Maybe they should've made this series episodic if they were going to make it so short. Just put out a 2 hours set piece every 2 years and call it an episode.
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It seems very magical at first but it's actually just ridiculously hyperbolic punching. No need to generalize. Plenty of American cartoons followed a similar formula in that era.
@samsonbarabbas: I have a soft spot for Saint Seiya as an anime to be honest. I like it slightly more than Dragon Ball even though I have some nostalgia for DB and I've only seen Saint Seiya a few years ago. I've only read some of the manga and it's probably not as enjoyable as Dragon Ball is to read though that depends on personal preference. Admittedly I like the series somewhat ironically but I still love it. It's not as brutal as some of the stuff that happens in the comic and the armor designs look more ridiculous at first but still a fun ride for a very pulpy concept. As for animation quality that's just something you have to take with a grain of salt when you watch classics. Don't know that I'd call it consistently great but it does get better as the series goes. If you're going to watch only a few it might be worth checking out one of my all time favorite episodes 13. You probably don't even need context for the episode to get a sense for how rockingly amazing it can be. And to be clear I don't think the original Vampire Hunter D holds up very well I was specifically referring to the sequel movie with "Bloodlust" as its subtitle.
@mezmero: Ace of Diamond is not a shounen style baseball action kind of show. If you did not like the first four episodes then you also won't like the rest.
That's too bad. Seemed like they were going in that direction in the beginning. There have already been plenty of decent realistic baseball shows so if you ask me they missed out on making it cooler than it is.
@samsonbarabbas: I don't mean to make that list longer. Just a few things worth thinking about. I would put Saint Seiya (1986) on that list above most fighting shows from the 80's. There's rarely an episode where a fight doesn't occur. Not very influential in the US but it was fairly big in Central and South America. It's hard to go wrong with Speed Racer if you haven't seen it already. And Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust was probably the best thing to come out of 2000 so you should definitely try that before most anything else from that year.
@darji: Major is pretty great. I've fallen behind on the last one or two seasons. At some point it didn't seem like they could top the emotional highs from the first few seasons. I gave up on Ace of Diamond after the first four really boring episodes. I can see myself getting back into that show if the shounen style baseball action gets better but not until I wrap up my time with Major.
I'm just hoping they don't hire a cyborg or robot. That would spell certain doom for all of us. Honestly I've been extremely apprehensive about all this whole replacing Ryan business. I know it's something that needs to happen but every time I think about it it's like being stabbed in the heart like uh uh uh uh uh. In a weird way I'm sort of thankful for Jeff keeping his process sort of on the down low so I don't have to think about it but now I kind of have to. I trust Jeff's instincts for hiring since the site began so I'll leave the hard part to him.
I continue to really enjoy a lot of the ongoing sports shows this season. Between Hajime no Ippo Rising, Kuroko no Basket, and Yowamushi Pedal I'm getting what I need out of that genre. I think Gundam Build Fighters is horrible but I'm still inexplicably watching it. The fights are kind of the only thing I like about it. I just really wish that less of my favorite mobile suits were being used as cannon fodder.
I went out on a limb and watched that Target exclusive Justice League movie Trapped in Time. I found it shockingly entertaining. It has that cheeseball tone and plotting of the old school Super Friends cartoon with some of the animation style of the more modern Jay Olivia movies (though Olivia didn't direct this). As much as I like the more serious tone of the modern DCAU it's nice to get back to a goofier time in comic book cartoons. Speaking of which Teen Titans Go still cracks me every episode.
Yeah Super Mario Galaxy is really fantastic. I'm still pissed at my brother for trading in my copy just so he could buy his daughter a shitty Dora DS game that she didn't even end up liking. She could have been playing SMG with me and having some real fun. I really wanted to like LoS but that game made me actively hate playing it by the end. Pretty good story and art but that's about it.