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    Most definitely not a Gainax fan (I could rant up and down about that), but Gurren Lagann was a show that I regret not giving any thought when it was new. I heard so much praise for it from animu fans, mostly from your average weeaboos, so because of that I thought it was gonna be the usual overrated crap.

    And then I finally watched it. Went through the whole thing in one weekend. The first story arc was better than the second, but it was a very fun ride nonetheless.

    The only thing I need to watch now is the movies and parallel works. Were those ever dubbed? Yep, I'm not that kind of anime viewer. If there's a good dub I will always watch that over anything else.

    Haruhi is the same. Just like Gurren Lagann, I came in expecting to hate it (and in Haruhi's case, REALLY hate it) but ended up stunned with how much I ended up liking it. Endless Eight was some awesome trolling, that's for sure. You try to watch that mess in a row and it'll give you the same amount a frustration as the characters. Good god.

    I've made a promise to give My Little Pony a look one day. ONE DAY. Everyone, and I mean everyone, seems to be wild about it.


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    Don't think the movies have been dubbed yet. As for the parallel works, the thing is there's nothing to dub. They're music videos, so there's no voices anyway. Well there's one exception but I digress.

    Haruhi sounds interesting, haven't seen it yet but I think I'll watch it soon.

    My therory about the MLP craze is that it's so popular because it's fun to be part of the fan community, rather than the quality of the show. I mean the show itself is absolutely superb and it's a blast to watch, but I think the fun of considering yourself a brony is what draws most people in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertical View Post
    Don't think the movies have been dubbed yet. As for the parallel works, the thing is there's nothing to dub. They're music videos, so there's no voices anyway. Well there's one exception but I digress.
    Ah, ok. Maybe I should just hop to it, then.

    I wish they dubbed the movies already. Why they haven't yet is a mystery to me. I want to see the movies very badly, but I don't wanna lose the English voices. I guess I could just hear them in my head. I'm certain that whenever Manga Entertainment or whoever has the license releases it, it'll probably have the Parallel Works on the same DVD.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vertical View Post
    Haruhi sounds interesting, haven't seen it yet but I think I'll watch it soon.
    I realized that the one thing that holds everything together is the main character. And that character isn't Haruhi.

    The plot (if there is one) of the series may revolve around Haruhi (who's pushy, self absorbed, inconsiderate, manipulative, and sometimes even abusive) but the actual main character of the series is the snarky Kyon who plays the one sane man among all the other weirdos.

    If he wasn't the main character, the show would probably be unwatchable. But because he is and the story is always told through his perspective and no one else's, he adds grounding and makes it so much fun to watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vertical View Post
    I think the fun of considering yourself a brony is what draws most people in.
    Personally I'd never wanna call myself that whether I end up liking the show or not.
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    Vertical, maybe I was bit harsh painting all Disney movies with the same brush. I suppose it's just that I was so impressed as a kid when I saw The Iron Giant for the first time because I'd never seen anything like it. First film that ever made me really scared (and that was when they threatened to take Hogarth away from his mom). With Simba's dad I never really felt it so much because, well, he comes back in the clouds, right? So all's happy! At least it was in my head at the time so I never was all that sad about Mufasa's death.

    Atlantis is actually an extremely awesome movie, it's so sad it's so underrated. The characters are absolutely amazing and I love the acting in it. Have some of the best Vinny scenes, funniest Disney character of all times. (In my opinion at least.)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertical View Post
    I agree with the theme of your critique, but you're glazing over a lot of stuff here. You've got attempted genocide in Hunchback, Bambi's mom is killed in front of him and the same thing goes for Simba's dad, and in Atlantis an entire culture is nearly wiped out to deliver a super bomb to the kaiser during WWI. I feel some of the anti-nazi propoganda is pretty gritty as well.
    And let's not forget The Little Match Girl- 6 straight minutes of agony.

    Let me know if Mononoke is any good. Intro looks great, but I've been burned by that before!

