In Case You Missed It 2019 #2

My it was a busy week with lots of first episodes to try and a few I just decided to put on hold for now because there doesn’t really seem to be any point in trying them. That said, some of the stuff I did try ended up being… ‘interesting’. Still, there’s certainly variety this season. However, as the rest of the anime for the season premiere and reviewers choose their watch lists below I have some great posts from the community covering a wide range of anime old and new as well as games, rebuttals against other articles, and characters in general. There are also links to my posts for the week so hopefully you can catch up if you missed anything you were interested in.

As always you are welcome to give a shout out to an anime related post in the comments below if there is one you think deserves some attention and if you think there’s a post I should include, send me a message via my contact or a DM on twitter and I’m always happy to check out great content.

Posts from the Community

L-Zerb has an interesting post discussing why it is Koroko no Basket and not Kagami no Basket. It’s an interesting discussion about Koroko’s character and his change throughout the series. A great read.

Crow’s World of Anime brings us something of an unusual list with six examples of female armour in anime that might actually protect the wearer (I know, who knew there were six). I love reading lists with explanations as to why certain things were included and this was an interesting list with some great characters on it.

Prattler’s Paradise has a post about the long titles that seem to be the trend for light novels and anime series in recent times and why they need to stop (because we’re just going to shorten them anyway). While I don’t necessarily agree or disagree that long titles are a problem, it is a great post to read with some good examples given as well as some points about what makes a title interesting or good.

Amari Sali gives their first impressions of The Rising of the Shield Hero. This is a nice detailed breakdown that looks at what happened, what the positives are and what didn’t work so well and wraps up with an overall impressions. If you were curious about whether Shield Hero was for you, this post will give you a pretty solid idea about what you are about to watch.

JekoJeko from UEM also looks at The Rising of the Shield Hero but they look more at the way it was reviewed by ANN and some of the problems in how views were presented. In a time when so many anime seem to be getting criticised for having views (or simply presenting material) that may not align with some viewers I think this is an important article to read, though it is very critical.

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C S Radical has a rebuttal piece on an article written about diversity in gaming. I would suggest reading the article they are responding to (which is linked in the post) but this is a great piece for getting gamers thinking about what is important in gaming and what diversity actually means in gaming. Definitely a post (and an article) worth reading and considering for gamers.

Jessi shares a final series review of Skull Face Bookseller Honda-San and looks at how this comedy manages to set itself apart from a lot of others that came out last year. It’s a pleasant read about a fairly pleasant anime and one worth checking out if you have the time.

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Arthifis shares three reasons why the first episode of the Promised Neverland was perfect. It was a strong premiere episode and it certainly got the community talking and this post does a great job of highlighting some of the strengths of the episode as well as a message Arthifis took from it. That said, this post does have a few spoilers for episode 1 so if you haven’t watched it yet, maybe do that first.

Mr Flawfinder has a review of Banana Fish and while he does point out some of the narrative flaws, this was a fairly positive review of a series that I kind of fell in love with at the end of last year. If you’d like to read a non-gushing but fair review of Banana Fish then this one is actually pretty solid and very specific in its examples of why things do and don’t work in the series (though, fair warning it does spoil the ending).

Banana Fish Episode 17 - Ash and Eiji.

Pick of the Week

Kapodaco provides us with an interesting post asking How Dense is Too Dense For An Anime Protagonist? and looks at the motivations behind dense anime protagonists as well as how they impact on the narratives they are in. It’s a great post and one which all anime fans will be able to weight in on because we’ve all come across that far too dense protagonist far too many times. n

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #1

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Welcome to the first post round up of 2019. It is exciting to see how many bloggers have kicked off the new year with a plethora of great posts to read through. There’s a lot of round ups of 2018, final thoughts on the Autumn season, goals for 2019, and just some solid posts on display. As always, as much as I’d like to, I can’t get to everything so if you have a post or know of one that deserves some more attention, please feel free to give it a shout out in the comments below.

