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Old 2007-03-29, 17:11   Link #101
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Can I ask a stupid question? Has this one now already aired? Because I have it down on my list to not starting for another week, on Saturday
Is it airing on another station apart from NHK-BS2?
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Old 2007-03-29, 17:23   Link #102
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As it has been already mentioned by Mr. P three posts back, this was a special preview. We have seen those kind of preview for other shows as well such as Moonlight Mile, Ergo Proxy, etc..
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Old 2007-03-29, 17:26   Link #103
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As it has been already mentioned by Mr. P three posts back, this was a special preview. We have seen those kind of preview for other shows as well such as Moonlight Mile, Ergo Proxy, etc..
Sorry I didn't understand a few posts back what was meant by preview of if it was the first episode or a small preview. I understand now though.
I guess I will still wait for its air date though.
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Old 2007-03-29, 17:32   Link #104
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Not sure it's airing in HD is it?
It's running on BS2 with 5.1 surround sound, so it's safe to assume than an HD version would also be forthcoming, similar to Chevalier D'Eon.

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I didn't watch this episode. I drank it.
My favorite sky was in Tanda's scene.



BTW, Tanda is Dewey Novak (from Eureka 7), which is an instant sign of cool.
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Old 2007-03-29, 17:38   Link #105
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It's just that I wouldn't be surprised to see them hold off on HD to give people (more?) of a reason to buy HD-DVDs.

We wait and see of course until episode 1 airs officially, the cappers will let us know I'm sure

Incidentally, when does this thread move to the licensed forum? Given that it's pre-licensed.
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Old 2007-03-29, 18:39   Link #106
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Maybe they are waiting for "Geneon USA" to be in the credits or Geneon USA to officially announce it.

Either way, this will look great in HD. The sky and water effects were great. The castle room scenes were great. Yep, loads of money spent here.
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Old 2007-03-29, 19:13   Link #107
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My favorite sky was in Tanda's scene.



BTW, Tanda is Dewey Novak (from Eureka 7), which is an instant sign of cool.
No way! I didn't even recognize the voice. And that picture is just adding to the mounting evidence of how amazing the background art is.

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Sorry I didn't understand a few posts back what was meant by preview of if it was the first episode or a small preview. I understand now though.
Perhaps "screener" would be the appropriate term than "preview". Btw, why wait?
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Old 2007-03-29, 21:34   Link #108
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The first episode has proven to show how incredible this show is and hopefully is going to be. The animation was so good and I don't even have words to describe the art.

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Old 2007-03-29, 22:33   Link #109
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an amazingly lush first episode, with a great balance between action and foundation-work for the plot and premise. of course, it remains to be seen if they'll keep it up, but for now, i'm definitely going to be following this series.
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Old 2007-03-30, 02:07   Link #110
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The first episode has proven to show how incredible this show is and hopefully is going to be. The animation was so good and I don't even have words to describe the art.

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It's an alternate world if i m not wrong that's loosely based on the Heian period of Japan.
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Old 2007-03-30, 03:45   Link #111
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Between the archaic dialects and royal speech, I didn't understand much watching this raw unfortunately

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Old 2007-03-30, 04:56   Link #112
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OK, I watched it. But of course I have to blather on about it! It's the first episode after all. I always talk lots of crap on the first episode.

Like I guessed, more than intense and detailed character animation we got treated to some excellent composition and an amazing piece of work in general.

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I think what I like greatly so far is the good mix between the epic storyline but also the painstakingly detailed world and background design.
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Of course, I love Barusa - I was very pleasantly surprised by her attitude! Truly a world-wise person.
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I never thought I'd enjoy the script of the show so much, but I ended up finding much delight in hearing (and seeing) the levels of formality within the show.
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...and now I've forgotten the rest of what I wanted to say, which is in fact perfectly fine since I've yapped on enough.

One last thing though, I still still still wish they had an instrumental opening... *grumbles* I guess I wasn't expecting such an upbeat/light mood to the show. Same goes with the music, maybe I'm spoiled by Kunihiko Ryo or I'm just biased against Kenji Kawai (this is true I think), but I didn't think it matched up to the rest of the show. But that's okay, this is already pretty great as it is.

And now let's just hope they keep it up.
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Old 2007-03-30, 06:13   Link #113
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I know this is very minor but if you look at the scene at the night market where Barsa was eating, you see a lot of effort by the animator to keep everyone moving and animated. Very similar to the qualities in GITS:SAC SSS.

Another memorable one is the song the children at the rice field was singing. It really made that scene come to life for me.

Watching this gave that old nostalgia of the old chinese "wu xia" movie feeling (without the remote controlled magic sword of course )
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Old 2007-03-30, 08:58   Link #114
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Here is a plot summary of episode 1 in clean point form. Hope this helps.
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Old 2007-03-30, 10:52   Link #115
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I didn't watch this episode. I drank it.

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Anime like these make one feel that it is good to be an anime-fan. Let the Spring season begin.
Those screenies are so gorgeous that it makes me forgive the lame-ass anachronistic OP song.
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Old 2007-03-30, 14:51   Link #116
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I'm a little late to the party, but what the heck - it's awesome and I love it. Barsa is truly an inspired heroine, refreshingly honest and funny, and everything else such as music (gosh I actually liked the OP, believe it or not), acting (I had forgotten how sexy Mabuki Andou's husky voice is!) and the omg backgrounds (stunning is not the word!) is almost too good to believe. The art direction is jaw dropping in places and better than many anime movies I've seen and that's no exaggeration. The fact it does exceed every expectation is a fantastic revelation.

Okay, on the downside the ED is shamefully banal and I did feel the direction was very safe rather than doing something imaginative, but it does not detract in anyway from the sheer beauty of it. But yeah the big question - can they keep it up for 26 episodes? Well I think they'll try especially if they have the budget (which they have) and since we haven't even seen any intense action yet I think it'll even go one step further. Just how further is possible remains to be seen, but it will be awesome to find out.

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Old 2007-03-30, 15:09   Link #117
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i didn't even bother watching the OP or ED at all; the songs seem so wildly inappropriate, and beyond that, i'd have to mute the sound to be able to tolerate watching the animation. small price to pay, though, if the overall quality matches episode 1's.

now that some time's passed after my initial reactions, the central draw to the series for me is definitely in the details, such as:

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Old 2007-03-30, 15:30   Link #118
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That's not how it is.

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Old 2007-03-30, 20:18   Link #119
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The artwork is gorgeous. I can't understand a word of it, but it looks beautiful. There is a lot of care put into the way light is handled. The yak or whatever that creature was pulling the carriage on the bridge looks great. The level of detail in every background seems incredible.
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I'm really looking forward to seeing this series with subtitles, so I can understand what is said.

Since it is already pre-licensed by Geneon, are there any guesses as to how long it will take to arrive stateside?
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Old 2007-03-30, 21:02   Link #120
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It's an alternate world if i m not wrong that's loosely based on the Heian period of Japan.
Yea, that makes sense.
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That's not how it is.

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