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Old 06-27-2010, 10:50 PM   #1
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Anime, anyone?

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Old 06-29-2010, 12:16 AM   #2
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I watched Paprika the other night. Great stuff.

Though if you're talking more about series, I can't say I'm following any at the moment. Recommendations would be nice. ... Lance?
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:20 AM   #3
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I'm all over this thread. Downloading Ergo Proxy this week. Should be decent.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:31 AM   #4
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I was reading up on Satoshi Kon (I'm showing Millennium Actress to friends tomorrow), and was wondering if anyone had seen Paranoia Agent. Worth the effort?
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Paranoia Agent is pretty disappointing. Then again I'm not as on-board the Kon hype-train as some. But yeah... it's just... eh, I wouldn't recommend it. At least not before a couple dozen other series.
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:04 AM   #6
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I was gonna DL the first season/disc and see but hmm. Then again, I really like Kon a lot.

Have you seen all of his features?
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:06 AM   #7
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I have. I like most of his feature work to an extent, even if I don't think he's all that great. But P.A. was still quite the step down I thought.
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Yeeeeessssssss.

Also "Blue" and "Space Lion" FTW.
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:50 PM   #10
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I'm not quite half way through Ergo Proxy now, but it seems to be doing the trick. Deft storytelling with a fairly grounded style as far as character designs, writing and voice acting and those sorts of things. Muted color palette compliments the sci-fi setting, and the artwork is pretty solid for the most part. It also has this [i]gothic chic[i] thing going on (most immediately with the main character) which was a little off-putting at first, but even that is beginning to come more into focus as the story seems to be taking on a sort of Greek tragedy of the gods type arc now.

Point being it's not shabby, and I think Laz might dig it.

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Old 06-08-2011, 01:02 AM   #11
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Anime's the reason I'm a U2 fan. There was a fan-edited music video combining Tenchi Muyo in Love
with the Rattle & Hum version of "With or Without You." Saw it in 6th grade and instantly fell in love.

U2 also has some ties to anime. They contributed "One Minute Warning" to Ghost in the Shell.
I read somewhere back that Adam said Popmart was influenced by anime, amongst other things.
Then there's that picture of the band in front of a Sailor Moon S poster in Tokyo...
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Several episodes into Monster. I know Laz started watching this at some point. Really fantastic stuff so far, though its extremely-serialized nature means the pay-off only really comes with extended investment, which I'm happy to provide.
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:29 AM   #13
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Man, I am so far behind on that one. I can't remember where I left off, or what was happening exactly when I did. Some organized crime storyline, maybe? I was probably up to Episode 20 or something.

I'd need to read synopses until finding one I didn't recognize.
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Five episodes into Shinichirō Watanabe's new series Kids on the Slope, and it's already one of the better anime series I've seen. It's world's apart from his other two long-form works, Bebop and Champloo, in that it's almost naturalistic in its style, reminiscent of Edward Yang or Japanese New Wave live-action cinema in its setting and aesthetic, and a far more nuanced and rich character piece then he usually tackles. The emotional range and dramatic sophistication after just these 5 episodes is incredibly impressive. Watanabe times his moments with a master's precision, and manages to avoid almost all the pitfalls typical high school-set anime series nearly always suffer from. It's also gorgeously animated. The jazz sessions have as much energy and formal precision as any of Bebop's action sequences.







It's impossible to say at this point where it stacks against his other work for certain, but it's definitely strong than Champloo at this point in its cycle, and maybe Bebop (though episode 5 is where Bebop jumped from a very good series to an all-time-great, so we'll see where this all goes).
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I'm about to start summer break, so I'm going to have a lot of time on my hands. Definitely going to finish Clannad, and then I'll have to dig through some more or your recommendations, Lance, because you most certainly did NOT steer me wrong there.
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