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« Reply #400 on: 06-24-2011 21:29 »

Ah, Syfy are showing the mighty Akira in HD this weekend...  marvellous, looking forward to that.
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« Reply #401 on: 06-24-2011 23:24 »


Ah, Syfy are showing the mighty Akira in HD this weekend...  marvellous, looking forward to that.

Did na know that, thx! For some reason I've never managed to watch it start-to-finish, and certainly not in HD.

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« Reply #402 on: 06-25-2011 10:03 »

I should have checked that I wouldn't be at the bottom of the page before posting a load of reviews mad tongue

Pity I can't receive Syfi frown I haven't seen Akira since it was on Channel Four in the nineties; I recall it being rather strange.
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« Reply #403 on: 06-25-2011 11:56 »


Arrggg - I do have the SyFy and SyFyD channels (which mostly show absolute bottom-of-the-barrel stuff) but I just searched and even went through the listings manually and there is no Akira to be found!   cry

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« Reply #404 on: 06-25-2011 12:38 »

Um, I've skyplussed it, it's on at 10.15 tonight...
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« Reply #405 on: 07-05-2011 11:42 »

New Ghibli trailers:

Arrietty (UK Dub)

Kokuriko-Zaka Kara

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« Reply #406 on: 07-05-2011 13:27 »

I prefer the Japanese voices for Arrietty by far.

And Kokuriki-Zara Kara looks really interesting, hope Miyazaki Goro can deliver.





Maybe we should have a Ghibli thread, since we already have a Disney and Pixar one?
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« Reply #407 on: 07-05-2011 14:00 »

I don't know why there isn't a Ghibli thread already :/ There darn well should be a Ghibli thread..
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« Reply #408 on: 07-05-2011 14:05 »

スタジオジブリ - The Studio Ghibli Thread?
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« Reply #409 on: 07-05-2011 17:51 »

Well if there is going to be a Ghibli thread a doa longer review there but in short

Tales from Earthsea

Not quite up to the usual Ghibli standards, an ok film and still better than alot of animated stuff out there. It just did not seem to click, there is just somethign slightly off about many aspects of teh film that causes the film to not work.

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« Reply #410 on: 07-10-2011 06:39 »

There really isn't a Ghibli thread, is there?  Could have sworn one existed.



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« Reply #411 on: 07-10-2011 10:26 »

Hehe, awesome shirt.
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« Reply #412 on: 07-11-2011 12:06 »

I watched Elfen Lied the other day... I guess it's a spontaneous mix of just about everything, but as always, I pick the one that ends on a rather open ended confusing note.  I guess it could be Berserk instead.... so the open ending is alright. roll eyes
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« Reply #413 on: 07-11-2011 16:00 »

Well if there is going to be a Ghibli thread a doa longer review there but in short

Tales from Earthsea

Not quite up to the usual Ghibli standards, an ok film and still better than alot of animated stuff out there. It just did not seem to click, there is just somethign slightly off about many aspects of teh film that causes the film to not work.

C

Bah, that's a lie. I loved Earthsea and there was nothing wrong with it.

I watched Elfen Lied the other day... I guess it's a spontaneous mix of just about everything, but as always, I pick the one that ends on a rather open ended confusing note.  I guess it could be Berserk instead.... so the open ending is alright. roll eyes

I think this may have been because the anime finished before the manga it was derived from..or something. But yes, the ending was confusing.
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« Reply #414 on: 07-16-2011 18:24 »

Yeah, I read about the differences afterwards.  I think the biggest problems I had were them not explaining the director and co.'s horns.... and arguably resolving the love triangle.  I can't remember the characters names right now, but the guy's cousin had a claim on wanting to be with the guy, and they actually worked as parents.... but as far as lovers go, the guy and the murderer of his sister/father were romantic in the weird sort of way I'd be with my victims.  Arguably, she needed to die, but it would have left the guy with a hole in his heart..... and if she stayed, then he would have chosen her and his cousin would have a hole in her heart.  No easy resolution there.

