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Re: What are you Watching?

Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2022 10:26 am
by Drew_Sutton
It's been on my mind for a while but as I mentioned in this thread here, I wasn't too thrilled with IRIA: Zieram The Animation when I saw it on the SciFi Channel as a part of their Saturday Anime block back in the late 90s but I wonder if age (my own mostly), would look more kindly on it.

It's not entirely one to one as I didn't realize that instead of a single movie, it's actually a six episode OAV and not remembering that well which set of episodes I saw on Saturday Anime, joining half way through could have impacted what I thought about it. Also, the original language version with subtitles is on RetroCrush, so I am watching that instead of a dub.

I got through the first episode and most of the way through the second before kidds got up from nap. I really like the space-horror feel of the first episode and sets things up well going forward. Second episode is a little meh but I'm gonna keep at it at least to finish this thing. Might be good for me to use as a marked lunch break to both physically and mentally check out for during the week.

Re: What are you Watching?

Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2022 8:53 am
by llj
I dig Iria, but mostly for being just a good action anime, the action scenes really are well executed. Explosions, smoke, gunplay, hand to hand combat are crisp and mostly all on point. The story and plotting is OK, but mostly serves to move the action along.

Re: What are you Watching?

Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2022 7:28 am
by llj
Finally watched Girls Und Panzer Der Film. This movie...will not hold your hand. If you don't know these characters before you watch this, you'll be hopelessly lost as this film doesn't even try to introduce or explain the 20+ characters featured in the film. Hell, I watched the TV series just a year or two ago and I still forgot some of these characters. The tank battles were great but it does give off a feel of an extended TV episode. Still good to watch if you're a fan.

Yowamushi Pedal--Man, this show continues to be over the top lol. It's addicting though. Midousuji is one of the weirdest sports characters I've ever seen. He definitely makes an impression though.

Re: What are you Watching?

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2022 9:45 am
by llj
So, I finished Minami Kamakura Cycling Club, which wraps up my current dip into the brief blip in cycling anime of the mid 2010s with Yowamushi Pedal, Long Riders, and Minami Kamakura.

Of the 3 titles, Minami Kamakura probably has the most lush scenic artwork and consistent character models, but it's probably the worse of the three when it comes to cycling content. There are a lot of meandering segments about nothing and the protagonist doesn't actually receive her own road bike until episode 10. A lot of other little details bug me about it like how the girls riding road bikes struggle against cruiser bikes with apparently little to no gears. There's a race in episode 7-8 where the main girls have road bikes and can't put away a team with cruiser bikes even though they're using several basic racing fundamentals like drafting, etc,. They explain this away by saying the main girls are really unathletic, but the amount of gears, the quality and roll of the tires coupled with the lighter weights of their road bikes should really be beating the cruiser bike girls by a decent margin. Money also isn't as big a problem here as it should be, in fact the main character's road bike is received for free! I actually wish they focused on the principal and her 1970s randonneur bikes more in episode 3.

Long Riders is probably my favorite cycling anime in terms of actual cycling content. The girls talk about cycling about 80-90% of the time, and the rest of the 10% is spent talking about food. That's more my gear. The main character buys a folding bike in episode 1 and upgrades to a road bike in episode 4-5 after putting in some miles on the folding bike. There are lots of comments on cycling expenses and the reactions are relatable to me as someone who likes to cycle on a tight budget. Unfortunately, as I noted a few posts ago, there are indeed scenes of suspect animation and various cheapo animation copouts when it comes to the character animation. The CG cycling scenes range from reasonably seamless to not seamless at all. I feel like Long Riders also better explains the importance of safety and maintenance than Minami Kamakura did. In short, Long Riders is aimed at those who know how to ride a bike, but want to get into more hardcore long distances (hence the title of the show) while Minami Kamakura is aimed at people who have rarely ever ridden a bike before, or anime fans who don't care about cycling.

Yowamushi Pedal is a shounen title through and through. Though fundamentals seem sound, the ridiculous characters, power ups, and various feats of incredible bursts of power and speed put it squarely in the realm of cycling fiction (unless PEDs are involved, lol). And yet I can't deny it's entertaining and motivating. I just finished season 2 of this so I've watched over 60 episodes of this show by now. Nearly every episode ends on a cliffhanger and it's excellent at building tension and raising the stakes of a sport that many people might find mundane.

Re: What are you Watching?

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2022 6:32 pm
by Drew_Sutton
llj wrote: Sun Aug 28, 2022 8:53 am I dig Iria, but mostly for being just a good action anime, the action scenes really are well executed. Explosions, smoke, gunplay, hand to hand combat are crisp and mostly all on point. The story and plotting is OK, but mostly serves to move the action along.
Just finished Iria tonight and I would agree with this assessment. Overall, I thought it was rather average but it does have a few good action sequences in it and a unique aesthetic. I don't know that I'd watch it again but I am glad I gave it a second chance.