06-23-2007, 06:27 AM
The makeup was done to make him look like he does in the anime. I agree it was a bit over-the-top, but I was more referring to the mannerisms and how he actually acted like L.
06-24-2007, 10:26 AM
Another new Bokurano, so fast. Pretty sharp contrast to the rest of the story. Sad, but in a different way. I actually prefer the harshness of Chizu's story, though, it's what makes this show so powerful. Still, good writing all around.
06-24-2007, 01:32 PM
Dennou Coil is pretty awesome. I like the glasses thing because it's believable that we might be headed in a similar direction in the future. Give us 50 years, and we'll be Dennou Coil.
Originally Posted by Donald L.
06-25-2007, 05:09 PM
Quick question: has anyone here finished Blood+? Just curious if it's worth watching, I'm bored at the moment and need an older (but good) series to polish off. I've seen too much to ask for general recommendations because chances are if you toss any out I've seen it.
I just finished Night Head Genesis which sounds vaguely like hentai, but it was actually pretty decent and relatively ignored last year. Although Naoya grabbing his head and screaming 10 times an episode does get a little old.
06-25-2007, 05:20 PM
What is the basic plot synposis of Night head Genesis?
06-25-2007, 05:47 PM
AnimeNewsNetwork usually has good summaries and this one's pretty much right on. It's about 2 brothers with psychic abilities, one with telekenesis and the other with telepathy. The telepathic one sees some seriously fucked up shit in the show which makes for some interesting stories, and the TK one is basically the muscle. Just watch a few episodes and you'll be intrigued, particularly when they arrive at the bar.
06-25-2007, 09:39 PM
Caught up with Seirei no Moribito--great show. Not really full of action, and while it's slowed down a bit and taken on a different turn, there's something wonderfully sentimental about this show and pretty much all of the characters in it.
06-26-2007, 03:36 AM
Yeah, i'm starting to compare Seirei no Moribito to Samurai Champloo. Some of the best fighting scenes ever at the begining and then slowing down. However this one is still keeping my interest up. I might need to watch Champloo again.
06-26-2007, 08:21 AM
I've seen Blood+. I would give it a "meh" rating. This show should have been great, with a teenage sword-wielding vampire killing other vampires, and the usual world conspiracy angle. However, the pacing is uneven, and never gets to be as fast as other action shows. The plot is generally a dramatic soap-opera (haa haa), rather than an end-of-the-world adventure. You might have more fun watching it by skipping every other episode.
06-26-2007, 08:43 AM
I didn't watch all of Blood+. I think I watched about the first 15 episodes, and I can remember all of about three of them, because it's oh so very slow. To be fair I did quite enjoy it, but yeah, the pacing is completely off. At that stage I was watching it one a week (I started watching around episode 4, weekly), so it might be a bit better if you can watch multiple episodes in one go.
06-27-2007, 02:55 PM
Woot! Claymore 13 just came out and it's still getting better.
CLAYMORE 13 SPOILERS BELOW
At least one of my predictions was right for once. Irene survived the attack by awakened Priscilla but lost her left arm. Also, it looks like Angie was also right and Clare really is only 1/4 Yoma, since she has only Teresa inside her. Irene told her that makes her the weakest she can possibly be. Oh, and Ofelia awakening! I knew she was evil and insane, but I didn't see that coming, what with her lust for hunting Awakened Beings and all. Major ups to the writers too for making such a huge decision as Clare having her right arm permanently destroyed. Ballsy move.
It looks like Clare is going to get a lot stronger now. With Irene teaching her Flash Sword and taking her on as a general pupil, I can't see how she won't. Next episode it appears she's going to fight awakened Ofelia, but after that I predict a time lapse episode where Raki has grown up and Clare is significantly stronger (which may happen even before the awakened Ofelia fight). I don't see how they couldn't do this... with her right arm permanently gone, she can't fight much of anything, Irene even said this: "You couldn't kill even a weakling right now." So there's going to have to be some time progression.
Which is fine with me, a grown-up Raki would be pretty neat. His pledge to one day be the one to "protect Clare" intrigues me.
