Posted by psgels on 4 March 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews



The Stardust Memory Gundam caught my attention mainly because one of its directors: Mitsuko Kase. While I’m also a bit of a fan of her, her directional style is completely different to the stuff we usually see in Gundam: both the early Tomino Series and the later incarnations.

And seriously, the work that she pulls off here belongs to her best. The animation is beyond incredible, and the battles all know how to not go over the top. The weaknesses of the different pilots in combat play a huge role here, and this makes the battles much more intense than your usual Gundam battles. The tension between the different characters is great, and the characterization, despite throwing in lots of Gundam archetypes (most notably, ignoring orders) gives an entirely new dimension to the Gundam formula.

Oh, how I would have wished to sing these kinds of praises for the entire 13 episodes of this OVa. Unfortunately, Mitsuko Kase only directed the first five of them. Derailing is a big word… but that’s exactly what this show does after that point.

And I’m not kidding here. Few series I’ve seen have transgressed from so good, to so utterly bad in such a short amount of time. I really wish I could, but aside from the animation I just can’t say anything positive about the mess that this show eventually devolves into. As the characters move into space, the show loses all of its subtlety and battles simply turn into the endless repetitions that we’re known of Gundam. The characters all lose their charms and devolve into generic archetypes. The male lead once was an interesting new version of Amuro Ray due to his rookie status, but he soon develops a bad case of constipation, somehow gets to be the only one who can pilot the Uber Gundam of this series and has as much personality as a brick wall.

There is a plot, and it would have been a fairly good one if only the execution wasn’t so ridiculously stupid. Plot twists are pretty much pulled out of the creators’ asses. Is your Gundam destroyed? Well, conveniently people have been developing a brand new one behind the scenes. Need some extra drama? Well, you wouldn’t believe the stuff that this show pulls in order to get there. Not to mention the godawful ‘foreshadowing episode’ (you’ll know which episode I’m referring to, right when you see it due to its elephant-like subtlety). Even for Gundam’s standards, the plot twists are just BAD beyond belief.

I often see people praise the UC Gundam timeline, and how it’s so much better and superior than the other Gundams and stuff, but I disagree. For me, Gundam has been a string of series that actually disappointed in their second halves more often than that they didn’t, often derailing the plot completely into pointless angst or stupid plot twists like this one. Oh, let’s hope that the currently airing Gundam Unicorn can avoid this because for me, it’s likely to be the most overrated franchise in anime at this point.

Storytelling: 6/10 – Starts off tense and realistic. Ends incredibly unbalanced, wastes too much time, and pulls random plot twists from out of nowhere.
Characters: 5/10 – Start off full of promise, ends with a ton of archetypes and caricatures, a ton of emo and pathetic romance.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Starts off amazingly fluid with an excellent soundtrack. The animation dulls in but it’s still very good, aside from a cop-out at the climax. Oh, and the good music somehow disappears.
Setting: 6/10 – You’ve got to love, how at the end some disclaimers and Deus ex Machina are pulled to fix the continuity errors that this show created…

15 Responses

  1. DmonHiro says:

    I did not know that only the first five episodes were directed by her. This…explains a lot.

  2. thepotatohead says:

    IMHO, Char counterattack and War in the pocket are the best UC Gundam series. Of course, Unicorn has a pretty good start. ;)

  3. senerikfred says:

    I KNEW Stardust Memory wouldn’t be worth it. Still hoping you’ll go for 0080(War in the Pocket). It’s a simpler story than most Gundams, but it’s better off for it.

  4. Tim says:

    Please… just watch 08th MS team and 0080, they’re UC’s true high marks.

  5. AuroraFlame says:

    Have to agree with everyone else. 08th MS Team and War in the Pocket are the best of UC Gundam. The only part you might not like are the last one or two episodes of 08th MS, but it’s still solid. Neither have extended scenes in space.

  6. Shippoyasha says:

    Meh. To me, UC Gundam was already dead upon the RIDICULOUS Zeta and the RIDICULOUSER ZZ.

