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06-17-09, 8:20 PM

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Well, I was talking about direction in my original post. I wanted to keep it about that rather than just talking about what I feel are better shows this year. I'm watching the show because I like Miyata and wanted to continue the story that began in the first series. I was fine with the direction (though lackluster) earlier in the show because it handled the weight of the Date fight in a way that really engaged me. Looking back I suppose that was just the strength of the manga and less so the execution of the show because after that (passing the torch scene especially) I feel like this show has gone down the amateurish path of making it into more like Rocky than a fluid, adrenaline pumping sports show.
 
06-17-09, 8:28 PM

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noteDhero said:
Well, I was talking about direction in my original post. I wanted to keep it about that rather than just talking about what I feel are better shows this year. I'm watching the show because I like Miyata and wanted to continue the story that began in the first series. I was fine with the direction (though lackluster) earlier in the show because it handled the weight of the Date fight in a way that really engaged me. Looking back I suppose that was just the strength of the manga and less so the execution of the show because after that (passing the torch scene especially) I feel like this show has gone down the amateurish path of making it into more like Rocky than a fluid, adrenaline pumping sports show.
That's because there's no 80s music anymore, duh!
 
06-17-09, 8:38 PM

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noteDhero said:
I definitely don't think so. If we're just talking about good direction and setting the a great atmosphere, White Album (especially creating tension), Kemono no Souja Erin, Higashi no Eden, Ristorante Paradiso, Natsu no Arashi, Birdy: Decode 2, and Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou are much better.


This is a way different type of atmosphere to the anime you just named out. This is about being a unit, supporting each other... mateship.
 
06-17-09, 8:40 PM

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I honestly don't remember the music of the first series so much (exception of the openings), so I don't think that's the problem. It had more to do with the show really connecting the heart of each fight with some earthy struggle on the characters' part. I felt it there in the Date fight, but not so much in the Miyata, Nao, and Hawk fights. There has just been a strange disconnect in what I'm seeing and the intensity of the characters throughout the show.

The big tip off for me is that with the first series (I think it's good but over hyped) I never doubted what the characters were feeling and why, and was engaged in every fight. Here, not so much. Part of that does have to do with the bad idea of making Nao a "bad guy," cheating during the match, and then trying to soften him up for a defeat; and making Hawk a comically one dimensional antagonist for Takamura that I'm supposed feel like he stands a chance in winning against. Maybe the source material can be blamed...but I don't think so much.

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That's funny, because I never thought that this is what the season was about. Especially because it's called "The New Challenger." I assumed it was completely about Miyata, Ippo and Takamura stepping into their own as boxers. Regardless though, my point was direction that was clear, precise, and set an atmosphere that engages.
 
06-17-09, 8:40 PM

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Personally, I thought that was EPIC!

On another note, Takamura's power level is over 9000!
 
06-17-09, 9:17 PM

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noteDhero said:
I definitely don't think so. If we're just talking about good direction and setting the a great atmosphere, White Album (especially creating tension), Kemono no Souja Erin, Higashi no Eden, Ristorante Paradiso, Natsu no Arashi, Birdy: Decode 2, and Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou are much better.


This is a total apples to oranges comparison. There's not one sports anime on that list. What you're bringing up here is a list which, while not fully irrelavent, doesn't really compare effectively with NC. What you're giving us here is more genre preference than relevant directing comparison.
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06-17-09, 9:36 PM

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How is this genre preference? I have an eroge based harem that I gave a 5, a children's fantasy with some adult elements I gave a 7, a sci-fi thriller I gave an 8, a slice of life based on cooking I have at a 6, a shaft comedy (best way to describe it) at 7, shounen action show at 7, and a paranormal slice of life at 9.

As I said, its about creating an atmosphere that enhances the story, but if you want me to talk about sports shows, two shows that do better in the sports department this year are One Outs and Cross Game, for different reasons. One outs because it just does the style that NC's been doing this season much better (the Kaiji-esque thing I've been talking about) even if it's a style that I don't appreciate. Cross Game because it takes a decidedly simplistic, unobtrusive approach to direction that goes hand in hand with the carefree, pleasant, and sometimes idyllic tone of the show.

