Anime! Who's watching what?
Cyber City was a pretty good OVA. The dub is no means bad, but there is a lot of cursing to make it sound more edgier than the Japanese version. The forced cursing just makes it all the more hilarious, and screams: " You're a big boy watching cartoons made for adults!".
@naltmank Still gotta watch Season 4. I am going to marathon what I can today.
Highlander: The Search For Vengeance. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The same guy who did Ninja Scroll, Cyber City, Wicked City, and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Amazing! I wonder how did I not see this anime sooner! This came out in 2007 or 2008 (yet feels like an anime from the 90s), and the animation is gorgeous. They may have switched digital around this time frame, but almost everything is hand drawn aside from heavy machinery or robots. Honestly, the CG fits for the apocalyptic setting despite sticking out. Probably helps, that is the only CG is ever used. This is the best Highlander movie since the original. Nothing like all of those crappy sequels. If you're a Highlander fan, or anime fan (old school style), do not miss out; you won't regret it.
Kind of on the side I finally got around to watching Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken, because I felt like people kept bringing that one up. Started off interesting enough, but the further it went on, just the worse and worse it got. By the end, it kind of just felt like things had happened. There weren't any characters I was really attached to either. Handled power levels pretty poorly too. I see there's a season two coming, and I'll probably end up watching that too, but I'm not enthusiastic about it in the least.
Skip this show and watch something like Log Horizon, Re:Zero, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, Tate no Yuusha, or Overlord instead. If you've already seen those and want more, even silly shows like Saga of Tanya the Evil, Knight's & Magic, Hataage! Kemono Michi, Konosuba, or Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yuusha ga Ore TUEEE Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru still offer more interesting events than Slime. That said, Slime wasn't offensive like Kenja no Mago or anything, just bland and basic with nothing to really offer beyond the first few episodes that are actually much closer to the original sell of the concept of the show.
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I've been watching kuroko's basketball, naruto, Dragonball and now the new Dragonball Super, One Piece, etc for years. Love anime. Dragonball Z was the first anime I ever watched though.
Trailer for the next Pokemon Movie:
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@phbz That's not remotely anime.
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@mbun ahah completely misread the title!
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@mbun I can't tell if this show is a guilty pleasure or if it's actually as good as I think it is.
I just started Neon Genesis Evangelion, and I can't believe I waited this long. It's just one of those ones that has been talked about for so long that -- as weird as this sounds -- I never actually felt the need to watch it myself. Well I now see how wrong I was, because after only five episode I'm absolutely in love.
It's incredibly rare for an anime to grab me as quickly as this one did, and even rarer for it to grab as tightly. It does such an excellent job of developing it's characters, and the screen-writing is impeccable. It also establishes mood and tone very well, with there being multiple moments where I've been sick to my stomach, separated by the oh-so-necessary comedic moments. It is so incredibly bleak while also having glimmers of hope throughout. I think it sucks that it sexualizes a 14 year old, but it's anime and it was the 90s, so it's not entirely unexpected.
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@Capnbobamous are you watching the old series, or the relatively new movies?
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@capnbobamous And that soundtrack man! That soundtrack!!
@irongrey The old series! I didn't even know there were recent movies.
@Axel It's sooo good! Unfortunately the Netflix version doesn't have Fly me to the Moon because of licensing, but everything else is just incredible.
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@Capnbobamous yes, the movies are a remake of the series, with better image and an alternative story. The last chapter will be released this year.
@irongrey Oh neat, I'll have to check that out when I'm done with this one.
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I watched Futari Wa Pretty Cure: Max Heart a bit ago and the nicest thing I can say about it is that I didn't outright hate it. I dunno if this analogy will resonate with most people here, but when you watch a show that lasts a full year like these do, the third quarter tends to be the rough patch where they've had their big reveals or climatic midseason fights, but now they gotta tread water or otherwise just stretch things out until they can reach the endgame in the final quarter. Max Heart felt like that but for the entire 47 episode season. Frankly it was a slog and I was glad when it was over.
I also just finished Suite Precure and it was much better. Felt kinda by the numbers as a whole, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It had some very entertaining characters (main villains in particular were basically Team Rocket-like in how goofy they were) and a lot of solid story beats, along with a few emotional moments as well. Really enjoyed it overall.
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All my excitement for Akira in 4K is now gone. It's getting a hard digital noise reduction scrubbing. It's not like they're going back to the original animation cels. That never happens. So cleaning grain means losing part of the picture. Japanese film "preservationists" are so dumb.