Also... the kill murderer's mature conciousness was much better in my opinion... I liked the meow girl to some extent, but the mature brooding complicated one was way sexier in my opinion.

Also, let's trick the children into thinking their bags of money are ready for an attack.

It was also weird with the chief's actual daughter and surrogate daughter.... but those two relationships were interesting, and I liked how it resolved in the cartoon.
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« Reply #415 on: 08-01-2011 11:01 »
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More reviews:

Birdy the Mighty: Decode

When I started watching this series I didn't know anything about it but soon started to enjoy it. Birdy is an alien police officer who is sent to Earth to recover a particularly dangerous weapon that has been stolen. Luckily for her she looks human so while on Earth she she can hide in plain sight as Arita Shion; a popular Japanese idol! Her mission goes wrong however when she accidentally kills local school boy Tsutomu... he isn't permanently dead though as Birdy's people can repair his body; while they do this he will have to share hers! They take turns being in control of the body and as it can change appearance Tsutomu can continue his life to a degree. As Birdy tracks down the weapon she discovers that it is in a person and that that person is a close friend of Tsutomu's. In the second series Tsutomu is still stuck in Birdy's body as she hunts down a group of escaped convicts on Earth; she wants to arrest them but somebody else keeps getting to them first and killing them. We also learn more about Birdy's background in the second season.

This series was a lot of fun with plenty of action and some good laughs; I especially liked the running gag with the Yakuza whose car Birdy kept destroying by accident. The first season is suitable for most viewers but things get far more bloody in the second season when there is plenty of blood spilt some of it is shocking ways. While Birdy's costume is fairly skimpy and she is often seen taking a bath the fan service is fairly tame with little actually nudity. The shift in tone might disturb some people but I found the second season more gripping than the first; although this may have been because I knew the characters better by then.

8/10

Dragon Crisis

I only started watching this series because I was looking for a short anime series on Crunchyroll and this seemed to fit the bill. It soon became apparent that there would be little new to see here but lack of originality didn't prevent it from being reasonably entertaining. The story follows schoolboy Ryuji who's life is changed when is older cousin Eriko drags him out of school one day so he can help her retrieve a 'lost precious'. As they escape with the treasure in a large case its erstwhile owners chase after them guns blazing. In the confusion the case opens and we see that is contains a young girl who summons a fireball that gets rid of their pursuers. Strangely she seems to know Ryuji already even though he has no recollection of ever meeting her before. It turns out that she isn't human but a dragon who they name Rose and she is being sought by another dragon, named Onyx, who claims she is engaged to him. I assumed the entire series would involve conflict between Ryuji and Onyx but he was only in a handful of episodes; the others involve Ryuji, Rose and Eriko meeting other dragons, an obsessive dragon slayer and a girl who is also a wolf! These later adversaries aren't all that evil and more than one ends up joining Ryuji's gradually increasing harem.

The idea of a boy getting an ever increasing harem of attractive girls is hardly new to anime, neither is the idea that he will be fairly oblivious to their attentions; luckily harem aspects of the series aren't played up too much and it isn't overly sexual. The characters were fun enough even if they were a bit cliché. The action scenes were fairly good and one episode managed to be genuinely creepy. The show may be full of dragons but don't expect anything that looks like a conventional dragon; these dragons look human most of the time and only occasionally grow wings... at least for most of the time. I don't think I'll watch this again but it was worth watching once.

