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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1350 on: March 10, 2012, 12:28:39 PM »
^The only good series that I know with good endings and that they were an honest good waste of time are Death Note and Monster.

Also I've been wondering lately what's the deal with Gundam Age. There's seems to be quite a controversy with that series for what I notice a couple of months ago, and just today I saw the trailer of the series in YouTube and it doesn't look bad but by reading the comment section of the trailer there were people saying that the series gets good after episode 20 or so.

I haven't followed anime very much since 2008 more or less so I have not much idea how things have changed since Gundam 00.

Gundam Unicorn looks pretty interesting though.

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« Reply #1351 on: March 10, 2012, 01:29:33 PM »
You realize that this particular statement sums up somewhere over 25% of anime and manga endings with another 25% going into "Oh yeah!? Well MY mech can throw entire galaxies at you too and its powered by both hotblood AND friendship!" and 49% being either soft or hardcore porn and the remaining 1% being actually good instead of ironically good.

I guess I tend to be a bit harder on Code Geass than say, Gurren Lagaan or something, because the latter is obviously billed right from the start to be straight-up fun and entertainment, whereas Code Geass actually expected you to take it seriously in several places. For me, Code Geass (Especially R2), stretched my suspension way too much, way too often. I'm all for having fun with the stupid side of anime, but Code Geass just did it too damn often.

I find that shows that bear similarities and probably inspired it (Death Note and Gundam Seed, probably a couple others I can't think of right this moment) have their share of irritations, but for any complaints I might aim at those shows, I could at least take them seriously in the realm of the subjects they wanted to represent (Actually thinking about it, most of my complaints with SEED has more to do with the pacing and originality of the show than the concepts in the show itself, and I have very few complaints with Death Note overall).

For the record, I did like most of the first season of Code Geass, because a lot of it didn't feel nearly as contrived aside from
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tl;dr is that I get annoyed when shows try to be complex but completely fail to do so.

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Also I've been wondering lately what's the deal with Gundam Age. There's seems to be quite a controversy with that series for what I notice a couple of months ago, and just today I saw the trailer of the series in YouTube and it doesn't look bad but by reading the comment section of the trailer there were people saying that the series gets good after episode 20 or so.

Gundam AGE is full-on kiddy mode for Gundam. It's boring and predictable, yet it's kind of hard to hold it against the show when it's targeting the age group it is. It does have some nice bits of animation, but the story is more or less completely throwaway. Only reason I bother keeping up on it is because I'm somewhat of a mechhead, and thus automatically a Gundam fan.
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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1352 on: March 10, 2012, 03:11:40 PM »
http://akb0048.jp/

AKB48 Girl Group's AKB0048 Anime story revealed

Oh God...

Gundam AGE is full-on kiddy mode for Gundam. It's boring and predictable, yet it's kind of hard to hold it against the show when it's targeting the age group it is. It does have some nice bits of animation, but the story is more or less completely throwaway. Only reason I bother keeping up on it is because I'm somewhat of a mechhead, and thus automatically a Gundam fan.

I see.

Still, I understand the reception is getting when the majority of people got into Gundam with the Original series or Gundam Wing and seeing this one in comparison can pretty "offensive" to some fans.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1353 on: March 10, 2012, 03:15:37 PM »
Sounds like a loli version of Macross 7.

My roommate is a huge fan of AKB48, so I assume I'll be hearing this from him in the next few days.

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« Reply #1354 on: March 10, 2012, 03:54:29 PM »
Sounds like a loli shota version of Macross 7.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1355 on: March 10, 2012, 08:03:04 PM »
Just finished watching The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. It was a bad idea to watch this movie, but I'm surprised by how long the story of this series is with the novels and all that though.

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« Reply #1356 on: March 10, 2012, 08:13:30 PM »
Just finished watching The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. It was a bad idea to watch this movie, but I'm surprised by how long the story of this series is with the novels and all that though.

Why was it a bad idea to watch it?  It's a great movie.

