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  1. What the fudge kind of trailer was that. That's Fox Kids level of cringe.
  2. Bumping some threads to let as many interested parties know. HLJ Spring sale. Arcadia Super VF-1J Milia was up there, probably others as well.
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    Hi-Metal R

    In case anyone's interested, HLJ's spring sale is going on. I think I saw a HMR VT-1 when I did a quick glance.
  4. Specifically, they added DXR support to their non-RTX cards (from the original 1060 6GB card and up). DXR being a non-proprietary implementation of real-time ray-tracing through I think DX12. Their RTX cards (ie those with tensor cores) will still be able to use their proprietary RT... tech? hardware? whatever... to do ray-tracing, maybe in conjunction with or instead of through DXR. Here's an example of DXR (IIRC) being integrated into CryEngine. They render this video using a Vega 56.
  5. This isn't strictly manga, but I thought I'd share anyway for anyone interested. In case you wanted to read the light novels these designs come from, a company called "J-Novel Club" are re-releasing the FMP! novels with a brand new translation. https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2019/03/18/j-novel-club-announces-full-metal-panic-novels-and-more You can read a preview on the product page: https://j-novel.club/s/full-metal-panic I had thought that only the manga had been localized, but I guess some of those volumes I passed by in the Borderses and BnNs were actually the novels.
  6. In case you wanted to read the light novels these designs come from, a company called "J-Novel Club" are re-releasing the FMP! novels with a brand new translation. https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2019/03/18/j-novel-club-announces-full-metal-panic-novels-and-more You can read a preview on the product page: https://j-novel.club/s/full-metal-panic I had thought that only the manga had been localized, but I guess some of those volumes I passed by in the Borderses and BnNs were actually the novels.
  7. I wouldn't say Captain Marvel is exactly game-changing. Her powers don't seem that different from Thor's, with or without Mjolnir/Stormbreaker.
  8. Saw it yesterday. It was fine, but the character herself is hardly memorable compared to the other members of the cast. I don't think she's compelling enough as is to carry another movie on her own, certainly not as much as, say, Black Widow or so. She also has an... irascibility to her that makes her kind of fundamentally unappealing as a protagonist. Or rather, I should say that her personality doesn't reflect her story. She's kind of sarcastically mean for the sake of being sarcastically mean. There's a throwaway line at the beginning that she uses humor to deflect, but other than that one mention, it's never brought up again and she never really grows out of it or reframes it or... does anything with it. Starlord is a lot of the same, but both movies - the second especially - do a lot more with it than the writers manage to do here with Danvers. It feels like this Captain Marvel is just sort of going through the motions of a superhero origin story rather than living through one. Still, all else aside, it was fun popcorn fare while it lasted.
  9. Jafar doesn't sound or look nearly as old as he should. That whole "The Princess will marry me" ploy probably won't play this time around. I didn't have a problem with Blue Smith, but I did suspect they would have him shifting skin tone throughout the movie, so I'm not surprised to see more of the regular skin tone here. As for the singing, aren't they recycling the animated movie song? I don't think that's the live-action actors... And I thought Prince of Persia was fine. Nothing to write home about, and that whitewashing scandal was icky, but it was about as good a video game movie as a video game movie could have been...
  10. This. I have a decent internet connection and even then I can't stand the ridiculous 10-, 20-, 50-GB patches that these (mainly Western, I've noticed) devs routinely put out to fix their broken, premature games. It's a terrible symptom of the current AAA industry business model. It's a long enough wait to just get the game off the disc onto the console, I'm not going to put up with downloading basically the entire game again.
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    Macross figures

    If only they would up those to something bigger than 1/20...
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    Macross figures

    I understand WHY the characters (or at least figures of them) aren't as popular as one would expect, I just find it odd that they're still being pushed so hard everywhere else regardless. I'd have thought they'd make at least one more token effort at figures of them. Like I said, however I felt about them as part of the show, I'd have paid good money for figures of them in their various movie outfits.
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    Macross figures

