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bankrupt

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« Reply #360 on: 11-16-2005 00:24 »

 
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Originally posted by RavenStar:
Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex - 2nd Gig begins its run on Adult Swim next Saturday at 12:30am, for anyone wondering.

Actually, I was just going to ask if anyone knew when it started.  Now I know! 

I'm really looking forward to seeing this one because the first series is pretty tight.

RavenStar

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« Reply #361 on: 11-16-2005 03:33 »

First [as] promo has begun airing:  http://dl.asfdotcom.net/download.php?site=asf&fid=000523
wu_konguk

Urban Legend
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« Reply #362 on: 11-16-2005 10:47 »

Been a while since my last review and as always you wait for one and four come along at once.

The first two I shall only give brief reviews since I don’t think they really need longs ones.

Hand Maid May



This one was ok and had a nice enough story and a fair bit of fan service. In fact I might have to look it up to see if Masaki Kajishima had anything to do with it giving the harem situation it turn into. Basically it is about a kindish loser guy who by some weird happens manages to get sent a maid doll called May.

It was fun but not a patch on similar things like Mahoromatic (an awesome series by the by especially the ending)

B

Ikkitousen



Hmm best way to describe this one…….tons of fan service and fighting and not much else. The basic story is that there are these gems that each generation is given an within this gems is the fate of a famous fighter from the time of the 3 kingdoms in China, now these gems reside with high school Japanese kids who are pushed by the gems to fight.

Basically that is it. there is some “I will fight this fate” stuff in there as well but as I said the majority of it is fanservice (did I forget to mention a fair few of the fighters are girls and when they fight it seems their cloths get ripped…a lot). Thing is I got not sympathise or empathise with any of the characters so it was not hugely enjoyable.

C


Gundam Seed Destiny



Well I finally finished it and I am not sure it was entirely worth it. I did enjoy it as I enjoyed Seed but at the end I did wonder if the series was necessary at all.

This time the series mainly follows Shin Asuka whom was affected by one of the tragedies that was cause in the first series (and they make sure you never forget that fact), after which he joined the ZAFT armed forces as a pilot and now serves on the new Ship Minerva. Now Shin did manage to impress me by being the whiniest character I have seen in a long time (we are talking Shinji Ikari levels here). In fact it some times seems like the plot events are just there to stop him from being normal for any extended periods of time.

The plot is basically War that has started up again between the Coordinators and Blue Cosmos (a group who believe that humans should not tamper with genetics). Lots of fighting, lots of death and a fair amount of new Gundams as to be expected.

The animation is still impressive and the 3D looks quite a bit better in this series. The music is quite a mix, sometimes it is some quite lovely classical style music and then it can change quickly into pretty dire J-pop (although some was not so bad).

All in all it was an ok series that did have some points that really emoted well but I will have to think on it a while before I can say it was a needed sequel.

B+

And Finally

Haibane Renmai



Oh my …need better words….should have sent a poet.

I am finding it hard to find the right words to articulate how beautiful I thought this series was, in fact I shall try and keep this review as succinct as I can so you can finish reading it quickly and go watch it your self.

Visually the series it quite quant but still very striking and I think you can see how lovingly it was conceived. The music is also most beautiful adding much to the mood of the piece.

I will not say much concerning the plot but as I do not want to spoil it in any way but has some very touching as well as some very sad moments in it.

I will leave it there and just say that if you have seen some of the pictures and think it will be like Serial Experiments Lain then I will say that this is quite a different series but retains the care that was placed into Lain concerning characters. Now that is done I say, what you are waiting for go watch it.

A+

Now a tough decision do I finish off Samurai Champloo or Rozen Maiden (or do I start Honey Clover)
Guineapig Trick

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« Reply #363 on: 11-16-2005 17:08 »

Yes, Haibane Renmei was the most beautiful thoughtful anime, evAr, I watched the whole thing like three times in one weekend, wonderful. Honestly, Lain made me think, but I didn't really like it, kinda trippy tjhough.

I'd vote for you finishing Rozen Maiden, but I haven't watched much of Champloo and haven't watched Honey Clover.
Bushmeister

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« Reply #364 on: 11-16-2005 17:34 »

 
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Originally posted by wu_konguk:
This time the series mainly follows Shin Asuka whom was affected by one of the tragedies that was cause in the first series (and they make sure you never forget that fact), after which he joined the ZAFT armed forces as a pilot and now serves on the new Ship Minerva. Now Shin did manage to impress me by being the whiniest character I have seen in a long time (we are talking Shinji Ikari levels here). In fact it some times seems like the plot events are just there to stop him from being normal for any extended periods of time.