6/10

The Sky Crawlers

Having enjoyed Mamoru Oshii's cyberpunk classic 'Ghost in the Shell' I was intrigued to see this film where he tackles a different genre. 'The Sky Crawlers' is set during a war where young pilots battle in planes that look like their technology belongs in the Second World War despite them having a very different design. The film follows pilot Yuichi from his arrival at a new base until he confronts the enemy's leading ace. In this time we learn little about why there is a war and don't even know whether Yuichi is fighting for the heroes or the villains; he and his fellow pilots are just fighting because that is there job. When he arrives he is a little surprised that the boy he is replacing isn't there to greet him; after all he can't have been shot down as his plane is there in perfect condition. He asks his new commanding officer about him but she is reluctant to talk about him. Over the course of the film we learn why she was reluctant to talk about it and why everything at his new base seems rather familiar to Yuichi.

If you are expecting non-stop aerial action you are likely to be disappointed as there is only a small amount of actual combat; although what there is is spectacular. Instead what we get is a character driven story where we gradually learn more about Yuichi and the other pilots; in particular why they are all so young. As their story unfolds it becomes more and more tragic. The animation was very good; while a lot of it was obviously CGI that didn't jar with the conventionally drawn characters. I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to older viewers; while there is little in it to make it unsuitable for younger viewers I suspect they might find the slow pace a bit boring.

8/10

Deadman Wonderland

This anime has been one of the best of the season; it has drama, interesting characters and rather a lot of gore! The protagonist is a school boy called Ganta; he is the sole survivor of an attack on his class at school, unfortunately for him he finds himself framed for their murder and is sentenced to death in a strange prison. This prison is like no other; it is called 'Deadman Wonderland and the inmates are forced to compete in strange gladiatorial events where death is likely! Ganta has been given a poison and if he is to survive he must win one of these events every three days. He soon learns that something strange has happened to him; he now possesses a strange skill known as 'branches of sin' which enables him to use his blood as weapon. He isn't the only such prisoner there and if he is to survive he must learn to use his skill. Inside he meets a strange white haired girl named Shiro; she acts in an almost childlike way but frequently manages to save Ganta. Ganta is determined to find the person responsible for the death of his school friends but to do that he first has to escape and that will not be easy.

I'd certainly recommend this series to people looking for something a little different so long as you aren't bothered by the sight of copious amounts of blood. Ganta is not a particularly heroic main character but that doesn't mean he isn't interesting even if he does whine a bit too much. The enigmatic Shiro is a more interesting character though as we knew so little about her. Tsunenaga Tamaki; the assistant warden of the prison makes a great villain as he is both sadistic and more than a little mad. The animation and character designs were both good helping make the unbelievable situation believable. The final episode didn't wrap everything up so I'm hoping that there will be further series of this excellent anime. If this series sounds interesting to you it can currently be watched legally on Crunchyroll.

8/10

Aria The Scarlet Ammo

This twelve episode series, which can currently be watched legally on Funimation's YouTube channel, is fairly entertaining although I'm sure it will never be considered a classic by any stretch of the imagination. It is set in the Butei High School in Tokyo where pupils are taught various combat skills. The action starts straight away when the protagonist, Kenji, finds that his bike has had a bomb attached to it! Luckily he is rescued by fellow student Aria. We later learn two important facts about Aria; firstly she is determined to free her mother from jail and secondly that she is the great-granddaughter of legendary detective Sherlock Holmes! We later learn that her arch nemesis is none other than the great grand daughter of French master criminal Arsine Lupin. I've tried to keep spoilers to a minimum so you won't know who the villains are before they are exposed.

The animation was pretty good and there were some exciting scenes early on in the series...the opening episode was great; unfortunately in the final episode it switched from being a decent action series to being a supernatural monster fight when we learn the true nature of another enemy. There is some comedy relief; Aria is fond of threatening to fill people with holes if they annoy her; which they frequently do. The characters were okay but I thought they would have done a lot more with the Holmes/Lupin connection or at least made the characters bear some behavioural resemblance to their ancestors. Overall it isn't something to seek out but it passes the time well enough.

