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Post by Eldorion on Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:55 am

No worries, man. I think that most people believe that political violence (a broader category that includes war) is sometimes justified, even if only in defensive situations, but that they don't always like saying so in that many words. I haven't really thought/read enough to say with confidence how common it is in the US as opposed to other countries. The foundations of the modern theory of just war can be traced back to Augustine, but of course most people don't formulate their political opinions on the basis of the history of philosophy. Laughing I'm definitely not a fan of the "my country right or wrong attitude" which I think underpins a lot of hawkish attitudes, both because I think that it's used to justify atrocities and because I don't think that love of country means unconditional approval of whatever the current administration is doing. The country as a whole is, of course, much larger than the government. Razz (And to be clear, this was my attitude prior to last November too.)
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Post by Bluebottle on Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:00 am

Agreed. I'll add this quote by Stephen Maturin, a (fictional) half-catalan:

“But you know as well as I, patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile.”
― Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander

God save us from the lengths people are prepared to go to protect arbitrary human made political constructs. My patriotism goes as far as "My country, if it is right" and even then I'll retain my right to be skeptical about the motives Razz

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Re: Favorite Anime

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Post by Bluebottle on Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:37 pm

Heard there is a new Ghibli computer game coming out Shocked


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Re: Favorite Anime

Post by Eldorion on Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:07 pm

GKIDS is doing a one-day theatrical release of Mary and the Witch's Flower, which is the first film from Studio Ponoc, which was set up by Ghibli alum Yoshiaki Nishimura (producer of Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There). The film is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty, Marnie) and is (like a lot of Ghibli films) based on an English children's novel. I'm not familiar with the source material but the trailer looks pretty good. Hopefully I'll be able to make it to a theatre on the 18th; they're doing one showing apiece for the dub and sub versions.

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Re: Favorite Anime

Post by Eldorion on Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:17 pm

Also, I went on a bit of an anime soundtrack mashup binge last night (following the related videos suggestions from a Kanye West x Kill la Kill mashup that I was first linked to from another forum years ago) and some of them are actually pretty good beyond just the novelty factor (IMO).





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Post by Eldorion on Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:42 am

So I saw Mary and the Witch's Flower tonight and since the theatre closest to me has begun participating in Fathom Events stuff it wasn't even a long drive. The film was ... I'll say "not great", I guess. Razz It was by no means bad, but it felt kind of unexceptional. If you're a fan of Ghibli's house style then the movie feels entirely of a piece with most of their output, especially Yonebayashi's previous two films. Although in terms of story, this one could be better described as "Kiki's Delivery Service meets Castle in the Sky", although the black cat in this one doesn't talk. It was very pretty to look at but most of the characters felt underdeveloped and the plot didn't do much to explore the interesting elements of the setting. I'm not sure how much of this falls on the source material, in part because I don't know how faithful of an adaptation it was. I'm not the world's biggest Yonebayashi fan but honestly I think this is his weakest film, which I don't really like to say at the outset of a brand-new studio, but yeah. :/

By coincidence I've also finally begun watching the TV version of Little Witch Academia which aired last year. It's based on a pair of short films directed by Yoh Yoshinari, a longtime Gainax and subsequently Studio Trigger animator who has a lot of really impressive work (and also moonlights as a My Little Pony fan-artist Laughing). The characters in the short films were very endearing but because of their lengths there wasn't a ton of plot, though the basic story and themes were charming. However, their greatest strength was the quality of the animation, which was just a joy to watch in its own right.* Because of the realities of TV anime the series does not look quite as good, though there are moments that they clearly saved up time and money for and those consistently deliver. Unfortunately it hasn't been especially gripping on the story front and the main character failing at everything has started to get a little old but I'm gonna give it a few more episodes at least. Might skip ahead to the second half where the tone reportedly changes.


*For example, this is the first scene of the first OVA (dubbed in Portuguese 'cause it was the first good quality version I found on YouTube). Very Happy

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Re: Favorite Anime

Post by halfwise on Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:58 pm

Wow, there are movie houses showing anime? That's pretty cool. I suppose it's little art house theatres, which hang on like bookstores these days.

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Post by Eldorion on Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:14 pm

There are actual arthouses like The Charles in Baltimore that show anime films sometimes, but a lot of releases are super-limited ones (in this case, one night only) distributed in the same way as stuff like the LOTR-EE revival screenings some years back, which is nice for me since there wouldn't've been any screenings in my county otherwise. Razz
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Re: Favorite Anime

Post by malickfan on Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:24 pm

One of the girls I've recently met on my course is a big anime fan and a bit of a Tolkien geek (well, a novice compared to some of us here, though I did give her my old 1st Edition of Hammond and scull's The JRR Tolkien Companion And Guide as I no longer needed it, having upgraded to the recent expanded 2nd edition ), I don't know her very well yet, but she seems a pretty cool, quirky person, maybe I should mention the forum to he sometime, been quite a while since we had any regular newbies join.

