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Meanwhile, living in the '90s, Serial Experiments Lain.

Pro: Experimental, particularly with use of art as well as theme. Very well done from a production standpoint.

Con: Tries too hard to make no sense and succeeds in making little sense.

Instead, for fans of Tales of the Unexpected or Tales from the Crypt, or The Darkside or any other cheesy "Story of the Week" weird show:

Hell Girl

Better than that description. Those subjected to torment from another, surfing the 'net--I love how "Hell Girl" has an old Mackintosh which would have had a very hard time connection to this "internet thingy"--at midnight find a page which promises to end their torment if they enter the name of the one tormenting them.

That person will be dragged into hell.

The "catch" is the person asking for this will also go to hell, and a proper Asian hell of torment that would make the Inquisition blanch.

One interesting thing is the odd backstory. "Hell Girl"--whose name is Enma Ai--literally "judge of the dead/Yama Love" is alerted by her "Grandmother" whom you see only in shadow spinning that they have another. She has three side-kicks who torment the target. They ask the target if he admits his crimes/repents and when they do not, they turn to her stating, "you heard him," to which she recites a chant that the person's existence causes pain and suffering to humanity and she will take "this vengeance" to Hell.

The first few "recycle" that story save the people seeking help are nice people--including a little girl--who willingly accept an eternity of torture to remove an odious person. As the series progresses, we get more of the back story. For example, "Hell Girl" repeatedly refuses a request and has her minions investigate the reasons.

Entertaining diversion.

No pantsu or tentacles.

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WataMote--short for 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!--Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! or No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular!

From where I got:

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A sort of shut-in game-addicted teen looks forward to entering high school, where she will become "popular" because she is so successful in her video games . . . which include some sexual suggestive ones where she dates and massages Hot Boys[Tm.--Ed.] until they [CENSORED--Ed.].

They do not show that, though I find it hilarious that said game characters shout it out in English: "I'm coming!"

Armed with such knowledge and experience, she enters high school assured she will be popular, have many boy friends, girls will kill themselves rather than fail to match her awesomeness.



She fails miserably.

Terminally shy, she cannot even speak to people. Anax will find the voice actress' mumbling amusing. In her mind, she thinks she knows what to do--and imagines it happening. Finding herself in a "WacDonalds" suddenly surrounded by classmates, her mind switches to a Pac-Manesque game as she plots her escape.

Like Kill La Kill the animation is stylized but changes more with the mood of the character and the situation. It certainly plays up all of the anime stereotypes--including the animation--with one of the more sinister versions of:

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There a numerous references to other series such as Parasyte and Gantz. She lives in manga, anime, and games such that she "relaxes" to:

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The words she is listening to is a boy asking, "Why are you crying? It is you who looked at another boy!"

Good light-hearted comedy so far. Still "PG-13" so far, so no, Anax, no tentacles. http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264 ... 9d8ee1.gif

--J.D.
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. . . to which I will add I decided to try Deadman Wonderland based on horror recommendations. It opens with a Typical School Boy in School with Friend and Maybe a Girl Interested in One of Them Discussing Their "School Trip"--something Anax will tell you all about which made him don--or try to don--his old naval fatigues and explain to My His Brood that his favorite 'murican Show was Psycho Dad:
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--to a Place Called "Deadman Wonderland" Where You Watch Prisoners [Details not yet given.--Ed.] and an Armored Man in Red Descends Outside of the Classroom Window Slaughters Everyone Save Typical School Boy--Tossing at Him the Head of Maybe a Girl--and Everyone Blames Him and Frames Him for Murdering 20+ Children.

In other words . . . another day in Japanese high school.

Pretty intense.

--J.D.

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Doctor X wrote:WataMote--short for 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!--Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! or No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular!
Looks interesting. I checked, but unfortunately it isn't on Netflix in Japan at least, and region-restricted for Japan on Crunchyroll. It appears to be on Hulu which I haven't signed up for, although I might in the future. (although I'm not 100% sure if it would be in Japan because it varies by country)

Anyway, I leave to visit my family in California today, so I'll probably be less active on here for the next couple weeks.
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Good times for a visit, the weather is perfect.
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Indeed, weather reports 50% chance of smog.



