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Postby Justacrazyguy » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:11 pm

Black Magic M-66: Really good looking OVA from the old days. The plot is just a couple of experimental robots trying to kill someone. Basically agile terminators. Very fun watch.
Also, the main character is voiced by Yoshiko Sakakibara which is always a plus.

Dirty Pair OVA series and Movie: Girls with guns have fun adventures in space. The tone remains lighthearted even in more serious episodes thanks to the main characters carefree attitude. All this adventuring is accompanied by some nice 80s music.
While the OVA series I watched was well animated for its time, it's the movie that really shines with some superb animation and a really stylish opening sequence.
I should also mention that the girls are hot and cute. If you like cute and hot girls in weird outfits Dirty Pair delivers.

And now I'll go search for more action shows from the 80s to make up for this lackluster season.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:30 am

Mobile Fighter G Gundam -- I had been wondering about the masked guy, but he really was no Char after all. His Gundam wasn't even red. And I'd forgotten that the "Best idea ever" scene came from this series.

All in all, having watched this, I now realise quite how many references to it there are in fan material.

Fafner Exodus, first cour -- well, the new pilots have definitely sange'd now, so that WEG is being quite accurate. I'm assuming that it's also deliberate that the uber-mech Mark Nicht has EVA-01's colour scheme.
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Postby CommanderFish » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:12 am

Attack on Titan S2 was actually better than the first season, imo. The main characters of this season got way more fleshed out so that when the big action-y parts happen, there is a lot more to get involved in. So much time is spent on character development, (a little too much at points; the show still has the habit of shoving a message down your throat until you're choking on it), so it's slower overall but much more worth it in the end.

But I think what really pulled me along was the suspense and mystery in regards to the plot. This season does such a good job of revealing things to you without really telling you what's going on; the more you know, the more you don't know. It lends so much genuine unpredictability to the story that I find it hard not to get engaged (coming from a non-manga reader, mind you).

I'd truly expected to somewhat "grow out" of this show seeing as it was my very first serial, but this season somehow managed to further my interest. And Season 3 is already confirmed for 2018, so no four-year gap to lose that interest this time.
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Postby Alaska Slim » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:57 am

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:Mobile Fighter G Gundam -- I had been wondering about the masked guy, but he really was no Char after all.

Nah, he's more like Racer X from Mach Go Go Go ( Speed Racer). It's Chinese Martial art/ wuxia conventions driving the characters, not so much Gundam.

The relationship of Domon to his master, his master's name, the "serene state of mind", all of it is mish-mash genre-crossing.
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Postby robersora » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:15 am

Koe no Katachi
View Original Postpwhodges wrote:I didn't get that at all from either the film or the manga.

How much experience do you have of deaf people in real life?


Virtually none and I haven't read the manga.

To clarify, I was being facetious with my remark of her being mentally retarded.
I think the overall depiction of her being deaf was brutally honest and well executed - it was how everything besides her deafness was portrayed that annoyed me.
And yes, of course being deaf defines your life to a great extend. But she was ONLY defined by her deafness. Other than her being super cute and deaf I don't know anything about her.
I really disliked how she was portrayed as this perfectly sweet girl, that would thank people for crapping on her head and apologize for mistakes she didn't make.
I guess one could argue that she internalized her deafness being a problem to such an extend, she really defines herself solely as to how much of a burden she is. But in the second school after the time skip she seemed well integrated, so to me it doesn't make any sense that she clings to that one aspect of her so dearly.
Like, yeah. Shitty things happened. But even after that much time past, you can only define yourself through that one lens?
I think I know where this came from, and that is whoever made her that way. And that enrages me.
She was portrayed as this angelic perfect person, that springs from the mindset that deafness/inability in itself is already a character flaw, so she can't possibly have another imperfection, or else she won't be liked by the male audience.
At least that's what the staff communicated to me in how they portrayed her. And in a story that otherwise didn't shy away to form a complicated MC with lots of internal struggle that compromise kind of annoyed me.

I hope that clears up a little bit of my frustration with the movie.


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View Original PostCommanderFish wrote:Attack on Titan S2 was actually better than the first season, imo.


