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  1. synaesthetic
    2011-05-26 02:46
    synaesthetic
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    Well... to be honest I kind of had an idea just from the kinds of characters you've liked/disliked elsewhere, but for some reason hearing it explicitly stated like that helped me understand how you might view characters like Makoto and Erio specifically.
    Yeah, it just makes things clearer.

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    I think I've only meet a couple people who liked the second season of Gunslinger Girl all that much. I've heard that the decision to switch studios was driven in part by the fact that the original author wanted more creative control... seems like it backfired to me, although maybe it was as much budget as studio.
    The only thing Il Teatrino had going for it was a Triela-centric plot. Seriously. Triela is awesome and win. But the art, the accurate reproduction of the weapons (something the first season was known for), all of that was gone and both Henrietta and Rico turned into moeblobs. I know it's closer to the original mangaka's designs, but that guy's a perv anyway.

    The first season rules.

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    I'm still using an MX518 I got years back. Still works great, but I've been thinking of seeing if there's anything with better ergonomics... the slight right tilt to the handgrip seems like it should be more ergonomic than a flat design, but I keep getting suspicious its one of the things irritating my wrist.
    My current mouse has the right-tilt and it's definitely more comfortable than the M505 I had before this one.

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    I seem to remember you know more about netbooks than most on this board... do you know anything about the Asus 1215B (AMD E350 based)? I'd been thinking of getting a Thinkpad X220 when I go back to school in the fall, but the Asus is a good $400 cheaper and looks almost as capable. The reviews I've seen look pretty good thus far.
    The 1215B is $400 cheaper for a reason. The X220 will beat the pants off the Zacate in the Asus. The E-series Fusion APUs are basically competitors to the Intel Atom line--they can't hold a candle to the full-voltage Core i5. That CPU is easily four times as fast as the E350.

    The Thinkpad X220 is the X200's successor. It's not a netbook, it's a business ultraportable. These things were two grand when they came out for a reason--they're for people who need loads of processing muscle in a tiny package and are willing to pay for it.



    You know, you should really just IM me since we talk a lot anyway. My info is in my profile.
  2. synaesthetic
    2011-05-24 04:17
    synaesthetic
    Thanks for your response, I'm glad we've reached an understanding now.

    As for Canaan and Gunslinger Girl, I've seen both and both are favorites of mine--though I still feel cheated about the not-yuri ending of Canaan after spending the entire goddamned show building up to a Maria+Canaan Good End. Also, Il Teatrino was horrible compared to GSG season one.

    My mouse is a Logitech M705 wireless laser mouse. Awesome, cheap (about fifty-ish) and the batteries last forever.
  3. Triple_R
    2011-05-23 21:54
    Triple_R
    I'm really starting to warm up to HanaSaku after Episode 8. Ohana truly is a great character. I'm curious to know what you think of my take that she's a moe girl with shounen hero character traits?
  4. synaesthetic
    2011-05-20 15:31
    synaesthetic
    Clannad never bothered me because it was obviously a case of First Girl Wins--sure, the other girls interacted with Tomoya but it was clear that the only ones who truly had romantic interest in him were Nagisa (duh) and Kyou. Ryou's "interest" always seemed a little forced--both in a meta-sense by the authors and in an in-universe sense by Kyou projecting her own feelings for Tomoya on her sister.

    The entire feeling of a harem was completely destroyed in After Story, where the entire season was devoted to the actual plot and Nagisa and Tomoya as characters--which is actually my favorite kind of romance story: the one where the couple is already a couple, and the plot is about dealing with the aftermath of the confession, so to speak, and less about the events leading up to the penultimate "I love you."

    Bakemonogatari was rather similar, actually--the First Girl won very fast--I actually point to the story as a good example of a non-frustrating romance in which the romance is resolved within the first plot arc and everything after that is more Araragi and Oshino helping the future girls solve their supernatural problems.

    I suppose what does not bother me about Araragi, Tomoya and we'll even add Kyon and Tsuda (of Seitokai Yakuindomo) on the list. They're all snarky fucks--sure, they might be "losers" in a minor sense (perhaps academically, or maybe they're simply unlucky in love)--but they're not weak and/or sickeningly perverted leads. And in a few cases (especially Tomoya and Kyon) over the course of the story they get loads of character development and whatever "loser" traits they did have end up expunged.

    I don't like whiny men and I don't like insipid "pretty-dumb" girls... though I agree that Mayuri's perpetually-stoned personality is pretty funny. More than anything with Steins;Gate I'm cracking up at the thought of Setsuna F. Seiei the Otaku Mad Scientist (the voice actors are the same, lol).
  5. Triple_R
    2011-05-20 05:32
    Triple_R
    Just shared my thoughts on Wandering Son over on acejem's wall, but I'll repaste them here for you as well.

