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Anime Talk / Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« on: Today at 10:01:04 AM »
Sabegebu! (Re-Watch)

This is a truly special one of a kind anime that has giant balls swinging like a Grandfather clock. It's such a refreshing series that tramples all over the tropes of these club based Slice of Life shows. This series gets crazy with it's concept and characters and it just does whatever it wants for 12 episodes. It's a survival game club so the show gets into their imaginations and shows the characters getting into increasing outrageous gunfights.

Although the designs are very cute and bright the characters themselves can be really rotten, but in a good way. Momoka is the anti-protagonist, she is a mean, selfish, greedy and ruthless person who, as the show states, transcends good and evil. Urara is the funniest part with her extreme machoism and strength of an Eastern Lowland Guerrilla. Everytime Momoka does something bad there is a consequence and then the show ends with a big payoff for Urara after being abused the whole time.

I loved this show when I watched it six years ago and it is one of the most memorable anime I've ever seen. There are so many parts that are burnt into my memory. The episode where Urara breaks the toilet flusher after taking a sh!t is so hilarious on many levels. The shoot out with Platy and the crab has to be my favorite moment in the show though. You will never forget so many moments from this show because of how insane it is. I love that this series has the guts to do everything it does.

There are some meh skits, and almost half of an episode is wasted on an advertisement to recruit more hunters in Japan. That was shady and they didn't even make the scene funny. The Predator parody bit was also a bit too silly, even for this show. But a few meh bits don't ruin the many amazing parts in this show.

Rumi Ookubo was so great as Urara, she made her sound cute and then she would snap into the most deep and guttural sounds. Ayaka Ohashi was also excellent as Momoka. She also sings the decent OP, "YES!!". I just love seeing characters like this be so wicked and crazy. It's such a great chance of pace from normal school anime. Sabagebu! is such a great series and watching it again was just a reminder of that. This is a gem that truly stands out.

Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW EP)
« on: May 10, 2021, 11:38:49 AM »
Kanttila : Mundane World End (EP)

1. Mass Driver Railway (Feat. Legomaestro)
2. Deep Fry The Key
3. Overclocked
4. Rockin' Out At World's End (Feat. Cola)
5. Rosie Posie

All songs performed by Kanttila
Full Credits On Bandcamp

A new EP with 5 songs. Two duet collabs with Legomaestro and Cola. This is my last "Gundam album cover" release and it captures a spell of boredom and a changing time. This is the EP to end the era of my music that began with Melancholy 2020 from last May. I can't say these are my best songs but it's what came to in a short time and I put it together as an EP.

I want to improve a lot of things, my singing always, but also my recording and mixing. I really want to make a Heavy Metal record next, as in the 70's and 80's type. I never know what I'm going to come up with though, so I'll just keep on seeing what I spit out.

"Mass Driver Railway" is a song based on Foreigner's "The Modern Day". Lego wrote his lyrics and captured the loose vibe of the music. We both wrote lyrics without knowing what the other was doing and came to the same sort of theme somehow. "Deep Fry The Key" is harmony practice. I didn't nail it and the melody is super basic so I went silly with the lyrics. "Overclocked" is about my most dull personality traits and it went in a better direction than my initial idea. I let my songs form when I'm recording them. I play the guitar track but then the drums decide everything. I rebuild from there.

"Rockin' Out At World's End" features Cola doing another fantastic vocal. We both wrote our own lyrics from the theme of a Rock band being the last survivors on Earth and just continuing to play because, why not. "Rosie Posie" is like a 60's style thing, but not really. I don't know if I nailed the vibe there but it's something.

Anyway that's Mundane World End! Let's see where things go now with my music.


Anime Talk / Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« on: May 10, 2021, 08:01:05 AM »
Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie

This is one of those movies that didn't need to happen and honestly it didn't add a whole lot but it was enjoyable to watch anyway. The story had been told so all this movie did was dial back character development, especially for Ruby and Leah. The flow is similar to the original Love Live Movie where the girls go to a different location (Italy in this case) during the middle. This movie had a really dumb story and the cheesiness was set to maximum. The Saint Snow bits were the best part, just like in the show. Again though, I feel like a lot of what this movie does was already taken care of in season 2.

I liked the bits of the characters interacting and being goofy the most. That is what Love Live is really good at. By this point the cast of Sunshine was so defined and it's fun to see them go. But watching this movie made me realize how refreshing the third generation of Love Live, Nijigasaki Academy, is. They really scaled back on the cheese and made a smaller story. Sunshine was always too corny and this movie is no different. Watch it for Yoshiko, she was great in every scene. Aika Kobayashi did a great performance and I saw some of the dub clips and shockingly her dub voice is REALLY good as well. Morgan Berry made her sound really seductive and still just as crazy. I might have to watch Sunshine in dub just for that. Oh anyway...ya the movie was just okay.

