For all updates, view the main page.

Astinus's Profile Picture

Astinus Astinus is offline

Remember NovEnder

Visitor Messages

Showing Visitor Messages 1 to 15 of 3186
  1. icomeanon6
    3 Days Ago 5:17 PM
    Episode 12:

    This is the wild west one. It's certainly not good, but it manages at least to be weird. There's absolutely nothing to say character- or plot-wise, so I'll just highlight some of its weirdness: 1) The animation is even cheaper and jankier than usual, but they still try for some visual humor, like Miyako and Iori sneaking into school with Poromon and Upamon stuck under their shirts (because looking like pregnant elementary schoolers is way less conspicuous than looking like they have stuffed animals). 2) Fox Kids was probably immensely relieved that for once the obvious replacement of milk for beer was present in the original Japanese cut. 3) A lot of the music is wild-west-style, and I think it was only used in this episode which would be a head-scratching use of budget for such a cheap show. 4) Episode 11's preview for this episode is cropped wide-screen to look more like an actual Spaghetti Western (Ramen Western? *gets shot*), but the episode itself is full-screen, which makes me wonder if they wanted to air it cropped but the idea got axed.

    tl;dr: It's filler. Yawn.
  2. icomeanon6
    1 Week Ago 4:04 PM
    No worries re: disappearance--you've got to put life first. And I'm hardly one to complain about people disappearing suddenly. >_>

    Btw, I think I'll resume my rewatch of 02 next week. This week I'm trying to slap together a draft for the collaboration thing with Art & Design since apparently they're short on stories and needed to extend the deadline.

    Hey thanks, you're a champ! :D Looking forward to your thoughts.
  3. Hikamaru
    2 Weeks Ago 8:34 PM
    I am actually going to miss you. End of Asty is truly end of an era.
  4. Hiidoran
    2 Weeks Ago 8:06 PM
    So I'm awful with keeping up with leaving threads these days, but I wanted to say something. I don't think we've ever spoken outside of staff chats and the like, maybe not even there. Still, I had mad respect for you as a staff member, both back when I was a moderator in the day, and after you were promoted. I feel like this is an era change, and I just wanted you to know you'll be missed perhaps more than you know. ]:
  5. icomeanon6
    2 Weeks Ago 5:04 PM
    Episode 11:

    This is the Lighdramon episode, and by golly is it dumb. There's a coherent idea or two in there, but everything's so clumsy in execution, starting with Taichi and Yamato being all "let 'em fight!" and claiming that their old fights were what made them friends. Were they even watching their own show? Those fights between them were an obstacle and they nearly got everyone killed. The fights were a manifestation of their competing egos, and it wasn't the fights themselves that resulted in a reduction of those egos. I get the impression that this episode was written by someone who didn't pay much attention to Adventure. Here's what they handled okay: A deficiency in Courage made Fladramon degenerate, and an expression of Friendship made Lighdramon strong enough to destroy the Evil Spiral. The bigger problem is how muddled the buildup to that is. The situation is that Daisuke doesn't want to fight MetalGreymon because he's worried about hurting him, and the writers have to somehow bend that into being the result of Daisuke lacking Friendship. To do this they try to make it look like the issue is that Daisuke's unwilling to put himself in harm's way, and it doesn't work at all. In the end the moment where Daisuke awakens the Digimental feels more like they wrote themselves into a corner than it does that Daisuke actually changed in some way to awaken it. I remember scratching my head when I was seven years old at this episode, and now I understand why.
  6. icomeanon6
    3 Weeks Ago 3:46 PM
    Episode 10:

    This is the first one with MetalGreymon, and a lot of little things felt off to me. It's not a big deal, but there's this one bit where Daisuke practically body-checks Hikari just so he can talk to Taichi face-to-face. More importantly, the subplot with Miyako staying behind wasn't handled well at all. The idea's a good one, which is that she's disturbed by how there's suddenly so much more at stake, but then it's resolved in ten seconds with no real impetus for it, and in the end we find out that they probably only staged it this way so that Yamato could arrive later than everyone else. This raises the question: why not have Yamato there from the beginning? That way he can challenge Taichi about holding back against MetalGreymon during the fight, and then when he punches him after the fact it will have more impact; both for the punch itself and for when Taichi admits Yamato's right. Also, I believe this is the first moral correction in 02 that's delivered via a strike to the face. I'm going to keep score since I recall this happens in 02 a lot: 1.
  7. icomeanon6
    3 Weeks Ago 5:27 PM
    As a New York Mets fan, I can only shake my head at you for going to a Walgreens Nats game. :P At the very least, we can both cheer on the Nationals to beat the Dodgers, because I hate the Dodgers.

