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Nurdbot

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« Reply #480 on: 03-11-2007 12:06 »

I agree with Pitt, heavily.

I was looking for some Dirty Pair staff last night too. I was like "Hell, even Flash would do!".

No Bubblegum Crisis 2032 either. Just loads of that other series. At least AD Police was there.

No Project A-Ko either. YouTube is lacking heavily in old school anime. If I seen the same episode of Bleach uploaded for the 43rd time...
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #481 on: 03-12-2007 01:09 »

Project A-ko?  BG crisis?  Buy the darn DVDs,  Nurdy.  I know it's licened in the UK.

The Dirty pair TV series is mucho diffcil to come by.  I considered torrenting it once, but at the bitrate it would have taken too long.

Then again...that was back when I was using DSL.
Nurdbot

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« Reply #482 on: 03-12-2007 08:46 »

Sadly Pitt, Anime has to take a back seat to saving up for an AMD Graphics card. Even old school stuff.

I have a few Dirty Pair Flash episodes I recorded from Sci-Fi on video tape, but the dub voices drive me nuts.
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #483 on: 03-12-2007 16:44 »
« Last Edit on: 03-12-2007 16:44 »

Ahhh, man.  Sue Ulu has her on and off moments, but I love Kim Sevier.  I miss her too.

She either dissappeared off planet earth after Dirty pair flash, or Matt Greenfield and Amanda Winn Lee stopped reterning her phone calls.

Half of me smiles that I know these names.  The other half hangs its head and sighs.
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« Reply #484 on: 03-12-2007 19:01 »

I bought me the first two Ghost in the Shell movies the other week. Just got around to watching them at the weekend...

I have to say, I'm totally nonplussed.

Somebody recommend me something better. preferably a TV series I can really get my teeth into.
Nurdbot

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« Reply #485 on: 03-12-2007 19:21 »

Depends TNUK, what stuff do you like?
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #486 on: 03-12-2007 20:57 »

TNUK, with you on Gohst in the shell.  A bit over-rated, and more techno-babbel than plot.  The massamune shiro piece I reccomend to people is the original dominion tank police.

For something along the same lines, but more existential than GitS, I reccomend serial experiments: Lain.

FLCL may be over-rated, but it wasn't at one time.  Speaking as a fan who found it in that one time, I reccomend it.

Movies: watch wind called amnesia.  You will either love it or hate it, and depending on which will determine if anime is worth your time.

OK, there's my 2 pence off to work.
futuramafreak

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« Reply #487 on: 03-14-2007 22:45 »

I saw Ninja Scroll for the first time on Saturday, and it was pretty good.  Not amazing, but decent.  I loved the blind ninja.
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« Reply #488 on: 03-16-2007 02:06 »

Two episodes left until the best plot turn in Death Note. Probably.
Anyone else read the manga?

I finished Cowboy Bebop yesterday. Not one of my favourites, but pretty decent.
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« Reply #489 on: 03-16-2007 09:00 »

Dike spies.
Nurdbot

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« Reply #490 on: 03-16-2007 09:06 »

We do have spoiler tags for a reason Slacky. For a minute there, I thought you meant lesbian spies.
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #491 on: 03-16-2007 09:08 »

Of course that's what I meant. What on earth are YOU talking about?
Nurdbot

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« Reply #492 on: 03-16-2007 10:44 »

Wait, are you saying you watched Noir recently?

The only one I know that might have hot girl on girl spy action.
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #493 on: 03-16-2007 10:49 »

Hullloo? how many times to I have to say Dirty Pair!?
Nurdbot

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« Reply #494 on: 03-16-2007 11:04 »

They aren't spies, they are cops.
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #495 on: 03-17-2007 09:11 »
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Cops?  So these are UNIFORMS!?  When is it gonna be the future already?
Nurdbot

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« Reply #496 on: 03-17-2007 09:43 »

Checked Wikipedia for more info. They are kind of like cops, some sort of Corporate Mercenary Space Force Cops.