6/10

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne

To be honest I only watched this series because the DVD was very cheap; I hadn't got far into the first episode when I realised I had found something good. I had feared that it would be just another series with lots of gratuitous violence and nudity and while there is a fair bit of both it didn't seem gratuitous. The series follows Rin and her assistant Mimi over several years; they don't age however as they are immortal having consumed the 'Fruit of Life' from the tree Yggdrassil. While they are immortal this doesn't mean they can not die; Rin dies several times; usually in unpleasant ways... then she gets better! There is one way for the immortals to permanently die however; they can be killed by 'angels'. These aren't angels in the biblical sense but winged creatures that are created when men ingest 'fruits of life'. Rin and Mimi run a detective agency and there cases are typically fairly minor to start with but grow into something that will lead them into danger from both humans, angels and a mysterious character called Apos.

This was a really exciting series; it made a nice change to have forty minute episodes as opposed to the usual twenty. This meant each story was a decent length without spreading over several episodes. The animation looked good with well designed characters and great backgrounds; the darkness giving it a film noir quality. The stories were gripping keeping me interested through out. 'Rin' is certainly not for children or those who are disturbed by fairly bloody violence or are bothered by nudity and scenes of a sexual nature... don't worry though; there might be sex scenes but this is not a hentai series. If you are old enough and are looking for something a little darker than most anime I'd recommend checking this one out.

9/10

Soranowoto AKA Sound of the Sky

This series, which is currently available to watch legally on line at crunchyroll, is a lot of fun with a main cast of five likable characters. Set in the future, many years after a catastrophic war there relatively few people left and much of the technology from before the war has been lost leaving them with equipment that could have been from the early twentieth century. Set in the town of Seize in the country of Helvetia the five girls of the 1121st Platoon provide protection. We are introduced to the platoon along with new member Kanata, a fifteen year old bugler who is not the most skilled musician to say the least. Kanata is taken under the wing of Master Sergeant Rio Kazumiya who is only seventeen herself. In the early episodes the platoon gets involved various adventures; these are fairly humorous for the most part although there are a few dangerous moments even though there is no sign of the enemy. When the enemy does turn up things get much darker and we learn that more about the platoon and that there superiors aren't necessarily the 'good guys'.

I really enjoyed this series; the main cast is both likable and interesting; each of the girls having distinct personalities. The episodes manage to be fairly upbeat for the most part which might come as a surprise given that it is about a group of child soldiers; we do however see that they aren't just playing at being soldiers when the enemy closes in on the town and more of their own side turn up to take over their position. It is at this point that the girls must decide what the right thing to do is even if it will put them in danger from both sides. This ending was really good and will probably give the viewer goosebumps... I won't say why though as that would be spoiling it.

8/10
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« Reply #416 on: 08-09-2011 02:27 »

For the past week, I've been re-watching FMA: Brotherhood in an (successful) attempt to convert my Dad into an anime fan.

This is possibly my favorite show of all time, of any genre. There are so many excellent characters. I relate to Ed very much, and this show has some of the strongest female characters that I've ever seen (Izumi Curtis and Olivier Mira Armstrong, of course). I think that the overarching theme of the balance between science and morality is a large selling-point for me as well.

An amazing series. 10/10
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« Reply #417 on: 08-10-2011 01:59 »

I agree, coffeeBot; it is a great show, emotional and adventurous.
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« Reply #418 on: 08-19-2011 06:11 »
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Eh, as much as I like Brotherhood, I still prefer the first anime.
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« Reply #419 on: 08-19-2011 12:44 »

Finally saw Samurai Champloo and  Afro Samurai the other days.

Very cool animation style.
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« Reply #420 on: 08-28-2011 21:01 »

Last Exile Series two trailer big grin

I really liked the first series; I hope this is as good smile
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« Reply #421 on: 08-28-2011 23:36 »

finally saw ghost in the shell and well now i know where the cool stuff in deus ex came from.
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« Reply #422 on: 08-28-2011 23:39 »

The first movie? If only that then you should definitely watch:
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG
Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. Solid State Society
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« Reply #423 on: 08-29-2011 00:53 »

Yeah, that.
I think the series is actually better than the film(s).
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« Reply #424 on: 08-29-2011 04:12 »

Coldy speaks the Ghost in the Shell-related truth!

