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nothingclever
2010-04-15, 01:18 PM
Previously on GAD (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=138873&page=50)
Anyways, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxb5esmDMXY) for Rogue 7's convenience:


General consensus- Signum, Nanoha, Vita, or Subaru. It's...for a thing.

Just pick one. I need a decision.

Signum. Hooray versatile weapon.

Well if you put it like that my natural response is "Tea", but... Signum.
Fate :smallbiggrin:.

Failing that... hard to choose. I'm saying Subaru.

Can I take a fifth option and choose Nove? Because I don't want to choose between Vita and Subaru. Don't make me choose between Vita and Subaru.

...Okay, Vita.
Vita. Always and only Vita. The rest are pig disgusting 3D by comparison.

Prime32
2010-04-15, 01:22 PM
Previous threads, copied from kamikasei's post in the last one:

General Anime Discussion (née The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11932)
General Anime Discussion A's (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82391)
General Anime Discussion StrikerS (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94218)
∀ General Anime Discussion (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=100448)
G General Anime Discussion - Typing FINGER! (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112197)
Anime/General Discussion: Paradox Thread (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=122049)
Anime 2.0: You Can (Generally) Discuss (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=129473)
General Anime Discussion: The 08th GAD Team (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=138873)


And for any non-otaku who don't get the current thread's name, I believe I can explain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwRlvn1v8Ns).

nothingclever
2010-04-15, 01:37 PM
Just so you know Prime if you don't pick Vita you can still beam my beam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R9zSKExbdk) and I'll be able to keep on going (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWFJxWIvbOM) because I believe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPHSyX5Yjy0) you have the strength (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWsxj6DgbRg) to realize (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-2618E2F2g) your mistake (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVDq6iRFEZA) since you're super special (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiUrOXQ2XWs) and it's your destiny (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XypUWbBSM) to do so.

kamikasei
2010-04-15, 01:58 PM
Aye think this thread needs more ⑨.

Poison_Fish
2010-04-15, 02:00 PM
this thread is lacking in it's ⑨. It needs to be strongerest.

Attilargh
2010-04-15, 02:04 PM
Aye think this thread needs more ⑨.

this thread is lacking in it's ⑨. It needs to be strongerest.
Take this to be true.

Starfols
2010-04-15, 02:28 PM
Ooh, that reminds me. The next thread should totally be called General Anime Discussion ⑨: The Stongest! :smallwink::smalltongue:

I agreed then, and I agree now. :smalltongue:

nothingclever
2010-04-15, 02:43 PM
I'd reply that Touhou is not an anime but now it is.

Prime32
2010-04-15, 03:03 PM
Just so you know Prime if you don't pick Vita you can still beam my beam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R9zSKExbdk) and I'll be able to keep on going (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWFJxWIvbOM) because I believe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPHSyX5Yjy0) you have the strength (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWsxj6DgbRg) to realize (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-2618E2F2g) your mistake (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVDq6iRFEZA) since you're super special (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiUrOXQ2XWs) and it's your destiny (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XypUWbBSM) to do so.I just can't choose! :smallfrown:

Also, I am disappointed that the number nine was not somehow included in this thread's title, encircled or not. We'd better start thinking of ways to include ten now.

Closet_Skeleton
2010-04-15, 03:05 PM
Somehow I got the joke in the title without having properly watched a single UC series.

Prime32
2010-04-15, 03:07 PM
Somehow I got the joke in the title without having properly watched a single UC series.Well, I haven't either, unless you count playing SRW Alpha Gaiden. And I don't think it even has that song.

Tengu_temp
2010-04-15, 03:11 PM
What? You two:

http://www.norskanimasjon.no/pub/var/news/storage/images/media/images/artikler/gollum_gollum_16_9/4008-3-nor-NO/gollum_gollum_16_9_large.jpg
Leave now and never come back!

Or at least until you've seen 08th MS Team and Gundam Unicorn.

Drascin
2010-04-15, 03:21 PM
Or at least until you've seen 08th MS Team and Gundam Unicorn.

Ummm...

...the only Gundam I have ever watched was the first episode of Unicorn...

*prepares to be shunned to oblivion*

Starfols
2010-04-15, 03:58 PM
Ummm...

...the only Gundam I have ever watched was the first episode of Unicorn...

*prepares to be shunned to oblivion*

Don't feel so bad. I haven't even seen StrikerS.

Prime32
2010-04-15, 03:59 PM
But where will we go? :smalleek:

Hey, I know! *starts building space colony*


Don't feel so bad. I haven't even seen StrikerS.*points blowtorch* But you've seen the first two seasons, right?

Nerd-o-rama
2010-04-15, 04:03 PM
Well, I haven't either, unless you count playing SRW Alpha Gaiden. And I don't think it even has that song.

Anime ja nai and both of Zeta Gundam's original OPs are sadly underrepresented in SRW. Off the top of my head, I think only Alpha 2 has the former and none have the other two.

And for Rogue 7...it's a tough choice between Vita and Signum, but I'm going to play it safe and say Signum.

Starfols
2010-04-15, 04:16 PM
But where will we go? :smalleek:

Hey, I know! *starts building space colony*
and in 195 years we can send down gundams to get our revenge!

*points blowtorch* But you've seen the first two seasons, right?

I've seen the first season... :smalleek:
...most of it...

Zeful
2010-04-15, 04:44 PM
Ummm...

...the only Gundam I have ever watched was the first episode of Unicorn...

*prepares to be shunned to oblivion*

I've only seen one episode of a gundam show and it wasn't very interesting (It was in the middle-ish of the season, after everything's been explained so nothing made that much sense).

And my choice would be Subaru.

Prime32
2010-04-15, 05:02 PM
Wait, does Gundam Sousei (http://www.onemanga.com/Gundam_Sousei/) count as a UC series?

I've seen the first season... :smalleek:
...most of it...So you've only seen the parts which are a stereotypical magical girl anime then, rather than Super Robot Wars with skirts. :smallsigh:

nothingclever
2010-04-15, 05:53 PM
Wait, does Gundam Sousei (http://www.onemanga.com/Gundam_Sousei/) count as a UC series?

Not really, but it's awesome. Anyone that doubts its awesomeness please at least read the first chapter.

Lord of Rapture
2010-04-15, 06:02 PM
and in 195 years we can send down gundams to get our revenge!


I've seen the first season... :smalleek:
...most of it...

Go watch A's, and then never look back.
Trust me on this.

Dispozition
2010-04-15, 06:12 PM
Signum. Would choose Fate, but you seem to have left her out >:

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-15, 06:39 PM
I just can't choose! :smallfrown:

Also, I am disappointed that the number nine was not somehow included in this thread's title, encircled or not. We'd better start thinking of ways to include ten now.

Well, we could always make a 10gen toppa gurren lagann reference...

littlebottom
2010-04-15, 06:41 PM
i just picked up something from my local(ish) store, the complete trigun series. i looked at it, and didnt think too much about it. when i came back past it, i noticed it said £24.99 and i went and looked at the individual dvds. £14.99 and theres 8 in the entire series... so i decided, trigun was enjoyable enough for £25 so i grabbed it. im totally shocked that they can sell the entire series for less than a quarter of buying it seperatly, either the complete box set was well underpriced or the individual dvds were extremly over priced:smalleek: either way, i like having complete series' i dont much like having to run around trying to find all the dvds in different shops or just waiting till they get them in stock. so for that price, i just thought why not.

why cant they do that more often? sell the box sets reaaaally cheap :smallcool:

Tengu_temp
2010-04-15, 06:44 PM
Rogue 7: The lack of Hayate as an option saddens me. I'm torn between Vita and Subaru, but I'm gonna choose Subaru because I'm a Ryusei. It was painful to choose, don't do that again.

Prime32
2010-04-15, 06:47 PM
Rogue 7: The lack of Hayate as an option saddens me. I'm torn between Vita and Subaru, but I'm gonna choose Subaru because I'm a Ryusei. It was painful to choose, don't do that again.I'm guessing you should choose Vita if you're a Kyosuke?

Tengu_temp
2010-04-15, 06:56 PM
No, if you're a lolicon. :smalltongue:

Terraoblivion
2010-04-15, 06:58 PM
As awesome as most of these characters are, i'm going to go with Subaru. Like Kami, though, my natural response would have been Tea, though.

Poison_Fish
2010-04-15, 07:54 PM
mmm... I'm gonna have to go Signum, though my more natural choice is Fate.

nothingclever
2010-04-15, 08:46 PM
No, if you're a lolicon. :smalltongue:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/nothingclever/ghtt.jpg
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v345/nothingclever/Shiki%20Ren/?albumview=slideshow
I'm a lolicon when it comes to anime.

Hey guys/girls, let's bust out our hug pillows and alienate anyone that might be new to this form of thread by discussing what our favourite waifu/husbando characteristics are. I personally prefer the shy/quiet/troubled/innocent/insecure/reserved/soft spoken characters over the others. Characters that are outwardly strong yet internally somewhat indecisive or conflicted are acceptable. They can have the strongest wills of anyone in a cast but they can't be hotblooded and confident about everything. They can be fearless in most situations and skilled socially. Appearance wise I like characters that have modest figures and designs that emphasize elegance, youth, cuteness and beauty over sex appeal and flashiness. Bonus points if they have a special trait that demonstrates their shyness such as Kozupii from Chaos;Head who communicates using telepathy because she's too shy to use her regular voice or Nodoka's hair that covers a large chunk of her face. Troubled pasts, naivety and backgrounds involving social isolation are all welcome. I don't really care for moe or tsundere characters specifically but I like some of them too and these characteristics can improve upon a shy archetype but too much moe or tsundere in a character kills everything for me.

If there isn't a likable shy girl in the cast I root for the refined, humble, mature, down to earth character that is often either the brains of the group or simply the most competent. Oh or the snarky/humorous/trickster confident yet not super talkative character or the manipulative cute one.

Atelm
2010-04-16, 01:40 AM
Rogue 7: The lack of Hayate as an option saddens me.


What this wise person posted. Out of the options presented, I'll go with Signum; her at times odd German spouting "Sword" device beats Vita's Graf Eisen anytime.

Cue someone poiting out that I forgot the name of Signum's weapon of choice, while still remembering Vita's. :smallsigh:

kamikasei
2010-04-16, 03:19 AM
Cue someone poiting out that I forgot the name of Signum's weapon of choice, while still remembering Vita's. :smallsigh:

Since the show itself couldn't seem to decide what Signum's sword was called, I can't blame you.

Lord of Rapture
2010-04-16, 03:44 AM
So wait, what is this for?

Whatever, Signum is obviously the way to go. Although the lack of Fate or Hayate is downright sickening.

Rogue 7
2010-04-16, 05:15 AM
Would choose Fate, but you seem to have left her out >:

You know something, I would, too. And were she an option, I would not be conducting this rather informal survey.

LoR- you've got three guesses. Here's a hint- if I was rich, I would not need the poll.

Vote Count:
Signum: 7 (Her sword, incidentally, is called Laevatein)
Subaru: 4
Vita: 2

Lord of Rapture
2010-04-16, 05:17 AM
You know something, I would, too. And were she an option, I would not be conducting this rather informal survey.

LoR- you've got three guesses. Here's a hint- if I was rich, I would not need the poll.

Vote Count:
Signum: 7 (Her sword, incidentally, is called Laevatein)
Subaru: 4
Vita: 2

...I'm getting blanks. I really can't tell what this is for.

kamikasei
2010-04-16, 05:20 AM
...I'm getting blanks. I really can't tell what this is for.

Choosing a figurine to buy, I'd guess.

Though if that's the case Vita's rating goes up - a mini Vita waving a hammer at you threateningly is a more amusing thing to have on your desk than Signum being all cool and hot.

Rogue 7
2010-04-16, 05:25 AM
Kami's got it. These good figures in Akihabara are damn expensive, and there's only so much I can justify buying. I'll be shopping around, but the selection indicated in the poll is looking like my most likely purchasing scenario.

Prime32
2010-04-16, 05:40 AM
Her sword, incidentally, is called LaevateinActually it's Levantine. Laevatein was a real legendary sword which Signum's is named after.

Rogue 7
2010-04-16, 05:45 AM
Tomato, tomahto. I think Laevatein is cooler to spell, so I spell it that way.

kamikasei
2010-04-16, 05:54 AM
Yeah, that was pretty much what I meant. I'm not sure there's an official ruling either way, and the fans sure can't seem to choose (a not uncommon problem in Nanoha).

Terraoblivion
2010-04-16, 06:15 AM
And in anime in general for that matter. Some really bizarre names exist out there.

kamikasei
2010-04-16, 06:23 AM
And in anime in general for that matter. Some really bizarre names exist out there.

Yeah, but Nanoha seems quite bad about on the one hand using theme naming for various things and then officially declaring that the correct romanization is one that doesn't match whatever the name originall came from. It's weird and annoying when the official line contradicts what the majority of fans preferred, but it's baffling when it goes against what it was clearly meant to be.

