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The readers have spoken part 1

So as I said in my last post, I sent out a question on formspring asking people what I should write about. Then, in turn, I write my responses in this post, like Answerman or Ask John, except I haven’t a clue what I’m talking about. There was quite a lot of questions, so I’m splitting this post into two parts and ignoring the stupid/can’t be arsed responses. You can still ask me a question, even if you don’t have a formspring account. So knock yourselves out.

Firstly, on the ‘Not killing you for implying I’m British when I’m Irish’ thing, I’m really not a patriotic person. There’s a reason I fled the country across into England in the first place. In fact, I generally don’t get the whole point of patriotism. Why support something just because you hail from there? It has strengths and flaws, just like every other nation. Why do people feel the need to play up their unique qualities in a desperate attempt to retain their nationality, especially when these include keeping teaching a dead language that serves no purpose in the real world. Fuck you compulsory Irish language!

Oh right, original question. Biggest problem with being a British based anime fan is fucking region restrictions!

I always liked the robot segments from Clannad. The combination of the ridiculously heightened frame rate and the airy-fairy music gave the whole thing this ethereal feel to it. It was a rather simple story about a lost robot, but I loved how the entire thing was narrated by a robot through logical reasoning.

I’ve been watching the Patlabor TV series recently, and I’ve noticed something rather strange. You know the way in modern romance/action/moe anime, such as Shakugan no Shana or the Raildex series, people say they care far more about simply watching the characters than any stories they get involved in? Well, in Patlabor, the plotlines to each episode are often stupid. The real enjoyment comes from watching the cast goof off and be themselves. Patlabor is often held up as a prime example of an anime from the golden era, yet the enjoyment I get from it is rather similar to how people describe the typical JC Staff anime. Heck, Noa isn’t that far away from being a moeblob.

Asides from all the aspects that make a good story no matter what the medium? Something that uses what animation is good at. One to push the boundaries of logic and experiments with presentation styles. Stories that work both on a surface level and deeper one. Something with enough of a sense of humour about itself to muck about, all while keeping this within the tone of the anime and not negatively effecting the story. Basically, everything Legend of Black Heaven does.

I’ve noticed some people complain about the term ‘slice of life’ when it should more accurately be classified as comedy, or coming-of-age, or ~healing~ or whatever. It’s an argument that always struck me as flawed, mainly being judged by the viewers own interpretation of what a slice of life looks like. Honey and Clover may not have been a slice of your life, but it’s a slice of someone’s life. It’s looking at their everyday activities. Having comedy doesn’t disqualify them from being slice of life. Sorry that your life is so boring that nobody ever cracks a joke, but most people’s lives do indeed have punchlines scattered amongst them.

I’m not really the right person to ask this question of, but since I’m here…

10 years ago, fully digital painted anime were taking off, but wasn’t being experimented with much. This left almost all anime around the early 00’s look rather similar. There’s a real blandness in presentation around that period. Anime has since developed and, since about 05, started experimenting much more with what could be done with digital animation. Now most animation studios like to muck about with the capabilities of digital animation, except certain studios. For gods sake JC Staff, catch up with the crowd and animate something that’s at least interesting to look at!


The reason American programmes often get stick for including things like The Token Black Guy is because they’re obliged to include racial minorities even when they haven’t thought properly on how to incorporate them into the story. Anime doesn’t really have this problem, but what you get instead is the reverse issue with under-representation. People have got to write stories that include minorities as a natural part of the piece.

Probably not what you were asking, but whatev’

2DT has a post on this. It’s somewhat reassuring to know that I hate the old form of moeblobs (the horrendously dull annoyingly perfect Miyazaki heroines) as much as I hate the new form of moeblobs.

People are often so intent on seeing boobs and blood that they miss the fact that the censorship is intentionally meant to be part of the show. It can be used for humour, and frequently having a ridiculous animal head censor offers far more enjoyment than seeing a cartoon nipple. Alternatively, while I may laugh at Deadman Wonderland and its gun that shot black censor holes into people’s chests, the alternative is to show everything like Hellsing Ultimate does, which is just gross, sickening and ultimately jarring away from the intended story experience.

Constant reruns of K-ON and Lucky Star unless we stand up and fight for what is right!

Also One Piece will be exclusively read by people over 60 because they are the only ones who have kept up with the plot since the start and nobody else is willing to pile through the 1000+ volumes to catch up.

Fractale. I now see that it is a well constructed tale about a boy struggling to overcome his shyness born from his lack of interaction with society. It’s an epic tale of romance, friendship and a clash of ideals between whether we should shoot down old ladies or shoot down old ladies with angry looks on our faces.

Hahaha no Fractale is shit.

Make everyone watch Hetalia and understand how silly they all look. Except don’t make them watch chibitalia because that part is painful to sit through and trying to make them do so will have the world leaders unwittingly launching their nuclear arsenal.

Plagiarism? I have no idea what you are talking about.

However long it takes to tell the story. While I know it’s nice to spend as more time with the characters you love so much, dragging anything out also thins out the quality. I personally rather like this 12/13 episode phenomenon anime has settled into. The 40-something episode long series are often padded far beyond what they need to be, while short 2-3 episode OVA’s don’t have enough time to get us to care. Patlabor is too long, Dominion Tank Police is too short, but Madoka Magica is just right. This applies less to anime and more to visual novels, where it seems padding your story out with redundant nonsense is common place, as if not being at least 30 hours long means you have disgraced your family. Make it shorter and charge less, is that so hard?

