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@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 08:19 PM)

I'm also only reading the trades. So I'm still missing... two volumes that are currently only available as hardcovers? Three?

@  Trpodeca : (17 January 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Astro City is great. Since I only read the trades, there probably won't be a big change for me.

@  ZakuConvoy : (17 January 2019 - 05:34 PM)

I have. Great series. Hopefully the transition to OGNs will be a smooth one.

@  Nevermore : (17 January 2019 - 07:20 AM)

Anyone here reading Kurt Busiek's Astro City?

@  Verity Carlo : (16 January 2019 - 01:12 PM)

https://sites.google...ations---part-1awwwww shit

@  Benbot : (16 January 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Remember the Noid? He steals pizzas!

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:47 AM)

That said, the old "Nester" character from Nintendo Power IS owned by Nintendo, and I could see a homage in there

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2019 - 10:46 AM)

Because technically DiC created the character, Nintendo does not own him.

@  Paladin : (16 January 2019 - 10:28 AM)

sidebar- why is "Captain N" not in Smash yet? that seems like such an easy option.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2019 - 09:18 AM)

The 90's mario cartoons had exactly three character aspects to work with: fat, italian and plumber. He wasn't exactly wrenching pipes in every episode, so they had to do something...

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 January 2019 - 07:31 AM)

It's in another castle.

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:24 AM)

i HOpE sHe mADe LotSA SPAGHETTI

@  Locoman : (16 January 2019 - 06:17 AM)

Mario, wherever you are, HEEEEEEEELP!

@  unluckiness : (16 January 2019 - 06:07 AM)

That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario *wheeze*

@  Pennpenn : (16 January 2019 - 02:24 AM)

It's too hot here.

@  Echowarrior : (15 January 2019 - 11:03 PM)

I liked the Super Mario Brothers Super Show the best myself.

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 10:35 PM)

There's always the three Mario cartoons DiC made back in the 80s.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 09:48 PM)

So they could make a show that everyone would scream was an adventure time knockoff? I get what you're saying, but I can't see it being well received.

@  Sean Whitmore : (15 January 2019 - 08:47 PM)

The fact that Adventure Time was on the air for 8 years and at no point did Nintendo hand the creators a large sack of money and say, "Please make a Mario thing for us" will forever anger me.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 07:03 PM)

There was so much awesome put into design and conception of the super mario bros. movie, and it didn't even need the branding: but it wouldn't have made it to the screen without the branding.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:56 PM)

Many aspects of it have stuck in my memory, though. The boots, the devolution ray, the aesthetic of the dinosaur city

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

I had no idea there was another Mario Bros. movie coming out, though. Doubt it'll top the first one, it was just so bizarre

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 06:55 PM)

They already act a bit like minions; they just aren't stupid

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 05:35 PM)

The trouble is: I honestly can't decide if making them minions would be better or worse than the continuously shrill voices they've used for the last 20 years.

@  Paladin : (15 January 2019 - 05:27 PM)

hope everyone's ready for Toads to look, act & sound like the Minions forever...

@  Lancer : (15 January 2019 - 04:54 PM)

I mean, considering Illumination is making the new Mario movie, Super Mario Bros. 1993 won't be the worst Mario movie anymore

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 04:36 PM)

"Sir, your pizza's here." "Not now!"

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 04:28 PM)

Actually, yeah. I think I need to watch it again. Great movie.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 03:44 PM)

It's a fun movie with amazing sets. As long as you don't try to connect it to anything else Mario, it's fine.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 January 2019 - 03:38 PM)

Damn, I haven't thought about the Super Mario Bros. feature film in forever. Need to watch it again, soon; I can only imagine it gets better with time.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

Re:Zero is a fantastic series.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 03:10 PM)

Yeah it's not a bad concept, it's just that lately the term is associated with "I, a Loser Everyman, Woke Up In a Generic Fantasy Setting Where I'm Super Special So Now Girls Orbit Me"

@  Sabrblade : (15 January 2019 - 12:59 PM)

So too is the old Super Mario Bros movie

@  wonko the sane? : (15 January 2019 - 12:28 PM)

I went and looked up the term "isekai"... that's not actually as bad as I thought it was going to be.