    Spoiler for Wandering Son spoilers:


    I'll add a few more thoughts here that speak to where you and acejem differ a bit.

    I think that otakus probably would have taken to this anime much more with a few visual alterations. What I mean by that is a bouncier and more colorful OP, and perhaps more distinguishing visual features between the characters (think of how very different all the characters in Anohana look, for example).

    The substance of Wandering Son was generally fantastic. And the characters had a great range of diverse personalities. And the artwork and animation were both top-notch. But on a character design level, I think it would have helped some if there was a bit more color and/or distinctive features on display. Even something as simple as hair ribbons (think Haruhi Suzumiya) or hairpins (think Mana from Sola) could have helped a bit I think.

    But those are just some tentative thoughts, that I might later change.
  6. synaesthetic
    2011-05-19 04:27
    synaesthetic
    Not really offended by the show itself; more offended by the industry as a whole and the seeming reliance on this type of show. Granted, Denpa Onna is milder than most and the harem elements aren't made blatantly obvious, but I was more than a little irritated in general by the bait-and-switch the show played on those not familiar with the light novels.

    Really tired of this trope, honestly, and it's visible everywhere, even in places it doesn't even remotely belong. I've been watching Steins;Gate after being poked to do so by several people and even it seems to have this harem aspect. It's not strong enough (yet) to make me drop, but if it gets much worse I will drop the show.

    Christ, and I used to complain about the fact that Western stories had too few female characters, but I'd prefer a boatload of male characters and one or two strong female characters than one protagonist guy and a bunch of vapid/dysfunctional/fundamentally broken hot girls who want to get in his pants at all costs...

    But yeah, Denpa Onna isn't that bad. I just thought it was something it wasn't and thus the fairly light harem comedy aspect seemed overbearing to me because there weren't any mindfucks going on or corpses popping up.
  7. Triple_R
    2011-05-16 01:00
    Triple_R
    You certainly go all-out defending Hana-Saku Iroha.

    I've honestly never seen you go to such lengths defending an anime before.


    Thanks for the cosplay pics by the way. Some great costumes there. I'm surprised that people still cosplay as Ranma Saotome (one of the cosplay pics at one of the links you shared with me).
  8. Vexx
    2011-05-16 00:17
    Vexx
    Yeah, we went through a few brands :P The ones that seem to work for us are made by FEIT. Costco carries them (don't remember if Costco is in Vancouver) but I'm sure some hardware stores may have them. I've figured out that light locations with very frequent on/off cycles are short on cycles are better off with the low voltage halogens like IKEA carries.

    Some interesting cosplay there (and cuteness).
  9. Pocari_Sweat
    2011-05-08 22:28
    Pocari_Sweat
    To be honest, I'm not sure at the moment. Will have to see how the rest of the episodes pan out. I actually felt that the last episode of AnoHana (ep 4) was somewhat weak compared to the first three, but it was still pretty good. So anything could happen. Heck, it could even remotely have a chance of doing what Iroha did in episode 3 and have a complete shift in atmosphere and tone, though I don't really see that coming. If I had to speculate, AnoHana might have similar receptions and impacts as say Clannad: After Story did to the genre, which means it's very highly loved and respected, but did not get the amount of "commercial sales" it deserves. Still sold very well, but not enough considering its "rating" on just about every anime website. All in all, with a few exceptions, it's the slice of life comedies that boast the best sales and popularity. This season for example, Hanasaku Iroha is the most popular anime, but is not the most highly rated.

    As for AnoHana's success, I agree that it is a bit surprising. But I think somewhere in the near future, Mari Okada is going to get a lot of recognition and fans of the drama genre are going to start following her, much like people follow Key/Jun Maeda. Heck, I only knew about her pretty recently thanks to you and some other people. True Tears and Wandering Son, two series that Okada wrote the scripts were are in my personal top 10, with AnoHana being a potential another. If I recall, Toradora did pretty nicely and is so far the best selling work she was involved with.

    It's perfectly fine not to like a series if you don't have enough emotional connection to it. True Tears is a classic example for me, that show has some flaws, yet I love it to bits and it's still probably my favourite drama anime at the moment. As for getting stricter of accepting new shows into favourites, that understandable too since shows that you see first have bias towards them. It's the same reason as why old-school anime fans don't put modern anime as part of their favorite list either.
  10. Triple_R
    2011-05-08 19:54
    Triple_R
    Love those Bake and Touhou cosplays. Really great stuff there, 0utf0xZer0!

    You certainly know how to find good cosplay pics.


    Interesting points on Denpa Onna. Denpa Onna reminds me a bit of Bake, actually, just with a bit more moe, and a bit less fighting action.

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