    MS Team is nice, War in the Pocket is alright, but really?

    Did the UC series really needed to go on after the original series? I’d say no.

  7. Errr…there’s a few key parts where you are just flat out wrong about the plot of the series. For one Kou doesn’t end up as “the only guy that can pilot the Gundam”….he just steals it and is rightfully court martialed for it AFTER I should mention getting it destroyed. Also the only plot twist that was really truly awful and actually a true plot hole with the one about Nina and Gato somehow being lovers even though neither one recognized the other in the early episode where they see each other face to face. See what I did there? I actually went out of my way to pinpoint and actual fault of the show instead of generalizing it across it’s entire run and confusing people needlessly as to what the hell I’m talking about.

    Anyway it’s clear that you have a hard on hatred for Gundam so I’m not really expecting much in the way of these “reviews” other than for that to come through overwhelming as the crux behind them. It’s just a shame that you and others have to bring down people’s expectations for the franchise by spreading this “truthiness” about it. Seriously what is it with Gundam and atrociously biased blog reviews anyway?

  8. psgels psgels says:

    Kaioshin: the reason I wasn’t specific is simple: I try to write spoiler-free reviews. As much as I hated that particular plot twist, I don’t want to ruin it for those who are genuinely interested in it. That’s why I’m being this vague about them.

    Also, it’s not like I hate every gundam. I really liked Turn A Gundam and the original Gundam. Call it bias, but I was genuinely interested in this OVA during the first five episodes.

  9. @PSGels: IMO trying to write such reviews really weakens them because sometimes you really need to quote from the script in order to truly illustrate a point. I will not deny that Stardust Memory has it’s share of incredibly disappointing weaknesses in the writing (Nina’s character and everyone she interacts with in any given scene is a good example), but there are so many points up for contention here that one might mistake a spoiler free review as being disguised by a lack of clear information so that if nobody knows the show via first person experience then the issues won’t arise and the generalization will be taken for granted. Not trying to accuse you of anything, but it’s just how it comes across to me. Anyway Spoilers are coming now:

    For example the foreshadowing episode you mention I assume refers to the conspiracy in the Federation that is being lead by the future Titans founders. It doesn’t really lack in subtlety to me because a) I know the future of the timeline having seen Zeta Gundam first like one would have if they watched the franchise while it came out (Zeta predates 0083 production wise) and b) It’s a bunch of old men in rooms talking for the most part. It doesn’t get much more subtle then talking and scheming behind closed doors.

    The fact that there’s a 3rd Gundam isn’t really a plot twist either as it’s made clear during the lunar arc that it’s always been in space and under construction at Anaheim while the rest of the crew has been chasing the 2nd one around.

    The show also doesn’t really lose it’s gravitas entirely after the first half either. I can name some great scenes like the Axis soldiers returning to Earth and finally seeing it after years in the asteroid belt as being full of personality and emotion. The final battle that plays out over the last 3 episodes is also extremely high stakes and multi-layered in it’s portrayal and has overtones of the problems to come in the Universal Century during the Zeta era. You may very well not pick up on all of them as I failed to the first time I watched it, but the thing with Gundam is that there is usually so much going on at one time that it requires multiple watchings to take it all in and truly appreciate it. This could be seen as a crucial weakness or a great strength depending on how you feel about rewatching shows.

    Also the “Deus Ex Machina” and disclaimers were deliberate and I felt more than enough to suffice for continuities sake. Considering that the only people that actually knew about the Gundam Development Project have either been shifted out of the military and public eye and/or brought under the Titans direct command and/or “disappeared” and that all of the evidence regarding it has been scrapped (Both by the destruction of the Gundams in battle and the destruction of the research and plans for the Gundam Development Project) as well, the Titans have their perfect origin story of a Zeon terror attack on Earth as justification for their existance. Gundam Project? What Gundam Project.

