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The two best anime this season so far are Goblin Slayer and SSSS.Gridman. Goblin Slayer caused a huge uproar over its first ep.. which honestly is stupid. Plenty of acclaimed anime have had an uncomfortable rape scene. A heavily censored scene that took up all of 10 seconds of the episode. However, whether intended or not, it got everyone talking about it. After that, it resumed as a normal but violent anime. It also wasn't random, it established the goblin's as pure evil. SSSS.Gridman is your standard over the top Trigger mecha anime... but it starts out off the rails. I don't see how they can get much more bat shit crazy. That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime, Zombie Land SAGA, and Double Decker: Doug and Kirill have all been fun and quirky though. Overall I'm enjoying this season even if I'm skipping on a few of the shows.
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Eh, as far as recap eps go it wasn't bad and it at least had the next episodes name at the end so next week should be a new ep (I hope).
I just watched the episode of SAGA with Lily's dad. They didn't use CG for the end performance, and it was quite nice. I get that its more costly to do it this way, but man it looked way better. As techniques advance, I don't mind CGI too much. I guess I just like consistency way more though. The hybrid can be so jarring at times I much rather have either all CG or all drawn. The method is getting better though. Gridman, as you pointed out is probably the best usage of hybrid CG and animation I've seen to date. Double Decker gets everything right about car chases that FMP!'s last season got wrong. Even though I'm not a blu-ray buyer, It would be nice if they went back and animated all the performances in SAGA for the blu-ray/DVD release. I think Sakura and Saki's characters suffer the most in those sequences because of their more intricate and longer hair design.
I'm pretty sure they'll go back through and clean it up as they always do before a DVD/BD release (there are huge differences in quality between the broadcast version and the home video release, I can name quite a few shows this is true in), whether or not the CG will be any better or not is another question (they usually just go back to fix animation issues that they let slide due to time constraints). I hope they do since I'll probably throw money at the BD release when they get around to releasing it here.
Yea, Sakura and Saki suffer from it the most (Tae does as well but it works in her favor since she's not entirely there and her movements are CG friendly) which sucks because Saki is my favorite character. Sadly the next episode has a CG performance and it's not overly bad but it is cringy (you'll see what I mean when you watch it). It is frustrating though when you have a great episode like Lily's without using CG and you wonder why they just don't do that (besides cutting costs I don't exactly understand, especially when they had a great performance without it. I believe episode 8's performance isn't CG but I'd have to re-watch it to make sure).