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Posted Mar 26, 2012 @ 10:16 PM

Having watched the finale of Another, I'm pretty much in full agreement with the fresh maker's on the identity of the extra.
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I did ultimately kinda enjoy Another's descent into Final Destination: The Anime in the last couple eps, though. It was just the right kind of ridiculous yet awesome.
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On things I cannot recommend, I just finished watching Guilty Crown and what a trainwreck that turned out to be. The first half of the series was more just frustratingly mediocre than outright bad but the show totally went off the rails in the second half. Shuu and Inori remain two of my least favorite lead characters and I just could not care less about them and their stupid poorly written romance.
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Really disappointing all around.
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Posted Mar 26, 2012 @ 10:39 PM

Well done, the fresh maker ! The ending of "Another" was satisfying enough
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Cheesy, over the top mayhem delivered, thoroughly.
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Posted Mar 27, 2012 @ 11:03 PM

I gotta check out the second DVD of Red Garden from the library. Like I said in its thread, I'm honestly surprised the CW hasn't looked into turning it into an Americanized series.

Onto more domestic news . . . remember, second season of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes airs on Disney XD this Sunday at 12:15. Odd time, but it's preceded by the first two episodes of Ultimate Spider-Man at 11. I've seen "The Private War of Doctor Doom," and I can safely say that it's awesome.

Speaking of Spidey . . . what's your favorite Spider-Man cartoon? For me, it's a toss-up between the all-too-short lived Spectacular Spider-Man and the MTV series that only last one series. Take out all the whining from Harry Osborn about how Spider-Man murdered his father, and it was pretty good.
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Posted Mar 28, 2012 @ 1:25 PM

it stops after the first early episodes.

Good! And, thanks, Bleu. I'm used to anime being vastly anachronistic or a genre mashup, but the random singing still threw me. I tried to rationalize it at one point, thinking they were just referencing the New York City setting--there are various other references to Broadway, after all--or that the authors needed the characters to express inner monologues. But it was just too random and morose.

I'm honestly surprised the CW hasn't looked into turning it into an Americanized series.

Red Garden does share the themes and demographics of a lot of the supernatural shows on air now, but it's also so dark and intense (which I love) that I don't think it would survive Americanization into a teen show. Unless they went the True Blood route, I can't imagine they'd show the teenagers
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, for example. I like Red Garden specifically because the horror and emotions aren't sanitized, and sanitation usually happens when a show is adapted. I'm also pessimistic, likely because I've never seen an anime live-action that didn't make me cringe. (News of plans for Akira and Cowboy Bebop movies also makes me pessimistic.)

I haven't actually finished Red Garden, because I've developed a new anime obsession: Heat Guy J. It's one of the most visually-stunning animes I've ever seen, and the music and graphics are just mesmerizing. (I'm obsessed with the music by TryForce, too.) I haven't formed an opinion of the storytelling yet...really, I'm just basking in the scenery porn.
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Posted Mar 28, 2012 @ 6:30 PM

Maybe I should try Heat Guy J again, I own the DVDs from many, many years ago when there was a huge Geneon clear out sale but I still haven'r watched it yet.

This week both Natsume Yuujincho Shi and Gintama' ended. The last episode of Natsume was absolutely heart breaking but it was a really nice story to end on. I'm hoping for a fifth season but if it ends now it will have had a nice run. Gintama's last episode was silly but they made it sound like they'd be back, I really hope that's true. I'm still looking forward to next season but I'm truly going to miss those two series.
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Posted Apr 6, 2012 @ 8:58 PM

Still watching Bodacious Space Pirates now that I've accepted that the show is going to give me interesting world-building (while only really using small parts of it) while mostly not getting into any particularly intense action or... real piracy.

Added to my show set recently have been Space Brothers and Shirokuma Cafe, which are pretty far apart in content. Brothers I'm interested in because it's SF and I'm wondering if it'll remind me of Planetes at all. Shirokuma has a wacky premise and a voice cast that I like.
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Posted Apr 8, 2012 @ 9:39 PM

You realize that the next episode of Bodacious Space Pirates may turn into a gore-fest psychodrama just because you tempted fate by saying that. But yeah, I like stories that have a deep setting too.