    However in terms of the “romance and emo” I agree you are bang on and it’s just a total mood killer every time it comes up. Also you mention wasted time which is also fairly true. Episode 3 is a total throw away with regard to the paint ball duel and the entire Von Braun arc could almost be considered one too if it weren’t for the fact that Anaheim Electronics and it’s CEO’s scheming plays such a huge if low key part in how the remainder of the series plays out.

    So yeah I agree that their are some major issues with the shows continuity, that some characters are just awful (Nina, Monsha, Cima and even the lead Kou come to mind immediately upon saying this) and that it probably deserves a score of around 6 or 7 out of 10, but the way it’s been spun like the whole second half is nothing but a comedy of errors just doesn’t sit well with someone who knows better and can and will contest such a view. For others it’s probably not going to matter because people tend to believe the first thing they hear about something from authority figures and little I say is going to change their mind.

    For those who want a third opinion though I recommend a podcast called Gundamn which is done by longtime Gundam fans who themselves showcased a lot of dissatisfaction with Stardust Memory, but in a way that truly illustrates why it’s seen by many as a disappointment. It also helps that’s it’s pretty funny too:

    http: //www.mechatalk.net/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10127

  10. Zetatrain says:

    Lol,saw Kaioshin’s comment coming a mile away. Anyway, I’ll admit the plot could of been handled better, and the love triangle was totally unnecessary. As for being emo, I don’t remember much of that being in 0083 so I wonder if its just psgel, who seems to be a bit sensitive about angst/emo, then again I’m pretty tolerant about that kind of stuff. Overall, I’d give it between a 7.0 and a 7.5: good fights,good beginning, and serves as a nice tie in to the U.C. Also,I like how it has a bit of a Top Gun flair to it.

  11. Math says:

    So if you like that much about the first 5 epis. of this you MUST watch 08th MS TEAM, Mitsuko Kase is the unit director (and full director after the original’s director’s death).

  12. psgels psgels says:

    Kaioshin: fair enough. Although I do want to note that the foreshadowing episode is the one where

    [spoiler]

    That old lieutenant dies. Throughout the entire episode, the creators just kept hinting at how old he’s gotten, how he’s lost his strength, and how nostalgic he’s been to see the young pilots taking over his duties, et cetera.

    Math: nice. Though what is a Unit Director anyway? How does that differ from a regular director?

  13. Perrin4869 says:

    I actually think that on its second half the 8th MS Team becomes pretty much the same as Stardust Memory. I mean, there’s a clear shift of focus on the second half.
    On the other hand, War in the Pocket is pretty unique among Gundam series, and maybe my favorite of them. I strongly recommend you watch it next.

  14. 08th is good in a lot of areas but it’s place has become highly inflated in the Gundam metaverse IMO.

    Inflated to the point of even being damaging to the other shows getting their due I would say because for some reason people on the internet keep pushing it as a gold standard for Gundam and if another series doesn’t have this or that which was featured in 08th MS Team then people are going to bitch about it and then go on and on about 08th MS Team in comparison even if it’s not a working one. It really slays me that people still call Zeta Gundam the overrated/over-hyped entry in the franchise since I wouldn’t say it’s reputation is anywhere close to as exaggerated as 08th’s is.

    I mean never mind that 08th MS Team has it’s own share of problems including a cobbled together romance that is only slightly more believable than Kou and Nina’s, the weakest antagonist in the U.C portion of the franchise by far surpassed only by the ones from Seed Destiny for the franchise as a whole, too many standalone episodes early on for it’s own good, and the forcing of the supporting cast of the 08th MS Team into the background during the second half in favour of bringing the crummy romance I mentioned to the foreground. Also if you are going to watch it I strongly recommend skipping the final episode as it has nothing to do with anything and only serves to weaken an otherwise solid finale.

    @Psgels: Oh that….yes Burning suffers from a problem prevalent in many mecha series (though somehow noticeably absent in Zeta for the most part) where whenever a character is going to die the episode suddenly shifts it’s focus over to them. It’s a dead giveaway.