    I've been watching a lot of Soviet animation lately. Not just the propaganda stuff, though that's fun too. They're real pioneers, they never seem to do the same thing twice. Integrating photography, painting on glass, really experimental stuff. Most of it's beautiful, though a bit mundane.





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    Oh, and Havoc in Heaven is my favorite adaption of any part of Journey to the West. Fucking beautiful film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjesta View Post
    Atlantis is actually an extremely awesome movie, it's so sad it's so underrated.
    I have to say I liked the style of the animation but on an afterthought I can't really deny the similarities to the Stargate movie or the fact that the main dude kinda just gets and knows everything, and is kind of a Gary Stu.

    Anyway, in here we had lots of translated Swedish and Danish movies, of which some were pretty damn disturbing or depressing.
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    Implied kitten drowing

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    And now a more Japanese one. Never watched this anime, but it looks really interesting
    You should watch it. Because it's really good.

    Don't forget that the first episode is actually a part of a set of three shorts called "Ayakashi" though. Don't bother about the other two shorts though, because they're kinda crap.
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    Here's couple more, these were my childhood favorites, and probably contributed to my liking of having as little dialogue as possible.



    Here's another underrated (if not completely unknown) non-disney movie, "Help, I'm a Fish". It's pretty rare also with the fact that it actually features pretty deliberate "murder" of the villain by one of the heroes, which I don't recall seeing very often in kid's movies.


    Alfred J. Kwak, another kids' series that pretty heavy subject matters like racism, political issues/spying, environmental issues ect... and aliens, fantastic glass palaces under the sea, space dragons and so on. Dutch/Netherlands/German/Japanese production, and one of the best animated series I know.

    EDIT: Here's an english version.

    Also I liked Troll Tales, mainly because there's not very many Saturday morning cartoons that use Scandinavian mythology.
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    To Tiny Bird: You'll be surprised at how many people compare Atlantis to Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FightingSeraph View Post
    Anyway, what do people here think of stop-motion/claymation cartoons?
    Well, I personally love the Aardman animations, everything from Wallace and Gromit to Creature Comforts.



    As well as the Pingu cartoons (and I already linked Mat & Pat)



    And of course the stuff directed by Henry Selick and Tim Burton


    Well, even Monkeybone, though I can't really say that the movie itself would be good...

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    I´m a Huge Miyazaki fan, but my all time favorite Ghibli films are not directed by him

    Pom Poko , war of the racoons Its quite an underrated gem, fun as hell and heartwarming, it has slipped by the radar of many people, so i really recommend it


    Also , Raccoons with huge ball sacks

    Grave of the fireflies Only movie, animated or not i admit getting teary eyed watching. Its incredibly sad.


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    I've been watching Xamn'd It's probably some of the best tv anime I've seen.

    Pros -
    Heavily character driven. Characters are more complicated than your normal anime cliches.
    Designs - There's really some unusual designs going on in this series creatures characters and otherwise
    Backgrounds - I have to admit I'm drawn to the backgrounds. They're gorgeous

    Not sure if a pro or con, but there are definite Miyazaki Nausicaa vibes in there.

    Cons -
    Story is confusing
    Pacing can be bad because of the story

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    Quote Originally Posted by FightingSeraph View Post
    Starchasers: The Legend of Orin?
    That movie is AWESOME! I was watching it expecting it to suck, making fun of that little blind kid, laughing when Orin leaves him (I'm sick I know). Then he runs into the MANDROIDS and I really started getting into it. Disturbing scenes with that sex robot though. Great story great show.

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    I'm currently watching Guin Saga.

    Ok, I liked Xam'd backgrounds but man...Guin makes you want to LIVE there.

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    Guin Saga is actually based on an epic number of novels written by Kaoru Kurimoto (130!!! novels) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Guin_Saga

    The author apparently published over 400 novels in her career, and she was working on the last one and died 3 days later of Pancreatic Cancer.

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