I haven't watched the films in a while, actually. I should probably do that at some point.
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« Reply #425 on: 10-11-2011 21:29 »

My Ordinary Life... AKA Nichijou

When one thinks about school based comedy anime titles like ‘Azumanga Daioh’, ‘Lucky Star’ and ‘School Rumble’ spring to mind... to that list should be added Nichijou, AKA My Ordinary Life. This isn’t really like any of those series though; it is far more surreal for a start, characters include Nano; a robot girl who was built by The Professor who is herself only eight years old! There is also a talking cat, a boy who rides to school on a goat and a girl who pulls out huge guns when annoyed! What makes the series such fun is that these things are all played straight; apart from her science teacher nobody seems perturbed by the fact that Nano has a giant key in her back.

The episodes are broken up into several parts which are often unrelated; in the first half of the series Nano and the Professor’s story is totally separate from that of comparatively normal school girls Yuko, Mio and Mai who are the other protagonists. The animation is not particularly detailed and but that suits the series and gives it a distinctive look that I really liked. The main attraction of the series though is the cast of likeable characters who somehow manage to be believable even in the most bizarre situations. The fact that it is effectively a stream of sketches means that if one bit isn’t amusing you something different will be along very soon. As you can tell I really enjoyed this series and hope that it gets a UK DVD release.

These comments are based on watching the series on line on Crunchyroll in Japanese with English subtitles.

10/10
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« Reply #426 on: 10-11-2011 21:35 »

re: second series of Last Exile... I loved the first one.. but I've got to remain skeptical on this one. I mean,

I hope it's good anyway, as this is quite possibly my absolute favorite anime series of all time.
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« Reply #427 on: 12-08-2011 10:39 »

Shangri-La

Set in a future where carbon credits are the only money, Tokyo has been almost entirely destroyed by a massive earthquake and where the lucky few live in Atlas; a city within a tower above the jungle that now covers most of Japan. We are quickly introduced to Protagonist Kuniko as she is released from prison and learn that she is friendly with members of an insurgent group known as the Metal Age, potential antagonists are also introduced including Ryoko, who wants to control Atlas; Mikuni, a young girl with super-natural powers who kills anybody who lies to her and Karin, a girl whose sole interest appears to be manipulating the carbon markets in order to become more and more wealthy. As the series progresses Kuniko and the Metal Age must learn what is going on in Atlas; this entails battling against the military and dangerous plants, a daring jail break, an aerial attack on Atlas and forming alliances with people who at first appeared to be antagonists.

Before watching this series I'd heard it was very poor but I guess it is all a matter of taste as I was hooked from the start and watched the whole series in a few days because I was so keen to know what happened next. Kuniko was a great protagonist and most other characters were good even though Ryoko was rather cliché as the evil villain; treating everybody cruelly and even killing children! Kuniko's transsexual friend Momoko is fairly entertaining although she is often a little too over the top as she never misses the opportunity to use a double entendre even in moments of great danger. I liked the character designs; they immediately reminded me of those from 'Last Exile' although that isn't surprising as both were designed by Range Maruta. The comedy elements of the series were a bit hit or miss but the drama worked very well; I never thought the fights went on too long nor were there excessive amounts of time where people sat around explaining the plot.

These comments are based on watching the series in Japanese with English subtitles.

8/10
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« Reply #428 on: 12-08-2011 11:17 »

While I have found this anime thread, I would just like to say I am almost done watching Hetalia.

There is a pretty large fanbase, and it's been around for a while, and I was sceptical for this reason. Also I didn't really expect it to be the way it was, so it was kind of weird when I started watching it, but it has really grown on me.

