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2013-05-11 10:04Dann of ThursdaySorry, sorry. I fell asleep without meaning to.
That whole "kid's stuff" view so many people take on it doesn't seem to have gone away too much, though I've seen some critics and animators express how they dislike it as well. Well, it is what seems to sell these days, especially when it comes to animated films. Almost feels like a dying art or at least outside of Japan it does. I did feel a bit of sympathy for him as well for much the same reason.
That seems to be the case going by that. Hmm, I hadn't considered that. He really should get some kind of raise with all the work he's doing.
He's done a decent job thus far I think in avoiding becoming too attached to it all, but he definitely is being tempted here and there like with Ryner's offer. I saw that but wasn't quite sure since I thought they might have been a bit younger than him possibly. That might make sense as it would give more hands on deck to train the students. Heh, I'd expect he'll at first be a bit surprised with how effective this leader has made them before perhaps coming up with a counter. Yeah, I thought it was one at first until looking closer at the picture. Was that what happened at the end? I wasn't sure, but I wonder if he's lamenting not taking advantage now going by his reaction at the end.
It would be a bit too much to have all his superior officers against him. There did seem to be a bit of that going on and I can't say I was too surprised to see it. Indeed, Bernd seemed to want to keep the advantage on their side, which you're not doing at all by going right up to them. He's already beginning to build that up a bit and any success he has here will only add to that.
That is an unfortunate possibility as well. He has to smooth some of these issues out if he has much hope of not simply being overwhelmed from all sides. They really are in the worst possible position by being right between both nations, which of course is why they're wanted so much as allies. That's looking more and more the case and if he could perhaps get the people on his side somehow, that could go a long way. He's not exactly as personable as his brother can be though...Maybe they can work out some kind of deal or the Army Chief might give him some sort of time limit. Yeah, I got the impression he was going for that as well. Yes, it's very nice to see the author touching all bases on the sorts of people that are in the military and it also makes it all the more interesting to see how they grow.
2013-05-10 16:15Dann of ThursdaySorry on the delay. Long hours at work this week.
I get you and Maoyuu is a good example as I also like the manga version more than the style the anime went with, though it wasn't completely terrible either. They have been going longer than they probably needed to at all and where the anime ended with the second novel was a pretty good place to end at. This is of course if they don't make another season. It's the problem I always have with adaptations of novels as usually they veer off from the source material or they only adapt so much and then you never get to see the end animated.
That is why I find I tend to like them more often then adaptations. It's certainly a relaxing show that's a bit different from what you'd expect. From what I gather, this is more the director's show than Uro's, but he has expressed that he wants to incorporate a message for those young people who are entering society and may feel a bit lost with finding their place with the job market. I like how even episodes that might seem more filler than anything like the latest one do a good job of conveying what the show is exploring. Given how short it is though, I'm not sure where it is going to go.
It is nice seeing them actually trying to do something about it all, though I'm not sure how positive it all is given Victory Gundam happens after this. This episode seemed largely about setting up for the finale with character work, so I'm sure we'll be satisfied on the action side of things next time. It isn't just Gundam either as both Gurren Lagann and that Garden of Sinners movie series had collections that were around $500 each I think. I suppose collectors might go for it, but this sort of thing is why Bandai had to close in the first place as the main Japan branch didn't understand that those of us overseas aren't as willing to pay a good amount of money for four episodes on a single disc.
The manga is still going so I don't know when that will be. I'm pretty sure I heard it might end up a 50 episode series surprisingly so I'm unsure if they plan to veer off or if they are going to do a straight adaptation perhaps with the manga ending around the same time. Ah, Heroic Age is pretty good, though the character designs throw me off since they are by the same person who did Seed. I'm trying to work out a schedule to do that myself though right now I think I'll do Prime, Roughnecks, Game of Thrones S1 and then we'll see from there.
By the way, when was the next episode of the Code Geass OVA supposed to come out? I thought I'd heard this summer but wasn't sure. I rather like the main characters of that, though I hope they don't end up dead at the end.
Yeah, I must never have seen those. Shame they ended on a cliffhanger. I'll have to look that up. I saw one for Beast Wars as well which was just as surprising, though at least that one concluded. I'm about halfway through Pluto at the moment and I must say it is impressive what they were able to do with the tech they were working with. About a fourth of the way through it now and my memory was really bad as I hadn't even finished the whole Darkness Rising opener.