  15. fool says:

    Man I agree so hard with that last paragraph.

    It just feels like Gundam has never been as good as it should be, with such an attractive premise.

    Unicorn has me very excited though…this could be the one I’ve been waiting for.

    Now someone needs to explain to me how people can rave about Zeta being the best and how it’s deep, mature, realistic, and entertaining or something like that.

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@Anon, We are working on it.
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@SuperMario. The contemplation of the death of humanity, and the loneliness, both were very disturbing to me. Kinda like thinking of my grave.
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Gonna try rolling for Brynhildr tomorrow. Bit annoyed they chose to translate it as Brynhild. I mean it's not incorrect but her name is far more recognisable as Brynhildr
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Reminder that netflix Godzilla anime is later today.
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Damn I didn't noticed that ankle band of the little demon from the intro scene of FranXX 01, now I feel stupid.
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Yuasa is great! Ping pong and Tatami Galaxy are still some of my favorites
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SuperMario
@Kaiser; thanks for considering me but I believe Wooper is much more a Yuasa's fan than I am
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Far out!!!
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Yuasa will be answering questions on Reddit's anime board on the 20th.
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@Niello: what do you mean regarding Yuasa?
SuperMario
@Travlos: I agree that Girls Last Tour is a special little gem, but in what ways it's disturbing?
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Holy cow, Masaaki Yuasa AMA!! What magic is this?
Niello
Meawhile, Japan took a different approach and we ends up with a bunch of .hack rehash and diving more and more into escapism. Until we eventually got isekai and then it just spiraled into a sea of mediocrity.
Niello
While that opened its own can of worms, at least it opens up element about making ends meet, managing irl relationships, earning extra income for a poor family, getting cheated etc.
Niello
in the characters real life just fine. Something more a long the line of Net-juu but more technologically advanced. And I would say that plenty of those have been superior to Japanese online game and isekai story shenanigans. That said, it doesn't mean that those don't have their own kind of traps they usually fall in. A bunch of those instead focus on the aspect of making money off of games.
Niello
...Getting stuck in a virtual reality game and being transport to another world that happens to be like a game are completely different though. I don't know what is it with Japan and getting stuck in game plots considering that there are loads of other game-base Asian novels that came before it that manage story lines where they manage to tell compelling stories in game while balancing what happen
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Amagi
Yeah. I feel the world swap is pretty much pointless when real life isn't relevant anymore. It's just a stupid as hell excuse to combine fantasy wish fullfilment with self-inserts, which is why these main characters tend to be 29 by now, just like the big part of the otaku community.
Lenlo
Of those you listed, no, I dont think they get explained? I mean, SAO did, but I dont think that falls into your category.

Thats why I liked .hack//sign over alot of more modern game Isekai. Also .hack//sign did explain what happened to Tsukasa.
Amagi
Considering how bad most of these are I wouldn't wonder if they wouldn't even bother with an explanation and just end it with the characters being happy in that game world and that's it. Or magic and the whole harem gets transported into reality at the end because power of love and such.
Amagi
I have no problem with a sci-fi fantasy mix, I liked .hack//sign for example, but it annoys me that such an incredibly bizarre situation gets never explained. Or maybe it will but it never happened so far because none of these LNs was ever finished and concluded yet. I just wish to know how they explain that.
Amagi
I mean all those shows in which the character just finds himself stuck in a real world that's (coincidentally?) the same as the game he recently played. Be it Overlord, Death March, Log Horizon or the 300 other series with that premise.
Amagi
Some thing that always bothered me about game isekai for which I never got an answer so far: did any of those series ever end and/or explain how the warp has happened and why the MC is in the game? - Not talking about .hack, SAO and such where the action of getting trapped is part of the premise
Niel
@Eoghan - Btw, Kokkoku isn't a time travel. it's stasis, apparently. Looks very promising so far. Though if I am to trust the manga score, it's shit.
Niel
But is Toradora really slice of life? As far as I can see it's straight up romance.
Lenlo
And Mario, ill rag on SOL all I want! :P

