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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1260 on: January 06, 2012, 05:02:54 PM »
Finished Dance in the Vampire bund.What a fantastic anime,one of my favorites easily

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« Reply #1261 on: January 09, 2012, 02:11:32 AM »
I finally got around to pushing through the last 20 episodes or so of Monster. As much as I liked this show at the beginning, I really lost interest halfway through the show. Too many episodes felt like they were meandering in the middle of nowhere and were incredibly blunt with their topics. The ultimate conclusion basically made me go, "yeah, whatever", because it was so nonsensical by that point that it would be impossible to wrap it up in any intelligible fashion. The show got way too convoluted for its own good. Still, the good episodes of the show were really damn good, so it's still a pretty good series overall I'd say. People looking for overarching plot should probably stay away, though, as any plot here is either convoluted or utterly contrived.

I'm rewatching Gundam X for about the 5th time now, just had a sudden urge to watch Gundam again and this one is the one I always come back to, because it has a great cast of characters. Kind of annoys me that they go and remaster Gundam SEED of all the damn Gundam series when there's so many other ones that could do with it.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1262 on: January 10, 2012, 02:50:06 PM »
Vampire Master Dark Crimson.  A manga by the guy who does the Growlanser games and Plastic Little, Satoshi Urashihara.  Apparently he's releasing an artbook, and I decided to check out a manga he did (I remember liking Plastic Little way back when).

Aside from the fact the man's style is really dated, he draws naked women beautifully, I guess (them nipple details).  And while I only read a few pages of the manga, because it was stupid, I find the man hilarious for his dated-ness.  What I loved about some of the manga and anime from the 90's was the either "convenient censorship" (like a hair strand or some ripping clothes covering up the nipple and vag) or on the other hand, how the story would have it's females get naked *at any cost*.  There is the minor third type, which is framing a scene to make sure it shows the breasts than the actual person speaking being centred.  Some evil dude will just whisk the girl's clothes away.  Some demon will summon dark-tentacle-like things to raise her shirt -- anything to show nudity.

If you don't mind the boobies, I recommend VMDC for being a porn but not crossing that bridge completely: hilarity ensues.

(I actually think I spent more time typing this than reading ti though)
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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1263 on: January 15, 2012, 05:08:12 PM »
Evangelion 1.1 You are not alone Blu-ray - Not much to say, retelling of the original episodes 1-7ish squeezed down to fit 100 or so minutes of screen time.  Some build up and tension are lost, but I enjoyed watching it.

Mainly watched it to see the visuals.  Holy shit any scene with an Eva looks really damn good.

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« Reply #1264 on: January 15, 2012, 07:41:38 PM »
Vampire Master Dark Crimson.  A manga by the guy who does the Growlanser games and Plastic Little, Satoshi Urashihara.  Apparently he's releasing an artbook, and I decided to check out a manga he did (I remember liking Plastic Little way back when).

Aside from the fact the man's style is really dated, he draws naked women beautifully, I guess (them nipple details).  And while I only read a few pages of the manga, because it was stupid, I find the man hilarious for his dated-ness.  What I loved about some of the manga and anime from the 90's was the either "convenient censorship" (like a hair strand or some ripping clothes covering up the nipple and vag) or on the other hand, how the story would have it's females get naked *at any cost*.  There is the minor third type, which is framing a scene to make sure it shows the breasts than the actual person speaking being centred.  Some evil dude will just whisk the girl's clothes away.  Some demon will summon dark-tentacle-like things to raise her shirt -- anything to show nudity.

If you don't mind the boobies, I recommend VMDC for being a porn but not crossing that bridge completely: hilarity ensues.

(I actually think I spent more time typing this than reading ti though)

I read some of that a long time ago.  Love the guy's art to death but he cannot write his way out of a paper bag.  If he wrote the story for Growlanser those games would be automatically ass, so it's good that he only did the artwork lol.  

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1265 on: January 15, 2012, 11:04:55 PM »
Evangelion 1.1 You are not alone Blu-ray - Not much to say, retelling of the original episodes 1-7ish squeezed down to fit 100 or so minutes of screen time.  Some build up and tension are lost, but I enjoyed watching it.

Mainly watched it to see the visuals.  Holy shit any scene with an Eva looks really damn good.

Evangelion 2 was a helluva lot better in many ways.  The Eva scenes on their own are more than enough to justify purchase, and it's great seeing Mari in action as what is probably the most positive/confident person in the Eva series.  I can't say I cared much for the jap-anime-magic new way of dealing with the ending, and this is definitely a film series the pays compliments to those who watched the original series.

The animation is gorgeous for these titles.
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« Reply #1266 on: January 16, 2012, 08:17:39 PM »
Evangelion 1.1 You are not alone Blu-ray - Not much to say, retelling of the original episodes 1-7ish squeezed down to fit 100 or so minutes of screen time.  Some build up and tension are lost, but I enjoyed watching it.