As I said with White Album, it created tension where there was none to be found, something that NC couldn't do on a constant basis even when it had all of the elements. Erin accomplishes a stylized way to depict violence without it totally detracting from the momentum of the action (Takamura's show clones should take note); same goes to Eden which mixes fantastical elements with little confusion (though the wings were a bit much) while also navigating through a large cast of characters and making them feel real; Natsu no Arashi manages to drift between slapstick and drama without losing it sense of self as a show; Birdy 2 took risks in choosing different techniques to convey ferocity in pace and dynamic action; Ristorante and Zoku Natsume are perhaps the hardest in drawing comparisons, but I can say that what the directors chose to do regarding flashbacks in both shows had an unforced, natural, and dramatically relevant quality in their execution.
 
06-17-09, 10:59 PM

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I'm saying that if you're going to do a comparison, it's better to go with shows in the same genre (even though there are universal elements of production). It makes for a better discussion. Trying to find your point in shows of other genres results in tenuous connections made with very broad terms, as it did in the second half of your last paragraph. Everything from the Eden comparison onward is a stretch at best, and that gives off the impression that the shows were on the original list simply because you liked them more. More importantly, many of the techniques used for creating tension in one genre can easily backfire in a different genre.

I'd rather not defend New Challenger, it was a disappointment for me too. But if this is your plan of attack...

As long as you're talking about ratings, care to explain why your list has NC as a 6 and OO as a 5, if OO is doing NC's approach only better?
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06-17-09, 11:07 PM

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Maybe the Eden comparison is a stretch, but I definitely stand by the comparison that I drew with Birdy: 2. Especially since the direction of this show is painfully static. What I was saying with Eden is that it managed to have a completely tangential scene with alienesque creatures rubbing against the main character, and on the whole no one really questioned what was going on. Yet with Takamura's shadow clones (within the discussion forums), most viewers were put off. As far as creating tension goes (since I was talking more about White Album) the main technique used was silence. White Album was very good at milking moments of stillness to drum up contemplation and unease on the part of the viewers. I can't really think of any scenes in NC where there wasn't some music, quick camera cuts, or voice action to get in the way of creating an intense atmosphere.

My bad, I assumed that I had already dropped NC down to a 5 a few episodes ago.
 
06-17-09, 11:19 PM

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"took risks in choosing different techniques to convey ferocity in pace and dynamic action"

Sounds like something NC did do, insofar as the slow-mo and red eyes effects were new things for this series. It's just that the risks were failures.

With Eden, a lot of people were put off by the wings Kuroha pulled out of nowhere in episode 7, iirc. The greater overall tolerance of ass pulls in that show may come from the fact that it's already pretty unrealistic as far as the overall premise goes.

Not gonna argue with the silence part. I think I said last ep that the dialogue timing was one of the main problems of this series - that it was just too damn rushed, lacking any dramatic pauses, to make people feel any emotion. And you know where that time's going? Slow motion shots of blood being coughed up. It's like Zach Snyder's behind it all, and it's a bit disheartening.
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06-17-09, 11:27 PM

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I'm happy with the victory of Takamura, BUT, I think that this fight took to finish, taking all the thrill of victory >.< It was the first fight in Hajime, that I was not cheering at the end.


 
06-17-09, 11:50 PM

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With Birdy 2, they were using a completely different design (more stylistic in one episode, and more rudimentary in another) to execute fast paced, fluid animation. Almost in the same manner as Kaiba's first episode. That was a total risk, especially considering it was the second season to the reboot of Birdy.

I don't personally see slow motion as a risk...it's just cliche and pedestrian. The red eyes was a risk, but yeah...it was a failure. But considering the first series did something similar with the glowing green pupils, I just don't get why he didn't stick with that. The pupils were rarely used this season. Especially in this fight.

Yeah, that's why I said "the wings were a bit much." It was taken quite negatively in the discussion also (quite a surprise to me given the precedent the show had already sent).

But if Ippo were a bit more like Zach Snyder's style in that it went in and out of slow motion to sharply contrast action and imagery, I think I'd be a bit happier since we'd still see the "other worldiness" of the boxers' speed and power while still being able to capture and milk things a bit. What we got instead was 10 seconds between seconds in a knockdown count and then back and forth slow motion between coughing up blood, Ippo, Itagaki, Aoki, Kimura (and Miyata?) in tears running toward the ring, and the crowd yelling. All of that was so bafflingly unnecessary.