Wooper, its true good shows transcend genre, as there are still some like Toradora I like, but those are exceptions that prove the rule so to speak.
Lenlo
@Niel, yeah I base my potential % on the odds something gets/stays good.
AidanAK47
I am of similar mindset about Franxx. I want it to get better but I don't really see it doing so. Unless the other characters get a majority personality boost or the MC stops being a plank.
Niel
XD
Kaiser-Eoghan
I confess....I only sat through just over half an episode of aldonoah.
Niel
Since it's Trigger, I will give the benefit of the doubt. I'm just very skeptical about this whole formula.
Niel
The way I can see this series improving is through world building. And if other aspects are going to improve too, it's going to revolve around that.
Niel
It leaves about as much impression on me as much as the first episode of Aldnoah did, and I dropped that one straight away. The character chemistry doesn't look like it will go places that's not cliche. The gimmick doesn't seem like it has much potential either.
Niel
So you're all betting it on "this is going to get better". I mean, I hope it gets better. Though right now this feels more Kiznaiver than Kill la Kill or LWA.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd nominate Mario to do the devilman review as he's the most immediate Yuasa fan to do it and Bam is too awol to write it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The cute girl shows just bleed and blend in my mind now, same with the isekai shows.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Devilman, my show of the season, unless after the rain ends up having some emotional wallop.
Kaiser-Eoghan
So for me its looking like: Junji itou, Cardcaptor sakura, keeping up with sangatsu, wait and see on amegari . Not watching a time travel or trigger show and I remain unable to sit through Mahoutsukai .
Amagi
The story itself is generic so far but so are most Trigger series at the beginning so not sure. Maybe it will stay weak, but in general I prefer series that start with the weaker episodes and get better and better over time over the many series that use up all of their budget and trump cards in the first episode and drag on after that.
Amagi
I really love Trigger's esthetics and their characters. I am happy they're more often involved in non-trigger-only productions because I honestly think that most of the stuff I enjoyed about FranXX was heavily influenced by them.
SuperMario
@Nielo: Franxx's first ep was stellar for me. Storywise, it's lackluster (and I see the similar in tropes between this and Beatless) but production-wise it's excellent
SuperMario
I think I just keep watching it on a weekly basis. Still trippy as hell
SuperMario
Okay, I just watched second episode of Devilman Crybaby and it's still pretty good.
Nielo
By the way, what's up with Darling in the Franxx? I thought it's a very weak first episode.
Nielo
@Lenlo: Slice of life isn't my thing either, and I usually avoid series set in high school.
Nielo
@SuperMario: Takagi-san is cute, I'll admit that, but since I already read the manga it's not new to me. Sora Yori is good, but it's not particularly cute. I found Hakumei to Mikochi and Yuru Camp very boring. Haven't got the chance to watch Mitsuboshi Colors or Gakuen Babysisters but I don't think they could be more cute than Mii-kun.
SuperWooper
HOT TAKE: Genre is irrelevant. What matters is whether a show is good.
SuperMario
Don't knock off MY genre Lenlo. It's one of the reason I got into anime in the first place :)
Lenlo
Im not saying it doesn't do what it sets out to. I just don't think what it sets out to do is all that... great.
Lenlo
@Niello, Slice of Life was never my Genre in the first place :/ I typically avoid them. I have my own life to deal with and already graduated high school, why would I want to deal with a melodramatic anime highschool, is my line of thought.
SuperMario
@Niello: okay, let's see:Takagi-san (the titular character), Mitsuboshi Colors, Gakuen Babysisters (Toddlers!!), Hakumei to Milochi (tiny girls) and two more slightly more mature but equally cute: Sora Yori and Yuru Camp's casts
Nielllo
@SuperMario: I'm sure this is where our definition of "cute" parts way, but I'll ask anyway, what are those 5 shows?
SuperMario
@Niello: seems so because I can eaisily pick 5 more shows that are cuter, and better than Mummy this season ;)
Nielllo
...So I suppose I'm the only one who's kinda bored out by a lot of the slice of life shows that's trying to be cute this season and only perked up by the Mummy anime because it's actually do what it's meant to do and be legit cute.
Lenlo
I am interested in Koi, but still have concern about the relationship itself.