06-27-2007, 03:27 PM
Naruto has been kicking ass lately with Shippuden Chronicles. The manga even more so.
I'm a little disappointed that Bleach has entered a filler mini-series so soon after starting non-filler manga-derived storyline.
Also, I'm sad that I don't have a real replacement for watching KIBA yet.
06-27-2007, 03:30 PM
Yeah, that mini-filler arc in Bleach is pissing me off. It's completely uninteresting and devoid of any real story.
06-27-2007, 03:41 PM
I hear yah on the bleach, ditto on Naruto
(does anything worthwhile happen in any of the non shippuden stuff, or is shippuden stuff simply signify the end of the filler?) Bleach has been so boring i've been tempted to drop it.
Blood+ seemed lame, and didn't feel like anything new, but i didn't like samurai champloo or war in the pocket, so my tastes seem to differ from the general consensus here.
I'm liking bokurano, but i'm afraid, as the director stated he hated the ending of the manga and wants to change it so the kids survive somehow, which seems to defeat the purpose.
Darker than black is cool, i wish episodes came out faster.
I wouldn't recommend Mellowlink, i watched it, but oof, its aged and has a very simplistic plot. I woulda gone with Votoms, but couldn't find it. The gears look cool though, i see why dreampod copied them.
06-27-2007, 03:46 PM
Naruto has been good but the last episode was just retarded ...the only good thing was "I'M GOING TO FUCKING KILL YOU!!! *RAWR*".
Also, Claymore = <3
Am i the only one that watches One Piece? ;_;
06-27-2007, 03:53 PM
Does anybody else get annoyed with the recap syndrome that both bleach and Naruto get into? It feels like they waste about 5 minutes or so just recapping, and the entire length of the show, including the 2 minute intro and 2 minute outro is like 22-24 minutes, so you end up watching a show about 15 minutes in length each week, so it takes forever for anything to happen.
06-27-2007, 04:15 PM
World's End Supernova
I'm still watching One Piece--the Cartoon Network run, so I'm probably way behind what they are showing in Japan. Karen and I are this --><-- close to giving up on it, though. It's just been so goddamn boring for so long now. I'm holding out hope that it gets better after this Alabasta story arc ends (if it EVER ends), but honestly, if it doesn't get a lot better really fast, I think we're just going to call it quits. I don't think the story has moved forward even the teeniest bit since, like last fall. The last month or two has been packed with episodes where basically nothing happens for the entire episode (unless you count characters mugging for the camera as they contemplate in horror some awful thing that's about to happen, which I don't, even though they often do entire episodes of nothing but that). Seriously, they've had like three or four episodes now covering the events that happen in the three minutes before a bomb blows and takes out an entire city. It got to the point where they even started making all the stuff in the background go in slow motion while the characters chat and posture, I guess to let you know that this given twenty-minute conversation is actually taking place all the space of a few seconds. Or something. Seriously, people bitch about Naruto being slow at times, but Naruto has never, ever been as slow as One Piece. I think Naruto has started and completed two or three full story arcs since the last time something important got resolved in One Piece. No exaggeration.
Anyway, last episode, Karen said "If that fucking bomb doesn't blow up this episode, then I'm giving up on this show." And technically it didn't, though they did at least stop it from blowing up. So I don't know where that leaves us.
06-27-2007, 04:21 PM
Sounds like you're somewhere between bargaining and denial.
Originally Posted by Ben Sones
06-27-2007, 05:57 PM
Bleach doesn't suffer from recap syndrome as much as Naruto, which is one of the worst offenders I've ever seen. Sometimes they even recap stuff from the same episode.
As far as dragging things out though, nothing will ever beat DBZ. During the Frieza fight Goku spends 3 or 4 episodes merely building up his fucking spirit bomb. That's not just slow pacing, that takes a special kind of fuckery to do. I still think that nothing in Naruto will ever come close to the first 30 episodes or so. The Zabuza/Haku arc was excellent, well-paced, and Zabuza's redemption was extremely well-done and touching. Not only that, but Naruto releasing the Kyuubi to fight Haku was animated brilliantly and it's honestly the most badass Naruto has ever looked in the series. It feels like the show's been chasing that arc ever since but just keeps getting farther and farther away.
