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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:10 am 


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Yeah, Votoms is awesome. Highly underrated and very mature, often overshadowed by Gundam fare. Not crapping on that stuff, which I like, but Votoms feels way more practical. I didn't upgrade my old DVDs since this was just an SD set, sadly, but cool it's at least back in print--at least I assume, but this Rightstuf closeout has got me all goobered! I think Ghegs here is also a fan if I recall.

Also a cool OVA in the same universe, Armored Hunter Mellowlink, which is worth tracking down.


Votoms is indeed awesome, even if the ending is kind of...not what I was hoping for, let's say.

I've started watching the anime once and quickly got turned off by the darkness and bleakness, not judging the quality here it looked quite competent and I've heard only praise, but I wasn't in the mood for such a depressing tone. :oops:

Dunno if it's worth trying again, I think I've noticed there's a maybe un-named subcategory of military/war/mecha manga that instead of epic and heroes emphasizes on war horrors and drama, and not just a bit but as the main 'attraction'. Not really my taste.
If Votom's like that I'd rather not return to it even if it's good.


Ohshi that sounds like mah jam :o (not to be contrarian or anything :mrgreen:)

Always liked the look of VOTOMS' mecha designs from the PS2 game, which I hear is one of those Licensed Games That Don't Suck™. Looked like the sort of brutal machinery you could get a loose sleeve caught in if you don't adhere to workplace safety protocol, naw mean.
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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:28 pm 


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Yeah, Votoms is a lot like a mech sidescroller in how it handles. There's actual rules to its machinery; it doesn't just zip back and forth in space like in Gundam. It's actually got little boosters to accelerate and treads to make it speed along the ground. Feels like playing Metal Warriors or [insert mech sidescroller].


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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:47 pm 


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Nice! didn't realize three 9 was out on blu-ray. Reiji Matsumoto Ownz!!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:26 pm 


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Nice! didn't realize three 9 was out on blu-ray. Reiji Matsumoto Ownz!!


Eventually it all will be thankfully.

There are some major supply issues right now and it is impacting Discotek so I went ahead and tossed in Adieu and the first movie onto a pre-order of Giant Robo and the Galaxy Express 999 TV series Part 1 BD. Still waiting on the first movie to get back in stock. They managed to get one of the back-ordered Project A-kos back in so I'm hopeful. Galaxy Express 999 Eternal Fantasy is coming to BD as well. I have that in a pre-order with Bobobo. Discotek basically has a direct line to my bank account.
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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
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I can wholeheartedly endorse Golden Kamuy, Dungeon Meshi and Kingdom.

Golden Kamuy is one of the best manga to have come out in the last two years, up there with things like Vinland Saga. The sheer level of research, of action, of sheer madness that you find on some of the pages, is really one of a kind.

Dungeon meshi is a constant well of creativity in how it presents its world, its monsters, and the characters are an endearing bunch.

Kingdom excels in term of sheer scale. To the point that I find I need to read it by chunks of the chapter instead of the chapter to chapter because it needs chapters to fully appreciate situations, battles, and plots as they unfold. Characters are bigger than life, and yet at times utterly grounded. Battles involves tens of thousands and troops. It's sprawling and big.

On a lighter note, you could also add Tomo-Chan wa Onnanoko! which is a page by page updating manga about two young people who are too dumb to recognize the feelings they have for one another.

Vinland Saga and Otoyomegatari are also two wonderful historical manga still currently ongoing if you haven't read them already.
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I liked Tomo. In a similar vein in the genre of cute stupid shit, Rokudou no Onna-tachi is better than you'd expect.

Which brings to mind due to it also being in the genre of highschool delinquents - the pre-internet OVA Hana no Asuka Gumi 2. Since it came out before the internet to a very limited print run, it had zero screenclips of it available. A lost artifact.
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When I started watching episodes of the Attic Gamer, I ended up having to slow down the videos to be able to read and watch it at the same time. It's the only media I've ever had to do this for - absorbing content at 150% speed these days isn't uncommon.

I've never really thought about it outside of music videos, but most videos only focus on one input stream at a time, don't they? If there's action on the screen, there's no talking. If there's talking, there's no action.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:46 pm 


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Sentai pre-black Friday sale with a lot of the stuff from the Rightstuf recent sale if anyone's interested. No Ideon. I blame Steamflogger for buying the last one.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:37 pm 


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drauch wrote:
Sentai pre-black Friday sale with a lot of the stuff from the Rightstuf recent sale if anyone's interested. No Ideon. I blame Steamflogger for buying the last one.


