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2009-04-25 14:45Dann of ThursdayYes, he was a very well done character who I had partially feared would turn into some stereotypical villain and I am glad he didn't. I thought it was quite the coincidence that Akiyuki eventually ended up spending time with the Captain's mother for a time, but I suppose there aren't any.
He was interesting to say the least and I agree that he had a terrific VA. It bothered me for a little while since I couldn't figure out where I had heard him until I looked him up.
Yes, I agree.
Hmm, I suppose it probably doesn't matter. It's all good in the end.
Ah, I see.
I've seen it before and I believe it was from one of the early R2 ones. I honestly don't care that much about it. And from what I can tell, none of them have been translated or at least I haven't heard anything about it.
There was one for either the last disc or the second to last that featured C.C. and Cecile mainly along with the others in Emperor Lelouch's group. They seemed to be talking about several things like Cecile's past and Lelouch and Suzaku. C.C. had a nice dress which I don't recall her ever wearing in the show, but seemed to be some sort of Empress outfit or something. She can also apparently play the harp.
I've been checking out some other series recently as well like Genkutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, which is an interesting take on the novel though I wish they had perhaps stuck a bit more to the book's storyline and messages.
2009-04-12 11:47Dann of ThursdayWell, I finished Xam'd. I have to say I really liked it and it was a great experience even though there are a number of things I didn't understand entirely though some of this was because they didn't exactly explain everything, which was kind of irritating. The antagonistic characters were strange in that I couldn't bring myself to hate them entirely and overall I just felt immense pity for a number of them. I found I liked this though.
I was a little confused with the ending. Did Akiyuki change back from the rock because Haru went to it on what seemed a regular basis and seemed to tend to it or did he simply rediscover his name after nine years? And I couldn't exactly tell, but did he not age at all during those years and is thus sort of the same age he was before he turned to stone? I thought that final part with them simply telling each other they loved one another without any hugs, kisses, or intense bouts of crying was a nice touch.
And I have to say I thought the music was excellent. One of the most enjoyable parts of the series to me.
Out of curiosity, have you seen the first FMA series and if so, what did you think of it? I went back and looked at it recently and still came away with good impressions though in comparison to the manga I think the anime is much darker and more depressing.
2009-04-11 14:30Dann of ThursdayWell, not exactly. The series is called SD Gundam Generation or something along those lines and has a number of entries for a number of systems. The one I remember looking at was one for the GBA that featured Gundams, Mobile Suits, Mobile Armors, and other things from every series up to SEED along with having a large number of pilots that I think can pilot various suits, but work best with their own. That one was a strategy RPG game, but I don't know if they are all like that.
Oh, well that makes more sense. I thought it was supposed to be for eternity or something of that nature and yes the price does seem worth it. I suppose the promise within Watanuki's name wouldn't make any sense if they were seperated forever. And yes, that sort of thing does seem like torture.
Well, the last chapter I actually looked at was where we learned that those in the tube were CCS!Syaoran and CCS!Sakura. I've been reading scripts since then so I'll probably have to take a look at the chapters themselves. I agree about Holic since it honestly doesn't seem like anything is going on at all.
Well, Scar could point out that he might have more of a right to killing Envy since he was responsible for starting the war, though that would probably anger Mustang even more. Riza seems like the best person for the job and one could also bring up that Hughes probably wouldn't have wanted Mustang like this.
I've gotten a bit farther and I see what you mean about being annoyed with how they keep bringing teenagers into the army and leaving things up to them. It would make maybe a bit of sense if their was some explanation like that younger people are the only ones who can pilot the suits well enough to be of use. I was annoyed with their response to when the Xam'd they were holding almost broke free. I would have thought it be a better idea to keep everyone on full alert until it was safely restrained along with actually having some ASP suits on standby in case such a situation arose.
2009-04-10 21:26Dann of ThursdayYou know, now that you mention it that does make a whole lot of sense. The sort of scenarios we saw here would have been quite good for a video game. You have all sorts of unique things and choices. I wonder what sort of game genre would have fit though. Strategy RPG perhaps? Actually, I think there is a series of games that feature gundams from all the series that is of that type. I suppose they were simply looking at this the wrong way when doing it.
Yep, everything pretty much went on as it had before. A few things had been made aware, but other than that it didn't seem like the world was suddenly bright and happy. I suppose tackling these sort of problems and doing it in a realistic sense can be quite hard, but they shouldn't have bothered dealing with such questions if they weren't going to bother answering.
Yes, it did feel quite strange. And then we even had that time skip out of no where. What is it with time skips these days. It seems to be such a common thing these days and while it can occasionally be done in a good way, oftentimes I find myself wondering more about what exactly was going on during the time in between. Like that four month skip in 00 or the two skips we had near the end of CG which were rather silly in that they occurred within the last five episodes.
Well, with me it seems to be that I find a new show to watch after it has been out for some time and is either over or near being over. Very rarely these days do I actually seem to start a show the same time it starts.
Same here. I've kind of fallen behind Tsubasa beyond reading scripts, but I have been keeping up with xxxholic. The two seem to be blending so much now that you can get some idea of what is going on in the other. Tsubasa was rather upsetting with what happened to the original Syaoran and Sakura as their price. Yuuko disappearing is also an upsetting prospect, but one I have been expecting for some time.
