After a solid four months or so, we finally hunkered down and finished up Flame of Recca. The original impetus behind watching this series was kyaaaaaah Mahiron kyaaaaaah. What we ended up with was a master class on how not to do a tournament fighting arc.
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.
I like taking the perspective that Giant Robo is how we’d like to remember giant robot anime as being like, or perhaps what we wish they were all along. This is very different from making a making a work that meticulously tries to reproduce the way things were done back in the day, like say Gekiganger 3 or in a non-anime example, Black Dynamite. What makes Giant Robo different from those types of reproductions is that Giant Robo tries to improve upon the original, both in terms of overall quality and in terms of signifiers of quality.
So when I was talking about the kind of obtuseness that Oshii frequently finds himself turning into, you can label Gosenzosama Banbanzai as exhibit A. I’m not sure both what I was supposed to get from watching it, nor was I sure if I was supposed to get something from watching it.
Finally. I’ve gotten to the Patlabor that I had originally intended to watch.
I want to be both nice to Record of Lodoss War, along with being not-so-nice to it.
what i was (not) forced to watch this week #6 & #7: space battleship yamato & farewell, space battleship yamato
So basically, Space Battleship Yamato is more or less the same thing as Battlestar Galactica. They’re both about mankind on the run through space, both changed the sexes of some of the characters in the remakes, both have some awkward pacing at the end, and so on. There are of course, some big differences, like how BSG has weird Mormon subtext while Yamato has weird World War 2 subtext.
Being an Eva fan since the year 2000, and an Asuka fan, I can’t help but be filled with rage at wtf they did in the 2nd movie. Spoilers in my rage after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »