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  1. Sometimes I become fascinated with anime that are extremely popular and have thousands of episodes yet have absolutely zero western presence whatsoever

     

    1. Sean

      Sean

      btw this show is really funny and very charming. If you enjoyed how Usagi from Sailor Moon is a constant shitheel 24/7, I guarantee you won't be disappointed with Maruko-chan

    2. GentlemanX

      GentlemanX

      I became addicted to Doraemon while it was airing on Disney XD so I know the feeling. I'd love for a way to watch Sazae-san and Chibi Maruko-chan legally (and a non-parody version of Shin-chan too while we're at it).

    3. Sean

      Sean

      The ones you mentioned, especially Sazae-san, are some I wouldn't mind checking out at some point. As for Maruko, at least there's an English dub on Youtube - and surprisingly, it sounds pretty good.

       

  2. I love him

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    1. Zaysho

      Zaysho

      But that isn't Mew

    2. iambitter21

      iambitter21

      I luv that little boi as well.

    3. Sean

      Sean

      me whenever Scorbunny is on screen:

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    4. Soniman

      Soniman

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      He's moved on 

    5. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

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      Foul beast begone!

    6. Ellipsis-Ultima

      Ellipsis-Ultima

      @Soniman he evolved too soon imo

  3. I think it's wild how there hasn't been a single good anime since Nichijou aired nine years ago

    1. Cuz

      Cuz

      I'd rebuttal, but I'm presently watching anime from the late 80's... my frame of reference ain't any more modern. 

    2. Cuz

      Cuz

      I hear Jojo's opened a new Bizarre on the corner of Adventure avenue in 2012. Why don't you give them a try? 

      Wait... looking at Nichijou you need some Azumanga Daioh-grade-stuff! Sorry, not really my specialty.  

    3. Wraith

      Wraith

      I heard anime can't start again until they make nichijou 2

    4. Sean

      Sean

      Yuru Camp and Yorimoi are borderline examples of good anime but they're actually seasons 2 and 3 of Nichijou, respectively

    5. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      I thought Yorimoi is a remake of K-ON

    6. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      the dvd set of nichijou is the only anime dvd i have on my shelf

      i don't even know how it got there, i never bought it

      i'm being serious

    7. Your Vest Friend

      Your Vest Friend

      *checks* Madoka came just before it...okay, that's fair.

    8. Tracker_TD
  4. So the Jirachi movie is... actually really good?? In fact it's probably one of my favorite Pokemon movies that I've seen so far. I'm surprised that I don't see a lot of discussion about it. The climax with the kaiju Groudon (which unlike the gross CG in the Celebi movie is almost entirely hand-animated) was insanely cool

    1. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      The movies kinda stopped being talked about around that era with the exception of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew b

    2. NegaMetallix

      NegaMetallix

      It's been years since I last saw the Jirachi movie, but I remember it having some cool moments. I wonder if I've still got the DVD of it somewhere...

      (Also, that Groudon monster at the end is totally some kind of Groudon/Chaos fusion gone wrong.)

  5. Honestly? The Jirachi movie is good so far

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    1. KHCast

      KHCast

      It’s by no means a bad Pokémon movie. (Honestly most of the early few Gens Pokémon films weren’t terrible imo), but I just enjoyed a lot of them more and found them more memorable. For me my top 5 movies (of the ones I’ve seen so far) would probably be:

      -Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

      -Pokemon Heroes

      -Destiny Deoxy’s

      -The First Movie 

      -Entei

    2. Sean

      Sean

      I like the Entei, Latias, and Zeraora movies pretty well. I saw the Celebi one earlier today and it's probably the worst one I've seen so far. Aside from the twist at the end it just had nothing going for it

    3. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      Oh, we doing Pokemon Movie top 5's?!

      1. 2000

      2. Rise of Darkrai

      3. Pokemon Heroes

      4. The First Movie

      5. 4Ever

      Destiny Deoxys and 3 get honorable mentions.

    4. KHCast

      KHCast

      I’ve actually never seen the Zeraora movie. I’m going through the series in order watching the movies when they “roughly” take place, so it’s probably gonna be a while before I see that one lol

    5. Misty Milo

      Misty Milo

      i guess next time, may should...

      ....be careful what she wishes for

    6. Sean

      Sean

      I don't hold the first two movies in terribly high regard. Mewtwo suffers from a rather lame message and a botched dub with an aesop that conflicts with the entire point of the franchise. Although I think Mewtwo's origin story in the first 20 minutes of the Japanese version is fantastic and some of the best material to come out of the Kanto era.

      Lugia's a more enjoyable movie than the first but it's just kinda dumb and not as deep as the first. I still respect the first film somewhat for trying to tell a profound story even if it didn't pan out all that well, and for being explicitly canon with the TV series.

    7. KHCast

      KHCast

      What did you think of the tv special/semi-sequel Mewtwo Returns?

    8. Sean

      Sean

      Haven't actually seen that one yet. I just know that Domino is in it and she is good

    9. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      I will admit that this is all from some old ass memories as I haven't actually watched any of these films in... well, damn near close to a decade at this point haha

      Don't know if I should or shouldn't fix that though as I do have some really fond memories with them. Ones that I'd rather not get obscured by an older eye...