The new season of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka started. Even more cross dressing zombie magical girl/boy action, complete with vampire ninja. The new character,
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Can't go wrong with that.

Some motivators.
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Posted Apr 8, 2012 @ 10:49 PM

Fullmetal Alchemist parody guy appeases fans by offering pilots for more abridged series. If he goes after Bleach for real, I'd like to watch.

I think yesterday should be noted in the annals of animated history, because Clancy Brown popped up in three first-run episodes. He was one of the marooned jerks in Green Lantern: The Animated Series, he played Max Faraday in Young Justice, and he reprised the role of Silas in Transformers Prime. I thought it should be noted.
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Posted Apr 13, 2012 @ 1:12 AM

A lot of new shows I'm interested in started today including Sakamichi no Apollon, Tsuritama and Eureka Seven AO. So far out of all of them I liked Tsuritama the most. I've also been re-watching Mushishi recently. Mushishi is my most favorite anime of all time but I actually haven't rewatched it all since it aired... which was 6 years ago wow.
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Posted Apr 13, 2012 @ 2:10 AM

At the risk of being repetitious, here's some more Bodacious motivators.

Now that [as] is showing Frisky Dingo again, I decided to pull out the DVDs and re-watch. I'm seeing so many things which I missed previously that I'd almost swear they added new material to the episodes since the last time I saw them.
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Posted Apr 13, 2012 @ 10:45 PM

Sakamichi no Apollon has gotten a lot of positive comments from my other corners of the anime-watching Internet. The Shinichiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno factor isn't all there yet, but I have good feelings.

It also seems to have launched the HoYay! shippers in an amazingly short time...
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Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 2:33 PM

Just watched the first disc of "Strike Witches"; I love it! All the girls wear "sports bloomers"...all the time! It's like pants and skirts are off-limits. Not that I mind... ;)
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Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 10:10 PM

Yeah, Strike Witches is fun, but the premise was a little crack-addled. Mechanical airplane boots powered by magic? In the air force? During an alternate 1930s/1940s? Okaaaayyyy...

Interesting trivia bit about the show: The characters are all named after famous real life fighter pilots. There were some other similar things too, but I can't remember them at the moment.
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Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 5:09 AM

Legend of Korra officially premiered and next week we all get a new episode! Yay! I'm really enjoying Young Justice, Ultimate Spider-Man grabbed my interest last week with its humor, and I'm even considering giving this week's episode of Thundercats a watch, despite being usually disappointed by its episodic/filler nature and lack of character development.

Over on the simulcasting Japanese anime side of the 'net, a whole bunch of interesting new shows came out. I loved tsuritama. It's the definition of quirky from its art style (scenes based on papercut designs, lots of bright colors and detail) to its wacky characters (Haru, the self-proclaimed alien who seems to have conversations with his pet fish, Yuki, who's anxiety attacks are beautifully rendered by the image of him drowning in a rising pool of water...) The show has a lot of promise.

On the opposite end of the tone spectrum is Kids on the Slope/Sakamichi no Appolon. Every detail is understated and realistic visually, and the main force of the story stems from its characters and setting. And, hopefully, its soundtrack, because this is about 3 high school kids discovering jazz in 1966, but mostly because its scored by Yoko Kanno (!!!) and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe! (!!!)

For what its worth, I think the ho-yay in the trailers and a couple of early scenes were a complete misdirection, as the two male leads both seem to have an obvious romantic interest in the female supporting character.

I've also watched the first three episodes of Space Brothers, which has a more satisfyingly realistic hard sci fi take on the future of space travel than Bodacious Space Pirates. As long as it can keep its character focus without being weighed down by saccharine sap, it looks like it could shape up to be a damn good show.

I also want to check out Zetman, the new Lupin III anime, Puella Madoka Magica (while its still streaming for free on Crunchyroll before I lose my chance), and some other shows...

What do you all think of the new anime season? Any recommendations?
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Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 12:41 PM

Interesting trivia bit about the show: The characters are all named after famous real life fighter pilots. There were some other similar things too, but I can't remember them at the moment.

The Neuroi designs resemble various aircraft from the '40s and '50s, and yes, there are various other bits of trivia mixed in along the way.

