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2021-12-07 8:55:05 PM  
At least it's not a Harley.
 
2021-12-07 9:04:04 PM  
Want.
 
2021-12-07 9:10:30 PM  
One of my favorite dates with my ex-wife was back in college, seeing Akira on the big screen, and on the way home yelling TETSUO... and  KANEDA back and forth with the then girlfriend. As was one wont to do at the time.
 
2021-12-07 9:17:14 PM  
TETSUO/KANEDA is what me and my friends played around the pool instead of Marco Polo.
 
2021-12-07 9:19:08 PM  

hubiestubert: One of my favorite dates with my ex-wife was back in college, seeing Akira on the big screen, and on the way home yelling TETSUO... and  KANEDA back and forth with the then girlfriend. As was one wont to do at the time.


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2021-12-07 9:20:04 PM  
...while the Akira bike has gone on to inspire a host of tribute builds and designs, few if any are as impressive as the Ducati-based render from...

Stopped reading there.

/Do or do not
//There is no render
 
2021-12-07 9:20:04 PM  
But there's been enough "concept" ideas floating around over Kaneda's bike over the years.

I wanna see one in action. Like... I wanna see Marc Marquez take on MotoGP in one.

/or at least Valentino Rossi
 
2021-12-07 9:37:47 PM  
I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.
 
2021-12-07 10:09:34 PM  

FarkingChas: I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.


It was a technical masterpiece, especially for the time. The CG was neat and all, but they used it to plot far more realistic environments than had been possible with hand drawn animation alone. The effects, from the motorcycle lights trace and fading, it was an amazing piece of work. The animation itself is just amazingly crisp and clean, and full of small details, like the guy crushing his cigarette as he walks into the bar right before the motorcycle scene, are the sort of things that you'd see in live action, but ignored in animation. The soundtrack made it iconic as far as I'm concerned. It was a very Japanese film, but it wasn't above using Indonesian elements as well. It was a layered and intricate work that people weren't exactly ready for, and when they got this gestalt of technical mastery it blew folks away. Galaxy Express 999 hit with less impact, and part of that were the limitations of the technology of the time, but it set a bar that Akira smashed through for technical brilliance and such a weird ass storyline to boot. Only seven years separate the two, but they were a busy seven years for the industry to show the world what was possible with animation.
 
2021-12-07 10:44:33 PM  

hubiestubert: FarkingChas: I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.

It was a technical masterpiece, especially for the time. The CG was neat and all, but they used it to plot far more realistic environments than had been possible with hand drawn animation alone. The effects, from the motorcycle lights trace and fading, it was an amazing piece of work. The animation itself is just amazingly crisp and clean, and full of small details, like the guy crushing his cigarette as he walks into the bar right before the motorcycle scene, are the sort of things that you'd see in live action, but ignored in animation. The soundtrack made it iconic as far as I'm concerned. It was a very Japanese film, but it wasn't above using Indonesian elements as well. It was a layered and intricate work that people weren't exactly ready for, and when they got this gestalt of technical mastery it blew folks away. Galaxy Express 999 hit with less impact, and part of that were the limitations of the technology of the time, but it set a bar that Akira smashed through for technical brilliance and such a weird ass storyline to boot. Only seven years separate the two, but they were a busy seven years for the industry to show the world what was possible with animation.


Not to mention that dubbing has come a long way. Consider Astro Boy to Akira, then Ghost in the Shell, then Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, and what's going on now - VA talent isn't just for Disney anymore.

/I remember the Orion(?) dub of Akira
//Ka-NAAAAAAAAY-DAAAAAAAA
 
2021-12-07 10:55:12 PM  
Tetsuo... Kaneda... Tetsuo... Kaneda... TETSUO... KANEDA

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2021-12-07 10:55:37 PM  

hubiestubert: FarkingChas: I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.

It was a technical masterpiece, especially for the time. The CG was neat and all, but they used it to plot far more realistic environments than had been possible with hand drawn animation alone. The effects, from the motorcycle lights trace and fading, it was an amazing piece of work. The animation itself is just amazingly crisp and clean, and full of small details, like the guy crushing his cigarette as he walks into the bar right before the motorcycle scene, are the sort of things that you'd see in live action, but ignored in animation. The soundtrack made it iconic as far as I'm concerned. It was a very Japanese film, but it wasn't above using Indonesian elements as well. It was a layered and intricate work that people weren't exactly ready for, and when they got this gestalt of technical mastery it blew folks away. Galaxy Express 999 hit with less impact, and part of that were the limitations of the technology of the time, but it set a bar that Akira smashed through for technical brilliance and such a weird ass storyline to boot. Only seven years separate the two, but they were a busy seven years for the industry to show the world what was possible with animation.


