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Postby cyharding » Sun May 25, 2014 10:19 pm

This is a few days old, but it looks like it went under the radar, so I decided to post about this. There is going to be a live action adaptation of Kazuhiko Shimamoto's autobiographical manga Aoi Honō. The manga is a semi-fictionalized story of the mangaka's time at college. At that time, Shimamoto was friends with with Gainax founders Hiroyuki Yamaga, Takami Akai, and Anno himself. They will also be on the show as well. Keep in mind though, that unlike Insufficient Direction, Anno will not be a main character in this show. I don't know too much about live action Japanese shows, but I thought that maybe it's a good idea to have a thread about this.

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Postby kuribo-04 » Tue May 27, 2014 6:30 pm

It's a good idea. Has anyone read this manga?
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Postby elemileTLDR » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:36 pm

I just caught up with it (currently on 10th episode, right at DAICON III). It is openly fictional (if only for being a hyperbolic comedy) but uses nicely some legendary traits of Anno and moments in the prehistory of Gainax...
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Honoo's own story and strugle is also very easy to be drawn to.
Also, Kojima Haruna's late participation offers an extra pleasure for wota.

You should give it a shot if you haven't. It's pretty funny.
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Postby Ray » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:42 pm

Okay, I'm definitely going to look this up and watch it!

When the whole thing is out can someone compile and post all of Anno's Best Moments?
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Postby elemileTLDR » Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:08 pm

^Sure, why not.
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Postby Fireball » Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:19 am

You can't call yourself a Gainax fan if you don't watch this.
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Postby Merkaba » Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:22 pm

Where is the best site to watch this? YouTube only has 1-minute long clips, it seems.

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Postby Ornette » Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:50 pm

You may have to do it the illegal way, either downloading it or searching for "watch blue blazes" on google or something.
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Postby kuribo-04 » Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:49 pm

View Original PostelemileTLDR wrote:
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Shinji: "Sooner or later I'll be betrayed... And they'll leave me. Still... I want to meet them again, because I believe my feelings at that time were real."
Ryuko: "I'm gonna knock ya on your asses!"
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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:28 pm

I'll be watching the first episode in a few minutes, as soon as it transfers itself to my media player.

EDIT: I watched the first episode. Parts of it were good, but I wasn't wowed. I'll probably keep watching it, though.

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Postby elemileTLDR » Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:49 pm

^ Watch at least until episode 3, when Anno made a short animation for the school's commercial assignment. That's when I was left speechless.
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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:52 am

Will do. I'll watch two and three tomorrow.

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Postby elemileTLDR » Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:01 am

So, at Episode 11, it ended...

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Moving, very relatable.
Good series after all.
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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:28 pm

Watched the second episode. This live action show really feels like an anime, doesn't it? Third episode will be watched this afternoon.

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Postby Fireball » Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:50 pm

duuuuude, when Anno asked for the autograph


This series hit sometimes a little bit too close for me. Reminded me of my time at art school, being delusional hot blooded dork :facepalm:

I will definitely rewatch the directors cut when it's out.


View Original PostNuclear Lunchbox wrote:Watched the second episode. This live action show really feels like an anime, doesn't it? Third episode will be watched this afternoon.

Quite a few people say this was actually the best anime of this season - can't say I disagree.
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Postby Dream » Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:24 pm

I commited the error of not keeping this on my radar when it was first being mentioned around here, and it would probably have remained that way had it not been for this thread. As soon as i saw this (spoiler alert):

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I just had to know the work behind such a powerful image, and by god am i glad i did. The struggles and history of Anno, Gainax, and some other figures in the anime industry (and to a lesser degree GAINAX) have always been very interesting and vitalizing topic for me, and the shamelessly hammy touch to the series plays up all the things I love of it up to 11.

And reading up a bit more into the series itself it became apparent that aside from the future directors it’s a pretty relatable story of hot blooded aspiring artist and his development in a very well made (hilarious) comedy.

And all the growing interest became jubilant hype once I saw the Opening thingie. This is seriously the greatest thing I have watched in months.

So yeah, earnestly waiting for the chance to watch Aoi Hono/Blue Blazes.

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ANNO... HIDEAKI...
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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:48 pm

I have to check this out. I was looking in some of the usual places for it but was having no luck. Where might a guy with no access to Japanese TV or the ability to speak Japanese & require English subtitles find this show? If anyone can PM me a link I'd greatly, greatly GREATLY appreciate it!

P.S. Is this an ongoing series or is it a mini-series with an end in sight?

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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:50 pm

I sent you a PM. Hope that takes care of it.

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Postby Defectron » Sun May 31, 2015 4:23 pm

So anyway I have been watching this and it is insanely good, I have only been able to find it on streaming sites that dont seem to have cache recording enabled, I'd like to be able to watch this offline, so if anyone has any leads to that a pm would be appreciated.
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Postby drinian » Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:18 pm

Just finished the series. I felt like the lead, although really talented at physical comedy, was just a little too over the top, and his story shallow although there were hints of character development here and there -- that being said, it's a must-watch for fans of Gainax or people nostalgic about the start of the industry, and Anno and company are the best part of the series.

I'm glad that they called out all the cameos in the credits as I would've missed them otherwise -- pay attention to them!


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