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1201  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 01, 2011, 02:49:25 PM
Do any of you guys read anime reviews? I never read reviews to decide what to watch, since out of the 20 or so reviews I have read, I've only agreed with 3 - Nihon's reviews of Gundam X and Turn A Gundam (which was spot on although I'd add some things) and ANN's review of Fractale (to a lesser degree. I agree that the SoL-like episodes felt like excessive filler and took a lot of focus away from the main story, yet I actually found that those episodes to be the most enjoyable and made the show stand out in my mind. It was the sudden dark and dramatic episodes that I felt were hard to stomach. Overall, though, the show did lack focus and felt like a mish-mash of 3 completely different styles that just weren't meshing, so overall I agree with the review. On the plus side, it introduced me to 3 very talented people in the anime industry, so maybe I'll get some better shows out of it).

Some of the reviews I disagreed with so hard I wondered if we even watched the same shows, most of which were from THEM reviews. Heck, I stopped reading reviews there after their horrible review of Gundam X, which was 3 strikes all in one - not only did I not agree with a single word of it, but the reviewer didn't even get a third of the way through it before writing the review. In fact, judging from a few sentences in the review, I think the reviewer hadn't even seen the show in a long time, and was judging it solely on old memories, which would explain some of the oddities in the review, such as the reviewer complaining that the show was too depressing, even going so far as to compare it to Evangelion. That's three strikes right there - not only does the show have a post-apocalyptic setting therefore making a depressing atmosphere appropriate, but it's actually rather cheerful for a Gundam show (very few character deaths, most people having positive outlooks, etc.). Even if it was depressing, comparing it to Evangelion would still be a gross hyperbole since very few shows match Evangelion's level of depression as far as I know, especially seeing as depression is the main freakin' theme of that show. All in all, that was one of the worst reviews I've ever read.

Sorry for the rant, I just had that bottled up for a while now.

Anyways, I finally finished Turn A Gundam. I think I was too hard on it at the beginning. Yes, it was very slow for much of the show, there was more filler than necessary, and the story was a tad confusing, but it all worked out in the end. After about 30 episodes it became compelling, and I thought the ending was pretty good. Not to mention the music was great and the action was intense and very heavy/realistic. I loved the setting, who knew WW1-America-with-Ancient-robots-being-invaded-by-MartiansMoon-people would be so interesting? The character designs were also very interesting, with a wide variety of styles and body types which made it so even the smallest side characters were unique and visually interesting. With that said, the lack of a consistant style did bother me - some characters looked cartoony while others looked hyper realistic, with everything in between. Of course, the style reflected the characters, but still, it bothered me. The mech designs, on the other hand, sucked royally. Yes, they were very unique and were kinda interesting to see in action, but that doesn't escape the fact that they were the ugliest and most bizarre mech designs I have ever laid eyes on. Also, for a show that was supposed to combine every timeline in the entire series, there were very few returning mobile suits - just the Zaku (which is a plus) and the weird ball thing from ZZ Gundam. Everything else had never been seen before. It would've been nice if we got to see more, you know?

The only other thing I didn't like had to do with the very end where [SPOILER] Loran doesn't go with Sochie in the end. I really wanted to punch Loran as he walked away from her. I don't think there's anyone else in the series that cared about him more than her.[/SPOILER] Overall it was a good show. Still no where near a favorite of mine, but it was enjoyable and well worth watching.

EDIT:

Evangelion 1.11: You Are (not) Alone - My head still hurts from watching this. I forgot how confusing this series was at the beginning. I watched it with my brother, and he was even more confused - hell, he thought there was a whole 'nother movie he had to watch before it. He was also incedibly frustrated with Shinji, and I can't blame him. The only thing holding my sanity together was the fact that I would be thinking the exact same things as him in his position, so if I was frustrated with him, it would mean being frustrated with myself.

Overall, though, it was enjoyable. I was a bit bored by it since I've seen the series about 3 times by now so I knew what was gonna happen, but that didn't make the last battle any less intense - now that was a grand finalie!
1202  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 26, 2011, 08:22:02 PM
Not really my cup of tea.

I'm relieved to hear that.

I like reading doujins because about 1/100 is actually interesting, although most are plain porn (although some porn ones are actually a good read... rarely).

That used to be the reason I read them, too, though now it's more of an addiction. With that said, I think it goes to show both what I've read and how much when I had to reread that review about 5 times before I finally understood the gravity of what was actually being said...
1203  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 26, 2011, 01:35:03 PM
So I'm browsing a manga website and find this gem in recent reviews:
http://pastebin.com/nyhc1yB2

I'm putting it on pastebin and not here because this is clearly NSFW and 18+
Review seems pretty normal... and then you hit that last paragraph.