It really was incredible.  The scenes, the action, and as hubiestubert said the detail.

The story itself is weird, but it didn't matter because there wasn't anything like it.  I can't even imagine trying to tell the same story with live action or why anybody gets excited about it.
 
2021-12-07 10:57:38 PM  

FarkingChas: I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.


It's a very pretty mess of a film.
 
2021-12-07 11:03:34 PM  
That bike is kinda sexy. I want it.

/KANEDAAAA!!!
 
2021-12-07 11:14:08 PM  
With the low rake angle on the front wheel, that thing would have zero handling.  I wouldn't want to ride it.  But then again... it wasn't designed to actually be ridden by anyone.
 
2021-12-07 11:51:32 PM  
His other render of the closer-to-manga version is pretty rad too.

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But on both bikes....man, where are the pegs??
 
2021-12-08 12:04:17 AM  

Wolfling: With the low rake angle on the front wheel, that thing would have zero handling.  I wouldn't want to ride it.  But then again... it wasn't designed to actually be ridden by anyone.


But it has variable rake angle.
 
2021-12-08 1:35:39 AM  
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2021-12-08 2:04:10 AM  

FarkingChas: I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.


I consider Akira to be one of the more overrated animes.  It wasn't bad for its time, but it's not as good as people tout it to be.
 
2021-12-08 3:04:31 AM  
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nothin but a picture of the goofiest
animated bike chase on film
 
2021-12-08 4:28:30 AM  

FarkingChas: I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.


It is a mess of a film because it's a massive story butchered to fit 2 hours.  It would need a couple of seasons at least to tell the full story.

The biggest difference is that in the movie, nothing remains of Akira except a few body parts in bottles.  In the comic, Akira is actually alive, woken up from cryo sleep, blows up Neo Tokyo, and everybody fights in a post apocalyptic Mad Max style Neo Tokyo.

It needs a modern, more complete adaptation, but that will probably never happen.
 
2021-12-08 4:53:25 AM  

SuperSix-Two: His other render of the closer-to-manga version is pretty rad too.

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But on both bikes....man, where are the pegs??


Just put your feet on the exhaust, it'll be fine.
 
2021-12-08 6:51:16 AM  

Quemapueblo: hubiestubert: One of my favorite dates with my ex-wife was back in college, seeing Akira on the big screen, and on the way home yelling TETSUO... and  KANEDA back and forth with the then girlfriend. As was one wont to do at the time.

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How quirky!

\she then went on to become a fake Democratic Senator.
 
2021-12-08 6:56:59 AM  

SuperSix-Two: His other render of the closer-to-manga version is pretty rad too.

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But on both bikes....man, where are the pegs??


Papa Lazarou has them.
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2021-12-08 7:02:07 AM  
Except
Kaneda is 14, and only has an electric scooter license

Yep, his gang are all Really Young, and their bikes are all electric scooters

When they are in the police station, you get glimpses of their id's, my dvd has an option to get background info
 
2021-12-08 7:31:35 AM  
Hmmm. Perhaps I shall listen to the OST today as I drive into work.
 
2021-12-08 7:39:44 AM  
While the movie can't capture the full story of the Manga in anyway, the movie does a good job at presenting different versions of Akira as seen by the different orgs.

Military - dark secret past
Govt - means of corruption and money
Rebels - target/object to expose govt
Cult -  religious savior
Fellow kids - friend
Street kids - transition to adult responsibilities

Plus, the movie was shown in US theaters to us normal kids who grew up on Robotech, Battle of the Planets and Starblazers. We didn't have all the super fan subs/dubs underground anime because we weren't that cool.
 
2021-12-08 7:52:11 AM  

FarkingChas: I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.


I was a proud owner of the double-VHS set many, many years ago. Set me back £40 at the time, IIRC. Unfortunately it was more of a bragging point than a movie to be enjoyed, as both the early subtitles and the English dub (hence the 2 tapes) were woefully innacurate, confused the plot to the point of incoherence, and gave different meanings depending on which version you watched.

