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    Default How good is/are this/these series?

    The Fall 2010 thread has inspired me to create this.

    Sometimes we pass over a series as it is being released and then for whatever reason, it piques our curiosity, but we don't really want to have to download and watch a few episodes just to figure out if we want to watch it. So the best thing to do is to ask others who have watched the series

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    I'd like to ask about:
    Ookamisan to Shichinin no nakamatachi
    I originally passed this off as a tsundere show, judging from the image, I read the blurb yesterday but couldn't really tell what kind of series it would be.

    Katangatari
    I'm not really into historical shows, but the art style I saw in the chart image looks interesting. Does the show use this style throughout and is the story better than the blurb suggests?

    Kanamemo
    Can't remember why I skipped this, although it sounds like a sickly sweet anime.

    Tokyo magnitude 8.0
    I think I passed this off as a shounen series, but now I'm not sure.

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    I've only ever seen Katangatari out of your whole list so I'll comment on that.

    Katangatari

    It definitely uses that art style throughout the whole series. It's deceptively dark due to all the vibrant colors and the humor, but that's part of the charm of the show. I won't get into spoilers, so I'll say if not a must see, it's at the very least worth a try.

    I will say though that episodes are about 50 minutes long since it's released monthly. Also, it took me about the 2nd and 3rd episode to really get into it so this may or may not apply to you.
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    Kimi ni Todoke

    I like the manga, and watched about half the series before getting sidetracked by Life. Is it worth following through to the end? Does it end? Does it end differently from the manga storyline?
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    Kimi ni Todoke

    If you found the first half to be good, the second half is just as good. Unfortunately I have not read the manga, but I haven't heard of a second season so as far as I know it's the end. I know when the anime ended, the manga was still ongoing so it's definitely not the real ending according to the manga. Seems like they could easily continue it with another season considering the way it ended.
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    Kanamemo

    This story is more of a slice-of-life kind of anime, about a girl being cast to live on her own after the death of only leaving relative, and chance upon a newspaper distributor building where she finally found a place to live and means of survival. Basically the storyline touch upon the daily life of the girl, new knowledge and interaction with fellow workmates, and other people. A bit slow pace, if you ask me.

    Not actually my kind of anime but my sis watch it so I watch along.


    Tokyo magnitude 8.0

    This anime give an insight to post-earthquake situation focused on two sibling and a stranger on their way to their home prefecture (they were in another place in Japan when the 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck Tokyo). I can't remember if there's any humor inside but the story is very educational.

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    Tokyo magnitude 8.0
    This is not a shonen series, in that I don't think younger boys would appreciate it much. I actually think teen girls would get more out of it. It's relatively slow moving and serious compared to typical shounen fare. Also, the protagonist is a teenaged girl. I think it takes a little bit of maturity to really understand the themes and the actions of the characters, although you don't necessarily have to think about it at that level (and if you do, you'll notice the cliches). Overall, I liked it, but then I'm a sucker for disaster flicks anyways.

    It's been quite a while since I watched it, but I believe the first episode was almost all character and scenario setup (including a dose of teen angst), and the uphill climb begins in the second episode. You'll know if you like it by the end of the second/middle of the third episode. It's a short series anyways.

    There's a short thread for this series somewhere on this board....

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    All of which points up that the traditional kodomo/shounen/shoujo/seinen/josei/etc. labels don't readily apply to television series. Well, okay, it's pretty obvious when something is aimed at little kids and there are occasional airtimes slotted for, say, a josei series. But a television doen't have an audience label as strongly as a magazine does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudorandom View Post
    All of which points up that the traditional kodomo/shounen/shoujo/seinen/josei/etc. labels don't readily apply to television series. Well, okay, it's pretty obvious when something is aimed at little kids and there are occasional airtimes slotted for, say, a josei series. But a television doen't have an audience label as strongly as a magazine does.
    Huh? Of course they have a target audience. That's sorta how television works when they're made. They're made to be aimed at certain viewers just as much as shounen/seinen/josei/etc. manga series are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazenohirameki View Post
    Kanamemo

    This story is more of a slice-of-life kind of anime, about a girl being cast to live on her own after the death of only leaving relative, and chance upon a newspaper distributor building where she finally found a place to live and means of survival. Basically the storyline touch upon the daily life of the girl, new knowledge and interaction with fellow workmates, and other people. A bit slow pace, if you ask me.

    Not actually my kind of anime but my sis watch it so I watch along.


    Tokyo magnitude 8.0

    This anime give an insight to post-earthquake situation focused on two sibling and a stranger on their way to their home prefecture (they were in another place in Japan when the 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck Tokyo). I can't remember if there's any humor inside but the story is very educational.
    Quote Originally Posted by tigerm View Post
    Tokyo magnitude 8.0
    This is not a shonen series, in that I don't think younger boys would appreciate it much. I actually think teen girls would get more out of it. It's relatively slow moving and serious compared to typical shounen fare. Also, the protagonist is a teenaged girl. I think it takes a little bit of maturity to really understand the themes and the actions of the characters, although you don't necessarily have to think about it at that level (and if you do, you'll notice the cliches). Overall, I liked it, but then I'm a sucker for disaster flicks anyways.

    It's been quite a while since I watched it, but I believe the first episode was almost all character and scenario setup (including a dose of teen angst), and the uphill climb begins in the second episode. You'll know if you like it by the end of the second/middle of the third episode. It's a short series anyways.

    There's a short thread for this series somewhere on this board....
    Thanks guys, I'll try both these series. I actually watched the first episode of kanamemo and I liked the comedy/yuri part of it.

    I also watched the first episode of Ookamisan to Shichinin no nakamatachi, it's definitely a tsundere show. The narration (by the VA who plays Kuroko in Railgun) was funny, but I really can't see myself continuing with the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vphamv View Post
    Huh? Of course they have a target audience. That's sorta how television works when they're made. They're made to be aimed at certain viewers just as much as shounen/seinen/josei/etc. manga series are.
    Yes, but not as strongly as magazine are -- to an extent, they can't be, because a TV show is much more expensive to produce than a manga magazine, and so can't afford to be nearly as niche-oriented. And what niches they do aim for don't align with the shounen/seinen/shoujo/josei demographics very well, and Japanese TV producers use different labels for their audiences.
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