And remember to vote for your favourite anime of 2018. The poll is open until the 14th.

Posts from the Community

The Anime Glutton shares their top ten disappointing anime series of 2018. Now disappointing is always subjective because it means you expected something from the show in the first place, but I did find myself agreeing with quite a few of the picks on this list.

Banana Fish Episode 17 - Ash and Eiji.

Otaku She Wrote gives us a great break down of all the rainbows in Banana Fish. Now this was something they brought to my attention in their early episode reviews of the anime and it was something I ended up looking out for in the series. I really appreciate their attention to detail and this post was great for finding those moments you may have missed.

Mistress of Yaoi gave us a review of Banana Fish that looks at the story set up and the character growth. It avoids heavy spoilers though makes it clear that this one doesn’t end happily ever after, and is a great review to read if you are curious about what you might find in Banana Fish as it definitely addresses some of the themes that might trigger an audience. Worth checking out if you haven’t watched Banana Fish and are wondering if you would like it.

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Watashi wa Bucho looks at how Bunny Girl Senpai used the supernatural to explore the everyday and some of the narrative benefits of this. A fun discussion post about an anime lots of people enjoyed last season, this one is worth checking out because it isn’t spoiler heavy for those who still haven’t taken the plunge and checked out the anime, but it may make you want to watch it.

Irina embraced the new year spirit by writing this post about being an awesome anime fan in 2019. For the very few people reading this post that don’t already follow Irina, you really should. She puts out some fantastic posts about anime and about the anime community and this one is really the kind and funny reminder we all need at the start of the year.

Bloom Reviews has a post about embracing predictability and looking at why spoilers aren’t really all that much of a problem with enjoying a narrative. It is a fun post and provides a perspective rarely discussed.

Marth gives us a quick review of Bloom Into You. If you want to know whether Bloom is worth trying or not but don’t want too much revealed, this is probably a great review to read given it covers the strengths of the series and its main weakness without going into too many reveals. A great post to read and a great anime to check out if you haven’t.

Pick of the Week

Floating Into Bliss has a video/transcript of a discussion about Bloom Into You and why it is the yuri anime the community needed. It is a really interesting discussion about the yuri genre in general as well as what Bloom Into You accomplished first as a manga and then in being adapted into anime. Well worth the watch/read.

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It would probably be remiss of me not to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year given the week we are in (though mostly people have already done this via twitter or their own blog posts). Still, I really do hope everyone in the blogging community has found some moment of happiness during the season. It’s been very up and down for me being able to catch up with family I seldom see and also getting some less than great news elsewhere, but overall, I’ve had a pretty satisfying Christmas break.

Apologies to some of the excellent posts that I didn’t link to. While travelling I read posts in the evening on my phone and I can’t save URL’s the way I do when on my laptop so end up forgetting where I read various posts. Still, there are some excellent posts below and I definitely recommend checking them out. As usual, if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to leave me a comment below.

And if you missed it be sure to check out my best and worst of the season posts.

Posts from the Community

Remy Fool has a short review of Release the Spyce this week. It covers the basics, doesn’t spoil too much and gives a relatively level opinion of a series that has some great moments but just doesn’t do much with them or its story as a whole. I was struggling to finish the series and this post gave me the push to actually just get on with it.

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Luke P reviews the Bug Boy manga and I will admit he made me very interested in checking this one out at some point. Admittedly, the imagery looks a little disturbing but that probably added to the appeal and so I’ll hopefully get around to this one at some point. In the meantime, if you are curious about an allegorical horror manga, maybe check out this review.

David takes a look at Goblin Slayer and how thematically it has stuck to its message throughout even if some viewers thought it backed off. For people who haven’t read either the manga or the light novels, it may have seemed like after the violence and sensationalism of episode 1, Goblin Slayer toned things done, but this post focused entirely on the anime, makes it clear that this wasn’t the case. For a look at Goblin Slayer the anime, this is an excellent post to read.