Also, not for out lifetime Pitt. Unless you can live as long as 2138 :P.
LayZ341

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« Reply #497 on: 04-07-2007 01:59 »

Just started getting into Death Note, I am up to episode 11 now.  Very interesting and thought provoking.
Nurdbot

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« Reply #498 on: 04-13-2007 19:39 »

Pretty interesting news for us European Anime fanbois:

SONY considering anime channel for SKY Digital
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« Reply #499 on: 04-15-2007 08:23 »
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Code Geass

Awesome. A little like Death Note, but less generally sinister and slightly mecha.

Japan has been taken over by Britannia, an empire that controls over a third of the world's population. Several "terrorist" groups try to resist the new rulers, whichs mainly just provides an excuse for them to keep up their massive military presence.

Lelouch, a former high ranking Britannian noble and a high school student, is very strongly opposed to the Britannian rule. He accidentally ends up in the middle of a terrorist/military shoot out and encounters a girl whom the terrorists were trying to steal. She gives him the power of Geas, which grants him absolute obedience from anyone he has eye contact with.

Like Yagami Light in Death Note, he immediately decides to fix the world, in his case by annihilating Britannia and its royal family. Unlike Light, however, he doesn't stay in the shadows. He takes command of a terrorist group, reforms it into "The Black Knights of Justice", and steps down hard on anyone who tries to be naughty in the political arena.

Highly recommended, although only 23 out of 25 episodes are out, and the last two won't air until summer.

Second season to come after that.
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« Reply #500 on: 04-15-2007 09:02 »

Brittanian? That really is a bloody awful spelling mistake I must say.

Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #501 on: 04-18-2007 10:07 »
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A new Satoshi Kon movie

Two words:

Hell Yes.

Hayashibara Megumi in the lead role...They were bound to get together at some point.
Nurdbot

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« Reply #502 on: 04-18-2007 10:29 »

Wow. Looks quite interesting.
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #503 on: 04-26-2007 10:34 »

Dirty Pair

The retro-futuristic adventures of two disaster-prone sharp-shooting Special Agent nymphomaniacs.  Some episodes soar, some fall flat.  You have to be ready for the old-school anime look to really enjoy it.  The Lovely Angels take on everything from covert infiltration of enemy bases to finding lost cats, usually leaving a trail of destruction in their path, and finessing the nearest handsome guy.  I really did like the series, but having seen the movies and the OVAs already I feel they should have blown up more planets.

B+
David A

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« Reply #504 on: 06-19-2007 02:58 »

 
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For something along the same lines, but more existential than GitS, I reccomend serial experiments: Lain.

Pffft.  Serial Experiments Lain is just season three of Digimon without the digimon.  Lain even has the same voice as Jeri Kato in the English dub.  How much more obvious could it be?
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« Reply #505 on: 06-19-2007 06:46 »
« Last Edit on: 06-19-2007 06:46 by coldangel_1 »

Anyone seen a sci-fi anime called 'Blue Gender'? It's passable, not great. Kinda drawn-out in places. I brought it up because, strangely, it reminded me a lot of Futurama... if Futurama was unfunny and brutally violent. The main character is a Fry-ish docile cryogenic defrostee who happens to be important for the future of the human race, and he's paird with a stern uncompromising Leela-ish female of the militaristic leaning. Parallels kept coming up, unless I was just obsessing at the time... I'd like to know what anyone else thinks.
David A

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« Reply #506 on: 06-21-2007 15:28 »

Aside from both protagonists being defrosted in the future after having been cryogenically frozen, I don't really see many similarities.  Leela is no Marlene Angel, thankfully.
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« Reply #507 on: 06-21-2007 16:18 »
« Last Edit on: 06-21-2007 16:18 »

Well I have been watching my Naruto Unleashed DVD's and a few things have come to mind. One the dub is actaully physcially painful to watch (the voices assult my ears). Secondly the sub is roapey in places and often inconsitant.

