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Anime / Re: Inuyashiki
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on December 02, 2017, 02:02:01 PM »
Yeah, I can understand the cops getting paranoid and sending in a SAT to try to stop Shishigami, but they had to understand that anybody who wasn't Hiro should have been subdued without violence.  They had grandma subdued, with her hands up, and the other girl wasn't a threat either.  Sure, she shouted and warned Shishigami, and maybe that spooked one of the cops, who were probably on edge and out for revenge for murdered brethren, but still, the rules of engagement should have been to subdue anybody who wasn't Shishigami without killing them, but lethal force could be authorized for Hiro himself.

Instead, rat-a-tat-tat, shootin' everyone with my gat'.  Ended up not mattering since they stayed alive, but still.  By this point, with all the visual evidence they have (few survivors, but still video), it should be obvious to everybody that Shishigami is not a normal human being.  This is where the escalation paradox discussed in Chris Nolan's Batman Begins comes into play.  This is where special services are called in.

Alien tech, so who knows how effective it'll be.  The fascinating part is that the alien tech can't even seem to stop other alien tech.  Shishigami fingerbanged Grandpa and it didn't phase him either.  The aliens seemed to have discovered some kind of substance or metallic alloy that far exceeded even their weapons power output.  Right now they're like the Monitor and the Merrimack.  For those who don't know history, those were the first two metal plate armored naval vessels used in combat (in the Civil War no less).  The two ships shot cannon shell at each other for hours, all shots just bouncing off the hulls.  The armor plates had done their job, but neither side had figured out a way to create more powerful cannon shots to penetrate the armor.  Eventually this led to modern navies having armor plating and bigger, more powerful cannons being mounted on them to kill other ships.  Like I said, the escalation paradox.  Innovation begets innovation.

But here we have two impregnable cyborgs who can't even shoot each other.  So what is going to happen?  Well, I think the obvious answer actually lies in something that has been subtly shown but never actually talked about:  water.  At various times throughout the show, both Shishigami and Grandpa have "passed out" and the AI of the robot frames has taken over.  They were only revived by drinking water.  I think this means that the organic components or something related to the human consciousness or maybe the power supply of the suits themselves, require water to function.  Why are they passing out when they can't be harmed?  It seems they can still "feel" something from the impacts, and maybe their "passing out" is simply some kind of neuro-feedback defense mechanism so they don't feel too much pain.  Still, I wonder how the water plays into all of this.  Coolant?  Fuel?  I don't know.  But if you can basically dehydrate one of them, then while the suit may take over, perhaps they can be "dealt" with more easily.
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Anime / Re: Inuyashiki
« Last post by Gadget on December 02, 2017, 05:01:09 AM »
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Well, the gloves are off for Shishigami.  This wont end well for anybody.

But how in the balls did those two survive?  I thought Hiro was weeping because he couldn't save them, but then a few scenes later they're both alive and receiving money from him?  I guess he did save them, but God was that clumsy.

Now daughter knows about Dad, though for whatever reason she's not going to act on it yet.  I wonder what the subject of her manga is going to be...

I guess he did that during his flight. Guess his crush and her grandma was just 'resting' after he heal them.

The police station attack was so 'The Terminator' . Shishigami should have a phrase that he will be remember, like 'Ar'll be back'. And if the police got wipe out, cause the writing got sloppy. If tons of 9mm or Lapua Magnum (or ?.50 BMG) cannot kill him, i get 20mm Bushmaster, or even call the army to borrow a 120 Smoothbore, LAW, or even the Hellfire missile. Not only the police are 'dumb' the police seems arrogant. Like how the lone survivor taunt him. And the way they try to take him down, Operation Neptune Spear (killing of Osama bin Laden)style bykilling everyone.
Come on, if 9mm can take him own, a puny .38 can? You guys are not carry the 460 Magnum
It seems that it's deliberate to push Shishigami over the edge. But the police has some answering for their in competency. I think this is making us audience give Shishigami some sympathy when he goes Terminator mode.