@  ▲ndrusi : (15 January 2019 - 12:19 PM)

I'm not sure, but the cartoon segments of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show are.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Wait. A. Minute. Is Blaster Master an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (15 January 2019 - 08:49 AM)

*Dragon Slave*

@  Xellos : (15 January 2019 - 06:22 AM)

I used to use a pic like that as my avatar for years, but that... is a secret.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 January 2019 - 02:07 AM)

Is Flatland an isekai?

@  MEDdMI : (14 January 2019 - 11:16 PM)

@Xellos Every time I see you post, I picture Xellos' infuriating smug grin and finger waggling with the "sore wa hi*mi*tsu*desu <3"

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 09:50 PM)

The Last Starfighter is also one of those

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

Astronaut gets shot through a wornhole and ends up on a living starship full of escaped alien prisoners.

@  Cybersnark : (14 January 2019 - 09:28 PM)

I realized a few months ago that Farscape is a sci-fi-based Isekai.

@  Sabrblade : (14 January 2019 - 09:03 PM)

The Thor movies and Enchanted, as well.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 January 2019 - 08:45 PM)

@xellos We get to many of those in Hollywood movies.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 January 2019 - 08:13 PM)

Re:Creators!

@  Xellos : (14 January 2019 - 07:47 PM)

There is also Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, where people regularly get summoned to a fantasy world, then eventually sent back with their accumulated powers (and the main character smuggles the demon lord's daugher by his request, which is a no-no)

@  Waspinator : (14 January 2019 - 07:23 PM)

We need more inverse isekais, like The Devil is a Part-Timer

@  ▲ndrusi : (14 January 2019 - 04:11 PM)

I feel like Tron is pushing it but I can't actually come up with an argument to that effect

@  Pennpenn : (14 January 2019 - 03:21 PM)

To Arazyr- I don't see why it wouldn't be.


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How do we not have a Steven Universe thread?!


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#21 Maruten

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 04:31 PM

How DO we not have a thread already? I was just thinking that a few days ago. Because this show. THIS SHOW.

It's not that uncommon for a "kids' show" to have a vein of deeper complexity or heaviness under the surface, but it's rarely as well executed as it has been here. Nothing is more wonderful than a goofy, hilarious thing that can bust out a tear-jerker or a genuine shock now and then. Sprinkled with the best songwriting of any animated TV series since... what? What's the last show that can top these bizarre, haunting, hilarious, wonderful songs?

I love Adventure Time, and I love it the most when it's delving into past lives or dark history or recurring arm injuries or making me bawl over Simon and Marcy. But it just can't top the world building and the amazing characters of Steven Universe. Steven himself is just such an amazing and beautiful and unique protagonist, and the Gems become more fascinating and intriguing and uh-oh! with every revelation. Initially I loved Amethyst, liked Garnet and wasn't particularly fond of Pearl. But there's plenty to love about all of them (though yeah, let's maybe stamp that "#1" next to Garnet).

Are there other current shows with a similar level of "make you laugh til you cry and then punch you in the gut"? Does Gravity Falls develop that kind of depth? I (gravity) fell behind.

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 04:43 PM

I think it's pretty much on par with how Adventure Time wove it's story.  Yes it doesn't seem to be connected at first glance and everything seems random but there's a thread being woven through every episode.  A thread that when they put it up front and center, you go "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!" and realize exactly that each story they told had some element, some feature that the main thread is composed of that you can't help but see exactly the message the creators were going for.

 

As for the characters, each one is pretty well rounded without being annoying.  The thing I love about the Crystal Gems is their utter hopelessness at all the human things that Steven does but at the same time there's this love they have for him that feels different then the love they had for Rose Quartz.  It's pretty obvious they admired and loved Rose for all of her accomplishments but with Steven, you can see just how each Gem reacts to this lovable oaf who tries his damndest to live up to their expectations.  He might not be able to but he tires, oh lord does he try to not disappoint them in any way.  

 

Ironbite-it's just one of those shows that you don't see much nowadays.


