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GM Rednal wrote:
I think Rokka has... six volumes out? Pretty sure they adapted two for the anime, so that's enough for only a second and third season at the same pace.
Maybe he just likes it THAT much? I'm hoping Actually, I Am gets additional seasons (they certainly have enough source material), and my wife still holds out some insane hope for additional seasons of Claymore and Bodacious Space Pirates.
I rate the first one at either 'Fat Chance' or a Joker laugh.
The second is slightly higher, but if they can't be bothered to even give an official subbed release for the sequel film in the US, I think that one has likely run it's course.
Charon's Little Helper wrote:
Or maybe the name of my favorite badge in the old City of Heroes game....
Saved The World....For Later
Why would a villain save the world? Because it was some other villain taking it over this time!
I would say that there is a chance for it to be either human, assimar, or teifling
This, and the possibility of Aasimar (Peri) are the answers I like best.
Speaking of snarky intellectual gibberish.....
Well, Char and Rei are, although Rei certainly owes he existence to a long line of mysterious, quiet girls. Shana, assuming you mean Shanna from Shakugan no Shana, is pretty much copying all sorts of tsundere tough girls so I wouldn't really say she's heavily copied.
Shana clones have a little more to them than just being tsundere.
Certainly not copied to the level of Char and Rei, though. Although, is anyone copied to the level of Rei?
The Gungans weren't bad - I think the issue was one in particular.
The worst part about the lightsaber duel for me was the double-bladed monstrosity Darth Maul was using. After that, the crossguarded thing from the new trailer is incredibly tame.
Freehold DM wrote:
What is Masekre?
I spelled it a bit wrong - It's a portmanteau word combining massacre and Macek, used in reference to dub jobs which completely rewrite the original (rather than changes made due to cultural/language/slang differences).
Freehold's unquestioning hate of Joss Wheadon is matched only by his idolatrous love of Yoshiyuki Tomino.
I knew a guy who was like that over Robotech, who would insist that anything involving any remotely similar theme was an unwatchable rip-off, even Macross continuations and Gundam. After he ranted over the original being a rip-off of the Masekre redub I concluded that his opinion on anime wasn't worth the time it took to listen.
Freehold DM wrote:
One of my favorite book series was done on a dare by an author asking for two really bad ideas - so I think most 'bad ideas' really boil down to bad execution, or trying to cram something into a narrative that no longer fits (which is really just a specific form of bad execution when you think about it).
Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
I looked on Amazon but they only had the manga in japanese.
I got my BluRay for Dusk Maiden of Amnesia yesterday. Already loaded up the soundtrack, although the big song from the series isn't on it. :(
On a 'what I am watching currently' note, the big shows currently are Arslan and Shana. Although I must say the original Silvermask design was much, much more awesome than some guy in a steel domino mask.
Shana is neat partly because it's the series that launched a thousand clone characters (I have to watch Evangelion for the same reason).
The stiff as a board part might be attributed to the off-screen stuff that was happening with him (also why he left after the first season).
I can only infer that they might not have been able to get the Jason Rusch actor back and didn't want to recast. I'm probably wrong, but it's at least a possibility.
Matthew Morris wrote:
That does make it difficult to be a recurring guest star, and from an actor's perspective - a regular role is greater than a recurring guest role.
We know that no matter what, G'Kar or whoever he was playing did it. He was, after all, the one armed man. :P
Happened to a friend at a convention. There was a Star Trek vs Star Wars panel - he mentioned liking them both to the consternation of everyone on it, then mentioned B5 and the trek guys started to lose it.
Well, when Mrs. Star Trek herself appeared on B5 I think many of them were quite unhappy.
It happened once for storyline purposes (the female character got married in game to a noble house - part of that is providing an heir). The GM allowed her to use an equal level character until the childbirth happened in game (one story arc of about a month or two of real time), even providing magic items to the temporary character - and allowing the XP earned to apply to the main character.
