HXH got ridiculously gruesome after 75 episodes lol, talk about an adjustment in viewing expectations.

@MochaKoffee 1st season: dangerous, but basically Naruto

5th season: hope you're cool with regular torture, dismemberment, and gore (sometimes of your favorite characters!)

@maolfunction Zambot 3 is sufficiently niche enough that basically all modern viewers are going to come to Zambot 3 with Tomino's reputation in mind, which is going to make the carnage obviously less surprising.

when you're familiar with stuff like this, then, yeah, you know what you're in for.

@maolfunction But, taken into the context of the show itself, you begin to realize how terrifying it actually is.

The main protagonists are all young children. Like, young, young, even for mecha anime standards. Only one of them survives the series.

You'll quickly begin to realize that the status quo is /not/ resetting. All of the damage to the city sticks. All the mental damage sticks.

Then it pulls the human bomb stuff.

All in an anime marketed like this:

youtube.com/watch?v=32JJ7O65nm

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