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Old 2007-04-06, 13:33   Link #41
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I reeaallly enjoyed the first episode once I got past the character designs, which didn't really take that long. I guess I haven't watched any mech series since Zegapain, and the dry-spell is over. I was a bit confused by the (pardon the term) Evangelion-ish pilot feedback and ability to use/reassemble a part of an enemy's Gigantic.
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Old 2007-04-06, 15:28   Link #42
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Yep, first episode was a good one. But yes the characters take some getting used to. In some scenes they are just plain disturbing. But they're far from badly animated; it was really well done in some scenes. I didn't have any major gripes with the CG mecha, and the battle was exciting and so was the glimpses of the other mechas (and their locations). I'm personally looking forward to see Cynthia and Daniel, the two UK pilots

The soundtrack was awesome too - epic and dramatic. In a couple of places it really helped to stir the emotions in the build up to the sense of impending battle.

Very pleased with how this turned out. Looking forward to more.
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Old 2007-04-06, 23:04   Link #43
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who way prefers Koji Yabuno's designs to Kadonosono's original ones in the ED.

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OK, but it's all just my personal taste anyway You can ignore me now.
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Old 2007-04-06, 23:26   Link #44
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Megumi Kadonosono did draw the ED herself actually. So I definitely agree with your point. The characters in the episode itself show so much more emotion than even the original designers animated rendition of them in the ED...

As far as Gotoh, his character designs aside, he's definitely improved as a director at least judging from the first ep of this. Considering he was the one part of this show that made me not look too much forward to it, I was pleasantly surprised. I liked this so much more than I thought I would, so hopefully the rest doesn't let me down
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Old 2007-04-07, 04:56   Link #45
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I certainly prefer the episode designs to the ED. By far. They may look peculiar in some shots, but they do have a great deal of charm. I'm pretty certain most people will run from this the first time they see that close up of Mana in the shrine.

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... I was a bit confused by the (pardon the term) Evangelion-ish pilot feedback and ability to use/reassemble a part of an enemy's Gigantic.
You know I thought for a moment that Susano-o was going to remain a hybrid and that throughout the story it would lose its own parts and gain a piece from each of the other robots it defeats. I was imagining that at the end Susano-o would be some big colourful patchwork of seized parts - the ultimate GF, with each part representing the designer etc... Alas not.
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Old 2007-04-07, 07:39   Link #46
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^ I think that's the entire basis of Bandai's investment.
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Old 2007-04-11, 12:34   Link #47
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Question, what was the name of the Chinese mecha?
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Old 2007-04-11, 13:25   Link #48
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It's Xuan Wu Shen #3 apparently.
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Old 2007-04-11, 20:49   Link #49
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Old 2007-04-11, 22:10   Link #50
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Just saw the second episode.


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Old 2007-04-13, 15:12   Link #51
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Just saw the second episode.


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Yep, I guess I spoke too soon about Susano-o's abilities. Anyway I think it's a fantastic ability to absorb enemies parts and then use that as an advantage, especially with controlling their weapons. The Chinese mecha didn't seem to have this feature, so I wonder if other mecha do or have other types of features that Susano-o hasn't. Either way it makes for a much more exciting situation, with lots of tactical possibilities as the Wisest World War progresses.

Again animation, CG and especially music (I'm loving this soundtrack!) are top notch and I'm really excited by the way the story is developing. In particular the fleshing out of the enemy pilots: giving them personalities, ambitions, political and emotional loyalties really goes a long way to making this feel like more than an shallow mecha slugfest or a showcase for shiny CG *cough* Reideen *cough*.

And, um, I do hope Mana does more in this show than just get injured and blush at Shingo all the time.
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Old 2007-04-13, 22:39   Link #52
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Well, well.. when was the time Lunar has subbed a genuine mecha series? I suppose I've the perfect excuse to check this show out after all.
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Old 2007-04-13, 23:19   Link #53
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Wai! I thinking only a couple days ago what Lunar would be working on... sola and GFormula! Excellent. Now I won't be guessing 70% of the dialogue. XD
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Old 2007-04-14, 02:03   Link #54
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Question, what was the name of the Chinese mecha?
a little bit FYI regarding the astrological reference on the mecha's name "玄武柛"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tortoise
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Old 2007-04-14, 09:30   Link #55
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all the Gigantic are named after Gods- by the way I think it's XuanWu Sheng
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Old 2007-04-14, 17:18   Link #56
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Saw the first episode it was decent it had good animation. I thought the whole explanation of the beginning of the War was rather stupid sounds like the U.N. did it for the heck of it rather weak excuse. The character designs are plain disurbing they look like Aliens or something the eyes... THE EYES!!!

I prefer the ending credits character designs easily over the Alien looking character designs that they used during the episode.

I'll probably keep watching this series the first episode was just good enough for me to keep checking it out.
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Old 2007-04-14, 17:32   Link #57
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I like the character designs, lol. They look similar to the ones in Kamichu!
Saw the first episode last night, and it looks to have some promise.
The mecha battles look like they might be cool (loved the casual way in which it put on the enemy mech's arm )
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Old 2007-04-14, 17:46   Link #58
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I like the character designs, lol. They look similar to the ones in Kamichu!
Saw the first episode last night, and it looks to have some promise.
The mecha battles look like they might be cool (loved the casual way in which it put on the enemy mech's arm )
The character designs from Kamichu looked better they don't look like Aliens:

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Notice that when they blush they don't look odd here and they don't look weird looking either. >_<

This looked better to me in the ending credits:
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Whatever I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder going on here but damn they looked weird as hell.

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Old 2007-04-14, 17:59   Link #59
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The character designs from Kamichu looked better they don't look like Aliens:

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Notice that when they blush they don't look odd here. >_<
It depends on which episode you're watching







I do admit the main kid's eyes are pretty freaky though
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Old 2007-04-14, 18:03   Link #60
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It depends on which episode you're watching







I do admit the main kid's eyes are pretty freaky though
Yes they do blush like that but they don't look weird in Kamichu! they looked cute. But when they do that in Gigantic Formula they look odd..

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