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Rented the first (n) dvds from GC, then bought the series?
Topic by: roadwarrior
Posted: July 1, 2005 - 2:40 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 12, 2005 - 3:36 PM PDT

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author topic: Rented the first (n) dvds from GC, then bought the series?
roadwarrior
post #1  on July 1, 2005 - 2:40 PM PDT  
Kare Kano: rented through disc 2, then had to get the set.
Hana Yori Dango: rented through disc 5... decided it's a keeper.

What did you find that was good enough to own?

R.
jross3
post #2  on July 1, 2005 - 4:43 PM PDT  
I was forced into this a couple times with netflix - with Escaflowne and Evangelion, that is, because I had to - had to - finish them, but NF only caried the first four discs of each. I don't really regert it, though, since those two were really good.

Here at GC, where they don't have that problem (much), I first viewed Ai Yori Aoshi - and one disc was enough to make the buying decision. Please Teacher took two and a half, but in the end it's one of my favorites. With Elfen Lied, I only watched two episodes on the GC disc and decided to stop it and watch the rest after I'd bought it.
I watched the first two discs of Someday's Dreamers before I bought them - but it was only three discs total, so I guess it doesn't count as much :-)
With Overman King Gainer, which I only watched just recently, the decision was probably made subconsciously before the opening credits had finished. It took me a few days to agree with it, but in the end I can't defy myself. I'd beat me up.

There were probably one or two others (ROD, Fruits Basket, Kino's Journey) but mostly I was probably set on buying those even before I rented them... rentals can just be a formality sometimes, you know?
Battie
post #3  on July 2, 2005 - 2:18 AM PDT  
> On July 1, 2005 - 2:40 PM PDT roadwarrior wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Kare Kano: rented through disc 2, then had to get the set.
> Hana Yori Dango: rented through disc 5... decided it's a keeper.
>
> What did you find that was good enough to own?
>
> R.
> ---------------------------------

I watched the entirety of Berserk through Blockbuster (I was in love with them for a while for carrying the whole set in-store!). I plan on buying it when I have the money. ^_^

Also in-store at BB, I watched the first two volumes of Bastard!, then bought the rest. >:D Watched NightWalker there, too...and bought it. Ceres I only got to Volume Four at BB Online, five and six were N/A, so I tracked down the entire series. Actually, Ceres was why I originally joined BB Online... :P

Ninja Scroll I saw on TV at my great-aunt's place (the beginning of my anime obsession at fourteen or so), and own it. Gonna get Wicked City (which I also saw!).

Here, I've seen Kyo Kara Maoh!, Elfen Lied, and Gilgamesh...and I'm gonna buy 'em. Once the entire sets are out... >_> And I'm also eventually gonna buy Appleseed '05, which I think I may have seen through NF.
roadwarrior
post #4  on July 2, 2005 - 3:29 AM PDT  
> On July 2, 2005 - 2:18 AM PDT Battie wrote:

>
> Ninja Scroll I saw on TV at my great-aunt's place (the beginning of my anime obsession at fourteen or so), and own it. Gonna get Wicked City (which I also saw!).

> ---------------------------------

That sooooo reads like your great-aunt had it playing at the time and you just ambled over to watch it. That would be such a gas if true...

"...would you like some tea, dear? Oh, and my Berserk wall scroll just arrived from eBay. Isn't Griffith just the cutest thing?"

R.
Battie
post #5  on July 2, 2005 - 5:34 AM PDT  
> On July 2, 2005 - 3:29 AM PDT roadwarrior wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> That sooooo reads like your great-aunt had it playing at the time and you just ambled over to watch it. That would be such a gas if true...
>
> "...would you like some tea, dear? Oh, and my Berserk wall scroll just arrived from eBay. Isn't Griffith just the cutest thing?"
>
> R.
> ---------------------------------

Lmao. My great-aunt isn't much older than my real aunt. :P (Great-grandma had a whopping 15 kids, one of which was YOUNGER than my aunt.)

She had WebTV and digital cable (I was so impressed--my gramps had one of those gigantic satelite dishes years before DirecTV, but he didn't get half as many channels as she did). I was over there while my grandmother was in the hospital, and found myself watching anime and between animes, Role-Playing at some website. ^_^ The peak, and the beginning, of my nerdom. >:D

Actually, my great-aunt promised to tape me some of those anime shows if they ever came back on...but she never did. :( Perhaps her Christian sensabilities were offended by the nudity. *hums innocently* Or the gore..