Yeah, I think I just found the website you're talking about, and if I did, well...I was really kinda hoping I was the only one that visited that site, since they release some really f'd up stuff.
1204  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 25, 2011, 06:48:15 PM
I finished the first Season of Sgt. Frog. It was a really good show - lots of clever jokes, quirky characters, a funny narrator, and a great dub (all the voices fit and excecuted every line wonderfully) that even outdoes the Japanese VO, plus it has just the right changes to the script so us westerners get the jokes, too. I also learned a lot about Japanese holidays and culture. The show also had a lot of heart-felt sentimental moments that really made me smile. Only things I didn't like was that it was a little too stupid at times and a lot of the fan service centered around a 13-year-old girl, though even the show noted that it was being inappropriate (sorta). With that said the fanservice was relatively light. Oh, and the weird love-polygons were kinda annoying at first, but they got interesting and even heartening after a while. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the music in the show is pretty good.

Up next is Irresponsible Captain Tylor, which I already started and am already in love with. Captain Tylor is so clever, he acts so stupid yet he talks his way through seemingly any situation, and the situations he's in are usually pretty crazy. I can't wait to watch more of it/ I'd say too bad it's short, but after 51 episodes of Sgt. Frog, I don't think I'll need much more comedy for a while.
1205  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Only 10% of all videogames sold are actually finished by gamers. on: August 24, 2011, 11:44:33 AM
Suprisingly, I'm over 10%. But just barely. I also doubt it'll ever be much higher than what it is.
1206  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Rurouni Kenshin Anime In Production on: August 23, 2011, 03:17:55 PM
Hopes...crushed...
1207  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 22, 2011, 08:06:58 PM
If you haven't watched Martian Successor Nadesico and its movie, put it on your list.

Yeah, Nadesico is pretty good. Lots of laughs all around and some very strong characters that hold up an admittedly poorly excuted plot. The ending is lame though, and I've heard that the movie isn't much better. I still have to see it myself, of course, but I'm not looking forward to it.

Finally got back into Star Driver now that it's being streamed legally. The artwork and animation are fantastic, and I love all the characters so far. It's too bad you don't see more of the bad guys, though. The action is also very visually fun to watch, even if it is more than a little flashy (but Super Robot shows are supposed to be flashy, right?). Definitely could turn out to be a must-see, which is good since Giant Robot shows have been on life-support recently.

I got up to episode 20 and couldn't muster it anymore.  It was a fun series so I can't say it wasn't enjoyable, but the story goes very slow and is just too improbable, even for an anime.  Episode 19 didn't really seem any further than episode 5.  It was just monster-of-the-week episodes one after another until I stopped and I just couldn't do it anymore.

That's fine, so long as the individual episodes have good stories. I expect super robot shows to be episodic, so I'll be able to hang in there. The story here just needs a good ending to make it worth it for me.
1208  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 22, 2011, 07:08:02 PM
I'm currently on episode 36 of Sgt. Frog, which means I'm a good way through the first official season. This show just keeps getting better, and the dub is really well-done.

I'm on episode 34 of Turn A Gundam. I'm finally being drawn into this show. It's now very compelling and it finally stopped being so slow. The action is also very interesting and I'm starting to care for the characters. This could be worth it after all.

Finally got back into Star Driver now that it's being streamed legally. The artwork and animation are fantastic, and I love all the characters so far. It's too bad you don't see more of the bad guys, though. The action is also very visually fun to watch, even if it is more than a little flashy (but Super Robot shows are supposed to be flashy, right?). Definitely could turn out to be a must-see, which is good since Giant Robot shows have been on life-support recently.

I started watching The Third: Girl With The Blue Eye. It seems very interesting so far, I even got the DVD collection for it so I could watch more. Good mix of action, drama, and humor with plenty of humanity (concern for their enemies, etc.) Story could turn out to be pretty thoughtful, too.

I also started watching Space Battleship Yamato. The lack of music during fight scenes is very annoying, but otherwise it's a good, classic sci-fi show.

Then I watched more Captain Harlock. Things have gotten pretty heavy now, for a kid's show. I mean seriously, they put that little girl through a lot...it also seems to be the first show with loli pantsu fanservice. Still well worth watching, though. Did I mention the music in this show is fantastic? Definitely a step up over Space Battleship Yamato.

Lastly I saw the first two episodes of Irresponsible Captain Tylor. It was pretty great. Tylor is pretty funny. He seems dumb, yet he can smooth-talk his way through any situation. I respect that. The situations were also incredibly funny and ironic. Definitely something I gotta watch more of once I'm done with Sgt. Frog.