Jessi is sharing their first impressions of some of the short anime that came out in the Autumn season. There are no spoilers here as it looks at their impressions from the early episodes and what they thought of the set up. if you were curious about some of the shorts this season and wanted to know which might be worth checking out, than this post may give you an idea of what to try. They also did a first impressions of Voice of Fox which is an anime I’ve quite enjoyed this season despite some of its shortcomings but I don’t see a lot of people talking about it. Check out this first impressions and maybe you’ll want to give it a go.

Jon Spencer has an interesting post about rain and how it is used in the storytellers tool kit (both good and bad examples from anime). For something a little bit different, and some great examples from well known stories, this one is well worth the read (though there are definitely spoilers for the anime being discussed so if that’s a concern perhaps steer clear).

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OG-Man from the Yuri Nation has a great review of Bloom Into You. It captures what Bloom Into You did well, looks at what might put the audience off, and overall is just a nicely balanced and well written review about an exceptionally well put together anime. Well worth checking out if you didn’t watch the anime this season and are wondering if it is for you.

Pick of the Week

Gay Anime Symposium has a great final thoughts on episode 24 of Banana Fish where they look at the final episode as well as the characters and themes of the series as a whole. Needless to say this one is spoiler heavy but it is well worth the read particularly if you’ve watched the series. If you are just curious, it may convince you the series is worth checking out but again it is going to tell you how it ends.

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For those who may not check back until next week, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I’ll still be posting more or less as normal though Features and Reviews aren’t starting up again until the new year. Still, plenty of episode reviews, my Top 5, the 12 Days of Anime posts, and an OWLS post from last week so heaps of content coming out on the blog. For patrons there was also my second video review to check out which is linked to below and you can get the password from my patreon site. I’m definitely still learning the whole video editing thing and having to travel midway through putting it together didn’t really help, but I learned a lot and I’ve got quite a few ideas for the next one on Bloom Into You that should come out in the first few months of next year.

In the meantime, the ani-blogging community have been busy, busy, busy and there are some great posts to check out. Below I’ve linked to some of the great posts I found and as always feel free to give a shout out to a post you read last week that you think deserves some more attention in the comments. One more In Case You Missed It post for the year next week and then we’ll be into the new year. 

Posts from the Community

Ka-Chan has a great post as part of the 12 Days of Anime about Fruits Basket. They explore what drew them to the original anime, what they learned while checking out the manga, and why they are looking forward to the reboot. A great post for fans of Fruits Basket or those wanting to know why there’s a lot of anticipation around the new anime. Actually, Ka-Chan is on a roll with their 12 Days of Anime posts as their one about Free (an anime I can’t finish watching for reasons I’ve discussed previously) is pretty amazing in sharing their enthusiasm for this franchise and what it means to them.

OOCentral has a really fun post about Uchouten Kazoku (The Eccentric Family). This was an anime I loved but seems like it doesn’t get much discussion. However it is great fun and the sequel was pretty solid and I really enjoyed coming across this post last week. If you’ve never seen the anime, go check out this post.

On The Well Red Mage this week there was an excellent game review for Mario vs Donkey Kong. This little piece of nostalgia was a highly entertaining read and while a lot of people won’t be interested in reading a review of a game for an old system this one was a fun read and made me want to go back to these style of games (at least for a little bit).

Banana Fish Episode 21 Ash and Eiji

Ty-Chama looks at the different shapes and sizes romance has come in during 2018 and it was something I realised while putting together my best couple list for the year – there have been some awesome diverse couples in anime this year. This post celebrates some of the pairings that have confronted issues such as age, gender and even species differences, even while looking at issues that anyone in a relationship can relate to such as being lead on, codependency, etc. Really great post.

Floating Into Bliss looks at some of the really amazing Yuri anime out this season (and anime that may contain Yuri elements). When they line them all up like this it becomes fairly clear that Autumn 2018 has had a lot of same sex couples (and they weren’t even looking at the guys). So if you are interested in titles containing yuri, or anime that have potential yuri pairings, out this season, this is a video/transcript for you.

