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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@Kaiser: the film's from the guy who directed GitS SAC so yeah I will give it a watch if I have a chance
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@Mario: Do we care about this? : https://myanimelist.net/anime/33204/Hirune_Hime__Shiranai_Watashi_no_Monogatari its being screened over here next week I think.
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@Aidan: I will read Crecy and plenatary then.
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@AidanAK47: Castlevania's story would make for good children's action show or cheesy action movie though :D Like, yeah, games are rather story thin(when they aren't melodramatic) but concept of Castlevania's story isn't that bad for a series.
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@Anon, with luck that new KonoSuba anime project is a third season. I didn't realize the Season 2 OVA just came out.
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Kono Suba ftw
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@Lenlo, there are some good moments even after the Shark jump but yeah, all downhill from here.
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@Lenlo: it was a captivating jump, wasn't it?
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I think I hit the shark jump in Kado.
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Koi to Uso....kind of as vanilla a romance story can get, and that premise doesn’t do anything for me after Sakura Sakura. Honestly the star-crossed love worked better with Nisekoi.
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Well they were a good series of episodes, so guess it was a success
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@Lenlo, Already has got one. Second season with 8 episodes is coming. Honestly makes me think that it's really the rest of season one and these four episodes were gauging the audience.
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I believe it has been re-newed.
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@Aidan, yeah. Its way better than I thought. The VA for some characters is just great, I actually liked Belmont alot. I really hope it gets a 2nd season, because Dracula was also great
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@Mario, Well you do write for STAR CROSSED anime blog. Maybe that's a factor.
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@Aidan: "What is a man" huh? It's fun to listen to actually :)
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I can't believe it myself... but I get sucked into the story of Koi to Uso. Yesterday was reading the manga until 2am (and I hd to wake up at 6.30 for work). SINCE WHEN FORCED CONTRIVED STAR-CROSSED ROMANCE BECOME MY THING? I blame those big eyes.
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I mean the best game in the series has dialogue like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMTizJemHO8
AidanAK47
@Masky, Castlevaina games are never played for their story. If anything the story is usually the weakest element. When I heard of this series before I thought it was ridiculous because the story of the games was too weak to make into a good story.
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Better than any right to be? Like I know that video game adaptions usually suck, but surely that doesn't mean that being video game adaption itself is qualification for being bad? :p
AidanAK47
I will see if I can do a write up on Castlevaina tommarrow but yeah for a video game adaption it's better than it has any right to be. I think the reason for that is Warren Ellis.
Lenlo
Castlevania actually has good action scenes too. Very pretty.
Lenlo
The Netflix Castlevania series, one episode in so far, is actually pretty good. It does justice to the old series, more than any other videogame adaptation ive seen.
SuperMario
And I know this is way off the mark but whenever I hear Baltimore I'm thinking of Beach House band
SuperMario
@Lenlo: I feel you that the action scenes feel no weight.
Lenlo
Three degrees of Nazi. We always get there somehow
Lenlo
The story seems setting up to repeat to me as well, with the mutant/normie racial problems. Hopefully the Reflection event/mystery over takes that though.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: Vatican's mysteries have gotten to a ridiculous level. This week throws up sexual abuse, drug use, corruption and somehow Nazis are involved as well. It's just too much for me
Lenlo
They could have kept the comic book feel though by doing what Ping Pong did, with the panel layouts. I feel the low framerate did nothing but hurt it. Had the action scenes been done differently it could have worked, but it was a traditional fight scene so it didnt work.
SuperMario
Speaking of 18if, I still consider that show an experiment wreck, but a fascinating wreck it will
SuperMario
I don't really mind the low frame rate in the Reflection. I think the choice is deliberated to resemble the comic motion. I'm more worried about the story as they have some random fights that I feel even more dreamy than 18if
Lenlo
@Kaiser, I quite liked the Reflections art but the animation, or lack thereof, held it back.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Once again my anime taste falls in with Marios =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
Though you can only imagine if shinbo or Yuasa were to work on 18...if.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although I do think 18..if is exactly what I need right now, I am not certain it will top flipflappers.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The premise for ballroom is of no interest to me.
