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  • cerealkiller
    started a topic Lets talk Anime/Manga/Visual Novels/Light Novels

    Lets talk Anime/Manga/Visual Novels/Light Novels

    So I figured I would bring this back. This thread is for the discussion of Anime, Manga, Visual Novels, and Light Novels. I doubt anime and manga need much explanation (Japanese animation and comics). Visual Novels are video games that have very little interaction overall. Its very much a choose your own adventure story. Light Novels are like novellas with periodic pictures. I think Sentai/Kamen Rider/ Toku would be appropriate here.

    Some more basic information: The vast majority of anime do not last more than 26 episodes. Most are only 13 episodes. Anime airs in seasons and rarely is the same show aired back to back (Valverave is an exception, there are some others but its very rare). A common misconception is that all anime is perverted tentacle rape porn or Dragon Ball Z. That's not the case. Anime, Manga, Light Novels and Visual Novels are all just another art medium. The average show is not a 300+ episode monster full of filler and sweaty oily dudes fighting.

    Visual Novels tend to be 18+. They often do have sex scenes in them but many also allow for those to be skipped completely.

    Some Basic Anime Recommendations:
    Shounen Battle/Adventire -- Fist of the North Star, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Medaka Box, Dog Days, Accel World, Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero, Record of Lodoss War (Note that I left off ALL Cartoon Network/Toonami shows)
    Comedy -- Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh, Nichijou, Everyday Lives of Highschool Boys, Genshiken, Lupin III, Maria Holic, Mayo chiki, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Haiyoru! Nyaruko-san, The World God Only Knows, Kamen no Maid Guy
    Horror -- Gantz, Another, Monster, Kurozuka
    Space Opera/Mecha -- Galaxy 999, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Mobile Suit Gundam (Universal Century stuff), Mouretsu Pirates, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Giant Robo, Getter Robo, Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, Ghost in the Shell, Five Star Stories, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mazinger, Mazinkaiser, Rinne No Lagrange, Macross (Everything ever), AKB0048, Ozma, Zoids
    Drama -- Ano Hana, Clannad, Ano Natsu de Materu, Welcome to the NHK, Da Capo, Chobits, Sukitte Ii Na Yo, Kamisama Hajememashita, Inu x Boku SS, Toradora
    Seinen -- Berserk, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility, Akira, Spice and Wolf, Bartender, Jormungand, Lupin III, Paranoia Agent, Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari, Monogatari S2, Kisemonogatari, Redline, Sankarea, Usagi Drop
    Cute Girls/high school/Harem (the only shows that matter) -- Haganai, High School DXD (NSFW), K-On!, Girls und Panzer, Mayo Chiki!, Hyouka, Strike Witches, Tari Tari, Raildex, Upotte!

    Why isn't X on the list? Either I forgot it, haven't seen it, dislike it or its common enough that I don't view it as necessary to add.

    Visual Novel recommendation: Muv Luv, Muv Luv Alternative, Demonbane, Saya no Uta, Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, Robotic;Notes, Higurashi, Rose Guns Days, Grisai no Kajitsu, Kara no Shoujo, School Days, Da Capo, Otoboku, Little Busters, Clannad, Air,Tsukihime, Fate/Stay Night

    If there is anything I can expand on let me know.

    EDIT: I'm not opposed to Avatar the Last Airrbender or RWBY appearing here but Western Cartoons (Adventure Time, Regular Show, Rugrats, Courage the Cowardly Dog, etc) should get their own thread. Otherwise there will be too much in one thread. I would've left this as just Anime/Manga but VNs and LNs are talked about so rarely here that I didn't see the point in making their own thread so it would just die every few weeks.
    Last edited by cerealkiller; 11-04-2013, 12:14 PM.

  • Chipper
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    My favourite is Attack on Titan and I know that this manga is one of the most popular in Japan. Generally, I like reading though last week I was overwhelmed with essays and other college troubles and didn’t have much time for my hobbies





    In my world of ordinary term papers GPALabs is in great demand
    Last edited by Chipper; 02-28-2019, 03:44 PM.

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  • antivdovich65621
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    My Favorite is Manga and I like to read grand blue manga because this manga characters so nice.

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  • Nyrufa
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    Originally posted by nofather View Post
    In the light novel he's not really expanded on much. Yes, it's clear he's a particularly malicious or evil goblin but beyond being more cunning than the average goblin he seems just like the rest of them, but bigger.

    It's standard fantasy, a lot of people seemed to glom onto the rape like it was part of the pulp hero push that we had a couple years back, just in Japan, but it isn't. It's also not entirely clear (at least early on) how dangerous goblins actually are, as most of it is seen through the biased eyes of someone who's dedicated his life to them, yet the world beyond his territory seems to keep chugging along with goblins being handled by newbies. As the interludes with the gods point out he's just a wild card in larger schemes.

    What I meant by his backstory expanding on him is that it shows off why Goblin Slayer was able to so easily wipe out the "defenseless" Goblin children. If anybody was still wondering what would happen if they had spared the children from episode 1, the Goblin Lord serves as an example. Even though they were crying and shivering, even though they were probably only a few months old, they would have killed the Priestess the very second she turned her back to them.

    We know this because the Goblin Lord did the exact same thing when an adventurer took pity on him. The moment she turned around, he bashed her skull in with a rock. And this wasn't a one time occurrence either. In the manga it's revealed that he's used this tactic over and over and over again. Every time he plays the pity card, begging for mercy, and every time the hero falls for it, he kills them once they lower their guard.

    Goblins in this series are unapologetically evil, and do not deserve mercy, no matter how pathetic or terrified they pretend to be.

