August 25, 2008

Durn Whippersnappers Think They've Invented Everything...

So this evening, one of the new ducklings attending Duck U. stopped into the Bookstore to buy his books.  Never mind that classes started last Wednesday, that's not important... what's important is that he was wearing an Evangelion t-shirt, featuring the NERV logo, similar to this one at Robert's place.

I complemented him on the shirt, and I kid you not, he sneered at me and asked me if I had seen the show on Cartoon Network. 

(crowd gasps, goes "Ooooooohhhhhhhh".)

Now, I don't know what crawled up his arse and died, but if you act like "a joik or woise", you can expect that there will eventually be some sort of return fire... and I was pretty much in a bad mood anyway.  So I decided to have some fun.

I admitted that I only saw an episode or two of the show on Cartoon Network (which is true; I borrowed the box set from a friend, then bought my own set a few weeks later), and started to scan his books into the register. "It's one of those 'Japanime' shows about giant robots, right?"

He said "It's called anime, and it's more about the end of the world, and what it means to..."

I assume he was going to say "...what it means to be human," but I cut him off. 

"I prefer more slice of life shows, m'self.  Azumanga Daioh is probably my favorite, but there's a bunch of others, too.  Shows like Kanon, Clannad, y'know... though Hidamari Sketch is awfully good, and I would have loved another season of Sketchbook, though I can't imagine it'll ever make it over here.  I'm very happy that ARIA was licensed by Nozomi, though I haven't pre-ordered it yet.  Someday's Dreamers is pretty decent, too;  I'm working through that one now.  It's no CardCaptor Sakura, though.  But then, what is?  But y'know, shows like Soul Eater and Toshokan Sensou are a treat, and NOIR is one of the best shows I've ever seen, and those aren't really slice-of-life.  And then you have the classics like Bubblegum Crisis and it's remake, Oh My Goddess and it's remake, Ranma 1/2... you have heard of Ranma 1/2, right?  Came out in the early '90s, maybe a little before your time?  Oh, yeah, and don't forget the legendary Dirty Pair or the Gunsmith Cats OVA... can't go wrong with girls with guns, right?"

At that point, I paused for a moment.  And smiled.  "But I'm not much of a fan of giant robots.  That'll be $258.50."

...and get off my damn lawn.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 08:54 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 You haven't finished Someday's Dreamers yet? (I guess you've been working, haven't you?)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 25, 2008 09:29 PM (+rSRq)

2 Stalled after ep08 ("bent tower").  I will finish it soon... right when I find a minute or two to breathe.

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 25, 2008 10:06 PM (AW3EJ)

3 Ouch! Yes folks that's our own Wonderduck: 1, Random Snot-nosed Anime Snob: 0 in a veritable smackdown! And for our next event...

Posted by: madmike at August 26, 2008 10:40 AM (o+iiH)


Regarding the bent tower:

Like who? One of the next-ep teasers has a voiceover with Angela and Yume talking about exactly that, with Angela talking about going on exactly that kind of rampage. And Yume talks about various special police units made up of mages of various levels and strengths who exist to hunt down and stop mages doing that kind of thing, mage SWAT teams, kind of.

That may even have been the teaser for ep 8.

Better not to have to, of course, and I think that's the reason why mages with the kind of power level exhibited by Angela and Yume (who IMHO seems to be even stronger than Angela; wait'll you see!) are cut a lot of slack during training. Angela in particular seems to have had a lot of trouble back in England, and that's why she's been sent to Japan to study under Ginpun. They need to turn her into an asset, not just because she really would be quite an asset, but also because she would be a terrible hazard if they fail.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 26, 2008 03:49 PM (+rSRq)

5 Bwaaa ha ha ha ha.


Posted by: Ed at August 31, 2008 02:04 PM (IPo6l)

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