@Vonter, the mummy anime would be better as short vignettes together I feel.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Koi amegari is surprisingly tasteful, subdued and pretty.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*to where
Kaiser-Eoghan
Try as I might, my love of kyoani tv anime has largely evaporated did where I no longer want to bother at this stage, I'll just wait and see. I'll just stay quiet on the franxx anime, theres little value in me trying to get through a trigger work at this point.
SuperMario
I get the exact same feeling with Takagi-san. It's pretty good on what it does but 20 minutes of the same thing for a whole season doesn't sound that promising
Vonter
The chibi mummy anime
Vonter
It's a shame it isn't a shorter 10 or 5 minute series, I think that format would make it shine more, since it does what it's trying to do.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I liked the second episode of Kokkuko or whatever the name is even more than the first one.
Amagi
I really have a problem with all these shows that rely on one single thing, joke, shenanigan or whatever. Be it something cute, some certain kind of interactiong or whatever. It doesn't matter how good it is it will bore me with episode 2.
Lenlo
Like, yeah, the mummy was cute. But the cute became rote/bland really quick. There has to be more than "cute" to be worth watching for more than a single episode to me.
Lenlo
@Niello, I was harsh because its not aimed at me. I wanted to drop it 5 minutes in, kept up for the post, then was thankful it was over. There wasnt anything overtly bad about it. Its just there was nothing good either.
AidanAK47
To be fair it's not as if we are lacking cute in this season.
In fact it's in danger of inflation.
SuperMario
@Niello: yes, the mummy is cute, the show is cute but beside that it's pretty mediocre. That show in particular is the only show that I have the damnest time to give it a potential rating.
Niello
It's not even down because of legal reasons, since the site pull down contents that are lincensed. It's down cause it's too much for the site owner to manage. Much of it also have to do with too many bots, which comes back to how a lot of other sites are relying on batoto.
Niello
@Masky: Not enough manga titles are getting translated. Batoto is the site scanlation groups basically rely on, and where other aggregation sites pull their content from. No batoto no obscure titles, a big blow to small scantation groups and one big manga/scanlator community down.
Niello
Why are you guys so harsh on the mummy show? It's so darn cute. Give it some credit. If a comedy show can be good because it does comedy well I don't see why a show ike Mummy can't be good if it can make people go "aww".
Masky
I don't really know why that is the case, maybe marketing budget and UI friendliness when done right? :P
Masky
Eh, wouldn't say it will kill manga industry. I mean, more and more official methods of reading manga online is starting to pop up and legit channels to pay to get access to manga can surprisingly enough harm free channels to get manga.
Masky
Anyway, I do find it funny how how the isekai character dies can be so meaningless that is joke in most of them
Niello
Batoto is going down, how this affect the manga reading is going to be interesting. Hope it's not slowly dying.
Masky
(at least that one, besides forgetting to introduce what the heck is gimmick besides generickness, acknowledged how most of otaku mcs shouldn't erally want to get transferred to fantasy world since they never get to see how their favourite mangas end :P )
Masky
Anyhoo, it gets annoying since its not just isekai being cliche, sometimes is just them being kind of badly written(or at least adapted to manga). Like, I found one new isekai today, but I have no idea what its gimmick is(from what I understood, its that "cute companion" that character gets is hideously op because mc didn't spefy cute girl when he asked god manager dude for cute companion)
Masky
Slime one is one of better from the more generic ones weirdly enough :P I mean I still wouldn't call it good, but at least MC character isn't god tier, just top tier and it has sort of village building simulation feel to it. Plus at least naming things giving monsters more powers is something funny regarding jrpg mechanics
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or alternatively the car was on a boat with the character or parents in it and the boat and car were hit by a falling plane lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its always "car accident" that sends the characters to another world or in harem cases "Lost parents due to car crash", for christs sake doesn't anyone die in out of control plane or speedboat crashes anymore, at least make it a motorbike....