But at the time, no-one was watching it for the plot. It was watched because of the infamous body horror, people being riddled with bullets when the most violence we'd seen in cartoons was an anvil landing on Wile E. Coyote, and we got to see Kaori's cartoon boobs. She got punched in the face shorty after, and many years later did we find out she's supposed to be 15. But still. Boobs.
 
2021-12-08 8:41:44 AM  

Stantz: I was a proud owner of the double-VHS set many, many years ago. Set me back £40 at the time, IIRC. Unfortunately it was more of a bragging point than a movie to be enjoyed, as both the early subtitles and the English dub (hence the 2 tapes) were woefully innacurate, confused the plot to the point of incoherence, and gave different meanings depending on which version you watched.


I didn't know there was a 2 VHS set.  I had a single VHS with the overdub that had Cam Clarke as Kaneda (he was also the voice for Leonardo of TMNT) .

Stantz: But at the time, no-one was watching it for the plot.


Well, I did.  But that's 'cos I had all the Epic colorized books and knew what was going on.
 
2021-12-08 8:51:44 AM  

Glitchwerks: I didn't know there was a 2 VHS set.  I had a single VHS with the overdub that had Cam Clarke as Kaneda (he was also the voice for Leonardo of TMNT) .


My memory obviously wasn't what it was. The twin-set was the subtitled version with another tape with some Behind the scenes stuff. But I may have owned another tape before then with the godawful first English dub, or I recorded it off the TV. Channel 4 went though a manga phase, but still never broadcast Urotsokudojii for some reason

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2021-12-08 9:05:19 AM  

Stantz: Glitchwerks: I didn't know there was a 2 VHS set.  I had a single VHS with the overdub that had Cam Clarke as Kaneda (he was also the voice for Leonardo of TMNT) .

My memory obviously wasn't what it was. The twin-set was the subtitled version with another tape with some Behind the scenes stuff. But I may have owned another tape before then with the godawful first English dub, or I recorded it off the TV. Channel 4 went though a manga phase, but still never broadcast Urotsokudojii for some reason

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The VHS copy of Akira my high-school friends and I shared was a copy of a copy of a copy that had a 10-minute section all scrambled to hell. I would be jealous but I eventually got the nice DVD in the mid 00s.
 
2021-12-08 9:17:14 AM  

McGrits: While the movie can't capture the full story of the Manga in anyway, the movie does a good job at presenting different versions of Akira as seen by the different orgs.


It couldn't anyway as the manga hadn't even finished yet

/seems like Otomo had a general idea of how he would end it at least
 
2021-12-08 9:23:19 AM  

McGrits: Plus, the movie was shown in US theaters to us normal kids who grew up on Robotech, Battle of the Planets and Starblazers. We didn't have all the super fan subs/dubs underground anime because we weren't cool.


Robotech? Oh, you mean Macross!

/Macross: Do You Remember Love is a guilty pleasure
//I recall a friend pausing the VHS so he could trace a Veritech
///We we're playing Battletech.
////LAM
 
2021-12-08 9:25:42 AM  

Snarfle: McGrits: Plus, the movie was shown in US theaters to us normal kids who grew up on Robotech, Battle of the Planets and Starblazers. We didn't have all the super fan subs/dubs underground anime because we weren't cool.

Robotech? Oh, you mean Macross!

/Macross: Do You Remember Love is a guilty pleasure
//I recall a friend pausing the VHS so he could trace a Veritech
///We we're playing Battletech.
////LAM


By Do You Remember Love, I meant Macross II
 
2021-12-08 9:39:05 AM  

Snarfle: Snarfle: McGrits: Plus, the movie was shown in US theaters to us normal kids who grew up on Robotech, Battle of the Planets and Starblazers. We didn't have all the super fan subs/dubs underground anime because we weren't cool.

Robotech? Oh, you mean Macross!

/Macross: Do You Remember Love is a guilty pleasure
//I recall a friend pausing the VHS so he could trace a Veritech
///We we're playing Battletech.
////LAM

By Do You Remember Love, I meant Macross II


No, I meant Robotech. Most of us in the USA had Robotech as that is how it was presented. Don't be an anime gatekeeper. It wasn't cool in the 80s and 90s, it isn't cool now. While you think it is cool to bag the Robotechs and Battle of the Planets for altering the original animes, they both did more to get Akira access to American audiences than the underground sub/dub scene.

