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(Rocketnews 24)   Contrary to Western opinions that Japanese TV is wild and wacky, in actuality it's kinda dull: too many food shows, too many stale fictional series, and way too many vapid celebrities   (en.rocketnews24.com) divider line 60
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2014-01-27 01:36:52 AM  
I'm honestly surprised that so many people have seen Excel Saga, as I always thought it was one of the more obscure titles out there.

/Menchi is the greatest cat-looking dog of all time
//also most adorable emergency food supply
 
2014-01-27 02:47:45 AM  

trialpha: Anonymous Bosch: I don't know where the next Cowboy Bebop or Ghost in the Shell is coming from, but it sure isn't Japan.

These are amusing examples, as this season has Space Dandy - done by the same director as Cowboy Bebop, and Ghost in the Shell Arise (although that's in the form of periodic movies). So yes, the next version of those shows are coming from Japan.


Got to say, I'm unimpressed with Space Dandy. With 'collecting new alien species' in lieu of bounty hunting, it comes off to me like a kid's version of Bebop, aside from Dandy's fascination with boobs/butts. Edit out that element and some of the language, and it would be totally appropriate for the children's hours on CN -- the Dandy characters don't even seem to be in real peril (in fact they blew themselves up at the end of the first episode and still didn't die.)

It seems like Dandycould actually be another victim the "cute" trend in anime previously mentioned.

Other than anime and Iron Chef, I'm not too familiar with Japanese TV. I once had a Wholphin DVD that included a Japanese remake/equivalent of Bewitched, but that looked like it was probably from the 90s.
 
2014-01-27 02:47:53 AM  

llortcM_yllort: I haven't seen Psycho Pass mentioned yet.  That's definitely one of the better new shows.  I suggest it if you're looking for new stuff.

trialpha: Anonymous Bosch: I don't know where the next Cowboy Bebop or Ghost in the Shell is coming from, but it sure isn't Japan.

These are amusing examples, as this season has Space Dandy - done by the same director as Cowboy Bebop, and Ghost in the Shell Arise (although that's in the form of periodic movies). So yes, the next version of those shows are coming from Japan.

I don't think you can compare Space Dandy and Cowboy Bebop.  Space Dandy is a comedy and nowhere near as good as Cowboy Bebop.


shiat, man it's only been like four episodes. Let's see where it's going.
 
2014-01-27 03:28:47 AM  
But they get to watch every basho. If I lived on Japan I'd get me a huge bottle of Otokoyama and watch the hell out of Sumo wrestling.
 
2014-01-27 05:08:56 AM  

Straight to doom: UNC_Samurai: Straight to doom: True, even Anime these days has devolved into a bunch of crap, gone are the days of stuff like "Apocalypse Zero" where people got their heads used as nipple pasties, now it's all a bunch of cute people doing cute things.

No, Japanese cartoons were rife with that sort of thing 10-15 years ago, too.  I remember our college anime club showing an episode of some high school drama about playing tennis.

/it was worth sitting through to get to Excel Saga and Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Allow me to clarify, it is now DOMINATED by the cute people doing cute things trend.


Always has been.
 
2014-01-27 07:05:56 AM  

oukewldave: I miss the shows like MXC.


Right you are, Ken...
 
2014-01-27 10:40:16 AM  

Straight to doom: True, even Anime these days has devolved into a bunch of crap


Anime has hardly changed in the past few decades. People in the early 90's were complaining about the very same thing you're complaining about now. Your nostalgia goggles are on too tight.
 
2014-01-27 11:25:49 AM  

Nemo's Brother: Richard C Stanford: Nemo's Brother: Anonymous Bosch: Straight to doom: True, even Anime these days has devolved into a bunch of crap, gone are the days of stuff like "Apocalypse Zero" where people got their heads used as nipple pasties, now it's all a bunch of cute people doing cute things.

Nine of ten new anime are constructed using lists of fetishes taken from Japanese TVTropes, or a percentile table assembled by Japanese Gary Gygax. One girl with glasses, one loud excitable girl, at least one with enormous tits, one "adorably" shy girl, one psychotic girl who secretly likes the nonentity that serves as the nexus of this bullshiat... I don't know where the next Cowboy Bebop or Ghost in the Shell is coming from, but it sure isn't Japan.

/yes, glasses and tits are character traits in anime
//that's part of the problem

I learned by trying to follow some recent JRPGs how horrible of story-tellers the modern Japanese culture is. I know that is a very broad statement, but I am only speaking in generalities. Their culture is full of xenophobic old people. They are dying as is their culture. It is now a wasteland of consumerism, advertising and rape.

I agree about the next big thing not coming from them. I don't know if it will come from America either. We are dying as a culture too, but not nearly as quickly. We do have some resistance to the corporate homogenizing of us all, if only in small pockets.

I'm guessing that it won't come from China, given that government repression is usually not helpful to the arts. What about India?

India, Korea or Europe maybe?


Id be more inclined to say Brazil or other South American countries.  Especially considering there is no language barrier when it comes to Spanish and to a lesser extent Portuguese.  And the fact that I keep hearing that Brazil is the next major cultural and economical player on the global stage it would be surprise if the next cool things came from them.  Im not up on their television so I dont know how realistic that is.
 
2014-01-27 03:41:38 PM  

Shakes999: Attack on Titan is fan-farking-tastic.


I wanted to like that show, but I just can't.  Obviously, anime is full of ridiculous premises, but this one was too much for me.  You've got a population under siege, facing extinction with limited resources.  And they're constantly wasting a resource that's exceedingly difficult (and time-consuming) to replace:  people.

They've got the tech to propel a human body through the air in controlled flight, but somehow haven't figured out a way to fire projectiles made of whatever special material those swords are made of, from a safe distance.  I don't care how rare the metal is, it'd be a lot easier to recover and recycle used projectiles than to raise and train new soldiers.

Overthinking?  Maybe.  But it really takes me out of the narrative, such that I can't really care about what's going on.
 
2014-01-27 03:49:01 PM  

Andric: Shakes999: Attack on Titan is fan-farking-tastic.

I wanted to like that show, but I just can't.  Obviously, anime is full of ridiculous premises, but this one was too much for me.  You've got a population under siege, facing extinction with limited resources.  And they're constantly wasting a resource that's exceedingly difficult (and time-consuming) to replace:  people.



To an extent, that was explained.  Too many people, too little resources means one either has to get more resources or lose people.  The ruling class made it quite clear that they don't care about losing people and may in fact have orchestrated a lot of it.
 
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