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Looks to be the series made after the film Blood: The Last Vampire. I'm glad to see this is in a different style, all the characters in the film had these wierd full lips that made them look like they were always puckering up.
saya has kinda pouty lips but they're not overly done. i think the animations is grade A and the story line is addictive. Excelent series
Yeah she had that problem in the movie as well, seriously! It was a Angolina Jolie /(classic)Aunt Jemima cross-over. It's strange when the first thing you notice about a character is how big her lips are.
In another topic I'm one step closer to finishing Evangelion. I watched Death/Rebirth yesterday and it definatly left me unfulfilled. All I could say at ending was "what? they can't do that!" it was a blatant "buy the last dvd" move. I'm gonna watch End of Evangelion anyway
Yet another topic, while watching some of Noir today I came to thinking, the Japanese make a lot of cheery morbid songs. I don't know if I should be unsettled by the idea of a catchy upbeat pop song about global annihilation or angels of death. Now I wonder if Ameri-Pop is another version of this a form of music, that is cheery both in sound and lyrics but foreshadows doom though it's sheer presence? Is Britney Spears true one of the evil?
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I just finished watching End of Evangelion. I like both endings, the original one presented at the end of the series DVD and the one provided by End, but ofcourse the exteneded ending was much better explained and somewhat more anbigous. I actualy did not mind the live footage, thought I did not see the point of the opening montage, my best guess is 'life goes on.' The rest of the life footage I thought was excilent, in showing the altirnate reality that the dialog discused. What better way to show that then to compair animation to live action 'candid' footage of people unaware of what is being shot. There in was the meating of another realit of the 2 young ladies who where placed in a crowd of unsuspecting passers by. The only shot that bothered me was the shot of the people in the theatre, waiting what I guess was the showing of End. They all looked so bored. What I thought they were going here was the people who where living in their own reality watching the reality presented by the film, I think footage of the people actualy seeing the film would have been better. What do you guys think? People seem to have the same situation with this as they Do With Passion of the Christ, there is a polar divide. I saw Passion with my mom and afterwards she said she did not like it, but not because of the violance, she did not really know why. I think we run into a similar problam here, atleast that's how I see it. I think Passion failed for my mom because there is no way that a film could live up to such a monumental event. This is an even that eveyone feels differently about. Passion was how Mel Gibson felt about it, and it is not ment to be how you should feel and see this event playing out. I am not religious so the film did not have any meaning to me to it then that of a portrayal of a possible historic even. The deeper subject of Evangelion as a whole is simmilar to this, it talks about excistance and human nature, a subject that eveyone feels differently about, so many will feel that End led to an acceptable conclusion, or even felt the original series ending was right. Others however will feel that the live action footage ruined End, because they don't see what I see, and that is ok. I think both ending and the entire series as a whole took a lot of courage to tackle. And there is no way to please everyone with such a topic, because our differences toward such things is what makes us different, which is what this series was exploring
I did not like the Passion either. There are people that I knew who demanded that everyone take their kids to it to teach them more about Jesus. They didn't get the point that there is no tv show nor movie that is going to scare someone into following a religion- We couldn't get through the first hour- the movie didn't make me think- it made me sick. The shear amount of violence ( not that being beat up and hung on a cross is a walk in the park- I realize that) and over dramatization of everything was just gross. Oh well this was a comment from the peanut gallery- this belongs on another thread I think. On the other hand- Have not got to see any of the EVA movies yet- But the show is pretty good so It may be worth a watch. But like a lot of anime movies are not as good as the shows they are based off of-like the cowboy bebop movie- it was good but not as good as the series.
Dark Helmet: "You have the ring, and I see your Schwartz is as big as mine. Let's see how well you handle it."
On the other hand- Have not got to see any of the EVA movies yet- But the show is pretty good so It may be worth a watch. But like a lot of anime movies are not as good as the shows they are based off of-like the cowboy bebop movie- it was good but not as good as the series.
