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2013-04-22 12:58:02 PM  

baka-san: Take every anime stereotype and amp it to 11. then stick it in a blender. Set on high, add a healthy dose of "WTF" Serve with vast amounts of meat. Love Slayers.


I don't know about every anime stereotype.  It's more a humorous deconstruction of conventional fantasy tropes as well as a thought experiment of how high-level D&D adventurers kill time.  There aren't any magical girls or giant robots or wangst unless it's there for Lina to conveniently kick to the curb in a filler episode.  Not to mention, there are a number of genuinely serious episodes.

Oh, and shortymac, if you like to cheer for strong female characters and manage to get through the first few episodes (the series starts out kinda meh until Zelgadis gets established), Lina Inverse might have you playing wizards in D&D for the next five years.
 
2013-04-22 01:04:13 PM  

Falcon Hunter: American cartoons have reverted back to cheap production, simple plots, and marketing tie-ins. Mature themes have all but been abandoned.


Largely because Americans don't watch cartoons for drama and never embraced it like the Japanese did 80 someodd years ago.  American drama is centered on live action cable TV targeted to an older audience(mid 20s to 40s males) than the Shonen Jump audience(mid teens to mid 20s).  Serials that are more dramatic are also younger than the general target audience for anime produced in Japan(Avatar, Adventure Time[as it grows, but not initially]).
 
2013-04-22 01:08:15 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: Vision of Escaflowne

Has the worst ending to an anime ever. EVER.


It's disappointing, but I wouldn't call it the worst as long as the ending to Nadesico is a matter of record.  For those of you who don't know. . . In a 26-episode TV series with plenty of filler, the action ends abruptly and half the story is told through a rapid-fire expository monologue in the last five minutes of the last episode.  It's like dining at a four-star restaurant and just when you're expecting dessert the head chef waltzes up to your table and shoves a glove in the mouth.

Jim from Saint Paul: 90's anime is better subbed. Early 2000's can be watched either subbed or dubbed. 2005 on, alot of the time dub is better then the sub. Obviously, the people doing these voices got ALOT better at it as time went on.


They got a lot better because they had so far to go, and Japanese voice talent slid back in quality after the crash.  Back in the 1990s there was no comparison. . . or rather, there shouldn't have been.  I do remember how insufferably arrogant the American voice actors and their fans were in the 1990s, though.  Ugh, there were even hordes of idiots saying Lisa Ortiz was better than Megumi Hayashibara.  Now, dub vs. sub is really an issue of which voice actor better expresses the protagonist, and half the time it ain't the Japanese one.
 
2013-04-22 01:09:35 PM  

johnMTS: Did anyone else like Le Chevalier d'Eon?  I thought it was pretty good but very hard to describe to others without sounding farked up.


I am 2 episodes in.

It's... a-typical.
 
2013-04-22 01:12:21 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: I prefer all the movies with Naga myself. Watching the show in Japanese and realizing angry hyperactive Lina Inverse is voiced by the same person as Rei from Evangelion = MIND BLOWN.


Heh; how about the Japanese voice of Sailor Moon as Misato....yeah, talk about a wake up call.

Oh and to add to my "infinite rewatch" list I present you with:


mon0r.com

Sakura Wars.  Pure. Awesome.


Bonus: the Japanese voice of Sumire (far right) is also the voice of Sailor Mars.
 
2013-04-22 01:18:08 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: johnMTS: Did anyone else like Le Chevalier d'Eon?  I thought it was pretty good but very hard to describe to others without sounding farked up.

I am 2 episodes in.

It's... a-typical.


The first time I tried to watch it I bailed after 2-3 episodes.  Second time I binged on a bunch and made it through enough to get interested in finishing.  It was about as "a-typical" as Melody of Oblivion which I also enjoyed for some reason that probably says a lot about my mental state.
 
