The Other Side takes a (late) look at the Winter 2015 anime season.

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Episode Title: RIP Anime (????-2015)
Episode Count: 103
Run Time: 01:42:48
Host(s): Cody Baier, Max Vader, Andrew Erickson
Executive Producer: Sean Russell
Associate Producer: David Majors

Opening Theme: “Broken” by Depeche Mode

 

RIP Anime (????-2015)

Oh god we’re here again! Another season of anime is upon us! With each new wave of garbage thrust upon us our continuing support of the anime medium is tested time and time again, and this season is no exception.

Once again The Other Side looks at all the animated manure being sent our way from Japan, looks for the token one-or-two good show(s) in the season, reaffirm “Vader’s Law”, and try to use Jojo to distract themselves from the pain…

Play the Ecchi/Harem Drinking Game. For each show Andrew, Max & Cody go through that has one or both of these categories, take a drink! Good luck!

Also, the new Attack on Titan OVA doesn’t count. Nothing new or original is worth the bandwidth you may use to download the torrent.

 

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The ever-controversial shock jock of Anime3000, and host of The Other Side (alongside Andrew Erickson and Max-Vader), and frequent guest on the A3K Podcast. Blunt, unfiltered, and politically incorrect, Cody's podcast appearances are not for the thin skinned. And be sure to check out his 90's cartoon throwback comic, Cloudscratcher!
  • Emblyon

    until you got to milky holmes, everything was from the previous season.
    even then it wasn’t in any kind of order, jumping between series, tv shorts, and ova’s.
    maybe you should go back to anichart, its easier to follow than livechart.

  • Emblyon

    though as always when you got to this seasons stuff although hard to keep track of its still really fun to listen to your opinions.
    and then dread what im going to end up having to watch.

    which reminds me, twintails would become one of the greatest TOS podcasts ever, it could be the only good thing to come from that abomination.

  • Kerberous

    Are you watching Parasyte? Then don’t watch Tokyo Ghoul. It’s basically its Black Bullet. I will say this at least, I didn’t completely hate it till it turned into Evangelion and noticed how much it was ripping-off Parasyte.

    Also, it has some of the worst fans out there.

    • I’ll keep that in mind! You saved me a watch!

      • You’ve saved me the embarrassment on watching most of this Cody, thank you!

    • Devin Wolfe

      “It’s basically its Black Bullet”

      How?

      “Turned into Evangelion and noticed how much it was ripping-off Parasyte”.

      Again how?

      • Kerberous

        I should know better, but here goes nothing. I’m gonna list some reasons why Tokyo Ghoul is an inferior rip-off of Parasyte:
        1. Both main characters suddenly turn into flesh-eating monsters. Parasyte handles this better because the parasites don’t actually need to feed on humans to survive. Why is this relevant? More on that below.

        Ghouls, however, are not only compulsive cannibals, but the show wants you to sympathize with them. How does it try to accomplish something that it shouldn’t even attempt? It makes most of the humans immoral murderers. The oneshot actually fixes this problem by turning the main character into a villain protagonist.

        2. Both shows have a small part of their runtime dedicated to showing how our main character copes with his plight. While Parasyte gives us interesting conversations with a possible alien being, Tokyo Ghoul just makes the mc say “I mustn’t feed, I mustn’t feed, I mustn’t feed!”

        3. Both shows actually attempt to make the main character cool and badass. While Parasyte actually shows that our mc is losing some of his humanity and that he is not as cool as he thinks he is, Tokyo Ghoul gives its mc white hair, makes him beat the crap out of previously super strong villain and gives him “badass” one-liners.

        4. Parasyte actually has interesting villains with complex motives. Tokyo Ghoul villains are all just immoral murders and CRAZY. Omg, do you see how crazy that 3rd white-haired guy is? He laughs all the time! Again, this is mainly to make the murderers that are our protagonists likeable. However, the villains still have some justification because they are killing monsters. The author never makes the human villains vile enough to actually make us cheer for our cannibal protagonists. Probably because it’s not possible.

        5. Parasyte shows that the human characters need some ingenuity to actually kill the parasites. Tokyo Ghoul turns some humans into superheroes with stupid and impractical weapons.

        6. Parasites just arrived on Earth at a time when the humans can actually pose a threat to them. Ghouls have existed since forever in Tokyo Ghoul. How are they not the rulers? It is made obvious that they are superior to humans in every possible way.

        7. Parasyte could have turned into a generic shounen at any moment, but it didn’t. Tokyo Ghoul does. I don’t remember exactly when this happens, but the show becomes uber slow when this does happen. It also starts relying on abstract Evangelion images that symbolize the inner struggle between man and ghoul… Or something. I don’t know. Anyway, dedicating over 10 minutes to something that you can sum up in 10 secs is beyond stupid and they should know better.

        I could go into a lot of other minor details why it sucks, but I won’t. It is obvious to anyone watching the shows that Tokyo Ghoul tries very hard to be Parasyte. Why did I bother watching the whole season? I actually thought that protagonist was going to turn into a villain, and thought that it would be interesting to see how he takes over the world or something. But nope, he just turns into ghoul Martin Luther King because he can somehow bridge the gap between man and ghoul. Good luck with that.

