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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:42 06/10/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    She has some sexy underwear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Just Asterisk?They are both basically a copy of Absolute Duo...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    lmao...wtf is the Absolute Duo?its not even famous

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 12/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Talking about copies, there are probably at least a dozen of em

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    They were practically the same anime. Show starts with guy coming to campus and walks into a room where a girl is undressing. They girl attacks him and they ending up dueling each other because in both anime they are in some "combat school". It also so happens the both girls are ranked #1, have some sort of flame element about their powers, and our princess from some country. Both guys upset the girl with some sword skill and they end up rooming together.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Since when is the MC roommate with the female in Gakusen?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Julis is not rank #1 (that's Kirin), she's #5 and she's not MC's roommate. And Stella is only #1 amongst the newbies, not overall (Touka kaichou)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Read the manga: is not a harem, but the rest is a total generic romance shonen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't need to, lightnovel illustrations say it's haremshit. Princess, imouto, megami, loli, sensei, etc, all I see are bitches everywhere and not a single male friend in sight. HAREMSHIT.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty sure you didn't even look, since male friend (imouto's roommate) appear in the second chapter, maybe third if talking only about illustrations...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    That roommate who is a identify as a woman trapped in a man's body

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    Comment by KaiserTrigger
    10:49 24/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    The roommate pretty much boils down to this...

    Exists to quell issues with lack of other males of decent caliber without ruining the escapist fantasy of picturing yourself as the MC, Ikki, getting all the girls in the entire show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 05/10/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Later Episodes should be interesting. I read the manga, this may look generic but it is anything but that.

    Worth it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:36 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    i read the manga. i thought the same but after reading the available chapters, i found that it was very generic. MC is a merry sue. all villains are asshole males. the only other male is a transgender (the only interesting part to be honest). also, the redhead MC is annoying and generic as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 05/10/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Its time for me to have an anime hiatus this season because of too much generic bullshit with generic male mc bullshit. Feel free to down-vote down-voters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:38 05/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    If this was 100% generic harem bs (which this isnt harem to begin with), the MC would have lost the fight and would be her slave forever and whatnot.
    So at least it's got that going for it, as small as that may be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You do know harem doesn't mean submissive MC, look at the Gary Stu trend for example.

    Doesn't mean they aren't generic and overused as all hell though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Harem needs more than one romantic interest and I can assure you Ikki's not gonna play into that...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:35 05/10/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Another bullshit of season.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its good compared to Absolute Duo at least, well if you rely to the manga theres even some nice twist to it

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 08/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you know, despite it being a few chapters now, the art and story is way better than the anime and its still far behind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gakusen : beta faggot MC (like always)
    Rakudai : Not beta faggot MC (profit!!!!!)

    That is all I can say

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:08 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    All these shit shows are the same, and have been for years. How do you not even notice it's the exact same thing recycled year after year? Same for the giant robot stuff. I guess it's just too jarring when it's two in the same season.

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    Comment by Mitchell
    11:53 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah I was wondering if I was the only one who noticed most of these shows are the same, or if you people didn't care anymore...I do like his attitude about things tho.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can you read minds? How do you know people didn't notice the repetitiveness? Some stories that are tied to categories like Shounen or Shoujo (in Japan, they aren't regarded as genres) are written in quite similar fashion because they are just following the framework. You can't really write anything too far-fetched when the intended target audiences is older kids to teenagers.

    Unless the shows is based on Seinen or Josei stories which is intended for young adults and above, but it still doesn't justify what you had said. When a stories from a source is adapted into Anime, they need someone to write the storyboard, if we get a talented writer then the story would probably be good but the director also plays a key role. If your budget is low then the chances of hiring veteran director and animation staff is almost nil...

    Notice that in our modern society, almost everything is about trends? Do you think you can recommend a show that dates back a couple years ago to a friend who is new to anime? While the first few older Anime for newcomers is usually well-tolerated but they will gradually yearn for trendier series, can you still recommend those older mecha Anime?

    P.S: I'm aware not everyone is trying their best to keep up with the trends, my above statement is meant for people in general.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:53 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're just trying to defend people who aren't even trying to put efforts into being "unique".

    "Genres" have frameworks, sure, but that doesn't mean they can't try anything "new". Heck "scifi" is a genre, and basically the possibilities is endless.