I’m hearing Vatican is quite silly in a campy horror way
which appeals to me.
Kaiser-Eoghan
While visually the show seemed to improve with episode 3, I wasn’t all that emotionally invested with that story.
I would take this protagonist over IdiotMCx100 any day.
Kaiser-Eoghan
18..if is the most interesting thing I’ve looked into so far, largely due to it being the most un-conventional/abnormal, the concept interests me and poor as the animation is , the worlds it shows/creates, the imagination of the show gets close to forgiving that, as it was the most macabre, episode 2 has been my favourite so far.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I’ve begun (at last)checking out some of the series airing this season.
The reflections style is complete push away/turn off for me. I feel made in abyss could grow into something and I’d like it to actually properly get going/start, the buildup is slightly dull.
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@Vonter Graces is nothing compared to the pandering mess that Symphonia 2 was. Just embarrassing.
SuperMario
"There's a white house waiting for us in Casablanca" haha, can't help but laugh at its wordplay
Lenlo
Im planning on mentioning it, but yeah. Alot of the combat didnt really have an 'impact' to them. There are other shows, like Ping Pong, that I think do this sort of style better, if alittle differently.
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I think the main issue was the animation being kind of simple, the scenes didnt have 'motion'
Lenlo
@Anon, yeah The Reflection moved at the pace of a glacier. The art style was unique and should have lead to good looking fights, but instead it moved at the pace of a glacier. Ill have a write up on it later today
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very nice episode of Virgin Soul. Really liked seeing Favoro look like Favoro again.
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Tales of Graces sadly might have the most childish, and pandering story of the series.
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AidanAK47 - Tales of Graces worked around having to both attack and defend to continue attacking. If just attacked you made less and weaker attacks. It was a way of cooldown that was more reliant on the player thinking about the attacks it used. Later games followed a more typical cooldown and combined special attacks with the regular ones.
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Reflection was kinda painful to watch, I didn't expect anything in the first place and was disappointed nonetheless.
Lenlo
I cant snowboard or ski at all so its ok.
SuperMario
I did hit my head on the ground (for the first time) but I was lucky that I was wearing helmet. I curse S turn
SuperMario
@lenlo: it's fun but it's a lot of pain as well.
Lenlo
Sounds like fun
SuperMario
I'm literally covered in snow right now with my butt numbed. Will get back home in few hours to catch up on 18if
Lenlo
Havnt had the chance to watch it yet, but Reflection apparently looks like a comic book but has weird fight scenes? Ill get that write up tomorrow once I watch it tonight.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*hear
Jesus Christ what happened to my spelling
AidanAK47
That's one of the things that mainly turned me off. The battle system is essentially button mashing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The regular complaint I here from Tales of naysayers is a dislike of the battle mechanics/system.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I avoided the anime adaptations of the tales games mostly because I assumed they presumed previous knowledge of the games. I actually only saw Phantasia due to having been familiar with the games story when I was younger.
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No Re:Creators this week. I get a week off which is good since I'm stuck on an army base.
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@K-Off, A lot of people say Vesperia is their favorite as well. I only have played Abyss so far and was really not impressed with it.
K-Off
@Kaiser Damn, Detective Conan has a long way to go then.
K-Off
Phantasia was my first Tales game (and its anime is the best amongst anything after) but Symphonia really did take it to another level. In general I think most fans will agree with Symphonia, Abyss, and Xillia in their favorites.
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I believe Kochikame is the longest running manga of all time 1,960 chapters, 200 volumes, actually does have a record.
K-Off
@Aidan I remember you saying how it's funny that no two fans of Tales will have the same favorite title. But that's definitely because Tales has changed very little over the years, and they've always been solid games, and so for most fans they'll remember the first title they played.
