Month: April 2011
I had originally planned to watch Macross 7 first when I was starting this whole let’s-finish-off-Macross stretch last month. It was the longest one, so I wanted to plow through it and stop procrastinating. Unfortunately, I’d watch a few episodes and after facepalming repeatedly while my ears bled from the ninth time hearing Planet Dance in that episode, I’d give up and watch one of the other Macross anime. Repeat this for a month.
Man, Macross Zero is schizophrenic. Half of the time, it looks like I’m watching a tech demo. The other half of the time, it’s like I’m watching some scraps that Kawamori picked up off of the Arjuna cutting room floor where they talk about showing your rod to the person you love.
A few years ago, Hollywood optioned the rights to make a live action Robotech movie. Instantly, my first thought was “Man, what would really awesome would be if they remade Macros in a similar way that Moore & Eick remade Battlestar Galactica.” Turns out that Macross Plus is pretty close to exactly what I had in mind for what that would be.
Seriously what the hell is this show trying to accomplish? I imagined a bunch of people sittin’ there one day going…
“So we need a plot for a new show.”
Guy one looks at his keychain and says “how about kemonomimi!?”
Guy 2 “alright done. what else we got?”
Guy one looks at his games lying around and says “final fantasy?”
Guy “alright let’s throw in some chocobos. anything else?”
Guy one “well since we got dogs, how about cats too?”
Guy 2 “alright let’s add some action – cats vs dogs! but something is missing…”
Guy one looks at the october calendar. “Sports festival?”
Guy one “ｷﾀ(ﾉ゜∀゜)ﾉ━━━。;*:゜:+,.○*:゜.:+;*:゜:+,.○*:゜.:⌒━ Alright writing script for dog days, get me every single most wanted seiyuu on the market. Make sure we get Koyasu and Wakamoto. Hey can Nana Mizuki sing the op too? What about some old classics like Horie Yui? And what do the fangirls like? Was it Miyano Mamoru or something? Yea let’s make him the harem lead. Alright people let’s go our deadline is April 1st!”
And so this show was born. I never watched Nanoha so I didn’t get any of the Nanoha jokes but I could definitely see the Inukami thing Aroduc mentioned. Honestly as JP said, this is probably a show I woulda watched, burned and forced JP to watch years later had it aired back in 2001
Michael Robinson notes a trend in New Korean Film, especially in the wake of Shiri (Swiri, Kang Che-kyu 1998) where filmmakers were using “politically or culturally charged themes as simple plot elements or settings in their scenarios for their dramatic effect, not to make a political point”1 in a radical shift from the practices of the Golden Age of the 1950′s and 60′s and of the Korean New Wave of the 1980′s and early 1990′s and their portrayals of imperialist Americans or heroic struggles against Japanese colonists. In a recently post-colonial nation such as South Korea, this creates a complication of traditional post-colonialist ways of thinking. What happens now when a culture that has suffered a collective erasure of its memory and culture takes this position once it is no longer colonized?
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