Strike Witches will always be one of my guilty pleasures, for having some interesting characters and a bit of story... wrapped in so much fanservice that the lack of trousers stops being an issue.

Bodacious Space Pirates suddenly manifested a plot again in the last couple of episodes, and so far it hasn't been as padded-out as the Ghost Ship storyline. Whew.

Space Brothers: Making me realize, so far, just how funny the astronaut selection scenes were in The Right Stuff, while being equally as amusing but also sentimental.

Edited by Lead Magnet, Apr 15, 2012 @ 12:42 PM.

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Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 3:21 AM

OK Lead Magnet, you've convinced me to watch Space Brothers. It's definitely a change of pace from the usual run of witches/mecha/samurai/space cowboys/etc. The older brother reminds me a lot of Might Guy from Naruto with a perm, partly because of his face and big ol' eyebrows, partly because of the kind of humorous situations that he gets into.
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A couple of motivators here.
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Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 3:58 AM

Space Brothers comes up way too high on the sappy barometer sometimes, but episode 3 was a gem! All those exams, plus Mutta (who is a bit like Might Guy, minus the huge ego) getting all competitive with the gal he's crushing on? Great, comedic stuff! And I loved the ending
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So, did anyone watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica? It's hard to say anything about it without spoiling its greatness, but it must be seen to be believed. It is dark and intense, and its visual style is so diverse and unique. It's meant to be a subversion of the typical happy magical girl show and it does something amazing in the process. Just...wow!
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Posted Apr 16, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

About that number: It's also Mutta's hotel room number in Episode 3. A quick Wikipedia search didn't reveal too much that was directly pertinent to the subject;
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Perhaps it's related to the production staff.

Also, there's evidently a Space Brothers live-action movie due out next month. In Japan, of course. The trailer is on YouTube.

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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 12:51 PM

Of the new series this season I have only watched Tsuratama and Kids on the Slope, but I liked the first episodes A LOT and look forward to the next ones (I believe they are both available tonight). Both have unique settings, and I love me some good slice o' life with a twist, both of these seem very promising from the initial eps.

I haven't tried Space Brothers yet but this discussion is pointing me in that direction! Sounds like a good one to watch with my sons.
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Posted Apr 20, 2012 @ 8:36 PM

Closing in on the end of Digimon Tamers.

The kids are back, but so is D-Reaper. Time for the nightmare fuel to be unleashed in full force.
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Posted Apr 21, 2012 @ 5:08 PM

So, did anyone watch Puella Magi Madoka Magica? It's hard to say anything about it without spoiling its greatness, but it must be seen to be believed. It is dark and intense, and its visual style is so diverse and unique. It's meant to be a subversion of the typical happy magical girl show and it does something amazing in the process. Just...wow!


Yes. Yes, I did. I consider it one of the best anime series I've seen due to how twisty, turny, and unexpected it got beginning episode three.
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Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 1:22 PM

Mirai Nikki reminds me a lot of When Cicadas Cry and Red Garden in a very good way. Fast-moving, creepy, full of twists. Incredibly impressive.

Kampfer falls apart the last few episodes with the crazy sexual humor you see on things like Cutie Honey.
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Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 1:26 PM

Caught Summer Wars OnDemand...it's a blast!! Very engaging and entertaining. I wouldn't have noticed it without the word-of-mouth here, so thanks to those that recommended it. It turned out to be one of my favorite kinds of stories, where people try to save the world by being smart.

I've also started watching Legend of Korra, mostly out of nostalgia for A:TLA, and it's not bad either. I don't do well with shows that air weekly, so I'll probably end up marathoning it after the season is over. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the return to that universe.
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Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 5:47 PM

Is that a free On Demand movie? It's made by the same producer as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time which is pretty good.

I may have to start watching this.
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Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 5:54 PM

Vermicious Knid . . . I've seen a few episodes of that. Now I'm wondering who would win in a fight between the Aquabats and Dethklok.

weyrbunny . . . yeah, I got pointed out to that movie in this thread as well. As a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan. I appreciated the awesomeness of the climax.
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Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 1:35 PM

Yes, the Summer Wars climax was impressively edge-of-your-seat! I'm thinking of screaming "Please let this work!" every time I hit the enter key from now on.

