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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:21 pm Reply with quote
Yeah Mardock doesn't really work as a film trilogy. Just as I suspect the Hobbit won't. Both are single relatively short books, stretching not much material over three movies. Which of course throws out the pacing. E.g. the casino scene was fairly out-of-place even in the book but it was a lull before the climax, and I don't recall it dragging as much as the film version does, maybe I should reread. Of course in its original form Mardock was a 3 part serial novel before it was compiled. But even then it was released over only 3 months which meant the poor pacing was quickly accounted for. But these films drag the release over 3 years which makes it that much more noticeable.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:04 pm Reply with quote
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I'm not big on slapstick, and even I had to laugh out loud at that—and the subsequent scene where he carries on a conversation with a shuriken buried in his forehead.

Do you mean that he actually has a conversation with a shuriken, or that he is just merely talking to someone else while a shuriken is buried in his head? That may seem like a silly question, but the show that you were discussing looks like one where a talking shuriken wouldn't be out of place. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:18 pm Reply with quote
I liked Mardock Scramble 2 but does it ever have just about the worst case of "middle movie" syndrome you'll ever see.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:35 pm Reply with quote
I do not understand why Idolm@ster is not automatically perishable? It is crap.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:50 pm Reply with quote
Being a fan of slapstick myself I really did enjoy the show when I could tell it wasn't trying to be serious, however the mood inconsitoncies was the biggest thing that hindered my enjoyment. I saw it in subed but from the few dubbed episodes I saw it was decent so I guess I'll rent a disk and see if I'll by the set or not, it was a pretty enjoyable show overall, but I'm not sure if I enjoyed it enough to buy it for keeps. (I watched it via funi's youtube, so I don't have any guilt on my part Anime hyper)

Welp given what's been released recently I suppose its time to be weary when to put on the hard hat...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:50 pm Reply with quote
notrogersmith wrote:
Bamboo Dong wrote:
I'm not big on slapstick, and even I had to laugh out loud at that—and the subsequent scene where he carries on a conversation with a shuriken buried in his forehead.

Do you mean that he actually has a conversation with a shuriken, or that he is just merely talking to someone else while a shuriken is buried in his head? That may seem like a silly question, but the show that you were discussing looks like one where a talking shuriken wouldn't be out of place. Very Happy


talking to someone with a shuriken in his forehead
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:50 pm Reply with quote
So, Mardock Scramble = bad stupid, Is This A Zombie = good stupid?

notrogersmith wrote:
Bamboo Dong wrote:
I'm not big on slapstick, and even I had to laugh out loud at that—and the subsequent scene where he carries on a conversation with a shuriken buried in his forehead.
Do you mean that he actually has a conversation with a shuriken, or that he is just merely talking to someone else while a shuriken is buried in his head? That may seem like a silly question, but the show that you were discussing looks like one where a talking shuriken wouldn't be out of place. Very Happy

Yeah, I did a double-take too, with that sentence.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:51 pm Reply with quote
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Yeah Mardock doesn't really work as a film trilogy. Just as I suspect the Hobbit won't. Both are single relatively short books, stretching not much material over three movies. Which of course throws out the pacing. E.g. the casino scene was fairly out-of-place even in the book but it was a lull before the climax, and I don't recall it dragging as much as the film version does, maybe I should reread. Of course in its original form Mardock was a 3 part serial novel before it was compiled. But even then it was released over only 3 months which meant the poor pacing was quickly accounted for. But these films drag the release over 3 years which makes it that much more noticeable.


I haven't seen Mardock, (nor will I) but on The Hobbit, it is using material that was written by Tolkien himself and is featured in the appendices at the end of The Lord of the Rings It's not like they are adding entirely new things. Much of it is from the appendices. Basically, it was stuff that the author Tolkien wasn't able to put into The Hobbit.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:53 pm Reply with quote
dragon695 wrote:
I do not understand why Idolm@ster is not automatically perishable? It is crap.


Xenoglossia is fun. Its nothing original, but its a perfectly serviceable Sunrise Giant Robot show.
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In a long, drawn-out scene where she meets an old roulette spinner named Bell Wing, Rune becomes obsessed with roulette, while Oeufcoque tries to give her a lesson on probability, roulette spinning, and the interplay between spinner and player. It's riveting stuff, if you like to watch nothing happen ever. The exchange between Bell Wing and Rune is meant to be philosophical, I think, but it's a tedious scene to watch, especially since it feels so out of place. The whole casino scene is tedious, and it contrasts sharply with the fast-paced intro.

I'm sure the pain of watching a scene like this compares not at all to the pain of actually reading the excruciating details of everything in the original book. Haven't gotten the movie yet, but I'm sure these scenes will zip through compared to the multitude of pages I had to skim through before.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:14 pm Reply with quote
I'm interested in Xenoglossia mostly because it had many of the same people working on it that worked on My Hime/ Otome.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:42 pm Reply with quote
Youkai Warrior wrote:
I haven't seen Mardock, (nor will I) but on The Hobbit, it is using material that was written by Tolkien himself and is featured in the appendices at the end of The Lord of the Rings It's not like they are adding entirely new things. Much of it is from the appendices. Basically, it was stuff that the author Tolkien wasn't able to put into The Hobbit.


I solely mentioned the Hobbit because it was in a similar situation. A short book expanded to 3 films. And yes it does have some additional material, however very little of the runtime is actually spent on that material. The majority of the film is directly from the book, just drawn out.

Oddly Mardock is different in that it condensed a lot of the earlier material, but left the casino scene in almost entirely intact. Which is silly as the casino was the most boring part of the book.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:42 pm Reply with quote
notrogersmith wrote:
Bamboo Dong wrote:
I'm not big on slapstick, and even I had to laugh out loud at that—and the subsequent scene where he carries on a conversation with a shuriken buried in his forehead.

Do you mean that he actually has a conversation with a shuriken, or that he is just merely talking to someone else while a shuriken is buried in his head? That may seem like a silly question, but the show that you were discussing looks like one where a talking shuriken wouldn't be out of place. Very Happy


Err... oops. Grammar fail. The shuriken is buried in his head while he is talking to a human. Or, at least, a humanoid being.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:04 pm Reply with quote
Is this a zombie is the only dvd worth getting,from these reviews.the characters are all epicly funny and like able.i can't wait for season 2 in dub.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:22 pm Reply with quote
I went into Is the a Zombie pretty much expecting that I would not like it but I ended up laughing quite a bit.

Like Bamboo said there are quite a few gags that were genuinely laugh out loud funny. The plot itself could have used a little work and there were certainly low points that made me roll my eyes with cliche but overall I enjoyed it and I wouldn't mind if Funi puts out the 2nd season,
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