I couldn't agree more, he was one of the main reasons why I didn't enjoy Destiny anywhere near as much as the orginal series. Although most of the people I know who've watched it always disagree, so it's good to know that I'm not the only one who finds Shin so bloody annoying.
Pitt Clemens

Urban Legend
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« Reply #365 on: 01-10-2006 23:09 »

You know, I thought for sure, I'd never have to worry about my current MACROSS collection ever again.

Goddammit.

Javier Lopez, please, haven't you got enough of my money yet?
bankrupt

Urban Legend
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« Reply #366 on: 01-10-2006 23:42 »

 
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Originally posted by Pitt Clemens:
You know, I thought for sure, I'd never have to worry about my current MACROSS collection ever again.

Goddammit.

Javier Lopez, please, haven't you got enough of my money yet?

Ewww, they made an English dub of the original Macross?  I don't know about that.

I wonder what source material was used for the video?  I have the AnimEigo Macross boxset that had the video restored and it looks kick ass.  If ADV is using the original print as they did with the Robotech boxsets, I don't think I'd bother with these new DVDs myself.  It's hard to look at the old, grainy video on the Robotech DVDs after seeing the restored Macross.

Man, I've really fallen off of keeping up on Macross.  I didn't even know this thing was coming out.

Pitt Clemens

Urban Legend
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« Reply #367 on: 01-10-2006 23:53 »
« Last Edit on: 01-11-2006 00:00 »

Same here, I didn't even know it was there until I found it on the Anime shelf at best buy.

...

I was shopping for my baby cousin.[/boldfacelie]
wu_konguk

Urban Legend
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« Reply #368 on: 01-11-2006 13:47 »

Hmm been a while since my last review, part of the problem of waiting for episodes to be released I guess. Anywho, these will just be short review as I want to get back to Full metal Alchemist.

Mahou Sensei Najima



Now this is another series by the creator of love hina and frankly it really does show. The character designs are a dead give away but I also felt some of the character interactions seemed alittle too similar.

The series is about young Negi Springfield a apprentice mage from Wales (I'd be interested to see if the dub will have someone do a Welsh accent or not), whom goes to a Japanese school to become a teacher to finish his training. Did I mention it was an all girls school, antics ensue.

Now I really am not sure why but I found this series hard going. It seemed fun but I just could not motivate myself to watch it. It was ok but I think there is better out there.

C

Ghost in the Shell: stand alone complex 2nd gig



Now this I did enjoy, although I will admit it was quite slow going at times. This is a carry on from the pervious series so it would be best to see the first gig first.

Anywho good points. Animation has improved again, looks most sumptuous. The music is still top quality and the story trundles along well enough.

It is also nice that you get a few more hints about the Majors past in this one and I will basically leave it at that. Good series.

A

well one last thing for those who have seen this series and have read the manga.

evan

Urban Legend
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« Reply #369 on: 01-11-2006 16:57 »

How many episodes is "2nd Gig"? Because what I see online only tells me that there are two discs worth. Is that all that's available now or not?
wu_konguk

Urban Legend
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« Reply #370 on: 01-11-2006 17:25 »

It would seem so as there are 26 episodes in the 2nd gig.
bankrupt

Urban Legend
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« Reply #371 on: 01-11-2006 19:20 »

2nd gig is being shown on Adult Swim on Saturday nights.  I think only 2-3 of the DVD volumes have come out so far.
wu_konguk

Urban Legend
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« Reply #372 on: 01-13-2006 10:45 »

Time for another review me thinks.

Full Metal Alchemist



After a considerable amount of time I have finaly been able to see this series. Was it worth it? Oh my yes.

I have read a large amount of the manga and enjoyed that alot. So it was a little odd to see certain things changed in the anime (the homunculus were one of the things that was most different), however I can see why they did change these things as it made for a more complete story.

Visually the animation is top notch throughout and the music was very nice especailly in the more emotionally poiniant sceens.