Otherwise, it's just assumed that the characters are using effective birth control, since springing it on players outside of story purposes isn't fun for the one on the receiving end - and FUN is the entire reason we play the game.
On a related note, we have had background events take characters out of the game for story purposes, and the same rules have applied when things happen to those players as well. It's often used as an excuse to try out stuff from a shiny new gamebook that just came out.
I was always under the impression that the Vorlons and Shadows were grouped as part of the First Ones, just sort of the last of the first ones to come along.
The guide was written from the human perspective at the start of the show - at the time the Vorlonns were just thought to be really old (and extremely enigmatic), and nobody on Earth had a clue about the Shadows.
IIRC, the B5 RPG had a pretty simple tech level chart of 1 through 7. Humans were a 3, Centauri a 4, Minbari a 5, Vorlonns a 6, and the First Ones a 7. The big difference between 6 and 7 was that at 6, humans still understood the theory behind how it worked, even if the actual nuts and bolts were centuries beyond them. At a 7, not even the base science behind it was understood.
And Bester was an awesome guy you love to hate. For some reason, I always picture him when the A Perfect Circle cover of the Beatles 'Imagine' played on the radio. Maybe because the tone they sang it in changed the vibe from 'imagine how wonderful this could be' into 'imagine having no choice.'
Yesterday I got a reminder that voice acting can be mucked up by the director as well. Watching Ai Yori Aoshi I got jarred by the fact that the 'American' girl was voiced in a redneck twang - despite the fact that she has lived in Japan since she was five, and needs to stop and think in order to speak English. I can only consider it to be a truly stupid decision on the part of the director.
I can't fault the voice actress (Wendee Lee), seeing as she has been in some of the better dubs I have seen (including Faye Valentine in Cowboy Bebop).
On the front for other anime - I am watching Kaze No Stigma, Dokkoida!?, and will probably start on Shana after those have been finished.
And then the Mimbari and Centauri fighters with their singularity reactors flip Newton the bird.
The Cenaturi fighters couldn't do that from the write-ups I remember. While they had anti-grav tech, it required size to pull off. One of Londo's potential heirs was in awe of the Star Fury in the 10 years after shorts.
The Minbari stuff, yeah. They could put grav generators into a ring Delenn wore on her finger.
The heirachy of how badass space fighters were in B5 is pretty much ranked - Minbari, then Star Furies, then everything else.
David knott 242 wrote:
The finale had been filmed already at the end of season 4 - then they were told they actually did get a 5th season.
The last episode of what we think of as season 4 was actually shot as the first episode of season 5, but put in as a placeholder to keep the series finale as the actual series finale.
As far as the hard sci-fi goes, my favorite part of that is actually the human space-fighters (the Star Fury for show watchers), an actual, honest, acts-like-an-actual-SPACE-fighter instead of the airplanes-in-space we see in other shows/films.
Well, she started out as just a fellow gamer, then started dating the guy (who rotated as a GM in those days). Her 'I want to turn the game into a solo adventure for....ME!' crap got much, much worse a couple of years after they started dating).
The real fun part in that game (for me, anyways) was that the GM allowed me to play a techno-mage, and I spent a lot of time re-hijacking the plot away from her.
Mark Norfolk wrote:
A few years back my gaming group ran a B5 rpg campaign, and the GM put us in the middle of the Green-or-Purple clash. By chance, two of us were wearing green shirts that day, and the GM's girlfriend (who annoyed many of us by her constant 'I am only with the group, not part of it crap') was wearing purple. Also by chance, we were sitting on either side of her (the Drazi bit wasn't mentioned until after), and we both put on our best axe-crazy grins, pointed at our shirts, then hers.
Her freakout was worth it....
I'm planning on picking up the manga collections when they hit the market next year. One of the things the writer enjoys doing is using a near-identical page layout (complete with characters taking up the exact position on page) with different characters and getting different results in the same situation.
