Three Minutes of Combat IN TECHNICOLOR
Though we've mentioned before that it's being released as a series of
movies, it bears repeating that Yamato 2199 being broadcast right now on TV in
Japan. Despite the fact that it almost never shows up in season previews, this is, IMHO the best action show on right now. In fact, despite the rather anachronistic design of its titular spacecraft, Yamato 2199 is one of the better scifi shows of the last decade.
For those of you who watched Starblazers those many years ago, here is a brief promo clip of the battle at the rainbow nebula. For those poor deprived souls that didn't, this isn't terribly spoilerish, it's one of several battles our heroes fight, this one taking place in a remarkably dense, multicolored nebula.
Yamato 2199, is being aggressively marketed internationally. The English language dub is called Starblazers 2199, and will have at least some name changes (the ship is named Argo on the English version). Bang Zoom is doing the dub which is heartening. They've done some excellent work in the past. Johnny Yong Bosch is reportedly playing Kodai/Wildstar.
As in the original, the Yamato seems to take way more punishment than any possible ship of its dimensions and distance from support and repair docks could possibly absorb and keep going. Forget the infamously regenerating third bridge, they seem to lose at least one of their 18-inch turrets every other fight...
Posted by: Mitch H. at Mon Jul 29 13:09:59 2013 (jwKxK)
In this series they have at least paid lip service to the difficulties of field repair. The ship having various things not working is an occasional plot point, particularly after
their super impressive 3-d printer they use for repairs....gets blasted to bits and needs repairs.
Life Altering HairstylesStella WAHSDC3 has been pleasant enough thus far. The other club members are all likeably eccentric. The problem has been main character who is SO damned insecure and introverted that by episode 3 it begins to grate. Yura has problems. She is terribly introverted, indecisive and afraid of her own shadow.
However, in this episode (#3) these issues stop just being a character trait and become a plot point.
They're at a paintball tournament. Unlike Girls Und Panzer boys are allowed to participate in the league and indeed make up the majority of players at the tournament. Our girls school heroines win for several tournaments but don't wipe the floor with the competition. The competition is VERY good at what they do. All is well until they encounter the team from Sisters of Bitchieness Girls School of Implacable Small Unit Tactics For Sadistic Combat Monsters Whose Uniforms Are Black....or something. This fight is personal, there is some history there and our heroines get routed...well....The team aside from Yura gets taken out...Yura's response to this is not to go down fighting....not to try to make a dash for the flag...not even to run and at least make it hard for them....she jusy says "Eh what the hell"...and gives up. This Of course is a FORFEIT.
...and I'm like "You selfish little &^%"
It got worse...the team came over and comforted her and told her it was no big deal.
OK at that point I just about logged off but at that point Kashima, the president stepped in and tore her a new one. She pointed out quite rightly that Yuna had let them all down, damaged their reputation and essentially insulted them.
It was almost like there were certain minimal standards of behavior expected of people.
Given that she's going to an exclusive girls school that looks like a pink Versailles about the size of central park...I gather that Yuna has probably been pretty sheltered life and hasn't been socialized to grok such concepts as loyalty and honor except as abstractions.
Well...she does seem to understand that she has screwed up mightily.
She understands it SO well that at the end of the episode, she's cut her hair very short.
This is a big thing to the Japanese. Cutting the hair dramatically signifies a major life change. This indicates that she GETS it.
It appears that our heroine has come to grips with her problem and is growing as a character.
And I find that cool.
As an aside, the actress doing Kirishima is knocking ot out of the park as far as conveying the oddness of the character most effectively.
UPDATE: Teh Banshee has a fine analysis of Yura's conundrum in the comments.
Yura is caught between two different standards of behavior. One is that the nail shouldn't stick up, and that if it does, it should hammer itself down. Sticking out is a burden to other people, and your rights are whatever the group chooses to throw your way. And the group is whoever is around at the moment, not just your friends and family who care about you. Yura has been thoroughly indoctrinated into this, by always being the lowest status person around (possibly only in her own mind). But this standard is why Japanese bullies apparently aren't kidding when they call on people to surrender to save them trouble, and why Japanese police feel insulted if an innocent person who has been arrested should publicly proclaim his innocence. So of course Yura thinks she is obliged to surrender, or suffer both social and physical consequences for being a nuisance to the other team and to her own. Because apparently, that's what's always happened when she stuck out.
But in her fantasies, she is a person with worth and status, a person who can persevere and fight. In part of her mind, she thinks of paintball as a way to become that person. She just has no idea of how to go about it, or not enough courage to follow her ideas.
And by cutting her hair, she declares that she is going to really do it.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Wed Jul 24 16:22:30 2013 (cvXSV)
So, You May Ask, "Where's the Post?"
Right here. It's a disquisition on the pros, cons and history of pneumatic postal systems scaled up to eleventy.
Now you, gentle reader, may wish to suggest that there is no such post here. To that I'm afraid my response must be...
Don't. You. Think. I KNOW THAT!?
THERE WAS!!1!! BUT NOT'NY MORE!!
I was almost...almost done...but I pasted a url in the text so I highlighted it and hit backspace.
It's what your supposed to do right? Blogging...b..basic word processing...imple isn't it?...and and then the screen jumped to the previous page.
A..and it was gone..all those words. ALL OF THEM!
They say that there's no devil...but there is...it came and ate my post RIGHT OUT OF HELL!!
