Comparative Toons & Anime: What Are You Watching?
Posted May 1, 2012 @ 12:03 AM
Posted May 6, 2012 @ 10:16 AM
Edited by childeroland, May 6, 2012 @ 10:19 AM.
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 1:09 AM
The episode that had the biggest impact on me thus far is "Haunted," which just blew me away with its depiction of PTSD. Teen Titans portrays psychological ramifications of fighting on both the sufferer and his friends better than most shows for adults do (not saying much, I know).
It's interesting to watch it and Young Justice and note the differences...talk about taking a different approach with the same characters! Well, at least Dick Greyson and Beast Boy, as most of the other kids haven't appeared on YJ yet.
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 4:45 AM
It took me a while to catch on to the fact that you can tell whether it's going to be a serious or wacky episode by whether or not the theme song is sung in Japanese. And then there's Cyborg's version of it.
Posted May 7, 2012 @ 5:56 AM
Gearing up for Saki Side A.
Edited by Crim, May 7, 2012 @ 6:00 AM.
Posted May 9, 2012 @ 5:46 AM
Posted May 15, 2012 @ 3:04 AM
Next up for me is probably the first season of Sengoku Basara.
Posted May 16, 2012 @ 2:24 PM
Seeing Summer Wars put me in the mood for more anime about modern families, so I rewatched an old Studio Ghibli favorite: Whisper of the Heart. (I prefer its Japanese title: If You Listen Closely). It's a very sweet coming-of-age story from the mid/early 90's...a kids movie, I suppose, but an emotionally intelligent one. I noticed for the first time that the movie includes several Alice in Wonderland tropes, making it even more endearing.
Posted May 17, 2012 @ 5:17 PM
Posted May 24, 2012 @ 4:12 AM
Still so many new shows and old shows that I want to watch, but not enough time to do it. I gave up on Naruto Shippuden a while ago. It just didn't feel like it was going anywhere, or maybe just going there too slowly. Maybe I'll go back to it some day.
Posted May 26, 2012 @ 1:39 AM
NEW EPISODES ON SATURDAY: Thundercats, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice on Cartoon Network starting at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (along with the "DC Nation" shorts)
REVIVAL OF TOONAMI BLOCK: debuts of Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins -- along with what I'm guessing wll be a new Bleach episode[/i] on Adult Swim
NO NEW EPISODES OF SUNDAY: Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Disney XD
BTW, when any of you hear "Deadman Wonderland," do you also think of Boston Brand trying to escape the likes of the Queen of Hearts?
ETA: Since there's no thread on "Marvel Mash-Ups" . . . what do you guys think? I'm amused, especially with the two parodies of the X-Men episode from Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends. From what I've heard, Wolverine actually was saddled with an Aussie accent. Also: Kitty's crappy costume and Thunderbird randomly turning into a bear. Good times . . . I guess.
Edited by Lantern7, May 26, 2012 @ 1:42 AM.
Posted May 26, 2012 @ 9:43 AM
Posted Jun 4, 2012 @ 12:23 PM
Posted Jun 4, 2012 @ 2:25 PM
Also, I don't think I've seen it mentioned here for a while, they have announced most of the English VAs for a dub of Tiger & Bunny.
Edited by Daisy Wolf, Jun 4, 2012 @ 2:26 PM.
Posted Jun 4, 2012 @ 2:33 PM
Posted Jun 4, 2012 @ 2:37 PM
I own The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (haven't watched it yet), and it's by the same director as Summer Wars. It's an earlier film.
Perfect Blue is a Satoshi Kon film (Paranoia Agent). I love Kon's work, so it's definitely my thing. If you're into psychologically trippy stuff, you'll probably like it, too.
Not a film but a series: House of Five Leaves is an interesting character study of an insecure-yet-talented ronin who gets involved with a group of smugglers.
Edited by the fresh maker, Jun 4, 2012 @ 2:38 PM.
Posted Jun 4, 2012 @ 11:41 PM
I finished Sengoku Basara a while ago. I liked it, it was dumb but fun and pretty hilarious when I tried to compare it with real history.
Right now I'm watching Gundam 00; for as long as I've watched anime I've wanted to finish a Gundam series but I could never get in to it, I've only managed a few episodes of Turn A and SEED when it was shown on CN. But I think I might actually finish this one, I was bored at first but around the fifth episode it starts to pick up.
Posted Jun 5, 2012 @ 12:00 AM
Also Casshern Sins is on the toonami block and will also be showing it's third episode.
Both series the violence is unedited.
Deadman Wonderland has beeps but they make it way more hilarious. [snip]
Edited by TWoP Howard, Jun 8, 2012 @ 8:19 PM.