Try the veal.

--J.D.

P.S. It is very well done comedy from a female perspective. I particularly like her "internal monologue" as she reacts to other students talking to one another and even just hanging out. Cannot do justice to it. Though there is one bit when she is looking in the mirror and her mind rapidly wanders to, "so my breasts aren't big there are boys who are into that I should be really popular and attractive to them I think they're called 'pedos.'"

P.P.S The other--Deadman Wonderland is not bad. There is a controversy in that some of the dialogue was censored in Japan. Okay . . . okay . . . I am aware of "pixelization" of "naughty bits"--and given that anime tends to be inhabited by 14-16 year olds--I am more than happy! Some anime has "fun" with it as in the two scenes I posted from Evangelion. Though the Japanese do not seem to mind breasts at any age.

No, this was dialogue. Now, the characters swear. This happens all over. One anime which is so-so had one woman confronted by the Evil Elegant Woman [of Doom.--Ed.] ask her, that since she had been waiting so long for her to arrive, "did you have to go behind a tree and take an elegant dump?"

No censorship.

Given the context, it appears you cannot call women the equivalent of "the C word" in Japanese in anime. They are called "bitch," "whore," one of my favorites "municipal bicycle/public rest room," to worse. Heck, Gasai Yuno calls every other woman a "bitch" in Mirai Nikki

From context, it appears that is exactly what is happening: various prisoners refer to a female warden as "******"

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P.P.P.S. It appears they censor the actual words for the genitals. A guy describes another guy who is strong as all of that with, "they say even his p**** is ripped!" Clearly, the translators got the clear "o-chiBLEEP" as "ochinchin"--おちんちん--heh! Firefox does not want to give the kanji for that! 御珍々. Ask Anax's Mom about 御珍々.

Funny thing censorship.

P.P.P.P.S. That must be it because a yandere character who would make Gasai Yuno mutter, "Bitch! Be cool!" screams at a victim that his horrified face makes her [CENSORED--Ed.] without . . . hey . . . what? [Decorum.--Ed.]
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Though after writing that, the "Unpopular" heroine above in her mind calls her classmates "bichi-kodomo" in a hilarious sequence as she stews in her mind next to classmate chirping about wearing swimsuits at the beach--"Doesn't that one show too much skin?" "It's all about showing skin!" "Ha!":
Tch, those bitches. As soon as it starts getting warmer out, they start oozing pheromones. What are you, cicadas? Will you die in seven days? *Notices She Can See the Outlines in their Shirts* Their underwear . . . their bras are showing . . . No, they're letting them show on purpose. Am I just lame for wearing a tank top? And all my panties are the kind Mom gets at the supermarket . . . in two-packs for 980 yen [Roughly $10.00.--Ed.] . . . I might just be wearing the lamest panties in the whole class.
Her mind then wanders into an imaginary video game as she concludes if she just had better panties the same girls would confront her in jealous battle: "However, let me tell you one thing. My panties cost 5,300 yen."

--J.D.
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If you have read the manga then you will greatly enjoy the anime adaptation. So far, very faithful, well cast with regards to voice actors. Fuck the 'murican dubs, those are for fags and the French.

Deadman Wonderland: very good, however, they have not completed the story. Imagine if AoT ended where it did and . . . there was . . . going to be no more. There are rumors of completing the series . . . later this year, but that meant fans waited some 17 days . . . 17 DAYS six years. So you might want to wait on that or read the manga.

WataMote: hilarious series. The following scene is one of the most tender I have seen in some time, nicely done:
Our Poor Unpopular Girl spends a lot of time playing games which includes as I described games where you play "the girl" and you are suppose to get "the guy" with various levels of eroge though not pure hentai. [What?--Ed.] Basically, role play with suggestions without actual porn!

One day, escaping her fear of being around people, she ducks into a bookstore that has games. She decides to try a male game--even though she is not into it, she figures "why not." It is a hilarious "Male Butlers" and though you do not see any "action" when she plays it you hear all of the puns, "I need you to help me raise my pole," et cetera.

She gets a ticket for a purchase which results in a raffle chance --> PRIZE! Her prize?

"A personal massager"

Yup.