2013-04-22 01:18:41 PM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: dragonchild: Rwa2play: Elfen Lied....wow. If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

You'd better tell me because, in fact, I couldn't get past the gore.  It wasn't the content; it was the context.  I was neither bored nor shocked when the stupid girl got her head twisted off; I got confused.  Rather than starting slow with some exposition, the show basically starts by firing with both barrels for full-on shock value and yes, I do understand the purpose of an attention-getter, but there's the rub.  There's deconstruction of a trope ("lovable clumsy girl" in this case, I guess), and then there's wallowing in sadistic annihilation of one.  Obviously it was somehow important that she died a very horrible death in that the series was all AAAHH LOOK AT THIS HORRIBLE SCENE AAAH about it, but since the only thing that was established beforehand was that she was a throwaway, the scene didn't matter and I decided I didn't give a rat's ass what the series had to say.

I mean, if I gave up early I'd like to re-kindle my curiosity, but if it can be done without giving spoilers, I'd need to know just what's so compelling about it given how utterly pointless the first episode was.

The problem with Elfen Lied was that it was a great concept that was executed fairly badly.  Very little budget and they needed to stick in a lot of unnecessary shock stuff to get it launched/keep a few viewers so that it could run for thirteen episodes.  If they had been able to do the story without having to add the nudity and extreme gore it would have been a lot better.

The first scene that you're referring to actually got the series launched in the US just because everyone wanted to see the series where something like *that* happened, which was why it was so completely over the top as well.  Basically the scene is just supposed to establish that Lucy is extremely powerful, extremely dangerous, can kill people with her mind, etc.  It does setup the character in a way, she's in prison an ...


There's one large misconception about that anime, although it's understandable. It's usually though that the big hurdle to get over is the first 10 min of the first episode. If you can get past that then the rest is a piece of cake. Thing is, that scene is really the SECOND most disturbing scene in the anime... not the first. And the first hits you like a ton of bricks simply because you believe that you have already seen the worst that there is. You see it... and then hug your knees.... and then rock back and forth on the floor because there is nothing left that you can do...

... because....

... the puppy.

/yeah, I'm a dick
//now go cry
 
2013-04-22 01:18:46 PM  

bhcompy: Falcon Hunter: American cartoons have reverted back to cheap production, simple plots, and marketing tie-ins. Mature themes have all but been abandoned.

Largely because Americans don't watch cartoons for drama and never embraced it like the Japanese did 80 someodd years ago.  American drama is centered on live action cable TV targeted to an older audience(mid 20s to 40s males) than the Shonen Jump audience(mid teens to mid 20s).  Serials that are more dramatic are also younger than the general target audience for anime produced in Japan(Avatar, Adventure Time[as it grows, but not initially]).


www.filmofilia.com

Starts off serious with bits of comic relief because Avatar paved the way. Both series are REALLLLLLLY good.

They only wanted to tgive it a 12 episode run.

Then in production, Niockolodeon said "THis looks like it could be REALLY good, well give you 26 episodes".

THEN it aired and was so critically acclaimed AND the ratings were so good that now it gets 56. 4 "Books" or stand alone series arc.

I has a happy.
 
2013-04-22 01:19:33 PM  

dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: Vision of Escaflowne

Has the worst ending to an anime ever. EVER.

It's disappointing, but I wouldn't call it the worst as long as the ending to Nadesico is a matter of record.  For those of you who don't know. . . In a 26-episode TV series with plenty of filler, the action ends abruptly and half the story is told through a rapid-fire expository monologue in the last five minutes of the last episode.  It's like dining at a four-star restaurant and just when you're expecting dessert the head chef waltzes up to your table and shoves a glove in the mouth.


Sorry but, many fail in comparison to the "ending" of Evangelion (read: run out of money = crap ending).  Wonder what would've happened if Evangelion didn't become so popular that "End of Evangelion" never came to fruition.
 
2013-04-22 01:20:59 PM  

DigitalCoffee: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: dragonchild: Rwa2play: Elfen Lied....wow. If you can get past the gore, the story is powerful.

