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What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga)

What have you been watching and reading this week? You don't need to give us a whole essay if you don't want to, but please write something! Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its pages on Anilist, MAL, or any other database you use!

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  1. [3]
    nothis
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    My girlfriend introduced Naruto into our house and while it's excruciatingly slow pace and infinite amount of episodes makes it impossible to watch in earnest, I'm catching an episode here and...

    My girlfriend introduced Naruto into our house and while it's excruciatingly slow pace and infinite amount of episodes makes it impossible to watch in earnest, I'm catching an episode here and there when it's running in the background. It's kinda fun. Also stupid.

    I also heard the Attack on Titan dub started airing last Saturday. Maybe I'll wait for the full season to be out, though.

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    1. [2]
      psi
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      If you aren't already, I'd recommend watching Naruto Kai instead (maybe someone will disagree). It's a fan edit that cuts out most of the filler (recaps at the beginning of each episode, the...

      If you aren't already, I'd recommend watching Naruto Kai instead (maybe someone will disagree). It's a fan edit that cuts out most of the filler (recaps at the beginning of each episode, the ridiculous amount of flashbacks, anything that isn't part of the manga, etc) and groups each episode by manga arc (I think?) such that each episode is about ~1.5 hours long. Other than some awkward cuts, it makes the pacing much better. That said, there are a few enjoyable filler episodes that get cut, but I think it's generally easier to seek those out than suffer through recaps.

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      1. xnaas
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        Filler Episode Spoilers And under this mask is...another mask! Edit: haha – I see they actually specifically made/added that one.

        there are a few enjoyable filler episodes that get cut

        Filler Episode Spoilers

        And under this mask is...another mask!

        Edit: haha – I see they actually specifically made/added that one.

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  2. [2]
    Ellimist
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    Been making my way through Fairy Tail. Just wrapped up the Grand Magic Games arc. It’s an enjoyable, if simple, anime and most of the side characters get enough screen time that the show doesn’t...

    Been making my way through Fairy Tail. Just wrapped up the Grand Magic Games arc. It’s an enjoyable, if simple, anime and most of the side characters get enough screen time that the show doesn’t feel like it’s completely focused on the main 5-6 characters

    My best friend started me on the first few episodes of My Hero Academia. It was pretty good. I’ll probably wait until I finish Fairy Tail before I really dive into it though

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    1. xnaas
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      I watched Fairy Tail while it was airing from the start until some time in 2014 or 2015 when I dropped anime altogether for a bit. My memory is shit, so I recently binged back up to season 4....

      Been making my way through Fairy Tail. Just wrapped up the Grand Magic Games arc. It’s an enjoyable, if simple, anime and most of the side characters get enough screen time that the show doesn’t feel like it’s completely focused on the main 5-6 characters

      I watched Fairy Tail while it was airing from the start until some time in 2014 or 2015 when I dropped anime altogether for a bit. My memory is shit, so I recently binged back up to season 4. Binging it...I definitely noticed a lot more issues with the show than the first time around watching it weekly (with frequent large gaps) haha — but I agree, it's a simple, fun little anime.

      My best friend started me on the first few episodes of My Hero Academia. It was pretty good. I’ll probably wait until I finish Fairy Tail before I really dive into it though

      I keep hearing good things about this. I guess I'll have to cave and start watching eventually...

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  3. [2]
    cardigan
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    I've made it through Sarazanmai 04. The post-credits sequence of the last episode came as a real surprise to me, and I was also taken aback by something we learned about Haruka. It continues to be...

    I've made it through Sarazanmai 04. The post-credits sequence of the last episode came as a real surprise to me, and I was also taken aback by something we learned about Haruka. It continues to be a blast, with many poignant moments. But I'm also glad that I'm taking it slowly, and its being the only TV show I'm watching at the moment gives me time to think about the characters.

    The show recycles many sequences from itself, like the otter song and rickshaw ride, but I've been impressed by how this never seems to be repetitive. For me, it's taken on something like a musical structure, hitting familiar themes as it builds to each episode's "Sarazanmai" moment. And as I see them more, unusual motifs like the spinning otter sign or the つながりたい pinball(?) image begin to make an intuitive, dreamlike sense to me, even though I don't really know what's going on. But like my still not knowing a rational reason why ア is everywhere, or why it seems to be "good" while the otter heart is "bad," this doesn't bother me. I prefer to keep these associations subconscious rather than pull apart the magic and insist on explaining each one.

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    1. Akir
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      I never figured out the ア either. My best guess is that it's supposed to be "aa" as in "Ah" or "Oh"; the onomatopoeia of being alerted to something. My second best guess is that it's some strange...

      I never figured out the ア either. My best guess is that it's supposed to be "aa" as in "Ah" or "Oh"; the onomatopoeia of being alerted to something. My second best guess is that it's some strange aesthetic choice that you just have to roll with.

      Honestly, some of the choice of imagery used in this show come across as arbitrary, but it's more important to understand what they signify instead of why.

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  4. [4]
    xnaas
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    Hmm...guess I'll get this one started again. (Not many active anime watchers on ~, I guess?) I've still been slowly making my way through Demon Slayer. While I really like the show overall,...

    Hmm...guess I'll get this one started again. (Not many active anime watchers on ~, I guess?)

    I've still been slowly making my way through Demon Slayer. While I really like the show overall, Zenitsu makes the show really hard to watch...I don't just dislike the character, I hate him. He adds nothing to the show and in fact actively harms the show for me. :/

    Also started up Cells at Work! CODE BLACK. I watched the original Cells at Work! awhile back. That was a cute/fun show. CODE BLACK should be rather dark, which will hopefully be fun in its own way as well. Enjoyed the first two episodes so far.

    I also plan on starting Wonder Egg Priority, Back Arrow, and SK8 the Infinity. They're original anime (not based on LNs or manga).

    Edit: How could I forget?! Been watching Attack on Titan's final season, of course!

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    1. [2]
      SheepWolf
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      Are or will you also be watching the sequel/second season of Cells at Work!, Cells at Work!! that is also airing this season? I keep on planning to watch a bunch of things (like Cells at Work S2...

      Also started up Cells at Work! CODE BLACK. I watched the original Cells at Work! awhile back. That was a cute/fun show. CODE BLACK should be rather dark, which will hopefully be fun in its own way as well. Enjoyed the first two episodes so far.

      Are or will you also be watching the sequel/second season of Cells at Work!, Cells at Work!! that is also airing this season?

      I keep on planning to watch a bunch of things (like Cells at Work S2 and CODE BLACK), but I don't really get around to it consistently. I also sort of feel like I don't really want to share the things I do watch, but that's mostly due to my aversion toward sharing about myself in general.

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      1. xnaas
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        Very likely. It's a fun little show. Not many mental resources required to watch.

        Are or will you also be watching the sequel/second season of Cells at Work!, Cells at Work!! that is also airing this season?

        Very likely. It's a fun little show. Not much many mental power resources required to watch.

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    2. cfabbro
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      I know quite a few very active users on here who are just as into anime as I am, but similar to myself rarely comment in these topics. And I suspect that, just like the lack of activity often seen...

      Not many active anime watchers on ~, I guess?

      I know quite a few very active users on here who are just as into anime as I am, but similar to myself rarely comment in these topics. And I suspect that, just like the lack of activity often seen in ~tv despite pretty much everyone on Tildes presumably watching TV, it's because there often isn't much to say about certain shows. E.g. I still watch a fair amount of anime, but most times all I really can think of to say about them would be "it was good" or "it's okay" or "it wasn't my cup of tea", which isn't really worthy of a comment in these topics.

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