El Cid's Anime Rants

Monday, February 21, 2005

Confessions

Alright, so I have to come clean here. My name is Rodrigo Huerta and I'm a Haloholic.


"Master Chief--my anti-drug"

I can't remember how many hours I've logged into this game this past week, but Halo 2 is too much bloody goodness. Initially, I thought the game blew as it was merely an upgrade from part 1. Part of that I still think is true. Dual-wielding didn't make me bust a nut like it did for some gamers. I still think that Half Life 2 is superior as far as innovation, graphics, and overall experience goes. But the multiplayer of Halo 2 is solid, and that's what I keep coming back for. There's nothing more satisfying after a long day in class than getting into a server and planting a sniper rifle bullet in the back of some snotty 13 year old kid's head who's headset microphone should be flushed down the toilet.

So for my project I've jumped on my friends' Grenadier BandWagon. I've seen only a few of these so far, but I've made some serious observations. Actually, I've made two HUGE ginormous observations about Grenadier:


*Insert your own tasteless joke here

So here's are my observations. What's the deal with those darn Japs? I mean, look at this character design. It's hard to believe this character comes from a people who's average female is physically the opposite in most respects and dimensions. For one, she has the typical gigantic eyes. Asian eye size is one of most distinct features that differentiates them. For two, she's got bloned hair. Again, this isn't Asian unless your punk. For three, she has Texas sized . . . guns. I mean, seriously, those six shooters could kill a long-horn. I think that sized caliber is not very common in Asia, but I could be wrong.


Which one is Japanese?

Secondly . . .well actually I lied. I have to watch the series through to say something more cohesive about the series.

And since I'm in the confessing mood, I must say that I'm looking forward to further observations. Ladies, you have full permission to slap me for my superficial and unrealistic tastes.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

GTO: Great TV (Soap) Opera

In my last blog, I ragged a bit about the quality of Japanese live action TV. . .or lack of. BUT (huge "but"), Japan used to be renowned for it's cinema back in the 1950's. Anyone seen "Seven Samurai"? Great lil' three hour flick.

My opinion of modern Jap-TV was tainted due to the horrific Sailor Moon live action. I mean, Power Rangers does a more convincing job of creating monsters and suspense. And Sailor Moon's cat was a freaking stuffed animal that was wiggled when talking and then a craperriffic CG model ( that looks straight out of a local car dealership commercial) the next.

BUT (giant "but" here), I've just recently discovered the live action version of GTO, and I have to admit, I'm hooked. It may be a tad bit cornball initially, but the acting and plot sucks you right in. The lead guy is really entertaining and funny and just plain cool. His love interest is also a good actress & is a cutey. She actually starred in "The Ringu", which is the Japanese movie that spawned the popular horror flick "the Ring." Little trivia for you buffs out there. It might win you some cash on Jeopardy! some day. Or make you look like a nerd. One or the other.


"Want a little extra credit, baby?"

So I give GTO Live a thumbs up. Sailor Moon Live I give a thumbs up my rectum.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Girls and Guns

Well, I'm currently on episode 13 of Escaflowne, and I'd say that it's been really good so far. To my amazement, by co-watcher is probably more intrigued by it than me. She predicted a certain plot twist that I didn't see coming at all and was like, "Duh! It was SO obvious." But to my defense, the plot twist had to do with a character being the secret father of another character, and seriously what guy keeps up with that? If James Bond had to keep tabs on all his kids, he'd have a nervous breakdown.


"Rrrrroawww!"

So anyway, in Anime class we watched You're Under Arrest and Gun Smith Cats. They were both very enjoyable and very similar in formula. You've got two cute gun-slinging, butt kicking, chicks. Where they differed was location. You're Under Arrest takes place obviously in Japan, and Gun Smith Cats is clearly Chicago. What amazes me is the level of accuracy in the depiction of American cities, vehicles, and guns. And oh man! Those guns! The firefights in Gun Smith Cats give typical Hollywood action flicks a run for their money. The guns' details are true to real life and the sound effects sound legit. It makes the shooting of a cartoon character seem real. Very fun to watch.


I am gladly put under your arrest.


You're Under Arrest was also very cool and cute. This one was a lot more tame and light hearted. Excellent animation, especially with the chase scenes.

And y'know. This combination of cute girls and guns really works. And as we all know, when Asians notice a winning formula. . .

There was Bruce Lee, then Bruce Le, then Bruce Li, then. . .

Maybe this is the equivalent to Hollywood's black guy meets white guy cop/action movies:


Thanks to Maddox for this image. Click on pic for a funny article.

Either way, it works. We also saw a live action version of You're Under Arrest. That and my short viewing of Sailor Moon live-action makes me say this. . .Japanese have gotten animation down great! Keep up the great work.

Alright, those convention pictures are coming soon. I promise.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Escaflowne

Hey there loyal blog readers (Yes all one of you), sorry for the lack of updates. It's been cu-razy to say the least. But onto the anime!

Ok, so my friend and I walked into the Gaming lab the other day and wet our pants. Wow. This place was paradise. There's like 8 X-boxes, that many Gamecubes, PS2's and the most gorgeous HD-TV. I wanted to make love to it all. So we chilled out there and played some Halo 2, and during this gaming session a Prof. Carbaner. . . Carbere. . .the Mario looking professor walks in with a mother and her prospective son. He goes about explaining how this room is used for students to "evaluate" new games and study "user interface interactions." Hardi-har-har. Well, on my end at least, that doesn't hold true. :)

So I decided to start a new anime series for a couple of reasons. For one, I'm in this class. Another reason is I have a Prof who's daughter is really interested in the whole "anime" thing, but their family is pretty conservative, so I'd imagine mom and pop would say no to most anime available. So I'm in search of a good quality anime that won't corrupt a 13 year old girl. Easier said than done.



I think I've found one that might work. I've seen the first two episodes of Escaflowne via X-Box streaming video, and besides some violence it's pretty clean. In fact, this might be perfect for a 13 year old girl, cause that's what I felt like while watching this. It's really a girly premise. Little high-school girl with everyday problems like most h.s. girls (athletics, school, boys) gets transported into this fantasy world of of princes and princesses. But like I said, there is violence (involving giant non-feminine bad-a robots) so that was fun to watch.

I'm watching this series through with a good friend of mine who happens to be of the female type, so I'll probably stick it through. It's great fun walking into the lab as it is with her, cause all the nerd. . . I mean all the guys in there kind are taken aback a bit.

More conventions pictures to be posted soon!