/also, Battletech is awesome. I still have the Crescent Hawks Inception Phoenix LAM miniature from the video game
 
2021-12-08 9:40:07 AM  

Snarfle: Snarfle: McGrits: Plus, the movie was shown in US theaters to us normal kids who grew up on Robotech, Battle of the Planets and Starblazers. We didn't have all the super fan subs/dubs underground anime because we weren't cool.
Robotech? Oh, you mean Macross!
/Macross: Do You Remember Love is a guilty pleasure
//I recall a friend pausing the VHS so he could trace a Veritech
///We we're playing Battletech.
////LAM
By Do You Remember Love, I meant Macross II


Um... You're all over the place there...

-Do You Remember Love was a movie adaptation of the original pre-Robotech Macross series.
-Macross II was a future-generation sequel to the Do You Remember Love movie.
-Do You Remember Love had somewhat stylized versions of the show's Valkyries that became Unseen in Battletech (so your friend may have traced those).
-Macross II had completely different mecha designs that (as far as I can remember) were never adapted for Battletech
 
2021-12-08 10:04:29 AM  

McGrits: Snarfle: Snarfle: McGrits: Plus, the movie was shown in US theaters to us normal kids who grew up on Robotech, Battle of the Planets and Starblazers. We didn't have all the super fan subs/dubs underground anime because we weren't cool.

Robotech? Oh, you mean Macross!

/Macross: Do You Remember Love is a guilty pleasure
//I recall a friend pausing the VHS so he could trace a Veritech
///We we're playing Battletech.
////LAM

By Do You Remember Love, I meant Macross II

No, I meant Robotech. Most of us in the USA had Robotech as that is how it was presented. Don't be an anime gatekeeper. It wasn't cool in the 80s and 90s, it isn't cool now. While you think it is cool to bag the Robotechs and Battle of the Planets for altering the original animes, they both did more to get Akira access to American audiences than the underground sub/dub scene.

/also, Battletech is awesome. I still have the Crescent Hawks Inception Phoenix LAM miniature from the video game


lol no. fark Robotech and fark Harmony Gold. Call the cops I don't give a fark
 
2021-12-08 11:07:14 AM  

KingBiefWhistle: McGrits: Snarfle: Snarfle: McGrits: Plus, the movie was shown in US theaters to us normal kids who grew up on Robotech, Battle of the Planets and Starblazers. We didn't have all the super fan subs/dubs underground anime because we weren't cool.

Robotech? Oh, you mean Macross!

/Macross: Do You Remember Love is a guilty pleasure
//I recall a friend pausing the VHS so he could trace a Veritech
///We we're playing Battletech.
////LAM

By Do You Remember Love, I meant Macross II

No, I meant Robotech. Most of us in the USA had Robotech as that is how it was presented. Don't be an anime gatekeeper. It wasn't cool in the 80s and 90s, it isn't cool now. While you think it is cool to bag the Robotechs and Battle of the Planets for altering the original animes, they both did more to get Akira access to American audiences than the underground sub/dub scene.

/also, Battletech is awesome. I still have the Crescent Hawks Inception Phoenix LAM miniature from the video game

lol no. fark Robotech and fark Harmony Gold. Call the cops I don't give a fark


Pretty much

Have the Animego Macross dvd set

My name is listed in the thanks for preordering section

Same thing for the Irresponsible Captain Taylor dvd set(yes, still have the " I made the dvd happen" shirt 👚 n the closet
 
2021-12-08 11:15:26 AM  
You know if they ever put a bike like that into production, a good 3/4ths of them will be destroyed by people trying to recreate that slide.

Bonus:  this mural exists not far from my office.
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2021-12-08 11:48:42 AM  

Glorious Golden Ass: hubiestubert: FarkingChas: I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.

It was a technical masterpiece, especially for the time. The CG was neat and all, but they used it to plot far more realistic environments than had been possible with hand drawn animation alone. The effects, from the motorcycle lights trace and fading, it was an amazing piece of work. The animation itself is just amazingly crisp and clean, and full of small details, like the guy crushing his cigarette as he walks into the bar right before the motorcycle scene, are the sort of things that you'd see in live action, but ignored in animation. The soundtrack made it iconic as far as I'm concerned. It was a very Japanese film, but it wasn't above using Indonesian elements as well. It was a layered and intricate work that people weren't exactly ready for, and when they got this gestalt of technical mastery it blew folks away. Galaxy Express 999 hit with less impact, and part of that were the limitations of the technology of the time, but it set a bar that Akira smashed through for technical brilliance and such a weird ass storyline to boot. Only seven years separate the two, but they were a busy seven years for the industry to show the world what was possible with animation.