You'd better tell me because, in fact, I couldn't get past the gore.  It wasn't the content; it was the context.  I was neither bored nor shocked when the stupid girl got her head twisted off; I got confused.  Rather than starting slow with some exposition, the show basically starts by firing with both barrels for full-on shock value and yes, I do understand the purpose of an attention-getter, but there's the rub.  There's deconstruction of a trope ("lovable clumsy girl" in this case, I guess), and then there's wallowing in sadistic annihilation of one.  Obviously it was somehow important that she died a very horrible death in that the series was all AAAHH LOOK AT THIS HORRIBLE SCENE AAAH about it, but since the only thing that was established beforehand was that she was a throwaway, the scene didn't matter and I decided I didn't give a rat's ass what the series had to say.

I mean, if I gave up early I'd like to re-kindle my curiosity, but if it can be done without giving spoilers, I'd need to know just what's so compelling about it given how utterly pointless the first episode was.

The problem with Elfen Lied was that it was a great concept that was executed fairly badly.  Very little budget and they needed to stick in a lot of unnecessary shock stuff to get it launched/keep a few viewers so that it could run for thirteen episodes.  If they had been able to do the story without having to add the nudity and extreme gore it would have been a lot better.

The first scene that you're referring to actually got the series launched in the US just because everyone wanted to see the series where something like *that* happened, which was why it was so completely over the top as well.  Basically the scene is just supposed to establish that Lucy is extremely powerful, extremely dangerous, can kill people with her mind, etc.  It does setup the characte ...


Heheheheheheheh.  You magnificent bastard!
 
2013-04-22 01:27:45 PM  

Irving Maimway: I still heart Linn Minmei.


"Bright lights flashing - The feeling's smashing"
 
2013-04-22 01:30:35 PM  

Rwa2play: dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: Vision of Escaflowne

Has the worst ending to an anime ever. EVER.

It's disappointing, but I wouldn't call it the worst as long as the ending to Nadesico is a matter of record.  For those of you who don't know. . . In a 26-episode TV series with plenty of filler, the action ends abruptly and half the story is told through a rapid-fire expository monologue in the last five minutes of the last episode.  It's like dining at a four-star restaurant and just when you're expecting dessert the head chef waltzes up to your table and shoves a glove in the mouth.

Sorry but, many fail in comparison to the "ending" of Evangelion (read: run out of money = crap ending).  Wonder what would've happened if Evangelion didn't become so popular that "End of Evangelion" never came to fruition.


See, I hear that alot. I get where it comes from. I've read many of the same websites over the years as you folks and seen the articles and such. I get where you come from.

My retort: At least they tried to do SOMETHING unique. Or SOMETHING at all. Escaflowne was "WE WON!.... bye."  Wait...what? Can I haz ending of character storyline?

At least Eva, which had obviously become more about the state of mind of it's characters then the actual over-arching plotline, actually JUST focused on it (due to budget constratints and all that helping make that decision of course).

After the uproar, Anno was like "You want an ending? Oh I'll give you an ending you death threat giving motherfarkers:" And enter "End of Eva".

/waiting on the new movies to ALL be completed, then I'll hunt them down and watch
 
2013-04-22 01:45:57 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: See, I hear that alot. I get where it comes from. I've read many of the same websites over the years as you folks and seen the articles and such. I get where you come from.

My retort: At least they tried to do SOMETHING unique. Or SOMETHING at all. Escaflowne was "WE WON!.... bye."  Wait...what? Can I haz ending of character storyline?

At least Eva, which had obviously become more about the state of mind of it's characters then the actual over-arching plotline, actually JUST focused on it (due to budget constratints and all that helping make that decision of course).

After the uproar, Anno was like "You want an ending? Oh I'll give you an ending you death threat giving motherfarkers:" And enter "End of Eva".


I understand that, the feeling about Eva was it was about to build into something humongous and then they cut it off midway when they ran out of money.  It was really more disappointment than the "OMGNERDRAGEFUFUFUFUFUFUFUFU!" response that it got in Japan.

Did like "End of Eva" though: sort of like a twisted, dystopic version of Adam and Eve.
 
