flyingskull: (Double Guyver entendre)
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Oooooookay. Seems like LJ is working again. *crosses things*

First of all, sorry for the huge text last post, got a tad overexcited. Then...



First a Guyver screencap because it made me laugh like a sieve:



I mean, seriously, WHAT THE FUCKINGFUCK were the animators thinking? And I used to think nothing and no-one could beat Bleach's Quality Animation Images. Of course, it had to be Sho "Hello there, peckerhead!"'s Guyver. See how pointy and stabbity daggery and all sorts of manly but NOT penis-shaped Agito's Guyver widow's peak is? Couldn't Sho's have been similar? Nope. Poor Sho, everyone and everything has it in for Sho. And yes, I know that seen from the side that thing is more like a plume on a knight's helmet, but still... As you can see I had to make an icon of it. 'S not my fault! Guyot made me do it! :P:P:P

That said, Guyver ain't half-bad. 's got a decent plot; good worldbuilding - well, except for the 'evolution never existed' idiocy, but I ignored it utterly and the rest is just fine - and a healthy dose of unexpected realism, not so much in what happens, but in the characters' reactions to it. The drawing style ain't my cuppa, which is odd because I used to rilly rilly hate the Japanese manga/anime syle of drawing and now I'm so used to it that Guyver seems unnecessarily westernised (UGH, so sorry); but that's not to say it's ugly because the monsters are all gozillaish and I love Godzilla, it's also nice to see so many ugly people.

The hero is a nice boy, which is his saving grace and also his limitation because, as he's not the brightest knife in the drawer, his continuous balking at what he's become and has to do would become a whinge of Evangelion proportion otherwise; it's his limitation because... Really, lad, pretending your family - such as it is - is not in mortal danger the second you put on that thingy AND your friend can do nothing but say your name out loud every three seconds and doing nothing but be in Da River In Egypt about it... No, really, lad. THINK for fucksake! You can be nice and think, I promise.

The Bastard deuteragonist is very bastardy and also has a brain and a clear idea of what he wants and why; he's also unique in that he is truly selfless in his interests and goals, which, of course, makes him look cold and uncaring. His problem is that he cares a lot for people in the abstract (except the very few people he's attached to - or the other way around, depending how you read his whole 'young master' thingy), he cares for people to be human and themselves, but not in a way that would stop him from offing a few unsalvageable ones, if the need arised. He's the very dangerous sort of practical idealist that would become a Smiling Villain (à la Orbis) in a jiffy, if he weren't so very tolerant of the vagaries of humanity. What he objects to - and will off quite cheerfully - is people transformed into Something Else That Is Mind Controlled By Baddies And Also Will Never Be Human Again. So I'm in two minds about him, which I love, because he's really borderline.

The less said about the hero's best friend - supposed to be a SciFi nerd and also intelligent - the better. His Is-Not-Yet-But-Soon-Will-Be love interest is very human, which is nice, and very young, which is nicer and not too wimpy, but not too hyper or badass, which is so normal she's the whole series Control. You tend to use her reactions as criteria for judging people... well, unless you're like me and rather relentlessly abnormal. ^_- BUT the female I like is Shizu (Is that her name? Mind like a sieve for names), the Bastard's follower. She is SO refreshing! She thinks! She can do as she's told in an emergency, thus saving the day - or doing her best to! I mean, really! If her Bastard Hero boss - who's INTELLIGENT YAY - tells her to drive away and he - and his superarmour - will see to it, but go and save the others SHE JUST FUCKING GOES! I love her to bits and pieces.

Oh and the conflicted other deuteragonist, Murakami, is an interesting character, but I must say [livejournal.com profile] ingriam writes him so much better than the anime scriptwriters. Actually I MUST pimp [livejournal.com profile] ingriam's fic here and urge you all to read it, because I did LONG before I'd seen the anime and I understood everything about the story. Acuz she's that good, yeh.

And I want to bore you all to death by blathering about Code Geass - all eps here, but careful, it does freeze firefox or Season 1 and season 2, but I have a sort of date with a lad who's showing me an archeological site where I hope I won't swoon in the heat, but gather much pleasure in the Forensics of the Past. So you get saved. For now. :-D

HUGZ

Date: 2009-08-09 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ingriam.livejournal.com
Yeah, you'd be referring to Shizu Onuma; her and Yohei have been Agito's caretakers since he was little. I love his little motive rant in episode 12, don't you? I mean, you know the guy's had to have gone through something to make him like that, but you don't really know how much of it right up until then.

What'd you think of the Zoalords? Or the scientists who were trying to fight Chronos?

Date: 2009-08-09 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyingskull.livejournal.com
Oh, thanks. I'd heard her name a lot of times, but I'm really terrible with names, makes my future job as a regular teacher - am doing sort of remedial classes now and there aren't many pupils - full of the Terror of Misnaming People, my personal ogre.

Yeh, about Agito's past, but the very good thing about the series is that you don't really need to know exactly what gave him his bastardiness... er... his borderline personality, because it's implied in how he talks and acts, it's a very good use of subtext and I wish they had let go and used subtext that way a lot more. Not that it wasn't an utterly spiffy rant, as rants go, especially since it wasn't two hours long. Sometimes I wish people would shut up when they get the infodump and/or recap syndrome, it's DEAD BORING, besides astute readers/viewers have already got most of it.