Prime32
2010-04-16, 07:00 AM
Yeah, but Nanoha seems quite bad about on the one hand using theme naming for various things and then officially declaring that the correct romanization is one that doesn't match whatever the name originall came from. It's weird and annoying when the official line contradicts what the majority of fans preferred, but it's baffling when it goes against what it was clearly meant to be.
Belka/Velka
Laevateinn/Levantine (c'mon, she clearly pronounces an "n"! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKLHwzjkvxY))
Raising Heart/Raging Heart (the second is just more appropriate, and is used in the dub despite the first being official)

...

kamikasei
2010-04-16, 07:09 AM
I was thinking of all the characters named after cars. The stuff you list is more standard romanization trouble.

Prime32
2010-04-16, 07:14 AM
And that reminds me - I was thinking about whether it would be possible for Rein to unison with characters other than Hayate and the Wolkenritter (context "Nanoha in SRW"->"Starlight Breaker is kind of like the Satellite Cannon"->"Rein is kind of like the G-Falcon"). If so, what would the result look like?

With Fate I'd say: White hair, dull orange Barrier Jacket, cape disappears. Half a cookie for the reference

kamikasei
2010-04-16, 07:16 AM
Based on Agito, unison devices are one-size-fits-all. This may not be the case for Rein, but I see no immediately obvious reason why it shouldn't be.

Closet_Skeleton
2010-04-16, 07:22 AM
Yeah, but Nanoha seems quite bad about on the one hand using theme naming for various things and then officially declaring that the correct romanization is one that doesn't match whatever the name originall came from. It's weird and annoying when the official line contradicts what the majority of fans preferred, but it's baffling when it goes against what it was clearly meant to be.

It's no worse than Final Fantasy in that regard.


I was thinking of all the characters named after cars. The stuff you list is more standard romanization trouble.

I think those ones are deliberately hidden in puns for copy-write reasons.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-16, 07:24 AM
Eh, it is not worse than Gundam in that regard. Zeta alone has a ton of weirdly named units that are apparently based on mythological figures written in katakana and then re-romanized by a blind monkey.

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-16, 07:31 AM
Eh, it is not worse than Gundam in that regard. Zeta alone has a ton of weirdly named units that are apparently based on mythological figures written in katakana and then re-romanized by a blind monkey.

Qubeley/Cybele for example? Although, until I read up on it, I thought it was actually a play on Kublai Khan (with the connection to Haman Karn and all that)

Cubey
2010-04-16, 07:43 AM
Though if that's the case Vita's rating goes up - a mini Vita waving a hammer at you threateningly is a more amusing thing to have on your desk than Signum being all cool and hot.

Normal Vita is already a mini Vita.

I suggest Subaru too, but only under one condition: that you already possess a Gao Gai Gar and a Noriko figurine. In which case, you must put Subaru between them.

kamikasei
2010-04-16, 07:50 AM
Normal Vita is already a mini Vita.

No, normal Vita is a mini person. Mini Vita cosplays as Churuya.


I suggest Subaru too, but only under one condition: that you already possess a Gao Gai Gar and a Noriko figurine. In which case, you must put Subaru between them.

My name is kamikasei and I endorse this message.

Rogue 7
2010-04-16, 07:56 AM
Y'all will probably murder me for this, but who's Noriko?

Terraoblivion
2010-04-16, 07:57 AM
The main character of Gunbuster. One of the characters that Subaru is clearly inspired by, though not as much as Cubey's words would have you believe.

Prime32
2010-04-16, 08:18 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLFCbAXA1I4
You may or may not be able to see it depending on where you live. Note the "rollerskates", and the fact that one sister has short hair with a headband while the other has long hair with a ribbon. Oh, and they're guarding a ship called the Excellion. Excellion Gunbuster.

EDIT: This one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHXS2_NV4-0) is unsubbed. Apparently no one cares about blocking those.

If possible, put a Gear Fighter Dendoh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwUQUX_34Ro) figurine behind her as well. IIRC one of its two pilots is called Ginga.

kamikasei
2010-04-16, 08:25 AM
one sister

...:smallconfused:

Prime32
2010-04-16, 08:26 AM
...:smallconfused:What? They're not technically related, but they treat each other like siblings.

Rogue 7
2010-04-16, 08:34 AM
Actually, if they had a good Ginga Nakajima figure, I might just go for that.

Tengu_temp
2010-04-16, 08:44 AM
What? They're not technically related, but they treat each other like siblings.

Yeah. Siblings. After all, "onee-sama" means "big sister", no?

Prime32
2010-04-16, 08:46 AM
I have no idea what you're talking about. :smallwink:

13_CBS
2010-04-16, 09:49 AM
Relative to your interests: Fate/Stay Night doujin collection (or at least part of one), up on mangafox. (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fate_stay_night_comic_battle/)

Rogue 7
2010-04-16, 09:54 AM
Speaking of which, does anyone know anything about different versions of Fate/Stay Night? Because I've seen three separate boxes, going for about 4000, 5000, and 6000 yen each, and I have no idea of the differences between them. Hollow/Ataraxia's cheaper, so I might pick that up as well.


And you know, despite being in the part of the store where one would expect an eroge to be, absolutely nothing on the box suggests that it is.

Edit: Oh god, I think I've ruptured something. That was hilarious.

Prime32
2010-04-16, 11:01 AM
Oh god, Archer is the emoticon come to life.
http://img05.nj.us.mangafox.com/store/manga/7650/01-001.1/compressed/ifate009.jpg
If you read the Let's Play then you know the one.

nothingclever
2010-04-16, 11:45 AM
I'm not seeing the picture. :(
Just looked at the link after quoting. Archer seems like a big troll.

hanzo66
2010-04-16, 05:35 PM
Yo dawgs, I was off on a moment of introspection. During which, I found this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UIveHQNdtU).

kamikasei
2010-04-16, 06:00 PM
Yo dawgs, I was off on a moment of introspection. During which, I found this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UIveHQNdtU).

*falls over* XD

Dispozition
2010-04-16, 07:08 PM
Oh god, Archer is the emoticon come to life.
http://img05.nj.us.mangafox.com/store/manga/7650/01-001.1/compressed/ifate009.jpg
If you read the Let's Play then you know the one.

Oh god, archer is the best troll ever.

Lord of Rapture
2010-04-16, 09:01 PM
Relative to your interests: Fate/Stay Night doujin collection (or at least part of one), up on mangafox. (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fate_stay_night_comic_battle/)

Speaking of which, I've been on a doujinshi roll with Fate/Stay Night lately. It's funny how Shirou seems to be the Only Sane Man in every one, for some reason.

@Rogue_7: No idea which one's better. I haven't played hollow/ataraxia, but the translation patch is not coming out any time soon...though what has looks hilarious (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0lkDqWzLJc&feature=related).

Rogue 7
2010-04-16, 09:43 PM
I just want to be able to play it when it does.

Player_Zero
2010-04-17, 03:16 AM
I watched a few Fairy Tail episodes a while ago; am I the only one who finds the animation style to be distinctly off?

Also, I've given up on Liar Game now as they appear to have ran out of good game ideas. Musical chairs. Oh dear. And so, since I'm undecisive, what's a good manga I can read? And genre, anything really, doesn't matter.

Also also, I challenge you, sirrahs, to find me an OP better than this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kXoe17XJRA). (Zan SZS)

Viera Champion
2010-04-17, 09:53 AM
I'm starting to get into the gist of anime.

It started when my friend told me about wolf's rain. Loved it. Kiba!^_^

About halfway though watching that series, I finally remember the show I used to watch when I was younger, Yu Yu Hakusho. I loved that even more. Kurama is da bestest!^_^

I finished all the way through, all the episodes of both of this like three months ago. And so just yeterday, I decided to start watching some things I heard about here on the forums. So last night I started watching Naruto and Bleach. I'm on like episode 10 of Naruto, and episode 4 or 5 of Bleach.

I like them both, but YYH is still my favorite!

Rogue 7
2010-04-17, 09:55 AM
Cool Story Bro.


...just kidding. Welcome to the thread, feel free to ask any questions you might have, such as "what in the nine hells are these nutjobs talking about?!"

Terraoblivion
2010-04-17, 10:01 AM
*Holds a pair of fake cat ears and a school swimsuit in her hands and smiles enthusiastically*

Is it now that we engage in stereotypical behavior to ensure that we are an exclussive group of eccentrics who don't need to worry about meeting new people?

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-17, 10:04 AM
*Holds a pair of fake cat ears and a school swimsuit in her hands and smiles enthusiastically*

Is it now that we engage in stereotypical behavior to ensure that we are an exclussive group of eccentrics who don't need to worry about meeting new people?

No, that was last Tuesday. *Wallops with comedically oversized hammer- pulled out of thin air- for getting it wrong* Gotta love hammerspace.

Rogue 7
2010-04-17, 10:05 AM
The next session's coming up this Friday, right?

*reminds himself to go pick up his own catears from the dry cleaners.* You know, mayonnaise is ridiculously hard to get out of fabric!

Viera Champion
2010-04-17, 10:07 AM
Oh and while watching Naruto, I made connections with the voices.

Bridgebuilders grandson- Izzy from Digimon

Bad water ninja who they fight in the early episodes and who's name I can't remember- Togoro from Yu Yu Hakusho

and girl pretending to be water tracker kid, who helps above guy- Kuwabara's sister from Yu Yu Hakusho

Rogue 7
2010-04-17, 10:12 AM
I'm assuming you're watching the dub?

I don't recall who voiced Inari or Haku, but Zabuza is Steve Blum (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SteveBlum), one of the coolest-sounding Western VA's out there. As I recall, he has a fairly substantial part in Naruto, whom you'll be meeting soon.

Actually, Naruto' dub has a pretty fantastic cast, from what I recall. Dave Wittenburg's Kakashi, and I've yet to hear him do a bad voice. Yuri Lowenthal is Sasuke, and Lowenthal's one of my favorite VA's. Incidentally, his wife, Tara Platt, does Temari (have you met her yet? 4 ponytails and a fan). But far and away, I think Liam O'Brien is fantastic as Gaara. And this has nothing to do with Gaara being one of my favorite characters, since I only watched the dub when Gaara was still nuts.

And it is *really* kind of sad that I know this much random trivia. I tell ya, the things that stick in my brain...

Viera Champion
2010-04-17, 10:15 AM
Yeah, I don't pay any attention to the names of voice actors I just memorize them by the characters they do voices for.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-17, 10:16 AM
I have watched a ton of shows and i never get voices right. Not even those of characters i love. I could not tell in this case anyway, since i don't know the characters in question. But the two of you are probably right. It still makes me feel like i am voice deaf.

And this was all set up to try and find a way to end the post with "nyoro~n", but it wouldn't fit in.

Rogue 7
2010-04-17, 10:24 AM
Yeah, I don't pay any attention to the names of voice actors I just memorize them by the characters they do voices for.

Based on the internet, some of them are pretty cool folk. Crispin Freeman, for example (you've heard him in something) has, on his Youtube channel, him doing a reading of "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe. It's awesome.

That, and it's easier for me to remember who did what by putting names to things.

Though for some reason, I find it a lot easier to do with males than females. Barring, say, Wendee Lee, who you can't help but recognize, and Michelle Ruff, but only because I find her voice attractive.

nothingclever
2010-04-17, 11:17 AM
*Holds a pair of fake cat ears and a school swimsuit in her hands and smiles enthusiastically*
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/nothingclever/thatguy.jpg

Prime32
2010-04-17, 11:22 AM
*hands NC a wand of dispel clothing*

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-17, 11:41 AM
*hands NC a wand of dispel clothing*

*creates an evil clone of Prime 32 to serve as his personal nemesis*

Also, you really don't want to use such a wand on me... *think eldritch horror*:smallwink:

Atelm
2010-04-17, 11:48 AM
Bought the entire Death Note manga on Tuesday, along with the "How to Read" 13th volume; due to time constraints managed to start properly reading on Friday.

Finished reading earlier today, loved it. Definitely money well spent on my part.

Lord of Rapture
2010-04-17, 06:17 PM
Bought the entire Death Note manga on Tuesday, along with the "How to Read" 13th volume; due to time constraints managed to start properly reading on Friday.

Finished reading earlier today, loved it. Definitely money well spent on my part.

Hoo boy. *runs before NC throws a fit*

Prime32
2010-04-17, 06:18 PM
*creates an evil clone of Prime 32 to serve as his personal nemesis**meditates to dismiss and absorb clone*

If that doesn't work I'll ask him to train a young boy in martial arts then run before he can object.

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-17, 06:27 PM
*meditates to dismiss and absorb clone*

If that doesn't work I'll ask him to train a young boy in martial arts then run before he can object.

