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  2. Even the original Japanese track for Eva is fucking trash (most fans will agree with me on that and I, sadly, prefer it to the dub (I've watched both as I own the complete series but I just like Rei and Asuka's voices more in Japanese)). I'm actually quite happy Netflix is re-dubbing it and will most likely watch it when it goes live (it's been years since I last watched Eva, I think it's about time to go through that mind fuck again). My other major fault with dubs that I forgot to mention is localization and partly what you mentioned (though I overlook sentence/speaking structure because I honestly don't think I could watch a literal translation being spoken (especially with the way Japanese is structured)). I get that there are cultural things from Japan most westerners will never understand without some passing knowledge of the culture but god damn I don't need characters speaking with various accents that make no sense or western slang in my anime (if I wanted that I'd watch American cartoons and TV). I get this shit in subs as well (sadly more so now that I watch almost everything legally now (I download very little in the way of fansubs anymore)) but it's nowhere near as bad as it is in dubs and it drives me nuts. Meh, I could list every roll Mamiko Noto has done and pick her out instantly in any anime she has a voice role in (even ones I've never seen) but I'll never get tired of her voice (it's so soothing its unnatural and it's no wonder she voices the majority of my favorite characters). Sadly though she's one of the few Japanese VA's that rarely changes her voice for her roles (nothing wrong with it but I find myself thinking I'm hearing a different character while watching a show (don't know how many times I've mistaken a character for another when its her voice)). I can say the same for Maaya Sakamoto as well but then again I'm a huge fan of her music career so its not real hard to pick her out in her voice roles (though she does change her voice quite frequently in the roles she takes). Don't get me wrong I love Steve Blum's voice for Spike but how many damn characters need Spike's voice? I feel like every time I hear him its a long lost brother or relative of Spike or that Spike had cosmetic surgery and transported himself to whatever time frame or area this new character's in. It also doesn't help that the industry over here pays way less then it should. I'm honestly surprised any of the anime VA's over here make money with how little they're paid and the fact that it's contract work sucks ass. it's not surprising most companies stick with whats tried and true. This also goes to show that anime has a long way to go before it hits the level of other animated shows and movies over here (really sad honestly considering how big of a career it is over in Japan).
  3. If I had to guess without looking it up, this is made by the Soul Eater team... I have this one pegged for my #1 for Summer season. Dr. Stone is probably second.
  4. Yesterday
  5. Fair point. I just can't stand people that just disregard dubs and use 20 year old copypasta statements from anime forums back in the day. Yet we're gonna get butt hurt that Netflix redubbed Evangelion... a dub that was utter fucking trash. Most these people call "enough emotion" the constant overreaction and yelling to anything. TBH I'm good with out it. No one in the west reacts like that, I guess we're all emotionless tools. When it comes to variations in translated words, people don't understand that there simply aren't singular words for things in Japanese as there are in English, and sentence structure is different as well... we're mostly backwards from the rest of the world, I learned this in what little of Spanish I dabbled in. Talking in a direct translation is just not natural. Yeah they go too far some times, but meh. I digress. I can generally point out many dub voices from different series. To me its no different from a Hollywood actor playing different roles. Most of the time they use their normal voice but sometimes they'll have an accent or something. Christopher Sabat is probably the most talented VA, even though he does variations of his Vegeta and Major Armstrong voices for random anime strongmen, he does have a range of performances you'd never know was him without looking it up. Colleen Clinkenbeard does mostly big busty best girls and doesn't stray too far off from her Erza Scarlett voice because its sexy, but she does Luffy in One Piece which is wild. Steve Blum uses Spike voice for everything. But damn its a good voice. Monica Rial is insufferable with mostly squeaker boxes. I've also read the reason we get the same 50 voices is becasue companies are too lazy to try to find new VAs and just prefer to skip auditioning and stick with what they know... which is kinda sad that its hard for newcomers to get an opportunity.
  6. I give dubs credit more often than not even if I prefer subs and it's actually more common to see better portrayal of emotions in dubs then it is subs (the Japanese aren't really into showing emotions and it does show in subs more often then not). There's a reason I prefer the dubs of Cowboy Bebop (I like both tracks but the English track is just so much better, the English VA's fit their characters better than the Japanese VA's), Ghost in the Shell (yes, I actually love the GitS dub mostly because it's the way I watched it originally), The Slayers (this gets me so much crap among my friends because they think the subs is superior, I like both tracks but the dub sits better with me), and Martian Successor Nadesico (the dub is far superior in every way minus one character's voice, the sub is so freaking bland) over their Japanese tracks. Sadly though it's really hit or miss for what dubs I'm willing to watch and even more so now that I have instant access to subs the day of or after it airs in Japan (thank you CR). My problem with dubs is the lack of voice actors over here and it gets annoying when you're sitting there and go "Oh that's so and so from (list any of like 50 shows or games)" because they don't add in variation in there voice (I can pick out Jet's voice actor instantly because of this, he keeps that voice in everything he does. Same with Spike's). I really don't like that feeling because it takes me right out of the show. True I can do this with Japanese VA's as well but they try to vary their voice between characters and it's sometimes harder to pick them out.
  7. My body is fucking ready, bring it! God October can't get here fast enough (for more reasons then this but mostly this). surprised to see them dropping Sir Nighteye in the trailer as well as Overhaul (even though they introduced him last season. plus more Eri, yay!). This season is going to be so fucking awesome based on everything I've read about the chapters they're adapting.
  8. This will probably be taken down eventually if not soon. Its a really small channel with only 3 views currently but Funimation is a hawk on YT. I must say for all the hate dubs get for its "LaCk Of EmOtIoN" this moment is a crowning achievement. The dub is better than the sub in this scene. The emotions are more raw and powerful. Big respect to J Michael Tatum for a simply outstanding performance as Erwin Smith. I don't even care for the character, but in this scene he made me care. I shouldn't be too surprised since he did Okabe in Steins Gate. This however is his best work. Spoilers of course if you aren't current and you care.
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  10. Myk JL

