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  • #31
    Re: Episode 8

    hah, this show...so much good stuff :D The dubbing inconsistencies and Minoa's mom in the background during the injured grandfather cut was pretty hilarious; and the CG isn't all that bad, definitely easier on the eyes than many other CG dance sequences. Loved the scene with the Miko angels, with a disgruntled Kai wondering why he's also being carried off. Trying to place exactly what this references (though there are many shows with a similar scene, Heaven's Lost Property popped into mind).

    As for the homage to the Lucky Star ED, curious if there's some hidden implication behind the singing, if it really does tie-in with the show or just another unrelated spoof. Kind of disingenuous to hear the sc president singing with her lackeys cheering her especially how they're against the anime club. Wouldn't exactly be surprised if they're really closet otaku, and really do have reservations of disbanding the club.

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    • #32
      Episode 9

      Sports anime. It's in the game.

      The festival was a hit with the anime club and perhaps it worked too well as it got all the sports clubs at school into anime. Those athletes are trying all of those crazy moves and stunts seen in anime not realizing that they are exaggerations. They got so much attention that even a local TV station came to film them. And then comes the principal who is the one who is the ringleader behind getting the anime club shut down as Nakano is actually a spy for the student council, and Gomon used the money from the network to buy something, which is a violation of an obscure school club rule. Just when it looked like things were looking up, this happens. And of course, the references keep on coming from Yowapeda to Gurren Lagaan and Girlish Number, and a countless number of baseball shows.
      MyAnimeList | Avatar: Violet Evergarden of KyoAni's Violet Evergarden
      Watching: Kyo Kara Maoh, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Toonami Stuff
      Simulcasts: FTL, FRB, KYB, FGN, MIX, FIL
      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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      • #33
        Re: Episode 9

        Sports anime references all around... Always fun to see what they come up with for the parody title. "Ace of the Bench" kind of sounds like a sympathy title rather than an impressive player... And "Shake": mahjong is somehow connected to fish now.

        I also love the scene where they show the animation techniques so often used in sports shows. It's fun as I don't think about them and what they're called much though they feel quite recognizable.

        Minoa's rather happy with how she gets to inspire Yui and her activities with her anime recommendation at first (love how what they parody with Yowapeda). Things really spiral out of control rather quickly when everyone (both the anime and the other clubs alike) gets into too it and doesn't think of the consequences much. This really highlights how Minoa is only true voice of moderation here. There's been some incidents like Alice and Miko's initial confrontation, but for the most part the others haven't gone so out of hand, and given Minoa the feeling that she's alone trying to pull them back, as we have here. It's kind of sad, and the only consolation that Minoa gets... is an exceptionally hollow-sounding one from Nakano. He was already feeling danged suspicious with that bit even before the undeniable one with him tempting Gomon over the money offer.

        I do wonder what's coming of that. Is what's happened to him perhaps related to how Tsubaki suddenly went so dead-eyed evil? And here Tsubaki seemingly flip-flopped all of the sudden to the "good" side in at least trying to warn Erika something was up. I feel whatever developments we're going to get with Nakano, we'll eventually get something that's good for Miko's fujoshi-vision.

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        • #34
          Re: Episode 9

          Nakano acting strangely does seem like the beret might be involved yet again. Interesting seeing that Tsubaki wasn't present with her lackeys either, so perhaps she's aware of having been possessed and is ashamed in showing her face in declaring the club's closure. That, and yeah that warning is likely more of a courtesy than a threat, so I'm curious to see how Tsubaki will do to defend that goodwill, though more importantly, how her lackeys will react to the 'other side' of her character, if they are in fact oblivious to what's happening.

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          • #35
            Episode 10

            Appreciate anime to its fullest.

