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@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 11:04 AM)

Well, when you understand the history of the area it make sense. It's basically a series of countries buying the place, moving in, saying "we rule you people now", and the locals shrugging and responding, "okay, you have fun with that".

@  Sabrblade : (16 April 2019 - 07:58 AM)

When did we all turn into Henry Higgins?

@  unluckiness : (16 April 2019 - 03:16 AM)

To be fair, most Americans can't get the hang of English, so I can understand why.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 03:15 AM)

(And yeah, Calliope is a Greek muse, not French, but the street was named BY the French when they took over.)

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 03:10 AM)

In New Orleans there's a bunch of streets with French names that are pronounced by locals with a more English emphasis, for example "Calliope Street" is pronounced "CAL-lee-ope".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 11:56 PM)

I figured as much for Canadians.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 April 2019 - 11:37 PM)

hm; whenever I've heard people talk about the school they said it the same way as the cathedral...but I guess that's in Canada, so they're probably more familiar with the cathedral than the school

@  Dracula : (15 April 2019 - 11:11 PM)

There's plenty of place names in the US like that. Around here we have an "el doh-RAY-doh," and up north there's a Cairo that's pronounced "kay-roh"

@  RichardT1977 : (15 April 2019 - 09:56 PM)

Yeah, the common pronunciation of the University is probably the reason most Americans don't pronounce the Cathedral name correctly.

@  Arazyr : (15 April 2019 - 08:03 PM)

That's my understanding of how the two are supposed to be pronounced as well.

@  Echowarrior : (15 April 2019 - 07:42 PM)

When I'm talking about the cathedral, I say "noh-treh dahme". When I talk about the university, I say "noh-ter dayme". I don't see a problem with that.

@  Paladin : (15 April 2019 - 06:26 PM)

guessing "Hunchback" just got bumped WAY down the list for Disney's live-action remakes...

@  Patch : (15 April 2019 - 05:56 PM)

We all pronounce it wrong, so no one knows enough to care.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 April 2019 - 05:40 PM)

It'd be odd for most Americans not to know how to pronounce Notre Dame, considering they have a University with the same name that's the subject of a relatively popular film based around a sport most Americans love

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 04:22 PM)

Three or four more hours will be needed to contain the fire.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 04:22 PM)

Update from France 24: the Paris Fire Brigade says two towers and the main structure of the cathedral have been saved from complete destruction.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:57 PM)

One does not have to speak French to know that rhyming with "voter name" is off the mark.

@  Locoman : (15 April 2019 - 03:51 PM)

Really? It's an international tragedy and you're zeroing in on the people who maybe don't speak French?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:44 PM)

@Tm_Silverclaw I just read on BBC News that the cause is not yet clear, but officials suspect the fire could be linked to renovation work.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:42 PM)

Oh boy, here we go with the U.S.-American newscasters who can't pronounce "Notre Dame" correctly.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 April 2019 - 03:38 PM)

Too soon to say.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 April 2019 - 03:20 PM)

Do we know if it was an attack? Arson? Or just bad wiring?

@  Nevermore : (15 April 2019 - 02:10 PM)

Religion is dead?

@  Paladin : (15 April 2019 - 02:01 PM)

major cathedral burning down on Holy Week is some kind of metaphor.

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 12:54 PM)

Hard to believe a wonder of the world could just be wiped out so easily. Hopefully they can still save it

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Well, Notre Dame is burning down

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 10:05 AM)

yikes I thought the site was going to be down for a while

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:07 PM)

So, time for another strike. No sleep for me tonight. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:04 PM)

Think Game of Thrones "light" meets Cabaret and you get the idea.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:03 PM)

Kinda sorta, just with more intrigue, conspiracy, depravity, crime and violence.

@  RichardT1977 : (14 April 2019 - 06:37 PM)

So it's like a prequel to Cabaret?

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 04:02 PM)

And man, characters are smoking literally EVERYWHERE.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 03:27 PM)

Also, full frontal male nudity. (There's been quite a bit of female nudity since episode 1.)

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 03:26 PM)

Episode 6, and Hitler is randomly name-checked.

@  Xellos : (14 April 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Runa runa!

