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« Reply #330 on: January 02, 2022, 07:26:28 AM »
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I just finished watching "Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside".
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« Reply #331 on: February 02, 2022, 02:24:39 PM »
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Finally got around to watching the Patlabor Blu-rays I bought years back; I'd previously only seen the original OVA series and the first movie (plus a handful of TV episodes).

I started with the TV series since it's the biggest commitment, is its own timeline, and it may now be my favorite iteration of Patlabor. It's just so carefree and fun, and there's a wide variety of stories that I like. Nobody really ever gets badly hurt, the colors are all bright and cheery, and it does the comedy more successfully than the original OVA.

Then I followed it with the New Files OVA since it's a continuation. It was nice seeing the first four episodes dedicated to finishing the Griffon storyline, but many of the other episodes felt like rejected scripts for the TV show and didn't feature much Labor action. Not unusual for the series—being a mecha anime that's not really all that much about robots—but I was still a little let down. But, it's part of the TV timeline so I had to finish it.

I went back to the OVA series after that, probably the third time I've seen it. Still fun, still uneven, but a nice introduction to the characters. Then it was on to the movies, and I really, really like that first one because it feels like a continuation of the OVA but more in-depth and a bit more serious, but it still holds true to what I feel Patlabor is and should be: a heartwarming, fairly lighthearted comedy with some intense segments where things never get too far out of hand. It's basically the last thing labeled "Patlabor" that feels this way, lol.

So now it's on to the movie sequels which I'd never seen. Patlabor 2 works as a sort of maturing for the series, both in tone and character development, reflected by a line Izumi speaks where she doesn't want to forever be known as the girl who loves robots. The characters are growing up, situations are getting more tense, there are actual death tolls (I was shocked), and Mamoru Oshii has to sneak in his typical political jargon and philosophical wankery, but it was good overall. The music, scenery, and ambience are absolutely beautiful in this movie. Not sure I'm fully on board with the redesigned characters, but it fits the overall theme of maturity that the story has, moving from cutesy Akemi Takada designs to more "grown up" and borderline ugly mutations on those, lol. Good movie overall, I'm sure I'll like it more on repeat viewings.

OH SHIT, THEN WE COME TO PATLABOR 3, OR WXIII: PATLABOR THE MOVIE 3 TO BE PRECISE, AND IT IS BASICALLY PATLABOR IN NAME ONLY lol. I don't really know why this ever was made into a Patlabor movie because the involvement of Special Vehicle Section 2 feels very shoehorned in, and it goes balls-deep with the violence and bloodshed, so it's tonally way different than anything that came before. It barely resembles Patlabor at all, but I liked it overall, though it's definitely the weakest installment I've watched. The accompanying Minipato episodes are cute.

Yeah, I finally feel caught up. I know there's manga but I don't know if it's ever been published in the US, and there's a live-action TV series I wouldn't mind seeing if it's streaming somewhere or made available on Blu-ray. I wouldn't mind seeing Oshii come back to it one more time with other original creators, though it'd probably end up being GITS2 levels of self-indulgence and not the fun Patlabor that I love.
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Re: What anime are you currently watching....
« Reply #332 on: February 03, 2022, 09:00:40 AM »
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I remember seeing bits and pieces of Patlabor back in the day. Patlabor 2 on the other hand I saw the whole thing. You're right about the film. What caught me the most was the ambiance delivered by the musical score. It fit the scenes perfectly and to this day it's still stuck in my head. I liked it so much that I searched online for years till I was able to find and download the soundtrack. I'm good at the waiting game. The tune; At Parting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLSRdQXF_M8 is one of those I won't forget. If I'm not mistaken the musical score for the original anime of Ghost in the Shell was also done by the same composer.
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Re: What anime are you currently watching....
« Reply #333 on: February 03, 2022, 10:21:11 PM »
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Yeah, Kenji Kawai. One thing about pairing him with Oshii is they have these long atmospheric scenes of cityscapes with beautifully relaxing music. Patlabor 1 has a great scene of two detectives investigating various shacks rented out by the antagonist.
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Re: What anime are you currently watching....
« Reply #334 on: February 05, 2022, 01:47:50 AM »
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Jungle no Ouja Taa-chan and Miracle Girls currently.

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Re: What anime are you currently watching....
« Reply #335 on: June 21, 2022, 12:24:23 AM »
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Currently, Spy X Family. It's funny!!

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« Reply #336 on: June 25, 2022, 09:47:09 PM »
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So, something insane happened: Discotek Media released Violence Jack: Evil Town on Blu-ray in beautiful, filmic quality and completely uncut. As in, no more mosaics. Never thought I'd see the day.

Still an excellent piece of exploitation filth. The other two OVAs are kinda so-so but man, Ichiro Itano's Evil Town is supreme.
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Re: What anime are you currently watching....
« Reply #337 on: June 26, 2022, 01:38:02 PM »
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Kaguya and Spy x Family, easily some of the best animes (and mangas) currently going on right now.

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