Of course it doesn't work... Also, being a clone, he can run as fast as you... His response to training young boys in martial arts goes something like this:

"Just who the hell do you think I am?"

nothingclever
2010-04-17, 07:02 PM
*hands NC a wand of dispel clothing*
Whoa, one thing at a time. I'm still just stuck on imagining her as a "realistic" looking blond (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6882034&postcount=101) version of Miyuki (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6881992&postcount=96) and recently sometimes Chisame.

Hoo boy. *runs before NC throws a fit*
I was just going to post another picture of the handkerchief biting man only this time saying something derogatory. Something like this, but of course making more sense:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/nothingclever/thatguy1.jpgI've already explained more than enough how much I dislike it though so I didn't bother.

Oh yeah, speaking of Chisame, she's become my new favourite Negima character. Initially she wasn't all that great but she's become consistently better over time. Some of the other characters annoy the hell out of me like the girl that refers to herself as a side character so her role as the voice of reason is increasingly appreciated as drama escalates. Plus I'd her (http://www.lurkmore.com/w/images/9/96/I_Her_Horns_Thread.png) glasses and flustered expression.

Dispozition
2010-04-17, 08:14 PM
So...Since I was bored over the last few days, I read and watched Kamichu!...It was fun. The manga was definately better, but the Anime coped very well with the filler it put it, almost making me sad that it wasn't in the manga, but the ending was an inferior one to the manga. The animation quality also puzzled me. At some points it almost reminded me of 5cm per second, but most of the time it seemed like it was skipping frames, especially with the mouth animations...

Anyone else seen/read it?

nothingclever
2010-04-17, 09:20 PM
I watched some of it and enjoyed it. I liked the animation style at first but now it's been sullied for me by the disgustingly loose series known as K-On! that shamelessly flaunts its shallow moeblobs using a corrupt version of it.

Ishikar
2010-04-17, 11:01 PM
*Holds a pair of fake cat ears and a school swimsuit in her hands and smiles enthusiastically*

Is it now that we engage in stereotypical behavior to ensure that we are an exclussive group of eccentrics who don't need to worry about meeting new people?

Okay, who let Albeiro out of Mahora without the proper advanced warning?

Also the Hollow/Ataraxia scenes look funny (and remind me of a pic I saw before with Saber giving it to Shirou but she can't say the name, instead she screws up for 3 panels trying before falling into embarrassed silence in the fourth).

Nice find on the Fate/Stay Night chars doujin as well. Unlimited cooking works indeed. Also when did Illyia find the time to change, she must have taken the feat with some of her power points.

Also I now feel horribly ashamed that I have never seen gun/diebuster (I was at least aware of them though!) especially with how much it really does mirror Subaru (or rather, her it). I also flagged on excellion, which is even funnier, and the joining pose montage was missing just a fist clash from being straight copy by StrikerS. It really makes me want to play the Super Robot Wars games (stupid licensing issues and my lack of understanding japanese outside of several well used phrases in anime (like the first 5 seconds of the linked clip)). Of course some of the best parts of the video linked were the "DYNAMIC ENGRISH PRASES", there are always points to be gained for amusing narm and hot-blooded screaming.

13_CBS
2010-04-18, 12:48 AM
Apparently, Black Lagoon's mangaka has another manga series out. (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/shook_up/)

Not quite as compelling as Black Lagoon, but it looks like it'd be pretty good.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-18, 01:52 AM
Hey, i wasn't about to dress anybody else up!

And really if you were to do it, could you at least make it someone i'd rather be associated with, like Chisame or Ohno?

Rogue 7
2010-04-18, 02:05 AM
I think he was riffing more on Colonel-san's bet with Eva during Mahorafest. You know, the one where if she lost, Eva was going to have to dress up in a ridiculous outfit that included catears and a swimsuit?

Terraoblivion
2010-04-18, 02:17 AM
I know that was what he was referring to. Just pointing it out since everybody know that it is Tengu and not me who is Ku-Nel. Also some things are too horrible to contemplate.

Rogue 7
2010-04-18, 02:33 AM
Fair enough, and very true.

Poison_Fish
2010-04-18, 02:39 AM
I know that was what he was referring to. Just pointing it out since everybody know that it is Tengu and not me who is Ku-Nel. Also some things are too horrible to contemplate.

Wait... I thought I was the Colonel.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-18, 03:22 AM
You're not a big enough troll, PF. I know we agreed on that in the past, but i cannot remember why. What i remember is that the Colonel is a huge troll who behaves like the kid pulling the girls' pigtails when he likes them.

Attilargh
2010-04-18, 03:43 AM
Apparently, Black Lagoon's mangaka has another manga series out. (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/shook_up/)
Speaking of Black Lagoon, The OVA (http://www.blacklagoon.jp/) (titled Roberta's Blood Trail) is coming out in July. Last month's news, but anyway.

Closet_Skeleton
2010-04-18, 05:07 AM
So...Since I was bored over the last few days, I read and watched Kamichu!...It was fun. The manga was definately better, but the Anime coped very well with the filler it put it, almost making me sad that it wasn't in the manga, but the ending was an inferior one to the manga. The animation quality also puzzled me. At some points it almost reminded me of 5cm per second, but most of the time it seemed like it was skipping frames, especially with the mouth animations...

Anyone else seen/read it?

Seen the anime, thought it was pretty fun.

Soras Teva Gee
2010-04-18, 05:48 AM
Apparently, Black Lagoon's mangaka has another manga series out. (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/shook_up/)

Not quite as compelling as Black Lagoon, but it looks like it'd be pretty good.

Am I being unreasonable for having the gut instinct of "that's nice but why don't you get Black Lagoon out more often!" going on?

Lord of Rapture
2010-04-18, 06:44 AM
Am I being unreasonable for having the gut instinct of "that's nice but why don't you get Black Lagoon out more often!" going on?

Well, if you like Black Lagoon, and it's still going on, than that's not entirely unreasonable.

Personally, I think Black Lagoon is bad and I don't care either way what happens, but that's just me.

Attilargh
2010-04-18, 07:49 AM
Am I being unreasonable for having the gut instinct of "that's nice but why don't you get Black Lagoon out more often!" going on?
Well, kinda, considering it was published back in '99 (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/manga.php?id=9732) (three years before Black Lagoon) and there was never more than one 192-page volume. :smalltongue:

nothingclever
2010-04-18, 08:12 AM
I know that was what he was referring to. Just pointing it out since everybody know that it is Tengu and not me who is Ku-Nel. Also some things are too horrible to contemplate.

Wait... I thought I was the Colonel.
W-who am I?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/nothingclever/negima2_4_2.jpg

Rogue 7
2010-04-18, 08:13 AM
Well, kinda, considering it was published back in '99 (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/manga.php?id=9732) (three years before Black Lagoon) and there was never more than one 192-page volume. :smalltongue:

Oh, snap!

:smallbiggrin:

0Megabyte
2010-04-18, 08:14 AM
Lord of Rapture doesn't like something. What a shock.

Anyway, I came across Spice and Wolf the other day. The anime where the hero and heroine have a habit of going to inns, getting undressed...

and talking about economics. Yay.

Anyway, what does everyone here think of that one?

nothingclever
2010-04-18, 08:41 AM
Anyway, what does everyone here think of that one?
I hate it. It just gets worse and worse as the show focuses on Horo being a moewolf. AWWWWW! She collapsed from drinking again! How cute! Ooooh, who just wagged her little tail?! She did! Oooooh! So cute! Awww, she bragged about being a mighty/wise/ancient/worshiped/blah blah blah wolf god and then she ended up throwing herself on a bed and refusing to get up because of a hangover. Awwww, she's lusting after apples again! Oh look, Lawrence and Horo are flirting and AGAIN he/she or both of them can't take the plunge and actually begin the mackin' out. Ooooh she doubted Larence's loyalty and got jealous when she saw him getting along well with the sheep herder! Ooooh now she's angry about Lawrence doubting her! So flustered, so cute!

Really, the show gets old after a while with all this moe garbage. Plus it has the contrived "OMG WE CAN NEVER BE TOGETHER CUZ YOU'RE A HUMAN AND I'M A WOLF GOD! OUR LIFESPANS ARE SOOOOOO DIFFERENT!" BROTIP HORO: USE YOUR WOLF MAGICKS TO TURN HIM INTO A WOLF OR SOMETHING. Or alternatively quit your whining and just make the best of the time you have with him.

Besides all that the rest of the series is just coins, coins, coins, coins and more coins. Oh and more drama because Lawrence wants to open up his own shop and if he settles down somewhere to do that he won't be able to continue traveling with Horo to the North! OHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOO! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dJ-C-1Hrw0#t=15)

Plus there's all the dialog that isn't funny/witty but the characters always say it is. "Oh Horo, you're such a card!" Bro, she said one mildly sarcastic thing. No need to even acknowledge it. Apparently this series takes place so far back in time that sarcasm is still a very new and fresh concept.

There were some good tender moments and character development and what not but the show just got more and more stupid. Plus it simply isn't very exciting. I'm not saying this series needs a battle every episode but you know what I mean. It started out alright but then it went downhill.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-18, 09:19 AM
Hey, economics are awesome. Those are really freaking interesting on their own and the show actually has a really good grasp of medieval economics. It's worth watching just for the talk about coins!

The generally quite good and surprisingly accurate portrayal of the middle ages is a nice change too, though there are some things here that bug me. One is the very negative portrayal of the church. I would prefer that they didn't go to quite as much trouble putting a negative spin on it and distorting its role in actual medieval society. The other is that it seems like it ignores the existence of any kind of authority above city level except for the pope and some vague references to nobles. They just bug me more than they should because the portrayal of medieval Germany is otherwise so good.

I also think that the relationship between the two develops quite well, with a lot of subtle cues as to what they are thinking beyond the obvious bits. In general great attention to detail was paid to both dialogue and body language to ensure it. This also helps establishing that Horo being a wolf has actual meaning and that she isn't just a girl with wolf ears and tail, instead she actually has a lot of wolflike behavior to go with the physical traits. It is just subtle enough to not seem ridiculous or clownish.

nothingclever
2010-04-18, 10:18 AM
The silly sexual tension makes me facepalm. I know a lot of series have it but if Horo and Lawrence are as open and close to each other as they are they might as well get it all over with. This isn't a harem anime where Lawrence has 5 equally dreamy people to choose from and at least 1 will become a yandere to some degree if he doesn't pick her. He even asks the bird shapeshifter basically Can mortals and gods do it? and then during the same arc Horo basically just says, "So, you, me, wanna do it?" Lawrence of course turns her down. I forget how the conversation went exactly but he makes light of her offer and basically says "Oh no, I couldn't bare the thought!" and she says some generic "I'm not so innocent/naive/whatever" line in response. My brain hurt when I saw that. He's not sullying his relationship with her by taking it to another level. They've gone through plenty of serious business situations and done plenty of platonic bonding. The two of them should at least be laying out there thoughts in a real discussion instead of skirting around issues. To what extent does Lawrence want to go set up a shop? To what extent does Horo want to return to the North? How willing if any are they to leave each other to achieve these goals? And so on and so on. Discuss the human lifespan drama.

Really, this series should just end with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6Ci4q4-o9s
We need a contrived moment where Horo doubts Lawrence, he creates a perfect right angle with his arm and comically conks her on the head complete with her wincing and grabbing the afflicted area with optional little tears streaming down her face. He then says "BAKA! I'd never leave you! I'd do anything for you...! Because you'd do anything for me!" *ridiculous blushing on both sides*

And the child merchant part... Geez, if I were Lawrence I'd take that trusty knife I always carry around for self-defense and gut him like a fish. If that doesn't convince Horo to stay with him what will? She could even eat the corpse to dispose of the evidence. Talk about a bonding moment! Instead we get unnecessary lengthy drama.

13_CBS
2010-04-18, 10:32 AM
Personally, I think Black Lagoon is bad

:smallfrown:


I hate [Spice and Wolf].

:smallfrown::smallfrown:



Why must you hate everything I love and hold dear?

nothingclever
2010-04-18, 10:35 AM
Why must you hate everything I love and hold dear?
Is Horo chugging her six trillionth glass of beer/apple cyder and making little adorable gasps of satisfaction afterwards really something you hold dear? I'm calling it right now, the best thing to come out of Spice and Wolf is "nano-ja!" Too bad it pales in comparison to the tried and true desu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkVYHUMCCwc).

Terraoblivion
2010-04-18, 11:15 AM
More like he is violating all that you love and hold dear...

13_CBS
2010-04-18, 11:15 AM
Is Horo chugging her six trillionth glass of beer/apple cyder and making little adorable gasps of satisfaction afterwards really something you hold dear?

Yes...:smallfrown:

(Okay, but seriously. It's been a while since I've seen the 1st season, but I personally didn't find those scenes to be that distracting.)

nothingclever
2010-04-18, 11:24 AM
{Scrubbed}

Tengu_temp
2010-04-18, 11:28 AM
I find nc's position puzzling, since the second season, when supposedly the series focuses more on Horo being a moewolf, actually has more economics than the first one. And yeah, her and Lawrence's mutual relations are both cute and funny (at least when one or both aren't angsting, but that's rare), and are among the best things in the series.