@  Sabrblade : (14 April 2019 - 09:10 AM)

Wocka wocka!

@  The Doctor Who : (14 April 2019 - 06:59 AM)

Lewd

@  Paladin : (14 April 2019 - 06:57 AM)

troutstick.

@  MEDdMI : (14 April 2019 - 06:34 AM)

With a trout.

@  Xellos : (14 April 2019 - 05:44 AM)

With a stick?

@  MEDdMI : (13 April 2019 - 10:56 PM)

*slaps them both*

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 April 2019 - 07:31 PM)

Seems like a polarizing decision, but it's not like jest anyone could make it for you.

@  Xellos : (13 April 2019 - 06:06 PM)

I had an epiphany today. My spirit animal is Fozzie Bear. We both love our un-bear-able jokes, which make people feel like they are being pun-ished.

@  Nevermore : (12 April 2019 - 06:24 AM)

That's what makes the show so poignant, I think. It take a contemporary perspective, rather than a modern one. The hardships of the time aren't glossed over, but they're portrayed very stoically. Yeah, many people suffered, there was poverty, but so was life at the time. There's also a high-ranking Jewish police official who's a very by-the-books guy and supports the frail democracy of Weimar Germany. If you want to learn more about how Germany BEFORE the Period Everyone Knows About, this show is as good as it gets.

@  Nevermore : (12 April 2019 - 06:19 AM)

Because in retrospect, we (even here in Germany) tend to view the era with knowledge of what would later come, but in reality, the Nazis started out as a regional fringe movement and basically just happened to be in the right place at the right time to seize power.

@  Nevermore : (12 April 2019 - 06:18 AM)

The communists are a much bigger threat. When the Nazis appear, they will likely do so with a bang. Like, completely out of left field.

@  Nevermore : (12 April 2019 - 06:17 AM)

The show tries its best to accurately depict the zeitgeist of the era, the post-war period with a young, struggling (and ultimately doomed) democracy... but like in real life, the Nazis aren't really an issue on anyone's mind yet.

@  Nevermore : (12 April 2019 - 06:16 AM)

The female lead is a young, aspiring typist and part-time prostitute who dreams of becoming a police officer working in the murder department.

@  Nevermore : (12 April 2019 - 06:15 AM)

During his investigations, he becomes involved in political unrest, murder cases, a conspiracy of reactionary monarchists, Russian counter-revolutionaries and more.

@  Nevermore : (12 April 2019 - 06:14 AM)

@Benbot: Babylon Berlin is a film noir-style crime drama set in the German capital of Berlin in the year 1929. It features a World War I veteran turned police officer from Cologne who comes to Berlin to investigate a porn ring that blackmails his superior, the grand mayor of Cologne (who would later become the first chancellor of post-WWII Germany).


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Posted 06 January 2019 - 03:33 PM

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 03:03 AM

Wonder Festival announcements were a bit heavier on articulated figures than I expected.

Like, I can't say I expected to see this in 2019:

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Robot model kits from Raijin-oh, which doesn't seem like a big name series:

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There were still a bunch of not-so-surprising ones like more Kancolle.

Not sure if this guy was expected:

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On a more personal note,

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Kinda hurts that they announced two Kadokawa LN protagonists voiced by Aoi Yuuki, but not the one I actually want.

I already listed the Fate ones in the Grand Order thread.

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:01 AM

Isn't Kill la Kill being mined for nostalgia because Trigger are hard up for money?

I mean we're apparently getting 1/1 figurines of Akane and Rikka.

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 09:35 AM

Hard up as in "We want to make it RAIN money" or actually having fallen on hard times? I doubt it's the latter, since Aniplex probably took the brunt of the FRANXX cost and they just had a hit with GRIDMAN.

 

The 1/1s almost always get made for series that capture the zeitgeist.

 

 

but not the one I actually want.

 

Nobody will ever give you Kino.

 

Actually though in terms of design I don't understand why anybody would want a Boogiepop figma.


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 11:46 PM

Getter Emperor!