I feel like the director just doesn't really get the point of the show, and therefore chooses these very weird moments to frame or elevate.
 
06-18-09, 1:26 AM

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Probably the best episode of the season. Takamura was very cool looking throughout the episode.
 
06-18-09, 6:38 AM

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Hoooooooooly crap friggin' scary as hell when Hawk looked back during the sway back with his red eyes. DDD:
 
06-18-09, 12:00 PM

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Probably the best episode of the season.
Watched it as I ate dinner. Man, gotta' be one of the best dinners I've had. :D Takamura ruled this episode.
 
06-18-09, 12:35 PM

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noteDhero said:
But if Ippo were a bit more like Zach Snyder's style in that it went in and out of slow motion to sharply contrast action and imagery, I think I'd be a bit happier since we'd still see the "other worldiness" of the boxers' speed and power while still being able to capture and milk things a bit. What we got instead was 10 seconds between seconds in a knockdown count and then back and forth slow motion between coughing up blood, Ippo, Itagaki, Aoki, Kimura (and Miyata?) in tears running toward the ring, and the crowd yelling. All of that was so bafflingly unnecessary.


Emphasizing the action too much has been and would be a mistake. The main draw for sports anime is not the action so much as the athletes. Because a lot of people do sports or otherwise compete, athletes, when developed, can be very sympathetic characters. When the athletes aren't narmed up, people can superimpose their own experiences on the characters in the ring, instead of just detatchedly watching them pummel each other. Spending time on the 10 count wasn't a mistake in and of itself. How they paced it was just sloppy. It would have been fairly easy to put a different still image in for each count (like the manga did, iirc), but they just jumped around too much.
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06-18-09, 1:08 PM

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You think they've been focused on action? I don't think so. I think that there has been no focus in the show at all, and when there is focus, it's on the wrong things, like Ippo reaching for Nao or the coughing up blood. Also, the focus was more on a shounenized version of boxing (the whole, I've got shadow clones, no I can do better than that, and the who's making a comeback now vibe) instead of a more mature, brutal and character focused outlook that the first season had. I think spending time on the count was a mistake because that was what, the second or third time in the episode that they had done it, and maybe the fifth or sixth time in the fight. It's just a stall tactic, and an overused (and therefore dramatically useless) mechanic.
 
06-18-09, 5:30 PM

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Really liked the episode despite all of its flaws but the overall fight could have been a lot better.
It was my favorite in the manga because it was takamua's first test against the world.

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06-18-09, 9:26 PM

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noteDhero said:
Also, the focus was more on a shounenized version of boxing (the whole, I've got shadow clones, no I can do better than that, and the who's making a comeback now vibe) instead of a more mature, brutal and character focused outlook that the first season had.


Pretty true. I can feel that distinction a bit more. Though shonen itself (like any other genre) isn't necessarily bad, there are parts of it that can drag like so.

As far as the counts go...

The 10-counts prior to the final one are adrenaline/thrillz moments, when the fight's outcome was still uncertain. The final one was a moment of triumph - a shared epiphany where the entire arena unites to count out Hawk, completely sure of Takamura's win. A potentially awesome moment. The rapid cuts killed it off because they were still focused on putting in their cheap thrillz, ignoring drama. And yeah, the fact that it was after another, similar, 10-count didn't really help.
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06-18-09, 9:27 PM

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seriously man if you have soooo much complain about this episode just remake a episode yourself -_-''' then we will see if your "MUSIC" is the best for the scene
 
06-18-09, 9:44 PM

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Pretty true. I can feel that distinction a bit more. Though shonen itself (like any other genre) isn't necessarily bad, there are parts of it that can drag like so.


I don't mean to say shounen is bad, because when it's done well, it can be the perfect genre for telling great coming of age stories. But for depicting raw, unstylized violence, it's just not the right aim...for anime anyways, because you can get away with a lot more in a manga format because it's not in full motion and color.
 
06-19-09, 11:16 AM

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noteDhero said:
Torisunanohokori said:

Pretty true. I can feel that distinction a bit more. Though shonen itself (like any other genre) isn't necessarily bad, there are parts of it that can drag like so.