Yeah, FMA will go on for a while longer but I don't think it will go past 150 chapters in the end. We are reaching the end or at least we seem to be doing so, but there are still quite a lot of things to deal with. I'd be surprised if it doesn't end after we see the end of Father though. Latest chapter was quite good and Mustang was quite scary in his rage. I understand Hawkeye's position since she was told by Mustang that she was to shoot him in the back if she felt the need was there. In only hope they can talk some sense into him though. Granted, killing Envy seems the safest way of dealing with things given how dangerous he can be. I suppose we'll see.
Oh, and I'm up episode 4 with Xam'd and it seems quite good so far. It does have a very Miyazaki-like feel to it and I also get vibes of Eureka Seven here and there.
2009-04-05 14:07Dann of ThursdayHmm, now that you mention it that is true of a lot of Gundam shows, though sometimes it doesn't seem to be a space station all the time. Just some big area that I suppose could be good for a final showdown. I thought it was really cool how it was inside the Moon as well and seemed so massive too and I am confused as to why it seems to be in some asteroid now. I hate random retcons. I actually rather wish we had gotten some info on how Aeolia went about creating Veda, though perhaps things like that will be covered in the movie.
Very true. Honestly, it should be presented as being equal in difficulty to fix all these problems as how rampant and horrible they are. But for some reason I don't feel all that surprised. Maybe they felt it would be too difficult or something like that, though such a thing is hardly an excuse. Yet the world and the characters in the series do seem to be going on the right track. Its simply that the entire thing was done in a way that is extremely hard to buy and perhaps is being much too generous as to how humans so often are.
Well, I honestly found most of those things extremely confusing and they never did tackle what exactly that is going to mean for Setsuna's life and the human race in general with him changing like that. Is this supposed to be something that all of humanity will become in time or something? Marina and the children were just a complete waste of time. I'm honestly confused as to what exactly her purpose in this show is. What happened with Billi was way too simple and didn't feel developed at all (along with making his development pointless as you said). I thought Patrick and Kati getting married was rather nice to see, but I was a bit surprised. I never got the vibe that she actually returned his affections though she did seem to like him at least I suppose.
Yeah, that was it.
I will. That and FMA will probably be the shows I'll be watching when I have time.
I found it somewhat funny that the last novel came out the week before the last episode. That probably never happens. I saw Ryuuji's original design and I agree that it was much better. The series was quite sweet though the ending was different in several ways in how things got to where they were.
First episode of FMA was good. The OP featured quite a lot of Hohenheim and even showed what he looked like when young, which was rather surprising. I think it could be possible to finish it up with that many if perhaps the last few were extra long.
2009-04-04 22:55Dann of ThursdayNo problem. We all have lives outside of this place.
I'm afraid I can't entirely follow what is wrong with the whole space station thing actually. Granted, it was extremely odd, but I seem to recall the facility where the past gundams were held as well as where Veda was being seen in the first season or at least at the very end. As for the story, of course I agree that by the end it was quite confusing as to what exactly they were trying to get across. The only bit I think became clear (and only because they constantly drilled it in) was that understanding one another is a key to preventing war and bringing about peace. Which is all fine and good along with probably being true, but realistically it unfortunately isn't likely to happen.
Well, best to watch it all in one go at a later time when you feel like it. It seems lately that all these shows from Sunrise are having really good first seasons with lackluster second seasons. And about all I can say I enjoyed was the fights in the last few parts of things, though there were a few things even there that irritated me. Setsuna becoming an Innovator wouldn't really bother me as much if only they had gone to greater lengths in explaining this bit of evolution quite a bit more along with that it sort of (ironically I suppose) made Setsuna rather god-like. Tieria becoming part of Veda wasn't that surprising honestly and I can't say I care either way. But that last one was just incredibly stupid in how it was done. Personally, it seemed that there wasn't very good development in terms of characters aside from a few people perhaps and one of the obvious faults there lies of course with how the story just wasn't there.
One thing I will mention was that during Ribbons' and Setsuna's fight, there was a moment where Ribbons fired a shot which Setsuna dodged by seemingly turning completely into particles and then suddenly appearing behind Ribbons. I seem to recall you talking about something similar to this a while back in concern to the 00 though I could be wrong.
Never heard of it though the premise sounds a bit interesting and anything with something in common with Miyazaki is good in my book so I'll check it out and give you my thoughts afterwards.
I just finished a series called Toradora which I rather enjoyed and I'm starting the new FMA series this week as well. In regards to the manga there, I recently heard that the author had said she wasn't planning on having it go much further beyond chapter 100, but I'm not sure if she could finish it in 7 chapters.
Good luck and see you.
2009-04-02 17:18Dann of ThursdayHey Theron. I decided to actually watch the final episode of 00 and I have to admit that it wasn't bad as finales go though there are of course all the things we talked about as being a problem with it. And those kids were singing throughout the whole final battle.
The fights were all quite good in any case.
I can't say I'm excited for the movie though. I mean, what is there left to deal with really? Who is going to be the antagonist? Eh, I guess we'll see. You never know. It just might be pretty good, but I wouldn't count on it.
2009-03-29 07:30Dann of ThursdayI just checked out Omni's pics and notes for the final episodes. Well, at least there wasn't any singing. And the whole battle between Exia and the 0 was actually kind of cool in the idea of it, though it would seem obvious that Ribbons wouldn't have a chance.
Still, just meh overall. Something I find rather funny is that pretty much every pic in the epilogue section isn't smiling, but have this sort of depressed look with the exception of Patrick.
And I guess there will be some movie next year though it is rather hard to care. Omni's note about the Jupiter shot being a sign of a 00/Geass crossover was rather funny I thought, though I honestly want nothing movie related happening with CG.
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