    How did you manage to score tickets?
    I'm just going to put this picture of old-school Nats Ted Williams and Curt Flood staring disapprovingly at you:


    (Also Denny McLain but nobody likes him.) Oh, and fun fact: did you know that the Mets' ballpark's design is basically a love letter to those same Dodgers? :P

    Got the tickets through stubhub. Not exactly cheap, but I'm going with my dad and he's helping to pay. I was away at school the other two times the Nats were in the playoffs, so I'm pretty stoked.
  8. icomeanon6
    3 Weeks Ago 3:23 PM
    Episode 9:

    Now we're talking. This is the episode where Ken decides to run away to the Digital World permanently, captures Greymon, and mistakenly evolves him to SkullGreymon. Lot of great touches in this one, like how Ken nonchalantly dusts off his shirt after the interviewer who touched him there leaves. (Unrelated: Ken gives astoundingly boring interviews.) Ken's veiled but vicious contempt for people he sees as beneath him--"insects"--ties in well with his persona as the Digimon Kaiser. He's moved from a world where he is superior but powerless (isn't even allowed to skip a grade) to one where he is superior and reigns supreme. There may be some modern allegory in a talented but disaffected youth who withdraws to a "video game" to live out a Nietzschean power fantasy. Worst part of the episode is the fight with the Meramon which inexplicably occupies the space where they should have shown Greymon resisting capture. It doesn't help that it's one of the most anemic and lame fights I've seen in the whole franchise. Skullgreymon makes up for it, though.

    EDIT: Ken's note to his parents literally sent a chill up my spine. It reads as much like a suicide note as a running-away-from-home note.
  9. icomeanon6
    3 Weeks Ago 3:31 PM
    Episode 8:

    Sports! Every shounen action anime could use more sports. In seriousness, the writers did well in how they handled Daisuke's attitude towards Ken and soccer in this episode. The obvious thing would be to have Daisuke talk a really big game and then everyone laughs at him and he gets pissy about it (it's so obvious that it's closer to what the dub did). Instead, Daisuke's shown as a real competitor but one who has enough respect for the game to know when he's up against competition that utterly outclasses him. My picture of Daisuke is still shaped so strongly by the dub that it surprised me to learn that he sees the game as being bigger than just himself; hence admiration of the prodigy instead of anger at him. It's nice to have a look at his character beyond "Daisuke is an arrogant, hotheaded tool with an embarrassingly obvious crush." Good episode. Big plus: the shot where Ken is momentarily taken off guard at the sight of the other Chosen Children at the game. Big minus: no-budget soccer animation.

    Speaking of sports, I won't be able to watch an episode on Friday because the Washington Nationals are in the playoffs and I've got a ticket!
  10. icomeanon6
    3 Weeks Ago 4:19 PM
    I can't say I'm looking forward to Digimon Universe, but I'll get to at least the first episode sooner than later.

    Episode 7:

    This is the one with Andromon, and I think it's a marginal improvement over the last few episodes if only because trapping Hikari in the city tweaks the formula a little and almost makes things tense (key word almost). I imagine this episode is pretty gag-inducing to someone who can't stand Hikari, as this is the first instance of her nebulous Light-powers coming into play in 02. The trouble with a character like Hikari is that while the other characters are defined by virtues/human qualities, Hikari is defined by something supernatural/mystical/spiritual. And because they don't really explore the supernatural side of her (only occasionally exploit it), what we're left with is someone generically virtuous, prone to facilitating Deus Ex Machina, and ultimately Sue-ish. She doesn't really bug me so much as make me wish they'd done a better job with her, as I generally like the pseudo-spiritual good-vs-evil aspect of Adventure/02. You can bet I'll have more to say about Hikari when the Dark Ocean episode rolls in (can't wait!).
  11. icomeanon6
    3 Weeks Ago 3:44 PM
    Episode 6:

    Just like last episode was "Isn't Iori kind of like Jou?", this episode is "Isn't Miyako kind of like Mimi?" Not much to say there, IMO. It was occasionally pretty funny, so I put it above the last episode, but the combination of formula and low stakes is really making the show drag. They go through the gate, they take down a tower, they come back, tune in next week. It's a cliched complaint about the first arc of 02 but I think it's valid. One positive thing I want to mention is that the Digimon Kaiser's transition from being amused at his enemies to irritated with them has been mostly smooth and convincing.
  12. icomeanon6
    3 Weeks Ago 5:31 PM
    Lol, I almost wrote that Iori should have gotten Purity and Miyako should have gotten Knowledge, but I was thinking I'd wait a few episodes to see how well Purity fits Miyako.

