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  1. icomeanon6
    1 Week Ago 7:27 PM
    Did somebody say, "More Digimon?" No? Oh, my mistake. Well, here's more Digimon anyway:

    Episode 23:

    More tonal whiplash in 02, as we go from great-and-serious to dumb-and-silly and back to great-and-serious in the span of 3 episodes. I forgot how mature and abstract this episode was for a kids' show; for now I'll say it's a tie with 21 for best episode. There are a lot of really good ideas here tied together very neatly: older (smarter) sibling envy, parental guilt over imposing expectations, perceived agency in a death you had no control over, and guilt/mourning leaving one open to dangerous ideas. The last one is particularly creepy, as the mystery email tells Ken what he wants to hear (that death is freedom for Osamu, which absolves him of guilt), and uses it to plant the core idea of the Digimon Kaiser in him (the Digital World is a place of no consequences where he can be equally free, and specifically can enjoy being as powerful and cruel as his brother seemed). The visual connection between Osamu and Ken's Kaiser persona is clever and effective. It works particularly well in the red-lit scene where Osamu chastises Ken for using the digivice.

    More good visual work in this episode than I remembered. Standouts are the bubble-effect used as a transition to the headspace, and juxtaposing the shot of Ken looking with hurt longing at his parents sitting with Osamu with a near-identical shot of Ken watching his parents grieve over Osamu. It's directed more like an NGE-for-kids episode with the internal monologue and the abstract story-boarding. And here I thought there wasn't any of that until Tamers. There's probably more I could say about what's going on in this episode, but I'm getting tired.

    Dark Ocean comes back, which is cool I guess? Makes me confused on where the Dark Ocean is and what exactly it's supposed to be thematically. I think Konaka had sort of a cosmic-horror-separate-from-the-digital-world idea, but now it's looking more like regular-evil-digimon-thing.
  2. Unown Seer
    2 Weeks Ago 2:22 AM
    Unown Seer
    Chapter 7 is up.
  3. icomeanon6
    3 Weeks Ago 8:07 PM
    Wow, it took all of one episode for Adventure 02 to get stupid again. Talk about your tonal whiplash.

    Episode 22:

    So this is the one where V-Mon first evolves into XV-mon, and boy is it silly in a bad way. There's one part that's funny enough and it didn't bother me, which is when the smaller-digimon-disguised-as-a-larger-digimon gambit falls apart and Davis is all "Sorry guys" and they just roll with it. The rest of it just seems to fill space, and lord knows that was a larger pee-stream than I ever needed to see coming out of a digimon. One thing I never noticed before but now really bugs me is comparing this episode to the SkullGreymon episode in Adventure. Both feature the goggle-head pulling reckless stunts to get his partner to evolve to a new level. In Adventure it goes horribly wrong, Agumon suffers trauma for Taichi's hubris and impatience, and it's one of the highlights of the show story-wise. In 02 it goes wrong for laughs, none of his friends give a sh*t (also for laughs), and nobody learns anything except wash your hands when you pee. For all the jokes that he's the butt of, Davis seems to live a charmed life when it comes to avoiding trauma for his boneheaded-ness. Maybe there's something to that, but if there is it ain't working in the show.

    PS: I watched the latest tri a while ago, and like you I remember very little of it, lol. I think I liked it more than the previous one because the last fight in it got pretty freaky?

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday/What Have You!
  4. bobandbill
    4 Weeks Ago 7:42 PM
    Aw at no cake. But chocolate bars are good!

    What did you think of ORAS's main story? There is some stuff to do but I do miss the likes of Battle Frontier and smaller things like the berry mixing minigame. :<

    It is weird, haha. I still have some non-thesis work to do (like turn a chapter into a paper which is currently going through edits/feedback from co-authors) but I can relax and play games and read stuff and etc. And also look at more job apps to do.

    Also more gatherings with friends now!
  5. Archy
    4 Weeks Ago 6:04 PM
    Yeah, things were going downhill quite fast really and both my physical and mental health got somewhat compromised, so I needed to sort everything out. The last part of 2016 was a bit harsh personally and since then, everything just got worse. But you know, everything gets worse before getting better! And thanks a lot, same for you :)

    That's really good news! getting a license is really important, it can even get you jobs actually. I would like to know what are you studying now, you sound happy about it! I need a job really, but it would make studying quite hard for me, so I'm trying to see what I get in order to balance both. I mean, I need the money, but I won't study for 10 years, haha.

    I'm sure you'll sort those problems out, if it means anything, you can ask for my Discord and message me there if you ever need anything!
  6. Song of Time
    4 Weeks Ago 11:23 AM
    Song of Time
    Hopefully I'm not too late here, but happy birthday Asty!!

    Also, the text in your signature caught my eye... If my memory serves me correctly, are those lyrics from the Digimon Universe opening? :D (I love that series soooo much, haha.)
  7. Archy
    4 Weeks Ago 7:08 AM
    It has been a while for sure, more than a year actually. Life has changed quite a lot, I started university, had some health issues that I have under control now, I actually started to get along with people at my daily environments. Things are quite different now and once I got everything back under control, I came back here!

    That's the short version at least, how's your life going?
  8. bobandbill
    4 Weeks Ago 8:11 PM
    What sort of stuff have you gotten done? Also, did you have a cake? :B

    I am quite good now. Yesterday I submitted the thesis! It is weird though not having to do uni/application work this weekend of any sort. Conference was nice too.
  9. Bardothren
    4 Weeks Ago 6:23 PM
    Happy Birthday Astinus!
  10. Archy
    4 Weeks Ago 5:20 PM
    Happy birthday!

    Hope you had a good day :)
  11. bobandbill
    December 15th, 2017 3:30 PM
    Happy birthday! \o/ Hope all is well.
  12. Tsutarja
    December 15th, 2017 12:30 PM
    Happy birthday Asty!
  13. Unown Seer
    November 23rd, 2017 8:05 PM
    Unown Seer
    I've just realized that you and Antoshi are different people. For some reason your vaguely similar user names confused me, which is why I thought you're familiar with Beth Pavell.

    Have you written a fanfic before?
  14. Unown Seer
    November 23rd, 2017 5:52 PM
    Unown Seer

    I am not saying that none of it is constructive, but his advice, if you can call it that, is pretty vague. Here is how I read the review:

    "Your story is juvenile, so I don't like it. But hey, even Harry Potter is juvenile."
    "The kids are the adults and vice-versa." (Really now?)
    "There is a lot of flatness and not enough world building. I won't get into specifics, though."
    "Ernest is obnoxious, but that's pretty fitting for a homeschooled kid. That doesn't mean that the reader has to like it. Also, no way is he 12."
    "Even Kris is nothing to brag about, but maybe it was the stripped-down narrative that bothered me."

    Several users there tend to be negative, too. They probably think that brutal honesty is the best way to help someone, but that's a falsehood.
  15. Unown Seer
    November 23rd, 2017 3:23 PM
    Unown Seer
    What's your opinion of Beth Pavell? He called my story juvenile and my protagonists obnoxious (borderline for Kris). It's hard to take that kind of attitude as constructive criticism.

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