Prime's on its final season? That's a shame. Reminds me of the times he'd try to do an impersonation of Iroh and sort of fail at it. Yep, shelved for the moment then.
And perhaps more if they really do decide to spring other DC heroes off of it, though I worry how well others might translate. Especially if they go straight for the Justice League movie as has been rumored. It's actually rather nice that they've managed to keep a lot of it under wraps even with some of the info we've been given.
And I am getting a bit tired of yearly releases of that series. The recent gameplay video released really looks good along with the interviews talking about it all. Though some of Ubisoft's internal actions are a bit worrisome. Yeah, though I was given the impression that the general gameplay was about the same as what I played. I too am looking forward to see what developers come up with as it'd great to see a lot more new IPs even if I do want a few sequels here and there.
I'll have the next half up later tonight.
2013-05-07 09:25Dann of ThursdayIndeed, and I don't always get why people can knock it so easily as something for children when you can accomplish so much with it. Yes, he may very well use this as an opportunity to observe and learn what he can.
And given the focus of looking at the various forms of ground combat, it would make sense to continue. Yeah, I was trying to think of what possible air combat would make sense and balloons is the only one that sprang to mind. That probably goes without saying with what's happened so far I suppose. He seems well aware of how much pressure there is, so I'd imagine we'll see him doing his best to make sure all goes perfectly as he has been attempting to do with every twist and turn.
Indeed, as the fate of an entire country is relying on him in a sense to not muck this up for them. Ha, it'll make for interesting events, that's for sure. Yes, I went and looked through it. Seems we have two Weiben officers with the group now and it seems the continued focus on artillery was correct. Seems that we may have a sort of rival leader on Holback's side of things in these skirmishes so that should produce some tense battles. Odd cannon on that one page as it looked like it fired many bullets at once like a cannon version of a shotgun. Bernd looks seems to be taking charge of things so he has a chance to impress here. One of the extra stories was rather...interesting with what looked like a brothel or something. Though it seems like Bernd wasn't that affected despite being in a rather racy situation.
Yes, I got that impression as well based on their interactions and it is nice to see he has someone like that. The responsibilities may very well be the result of high expectations given how he's been talked about. Hmm, I wonder how a promotion could affect his responsibilities in relation to Baselland. Unless he's viewed as a danger by the higher ups, I'd imagine they'd want him to be the main person with them given his success and established familiarity with the people there.
Seeing results from Bernd's methods could certainly go a long way towards him perhaps being a bit less harsh, though whatever pressure the other issues Weiben is dealing with also must be a factor in such decisions. Ryner certainly has become a bit more reasonable from the start. Hmm, looking at them again that does appear to be the case and they could probably use a reality check pretty soon. Good point as Strunz Industries was a way of getting the idea to the common people, Helmut can act that way as well though I don't know how well she could convince other nobles unless it is done through the other noble academy students as you said with a whole new generation seeing the importance of change. A mixture of both is likely, though it certainly will depend on which one takes precedence for him. Yeah, it feels like something such as that would work better as an extra chapter in the volume collections. Hopefully we do get a focus on each of them, though I noticed chapter 17 does seem to focus on one of them and his resolve about coming along or not.
2013-05-07 00:53Dann of ThursdayI think it may be that when he was being emotional, he was often being very emotional so it stands out to me more, though he was rather calm for the most part in the final part of the series aside from the reveal that Nunnally was alive. I actually had to check who he was in DMC4 as I had no idea he was Credo! He did do an excellent job there. True enough.
I can usually manage to look past it at times unless it is really bad. I liked SAO for the most part and even read some of the translated novels out of curiosity. It does have a number of things about it that grate on me a bit. It seems to be a rather short series so I'm not sure if it's going to catch up to the manga version or not honestly, though there seem to be at least 8 novels. There probably isn't a completely right answer in this whole mess and one thing I've liked is having the various sides state their cases for the most part. That goes without saying as most of the people who could do actual good and make sense of this aren't in positions where they could really do too much so it's like an endless cycle. At least Banagher and Mineva realize this as you said since it indicates something might actually get done. Looking at it that way, it does work for what it does to the whole situation. Should be an entertaining battle at the very least. Hopefully, and I at least trust them more than Aniplex with their insane prices for stuff I'd actually like to get. Seems to be that way, though I'll be sure to buy this if it ever emerges as some sort of collection or at least at a better price.
