Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cartoon Nation: My New Forum.

You're invited to Cartoon Nation, a forum I just started! It's dedicated to animation discussions. We do this with as formal an approach as possible.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Toonami: Manipulating the Manual

Recently. the revived Toonami block on [adult swim] has started a campaign where viewers can write through mail or through the Tumblr page about their suggestions for the future of Toonami. Now, I haven't been watching Toonami much. Soul Eater has ended, I've decided to just marathon Space Dandy in the future, and I really couldn't get into Attack on Titan, so I dumped that after two episodes (the same amount it took me to abandon Kaze no Sitgma, though that was more Ayano Kannagi's fault; seriously, screw her), though I have Gurren Lagann set up on the good ole' DVR. That said, I do hope for the future of Toonami.

Now, here's a rundown of my main ideas for helping Toonami get better:

  • Dark is fine, but not too much. Darkness is fine in moderation. However, it's too much when it starts to become a noticeable problem. Not because of personal offense or because it evokes too many negative emotions, but rather, if all it is is darkness, darkness, and more darkness, then it can become clear that it's little more than a crutch for a predictable, bog standard story (this was my main problem with what little I saw of Titan). The opposite is true. Too much lightness isn't just insufferably saccharine, it's also a lazy attempt to hide mediocre writing, which leads to shit like Fantasista Doll.
  • Broaden horizons. Don't just work with the same two or three companies. While Aniplex, FUNimation, Viz Media, and Turner each have a good action library, that may not be quite enough. Companies like Sentai Filmworks and... I can't really think of anyone else, but they too have a great library of action shows that'd fit right in.
  • Try to get more airtime, if possible. More slots means more shows. There's really no other way to explain this. And finally, and this is a biggie...

         Let's be honest here: we've all liked stuff that turned out to be garbage when we got older. In fact, I remember liking Super Duper Sumos. Truth is, while there are greats like Rocko's Modern Life and Animaniacs that never go bad no matter how ancient they get, we're more than likely going to realize what terrible shows we liked. So the best advise is to ask with caution.

So that covers what I want to talk about. Not much else to add except support Toonami.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Animation Bliss!

I'm now a part of a YouTube channel called Animation Bliss. Animation Bliss was started up by Rabbitearsblog as a means of discussing all sorts of animation. The channel can be seen here.

Anyway, I did mean for my review series to be text-only, but with this new development, I plan to use my Animation Bliss membership as a platform for my reviews. The same grading rubric will be used. My first review for the channel will be a video remake of my Golden Time review.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Animation Recommendations: Welcome to the Machine

For this Animation Recommendations, I shall take a look at a little music video by Gerald Scarfe. Scarfe is a great creative mind who did several music videos for famed psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd. Here we have one of their most famous collaborations, "Welcome to the Machine".
This video has all the trappings of a Gerald Scarfe classic; it's got stunning 3D drawings, a dark, surreal tone, and quite a bit of scary charm. If you haven't guessed by now, I'm a huge fan of animation that takes advantage of the fact that it's as such and does things you couldn't do in live action, even with a big-ass Hollywood budget. Oh, and the song's bitchin', too.

Speaking of Pink Floyd, I really should watch The Wall at some point.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Bitching about Mundane Crap

Okay, a fair warning: this post is mostly just a vent. It's about how I got screwed by cuntstomer service.

Okay, so I somehow got an automatic renewal for Norton 360, and I wind up having to pay $85 on my mother's old credit card, long since already expired. So naturally, I want a fuckin' refund I put down my info and got on a live chat, and this is the whole chat. You should click on it to get the whole image, though.
Anyway, I ask for a refund, and the bastard CUTS ME OFF!!!
...this Nostalgia Critic clip is pretty much my reaction. You don't cut a guy off when he's trying to get a fucking justified fucking refund! So I wind up having to pay $85 for a fucking anti-virus program even though I already have the free version of Avast!!

Raja C. of Norton, if you are reading this, allow me to just say these words...


*wheeze* post won't be as whiny. I promise.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shopping Bag: Walmart, 4/8/2014

Welcome to a new feature on this blog called Shopping Bag! This is where I, like a total whore, how off whatever I've gotten through monetary purchases, either through brick-and-mortar stores or Amazon and the live.

Today, I walked over to my local Walmart and picked up four DVD sets First up is The Ren and Stimpy Show, Season Five and Some More of Four.
Now, if you want full details on the original show, Ian Lueck, a.k.a. Classic Speedy, is your guy. Anyway, I hear that the quality really nosedives in this set, but hey, I'm a completist.

The next two sets are DuckTales Volumes 1 and 2.
This show is one I remember a lot, since I used to watch Toon Disney religiously at a young age. So now I finally have it in my collection. I may collect more Disney cartoons later, but anyway, the last of the four. Drumroll, please!

Yesiree, it's that all time anime classic, Ranma 1/2! Admittedly, I've never seen this, but surprise, I found it at Walmart!

And that's all for now. Join me next time when I get more cartoons!