Now I understand them chaning the names of the techniques to more Western versions so not a huge problem with that. Do find it odd they keep changing the meaning of honarifics (sometimes master other times "Sensi" and yes spelt that way ie wrong). The also change pronouns from episode to episode, for example in one epise it's "that is why he is storng like your father" then in the next episode flashback thing "That's why he is strong like his father", which makes no sense in terms of the story.

Say what you will about fan subs but anbu was consistant for the 50 episodes they did for Naruto.
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« Reply #508 on: 06-21-2007 17:17 »
« Last Edit on: 06-22-2007 00:00 by coldangel_1 »

 
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Aside from both protagonists being defrosted in the future after having been cryogenically frozen, I don't really see many similarities.  Leela is no Marlene Angel, thankfully.


...Yuji had spikey orange hair...
Meh... anyway, it was just a vibe I had at the time.

  >>  ?
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #509 on: 06-24-2007 03:04 »
« Last Edit on: 06-24-2007 03:04 »

The Rose of Versailles
compliments of Live-eviL fansubs, crunchyroll.com and youtube

Wow.

A bold, and epic period piece spanning 30 years of French history from the establishment of Marie Antoinette as the crown princess of france and culminating with the storming of the Bastille, and even beyond with details of the reign of terror.

Btw.  You may want some tissues handy when you watch this one.

The storytelling is equal parts history and romance/war genre, centering around the fictionalized story of Lady Oscar.  A noble living near Versailles desires a male heir to continue his name.  When a daughter is born to him, he gives her the name Oscar and raises the girl as though she were a son.  Under the supervision of a peasant boy named Andre, Oscar hardens herself against ladylike behavior and hones herself into a brazen self-confident person.  She is equally skilled in all arts, be it fencing, marksmanship, tactics or even music.

Lady Oscar takes on the duty of Royal guard to the Crown family and is thrust into the drama, romance and turmoil of the final years of the Bourbon dynasty.  Boasting an enormous cast, historical intrigue and pleanty of plot twists, I reccomend this. 

Having been produced in '79 the animation style is a bit dated, but the production looks way ahead of its time.  All the characters are well drawn all the time and the action scenes don't suffer from the stodgyness that early anime had to struggle with.  It really never fails to deliver.

I can't say enough to give this show credit.  Let me just restate:

Wow.

A+

Addendum: It looks like there's more to see...soon anyway.

 
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 Pffft.  Serial Experiments Lain is just season three of Digimon without the digimon.


What? Season three of Digimon was released YEARS after Serial Experiments Lain.  Also Lain is comprised of mind-bending incredibleness, too psychologicaly challenging to ever be marketed to kids and not tied into any toy selling franchises whatsoever.

Game. Set. Match. Lain.
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« Reply #510 on: 06-30-2007 16:18 »

Well it is finally finished so time for the review.

Death Note

Firtly I loved the manga and thought the live action movie was great. The anime, well this is unusual for me to say but was actually better than the manga. The anime is remarkibly faithful the source material (except a little niggle that I have) but improved it in certain ways that I will tell after a brief synopis.

The Death Note is a note book of the shinigami (death gods) and if a persons name is writen in the note they will die. One Shinigami (by the name of Ryuuk) drops his in the human world, it is found by Light Yagami a brilliant student. Light is first cautious to use it but quickly decides to use it's power to rid the world of crimnals and such. The police try to track down this killer (refered to as Kira) aided by the genius detective known only as L. The series is a tale of cat and mouse with Kira and L trying to outwit each other. I have probably made it sound more dull than it is so I applogise it is fantastic.

Now as I said I feel this is a series that is probably better than it's source for a few reasons. Firstly the animation is supurb (thanks to Madhouse) using alot of interesting techniques throughout the seires that make it more dynamic than the manga. The second is the music, sometimes music can interfer witha series but in this case it compliments it perfectly (cept the second opening and ending I really disliked those).

The series is on the whole very faithful to the orginal manga just with improvements I have stated (still you should read the manga anyway it is great). My only quibble was the change of the ending of the series, I realsie they did it so there would be no need for the exposition that followed in the manga but it some how lacked the absolute depiration you get in the manga.

Never the less a wonderful series that should be watched.

