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@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 July 2019 - 09:43 PM)

Well shucks.

@  ▲ndrusi : (17 July 2019 - 08:14 PM)

The joke is a husk of its former self.

@  Paladin : (17 July 2019 - 01:15 PM)

Pop.

@  Shrug : (17 July 2019 - 10:15 AM)

Something something... corn bread?

@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2019 - 07:21 AM)

Ok, ok. Enough of the puns and let's all thank Kal for the amaizeing job he did.

@  Paladin : (17 July 2019 - 06:24 AM)

by now I think this jokes' been creamed.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2019 - 03:31 AM)

The kernel.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2019 - 03:31 AM)

Who gives the orders in cybernetic warfare?

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 09:59 PM)

Zea mays

@  Xellos : (16 July 2019 - 09:53 PM)

Isn't that a kernel of truth.

@  Paladin : (16 July 2019 - 08:43 PM)

huh. suddenly the Squawk is popping.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2019 - 07:47 PM)

Not placing much stalk in this conversation.

@  Nevermore : (16 July 2019 - 06:22 PM)

That's so corny.

@  Shrug : (16 July 2019 - 06:07 PM)

It's absurd how happy I am that a post of mine made the front page of Reddit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2019 - 05:46 PM)

Aww, shucks.

@  TriBlurr : (16 July 2019 - 05:45 PM)

Not till I taste the corn

@  Kalidor : (16 July 2019 - 05:43 PM)

You guys aren't being very nice. You're supposed to tell me I did "good, really good!"

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2019 - 05:40 PM)

Just don't go beyond the rows.

@  Patch : (16 July 2019 - 05:39 PM)

Left over from the failed Beast Machines sequel, Beast Farmers

@  Patch : (16 July 2019 - 05:39 PM)

It's techno-organic corn

@  TriBlurr : (16 July 2019 - 05:26 PM)

We have a cornfield? Can I get a few ears?

@  Kalidor : (16 July 2019 - 12:56 PM)

And lastly, if it becomes too much hassle to deal with - it might just get sent into the cornfield and replaced with a Discord box anyway. So cool it.

@  Kalidor : (16 July 2019 - 12:55 PM)

Second thing is we do actually have the ability to ban users specifically from using Shoutbox if it's being abused like that

@  Kalidor : (16 July 2019 - 12:55 PM)

Hey all - just a reminder and heads up. The Shoutbox has been kept here as a courtesy because it's what you folks like in lieu of Discord - but a few things to remember is that P&R should stay in P&R and isn't really something that needs to be dragged out here in the most public of spaces.

@  Nevermore : (16 July 2019 - 11:04 AM)

Done.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 July 2019 - 10:25 AM)

You can make a new one. I doubt anybody would stop you.

@  Nevermore : (16 July 2019 - 10:16 AM)

There was a thread but it appears to have disappeared. Might have been lost in one of the older forum sweeps.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 July 2019 - 09:58 AM)

Yeah this is pretty much circumventing the fact that we have different rules for political talk.

@  fourteenwings : (16 July 2019 - 09:55 AM)

Okay, so, basically, can we not do politics in here anymore? I mean, considering how often @Nevermore, you talk about your work conditions, don't you think it's time for a dedicated thread in P&R?

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Scratch that; that's insulting to honest salads. Whatever that was was the text equivalent of hamburger.

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 09:38 AM)

Would you like some dressing to go with your word salad?

@  Paladin : (16 July 2019 - 09:34 AM)

yes; it now goes "shit piss hug *BLEEP* ^$@^ motherhuger **** turd fart encyclopedia & Socialism."

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 09:24 AM)

This is an American site, but isn't that unnecessarily severe language? IIRC it's one of the top four offensive pejoratives to English people

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 July 2019 - 08:52 AM)

It's amusing how so many (U.S.) wankers in this world love to whine "capitalism good socialism bad!" in the abstract while simultaneously pretending that megacorporations dominating de facto monopolies is anathema to the core capitalistic principle of competition benefits everyone.

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 05:17 AM)

I know Shockwave's super mode is pretty lame and Magnus is kinda greebly but it's not that bad.

@  TM2-Megatron : (16 July 2019 - 12:38 AM)

Though with the luck and caliber of leaders we've had of late in the darkest timeline, maybe it's too much to hope for.

@  TM2-Megatron : (16 July 2019 - 12:36 AM)

Just like democracy, it's not perfect but better than the present alternatives. Capitalism as it's practiced today won't be able to weather the coming wave of automation, though. Best to plan for it and hope for a gentle transition rather than the aforementioned collapse

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 12:27 AM)

Capitalism is the worst amiright? Sent from my iPhone

@  Vexwing : (15 July 2019 - 11:24 PM)

Because the collapse is gonna be just great.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 July 2019 - 10:41 PM)

Let's hope this is late stage and we're on the cusp of something better.

