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Codeman

  • United States
  • Joined Aug 2, 2007
  • 24 / M

I'll read or watch anything. Romance is my favorite genre. Action, sports, fantasy, futuristic...all of it is good. I don't care how old or new something is; animation style will not dissuade me from watching something. Of course I do enjoy beautiful animation. Redline was stunning. Endings are the most important part of anime and manga, to me at least. If everything was nearly perfect, but the ending was awful (left things too unresolved, choosing the wrong love interest, wrong characters dying, etc), then I will most likely rate the anime or manga as ½ a star. What else am I reasonably supposed to do when you give me something like the ending of Berserk? Plus everyone ignoring Griffith’s narcissistic personality and thinking he was actually a good guy worthy of following upset me. But even that is relatively minor compared to leaving the viewer with that massacre of an ending. I still enjoy Berserk though; I will watch it again occasionally just to experience the whirlwind of emotions it elicits.

And to close, two of the greatest mangakas of all time: Mitsuru Adachi and Kouji Seo. I love almost everything they create, even the rollercoaster ride of highs and lows that will inevitably be part of their stories.

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Minai99 says...

hmmm...never answered, huh? :P well what have you been watching? are you excited for new KnK coming out end of september?

Aug 17, 2013
Minai99 says...

*poke* :p

Jul 17, 2013
Minai99 says...

fyi additional thoughts about the matter are on Snivets' page in response to her comment on my page. 

Jul 13, 2013
Minai99 says...

whoops I forgot to mention my thoughts about dubbing and series length. In general, I haven't seen too many great dubs, but I'm not completely biased against it. Some shows I will never be able to watch in japanese, such as dragonball z, gundam wing, outlaw star, gundam 08th ms team, ghost in the shell, cowboy bebop. But for the most part I'll watch in japanese, as I think they do a pretty good job with intonation. I also personally am not a fan of ultra-long shows, although I have seen some pretty good ones, such as legend of the galactic heroes. I'm also not a fan of the 13 episode trend. Most of those shows I find are way too rushed. I generally favor 24 episodes the most, as it was the prevalent model for most of the shows that came out in mid to late 90s, and therefore the one I grew up with. I find the length is enough to fully develop a story and the characters, without dragging on. 

Jul 12, 2013
Minai99 says...

I am willing to bet that you and I are both in the "transitional" stage of anime fans. I am definitely not an older fan of anime, in the sense that I wasn't really fully mature and watching anime in college clubs, trading vhs tapes or learning japanese so that I could watch my anime unsubbed, back in the hayday of science fiction/action/fantasy anime. I was still probably under ten tbh. And yet, we were both around when those things were still popular, probably watching Toonami (at least I was). I still actually have a crate filled with all my old vhs tapes from childhood, even though I can't watch them anymore since I don't have a working vhs.  I remember when I was slightly older, but before the internet really entered into my life, when I was 13 or 14 or so, I got two boxsets, G Gundam and Gundam Wing. I was extremely happy to get them, and I thought it was the coolest thing to be able to look at the box art and just pop the dvds into our dvd player any time I wanted to watch them! There was something so awesome about physically holding a representation of some of my favorite shows, and to this day, I still think so.  I actually still have those dvd sets on my bookshelf, which I've made sure to take good care of.

Although I'm not in the older anime fan classification, I'm also definitely NOT in the younger generation of anime fans, either. I didn't grow up with everything ready to stream online. Admittedly, I don't think I really started watching a lot of anime until I got into college and could watch on my computer. But I've never been in that group of "fans" that makes it a point to keep up with every damned new show coming out each season, and gobbles the crap up with joy.

My method for watching anime is much more along the lines of finding what looks interesting to me, and then watching, whether it came out a few months ago, or decades ago. As a rule, I also generally don't watch ongoing anime series either, so I'm not part of the community that actively discusses shows as they come out. I also very much dislike moe in general, especially when it appears in a "serious" or "dark" show, as it becomes extremely distracting. Tbh, I do like k-on and haruhi, and I've found some pretty good slice of lifes, but that's about the extent of it. And I'll take a good science fiction or fantasy anime over those any day, for sure.  I know there is a portion of anime fans who refuse to watch anything that's older than a year or two, as they compain about the animation quality. BS, I say; what really matters is the story, and a lot of the shows that we consider classics had great animation for their time anyways. Some day what we consider amazing now will probably look like trash, too. :p

I still collect dvds as well, although I don't have a bluray player, and I do usually watch a show online first before deciding if I want to get it. Sadly, I do know a number of people, online and offline, who are completely unwilling to pay for dvd sets, as they either think it is their god given right to not pay, or just use anime as cheap entertainment, without any real respect for the medium. 

Anyways, yeah, to get back on track, it is pretty sobering to basically hear that we are in the minority, and that the us market holds so little importance that they might completely stop catering to us, if it reaches a certain point of inconvenience. I personally think that 80 bucks for 2 episodes is ridiculous; at least I can't pay that out of my pocket, ever. The most expensive set I've ever purchased is kara no kyoukai, for $180. Even that is cheap, movie for movie, compared to those prices above. Whenever I can, though, I try to purchase another dvd set. I just hope that dvd players remain readily available for the foreseeable future... :(

Jul 12, 2013