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  • nofather
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    In the light novel he's not really expanded on much. Yes, it's clear he's a particularly malicious or evil goblin but beyond being more cunning than the average goblin he seems just like the rest of them, but bigger.

    It's standard fantasy, a lot of people seemed to glom onto the rape like it was part of the pulp hero push that we had a couple years back, just in Japan, but it isn't. It's also not entirely clear (at least early on) how dangerous goblins actually are, as most of it is seen through the biased eyes of someone who's dedicated his life to them, yet the world beyond his territory seems to keep chugging along with goblins being handled by newbies. As the interludes with the gods point out he's just a wild card in larger schemes.
    Last edited by nofather; 12-29-2018, 11:20 PM.

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  • Nyrufa
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    So, this season of Goblin Slayer is over and I've got to say, as somebody who's a primarily anime only viewer, the Goblin Lord arc was disappointing. It seems to me like the only reason people were hyping this part up was because of the "meat shield" scene, which was heavily censored in the anime. I was expecting the Goblin Lord to be some kind of actual threat, but his army got taken out pretty easily, and even the Goblin Lord himself wasn't all that impressive.

    Another thing I'm not very pleased with is how the anime is apparently deciding to omit going into detail about character backstories. This was an especially important moment for Goblin Lord, since I felt like his backstory and his internal monologue show off precisely why Goblins are an existential threat that needs to be wiped out. But by choosing not to include these parts in the anime, they make Goblins come across as being more like mindless animals, than the cruel, malicious race they're revealed to be in the manga.

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  • Cinder
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    I really, really don't like the kind of horror and trauma Goblin Slayer goes for. Don't like it in Fantasy, don't like it in Horror, don't like it in RPGs and in comics, don't like it in general. I know that's a thing that does not bother some people as it does for me and there are obvious reasons for it to exist in a horror context but hell, I can't help it.

    It was tough to get through it in Berserk and Goblin Slayer is even worse on that side. Way worse, possibly because Berserk's world is almost always bleak and dark while Goblin Slayer's is not.

    The fact I kept on reading is a testament to the manga's quality. It is brutal and mercilless but I honestly can't say it's a bad manga. In fact, I think it's quite good and that it treats its darkest elements with all the seriousness and dramatic weight the nature of the series allows it to have.

    I hesitate to call it "entertaining" and the monsters are so vile that when the titular character does what he's best at I can't fully appreciate the catharsis, but I still read all the manga and its spin-offs, so that has to mean something.

    Can't exactly recommend it, but if you like Dark Fantasy and manage to endure through it, the series quality only improves with time. I feel like I'm always a chapter away from dropping it, but I'm still there.

    Also yes, the party and the supporting characters are great and Goblin Slayer deserves a place in the Hall of Fame of brutal anti-heroes, along with Punisher, Doom Guy and Guts
    Last edited by Cinder; 10-13-2018, 12:46 PM.

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  • Nyrufa
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    Originally posted by nofather View Post

    They went for a weird way to get attention in their first story and it seems to have gathered the most attention of the series.

    He's kind of like Punisher, if he refused to be concerned with supervillains. Goblins all the way. Though Doom Guy and Punisher are more willing to use better equipment when it becomes available.
    I tried looking up some images of the manga on google, and saw a page where he's facing off a giant ogre. His response is "Feh, you're not a goblin?"

    I also found this amusing video:


    Goblin Slayer Honest Description

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  • Dataweaver
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    Only one episode so far, yes. I just viewed it at your recommendation, and my first impression was how brutal it is.
    We see a party of newbs get cut down by goblins, and they specifically show the blood, the trauma, and a rape — the latter of which fortunately takes place off-screen, but only after they've made damn sure you know what the goblins' intentions are. After the titular Goblin Slayer arrives and butchers the goblins, his final act before leaving the tunnels is to massacre a group of defenseless goblin children.

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  • nofather
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    The manga and light novel have been out for a while now.

    They went for a weird way to get attention in their first story and it seems to have gathered the most attention of the series.

    He's kind of like Punisher, if he refused to be concerned with supervillains. Goblins all the way. Though Doom Guy and Punisher are more willing to use better equipment when it becomes available.
    Last edited by nofather; 10-10-2018, 11:58 PM.

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  • Nyrufa
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    Originally posted by AnubisXy View Post

    How's the anime? I really like the manga - it started off pretty dark and brutal but settled into a more comfortable pace down the road. I really like his party, and it's fun seeing a Vancian D&D setting with some trappings of Japanese RPGs.

    I only just found out about it today. Apparently there's only 1 episode out right now?

    I don't know how well it holds up to the manga, but I will say the people on Youtube are comparing the Goblin Slayer to Doom Guy!

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  • AnubisXy
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    Originally posted by Nyrufa View Post
    Sooooo, how about that Goblin Slayer?
    How's the anime? I really like the manga - it started off pretty dark and brutal but settled into a more comfortable pace down the road. I really like his party, and it's fun seeing a Vancian D&D setting with some trappings of Japanese RPGs.
    Last edited by AnubisXy; 10-10-2018, 11:22 PM.

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  • Nyrufa
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    Sooooo, how about that Goblin Slayer?

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  • LostLight
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    Originally posted by Dataweaver View Post
    I have a preference for A Certain Scientific Railgun; but I'll take what I can get.
    Me too- I've always felt that Scientific Railgun was much deeper and more interesting than Magical Inedx, but we work with what we have :P

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  • Dataweaver
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    I have a preference for A Certain Scientific Railgun; but I'll take what I can get.

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