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 on: June 21, 2017, 10:24:01 PM 
Started by N734NJ - Last post by Penguins79
I lurb this.

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 on: June 21, 2017, 11:35:49 AM 
Started by N734NJ - Last post by N734NJ
Editorial Position: I Was Wrong About Ouran High School Host Club

There is an old adage in research, political science and anything academic that “correlation is not causation”. Yet, I let that get the best of me. See, back in 2009 when I first on the anime convention scene, it was wonderful (everyone’s first are). Legions of cosplayers, people dressed up from anime I haven’t even heard of yet. And enough people in powder-blue blazers to fill up a full A380plus. These people, wig-clad and uniform in their look had some other common denominator: there were damn annoying. Later, this group is part of a larger movement called the fad cosplayers, moving from one big thing to the next. Ouran led to Hetalia, which was then a jumping point for Homestuck. Homestuck floated on for a while, and that then turned into Attack Titan. That was a waypoint to Steven Universe, and who knows where it will go next. So, it was a long, annoying road of fandoms, filled to the brim with noisy, obtrusive and obsessive people that turned me off to a lot of things.

   Ouran comes into the picture from that. Fast forward to 2016. Still adjusting having just moved to a new part of the country, my only connection to friends is through the same computer I’m typing this on. I’m in the midst of tedious and draining training at work (aviation be srs business), when my good friend from Minneapolis suggest “Hey, let’s watch Ouran”. I scoff. He insists that we try it “you’ll like it”. I mean, I guess. Can’t be too wrong-he hasn’t led me astray yet. We synch up the episode (we’re doing this over the interwebs, 1,200 miles away), and press play. Extremely skeptical, one episode leads to the next, and 26 episodes later – somehow- the show has won me over. Among all the tumult, the confusion, Ouran comes by with some new concepts, but some older tropes put on their sides, charming me with its ability to make me laugh and not get onto/off of another feels train. 

   This is me eating crow, backpedaling years of downplaying this show and having let a fandom ruin an otherwise fun and interesting series. Yes. It has things I don’t usually find appealing in anime, implied yaoi parings, a few love-ish plots. If the anime was just that –like I had been led to believe by the fandom– I would have walked by episode 3. However, what appeared to be fangirl bait was actually a tightly-controlled, witty 26 episode mini-parody of anime tropes, everything from the implied yaoi, to fanservice, annoying twins and beyond. What I thought was fluff was actually a pretty well-laid out series, with satisfying character development coupled to a wonderful baroque-like soundtrack (I’m a sucker for good violin arrangements, harpsichords are a bonus). To me, a wonderful bonus is Vic Mignogna's work voicing Tamaki Suoh (wow, Vic as yet *another* teenager.....) whose abhorrence of Yaoi makes this all the sweeter. Yet, still he does a pretty darn good job at playing the club President. This makes the sum of it al l

   Without the full review, this is all I can say, seeing I’m currently sandwiched between a Union meeting, a midshift and an online class. The simple fact of the matter is I let the fandom nearly kill this for me, and it took nearly 6 years for me to reconcile the discontinuity. I don’t know if I’ll ever like Homestuck (too long), Steven Universe, or the like, but at least here I’m glad to be wrong. This may not change your mind, and that’s ok, but my mind has taken a 180-degree coordinated turn, and that’s all that really matters.

   Check it out. But you don’t have to take my word for it.

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 on: June 21, 2017, 11:20:37 AM 
Started by N734NJ - Last post by N734NJ
The Thread where I contribute to MW, but it don't fit into other categories.

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 on: April 08, 2017, 08:47:18 PM 
Started by alexwcovington - Last post by alexwcovington
I was really hoping that they were aping some part of the material I hadn't seen.  Good thing I didn't score GITS:View Alone Complex yet.

RECALCULATING...   RECALCULATING...   RECALCULATING...  RETICULATING SPLINES...
Three prism thingies out of 10!
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 on: April 08, 2017, 05:34:28 PM 
Started by alexwcovington - Last post by CX
There was nothing in there from the manga.

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 on: April 08, 2017, 05:33:51 PM 
Started by CX - Last post by CX
I just watched it today.  It'll take me a bit to fully organize my thoughts, but my first impressions are thus (do not read if you don't want spoilers):

- They completely wasted the characters, and failed to establish any kind of connection/comradery between them.  So it rang false when there was supposed to be character drama.  Like, why does that one doctor feel the way toward the Major that she does? 

- The referral to the main character as simply "Major" rather than "the Major" was somewhat jarring to me.

- They went through great lengths to copy iconic imagery from the first two movies, yet completely changed the circumstances of them, and with the garbage men the change made no sense.

- It came off as them snatching names and iconography from the previous adaptations with their own made up shit as the actual substance of it, which came off as rather ham-fisted the majority of the time, especially how they kept explaining the concept of the fully-prosthetic body and name-dropping the show.

-A lot of the establishing shots of the city looked fake as hell, partly or maybe even mostly because of the giant ad holograms.  It's funny how much more convincing similar shots in 1982's Bladerunner were in comparison.

- I was rather disappointed that the Major didn't get an opportunity to show what an awesome hacker she was supposed to be.

- The plot really rubbed me the wrong way, because while I'll be the first to say that adaptations don't have to be exactly like the source material, they deviated so much from it that it might as well not be GitS.  Instead we got a recycled amnesia/revenge story with elements of "The Evil Corporation" not unlike what was in the Total Recall remake (and RoboCop from what I've heard).  It felt like I was essentially watching the same movie with different window-dressing.

- Other than the cityscapes, the movie was rather good-looking, though I had a laugh at the elimination of the Major's nipples from all the shots they were ripping off from the 1995 movie.

- I also liked that Aramaki was able to speak Japanese and everyone was able to understand him, as given the level of technology this only makes sense to me.  I also liked that it was not explained to death or even at all, really.  It's probably the only thing in the movie that wasn't explained to death like the audience was a bunch of idiots or something.  I do kind of think Kusinagi's mother should have been able to do the same thing, though.  Although part of me doesn't like that she has a living mother like this (her background being mysterious was honestly some of her appeal).

- The soundtrack was barely noticeable, and did nothing to stand out on its own.  The first two movies and Stand Alone Complex all had outstanding soundtracks that stand out on their own and complimented the movie/series very well.  The only use of the iconic wedding theme from the first film was relegated to the end credits (rather like Abrams Trek if you think about it), and made no sense in the context of the actual story beyond the fact that it was something from the original movie.  Of course, this seems to be the movie in a nutshell.  I am so disappointed, even though I was expecting to be disappointed.  Sad

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 on: March 31, 2017, 01:21:40 AM 
Started by alexwcovington - Last post by alexwcovington
GHOST IN Δ THE SHELL
(2017 film)

I liked it.

Is it a faithful adaptation of GITS?  Certain scenes, sure.  I mean, I was hoping for the anime to be the biggest part, but they seem to have gone all the way back to the manga for main inspiration, so I can't comment on that as well.

Characterwise, the new take on the Tachikomas is pretty cool.  Everyone in Section ⑨ we see is given a moment to shine.  As for ScarJo's role, she is spot-on, subtly emoting just as the closed-off Major would.

I can't give the antagonist high marks, but GITS has always been about the philosophy, and that comes through sufficiently without slowing down the action.  Each part of the show is infused with consequence, though - the subtle enhancements and vulnerabilities that come from cybernetics are on centre stage throughout the film.  What it lacks in plot strength, it makes up for in actually being the most futuristic thing out of Hollywood since Minority Report.

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