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Paul.

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Most of bleach is filler though :ROFLMAO: I’ve got a soft spot for bleach as I remember watching it as a student and being blown away, it was one of the first of the newer generation Shonen battle animes I’d watched. Been rewatching it recently using a filler episode guide and it still holds up. rewatching is in preparation for the 1000 year bloodwar arc that’s coming soon, should be ace!
 
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Watched the first episode of 86 Season 1 last night. Was immediately hooked and binge watched it. The second season of 86 started last Saturday. The first took it to the end of Volume 1 of the light novel. 10 volumes of the novel so far have been released in Japan, and 8 have been English translated that you can buy so far (I ordered them earlier). I like the fact their is no filler, no monologue, things just happen. Whilst some of the machinery they use is far fetched, everything else about it felt very real and life like.

Well worth a watch

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSdS29SDvn4
 
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86 was a stand out for me too, excellent series. Apart from aquatope and dragon maid I found last season a bit meh so glad to see 86 back on.
 
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I solved a troublesome anime soundtrack like this:
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Mono-ing the Audio from my Mac-mini, then bi-wired (bi-amped, really, from Plasma monitor L & R Outputs) to one Concept 20 speaker. I preferred it for (Mono Blu-rays e.g. Godard and) some streaming content e.g. YouTube etc.

Generally, for especially English Dubs, I want an Audio setup that emphasise a bass presence. It’s high-pitched/tinny sounding English soundtracks that I won’t watch.

This amp of mine produces good bass:
I'll share my situation, the amp I'm currently using was designed with no Remote-function (nor Standby, I tend to turn it on at least 30 minutes to warm up before I really start listening).… Photo from months ago:
What about you? Anyone actually using a vacuum tubes system for anime? Or horn speakers?
 
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I solved a troublesome anime soundtrack like this:
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Mono-ing the Audio from my Mac-mini, then bi-wired (bi-amped, really, from Plasma monitor L & R Outputs) to one Concept 20 speaker. I preferred it for (Mono Blu-rays e.g. Godard and) some streaming content e.g. YouTube etc.

Generally, for especially English Dubs, I want an Audio setup that emphasise a bass presence. It’s high-pitched/tinny sounding English soundtracks that I won’t watch.

This amp of mine produces good bass:


What about you? Anyone actually using a vacuum tubes system for anime? Or horn speakers?
That's an interesting way of going about it. I can't say i've come across that yet. I'd be intrigued though to see how my Topping D90 and A90 in a balance would deal with a mono soundtrack.

Couple of other series i've been following during this fall:

Irina the Vampire Cosmonaut - Someone really has it out for the UK, USA and USSR (some of the historical "references" are quite commical) but the story behind it feels typically Japanese and serious.

Fena: Pirate Princess - A fairly interesting story but you do have to overlook a few things.....I mean...a submarine and steel in the age of pirate ships during the height of Global Colonisaiton and Empire? Oh, and a random island with Japanese inhabitants that has the abaility to mysteriously disappear and appear in random places throughout the seas? Writers liberties anyone :)
 
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I do most of my anime watching on an iPad Pro with a pair of noise cancelling headphones. If it’s a big budget ufotable or similar show I’ll fire up the surround sound but something about a big iPad screen really suits most anime. It also means I don’t have to put up with audible eye rolls from my partner when the inevitable “problematic” scene pops up 😂

speaking of, I’ve been watching jobless reincarnation this weekend, really enjoyed it (love the mc’s adult voice actor, same as gintoki from gintama) but there are a coupe of bits I’d have cut out!

Need to try fena and irina. I’ve tried the assassin isekai show and takt op.destiny so far, both decent so far
 
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I really would like to watch all anime at the highest (picture and sound) quality. It's dispiriting to find for example Netflix's new Blue Period streaming at 1.28Mbps. It's trailer:
 

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Are you encountering reincarnation as a theme of quite a few series? Here's another one:
The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat
I'm glad they've put this into Anime. The Light novel of this is really good. They've done it really well so far as well. It's been a good watch.

I'm looking forward to when they encounter the Demons and the Hero though i'm not sure they'll get that far this season. Their is a ton of backstory that they need to cover.

The one i'd love to see a season 3 of is Black Lagoon. After a 5 year hiatus Rei Hiroe finally finished off what can only be described as a brutal Arc which sees Dutch targetted by a group of French Assassains, i'm not sure if he'll take it any further which is a shame.
 
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Apparently anime tends to be created at a maximum of 12 fps and then the cells displayed twice to double up to 24 fps for tv. Lower budget shows are often as low as 6 and the frame rate varies depending on scene type.

Ive noticed that takt op.Destiny does a really good job of animating blur to give an impression of smoothness, there is a scene in the opening where a character waves and they’ve actually animated what looks like rolling shutter effect, you’d hate it out if the camera but animated it looks amazing!

isekai genre has been huge for a while, so much so that truck kun is a meme. I guess the main difference is the prevailance of second chance type isekai, where protagonist is a bit rubbish then dies and gets a do-over with op abilities.
 

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Anyone want to offer thoughts on Netflix’s Arcane? I watched 20 minutes (in Mandarin, because [at present] I don’t want to hear anime English) then gave up. It’s its pacing as well as storyline. I’d rather re-watch Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Watching the 1st episode, It's based around League of Legends (a battle arena MMO Video Game). Only those who have played the game will probably get much of the context surrounding this. TBH the Blizzard Overwatch Backstory Cinematics are miles better than this.
 
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