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3826  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 06, 2012, 11:50:32 AM
It has been a long time since I don't read a interview of Hideaki Anno (the director of Evangelion). I decided to do that today even though I really hate the series nowadays "but what the hell!" I said to myself, and with that I found this gem...

Hideaki Anno: "Let's Die Together", Atlantic Magazine, May 2007:

"Rei is someone who is aware of the fact that even if she dies, there'll be another to replace her, so she doesn't value her life very highly," Anno explains, slouching ever-deeper into the couch. "Her presence, her existence—ostensible existence—is ephemeral. She's a very sad girl. She only has the barest minimum of what she needs to have. She's damaged in some way; she hurts herself. She doesn't need friends."

Anno understands the Japanese national attraction to characters like Rei as the product of a stunted imaginative landscape born of Japan's defeat in the Second World War. "Japan lost the war to the Americans," he explains, seeming interested in his own words for the first time during our interview. "Since that time, the education we received is not one that creates adults. Even for us, people in their 40s, and for the generation older than me, in their 50s and 60s, there's no reasonable model of what an adult should be like." The theory that Japan's defeat stripped the country of its independence and led to the creation of a nation of permanent children, weaklings forced to live under the protection of the American Big Daddy, is widely shared by artists and intellectuals in Japan. It is also a staple of popular cartoons, many of which feature a well-meaning government that turns out to be a facade concealing sinister and more powerful forces.

Anno pauses for a moment, and gives a dark-browed stare out the window. "I don't see any adults here in Japan," he says, with a shrug. "The fact that you see salarymen reading manga and pornography on the trains and being unafraid, unashamed or anything, is something you wouldn't have seen 30 years ago, with people who grew up under a different system of government. They would have been far too embarrassed to open a book of cartoons or dirty pictures on a train. But that's what we have now in Japan. We are a country of children."

Reading this suddenly makes me understand a bit why Japan is how it is today, but... this is Hideaki Anno. The same guy that has said before that Evangelion was made purely in how he felt at the moment (and it shows) and also said that he hate otakus, which is ironic because Evangelion has been like a religion since the late '90s.

The old Pokemon Manga was pretty good, too, actually. I used to read it as a kid. Liked it more than the show.

I tried to get into the manga with the newer chapters, but I can't. Maybe it has to do with my expectations of the series. I know what happens in Pokémon already, though, I've read a bunch of times that the manga shows things that you don't see in the anime like some Pokémon actually dying and characters growing up with each generation.
3827  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 05, 2012, 02:40:18 PM
Last night I read the first chapter of the Pokémon Réburst manga that debuted last year. I just have two things to say about this series:

1. It's fucking awesome.

2. I wish that the original Pokémon series would have started like Réburst does.

Even if you are not into Pokémens and all that, give this manga a chance.
3828  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Good cyberpunk anime? on: May 05, 2012, 02:00:21 PM
In wikipedia appears this series called "Ergo Proxy", it seems like it was the last cyberpunk anime that has come out. Is from 2006.

There's also Un-Go. Saw it a couple of months ago, is not bad but is one those series that you watch and maybe you are gonna remember something about it after you finish it, besides, from the 11 episodes there are 3 that are actually good (in my opinion anyway) but every episode is entertaining in its own right.

Now that I think about it, cyberpunk doesn't seem like a very popular style in anime at all.

You can't put a high school with generic characters in a cyberpunk series because that would actually be interesting I guess.


I'm reading part of the story in wikipedia and it sounds great. Kinda reminds of Deus Ex: Human Revolution with the "Doc finds a dismembered Ichise near-death in the streets of Lux, and takes him to her lab, where she gives him a new set of Texhnolyzed limbs without his consent." and Final Fantasy XIII-2 with the "Ran, a girl who can see the future and is worshiped in the city of Gabe, sells flowers in Lux. Ran is this generation's Seer, which grants her the ability to see "one possibility" of people's futures; each generation, a girl with such abilities is born in Gabe. Her followers unquestioningly accept the fate that she predicts, even if it costs them their lives."

I lost interest in seeing Fate/Zero so I might give a try Texhnolyze.
3829  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Record of Agarest Wars 2 LE.... and its coming out in the US... on: May 05, 2012, 03:52:54 AM
I can even understand the rationale behind "just because I look at anime drawings of little girls, doesn't mean I'm a real life pedophile." No, but it sure as hell makes you a fictional pedophile.


That's like a thing? Being a "fictional pedophile" I mean. First time I heard read something like that.
3830  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Good cyberpunk anime? on: May 05, 2012, 03:37:45 AM
Eugh.  Metropolis is kinda...hard to love.  It started too sweet for the sort of grotesque ending of Tima[?].

Ah yeah, that scene is not particularly pretty. But that's part of the joke (and charm) of cyberpunk.

...um, Patlabor?

Is more Mecha than cyberpunk, but it's not bad. I did like it the little I saw of it.
3831  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Good cyberpunk anime? on: May 05, 2012, 01:48:35 AM
Metropolis, a movie from 2001 (loosely) based on the manga made by Osamu Tezuka in the '40s. Also there's Battle Angel Alita that gets a lot of praise but I haven't read manga(s) or watch the OVAs.
3832  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: May 04, 2012, 11:45:15 PM
Joe Rogan talks about DMT

Tripping balls, dude.

Tripping. Balls.
3833  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Analogue: A Hate Story on: May 04, 2012, 10:46:41 PM
I don't particulary have a problem with short stories, though, is very disappointing when said story ends in the worst possible moment. Like when you can tell there's more story to tell and more characters to develop here but for whatever reason here's an ending that left you wanting a sequel or continuation that will never come.

That shit is cruel bro. :(
3834  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime Comedies? on: May 04, 2012, 09:33:50 PM
Although in all fairness Nichijou is really, really Japanese.

No kidding.
3835  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime Comedies? on: May 04, 2012, 11:58:00 AM
B Gata H Kei
Especially if you like School Rumble, since they have similar brands of humor

"Plot Summary: Yamada is a high school student, and a virgin, who aspires to have 100 casual sex partners. Despite this, she soon finds herself targeting and pursuing only one boy."

I rather watch Excel Saga.
3836  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Siliconera to announce Squeenix "Exclusive" tomorrow on: May 04, 2012, 11:50:23 AM
I miss the days when we were still waiting for DNF.

That end up being better than the game itself.
3837  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 04, 2012, 11:45:43 AM
I remembered that there is a "Kakashi Gaiden story" in the manga. That was really good.
3838  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Siliconera to announce Squeenix "Exclusive" tomorrow on: May 03, 2012, 11:08:38 PM
how wonderful a cancelled game

Next up Square announces a game that doesn't exist.

The world doesn't need another Versus XIII.
3839  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 03, 2012, 04:21:55 PM
Naruto is good until volume 5 in the manga and everything after that is honestly a waste of time. The series could have been better though, it had potential.
3840  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 03, 2012, 03:47:25 PM
The only arrangements that I've heard of the first SMT have been from the second disc "Chaos" of the original soundtrack of that game. Also in that disc is in my opinion the best track of the entire franchise called "Abandoned Sky".

Practically been in love with that theme for a while now. ^^'

Edit: Wait no. I have heard other arrangements from the "Chaos & Order" album, it was made by some Japanese guys if remember. Also, I just found this.
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