    Given how popular Walkure apparently is, and how much the anime members are pushed in general art material and the like, I'm surprised there aren't more figures of them. I keep saying I'd pay good money for the lot of them in their movie costumes.
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    Macross figures

    I'm still saving up for the previous Kuji figure... Sheesh. And apparently another company is working on rendering the "Gorgeous!" single into a figure. https://myfigurecollection.net/item/806255
  15. I don't disagree. X2's setup was great. Nods here and there, a self-sacrifice to cleanly end those nods if the movie happens to bomb (it didn't), and barely a teaser at the very very end just in case. But the Phoenix story doesn't properly begin until X3, and we all know how that turned out. I only know the Phoenix saga by osmosis, and even then I don't think the interstellar angle was a big part of it either. I just want the X-Men to go do dumb outer space stuff, The movies feel like they take themselves way too seriously. Again, like they're still ashamed of their comic book origins or something. Yes, and done well, I think such a setup can work well enough. But given that they failed with that setup last time, it boggles my mind that they would seem to be going right back to it, and this time with a far less compelling Jean Grey to boot. Sansa Stark is a great actress, but the Jean of DofP(?)/Apocalypse/DP is about as bland as plain white toast. In order for an alternate personality to work there has to be a primary one to begin with, and this Jean Grey just does not have such a thing. ...or maybe I'm just being my usual debbie downer. I thought DoFP and Apocalypse were equally terrible movies, so I'm coming into this already predisposed to cynicism. By "First Class," do you mean the movie, or are you referring to I'm guessing a comic book run? Eh... I suppose the films, mostly (in which case the sample size is all of one, in which case my point is kind of moot, in which case... shut up). As I said above, I only know the Phoenix Saga in the comics by osmosis. I do remember reading one or two of the latter comics in the run during my youth, but by then the story had devolved into such weirdness that I didn't know what was going on anymore.
  16. The Phoenix story just seems really... boring. At its heart, it's only ever told as a garden-variety "female empowerment and/or sexual freedom is baaaaad" morality tale, which aside from being tasteless as hell also lacks anything for anyone to do or be, including and especially the titular Phoenix of the story. There are thematic/metaphorical elements aplenty that can be gleaned from THE SYMBOL OF REBIRTH, but even setting that aside, all the goofy space alien shenanigans from the comics that feed into and out of the Phoenix story just goes completely to waste. I get the distinct impression that the franchise still has this lingering mindset from the very first movie that all of that stuff is somehow "beneath" it or something.
  17. Apparently Scottish/British-accented trainers are blowing up the memeisphere.
  18. An RE/100 Kampfer wouldn't be a bad idea. I'm snapping (sometimes literally) the MG Kampfer and boy, they really made some... "interesting" engineering choices with it. Simplifying that a bit while maintaining the design's inherent quirkiness would be enough of an improvement for me.
  19. Took the complete handful of kids to see it today. It's good. Not as good as the first two, but there's still a whole lot more substance to it than most kids' movies. The problems mostly stem from the creators juggling too much and not having a really firm grasp on what they wanted to do with Hiccup. I get the sense that this movie was made out of a sense of "duty" rather than a creative drive, as if the creators were working under the assumption that 1) this franchise needed a "proper" ending, and 2) it had to be a trilogy. I'd have streamlined parts of the movie, simplified some of the ideas it was trying to work with. The first movie was great in how it kept things simple but compelling, and the second managed to balance that simplicity against more... emotionally fraught themes. This one succeeds in the same way, just not to the same degree. Ah well. It was still a good bittersweet time, and the kids were really into it.
  20. This movie is really Anime, isn't it? And unapologetic about it, too. That was another big impression I got from it. It LOVES its source material rather than distances itself so much that it loses all identity like other Hollywood anime adaptations do.
  21. Agree with a lot of this, surprised.
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