Mainly watched it to see the visuals.  Holy shit any scene with an Eva looks really damn good.

Evangelion 2 was a helluva lot better in many ways.  The Eva scenes on their own are more than enough to justify purchase, and it's great seeing Mari in action as what is probably the most positive/confident person in the Eva series.  I can't say I cared much for the jap-anime-magic new way of dealing with the ending, and this is definitely a film series the pays compliments to those who watched the original series.

The animation is gorgeous for these titles.

I have the 2nd but haven't watched it yet.  I find it odd that the first one covers like 1-7 (pre-Asuka) and the second one covers 8-24 in the same time frame.  I don't know anything about the new ending, but you've made me more curious to see it.

I don't know why they felt the need to show Kaworu at the end of 1.  I don't know how they'll show him in 2 considering they only have 106 minutes.  Oh well, I'll probably watch it next weekend if I get the chance.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1267 on: January 17, 2012, 05:40:14 PM »
1 episode left of the 3rd season of Slayers... I thought I hated this series long ago and never gave it a chance.... now it seems so refreshing to watch something of the typical 90's fantasy fair......

Currently also about mid-way through Wild Arms: Twilight Venom.... and I can't even try to defend this one... it sucks.... plain and simple....

Just watched the first episode of "Another" and I must say, looks promising to me.....

On the Evangelion note..... all I hate to say is Rei kicks ass.... I have a Rei Ayaname tattoo on my thigh actually.... well started at least... I'm doing it on myself and am being a wimp about finishing it.... I went big.... REAL BIG (my whole thigh)...... thus I have a good 8-10 hours or so of color work before its done... I will probably wait til spring to finish it... I hate trying to heal my legs in the winter time....

As for the art and animation in the Eva Rebuilds... shear brilliance....
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« Reply #1268 on: January 17, 2012, 08:34:40 PM »
Currently also about mid-way through Wild Arms: Twilight Venom.... and I can't even try to defend this one... it sucks.... plain and simple....

On the Evangelion note..... all I hate to say is Rei kicks ass.... I have a Rei Ayaname tattoo on my thigh actually.... well started at least... I'm doing it on myself and am being a wimp about finishing it.... I went big.... REAL BIG (my whole thigh)...... thus I have a good 8-10 hours or so of color work before its done... I will probably wait til spring to finish it... I hate trying to heal my legs in the winter time....

As for the art and animation in the Eva Rebuilds... shear brilliance....

I usually try to stay away from anything that's a video game adaptation.  Persona 4 seems like it is alright but it's not a shock to me that a WA anime wouldn't be very good.

I'd be curious to see your Rei tattoo.  Especially if it's as good as the Tetra you drew.

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« Reply #1269 on: January 18, 2012, 11:35:22 AM »
I just got to see fullmetal alchemist sacred star of milos in theaters on last sunday. Up until this point, I have seen the original series, brotherhood, conqueror of shamballa and read the manga and I greatly enjoyed them all. I had fairly high hopes for this new movie as I have noot been disappointed by FMA before, but I was TERRIBLY let down....

The hardest part for me to deal with was the animation, WOW, it was soooo bad, like 80's anime quality almost. Looking at the "chimaras" hurt my head. The characters shown upclose had as detailed animation as the ones in the background a lot of the time.

The story was good, but I guess it must have taken place at some point before the first movie and was just jammed in somewhere. Also, in the anime, it was a huge deal to have a chimera that understands english, but in the movie they have fully functioning chimeras. Pft! Also, Winry and the military were very jammed into the story, and didnt really do anything benificial for the movie. It shouldnt have been that hard to fit them in properly. The movie didn't add anything to the overall storyline, essentially, this movie was a long filler episode.

I really, really, wanted to like this movie, but I was actually glad when it was over and will just have to forget it ever happened.

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« Reply #1270 on: January 19, 2012, 03:16:27 PM »
I just got to see fullmetal alchemist sacred star of milos in theaters on last sunday. Up until this point, I have seen the original series, brotherhood, conqueror of shamballa and read the manga and I greatly enjoyed them all. I had fairly high hopes for this new movie as I have noot been disappointed by FMA before, but I was TERRIBLY let down....

The hardest part for me to deal with was the animation, WOW, it was soooo bad, like 80's anime quality almost. Looking at the "chimaras" hurt my head. The characters shown upclose had as detailed animation as the ones in the background a lot of the time.

The story was good, but I guess it must have taken place at some point before the first movie and was just jammed in somewhere. Also, in the anime, it was a huge deal to have a chimera that understands english, but in the movie they have fully functioning chimeras. Pft! Also, Winry and the military were very jammed into the story, and didnt really do anything benificial for the movie. It shouldnt have been that hard to fit them in properly. The movie didn't add anything to the overall storyline, essentially, this movie was a long filler episode.

I really, really, wanted to like this movie, but I was actually glad when it was over and will just have to forget it ever happened.

Ok, I'll admit it. I was not expecting this to NOT suck out loud.