Bored, she puts on the game, which she finds boring but the audio is hilarious, "I think I need to polish the tip," and she starts using the "personal massager" . . . on her neck. "This feels great! I'm so relaxed!" as she starts to nod off.

Enter Dad returning from work with cake. "Where Tomoko?" "Oh, I think she's in her room." Dad goes to get her.
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Hard to be a Dad of teenage daughters. . . .

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"What sort of lame back-story is that?"

--J. "СпасибоThanks, Gram" D.
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Deadman Wonderland: There is perhaps a good reason the anime ended and has not continued. The manga, after starting out as a "really interesting idea" turned into a very poor imitation of Elfen Lied. It gets a Mens on Films Manga "Run Along Fish Back to the Sea!"

Attack on Titan Season 2: :hyper:



What?




You do not want to know that Eren fucks Danny to use her dragons against the Titans? I mean, you saw that coming right! I mean, Hanji is so clearly Jaquen.




Based on the opening credits the series is taking SUPER leaps. Not necessarily a "bad thing." Basically, the manga is in the final book--nine--of GoT and the anime we are all wondering how Ned Stark will break out of prison in King's Landing. It is that far ahead. Granted, some of the monthly issues spend about a few minutes of time in an event which, obviously, the anime does not have to do. I expect they may cut out some crap which, while "in'restin'" is as cutable as Not J. R. R. Tolkien orgasming over a description of a dinner yet again.

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Avoiding t3h sp01l4g3 I think they are going to cut out a lot of crap. Okay, maybe not "crap" per se but
The whole story with Levi's uncle and all of that really did not work for me. Yeah . . . yeah . . . it had the Nearly Anyone Can Die Horribly at Any Time element to it, but that was it. There was no "point" to him other than to make saving Eren from Crista Must Eat Him more difficult.

I write "Nearly Anyone Can" because one of the odd complaints about the manga is "Plot Armor." Sure, we see a lot of Fan Favorites Die early, but like Game of Thrones the Really Important and Sometimes Stupid never die. Imagine if Eren actually did die. I should not complain. Apparently, Sasha's death particularly horrific; the author was persuaded to spare her based on the crying of his editor.
As you say, seeing the Titans animated is quite excellent. I did not mind Eren in the anime for, just like in the manga, he is introduced as the Typical Male Harem Lead but never becomes that--fortunately. He also never becomes "strong." Even as a Titan he is not invincible.

Interrogation scene was excellent but then it is Hanji and her voice actress 声優 is fantastic.

I think they handled the introduction of The Beast as chillingly as it was in the Japanese Original manga. Since you have read the manga you understand how revealing the opening credits are.






You are going to make me watch Berserk. . . .

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Well, it is 1997 and, frankly, I cannot see what all the fuss about sports is. I suppose I should be more open-minded and less pessimistic. Maybe this Pete Carroll guy will win the Patriots a championship.




Oh yeah, watching this new anime Berserk.


Which is totally Not Gay™

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"I'm so pumped up!" I think Pete Carroll is going to take the Patriots places with the bestest QB we have ever had!

Drew Bledsoe!

:hyper:
corplinx wrote:It was a good arc to pick to launch the show. It was highly imperfect much like the manga itself. After a few episodes the animators seemed to get their groove though.
Looking at the Japanese Original manga I can see the first and second point. It is sort of "fun" to watch the anime knowing the first few issues of the manga. Like waiting for Verbal Kindt to reveal himself. I think the anime dudes knew they could not follow the manga strictly because they would never get anywhere. Not a bad choice when you have limited space. Sure, it misses some key elements--like why it is called "Berserk" in the first place.

One quibble is the anime did not explain why Guts is the way he is. It is clear in the manga, even if it does not show anything. But it explains why he has no trust, does not care, does not want to be touched, et cetera. Yet, later in the anime arc, it is quite clear what a nobleman is doing to all the young boys he has as valets. Everyone in the story knows it. So I wonder if, after 10+ episodes, the writers figured they were safe to discuss that seriously. [He wrote that before seeing the scene where we learn just how far a character is willing to go down to achieve his dreams.--Ed.] "Go down?!" Stop that! [Perfectly cromulent.--Ed.]

An enjoyable diversion.