Also, on comparison between me and Ku:nel:
http://ffrpg.republika.pl/approve.PNG
This guy is one of my two personal idols - the other one is Hideo Kojima, for precisely the same reasons (except that he's real).

13_CBS
2010-04-18, 11:30 AM
{scrubbed}


Is it just me, or was there another version of that with Alice?

nothingclever
2010-04-18, 11:41 AM
I find nc's position puzzling, since the second season, when supposedly the series focuses more on Horo being a moewolf, actually has more economics than the first one.
It's simple, the second season has more of each. The first season was more about traveling and the beginning of their relationship. They also had church people chasing her for a while. The second is all about economics (aka pyrite pyrite pyrite) and Horo drama/cuteness. She spends an awful lot of time getting drunk, eating a ton of food, sleeping in because of a hangover(s), making food requests, cutely sulking in bed and flirting/being cute with Lawrence. If I remember correctly they spend a ton of time in one city/place dealing with the pyrite, the annoying teenage merchant and introducing Lawrence's shopkeeper friend. Since they're together so much in a confined area lots of cutesy moewolf logically happens despite the increase in the economic focus.

You might ask why I watched this show if I didn't like it. I did so because sometimes I follow a series with my brother and I put up with whatever it is and give it a chance even though I might not like it much. So verbal check and mate to anyone who says I'm figuratively cutting myself and should seek help.

Tengu_temp
2010-04-18, 11:50 AM
I fail to see the issue, then. Are you, perhaps, allergic to cute?

Roland St. Jude
2010-04-18, 11:59 AM
Sheriff of Moddingham:Please remember that graphic sexuality, nudity, sexual conduct between minors or apparent minors, and similar images or text are not permitted on this forum. Several other threads have recently been permanently closed for their repeated inability to abide by these rules. Please keep it forum appropriate.

13_CBS
2010-04-18, 12:21 PM
:smalleek:


Templates like that Certain kinds of Touhou doujin are forbidden, apparently. :smalleek:

nothingclever
2010-04-18, 12:22 PM
I fail to see the issue, then. Are you, perhaps, allergic to cute?
I dislike the repetitive nature of it all. I'd like to see some real progress in their relationship instead of all the, "Oh I can't tell him/her how I feel!!!!!" These characters need to get genre savvy. Just man up Lawrence, you don't want a School Days ending do you?

If the show is going to get cutesy on me it should do so in a more inventive/clever way. Add some humorous gags to the show and make it into a comedy if you're going to do this moewolf stuff. This isn't a high school slice of life story/comedy. If you aren't going to have some real humor to supplement this cutesy bits lessen them and focus on having more depth in your story. The maker tries to create a serious business atmosphere at times and yet half the story is "d'awwww look at me I'm cute" in uncreative ways.

:smalleek:


Templates like that Certain kinds of Touhou doujin are forbidden, apparently. :smalleek:
I'd say something but like I'm sure I'll get like -1000 now since I can't post a gag strip of such a basic and tame nature or mention something graphic despite others routinely mentioning graphic things.

Yo dawgs, I was off on a moment of introspection. During which, I found this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UIveHQNdtU).
Is this going to get scrubbed? This link massacred my virgin ears. I lose sleep at night because of it. I'm loving this point stuff. I want to see some scrubbing and infractions for people casually posting about graphic stuff that happens in novels in this same subsection of the forums.

Atelm
2010-04-18, 12:27 PM
Just man up Lawrence, you don't want a School Days ending do you?



A School Days ending would imply a total douche as the protagonist, and several unstable women. Nice boat, indeed. :smalleek: Neither of which Spice & Wolf has.

KnightDisciple
2010-04-18, 12:37 PM
I dislike the repetitive nature of it all. I'd like to see some real progress in their relationship instead of all the, "Oh I can't tell him/her how I feel!!!!!" These characters need to get genre savvy. Just man up Lawrence, you don't want a School Days ending do you?

If the show is going to get cutesy on me it should do so in a more inventive/clever way. Add some humorous gags to the show and make it into a comedy if you're going to do this moewolf stuff. This isn't a high school slice of life story/comedy. If you aren't going to have some real humor to supplement this cutesy bits lessen them and focus on having more depth in your story. The maker tries to create a serious business atmosphere at times and yet half the story is "d'awwww look at me I'm cute" in uncreative ways.

I'd say something but like I'm sure I'll get like -1000 now since I can't post a gag strip of such a basic and tame nature or mention something graphic despite others routinely mentioning graphic things.

Is this going to get scrubbed? This link massacred my virgin ears. I lose sleep at night because of it. I'm loving this point stuff. I want to see some scrubbing and infractions for people casually posting about graphic stuff that happens in novels in this same subsection of the forums.

Wouldn't a mod be the person you should be reporting posts to, and complaining to? It's not like we can do anything.

Just a thought.:smallconfused:

nothingclever
2010-04-18, 12:40 PM
Wouldn't a mod be the person you should be reporting posts to, and complaining to? It's not like we can do anything.

Just a thought.:smallconfused:
It's called being annoyed. Of course I better not sound too flippant with you or I'm toast.

Anyways, I need to think of manga to talk about. Oh yeah, there's a new chapter of Break Blade (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_Blade) out. I think it may be getting an anime but I can't see myself watching it because as much as I like it, I don't really feel it has much value being reread or visually reviewed. I've posted about it before. It has some silly mild fanservice in a way with young pilots even though the story and visuals are compelling enough without them so I find it extra out of place/unnecessary compared to regular stuff. I like how it isn't steampunk, medieval or futuristic. There's nothing wrong with those genres but I've seen plenty of each. It has some cheesy shonen elements but they're very small and feel sort of just tacked on. Like sure, the protagonist Lygatto pretty much falls into his mech Gundam style and he ends up becoming a major force in the ongoing war overnight but it doesn't feel like contrived wish fulfillment to me. It feels like the author simply wanted to tell a story about someone in such a situation. I don't get the impression this element is supposed to appeal to the readers. There's an obligatory cute animal but he actually advances the plot without speaking since he adds to the back story of characters and humor in general. It's a pretty badass owl. I've yet to see any hidden potential unlocking besides the obvious part that the protagonist who can't use magic is able to pilot a mech that no magic users are compatible with and I can confidently say I don't expect any. That in my mind is a positive thing. Name characters actually die on both sides pretty early on although I'm not expecting the main cast to be replaced routinely. I'm hoping the series continues to kind of feel like UC Gundam by having people here and there bite the dust even after we've gotten to thoroughly know them and we get to see more of the horrors of war/gray and gray morality. I don't want it to get dark but I hate when a series is all sunshine and rainbows despite being about war unless we're talking about Eureka 7 rainbows of destruction. The art sort of reminds me of Blame! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blame!)

tl;dr: Break Blade is a nice mech story that is shonen but doesn't have all the bad shonen qualities that turn people off of the genre and it has a sense of realism in terms of the warfare depicted in it. The characters and world are increasingly well developed and pretty entertaining/engaging.

Poison_Fish
2010-04-18, 02:59 PM
W-who am I?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/nothingclever/negima2_4_2.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/Flib/Violate.jpg

oh, and again, typical generic response of shock and horror at agreeing with NC on something (Break Blade).

nothingclever
2010-04-18, 03:22 PM
oh, and again, typical generic response of shock and horror at agreeing with NC on something (Break Blade).
Well I'm sure I'd agree with you guys on more things if I watched/read what you guys did more often. I've heard/seen a ton of Fate/Stay Night and Nanoha for instance yet I've never actually bothered to read/watch either.

I'm still enjoying the Kenji manga I've been reading for a while now about a kid learning chinese martial arts. It jumped the shark for a few chapters with ki force/pressure point nonsense but I'd like to pretend that stuff never happened the same way people pretend the Tsukihime anime was never made.

I'm disappointed that Kaidan Restaurant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaidan_restaurant) is being subbed at the speed of smell the same way the equally nice and casual Taisho Yakyu Musume series that I liked last season was.

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-18, 04:12 PM
Have just watched through Gunbuster (and am now one third of the way through Diebuster), and I must say, I much prefer them over Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Prime32
2010-04-18, 04:23 PM
W-who am I?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/nothingclever/negima2_4_2.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/Flib/Violate.jpg

oh, and again, typical generic response of shock and horror at agreeing with NC on something (Break Blade).Dare I ask who I am? :smallconfused:

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-18, 05:18 PM
Dare I ask who I am? :smallconfused:

Surely, considering your avatar, you phrased that wrong... I don't want to know who you guys think I am though...

mallorean_thug
2010-04-18, 07:31 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/Flib/Violate.jpg

oh, and again, typical generic response of shock and horror at agreeing with NC on something (Break Blade).

How could nothingclever be anyone other than . . .
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2682/4532364019_092e7ae26c_m.jpg
BEEAAATORIIIIIIIIIIIIICCE

because I don't know about the rest of you, but I usually think of people as whatever avatar they used for a while or are currently using. Which causes gender confusion, but hey, this is the internet.

Oh, and Mercenary Pen, if you still don't want to know who I think you are, don't open this spoiler
http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/208/birdpen.jpg
Couldn't resist.

13_CBS
2010-04-18, 07:35 PM
I also wonder what folks around here think I am. :smallconfused:

Tengu_temp
2010-04-18, 07:43 PM
I also wonder what folks around here think I am. :smallconfused:

Someone easily traumatized by mental images of guys in Zettai Ryouiki and/or tight shorts.

13_CBS
2010-04-18, 07:45 PM
guys in Zettai Ryouiki and/or tight shorts

guys in Zettai Ryouiki and/or tight shorts


guys in Zettai Ryouiki and/or tight shorts



http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh314/13cbs/18.jpg



....

I see your point.

Tengu_temp
2010-04-18, 07:47 PM
Saw that comin'. </Jayne>

Prime32
2010-04-18, 08:09 PM
http://indolents.com/uploads/bleachitp/hanatarouwat.jpg
Hanatarou Yamada.

nothingclever
2010-04-18, 09:18 PM
Not as hot as Tieria Erde.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/nothingclever/gundam2.jpg

Atelm
2010-04-19, 01:33 AM
How could nothingclever be anyone other than . . .
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2682/4532364019_092e7ae26c_m.jpg
BEEAAATORIIIIIIIIIIIIICCE



Eh, no, just no. :smallsigh:

If I had to go with real trolls from that series, it's either Bernkastel or Goldsmith. :smallamused: (And a certain other person, but that would be a major spoiler for the Chiru Core Arcs)

mallorean_thug
2010-04-19, 06:59 AM
Eh, no, just no. :smallsigh:

If I had to go with real trolls from that series, it's either Bernkastel or Goldsmith. :smallamused: (And a certain other person, but that would be a major spoiler for the Chiru Core Arcs)

Neither of them was his avatar for a while though. And I wasn't going for the real trolls in the series, nothingclever and Beato are both a little bit more than simple trolls.

KnightDisciple
2010-04-19, 11:41 AM
I'll just leave this here... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-dRXh2Adr8&feature=player_embedded)

Prime32
2010-04-19, 11:47 AM
I'll just leave this here... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-dRXh2Adr8&feature=player_embedded)
:durkon: *gulp*

Optimystik
2010-04-19, 12:01 PM
I'll just leave this here... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-dRXh2Adr8&feature=player_embedded)

Okay, that was very well-done, but I'm still worried about that guy having a chainsaw + hockey mask.

KnightDisciple
2010-04-19, 12:04 PM
Okay, that was very well-done, but I'm still worried about that guy having a chainsaw + hockey mask.

But Jason-San is an artist!:smallsmile:

Atelm
2010-04-19, 02:06 PM
Neither of them was his avatar for a while though.


Ah, must've missed that.


And I wasn't going for the real trolls in the series, nothingclever and Beato are both a little bit more than simple trolls

Okay, makes sense in hindsight.

Also, something that I made when I was bored. Some Umineko motivational posters.

These ones contain spoilers for EP 1-4 (Anime covered these)
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/Atelm/BogusMath.png
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/Atelm/Knoxsfirst.png
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/Atelm/Rebooting.png
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/Atelm/TechnicalSupport.png
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/Atelm/BunnyGirls.png
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/Atelm/MagicCircles2.png
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/Atelm/Alchemy.png

I did consider using the line "Inefficient use of time and money even before Chemistry" for the Alchemy one, but didn't bother then.


These contain spoilers for EP 5 (Chiru); though the one I actually thought succeeded is among these (Lawful Good).
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/Atelm/LawfulGood.png
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/Atelm/Thiscannotbe.png
http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/Atelm/Trolling.png

I need to make one for Erika.

Soras Teva Gee
2010-04-19, 08:27 PM
I'll just leave this here... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-dRXh2Adr8&feature=player_embedded)

That ending shot is a touch disturbing.

0Megabyte
2010-04-20, 02:32 AM
...yikes. Didn't mean to set off a one-person firestorm of fiercely passionate hate worthy of the Angry Video Game Nerd, but NC did answer my question.

