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  • Birthday 04/04/1984

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  1. I want things to be new as new can be. I don't have a "perfect" Macross tone and formula in mind, no preference for gritty or sweet, I just hope for something fun and interesting and not going backwards. But if I really had to pick something...I'd like some strong, developed Zentradi stories, ones that don't lean so heavily on previous character types or homages. Macross the Musicalture shows the direction I'm thinking. A reboot is a possibility, but I hope no one produces the "definitive" SW1 to officially and without question slot in before the other two Macross TV series. Not that I think the franchise's methods are preferable to the way other media does it, but just that I know my favourite parts of SDFM probably wouldn't survive a One SW1 to Rule Them All. Pretty sure no one's going to directly revisit Hikaru, Misa, and Minmay again. Not that their ending was handled well, but a new hunk of story with them would just be excess. Revisiting the world before SW1 I dunno...it could work, but I feel like the Protoculture are best left in the background. All we need to know of them is what they left behind. The Protoculture are something to react to, rather than characters themselves.
  2. Whoo-hoo! I got an early birthday present, looks like! (Is nerd-praying for an entirely new story.)
  3. A nice real long listen this time. Thank you. Even if you were joking, a Salvador Dali / Macross mash-up sounds amaaazing. The actually existing art of Macross characters with Tezuka characters is also pretty nice. Alas, I dislike Ranka, too, though not for shippery reasons. As for the cost of Valkyrie toys, I've never owned one so I can't comment on if you get enough bang for you buck, but it's hard for anyone to see outside of their regional culture of distribution and costs. I'm still floored whenever I remember how much things cost over in Japan, glad I don't have to pay, but I don't necessarily blame the country for their business model. The idiot in me wants to laugh at every Harmony Gold C n' D out there, since, hey, HG isn't doing much with their stuff anyway. Gah, it's still painful to watch Harmony Gold pretend they have a viable media franchise, and so many people going along with it. Sadly, I got the Laszlo Zand reference. Sigh.
  4. Yep, I'm sadly familiar with the "Macross should be gritty" crowd. I do wonder why it's Destroids, though. Those things aren't that popular--maybe that's the point?
  5. Yay, more SpeakerPodcast! Once again, Gubaba, great job on translating "White Reminisces". Even if it was a rough translation, it was still poignant. Good old Sheryl and her good old birthday.... What's that about a Destroid-centric story that you guys keep mocking? Is it a reference to something? (The only thing I can think of is someone from Robotech fandom who wrote a Destroid fanfic series, but he was a huge jackass, so mock away!) I was one of the first people to notice the indelicate Valk placement on the Macross Christmas art, and I'm surprised you're taking that slight issue with it. I hope Kawamori finds a way to incorporate two or all of the prime Macross elements into a new work: look forward to something else from the franchise. The Musicalture sounded like a strong tribute to these tropes, even if not literally, and was also less conventional. Macross fans not wanting to settle for the franchise's notion of "canon" has never bothered me, because this involves expecting viewers to rewire their entire perception of what mainstream storytelling is and what it does, and viewers shouldn't have to make that effort. The viewpoint of Macross on "canon" also isn't a streamlined and refreshing alternative to the ideas that most wester viewers grew up with. Eventually these viewers gotta learn that nothing will change, but it's still not something to not be flustered with. The exception to this is the question of whether the Frontier movies or TV series are "canon": when movie retellings are standard for anime series and are essentially AU retellings of each other, asking which is canon seems pointless. It's like asking which Ghost in the Shell adaptation is "canon". Anyway, keep up the good work!
  6. HTTYD was an excellent movie--see where earnestness gets you, DreamWorks? Eh? I'm avoiding all trailers and spoilers as much as I can, and looking forward to the content itself. The world of the film can support a new story since the first movie only took place around a small area--but the question remains how they can make HIccup interesting again, when the film finished his character arc off pretty nicely.
  7. Please let it not suck, amen. And avoid the cah-razy early scripts that were told of the book "Tales from Development Hell". Because wow....!
  8. Great listen, as usual. I love hearing about your concert experiences: sure, there's the heat and the crowds, but it still sounds awesome to be there, and reminds me of what a great franchise Macross can be. Lots of great music...I don't think I could pick a very favourite song out of all of them. And a crossover concert with a storyline was beyond cool. Cool to hear of another female Macross fan in NA, too. Yeah, I don't hold out much hope for the fates of Alto and Sheryl to be ever resolved. That kinda sucks.
  9. I know that my brand of geeking out is different from a lot of people here, but I'd just like to say that the info on the Zentradi of "Fastest Delivery" make the episode more palatable than it used to be. The explanations for things like the repeated character designs and the nature of their rebellion make sense, though I'm still not on board with the idea that it's a male Zentradi "thing" to go nuts over pop stars, rather than it being part of a specific setting and context in Macross.
  10. I can't wait for this. To add to your Wattersonian experience, read "Looking for Calvin and Hobbes", about one man's study of the impact that Watterson has had on other cartoonists, while never being able to contact Watterson himself: http://www.amazon.ca/Looking-Calvin-Hobbes-Unconventional-Revolutionary/dp/1441106855
  11. Of course I'm going to say EoE. Both franchises are a few of my favourite things, but I slightly prefer Evangelion overall. If you speak in terms of beauty, End of Evangelion and DYRL are very different visually, but I believe the quality of those visuals are about the same, in technical terms (we really need an R1 EoE release with higher video quality than we got). Beauty is more than visual, though, and End of Evangelion is a film I have much deeper emotional investment in than DYRL, as well. (Also, I enjoy both endings to Evangelion, but at this point don't consider EoE essential to make Evangelion "complete".)
  12. Pterobat

    VF-1 Plush toy

    Wargh. I normally don't go for Valks, but I was tempted by the Max Valk plush (Max is a righteous dude). However, the delays are putting me off. And I would love, love, an SD Regult or Glaug plush.
  13. Nobody really knows. During the wars, the life of the average Zentradi grunt was said to be very short: about three years. Unfortunately, I can't find a citation for that, but it likely meant that they were getting killed so often that they died quicker, not that their lifespan was literally three years. It's a common fan theory that Zentradi are potentially immortal or at least very long-lived because of their genetic engineering, and would be so if no pesky wars got in the way. Nothing official states that explicitly, though a lot of people seem to base it on Milia in Macross 7, who still looks young and once said that she had never gotten sick (though the latter was used to set up a gag). For a few of the original Zentradi characters, they're given an age in years that seems to roughly align with how old they seem relative to human anime characters: Milia is 15, Britai is 34, Kamjin is 23, but it's not clear if these are equivalent to human years or not. I tend to assume they are, but referring to how long since they emerged as adults, not including how long they were cooking in a cloning chamber. And of course, the Bodolza living engine in DYRL said that he was "120,000 cycles" old, but that probably doesn't count. http://www.animeigo.com/liner/out-print/macross-tv-series
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