    I think the blogger's explanation is a stretch. The search for inner truth I would call the pursuit of Wisdom rather than Knowledge. Also, the post sets up a false choice. The assumption that Iori would get Love if not Knowledge is peculiar. My first guess for a reassignment would be Love/Knowledge for Miyako and Sincerity/Purity for Iori. I don't think you'd have to swap their partners in that case; you'd instead have to think up 2 different evolved forms out of 4 for them. Basically, I wouldn't say these characters need a "switch" so much as a comprehensive rewrite of their arcs. It's definitely not a quick fix, but that's what happens when you have a fundamentally flawed story, heh. :P
  13. icomeanon6
    3 Weeks Ago 2:23 PM
    Episode 5:

    This is the first 02 episode that I straight-up don't like. The formula is starting to get repetitive, and that whole "Iori is kind of like Koushiro plus Jou!" exchange was so on-the-nose it was embarrassing. The weird thing is that so far there's been so little about his character that makes me think "Crest of Knowledge," unlike "Crest of Sincerity." Pretty much all of his characterization has been about his strict personal code, not his curiosity or intellect. Unrelated, why'd they build a sled? They didn't look so far away that they couldn't just fly to the tower from the beginning.

    (Btw, I'm posting the last chapter of my Digimon fic a week from now. Still no comments, not even on FFNet. >_< )
  14. icomeanon6
    3 Weeks Ago 5:54 PM
    (I've decided I'm not going to restrict myself to two sentences when I have more to say about an episode--as that just results in really tortured sentence structure--but this will still be pretty short.)

    Episode 4:

    The open contempt that Daisuke and Jun show for each other stands in stark contrast to the other sibling relationships in Digimon (like Taichi/Hikari, Yamato/Takeru), and it reminds me much more of the relationship I had with my siblings when I was Daisuke's age. What especially hit home was how confused and upset the closer siblings get when they see Daisuke's feelings toward Jun. Takeru of course played it cool like he does about everything (perhaps because he heard Jun badmouth Daisuke as well), but Yamato and Hikari really went off on him. Daisuke may have an attitude problem, but I think Hikari in particular was being a little pre-judgmental (she "hates" people like that) whether the writers wanted her to come across that way or not.
  15. icomeanon6
    4 Weeks Ago 5:41 PM
    You got it! I've always run out of steam whenever I've tried to rewatch 02, but this should help me stay focused.

    I put my thoughts on Confession in the thread (which I get the impression tends to be dominated by those two guys arguing ad nauseum about canon minutiae...). Definitely my favorite of the Tri movies so far. What'd you think?

About Me

  • About Astinus
    In case it wasn't obvious, my life pretty much revolves around Ender's Game and all other Orson Scott Card books.
    Connecticut, USA
    Male ♂
    Also Known As
    Favorite Pokémon
    Go Team
  • Signature

    Now nobody, nobody, nobody, nobody speaks my name
    I'm just another blister in the mouth of shame
    A bug in Ender's Game


Total Posts
Activity by Forum
Visitor Messages
General Information
  • Last Activity: 17 Hours Ago 4:40 PM
  • Join Date: May 4th, 2006
  • Referrals: 5