I don't mean to say shounen is bad, because when it's done well, it can be the perfect genre for telling great coming of age stories. But for depicting raw, unstylized violence, it's just not the right aim...for anime anyways, because you can get away with a lot more in a manga format because it's not in full motion and color.


You know something. Basically this is all bullshit. What it really comes down to it, is just that it isn't your kind of thing and i wonder why didn't you dropped it. Except if you didn't just so you can bury it in every episode with your comments as an amusement.
 
06-19-09, 11:46 AM

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No, this isn't normally my kind of thing. But as I've said, I liked the first series, liked Miyata, and wanted to continue the story. How do I bury every episode with my comments when I only make a couple of posts, and if people care to discuss what I said (since this is a discussion forum) reply in kind?
 
06-19-09, 12:32 PM

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noteDhero said:
No, this isn't normally my kind of thing. But as I've said, I liked the first series, liked Miyata, and wanted to continue the story. How do I bury every episode with my comments when I only make a couple of posts, and if people care to discuss what I said (since this is a discussion forum) reply in kind?


I do agree with your opinion that this episode kinda sucked (relatively speaking), but you don't have to look at other anime to compare. Just ask yourself if this fight was even the best fight of the series. I for one know that this fight is the best fight in the manga so far. The fights in the first series have so much more impact than this one.

I'm not gonna add to the general criticisms about music and dialogue and whatnot, but I have to add something about the animation, which is pretty subpar. I'm not talking about quality, but the style used. One of the hallmarks of the first series is seeing the fights in the anime as actual boxing fights, not just an exchange of techniques. You could actually see how ippo begins the demspey roll, or vorg's white fang, or sendo's smash. There's more tracking shots, less closeups, and almost no shots of someone's back while fighting. In short, we could somewhat see the mechanics of the fight - we could actually see the punches thrown.

This, plus the music and the pacing, made the fights infinitely more exciting, like when ippo miraculously avoided vorg's white fang, and ippo's gazelle punch to sendo. Compare that to what was supposedly the image of this fight, when takamura countered hawk vertically - wasn't nearly as epic.
 
06-19-09, 12:43 PM

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I only brought in other shows because someone said that this was the best that anime had to offer, and I, being baffled, disagreed and brought the comparison of direction. Maybe it was unneeded, but I think it sparked a pretty nice conversation between Tori and myself.

Your problems with the animation is all contingent on the director. That's why most of the energy is lost comparing this to the first season. I just don't think that the director had a handle on what was important, and the proper way to showcase pivotal moments in the fights.
 
06-19-09, 12:57 PM

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noteDhero said:
Your problems with the animation is all contingent on the director. That's why most of the energy is lost comparing this to the first season. I just don't think that the director had a handle on what was important, and the proper way to showcase pivotal moments in the fights.


I agree, and I think that this is also the reason why ippo has been reduced to a shonen series.

Also the pacing for the episodes was comically bad. I mean, the highlight of the fight was takamura finally snapping, and they show it right at the beginning? This completely destroyed all the excitement for the episode, a complete 180 from episode 23 when takamura was almost beaten down.

And while I really do feel for those who say that this is a good episode, I just don't know how could they say that this was the best or even that it was that great. There have been other fights in ippo already better than this!
 
06-19-09, 1:18 PM

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The whole fight was like this. One episode Hawk is hands down winning, then the next Takamura is winning, the next he's loosing, the last he won. Director is focused on that comeback, one up vibe that he didn't really think about the flow between the episodes, so at the beginning of each episode we (or at least I) am thinking, "How is such a marked reversal happening at the beginning?"
 
06-19-09, 1:47 PM

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^ Exactly. As for this particular episode, they also screwed up the mood when hawk can supposedly made a comeback. There was no tension at all, as if there was no way takamura could lose at that point. The music made it seem exciting, not ominous.

Also a small note - what happened to the green eyes of determination? Why the hell does takamura's eyes turn blue? I can't believe they could have forgotten such a thing, especially when they made the green eyes such a hallmark of the first series, ans especially when takamura had the green eyes at one point earlier.
 
06-19-09, 1:55 PM

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noteDhero said:
I agree, and I think that this is also the reason why ippo has been reduced to a shonen series.
Uh... Hajime no Ippo has always aired in Shonen magazine? It was always a shonen series from the very beginning.
 