2013-04-22 01:46:20 PM  

doglover: It's actually true. Anime today is really very cookie cutter. Much moreso than in the past. Sure, you have original stuff like One Piece, but the vast majority is rehashed cliches so much so you can tell what role a character will play just by looking at her. Besides, One Piece is from 1997, so it technically counts as 90's anyway.


Except the One Piece anime sucks Monkey balls (yes, that was on purpose). Read the manga, it's much more epic.
 
2013-04-22 01:47:44 PM  

lousyskater: Anime has not actually changed in the last 20 years, westerners have just gotten more exposure from it since. The more hardcore anime fans in the west were complaining about the exact same thing back then:
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Dinobot:

It's so hard to find Jojo fans... what's your favorite part?

I liked 7 the most probably, and then 2 and 4 tied for second place.


If these e-mails are from 1994, why is it in the gmail low-bandwidth interface?

I confess I got bored with the genre after high school, last anime I followed was Bleach until they differed from the manga and went off on a side story.

Bookmarking this thread and since I'm sick today I'll watch Record of Lodoss War.
 
2013-04-22 01:50:33 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: See, I hear that alot. I get where it comes from. I've read many of the same websites over the years as you folks and seen the articles and such. I get where you come from.  My retort: At least they tried to do SOMETHING unique. Or SOMETHING at all.


Ditto; the ending wasn't nearly as offensive as the complete tear-down of the series that started well before it; the ending was just the "eff this" mentality taken to its logical conclusion.  What happened was that the network held the series to an aggressive timeline even as Anno mis-managed the project.  He's notorious for making last-minute changes, but animation is labor-intensive work.  They literally ran out of time, not money, and midway through they started taking their frustrations out on the story itself.  The movies were a giant "fark you".

Basically the entire second half of the show was a spiral of degeneration.  When I heard firsthand (in a conversation with one of the directors) that this was due to the time constraints of the staff, I actually spent some time picking up the tattered pieces of the series and tried to extrapolate how it should've finished.  I have no idea what they've done with the actual franchise, though, because frankly after the movies I lost all interest.
 
2013-04-22 01:56:42 PM  
my best friend's little sister was really sick. And this is (was) her favorite show, so I made this for her as her desktop background. It's smaller and with worse resolution to fit here.... I drew them by hand, scanned em, taught them to move and marched them around. Good times.

i451.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-22 01:56:44 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: bhcompy: Falcon Hunter: American cartoons have reverted back to cheap production, simple plots, and marketing tie-ins. Mature themes have all but been abandoned.

Largely because Americans don't watch cartoons for drama and never embraced it like the Japanese did 80 someodd years ago.  American drama is centered on live action cable TV targeted to an older audience(mid 20s to 40s males) than the Shonen Jump audience(mid teens to mid 20s).  Serials that are more dramatic are also younger than the general target audience for anime produced in Japan(Avatar, Adventure Time[as it grows, but not initially]).

[www.filmofilia.com image 850x478]

Starts off serious with bits of comic relief because Avatar paved the way. Both series are REALLLLLLLY good.

They only wanted to tgive it a 12 episode run.

Then in production, Niockolodeon said "THis looks like it could be REALLY good, well give you 26 episodes".

THEN it aired and was so critically acclaimed AND the ratings were so good that now it gets 56. 4 "Books" or stand alone series arc.

I has a happy.


I was really happy with how Legend of Korra turned out.  I love the choreography/animation of the fight scenes in it.  It's too bad that there's such a long wait between seasons.  As far as I know, there's still no premiere date for Book 2, beyond "2013".  So it looks like we'll end up with only 12-14 episodes a year.  I do hope we get a few more cameos/flashbacks to the original series characters as adults.

Still bitter about Thundercats being cancelled.  That show was coming along nicely.
 
2013-04-22 01:59:02 PM  
sigh, I don't see an animation on my side. Can someone confirm or deny they see my Ouron high school host club kids moving on their end?
 