    The Jimquisition

    Of course I'm not human. I'm a Khajiit trapped in a human body. And I refuse to cosplay because that would make me more creepy than I already am. So on some level I'm still looking forward to Elder Scrolls: Blades coming to the Nintendo Switch.
  11. FedEx delivered my pool the other day.. *sigh* FedEx hires anybody. I see the guy pull into the driveway almost taking out my mailbox at 30 mph. My driveway has a noticeable dip in it. As he hit that I heard boxes from inside my house tumbling around inside his truck. I go outside to open my garage door so I can put it in there for now.. The guy sees me and says "I'm going to need your help moving this, this is heavy." I'm like... "ok.. I can only help so much, get your dolly and I'll help get it on there." He already had the box out of the truck. I'm hoping he eased it down and didn't drop it off the back. This box with the pool in it is 150 pounds. I walk over to him and he still doesn't have the dolly. Hes like "How about you get that end."... me: "No, how about you get that dolly right there." him: "I can't get it off, its tied into place. Its on there tight, I can't work it off.  We could carry it" me: "nah, I have a bad nerve issue in my arms. I'm not carrying this box. I'll get you scissors and then you can cut that rope."

    Meanwhile I look in the truck and all the boxes are tossed all over the place. Its a disaster in there. Not a single thing in that truck is secured.. except the fucking dolly that is tied in place. -_-; The one and only tool every delivery guy needs and its tied down while all the packages are getting beat the shit out of in his truck while he drives crazy. I got some scissors, he cut the dolly free. He took that dolly, put it on the ground, I titled one end of the box, he got the dolly under it, wheeled it back and started to move it slowly. His eyes lit up like his job just got significantly easier. wtf. He perked up and moved that box quick to my garage. He asked where to put it, I said near the chair.. and then he put it behind the lawnmower instead.. me: "ok, I can move it from there, thanks!" wtf.. its like he never got trained.

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    2. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      FedEx literally is hiring anybody. XD I got this in the mail yesterday. XD

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    3. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      $13.25 an hour? XD That's weak for a warehouse position. I know the Walmart distribution center here starts people off at $15 at least.