K-Off
@Vonter With you there. The art direction in Tales hasn't been really that exciting since Xillia, and as a long time fan of the series I finally got sick of the gameplay after Vesperia.
K-Off
Jeez, detective Conan is reaching its 1000th chapter. Pretty sure it's a milestone for some Guinness record.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*Embarassing
**Here
Kaiser-Eoghan
I also agree about complaints made about the mumbled dialogue when it does occur.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think thin red line is a good thing to bring up hear as throughout much of Dunkirk I was thinking about how much more Mallick's film did for me, how I should have been re-watching that instead.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yet at the same time I couldn't connect with it, it became repetitive, disjointed and the shots/Zimmer score towards the end were embaeassing.
Kaiser-Eoghan
There were definitely aspects to praise, to be fair there is no shortage of action, it eschews exposition and tries to visually immerse the viewer to make them feel as if they are present.
Lenlo
Im ready. Reflection comes on tomorrow, so heres hopin its worth it
Anonymous1279803
it was trash. just british propaganda
Vonter
I finished Tales of Berseria. And I'm conflicted. I really liked the story and the characters, essentially a Tales of were the story is told form the perspective of the villains. I also saw the episodes Ufotable made of the beginning of the game, and I want moar. It's was a waste as game, considering the archaic and dull game design. It mainly came up to buying time in regards to things to play.
KTravlos
I also watched it. I thought it was a great war film. Very intense and unrelenting, but still at points the images reminded me of Thin Red Line. My only quip was the end. The film did a great job in getting me to feel the hopelessness the soldiers felt. So great that the attempt at making a "happy" end was forced and fell flat. Beyond that I liked it.
Anonymous1279184
I already lost interest when I saw Inception which I didn't really like. My favorite Nolan movie will always be Memento.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, saw Dunkirk, I think at this point I'm done with giving Nolan any more chances, this like his other works, I can appreciate them to some extent but come away honestly not giving a damn.
SuperMario
and this week's Sakura Quest is damn great as well... This backstory of Chitose and Kadota rocks
SuperMario
Just watching the 2nd episode of Gamers, It was actually pretty good. I can't believe they fleshing out that annoying hot guy into such a relatable guy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I recall the extent of my interest in Linkin park in my early teens was strictly the breaking the habit video and that was it.
SuperMario
The frontman of Linkin Park commited suicide by hanging himself... sad news. Never been his fan but I feel sad nonetheless
AidanAK47
Actually forgot with all the impressions and whatnot but I do believe we said we would review the Castlevania Netflix series. Now that everything has calmed down I will see if I can do a write up next week.
AidanAK47
I was busy trying to discern whether the story had any point besides "Life is shit"
Kaiser-Eoghan
Again, while I enjoyed punpun, the excessive internal narration, when marathoned, I had to take a break.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Come to think of it, I don't even have a phone that does that, haven't bought a new one since 2004.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Ah, you see I could never force myself to browse/type/use the internet on a phone, too used to using a desktop exclusively for that.
AidanAK47
Oh bloody hell. Stupid phone autocorrect. Yeah I meant Punpun.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: Read Freesia.
Kaiser-Eoghan
umi no onnanoko is probably the exact thing ninjarealist would be interested in.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*oyasumi punpun
I found it alot more accessible than nijigahara holograph. deded-demon-destruction while enjoyable, is beneath him. Solanin is probably his easiest work.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I assume you man oyasui punpun. Its been about five years since I read in, the final couple of volumes stay in my mind the most, all the stuff with him, the girl and his uncle also, I love Asano Inios art and the surreal elements but I got lost/bored somewhere in the middle and most of the other side characters and the cult thing I didn't really care about.
AidanAK47
Finished reading Goodnight Pumping. Really not sure on what to think of it. The story kept me reading but it just felt really empty.