2013-04-22 02:00:18 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: sigh, I don't see an animation on my side. Can someone confirm or deny they see my Ouron high school host club kids moving on their end?


Yeah it does.
 
2013-04-22 02:05:05 PM  
yay! thanks.
 
2013-04-22 02:05:06 PM  

dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: See, I hear that alot. I get where it comes from. I've read many of the same websites over the years as you folks and seen the articles and such. I get where you come from.  My retort: At least they tried to do SOMETHING unique. Or SOMETHING at all.

Ditto; the ending wasn't nearly as offensive as the complete tear-down of the series that started well before it; the ending was just the "eff this" mentality taken to its logical conclusion.  What happened was that the network held the series to an aggressive timeline even as Anno mis-managed the project.  He's notorious for making last-minute changes, but animation is labor-intensive work.  They literally ran out of time, not money, and midway through they started taking their frustrations out on the story itself.  The movies were a giant "fark you".

Basically the entire second half of the show was a spiral of degeneration.  When I heard firsthand (in a conversation with one of the directors) that this was due to the time constraints of the staff, I actually spent some time picking up the tattered pieces of the series and tried to extrapolate how it should've finished.  I have no idea what they've done with the actual franchise, though, because frankly after the movies I lost all interest.


2 points:

1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.

2. The VERY FIRST anime I ever had my wife(then gf) watch was "Evangelion". All of it. Death/Rebirth. End of Eva. ALL OF IT. In Japanese.

"Whywouldyoudothat.jpeg".

Because I never wanted to hear nothing about "cartoons" or some other shiat if she saw me watching them.

/and I never have
 
2013-04-22 02:05:46 PM  

dragonchild: shortymac: is there anything out there like it? I FARKING love this series.

Vision of Escaflowne has lot of crossover fans.  Many anime fans my age will say it's their favorite series, ever.  It's very much "for the audience" from its through-the-looking-glass protagonist to YA romance to incredible action sequences, and the musical score is arguably the best work of Yoko Kanno's career.  The art style unfortunately answers the question, "What would happen if all living humans were descendants of Cyrano de Bergerac," but within a few episodes it's a non-issue.

Another popular fantasy series is Slayers, which is basically what happens when high-level characters get bored.  It's a turn-your-brain-off comedy (so, VERY different in tone from Lodoss) and you definitely want to get off the ride before the show loses its way (it lost me a couple episodes into the third series), but there's also almost nothing out there quite like it.

You might also like Iria.  Stylistically it's very different, but it parallels Lodoss in its attention to world-building, and I daresay exceeds it with its unique retro-futuristic mash-up cityscapes and bizarre technology.  It's sort of like a Japanese take on steampunk.


Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.

I watched the first episode of Escaflowne and then another random episode, it was definitly up my alley at the time but for some reason I didn't watch it. (Off to crunchyroll)

I like steampunk :)
 
2013-04-22 02:06:30 PM  
I have 7 chibi sins too, but Pride's my favorite.
i451.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-22 02:08:27 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: 1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.


Trying to fix Evangelion starting from a hypothetical episode 27 is kind of like trying to rebuild a house with storm debris.  Like I said, the show starts falling apart about halfway through.
 
2013-04-22 02:11:06 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: 2 points:

1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.


Heh, new stuff I could read on tonight!

2. The VERY FIRST anime I ever had my wife(then gf) watch was "Evangelion". All of it. Death/Rebirth. End of Eva. ALL OF IT. In Japanese.

"Whywouldyoudothat.jpeg".

Because I never wanted to hear nothing about "cartoons" or some other shiat if she saw me watching them.

/and I never have


You know, whenever anybody starts crapping on how anime can never be on US Primetime TV I always will retort the following:

"Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, Archer and...fark you"

/will leave the fark you part out
//it will be implied instead
 
2013-04-22 02:15:45 PM  
The thread is almost dead, but I wonder if anyone has ever seen this Anime Movie:

Remember when Sci-Fi channel used to show Anime Movies early Saturday morning, it was the first one I ever watched. This would be circa 1998.