    10. KHCast

      KHCast

      Pokémon 2000 I agree kinda fell into the “it’s just there” pile of Pokémon movies. Nothing really memorable outside Slowking and and the film having the balls to kinda canonize Misty x Ash lol

    11. Sean

      Sean

      I only watched the first two movies as a kid and so most of these films are brand new experiences for me. I've been enjoying my time with them overall. I watched the first three films (as well as Latias and Zeraora) in Japanese, and the dubs for Celebi and Jirachi.

      The Mewtwo movie is the only movie whose dub I think is kind of bad, even though I hold 4Kids's effort with Pokemon in high regard for the most part. They try to change the message of the movie ("Cloned Pokemon are real Pokemon, too" to "Fighting is bad") and it's weird, plus Mewtwo comes off as more villainous than he does in Japanese, where he's just a lost, confused guy struggling for meaning, as opposed to power.

      4Kids did a pretty decent job with the rest of the films, I think. They even commissioned a few brand new scenes for Celebi which I think help elevate it just a bit.

    12. Sean

      Sean

      btw I forgot to mention I have seen the Lucario film in Japanese and liked it, but I think I have to watch it again because I didn't find it as memorable as others hyped it up to be.

    13. Zaysho

      Zaysho

      I think Power of Us (the Zeraora movie) and Lucario and the Mystery of Mew are the most memorable of all the Pokemon movies I've seen. There is Mewtwo Strikes Back too, of course, but that's mostly nostalgia driven for me than anything. Others have some key moments that stick out to me but I have trouble remembering the plots since I admit I usually just watch them for a bit of dumb fun. I would like to really get back into them and maybe check out the ones I haven't seen too.

    14. KHCast

      KHCast

      I rewatched Lucario dubbed just the other day, and, at least for me personally, my biggest compliment and why I hold it in high regards is because of how well I think they handled Lucario and his eventual come around to humans. There legitimately was reason for his distrust in people that Ash eventually came to realize, as his master in his reasonable perception, abandoned him out of the blue, which conjectured against Ash and Pikachu’s dynamic well and gave believable conflict between the two, and I appreciated how he came off as more of a fleshed out Mewtwo (*brawl jokes incoming*)

    15. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      It's between Lucario and Pokemon 3 for my favorite movies. 

       

      I still haven't seen the Power of Us.

    16. Wraith

      Wraith

      I only really have super strong memories of the Mewtwo, Lucario and Manaphy movies. Pokemon 4ever wasn't much but Celebi was always one of my favorite mon so I have a soft spot for it. 

    17. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      1. Lucario 

      2. Spell of the Unknown 

      3. Destiny Deoxys 

      4. Heroes

      5. The Power of One

      I need to rewatch this films for a ranking.

    18. Sean

      Sean

      Oh shit the dub actually keeps the instrumental remix of Advance Adventure. This sounds so good lol

    19. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      Yea, they keep it in the main show too; it's one of the most common pieces of music that's still in the dub during "comeback" moments. 

    20. NegaMetallix

      NegaMetallix

      Off the top of my head, these are probably my favourite Pokémon films (or at least, the ones I remember most):

      - Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

      - The Rise of Darkrai

      - The Power of Us

      - Heroes

      - Destiny Deoxys

      It's been ages since I last watched most of these, though.

    21. Ferno

      Ferno

      Yeah the soundtrack of Jirachi puts it high on my list personally. Also @Sean I love that rendition of the Advance Adventure instrumental specifically because you can tell they intended that to be the "big damn movie" version of that track, sounding more grand like it was done by a big live orchestra vs the regular version used in the TV anime:

       

    22. Sean

      Sean

      Ha, it's so cool that they upgraded it to ridiculous degrees in the movie. I've always had a soft spot for Advance Adventure from the Japanese version, so I'm really glad to hear it in an English dub (I never watched R&S all that much while growing up).

    23. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      I do prefer that guitar riff in the TV version.

  6. Anime fans are bad

    1. iambitter21

      iambitter21

      no need to be so hard on yourself, dude.

    2. Sean

      Sean

      Nah. Every anime fan is bad except me

    3. Celestia

      Celestia

      ^Same

       

       

      Wait.

    4. Sean
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    6. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      Anime was a mistake 

  7. I wish people who didn't like the FFs weren't so weird about it

    1. Wraith

      Wraith

      all sonic fans form their opinions based on people online from 20 years ago that made them mad

    2. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      Like I get it they're from a tv show that was cancelled 20+ years ago so they shouldn't be the main focus but it's like yikes dawg 

    3. E-122-Psi

      E-122-Psi

      In perfect fairness EVERY character gets flak in the Sonic series.

      I feel like the greater divisiveness with the FF specifically is the same as Chris, in that they were designed to be basically co-leads to Sonic (despite arguably being better designed as supporting characters, Sally and Rotor in particular feel more like straight men, while Antoine was largely one-note comic relief before ALSO becoming a straight man). People are wary of the FFs appearing in the new comics for example because they don't want them absorbing screen time from others again and being placed in each story whether they want them there or not. Once again it is management that is always the folly with the Sonic cast.

