Friday, September 23, 2011

Hey, i haven't done an anime post in a long while!

Yeah it has been a while since my last anime centric post hasn't it? Well now i'm going to remedy that with a list of the random shit i've been watching lately. In this post you'll read about wolves, the supernatural, 2 washed up superheroes, and a space opera from the 90's ( all of which have been around a while.... i'm just now getting to watch them).


First up in the list is Wolf's Rain. Simply put it's a tail of 4 wolves, searching for paradise. The actual story runs much deeper than that, essentially spinning it's own mythos into something much larger than "Just a story." Humans are descendants of the wolves, yet persecute them in fear. In order to eke out a living wolves must assume the form of a human (albeit in image only.) The plot constantly builds with twist after twist after what you think is a plot hole is really found out to be some bit of exposition, or an expansion of the series' already well laid story.

That all said, despite the superb story, and great animation, the series does have a few drawbacks, all of which are small in my eyes. Some characters can get annoying as hell, but that's the case with every series ever, so it's still passable. Others sadly seem one dimensional, but in a manner that is conducive to the plot. In the end everything seems to be a one sided battle.... meaning the wolves against the world. Despite these minor short comings... and the four or five filler "recap"episodes towards the middle, the series manages to stay strong with good animation, a great score, great writing, and characters, that despite being wolves, feel human.

Oh fuck, I gotta do a rating system don't I? eh..... i'd say.... 8/10

OK! The next 3 series were animated by MADHOUSE..... (at least I think they were).

Starting off the list of "MADHOUSE" anime is Supernatural. Seeing as I get a bit of hate mail for not reading up properly on some stuff I know some idiot is sitting at home going "oh this fucking moron doesn't know that supernatural is actually a live action series on THE CW, hurr hurr." Shut the fuck up. This is an animated adaptation of the first couple of seasons of the live action series(with a few original stories here or there.)

Being from studio MADHOUSE, the animation is top-notch, as you'd expect it to be, even if most of the women in the series look damn near exactly the same... It seems as though the animators made Dean just a little too.... happy, or maybe i didn't pay enough attention to the live action series. As for voice acting, it's kinda the same case as wolf's rain, if a little worse( ok.... most side characters are fucking annoying.) Sam is voiced by the actual actor that played him in the live action series..... Dean however is not(for the most part). His actual actor does step in for a few episodes here or there, but other than that, it's a different voice actor, that sounds a bit like he's trying too hard.  From a story point... .well, if you knew what went on in the first couple of seasons of the live action series, for the most part you'll know what went on here, so draw your own conclusions.

and the rating.... eh.... 7/10

the next 2 I will review together since they are kinda from the same universe....

 Iron Man, and Wolverine. Initially I was excited for both of these series, but they kinda disappoint. Again, animated by MADHOUSE, the animation is superb for the most part, Iron Man is especially convincing, but the slimmed down, almost pretty boy take on Wolverine... I'm not a fan of it. and you could say I have good reason, or you can say I don't. It's a matter of, yeah, initially i was excited, but it seems they've made wolverine a bit too hung up on finding some sort of catharsis through some random Japanese chick( I understand this is an actual comic arc somewhere, but this take on it just kinda kills it.... in a bad way). The story is fine, and the fights are plenty violent, and even a bit spectacular if I use the term loosely.

I kinda get the same feeling with Iron Man. They turned Tony Stark from a playboy arms dealer with a motherfucker of a superweapon, into a pretty boy out for his own form of repentance. In the same case as wolverine, the story is fine, the animation and action are also fine, but what they did with these established characters kinda kills the mood.

Iron Man and Wolverine..... both of them..... eh.... 5/10

Finally, we have the anime adaptation of one of my favorite videogame series (specifically it's an adaptation of the second game..... which I haven't gotten around to playing.... ever.)

 Let me start by saying, this is not a review. This is me showing a bit of excitement over something I randomly found a little while back. I haven't been able to finish watching this series yet, but seeing as it is fairly old, it's safe to say it isn't going anywhere on my hard drive. I do need to go back and rewatch damn near all of it that i have watched. Work has turned my brain into mush!