Posted Jun 5, 2012 @ 12:29 PM
Also, it took Funimation effin' forever to post the rest of Red Garden, but they finally did, and I've finished it! It's excellent. In retrospect though, it's less about teens fighting monsters and more about them coming to terms with their mortality and learning to take responsibility for their lives (their literal lives sometimes, since there are still those monsters to fight). I was just so impressed by the character's emotional complexity, and my theory is now that the story is also a rumination on illness. I was reminded in multiple eps of a book from a few years ago--can't find the name--about how our society expects people to respond to cancer or terminal illness cheerfully or by putting on a brave face, when the natural response is grief, anger, and depression. That the show actually delves into the psychology of these things, makes it a rarity, I think.
Posted Jun 5, 2012 @ 12:40 PM
From Topless Robot: The 10 Best Mustaches in Comics and Manga History. Japan gets four entries, including the top spot. One question: what do you think would happen if Whitebeard and Alex-Louis Armstrong were to battle? I'm thinking an explosion made up of ten dimensions purely of awesomeness. And sparkles.
Posted Jun 5, 2012 @ 6:42 PM
I'm interested in your opinion about the Cromartie movie. I liked the anime but stayed away from the movie since I wasn't sure about it being live-action. As for other videos to check out, I'm tossing in another vote for House of Leaves and Hellsing Ultimate is much better than the Hellsing series.
This time, I'm thinking of seeing the live-action Cromartie High School move and the new FMA flick.
I keep imagining Sky High talking like Isshin Kurosaki and it's odd but I'll need to hear it before judging.
they have announced most of the English VAs for a dub of Tiger & Bunny.
Posted Jun 6, 2012 @ 2:07 AM
That mustache article is suspiciously lacking. They don't even mention Genryusai Yamamoto, Black Jack Tarr, or Turner D. Century.
Lately I've been watching Mahoromatic. It's kind of an odd hybrid type. On the one hand, it's one of those fanservice laden "fish out of water" romantic comedies, similar to DearS and Chobits. On the other hand, it's also a story about a retired badass who can't get away from the former job, plus some tragic elements. The premise: A dying combat android decides to live out her final year working as a maid for her late commander's orphaned son, partly to seek non-violent meaning in her life, and partly
ETA: Almost forgot to mention that a couple of the Mahoromatic characters look like relatives of Gendo and Asuka from Evangelion. Might be deliberate, since it's a Gainax production.
Edited by Sandman87, Jun 6, 2012 @ 3:22 AM.
Posted Jun 8, 2012 @ 5:40 PM
Fun sci-fi with a harem element that doesn't get in the way too much (though I haven't seen the OVA). Loved the musical cues from the .hack anime series, though I don't know if they are original to those series.
Posted Jun 13, 2012 @ 4:08 AM
I checked out an odd little OVA from last year named Spelunker Sensei (official English title: Spelunker is a Teacher). It's a bunch of vignettes based on a 4-panel comic, which in turn is based on a cult classic video game that has a reputation in Japan for being insanely hard, mainly because the player character dies from everything. In the OVA he's become a teacher. He dies a lot, sort of like a turbocharged version of Kenny from South Park. The soundtrack music sounds a lot like video game music, and the opening credits theme is sung entirely in side-splittingly awful gratuitous English. Definitely worth a listen.
More motivators for various shows on this page and this one.
ETA: On the current Space Brothers, I figured out the answer to the question
Edited by Sandman87, Jun 13, 2012 @ 10:56 AM.
Posted Jun 16, 2012 @ 1:55 PM
FMA: Sacred Star of Milos: Dozed off midway through, though I chalk that up to all the walking I did, as opposed to it being boring. Good story idea, but I think Conqueror Of Shamballa was better.
Cromartie High School (or whatever the heck it's called in the original Japanese): it did work in live-action, but the full-on insanity works better as anime or manga. Really, you can't just get a buff dude, put him in suspenders and call him "Freddie." As CHS otaku would expect, it's mostly the absurd vignettes from the source media strung along into a movie. Also, I don't think there were any women involved.
ETA: I also got six sketches last weekend. Four of them are from Japan, a fifth could have been inspired by manga. BTW, I've been on the One Piece thread, trying to figure out how to merge Straw Hats with American comic characters. So far, I got Usopp/Deadshot, Sanji/Batorc and Franky/Cyborg. Any suggestions would be welcomed.
Edited by Lantern7, Jun 16, 2012 @ 2:01 PM.
Posted Jun 18, 2012 @ 10:31 AM
Now I'm watching Chihayafuru, a sports anime about competitive kurata (card game). You've probably seen characters playing regular kurata in some show or other (
Posted Jun 18, 2012 @ 10:45 AM
Posted Jun 19, 2012 @ 10:37 AM
And yes, it is good to watch.
Posted Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:54 PM
I figured the live version would be lacking when compared to the anime but at least it doesn't sound like it was awful.
it did work in live-action, but the full-on insanity works better as anime or manga.