      Also the other side of coin tend to be just as extreme in their beliefs, we often hear claims the FF are 'better' more rounded characters than the games cast and Archie/Satam writers 'get' how to write Sonic, which I think fuels the disagreers' annoyances even more and galvanises them to call out how their favourite interpretation 'isn't so hot as they think it is' non-stop.

      Where's this heat coming from lately anyway?

    4. Sean

      Sean

      People thinking that the FFs will steal time away from the game characters are basing that on something that is not at all fact

    5. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      They did get more screen time some of the major game characters, so that assessment isn't too far off. 

    6. Sean

      Sean

      That doesn't matter in regards to future appearances in completely separate works.

    7. Wraith

      Wraith

      silly sean. here is my essay on why disliking the FF is ethical

    8. E-122-Psi

      E-122-Psi

      @Sean I think the concerning thing is that generally the FFs rely on a lot of lore and backstory and whatnot to be used properly, and so the choice is either diluting a lot of their appeal or giving them a fairly large amount of screen-time to develop it all.

      Add to that how some of their characters relied on altering the games cast sometimes, especially Sally.

    9. Sean

      Sean

      "It is impossible to incorporate past characters into new work because of their history in the old work"

      Please for more than one second think about why this is incredibly nonsensical reasoning when talking about fiction

    10. Sean

      Sean

      "Time needs to be spent developing them" also doesn't make sense as a complaint. Whenever a new character is introduced in a game, there's going to be time spent developing them. Blaze got a lot of focus in Sonic Rush. Silver got a lot of focus in 2006. Shadow got a lot of focus in SA2. That's kind of how it works.

    11. Wraith

      Wraith

      If there was no time spent on developing them properly, and they were shoved in the background in favor of Tails or whatever that would be the grounds people would use to have them removed for being shallow. 
       
      The truth is that people have an axe to grind with them/their fans and work backwards from there. There's not much logic in pretending like the characters are poison. 

    12. Zaysho

      Zaysho

      Man it's real hard creating a whole new backstory about a princess in a furry kingdom and her friends that Sonic hangs out with for a game. 

    13. Indigo Rush

      Indigo Rush

      They'll whine about Sally and co. but unironically ask for Tom the Cop to make a cameo

    14. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      Is it wrong that I thought you were talking about Final Fantasy?

  8. lol I bought Nocturne on PS2.

  9. A lot of the Japanese Pokemon theme songs are extremely awesome. We're missing out

     

     

    1. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      I had the first Japanese OP stuck in my head for a while.

      "Masara Town ni sayonara bye bye!"

    2. Sean

      Sean

      -looks around with shifty eyes-

       

       

      I like Mezase Pokemon Master more than the original US theme

    3. Ellipsis-Ultima

      Ellipsis-Ultima

      Ikku Zed (Pokemon X and Y's) theme song is real good

    4. KHCast

      KHCast

      At least we got the good shit in the movies 

    5. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      This was the first Pokemon intro I heard and it got me hyped as hell.

    6. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      The one thing 4Kids did right was keeping the instrumental of some opening themes in the dub,. 

    7. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      Eh idk, call it nostalgia but I still genuinely prefer the 4Kids OPs generally. Like most of them are just catchy to an unreal degree.

      That being said, the Japanese theme song for the 11th movie is still my favorite track out of the entire series on both ends so there's that.

    8. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      *Flashes back to watching Ash vs. Gary in the Silver Conference*

       

      Das it mane. 

    9. Sean

      Sean

      Some of the movie themes are really good too. They tend to sound like something out of Ghibli.

    10. Ferno

      Ferno

      I'm still surprised that 4kids pulled a Funimation that one time and actually translated a Japanese movie theme. Heck they even edited it into a duet between the English and original Japanese singer:

      Like where was THIS 4kids more often? Other than this and their leaked scrapped dub of One Piece's "We Are" theme, they never really delved into this sort of thing again.

    11. Sean

      Sean

      Wow I had no idea about that Jirachi song since I've never seen that movie. That's really cool and it makes me wish that TPCI did this sort of thing.

    12. KHCast

      KHCast

      Pokémon Heroes has that Italian sounding theme, I’m forgetting what it was called. I loved that.

       

      Also, slightly random, but fuck the sun and moon US theme song. It’s so dumb sounding 

    13. Ferno

      Ferno

      I feel like TPCI is finally starting to put in more of an effort again tbh. The theme for the latest season is almost as energetic as the Japanese one imo.

      Just wish it had all the harmonious gameboy sounds thrown in to really sound like a counterpart theme tbh:

       

    14. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      I thought the 4Kids Pokémon themes were generally considered to be good regardless of nostalgia. Is that wrong? And then the quality of the themes took an absolutely nosedive when TCPi took over for Battle Frontier. Not all of the post 4Kids themes are bad (especially The Journey Starts Today which might just be my personal favourite), but there are so many stinkers in the mix now. The Alola themes were all the hottest, steaming, lumpy diarrhoea turds ever.

