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Flight and Regeneration

YMCK – Starlight:

Daicon IV video (haven’t I posted this before?) – a legend in itself:

The opening of the Densha Otoko J-drama references this:

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Evangelion 1:0 – You Are (Not) Alone

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At last my arm is complete again!

I enjoyed the new animation in the Evangelion movie — Evangelion 1:0 – You Are (Not) Alone — and let myself indulge in a bit of nostalgia for those memories of when I first watched the original Evangelion series. And I was glad to have the chance to introduce a seminal anime work to the Other Half.

As I recall them, many scenes from the original series were kept – seeing Eva-01’s launch sequence again nearly brought tears to my eyes – but the movie is mostly new animation, particularly after Ramiel turns up.

Of the Angels, Ramiel was one of the most boring (pun intended), being a large floating blue octahedron. As an example of what computer technology had enabled since 1994, Ramiel is now constantly changes forms when firing its Beam o’ Glowy Death(TM). In addition, the old mechanical drill bit from the series has been replaced by a swirling corkscrew that morphs from Ramiel’s bottom apex.

The new movie animation looks better, but then again I’ve only seen the original TV series with its washed-out look so Anno etc could’ve reused Renewal footage for all I know :p

But the whole movie looks consistently new. Contrast with the visually jarring mix of old (1984-6) and new (2005-6) animation in the Zeta Gundam: A New Translation movies.

(Incidentally why didn’t those come here? Bandai/Sunrise wanted too much money for screening fees?)

Some deliberate discrepancies mysteries:

– The numbering of the Angels has changed. Sachiel, the first angel to appear in the series, is the 3rd Angel, but in the movie he’s identified as the 4th.

– Lilith is wearing a mask like Sachiel’s face in the movie, but in the series she has one with seven eyes on it.

– The entire moon sequence at the end of the movie. There’s another Lilith-like being?!?

Was hoping to watch the trailer for the second movie at the end, and was disappointed that the preview seems to have been cut from the prints at both the Cathay and at Cineleisure. Odd.

Thankfully, the Net provides. Watch the trailer here. (More mysteries!)

The movie brochure didn’t make it here either. None of the merchandise did. As expected :/

(earlier post on Evangelion 1:0)

Randomness #681J

Things go from bad to worse in Tibet. Have been shuttling between The Peking Duck and the BBC for coverage.

Vantan visited a panel with interesting scenarios of what the future of social networking technology might be like.

This is the weirdest SXSW panel I’ve ever been to.

The setting is a funeral parlour or church, with a fake pastor (complete with black suit) gives a final sermon to a fictitious porn star whose 13” penis has been copyrighted by Disney, thus he could not show it in public for the last 20 years of his life.

Which sounds like Warren Ellis scripted it.

I’ve had to create “scenarios” about the future before and I wish I could’ve come up with something that outrageous yet plausible. Too much social conditioning in the workplace I tell ya…

Read the post on Vantan’s blog.

The Savages

Didn’t know Chris Ware designed the poster for The Savages.

I’m not sure if funny and sad are really so terribly different things; I’ve been to violent films that I find patronizing, dishonest and depressing, yet the people around me are all laughing their heads off. As a half-writer myself, I try not to think of what’s funny and sad in a story but simply to think of what, to the best of my ability, seems truest; whether it’s funny or sad is simply how it settles with the reader. In the wake of any horrible natural disaster some well-known religious figure is inevitably asked, “How can a good God allow something as bad as this to happen?” Really, though, what difference does it make to God whether 10,000 people or 10,000 fish die? Good and bad, like funny and sad, are phenomena relative to the perspective of the organism that’s laughing or dying.

Read the whole interview

I’m still in the throes of having seen the Evangelion movie – Evangelion 1.0 – You Are (Not) Alone, and am still impressed by There Will Be Blood. Am trying to wrestle my thoughts down so I can write something coherent. Eva first.

“Perfect Blue” re-released

Been ages, huh?

Perfect Blue has a special place in my movie and anime-loving heart, so it’s some comfort to know that Satoshi Kon’s first directorial feature has been re-released on Feb 29th on DVD and Blu-Ray, with new cover art (see left)

Re-release homepage here

But strange – doesn’t look like they’ve retouched any of the animation. Not much info on the site either.