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  1. totoum
    2012-03-24 08:22
    totoum
    Well I'm happy to be wrong on that one
    I just figured that despite the high postcount the mods would be too scared of shipping wars to give it a subforum.

    To celebrate
  2. Ledgem
    2012-03-21 13:18
    Ledgem
    Quote:
    There does really seem to be a unique and strong connection between the two, but why not say something along the lines of ''Inori is the one person in the world who understood me'' or ''I must save her since she's the one who's closer to my heart/soul'' then? It would be a lot more accurate than her being the sole person to stand beside him.
    I wasn't paying too much attention to the Japanese around this point, but I wonder if part of the issue here is a translation one. The series certainly had enough weird blips with the relationships between characters that the translation could be solid as it is, but I wonder if they overemphasized Inori in the translation compared with what Shu really said. Or perhaps they used an incorrect tense form? If I remember right, my version said something like 'you've always been the only one there for me' which seems to snub Hare. If the proper translation was 'you're the only one who is there for me' then it would be correct, considering Hare's fate. Maybe if I have the time I'll try to find that scene again and translate it myself...
  3. totoum
    2012-03-19 14:29
    totoum
    Confused you with "Arabian Swan",sorry

    I guess you're right,he still violates your personal space,it's just that when watching Araki anime I don't just want to see it violated I want to see it torn to pieces

    Have you seen his Blue Literature contribution? "Sakura no mori no mankai no shita",That short is pure Araki,Madhouse let him loose and do whatever he wanted.
    As for Imaichi,I hope he gets his own project soon where he's not an add on to something else.

    And glad to have you on board aquarion evol,doubt it'll ever get a subforum though.
  4. Ledgem
    2012-03-19 12:51
    Ledgem
    It's all good, I enjoy this discussion.

    Quote:
    I guess this might be coming from personal experience, but I honestly would value someone who tries and not bend over when I'm feeling pathetic and want others to feel sorry for me and give in to whatever nonsense request I might make in that condition. Inori might have been faithful to Shu, but I honestly think that up to the blockade of the school it hadn't been actual support from her own volition.

    In any case, I think that saying something along the lines of ''Inori was always there for me'' rather than her being the only one would've been much better, since it wouldn't have devalued Hare's efforts and support.
    I see where you're coming from. I also agree with you about what type of support would be more desirable, but from Shu's standpoint I also find it completely understandable why Inori's type of support would mean more.

    I'll also admit that the relationship with Inori was a bit confusing to me in the beginning. It seems like she's very interested in Shu, but then when he tries to get close to her, she's a total cold fish. Worse, she makes it sound as if everything up to that point had been an act that Gai told her to put on. Even though it was a major blow to Shu, he still somehow maintains interest in her.

    Did I misunderstand something there? Because if a girl pretty much tells you that everything she did was an act and is cold to you, wouldn't you figure that there's nothing there, that she's not trustworthy, and give it up? Yet Shu still seemed to maintain interest in her. It bothered him right after she said it, but then it seemed to me as if he pretty much forgot about it.

    The redeeming factor was that we're allowed to see some of Inori's thoughts, and it's clear that even though she said all of that, she does feel something for Shu. Because of that, when Shu goes on about how Inori has been the one to stand by him, I'm OK with it. It's just that "fuzzy" beginning that I had a bit of trouble with.

    But comparing Hare to Inori... I guess I can see where you'd feel that Hare's efforts were dumped on. I liked Hare quite a bit as a character, but I still think that her connection to Shu was very different from Shu and Inori. Hare was in Shu's life during a time when Shu found it difficult to interact with others. She wasn't overly close to him, it seemed - she was just "that girl with a crush." It almost seemed as if Inori was the first person that Shu really connected with. Do you remember that scene in the beginning (episode 3 or so?) where Shu says that he has trouble making eye contact with people, and Inori tells him the trick about looking between a person's eyes? It just seemed as if they understood each other. The series did some pretty weird things with Inori (aside from the thing that I mentioned, it seemed like she underwent a subtle personality shift toward being more robotic after the first few episodes, and her screen time wasn't as frequent as it seemingly should have been), but that connection seemed pretty solid and unique to me.
  5. totoum
    2012-03-19 01:22
    totoum
    Was reading a conversion you had about Araki you had with Triple_R and read:

    Quote:
    But credit given where it's due, the man had shown his touch since episode one and that touch had given the anime it's own flavor.
    You think so?Now I admit I'm stalled at episode 12 of Guilty Crown but I'm stalled because I thought that on the contrary the guy was holding himself back,I saw his flashiness pop up from time to time but that's all.
    Unlike you this makes me go , I wish there was more of it.
    I just have the impression Araki didn't quite know how to handle a character like Shuu,the animes he's directed have never had a character like that,the protagonists he's had so far are not really "normal people" like Shuu,the closest he's had is HoTD and even there the protagonist quickly stops asking himself questions (oh those 180 camera movements,those zooms,those quick cuts )
    I'm not really sure Araki was the right choice for a show with a character like Shuu where you need to be a bit subtle (there's nothing subtle about Light,Shirimaru or Kuro).

    Really,I'm not stalled because I hate the show,it's just what I wanted out of it was some fun blockbuster entertainment and Aquarion EVOL came along and gave me just that so I just havn't had the resolve to continue GC despite my Araki fanboyism

    On a completely unrelated note I'm happy to see someone else is enjoying what Sanzigen and Imaishi are doing with BRS,watching the report on that was really fun.Especilaly love the part where they say that they start out with something really smooth and then purposefully take out frames to make it less smooth and more like 2D anime and particularly Imaishi style since Imaichi isn't known for smooth animation but rather making very good use of a small amount of frames.
    What CGI also allows him to do is really long shots where the "camera" just travels all over the place,he already used it in Panty and Stocking but in BRS he's taking it to extremes,for exemple the first scene of the show is basicly one long sequence shot.
  6. Reckoner
    2012-03-18 23:59
    Reckoner
    Digging the Casshern sins avatar .
  7. Triple_R
    2012-03-18 01:34
    Triple_R
    Nice post on Guilty Crown! I like how you and I both like Hare a lot. I'd be curious to know why she's your favorite.

    Also, thanks for the great insights into:

    1. Arisa's character.

    2. Why Shu considered Inori to be the only one to always stand by him.
  8. Last Sinner
    2012-03-17 23:42
    Last Sinner
    If I didn't have such a large backlog of shows to watch, maybe I could habe cared about BRS a bit more. But I simply don't. Visuals have always been near the bottom of the priority list for me. Case in point - watched Kino's Journey in full in 1 sitting on Friday night. 9/10. Far more fulfilling for me than any show made in the last 18 months. Visuals were nothing to speak of at all but such a macarbe, grim setting of countries to make one appreciate IRL beauty and a method of storytelling not seen at that level of quality since Galaxy Express 999. It's things like that which make me watch anime. Visuals rarely impress me.
  9. Triple_R
    2012-03-16 12:28
    Triple_R
    Thanks a lot for that great VM! I might reply to it more thoroughly in the future.

    On the topic of the Direction... I do see where you're coming from here. But I think the reason why the fanservice in Guilty Crown usual works well for me is because the broader aesthetics makes that fanservice relatively fresh.

    I mean, most sexual fanservice involves pantyshots, breast grabs (some of these totally outside the realm of how people act in normal life), or nudity (often accompanied by copious amounts of steam, lol). Guilty Crown typically avoids these more cliched (and often facepalm-y) methods by going with sleek, sexy, tight-fitting attire that shows off the curves and forms of the female characters wearing it. The freshness of the approach makes it feel oddly less pandering to me, and more creative, so I appreciate the eroticism of it more than I do more cliche fanservice.

    I think it helps that it's usually quick. It doesn't linger long enough to be "in your face", imo.

    But yeah, I'll leave it at that for now. I might have more to say later.
  10. Last Sinner
    2012-03-05 23:32
    Last Sinner
    I had a look at ep1 of BRS.

    Um...what was good about the visuals? I thought they were ghastly. Those character designs were mortifying. The backgrounds looked like a poor man's version of Madoka. Okada's clearly generating yuri subtext for her own kicks. This is beyond a joke. The animation seemed smooth but that's not much when the visuals themselves are bad to begin with.

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