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Tweek

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« #600 : 12-08-2020 05:08 »

I've been watching that too, it is rather fun 😀 Did some climbing when I was at college, mostly on rock.
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« #601 : 12-08-2020 09:25 »
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Neat! Like you, in college I did a bit of climbing as well, but it was unsanctioned...mostly utility poles, rooftops, and perhaps the odd larger boulder on a beach...depending on the current BAC* :)

For whatever reasons, I couldn't recall the end of Nausicaš. It's my go-to movie for testing video playback fidelity, but in that role only the first few minutes are used, generally. Last night I watched the whole thing through again. It's gorgeous and immersive and intense and the empathy I felt for the land, the people of the Valley, and the forest was massive. Being someone whose mental immersion into flight sims and aerial scenes in movies is strong enough to dominate and override my vestibular system, watching the glider scenes had me "feeling" the dip of the wings and the acceleration in every turn she cut.

Given the occasional periods of both existential dread and dread for the near and medium future, lately, idk if it's the best time or the worst time to watch the rest of the Miyazaki movies I have here, most never seen. Plus a Ghibli film I haven't watched, that I'm saving for afterward. Pardon my clumsy improvised spoiler (opens the spoiled pic in another window or tab)...



And if after watching, my virtual soul should wind up in an vast, unlit space darker than Vantablack?

I just want to know real sadness
A life spent soaked in the muddy river's not so bad
If it's over after one go-round
- Y. Iwasato


* An ever-so-gentle tachybellishment, as the events took place about five years before I began college :p

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« #602 : 12-08-2020 12:35 »

If you like sport climbing, you might enjoy Iwakakeru -Sport Climbing Girls-.  I'm not even interested in climbing, and I'm enjoying it so far.

I had noticed that one, but haven't gotten around to checking it out yet. Sounds like it might be worth a look.

On the subject of the Shinano: The High School Fleet movie is - let's just say "available" - and the Shinano takes part in some of the action alongside the Yamato and Musashi. In fact, it seems that each of the maritime schools has a Yamato-class battleship, which makes for some impressive action but rather dilutes the special status of the ships.
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« #603 : 12-08-2020 19:07 »

I had noticed that one, but haven't gotten around to checking it out yet. Sounds like it might be worth a look.

It reminds me of both Cinderella Nine and Girls und Panzer, and I know that you liked both of those, so I thought that you might like this one too.
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« #604 : 12-08-2020 22:44 »


On the subject of the Shinano...

That's really interesting...I'd no idea that the name Shinano held any significance for the large majority of Japanese, much less to the point where it would be incorporated into a movie for a general audience. Thanks for the info :)

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« #605 : 12-09-2020 15:24 »

I haven't seen it, but is High School Fleet really aimed at a general audience?  I thought that these sort of shows were more for military otaku military history buffs.
Farnsworth38

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« #606 : 12-09-2020 17:33 »

While I'm sure quite a few viewers of HSF also play World of Warships, it's less otaku-y than GuP by a significant margin. GuP had history and military vehicle references crammed in at every opportunity, whereas in HSF they are much fewer in number and in a way almost feel like Easter eggs. There are some significant differences between our reality and the one of the show which invalidate a lot of potential references. There is one in particular that explains why battleships were more prolific, so purists are going to have some big issues.

HSF has a strange dissonance between the seriousness of the situations the characters find themselves in, and their reactions. In some ways it almost reminds me of M*A*S*H* without the deeper elements, and I can't help wondering if that was an influence on the writers. It tends to be more comedic than GuP, and the jokes are generally accessible for a non-otaku audience.
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« #607 : 12-09-2020 18:16 »

Oh, okay.  Like I said, I haven't seen that one, so I don't really know what the show is like.

*Goes back to watching Strike Witches: Road to Berlin.*
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« #608 : 12-10-2020 21:00 »

Well, I've binged the first episodes of Sport Climbing Girls. I have watched several indoor climbing events on TV, so the lingo and competition formats were vaguely familiar.

Initial reaction: A variation on Cinderella Nine with added fanservice.

Going a bit deeper while trying to avoid spoilers:
I like the MC's arc: some aspects are believable, while others are a bit of a stretch. Some of the action is over-dramatised, but that's expected. The show does seem to be going out of its way to make certain characters appear creepy. At one point it felt like The Hunger Games were about to start, and then that Dr. Ver had escaped from Symphogear. Also, I think the phrase "Restraining Order" is going to feature heavily in a certain competitor's adult life. One aspect that I'm starting to accept as being almost compulsory in anime is the inclusion of one or more child prodigies. In this case it is more credible than some other instances, given who her father is.

