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I just realized I don't think I ever said which aliens I wrote for AA3. The last time it came up in this thread the book hadn't been released and they were going to be mentioned in the Twitch stream. I wrote the Dromada They're a group of very skittish herd people, who on their world have been a prey item of other creatures. The other I wrote is the Kothama. These are massive mammoth like contemplatives that spend their lives contemplating the cosmos.


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I like the skittish space camels and sagacious floof beasts.


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I personally want to thank you for creating the Dromada, I never even realized we needed savory space camels until I opened up Alien Archive 3.

Thanks, keep up the good work!

What pray tell led or inspired you to go down that road.


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Question part the first) Have you ever seen Dragon Ball? What about Dragon Ball Z? What about Dragon Ball Z Abridged?

Question part the second) What do you think of any of them?

Question part the bonus) Have you seen Saint Saya (sp?) and what do you think of that?

Question part the third-or-fourth-depending) Who's got two thumbs and now owns the AA3...? :D Ttthhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiis g-


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Hey, another question: have you seen Tiger & Bunny and if so, what do you think of it?

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Thank you! I am really proud of the Dromada!

I was asked to write a skittish prey creature. But everyone knows how much I love cows so I was told it couldn't just be cow people. So I kind of just went with what seemed like a reasonable development for that kind of creature. Jackrabbit like hind legs for fast and powerful movement means they can run away really well. They eye stalks are mostly so they can have all around vision. The camel like heads were mostly because I like the droopy, kind of dopey look of camels. I had a lot of fun writing them, and I may have chuckled a bit as I added "tasty" to their stat block.

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I have seen some bits of the various Dragonball shows. But not enough to know much about them beyond they sure do spend a lot of time training and staring at eachother while sweat beads up on their foreheads.

I don't think I have seen any of Saint Saya or Tiger & Bunny. Anime has never really been a thing for me really. I think I just missed it becoming a very popular US thing. When I was in high school the local artsy theater got things like Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Akira, The Wings of Honneamise, and The Record of the Lodoss War from time to time, and I sometimes went to watch them. But outside of that they weren't very common or accessible. I guess some of the Saturday morning cartoon stuff I watched was anime? Silverhawks, Voltron, etc. So maybe I have watched more than I think? But it seems like it really became a thing here in the US shortly after I graduated. But as a result I am not very familiar with most and will watch it if something catches my attention for some reason, but typically don't go looking for it (I have some toys for a line called Shinkalion and discovered there is an anime for it, so if that ever makes it's way to the US I will likely give it a watch). But it is usually a safe bet to assume I haven't seen them.

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Oops, I missed the last part of one of your posts. I hope you are enjoying AA3! I can tell you which creatures my coworkers in CS did if you'd like!


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Diego Valdez wrote:
Oops, I missed the last part of one of your posts. I hope you are enjoying AA3! I can tell you which creatures my coworkers in CS did if you'd like!

I'm always up for more info!


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Diego Valdez wrote:
I have seen some bits of the various Dragonball shows. But not enough to know much about them beyond they sure do spend a lot of time training and staring at eachother while sweat beads up on their foreheads.

That's more than fair!

My favorite conceptual series is the original Dragon Ball. It has some problematic elements that haven't aged well, but I enjoy the blend of fantasy and sci-fantasy (it never actually reaches any real "science" - just fantasy science).

The majority of my memories of the series were probably from DBZ, because as a teen at the time it was the hotness. And it was pretty cool! ... at the time.

The majority of the DBZ episodes are "filler" - even the non-filler episodes. Some of the filler is great. Having recently watched DBZ:A, however, it's actually hard to watch the original. It also takes a number of steps away from the whimsical fantasy of the original DB, which isn't inherently bad, but does bother me in retrospect (as various fantasy creatures and elements slowly vanish and are replaced with, "It's aliens." - this isn't inherently bad, but a lot of things vanish without explanation in the background, too; I didn't notice this at the time, but it does bother me, now).

I've not actually seen anything beyond DBZ - so no GT or Super for me, though I know those exist (though GT is pretty broadly panned as 'bad and should feel bad').

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I don't think I have seen any of Saint Saya or Tiger & Bunny. Anime has never really been a thing for me really. I think I just missed it becoming a very popular US thing. When I was in high school the local artsy theater got things like Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Akira, The Wings of Honneamise, and The Record of the Lodoss War from time to time, and I sometimes went to watch them. But outside of that they weren't very common or accessible.

I recently (as in today) finished Saint Saya, and I have to admit, it didn't grab me. That said, I suspect my reasons for not strongly relating to it are shallow - I wasn't as into the art style and or a few similar things that just made me shrug. I think the storytelling was probably fine.

Tiger & Bunny was something that I ignored for a while because I thought it was a weird-looking series and I just... didn't understand it. And then I decided to watch the preview, and was hooked. I watched it. Twice. Then shared it with my kids. It... is not the best anime series I've ever seen. But it worked for me. Unfortunately, it left Netflix (the only way I can easily access things) this past October 15th, so I'm not sure where it's available.
(I know you're avoiding Netflix, which is fair.)

I remember lots of talk around Ninja Scroll and Akira. I actually saw the latter, eventually, and didn't really understand the hype - I hated all the characters and the plot was dumb. (It's not, really, but that's how I felt at the time. It is, however, not the best.)

I loooooooooooooooooved Record of Lodoss War (the OVA, not the series). I remember first seeing it on the oooooooooooold Sci-Fi channel Saturday anime thing. I loved it so much I got a job, saved up and purchased the (at the time) very-expensive DVDs. I was disappointed at the rapidity of the climax and resolution, but I loved it, otherwise. I'm not sure how it would hold up today, because I let a friend borrow the DVDs, and have never seen them since. I vaguely credit it with getting me into D&D at all.