For those unaware here is the brief from animeNFO

"In this world, there exist people with special abilities to manipulate objects and transform those objects into other objects. These people are known as alchemist. However, this manipulation process does not come without cost, as the basic alchemy rules stated that something with equivalent cost is needed to perform the manipulation.

The main character is a famous alchemist named Edward Elric, who loses his little brother Alphonse in an accident. Edward manages to contain his brother`s soul in a large piece of armor suit. But by doing so Edward loses his arm and leg, so now they are on a journey to regain their original bodies."

To regain their bodies they search for the illusive Philospers Stone (and much to my chagin one of fan subs called it the sorcerers stone grrr).

There is certainly alot more going on than just the search and the story delves from the comic to the tragic with ease.


Basically this is an anime well worth the 51 episodes ...now I need to find the movie.

A+

Now the debate, what anime to start next? Honey and clover, Gungrave or maybe Vandred.
Zogonif

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« Reply #373 on: 01-17-2006 08:58 »

 
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Originally posted by wu_konguk:
Now this I did enjoy, although I will admit it was quite slow going at times. This is a carry on from the pervious series

Should be used to it being slow especally if you've seen cowboy bebop
wu_konguk

Urban Legend
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« Reply #374 on: 01-27-2006 07:01 »

Well me little Drogies some most joyous news. I just saw an AMV with clips for the new Hellsing OVA (Hellsing Ultimate) and from the looks of it thye might be ignoring the TV series and doinga more faithful retelling of the manga. Some of the sceens it showed did look most awesome (although I still wonder about Sera's yellow unform)

anywho here as some of the pics I took, soz about the quality











Zogonif

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #375 on: 01-29-2006 08:53 »

Cowboy bebop is getting released here where i live with better quality and such

Blaze_uk
Crustacean
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« Reply #376 on: 01-31-2006 08:05 »

The first real Anime series I saw was Outlaw Star that's not counting pokemon, digimon and DBZ. Personally I liked Outlaw Star at the time, looking back at it I think it was ok.

Then came the Bebop. So far, this is the best anime series I have ever seen so you can say I haven't seen many  big grin I am trying to find the DVDs but so far I only have the first one.

The first anime movie I saw was Metropolis, one of the 'not too deep' ones, easy to follow and a good starter for animes I think. Then I saw Spirited Away, Best. Anime. Ever... for me anyway  smile

Then I bought the Akira DVD last year and I followed it easily, comming from someone who could follow the archietect scean from Matrix Reloaded I can follow just about anything  big grin

At the moment I'm watching Wolf's Rain an interesting series about a group of wolves searching for paradise. It's a good series beacuse there are several sides in the story; the wolves, the nobles, a scientist, a cop and a wolf hunter. The plot doesn't twist violently and it's easy to follow. So far the uk only has the first 3 DVDs out of 7 so about half way though the series. I would recommned this series to people who are new to Animas and people who like a common story told from a different point of view.
Gopher

Fallback Guy
Space Pope
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« Reply #377 on: 01-31-2006 10:45 »

Gunslinger Girl

Critically ill/injured young girls are "rescued" by an agency of the Italian government, given cyborg bodies, subjected to psychological "conditioning." Each is paired with a "handler," or a "regular" agent who supervises ther work and training. The short series explores the relationships between the girls and their handlers, as well as with eachother.

At times touching, other times disturbing, the series is one of the most interesting and original things I've seen in quite a while.

A
RavenStar

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« Reply #378 on: 02-01-2006 14:44 »
« Last Edit on: 02-01-2006 14:44 »

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

I haven't played Final Fantasy VII, but that didn't stop my jaw from dislocating on the first action sequence in this movie. I probably missed a lot of crap I would've gotten had I played the game, because the story is apparently for people who know what happened before. In a nutshell: The plot doesn't really matter here. Seriously. It doesn't. This movie was made for three things: The fight scenes, the music, and the gorgeous 3D work.

However ridiculously implausible the fight scenes were, they're the best use of 3D's capabilities that I've ever seen in a movie. EVER. EVER. Even Pixar can't match the incredible camera work that's on display in the fight scenes. They're simply awesome.

The music is incredible, too. I've at least heard the symphony version of One-Winged Angel from the game before - but Advent Children's version of this track is mind-blowingly awesome.

The 3D work - There are some scenes here that are specifically done to show off how far everything has come since Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. I've already noted how damn good the camera work in the fight scenes is, but in the calm scenes, the detail in this movie just pops out of every frame. some things even look real - one highway sign near the beginning of the movie, for example. 