I tried to watch the first episodes of Macross, Maria-Sama, and Astralotte's Toy. Nostalgia has made Macross totally unwatchable - There are so many differences between Macross and Robotech that it drove me crazy, and I preferred RoboTech's version on every count. Maria-Sama was boring. This was my second time trying to watch it and I still can't make it through the first episode. I may just read a synosis and skip to the second episode. Astralotte's Toy was better than expected, but still had way more fanservice than I could handle.
1209  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 12, 2011, 05:25:42 PM
I really like Gundam X as well.  It's my 2nd favorite after G gundam.  I also thought that the ending was a cop out with regard to the newtypes, but otherwise it was good.  I liked how they managed to have an excuse for a battle to happen in every single episode (or at least I think there was). 

Yeah, pretty much every episode. I don't even recall there being an obligatory flashback episode, but if there was, that might be the only exception.

And I have a lot of respect for G Gundam. It was as different as Gundam could be, yet it pulled it all off really well. Too bad it's still shonen, otherwise it might be one of my favorites as well.

I need to finish Gundam X. I was watching it 6-7 years ago but the site I used went down and I never got back to it.

Speaking of Gundam, watching the original series still. I'm on episode 25. Despite the terrible animation and Frau Bow, the series is still worth watching.

Yeah, I just ended up downloading it.

And the original Gundam is one of my favorites, even more than Gundam X. It did everything I wanted to perfectly, except for the animation. I found nearly every episode memorable (though it helps that I've watched it 4 or 5 times by now). Definitely some good stuff, especially once you get further along. I hope you come to like it more as you get into it.


Anywho, I'm currently watching Sgt. Frog and Turn A Gundam. Sgt. Frog is pretty entertaining, though it could be a lot better. The characters are very stereotypical, some of the jokes fall flat, and the gundam references are really starting to get on my nerves...and that's saying a lot coming from me. Not to mention all the weird love geometries. Yet it still manages to pull through even with those faults, thanks in large part to the narrator, who is absolutely hilarious. I mean it, most of the best lines come from him. I'm only watching up to Season Two until they start streaming the third season dubbed, which could be a long time from now. I may end up buying the third season if I get a job before then.

I'm having a hard time getting into Turn A Gundam, though. The story hasn't really clicked with me yet for some reason and it's actually quite confusing at times. Also, I could care less about most of the characters, they just aren't very interesting. I hate the art style and mecha designs, too. The action, on the otherhand, is fantastic. These are some of the most realistic fight scenes I've seen in a mecha anime, and they really make the whole show worth watching. I'll stick with it for now, seeing as it's either this or Victory Gundam, and at least this is watchable.
1210  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 10, 2011, 02:09:02 PM
Yeah, X is my favorite as well, barring the uninspired mecha designs the show had (Although I'm a pretty big fan of the X itself).

About D.O.M.E.:

Code:
I think it was more that D.O.M.E. was saying that after living for so long, he has come to the conclusion that the mythology of the Newtype is an illusion, rather than Newtypes literally being "illusions". It's true that people like Jamil and Tiffa have abilities beyond that of normal humans, but Garrod didn't really care about any of that and tried to grasp his future for himself, rather than believing blindly in a concept like so many other people did.

Basically, I think he was giving a personal opinion more than anything (Keep in mind D.O.M.E. is just another guy that's lived for a really long time). It's kind of a corny/cheesy moral to take in after all is said and done, but I think it was a really satisfying conclusion given the constraints they had to work with. It's certainly far better than some of the conclusions some other shows have given that are allowed their full 50-episode run.

That makes more sense. Still doesn't explain everything, but it's good enough. And yeah, the GX is so cool. Especially the Divider version. I want the model of that some day.

I just watched episode 01 of "Baby Princess 3D Paradise Love OVA"

Official synopsis:
« A high school senior named Yotaro thought he was an only child — until he met his real mother and discovered that she has 19 daughters, from 0 to 18 years old. He ends up living with his “true family.” »

I've seen some shit before... but this, this is so wrong, on so many levels.