I have seen the series since then, however, and... it does not hold up. It wasn't bad, but it just wasn't as good (or melodramatic, which I might have confused as "good" as a young lad) as the original.

I've never seen The Wings of Honneamise or really heard of it, so that's cool! I'll have to look it up!

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I guess some of the Saturday morning cartoon stuff I watched was anime? Silverhawks, Voltron, etc. So maybe I have watched more than I think? But it seems like it really became a thing here in the US shortly after I graduated. But as a result I am not very familiar with most and will watch it if something catches my attention for some reason, but typically don't go looking for it (I have some toys for a line called Shinkalion and discovered there is an anime for it, so if that ever makes it's way to the US I will likely give it a watch). But it is usually a safe bet to assume I haven't seen them.

Oh my word, Silverhawks! Oh yeah! Awesome show intro show (no, I was right the second time) intro! I count it up there with my childhood favorites right alongside Bravestarr!

I actually never watched Voltron, so that sort of show was not something I was really exposed to until Power Rangers.

That said, I honestly don't know if I'd consider Silverhawks, Voltron, or Transformers anime or not... I mean, it could be, or maybe it's just a US toy commercial show that happens to be developed by Japanese studios? I'unno.
(Also, Transformers may or may not have been Korean. I honestly don't know, and have forgotten.)

I've never heard of Shinkalion, so that could be neat!


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Silver Hawks

and

Brave Starr

Awesome intros~! Crazy cartoons!

EDIT(s): nailed it! First try!


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Oh!

Also!

I'd forgotten!

Shinkalion

Voltron (love that synth voice, and Optimus Prime voice-over)

(also the more recent one)

Speaking of, Transformers (Sound Wave was so stinkin' aaaawwwwsome~!)

Wings of Honneamisefeature film trailer

And, of course, Record of Lodoss War

(Not necessarily linking either Akira or Ninja Scroll due to mature content - but they're easily found on YouTube!)

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Katina wrote the Sarazon and Shimreen, Sam wrote the Ferromagnetic Ooze, and Virginia wrote the Lurker in Light.

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I think I should clarify. I wasn't necessarily recommending those animes (I recall Wings being kind of problematic with some very questionable content?), but that those were really the only ones I had access to. The average person's access to the internet was in its infancy, connection speeds were waaaay to slow to be able to do anything like streaming. So whatever that theater got (it was called The Lensic) was all I ever had access to. Some comic shops may have been able to import things if you asked to special order them, but you were committed to an expensive purchase sight unseen if you did that.

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Shinkalion is a fun toy line I think. It's made by Takara Tomy, which is the company responsible for the Transformers, and I am pretty sure the anime is just a toy commercial show for the line. Takara also makes PlaRail which is the standard for toy/model train tracks in Japan. There are others but it seems like PlaRail is what most companies shoot for compatibility with. Takara also makes a variety of Shinkansen (the bullet trains and rail line in Japan), buildings, and so on for PlaRail. So they made some Shinkansen that transform into robots. That's what Shinkalion is. They're very simple and mostly share the same transformations and molds, but I enjoy that the train modes match the real life trains not just in appearance but in color as well (These are not my pictures, just ones I pulled off the internet; E5 Hayabusa in real life, and E5 Hayabusa Shinkalion toy). You can get a little motor that fits in the middle car so your Shinkalions can drive along the tracks as well. It is a very simple, but fun toy line I think.


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Diego Valdez wrote:
I think I should clarify. I wasn't necessarily recommending those animes (I recall Wings being kind of problematic with some very questionable content?), but that those were really the only ones I had access to. The average person's access to the internet was in its infancy, connection speeds were waaaay to slow to be able to do anything like streaming. So whatever that theater got (it was called The Lensic) was all I ever had access to. Some comic shops may have been able to import things if you asked to special order them, but you were committed to an expensive purchase sight unseen if you did that.

This is totally fair and accurate. I remember trying to even understand what anime was at one point - there wasn’t a lot of information going around about it. I’m still interested in understanding series that I may have never heeard of, but, yeah - all things come with the caveat of “here are memories, explore products carefully.”

I just appreciated looking up the show intros! :D


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Shinkalion is a fun toy line I think. It's made by Takara Tomy, which is the company responsible for the Transformers, and I am pretty sure the anime is just a toy commercial show for the line. Takara also makes PlaRail which is the standard for toy/model train tracks in Japan. There are others but it seems like PlaRail is what most companies shoot for compatibility with. Takara also makes a variety of Shinkansen (the bullet trains and rail line in Japan), buildings, and so on for PlaRail. So they made some Shinkansen that transform into robots. That's what Shinkalion is. They're very simple and mostly share the same transformations and molds, but I enjoy that the train modes match the real life trains not just in appearance but in color as well (These are not my pictures, just ones I pulled off the internet; E5 Hayabusa in real life, and E5 Hayabusa Shinkalion toy). You can get a little motor that fits in the middle car so your Shinkalions can drive along the tracks as well. It is a very simple, but fun toy line I think.

That is pretty awesome! It also explains all the trains in the intro! So cool!

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Here is a bonus intro that is not an anime, but is a cartoon I adored as a kid. I still sometimes sing the intro song in my car.


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Here is a bonus intro that is not an anime, but is a cartoon I adored as a kid. I still sometimes sing the intro song in my car.

I'D FORGOTTEN ABOUT DENVER~!

That's awesome!

Also: huh, a post of mine that I thought I'd submitted is gone. Hm. Well I'll write it again, later!

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