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 Disclaimer: I’m talking about Satyajit Shyamalan, the villain from the first season of the anime “Birdy the Mighty: Decode” here; I am not talking about the filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. I’m just saying this to make doubly sure no one gets the wrong idea.

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 So now that there’s a story on Das Sporking that’s got people talking about Iron Maiden, I figured it’d be helpful if I made something explaining them to those still not in the know. I recently spent a stint in England studying abroad, and while I arrived in the UK a casual fan of Maiden, I returned to the States an absolutely adoring fan.

See what I have to say... )

And…that’s about it for my own experience of Maiden. Rock on! \m/

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 Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day! I think I’ll celebrate by reaffirming my love of Iron Maiden and being rude about the Decemberists!

Warning: suicide, death, and talk of rape and abuse )
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 So, having watched the AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL AND SPECIAL "Birdy the Mighty: Decode" just last week (and that's not sarcasm, BTW), I decided to check out the 4-episode OVA it was (loosely) based on as well so I'd have a point of comparison (very important considering I'm planning to feature "Birdy the Mighty: Decode" in an anime panel I'll hopefully get to present at cons this upcoming season).
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Other characters appear to be forerunners of many of the characters in "Decode's" first season. Tsutomu's classmates had greatly expanded roles in "Decode." Tsutomu's crush from the OVA, Natsumi, seems to have been split into two characters for "Decode," one of which got her name and appearance and the other, Sayaka, got her personality and role as love interest (in the first season, anyway). Tsutomu's two male friends, who do nothing in the OVA other than try to get Tsutomu to look at porn, seem to have been developed in "Decode" into two specific characters, who fanboy Shion Arita (Birdy's alter ego, who is a model and idol singer) and abandoned buildings in equal measure. Tsutomu's other friends seem to be "Decode's" own creation and have no equivalent in the OVA. In the villains' camp, Hikawa from the OVA appears to be a forerunner of Shyamalan, the main villain of "Decode's" first season, as he, like Shyamalan, is a human who makes contact with the aliens and experiments with a thing they're also interested in because he thinks he can control it (though exactly what he's doing differs--Hikawa created a serum that can turn people into super soldiers, which he plans to unleash on Tokyo, while Shyamalan is seeking out a weapon of mass destruction that he wants to use to kill all but a select few humans). One key difference between them is that while Shyamalan is obviously a villain he's much better than Hikawa at looking like a nice person. There are two reporters in the OVA who investigate the various alien-related crimes, and may have influenced the character of Muroto in "Decode." Pretty much every other character who appears in "Decode" seems to have been created specifically for "Decode."

Also, the English dubbing is MUCH, MUCH better in "Decode" than in the original OVA. Give me Luci Christian as the heroine and evil Todd Haberkorn any day.
So yeah. I enjoyed both of these shows, but I definitely think that "Decode" is infinitely the superior work. Apparently that's a minority opinion. I sorta chalk this up to the same reason we have nostalgia whores in Pokemon fandom--many of the people who have seen "Decode" are huge fans of the original OVA and hate on "Decode" because it's different. I guess in that sense I can admit bias because I hadn't seen the OVA before watching "Decode." Oh, well....
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 So, Railrunner. What exactly does he do throughout the course of the story?

-Remorselessly and sadistically murders people in the most gruesome way he can think of
-Enjoys every bit of it
-Thinks of humans (by and large) as useless insects (not that he admits it, but still)
-Can manipulate people's limbs to get them to do things against their will/kill themselves
-Eats (near as we can tell) nothing but meat and sweets
-Will kill any enemies he doesn't consider his worthy opponents in the blink of an eye
-Is single-mindedly determined to torture and kill said worthy opponents

You know who else does all these things? Legato Bluesummers from "Trigun!"

Tip from the experts: if your oh-so-noble, chosen one Jesus analog hero has anything remotely in common with one of the most notoriously-evil bad guys in the popular anime fandom consciousness, YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING VERY WRONG!
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 So this summer I've now watched three fantasy anime: "Magic Knight Rayearth," "Slayers," and "Dragon Half." All these anime are older (from the '90's or early 2000's), and, most interestingly of all, they were all dubbed in different locales: "Magic Knight Rayearth" was dubbed in California, "Slayers" in New York, and "Dragon Half" in Texas.

See the rest of my thoughts... )
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Sooo... I decided to rewatch "Baccano!" this year. My first experience with "Baccano!" came when I was a college freshman. It was the first show I watched with my school's anime club, and from the moment I saw the first episode it was love at first sight (so to speak). I watched the entire show my freshman year, but now I want to watch it again.

Anyway, there's a couple of things I'm looking out for that I think I might have missed the first time around. First of all, I intend to determine conclusively this time whether or not I think Lua Klein is my favorite character. It's been a suspicion of mine for a little while that she is, but I've never had the guts to actually say it because her role is relatively minor. However, now that I've confessed to liking the most unlikable character in all of "Shiki" I think I can fess up to my having her as my favorite, if indeed this is the case.

Speaking of "Shiki," I'll also be tracking Todd Haberkorn's and Ian Sinclair's characters, Firo and Dallas (respectively). I've only rewatched one episode and already I'm fangirling Dallas like crazy, so I wonder if I've developed a genuine soft spot for loser characters or if I'm just turning into an Ian Sinclair fangirl in general. Firo, meanwhile, is just as fun and badass as I remember him; but after the shock (in a good way) of seeing Todd Haberkorn turn over a new leaf in "Shiki" I'm not sure if I find Firo refreshing or boring since he plays those kinds of roles so often. And then there's J. Michael Tatum, who provides the voice of Seishiro in "Shiki" and Isaac in "Baccano!" Now, what's interesting is that in both of these shows his characters have fairly similar mannerisms--but they're treated very differently simply because of the overarching tone of the show (heart-wrenching horror drama vs. twisted black comedy).

So far I've only rewatched one episode, but already I'm seeing things I didn't catch the first time around. For example, Luck and Firo actually mention the Rail Tracer in the very first episode--though they don't reveal who he is or what his business is. Additionally, for some reason, I did not remember ever getting to see the Daily Days's Vice President's face. But apparently you do see it quite a lot in the first episode. For that matter, I'd also forgotten just how sexy Kent Williams's voice is in that role!

So... yeah. BACCANOOOOOOOOO!!!!
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So, those of you who have access to Cori Falls' rants probably remember the way she railed against the notion that Jessiebelle could ever, EVER be sympathetic or have any psychological reason for her behavior:

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