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  1. Neil.T

    The General Conversation Area

    If you come across any other peculiar things, Prof, do feel free to bring them up. I'm by no means an expert, and I'm sure some of the language in Shirow's work must be quite technical and complex, but I'll certainly have a good look at it. You know, funnily enough, I did notice that, despite...
  2. Neil.T

    Paranoia memories: Kon/Ōtomo simulwatch II

    Jumping back to episode 6 for a moment: I guess Kon is playing with the idea of crime and punishment. Hirukawa may have gotten off scot-free after being discovered — in the legal sense — but what happened instead with Taeko's amnesia turned out to be the worst possible outcome for him. She...
  3. Neil.T

    FLCL simulwatch [complete]

    @WMD: That's actually perfect! 😆 Who knew! I notice that that's the Twitter account of the show's producer, the one who did the director's commentary with Tsurumaki.
  4. Neil.T

    The General Conversation Area

    @Professor Irony: It's really no problem at all, Prof; it's interesting for me too, and gives me a chance to learn some unfamiliar kanji. I translated the Japanese text above the top panel and compared it to the same scene in the '95 film. The dialogue is completely identical bar the name of...
  5. Neil.T

    Paranoia memories: Kon/Ōtomo simulwatch II

    It really is. Who'd have thought we'd be enjoying a daft RPG episode when we started out watching a psychological thriller? Can we even say it's an isekai? In Another World With My Paranoia? 😅 ### Paranoia Agent episode 6 The continuing use of passing scenery to display the title is more...
  6. Neil.T

    Paranoia memories: Kon/Ōtomo simulwatch II

    As I wrote in my above post: 😉 His junior is called Maniwa. They do, actually. I just tried watching the previews for episodes I've recently watched, and they do actually relate to them — in a very roundabout, cryptic sort of way. 🤔 I'd never tried that before, so great question. 👍
  7. Neil.T

    Paranoia memories: Kon/Ōtomo simulwatch II

    That's Kon's creation, that bit? Wow, I didn't know that. 😯 Dunno if this reads any differently for you, Prof, but the sentiment in Japanese might be better translated as "corrupt" instead. ### Paranoia Agent episode 5 I was more than halfway through this episode before I realised that I...
  8. Neil.T

    Simulwatch - The Horrors of World War II: The Pacific Theatre

    I had reached that same conclusion. As I said, I don't intend to be drawn into the politics, but... well, I can only hope it was the latter.
  9. Neil.T

    Simulwatch - The Horrors of World War II: The Pacific Theatre

    Anime expert Jonathan Clements wrote a very interesting book that covers things like that called Anime: a History. It charts the history of Japanese animation from its very beginnings and goes back as far as 1912! It's really dense and a very challenging read but so well researched; it began...
  10. Neil.T

    Simulwatch - The Horrors of World War II: The Pacific Theatre

    I think that's true of Japan's animation industry in general, yeah. Even the large eyes which are the central tenet of modern anime character design are attributed to Fleischer Brothers creations such as Betty Boop. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleischer_Studios It really does. 😅 If memory...
  11. Neil.T

    Simulwatch - The Horrors of World War II: The Pacific Theatre

    You know what? I've said many times over that The Wind Rises is my favourite Ghibli film, but isn't its visual style so utterly conventional compared to Isao Takahata's subsequent offering? So I've found myself thinking largely the same. There's a real contrast in objectives there, which really...
  12. Neil.T

    Simulwatch - The Horrors of World War II: The Pacific Theatre

    I thought so too. The quake was portrayed in a manner of The destruction was so terrible that it was as if someone had gone... [the land itself ripples as if whipping away a tablecloth or some such]
  13. Neil.T

    The General Conversation Area

    Gloves off... 😉 The length and pacing is actually an often-cited issue with Princess Mononoke, to be fair. I remember @Hanners taking a look at Studio Canal's Steelbook release during his UK Anime Network days and admitting that his focus does tend to drift a bit in its latter stages. Some...
  14. Neil.T

    The General Conversation Area

    I know you're not referring to The Wind Rises specifically there, because it's my own personal favourite Ghibli film and therefore couldn't be construed as objectively "terrible", but I certainly don't see anything as being giving anyone a "free pass" by any means. But in the case of The Wind...
  15. Neil.T

    The General Conversation Area

    But you really don't, though: that's not your role in the scheme of things, because you weren't the film's producer, so you don't get to dictate to the director or studio or decide the rules of filmmaking. [All emphasis added.]
  16. Neil.T

    Simulwatch - The Horrors of World War II: The Pacific Theatre

    But dude! Who says?? 😆 That's entirely for the director to decide! It depends on what it is s/he wants to make. If we were to apply such hard-and-fast rules then everything would end up the same, and there would be no surprises. Well, yep. I gave the show a go, but... that was just one...
  17. Neil.T

    Simulwatch - The Horrors of World War II: The Pacific Theatre

    The case for the defence: There's really no obligation on any director's part to preface their film with a disclaimer, I don't think. It really depends on what the filmmaker is trying to make, and I think that Miyazaki made a conscious decision that there would be no on-screen captions used...
  18. Neil.T

    Paranoia memories: Kon/Ōtomo simulwatch II

    It's really classy stuff, innit? It's anime as art as well as entertainment, I think. It's a great example of just what the medium is capable of. You know what? I haven't even noticed that detail yet in all the times I've seen it. There's something for me to rewatch it for already, then. 😉
  19. Neil.T

    Simulwatch - The Horrors of World War II: The Pacific Theatre

    That's a very interesting distinction you make there, Yami. 🤔 I would still hold that the film grapples with both. There's that scene (set up by the part where Jiro fails to offer the hungry kids the slices of sponge cake he's just bought) where Jiro feels some doubt over whether he should be...
  20. Neil.T

    Paranoia memories: Kon/Ōtomo simulwatch II

    Memories: 'Magnetic Rose' Some thoughts and trivia: Our director for this first segment is Kōji Morimoto. We know him as from the climactic Genius Party Beyond short "Dimension Bomb", @WMD. The haunting soundtrack is excellent and creates an atmosphere of melancholy and loss. It's the work of...
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