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Old 02-10-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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I just recently completed this series, and I want to know what others thought about it.

I found that it didnt make much sense, and many of the characters introduced were pointless.

People say its the most intelligent anime, yet I thought it just relied on symbols (example: lil slugger representing an easy way out for people to get away with their crimes) to tell a story that is really downright boring and unoriginal.

The final episode was just complete nonsense, although im fairly sure more symbolism rather then literal things were actually taking place, but im just not interested to even rewatch the series or even try to figure anything out.

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Old 02-10-2008, 04:54 PM   #2
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read the analysis

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Old 02-10-2008, 05:05 PM   #3
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Thanks, i never even seen that,

I suppose the japanese audience did get a different experience then what i saw,

but I'm still disappointed overall.. oh well, I suppose its time for me to move on and watch something else.
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Thanks, i never even seen that,

I suppose the japanese audience did get a different experience then what i saw,

but I'm still disappointed overall.. oh well, I suppose its time for me to move on and watch something else.
it happens a lot, some people just dont understand japanese folklore. you should get you self a sig
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:32 PM   #5
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I found that it didnt make much sense, and many of the characters introduced were pointless.
No. A few were, as always, secondary. But its stories do make sense, if you know where to look.


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BTW, you should consider shortening yours. There are no exact guidelines, but this is quite high.
Also, while linking to own sites is permitted, the entire signature consisting of three links to one's accounts on various sites, one in large letters, might be excessive.
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:19 PM   #7
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I just recently completed this series, and I want to know what others thought about it.

I found that it didnt make much sense, and many of the characters introduced were pointless.
Hmmm, it's a tricky one. I didn't really rate it the first time I saw it for not too dissimilar reasons. But then decided on a re-watch a while ago and I have to say that my impressions have changed for the better.


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Personally, I'd say it's underrated. Sure it has it has its diehard fans that run around singing its praises. However considering how many fans run around ranting and raving about how Great NG: Evangelion or SE: Lain are, I'd say Paranoia Agent could use a little more love.
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:31 PM   #9
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I really think the thing with overrating NGE comes from the crowd behavior. "I'm not a part of the Ipod herd, because I use Sony Walkman!" - of that sort. NGE is regarded among otakus as something great and "not for all" (sure, almost the most watched anime is of course not for all), for true uberelite only. [And at the same time it's mostly just a mix of emo whining and mecha, nothing to stress the brain.]
So what's the most easy way to become "Walkman nonconformist" of anime? Watch NGE!

Then the newly converted ngetard goes around telling how superior he is to simple narutards. And as it flatters him, he believes it. The narutards finish naruto, finish bleach, finish FMA, and then the ngetard preaching gets to them... and the circle repeats.

Really I haven't seen just one person who would have watched NGE occasionally, on his own, without hearing from otaku, and felt as impressed as people who watched it on advice. I even did tests, people didn't feel anything much about it. The NGE fans have heard of it from other NGE fans, and, that's for sure, their "sempais" have talked of it a lot.

Very unlike the way it happens with, say, Paranoia Agent, most of which fans appear spontaneously, without hearing about it a lot.



NGE is a case where popularity supports itself, like it happens with many weak but famous movies. Go find someone who doesn't like Titanic or thinks it's a poor movie. Now find how many like Poseidon. And the difference between the films is quite meager. These are nice movies, but most people liking Titanic aren't into the genre at all, they just follow the trend.
People watch and adore lots of movies they wouldn't normally even finish, just because they're famous and everyone praises them. It would be strange if the same didn't happen within the much more internally conformist otaku subculture, wouldn't it?

*All "nonconformist" subcultures tend to be very conformist within themselves, the smaller the subculture, the more conformist.
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For the record, I wasn't attacking NGE buy any means, I was just using it as an example. I also apreciate the fact you're defending it actully. There's ALOT of "Let's Hate things that are POPULAR" mentality floating around Otaku circles lately. Pretty soon Otaku's are going to start hating air (the stuff you breath not the anime)/oxygen (once again the stuff you breath, not the channel for women...you know what? Screw it! Elitist otaku are going to suffocate and I won't care).
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