Now that all of that madness has been put aside it's time for me to address something.... wait, what? We're out of time? how is that possible? This is a blog post, not a vlog.... oh whatever...... later readers

oh, and before i forget.... FUCK YO COUCH!!!

jeeze my brain is broken..... later

~naithan

Saturday, September 17, 2011

What the, NAITHAN! IS THAT MY LITTLE PONY?!

reAlrighty, Lets start this with a disclaimer: I am not with any news organization, and i have almost nothing negative to say here(almost). Remember though folks, this blog is about me posting what i want, when I want to, and i wanted to cover this properly for a while, BUT i needed to do it right(pissing off this series' fanbase is a really quick way to get destroyed on the internet....)

Why yes it is. If you're wondering why, well, the show "My little Pony: friendship is magic" is generating a lot of buzz in various ways. Number one being the show's sometimes overzealous fanbase. Number two being the show is actually quite good. Yes, I said it is good, and believe me, it is( at least the season 2 opener was good). For a kids show, and a show centered around the core demographic of 5-10 year old girls, it's pretty hardcore....  in an almost inhuman, and even terrifying manner... (note, picture to the right is a random fanart pic of the show i found on the internet..... not an actual pic from the show, that will be there towards the end.

So, let me give you the rundown(without giving anything away), season one of the series essentially rebooted my little pony with a fresh coat of paint, and writing that was PC, but not watered down(about 90 percent of the time at least.) Season 2 opens on an incredibly dark note... and when I say dark, I mean this shit is pushing boundaries.... And it should, for season one it had a veteran of the cartoon world at the helm. Lauren Faust.

For those that don't know, Faust brought us, "Powerpuff Girls" and "Foster's home for imaginary friends", both of which, each in their very own way was it's own kind of monster. in the same respect, each series pushed boundaries in it's own way, or ways.
(to the right we have a picture of bloo from foster's home for imaginary friends....)

(and here's an actual episode of the show talked about both above and below)




Back to the actual show. Having just watched the first episode of the second season(which just recently premiered apparently), i can say, with certainty, that the show's accidental fanbase of males ages 17 to infinity, is well deserved. Superb writing, a vibrant art style, and voice actors who do one hell of a good job. It is dark, and it just gets darker, seeing as it is a kids show, and it has some sort of educational rating thingy. There is most likely a positive spin to be put on the darkness, and a lesson to be be learned by the audience. Thankfully that lesson isn't put right in your face like you're an idiot. If it is, there is writing built around that, and it works.

On to the actual fanbase. Simply put, these fuckers are dedicated. AND I MEAN DEDICATED with 3 capital D's(literally.... count them). This series in and of it's self and of it's own merits has almost literally spawned an army of fans from every walk of life. Everyone from musicians, game developers, cartoonists and animators, writers, cosplayers, and professional artists. And it grows every day.

(notable examples)
Mane 6 - A fighting game based off of mlp:fim;

equestriadaily- i've covered this site before.... last time it was when they hit 8 million page views.... this time they're at 40,000,000!

On top of all of that, the show's fanbase occasionally attempts to put forth a positive effort, and generally make things better. Unlike the dumb bitch that posted this blog post here>>>"dumb bitch's post". What is that? WHY, IT'S SOMEONE WHO THINKS THEY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYTHIGN EVER! And someone who is so psychotically analytical of a cartoon that they have to, like every other troll on the internet, RUIN IT FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

(seriously though, all you bronies out there are awesome! Brony readers on this site have doubled since the last post.....( ok that's just what i'm telling myself to help myself sleep at night...)

anywho, i'm done typing as i've been at this post for somewhere around 2 hours, actually reading up in the topic, and even giving a few episodes a watch to form an at least semi educated opinion on the topic. since i'm feeling generous and think this could stand to be longer(whilst my punctuation, capitalization and grammar deteriorate from overuse).... Have a picture of a humanized pinkie pie...