I only caught the tail end of it. It was about people who lived in glass domes on a dying planet. Something happens and all the dome cities explode/planet explodes and the 2 main characters survive floating in space. They land on early Earth and jump-start the human race with the cro-magans.

I have never been able to find it. Artwork looked like late 80's-early 90's.
 
2013-04-22 02:24:02 PM  

dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: 1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.

Trying to fix Evangelion starting from a hypothetical episode 27 is kind of like trying to rebuild a house with storm debris.  Like I said, the show starts falling apart about halfway through.


Disagree. The show makes plenty of sense. Everyone is not in a good place. You keep waiting for them to come out of their funk. They never do. Not in this version. I'm saying episode "27" starts up after Shinji gets his head together as represented in episode s 25-26.

Try it.
 
2013-04-22 02:28:31 PM  

johnMTS: Did anyone else like Le Chevalier d'Eon?  I thought it was pretty good but very hard to describe to others without sounding farked up.


Farked up like:

1) Evangelion
2) Eleven Lied
3) Game of Thrones

Or some mixture thereof?
 
2013-04-22 02:31:54 PM  

shortymac: The thread is almost dead, but I wonder if anyone has ever seen this Anime Movie:

Remember when Sci-Fi channel used to show Anime Movies early Saturday morning, it was the first one I ever watched. This would be circa 1998.

I only caught the tail end of it. It was about people who lived in glass domes on a dying planet. Something happens and all the dome cities explode/planet explodes and the 2 main characters survive floating in space. They land on early Earth and jump-start the human race with the cro-magans.

I have never been able to find it. Artwork looked like late 80's-early 90's.


Eyes of M.A.R.S.   Only watched it once and (like "Grave of the Fireflies") didn't need to watch it again.
 
2013-04-22 02:36:08 PM  

shortymac: Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.


ibdp.huluim.com

It's the "Blazzing-Saddles/Spaceballs/Young-Fraknestein" of anime. Watch in japanese for full effect.
 
2013-04-22 02:36:30 PM  

shortymac: Arumat: TV's Vinnie: But on a 90's anime subject, let me just say that Lodoss War is what the Dungeons & Dragons saturday morning show SHOULD have been like, imo.

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There's a reason for that.  The story was based on a tabletop rpg session.

is there anything out there like it? I FARKING love this series.


There's not a whole lot of "high fantasy" anime out there that I can recommend that hasn't already been noted, but if you can handle making the jump from pen and paper rpg to mmo as a base, you could check out Sword Art Online.  It starts out with the release of a new virtual reality game, and during the first day of play all the players are informed that they're trapped in the game until somebody defeats the final boss and if they die in the game they die for real.  If you want to stay in the same setting, but switch most of the serious drama out for comedy, Rune Soldier Louie takes place in the same setting, just not on a subcontinent that's been cursed.  I'd also recommend Outlaw Star, since it's sort of like Lodoss War, but in space.
 
2013-04-22 02:41:24 PM  

dragonchild: baka-san: Take every anime stereotype and amp it to 11. then stick it in a blender. Set on high, add a healthy dose of "WTF" Serve with vast amounts of meat. Love Slayers.

I don't know about every anime stereotype.  It's more a humorous deconstruction of conventional fantasy tropes as well as a thought experiment of how high-level D&D adventurers kill time.  There aren't any magical girls or giant robots or wangst unless it's there for Lina to conveniently kick to the curb in a filler episode.  Not to mention, there are a number of genuinely serious episodes.

Oh, and shortymac, if you like to cheer for strong female characters and manage to get through the first few episodes (the series starts out kinda meh until Zelgadis gets established), Lina Inverse might have you playing wizards in D&D for the next five years.


Nice, I actually love wizards, but I hate preparing spells ahead of time. It's why I like 4e so much.

Female main characters are one of the reasons why I started watching anime in the first place, although as I got older I got a little tried of the high school girl main characters like on Inu Yasha.
 
2013-04-22 02:43:55 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: 1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.

