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@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:55 PM)

It kept repeating until I sat up.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:54 PM)

I've been up since three and when sheepish I was hallucinating something knocking twice against my bedroom door.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 December 2019 - 06:58 PM)

Then repaint Apeface and Snapdragon as Transmetal Optimus Primal and Megatron. It's crazy enough to work.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Moral imperative.

@  Nevermore : (07 December 2019 - 05:13 PM)

Wishful thinking, rumor or leak?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Snapdragon for Earthrise.

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 December 2019 - 10:22 PM)

Still not the weirdest thing a Nic Cage character has done in a film

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 04:00 PM)

Couldn't be worse than him pissing fire as Ghost Rider.

@  Rycochet : (04 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

The Tim Burton Superman Movie is the DC movie we deserve. It would have Nic Cage in a technosuit punching polarbears.

@  Paladin : (04 December 2019 - 02:59 PM)

Wonder Woman was great. Shazam was amazing. Aquaman... exists.

@  RichardT1977 : (04 December 2019 - 01:54 PM)

TBF, Aquaman and Shazam! were pretty good.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Not a difficult feat.

@  Benbot : (04 December 2019 - 11:50 AM)

You just put more effort into telling a compelling story than all of WB's execs.

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:41 AM)

Cue the flashback to Jonathan, reassuring a terrified child: "What you are is never as important as who you are." Cue Superman's response to Brainiac: "I already know who I am."*John Williams fanfare plays*

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

I don't think we even really need to see Krypton. I'd start with Clark growing up in Kansas, thinking he's normal, and follow him through the development of his powers. There've been enough alternate takes on Krypton that it could actually work as a mystery; is this the pre-Crisis utopia, the sterile science world, or the relic of a fallen empire? Brainiac was there, and he tempts Clark with the knowledge of what he really is.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:12 AM)

First, a Krypton film, ending with baby Kal-El being found on Earth.  Then Supe's early career film, establishing his values... and if Jonothan Kent needs to die, it happens because of something like a heart attack while Clark is savnig folks on the other side of the world.  After we know Clark minimizes property damage and never kills, have Zod & Company show up and force him to make tough choices.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:07 AM)

Man of Steel seems like someone came up with a Superman trilogy and then the execs said "We've got to catch up to Marvel, make it one film!".  I don't mean that based on the film's actual pacing, but because various story beats make more sense to me if they weren't all squished together.

@  Cybersnark : (03 December 2019 - 07:44 PM)

I've been wanting to write a Superman movie trilogy for years; "Man of Steel" (featuring a Terminator-like Brainiac) was going to be first, with "Last Son of Krypton" (featuring the Eradicator) as the sequel and "Man of Tomorrow" (in which Luthor makes his face-heel turn) as the conclusion. Thanks to Snyder I have to re-arrange my titles.

@  Nevermore : (03 December 2019 - 06:15 PM)

I still wish "Man of Steel" had instead been an adaptation of both the John Byrne miniseries of the same name and the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale miniseries "Superman For All Seasons".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (03 December 2019 - 04:42 PM)

A take I just read: Man of Steel is shot with such a lack of lighting that it is easier to discern what is going on in a porn film.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 December 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Making Soylant is harder then it looks, it's not like the movies, you have to keep whacking and hacking at the ingredient, it'll scream and fight, maybe bite but eventually it will go down.

@  Paladin : (03 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

varies from person to person.

@  Benbot : (03 December 2019 - 11:34 AM)

It's an acquired taste

@  CORVUS : (03 December 2019 - 11:17 AM)

Soylent? Its pretty awful.

@  unluckiness : (03 December 2019 - 02:49 AM)

Depends on your denomination of Christianity

@  Patch : (02 December 2019 - 05:52 PM)

@Benbot Do they have a soy-free version? Like maybe just "Lent?"

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 02:03 PM)

Just occurred to me 'Autobot' Megatron happened in Target 2006.

@  Benbot : (02 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

have you tried Soylent? It's pretty good! https://soylent.com/

@  Paladin : (02 December 2019 - 10:01 AM)

i prefer free-range human usually. pain in the ass to hunt though...

@  TheMightyMol... : (02 December 2019 - 09:42 AM)

If your human is all bones, you may have purchased a skeleton by accident. Contact your grocer to inquire about exhange policies.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 09:31 AM)

Vegans are categorised as human therefore just fall under Soylant, they are usually all bones.

@  wonko the sane? : (01 December 2019 - 04:47 PM)

Cause... that latter one is technically all burgers anyway.

@  wonko the sane? : (01 December 2019 - 04:46 PM)

So... a burger made without meat, or a burger made with the meat taken from a vegan?

@  Maximus Ambus : (01 December 2019 - 04:22 PM)

I had a vegan burger last week, this week I'll give a vegan steak a shot.

@  wonko the sane? : (30 November 2019 - 12:37 PM)

a proper paradox would have broken the board. Nice try though.

@  Maximus Ambus : (30 November 2019 - 01:47 AM)

This shout is empty.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (30 November 2019 - 12:01 AM)

I've got the admit. tubi tv is great. It's got a lot of stuff.. Including Super Sentai.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:35 PM)

There is frankly no better place to (legally) find schlock on the internet for free than Tubi TV

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:33 PM)

It's got all the graphic violence and gratuitous nudity a late 80s OVA should have.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:32 PM)

Available for free with ads on Tubi TV.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:32 PM)

It's "Goku: Midnight Eye". Originally produced in the late 80s, it apparently wasn't dubbed until the late 90s given Steve Blum was the lead.

@  wonko the sane? : (29 November 2019 - 06:38 PM)

The description makes it sound like some high grade, mid 80's shlock. Which, frankly, is my groove.

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 November 2019 - 12:37 PM)

Was wondering how long it would take someone to ask.

@  wonko the sane? : (29 November 2019 - 09:58 AM)

okay, it's been like two days so far: what anime is this, cause I'm dying to know.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 November 2019 - 09:23 PM)

You know you're in for a good time when an old anime starts with a crime lord uses roller skates in his cybernetic legs to skate down the side of the building, launches to a dock and into a getaway boat.

@  Pinkcolliebot : (26 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Hey Everyone I'm Making The TF Roll Out Short "Gotta Go Fast!"

@  Benbot : (26 November 2019 - 12:52 PM)

That's what I was hoping for. But here I am, at work the following day.

@  wonko the sane? : (26 November 2019 - 12:29 PM)

You say "die in bed" and I'm thinking "why is that a problem?".

@  fourteenwings : (26 November 2019 - 07:06 AM)

If you don't get out of bed ever your muscles will lock in super-uncomfortable ways and you may get blood clots

@  MEDdMI : (25 November 2019 - 08:53 PM)

You did nothing, and so rocks fall down and you die.


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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?

 


#6 HellCat

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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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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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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 - 07:47 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?