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What are you watching?
Topic by: sinisterguffaw
Posted: July 30, 2004 - 2:52 PM PDT
Last Reply: January 13, 2005 - 3:42 PM PST

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author topic: What are you watching?
KPman1
post #141  on September 30, 2004 - 10:37 AM PDT  
> On September 30, 2004 - 7:37 AM PDT hamano wrote:
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> I hope you're not talking about Warriors of the Farts...
> ---------------------------------

Warriors of the Old Farts: the biopic of Hamano and Woozy?

Nope. It's the real deal. God forbid that someone miss even a second of Pippi Longstocking meets Attack of the Killer Slugs.
hamano
post #142  on September 30, 2004 - 12:05 PM PDT  
> On September 30, 2004 - 10:37 AM PDT KPman1 wrote:
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> Warriors of the Old Farts: the biopic of Hamano and Woozy?

No, that would be Worries of the Old Farts...
hamano
post #143  on October 1, 2004 - 11:53 PM PDT  
For all you non-KewPees and Ghibli fans out there, there's an active torrent for The Cat Returns (Neko no ongaeshi) going right now... The way Disney delays releases of Ghibli films, it's probably YEARS before we see an official release of this very amusing recent film (if it's ever put out at all!) so my advice is to grab it! It's sort of a sequel to Whisper of the Heart... same cat hero, different humans, no renditions of John Denver songs...
Shaky
post #144  on October 2, 2004 - 10:21 PM PDT  
I will certainly download The Cat Returns. Thanks for the heads up.

The other thread that Woozy pissed all over had me thinking about food, so I stopped by the Japanese restaurant in Old Town on my way home tonight and picked up an order of sukiyaki don to go. Then I sat here eating it while watching Samurai 7 on my laptop.

The donburi was delicious. For those who aren't familiar, sukiyaki don is beef, tofu, a green vegetable I assume is spinach, clear rice noodles, sliced onion and shallots, all cooked in sweet soy sauce and served over rice in a bowl. I liked it even better than the tanin don I had a couple of weeks ago. If you eat it in the restaurant they serve a salad and a small bowl of noodle soup with it; but alas, since I got takeout, I didn't get the extras.

By the way, what is that little round slice in the noodles that has the jagged edge and the pink spiral line in it? It always looks funny to me floating in the noodles in anime, but there it was in my soup last week. What the hell am I eating?

Samurai 7 was just as excellent as the food. I don't recall whether it has been discussed anywhere in the many pages of this thread, so I'll summarize. It's basically Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai as an anime series, but with weird technological anachronisms. A farming village is being terrorized by bandits, former samurai who take the villagers' rice at harvest time under threat of destruction for the village. The bandit samurai are mechanized, having transformed themselves into killing machines. The villagers decide to hire samurai to protect the village, and they send representatives into the city to search for suitable warriors. The samurai they find are mostly human, with one bizarre exception of a blustery robot samurai who is pretty much an idiot.

The art is very pretty, with a mix of cel style animation and obvious computer imagery. The blend between them is pretty smooth. This is from Gonzo, and if you liked the look of Last Exile you'll probably like this as well. I also think the voice acting is excellent. Writing? Well, they started with a strong story in the original film, and they don't seem to be straying too far from that standard.

If you're familiar with the story, you know that the seven samurai are picked up one by one as it progresses. Something funny in this show is that some of the samurai pop up in the background, sometimes for less than a second, before they're actually brought into the story. It's as if they're there all along and only brought forward when the time is right. Details like that always make a show like this fun.

So far there are twelve episodes out on bittorrent right now. ANN says it's a 26 episode series, so there's still a way to go. The sukiyaki don was excellent all the way to the bottom of the rice. I'm betting the show will stay good to the last as well.
hamano
post #145  on October 3, 2004 - 1:15 AM PDT  
Shaky, doesn't the spiral remind you of a mark that appears on a certain anime character's forehead? If this is what you're referring to it's naruto which is a tubular fish cake related to kamaboko and chikuwa. Basically it's Japanese gefilte fish, composed of surimi which is a paste made from chopping up white fleshed fish.

I've been watching Maria-sama ga miteru, a yuri inflected series about girls in an exclusive Catholic school. It's pretty tame... Brother, oh Brother crossed with Kokoro Library if you can imagine that. Nice art nouveau graphic designs, attractive character designs, the whole thing reminiscent of Revolutionary Girl Utena minus dueling and Chuchu. I enjoyed it and compulsively watched 13 episodes in one sitting.
Shaky
post #146  on October 3, 2004 - 7:46 AM PDT  
> On October 3, 2004 - 1:15 AM PDT hamano wrote:
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> Shaky, doesn't the spiral remind you of a mark that appears on a certain anime character's forehead? If this is what you're referring to it's
naruto which is a tubular fish cake related to kamaboko and chikuwa.