Anonymous1276500
There are 2 Nyaa's now. This one is considered the 'real' one: https://nyaa.si
Kaiser-Eoghan
Looks like anirena is down for me. Although it looks like nyaa went back up as this: https://nyaa.pantsu.cat/
SuperMario
Aidan: Fate/Apocrypha, Made in Abyss, Kakegurui
Mario: Princess Principal, 18if, Youkoso
Lenlo: Touken Ranbu, The Reflection
Wooper: Ballroom, Shoukoku no Altair
Helghast: Re:Creators
SuperMario
Note: I'm deciding to take Classroom of the Elite as my third show to cover. So, for this season we are covering 11 shows.
Vonter
Just to end, it kind of shows than even if a story is predictable on where it is going. Characters can make up for that, if they're funny, interesting, and perhaps not agreeing all the time and having different agendas and points of view despite all sharing the same boat.
Vonter
Yet as a game Tales hasn't felt deep since Symphonia, (at least from the ones I've played). I'm wondering if it'll leave me wanting check the anime of Zestiria, since apparently Berseria is a prequel to that game. And many say the anime is better than the game. (I can see why).
Vonter
I also like the reused Tales beats from Phantasia and Berseria. It those have moments like when Lloyd was exiled and Cless had his village attacked. It has clear antagonists unlike Vesperia, and trying harder than the cartoony villains of Graces.
Vonter
I've been playing Tales of Berseria, and it seems to be the anti Tales of Graces. In which I'm caring about the story and characters, but the gameplay is a drag. This is the first time I've been autoplaying an JRPG. But unlike Gravity Rush 2, I'm not dropping it because I'm liking the interactions of these characters even if it gets, campy, overdramatic, or edgy.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I mean I watch anime and films subtitled but sometimes my reading speed can be slow if theres a lot of dialogue.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eh, I do that sometimes, mostly to check for message updates or on occasion to read reviews of what I am watching or to download more/check downloads.
SuperMario
For instance, I watched Okja yesterday and I had to take 15', 20' minute break in between for snack, surfing webs and playing mobile games...
SuperMario
I watched Fanny and Alexander... don't really remember which version I watched thou. I think it's a TV version since it divides into 4 separate parts
SuperMario
@Kaiser: it just that... my attention span has shortened greatly and I just can't stay focus on movies over an hour mark. In cinema, it's alright since you can't move anywhere but now it's abig task to finish a 2 hour and a half movie for me
Kaiser-Eoghan
And is good enough to keep up the quality for that long.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'll say this, for every medium, to me the length of something isn't so much the issue, if you have a writer good enough to keep something going for ages then the length shouldn't be an issue.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: If something goes over three hours I treat it as a miniseries and watch one hour or two a day.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: lol if you thought thats long, have you seen the extended versions of scenes from a marriage and fanny & alexander by Bergman? I can't wait to get my hands on the tv versions I hear they're completely different.
SuperMario
Okja is pretty entertaining with pointed social commentary. I don't really feel Tilda Swinton's double roles add up much but everything else is great. Bong has never disappointed me
SuperMario
@Kaiser: good luck with Satantango then. I guess now if I watch an 8-hour long film it would take me a whole week to finish it :/
Kaiser-Eoghan
Made in abyss and vatican keep staring at me. Although I'm not chancing them yet or anything else until I hear a bit more.
Kaiser-Eoghan
My once massive film backlog is nearly cleared. I can try watching stuff this season hopefully.
K-Off
Same boat here. For the first time in a long time I spent almost half the day catching up on all of my manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I'll have two weeks leave, I will finally watch Satantango, all eight hours of that film.
