In Case You Missed It 2019 #16

Here we are and another week in the blogoverse is done. Another week in the real world is also done with elections running in Australia and as usual my work week being one bit of urgency slamming straight into the next. While some bloggers I’ve been following for a fair while are closing up shop or taking a break the community as a whole is still going strong and there were plenty of great posts during the week.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter. Also, if you’d like to ask me a question for the inquiring minds series of posts, be sure to complete the simple survey.

Posts from the Community

Jessi Silver has an excellent post about the complexities of motherhood and how mothers have been represented in a range of media, but particularly focusing on anime mothers. While there are some spoilers in the post for The Promised Neverland, the focus isn’t about the plot of any particular anime so much as how the anime shows the role of mothers. A fun post to read and one worth checking out.

Not what the post is about but an interesting anime mother-daughter relationship nonetheless.

Roger Pocock on The View From The Junkyard gives a lovely review of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. This one avoids going too heavily into spoilers but does address some of the key themes and conflicts that arise in the series. If you have never seen Anohana this may be a great review to read as it will probably prompt you to give it a go.

Tessa gives us a review of 07 Ghost which is an anime that isn’t often talked about, probably because the story is incomplete at the end of season one and there is no season two. Still, the season that exists is pretty good and this review certainly reminded me that this anime was a fun experience.

Anime Rants discusses Midnight Occult Civil Servants episodes 4 – 6 and looks at what works in the anime and what its weaknesses are. I’ve quite enjoyed it so far and it is nice to see a few other bloggers are keeping going with the series even if it isn’t going to be for everyone. If you haven’t check the anime out yet and want to know how it is going now that it has hit the mid-season, this post might be a good one to check out.

Reasons to Anime gives us 5 Reasons to Watch Shugo Chara and this is such a great post about an anime that doesn’t get anywhere near enough attention. If you’ve never heard of it, or if you are looking for a magical girl show that is a little bit different, then check out this post as it may convince you to give Shugo Chara a shot.

Aria shares their thoughts on Sarazanmai and how it is basically a magical boy show. Okay, the article is actually a lot more interesting than that and it raises some interesting points. Enough that it made me want to go and give this anime another look (I tried the first episode but it really didn’t grab me). Still, posts like this one make me curious about what might be.

The Fan of a Certain Age blog had a great post this week giving us ten anime about adults. While I will admit, I don’t mind the teenage focus a lot of anime have, it is actually always kind of refreshing to come across an anime with older characters. After reading this post I really think I’ll have to do a list of my own of anime I enjoy with adult characters. Anyway, this post is a great read and you should definitely check it out.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews shares his thoughts on the Code Geass movie and they are a bit more positive than the review I shared last week. That said, reading the plot description I’m still not sure the movie is for me and I’m going to happily just let it go, but if you wanted to know what the movie did right or what might appeal to you as a fan of the franchise, this post will point you in the right direction.

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Kapodaco reviews Katangatari and as a series I love that never gets discussed enough I urge you to check out this post before taking the plunge and watching the anime if you haven’t already. This review isn’t a straight rave without any acknowledgement of the series short-comings as it will outline the barriers to enjoyment clearly and early in the piece before coming back to explaining why you should watch it anyway. It’s a great post and one that should definitely be read.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #15

Another week in ani-blogging and this one has been fun, fun, fun. The give-away finished and a huge thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate my blog anniversary. I do want to give a big congratulations to Matt Doyle who was drawn first and Lethargic Ramblings as the runner up. Just as soon as I manage to align my work schedule with post office opening hours their prize will be in the mail. I do hope in the future I can run a better give-away but the figures are cute even in their unboxed state and I hope they enjoy them.

Also big news this week, Irina has come on board 100 Word Anime as a contributing author. At this stage we’re trying a few things and seeing how things work but I’m thrilled to have her along. As I mentioned in my goals for the future of the blog, for my fourth year of blogging I was looking to maybe expand the team beyond just me, but right before that post went out, Irina sent me a message with a proposal. So while it has happened sooner than expected, I am really happy and I’m so excited to be working with Irina and I’m hoping it all works out. If you missed her first post for 100 Word Anime be sure to check out the links below.

Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

Posts from the Community

  • Reasons To Anime gives us 3 reasons to skip Kaguya-Sama Love is War. While I will find a positive post to offset this given a large chunk of the community loved it, I personally really struggled watching it so I found it nice to find another blogger who equally had issues with the anime. Admittedly, our reasons for not getting into it don’t really align but I these three reasons interesting ones as they made me reconsider some of my thoughts on the anime. If you haven’t watched the anime and you are considering Kaguya-Sama, this is a nice post that offsets a lot of the praise and rave reviews and might offer a different perspective for you to consider.
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  • Alright, I know I said I would find a positive post but it seems most the people celebrating this show have already posted thoughts and now we’re getting reviews from people who were a little less thrilled by Kaguya-Sama Love is War. Anime Rants actually has a nice middle ground review sharing reasons for personally disliking while acknowledging some of the strengths of the season. If I come across a really positive review in the next week or so I’ll throw it in the next list because I know there are plenty out there (or you could throw a link in the comments if you have a positive review you think people should check out).
  • Jeko on UEM has an article questioning why people seem to think Shield Hero is supporting slavery. The post looks at the events surrounding Naofumi’s purchase and use of Raphtalia as a slave, the Kingdom’s attempt to ‘free’ Raphtalia, her choice to have the slave mark returned, and the most recent episodes where they freed other slaves from Raphtalia’s former owner. Obviously there are spoilers for the series so far but it is interesting looking at these scenes in detail as they really do get to the core of the relationship between Naofumi and Raphtalia.
  • Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has a post about reviews and he shares the thoughts of many ani-bloggers on twitter and what they think about reviews. It is a great post and a great insight into the community and their thoughts. Also just fun to reflect on your own thoughts about what should and shouldn’t be in a review and whether episode reviews are worth reading/writing or not. Definitely one to check out.
  • Crow’s World of Anime does its usual fantastic job as it looks at episode 5 of Fruits Basket. If you want to know exactly what is awesome about the episode then you definitely want to check out this review of it, however if you want to be surprised, and never saw the original or read the manga, watch the episode first and then go and celebrate by reading Crow’s post about it.
  • Mel in Anime Land shares some of their favourite manga and anime that have a western inspiration. Expect Alice in Wonderland (with a twist), Sherlock, Fairy Tales and all manner of other influences in this interesting list of titles.
  • Biblionyan shares 5 mediocre manga that they like to re-read. I’m going to be honest, I love re-reading fairly average books as well. There’s something relaxing and undemanding about them as long as they either have an interesting character or a plot that keeps moving. I do love reading good books, but mediocre is sometimes exactly what you are looking for.
  • Cosmosis has a write up about Towards the Terra and how it is space opera done right. Having not watched the anime I have no personal opinion about it, but I do know that reading this post made me very curious about it and I certainly will look out for this anime at some point in the future.

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  • Standing on my Neck gives us a run-down of the Code Geass Lelouch of the Resurrection movie and while the post is full of spoilers I say thank-you. Reading this has absolutely clarified for me that I do not want to watch any more of this franchise and I’ll just stick with the original two seasons that provided beautiful closure at the end of their run. The post likens this to what Disney is doing to Star Wars and really I can only agree. Just leave finished stories finished and audiences need to stop paying for substandard films just because they have a franchise name on them.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #14

Welcome back to business as mostly usual. Okay, it was my third blog anniversary week and I’m just getting back into daily blogging after going on vacation through most of April. That said, it was a great week and I found some great posts. We’re back with another round up of anime related blog posts as well as a summary of the week that was. Hopefully you find something fun to read and as always if you have a post you’d like to give a shout out to send me a message via my contact or on Twitter.

By the way, if you haven’t entered the anniversary give-away please take the chance to do so.

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Posts from the Community

  • Dave D’Alessio has an interesting read about Girls’ Last Tour and how it functions and its appeal. While it isn’t an overly long post, it does a great job identifying the strengths of the series and the type of story it is telling. If you haven’t checked out Girls’ Last Tour and if you are interested, this is a great post to check out.
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  • Artemis shares a bit of the history of the kancho, and while I thought it was weird before learning about its origins just makes me think it is even more weird that this is still a thing. Anyway, if you are looking to learn a little bit and are wanting a break from reviews and analysis of specific anime shows, this is a great post as it provides some context for something you’ve probably seen in anime and wondered just why that happened.
  • Biblionyan has a review of My Roommate is a Cat and it is just a delight to read. While I really enjoyed the anime, reading someone else’s thoughts on it and why they connected with it was fantastic and it does a great job of looking at the strengths of the series. The post is well worth reading so be sure to hop on over if you haven’t had the chance to yet.
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  • Jon Spencer Reviews gives us a look at Beautiful Bones and some of its visual and narrative similarities to Hyoka as well as what makes it distinct. It’s a fun post to read and does a great job highlighting some of the strengths and weaknesses of the series as well as identifying some of the points that may appeal to or put off an audience. Be sure to give it a read.
  • Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews shares his thoughts on Love Chunibyou and Other Delusions: Take on Me and it just made me remember that I still need to see it. While he points out some of the problems with the movie, there are a lot of positives identified and it is just a nice discussion about the movie and what works, what doesn’t, and gives an overall impression. If you are thinking about the movie, this will be a good post to check out.
  • Lynn Sheridan has a review of Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in A Dungeon that is well worth the read whether you love the series or are totally new to it and are just interested in what an anime with a title that long has to offer. I definitely recommend this anime and Lynn’s review will probably give you some great reasons to go and check it out so be sure to read the post.