    Shounen and shoujo is the same, adventure stories, sports stories, romance stories, slice of life stories, card game stories, mystery stories, cooking stories, mecha stories, heck even stories based on real life occupations(Bakuman) can be shounen, so no, being a shounen doesn't limit you from doing anything.

    Yes, not even restraints when it comes to complexity or gore and nudity, Death Note, Mirai Nikki and many others have stories much more complex and maybe even gruesome than most self proclaimed "seinens" such as NEEDLESS or SAO. The word doesn't mean shit anymore apart from what magazine the thing is being published in.

    And you are aware that these are "adaptations", which means they are taken from some other source materials, so it matters very little what director or screenwriter the studio hires, because the source material is already very generic to begin with.

    And budget also doesn't change anything, any given 24 minutes anime needs roughly the same amount of animators, which means it's no excuse to make those talented artist who already live on minimum wage work on shitty projects when they could be using their efforts to draw for a better story.

    Also you talk like "following trends" is a sacred rule, well heads up but it's not, even without a critical standpoint, harem animes have been oversaturating the market with 3-4 harem titles coming out EVERY SEASONS, that's 12+ harem animes a year, and hardly any of them manages to ever bring anything new to the table.

    A good story, regardless of whether portrayed in anime, manga, LN, movie, game or any other media, is one that is unique and impactful on it's own, not some lazy ripoffs by bottom tier writers who can't write shit apart from their own fap material imaginations.

    tl;dr version: we need innovation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:15 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look it up on either the Japanese or English wiki, both NEEDLESS and SAO are categorized as Seinen.

    And I hope you're trolling when saying Bakuman is a battle manga, or that Death Note and Mirai Nikki aren't "innovative" at the very least. If you're trying to troll, please try to do something that will make yourself seem less of a retard.

    Also if you think the point of my arguments is "who copies who", then you're completely missing the point, the point isn't that copycats exist, it's that the industry had delved into feeding off unoriginality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:41 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    @11:15
    I'm not sure which comment gave you the idea that Bakuman is a battle Manga, maybe you posted on the wrong thread or misread it. But who started the mentalities of automatically comparing any latest series with the most successful series of the same genre(s) really baffles me, I don't recall such behavior being so rampage before the era of social medias. Not sure if you were the one who cited "unique" for every works regardless of media, if so, then why do people not view each series as it's own but chose to scrutinize them by using other well-received series as a "framework"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You speak as if you have published stories on books before. To audiences new to Anime or Manga, almost anything can be seen as "unique" since they weren't constantly exposed to them like most old-time fans did. If anything, I'd say the audiences had became too picky about small details and is fast to point them out as "flaws", long gone is the days when appreciation is shown like back in the early 90's to the early 2000's. I can only think of social medias as the root cause of this behaviors.

    I'm aware there sub-genres for Shounen and Shoujo, however, they are still limited to their framework. With Shounen - growing stronger (not necessary physical abilities) friendship bonds and strong motivation.
    Romance in Shounen is usually very subtle, all you'd get is some hints of them thus romance genre is seldom seen on Shounen titles.
    For Shoujo - getting stronger (emotionally and courageous) friendship bonds and romance as it's key.

    While it is true there were plenty of sub-genres to work with but how many of the shows you had cited actually did well in Japan and overseas is the issue. Not many people enjoy Slice of Life series like Bakuman due to the slower pacing, people has accused creator of sports Anime/Manga of using Bishounen or fan services (for females) to lure in viewers, how many sports series has make it big to this day, I think our fingers is enough to count them all.

    Although I'm a male but I don't dislike romance stories, but as far as I'm concerned, not many male audiences can tolerate it. Card game and cooking stories is very rare which is why over the decades, we only saw one or two such series surfaced. Mecha, mystery and adventure is pretty mainstream which is why they feels overused.

    Dark series doesn't quite sits well with younger audiences, especially Death Note which were banned right after the final episode aired in Japan. Mirai Nikki is almost as dark as Elfen Lied (2004) however, the latter is a Seinen and both isn't that well-received. Being much more complex and gruesome doesn't really pull in the crowds, sadly. And Seinen and Josei is for older readers thus they never appeared in the same magazine with Shounen or Shoujo.

    Have you ever seen cases of Anime being better than it's source? This can be attributed to the talents of screenwriter or the director, I can argue that everything outside of Anime and Manga are practically very generic in nature everywhere you look, nowadays it is all about presentations.

