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mgosdin



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:32 am Reply with quote
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A few liner notes are included on the DVDs themselves, including a note about how the Lovely Angel's pet bear-cat, Mughi, is in fact a Coeurl, a creature originally created by early sci-fi author A. E. van Vogt. In the background of a science lab in one scene is a sketch of a sleek and handsome M.U.G.H.I., a far cry from the real thing. I couldn't stop thinking about the prototype sketch, and afterward every time Mughi appeared on screen I thought, “wow, Mughi has really let himself go! What's he eating while he waits on the spaceship for Kei and Yuri?”


Uh, if you've read Van Vogt's Space Beagle stories then you know what Coeurl's eat. It isn't pleasant.

Luckily for the Lovely Angels the bear-cat is not a Coeurl, or at least wan't engineered by the same (extinct) race as the Van Vogt story.

Mark Gosdin
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Echo_City



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:08 am Reply with quote
Shelf Life wrote:
Spectator characters must continually tell us all rules and possibilities as events unfold. Most anime falls somewhere between the two extremes of real sports and magic ninja duals.
I also despise the concept that you're describing as a "magic ninja duel", so I read the passage more intently and noticed that this homophone slipped into the article.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:13 am Reply with quote
I was a touch surprised to see ICE put on the the rental shelf and moreso that it was a good ending away from being shelf worth, but I think I understand the choice. I really like the tone and style of old school science fiction OVAs, even if they aren't properly 'good'. Hell, I enjoyed watching Gall Force: Eternal Story, if though most that is a dull mess. It also has an alluring 'what the Hell?' quotient. I don't care about AKB48 per se, but the anime projects that they've been implicated look intriguingly bizarre.

Erin Finnegan wrote:
I watched the OVA, but a movie version just came out from Seminal with a slightly longer running time. Maybe I'll check it out.


The question about the unexpected film version's length was raised in the discussion thread for the announcement and Theron Martin offered an explanation:

Key wrote:
enurtsol wrote:
Where did that extra 13 minutes come from? Laughing

Despite what's advertised, the actual total run time of the OVAs is 110 minutes. Trim the end credits out for the first two episodes and you'd be right around 103 minutes.


I once bought a randomly chosen volume, I think that it was the second one, of the old ADV release of the Dirty Pair OVA series. I recall having enjoyed it, but not loved it. Even so, I could imagine revisiting it to see if I'm keener on it now; it's certainly a modest enough investment that I could risk it.


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daichi383



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:15 pm Reply with quote
Oh Erin... If you think mashima's bad now it gets worse. I'm pretty sure mashima continuously trolls the fandom on purpose because he enjoys it and keeps just enough plot threads open so that people can think that there is an actual story going on. While i don't mind it i doubt any sane person such as yourself would be able to stand it for very long. While i do keep up with the show i love how anal the fans get about certain events that occur because they don't realize what mashima is actually doing. Its all an elaborate scam really Wink
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Cecilthedarkknight_234



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:31 pm Reply with quote
well this is embarrassing you guys actually used my pics lol. Anyway great shelf life as usual although I do need to start collecting fairy tail due in part it's the only recent shounen anime I have any interest in.
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Great Rumbler



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:34 pm Reply with quote
The sleek and deadly Mughi is featured prominently in the books [and on the book covers]. I guess they thought a lazy, lighthearted version of Mughi would play better to the TV audience?
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yuna49



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:21 pm Reply with quote
Like any Final Fantasy player, I've fought my share of coeurls. (Blaster can be a pretty deadly attack against insufficiently-levelled characters.) Thanks for giving me the original reference, Erin.
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gwdone



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:40 pm Reply with quote
I have ICE and wish I didn't. I saw a trailer ages ago and it looked cool, so I put it on my "ta have" list. Bad mistake.

Anime shelves --- Nice collection!! Out of curiosity, what is your favorite anime in your collection?
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Mc-Taz



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:57 pm Reply with quote
I wouldn't be embarrassed about those shelves. Razz You have quite a few nice things and even some rarities. I like the Shana, Taiga, and Yoshika figures. Then with the Toradora and Wagnaria Premiums which are both OOP now. Then there's Familar of Zero and When They Cry which I'm sure quite a few people would like to get their hands on. Even something I wish I could get: the full size Love Hina set with the specials. Also a Tomoyo visual novel. Not bad at all.

I will further compliment you that your pictures aren't awful quality either. Sometimes when looking at some of these shelf images it feels like I have double vision because the pictures are either blurry or show signs of ghosting. It's nice to see some clear, clean images! Razz
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Cecilthedarkknight_234



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:07 pm Reply with quote
gwdone wrote:
I have ICE and wish I didn't. I saw a trailer ages ago and it looked cool, so I put it on my "ta have" list. Bad mistake.

Anime shelves --- Nice collection!! Out of curiosity, what is your favorite anime in your collection?


well thanks bro and to be honest i have two things I love the most. First off is my eva platinum DVD set, second is my hard copy of tomoyo after it's wonderful life for the PC.
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walw6pK4Alo



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:36 pm Reply with quote
I hope you review the Dirty Pair feature OVAs and film, those are pretty damn great as well. For the OVA series, the budget is immense and the character designs are much better than the TV series, they're meatier and buffer, and the hair is more striking with vibrant contrasting color from the red to blue. It's amazing how much tonal shift you get during that series as well, from the wacky episodes like the Halloween and casino, to the war-torn planet and the wedding.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:21 pm Reply with quote
As far as I'm concerned the only thing you'd be "missing" with the AKB48s is the truly terrible voice acting.

Stop stunt-casting pop stars, anime. I know it hasn't happened too frequently, but even that is too much.
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eyeresist



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:08 pm Reply with quote
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Also they fight with gun-swords, because aggressive men ruined the world with guns, and they believe in using less efficient weapons.


LOL!
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:14 pm Reply with quote
Murder, She wrote:

Maybe flashbacks to Naruto's sad early childhood won me over… I keep thinking about this because I absolutely don't care about a single Fairy Tail character.


Ice, ice, baby............ Too cold, too cold.............
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CorbeauKarasu



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:53 pm Reply with quote
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At least in Naruto there are a few restrictions to the magic system, and early on Naruto only knows a few tricks. The more Naruto strays from the established villages and powers, the less I like it.


Couldn't have put it better myself. Truly what's wrong with the series in its current form.
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