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Posted 21 March 2015 - 05:26 PM

I think Universe does a better job at having a unified backstory than Adventure Time. AT I feel introduces things as random, and later they decide to utilize them officially (Ice King's beardflying for instance), whereas Steven Universe has more "a-HA" moments that are obviously deliberate once viewed in retrospect.

 

I too was surprised to not see a thread. Between this and Gravity Falls, last week was a hell of a homerun for US cartoons.



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Posted 21 March 2015 - 11:09 PM

I dug this show from the first time I heard the Cookie Cat song ("He left his family behind!" Why the HELL is that part of a commercial jingle?), but the recent multi-parter really just put it over the top.

I think I still like Adventure Time more, but Garnet's song rivals even the best scenes of that show.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:00 AM

It's not often we get combination song/fight scenes like that, it was a real treat.


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 07:50 AM

The thing that stands out to me most about this show is it's co-run by Ian Jones. I know he quit webcomics to go and work in TV animation, but some part of me still wishes he hadn't called it quits RIGHT when RPG World was starting its big finale.

 

It's sad that never had an ending and yet stuff like MegaTokyo is still going.


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 09:30 AM

I want to like this show, but every time i catch it the characters all seem so obnoxious. its like king of the hill.
I finally got rid of that big white box.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 09:44 AM

I want to like this show, but every time i catch it the characters all seem so obnoxious. its like king of the hill.

Well, that wasn't a comparison I was expecting.

 

Although I guess both shows feature chubby boys with girl friends named Connie


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:07 PM

I love this show.  I think the reason it does a better job with the unified back story is that it was planned that way from the start, where I think I read somewhere that Adventure Time just kind of evolved into the story as it went.  Both shows are great, but there are some really awesome elements to this that make it stand out.



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Posted 23 March 2015 - 04:33 AM

This gave me a severe case of the giggles so I thought I'd share:

 


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Posted 23 March 2015 - 04:58 AM

I'm fairly sure we did have a thread, I remember posting in it. maybe it was not titled as such?

I have a friend who is very into this, and I watched a few myself... Buuut it's frankly, not for me. I appreciate the "magical girl" style and the deeper backstory we sometimes see, the animation is nice and the characters endearing. But frankly, the buildup for the revelation on the Gems was atrociously slow, and most episodes deal with mundane everyday stuff in a rather boring manner. I understand why some would like this, but for me, the show is too boring.

Btw, I mentioned this before, but it's a nice nod to Sailor Moon that Lion has the same color scheme as season 2 monster of the day Falion.

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 05:58 AM

Steven actively reads Sailor Moon(Mentioned in the canonical Newsarama Interview and also had a copy on his nightstand in an episode.), so I imagine there's some intention in that.


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Posted 24 March 2015 - 04:14 AM

I do like this show, although Lars needs to get catapulted into the nearest volcano. His only redeeming feature (for want of a better word) is an example of what not to be like.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 04:31 AM

Steven actively reads Sailor Moon(Mentioned in the canonical Newsarama Interview and also had a copy on his nightstand in an episode.), so I imagine there's some intention in that.

 

Neat, didn't know that! Also, most people theorise Lion is

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 06:54 AM

Steven actively reads Sailor Moon(Mentioned in the canonical Newsarama Interview and also had a copy on his nightstand in an episode.), so I imagine there's some intention in that.

 
Neat, didn't know that! Also, most people theorise Lion is
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Well the fact it's linked to her very significantly is made pretty obvious throughout the series.

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Edit: Also the episode "Rose's Room" is really head-screwy.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 09:13 PM

I do like this show, although Lars needs to get catapulted into the nearest volcano. His only redeeming feature (for want of a better word) is an example of what not to be like.

 

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 09:48 PM

I'm now like completely hooked on this show in a big way. Trying desperately not skip ahead on episodes.



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 05:43 PM

Good luck. The reveals are very well done. The viewers learn things at the same time as Steven, so skipping ahead loses a lot of impact.

Edited by Sjogre, 25 March 2015 - 06:01 PM.

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 09:57 PM

Anyone make gemsonas/personafications of Marvel's Infinity Gems yet?

A quick tumblr search just turned up some people wondering the same thing, but calling them "Infinity Stones".


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Posted 25 March 2015 - 10:14 PM

No, but that's a pretty rad idea.

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