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#31 Chronis

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 12:58 AM

I imagine there are phrases/words that are used in Japanese that originated as English, much like in other languages. Most of those aren't fully translated. Like how in some other languages, computer is still computer. On the same token, we have konichiwa (bitches)!

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#32 Kirin Lemon

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 02:14 AM

I imagine there are phrases/words that are used in Japanese that originated as English, much like in other languages. Most of those aren't fully translated. Like how in some other languages, computer is still computer. On the same token, we have konichiwa (bitches)!


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#33 the_punisher

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 02:18 AM

Anyone else in the mood for soccer anime/manga? I always thought Oretachi no Field is a pretty underrated.


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#34 ChibiJosh

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 02:28 AM

Anyone else in the mood for soccer anime/manga? I always thought Oretachi no Field is a pretty underrated.

Captain Tsubasa is probably the most famous one that I know of. I never got into sports anime/manga though. I think Slam Dunk is the only one that's managed to keep my attention.
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#35 Kirin Lemon

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 03:10 AM

I never got into sports anime/manga though. I think Slam Dunk is the only one that's managed to keep my attention.


Check out Cross Game, it's all kinds of great.
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Posted 30 June 2010 - 04:27 AM

I don't have a chance to read Cross Game but I enjoyed Touch

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 05:32 AM

I wasn't expecting this: I paid for Fedex shipping when I ordered Nodame Cantabile because I wanted to make sure I had it in time for the weekend, but Play Asia shipped my order in the future through the future-past, so that it could arrive today. Yeah, it doesn't make sense to me either, but I should be thanking time zones, I guess.

I don't normally post in-progress impressions, but I thought I should this time. I finished watching the first disc of Nodame Cantabile — the first four episodes — and I am in love with the show. I'll spare you guys the nightmare I went through in obtaining some dual layer discs earlier this evening, but because of that ordeal, a part of me wanted Nodame Cantabile to make up for it, which is completely unfair, but the show is blowing me away so far.

The plot so far is simple, but the real magic is in the show's characters. All of the characters so far are wonderful, and the English dub is really well produced. If you're familiar with Geneon's English dubs, or any English dub produced in California for that matter, then you'll recognize some of the voices. They have really been doing an amazing job so far. Also, if anyone is interested, I watched about five minutes of the show with English subtitles, and the English subtitles seem perfect, so if you wanted to watch it in Japanese, then that's a completely viable option.

Actually, if I didn't tell you these DVDs were from Hong Kong, then you wouldn't even know it. Everything is in English, and the packaging is really awesome. The covers look great, and there's even art on the inside covers. Fantastic packaging. If anyone's interested, I took some pictures of the DVDs themselves, and I took some screen caps of the show.

Why the hell hasn't anyone licensed this for release here yet? It originally aired in 2007. What the hell is everyone waiting for? But I guess it doesn't really matter anymore, since Sony Pictures published this Hong Kong version. It's only 30 bucks too, which is another reason not to pass this up. Buy it, dammit.

Here's the Play Asia listing: http://www.play-asia...-3u22-4-6.html]

And here's all the pictures I took. Enjoy!

#38 ChibiJosh

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 05:43 AM

Hong Kong... Super cheap... Are you sure this isn't a bootleg? I mean, I imagine play-asia doesn't sell bootlegs, but it's throwing off some warning signs. And, you have a region-free DVD player?
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#39 Razzuel

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 05:52 AM

Hong Kong... Super cheap... Are you sure this isn't a bootleg? And, you have a region-free DVD player?


No, this is a legit release by Sony Pictures International and Kodansha, and it's region 3. Also, Play Asia wouldn't sell bootlegs.

Nope, I don't have a region-free DVD player. The only unfortunate part of the experience — and I'm really nitpicking here — is that I have to rip the DVD to my computer, and then burn it to a new dual layer DVD+R without the region restriction. After that I can watch it on my PS3.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 06:15 AM

Just go with "weeaboo"

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#41 ChibiJosh

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 06:25 AM

No, this is a legit release by Sony Pictures International and Kodansha, and it's region 3. Also, Play Asia wouldn't sell bootlegs.

