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  1. Bay
    January 9th, 2017 5:40 PM
    Oh okay thanks. I didn't think of updating the splash. I'll do that now.
  2. icomeanon6
    January 7th, 2017 8:20 PM
    Episode 18:

    I'm on the record as not liking the scenario where the kids go to the digital world and come back home the same day over and over again, so the "camping trip" gambit is a welcome change that makes the most of that scenario. I.e. it casts their real world lives as an obstacle to be overcome rather than a convenience. The stakes and level of danger still don't feel as high as I'd like, but it's a clever idea and I approve of anything that gets Yamato's dad involved in the story. The scene where Yamato and Takeru convince him to go along with it is pretty funny, as of course is the scene with Jun where Yamato ditches her in the most dickish way possible. The rest of the episode is about Miyako overcompensating for her trepidation and eventually coming to a deeper understanding with Hawkmon. They touched on the trepidation aspect of Miyako's character in episode 10, but it's handled much better here because the shifts happen for more of a reason and because it results in some amusing bits and an action scene that could have been pretty good if the animation weren't butt. Fortunately they're hinting at Chimeramon (and spoiling him in the next-ep preview as the Japanese are wont to do), meaning the best action scenes so far are coming soon if I'm remembering right.

    P.S. started writing Will Somebody Stop These Kids?, which is from the plot bunny I put up a little while ago. I'm excited! :D
  3. bobandbill
    January 1st, 2017 1:08 AM
    Happy new year to you as well!

    Only from the tv this year, although people near where I was staying (at a friend's place) shared some fireworks at 3am or so.
  4. Dedenne1
    December 25th, 2016 7:52 AM
    Happy Holidays!
  5. bobandbill
    December 25th, 2016 3:54 AM
    Merry Christmas, Astinus!
  6. Sheep
    December 24th, 2016 9:32 PM
    oh hey merry xmas asty <3
  7. bobandbill
    December 21st, 2016 8:03 PM
    Woo, presents! Bugger with working on Christmas Eve and the day after though. My family mostly celebrate on the 24th/25th.

    Speaking of, my plans are being with family for the period, am already up here.

    It has been hot in parts of Australia, but here not too bad considering typical Australian summers. We had two particularly hot days a couple weeks ago, but the rest has been okay, or even too cold for summer standards, which is weird.
  8. icomeanon6
    December 20th, 2016 8:02 PM
    I see you had a birthday sorta recently, so happy belated birthday!

    Episode 17:

    This episode features the triumphant return of Yamato's dad and the TV station crew, definitely some of my favorite adult characters from Adventure. These poor guys can't catch a break. I love how the guy in the bandana's angst over the ghost has as much to do with his show's encroaching deadline as with actual fear of the ghost. That fun stuff aside, the only important element in this episode is Wizarmon's cryptic hint, which sets up that there will be villains after Ken, that Ken will probably become a good guy (maybe this is less obvious if you haven't seen the show), and something to do with kindness and "the golden light" (Ken's Crest and Magnamon's digimental). Main character-wise this episode does little beyond re-establishing that Yamato and Takeru are close and reminding the viewers of their parents' situation. I did like the shot immediately after when Wizarmon and Tailmon try to touch hands and can't. The attempted touch is pretty standard for seeing-a-dead-friend-again scenes, but I thought the look of disappointment and resignation on Wizarmon's face as he floats away elevated it a bit. I always thought they managed to do a lot with a little when it came to Wizarmon's expressions in Adventure and this episode.

    Btw, here's a comparison to show how padded the story is in 02 vs. Adventure. By this point in 02 they still haven't confronted the Kaiser all that directly, and by this point in Adventure they had already defeated Devimon and were halfway through the Etemon episodes.
  9. bobandbill
    December 16th, 2016 5:33 AM
    Get up to much for it? And any Christmas plans?
  10. Sheep
    December 15th, 2016 7:31 PM
    happy bday <3
  11. Epilogue
    December 15th, 2016 2:32 PM
    Astyyyyy! Happy Birthday! :D I hope you've been doing well as of late! ^__^
  12. bobandbill
    December 14th, 2016 10:57 PM
    Happy birthday, Astinus! :)
  13. icomeanon6
    December 7th, 2016 6:01 PM
    Episode 16:

    This is the one where Iori gets his Digimental of Sincerity (Reliability in the dub, and "Faithfulness" in the subs I'm using, but I'll be calling it Sincerity). There are a few things I like here, for example when they're trying to get Iori to pick up the Digimental and he gives a bunch of other excuses first before finally admitting to them (and himself!) that he doesn't think he deserves it because he just told a lie. Also, it's funny how Daisuke and V-mon are the only ones who don't catch on to the rigged game of straws. One thing I think could have been handled better is Jou's lesson for Iori about good/bad lies. It seemed sort of hand-wavy, like "Eh, sometimes lying's okay," where I think the more truthful lesson is that the essence of a "lie" has more to do with malicious intent than literal correctness. I think we need different words to distinguish "malicous lies," "benevolent oversimplifications," "telling a factual truth with malicious intent to deceive," etc. I may be asking too much from a fifteen-second scene in a kids' show, though. Crest fits Iori perfectly, definitely a better justification offered than with Friendship and Purity. That aside, Submarimon's special attacks look like the weakest nonsense ever. Shooting air and water while underwater, seriously?
  14. icomeanon6
    November 27th, 2016 7:01 PM
    I think there were four evolution sequences in a row, which is pretty shameful. I forgot about ShogunGekomon's hair; that makes more sense.

    The plot bunny's been going pretty slowly for what I think is an okay reason: Pokemon Moon. :) I'm doing a blind Nuzlocke and coming up on the Elite Four. And on Tuesday Final Fantasy XV comes out, which probably won't help matters.

    Good luck with 02 redux redux!
  15. icomeanon6
    November 23rd, 2016 1:53 PM
    Thanksgiving has stuffing and Zero Two has filler. I prefer Thanksgiving.

    Episode 15:

    This is the one where they go to the Edo-themed town with the Gekomon, Tamamon, Floramon, etc. It's basically the Wild West episode but not as weird. I guess there's a little character work here, though. We see a sliver of Hawkmon's (Shurimon's) honor code in how he and Igamon keep fighting even after the tower goes down, but feels more like a fleeting, isolated moment than actual development. I suspect Japanese viewers might get more out of this episode with culture-specific references/jokes; for example there's this bit where they say goodbye and Daisuke speaks in what I assume is formal, period-appropriate mode. Miyako calls it "embarrassing," so maybe he's getting it hilariously wrong? Hard to tell when you don't speak Japanese. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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