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  • Takuto has a beautiful post dedicated to the amazing cast of Run With the Wind and what each of them brings to the story and the team. It was a fantastic anime to watch and here each of the character’s is given their moment to shine through the sharing of their contribution to the amazing viewing experience. Great post.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #13

This time next week and I should have landed in Japan (all going well). I’ve got a crazy week ahead of me but hopefully blog posts will keep coming out and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey around Tokyo with you all (either while I’m there or once I’m back depending on internet). As a result, the weekly round up of blog posts will be postponed until the end of April and then it will resume again (I may do an overall April ‘In Case You Missed It’ post once I get back before going back to weekly.

In the meantime, here are some great posts from the community last week and as always feel free to give a shout out to a post that you feel deserves some more attention in the comments below. Also, feel free to DM me any links during the week via Twitter as I’m always happy to read good content.

Posts from the Community

Lita Kino gives us a great list of mecha pilots, without any Gundam mentions. Yes, her five favourite mecha pilots that do not come from a Gundam series, and there are some fantastic picks on the list. If you want to celebrate some of the non-Gundam mech stories out there, and the characters who pilot those machines, this is a fantastic post to read.

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Dirk O’Brien from Weeb the People examines episode 1 of March Comes in Like a Lion (3-Gatsu no Lion) and how tone is established through symbolism and character. Now I would have enjoyed reading this anyway given it is about an anime that really hit me hard, but this is a really nicely thought out post about the episode and is definitely one I recommend reading to anyone who has watched the anime, or anyone who is considering it and might need a bit of a push to see why they should definitely check it out.

I absolutely had to include Irina’s great post on Reiko from Natsume Yuujinchou this week as part of the OWL’s March tour. She’s a great character and Irina did a great job discussing the theme of femininity through Reiko. I look forward to Irina’s next Natsume focused OWL’s post.

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Arthifis followed a post by the lovely Irina on SEO and gave some more advice to bloggers about what it is and what they can do on their blog. It is always great to see bloggers trying to help other bloggers out and sharing their thoughts and processes. I found this a fun read and it made me reflect on a few things so I’m really glad I came across it.

Marth reviews My Roommate is a Cat so if you want to check out someone’s full thoughts on it and whether or not it is worth checking out, this post is a quick and fun read. I really feel My Roommate is a Cat flew too consistently under the radar during the Winter 2019 season despite being fairly consistent and relatively entertaining. It also managed a reasonably decent emotional character story by the end so all and all, I’d recommend checking out Marth’s post and then go watch the anime.

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Never Argue With A Fish has a wonderful review on Digimon Tamers to read that really sells the series strengths while mentioning some minor points that might be of concern. Still, for those who are inclined to check out the anime, this is a lovely review to read that will probably get you hyped for it.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews covers Full Metal Panic The Second Raid. Definitely worth checking out this review and if you haven’t watched Full Metal Panic, please do and be sure to keep going on to Second Raid as it is well worth the time.

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Lynn Sheridan shares their thoughts on Episode 12 of The Promised Neverland. Totally spoiler filled given it is a final episode review but if you’ve been enjoying the anime it is a nice summation of the final episode and what has happened and how we got there. Worth checking out.

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Over on Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan there was an interesting post about Cheer Boys (Cheer Danshi) that explains a bit of the back story behind it and shares their personal connection with the school that the story was based on. It’s a different sort of look at the anime/manga and one that was very pleasant reading. I really enjoyed this post last week and it is one well worth checking out.

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #9

Another week and you will have noticed that I did slow down the posting this week to two a day. Given the current in real life situation I’m going to continue on this slower schedule for at least another week as it is giving me some time to regroup. That said, I’ve continued to have a great time finding some really cool posts out there and as always if you would like me to give a shout out to a post send me a link via my contact or DM me on Twitter and I’ll check it out.

Posts from the Community

Irina and Crow continue their coverage of The Promised Neverland with a discussion on Episode 7. It is a bit spoiler heavy if you haven’t watched the episode yet but for those watching the anime it is a fun post dissecting what we saw and speculating about where it might be going. Well worth reading for those watching the anime.

