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    Started watching Shinsekai yori and I'm on episode 11 now. I've got some strong, mixed feelings about the anime. It seemed like the first four or five episodes were great, but then suddenly I started to notice that the quality of the animation was pretty crap. At first I thought it was just where I was watching it, but after watching from multiple sources, I think it's just the anime itself.

    My biggest gripe is that the FPS seems to be noticeably lower than other anime. This is only really a bother in scenes that have a lot of movement, which seems to be be happening less and less frequent as the episodes go on. Which brings up my next gripe, it seems like the director loves still scenes. I almost feel like I'm watching the original Dragon Ball Z where characters would just float around and you would hear their inner dialogue, while panning back and forth between the same stills. I've seen a few instances of sloppy animating, too, such as full sentences being said where the mouth doesn't move, or the mouth movement is just the same open-and-close over and over. The only thing that the director seems to like more than stills are fade-outs and ins. I almost feel like the show was edited by a newbie to Sony Vegas, in some of the episodes. These are all the types of things that shouldn't be noticed while just watching the show - maybe if you're looking at it with a critical eye while trying to find mistakes, but I haven't. All I've tried to do is enjoy the show while all these issues keep glaring at me.

    The story seems to go back and forth between awesome and meh. And the meh seems increasingly be the case as the episodes go on. For the first few episodes I was like, "Damn, I can't believe I've never seen this before. It's damn amazing!" But for the past few episodes, I've been thinking the anime resembles a shoddy shoujo anime more than anything else. I don't know why, but Shoujo anime/manga seem to have incredibly simple and crap artwork, as well as simple and over-told stories, 9 out of 10 times.

    This quality seems to flip-flop, and I honestly thought the show was being directed by a few different people most of the time. Heck, it might have been, I haven't actually looked into it. But it's coming to the point where I'm starting to wonder if I should even continue watching, rather than just look up a description of the story somewhere. It just seems like it's not going to be worth going through 5 more hours of this. I really wish the awesomeness had been thorough all the way through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ApocaRUFF View Post
    Started watching Shinsekai yori and I'm on episode 11 now. I've got some strong, mixed feelings about the anime. It seemed like the first four or five episodes were great, but then suddenly I started to notice that the quality of the animation was pretty crap. At first I thought it was just where I was watching it, but after watching from multiple sources, I think it's just the anime itself.
    I actually consider Shinsekai as getting better and more complex as the story goes on, while the start is more of a slice of life thing.
    You're getting closer to the interesting parts, as far as I'm concerned :o. Ain't really ''actionny'' .. gotta admit its a weird anime. Animation quality varies ALOT.

    Do not worry. You have not seen everything of the story yet. *giggles like a madman* The show might not be for everyone, but you should probably finish it, you just finished the ''introduction''.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kashis View Post
    Finally went through and read everything and got all the suggestions (they were all pretty much good) And I've seen/am watching almost everything mentioned but:

    Noein
    House of Five Leaves
    Gankutsuou (seen the original source and read the book though)
    Akira
    Summer Wars
    Ouran High School Host Club
    Maplestory
    Beck
    Hello Kitty (gonna pass on that)

    So I'm gonna need to check those out.
    Noein was a bit of a disappointment, a very interesting concept about alternative dimensions, but poorly executed, poor romance, very cheesy and lame moments, hollow characters too :S was interesting for a moment....
    Heard good things about Akira, Summer Wars and Beck though. I need to check those out..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ApocaRUFF View Post
    Started watching Shinsekai yori and I'm on episode 11 now. I've got some strong, mixed feelings about the anime. It seemed like the first four or five episodes were great, but then suddenly I started to notice that the quality of the animation was pretty crap. At first I thought it was just where I was watching it, but after watching from multiple sources, I think it's just the anime itself.

    My biggest gripe is that the FPS seems to be noticeably lower than other anime. This is only really a bother in scenes that have a lot of movement, which seems to be be happening less and less frequent as the episodes go on. Which brings up my next gripe, it seems like the director loves still scenes. I almost feel like I'm watching the original Dragon Ball Z where characters would just float around and you would hear their inner dialogue, while panning back and forth between the same stills. I've seen a few instances of sloppy animating, too, such as full sentences being said where the mouth doesn't move, or the mouth movement is just the same open-and-close over and over. The only thing that the director seems to like more than stills are fade-outs and ins. I almost feel like the show was edited by a newbie to Sony Vegas, in some of the episodes. These are all the types of things that shouldn't be noticed while just watching the show - maybe if you're looking at it with a critical eye while trying to find mistakes, but I haven't. All I've tried to do is enjoy the show while all these issues keep glaring at me.

    The story seems to go back and forth between awesome and meh. And the meh seems increasingly be the case as the episodes go on. For the first few episodes I was like, "Damn, I can't believe I've never seen this before. It's damn amazing!" But for the past few episodes, I've been thinking the anime resembles a shoddy shoujo anime more than anything else. I don't know why, but Shoujo anime/manga seem to have incredibly simple and crap artwork, as well as simple and over-told stories, 9 out of 10 times.

    This quality seems to flip-flop, and I honestly thought the show was being directed by a few different people most of the time. Heck, it might have been, I haven't actually looked into it. But it's coming to the point where I'm starting to wonder if I should even continue watching, rather than just look up a description of the story somewhere. It just seems like it's not going to be worth going through 5 more hours of this. I really wish the awesomeness had been thorough all the way through.
    The animation thing I noticed as well, but there's a reason why the story is the way it is. Watch it till the end, then come back and discuss the story. It's not what you think. A worse offender of this (kinda sloppy/lazy/random animation but great story) is Aku no Hana.

    I think the animation style is just different than what you are used to, kinda similar to what people feel when they watch stuff from Shaft (although theirs is consistently dynamic). You may or may not still have mixed feelings about the show at the end, but I'll assure you it'll be for different reasons by then.

    There are actually some really well done scenes in the 2nd half of the show (one in particular had me sitting on the edge of my seat and holding my breath) so definitely don't give up on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAztaroth View Post
    Noein was a bit of a disappointment, a very interesting concept about alternative dimensions, but poorly executed, poor romance, very cheesy and lame moments, hollow characters too :S was interesting for a moment....
    Heard good things about Akira, Summer Wars and Beck though. I need to check those out..
    You know what? I had heard the same thing about it and that was why I hadn't watched it yet lol. But a number of people do recommend it though so I want to check it out and see for myself.

    Akira I saw on tv, but not the whole thing so I had no clue wtf was going on so I have to watch it from the beginning. Summer Wars I heard was good; I think I started up on Beck and just never finished.
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