And Guts is the hot one. I'd revise my opinion but Griff went all psycho on me... >_> I've an Angel Sanctuary wall scroll instead. Hmmm...that's not much better, considering the relationship between the man and woman on it. I like to pretend it's not *really* Angel Sanctuary characters on it.. >:P
ahogue
post #6  on July 2, 2005 - 4:54 PM PDT  
I bought Boogiepop Phantom and have started collecting Texhnolyze. I finished both of them before buying, though.

In the near future I will buy Paranoia Agent, which reminded me why I got into anime in the first place.
jross3
post #7  on July 2, 2005 - 6:00 PM PDT  
> On July 2, 2005 - 4:54 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> In the near future I will buy Paranoia Agent, which reminded me why I got into anime in the first place.
> ---------------------------------

That's the same way I feel about Overman King Gainer! But for me, it's been quite a while longer, so the feeling was quite... something. You know?
ahogue
post #8  on July 2, 2005 - 6:40 PM PDT  
> On July 2, 2005 - 6:00 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> That's the same way I feel about Overman King Gainer! But for me, it's been quite a while longer, so the feeling was quite... something. You know?
> ---------------------------------

Funny title. What's that one about? What's so great about it?

It might be worth starting another thread that's the opposite of this one. Which series did you ditch, and how far did you get?

I know this might sound strange, but I still haven't finished Cowboy Bebop. I had such high hopes for it, and the music is amazing and its style is great, but I find the stories and characters in the first few disks kinda boring. Sitting down to watch a whole disk of Cowboy Bebop is kind of like watching a Twilight Zone marathon, there's little cohesion.

And then there's FLCL. The first disk was neat and it has that Gainax wackiness which I like and which reminds me fondly of Kare Kano. But somehow...same thing. It's all style.

I like them both and will finish them sometime (maybe when I do I'll rue my words, I wouldn't doubt it), but as long as there might be another Boogiepop or Paranoia Agent out there waiting to be seen they will have to wait!
jross3
post #9  on July 2, 2005 - 7:22 PM PDT  
> On July 2, 2005 - 6:40 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On July 2, 2005 - 6:00 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> >
> > That's the same way I feel about Overman King Gainer! But for me, it's been quite a while longer, so the feeling was quite... something. You know?
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Funny title. What's that one about? What's so great about it?

... Basically, the world is some centuries post-apocolypse and is beginning to bounce back. Humans have been living in self-imposed exile in Siberia order to let the earth restore itself over time, but now a group of radicals (Exodus) have aparently learned that there is an island chain in the east called Yapan that may be inhabitable (more so than Siberia) so... they hijack the whole city and it begins rolling, buildings and all, eastward. The railroad company (having a lockdown on all trade and thus all the power) doesn't want them to move, so they try to stop them.
The main character, Gainer, is a big-time gamer who wins the title "game king" (or something like that) in the first ep and is sort-of hijacked into Exodous with a great deal of reluctance... and since we all know that video game skills translate flawlessly into Big Robot Piloting skills, he's a pilot for them. Sort of... He says he's not part of Exodus, but since his home is on the move with them he usually ends up in the same boat with them.
What makes it really, really special is its unique wonderfulness. The numerous action sequences are very well animated, and there's a lot of innovation in it. Its style of humor is quite enjoyable, as well, and - yes, indeed - I really liked the dub. It's got a lot of style - but I don't think it will be over-balanced. From my impressions of the first disc, there may be a lot of substance for it to offer yet. Lots of comedic substance, as well; it's primarily a comedy and something like a satire on the Giant Robot sub-genre, but that part of it is rather subtle and its own plot may yet be very worthwhile.

> I like them both and will finish them sometime (maybe when I do I'll rue my words, I wouldn't doubt it), but as long as there might be another Boogiepop or Paranoia Agent out there waiting to be seen they will have to wait!

Bebop's main plot is somewhat subdued in most of the series, but it has a very, very strong ending, in my opinion. I'll recommend that you stick with it while it's still fresh.
jross3
post #10  on July 2, 2005 - 7:28 PM PDT  
> On July 2, 2005 - 6:40 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On July 2, 2005 - 6:00 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> >
> > That's the same way I feel about Overman King Gainer! But for me, it's been quite a while longer, so the feeling was quite... something. You know?
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Funny title. What's that one about? What's so great about it?