--J.D.
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Tokyo Ghoul came to Netflix over here recently so I started watching it this week. Seems pretty decent so far.
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I like to start from the beginning.

Just . . . Ask . . . spark's MOM!11!! [!--Ed.]

Thanks for the warning--I would have missed the 2016 and the OVAs.

As for Tokyo Ghoul, it is a good two series Anax. The manga becomes mind-numbingly complex which makes me think that they will never adapt all of it. Too many characters with too many changing names--dead, not dead, dead NOT DEAD you're not fooling anyone--but the series is still very good in my opinion.

You may also like the completed series Parasyte.

Or:

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you could always travel to the nice quiet village of 白川郷 雛見沢 and listen to the ひぐらし:

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They did a good job adapting the manga. It is complete so, unlike say Gantz, they did not have to make up an ending.

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Having finished the Japanese Original anime run of Berserk I can see how fans back in the days of Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics SUCKAGE went absolutely batshit with the ending. Back in the day when obtaining scans of the manga, let alone translations, were difficult. That is not a criticism, they ended with at an arch, but it would have been nice IF THEY DID NOT WAIT 17 Days 16 YEARS for the OVAs which are high quality retellings of the same story. I use to belong to a forum that was devoted to obtaining and translating the manga. I did not want the story spoiled, so I never got into it until now.

I am enjoying the OVAs. Beautifully done, more explicit about a few things.
if you seduce the Princess but think about Guts when you do her from foreplay to completion, yeah, you probably have t3h yaoi gh3y.
Spoiler:
Not . . . that there is anything wrong with it.
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Have not got that far yet.
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Just finished the third OVA which basically completes the series from back when Pete Carroll was "SO PUMPED UP" for coaching the Patriots into irrelevance. At least you know a bit more than the end of the original series.

Started the 2016 series--PATS WIN MALCOLM BUTLER!!! But I am concerned about the playoffs--and the style you note is kind of fun. Unlike the OVA computer/near rotoscope style which we also see in Attack on Titan, this tries to remind you it is based on a manga: drawings. I do not dislike it at all. These are, ultimately, cartoons, and if I wanted to watch a movie I would watch Three Games to Glory IV. I only hope there is a sequel . . . to TGtGIV of course. . . .





What?

Nice to see it picks up were the manga actually began.

--J. "No Matter the Cause, He Died Doing What he Wanted, Right?" D.

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corplinx wrote:Berserk is Back!!! FUCK YEAH.

http://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.28 ... MA%3D%3D.2
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Yes! It is 2016 and if the Red Sox can sweep the lowly In'juns, I think they can extend the Cubbies Century of FAIL for another year! :hyper:

The Pats? I am not sure they can recover from losing Brady for four games :( A lost season for a QB in his Twilight Years.

Anyways, the anime introduces that very person! Must say it is a fantastic arc:

Give me that Ol' Time Religion!
Give me that Ol' Time Religion!
Give me that Ol' Time Religion!
It's good enough for me!

It was good enough for Garglplatz!
It was good enough for Garglplatz!
It was good enough for Garglplatz!
Then it's good enough for me!


--J.D.

P.S.
In the [Japanese Original--Ed.] anime/manga I thought she was an irritating trope. Some how, a girl who weighs about 90 lbs dripping wet is THE GREATEST SWORDSWOMAN INVINCIBLE and all of that . . . blah . . . blah. Seemed too obvious.

Then that anime and the recapitulation OVAs ended.

Now the 2016 season . . . I have to think, damn, sorry Casca, really . . . sorry . . . I mean . . . fuck.
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corplinx wrote:The manga took the old old idea of the love triangle and made it work better than yet another harem manga.

Guts wants Casca
Casca wants Griffith
Griffith wants Guts.
I utterly agree with that. Nice set up. What is clearer, I think, in the manga since it could take "more time" than the anime, is how jealous Griffith becomes of Guts. So when Guts finally beats him he does something completely stupid but understandable since he feels emasculated. The result after a year is he is basically emasculated but when he is rescued he constantly stares at Guts and Casca in literal impotent silence. Incidentally, I spewed some coffee in the manga after Guts and Casca finally Dance the Light Fantastic, she jumps on her horse, winces, then "near-chibi" stares at him thinking "You're lucky!"

