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So yeah, this is pretty much the greatest comic book ever and most wonderful movie to ever come out in modern history. Who'd have thought?

I'll admit that I really only got into Scott Pilgrim in general once I saw the trailer for the upcoming film and was appropriately blown away. I never really went out of my way to look into the comic (I've heard its name before and have seen avatars of it around here), so the trailer gave me a good idea of what to expect from it. However, I decided to read the books in the span of a day right before watching the adaptation, and I was not disappointed. For those who aren't in the know, Scott Pilgrim is about a boy who wants to get the hot girl, yet has to defeat her evil ex-boyfriends to win her heart. And yes, he is a bad, bad dude - and a slacker douchebag, to boot. The story is a mix of youth romance and video games, with a healthy dose of unbelievable battle sequences thrown in. It embraces video game niches, crappy amateur bands, and THE POWER OF LOVE like nobody's business.

The movie adaptation is undoubtedly good. If you can't imagine Michael Cera kicking ass to the music of The Prodigy, then prepare to piss your pants at the reality of the situation. Everything about it is so over-the-top, yet it doesn't revel in campiness like some other movies of its kind would. It just came out today (or yesterday, or the day before, WHATEVER MAN) in most English-speaking countries, so you owe it to yourself to check this out.

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I have to admit I know just about nothing but the basics of the series, but I've been seeing all the hype for it lately and I can't help but think it's a bit overrated. I mean, I've seen the game in action and it looks like fun but it doesn't seem to be anything special. The movie trailer was entertaining and got a few smiles out of me but again... just nothing particularly amazing.

I'm actually pretty interested in checking it out because of all the praise, but it still sounds like it's not all people claim it to be. Just my two cents.

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Scott Pilgrim is about a boy who wants to get the hot girl, yet has to defeat her evil ex-boyfriends to win her heart. And yes, he is a bad, bad dude - and a slacker douchebag, to boot.

God why does everything sound like and or is comparable to No More Heroes recently.

Seriously guys.

Also this is exactly my favorite kind of story. Torrenting comics now.

hey that took five seconds. man, i was hoping for a fuckload of comics.

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I've had a wee bit of interest in the comic for a while now. I never managed to actually read it, though.

I hope to see the movie before my vacation is over. It looks like the tits!

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See, I'm almost tempted to at least check this series out, but from the plot overview it just seems so... shallow? D: Isn't there anything deeper to the plot that fighting exes, or is it just an 'badass-action-for-the-sake-of-badass-action' kind of thing?

If nothing else I at least want to have an idea of what it's like if and when I go into it. Because sometimes, mis-assumptions can ruin something as well. It didn't help I went into Gurren-Lagann knowing nothing of it other than that it was supposedly 'over the top and cool', and somehow went in expecting something semi-dark and serious. Which probably didn't help my enjoyment of the series. D:

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I've had a wee bit of interest in the comic for a while now. I never managed to actually read it, though.

I just finished the very first novel.

People literally turn into coins when they lose a fight. Also power of love defeats all.

This is literally out of fucking nowhere all the way out of left field through every fucking suspension device my disbelief had, right out of a slightly sappy romance novel that was actually a little endearing.

It's pretty much the best thing ever.

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See, I'm almost tempted to at least check this series out, but from the plot overview it just seems so... shallow? D: Isn't there anything deeper to the plot that fighting exes, or is it just an 'badass-action-for-the-sake-of-badass-action' kind of thing?

Pfft, obviously you don't know how intense that is. I had to battle it out with my girlfriend's evil exes. That included two bisexual flings, a body builder, a gangbanger, and a goddamn pornstar. I'm joking about the last bit(atleast I thought he was), but all in all, it some serious shit. It wasn't cool, man.

Anyways, I tried to see this movie while I was at Citywalk in Universal with my family, but no one wanted me to indulge my nerdy interests because they didn't see anything they wanted to see. In fact, they were dissappointed that the Lottery Ticket was out yet. Sad face means I'm sad. :(

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See, I'm almost tempted to at least check this series out, but from the plot overview it just seems so... shallow? D: Isn't there anything deeper to the plot that fighting exes, or is it just an 'badass-action-for-the-sake-of-badass-action' kind of thing?

If nothing else I at least want to have an idea of what it's like if and when I go into it. Because sometimes, mis-assumptions can ruin something as well. It didn't help I went into Gurren-Lagann knowing nothing of it other than that it was supposedly 'over the top and cool', and somehow went in expecting something semi-dark and serious. Which probably didn't help my enjoyment of the series. D:

There's more to it than the basic plot. Way more.

Honestly the best part about Scott Pilgrim is its character interactions, and Scott's evolution from a total jerkass to someone with a credible ounce of dependability. The comic is pretty much about realizing your shortcomings and actually trying to do deal with them. And along the way, there is something deeper than simply fighting for the one you love: characters learn to respect and fight for themselves.

This is nothing like Gurren Lagann; its intensity is more "subtle" than anything (a paradox, I know) and it focuses more on these characters' personal lives than it does on the action. Seriously, Scott could be fighting a giant robot in one scene but the action is regulated to be the backdrop for two other characters bonding together and becoming friends while at a party.