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Astral Gemini shares their top 5 favourite snowscapes from anime in a post that looks at different moods and ideas that are captured within snowscapes. It’s a really great post with some great images of snow scenes in anime and well worth checking out. 

Pick of the Week

Irina has a great post about Gurren Lagann this week and while she does do a fair amount of discussion about leadership within the anime, she really looks at why it is the emotional roller coaster it is and why it ends up resonating with so many viewers. It’s an excellent post looking at a series that despite initial impressions has quite a lot of depth to it (and is a lot of fun). This is one for all fans of the series to check out and if you haven’t watched it this may be the post that gives you the push to give it a go.

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Last week I made the somewhat difficult decision to end my season overview posts. These posts took a long time to put together and on average received less views than my actual episode reviews. It just didn’t seem like it was a series that needed to continue given I want to put my time into creating content people actually want to read. It is a shame because I’ve been doing a weekly overview since I started the blog, but it was just time to retire the series.

That does mean I get to think about what should replace it in the schedule next year, if anything and I’m already considering a range of ideas such as a recommendation post or a character feature post. I’m not rushing to fill the space and will figure out what I want to do, but certainly if you have any suggestions I’d love to know.

In the meantime, here are some great blog posts from around the community. The ‘my post’ section is a little longer as I am linking to individual episode reviews now rather than the overview, but otherwise nothing is changing with this post. As much as ‘In Case You Missed It’ takes a lot of time to put together, it is one of my most viewed posts each week and I really like sharing great content from other bloggers, so no danger of this one disappearing anytime soon.

Posts from the Community

Ty shares a survival guide of what to do if someone you love has terrible taste in anime. Yep, it has caused more couch wars than you can poke a stick at but what do you do if your significant other just has ‘bad’ taste? Well, here’s some suggestions on how to learn to compromise and not insult the person you chose to watch anime with.

Irina has another Natsume Yuujinchou post, this time as part of the OWLS December blog tour on miracles. You already know I’m going to tell you to read this. It is written by Irina, who is amazing. It focuses on Natsume, who is a truly brilliant character and well worth talking about. And it looks at the small miracles that surround both the character and us every day in our lives. Definitely worth the read so go check it out if you missed it.

Natsume Yuujinchou

A Nerdy Perspective writes their reasons for loving Gintama. Now given the fan base for this anime, they aren’t alone, but it is always great to read why someone is enjoying something. After all, a shared love of anime is why most of us blog and read the blogs of others, so a positive post about why something has reached someone is always a pleasant read.

That Random Editor has a list of their top 5 anime endings for the year. List posts are always fun and list posts about openings and endings even more so. This one doesn’t link to the songs unfortunately, however if you’ve watched the anime on the list just reading about it is likely to get the song stuck in your head – so yes, number 2 is now completely trapped in my skull and I’m going to be humming it all day. Anyway, go check out this great list.

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Bossils reviews the My Hero Academia movie Two Heroes. This is another post that just screams love and enthusiasm for the subject matter and comes with some great images of the characters. Well worth checking out it you share a love for My Hero Academia.

LofZOdyssey has a fairly detailed review of Angolmois. Now this was an anime that flew under the radar while airing and a lot of people bailed on because of the ugly filter over it (I know I complained about it a lot). However, if you want to know what this series got right and what kind of fell apart, this review is definitely the one to check out as it is one of the best I’ve read on the series. 

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Drey from Soulcial Dreamin’ Ent started the 12 Days of Anime by discussing their love of Bulbusaur. It is always great when someone shares their passion for a particular character and in this case seeing how they grew to love the character was an absolutely wonderful read.

Atelier Emily takes a look at Rei Hino’s character in Sailor Moon (Sailor Mars) and how as a child she couldn’t appreciate the nuances of Rei’s character but as an adult she sees her differently. I will admit, Rei has never been one of my favourite characters in Sailor Moon, but I went through a similar experience in seeing Rei through different eyes when I watched the series as an adult. Really enjoyed reading this post.