Anyway. About to start Ah! My Goddess. Wish me luck.

Rogue 7
2010-04-20, 04:30 AM
Zettai Ryouiki and/or tight shorts.

Speaking of which....

It was a bit of a slow day at my study abroad today. Instead of my usual class, I have a field trip on Saturday to Yokohama, so I was relaxing after my morning Japanese class. Reading a book that focused on the anime industry, how it compares with America, and anime's future internationally. Really fascinating stuff, though something of a mishmash, since it alternated between ridiculously enthusiastic about anime's future and ridiculously pessimistic about it.

But the point of the story is shortly before I left, a girl whom I have been casually flirting with this entire trip came in wearing a very attractive grade B with hotpants. I tried not to stare too much.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-20, 06:04 AM
Better get used to it. From my experience that outfit is really popular in East Asia, though of course my experience is just two months in Shanghai, a day in Hangzhou and a week in Beijing. It seems to be the same in Japan and Korea though, judging by the exchange students from those two countries.

And speaking of you being in Tokyo, i might go there for a few days this summer. It is not certain yet, it depends on the rules for getting plane tickets changed due to unforeseen circumstances, but it is altogether not unlikely. So got anything you can recommend seeing or doing as well as places i have to eat?

And in news relating directly to the topic at hands, i recently learned about a yuri manga known as Sasameki Koto (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SasamekiKoto). Yesterday i tracked it down and read all of it in a single sitting and it is awesome. After some hiccups early on, it essentially became the best romance anime or manga i know. This is in a large part because it avoids many of the staples of the yuri genre, instead just telling a delicate and often understated love story about two people who just happen to be of the same gender. So there is little to no overt fanservice, the beach trip never even gets underway due to a minor traffic accident, and it takes place in an ordinary high school where most people are actually straight. This leaves room for more everyday issues facing teenage lesbians in modern Japan than over-the-top homophobia or the school being more or less a swingerclub due to sexual tension between the girls, like is far too often seen in yuri.

But there are bad sides though. These pretty much all relate to the comedy side of the story, that just tends to not be fun enough to measure up to the quality of the drama and the romance. This is most notable in early chapters after the original 24-page one-shot got serialized as a weekly manga and had to find its feet after an excellent first chapter. It takes several chapters before it is through this and finds a style that really works for it again, which can be a turn-off. And the comedy from that period never completely goes away, which is a shame for the rest of the manga.

Despite these issues i simply love this manga for how well it does the romance at its core. It is better than almost any other romance i have ever seen and i wanted to share it, in case anybody else here cares about yuri, which i admittedly think is unlikely.

Rogue 7
2010-04-20, 09:16 AM
Better get used to it. From my experience that outfit is really popular in East Asia, though of course my experience is just two months in Shanghai, a day in Hangzhou and a week in Beijing. It seems to be the same in Japan and Korea though, judging by the exchange students from those two countries.

Believe me, I don't need to get *used* to it. If anything, I'll be disappointed when I go back home.:smallbiggrin:

I was just surprised and pleased to see it on someone I find attractive.



And speaking of you being in Tokyo, i might go there for a few days this summer. It is not certain yet, it depends on the rules for getting plane tickets changed due to unforeseen circumstances, but it is altogether not unlikely. So got anything you can recommend seeing or doing as well as places i have to eat?


Lessee...

Well, for otaku, Akihabara is always worth a visit, if only to see what all the fuss is about. It's become a lot more touristy of late, which is both a positive and a negative. Positive in that it makes it slightly more accommodating for gaijin like ourselves, negative in that it's therefore not really the true place for it. I've heard from other otaku in the program that Nakano is where actual otaku tend to go nowadays. I haven't been there yet, due to the fact that Akihabara the closest big station to me in Tokyo, while Nakano's on the opposite side of the city.

Ueno park is very nice, though I haven't explored it all that thoroughly. I went in for hanami (cherry-blossom viewing), which was fun and gorgeous, but it was raining. The second time was for a field trip- so I got to see that there are a lot of interesting things there- a whole bunch of museums, some interesting statues, and a zoo, I haven't had a chance to check them out. There are also some temples and statues scattered around.

Because it was raining when I went for hanami, a group of us decided to check out the Japanese Sword Museum in Shibuya, which was absolutely amazing. You couldn't take pictures, but they have some of the most beautiful weapons I've ever seen. We also saw Tokyo Tower, which is cool, but because it was dark and grey, we didn't want to pay to go up.

I've also been up to Narita (the actual town itself, not the airport) for a truly awesome drum festival, but I don't know if that's more than once a year. Narita's still got some fairly impressive temples, shrines, and the like, as well as some very nice scenery.

I haven't been out to eat very much- the dorm I'm staying in gives us 2 good meals a day, and a lot of people here are on relatively tight budgets. So I don't know many good places to eat in Tokyo. Saying that, and related to the above, Narita is famous for its unagi. What we got at a restaurant there was amazingly good, but because that was through my program, I don't know which restaurant. But if you like eel, go to Narita.

Other stuff: CC Lemon is good to drink, and the sushi-go-round restaurant I've been to was both quite cheap (each plate you picked up was 105 yen) and of good quality. If you want ramen or Udon, try Kitsune ramen (it's ramen with bean curd in it, very good). Melon bread (or Meron pan in Japanese) is heavenly.

Poison_Fish
2010-04-20, 03:03 PM
Chainsaws can be quite the catalyst for works of art.

kamikasei
2010-04-20, 03:08 PM
But there are bad sides though. These pretty much all relate to the comedy side of the story, that just tends to not be fun enough to measure up to the quality of the drama and the romance. This is most notable in early chapters after the original 24-page one-shot got serialized as a weekly manga and had to find its feet after an excellent first chapter. It takes several chapters before it is through this and finds a style that really works for it again, which can be a turn-off. And the comedy from that period never completely goes away, which is a shame for the rest of the manga.

From TVTropes,

A 13-episode anime adaptation of the first couple volumes was broadcast in late 2009; it is licensed by Crunchyroll and can be viewed for free on their site.
and

Adaptation Decay/Expansion: The anime adaptation is already picking up complaints for being much more focused on the drama side of the story than the comedy side.
Just, y'know, FYI...


Chainsaws can be quite the catalyst for works of art.

As Hime (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PrincessResurrection) can attest.

Optimystik
2010-04-20, 03:49 PM
But Jason-San is an artist!:smallsmile:

So was Van Gogh - let's hope he doesn't get similar ideas :smalltongue:

Lord of Rapture
2010-04-20, 05:47 PM
Better get used to it. From my experience that outfit is really popular in East Asia, though of course my experience is just two months in Shanghai, a day in Hangzhou and a week in Beijing. It seems to be the same in Japan and Korea though, judging by the exchange students from those two countries.

Are you sure? I've been to Shanghai many times (I have relatives there), and I've never noticed that outfit much. Once or twice, but I definitely wouldn't describe it as popular.

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-20, 06:14 PM
Are you sure? I've been to Shanghai many times (I have relatives there), and I've never noticed that outfit much. Once or twice, but I definitely wouldn't describe it as popular.

Hate to say it, but it sounds like you frequent the wrong parts of Shanghai...

nothingclever
2010-04-20, 10:41 PM
Geez, I've never traveled any significant amount or even gone on a real vacation in my entire life.

Anyways, I liked the latest chapter of Hajime no Ippo. It's definitely redeeming itself quickly to me. It feels like its returned back to the way it originally was.

So anyone watch A Certain Scientific Railgun? Each arc got progressively worse for me. Now I just really want to see another season of Shana or alternatively Index. I look forward to more of Stiyl Magnus, the super tall, skilled and yet only 14 year old mage. The last arc hurt my brain where:
the villain acts perfectly reasonable at first but then decides to blow her cover by acting super evil in front of everyone. She also grossly underestimates the railgun girl when she says that she eats and sleeps data and knows everything about her powers. Then she ends up getting beaten because Misaka simply decides to fire a projectile larger than a quarter. Who didn't see that coming? It was even part of the villain's mech that breaks off. The way Saten was made useful in such a contrived and heavily foreshadowed way at the end annoyed me. The best part of it all for me was when Uiharu refused to tell the professor why she wore flowers on her head after asking her several questions interrogation style. I hated how she acts super unreasonable when her mysterious new friend is logically suspected for her mysteriousness by Kuroko. I feel that Mitsuko Kongō was vastly superior to the rest of the cast.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-20, 11:50 PM
Thanks for the hints, Rogue. I will keep them in mind should the trip actually come into being. I think it is likely, but it definitely isn't a certainty. Ueno Park does sound fairly awesome, that much is certain. Tokyo is likely to be a more touristy city than Shanghai, more sights to see it seems.

And i know about that Kami. I have already seen the first two episodes of the anime as well and will watch the rest. It seems rather good as well, though i still prefer the manga.

nothingclever
2010-04-21, 07:39 PM
I enjoyed seeing this today:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/nothingclever/xtd.jpg

The door is supposed to read DISE but someone stole a U from elsewhere and swapped it with the E. Apparently it was too much effort to also replace the I properly by reattaching the E.

Prime32
2010-04-22, 04:41 AM
So I just finished Railgun yesterday, to add yet another Series for this vacation. I like how the story got tied up in the end regardless of the filler. Heck even the filler fit into the story somehow.

Now for a question: does anyone know when they DVD release of Rebuild of Eva 2.0 is coming out? I've been waiting for it forever now.
Was posted in old thread.

kamikasei
2010-04-22, 04:50 AM
2.22 is due out on May 26th, I believe.

Rogue 7
2010-04-22, 05:57 AM
Latest Naruto chapter:

I am a Shadow, the true self. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Persona4)

Prime32
2010-04-22, 06:06 AM
Those rhymes must be fun to translate.

Closet_Skeleton
2010-04-22, 07:45 AM
I find it hard to believe that naruto has gone on for so long without using it yet.

Ishikar
2010-04-22, 11:38 AM
Quick Naruto, equip the big goron sword and thrust-spam your way to victory!!!

What, it worked on the other evil shadow water doppleganger I saw.

mallorean_thug
2010-04-22, 07:30 PM
I managed to find some time today to get to watch Eden of the East- The King of Eden. Some thoughts (or rather, me rambling for a while):

As a fan of Eden of the East, I had certain expectations for this film, and for the most part they were met. Unlike the other anime movies I've seen recently that were associated with a TV show, Gurren Lagann and Evangelion, this was not a retelling or re imagining with prettier graphics, but rather a continuation of the series. And unlike the only such movie I've seen, Conqueror of Shamballah, this was a necessary continuation, because the tv series was rather incomplete at the end of its run, with many questions left hanging for this and the next movie, because, oh yeah, this movie is not the end of it and there will be another one. And while I was happy to hear that both movies were getting a close to 90 minute run time, even if it did push back their respective releases, it really made me think . . .

Two movies at 90 minutes each is just about 8 episodes worth of tv time (although I know it shapes the dramatic arcs very differently). 8 episodes as compared to the 11 original. Why couldn't they go for a second season, or why couldn't they had an appropriate timeslot in the first place and gotten a typical 26 episode order? Its not an action series so it didn't need the extra budget for fight scenes, and with the entire series at near OVA quality to begin with thanks to Production I.G., it didn't really get any kind of noticeable graphics boost (except for maybe during the opening song when my laptop spazzed and kept skipping, it did this before during the closing credits for 5 cm per second, so I guess my laptop just doesn't like a full song, karaoke subs, and animation at the same time) The only real benefit it gained from being a movie was the ability to slow down, focus on the characters, and not deliver a cliff hanger or climax every 20 odd minutes like it did during the tv run.

The movie itself, as mentioned earlier, mostly delivers on what was expected. We get a good mix of interesting Selecao plots and absolutely adorable moments between Akira and Saki. Because its set in New York, quite a lot of the movie harkens back to that first episode in DC, with the same kind of fish out of water feel with Saki. Unfortunately, like the first episode, despite having Saki struggle through suprisingly good english, Akira can still apparently speak Japanese to any American he wants and have them understand and respond in English. Also, to my surprise, it managed to make it through the entire 90 minutes without using the word "Jonny" once For better or for worse, this movie is also a lot about the cast reacting to things, if one thinks back to the state of affairs at the very end of the tv series, its easy to guess why. Several revelations come by the end of the movie, but not too many. Most of the important mysteries will have to wait until the second movie to be properly revealed. If you can stand it, it would probably be better to wait for the second movie's release and then watch them both, or watch the entire series with the movies, but this is enjoyable in itself if you can't wait.

More spoilery nitpicks +speculation

Our new filmmaker Selecao is even more annoying than the Jonny-hunter one before him. At this point in the show, either have a crazy plan, or get out. At least our merchandising fashion man seems to have that much. Oh well, his conversation with Juiz at least gave his scenes humorous.