There are also a few characters that appear in the manga we haven't seen in the anime. Nagisa's brother - who she idolizes until she gets to spend more time with him, Rin - Asahi's granddaughter from the future, and Karen - the fallen angel/demon who is just too nice to pull it off (although she has an axe-crazy smile that could put ALUCARD to shame).
So if the op weighs the same as a duck, that means.....
Jester David wrote:
That, and I don't think JMS actually sees any money from it. Basically, if there is a fire at a set tomorrow, they can charge it to B5 profits for purposes of sticking it to JMS's share.
Blayde MacRonan wrote:
From those guys, I expect nothing less than something so violent that Alec and his Droogs might balk, all performed by dastardly villains and antiheroes that seem only slightly more sane than what they fight.
Looks like my expectations have been met - this is going in the 'watch' pile.
Just be sure to let us know what you think after watching a few episodes.
My wife and I are currently watching Kaze No Stigma, as a break from all the comedy anime we have been watching recently.
Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna, I'd recommend Actually, I Am for you - the girls all have more developed personalities, and not all of them want to get with the main male character (it's about a 50/50 split among the 6 with speaking roles). And they even manage a pool episode without falling to fanservice. It's much more of an anime rom-com than a harem series - although it does have some of the tropes. The manga is being released in the US under the title My Monster Secret - which is not anywhere near as good a title (since the words Actually, I Am tend to get used alot in the series, or more along the lines of The Truth Is, I Am). Possibly even better is the anime jumps around the manga chapters enough that reading it might not be as spoiler-ey as one would think.
Or because people enjoy things you don't like........
Not quite as bad as the German Captain who sank his sub by flushing....
And what other options that other gamers in your area actually play. You can pick up any other game system, but if no one around plays it (especially if it because they are already invested in other things) then you have just wasted your money.
Having watched the first season of Is This a Zombie? I have picked up a better appreciation for Monster Musume. The ladies in the latter all have more depth after their introductory episode than the ladies from the former had after a full season - with more variation between the personalities as well.
and Greylurker, I have a question about your last post - what was the other one?
That, and when he leaves after saying it Mr. Morden the first time, he waves at him again, just like he said he would. For a guy who comes across as pretty spineless when introduced, Vir was damn cool as the first person to openly despise Morden (aside from Kosh, of course).
And I love the exchange they had later.
"Anything I can do to help, Vir?"
"Short of dying...No, can't think of a thing."
IIRC, the conflict started during the war, but continued after (like many of them do - with all wars). Unfortunately, it's been several years since I saw it, and it wasn't one of the truly excellent docs like The Journey of English, or an amazingly funny one like Historyonics.
IIRC the one in particular was about all the smaller conflicts that erupted after the Civil War, with the incident I mentioned being only one part, culminating with the leader of the natives basically stealing the price that had been put on his head.
To be fair, Actually, I Am tends far more towards the Rom-Com side of things than Harem-Comedy side. Nobody lives with Asashi, and it's obvious from the start who the official couple is. And very few fanservice moments - they managed a pool episode and didn't make me feel like any shots of not-Shiho were on the fanservice side. Even with an ample figure, Youko in a bikini seems to fall more into cute than sexy. It's probably the smile. Or the fact that she has kind of earned her fan-nickname of 'Dumb-pire'.
I remember seeing a History Channel documentary about a native tribe that was pressed into building a fort in the Carolinas during the Civil War, partly because the conditions were so bad that no actual slave owner was willing to risk his 'investment' by providing any labor.
Well, JMS did initially offer it as an outline for a Star Trek series....they told him it would never work. Then they launched a completely original idea that he had nothing to do with called Deep Space Nine.
That depends on what you prefer in your TV. The show gets truly epic in seasons 2-4, but there are bright spots in seasons 1 and 5. It's been a while since I have watched, and as a result my memories blur the great stuff with the dull stuff (especially as the foreshadowing starts to pay off), so I can't tell you exactly where.
Outpacing the manga has never been a problem for anime programs. See the first versions of Record of Lodoss War, Hellsing, and Fullmetal Alchemist.