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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1875 on: July 15, 2020, 03:48:43 PM »
watching Black Clover (skim watching it, spamming skip 5 seconds forward haha) and man Asta is every bit annoying as I thought he would be, it took 20 eps just to get used to his voice. The animation quality is pretty awful, with a lot of bad faces and not very smooth movements.
I think anime has advanced to the point where they know how to just put enough effort in it to produce it, and not get top notch level animation. It does vary from studio to studio, but I get the feeling, much like every other industry, that once you know how much you can get away with you'll never put more effort/time/money in that you need to.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1876 on: July 15, 2020, 07:31:02 PM »
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 

It was flawed, it had a long stretch of boring episodes, it was stupid but man was Gundam Wing one fun series. 

For 49 episodes you get a ton of 90's angst, characters who constantly want to die and really awesome mechs. This show was campy and there were a lot of parts that left me going "wow that's stupid but okay". I felt it was all part of the show's tone. I dropped it for a while and I found it hard to get through the middle part of the show. However it came out swinging with the last 9 episodes. This was a really awesome final arc that was satisfying and had a ton of cool sci-fi stuff. The show feels like it has three distinct parts and the final part was really rad. I liked the characters, Noin was my favorite. The Gundam pilots are all different shades of 90's angst. Zechs however was basically Char's entire character arc in one series so he felt like a pale imitation. Relena was...just weird.

I think Wing has the best Gundam designs ever. The Epyon is right behind the Zeta as my favorite Mobile Suit, it's so 90's but in all the right ways. The Wing Zero is so awesome and I love when it does it's silly spin attack. All the Gundams are distinct and the grunt suits are really cool also. They didn't slack with these designs. Zeta was on a next level of cool but the designs got out of control by the end and the late game villain suits were downright silly. Wing on the other hand continued to bring more and more badass designs. 

If this show had better production values it would be a dream. The mid 90's had that awesome grit, things are darker (literally, the show uses shadows on the screen for some reason and I love that). There are a lot of moments of characters typing and computer screens flickering. When we get the more technical shots of the Gundams it is OVA level robot porn. The character designs are good and I like the outfits, especially when Noin wears a cowboy top in space for no reason. The issue with Wing is that is feels cheap and there is a lot of stock footage and just so-so animation. The last two episodes were animated pretty well however.

Both OPs were just amazing. They are songs that hype you up, I never skipped them. "Just Communication" is a great song and I love the pre-chorus shots of the Gundams facing away. "Rhythm Emotion" however doesn't appear until the last 9 episodes and it's even better. The animation during this OP is so cool and man oh man when that song starts playing at the end of episodes it really hits. I love the late 90's house keyboards and arcade racing game beats. The ED is good also. I watched the dub and I'm happy I did because it was cheesy and fit the tone of the show.

Overall Wing was flawed but it made up for that with it's tone and extremely cool designs. It was a drag to get through parts of but at the end I'm happy I watched it and I had fun with it.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1877 on: July 16, 2020, 11:59:50 AM »
Totally agree with the middle being weird. I can confirm that over time you will basically forget it exists, and almost remember Wing as two separate shows. The beginning and the end are so incredibly different for the show's universe and where it stands it's barely recognizable. Remember how big and bad Oz is at the start of the show? Remember how they barely matter by the end? Freaking wild.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1878 on: July 22, 2020, 03:23:50 PM »
Even now Wing feels like two different shows. There was fighting boy meets girl in the beginning and then the Post-Eva mech Wing Zero comes in and things change up. Still almost a week after watching I keep thinking how awesome the last 9 episodes were. A week after watching 00 nothing stuck or rattled around in head as much as that cool as Hell shot they kept showing in the recap of Zechs looking into space from the Libra with all the controls flashing around him. Or the beeping in the second OP. That arc will go down for me as one of the most memorable parts of an anime I've ever seen. I'll share my thoughts on Endless Waltz now also since I feel like typing.

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz 

This entire movie was made just for the famous scene where Heero gets into the Wing Zero. I'm convinced that they built everything around that moment and that moment alone because every stupid thing that happens is done so Heero can have the most unnecessary yet most badass entry scene possible.