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« Reply #1357 on: March 10, 2012, 08:59:29 PM »
Why was it a bad idea to watch it?  It's a great movie.

I never said it was bad. And it isn't.

It was more that I wasn't in the right mood to watch a movie like this, I have nothing against the movie really.

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« Reply #1358 on: March 12, 2012, 07:35:05 PM »
code geass 2 was fine aside from the ending.

Because the ending wasn't fine, it was awesome.
That's what you meant, right?

I recall the ending being just as awful as the rest of the show- overwrought, overexecuted, and overly contrived.

You realize that this particular statement sums up somewhere over 25% of anime and manga endings with another 25% going into "Oh yeah!? Well MY mech can throw entire galaxies at you too and its powered by both hotblood AND friendship!" and 49% being either soft or hardcore porn and the remaining 1% being actually good instead of ironically good.

Yeah, I hate anime endings.  I think the only one I really liked was Cowboy Bebop.  X was alright considering the plot wrote itself into a corner.  I'd check some of the older sets I have to see what else I can remember, but that cabinet is currently blocked by an oversized toaster.

Oh, and I finished The World Only God Knows Season 2.  I loved the teacher episodes.  They were pretty damn good.  Also S2's final episode was better than the first season.  The teaser at the end left me hopeful for a season 3.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1359 on: March 15, 2012, 05:07:56 PM »
Sailor Moon's ending was absolutely perfect. (Ep 200 that is)

Lain's was nice, too.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1360 on: March 15, 2012, 08:55:03 PM »
About half way through Wolf's Rain...so far I'm kinda on the fence, also about 3/4 through RahXephon and I like it more but wow, kinda confusing sometimes....
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« Reply #1361 on: March 16, 2012, 12:09:35 AM »
Sailor Moon's ending was absolutely perfect. (Ep 200 that is)

Lain's was nice, too.

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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1362 on: March 18, 2012, 10:46:42 AM »
Marathoned Bakemonogatari, and Nisemonogatari right after. Perfect timing to finish Nisemono- just as the last episode aired.

They were everything I'd heard they were. Loved every second. The use/abuse of kanji could get a little jarring as my Japanese skills are non-existent, but the translator's notes were pretty good about explaining things I couldn't pick up just from the syllables being used. Animation was, of course, incredible (especially watching in 1080p), and the action was brutal and awesome when it happened. I really enjoy that I had to do some genuine thinking/paying attention to follow some of the dialogue; it was kind of surprising to realize I'd watched an entire episode covering maybe two conversations, and wasn't bored at all.

Nisemonogatari was a little more light-hearted in that regard, but I don't think that detracted at all. From what some people were saying I expected nothing but fan service all day, and while there was some, I didn't find it obnoxious at all; generally that stuff annoys me more than anything--unless I'm watching something for the fan service, anyways.

Now to wait for the movie this year, and the reported 7 other adaptation of the LNs. Very excited.

Also started watching Mawaru Penguindrum. I'm not even sure what to say. I've laughed out loud nearly every episode so far. 7 episodes or so in and I would highly recommend it already (barring a train wreck later on).
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Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Reply #1363 on: March 20, 2012, 06:37:08 PM »
Finished RahXephon, great series, but my initial impressions were correct, damn confusing. Almost at end of Spice and Wolf and so far I love it! Wolf's Rain has bogged down a bit for me...
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« Reply #1364 on: March 21, 2012, 01:50:49 PM »
Finished RahXephon, great series, but my initial impressions were correct, damn confusing.

Whenever my anime-literate friends ask what RahXephon is about--having seen the DVDs on my shelf--I reply, "It's like Evangelion but with (slightly) less bullshit."

How accurate would you say that description is?

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Finished Mawaru Penguindrum. It was actually less crazy than I had been led to believe it would be, but I still loved it. There were a few times I was utterly convinced that the writers just sat in a room laughing while they came up with ridiculous plot twists, but it worked. Definitely not a series you can approach with 100% serious-face, but if you just want to enjoy watching something, it's your show.

There may have been some manly tears.