On a side note, I'd probably recommend Attack on Titan either the anime now or the manga. It's rather grim and such, but it's a pretty interesting setup with some really nice action too it.
Did it? I remember some business with Daemon, but thought they had wrapped everything up. It's been a long time though. Amusingly, I found there's a complete DVD collection of the series, which was surprising. Haha, yes that's certainly one way to describe that film. Thanks, I'll see about getting this done before the week is out. Looking at descriptions, seems to be a making of special and some commentary, though one of those has Peter Cullen. Geez, I'm not sure. I think the last episode I watched was a very early one when Ratchet got infected with Dark Energon.
Yes, there is definitely enough there to craft something great and they have stated an intent to do something that is different than the original, which they have already accomplished to a degree. It'd be hilarious if he had essentially become like Iroh in his old age Yes, though that might also be a problem for Zuko given her intentions to take the throne back currently. I can't imagine why anyone would actually want her as the leader though.
Definitely, it always felt weird when he'd do stuff like ribbon cutting ceremonies and whatnot given just who he is. You can show him being connected to humanity without going quite that far I think. It does fit and you're absolutely right about it making sense as an explanation for why he can take them. Yeah, I'm not sure if it's just armor or powered armor, though I seem to recall seeing a picture of Zod with what looked like glowing red eyes in a manner that suggested heat vision. Just going to have to wait and see.
Every bit of gameplay I've seen for that game makes it look pretty awesome and the concept is an intriguing one as well. I actually got a chance to play a demo of Last of Us a few months back and it was quite good. Beautiful too and the Sony rep said it was apparently an Alpha build or something to that effect. Interested to see what this next generation brings, though I'll probably hold off a bit until price drop I expect.
2013-05-05 10:53Dann of ThursdayIt'd be fun to see at the very least and could serve as a source of conflict as the plot continued. It does help in taking the edge off as the series might be a bit draining if it was 100% serious all the time. I imagine he'll be treading very carefully to avoid another slip like this one and especially work towards making sure they are ready, though he may end up pushing a bit too hard.
Yes, getting to see the various forms of combat in this period and all they work in conjunction with one another should be fascinating. I'm curious if air combat could be explored, but it's likely too early to expect any form of that except in the most rudimentary sense. Analyzing the pros and cons to make them fully understand the positives of such a practice is something I hope they go into and I'd be a little surprised if they didn't. Oh, there's not much of a question Holback will have the advantage for much of this I'd imagine, so it will be something to see how Weiben as well as what Bernard is capable of coming up with. The key in this instance is probably taking what was a gain by the Chief and turning it into one of their own.
They have made a point of his ability to think quickly when put into a stressful situation and that that will be tested here seems to go without question. I'd think that something bad is going to happen in all of this since he's going to have those moments where his luck isn't in effect. Yeah, some of it can be a pretty dry read, but the effort put in is nice to see at least. And it does serve as something to look at during the wait. How far is the series in Japan anyway? The chapters all seem pretty long so two a year isn't quite that bad.
That does seem the most likely course to expect this to take. Given how well regarded he is by a few of his superior officers, I'd imagine they recognize his strengths in such areas and use him where needed. Though perhaps military positions with Weiben come with the ability to involve one's self in other areas, though given the penchant for focusing on real practices in the manga, Bernard is likely just unique.
He does often make good points before shifting into talking about harsher methods, but ambition is usually can be a poison if taken too far. Definitely, especially with how out of touch they seem to be with the populace as well as how easily some of them are manipulated. Helmut definitely does appear to be one of those rare exceptions so it'll be interesting to see where she goes as a character in relation to her status. Turning what could be a potential threat into an advantage or perhaps even ally definitely seems in character for him from what we have seen. I'm rather curious how they'll play things through this arc since I think it works better when they focus on the development in relation to the main story as opposed to things like the bicycle race, which while interesting at times really felt a bit too filler-ish.
