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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:13 pm

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen children’s media include a literal “murdering psycho.” Granted, I haven’t watched Winnie the Pooh or Hello Kitty in a while. The norm for what’s allowed in children’s media might have changed while I wasn’t paying attention.
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Postby Justacrazyguy » Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:43 pm

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I don't think something being for children is bad. But in this case it honestly reminded me of misguided stories directed at kids. We have this character who you could see as a spoiled child, on a literal level is a murdering psycho, and the resolution is that friendship solves everything and everyone was there to make her happy.


I don't think being for children is bad either, I just disagree as classifying this particular anime as one.

Regarding the resolution, it seems we interpreted the ending in vastly different ways, as I don't see it as solving everything at all.
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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:06 am

View Original Postkuribo-04 wrote:I felt the direction and actual content of the story went in completely different directions. Visuals were great, but they were also convinced this was Evangelion when it was a pretty simple children's show.

The action scenes were great throughout, and the best episode is the one featuring the best kaiju: the one that goes insane and moves erratically during combat.


It's basically a animated toku show. Of course it's going to somewhat suck when it comes to plot. You don't watch it for the plot, you watch it for the Gridman vs. kaiju* action (and the decent plot is a nice bonus).

I also don't recommend you watch it while playing a drinking game of "Catch the reference", because you are going to end up in hospital with alcohol poisoning. Not only it has a lot of connections to previous Gridman shows (and also Ultraman), but there also are a crapton of Transformers and Takara Brave references. :D

* The kaiju are the real stars of a toku. Prove me wrong. :tongue:
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Postby kuribo-04 » Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:50 am

View Original PostFreakyFilmFan4ever wrote:I’m not sure I’ve ever seen children’s media include a literal “murdering psycho.” Granted, I haven’t watched Winnie the Pooh or Hello Kitty in a while. The norm for what’s allowed in children’s media might have changed while I wasn’t paying attention.

Hence me saying it doesn't come together. It feels like a children's show, and tries to seem more mature only by including this more disturbing content.

Regarding the resolution, it seems we interpreted the ending in vastly different ways, as I don't see it as solving everything at all.

Well, but it is presented as very upbeat. As far as our protagonists and their mission goes, everything is resolved.

I also don't recommend you watch it while playing a drinking game of "Catch the reference", because you are going to end up in hospital with alcohol poisoning.


I don't have anything against references, but when one of the very first shots is a reference to a Shinji POV shot, but there is nothing justifying this thematically, it feels pretty empty. Not the reference, but the shots themselves. References make up a big chunk of the show, I could even predict when some of the Eva references were going to happen.
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Postby robersora » Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:24 pm

View Original PostFreakyFilmFan4ever wrote:I’m not sure I’ve ever seen children’s media include a literal “murdering psycho.” Granted, I haven’t watched Winnie the Pooh or Hello Kitty in a while. The norm for what’s allowed in children’s media might have changed while I wasn’t paying attention.


to be fair, going by that description it might not be for children, but it's something a child would enjoy, but a well-adjusted adult would find ridiculous. which is why I'd put it into the otaku niche - an audience of perpetual children failed to mature. It's just that in that particular genre Trigger creates some great content.
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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:03 am

View Original Postrobersora wrote:to be fair, going by that description it might not be for children, but it's something a child would enjoy, but a well-adjusted adult would find ridiculous. which is why I'd put it into the otaku niche - an audience of perpetual children failed to mature. It's just that in that particular genre Trigger creates some great content.


Uh, have you seen some of the shows produced in the west and aimed at an adult audience? :cringe: I'm not talking about porn and the like, BTW. Lots of very immature entertainment for the 18+ masses out there...
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:32 pm

View Original Postrobersora wrote:to be fair, going by that description it might not be for children, but it's something a child would enjoy, but a well-adjusted adult would find ridiculous.


View Original PostShamsiel-kun wrote:Lots of very immature entertainment for the 18+ masses out there...

You mean things like Unrated Batman v Superman, Snyder Cut Justice League, Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, Joker, and (checks notes) possibly the upcoming The Batman movie?

I mean, these were all works based on children’s entertainment and reworked to entertain an adult audience that never grew out of children’s stories. (A story about a man who dresses up like a bat to chase around a man who dresses like a clown in an inherently immature premise.)
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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:42 am

View Original PostFreakyFilmFan4ever wrote:You mean things like Unrated Batman v Superman, Snyder Cut Justice League, Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, Joker, and (checks notes) possibly the upcoming The Batman movie?

I mean, these were all works based on children’s entertainment and reworked to entertain an adult audience that never grew out of children’s stories. (A story about a man who dresses up like a bat to chase around a man who dresses like a clown in an inherently immature premise.)


I was thinking more about entertainment that is filled with jokes that the average juvenile teenager might find amusing (but that are lame, unfunny and seem forced to anyone who's actually grown up), but that's indeed more similar. Actually, it brings me to a better example, and that would be Michael Bay's Transformers movies - children's franchise aged-up for adult audiences, except for the dumb humour that a 13-yo male that just discovered girls might find funny, excess grittiness and robot violence, actual inability to treat the subject like a real SF subject (which curiously the much-despised Bob Budiansky storylines from the original comic did a lot better...), and way too many explosions.

I remember watching one of the movies on TV and being amazed by the scenes of Cybertron and thinking how much of a waste having such awesome scenery in such an awful movie was...
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:27 pm

See, compared to things like "R-rated" DC flicks, I would actually prefer the approach Studio Trigger did with SSSS Gridman. There a lot to enjoy in that show, both as an adult and as a child. I wouldn't place a kid anywhere near the Suicide Squad movies. It's not that I dislike those movies, per sé (DC is more misses than hits for me, though), but they seem to be drained of any of the pure fun and fantasy that was found in the children's media from which they came, and now I live in a world where kids really don't feel comfortable watching a live-action Superman movie in theaters.

But SSSS Gridman? Hell yeah, man! I don't even have any nostalgia for that property, and I love every minute of it! And I can imagine a lot of kids doing the same.
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