Also, death has become pretty cheap in this show. With the buyback of both the doctor Selecao and the angry missile kid Selecao, after the buyback of Pants at the end of the tv run, I really don't think anybody is going to die anymore. It makes you really feel sorry for the guy who got stabbed by his wife back at the beginning. Before he was simply the first in a series of expected casualties as the Supporter and the more ruthless Selecao did their work. Now he's a statistical outlier in a bloodless anime.

Although I can't be sure that it is the case, the logical path the director seems to have implied at the end is that the entirety of each Selecao's Juiz system is aboard each truck. While Juiz could still be somewhere else and each truck could simply serve as the communications relay and virtual bank for each Selecao, the size of the truck, and the amount of mysteries still to be solved make this seem unlikely. This would also explain why each Juiz in the movie was both displaying personality at all, and why she/it seemed different for each Selecao; each system was simply gaining personality based on its only outside input. From a secret computer system standpoint, though, having a Selecao icon with the appropriate number on the top of each truck seems awfully convenient though. I guess it does fit with what we know about Mr. Outside so far, but then so would using that as a decoy.

I think I'm done rambling for now. Heres to Akira actually using his phone in the next movie. *clink*


I don't suppose anybody else has actually seen this yet . . . maybe this post will inspire you.

AslanCross
2010-04-22, 10:17 PM
2.22 is due out on May 26th, I believe.

Ah, thanks a lot. I missed it on the old thread.


I'll just leave this here... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-dRXh2Adr8&feature=player_embedded)

....at first I thought it was a reenactment of berserk F-Type EVA-01 (the one that has a chainsaw). The hockey mask + chainsaw combination kinda threw me off.

Tengu_temp
2010-04-23, 02:38 AM
Also, to my surprise, it managed to make it through the entire 90 minutes without using the word "Jonny" once

What. Ridiculous! Eden of the East is not the same without its Johnnies!

Seriously though, your comments make it look promising. I wanna watch this movie.

mallorean_thug
2010-04-23, 06:04 AM
What. Ridiculous! Eden of the East is not the same without its Johnnies!

Seriously though, your comments make it look promising. I wanna watch this movie.

Its been out on DVD/blueray in Japan since the end of March, so importing it is pretty easy and fansubbers had subs out several days after it was released. It does really end with a set up for the next movie though, which has no official dvd/blueray release date yet, so expect to wait at least another 4 months for closure.

And while the lack of Jonnies is sad, at least it makes up for it with more heavy Salinger references.

kamikasei
2010-04-23, 06:11 AM
I agree with Tengu's :smallfrown: on the lack of Johnny. I'll probably wait until both movies are out so I can watch them together (watched the original EotE with friends, so it'll be easier to reassemble them for one session than two, all other concerns aside), so I'll avoid reading any spoilers for now, but it's good to hear the series hasn't tanked and that the DVD releases seem timely.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-23, 07:09 AM
Yes, good to hear that it is still good. EotE is too awesome a show to tank at this stage. But it needs more Johnnies. Is it at least full of neets and oddly censored naked men?

mallorean_thug
2010-04-23, 08:09 AM
Umm, no on both counts. We get to see Saki's EotE group of friends deal with going from NEETdom to success, but our naked cell phone collaborating friends have scattered to the winds.

And while there is an interesting showerish scene, censored nudity is averted.

tyckspoon
2010-04-23, 01:04 PM
Those rhymes must be fun to translate.

Plus giant gorilla brofists. Bee is awesome.

Poison_Fish
2010-04-23, 01:18 PM
Plus giant gorilla brofists. Bee is awesome.

Might we be able to say he's a 'broja'?

Prime32
2010-04-23, 06:52 PM
Might we be able to say he's a 'broja'?
That sounds like a type of sushi. Or maybe something Russian.

Also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpG5tPwKyMQ

Terraoblivion
2010-04-23, 10:57 PM
And Japan once again proves itself to be willing to earn money on nerds as this (http://www.mechadamashii.com/news/gundam-cafe-opens-in-akihabara/) proves. It also proves that Akihabara is getting more touristy like Rogue said a few pages ago, but it is still too awesome a concept to not try to visit.

Amiel
2010-04-24, 12:24 AM
Better get used to it. From my experience that outfit is really popular in East Asia, though of course my experience is just two months in Shanghai, a day in Hangzhou and a week in Beijing. It seems to be the same in Japan and Korea though, judging by the exchange students from those two countries.

On a tangent and speaking of said uniform, one gets to occasionally see fans of Japanese "fashion" walking around our uni campus; it draws attention, to put it succinctly.


Speaking of anime, I have a slight question, what is the anime that involves presumably students, dressed alike in uniform, full of somber colours, fashionable coiffure, mascara liberally worn around the eyes (or it could be natural eyelashes, dunno) and possibly with names like Beelzebub and kin. Sorry, if it's all very confusing, I'm recalling it from memory. I dunno if they're witches, but they probably are magicians.

13_CBS
2010-04-24, 12:29 AM
Speaking of anime, I have a slight question, what is the anime that involves presumably students, dressed alike in uniform, full of somber colours, fashionable coiffure, mascara liberally worn around the eyes (or it could be natural eyelashes, dunno) and possibly with names like Beelzebub and kin. Sorry, if it's all very confusing, I'm recalling it from memory. I dunno if they're witches, but they probably are magicians.


Was it Ergo Proxy, by any chance? (http://www.the-shrike.net/images/ril-ergo_proxy01.jpg)

Terraoblivion
2010-04-24, 12:37 AM
Or the mascara part might just refer to the way eyes or often drawn with quite thick, bold outlines in anime. It is hard to tell. In any case i can safely say that i have no clue what anime this would be.

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-24, 02:17 AM
Currently watching Martian Successor Space Harem Nadesico...

I have never seen quite so many nutjobs gathered in one place:smalleek:

Dispozition
2010-04-24, 06:16 AM
Currently watching Martian Successor Space Harem Nadesico...

I have never seen quite so many nutjobs gathered in one place:smalleek:

May I enquire where you found it if it doesn't break forum rules. I've been trying to get my hands on it forever but just can't seem to.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-24, 07:57 AM
And now i have finished the anime version of Sasameki Koto too. While it suffers under adapting the worst part of the manga and focuses more on the comedy than the manga, it also improves on those parts while doing a good job with the drama. It also manages to tie up ending before the story of the manga is over well, so it can be followed up if a new season gets approved or a satisfying ending can be inferred if not. Really quite recommended and at 13 episodes it is not too much to watch. Anybody interested in romance should give it a shot.

Dispozition
2010-04-24, 08:17 AM
And now i have finished the anime version of Sasameki Koto too. While it suffers under adapting the worst part of the manga and focuses more on the comedy than the manga, it also improves on those parts while doing a good job with the drama. It also manages to tie up ending before the story of the manga is over well, so it can be followed up if a new season gets approved or a satisfying ending can be inferred if not. Really quite recommended and at 13 episodes it is not too much to watch. Anybody interested in romance should give it a shot.

Oh, I didn't realise it had a manga...I need to go read that now. I thought it was an overall enjoyable yuri anime with some good comedy value and some decent romance. Certainly better than most yuri animes out there v.v

On other notes...K-On!! is still not very good. The first season was fairly ok, but the second season is just more of the same and getting stale. Working!! is quite fun, a good mix of slice of life and comedy. Sort of like Seitokai no Ichizon with no ecchi and a more interesting cast (imo).

Also, Gundun is a freaking huge franchise...I'm actually scared by how many episodes there are.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-24, 08:23 AM
Just be aware that the comedy is not as well done in the manga, but there is also less of it. However, the romance gets better i think though also somewhat more melodramatic. And Tomoe gets to be roughly 2000% more awesome in the manga than in the anime, where we only get to see the beginning of her being awesome.

I personally prefer the manga, though i think that the anime is great too. I also think that overall this manga/anime improves if you look more closely at some of the subtleties present in it.

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-24, 08:35 AM
May I enquire where you found it if it doesn't break forum rules. I've been trying to get my hands on it forever but just can't seem to.

I think it would technically break forum rules- though I'd have to double-check that...you'd be surprised what can be found through google though...

Rogue 7
2010-04-24, 10:02 AM
And Japan once again proves itself to be willing to earn money on nerds as this (http://www.mechadamashii.com/news/gundam-cafe-opens-in-akihabara/) proves. It also proves that Akihabara is getting more touristy like Rogue said a few pages ago, but it is still too awesome a concept to not try to visit.

I shall have to keep this in mind. Pity I'll be gone before that new giant gundam shows up.

And just for the record, Shibuya is awesome. I don't know if it counts as "touristy", going there and getting drunk, but it's fun anyways.

...I should probably avoid posting too much like this.

Closet_Skeleton
2010-04-24, 11:49 AM
May I enquire where you found it if it doesn't break forum rules. I've been trying to get my hands on it forever but just can't seem to.

I have the DVDs :smallbiggrin:

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-25, 10:09 AM
Another Nadesico observation... this is one of the few series where, not only has a revolving door been built in the fourth wall, but they've broken the fifth wall...

Dispozition
2010-04-25, 06:24 PM
Another Nadesico observation... this is one of the few series where, not only has a revolving door been built in the fourth wall, but they've broken the fifth wall...

Why do you think I've been looking for it for the last year or so?

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-25, 06:31 PM
Why do you think I've been looking for it for the last year or so?

Hey, I just assumed it was all a part of your plan to conquer the universe... In other news, due to having to spend hours re-installing Java from scratch over a slow internet connection, the last two episodes have to wait until tomorrow.

Winthur
2010-04-25, 11:57 PM
What the hell did I just watch :smalleek: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjGgtRILpT0)

Exarch
2010-04-26, 12:07 AM
What the hell did I just watch :smalleek: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjGgtRILpT0)

Pure awesome.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-26, 04:00 AM
Cannot tell, Winthur. Cannot access youtube in China.

And trust me, Rogue. Should i succeed in going to Japan i will be sure to go to Shibuya, i need to find a partner so i won't get erased and that can only be done at Hachiko!

Rogue 7
2010-04-26, 04:15 AM
What the hell did I just watch :smalleek: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjGgtRILpT0)

What...I...no! Just...no.

And it was amusing to make TWEWY references the whole time. I wasn't with anyone who would get them, though.

Cubey
2010-04-26, 04:24 AM
What the hell did I just watch :smalleek: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjGgtRILpT0)

Nande yanen? *Osaka smack*

Atelm
2010-04-26, 04:26 AM
Cannot tell, Winthur. Cannot access youtube in China.



You could try http://keepvid.com/ , copy & paste youtube links and then download the videos. Streaming is impossible, but at least you'll be able to access Youtube content from beyond the Great Firewall that way.

kamikasei
2010-04-26, 05:02 AM
What the hell did I just watch :smalleek: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjGgtRILpT0)

Well, Legend of Koizumi has already made him a bishie, making him moe is surely the natural next step.

Dispozition
2010-04-26, 05:26 AM
So...I just watched the whole of Martian Successor Nadesico. Gotta say, one of the best animes I've seen recently. Action, comdey, romance, god knows what else, all done really well. I suppose I should expect more quality from a series made in teh late 90's compared to stuff being made today. The ending was annoying as hell since there's pretty much no conclusion, so I'll have to track down the manga and whatnot, but I don't regret watching it in the slightest.

Also, the show in the show was just awesome, especially episode 14.

Kato
2010-04-26, 08:06 AM
So...I just watched the whole of Martian Successor Nadesico. Gotta say, one of the best animes I've seen recently. Action, comdey, romance, god knows what else, all done really well. I suppose I should expect more quality from a series made in teh late 90's compared to stuff being made today. The ending was annoying as hell since there's pretty much no conclusion, so I'll have to track down the manga and whatnot, but I don't regret watching it in the slightest.

Also, the show in the show was just awesome, especially episode 14.

Can't agree more. It's really quite a nice thing everything considered. Though, even if the series lacks a proper conclusion, I would recommend not wtaching the movie. It's kind of... meh. And hardly helps, though it kind of picks up some loose ends.

Cubey
2010-04-26, 08:11 AM
The Nadesico manga is an alternate continuity altogether, and came after the show.

Don't watch the movie. There's no movie anyway.


(Seriously though. It's not horrible, but it's boring, badly paced and aside from a few fun scenes, mostly forgettable. Also, Angsty!Akito hurts my sense of canon. Hurts it. And Ruri mugs the camera way too much. You'd think it's a good thing since it's Ruri - but then you watch the movie and change your mind.)

Tengu_temp
2010-04-26, 08:12 AM
The ending was annoying as hell since there's pretty much no conclusion, so I'll have to track down the manga and whatnot, but I don't regret watching it in the slightest.


Let me tell you, the lack of conclusion of the series is infinite times better than the "conclusion" the movie provides. Here's a fixed version:

Earth and the Jovians began peace talks soon, and the war ended. Akito and Yurika married and lived happily ever after.

