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#1 Edited by Vigorousjammer (2536 posts) -

@hamst3r said:

I also went through Ping Pong The Animation and got a little misty-eyed there at the end, it was really good.

Also, watched The Professional: Golgo 13. I'd been familiar with Duke Togo as an icon of anime, but had never actually seen Golgo 13 until a few days ago. Duke is one cold sonuvabitch. Naked ladies be crawling all over him and he's just laying there, Duke Togo-ing. Not giving a fuck.

Ping Pong is pretty incredible. In fact, anything I've ever watched with Yuasa, Masaaki's involvement has been pretty fantastic. I really need to watch more of his work.

I've also never watched any Golgo 13, despite it being one of those big anime classics. I should probably give it a go at some point.

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Anyway, I started watching Mobile Suit Gundam. Started at the beginning with the original 1979 series.
The first 6 or 7 episodes are decent, but don't really have much depth to them in terms of the storytelling...
However... I just finished episode 18, and ever since episode 8 it's been getting increasingly better with each episode.

#2 Edited by Vigorousjammer (2536 posts) -

I have a really vivid memory of this game.
I went with my parents to a "Nobody Beats The Wiz" store around November of 2000, we spent a long time there, because we were getting all the equipment we needed to set up cable internet.

I was 12 years old at the time, and didn't have a Playstation, instead owning a Dreamcast. There's a few things I remember about that visit to that store... I remember digging through the bargin bin there, and that being my first exposure to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, through seeing the Dreamcast game sitting in there. I also remember my parents buying me a copy of Skies of Arcadia that same day as an early Christmas present.

Anyway, I played the demo version of Threads of Fate on the Playstation kiosk there. The demo went through a whole jungle area, chasing after these two cartoony looking hunters or something, as well as the part after that where you're on top of some kind of Aztec looking temple fighting a boss or something. That demo was super captivating, and stuck in my mind for a long time, but I never actually knew the name of the game until just a few years ago. Now I really feel like I should pick it up and play it at some point.

#3 Edited by Vigorousjammer (2536 posts) -

@super2j: I'm planning on watching the show for the first series. It's only 43 episodes, so it's not all that long. I mean, if you break it down, that's only about 18 hours, total.
I spent more time catching up on Detective Conan one summer, or that other summer when I watched a bunch of classic Doctor Who episodes...

I mean, it still is intimidating, for sure. Especially when you begin to factor in the rest of the series, OVAs and Movies as well...
I basically just want to experience it in it's original form, though. Compilation movies just sound like they'd be horribly paced, much like how Evangelion: Death & Rebirth was...

Anyway, I decided to make a chart for all of the Universal Century Gundam I plan to watch before going off to other timelines (this chart basically just excludes the amusement park ride, the live-action TV movie, and the recent 08th MS Team special from 2013):

Title# of EpisodesEpisode DurationTotal MinutesTotal Commitment
Mobile Suit Gundam43 (TV)25 minutes107517 hours, 55 minutes
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam50 (TV)24 minutes120020 hours
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ47 (TV)24 minutes112818 hours, 48 minutes
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack1 (Movie)n/a1191 hour, 59 minutes
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket6 (OVA)30 minutes1803 hours
Mobile Suit Gundam F911 (Movie)n/a1202 hours
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory13 (OVA) + 1 (Special)30 minutes + 4 minute special3946 hours, 34 minutes
Mobile Suit Victory Gundam51 (TV)24 minutes122420 hours, 24 minutes
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team12 (OVA)24 minutes2884 hours, 48 minutes
Gundam Neo Experience 0087: Green Divers1 (Movie)n/a2323 minutes
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One-Year War3 (OVA)27 minutes811 hour, 21 minutes
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 00793 (OVA)30 minutes901 hour, 30 minutes
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Gravity of the Battlefront3 (OVA)30 minutes901 hour, 30 minutes
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn7 (OVA) + 1 (Special)59 minutes + 25 minute special4387 hours, 18 minutes
TOTALS243 "episodes" (191 TV, 47 OVA, 3 movies, 2 specials)n/a6450107 hours, 30 minutes

107 hours?! That's about a full 4 and a half days to get through everything. Holy crapola! o_o
Of course, this chart doesn't include any of the series from the other Gundam universes, so I could easily see that number doubling if I included all of them.

Still, 107 hours seems do-able over the course of 3-4 months... probably even less than that if I really rushed through everything.

#4 Edited by Vigorousjammer (2536 posts) -

@super2j: Heh, I actually just watched that episode about a week ago and never noticed that, lol.

In other news, I've been wanting to watch Maido! Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku since last season, but nobody has subtitled it yet. :/
Even though I only understand a handful of Japanese words & phrases, I've been debating just starting to watch the raw episodes of it (which have been consistently going up on Nyaa one day after an episode airs).

I've also been working on finishing up Rurouni Kenshin, despite all of the episodes towards the end of it being filler arcs which rage from "poor" to "semi-decent". I only have 3 episodes left of that, as well as the standalone "episode 95" special, so I should probably just get around to finishing it.
Of course, after finishing the main series, I'm still planning to watch the Trust and Betrayal OVA (which I've heard is the best part of the entire franchise).

Lastly, I've been trying to mentally prepare myself to go on a giant Mobile Suit Gundam binge, starting with the original 1979 series (which is currently just sitting on my hard drive, waiting to be watched), and afterwards, watching everything from the Universal Century timeline, according to the air dates for each series.

So far, I've only seen four things related to Gundam:

  • One was a couple episodes of Gundam: 08th MS Team a few years back (although I was only half paying attention to it, since it was just streaming in the background while I was playing some Minecraft)
  • The second was one episode of Gundam Seed, back in the day when it aired on Toonami.
  • The third was, again, something that aired on Toonami: a few episodes of Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
  • and finally, just one episode of SD Gundam Force (which was REALLY bad).