Yes, yes, yes. They really put time into this one. Not only is it full of spectacular animation, the show feels much more ambitious and less boilerplate-shonen. While the second part was a little bit weaker it was still miles above anything we have seen in the first season. Mikasa's sole focus on Eren seems even more comical now, since there's such a huge cast with more motivating principles than just one thing. Also the show finally knows how to tone it down for a few scenes to increase the impact of the next big battle piece. And best of all, there is almost no explaining what is happening on screen that was so extensive in season 1. I hate that style of story telling so much. In season two there was even one scene we had to infer from our knowldedge of the character as to why she reacted that way. That amazed me to now end. I was waiting and waiting for an explanation by anyone, but it never came.
That Attack on Titan would engage anything else than my inner primitive monkey-brain honestly shocked me a little bit.
(Don't get me wrong, the reason I'm watching AoT is, because it's visceral fun, though.)
This was such a step up from season 1 - amazing. Looking forward to S3. SASAGEYOOOOO SASAGEYOOOO 8/10
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Postby silvermoonlight » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:03 am

Journey To Agartha

This is kind of a strange anime film because because when you look at it and hear the music you think your in a studio ghibli film but then it does this real sucker punch and you see blood and your suddenly your like on wait no this isn't that kind of film as it has some really sad and dark themes about death wanting loved ones back and it talks a lot about the mythology of the Quetzalcoatls (Aztec gods)

Hands down the Izoku are one of the most unsettling creatures in this movie and there's an utterly chilling scene where they start to strangle the lead character trying to kill her before they eat her though they are not a hundred percent villains they basically doing a job and trying to keep order. Yeah also if your not a fan of things getting eaten alive/dead there are two scenes that will really unsettle you twice in this film. Saying this though it is a very interesting film and worth watching and I wish they'd make a series on it as the movie doesn't answer all of the questions and some are left unanswered.
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Postby MuscleRobo » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:03 am

Well my roommate and me have been enjoying two series recently!

Transformers: Headmasters
Well maybe enjoying isn't the right word for this one right now. First of all, this is a sequel to the American show's season 3. It started out really great! The human robots are back and we see them do all sorts of things like sing karaoke of the original opening, work out by lifting weights or running on treadmills and drinking energy wine. I loved a lot of the new characters as well but partway into the series they've written out all the old characters and the series just got worse. What's odd is the old characters didn't do that much but after they leave it goes from a cool space show to the basic season 1 Transformers things again "Oh no the Decepticons are attacking this village with a volcano." "Oh no the decepticons are attacking this energy plant with a new special weapon." And for some reason every episode so far the Autobots win the battle but the decepticons have quite literally planted bombs to blow up whatever target they wanted. In the span of three episodes we've lost Mars and a European country. They said they're going back into space though so maybe the show will find its footing again. I actually prefer the post movie Season 3 stuff of the original Transformers cartoon over the original.

GDGD Fairies
Cute, cute, cute! Also funny! For those who don't know this seems to be a simple improvisational comedy show with very basic MMD models. I haven't done much research on the show yet but certain lines that slip in like "Why are we recording this at 10AM" or "Why isn't this part scripted?" seem to make it clear. Each episode is split into three parts, a brief talking section about some concept ranging from "surprising things that make you happy" to "time travel is kind of complicated isn't it", a section where they go to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber from Dragon Ball Z to "train" their magic skills by playing a silly game and lastly "dubbing lake" which gives the voice actresses a short clip they haven't seen and they have to guess what is happening. The animation is the most basic thing in the world, seriously you could make better in iClone but trust me it's so funny and really cute! Plus they use that basic information so they can edit it in a few days time for whatever the voice actresses have been improving.

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Postby Mr. Tines » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:29 pm

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Postby FrDougal9000 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:18 pm

Didn't have anything to do on Sunday, so I decided to watch some anime. I watched the first two episodes of Black Lagoon and episodes 3 & 4 of Gurren Lagann (which I'd started watching a couple of weeks back, and then fell out of when I had stuff to do).

Black Lagoon

This was one of those shows I checked out because I'd heard it was really good, though I don't clearly remember hearing what about the show was actually good (apart from the English dub by the Ocean Group, if I remember correctly). The first two episodes were... meh. I don't know what it was about them, but they didn't really grab me. The animation was functional, but there wasn't anything impressive nor was the storyboarding/visual direction that great. The music didn't stick in my mind or have that great an impact on what was going on. The voice acting was surprisingly good, coupled with distinctive character voices and dialogue that worked well enough that you could fool someone into thinking it was a primarily American production. As for the characters, they're alright - they've got pretty good designs and distinct personalities, but that's about it.

I assume the show gets better as it goes along, but it hasn't intrigued me enough to want to keep going. It'll take quite a bit to convince me to go back to it.

Gurren Lagann

I'm feeling fairly indifferent to the show at the moment, but I do admire some aspects of the production. For instance, I really admire the storyboarding in Episode 3 - often times, one shot will be used to convey a conversation or action, as opposed to the multiple shots that other shows would use, while the composition of the characters, their environments and such always leave you with an interestingly framed shot at the very least. I really like the character designs, which manage to get across their personalities by just looking at them, or having a balanced colour scheme that helps them stand out from the crowd (especially the blue suits and orange jackets that the Litner villagers wear). Other than that, however, I'm still a bit cold on the series, though I'm gonna keep watching to see what it does next.