    15. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      The english openings went downhill once 4Kids lost the rights and TPCi took over. The only good one post 4kids is Advance Battle 

    16. Sean

      Sean

      I don't care about any of the dub themes beyond the original but I didn't make this status to throw down on them.

    17. Ferno

      Ferno

      @Dejimon11 4kids did all the Advance Generation themes tho, including Advanced Battle. (also to this day i'm salty that Advanced Challenge is often overlooked, I loved the fast pace of that song, lol) 

    18. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      @Dejimon11 Advanced Battle/Unbeatable was the last theme from 4Kids. Battle Frontier is the first theme from TCPi. Although it's kind of confusing as TCPi took over part way into the Battle Frontier series, so the first handful of Battle Frontier episodes were handled by 4Kids.

    19. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      Yea, 4kids made some great themes up until they lost the rights, can't deny that.

    20. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      I mean Galactic Battle. My mistake.

    21. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      No but seriously, this is my shit.

      I still remember how perfectly this lined up with the movie's trailers... ya know, when they used scenes that weren't actually in the movie... god I remember being so hyped for this one.

      I really do think companies nowadays really do underestimate the power of a good theme song. Imo, you just don't get nearly as much good shit these days across the board on that end.

    22. Sean

      Sean

      I  heard the Giratina movie theme a while back when I was looking for more songs by Crystal Kay. She's good. The second opening for PaRappa the Rapper was one of my favorites back then.

       

    23. iambitter21

      iambitter21

      I always forget that PaRappa had an anime.

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    1. KHCast

      KHCast

      Pikachu in season 1 was all kinds of mood tbh

  11. I didn't know that Korea got an uncut dub of Sonic X, complete with dubbed theme songs. I thought it was just France (and Taiwan? Not sure if they dubbed the songs). Neat.

    It also doesn't have weird instrumentation like the FR version does and the lyrics appear to be more accurate, whereas the FR version throws them out in favor of new lyrics altogether.

  12. I kinda miss early One Piece

    1. Nix

      Nix

      I'm reading through it again and it's so good.

    2. Sean

      Sean

      I've been rewatching from the beginning and keeping to a two-episode-per-day schedule. Specifically I miss the greater emphasis on comedic Looney Tunes-style fights, the smaller cast, the more cartoonish proportions, the not-atrocious female character designs, and the anime's pacing which moved faster than one mile per hour.

      Most shonen anime and manga have growing pains where it takes a while for them to get really good but One Piece has an irresistible, focused charm to it right from the get-go. I think after Water Seven (and maybe even beginning with that) it gradually loses sight of what got me hooked on it in the first place. I think these feelings are an inevitability for me whenever I get into shonen anime and it's why I struggle to call myself a fan of the genre, even though there are a lot of shonen works that I enjoy or have enjoyed at some point.

    3. Adamabba

      Adamabba

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      These were the days.

      There are some elements I miss alot too honestly. At least there's plenty of old school One Piece to rewatch

    4. Ferno

      Ferno

      Everything changed when Haki was fully fleshed out and explained to Luffy (and the readers) imo. It was cool at first but we lost some of the more unique combat situations because of its introduction imo.

    5. Sean

      Sean

      I think haki and the gear system are the worst things to happen to One Piece's combat. The "rubber" aspect of Luffy feels incidental now.

    6. Sean

      Sean

      like a big part of the early fights was that the characters mostly had to use their brains, and it wasn't enough to just "power up" like later on and in Dragon Ball Z or whatever. Luffy figuring out how to defeat Crocodile was fucking ingenius. And when he discovered he was immune to Enel's attacks. I always got more excited for those fights than I did when it became just another power level shonen. IDK

    7. Ferno

      Ferno

      Personally I find the gear system one of the coolest things mainly because its such a unique take on rubber/ stretchy powers in general, but agreed on your main point. Part of me wonders what One Piece would be like if it really was the condensed 5 year story that Oda originally planned. Imagining New World arcs in the old art style for example is a really interesting thought, lol.

    8. Sean

      Sean

      I think it's good that Oda got to expand his story beyond the initial five year plan but yeah I also wonder how that would have turned out. Maybe it would have been an FMA situation where it would be much more tightly plotted and was upfront about working toward a fixed resolution from the beginning.

      And I thought gears were cool too but I guess where I stopped reading it felt like Luffy had been relying on it too much that it lost its luster. Especially when it was implied to be something he should only really use in certain situations but it seemed to be his main method of attack now

    9. Sean

      Sean

      For the record while I haven't read One Piece in a long time, I still consider it along with Hunter x Hunter to be the two long-running shonen I'm most interested in. And even HxH is guilty of shonen power up syndrome in certain arcs. It does some extremely fascinating things with Nen sometimes, especially in the Yorknew City arc, but then you have Chimera Ant where it really just does get all DBZ up the ass and.. yeah. I actually really hate that arc lol

      Now that the final arc for OP is supposedly approaching, I think now's a good time for me to jump back into the manga.