    4. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      God damn I think FedEx in my area pays $16 minimum for a warehouse position ($22 an hour if you become a driver). No wonder they can't hire quality people XD

      See I have that problem with UPS in my area. Almost every package I get through them is usually banged up (luckily nothing has been damaged). FedEx is generally the one you want delivering your package around here.

  12. If Black Clover took seasonal breaks like MHA, it would have had the potential to be one of the best Shonen series in years. Second to MHA of course. The story is good, the characters and their development are good... besides Asta who's gotten better recently. But the animation quality is such a convoluted mess. People can blame the studio with some merit, but the next episode will be 86 for the sub. That's closing in on two years with zero breaks. The dub only missed a week which is highly impressive for Funimation. When the animation is good, its good... the character models are a mix of good to mediocre. But there is plenty bad... and the low effort animation can go on for multiple episodes in a row. Even a bigger sin is that it happens during big moments at times... you know what you generally save your best work for? Its a damn shame too. The Magic Knight tourney was completely marred the first half with laughable animation at times, and then it got excellent for the final few matches. It drives me crazy when they show how good it can be and then how bad it can be alternating without consistency. With the introduction of their most compelling character yet, I just hope they try to do better overall. I have too much invested into this series now to turn away from it. I've heard they're going to stop outsourcing so much which is the main root of the problem. At least they get the power of friendship right. XD

     