Anyways, thus probably one of the most pathetic scenes in both the manga and animes where he tries to take Casca. For years, he just has to raise his eyebrows and Casca would have dropped her chain mail panties and asked him how he likes his eggs in the morning. This, utterly broken, is even more sad than when he tried to strangle Guts. Her hugging him is like the final insult.

Thus, of course, what he does to her later. He does it to prove his own virility and to punish Guts. He does not give a shit about Casca other than I would give a shit about some trash you stole BECAUSE IT'S MINE!!!

What I like is he is the Pretty Boy Hero who becomes what he really is: a selfish child villain, but it gives some explanation for it.
Guts can't even think about Griffith wanting him that way because of his PTSD. If Griffith splashes water on him, it is completely asexual to Guts.
I would agree with all of that too. In the manga he is more explicit--they show it more in the 2012 Revamp--where as part of their duel if he loses he sarcastically states he would even be Griffith's boy. Griffith, I think, struggles with it. Or he may be bi, but we never see him take sexual advantage of anyone until he goes after the princess. Being So Beloved by Casca and Men and Boys [Available for download from a site in Russia.--Ed.], you would think he might had "done it" with one of them, BUT I think, like Guts, he was fixated on a goal. The princess, of course, becomes part of that. When Guts leaves him, he lashes out like a teenager.

Blah . . . blah . . . blah . . . I think it is clear he loves Guts, now hates him as a scorned lover, and what he did to Casca was simply to punish Guts. Even his feeble attempt I mention earlier was more of a case, I think, of him trying to take Guts' "toy" when it had been his. He never cared for Casca. Now he does care because Guts does. As to whether or not Griffith knows he loves Guts, I think he dispenses it knowing he has to "marry the princess" to get in line for the throne. In his mind, I think, he probably thinks that will happen, he will sire "An Heir and a Spare," then spend all of his time in battle with Guts . . . splashing water on him . . . while he is naked . . . crossing swords . . . but not gay.
What he knows of homosexuality doesn't involve flirting or play. So he won't think of even the idea of it unless it is triggered by something more violent than a bath.
And he clearly hated it. He is also clearly clueless on love--not a priority. The 2012 delves into it--and since you read the manga you probably know--that both he and Casca were virgins and they sort of "work it out." Then they try again. It is actually kind of nice.
What makes this interesting post golden age is that Guts is a man-child and not in the StarWars and toys kind of way. Stunted emotionally. He is basically a 15 year old in a grown ups' body. He is straight but extremely awkward. He's a testosterone filled teenager with no tact, little intellect, and PTSD.
Again I completely agree. Like you wrote about the "harem set-up/love triangle" Guts--what a name--is set up like the Wandering God Hero Man we see in too many stories. His sword is so big Inuyasha figures he has "issues." Then it shows how he became that and how he went from a normal boy looking for a father figure, getting literally fucked, then trying to avoid all human attachment. I think the early scenes where he visions the dead . . . What's His Name Father Figure . . . he is trying to convince himself that *Google* Gambino actually cared for him. Gambino never did. Ever. Guts does not want to accept it, just as he tried not to believe Gambino literally rented out his ass.

Which makes me think, having written that, one of the true "tragedies" he faces is Julius did love his son. He was being "tough" on him as Guts imagined Gambino was "just being tough" on him. But that was not the case.
So his treatment of Casca fits perfectly with those things. It's painful to watch or read and it is supposed to be. He's a broken thing because of his past and she's a broken thing because of the Golden Age.
It is a good example of being "too late." Casca finally realizes she has been running from her own sexuality--nearly being raped as a very young teen might do that--by fixating on Griffith who clearly does not want her. But it is an idea. A "Notice Me Sempai!" in a way. Hence yet another reason for her to hate Guts because Griffith "wants" him for many reasons. He even values Guts as a fighter over her.

Then . . . just as Guts starts to value other people as people, then starts to value and admire Casca, she does the same.

But it is too late.
What I wonder is, what happens if Casca gets fixed?
Who knows! "This will not end happily," as JG.R.R. Martin quipped. But he is a Jets fan so he is use to ball crushing disappointment. Did I mention a Super Bowl yet?