Some fans would say that it teaches them a lot about history, but I really disagree. The references to historical events especially during the war, you can't really piece together unless you already have knowledge of the wars and country relations. Sometimes it's also confusing to work out since the characters represent the whole country pretty much.

But yes, Hetalia, one of my new favourite animes. My favourite character is Italy smile
Watch it if you have time, an episode is around 5 minutes and it's all free to watch on youtube.
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« Reply #429 on: 12-09-2011 00:55 »

So Wantanabe has announced that he's doing another series of Cowboy Bebop.

...Is what I would be able to announce if the world were a significantly cooler place.

Good day, losers.
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« Reply #430 on: 12-09-2011 01:03 »

Nah, you're wrong.  The series is over, and it's better that way.
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« Reply #431 on: 12-09-2011 01:20 »

But Spike can't be dead! He just can't!!  cry
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« Reply #432 on: 12-09-2011 01:21 »

Nah, you're wrong.  The series is over, and it's better that way.

I agree, any continuation would just be cheap fan-service and would never be as good as the original, which had the perfect ending as well.
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« Reply #433 on: 12-09-2011 08:03 »

Fuck you.

...Nah, that's harsh. You're okay.

But seriously though, fuck you.
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« Reply #434 on: 12-09-2011 08:44 »

I'd love to see another series of Cowboy Bebop - a prequel to the original action, with Spike still in his old gang. The story could lead up to his decision to leave, and the action of the first series of Bebop.
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« Reply #435 on: 12-09-2011 10:25 »

Or... and this is something I've mulled over... the continuing exploits of Jet and Faye and Ed and perhaps some new character... going up against the Red Dragon crime syndicate and its mysterious new leader who will ultimately be revealed to be... Spike, having survived his duel with Vicious to claim the throne.

Eh? Eh!?

Well whatever. You know you'd watch it, so shut up.
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« Reply #436 on: 12-09-2011 10:56 »

God no, to both your ideas.

Why can't you just leave a perfect series alone? Had they made a new one and it would suck you would now whine that they should never had made it.
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« Reply #437 on: 12-09-2011 13:52 »

No. I never do that. I welcome attempts to add to existing greatness; but if the attempt fails, as it often does, I do not see that the failure takes anything away from the original material, which I still enjoy.
Take the original Star Wars trilogy. I don't care that the prequels sucked - I still enjoy the old movies and watch them in complete isolation to the new material. The only time that classic stuff is damaged by additions is when the original material is actually altered... like the original Star Wars trilogy, which has been fucked with so much that I can no longer enjoy it.
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Now we could argue about the weight of intertextuality changing the context in which creative works are viewed, but really I think that anybody who lacks the ability to enjoy a piece of fiction in its own context, compartmentalised, has a certain imaginative deficiency.
Surely you don't now hate Raiders of the Lost Ark now just because Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was made?
Here's the thing though - what if the Star Wars prequels had been awesome? As good as, or even better than the originals? What if Crystal Skull hadn't been a crazy bullshit crapfest about aliens and monkeys? There's always a chance that the classic greatness can carry forward.
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« Reply #438 on: 12-09-2011 14:15 »

People who say Crystal Skull was bad because of aliens are dumb.
Why is a box that when opened kills everyone unless you close your eyes, or removing a heart with your hands and leaving no traces on the chest behind, or stones that when removed bring draught, or a grail that if drunk from brings immortality as long as you drink from it regularly so plausible, but aliens aren't?
Weren't the main part behind the Fate of Atlantis aliens too? I didn't hear anyone complaining about that.
Sure the movie had some huge suckiness on behalf of LaBeouf and the wedding, but besides that it was a typical Indiana Jones over the top story.
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« Reply #439 on: 12-09-2011 14:30 »
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Crystal Skull didn't retcon the whole franchise; it was just a dumb movie that starred that one kid who wants to ruin the 1980s.