But in case that’s not enough of The Promised Neverland (and what is really enough), Lynn Sheridan has a great write up on Episode 8. Again, spoiler warning, but episode 8 was fantastic and there are some pretty solid review posts coming out about it.

Dominic over on Little Anime Blog has a review of Land of the Lustrous that is very nicely written. This one is light on spoilers and more describes the experience rather than specific events so if you are curious about whether Land of the Lustrous might be something you should watch this is a review for you to check out.

Anime Motivation (a site I’ve somehow never found before but am glad I stumbled upon last week) had a great post giving us 11 Educational Anime or at least 11 anime that can give you a new perspective even if they don’t necessarily teach something specifically. It was a really fun list to read and I found a few other articles on the site I’m going to have to go and read at some point. Anyway, if you missed this post, be sure to go and check it out as it is definitely fun reading.

Blogging Almost has an interesting discussion about the hook of Darker Than Black. This post does discuss the overall downturn of the series as season 2 gets underway but mostly it is about how the first episode draws you into the characters and the world. And by the way, if you haven’t watched Darker Than Black, you probably should.

Wooderon shares some thoughts on That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and how Rimuru essentially being in easy mode makes for a less than compelling narrative. While some people will disagree, this is something that has been bothering me about the show for a fair while as there never does seem to be any tension or concern in any scenario making the anime feel a little lacking, despite being reasonable fun. Anyway, if you aren’t violently opposed to the idea of criticism of Slime this is an interesting post.

Xenodude has started covering School Live so if you’ve seen episode one and curious to see how someone who didn’t know what the twist was takes it, this post is a fun read. For those who’ve never seen it, unless you want to know the twist it is probably best to watch the episode first before checking out the post.

I kind of have to thank Irina for this one as she highlighted the blog in her blog discovery post, but I came across this post by Dirk about escapism in No Game No Life and it was such a fun read. It looks at the first episode and premise of No Game No Life and how it connects with an audience who may in fact be looking for an escape themselves. Really enjoyable read and well worth checking out.

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Then because I was now following this blog, I had the pleasure of reading a comparison of the protagonists from One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100 and while I haven’t finished even season one of Mob and One Punch Man was great for a once watch but I’m kind of done with it, I really enjoyed this post. It is nicely detailed, nicely written, and it is just interesting seeing how the author created characters who have superficial similarities but some fairly strong core differences.

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Irina has to have it this week with her post of Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann. Now Yoko is an awesome character and Irina’s post here does a great job of capturing the reasons why, describing particularly a scene toward the end of Gurren that really just showcases everything amazing about Yoko. Of course, if you haven’t seen the anime, there are spoilers here, but for everyone who has seen the anime, this is a post well worth reading so be sure to hop on over if you missed it last week.

And as much as I loved Irina’s post on Yoko, I do have to throw this one in as a pick of the week. The Nerdy Girl News shares some valuable tips on how to gain followers and get traffic for your anime blog. Be sure to read it as it is well worth the time and really helpful in explaining what they have done and how it has worked.

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Inquiring Minds Want To Know 2019 #3

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Well, today we have a question that I’ve certainly been asked more than once by people in real life. As always if you have something to ask you can send the question my way by filling in the simple survey at the end of the post or you can use this link to the inquiring minds survey.

How much time do you dedicate to your blog on a daily basis?

Lynn

The facetious answer to this one would be ‘too much’. Certainly quite a few people would agree with that answer. The less dismissive answer but still non-specific one would be, ‘as much as I can’. I love my blog. I love talking with people online about anime. I would absolutely love to have this be my full time gig and I certainly am working toward that goal (though it is a long way off).

However, let’s give this on a serious answer.

Working on an average week day when I’m at work, I would say about three hours specifically on my blog. There might be additional time spent watching anime or just stuffing around on twitter, but actual time spent watching a specific part of an anime again, checking screen caps, drafting or editing posts, reading other blogs, checking the scheduled posts, etc… about three hours. Some days more some less.

Breaking that down I usually spend between 4:30am and 6:30am online and entirely focused on reading other blogs and commenting, drafting stuff, replying to comments, catching up on Twitter, and if I finish all that, maybe watching an episode of anime if there is time. Sometimes I wake up earlier, sometimes I get a little more sleep (though that is a rare event). My alarm goes off at 6:30 because that’s when I need to actually get ready for work. If I get ready quickly I sometimes get another fifteen to twenty minutes to do one final read of posts that come out (and a whole bunch usually come out at 7am so I try and do a quick read before I head out).