    10. dbzfan7

      dbzfan7

      I know that One Piece rap was the shit. Ya did say early One Piece right?

    11. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      I feel like this is something that's inevitable in every long running Shonen sadly, things start off pretty grounded but gradually escalate to absurdity.

      The only way to avoid that is to just end the series pretty early; Rurouni Kenshin and more recently, Demon Slayer stay relatively grounded and ended early.

       

      I get what you mean though, I don't mind modern One Piece but a youtuber I follow is doing a retrospective of it as he watches it for the first time and it's just so good.

  13. Been playing DDS1 and I immensely appreciate compared to Persona that absolutely everybody shuts the fuck up during battles

  14. My copies of Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2 arrived today, so I'm gonna give the first one a go soon. Hopefully PCSX2 plays nice with it because I don't feel like digging out my PS2.

  15. Kinda want to check out the One Piece movies. I've never seen any of them before

    1. Ferno

      Ferno

      Personally, I would start with either Dead End Adventure, or Strong World. 

    2. Sean

      Sean

      I'm probably going to watch them in order. There's some I'm interested in seeing despite their reputation (like that one directed by Hosoda). Though I'm going to skip the Alabasta/Drum Island movies because I don't see the point in them

    3. Ferno

      Ferno

      Either way you're in for a mostly fun ride. Even though they aren't canon, in a way its just nice to experience new original stories and islands with the characters that you haven't before, with the bonus being more extravagant animation than the regular anime had at the time of each movie's release. I was actually sad when I finished watching them all for that reason, haha.

    4. Sean

      Sean

      Yeah. If anything I prefer them being non-canon, I don't see the need to lock away integral parts of the story if someone wants to just stick to the manga or to the TV anime. And sometimes it's cool when directors and writers want to try something new with an established series without affecting canon.

    5. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      I've heard one of them is extremely dark, but I don't know Wich one.

    6. Sean

      Sean

      @Teoskaven Might be Baron Omatsuri, which was directed by Mamoru Hosoda. Whether it's good or bad, I heard that movie in particular is fucking wild.

    7. Ferno

      Ferno

      @Teoskaven: the dark one is the one directed by the guy who went on to make Summer Wars and other big anime movies, its also the most artsy One Piece movie, with an artstyle way different than any one piece related work either before or after it, also sporting crazy good animation to boot. I'm pretty sure its a fan favorite

    8. Marcello

      Marcello

      Baron Omatsuri is the best one. Though, I haven't seen Stampede yet.

      The Alabasta recap is pretty skippable, but the Drum recap does plenty different that I found it pretty fun.

       

  16. No one told me that Persona 2's normal battle theme goes harder than any of the later ones

     

    1. KHCast

      KHCast

      Ohoho this man is in for a good time listening to P2’s soundtrack 

    2. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      Now people are seeing the light!

    3. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      welcome to the good shit

  17. Do not buy Aeon Must Die

     

    1. KHCast

      KHCast

      If this game still does well financially, my faith in humanity is going to drop just that little bit more 

    2. Soniman

      Soniman

      Way ahead of you,what a fucking mess 

    3. JosepHenry

      JosepHenry

      This game should be cancelled.

    4. iambitter21

      iambitter21

      I don't know what to say without starting any more Sega controversy... but who cares, I gonna say it right now: at least SEGA isn't this toxic...

    5. iambitter21

      iambitter21

      (Sega debate in 3, 2, 1)

    6. blueblur98

      blueblur98

      jesus christ, i thought konami was bad

      this is something else

    7. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      It was one my favorite games shown off at the presentation and then this happened. Maaaan 

  18. I've been listening to a lot of Digital Devil Saga's battle themes lately. Feels like I've been missing out all these years.

     

  19. There's like less than ten episodes left for the Kirby fansub team to do. Never thought I'd potentially see the day when this anime gets fully subbed

    1. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      Oh wow, really? That's awesome! I watched it online before but stopped when there weren't anymore good subs to follow. I'll have to start back over after all of this time!

    2. Sean

      Sean

      Yeah they have a tumblr and Dailymotion where you can check out the newer episodes. Just look up Operation HNK.

    3. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      That's neat. I know the awful feeling thinking a fansub won't ever get finished. PaRappa's anime fansub took forever to actually finish too.

      Might have to give the JP version of RBAY a go sometime.

    4. Emperor Robrainiac

      Emperor Robrainiac

      I took a look at the operation HNK and wow, i recognize the blog runner from the Kirby's Rainbow Resort i used to lurk during my teen years. I was a fan of her Kirby art and a fanfic she wrote.

      Man, I remember when this whole thing started and that she couldnt stand the dubs. I was excited to see them, but was dissapointed that i couldn't watch them due torrent stuff and the only computer available was the family computer...

      Cant belive they're almost finished with the subs. This has been in the works for quite some time.

    5. JezMM

      JezMM

      Oh wow they picked them back up again?  I'd love to see this series through to the end and had given up hope on it ever happening.  Hope they make it there, after all these years I still held out and never watched the dub, will make it all worthwhile.