And you're probably wondering what I think about Episode 4, given the reputation it has. Meh. The characters look a bit rough, and there are a couple of animation sequences that look a bit unfinished, but I'd chalk that up to the sensibilities of that episode's guest director Osamu Kobayashi more than actual production issues with the show. It really didn't bother me that much; I've seen worse (hi, Goku vs Botamo from Dragon Ball Super - you're not as bad as some folks say overall, but wow that was a poor looking fight!).
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Postby El Squibbonator » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:50 pm

Dirty Pair OVA series and Movie: Girls with guns have fun adventures in space. The tone remains lighthearted even in more serious episodes thanks to the main characters carefree attitude. All this adventuring is accompanied by some nice 80s music.
While the OVA series I watched was well animated for its time, it's the movie that really shines with some superb animation and a really stylish opening sequence.
I should also mention that the girls are hot and cute. If you like cute and hot girls in weird outfits Dirty Pair delivers.


Speaking of Dirty Pair, I have a question. Are all of the light novels adapted into episodes of the anime, or are some (the second one, for instance) not?
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Postby Mr. Tines » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:19 pm

LoGH episode 35 takes us up to the end of book 3 of the LN.

View Original PostEl Squibbonator wrote:Speaking of Dirty Pair, I have a question. Are all of the light novels adapted into episodes of the anime, or are some (the second one, for instance) not?
Reading the teaser text of Strike Again online just (I've not read the LN myself), it vaguely reminds me of one episode I've seen, probably of the 10-epsiode OVA rather than the 26-episode TV series; but I suspect it may just be more an "inspired by" than an "adapted from".

View Original PostFrDougal9000 wrote:I assume [Black Lagoon] gets better as it goes along
For the next few episodes, it reins in the over the top bits (like the MTB vs helicopter fight from episode 2) in favour of more standard thriller fare, like hunting Nazi gold. And then the combat meido makes her appearance.

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Postby El Squibbonator » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:57 pm

On to episode 10 of Now and Then, Here and There.
Guy heads to a spring, which apparently still exist in this world despite the absence of water being the whole point of the plot, to collect water for the village with the help of a girl named Soon. When they get back, an injured soldier deserting from Hollywood has arrived at the village seeking shelter. They take him in, but it turns out he's not hurt at all, and is using a phone in his shoe to tell King Hamdo where the village is. And he seems to be using landline for some reason, since we see phone lines as we jump between the two scenes. Huh. Not exactly the most secretive thing in the world. Hamdo likes what he hears and orders Hollywood to take off, and we see it in its entirety for the first time. It looks like a giant flying dildo, rather apt for a man who's clearly compensating for something. Meanwhile, Guy's old friend Sarah shows up at the village somehow and she is PISSED. Not at him but at Lala-ru, who she blames for this whole mess.
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Postby FrDougal9000 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:46 am

I ended up watching episodes 5-7 of Gurren Lagann last night, so I thought I'd talk about each individual episode for this post.

Episode 5

I actually really like this episode; it's tied with Episode 3 as being my favourite in the series so far. I've always had something of an interest in 'culture clash' episodes, where the main characters wander in to a new town and have a difficult time adjusting to the town's way of life, so I got something out of seeing how the people live in this village. I'm actually rather fond of Rossiu, particularly his design and his dub voice, and I hope to see what direction he takes as the series goes on.

My favourite part of the episode, however, is the presentation. There's some subtle, but really well done character animation when Rossiu threatens to attack Kamina, but what impressed me was the dull, almost monochrome colour palette for the village. I'd gotten so used to it that when Rossiu and the two kids finally went to the surface, the shift in colour was so astounding that I actually gasped. To me, that reveal was way more stunning than Simon, Kamina and Yoko hovering high in the sky and seeing the world around them.

Episode 6

This one's the bathhouse episode, and I've been looking forward to it for some time. Not because I want to watch the characters get nude with a box of Kleenex by my side, but because I find Hiroyuki Imaishi to be at his best when he's creating farcical, ridiculous nonsense for the animators to have fun with (e.g. I think his Japan Animator Expo short Sex & VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED was amazing). Unfortunately, I was watching the show on Netflix, and they only have the censored version of the episode.

I don't have much knowledge of what was censored (aside from one shot where some of the guys slide on the Gainax girls' breasts, which is covered over with a neon pink line), but I have a feeling the censorship had something to do with my biggest problem with the episode by far - the overly long flashbacks. The one at the beginning reflecting on Episode 5 wasn't so bad, mainly because I really like Kamina's remark on how having eyes on the front of your head encourage you to keep moving forward. But just re-using 3-4 minutes from Episode 1, with nothing changed apart from a lack of background music? That's just pathetic, and makes a case for the awkward pacing these early episodes have suffered from. Seriously, about 8 minutes of the episode was dedicated to pointless flashbacks; a whole third of the episode!

