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Re: Oh, the Japanity!
« Reply #75 on: September 04, 2015, 12:06:18 AM »
Robotech was old? I remember when it was new...

What about Grave of the Fireflies was so bad? never saw it.

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    « Reply #76 on: September 04, 2015, 12:21:01 AM »
    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.

    Yep that was the one.   I didn't watch much of it.  I just kept thinking how this s___ wouldn't have played well had he tried the same thing over here.  He'd have likely got shot in short order.   
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    « Reply #77 on: September 04, 2015, 05:30:47 AM »
    Grave of the Fireflies is not the typical anime, takes place in WWII Japan.  It was one of the first films we watched for my college film class, and we all wondered why we were going to watch japanimation.  It is a great film, but I agree with JackCrow, I don't think I will ever watch it again.

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    « Reply #78 on: September 04, 2015, 06:25:31 PM »

    This thread definitely took a different turn then I thought it would.

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    « Reply #79 on: September 04, 2015, 09:01:43 PM »
    I found it by accident, being bored during my brief retirement, and thought it was pretty cool.  :cool

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    « Reply #80 on: September 04, 2015, 11:31:32 PM »
    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.



    Paranoia Agent.  Remember it from Adult Swim, back when I was in college.  It made prettymuch no goddamn sense.

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    Tsukiko Sagi, a shy character designer who created the immensely popular pink dog Maromi, finds herself under pressure to repeat her success. As she walks home that night, she is attacked by an elementary school boy on inline skates. Two police detectives, Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa, are assigned to the case. They suspect that Tsukiko is lying about the attack, until they receive word of a second victim.

    Soon the attacker, dubbed Lil' Slugger (Shōnen Batto in Japanese, meaning "Bat Boy") is blamed for a series of street assaults in Tokyo. None of the victims can recall the boy's face and only three distinct details are left in their memories: golden inline skates, a baseball cap, and the weapon: a bent golden baseball bat. Ikari and Maniwa set out to track down the perpetrator and put an end to his crimes. Their hunt is unsuccessful, however, and the investigation eventually leads to both men losing their positions as police detectives.

    As the attacks continue, it is revealed that they are not random. Instead, Lil' Slugger seems to target people in crisis, and the attacks, though violent, lead to some improvement in the life of the victim. Maniwa becomes convinced that Lil' Slugger is a supernatural force, driven to rescue the desperate from their tragedies through violence. He becomes obsessive, broadcasting his warning about Lil' Slugger via shortwave radio and seeking a way to kill the supernatural assailant.

    As public fear of Lil' Slugger intensifies, so do his (supposed) attacks, and the line between truth and fiction becomes blurred. At the same time, public anticipation for the launch of the Maromi television series reaches a fanatical high, almost as if the fear of one is feeding (and feeding off) the anticipation for the other.

    Things come to an end on the night that the Maromi show is set to air. Ikari, now a private security guard, and Maniwa, now a wandering "knight," attempt to battle Lil' Slugger, now an incredibly powerful force. They confront Tsukiko, and she confesses that Maromi was based on a real puppy that Tsukiko had in childhood, whose leash she had one day accidentally dropped, allowing the puppy to run into traffic where it was killed. Instead of taking responsibility for the puppy's death, young Tsukiko invented a story about a bat-wielding, skate-wearing puppy killer—Lil' Slugger's first "attack."

    Ultimately, Lil' Slugger is a paranormal figment of Tsukiko's guilt and fear, brought inexplicably to life when the adult Tsukiko desperately needed to escape her responsibilities and then fed and nurtured by the fear of the populace. In a way, Tsukiko does fulfill her job by creating a character (Lil' Slugger) that becomes just as big a sensation as Maromi. When Tsukiko finally confesses the truth, and in doing so accepts the guilt for the death of Maromi, Lil' Slugger is defeated.

    The series was weirder than the description.  The girl's creation-given-life ultimately destroys Tokyo.  :scrutiny

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    « Reply #81 on: September 05, 2015, 12:38:23 AM »
    I watched about 20 minutes of that show when it was on Adult Swim.   It was a giant WTF? for me.   I just didn't get it and never watched anymore of it.   Prior to watching Cowboy Bebop in 2001,  I hadn't seen any anime at all.  I was hoping to find more like that on Cartoon Network after they finished the run and started showing other shows like FLCL and Paranoia Agent.  I was sorely disappointed.   It's been almost 15 years since then, and the number of anime shows that I have liked is still in single digits.  I like animation in general and I think it offers a lot of possibilities that can't be done well in live action.  However, I think there is just something that doesn't translate that puts me off with most of the Japanese stuff.   
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    « Reply #82 on: September 05, 2015, 01:18:27 AM »
    Thanks for that in depth post, NC.

    On one hand, "wtf Japan?" On the other hand, scary monsters which are some physical amalgamation of guilt? That is an interesting fictional plot point and one which I've seen before.

    Reaching a little bit here and on unsteady ground due to being a fly by fan, but if memory recalls correctly the videogame silent hill 2 had a monster in it by the name of pyramid head which was the amalgamation of the main character's guilt and grief about his dead wife. The monsters were only vanquished after he came to terms with the situation (just not before he had personal loss of one of the other characters in the game whom was killed by pyramid head, which there are several theories behind of why).