    Almost everyone associated with Anime studios is either fans themselves or simply just doing the job as a form of hobby, I don't think they can survive with that little wages, and I also don't think they are working full-time on the job because the staff members displayed during the ending credit is ever-changing. This gave me the idea that most of them are part-timer or freelancer.

    And each Anime project has a deadline since most of the series is announced before their release date, as such, studio undertaking the project will need to draw up a schedule. If your budget is high, you can hire veteran artists since they will decline other job of lesser significant and focus on the project, sometimes you will notice a handful of badly drawn scenes and that is probably done by amateurish hands, budget does indeed matters.

    I admit there are many harem centered stories this past few years but those are meant for fans of said genre. You do know that not all Anime/Manga or games from Japan has make it to the west, no? Sadly, what you see on the table is handpicked to ensure the profits of Anime companies in the U.S, you'd think they would import titles that won't sell to the west?

    While it is true a good story, regardless of the media used is unique but movies require much more budget than Anime in general, and we don't see 3-4 movies being released every seasons by the same company.

    And it is the writers' right of expression. Plus, there are female writers as well. Why do you think novels is a hit in Japan, it provided everyone a chance to write stories, it is a form of freedom since the law can't really touch you if you don't cross the line. There are good stories as well as mediocre ones, not every author is experienced, but is still bashed and compared with veteran author's work even if he/she is just debuting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:55 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Needles or SAO "seinen"? Not even their authors say that.
    Death Note or Mirai Nikki complex stories? That's like saying Battle Royale copied the Hunger Games
    And Bakuman is a freaking battle manga with tons of traning arcs, for gods sake! There is nothing new in that!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    male mc
    female princess
    female principal
    female loli

    it's harem. deal with it haremshitters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you notice that this anime and Gakusen Toshi Asterisk started almost the same way and have the same fucking vibe? "MC sees the heroine(both have tsundere) in underwear, she gets mad, they fight, the MC wins and now she sees the guy differently.

    Also at the beginning of Rakudai the do an introduction for the heroine, and at the end of Asterisk they talk about the past of the girl and how she is called the "mad princess".

    Lately the harem animes have become a cliche-fest, i personally just watch them because i have nothing else to do besides studying and playing games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both Dragon Ball and Journey to the West start in similar ways, even with "similar" characters (we know what you did, Toriyama), but they diverge greatly and are truly different stories by the time they have finished.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought it had a amazing first episode i cant wait for more

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:34 08/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's fucking blade dance of elements all over again. Seriously watch the first episode and it's this first episode.

    The only thing this had going for it was the Male MC stopping her mid (generic) sentence and taking his shirt off.

    Otherwise this is predictable as hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, both of the girl is princess too..
    (rakudai and arterisk)

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    Comment by John Hayabusa
    23:37 05/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought I was watching Asterisk War again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uncensored, thank you. It will be better without the guy

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    Comment by KaiserTrigger
    10:46 24/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another Escapist Mary Sue show with vague and thin reasons to keep the MC from not being a Mary Sue, despite the ridiculous amount of hand wave battles he goes through where his special move theoretically mops the floor with anyone.

    May as well chock this up as another DxD. Shows that only exist in my repertoire of seen shows to fap to. Cuz that's some kinky ass underwear.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Holy fuck. This season is full of generic harem bullsihit with male MC bullshit. The ones that're literally worth-watching are Gochiusa, YrYr, and Valkyrie Drive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, if One Punch Man is even 1/10th as good as the manga, the other studios should know they stand no chance this season, so doing anything good would just be a waste of time...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah this whole season sucks, so lets keep watching moeblob fanservice animes and ignore good shows like one punch man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 05/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    And VD is surprisingly promising.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Rakudai not is harem. :(

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    Comment by Rya
    19:00 05/10/2015 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Mahouka x that anime with the devil sister

    Comment by Anonymous

    This anime doesn't have a harem u idiots. COME ON!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 06/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Asterisk is a stupid harem; Rakudai is DEFINITELY NOT a harem !!

    Comment by Anonymous

    stay shit hatemshit

    Comment by Anonymous

    the haremshitters are ready for another rehash of Familiar of Violent Tsundere

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 07/10/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't remember many Violent Tsunderes french kissing their Familiar around the middle of the first season...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Feels like I have already seen this anime.




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