    6. Soniman

      Soniman

      I was under the impression this WAS fully subbed since the anime is over a decade old damn 

    7. Sean

      Sean

      @JezMM Haha yeah I refuse to watch the Kirby dub not because I think it's awful but because I've already seen almost half of the Japanese version and it would feel completely wrong to switch to the dub without having seen it in its entirety. The subs are already in the 90s, although they skipped episode 83 for some unexplained reason.

  20. Watched the Animal Crossing movie and thought it was cute. I think it'd work well as a TV series.

    1. KHCast

      KHCast

      That’s what I’ve been saying lol. Also I wish they’d dub that and release it over here 

    2. JezMM

      JezMM

      I've always found it baffling that it didn't get dubbed, the art style is almost perfectly on par with the games, I don't think there was anything that would've been weird/hard to localise.  I guess they just didn't deem it profitable enough in the west to release.

  21. Do you like or dislike it when a long anime (more than 26 episodes) has only one opening and/or ending theme?

    1. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      I dunno, I can jam to SONIC DRIVE and Departure every time.

    2. Ferno

      Ferno

      I tend to dislike when a short anime has more than one because the 1st OP and ED become pretty synonymous and in some cases iconic with certain short anime, and more often than not whatever OP/ED follows it up is never as good or memorable imo.

      Edit: I read this whole status wrong

      For a long anime I don't mind if it has multiple intros but the 1st in line better bring the heat since its the "face" of the show

    3. Sean

      Sean

      Departure was what got me thinking about this. I (and many other people, apparently) love that this song is used for all 144 episodes of HxH. I think it makes the viewer more attached to the theme, which feels like a stronger part of the overall show's identity due to the fact that you will be hearing it every step of the journey no matter what plot beats are currently happening. I was looking up DBZ just now and it used Cha-La Head-Cha-La for almost 200 episodes, and I think the sheer mileage out of that theme may have helped contribute to it being considered one of the most famous anime theme songs of all time. As much as I love many of One Piece's earlier opening themes, I sometimes wonder about an alternate universe where it used We Are! for all 900+ episodes, without remixing it in any way. I don't think I would have had a problem with that, to be honest.

    4. Ferno

      Ferno

      To this day I feel like We Are should've been used longer as an opening. I feel like they tried to make up for that later on with We Go being used for a loooot of episodes after it kicked off the timeskip but I feel like eventually people got sick of hearing that one since it still fell short of We Are's greatness even though it still put up a heck of a fight imo.

    5. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      Having one theme really strengthens the show's identity. Cha-La Head-Cha-La became so synonymous with Dragon Ball with repeat usage, that the franchise still doesn't let go of it. Even during season 2 of One Punch Man which had a new opening theme, no one let go of the instant classic of ONE PUUUUUUUUUNCH! And in most cases, the first opening is better known than other openings of that series.

    6. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      Depends on the situation, with shows like Fire Force and Dr Stone, I love both the OPs/EDs. I think it's fine when the OP/ED represents a different arc as a whole - for example - Dr. Stone's second ED being focused more on Senku's father and his past in general, which gets covered heavily in the last 12 episodes of the season.

    7. Adamabba

      Adamabba

      Personally I prefer multiple openings. I'm always excited whenever a new opening pops up and I get new music to jam out to.

      What HxH did was cool with me too. I like that they made new animations for the opening for each arc.

      I can't even imagine the 1st opening of certain long anime being the face of the show. Naruto for example

    8. Ferno

      Ferno

      Yeah Naruto's 1st intro was pretty weak. Doesn't help that we westerners don't have nostalgia for it since it was the only uncut Naruto intro we didn't get on TV airings over here. Everyone here remembers the other intros instead

      Edit: I'll die on the hill that the 1st Shippuden intro was fire tho. Everyone only mentions Distance, Blue Bird (Shippuden OP2 & 3) and beyond but Hero's come back (Shippuden OP1) was great to me

    9. Soniman

      Soniman

      It depends on the anime and it's usually something that's hard to plan for since you never know how long your anime will last or if the first OP is worthy of iconic status to keep it on deck for the long run. But I like when OPS carry more weight in the anime proper than just "yeah we got this band to sing our opening on to the next one" 

    10. Zaysho

      Zaysho

      Depends sometimes, but I know I'll never skip "Smile Bomb"

       

    11. Crow the BOOLET

      Crow the BOOLET

      I love Bakemonogatari (and the Monogatari series in general) for constantly changing openings for every single arc. It adds to the zaniness it has.

       

    12. Celestia

      Celestia

      Usually I don't give it a second thought as long as the new OP/ED is good. I imagine it could be a delicate balance too, like if you're making a 500 ep battle shonen adaptation you'd inevitably at least consider something new to freshen it up a bit, but if you waited too long people are going to be very attached to that song + sequence.

      Also I'm not sure how to explain it but an OP changing feels like a "bigger deal" than endings to me. Might just be the series I've seen happen to change their endings more often or something.

      edit: smh this posted before I was done writing it

    13. Wraith

      Wraith

      If an anime has one opening and it's longer than 26 eps I usually think that's kinda lame no matter how good the OP is, shake it up

    14. Mr Loopone

      Mr Loopone

      Depends and more neutral about the thing in general but then again usually skip opening/ending themes after a few episodes with some rare exceptions. I still think the loads of OP/ED themes are for the record companies to make more money, even series with less than 26 episodes have more than one theme.