Oh, not to mention that it has a really great soundtrack. The opening is quite... unique, and part of me doesn't entirely appreciate its uniqueness but another part totally loves it. And the ending theme "Can you feel my soul" kicks butt!
But "King Gainer - Over!" is really something special, especially in tandem with the opening animation. Yes, special is the word for that.
ahogue
post #11  on July 2, 2005 - 8:39 PM PDT  
> On July 2, 2005 - 7:28 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Oh, not to mention that it has a really great soundtrack. The opening is quite... unique, and part of me doesn't entirely appreciate its uniqueness but another part totally loves it. And the ending theme "Can you feel my soul" kicks butt!
> But "King Gainer - Over!" is really something special, especially in tandem with the opening animation. Yes, special is the word for that.
> ---------------------------------

You should write a review for it, because the only one there so far gives it a 1 out of 10!
jross3
post #12  on July 2, 2005 - 9:16 PM PDT  
> On July 2, 2005 - 8:39 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> You should write a review for it, because the only one there so far gives it a 1 out of 10!
> ---------------------------------

I will as soon as I re-watch it. I've bought vols. 2 and 3, but not 1... and I won't watch the other two until I have vol. 1 so I can shelve them properly.
I can understand how some people wouldn't like it. But some people have some serious psychological issues.
I'm not quite the reviewer that some others around here are, but I'll do my best to write a fair and helpful review sometime in the next few weeks. Something much better than the one that's there, I hope. (but if any of you get to it first, don't let that stop you from writing something, too!)
ahogue
post #13  on July 2, 2005 - 9:21 PM PDT  
> On July 2, 2005 - 9:16 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On July 2, 2005 - 8:39 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > You should write a review for it, because the only one there so far gives it a 1 out of 10!
> > ---------------------------------
>
> I will as soon as I re-watch it. I've bought vols. 2 and 3, but not 1... and I won't watch the other two until I have vol. 1 so I can shelve them properly.
> I can understand how some people wouldn't like it. But some people have some serious psychological issues.
> I'm not quite the reviewer that some others around here are, but I'll do my best to write a fair and helpful review sometime in the next few weeks. Something much better than the one that's there, I hope. (but if any of you get to it first, don't let that stop you from writing something, too!)
> ---------------------------------

You could probably just clean up what you wrote above a little and you'd have a perfectly helpful review.
jross3
post #14  on July 2, 2005 - 9:53 PM PDT  
> You could probably just clean up what you wrote above a little and you'd have a perfectly helpful review.
> ---------------------------------

(dragging thread further off-topic)
Probably, but I'm not really too sure about it. I said above that it's primarily a comedy, but that may not be true. It has strong comedic elements, but it has a strong and possibly independant foundation in being a serious Big Robo anime. Its comedy, as unique and abudant as it is, could just be comic relief... but it still works into a number of plot elements! And the Railway villian's dialogue, even during the fantastic action sequences, is quite humerous in a way. ..... plus there's that opening sequence to consider. It's hard to take the rest of the show too seriously after that.
That's probably intentional, though. A lot of the problems people have with a lot of shows tend to stem from reading too much into it (but then again, OKG has some interesting political elements as well, like the propoganda against Exodus in the first episode or so... which may in fact be the truth! It's an interesting angle for that part of the show... but without that opening sequence, you might be inclined to view the rest of the show as a political allegory!)

So forgive me for taking notes on the public BBS. I'll need to reference these thoughts for my review...

I think that that other reviewer must have skipped the opening. It really helps set the mood for the show. It says, "Hey! Let's not be too serious, and just have fun watching anime!" That's the thing that I really, really loved. But it speaks in code, so some people might miss the message.
King! King! King Gainer! Metal Overman King Gainer!


Dragging things back on topic! (for a change!!)