But . . . yeah . . . I think we see how it will not work when Griffith has a vision of a "future" where Casca is his wife, he has a son--named Guts! . . . well . . . at least his torturer was not Ramsey Bolton!--but he is still an invalid whom Casca has to feed and look after.
It's not for you, Uther! Hearth and home. Mother and child.

Merlin, Excalibur
So, no, I do not see Guts and Casca "settling down."

Oddly enough, the Irritating Fluffy Haired Nina and Wet Pants Joachim probably provided the best answer at the end of the 2016 season. They are both weak. They do care, but they are weak. Maybe they can lean on one another and survive. As fatuous as Nina is she recognizes something Griffith never could: she knows if she stays with her friends she will become jealous of them and become the duplicitous bitch she has been. She has to leave.
Berserk is not a happy tale.
It did warm my Atheist heart. Incidentally, I very much liked what they did with what SHOULD have been a Stereotype Character Farnessesfernessederkurt. What a nice collection of personality disorders. Fundamentalist, sado-masochist, "daddy issues," all of it. Very nicely done. Even Guts is taken aback over her self-flagellation.

To a point:

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To which, after composing most of this, I watched the second episode of 2017 and saw the back-story of Lady Farnessesferngullyderkunesseness and Her Boy Toy.

Damn.

Anyways, thanks for the recommendation.

--J.D.
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I think it was intentional. It starts as the Wandering Hero God Who Does Not Speak but with a Gruff [Get on with it!--Ed.] Kills Everyone. So you are correct: it looks like the opening of Cerebus minus the satire . . . and latent misogyny. Same all the way to the Band of Hawks. Everyone is a trope. Back in the 80s-90s, long-haired feminine boys were "a thing" in manga/anime. Plucky kids who are somehow bad-ass. Blah blah.

Then it gets into why they are all so fucked up. All of the characters are fascades . . . façades . . . fake. Looking at Guts when we see him "now" as the same character from the beginning, he is very different.

So yeah.

--J.D.

P.S. I loved how Luca kept cheerfully calling Big Ass Skull Helmet Dealer of All That Hurts "Death God"--死神.
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Yeeeeaahhh . . . and Ghost in the Shell as well. Cowboy Bebop is still possible if you just do not notice the Moon.

Though one of my favorite spoofs on that is the "President from 1980" in Amazon Women on the Moon:

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at 0:10.

Akira is probably one of the best over-rated films/anime and, yes, manga ever made. Fantastic animation before computers made it all easy. One of the reasons I enjoyed the Japanese Original Berserk for the animation. It is a cartoon. I know I am watching a cartoon. I do not mind if it looks drawn.

But the plot http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264 ... 9d8ee1.gif

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Incidentally,
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264 ... irl-II.jpg
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Knew I liked her!

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Saw a new anime movie on Netflix the other day. Called Blame!

Not bad. Probably not exactly untrod territory, but it's not a huge investment in time. Humans trying to survive in a post-apocalypse where machines have taken over. Lots of cliches, but visually interesting I guess. I might give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6574146/

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Kinda reminds me of a spaghetti Western movie trope actually.
Where a mysterious hero rides into town one day and saves the town and then rides off into the sunset at the end. Without the sunset, but metaphorically that.
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Tentacles?

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[youtube][/youtube]

I do not totally agree with butt-hurt fans upset with the 3-D imaging and the like in the 2016 series. It follows the manga pretty well, so be happy. Otherwise, return to the 90s and wonder what happened.

Apparently, due to complaints/butt-hurt from 2016, the 2017 production is using more traditional 2-D--like the still you posted. So points for listening to fans.

Either way, it is the story and characters which makes it a good series.

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Okay . . . and boobs.

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On a recommendation I saw Shiki. Starts a generic "vampire" anime--it is considered one of the best if you do not want to watch Huge Wandering Crabacular Creature Things with British Accents from the Blood series.

