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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
The first episode with the billion year old ship was quite fun lol.


I've watched the first half dozen or so Full Metal alchemist  episodes.

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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
Got to see Alita last weekend. It's a lot of fun, and easily the most "anime" feeling live-action adaptation I've come across. Definitely give it a shot if it's still in theaters near you.

 

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ST: The animated series is fascinating. There's a lot in there that you can tell has been rehatched and repackaged into other stories. From One of our planets is missing you can clearly guess where TMP came from. From Beyond the Farthest Star and The Magicks of Megas Tu Star Trek V was born, although the latter is far more prominently the obvious source for TNG's Encounter at Farpoint. The Survivor on the other hand, may have well provided DS9 with the idea for the concept of Changelings by a very similar species (Vandorians).

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The Star Trek franchise is well known for recycling its own scripts.

 

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- Knights of Sidonia : A space-mecha about a generation ship & lovecraftian-ish aliens (+ fanservice since this is anime and that's the law). I thought the first season was really good, then the second kinda dropped the aliens in favor of a harem-style plot (in addition to the fanservice already present), which I already get enough of from elsewhere so I put the series on ice for the time being.
Still, I kinda liked it, despite being somewhat predictable it's got some good ideas & decent animation - would recommend though one should be aware that seasons 1 & 2 have some noticeable difference in the kind of story they want to tell.

- Dragon Prince : A fairly standard friendly fantasy tale, short (12 episodes for the first season) but quite enjoyable, with a good balance between drama, action & humor. The animation is rather janky at times (I blame bad CGI), but the drawing itself is rather clean - would recommend.
Funny story : I watched both it & Sidonia at around the same time, found both rather predictable with some questionable CG animation, but enjoyed both nonetheless :)

- Miraculous Ladybug : Probably the oddest choice I made over the past couple month, it's a full CGI Franco-Japano-Korean magical-girl-ish show set in Paris. The poster caught my eye ever since I arrived on Netflix early this year, though I'd always been wary of it being to kid-oriented for my tastes (which it admittedly it kind of is). I decided to give it a shot after finishing Dragon Prince & putting Sidonia on hold, and to watch it in French, which kind of freaked me out a bit since I've been staying the hell away from French dubs & translations as much as I could for the past 8 years or so.
Well, it's definitely an odd show, very anime-inspired while being very western at the same time. Plot-wise it's fairly unremarkable and formulaic, however the characters themselves are pretty fun overall, the comedy works, the action is solid, the animation is gorgeous - though Paris is entirely too empty) and it makes copious use of stock shots for the transformation sequences & special abilities.
Overall, a pretty fun ride - would recommend (too bad season 2 isn't available for on Netflix for some reason).

- Wakfu : That one's been a looong time coming, it was recommended to me by some of my high-school-era friends back when it first came out, but I never got around to giving it a shot (I was too busy playing Freespace & DotA back then). It's a wacky fantasy tale with elements inspired from classic RPG games - as was popular in France at the time. Turns out it's a surpringly solid show : It's gorgeous, it's funny (though I don't know how much gets lost in translation), the character stuff works so far, the action works, it's got some non-intrusive nods to RPGs (computer or otherwise).
Very good so far - strongly recommended.

Funny story: I watched and liked all of these on my own, before coming back here to see if anyone watched Wakfu (link is Netflix).


 
Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
I watched a few episodes of Wakfu, and it is VERY pretty. But something about the writing bounced me off of it, I can't explain what though.

 

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I watched a few episodes of Wakfu, and it is VERY pretty. But something about the writing bounced me off of it, I can't explain what though.

Yeah, same, I took a break after a few episodes and finished some other series.  But then I came back and by the end of Season 1 I was all good.  I'd say try to finish Season 1 and if you haven't gotten over that... whatever it is in the writing, you probably won't.

I do find that the baddies (which you learn more about as the stories progress) aren't as 2-D as they might seem at first and actually have reasoning behind their madness.

OH, and I forgot.  There's back story and extras to be had on Steam, if you finish Wakfu and don't mind paying more, there's like 5 extras for about $4 a piece.  2 are in a different art style than the main series, but from the reviews, all of them stay true to the characters.   I've enjoyed the 2 I've watched so far (taking a break to re-watch the main seasons again).

If you can side-line that oddball feeling you get at first, I do think you'll enjoy the character development and be able to forgive any shortcomings the show has.  YMMV, of course.

EDIT: for those that enjoyed it (or like the intro regardless of the rest):
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French original with English translation subs, unfortunately has background movie sound, but not too bad (extended, sounds different enough to give a listen IMHO)


French version without the slight background distraction and no subs, best for audio quality if you don't care about or already know the meaning:


French version Nightcore, actually sounds rather nice:


English (short, only 1 min, audio quality suffers, if anyone knows where to get an extended version or even a better encoding of this version, let me know):

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Re: What animes/series are you watching right now?
So I ended up putting off watching Yu Yu Hakusho, electing to wait until I was under a little less pressure this summer.
So instead I watched Konosuba.
My review:
Spoiler:
Lalatina

stupid fun/10

 

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One Punch Man is back on again so I've been watching that. Although I have acquired a habit of pausing immediately after the theme tune so I can play the much better series 1 theme. Really not a fan of the new tune.
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Season 2 intro is bloody awful as a whole.   That top B class bird, Blizzard something or other is super hawt though.
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Yeah. It lacks a lot compared to the S1 intro. The show itself has been pretty good so far though.
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I haven't watched season 2 yet but I'm severely concerned by JC Staff taking things over from Shingo Natsume and his madcap crew of freelance animators. Season 1 was an absolute visual orgy. Its finale was the single-best piece of television animation I've ever seen.