I bought Steel Angel Kurumi after seeing all of Season 1. I had heard some really bad things about season 2... but I accidentally bought it as part of the "complete collection" (got it on sake from ADV; it was too cheap to pass up... even though the cade it was it kinda falls apart.
It was not nearly as bad as I expected - I even enjoyed it a bit! At least it was short. Only 12 episodes or so - and they were the little 1/2 episodes at that! (plus there was the first season, which was pretty OK)

Last Exile was another that I got here and then bought later on. I got... three or four discs here at GC, then bought the whole series (and subsequently took twice as long to finish it than I would have if I'd been renting it...)
roadwarrior
post #15  on July 3, 2005 - 7:25 AM PDT  
> ---------------------------------

> On July 2, 2005 - 9:53 PM PDT jross3 wrote:
> ---------------------------------

> Last Exile was another that I got here and then bought later on. I got... three or four discs here at GC, then bought the whole series (and subsequently took twice as long to finish it than I would have if I'd been renting it...)
> ---------------------------------

That's maybe because the financial incentive (GC clock ticking while you have their dvds in your posession) to view them quickly is gone once you purchase. I suspect people will even watch something they rented that's not so great just because they paid for the delivery cycle.

I want to buy Otogi Zoshi but since GC will probably get the third disc before it's released to the public (how do they do that?), I'll keep it in my queue.
Battie
post #16  on July 3, 2005 - 8:59 AM PDT  
> On July 3, 2005 - 7:25 AM PDT roadwarrior wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> That's maybe because the financial incentive (GC clock ticking while you have their dvds in your posession) to view them quickly is gone once you purchase. I suspect people will even watch something they rented that's not so great just because they paid for the delivery cycle.
>
> I want to buy Otogi Zoshi but since GC will probably get the third disc before it's released to the public (how do they do that?), I'll keep it in my queue.
> ---------------------------------

Yes... >_> Though, there was a few times I paid money for a Blockbuster in-store rental...and refused to finish watching it. >:P God, I'm never going to get Ghouls out of my head. >:|

I'm actually trying to break myself of the habit of forcing myself to watch a movie that sucks just cuz I rented it, or of forcing myself to finish something on the basis that "It might get better."

Off-topic thought: How can you tell when meat, when it's been in the freezer for a very, *very* long time, is spoiled?
greyotter
post #17  on July 4, 2005 - 8:28 PM PDT  
For me it was Haibane Renmei, which I first rented in its entirety.
Then I got through part of Banner of the Stars when I decided just
to purchase Crest, Banner, and Banner II. And I understand there
may well be more.

Then came Nadia.

I rented the first five discs, which, as it turns out, constitute
the first DVD Collection. Great animation, thorough characterization,
a plot that makes you want to watch more, even a really catchy OP.
Even the really cartoony parts, such as when King snarfs down a highly
peppered fish and races through the air ducts, were drawn in such
detail as I had never seen before in domestic animation. That's
when I had to just buy the rest of the series.

As it turns out, this happened at the time the second Collection
hit the stores.

Oh my God.

On the one hand, I repent. Oh, do I repent. I certainly should have
sought out the fine, upstanding GC reviews of those next three discs.
On the other hand, I'm still glad I got it. But if any of my friends
want to watch it, I will give them a caveat the likes of which they
have never heard before.

Now I've just got to get some friends.

ahogue
post #18  on July 6, 2005 - 3:38 PM PDT  
> On July 4, 2005 - 8:28 PM PDT greyotter wrote:
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> Then came Nadia.
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You mean this one? Is it worth watching if you skip half the discs?


shiori308
post #19  on July 6, 2005 - 5:11 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2005 - 3:38 PM PDT ahogue wrote:
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> > On July 4, 2005 - 8:28 PM PDT greyotter wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Then came Nadia.
> ----
>
> You mean this one? Is it worth watching if you skip half the discs?
>
>
>
> ---------------------------------

I own that Nadia, I bought it knowing nothing about it. I have had it for about six months now and I think I have only watched the first disc. Just can't get into it for some reason.

I have been watching Full Metal Panic and Full Metal Fumoffu on anime network on demand. I hadn't seen Full Metal before but I instantly loved it. After watching the first few episodes of both series multiple times I decided okay I need to buy these. So I bought the complete Full Metal series and the first volume of Fumoffu.

I did the same thing with Escaflowne, but it took about two discs until I realized that I had to have it.

Lately I have been watching Samurai Champloo on Adult Swim but I've been recording them and watching them over and over again. I wouldn't say it is the best Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop is number one on my list) but it is just so cool. Yes at times a little over stylized but it's so fun and I think further in the character development is getting a lot better, so long story short I bought the first and second volumes.

RandomEvent
post #20  on July 7, 2005 - 7:37 AM PDT  
Truth be told only anime I own is FLCL and the Cowboy Bebop movie.

Heat Guy Js box set apparently releases on the 19th and I'm nabbing it. I've watched that series like...7 times off rental services.
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