It really was incredible.  The scenes, the action, and as hubiestubert said the detail.

The story itself is weird, but it didn't matter because there wasn't anything like it.  I can't even imagine trying to tell the same story with live action or why anybody gets excited about it.


The story is weird because it was many many chapters condensed into a very short movie. You're supposed to show, not tell, but sometimes you need to do a bit of telling along with the showing just so everyone knows what's going on.

The general gist of it is easy to grasp, but there's a lot of backstory that gets left out and just the consequences shown.
 
2021-12-08 1:10:14 PM  

PirateKing: Glorious Golden Ass: hubiestubert: FarkingChas: I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.

It was a technical masterpiece, especially for the time. The CG was neat and all, but they used it to plot far more realistic environments than had been possible with hand drawn animation alone. The effects, from the motorcycle lights trace and fading, it was an amazing piece of work. The animation itself is just amazingly crisp and clean, and full of small details, like the guy crushing his cigarette as he walks into the bar right before the motorcycle scene, are the sort of things that you'd see in live action, but ignored in animation. The soundtrack made it iconic as far as I'm concerned. It was a very Japanese film, but it wasn't above using Indonesian elements as well. It was a layered and intricate work that people weren't exactly ready for, and when they got this gestalt of technical mastery it blew folks away. Galaxy Express 999 hit with less impact, and part of that were the limitations of the technology of the time, but it set a bar that Akira smashed through for technical brilliance and such a weird ass storyline to boot. Only seven years separate the two, but they were a busy seven years for the industry to show the world what was possible with animation.

It really was incredible.  The scenes, the action, and as hubiestubert said the detail.

The story itself is weird, but it didn't matter because there wasn't anything like it.  I can't even imagine trying to tell the same story with live action or why anybody gets excited about it.

The story is weird because it was many many chapters condensed into a very short movie. You're supposed to show, not tell, but sometimes you need to do a bit of telling along with the showing just so everyone knows what's going on.

The general gist of it is easy to grasp, but there's ...


Also: It is yet another instance of the Japanese not grasping evolution, and equating it with metamorphosis.
 
2021-12-08 1:28:28 PM  
I get everything about a motorcycle


Except for the arm positioning. I mean honestly, some bikes where you have your hands all the way up like a thriller reject cannot feel good after a short ride, much less a long trip. Why does it always seem like the arm position is the one thing that is never considered?
 
2021-12-08 1:58:23 PM  

Ishkur: Also: It is yet another instance of the Japanese not grasping evolution, and equating it with metamorphosis.


It fits with the cultural/spiritual aspect in Japanese culture when they describe it that way. Then again, anime is full of really odd interpretations of anything spiritual and not-Japanese.
 
2021-12-08 2:26:54 PM  

PirateKing: Ishkur: Also: It is yet another instance of the Japanese not grasping evolution, and equating it with metamorphosis.

It fits with the cultural/spiritual aspect in Japanese culture when they describe it that way. Then again, anime is full of really odd interpretations of anything spiritual and not-Japanese.


I used to read a boxing manga called Hajime no Ippo ("The Fighting Spirit"), and it was always talking about becoming reborn or obtaining a new "form" through training.

You see this concept in a lot of Japanese entertainment, from Dragonball to Pokemon: Characters evolving/upgrading/leveling up into new forms. I guess this explains the appeal of JRPGs: That through discipline, hard work, and walking back and forth murdering countless slimes, you too can become a better, more advanced badass.
 
2021-12-08 2:59:59 PM  

Ishkur: PirateKing: Ishkur: Also: It is yet another instance of the Japanese not grasping evolution, and equating it with metamorphosis.

It fits with the cultural/spiritual aspect in Japanese culture when they describe it that way. Then again, anime is full of really odd interpretations of anything spiritual and not-Japanese.

I used to read a boxing manga called Hajime no Ippo ("The Fighting Spirit"), and it was always talking about becoming reborn or obtaining a new "form" through training.

You see this concept in a lot of Japanese entertainment, from Dragonball to Pokemon: Characters evolving/upgrading/leveling up into new forms. I guess this explains the appeal of JRPGs: That through discipline, hard work, and walking back and forth murdering countless slimes, you too can become a better, more advanced badass.