    Similiar plot devices and seeing as the maker of the game was Takayoshi Sato I never even drifted the thread, cos we are still in Japan.

    I either stumbled into something philosophically brilliant or it is late and I need to get some damn sleep. Probably the latter :yawn.

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    « Reply #83 on: September 05, 2015, 01:31:37 AM »
    That Pyramid guy is a popular costume at cons.   I usually see a couple of them in KC every year.
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    « Reply #84 on: September 05, 2015, 01:45:16 PM »
    Just watched episodes 18 and 19 of Fate Zero.  They detailed Kiritsugu's origin story.   The guy would have made an excellent MCB agent if he was in the MHI universe. He was gunning down evil mages, vampires, and zombies like a pro.  He wasn't quite as ruthless as Franks, but only because he actually felt remorse after he did bad stuff for good reasons.  If you like the MHI books, I'd recommend checking them out.  They are standalone from the rest of the series,  so you can watch them out of order.   

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    http://www.crunchyroll.com/fatezero/episode-19-where-justice-dwells-681043
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    « Reply #85 on: September 05, 2015, 08:53:24 PM »
    And then there's this.

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    « Reply #86 on: September 05, 2015, 09:02:59 PM »
    WTF?   Of course, I'm pretty sure we could easily find the same thing here in a place like Portland. 
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    « Reply #87 on: September 05, 2015, 10:04:22 PM »
    Seems like it ought to at least have a NSW rating before just scrolling down and finding it on the screen .   .   .   :scrutiny
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    « Reply #88 on: September 05, 2015, 10:06:23 PM »
    Meh, regular corn dogs were boring anyways...
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    « Reply #89 on: September 05, 2015, 10:35:38 PM »
    Only Japan would have the thought "You know,  corn dogs could be MORE phallic".

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    « Reply #90 on: September 06, 2015, 12:14:16 AM »
    Seems like it ought to at least have a NSW rating before just scrolling down and finding it on the screen .   .   .   :scrutiny

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    « Reply #91 on: September 06, 2015, 12:22:57 AM »
     :facepalm

    Not sure what to say to that one. Burger king barely does food, I can't imagine a cologne line being any better by them.
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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.
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    « Reply #92 on: September 06, 2015, 12:35:49 AM »
    Those corn dogs will be very popular in San Francisco.

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    « Reply #93 on: September 10, 2015, 03:52:16 PM »
    Do we have any member from Japan? Or at least stationed there? I think we've got a bloke from England (if that's the wrong terminology please correct me).

    I was stationed at Misawa from 1997-2001 and I can tell you Japan can be a very weird place...but also extremely cool at the same time.  For all of the anime that's imported from Japan, I really didn't see much of it on TV, maybe some Naruto, Doremon(sp), and a few others.  There are more variety shows than anything else and they are pretty wacky.  I did like Rock Fujiyama with Marty Friedman & Rolly, that was a really cool show and you didn't have to understand Japanese to watch it.  I did marry a Japanese woman from Sapporo and imported her back to NC, but she was really off the rails and I had to escape that mistake before it got too expensive...but that's a whole 'nother story.
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    « Reply #94 on: September 10, 2015, 09:13:05 PM »
    I was stationed at Misawa from 1997-2001 and I can tell you Japan can be a very weird place...but also extremely cool at the same time.  For all of the anime that's imported from Japan, I really didn't see much of it on TV, maybe some Naruto, Doremon(sp), and a few others.  There are more variety shows than anything else and they are pretty wacky.  I did like Rock Fujiyama with Marty Friedman & Rolly, that was a really cool show and you didn't have to understand Japanese to watch it.  I did marry a Japanese woman from Sapporo and imported her back to NC, but she was really off the rails and I had to escape that mistake before it got too expensive...but that's a whole 'nother story.

    That's really cool mattitude, thanks for sharing!  :thumbup1

    Um, the being stationed in Japan part, not the marriage part. Granted, marriage can sometimes be as strange as Japan itself  ;).
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    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #95 on: September 10, 2015, 09:27:25 PM »
    Speaking of strange... It seems students in Japan can wear whatever they like to their graduation. http://imgur.com/wAwoa4n

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    « Reply #96 on: September 11, 2015, 02:52:34 AM »
    Well, at least they all seem to be wearing something....
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    « Reply #97 on: September 11, 2015, 10:25:49 AM »
    *nods* Could be worse (or better, depending...)

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    « Reply #98 on: September 11, 2015, 11:08:08 AM »
      Japan.....Kanamara Matsuri....That about sums up Japan's weirdness....

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    « Reply #99 on: September 11, 2015, 11:50:21 AM »
    The graduation thing seems kind of cool,  but it seems like it would cause logistical problems.   For a large class, ceremonies are bad enough with everyone hustling through.   I can only imagine how much it would slow things up if hundreds of people had to maneuver in large and elaborate costumes.

    I know it is bad enough when someone at a con is trying to navigate the floor in something crazy.
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