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Posted 26 February 2019 - 12:01 AM

The toy version of the Star☆Twinkle PreCure Rhythm Scope is just a giant kaleidoscope shaped thing that makes noises and plays bits of the ED. I genuinely thought it would also be a real kaleidoscope because it seems very fitting for the theme. I mean, it would be unique in the toy marketplace too. Nobody seems to make many kaleidoscopes anymore.

 

I've never been so disappointed in a toy I wasn't even going to get in my whole life.


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Posted 28 February 2019 - 12:43 PM



Bandai put up a video teaser thing for Getter Emperor.

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 05:26 AM

Looks like Trunks gets a normal head. Why the hell doesn't Vegeta @[email protected]

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 04:16 AM

A longtime friend of mine was in Japan last week and he found two more of these little cuties - one of which was a WonFes 2018 exclusive still being sold at an official Kotobukiya store. So now my Gourai squad has become a five-person team. :D

 

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 06:49 PM

On the topic of adorable little Gourais
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Posted 21 March 2019 - 07:50 PM


Stuff for sale; every little bit helps. :) https://www.allspark.com/forums/topic/143212-for-sale-3p-mp-potp-super-sentai-stuff TWITTER: Paladin4221

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 04:36 AM

Keep filling out those NXEDGE surveys. Shortlist is interesting.

Various Gundam Sentinel designs, Rebuild Evas and some misc Gundams (Double X, Moon, V2, Crossbones, G-Self). Also I believe Dunbine, main of FRANXX and Ultraman. The Ultraman prototype they've shown looks good so here's hoping.

I keep suggesting stuff like Dai Zyujin, Metal Sonic, Grand Charion, Tetsujin 28 and Mazinger Z.

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 04:45 AM

I keep suggesting stuff like Dai Zyujin, Metal Sonic, Grand Charion, Tetsujin 28 and Mazinger Z.

If NXEdges are the same height as Figuarts Mario, it may be the right line to bring Sonic characters into where they can maintain Sonic's series-accurate proportions without compromising durability.



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Posted 30 March 2019 - 08:56 AM

 

I keep suggesting stuff like Dai Zyujin, Metal Sonic, Grand Charion, Tetsujin 28 and Mazinger Z.

If NXEdges are the same height as Figuarts Mario, it may be the right line to bring Sonic characters into where they can maintain Sonic's series-accurate proportions without compromising durability.

 

Don't think Bandai would go for it, sadly. Sonic isn't nearly as popular in Japan as he is in the West. Series they've done so far.

 

Zeta Gundam (1)

Gundam Sentinel (2)

Gundam: Beltochika's Children (2)

Gundam SEED Destiny (3, 4 if you count the Strike Freedom repaint)

Gundam SEED Astray (3)

Gundam Unicorn (2)

Gundam 00 (3)

Crossbone Gundam (2)

Gundam IBO (3)

Mazinkaiser (1)

GaoGaiGar (1)

Megaman X (2)

Digimon (3)

Evangelion (4)

Rebuild of Evangelion (4)

Mashin Wataru (5)

Code Geass (1)

 

There is the factor that based on some info NXEDGE do well in Hong Kong, with Bandai apparently now targeting that region more. The Wataru focus also has something to do with Wataru not selling as well as hoped in RD form so they shunted it over to a cheaper line.

 

To be honest with the line being focused on mecha/robots/androids I figured Metal Sonic would fit in well with the line's style. Too many Sonic figures look ugly when they add articulation but Metal is already designed with it in mind. Give him maybe jet engine and laser effect parts and he could look pretty sweet on a base hovering. 



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Posted 14 April 2019 - 08:34 AM

MegaHouse Acti-builder Gridman complete set arrived....oh dear.

 

There are two versions of this being released, one by MegaHouse and the other by GoodSmile. I have several MH fixed pose figurines so was willing to give this a shot. The results are not impressive. Gridman himself has fairly muddy paint and the support vehicles have a thinly applied black wash which comes off as half done rather than accenting the detail. You can also combine the support vehicles into their non-Gridman combination but the Goodsmile one looks way better. Some assembly is required, mostly removing panels and cables from kit runners.

 

The box has a flap which reveals a window view of the set. You also get some trading cards of the 5 characters but these are tiny one sided things printed on cheap card and really not worth keeping





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