しかし、そこで「数十年前に作られた旧作アニメを4K解像度に引き延ばす意味なんてあるのか？」といった疑 問を抱く人も少なくないだろう。これについて、4Kリマスター版『AKIRA』のリマスター作業を担当した 株式会社キュー・テック ポストプロダクション事業部 映像部 チーフテクニカルアドバイザー／シニアカラリストの今塚 誠氏は次のように語る。
However, many people may wonder "is there any advantage to anime made decades ago in 4K?" Regarding this, said Imazuka Makoto, Chief technical advisor/senior colorist at Q-Tec (Post Production Video Department) who was in charge of the 4K remaster of AKIRA.
「『AKIRA』は、（一般的な劇場アニメと比べて凝った画作りをしているため）重ねているセルの枚数が異 様に多く、結果として全体的にややボケた画になっています。そこで過去のBD、DVDではデジタル処理で見 え方を鮮明にしているのですが、4K解像度でそれをやると画が壊れてしまうんですね。そうした問題も踏まえ 、今回は基本的にはフィルムらしさをそのまま再現するという方向でリマスタリングを行っています」（今塚氏 ）
ここで今塚氏の言う「フィルムルック」のカギとなるのが、映像の粒子感。フィルム特有のザラザラとした点状 のノイズには映像に空気感を付与し、良くも悪くもノイズレスなデジタルアニメにはない味を生み出す効果があ る。
「ただし、4K解像度ではこのフィルムの粒子がそれまでと比べてより鮮明に取り込まれるため、実はある程度 は除去しています。リマスター作業の最初に行ったのは、この粒子補正という作業。映像を通して再生し、最も 心地よく感じられるパラメーターを探るところから始めました」（今塚氏）
そこから、フィルム上のゴミの除去や、ブレの補正などを実施。現在はこれらの作業をある程度自動化する仕組 みが実用化されているものの、2,000カットを超える『AKIRA』の映像を細かく、適切に修正していく 作業にはとにかく時間がかかったそうだ。
「ゴミの除去には専任スタッフ2名が3か月かかりきりになっています。なお、『AKIRA』は映像が細かく 動く上、先ほどもお話ししたよう多くのセルを重ねていますから、全てのゴミを取りきるのは現実的ではありま せん。チームとしての方針を定めて、目に付くゴミを中心に丁寧に取り除いていきました」（今塚 氏）
今回、取材に先駆けて実際にできあがった映像を一足早く確認させていただいたが、その映像は確かに最新のデ ジタルアニメとは異なる、良い意味で温かみのあるものだった。「全てのゴミを取りきるのは現実的ではない」 とされたフィルム上のゴミや傷についても、これまでのデジタルリマスター版と比べて、明らかに少なく感じら れた。
◆ 4K remaster version that sticks to the visual expression of "Film Look"
"AKIRA" has been remastered several times, but in this 4K remaster, the main policy is "film look". He said he was particular about something.
"AKIRA" has an unusually large number of overlapping cells (because it makes more elaborate images compared to general theater animations), resulting in a slightly blurred image overall. So, in the past BDs and DVDs, we used digital processing to make the appearance clearer, but if you do it at 4K resolution, the image will be destroyed. We are doing remastering in the direction of reproducing it as it is. ” (Imazuka-san)
"The key to the filmic look," said Imazuka-san here, "is the graininess of the image. The gritty, dot-like noise peculiar to film has the effect of adding a feeling of air to the image and creating a taste that is good or bad, which is not found in noiseless digital animation.
" However, at 4K resolution, the grain of the film has been captured more clearly than before, so in fact, I have removed it to some extent. The first thing I did in the remaster was grain correction. Through the image, we started by playing back and searching for the most comfortable parameter.” (Imazuka-san)
"From there, we removed dust on the film and corrected blur. Currently, a system that automates these tasks to some extent has been put into practical use, but it seems that it took a long time to fine-tune and appropriately correct the image of "AKIRA" that exceeds 2,000 cuts*.
*(I am adding this in- anime is divided up into cuts or shots, so Akira in this case has over 2000 individual shots or animation cuts)
"Two dedicated staff members have taken three months to remove the dust." In addition, "AKIRA has a lot of cells, as I mentioned earlier, and because the image moves in detail and all the dust is removed. It is not realistic to remove all of the above, so we have established a policy as a team and carefully removed the dust that is noticeable." (Imazuka-san)
"This time, I was able to confirm the footage that was actually produced prior to the interview, but it was certainly different from the latest digital animation, and it was warm in a good sense. Even the dust and scratches on the film, which were said to be “not realistic to remove all dust”, were clearly felt compared to the digital remastered versions so far.