06-19-09, 2:18 PM

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I agree, and I think that this is also the reason why ippo has been reduced to a shonen series.
Uh... Hajime no Ippo has always aired in Shonen magazine? It was always a shonen series from the very beginning.


what noteDhero is getting at from what i can gather is that it has been transformed into a shounen jump esque series like bleach, naruto etc.

in which case i agree wholeheartedly, this season was just a fail, only need to have UVERwolrd/AKFG doing the next opening now and it's all but confirmed.
 
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Actually, I didn't say that, but I agree with fisher and you also. There is a difference between the coming of age shounen, character focused first series and the comeback obsessed second series.

Oh, and fisher, I don't know what happened to the green eyes either. I could have sworn that they were there in the Date fight, but I could be mistaken.
 
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noteDhero said:
Actually, I didn't say that, but I agree with fisher and you also. There is a difference between the coming of age shounen, character focused first series and the comeback obsessed second series.

Oh, and fisher, I don't know what happened to the green eyes either. I could have sworn that they were there in the Date fight, but I could be mistaken.


yeah they where there, on martinez though of all people :s
 
06-19-09, 4:09 PM

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Hajime no Ippo has always been about the comebacks, always. They're just a lot more overdone now, in their new animated form. The manga's kept this constant as well, it's not like there's any clean victories because that would be pretty boring. Yes, the multiple comeback per fights is pretty silly but that's what the show has always offered. Perseverance, fighting spirit and guts. This is specially true when it comes to Ippo and the other guys (takamura was immune to this for a while until he fights hawk). Actually, the fights get even more ridiculous as it goes and there's even more comeback stuff as all the characters move up the ranks.
 
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what I meant with the shonen comment was that one of the great things about the first series was that as ridiculous as the techniques are, you always get the feeling that you are seeing a boxing match.

I remember watching some of the fights and afterwards I'd be just itching to hit the sandbag and copy the smash and the flicker, that watching the episode just gets your blood boiling.

And I know that takamura doesn't really have a sunday punch, but at least it should have given me a sense of how takamura moves, and how he fights. What is it about takamura's rhythm that was so unique? Why was hawk so wild? How are takamura's punches so efficient and so dangerous? The anime never really showed us, they just told us these things.

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Oh, and fisher, I don't know what happened to the green eyes either. I could have sworn that they were there in the Date fight, but I could be mistaken.


I think they just copied the manga directly, which is retarded, since they had always used green eyes before.

Oh, and someone mentioned this before, but the slo-mo made it seem that takamura had such a long time to react while it probably took like one second. It really ruined the notion that takamura could have predicted the punch from hawk.

Oh and the concerto music at the end was the complete opposite of exciting, as if takamura winning the championship isn't the high point of the whole manga. They could have just used the opening song and it made that scene ten times as epic

Oh and they also ended the episode at the wrong point.
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06-20-09, 12:41 AM

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Black cat u mean? How does the atmosphere not engage? We can see his hard work, his support, his pride, and finally success. How can the atmosphere not be anything other than engaging after we have seen takamura travel his long journey and finally achieved his goal.

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I honestly don't remember the music of the first series so much (exception of the openings), so I don't think that's the problem. It had more to do with the show really connecting the heart of each fight with some earthy struggle on the characters' part. I felt it there in the Date fight, but not so much in the Miyata, Nao, and Hawk fights. There has just been a strange disconnect in what I'm seeing and the intensity of the characters throughout the show.

The big tip off for me is that with the first series (I think it's good but over hyped) I never doubted what the characters were feeling and why, and was engaged in every fight. Here, not so much. Part of that does have to do with the bad idea of making Nao a "bad guy," cheating during the match, and then trying to soften him up for a defeat; and making Hawk a comically one dimensional antagonist for Takamura that I'm supposed feel like he stands a chance in winning against. Maybe the source material can be blamed...but I don't think so much.

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That's funny, because I never thought that this is what the season was about. Especially because it's called "The New Challenger." I assumed it was completely about Miyata, Ippo and Takamura stepping into their own as boxers. Regardless though, my point was direction that was clear, precise, and set an atmosphere that engages.
 