This movie had no reason to happen, it didn't do anything interesting with the story and in fact it just raised more questions that it didn't feel like answering. They took a series that had a perfectly fine ending and sloppily tried to add more. The pacing is a mess, there isn't enough time to develop the new villains and explain what was really going on. The opening is overwhelming, switching from flashback to flashback, making you wonder what was happening. This was such a lazy movie in terms of story.

The new Gundams are the biggest thing in this film and they still mess that up. They could have easily come up with a good reason for the new designs but instead they just pretend the Gundams always looked that way, even in the flashback scenes. Rather than the whole "we must banish our Gundams only to get them back 10 minutes later" they could of either upgraded the old suits in the beginning or they could of been destroyed in battle and then, much like the introduction of the Zeta Gundam, someone bring the pilots the new suits on the battlefield to save the day. Honestly anything, even the most cliche thing, would of been better than what happened here. They change the meaning of Operation Meteor, they give Trowa a weird new backstory, Zechs...ZECHS...HOW...don't worry they don't bother to explain anything and oh better give him a new Tallgeese to make another model kit of and then Mariemaia...honestly forget the story in Endless Waltz. It's really bad 

The animation however, oh my God. This is an absolute beauty of mech action. The fight scenes are wonderful and everything just looks amazing. I loved every frame of this movie, the characters and Mobile Suits look outstanding here. The Wing Zero and Deathscythe were the only new designs I liked however. The blue Heavyarms was silly. That said they are animated so well. There is sadly no big bad mobile suit for them to fight which sucked. It was all cannon fodder. The Wing Zero was wasted, it had only a small scrap when it should of had a huge centerpiece mobile suit battle. 

Let's talk about the scene where Heero enters the Wing Zero again though. This is one of the best anime scenes I have ever watched. It's so over the top. Heero had no tactical reason to ask for his Gundam to be sent into space when everyone else got theirs like normal people. He had no reason to have to jump out of a shuttle and just barely catch on to the suit which is so perfectly covered by it's wings (done only for a dramatic reveal). You got this awesome song playing, cool cockpit scenes, the classic one hand typing, buttons being pressed and then boom the Wing Zero flapping it's wings. This is one of those all time classic anime moments. 

I wish Endless Waltz was more than just cool moments but sadly that's all this movie is. The story sucks, it had no reason to be made, but hey man atleast the animation was really good. This was actually the first Gundam thing I ever watched. In 2008 a curious me who had just seen Gurren Lagann and Full Metal Panic wondered what this Gundam thing was but thought it looked boring. That didn't stop me from pretending I watched the series (I included Wing and SEED in message board profiles that listed "favorite shows" despite never having watched an episode then). I got the movie from the library of all places and had no idea what was going on and stopped watching after maybe 10 minutes or so. An exciting first experience.

 
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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1879 on: July 25, 2020, 08:18:52 PM »
Mobile Suit Gundam F91 

A master class into how to not make a movie.

This wasted potential attempts to cram 50 episodes worth of story into only 2 hours and fails miserably in both pacing and making sense to the audience. and the thing is this could of been a pretty good series but the movie does a horrific job with the story. This is the exact same issue with Char's Counterattack, only that movie had a purpose and every character's motivation made sense. It was about a very clear clash of ideologies between Amuro and Char. But this movie just doesn't make sense. Crossbone is not explained, Cecily's actions aren't logical because we don't get to know her, and sometimes you have no idea what colony a scene is set in!

Over and over this movie will suddenly cut to a character in a completely different location then the last scene. There were so many time I was confused about the locations. There is absolutely no time to get to know the characters and ultimately it feels like wasted animation. You have to really pay attention to what's going on and hone in on every line of dialogue. This is a recap movie from Hell of a show that never existed.

That said the animation was God tier, atleast in the opening. Okay let's talk about the first 20 minutes. OH MY GOD! Absolutely insane and amazing war horror in a colony. This opening was gripping, extremely intense and it just hits you with the full force of the brutality of the war. It does this in a way War In The Pocket wasn't even able to do. The opening was so crazy and cool! I couldn't believe it, I was looking at the screen in awe at the animation and the chaotic disorder being presented. Everything is just going crazy and, wow, the first chunk of this movie is a masterpiece.

