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    Apparently, I have these:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epuration View Post
    Gotta watch re zero first, should I watch rebellion before s2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epuration View Post
    Gotta watch re zero first, should I watch rebellion before s2?
    There is no S2 for madoka, only the "recap" movies + rebellion movie
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    Quick question about Re:Zero for folks caught up: Has Al mentioned where he is actually from yet? I can't remember if he has lol

    The OP on this episode makes me happy. It shows many nice things. Friendly note, this guy is a shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suicidal Panda View Post
    There is no S2 for madoka, only the "recap" movies + rebellion movie
    oh, I was watching it on CR and after episode 12 it showed there was episode 1, so I assumed that was a 2nd season..

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    Well, I guess I'll kick off the Spice and Wolf rewatch discussion. I have seen this series before, and rewatched S1 in the last year or so with a friend, so these first episodes are fairly familiar to me.

    S&W is one of the few series were most of the nudity doesn't bother me. I'm normally part of the Prude Police, but S&W just knows how to frame situations properly. A good demonstration of their conscious understanding of how to frame females is in the comparison between Chloe and Holo in the first episode. While Lawrence has no romantic inclinations toward Chloe, when she lies down on the hay and comments that she has grown up his eyes can't help but notice. The way they frame those shots and then cut to Lawrence's face clearly indicate that we're being treated to Lawrence's point of view, not just being given shots of a pretty girl for fan service reasons.

    Later on when Holo is getting out of the cart she is stark naked but the way the situation is handled manages to keep it from feeling like it's just there for sex appeal. Her being naked is natural; she doesn't give a second thought to it and neither should we. The only compromising shot is yet another that is clearly from Lawrence's point of view: when she bends over to pick up the jerky and looking at her (nicely rounded) buttocks he notices that she has a tail. So the scene which could be a train wreck of bloody noses and shallow fan service manages to wordlessly demonstrate to us how Holo views her body and how we as the audience should as well.

    One thing that is interesting to note is that later in the second episode when they are drying off in the inn Lawrence does become embarrassed at Holo being naked. At first I thought maybe this was inconsistent, since he didn't display any of this in episode one, but on further reflection I think it could be argued that he is becoming familiar with her as a person now. Even if she doesn't care, his maleness does.

    Continuing on to Holo herself as a character, I've always had a very interesting time trying to pin her down. I know she is a fan favorite, but I don't think most people appreciate a simple fact that is stated in the first episode: Holo is Holo. She is her own personality that is not any particular trope and doesn't play to what people want. She is very old and experienced, despite appearances. However, she knows the effect her appearance has and smoothly abuses it to get what she wants. The only reason she isn't a villain is because what she wants is usually fairly basic (apples!) or more or less good-willed (helping Lawrence). In short, she is highly, but benignly, manipulative.

    This is the reason that again, despite her popularity, I really don't think people appreciate how dangerous she is. Not in a "wolf eat you" way (although that is also true), but in the fact that in scene after scene she is content to play with Lawrence. To tease him, to excite his emotions, and then to stomp them. It's her pastime. This is somebody who is very adept at wearing a mask and only rarely lets what she thinks and feels through, instead pretending to be many different things and watching other people react. So in short, even though I admire Holo as a character I have never thought that she would be an amazing person to be with in real life.


    To finish up, I have a question for people: where do you imagine S&W taking place? I've always imagined either southern Germany or northern Italy given the names, but never could quite decide on which.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neichus View Post

    To finish up, I have a question for people: where do you imagine S&W taking place? I've always imagined either southern Germany or northern Italy given the names, but never could quite decide on which.
    I don't think it takes place in any particular place, it just takes place in time and that's all there is to it. Besides, I don't know enough about history to be able to place it in a country 500 years ago anyway.

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    Cute AF ending for this Re:Zero episode. Shit gets mightily real from here onwards. Rem is so best girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neichus View Post
    To finish up, I have a question for people: where do you imagine S&W taking place? I've always imagined either southern Germany or northern Italy given the names, but never could quite decide on which.
    While I'm not really taking part in the re-watch, I have always actually thought it took place somewhere in Germany. Not 100% as to why I think that, it just seems to fit, for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neichus View Post
    To finish up, I have a question for people: where do you imagine S&W taking place? I've always imagined either southern Germany or northern Italy given the names, but never could quite decide on which.
    Very accurate summary of Holo's personality.

    I honestly never really thought about where Spice & Wolf takes place, but it definitely has a sort of middle to west European flair to it. Going by the names of the towns, it doesn't feel like France or Italy to me and when I look at the climate and terrain, I'd be inclined to say Germany or Poland.

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    What a great title for this week's episode of re:zero
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    The wise man's fear sub page 100 - Elodin is such a huge troll. Using Kvothe to break into Hemme's room, burn his robes,... Using it as a means to test/teach him. Also have a question about Denna, will her background at any point be revealed other than that her parents are dead and that she was supposed to have died as a baby?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimson View Post
    The wise man's fear sub page 100 - Elodin is such a huge troll. Using Kvothe to break into Hemme's room, burn his robes,... Using it as a means to test/teach him. Also have a question about Denna, will her background at any point be revealed other than that her parents are dead and that she was supposed to have died as a baby?
    There is a separate book about denna. I haven't read it, but the answer might be in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schirmy View Post
    Ugh, seriously contemplating reading the Orange manga. Episode one has me hooked already and the weekly wait is going to take its toll on me.
    It's a short read, but a really fantastic one. I almost wish I could un-read the manga just so I could experience this show week to week.