Since I'd be going into the vast, sprawling Gundam franchise pretty-much cold, I've been debating starting up a blog, chronicling my journey through Gundam shows as I go through them and whatnot... Not sure if that would actually be interesting or not, though. What do you guys think?

#5 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2536 posts) -

@super2j said:

@vigorousjammer: made it through The General Blue arc and I am in the Baba arc.

General Blue act is always a favourite of mine, so much adventure! That pirate robot was legit scary (also looks kinda like cell). I love how Krillin and Bulma just join in, it keeps things fresh. Then there is Penguin village which always confused me, how fast do you have to go to get to a place that has poop with a face? Goku vs Red ribbon army is also so satisfying. They constantly act like assholes and underestimate him, it might be a bit of a power fantasy thing for me, but I love seeing their faces when Goku dodges bullet fire and destroys their face. Finally got to re-watch the Mercenary Tao fight, good stuff.

Yeah, General Blue arc is pretty fantastic. That cave feels super nostalgic every time I watch it. I still get more nostalgia out of the Pilaf saga, though.

The Penguin Village arc makes much more sense if you've seen Dr. Slump & Arale-chan, or even if you've just read the Dr. Slump manga. It's basically a crossover with that series. I always found it kind of weird how it just got shoved into the middle of the Red Ribbon saga like that, though.

@super2j said:

1) It is alarming how much sexual harassment Bulma goes through. It especially got real when she was talking to two red ribbon guys and they say "lets have 'fun'", followed by Bulma saying "Oh that fun... you know I am 16 right?". There is also Roshi constantly making comments like "you built this plane out of nothing? wow you suurre are talented in many ways, how about a kiss". No wonder Bulma has a short temper, everyone is constantly going too far. The face she makes after Krillin pulls her shirt down in the Yamcha vs Invisible man fight is upsetting.

Lol, it's even worse in the Japanese version, Roshi at that point says something like "You built this thing from household items? I guess you're not just a big-boobed girl, then, huh?"
I always find these moments pretty hilarious, though, mostly just because of Bulma's reactions. :P

@super2j said:

2) In the Fortune teller Baba arc, when Goku fights the mummy. I see a lot of parallels to the Goku vs Nappa fight. First, you got big a hairless man who beat up Yamcha. The villain comments on his presence or stance, which looks relaxed. Finally, Goku, after a mild amount of action, ends the fight with 1 punch and is carrying the enemy over his head.

Edit: The soundtrack is waaay better than the non-Faulconer music i have heard in DBZ... except for the "riding on nimbus" theme... the use of that song can be hilarious

Ah, yeah I can see the similarities now that you point them out.

I'm with you on the soundtrack as well. The regular nimbus theme is pretty great, but I feel like this nimbus theme is even better, lol (even though it's only used once or twice):

Be sure to look up the lyrics for this one, it's pretty hilarious.

#6 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2536 posts) -

@eternalvigil said:

@corevi said:

@vigorousjammer @eternalvigil This is the Crunchyroll version? Fuuuuuuuuuck. Guess I have to wait for the Bluray.

Yep this was the crunchyroll version. Odd, as Jojo's Bizzare Adventure (Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency) on there weren't censored to my knowledge.

I think it's simply because the 2012 series went up on CrunchyRoll after the BluRays were already released in Japan. Stardust Crusaders only has the first 2 BluRays released thus far, so there isn't an uncensored version for them to pull from... yet.

#7 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2536 posts) -

@corevi said:

@vigorousjammer @eternalvigil This is the Crunchyroll version? Fuuuuuuuuuck. Guess I have to wait for the Bluray.

Not sure if you're into fan-subs or not, but Some-Stuffs subs has the first 8 bluray episodes for Stardust Crusaders released, and they're planning to do the rest of them.

#8 Edited by Vigorousjammer (2536 posts) -

@corevi said:

@vigorousjammer: Wait what censorship? I haven't noticed any. I've only just started Stardust Crusaders though.

The first season of Stardust Crusaders has some BluRay episodes out now, but in the TV version they censored some of the more brutal blood and gore by putting shadows over things, One of the most obvious ones I can think of was in Episode 4 when they're all on the plane, and bugs come flying out of people's mouths, they put black shadows over them, and they also put a huge shadow over the person the main stand user was talking through when blood was presumably just pouring out of his mouth, and also in Episode 6 they censored Jotaro smoking a cigarette (because he's under 18, I think? Though, if that's the case, they oddly didn't censor him shotgunning a beer in Episode 1).

Anyway, yeah, BluRay version is uncensored, and the first 8 episodes of it have been released thus far, as far as I can tell.

As for the 2012 series, uncensored BluRays have long been released for that series.

#9 Edited by Vigorousjammer (2536 posts) -

@corevi: Jojo is fantastic! :D

I'm eagerly anticipating Season 2 of Stardust Crusaders.

Part of me wants to hold off on it, though, and wait until the blu ray release so I don't have to deal with the silly TV censorship that will surely be there like it was in season 1.

On another note, can anybody think of some Thanksgiving themed anime or manga? Even somewhat loosely themed to the holiday? Should I finally try and get into Vinland Saga?

#10 Edited by Vigorousjammer (2536 posts) -

@super2j: Do they ever explicitly say he hasn't seen one? I can't remember.
It's possible he may have seen one, and didn't realize it was a magic ball that granted wishes, but still wanted to copy the design and sell them. The one he copies is the four-star ball, so perhaps he saw it at the same time Grandpa Gohan was buying it or something. Another possibility is that he found it, sold that four-star ball to Gohan and then, perhaps if Gohan paid a lot for it, he'd have the desire to create replicas. Anyway, it seems they just leave it open to interpretation.