Here's a Youtube if you're wondering how bad this could be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZZ3d9f3X2U

Ecchi, loli, harem, and incest - all the things I hate about anime, all in one show. Well, I guess it had to happen someday, I just hope it doesn't happen again.
1211  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hey Guys! We got one! (Solatorobo Thread) on: August 09, 2011, 09:09:40 PM

That is so cool! No I really can't wait to get that game!
1212  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 09, 2011, 04:07:20 PM
Got a 3DS last saturday for the free games, and have been playing it for the past 8 or 9 days now. Mostly just playing the various DSiWare games I got, including Trajectile, Starship Defense, Mighty Milky Way, and Tetris. I have made a lot of progress in Pilotwings Resort, however, I'm halfway through, and I've reached the point where trying to get 3 stars is driving me literally insane. I think I'll stop after the silver missions are done.
1213  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 09, 2011, 03:58:46 PM
After War Gundam X - I don't think I could sing enough praise for this one. Starting with the story, it was very well done - there was a lot to it and it managed to make things very compelling and interesting, and was almost never confusing. I also liked how it seemed to be more clearly divided into arcs (not used to seeing that in Gundam) which I thought helped to create more of an adventurey feel to the story. There were also some genuinely moving scenes, especially near the end of each arc. I was never brought to tears, but they sure did tug at my heart strings, which I must admit is hard to do. The ending was actually quite nice, and I liked [SPOILER]that the brothers survived so they can live with their defeat[/SPOILER]. The only thing I disliked about the story was near the end when [SPOILER]they explained Newtypism as being mearly an illusion. Unless I missed something important, that's just a huge cop out.[/SPOILER]

I also loved the characters, who really made the story memorable. They had both charm and subtle charisma, and there wasn't a single character I didn't dislike, not even the smaller side characters. Most of the main cast was well developed and had interesting back stories. I'd say this is one of the best overall casts in Gundam History, and Garrodo Ran is easily the second best protagonist (and, with Tiffa, making the best couple), just being nudged out by Judah Ashta from ZZ Gundam.

I especially loved the setting. I'm very big on post-apocalyptic settings, more so than space or other sci-fi settings, and I thought this show excecuted it quite well, helping to make the world seem very interesting. Only problem here is that there seemed too be too much greenery and infrastructure when the world, not to mention tons of mobile suits. However, while they never officially explain all of it, I can think of reasons why they'd be there, so it's no big deal, really.

I liked the visuals, too. Everything looked quite nice, and I loved the character designs, which were both unique yet natural. I'd say I even like 'em more than SEED's, which was my previous all-time favorite. My only complaint with the visuals is that I thought the mechs were quite ugly at first, but I grew to like them by the end. Heck, I thought some of the Gundam designs were actually quite amazing.

I don't have much to say about the music, other than I liked it and found it to be quite fitting. Also, both opening themes and the second ending theme have been stuck in my head for quite some time now.

I don't usually compliment Gundam on the fights, but in this case, special attention needs to be given to the combat, as they're simply outstanding for a real robot show. There's a lot of variety and very little overused animation, and it's always intense. Mixed with the variety of the mechas being used, even the large scale battles can be incredibly interesting. Only minor problem involving the combat is that sometimes the bullets from the mobile suits would just bounce off the ground or kick up dust like they're smaller bullets. It's really just an annoyance, though. I can also think of tons of memorable fights that span the entirety of the series, and thanks to them, not a single episode was boring. They really were outstanding.

Overall, I'd say it was a simply fantastic show. I loved just about every minute of it, and thought it was excecuted very well except for a few noted exceptions. It's really one of the greatest Gundam shows I've seen and one of my favorite shows I've seen so far. I even liked it more than Zeta Gundam and ZZ Gundam, two shows I thought would never be surpassed. Most importantly, it's the biggest surprise I've had so far, since I knew very little about it (which was suspicious since I'm a Gundam fan) and wasn't expecting much from what little I did know about it. Really, I'm glad I got to watch it.
1214  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF Versus XIII follow up coming next week + possible new game announcement on: July 06, 2011, 05:56:53 PM
I think a lot of people here don't like rhythm games. I know I don't.
1215  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 03, 2011, 12:55:22 AM
I haven't seen anything about the new Gundam, but it's fucking Gundam. My favorite is Victory. The SEED and 00 series were just above average. Bad writing was what held both back though the action was much better.

Started watching the original Mobile Suit Gundam today. After this I'll probably watch Zeta and then Char's Counterattack. Not sure when I'll get to the other UC stuff.

00 I can understand, but SEED having bad writing? Not that I'm an expert or anything, but I actually felt it had great writing. Then again, I'm not a fan of analyzing the stuff I watch, and unless something is total bullcrap, I usually accept it. For instance, Code Geass R2 made a lot of sense to me, or at least enough so I didn't question it.

As for Victory Gundam, I really wanted to like that one, as it told the best and most accurate (to my knowledge) war story in the series. Unfortunately, it's just too depressing for me to tolerate. I'm glad you could get past that, and I hope I can when I get back to it, but after a while I get tired of seeing story-important characters dying.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy Mobile Suit Gundam, it's my favorite Main series Gundam, since it just seems to do a good job of telling a war story and a coming of age story. I also recommend against skipping ZZ gundam. After the first 13 or so episodes, it gets surprisingly good.
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