@  abates : (15 July 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Late stage capitalism is the absolute best.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 July 2019 - 01:33 PM)

So, welcome to all retail, everywhere.

@  Nevermore : (15 July 2019 - 01:24 PM)

Oh, and Greenpeace also conducted a protest at a German Amazon facility, to protest against Amazon's practice of throwing customer returns in the trash.

@  Nevermore : (15 July 2019 - 01:17 PM)

Right, because with Amazon, it's just the employees that have to step in dog shit while having no space to breathe.[/slightexaggeration]

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 July 2019 - 01:03 PM)

At least I can use Amazon without losing the ability to breath or step in dog shit.

@  RichardT1977 : (15 July 2019 - 12:58 PM)

Considering that Amazon is the new Walmart...

@  Nevermore : (15 July 2019 - 12:39 PM)

All of my best wishes go out to the brave women and men who have the balls (and ovaries) to go on strike at an Amazon facility in the US.

@  Nevermore : (15 July 2019 - 12:38 PM)

Speaking of. Not only are we in Germany on strike today, but so is the fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota!

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 July 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Overnight delivery is the right of all sentient beings.

@  RichardT1977 : (15 July 2019 - 12:34 PM)

(and is it sexist of me to assume that a character named "Amazon Prime" would be feminine?)


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#1 Cybersnark

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 02:21 PM

So, a year ago, a Japanese production company called Every Star put out a call for general outlines for a 60-minute mecha anime. Finalists (last June) presented entries in character design, mecha design, and screenplay, and Every Star then used that to produce these five short promo videos.

The video with the most views by the end of March will be turned into a full production --place your votes, folks.

(Before the bitching begins, let me repeat again, these are proof-of-concept PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS, so yes, the production values aren't up to whatever cinematic standards you're surely comparing them too. :rolleyes )

Enthusiast! -The Custom-
Looks like a straightforward shounen sports anime, with car-based robots performing parkour racing.

RS Project
Looks like a straightforward alien invasion story, where the hero pilots a mecha that screws with his mind.

deadEndSparks
Years ago, giant monsters attacked and were defeated by a super hero team of mecha pilots. Now, those same mecha have turned up in the hands of a terrorist organization, and it's up to an amnesiac ex-hero to stop them.

Gyoko no Dean-Drive/Day Break Dean-Drive
Another fairly-standard alien invasion story, made interesting by the setting (post-apocalypse reconstruction-era), the mecha (which has been excavated from the ruins), and the lead character (who is a female lead in a mecha series).

Hoshi no Yarikago/Star Storks
This is the interesting one: mankind is extinct, and a race of intelligent mecha are trying to restore humanity and fight off an invasion. They produce one successful human, and three mecha try to escort the child to another galaxy in search of more humans.

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 04:49 PM

Of the concepts, the only one that grabbed me was Gyoko no Dean-Drive. Seems like a nice blend of action and cute, but not over the top cute.

Enthusiast seemed like it was missing an oppurtunity by not having the mechs transform from car to robot. That would be interesting to see, the pilots controlling the transformations as they maneuver the courses. The mech designs also seem lazy, with the car parts basically just sitting on to of the frame.

RS Project feels like something I've seen before, and the mech designs feel like they're meant to be made into model kits. The story might drive this one, but this promo does nothing for me.

deadEndSparks sounds like an interesting take on the Sentai genre, but I didn't see anything like that in the promo. The promo also didn't feel as fleshed out as the other four with all the repeated footage.

Star Storks looks like it could make for a great kids anime, but really didn't do anything for me.
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Posted 01 March 2015 - 05:12 PM

They're all decent pitches but at the same time not a million miles away from what we get anyway. Dean Drive for instance feels like something I'd expect to see from either Sunrise or Bones.

 

The Custom is easily the weakest. The designs are boring and impractical (you can bounce straight out of them with no harness at that speed?)

 

Star Storks is the one I hope wins. It's a clever concept and I like that apparently certain robots have evolved to the point their designs look semi-organic. Would be a more interesting story to explore than the millionth 'angsty teen must pilot elite mecha'.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:01 PM

Star Storks is the only one that grabbed me, everything else smacks of the same cookie cutter "style over substance" snoozefest I've encountered again and again.

Unfortunately, I didn't much care for its animation quality. Concept and design are fantastic, though. If it wins, I hope it's visually more appealing than what is shown in that promo.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:11 PM

I actually kinda like the Enthusiast designs in concept. The thing that was bothering me was the feet - they need proper wheels. I think the exposed pilot bottoms are cute, as are the literal car parts. It doesn't offer anything all that interesting as a story concept, and I know it'd be Rideback all over again. (A girl who used to be a dancer finds a new competition in illegal street racing and begins to regain confidence in herself and make new bonds - and then WAR TERRORISM ALIENS SEKRIT TECHNOLOGY SAVE THE WORLD.)