I’m so indifferent about video quality that, even when illegally downloading, I stick to 480p where possible. Once you reach a certain quality of image and sound, it stops having any improvement on how the story is told. Beyond that point is just for videophiles. It’s not like I have a laptop capable of playing Blu-Ray anyway.

The president of Nitro+ recently announced they had 5-6 anime projects in the works. It sounds a little bit over-ambitious to me, but 5-6 projects makes it sound like each one could be a short OVA of some sort. I would certainly be interested in a Saya no Uta OVA. It’s not like it could go on TV anyway, what with all the shit that happens in that game. An OVA would mean less focus on trying to make you fap to rape scenes, and on more on the horror element. The building up of tension would be far more effective in anime format. Keep the story intact, maybe making a few fixes to the natural flow of events, and you have the bones of a real quality 3 episode OVA.

Shizuo from Durarara, Lelouch from Code Geass, Revy from Black Lagoon and Mugen from Samurai Champloo. Problem is, I’m not sure any of these would listen to me when I tried to get them to rob a bank. Realistically, it would probably be just myself and Geek Boy from Panty and Stocking.

How did you know my penis had that? I’ve used all kinds of creams but it won’t go away.

…oh wait, inflationary, not inflammation


Again, if you want to ask me to write about whatever, you can still do so.

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  1. Karry
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    “Anime has since developed and, since about 05, star­ted exper­i­ment­ing much more with what could be done with digital anim­a­tion.”

    Right. Remember that shitty movie that everyone liked a little back ? The one about a dead boy, his whore mum, and prostitute crush ? It doesnt have shading ! I would say AT ALL, but it sometimes appears for some reason. Now take a look at random cheap oneshot OVAs at the turn of the century. What a progress…*sigh*

  2. Karry
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    “””Also why does the first semicolon always disappear when i comment on this blog ?

  3. fathomlessblue
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Well, time for more mindless opinions.

    Problems in being a British anime fan?

    Getting continuously shafted! When I first started getting into anime the issue was hard-to-find and expensive region-locked vhs/dvd’s. It took me 5 months searching the web for Evangelion, until I gave up and bought the series from America (which also required a new TV to play them!). The system hasn’t drastically improved today. Take FMA:B; the series didn’t sell so well on BD so was discontinued after vol. 2, but then funimation decided to region-lock vol. 3 onwards in the US, so we couldn’t watch those either…. Man, I could rant all day about anime distribution… and then there’s the issue of games… ‘sigh’

    Slice of Life

    I’d love to meet the people who view Cromartie High as a slice of their life!

    Make everyone watch Hetalia

    I’ll take nuclear Armageddon thanks!

    The perfect number of episodes

    I’m a big fan of 26+ series unless they’re padded out with filler. 13 part series can work (eg Madoka), but often have to remove too much content (C, Angel Beats; although I think that was designed as a 26 ep series originally). Basically as many episodes as needed. I’m currently trying to watch Macross 7; frankly 5 is too much, let alone 50+

    stuff you’d like to see adapted into an anime

    Xenogears, Xenogears, Xenogears!!! Its gaming’s Evangelion! It would have to be done well though, unlike that shitty Xenosaga series!

    Also fantasy series which would suck as live action films; His Dark Materials, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Dark Tower etc, etc, etc.

  4. Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I wish there were more actual Brits voicing British characters; not that the accents aren’t done adequately by American VA’s but….why isn’t more anime dubbing done in the UK (or Eire? ^_^ ) …I think Gilgamesh would’ve been awesome with an all-British cast.

    One thing I hate in Anime is overuse of CGI. I don’t mind CGI when it’s used with restraint and to add visual highlights….such as in Le Chevalier d’Eon, which was beautifully done. Karas (鴉-KARAS- Karasu?, lit. The Raven) on the other hand was CGI overkill.

  5. Posted August 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, your bank heist line-up is just begging for betrayal. Lelouch would reveal that he was really working for the cops all along and allow you to get caught while he makes off with the money after he betrays the cops as well.

    Then it’d be a race between Shizuo and Revy to see who can kill you first, because they’d both blame YOU for what Lelouch did.

    And Mugen’s an idiot.

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    It took me a few minutes, but I eventually thought up some questions to ask you!

    Mugen might be willing to work with you if you bought him food afterwords.

  7. Posted August 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Fffff. Obviously, it would be Isaac and Miria who I would take to rob a bank.

    • mcm38
      Posted August 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

      That promises to be lotsa fun. Count me in for that robbery!

  8. mcm38
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Must be tough filtering all those stupid questions.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted August 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

      Do a bonus post with the silly questions and be an asshole in response.

      • mcm38
        Posted August 15, 2011 at 12:09 am | Permalink

        Maybe he’s planning to surprise us with the second part of ‘the readers have spoken’, by doing your suggestion.

  9. Posted August 15, 2011 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    The humour poses from each individual questions and Scamp’s responses. I got my laugh for the day.

  10. Posted August 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Your tag list looks like you have one tag called ‘Did you know that I’m Irish? Let me remind you, Hellsing Ultimate sucks balls.’

  11. Posted August 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    haha, i dig you answer to flomu’s.

    And yes, Fractale was shit. the brilliant setting was wasted.

  12. Marow
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    I just want to thank you for thinking that Fractale is shit.

  13. Posted August 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Fractale was good, you bastards! (and Gunbuster is too!)

    I’m sure that in some other universe out there, billions of people are being forced to watch Hetalia in dark torture chambers. Oh, the humanity!

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