AidanAK47
I did a double take when I saw this. One of these things is not like the other.... http://gematsu.com/2017/07/blazblue-cross-tag-battle-announced
SuperMario
Well, finally have a bit of precious free time to watch something else and I have too much things to watch. Castlevania, the final Kizumonogatari movie, live-action Okja and some books planned to read... I guess I'll go with Okja today
Ninja
Looking forward to that Dies review
Lenlo
Yaaay! Time to enjoy your blogging time
AidanAK47
And now we are up to date. Just need to finally get that Dies Irae Review posted.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Then again I'll watch almost every horror film I can, don't even mind the awful acting most have.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Pet cemetary was a guilty pleasure of mine when I was a teenager.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't know how I'd feel if I rewatched salems lot, although a positive is that it did have James Mason in it and it was done in that 70s style of slow burn horror that I love.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The IT film has aged horribly and thats one case where I would advocate a remake.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Stand by me was a perftly watchable coming of age film and it surprised me, seeing a non-horror King story.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Okay theres one way to settle this =P Lovecraft > all of them ;) I have actually enjoyed some King adaptations even though I know the Shining took liberties , I also enjoyed Carrie and Apt Pupil.
Lenlo
@Kaiser, please. Early King > Richard Matheson > Modern King. Kings early works were good.
Lenlo
@Aidan, its true that Monty was the mind behind the fights. Sad, but I think the other directors are starting to come into their own instead of trying to copy Monty.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But we all know Richard Matheson > King.
Kaiser-Eoghan
He did some collabs with Stephen King I believe.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Like the dead films he's trying to be thematic, although this one is clumsily put together, I kind of like how it hybridizes the 50s with 70s style exploitation, it has its moments.
Kaiser-Eoghan
hmmm the only non Dead trilogy film I've seen by Romero is the Crazies, feels like he's still finding his voice with it.
AidanAK47
@Lenlo, Part of the reason is that they started using better animation software. But despite that there was a downgrade in fight chorgraphy when Monty died. Though the story I find is getting better.
AidanAK47
@Kinseryu, I think it's ridiculous to everyone but there are those that choose to ignore it.
@Anon, That's a bit harsh. It is true that his later works never truly panned out but he did pretty much popularise the zombie apoc. Even if Day of the Triffids did it before him.
Lenlo
Every season RWBY gets just a little bit prettier. Rooster Teeth really does have some of the better 3D animation skills out there.
Anonymous1272531
goerge romero was a hack trying desperate to stay relevant.
Kinseryu
Tenshi3P... I thought it was just me that this show was just ridiculous by putting three ten years old girl that knows how to play electrical instruments. They are insulting the people who plays these. But good thing I found this site with your first impression. I laughed and I feel better. Lol.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: he passed away? damn. He was the Father of Zombie genre. So like him or hate him, he was influential to say the least. RIP.
Kaiser_Eoghan
...holy shit George A Romero died? Now I have to watch the rest of his films.
Kaiser_Eoghan
Rei Hiroe is really dicking around with black lagoon lately, he's still releasing wasted chapters, just like re:creators, the most recent chapter of black lagoon was a slog.
Kaiser_Eoghan
Maybe the conversation and lives of others could sort of count as espionage stories to an extent.
Kaiser_Eoghan
If you're interested in spy fiction, Spy who came in from the cold, most wanted man, Smiley's people, deadly affair and tinker tailor soldier spy are your best bet.
SuperMario
@Travlos (regarding yoir earlier comment): yeah, it hit me as well that most of regular readers have been here even longer than myself. So thanks for sticking around mates
SuperMario
@Travlos: playing catch up with both Re:Creators and Virgin Soul yesterday. Agreed that last week's Re:Creators was weak because it focused on the Creators (they're not good) but last episode was on par again. Virgin Soul, I loved that episode that the girls go bacl to Nina's hometown
SuperMario
@anon1272074: I still haven't had the time to watch Pripri yet (probably in few more hours), but you bet I'm looking forward to it
Anonymous1272074
Then again, James Bond does count as a spy. I meant not a realistic one.
Anonymous1272074
Princess Principal 2 was pretty good. Still more James Bond via little girls than spies, but this episode was more about intrigue and stuff than action.
Lenlo
Started catching up with Kakegurui. The OP is the sort of mind games I remember from Mob Psycho. Dunno what that means for the show, but I like it.
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