Cons:
  • 1. Seems not to be sure what it wants to be.
    2. Fucking looks like you are in Higurashi. Hinamizawa is based on a real place for realistic shots in the [Japanese--Ed.] Original Sound Novels which then got extended for the anime. This looks so similar you expect
    http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264 ... idvus7.gif to show up. They even have a "Vampire Rika" but, sadly, no "Vampire Hanyū.
    http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264 ... jhetkk.png
Pro:
  • 1. It handles the various arising moral ambiguities very nicely. This includes experimenting on/torturing "vampires" to figure out how to kill them while kidnapping children to use as easy prey for new "Risen." One guy--before dispatching a vampire--turns to another and quips, "Don't tell anyone, but I never liked this guy!"
    2. ANYONE can--and will--die. Sometimes not Epic Spectacular as in Main Characters having long soliloquies and otherwise heroic ends.
    3. Sympathy for no one: the humans are as vain, selfish, prejudiced, and all of that as any. The ones that become vampires retain that.
A 3-4 out of 5 on the Anax Scale[Tm.--Ed.]. It gets better and some nice side episodes which explain events from another perspective are nicely done.

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Recently saw a new Netflix movie called Okja.
http://imdb.com/title/tt3967856/
It's not anime but it sort of has an anime vibe to it.
Korean director, about half of the dialog is Korean too.

It's sort of a mishmash of elements from different movies. It's a bit of Babe, a bit of Tottoro, some Jason Bourne scenes and some dystopian future stuff (Soylent Green maybe, although I have to confess that I never saw Soylent Green).

And there's some animal rights propaganda and anti-GMO propaganda thrown in. On the plus side there's some nice looking country scenes.

It's definately far from perfect but I'd say if you have Netflix you should probably check it out. Comes in at just about 2 hours. Oh, and they have one of those throwaway scenes that comes after the closing credits but it's hardly worth waiting for.

Maybe 3 out of five.
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Jigoku Shōjo--地獄少女--returns with beautiful full HD animation to ferry your grudges into damnation!

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It is 2007 . . . the Patriots are fucking UNSTOPPABLE but I am not so sure about the Red Sox. Do they have the pitching to, say, beat a resurgent Cleveland? Oh well . . . a World Series in 2004 makes up for it given the Patriots will just walk into a FOURTH SUPER BOWL WIN!!111!!




シグルイ--Shigerui--is based on a fantastic manga which is, in turn, based on old stories/novels. As an anime it tells the complicated story of two rivals in a sword school. To make it simple:

Pros:
  • 1. Adult: utterly. No "lolis." No "chibis." Absolutely zero "comic relief."
    2. History: based in history revolving a "bad son" of the Tokugawa clan--see Shōgun--who, with the power of his name and position, started indulging in his lethal vices until, finally, someone took notice. Very accurate in this respect. All the way down to the method of "punishment."
    3. Characters: no "good guys" and the "bad guys" have a reason for what they do. Everyone is "bad" in a way in that they look towards themselves for disastrous results. The "good guy" makes some very Japanese decisions which makes him appear "the bad guy." To explain, with a bit of a T3h Sp01l4g3z but does not ruin the series:
    Spoiler:
    He is usurped by a rival to be "the Heir" to the school. Crazy teacher then demands, publicly, that said rival have sex with his daughter, his only child. He--"good guy"--join in holding her down even though he knows it is "wrong." Rival is "bad guy," but even he refuses and insists on a marriage ceremony and all of that for the daughter's honor. So "the bad guy" behaves "good" while the "good guy" simply follows along because demented "Sensei said!" which would have been the public rape of a girl. Something said girl does not fail to notice.

    There are other examples of "unquestioned loyalty" yielding ghastly results. From the manga comes the quote I posted about how feudalism involves a few sadists and many, many masochists.
    4. Production: very well done. Follows the manga and adds to it/tweeks it appropriately without changing it. Visually fantastic. Great music.
Cons:
  • 1. None.
    2. Zero.
    3. Your Mom.
Adult so blood, doom, and the like within reason. Some called it "graphic" but compared to modern fare--"can you BELIEVE Matt Ryan dropped back to PASS?!!"--it is appropriate. This is NOT usual "tween anime" but it is also not "lets put in violence and sex because THAT means 'adult!'" Very good story. There is a reason to sympathize even with "the Bad Guys" just as there is a reason to judge the "Good Guys."

Sorry, Anax, no tentacles. http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264 ... 9d8ee1.gif So only 4 out of 5 on the Anax Scale.

