It depends what you like. I strongly preferred this to Haruhi, but then I'm a sucker for the kind of gentle romance portrayed in this show.
Posts made by Covarr
RE: Worry no more, my friends…
Heh, I was following that twitter thread, and it was quite enlightening. I knew Crispin had worked with Funimation before on Hellsing Ultimate, and I was really curious how that could be, between union requirements and Texas law. Never once did it occur to me that the dub might be recorded away from Funimation's own studios, in California. Certainly a clever way of pulling together something like this.
RE: Worry no more, my friends…
What about Johnny Yong Bosch as Koizumi? I mean, of the original cast, he's the one I'd think most likely to reprise his role (Well, him or Wendee Lee, who just recently did Hyperdimension Neptunia for 'em), but I don't see Koizumi anywhere on the page.
RE: The disppearance of nago yuki j
Two days, and yet still no cast announced? I'm growing less confident by the day that they even attempted to get the original Haruhi cast back.
edit: or they could just be trolling us, which is 100% in the spirit of this franchise.
edit-again: They've updated the page, and it's the original cast! I am very happy and slightly surprised. And people said that Crispin doesn't do VA for Funimation.
RE: Season 2
There is no season 2, but there are a bunch of 6-minute OVAs that continue the series. I'm not sure if Funimation has plans to release those or not, or if they even have the rights to them. Wikipedia suggests they do, but Wikipedia says a lot of things that aren't correct, so who knows.
Change navigation on hover instead of click?
Currently, the Stream, Shop, and Discover sections each have different second-level navigation bars underneath. This isn't inherently bad, but it can create a lot of extra clicks. If I want to visit the forums from the front page, for example, I have to click "Discover" first before Forum is even an option. This can be especially annoying if I'm not already logged in, because logging in brings me straight to the shop (why not the start page selected in my profile?), which means if I want to visit the forums or watch streaming videos, either of the main reasons I visit this site, that's a guaranteed two clicks.
My recommendation to improve this is relatively simple: Change the lower navigation when you hover over the applicable upper navigation. For example, simply mousing over Stream would display "Shows Episodes Movies Extras Schedule Simulcasts" without having to click it, even if you're in the Forums or Shop or News sections, etc. This would reduce clicks thus improving the user experience, and reduce unnecessary page loads thus leading to slightly lower bandwidth usage/HTTP requests. Everyone wins!
RE: Worst Anime You've Ever Watched!!
I always watch the first three episodes of an anime (or any show) before I pass judgment. I came to this decision independently, though it seems to be fairly common online. I can only think of two exceptions I've ever made:
- Sword Art Online - The first episode was entirely exposition, and the protagonist seemed like such an expert in everything that I didn't see room for interesting conflict. I tossed it aside after one episode. I don't want to watch something where the hero can always win without even trying.
- Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar - This was so overwhelmingly not to my taste that I only barely brought myself to finish the first episode. It wasn't even bad so much as completely different from what I'd expected after other Tenchi anime, and I really don't care for mech anime that isn't Gurren Lagann.
That having been said, I actually did manage to make it through three episode of what I genuinely think is the worst: My Bride is a Mermaid. I didn't especially enjoy the first episode, but I could see potential, so I kept going. Then the second and third episodes provided exactly what I don't want out of any show ever: a formula made of the same two or three jokes repeated ad nauseum. By the time I finished episode three, I was more annoyed than I've been with any other anime I've ever watched. It just felt so phoned in, as if the writers were putting in the absolute bare minimum effort. Running jokes are fine, but you have to have more than that; you have to vary it up at least once in a while, and this show's jokes managed to wear out their welcome within three episodes. If I wanted that, I'd watch a CBS sitcom instead of anime.
Is there worse? Almost certainly. But I haven't seen it. If I'd even rather watch Rosario + Vampire or Girls Bravo, there is something very wrong with the writing, and MBIAM simply couldn't redeem itself for me.
RE: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie?
Well that's rather a shame. The existing US Blu-Ray release is kinda not especially good. Only stereo sound (in spite of the DVD having 5.1), no special features (in spite of the DVD having plenty)… The video transfer itself is decent, but that's all. If Funimation were to do it, I'm certain they would do a better job.