General anime thoughts/discussion thread.

Vashdaman

Za Warudo
Started watching Gundam Unicorn on netflix last night. I had actually completely forgotten I'd watched (I think) most of it years ago (I think on a simulwatch here?), but I can almost remember nothing but vague impressions and I'm pretty sure I got distracted and never actually finished it back then. But it's a bit good, isn't it. The animation and look of it is so slick, and really highlights how much something like SAC 2045 (as much as I did perversely like the CG at times) really just looks like an old computer game. Think I'll finish it this time, really enjoyed the first two eps a lot. I'm loving how instantly obsessed and in love Banagher is with the princess girl, "you'll always be Audrey to me!!" haha the sweet kid

Has anything of this kind of quality actually been made in the last few years, in any genre? After a google I've heard of Gundam Origins, which looks good, but I take it I can't stream it legally anywhere?
 

Neil.T

Chuunibyou
After a google I've heard of Gundam Origins, which looks good, but I take it I can't stream it legally anywhere?


According to the Legal Streaming thread:
Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin | All4 [Dub only]
Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin: Advent of the Red Comet | Crunchyroll


It's under M here:
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
If it helps clarify that, Origins was originally produced as an OVA series (hence the really nice production values) and the version on CR is the same but edited into half-hour segments for TV.

Would also cautiously recommend Gundam Thunderbolt, which is occasionally streaming on Bandai's official Gundam youtube channel, but be aware that the first film is pretty grim.
 

Vashdaman

Za Warudo
What!? It's on 4onDemand?? I never would have checked there (I suppose I should have checked that streaming thread though, I didn't know we had that!), but that's great!! I'll take the OVA as I love those hour long eps!! Thunderbolt sounds great too, thanks people :)
 

WMD

Dragon Knight
What!? It's on 4onDemand?? I never would have checked there (I suppose I should have checked that streaming thread though, I didn't know we had that!), but that's great!! I'll take the OVA as I love those hour long eps!! Thunderbolt sounds great too, thanks people :)
AL made an agreement with 4oD and a few of their shows have been put up on it. Unfortunately it's not the easiest thing to search for anime on buts theres a few gems on there including a few shows that havent had their physical releases yet like cardcaptor sakura
 

Girls wIth Guns

Pokémon Master
Would also cautiously recommend Gundam Thunderbolt, which is occasionally streaming on Bandai's official Gundam youtube channel, but be aware that the first film is pretty grim.
That first Thunderbolt film is by far my favourite Gundam that I've seen (the AL released stuff). Such a great film. But yeah it's dark.

Dark and Grim is good... 👍

Thunderbolt is definitely my favorite Gundam, of what few gundam I've seen. I picked up both JP LE box sets of Thunderbolt, but still have yet to watch Bandit Flower. Oh, the shame!

 

ayase

State Alchemist
Happy to see you enjoying some Gundam @Vashdaman , Unicorn and Origin are both very solid modern OVA series. Would really like to hear your thoughts on Origin, if you want to start fillIng in the gaps afterwards it’d definitely be worth watching the original MSG movies next. Obviously the older stuff is going to seem more dated in style and tone, but I imagine anyone watching Origin before the original TV shows would be interested to know where Char’s story goes from there.
 

Vashdaman

Za Warudo
That sounds great, I definitely do intend to do that, thanks for the suggestion :) I've watched 5 and a half eps of Unicorn so far and have loved it, a great show, it has everything one could want! And the Gundam lore is so rich.

Just curious, what's the peak of this kind of robot anime in your opinion, @ayase, or rather what's your personal favourite? I can remember you mentioning Bubblegum Crises and Full Metal Panic being worth a watch too, right? I watched Evangelion not too long ago, and really liked it a lot.
 

ayase

State Alchemist
Just curious, what's the peak of this kind of robot anime in your opinion, @ayase, or rather what's your personal favourite? I can remember you mentioning Bubblegum Crises and Full Metal Panic being worth a watch too, right? I watched Evangelion not too long ago, and really liked it a lot.
I'd have to go with Patlabor. Its grounding in a very recognisable and believable near-future setting (more a combination of near-future AND retro now, I suppose) and a wonderful cast of characters set it apart. The world and the characters are just so well realised, it’s really a joy to watch. Eva, while a bit of a different beast in how meta it is, is certainly top-tier as well though. It's a very long time since I watched FMP, I should really watch the damn blu-rays I bought a couple of years now, I remember enjoying it well enough the first time around but I can't say it left a very lasting impression.

Bubblegum Crisis I wouldn't really classify as mecha any more than I would say, Ghost in the Shell, because while it does incorporate the use of mechs/mech suits it's not as central to the show; it's definitely more of a cyberpunk thriller than a mech show. It is however one of my favourite shows ever, it’s a real shame you weren't around for the recent simulwatch of BGC.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
I’ll second Patlabor, watched all of it recently and very much enjoyed the experience.
 

WMD

Dragon Knight
This 12 min video essay on music and sound in Ghibli films is excellent and insightful and I recommend everyone watch it!

 

Neil.T

Chuunibyou
Just chiming in here with these quality quotes. 🙂
I have the old US Geneon DVD singles of Samurai Champloo with box (I even have the bandana somewhere!)
Haa, that's brilliant. 😆
I've got the MVM version of that set, a second-hand copy in excellent condition. I actually already had the DVD fatpack version, but I couldn't resist double-dipping for it when I saw all the artwork on the seven slimline cases. It's a lovely thing.

It was only when the CEX staffer was putting the discs in that I learned about the bandana. It's still in the box, still waiting on being worn.

It'll be waiting a long time. 😅

I just bought Cyber City Oedo 808. I'm not sure I've mentioned it on this forum much but I do actually quite like some of these sorts of old Kawajiri OVAs and the like...
Kawajiri is an artist, as far as I'm concerned. I love Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and his Animatrix short film "Program" especially.

I jumped on that same pre-order for Cyber City as well, because, you know...

😛
 

zrdb

School Idol
One of my favorite anime guilty pleasures is Yamibo, I waited a long time for Media Blasters to release it on bluray last year. Most people either love of hate this series and I love it.
 

CommanderZx2

Student Council President
A thought came to me when I was digging through some funimation digital codes. I wonder why they don't offer the option to buy just a digital copy by itself at say a lower price than the blu-ray+dvd+digital version. My thinking is say I wished to gift an online friend an anime I'd have to buy a physical copy and mail it to them with all the issues entailed. It would be far easier to just gift the code instead of needing buy the entire thing, which is certainly a dupe of what I already have, just to give them the code.
 

zrdb

School Idol
But can you put a digital copy on a shelf to display and put it in a bluray player and watch it any time you want? NO! Hell, when I buy a bluray of a movie and it has a digital copy I throw it away as I'll never use it.
 
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