This episode was awesome.
Which anime is this?
Please /a/. Please. Its right there as the image name
It's a manga, dickhead
I love how character designs actually change over tie in this anime. Xin is clearly older than he was at the start, and He Liao Diao is both clearly older and much more feminine.
It's Terrible CG: The Anime
The second season has much less of that.
I will admit I almost dropped it before I even finished the first episode, but I'm glad I didn't because it's fucking excellent.
I think I'll just stick to the manga.
The manga is great, though.
Age of Empire : Asian Dynasties
Without spoiling too much, how much further ahead is the manga versus the anime? Animu has just had Diao join as Xin's strategist.
Not that much. That was like 60 or 70 chapters ago in the translation, 6 volumes I think. The translation is like another 4 volumes behind.
How many volumes have already gone by at this point?
I'm basically weighing up reading the manga after this season ends (only about five or six eps left so I guess just before the next major arc) versus waiting for a third season and watching it without spoilers.
It's NHK-funded so if the material is there they'll almost certainly animate it.
So I read the MAL/ANN description but it doesn't tell me much. Why is this anime good?
The translations are on volume 29, the manga is at 33.
I'm thinking of picking this up. Is the only argument for reading the manga over watching the anime the shitty CG, or it something more structural? If so, I can deal with that.
I'm on episode 5 of season 1 and so far this has been a steaming pile of shit.
Please tell me it gets better.
The manga is a pretty solid historical battle manga. The named characters are exaggerated compared to the rank and file soldiers but it's still all good. It's well drawn and pretty consistent.
My only complaint would be that the main character is a bit stupid. I get that he was an uneducated peasant at the start of the manga, but he seems to learn really slowly as the manga goes on.
Personally I don't watch the anime because I really can't stand the CG, but the other guy says it's bearable.
It gets a lot better after the first arc, but I think that'll take a while to end.
So from that I'm guessing the anime would be at around volume 26 or 27.
Blast it, that doesn't leave enough for a third season unless they restrict it to only two cours or such. Of course, given what your average animu gets that's still a lot of episodes.
I really like the various characters and their motivations. It spends most of its time in the midst of wars, but at the soldier level rather than general. MC does move up the ranks each arc, as his goal is to eventually become the Greatest General Beneath the Heavens.
MC himself is probably the weakest character, being the dumb-but-tough-and-charismatic type, but he's likable nonetheless. The supporting characters are all excellent.
The pacing is also really well done. I don't know how the manga handles it, but almost every single episode ends with me waiting for the next one eagerly.
How long is the first arc? Does the story and the characters get any less ridiculous?
Dunno about the anime, but its like 5 volumes in the manga, although I'd say it got decent at volume 2 and it became good after volume 6.
The story is pretty good once it gets going, and the characters get more fabulous, but nobody is more ridiculous than Muta.
Alright. I'm trusting you on this. If this turns out to be shit I will find you and OP and kick both of you.
Yeah, Muta is probably the worst opponent in the whole series.
I'd say it really gets moving probably around the same time Wang Qi shows up for the first time as an actual character rather than a guy onscreen for three seconds, which is when they return to Xianyang around episode 9 or so.
Good to hear. One of the biggest challenges in writing is giving the characters good motivations. It's painful when the world is developed way too much more than the characters. Picked up.
More like Total War.
dropped season 1, picked up again for season 2 until xin's cgi battle with the close eyed guy where i had to drop it again. The manga is good though.
One of the turning points of the war that has just finished in the anime was the revelation of the motives behind the primary antagonist of the arc.
How far is the anime?
Ok, how are the ANGRY FACES in it?
Generally pretty good, provided the scene isn't done in CG like a lot of the earlier episodes were. I think they weren't comfortable with their budget so they played conservative earlier on and slowly got better.
I actually dropped the manga about the time when the MC was battling the SE asian (?) bountyhunter.
I can't stand the fucking MC. He's the worst kind of shonen archetype, the loud, hungry, persistent type with a big dream.
From what I hear he doesn't get any better, so I guess I'll continue to give this one a wide berth.
Yeah, if you are to enjoy this manga you have to learn to ignore the MC and enjoy the way more awesome side characters.
Wang Qi is my favourite, but Qiang Lei is pretty awesome as well.
Fuck me, looking back at early episodes it really hits me again just how much actually progression there's been in how the characters look.
Yeah, I don't like him much either, too much of an idealist.
Especially when he tells that dude who was buried alive that something like that would never happen again.
He does change slowly, but the core of who he is still remains pretty much the same.
He does get slapped around for being a dumbass numerous times, though.
I don't think being anti- genocideing prisoners of war makes you an idealist, I mean it's not like he knocks all his opponents out or anything, he still kills enemy soldiers all the time.
>It's NHK-funded so if the material is there they'll almost certainly animate it.
I'm not sure why you think that. Still waiting for more Saiunkoku Monogatari and The Twelve Kingdoms.