      Pink Jacket Lupin wouldn't be the same if it didn't have this as its only opening theme.

  22. Picked up the Digital Devil Saga games on PS2 since they're some of the only SMT games I don't have to take out a college loan for.

    1. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      Great choice. Get ready for a lot of desperation.

    2. Sean

      Sean

      Exploring the wider Megaten franchise beyond Persona is a thing I've been wanting to do but just haven't gotten around to for years. I heard DDS was pretty great and I'm too impatient for Nocturne HD to drop.

      Also this battle theme fucks

       

    3. Teoskaven

      Teoskaven

      I hope the HD version of Nocturne convinces Atlus to port both these and the Raidou Kuzunoa duology as well.

  23. I don't mind Project Hero changing the models to classic (especially since these ones look really awesome) but I'm wondering about how the gameplay will be revamped. I'm just gonna wait and see how it turns out since I really liked PH but felt it could use a little trimming down on abilities.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      A lot of fan games seem to focus on including as many abilities as possible, enough though they're totally worthless in practice or feel grossly forced. Like giving Sonic access to the peel-out, spindash, boost, bounce, slide, kick, roll, homing attack, light dash, light attack, blue tornado, triangle jump, Sonic wind, homing kick, somersault, stomp, wall jump, air dash, double jump, insta-shield and drop dash all because those moves showed up in at least one game in the past. Putting what sounds cool below what plays cool. It's an issue with amateur game design in general, not just Sonic ones  tbh.

    2. Sean

      Sean

      I think fangames could learn a few things from how SRB2 handles abilities, since everything is mapped to either the jump or the spin buttons. I prefer having only a few abilities I can get a lot of mileage from than having numerous that only have very specific utility or are redundant. Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but I really don't think Tails and Knuckles need tail swipe or punch moves in a Sonic game

    3. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      Personally, I just found the mixture of elements from across the games to be refreshing and that direction was why I was following the project to begin with. Was a showcase of how elements from across the series could work hand and hand. It lacked a clear focus in the strictest meaning of the phrase, yes, and could stand some refining but I attributed a lot of that to the simple fact that the gameplay area itself was never built with that in mind. Which is why I was hoping that they had been working on actual levels that specifically offered sections to show off the new movesets at this point.

      Though now, from what I've been reading, they're going back. Trimming away all that, and going a direction that I admittedly just have a lot of reservations towards.

      Like I get it, it ain't something I'm involved in. They should do whatever they want and they deserve to be able to show off this new direction before anything. I also don't agree with a lot of the shit they're getting over on Twitter.

      But at the same time... after really enjoying what they were doing up until now... eh. I know how it is with me being an unapologetic "modern" fan but my concerns run a bit deeper than that here lol.

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      The tail whip and punch are fine if there's any kind of combat, but Sonic games rarely have combat. In SA1 both of these moves are pretty useless. In SA2 however, Knuckles' punches worked out to be fairly useful in the slower treasure hunting levels with a lot of standing enemies. They proved useful just as a means of attacking without stopping.  Games like Heroes introduced actual combat where these moves were needed, but then you have the question of whether or not combat itself is needed (the correct answer is "get that shit out of my sonic game"). Then you've got the Advance games were everyone has pointless attacks mapped to the B button for the very sake of copying the Adventure games.

      If you're going for a basic platformer, especially a Sonic one, simple melee attacks just aren't needed at all. There are better ways to handle enemies.

    5. Sean

      Sean

      I don't see changing the model as abandoning modern Sonic (as a style). It's just a design. If it had started out with a placeholder classic Sonic model from Generations before using a custom-made modern Sonic model that isn't just lifted from Unleashed like almost all other 3D fangames, then I would have had the same reaction as I do now. We don't know the extent to which Hero will change the gameplay, which is why I want to see what he does with it before deciding whether the direction PH is taking is different from what made me interested in the first place.

      Moreover I don't get why people have been so up in arms over this change. It's just a fangame.

    6. KHCast

      KHCast

      “Was a showcase of how elements from across the series could work hand and hand”

      Really? It looked a bit bloated and like there was a lack of cohesion in making the moves work with one another 

    7. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      Again, I attributed that to the systems only ever existing in a literal test world and not a clear level with an actual end goal.

    8. Celestia

      Celestia

      I think basic attacks are reasonable additions in a 3D game. In fact you can blame Advance for making people be against them in 2D because they're pretty useless, but that may even just be because of how they work--Knuckles' punch is much more satisfying in SA2 than SA1, let alone the Advance games, because he can also use it while moving.

    9. Sean

      Sean

      I wouldn't get rid of everything, but compared to rolling or a spin dash, tail swipes and punches don't have much advantage in a game where I want to keep moving forward as often as possible. I would keep certain abilities like Knuckles' drill dive move or Tails being able to attack (whether it's swiping or throwing ring bombs) while flying in the air, though.

