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Re: Oh, the Japanity!
« Reply #50 on: September 02, 2015, 03:02:56 PM »
Seems like Shininchiro Watanabe has been behind most of the ones that I have liked.   That guy knows how to make a good show,  and he goes the extra mile to get the gun details right.  For example,  the serial number matches in every single closeup of Spike's Jericho 941 in Cowboy Bebop and the headstamps on the cartridges are correct.

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    Re: Oh, the Japanity!
    « Reply #51 on: September 02, 2015, 05:15:23 PM »
    I didn't say Appleseed wasn't good, I just didn't think of it as that serious...  :P The disc was within arm's reach when I read your comment...  :neener

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    « Reply #52 on: September 02, 2015, 05:42:20 PM »
    If you go past the fun action scenes, there are deeper questions... What does it really mean to be 'human'? Same theme in Ghost in The Machine...

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    « Reply #53 on: September 02, 2015, 05:52:48 PM »
    I don't think I watched Appleseed...wonder if it's on Netflix?

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    « Reply #54 on: September 02, 2015, 10:12:51 PM »
    If you go past the fun action scenes, there are deeper questions... What does it really mean to be 'human'? Same theme in Ghost in The Machine...

    I think you meant "Ghost In The Shell"
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    « Reply #55 on: September 02, 2015, 10:17:16 PM »
    I thought that was about a lobster I ate once .   .   .   ::)
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    « Reply #56 on: September 02, 2015, 11:17:47 PM »
    I thought that was about a lobster I ate once .   .   .   ::)

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    « Reply #57 on: September 03, 2015, 12:01:13 AM »
    I think you meant "Ghost In The Shell"

    Yup.  Got one of my favorite anime threaded with one of my favorite Police albums...

    I promised to link a scene or two from Ghost in the Shell, but I'm having a hard time finding the clips I want.  My google-fu is weak tonight, I'm afraid.

    I did find the English trailer... WARNING: cartoon nudity ahead, be wary ye Puritans...

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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    « Reply #58 on: September 03, 2015, 12:22:02 AM »
    I don't think I watched Appleseed...wonder if it's on Netflix?

    Nope, but there is a fair collection of new anime (including Knights of Sidonia, and Attack on Titan)... There's also a pretty good Captain Harlock CGI movie...

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    « Reply #59 on: September 03, 2015, 12:37:20 AM »
    Watched Harlock already - THAT was steampunk in space, and very awesome.
    Might watch the Titan one - Sidnoia did nothing for me for some reason. Catching the last season of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works on Hulu right now.

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    « Reply #60 on: September 03, 2015, 12:49:58 AM »
    Here is my list of the few animes that I have liked.  For the most part,  I saw them on Adult Swim, so I'm not sure if they are edited versions or not.

    Cowboy Bebop:   This one is absolutely awesome.   Great work on the gun stuff.  The final shootout where Spike assaults the syndicate HQ is magnificent. 


    Samurai Champloo:  Another one from Shinichiro Watanabe.  Nice road trip story around feudal Japan with lots of cool sword fights.

    Blood+:  Kind of hard to describe.  Sort of reminds me of Highlander mixed with Blade.   A mysterious girl, her bodyguard, and adoptive family fight to stop a long lived conspiracy of Vampires trying to take over the world.

    Ghost in the Shell:  Cyborg supercops work with a team of hackers to fight crime in a somewhat dystopian cyperpunk future.

    Sword Art Online:  I mentioned this one in the Internet Weirdness thread.  I wouldn't recommend it unless you play MMO's,  but it is interesting if you do.  I thought the concept of a VR version of World of Warcraft where you can really die provided a good background for the story.  Overall I would say it was good, but it has some annoying anime tropes that ultimately keep it from being great.   You can skip the second half of the first season,  that drags on and takes a turn for the creepy.   It gets better again in Season 2.

    Attack on Titan:  Sure, the premise is somewhat preposterous, but it makes up for it in atmosphere and good production values.

    Fate Zero:  Been watching this one on Netflix, and I'm about 2/3 through.   It is set during the late 1990's and covers the events of the "4th War for the Holy Grail".  Every 60 years,  7 mages are selected to fight for the grail.  They do this by summoning various legendary heroes (King Arthur, Alexander the Great, Gilgamesh, etc.)  and with their own skills.  It is somewhat violent, but like Cowboy Bebop, there is also some great gun action.   One of the mages, Kiritsugu Emiya,  actually bears a striking resemblance to Spike.  He's not as talented at the magic stuff, but he makes up for it with technology and cunning.  One interesting thing is that the story is somewhat interwoven between all the main characters.   You can't exactly pick one to root for.  They all have different goals and motivations.  None of them are either completely good or evil, with the exception of one.  He's a crazed serial killer that isn't interested in the battle at all, he only wants to cause death and destruction. He eventually gets taken out by the other teams when his servant (also an insane murderer) summons an Old One to attack the city.  I heard this is actually a prequel to another series and movie that I haven't seen yet.

    Knights of Sidonia:  This one is a Netflix exclusive.  Think Battlestar Galactica with giant robots instead of vipers, and crazy bio-organic space monsters instead of Cylons.  Really liked the first season,  but the second one declined drastically.  The second one was nothing but a bunch of stupid relationship drama.   Way too much of that crap, and not nearly enough giant robots shooting monsters.   

    Full Metal Alchemist:  Two brothers with magical talent try to bring their mother back from the dead and it goes horribly wrong.   They join the military and wander the land trying to find a way to undo some of the damage they caused and have various adventures along the way.   Fairly good, but it does have some of the usual anime things I hate.  It's fond of using the wacky comedy bits where the animation looks all weird.  I hate that crap.  There are also two different versions of this show. The original one came out when the source material was still being written, and then it drastically diverged.   It was remade a few years later with a different story line that followed the events of the manga after the original diverged.  I haven't seen that version. 