Mari's new manga will be about a lame a dad that is actually a alien robot that heals people. Next step, she'll confront Andou in school, Andou will be the most hate boy in class. Prepare to see Andou blush like crazy.
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Anime / Re: Kino no Tabi (Kino's Journey) -the Beautiful World-
« Last post by Equilibrium on December 02, 2017, 03:23:12 AM »
9. The end credits thing was cute. Made me smile.... well the whole show makes me smile
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Anime / Re: Net-juu wo Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on December 02, 2017, 02:05:28 AM »
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JUST **** ALREADY!
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Anime / Re: Kino no Tabi (Kino's Journey) -the Beautiful World-
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on December 02, 2017, 01:41:21 AM »
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A collection of short stories about various (いろいろ) countries.  We got to see Shizu and Ti do some stuff, too.
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Anime / Re: Net-juu wo Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)
« Last post by HuuskerDu on December 02, 2017, 01:03:52 AM »
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Koiwai comes through. 

Will they?  One ep left.
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Anime / Re: Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on December 01, 2017, 07:16:26 PM »
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Huh.  That's it, I guess.

I'm glad we got a machine in this episode capable of filling in a couple of holes, but the explanation for certain things just leaves more questions.  They waxed philosophical a bit too hard this time, which is something they've mostly avoided, and the girls end up making a very unusual decision about life.

Should have just ate the fish.

Show was good and entertaining, but this is just an empty ending.  No resolution, no questions answered, **** that noise.

7/10.  That seven is very wiiiiiiide.
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Anime / Re: Inuyashiki
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on November 30, 2017, 04:41:40 PM »
9:

Well, the gloves are off for Shishigami.  This wont end well for anybody.

But how in the balls did those two survive?  I thought Hiro was weeping because he couldn't save them, but then a few scenes later they're both alive and receiving money from him?  I guess he did save them, but God was that clumsy.

Now daughter knows about Dad, though for whatever reason she's not going to act on it yet.  I wonder what the subject of her manga is going to be...
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Anime / Re: Just Because!
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on November 30, 2017, 04:38:41 PM »
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Komiya is a young maiden in love who knows what she wants.
Natsume is a young maiden in love who doesn't know what she wants.
Eita is a young man in love who knows what he wants.  Or at least thought he did.
 
The problem here is Natsume.  Komiya is just acting on her impulses and instincts.  For whatever reason, she's fallen for Eita, and has more or less told him as such by the end of this episode.  Natsume has been an aggressor with Komiya, but not with Eita, and is still using her entrance exams as an excuse, even though her sister called her out on applying to that school in the first place.  Nastume has no direction.  She's doing to her sister's school, because it is easy and familiar, and she doesn't know what her future is.  She calls the others "traitors" for knowing what they want to do in life. She doesn't like change either, which is why she never confessed to Haruto and why she's having a hard time with Eita, even though she clearly likes him.  What is unusual is that she didn't really fight Morikawa, but she's willing to fight Komiya.  I wonder why that is.  Granted, she's not willing to fight FOR Eita, she just doesn't want to let Komiya win either.  Either of them winning would disrupt the status quo.

Natsume is a frustrating character, because she's the kind of person who will continue to avoid doing anything for herself until it is pressed right in front of her and she's forced to make a decision.  She's a coward, and cowards are routinely hard to root for because they typically remind us of ourselves.  Some will hate them, some will wish they'd do what they couldn't.  In either case, cowards make for frustrating characters.  Komiya has fears, but doesn't let them dominate her.  Well, okay, maybe Natsume just needs a fat cat to help her out, too, but she still went through with it.  She's also willing to fight Natsume, but at the same time wants to win Eita.  That's the crux of the problem here.  There is a one sided competition going on here, and Eita is no help.

Though what was with that clumsy end scene.  We just ended the Komiya Eita date on a stinger, and then they have a mood breaking moment with Morikawa and her new clothes.  What the hell.
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Anime / Re: Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou
« Last post by TypicalIdiotFan on November 30, 2017, 03:22:30 PM »
Where are the corpses?  There are very few ways of killing lifeforms that also vaporizes the evidence.  Anything that could cause an extinction level event like this would leave behind evidence, and almost certainly no survivors.  The two other humans they've encountered so far are just fuel to this mystery.  Without a society they simply do whatever they want, but are so singularly focused on it as to keep their minds occupied.  Basically, without some monumental goal, they'd probably go insane from loneliness.  And yet, neither was particularly surprised to see other humans alive.

So where is everybody?  Are they all on the top level like the duo thinks, or did they go the other direction and back down to the earth, away from their megastructures of concrete and steel, ever rising towards the sun?  We don't know.  They mention something about a war at the beginning, but nothing is mentioned of it since.
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