Good to see my expectations were met. (Also seriously, why did they go back to that terrible original anime continuum to begin with? Did people really like The Archinator that much? Hell, even one-eyed Mustang has nothing on completely blind Mustang.)

Plus if you enjoyed Conquer of Shamballa then you have no taste (although sure, who doesn't love a steampunk Nazi invasion? It just didn't fit within the tone of the rest of the series at all. Especially once they started opening portals by killing alchemists/homunculus with Lances of Longionuses (or whatever they're called).)


Additionally I've been watching something called Real Drive recently which is basically Ghost in the Shell but without the plot or the characters. Just a slice of life show about a sea based metaphor for the internet following a 70+ year old diver who just woke up from a 50 year comma, his school girl ward, her older brother, an android chick/bodyguard, and a cyborg who was the main guy's old friend back before the accident. The only things I dislike about this show is the fact that sometimes they jump around a bit too much without leading it effectively and both the OP and ED which feature cheesy J-Rock that really doesn't fit within the context of the show.
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« Reply #1271 on: January 20, 2012, 06:56:12 PM »
I just got to see fullmetal alchemist sacred star of milos in theaters on last sunday. Up until this point, I have seen the original series, brotherhood, conqueror of shamballa and read the manga and I greatly enjoyed them all. I had fairly high hopes for this new movie as I have noot been disappointed by FMA before, but I was TERRIBLY let down....

The hardest part for me to deal with was the animation, WOW, it was soooo bad, like 80's anime quality almost. Looking at the "chimaras" hurt my head. The characters shown upclose had as detailed animation as the ones in the background a lot of the time.

The story was good, but I guess it must have taken place at some point before the first movie and was just jammed in somewhere. Also, in the anime, it was a huge deal to have a chimera that understands english, but in the movie they have fully functioning chimeras. Pft! Also, Winry and the military were very jammed into the story, and didnt really do anything benificial for the movie. It shouldnt have been that hard to fit them in properly. The movie didn't add anything to the overall storyline, essentially, this movie was a long filler episode.

I really, really, wanted to like this movie, but I was actually glad when it was over and will just have to forget it ever happened.

Ok, I'll admit it. I was not expecting this to NOT suck out loud.

Good to see my expectations were met. (Also seriously, why did they go back to that terrible original anime continuum to begin with? Did people really like The Archinator that much? Hell, even one-eyed Mustang has nothing on completely blind Mustang.)

Plus if you enjoyed Conquer of Shamballa then you have no taste (although sure, who doesn't love a steampunk Nazi invasion? It just didn't fit within the tone of the rest of the series at all. Especially once they started opening portals by killing alchemists/homunculus with Lances of Longionuses (or whatever they're called).)


Additionally I've been watching something called Real Drive recently which is basically Ghost in the Shell but without the plot or the characters. Just a slice of life show about a sea based metaphor for the internet following a 70+ year old diver who just woke up from a 50 year comma, his school girl ward, her older brother, an android chick/bodyguard, and a cyborg who was the main guy's old friend back before the accident. The only things I dislike about this show is the fact that sometimes they jump around a bit too much without leading it effectively and both the OP and ED which feature cheesy J-Rock that really doesn't fit within the context of the show.

Sacred Star of Milos is set during Brotherhood.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1272 on: January 20, 2012, 11:26:49 PM »
I tend to think that as a general rule even if the original creator gives his/her blessing, an original work in an existing universe will suck (See: Dragonball the movie), especially if it's greenlighted/planned soon after the conclusion or at the high point of a franchise. If it's something being made several years later as a revisit, it has a better chance of getting someone who wants to do something original with the idea- though more often than not it becomes a boring and lazy reboot in those cases too.

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« Reply #1273 on: January 21, 2012, 09:17:16 AM »
Guilty Crown seems to be progressing well. A little slow, but I think a lot of that has to do with watching it week to week. Finally big shit is happening, and if I'm correct about where they're going with this, then hot damn.

Other than that, I haven't watched much. That doesn't mean that I haven't queue'd up a bunch for myself though. I have to:

  • Finish Wagnaria!!
  • Finish Un-Go
  • Start Bakemonogatari
  • Start Mararun Penguindrum
  • Start Ben-to
  • Start Deadman Wonderland
  • Start Amagami SS
  • Start A Certain Scientific Railgun
  • Start Welcome the the NHK!
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  • Wait for the start of Black Rock Shooter

All of which I've queued up either in on of my various subscription sites, or obtained otherwise during the last few weeks where I haven't watched much....

I almost hope at least one of them is bad enough to drop, but they all came pretty highly recommended.

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« Reply #1274 on: January 21, 2012, 09:55:15 AM »
Ok, this is hilarious.
Senki Zesshou Symphogear episode 3
The anime has rather fluid action scenes and good enough animation, but then at 13:45 up to 13:58 it's like they gave the animation to the new guy at work who sucks. It's so bad.

(I watch this because it reminds me of Ar Tonelico)