            In a huge twist, the principal is actually a former animation director, while Nakano is actually an adult who went to school with the principal (or at least his older brother did). The reason why the principal was hellbent on shutting down the anime club is because he's appalled by the anime the club created for the festival despite having to do this on an extremely tight schedule and with limited resources. But Arisu rallies the fans and lets the principal know that they love his show that he directed to get him to reverse his decision. This was happening behind a locked door where there was a storm going on inside his office. That was really silly how things went down, leading to some really awkward stuff going on. But in the end, Minoa and Arisu helped the principal realize what being an anime fan is all about. Now, about Nakano, it will be interesting to see what his story is aside from the fact that he has a large family and needs money to support it. And then there's Yui taking over the opening in this episode leading to all sorts of bizarre things going on.
            MyAnimeList | Avatar: Violet Evergarden of KyoAni's Violet Evergarden
            Watching: Kyo Kara Maoh, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Toonami Stuff
            Simulcasts: FTL, FRB, KYB, FGN, MIX, FIL
            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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            • #36
              Re: Episode 10

              Hah, I really love what they did with the OP this time. The anime club is over, so now it's all about Yui! Perhaps they're calling out all of the random focus they gave her despite the fact she hasn't had much of a role, too.

              So with the Principal, we now get the story of the anime Minoa watched as a kid, and there's a good reason she never really saw any more of it, and it being a vague existence itself. It's interesting how the way they go all out in trying to find out the title, and even though their efforts are missing the mark at first (they don't shy around the fact that otaku can be a very superficial bunch with the initial reaction to Arisu's stream), it turns to be a little heartwarming in the end. The title of the anime itself ends up being so meta with the situation the Principal is facing here. Heh, leave it to the chuuni to make sure we know the proper original Greek spelling and etymology.

              Solving the Principal's issues seemed to the girls like it would be the end of their issues. I definitely had a feeling it would not. Two more episodes after all, and there seems to be something to supernatural issues possessing people (we get to see it literally cause a storm here) that I'm not sure was caused by him alone. Aurora-senpai's sudden turn around was rather fishy: they sure believed him too easily. And of course there is more to him. I still question whether he may be the "final boss" though. Quite curious what we're going to find out about him.

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              • #37
                Re: Episode 10

                That OP was brilliant; such a meta way of paying homage to the often cute side characters that have no role other than just being there. So instead of an episode just dedicated to her, we got enough of Yui through a fanservicey montage. :D Wouldn't mind a special/OVA just on her down the road, to at least expand on her character. :D

                Curious about Nakano's scheming, whether it's intentional or he really is under the influence of a greater force. It's likely the latter, though it's difficult to know for sure- he genuinely seemed fanatic about his idol interests all this time, but then he turns face, suckering the others into believing him. Could it be he fooled the club (and us viewers) from the start? Is that guy in the picture really him, or an older sibling/dad that he answers to? Would be a bit disappointing if he planned this takedown from the beginning, which then paints the 'jock' as the ever constant, stereotypical bully to these social cliques.

                Have to admit, this is one of the more intriguing shows of the season, just for this formulaic setup alone. Won't be surprised if Beibei (hilariously enough for another appearance) and the rest will team up to fight whoever the boss is.


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                • #38
                  Episode 11

                  Trapped inside an anime.

                  WTF just happened here? That was just totally weird and funny there. Things just don't seem right, and indeed Minoa happens to be living inside an anime here all according to Neko-senpai's will. I had a feeling something was wrong when the opening said "Anime-gataras" instead of its correct title. Minoa encounters so many bizarre situations from the black SD bars to the mecha underneath the school, to her family going black and white to all the people staring at her for rejecting anime. Pretty hilarious stuff there as Minoa's world was just turned upside down.
                  MyAnimeList | Avatar: Violet Evergarden of KyoAni's Violet Evergarden
                  Watching: Kyo Kara Maoh, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Toonami Stuff
                  Simulcasts: FTL, FRB, KYB, FGN, MIX, FIL
                  The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                  • #39
                    Re: Episode 11

                    I've been feeling that's it's actually been rather intentional how this series is "going off the rails" in a sense since episode 9, and this time really seems to confirm it. Was feeling quite odd from the start how we weren't following up immediately on the cliffhanger presented last time... and then the anime tropes intensify quickly. Hah, it's getting so ridiculously meta. Loved how they joked with the 90's style anime faces several times. I had noticed the aspect ratio changing suddenly, and then Minoa goes and stumbles into it (amusing bits with that and later with her bumping into the text announcing the next day).

                    I don't disapprove of Seba's new sexy form. Heh, though I wonder if that's actually the point with that little bit: changed for the superficial tastes of the audience.

                    Poor Minoa. Things are turning upside down in a way that gets to be increasingly distressing. Her sister's words of comfort happen to be just what the audience watching the show expects, when there's one episode left of a series that's mostly been pretty happy and upbeat (oh, and having the voice of Rem makes her appropriate for that scene too).

