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When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 23 June, 2015, 06:33:37 am »
Howdy-ho, chaps and chapesses!

Just a quick note that I set up a blog recently, where I talk about anime. You can find it here:

https://watchingthosecartoons.wordpress.com/

I set this up just because I got nagged to, really. And it's actually quite fun stuff to write about. Over the last couple of months I've had some worrying stuff going on as well, and putting together a small, just-for-fun project has been a good antidote to that.

It'll be an irregular update kind of deal (as I'd rather spend free time making comics) but I've still given some thought as to how I can make it useful. If anime is something you're into or curious about, and the plethora of overly sarcastic, sweary and (frankly) rather naff YouTube reviews wears you down, hopefully you'll find what I'm posting a bit more to your taste.

The principal aim of it is to talk about stuff that isn't perhaps as well known, and to that end, I don't necessarily talk about brand new stuff. Some of it may even be out of print. There's some damned coool stuff out there in Japanese Cartoon Land, and it ain't necessarily the stuff everyone knows about.

Anyways, there it is. Feel free to give it a read and sign up to follow. There's a Facebook page as well, for convenience:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/When-Are-You-Gonna-Stop-Watching-Those-Cartoons/902830066440856?fref=ts
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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #1 on: 11 September, 2015, 09:04:07 am »
Little bumpitty bump for this to announce...

YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

Yeah. Bit of a change of tack this. I decided I'd take the step into doing actual video reviews. So, if you're inclined to listen to my soulful, sexy tones as I dish the dirt on Japanese cartoons, exposing the good and the bad, head on over to The Mighty Tchube and look up 'Brainjar TV'.

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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #2 on: 24 September, 2015, 08:09:29 pm »
New video is up!

This time I review The Sky Crawlers, which is actually a pretty neat little bit of socially conscious sci-fi.

Figure I'll post the link here. Hopefully that's not a breach of any forum rules.

https://youtu.be/OrjP54U5wlM

And... uh... you may notice a slightly bitter vein of commentary running under the surface of this one. I had SO much trouble with the upload being accepted, it wasn't even funny.
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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #3 on: 24 September, 2015, 11:22:33 pm »
I am a Sky Crawlers hayter.  I saw it at 3 in the morning after coming to it cold during an all-night anime marathon, and maybe I was just too tired for its shit, but I thought it overly-familiar stuff.  Corporate-sponsored proxy war is a neat idea, but it felt as tacked-on to a standard period piece as that back-end reveal, though I did like the steampunk/cgi aesthetic - much as I liked it half a decade earlier when Last Exile did it.

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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #4 on: 24 September, 2015, 11:33:45 pm »
Oooh, it's DEFINITELY a divisive movie. The slow pace of it seem to kill it for a lot of people, but I really enjoyed it as a character driven bit of sci-fi. I'm a sucker for a slow burn, and I enjoyed the aspect of the film that you have to do just enough puzzling out of the film for everything to fall into place.

But that's me.
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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #5 on: 25 September, 2015, 12:21:44 am »
You are talking to someone who's seen Final Yamato at least three times, so no, I don't have a problem with slow-paced anime*, I had a problem with the fact that Sky Crawlers didn't do anything new.
I recall something about Oshii apparently trying to say that was what attracted him to the project, as the reliance on common anime tropes made the story function as a commentary on the creative state of the anime industry, but while it's a technically competent film, I don't think it has anything to contribute to the pantheon of anime classics, and that's why most fans don't have much to say about it.




* I saw Sky Crawlers at an all-night anime marathon attended by a number of people who didn't realise there were subtitles on all the films - the organisers had given out a lot of tickets willy-nilly as promotional prizes - and who got completely lost during Sky Crawlers because they kept talking to each other rather than reading the subtitles to keep up.  They'd already necked their complementary energy drinks around midnight, so about an hour into the film they started falling asleep and everyone else got to see the rest of it in peace.

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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #6 on: 25 September, 2015, 03:09:33 am »
Anecdotes like that one will never NOT make me cackle with glee.
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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #7 on: 29 September, 2015, 12:29:17 am »
Never seen this before.....

Rocket Robin Hood - With Retro Chorus


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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #8 on: 30 September, 2015, 06:10:30 am »
So, I made a big muck up with the Youtube scheduling thingie, and ended up with a new video going up a week earlier than planned. Ho-hum - just means the next one will be a week later, I guess.

I took a look at the first of the recent Berserk movie trilogy this time. Find out what I thought here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFrB-kPumSo
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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #9 on: 14 October, 2015, 03:33:57 pm »
Latest video's up, peeps!

https://youtu.be/2pK6juOKCOM

This time it's a little ramble on the Gundam OO movie. To my knowledge, it never got a UK release, but... anyway.

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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #10 on: 29 October, 2015, 11:41:58 am »
New video review is up on the Youtube page today:
https://youtu.be/Yzr3diS1gwc

This time, it's Gonzo's Blassreiter. I already covered this way, way back at the start of this little endeavour on my blog (which is now dead) but I figured it'd gain something for being shown in all its glory.
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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #11 on: 11 November, 2015, 06:47:45 am »
Arr! Shivver me timbers! It be a fortnight since ye swabs clapped eyes on me last video, so here be another, from the briney depths of... erm... space.

This week's review looks at 1978's CAPTAIN HARLOCK - SPACE PIRATE, as voted for in my first ever viewers' poll. Honestly a tough show to consider.

(And even tougher to credibly introduce, as nobody actually talks that in the show. Ahem.)

Anyways. Linky:
https://youtu.be/TzW9LfshqDs
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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #12 on: 25 November, 2015, 02:31:20 pm »
Latest review is up - this time, it's a mauling of 2014's Appleseed Alpha.

There are folks who seem to think I just unconditionally liek everything. This ought to prove them wrong:
https://youtu.be/4Qq0LuxzB5A
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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #13 on: 09 December, 2015, 03:04:05 pm »
It's time for a new update. This time, I took a look at an old 1980s favourite, by way of its straight-to-video continuation:

Girls! Guns! Spaceships! Intelligent oversized alien cat creature sidekicks! It's gotta be DIRTY PAIR!



Here's the link: https://youtu.be/j8j0iFXWWbs

[DISCLAIMER] We have to clear up that Dirty Pair isn't in any way dirty. So don't go clicking the link and feeling cheated afterwards.
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Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« Reply #14 on: 13 January, 2016, 07:44:35 am »
I guess it's time I got back to these. This being the first Wednesday of 2016, here's a link to Production I.G's whacked-out prison break caper, DEAD LEAVES:



Wait... that was a picture. Here's the link:
https://youtu.be/kzKhkI8MFT8
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