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  1. Vashdaman

    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    (I lost the the first couple paragraphs of this long Cowboy Bebop review...but it was mostly waffle) BIG SPOILERS OF EVERYTHING IN THIS COWBOY BEBOP ANIME REVIEW. ONLY READ IF YOU'VE WATCHED ...hill melancholia it really was!), my first watch was too perfect, too moving and gave me too many...
  2. Vashdaman

    Your viewing journal

    Have to say one of my favourite things about this thread is getting little glimpses of the depth of @Professor Irony and @Orgun 's knowledge of and love for 80s (and 90s?) anime. You two have a book in you that I would buy.
  3. Vashdaman

    Relationships and Romance

    I also really want to say I enjoyed the recent posts in this thread, a lot of it is definitely relatable, and I think you smashed it with your observation about " the people who seem to be best at socialisation are actually kind of bad at it", Rui. Really wonderfully put. Yeah I've found it...
  4. Vashdaman

    General Politics Thread

    I find this a hard thing to answer really, especially as I'm not really knowledgeable about the science/psychology and trans issues beyond the relatively light reading here and there I've done and people I've spoken to. The other day this actually somehow came up in conversation with my close...
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    General Politics Thread

    I haven't much knowledge on the subject, but my ignorant initial guess is that you could well be right about transgender female athletes having an unfair edge in sport against biologically female ones (I know some argue we're all born with different biology and hormonal levels anyway though even...
  6. Vashdaman

    Rate the Last Film You Watched

    The Handmaiden Didn't know anything about this before watching it, and wow what an experience! Stunning to look at, utterly gripping, surprising, touching, more than a little raunchy, and very very weird. 9/10! The Chungking Express Watched this a few months ago actually, but just want to say...
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    General Politics Thread

    Yeah I voted for Sadiq too in the end because I think he seems like a decent person and like he's trying (despite being unable to do much thanks to having funding starved from him by the Government trying to make him look bad), but I really struggled to bring myself to do it as I didn't want to...
  8. Vashdaman

    General anime thoughts/discussion thread.

    I see, thanks, so I take it what I watched was the four original episodes or "borders" that were OVAs. So annoying and weird that Netflix only has two of them. It's like how they only have the first series of Attack of Titan. Frustrating. Is it the same case with Jojo, is there any chance of...
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    General anime thoughts/discussion thread.

    I'm kind of confused, about GITS Arise, I watched the series years ago when it first came out, I remember it being like a short series. I felt to rewatch it and assumed it was the Arise that was on Netflix but that seems to be two films. Looking at the wikipedia has only somehow confused my...
  10. Vashdaman

    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    If this is true, it is a very sad state of affairs. So executives are making more money from anime and the industry is expanding, but conditions are only getting worse for animators? That sounds very depressing. Why don't these companies wake up and start treating their employees properly. Has...
  11. Vashdaman

    Your viewing journal

    @orgun Definitely give Wolf's Rain a watch, Orgun. Would be interesting to hear you're thoughts. Personally I'm in the love it camp. It's been years since I've seen it of course so could do with a rewatch, but I really enjoyed it and thought the concept, imaginative fantasy world, atmosphere...
  12. Vashdaman

    End of an Era: Manga Entertainment Rebrands to Funimation in the UK and Ireland

    The world is a little sadder without that Manga logo in it. Manga were the true antiheros and badboys of the anime industry, and like most people in this thread, they played a massive part in introducing me to anime and making me love it. They were so synonymous with anime to me that I was one...
  13. Vashdaman

    Your viewing journal

    Ah that cool puppet animation was called Thuderbolt Fantasy! I'd forgotten the name of it, but I enjoyed the few episodes I saw of it years ago. Definitely want to get into it again.
  14. Vashdaman

    Fan service and its appropriateness

    Damn, Rui, you have been smashing it in this thread. You write the things I want to say and the things I didn't know I wanted to say. Wicked.
  15. Vashdaman

    Fan service and its appropriateness

    I agree with some that, but even then I find myself having mixed feelings. Like when I saw some people criticize the hobbit's lack of racial diversity, myself not being a hobbit or lotr fan by any means ,one impulse in me was to wonder why people would bother expecting anything of that sort from...
  16. Vashdaman

    Fan service and its appropriateness

    I think it's all kind of subtle though, I've not listened to Nck Cave but don't think writing a song from the point of view of a murderer is really the kind of thing that's necessary a problem. I mean it seems like it's not something that is reinforcing a commonly held oppressive belief, if you...
  17. Vashdaman

    Fan service and its appropriateness

    I think it is worth noting that no one in this thread (as far as I'm aware) has actually expressed a desire for censorship. I think what some people (including myself) are saying is that certain constantly repeated representations and tropes in the media can have an insidious effect on people...
  18. Vashdaman

    Fan service and its appropriateness

    We've probably had these conversations years ago haha, but I don't think it's really as straight forward as this though. I mean, would you really say that negative stereotypes perpetuated in popular fiction doesn't/didn't contribute to societal perceptions towards certain groups of people? And...
  19. Vashdaman

    Satoshi Kon in 4 days (ad-hoc simulwatch optional)

    I hope I can dig out my Tokyo Godfathers dvd! One of my all time favourite feel good films!
  20. Vashdaman

    Satoshi Kon in 4 days (ad-hoc simulwatch optional)

    Yeah that's true, I did actually think about that, it would have been perfectly natural in Japanese I suppose. The English translation definitely makes it more perturbing. I think both work well.
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