You can pinpoint the exact moment it stops being this good though. It goes from an actual movie's pacing to it's hyperdrive attempt at storytelling. The animation is still pretty solid throughout, a lot I felt it got cheap by the end. The F91 Gundam wasn't all that cool in my opinion. I don't think it looked all that good and it was nothing special compared to the Zeta and Nu Gundams from before. The Crossbone suits were badass though and looked very intimidating. There was a lot of great animation in this movie. and honestly if this was a show it could of been good. The end of the movie was a really nice bit but I wasn't invested in the drama and I didn't care. So it didn't have the power it would of if it was at the end of a 50 episode series.

The dub is top quality for F91. Absolutely fantastic work! This movie has just enough going for it to warrant a watch but it really is a shame that it started so good but became a disaster. The one and only reason to watch this is for the animation, especially the opening sequence. Amazing how Gundam movies fail at pacing. Endless Waltz was way too fast in the beginning, Char's Counterattack came at us from the middle part of a story we were never told and this movie was like a 2 hour 50 episode speedrun.


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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1880 on: July 29, 2020, 06:23:33 PM »
Mobile Fighter G Gundam 

This is why I love anime. The most ridiculous things somehow made epic. The most insane and stupid ideas somehow so gripping. This is a series that achieves it's purpose and it was an absolute joy to watch. It was tight and so over the top but yet I cared about all the characters and the story. I was invested, I almost cried at the end and I got goosebumps so many times. G Gundam has what made me get into anime in the first place. Hot blooded giant robot pilots yelling and fighting things with insane attacks. When this show gets real it gets real. This was an absolute blast and certainly my favorite Gundam series yet. It's a solid 9/10 for me.

From the start this show is fun but at first I enjoyed how silly it was. More and more I realized I was really invested and characters I first thought were dumb throwaways I ended up liking. The story is simple but it has a fair share of twists and was well paced. There were only a few episodes I didn't like. It has two distinct halves, both ending with exciting heart racing sequences. G Gundam taps into the ape brain enjoyment of cool anime things. It never gets old seeing Domon do a shining finger, and despite how silly a lot of stuff is the show never feels like comedy. Everything is played seriously but not too seriously, it has perfect tone.

The greatness of this show is achieved by the dub. This is a brilliant dub because it gave the show the over the top quality it needed. Domon's voice actor Mark Gatha goes full force and captures his hot blooded energy perfectly. You get so many silly but awesome deliveries, he was a perfect fit. Master Asia's voice actor Dave Pettitt was great also. The cheesiness of the dub was fitting, it was a good dub for what the show was. The artstyle is kind of silly but cool. A lot of the character designs are goofy and oh man the Gundams. There are so many hilarious designs like Holland's windmill suit, Mexico's sombrero wearing catcus suit, America's gun wielding football player and so much more. Happy Canada got represented but our's should of been a hockey player.

The animation was pretty decent and kept consistent. The soundtrack was excellent! Both opening songs were top quality. "FLYING IN THE SKY" is a hype anime hero song, it's extremely good and fits the show perfectly. It is one you absolutely cannot skip for it's exciting energy. "Trust You Forever" was a very fitting song for the second half of the show as well. All in all every single element of this show came together wonderfully to create such a unique tone. A show that could be so insane and yet so awesome.

This is simply a great time. It's by no means a "Gundam" series, it's so different and that's good. I loved watching this series. It has it's own appeal, it's not like the original and Zeta that are great epics. G Gundam has the magic of anime that made me love the medium to begin with. It's an exciting and ultra fun show.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1881 on: July 30, 2020, 11:26:10 AM »
Honestly man, I'm just surprised it wasn't a mounty. Given how England had a beefeater Gundam and France's was just a musketeer.

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Re: Which Anime series you are watching ?
« Reply #1882 on: July 31, 2020, 12:46:55 AM »
watched:
-Steins;Gate 0 - A very good watch and a lot of epic moments.
-SAO Alicization - I like SAO so this was just another nice sequel, nothing too special, but better than GGO if you ask me, it felt a bit more like the original season. I'm watching the current one now.
-Black Clover - up to date now. A few epic moments but mostly a run of the mill shounen.
-Nejimaki Seirei Senki Tenkyou no Alderamin - completely forgot about this one I watched a while back. Quite interesting.
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