    10. Indigo Rush

      Indigo Rush

      They key to what makes combat in the original games (and 3D Sonic games that aren't like Heroes or 06) work is that it's inherently tied with platforming and forward movement. Sonic's jump (platforming) defeats most enemies, Sonic's spindash/roll (movement) defeats most enemies, and even the homing attack, bounce, air dash and boost have implications for combat alongside platforming and movement.

      The issue with Tails' tail attack and Knuckles' punches are that in execution, they've only worked as a means to defeat an enemy and not as a means to platform or maneuver around. It's not an inherently wrong approach, but it does contrast Sonic's philosophy of maintaining your momentum. You could either lean in on those differences and diversify the experience further than Sonic 3K/Mania does, or you could retool Tails' and Knuckles' repertoire somewhat so their offensive moves contribute at the very least to either movement or platforming, ideally both.

    11. CommodoreXP

      CommodoreXP

      In my case, I only hope they don't get rid of the extreme gears!

      Seriously, Project Hero captures quite a lot of the original Riders game.

    12. Sean

      Sean

      The extreme gear would make an awesome special stage gimmick in a 3D Sonic game

    13. iambitter21

      iambitter21

      no kidding, I LOVE the riders board, it's clean, it's refined and it's amazing.

    14. Celestia

      Celestia

      Yeah whenever I've thought about movesets for Sonic games I've tried to think about alternate uses for each move. It's kind of boring if it just does one thing all the time.

      Not to bring up another topic entirely but it's like how Wisps in Colours usually had at least a couple different things they could interact with, but they've actually regressed since then. (Only recent exception I can think of is drill still being usable in water in LW but there was no point to those sections, lol.)

    15. iambitter21

      iambitter21

      oh and also, if he's gonna take inspiration from something, it has gotta be from that Irish man with the green hoodie who literally made the sonic bible. specifically the third column of the sonic bible. praise the third column of the sonic bible, PRAISE IT!

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  25. Been watching the Powerpuff Girls Z dubbed and it's pretty fun. The dub script seems like an improvement over the fansubs I watched years ago.

    1. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      I watched the first twenty or so episodes a good amount of years back, but found the show pretty fun. It's a fun twist on PPG, as long as you don't expect an exact 1:1 to the original show. I liked a lot of the ways they recreated villains (Sedusa, Mojo and Fuzzy off the top of my head). 

      At the time as well, I thought it was novel to age the girls up too, and making them friends, as opposed to sisters, since in the context of the time, it was when the original show had really run out of steam after Season 6, so putting them into a new dynamic was a welcome change that introduced a lot of new ideas, like each girl having their own different family and such. 

      I don't think it holds a candle to the original show, but I think it can be appreciated for what it tried to do differently, especially considering the reboot came out attempting to redo the original show and ended up failing spectacularly. I think PPGZ still has value as a show because it at least did so much differently that it didn't try to compete with the original show, as much as it was just a different interpretation by a different culture - similar to the Ninja Turtles.  

      The main thing I disliked was the changes to the Professor. His family didn't really add much to the show at all.

    2. Sean

      Sean

      Honestly I find PPGZ far more enjoyable than anything PPG-related outside of the first four seasons and movie. I watched several episodes of the subbed version years ago and had forgotten about it until now. And the dub is a pretty solid effort that brings it back a little closer to the original PPG's naming conventions (the girls' names, Tokyo City becoming New Townsville, etc.), although the changed BGM and shortened OP/ED themes are disappointing.

    3. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      That's pretty much what I think of the show as well. I understand a lot of people dislike a lot of the ideas PPGZ has, but I think looking at them now, especially with hindsight goes to show how much of an interesting shake-up it was. Seasons 5 and 6 of the original show was when the show had run out of ideas and was essentially just going on for the sake of it, while the reboot is just plain terrible, erasing a lot of the good stuff from the original show, and replacing it with crap.

      PPGZ is pretty enjoyable because not only does it retain the charm of the original PPG (Especially in the dub where there's an active effort to bring it a bit more to the show, as you said), but the ideas it has is really creative. I really liked some of the re-imaginings as well to make villains not just constantly evil. I might be misremembering, but IIRC - Sedusa was just a dorky girl who ended up corrupted into someone obsessed with beauty, and she still continued to go to the PPG's school, while Morbucks and Blossom actually had a friendship. 

      Obviously not everything it did was great, but I do think a lot of it is admirable. It feels like a good update, while remaining respectful to the source.

    4. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      Also I had totally forgotten about the EDs, they were pretty good.

      It's not full anime, obviously, but it reminds me of the EDs TMNT 2K3 got for it's Japanese release:

       

    5. Sean

      Sean

      That TMNT theme is fire

      The Japanese dub for PPG also had some of its own themes that I thought were pretty neat:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbDCgIWI0js

    6. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      I actually didn't know that the original show got Japanese EDs too. For some reason, it always tends to surprise me with American shows get proper Japanese EDs.

      TMNT had a ton of them too. Everybody is just my particular favourite - these are the others:

       

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