The Eva movies are not actualy movies, they are additions to the series containing 3-4 episodes that show more what the director wanted the show to end like, but could not do with the series because his budget was cut and the show became "unpopular" with the producing television network. Unlike the bebop movie there is a direct tie bettween the series and these two additional discs. I only called them movies because that's how they are usually refered to. I think End of Evangelion contains all of the new episodes, while Death and Rebirth offer the directors cut of the final two series episodes and one new episode (which is also on END) To further complicate the matter there is a Directors Cut of the last two series discs and the Platinum series version of the series which offers the extended version of the entire series. And now there is a special edition 2 disc set of END and Death/Rebirth. I have the directors cut of episodes 21-23, they offer about and extra 3-5 minutes to each episode with some deeper character/event development, especialy about how Fijutski met Akari and his wife. I think they are only worth it if you are really interested in the series, end then it's best to get the platinum series which I belive offers the directors cut of the entire series (up to Death/Rebirth).
I am now the proud owner of the first 12 episodes of Yakitate Japan an anime about making bread, it came highly recomended. It's dvx so for right now it's only computer compatable but I can make them true dvds it will just take some time. Anyone want a copy?
Lady Snowblood - a raw, bloody and violent manga with 70s feel that has some very elegant moments and some kill bill style moves. From the same artist as Lone Wolf and Cub, but doesn't require a whole bookshelf unto itself as LW&C do.
Bizenghast - a gothicy little horror manga. Little miss goth chick's parents get killed, so she gets sent to an old town full of spirits stuck in limbo. Premise isn't the most creative, but the visuals and the spirits' stories make up for it. Very nice looking.
Alichino - anothery gothicy looking manga by a different artist. Much more refined looking - makes the above mention manga look rough. Very detailed and rich visuals. There's beings (the Alichino) that do favours in exchange for souls, and a guy that's somehow bound to an Alichino although he's one of the rare people that can actually destroy an Alichino. Very easy on the eyes, but takes a while before it starts going anywhere (plot progress really gets underway in volume three).
Mythical Detective Loki - A funny little manga about the Norse gods sent back to earth in various forms that they may or may not recognize one another. Yes, Loki is a detective, but the stories don't focus so much on detecting. Light hearted funny reading.
Petshop of Horrors - a petshop in Chinatown run by a mysterious effeminate guy that doesn't age. All the pets will fulfill your greatest desire, but there are always strings attached... strings that can be very very messy at times, should you break your contract. Some lighthearted moments, and storylines are well thought-out in relation to whatever creature is the center of the tale (hard to explain without giving much away, but once you get to the end of the story you can flip back and see how many characteristics suddenly make more sense). Pretty engaging, with stupid American detective as the comedic relief.
Gon - character from a series of manga that doesn't use words, but tells stories that are more eloquent and poignant than anything with words could ever hope to achieve. The manga simply doesn't need words. The artist's level of detail is impressive, and each character is researched before appearing in the story, adding levels of realism.
I belive I have now seen all of the American releases of studio Ghibli. Some time ago I had watched Whispers of the Heart. I think out of all of the Ghibli films this would be the only one I would not care if I didn't owned. This film is tied in with The Cat Returns, which was one of my favorite Ghibli films not by Miyazaki. However, Whispers was quite boring, not as much Cat Returns as I was hoping. Instead it focuses more on the development of a particular girl and her relationship with a mysterious boy. I think what really did me in was that I was watching this film expecting something magical or a big ending and instead the end felt very anti-dramatic and hurried. I would say maybe rent or buy this one used, but I don't see paying $20+ for it.
On another subject I would like to Recommend Venture Bros. to those of us with Cable. Sun night 10:30 on Cartoon Network. I have the first season on disc. if anyone wants copies.
Looking at past post I've realised I never wrote one for Memories of Yesterday. Much like Whispers of the Heart, Memories of Yesterday deals with more real life subjects, but in a much more interesting story. The story revolves around an office worker in a crowded Japanise city who sets out to visit and help out one of her relatives who owns a farm out in the countryside. During her visit we are treated to flashbacks to her childhood. It's been a while since I have seen this film so I am not as fresh on the details. But you are given a chance to listen to some Hungarian Folk music in the film. Let me tell ya it was strange to hear that in somewhere as far as japan. It goes to show you why the US is falling behind Asian countries if even there farmers have the cultural exposire to know about Hungarian Folk music.