Pick of the Week

Two Happy Cats shares a review of Magical Girl Raising Project. This is a more balanced review of this one than we usually see given most people either don’t like it and call it a rip-off of Madoka or claim it is just trying to be edgy for the sake of it, or you have people who like it trying to defend it against those claims. This review just kind of looks at Magical Girl Raising Project for what it is and what it does. Refreshing.

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Another week and another round of excellent blog posts from around the internet. Hopefully you’ll find something great to read in the list below and remember, if you have a post or read one this week that you’d like to give a shout out to, just let me know in the comments below or you can always send things my way via twitter.

Just so you know, from now until just after New Year’s I’m winding down blog activities. Part of this is to give me time to finish a video review for patrons, participate in the 12 Days of Anime, and prepare my ebook for January 20, and part of it is just wanting to have a bit more time for family and friends. I’ll still be doing my episode reviews and Top 5’s (most of my top 5’s for December are already written) but whole series reviews are on hold until the new year as are light novel/manga reviews. I’ve already halted Inquiring Minds posts until the new year and I’ll probably only release features every second week during December.

Thanks for everyone’s support during 2018, and I look forward to getting back into everything in January.

Reminder: the poll is now open for you to vote on the best and worst anime of the 2018 Autumn Anime Season. Be sure to jump in and have your say.

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This Thing Is Neat had a really interesting post about pacing in shoujo stories, using Kimi ni Todoke as an example that I felt was a great read. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kimi ni Todoke and hold it up as one of my favourite romance anime ever, but to say that it is slow moving would be a drastic understatement. For an interesting discussion about the pace of these stories, be sure to check out this post.

Dewbond from Shallow Dives in Anime put out a conversation starter around whether anime fandom is ready for mainstream attention. The post was an interesting read with some fairly interesting points raised about other media that have gone through a similar transformation and then they tagged a couple of other bloggers to see if we’d share our take on the idea. And I will admit, I’ve been mulling it over ever since so probably will put a post together on this one. Whichever way, it is an interesting conversation to have and I’d love to know what people think about this one.

Cactus Matt gives us a top ten OP list for 2018 with a bit of a difference giving out awards for ten top OP’s in various categories before deciding on the best of the year. Very fun to read through and if you don’t know some of the fantastic openings he’s selected he’s embedded the video for you to watch. Great post and great fun to read.

Lynn Sheridan  shares his thoughts on Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai episodes 5 – 8. I was waiting for this to see if he continued to enjoy the anime or not and I was really happy reading this post to see that they were still enjoying it. If you are one of the very few people not already following Bunny Girl Senpai, check out this post to see why it is something you should be diving into.

Bunny Girl Senpai Episode 8 Sakuta and mai

Ya Boy Jack also takes on Bunny Girl Senpai looking at what the show gets right about being a teenager. This makes for an interesting read and really looks at adolescent syndrome and the insecurities the characters are bringing to life. A great read about a great anime and well worth the read.

Gracie on Anime Trending News has a really interesting piece about Banana Fish and how it is a triumph in terms of the portrayal of LGBTQ stories. It focuses a lot on the usual tropes found in BL and yaoi stories, and how Banana Fish isn’t a story about boys in love, but rather a story where two boys are in love. I really enjoyed reading this and was glad it popped up on my Twitter feed this week. 

Banana Fish Episode 20 Ash and Eiji

Geek and Gear discuss episode 10 of Run With The Wind and both the positives and negatives of the episode. It’s a fun piece that covers what the episode was about and what it got right and really looks at the impact of Haiji on the team and Kakeru. Well worth checking out if you’ve caught the episode. Spoilers though if you haven’t already watched it.

Reasons to Anime gives us 6 reasons to, well not watch an anime but read the manga, the Cardcaptor Sakura Manga to be precise. Given this one is already on my wish list to check out the manga for, eventually, I really enjoyed their reasons. Great post to check out.

