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Lance Reddick is dead.

Rest in peace, you fucking legend.

Man, I can't find it now, but there was a pull quote from one critic along the lines of, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is an awful film, but awful in a way that Marvel movies rarely are."

And I was like, "DAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!!" :laugh:

Bill Murray was in it, but I couldn't tell you why. He's a fucking nothing character who has about 5 minutes of screen time, and then is implied to have died? I think? Just worthless.

I think Guardians 3 still has the potential to be good, owing entirely to James Gunn's involvement, IMHO.

But after that? Really starting to feel like the MCU is running on fumes.

And I seem to remember reading not long ago that dude what runs Disney was talking about cutting back on Marvel spending, so...

Quantumania is kind of fucking bad, y'all. Like, I don't even know what the idea was behind this one. Oof. Big fucking oof.

Even worse than Love & Thunder, I think. That one at least had some highs to contrast its many lows.  This new Ant-Man is all lows, all the time.

I'm honestly wondering if its box office will end up being less than Black Adam's, which would be a special kind of dire.

Yeah, I feel like more than a few Gundam shows have been like that over the years. Zero explanation for the status quo, you're just meant to accept that that's the way things are and go with it.

Right? Like the armorer was all out of breastplates that day. ::)


But seriously, I had heard a little bit about this, didn't really think much of it. Figured he'd get a slap on the wrist for a being an awkward weirdo with a woman he had been seeing, but supposedly there's a lot more to it than that.


Apparently he goes on the prowl for teenage girls on social media and shit? Big yikes.

I don't understand why they promoted the game exclusively with the male MC when the female is so much more appealing.

Or is character gender not a player choice and they actually co-exist within the story?

I like the intro/outro songs + visuals. Both segments of the 4th episode were pretty good.

I have no real history with Junji Ito, so I always just assumed everything he did was meant to be bone-chilling/upsetting, but there's very clearly some inherent goofiness in some of these stories. Like, it's not unintentional. But then other times scenes are so cheaply animated/scored that what's meant to be disturbing just ends up being underwhelming/lame.

I'm still watching it, so I guess I can't say it's a complete waste.

The first couple episodes of the new Junji Ito show on Netflix were kind of rough. Very clearly done on the cheap. They should just give up.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is SUPER good. Never would have believed it if I hadn't seen it with me own two eyeballs.

To be fair, as badly as Scooby-Doo has been dragged through the mud over the decades, it's probably never been so awful as all the clone shows Hanna-Barbera cranked out in the years following the original...

Just the tip of the iceberg. :joe:

First episode of Hikari no Ou was solid. It's a got a good look to it. Nice character designs, cool premise. Not sure how I overlooked it when I went digging through all the winter trailers.

That reminds me, Ooyukiumi no Kaina has a neat premise marred by absolutely rancid CG. Ugh. Putrid.

Watched the first two episodes of that Velma show. Seems pretty good. Actually made me laugh a few times.

All these people up in arms about the sanctity of Scooby-Doo can fuck right off. Warner's been milking the franchise for the last twenty years with nothing but creatively bankrupt assembly line garbage. This is better than all of that.

Fucking Scooby-Doo versus the WWE and shit. Get fucked. Or that recent series that was a carbon copy of the Family Guy format, right down to the non sequitur flashbacks. YUCK.

But oh noes, Mindy Kaling made characters brown that weren't brown before, the horror!

Anyway, I'll be watching it.

Watched The Menu. Wonderful film. Made me feel sick. Just lovely.

No, really. It's quite good. Ralph Fiennes comes close to doing the Voldemort laugh a couple times.

Anya Taylor-Joy is so skinny. I hope she ate that whole cheeseburger for real. Fries, too.

I shouldn't have typed that. She's a beautiful person, and very talented. She was great in this, too.

First episode of Ars no Kyojuu was okay. Nothing spectacular. I'll probably stick with it until the animation quality falls off a cliff or something.

The CG in Trigun didn't bother me. I thought it was pretty good.

The plot, on the other hand, felt a little limp. It was probably smart to get Vash's origin out of the way up front, but the conflict of the rest of the episode was so manufactured. Like, I get that they want Vash to have his moment to shine, but the setup was complete nonsense.

I'm still hopeful that it'll improve, though.

If you'd rather see some poorly implemented CG in anime, look no further than NieR. Blech.