Trying to fix Evangelion starting from a hypothetical episode 27 is kind of like trying to rebuild a house with storm debris.  Like I said, the show starts falling apart about halfway through.

Disagree. The show makes plenty of sense. Everyone is not in a good place. You keep waiting for them to come out of their funk. They never do. Not in this version. I'm saying episode "27" starts up after Shinji gets his head together as represented in episode s 25-26.

Try it.


Damn...oh hell: Shinji's a whiny little biatch.

*Sigh* That's better.
 
2013-04-22 02:48:55 PM  

shortymac: johnMTS: Did anyone else like Le Chevalier d'Eon?  I thought it was pretty good but very hard to describe to others without sounding farked up.

Farked up like:

1) Evangelion
2) Eleven Lied
3) Game of Thrones

Or some mixture thereof?


My 2 episodes in snyposis:

1800's French setting (pre-revolutionary war). Political intrigue. Guy's sister dies due to it. Oh look zombies. STRONG zombies. And the dead sister takes over the guy's body whenever danger arrives, complete with change of hairstyle, face, etc. Guy realizes it happens yet has no momeory of when it happens. He will find out why all these things are happening to him and why his sister died.

So... no mixture of any. Just extremley odd sounding. Kinda works so far though.
 
2013-04-22 02:54:44 PM  

Rwa2play: Jim from Saint Paul: dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: 1. For those of you who enjoy talkling more about how Eva SHOULD have ended, check out Eva-R because it's the best and most well thought out fan fiction for Eva. It starts at "Episode 27" and even gives you 2 kinds of endings.

Trying to fix Evangelion starting from a hypothetical episode 27 is kind of like trying to rebuild a house with storm debris.  Like I said, the show starts falling apart about halfway through.

Disagree. The show makes plenty of sense. Everyone is not in a good place. You keep waiting for them to come out of their funk. They never do. Not in this version. I'm saying episode "27" starts up after Shinji gets his head together as represented in episode s 25-26.

Try it.

Damn...oh hell: Shinji's a whiny little biatch.

*Sigh* That's better.


I swear it's pretty good. They introduce a couple of new characters and flesh things out a bit more for Shinji and Auska.
 
2013-04-22 02:58:10 PM  

dragonchild: Jim from Saint Paul: See, I hear that alot. I get where it comes from. I've read many of the same websites over the years as you folks and seen the articles and such. I get where you come from.  My retort: At least they tried to do SOMETHING unique. Or SOMETHING at all.

Ditto; the ending wasn't nearly as offensive as the complete tear-down of the series that started well before it; the ending was just the "eff this" mentality taken to its logical conclusion.  What happened was that the network held the series to an aggressive timeline even as Anno mis-managed the project.  He's notorious for making last-minute changes, but animation is labor-intensive work.  They literally ran out of time, not money, and midway through they started taking their frustrations out on the story itself.  The movies were a giant "fark you".

Basically the entire second half of the show was a spiral of degeneration.  When I heard firsthand (in a conversation with one of the directors) that this was due to the time constraints of the staff, I actually spent some time picking up the tattered pieces of the series and tried to extrapolate how it should've finished.  I have no idea what they've done with the actual franchise, though, because frankly after the movies I lost all interest.


Good I love EVA and I'm glad I wasn't the only one who noticed that around the middle it got weird and navel-gazy.

I liked the original ending though, it's about him working through his issues and problems and becoming self-actualized. I love psychology so it has a special place in my heart.
 
2013-04-22 02:58:51 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: shortymac: Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.

[ibdp.huluim.com image 512x288]

It's the "Blazzing-Saddles/Spaceballs/Young-Fraknestein" of anime. Watch in japanese for full effect.


And if Excel Saga seems too calm and conservative, put in the spinoff OVA, Puni Puni Poemi.

Rwa2play: Damn...oh hell: Shinji's a whiny little biatch.

*Sigh* That's better.


One thing I like about the recent EVA movies is that they seriously dialed down the whiny Shinji "I mustn't run away" crap.  The first two films were great, but from what I've heard so far, the third one goes completely off the rails from the get-go.
 