Work for me is very much a varying thing with very few days actually just being an eight hour day, ten hours is my average, and eleven and twelve hour days happening more often than I’d like (no one functions well after twelve hours of work so keeping us there does not lead to productive outcomes). I also do not connect to any of my accounts at all while I am at work. So however long I am at work Karandi is off-line – though through the miracle of scheduling that isn’t the biggest issue.

Whenever I finally get home I usually spend some time watching and drafting posts before dealing with dinner (unless I got home super late in which case I eat first). And sometime after dinner I’ll usually spend another block of time finishing up any watching, drafting, editing – maybe reading of other blogs and commenting. Some days I get more than three hours total, other days I am too tired to even consider writing something in the evening and end up just watching anime on the couch, or I have to go out because of some sort of social activity in town and don’t have time.

Weekends I try to do a lot of drafting of posts for later in the week so I have a bit of a buffer if things get super busy, but I also work over a lot of weekends. I do have a number of breaks where I’m off work and I tend to do a lot more hours online at that time.

However, no matter how much time I have for anime and blogging, I want more. I love it. Every minute of it (even when fighting with the editor over post layout). So I don’t feel like I’ve wasted even a second that I’ve spent working on my blog.

So now I’m curious. How long do my readers spend on their blogs on a daily basis?

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know 2019 #2

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Continuing the ‘Inquiring Minds’ series of posts for 2019 I’m taking on my second question for the year and this one is sure to divide opinions. As always if you have something to ask you can send the question my way by filling in the simple survey at the end of the post or you can use this link to the inquiring minds survey.

How do you feel about Netflix creating live action adaptations? Especially thoughts and feelings towards the new Cowboy Bebop live action?

Rise

I’ve covered a few live action adaptations on the blog previously, including the Netflix adaptations of Death Note and Bleach. I also looked at the live action Erased series that aired on Netflix. So clearly I don’t hate the idea of anime being made into live action given I keep giving it a go.

However, like with most adaptations, sequels, spin-offs, re-imaginings and other things, I end up wondering what the point of a lot of it is and why we can’t just be happy with the story as it was told and move on to telling a new story. Not that adaptations are new and even classic authors and the stories they told were frequently adaptations of earlier works, myths, fairy tales and other stories so to claim that I’m looking for something original would be pretty hypocritical. I think I’m just looking for a story told well, whether it is new or a retelling but if you are going to retell something I really think there should be some thought put into why and how.

Netflix, needless to say, has been pretty hit and miss in most of their work. Other than Stranger Things, I can’t say I’ve been a huge fan of a lot of their originals, their anime has very much not been really the sort of style or tone I like, and their movies are of incredibly varying quality. The same is true so far of their live action anime adaptations.

Death Note as an adaptation was terrible. There’s no real getting around that. As an individual movie, it was decidedly average (assuming you compare it to other thriller/horror stories and not every movie ever made). While I enjoyed aspects I felt it didn’t go far enough to make the story its own so it neither followed the source well enough for fans to be happy, nor cut itself free from the restrictions of the source to tell a good story.

Bleach I liked much more and felt they made some fairly good decisions about what to include and what to leave out and how much to adapt. Still, I’d strongly recommend the anime over the live action adaptation.

When it comes to Cowboy Bebop I’m just kind of shaking my head. Sure it is a popular commodity so people will watch it regardless, but the fans of Bebop are unlikely to be happy with any modifications to the story or tone so they are really just setting themselves up for a mountain of criticism. Maybe they are working on the theory that any publicity is good, but that seems fairly pointless. They might actually make a decent series. Bebop certainly has some great ideas behind it that could easily make a decent live action. But hampered by fan expectations and trying to please everyone by leaving in certain elements even if they don’t fit the new format will probably kill it.

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Who knows how this will turn out?

That said, I still haven’t finished the anime series (I know, that’s almost a crime) so I don’t have a lot of personal investment in it. I’m just waiting for the Twitter tirades and I’ll be pleasantly surprised if people can just accept that even if this is a bad adaptation, it doesn’t take anything away from the original series. See, a bad adaptation doesn’t kill something. You can just not watch it.

Let’s be honest, love it or hate it, adaptations just keep on coming out and while the occasional one hits the right notes, most really are just compressed and sub-standard retellings of a story that was fine as it was. Still, I’ll probably keep watching them just hoping that eventually someone will figure out how to do it well because that will be something worth seeing.

Thanks again Rise for the great question and now I will turn it over to the readers. How do you feel about Netflix and their live action anime adaptations?

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