That's the stuff. I never realized the connection to the thing on the forehead, but a slice of naruto shows up in just about every bowl of noodles in that show. That's actually the show I was thinking of when I mentioned seeing it in anime.

I knew you'd know immediately what I was talking about. Thanks.
Catullus
post #147  on October 4, 2004 - 11:19 AM PDT  
> On September 28, 2004 - 4:31 PM PDT Shaky wrote:
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> Also, DAMMIT! Here I was griping about Madlax being boring, and episode 25 came along and recaptured my interest. I'm not sure it quite redeems some of the previous episodes, but it did move in a more interesting direction. But then the announcement is made that Madlax is licensed, so no more torrents! Just one more episode to go! Crap! I can't believe I waded through that much muck only to be frustrated at the final moment!
> ---------------------------------

Mirkx.com has episode 26 by a decent group finally (anime.fin)

YAY! I was worried id have to get some crappy ep 26 (downloaded one last night that wasn't so hot) Not that I care so much since Im neither watching Madlax or even interested in it that much. But that was a mean thing of ADV to do to the people who were.
llibby
post #148  on October 4, 2004 - 7:15 PM PDT  
ack!! it took me forever to read all those past posts! anyway i am watching otogizoushi, monster (finally !!! got the first episode, liked it a lot. i actually had the first eight episodes on my other computer but it decided not to work anymore, gahhh), samurai champloo (2005 is way too far away), and azumanga daioh (the legal way lol).
so far otogizoushi seems cool. i've only seen the first couple episodes but i have always had a soft spot for period pieces. are there any other movies/anime that take place in the heian era? i already own onmyoji (still haven't watched it though) how about some good literature or just plain history books? tale of genji is already on my christmas list. i started reading Japan: A Modern History but had to return it to the library before i got to far. plus it starts a few centuries after the heian period. so anyway off topic but suggestions would be great.
also thanks goes out to cattulus (sp?) 'cause he recommended otogizoushi and azumanga to me! you rock!
KPman1
post #149  on October 4, 2004 - 11:52 PM PDT  
> On October 4, 2004 - 7:15 PM PDT llibby wrote:
> ---------------------------------
how about some good literature or just plain history books? tale of genji is already on my christmas list. i started reading Japan: A Modern History but had to return it to the library before i got to far. plus it starts a few centuries after the heian period. so anyway off topic but suggestions would be great.
> ---------------------------------

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami is on my reading list. I've never read anything by him but I've seen a lot of great reviews for his novels...
Shaky
post #150  on October 5, 2004 - 12:26 AM PDT  
> On October 4, 2004 - 11:19 AM PDT Catullus wrote:
> Mirkx.com has episode 26 by a decent group finally (anime.fin)

Yeah, I watched the last episode and didn't really care for it. The show sucked for so long, then showed some promise at episode 25 for a good ending, but then crapped out. Bleh.
hamano
post #151  on October 5, 2004 - 4:12 AM PDT  
Heian Period in a nutshell.

Rashomon - The Rashomon or Rajomon was the grand south gate of the Heian-Kyo, Kyoto as the capital city of Heian Japan. This Kurosawa film was based on two stories set in the Heian period by author Ryunosuke Akutagawa.

Sai, the Go master whose spirit inhabits Hikaru in Hikaru no Go was alive during the Heian period, shown in flashbacks. This is a fun series. No Rashomon or Digimon or Pokemon, just good ol' fashioned board games!

Abe no Seimei, the Onmiyoji (Japan's Merlin!) in the Heian Court, also appears in or is referred to in:
Onmyoji - live action film
Kaidohmaru - almost a "pilot" for Otogizoushi...
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi - named for a bridge that was named for Abe... a magical bridge...

Abe in a nutshell.