Nope, I don't have a region-free DVD player. The only unfortunate part of the experience — and I'm really nitpicking here — is that I have to rip the DVD to my computer, and then burn it to a new dual layer DVD+R without the region restriction. After that I can watch it on my PS3.


Why can't something like this be done with Denno Coil? It was one of the best recent anime I've seen. I would buy it and a region free DVD player immediately. Hell, I'd take a bootleg if it had subs.
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Posted 30 June 2010 - 04:53 PM

There are tons of cheap DVD players that can be hack to region free.

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#43 ChibiJosh

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 02:05 AM

I'm through the first two volumes of the second half of Ah! My Goddess. Still enjoying it. That second opening is amazing though. Love me some bagpipes.

Anyone planning on checking out any of the summer anime? I think I need to see High School of the Dead. There's also some anime based on a dating game, and those are usually a good time.
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Posted 01 July 2010 - 03:08 PM

Looks like people who bought Toradora or Persona -trinity soul- might be sending their discs back to NIS.

NIS America, the American subsidiary of the Nippon Ichi Software game company, has announced a replacement program for people who have experienced video issues with its first two anime DVD releases —Toradora and Persona -trinity soul- - Volume 1 Premium Edition.

People who received the two releases began reporting issues on ANN, AnimeOnDVD, and NIS America's web forums earlier this week. The reported problems appear as interlacing and aliasing artifacts, although some home video setups minimize the appearance of these artifacts.



NIS America said that it reviewed the issues and agreed "that there is room for improvement." To that end, NIS America plans to re-master the affected DVDs and send the free replacements to customers who request them.


Definitely not the start NIS was looking for as their first anime releases in NA.

For those wondering how bad the problems are, here's a link where the first post shows what's wrong with Toradora:
http://nisamerica.co...t=1736&start=10
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#45 DuelLadyS

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 04:01 PM

Anyone else in the mood for soccer anime/manga? I always thought Oretachi no Field is a pretty underrated.


Mike Toole just did an article on soccer anime for ANN:
http://www.animenews...ward/2010-06-20

#46 Chronis

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 04:41 PM

Somehow, I'm not surprised at NIS.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 08:35 PM

Anyone planning on checking out any of the summer anime? I think I need to see High School of the Dead. There's also some anime based on a dating game, and those are usually a good time.


Is it me, or does the lineup not look so great so far? Whatever Crunchyroll picks up I'll watch, but a lot of the shows look like throwaways based on the description.

Except of course High School of the Dead. Just the name has me interested ;).

And apparently some place I've never heard of will be streaming six of the summer shows free for one week after it airs.

http://www.animenews...ht-after-airing


I don't know if anyone started Giant Killing, but I watched episodes 7 & 8 today, and finally I'm really starting to like it. It has a very slow pace, but the protagonist Tatsumi reminds me a lot of Onizuka (GTO) in his attitude, and I love it. Some of the characters on the team/management are generic, but a lot of them are memorable too (Tsubaki). Since it's new, it also looks very good.

The opening is also really catchy the more you listen to it:


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#48 ChibiJosh

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 08:58 PM

Is it me, or does the lineup not look so great so far? Whatever Crunchyroll picks up I'll watch, but a lot of the shows look like throwaways based on the description.

Except of course High School of the Dead. Just the name has me interested ;).

And apparently some place I've never heard of will be streaming six of the summer shows free for one week after it airs.

http://www.animenews...ht-after-airing


I'ven't been impressed by most of the stuff coming out for the past couple years, really.

Also, Nico Nico is like the Japanese equivalent to YouTube. It's huge.

That opening was pretty sweet.