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Post by Eldorion on Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:39 am

Not sure that someone who is interested in jumping into Hammond & Scull can be described as a novice. Laughing

Anyway, only you can say if you think she'd appreciate Forumshire's brand of weirdness, but I'm sure we'd all welcome a new face. And I always appreciate more activity in the anime thread. Smile
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Post by Bluebottle on Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:26 am

Eldorion wrote:So I saw Mary and the Witch's Flower tonight and since the theatre closest to me has begun participating in Fathom Events stuff it wasn't even a long drive. The film was ... I'll say "not great", I guess. Razz It was by no means bad, but it felt kind of unexceptional. If you're a fan of Ghibli's house style then the movie feels entirely of a piece with most of their output, especially Yonebayashi's previous two films. Although in terms of story, this one could be better described as "Kiki's Delivery Service meets Castle in the Sky", although the black cat in this one doesn't talk. It was very pretty to look at but most of the characters felt underdeveloped and the plot didn't do much to explore the interesting elements of the setting. I'm not sure how much of this falls on the source material, in part because I don't know how faithful of an adaptation it was. I'm not the world's biggest Yonebayashi fan but honestly I think this is his weakest film, which I don't really like to say at the outset of a brand-new studio, but yeah. :/

Shame, I saw a trailer that looked really good. Will still give it a go though. Smile

Eldorion wrote:By coincidence I've also finally begun watching the TV version of Little Witch Academia which aired last year. It's based on a pair of short films directed by Yoh Yoshinari, a longtime Gainax and subsequently Studio Trigger animator who has a lot of really impressive work (and also moonlights as a My Little Pony fan-artist Laughing). The characters in the short films were very endearing but because of their lengths there wasn't a ton of plot, though the basic story and themes were charming. However, their greatest strength was the quality of the animation, which was just a joy to watch in its own right.* Because of the realities of TV anime the series does not look quite as good, though there are moments that they clearly saved up time and money for and those consistently deliver. Unfortunately it hasn't been especially gripping on the story front and the main character failing at everything has started to get a little old but I'm gonna give it a few more episodes at least. Might skip ahead to the second half where the tone reportedly changes.


*For example, this is the first scene of the first OVA (dubbed in Portuguese 'cause it was the first good quality version I found on YouTube). Very Happy


Interesting, might check it out Smile

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Post by Eldorion on Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:40 am

Yeah, definitely don't let me stop you from watching anything. I sorta glossed over the subject of art and animation in my earlier post but it bears mentioning that Mary's excels there. I hope you'll share your thoughts here when you get to see it!
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Post by Bluebottle on Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:50 am

Yeah, I will certainly see the movie as it is so closely related to Ghibli, although, I didn't much like Ariarty, and I haven't seen the Marnie one. Smile

Think this was what I saw, (the opening scene) but from the other trailers I came across while looking for it, the rest seems a tad more goofy:


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Post by Eldorion on Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:11 am

The opening scene (prologue) was my favorite part of the movie; really good stuff.
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Post by Bluebottle on Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:59 pm

Thumbs Up Shame it didn't seem to follow up :/


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Post by Eldorion on Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:47 pm

I love that song...

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...and not even the gut-wrenching nature of the scene it plays over can entirely detract from its positive sounding-ness.

I was pretty wrecked by the ending of Princess Kaguya for a bit (in part 'cause of my emotional state at the time), but I think it has a hint of ... something like an affirmation of life. Hard to put into words.

I'm glad we got a Joe Hisaishi and Isao Takahata collaboration before the latter retired. Nod
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Post by Bluebottle on Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:40 pm

Very much me feeling on the whole scene too Nod

Such beautiful happy music, but with a heckload of conotations into the bargain No

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Post by Bluebottle on Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:30 pm

Actually, that clip is from a newer concert series where he also does the music from the newer movies. (He previously did a big concert of the soundtracks at Bodukan.) I also found this from 2017:


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Post by Eldorion on Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:16 am

That's really cool! Very Happy I'll make a mental note to watch the rest later. Razz
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Post by Eldorion on Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:55 am

RIP Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and an all-time great among animation directors in any country.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/04/06/national/oscar-nominated-japan-animation-giant-isao-takahata-dies-82-reports/

He was one of the last directions from the earliest years of the modern anime industry still working. His first film, Horus: Prince of the Sun from 1968, can be a somewhat jarring watch and I don't think it's aged great, but it's one of the most influential anime films ever made. Grave of the Fireflies and Only Yesterday are classics of course. He has lots of other great works. Gauche the Cellist is delightful. World Masterpiece Theater was really cool. But ultimately I think The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is his best work, and one of the greatest animated films ever made. That it was also his last film, made so late in his life, is even more remarkable. He will be missed.

Also, he's always been sort of a hero to me as someone with zero ability at the visual arts, in that he is an exceedingly rare example of a director of animation who doesn't draw his own storyboards or cels (and in his own words "can't draw", though I think that's a slight exaggeration). He started working in the anime industry after earning a degree in French literature from the University of Tokyo, and he took influences from world literature and film when writing his films, though many of them are steeped in Japanese history, culture, and folklore. But I think they remain very accessible, with perhaps an asterisk attached to Pom Poko and the tanuki.

The documentary Isao Takahata and his Tale of the Princess Kaguya, made during the production of that film, is a fantastic look at the man and his work. One of my favorite parts is how he complains about a shot from Grave of the Fireflies that still rankled him 20+ years after the fact and how he wanted to do things differently that time.



And this is a really nice retrospective on his works that someone posted on another forum:

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