A+

Next Paprika me thinks.
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« Reply #511 on: 06-30-2007 17:46 »
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Yeah, Death Note was phenomenal.  I think Light is one of the illest anime characters ever.  I thought both endings were good, but I slightly liked the anime one better.

By the way, FUCK Near AND his toys!!!! up yours
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« Reply #512 on: 07-01-2007 12:13 »

OK, I apologise in advance. I don't fancy trawling through 13 pages, but what I quite fancy is seeing some more anime. Could anyone recommend some to me? Something not too gory, but good. Some maybe I could get from youtube or something.

Oh, and also, has anyone seen the Tekken anime movie?  tongue I'd like something along those lines, if possible.

And oh yeah; vaguely aware that I may be committing a grievous error by asking this, but what is the difference between anime and manga?

Just so I know for the future, like  tongue
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« Reply #513 on: 07-01-2007 13:11 »

Manga is basically the comic version of anime, but drawn right to left.

Hmmm, serious fighty Tekken stuff? The last anime I watched with kung fu-esqe fighting was rather pervy, so I cannot be much help sadly.

Pitt? Wu? David?
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« Reply #514 on: 07-01-2007 14:46 »
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OK, I apologise in advance. I don't fancy trawling through 13 pages, but what I quite fancy is seeing some more anime. Could anyone recommend some to me? Something not too gory, but good. Some maybe I could get from youtube or something.

Trigun
Cowboy Bebop
Outlaw Star
Read or Die

 
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And oh yeah; vaguely aware that I may be committing a grievous error by asking this, but what is the difference between anime and manga?

Manga is to anime what comic books are to cartoons.
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« Reply #515 on: 07-01-2007 14:48 »

Will admit I have some confusion over the anime and manga, mainly due to the fact that the main releaser of anime in England is called Manga, certainly condfued matters.

As for recomendations to fighting anime.......not a style i really watch. Saw something called Ikkitousen  (Battle Vixnes in teh west) not sure I would recomend in though, the stopry is pretty poor and for the most part it seems to be about the female fighters getting their clothes ripped. By the sounds of it it might eb the same one Nurdy saw.

quick review as a recomendation

Paprika

More Satoshi Kon weirdness abound in this one and as usual it is a good thing. Still letting it sink in so won't go into too much detail but let's just say it is about the dreams and their boundaries (makes me think Satoshi and Madhouse would be a great team to produce a Sandman movie considering the visuals in this one)

Yet again Madhouse out do them selves, the film is beautiful and the music is nice (same lot as Paranoia agent). All in all I did enjoy it so I recomnd this.

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As for general recomendations

GTO
Death Note
12 Kingdoms
Full Metal Alchemist
Full Metal Panic
School Rumble
FLCL

all good stuff
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« Reply #516 on: 07-01-2007 15:12 »

Ahh thankyou, I shall check some of that out, methinks.
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« Reply #517 on: 07-01-2007 16:43 »

Big warning for FMA, Expect major 360 degree turns in episodes, in well, everything.
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« Reply #518 on: 07-01-2007 17:51 »
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hmm can't believe I forgot these two. The both involve fighting (of the sword kind mind you).

The first Rurouni Kenshin. A tale of a samurai in the Meji period of japan (when swords where banned), good stuff and the OVA's are great if alot gorier than the series ever gets.

The second is pretty weird stuff (the movie even more so) Revolutionary Girl Utena. Pretty sure I did a pretty long review on this one but I really can not be bothered to dig it up.

Goram it also forgot one of my all time fave series. Tenchi Muyo, nuff said.

edit-damn my memory again. Not seen Tekken but I remember enjoying Street Fighter the animated movie many years back.
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« Reply #519 on: 07-01-2007 22:57 »
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New Gunsmith Cats mangas.

Thank you, Kenichi Sonoda, I could kiss you.

 
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Big warning for FMA, Expect major 360 degree turns in episodes, in well, everything.

Yeah, FMA didn't give a damn.  They killed people off left and right, sometimes to your favorite characters...  cry

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