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Re: What are you watching/or completed? (Anime)

Postby O.Supreme » Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:19 pm

I have the ADV set, but I'll have to watch the movie before showing him. Yeah it's been a while since I watched it. We just finished the series though. I have a ton of older stuff to finish as well. Voltes, Godmars, Baldios, Ideon ( was just trying to by them all before they went oop.). I also have God Mazinger coming this week. For once I can actually say I have everything current on my Amazon wish list. I still have about 6 items, and I'm sure it will coni to grow but they are all pre orders.
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Re: What are you watching/or completed? (Anime)

Postby Garasharp K7 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:23 pm

I haven't watched the movie in a long time. Almost a decade now, I think. I adore the series - it's one of my all-time favourites - but I'm not overly fond of the movie, especially as it doesn't tie up any of the loose ends from the series, creates a bunch of new ones by jumping forward in time a few years and is a bit of a downer to boot. I don't hate the film, but I did find it rather disappointing compared to the series. Plus Yurika's hardly in it. That's the biggest strike against the flick in my book. :wink:

Regarding Ideon being OOP, someone over at the Fandom Post forum reached out to Sentai on Twitter about the situation with Ideon, Votoms and Patlabor and they mentioned they were actually just out of stock right now. You can see the thread here. I'm not sure what's up with Discotek's releases though. I've noticed a fair few of 'em are getting harder to find now. I'm glad I picked up Baldios when I did.

Anyway, I just started SSSS Gridman now. Thinking back, it was interesting seeing the various reactions from folks during the show's run. Plenty of kaiju and tokusatsu fans loved it, (and I certainly count myself among them) but a good chunk of anime fans seemed to be split into three groups: Some simply dismissed it as just another robot show and left it at that; some would fixate on the fanservice, and quite a few folks took note of the various references, the scene compositions in some episodes or the way the series manages to recreate the look and feel of tokusatsu through a mixture of 2D and CG animation. I saw plenty of cool comparison videos showing all the references to not only the original Gridman or Ultra series, but many super robot shows as well. Loved how Gridman and his support units had this '80s/'90s look to them, like something from the Brave series. I'm not too crazy about CG in anime most of the time, but I was genuinely impressed with it here. The monsters looked great as well.
I shouldn't be at all surprised, but I couldn't help being bemused how some fans saw SSSS Gridman as an anomaly - sort of a "whoah! you got tokusatsu in my anime!" reaction - and not some kind of throwback to the old shows that had plenty of kaiju or toku influences. Like the myriad of '70s, 80s and '90s super robot series, Gatchaman, Hurricane Polymar, The Guyver, Giant Robo, The Big O to name a few. Or even Evangelion for that matter.
I'll grant you not everyone would be aware of the older stuff, but having watched so many shows and noticed how the two mediums have often influenced each other over the years, I can't help rolling my eyes when people act like anime and tokusatsu are both mutually exclusive. Oh well, I'm having a blast revisiting Gridman anyway.
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Re: What are you watching/or completed? (Anime)

Postby O.Supreme » Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:16 am

I enjoyed SSSS Gridman, especially all the Transformer Easter eggs. But it and InfiniT-Force are both a bit pricey IMHO, especially for such short series. Normally I'd wait for a sale, but it seems some items are getting shorter production runs as noted. I will probably just skip them if they don't go down in price, but I'd certainly like to have them in my collection
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Re: What are you watching/or completed? (Anime)

Postby O.Supreme » Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:44 pm

My son started to get into Dancouga, but I guess I can assume he got bored with it, since I saw him watching Gundam Seed on his phone :roll: . I understand the easy with which you can watch things on your own device, but when I have them on DVD or Blu ray I just have to shake my head.... To be fair, when we watch TV as a family we all take turns, and he says he can watch them *faster* on his phone. I keep telling him to enjoy the journey. Sure its nice to binge episodes once in a while, but remember the days when you could only get one episode a day? or one per week? Now a days we have most series to watch in their entirety at our leisure (unless its something new) , no need to speed through them all. 8)
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Re: What are you watching/or completed? (Anime)

Postby EricDent » Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:19 pm

Yeah I remember getting single volumes of shows on VHS & DVD...

Speaking of binging, I did that for the 7 Seeds show via Netflix.
Assuming there will be a second season eventually since this one ends on a cliffhanger...

I also tried to watch the 2nd season of The Disastrous Life of Saiki K via Netflix, however due to the size/speed/color of the subs (the 2nd season isn't dubbed for some odd reason) it was hard to keep up.
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Re: What are you watching/or completed? (Anime)

Postby lhb412 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:35 pm

I just got my Blu-ray of the Giant Robo OVA from the 90s and holy crap! I knew the series was well-liked and it being relicensed was kind of a big deal, but just by watching the first episode I thought "why isn't this an even bigger deal?!" Even though it's a direct-to-video series it feels so cinematic. The animation is so great and the scale so enormous in that opening setpiece and the music is so grand. This didn't feel like a series. It felt like a movie!

Although it's obviously super indebted to Super Robot shows and 60s and 70s anime there's also a huge tokusatsu influence.
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Re: What are you watching/or completed? (Anime)

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:46 am

Glad you are enjoying Giant Robo. I've had one version or another since back in the VHS days. I got the DVD set that has both English dubs, still have nostalgic feelings for that first dub. It's my understanding that the Blu-ray gas both as well, but does it have the Ginrei special? It's not that great, but It would still feel like an incomplete set without it

My son finished Gundam Seed and went straight into Destiny. I don't have the heart to tell him how inferior it is.
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Re: What are you watching/or completed? (Anime)

Postby EricDent » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:34 pm

Tried a couple of shows via Tubi.
Not sure if I will continue some of them.

Astro Boy (1980s version): was decent looking, but a little lacking in the action dept.

Magical Meow Meow Taruto: looks really cute, so I might get back to it.

Actually I Am: Looks like a harem anime with various "monster" girls. Main vampire girl is cute, just not quite feeling it.

No Game No Life: started on Tubi, but switched to Netflix since they have the dub. I will continue this one, cause it seems interesting, just not gonna binge it.
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Re: What are you watching/or completed? (Anime)

Postby EricDent » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:02 pm

Picked up a copy of Season 1 Part 1 of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime (Blu-Ray) from a local Half Price Books.
They are having a 20% off your entire purchase coupon through Sunday.
It was about $20 after coupon.
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Re: What are you watching/or completed? (Anime)

Postby EricDent » Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:35 pm

Blasted through the Slime show, and now I will grab Part 2 (on sale) eventually.
Looks like it's getting a second season in Japan soon, so I will grab that eventually as well.
So far it's very fun, and fills in more fantasy in my anime collection.

I also did a random movie/anime night and watched part 2 of Macross Plus.
Still really good show with amazing music & visuals.
Kinda wish that Harmony Gold crap would go away so we could get a legit (non Japanese) Blu-Ray of that, cause it's probably AMAZING in HD.

Other than that, still slowly going through No Game No Life via Netflix (they have the dub).
Pretty fun show so far.

On a whim I tried some old '90s OVA called something starting with "T" Travelers via Tubi TV.
Basically it kinda looked like a mecha to start, but something about a teacher, a student, and a space pirate going on an adventure to try to get back to Earth.
The school the teacher/student was assigned to shut down due to financial trouble, and of course the space pirate crashes into the abandoned building.
It was rather odd, but it didn't really catch my interest. Might try again later.
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