    I've heard a lot of people like Robotech, but I never saw it.   I didn't have cable in the 1980's, and it was never syndicated here in Kansas when I was growing up.  I did read the novelizations when I was in junior high and enjoyed them,  but  never saw the show they were based on.
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    « Reply #61 on: September 03, 2015, 12:56:32 AM »
    Watched Harlock already - THAT was steampunk in space, and very awesome.
    Might watch the Titan one - Sidnoia did nothing for me for some reason. Catching the last season of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works on Hulu right now.

    I didn't like Harlock.  It seemed way too disjointed.  Like it was edited together and whole sections were missing.   

    I think Attack on Titan on Netflix is the subbed version.   You can probably get the dubbed version on the Adult Swim website.   I know purists hate me, but I can't stand the subbed versions in Japanese.
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    « Reply #62 on: September 03, 2015, 10:12:33 AM »
    Watched Harlock already - THAT was steampunk in space, and very awesome.
    Might watch the Titan one - Sidnoia did nothing for me for some reason. Catching the last season of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works on Hulu right now.

    If you like Harlock and steampunk, ya might want to give Last Exile a try. A little dated but still very good.

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    « Reply #63 on: September 03, 2015, 03:33:18 PM »
    Try crunchyroll.com They have a LOT of the current stuff, as well as some older shows available legally licensed from the creators in Japan. I've been watching a show called GATE, which pits the Japanese SDF against magical monsters. http://www.crunchyroll.com/gate/episode-1-the-self-defense-force-goes-to-another-world-682113 Have you ever wondered what an anti-tank rocket does to a dragon? Click the link to find out. :whistle

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    « Reply #64 on: September 03, 2015, 04:45:06 PM »
    My guess issss... either blows off it's head, or it... tickles.  I'll check later.

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    « Reply #65 on: September 03, 2015, 05:34:21 PM »
    "Grave Of The Fireflies" is one of the most powerful japanimation films I've seen, and I never want to watch it again.
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    « Reply #66 on: September 03, 2015, 05:56:23 PM »
    I am a big fan of Robotech.

    A few more great films:

    Nausica: Valley of the Wind
    Steamboy
    Princess Mononoke
    Akira
    A Wind Called Amnesia
    Unico and the Island of Magic (very bizarre/surreal, kinda like a psychotic 6yr olds fever dream)
    Castle In The Sky
    Spirited Away

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    « Reply #67 on: September 03, 2015, 06:20:44 PM »
    This thread definitely took a different turn then I thought it would.

    To kind of marry the strangeness with current anime discussion, I was trying to post the scene from Fooly Cooly with the sexy breakfast egg/chin dance. Sadly, my Google-fu was not strong enough.

    Never got into anime, but a friend forced me to watch Fooly Cooly. I also enjoyed yu yu hakusho on my own accord.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    « Reply #68 on: September 03, 2015, 06:56:20 PM »
    Give us time...

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    « Reply #69 on: September 03, 2015, 07:46:27 PM »
    replying to this simply for the updates.  Might have to check some of the recommended shows out.
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    « Reply #70 on: September 03, 2015, 08:26:17 PM »
    replying to this simply for the updates.  Might have to check some of the recommended shows out.

    Definitely check out Fooly Cooly. It's a right of passage in anime. It's about loss of innocence or something...? Guys who are into this stuff more than I am can debate that.

    All I know is it had fighting robots, cats, school girls in uniform, Nazi uniforms, and basically all the other cliche stuff we discuss about Japan on here.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

    Paradoxically it is those who strive for self-reliance, who remain vigilant and ready to help others.

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    « Reply #71 on: September 03, 2015, 08:33:27 PM »
    I think I might have seen an episode or two of that when it was on tv.  I remember it was fluffing weird and I bailed on it almost right away. 
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    « Reply #72 on: September 03, 2015, 08:56:58 PM »
    Definitely check out Fooly Cooly. It's a right of passage in anime. It's about loss of innocence or something...? Guys who are into this stuff more than I am can debate that.

    All I know is it had fighting robots, cats, school girls in uniform, Nazi uniforms, and basically all the other cliche stuff we discuss about Japan on here.

    Try anything once...

    When I was in the Corps, had a room mate that was really into the older stuff.  We watched all of the Robotech stuff and another one I can't recall the name of.
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    « Reply #73 on: September 03, 2015, 08:59:44 PM »
    All I remember about it was that there was some guy that would cruise around town on roller skates and hit people with an aluminum baseball bat.    EDIT:  After looking that up, that was actually a different show called Paranoia Agent.   It must have been on around the same time on Cartoon Network.   
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    « Reply #74 on: September 03, 2015, 11:11:31 PM »
    All I remember about it was that there was some guy that would cruise around town on roller skates and hit people with an aluminum baseball bat.    EDIT:  After looking that up, that was actually a different show called Paranoia Agent.   It must have been on around the same time on Cartoon Network.

    Whoa! Blast from the past! Completely forgot the name of it, but was the baseball bat bent on the end and he wore a mask (hockey-ish mask)? It was creepy and kinda suspenseful (at least to my young mind watching cartoon network at the time). The guy even drug his bat on the pavement to make sparks for scary effect while he roller bladed about, terrorising the city at night. That one seemed cool.

    Fooly Cooly was about 6 episodes long in it's entirety.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

    Paradoxically it is those who strive for self-reliance, who remain vigilant and ready to help others.

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