Anyway, in lieu of any actual content, here's a nice documentary on the making of Star Trek's The Doomsday Machine that I pilfered from Ace's sidebar.
RWBY Episode 1
Over the course of the last several months, four computer animated shorts have been released, each focusing on an "eponymous" character from an upcoming animation series called RWBY.
The first two were superb and used color and music to great stylistic effect. The second was less stylish but had a good deal of action and a voice actress whose purr was husky enough to pull a dogsled. The third had a heroine who was not particularly likeable and its pacing was uneven, but it was technically impressive (rather too much so...it had a tendency to break You Tube) with very well imagined action sequences and a fine score. These trailers have generated much anticipation for the series...and now that series is here...
In contrast to the first two trailers, which had a very ephemeral, almost European atmosphere, the first episode has a more or less conventional Japanese Shonen comic feel to it.
It seems that "Red" from the first trailer is going to be our lead.
Ruby Rose is a student at a college that specializes in training monster hunters. She's a typical shonen heroine, idealistic, enthusiastic to the point of being a goofball, and a very adept at the utilization of her .50 caliber, bolt action, magazine fed, fully articulated, rocket assisted, collapsable scythe. Her immediate goal is to graduate college and do her graduate work at Beacon University, which is required to become a huntress. Huntsmen and Huntresses are the elite monster hunters of this rather anachronistic world.
How anachronistic is it you may ask? Well, for one thing, they presumably have monsters. Additionally, they have magic (which is facilitated by a McGuffin called "dust"), machine guns, cities that look like a cross between 1930's Chicago and Vienna, airships, a broken moon, advanced tablet computer devices and villains who wear derby hats....
Meet Roman Torchwick. He is a well known criminal who has decided to rob a dust, dry-goods, jewelry, magazine and music store. Unfortunately for him, Ruby happens to be loitering in the magazine section. While Torchwick relieves the owner of his dust, an ill conceived bit of initiative by one of Mr. Torchwicks henchmen makes Ms. Rose aware of their shenanigans and fisticuffs ensue. Things proceed to escalate rather quickly after that, to swordplay to gunfire and eventually all sorts of magical 'splodies.
Mr. Torchwick has formidable resources at his disposal and (despite the intervention of a professional huntress on our heroines behalf) he makes good his escape.
Afterwards, she is questioned by the huntress, handed off to the huntres's supervisor and we learn that Ruby Rose is not just a formidable fighter, she collects huntress/ hunter autographs, is hyperactive to the point of being something of a spaz and she can eat a pile of of chocolate chip cookies as big as her head.
"...and not a single cookie lived to tell the tale."
Upon establishing these important facts she is scolded, given a unique opportunity, which she decides to take. This results in Ruby reuniting with her obnoxiously loud older sister as the episode ends...
Oh dear God...Did that woman just say her name was...Gladys Goodwitch?" "Yeah sis...I'm afraid she did."
As an aside, there is some indication from the closing credits that
this will not be quite the female sentai team people were expecting.
There is a fairly large mixed gender cast and the fellow we currently
know only as "Vomit Boy" features prominently.
Well, I liked it.
It's not the least bit original at this point, but it's visually interesting, seems to have a decent story and Ruby Rose is a thoroughly likeable character. The voice acting is above average. The pacing of this episode was excellent. I was surprised to find it was only 12 minute long. They provided enough exposition and character development for a full thirty minute pilot in that time. The music, as can be expected from the trailers is superb. Someone named Jeff Williams delivers a fine BGM that complements the fight scenes choreography nicely. The new theme song is quite catchy too.
The computer art is odd and occasionally distracting, but it can be
surprisingly expressive. It certainly lends itself to fluid motion.
The 12 minute webisodes air every Thursday at 7pm (5pm for those who subscribe).
This show is pretty neat...but it is the harbinger of something neater still more...
Thanks for tracking it down. And for doing more with it than I had a chance to (grrr, designated weekend overtime...)
BTW, have you seen my thunder, I seem to have misplaced it somewhere. :-)
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jul 21 05:23:10 2013 (cZPoz)
You mentioned that they had "initial financing by Kickstarter". Do you have a link to the KS page for their offering? Even though the funding is now closed, I was interested in how they pitched it, but I cannot find anything on KS under RWBY or Roosterteeth...
Posted by: Siergen at Sun Jul 21 14:25:50 2013 (Ao4Kw)
I can't either and was never aware of it, but their web page mentioned that it airs at 5pm for Kickstarter people...7pm for everyone else.
Dowsing for Girls
Here we have 4 girls looking for a girl.
Now, being girls, they presumably know all about girls and how to find them, so it's with considerable interest that I note that in addition to he usual methods involving optical detection they have broken out the dowsing rods. I'd never considered dowsing as a means to meet the ladies....I also note that I'm single. Correlation does not indicate causation but this may warrant further study.
7 Letters, Selected and Arranged to Maximize Consumer HappinessDRM Free!
...comic book publisher Image Comics announced at its Image Expo convention that it will now sell all of its
digital comics as downloadable via its website for both desktop and
mobile users, making it the first major U.S. publisher to offer DRM-free
digital versions of comics. Readers can even choose the file format
they prefer: PDFs, EPUBs, CBRs or CBZs.
"No it's true! When you buy E-versions of Image Comics you really really own them and can put them on your flash drive or computer or print them out and put them in a 3 ring binder to get autographed or read when the power goes out or make paper airplanes out of them...or anything!"