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    Do iiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!
    Though if you do read it, @Schirmy, you won't regret it. It's pretty damn good.

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    Madoka magica 9 RIP best girl
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    She was best girl from her first appearance all the way to the last.
    W-what? Epuration displaying exquisite taste?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neichus View Post
    Well, I guess I'll kick off the Spice and Wolf rewatch discussion. I have seen this series before, and rewatched S1 in the last year or so with a friend, so these first episodes are fairly familiar to me.

    S&W is one of the few series were most of the nudity doesn't bother me. I'm normally part of the Prude Police, but S&W just knows how to frame situations properly. A good demonstration of their conscious understanding of how to frame females is in the comparison between Chloe and Holo in the first episode. While Lawrence has no romantic inclinations toward Chloe, when she lies down on the hay and comments that she has grown up his eyes can't help but notice. The way they frame those shots and then cut to Lawrence's face clearly indicate that we're being treated to Lawrence's point of view, not just being given shots of a pretty girl for fan service reasons.

    Later on when Holo is getting out of the cart she is stark naked but the way the situation is handled manages to keep it from feeling like it's just there for sex appeal. Her being naked is natural; she doesn't give a second thought to it and neither should we. The only compromising shot is yet another that is clearly from Lawrence's point of view: when she bends over to pick up the jerky and looking at her (nicely rounded) buttocks he notices that she has a tail. So the scene which could be a train wreck of bloody noses and shallow fan service manages to wordlessly demonstrate to us how Holo views her body and how we as the audience should as well.

    One thing that is interesting to note is that later in the second episode when they are drying off in the inn Lawrence does become embarrassed at Holo being naked. At first I thought maybe this was inconsistent, since he didn't display any of this in episode one, but on further reflection I think it could be argued that he is becoming familiar with her as a person now. Even if she doesn't care, his maleness does.

    Continuing on to Holo herself as a character, I've always had a very interesting time trying to pin her down. I know she is a fan favorite, but I don't think most people appreciate a simple fact that is stated in the first episode: Holo is Holo. She is her own personality that is not any particular trope and doesn't play to what people want. She is very old and experienced, despite appearances. However, she knows the effect her appearance has and smoothly abuses it to get what she wants. The only reason she isn't a villain is because what she wants is usually fairly basic (apples!) or more or less good-willed (helping Lawrence). In short, she is highly, but benignly, manipulative.

    This is the reason that again, despite her popularity, I really don't think people appreciate how dangerous she is. Not in a "wolf eat you" way (although that is also true), but in the fact that in scene after scene she is content to play with Lawrence. To tease him, to excite his emotions, and then to stomp them. It's her pastime. This is somebody who is very adept at wearing a mask and only rarely lets what she thinks and feels through, instead pretending to be many different things and watching other people react. So in short, even though I admire Holo as a character I have never thought that she would be an amazing person to be with in real life.


    To finish up, I have a question for people: where do you imagine S&W taking place? I've always imagined either southern Germany or northern Italy given the names, but never could quite decide on which.
    Well you nailed down Holo better than I ever could. Always loved her character but would hate to be her traveling companion because I'm not nearly as patient as Lawrence. I never really thought about the setting of S&W either, but it definitely has a European feel to it. The setting and music always kinda reminded me a bit of Final Fantasy 9 in a way, if you took away the more urban settings of the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sj View Post
    It's a short read, but a really fantastic one. I almost wish I could un-read the manga just so I could experience this show week to week.
    I see, I see.

    Though if you do read it, @Schirmy, you won't regret it. It's pretty damn good.
    Was this a lowkey pun? :P

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    Orange 01 - They're doing a pretty good job at adapting this. I think the show looks pretty beautiful overall, though the colors are a bit too washed out. I feel less motivated to watch it than I expected. I didn't think reading the manga would impact my motivation this much.

    Chino still best.

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    Also @UnifiedDivide I don't think they mentioned it, I only know because I can't resist the black boxes :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schirmy View Post
    Was this a lowkey pun? :P
    maybe I typed it unintentionally then realized what I said and left it lol

    Quote Originally Posted by goriq View Post
    Orange 01 - They're doing a pretty good job at adapting this. I think the show looks pretty beautiful overall, though the colors are a bit too washed out. I feel less motivated to watch it than I expected. I didn't think reading the manga would impact my motivation this much.
    I feel the same way. I'm more driven by curiosity in regards to the adaptation quality than I am actually watching it. I think it's a great started though the art and animation feel inconsistent. I think once things pick up in the story my interest will pick up as well.

    I'm also working a ton lately and haven't had the time to really sit back and watch anything without falling asleep or having to keep an eye on the time.

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    What are people's opinions on Code Geass compared to Death Note (in how good each are)?

    Asking for scientific study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suicidal Panda View Post
    Also @UnifiedDivide I don't think they mentioned it, I only know because I can't resist the black boxes :P
    The temptation is just too much
    Silly to not add it in somewhere though.

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