2013-05-05 10:16Dann of ThursdayI do like Southworth, though I feel he does best with more stoic characters so I have a hard time imagining him as the more emotional Lelouch. Though perhaps he was in Time Force, though it's been so long I can't really remember anymore. Has he ever done any voice acting for anime actually? He's generally alright though I don't always find the roles he plays fitting, but more often than not he's a good fit. Interestingly, he was originally going to play Renton in ES.
The OVA's felt more like the original at the very least. I've seen some adaptions where the art actually seems a bit better then me in conjunction to the manga, though often there is that disconnect between the two. Accel from what I saw did have good animation though. That's certainly an odd combination with an interesting premise. Yeah, that one doesn't generally take itself too seriously, though it does have moments where it does address such things. Hmm, it would make more sense if he was considering that as the stronger possibility. Unity would of course be the better result to see, though I'd imagine many would consider that an impossibility. That aspect was quite strange, though I sort of liked that she was the one so conflicted about it but then the massacre was fueled greatly by revenge so I guess they felt making it just her was simpler. The changes with Banagher and Riddhe were ones I liked as well though. Shame about what happened with Bandai here in America. I'd been hoping for some sort of collection of all 7 episodes, but that seems unlikely without it costing something insane.
Reboot at least had a decent finale if I recall correctly, though it's been a long time. It might not be the same without Tony Jay as Megabyte if they did continue at some point. I've only ever seen the tongue-in-cheek movie, but I've heard of the one you're describing. Sure, if you have one I'll take a look at it. And I just got an email from Amazon about seasons one and two of Prime being on sale so I may pick them up. Yes, they've really managed to have the show grow and change with the characters in a way that didn't feel forced or anything like that.
Not that they're together, perhaps they can take it slower hopefully. That could certainly be a way it could be used, I hadn't thought of that. Sorry, I only recently found out about most of this myself. Summer or Fall was what I last read for when it would be starting up again. I know, we already had Katara and as far as I know Zuko is the only member of the group also still alive! Yes, no point on guessing too much with so little information to go off of. That is one of the problems with her I think, in that they seem to be trying to make us sympathize with her at times yet she seems to have always been like this going from Zuko Alone.
Will do. Maybe he just really enjoys voice acting whenever he can? Perhaps it is simply an easy paycheck to do stuff like that.
It is rather different since here he is being this more mysterious protector, which is a lot different than later as you say. It's nice then to see it being explored here as it also serves in a sense to make MoS stand out when put next to its predecessors. Yes, that was the one I read as well, though I'm not sure if that is still a rumor or if it was confirmed. It sort of makes sense from what we've seen of Krypton that they would employ such a practice. I imagine that is what they may be going for and it would be funny in a sense that going with no modifications would make him more powerful otherwise. I'm just unclear whether Zod and co. gain any powers from exposure to the sun. It works well I think because of how much they convey with that one word. Same here, though it also depends on how they all turn out.
By the way, what are your thoughts on the upcoming consoles? I know Microsoft won't unveil there's for a couple more weeks, but it all seems to be shaping up into something perhaps a bit different than before.
2013-05-04 00:26Dann of ThursdayI've seen enough as well that it can be hard to tell at times and confusing as well. Hmm, that is a good point, though he doesn't strike me as the relationship type either. Seems completely devoted to the job for the most part. Things are a bit too far gone at this point I suppose, especially with going and agreeing to the terms he did with Weiben. Making it as smooth and peaceful as possible is the real trick now.
Indeed, giving them a further glance of just how much more advanced Weiben and Holback's technology and weapons are should also serve to highlight to them how much they can improve. Techniques like that would make sense and they did touch on assembly lines back during the whole insurgency though in a negative light from the workers talking about it. With that in mind I'm curious what they might take away from witnessing naval combat then. I suppose I can understand why they don't seem to have the patience and want to speed it up given the other problems, but in the long run it might just create another one and blow up in their faces as you said.
Things certainly don't seem too bright for them with all that in mind at the moment. He does seem to function well under pressure, though this would appear to be the most thus far given how many different angles the pressure is coming from. I wonder if perhaps we might see some signs of panic from him since he's largely been able to keep a handle of things thus far. I could probably go over them again as well as I sort of skimmed over a few of the later ones as well.