        What’s actually baffling is that the Tokyo Ghoul oneshot actually fixes a lot of the obvious problems that the current product has. I can actually imagine the editors forcing the author to drastically alter his story because they want the mc to be a “good guy.” Why have a serial killer protagonist that knows what he’s doing is wrong when you can have badass Shinji?

        • Devin Wolfe

          “Both main characters suddenly turn into flesh-eating monsters.”

          Not really as Migi entered Shinichi’s hand and I believe they explained somewhere in the manga that if they enter the brain then they have the urge to eat human flesh.

          “makes the mc say “I mustn’t feed, I mustn’t feed, I mustn’t feed!”

          There was more to it then just that he also had conversations with some older ghouls to try to help him along.

          “Tokyo Ghoul gives its mc white hair, makes him beat the crap out of previously super strong villain and gives him “badass” one-liners.”

          Well he did embrace his “inner ghoul”. As for the one liners he took on the personality traits of his torturer which was full of them.

          “Tokyo Ghoul turns some humans into superheroes with stupid and impractical weapons.”

          They did explain that ghouls can’t be killed or even hurt by conventional weaponry.

          “How are they not the rulers? It is made obvious that they are superior to humans in every possible way.”

          I agree that that’s a plot hole but it’s a minor one that really has no bearing on the story as it was never brought up.

          • Kerberous

            “Well he did embrace his “inner ghoul”. As for the one liners he took on the personality traits of his torturer which was full of them.”

            1. Do you even know what one-liners are? Because that generic anime crazy guy didn’t really use them, as far as I remember.
            2. Took on the personality traits of his… And you took on the personality traits of Chris-chan.

            “They did explain that ghouls can’t be killed or even hurt by conventional weaponry.”

            Except when the plot demands it.

            “I agree that that’s a plot hole but it’s a minor one that really has no bearing on the story as it was never brought up.”

            It doesn’t work that way. The entire setting makes less (or no) sense because of this minor detail.

          • Devin Wolfe

            “Do you even know what one-liners are? Because that generic anime crazy guy didn’t really use them, as far as I remember.”

            If you consider “Shut up I’m talking” and “Count backward from 1000 by 7” or “I’m only going to half kill you” one liners than apparently they are since you know the meaning of it right?

            “Took on the personality traits of his… And you took on the personality traits of Chris-chan.”

            LUL is that all you have to say I’v heard it before and it’s starting to become a broken record but keep doing what you’re doing because you make yourself look more like an ass by default.

            “Except when the plot demands it.”

            Tell me when? If it’s during the Kaneki’s torture it’s explained that he was given RC suppressants to stop his rapid healing thus making him unable to resist being ripped apart by Jason’s pliers.

            “It doesn’t work that way. The entire setting makes less (or no) sense because of this minor detail.”

            When does fiction need to make sense this thought has always baffled me to no end.

  • tccboss

    Wasn’t Jamir supposed to be apart of these season overviews or am I making stuff up?

    • Ravuf

      At the moment he’s out serving his country

      • tccboss

        God bless you Jamir ;__;7

  • Interesting to see how bored Max was of Yamato 2199. The property itself goes back a good 40 years ago. I often heard some good about it.

    • None of us at TOS have been ones to care about a series’ reputation, or anything outside of the quality of the content in the show itself.

    • docmelonhead

      It’s more of a case of “Don’t know, don’t care”.

      If it fails to entertain, then it not worth watching.

  • Normality

    I’ve seen a glimpse of the majority of these productions already, and I have to say, Jojo’s probably the only one I’d watch unironically/not out of curiosity (with maybe Rolling Girls as another exception, if only for its animation).

    Overall, I think it’s just going to get worse as time goes on. And I doubt that the AoT OVA will be that great either (I like the idea, but fear the execution of said idea).

  • Red Claire

    You’re probably not going to watch it but Junketsu no Maria has one of the greatest discrepancies I’ve seen between the awfulness of the plot summary and the show itself not being too bad after all.

    The original creator is the same guy who wrote Moyashimon so he’s not an idiot making brainless ecchi for harem fanatics. Despite the overstated virginity and lame sex jokes, which are present, the series is really nothing like a hentai at all. I’d even call the plot summary fairly misleading in that regard. Surprisingly well-done medieval battles and an actual plot about whether or not it’s justified to intervene in wars with their various consequences.

    Certainly not completely realistic with the use of fantasy magic and all, plus you do get a bit of fanservice now and then, but some historical research was actually done as well. Might be worth a look for those who aren’t allergic to the mere presence of a few bad jokes. Hell, if I were a sad person just looking for mindless pandering, I’d be disappointed since that’s not what the series is.

    • Max-Vader

      If that’s the case, then I have to wonder who is even supposed to watch or enjoy this show. The perverts are going to be disappointed because there isn’t enough fanservice and normal people are going to be disappointed because of the idiotic, hentai-esque premise and sex jokes.
      Also, after reading up on Moyashimon, I’m not sure I would 100% agree with your description of the author.