Sunday, January 22, 2006

 

Saiyuki

When I started watching saiyuki, I thought the show was stupid. Cliche characthers, bad drawing, plot development was harried and syrupy. The four main characthers grow on you. The only reason i watched it was because it was funny and bad. A monk, sanzo who is a royal asshole, a pretty boy, gojyo with red hair who likes to flirt and drink, a young boy, goku who likes to eat and is brash, another guy, hakkai who could pretty much pass for your mom are traveling to west to India to save the world so to speak. You can already see that the characther are overused cliches. The fights are not great, there is a noticeable lack of blood. The main bad guy is a woman who is a bitch but seems rather weak. There is nothing worse than a bitch who is physically weak in my book. The interaction between the foursome is great but repetitious. Between Goku endlessly proclaiming he is hungry and fighting with gojyo, and the monk ever so slightly come close to kill the two, out of frustration and hakkai being the mom, the show is funny. Of course being all anime guys, they excel in everything except being able to talk about what they feel towards to each other. It is an art, being able to show that one cares about someone and still being an asshole at the same time. I would say watch the anime for fun and don't be too critical about the artistry and the plot development.

 

real reason why people prefer subbed vs dubbed anime

While I was watching a noir dub, I figured out why people prefer subs. The real reason is ANIME IS STUPID, plain and simple, anime is stupid. The dialogue is stupid. Listening to anime in english, only reminds us that anime is stupid. Stupid things sound cooler in japanese simply because we do not understand japanese. This rather dawned on me especially while I watched a Saiyuki dub where you hear lines like "Let us haul some demon-ass!". Watching a sub of saiyuki was not nearly as entertaining as watching the dub. The dialogue was stupid but fun. The dub was probably not a faithful translation but the liberties taken with script was funny because it was so retarded. Of course, I ask myself the question why oh why, me an adult would watch such a show. Lesson of the day, stupid things sound better in japanese.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

 

Food blogging

I like to see pictures of great food. I do not care much for elitists in like the LA Times write a rather disrespectful article about food blogs. Seriously what would the writer rather have, a Chef of a five star restaurant writing about food which by the way there are blogs like that. If people want to write on how they much love bacon on their personal website, all power to them. All the more power, if people read the blog. Wondering about the personalities of people who go gaga for bacon, or weird food or about vietnamiese food is silly. The one thing that the internet has reminded us is that everyone is unique. I know it is cliche but it is true, we are all unique. Before the internet, this fact was not brought to light often except for the weird stories now and then in the media. The internet has allowed people to express themselves uniquely, that is hardly something to complain about in my book. That is human nature for you. I would rather people expressed themselves in their choices of food than some other unsavoury means.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

 

Noir

Who here is tired of wimpy women? of weeping women perhaps? or girls who supposedly are strong but keep getting their arses kicked or raped? maybe women who are in constant need of saving? Then Noir is the anime for you. Dude, the main characters in Noir, Kikura and Mireille are cold-hearted bitches, just way the I like it. Though it is mostly gunplay, more in the style of John woo but with no blood at all. People seem to complain that there is lack of blood in the series, yes true. But people die like flies in the series not only that the series does not have a happy ending. And Mireille's legs are too die for, hmm, hmm imaginations, imaginations.
A lot of flashbacks are used, which get annoying especially when they are the same flashbacks. The soundtrack is superb. I do not care much for the beginning and ending song. The music is haunting, the mix of an operatic voice and techno is exquisite. For all ya opera singers out there, may I suggest you mix your voices with metal or techno, it would sound hauntingly beautiful.
The action is great, these women are COOL. Note that is not something you can say for anime females in shounen a lot.
The pacing is slow and the backstory is tortuous . I just say sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

 

Noir

Who here is tired of wimpy women? of weeping women perhaps? or girls who supposedly are strong but keep getting their arses kicked or raped? maybe women who are in constant need of saving? Then Noir is the anime for you. Dude, the main characters in Noir, Kikura and Mireille are cold-hearted bitches, just way the I like it. Though it is mostly gunplay, more in the style of John woo but with no blood at all. People seem to complain that there is lack of blood in the series, yes true. But people die like flies in the series not only that the series does not have a happy ending. And Mireille's legs are too die for, hmm, hmm imaginations, imaginations.
A lot of flashbacks are used, which get annoying especially when they are the same flashbacks. The soundtrack is superb. I do not care much for the beginning and ending song. The music is haunting, the mix of an operatic voice and techno is exquisite. For all ya opera singers out there, may I suggest you mix your voices with metal or techno, it would sound hauntingly beautiful.
The action is great, these women are COOL. Note that is not something you can say for anime females in shounen a lot.
The pacing is slow and the backstory is tortuous . I just say sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

 

Trinity Blood

Marathoned Trinity blood. I have to say I did not like the beginning episodes. The main character Abel was trying to be like Vash the stampede of Trigun, that is completely turn off. If you are going to be badass, be badass, don't be cute and badass. Besides Abel could not pull the act well. At least Vash was believable. The series got better, a lot better, although the development is uneven. There are vampires, nuns, priests, a pope, a badass vampire that feeds on other vampires and a host of characters with cool abilities. The ending was not great, it left more questions than answers.

Abel does try to be like Vash in the "no killing ethic" which works for a couple episodes and then completely falls apart. Personally I find the ethic repulsive, it betrays a certain arrogance. Note, I hated Trigun towards the end for that reason. Characters who believe such an ideal do not grow. As they find that such beliefs do not work because more innocent people die as a result, they become more and more tortured, take Vash for example. I am not sympathetic at all to their suffering, because I believe the suffering is misplaced. When someone decides to be "evil", he has forfeited the right not be killed in my book. When someone like Abel decides not to kill the evil person, that person places an impractical ideal over people's lives. One can say that the evil person may change because of kindness like in Trigun, so mercy is a good thing. I say, when you are rampaging lunatic, all measures need to be taken such that you are not threat anymore. Seriously, Abel does not think of crippling the opponent, you could shoot the arms or the legs, stop them in their tracks. His ethic allows to them to leave scot free, to destroy again. Of course the reason, such people can hold a worldview is because they think they are some God-like figure that saves everybody and protects everybody while everyone else are just cogs in the wheel with not ethical duties. With a view like, there is no room for belief in others and belief in the responsibility and free choices of other people.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

 

random assortment of anime

Rozen Maiden: cute anime, about dolls and a frightened middle school boy. It is cute and nice.

Now and then, Here and there: it is okay. I was not fan of it. A boy gets sucked into a hellish world of psycho villains, child soldiers and lack of good water, what is it with the lack of water theme in dystopias? The boy is stereotypical anime male, brash, courageousness, protector of women, and has to save the day. The main female character at least does not cry, but she does need a lot of protecting. The bad guy is annoying, he should have been drawn and quartered. The series was not boring.

Hundred Stories,
Kosetsu Hyaku Monogatari: This is the series I was rather happy with. It is a horror series, the drawing is very stylish, i liked it. My complaint, the series last 13 episodes, which is too short. Not because I needed more, but there needed to be more background and development. It features a young man who decides to collect a hundred stories, as a change from writing children's riddles. He is not strong physically, but he is not a wimp, he can be an idiot sometimes. He falls into the company of 3 strange people who go around punishing people for their misdeeds. Misdeeds is a rather weak word here, it is more like the people are royally fucked up. They tend to be serial murderers with fucked up psyches, hence the horror element. I liked this series a lot, it is not for the faint hearted like basilisk.

 

basilisk final

Ok, the series ended badly, I was simply not impressed with the ending.

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