Pick of the Week

Geek Gals has a really interesting post on Sailor Neptune and looks in detail at her role in the original anime and in the manga as well as her relationship with Saturn. For Sailor Moon fans this is a great read and one well worth the time. Be sure to check it out and get your Sailor Moon fix for the week.

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Another week where it felt like things were go, go, go. But then again, I guess the lead up to Christmas always feels like that as for some reason everyone decides the things that could wait all year suddenly need to be done right now. However, it is also a time where people start doing housekeeping and putting themselves in order. Last week some three bloggers that I followed announced an end to their blog. And while I know blogs come and go all the time, some without announcement, it is still sad to see people leaving the community here on WordPress because it is a community that is so much fun to be a part of.

So without further ramblings, let’s get to this week’s anime related blog posts that I came across while scuttling around in my corner of the internet. As usual, I didn’t have time to read as much as  I liked and there are probably some truly fantastic posts I missed, so please feel free to give a shout out to them in the comments below.

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Who Am I has an interesting post about the source of Kirito’s strength in Sword Art Online Alicization. They avoid going into spoilers for the arc, which is great, because I’m enjoying being pleasantly surprised by what happens and don’t really want to be told, it would take all the fun out of speculating. Still, they make a good point about Kirito and why he is fundamentally able to break or overcome the rules and other characters based on the information we’ve been given in the first 8 episodes. A very nice post to read.

Cactus Matt takes some time to look at 10 typical complaints about harems and works at rebutting them, or agreeing with them but in a round-about way making it clear that it doesn’t matter that the complaint exists. Keep in mind that he isn’t actually telling people who dislike harems they are wrong or that they should like them, merely that their not liking the harem genre is no reason to spoil the fun for those who do enjoy it. It’s a fun post and written in Matt’s typical conversational and entertaining style.

Ty from Watash wa Bucho shares a summary of why various bloggers still love anime. It was fun thinking about it about this idea and great to read the responses of others. Seeing the common themes from responses put together here is a solid reminder that there are a lot of reasons to love anime. This one is a great read to make you smile.

Yomu follows up their excellent review of Jormungand last week with a character analysis/discussion of Koko Hekmatyar, a very dynamic and interesting character indeed. While there are a few spoilers in this post if you really want to keep the plot a secret, for those who have watched Jormungand, or are interested and don’t mind having a bit of foreknowledge, this post is a great read and a lot of fun.

Koko Hekmatyar - Jormungand

Irina has a discussion post about the technical vs creative merits of anime and asks why more people don’t look at the technical. Like so many of her posts it is a great conversation starter and well worth the read, as well as reading the comments to find out what others think. Of course, I’m pretty sure most of my readers have already found this one.

Atelier Emily has a truly beautiful post about creating otherworldly spaces through visuals in Tsurune. One of the big draws for the show early on was just how beautiful it was and how the visuals drew me into each and every scene, and reading this post really emphasised how well thought out and detailed the visual direction has really been in this anime. A really great post to read.

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From Ink and Image there’s a post that looks at Lupin the Third and how the show and characters have evolved over time. I’m not a huge Lupin fan but I was still curious about this franchise that continues to enthral audiences and seems to capture new viewers decade after decade and this post was an interesting read as to how the story has managed to not become too dated over time. Great post to read.

Artemis from Otaku Lounge has a great top 5 list of English OP’s performed by native English speakers. It is a companion piece to a previous top 5 list which is linked in the post, and also an awesome list, and I just love lists. This one is a great read, and you can listen to some great OP’s so be sure to go check it out.

Pick of the Week

L-zerb did a comparison piece on SAO (season 1) and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash this week and when I read the title of this post and the first paragraph I was a little worried that we were diving into another SAO bashing session. Instead, I found a thoughtful, reasonably balanced attempt at comparing how the two stories dealt with their premises and built up  their characters and the danger in the worlds. I really enjoyed reading this and it made think about all the things I loved about both anime as well as acknowledge the flaws they have. Absolutely great read, though clearly spoilers for both anime in the post so if you haven’t watched them and you are worried about that, probably give it a miss.

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