When you watch this movie, don't think about the plot. Don't think about emo Cloud boy. Don't even think about anything at all. Just sit back and drool at all the eye candy.
David A

Urban Legend
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« Reply #379 on: 02-10-2006 14:21 »

 
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Originally posted by wu_konguk:
To regain their bodies they search for the illusive Philospers Stone (and much to my chagin one of fan subs called it the sorcerers stone grrr).

That's because fansubs suck.  Try watching the official English dub; it's actually pretty good.

 
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Originally posted by Zogonif:
Should be used to it being slow especally if you've seen cowboy bebop

Bebop isn't slow; it's just that most of the episodes are entirely self-contained, and only five of them actually advance the "main" storyline.

 
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Originally posted by Blaze_uk:
The first real Anime series I saw was Outlaw Star that's not counting pokemon, digimon and DBZ. Personally I liked Outlaw Star at the time, looking back at it I think it was ok.

Outlaw Star was great.  It's a shame that there isn't more of it.

 
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Then I saw Spirited Away, Best. Anime. Ever... for me anyway   smile

Well, if you liked that, you should try some of Miyazaki's other films.  Princess Mononoke is my favorite, but they're all great.

 
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At the moment I'm watching Wolf's Rain an interesting series about a group of wolves searching for paradise. It's a good series beacuse there are several sides in the story; the wolves, the nobles, a scientist, a cop and a wolf hunter. The plot doesn't twist violently and it's easy to follow. So far the uk only has the first 3 DVDs out of 7 so about half way though the series. I would recommned this series to people who are new to Animas and people who like a common story told from a different point of view.

Yeah, it's a pretty good series.  Reminds me an awful lot of Werewolf: The Apocalypse though.

Speak softly. Drive a Sherman tank.
wu_konguk

Urban Legend
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« Reply #380 on: 02-10-2006 14:32 »

@ David A

Well it was only for one episode that the fansubs did that and for the rest of the series I found the fansubs to be most impressive.

As fo watching the English dub two problems arise. One I live in England and I don't have cable. Secondly after seeing the whole series you get used to the voices and I saw a trailer for the English dub and the voices just seemed wrong.

Anywho I might try to finish He is my Master so I'll review that soon.
David A

Urban Legend
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« Reply #381 on: 02-10-2006 15:32 »

 
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Originally posted by wu_konguk:
Well it was only for one episode that the fansubs did that

That's even worse.  If they did it the whole time, it would be silly, but at least it would be consistent.

Aren't there any official subtitled releases?
wu_konguk

Urban Legend
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« Reply #382 on: 02-11-2006 09:40 »

True that there are offcial sub releases but often they actually look worse than some of the fan works. This is probably due to the fact that the official ones are done by a person who is paod for it so the same amount of care is not nessasraly put into the series. Granted there are bad fan subs out there but there are some very good groups like Anime-keep and Anbu.

There are a few reason I watch fan subs mostly. firstly it is hard enough trying to get anime in this country without haveing to pay import fees. Sometimes the western versions are bastardised (see One Piece and Naruto) so I like to see the orginal as much as possible. There are also some amazing animes that may never see the light of day in the west other than through fan work (such as Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien and Air).

On that note a review

He is my Master



Well this another series from Gainax adn if you can see the pic then you should be able to realise there is fan service ahoy. And boy they do not skimp on the fan service in this one (poor Nurdy he woud have loved this).

Description from animeinfo
"Sawatari Izumi and her little sister, Mitsuki, ran away from home. In order to look for part-time jobs, they wandered around the town. However, all the shop owners refused to hire them.

Then, they happened to see a poster looking for resident housekeepers. It was done by Nakabayashi Yoshitaka who had lost his parents in the accident, and he became quite alone. Being sympathized with him, they were going to be help him.

However, Yoshitaka is very pervert person who had a cosplay fetish. He made them wear obscene maid uniforms. Izumi got angry, while Mitsuki enjoyed wearing them. Yoshiki started to enjoy being a master. Then, a pet crocodile which liked girls appeared...
"

Basically a comedy which makes numerous nods to previous Gainax works. It was fun and all but seemed to lack the substance of previous works. Worht a look though.

B
alenacat
Starship Captain
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« Reply #383 on: 02-11-2006 10:29 »

I giggled madly at Yakitate Japan.