The Star Wars prequels on the other hand nullified characters like Yoda, Obi won, and even Anakin; their depictions in the original film are false and basically lies to cover up the retardability they displayed in the prequels (if the prequels are even considered to be a possibility).  Not only do the prequels ruin the characters, but they furthermore ruin one of the more important thematical elements (actually probably a few to be honest) of the original trilogy - a mystical force that surrounds everything and allows people to ascend to greatness - by turning into some sort of ridiculous biological mutation which the technology of the time could easily be used to manipulate its benefit, thus destroying any of the special uniqueness of that attribute or the hard work that may be had to acquire it.  In those senses (luckily they never touched Han Solo), not only are the star wars prequels bad movies (and they are, they're horrible stories done thematically shit), but they also ruin the source material they come from.

Would a continuation of Cowboy Bebop be more equivalent to Crystal Skull or the Star Wars prequels?  Well, it certainly depends on what that continuation might be.  If the continuation is what you suggested where Spike becomes the head of the crime syndicate, then it's the latter.  That basically ruins Spike's story, which is that major thematical arc in Cowboy Bebop.  If the other idea you proposed, with Jet and the rest of the crew running around, then you'd get something like Crystal Skull.  Although as a whole, the story of Cowboy Bebop is predominantly about Spike coming to terms with and concluding his past, it's also about the coming together of the crew of Bebop and the story they have by being together.  Even then, it would actually be encroaching on the territory of the Star Wars prequels because the ending of Bebop is deliberately intended to be bittersweet: Faye finds what she's looking for in herself, Ed & Ein wander off to procure their own destinies, and Jet lets a friend go off to finish his soul journey.  If they came back together for a whole new slew of adventures, it would lessen the emphasis that their journeys had come to a closure and that the ones left were meant to find new journeys elsewhere.

Basically, Cowboy Bebop did a fantastic job of creating a believable world with interesting characters that both inhabited and influenced that world.  What it did best though was start off a story with an intended theme and follow it through to a logical, reasonable, and thought provoking conclusion.  Along the way, we saw chapters of that story which were exciting by themselves, but ultimately built upon the characters to finish with their final chapter.

It might be worthy to note here that the creators of Cowboy Bebop themselves realized they'd made something that would crave for more and did on one occasion feed into that mentality.  The end result was a chapter that hadn't been revealed in the original story, but due to a change in the media representation they were compelled not only to tell a missing chapter, but also have that chapter breed comparison to the series as a whole.  I'd say it was quite palatable, but in the end it didn't have a chance to rival its predecessor.

Cowboy Bebop mirrors the context of real life in that manner.  We live in a finite universe where people live and day.  A series of of stories unfold as we grow, and we are generally forced to look back upon those chapters and decipher meaning from events that no longer exist because they already took place.  We too will have to accept the conclusions of these arrangements, and hopefully we can make sense of those ramifications, whether joyous or tragic.  Thus is the existence of sentience as it has ever known, and most likely will always be.

As a lost thought on this topic, it is wholly possible that one of the characters in the story Cowboy Bebop which isn't often reflected as a character at all did survive the conclusion of that story and does pose the possibility of more stories to tell.  I could be referencing to the ship of the series' namesake, but really I'm alluding to the world in which the Bebop actually flew.  That world was teeming with life, and with death in many aspects, and could certainly host growth to all kind of fantastical stories.  It would, however, be important here to realize that anything crafted in the universe of Bebop would painstakingly be compared to the original, and thusly would require meticulous, careful work to be worthy of its inheritance.  Cowboy Bebop was a great show on many levels, even the meta information it coasted on with its musical references; to make something unique and yet elicit the same quality response would be difficult to say in the least.  In concluding on that thought, I would suggest that Cowboy Bebop would be best left alone as its own story of possibilities, but if it were to live on in some other vein, it would be vital that its creation was on par with the series that bred womb to its creation.
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