Super Cub Episodes 3-5

Episode 3 was truly fantastic and really showcased everything the show has going for it. Watching the friendship between Koguma and Reiko develop was lovely. There were a lot of small details such as the body language of both characters when they were eating lunch on their bikes. Koguma is turned away but when she notices Reiko is facing her she slowly turns around. Episode 4 was good also but Episode 5 was a bit strange. It was Reiko focused, which was good but it sort of went against the realistic feeling tone of the show. Reiko is trying to ride up Mount Fuji with her Super Cub but she keeps wiping out. She falls off her bike multiple times and even rolls downhill for a few seconds but all that happens is her clothes get dirty. She would of been really injured from those falls. It was a bit tone breaking for me. I understand that it was done to show her drive but it was a bit odd for a show like this. Everything else was nice in the episode.

Nagatoro Episodes 3-5

This show is getting surprisingly more enjoyable with every episode. The relationship between the two is developing and you do get the sense that they like each other. This is sort of like one of those series that is trash but not ass. That's about all I have to say, this show doesn't make me think much. It's just a thing to watch, but not a bad thing.

Anime Talk / Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« on: May 08, 2021, 09:19:04 PM »
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

Finally, I watched this 12 episode OVA in one sitting tonight. It was a good one overall with a lot of really cool aspects that make it unique in the Gundam franchise. I can't say it's more realistic because it's still you know...Gundam...but there is more thought put into how the Mobile Suits would function in a real battle. The characters are not Newtypes or anyone fancy either, and a "forbidden love" type story runs throughout. The OVA peaks with a very classic scene and then it misses the mark on the finale for me personally. But ultimately I really enjoyed watching it.

The 08th MS Team has the same issue as Stardust Memory. Both are 12 episode OVAs that go at a good pace and then kick the story into overdrive for the end. Both end in ways I found underwhelming also. This OVA had that amazing episode with the Gouf Custom, which is so cool. Every second that thing was on screen was glorious. It was such a menace and the whole fight in an abandoned city was awesome. Episode 11 was so flat in comparison and Episode 12 was just tacked on as a bonus basically.

I liked the first half and the dynamics of the team. Another thing with this show is that the Gundams aren't treated with a sense of awe like the other shows. Honestly only the Gouf Custom was showcased as being super cool. I really liked Kiki, she is one of my favorite Gundam characters now. Karen and Sanders were great as well. There are so many great moments in this OVA and fights in dark lighting. The animation is good as is the soundtrack. The dub is okay. Michelle Ruff is always great and she was perfect as Kiki. Steve Staley made Shiro sound condescending at times. I couldn't watch the dub for Stardust Memory, but this one was fine.   

I've been meaning to watch this OVA for basically a year and now was the right time. It made for an enjoyable evening. I prefer Gundam to be more outrageous and focus on things being extremely cool but I appreciate the approach of The 08th MS Team and it made this series stand out.


Anime Talk / Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« on: May 02, 2021, 03:39:31 PM »
Mobile Suit Victory Gundam

This is a great series that I believe gets an unfair reputation. Victory is very odd but from beginning to end I was completed engaged in the story and the rapid pace of the plot. I didn't completely understand what the themes of the show were but ultimately I really enjoyed it and it's one of my top 5 Gundam series that I've seen so far.

People always say Victory is depressing, and yes there are some gut wrenching moments here. But this show isn't nearly as crushing as Zeta Gundam was in the end. Victory had a really great ending and a ton of really memorable and emotionally moments. There were scenes that almost made me cry because of how strong the combination of music and visuals were. It had a lot of the same problems with Tomino Gundam series, most notably how some female characters will completely change midway through and become more and more difficult to understand. Katejina was poorly written and she was really hard to follow.

The production values are good and the show is able to stay consistent by scaling back on detail and shading. The last two episodes are incredible and they look almost OVA quality. The fight above the clouds made for a striking backdrop. They put everything into animating it nicely! The opening is also the most incredible one I've seen from Gundam. The animation sequences are so insanely smooth and well thought out. The first opening "STAND UP TO THE VICTORY" is an absolute masterpiece, the song is an incredible inspirational hero anthem. "Don't Stop! Carry On!" is also really good, although most of the animation from the first OP is reused. 90's Gundam is easily the best looking for me, nothing comes close to the sheer coolness. I recommend everyone to watch this opening and appreciate the sheer coolness of it, link.   

