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Old 2008-12-20, 13:35   Link #321
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Just great ... now FUNimation blocks all IPs not coming from the US, just like hulu, etc were already doing.

The few reservations I had about licensing being a good thing are now gone.

Crappy video quality, wash-out actors, ludicrous translations, but worst of all unavailability !!!

The only positive thing left is that R1 and R2 (European) DVDs have twice as many episodes

And for whoever thought (including me) that FUNimation was in the right direction ... well, they just broke the law "like" the fansubbers who they hunt like rabid dogs
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Old 2008-12-20, 15:57   Link #322
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ep 12
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Old 2008-12-20, 17:45   Link #323
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Spoiler for 12th episode:


Technically, animation was was very typical of now-a-days GAINAX, but I have come to appreciate their new style and see their influance in other production studios (Synergy, GONZO, etc.) None-the-less, their art still is top quality, even in action-packed scenes, unlike other studios; hm ... let me bash again KyoAni and GONZO

Also the VAs of Ouri and especially Makina are becoming less annoying ... this could be either due to the power of habit or because sounding clueless and out of place actually fits their characters.

It's really a pity that the first season is not available outside the US, it's a certain buy for me ... though R2, even with that insane import tax.

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Old 2008-12-22, 15:35   Link #324
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It's good to see that the Gainax bounce has finally made it's appearance in episode 09.
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Old 2008-12-22, 16:06   Link #325
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I worked a little with the OP & ED frames ... enjoy.







For more images, check here.
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Old 2008-12-22, 16:45   Link #326
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Dawn

The twelfth episode focused

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Next episode will play as both this season's epilogue and the transition for the next season on January.

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Old 2008-12-22, 16:49   Link #327
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Guido did you plan to just spoil the last episode for people like me who aren't watching the raws? I mean you could have at least added that part in spoiler tags.

& Malkuth, thank you for those images.
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Old 2008-12-22, 16:59   Link #328
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Malkuth did you plan to just spoil the last episode for people like me who aren't watching the raws? I mean you could have at least added that part in spoiler tags.
But the spoilers are within spoiler tags

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& Malkuth, thank you for those images.
You're welcome.

Sorry if I spoiled something ... it was not intentional, just tell which part should go into the tags ... maybe my perspective is different.
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Old 2008-12-22, 17:03   Link #329
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But the spoilers are within spoiler tags
Sorry sorry, i meant Guido. I've edited my post.
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Old 2008-12-22, 17:17   Link #330
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Sorry sorry, i meant Guido. I've edited my post.
I have already edited my post with almost everything included within the spoiler tag for the safety of users who have neither watched the episode nor have visited yet this thread today.

Pardon my inconsiderate behaviour.

On-Topic
Since the previous episode, the cat has begun to bug me like hell.

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Old 2008-12-22, 17:48   Link #331
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:'(

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and what weapon is that yellow thingy btw? Phurpa or vajra? I see that one in Ga-Rei Zero too.
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Old 2008-12-23, 04:12   Link #332
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I'm actually enjoying the show, despite all the the bad news I've heard, the VA isn't bothering me at all, plus I like watching Ouri, as a character out of touch with alot of whats s happening yet end up in the middle of everything. He just a very curious and humane guy, plus after just watching episode 9, we get some background on him its actually tying him into the story line better.

Keisei is solid charater but I don't find him all that interesting, plus it doesn't help that all his attempts at comedy just aren't funny. I like Makina, plus the show has been getting better and better since the introduction of more Shikabane Himes.
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Old 2008-12-23, 11:14   Link #333
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I sat down last night and decided to catch up on the sub episodes. Meh i think the only thing that really got me into the series again was Minai and then they just had to kill her off bastards just when she starting to feel again. However after that it was just the same ol same ol again. The cat bothers the living hell out of me but at least we got a little more history on Ouri. Makina i just cant bring myself to like her, her voice is so bland the only emotion she seems to be able to display properly is anger.

Im not going to drop the series i am going to finish it out im just disappointed its not as good as i had hoped it would be. Got my expectations up over no one to blame but myself for that.
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Old 2008-12-25, 02:21   Link #334
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Ahahahaha... An explanation episode worse done than the explanation episodes in Toaru Majutsu no Index.
The most brilliant way to end the season, clearly.

Spoiler for ep13:


Spoiler for final thoughts:
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Old 2008-12-25, 22:40   Link #335
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Well...it could have been worse for a final episode

But after all the chat and whatnot I am still kinda looking forward to the next season. Lets see if Ouri can redeem himself by taking Kensei's place.

Even though in the end this series could have never lived up to expectations, I think it makes a nice weekly watch if you don't hope for too much.
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Old 2008-12-26, 15:49   Link #336
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I live in the US and I'm watching 9 right now on funimation's site. Did you try the other sites like joost and whatnot ?
Today I received reply from FUNimation's feedback staff.

They explained they have blocked the access to the videos section of their website in all territories except in the: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Those five are the only ones unblocked.
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Old 2008-12-26, 17:46   Link #337
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Today I received reply from FUNimation's feedback staff.

They explained they have blocked the access to the videos section of their website in all territories except in the: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Those five are the only ones unblocked.
Did they mention a reason for this change?

Specifically, did they admit that they maintained an illegal broadcast up until now?

Have they succumbed to pressure from other non-Anglo-Saxon licensees?

Did they accept their ignorance or incapability to implement a simple IP ban, because the company is composed by managers and employees next to zero technical personnel, outsourcing to irrelevant companies everything that is intended for the public?

All-in-all, did they give any reason, or just re-stated the obvious?

IMHO, divert the money you spend on managers, advertisers and lawyers (ie, any foreign licensing leech) and learn Japanese or any other foreign language and watch the legal and free broadcast ... actually it would turn entertainment to self-improvement and education

By the way, I guess Zeitgeist has influenced my way of writting
Which has excellent BGM and is FREE, legally

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Old 2008-12-31, 01:52   Link #338
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Do we get more of that glasses girl hime?
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Old 2008-12-31, 17:21   Link #339
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The Contract Monk's Funeral

The year is about to end in a few hours, and I was able to conclude season one before.

serenade_beta, I do understand now what you meant about episode thirteen having long-winded explanations.
Spoiler:


Overall, this episode was average to me; neither good nor bad.

However, do I agree that season one wasted potential by putting Ouri in the center of all the rare things happening due to his helplessness, hence, I can hope that he'll grow spine in both strength and power to become a suitable contractor monk for Makina by season two.

Both Makina and Keisei helped to prevent this first season from falling apart.

BTW, I won't put a last thoughts post, since the whole series continues on next week with season two.

So, see you all in Shikabane Hime Kuro next week.
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Shikabane Hime: Kuro Ep01 on Veoh!!!

Go check it fast, before it disappears!!!
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