06-20-09, 9:29 AM

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My bad, BlackCat. We did see all of his hard work and pride, and seeing him trying to loose weight was fine, but that tension evaporated when they spent a whole episode on the time right before the match and Ippo's fight. So by the time Takamura started fighting, what it degenerated to was a severely undeveloped and overexaggerated character in Hawk against one of the main characters of the show? We all knew how it was going to end.

Then you take the fact that the construction of the episodes is such that one episode one person is winning and the next episode, everything that the announcers, Aoki, Kimura and Ippo were saying were reversed, for four times, and dramatically, everything was eliminated for me by the 2nd or 3rd count at the end of this episode.

Maybe it's me, but atmosphere is almost completely dependent on the director and how he chooses to play with time, silence, and camera movement. As has been discussed, I think that he didn't bring anything to spark a highly charged atmosphere, and relied on source material only to do this. The problem is that he often got in the way of that by playing up inappropriate moments and not focusing on what was important.

That's for the fights. For the training and those inbetween episodes he did as good of a job as the first series (except for the passing the torch moment).
 
06-20-09, 10:00 AM

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takamura ftw, holy shit that was awesome, should i give this an 10??? lol
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06-20-09, 12:43 PM

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damn this ep was epic hawk vs.takamura was one of my fav in manga and the anime made it epic*tear* overall 5/5 all hail takamura the new WBC junior middleweight champion^^
 
06-20-09, 3:25 PM

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That was friggin epic! Finally one of the Kamogawa guys won a major battle.

And @ the people complaining , look at the poll. If you dont like THIS episode, you should really drop this show.
 
06-20-09, 8:48 PM

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I've watched a ton of sports anime in my day, but as "cool" as that episode was, with Takamura finally beating down Hawk, I'm going to agree with the group of people that are generally saying how the whole flow of the Hawk vs. Takamura fight was not done well. This episode especially. I mean, wasn't Takamura on the verge of death at the end of last episode? I don't mind him coming back from that kind of state and winning, after all, that's what shounen is all about. However, they offered no semi-plausible explanation on how all of a sudden he was throwing the types of punches one would throw when fully healthy. Yeah, I understand that whole "instinct" concept and how the boxer's body will remember all of the training they've gone through, but to have Takamura overpower Hawk so suddenly is a bit of a stretch. And "instinct," in my opinion, will help the boxer dodge punches and move his body...not necessarily throw devastating punches.

Regardless, I'll admit that I'm a shounen-junkie and this episode satisfied the shounen fan within me. But I do recognize the flaws that were apparent during the fight.
 
06-21-09, 12:55 AM

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noteDhero said:
I definitely don't think so. If we're just talking about good direction and setting the a great atmosphere, White Album (especially creating tension), Kemono no Souja Erin, Higashi no Eden, Ristorante Paradiso, Natsu no Arashi, Birdy: Decode 2, and Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou are much better.

For me this isn't even the best of the season, much less the year or the genre.


well theres your problem right there, all the series you listed are basically crap which means you've gotten used to watching crap. no offense.

Take the series for what it is, raw testosterone, toss all this crap about "lol like dis need better music and uhm atmospheres and stuff"

And the blood throw up, they succeeded in that since all of you are talking about it, and got it embedded in your brains.
 
06-21-09, 2:04 AM

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Amazing. Made me shed some tears.
 
06-21-09, 5:12 AM

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My bad, BlackCat. We did see all of his hard work and pride, and seeing him trying to loose weight was fine, but that tension evaporated when they spent a whole episode on the time right before the match and Ippo's fight. So by the time Takamura started fighting, what it degenerated to was a severely undeveloped and overexaggerated character in Hawk against one of the main characters of the show? We all knew how it was going to end.

Then you take the fact that the construction of the episodes is such that one episode one person is winning and the next episode, everything that the announcers, Aoki, Kimura and Ippo were saying were reversed, for four times, and dramatically, everything was eliminated for me by the 2nd or 3rd count at the end of this episode.

Maybe it's me, but atmosphere is almost completely dependent on the director and how he chooses to play with time, silence, and camera movement. As has been discussed, I think that he didn't bring anything to spark a highly charged atmosphere, and relied on source material only to do this. The problem is that he often got in the way of that by playing up inappropriate moments and not focusing on what was important.

That's for the fights. For the training and those inbetween episodes he did as good of a job as the first series (except for the passing the torch moment).