Strange but hilarious mix of Iron Chef and Pokemon, you learn a lot and it doesn't take itself too seriously.

er,J...81
David A

Urban Legend
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« Reply #384 on: 02-11-2006 21:50 »

 
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Originally posted by wu_konguk:
True that there are offcial sub releases but often they actually look worse than some of the fan works. This is probably due to the fact that the official ones are done by a person who is paod for it so the same amount of care is not nessasraly put into the series.

Wait, are you saying that people who actually get paid to do translation work do a poorer job of it than ones that do it just because they feel like it?  Is it opposite day already?

That example you gave of the philosopher's stone being called the sorcerer's stone in one episode strikes me as a rather amateurish mistake.  Not surprising really, since fansubbers are, you know, amateurs.

 
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There are a few reason I watch fan subs mostly. firstly it is hard enough trying to get anime in this country without haveing to pay import fees. Sometimes the western versions are bastardised (see One Piece and Naruto) so I like to see the orginal as much as possible. There are also some amazing animes that may never see the light of day in the west other than through fan work (such as Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien and Air).

That's fine.  I don't want to bring up the whole video piracyfansubbing debate again anyway.  In any case, dub vs. sub arguments are mostly a matter of personal preference.  Funimation did a good job of dubbing FMA (and they never once call the philosopher's stone the sorcerer's stone).  I know that some people on this board still haven't forgiven Funimation for past transgressions, but some of their more recent stuff is really good (see also: Kodocha).

Speak softly. Drive a Sherman tank.
Zogonif

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #385 on: 02-16-2006 07:29 »
« Last Edit on: 02-16-2006 07:29 »

[QUOTE:]Originally posted by Zogonif
Should be used to it being slow especally if you've seen cowboy bebop[/QUOTE]

[quote:]i]Originally posted by Dave ABebop[/i]isn't slow; it's just that most of the episodes are entirely self-contained, and only five of them actually advance the "main" storyline.[/quote]

What i was trying to get at was how in bebop they sit around discussing the mission what are they going to do next etc.  Same sort of thing happens in Gits: Sac
wu_konguk

Urban Legend
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« Reply #386 on: 02-19-2006 09:53 »

Well here is a case for funsubs. If I waited for the western release I would have had to wait a month of sundays (don't get me wrong I will buy it when it does come out in the UK)

Hellsing OVA 1



If your worried that you have not seen the TV seires so can't see this, then I can put you at ease. This a a complete retelling of the Hellsing series which is a hell of alot more faithful to the manga that the tv series (ie no silly characters like Fergurson or Igonito).

This first OVA basically runs from Seras' transformation to the end of the first encounter with Father Anderson (with a little bit of the Major right at the end). As I have said this is a more faithful retelling of the manga in almost all aspects. Stylictically it it uses more of the odd sceens created by Kohta Hirano, including the more cartooney aspects (especially in Seras' character). It can also be seen that the character desgins are more faithful (ie if you thought Seras had large breasts in the TV series, well they got larger).

Father Anderson is certainly alot more insane in this adaptation, which is good. Seras does not mope around as much as she did in the TV series and Alucard is still the No life king.

Visually damn impressive and I can't wait for the next episode.

A
Zogonif

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« Reply #387 on: 02-21-2006 09:31 »

 
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Originally posted by Dave A
That example you gave of the philosopher's stone being called the sorcerer's stone in one episode strikes me as a rather amateurish mistake.

Thats like the first harry potter movie with the philosophers stone being called the sorcerer's stone
David A

Urban Legend
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« Reply #388 on: 02-21-2006 14:37 »

 
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Originally posted by Zogonif:
What i was trying to get at was how in bebop they sit around discussing the mission what are they going to do next etc.

Of course, those parts are often just as entertaining as the action sequences.

 
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Same sort of thing happens in Gits: Sac

To be honest, that show kinda bores me, apart from the Tachikomas.

 
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Thats like the first harry potter movie with the philosophers stone being called the sorcerer's stone

The difference is that with the Harry Potter movie, they made a conscious decision (for whatever reason) to change the name.  I think that it was silly to do so, but I can respect that more than I can a lack of quality control.