I'll continue watching to see where the show goes, but at the moment it gets a rating of Average. There's still time for it to swing either way.
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« #609 : 12-10-2020 22:33 »

I guess I've been watching too much anime, because I didn't even notice that this show had fanservice.

Kiku-chan's climbing abilities seemed plausible to me.  She's been climbing with her dad practically since birth.  She's such a minor character that it hardly matters anyway.

I must have gotten lucky with Cinderella Nine; none of my other recommendations seem to have hit it out of the park for you.

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« #610 : 12-11-2020 00:05 »

I think I'm more forgiving of Fantasy and Sci-Fi shows: perhaps I expect 'normal' shows to be too normal. As for the fanservice issue, that may come from practicing photography. When you have to think about composing an image with a physical camera, you tend to pick up on how a virtual camera has been used. A relatively small difference in viewing angle can make a significant difference to how the image is perceived. Eh, maybe I'm over analysing or I've become too conservative in filtering images.
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« #611 : 12-11-2020 02:35 »

I could recommend more fantasy and sci-fi shows, I suppose.

I thought that Sport Climbing Girls was the sort of show that might appeal to people who don't watch a lot of anime.  It's also one of the few shows I'm watching this season that isn't the third season of a show whose first two seasons you probably haven't seen, or a sequel to a twenty-year-old show you also probably haven't seen, or a yuri romance, or a surreal comedy about a girl and her pet dinosaur, or an isekai where the heroine's powers derive from wearing a silly-looking bear costume, or...  Well, you get the idea.

Oh, and I'm sure that you're right about the fanservice.  Just because I don't notice it, that doesn't mean that it isn't there.
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« #612 : 01-04-2021 22:02 »

Okay, I think Sport Climbing Girls redeemed itself to a significant degree in the later episodes. They dropped that spider stuff, and the Games Maker - sorry, Route Setter - calmed down and reverted to sort-of normal. The MC overcoming her weakness thanks to the help of another gamer was a nice touch. The ending was a bit abrupt, but I can live with it. I would probably give another season a chance if it materialised.


I have watched something slightly different since: Isekai Shokudou/Restaurant to Another World. A restaurant in Japan which specialises in Western food appears to be closed on Saturdays, but in fact it is open to a special type of customer. Magical doors appear in remote locations in a D&D style world, and visitors from that realm can enter the restaurant and experience the food of our world. The MC is a destitute young demon who stumbles upon the restaurant and gets hired as the Saturday waitress.

The show isn't big budget, there are continuity errors and rather basic animation at times, and it takes a while for any character development to occur, but it is very mellow. There's not a lot of action or depth, but it is a warm, feel-good type of show, and in the later episodes they draw together some of the separate strands of character stories that were introduced earlier. Many may find it slow and superficial, but it tends to leave a warm glow. May also make you feel hungry.
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« #613 : 01-05-2021 01:57 »

I didn't watch Restaurant to Another World back when it premiered, despite the fact that I like both fantasy shows and cooking shows.  I should probably give it a watch sometime.  The funny thing is, no matter how many shows I watch, the list of shows that I want to watch never seems to get any shorter.

I was going to post a review of Strike Witches: Road to Berlin, but I probably shouldn't bother.  I wouldn't actually recommend watching it to anyone who hasn't already seen the first two seasons and the movie, and anyone who has already seen the first two seasons and the movie probably doesn't need me to recommend it.
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« #614 : 01-06-2021 08:22 »

Strike Witches: Road to Berlin; was definitely worth watching if you liked the first two seasons (I've yet to see the film). I noticed that the fan service was toned down a lot; just a couple of scenes that were censored in the version shown on Crunchyroll... not a bad thing as I thought it would be a series suitable for children if there wasn't so much nudity!
David A

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« #615 : 01-06-2021 15:41 »

They definitely toned down the fanservice this season.  It was more like watching the movie or Brave Witches than like watching the first two seasons.

Strike Witches is a pretty wholesome show, aside from the nudity.
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« #616 : 01-06-2021 20:22 »

We're back in lockdown again, so I may give the franchise a try at some point. I did watch Symphogear, so... And there's a limit to how many times I can run through the GuP film DVD.