The problem at hand is definitely what will be preoccupying Bernard, though I'm sure once he gets through this he'll be considering what Rudolph's next move is unless he really gets preoccupied with other matters to the point he doesn't have the time to speculate too much. Many of the things that the Army Chief found worrisome about him were indeed largely due to luck, though that also has its place in war I suppose. I'm interested in how his duties and such will change based on any promotions he receives, though I confess I don't know too much about how the different ranks and their responsibilities work.
That is certainly a possibility as well, though it may depend on whether the Chief considers him a potential threat to himself as to how well things go in that sort of direction. His performance here will certainly play a factor in it as you said and I wonder if this might also be a test by the Chief in addition to the other advantages he gets out of this situation. It'll be interesting to see how the relationship between Bernard and Ryner progresses from here as well.
2013-05-03 23:53Dann of ThursdayI haven't seen the full thing, but I have seen certain scenes. The highness of the voice didn't bother me quite as much, but I do see what you mean about the stiffness. I do rather like his crazy laugh as opposed to Jun's just a bit more. My sister in a sort of similar instance has some weird undying hatred of Yuri Lowenthal. I'm not the biggest fan of his, but whenever I mention him she mutters some scoffing remark which tends to amuse and confuse me greatly.
Yes, I was surprised by that as well though it appears it was running when FMA was at its midway point. Give it a try when you get the time. It's not really that sad and there's only one rather sad event that's central to the plot. Well, another one is happening, but it isn't given quite as much focus. I've been considering watching Accel World since the concept is interesting to say the least. Hadn't heard of that one so I may have to check it out. One I started watching is Hataraku no Maou-sama, which I've quite enjoyed thus far. That's my hope at least as it seems to make sense at the very least. It also seems to give Banagher a different sort of rival as opposed to Frontal, but it does even things out a bit. He makes a number of good points, but I think his idea relies too much on the Federation just accepting his Zone. I'd imagine another war would eventually end up breaking out down the line, though I suppose that's impossible to say. I really liked the focus on characters in the episode, especially with Zinnerman. I'm still a bit irritated by how much they changed with the Dakar massacre though.
It'd be cool to see a revival, but I'm just not sure when the environment would ever be right for it's kind again. Yeah, a lot of it is pretty lame, though at least Toonami is back in some capacity. I rather like Adventure Time as well as it manages to have some pretty deep and well written episodes such as those that focus on the Ice King. This season in particular has seemed to focus on Finn's maturing and dealing with the issues that come with it.
It was now that I think on it more as they really didn't give a reason for why he was first attracted to her other than possibly her being the first one he saw. Yes, that was good right there, but I guess they felt they needed to jump the gun a bit given they only had so many episodes. Some more news like Airbending getting a sub-category like Metalbending with Earthbending, which my sister and I believe may deal with Sound. Korra's twin cousins showing up, Bolin having romance this season, and Asami dealing with her company's troubles. Release date isn't certain yet either. I rather hope we get to see old Zuko at some point. Yeah, it's hard to figure out how it would be possible so I'm not sure if the letter is a fake or something else. I'm not entirely sure if he could since he might feel it would be dishonorable as well as simply not right to keep something like that a secret. I'm not sure what is up with it either as I wonder if it might be Ikem in a form like that panda was or something to that effect. Yeah, he really shouldn't. I still feel bad for Azula even if she is just crazy now. Her breakdown was just rather sad to watch even with everything she has done and plans to do.
Oh, it's one of those kinds of lines. Those are always fun. That is Steve Blum? I was pretty sure but wasn't certain. He has better ones than others and I agree on the tough guy voice. I remember getting irritated by constantly hearing him voicing thugs in Arkham City.
Yeah, those formative years of him traveling and just doing good are the kind of thing I like to see being dealt with as it makes sense for him to do so. That was an excellent point that I didn't even really consider before, probably because of how familiar with the character I am. The fact he really is an alien and probably the first one in contact with humans is something that should be a huge deal. They do seem to be going for some odd angle where Clark was special even for a Kryptonian, which is a weird angle that I'm curious about. I like that line in the trailer where his mother says they'll kill him and Jor-El just answers, "How?" Yeah, there really isn't much to go off of quite yet. And yes, you are right in that there seem to be a lot of sci-fi films as of late. Not sure what kicked this off exactly.
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