  13. Edit: it looks like Toonami will be caught up by the time the new season starts. *sigh* I'm not even going to try to hope they don't have the same deal with funi on this as they do with AoT even tho they started way behind.
  14. I've never seen the previous Shaft films so I can't compare whether or not this one is bad. But a lot of this film is happenstance. And I enjoyed it despite that because I found the dialogue funny.
  15. To be young again. I saw a ton of YT videos and articles worrying about Tifa's design and speculating why they hadn't shown her yet until this popped yesterday. There is a ton of nostalgia to be made into money off best girls of the past. I mean Lara Croft was hugely popular with her cone breasts and trapezoid thighs back in the day. They all look pretty bad now, and not just video game crushes of old, just anything from that era. The jump from 16 to 32bits was so advance at the time everything looked so realistic to the young mind. I remember a few years ago I tried to play and old Ridge Racer game, and I couldn't get over how I couldn't see the track 6 inches in front of me on the screen, it was all a white haze that had the terrain materializing out of it. You had to rely on the minimap and just memorization to master the hard turns. It was so awesome when it first came out... but then when later games on PS2 and PS3 came out where you could see all the way in front of you way off in the distance the PS1 games became super dated.
  16. FFVI was an amazing game. One of my all time favorites and ranks right up there with FFVII. That game had weird too. lol. A psycho clown bent on destroying the world.. interesting characters. A couple hidden ones too like that guy that does the Mimic skill which is super OP because it can mimic summons.. and a yeti. That yeti couldn't wear armor and only used a club, but damn if he wasn't good at clubbing enemies. FF7 didn't have a better story that FFVI, they were easily on par with each other. But FF7 beats out FF6 with its combat system. In FF6 your characters are set in stone with their skills and abilities. But the materia system in FF7 was so robust, you can make any character do just about anything. Everyone can cast spells, anyone could be a reviver, anyone a summoner, etc. The only major reasons for having specific characters on a team were for their unique combat style/weapon, melee or ranged, their limit breaks and whoever you personally liked best. But unlike FF6, FF7 had an actual endgame with grind mechanics. One of the last save points in the game is right before the final dungeon. The game even tells you, once you enter there is no going back out, save here so you can continue exploring the world. Aside from the stuff I already mentioned, the materia system provided a grind aspect for endgame. With all XP you got, your materia itself would level up too. As it leveled up its skills upgraded. Got a lightning materia.. level it up, now whoever has it equipped can use lightning 2.. then 3. But the real kicker is when you maxed out a materia, it would clone itself a new level 1 version. Then you can equip it on somebody else and start leveling it up. For high end materia, it was worth the grind to get all the characters powerful spells... well at least the three main characters on your team. Eventually you could get a master materia that had basically all spells except summons I think and then that was OP. Once you have a set of 3 materias you like for the characters, its kind of pointless to level them further when you can swap the materia to other characters. But aside from all that I think this game hit a bunch of kids with puberty at just the right time. Alot of guys got crushes on Tifa.. and females got a thing for Cloud. lol. Even though the characters looked blocky as hell, in cut scenes they looked cool and throughout the game it goes into character depth more and you start feeling for these two. Not going to lie, I had a thing for Tifa for years.
  17. Funimation put this up finally and it was dubbed... You can tell dubbing foreign films is still stuck in the 60s-70s. Recording voices in the studio over real people is hard. I will say they did an excellent job of lip syncing. The joke of old where the lips keep moving after or well before the voice ends is almost non existent. The issue just comes with that the voices sound like they were dubbed, and in doing so you loose the audio's sound in its true surroundings... no echos in a hallway and what not. The reverberations are missing in relative to the actors surroundings I guess is what I'm trying to say. Plus standing in front of a mic trying to convey fatigue in a realistic fashion rather than an overly dramatic anime style where the character is drawn to take fast deep breaths doesn't come across as sincere. What was funny is that a good chunk of the Fairy Tail dub cast was tasked with this. It was odd hearing a lot of familiar voices do this movie. Todd Haberkorn who voices Natsu also voices the main character here. As a whole, it was entertaining.... but def not one of the best. Japanese CGI is still terrible and laughable. Some of the scenes where Godzilla had to move fast just looked so bad. The resolution to the film was awful... oh and shame on Hideaki Anno for using multiple remixes of the Evangelion background OST for this movie. For hardcore Godzilla fans it's a must watch, but for the casual stick with the Legendary Pictures versions.
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  19. If you think about it though what FF game wasn't weird at some point in it's plot or how it did things? Don't get me wrong I agree VII takes the cake for weirdness on all points (there's something to be said about having a talking wolf and a vampire in the same party (my final party was Cloud, Red, and Vincent if you didn't pick that up)) but in all honesty I think I was used to that shit at that point (I played FFVII back in the mid-2000's so I'd already seen some weird shit by that point (I mean I met Quina in IX and if you want weird she/he takes the cake for weird). Not to mention Chrono Cross was a trip in weirdness as is most of the late game in Star Ocean 2). I'm just guessing it's lauded as the best because it was the first FF to do a lot of the things you mentioned above (secret bosses (though there were a couple in IV from what I remember), chocobo breeding, hidden characters, etc) but I just feel there are far better titles in the series that should hold that moniker (I won't say IX even though it's my favorite in the series and, imo, the superior game but VI and IV are far superior in almost every aspect and yet everyone ranks them under VII). I will give VII this though I really liked the materia system and I really wish other titles in the franchise would of used it (IX's system was a pale comparison to it, one of the low points of IX for me was the ability learning system). Meh, maybe playing the remake will make me appreciate the game more if I do pick it up. I'll never say I didn't enjoy the game because it was fun for what it was I just never understood it's die hard fan base.
  20. Myk JL

    No More Heroes 3

    I'm glad Travis Strikes Again won't be the last NMH Game.
  21. Tifa gameplay footage and Sephiroth reveal. I'll probably get this when the whole thing is out. I've never played a final fantasy game because despite it moving away from it in recent years... I've never ever liked turn based RPGS. I don't know the lore of each game and how they compare, I just remember how mega hype this game was when it came out from people that loved RPGs. Whether it deserved it in hindsight, I can't make that call. But regardless it probably benefited a lot from a major turning point in gaming history which was the 32bit era.. While the 128 bit era was the golden age, the 32bit era was the renaissance that lead to it. New technology was born, things that were never done before in gaming were coming to life. No doubt being the first FF game on PSX enhanced its mark in history.
  22. Unless there are alternate costumes in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 I think the only attire that will easily offend the easily offended belong to Psylocke & Elektra. On the other hand Ms. Marvel will be praised for being an adult who dresses like a 5 year old trick or treater.
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