Nothing else happened. Certainly not a story filled with character derailment (what did they do to you, Akito?), unlikable new people being introduced, Ruri stealing all the spotlight and transforming into a borderline Mary-Sue, and a stupid and shallow evil organization with an even worse evil plan.

Cubey
2010-04-26, 08:14 AM
The movie is not conclusive either. It was but the first out of a planned trilogy, but it did so poorly that parts 2 and 3 were never released.

Rogue 7
2010-04-26, 09:24 AM
So, Tengu, that's...Gendo and....who?

Tengu_temp
2010-04-26, 09:27 AM
Fuyutsuki.

Rogue 7
2010-04-26, 09:38 AM
Right. I get EVA through "Nobody Dies" so pictures are somewhat lost on me.

Though I will need to watch Rebuild before my anime/manga class covers it.

SAMAS
2010-04-26, 10:50 AM
Let me tell you, the lack of conclusion of the series is infinite times better than the "conclusion" the movie provides. Here's a fixed version:

Earth and the Jovians began peace talks soon, and the war ended. Akito and Yurika married and lived happily ever after.

Nothing else happened. Certainly not a story filled with character derailment (what did they do to you, Akito?), unlikable new people being introduced, Ruri stealing all the spotlight and transforming into a borderline Mary-Sue, and a stupid and shallow evil organization with an even worse evil plan.

A more neutral view:

It's been about three years since the end of the series. The war is over, and both Earth and the Jovians are working together to fully exploit Boson Jumping technology. Ruri is the captain of a new Nadesico-class battleship, along with a new kid named Hari/Harry, and Saburota, a former Jovian officer (Appeared in the episode "Run Silent Run Deep" (he was the guy who jumped into the Daimajin and got his butt kicked by Akatsuki)).

A Jovian Splinter faction called the Martian Successors, led by Rat Bastard extraordinaire Kusukabe (the commander who had Tsukumo killed), seize control of or destroy as much Jumping tech as they can find, including every A-Class Jumper they know of, as well as the Boson Core system, which they've merged Yurika into. At the same time, One of the stations is attacked by a battleship and a black mecha piloted by Akito, trying to get Yurika back. Ruri manages to escape the doomed station with her ship, as well as Ryoko, who happened to be part of the station's defense force. Nergal and the Earth/UN forces decide that it's time to get the old band back together, so to speak, with a brand-new ship and the original crew. While Ruri, Harry, and Saburota help gather their old friends back together, they also get caught up in confrontations between Martian Successor assassins and Akito.

Eventually, the Successors make their move, jumping right into Earth Headquarters to take it out, but Nergal stays one step ahead of them, drawing them into a trap. Meanwhile, the Nadesico C jumps to Mars and shuts their entire operation down, literally. The Successor Elite mecha still launch, however, and Akito shows up again to settle his score while Ryoko's squad and Saburota beat the crap outta the other mechs.

The bad guys die, Kusukabe surrenders, and Yurika is freed from the Boson core. Akito still splits, however

Overall, I thought it was enjoyable, but nothing special. The battle scenes were pretty good, but the story faltered big time in the middle. It felt like they made a movie version of an anime series, and put in the dialogue instead of the action when they compressed it.

Akito's character derailment is kind of the whole point of the story. In the supplemental materials (some shown in flashback form during the movie), he married Yurika and they adopted Ruri. But when they left on their honeymoon, the Successors kidnapped them, destroying their shuttle to make it look like they were killed. They did a bunch of experiements on Akito that left him scarred (with Tron Lines, no less) and messed up his sense of taste. So considering he was kidnapped, experimented on, messed up one of his most important senses, and stuck his wife into a machine, his Angst is a little justified. Moreover, it's treated as a bad thing in-universe.

Kusukabe's evil plan was pretty much the same as it was in the series: "I'm right, you're wrong, and I'll use force to prove it."

As for Ruri being a Mary Sue... well, Your Mileage May Vary. Yes, she is made the viewpoint character, and is rather famous for being the youngest battleship captain in the fleet, but her character is mostly the same, if slightly more developed-- As a character, I mean. The one absurdly awesome thing she does is what she was basically made to do in the original series, with some mechanical assistance from a ship that was designed to do exactly that.

Overall, it's not as bad as most fans make it out to be... but it's really not all that good, either. Not as good as the series, at least.

I do like the Black Serena III (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-gr_QZ9HmQ) music though.

Cubey
2010-04-26, 11:21 AM
I wanted to argue about this, but I am a bit fuzzy on some points and I definitely do not want to refresh them by watching the movie again.

Let me rephrase my impressions then. I didn't hate the movie. But it bored me. It felt pointless, inconclusive and poorly timed. The creators felt the need to have Ruri hog as much screentime as possible AND to give every old character at least a cameo appearance, and the results are not very good. I was either indifferent to new characters or didn't like them (Harry) - Subarota was pretty cool, but he doesn't count because he already had a role in the series proper, even if he was only in 2 episodes.

When the movie ended, I was just glad that it was over and I can finally do something else.

Tengu_temp
2010-04-26, 12:23 PM
Prince of Darkness had a few fun moments, mostly when the tone switched to what we know and love from the actual series. But watching a whole movie just for these few moments? Not worth it.

Also, I'd rather have the original series' open ending than PoD's cliffhanged that'll never be resolved.

mallorean_thug
2010-04-26, 02:39 PM
So, since it was the weekend again, I got a chance to watch another 9 episodes of Monster. More rambling

This block of episodes ending up being the final half of the previous arc, henceforth referred to as the Schuwald arc, and the first couple episodes of the next one. So, I'll start with my thoughts on the Schuwald arc.

This conclusion of this arc was very satisfying and had a good mix of expected and unexpected twists. Expected: Tenma getting back to his doctoring roots, Tenma trying and failing to kill Johann because of personal moral issues, all of the side characters getting in on stopping him, "Margot Langer" and Johann's "parents" disapear, Schuwald being informed about his secretary, Johann and Tenma moving on. Unexpected: Eva does not show up at all, Roberto "dies", (for a moment) Johann burns the library, and we actually get the backstory for the ending sequence. Either way, this arc managed to give some great character development for all involved, including even Dieter, and set up learning more about our titular character.

For Tenma, again, it was easy to see that he was not actually going to kill Johann. For better or worse, Roberto's assessment that he can't just kill somebody in cold blood is true. However, unfortunately for Roberto, he goes on to provoke a confrontation that included self defense and Tenma's plot armor and seemed to have gotten the worse for the encounter. However, I believe he still lives because a) he's a main villain, b) his actual death was off camera and no body was shown, and c) while we hear discussion about the sniper rifle that would have been with him, we hear nothing about a charred body next to it, a person that died of gunshot wounds or anything that would indicate he didn't make it away from the library. I hope we get confirmation either way in our much needed update on what Eva is doing. Either way, Tenma continued to be the Temna we know, and while he may think he's going down a slippery slope, I'm fairly sure that he won't lose his footing anytime soon

For Runge, this was not a positive arc. Not seeing his grandkid and daughter to pursue a fruitless lead based on a possible misinterpretation of Tenma's character is not a good road to go down. And even with more positive evidence of Johann's existence, I can't see him changing his mind because it would mean that everything he had done was pointless. However, with Tenma crossing the border into Czechoslavakia, he should be out of the picture for a while.

I still have no idea what is driving Johann. We keep get conflicting messages. From the kids and criminals, we get a sense of Johann as somebody that merely wants to transcend traditional morality and society, and has in fact succeeded and now only see people as a line of ants to disrupt. From the tales of Kinderheim, we get a sense of Johann as somebody that embraces nihilism and destruction and wants to see how far he can make people go. But now we have the storybook, with its creepy similarities to Johann's situation, including his current name. It suggests that he is a monster, not because he wants to or situations have forced him to be that way, but rather because of a complete lack of identity and uncontrollable urges. Does he want to cause chaos? Does he want to make Tenma kill him? Does he just want to figure out a place in the world? I have no idea, and that along with the fact that all of these questions don't diminish the qualities that make him a monster is what makes him such a great villain.

For our new arc, our primary new character is Grimmer. Not much to say about him besides the fact that he's likable and manages to get us plot relevant details make him a welcome addition to the cast. The only other thing we really have going on in the new arc is a continuation of the unfortunate cycle of revenge with Nina. If anybody is slipping down a slope, its definitely her, not Tenma, and its their different approaches that really show us how strong Tenma is.

As a last thought, now that I'm halfway through the series, the ending theme changed and . . . as usual my inner fan wants the old ED back. I guess it will grow on me, but I really don't like how light/breathy/high the singer sounds or the weird mix of english and japanese used.

Also, is anybody actually following any of this season's shows? Just curious, because I remember some positive buzz around here about Heroman when the spring season was first revealed but nothing since.

I would pick up Durarara if I wasn't in the middle of Monster, but I am still following FMA:Brotherhood. Recent episodes have left me with two questions: Is it just me or did Bones save up their entire animation budget for this last arc? and How does Bones intend to actually fit the entire rest of the series into the remaining 9 episodes ordered for this season? Because unless Arakawa just keeps going, and Bones slows down, there can't be enough material to order another 13 episodes, but at the same time, with the last 2 chapters being double length, at least 2-3 chapters left, and the anime standing at episode 54 of 63 and contentwise through chapter 95, I don't know how they'll do it. As long as they don't cliffhanger it and leave the conclusion to a movie, like a certain other series I could name, I guess it will end up fine but still . . .

Attilargh
2010-04-26, 03:17 PM
Also, is anybody actually following any of this season's shows? Just curious, because I remember some positive buzz around here about Heroman when the spring season was first revealed but nothing since.
Heroman's fun. And that's about it. It's a Stan Lee super hero story with a robot, evil bug aliens and giant pachinko balls of DOOOOOOOM, animated by Bones. I can't really think of nothing bad to say about it.

As I mentioned two weeks ago, Angel Beats started off badly, and I was on the verge of dropping it. The fourth episode was pretty good, however, and I'm probably going to watch further. However, the cast still has far too many completely uninteresting characters, and most of them are complete morons to boot. I'm kinda curious as to if the show can stick to its Sorry Death Tale of the Week format with a cast like this.

Arakawa Under The Bridge is yet another SHAFT show with Kamiya in the lead. (Incidentally, he's also the lead of Angel Beats and the main antagonist of Durarara. The man's popular nowadays.) Too bad that unlike, say, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, the show's kinda bad. The format is essentially Manzai: The Anime, but it's awful manzai where the boke spends ten minutes setting up a lame joke and the tsukkomi can't come up with a witty comeback.

Hakuouki is pretty generic, too. Girl looks for missing father, runs into Shinsengumi, they take her in, adventure. The cast is a mix of bishie samurai stereotypes and the girl seems pretty useless.

House of Five Leaves looks actually promising, if you can get past the kinda ugly art style. Haven't seen more than the first episode, however, so I can't really say much.

Finally, Senko no Night Raid is the other actually good thing to come out this season. "Superpowered spies in thirties Shanghai" is a great concept, and the four main characters manage to be pretty interesting, even though they kinda remind me of the Meisters of Gundam 00. Plenty more personality under the first impression, though. The animation's good and the writing's solid, so I think this is a show I'm going to stick to.

Now, if only I could find some reliable subbers for Night Raid and House of Five Leaves...

Oh, and you really should watch Durarara. It's one of the best series I've ever watched, and it's not even presented in anachronic order. :smalltongue:

mallorean_thug
2010-04-26, 04:09 PM
Oh, and you really should watch Durarara. It's one of the best series I've ever watched, and it's not even presented in anachronic order. :smalltongue:

I think at this point, I'll wait until the end of the school year, so I can watch it with my little brothers when I get home, especially since I originally watched Baccano! with them over spring break. Do you know when its scheduled to end, because I tend to find marathoning complete series much preferable to waiting for unreliable subs week to week?

On anachronic order, I think the reason that so many shows I've enjoyed are presented such come down to two things: 1) Only confident writers or studios will try to do something that can alienate parts of their fan bases and 2) Writers that are presenting shows in anachronic order tend to be more on the side of Viewers are geniuses rather than Viewers are idiots.

Drascin
2010-04-26, 04:12 PM
Heroman's fun. And that's about it. It's a Stan Lee super hero story with a robot, evil bug aliens and giant pachinko balls of DOOOOOOOM, animated by Bones. I can't really think of nothing bad to say about it.

Whose subs are you watching it in? The fansub I watched the first episodes in stopped when the series was licensed to be eventually distributed to the USA. But some of us aren't from the USA and aren't going to get licensed series, but still want to watch it :smallannoyed:. Yeah, it's silly and simple, but the first two episodes I watched were charming enough.

Also? Tengu, your new avatar is more terrifying than anything you have used up to now. I don't know whether to swear revenge on you or give you props :smalltongue:.

Tengu_temp
2010-04-26, 04:47 PM
Also? Tengu, your new avatar is more terrifying than anything you have used up to now. I don't know whether to swear revenge on you or give you props :smalltongue:.