Is it bad that i know the characters names, yet still didn't mention any of them in the blog? oh well, time for something that fucks with twilight fans on google
(kinda
note: the caption references the purple one
and, now that i'm all logic'd out and shit, and can't properly form a sentence from the jumble of.... stuff..... in my head, ima play some half life or something.... later everyone.... hope you enjoyed the read, and hope you have a good day

(holy fuck I think i've gone soft....)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Time for an actual post with some actual content...

Now obviously I'm still quite bitter over Capcom canning Megaman legends 3..... and hopefully rightfully so. It's not so much even a matter that capcom cancelled yet another MegaMan game. It's Capcom cancelled what would have been the first Megaman legends game in 10 YEARS. On top of that, megaman legends is one of the few series Capcom ever offered that I have clear fond memories of, from 10 or so years ago, playing the first game.

It's fairly obvious that I am quite obsessive over this series. It's also fairly obvious that megaman legends is one of the more original megaman series. And it's fairly obvious "Crapcom" doesn't care about their (now former) fans. I can say with certainty I won't be buying Street Fighter 4, or Marvel vs Capcom 3, or any future resident evil titles... Put bluntly, capcom is dead to me, and nothing short of bringing megaman legends 3 back will put that right.(or maybe at least a rerelease of megaman legends 1 and 2 on the nintendo 3DS or something.)

Were it not for the megaman legends franchise, there's probably a good chance capcom would have gone nowhere going into the new millenium( and a good chance they would have). Hell, many see the Servbot from megaman legends as Capcom's mascot( others see beat, rush, eddy, or the original megaman as such.... but that's beside the point). The servbot is that one character that EVERYONE sees and instantly thinks... "oh hey it's a capcom game!". Hell, the servbot is to Capcom, what the moogle is to Square-enix, what sonic is to sega, what mario is to nintendo. We're just gonna let capcom throw that all away?


All that bitching aside, while there is no use in it, i still can't help dwelling on what  could have been..... because it could have been great, and given how dedicated the dev-team behind the game was, it probably would have been. thanks capcom( oh also..... i hate devil may cry *laughing maniacally* that's a capcom francise right? yeah..... i don't like it.)

and now for something completely different..... i give you..........
derpy hooves(ditzy doo?) i dunno.... good night everyone.... and to my 3 brony readers, rock on, and have a good life knowing your balls were bigger than those of all your friends! 

later everyone
~naithan 

aaugh september i'm old plus a music updatey thingy....

AAUGH I JUST TURNED 20 a couple days ago..... and i feel old..... like, old fart old. so old i just don't give a shit about grammar today.

so..... since i don't care..... here's the music thingy

epic midi vst setup? i has it nao XD.... oh chat speak..... what good terms we used to be on....

Back to the meat and potatoes here

I have 3 midi keyboards hooked up to my computer, all run through cantabile, cakewalk(more of a pain in the ass than a cakewalk) or DWS and controlling some random VSTi synth. ( my favorite being the TAL elec7ro synth.)

one keyboard is more of a 25 key, mini production thingie, with 8 mappable pads which could be used for control changes, notes, percussion, etc.... and 8 mappable knobs, which can be used to control various parameters on some VSTi's

the next is just a mini keyboard..... 25 keys, arpeggiator, etc

and the final is a rockband 3 pro keyboard controller hooked up through a midi-usb cable with the touch strip mapped as a pitch bend.

Obviously, being VST software, running it all live would be a pretty bad idea unless i could come up with a really hardcore computer rig(like powerful enough to run crysis 2 on max graphics).....

next step..... electribe EA-1..... IF IT EVER SHIPS!!

if not..... next step..... Novation ultranova, or korg electribe EMX 1 SD....

next step after that..... new electric drum set....(BETTER ELECTRIC DRUM SET)

i've got ideers.... great ideers...... great to me at least.... i know my mom thinks i'm nuts.....