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  1. bobandbill
    June 10th, 2017 5:23 PM
    bobandbill
    No trips this year yet planned; was a chance earlier to go to the US but then I didn't get a talk and also I have this thesis to finish up this year anyway. Will let you know if it happens down the track though! On that note, there's currently a non-zero chance I could move to Canada for a job too. But we'll see.

    Never been to an Outback Steakhouse but I like steak at any rate! :V

    And I am fine, just all the busy, haha. Gotta move back to parents in a couple months too (lease expiring, flatmate who started earlier and hence runs out of money earlier wants to move out, so I shall too). I still am on Skype! Discord is cool too, but not without some issues (but then nothing is). Yourself?
  2. Achromatic
    May 5th, 2017 2:49 PM
    Achromatic
    Thank you :D
  3. bobandbill
    April 27th, 2017 5:13 PM
    bobandbill
  4. bobandbill
    April 21st, 2017 7:45 PM
    bobandbill
    Ham eating is good. I had a bbq with family so had a good variety of meats. Also ham. Enjoy your vacation!

    I also met up with some friends who I haven't seen in many months so that was a good overdue catchup.
  5. bobandbill
    April 19th, 2017 4:09 PM
    bobandbill
    How was your Easter? And do you get to take advantage of Easter chocolate sales at your store if there are any?
  6. bobandbill
    April 3rd, 2017 4:16 PM
    bobandbill
    Heh, well done. Good to hear you enjoyed it too!
  7. bobandbill
    March 11th, 2017 11:10 PM
    bobandbill
    I remember seeing it before, I was just inspired to comment on it when I saw you post again, haha.

    And they just announced Ash Hat Pikachu for Japan in SM. Glasses Pikachu would be better than those imo. (But maybe not the kind the... 'Smart' Contest Pikachu had?)
  8. bobandbill
    March 11th, 2017 4:43 AM
    bobandbill
    Glasses Pikachu is cute.
  9. icomeanon6
    March 9th, 2017 6:46 PM
    icomeanon6
    Your mountain of words about Digimon got ninja'd by my mountain of words about Digimon, lol
  10. icomeanon6
    March 9th, 2017 6:18 PM
    icomeanon6
    Episode 20:

    So my memory was a little fuzzy; this episode ends with the introduction of Magnamon and the actual fight is next episode. Thought it was all one episode for some reason. Anyway, this is still the best episode of 02 so far. There were two great touches with audio that stuck out to me. 1) the first shot of the episode is silent and it shows the Kaiser's attack on a town ramping up from a distance, after which they cut right into the thick of it. Much better use of silence than that weird silent-movie thing in the latest Tri movie (yes, I'm still miffed about that movie). 2) Ken's laughter superimposed for a moment with Devimon's before Ken hears him and it messes him up. It's a great way of reinforcing the story idea that Ken is treating metaphysical darkness like the video game he thinks it is, as if he's just playing a Lawful Evil character in D&D, while the reality is that the darkness in the Digital World is real, terrifying, and overwhelmingly greater than he is. Going along those lines, it's a great scene where Ken first realizes that the Digimon are alive when he remembers seeing the baby forms in the real world, and provides a much better plot reason for villain-doesn't-kill-heroes-when-he-has-the-chance than you expect from children's anime. Another nice thing about this episode is that there are no stock evolution sequences (I don't count Magnamon's as stock even if it technically gets used more than once), unlike the latest Tri movie where there a like a billion. What I'm saying is that 02 Episode 20 is better looking, sounding, and written than Tri Movie 4, which is just embarrassing.
  11. icomeanon6
    March 6th, 2017 4:23 PM
    icomeanon6
    You've just reminded me that I still need to watch the next 02 episode. >_> Kept meaning to, but I've been going after my current fic at a feverish pace by my standards. I'll get back on that this week.

    As for the latest Tri movie, I thought it sucked! Seriously, I was not happy with it at all. My favorite part was how we saw snippets of the adults' past as chosen children, though it was odd that they chose to show so much of it in silent-movie style. I mean, it's still the digital world, so that's kind of incongruous. I suspect they were running low on sound budget.

    As for the rest of the movie, one word: filler. I watched it with my RL friend, and when the credits came up for the first "episode" we were honestly bewildered that 20 minutes had passed because nothing happened. And the way Machinedramon/Mugendramon's attack sent them to random places in random combinations was so contrived, so obviously "we, the writers, have no idea how to get them split up but we're convinced it has to happen" that I felt embarrassed for them. The Sora and Biyomon/Piyomon plot was equally contrived. If there was a reason why Biyomon is super-suspicious of Sora while all the other Digimon warm up to their forgotten partners in a heartbeat, I missed it. It's a conflict that exists because there has to be a conflict, and they couldn't figure out how to have it make sense with the rest of the story so they gave up and tried to over-manufacture some emotions instead so that people won't notice. It's exactly the kind of contrived story I worry about writing myself, and when an amateur can look at your finished product and see a resemblance to their roughest drafts that's a bad sign.

    The technical side of things is impressing me less and less, too. I think their budget is shrinking, and it clearly wasn't huge to begin with. The pyrotechnics are particularly disappointing as the series progresses. There are too many attacks that are similarly-drawn, awkward energy things that are aesthetically blah. Phoenixmon's special attack in particular just looks like a version of Birdramon's that fills up more of the screen. I am saying I preferred the attack animations in a cheap TV anime from the year 1999. That shouldn't happen.

    The nadir of the movie was definitely Suddenly Rapey Gennai licking Sora's face. That was ick and I don't know what made them think it was a good idea. My friend almost turned it off, and now I'm wondering if I should have told him to go ahead.

    So that's what I thought! :D I'm still going to watch the rest of it. I've made it this far and I honestly want to see them recover. What'd you think?
  12. colours
    February 10th, 2017 4:30 PM
    colours
    I miss you Asty. :< Hope things are going well!
  13. bobandbill
    February 6th, 2017 3:23 PM
    bobandbill
    Heh, cute and pun-rific.
  14. Tsutarja
    January 21st, 2017 5:52 PM
    Tsutarja
    Thank you so much Asty!
  15. icomeanon6
    January 14th, 2017 8:33 PM
    icomeanon6
    Episode 19:

    This is the one with Devimon's whirlpool. Highlights include Takeru laughing at Ken's ridiculous getup and Jun's continued struggle to join Yamato on the camping trip. The bit with Jun actually begs comparison with the hitchhiking jokes in the movie, and I think it works better here, probably because the scenes are spread out along the episode and it dovetails nicely with how everyone straight-up leaves Daisuke out of the loop for the whole episode because he can't get to an enemy that's across an ocean by himself. On that note, the reasons they give for splitting the party are so weird in this episode. "Why are we leaving Daisuke back there?" "So we're not leaving the girls alone," and then they don't ask, "...So why aren't we waking up the girls?" Really shoddy logistics work here. And as good as the actual confrontation between Takeru and Ken is, I didn't quite buy the setup with Devimon as the trigger. Yes, episode 13 of Adventure was traumatic, but Takeru mentions "endless despair" when it took literally seconds for him to get Angemon's egg and learn that he'll come back. The scene is shot and scripted like it's about a character who dies permanently, and the audience knows that's not the case so the connection to what follows doesn't stick. Anyway, next episode is Magnamon, and my memory says it's easily the best part of the show so far if not entirely, so that should be fun.

    P.S. posted first chapter of Will Somebody Stop These Kids?, and I just realized this is the first pokemon chapter fic I've worked on since that dumb parody from years and years ago.

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