And here's the trailer for High School of the Dead for anyone who hasn't seen it:


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#49 Razzuel

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 10:30 PM

Whoa, Bandai just announced at Anime Expo that they've licensed K-On!. That's fantastic that it's getting released over here, but I'm going to miss the Animax dub. Hmm, I wonder if Sony is going to release a Hong Kong version of K-On! like they did with Nodame Cantabile because that would be especially awesome; if not, then I'll just buy Bandai's release.

And here's the trailer for High School of the Dead for anyone who hasn't seen it:


Am I the only person bothered by High School of the Dead's fixation on large breasts? It seems quite unnecessary, and I think it's insulting.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 10:36 PM

I decide to reread Captain Tsubasa from the beginning

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#51 Chronis

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 10:48 PM

Am I the only person bothered by High School of the Dead's fixation on large breasts? It seems quite unnecessary, and I think it's insulting.


Yes... yes you are. Watching the trailer, there was only one character that had some big ole unrealistic anime boobs. The rest seemed somewhat normal. Of course, they were jiggling all over the place, regardless of size. But given that zombies tend to be a guy thing, I think it's safe to say HSotD is going to have a largely male audience. Dudes like boobs.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 10:56 PM

yes... Yes you are. Watching the trailer, there was only one character that had some big ole unrealistic anime boobs. The rest seemed somewhat normal. Of course, they were jiggling all over the place, regardless of size. But given that zombies tend to be a guy thing, i think it's safe to say hsotd is going to have a largely male audience. Dudes like boobs.


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#53 Razzuel

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 11:12 PM

Yes... yes you are. Watching the trailer, there was only one character that had some big ole unrealistic anime boobs. The rest seemed somewhat normal. Of course, they were jiggling all over the place, regardless of size. But given that zombies tend to be a guy thing, I think it's safe to say HSotD is going to have a largely male audience. Dudes like boobs.


Nah, that petite, pink-haired girl had huge breasts, and they were drooping way too much. It was quite jarring and disingenuous. Also, I don't have anything against breasts, but their presentation in this zombie apocalypse really fucking irks me.

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#54 Kirin Lemon

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 11:15 PM

Nah, that petite, pink-haired girl had huge breasts, and they were drooping way too much. It was quite jarring and disingenuous. Also, I don't have anything against breasts, but their presentation in this zombie apocalypse really fucking irk me.


I agree. The rest of the show looks interesting, but all the emphasis on boobies leaves me skeptical and annoyed.
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#55 SeanAmI

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 11:28 PM

The manga is the same way, its just zombies and fan service. The one character is suppose to be based on an over the top Kouta Hirano.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 11:59 PM

The High School of the Dead anime (judging by the trailer) look just how I would of pictured it after reading the manga. It's not the greatest idea for a zombie story, but it fills its purpose on the entertainment side of things.
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 12:06 AM

Definitely not the start NIS was looking for as their first anime releases in NA.

Yes it leaves a bad impression because they need replacing, but it's very encouraging to see that they will be replaced. Some other companies just ignore the problem, and I think that kills consumer confidence a lot quicker.

#58 ChibiJosh

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 02:07 AM

Raz does tend to like anime where the girls are flat and/or creepily young.
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#59 Chronis

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 02:26 AM

Actually, now that you mention it, didn't Raz like that show about panties in middle school or some such nonsense....? :shock:

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#60 Razzuel

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 02:35 AM

Raz does tend to like anime where the girls are flat and/or creepily young.


Aww, come on; that's not very nice. I like normal, legal-aged girls, thank you.

Actually, now that you mention it, didn't Raz like that show about panties in middle school or some such nonsense....? :shock:


No.

Chu-Bra is a strange show, and I don't recommend it. It presents itself as being something like a coming of age story for girl's underwear. Chu-Bra contains educational information on girl's underwear, but I'm not entirely sure how accurate its "educational" information is, and the show does present itself as being sincere on average, however, the show also delves into sexualizing these middle school girls through scenes filled with breasts and panty shots, which is unnerving, and it spoils whatever credibility they were trying to achieve or maintain.