Vermicious Knid, it was $3 under the Anime subcategory in the Xfinity movie on demand menu. You can find it online for free, of course, but I thought it was well worth it.

Watching the character names in the Summer Wars end credits--I paused there to connect names with faces and figure out who was related to whom--it occurred to me that the jokes about
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Do Japanese families just refer to in-laws as "son" and "daughter"?
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[There's nothing about plot in the spoiler tags. It's just that discovering the family is part of the fun of the movie.]
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Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 3:47 PM

First of all, I loved Summer Wars. It's just a fun movie overall, and hey, I had never heard of the card game Karuta before. Now that Chihayafuru came out (an anime that is all about Karuta-think a shojo Hikaru no Go with Karuta instead of Go), I was at least able to watch the first two eps of the show without wondering "Why on earth are they playing a weird Japanese card game? Why is it such a big deal?" In that way, Summer Wars was educationsl! :P

Also, the Jinnouchi family was fun to hang out with and refreshingly functional (despite a few minor bumps). I can't remember ever seeing a movie where a big, happy family has a reunion, grows closer, and saves the world. Y'know, about the little things :P

I think my favorite character was the Grandmother, she was a very strong matriarchal figure without abusing her power much-mostly, she's wise and kind.

I'm not an expert in traditional Japanese families, but I believe a woman who marries into the family can become the matriarch. In the olden days, if you married the eldest son, you moved into his house and took lessons from his mom on how to run the household properly. Naturally, that leads to tons of tension (mother-in-law vs. daughter-in-law rivalry remains a huge plot point in Asian soap operas, josei manga, novels and the like); but the point was breaking off ties with your birth family and fully integrating into your husband's family.

As for marrying ones cousins, well, I happen to know for a fact that many cultures see the practice as perfectly acceptable. Some American states actually have laws on the books against marrying ones first cousin, but even in the USA, if you marry your first cousin legally in one state, the marriage must be recognized in any state you happen to move to, so I really don't think other countries would have a problem with it either. I'm not sure what Japan's current legal view on the process is, though. Of course, modern genetics and sensibilities have put many cultures off the practice of marrying first cousins off, but second-, third-, and other distant relations still aren't a big deal in most of the world.

Isn't that why Natsuki invited Kenji to her family reunion to begin with? So she wouldn't feel pressure to be paired off in an arranged set-up with a cousin or something?

Anyway, that family is so big I couldn't quite figure out who's who by the end of the movie! There are character lists online (and probably a family tree somewhere), but their spoilery, so if you haven't seen the film yet be careful.

Edited by InternalParadox, Apr 23, 2012 @ 3:50 PM.

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Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:44 PM

I can't remember ever seeing a movie where a big, happy family has a reunion, grows closer, and saves the world.

The Incredibles come to mind, though that family's much smaller and more super-powered. I loved that the Jinnouchis weren't super-powered, BTW, and that they had such a modern command of technology. Summer Wars' tagline could be "The family that online-gambles together, stays together." Hee!

As for marrying ones cousins, well, I happen to know for a fact that many cultures see the practice as perfectly acceptable.

I know, I know...it's always been more of a Western taboo. I still find it super-creepy, regardless of culture.

Isn't that why Natsuki invited Kenji to her family reunion to begin with?

I must've missed that line of dialogue. What scene was it in?
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Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:05 PM

Well, I remember that Natsuki wanted her grandmother & other relatives to think that she and Kenji were a couple-to Kenji's utter astonishment. I saw the movie last summer, so I don't remember her exact reasoning.

Learning about cultural taboos (or lack thereof) vs. U.S. Law made me interested in marital law reform before it became a "thing." But that's a discussion for a whole 'nother board! :P
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Posted Apr 28, 2012 @ 6:57 PM

Some thoughts from this week's simulcasts:

Sakamichi no Apollon: I suppose you can tell a show is meant for an adult audience when they don't spend the entire show dancing around the potential love
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within the first three episodes. Though of course it can only get crazier from here.

And the plot is again moving on Moretsu Pirates! (Link goes to Motivators thread.)
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