how my delicate, slice of life drama was steered into such a weird change of direction.

On a random note, I'm mystified by the fact that a show about chorus doesn't even do justice to the mechanics of proper choral singing. While I think the vocal pieces sound good for the most part, the lack of musical training kills the immersion such as the lack of musicality, the lack of flow, and odd dynamic balance too.
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Re: One of the most beautiful animes I've seen.

Postby Seventh » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:21 pm

The superhero arc might be more of a cultural thing. Tokusatsu heroes are fairly iconic in Japan, and I've seen a lot of different reactions to it. Some have similar thoughts to you, others found it a particularly strong and heartwarming arc (myself included). In fact, overall, I loved the show, though not having a background in music, that might be part of it, as I can't really relate to any flaws it had in that respect.
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Re: One of the most beautiful animes I've seen.

Postby Magician_Type_0 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:15 pm

Seventh wrote:The superhero arc might be more of a cultural thing. Tokusatsu heroes are fairly iconic in Japan, and I've seen a lot of different reactions to it. Some have similar thoughts to you, others found it a particularly strong and heartwarming arc (myself included). In fact, overall, I loved the show, though not having a background in music, that might be part of it, as I can't really relate to any flaws it had in that respect.


Aside from episode 2 and everything from Wein and beyond, the show is quite good and I'll admit, I choked quite hard during Sawa's story, mostly because I had a friend who also was an equestrian as well as being in choir with me. I suppose I just don't agree with the resolution as well as the build up to it. One of my pet peeves with story telling as a whole is when heart-felt touching drama is abruptly met with bouts of comedy or absurdity. It's a mix that since I was little never feel ought to be juxtaposed.

I'm sure the product is inevitably soiled for me because I was begging it to be a nail-biter, an epitome of what anime can be capable of, but alas I was proven wrong.

If people loved it, I can honestly see why. I just have to play devil's advocate, nothing against you Dave! Though I do understand how my perceptions could be viewed as skewed. I'm just offering my touch of salt on the matter.

Back to the original, Hanasaku Iroha is awesome, haha.

PS: I am not a fan of tokusatsu.
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Re: One of the most beautiful animes I've seen.

Postby Magician_Type_0 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:32 pm

SaturnineTenshi wrote:It's worth noting the art was done by Mel Kishida (of the Arland series); explains the quality, that. I never finished the anime because I got kind of turned off by the later episodes with the drama centered on Ohana and her city-inamorato in a few of the later episodes. It was a really good series that notwithstanding.


Go figure, he just happens to be one of my personal favorites too. I didn't realize he even did the concept art until after I played the Arland series.
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