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December 7, 2011
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Aria the Animation add
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Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai add
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Ashita no Joe 2 add
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Favorite Anime

Armored Trooper VOTOMS
Ashita no Joe
Boogiepop Phantom
Casshern Sins
Desert Punk
Dr. Slump & Arale-chan
Haibane Renmei
Hyouge Mono
Kemono no Souja Erin
Kill la Kill
Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World
La Maison en Petits Cubes
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Magnetic Rose (Memories)
Mobile Suit Gundam (Universal Century)
Natsume Yuujinchou
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
One Piece
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Perfect Blue
Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon
Record of Lodoss War
Rose of Versailles
Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal
Serial Experiments Lain
Welcome to the NHK!

Secondary Favorites

I've decided to make a little hobby out of watching every subtitled mecha anime, excepting things like recaps and specials. Don't know if I'll ever accomplish this amazing feat (yeah right), but for some reason I want to try it anyway. I'll probably be watching at a slow but steady pace. If you have any recommendations, or you see a mecha anime that isn't already on my list, please do share that information with me.

Mecha Progress:


Mecha with incomplete subtitles

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Jody32 | 3 hours ago
I was spoiled for "Cries and Whispers" and "The Virgin Spring" so I will probably watch those at a later date when I forget what elements were spoiled for me. Yeah, looking at Bergman's biography is absolutely stunning, it is as Kubrick said, "Bergman is one of three directors who were living at the time who wasn't a film opportunist, he had an idea and a message and he wanted to show as much of it as possible, he didn't wait for a good story to come along."

Well, you can compare the achievement of lighting in "Through a Glass Darkly" to the masterful lighting in "Winter Light", it really goes to show how important all elements are when talking cinematically, but interestingly enough, the lighting elements work so well in a black and white format, I don't imagine Bergman could have achieved the same lighting effect without black and white film, but then again, he was known of using the environment to its utmost potential.

I do enjoy a lot of movies from the 20s and 30s, Buster Keaton is a personal favourite and his stunts are absolutely insane, sure he wasn't the only one known for being a famous stuntman, some of the stunts in Harold Lloyd's picture "Safety Last" were unbelievable.
I also believe some of the best anti-war movies were created in the 30s such as "All Quiet on the Western Front", "La Grande Illusion", "Les Croix de Bois", "No Greater Glory" all come to mind.

Yes, when it comes to visuals you should check out the movie "Man with a Movie Camera", the camera work is astonishing and is a masterpiece because of it.

As for Victor Sjostrom, I don't actually know as much about him as I would like to, my father has mentioned him one or two times in passing over some film discussions (he's a cinephile like I am).
> I think the theatrical acting of the silent film era does have its own merits as well.
I agree completely, this is probably why I like the musical "Singing in the Rain" so much, it really shows a loss of an art-form when it comes to the transition from silent cinema to as it was at the time; and some great actors were lost over not having a good voice for cinema that matches their looks.

Jody32 | 09-14-14, 7:25 AM
yeah, it's midnight here to be exact lol. Good morning in my own way. (It's 00:12 by 24 hour time)

I've been busy, and I've been cramming a lot of my turbo-nerd habits with a lot of work that I had to do, (I'm currently the financial secretary and chairman of a political party on my university campus which takes up some of my time) and have had little room for a break, however, I eased up a bit today (yesterday now) though.

Yeah, I was going on a film binge recently and I stumbled upon a whole collection of his works at the library and I thought what the heck. To my amazement, the whole 3 set of movies easily made it into my favourite movies list, they all absolutely blew me away.
I think I did tell the cinema club my experience with "Through a Glass Darkly" recently where I was experiencing a teary storm.
The faith trilogy "Through a Glass Darkly", "Winter Light", and "The Silence" would have to be my favourite film trilogy now, they were all movies that almost embody the term filming perfection, though "The Silence" kind of let me down a little bit but it is by no means a film I regret watching.
Though i did put off Seven Samurai again for it. -_-

As for Tarkovsky, I loved his movie STALKER, who I watched with my university lecturer earlier this year. I want to check out more of his stuff though.

"The Phantom Carriage", I've heard of that one. Will check it out. Thanks for the recommendations.
I've actually been watching quite a handful of 20s and 30s cinema recently. I watched "Man with a movie camera" earlier this week, which was a very interesting watch, I all of a sudden see a lot of a camera influence originating from that work.

Jody32 | 09-14-14, 6:36 AM
Hey dude.