Also, this seems like as good a place as any to link to this.
Zogonif

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« Reply #389 on: 02-23-2006 09:05 »
« Last Edit on: 02-23-2006 09:05 »

 
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Sometimes the western versions are bastardised (see One Piece and Naruto)

And also Dragonball Z.  Thank god they've finally released the uncut version of that show on DVD
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #390 on: 03-06-2006 03:24 »
« Last Edit on: 03-09-2006 00:00 »


Top wo Nerae 2!
Diebuster.

My love/hate of studio Gianax continues.

I used to have this feeling well in check.  Up until 1998 Studio Gianax reliably put forth animation of superlative quality, always invoking thought on several levels, while at the same time having a sence of anime showmanship to delve into fun stuff like fan service and giant robots.  All the while every production they backed dripped and bled a derranged prententious secretion. With bitchy, incompitent and/or cowardly heros (i.e. Evanglion's Shinji, Wing's Shiro and Gunbuster's Noriko) that did nothing but hinder any attempt to root or relate to them.  Every time it was the same with Gianax.  I was blown away, drawn in, and amazed, and very nearly satisfied, save for the main character.  It's been a hard road for anyone watching Gianax animation WHILE maintaining a sence of personal dignity.

But that was a long time ago.  Things have changed now.  So why do I still love and hate Gianax?

Enter Top wo Nerae 2.  The sequal to the Mind-bendingly awesome series "Gunbuster."  For this series, however, none of the original cast appears (at least not so far) The series centers around Nono, a martian android girl who desperately wants to become a "Topless."

You did not read that wrong.  In the Diebuster series, the pilots of Buster-mecha are deemed "Topless."  She quickly befriends the dark-skinned, daring Topless "Lark"  and begins her journey to fighting the ever present space-monster armada.

OK, there is alot about this series so far that I like.  At the top of the list is that one of the opening lines of the series sounds wonderfully familiar:

"I've been defeated by gravity once again!"

Next I have to mention that the Buster's themselves have gotten some cool new abilities, in addition to their "SHOUTED NAME ATTACK!" abilities now there's all kinds of cool telaportation involved, and some specific abilities that vary from buster to buster.  The busters also have inherited their predicessor's rediculously powerful aresenal of beam and explosive weapons.  What is more, the busters are given a more post-eva flavor.  One of the things that bugged me about Gunbuster 1 was that Noriko piloted Gunbuster, but anyone could have piloted it, Amano, Jeung(Hell yes) or even coach and the results would have been the same.  Not so now.  The pilot first has to be able to awaken the buster, then convince it to activate.  This is a good touch, and it keeps our main char from soaking up all the spotlight.  Next I have to mention the CG work is pure and simple spot on.  At no time does the 2D and 3D ever look mismatched.  This has been a pain for a good chunck of anime, like say Zoids, Candidate for Goddess and Final Fantasy Unlimited.  We futurama fans are truly spoiled when it comes to 2d/3d cel-shading, and Gianax has tailored this show with that taste in mind.

There's alot more I like about the show, but so much of it really rubs me the wrong way.

First of all: This is supposed to be a Gunbuster sequal.  GUNBUSTER!  That means one thing to me: Time Dialation and quantum physics.  Gunbuster was Awsome because when Noriko and Kazumi and coach headed out in their space ship, they came back months or even years later, as if they had only been gone a few days or weeks.  It was the constant and most realistic and coolest part about the show.  Where else can you find a series in which the drama was compelled by the ramifications of near light-speed travel?

Here I am, already after episode three, and NO time dilation.  That's the heart of the beast, dammit.  That's why I watch gunbuster.  The crew hasn't even left the solar system yet.

So far the only physics they've attempted is a blue/red color shift of one of the buster's blasters.  Please, Gunbuster did that bit as almost a passing thought during the lens-cleaning scene.  Without the critical ingredient of time-travel drama in the mix, the series fails to measure up to being a true gunbuster sequal, and falls into the same fare as run and gun space combat mecha anime.  Oh, but the fight scenes are good aren't they?  Yes.

If you'd like to watch FLCL again.  For the 20th time.

Me?  I'm looking for some more old school machines-that-don't-move-like-bendy-toy action.  What else can I say except the way that the buster's fight is just too cartoony for my taste.

