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Kicksville



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:20 am Reply with quote
I'd like to take a moment to express my appreciation for Juuzo's head not being a big, obvious, clashing CG thing. From the moment this was announced, I figured that's what we were getting, and it helps a lot that it isn't (honestly, I'm surprised it's Dorohedoro doing it instead).

I will gladly instead take the surreal 3D (Unreal Engine?) backgrounds that evoke "Masamune Shirow playing with the same computer he bought in 2000 for CG backdrops forever".

This really has been a great start for something going down familiar territory, and...yeah, feels like it could go either way. Hope it stays solid.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:16 am Reply with quote
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the second episode gets at this a bit by throwing Juuzo into a desperate search for his favorite cigarette brand

What was really neat about that was that it wasn't just his "favorite" brand, but apparently the only brand with enough of the right additives to suppress the side effects of extensive extensions. Except -twist!- it actually was just his favorite and he didn't need the medicinal effects after all.

I kinda agree about the chibi takes for humor, but mostly because he looks like chibi Alphonse Elric every time.

And from the OP it appears Juuzo's not the only one with a gun for a head. This could get interesting.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:43 am Reply with quote
Did Steve give up on this? I'd expect more comments, if there were more reviews, but it's just been radio silence all around since episode 4.

I'm still liking this a lot, but I guess I'm not sure what to say about it without some prompting. :/ I also don't feel like spoiler tagging everything for the last two episodes.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:49 pm Reply with quote
I didn’t really understand what was going on so I dropped it...
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Yes it is 2019 which means that everyone should know that the term military industrial complex was pushed by the KGB during the Cold War in order to get the American left to think that its own military was less moral than the Soviets. Because America used private contractors to build weapons (and do so more cheaply, efficiently AND higher quality) it meant that the decision to stop Soviet imperialism was driven by evil capitalists because you know everyone else knew that the Soviets were right and communism was the truth. But criticize a weapons program funded and run entirely by the government that was used to do things like invade Afghanistan and subjugate Chechnya and eastern Europe and send weapons to any warlord or terrorist who would claim to be socialist to use to garrot and incinerate women and children? It was never done. Decades after the collapse of.the Soviet Union western lefrists are STILL parroting the KGB nonsense that defense contractors and oil companies drive our military and foreign policy and if it wasn't for those evil capitalists we would disarm and everyone would have world peace. Except back then the KGB position was that western disarmament would cause world peace by virtue of Soviet communism ruling the globe. With the Soviets - as the vanguards of the revolution - leading the way, first among equals which means yes the very natuonalistic Soviets were seeking a Soviet first policy AND of course the ethnic Russians were first in the Soviet Union which meant oh never mind - no longer around to give us world piece enforcef by Soviet government manufactured arms with ethnic Russians having all the management and engineering positions while everyone else worked as their janitors and cooks but hey in a socialist system that isn't discrimination right just like in Cuba whete all the good government jobd are held by white Cubans and the Afro Cubans are at the bottom of society - none of the left has come up with an alternative to the alleged military industrial complex. They have neither created a world where weapons weren't necessary - which wasn't the goal of the Soviets by the way ... they wanted a world where they and especially ethnic Russians were the only ones who made and controlled them - or a better way to make the weapons that we do need to deter people like I don't know PUTIN other than relying on the likes of Stark Enterprises to make better weapons than Putin's cousins and cronies will ever be able to make (anyone who believes Russia is less corrupt under Putin than they were in the Soviet era ... is probably someone who still ised KGB propaganda like military industrial complex. Or who thinks that the Viet Nam War ended in a manner that was totally in the interests of the South Vietnamese. Or even the many North Vietnamese who didn't want want to be ruled by Soviet armed and indoctrinated brutal militarists).

As for Ghost in the Shell SAC ... created by yet another leftist who hates the United States .... yet expects the US to defend them from China, and North Korea. No different from the European leftists who bashes the US as fascists while demanding that it pays for NATO and supplies nearly all the troops and arms. At least the WW 2 atrocity denying right wingers in Japan - who hate the US too - make the case that Japan should defend itself rarher than rely on the - wait for it - US military industrial complex to defend them. That's why right wing stuff like Mahouka, the Silent Service and Gate are much preferable to stuff like GITS:SAC ... at least they are consistent and self-aware.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:53 am Reply with quote
Found the arms dealer.

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If your tolerance for his infallibly hardboiled persona hasn't already been tested, it surely will have been by this season's halfway-point.

Why would it be tested? It's what I'm here for. Smile

As for "America's current state of Forever War," despite WWII being our last declared war, the US military has been shooting at other people for all but about 17 years since the country's inception, so it's definitely Forever War, but hardly just the current state.
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What's much more interesting is how the episode concludes. Olivier sits with Mega Armed in the police van and coolly informs him that his self-aggrandizing confession has been sent to the Justice Department. Mega Armed is unfazed, however, as he's content in the knowledge that it was their very government that propped him up as a shiny-headed distraction from their war crimes in the first place. Such is the very modern conflict at the heart of most noir: corrupt institutions can't be policed when they're in charge of the policing. We laud the concept of justice as this literally divine institution, but justice in practice is as subject to human foibles as anything else. And it's just as Olivier realizes this that a giant hole gets punched through the side of the van, presumably disintegrating Mega Armed (but not her, I'm hoping). Olivier stopped herself from killing Mega Armed earlier, but perhaps this act of vengeance from yet another party is the closest thing to “justice” a man like him could ever hope to see. It's a depressing thought to chew on, and one I'm glad to see No Guns Life ask us to chew on.


It's actually Beruihen who is behind al of of shady stuff including covering up the Norse Scott incident not the government. The newest episode also revealed they ones who propped up Armed in the first place and then assassinated him when he became a liability. Which makes sense when you remember they are ones who originated extension technology introduced it to the military and then populace. They have most lose if anything stymies the proliferation of extension tech. That said, it is obvious they have some influence government due to their support in the war and their tenuous but dependent relationship with EMS due to resources is one example. But it's not enough that Armed being dragged into court would not be a problem for them. Hence taking the drastic action straight up kill him before he falls into the government's hands.

Gina Szanboti wrote:
As for "America's current state of Forever War," despite WWII being our last declared war, the US military has been shooting at other people for all but about 17 years since the country's inception, so it's definitely Forever War, but hardly just the current state.
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I mean to be frank you say about lots of countries. There never an era without conflict for one reason or another no matter relatively peaceful it is. Its not a thing that's tied to one country.
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Jack Dorsey, for instance, stubbornly refuses to grapple with the awful power of Twitter


Where "grappling with" would mean you want the billionaire you despise to be the one enforcing the censorship? Asking the government to censor or break companies up would be consistent (but weird to me with Trump as President), boycotting the incredibly voluntary and unnecessary to your life Twitter would be reasonable, somehow loving the tech billionaires and demanding that they censor bad people would be at least consistent too, but simultaneously hating them and demanding that they exercise a high level of fine-grained (but impossibly accurate) control over what people see and say is especially weird.

Steve Jones is exactly exhibiting "a terrible and religious awe towards our incomprehensibly wealthy overlords."
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