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Old 02-06-2009, 09:16 AM   #16
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SP is right, both are considered anime because they were made in Japan and originally dubbed in Japanese. Almost all anime nowadays comes with both the English dub track and the original (and superior in most cases) Japanese track thanks to DVD.

The only time I can stand an English track now is if I originally was exposed to the movie or show in English first. When I first saw Akira, Ghost In The Shell and Princess Mononoke they were all in English. While I think the Japanese track is better, I can handle them in English.

Speaking of, Lance, have you ever watched Battle Angel in English? I bought a VHS copy years ago for a bargain price but when I got home and started watching I realized why – it was in English After seeing it first in Japanese it was terrible, I only managed to watch the first 10 minutes before turning it off.
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Actually, on that note, sometimes dubs can be better than the original... I honestly found the Mexican dub of Dragon Ball Z more tolerable than the Japanese one.
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^ my friend was telling me that in the Japanese one the voices are high pitched, whereas the English one the voices are masculine.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:41 AM   #19
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^ my friend was telling me that in the Japanese one the voices are high pitched, whereas the English one the voices are masculine.
Yes, they do sound rather high-pitched, but I can't say the English ones are much more "masculine" - rather comically exaggerated. The script changes in the English version tended to be shitty, too.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:55 AM   #20
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yeah, the English voice actors tend to go from dull lifeless reading to painfully cheesy overacting
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:12 AM   #21
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Speaking of, Lance, have you ever watched Battle Angel in English? I bought a VHS copy years ago for a bargain price but when I got home and started watching I realized why – it was in English After seeing it first in Japanese it was terrible, I only managed to watch the first 10 minutes before turning it off.
I actually think it's sort of terrible in both languages.

The original 9 volumes of the graphic novel are unbelievable though.
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:14 PM   #22
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Bokurano is excellent if you like twistedness...basically about a bunch of kids that get tricked into piloting a giant mecha to protect the world. Each has to pilot it as it uses your life to power it, so they die after each battle...tis incredibly depressing, but each kid is characterised pretty well, even the ones that go early on.

I can't recommend Mushishi enough, if you like your mystery/myth type stories...it's very episodic but beautifully animated, tis a slow burner but a great one. Just magical.
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I heard Dalton has a pretty extensive collective of hentai.
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I heard Dalton has a pretty extensive collective of hentai.
I'm not sure if I'm disappointed or impressed.
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hahahahaha. the information is appalling.
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I can't recommend Mushishi enough, if you like your mystery/myth type stories...it's very episodic but beautifully animated, tis a slow burner but a great one. Just magical.
There's a pretty attractive complete series set of this, but it's like $40 used. I did find a used copy of volume 1 for only $4, so I'm going to check it out.

Thanks for the recommendation.
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You won't be disappointed. It really is a one of a kind series. Each episode focuses on a 'mushi'...best I can describe them as, is a spirit like creature that can be beneficial, parasitic or has in general no effect on the local people or towns. But when they conflict with the humans, it's up to a Mushishi (a mushi expert) to come sort it out...without necessarily harming the mushi. Some of the conflicts are quite interesting. The story follows Ginko the Mushishi, and the story especially about how he lost his eye and came to be (towards the end) is really quite brilliant.

Most of how the mushi come about seem to stem from Japanese folk myths...there's just something so enigmatic about the series. It's such a peaceful show but there always seems to be some kinda tension that winds up in the later episodes.
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Have you heard anything about or seen Baccano? I ordered it, sounds fucking awesome.
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I've heard excellent things about...tis meant to be again episodic but they are interconnecting stories. It's rated quite highly on anidb.net which is where I usually go to find out about anime, as I used to download direct fansubs and what not. Still go to a few sites which stream the fansubs as well.

Anyway to wet your appetite for Mushishi I found an excellent AMV for it and instead of the usual shitty emo song they stick over these things, someone put it to There There by Radiohead.

YouTube - Mushishi AMV
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I would also like to point out Noein is an incredible series. Sci-fi/parallel universe setting. Extremely unique art direction, and some of the best action animation and direction i've seen in any medium. Physics geeks should love it as well, but the characterisation and story in general is top notch. I came close to crying a few times in it, there's something about kids making tough decisions or put in really awful situations that sets me off.

In fact anime seems to be the only visual art form that has brought me close to tears...Grave of Fireflies, the end of Cowboy Bebop and Chrno Crusade (that's engrish btw not my bad spelling)

Anyway a taster of Noein.

YouTube - Noein Amv
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