The stagnation and decadence toward the end of the Heian Period gave rise to the Kamakura period, the start of the age of Shoguns.
Gojoe - the tale of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the younger brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo (Yoritomo eventually founded the Kamakura Bakufu and became the first Shogun)
Gasaraki - draws parallels between modern Japan and late-Heian period stagnation... does Japan need Shogun rule again?
llibby
post #152  on October 5, 2004 - 8:46 PM PDT  
> On October 5, 2004 - 4:12 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Heian Period in a nutshell.
>
> Rashomon - The Rashomon or Rajomon was the grand south gate of the Heian-Kyo, Kyoto as the capital city of Heian Japan. This Kurosawa film was based on two stories set in the Heian period by author Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
>
> Sai, the Go master whose spirit inhabits Hikaru in Hikaru no Go was alive during the Heian period, shown in flashbacks. This is a fun series. No Rashomon or Digimon or Pokemon, just good ol' fashioned board games!
>
> Abe no Seimei, the Onmiyoji (Japan's Merlin!) in the Heian Court, also appears in or is referred to in:
> Onmyoji - live action film
> Kaidohmaru - almost a "pilot" for Otogizoushi...
> Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi - named for a bridge that was named for Abe... a magical bridge...
>
> Abe in a nutshell.
>
> The stagnation and decadence toward the end of the Heian Period gave rise to the Kamakura period, the start of the age of Shoguns.
> Gojoe - the tale of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the younger brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo (Yoritomo eventually founded the Kamakura Bakufu and became the first Shogun)
> Gasaraki - draws parallels between modern Japan and late-Heian period stagnation... does Japan need Shogun rule again?
> ---------------------------------


ooops. i forgot rashomon was during that period. i've seen that, and kaidohmaru. thanks for the other suggestions and the link about abe. i shall definitely check out the other stuff, currently i am downloading the first episode of hikaru no go. i was already planning on seeing gojoe.
thanks kpman for the suggestion. lol when i checked it out amazon they said it was recommended for me. so i will probably be ordering it in the next few weeks since it looked pretty interesting. hopefully i'll be done the book i am reading by then.
karmachick
post #153  on October 12, 2004 - 10:51 AM PDT  
OK Hamano you were right to hesitate in suggesting Revolutionary Girl Utena . When I read that I thought "Hey, I'll take that as a challenge. I'm a well rounded individual with eclectic tastes, why not?" Soo-wa omoimasen, moo kekkodesu! So not me. Didn't like the drawing, story, characters and what was that...music. I actually watched the whole first disc only because it was raining and couldn't go out for a ride and had read for way too long. However, Initial D was fantastic! I got it at the local B-buster as the holiday weekend was cutting me off from GC's next shipment for an excrusiating extra day. We watched it subbed (I know) the first night but the next day I got up early and watched in in the "classic import" completely different! Again you were right I don't have the second dvd and I'm dying here. B-buster here only seems to have the first of series except Berserk and now Hellsing (haven't seen it). They keep saying there is "just not that much interest in anime" uh I guess they haven't heard about the success of AS on TCN and late night anime on the Tech channel. So thanks again for your advice and whoever has Initial D disc 2 ahhhhhh give it up I need it.
Calafragious
post #154  on October 12, 2004 - 9:16 PM PDT  
> On October 12, 2004 - 10:51 AM PDT karmachick wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> OK Hamano you were right to hesitate in suggesting Revolutionary Girl Utena . ... Didn't like the drawing, story, characters and what was that...music.> ---------------------------------

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a deathless masterpiece but I'll grant you, not for everyone. You never even got to the part with the upside down cars... You poor thing.

karmachick
post #155  on October 13, 2004 - 8:20 AM PDT  
I bit into Fruits Basket last night... delicious!
RWaller
post #156  on October 14, 2004 - 3:56 PM PDT  
Hey hamano, you totally forgot to mention that Nakahito of Steel Angel Kurumi was an Onmyoji.

--The Voice of Your Conscience
Bowwow
post #157  on October 14, 2004 - 5:00 PM PDT  
> On October 13, 2004 - 8:20 AM PDT karmachick wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I bit into Fruits Basket last night... delicious!
>
> ---------------------------------


I just watched Fruits Basket too and loved it. It was my first anime since I was a kid (Kimba went from green to yellow before could snag it).

hamano
post #158  on October 14, 2004 - 5:00 PM PDT  
> On October 14, 2004 - 3:56 PM PDT RWaller wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hey hamano, you totally forgot to mention that Nakahito of Steel Angel Kurumi was an Onmyoji.

Was he an Onmyoji? I thought he was some kind of Shinto priest or something. Well, there you go, add him to the list...
hamano
post #159  on October 14, 2004 - 5:04 PM PDT  
Note to self: Fruits Basket... good recommendation for newbies...

My favorite character: Hana-chan (Tohru's goth best friend)
My 2nd favorite character: Momiji (Little blonde girly boy)
Catullus
post #160  on October 14, 2004 - 6:43 PM PDT  
> On October 14, 2004 - 5:04 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Note to self: Fruits Basket... good recommendation for newbies...
>
> My favorite character: Hana-chan (Tohru's goth best friend)
> My 2nd favorite character: Momiji (Little blonde girly boy)
> ---------------------------------

Well of course it is, fdguarino is the only person ive ever heard of who didn't like it, but then again he also likes dubs (sorry fdg couldn't resist)
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