Yes i think/agree that the storyline was easily predictable and repetitive. But the ending was a little touching :). I just find it engaging because I like the action even tho it may be predictable. =)
 
06-21-09, 5:26 AM

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I agree with he people who are unhappy with the fight. It was decent but, because of a combination of reasons, it never wowed me like the Ippo vs. Sendo fight at the end of the first series. It was just another fight; a fight that had a lot of build-up and failed to ever reach the heights of the best fight from the first series.

The music didn't help the fight out. Where as in the first series finale 'Imprison' played when Ippo was getting the crap beat out of him and looked out of his depth and the second opening started playing when Ippo was about to finish Sendo off, there was nothing comparable that played during this fight. For the most part, the soundtrack seemed very out of place during the fights.

As for the fight itself, Hawk being demonized and Takamura somehow winning even though he had nothing left in the tank at one point kind of ruined it. I fail to see how it was possible for Takamura to move so well after he reawakened when, before he flipped, he couldn't even defend himself. A very poor and forced end to the biggest fight in the story yet.

It's a shame the series has ended like this because early on I was on the verge of scoring it 10/10. Up until the end of the Date fight, I thought the series was amazing, with an epic fight having followed one of the best fights in the series to date (Miyata)... but the series then seemed to run out of steam after that point, moving far slower and the animation quality dropping. Instead of top marks, the series now has a rating of 8/10 from me - not bad but very disappointing after such a great start.
 
06-21-09, 6:02 AM

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One of the most epic episode I have seen recently, and probably the best episode of both HnI series (I didn't find most episodes half as epic as everyone thought they were, but I'm OK for this one). It can definitely be seen as an over-dramatic and exagerating episode, but it just felt right in the atmosphere and style of the series. The power of the punches, the blood, the violence and the suffering of the champions' bodies were incredibly well-executed on screen, even if I still dislike the numeric effects, lightning and music.

Well, a nice animation week we had after Higashi no Eden's last episode.

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06-21-09, 11:48 AM

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One word.

AWESOME
 
06-22-09, 7:06 AM

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Not bad... But i expected better... what was that hawk puked blood like an infected.(Reminds me 28 weeks later movie). LoL
 
06-22-09, 8:14 AM

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magnum opus of the series yet.
 
06-22-09, 4:12 PM

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This is why I fucking hate manga readers that post totally and absolutely BULLSHIT after they watch the anime. I'm not insulting you or anything, but OF COURSE YOU WON'T FEEL THE SAME AFTER READING THE MANGA AND WATCHING THE SAME FIGHT ALL OVER AGAIN. IT'S JUST HOW IT GOES.

This episode was perfect. Simply perfect. Takamura said FUCKING no to the green eyes, and threw in the REAL DEAL: LIGHT-FUCKING-BLUE EYES for wild beasts being unconscious.

And of course you can say "NO, IN THE MANGA IT JUST FEELS GOOD MAN; THIS ANIME DIRECTION SUCKS". No, you can't. That would be a terrible excuse.

Takamura made that man FUCKING afraid of him. TOO BAD FOR YOU YOU WERE BORN IN MY ERA! God damn, this episode felt so fucking GOOD in not a sexual way. When the Ippo's gang was crying, I felt like crying; but I am still full of excitement after watching such a DELIGHTFUL ending to the best brawl ever. Hawk, you were strong... TAKAMURA WAS STRONGER.

I couldn't cry, the punches that Takamura threw in the face and body of Hawk were too much. Excuse for being a fanboy, but THIS is the bokushingu anime. Special effects can be a turn down; I don't give a flying crap, it's how HAPPENED in the manga. Blame the technology.

10/10
 
06-22-09, 6:21 PM

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It's not just an issue of vs. the manga. Aionic, vin, and NoteD haven't even read it at all. They still have points to make. The whole issue with this fight is a lot of small production mistakes (music, dialogue timing, SFX) which didn't ruin the fight as such, but did end up making it drag a bit. Avoiding a dogpile of mistakes like that is the director's responsibility. I hope you honestly don't think direction doesn't make a difference in how a story unfolds.

BTW, if you didn't feel the need to capitalize "fucking" multiple times, it would probably have been a better idea not to. Would have made the whole post a little less silly.
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