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/59/keikakuthumb.jpg

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-26, 04:58 PM
Also? Tengu, your new avatar is more terrifying than anything you have used up to now. I don't know whether to swear revenge on you or give you props :smalltongue:.

What do you mean, it's Gendo Ikari. The only reasonable response is to travel back in time and kill him whilst he's still in the cradle- thus preventing the existence of two annoying characters with one shot.

mallorean_thug
2010-04-26, 05:00 PM
I feel dumb asking this, but is it supposed to be a blank white box, or is the image just not loading properly for me?

Mercenary Pen
2010-04-26, 05:06 PM
I feel dumb asking this, but is it supposed to be a blank white box, or is the image just not loading properly for me?

The image ain't loading properly... (I was pretty lucky, because I've been having that problem a lot myself recently)...

Tengu_temp
2010-04-26, 05:16 PM
Blame my Polish server. I'm too lazy to use Photobucket or something like that instead.

Dispozition
2010-04-26, 07:26 PM
On Nadesico: Thanks for pointing me away from supplemental stuff then, seems like I'll just rewatch the main series a few times :D

On this seasons shows: I'm currently watching k-On!! (goddamn why am I) and Working!!. I like slice of life animes. I am planning on starting Rainbow and B Gata H Kei since they both seem at least interesting.

Soras Teva Gee
2010-04-26, 09:32 PM
So I'm working my way through Spice and Wolf. In might well be the best series I've seen in animation in some time. And Funimation is has been all kinds of awesome for putting it both subbed and dubbed on Youtube. I think I officially like (good) dub work better then subtitling now.

But moving away from that potential landmine... new Negima was some kind of mega crazy info dump eh?

Dispozition
2010-04-26, 09:54 PM
So, just finished reading another manga...Should probably slow down on these...Anyway, this one was Full Contact. A fun little manga about karate. A nice romance plot, good action. Fun to read!

Terraoblivion
2010-04-26, 10:14 PM
Yep, though it also did set events in motion and bring all the actors to the stage for the climax of this arc. And i'll be honest, i have a hard time imagining what could come next under these circumstances. I know that Akamatsu has stated that he is far from done so something must come next, though.

Mando Knight
2010-04-26, 10:23 PM
But moving away from that potential landmine... new Negima was some kind of mega crazy info dump eh?

Gah. My source has been on 286 for a couple of weeks now. That's not the current one, is it?

Terraoblivion
2010-04-26, 10:24 PM
No, 287 came out today. I am sure you can find it if you look in the usual places and branch a bit out from the one you tend to prefer.

Mando Knight
2010-04-26, 10:46 PM
No, 287 came out today. I am sure you can find it if you look in the usual places and branch a bit out from the one you tend to prefer.

Hm. Okay, I didn't see a notice on another hiatus until just a bit ago. I also can't read Japanese, and my source usually has decent scanlations, so I'll stick to it and wait for their scan of 287 to be posted.

Dispozition
2010-04-26, 11:20 PM
My source is 287 so all good. Also...Damn his research breaks!

Soras Teva Gee
2010-04-26, 11:31 PM
Well it had been coming out with fewer breaks for awhile so I haven't had to complain in awhile.

Much better then other series I read but only come out once a month period.

Mando Knight
2010-04-26, 11:34 PM
Much better then other series I read but only come out once a month period.

Rosario + Vampire Season II?

Dispozition
2010-04-26, 11:57 PM
Well it had been coming out with fewer breaks for awhile so I haven't had to complain in awhile.

Much better then other series I read but only come out once a month period.

True, most of my other ones are coming out so sparodically I don't actually bother to check them except when on a whim I think they might have them about 4 months after the last.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-27, 01:39 AM
I can't read Japanese either. It was published in Japan almost two weeks ago. It came out in a language that the rest of us can read, is what i was talking about.

And yes. Another research break, though frankly given how much all hell seems to be just about to break loose again i have a hard time getting worked up over him needing research first. The next few chapters look to be rather demanding, unless he decides to do something completely weird after this one to delay it.

Matar
2010-04-27, 01:40 AM
I just finished the Endless Eight thing from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

And I have to ask this.

Who the hell thought that was a good idea? >=|

Oh well, about half way through I watched it at 4x speed on VLC. Made it more interesting to say the least.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-27, 01:53 AM
Now that is a very good question. And whoever it is probably isn't going to say, the anger this has triggered is enough that there is an actual risk of harassment.

Which doesn't mean that it was anything but a monumentally stupid move on just about all levels.

Matar
2010-04-27, 01:55 AM
Which doesn't mean that it was anything but a monumentally stupid move on just about all levels.

My reaction was basically:

First two episodes in: "Hey, this is cool!"

Episode Three: "Oh... kay..."

Episode Four: "Is something going to happen...?"

Episode Five+: "OHGODDWHY *Fastforewords* HAHAHA LISTEN TO THERE SQUEAKY VOICES *Cackles madly*

Dispozition
2010-04-27, 02:00 AM
I watched all of them at normal speed >:

I was watching them one a week and by the end I wasn't really paying attention. Sure, I thought it was horrible, but I think my experience with slice of life shows has made me numb to endlessly repeating series >.>

Prime32
2010-04-27, 05:16 AM
Dis, did your avs always do that?

Drascin
2010-04-27, 05:26 AM
My reaction was basically:

First two episodes in: "Hey, this is cool!"

Episode Three: "Oh... kay..."

Episode Four: "Is something going to happen...?"

Episode Five+: "OHGODDWHY *Fastforewords* HAHAHA LISTEN TO THERE SQUEAKY VOICES *Cackles madly*

In my case it was more

First two episodes: "Hey, cool idea"
3: "And next episode will probably be the conclusion. Have to say, I love the idea of a groundhog arc"
4: "...well, looks like KyoAni ran out of budget and is filling time"
5+: "Yeah, this has to be the most shameless filler I have ever seen. I wonder just what happened to make them do this. Fast-forwarding"

I'm still wondering to this day, to be honest. Nobody does something like this without at least a semblance of a reason.

Terraoblivion
2010-04-27, 05:28 AM
It is especially puzzling since it neither used stock footage or that cheap animation, meaning they actually spent a fair amount of money on pissing everyone off and repeating the same thing. That they even added subtle differences to many of the lines forcing those to be rerecorded as well is just another baffling thing about the whole ordeal.

Atelm
2010-04-27, 05:56 AM
I suppose someone thought that an excellent first season and brilliant Tanabata episode would allow them to get away with anything. :smallsigh:

Lord of Rapture
2010-04-27, 06:01 AM
I have to admit, though while I hated Higurashi, this Mother 3 version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwnyeZ786Fg) of the op is pretty awesome.

Also, I'm playing Earthbound right now, and I have to ask myself...
Why is a JRPG allowed to be this good? And with such a bad combat system on top of it?

And why isn't Mother 3 in the states anyway? Does Nintendo think people would be stupid enough not to buy it?

Dispozition
2010-04-27, 06:08 AM
Dis, did your avs always do that?

No, recently put them on a loop. Use the same site for another forum but animated avatars. But yeah, it's on a loop of about...10 or so avatars right now :P Click the avatar gallery link in my sig for all of them.

Anyway, since I'm still on a massive sports manga binge, I started reading Inu Neko Jump. Currently on chapter 16, so far pretty good. Decent balance of comedy, romance, and ecchi (well done at that). Not much sport, but it's definately there as a plot element, just not so much as thing you see. Overall, enjoying it so far.

EDIT: Wait...Did I just say I liked something that's pretty much just a RomCom? Shoot me now, please...

Drascin
2010-04-27, 06:33 AM
It is especially puzzling since it neither used stock footage or that cheap animation, meaning they actually spent a fair amount of money on pissing everyone off and repeating the same thing. That they even added subtle differences to many of the lines forcing those to be rerecorded as well is just another baffling thing about the whole ordeal.

...you know, you're right. I noticed the changes in spoken lines but figured the small visual changes were mere overlays over the previous stock footage than anything (after episode 4 or so I kind of stopped paying attention), but no, on a closer look it's actually modified animation.

Ye gods. Now I'm more curious than ever. I mean, if you do a stock footage arc because you're running over budget and need a month to check in, that's understandable. Bad, but understandable. But actually bothering with reworking and stuff for something like this means that no, it was almost as expensive as new episodes completely. :smallconfused:

Prime32
2010-04-27, 06:44 AM
Yes, you should totally watch all eight episodes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc15Yas0luU) They could probably have cast her as Haruhi in the dub of ep6 or something and no-one would notice. :p

Dispozition
2010-04-27, 06:57 AM
Yes, you should totally watch all eight episodes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc15Yas0luU)

Yes, you should. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOiW-0rmglE)

mallorean_thug
2010-04-27, 07:12 AM
Or you could just watch the ending with more appropriate music. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIDvYsajBo0)

Rogue 7
2010-04-27, 07:18 AM
Negima chapter talk:


You do realize what the tree glowing means, correct? I would be willing to place a bet on Chao getting back in the game. Only this time, she'll be on Negi's team. I think the level of fanwankery I'm about to descend into is best left for my blog, though.

Dispozition
2010-04-27, 07:33 AM
Or you could just watch the ending with more appropriate music. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIDvYsajBo0)

That fits far too well...And makes me want to rewatch the second series excluding the 6 repeat episodes.

mallorean_thug
2010-04-27, 08:36 AM
Ah, but which episode in the middle of endless eight will you watch?

The first boring one in which they don't know that they're in an endless recursion of time? The second boring one where they do figure out they're in an endless recursion of time? The one in which both Haruhi and Mikuru have different hair styles than normal? The one with all the fanservice camera angles? The one with the paper airplane motif? The one in which Kyon realizes how bored Yuki is? Or the one where they repeat 3-4 scenes just to see if you'd notice? As mentioned previously, since every episode is reanimated with new voice acting, they are different episodes, just nothing new happens. Watching all of them, week after week as they came out, it actually turned into a fun, find the differences game. Not that it makes me less angry at KyoAni.

Fri
2010-04-27, 09:11 AM
Nah, there's actually something more important regarding current event in Negima, which I honestly disappointed for you guys not discussing it.

That is, this event might change the temporal focus to Zazie :smallwink:

Haruki-kun
2010-04-27, 09:14 AM
Ah, but which episode in the middle of endless eight will you watch?

I am of the belief that KyoAni could have gotten away with a maximum of 4 Endless Eight episodes before seriously pissing everyone off.

The first, normal one with no recursion. The second one, to set the time loop, the third one, to notice how bored Yuki is, and the last one, to wrap it up. Everything else is a pointless delay.

kamikasei
2010-04-27, 09:17 AM
That is, this event might change the temporal focus to Zazie :smallwink:

Don't be silly, we all know Zazie is the final boss of the series.

Attilargh
2010-04-27, 10:36 AM
I am of the belief that KyoAni could have gotten away with a maximum of 4 Endless Eight episodes before seriously pissing everyone off..
I was having reasonable amounts of fun up to the sixth episode.

mallorean_thug
2010-04-27, 10:59 AM
I was having reasonable amounts of fun up to the sixth episode.

I had reasonable amounts of fun watching the first 4, but even more fun watching the reactions to the 4 after that. Because admit it, nothing is funnier than people raging on the internet about things that don't matter/things done by other people for the sole purpose of making them rage.

Haruki-kun
2010-04-27, 11:01 AM
I had reasonable amounts of fun watching the first 4, but even more fun watching the reactions to the 4 after that. Because admit it, nothing is funnier than people raging on the internet about things that don't matter/things done by other people for the sole purpose of making them rage.

True dat....

nothingclever
2010-04-27, 11:08 AM
So, just finished reading another manga...Should probably slow down on these...Anyway, this one was Full Contact. A fun little manga about karate. A nice romance plot, good action. Fun to read!


Anyway, since I'm still on a massive sports manga binge
You might want to try reading All Rounder Meguru if you aren't doing so already. It's one of the much more realistically portrayed and detailed martial arts series. I'm enjoying it quite a bit. You might try reading Holy Land as well. It's another down to Earth fighting series. There's no mystic ki stuff or power levels. Kenji is a nice third series about a kid learning Chinese martial arts. It's a bit into martial arts magic but at the same time it explains ki/chi/whatever training in a more realistic way than others by talking about the power of visualizing actions, proper stances and regulated breathing instead of characters just willing themselves to punch through walls effortlessly.

Anyways, although it's unrelated I figured I'd share this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BjAEdPIlss) I was sent because it cracked me up. I love the beginning, the general lyrical corniness and the large amount of stereotypical glamor pose close ups.

Poison_Fish
2010-04-27, 03:47 PM
]Anyways, although it's unrelated I figured I'd share this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BjAEdPIlss) I was sent because it cracked me up. I love the beginning, the general lyrical corniness and the large amount of stereotypical glamor pose close ups.

I dunno, Japan has always had some pretty wacky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wza9QWogfxQ) funny videos. I think overall this one just cracks me up. Granted, DJ Ozma is just a weird guy.