I've noticed a few recurring elements in anime, although it could just be the ones I've chosen. I've already mentioned the child prodigy trend. Natto seems to appear quite often, and I get the impression it's the Japanese equivalent of Marmite: you either love it or hate it, and it's good for pranking foreigners. There were other things I noticed but can't recall at the moment.

I don't know how important it was, but I did read that GuP-related tourism helped Oarai recover after being affected by an earthquake(?). They certainly seem to have embraced the franchise in a way that other Japanese towns maybe haven't, though I wouldn't really know. There is a video of a couple of fans visiting the town, which shows some of the landmarks from the show and the degree to which it has permeated the area. I'll link it here for anyone that's interested, but I realise I'm sounding like a rabid fanboy now, so no obligation to view.
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« #617 : 01-06-2021 21:57 »

Apparently it's not uncommon for anime set in real world locations to cause an increase in tourism to those locations.  There are even some anime, like Yatogame-chan, that are made specifically to promote tourism.

Although I do have to wonder if A Place Further Than the Universe actually encouraged more people to visit Antarctica.
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« #618 : 01-07-2021 11:17 »

The Finnish Tank Museum reportedly saw an uptick in visitor numbers after GuP: der Film was released. There is at least one video on YouTube showing someone cosplaying Mika and playing a certain polka in front of the last remaining example of a BT-42.

Now I remember another thing that struck me with anime was the link to video games. Several of the shows I've encountered have spawned new games and/or mods for existing ones. I wouldn't mind having a go at the GuP spin-off Dream Tank Match, but working through the largely narrative section that recreates the film in order to unlock all the tanks and characters would be a bit of a slog. Getting to the customisable missions and playing as Mika to steal Pravda's KV-2 does have a certain appeal though.

Then there's the YouTube AMV phenomenon. I accept that this is probably greater for the shows I focus on, but all of the military themed shows seem to inspire AMV creation. I can't help wondering how Sabaton feel about being associated with the anime medium to such a significant degree. And of course there are the "Abridged" and "On Crack" parody videos. Most are crass or lame, but there are some gems hidden in the dross. I hate myself for this, but I actually like the "Discordgear" Symphogear parody. It's wrong on so many levels and the characters are so messed-up that it actually loops all the way back round to being good.
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« #619 : 01-07-2021 18:18 »

Now I remember another thing that struck me with anime was the link to video games. Several of the shows I've encountered have spawned new games and/or mods for existing ones.

There are a lot of video games based on anime.  There are also a lot of anime based on video games, visual novels in particular.

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Then there's the YouTube AMV phenomenon. I accept that this is probably greater for the shows I focus on, but all of the military themed shows seem to inspire AMV creation.

There are AMVs for all sorts of anime shows.  I haven't actually watched many, because they're usually set to music by bands that I've never heard of.  (I stopped listening to popular music back in the 1990s.)  I have seen a few AMVs that used music from the same anime as the visuals.  I thought that those were pretty good.

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And of course there are the "Abridged" and "On Crack" parody videos.

Yeah, there are a lot of those as well.  Being so horrifically awful that they go all the way back around to funny seems to be the style of humor that most of these are aiming for.  I'd rather spend my time actually watching actual anime, but to each his own.
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« #620 : 01-10-2021 14:29 »

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And of course there are the "Abridged" and "On Crack" parody videos.

Yeah, there are a lot of those as well.

I think it works because the show lends itself to that kind of treatment. Not sure about later seasons, because characters like Dr. Ver and Garie are already in parody territory. The show even pokes fun at itself in the short OVAs.
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« #621 : 01-19-2021 10:51 »

it shames me that i only saw Cowboy Beebop recently and now finally understood the meaning of this threat title :D


I enjoyed a lot it btw.. and i couldnt stop at the insanelly gorgeous details in the classic animation.. after that seeing some suposedly "high profile" animes with so plain and blank animation and detailing hurts
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« #622 : 01-19-2021 14:23 »

it shames me that i only saw Cowboy Beebop recently and now finally understood the meaning of this threat title :D

Great!  Now go watch Trigun and you'll also be able to understand the poll.
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« #623 : Yesterday at 07:04 »


...the insanelly gorgeous details in the classic animation..


Watching on a large screen, up close, the view from the cockpit in the aerial combat scenes are incredible. The viscerally smooth aerobatics...the detail in the lagtime and trajectory of the cannon rounds as they miss, arc down, then stitch across the desert, far below.

And as discussed in detail up-thread, the soundtrack is beyond good. I was listening to all 4+ hours of it as I was working today.

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