Showing Friends 1 to 20 of 61


Emblem Showcase - 34 Total
x. Moderator
The most striking Moderators receive this stylish emblem.
Awarded: December 2nd, 2008 6:13 AM
Skilled and creative, these members have written their way past through PC's literary standards. Includes those who excel at the roleplaying genre.
Awarded: December 17th, 2008 9:05 PM
Feature Majorette
Yes. You're awesome enough for me to put you on the spot.
Awarded: March 14th, 2010 1:17 PM
PC Veteran
These old folks have been around for far too long but we love them anyway.
Awarded: July 5th, 2010 12:22 PM
Kuribo's Shoe
Congratulations! You got a shoe. Keep being awesome and you might get the pair.
Awarded: July 5th, 2010 12:23 PM
Gender Bender
For those of us who can't seem to figure out what we are and confuse the rest of the community along with them, this emblem is awarded to you.
Awarded: September 7th, 2010 7:00 PM
You hosted an event at the Get-Together 2010, bringing hundreds PC members together and contributing to HUGE SUCCESS! We are GLaD for you.
Awarded: November 8th, 2010 11:09 PM
PC Reviewing Challenge
Congratulations! Through your nitpicky behavior, willingness to teach, and need to torture yourself, you've somehow managed to complete this challenge.
Awarded: February 25th, 2011 9:13 PM
Partymaker, Cake Helper and Celebrator
This member helped to organize the PokéCommunity Holiday Hop, held in the closing moments of 2011 and into 2012! Thanks for helping in the party that got us into the new year!
Awarded: January 6th, 2012 1:41 AM
This member chimed into MMXII at the PokéCommunity!
Awarded: January 13th, 2012 8:26 PM
Unova Springs Back Participant
You participated in at least one of our events in Unova Springs Back! Whether you completed 30 days of Unova, speculated on B2/W2 or even guessed a few Pokemon, we hope you had fun!
Awarded: April 18th, 2012 6:28 AM
There's a spark in you
You've ignited the light in PC's heart by being a great host during PCX!
Awarded: November 18th, 2012 4:23 AM
Holder of the Triforce
This member participated in a week of the Video Game Arcade Week! They now hold a piece of the Triforce!
Awarded: May 31st, 2013 8:02 AM
3rd - AAA
This member manged to score third place during the Video Game Arcade Week!
Awarded: June 21st, 2013 9:07 AM
x. Super Moderator
Or super striking Moderator? Only the coolest S-Mods get this stylish emblem.
Awarded: August 23rd, 2013 4:59 AM
Manly Super Moderator
Or super manly Moderator? Only the manliest S-Mods get this handsome emblem.
Awarded: August 23rd, 2013 5:00 AM
You're definitely my type!
Fairy type, that is. You're special to this little Sylveon, so don't go evolving, okay?
Awarded: November 3rd, 2013 11:54 AM
Three Yveltal, Two Yveltal...
None. Thank you for joining us in the countdown to X and Y. Sorry it took so long!
Awarded: November 6th, 2013 11:56 AM
Thanks for participating in the 2013 Favorite Pokémon Tournament, and voting Gengar (and family) as PC's favorite Pokémon!
Awarded: January 14th, 2014 11:02 PM
You are one of the chosen child, take this digicrest!
Awarded: March 7th, 2014 12:10 AM
The Magic of Friendship
Have you ever wonderered what friendship could be? That's until you shared your magic with me!
Awarded: July 16th, 2014 3:51 PM
Little Ninja
This person is a ninja when it comes to speed posting.
Awarded: September 30th, 2014 2:08 PM
Floette's Attempt
You might not have won any game in PGM this month over at PGC, but here's an emblem for your participation!
Awarded: February 3rd, 2015 8:05 PM
Who's That Pokémon! Bronze Emblem
Congrats! This member successfully guessed one Pokémon in 'Who's that Pokemon!'
Awarded: April 18th, 2015 5:51 PM
PGC's Youngster
Shorts are comfy and easy to wear, but Lance wears pants.
Awarded: August 20th, 2015 7:59 PM
"Clustering bonds will illuminate a new miracle... Become the path that lights the way!"
Awarded: February 27th, 2016 4:58 PM
PGC 30 Day Champion
This user answered all 30 questions in our 30 day challenge in PGC! They're the real MVP!
Awarded: July 4th, 2016 6:45 AM
Alola Exeggutor
nah bruh this emblem ain't even Exeggutor's full form.
Awarded: August 8th, 2016 8:04 PM
Alola Exeggutor's First Neck
You're really insisting on finding out how long this emblem is?
Awarded: August 8th, 2016 8:04 PM
Alola Exeggutor's Second Neck
This emblem is REALLY LONG LOL... I'm not gonna say I told you so!
Awarded: August 8th, 2016 8:06 PM
Alola Exeggutor's Third Neck
Ok I take that back, I told you so. This still ain't even it.
Awarded: August 8th, 2016 8:06 PM
Alola Exeggutor's Fourth Neck
Getting closer! Are you tired yet?? If this is your last emblem, congratulations on getting a stick!
Awarded: August 8th, 2016 8:07 PM
Alola Exeggutor's Body
You finally got to the bottom only to find out that Exeggutor's whole body doesnt even fit in THIS emblem! Its tail says hi though, wherever that is.
Awarded: August 8th, 2016 8:07 PM
One of Us...
You finally decided to join the army of Ghosts? We expected as much...
Awarded: August 10th, 2016 6:07 PM

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:11 AM.