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I started watching Psycho-Pass on Netflix.

No English subtitles unfortunately. That's one of the disadvantages of life in Japan. Maybe over there you can find a version with subtitles. But it looks very good after the first episode.

For me, it's a bit frustrating because I just can't understand it like a native speaker could. Enough to get the general feeling but I know there's a lot I'm missing.
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You know . . . you can get it subtitled . . . without, perhaps, a visit from 警察官:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... Poster.jpg

Have not watched it because sort of mixed reviews particularly with regards to the second season. Instead, I got hooked on one I did not recommend--"Assassination Classroom"--since it plays on a lot of "in-jokes" and tropes like "traps" and "Noble Sensei" and all of that. For example, a Anime Level Buxom is Serbian with a name that ends in "vich" which no one can pronounce so, to her irritation, they just call her "Bich Sensei"--this despite her linguistic lessons and attempts to teach "v" to the Japanese. The anime happily explains that, yes, "bich" is the way Japanese say "Bitch" with a hyper-formal dictionary definition of "Bitch."

With the "trap," who does not act like a trap other than hair, body shape, and female voice actress, in a swimming scene all of the girls pause, "oh, you're not a girl? Huh."

I find it funny with easier Japanese to listen to . . . more or less. I would not recommend it, though, unless one likes such self-referential humor including the "Gendo-esque" principle with Asshole Son whose office is so large and empty it is bigger than the damn school.

They do due some nice take-offs on English in anime including an American "super hero/action hero" movie with stupid plot twists.

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Anaxの馬鹿

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264 ... 7wazgr.png

in full 1080p! :De_Bunk:

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く?

ごめなさい。

憩ってください。

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許さない!!!  :x




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WC?

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"Water Closet?"

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"The devil's proof"

I like the concept. I think that all skeptics know about it, but I wasn't familiar with the term before.
Probatio diabolica (Latin: "devil's proof", "diabolical proof") is a legal requirement to achieve an impossible proof. Where a legal system would appear to require an impossible proof, the remedies are reversing the burden of proof, or giving additional rights to the individual facing the probatio diabolica.

The Devil's Proof is the logical dilemma that while evidence will prove the existence of something, the lack of evidence fails to disprove it.

In essence, the opposing statement's lack of proof makes the statement true in some sense. This connects with the idea that, while substantial evidence may prove the devil's existence, there is no evidence that denies the devil's existence; therefore, one cannot deny the devil's existence.

For example, one party might patent a process for manufacturing an item. Another party might then make the item. The patent-holder would normally have to show that the patented process had been improperly used; this is a probatio diabolica, since, on the face of it, the patent-holder can't prove which process was actually used, which could render the patent useless. Two possible solutions exist:

the burden of proof is reversed by presuming that the second manufacturer has improperly used the patented process, unless he/she demonstrates that he/she has used some other process; or
the patent-holder is given discovery rights, enabling him/her to obtain information from the second manufacturer on the process actually used
Since absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, you can't prove that the devil doesn't exist, or many other ridiculous claims.

You can't prove that Bigfoot doesn't exist, except by reversing the burden of proof. In this case, absence of evidence actually is evidence of absence. Because, if it existed, surely somebody would have found it by now. It's just as likely that Orcs, Elves or Dragons exist, but somehow nobody has ever found one. It's inconceivable that such a thing could exist without leaving some sort of evidence of its existence.

Randi's "Million Dollar Challenge" was another kind of "devil's proof". Because it's near impossible to affirmatively disprove the existence of "paranormal" or "supernatural" phenomena, he offered up a big prize for anyone who could offer affirmative proof of its existence.
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I can't wait for the newest version of Hungry Chicken to come out!!
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I think it does a nice job of staying within the society it creates. The heroine--who is actually a heroine in she is a normal young woman, not some super-hero or genius or destined to spread her legs for The Real Hero--is unable to consider a different society. She does not want chaos, but she is not sure how to "fix" the problem of a society cowed into accepting the system as it is.

So she does her best and, sometimes, that best is "not good enough."

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Finished watching Psycho-Pass 2 earlier today. Now I'm watching the Psycho-Pass movie. The Engrish is a bit annoying.