You'd watch Senran kagura before Fate/Zero? I totally respect your choice, but I just don't think I'll ever really understand it
Nah, never said that, it's lumped in there, one or the other could come first, depends on how I feel, or maybe Tatami Galaxy may come first, see how it all goes.
Again, I'm not knocking Tatum. He put a lot of work into the script and performance for Steins;gate, and I'm grateful for that. He's a great guy. I'd totally switch teams for that guy if you know what I mean. Now that i think of it, is it ironic that he plays a lot of romantic roles with lead females?
I don't find it strange, I see what you're driving at, but he's a great actor, he gets the job done, if his voice can convey that chemisty, well, that's why we have a great Spice & Wolf dub- that's all that matters.
* The art choice was very deliberate. The first thing anyone ever hears about Madoka is that its a "z0mg dark subvershun", but way back when it was just promo art and trailers, we had no idea. That contrast is part of what makes Madoka memorable for a lot of people, I think. That and Shinbo is weird as &^%$. Just look at Bakemonogatari.
I was just talking about the character design, the backgrounds don't bother me all that much, the contrast between the colors and the backgrounds during the "battle" scenes worked out well. I just found, the characters, particularly their heads looked like, well, their great great great grandfather was Stewy from Family Guy.
* Honestly, no. Madoka is a twist on one of anime's most beloved and iconic genres: magical girl anime. Part of its hype is most definitely related to that. It still would have been a great story, you yourself said changing genders would have little effect on the plot. But it probably wouldn't have sold nearly as well.
Yes, I know I'm right, plot would not be affected, however I'm sure from a revenue standpoint it would've done as well, but what I'm getting at is that do you think from a critical standpoint it would've garnered as much positivity? I would like to think so, but I'm a bit of an optimist. It could've been wizards fighting Warlocks or wahtever they want to make up, I still would take the stance of saying it was good, but it didn't blow me away.
* Well it is a magical girl show. So yeah, I kinda think would have been a completely different show. Escpecially considering Japanese gender politics. Boys, even young boys, are simply taught different lessons about behavior and expectations of them. That's what shounen is. And a dark subversion about the consequences of being a shounen action hero already exists, it's called Hunter x Hunter.
And I'm glad I'm not a young Japanese man, some of what I'm hearing these days is quite undesirable - look up; "grass eating boys." Let's just say, after my gender studies courses, mind you, they were actually done from an objective standpoint ( we had a lot of pissed off girls - I'll leave it at that), I'm waking up to a many realities about gender politics overall - and they're not what you think. Let's just say I believed a lot of myths, and now I see things from an entirely new perspective. I no longer need to feel ashamed of what I am.
Hunter x Hunter - well, guess another to add to the list.