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@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 05:17 PM)

nevermind

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:59 PM)

I've barely used them over the years, so I'm sure they won't miss me, but I'm done too. Thankfully Pulse put up the Seacons today.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:58 PM)

i didnt complete it, which is why this is confusing and pi$$ing me off. theres no record of it in my order history. i emailed them about it, so we will see what happens. either way, i think im done using them after this

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:55 PM)

Either we're both unlucky or they're trying to force payment now for these takaratomy mall exclusives.

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I asked them to kindly undo that and I got a sternly worded email about how I should use their website right.

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:55 PM)

Yeah, if you completed the order, they charged you the money now. Mine said stack before I finished checking out. I only noticed I was charged because of Paypal.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:53 PM)

i wasnt even wanting to pay now. i was going to add them to my stack but i didnt get the chance after i was done setting up paypal

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:53 PM)

If you haven't officially placed the order, I don't think so? Although, I had to request a cancellation with them last week because their system changed details about my order after I placed it, so I don't exactly trust them.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:51 PM)

so im not actually being charged then?

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:48 PM)

So, if you were one click away from purchasing, then they probably did the pre-authorization already. The next click will charge you the money now.

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:47 PM)

TFsource charges upfront for regular pre-orders.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i was considering buying the upcoming seacons from tfsource. i had them in my cart and was on the checkout page. i set up a credit card through paypal, and before i even hit the "place order" button, i got a text saying that a charge or hold was placed on my card! is this normal? is it just checking to see if i have the money? why did it do it before i even placed the order??

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2019 - 01:23 PM)

It's a torture device.

@  Benbot : (21 October 2019 - 09:42 AM)

what's this about Hot Rod?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2019 - 10:36 PM)

Ex-Bundeswehr personnel, eh? Fascinating.

@  Pinkcolliebot : (20 October 2019 - 09:43 PM)

TF Roll Out Hot Rod's Presentation is coming real soon!!

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 01:05 PM)

So whenever he addresses his troops, he keeps cracking jokes. Sometimes these jokes are about the blunders he himself had made in his speech the previous day.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 01:01 PM)

At the moment, I'm blessed with a pretty nice superior. He's got a military background, but he takes an oddly entertaining approach to it. Imagine a stand-up comedian who accidentally enlisted as a drill sergeant.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:54 PM)

Another type of everyday absurdity: Imagine you're leaving your workplace for your lunchbreak. Upon your return, you discover that your workplace has been cordened and/or gated off during your break, with "construction site" warning signs everywhere. You go to your superior and tell him: "I can no longer access my workplace! Why is there suddenly a construction site?" Your superior takes a surpised look and says: "I don't know, first time I see this." You figure: "Must be a Tuesday, then."

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:51 PM)

It's kind of surreal, really.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:50 PM)

They agree that things are less than ideal, but they acknowledge that their scope of making decisions is limited. Oddly, I keep getting that regardless of how high up the chain of command I bother people.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:49 PM)

"I hear you, but you know how it is, there's nothing I can do about it." That's it, basically.

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 October 2019 - 06:40 AM)

What's it like to have management that's willing to listen to things they don't want to hear? I've never seen that.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:41 AM)

I manage to argue within the company's own internal logic and point out the flaws, shortcomings and discrepancies between "official company policy" and "everyday company reality".

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:40 AM)

Many of my coworkers are scared to even talk to managers. I often discuss company matters with them I disagree with, and it isn't a rare occurrence that they say "yeah, you're right..."

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:38 AM)

I know how to watch my tone, and I prefer to keep things straightforward and factual, never to attack the person, always the problem itself.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:37 AM)

The good thing for me is ever since a minor hiccup many years ago when I was still non-permanent, I've always managed to along just fine with my various superiors (I've been through over a dozen already). And that's despite my outspokenness, my blunt honesty and my oftentimes harsh criticism.

@  Sabrblade : (18 October 2019 - 11:04 PM)

With visuals presented by the Cybernet Space Cube

@  Dekafox : (18 October 2019 - 04:51 PM)

And don't forget to sign up for a cybersecurity seminar while you're there

@  Dekafox : (18 October 2019 - 04:47 PM)

Well you can always strap on some cyberlimbs and go into cyberspace for a cyberpunk experience

@  NotVeryKnightly : (18 October 2019 - 04:28 PM)

You know that "cyber" doesn't mean "cyborg", right?

@  Maximus Ambus : (18 October 2019 - 04:16 PM)

So where's the Cyborgs on CYBERtron?

@  The Doctor Who : (18 October 2019 - 03:47 PM)

Click here and we can send you notifications about your desire to discontinue notifications!

@  Benbot : (18 October 2019 - 10:40 AM)

Why does every damn website want to send me notifications? NO, no one wants your popups! Quit asking!

@  Echowarrior : (18 October 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Amazon in the US has pretty good benefits, though, and even the temp workers had forty hours a week to start with. Even with minimum wage, that's pretty good pay.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2019 - 01:20 AM)

Oh, the turnover rates are high here as well.

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Amazon.com and .ca, on the other hand, can be pretty terrible. I know from your squawkbox posts that you guys have your issues with Amazon over there, although you're lucky to have stronger government regulations and a union there. I gather the warehouse workers in the USA and Canada have it pretty crappy, with very high turnover, close to minimum wage pay, and no unions

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 09:38 PM)

Amazon.de doesn't really have the same issue. I've ordered from them (and UK, FR, IT and JP) several times, and their packaging is much better

@  Nevermore : (17 October 2019 - 05:22 PM)

I'm not sure how it works on the customer's end. As packers, we sometimes have items that are flagged as "overwrap", which means we absolutely have to put them into a box even if they're already in pretty sturdy manufacturer packaging.

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 03:05 PM)

Yeah, I really do wish amazon had an option to upgrade packaging for an extra buck or something. I hate their bubble mailers

@  Benbot : (17 October 2019 - 07:17 AM)

That's how it works. I just hope my order from Amazon doesn't arrive crushed because they idiotically stuffed it in an envelope.

@  Telly : (16 October 2019 - 10:48 PM)

my walmart is acting true to form. as soon as mirage arrives from amazon, my walmart gets his entire wave in after months of having wave 1 clogging the pegs....

@  Nevermore : (16 October 2019 - 05:18 PM)

I stirred up some trouble at work, complained about the blatant neglect of employee safety. Was asked to take photos and write down the locations so the matter could be properly escalated. Made me feel a little better.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 October 2019 - 02:55 PM)

I got stabbed in the eyelid by a mudwasp, pulled down a tree, and then got ice cream. You know, all told: not a bad day.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 October 2019 - 09:17 AM)

Burrunjor

@  Paladin : (15 October 2019 - 08:04 AM)

your mom.

@  Benbot : (15 October 2019 - 08:02 AM)

What's your favorite Paleolithic megafauna?

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2019 - 10:06 PM)

Together with the Rhino G1 sets, probably the most expensive DVDs I ever bought

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2019 - 10:01 PM)

I've still got the age-old Rhino sets

@  Telly : (14 October 2019 - 09:09 PM)

i didnt find that at any of the ones around here, so i had to settle for seasons 1 and 2 of duckman for $3


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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.


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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 - 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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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?