My favorite characters were Marbet, Usa and Fuala. The show is unique in that Uso is younger than other Gundam protagonists. Marbet was a great character who is underappreciated. Fuala was just, ya. I liked the cast although I feel the writing for a lot of them was downright strange. Tomino puts so much weird and questionable stuff in these series, it makes it entertaining but sometimes it's too much with the baby stuff.

I loved the drama of Victory and the sort of silly way every character talked. I love dramatic anime, that is why I like SEED so much. This show was full of battles and characters using unique tactics. There is a motorcycle theme to some of the bad guys, they ride around in red bikes on earth, then they build giant wheels for the mobile suits to fly around in AND THEN THE BATTLE SHIPS HAVE GIANT WHEELS ON THEM! I love this weirdness that 90's Gundam is packed with. I really enjoyed Victory, I thought it was a great weird show. I understand why people might not like it but I feel it gets unfairly bashed. I'm happy I gave this show a chance. Gundam is great because it's weird, dramatic and doesn't totally make sense. 


MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2021
« on: April 28, 2021, 11:55:40 AM »
Specific Recordings put out a Seiko Oomori compilation on record for us Western fans! 

This is a fantastic release, it's 19 songs on two records with tracks from Kentai Shoujo up to her latest album Kintsugi. I'm so happy they included "draw(a)drow" along with my other favorites like "I Kill The Time 4 U", "TOKYO BLACK HOLE", "Shinigami", "GIRL'S GIRL" and "Nostalgic J-Pop". Every Seiko fan would pick 19 different songs for this so I think they did a good job choosing a set of songs that showcase her variety and strengths. In my opinion the only glaring omission was "Imitation Girl" which I would of included over "Kodama ja Nai Mon 17" from the same album. But again everyone would have different picks.

The packaging is nice, the cover is the same as Kintsugi which is a great shot. The records are purple and yellow and there is an insert with two pictures from the Kintsugi booklet. It's awesome that Specific Recordings put this out for us, they also released Haru Nemuri and NECRONOMIDOL's albums on record. I have two of Seiko's albums Sennou and KUSOKAWA PARTY on record so I'm really happy to have another.


break Room / Re: The Gunpla Thread
« on: April 27, 2021, 12:09:05 PM »
Thanks Suuper! I want to make something nice to watch. This is my third video on the High Grade Wing Gundam.


Anime Talk / Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« on: April 24, 2021, 11:14:49 PM »
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing about that could you explain why Catra goes ballistic and want to wipe out everything.

That was when he was overwhelmed by the Zero System. The Wing Zero Gundam took the pilots into overdrive and increased their combat skill and reaction time but it made them all go crazy if they couldn't handle it. Everyone gets a go at piloting the Wing Zero and they are all tormented by images of what they fear the most. 

Quatre was already losing it after what happened to his Dad and the Zero System made him snap. I believe he wanted to destroy all the colonies because his colony betrayed him and his family. So the Wing Zero amped up his emotions.

Anime Talk / Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« on: April 24, 2021, 09:27:39 PM »
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (Re-Watch) 

It hasn't quite been a year since I first watched Wing and I was already itching for a second go. This show is just massively entertaining. There is something so enjoyable about how dumb and cool it is. The story is not the most clear at first and even a second time there are just so many questionable things that you can't stop and think about it. This show is just balls out insane and yet it has such a serious tone. There is a really excellent progression and by the end you feel like you went through a big journey for 49 episodes.

The dub is a big part of why I like the show so much. It's so perfectly bad and it has many cheesed lines that I can't help but laugh at. Wing is super cool at times also, the mobile suits are my favorite. Epyon and Wing Zero are just wicked and the ending battle is excellent. Everything comes together for a great big finale. TWO-MIX's opening songs are incredible. "RHYTHM EMOTION" is one of my top favorite anime OPs, song and animation. The ending song "It's Just Love!" is also really great and I love the animation of Relena doing like a weird safari photoshoot. I quite like the character of Relena as well, she is extremely gutsy and does what she has to in order to achieve her goals.

There is such an insane spirit to Gundam Wing that I just love. It's hard to describe the exact appeal of this show for me. It's just great entertainment and it has that craziness that I love about Gundam. Shows like Unicorn and 00 may be "better" but they aren't as memorable to me. Wing lives on and is the Gundam show I think of the most, even though it's not close to the best one I've seen. I found it to be even more enjoyable on this rewatch. I can imagine going back to it again in the future.