The whole premise felt ultimately wasted, and I went away from this episode feeling pretty annoyed. I would have wrapped the watch up there, but then the episode ended on something of a cliff-hanger, so I figured I'd watch on and see what happened next.

Episode 7

Or, "You get a Gunmen! And you get a Gunmen! Everyone gets a Gunmen!"

It was an alright episode, but there wasn't anything that grabbed my attention enough to discuss it like the previous two episodes. That is, until a load of characters were introduced and a couple of previous characters returned with Gunmen. In the span of three episodes, the core cast has expanded from 4 people to at least 15! I figure most of these guys are gonna just be amusing background characters to add a sense of camaraderie (similar to the other prisoners in Imaishi's OVA Dead Leaves, but that's still a lot of folks to introduce by the seventh episode of a 27 episode series.

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And that's it for now. I'm slightly more into the series in some areas, while slightly less interested in other areas; but I still overall feel pretty cold towards the whole thing. Still, I'll keep watching, because I heard that a certain twist is not too far off and I want to see how this changes things up.
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View Original PostFrDougal9000 wrote:I heard that a certain twist is not too far off and I want to see how this changes things up.

Just a little (!), is how.
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View Original PostFrDougal9000 wrote:
And you're probably wondering what I think about Episode 4, given the reputation it has.

It's the episode that made me drop the show. Didn't find out my "mistake" until years later, and never returned to the show as I feel I've gathered the plotline largely through osmosis.

I also caught most of the final episode (dubbed) on SyFy one night.
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Heh! - you dropped that show over one early episode, but your avatar is from a show that had four successive recap episodes right in the middle!
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Postby Alaska Slim » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:08 pm

^ Not only that, but the avatar conveys the state I watched it in. :zzz:

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Postby FrDougal9000 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:31 pm

I've just come back from watching episodes 8 & 9 of Gurren Lagann, so let's discuss 'em for a bit!

Episode 8 (which I'm gonna put in a spoiler just this once given its content)

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Huh, that actually kinda got to me. I think Kamina's death was one of the earliest things I'd heard about the series, but it was nothing like I expected. The suddenness of the killing blow, the blood pouring out from that massive scar, and above all, his determination to keep going until he and Simon managed to defeat the General. I think, for that moment, I got why people are so fond of this series - it defies expectation, and strives to be something more than what it could so easily be.

As for other aspects of what was a good episode, I liked how there was no music when the General and Viral tore Kamina to shreds, and I really liked the final few shots of Team Dai Gurren in the rain. Beautifully drawn, and conveys so many emotions from the characters just through lighting, composition and the ambience of the rain. My praise goes out to Hiroyuki Imaishi's storyboards and Masahiko Otsuka's directing for that scene in particular.

Episode 9

I'm really mixed on this one. On the one hand, I find the opening half of the episode to be incredibly strong. I like how each scene is animated differently, allowing the animators' styles the freedom to do what they do best. I like how the crew is dealing with the previous episode's events in their own ways, and trying to figure out what to do about Simon. I really like the unsettling direction Simon's going down, as he attempts to become the kind of fearless beast of a man he thinks everyone needs.

On the other hand, I'm practically indifferent to the second half of the episode. The reason for that seems to be Nia, who I can't stand for whatever reason. Maybe it's the 'naïve innocent' characterization; it just feels trite and overdone to me. Maybe it's the voice she has in the dub (which is otherwise perfectly fine) is just too saccharine-sweet for my tastes. Maybe it's the oddball character design, and how it almost feels like a parody of cutesy, fantasy-fulfilling innocent girls but is being played totally straight. I dunno; something about her just bothers me. We'll see how things go.

On a side note, I like how the intro has a few changes to accommodate what's happened. And the dub voice for the Spiral King is really good; no, he's not said much, but his voice has that 'comforting bass' quality where I could listen to it for hours without complaint (similar to Keith Olbermann's voice, if that comparison makes any sense).
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Postby Alaska Slim » Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:45 pm

The Eccentric Family 2 episode 12

WHAT **** IS THIS?!?! :fistshake:

The series ends with Benten-Sama getting rejected? No resolution other than "Oh, you lost your hair... from it being set on fire and all...".

My high-flying, hell-trekking, capricious goddess of mischievous has been brought low?!?

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BENTEN-SAMA!!!! :bawl:
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Postby pwhodges » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:55 am

She has all she needs - the pity of Yasaburou...
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"As long as we're all living, and as long as we're all having fun, that should do it, right?" (from: The Eccentric Family )
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