Nobody else is saying this, but everyone must be noticing it.  It started when computer's took over the job from ink and paint.  Something happened, and it's been happening ever since.  Cartoons are easternizing.  Anime is westernizing.  In a few years, or maybe a few months we won't even be able to tell the difference anymore.  I think that Diebuster is at the front of the line for People's exhibit A in this argument.  Every show I watch takes me further from the Anime look and style I fell in love with ten years ago.  I liked it when it was in FLCL, because FLCL was supposed to be a departure, it was designed to be an experiment in geurilla anime indulgancies, here?  I just don't think it belongs.  This is supposed to be Gunbuster how can you sequal it and not have that traditional plate-steel fist and missle-swarms shooting from every compartment?  It's just not Top wo Narae without it.

Lastly I have to eat a few choice words I had been flaunting back in '99 up to about 02.  The characters in this are So...dammed...derivative.  The too cool for school hotshot pilot, the stary-eyed girl who's looking for her chance to impress her hero, the bishonen boyfriend, the angry girl who really is fighting her own insecurity.

ARG!  I'm just expecting so much more.

 Good lord, I take it all back.  Gianax.  I was wrong, all those years ago.  You need those pretentious lead roles.  You need that "Am I really up to this?" Constant second guessing.  You need every other character talking trash behind the lead's back.  That's what made you Gianax.  If you can't write original characters, then go back to the old bitchy ones before you dare go the route of mainstream .Hack/dusk bullcrap.  I'm only on episode 3 and I'm hoping for so much more.  Don't let me down, sweet gunbuster.

C+

as of episode 3

EDIT:

As of Episode 4:
B+

Hey!  I asked and they delivered.  Almost everything I complained about got fixed in episode 4.  There was a return to a retro-anime look.  There was an AWSOME battle scene, all kinds of character angst, and a huge plot twist.  No suprise, the script for episode 4 was drawn up by Anno.  Oh, man.

Anyway, my hope in Diebuster is re-invigorated.
futuramafreak

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« Reply #391 on: 04-02-2006 21:33 »

 
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Originally posted by RavenStar:
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

I haven't played Final Fantasy VII, but that didn't stop my jaw from dislocating on the first action sequence in this movie. I probably missed a lot of crap I would've gotten had I played the game, because the story is apparently for people who know what happened before. In a nutshell: The plot doesn't really matter here. Seriously. It doesn't. This movie was made for three things: The fight scenes, the music, and the gorgeous 3D work.

However ridiculously implausible the fight scenes were, they're the best use of 3D's capabilities that I've ever seen in a movie. EVER. EVER. Even Pixar can't match the incredible camera work that's on display in the fight scenes. They're simply awesome.

The music is incredible, too. I've at least heard the symphony version of One-Winged Angel from the game before - but Advent Children's version of this track is mind-blowingly awesome.

The 3D work - There are some scenes here that are specifically done to show off how far everything has come since Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. I've already noted how damn good the camera work in the fight scenes is, but in the calm scenes, the detail in this movie just pops out of every frame. some things even look real - one highway sign near the beginning of the movie, for example. 

When you watch this movie, don't think about the plot. Don't think about emo Cloud boy. Don't even think about anything at all. Just sit back and drool at all the eye candy.

*slap* YOU CAN'T IGNORE THE PLOT.  Yeah, having not played the game, you missed a lot.  At which point you can only conclude that you should've played the game.  You're right about all the effects and such, they're orgasmic.  The music is inferior to the original FFVII soundtrack, and you'd know that if you ever listened to all of it away from the game.  Though I disagree with some points, your review is right in saying it's an amazing movie.
Zogonif

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« Reply #392 on: 04-03-2006 10:02 »
« Last Edit on: 04-05-2006 00:00 »

 
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Originally posted by RavenStar:
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
However ridiculously implausible the fight scenes were, they're the best use of 3D's capabilities that I've ever seen in a movie. EVER. EVER. Even Pixar can't match the incredible camera work that's on display in the fight scenes. They're simply awesome.

Actually They probably could. If you have'nt noticed Ravenstar, Pixar has just been making kids/family stuff. theres no need to do that in the kinda stuff pixar makes

they could do it, if they wanted to though
Zogonif

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« Reply #393 on: 05-19-2006 10:04 »

Hey has anyone here seen the series "AD Police" a spin-off of the bubblegum crisis series and if so whats it like ?
David A

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« Reply #394 on: 06-06-2006 19:15 »

I got some new anime the other day.  I am now the proud owner of volume one of Rave Master and all two episodes of Shinesman.  I would have posted this in the "stuff you bought" thread, but I got them for free.
David A

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« Reply #395 on: 08-02-2006 01:59 »

Bumped for a couple of mini-reviews:

Kamichu!

