As I mentioned in my last post, my motherboard fried (eat a cock Dell) so I’ve ordered parts to build my own computer. Until then though, I’ve spent a lot of time doing something I haven’t done in months: Watch US TV So last night Kill Bill Vol. 1 was on TNT, and since it’s on like TNT rather than HBO or something, it was heavily edited. Now I’m not really a fan of violence and someone saying the F word 5 times a minute isn’t going to necessarily enchance the movie for me…but maybe it’s this addition of profanity & violence that is actually a “part” of the movie..because otherwise the movie felt really stupid to me.
I mean the first part was cool. She’s going to get revenge, she’s kicking asses. Then it all pretty much went to hell once she got to Japan. I don’t know why they kept switching between Japanese and English especially since Uma Thurman’s and that Chinese lady’s Japanese was fucking terrible. When they were fighting I was like “alright, you both can speak PERFECTLY GOOD ENGLISH, for the love of god why are you sitting here butchering Japanese……” ==;
The fight scenes were terrible. After seeing Kick Ass (which was also another violent and profane movie) I can say that the choreography in that was much better. What JP tells me is the Japanese fight was choreographed poorly on purpose to be like those old timey Yakuza movies. I mean it works for those old timey yakuza movies because they were made like 40 years ago. It doesn’t work for a movie made in the last 10 years, especially when the fight sequence with the black lady at the beginning was done SO MUCH BETTER. It’s like the fight scenes got progressively worse throughout the movie. It’s like I could almost see the fake cables they had to pull Uma around so that she “flies” while she does her bootleg samurai moves
I don’t know if it was the editing, the crappy Japanese, or the attempt to be like a 1970s Yakuza movie, but Kill Bill was…retarded. I mean maybe Volume 2 is better if she’s fighting back in America with nice choreography and less crappy sword fights, but I don’t know if I want to bother at this point lol.
Yep, this is it. I’ve finally watched every single anime that we had burned onto CDs/DVDs that I hadn’t already seen before. I’ll have the complete list at the end of the post. But first, Air.
I’ve read juuuust enough of the manga (meaning, like a volume or two out of the dozen or so that we owned), seen a few of the OVAs, and watched a few random other CLAMP series that doing so hurt, rather than helped my understanding of the Tsubasa Chronicle anime. This basically allowed me to see a character, recognize who that was, and then get really confused when nothing those characters did seemed to make sense or matter in any overarching way.
I had always thought that Ai Yori Aoshi was in this weird space where the show’s premise doesn’t work on a fundamental level, but if the show were shifted just a teensy bit, it could have been this kind of deconstruction of the harem comedy genre. It’s a common belief that it’s usually “obvious” which girl is going to win in these kinds of series due to things like prominence in promotional materials, book/DVD covers, etc., but here it’s explicitly obvious in the storyline without the need for air quotes.
It’s going to be kind of hard for me to give a fair review of Someday’s Dreamers. The reason being that it’s an iyashi-kei show, and iyashi-kei puts me to sleep. Similarly, everything kind of flows together and it makes it hard to remember specific points to discuss later. I can really only remember feelings or moods, such as “Hmm, I think this has a little bit more conflict than these titles usually have”. Or perhaps the fact that I practically fell asleep and can’t remember specific stuff makes it good?
Welcome to the NHK is my favorite example to use of shows where Gonzo screws up everything. It’s not a complete trainwreck where you wonder what the hell was going through their minds, or where they completely sabotage the source material, but rather where the constant accumulation of little, possibly even unnecessary changes build up to cause problems with the material later on.
I kind of trudged through the first season of School Rumble, so I wasn’t particularly paying attention when the second season came out. It didn’t help that it came out in Spring 2006, when there were more watchable shows that season than many seasons these days have shows. I mean, School Rumble was kind of funny, especially in the really absurd bits, but perhaps not funny enough.