                    Whatever is behind the door and the beret is out now, and rather likely to play into the big meta narrative. Quite curious how much further we're going to go with that into the next episode. Perhaps the ending will get to be Minoa coming to terms with the fact she's been an anime protagonist herself the whole time.

                    Hah, and the cat was right about the opening title sequence. It was there all along! I wonder how many people noticed that right off.
                    Last edited by EmperorBrandon; 12-17-2017, 02:02 PM.

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                    • #40
                      Re: Episode 11

                      hah, so every incident that occurred were just tropes not just to pander to the audience, but actually had some significance to Minoa's view and acceptance of anime. She was in her own Matrix and wasn't aware she was living that reality. Behind every character's cliched behavior and stereotypical characteristics/design weren't just for the sake of identifying them in the story; they actually played an important role in materializing the anime-world that Minoa is really a part of.

                      And as meta as it gets, the show's ability to integrate it as part of an overarching narrative- that of Minoa's perspective of anime, is actually refreshing. It's been a long time since I've seen a show that uses this method of storytelling while being integral to the in-story characters' actual existence and how they interact with it. Pretty hilarious seeing all those generational gags play out, especially the 90s designs. This show is truly a love song to the older generation of anime fans, as I doubt many of the younger audience would recognize all that, let alone the pillarboxing due to the 4:3 aspect ratio.

                      Love how this original work out-entertains many of the adapted works this season. Despite looking and feeling generic in some ways, there's actually meaning behind it; or it at least it brilliantly uses all those 'tired' tropes to convey its plot. :D Curious to see what ends up happening to Minoa, now that her world's been turned fictional. Or has it? :D :D

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                      • #41
                        Episode 12 (Finale)

                        Reject the anime world, not anime.

                        That was a pretty bizarre sequence of events there to end it as Minoa continues to be trapped in the anime world, and the key to getting out of it is to possess the beret that Nakano possesses as Neko-senpai points out. Just when all hope looked loss, in comes Ultra Katharsis to the rescue, and then she talks here way out of the world. And thus, Minoa is in another world, this time the anime club is already established and the student council supports them. Pretty crazy how everything went down, but Minoa is in a better place after everything that happened. That was really funny to see this show making fun of itself like that.

                        Overall, this is a fun show that is best enjoyed not expecting anything groundbreaking out of it because it sure did deliver on the comedy, and nothing else. There's interesting characters, amusing references, wall-breaking, and lots of crazy humor that carry this show, but that's essentially the show in a nutshell as there's just nothing about it that makes it more than a feel-good show. In any case, it was a fun ride to be had.

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                        MyAnimeList | Avatar: Violet Evergarden of KyoAni's Violet Evergarden
                        Watching: Kyo Kara Maoh, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Toonami Stuff
                        Simulcasts: FTL, FRB, KYB, FGN, MIX, FIL
                        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                        • #42
                          Re: Episode 12 (Finale)

                          Yep, we can't let this end as a "shitty anime". Appropriate that wha fires Minoa up the most once she gets the beret and creative control is what she's gotten with her friends: discussing anime had brought them all together so closely. And it's the fruits of their creation with the Arisu robot from their short anime that brings them to the finish line. So in the end it looks like we have a kind of reset where the drama caused by the beret never happened, but Minoa happily meets back up with the anime enthusiasts. I like how there's apparently a new(?, don't remember her at least) girl who is never explained at all. That feels like a very anime series ending kind of thing. Was a decently fun series overall with the referential and meta humor.

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                          • #43
                            Re: Episode 12 (Finale)

                            Pretty fun series and certainly one I looked forward to every week. Sad to see it end, but at least it's not of the 'shitty' types that Minoa feared it could end up as. There were quite a few of those this year, so it was a relief this series didn't not suffer and plunge to a sorry conclusion. The ending after the ending after the ending was sweet too. Nice way to end the year and ring in the new. Definitely a hallmark series for the genre, especially how it played the meta card; though it should be interesting to see if any future shows can break past the 4th wall harder than this show did.

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                            • #44
                              Re: Episode 12 (Finale)

                              I really didn't expect this series to go SE: Lain. I heard about a twist, but wasn't expecting this.
                              Avatar: Shimarin from Laid Back Camo.

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