Been a while.

Just wondering if you've seen any of Ingmar Bergman's works. I imagine his movies would be something that you would enjoy.

AlabastreAizo | 09-11-14, 7:56 AM
We haven't contacted each other in a while! I hope things are going well!

Akira_Sakura | 09-11-14, 12:25 AM
The old school of anime it's great. I'm also an old mecha fan, thanks for the add!

xbobx | 07-26-14, 3:20 PM
The stuff I mentioned:

Most of them are american productions (I think) but there are still some japanese stuff between them.
...Honestly I can't take japanese live action, jeez they're so... BAD :/
horrible murrican/nipponic cinema said:

Robot Jox (1989) -giant robots fighting things
Robot Wars (1993) -giant robots fighting things
Robo Warriors (1996) -giant robots fighting things
Robotech: The Movie (1986) -probably one of the few US/JP animation collabo
Starship Troopers (1997) -this is like a dumber version of EVA without... EVAs.
Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002) - this is so stupid but yet so AWESOME.
RoboGeisha (2009) -horrible. Cyborgs
Iron Sky (2012) - horrible sci-fi mecha inspiration
Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen (2012)
Space Battleship Yamato (2010) - Yes. they did a live action movie!

I'd only recommend Godzilla, Starship and Yamato from these...
But if you want to watch masterpieceofshits go ahead! :P

Kellhus | 07-23-14, 5:06 PM
No doubt about the mecha battles, even though it's straight comedy the mecha battles were probably my favorite aspect of the show. It reminded me of Hokuto no Ken in a way, with how the comedy and action is seamlessly blended together. That creates a very unique experience.

How is Steel Jeeg? I've been marathoning Toei mecha lately and Jeeg is looking like a good contender pretty soon here. I've heard the fights are mainly hand to hand/kung fu stuff, so that sounds awesome.

Kellhus | 07-22-14, 3:08 PM

One of the best.

Jody32 | 07-21-14, 1:17 PM
Yeah, I've looked at some of their stuff occasionally. Though I haven't bothered listing some of it here on MAL as some I haven't completed like Gegege no Kitarou. (I think it was animesols that did the version I was looking at)
I would go to nyaa, but I have a bad habit of not seeding a show back whenever I download, I would do it more often if I had a larger hard-drive but I unfortunately don't at the moment. Maybe in the future.

StrontiumDog | 06-26-14, 6:46 AM
Just because some time ago when we chatted about old school black metal your avy pic was Death(sandman). Idk if you remember, my nickname was D-Hatross.

And yeah, I bought Neil Gaiman's Death deluxe edition.

I'm more into comics, books and movies/tvseries than anime/manga last months.

AngelsArcanum | 06-25-14, 10:17 PM
Mezzo I've heard fairly decent things from so maybe I'll give it a look as well, but I think I'll stick with the edited Kite and see how it goes.

Wizard Barristers has some lackluster characterization and a few weird plot elements, but the animation is quite great, especially the action sequences and the CG which look top notch. Overall it is still quit enticing with the tight pacing, loads of twists and some decent bits of politics and court drama.

AngelsArcanum | 06-25-14, 7:14 PM
Ah I see. Just for clarification, is the edited version the better one or the director's cut? I keep hearing it's the former actually but I get mixed up. I'm pretty open minded so long as it isn't TOO risque (hence why I'm hoping the shorter cut is the better one) so if I can tolerate it I'd like to see it.

I myself have seen Umetsu's Wizard Barristers, and that seemed surprisingly underrated on the site considering MAL's standards (and frankly a lot of Umetsu's stuff is below 7.0 for some reason). I actually started a review about it and enjoyed it a fair bit (need to finish the review at some point) so perhaps I'll end up liking Kite a lot.

As for your favourites, I follow ya since mine aren't my top 5 successively per se, just the more atypical ones, but hey, if you gave Kite a 10 it still means it's one of your top ones ;). So yeah, again, if the cleaner version is better I'll give it a shot soon, the scores seem divisive across the other guys, but I happen to like some of the more unorthodox gems out there, so who knows.

AngelsArcanum | 06-25-14, 5:53 PM
I notice the Kite OVA is on your favourites now; I had actually considered looking into it because some circles call it a cult classic and it's supposedly really good. What are your thoughts?

StrontiumDog | 06-24-14, 7:57 PM
Have u read any of Neil Gaiman's Death miniseries? How it is?

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