Zoarordo (HA HA HA! I luuurve they Japanese pronunciation of foreign words, am quickly becoming weeaboo! WHEEE!)... well, I've seen Messers Guyot and Murakami in all their splendour up till now and they seem to be the usual overpowered baddies... ok oooookaaaay! Murakami isn't exactly a baddie, though I have it on good authority (*wink wink nudge nudge*) that he'll become one. This game of oneupmanship or, better, oneoverpowerupship is to me the most boring part about mecha/monsters/you get the drift stories. I don't care who wins or loses or who's stronger than whom in a fight - that's Bleach MOST BORING TO TEARS part, Kubo's lucky he's demented so he saves the tale by making me laugh a lot - I care about what people are feeling/thinking/doing in such extreme situations. I've prolly not seen - I HAVE to read the manga, y'know, I'm sure is much better than the anime - enough of them to form a coherent idea of them.

The scientists, whom I've just met, are DEARS! I mean, they seem to be nice rounded characters and exactly the kind of heroes - for a value of herosity - I like; those who fight overpowered alien-generated mishmashes with brains. I particularly applauded - yelled YES! actually - of their hiding place; that's what having a brain and using it does it for you, providing with useful solutions to problems. So, GO SCIENTISTS! With any luck, thy'll even have different personalities, who knows? Problem is, they're marginal right when I am, so I'll have to see if they are allowed to remain brainy astute people or they'll be forced to go mecha or hyperzoanoid or whatever in the future, which I fear by the way things are going.

You can spoil me, if you wish. *hint hint*

Now be honest, didn't you laugh a LOT when you saw peckerhead Sho? Also, you may not know this, acuz you've watched it dubbed, but our Agito yells 'Shoku Soku' or something like that that sounds like 'ShoSho' which has spawned tons of slashy plotbunnies in me demented slasher head. ^_-

Date: 2009-08-10 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ingriam.livejournal.com
I think what our Agito yells is Shokuso, which I've heard translated as bio-boost. Besides, I thought you were more into Ryan/Agito or Agito/Ryan. ;)

And, to be honest I was more into the whole 'exploring the alien ship' thing. I have to ask, though, what'd you think of Aptom as portrayed by them as opposed to by me?

Date: 2009-08-10 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyingskull.livejournal.com
Shokuso, right, only the way he yells it is odd, it should sound 'shockso' but he makes it sound 'Shosho', prolly a cry of the heart. Ans, yeh, 'bioboost' sounds right, though slightly deranged.

Agito/Ryan with a healthy dollop of BDSM, yeh. :-D But Agito/Sho is lots more romantic and "I'll die before confessing your gentleness melts me into a sighing puddle" side of Agito, but that's just slash, y'know? It's all the fault of the Peckerhead Guyver Sho's got.

Exploring the alien ship thingy is the most interesting and fascinating thing, actually. I hope what I saw in one of the eps was the alien ship having the heaves at contacting Guyot. I tend to imagine alien ship-thingies as being a lot like Yumichika, if it aint' beautiful I don't want to see it, BLEURGH.

Your Aptom is their Aptom, methinks, only a tad nicer which I approve of for entirely irrational and personal reasons like I have a soft spot for grunt psychopaths - videlicet my liking Kimblee, albeit in small doses - and am always sorry to see them go which I trust Aptom isn't going to. Go, I mean. By which I mean die. I'm tying meself in knots, amn't I?

*ahem*

Anyway, your Aptom seems to me to be entirely IC with added richness which I can't but approve of.

Date: 2009-08-17 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ingriam.livejournal.com
How are you enjoying the scanslations?

Date: 2009-08-18 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyingskull.livejournal.com
Very much, thank you. :-D

Also. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON THE 20th!!! When I'll prolly not be online because of much work and also a date yay, so I'll anticipate it.

Have an e-cake, much e-bubbly and e-cookies.

Also HUGZ!

Date: 2009-09-03 09:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ingriam.livejournal.com
So, what do you think of the directions the story takes after the events the TV show depicted play out? How far have you gotten, anyway?

Date: 2009-08-10 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ingriam.livejournal.com
Oh, and you may find the translated volumes pf the manga - not all of them quite yet, but a great deal - here: http://japan-legend.com/wiki/index.php?title=Guyver:_scanlations

Date: 2009-08-10 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyingskull.livejournal.com
THANK YOU!

Date: 2009-08-09 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ingriam.livejournal.com
Also, I don't think it was a matter of evolution not happening, so much as the the fact that it was directed by aliens for their own purposes.

Date: 2009-08-09 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyingskull.livejournal.com
Well, the way Murakami told it, Aliens came in and created the species in their search for the perfect warrior, which, lemme tell you BTW, all the 'oids' sure ain't. I bet Kenshin could off tons of 'em in seven seconds or less.

What? What? *she said, all defensive* You like super-armour and I love swords! :P:P:P

Date: 2009-10-25 11:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ingriam.livejournal.com
I've been meaning to ask you this for awhile: what do you think of Meeting Places, so far?

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