2013-04-22 03:00:40 PM  

Rwa2play: shortymac: The thread is almost dead, but I wonder if anyone has ever seen this Anime Movie:

Remember when Sci-Fi channel used to show Anime Movies early Saturday morning, it was the first one I ever watched. This would be circa 1998.

I only caught the tail end of it. It was about people who lived in glass domes on a dying planet. Something happens and all the dome cities explode/planet explodes and the 2 main characters survive floating in space. They land on early Earth and jump-start the human race with the cro-magans.

I have never been able to find it. Artwork looked like late 80's-early 90's.

Eyes of M.A.R.S.   Only watched it once and (like "Grave of the Fireflies") didn't need to watch it again.


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!! I've been searching for it forever.
 
2013-04-22 03:01:33 PM  

NeoCortex42: And if Excel Saga seems too calm and conservative, put in the spinoff OVA, Puni Puni Poemi.


I like you. You can mone mone my sister.
 
2013-04-22 03:04:25 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: shortymac: Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.

[ibdp.huluim.com image 512x288]

It's the "Blazzing-Saddles/Spaceballs/Young-Fraknestein" of anime. Watch in japanese for full effect.


"FLCL" is far zanier.  FAR zanier; a "coming-of-age" story on steroids.
 
2013-04-22 03:06:31 PM  

shortymac: Remember when Sci-Fi channel used to show Anime Movies early Saturday morning, it was the first one I ever watched. This would be circa 1998.


Browse this list:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_programs_broadcast_by_Syfy#Anime _ shown_on_Syfy
 
2013-04-22 03:07:38 PM  
Sigh, the thing I'm hating is the fact Hollyweird's gonna adapt "Akira".

Farking Hollywood; "Akira" is like the "Gone With The Wind" of Anime.  You don't fark with greatness.

/TETSUOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~!
 
2013-04-22 03:12:43 PM  

Rwa2play: "Gone With The Wind" of Anime.  You don't fark with greatness.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-22 03:13:20 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: shortymac: Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.

[ibdp.huluim.com image 512x288]

It's the "Blazzing-Saddles/Spaceballs/Young-Fraknestein" of anime. Watch in japanese for full effect.


I love excel saga, specially the episode where space aliens take over with their cuteness.
 
2013-04-22 03:14:27 PM  

shortymac: Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.


HETALIA!

/yes I'm saying it again
 
2013-04-22 03:26:50 PM  
Turn brain off: Squid Girl. Except you'll need enough brain to read subtitles on Crunchyroll.
Mindful anime fun: My Bride is a Mermaid. When the Yakuza show up, you'll know it's not "The Little Mermaid". Best watched after you've seen enough anime to recognize the stuff they're making fun of.
 
2013-04-22 03:27:33 PM  

WelldeadLink: Rwa2play: "Gone With The Wind" of Anime.  You don't fark with greatness.

[i.imgur.com image 300x258]


Heh; that's a parody.  What Hollywood's trying to do is NOT a parody; that's the sad/nerd rage part of it.
 
2013-04-22 03:33:32 PM  

bhcompy: shortymac: Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.

HETALIA!

/yes I'm saying it again


Don't worry, it's on my watchlist and it spawned one of my favorite webcomics ever:  http://satwcomic.com. She's Danish and didn't like the way Scandinavian countries where portrayed so she took her own spin on the series.

Specially relevant comic:  http://satwcomic.com/fangirls
 
2013-04-22 03:38:46 PM  

Rwa2play: Jim from Saint Paul: shortymac: Ooooooooo thank you! I need a "turn brain off" comedy right now.

[ibdp.huluim.com image 512x288]

It's the "Blazzing-Saddles/Spaceballs/Young-Fraknestein" of anime. Watch in japanese for full effect.

"FLCL" is far zanier.  FAR zanier; a "coming-of-age" story on steroids.


I watched it in high school and I didn't like it.

My Anime friends and I developed a theory that you have to be a guy to like it.
 
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