Then George Morikawa showed the coach's ridiculous training style for Ippo (you just need more oxygen, block everything with your face) as legitimately dangerous and stupid, giving him possibly permanent brain damage and forcing him to (at least temporarily) retire. It got kinda weird
 
2021-12-08 3:01:17 PM  

Ishkur: PirateKing: Ishkur: Also: It is yet another instance of the Japanese not grasping evolution, and equating it with metamorphosis.

It fits with the cultural/spiritual aspect in Japanese culture when they describe it that way. Then again, anime is full of really odd interpretations of anything spiritual and not-Japanese.

I used to read a boxing manga called Hajime no Ippo ("The Fighting Spirit"), and it was always talking about becoming reborn or obtaining a new "form" through training.

You see this concept in a lot of Japanese entertainment, from Dragonball to Pokemon: Characters evolving/upgrading/leveling up into new forms. I guess this explains the appeal of JRPGs: That through discipline, hard work, and walking back and forth murdering countless slimes, you too can become a better, more advanced badass.


It goes back a long way in various cultures of the region. The Wuxia and Xianxia genres in Chinese literature are very much the same way, and you can trace that back to mythology like Sun Wukong. growning, changing, and overthrowing one's limits to challenge the heavens.

I am by no means an expert or even a weeb. I just like the Monkey King.
 
2021-12-08 3:24:18 PM  

PirateKing: Ishkur: PirateKing: Ishkur: Also: It is yet another instance of the Japanese not grasping evolution, and equating it with metamorphosis.

It fits with the cultural/spiritual aspect in Japanese culture when they describe it that way. Then again, anime is full of really odd interpretations of anything spiritual and not-Japanese.

I used to read a boxing manga called Hajime no Ippo ("The Fighting Spirit"), and it was always talking about becoming reborn or obtaining a new "form" through training.

You see this concept in a lot of Japanese entertainment, from Dragonball to Pokemon: Characters evolving/upgrading/leveling up into new forms. I guess this explains the appeal of JRPGs: That through discipline, hard work, and walking back and forth murdering countless slimes, you too can become a better, more advanced badass.

It goes back a long way in various cultures of the region. The Wuxia and Xianxia genres in Chinese literature are very much the same way, and you can trace that back to mythology like Sun Wukong. growning, changing, and overthrowing one's limits to challenge the heavens.

I am by no means an expert or even a weeb. I just like the Monkey King.


I'm a fan of the Monkey King myself (and the trickster archetype in general, see also: my username).

It's not by chance that 3 of the biggest Shonen manga protagonists (Goku, Naruto, and Luffie (sp? from One Piece) are all based on/inspired by him (per their authors' words).
 
2021-12-08 7:29:28 PM  

lifeslammer: I get everything about a motorcycle


Except for the arm positioning. I mean honestly, some bikes where you have your hands all the way up like a thriller reject cannot feel good after a short ride, much less a long trip. Why does it always seem like the arm position is the one thing that is never considered?


Some riders like the taller bars because it allows them to sit with their back straighter. Some like it because they think it looks "cool". Not a huge fan myself, but ride what you like.
 
2021-12-08 7:52:29 PM  

lifeslammer: I get everything about a motorcycle


Except for the arm positioning. I mean honestly, some bikes where you have your hands all the way up like a thriller reject cannot feel good after a short ride, much less a long trip. Why does it always seem like the arm position is the one thing that is never considered?


Crazy Harley-Davidson Biker in the Hall of Fame
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Why ask why try Bud Dry
 
2021-12-09 4:13:26 AM  

Glitchwerks: FarkingChas: I don't grok the love for Akira. I watched it once a long time ago. Then I watched it again to see if I was missing the point. I still see it as a weird mess. And I like "weird" foreign movies.

It is a mess of a film because it's a massive story butchered to fit 2 hours.  It would need a couple of seasons at least to tell the full story.

The biggest difference is that in the movie, nothing remains of Akira except a few body parts in bottles.  In the comic, Akira is actually alive, woken up from cryo sleep, blows up Neo Tokyo, and everybody fights in a post apocalyptic Mad Max style Neo Tokyo.

It needs a modern, more complete adaptation, but that will probably never happen.


If I remember correctly, the movie was the original outline to the story.

As often happens in a weekly Manga, the author kept developing the story till it became something completely different than the authors original intent.
 
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