 

Star Storks does seem interesting as a concept, but I don't like it visually.


Edited by Copper Bezel, 01 March 2015 - 06:11 PM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:21 PM

I actually kinda like the Enthusiast designs in concept. The thing that was bothering me was the feet - they need proper wheels. I think the exposed pilot bottoms are cute, as are the literal car parts. It doesn't offer anything all that interesting as a story concept, and I know it'd be Rideback all over again. (A girl who used to be a dancer finds a new competition in illegal street racing and begins to regain confidence in herself and make new bonds - and then WAR TERRORISM ALIENS SEKRIT TECHNOLOGY SAVE THE WORLD.)

 

Star Storks does seem interesting as a concept, but I don't like it visually.

For me it's the fact that they look like a very bland cross between cars and robots. We've seen that idea done with other mecha shows and more dynamically. Heck, Go Nagai credits cars as the inspiration for how the pilot docks with Mazinger Z.

 

The designs are kinda realistic but in a way that feels boring. If it got picked up, I'd want to see more dynamic and customised units.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:25 PM

Based on premise alone Star Storks appeals the most, I like AI and it seems like a nice play on Brave series tropes.

 

I like the mecha design in RS the most, but I'd probably enjoy Dean-Drive. Dead End Sparks sounds like the one whose plot might be the most interesting, but to be honestly any of these shows could have potential.

 

 

 I know it'd be Rideback all over again. (A girl who used to be a dancer finds a new competition in illegal street racing and begins to regain confidence in herself and make new bonds - and then WAR TERRORISM ALIENS SEKRIT TECHNOLOGY SAVE THE WORLD.)

 

Uh, what are you talking about? There were no aliens or world salvation or anything like that in Rideback.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:34 PM

A valid question- how many of these aren't gonna be meddled with further if they do win?

 

It's not unheard of for an anime show to produce a pilot reel that is markedly different from what we actually get when the show starts airing.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:42 PM

Honestly unless the show is designed for a product kit line right away it's not likely at all.

 

Most mecha anime these days just does its' run and then plamo or whatever get announced after the show has aired and disseminated.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:45 PM

Uh, what are you talking about? There were no aliens or world salvation or anything like that in Rideback.

I exaggerated. The premise could have been interesting, and then it went in stupidly grandiose directions.


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:49 PM

 

Uh, what are you talking about? There were no aliens or world salvation or anything like that in Rideback.

I exaggerated. The premise could have been interesting, and then it went in stupidly grandiose directions.

 

 

No, it really didn't. It's literally a mecha anime about a college activist.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:56 PM

There's an honest to god yer-a-wizard-Harry moment in there, there's the totally unnecessary backstory idea that the mechs were weapons that changed the course of the war, etc., etc. There were nods toward a conceit that the machines were just this world's analogue to motorcycles, and that would have been a more interesting series to me. I couldn't take the series as delivered seriously. 


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:58 PM

Honestly I have no idea what you're on about. Those two concepts aren't mutually exclusive.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:14 PM

It's like if model trains were revealed to be secretly the most effective counter-terrorism weapon known to science. 

 

But, like, I don't actually care if you know what I'm on about? I didn't like the series? I wouldn't like to see a "sports" anime awkwardly saddled with a premise from some other genre entirely, and worry that Enthusiast! here would be saddled with the same phenomenon? 


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Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:26 PM

 

It's like if model trains were revealed to be secretly the most effective counter-terrorism weapon known to science.

 

No, it's like how the military pioneers technology first then it ends up in civilian use. Don't be obtuse.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:36 PM

Don't be obtuse.

You're saying that to me, right now, in this conversation? I got nothing.


Edited by Copper Bezel, 01 March 2015 - 07:36 PM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:41 PM

 

Don't be obtuse.

You're saying that to me, right now, in this conversation? I got nothing.

 

 

Oh yeah? How about a photo?

 

Let's see, a vehicle that was designed by the military, was part of a movement towards new tactics and strategies that changed the face of warfare, then was remade for civilian life. And then it and others like it ended up part of terrorist groups and dissident rebels the world over.

 

Hmm.

 

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:43 PM

Hime, I'm being entirely serious right now. If you feel that that is a reasonable comparison, or if you think that I care enough about Rideback to explain why it's not, I'm going to have to leave it to you to sort out the details why you're wrong.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:47 PM

Hime, I'm being entirely serious right now. If you feel that that is a reasonable comparison, or if you think that I care enough about Rideback to explain why it's not, I'm going to have to leave it to you to sort out the details why you're wrong.

 

So I'm wrong because you made a silly hyperbolic statement about why some show is unrealistic when the same thing happened in real life?

 

Okay then.


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 08:10 PM

I think that an attempt at being "realistic" actually isn't one of Rideback's faults in the first place and wouldn't be the way to defend it, but mostly I just don't feel like playing this game with you today. Some other time.


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?