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So, how seriously does the series take itself? Again, I suppose I want to have a rough idea in advance, so that if I do ever give the series a shot, I'll go in knowing what I should be expecting so that it doesn't disappoint due to me expecting it to be something it isn't based on first impressions.

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Yes! I absoloutely love this series and can't wait for the movie. My only gripe with the movie is that Wallace isn't quite as dashingly attractive as I imagine him to be in the comic, but I can live with that. I'll wait and see how he acts too. Can't wait for the 25th when it's finally out here in the UK.

I too decided to read the comic after seeing the trailer, after being skeptical before.

Farnsworth, give the wonderful man who drew this your money. >8I

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So, how seriously does the series take itself? Again, I suppose I want to have a rough idea in advance, so that if I do ever give the series a shot, I'll go in knowing what I should be expecting so that it doesn't disappoint due to me expecting it to be something it isn't based on first impressions.

It takes itself half-seriously, but only the emotional, dramatic parts. And it's hard for it not to, as it deals with romance, old flings, and personal demons. Rarely does it tread on melodrama, but when tensions rise between characters, it's over a believable cause, and it never devolves into wangst. It's really hard for me to explain, but for example, when characters break up in the comic, it doesn't just focus on that breakup, but everything else that's going on in their lives.

Seriously, don't think too hard about what you feel your initial expectations should be. Just go into the comic thinking "it's a romance with video game fight scenes," and don't worry about it.

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So yeah, this is pretty much the greatest comic book ever and most wonderful movie to ever come out in modern history. Who'd have thought?

Well, someone's a little biased. :P

I kid, I kid. I still wanna read the comics/watch the movies, I've only heard good things about both of them. It's a shame I've only just found out about both of them.

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Well, someone's a little biased. :P

Everyone's a little bit racist biased.

I watched the animation yesterday. Apparently it's just one short; I was expecting there to be more down the road. It was okay, but definitely not enough to satisfy me.

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Scott Pilgrim really is pretty much the best comic ever. Such a huge fan of the series, Volume 6 was fucking amazing.

I wish I lived in America because the movie isn't out here yet, and in Sweden I don't even see a release date set. It's not coming out the UK date over here and the publish date seems to be in October as of now which painfully sucks balls, but I'll atleast have the game until then.

Multiple endings will allegedly have Scott end up with different girls. Kim Pine romancing fuck yes.

Also Wallace is my god.

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Scott's evolution from a total jerkass to someone with a credible ounce of dependability.

See I'm not getting a jerk vibe from this guy at all. Am I missing something or what? Because everyone kinda says they hate him at least once, but it seems to be like some sort of friendly joke. He's not done anything really wrong so far, in fact, it's just been the people he knows who have done things really wrong.

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I saw the movie last night. It was pretty damn good, and a couple of the gags* really took me by surprise. Not the best movie of all time or anything, but certainly worth seeing.

I still haven't read the comics yet, though. S'pose I should get on that, although it always feels a little weird to get into something really quickly after it gets a mainstream adaptation. It makes me feel like a tool.

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Seinfeld theme. Vegan police. WUT.

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See I'm not getting a jerk vibe from this guy at all. Am I missing something or what? Because everyone kinda says they hate him at least once, but it seems to be like some sort of friendly joke. He's not done anything really wrong so far, in fact, it's just been the people he knows who have done things really wrong.

Eh... you'll find out in later volumes I guess. Scott's not a bad person per say, but he can be a bit of a dick.

I still haven't read the comics yet, though. S'pose I should get on that, although it always feels a little weird to get into something really quickly after it gets a mainstream adaptation. It makes me feel like a tool.

This is a really silly mentality that bothers me. I don't think that something's status as mainstream should affect someone's enjoyment of something or how they become interested in it. I am of the belief that the better something is, the more people that should be getting into it by any means necessary. I would know, since I often pester people to watch something I am currently watching. Just as long as it's not overshadowed by another medium, it can do nothing but good to get more people interested.

Stuff like Oldboy though, well I haven't seen the Korean adaptation, but I'm a little disappointed that barely anybody knows of the manga in comparison.

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I've read all 6 and I don't see Scott as a jerk either. He's just kind of an idiot and lazy. The only reason his friends "hate" him is because he seems to get through life just fine with little effort, hell, half the theme of the series is him realising this won't work forever and getting over it.

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Scott really came off as self-centered and indecisive to me. He believes himself to be great, when he's really not. Not to mention how he acted in the past and a bunch of stuff he did in flashbacks.

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Eh... you'll find out in later volumes I guess. Scott's not a bad person per say, but he can be a bit of a dick.

I just need to read the sixth book and I'll be done. He's not a bad person at all. He's kind of spaced out sometimes, and he's kinda dorky, but he's not a dick at all. Everyone around him is a dick because he's so oblivious to things sometimes, but that's not him being a dick.

Hell, I'd say he's the most innocent one in the entire story. The only real mean thing he did was take so long to ditch Knives, and then everyone kind of overreacted over it.

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Scott really came off as self-centered and indecisive to me. He believes himself to be great, when he's really not.

Okay well that sounds exactly like me so I think that may be a reason why I don't see the dickishness.

Except I'm actually really great.

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