That looks like the one where the teen idol gets pregnant and decides to keep it (I guess the norm is for idol agencies to mandate abortion), then her doctor dies and is reborn (isekai style woooooo!) as her child.

I read a few chapters when they were pushing it on Manga Plus a while back. Didn't really grab me.

Buddy Daddies seems okay? Same production team as Akiba Maid Sensou from last cour. COUR. I hate the term. Like, I get it. I get why you would want to differentiate from "season"... but still.

Anyway, the dude characters seem alright, and the little girl character is seemingly just a little girl. As in, she speaks and behaves like a child would.

I tried one a couple COURS back about a yakuza raising a little girl, and the little girl was totally out of whack. It's almost like she was depressed and neurotic all the time, and while I acknowledge that small children can experience mental health issues, it really doesn't manifest the same way as it would in a teenager or an adult like the way it was depicted here.

Also, the way her head/hair/face were drawn was like... put it like this, you could have taken her head and dropped it onto the neck of any of the women characters and it wouldn't look out of place. Like, "Oh, I have to draw a kid now, guess I'll just draw a lady face like I usually do and put it on this tiny body."


First episode of Tomo-chan was:

Barbara Walters is dead.

That channel had been a little quiet for a while. I don't really follow everything he does, just that one channel. I think he was still active, just doing other stuff.

And why is it almost ALWAYS a cheap medieval fantasy setting? Bonus points if it's actually a videogame!


Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Barbie
« on: Dec 30, 2022, 12:00:23 PM »
Yeah, like maybe Ken comes out of the closet by the end of the movie. That kind of thing.

And I really don't know what I'm talking about, because apparently Greta Gerwig was just in a film with Adam Driver this year.

Tropical Paradise of Hard Shelled Fruits / Re: Barbie
« on: Dec 29, 2022, 02:10:38 PM »
I don't really know Gerwig, either. Looked her up. She's done some acting, but now she mostly seems to be about writing/directing lady-centric stuff. So this Barbie will probably have some strong depictions of female empowerment, etc. at its core.

And I'm not saying that to be condescending or cynical or whatever, I just believe that's what this movie is going to be about.

Because like I said, if you're making a Barbie movie NOW, it probably ain't to sell toys. Although the toys will undoubtedly see a boost in sales, I'm sure.

I find that trailers more often than not simply confirm my biases for an anime's promotional imagery. Like, "Oh, this just looks like garbage." Watch the trailer. "Yup, garbage."

And when you watch all of them one after the other you get a real taste for how samey it all is. Trends and trends and trends.

Man, fuck all isekai. Fucking hell.

Just to be clear, I'm not really that bent out of shape about it, I just felt like I owed you an unhinged film critique.

Strange World is crap, though.

YMS talked about Avatar, maybe you've already seen it:

Yeah, Beastars was a little wonky. Never finished watching it.

Land of the Lustrous, though? Impeccable. I don't think I've ever seen another 3D TV anime that looks that nice.

Fair. I won't bully you about it. I just need to be able to go YES/NO based on the first episode, and Urusei Yatsura was an easy fail for me. Maybe I'm missing out on something that I would actually end up enjoying? But I can't let myself fall down that hole.

There's a lot starting in January. Seems like we're finally truly on the other side of the COVID anime draught. But man, so much of it looks like low-effort dreck. I know I always say the upcoming season's batch looks terrible, and I'm usually right. So much isekai. Holy fuck, when will it end?

I have very few picks, and some of it is even stuff I'd typically ignore based on animation quality alone, but the premise grabs me for one reason or another.

This seems to be sister turns brother into girl, hijinks ensue? Bonus points for having an art style that doesn't look interchangeable with 90% of everything else debuting in the same timeframe.

I always liked the idea of Trigun more than the actual execution of Trigun. This looks like a straight reboot, and it's done by one of the only studios that seems to have a competent grasp on how to do anime in 3D. They also did Land of the Lustrous and Beastars, for reference.

I feel like they've been teasing this one forever. Don't know that I'm sold on the animation, it resembles the manga, but there's just something slightly off about it that's bugging me.

This one in particular, the character designs/animation style is generic AF. But the whole tomboy has romantic feelings for her longtime guy pal, and dude is all, "Huh? You're my bro, bro!" appeals to me. I have no idea why. I can see myself potentially dumping this one after the first five minutes, if I'm being honest.

Other than that, Nagatoro, Tokyo Revengers, and Vinland are all coming back. I should probably get around to watching the first series of those...

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