06-27-2007, 06:07 PM
The fact that the kid is a complete asshole to the main characters and they keep falling over themselves to help him out just rubs me wrong.
Originally Posted by Scry
06-27-2007, 06:08 PM
Hummm, well, if they pick up the pace a little more you will be in for a treat. There are some really great fights coming up with Akatsuki members, Sasuke, and Orochimaru (not really spoilers, you knew they were all coming). There are a couple new major characters coming down the pipe as well. Oh, and some mind-blowing twists.
Originally Posted by Scry
06-27-2007, 06:36 PM
I just watched the final episode of Death Note. This is the most amazing series in the history of anime, possibly the history of humanity. It's epic and awesome and I recommend it without reservation to anyone.
06-27-2007, 07:25 PM
Just saw Devil May Cry #2. This show is trying so hard to be Bebop it's not even funny. Some key similarities:
- Main character does jobs for money that end up making him no money in the end or even increasing his debt
- He's extremely lazy when not working
- He's always hungry
- Pretends not to care about anything but shows moments of weakness at times
- He has a picture of a mysterious blond woman that he's shown crying over in the intro (I seriously hope her name isn't Julia)
- The blond woman is also shown in the intro as a black leather-wearing gun-wielding badass, again much like Julia
- The show follows a mission-to-mission episode style
Anything else I missed?
06-27-2007, 07:28 PM
06-27-2007, 07:38 PM
Wasn't Bebop only a small success in Japan? It seems weird so many shows would try to copy it, if that is the case.
Originally Posted by Scry
06-27-2007, 09:22 PM
Ben: ugh..i heard that the translation is terrible. REALLY REALLY terrible. And yeah, Alabasta was very boring except for the introduction of Nico Robin and Luffy's brother and maybe Luffy's battle vs Crocodille at the end.(edit:ooooh, and Zoro's battle versus that "metal" guy was cool too). It gets better but if you aren't liking the style of it right now, i don't think your opinion will improve.
06-27-2007, 09:39 PM
How about the fact that after that the planet is supposed to blow up in five minutes, but it takes something on the order of five episodes?
Originally Posted by Scry
Now imagine that your job is to go into work and write "interesting info" that will appear under that sixty episode arc every thirty seconds by freeze framing the time code and then putting that and the info into a spreadsheet.
Now imagine that it was your bright idea to begin with.
Now imagine that you go into focus testing and ask people about the info and they didn't even realize it was there until you mention it.
It's a good thing I went bald young.
06-28-2007, 12:17 AM
Er I haven't seen this one yet, caught up to 12, but if 13 takes place right after that.. seems like they have 4-episode arcs for the most part, meaning Raki probably won't be fully grown till #17 for the next arc if they do skip ahead. Just wild speculation. It's not a bad show, definitely got better.
Originally Posted by Scry
Seriously though, I hate anime where you have all these cool characters and the overarching corporation/secret agency/organization is composed of a bunch of assholes. They enforce the dumb rules, attempt to awaken the troublemakers (ie. create more problems) and then tacitly approve of Ophelia, mostly cause they'd have major problems taking her down anyway (and could provoke another Priscilla incident I guess, sounds like this is gonna happen anyway).
06-28-2007, 04:01 AM
Well, if you notice, the mini-arcs are usually numbered. Like the whole Slashers arc; it had 3 episodes, The Slashers I, The Slashers II, etc. And we just finished The Endless Gravestones I & II. The next episode isn't numbered.
06-28-2007, 07:27 AM
I just saw the final episode. Awesome stuff. I highly suggest you watch the second movie now, even if the ending was spoiled for you. It ends differently, but there are some parallels. I actually preferred the movie ending, strangely enough, although the anime as a whole was better. Truly a classic that will probably never leave my top 5 for the rest of my life.
Originally Posted by Angie Gallant