I don't think they are restocking Ideon, Votoms or Patlabor. Time will tell but it really doesn't look good.

For this sale I had like $360 in my cart initially. Pared down to $138 by the time I ordered. Would have bought it all but I just bought a large game lot here from BM. Couldn't resist Dunbine and When They Cry sets at $20 each this time.

Can't imagine how much I would have had in my cart if not for the sale last year. It was really nice to be able to scroll through this sale and mostly be like have it, have it, have it. I DON'T HAVE A COLLECTARD PROBLEM YOU ALL DO.
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I want to buy the Garden of Sinners set, but DAMN, Aniplex...


I really enjoyed the films, you can watch them on Crunchyroll if you want.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:57 am 


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Aniplex can eff off.
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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:58 pm 


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There's a few companies that matches the pricing of the Japanese market or at least come close to it. Aside from Animeplex, Pony Canyon and sometimes also Sentai Filmworks also springs to mind.
Always a shame when something you want is released from them. I quite like Food Wars but not to the extent that I'm happy to dish out an eye watering $99,98 for the pleasure of owning a fun but ultimately forgettable fanservice cooking show. Sorry, $74,99 while on sale. :mrgreen: Oh, and Nadia: Secret of Blue water is priced the same. That's a classic but still steep.

Oh, I am sure they are very nice releases but these prices places things firmly in the camp of the hardcore collectors. Forget buying something on impulse because it seemed interesting, unless you're just that loaded or doesn't care. For every special edition, there needs to be a regular edition.

Oh, and the Japanese market needs to sort itself and stop relying on their otaku whales to buy their overpriced separate blurays. Which will never happen unless it collapses. Which would be bad for everyone and hurt the overworked and underpaid animators the most.

On the other hand, manga are still relatively affordable 8)
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Yeah but Sentai has blow out sales. Nadia was $15 on their recent sale before selling out. I'm gonna drop some pics in the bought thread of my recent sale purchase. Would have spent and got more of I didn't but a pile from bullet magnet too.
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I mean, that's still not bad for an entire remastered show on Bluray. Japanese prices are always way more insane, usually in the 100s+ for an entire series. Dirty Pair bluray box coming out in December has a nice $500 MSRP lol. When they did a DVD set over there it was a couple hundred too. Sometimes they'll get Blurays of movies I'll want that haven't been released yet anywhere else but I never bite because they're always $40-50. They're nuts.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:01 pm 


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drauch wrote:
I mean, that's still not bad for an entire remastered show on Bluray. Japanese prices are always way more insane, usually in the 100s+ for an entire series. Dirty Pair bluray box coming out in December has a nice $500 MSRP lol. When they did a DVD set over there it was a couple hundred too. Sometimes they'll get Blurays of movies I'll want that haven't been released yet anywhere else but I never bite because they're always $40-50. They're nuts.


Yep it's a different approach over there. Target the whales only.

Sentai MSRP typically doesn't approach Aniplex and Ponycan levels, though shout out to the LOGH set. I love LOGH but I am not spending $800.
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Yeah, I actually had no idea that even finally came out until a week or so back when I googled it out of curiosity if that license deal ever went through. That's pretty fuckin' nuts. I don't think I'd ever buy it anyway with those insane redrawings they did after the laserdisc releases. It's so incongruous and odd that they did that. It'll probably just be these LD rips for me forever.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommended Anime/Manga?
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Just watched Roujin Z, what a wonderful mix of SF mecha and comedy, with some very good social critique that still applies today.
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So it's not good at all and the lead character is awful but Say I Love You is extremely my shit.

Oh and there are some good characters, just not the main girl. Or really the main guy for that matter either.
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Since it's been over a decade since I last enjoyed zany OCD crossfit-style hijinks, I did actually watch the barbell thing. While it obviously wasn't going to be a realistic manual where the heroine spends three years of her life before she feels like she can perform a squat worth a damn... I was still completely amazed at how they breezed past the bench press and squat in 2 seconds like they weren't important, never to be seen again. (Bench press is the #1 cause of death in weight training. It warrants the minimum three-sentence long safety briefing on how to set the bar down that of course I'm sure the author isn't familiar with.) And of course they described how to perform them nearly completely incorrectly.

There was an extreme fixation on isometrics, though. Really took me back to those old Charles Atlas scams. So ez to sell people things they want to hear.


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It was definitely "Cute girls do X", where "X" is "Weight training". :lol:


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Just watched Roujin Z, what a wonderful mix of SF mecha and comedy, with some very good social critique that still applies today.


Surprised more like this haven't come about w/ Japan's aging population. It's indeed a goodie.
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