Members Manga / Re: Whispering Magic [Prototype]
« on: April 20, 2021, 11:42:46 AM »
This sets up a good underdog story of sorts. Once again you explain the world well here and it shows up that she has some sort of dormant powers that will come out at some point. The couple being mean was unexpected and good as well, it makes it more interesting. It's always great to see the protagonist have to struggle and overcome these things and keep that pure spirit alive while facing all of that negativity.

Members Manga / Re: Beta Reincarnation [Prototype]
« on: April 20, 2021, 11:33:05 AM »
A great set-up again, the montage was vivid and you can get the feeling of it playing out in animation from reading it. Meeting the adventurer who actually sucks at what he does in chapter 2 was great. I liked the scenery bit in episode 1 I thought it did good showing that he is somewhere else. and the stove explosion was really well framed. 

Not only is your output insane but you doing these way different series at the same time. That is very impressive man, these are really tight reads as well.

Members Manga / Re: Eclipse [Prototype]
« on: April 20, 2021, 11:24:27 AM »
Oooh, manga X-Men. The set-up is done well and you are able to get into the story right away. Your storytelling is fast paced and you give enough details to understand the characters and conflicts. The world is very easy to get into here and it's understood what's going on from only a bit of detail in the opening. For a small critique I found some of the action scenes in the building a bit tiny hard to follow and when the two girls were in the same scene sometimes I wasn't sure which was which. That's just me though. Once again I feel like you got the pacing and storytelling just right here and delivered only the important details. Well done!

Members Manga / Re: Et Cetera [Prototype]
« on: April 20, 2021, 11:14:20 AM »
Chapter 1, this was a very solid introduction. You establish the characters well and the robot is instantly likable. It's expressions in the classrooms were hilarious. The composition is well done here also and it had a natural and easy to follow layout. You got the flow of a comedic manga down with the set-up and come downs. An example being "oh what that kid has a gun? Oh it's a water gun". Also the shots that give the robot a sense of scale when it comes down stood out.

Chapter 2 is good also, Krystal adds a fun dynamic to the group and gets them going. To make a small critique I had the feeling you didn't really know what to do with the robot here since it's only in the beginning. I think it would be fun to see it interact with all the characters like the craft club girl and classic sleepy club supervisor. Since they are an adventure club and the robot is looking to collect data I think they can take it to various places a kid would go and have it interact with the people and things they come across. Like an arcade or candy shop etc. I think the best part of this was the interactions with the robot. The club characters are fun as well, and you set-up an easy to follow and enjoyable dynamic. 

I think you show a very good understanding of manga structure and flow here. I enjoyed reading this!

Anime Talk / Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« on: April 18, 2021, 11:30:15 PM »
I'm not going to watch much this season but I wanted to talk the two shows I'll most likely keep up with.

Super Cub Episodes 1 & 2

Fantastic. This is a very grounded and realistic Slice of Life that feels a bit strange and bleak at first. It starts with the girl saying how she has no parents, friends, hobbies or dreams for the future. She then goes to a bike shop on a whim and buys a motorbike. The whole episode is about how she grows an attachment to her Super Cub. I had this feeling that a tragedy would occur and the whole time I was hoping nothing bad happened to her. I loved how this episode was atmosphere based with almost no soundtrack.

I instantly cared about Koguma and felt engaged. Both episodes made me feel all her emotions. The ups and downs of her day. Episode 2 completely sold me. I absolutely loved it. It's so wholesome and down to Earth. Reiko had a great introduction and again she feels like a real person. There is a "glory in the small things" moment that killed me when Koguma went to the grocery store. This is like hardcore Slice of Life and these two episodes feel very special to me and not like other anime I've seen. I'm in.

Nagatoro-San Episodes 1 & 2

The first episode gave me a bit of a bad vibe, mainly because I hated the guy and his reactions. Episode 2 showed a lot more promise for the series and it made me think it could actually be a good one. Episode 1 was just a bit too mean spirited, especially the scene when Nagatoro wipes the dude's tears. But episode 2 showed us a reason why she's interested in him. I thought it was a good idea to have a guy try and hit it off with Nagatoro by showing her his music only for her to not care and give an unmoved critique. It contrasts with her reaction to the protagonist's manga. I think this will be an interesting show for sure.     

Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: April 16, 2021, 09:43:43 AM »
This is a track I am extremely happy with. Vocals, whatever. But the instrumental oh man! A lot of the arrangement is a series of mistakes that ended up working out. I randomly did some thing on the snare and that reshaped the song from my initial idea. This was a hard track to keep in time with the drums. Overall I am quite satisfied with this one. 



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