Nayrael
Ah sorry, should probably not have touched the colors...
Nayrael
Trust me, Isekai is better when it doesn't try to be imaginative. When it tries to be original then... Isekai with a Smartphone... Isekai where the MC turns into a Slime... and my favorite: Isekai where the MC became a Hot Spring popular with sexy girls.
Masky
Assuming "new" things can happen under the sun
Masky
Anyhoo, I do wonder what the heck will be next "popular genre trope that will become so overused cliche that everyone groans whenever show uses it even if its actually good show"
Masky
Like, seriously you could do really interesting story variant on isekai with that if done right. Suddenly becoming characters you have roleplayed would be trippy as hell espicially if one of characters went really into detail with backstory while one of them is just "Bob the fighter, he likes fighting" and has to deal with what happens when you assume life of such a person
Masky
But I wouldn't honestly be surprised because of my anger issues related to amount of unimaginative isekai :P Though I guess trpg based one would be more imaginative in comparison
Masky
I'd assume not since I assume tabletop rpgs are much more niche than jrpgs in japan
Masky
So has anyone yet done isekai where guys getting transferred were playing trpg? :P
KTravlos
quite happy with most recent Attack of Titan manga chapter.
SuperMario
Alright, one more impression post to go before we really get on to new season
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yep, I just fixed it. Thank you
Kaiser-Eoghan
*than just the reviewers names
Kaiser-Eoghan
A slight problem with the coding there in the newest impression, showing code gobbledeegook rather than the reviewers names above their impressions.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I'm seeing it on 2nd of February.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Late screeners generally leak shortly after the uk release, so maybe early Febbruary it'll be online?
SuperMario
@Kaiser: yep, Phantom Thread. Could be Daniel Day Lewis's final performance. Is it available online already?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Did you know that Paul Thomas Anderso8n has a new film coming out? Also I found out there is a Polish semi-knockoff of purple rose of cairo.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Awesome, just got myself an invite to a secret private torrent site =)
K-Off
@Kaiser When I was in University, I was a waiter at a Korean-owned Japanese Sushi restaurant with a kitchen staff of entirely Mexicans with poor English. The owner, while he provided the rest of his staff with small meals during our lunch or dinner shifts, never game any to the kitchen staff. The guy even ranted to a customer about how "lazy" or "ignorant" they were.
K-Off
Buses are pretty common in America, even outside the major super-cities like LA, NYC, or Chicago. It's public rail you're thinking of that we don't have much of outside the cities.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I brought up the racisim/aunt story wondering if anyone had any horror stories about where they worked?
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Bokusen: Buses don't seem to be a thing in America, meanwhile over here, despite traffic, public transport is much more of a thing, couldn't imagine not getting a train or bus somewhere.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi. I must say you changed my positive view of the German education system.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: And yet Austria gets the far right party in power and Israel also has a far right apartheid leader.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If any good came from it, her boss got banned from facebook .
Amagi
Two years ago the alt/new right hold a rally here since they're successful elsewhere with their anti-immigrant/PoC speeches. In the end it was 35 nazis vs 29.000 counter-demonstrators. The joke: when they had to leave with police protection they shouted "We are the people". Yes 35 hated bigots are surely the people, not the 29k. I laughed.
Amagi
@Kaiser-Eoghan: That aunt story is pretty shit. I am kinda happy about smartphones nowadays, you can often make photos or record speech if you are witnessing something. Also, thank God the racists in my city are very rare since antifa and leftwingers took hold of it decades ago - now 70% of people are immigrants so racists don't even tend to show up anymore.
Nielllo
Great. I don't think most of what I wrote actually appeared in the chat.
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