RANT URAHARA, not the worst thing I've seen, but close.

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  1. Seagrim

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    On second thought. It was.

    Last night, Kari and I began watching the first episode of Urahara.

    After a few minutes of dialog that went from odd, to completely incoherent, there began an invasion of aliens.

    Why? Because.

    I think the invasion was supposed to give the show an actual story.

    It failed.

    Did I mention the animation? It was the first time I've ever seen anyone try to steal the animation of Yellow Submarine, and do it poorly. Psychadelic? I think the production studio should just bypass drug testing and go directly to rehab. Psychological counseling. Committal to an asylum. Their sanity points have reached zero and even Cthulu is retching in R'Lyeh.

    With incoherent dialog from characters that looked like a drug-addled five year old drew them, and an alien invasion of flying mushrooms that creepily resembled an early character model for an incredibly questionable hentai video, at that point a bizarre giant baby bottle fell from the sky with another character banned from Yellow Submarine for being odd and her talking fried shrimp appeared.

    *Her *Talking*Fried*Shrimp*.

    At this point Kari began hitting me in the head, yelling, "Turn this garbage off!".

    It made me cry.

    Mostly because the concussion didn't make the show any better.

    The only thing I could say was, "Hit me again, I can still hear it".

    Conclusion: I don't think there is enough scotch in this world that would make me try to ever play that show again.

     
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    I need to watch that, just so I can understand the context of this awesome rant.
     
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    Yeah that sounds so bad it might loop around to awesome, but maybe not.
     
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    I had to google the show. just the character designs were enough to turn me off it. what on earth possessed you to actually sit down and watch that thing XD
     
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    Oh wow, you know, I think the creators made the same mistake I did many years ago— confusing "weirdness" with "originality". I'm just not really catching any good solid story here.

    Yeah, I'm watching it right now and the first thing I can tell is that it's blatantly clear that they were working with a stupidly low budget and they tried using their low budget to their benefit by crafting a quirky artstyle.

    What's sad is that an anime based around Harajuku sounds like it'd be an interesting prospect. It'd be like creating a comic or a movie based off Haight-Ashbury or Studio 54. But this was awful. It kinda reminds me of XX in that it was created by women to prove women could have greater representation as creators, but for whatever reason said women decide to trash the tools needed to create a functional story in lieu of trying to be needlessly arty or original to prove that 'women can be creative too'. And altogether, it turns out to be a mess and just inadvertently gives the misogynists ammo to say "See? Women can't create for shit."

    Maybe I should watch more of this to see if said story does rear itself, but the thing is: I don't f**cking want to. I watched 15 minutes of it, and I'd guesstimate that was 10 minutes too much. It just made me pine for an actually good anime about Harajuku fashion.

    TL;DR: It's like a discount version of an anime created by someone who only ever watched a discount version of FLCL and maybe some shojo anime. Maybe it'll become "awesome" after some amazing twist or exposition, but it's not doing anything for me.
     
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    Dear God, no, don't do it! Read the Necronomicon instead! Put on a performance of The King in Yellow! Sleep with N'Yarlathotep instead! it will be *much* better.

    We're always willing to at least give something a tryout. Renting VHS tapes in the 80's taught me you can't always judge something by its cover. That was how I caught Trancers and Knightriders. Knightriders went on to become one of my favorite movies, next to Rollerball (James Caan, not that miserable POS remake)

    I hated to compare it to Yellow Submarine, since, I loved Yellow Submarine. and I was *sober* at the time too. FLCL was fun, but, it did sometimes have a tendency to slide into the weird for weird's sake. Still more coherent than The Anime That Shall not be Named. I wish not for its baleful eye to be cast in this direction...

    **Cue fog machine and ominous background music**

    [​IMG]
     
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    Mine was different then. growing up in the 80's I had to be careful with the covers. I ended up renting a few soft porn titles by accident.... and we viewed all of them for family movie night with my younger brothers and parents sitting there :confused:

    I'm still not sure why they never separated them and allowed a 9 year old to rent them...
     
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    I remember renting An American Werewolf In London after only having seen it on TV and - SURPRISE NUDITY! Hello, David Naughton's penis. XD And I think I was about 13 when I rented it? Either the clerk didn't care or I was a mature looking 13.
     
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    IMO Monster Musume is the worst anime I've ever seen, at least lately.
     
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    **Me at the VHS rental place with clerk handing over a VHS box**

    "Yeah, I don't think you want The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat in the kids cartoon section"
     
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    Ha! OMG.... It's like some of the stuff Netflix has listed as kids....

    Like there's some Beauty and the Beast remake series thing....DEFINITELY not for ages 3-5! But they have it listed as that. And they have some pretty scary stuff for little kids. Coraline is one I don't think is good for age 8 either. As I remember that movie was pretty darn creepy!
     
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    It depends on the kid, though. Like I remember being completely oblivious to "sexy" stuff, but maybe it's different nowadays.
     
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    Coraline and the Beauty and the Beast thing aren't really "sexy" but actually kind of dark and scary. The B&B series had torture, death, etc. Pretty "adult" stuff. I think it's probably an error because some program was like "Beauty and the Beast? That's for kids!" and no one double-checked.
     
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    I don't know, My niece is four and she has the original beauty and the beast cartoon memorized. She loved it so much that right now it's bella everything (she even has the dress!)

    If you think about it even snow white goes into dark places but as long as you show them a happy ending where the good guys win, kids will be happy with it.

    Personally I was ok with it as a kid, the sexy stuff flew over my head and the bad stuff was just the darkness before the hero came to save the day. I was even allowed to watch the twilight zone when I was fine with it. hell are you afraid of the dark was scarier and that was by design!
     
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    I think I know the series in question. The only thing like B&TB is the name. It's a dark urban show with I think the guy is a shifter, from science experiments, on the run conspiracy stuff and the woman who wants him.

    No singing and dancing, more like shooting and slashing. Think it's contemporary with La Fem Nikita and XIII.
     
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    Pretty much! Not something I'm super interested in, but I watched one or two episodes out of curiosity and I will say definitely not for littles!
     
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    No comparison to the Ron Perlman one.
     
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    Oh, I remember that old one as a kid! It was actually pretty good. I didn't watch it a ton, but I remember enjoying Ron Perlman in it a ton.
     
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    Have you SEEN some of the shit we used to consider “kids movies”? Go back and watch The Neverending Story, or Secret of Nimh, or The Last Unicorn, or Time Bandits, or Ferngully, or ... well hell, pretty much any “kids movie” from the 80s-90s, for the most part. Barring Disney, who pretty much just sanitized old fairy tales and twisted them around to the exact opposite of what they were originally.

    Back then, we didn’t think that dark was bad. Changing times, I guess.
     
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    On topic, there’s some truly fkn weird anime out there. We generally only get the more mainstream stuff licensed for distribution in the US, things that the publishers think we would be comfortable with, but that wasn’t the case even just a decade ago when the anime boom really hit high gear and we were “importing” (read: pirating and bootlegging) anything we could get our hands on.
     
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