sickVisionz (Level 24)

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I was on another forum recently and people were discussing a show that I wasn't able to get into.  Feeling the need to jump into the conversation, I prepared to type away but I found myself struggling how to define my major gripe.  Up to that point that I watched the series, the story was a bit loose, but decent enough and I actually liked some of the situations it presented but what I truly feared, and the reason I dropped it, was that at some point I felt it would do the anime thing of going to a place I didn't want to see it go.
 
Alice invites anime to follow her down the rabbit hole.
Alice invites anime to follow her down the rabbit hole.
Now, it wasn't that I feared that the content might shake my values or show me something that I just couldn't handle.  It was a fear that, being a sci-fi anime, it would eventually take what I call the mandated sci-fi descent into madness.  Some are more successful at it then others, but at some point nearly all of the sci-fi anime that I've seen have this point where they go from being somewhat grounded to just bat **** insane with no real benefit other than coming up with something that would make your show "unique" if someone just read a list of the things in it.  The clearest example would be Evangelion
 
 You had me at drama and monster mechs, but I guess that wasn't good enough.
 You had me at drama and monster mechs, but I guess that wasn't good enough.
Initially, Evangelion seems like a show about numerous strained relationships set in a world where aliens are attacking the Earth and humans fight them by having teens piloting robot monsters.  Now, in my eyes this premise is already a bit out there.  However, anime doesn't share my views.  I suppose that someone in the creative process thought that this premise was dull, cliche and utterly uninteresting.  In response, it was decided that the "real" story should be that the aliens are actually failed evolutionary paths of mankind that have come back to Earth to reshape man's evolutionary path to their own.  As if that didn't jump the shark enough, they came up with another doozy: the robot monsters piloted by the teen are actually clones of another failed evolution of mankind.  But honestly, that's all pretty tame compared to the real kicker: the resurrected souls of the pilot's mother have been cybernetically implanted into the robot monsters that the teens fight with. 
 
 I had the same expression when this show jumped the shark too.
 I had the same expression when this show jumped the shark too.
Evangelion manages to make the most of it, but a lot of shows don't.  Many shows seem like they feel obligated to ruin a decent premise with extreme absurdity for no real purpose... and it's not just sci-fi anime.  Chance Pop Session immediately pops into my mind.  Initially, the story is of three young women struggling to make it into the music industry in different ways.  That isn't the most unique story ever, but the ups and downs of breaking into the music industry made for an interesting series.  However, at some point someone decided that wasn't enough and the mandated descent into melodramatic madness that romance and dramas fall victim to kicked in.  It turns out that the owner of the record label is actually a former pop diva whose life was turned upside down when her three daughters were "killed" in a mysterious shipwreck.  I'll let you guess as to whether the three singers she just signed, who all were adopted and have a skill level that's almost like singing is in their blood, share any connection to her.  The real shame is that the show then starts to focus more on this insanely hokey plot than what initially made the show appealing to me. 
 
It almost seems like there is an unspoken industry rule that says anything simple or grounded must be bad by default and I believe this rule manifests itself in a variety of ways that negatively impact series more often than not.  It's almost like, in a desire to not be considered cliche or unoriginal, creators go out of their way to come up with the most insane premise or hidden layer possible.  A side effect of this is that they've created a new cliche: that at some point any show must jump the shark and reveal a nonsensically original layer that's beneath the surface... but what do you all think?  Am I making too broad a generalization or do you notice this as well?
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Announcement from the website
Announcement from the website

I didn't think to get screen grabs until after I submitted it so everything is coming from memory,  but some of the interesting questions were: 
 
  1. Would you be interested in buying professional quality DVD releases of our shows?  If yes, how much would you pay?
  2. Would you be interested in a $199/year subscription service that gave you DVDs, merchandise, physical manga and other items?
  3. Would you be interested in a $400 lifetime subscription that came with a care package?
  4. Would you be interested in a feature that let you give money directly to series creators and/or production companies?  If so, how much would you be willing to give?
 
Is there anything in that list of questions that interests some of you guys?    
 

My Thoughts

 
  1. DVD, Blu-Ray or AVCHD releases of CR shows is something I'd definitely be into.  CR has a lot of shows that may never get licensed or would take years upon years to see a release.  I'm still waiting on Saki, Time of Eve, School Days, Hyakko, Aoi Hana or Erin news from anyone.
  2. I have a hard time dropping $200 at once for something when I don't know what I'm getting in exchange.  Even if they gave me an equal value to buying $200 - normal premium subscription and promised the additional content would be based off of what I watch the most so I'd get what I'd like, I'd rather pay in chunks.
  3. This is similar to #2 for me.  $400 is a lot.  Plus, premium subscriptions are usually on sale for like $40, with maybe a one month wait until the next.  At $40 a year with the occasional month here and there that's close to 10 years just doing it the normal way before I spend $400.  CR seems to be doing good but whose to say they'll be here in 10 years?  Even if it was guaranteed that they would be, $400 is ALOT to drop at once imo.  I'd rather pay my $40 a year.  Maybe after 10 years I'd consider going lifetime.
  4. They already pay creators and production companies a % of subscription fees and ad revenue so I took this as, "would you be interested in donating money to these people?"  I gave that a resounding no.  I have a pure consumer-producer relationship with them.  They produce, I consume.  When they give me free products I'll consider giving them free money.  Until them, haha, no.
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http://www.boingboing.net/2010/08/10/yakuza-3-review.html  
 
Not really anime related but this is one of the more interesting articles I've online in a while. 
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Everything that I've heard about Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky led me to believe that is was just a catgirl falling from the sky who ends up living with some wussy male.  She's hot and usually near naked, so hijinks and nosebleeds ensue while she makes a comical wreck of his life and he usually ends up having to explain how he fell and landed with his hand on her breast to all of the normal girls who blatantly secretly like but him but he's too blind (or potentially gay) to notice it. 
 
I hadn't watched the series because of that but a few minutes ago I decided to give it a shot because I was in the mood to make myself watch shows I hadn't seen before.  Imagine my surprise when the the first is filled with 
 

this... 
this... 

this...
this...
 this...
 this...

 and this.
 and this.
 
I'm not usually so off base for the tone of a show and that has me interested in seeing what else I've been completely wrong about, especially considering the impression that CrunchyRoll's screen grab for each episode have given me.  On top of that, its immediately upon starting it up it's clear to some organization decided to throw some money into making sure it was well animated and looked nice, which is always a plus.
 
I'm only one episode in but so far this show seems pretty interesting.  Tonally it reminds of Darker than Black and Spice to Wolf.  For DtB is the way that show has a light hearted feel and even some comedy one moment, then it switches to something serious the next all with a healthy blend of action.  The visual style seems similar as well the mystery organization operating in the shadows.  For Spice to Wolf it's the way that they have fan service but it feels like the creators aren't going to let its exitstence interfere with telling a solid story.  Also there's a hot cat girl, which is close enough to a wolf girl imo. 
 
I don't know where it will go, but I'm interested in seeing this one out.
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ANN Link 

 I'm way happier about it than she is
 I'm way happier about it than she is
 
No word on the date and I'm hoping that 2.0 is a typo for 2.22, but either way I'm excited that it's finally officially coming over here.
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