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Lunchtime I watched Room Camp, a series of 12 three minute shorts featuring three members of the Outdoor Club from Laid Back Camp as they travel round visiting various places of interest, and of course cooking food and visiting hot springs.

The series also includes an 11 minute mini-episode featuring Rin and three wheel scooter as she goes out camping, cooking food and visiting hot springs.

All 13 episodes are great fun to watch and a reminder of how good the main series were and that we need more adventures of Rin, Nadeshiko and the other girls.

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The only two new shows I'm currently watching are Nagatoro S2 and Tomo-chan is a Girl. I plan on watching Aggretsuko S5 sometime soon-ish, but other than that, nothing else has really caught my eye yet.

I'm thinking about revisiting Yu Yu Hakusho, only this time, I can watch it in chronological order and without commercial interruptions like it was when it aired on Toonami years ago.

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On 2/18/2023 at 8:04 PM, Penguin said:

One that I find very lighthearted and cute is The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague.

I’m watching that one as well, though I’m behind on it. Now halfway through Monster.

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I've started to watch White Album, I'm six episodes in but I'm having difficulty finding a reason to continue watching it. The basic plot is that the main character's girlfriend is about to become an idol singer, the two of them seem committed to each other, but her production company seem to want to keep them apart. Then there's another singer who appears to sometimes help them get together and other times tries to replace the girlfriend, and there's two other girls who seek the guys help, but I'm not sure what their motives are. The whole plot is a mess.

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I had a bit of a shock this evening. I went to watch another couple of episodes of White Album on CR and a notice appeared saying something like "This series is unavailable to view". I wasn't too upset as I'm only continuing with the series out of curiosity about how much more of a mess some of the characters can make of their lives.  I checked back in a couple of hours later and it was available again, so there was probably some sort of server issue.

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6 hours ago, Otaku Gamer said:

That's weird, but it happens. I'm not sure why the server would be down though.

It was a bit weird, it only seemed to affect that series as the message went on to offer several other similar series I could watch.

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4 hours ago, Otaku Gamer said:

Huh, really weird. I'm glad I don't watch any anime online (severe data limits is why tbh), but I'm sorry that happened. Hopefully it won't happen again in the near future. Odd thing to happen, but also really inconvenient I imagine.

It was OK this evening so it looks like it was a temporary glitch.

I had a relatively slow connection and data limits until December last year when my service provider made me an offer I couldn't refuse for a faster unlimited service so now I can watch online.

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7 minutes ago, Otaku Gamer said:

We get a measly 15 gigabytes a month of data,

My old deal gave me 20GB, so it wasn't much better than yours. I went over that once, and they cut my download speed by 60% I had to pay them extra that month to get the speed back. ☹️

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2 minutes ago, Otaku Gamer said:

Sheesh! That's pretty harsh. We don't get billed for it, the data just stays at zero until the next month, but it does make me wonder why I can still use YouTube Music when the 15 is gone. I'm glad, but it's also confusing. You'd think when the data ran out I wouldn't be able to use things like that... just really weird service. lol

You're right, that's a really weird system.

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11 minutes ago, EnviousEnvy said:

Just finished Tomo-Chan Is A Girl... does anyone know if there will be more episodes? 

I believe it's a 13 episode series, so if you've just watched episode 13 that's it unless it gets a second season.

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30 minutes ago, EnviousEnvy said:

Just finished Tomo-Chan Is A Girl... does anyone know if there will be more episodes? 

The most recent episode was episode 8, so no way you finished it without a TARDIS. And confirmed 13 episodes for it’s debut season (though I’ve seen comments from people saying the rate it’s covering the source material there’s only enough for a single season)

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5 minutes ago, Ohayotaku said:

The most recent episode was episode 8, so no way you finished it without a TARDIS. And confirmed 13 episodes for it’s debut season (though I’ve seen comments from people saying the rate it’s covering the source material there’s only enough for a single season)

It's always a bit annoying when they use up the source material too quickly. It's even more annoying when there's plenty of source material but no interest in using it. <cough>Clear Card<cough>

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Finished season 5 of Aggretsuko. The first half of the season was decent, but the political campaign storyline was a dumpster fire on par with Science Fell in Love season 2’s finale. Plus the focus was more on Haida than Retsuko all season long, which I don’t think was a good way to go out. When I finished season 3, I posted that it felt like a good place to end on & I stand behind that comment.  

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I did manage to finish watching White Album, although it was a close thing and I nearly gave up a couple of times. Basically it was a lot of people with messed up lives doing things that messed up their lives even more. There wasn't much of a plot, although it could also be said there were too many plots, all of which just appeared then disappeared with little or no explanation or resolution. Towards the end I felt that they were trying desperately to find a reason behind everything by using the old late reveal backstory gambit, which to me came over as too much of a deus ex machina.  There was an epilogue of sorts at the end of the final credits, but instead of providing a closure to the story it just left more unanswered questions.  So overall a disappointing series and a contender for the worst series I've seen this year. 

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13 hours ago, Animedragon said:

So overall a disappointing series and a contender for the worst series I've seen this year. 

In its defence I think White Album actually had the potential to be a good series exploring the problems of being a new singer trying to break into the professional music industry and how the stresses of rivals, studio rehearsals, media attention and production schedules affects the personal life, emotional well-being and personal relationships of both the new singer and their friends and family.
Instead they decided to bury any overall plot with a morass of poorly thought out and pointless sub-plots and a large female cast whose actions tended to push the series into the boundaries of harem show territory.
A good opportunity lost.

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5 hours ago, Animedragon said:

In its defence I think White Album actually had the potential to be a good series exploring the problems of being a new singer trying to break into the professional music industry and how the stresses of rivals, studio rehearsals, media attention and production schedules affects the personal life, emotional well-being and personal relationships of both the new singer and their friends and family.
Instead they decided to bury any overall plot with a morass of poorly thought out and pointless sub-plots and a large female cast whose actions tended to push the series into the boundaries of harem show territory.
A good opportunity lost.

well from what i heard the visual novel is a lot better so maybe they animated one of the bad routes or something like that. Well i don't really know but since the visual novel is loved by a lot of people it may just be the fault of the animators?

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15 minutes ago, Soramee_ said:

well from what i heard the visual novel is a lot better so maybe they animated one of the bad routes or something like that. Well i don't really know but since the visual novel is loved by a lot of people it may just be the fault of the animators?

hard create from good manga in to good anime.

 

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4 hours ago, Soramee_ said:

well from what i heard the visual novel is a lot better so maybe they animated one of the bad routes or something like that. Well i don't really know but since the visual novel is loved by a lot of people it may just be the fault of the animators?

I hadn't realised that White Album was based on a visual novel. To create a good single story line anime from a visual novel is quite difficult as some of the story routes may contradict each other, so I suspect the creators of the White Album anime tried to include too many of the incidents from the VN and ended up with an over complex and confusing story line.

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I've now started on White Album 2, which confusingly is not a sequel to White Album but does include some of the songs and mentions some of the characters from White Album. Like White Album the source material is a visual novel, but, based on the first four episodes, they've done a better job on WA2. The artwork and animation are also a higher standard.

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