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potassium



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:03 pm Reply with quote
The article says Fullmetal Alchemist was reviewed instead of Full Metal Panic.
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Serge



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:22 pm Reply with quote
You gotta Register to See :!: ? F it, don't have time.

Can someone please paste it here?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:53 pm Reply with quote
If they are talking about manga, shouldn't that be refered to as Mahousensei Negi Magi or Magister Negi Magi instead of Negima?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 3:12 pm Reply with quote
LeSomeGuy wrote:
If they are talking about manga, shouldn't that be refered to as Mahousensei Negi Magi or Magister Negi Magi instead of Negima?


The title you're looking for when you go to buy the series at a bookstore is "Negima."

Charles Solomon wrote:
Edward lost a leg and Alphonse nearly died; Edward then sacrificed his right arm to save his brother's soul, which is preserved in a suit of armor (hence the series title).


Is he saying the title is what it is because Al's soul is in a suit of armor? I thought he read the books...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 4:19 pm Reply with quote
GoodLuckSaturday wrote:

Charles Solomon wrote:
Edward lost a leg and Alphonse nearly died; Edward then sacrificed his right arm to save his brother's soul, which is preserved in a suit of armor (hence the series title).


Is he saying the title is what it is because Al's soul is in a suit of armor? I thought he read the books...


Ugh, I think we had a similar talk about this with the article he wrote for the New York Times where he wrote some garbage that pointed towards him never having seen Elfen Lied or watch beyond the Saikano trailer.

Seriously, for Solomon's ability to ply himself to all the mainstream papers, he isn't very knowledgeable in what he does. Sure, sure, you could say he's helping "promote anime," but that's isn't an excuse for shoddy writing and even shoddier thinking.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 4:25 pm Reply with quote
I've never read any of the guy's stuff about anime, but I honestly can't see why HunterXHunter continues to get praise. Aside from the cliches and mediocre writing/characters, even the art style is somewhat poor. I disagree with alot of praise that's given to shonen series, but I can understand why people make a fuss about them. This one just puzzles me.
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konosuke15



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 5:00 pm Reply with quote
Solomon really needs to stfu. Thats it with me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 6:02 pm Reply with quote
Sakechan: I also like how he claims that Negima won't sell, when it's one of the bigger money-making manga, along with Fruits Basket. I'm also not sure how it'd be considered child molestation when all the characters are of legal(or at least not illegal) age.

Kage: From what I've read of it, I like the set-ups, but the characters are mostly blank slates. HxH also needs more conflict.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 6:30 pm Reply with quote
If I had such a huge userbase to get my stuff out to, I'd choose something else apart from a buncha shonen titles and *gah* harem stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:13 pm Reply with quote
Could somebody *possibleh* copy and paste into this thread exactly what he said about Negima? This computer wont let me register and see..... Mad
Yes, that Full Metal Alchemist thing is kinda off the mark. Why would the title be referring to the main character's brother?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:27 pm Reply with quote
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Ken Akamatsu scored a big hit in 1998 with "Love Hina," which exemplified the "harem comedy": A geeky guy is surrounded by beautiful girls who initially dislike him but come to love him. His new series, "Negima!," continues the genre. Ten-year-old Welsh sorcerer Negi Springfield receives the improbable assignment of teaching English in an all-girl junior high in Japan. The girls initially refuse to respect him, then decide he's cute. Most of the students have magical powers, and soon the class is casting spells, fighting vampires and subduing demons.

"Negima!" is an example of a "fan service" story: one that offers gratuitous cheesecake shots to titillate male readers. Panels are composed so the reader looks up the girls' skirts, important discussions take place in the bathtub and various spells blow the girls' clothes off. The maladroit romance between two college applicants in "Love Hina" has plenty of embarrassing moments but feels believable. However, a pack of nubile females pursuing a prepubescent boy may not play as well in the U.S., where some might consider these images slightly suggestive of child molestation.

In contrast to the clarity of the artwork in "Fullmetal Alchemist," Akamatsu's drawings overflow with fussy details that often make them hard to read. The 31 girls in Negi's class look alike except for their hairdos, so the reader sometimes has trouble determining who's saying what to whom.


This guy obviously didn't do much research on the stuff he was reviewing....Furthermore, his writing was spotty, and wasn't to the point.[/quote]
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:33 pm Reply with quote
SakechanBD wrote:
GoodLuckSaturday wrote:

Charles Solomon wrote:
Edward lost a leg and Alphonse nearly died; Edward then sacrificed his right arm to save his brother's soul, which is preserved in a suit of armor (hence the series title).


Is he saying the title is what it is because Al's soul is in a suit of armor? I thought he read the books...


Ugh, I think we had a similar talk about this with the article he wrote for the New York Times where he wrote some garbage that pointed towards him never having seen Elfen Lied or watch beyond the Saikano trailer.

Seriously, for Solomon's ability to ply himself to all the mainstream papers, he isn't very knowledgeable in what he does. Sure, sure, you could say he's helping "promote anime," but that's isn't an excuse for shoddy writing and even shoddier thinking.


And he's back again in NY times, with a new article on anime and cultural urban stereotypes (african american), titled: "The Newest Stars of Japanese Anime, Made in America!"

http://www.nytimes.com/​2005/​07/​24/​arts/​television/​24solo.​html
Samurai CHamploo, Paranoia Agent, Tokyo Tribes, and Little Black Sambo are mentioned throughout the questionable piece.
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GATSU



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:01 am Reply with quote
That one actually seems like a fairly accurate assessment of Japanese attitudes towards foreigners. Check out Tokyo Breakfast if you don't believe me. (Note that the content has frequent use of the N word.) [/url]
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:17 am Reply with quote
GATSU wrote:
That one actually seems like a fairly accurate assessment of Japanese attitudes towards foreigners.

Agreed--he backed up his assertions for a change.
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Isaaru



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:19 am Reply with quote
GATSU wrote:
That one actually seems like a fairly accurate assessment of Japanese attitudes towards foreigners. Check out Tokyo Breakfast if you don't believe me. (Note that the content has frequent use of the N word.) [/url]


yeah..i was amused for about 3 seconds. Not sure if that was satire, insult, or just plain moronic. But hey I saw something just like on the Chappele Show.

What bothers me is that the article is saying that negative attitudes exist towards African Americans with Little Black Sambo, blackface kits still popular in Japan,etc. Should and could hip hop really be the shining light for how the common japanese person perceives that group of people?
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