General anime thoughts/discussion thread.

Professor Irony

Railgun
AUKN Staff
Looking at it more closely, I see the scooter scene is just tagged as 'presumed', which I'm guessing means they're not 100% sure it was Yuasa, but he is listed as a key animator on the film, and it certainly does look like something he'd have worked on.
 

~AyaMachi~

Flame Haze
I think for me it comes down to the fact I'm more of a book person than an anime person, too. I mean don't get me wrong, I love anime, but books are on a whole other level and I'm always eager to continue reading something or other so don't like burning all my free time for an evening on anime.
This is the beauty of books. You can pick them up and read ten words or ten pages if you want. You're in control and can dictate the pace, depending on how you feel at the time 🙂👍
 

Arveene

School Idol
True! Until you pick them up for a quick five minutes and then don't put them back down until the end. o_O
Because yes, it was a perfectly logical decision to ruin my normally perfect sleep schedule by staying up an extra three hours to finish reading that book. And I totally won't regret it in the morning or anything. :p
 

Demelza

Adventuring Alchemist
AUKN Staff
Because yes, it was a perfectly logical decision to ruin my normally perfect sleep schedule by staying up an extra three hours to finish reading that book. And I totally won't regret it in the morning or anything. :p
Of course! Clearly we were just at the staple do or die moment and have to see it through to the end! Ahhh too many volumes of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? have kept me up long after I'm meant to be asleep. I only slightly have regrets the next morning. Slightly. :p
 

Girls wIth Guns

Thousand Master
I don't read books anymore, I read for years and years and just got tired of it. I prefer to be spoon-fed my images via video in my old age now, lol. But I still get plenty of speed-reading practice in by watching all my anime in Japanese language with subtitles. 🧐
 

D1tchd1gger

Mad Scientist
Manga and Graphic Novels are my level of reading nowadays. Can't remember the last book I read.
If an interesting topic pops up in something I watch then I'll have a read of the Wikipedia entry for it. For example the Mongol Invasion of Japan in the show last year (and the upcoming game Ghost of Tsushima).
 

~AyaMachi~

Flame Haze
If it doesn't sell, and the company put alot of money into it. That can lead to eventual bankruptcy. Studios dont' make much/if any profit from shows they are contracted to make so when they do their own original production it can either make them alot of money freeing them up to make more original productions, or become a big massive amount of red ink on their finances. SamFlam is mostly the latter. The were other issues with the studio, but SamFlam really didn't help their situation out.
Fair. It's a real shame though. Even if it's not a huge a success I kinda don't want to see studios getting punished for being brave and pushing the boat out on something original. Guess it's the way it goes though.
I think this is arguably the case with art in general. When I was studying in uni, we were often reminded of how the visual communication side of things (illustration; animation; games design; graphic design etc...), were the much more "commercialy viable" paths to take - you won't often get to choose what you want to do project wise, (and you may often end up "selling out" as it were since you're at the mercy of what the client wants), but, it's where the money is. This is the market of mass production, and where trends change at the snap of a finger, so those artists willing to adapt and go with the flow tend to stay afloat, even in an already overly-saturated industry. I think as well in this day and age, things are pretty ephemeral - it's here today and gone tomorrow, so things are designed to be throwaway. They just seem to be spewed out onto a conveyor belt to satisfy consumer demand, and then it's forgotten about the very next day.

Fine art is a much more personal and subjective thing, and how it's received depends on the personal tastes of the individuals who are observing it, which is why individual pieces command such a high asking price - it's unique, there won't be another exactly like it, and it's taken a good deal of time to produce. Self indulgence does come at a price, though - a piece that's personal to the artist may not necessarily resonate with an outsider. I agree with @WMD though - it's always great to see artists willing to take a gamble and produce something original.

Apologies as it might seem a little bit off topic, but as an artist (and I do use the term very loosely), it just really got me thinking about these things. These are of course, only based on my opinions and observations, as well as some things I've read here and there.
 

Umiko

School Idol
Ooh... date for Konosuba: Crimson Legend film screening is 30th August in Japan. /o/

Please let there be a UK screening...
Please let there be a UK screening...
Please let there be a UK screening...

😆

/umiko
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
So. A few years ago, I went to CeX with a friend and checked the anime section in Sheffield. We found an anime DVD that looked like a bootleg, it had a CG cover and we literally thought that it was some sort of hentai import or something, but it must have been released in the UK because it had a BBFC 18 logo on the cover. Since then I had forgotten the name of that DVD.

Until now.


That DVD - is actually a 2001 CG OVA anime series called MALICE@DOLL. Believe it or not, it is not a hentai.

What's so bonkers about this is that it was directed by Keitarou Motonaga (Digimon Adventure Tri, Katanagatari) and written by Chiaki Konaka (Digimon Tamers, Serial Experiments Lain). Like, that's insane.
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
A hidden gem ... or maybe both gents just wanted it to stay hidden :D
Literally looks like a PlayStation pre-rendered deleted scene from something like Final Fantasy or anything Atlus or Grasshopper made back then.

 

Captaaainuniverse

Mad Scientist
Tempting me to look in my own CEX but so small is the anime following in the valleys that mine is unlikely to have some of those obscure gems that are more likely to be hentai.
If a certain series named for a darkly shaded religious book was there someones egalitarian mum might think its jesus christ our saviour, not, well, jesus christ cover the children's eyes - in fact don't have them in the building
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
Tempting me to look in my own CEX but so small is the anime following in the valleys that mine is unlikely to have some of those obscure gems that are more likely to be hentai.
If a certain series named for a darkly shaded religious book was there someones egalitarian mum might think its jesus christ our saviour, not, well, jesus christ cover the children's eyes - in fact don't have them in the building
If there's one thing I would love to see, it's an actual hentai UK copy from the Restricted 18+ age rating range. I just want to see how the DVD sets were presented since you can't find a single cover art of the UK versions at all online, you can find the US sets of course, but nothing on the UK ones. Titles like (NSFW hentai here): Akiba Girls, Boin, Leatherman, and Ringetsu.
 

HWR

Himouto
Curiously the CeX in Tottenhan Court Road in Central London (situated next to a Scientology building and a KFC) used to have straight up pornographic content (some did have BBFC logos so assumed legal) situated on a shelf in the basement above the rest of the DVDs.

The basement used to have a metallic, slightly dingy feel to it too but has recently been renovated and said iffy DVDs are now nowhere to be found. I’ve yet to see any hentai DVDs though.
 
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