Yurie Hitotsubashi is an ordinary school girl who wakes up one day to discover that she has become a god.  When word of her newfound divinity spreads around town, she quickly finds herself expected to perform various godly duties, such as performing miracles, removing curses, and negotiating with Martians.  On top of all of this, Yurie still has to deal with the typical problems of being a middle school student.  It's all very Japanese.  I'd recommend this to fans of Spirited Away and R.O.D the TV.

Ichigo Mashimaro

Okay, this show is basically the Seinfeld of shojo anime.  It's a show about nothing.  The cast consists of two sisters and the younger sister's three friends, one of whom is a British girl living in Japan.  There's very little in the way of plot, but there's plenty of comedy.  It's hard to explain just what it is that makes this show so entertaining.  It has to be seen to understand its appeal.

I've only seen the first four episodes of each of these shows, but that's enough to know that I want to see more of both of them.
wu_konguk

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« Reply #396 on: 08-08-2006 15:39 »

My Neighbour Totoro

Well I can't believe it took me so long to watch this movie. Another wonderful film from Studio Ghibli and I can see why they use Totoro as their mascot, I want a Totoro (well I want a Catbus more but what the hey)

The animation is specatacular and the music is lovely. It just such a sweet movie an you should all see it.

A
wu_konguk

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« Reply #397 on: 11-15-2006 17:46 »

MEGATON BUMP

Been awhile since I watched any anime but I have finally finished another series

Yu Yu Hakusho

As I started to watch the final two sagas in this series I constantly though "Why oh why did I not start watching this in the orginal language". While I did get used to the voices again, although some characters did grate some time (much like Vageta's english dub voice....just looked it up on wiki and it is the same voice actor who provides the sometimes grating voice of Kuwabara). In all honesty it was the dub for this series that really made me cringe when I found out funimation would be dubbing the newer Tenchi series.

I was never in a rush to finish this series, I liked it but there were better series to watch. The last two sagas were fun enough, although the demon tournament seemed very rushed compared to th every very lengthy Dark tournament, I guess they felt it did not need to be dragged out.

The animation did improve compared to the older episodes but still dodgy in places.

All in all, fun enough but I don't think i will be in a hurry to watch it again.

B-
Zogonif

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« Reply #398 on: 11-15-2006 23:20 »

Been getting desert punk good series Sanabozu aka the "desert punk" smart little shit. 
coldangel

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« Reply #399 on: 11-16-2006 00:28 »
« Last Edit on: 11-16-2006 00:28 by coldangel_1 »

Just finished watching GITS: 2nd Gig.
Not to give anything away - AWESOME ending. Very emotional.
Can't wait for the English dub of GITS SAC: Solid State Society. I'm deliberately avoiding any spoilers for that.

Has everyone heard about Anno getting back on the Neon Genesis horse to flog it one more time? It's true, here's the atricle:

In September 2006, the October edition of the Japanese anime magazine Newtype reported that the new cinema series "Rebuild of Evangelion" will be released in the summer 2007. [1] On September 9, 2006, GAINAX's official website confirmed that "Rebuild of Evangelion" will consist of four movies. The first three movies will be an alternate retelling of the TV series (including many new scenes, settings, backgrounds, characters), and the fourth movie will be a completely new conclusion to the story. Hideaki Anno will write the scenario for the first movie and will be the general director and manager for the entire project. Kazuya Tsurumaki will direct the movies while Yoshiyuki Sadamoto will provide character designs and Ikuto Yamashita will provide mechanical designs. Shinji Higuchi will provide storyboards for the first movie. The first one will launch in Summer 2007, the second in January 2008, and the two final movies will be shown together in Summer 2008.


Granted the horse ain't dead, but it sure must be getting tired. Personally I rather liked the way he wrapped up in EOE... but apparently I'm in the minority.

By the way, if anyone wants to see Futurama done in anime style, have a gander through my art thread: http://www.peelified.com/cgi-bin/Futurama/4-001392-1/
The first couple of pages are kinda shite, but they get much better further on.


Ravenstar: I've been an FF7 fan since the game came out, and Advent Children has, for me, become God in DVD form.
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