 

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Ingress: the Animation on Netflix.

Plot:
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The story follows special police investigator Makoto, who has the power to read the memories of objects he touches. While investigating a laboratory explosion that was researching an unknown substance called "Exotic Matter" (XM), he touches the ring of a woman who was the sole survivor of the explosion and sees a horrifying vision that embroils him in a massive conspiracy.

Based on the mobile augmented reality game Ingress by Niantic, Inc:

Ingress Prime on the Apple App Store.

Ingress Prime on the Google Play Store.

 

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I watched the opening shot on day of release and it feels largely OTT once you've played the game.  I played resistance for a fair few years as the local spots lined up nicely with rest points on my running route.
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I watched the opening shot on day of release and it feels largely OTT once you've played the game.  I played resistance for a fair few years as the local spots lined up nicely with rest points on my running route.

Well, to be successful as a movie adaptation, it would have to be over the top a bit.  Not sure if
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Dark XM
and the Collaborators is in the actual game now, or if it was brought in just to give the Resistance and Enlightenment an actual global threat to justify the movie.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Anime/Ingress

 

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Game of Thrones season 8,

or,

How to destroy 7.5 seasons of goodwill and character development in 2-3 episodes.

The writing on the show hasn't been very good since they ran out of book material, but when one arc or thread suffered, there were a few others that were still good to keep things feeling satisfying. Now they have one arc, and all of the problems the show's had are coming home to roost. I expected the finale to be flawed. I didn't expect it to be this awful.
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Saw captain marvellous recently.

I'd like her and black widow to be the bread in a dekker sandwich.
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Doom Patrol is good.
The only thing is that I still have to read Grant Morrison's run, so I can't tell how much of his stuff is in there and how much it's just normal Doom Patrol weirdness.

Star vs The Forces of Evil

Kind of impressive to see Star getting more and more focused as the series went on, quite a difference from the flighty teenager with no attention span of the start of the series, quite a contrast with Eclipsa's womanchild tendencies and general absent-mindedness.

She-Ra and The Princesses of Power

The second season part one obviously concludes in a cliffhanger. I like that Catra is so used to be under the petty Shadow Weaver that she completely misreads the more pragmatic Hordak at basically every turn. Also the throwback episode was incredibly funny.

Finally Ducktales is getting a regular schedule, what is it with cartoons and weird schedules?

I dug around for some Transformers (Yes, I'm in a bit of a nostalgia bender) stuff and went to Transfomers Animated and Cyberverse, I didn't have the courage to go and dig up Generation 1 and Beast Wars (which was known as "Biocombat Transformers" over here and had a completely different intro), the former because my experiences with 80s western cartoons I liked is that they very much don't hold up most of the time the latter because boy that early CGI animation is stupidly ugly.
I liked that in Animated the main cast was a bunch of underdogs, from Optimus Prime being someone that had been reassigned to antarctica to the others being either ordinary workers or failures of some kind that have to somehow deal with more militarized enemies, a pity the finale is a bit rushed. Cyberverse seems fine enough and I like all the backstory bits including Optimus Prime originally being a file clerk and Megatron originally being someone who wanted to make Cybertron Great Again. I'm not sure about starting Transformers Prime since: 1- I don't like the Bay-esque look; 2- It's apparently in continuity with two of the videogames that aren't available for purchase in steam anymore and that bugs me to no ened even if they aren't strictly necessary.
I also discovered several strange things, like that a weird transfomer I had when I was little wasn't a knockoff like I believed but a character from a series I never saw called "Brainstorm" and that apparently I was spared a childhood trauma by never having seen the movie (of which I was only vaguely aware of, I barely connected that the recurring catchy 80s nerd rock song also known as The Touch was from that one).
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You've never seen it?

"Bah weep grana weep ninny bon!" Will make no sense then?
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You've never seen it?

"Bah weep grana weep ninny bon!" Will make no sense then?
The universal greeting thing, right?
I saw the Hbomberguy video so I know of it now but if you asked me a few weeks ago the answer would have been a resounding no. Do keep in mind that I saw original g1 half in reruns when I was in kindergarten/early elementary school and half with the G2 re-release, I live in a small island without a cinema and I'm not even sure if the movie made it to TV here before the late 90s when TFs were already old news.
I also saw one of the headmasters/godmasters anime (the one with the human kids with the bracelets), but only now thanks to youtube and TVtropes I'm starting to make sense of that and a lot of other things including completely different names for several Transformers (I had Ratchet but here he was called something like "Doc" IIRC). I also remember having a comic book in which "Commander" (here in Italy they started calling him Optimus Prime only with Michael Bay I think) was dead and Grimlock (here called "Tyran" or something like that) was the leader (I got surprised by his Transformers Animated  incarnation because I only remember that particular comic book incarnation who was much more articulated, if still an arrogant idiot, and never actually remembered any G1 episodes with him in it so I completely ignored most incarnations used caveman speak) but that was much later and it was basically a bunch of old returned unsold comics glue-bound in a big book in a surprise bag or something like that (there were even Justice League International stories since it was the same publisher, not Marvel, that had the TF publisher here apparently).
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